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  • April 15th, 2015

    Red Sox 8, Nationals 7:
    A Win is a Win…

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:01 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    No matter how freaking ugly it may be…

    Thankfully, the Sox have some bashers this year, cause they were needed in this contest to pick up Justin Masterson (and his 7.59 ERA), who couldn’t make it out of the 5th inning.

    The rest of his line: 4.2 IP, 8 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits, while walked 7 (!!) and struck out 3. He threw 93 pitches, 52 for strikes, and was not part of the decision…

    This one had everything, a balk (Masterson) a wild pitch (Tazawa) and 5 hit batsmen. It got so bad that in the 7th inning, the Sox were able to get the win without even hitting the ball.

    But the Sox have won their 3rd series out of 3 this year, and with any luck, will get the sweep this afternoon…

    Some concerning issues in, of all places, the infield, where the Sox do not have a ton of depth like they do in the outfield. Pablo Sandoval got hit on the foot by a pitch in the 3rd inning yesterday, and while he stayed in the game for a while, he was pulled in the 6th inning. Then it got interesting, and super utility infielder Brock Holt was already in the game playing short, because Xander Bogaerts came up lame with a sore knee after Monday’s contest. And while Brock is amazing, he’s not THAT good… So the Sox needed a 3rd baseman–and despite not having played that position since 2012, Hanley Ramirez got the call. He did fine, as expected. Bogaerts is back in the lineup for today’s game,  so I guess he’s good…

    When a pitcher goes to see Dr. James Andrews for elbow woes, it usually means there is trouble, probably of the Tommy John variety. And Brandon Workman has an appointment with the specialist. Oh boy…

    And speaking of less than stellar news, Rusney Castillo, probably one of the wealthiest minor leaguers is out indefinitely after hurting his shoulder on a play in the outfield over the weekend. This is the 3rd injury for the outfielder in his tenure with the Sox…$72.5 million. UGH….

    But the furthest things from “UGH” in the universe is Mookie Betts. Holy Buckets, is there a more dynamic player in all of baseball these days??? He hits, he steals, he is an RBI machine (8 in 7 games so far) his defensive plays are highlight reel worthy more often than not–AND he does it in the pressure bed known as Boston. Oh, and he is 22 years old. This could really be someone special–and it is oh so exciting to watch…

    Coming up: The final game of this 3-game series with the Nationals. Wade Miley, still trying for his first win in a Red Sox uniform, takes the bump in this afternoon contest, which is also Jackie Robinson Day. He is opposed by Gio Gonzales. 1st pitch 1:35pm.

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 8, Nationals 7:
    A Win is a Win…”

    1. David says:

      This one had everything.The final game of this 3-game series with the Nationals will be interesting.

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