Two Batters Too Many For Schill....Angels Thump Red Sox
It was a 2-2 ballgame through six, and Schill had pitched well. He was matched, however, by Angels' starter Jered Weaver. Weaver departed after the sixth, but Curt stayed in....for two batters. A home run and a double chased him from the game, the Angels scored two and they eventually won the game by a score of 4-2. It was a credible first appearance by Curt, but the Angel pitching was too much for the Sox hitters. Coupled with the Yankees' win, the AL East lead is down to six games. Not enough for me.
One other note of interest was that Manny Ramirez was ejected from the game for arguing a third strike call. He uttered "the magic word" twice as he walked away from the plate and umpire James Hoye, according to manager Tito. And that ejection ended up hurting the club bigtime.
It's up to Tim Wakefield to get the Red Sox back on the winning track. He's been pitching well of late, and he'll be facing the 5-0 Joe Saunders at 10pm tonight. After that, there's the west coast final edition game tomorrow, and then it's on to Baltimore. Let's hope Toronto AND the Red Sox can take care of business before then and get that lead back to seven games.
Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Gordon Edes' take on Curt Schilling's first outing. He faced one of the American League's best teams last night, and he was OK. And he's back. If he shows us more of the same kind of pitching, he'll win his share of games in the eight weeks left this season, a season where the Yankees refuse to lose....they have the best record in the majors since May 29, but their bullpen will end up being their downfall. Mark my words. But the Sox need more consistant hitting to continue their winning ways. There is just so much the pitchers can do, and they've been doing it!