Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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!


At 7/25/2007 7:31 AM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

Some game!

At 7/25/2007 7:34 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Wasn't it, though! We have great pitching! And we were going against one of the AL's best. I'm proud!

At 7/25/2007 10:19 AM, Blogger Sox in the City said...

It was nice to see Dice-K get the W for a well-pitched game -- if it only takes one run to do it, I am fine with that.

The article you linked to was interesting -- I am hesitant about Texeira because of Youk and Lowell, and I realy don't like Bobby Kielty (although I guess anyone is better than Pena at this point).

Still have a lot of games ahead, but this series has definitely been encouraging so far!

At 7/25/2007 11:14 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sox in the City-----well said. I found that article engrossing too, athough I'll reserve judgement until the trading deadline is past. But our rotation has never looked better, esp. when Schill will be a member. S O O N !!!!!!

At 7/25/2007 2:26 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

That was a fun nailbiter. A good old-fashioned pitching duel, with the tying run always at the plate or on-base. Doesn't get much better than that.

At 7/25/2007 4:09 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

While the NY Tabloids make it seem like the Yankmes can walk on water, it gets boring here in NYC

At 7/25/2007 6:54 PM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

Glad to see JL come back, even better to see him come back and get a W.

I'm liking the wins my team is getting post All-Star break. I'm trying not to be too impressed though... I mean are the Yanks hot, or are they just playing the D-Rays and Royals?

At 7/26/2007 6:44 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

& in the case of last night:

No waltzing to Home, Mr Crisp

At 7/26/2007 6:59 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

MR, the Yank's opponents this week might have something to do with their staggering run production. I'm just happy the Sox have 15 (!!!) games left with that Tampa Bay team, while the Yanks have 6. The pinstripers have a good team, but SO DO WE. Thanks for the comment.
ML, boring and the same time?
Sul, I too like a pitching duel, especially when the Sox come out on top. Boy, it's time for some runs tonight (Thursday).
And ML again, it was a SLOW WALTZ. They might still be playing if he had, like he should have, scored!!!!


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