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  • June 4th, 2010

    Red Sox 8, Oakland 9:
    A Complete Mongolian Cluster…

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:55 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    This game was just…BAD…A shaky starter, bad relief, an error, and not one by TWO runners gunned down at the plate…just…YUK…

    Tim Wakefield fared better than he did over the weekend, but giving up 6 runs isn’t exactly something to write home about; neither are the 2 homers or the 8 hits. BUT, he did not walk anyone, struck out 4, and threw 78 pitches, 57 for strikes–which is a 73% strike percentage…

    But if the bullpen had done their job, the Sox would have won this game–but the Demonic Bullpen tandem combined for 3 runs on 4 hits, including the TWO home runs Manny Delcarmen gave up–and all of this in ONE inning…Not all the same inning, but 3 outs nonetheless…

    And then there was the 8th error of the season by Adrian Beltre, who is pretty much on pace to have about 25 by the end of the season–fortunately, the error did not impact the scoring…

    And then there was Tim Bogar, who had been doing a pretty good job so far, channeling Dale Sveum, sending the SLOW and STILL LIMPING catcher Victor Martinez home when he had no business doing so, and he was thrown out. THEN he does it AGAIN in the 4th inning, this time sending the speedier Darnell Williams, who had just jammed his knee trying to dodge a pickoff throw, with the same result–so that was 2 runs the Sox could possibly have scored…From Tim: “They were two decisions I made that didn’t go our way. Obviously I should have learned from the first one. (Editors note: Do ya THINK???) I’m confident in what I’m doing. I’m confident in my decision-making. I feel like I do a good job over there. Today is one of those days where I made two decisions that went the wrong way.” Yeah, and Dale Sveum used to think so too…

    So the Sox had a record of 4-3 on this homestand–which is better than 3-4, but at least 2 of those games should have been won…

    So umpire Jim Joyce was behind the plate for yesterday’s contest, and Armando Galarraga brought the lineup card to him, and they shook and everyone was pleasant and nice–and you could see the tears in Jim Joyce’s eyes–this guy really stood up and did the right thing…too bad Bud Selig is going to let the guy hang out there, refusing to reverse the call and giving Galarraga the perfect game. I know there is much debate, and good arguments on both sides…but I think things like this should be reviewed on a case by case basis, and the fact that this kid lost his honor of having only the 21st (and the first EVER by a Tigers pitcher) Perfect Game, should merit some kind of proper intervention…

    Remember Boof Bonser? Well, he is ready to come off the DL, after the groin tightness that he started the season with, and then the shoulder fatigue during his rehab for that. He started his rehab at Pawtucket for that on May 7th, and you can only be on a rehab assignment for 30 days. So the Sox will need to either add him to the roster, or release him…My fear is that they will move Wake back into the rotation and try Bonser as a starter, since Tim has been struggling so much…Boof’s next start is tonight at Pawtucket, so unless they are going to skip his start there, the earliest he could pitch for the Sox would be Wednesday…Wake’s next start for the Sox would come on Tuesday.

    Coming up: The Sox go back on the road for 7, starting with 3 with the Oreos. That Clay Person goes for win #8 tonight, opposed by Chris Tillman for the cookies. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

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