PICTURED: The aftermath of Kevin Youkilis' 8-run homer, hit while wearing a glove. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
14-1 is a curious composite score to have in a tied series, but it's what the Sox and Jays are left with after Tuesday's savage beatdown.
The damage done by the Red Sox to Luis Perez is such that I feel the Sox could reasonably protest Monday's game based on the sheer improbability that the same team was thoroughly shut down by Henderson Alvarez. The Sox hit three doubles and scored four runs as they batted around in the first, added two more in each of the next two innings, and just like that Perez' night was done, and the Sox were up 8-0. Before the night was over, it would be 14-0.
The Sox got at least one hit from every starter except Dustin Pedroia, with notable performances coming from Marco Scutaro (4-for-5 with three doubles and a walk), David Ortiz (4-for-6 with two doubles), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-run shot) and Josh Reddick (pinch-hit solo homer). It was the sort of night that just saw every ball hit hard, and every ball find a hole in the defense.
All this served to overshadow Jon Lester's supremely impressive night. Using an economical 100 pitches, Jon Lester fired off 7 scoreless innings, striking out 11 batters along the way and giving up just four baserunners on three hits and a walk. The cutter was especially deceptive, with around a quarter of them inducing whiffs from the Blue Jays. After a number of short, if effective outings, it was good to see Lester go out there and really plow through a game in speedy fashion.
What would be nice now is to see the Sox sustain some of this offense for more than one game at a time. I'm not asking for 14 more against Brandon Morrow. But 5? Maybe 6? I'd love to see that.
Then again, with Wakefield...Maybe 14 is best.