Baseball is a funny game. Friday the Sox blew a two run lead in the ninth inning and lost a game they had no business losing. Saturday they won a game they really had no business winning.
John Danks pitched his second great game of the week improving his record to 2-8 on the season. Danks went seven and two thirds and allowed two runs on just four hits.
Jesse Crain pitched the last inning and a third to earn his first save, but in all reality the save went to Brent Lillibridge. With one out in the eighth inning, Lillibridge robbed Coco Crisp of a two run homer reaching over the left field fence that would have given Oakland the lead.
The Sox offense really didn’t show up Saturday evening. The Sox stranded 12 men on base and scored two of their three runs thanks to Oakland miscues. Ramon Castro did hit his third homer of the season which was the one offensive highlight for the Sox.
Gio Gonzalez (5-5) took the loss for Oakland. Gonzalez was wild all evening walking seven Sox hitters in his five and a third innings of work.
The Sox will look to win the series and finish the home stand with a winning record when the two teams meet again on Sunday Afternoon.