Pedro Ciriaco single-handedly (OK, not quite) took down the New York Yankees, 9-5.
To say he was locked in would be an understatement. He finished the game 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs (all coming on a base-clearing double in the 6th). In addition to his bat, he brought his wheels (stole third, then trotted home on a terrible throw from Russell Martin), and his glove. Odds are that he'll never have another game like this, but it doesn't matter. He's had this one.
Mauro Gomez had himself another solid game too. He had three hits as well (2 doubles), with 2 runs scored and an RBI. The difference was that he was awful in the field, playing third. The Yankees jumped out to an early 3-0 lead (where have we seen that before?) thanks to a couple of bad plays from Gomez to put both runners on. But we're not going to focus on the negatives here. The Red Sox won a game!
The other Sox batters were pretty damn good too. Gonzo continued to rake with 3 hits as well. Punto and Papi had two hits. Sweeney had a triple. Everyone was contributing except Salty, who went 0-4 with 3 strike outs, leaving 7 men on base.
On the mound, Doubront kept the Yankees in check after that first inning. He finished with 6.1 innings pitched, 4 runs allowed (3 earned) 1 walk and 6 K's. Albers, Mortensen, Padilla and Aceves finished the rest of the game, with the Yankees final run coming on an Eric Chavez home run off of Aceves.
But Ciriaco and Gomez were the story tonight. The lesser-known and paid Red Sox were the spark this team has so badly needed. Let's home this is the start of something.