Another nail biter as Boston won another pitching duel against the Tigers 1-0 on a Mike Napoli home run. Justin Verlander was lights out for 8 innings, striking out 10. His only mistake was a high fastball to Napoli who crushed it for the game's only run.
John Lackey was everything I thought he'd be in this game, pitching 6 2/3 shut out innings and striking out 8. Victimized all season by lack of run support, Lackey got just enough from former Padres teammate Napoli.
This series has been agonizing for this Boston fan, but a joy from a pure baseball standpoint. Three one run games, dominating pitching and clutch hitting. Some amazing plays (and almost plays, such as Hunter's near catch of Papi's granny) in the field and none of the punkish behaviour we had to endure from the local media or players such as David Price.
Jake Peavy's on the mound today for Boston. Not sure who the Tigers will throw up there, another ace I'm sure. This series could very well go all seven games. I can't imagine Boston sweeping in Detroit. So we could get another Lackey/Verlander match up in game 7 for the Championship. I'll go crazy, but how cool would that be?