The Sox began the season red hot. “Red hot” is not the optimal term to describe their play as of late though. After squandering a few series’ and putting up dismal numbers at the plate, the Red Sox have found themselves back amongst the log jam of other competitive AL East teams.
If the Red Sox are to persevere and break through these midseason doldrums, they will have to do it on the back of their superstars, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Lately, the Red Sox have put together a nice little four game winning streak, with two of the three coming in the ninth and the tenth innings respectively.
Against the Tampa Bay Rays in Thursday’s series finale, the Sox entered the ninth inning trailing 3 to 1. The first two batters up were Pedroia and Ortiz. They both ended up drawing walks from the prolific closer Fernando Rodney. Those two base runners ended up scoring the second and third Boston run of the game, tying the score at 3. The Red Sox would win 4-3.
The next night, the Sox entered the tenth inning against the Minnesota Twins tied at 2. Dustin Pedroia led off the inning with a single and Ortiz followed it up with another walk. The Red Sox would go on to win the game in the inning 3-2.
When the superstars on a team can demonstrate abilities such as clutch hitting and patience at the plate, it is infectious in a locker room. If Pedroia and Ortiz can keep this up, this four game winning streak could be adding a few more notches to its belt.