First off, Victor Martinez.
His left toe looked like it had been run over by a truck. The toenail was gray. Or was it green? And it was still swollen despite having blood drained out. Victor left the clubhouse wearing flip-flops because putting on anything else would have been impossible.
But x-rays were negative and he may be out only a day or two.
“I just want to see how it feels tomorrow. The only thing I can tell you is there’s pain,” Martinez said. “Hopefully it’s not going to take too long. We’ll see.”
How lucky were the Sox? Jorge Posada had a ball fouled off his right foot earlier this month and suffered a fracture that will keep him out as long as four weeks.
Then we have Clay Buchholz. He’s now 6-3 and has a 3.07 ERA. If you go back to last August 29, he’s 11-4 with a 3.27 ERA. He and Jon Lester have carried the rotation. Buchholz is second in the AL in wins behind David Price of the Rays, who has seven.
Terry Francona was impressed with how Buchholz handled lefty hitters with his cutter, burying it in there time after time. He also handled the running game well, delivering the ball quickly.
It’s fun to watch a guy with that kind of ability mature into a pitcher and not simply a guy who has good stuff. There is a difference.
The offense also continued to hum along, grinding Wade Davis into dust by the third inning as his pitch count climbed into the 80s. David Ortiz belted his eighth home run this month and Kevin Youkilis continued his ridiculous tear.
Youk is 26 of 67 with 13 extra-base hits, 17 RBI, 23 runs scored and 25 walks over 22 games.
The Sox, are now 7-4 in that 13-game stretch against contenders that many thought would bury them and Jon Lester is on the mound tomorrow. Not bad. We’re maybe two days away from everybody who declared the season over saying they knew this team had a chance to be good all along.