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  • September 26th, 2011

    Red Sox 7, Skanks 4, in 14 Innings:
    By the fingernails…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Five Hours and Eleven Minutes…

    Never saw THIS coming…

    I have to tell you, I thought the Sox were Toast, Done, Finished, Kaput…and they may very well still be, as they cling to a 1 game lead in the Wild Card, with 3 more games to play.

    But last night, there was a spark of SOMETHING. John Lackey, despite being a pretty crappy teammate, pitched of the game of his life last night

    His line: 6+ IP, Giving up 4 runs (3 earned, thanks to a throwing error by Jason Varitek) on 5 hits while walking 3, and striking out 4.

    And, if you look MVP up in the dictionary, you just HAVE to see Jacoby Ellsbury’s picture. Because that 3-run shot in the top of the 14th inning (Thank YOU, Scott Proctor)that put the Sox on top for good in this never ending contest, may have just been the moment where the Sox turn it around…

    Kudos also need to go to the Red Sox bullpen, who pitched 8 scoreless innings, and kept the Sox right there until Jacoby could save the day. And a HUGE nod needs to go to Jonathan Papelbon, fresh off his blown save of last week, pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, with 4 strikeouts in the contest, setting the tone for what came after…

    The Sox have a chance here, to shake off the malaise, the errors in almost every game (17 in the last 12, yes, TWELVE games), the sloppy play, the lack of timely hitting (hell, ANY hitting some games), and most of all–they abysmal starting pitching and get it done…I reallyREALLY hope they have turned a corner…or its going to be a very long winter…

    Neato Stat: It sure doesn’t feel like it, but the Sox really did beat the stuffing out of the Skanks this year, winning the season series 13-5…

    That Clay Person headed to Fort Myers over the weekend, and will pitch an inning against the instruction league today. Apparently, they wanted to get him into tonight’s contest against the Oreos, but since he hasn’t pitched in 3 month, they wanted to have him throw under a little less pressure. Tito explains: “Stating the obvious, [Josh] Beckett is throwing tomorrow. We’re playing a huge game. I don’t know how we could ensure he’s going to throw an inning. That’s just impossible. So he’ll go down there, throw an inning, and it can be a little bit controlled, but it can be also game speed. I think it might be about perfect. Then we’ll re-evaluate him on Tuesday. We’ll re-evaluate where we are and go from there.” If all goes well, we may see him this week–but A LOT of things would have to go REALLY well…

    Yes, JD came back to the lineup last night, after being on the DL since July 19th with complete organ failure (OK, it’s only been his finger and his shoulder–and a bunch of other things) And he DID contribute, going 1 for 5 with an RBI…

    Saw Moneyball this weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Brad Pitt was hysterical as Billy Beane, and I thought, very believable in the role. There were quite a few moments when I laughed out loud, and the scenes between he and his daughter were lovely. If they were anything like that in real life, I can completely understand why he refused Boston’s offer, and stayed with Oakland. The use of actual footage was well done, and you totally believed the actors playing the baseball players–it wasn’t distracting in the least…A movie certainly worth seeing, as it shows a side of baseball we don’t normally have access to. And the Kevin Youkilis “Greek God of Walks” scene, as well as the scene where he calls Boras an @sshole, are certainly worth the price of admission…

    Finally, Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times sent along a great article, commemorating some historical happenings for yesterday, September 25th, which hopefully will also be the day remembered for the Red Sox turning it around and getting back in the game. Most notably, yesterday marked the 100th Anniversary for the ground breaking of Fenway Park. Yesterday was also the anniversary of Curt Schilling’s last regular season game, and the announcement that Ted Williams would be retiring after the 1960 season. Check it out!

    Coming up: Josh Beckett takes the mound tonight in the Sox last, mad dash to the finish. Hopefully. I say that because Josh’s wife is due to give birth any second now, and if he gets the call, he will not be starting this evening. Let’s hope she goes into labor TOMORROW–or at least about 10:00pm tonight…He is opposed by Tommy Hunter. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

    Here we go…

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