For his 100th career home run, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam off A’s reliever Ryan Cook in the bottom of the sixth to push the Sox past Oakland 7-1.
Down 0-2, Pedey took Cook over the Green Monster to put the game away against the team with the best record in the American League. Righty Clay Buchholz had perhaps his best start of the game, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing just one run to the A’s underrated offense.
Red Sox Nation is waiting for the team to string together more than two wins in a row. When it looks like the club is going to get on a roll, they stumble the following night, making tomorrow’s game against Oakland an intriguing one for the defending champs.
Surely the Athletics are using this series as a barometer to see if they can do better in the playoffs than in recent memory. While it is far from a guarantee that the A’s are going to be in the postseason, their recent playoff struggles must be on the mind of both the team and the front office.
Boston on the other hand has had some of its key players yet to get things going. Pedroia’s big night was a great sign, and another scoreless night from the bullpen can reassure starters that their leads should be safe late in games.
Both teams play again tomorrow at Fenway Park as Jon Lester takes the mound for the Sox against Tommy Millone at 1:35 PM EST. Guess that means I will be awake at 10 AM to catch the game from the west coast!