Crazy night at Coors
Did some of you fall asleep before tonight’s four hour and 48 minute Red Sox-Rockies game came to an end? You missed a wild one.
There was Dusitn Pedroia, hitting three homers in a game for the first time in his life. He never even did it in Little League.
There was Jonathan Papelbon, blowing a save on back-to-back nights for the first time in his career, and blowing consecutive save opportunities for just the third time. Yet it was Papelbon who earned the win.
“Any time I’m running out of ink, that’s not a good sign,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “That was was … whooo, I’m glad we won. It was gutwrenching. A lot of good, some not so good but there’s something to be said for persistence. Pap goes out and he says, he’s sideways. Then he goes back out and gets them out. That was pretty awesome because that wasn’t easy to do. We were in the same situation they were. We warm up Richardson in the first inning and then we have to warm him up again. Everyone was on fumes.”
The Red Sox had run out of position players, but not resolve.
With Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez already being used in the sixth-inning implosion, Francona had to go with Scott Atchison in the seventh. The right worked a critical clean inning, helped by Jason Varitek’s strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play
“We could talk about nine million things,” Francona said. “Atchison was huge. We were kind of up against it. All we had tonight out of Bard was we wanted him to finish an inning and that’s what he did. We got caught. That six-run inning where we just couldn’t stop them. Oki comes in and atrually threw great and being late covering first ends up being a huge play. He threw the ball great.”.
The Red Sox are developing a strong personality. They suffer adversity but find a way to get up.
“There were a lot of things that happened tonight,” Francona said. “The word resilient keeps coming up. We didn’t do some things correct but we did enough.”
And no pressure on Tim Wakefield, but the Red Sox could sure use, oh, about nine innings at San Francisco on Friday night.
“That would help,” Francona said. “That would be really good. I’m sure we’ll have to sit down and go over some pitching because we’re a little short.”