Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Old Man Rivera Keeps Rolling Along

Just one of those days, as the Bombers had too much for the Sox tonight. Mariano Rivera had his cutter running in on lefthanders tonight and shut down the Sox late game rally.

A-Rod had an insurance homer earlier, one which he somehow 'lost' off the bat, thinking he popped it up. Amazing.

Jerry Remy was spot on with the commentary, particularly concerning Scott Proctor's lack of control, which cost him. Manny Ramirez gave his a Proctorology visit with a long tater into Conig's Corner.

Remarkably, the Sox came into the game with just 14 errors in 42 games. Was it 40 something errors that Butch Hobson made in 1978, playing with bone chips in his elbow. Butch Hobson? You haven't heard that name in awhile.

Johnny (BeGone) Damon led off the game with his 17th career game leadoff homer.

Good call by Demarlo Hale on the first run, a single to left by Mirabelli. Although Nixon got to third about the time Bernie Williams got the ball, Williams barely reached cutoff man A-Rod. I bet that with ten minutes of warmup that I can still throw better than Bernie. I bet that my daughter can throw better than he can (with five minutes of warmup).

Jonathan Papelbon came through with another Solsbury Hill inning, "BOOM-BOOM-BOOM, son, I've come to take you home."

And in Pawtucket, Jon Lester, apparently still on a pitch count, allowed one run, with three Ks and four BB in five innings against Louisville.

Jacoby Ellsbury had a pair of hits, including a homer, and his 9th steal of the year at Wilmington (High A), and appears to be on the fast track. With limited offense at Portland, the SeaDogs could use him, if the brass thinks he's dominating in the Carolina League.

I haven't seen much Craig Hansen statistics lately at www.minorleaguebaseball.com. I hope he's progressing.

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