Up to the eighth inning of game two in this ALCS playoff game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox the entire city of Boston had been in a state of numbness. Could it happen again? On Saturday they lost a one run game and could only come up with two hits. Sunday they seemed to be heading into the same dilemma.
It was a cold evening, but the Red sox bats were colder. With no hits up to the 5th inning, the Boston fans were in a state of disbelief. Their team was the first in postseason history to be no-hit through five innings in back-to-back games on Saturday and now Sunday night.
The fans were finally treated to a bit of home team excitement when the Red Sox strung together back-to-back hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to score their first run of the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino knocked a two-out single to left field to break up Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid and Dustin Pedroia drove him in with a solid double off the Green Monster.
However trailing by four runs in the eighth fans must have been thinking if the team was about to lose another home game to the Tigers?
Fast forward to the eighth inning when the Red Sox finally woke up the city by loading the bases for Mr. Clutch, David Ortiz. Big Papi swings at the first pitch from Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit for a game-tying grand slam. In the bottom of the ninth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivered a walk-off single in the ninth as the Red Sox bats finally get hot and help give the fans and the entire city much to celebrate by winning Game 2 of the ALCS.
This was a great sports Sunday for Boston fans. Earlier in the day the New England Patriots pulled off and incredible come from behind win with 5 seconds on the clock to beat the Saints 30-27. In the evening the Red Sox pulled off a come from behind win off David Ortiz game-tying slam in the eighth and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit, a walk-off single. Can’t be better than this for Boston fans.