Comeback Victory For The Red Sox Over The Birdies
It was quiet, too quiet, until the seventh inning at Fenway Park Wednesday night. The score heading into that inning was 3-1 O's, Julien Tavarez had already headed to the showers after pitching five good innings in a spot start, and Kyle Snyder did a bang up job, as did eventual winner Javy Lopez, in keeping the game that close. The Sox scored four times in that bottom of the seventh, with the big hits a wall double by Papi and a double to right center by the clutch Kevin Youkilis. And it was smooth sailing from there, as Okajima pitched the eighth, giving up a run, and an electric Jonathon Papelbon, whose fastball topped out at 97 MPH, finished things off with a 12 pitch ninth. All in all, a very satisfying win. A team win when the Sox needed a starter because of the departure of good guy Kason Gabbard. And with the Yankees pounding out another victory over the hapless White Sox, the lead holds at 7 games. And remember, the Yank's schedule gets so much tougher really soon, including a team called the Boston Red Sox towards the end of the month. I cannot wait for that!
The news on Curt Schilling could not be better. This is from the Courant.......
"Francona confirmed that Curt Schilling will start Sunday at Seattle, after completing his third and final rehab start Tuesday. Schilling, 40, has been on the disabled list since June 19 with right shoulder tendinitis. "The ball keeps coming out of his hand like we want it to," Francona said. "It's been very successful. We'll be thrilled to have him back."
Peter here, and if his outings for Pawtucket were any indication, Curt Schilling will make an immense difference to the rotation and help the Red Sox to stay exactly where they are--in first place. And what could be better than that?
Click on the title of this post for all you ever wanted to know about our newest pitcher, Eric Gagne. It's a great article from today's Boston Globe. And speaking of today, it's afternoon baseball time at Fenway Park, with Timmy Wakefield, going for his lucky 13th win, facing the O's Guthrie. Let's win another series. It's a habit that's hard to break.