In keeping with recent trends on this site, pretty much all of my predictions for this game were wrong. Robert Kip Wells (yes, Kip is really his middle name) looked terrible, it was not a low scoring game (for the Sox at least), Embree pitched two innings, and the Pirates' defense was not at all "nifty". I will never use the word "nifty" again, I promise.
That said, the Sox won handily, with another terrific start by Matt Clement, who matched season highs in strikeouts and pitches thrown. Embree was used correctly, and pitched two scoreless innings. Thee players hit triples (Mueller, Ortiz, and Wilson). While 2/3 of the Sox's starting outfield was out hurt, the depth of the bench shone through, with Millar in left (yikes), Olerud at 1st (0 for 3 with a BB and a nif-- nice defensive play), and Payton in center (2 for 3 with a BB and a 2-run blast onto Landsdowne). Jay chose a nice time to get hot, as it raises the important question about whether the Sox really want to trade him.
Jerry Remy almost died from laughing too hard at some really bad pirate jokes. These are much better.
Next up -- out west to play the resurgent Cleveland Indians, who have won 9 in a row, putting them only 1 game back of Minnesota, and 0.5 games behind Boston in the Wild Card race. Speaking of which, right now each AL division has at least one team within 1 game of first in the WC race. And Chicago can play under .500 from here on out and still finish with 92 wins...