Sox Win Completes Another Boston Sports Trifecta
Jason Varitek took a hanging breaking ball from Scot Shields and drove it to the gap plating home J.D. Drew and delivering the Boston Red Sox their 21st win of the season by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Drew also had a homerun for Terry Francona and the Red Sox as the Boston’s right-fielder went 2-for-4 on the game as Boston rallied for two runs in the eighth to tie the game and take a one-run advantage going into the ninth as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a hitless inning to record his ninth save of the season.
Boston has now won four out of their last five, thanks in large part to the strong efforts from Boston’s relief corps. Justin Masterson pitched six innings for the Sox as Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez, and Papelbon combined to only allow one hit in three innings of work as Ramirez recorded the win.
Tim Wakefield is on the rubber tonight for the Sox, looking to win his fifth game of the season by taking on Matt Palmer of the Angels.
Celtics Mount Comeback After Trailing By 14 In Final Quarter
After stealing Game 4 from the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on Sunday, the Boston Celtics decided they weren’t done with their thievery quiet yet as the Celtics had enough gas left in the tank to finish off the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
The Boston Celtics trailed by 14 with 8:49 to play but a 12-point fourth quarter from Stephon Marbury and 13-0 run starting with little over five mintues remaining gave the Celtics a 92-88 victory as the C’s stole another win away from the Magic in Game 5.
Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 left to give Boston it’s first lead since the first quarter as the C’s never relinquished the advantage by hitting all six of their free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Glen Davis led all Celtics players with 22 points as Paul Pierce had 19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Boston shot 42 percent from the field but the C’s couldn’t seem to hit a shot until the final quarter. Doc Rivers and the Celtics outscored the Magic by 12 points in the fourth quarter which was capped off by a 14-point rally.
Boston now holds a 3-2 series advantage as the two teams head to Amway Arena to play Game 6 as the C’s look to finish off the Magic in Orlando.
B’s Dominate Canes To Force Game 7 In Boston
The top-seeded Boston Bruins refused to be sucker punched out of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes as Mark Recchi and company jumped on the Canes early and often on their way to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.
Boston staked an 2-0 advantage early on thanks in large part to Recchi and Steve Montador. Carolina got on the scoreboard early in the second but Marc Savards goal halfway through the second period gave Boston all the scoring it would need as Chuck Kobasew added a goal late in the second to give Claude Julien and Bruins some breathing room for the final period.
Tim Thomas made 31 stops for the B’s as Patrice Bergeron had two assists. Aaron Ward, the victim of a cheap punch by Carolina’s Scott Walker in Game 5, played 20 minutes for the Black and Gold even with a broken orbital bone.
The two teams will square off in Game 7 of the series on Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden to determine who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.
I have been telling a few people that I think the Celtics will win this series. It could be a victory in vain because I am not sure they have a chance at beating Cleveland but I think they will outlast Orlando and win in a game 7 at home. Tonight is really the tell all at how gritty they will be in the final games of this series. We know they have the fight in them. Who will tonight’s hero be?… Possibly a Ray Allen 3 point buzzer beater?.. Maybe a Paul Pierce step back jumper?.. Or Rondo taking it to hoop forcing a foul?… It will be an exciting game tonight.
A night without sports is not as exciting! Big games tomorrow though! Looking forward to it.