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  • September 2nd, 2009

    Red Sox 8, Tampa Bay 4:
    Finally! A Win!!

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:35 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    For the 1st time since May 2nd, which, incidentally, was the only time this year before this, the Sox have beaten Tampa Bay at the Trop…

    And it was a complete team effort, especially when Okajima morphed into a BP pitcher, facing 5 batters in the 8th, without retiring any of them. Jonathan Papelbon, in the 1st 2 inning save of his career and the 1st for the Sox since 2006 (Mike Timlin did it–and almost 3 years to the day, on September 5th…) came in with the bases loaded, and stopped the bleeding, not allowing any more runners to score.

    And there was another great outing by Jon Lester, who went 6 strong, throwing 97 pitches (58 for strikes) giving up 2 runs on 7 hits (including a homer to Carlos Pena) while walking 2 and striking out 9. With last night’s strike outs, Lester became the first Red Sox left-hander to top 190 strikeouts in a season. The previous record of 190 was by Bruce Hurst in 1987. That makes 196 so far this season. If he gets to 200 (which is very likely) he will be the 1st Sox pitcher to do so since Daisuke struck out 201 in 2007…

    But Lester’s whole leaving for “precautionary reasons” with a pulled groin muscle is fairly concerning…

    And then there was THAT CATCH by Jacoby Ellsbury–A diving play, and then standing and throwing in the blink of any eye, froze all the runners, and no one was able to score. If that ball had gotten past him, the Sox probably would have lost that game…

    And then there was Billy Wagner, in a perfect inning, striking out 2, which makes 5 of his 6 outs in the Red Sox uniform coming by way of strikeout…

    And, of course, the Sox win was definitely helped by the 3 errors made by Tampa Bay Defense. Extra outs, always a good thing–if you can capitalize on them…

    All last year, when the Rays were hot, and playing great, The Trop was packed with fans–this year, they don’t do so well, there is 17K at a game–against the Red Sox…Talk about your fair weathered friends.

    Because it was September 1, the Sox were allowed to expand their rosters, and they chose their 5: George Kottaras (from the DL) Brian Anderson, Junichi Tazawa (just in time for a start this weekend) and some new faces, at least in the bigs for the Sox: Joey Gathright (yeah, the one who got into the fight with BatSh*t Julian during Spring Training a couple of years ago) and Chris Woodward.

    And it looks like we may actually see Daisuke before this season ends. Daisuke, who was abysmal in his 1st inning of work over the weekend (49 pitches, 5 runs) and then a brilliant pitcher his 2nd (9 pitches, scoreless) has another side session yesterday, and is expected to pitch for Pawtucket Friday night. And since the minor league season is ending next Monday (the 7th), he is running out of time to do his tweaking on that level…

    Jed Lowrie, maybe not so much–From Tito: “When he check swung a couple of times, he’s felt kind of like a little bit of a zinger I guess is the best way to put it. And then he has some numbness. That’s why we sent him out originally to the doctor … it’s all been kind of to reassure him that this is going to happen, or it can happen, and he’s not going to hurt himself… there’s some hurdles physically and mentally and he’s just not over them yet. It’s kind of obvious when he swings the bat, he’s got some bat speed and everything. He certainly doesn’t have the strength that he’ll have after a good winter just because he hasn’t been able to do a lot of things.” He is expected to continue his rehab with Pawtucket until the end of their season…I think the Sox knew this, which is why they went and got Alex Gonzales. Now let’s just hope they have the sense to sign him this time…

    It’s that time of year again, where each club nominates one of their players for the Roberto Clemente Award, given to one player who demonstrates “excellence on the field and devotion to community service.” If you want to vote, go here

    Coming up: Can Josh Beckett stop the homerun derby? Let’s hope so, as he starts tonight, for game 2 of this crucial 3 game series against Tampa Bay (remember: the Sox need to win at least 2). He is opposed by Matt Garza. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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    Finally! A Win!!”

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