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  • July 23rd, 2009

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 3:
    5 In a Row–and not even in a good way…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:05 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Some numbers to run around in the thought locker on this badly needed day off (and how sad is it that they have played 6 games after a 4 day break, only to desperately need another day off….)

    A 6-Game Road trip, ending with a record of 1-5–ONE AND FIVE…the only win they would eke out was the 1st game back, against Toronto–and the Sox have been be able to do NOTHING since…

    13 runs = the total # of runs scored since the Sox return from the All Star Break nearly a week ago…6 games = 13 runs, or an average of 2.2 runs per game. And how many of them do you think the Sox won? ONE…

    2 = the number of games back behind the Skanks that the Sox currently are, as the Skanks won their freaking sixth in a row yesterday….

    4 innings–4…freaking…innings….This is what That Clay Person came up with last night–the pride of Pawtucket, the player who has been bitching for weeks about how he is too good for AAA…yeah OK..

    With a line like THIS???: 4 inning, throwing 90 pitches, 56 for strikes, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (including a home run) while walking 2, hitting 1, and striking out 3…

    One of the 2 good things to happen on the field last night: The bullpen combined to throw 4 shut out innings of 4-hit ball, with a walk (intentional) and 4 strikeouts. Included in that is a perfect inning by Papelbon, which is pretty rare these days….

    And in case you were wondering, the solo shot by Nick Green who has been slumping as of late, for the only run the Sox had, was the only other good thing that happened in last night’s game

    And how bad does it SUCK to lose to a guy named…NIPPERT–That’s as bad a lose losing to freaking Boof Bonser….

    There were some good things that happened OFF the field tho…

    First and Foremost: The Sox have decided to retire Jim Ed’s #14, in a ceremony next Tuesday before the 2nd game of the Oakland series, 2 days after he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A lifetime .298 hitter with 382 homers, and 1,451 RBI’s, he will join Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), Johnny Pesky (#6), Yaz (#8), Ted Williams (#9) and Carlton Fisk (# 27) on the wall in Right Field. Jim Ed is the 7th Red Sox player to have his # retired. And of course, Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 has been retired by all Major League teams. From Sox owner John Henry: “As a fan of the game and a steward of this great franchise, it is an honor to be a part of the Red Sox during this special moment in the team’s history. On behalf of our partners and the entire organization, we want to congratulate Jim Rice on his upcoming induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and finally taking his rightful place among the greatest players in the game…The retirement of his number will be a fitting way to honor one of the most dominant hitters to ever wear a Red Sox uniform.”

    Another is: Ding Dong, Julio Lugo is GONE! And while the Sox are still on the hook for the $13.5 million owed to him, by trading him to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield and left-handed hitter Chris Duncan, who has been optioned to Pawtucket. The Sox will also receive some cash considerations or a player to be named later as part of the deal. Hey, at least it’s better than a bag of balls….

    And finally, the Sox have traded two minor league players (shortstop Argenis Diaz and right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland) for Pittsburgh’s Adam LaRoche, a 1st baseman who hits lefty. A career .269 hitter who has hit at least 20 home runs in the last 4 year as a starter, he will be a bench guy for the Sox–but he allows for more flexibility so that Mike Lowell and Jed Lowrie (both still recovering from surgery) the time off they need to be effective and get back to where they need to be. This means, that unless the Sox go to 11-man pitching, Mark Kotsay will probably be let go…

    Coming up: Today’s day off, then the Sox return to Fenway to play the Oreos whom they have beaten 6 out of 7 times so far this season–so, hopefully, it will help right the ship. Bad Penny!, coming off his worst start of the season, (six runs on 8 hits in five innings against Toronto last week) gets the nod, opposed by Brad Bergesen for the Cookies. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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