July 31 – Indians (Byrd 7-6 5.25) @ Red Sox (Wells 0-1, 8.06) 7:05

The Red Sox lost 2 out of 3 to the Angels, and now sit only one-half game ahead of the restocked Yankees, who have the day off.

9:18 So much for being a savior . . . David Wells gave up 8 runs in 4 and 2/3rd innings.  He was bailed out by . . . who else but Kyle Snyder?  Snyder was replaced by Wells in the rotation, and has pitched 1.1 innings, striking out the side in the 6th and helping to get out of the 4th without giving up a hit.  Luckily Ortiz and Ramirez have homered, and Crisp, who was nearly traded, has gone 2-2.  Pena has also hit a
homerun, as well as a triple, and had 3 RBIs.  8-6 Indians.

9:40 Still 8-6, bottom of the seventh.

 

73106_pena_homer_1By the way, Pena is a god – he is 3-3 in Nixon’s absence – and is a double shy of the cycle.

9:48 Bottom 8th, same score.  Snyders given up one hit in 3 1/3 innings.  Due up:  Merribelli,
Crisp, Pena.

10:07 Meribelli struck out, Crisp flied out to deep left, and Pena struck out.  End of the 8th, Red Sox down 8-6.

10:18 Bottom of the 9th, Sox down by 2.  The line on Snyder – 4.1 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, 6 k’s.
    Cora leads off with a single, Youk up – count goes to 3 and 2, he fouls one off, and . . . BALL FOUR, misses low.  Two on, none out, two run game.  The Indians coach comes out and calls in his entire infield.  Loretta’s 1-4 today.  And . . . he pops up to the shortstop.

    And here comes Big Papi.  The crowd chants "M-V-P" as he takes the pitch inside.  The next one is outside.  Manny waits on deck as Big Papi digs in.  The 2-0 pitch . . .  SWING AND A DRIVE – DEEP TO CENTER FIELD! WAY BACK…… ITS GONE!  RED SOX WIN!  BIG PAPI STRIKES AGAIN!  WITH A THREE RUN HOMERUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH, HE PUTS THE RED SOX ON TOP 9-8!

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                                            UNBELIEVABLE

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