Sunday, April 09, 2006


Same style, different day. Not even a broken Coco could upset the Sox clockwork victory, leading to a sweep of the Baltimoreans. The Sox get off to their best start in seven years and head home for Opening Day Tuesday.

Adam Stern filled in more than admirably for Coco Crisp with two runs batted in filling in for Coco Crisp who had injured his glove hand sliding last night.

Another quality start, as Wakefield goes six, allowing one run. Josh Bard had no difficulties behind the plate, and scored a run on a heads up baserunning play.

The Sox beat longtime nemesis Rodrigo Lopez, and Kevin Millar gets the walkoff out for consecutive games.

Mike Timlin and Keith Foulke both looked solid in relief, and although Jonathan Papelbon wasn't as sharp as in the previous games, he got it done, notching his third save and remaining unscored upon.

The most encouraging aspects of the victories are the total team contribution with different players contributing to the victory daily. About the only negative note was a pair of Sox errors, the first leading to an Oriole run.

On the post-game show, they noted that Terry Francona was the 17th Sox skipper to reach 200 victories, and he has achieved it in the second fewest games.

The Sox' zero earned runs allowed drops their ERA to the neighborhood of '4' for the season. In the 'things you never see' category, the Sox' Alex Gonzalez had a key sac bunt with two on, perfectly placed down the third base line, which led to a pair of runs. Small ball can win, too.

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