After making 2 great plays in the field tonight there may be a legitimate argument for Manny winning the Gold Glove.
OK: maybe not. However, the leather he flashed tonight can't be discounted. After Beckett gave up a HR to Pronk in the first, Manny got him out of the inning by making a leaping catch of a Kenny Lofton line drive.
Later in the game, he made a rolling grab of a ball that he may or may not have trapped to prevent a run from scoring: the ump called it out, so in my book it was an out.
In addition to his defensive efforts, Manny, combined with Papi, was on base EVERY FREAKING TIME they came to the plate. If they even reach those numbers half the time, there is no way on earth Cleveland has a chance in this series.
Final score? 10-3, with Beckett going 6 innings and pitching like he hasn't skipped a beat since last Thursday. After 5 days of listening to every talking head on ESPN talk about how tonight would be a pitchers duel, a VERY unclassy win was great to see.
Getting the first win is HUGE in a series like this: with Carmona on the hill for the Indians tomorrow, and given his shaky history at Fenway, tonight could be the crack in the armor Sox fans have been wishing for.
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