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  • August 14th, 2007

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 0:
    14 wins for Wakefield…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:03 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Do you ever notice that there are times when starters seem to go longer into games, after the bullpen has blown a lead or two? It’s almost as if they (the starter) knows the teams needs the win, so they do everything in their power to get them there? Take last night’s game for example–Tim Wakefield threw 8 innings of 2 hit ball, walking 2 and striking out 6, while taking a no no into the 7th inning, thereby eliminating the need to go to anyone other than Papelbon (who was ON FIRE…)to get the win–do you think that occurs to them at any time?

    One this is for sure, Wake had it all last night, a brilliantly pitched game, his 14th win of the season, his 24th decision out of 24 (Boo Ferris last did it…in 1945), and the gratitude of the Nation, who has just been through the ringer this past weekend…From batterymate Doug Mirabelli: “He had a good bullpen going into the game…The ball was just coming out of his hand cleanly in the bullpen, and it had a lot of life down there. Then, after that first inning, it was just dancing all over the place. I felt if we were able to give him a couple of runs, we were going to win this game.”

    And not only was Papelbon amazing last night, he made history, as the 1st Red Sox pitcher to record 28 saves 2 years in a row…

    I know the 4 game lead between the Sox and the Skankees is the largest lead in any division, and if the roles were reversed, 4 games would feel like a million, but 14 games would not make me relax–and the Skankees won AGAIN last night–so no ground was gained–that makes 9 of 10 for them–will then ever lose again? Doesn’t feel like it…

    Coming up: Surprising as it is, tonight will be the 1st time that Jon Lester pitches in front of the fans in the Fens–Hopefully he can overcome the inconsistency that has plagued his return to get the win at home–he throws the 1st pitch at 7:05. Unfortunately, he is opposed by Tampa Bay ace Scott Kazmir–best thing that could happen is to get to the bullpen, who sucks….

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 0:
    14 wins for Wakefield…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Glad you are back Christine: I had to read the Globe for the whole weekend. :(

      Wake was awesome last night. You couldn’t ask for more.

      And while I’d rather it be 14 games, I’ll take the 4: this is a quality team all the way around.

      Might get a little dusty over here when Lester takes the hill tonight.

      Be good,

      Ted

    2. Christine E. says:

      Hey Ted:

      Funny you should mention that–it got pretty dusty in my bedroom when Jon Lester came out of the bullpen–maybe it was just the lint from the towels I was folding..;-)

      Tim Wakefield has always been one of my favorite picthers, it always makes me happy when he does well..:-)

      Still cruising to Bermuda..I figure the fact that I am going to snorkel in the Bermuda Triangle (really!) will offset any bad vibes–plus the fact that its NOT a vacation–its a honeymoon…:-)

      Hope you are well….

      Go Sox!

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