Thursday, August 2, 2007
Sox Win, Yanks Lose, Rocket gets booed in Bronx
I don't know what I like better, watching the Red Sox win or watching the Yankees lose. It seems the Rocket is finally starting to show his age. Roger fell apart in the second inning against the White Sox giving up 8 runs. Watching him get booed off the mound in Yankee Stadium was especially nice. The Yankees would answer back to score 8 of their own in the bottom of the 2nd to end the day for White sox starter Garland. Luckily, former trade bait Jermaine Dye came up big today going 4 for 5 with two home runs to get the 13-9 win.
The sox were again able to rely on the incompetence of the O's bullpen as Rob Bell came in for the 7th inning and gave the sox the four runs necessary to win the game. Tim Wakefield made a quality start (7 IP 3 ER 6 H 1 BB) before passing the 8th and 9th to Okajima and Gagne. Okajima did give up a hit but was able to induce a double play on the next batter to end the inning. Gagne took over the closer role for tonight. He looked very impressive starting off the inning with back to back strikeouts of Kevin Millar and Miguel Tejada, but then a double from Aubrey Huff and a single from Payton gave up a run before Gibbons flied out to end the game. At first thought, this performance was a bit concerning, but the lead he was working with may have caused Gagne to pitch for contact and quick outs. I think I'll wait for an actual meltdown before I start freaking out.
The Red Sox start a 9 game road trip on the West Coast tomorrow with 3 games at Seattle, 3 games against the Angels and 3 games in Baltimore before coming back to Fenway for a series with AAA Tampa Bay on the 13th. The next 6 games are the roughest patch left in the sox schedule. Tomorrow's game is a late game, 10:05 PM start Horacio Ramirez (6-3 6.52 ERA) will match up against baseball's answer to Lance Armstrong Jon Lester.