Carl Crawford was bad, Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia were 0-for-7, Jon Lester was shaky, and the Red Sox started their first winning streak of the season with a dominant 8-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, providing Red Sox fans the kind of game they have been expecting from this team.
When the Sox were losing game after game after game, it just seemed as though everything was going wrong for them. Balls were finding the other team's gloves, while small contact produced big results against them. Of course, there were the homers--themselves something of an aberration--and other examples of just plain poor play, but it was certainly something of an example of the universe just piling on.
It's perhaps an encouraging sign, then, that the Sox had so many of those things go their way, for once. For instance, Jed Lowrie reached base in three different ways today:
- A weak fly ball that seemed to everyone to be going foul was pushed back in play by the wind, dropping just inside the foul line in front of Toronto left fielder Travis Snider
- A swinging bunt trickled past the pitcher before third baseman Jayson Nix failed to make a play on it, coming up with an empty glove.
- A weak ground ball towards the first base bag is called fair after Travis Snider boots it into foul territory. This with the bases loaded.