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  • June 1st, 2009

    Red Sox 8, Toronto 2:
    Restoring Order to the Universe…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Could Jon Lester be righting the ship? This is the 3rd good outing he has had in a row, and this one was exceptional, with 12 strikeouts over 6 innings of 1-run baseball. Pitch count at 115 (72 for strikes) is a bit high for 6 innings, especially with the 12 strikeouts, as he only walked 3, had 1 wild pitch, and gave up only 3 hits…

    Last time a left-handed pitcher has that many strikeouts? 1987, when Bruce Hurst had 14 in a game…

    And Dustin Pedroia, moved to the lead-off spot for the contest, hit his 2nd homer of the season–his 1st came on opening day–a span of 190 games, which no one has talked about, as he has been productive in other ways. Yesterday’s homer was a 3 run shot, which broke the 1-1 tie in the 4th inning, and put the Sox ahead for good….

    Jason Bay also weighed in with his 15th, and Kevin Youkilis, had 2 solo shots, 1 in the 1st inning, and another in the 8th. Also worth mentioning: David Ortiz contributed to the offensive onslaught with a double in the 4th…

    And, because the Skanks finally lost yesterday, the Sox gained a game back, so they only trail by 1.5 now….Which is certainly not desirable, but definitely more palatable than 3.5 back…And when the Sox face the Skanks for yet another middle of the week series at Fenway next week, the Sox are going to be seeing a very different ballclub than the one they have beaten 5 times so far…

    John Smoltz had his 3rd rehab start yesterday, going 5 strong, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 6. He threw 73 pitches, 52 for strikes. From Smoltz: “I don’t think I’m far away. Today was more a familiar pitching that I thought I was capable of the last month, two months…”I think I’m going to get a little more complete each time. For the most part, I’m really pleased with today’s effort. I felt really fresh in the fifth inning, even though it’s the longest stint I’ve had…” The next step? Pawtucket for a start or 3, then to the Sox–probably around the middle of the month…Where they are going to put him is anybody’s guess…

    Looks like Mark Kotsay is ready to be activated from the DL–a full month later than expected, due to the left calf strain he suffered while rehabbing from the back surgery he had in the off season–so who will be sent down/away to accommodate him?

    Coming up: An off-day today, then the Sox move to Detroit to face the Tigers for the 1st time this season. Daisuke (I am trying VERY hard not to sigh with exasperation and resignation), going for his 1st win this season that wasn’t in Japan (again, trying very hard), gets the nod in this 1st of 3 games. He is opposed by Rick Porcello, who had a perfect May, with a 5-0 record–wonderful. 1st pitch 7:05pm.

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