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  • September 30th, 2009

    Red Sox 7, Toronto: SIX. HOME. RUNS.

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:36 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Ya know when the last time Red Sox pitching gave up 6 homers? I’ll tell you: on August 6th, 2004, the Tigers hit 7 against the Sox…

    That Clay Person gave up the 1st 5 homers, with a line that is reminiscent of 2008 for him: 5 innings, throwing 79 pitches (56 for strikes) giving up 7 runs on 8 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4…UGH

    Takashi Saito gave up the other one in the 7th inning, and he also had a throwing error (his 1st of the year) in his outing…

    RR, Billy Wagner and Jonathan Papelbon all contributed a clean inning of work in the contest….

    Yeah, the 5 run 8th inning, and the nail biter of a 9th inning was nice, but it was just too little too late…

    But, despite the Loss, the Rangers lost as well, so the Sox Clinch the AL Wild Card…Yay…

    I’m sorry, I just can’t work up a ton of enthusiasm for this–Yeah, I am happy they got into the postseason–but actually WINNING to get there would have be better–this feels like process of elimination–and not even in a good way…The Sox have lost 7 of their last 9 games, including 5 in a row…Nope, not too much excitement here…

    And I won’t even get into the fact that, right at this moments, I dont think the Sox have a snowball’s chance in hell of GETTING to the World Series, never mind winning it…As terrible as it may sounds, I would much rather the Angels beat the Sox in the ALDS, than have to face the Skanks in the ALCS again–have no desire to relive THAT again–even if the last 4 games in 2004 were a ton of fun–I’m not as young as I used to be–my nervous system can’t handle that stuff anymore…OK, so I wont get into it ANYMORE…

    Looks like Josh Beckett will take his next turn in the rotation this Saturday night against Cleveland, after being a last minute scratch for Monday’s contest with “mild muscle spasms in his upper back” From Josh: “”Absolutely, I think I’ll make my next start. I think if I had to, I don’t think we’re going to need this, but I could go sooner than Saturday. I think right now, we’re just kind of looking at Saturday to hopefully set things up….” Let’s hope this is the truth, and this is not a reoccurrence of last year (even tho they say its not…)

    Nick Green is also on the mend, having resumed baseball activities, and can actually hit the ball without falling over: “I hit off the tee, did some sprints, threw way better than I threw when I was trying before. I’ve done a lot of things that I haven’t been able to do in the past week.” He is looking to get back into the lineup sometime this weekend…

    Minor League Hardware: Sox minor leaguers were honored before last nights game, with Casey Kelly (Greenville & Salem), being named Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Kalis (Salem and Portland), Offensive Player of the Year, Ryan Dent (Greenville & Salem), Defensive Player of the Year, Derrik Gibson (Lowell), Baserunner of the Year, Juan Rodriguez (Dominican Summer League Red Sox), Latin Program Pitcher of the Year, and Keury De La Cruz (Dominican Summer League Red Sox), Latin Program Player of the Year.

    Coming up: Tim Wakefield, in what might be his last start for the season (I hope its not, but lets not kid ourselves, he needs that surgery–he is not getting any better…) to hopefully avert being swept by Toronto, and , oh, I dont know maybe WIN A GAME??? He is opposed by, of course, Doc Halladay. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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