Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Win Streak Over As Boston Is Shut Out

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields picked last night to pitch a gem and boy, did he! He tossed a complete game five hitter and his team, the Tampa Bay Rays, prevailed by a score of 4-0. The Red Sox offense, an offense that seemed unstoppable just two days ago, was snuffed out like a candle. But this power outage is anything but permanent. Here's Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on exactly that...

“It’s going to happen. It’s not like we’re going to start worrying because of one game.”

He's right. Carl Crawford was given a nice reception from the fans of the team he had played for for his entire major league career. They must miss him but once he turned into a free agent, the Rays didn't even register a bid for him because they knew they didn't have the cash that would be needed. But back to the game last night. Wakes threw 121 pitches and only gave up two runs, one earned. It was definitely a quality start but in the game of baseball, there will be games when the opposing pitcher strangles and throttles you. Last night Shields used his devastating change-up to confuse and confound the Sox hitters, except for Adrian Gonzalez, who collected three more base hits. He has surpassed all expectations with his offense and his unbelievable defensive skills. He's the best first baseman in all of baseball, bar none.

There's always another day in this game we love and tonight, the two rivals go at it again with Josh Beckett (5-2) going against J. Hellickson (7-4). I feel confident that the 2011 version of Josh Beckett will make this a one game funk. Please click on this post's title for more about last night's contest, including video. Until next time, have a great Wednesday Hump Day and as always, BE WELL.

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