After forty games the Sox are on pace to win 93 games, it just doesn't feel that way. Perhaps after 85 years in the desert, receiving a drink makes you thirstier.
David Wells returned to face 'Goliath' as the A's hammered him for 9 hits and 7 runs in an inning and two-thirds. There were no tickets available at the Oakland bat rack. We used to call that 'ouch my E.R.A." and Wells ballooned to 6.75 as Oakland pounded out thirteen runs and nineteen hits against Wells, Jeremi 'Going, Going' Gonzales, and 'Long' John Halama. The Sox got Eric-slapped by Eric Byrnes (four hits) and Eric Chavez four RBI as they lost their second consecutive series.
The Sox answered too little too late with a four-run eighth, after Jason Varitek (8) and Mark Bellhorn (2) had homered earlier.
Minor Details. At Portland, the Sea Dogs moved to 22-13 with a 1-0 shutout against Erie. Chris Smith led the talent-laden Dogs with seven innings of scoreless ball to lower his ERA in two appearances to 0.71. Dustin Pedroia had the game winning RBI playing shortstop with his tenth double.
John Papelbon lowered his ERA to 1.93 last night with 6 innings of two-hit ball, getting no decision. Papelbon and sidekick Jon Lester have combined for a 4-2 record in 80 innings, yielding only 64 hits, with 22 walks and 77 strikeouts. Help is coming.
Denny Tomori got a start for Pawtucket, but the PawSox lost 3-1 against Indianapolis. Chip Ambres had two doubles and a walk, raising his average to .382 for the PawSox. If Trot Nixon can't go, Ambres surely seems to be beating on the outfield door.
Anibal Sanchez (2.09) is 4-1 at Wilmington with 43 innings pitched 31 hits allowed (less than 7 per nine innings) with 64 strikeouts and only 6 walks. Teammate Jose Vaquedano is 2-0, with 28 hits allowed in 33 innings, ERA of 2.41 and 33 strikeouts with 7 walks.