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Red Sox Game 142 recap: Wham! Bam! What the fuck just happened?!

Highest WPA: Shane Victorino, .330 (2-6, HR, 3 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Junichi Tazawa, -.538 (2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K)

A few hours in, this looked like a comfortable game where the Sox could cruise to victory on homers from Goog’s two favorite offensive contributors. Then… the seventh inning. Jake Peavy had cruised through 6, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. But he gave up a walk and a single before giving way to Matt Thornton, who did the same, and before you knew it, Junichi Tazawa added to his rough patch (opponents batting .278/.308/.472 against him for the last four weeks not counting tonight’s debacle) and the Sox were losing.

So that’s why you don’t let up on offense. Maybe it’ll end up like last night’s laugher, but single-digit leads can disappear in a hurry against good teams. And while they’re not the powerhouse they often are, the Yankees are still a good team.

But so are the Red Sox. In what almost feels like an expected occurrence (even though it hadn’t happened in 4 chances this year), the Sox got to the man who Don Orsillo insists on calling “the great Mariano Rivera” (thanks for the blown saves and respect on being great, but it makes me sick seeing how rival teams have absolutely fawned over Rivera this year) with a two-out rally. Pinch runner Quintin Berry may have earned himself the last spot on the playoff bench with his error-drawing steal and eventual tying run (I’m not invoking a lazy historical comparison since this was hardly a must-win game), while Craig Breslow cemented his spot as the #3 guy in the pen and is likely threatening Tazawa at this point (please, no), though he couldn’t have done it without some hilariously dumb baserunning from Alfonso Soriano.

Quite a game, but the bottom line? The Yankees are now 9 games back in the division, and I finally got around to checking Boston’s magic number. It’s 17, and David Price is getting abused by the Angels tonight. I’m starting to think we might have a chance at this!


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