Comerica The Beautiful...Red Sox 5 Tigers 1
With its smaller than ever outfield dimensions, Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan must be one of Kevin Youkilis' favorite places to play baseball. He hit his fourth home run of the four game set Thursday night to back the solid seven innings of pitching from Josh Beckett. Beckett made some sort of correction in his pitching motion, and it seemed to work - he walked no one. He had this to say...
“There’s somebody back home,” said Beckett, “who has been watching me since I was 14 years old and knows me better than anybody. They were the one who saw something. “I’m just trying to get to where I need to be,” he said.
Peter here, and he was where WE need him to be last night. He was flat out brilliant, going seven strong and giving up a lone run on six hits. He walked nobody and threw 102 pitches. Craig Hansen followed with a clean eighth inning and Manny Delcarmen surrendered one hit in an eleven pitch ninth. If Hansen can give us a clean inning often, just ONE inning, mind you, he would be a HUGE boost to the bullpen and would take some pressure off of Okajima and Papelbon. Keep it going, Craig, one inning at a time. We need you!
The Red Sox were again in double figures for hits, with Coco Crisp collecting three safeties and Ellsbury, Lowell and Big Papi David Ortiz two apiece. A balanced attack was combined with fine pitching to make a wonderful victory stew, savory and delicious, a concoction I'd like to enjoy, oh, 108 times this season. MMMM, smell the aroma, a mix of hot dogs and beer and mustard and clam chowder and huge winning smiles - smiles for this 2008 Boston team!
Boston travels south to Minnesota for another four game matchup. Minnesota, home of my wonderful and sweet girlfriend Nadia, who will not be able to make the trip from Cold Spring (about two hours) to Minneapolis because of classes and work, is the home of the Central Division leading Twins. But Nads wears her Red Sox 2008 World Championship sweatshirt, red, of course, proudly. She also owns a couple other pieces of Sox apparel, but I won't go into that here. The upcoming pitching matchups, matchups that favor Boston almost every time, are coming right up...
Friday: Jon Lester vs. Boof Bosner
Saturday: Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Glen Perkins (season debut)
Sunday: Timmy Wakefield vs. Nick Blackburn
Monday: Clay Buchholz vs. Livian Hernandez
Only Livian Hernandez has a better than .500 record, but strange things happen at the Ugly Dome...oops, METRODOME. The Sox are in first place with a 23-14 record. It would be so nice to get to ten games over the five hundred mark, so GO JON! If you wish, click on the title of this post for the Boston Globe homepage. Enjoy your Friday and the upcoming weekend, and I'd love to answer any and all of your comments/questions/queries. As always, BE WELL.