Wednesday, June 20, 2007


His Craziness, Julian Tavarez was awesome (and crazy) tonight as the Sox led from the first batter of the game to the last. The Sox had 15 hits and 4 walks for 37 total bases. Three hits by Manny, two by Coco, Pedroia, Drew, Pena, and one by Papi, Hinske, Varitek, and Youk. Homers were hit by Drew (to lead off the game), Papi, Manny, Hinkse, and Coco. Doubles by Pedroia (2), Manny, Drew, and Pena. Basically the Sox kicked the crap out of Atlanta.

In contrast, Atlanta managed only five hits despite getting to face Joel Pineiro and Mike Timlin in the last two innings. Somehow Timlin managed a 1-2-3 ninth. The ESPN announcers said that this was the first time Atlanta has been shut out in consecutive games since 2003.

The news wasn't all good though. J.D. Drew left the game after doubling and scoring in the top of the second. The Globe is reporting that he has a quad injury and is day to day (required retort: Aren't we all?). Personally, I think Francona came down with a case of Time To Rest A Player With A Seven Run Lead (TTRAPWASRL for those in the know). Hopefully we see Drew back in the lead off spot Friday in San Diego.

I was disappointed to see Drew come out of the game because he has really started to hit the ball with some sting. More good news on the Maybe This Guy Doesn't Suck front: The same can be said for Coco. I'm not sure if the change in his stance is to blame, but Coco has looked terrific in this series. He is hitting line drives and hitting with power. He only went 2-5 today (not that I'm complaining), but hit the ball with authority almost every at-bat.

The win is good, taking a series in Atlanta is great, and the Coco and J.D. beginning to crush a bit is even better. Now all we need is a new left arm for Curt and a new shortstop... I'm sorry, I just couldn't leave well enough alone...

AL East: The Yankees lost their second in a row to Colorado. Andy Pettitte was pitching a two hitter through five, but fell apart a bit in the sixth and the rest of the way in the seventh. He wound up giving up 6 runs in 6.2 innings, including a towering homer to Matt Holiday which traveled completely over the left field stands. Tampa also lost, while Toronto crushed the Dodgers 12-1. The Orioles are winning in San Diego. With their win, Boston's lead over New York is back to 10.0 games. They lead Toronto by 11.5, Tampa by 14.5 and Baltimore (giving them credit for a win tonight) by 16.0 games.

Tomorrow: The Sox will enjoy an off day in beautiful San Diego on Thursday. They'll spend the day resting up for a three game set with the Fathers, and maybe drinking a few brews in the Gaslamp District.

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