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  • May 23rd, 2011

    Red Sox 5, Cubs 1:
    44 is the new 30…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:52 pm in Baseball,Product Reviews,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (7)

    Not sure why everyone is so surprised that Tim Wakefield can still go out and kick ass…Wake is the same as he ever was–can throw a no-hitter, or give up 6 runs in the blink of an eye–slave to the fickle mistress known as the knuckleball–remember,
    he is only 2 years removed from being an All-Star…

    His line from last night for his 1st win of 2011: 6 2/3 Innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits (and NO Homers!) while walking NONE and striking out 3. He also threw 75 pitches, including 55 for strikes, and 2 wild…

    Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined for 2 1/3 innings of 1 hit ball while striking out 4 in the span…

    Now Wake sits 194 career wins, with 180 of them in a Red Sox uniform. So 12 more and he will tie Cy Young and Fatboy Roger for the most by a Red Sox pitcher. Probably a long shot for this year–but he only needs 6 more to hit the 200 mark…

    And because of a sore elbow, the Sox totally missed Matt Garza and his weird chin hair, Elmo…and that is a beautiful thing, as he was pretty successful against the Sox as a member of the Rays (Garza, not Elmo) with a 7-4 record and a 3.83 ERA against the Sox…

    So, John Lackey said he felt “strong” after starting his throwing program this weekend. Yeah, OK, that is wonderful, but how many times had we heard that he “felt great” while giving up 9 runs in a game? He is eligible to come off the DL this weekend, but since he has just started throwing on flat ground, he is probably still a ways off-OK by me…

    I am concerned however, what the Sox are going to do about a 5th starter. Yes, Alfredo Aceves did a serviceable job (5IP, giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2, and striking out 2…)on Saturday night, except for the fact that his hit Marlon Byrd IN THE FACE. The poor guy is now on the DL with multiple FACE fractures. Thankfully there does not appear to be any kind of permanent damage–but Holy Buckets–I fear GREAT control issues if you can’t prevent your pitches from hitting someone in the face…And wasn’t even the only guy he hit! He hit Kosuke Fukudome on the kneecap as well…

    And, of course the Cubs are going to retaliate–and guess who they hit? Yep, Kevin Youkilis, who now holds the dubious record as the Red Sox player to be hit by a pitch most often with 72. I hear Joba Chamberlain sent him flowers…really….

    One bright moment of Saturday night was Big Papi’s 300th homer in a Red Sox uniform in the 4th inning of the contest. He is currently 5th on the Red Sox all-time list. The 4 in front of him: Ted Williams (521) Yaz (452) Jim-Ed (382) and Dwight Evans (379) He has 358 total career home runs…

    So now the Sox sit in 2nd place in the AL East, behind the tied Skanks and Rays. They could have been in 1st place except for the horribleness that was the 8th inning of Saturday Night’s game–I never thought I would be thankful that I live in Yankeeland, so Fox would only show the Skanks and the Mets–and I would not have to sit through the awfulness…

    Been trying out a new game on Facebook over the weekend, Gameday Tycoon, where you pick upcoming live MLB games, watch highlights, and compete with friends. The creator of the game (a Boston based Red Sox fan) wanted to develop something simple for all types of MLB fans. Also in the works is an iPhone/iPad version, which was requested by some current players of Gameday Tycoon. While I am not a game player, I found this app to be fun and interesting, and very user-friendly, and plan on playing occasionally. Erik the developer, is always looking for feedback and new ideas. So check out the game, and feel free to offer Erik your suggestions. He promises to be super responsive. You can reach him at: erik@gamedaytycoon.com

    Finally, a reader of “In the Trenches of Mommyhood” won the Fenway Park Tour Tickets for Charity was giving away in May. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for their next giveaway: Two tickets to the Sox vs. Brewers in June!

    Coming up: A series against the white hot Cleveland Indians, who beat the ever livin’ crap out of the Sox at the beginning of the year–The Sox are now a better team, and Cleveland has some key injuries (Grady Sizemore and Pronk are out again) but they are at home, so it should be an interesting series. That Clay Person kicks it off the 3-game series, opposed by old friend Justin Masterson. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

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