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  • June 16th, 2014

    Red Sox 2, Cleveland 3:
    Can’t do better than a split…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:22 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    I guess we should all be grateful they didn’t get swept by Cleveland like they did 2 weeks ago…But FRACKING Nick Swisher and his FRACKING solo shot in the 11th off of Tazawa royally 10247326 10203294189587160 5897336974526127223 n me off on many many levels…

    But, the Sox won Thursday night’s game, which was my daughter’s first game at Fenway Park. Jon Lester was great, and Big Papi even hit a 2-run shot for the occasion. With the exception of the cranky Cleveland fan that out of nowhere, started screaming at me that my kid was kicking her, it was a great game. The crowds didn’t faze her (not even the cranky Cleveland fan), she insisted on walked the 3 blocks each way to the parking garage–and all of this was after we got stuck in traffic, and a normally 6-6-.5 hour car trip was closer to 9 hours.

    And did I mention she’s 2? But her clapping when Big Papi hit the homer was the cutest thing ever. Yeah, I’m one of those moms…

    So, the Sox won 2 and lost 2 and both of the losses was by 1 run, wasting the efforts of both John Lackey on Saturday, and Brandon Workman yesterday…

    His line: 6 IP, giving up 2 runs (one was inherited by Badenhop, who, surprise! allowed it to score…at least he got the blown save out of the deal…) on 5 hits (including a homer) while walking 2, hitting a batter, and striking out 7. He threw 103 pitches, 68 for strikes.

    It’s going to be VERY interesting to see how this is going to play out once Felix Doubront is ready…and he should be pretty close–he pitched his 3rd rehab start at Pawtucket yesterday, with a 5-inning hitless outing, where he walked 4 and struck out TEN.

    And, Workman still has that 6 game suspension hanging over his head–and the appeal hearing is today. I expect they will knock it down to less than 6 games, and then it would only be 1 start instead of 2, but we’ll see…But Brandon Workman could be a legitimate #4-5 starter. The jury is still out on Doubront…

    So now the Sox are SEVEN games below .500, and NINE games behind Toronto, who is still doing enough to get it done. Hell, THEY are 11 games over .500. The Skanks and the Cookies are only 2 games over, with identical records of 35-33. And then there is Tampa Bay, who are SIXTEEN games below .500, and 13.5 games behind. Talk about a division of mediocrity.

    And then there is the antithesis of mediocrity: Koji’s continually shrinking ERA: Its now 0.59. As in fifty nine cents…LOVE that guy…

    So how bout this for thinking out of the box? The Sox have decided to try the great “Put Will Middlebrooks in the outfield and see if he sticks” experiment. Tho, as I think about it, he probably won’t do any worse than anyone else out there, and I am really not holding out a ton of hope that Shane Victorino will 100% when he comes back, and doesn’t go back on the DL at some point this season…

    Finally, shocking news of the death of former Padre and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at the age of 54 of cancer. He played his whole career for San Diego, and was one of the best hitters of the modern age. Godspeed, Mr. Padre.

    Coming up: The Sox play 3 more in the Fens before they head out on a 9 day road trip, which includes 3 with the Skanks. Tonight, they kick off the 3 games with the Twins with Rubby De La Rosa hoping for this 2nd win of the 2014 campaign. He is opposed by Kevin Correia, who is even suckier than most with a 3-7 ERA. He’s to hoping. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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