August 28th, 2008
Holy Buckets! What a FUN game that was last night! A rout, when you are on the giving end, is always fun, but when it’s the Skanks on the receiving end…
And one of the best things about beating the Skanks? Is their commentators, who usually fall all over themselves going on about the Skanks, start bashing them–good times!
To be far, the YES team of Al Leiter, John Flaherty and Michael Kay are much better than commentators of the past who used to gush like schoolgirls. These 3 are a bit less heavy handed–and not having to hear a grown man addressed as “Kitty” (Jim Kaat) 43 THOUSAND times during game, is a beautiful thing. Although I freaking HATE it when they call RBI’s “Ribbies” UGH!
So Paul Byrd turned in a respectable performance, to get his 2nd win in a Red Sox uniform with Boston throwing 6 innings of 106 pitch ball (66 for strikes) giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. Of course, Mike Timlin could not resist giving up a homer to Giam-BO in the 9th inning, but at that point, it so way did not matter….
And with Dustin Pedroia’s 1st career Grand Slam, a double and a trip triple by Jason Bay to score 4 more runs, and bunch of hits from just about everyone else, the Sox move to 7 games ahead of the Skanks in the Wild Card (Minnesota, with their win last night, stayed steady at 2.5 GB) and since Tampa Bay also won last night, the Sox stay steady at 3.5 GB in the AL East–But the Skanks? Can we all say 10.5 GB the Rays?
Speaking of Jason Bay, some neato stats: He has played 23 games with the Red Sox. 10 of them had multiple hits He is also batting .347, which includes 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and 24 RBIs.
All that, and NO DRAMA? Manny WHO?????
Its official: barring an unforeseen, Josh Beckett, after a successful side session this week, will be starting on Friday night, when the Sox return home to battle the White Sox. But they will still be monitoring his carefully, and if there is any indication of trouble, he will be pulled. From Tito: “The one thing we’ll continue to do is monitor every day and always reserve the right to do what we think is in his best interest and ours. But I think he’s doing OK. The one thing we don’t want him to do, and we’ve told him this about 100 times, is pitch with any kind of concern in his head. We’ve kind of beat him over the head with that — had him back in there today actually doing it again. We’ll just continue to monitor him. I know the tingling is gone, things like that, which is really a good sign. Especially when he went out and threw so aggressively in the bullpen, but we’ll monitor how he feels.”
And the rumors prove to be true: The Sox have acquired Mark Kotsay from the Braves for Single A outfielder Luis Sumoza. And Mark, who is reputed to be a very intense and committed player, joined the team last night (although he did not play). He will wear #11, and will probably be in the lineup today, giving a day off to someone, most likely Jason Bay, as he has not had one off since he started playing for the Sox…Kotsay, who is 32, has played in 1428 games, hitting .282, with 109 home runs and 597 RBIs.
Today: The Sox go for the sweep–and try to pound in that last coffin nail of Post Season Dreams for the Skanks. And they send their best pitcher, Jon Lester to do it. Lets just hope he fares better in this outing than his last (7 runs in 2 1/3 innings) Mike Mussina, the last, great hope, gets the nod for the Skanks. 1st pitch 1:05pm–and who allowed the crack smoker to schedule the last game in Skankee Stadium between the Sox and the Skanks in the afternoon???