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  • April 28th, 2010

    Red Sox 2, Toronto 1:
    Rising to the occasion…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:49 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    On a day when the bullpen was running on empty after just about everyone pitched (5 relievers) in the slugfest the night before, and the bullpen worked 9 1/3 innings in the last 2 games, and the only backup pitcher the Sox called up was a starter with a 8.10 ERA in case they needed a mop up long man, the starter needed to get it done.

    And, boy, did he…

    That Clay Person came up huge in last night’s game, pitching 8 brilliant innings of 1 run ball, on a night when his opponent, Shaun Marcum pitched almost as well as he did:

    Buchholz’s Line: 8 IP, throwing 117 pitches, 80 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4.

    Marcum’s Line: 7 IP, throwing 103 pitches, 64 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5…

    And then, in a complete shocker, Ramon S. came in and pitched a PERFECT 9th inning for his 1st save of the 2010 campaign. 11 pitches, 8 for strikes, and no hits, walks, NUTHIN…

    Holy…Buckets…

    But, despite the win, Adrian Beltre made ANOTHER error, his #4 of the season, a throwing flub that, fortunately, had no repercussions.WTF? From Gold Glove winner to the Julio Lugo of 3rd base…UGH…

    And it was Mike Lowell’s pinch hit, bases-loaded WALK that scored Dustin Pedroia and was enough for the win…

    As I mentioned before, the Sox called up Fabio Castro as the mop up man for a depleted bullpen, for the sole reason that he was to be last night’s starter for Pawtucket, so he was ready, and that he was stretched out, and could give them multiple innings. Scott Atchison (thank GODDESS) was optioned to Triple A–where he will hopefully stay for a long, long time… But he did not see game time, and has been returned to Pawtucket–for Alan Embree has taken his place (his opt out deadline was Friday). I expect he will be on-hand for tonight’s game…

    And it will be interesting to see who goes on Saturday, when Daisuke is activated for his 1st start of 2010…

    Walking wounded update: As you know, both Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury traveled with the team on this road trip, and both are making progress, having hit off a tee before yesterday’s win. Look for Cameron to progress to some light running later in the week; Jake is still a ways off, as pain is still a factor…

    Good news on the Ryan Westmoreland front: the 19 year old prospect was released from Spaulding Rehab over the weekend, but will continue his path forward on an outpatient basis. From the Red Sox press release: “He has been making steady progress and is in great spirits” The Sox, Ryan and his family have requested privacy during this time–and surprisingly, people have respected that. During Spring Training, Ryan underwent surgery to remove a “cavernous malformation” in his brain.

    So the Sox have signed a Cuban pitching prospect, Adalberto Ibarra. He is 23 (which means he’s probably 35), and has been signed for a 5-year, $3 million contract (with $1.3 million in incentives) Until very recently, he also played all infield positions except for short, so it will take him some time to get acclimated to full time catching–but he does hit: In the Cuban League in 2008, he hit .363 with 25 doubles. He is awaiting his visa travel to Boston for his physical and to finalize paperwork. He’ll probably start at Salem or Portland…Can we get him up here? Maybe he would have better luck throwing out runners–hell, he can’t be any worse…

    Coming up: Jon Lester takes the mound, hoping to right the ship in terms of his struggles so far this year (0-2, 6.23 ERA), and goes for the sweep. He is opposed by fellow left-hander Brett Cecil. 1st pitch 7:07pm…

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