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  • September 18th, 2009

    Red Sox 3, Angels 4:
    So much for a perfect homestand…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:06 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Josh Beckett, who only gave up 1 homer in this contest (a solo shot by Howard Kendrick) pitched 8 innings (114 pitches, 78 for strikes), giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 7…certainly well enough to win…

    Billy Wagner, getting his 1st loss in a Red Sox uniform (as well as the American League) gave up 1 run in the 9th inning, breaking the tie, and sending the Sox to Baltimore with a 7-1 homestand, and the knowledge that they should have won that game…

    But that is what happens when you give a good time like the Angels extra outs–they make you pay for them.

    It’s the top of the 7th inning, 2 outs, and Josh Beckett throws a perfect curve ball into the dirt to strike out Chone Figgins–Yeah Right. The ball gets away from Jason Varitek, and goes back to the backstop, allowing Figgins to reach 1st base–and Howard Kendrick (naturally), who was on 3rd, to score, tying the game at 3…

    This is the moment when the Sox lost this game. Oh, and did I mention that the scoring was a wild pitch–when it should have been a passed ball…and the kicker is, almost the EXACT same thing happened to ‘Tek the night before–he allowed a strike 3 ball to get past him, and the batter got to 1st base. Fortunately, that one turned out ok…

    I’m sorry, call me a crappy person, call me disloyal, whatever, but Jason Varitek is no longer the Jason Varitek that Sox fans have known and loved over the years. Another season with a BA barely above the Mendoza line (.212, with 14 homers), and base stealers are running at will against him, as 100 base stealers out of 115 have been safe–making his caught stealing percentage .130 (his career is .228) which is abysmal. If Youk had been well, more than likely, Victor Martinez would have been catching, but since Youk is still out with the back spasms, Martinez played 1st, Mike Lowell played 3rd, and Varitek caught…

    And I dont think Victor Martinez is the long-term solution wither–the reason he has been able to be so effective as a catcher is that he also plays 1st base, which gives his legs and body a break from the rigors of catching…

    Papelbon is all better from his back tweaking he got from slipping in the bullpen on Tuesday, and was available for last night’s game, and Kevin Youkilis has made great strides in terms of his back spasms–look for him to play this weekend, if not tonight…

    While Paul Byrd is listed as the probable for Monday, if all goes well with Tim Wakefield’s side session today (they will decide tomorrow) Byrd will be shifted to Tuesday, with Wake getting the start on Monday. If not…hopefully, Wake will go and get the damn surgery already…

    Looks like the snarky (not to mention, dumber than crap) comments that were made by Angels players and staff may come back to bite them on the ass…Apparently, the ups from this series have filed a complaint with MLB that the Angels coaches were “unprofessional and unbecoming” in their behavior during Wednesday night’s Red Sox win…My favorite comment was the completely insane one from closer Brian Fuentes: “Especially here and some other places, they seem timid to make calls. I’ve heard it from other guys that come in here and say that. That’s either because it’s a mistake, or they’re scared.” Scared? I highly doubt the umpires are scared of anything. There have been plenty of times calls have not gone the Sox way, at Fenway Park and on the road–in any of those cases, the thought that the umpires were “scared” to make the right call, never even crossed my mind. Perhaps if Juan Gonzales actually TRIED to the get to that blooped single into left by Alex Gonzales, we wouldn’t even be talking about this…MLB, specifically, Bob Watson, will review the umpire reports from the game, along with the comments made to the media, and will decide if the comments made crossed the line…

    The annual “dress the rookies up to travel the final road trip” tradition happened last night–this year, the Sox went with a “Wizard of Oz” theme. Daniel Bard was the Lion, Dusty Brown the Scarecrow, Josh Reddick was Glinda, and Junichi Tazawa was Dorothy–and yes, he wore the wig…

    Coming up: That Clay Person goes for his 6th win of the season, and kicks off the final road trip of 2009, and 3 against the Oreos. He is opposed by Jeremy Guthrie. 1st pitch 7:05pm

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