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  • August 13th, 2008

    Red Sox 19, Rangers 17:
    36 Runs…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:34 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    One would think that 10 runs in the 1st inning (including not 1, but TWO 3-run shots from David Ortiz) would be enough of a cushion for knuckleballer Charlie Zink…

    Think again: Charlie gave up 8 runs in 4.1 IP, while walking 1 and striking out 1, throwing 85 pitches, 56 for strikes…

    One would think that once the bullpen came in, that they would AT LEAST do better than Charlie…

    Think again: The bullpen (with the exception of Okajima, who pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, giving up 0 hits while walking, hitting, and striking out 1…) managed to allow NINE runs (8 earned) in 3 innings of work. They also let 5 of 6 inherited runners score…

    One would think that Kevin Youkilis, who holds THE RECORD for errorless games at 1st base, would renew his errorless-ness

    Think again: The two errors in the game? BOTH Kevin Youkilis, which makes for 5 this season for him…

    HOLY…BUCKETS!!! What a bizarre and sloppy game this was…and ya know what? I had a feeling, when the score was 10-0 in the 1st, that it was not going to end there. Fortunately, the Sox came out the winner in this slug-fest.

    But not without casualties. Mike, Lowell, who struck out swinging in the 7th inning, strained his right oblique during the at-bat, and is almost assured of a DL stint for his trouble…From Mike: “I took those two swings my last at-bat, the first one I felt like a little grab on my side, the second one I felt something a lot more significant. The last pitch I kind of panicked, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t think I could swing. I was kind of hoping he’d just flop a curveball or something. I’ve never had this happen to me before. It’s just frustrating.” Mike will have an MRI today, and the team will go from there…

    Well, we asked that Clay Buchholz be removed posthaste–and Theo made a decent deal to accommodate that, acquiring Paul Byrd from Cleveland (who MUST be in the midst of quite the fire sale…) for a player to be named later, or some cash. At least they did not give up someone good (that we know of) to get him. While the 37 year old righty has been only “eh” this season, (7-10, with a 4.53 ERA) he has been 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA since the All-Star Break. And he is a damn sight better than the Clay Buchholz Experiment. Byrd is a 104-91 with a 4.37 ERA lifetime. He will be replacing That Clay Person in the rotation, starting this Friday against Toronto…

    I’m just wondering if Charlie Zink’s major league career is over before it started, as he was optioned back to Pawtucket after last night’s game to make room for Paul Byrd…Someone else may be going, as pretty much all of the bullpen pitched last night. The only one who did not was Justin Masterson. And I am wondering why he didn’t. He is the long man–why did they not let him pitch 2 or 3 innings, save the bullpen? I also wonder who will be making Wake’s next start, which would be this weekend…GOD, I HOPE IT’S NOT CLAY BUCHHOLZ…

    Tonight: Jon Lester takes the ball for game #2 of this 3 games series. Watch, this will be a 1-0 game. Luis Mendoza gets the start for the Rangers…1st pitch is 7:05pm

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