Lester Pitches The Game Of His life Against Halladay..Red Sox 1 Blue Jays 0
The pivotal moment came in the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday's Red Sox/Blue Jay game at Fenway Park. The score was tied at zero and Scott Rolen stood on second base after smashing a two out double off of reliever supreme Jonathon Papelbon. Vernon Wells, who wanted to hit a drive up the middle so that his team would score the go ahead run, smashed a drive that did just that. The ball was scorched and Paps deflected it with his glove. Dustin Pedroia, who had already broken towards second base, dove and came up with the ball. He got up and threw out Wells, perserving the tie. Wells put it like this, and boy, did he make me laugh! Here you go...
"My goal was to try to hit it up the middle," Wells said. "I saw it (the ball) get by the mound and I saw Superman at second base."
Peter here, and our mini-Superman saved the game with that play, for the Sox scored one run in the bottom of the ninth and won the game 1-0. Congrats go to Pedey for making such a stunning grab and throw, reminicent of the one he made to help perserve last year's Buchholz no hitter.
Both Lester and Halladay were out-of-this-world great, and each recorded 15 groundouts, 6 strikeouts and 2 infield popups. Lester only surrendered one hit during his eight inning outing, surely the best of his young career. The fact that the Red Sox bats remained silent for the third day in a row was overshadowed by the third straight phenomenal starting pitcher's performance. The Sox only collected five hits, but those bats will NOT remain silent for long - we all know that.
There's another game at the Fens tonight, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has had plenty of rest, hopefully not TOO much, will try to keep the starting pitcher's dominating streak alive. I'm sure you'd like to read more about last night's gem, so when you click on the title of this post, you'll be transported to the Boston Globe's Red Sox homepage. From there you can spend all the time in the world reading about the first Red Sox win in the last week. HOW SWEET IT IS, in the words of "the great one." Thank you, my Constant Readers (thanks SK), for stopping in once again and for keeping the faith. It means so much to me. And as always, BE WELL. GO SOX! Forever.