Daisuke And Defense Propel The Boston Red Sox To Their 5th Straight Win
This was a major league pitching duel, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians by a score of 1-0. Daisuke Matsuzaka outpitched CC Sabathia, just, in a sub 3 hour game. He allowed 4 hits and no runs while striking out 5. He threw a tidy 98 pitches and when he needed it, he was able to record the big out(s). The lone run came on a Mike Lowell fly to left that Ben Francisco at first backed off of before trapping it between his glove and the ground. The Sox showed their leather, too, with Julio Lugo, Wily Mo Pena (!!), Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis making sparkling plays in the field to support their team and their pitcher.
The Red Sox move to 61-39 and remain 7 1/2 games up on the hot Yankees. But the Yankees have been playing the Devil Rays and the Royals on their latest streak, while we've had the White Sox and the Indians. And tonight is the third game of the 4 game set, with Josh Beckett going against the Indian's Carmona, who is 12-4.
Click on the title for the Boston Globe's Nick Carfado's look at the state of the Red Sox, right now, in this critical time period when the trading deadline approaches. One thing is for sure. The rotation is just fine, with six guys, good ones all, ready for the 5 spots. To me, when Schill is ready, which should be Tuesday or so, Kason has to stay while Jon Lester will go back to Pawtucket. He'll be back a month after that, but there's only room for 5 starters. But what a nice problem Tito and Theo are saddled with.......the kind of problem we can all live with, happily ever after. Straight down that magic Yellow Brick Road to and through the post season.
Now let's go for number six in a row. Click on that title, and I'd love to read and respond to your comments. Last night's game? A CLASSIC! Go Josh Baseball!