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  • June 8th, 2015

    Red Sox 7, Oakland 4:
    And the Sweep is Complete

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:52 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Wait…What? Have we entered an alternate reality? Should we check for pods in the basement?

    Not only did the Sox SWEEP Oakland this weekend, they did it scoring all 7 -runs in the 8th inning, and despite That Clay Person’s less than stellar outing?

    While his outing wasn’t HORRIBLE, it wasn’t exactly inspired either. Throwing 102 pitches, 66 for strikes, he didn’t get out of the 5th inning, going 4 2/3 while giving up 4 runs on 10 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. But I bet he FELT GOOD! Yes, I know, he has been pretty good for his last 5 starts or so, but it this an anomaly? Or the trend to 5 kinda awful to really awful outings?

    Rusney Castillo, who was 2-2 in the 7 run 8th, stroked his first homer in a Red Sox uniform, a solo shot to lead off the inning.

    And Joe Kelly managed to get a reprieve from banishment from the starting 5 with a good effort in Saturday’s win. But honestly, who are thus going to get to replace him? The Sox don’t exactly have an overabundance of quality starting pitching….

    Speaking of, Justin Masterson still recovering from his “tendonitis” will make one more minor league start before rejoining the Sox. But what the Sox are going to do with him remains to be seen.

    Thankfully, the woman who got hit by the broken bat Friday night is going to live, but how freaking SCARY is that? Yes, we all know it can be dangerous to go the ballpark, and there is always the potential for injury, but when something catastrophic like this happens, Holy Crap…

    The 2015 Draft starts today, and goes through Wednesday. This is what I know: There are about 1700 eligible players, the he Sox’s first selection is the 7th overall pick, their 3rd time in as many years they have had this spot, and their second pick doesn’t come up until #81. Then it gets into rounds and pools, and values, and I’m done. All I know is Mookie Betts was drafted in 2011, and look how he turned out. And for every Mookie Betts, there are countless players drafted that we never hear from again…

    Neat Stat: With the save he had in Saturday’s contest, Koji recorded his 60th save in a Red Sox uniform, with a perfect 9th inning, done on 11 pitches. It was his third appearance in a row, and 5th in the last 7 games for the 40 year old. His line for the 2015 campaign thus far: 19 innings pitched 21 strikeouts, 13 saves, a 2-3 W/L record and a 2.37 ERA.

    Finally, Shane Victorino is still saying don’t count him out. But he is back on the DL AGAIN for the 2nd time this season–a mere 8 games after coming off it the first time. Ya know, I want to believe–I really do…It’s just getting harder and harder to do so–especially when you realize that the Flyin Hawaiian has only played in FIFTY GAMES since the end of 2013, when the Sox won the World Series. He will start a rehab assignment again this week, and we’ll see…[findthebest id=”cGFH7Twofdz” title=”Shane Victorino” width=”600″ height=”450″ url=”//www.findthebest.com/w/cGFH7Twofdz” link=”http://baseball-players.pointafter.com/l/16899/Shane-Victorino”]

    Coming up: An off day, then brilliant rookie phenom Eduardo Rodriguez takes the bump at Camden Yards to kick off a 3-game series against his former team the Oreos. He is opposed by Miguel Gonzalez. 1st pitch 7:05pm.

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