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  • August 25th, 2008

    Red Sox 6, Toronto 5–In 11 Innings:
    Pulling a Series Win…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:45 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    …Right out of a hat…

    Like we needed yet ANOTHER reason why Jed Lowrie NEEDS to be the everyday shortstop. In the 11th inning, Jed, who has hit ONE other homer since being in the bigs–that one was May 10th in Minnesota, came up HUGE in yesterday’s game, hitting a solo shot off of Blue Jay reliever, Brandon League.

    Does anyone truly believe that the Sox would have been better off the last 33 games (the time Jed has been with the team this time around) with Lugo? I think the Sox would have lost at least a few games with Lugo as the starting shortstop–if not more. And with Julio Lugo in Boston for ANOTHER MRI after his setback in his rehab for his severely strained left quad–can we just call Lowrie the new starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox? Please???

    And with this win, the Sox won the series against the Blue Jays, gained a game in the Wild Card Standings, being 1 game ahead of Minnesota and gained a game on the Rays, who lost to the White Sox last night. There are now 4.5 games separating the Sox and the Rays for the AL East… The Skanks are still 9.5 games back, 5 behind the Sox…HA HA

    The Sox are still on the fence about putting JD Drew on the DL with his herniated disk, but they are still hoping the spasm will subside enough (as they have in the past) where he can resume baseball activities. With the retroactive, JD would be able to come off the DL on September 2nd–and it would open up a spot on the roster…

    After a weekend of bullpen depletion, with Jon Lester’s uncharacteristic departure on Saturday in the 3rd inning, and the subsequent meltdown of the bullpen which resulted in an 11-0 loss, Daisuke needed to pony up and give the Sox some innings. While a 6 inning, 105 pitch (66 for strikes) outing was the bare minimum (7 or 8 innings would have been MUCH more preferable.) He gave the Sox the opportunity to win. Daisuke’s line: 5 runs on 8 hits while walking only ONE (and that was intentional) while striking out 8. Yes, his pitch count was a bit high for 6 innings, but at least this outing didn’t make you want to pop Maalox like candy–no, that came later…

    But there was to be no Maalox popping today–the Sox bullpen needed to not only close out the 3 innings of a regulation game, but the 2 additional innings of the tie ballgame. And they did it–5 innings of no-run/ no inherited running scoring, 1 hit ball, including 2 perfect innings by Jonathan Papelbon, who got the win…

    WWMD?: If what happened to Jacoby Ellsbury happened to Manny Ramirez, he would have been heading STRAIGHT to the DL, complaining of a laundry list of injuries–actually, no that isn’t quite right, he would have never hustled enough to get to the ball that Jacoby did in deep right. And not only did he hustle, he smashed full bore into the chain link fence on that wall, hitting it with his shoulder–AND his face. This resulted in him popping a contact lens, cuts around his eye, and scrapes all over his shoulder. And guess what he did then? HE STAYED IN THE GAME. He knew that the Sox are shorthanded, and that this was the 4th inning of an important game–and he out the TEAM 1st…

    Good News/Bad News: Yes, Josh Beckett will not be starting against the Skanks this week, having been pushed back (again) to (hopefully) this weekend against the White Sox. But if the Sox cannot have Josh Beckett, they get to have Tim Wakefield, who will be activated from the DL, where he has been recovering from the right shoulder tightness since August 6th. Let’s hope the consistent, dominant Tim Wakefield is back–and that the offense will pony up some run support.

    Coming up: Another off day, then the Sox begin the final series in this 9-game road trip–the Final 3 games at the current Skankee Stadium, ever (we hope). Tim Wakefield gets the start for the Sox, opposed by Andy Pettitte (whom the Sox beat up pretty good last time) 1st pitch is 7:05pm…

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