N4N was in Baltimore this past weekend for the Sox' win over the Orioles on Saturday and the dispiriting, bullpen-inflicted loss on Sunday. While some in the Nation were starting to crawl toward the ledge, my outlook, with the Yankees edging up, was more one of concern than worry. At any rate, last night's ninth-inning come-from-behind victory over the Devil Rays was important for a number of reasons:
-- Jon Lester showed what he's capable of.
-- Mike Timlin, who has had troubled in the past with inherited runners, got a clutch strikeout with the bases agog.
-- Eric Gagne, after big problems over the weekend, went 3-0 on the first batter he faced and then came back to strike out the side in the top of the 9th. That was huge and should foster more confidence.
-- Thanks to Mike Lowell, Tek, and Coco, the Sox found a way to get it done offensively without having to rely on Manny or Papi.
-- Coming back in the 9th, for the first time since Mother's Day, offers a psychological boost.
All in all, a good night, particularly with the Yankees losing.