Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sox Slay Rays 3-1 In Game 4; Advance To ALCS

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
It was almost a SquanderPalooza. All night long, the Red Sox stranded runners like they were extras in Cast Away II. But trailing 2-1, they used a stolen base, a wild pitch and an infield single to take a 2-1 lead in the 7th inning. They added an insurance run on yet another sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia (his fifth series RBI, fourth on an out). Jake Peavy pitched extremely well through 5.2 innings, and the bullpen was brilliant—particularly winner Craig Breslow (1.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 ER, 4 Ks) and Koji Uehara (1.1 innings, 2 Ks). Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino were again the top-of-the-order catalysts—with The Flyin' Hawaiian beating out the infield hit that scored the eventual winning run in the 3-1 victory. Xander Bogaerts—who pinch-hit late—walked twice and scored two runs. Boston will host Game One of the American League Championship Series on Saturday against either the Detroit Tigers or Oakland A's. Eight Wins To Glory!