Boston 14, Tigers 1
The Boston Red Sox are on a terrific roll lately, and the party continued yesterday afternoon as we stomped the proverbial mud-hole in the Detroit Tigers, 14-1.
Boston has scored 28 runs in past two games, putting up a 14-2 number with Cleveland the day before. It was the most runs we've scored in 2 consecutive games since 1998.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 3 run homer in the 2nd inning, and that was all the offense we needed.... but we scored 9 more runs, just to be safe. We might have scored even more in the top of the 9th, but the game was called early as the Michigan skies opened up.
Alfredo Aceves coasted to the victory. He is now 2-0, and has a major-league record of 12 straight wins, dating back to 2009 and his time with the Yankees. Most of these wins (save last night) were in the role of a relief pitcher. His next win pushes him past Cliff Lee on that list.
Carl Crawford had 4 hits (including a triple) and 3 RBIs. His average is steady climbin' up to .244. Benchwarmers Josh Reddick and Drew Sutton gave Boston 5 hits, 5 RBIs, and 4 runs. Reddick stole a base, and had a pair of 2-out RBIs.
Boston is now 28-22, and that doom and gloom we all felt in April is Audi. The New York Yankees are 27-21, meaning we trail them for first place by .003%.
Tim Wakefield (1-1, 4.50) takes the hill for the Sox today, at 7 PM.
Miami/Dallas in the NBA Finals
In a repeat of the 2006 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will meet in the NBA Finals. Miami eliminated the Chicago Buulls last night, while Dallas ended the Cinderella run of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This really hurts, because- if the Boston Celtics had been able to get by Miami- this is a cakewalk Finals series. Dallas is butter-soft, about as old as we are, and would be ripe for the picking against Boston. Some things are just not meant to be, however.
Boston and Tampa Play Game 7 Tonight
Finally.... get yourself ready to rumble, because the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning settle their business in the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals tonight.
Whoever wins will face the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. The action starts Wednesday night, in Canada.
I'm psyched psyched psyched for this game, although I will add that there is some trepidation involved. Boston collapsed in last season's playoffs, blowing a 3-0 series lead in the process of losing to Philadelphia. They didn't do so hot the season before, either.
However, this time is different.
At the very least, and if all those game-fixing conspiracy theories are true, the NHL will favor us. A truly struggling league, the NHL can't afford the ratings nightmare of 2 very small market teams slugging it out in the Stanley Cup. Sure, Vancouver is a big enough city to host the Olympics, but come on, it's in Canada.
The puck drops at 8 PM, in the Boston Garden.