Update: Now that I've seen the whole game--
- I loved Wake's first strikeout, which came against Jack Cust. The final pitch taunted Cust from about letter-high, and then dropped as if controlled by strings as he hacked at it with his bat. Great pitch.
- As far as I'm concerned, Nick Green can stay as long as he needs to. He made three great plays in the field today, especially his twisting catch in shallow left field to preserve the no-hitter for Wake in the seventh. And he kept the rally going in the eighth.
- Not to be overlooked in the field, either: Jacoby Ellsbury. It's nice to hear his name when it's not being not taken in vain. Okay, same goes for all of them...
- ...but especially JD Drew. He got a measure of new respect from me when he knocked a three-run homer in the eighth after abjectly, miserably, pathetically K'ing the crap out of his first three at-bats and then being brought to his knees by a brushback pitch. Not just because he hit the homer--because of the resilience and yes, grittiness his pounce on a new relief pitcher showed after such a tough day at the plate. Maybe I should give him more credit on that front.
- I will never really know what it's like, but even I felt at least some of George Kottaras's pain when he caught a knuckleball to the jimmies. Yikes.
- Even though we knew what happened, it was still hard to believe watching the 8th inning open at 2-0 that the final score was really going to be 8-2. "Isn't this great, after this road trip?" Rem-Dawg kept saying as the Sox fired up the merry-go-round that inning. To hear him talk, it sounded like the six runs the Sox plated in that inning were a refreshing dip in the pool after crawling in a desert for days. Yeah, that's probably about right.
- Wake just smiled and held up one finger to signal "1 out" when Kurt Suzuki broke up his no-hitter. And yeah, he did his job and then some today, giving the bullpen some desperately needed rest. But if there's one guy who deserved that, it's Wake. Too bad.
After making me stay up into the wee hours on school nights to watch them lose, the Sox managed to accomplish their first win this week while I was at work. So clearly, we still have some issues to work through.
Also, I would like to personally apologize to everyone on behalf of my Dad, who called to tell me about the no-hitter and to turn on the TV about five seconds before Wakefield lost said no-hitter. There's your scapegoat, if you're looking for one.
But probably, you're not. A win is a win is a win is a win.
The season has been frustrating so far, but it's really not like I was ready to line up on the Tobin Bridge before this. It's not like I think everything is solved now, either. Still, after the surprising skid the Sox have taken over the last few weeks, I think it's good for all of us, players and fans alike, to be reminded of what success looks like.
Off to scroll through the highlights on TiVo.