Just when it appeared that the Red Sox are incapable of beating good pitching, they went out and pounded the American League’s ERA leader for starting pitchers, Hisashi Iwakuma. If I was a betting man, I would have bet against my beloved Red Sox.
It just wasn’t a good matchup. They were thoroughly shut down by Felix Hernandez and Jered Weaver in their previous two games, and had their worst collapse of the season in a 9-7 loss on Saturday.
But this bunch is full of surprises. After two innings, the Red Sox were down 5-1 and the rout seemed to be on. Allen Webster has been as two-faced as … well, Two-Face this year. Sometimes he’s a great player who seems like a building block for this team, and other times he is a self-destructive mess.
Last night it was the latter. The youngster couldn’t make it through three full innings and departed after giving up seven earned runs.
Luckily for him, the Red Sox bats had his back. It was the first time they’d seen All-Star Iwakuma this season, but it’s safe to say he doesn’t want to see this lineup any time soon. David Ortiz led the way with four hits, including a home run, and in the process tied the record for most hits ever by a DH.
Not to be outdone, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino all went yard at Safeco Field, which is normally considered a pitcher’s park.
From that point on, the bullpen did what they did best: take care of business. All-Star candidate Koji Uehara punctuated the victory with a seven-pitch ninth inning to pick up his sixth save. Wins like this are the little victories that go a long way in a 162 game season. They’re games that the Red Sox had no business winning, but did anyway. It’s what makes this club so fun to watch this year.