Blue Jay Way
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox on Friday night by a score of 6-3. JD Drew picked up where he left off before his back injury, knotting the game at three in the top of the seventh. But the bullpen couldn't hold it, with Frank Thomas' two run double off Manny Delcarmen in the bottom of the frame being the difference maker. Little Manny had this to say after his outing...
“One pitch away,” he said. “That’s baseball. It’s early.
Tim Wakefield, in his first start of 2008, was more than respectable, going six innings and allowing those first three runs. Here is the complete Red Sox pitching summary...
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
T. Wakefield 6.0 6 3 3 3 4 1 4.50
D. Aardsma (L, 0-1) 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 5.40
J. Lopez 0.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 9.00
M. Delcarmen 1.2 3 1 1 0 1 0 2.45
B. Corey 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.45
Timmy was outpitched by Toronto starter Shaun Marcum and the team from Canada emerged victorious. The Sox only collected four hits-you can't win many games that way. But it was nice to continue to see a hot and powerful JD Drew. We'll get 'em today, I hope, with Clay Buchholz making his first start of the year. Let's hope that Colon's masterful performance is not on his mind when he takes the mound shortly after 1pm est today. His future is ahead of him. He is NOT pitching for his life, just for his team. If he has to go to Pawtucket for more seasoning, so be it. Colon might be able to help us in a huge way, and the rotation will need it. I know he (Colon) has had only one outstanding outing, and that was against a Triple A club, but his velocity, his control and his location were superb. I, for one, expect great things from him. Honestly, we can't expect a non-surgery-repaired Schilling to be of any value to the club this year. Of course, we all wish him the best and hope that he shines in the second half, but the Sox have to think of a capable fifth starter NOW, before one is needed in about ten days. I have faith Bartolo is the answer. I HOPE he will be. I really do. We're do for a great surprise of some kind.
My Constant Readers, thanks for visiting yet again on this dark and rainy (that's all it ever does these days!) Saturday morning. Please click on the title of this post for the Boston Herald's full wrap-up of last night's less than stellar effort. Have a great weekend, and as always, be well. GO SOX! Forever.