After the Detroit Tigers took game one of the ALCS, they had momentum on their side as they trotted out the best pitcher in baseball to face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. Max Scherzer’s gritty performance in the ALDS stymied the A’s. Boston had to overcome his magic if they wanted to even the series.
Scherzer refused to back down to the Red Sox, shutting down his opponent once again. In five innings of work, he kept Boston off the scoreboard and departed with his team in control with a score of 5-0. Once he handed the reigns over to his bullpen though, things got interesting.
Dustin Pedroia hit a double in the sixth inning that drove home Shane Victorino and got the Sox on the board. With rally caps on in Fenway, the magic was just beginning.
Able to load the bases in the eighth inning, the Sox appeared ready to continue their rally. Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit did have two outs on the board, so a realistic chance of escaping the biggest of jams. When David Ortiz stepped into the batter’s box, the Sox knew there was a chance at something special.
And after Benoit through a first pitch change up the game would be all evened up. Ortiz connected with a blast that would sail over the head of Torii Hunter, who flew over the wall and into the Sox bullpen.
Grand slam. 5-5 tie and new life for the Boston faithful. Big Papi was relatively nonchalant as he strode around the bases, but the Fenway crowd was going crazy. It was the first grand slam in his postseason career for Ortiz.
In the ninth inning, Saltalamacchia singled home Gomes for the game winning run and the Red Sox defeated the Tigers to even up the ALCS at a game apiece.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express