After a terrible weekend and road trip, the Sox found themselves out of first place. Tonight, they can celebrate having a share of first again thanks to a Detroit loss and taking care of their own business by beating the Twins by a final of 11-4. The Sox have won the series and have a chance to do some household cleaning tomorrow afternoon.
The Sox got the scoring started in the bottom of the first innings scoring on a beautiful Twins error. They would give the lead up in the sixth inning when Jamey Carroll would hit a three-run home run to make the score 4-2. At that point, it was easy to think the game was lost and the Sox would miss an beautiful opportunity to tie the Tigers for first in the AL Central.
However, the offense WOKE UP tonight Big Donkey tied things up in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run bomb. This was a welcome respite after a blown call. Initially, Angel Hernandez ruled no catch by Darin Mastroianni, but then the umpires got together and said it was a catch. Since there was a “catch” Alejandro De Aza was ruled out. After that, the Twins would walk Alexei Ramirez to get to The Cuban Tank, Dayan Viciedo. This was not very smart as the bases were loaded due to the walk and Viciedo made the Twins pay by hitting a two-run single. He ended up on second thanks to another error, this time committed by Josh Willingham.
The Sox would continue to pile on in the eighth inning and eventually got 11 runs all told. First place, even if in a tie, feels pretty good right now. The starters in the game, Cole De Vries and Jose Quintana didn’t figure in the decision as both were taken out of the game after getting “abused” by the opposing team. As I said, tomorrow, the Sox will get a chance to do some household cleaning with Jake Peavy and Nick Blackburn battling it out. It would be really awesome for some cleaning to happen.