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  • May 19th, 2011

    Red Sox 1, Tigers 0:
    4,973 pitches…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:25 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    OK, it was only 127–But Holy Buckets! Every time Austin Jackson fouled another pitch off while DO and RemDawg kept count, I was totally convinced the next pitch was going to have a “little something on it”–namely Clay’s ARM….

    But after all that drama at the end, Clay was left with a brilliant, 7-innings of…No Decision. I just hope there will be no lasting effects of so many pitches…the Sox definitely cannot afford to lose another starter….

    The rest of his line: Of the 127 pitches, 79 were for strikes, and That Clay Person gave up 4 hits, while walking 1, hitting 2, and striking out 7…

    Speaking of losing a starter, Daisuke’s official diagnosis is: “sprained ulnar collateral ligament, and strain to his common flexor mass” Unfortunately, this is the damage that usually brings about Tommy John Surgery, which means, essentially, his career with the Boston Red Sox would be over…However, the Sox medical staff, lead by Dr. Tom Gill believe that rehab may work in this case–but even if rehab goes perfectly, he is going to be out a while…At this point he is completely shut down and will be reevaluated in 2 weeks.

    But what irks me is that, by his own admission, he has been pitching with pain for some time now: “In general, I could’ve held the pain and still continued to throw before. But at this point, I can’t really. It’s difficult to hold it and throw with this kind of pain. I usually have a high tolerance, but this time it’s hard for me to keep throwing.” So, when he was removed from the game on April 29th with elbow tightness was when this all started. Nice. Perhaps if he had said something sooner, the damage would be less than it is…

    Nice to see that 2 of the Red Sox players who have been struggling, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (I will never call him “Salty”) and Carl Crawford, combined to win last night’s contest, with Saltalamacchia hitting a double off the Green Monster to score Carl Crawford, who had walked. It was a good thing too–it felt like there was never going to be a score on this one….

    But I have to tell you, in the 9th when Papelbon gave up a double to Victor Martinez (Will never call HIM “V-Mart), I started thinking “Oh Crap, we are going to get beaten by a former player AGAIN.” Burt fortunately, Papelbon was able to limit the damage to that one hit in the 9th for the Sox 5th win in a row….

    Coming up: Josh Beckett and his lovely 1.75 ERA take the mound in Game 2 of this mini-series against the Tigers, hoping to continue his dominance, and build on his current 18 1/3 scoreless innings record. He is opposed by Tiger ace Justin Verlander. I smell pitchers duel! Which probably means that both will get kicked out of the game in the 3rd inning for giving up 8 runs apiece…1st pitch 7:10pm…

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