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  • October 7th, 2016

    Game 1 ALDS: Red Sox 4, Cleveland 5 :
    Another Day, Another On-Run Loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:29 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So Rick Porcello, who has been NAILS all season, decides to channel (of all people), freaking John Wasdin in an ugly, UGLY 3rd Inning, which saw him chased before he could complete the 5th inning (4.1) and left him with an ERA of 10.38 (yes, TEN) for this year’s postseason.

    The rest of his line: 5 runs on 6 hits while walking none, hitting a batter, and striking out 6. He threw 72 pitches, 51 for strikes…

    Yep, complete and utter crap.

    But Drew Pomeranz, someone I didn’t think we would see again this season came out and calmed things down (even if he did let an inherited runner score), pitching 2.1 innings of 3 hit-ball, including 5 strikeouts. He certainly kept the Sox in the game.

    And then there were the 14 strikeouts, including 3 each from JBJ, Xander, and Dustin Pedroia, whose checked swing strikeout ended the game.

    Fourteen. Strikeouts. So more than half of the outs the team had were used up by way of the K. Actually, the ONLY Red Sox player NOT to strike out last night was Brock Holt, whose 8th inning homer brought the Sox within 1 run last night…

    There were almost a bunch of missed opportunities last night with 6 players left on-base and going 2-9 with runners in scoring position. The Sox are a better team than this…and if they hope to advance any further, they NEED to start hitting–or their pitchers need to stop giving up 3 homers in a row…Yeah, Captain Obvious, I know…

    But Andrew Benintendi made a little history, hitting a homer in his first postseason at bat, making him the youngest Red Sox player EVER to reach this milestone. The next oldest was Reggie Smith–in 1967. Don’t forget: He’s only 22-and under Red Sox control for a very VERY long time…

    Speaking of impossibly young, Mookie Betts turns 24 today, what better birthday present than to pull a Nomar in 2002 and hit 3 homers today–and one of them does not even need to be a Grand Slam–3 solo shots would be lovely. And He IS a career .400 hitter with a homer and 2 RBI’s against Kluber…So I’m just gonna leave this here…

    So I have decided I have a deep and abiding hatred for Jason Kipnis–and the holy crap if I drank every time the freaking commentators mentioned his name, I would have needed to be treated for alcohol poisoning. I just think he is an arrogant punk–and the Sox need to shut him down so we don’t have to hear from him or about him again.

    Holy hell, when the FRACK did Andrew Miller get so good? I mean he was decent when he was with the Sox, but he came in last night and pitched TWO innings of 1 hit ball. Completely shut the Sox down. One can only hope that Tito using Miller for 2 innings last night, and using his closer Cody Allen for 1.2 last night will cause them to either not pitch at all tonight, or be very limited.

    Although with Corey Kluber on the mound tonight, there may be no need for a bullpen. And he has 3 complete games in the regular season this year. However, he had a mild quad strain than limited him to four innings in his last start–could that impact things? I hope so, because if Cleveland has to go to their bullpen earlier, that can only be a good thing…

    And this is why baseball is a fickle mistress #45729: Toronto annihilated Texas yesterday afternoon 10-1, with Ace Cole Hamels getting shelled in a 5-run 3rd and 2-run 4th. HE’S got a 16.20 ERA for this postseason, so in the grand scheme of things, I guess Porcello’s 10+ isn’t so bad…

    Coming up: David Price tries to better his postseason career record (2-7 with a 5.12 ERA) as he takes on Cleveland Ace Corey Kluber, who is making the first postseason start of his career. I really hope David becomes the Ace/Stopper Sox are paying him to be-because it would really not be super to go back to Boston 0-2. First pitch 4:30pm…

    Blue Jays and Ranger at 1, which is weird, because they have yet to have a primetime game. Also on tonight are the 2 games of the NLDS: Dodgers and Nationals a 5:30, and the Giants and Cubs at 9:00pm. What a weird baseball day–even for the postseason

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