The Red Sox made it five in a row against the White Sox tonight, with Daniel Bard pitching seven great innings and the offense hitting it big once again against John Danks and the Chicago bullpen.
Once again it was one of those feel good comfort wins where almost nothing goes wrong. What did go wrong was the defense in the third, where we saw one error, one should-have-been error, a passed ball for a run, and a ground ball to Daniel Bard who tried to play it with his bare hand and then fell over. Twice.
Unlike in his first start, however, the defense only cost Bard the one run, and outside of that he generally rolled. With his slider as strong as ever, and his fastball back under control, Bard allowed just two runs--one on a homer to Paul Konerko--in seven innings, striking out six and walking just one. Through three starts, he may just be the top member of the rotation.
The Red Sox' offense was not quite as consistent in the early innings as they had been over the last few games, scoring twice in the second on a massive bomb from David Ortiz and then going quiet in the third through fifth. But they woke up in the sixth, chased Danks from the game with five more runs, and then added a few to make it a laugher late. With Matt Albers adding two scoreless, it was a nice comfortable win.
Five straight wins leave the Sox at 9-10. Tomorrow we go for .500 with a hopefully improved Jon Lester on the mound.