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  • September 24th, 2009

    Red Sox 9, KC 2:
    3 Tries and the 1st 2 Don’t Count…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    …But unfortunately, they do. And, at this time of year, they seem to count even more. It’s the time of year where you start kicking yourself for those stupid losses (That one against Baltimore, and Monday’s night games against KC come to mind)

    What exactly is a “gutsy” performance? Josh Beckett’s performance last night was described as “gutsy” online today–Sorry, folks, but I dont think getting paid millions of dollars and then going out and doing your job (no matter how difficult or simple it is) is the reason for something to be called “gutsy”

    So Josh Beckett gave up 12 hits, so what? He only allowed 2 runs to score–thereby keeping the Sox close and in the game. Then the rest of the team (lead by Big Papi’s tower 3-run shot) helped out by scoring 9 runs. Sox win. Case closed…

    And this whole intimation that Victor Martinez (enough of the “V-Mart” crap…OK?) contributed to Beckett’s recent struggles (he caught him and he did poorly) is.complete.and.utter.crap…

    The rest of Beckett’s line for his 16th win: 6 innings, throwing 103 pitches, 71 for striking, walking 1 and striking out 7–and best of all NO HOMERS!

    Okajima, Billy Wagner, and Jonathan Papelbon all contributed to the win, each with a scoreless inning in the contest…

    So the Sox now sit 6 GB in the AL East, and 7.5 games ahead in the Wild Card, with a Magic # of 4. Barring some sort of epic collapse, looks like the Sox are going to the post season–their 6th time in the last 7 years…Whoo Hoo!

    Oh, and they updated the probables for the weekend: Lester vs Joba on Friday, Daisuke against CC Sabathia on Saturday, and Paul Byrd against Andy Pettitte on Sunday—GULP…

    Looks like Tim Wakefield is well enough to pitch again, and will kick off the final regular season homestand of 2009 with his start on Tuesday against Toronto. From Tito: “…he said he felt pretty good yesterday. We’d keep Josh [Beckett] on his day, Monday. Then again, without taking anything for granted, it opens up [options]. We can do whatever we really want to do, which is kind of what we’re trying to accomplish here.” After a wonderful 1st season (11 wins) his 1st All-Star game, and even talk of a possibly 20 game winner, Wake is 0-1 in 3 starts since the All-Star Break…

    Big Papi hit his 25th homer last night–Did we ever thing he would get there? Hell, it took him almost 2 months (May 20th) to get the 1st one–and every day was just painful to watch–so it’s a nice change…

    Coming up: That Clay Person gets the nod in the final game of this series, (and against KC this year), then the Sox go to New York for 3 (see above) He is opposed by Anthony Lerew, a call up from AA ball, who is making his 2009 debut…He faced the Sox once as a starter with the Braves in 2007 and got lit up, giving up 3 runs (including 2 homers) in 2 innings of work…Let’s hope that trend continues. 1st pitch 8:10pm…

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