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  • June 19th, 2014

    Red Sox 2, Twins 1, in 10:
    A Game…From the Twilight Zone….

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:02 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I know that baseball is a game where anything can happen, and usually does. And there is often weird crap that goes on that no one could ever predict would actually happen.

    I think this game ranks up there as a fairly weird one. And of course I was work when it happened, so I missed watching it

    John Lackey pitched, for all intents and purposes, a complete game: a 9-inning scoreless gem, giving up 3 hits while striking out 9 and walking 1, throwing 105 pitches, 74 for strikes…

    Trouble is–the Twins pitching staff managed to keep the Sox scoreless for the same span, including a perfect game for the first five innings, until Daniel Nava hit the first and only hit until the 10th inning–a ground rule double. So they get to the top of the 10th inning, and Koji is on the mound. No problem for the man who started the day with an ERA under 50 cents, and hasn’t given up a run since May 1, or 21 innings ago. Right?

    WRONG.

    2 outs in the 10th inning, Brian Dozier manages to solve Koji for a solo shot to give the Twin the lead going into the bottom of the 10th.

    FRACK.

    And then: Big Papi and Mike Napoli, back to back solo shots with 1 out in the 10th to walk off with the win.

    Holy Hell, I need a nap after just writing all that…

    But the good news is the Sox found a way to win, and get their third sweep of the year. The bad news is John Lackey pitched a HELL of a game, and has nothing to show for it–and its mid -June and this is only their 3rd sweep of the year…

    And while this is a great win–let’s please dispense with the “maybe this will be the turning point/motivation/kick in the teeth the Sox need to turn this season around” Maybe it will be, but it has been being said for nearly 3 months, and its getting (I’m being kind) OLD…

    And GUESS WHAT? The Large Father is whining about a hit he should have received credit for in the 7th inning, as it was determined to be an error by Joe Mauer. Must be a Thursday…Wha Wha Wha…

    So MLB upheld the 6 game suspension for Brandon Workman, not even reducing it 1 game, and everyone else from that fracking series in Tampa Bay skated with a fine. Complete CRAP. He started serving last night, so it looks like Felix Doubront will be activated for Friday night to replace Workman, who has made a compelling case to stay in the rotation with a 3.21 ERA and a 1-0 record in 5 starts. If Doubront gets to stay remains to be seen…Before he was attacked by the car door (cannot MAKE this crap up) he was 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA–Compelling? Not so much…

    And in case you were wondering, Grady Sizemore has been officially released, which means instead of waiting 10 days for the DFS, he can sign with any time now, as he is officially a free agent–and his time with the Sox is officially over…

    Strange but Neato Stat: A Testament to Sox starting pitching: In the 3 games against the Twins, the Sox managed to score five runs–TOTAL. The Twins? Two–TOTAL…

    Coming up: The Left Coast portion of our program, and thankfully the only one this year. 4 against Oakland (including 2 middle of the night games), and 3 against Seattle (all middle of the night games), with Jake Peavy kicking off game 1 against the A’s. He is opposed by Scott Kazmir. First pitch: 10:10pm.

    Blech…

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