Friday, May 30, 2014

Red Sox Extend Win Streak By Trial And "Error"

 (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Getting on a winning streak in baseball requires a lot of skill—but also a lot of luck. The Red Sox got the latter in spades last night en route to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Braves at Fenway Park. Despite a gutsy 8-inning pitching performance by Jake Peavy, The Carmine Hose found themselves down 3-1 entering the home half of the eighth. Brock "The Shock" Holt led off the frame with a bloop single (he's now hitting .315, by the way)—and got to second on an error by Justin Upton. Xander Bogaerts (now hitting .296) followed with an RBI single and Dustin Pedroia reached on a weird infield roller that was called a hit—despite being misplayed by the Braves. A.J. Pierzynski (who has been collecting big hits lately) then lined a single to center to plate the tying run. In the ninth, the winning rally started with two walks off Uber-Closer Craig Kimbrel. Bogaerts then smoked a shot to third that Atlanta's Chris Johnson threw to second—resulting in another error that allowed Jackie Bradley, Jr. to blaze home with the game-winner. Easy. Just like John Farrell drew it up. Now, the last-place Rays.