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  • September 14th, 2009

    Red Sox 9, Tampa Bay 1,
    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 1,
    Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 0:
    Gaining some ground…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:16 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets!  Actually SWEEPING Tampa Bay! That hasn’t happened in quite some time, like since they sucked royally…so it was a nice change of pace.

    And the double header was nice, or would have been if Direct TV had gotten the scheduling straight–there was a game at noon and at 5:00pm…so they start the coverage of the noon game at 1:30, and then there was no coverage for the 5:00…so while I got to see about 4 innings of the 1st game–Lester’s gem? NADA…

    The Sox has it all working from Saturday night on–great pitching (All weekend, only 2 runs given up by Red Sox pitchers) timely hitting (16 runs over the 3 games, with 9 of them coming during the rain shortened 5+ inning game on Saturday night) and were able to gain 2 games in the AL East–yeah, its 7, but its better than 9–and 2 in the Wild Card, so that the Rangers are now 4 games behind…

    The lines from this weekend:

    Beckett: (who did not ever give up 1 homer!) 5+ innings, throwing 78 pitches, 46 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 4 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4…

    Buchholz: 7 innings, throwing 97 pitches, 57 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 5 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 5…

    Lester: 8 innings of scoreless, 2-hit ball, throwing 105 pitches, 66 for strikes, while walking 3, throwing a wild pitch, and striking out 7…His 8 scoreless last night adds to his current record of 17 consecutive scoreless innings…

    So the Sox are done with Tampa Bay for the year–and, surprisingly enough, managed to tie them (9-9) for the season series. And with this sweep, the Sox are 8-0 at home, and have won their last 5 in a row…

    No new news on Tim Wakefield, as we all wait to see if the 3rd cortisone shot he has had this year (and the 2nd in as many weeks) will get him in good enough shape to help the Sox this year. Best case scenario? He’ll get a start this weekend in Baltimore, or sometime during the final road trip of 2009, or, he’ll FINALLY get the surgery he needs, and then will move on from there….

    And now the Angels are coming to town…UGH…The team the Sox haven’t been able to beat this year (4-2 is the current record) Hopefully, being at home (all 6 of the other games were on the left coast, with 4 of them being in the middle of the night) will help turn the tide-Sox need to win at least 2 of 3.

    Oh, and in case you were wondering: It’s that time of year again: registering for Post Season Tickets! While this does not guarantee a postseason berth for the Sox, its definitely a step in the right direction…

    If you’re a Season Ticket Holder, then you’re one lucky bastard–if not (like the rest of us) you can register for drawing (they SAY it’s random) for the chance to buy tickets for any game played at Fenway Park during the 2009 postseason. You can go to the Red Sox site. Each winner will be limited to 1 game, and 2 tickets for that game…

    So, on Monday September 21st, folks who can buy ALDS Tickets will be drawn, then the winners will be more than likely notified on Tuesday. They will be provided with a secret decoder ruing (or an e-mail), detailing instruction on purchasing the Tickets online between 12-9pm on Friday, September 25th…

    But wait–you don’t have internet access (there are still people) or didn’t get a double secret e-mail? You can try your luck at (888) RED-SOX6, starting at 3:00pm, when a limited amount of tickets will be available by phone. No tickets will be sold at the Red Sox Box Office–online or phone are it…

    And here is where they get you: Ticket Prices for the ALDS are $130 for field box/loge box seats, $100 for pavilion and right field box seats, $55 for grandstand seats, $35 for bleacher seats and $30 for standing room. UGH…

    And if that isn’t bad enough: They tack on another TWENTY-SEVEN DOLLARS in fees–$6.00 per ticket “convenience fee”, which is crap because its not like you can actually go anywhere ELSE to get tickets–AND a $15 per-order processing fee.—Completely bogus…and pure profit…

    Coming up: The final off-day of the 2009 campaign–regular season anyway, then Daisuke, DAISUKE makes his 1st start since June 19th, to kick off the 3 game series against the Angels. He is opposed by John Lackey. 1st pitch 7:10pm. After the multiple days off, and the stellar starting pitching, the bullpen should be rested and ready….

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