July 6th, 2011
Last night’s game had a little bit of everything: An Ace well on his way to a no-hitter, who has to leave after the 4th inning after he presumably strained a lat muscle(upper shoulder, connected to the neck) on a fielding play.
Then the bullpen takes the no-hitter into the 6th inning, and a shut out to the top of the 9th inning, when Jonathan Papelbon almost screws the pooch, giving up 2-run shot to, who else, Jose Bautista. Then Edwin Encarnacion comes barreling into home to tie the game on a single by John McDonald. But Darnell McDonald gets to the ball in left, and throws a MISSILE to Jason Varitek, who tagged Encarnacion out at home for the win…
Holy Buckets! WHAT a way to end a game! Unfortunately, it turns out that, upon watching the replay, the ump got it wrong: Encarnacion was actually safe at home. The call stood, and the Sox won, but it kind of takes the blush off the rose a bit…While Jon Lester is downplaying his injury: “We may alter one start, but we’ve got the All-Star break built in. I don’t imagine this being a long-term deal. We’ll re-evaluate everything (today). Hopefully, this was just a more precautionary type (of) deal, just a fluke thing, and move on”, a strained lat can takes weeks to resolve. Of course, there is the All-Star Break smack dab in the middle of the next 15 days, so the only real loss would be the Sunday game before the break–and apparently Alfredo Aceves has already been tapped to pitch. But since its right before a 4-day rest, heck, they could have everyone pitch one inning of that one. I just hope it’s not going to be a “thing”–because it seems like the Sox are having quite a few of those AGAIN this year.
Could lightning (or the injury bug) really strike the Boston Red Sox 2 years in a row? Shudder……
I just hope that Wake throws a complete game tonight, because the poor bullpen has really been worked these last 2 contests, coming in to finish the 3rd inning and beyond on Monday, and then having to come in from the 5th inning on last night…
Look for Kevin Youkilis to be back in the lineup for tonight’s game, after being hit in the upper back by a pitch on Monday, and then being out of the lineup last night (Dustin Pedroia hit 4th in his place last night, going 1-4 with a solo homer…)Tito weighs in on the injury: ‘I think he and the medical team feel like if we give him another day he’ll be OK to go tomorrow, which is kind of good news considering where the ball was thrown and what could have happened. So we’ll try to stay away from him today.”
It didn’t take long for the Sox to decide what to do with Mike Cameron, who was DFA’ed last week–try and recoup some of the money the paid for him. He was traded to the Marlins yesterday for a PTBNL (player to be named later) or cash. Theo speaks on the subject: “…I’ll take the hit on this one. We try to be disciplined with trying to look for players in their primes when we bring them in. Sometimes, you just can’t do that. Mike was still a productive player when we got him, but — this is all speculation — maybe because of his advanced age, despite the great shape he keeps himself in, he had the significant internal injury, the double hernia, double groin surgery this winter, maybe it just made the recovery that much more difficult at his age.” The 38 year-old Cameron had $3.4 million left on the 2 year contract he signed in 2009–coincidently the same time the Sox sign Yukky Lackey (his new, official BRT nickname…)
First a week, now a month: Not that it comes as a surprise, but Adrian Gonzales, still hotter than Hades at the plate, was selected as the AL June Player of the Month. His stats for the span: .401 with 6 homers, 2 triples and 8 doubles while driving 25 runs. He also is leading the league in BA (.348), hits (121), and leading all of baseball in double (28) total bases (202) and RBI’s (76). Did I happen to mention that his is only 28???
Coming up: Tim Wakefield goes for win #4 of the season tonight, as well as the series win against Toronto. He is opposed by Ricky Romeo. Only 3 more wins for Wake to reach 200…1st pitch: 7:10pm