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  • October 17th, 2007

    Red Sox 3, Cleveland 7:
    4 2/3…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:31 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    I really thought Tim Wakefield was going to pitch brilliantly, and it certainly seemed that way as he mowed them down in the 1st 4 innings–but then he got to the dreaded 5th inning–most notably trying to get the 3rd out of that inning, which no Red Sox starter has been able to do since Josh Beckett did it on Friday night at the Fens…

    And so MDC was called to stop the bleeding–which he was not able to do, and not only did he allow the 2 inherited runners to score, he added two more of his own before he was able to close the books on the 5th inning–and the Sox, who has only been able to get 1 hit per inning to that point, were in a 7-0 hole…

    And while the back to back to back homers by Youk and Big Papi and Manny were very cool and fun to watch, it just wasn’t enough to get the Sox a win..

    We also saw something we hadn’t seen since July of 2006–Kevin Youkilis make an error at 1st base, when he dropped Jon Lester’s pickoff throw in the 6th inning…

    So now the Sox are down 1-3, and we all have a day off to obsess and ruminate about what could have been done differently and how could this happen, blah blah blah…

    Personally? I am sort of surprised this team got this far–All season long I have been saying that this team might not have what it takes. The only thing that has saved them this far is that the Sox have had stellar pitching–but in this series, the only one even remotely good has been Josh Beckett. Tito has been forced to go into the bullpen to complete almost a 1/2 game per night–and while the Boston Bullpen is the best its been in years–not all of it is…and having to pitch 4-5 innings a night has exposed these vulnerabilities…

    But we did see a shining moment in last nights game (besides the 3 consecutive homers) and that was Jon Lester’s brilliant 3 innings of 1 hit ball, while walking 1 and striking out 4…If the Sox get to a game 7, they may have found themselves a starting pitcher…

    And still more hardware for the pair: The Sporting News announced their annual awards this week, and two members of the Red Sox have again won awards: Dustin Pedroia, for Rookie of the Year, and David Ortiz as top AL DH…The voting is done by players from around baseball, but players cannot vote for members of their own team…

    Thursday: Josh Beckett takes the mound against CC Sabathia, in a rematch of last Friday, in what could be the final game of the Red Sox season, unless something big and amazing happens…1st pitch: 8:21pm…

    One Response to “Red Sox 3, Cleveland 7:
    4 2/3…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Well Christine, it’s not exactly going the way we wanted it to, is it? Still, we aren’t dead yet: knocked down but not knocked out, so there is still hope.

      Beckett tomorrow and when then, who knows? We need Millar yelling to anyone who’ll listen “Don’t let us win tonight!” I’m not giving up: not until they tell me it’s over. I’m keeping the faith.

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