Extra Bases

Ugly or not, it counted for the Sox


It was an ugly win, that’s for sure. What else can you call a game when you lose a 6-1 lead in the ninth inning after your pitcher loses a no-hitter in the eighth?

“That’s a tough way to win,” Terry Francona said.

But the Red Sox are in no position to rate victories at this point. So the music was on the clubhouse and everybody was stopping by Eric Patterson’s locker to congratulate him on his two-run double that won the game.

Patterson has nine hits since joining the team, six of them for extra bases.

“You never know,” he said. “You have to come to the park prepared to play. … It was pretty awesome.”

David Ortiz was shaking his head after the game, still in disbelief that Ichiro Suzuki took a home run away from him with that terrific catch in the first inning. “Four times, he’s done that to me,” Ortiz said. “That’s bull.”

I asked Ortiz what he said to Ichiro as the right fielder jogged by him in the first inning. he told me but I can’t tell you. Not here at least. Stop me at Fenway some time and I’ll be glad to tell you.

What a game. And what a performance by the readers of Extra Bases. We had 504 comments (and counting) on the nine posts today including nearly 300 during the game.

Thanks for joining and and we’ll be back at it tomorrow.

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