Monday, May 17, 2010

A Lackeydaisical Red Sox Effort

The Boston Red Sox players looked out of it, dazed and confused from the 12 inning loss the night before. The bullpen desperately needed a long outing from Sox starter John Lackey, who's had a slow start to the 2010 campaign. Boston got the long outing (7 innings) they needed but Lackey gave up all 5 runs in the second, third and fourth innings in his 7 inning stint. The Red Sox could do nothing against Tiger starter Galarraga and 5 runs were enough to win it for Detroit. Here's Boston manager Tito Francona on Lackey's ability to settle down and give the 'pen a much needed rest...

"That was huge,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “When we look up after two innings and he’s sitting at 51 pitches, we’re trying to figure it out. It’s early, but that pace right there is not what you want. But as he really can do, he can gather it in, he competes.’’

It was a tough and frustrating game to watch for Sox fans but these games happen. They now have lost 2 straight but Big Papi David Ortiz says it's not time to panic...

“We can’t worry about these two losses,’’ Ortiz said. “We have been playing better than we looked the last two days. If we go to New York and play well against the Yankees, everything will be fine.’’

Things will only get tougher for the Red Sox as they head to Yankee Stadium to play the dreaded pinstripers in a two game series. Tonight, Daisuke Matsuzaka will face the 5-0 Phil Hughes and Tuesday it'll be Josh Beckett against CC Sabathia. Tough matchups both. I have to hope the losing streak does not reach four but it very well could. FAITH. That will NOT happen.

The Boston Celtics took game one of their series with the Orlando Magic, giving them the home "field" advantage. It was the first time the Magic lost a game in more than a month. My goodness! Go green. And today the University of Connecticut national championship women's basketball team will again meet with President Obama. Last year, while in dress clothes and high heels, the President invited them to his White House basketball court to play a game of PIG, a shorter version of HORSE. Needless to say, sans jacket, he won easily. He can play! This year the women are bringing warm up clothes to change into to make it easier to put the ball in the basket. With all due respect, they want REVENGE. In all seriousness, this again will be a day they'll never forget for the rest of their lives. I'm so happy for them. 78 straight wins. Can you believe it?

That's it for this soon to be beautiful Monday. Sunny skies, low humidity and temperatures in the middle 70s will make it a great day for many of us here in north central Connecticut. Thank you for stopping by, click on this post's title for something about something and as always, BE WELL. See ya.


At 5/17/2010 10:08 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Lackey saved the pen? Big deal. He's not supposed to give up 5 runs, I don't care how long he's in there. Of course, with most of our team not being able to tell a breaking ball from a fast ball yesterday, it didn't matter what kind of pitching we threw out there.

Two frustrating games in a row and we're going to NY for the cure? Our pitching better be top notch.

At 5/17/2010 4:53 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I know. He's been unpredictable. I don't like it. Nice o hear from you, BFW. Nadi says hi.


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