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  • May 8th, 2013

    Red Sox 1, Twins 6:
    Let the Cluster Begin!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:50 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So, after a spectacular April, which saw the Sox exceed expectations and end up with the best record in baseball

    Then, we get to May. Holy. Hell.. We are 8 days into the month and already they have been swept for the 1st time this season, have lost 4 of their last 5, lost not one but TWO closers in as many days, and players are getting banged up left and right, with Will Middlebrooks and David Ross leaving with “right side soreness”, and a left quad contusion, respectively, after colliding into each other in the 5th inning…

    And, neither of them are in the lineup for tonight’s contest…and, although it looks like Ross will be back by the weekend, there is no definitive return date for Middlebrooks…

    I’m have flashbacks to Adrian Beltre and Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011…UGH

    Ryan Dempster did all he could last night to keep the Sox in the game, throwing 7+ strong innings. Unfortunately, 2 errors in the 8th inning contributed to 2 unearned runs, and then Craig Breslow, fresh off his rehab stint in Pawtucket, couldn’t even record an out, allowing both runners he inherited to score..and then pretty much the same happened to him A THIRD error lead to another earned run, and Alex Wilson allowed one of HIS runners to score…

    So, basically, no one could pick up the guy behind him–what a cluster….

    The rest of Dempster’s line: 110 pitches, 76 for strikes, giving up 5 hits including a homer) while walking 1, striking out 8, and have a balk…

    So, now that Hanrahan, whom I completely THOUGHT would be done with Tommy John, has no structural damage on his right forearm, only a strain, and is back on the DL, Junichi Tazawa has been crowned the closer–at least until (hopefully) Andrew Bailey is back…

    Big Papi’s hitting streak, which started LAST JULY, continued last night with Game #27, when he hit a single in the 2nd inning. That means he had hit successful in all 15 games he has played in for the 2013 campaign…

    Coming up: Allen Webster, freshly called up from Pawtucket, will take Felix Doubront’s turn in the rotation for the 3rd game of this 4 game series–with Doubront going to the bullpen, in the hopes that Doubront will be more effective as a reliever, or at least get his velocity back up so he can be an effective starter again . Let’s hope the offense accomodates this rookie by driving in runs–LOTS and LOTS of them… He is opposed by Pedro Hernandez for the Twins. 1st pitch: 7:10pm

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