After losing 6-1 in the first part of a day/night doubleheader with the rival Yanks, Bobby V and company found themselves in yet another sticky predicament. Getting swept by the mangy Oakland Athletics was unexpectedly discomforting and losing the first two games of the four game series verse the first place New York Yankees put the Sox 9.5 games back in the AL East with an unimpressive 42-42 record. Getting the all important W would give Boston the opportunity to split the series going allowing the vibe in the clubhouse to be one of optimism when they gear up for the second half. The mission was accomplished, but if you did not watch the game and chose to look at the box score in the Sunday Globe you might have found yourself quite perplexed.
Two of Pawtucket’s finest in Pedro Ciriaco and Mauro Gomez had been called up a couple days ago to fill the voids left by their battered teammates as Dustin Pedroia hit the 15 day DL with a hand injury and Will Middlebrooks continues to battle a strained hamstring. These two bash brothers welcomed the pressure cooker situation with open arms as they were a combined 7-9 with 3 doubles, 5 of the teams 9 RBI, and 4 runs. Admirable doesn’t even begin to describe the performances of these two when there big league club needed a victory like no other. Ciriaco’s clutch three run double in the 6th sent a much needed shockwave through the dugout as well as the Red Sox faithful in the stands. The 26 year old native of Dominican Republic has some impressive bat speed and offers much versatility in the field being able to play Shortstop, second and third base. His lanky 170 lb frame and long neck mirrors that of the “Toys R Us giraffe” which most of the Nation will not poke fun at if he continues to contribute like he did last night. I remember watching Ciriaco in spring training joking with a friend of mine saying that this goofy looking kid might oust the muddy chicken as a starter at second base after he clubbed homeruns in back to back games in Fort Myers. Unfortunately for Ciriaco no matter how well he produces in the next couple weeks he will be just another cog in the machine that will be quickly sent back down upon the return of Dustin Pedroia. Ciriaco will be able to grow as a player and better his skills with a possibility at a bench spot on the big league club in the future. The same can be said about Mauro Gomez. He like Ciriaco is filling in for a main stay in the Sox lineup (3B Will Middlebrooks) at the hot corner and will also be packing his bags as soon as Middlebrooks retains his health. His ability to play multiple positions is a little different for the fact that he is natural first basemen but hasn’t played third base regularly since the 2009 season. This has showed in the last two games as Gomez has made three errors. Luckily they haven’t been too costly. The infusion of this young talent has been one that has been very entertaining to say the least. It may not be the customary lineup card that Red Sox fans have been accustom to seeing in the past, but these young kids have given a team with a severe image problem a much needed makeover. Making noise against the dreaded enemy is a quick way to get the Boston sports fans and media talking about you at the dinner table and on the airwaves. Whether or not they will be able to continue their torrid place is not very likely, but nonetheless it has made for another fun filled story line for the quirky yet puzzling edition of the twenty twelve Boston Red Sox.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.