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Yesterday in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Fenway faithful smelled blood and, for the first time this year, they woke up screaming and shouting — an eruption of noise that helped the Red Sox win Game 1 of this Division Series against Tampa Bay, 12-2.
“That’s a Fenway crowd right there; that’s what I’m talking about,” said David Ortiz of how the fans got into the game. “It’s the playoffs; it was good to go.”
Up until the fourth inning, the Red Sox were hitless and behind, 2-0. Jon Lester had given up two early solo home runs, and Matt Moore’s strong start had caused a nervous murmur, neither loud nor threatening, to run through the late-arriving crowd.
But when Dustin Pedroia led off the fourth with a single right up the middle, the cork was popped.
The Red Sox could not win a postseason game here in 2009, so it’s been five years since there was something to cheer about in this ballpark in October. It was the first and finest postseason moment in this ballpark since Oct. 11, 2009 — that’s too long around here.
Herald - Fenway casts its spell
It would be hard to script a better postseason opening game for the Boston Red Sox.
Despite the two solo shots he surrendered, Jon Lester was downright phenomenal. He lasted 7 2/3 innings, struck out 7 Rays, and only gave up one additional hit beyond the home runs.
As great as Lester was, the offense was just as good. Every starter got at least one hit, and everybody crossed the plate at least once. Everybody except Papi and Pedroia drove in a run. They chased Rays starter Matt Moore out of the game early in the 5th and forced Maddon to use 4 relievers. It took them a couple innings to get going, but once they did they didn't stop.
And the whole reason for Silverman's ode to Fenway above is that .gif at the top of the post. That's Ray's outfielder Wil Myers deciding at the last moment not to catch David Ortiz's pop-up. Silverman essentially says that the mystique and raucous Fenway crowd scared the bajeezus out of Myers and those forces made him "black out" for a second. Seriously, that's what he says. According to Myers, he saw Jennings out of the corner of his eye and backed off.
Considering that Myers was on the warning track, and the ball was directly over his head, his theory is about as likely as Silverman's proposed "black out". Whatever the case, this is the play that ignited the Sox offense - Gomes would double both Ortiz and Pedroia home for the Sox first runs.
Thanks Fenway's Super Powers Wil Myers.
Rest of the links:
Herald - Sox officially move on with Game 1 drubbing | Buckley: Jon Lester aces test | Jonny Gomes in the right spot | Globe - Red Sox jump on Rays miscues, win ALDS opener 12-2 | For Jonny Gomes, playoff win a long time coming | Myers puts fly ball behind him | WEEI - Doubront to be relied on for multiple innings | Powerful tone: Jon Lester dials it up, dominates Rays in Red Sox’ Game 1 win | CSNNE - Sox deliver balanced, historic offense | Gomes continues to be offensive sparkplug | Maddon: No problem with the Red Sox' late run
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The Boston Red Sox have returned to the playoffs in style.
For the first time since 2009, the Sox find themselves in contention for a World Series and are off to a fast start in getting there, after another win last night, they are the beneficiaries of a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Rays heading in to Game 3.
In Game 1, Jon Lester pitched a brilliant 7 2/3 innings...
BOSTON — Jon Lester had become used to the big stage. He won the Red Sox’ World Series-clinching game in 2007, and then pitched in the postseason again in 2008 and 2009. The accepted norm wasn’t if the Red Sox would make the playoffs, but rather how far they’d advance once they punched their ticket to the dance.
Lester learned a harsh reality over the next three seasons,...
BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Lester allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of poor Tampa Bay defense in a five-run fourth to beat the Rays 12-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the AL division series.
Lester gave up a pair of solo homers into the Monster Seats, but he got the lead back when the Rays fell apart in the fourth. One ball fell between two outfielders,...
BOSTON — The Red Sox’ home-field advantage has been just that — an advantage.
The Red Sox downed the Rays 7-4 at Fenway Park on Saturday, and they’ll now leave Boston and head for Tampa Bay with a 2-0 series lead in their back pocket. It’s a favorable position for the American League’s top seed.
David Ortiz led the charge with two homers in Saturday’s Game 2. He drilled...
The Red Sox will open their post-season run today at 3:07 PM against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Jon Lester (15-8) will get the ball for The Carmine Hose, while lefty Matt Moore (17-4) takes the hill for the Rays. Moore shut out the Red Sox on two hits back on July 22nd. While just 24, this will be Moore's third post-season start. Lester had been on a roll until last Saturday...
Jon Lester led the way for the Red Sox in a 12-2 win
over Tampa Bay in Game One of the ALDS Friday
at Fenway Park (Winslow Townson/USA Today)
Moral of the American League Division Series Game One story: the Red Sox might get down, but don’t ever count them out.
While Boston fell into a 2-0 hole after four innings thanks to a pair...
David Price did not take his ALDS Game 2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in stride on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays ace allowed seven runs over seven innings and was taken deep twice by David Ortiz. Big Papi’s second home run was a towering shot in the eighth inning that wrapped around the […]
The Boston Red Sox earned an important victory in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park on Friday by exploding for 12 runs against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore.
Moore started his first career playoff game with three scoreless innings, but a defensive mistake by Rays right fielder Wil Myers allowed the Red Sox to take control of the contest in the fourth inning. Myers misplayed...
Fenway Park and Red Sox nation was clearly excited to see playoff baseball back in Boston on Friday afternoon as the Boston Red Sox stormed out an impressive 12-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The win marked the first time that Boston had won a playoff game since October 18, 2008 a span of 1,812 days. Jon Lester got the start in Game...
American League Division Series – Game 1Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MassachusettsWhen: Oct. 4, 3:00 PM (ET) on TBSJon Lester (15-8, 3.75) vs....
First Pitch: Friday 3:07 | Fenway Park | TBS/WEEI
2013 vs. Rays: 12-7 | +14 Run differential
Game 1 Matchup:
Matt Moore, LHP 2013: 17-4, 3.29 ERA
Jon Lester, LHP 2013: 15-8, 3.75 ERA
Career vs. Sox: 2-2, 3.86 ERA, 0.989 WHIP
Career vs. Rays: 12-9, 4.30 ERA, 1.318 WHIP
2013 vs. Sox: 2...
The Tampa Bay Rays' road show hit a speed bump Friday at Fenway Park.
Playing their ninth consecutive game away from Tropicana Field, the Rays ran into stellar pitching from left-hander Jon Lester in the Boston Red Sox's 12-2 victory in Game 1 of this American League Division Series. The eighth-year veteran only allowed two runs and three hits in 7 23 innings (seven strikeouts...
Whether you’re a fan of “The Canuck,” “Ironsides” or “The Tease,” the Red Sox’ beards offer a shape and level of shagginess for all tastes.
Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, David Ortiz and others talked about their facial follicles and how it has helped the team come together to defy expectations this season. Bruins fans will be happy to hear that “Fear the Beard” may...
Going into today’s Red Sox-Rays game, plate discipline and the strike zone figured to play prominent roles. They did, to a certain degree. Defense — or lack thereof — played a bigger one.
As FanGraphs readers know, Red Sox and Rays hitters are patient at the plate. No team in either league swung at a lower percentage of pitches out of the strike zone than Tampa Bay. Their 0...
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)David Ortiz took David Price deep twice, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Dustin Pedroia knocked in three runs to pace the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over Tampa and a commanding 2-0 ALDS series lead. Boston went to the plate in an uncharacteristically aggressive mode against Price and built an early 5-1 lead on the Rays' ace. But John Lackey...