The Red Sox finished their 2010 season today with a win over their archrival New York Yankees, not only winning the last game of the season 8-4, but also winning this last series as well. Although the Sox suffered an enormous amount of players to the disabled list, they persevered in a wild card chase until the final week of the season. They persevered with a long list of rookies and aging journeymen in a testament to the solid foundation that the Red Sox FO has constructed in the past decade.
John Lackey turned in a brilliant performance: 7.2 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, 10 strikeouts. Let’s hope that this is the Lackey that shows up in spring training. Hill came in and gave up a hit and a walk before Bard came and got the last out of that inning for his 32nd hold. Papelbon came in to pitch the 9th inning and allowed 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run before retiring the side. (My evil twin was secretly hoping that Pap would blow this game as well.)
Jed Lowrie led the offensive attack, drawing a walk, hitting 2 home runs, driving in 3 and scoring 3 times, as well. Big Papi went 3/3, JD Drew hit a homer and drove in 2 runs. Ryan Kalish went 1/4 driving in 1 and scoring once. Jason Varitek had a hit in what may become his last game in a Red Sox uni (god, I hope not!)
Unlike Yankee fans who consider anything less than 173 wins in one season a failure, I for 1 am proud that Red Sox still managed to win 89 games considering the obstacles that they had to overcome.
Sox 8 Yankees 4 BOX SCORE