A real butt-whipping last night despite the 1-0 score. Tigers had 9 hits, including some hard hit balls, and the Sox had one scratch single and 17 K's, tying a playoff record.
The up side is the Sox played pretty good D behind Lester last night. Speaking of whom, Leyland stacked his lineup with 8 righties against Lester, our one lefty starter. Against the righty Sanchez, who only had the lowest ERA among starters in the AL this year, Farrell stacked his lineup with, pause for effect, 5 righty bats! No Carp at 1B, no Salty at C. I give Farrell a pass on Ross catching because I think he helped hold the Tigers score down and called a good game.
The Tigers now have the home field advantage, simple as that--even if the Buchholz beats Scherzer tonight.
Salty will be back in the lineup, obviously, and so might Carp be. Last night Napoli looked completely befuddled, like a bull in the ring about to get the final skewer. If Carp, then the Sox will have six lefty bats against Scherzer. The three righties will be Vic, Pedey, and MBR or Bogaerts. I think MBR keeps his spot because of his defense, which so far in the postseason has been steady and heady.
So there is definitely hope. On the other hand, the Tigers right now have to feeling very, very confident. Their lineup is pretty darn solid, more solid than ours at the 3, 4, 5, and 6 spots, and their rotation is even more solid.