When the Sox tied the Tigers at two on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, I couldn’t take trying to follow the game by computer anymore and headed for the dive bar across the street to watch it. I’m glad I did: I got to see the Tigers bullpen implode, loading the bases for second baseman Alexei Ramirez, whom Ozzie Guillen likes to call the Cuban Missile. That was a missile all right: a first-swing shot off Gary Glover that rocketed into deep left field. The slam–plus some thankfully decent work from the Sox bullpen–pretty much sealed the game for the Sox, though they added two more runs for good measure to win 8-2. Not a bad way to be playing when you face a one-game tiebreaker with your nemesis the day after the end of the regular season. And a very good way to help Sox fans recover from the trauma of Javier Vazquez meltdowns.

 The slam was Ramirez’s fourth this season, the most ever hit by a rookie.