Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sizemore Sends Sox To Walk-Off Win Over Reds

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The whispers were starting to become louder. Wasn't Grady Sizemore supposed to be productive as long as he stayed healthy? In fact, the oft-injured outfielder has stayed off the DL, but—before last night—his contributions were tailing off. Then, the former All-Star chipped in with three hits in last night's 4-3, 12-inning win over Cincinnati—including the game-winner. With David Ortiz inexplicably still on second (why no pinch-runner?) and Mike Napoli on first, Sizemore bailed out John Farrell and his brain cramp with a gap single to easily drive in a lumbering Papi. Felix Doubront was again his maddeningly inconsistent self—routinely getting two quick outs and then forgetting how to throw strikes. Maybe he needs a 'send down' to AAA to get his focus back. With a 3-1 lead in the 8th inning, however, it was the bullpen that let the team down again—this time Junichi Tazawa giving up the tying runs. The game also saw another classic Dustin Pedroia performance—turning two sparkling double plays and contributing three key hits. All in all, an important win—getting The Carmine Hose to within one game of .500.