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  • August 9th, 2006

    Red Sox 4, Kansas City 6 SIGH…..

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:29 pm in General No Comments

    If not for the fact that the WHITE Sox pulled a rabbit out of a hat by managing to stage a rally against Mariano Rivera in the ninth to tie the score at 5 and then a Jermaine Dye single to score the winning run against Scott Proctor in the 11th, the RED Sox would be looking down a 3 GB cavern in the AL East this morning…

    Why you ask?

    Because….

    Jon Lester put on a fairly lackluster performance last night. “`I had trouble controlling everything,” Lester said. “`It wasn’t just one pitch…I just had no command with anything tonight…I’ve had the high pitch counts, and the walks, and the 3-2 counts, and all that stuff. It’s frustrating, but like I said, just keep working hard.”

    Throwing 105 pitches, 52 for strikes, Lester gave up four runs (fortunately all earned) on six hits. He also walked three, struck out five, hit a batter, and threw one wild pitch, which caused the 2 runners on base to eventually score. Although Lester says it has nothing to do with Jason Varitek on the DL, and no disrespect to JV, we are hurting without him…this very young pitching staff (Lester, Hansen, MDC, etc) relies on Jason…He may not be the greatest hitter in the land…But he is our Catcher, and our Captain.

    Speaking of a young pitching staff: Craig Hansen made an error in his inning of work, which resulted in an unearned run, which just contributes to the travesty that was this game…

    And how about Rudy Seanez? Not that the home run he gave up mattered, cause we lost by 2, but is there nothing that sends the message “we expect to lose this game” more than putting him or Tavarez in a game??

    Manny, while he is in the midst of a 23 game hit streak, is pretty much offering NO protection to David Ortiz…He could have won the game last night with one swing of the bat in the 9th…but instead he strikes out LOOKING…I guess we should be grateful he didn’t GIDP–not that it mattered…

    We will not even talk about the TEN MEN LEFT ON BASE…

    And because there is enough love to go around: Yes, Wily Mo hit a superb Papi-like laser in the 4th, what about the TWO GIDP’s he was responsible for? Talk about rally killers…

    The Sox have been 13-12 since the All-Star break, which is just more of the same .500 play that has plagued us in the past. Is there urgency?? ‘Cause I am not feeling it….The Skanks come to town next weekend, to play FIVE GAMES in 4 days…and if we don’t step it up, we are going to be looking at being 5-6-7 games behind by the time they leave….On July 21, we were 3.5 games ahead! I understand we are hurt, really I do….I just am not feeling any sense of “Holy buckets! We need to win some games”

    Because we need another one of our starting 9 listed as “day to day”: Mark Loretta was hit on his left elbow by a fastball in the fifth inning of last night’s game. While he felt numbness in two fingers and went for precautionary
    X-rays, they came back negative.

    Fortunately, Mike Lowell is back in the saddle again last night after missing 3 games with a bruised left foot, going 1 for 3 with a walk. Doug Mirabelli has taken batting practice and expects to start the final game of the series.

    More David Ortiz greatness! His 41st home run of the season last night was also his 1,000th career hit. Jimmie Foxx set the team record of 50 homers in 1938…Hmmmmmmm…to break that record, Big Papi would need to hit 10 more homers in the next 51 games…Think that is probably do-able…

    Will wonders never cease???: JV ended his 0-for-15 skid with a single in the 4th and a double in the 8th…whoo hoo!

    Ken Huckaby was outrighted to Pawtucket after clearing waivers, and accepted the assignment–Rumor has it that he will be called back up on Monday when he is eligible. Players placed on waivers must clear, and then cannot be called back up until 10 days has past. When he returns to the club, this will probably mean Corky Miller will return to Pawtucket…

    In the 1st of his final two rehab starts, Keith Foulke pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing a hit and two walks, but striking out 1. He will pitch another inning today for the Pawtucket, and unless he is bleeding out the eyes, or digits are falling off, will rejoin the Sox on Friday for the Baltimore series…

    Tim Wakefield threw from 120 feet yesterday and will proceed cautiously from there. He is at least two weeks away from pitching again. “Of course, he wants to pitch tomorrow,” said Francona kiddingly.

    Welcome Back Dave Wallace! The pitching coach was back in uniform last night and resumed his duties on a full-time basis for the first time since recovering from hip replacement surgery. Al Nipper, working as interim pitching coach while Wallace dealt with complications from an infection in his hip, will continue to work with Wallace. Francona said Nipper would continue to run some of the pitching meetings and work with pitchers on their side sessions, but that Wallace would listen in and offer his expertise. This arrangement should benefit the pitching staff.

    Tonight: Josh Beckett vs. Mark Redman 8:05: Ok, Joshua, we really need you to step up and not suck tonight…

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