Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians the Boston Red Sox scored a record 12 runs in the sixth inning before recording an out. The 12 runs scored were an American League all-time record and the most since the 1883 White Stockings. Seeing the Sox players come up and nail pitch after pitch with some walks in between was very exciting. It must have been absolutely mind blowing for the fans at Fenway Park.
Winning games is good in it's own right, but setting records while doing it is just that more pleasing. The Red Sox have been scoring a lot of runs lately and have also had good pitching to back it up. With Dice-K doing his rehab starts and on his way back, my mind is going 100mph thinking of how it will be once he returns to Fenway Park.
Who's In First
After splitting the two game series with the Cleveland Indians, the dreaded Tampa Bay Devil Rays came to town. After arriving home from work to see that Brad Penny was able to hold them off, after I released him from my fantasy team (bonehead move), coupled with a loss by the Toronto Blue Jays put us in a first place tie. The Red Sox currently have a higher win percentage than the Jays but there is no split in games to give us the outright spot.
The series against Tampa Bay continues over the weekend as the Blue Jays are playing the Oakland Athletics. Let's hope the good times keep rolling and we can control the AL East throughout. Jon Lester is toeing the rubber against Scott Kazmir for Saturday's game and that match up sounds good for the Sox.
Bay Synonymous With Home Run
On another note, Jason Bay continues to drive the fans wild in Boston. Bay hit another home run last night in the 7-3 route of the Devil Rays has possibly the hottest bat in the MLB right now. Dustin Pedroia may not follow his MVP season with another, but Bay continuing to hit like he has been could ensure another MVP trophy for the Red Sox.
Every Red Sox highlight for the past two weeks it seems shows Jason Bay hitting an impact home run that either takes the lead or wins the game. With Manny Ramirez getting a 50 game suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs, I can't stress enough how happy I am that the deal for Bay was made last season.
The Sox are starting to streak and take the form that we expected them to. The pretenders in the AL East are also starting to come out and things should shape up to normal. Start your voting for the All-Star ballots, and make sure Jason Bay tops your list for outfielders, he deserves it.