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  • May 22nd, 2009

    Red Sox 5, Toronto 1: When the AL East
    Leader Gets Swept…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:58 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    …On a very special “Blossom”…blossom

    Again, Manny WHO? Not only is Manny Ramirez fading into obscurity (being suspended for PED for 50 games has a tendency to do that to you…But his replacement (“But Manny cannot be replaced!”–Yeah, OK…) has stepped into the role of very superb left fielder (did you see that catch he made against the wall last night, near the stands?) and a history making #5 hitter for the Sox. Jason Bay has hit 13 home runs in the 41 games of the 2009, 2nd most in the AL, which is very cool in and of itself. However, the 2-run shot he hit last night broke a Red Sox record of consecutive multi-run homers. Youk and Tony Conigliaro held the record for 10 multi-run homers in a row–and Bay’s homer last night? #11 for him…The MLB record, 12, is currently held by Ken Griffey, Jr., and Hank Aaron…

    And Jon Lester delivered last night, with 6 1/3 innings of 1 run ball, throwing 109 pitches, 68 for strikes, giving up 9 hits, while striking out 4 and walking one…

    And it should be noted that the run given up by Lester was an inherited run Ramon Ramirez allowed to score… Why doesn’t baseball track this stat more? Isn’t the ability to stop the bleeding a desirable quality? Ramon Ramirez had this sterling .79 (yes, like 79 cents) ERA, but this is not the 1st time he has let inherited runners score…this stuff really should impact their ERA somehow…

    Papelbon, with another good inning, giving up 1 hit and striking out 1–and only has to throw 13 pitches, 1- for strikes…maybe the struggles and high pitch counts have worked themselves out…Hopefully…

    So now the Sox stand a 1/2 game behind Toronto in the AL East Standings, with the Skanks breathing down their neck at 1.5 GB…

    Jon Smoltz threw his 1st rehab outing yesterday, with 3 scoreless innings for Single A Greenville last night. He gave up 1 hit, while striking out 2 and walking none…Once the Sox trainers make sure there were no setbacks from the outing, his next step will be taken, which will probably be another Single A Rehab start on Tuesday…

    Looks like Mark Kotsay will be back soon, as he starts his rehab assignment today with Pawtucket. It looks like he will be there with them for about the next 2 weeks, playing a couple of games, and then getting a day off. This rehab assignment is a result of the right calf injury he sustained while rehabbing from his back surgery…

    Coming up: Daisuke makes his 1st start with the Sox since leaving the game on April 14th with shoulder issues. He will kick off Red Sox interleague play for the 2009 season, with the Sox hosting the Mets for 3 this weekend. He will be opposed by Johan Santana, who has been ON FIRE this year. 1st pitch 7:10pm. I wish I could have a good feeling about this game–but I really don’t. Better stock up on the Maalox and Jack Daniels, could be a long night..

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