September 16th, 2008
Big Papi (3-run blast), Mike Lowell, Jason Bay, and Jacoby Ellsbury (each a solo shot), Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis (each a 2-run shot) –in total 6 homers in 1 game, contributing to 10 of the 13 runs the Sox score in last night’s shelling of Ray’s ace, Scott Kazmir (3IP, giving up 9 runs on 6 hits while waking 4 and striking out 2) et al…
So it was a good thing this happened, as Daisuke, once again, could not get himself to the 6th inning (5IP, giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7…) He also threw 28 pitches in the 1st inning, 17 more in the 2nd, for a total of 101 through 5…
With this win, he has become the winningest Japanese player in a single season in the bigs…
Another milestone happen last night: Mike Timlin (who pitched a scoreless 8th inning in last night’s game) made his 1,051st appearance, breaking Kent Tekulve’s record of 1,050…the only other relief pitchers with more appearances are all lefties: Jesse Orosco (1,248), Mike Stanton (1,177), and John Franco (1,119)…
Can someone, again, please tell me, why Chris Smith is a good idea? I know the Sox won this game by 8 runs, but the 4 runs in 2 innings that Chris Smith allowed (including 2 homers) is not super wonderful–not even a little….
And with this, the Sox are in 1st place with the Rays. Since I had server problems yesterday, here is the rest of the breakdown:
(Editors Note: I must have been smoking crack when I did this originally–I have made the appropriate corrections-I think…)
If the Sox Sweep: They (the Sox) will be 2 games ahead in the AL East….Whoo Hoo!
If the Sox Win 2: They will be tied with Tampa Bay for #1 in the AL East
If the Sox Win 1: They will be 2 games behind in the AL East
If Tampa Bay Sweeps: They (Tampa Bay) will be 4 games ahead the AL EAST, which now cannot happen ’cause the Sox won last night–HA HA
If Tampa Bay wins 2: They will be 2 games ahead in the AL East
If Tampa Bay Wins 1: They will be tied with the Sox for #1 in the AL East
Confused? Yeah, me too….
Blast from the Past: Remember Dale “I let every runner go, even if it’s not a good idea” Sveun? Well, in a shocking move, Ned Yost was fired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, in a year where they might actually MAKE the postseason, with 2 weeks to go in the regular season (Talk about demoralizing your players). And guess who they name the new manager? Yep, the embattled 3rd base coach from the Sox 2004-2005 campaigns….
Coming up: Game 2 of this 2 game series with the Rays, which decides (at least for the moment) who will walk out of the Trop in 1st place in the AL East. Josh Beckett gets the nod for the Sox, opposed by Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine. 1st pitch 7:10pm…