July 25th, 2007
On both sides–Good thing Mike Lowell managed to score Youkilis on a bloop single in the 4th, which is about par for the course when Daisuke pitches–in his last 11 starts, 9 of them has 2 runs OR LESS of offense….It’s a wonder his record isn’t a losing one….I am still holding out for 15-16 wins and an ERA around 4…and if he can do it getting little or no run support, kudos to him….
And Daisuke certainly pitched better than his 1st meeting against the tribe (6 runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3) going 7 brilliant innings of 4 hit ball, throwing 98 pitches while walking 4, hitting 1 and striking out 5…Is that pitch count more to your liking, Satan (Scott Boras)? From Daisuke: “I certainly felt OK for continuing to pitch in the eighth inning…The manager came up to me and said that Okajima and Papelbon would take it from here. When you hear those names, it’s tough to argue. I’m sure the manager is very happy to have those guys in the back of the bullpen. My goal going forward is continue working hard and help ease the burden on our great bullpen.”
Big Papi, while will never been pain free–a fact of life when you are a pro baseball player, he was available to pinch hit in last nights game, and looks to start in tonight’s 3rd game of this Cleveland series….
Curt Schilling will pitch tonight against the Toledo Mud hens (has to be the BEST name for a team–ever) for Pawtucket–he is expects to throw about 65 pitches…If all goes well, could his next start be back with the Sox?
With 6 days left to the trading deadline, expect to hear everyone and their brother will be traded to the Sox–The big things the Sox need to do right now? Get rid of Wily Mo and find a big bat….Some names being thrown around are Ranger Mark Teixeira (not quite as bad to spell as Mientkiewicz-but close) Bobby Kielty and Reggie Sanders….
Coming up: Josh Beckett takes the mound at the Jake this evening, going for win #14..Fausto Carmona pitches for the Indians. 1st pitch is 7:05 pm.