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Red Sox Game 144 recap: Hassle-free Huff

Highest WPA: Jonny Gomes, .163 (3-4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K)
Lowest WPA: Drake Britton, -.059 (1 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 ER)
Highest BAC: Drake Britton, .172 (dude hasn’t worked in a week; what’s he going to do, relax sober?)

To an extent, the last two games have made clear that in an historic rivalry, in a gimmicked ballpark, no lead is safe. So in theory, this game never felt truly comfortable.

In theory. But with a 5-run 4th that doubled Boston’s score for the game and knocked out Indians cast-off David Huff after eight hits and two homers, and with a 2-0 series lead, this rapidly turned into a relaxing background for other Saturday afternoon activities.

The Yankees certainly mounted a threat with the 6th and 8th innings, thanks to Boston’s lack of scoring for three whole innings, but with the way this one started, it felt like the Sox would just tack on some extra base hits if things ever got too close (and that’s exactly what Mike Napoli did in the 9th). When things are going this well, even Drunk Britton can’t scare you much.

That’s not to say that it’s smooth sailing from here on out. You don’t get David Huff most games against contenders. Jacoby Ellsbury may be done for the year, and Jackie Bradley planted some doubt early in the season about his capabilities (and then went back to hitting just fine at AAA, so the smart money is on “he’ll be fine in the long run”). Xander Bogaerts starting against a lefty wasn’t a given (though as he keeps hitting, you have to figure he’ll edge in on Stephen Drew’s playing time at least in the name of “rest some veterans”), nor was Koji Uehara staying out of a blowout. And hey, what the hell’s wrong with Matt Thornton?

But yeah, the concerns now are limited to mathematically putting away the Rays (magic number: thirteen), and then staying ahead of the Tigers. A late collapse to the Yankees? Possible, but no longer remotely plausible. And that’s a victory.

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