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  • September 29th, 2009

    Red Sox 5, Toronto 11–In 7 Innings:
    From 27-11 to 2-6–including 4 losses in a row…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:37 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, at least the Magic # is down to 1…

    So, are the Red Sox going to make any effort to clinch the Wild Card by winning? Or, are they just going to wait until the Rangers lose another game, thereby securing their 6th appearance in the post season in the last 7 years…

    I understand that Josh Beckett was not feeling 100%, and god know that the Sox need him fully functional for the Postseason, but the way this game ended up, was AWFUL…

    Michael Bowden and Hunter Jones combined to throw 4 2/3 innings of eleven run ball–ELEVEN RUNS–against Toronto…

    Here are their lines: Michael Bowden (with his 1st major league loss) went 3 innings, throwing 67 pitches, 37 for strikes, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 1 and striking out 3

    Then Hunter Jones comes in and adds some fuel to the fire in his inning and 2/3–giving up 4 runs on 5 white (including a homer) while walking none (but hitting a batter) and striking out 1…

    One bright spot is last minute call up Dustin Richardson, making his major league debut, pitched 1 1/3 clean innings, giving up only 2 hits…

    Of course, because of the horrible rain, this game was called in the 7th inning, when the Sox has a man on 2nd and 3rd, and no out–and Victor Martinez was up to bat…I think there was a good chance the Sox could have come back and done something in this game…

    Here is the scoop on Beckett from Tito: “First of all, it’s upper left, which is good. He’s been feeling it. And again, this time of year, guys feel a lot. But on the plane last night, I think he tried to get comfortable and didn’t. I think he thought he’d wake up and take a hot shower and go about his business. When that didn’t happen, he called me, and me and (pitching coach) John Farrell were actually in there at the time….So it wasn’t a real difficult decision to say this doesn’t make sense to [have Beckett pitch]. And I think he kind of agreed. So we’ll try to use good judgment and let him get worked on and let that thing relax as opposed to letting him pitch through it, which he could have. It just didn’t seem like today was the day to do that.” Barring any unforeseen, Beckett will take his final start of the 2009 campaign on Saturday against Cleveland…

    Post Season Maintenance: To make sure he is all ready for the postseason, Mike Lowell went and had a Synvisc and Cortisone cocktail shot into his right hip yesterday morning. And no worries, it’s just a precautionary thing: “…We were talking about it a couple of weeks ago. Just to, more of heading into the postseason, I’d rather be with more mobility than less. I spoke to the doctors, and they said this would be a way to alleviate the pain, and it’s looking pretty good. This was a good time to take two or three days off to really get my hip, hopefully, feeling a lot better.” Because the medicine needs time to work, Lowell will be out for the next few days…

    Looks like Jon Lester is fine, as evidenced by his successful side session yesterday. From Jon: “I felt fine. No problems. Just the normal long tossing and everything. Right around 55 pitches. Everything was good. I felt good this morning when I woke up and walking around and everything. But there’s that question in your mind, ‘OK, when I get on the mound, is it going to bug me?’ And it didn’t. Everything was good…” So it looks like Jon will be making his next turn, which is slated on Thursday….

    A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Johnny Pesky, and there is not a classier man to ever play the game. The Red Sox icon celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, so the Sox celebrated with an on-field presentation before last night’s contest, which included Johnny throwing out the 1st pitch. I cannot believe he is 90–the last of the Teammates (Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr and Ted Williams). I am SO glad they retired his number–can we get him back in the dugout for games–Please???

    Coming up: That Clay Person has the chance to be THAT GUY–the one who delivers the Sox into postseason glory–let’s just hope his trend of great pitching continues. He is opposed by Rickey Romero, who has a respectable record in his rookie year (12-9 with a 4.28), but is 0-3 with an 8.83 ERA against the Sox….Here’s to hoping….1st pitch 7:10pm…

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