Wow, that game had everything. Five home runs, all huge; 10 pitchers; 28 hits (only one of the 18 starters, Kevin Millar, failed to get a hit); awesome baserunning, by Bellhorn; horrific baserunning, by Manny (Sizemore actually got an assist for that!); another scary outing by Embree; another scary outing by Foulke. Hard to say which is weirder: Wells getting the win, or Foulke getting the save. Wells took 111 pitches to get through 5 innings, giving up 5 ER, on 10 hits and 2 walks (having given up 6 walks in his previous 10 starts). C.C. Sabathia was much more efficient: only 92 pitches to get through 4.2 innings, giving up 9 ER on only 9 hits and no walks. Hard to do, really; I think the key is to give up big home runs. Embree was once again misused -- maybe it wasn't "close", but he had pitched in the previous two games -- and gave up a 2-run homerun. Foulke looked terrible, for the first time in a while, giving up two runs on two hits, with the last two outs hit very, very well. Thank goodness for Damon's solo HR in the 8th, off Riske. Final score 10-9. Sox left only 3 on base; Cleveland left 11.
Somehow I hadn't noticed until tonight what a stellar season Arthur Rhodes has been having. Record of 3-1, 0.94 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 27K/4BB. (Actually, the Indians relievers all look good: ERA's of 2.38; 2.10; 0.94; 3.00.) Seems lots of Sox fans are excited about Mike Timlin being an All-Star. Unfortunately Rhodes beats him in almost every category. And Jesse Crain probably deserves to be there before either of them. I know, I know, Terry gets to pick the pitchers, and Joe Torre played favorites all the time...but maybe Tito's better than that? And maybe RSN's better than that? And besides, Sox already get Manny, Ortiz, Damon, Varitek, and Clement. I'm just sayin'.
Orioles and Yankees both lost, to weaker opponents, so Sox move up relative to both, and are 9 above .500 for the first time this season (meaning I can't say "They have been playing .500 ball since..." without going back to late 2001 or so). Next is Arroyo vs. Millwood, with both bullpens depleted.