Sunday, August 13, 2006

Oh So MANNY

It's been a quiet homestand for Big Papi, but for the rest of the bats? Smooth sailing. Yesterday Jason Johnson continually put us into a hole, but the offense was there to dig us out before the dirt had settled. Wily Mo Pena was a single short of hitting for the cycle. He has shown so much at the plate and in the field. Doug Mirabelli also had 3 runs batted in, and he had 2 hits. But we had more than the hitters as heros. The bullpen, all four of them, pitched shutout relief for 4 and two thirds innings after JJ was mercifully removed in the 6th. Julie, Hansen, Timlin, and finally Jonathon Papelbon, who pitched the ninth and tenth for the win, the victory he so needed to fully erase the debacle that was Kansas City. Hey hey hey hey...bye bye Kansas City memories, until they come to town for one last series next month.
But it was Manny along with Paps who shined in the latter stages of this victory. He threw out Brandon Fahey at third base, and his single to left that was booted by the same Fahey, thank you very much, brought home the winning run. It also brought down the house, for there was much dismay, tension and ultimate joy in this one. Hmmm.....dismay, tension, ultimate joy, or in some cases, sadness. That sounds like life. And baseball.
And the homestand continues. 2 down, 9 to go.

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