Wednesday, August 23, 2017

'Cy' Fister Shuts Down Tribe On One Hit, Sox Romp 9-1

(AP Photo)
Be honest, when Red Sox starter Doug Fister gave up a long ball on his third pitch to the first Cleveland hitter, the phrase "Here we go again" rattled through your brain. It certainly did through ours. In what bizarro universe would Fister then deny any more hits in a complete game victory? Welcome to that bizarro universe of the 2017 Carmine Hose! Fister was absolutely brilliant from that point onward—just two walks and a hit-batter ensued. He was crisp, quick and he threw strikes. On the offensive side, Eduardo Nunez broke out of his mini-slump by driving in five runs in the eventual 9-1 win. Also contributing were: Hanley Ramirez (2-4, RBI) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2-3, RBI, HR). Bradley also injured a thumb on a slide at the plate and is returning to Boston for an MRI. All in all, a huge victory (and a rested bullpen) that keeps Boston 4.5 games up on The Evil Ones.