Was It Brad Penny Or A Wooden Nickel? Toronto Blue Jays 6 Boston Red Sox 2
Brad Penny, who had a streak of six straight games in which he allowed three runs or less broken, was all over the place in terms of pitch location and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of it to earn a 6-2 victory over the visiting Red Sox. Boston manager Terry "Tito" Fracona put it this way...
“I thought he left some pitches up, especially his breaking ball,’’ Francona said. “Fourth inning, he got to two outs, left a breaking ball up to Jose Bautista. It was a big hit in the game. One fastball to Adam Lind . . . but it just seemed like every time he left an offspeed pitch up, they hit it or they made him pay for it. We’re in a game where we’re not able to do much offensively. Had chances, had runners. Just couldn’t do much with it. When they spread it out, it made it a lot tougher for us.’’
Penny was only able to go six innings, allowing those six runs on eight hits, walking one and whiffing three. His start came on the heels of Clay Buchholz' stellar performance on Friday. I ask you this...who should be where? Food for thought. The Boston 'pen, in the form of Justin Masterson and Ramon Ramirez, was perfect for the last three frames but the Sox could do nothing against the Jays' starter, Marc Rzepcznski (say that three times fast) and the home team prevailed. But today's another day, a day in which the Good Guys will face one of the best hurlers in all of baseball. His name? Roy "Doc" Halladay. He knows how to pitch...I'm sure you all know. Hoping to match him will be our very own Jon Lester, who is also one of the best pitchers around. There are still swirling rumors that the Sox might try to obtain Halladay in a trade. I SAY NO...no because Clay Buchholz would have to be included in any kind of deal. I'd like to see him in the Red Sox starting rotation and Brad Penny demoted to the bullpen, if not traded in a deal of some sort. CLAY IS A KEEPER. NOW!
Enjoy the pitching matchup today. I'll also be keeping an eye on Tom Watson's quest to become the oldest player ever to win one of golf's majors. GO TOM! He has led every round. ABC and ABC HD will televise the final round of the British Open starting at 8am EDT with TNT and TNT HD kicking it off at 6am EDT.
Thanks for stopping in once again and click on this post's title for more on our Boston Red Sox. As always, BE WELL. And that's the way it is, Sunday, July 19th, 2009 (thanks Uncle Walter). See you...soon.