Sunday, August 05, 2007

Safe At Safeco! Sox Beat M's Behind Daisuke

Finally, the wait for a win in Seattle is over, as the Boston Red Sox, behind Daisuke Matsuzaka and good relief pitching, combined for a victory in this rainy Western city. It was a long time coming. Daisuke pitched 7 innings, giving up six hits and two solo home runs while striking out 10 Mariners' hitters. And the Red Sox bats weren't quiet either, bashing 10 base hits. Eric Gagne came in to pitch the 8th inning and provided some squirms for us members of Red Sox Nation. He allowed three hits and a run, amazingly all with two outs. He also allowed a two out run yesterday. Let's just hope it's "new team jitters." But he ended it there and the Sox went to Paps with a one run lead. And it stayed that way, although Jonathon walked two. 25 of 27 saves sounds pretty good to me.

The Red Sox are now 67-43 after 110 games in this soon-to-be-magic year of 2007.......52 games to go. Let's hope they can win 35 of those. They're 15-9 since the All Star break, and that's just great! But 30-35 wins would make this season very special. Even 30 wins would be enough to take the division, what with the toughest part of the Yankee schedule yet to come. And, oh yes, AROD hit his 500th home run yesterday, becoming the youngest man ever to do so. Congrats to him. And good ol' Barry Bonds FINALLY hit number 755, tieing Hank Aaron for the most home runs in a career....ever. A low key "way to go Barry" comes from me, although I think that in the past he DID use some body-altering substance(s)....allegedly. Just my opinion, and I'm allowed it.

The Sox go for yet another series win today, and that's a great habit to keep up. It's their best pitcher, Josh "Baseball" Beckett versus the tough Miguel Batista. And don't forget to click on the title of this post for the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy's Sunday piece on that long-awaited Safeco win. Have a great Sunday, and careful out there!


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