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  • September 15th, 2010

    Red Sox 9, Seattle 6:
    Or was it 8-5? Or 8-6?

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:34 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I fell asleep when the Sox were down 5-4 last night, and I was truly expecting it to be one of those games where the Sox just could not scrape enough offense to beat this truly awful team….

    So, I was pleasantly surprised to look this morning and see the Sox has beaten Seattle 8-5..and then I looked somewhere else and it was 8-6, and then the text on my phone said 9-6…I actually had to go to the box score to get the right score…I know the people who put the titles on articles are not the folks who actually wrote them, but isn’t there an editor somewhere that looks at these things???

    Speaking of stupid titles, I ACTUALLY saw one today that mentioned that one of the “highlights” of the Red Sox 2011 campaign with be playing the Skanks–Uh, the Sox play the 18 or 19 times a year–how on EARTH is that a highlight? Now, the Cubs coming to Fenway for the 1st time since 1918, now THAT is a highlight….

    And the Sox will start the season on April 1st this year, which is just about a week earlier than the last couple, but strangely, their season kicks off on a FRIDAY, rather than a Sunday or Monday, when they go to Texas and play the Rangers. Then get a TOTAL weather shock when they head to Cleveland to play 3 with the Indians…Unfortunately, the Sox then head home to play their 2nd season opener in as many years against the Skanks. But the last games of the year, ending on September 28th, will be in Baltimore, as the Sox play 3 to end the 2011 season…

    In interleague play, besides the Cubs, the Sox will face the Phillies, Pirates, Brewers, Padres, and Houston. So we’ll all get to see how Adrian Gonzales will look hitting at Fenway…

    So, back to last night–Daisuke was….Daisuke–the nibbling, the inability to keep the lead, the 4 walks, and he even threw in his 2nd error of the season, and the 22nd for a Red Sox pitcher this year…

    The rest of his line: Throwing 105 pitches, 76 for strikes, Daisuke went 6+ innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits while hitting a batter and striking out 3–and while Okajima was able to prevent Daisuke’s 5th runner from scoring, Michael Bowden was not–giving up a hit which allowed the inherited runner to score…I know Michael Bowden is supposed to be all that and a bag of chips, but am I the only one who is seriously underwhelmed at this point?

    But Mass Native Rich Hill (I think that’s his legal name now…) got his 1st win in a Red Sox uniform–coming in after Bowden in the 7th inning, throwing 5 pitches to old friend Case Kotchman and getting a ground out to end the frame.

    And with Big Papi hitting his 30th homer(a 3-run shot) for the 1st time since 2007, and Jed Lowrie hitting a 2– A 2-run AND a solo homer, the Sox had enough oomph off the bats to get the win…

    JD Drew was out of the lineup again with his ankle woes he occurred when he stupidly got picked off at 1st base on Sunday. But there is improvement–he hopes to be back in the lineup for the series and season finale tonight against Seattle…

    Neato Wake Stat: Since 1990, the starting pitcher to throw the most pitches in a game was Tim Wakefield, with 172 on April 27, 1993, when he went 10+ innings in a start with the Pirates, and they beat the Braves that day, 6-2 in 11 innings…

    So, I am on Facebook last night, and “Greg Maddux” comes up as a friend suggestion. Now, I am not naive enough to think it’s ACTUALLY Greg Maddux on Facebook, but since he stars in the BEST. COMMERCIAL. EVER. with Tom Glavine, and I am a fan, I thought I would add him–so I do, and I get this note “Sorry, this person has too many friends” and denies my request…Well, then, Facebook, why did you suggest him? Dummyheads…

    Coming up: The middle of the night games are over for 2010! Whooo Hoo!! Let’s hope Clay Buchholz sucks significantly less than he did on Saturday, when he could not even get an out in the 2nd inning–but gave up 5 runs. He is opposed by old friend Dave Pauley, who kicked Sox ass the last time he faced them. 1st pitch, a very strange 6:40pm….

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