And just like that, it was over. Just as the 2005 Sox were swept out in the first round, so were the 2009 Sox. As much as I wanted the Sox to go all the way winning 11 postseason games, I had a feeling that the Sox wouldn't be able to shoot downthe Halosafter owning them in the postseason for how many games now? How many years?
The way it ended this year was quite unsettling. The Sox jumped out to a 5-1 lead by the end of the 4th. It was looking like that bats had finally been found. Kazmir had thrown only 90 pitches when Mike Scioscia went to his bullpen for the final three frames and this time their bullpen did the job while Boston's faltered at a most untimely moment. Buchholz in his 1st postseason appearance ever,made it into the 6th inning allowing only 2 runs. Bard pitched 2 scoreless before Wagner came in. Somebody must have spiked his Gatorade with Eric Gagne's sweat, as he gave up 2 runs in his 2/3rds of inning, allowing the Angels to close in within 2 runs, 6-4 at that point. Exit Wagner, enter Papelbon for a 4 out save. Pap couldn't wiggle out of another 9th inning jamthis time, though. Gagne's stink followed him, too. He gave up a 2 run lead, exiting on the short end of a now 7-6 Angel's advantage. Okajima came in to get the 3rd out on 3 pitches.
Angel's sometime sketchy closer Brian Fuentes came in for a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th, and just like that, it was over.
Sox Lose 6-7 BOX SCORE