Home > Game Recaps, MLB > Red Sox Game 32 recap: STEPHEN DREW IS AWESOME ALERT


Highest WPA: Stephen Drew, .675 (4-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Joel Hanra– what? Jacoby Ellsbury? Really? Okay, wow, Jacoby Ellsbury, -.276 (1-5, GIDP, 2 LOB, and a double that still counted against him because Drew got thrown out at the plate)

In a game where it seemed everyone in baseball was wondering how Clay Buchholz would do, he… did not do so well. Maybe he was throwing spitballs in Toronto (doubtful), maybe the speculation got into his head (possible), maybe he just used less rosin today and as a result had a poor grip on the ball (most likely). Whatever the cause, Clay managed to recover from a terrible first inning and struck out 9 while making it through 6 frames, while the offense dug out of the early hole with a run per inning from the fourth through seventh, including Shane Victorino’s first home run of the year and another solo shot that said Drew might not be so bad after all.

But it wasn’t the new guys’ power that will be remembered from tonight. No, it was Dustin Pedroia joining the home run derby, capping off an excellent long at-bat with a long fly ball over the Green Monster.

Or maybe it’ll be Brian “Bull” Dozier’s drive off Joel Hanrahan for the least surprising blown save at least since the days of Aceves.

(Is anyone suspicious that I write these things well before the game is over? No? Good.)

But hey, all’s well that ends with not having to use Ryan Dempster in relief because you have two useless bodies in your bullpen, and Drew doubled home the improbably on-base Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end it in pretty dramatic two-out fashion before emergency measures were used out of the pen. Will there be a hangover effect with a taxed relief corps and a potentially unavailable Dempster being replaced by Alfredo Aceves tomorrow? Possibly. But coming off the Rangers’ sweep, I’ll take the win any way it comes.

  1. May 7, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    It should be noted that, while Jared Burton pitched the bottom of the 11th and ultimately lost the game, Glen Perkins sat in the bullpen, waiting for a save.

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