Monday, October 28, 2013

How 'bout that Jonny Gomes, part 2

The World Series is tied at two games apiece after last night's win by the Red Sox 4-2. Mr. Intangibles Jonny Gomes hit a three run home run to give Boston the runs to carry the night.

After a heartbreaking loss on a correctly ruled, but aggravating call in Game 3, the Sox rebounded with some gutty performances and interesting moves by coach John Farrell.

I had a hunch Farrell might do a dual-starter thing with Buccholz and Felix Doubront, but I had no idea Buccholz would have to finesse his way through four innings with a fastball in the mid to high 80s. Tough work. Surprised Farrell only left Doubront for two innings, but it worked out. Especially since Breslow is struggling on the mound.

What a shock to see John Lackey pitch the eighth! But apparently, Lackey had gone to Farrell either before or during the game to say he was willing to come out of the bullpen to help out. And he did just that with a 1-2-3 eighth that got the game to magical closer Koji Uehara in the ninth.

And what a finish with Koji picking off the runner, Kolten Wong, to end the game! That's two freakish plays in two nights. Fans in St. Louis must have felt gut punched at that sudden ending to their night.

Game 5 is Monday night, with Jon Lester going against Wainwright again. I'm hoping Lester has a chip on his shoulder and dominates once more. The guys have the opportunity to return to Boston needing one win in two games to clinch the Series. It's been a roller coaster, but fans are getting their money's worth this year.

Fear the beard, baby!

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