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  • May 15th, 2009

    Red Sox 4, Anaheim 5, in 12:
    To be Expected…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:18 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Extra inning games on the road rarely end well, but yesterday’s was exceptionally painful to watch: Big Papi, 0-7, including leaving 12 men on base.

    There were a couple bright spots of the day, including a brilliant play made by JD Drew, who gunned down Bobby Abreu (who showed some mega poor base running on the play) after making a running catch in shallow right field…and the fact that Dustin Pedroia seemed to feel no aftereffects of his groin pull that kept him out for 2 games…

    Bad Penny! was OK, going 6 1/3, throwing 97 pitches, 61 for strikes while giving up 4 runs on 7 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4…Then the bullpen combined to got 5 innings of shutout baseball, with a walk and 2 strikeouts, until MDC gave up the winning hit in the 12th…

    The biggest story of the day is Big Papi, who, after 150 at bats is still homerless, and with a batting average of .208, it obvious he is trying to do too much, that he needs to get out of his own way and he’ll get out of this–its just painful and frustrating to watch–for everyone. But while I stil think he has some very good hitting ahead of him, I think the “watch this, Big Papi is going to hit a walkoff home ” moments, that defined David Ortiz, and happened with SO much regularity in the past, are probably gone for good, or at least will happen alot less frequently. It’s like what happened when Pedro was past his prime–we still saw flashes of 1999–but far less often…

    Check out Comcast SportsNet New England’s The Baseball Show tomorrow from 9-12pm, EST. Yours truly will be a member of the panel for the show–you can call in, or be part of the chat. But c’mon out and show come love–for the Sox, and for Boston Red Thoughts!

    Coming up: The Penultimate Middle of the Night game, with Jon Lester going home to Washington state to start against Seattle, he is opposed by Chris Jakubauskas (bless you…) 1st pitch 10:10pm…

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