Down five runs for most of the game, the Boston Red Sox stormed back to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the ninth by the score of 6-5 on Mike Carp’s walk-off sacrifice fly.
Baltimore was coasting for most of the night, hitting the ball hard off of Sox starter Jake Peavy. It was his worst start of the season so far, but based on his track record, it’s alright to dismiss it for now.
Through five and a half frames the Orioles were dominant, with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching his best game against the Red Sox in quite some time. However, he gave up a three-run shot to team mascot/spark plug Jonny Gomes that put Boston within striking distance.
Two runs in the seventh off the O’s bullpen tied the game for the Sox, another one of those hits coming from Captain Clutch himself David Ortiz. Again it was Boston’s pen that kept them in the game after Peavy exited, with strong performances from Chris Capuano, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, and Edward Mujica.
Mujica took the win, his first with the Red Sox, while Baltimore reliever Zach Britton got the loss. It was another bullpen battle that the Sox win, something that we should see happen frequently this year.
Tomorrow bring a new challenge for this resilient Boston club. Patriot’s day will remind everyone of the horrible occurrence from last year’s Boston Marathon. Ortiz helped fans last season, and he and the rest of the Sox will have to do the same on what will be an emotion-packed morning at Fenway Park.
With so many people coming out to the Boston Marathon to show how strong we are from the experience, there will nonetheless be a somber mood during moments of tomorrow’s ceremonies. That’s where this Red Sox team will come in, and we will again see why this club means so much to the people of the area with their play on the field and their cohesion with this Boston community.