September 4th, 2008
After 5 tries, the Sox have finally gotten over the whole only winning 2/3 of a series hump–and it was a close one. It took a throwing error from the cookies to get the 9th inning walk off win–but it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good–so we’ll take the win.
And with their 82nd win, the Sox are guaranteed a winning season (their 11th in a row)–even if they lose every one of their last 23 games–which is probably unlikely.
So with this win, and that fact that Tampa Bay cannot seem to beat the Skanks, the Sox are currently 3 GB in the AL East (The Skanks are 10 GB).
And because Minnesota is till spiraling, the gap between them and the Sox for the Wild Card is now 5 GB.
Odds of making the postseason?
Every time I see those Skankee numbers, it makes me smile…
This time, Daisuke was not able to extricate himself out of his Maalox chugging outing yesterday. Throwing 112 pitches (73 for strikes) over 6 innings of work, he gave up 4 Runs (3 earned) on 4 hits while walking 4 and striking out 7.
Key in this game was that Javier Lopez and Justin Masterson (who got the win) combined to throw 3 innings of 1-hit ball, with Masterson striking out 2…
Looks like Mike Lowell (strained left oblique) and Sean Casey (strained neck) will more than likely be returning to the fold in time for this weekend series in Texas, whom the Sox annihilated the last time they played them, outscoring them 37 to 20…
But then there is the problem of Kevin Youkilis, who was out of the lineup for 2 of the games in the Oreos series with a stiff back. He has missed 4 of the last 5, the 1st 2 over the weekend with the flu. Hopefully some work on it, and the day off will help get him, back in the lineup this weekend.
Coming up: The Sox have an off-day today, then, Josh Beckett makes his much awaited return to the starting rotation after being on the DL since August 17 with elbow inflammation. Pitching in this 1st game of a 3-day road trip in Texas, is Kevin Millwood for the Rangers, who is pretty much the only decent pitcher they have. 1st pitch is 8:05pm.