Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Red Sox Stir-Fry And Batter The Yankees 7-3

Mike Mussina looks like he's getting old. Actually, he seems like he's pitching his age! He gave up 5 hits in the first inning alone, along with 3 runs on a Manny NUCLEAR BOMB, and the Red Sox did what they had to do. They avoided any chance of a Yankee sweep. And that's just what that club from New York needed to start to get back into the AL East race. Julian Tavarez was again great, going 5 and two thirds 3 hit 2 run innings. And that's more than good enough for a number 5 starter. Heck, it's good enough for ANY starter, especially against the power-laden New York line-up
The Red Sox bullpen made their prescence known in the 6th inning and was again a little shaky, except for Javy Lopez, who has been throwing the ball really well. The Darkman pitched the 8th, walking 2 and allowing his first run to score since his first batter of the season. And then Paps came in to finish it, but needed 25 pitches, 4 less that Okajima. Both pitchers might be rested tonight, but with an off day tomorrow, I say go for the series win with everybody you have and push the Yankees further back. Anotherwords, give it your best shot. And we will! That's my guess.
The Red Sox move their record to a gaudy 31-14 while the Yankees fall to a rather ordinary, if that, 20-24. They're actually treading water. And if you tread water long enough, there are 2 possibilities. The first is that you'll be rescued. And the second, and much more dire, is this. You'll sink and die. I'm hoping for the latter, but you knew that.
Tonight, Curt Schilling takes on Andy Pettitte, another Yankee pitcher who we usually hit well. Wouldn't that be sweet? Another victory over those pinstripers. For the Yankees this is a big game, at least as big as a game can be this early in the season.
Click on the title for more on Mussina and his troubles. And for those of you who emailed the Herald's Michael Silverman with your vote in support of Hideki Okajima's possible new nickname "The Darkman," I thank you. For those of you who haven't had the chance, please take 5 minutes and do it right now. Here's his email addy. Just tell him you like the Darkman name and where you heard it from. You'd make this guy, your author (me??) who writes about our Sox, very happy. Here is his email addy..... THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! I love every one of you.


At 5/23/2007 9:04 AM, Blogger Faith said...

Hey there, how modest of you not to mention you're comment of yesterday, "I see 7 runs" (even though late you predicted a 6-something score) You should trust your 'visions' better.

At least we won at Cooperstown, for Cal as much as anything, but it was our Rookies and AAers that shone, our 'real' guys took a break.

At 5/23/2007 10:16 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

If the Yanks don't win tonight, with their "ace" on the mound, they're pretty much done. If they want to win 90 games even, they're going to have to play something like .700 ball the rest of the way...a tall order for anyone.

At 5/23/2007 10:27 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Faithy, I commented on MY comment about the 7 runs an hour ago. Go back if you can.....and I love that you have been commenting so regularly. I KNOW you have a 2 paragraph "guest post' in you. About anything! And if you want a link in there, I'll make sure it's linked when anyone clicks the post's title. And MCW, it's still May, but I am cautiously ECSTATIC!!!" Is there such a thing? Leave it up to me to con a phrase, or name a nickname. DARKMAN comes to mind, and so many of my blog friends have helped me out. You included, both of you. That's what makes this blogness so worth it!!!!!

At 5/23/2007 11:05 AM, Blogger ian said...

I wrote a post about emailing Silverman to help you out with the Darkman name.

At 5/23/2007 4:03 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

The Weather has warmed up:

A-Rod goes cold, again;

What is it with him that he needs to slap balls?

At 5/23/2007 11:12 PM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

Holy Cow - the Yanks actually won a series in 2007!!!!!

At 5/24/2007 7:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thank you Ian. MR, they deserved to win the series....the Sox miss Beckett, they miss an effective Schill, and the Yankees keep missing Daisuke. But it's only May......thanks for the comments!!! I expressed my feelings from last night (Wed.) in my Thurs. AM all are the best!


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