Monday, August 13, 2007

The Red Sox Complete Weekend Sweep Of The Orioles. NOT!

The Boston Red Sox completed their weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a resounding 3-1 victory on Sunday. Curt Schilling went six strong innings before turning over the game to Mike Timlin in the 7th, Hideki Okajima for the 8th and Jonathon Papelbon, wrapping it up and earning a save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Eric Gagne was conspicuous by his absense, but maybe Tito thought the game was too close and wanted to stick with his proven arms........wait.....hold on.....what?? NO WAY! I've just been handed a news flash that reads like this......

"After blowing a four-run lead Friday night, Gagne gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Tejada in the eighth inning Sunday, wiping a 3-1 lead off the board and dooming the Red Sox to a loss that ended their nine-game trip with a 4-5 record."

Peter here, and I'm a little shaken. Why would Tito go to Gagne while nursing a two run lead? But I can answer that. It's his JOB. But that's the one thing he hasn't been doing well since donning the Red Sox uniform. Opposing batters are batting .455 against him. His ERA is 15.75, and he has given up 10 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts IN FOUR INNINGS! Can it get worse for the Canadian? No, I think that would be impossible. In this world. Hey Eric, don't throw 7 straight fastballs to a good player like Miggy. He's going to hit one, and boy, did he.

It's home to Fenway to lick our wounds and play three against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Here are the pitching matchups....

James Shields (9-7, 4.32 ERA) vs. Tim Wakefield (13-10, 4.81) tonight
Scott Kazmir (9-7, 3.58) vs. Lester (1-0, 6.43) Tuesday
Andy Sonnanstine (1-8, 6.35) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-8, 3.59) Wednesday

So after the two worst losses of the year sandwiched around a brilliant Josh outing, the Red Sox are 4 games in front of the still white hot NY Yankeess. Right now they are among the best teams in baseball, and their record shows it. Our record? Still the best in baseball, but fading fast.

Click on the title of this post for more of the madness and agony that was Sunday in Baltimore, penned by the Globe's Gordon Edes. And enjoy your Monday, and frustrating "day after" for Red Sox Nation.


At 8/13/2007 6:47 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...


At 8/13/2007 6:51 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

I was screaming "Baisez-Vous, Gagne'" in French & in FURY:

This Series is a Wakeup Call.

At 8/13/2007 6:53 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I know....much overdue, don'tcha think? We've been playin' .500 ball since late May.

At 8/13/2007 7:43 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

"Still the best in baseball, but fading fast."

That means absolutely nothing, and I'm sick of it. It was built on the back of April and May.

Sorry, I'm cranky, but it's true.

At 8/13/2007 7:55 AM, Blogger Faith said...

Don't fret about the Yankees. They are only doing a bit better now because they were all threatened with losing their big pay checks. They will get complacent again, and go right back to the bottom where they belong. Now you guys just take care of Toronto, and we will be very pleased.

At 8/13/2007 8:01 AM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...


At 8/13/2007 10:47 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

But MCW, I said they still have the BEST RECORD in baseball...they are far from the best team. That role has been earned by the Yankees. I was cranky yesterday, too.
Faithy, congrats! And you're wrong about that NY team. Too many hitters, too many good pitchers and they'll stay where they are, if not take over first when the Sox realize that .500 baseball just won't do it! Congrats to Mr. Millah....I love him!
FB, a little canine in you....remants from the Sunday debacle, I bet.

At 8/13/2007 3:56 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

&, 3 Articles away from seeing the letter "M":

It stands for 1000 Article Posts

At 8/13/2007 4:42 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Next Article is "M" or 1000

At 8/14/2007 6:39 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Boy, do I know my Roman numerals. I'm well on my way to two, but when you write your number 1000, let us know!!!!!
Leter has to show EVERYONE something tonight. You and I both know that.

At 8/14/2007 6:40 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

ML, I just looked it up----I'm not WELL on my way, but as of today....1250.


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