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  • May 2nd, 2016

    Red Sox 4, Skanks 2,
    Red Sox 8, Skanks 0,
    Red Sox 8, Skanks 7:
    Sweep!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:32 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Due to the fact that I live 3 hours from NYC, I am at a certain disadvantage when the Sox play the Skanks. Not only am I blacked out from most games (unless they are national), if I do luck out and they show a game on a local channel, I am subjected to YES, or some other Skankee-centric broadcast, and yes, it’s as bad as you would expect. The only time I have ever seen NESN cover a Red Sox/Skankee game was when I was pretty much anywhere but here.

    So, per the usual, the only game I got to see was last night’s ESPN contest, but it was definitely one worth seeing. I was nervous for a while there when the Sox were down, as David Price certainly did not have his best stuff, but then, holy buckets, Christian Vazquez, who is hitting .225 since his return, stroked his 2nd homer EVER–a 2-run shot in the 7th, which put the Sox ahead for good.

    So the sweep is complete, the Sox are now in first place (1/2 game ahead of the Oreos), and the Skanks are still DEAD LAST–SIX games behind.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Read more…

    April 29th, 2016

    Red Sox 3, Braves 5:
    Clay Buchholz, Red Sox Stopper…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:09 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Yes, stopper of momentum and all good things a baseball club wants and needs to be…

    So the Sox were doing well, running on all cylinders, stealing bases like mad (20 in 22 games–what is UP with that??) and in the midst of a nice 4-game winning streak. Yeah, it was Atlanta, who pretty much suck, but a win in a win, and I was all excited about the potential of going into the Skankee series on a 5-game winning streak…

    But…NO….That freaking Clay Person dropped a whole ton of suckage last night. AGAIN, leaving him with a 0-3 record and a sparkling (NOT!) 6.51 ERA. Throwing 104 pitches, 64 for strikes, he could not get out of the 7th inning, going 6.1 giving up 5 runs on 8 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2.

    And GUESS WHAT? It’s not HIS FAULT– some of the pitches were “hit hard” and “found holes” and the walks were “badly timed” and that this stuff just “happens”, and he is not sure WHY but he FEELS GOOD!  Ugh… Read more…

    April 26th, 2016

    Red Sox 1, Atlanta 0:
    Ric-Porcello, Red Sox Staff Ace…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:25 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Wait. What????

    Yep. Ric Porcello is the holder of a 4-0 record with a 3.51 ERA. How does the rest of the staff match up?

    David Price 2-0, 7.06 ERA (Disappointing–and hopefully an aberration)

    That Clay Person 0-2, 6.33 ERA (Typical–for Buchholtz)

    Stephen Write 1-2, 1.40 ERA (Typical–for a knuckleballer)

    Joe Kelly (Pre-DL) 1-0, 9.35 ERA

    Henry Owens (filling in for Joe Kelly–for now) 0-0 8.10 ERA

    And even more impressive is the 1-run game that happened last night, as they are never easy games to win (or lose, for that matter). But if this trend continues, he is making a compelling argument for actually being WORTH the ridiculous money ($82.5 million) Ben thought would be a good idea to pay him…

    Porcello’s line: 6.1 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6. He threw 98 pitches, 69 for strikes. Read more…

    April 18th, 2016

    April 18, 2016: Book Review:
    Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews | No Comments

    51DjTdNETsLWritten by Franklin Black, with Illustrations by Christy Little

    One of the best things about being a blogger is the ability to combine two of my passions: Reading and the Red Sox, allowing me the opportunity to review some of the great books out there, not only on the Red Sox, but on various aspects of baseball as well.

    And having the chance to review a Red Sox book with my 4-year old is even more of a treat–for both of us.

    So when children’s author Franklin Black reached out to me about his new book, Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox , which was inspired by a porcupine he saw in the woods, I was excited that my daughter and I would have an opportunity to read it together. Read more…

    April 13th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 9: This is Starting to Feel Like the Same Old, Same Old…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:05 pm in General | No Comments

    OK, so now the fracking cookies are like 7-0 to start the season, and the Sox have once again, claimed their place at the under .500 mark, and 4 games behind the cookies in the AL East (who have to lose SOMETIME), and

    Of course, with That Clay Person on the mound, I suppose it’s not THAT much of a surprise. Another day, another crappy start. While he got a no decision in his last start, he took this loss in this contest, and with a lovely 10.00 ERA to boot.

    The line: 5 inning, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits (including TWO homers) while walking 3, hitting a batter, and striking out 5. He threw 98 pitches, 70 for strikes.

    And I wonder what the excuse will be THIS time…Honestly he could take a few tips from Craig Kimbrel about accountability, as evidenced by his comments after he gave up the first 3-run homer of his career to Chris David on Monday during the home opener: “I went out there and kind of beat myself. I can’t be walking guys in that situation. Davis put a good swing on the pitch and it went a long ways…He’s a great low-ball hitter and he got the barrel of the bat to it and he did what he does. I missed. He hit it over the fence. It was a bad pitch.” Read more…

    April 11th, 2016

    Red Sox 0, Toronto 3: Happy Fenway Opening Day!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:54 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    While I would have liked the Sox to win yesterday’s contest as they had won the first two of the series, including an amazing come from behind win on Friday, complete with a Grand Slam from Brock-Star (His 1st of his career), as long as they win more than they lose, that is always a recipe for success…

    So far so, good, as the Sox are currently tied for 2nd place with the Skanks, with a winning record of 3-2. I cannot even remember how long it has been since the Sox had one of those…

    I was glad to see Stephen Wright was more than competent in the Red Sox loss yesterday, going 6 2/3 innings and only giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5. He threw 118 pitches, 78 for strikes.

    Unfortunately, despite the fact that Hanley went 3-4 (and is currently sitting on a .445 BA), the Sox could not string together any runs. Read more…


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