With This 'Pen I Thee Win
It was that kind of performance by our bullpen. You know, the kind you'd like to marry and settle down with. The bullpen let the runs scored by our mighty offense win the game. Stellar work by Jermaine "ex-president" Van Buren, "Little " Manny Delcarmen, and Keith Foulke shut 'em down through the 8th after the rookie David Pauley faltered for good in the 5th. And Paps sealed the deal with number 19. In a row.
The offense? Would you believe 16 homers? Would you believe 12? Ok, Ok. They hit 4 homers, one each by Trot Nixon, Mark Loretta, Manny Ramirez and Big Papi. And they needed every run as our starter gave up 6 runs in 4 and 2/3 innings. And that is why the bullpen was the MVP of this game. And special honors go to Alex Gonzalez, who looked like a combination of Ozzie Smith and one of the Flying Wallenda Brothers, as he had a huge part in turning 3 double plays, all of them clutch as clutch can be.
So goodbye Canada. Take care Toronto. Glad to be out of here. Now it's on to Detroit, where the Yankees made quick work of the hapless Tigers yet again as Moose went the distance in pitching a gem. And it gave their bullpen a much needed rest. And we all hope Mike Lowell's hamstring was just tweaked a tad. A day off today is such a blessing, as the next 7 loom large in the headlights. We'll be ready.