September 24th, 2008
Last night’s win was a bit of a surprise–it was only Cliff Lee’s THIRD loss of the season–and you never know which Tim Wakefield you are going to get–or, if the offense is going to give him any.
But the stars aligned just enough to allow the Sox to squeak by with a win: Tim Wakefield pitched 6 innings of competent 4- run baseball, giving up 6 hits (and no homers this outing!), while walking 1 and striking out 6. He threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes….
And one of the BEST stats of the evening: Inherited runners/ Inherited Runners Scored: Okajima 3-0, Lopez 2-0, Papelbon 3-0….
So the Sox will be heading to the Postseason for the 5th time in 6 seasons, which is made even cooler by the fact that the Skanks will be heading…HOME….HA HA…Its funny tho. While I am thrilled they will be going to the dance, I did not have that overwhelming feeling of joy I have had in previous years…Maybe its because the Skanks are not going (can you imagine???) or maybe its just that the novelty wears off…Don’t get me wrong, I do not expect them to win a World Series every year, But I hope they do. As a matter of fact, I have grave concerns about the Sox even advancing past the ALDS, as they will more than likely be facing the Angels–and the Angels have KILLED them this year (8-1)…
And, if you are wondering, the Sox are 3 (which is actually 4, because of Tampa Bay winning the Season Series) games behind the Rays–with 5 more to play….
Its about time #236: The Red Sox announced yesterday that on Friday night, in honor of Johnny Pesky’s 89th Birthday, and over 60 years of service, they will be retiring his #6. In the past, the Sox were very strict on their retiring number policy: The player had to be in the Hall of Fame, play a minimum of 10 years with the Red Sox and finish his career with the team. (They bent the rules for Fisk, as he finished his career with Sox of a different color, by giving him a token front office position, allowing #27 to be retired.) I had the honor of meeting Johnny in 2005, and it has been a high point of my Red Sox experience. There has never been a classier guy to put on the uniform, and I am so glad that the Sox are finally doing this. Johnny’s #6 will join Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Carlton Fisk (27) and Jackie Robinson (42, which has been retired in all of baseball)
Looks like JD Drew took a step in the right direction yesterday, taking batting practice, and appearing to not lock up as he has in the past. Perhaps the epidural he had on Monday helping…
Hardware Nomination: Kevin Youkilis has been named the Red Sox Nominee for the Hank Aaron award, given to the best offensive performer in each league. You can vote here (MLB.com) until October 12th, with the winner being announced on October 26th, prior to the 4th game of the World Series. Youkilis is having a career year, having hit over 20 homers and 100 RBI’s for the 1st time, and will probably beat his career high batting average from last year of .288…
Coming up: Paul Byrd (facing his old team) takes the mound for the Sox in Game 3 of this 4 game series with Cleveland, which just doesn’t seem to have as much urgency now. Fausto Carmona pitches for Cleveland, 1st pitch 7:05pm.