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  • September 18th, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Pirates 9:
    A Struggling Clay Buchholz, How Shocking!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yeah, Yeah, I know, some people were lulled into that sense of security that happens when That Clay Person strings together a couple of decent to brilliant outings…AGAIN. “He’s on the right path!” “He’s finally going to be the guy he is destined to be!” Blah Blah Blah…And then he crashes and burns…AGAIN.

    And last night was no exception. I know right now with all the rest of the cluster, being all clustery–we may not notice one train wreck amongst a 100…But it WAS there…and just when he hit .500 for the season…

    His line: 4.0 IP, he threw 73 pitches, 49 for strikes, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (including TWO homers) while walking 1 and striking out 3. But he FELT GOOD ….Holy Hell…

    Of course, as these things tend to do, knuckleballer Stephen Wright came in and promptly gave up ANOTHER 4 runs in his 1 inning of work…

    But Rusney Castillo made HIS MLB and Red Sox debut, batting 7th, playing Center and going 1-4 with a single.

    Bryce Brentz also made his debut, hitting his double in his first at-bat in the major, when he pinch hit for That Clay Person in the 5th. He was also responsible for the only Red Sox run scored, when Xander Bogaerts grounded out in the frame.

    And how ’bout these apples? I have never been able to watch any games played in my home state (and NY) because I am in the blackout area. But last night, I was actually able to watch the Sox get the snot beat out of them by the Bucs–in Pennsylvania. Either the blackout range changed or MLB is feeling sorry for us Red Sox fans…Go figure…

    But ya know what makes ALL of this a little more palatable? Ok, besides the World Series last year. The fact that the Skanks will be playing golf in October as well. They have been eliminated from the AL East; with the Oreos (gulp) taking the prize there. And while they still have a Magic # of 6 in the Wild Card, They are tied with Toronto for 4th place, 6 games behind both Oakland and Kansas City. So THAT isn’t going to happen either. Yeah, the Sox suck, but the Skanks AREN’T GOING TO THE DANCE EITHER. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…

    Craig Breslow has been selected as the Red Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the 2nd straight year. He may just be the perennial favorite, just like Tim Wakefield was…His charity is his foundation, Strike 3, which he began in 2008 to raise money for research for childhood cancer. You can vote for him (or any of the other 29 nominees, here), until October 6th. The fans leading vote getter gets one vote on the selection panel, who will determine the winner.

    Finally, in one of the coolest things EVER this year, Cincinnati Red’s Manager Bryan Price BENCHED all his starters from Tuesday night’s game after they were 1-hit by the Cubs. Hell, I’d be pissed if my team got 1-hit by the Cubs too….And since they sit in 4th place in the NL Central, (coincidentally, right above those same Cubbies), it’s not like they had anything to lose. Oh, and in case you were wondering, they got 7 hits in Wednesday’s contest, but still lost 3-1 to the Cubs…

    Coming up: The final game against Pittsburgh and the end of Red Sox Interleague play for 2014 (THANK GOD). Brandon Workman, the new Jake Peavy of the Red Sox (1-9, with a 5.27 ERA) takes the bump, in an attempt to stop the bleeding, opposed by Gerit Cole, who is 9-5, with 3.92 ERA.

    Yeah, maybe the reverse lock will happen. NOT.

    1st pitch: 7:10pm…

    152 down, 10 to go…and need to win 4 games to better the suckage that was 2012. 4 out of 10. They can do that, right?

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