Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/17/12


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Homerless in 63 at-bats dating back to June 24, Gonzalez came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox with two runners on and the score tied.

With one sweet swing, Gonzalez ended his power outage and propelled the Red Sox[team stats] to their third win in four games since the All-Star break. Gonzalez’ blast off of Chicago reliever Leyson Septimo landed in the front row of the Monster seats. The Sox added another run to pull out a 5-1 win in front of a season-high 38,334 fans at Fenway Park [map].

“It feels great to win the game,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not really worried about home runs or any of that stuff. I’m just trying to have good at-bats.”

Herald | Adrian Gonzalez hits clutch home run as Red Sox win

It's been a rough year for Adrian, but he came through in a big way last night. 

There's no reason to give up on the guy -- he's still a great hitter. He's just been playing badly. His swing has not looked right all year. To my amateur eye, it seems that his bat speed is down. Even last night, he was fouling off fastballs, just a split second late. The homer came off a hanging slider, and he took advantage of that natural inside-out swing we hear so much about.

It was so nice to see the team perform the way you expect a good team to perform. Solid pitching, then clutch hitting late. Eighth inning, nobody was pressing, Carl Crawford and David Ortiz knew what was important was to get on base, and Adrian knew it was time to bring them home.

One last thought about Adrian. Everyone seems to get down on him not being a clutch player, mostly (I think) because he shows no emotion so everyone forgets when he's good. The stats say otherwise. Even this year, when he's been lousy, his OPS is markedly better in high-leverage situations and than in medium- or low-leverage ones. He also has a .957 OPS with RISP and 2 outs.

On page 2, we check up on Papi's odd heel injury suffered while rounding second base on the homer.

"This (expletive) team is cursed," Ortiz said humorlessly as he limped toward the showers, his mood darkened by the knowledge that he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Ortiz left Fenway Park without the aid of crutches and was hopeful that the injury was not serious.

"I got sore," he said, "But I didn't hear any pop. That's a good sign. We'll see. We'll know more tomorrow. I think I'll be all right."

ESPNBoston | David Ortiz needs MRI on heel

How many emails did Dan Shaughnessy fire off to his editor last night? 

The Curse is back!

ESPNBoston | Adrian Gonzalez homers as Red Sox win in Youkilis' return | Rapid reaction: Red Sox 5, White Sox 1 | Kevin Youkilis returns to Fenway | Kevin Youkilis feels love at Fenway | Carl Crawford hits 2nd in debut | Dustin Pedroia set to return from DL | James asked to curb Paterno talk | Herald | David Ortiz pulls up lame | Carl Crawford helps out in return | Kevin Youkilis in no mood to feud | Aaron Cook gets job done again with keen efficiency | Globe | Powerful stuff | Crawford happy to be back | Ortiz injures Achilles tendon | Cook finds quick recipe for success | Youkilis returns with only fond Red Sox memories | CSNNE | Gonzalez powers Red Sox past Chicago, 5-1 | Another solid outing from Aaron Cook | Crawford gets off to a good start | Ortiz the latest to go down with injury | Gonzo's HR drought ends at right time | Youkilis gets everything but a win

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