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  • September 20th, 2010

    Red Sox, Toronto 0:
    2 out of 3 is just plain awful…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:02 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    When you are on the receiving end of it…

    With the crappy play this weekend–including an error in each of the 1st 2 games of the series which directly led to those losses–any glimmer of hope for the 2010 season faded away–and let’s not forget the oh so abysmal pitching of John “I have no idea why I got lit up, I had some of my best stuff of the year” Lackey on Friday night–Did the Sox REALLY pay $82.5 million dollars for this? UGH…

    But Jon Lester was excellent yesterday, shutting out the Blue Jays (including Jose Bautista and his 49 homers on the season–with the bases loaded–twice) over 7 strong innings of work…and the bullpen actually managed to make the shutout stick, with 2 innings of 1 hit ball, and 2 strikeouts…

    Lester’s line: 7 innings, throwing 112 pitches, 68 for strikes, giving up 4 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4, for his 18th win–and with 2 starts left, he could definitely get to 20 wins–he just has to win both….

    With 13 games to go, how much would it suck if Adrian Beltre went down now? Fortunately, we don’t have to find out. After injuring his wrist diving for a ground ball on Saturday night, Beltre got the works: CAT scan, MRI and X-Rays at Mass General–and everything came up OK. But, just in case, the Sox rested him for Sunday’s game. Tito weighs in: “We love when he’s in the lineup because he’s really good, but we don’t want to do anything silly. He obviously swings very aggressively. I thought I kind of saw him let go [of the bat] a little bit, but he still rapped a double. If you’re able to be productive, it’s one thing to play hurt and a lot of guys do, but when you can maintain your production…”

    Finally, You know its fall when its time once again for the 100 Innings of Baseball Spectacular, to be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010, starting at 9:00am at Adams Field in Quincy, MA, and continuing until every last inning is played, which is in the afternoon of Sunday, October 10th

    Started in 2004 with the arrival of Curt Schilling to the Boston Red Sox as a fundraiser for Curt’s Pitch for ALS program to aid the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease, the world’s longest game lasts about 33 consecutive hours, and to date has raised $464,000.

    In 2010, proceeds will support ALS and the Walter Bentson Scholarship Fund, a fund that supports the children of PALS (patients of ALS) for their higher education. Walter Bentson is president of the Boston Park League, the oldest amateur baseball league in the country, and is also the Umpire Chief of several amateur baseball leagues. He also has ALS.

    Folks wishing to play, watch, donate, or just get further info, can Check out the 100 Innings of Baseball Spectacular website for all the scoop… A great event for a great cause–if your in the neighborhood–check it out!

    Coming up: The Sox finish out this 6 game homestand with 3 against the Oreos–who, with the advent of new skipper Buck Showalter, have been less of an embarrassment as of late, so it should be interesting. Daisuke (who causes this little wave of nausea whenever I see him listed as the starter) gets the nod, opposed by Brian Matusz, who is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 4 starts against the Sox this year—Oh boy—get the Daisuke Daiquiris ready! 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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