Nothing makes you feel better about your bullpen then seeing the opposing teams' bullpen suck even more! Toronto's closer Sergio Santos gives up three in the ninth and Alfredo Aceves gets the save and clinches the first win for the Sox as they beat Toronto, 4-2.
The rally was started by Dustin Pedroia as he managed to get a double off of Santos and then got to third thanks to a passed ball through JP Arencibia. Adrian Gonzalez was able to get a hold of one deep enough to get a sacrifice fly.
Santos couldn't keep it together as he walked both David Ortiz & Cody Ross. Ryan Sweeney came through yet again in the clutch as he hit an RBI double to bring in pitch runner Darnell McDonald to take the lead. Santos threw a wild pitch and scored an insurance run and put the game further out of reach.
As great as the comeback was, the story of the game has to be Scott Atchison, who pitched three innings of one hit ball and kept the game close after Felix Doubront could only go five innings.
Doubront looked pretty well out there and didn't have much trouble except in the third inning where the Jays managed to score a pair of runs off the 24 year old. The first run looked like a bad call as Colby Rasmus somehow snuck past Jarrod Saltalamacchia's tag on a grounder back to the pitcher.
A couple of replays showed Salty did graze Rasmus before he touched the plate but the umpire missed it. It would've been a no doubt out if Salty covered the plate instead of trying to reach back and tag him. Edwin Encarnacion did get an RBI single but the inning could've been much worse.
Doubront was able to shut down Jose Bautista as the slugger went 0-3 against Doubront despite having a couple chances to do some damage in the third & fifth. Doubront went five innings, allowing the two runs on four hits & three walks. He also managed to get six strikeouts as well.
The offense was pretty quiet for eight innings. They only managed to get four hits off of Henderson Alvarez. Thankfully Dustin Pedroia managed to take advantage of the one mistake Alvarez made as he took a high and inside fastball deep for his first home run of the year.
With the offense continuing to play well late in games to get yet another comeback and with Aceves finally closing the door on a team, maybe we can chalk up the sweep in Detroit to the juggernaut that we played?