We are down 3 games to 1 and on the verge of elimination. Tampa Bay only needs one more win and our season is over. We lost the previous two games in Fenway
9-1 and 13-4 and we are losing badly again tonight at this point in the game as
you can tell by the crowd's reaction.
The score is 7-0 in the 7th inning. I am thinking, no way. The lead is just too big, but still, I have that tiny ray of hope. We have comeback before. We lost the first 3 games to the Yankees, and then came back to win the next 4 games in a row in 2004 and we were down 3 games to 1 to the Indians, and then came back to win the next 3 in a row last year.
Bottom of the 7th, Jed Lowrie doubles to deep right. The crowd wakes up. Then both Jason Varitek and Mark Kotsay fly out to center field. Two outs! It is not looking good. Coco Crisp is up next. He singles to left field, advancing Jed Lowrie to third. With a man in scoring position, Dustin Pedrioa, our MVP is up. The crowd gets loud. He singles to right and Jed Lowrie scores!! Woo hoo!!! It is now 7-1. The crowd goes crazy! Coco Crisp is now at third base and Big Papi is up to bat! Of course TBS has to remind us that he has not hit a home run in a long long time. HOME RUN!!!!
The crowd goes wild. It's now 7-4. Is it possible? Could we actually win this game?
As the 8th continues, Jed Lowrie flies out to left and Sean Casey strikes out. With two outs, Mark Kotsay doubles to deep center. Coco Crisp is up next. He singles to right field and Mark Kotsay scores the tying run!!!!
Meanwhile, Coco Crisp tries to stretch a single to a double is tagged out. Three outs. The score is tied 7-7!!! It is pandemonium in Fenway Park!
Papelbon (our closer) already pitched the 7th and 8th innings to stop the bleeding, so our rookie pitcher, Justin Masterson is pitching the ninth. After lots of pacing, wringing hands, and nail biting, we get out of the inning without allowing Tampa Bay to score. The score is still tied 7-7.
Bottom of the 9th. Dustin Pedroia is up first. He grounds out to third. One out. Then Big Papi strikes out. Two outs. Youk is up next. He hits the ball to the third baseman. Pretty much everyone is thinking automatic out, BUT the third baseman makes a bad throw and the ball goes into the stands. Kevin Youkilis advances to second base on the error and is now in scoring position!! Jason Bay is up next. Wouldn't that be amazing if Jason Bay, the person traded for Manny Ramirez would score the game winning run. NOPE, Tampa Bay intentionally walks him and instead faces JD Drew, the guy that hit a home run in the 8th inning.
My heart is racing. Unbelievable!! JD Drew hits a walk off single to deep right field and Kevin Youkilis scores. 8-7!!!! SOX WIN!!!! SOX WIN!!!!
It is the biggest postseason comeback since 1929 and another magical night in Fenway Park!!
*EDITED: Some added trivia ~ This was the biggest comeback ever in a playoff elimination game. The previous record was 5 runs last done by the Angels in game 6 of the 2002 World Series, and interestingly the bench coach for the Angels that day was Joe Maddon (the current manager of the Tampa Bay Rays).
Our season is still alive!! GO SOX!!!!