June 13th, 2007
Isn’t it amazing how in one game Tim Wakefield cannot get out of the 3rd inning, or gives up 6 runs in 1 frame, but the next, he can pitch an 8 inning, 1-run beauty like last night’s game? His line: 102 pitches (67 for strikes) 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, while walking 1 and striking out 3. and the ironic thing is that his record against this team was and fairly awful 0-3 record, and a 5.79 ERA, with 1 save. But, tonight, he got it done, in grand fashion…Says Tito: “He came out and was good and he was good right up until the end…And he had to be because their guy was very impressive. It was a nice, clean game to win.”
And how appropriate was it that Todd Helton was at the plate at the top of the 9th, down a run, with 2 outs…and then strikes out on a mean 97 mph fastball from Jonathan Papelbon? I believe he was 0-4 in last night’s game?
And how cool is it that Julio Lugo is now is his rightful place? (or as rightful as he can be in the starting 9) Tito decided to switch leadoff man Julio Lugo with #9 hitter, Dustin Pedroia, who has been on-fire as of late. And with he switch comes the obligatory questions for the hitter who gets bumped down in the order: “I’m OK with it…I just never want to hit 10th. As long as I’m in there, I don’t care where.” What the heck is he going to say? I hate it and I think Tito sucks?
I never understood what the big brouhaha was about where you bat in the order–as long as you are IN the order, what difference does it make?
And while the Skanks won, they gain no ground, and are still 9.5 games behind–they can win all the games they want–as long as the Sox continue to win their games…..
I did my duty and voted for the All-Star game–I voted once…probably vote a couple more times before the deadline–but probably not the 25 they allow you to–what does that prove really? It’s so they can say “10 million people voted” No, actually, 400,000 voted 25 times–not so impressive that way, is it? And as I do every year, most of my ballot consists of Red Sox players….Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, etc. But I just COULD NOT vote for Lugo for SS–I voted for The OC instead… and I voted for Trot Nixon in the outfield…and in the National League I voted for very few: Nomar, Dave Roberts, Hanley Ramirez…
Coming up: Curt Schilling toes the mound at 7:05pm against the Rockies, going for win #7. Lets hope he is as good as he was in his last start, where took the no-no into the 9th inning… Josh Fogg pitches for Colorado