Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sox Salvage 'Lost Weekend'; Top Braves, 8-6

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
It had all the makings of an 11-loss disaster. Down 6-1 in the fifth inning against a seemingly un-hittable Ervin Santana. The Red Sox rallied for five runs after two were out—tallying all five on two swings. Dustin Pedroia, after looking like he broke his foot on a foul ball, laced a two-run double to left, followed by a David Ortiz (called shot?) three-run jack to tie the game. Just like that, the season seemed to again have meaning. After a tortuous rain delay, The Carmine Hose added two more runs—on a Papi sacrifice fly and an A. J. Pierzynski single for an 8-6 win. The tattered bullpen came on to hold the lead after Clay Buchholz laid another bomb in a four-inning embarrassment (including eight walks). Boston must now build on the momentum and get back on track toward .500—lest they be the first in MLB history (as far as we can tell) to go "worst-to-first-to-worst".