The PawSox lost tonight.Â This bummed me out much more than I expected.Â Best I can figure, I’m subconsciously anticipating how I’ll feel when their season is over if Kyle Snyder doesn’t get a call-up.Â Which, as the month goes on, becomes more possible than not.Â And THAT truly bums me out.
So I’m going to try and not focus on that and focus on the awesomeness that is a Red Sox can of whoop ass and a Tampa Bay loss to boot.Â Josh Beckett was, as they say, the balls.Â Four hits and seven strike outs in five scoreless innings.Â How’s that tingling working for you, JP?Â 8-1 was the final score (Okajima giving one up in the ninth…isn’t it nice when that doesn’t matter?) and the Jays took down the Rays 6-4.Â This means the Sox are now 2.5 games out of first place.Â Can you dig it?Â I knew you could!
Speaking of seasons ending…Clay Buchholz’ just did, unless he gets bumped up.Â Portland lost their third game in a row to the Trenton Thunder and got booted out of the playoffs.Â Â I hate the slow death of baseball every year.Â It’s completely depressing.Â I need something to cheer me up…back to the Red Sox!
Mike Lowell came back from his mini-vacation to hit four rbi, including a home run, and hit a triple short of the cycle.Â Maybe we should put more guys on the DL and have them come back gangbusters like Lowell and Beckett?
Coco Crisp also had 3 hits, and Jason Varitek had 2.Â David Ortiz and Mark Kotsay were the only two in the Sox lineup to NOT get a hit.Â Add to that, Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson pitching scoreless innings to get to the ninth and you have a really well-rounded, ass-kicking team!Â I know at least 3 people who were there tonight and what a game they got to see!
Over in the National League, Bronson Arroyo got his 14th win by pitching almost seven innings and giving up only four hits and one run.Â And Reds fans were worried about him at the beginning of the season!
And back to my favorite pitcher…Kyle got in the game tonight and faced six batters.Â He gave up a walk and a single and he struck out Matt Carson (fly out, pop up, ground out,Â were how he got his other outs).Â So 1.1 scoreless innings tonight.Â Kyle’s pitching well.Â I’m working on which player is on the 40-man who I can put the whammy on to get Kyle a spot over there.Â (I’m clueless about this, mind you.Â Live in my own little world where I can mess with the 40-man roster whenever I want…)Â I think it’s a toss up between Chris Carter and Marcus McBeth.Â Â They need to have a Celebrity Deathmatch-like battle to see who gets the boot.
When I was in 8th grade, April Vigliotta wrote in my autograph book “Maybe someday you’ll own the Red Sox”.Â I’ll settle for being the GM.Â 😆
Currently watching the Mariners and their rookie pitcher, thus far, kicking Yankee ass.Â It’s a nice way to end the evening.Â (In his first MLB game, Brandon Morrow just struck out his seventh batter – one Alex Rodriguez.Â It’s the end of the seventh inning and, let’s just say, if you can watch this game…you’d really want to right now!)
Edited to add:Â The Mariners announcers keep saying exactly what Morrow is doing and it’s making me crazy.Â I didn’t realize I was as superstitious about this as I, apparently, am!
Second edit:Â Brandon Morrow is out of the game.Â Wilson Betemit hit an rbi double to break up the no-hitter with two outs in the 8th inning.Â Kid kicked ass…good for him.Â Now finish the game for him, Mariners, and get the kid the damn win!