Following a 14-inning game on Monday and a dreadful four-inning performance from a struglling Jon Lester last night, Alfredo Aceves came up big tonight. He hurled a much-needed six-innings allowing four hits, four walks, one earned run, and three strikeouts. This came against a division rival in series deciding game. I know we have been tired of his antics, but this guy is pretty...pretty...pretty good. Is he here to stay? We'll see.
Not a lot of offense on both sides tonight besides the legend of Daniel Nava, as he put the Sox on top in the third inning 2-0. Nava is currently batting .300 with 44 RBI, which put him in the top 10 in the American League. Not bad for a former back-up. Nava's two-run shot was ultimately the deciding factor of the game. Gotta love this kid.
Side note: It seems like any pitcher in baseball can strikeout Mike Napoli right now with a slider away. Hey Michael...stop swinging at the slider away.
Andrew Bailey was called in the 9th-inning of a 2-1 and needed to redeem himself due to his iffy performance as of late. Things didn't start of on the right foot, as Bailey allowed a lead-off single to right by James Loney. However, Bailey buckled down and retired the rest of the side to preserve the game and earn the save.
The Sox travel to face another divisional rival in the Baltimore Orioles. Felix Doubront takes the mound for the Sox as the Orioles counter with top prospect Kevin Gausman. First pitch is at 7:05pm.