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  • August 3rd, 2009

    Red Sox 18, Oreos 10:
    Bashing their way to a sweep…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:32 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, Victor Martinez certainly did not waste any time making himself know to Red Sox Nation, with 5 hits (and 4 RBI’s) in yesterday’s game, and a couple in Saturday’s game as well. He also caught in yesterday’s contest.

    And how ’bout minor league call up Josh Reddick? Called up on Friday to spell and ailing JD Drew (groin issues), completely skipping Pawtucket, and he gets his 1st major league hit on Saturday (actually, he got 2, and both were doubles) , and his 1st home run in the bigs came yesterday…And since JD Drew was taken out of yesterday’s game after the top of the 1st when his grin flared up (but not before he hit a 3-run double–so at least he was useful), this kid may be here a while…

    So…Let’s talk about the trades…

    Victor Martinez for Justin Masterson and a couple of minor leaguers–good deal, although I would have rathered they trade Clay Buchholz, especially in light of the fact that he is starting to slide again. Yesterday’s line? 4+ innings, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 4 and striking out 2–ale also threw 76 pitches, 45 for strikes. And this is the 2nd game in a row where he could not get past the 5th inning….this is not good…

    And what is it? The role of Mike Timlin is now being played by Ramon Ramirez? 2 Inherited runners scored on his watch yesterday–he seems to have this happen to him alot…

    And I am sorry, I have lost just about all confidence in MDC–he comes into games, and runs score and walks happen. Yesterday’s line was 1 2/3 giving up 2 runs on 1 hit while walking 2 and striking out 1 (Yeah, Ramirez gave allowed those 2 runners Delcarmen left to score, but STILL…)

    Thankfully, the bats were out in full force, so the lousy pitching of the Sox was mitigated by the lousy pitching of the cookies–and a win is a win, even if it is ugly as hell…

    Sorry, I got side tracked–the TRADES. Yes, Victor Martinez was a good pickup–and I am glad that George Kottaras managed to survive the shakeup, as he was put on the DL with lower back strain (wink wink) and will be off about the same time Tim Wakefield will be–hopefully.

    And the Sox traded newly acquired Adam LaRoche for Casey Kotchman–uh…WHY? Anyone? Bueller? We had a bat off the bench for right handed hitting in Adam LaRoche–why did we need to swap him for another one?

    So the Sox have won 4 in a row, and have gained some ground on the Skanks–only 1/2 game now separates them…and with 4 to play this weekend, should be very interesting…

    Happy Belated Birthday to Tim Wakefield, who turned 43 yesterday, and is still not right–the Sox may even give him a 2nd cortisone shot. From Wake: “I’m just depressed that this isn’t progressing the way I want it to progress. I’m throwing, playing catch. There are different symptoms now. I’ve got zero strength in my left calf due to the nerve. I’m just waiting for it to get better…now it’s gone down to my calf and the back of my knee. When I walk, my left foot goes back, but I can’t push off…“My back, everything feels fine. It’s just that I can’t walk. My calf basically is completely shut down. Just to do a calf raise bothers me. If I put all my weight on it, I can’t even get my heel off the ground.” This is SO way not good…

    Coming up: And off-day, then Jon Lester takes the mound Tuesday night at the Trop to kick off a 2-game mini series, opposed by Matt Garza. And for those of you who are hawking the whole “rematch of Game 7 of the ALCS” nonsense–please stop. 1st pitch 7:10pm

    Oh, and if you look ahead to Thursday, its John Smoltz vs Joba Chamberlain–freaking wonderful….

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