Santana- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.02 ERA, 115/72 # pitches/strikes
Lester- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.93 ERA, 120/76 # pitches/strikes
Jepsen came in for the Angels in the 8th inning and promptly issued 2 free passes and then a single by J.D. Drew to load the bases. I was totally prepared to see Mike Lowell step up to the plate because up to that point Ortiz already had already struck out and had grounded into a double play. Tito decided to go with the Large Father, though. Bad move. It breaks my heart to see such revered sports heroes having so much difficulty as their careers start to wind down. (I’m still waiting for Mo to get on with his end of career slide.) Big Papi flailed again and ground into his second double play of the night, stranding a total of 7 teammates on the bases for the night. No matter, as Jeremey Hermida stepped up to the plate and whacked an opposite field bases clearing double that Juan Rivera may have gotten to had he not misjudged the incoming. The Sox were up 4-1 at that point with a man still on second base and Darnell McDonald due up. Finally Scioscia pulls Jepsen and sends in our old pal Scott Shields. Now Tito decides to send in Mike to pinch hit, and he delivered again, sending in Hermida to home with another double. Shields loaded up the bases again before he finally got Van Every to strike out, lest another slugfest break out.