Friday, October 17, 2008

The Sox Do It Again -- They Comeback From The Dead In An LCS...

Around 10:30pm, with the Rays up 7-0 up on the Red Sox -- losers of three straight games in the ALCS -- I all but pronounced amongst friends I was chatting with online -- including Ian from Sox and Dawgs along with a couple of baseball fans -- that Boston's season was over, done, kaput.

Hell, even everyone on TBS felt the Sox were done.

The Red Sox staged a miraculous comeback as they beat Tampa, 8-7, thanks to a walk-off single by J.D. Drew in the bottom of the ninth inning.

For much of the series, Tampa has destroyed Boston pitching when it has come to the plate, and the theme repeated itself for the first 2/3 of the game. The triumvirate of B.J. Upton, Pena, and Longoria homered again, thus their barrage sent starter Daisuke Matsuzaka -- who'd previously whipped the Rays in Game One -- to the showers early.

Then in the seventh inning, the magic came alive. Thanks to a Pedroia RBI and David Ortiz -- who finally broke out of his herrendous slump -- hit a 3-run homer in the seventh; thereafter, in the next inning, J.D. Drew hit a two-run shot and Crisp singled in a run, all was tied.

In the end, it was only one loss and the Rays head back to the dome in St. Petersburg; however, they have to let this loss be purged from their minds and focus on Game six.

The Boston media railed on Joe Maddon for even putting Scott Kazmir on the mound in Game Five, but man, did he even look like a genius -- however, thanks to a shaky bullpen, the Rays' ticket to the World Series didn't get punched.

As we have seen with the Red Sox -- especially, in October -- anything can happen.

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