*Picture from Yahoo.com*
5-2, Sox win, courtesy of Wily Mo Pena. Never met a fast ball or hanging slider he didn't like, and breaking balls are his worst enemy. Tonight, he got a fast ball and the Sox got the win.
A 8th inning Grand Slam for WMP changed the score from 2-1 to 5-2 and allowed Josh Beckett to go to 5-0.
Beckett went 8 innings, scattering 8 hits, with 2R, 0BB, and 3K's in what was I think his best outing so far this year. If you saw him pitch last year, you'd swear this was a different guy: throwing not only his 96 mph fastball, he is effectively mixing in his curve and changeup, the latter getting the last man he faced out on strikes.
But Wily Mo was the story: 2 for 4 with a double and the granny for the night. After starting the season looking like Rudy from the Bad News Bears, WMP showed everyone tonight why Theo traded a innings eating pitcher to the Red's for him: you leave one over the plate, and he sends it a long, long, way away.
Angie told me not long ago that she was very thankful that Wily Mo was not a Red Sox player when we were deciding on a name for our youngest child, Trot. I have not given up my dream of having 4 children yet, so we may re-visit this later.
However, the next dog we get will either be named Beckett or Wily Mo.