Red Sox record for the week of May 17-23: 5-2
It was a wild week of baseball for the BoSox, to say the least. With road trips to three different stadiums in New York, Minnesota, and Pennsylanvia in the previous seven days, Sox fans should feel relieved they got five wins out of it. At 24-21 through Sunday, the Sox are a season-high three games over .500.
Even better, after winning its last five out of six games (through Sunday), the Sox are suddenly 2 1/2 games back of the Yankees for a playoff spot, the AL Wild Card, as they start a new and big week on the road again versus AL East division-leading Tampa Bay for three starting tonight, then finally come home against Kansas City for four games. Speaking of the Sox and Yankees…
BoSox Do A Split In The Bronx
It got off to a rocky start, with last Monday’s crazy 11-9 loss at Yankee Stadium, the eighth consecutive time the Sox had lost there, which was the longest losing streak in New York for Boston since 1960. After coming back from an early five-run deficit against Phil Hughes, who struggled mightily for the first time this year, the Sox got itself a 9-7 lead, thanks to Victor Martinez homering from both sides of the plate, along with three other Sox homers (from David Ortiz, J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis).
Then closer Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of 2010 in the bottom of the ninth, his first since last July, by allowing a two-run shot to a familiar foe, A-Rod, and then another two-run bomb to Marcus Thames to win it in walk-off fashion. Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed the first seven New York runs, then seemingly blamed catcher Victor Martinez for his troubles after the game.
To the relief of Sox fans everywhere, the next night (Tuesday, May 18) the Sox not only broke its losing streak in the Bronx but was able to overcome a five-run deficit again and this time win it, 7-6. After Joba Chamberlain blew CC Sabathia’s 5-1 lead, the Sox rallied late and took the lead in the top of the ninth when an inexplicably shallow Randy Winn couldn’t get to a Jeremy Hermida blast into left field for a tie-breaking two-run double off of Mariano Rivera, who has a long history of troubles against Boston. Papelbon gave up a run in the bottom of the inning but this time redeemed himself to close it out for his 10th save.