Youk hands out some awkward hi-five's to the Boston bench. (AP Photo)
It took them nearly a month, but the Red Sox finally got a road victory, and they're now 1-7 away from Fenway Park. What I liked most about yesterday's win is that it was a total grind. Nothing came easy, as the Oakland Athletics seemed to continually threaten the Red Sox lead. These are the wins that help mold a Team while teaching them the perseverance that's needed to last throughout a baseball season.
The Legend of Jed Lowrie continues to grow after another stupendous day for the 27 year old, who went 2 for 4 with a couple of RBI and an HR. Apologies to both Dustin Pedroia and Josh Beckett, but if the apocalyptic start to the 2011 Red Sox season somehow gets turned around, it will be due in large part to the the dogged determination of Jed Lowrie. Who is now hitting an obese .462 with 11 RBI. His smoldering Louisville Slugger seems to have kicked off some sparks and is helping ignite the once dormant Red Sox bats.
On the other side of the plate, while Clay Buchholz didn't have a lights out performance, it was good enough to put the Red Sox in a position to win, which is all the Red Sox need or want. As Alex Speier from WEEI pointed out on Twitter yesterday, Buchholz became the 5th straight Red Sox starter with at least 5+ IP, while giving up one or zero runs. This is the first time this has happened to the Club since 1947. Which is a pretty amazing feat when looked at in that context, and as a result it should be no surprise then that they've won four out of those five games.
If anything, 2011 has not been boring, and with the Sox three games into their nine game trip, you hope that yesterday was just the start of a Golden Road run.
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