How hard was tonight’s save by Jonathan Papelbon? Enough to leave a Hall of Fame candidate marveling at it.
“The way it finished was frickin awesome. That was just
an unbelievable job. That’s the definition of a tough save. One out, Michael
Young at the plate, runner on third, very few guys can get that result He’s
one of them.”
The author of those words, of course, is Curt Schilling, who has a win next to his name because of an almost superhuman job by Paps tonight.
Wow, how about that 96-MPH pitch on the black that baffled Michael Young. It’s hard to picture what type of state the Red Sox would be in now had not Papelbon gone back to the closer’s role. It stabilizes the entire team having such a dominant closer.
And Terry Francona is not going to let Papelbon sit in the bullpen in the eighth inning when the most important outs in the game are on the line.
A good night all-around for the Sox. Schilling rebounds. Ortiz gets his homer stroke going. And now they come back to Fenway.