The 2009 season comes to a close
Sooner or later it was going to happen, but no one in Boston thought it'd happen in this fashion.
Up 5-1 at one point in the game, things looked pretty secure for the Boston Red Sox with hopes for a Game 4 alive.
The bats finally woke up highlighted by a Dustin Pedroia double and J.D. Drew two-run shot.
Clay Buchholz did what he needed to do and put in five quality innings despite the solo homer to Kendry Morales.
Daniel Bard dazzled as he pitched for two full innings and didn't allow a hit while striking out two.
But then it all unravelled in the top of the eighth.
Terry Francona decided to go to his closer in Jonathan Papelbon to get the four-out save. It proved to be a disaster mistake from the first pitch that was thrown.
Billy Wagner was charged with two runs and it was a ball game again as the Angels were within a run, then 5-4.
Papelbon was coming in with an earned run average of 0.00 lifetime in his post-season career.
That ended in the ninth as the final score read 7-6 Angels.
Los Angeles returned the favor and changed its history book and now move on to the American League Championship Series. More than likely it'll be against the New York Yankees who lead 2-0 against the Minnesota Twins in its ALDS.
Another reason to hate the Yankees
There was an interesting Tweet about the Yankees' clubhouse that my eyes caught.
Via Ed Price: Standing outside #Yankees clubhouse, can hear them yelling and laughing at #Angels rally"
The Boston Globe's Chad Finn had a nice response to this on his Twitter page.
Anyways the Red Sox domination against the Angels in the post-season is over and I guess it's good that it is over. It's almost similar to the Yankees domination over the Sox. The Sox ended that in 2004.
I'm really pulling for them. They are playing their hearts out for Nick Adenhart and have every right to. It should be one hell of an ALCS.
2010 is looking bright
Back to the Red Sox, it was a good 2009 season and 2010 should be another exciting one.
First step is to re-sign Jason Bay. Boston already made a smart move trading for Victor Martinez so the catcher's slot is all set. Bard is going to be outstanding and more than likely the closer of the near future of the club.
There are a lot of things to be happy about, just wish the 2009 season didn't end so soon.
Thank you everyone
I also want to take this time to thank everyone for visiting the blog and also a special thanks to Ian Bethune over at SOX & Dawgs and Ken Fang over at Fangs Bites.
Thanks for all of the linkage and having more Red Sox fans discover my blog. It's much appreciated.
With the Red Sox season over, we'll be focusing on the Boston sports media more as well as college newspaper coverage along with offseason buzz so be sure to keep visiting.
That's a wrap.