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  • April 30th, 2008

    Red Sox 1, Toronto:
    Now THAT is a pitching duel…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:15 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (5)

    Who would have thunk that Jon Lester, whose last couple of starts have been less that stellar, would throw 8 innings of 2-HIT ball, going head to head with Blue Jay ace (and most excellent veteran pitcher) Roy Halladay…in a game that lasted an amazing 2 hours and 18 minutes–wish we could have one of these against the Skanks–but they always seem to last at least 4 hours…

    This was his line: 8 innings, giving up 0 runs on 1 hits (a single in the 5th) while striking out 6 and walking 4. Most impressive of his stats was the fact that he threw only 96 pitches, a far cry from his normal 5 inning 115 pitch count starts…Its just a shame that all he got for his efforts was a no decision (Jonathan Papelbon got the win…) From Jon Lester: “We won, so it doesn’t matter if I get (the victory) or the team gets it. I just want to go pitch and keep my team in the ballgame and, hopefully, we win at the end of the day.”

    And “Doc” was right there with him, throwing his FOURTH complete game in a row, only giving up the 1 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 1…

    But Lester stayed right with him, allowing just the one hit — a Lyle Overbay leadoff single in the fifth — over 96 pitches. He walked four and struck out six before giving way to Papelbon.

    And then Youk wins the game with a walk-off…single in the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs–talk about drama…

    And in the last 3 games (which the Sox have only won 1 of–and none of the starters have won…) the Sox starters have went 23 innings, only giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits while striking out 28, and walking 7…

    Welcome back, Mike Lowell! Whooo Hooo! returning to his customary spot on the field and 6th in the lineup, Mike Lowell played his 1st game with the Sox since he sprained his thumb on April 9th–a pan of 20 days….He went 0-3 in last night’s contest, and, in the 1st 9 games of the season, was hitting .200 with no RBI’s or extra base hits.

    And then, no sooner does Mike come back and then JD Drew has to leave last night’s game with tightness in his lefty quad–no further news at this point. Brandon Moss took over for him in last night’s game….

    And, for the 2nd time in the last 3 week, Bryan Corey is one again designated for assignment, this time to free up a roster spot for Mike Lowell…

    Speaking of injuries: looks like A-Fraud is headed to the DL for the 1st time in his time with the Skanks, joining teammate Jorge Posada. Diagnosed with a Grad 2 right quad strain–he has no one to blame but himself. He hurt himself last week, and then insisted he was healthy enough to play, and came back much too soon…This is the same injury Jeter had at the beginning of the season…

    Looks like Alex Cora may be back soon. On the DL since April 10th with right elbow strain, he has begun throwing again yesterday and will continue to do so until he can do it all his necessary baseball activities without pain.

    And since it’s been about 20 minutes since Mercenary Roger has been in the spotlight, its time fro an update. Apparently, it has come out that Fatboy Roger allegedly has a 10-year relationship with Country music start Mindy McCready when he was with the Sox–and it started when he was 28 and she was 15…and while Roger is denying it–McCready has admitted to the affair, although she denies it was physical until she was 18…Great job Roger…What other skeletons do you have in the closet?

    Tonight: Daisuke, who missed his last start because of the flu, takes the mound to throw 1st pitch at 7:05pm, in game 2 of this 3 game series.

    5 Responses to “Red Sox 1, Toronto:
    Now THAT is a pitching duel…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Hi Christine,

      Finally. We don’t waste an outstanding pitching performance. I’ve gotta apologize for not being around lately. Life has just been insane.

      Hope you are well,


    2. Christine E. says:

      Hey Ted:

      No need to apologize–totally know how the “life is insane” thing goes…:-)

      Good win the last 2 nights–finally the good pitching is being rewarded! Even if only 1 run at a time..:-)

      Hope you are well!

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