Game 1 – Lieber and McKnight squaring off at Three Rivers, each under .500 and each with an ERA over 6 coming in. They allowed a combined 11 runs in a combined 4.2 innings. Man.
1st inning – Vlad hits solo homer for Sox, then McGwire counters with 3-run chimichanga. 3-1 Hogs early.
2nd inning – Sox get 4, highlighted by Andruw Jones solo homer and Klesko 2-run double. Hogs counter with Hansen and Sheffield back to back solo homers. 5-5 after 2.
3rd inning – Tejada 2-run jack. Hogs don’t counter offer. 7-5 Sox.
4th inning – Bonds solo blast. Hogs counter with sac fly. 8-6 Sox.
5th inning – Grebeck RBI single and another sac fly tie the thing up at 8-8.
6th inning – Hogs THIRD sac fly of the night puts them ahead, 9-8.
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th innings – Hogs bring in 5 relievers at the Sox, none of them allowing any hits or runs. Hogs hold on to win by a run.
Game 2 – Back and forth, baby. I’m facing 3-1 Schilling.
1st inning – Sheffield and Everett both go deep in the first to stake the Hogs to a quick 3-0 lead.
2nd inning – Sox manufacture runs. They score on a sac fly, a groundout, and RBI hits by Cirillo and Lieberthal. 4-3 Sox.
4th inning – Valentin and Sheff get RBI hits for the Hogs, and McGwire walks with bases loaded. We go up 6-4, but ground into a DP moments later with the bases loaded. That smarts.
5th inning – Everett hits 2nd homer of the game. Schilling hits the showers. We’re now up 7-4. With how my relievers have pitched lately, I THINK I’m golden from here.
6th inning – My nemesis, Bonds, homers off me. He’s KILLED me this year. 7-5 Hogs.
7th inning – Sox send 9 men to the plate, score 3 runs, and retake the lead,8-7. Fatigued Benitez gets us out of bases loaded jam to prevent it getting even worse. A Sox error and wild pitch allow me to score 2 cheap run in my half of the inning, we go back ahead, 9-8.
8th inning – Jones homers to tie for Sox, and Thome hits RBI double (he’s SICK this year, isn’t he?) to give them back the lead, 10-9.
9th inning – I’m down to my last chance. They’ve got Shaw in, their closer, who’s been amazing so far this year. Hundley pinch hits, and homers to tie it. I like that. Then i get a double, and walk, and a single to load the bases, still no outs. I win on a weak ground ball that their guy can’t throw to home fast enough.
I feel dang good. My first win as a father of 3. The win streak is at 7, and in the last six of those wins I’ve been behind at some point in the game, often late in the game. The last 5 wins have all been by 2 runs or less.