If I live to be 100 I’ll never figure out this game.
With the exception of the 9-5 victory in Boston, the Good Guys looked absolutely dead in the first nine games of “The Road Trip.” I mean dead, downright inept.
The pattern continued in the first eight innings of yesterday’s game against the Twins. Then, poof, the Sox became the team we have wanted them to be all season with the two-homer, four-run ninth inning rally that salvaged the finale in the Twinkiedome.
The optimists among us were hopeful entering today’s game at Wrigley vs. the Media Darlings with the memory of the Minny comeback fresh in our minds. But we never could have predicted what we got from rookie Carlos Torres–seven innings, no runs, five hits (four of which were singles), six strikeouts with no walks.
The offense was also up to the task by pounding out 13 hits–three by Pods and two apiece by Beckham, Pierzynski, Quentin and Ramirez. And for the second straight day the Sox delivered late-inning heroics as they scored two in the eighth and two in the ninth to beat the you know whos, 5-0, and end the trip 3-8.
All this begs the question: Who are we and what will happen in the remaining 27 games? The answer will begin unfolding tomorrow night against the Red Sox. And I, for one, am looking forward to the prospect of some serious payback.
Notes of the day
Tyler Flowers, the Sox catcher of the future, made his major league debut today in the ninth inning, pinch-hitting for Matt Thornton. Flowers popped out, but hopefully years from now Sox fans watching can say they were there when the great Flowers batted in the big leagues for the first time…It’s going to be Freddy Garcia vs. Boston’s Paul Byrd tomorrow night as the team returns to the Cell. Some Sox fans will remember that Byrd, just brought up last week by the Red Sox, was the only pitcher to defeat the Sox in the 2005 postseason–for the Angels in Game 1 of the ALCS.