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  • August 12th, 2008

    Red Sox 5, White Sox 1:
    A Split–And a Winning Road Trip…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:42 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Wow…How long HAS it been since the Sox won a road trip? April? While I would have liked a better record than 4-3–but we’ll take what we can get…

    And Josh Beckett came up big when the Sox needed him to, throwing 8 innings of 1-run ball, giving up 7 hits while walking 0 and striking out 8. He also threw 104 pitches, 67 for strikes. And for a while there, it looked like it was to be another brilliant outing wasted, as John Danks (with that STUPID looking soul patch thing–He looked like he has a goat’s tail stuck under this lip–majorly lame) was in the midst of a PERFECT GAME until the 6th inning, and the “just” a no-no into the 7th, when JD Drew was channeling Big Papi in the DH spot (he had the night off to rest his wrist), hit a double to score Youk and Lowell…

    So, when all is said and done, the Sox are 4 games behind the Rays for the AL East, (but 2 games ahead of the White Sox in the Wild Card) and 5 games ahead of the Skanks (who are NINE behind the Rays) Not insurmountable, by any means, especially since the Rays just lost Carl Crawford AND Eva (n) Longoria to the DL this week….

    AND, According to ESPN, The Sox have a 53.8% chance of making the playoffs, Tampa Bay, 88%–and the Skanks? 9.6%..How PO’ed do you think King George will be if the team doesn’t make the playoffs the 1st year he reliquishes control–and the 1st year Torre is gone? HA HA

    Holy Buckets!!! I go away to the Jersey shore and it all goes to hell in a hand basket? Wake is down with a bad shoulder–just like he was last year–after pitching VERY well–just like last year…Lets hope that he can recover without having to shut it down for the year–just like last year…

    But one good thing to come of it–Fellow knuckleballer Charlie Zink will FINALLY be making his major league debut tonight, replacing Tim Wakefield in his turn this time around. Although he pitching very well in Pawtucket this year (13-4 with a 2.89 ERA), he is 28 years old, and has been pretty much told that this will probably his last year with the Sox. So I am hoping he does VERY well in the bigs, so the Sox either keep him up here (which is doubtful–don’t need 2 knuckleballers on the same staff) or he will attract the notice of another big league team where he can pitch…

    And the BIG question I have is: How many more LOUSY starts does That Clay Person have to make before the Sox realize The Clay Buchholz Experiment IS NOT WORKING??? They have given him EIGHT starts since his return from Pawtucket–and all he has to show for it is an 8.19 ERA and an 0-6 record. I understand they are probably waiting until Bartolo Colon comes back, and they might be a bit shorthanded, now that Wake is on the DL, but C’MON–Colon won’t be back until at least September, and that is still 4 or 5 starts from now. The Sox cannot afford to continue to go into games virtually guaranteeing a loss…

    As if there aren’t enough reasons why Jed Lowrie needs to be the everyday shortstop over Sir Julio the Useless: It took 261 at bats for Lugo to get 22 RBI’s–it took Jed 114 to get 24 RBI’s…Hello????

    Coming up: Charlie Zink, making his major league, and Fenway Park Debut, throws 1st pitch at 7:05pm. He is opposed by Scott Feldman of the “Dark Bright Blue Team”–the name my youngest stepdaughter gave them (aka the Rangers).

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