Thursday, July 26, 2007


The Red Sox opened up a can of whoop-ass on the Indians tonight. The Indians hung around courtesy of the Red Sox pitching staff, but in the end the Sox out-scored their gifts. To give you an idea, the Red Sox scored 14 runs on 17 hits, while the Indians scored 9 on only 6 hits. No disrespect to the Indians, but its hard to score nine runs on six hits. You need to hit some balls hard, but you have to have some help from the opposing pitching staff too. The Red Sox helped the Indians out, but in the end it didn't matter.

The Red Sox were out ahead most of the game, at one point taking a 9-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but Kason Gabbard couldn't get three outs to qualify him for the win. He gave up four runs and was lifted with the bases loaded and two outs. Bring on His Craziness! Julian Tavarez came on and stopped the bleeding.

The Sox came right back and three in the seventh to open up a 12-5 lead, but Tavarez couldn't hold that either. He gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh to drop the lead to three runs. To lead off the eighth, Big Papi walked and then Manny hit his second homer of the night over the wall in straight away center field. The announcers remarked later that Manny's homers together traveled about 900 feet.

That was it for the Indians as Hideki Okajima came on in the eighth to get the Indians 1-2-3 and Javier Lopez did the same in the ninth.

After yesterday's galling loss, today's beat-down was particularly enjoyable as it shut the stupid Indian's announcers up. One particularly enjoyable moment occurred when Wily Mo Pena was walking to the plate in the sixth inning with runners on second and third. Cameras caught Pena holding his bat to his face. It either looked like he was sniffing it or talking to it. The Indian's announcers started to make fun of Pena, calling him weird. One said in a derisive way that he'd never seen anything like that before. Pena then hit the first pitch over the left field wall for a three run homer. In your face, dumb announcer people!

Other Notes...

*Curt Schilling made his second rehab start for AAA Pawtucket today. By all accounts it was a huge success. Schilling, who was hitting low 80s on the gun when he went on the disabled list a month ago, was consistently in the mid and low 90s with his fastball today. Even better than his speed were his results. Schilling struck out eight in five innings and only gave up two hits. Schilling is scheduled to make one more rehab start for Pawtucket on July 31st against Columbus.

*The Yankees will add two games to their record tomorrow, but will only play 10.1 innings to do it. Due to weather, the Yankees/Orioles game from June 28th was suspended with two outs in the top of the eighth inning and Derek Jeter on first. At the time the Yankees were leading 8-6. They'll need six more outs to secure that first win and then they'll start their regularly scheduled game.

*As you would expect when a team gets seventeen hits, there were a few Red Sox who had big games. Manny Ramirez went three for four with a walk. His three hits were a double and two homers for ten total bases and four runs scored. Wily Mo Pena almost matched him in total bases with nine. Pena had two doubles and a homer while going four for five.

AL East: The Yankees lost to Kansas City, and Baltimore beat Tampa. Toronto had the night off. The Red Sox lead New York by 7.5 games, Toronto by 10.5, Baltimore by 14.0, and Tampa by 23.5 (23 in the loss column).

Tomorrow (Friday): The Red Sox travel to Tampa for a three game series with the Devil Rays. Tim Wakefield pitches against Jason Hammel. Game time is 7:10pm EST.

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