August 17th, 2006
Thankfully, David Well played stopper last night and pitched fairly well (6.2IP,10H 4R, 4ER 1BB 3SO, with 90 picthes, 64 for strikes) to get his 2nd win of the season
And Craig Hansen rose to the occasion and pitched an inning and a third of 1 hit ball to hold the Tigers at bay… “Maybe you haven’t noticed, but he has great stuff,” said catcher Doug Mirabelli, who watched from the dugout.
Funny bit of trivia: When David Wells started in baseball in 1987, Craig Hansen was 4 years old! Oh, Hell, I feel old!
Papelbon, who admitted he was tired and need of a break,(he did not pitch the 1st two games of this series…)was amazing in the 9th, throwing six pitches, all strikes, to take the Tigers down in order for his 32nd. Averaging 25+
pitches in his previous four appearances over the last 10 days, Papelbon said: “I was having to get four or five outs a night, instead of my regular three.” he said. “…I got a couple of days off…and now I feel like I’m back in form. I’m ready to go.”
Big Papi broke out of his mini slump in the 5th inning, hitting his 42nd home run of the season after going 6 games (20 AB) without one…This was the longest he has gone without a home run since May 20-30. During this time, he was batting just .150 (3 for 20) with a double and one RBI, While he also walked seven times, he scored just once.
Wanted: Left-handed hitter who can play a base. Apparently, the Sox have picked up two: Carlos Pena and Eric Hinske.
While neither deal has been confirmed by the Sox, sources say Pena is expected to report to Pawtucket today. Most recently playing for the Skanks AAA club, the Columbus Clippers, he led them in home runs (19) and RBIs (66) while batting .260. But yesterday, Pena exercised a clause in his contract that allowed him to ask for his release to pursue a major league deal. Pena, a first-round choice by the Texas Rangers out of Northeastern in 1998, is a .243 career hitter…
Hinske, was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 2002, but had devolved into a platoon player. He is expected to start a couple of times a week, in place of Kevin Youkilis or Mike Lowell, and also becomes the team’s primary left-handed pinch hitter off the bench. An added bonus: Hinske has done well against the Skanks this season: 368 (7 for 19) with two home runs and five RBIs. Overall, he brings a .264 average with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs for the 2006 campaign. He is a .259 career hitter…
From “the over inflated (and just plain WRONG) self-opinion” Department: When Julian Tavarez was asked about Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco, who separated his shoulder making a diving catch of Doug Mirabelli’s
blooper in the seventh inning Tuesday, he replied, “Good player? I’m a good player. He’s a hell of a player.” Uh, HELLO???
Tomorrow: The Jason Johnson Experiment vs Chien-Ming Wang 1:05pm
Jon Lester vs Sidney “I can never return to my homeland again” Ponson 8:05pm
God Help Us All…