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  • July 23rd, 2008

    Red Sox 4, Seattle 2:
    Finally, an outing worthy of a win!

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:44 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Fortunately, last night’s game was not one of those Daisuke appearances that has you chewing on your arm by the middle of the 4th inning…

    Not that I was actually up by then, after staying up late the night before to watch Jon Lester pitch, I was sound asleep before the 4th inning…and its too bad, cause this looked like a great night for Daisuke, going 7.1 innings, throwing only 99 (yes, NINETY-NINE) pitches, 61 for strikes giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6….

    And then his countryman, Okajima, who has been pretty ucky as of late came in to finish the 8th inning, and was his 2007 version, getting the last 2 outs on a ground out and a fly out…

    And then Jonathan Papelbon made Red Sox history by recording his 30th Save–for the 3rd year in a row, which is the 1st time any Red Sox Closer has done that…

    And with the Tampa Bay loss last night, the Sox are within a 1/2 game of reclaiming 1st place in the AL East. Unfortunately, the Skanks are keeping pace, winning last night as well….

    When Sir Julio the Useless went out on the DL, it was supposed to be Jed Lowrie and Alex Cora sharing the position of Shortstop. But it quickly has turned out that Jed Lowrie is getting the bulk of the playing time. And he is definitely earning that right, currently hitting 300, and making some stupendous plays (like that over the shoulder catch in game 1 of this series), since returning to the team on July 12th. My fondest wish is that Lugo will return and his job will no longer be his–but Jed’s….Only problem is that the Sox still owe Lugo $9 million for the next two years (WHAT was Theo thinking when he signed this contract!) And NO ONE is going to want this guy, with his crappy bat, and 16 errors….UGH….

    And in honor of Nomar’s 35th Birthday, I give you the immortal quote from Senator Lloyd Bentsen (with a couple of modifications): “I know Nomar Garciaparra. I worked with Nomar Garciaparra. Nomar Garciaparra is a friend of mine. Julio Lugo is no Nomar Garciaparra.” Remember the 3 homers in 1 game Nomar hit on his birthday in 2002? I saw that game, and it was WAY cool…

    Today: An actual AFTERNOON game, as the Sox go for the sweep, and to end this 6 game road trip at .500. Clay Buchholz takes the ball, opposed by Mariners starter Felix Hernandez. 1st pitch 4:40pm…Hopefully the reverse lock will be in place, cause I don’t have much hope for Buchholz….

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