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  • August 27th, 2008

    Red Sox 7, Skankees 3:
    Easing the Pressure Off…

    Posted by Christine E. at 10:35 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Whew! Not only was that a great game, with a super outcome–last night’s win immediately took the pressure off the Sox, and placed it squarely on the shoulders of the Skankees…

    There is no way the Skanks can sweep the Sox, and after last nights contest, there seems to be ALOT more wrong with this Skankee team than there is right.

    How bout that “magnificent” play by A-Fraud, which resulted in his error, where the sharp grounder by Jason Bay cause him to flounder on the ground (“knocking it down”, said the “Skankee commentators), then pick it up, make a bad throw to Giam-BO at 1st base, which cause HIM and his Swingtown mustache to go running after it–Good times!

    How about the fact that the bases are loaded in the 7th inning for the Skanks, with 1 out, and A-Fraud comes up and GIDP–his 2nd of the game–More good times!

    Also, in this game A-Fraud left SEVEN runners in scoring position, went 0-5 and struck out twice–How many runners did the whole team leave? 10…Hilarity ensues!

    How about the fact that since the Skanks, in one of their vintage, desperate moves, paid FAR TOO MUCH for Ivan “there is only 1 Pudge–and he ain’t it” Rodriguez and he is like 10 for 48 since joining the Skanks–and none too happy that he is still not playing everyday, which is the reason he wanted to leave the Tigers….

    I especially like the fact that the Sox sent Petitte to the showers after 4 2/3 innings having given up 6 runs on 10 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. He threw 101 pitches, 60 for strikes.

    All together now: HA HA…

    And time Wakefield FINALLY gets the run support he needs/deserves to get a win. Throwing 80 pitches (55 for strikes) over 5 innings, which was plenty enough to get him the win–and enough after being on the DL for almost 3 weeks, Wake gave up 8 hits( including the 2 solo shots to Skeezy Bastard of all people) but only allowing 3 runs, while walking 1 and striking out 1…

    The rest of the bullpen, having to pitch another bunch of innings, threw 4 innings of 2 hit ball, including some super ball by Justin Masterson, who comes in to bail Manny Delcarmen (and his 2 walks) out of the 6th inning jam…

    So now, the Skanks are 6 games behind the Sox in the Wild Card (Minnesota, with their loss last night, falls to 2.5 GB), and with Tampa Bay losing last night, 9.5 games out of 1st in the AL East. With the Sox win, they gain a game on the Rays, moving to 3.5 GB in the AL East…Even if the Skanks win the next two–they are not going to get any closer than 4 games behind in the wildcard–and 7.5 in the division…HA HA

    DL Updates:

    We all knew it was going to happen–but the Sox made it official last night, putting JD Drew on the DL for back stiffness and a herniated disk. But he is getting better, albeit very slowly His vacated roster spot was filled by Tim Wakefield, and because of the retroactive to August 18th, he is eligible to come off the DL on September 2nd…

    The big rumor around town is that Theo, once again, pulled a rabbit out of a hat, and signed an outfielder to help out while JD Drew is on the DL: Mark Kotsay from Atlanta. With the ability to play and above average right and center field, he gives the Sox another option, especially since Jacoby is all beat up, Coco is not the best choice for an everyday player, and Jason Bay has yet to have a day off since he has been with the Sox…Kotsay, in 318 at bats, is hitting .289 with six home runs and, 37 RBIs. He has cleared waivers, so lets hope the Sox are working out a deal…

    Sean Casey, who has been battling a stiff neck for nearly a week, is ready to get back into the game. He did not get the start last night, with the Sox opting to start Jeff Bailey at 1st, as it’s been a while since Casey has played…

    Looks like Josh Becket is all better. After pitching a good side session yesterday in the Bronx, and not having anymore numbness or tingling, he has been cleared to resume regular baseball duties, namely his next scheduled start on Friday against the White Sox. Let’s just hope he fares better in this outing than he did in the last against Toronto 10 days ago where he did not get out of the 3rd inning, and gave up 8 hits in that loss…

    Mike Lowell is also on the mend, having resumed baseball activities, and will be hitting off a tee for the 1st time today, with soft toss to follow tomorrow…From Mike: “I’ve been throwing for about three, four days, pain-free. That’s good. I’m doing a lot of strength exercises. All of it, I’d say, has been pain-free. I think today was more an evaluation day…I’m really excited though. I’d say for four or five days, normal daily activities haven’t really bothered me at all. I think that’s progress.” There is no timetable set for his return, but since Pawtucket’s season ends next week, there will be no rehab assignment…

    Yaz was released from the Hospital yesterday, after completely successful triple bypass surgery last Tuesday. He was admitted to the hospital that day complaining of chest pains.

    Bartolo Colon, still in Pawtucket rehabbing SOMETHING, pitched again for Pawtucket last night. Throwing 60 pitches, 37 for strikes, he struck out the side in the 3rd, and allowed 4 runs (3 earned–on his own throwing error) on 4 hits. He also walked a batter…Still no word on his return…

    And it was bound to occur–In his 51st game in the major league–Jed Lowrie made his 1st error–in the 8th inning of last nights game, while playing 3rd base…1 error in 51 games–how many errors do you think Lugo would make in 51 games? 6? 8? 10?

    Its finally going to happen: Instant Replay will be implemented in Major League Baseball, beginning with tomorrow’s game. At this point, it will be used solely to add another set of eyes for disputed home run calls. Minnesota vs Oakland, Texas vs Anaheim, and Phillies vs Cubs, all opening series Thursday night, will be the 1st teams to use it. By Friday, all teams will be using it…

    And from our friends at eTrueSports: “MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced that baseball had reached an accord with the Tampa Bay Rays in which the team agreed to “play ball” and lose the remainder of its 2008 games.” You can check out the rest of story

    Tonight: Paul Byrd, in his 3rd start for the Sox (and his 1st against a team that is not the Toronto Blue Jays) takes the mound in game 2 of this series. Sidney, “Is he still banned from his homeland?” Ponson gets the start for the Skanks. 1st pitch: 7:05pm

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