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  • July 7th, 2009

    Red Sox 0, Oakland 6:
    Mixed Emotions–at Best…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:49 am in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Nomar and his magnificent return was about the best thing I could say about the contest last night. Sure, their rookie left hander, Brett Anderson threw a complete game shut out–but when you are on the receiving end of that, it’s not as impressive…

    But I will admit that when Nomar walked on the field in the top of the 2nd inning to take his 1st at bat (He grounded out to 3rd–but went 2-4 with an RBI in the game) and the fans all leapt to their feet, “Welcome Back Nomar” signs in their hands–there was a TON of dust in my house…that was a great and special moment, which I made sure I TiVo’ ed…

    But, as much as I love Nomar, the whole “genetic disease that makes him more prone to injury” thing is a bit tough to swallow–and they are just figuring this out now? What about the MANY seasons he played with the Sox that he was never injured??

    A not so special moment was the less than stellar performance by John Smoltz, who had ANOTHER bad inning (this time it was the 4th, where he gave up 4 runs), this outing brought his record to 0-2, with an abysmal 6.60 ERA. His line: 6 innings pitches (throwing 99 pitches, 68 for strikes) giving up 5 runs on 10 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3.

    Perhaps if the Sox had done better than TWO HITS in the game, the perspective on Smoltz’s outing would be alot different, but the kid shut ‘em down…But it was also on a night where Dustin Pedroia was a late scratch (his wife is VERY pregnant) and Jeff Bailey goes on the DL, Mark Kotsay has been lame with a right calf problem all week, and some kid few have ever heard of (Aaron Bates) makes his major league debut, playing 1st base and batting 9th…

    And do I need to mention who the error was by? Didn’t think so (and yeah, I know it did not impact the scoring, but STILL…)

    Thankfully, Toronto beat the Skanks, so the 1 game lead in the AL East is still holding…

    And did you see Giambo? Holy Buckets! He got small (getting off PED will do that to you…) and he has this gray beard–and a wonderful .197 BA…Oh, how fall they have fallen…

    There was an article on the Red Sox site yesterday, regarding Mike Lowell and his Synvisc shot–did you know that stuff is made from Hyaluronan, which is a natural substance that comes from rooster and chicken combs–some people even call it “rooster juice” I kid you not…But then again, there are tons of nasty things out there…

    Now, THIS is dedication. Jed Lowrie was supposed to play in 1 of the double header games here in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday, but they were rained out, so instead, he drove himself up to Manchester NH to get his at-bats in–with AA Portland. And how did he do? 3-5 with 2 RBI’s He will probably stay with the Sea Dogs until the PawSox return home and then go back to them for more rehab. He was moved to the 60 DL yesterday, to open up a spot on the 40 man for Aaron Bates…but there is still a chance, albeit it slim, that we will see him before the All-Star Break. If not, he will definitely be back after…

    If you’re interested Youk Hits for Kids, along with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be collecting books for the Boston Public School libraries this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, books will be collected at the Fenway Park gates before and during the two games. The goal is 100,000 books. Won’t be at Fenway this weekend? You can also go Youk’s website and donate from there…

    Coming up: Josh Beckett gets the call in game 2 of this series, hopefully to right the ship. He is opposed by Dana Eveland (he of the 18.90 ERA against the Sox) for Oakland, 1st pitch 7:10pm

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