BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Cody Ross #7 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his home run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins during interleague play at Fenway Park June 19, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Wait, no, they defeated Logan Morrison tonight 7-5 to move above .500.
It's a fair assessment of the game, frankly. Clay Buchholz was generally alright except when Logan Morrison was at the plate. Three of the runs were produced by Morrison knocking in runners on base through ground balls and broken bats, and while there was nothing cheap about how Morrison knocked in the runs, two did come on a fly ball to the wall Ryan Kalish really could have made a play on were he more familiar with the wall.
Either way, Logan Morrison did drive in his runs, and the Sox responded against Mark Buehrle. David Ortiz was first in line, cranking a rocket into the right field stands in the first with a swing that looked like it had some legitimate malice behind it. Kelly Shoppach got his fourth homer off of Buehrle to add two more runs in the second, and Cody Ross made his return a successful one by smashing a Monster shot in the fourth. Another pair of runs were added with some small ball in the fifth and doubles from Youkilis and Middlebrooks in the sixth.
All-in-all, the Sox will be happy with another win and a return to a winning record at 34-33. And, while Clay Buchholz had a bad game, it was not the sort that would suggest he's ready to return to his awful performances of April and May. He did not seem completely helpless out there, and his off-speed pitches were on at times, which is something that hadn't been the case at all in the first couple of months. Hopefully it's a Logan Morrison aberration.