Game 2: Sox Take Care Of Business With 4-2 Victory Over Tigers
***SHEFFIELD CALLS OKAJIMA "The best lefthander I've ever faced."***
What a day! 2 wins over the American League champion Detroit Tigers made for quite a sweet May 17th. In the opener, a 2-1 Sox win, Julian Tavarez pitched 7 strong innings and the Darkman, Hideki Okajima, threw a quick 8th, leading to a 10 pitch save for Paps. In the nightcap, Curt Schilling was off his game but managed to labor through 6 innings, throwing 118 pitches. I hope he's OK. That's 2 uninspiring starts in a row. Donnelly and Lopez combined to pitch a clean 7th and 8th and then it was time for the Darkman again. And Oki was up to the challenge. He earned the save with a 15 pitch 9th. He has been simply amazing, and after whiffing Sheffield, the hated (by us, at least) slugger called Okajima, our Darkman, "the best lefthander I've ever faced." WHERE ARE THOSE OKAJIMA T-SHIRTS?? Ya gotta love the guy!
So the Sox go to a hairaising 28-12 as they prepare to face Atlanta. And as Ian mentioned yesterday, something that I did not agree with, the Sox have placed Josh Beckett on the 15 day DL. He is scheduled to pitch on May 29, in effect missing 2 starts. It's better to be safe than sorry, and my apologies to Ian. His blog is listed on my link list under "Sox and Dawgs."
Atlanta comes to town tonight for the first of 3. It will be Anthony Lerew versus Devern Hansack. 7PM at Fenway, weather permitting. In fact, the weather will be unsettled through Sunday morning, with the best chance for a postponment tonight. Oh, I HAVE to mention this. The Yankees lost yesterday, and our lead is up to 9.5 games. And that's a nice way to end this happy bundle of words. Click on the title of this post for a "state of the Sox" article from the Courant's Jeff Jacobs. It's titled "This team may scalp the AL East." Have a great Friday, everyone!