Three grueling years and no playoffs for the Boston Red Sox and their fans was a daunting situation to deal until Thursday night. Excitement filled Fenway Park after the Red Sox 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to clinch their first playoff spot since 2009.
Not many fans expected this team to have the kind of success they have had this year but with ownership turning full reins over to general manager Ben Cherington, who brought in character veterans along with a mix of good young talent that ended up making a big impact in 2013.
Red Sox starter John Lackey put in his best start of the season pitching a complete game allowing just one run and striking out eight Orioles to secure Boston a playoff spot. The win marked the first time the Red Sox clinched a ticket into the playoffs in over 1,471 days, which was on September 30, 2009. (4 years 11 days ago).
If Boston beats the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night or the Tampa Bay Rays loose to the Orioles, the Red Sox will capture their first American League division title since 2007. Going for Boston on Friday will be Jon Lester, who will not only look to help the team wrap up the division but look for his 100 career win in a Red Sox uniform. Lester would become just the 11th pitcher in team history with at least 100 wins with the organization.
Stay tuned to CLNSRadio.com as we will have more on Friday night if the Red Sox defeat Toronto or the Rays loose with more coverage on Boston’s first AL East title in six seasons.