BOSTON'S BIG BATS GO BOOM!
A sub-par outing by Curt Schilling could not stop these 2007 Boston Red Sox, who scored the final 9 runs in a 13-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Schill left with the bases loaded and one out in the 6th. Javy Lopez, in his second appearance since being called up from Pawtucket, induced 2 ground balls and got out of the inning with only one inherited run scoring. That run tied it at 4, but it was all Sox from there. Lopez also got the first out of the 7th, earning the victory, and then it was time for the Darkman. Hideki Okajima, our hero of the dark, pitched a clean inning and two thirds, again unscored on, and Paps finished out what was then a laugher.
The Sox had a season high 15 hits, and everyone is starting to get into "the swing of things." Boy, if this continues, the Sox are going to win a ton of games! Offensive standouts were Julio Lugo and his 4 hits, Alex Cora with his 2, (when will Tito make him a full-time player??), as well as Mike Lowell and Kevin Youklis. Cora's 2 hits brought his average up to a gaudy and hard to overlook (Tito!!) .432, and his play in the field is unsurpassed. All in all, a great game, fun for the fans who were there and for those of us watching NESN. The only thing that troubled me was Curt Schilling's performance. His last 2 starts have been less than awe-inspiring, and yesterday he ran out of gas after 95 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. I hope he's OK. His next start will be against the red-hot Tigers. But first, one more game with the Birds. Josh Beckett versus Guthrie. And as we all know, adding to the excitement today at Fenway Park is the fact that Josh is going for a record-tying 8th straight victory. Fun times at Fenway with perfect weather for first place baseball.
Click on the title of this post for the Boston Herald's Tony Massarotti's article about one of the great strengths of this club....the bullpen. Paps, the Darkman, everyone...they make for great reading, so click on that title. And Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and moms-to-be out there. We love ya! What would we do without our moms? No need to answer. And any comments you have about the club, or Massarotti's 'pen article or anything Sox would be great to see. 2pm today, at that fine and fun place in the sun called Fenway Park. OUR place.
Oh, I almost forgot. For a full and unedited view of yesterday's box score, just scan down one post......th..th..th..that all folks! Go Josh...number 8 is waiting for you. And I know we have some pop left in the lumber.