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  • August 17th, 2011

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 1,
    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 6:
    You Win Some, You Lose Some…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Except that the loss caused the Sox to drop back into 2nd place in the AL East…Yes, it’s only a 1/2 game, but it still 2nd place…

    And while in the grand scheme of things, whether the Sox get to the dance via the Wild Card or the Division, winning the AL East does have its perks–namely home field advantage for the playoffs–and aggravating the Skanks who feel that being a Wild Card is beneath them. To that I say, “Well, then, if you feel that strongly about it, if you win the Wild Card, why don’t you stay home and let someone else go…” Yeah, right…

    The one thing about both of these contests was that the starters did their job–and did it well. Lester gave up 1 run on 3 hits, while walking 1, hitting a batter and striking out 8 in his 7 innings of work (he threw 113 pitches, 65 for strikes), for his 12th win of the season… Jacoby Ellsbury did all the scoring for the Sox in Game 1, with a towering 3-run shot in the 3rd inning…Then in game 2, Jake struck again, with a solo shot, to bring the Sox within 1 run in the 6th inning. And Erik Bedard, who gave up 3 runs (only 1 earned as a result of an error by Jed Lowrie–didn’t miss THOSE when he was on the DL) on 7 hits, while walking none and striking out 6 in his 6 innings of work (he threw 102 pitches, 72 for strikes)…

    And then the bottom fell out.

    Matt Albers, who despite an ERA under 3 (2.84) always seems to make me nervous when he comes into a game, allowed a run to score in the 8th, and 2 more to reach base–then Franklin Morales, comes in allows both inherited runners to score–and the Sox were done…

    But, HOLY BUCKETS!!! There was a TRIPLE PLAY! Which of course, I didn’t get to see live as I was not home until the 5th inning…But it happened–for the first time in 17 years. Lowrie fields a hit from Sean Rodriguez, steps on 3rd, throws to Dustin Pedroia for 2, and then to Adrian Gonzales to end the inning…Jed Lowrie weighs in: “It was pretty cool. I was thinking if I got a ground ball I’d just step on third and go to first, but he hit a two-hopper to my right side and it just set up perfect for a triple play. That’s the first one I’ve ever seen let alone been a part of…It’s exciting. That’s one of those plays in baseball you don’t get to see very often or be a part of.”

    Finally, the 10th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon is coming up in about 2 weeks–on August 30 and August 31st. And this year we are all in for a treat, when former Red Sox greats Mo Vaughn and John Valentin (who, coincidently was the last player to execute a triple play at Fenway…) return Fenway Park to be part of the Telethon.

    Mo and John will be interviewed on WEEI before the game and then will throw out the first pitch during the August 31st pre-game ceremony.

    Taking place a Fenway Park WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon will run from 6 am to midnight both days, and in honor of their 10th anniversary, will focus on the progress that has been made in cancer research and care during the past decade. The 36-hour broadcast will once again feature compelling stories from Dana-Farber patients and doctors, as well as celebrity guests from the sports and entertainment worlds.

    The Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon has become one of the biggest fundraisers for the Jimmy Fund, the official charity of the Boston Red Sox. In 2010, more than $3.1 million dollars were raised, and since its inception in 2002, the event has raised more than $25 million dollars for adult and pediatric care and cancer research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    To help strike out cancer during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, call 877-738-1234 toll free. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to contribute online, go here

    Oh, as a last minute addition, I am not going to talk about the fact that John Lackey is damn lucky he only got banged for 4 runs (3 earned–Darnell McDonald this time)… This line is downright YUKKY: 6.2 IP, throwing 125 pitches, 75 for strikes, and giving up 4 runs ) giving up 6 hits (including TWO homers while walking 3 and striking out 7..)

    Nor am I going to talk about the fact that the best the Sox could do were 3 hits–a triple by Jake, and a single each by Pedroia and Youk…So in THREE games, the Sox have managed to score 5 runs. Tampa Bay had 11–and at least 3 of them were gifts, due to errors… No wonder the Sox lost 2 of 3…YUK

    Coming up: The Sox are back on the road after this mini return to Fenway,  heading to Kansas City for 4. Josh Beckett kicks off the series, going for his 10th win of the 2011 Campaign. He is opposed by Luke Hochevar–1st pitch 8:10pm…

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    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 6:
    You Win Some, You Lose Some…”

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