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  • July 1st, 2009

    Red Sox 10, Oreos 11:
    Uh, what just happened here?

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:31 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    This has to go down as one of the STRANGEST games I have ever seen. It started off pleasantly enough–John Smoltz was cruising, having only given up 1 run on 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 2 in the 1st 4 innings. He threw and economical 52 pitches, 34 for strikes. There was nothing to suggest that he wouldn’t go 2-3-4 more innings, and get his 1st win in a Red Sox uniform. Right?

    Not so fast…

    Then the rains came–71 minutes worth, which was far too long to bring back Smoltz, so his night was done–1 inning short of being eligible for the win.

    So, when the game resumes, Tito calls on a pitcher who has had great success as both a starter and a reliever–Justin Masterson. No reason to believe that he couldn’t give them 2-3 strong innings of work….Right?

    Oh, he gave then 2 innings of perfect work, striking out 4 and walking none–but then he came back out in the 7th, and before he could get an out, it was the FIVE RUNS on five hits (including a homer)…Then Manny Delcarmen comes in and pitches for 2/3 of inning, managing to allow his inherited runner to score, but the score was hanging at 10-6…the Sox are still OK…not as great, but still OK…

    Okajima comes in and get the Sox out of the 7th inning…good deal. Then, Okajima comes back out in the 8th inning, and promptly gives up ANOTHER 4 runs on 5 hits. So the Sox bring in Saito, who promptly allows 2 out of 3 of HIS inherited runners to score.

    OK, the Sox are still ahead 10-9, with 2 outs in the 8th inning–they are hanging on for dear life, but they are stil in the lead, and Mr “I’ll go wherever the money takes me” Jonathan Papelbon comes in, and (most of) Red Sox Nation breathes a sigh of relief–this is the CLOSER, the one who is tied with Bob Stanley for the most saves in Red Sox history–and it took him less than 1/2 the time to do it…He’s never has a blown save against the Oreo’s in 21 opportunities…He’ll save the day….Right?

    Not so fast…

    Not only did he blow the save, he allowed HIS 2 runners he inherited from Saito to score, promptly handing Saito the loss

    And the Sox lose 10-11..To the cookies…whom they had previously beaten the last 8 times they have faced them…Freaking beautiful…

    Yeah, go ahead and read all that again, it takes a couple times for it to sink in…

    So, if you are an Oreo’s fan, it was a wonderful game–if not, it was CRAP…And now the Sox are only 2.5 games ahead of the Skanks who have won their last 6 games in the row….and the best they can expect from this 9 game road trip is a 6-3 record–which is good–but 7-2 would have been better…

    Overall, the best part of yesterday was John Smoltz–certainly more indicative of what the Sox paid $5.5 million for in the off-season. I am looking forward to his 3rd start (probably Sunday against Seattle) to see where he goes from here…

    And ya know, I thought when Julio Lugo got the start last night, and the Sox were ahead 10-1 that perhaps they COULD win when he starts–Obviously not…although he did not have an error last night, and went 2-6 and scored twice, so I guess we should be grateful for small favors…

    And, to add icing to this wonderful day: Mike Lowell was placed on the disabled list yesterday, retroactive to Sunday the 28th, despite the fact that it appeared that the draining of the fluid from him hip, and the shot of Synvisc helped a lot. Apparently, the Sox want to err on the side of caution, especially with the 4 days off for the All-Star break coming in less than 2 weeks. (11 games). He will more than likely be activated when the Sox resume play in Toronto on July 17th. From Tito: “He showed up (Tuesday) and felt great – great to the point where he was thinking he could play in a few days, which we were excited about. At the same time, if he plays a couple of days and isn’t feeling as good as he wants, we’ve kind of ruined a really good opportunity to get him back after the All-Star break, playing the majority of the time and feeling pretty good.” I reallyREALLY hope this is the case, and that there is really nothing wrong that they aren’t mentioning…Jeff Bailey was called up from Pawtucket to take Lowell’s place on the roster

    All Star Update: Kevin Youkilis has overtaken Mark Toxemia in the 1st base All-Star balloting again, by a little over 47,000 votes, and Dustin Pedroia is still trailing Ian Kinsler (why, I have no idea–did you even ever heard of Ian Kinsler before the balloting began? Me either…), but the gap has closed to less than 7,000 votes. I think both of these contests will come down to the wire. Jason Bay, who would need to quit baseball and join a monastery in Tibet to not get the start in the outfield, still leads the pack in that balloting. Jacoby Ellsbury is 6th, and last year’s All-Star MVP, JD Drew, is 10th…

    And unless there is a big surge, it looks like Eva(n) Longoria will actually beat out A-Fraud for the starting 3rd base position–HA HA…

    You still have a little more than a day to grab a bunch of your e-mail addresses (you can vote up to 25 times per e-mail) and go to All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday night, July 2nd. Starters will be announced Sunday afternoon at 1:00 on TBS…

    And finally, from out friends at eTrueSports, in honor or Manny coming back from his 50-game suspension on Friday, the hot new reality show, coming soon on Fox: Being Manny. From the producers of COPS, Being Manny will chronicle the life and times of Manny Ramirez, reality television’s next great star. Sometimes violent, always dumb. Utterly self-absorbed. And deeply amusing. For the rest of the story

    Coming up: Josh Beckett takes the mound in this 3rd and final game of this series and the 9th and final game of this interminable road trip–hopefully Beckett can go deep into this game, ’cause the bullpen is ROACHED…He is opposed by Brad Bergesen for the Oreo’s. 1st pitch: 1:35pm.

    One Response to “Red Sox 10, Oreos 11:
    Uh, what just happened here?”

    1. Marc says:

      Last night was one of those games. Lets hope Beckett is the normal Beckett this afternoon.

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