Saturday, June 23, 2007


I'm pretty exhausted, so this is going to be a short post. I was up at 5:30am this morning, and it is now 1:30am. Time for sleepy...

The Sox beat the Padres at their own game tonight, out-pitching the best pitching team in the NL, and winning by a score of 2-1. The Padres scored in the first inning but couldn't score again. Papelbon, Okajima, Lopez, and Delcarmen combined to hold the Fathers scoreless through the final three innings, after Matsuzaka departed.

As for Matsuzaka, he was his typical maddening self. Striking guys out right and left (he had nine in six innings), but walking almost as many (five including the first three hitters he faced). Somehow he managed to wriggle free of that situation after only giving up a single run. Combined, Sox pitchers struck out 13 Padre hitters.

As good as the Sox pitchers were, thats how lackluster the Sox hitters were. They did pick up eight hits on the night (three of them by Coco Crisp), but all but one were singles (Manny doubled) which made for a low scoring night.

The only inning where they scored was the fourth. They strung together a series of singles by Pedroia, Manny, Youk, and Tek. That produced two runs, and thats all they'd get. Fortunately, it was all they'd need.

Just enough to be at a good Padre team on the road. I'll take it. Good night!

AL East: Toronto, Baltimore, Boston and New York all won. Tampa lost. The Red Sox maintain their 10.5 game lead over New York and the rest of the division.

Tomorrow: Tim Wakefield vs. Chris Young. Game time 10:05pm EST!

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