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  • June 26th, 2009

    Red Sox 3, Nationals 9:
    Well, THAT certainly didn’t turn out as expected…

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:14 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Maybe we expected too much from John Smoltz on his 1st time out–but I will tell you this–I don’t think this is indicative of how it will continue…so while “John Smoltz is German for Daisuke” is very witty–I think it’s totally inaccurate….

    1 bad inning was all he had (Yeah, I know, famous last words) the 1st, where he threw 35 pitches, hit someone, walked someone, and gave up 4 runs on 4 of hits…His total line: 92 pitches, 62 for strikes over 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts and a walk…

    So, as you can see, he really settled down after the 1st inning: for his last 4 innings, he was more like himself: 4 inning, giving up 1 run on 2 hits…From Smoltz: “I’d love to have that mulligan in the first inning. “It just happened… I got a little anxious and jerked some pitches, and that’s normal when you go through this process. Everybody wants to come out and throw great, but I threw so many quality pitches that I was pleased and I know that in a matter of a few starts I’ll be honed in to where I want to be.’’ Barring any unforeseen, his next start will be on Tuesday the 30th…

    Unfortunately, the Bullpen did absolutely nothing to help the cause, giving up 4 runs (including a 2 run shot) over their 4 innings of work, which walking 1 and striking out 3…

    And GUESS WHAT?? Julio Lugo played, and he GOT AN ERROR–and the Sox lost–Shocking, I know…

    Josh Hamilton is finally on the mend, and hopes to be back in a Rangers uniform even sooner than his original estimate: by the All-Star Break: “I’m way ahead of schedule. That’s a reasonable goal to have. I don’t want to do anything that will set me back and keep me out longer, but if I don’t set goals, I won’t work as hard to reach those goals.” If he does come back in time, a return visit to the All-Star game is a definite possibility (He is currently ranked 3rd amongst outfielders)…But probably no Home Run Derby…

    Speaking of outfielders, Jason Bay has applied for dual citizenship for the US/Canada, and will be sworn in as a US Citizen July 2nd: “My wife’s American, my girls are American, so it was just the next natural progression, really. I’ve been in the U.S. since I was 16. I’ve got my green card. I live in the U.S. It’s just kind of the next natural thing.” Welcome to the club…

    Mike Lowell will probably get another night off–his 4th in the last week–he has had trouble getting his surgically repaired hip loose, and as the season continues, that could only get worse. The Sox are looking into possible cortisone shot for him, as well as a scheduled 1 game off a week…

    Coming up: The Sox move to Atlanta to finish up their interleague play for the 2009 campaign, as well as one of their longest road trips of the season. They took 2 out of 3 from Atlanta at home–can they do that again? Josh Beckett takes the mound for the Sox, opposed by Jair Jurrjens. 1st pitch: 7:35pm

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