The Red Sox Stir-Fry And Batter The Yankees 7-3
Mike Mussina looks like he's getting old. Actually, he seems like he's pitching his age! He gave up 5 hits in the first inning alone, along with 3 runs on a Manny NUCLEAR BOMB, and the Red Sox did what they had to do. They avoided any chance of a Yankee sweep. And that's just what that club from New York needed to start to get back into the AL East race. Julian Tavarez was again great, going 5 and two thirds 3 hit 2 run innings. And that's more than good enough for a number 5 starter. Heck, it's good enough for ANY starter, especially against the power-laden New York line-up
The Red Sox bullpen made their prescence known in the 6th inning and was again a little shaky, except for Javy Lopez, who has been throwing the ball really well. The Darkman pitched the 8th, walking 2 and allowing his first run to score since his first batter of the season. And then Paps came in to finish it, but needed 25 pitches, 4 less that Okajima. Both pitchers might be rested tonight, but with an off day tomorrow, I say go for the series win with everybody you have and push the Yankees further back. Anotherwords, give it your best shot. And we will! That's my guess.
The Red Sox move their record to a gaudy 31-14 while the Yankees fall to a rather ordinary, if that, 20-24. They're actually treading water. And if you tread water long enough, there are 2 possibilities. The first is that you'll be rescued. And the second, and much more dire, is this. You'll sink and die. I'm hoping for the latter, but you knew that.
Tonight, Curt Schilling takes on Andy Pettitte, another Yankee pitcher who we usually hit well. Wouldn't that be sweet? Another victory over those pinstripers. For the Yankees this is a big game, at least as big as a game can be this early in the season.
Click on the title for more on Mussina and his troubles. And for those of you who emailed the Herald's Michael Silverman with your vote in support of Hideki Okajima's possible new nickname "The Darkman," I thank you. For those of you who haven't had the chance, please take 5 minutes and do it right now. Here's his email addy. Just tell him you like the Darkman name and where you heard it from. You'd make this guy, your author (me??) who writes about our Sox, very happy. Here is his email addy..... firstname.lastname@example.org/ THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! I love every one of you.