Gut check answered
In response to the earlier post, the Red Sox indeed answered their first gut check of the season, playing with clear urgency and doing everything that needed to be done.
The most encouraging sign of the day? Easily Keith Foulke. 3 K’s in 1 2/3 innings, no baserunners. He was untouchable. If he has a few more outings like this, you know the chatter will start again that Papelbon should be moved to the rotation and Foulke should be restored as the closer.
Personally, I think they should keep things as they are and go out and find a fifth starter, or hope that Wells can make the comeback a lot of people don’t seem to be expecting.
What did everyone think of Ortiz’s bunt single?
Those who might complain about it are probably some of the same who applauded last August in Anaheim when he laid down the exact same single and Manny followed with a two-run homer. I think it was a good move at the time. Even with runners on first and second, the Jays still walked Manny intentionally. I think that more often than not, you’d like Trot Nixon’s chances in that spot, even against a lefty. If it was later in the game, they probably would have pinch hit Pena there.
Also, the overlooked play of the game was the perfect hit-and-run executed by Gonzalez and Youkilis to set up the run in the eighth. Youkilis shot the ball right into the exact spot the shortstop would have been covering if not for the hit and run. Those are the types of plays that win games.
Cleveland should be a fun series and another early test for this team. Thank goodness for the retractable roof in Toronto, otherwise we would have had rain delays galore this weekend.