And then the fourth inning happened. If you missed it, I'm sorry. Some crazy shit transpired...and it was awesome!
Inning over... a very long, MY-ers-chant-filled inning. This was one of the craziest innings I've ever witnessed. The Rays' defense was horrible, but they were never charged with an error... just a lot of misplays. And the Red Sox took advantage of all of them! Sox go up 5-2.
- Dustin Pedroia singles to center for the first hit of the day.
- Big Papi hits a ground-rule double to right field, Pedroia moves to third. But the best part about this play was that Will Myers had a chance to catch this ball but he stopped, the ball went over his head and bounced into stands.
- Crowd begins "MY-ers... MY-ers... MY-ers" chant that lasts most of the inning.
- Mike Napoli pops out to second. (Booo-hiss)
- Jonny Gomes, Mr. Clutch, doubles to center. Desmond Jennings misplays the ball off the wall and both Pedroia and Ortiz score.
- Ball game is tied!
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia strikes out. (D'oh!)
- Stephen Drew singles on a ground ball to first base. James Loney fields the ball but Matt Moore lollydgags his way over to cover first and Gomes scores from second on an infield single. Drew is safe at first.
- Will Middlebrooks doubles to left. Drew scores from first.
- Jacoby Ellsbury strikes out but Jose Lobaton misses the damn thing and Ellsbury makes it to first. Middlebrooks to third.
- Shane Victorino singles to right. Middlebrooks scores. Ellsbury to second.
- Pedroia grounds out.
I could go play-by-play through each inning, but we'd be here all night. Let's just say the fourth inning set the tone for the rest of the game. The Red Sox scored three more runs in the fifth inning, and then four more in the eighth. Jon Lester settled down and allowed just two runs on three hits over 7.2 innings.
The Red Sox win game one of the ALDS 12-2.