Stern follow up
Little did I know when I posted that last blog that Adam Stern was going to be the most prominent figure of this game, making a bold, diving catch to save it for Papelbon.
The easy thing would have been for Stern to play the ball on one-hop as one or two-run single that would have made it either 7-5 or 7-6. But instead, he threw caution to the wind and made a tremendous catch.
Frankly, I think the Red Sox will keep Stern on the roster until Coco returns. He’ll at least get to play against righties and serve as a valued defensive replacement, which definitely helped the Sox win this game.
The one thing the Red Sox don’t want for Stern is for him to rot on the bench. As long as Coco is out, he won’t.
What an ending to tonight’s game. Manny finally has his big night, but he gets rendered to footnote status after they can’t hold the lead. Big, big hit by Youkilis with two outs in the eighth after Gonzalez strikes out. This kid can hit and he’s not scared.
You have to like the way the Red Sox are playing right now. It’s not like they’re winning with mirrors. They’re basically just playing winning baseball, mixing up hitting, pitching and timely D.
Schilling tomorrow. Talk to you then.