Dice-K Helps Sox Roll to a Six Game Winning Streak
The Sox ended up on top of the Angels, 4-1, last night at Fenway Park. If you missed the game, you may not have known it was a pitcher’s duel for the first six innings. The unlikely hero for the Sox: Dice- K. He pitched six complete innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs, three walks, and five strikeouts. He gave his team a chance to win, and that’s all they could ask for after a lengthy three month stint on the DL.
If Dice-K continues to pitch as well as he did last night, the Sox will have at least four quality starters heading into the post-season. If playoffs started tomorrow, Beckett, Lester, and Buchholtz would be slated to start the first three games of the division series. The reemergence of Dice-K would give the Sox the flexibility of having an extra starter or arm in the bullpen for the coming October festivities. And of course if Tim Wakefield is healthy enough, the Sox could potentially have five quality pitchers ready to go.
Let’s not forget about the Sox lineup. With absence of their number 3 and 4 hitters, Martinez and Youkilis, the Sox still managed to squeeze out four runs.
…Jacoby went 2-for-4 last night and is batting .342 over the last 10 games. (Not to mention the multiple highlight reels he has made recently with his play in centerfield).
…Big Papi connected for his 24th homerun last night – six homeruns away from a 30 homer season. Who would have thought? The Sox are 21-2 when he hits the long ball.
The Sox have now won six straight. There are 19 games left. Texas has fallen to 5.5 games back, making the magic number 14. And always in the back of our minds, are those hated Yankees atop the East. The Sox have inched within 6.5 games of the Bronx Bombers (5 games in the loss column). Anything Is Possible.
So put on those Support Socks, and rally behind your favorite boys of summer as we head down to the stretch of the 2009 season. Gotta love fall ball.