The Sox won their second straight last night with a 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigersat Fenway Park, after a bench-clearing scuffle and a few ejections.
Junichi Tazawa, the 23 year old Japanese sensation, made his first career start for the Sox and tossed five valiant innings and kept us in the ballgame with some gritty pitching. We were 3-0 down when Kevin Youkilis set the place alight and got Fenway buzzing.
After getting hit on Monday and after V-Mart was brushed back in the first inning last night, Youk got hit in the shoulder again and you know what Youkilis is like when he gets fired up and angry, he sees red and just explodes. After shouting a few expletives and removing his padding, Kevin made a dash towards the mound. Rick Porcello didn’t know what to do and was left with no choice but to fight like a man.
Kev whippe off his batting helmet and threw it at Porcello and he actually made it to the pitcher, which is a rare occurance in mound chargings. Youkilis flung Porcello to the ground with an American football tackle and I think he threw a few punches whilst the benches and bullpens emptied all around. A few more squirmishes opened up but after Youk got tossed and Porcello got ejected, things settled down a little.
Mike Lowell came into the game for Youkilis and would prove to be the decider later on in the game. In the first at bat after the rumble, David Ortiz singled to put runners on first and second for Jason Bay, who hit the furthest ball I have seen out of Fenway Park this season. After clearing the monster, it kept rising and came to land near the back of the parking lot at the back to tie the game up at 3.
The following inning, after Terry had been thrown out for arguing a stolen base ,Mikey Lowell sent a fastball into the monster seats for a go-ahead solo shot, making it 4-3 Sox. Tazawa kept it there for two innings before leaving it to the bullpen and in the bottom of the fifth, Mike gave the pen a hand with his second home run of the game and his 13th of the seaon with a moon shot to the last row of the monster seats. So, the pen had a 6-3 lead to work with and held it there all the way until the top of the ninth, by which time we had added an insurance run at 7-3.
Jonathan Papelbon surrendered a two-run blast to Curtis Granderson to make it 7-5, but settled down and secured the last out, to put us up one-and-a-half games in the AL Wildcard race.