I'll tell you what, at the end of the 5th, I was hurling every swear word in the book, probably even made up a few as well, at Bobby Abreu. When he let Oritz's ball get behind him, I was done with this guy as two nights in a row, this guy's fielding has cost the bombers the game. BUT, just when you think you're out, they pull you back in. Comes back with a game saving grab in the 8th, and after three multi hit games in a row, I'm willing to forgive him and move on!
It bothers me that the national media gets surprised when Pappelbon blows a save. This guy has put in one season of quality work as a closer and they want to make him out to be Mo Rivera times 2. - He's not Mo Rivera - he's 9 more seasons, 4 more rings, and several more post-season saves away from being Mo Rivera. And speaking of Mo, the fact he had to shut it down against Ortiz, Manny, Youkilis, and Mike Lowell (Lowell by the way is an MVP Candidate right now) - I'm calling it, he's back. From now on, when he's coming into the game - it is over. He showed some emotion at the end of last night's game - hopefully his teammates got the message.
This was a tough series, and it means something that they won it. They actually rallied late in the game to win this - something winners find a way to do.
They now head to Chicago to face the White Sox. Even though they're under .500, this is going to be another tough series and the White Sox are just as desperate to turn things around as the Yanks. Clemens gets scratched from the start (that's about right considering how this season has went) and DeSalvo goes instead of Igawa which I am all for. Hopefully Abreu's hitting can continue, and mixes in some fielding practice along the way.
12.5 back, and 6 games under .500 right now - it is not where we want to be, but it is an improvement.