That wasn't boos in Fenway. That was DREWWWWWWWWW.
Stephen Drew has his best night in a Red Sox uniform and it was capped off with a wall ball double in the 11th to bring in the winning run and end the three-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Drew went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI's.
All of this could have been avoided had Joel Hanrahan closed out the game. Instead, he gave up a home run to Brian Dozier and screwed it all up. To make matters worse, he couldn't even finish the inning as he appeared to have tweaked his elbow in the following at-bat and had to come out of the game. The bullpen was already depleted thanks to the Texas sweep and this made things a little more difficult.
Thankfully Clayton Mortensen came through huge, picking up where Hanrahan left off and went 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Tomorrow's starter Ryan Dempster was actually warming up in the bullpen for a bit just in case Mortensen got in any trouble but thankfully it was not needed.
In the beginning of the game, all the talk was about Clay Buchholz. He was being watched rather closely by MLB after Toronto's announcers were crying foul over his shiny arm and came out of the gate stumbling. After getting the leadoff hitter to line out to center, Buchholz gave up three straight hits to the heart of the Twins order, which gave the Twins a 2-0 lead. It could have been worse as he also gave up back-to-back walks in the inning, but was able to get a couple strikeouts to get out before any more damage could happen.
Clay continued that groove through the next couple of innings, racking up the strikeouts until the fourth, where back-to-back doubles from Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks would make it a three run Twin lead. They would also tack on another run in the fifth by way of a sac fly to give Buchholz his worst outing this season: four runs over six innings. He did get nine strikeouts though and his ERA is still a ridiculous 1.60 on the year.
The Sox offense would slowly pick away at the lead, which started with Shane Victorino's first home of the season in the fourth. The Sox would then take on a run in the next three innings to tie it up, with RBI singles from Drew & Mike Napoli and a home run by, you guessed it, Stephen Drew.
Then in the eighth Pedroia, who hasn't homered since last September 11th, had fouled off six of Anthony Swrzak's pitches before hitting one off of the light tower in the Monster. Pedroia had gone 183 at-bats without a home run before that shot. He finished the night 3-for-4. David Ortiz would follow that up with a double to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
After the Sox first big struggle in Texas, seeing this team grind out a win after getting in an early hole is nice to see. It was also great to see them not implode after Hanrahan crapped all over himself. Speaking of Hanrahan, Gordon Edes tweeted that he has right forearm soreness. Let's see if he goes on the disabled list tomorrow.