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  • July 24th, 2007

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 2:
    Welcome Back Jon Lester!

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:32 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (5)

    I was so excited to see Jon Lester pitch again–even before he overcame anaplastic large cell lymphoma–I always knew there was something special about him–electric pitcher, aggressive, with amazing poise and maturity for someone who is only now 23 years old… Then the fact that 11 months ago (ELEVEN MONTHS!!) he was diagnosed with cancer, but yesterday made his triumphant return to the major league, having beaten cancer over the off-season–WOW…

    Going 6 innings while only allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, striking out 6 and walking 3, Jon Lester proved what everyone was hoping: You can go back again…From Jon: “I’m trying to put it behind me and move on and just go back to pitching…But right now, every three months I’ve got to get that reality check (blood tests), so hopefully, we can put it behind us and keep going and, hopefully, win some games.”

    During the 4th inning, when Jon loaded the bases with 1 out , I turned to my husband and said “Tito needs to keep him in this game, to let him work out of this jam, or he will totally demoralize him” Thankfully, that is what Tito did, allowing Jon to work his way out of the jam, fanning Grady Sizemore (who had just hit a 2-run homer off Jon in the 3rd inning) to end the inning….

    And with that, the Sox win their 4th game in a row, this one against a hard hitting team that is only 1 game behind the Tigers in the AL Central…and maintain their 7.5 game lead on the Skanks, who once again won last night, to the lowly Royals.

    I noticed last night that Roger Clemens is the owner of a “sparkling” 3-4 record…is this how he was to save the Skankees???

    Coco Crisp is on FIRE! It seems, lately that every time Coco get up to the plate, something good is going to happen–and last night was no exception. He has a double and 3 singles for his 8th 4-hit game in his career. He went 4 for 5 in last night’s contest….

    And what about Julio Lugo and HIS 13 game hitting streak? and the .440 average he has in that time span…Has anyone checked for pods–I think we really need to…

    Speaking of streaks: 16 innings is the magic number for Mike Timlin who made his 988th career appearance last night, pitching 11/3 scoreless innings. At this rate, he’ll probably hit 1000 the middle of August…

    Click, Click, Click..Is that the sound of the Red Sox starting to click together again? Last night was game #4 in a row they’ve won….Let’s hope so…

    Rebounding nicely from his beat down the night before, where he gave up 2 runs (1 inherited from Tim Wakefield) Manny Delcarmen came into last nights game to get the last out of the 8th and finish out the 9th inning–and got his 1st career save…

    Has this ever happened before? I knew our bullpen has been amazing this year, but in the last 19 innings they have pitched, the bullpen as a whole has a spectacular 1.42 ERA! How cool is that?.

    Coming up: Daisuke, who last time he met Cleveland got pretty beat up for 12 hits, giving up 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings, hopes to improve for this evenings start; He opposes CC Sabathia, who will toe the mound for 1st pitch at 7:05pm in game 2 of this 4 game series with Cleveland

    5 Responses to “Red Sox 6, Cleveland 2:
    Welcome Back Jon Lester!”

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    2. Ted D says:

      //Click, Click, Click..Is that the sound of the Red Sox starting to click together again?//

      Great line Christine: with Coco, Lugo, Manny, Timlin, Okajima, et al. all playing great, it looks like things are on the upswing. And Manny hits Sabbathia like a pinata, so hopefully more of the same tonight. Ortiz is out again, but should be back tomorrow against a RH pitcher.

      Hope you are well and married life is everything you hoped it’d be.


    3. Kaylee says:

      it ws great watching lester pitch last night and great win tonight 😀

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