I don't know if you could see on television but there was a fire somewhere outside of the stadium that eventually filled the place with smoke (especially up top where I was), which I think caused the incredibly soar throat I have this morning. Anyway, baseball...
If the Sox had gone past the fourth and still hadn't scored I think it would've been time to get a little nervous. But luckily they woke up and realized that Mark Redman All-Star is, when all is said and done, a Royals pitcher. The eight run inning had everyone getting into the action except Jermaine Dye (saw one pitch and it hit him) and Pablo Ozuna (who I guess did have a sacrifice). The Sox have had opportunities for huge innings like this a lot lately and have not taken advantage (second inning, 1st and 3rd, no outs, and get no runs?), so it was nice to see them cash in when they had the other team down.
It was also good to get Dye and Joe Crede out of the game after the big inning. I cannot remember the last time Crede grabbed some bench. And althought I was highly disappointed I didn't get to see more of my favorite right fielder, and the sign a girl in our group had made went to waste, you don't want to see him go out there after being hit in the leg with a pitch.
What more can you say about a game like this? We seem to be clicking on all cylinders again but it is bound to seem that way when KC's pitching comes up against an offense as powerful as ours. I don't want to take three of four this series, I want the whole shebang. An eight game win streak in August is ALWAYS good. Then we'll take the show on the road for the Twins and Tigers.*****
And props to Brian Anderson for his 3-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 HR night that raised his batting average to .225!