July 6th, 2007
I love these kind of games—but only when the Sox are on the receiving end…On night that a lot less than 21 hits and 15 run (and 10 walks!) were needed (Josh Beckett was on the mound, after all) the Sox bats went crazy and produced a might fine offensive display…6 runs in the 1st inning, 3 runs in the 2nd and 4 runs in the 3rd–that was only the beginning…Coco had a grand slam in the 1st inning, Mike Lowell hit his team leading 14th homer (and a 5-hit game), and Big Papi has 3 hits and scored 4 runs….
Josh’s line: 105 pitches over six innings, allowing 9 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 9 and walking 1. And you could see it on Josh’s face when he left the game that he reallyREALLY wanted that 10th strikeout at the end of the 6th inning….He joins CC Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians the winningest pitchers in baseball, with 12….
Never underestimate the Power of Red Sox Nation: Since its beginning in 2002-every time a Red Sox player has been on the ballot for the Final Vote fro the all-star team–that Red Sox Player has won: in 2002 it was Skeezy Bastard, in 2003, Jason Varitek, and in 2007, with 4.3 million votes (or 172,000 people voting 25 times) relief pitcher Hideki Okajima has rocked the vote and won. He joins 5 other members of the Sox, David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett and Manny Ramirez (who may actually go this time…yeah, oh…) which is the 1st time since 2002 the Sox have 6 players going…Its also the most of any team and the 1st time the Sox have had 3 pitchers go….Okajima currently had a minuscule .88 ERA and averages 8.12 strikeouts per 9 inning
Walking wounded: Kevin Youkilis was out of the lineup again last night, nursing his ailing left quad, which has caused him to miss 3 out of the last 4 contests…While Tito is hoping to get Youk into some games this weekend, before the All-star break, Kevin doesn’t sound so positive: “If I’m ready to play, I’ll play…It’s just one of those things. A lot of it is not in my hands either. I don’t know really. I can’t give you an answer. I’d be lying to you if I said I had an answer.”
Looks like pitchers Brendan Donnelly and Joel Pineiro will be back in action after the break. Pineiro (right ankle sprain) can be activated on the 12th, and looks to be on track for that. And Donnelly (right forearm strain) will be moving to throwing off the mound this weekend.
Coming up: Batsh*t Julian takes the mound in Detroit to oppose Andrew Miller of the Tigers. 1st pitch is 7:05pm and kicks off the 1st 3 games of this series–and the final 3 games prior to 3 days of no meaningful baseball…It will be interesting to see how the Sox fare against a team that hasn’t lost 11 in a row….