Red Sox fans finally saw the team they expected in Anaheim tonight with an exciting 9-6 win over the Angels. Both young starting pitchers had troubles resulting in the lead flipping several times. It was up to the relievers, with both teams having excellent bullpens, but Justin Speier gave up a homer to rookie wonder Dustin Pedoia that would ultimately cost the game.
The Red Sox used former Dodger closer Eric Gagné in the 8th. He did not look quite as good as he had in LA, but he managed to hold the lead. His fastball location was weaker, and his signature change-up was not reliable. Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon threw only 10 pitches in the 9th, ALL OF THEM STRIKES. The win avoided an Angels sweep of the the Sox. The high-scoring game was the longest 9-inning game in the history of the team, clocking in at 4:02.