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  • September 17th, 2009

    Red Sox 9, Angels 8:
    One Wild and Crazy Contest…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:24 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    Holy…Buckets…I love games like this–when the Sox win, anyway…

    I’ll admit, after Ramon Ramirez blew yet ANOTHER save (his 4th this year) and gave up 3 runs AND allowed the inherited runner from Saito to score in his 1/3 inning of work. (Inherited runners scoring on RR? Shocking, I know), I was very tempted to go to bed…It was getting late, and who wants to stay up and seethe about how the Demonic Bullpen Tandem (although, to be fair, MDC came up HUGE in the 7th inning, striking out 2 with the bases loaded) screwed it up AGAIN. But since it’s like watching a train wreck, I figured I would stay with it… I even stayed with it when Daniel Bard gave up ANOTHER run in the 8th, taking the game even further out of reach…

    Paul Byrd was perfectly competent in last night’s start, throwing 5 1/3 innings of 3 run, 9 hit ball (including a homer). He threw 97 pitches, 62 for strikes, while walking 1 and striking out 4…Wish he could get a bit deeper into games tho…with no more off-days for the regular season, having to go to the bullpen for 4 innings (and Papelbon was not available last night, because HIS back was bothering him, after he slipped in the bullpen the night before) is not optimal…

    And what about Nick Green and his totally impossible walk to tie the game in the 9th? He has been having cramping in his calf, causing “dead leg” syndrome, which means he had NO strength in his leg, which could be a problem for a hitter (Ya think?) And because he hasn’t been playing, he didn’t say anything to Tito, so when Tito asked him to pitch hit, he couldn’t very well say “well, I’d like to, but I’m hurt…” From Nick: “I don’t even think I could have put the ball in play, and it was right there. Go look at the replay. Go look at all the swings, and maybe you can figure something out. I couldn’t really swing. Physically, I was not healthy. I don’t know what it is. I didn’t feel right, that’s for sure. I should have put one of those balls in play.’’ But he gets up there, and almost falls over more than once, but manages to work a miraculous walk that tied the game…

    And then there is Alex Gonzalez–coming up HUGE a couple times in last night’s contest, always seeming to get the hit the Sox needed, especially that walk off single to win the game…Who gives a &#*(@&*&@#*( is Julio Lugo is batting .290 for Sty Louis. Give me A-Gon ANY day of the week. And in case you were wondering: In the last 18 games, Alex Gonzalez is hitting at a .333 clip, with 11th 11 RBIs…

    And with last night’s win, (and the Ranger’s continued spiral into madness) the Sox have a Magic # of 12 and are 6.5 games ahead in the Wild Card race–unfortunately, the Skanks came back to beat Toronto, so the Sox remain 6.5 behind them in the AL East…

    Youk’s back is “minimally better”, and there is no telling when he’ll be able to play again. Back spasms are just one of those things–you have to wait until they get better…Fortunately, Victor Martinez will be back from his 2 days in Cleveland (sound like a song title) to take his place in the lineup tonight…

    One good thing about Youk being out–Mike Lowell gets to play, because he just seems to sit so much anymore…

    Looks like Wakefield will get the start in Monday in KC–MAYBE… Apparently, the bone fragment is messing with his strength even further, so he will have another bullpen session on Friday, and then determine the path forward…I understand about being a leader, and willing to do anything for the team, and there is not a Red Sox player I like more than Wake, but enough is enough, get the surgery, and get yourself ready for next year.

    Coming up: The Sox go for the sweep of the Angels, and win # 8 in a row, which would give them a perfect homestand of 8-0) Josh Beckett, who did very well in the rain shortened Saturday night start, hopes to build on that, and perhaps win a 2nd game in a month…He is opposed by Ervin Santana. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

    3 Responses to “Red Sox 9, Angels 8:
    One Wild and Crazy Contest…”

    1. Zach Fort says:

      How do you not dive for that ball to end the game? A couple things… First, that 3-2 Fuentes threw that walked in the winning run was a terrible pitch to take in that situation, and he got bailed out by the home plate umpire who was too scared to ring him up. After the game, Fuentes commented that he has heard from many other players as well that umpires are “scared” to make calls that go against the Red Sox when they are at Fenway. I’m sure that’s not the case at all, but the fact that it even crosses a pitchers mind, TALK ABOUT A HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE!

    2. Christine E. says:

      Zach: Thanks so much for your comments–I think that the “too scared to make the calls” is the most bogus thing I have ever heard, but if he wants to believe that–OK by me…

      And could Juan Rivera perhaps have acted like he even cared about getting to that bloop single by Alex Gonzales…I think, if he tried, he could have made the catch and ended the game…

      Last night’s game was one of those “stranger than fiction” games–they happen–and if the Angels were that irate about it, why didn’t they protest?

    3. Subway Squawkers says:

      Lisa from Subway Squawkers here – I’m a Yankee fan who is part of the BBA. Just wanted to say hey. I’m glad I discovered your site, even if you do root for the Sox! ;)

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