Friday, May 07, 2010

Red Sox Sweep Angels Out Of Their Hair

Boom, boom, boom, boom...the Boston Red Sox completed their four game sweep of the LA Angels with an 11-6 victory despite starter Daisuke Matsuzaka giving up four runs in the very first inning. He was all over the place in that initial frame but to his credit he hung in there for 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits, walking three and striking out three. He ended up getting the victory. After the game he had this to say...

“I’m glad that the team got the win,’’ Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “After the first inning I thought about what had happened and I knew my pitch count (39!) was getting up there and I had no idea how long I’d be able to stay in there. I decided I would tough it out as long as I could.’"

Victor Martinez was the primary Boston force at the plate with 2 hits and 4 HUGE RBIs. He was clutch. Delcarmen, Okie and Ramirez completed the pitching duties and now come those evil pinstripers, the NY Yankees. Scutaro, our leadoff guy for the time being, said this about that...

“I guess the timing is good because we’re playing well,’’ Scutaro said. “Hopefully we can keep this up.’’

The Sox seem to be turning it around after too long a period of, well, shoddy play, offensively and defensively, as well as mediocre pitching. Lately, only Matsuzaka has not had a stellar start on the mound. Let's hope that changes SOON or I, for one, would like to see Timmy Wakefield back in the number five spot. I know I'm not alone. Theo and Tito will give Daisuke a little bit more time to "get himself together." Here's Theo Epstin with his thoughts about his team's stutteringly bumbling 2010 beginning...

“It doesn’t really matter who we’re playing,” said Sox general manager Theo Epstein. “Any team has demonstrated that if you don’t play good baseball you’re not going to win no matter who you’re playing, and so far it’s been us.”

He's right. Let's hope that's in the past. Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming Fenway Park three game series with the Yankees...

Friday 7:10pm NESN/YES Beckett vs. Hughes
Saturday 3:10pm Fox Buchholz vs. Sabathia
Sunday 8:05pm ESPN Lester vs. Burnett

Burnett has been the pinstriper's best starting pitcher so far but all three of them have been nothing short of spectacular. Believe it or not, after these three Fenway Park games we won't see the Yankees in Boston until the final three games of the season. This series looms large. But I like the Red Sox to take two of three. GO SOX.

Have a great Friday and a terrific weekend. It's going to rain here in Connecticut tomorrow but it should not effect the nationally televised game at Fenway. You can click on this post's title to be linked to more Sox news and as always and forever, BE WELL. Click away!

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