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  • April 6th, 2011

    Red Sox 1, Cleveland 3:
    Four. Tries…Four. Black. Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:07 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Well, THIS is certainly not how I imagined the 2001 campaign would be…..


    I was hoping that Josh Beckett would turn the Sox around and put them on the path–and, to be fair, he didn’t pitch all that badly–his pitch count was a little high (106 over 5 innings, 65 of them for strikes) and the 4 walks were not so great, but he only gave up 3 runs on 5 hits (no homers!) while striking out 4…

    He just pitched on a day when he needed to come up big, and pretty much throw a shutout, as the other Josh (Tomlin) kept the Sox lineup (which is currently hitting .200 as a team) to 1 run in his 7 strong innings of work (and he only threw 91 pitches in that span….)

    And while being an ace is what the Sox pay Josh Beckett for (the anniversary of his contract extension was yesterday–for those you keeping track at home: 4 years $68 million…) Josh kept the Sox in the game, and, actually pitched better than the rest of the rotation so far…Hell, he is the only starter who hasn’t given up at least 2 homers in his start…

    I was very surprised and disappointed that Tito chose to stay with Saltalamacchia (I think I will be cutting and pasting his name for the rest of my life…) rather than let Jason Varitek catch Beckett. But he didn’t, so Saltalamacchia got his 1st error of the season, was 0-3 in throwing out base runner, and actually had his 1st hit of the season, the only Sox RBI of the game, and a walk…

    I understand the whole trying to get him to relax and settle down, and be loyal to your players….But I still think ‘Tek would have been a better choice…

    But, a nice shiny spot of last night’s game: The bullpen relief, consisting of Matt Alber, Bobby Jenks, and a much improved Daniel Bard combine for 3 innings of no hit ball, walking 2 and striking out EIGHT….

    And now I can reach back and list all the platitudes that have been floating around like: “This will only be a bad distant memory in a couple of weeks” The (insert your favorite team/year/etc) started off poorly, and then went off to do great things, blah blah blah…But until the Sox can actually WIN a game (and at this point, 1 15 game winning streak does not seem an unreasonable request–AT ALL) I am getting more and more worried that this team is in trouble…THIS team!

    UGH…I don’t even want to talk about it anymore—and that is a sad state of affairs, because I dont usually get to the “I dont want to walk about it anymore” portion of our program until at least July….CRAP…

    Coming up: A nation now looks to Daisuke (gulp) to get the 1st win of the season (!!!) in game 2 of this 3 game series against Cleveland. He is opposed by Mitch Talbot. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

    One Response to “Red Sox 1, Cleveland 3:
    Four. Tries…Four. Black. Dots…”

    1. Lauren says:

      Yuck. I have nothing else to say.

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