Man, after the crappy week I've had at work, it was really nice to come home to that score today!
Sox pitcher Jon Lester came out smokin' and held the Rays to three hits over 7 innings. Lester's a confidence pitcher and his mid season slump was credited to his thinking he had to carry the team by himself. John Farrell did a great job getting Lester to worry only about the game he was pitching and let the rest of the team worry about the runs. The Sox ace responded down the stretch with one dominating performance after another, capped by the series start today.
Jonny Gomes did his thing scoring from second base on a dribbling single that Stephen Drew barely beat out to energize the Sox, giving them a lead they never relinquished en route to the blowout victory. From the beards to the walk off homers to his hustle and attitude, this is why Gomes was brought to Boston. I had to laugh when Maddon gave him the intentional walk to get to Salty, a move that backfired as Salty crushed a two run double.
There was a lot of noise in the local papers about the rusty Sox playing the tuned in Rays, but what fans got was a team anxious to play against a bunch of guys that looked oddly star-struck and mistake prone.
Game 2 is tomorrow with Rays ace David Price facing the resurgent John Lackey. Not counting chickens here, but I'm thinking Boston will be up 2-0 by Sunday.