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  • September 10th, 2009

    Red Sox 7, Oreos 5:
    Beating the Bad Teams should NOT be this difficult…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:21 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    The fact that Mike Lowell stole his annual base during the 4th inning of last night’s contest, should be some indication of what kind of game this was… Yeah, read it again–Mike Lowell Stole A Base…and has done so at least once in the last 10 years…who’d a thunk it?

    Paul Byrd did OK….not the brilliance that was his 1st start (6 scoreless, with 3 hits) of the horribleness that was his last (2 1/3, giving up 7 runs) but perfectly serviceable, if a little short: 5 innings, throwing 83 pitches (55 for strikes) giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1…and with this line, and the offense, who apparently went on vacation in Chicago, ramped back up and got it done, he would have been in line for the win…

    But then we have the Demonic Bullpen Tandem…and they were VINTAGE Demonic Bullpen Tandem, it just gets better from there…Together, they pitch an inning, with MDC managing, in his 1/3 of an inning, to give up 2 runs, (only 1 was called an earned run, but because the error was HIS, I think it should count)and OF COURSE he leaves them loaded for his counterpart, Mike Timlin Ramon Ramirez, who, in his 2/3 of an inning, allow one of the inherited runners to score (shocking and unexpected, I know) but manages to stop the bleeding there, (also shocking and unexpected, but in a good way).

    So now the Sox are down by a run–and its a good ^&@^#(&*^#@ thing that Victor Martinez was brought in to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the 7th, and hits a 3 run double, allowing the Sox to pull ahead for good, giving Billy Wagner his 1st win in a Red Sox uniform–and his 1st ever, in the AL…

    And of course, no crazy win is complete without the obligatory 9th inning drama brought to you by Jonathan Papelbon, who gets the Sox 4 outs, and himself his 35th save, but not before he gives up another run, and the tying run gets to the plate…

    But the win manages to keep everything at the status quo, with the Skanks being 9 GA in the AL East, and the Rangers 2 GB in the Wild Card…

    Another Day, Another Cortisone Shot: Less than 2 weeks after he had his 1st cortisone shot, Tim Wakefield will be getting another today, this time to help alleviate pressure, rather than mitigate the pain, like last time. From Tito: “The plan is for Wake to get a shot {today), which will probably limit his activity for a couple of days. Then he’ll do as much throwing and side work as he can, trying to balance that to where he can pitch effectively and not throw the physical part of it backwards…” If all goes well, Wake could be back in the rotation next weekend sometime…At this stage of the game, why are the messing around? They should have operated WEEKS ago, removed the bone chip or spur or whatever, and he’d probably be back by now…

    And how about Alex Gonzalez???? In the 23 games he has played with the Sox, the shortstop is hitting .282 with 8 RBI’s and 4 homers. His 12-game hitting streak ended last night…Theo needs to keep him this time…I mean it…

    Daisuke pitched much better this time, throwing 89 pitches over 6 2/3 innings (!!)for Single A Salem, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7, and walking 1. The night before, when I heard that Tito wanted his pitch count to be about 90-100 pitches, and have him get pretty deep into a game, I said to my husband: “90-100 pitches, that’s like 2-3 innings for Daisukeā€ Guess I was wrong…but let’s see what happens when he gets back to the bigs–guess I should stock up on the Maalox and Jack Daniels for my smoothies…

    Coming up: An off day today (and ANOTHER coming up Monday–but then no more until the postseason) then Tampa Bay comes to town for 3. Kicking off the series is Jon Lester, opposed by James Shields. 1st pitch 7:10pm

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