Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Bats Are Back In Town! YES!! Boston Red Sox 12 Toronto Blue Jays 4

Peter here on a quiet Sunday morning, early style. Last night at Fenway Park, the Boston lumber again made its presence known in a big way as the home club banged out fifteen (!!) hits and scored twelve runs in a 12-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Josh Beckett was the recipient of the offensive output and was able to easily win the game. He went eight strong innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while striking out five. And so the Red Sox strong starting pitching continues to shine brightly and unrelentlessly, and as I said earlier in the week, when the bats stir to life, this club will win many games. They are in first place in the American League East right now, with Jon Lester, coming off the best start of his young career, ready to face Scott Kazmir in HIS "opening day" appearance. We have to hope he's a little rusty, a little slow and not quite ready to face a hot-hitting team. For when he is on, HE IS ON and tough to beat. But the Sox have been putting their bats on the ball in the past couple of games, which might be the start of something truly wonderful. This is what Beckett had to say about his offense after the game...

“They picked me up today,” Beckett said. “Offensively, obviously, with the number of runs and hits we had, but there were three or four great plays out in the outfield."

Peter here, and yes, the defense was splendid. Manny threw a runner out at the plate and that set the tone. The Red Sox lineup was virtually intact for the first time in a long time. JD Drew was even back, patrolling Dewey Evans territory in spacious rightfield. Let's hope the spew of injuries is ovah! Ovah and gone!!

If you wish, just click on the title of this post to be transported to the Boston Globe's Red Sox homepage to learn everything about last night's game and the emergency appendectomy (I hope I spelled that right...wait...I did!!) for outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss. He'll be fine. Don't worry. So have yourselves a merry little Chris...ooopps, a tremendous Sunday. Here in the northeast, the weather will be changeable, with morning clouds and spurts of showers giving way to partial sunshine by late afternoon. But at the Fens today, there will be NO rain delays. Depending on how much sun is able to peek through and penetrate the cloud cover, a jacket might be a good thing to have on hand if you're headed to the ballpark. And that forecast gets better as Monday and Tuesday approach. GO JON...GO SOX, and as always, BE WELL.


At 5/04/2008 10:46 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

Peter, Nice win last night! Thanks for the weather update, I was just wondering if they'd get the game in. I just heard about Moss too. Can you believe how many injuries and health issues we've had? All that and still in first place! A good sign.

Have a great Sunday, and GO CELTICS!

At 5/04/2008 1:25 PM, Blogger Beazer said...

Peter, the Sox played the Rays not the Jays.

At 5/04/2008 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops (thought I was seeing things Beazer ;)

At 5/05/2008 6:58 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks Beaz, and no SC, you weren't seeing things. Hi to you too, Rooster.


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