5 home runs and a good start by Kyle Snyder in which he gave up 2 unearned runs powered the Sox to a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners, a win that widened their lead in the AL East to 3 1/2 games over the faltering Yankees. Way to go Blue Jays. The tater tots, in order, were Papi, Gonzo, Tek, Youk and Manny. Snyder came out for the 6th, but a twinge in his calf, which will not prevent him from pitching Wednesday, ended his night. Hansen came on, and as usual lately, his first inning was uneventful, beautifully boring. But when he's brought back for a second inning, and Tito knows this, bad things happen. This was the case last night, with Little Manny, rock steady, righting the ship until the ninth, when Timlin came in. A 12 pitch at bat by Ichiro led to the first out. 4 pitches later, it was over. And a good Friday it was.
Kason Gabbard, our fill in 5th starter who WILL NOT BE NEEDED this week because of the off day Thursday, takes the mound today. Get us through 5, we'll be OK. These are the numbers 4 and 5 starter games, and if we win half of them, we'll be fine until Boomer and Timmy get back. But after seeing Snyder's pounding of the strike zone last night, my hopes are higher than that. And thoughts of trading Mike Lowell for pitching? Sheer nonsense. It will not happen. I would bet this blog on it! And I like my blog. A lot.
Afternoon baseball today. Good stuff.