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  • August 26th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, White Sox 3:
    Another strange game…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:11 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Jon Lester pitched well, but unfortunately, the run support did not happen until the 8th inning, when Jason Bay hit the home run (his 28th) to put the Sox ahead for good. Manny WHO?

    Lester’s line: 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits (including a homer) while walking 2, throwing a wild pitch, and striking out 6. He threw 113 pitches, 62 for strikes, which is worrisome…

    So Billy Wagner agreed to come to Boston, despite the fact that the Sox would not guarantee they would not offer him arbitration–one of his 2 “demands” The other was that they not exercise his $8 million club option–which the Sox agreed not to do–and apparently, that was enough–and, having a better shot to win a World Series ring with the Sox, than with the Mets. So basically, a 2-month rental–and another left-hander in the bullpen. One of the 2 players to be traded to the Mets for Wagner is Chris Carter from Pawtucket. Wagner will be in uniform for Thursday’s game…

    And its OH SO funny to watch Jonathan Papelbon now have to do damage control, with regard to his comments over the weekend about not really wanting Wagner to come to the Sox, and how it may affect the bullpen dynamic:”…The biggest thing is he pitches with heart. I love guys like that. I like guys who go out there and they wear their heart on their sleeve, and with that ‘I’m going to get you or you’re going to get me’ type of attitude. I’m actually looking really forward to him coming here and kind of picking his brain, seeing how he works, and maybe picking up a couple things from him…”We’re excited to have him, and hopefully he can help us win a championship…” Uh huh…Why don’t you stick to pitching and keep your mouth shut–because now you look like an idiot…

    But he did become only the 2nd closer in the history of the game (Bill Koch was the 1st from 1999 to 2002) to record 30 saves in each of his 1st 4 seasons of his career…

    More history making: In the 1st inning of last night’s game, Jacoby Ellsbury broke the Boston Red Sox single season steal record with 55 stolen bases, breaking Tommy Harper’s record of 54 set in 1973. Jacoby stole 50 bases last year, his rookie year…

    Coming up: The moment we have all be waiting for (OK, at least I have) Tim Wakefield makes his 1st start in over a month, since he went on the DL for his back. He will be caught by Victor Martinez, who has never caught a knuckleballer (except in the some bullpen sessions with Wake last week) so it should be interesting. I expect George Kottaras will have a miraculous recovery on or around September 1, and be called up then… Wake is opposed by Gavin Floyd for the ChiSox. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

    And it’s official, That Clay Person is slated to pitch when I am at the game on Saturday night–CRAP…

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