Tuesday night’s Fenway crowd was treated to frigid weather and frozen batters. Both Jays’ Ace Roy Halladay and the Sox’ Jon Lester had stellar outings in the tidy two-hour and fifteen minute game.
The Jays only managed to get one hit off of Lester, going 8 innings in his most impressive outing yet in a Sox uniform. He struck out 6, walked 4, and seemed in control for the entire game. Halladay scattered three hits and no walk through the first 8 frames, also striking out 6.
The slumping sox had a huge ninth inning, offensively and defensively. With a runner on second, second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a dazzling stop on a Vernon Wells liner to prevent the go-ahead run and end the inning. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, David Ortiz worked a walk (the first Halladay gave up all night) and Manny Ramirez lined a single in front of Wells in center. Kevin Youkilis laced a hit up the middle, and Wells fumbled the ball to give Ortiz a chance to score the winning run from second.
The Sox ending a long losing streak with a gem from a young pitcher followed by a 2-out walk off is very encouraging.