Friday, June 12, 2009

Long but Exciting

Not many thirteen inning baseball games can hold your attention, but the Sox-Phils marathon did tonight. The game had a number of highlights, twists, and turns, and hair-raising moments for the Hose.

  • John Lester became the first Sox left-hander to have three consecutive ten strikeout games. We're including Babe Ruth here, Mel Parnell, Bruce Hurst, Bill Lee, and Rogelio Moret, too. Lester's brilliance got lost in the shuffle.
  • Six Sox pitchers gave up five hits in thirteen innings.
  • Dustin Pedroia went 0-7.
  • David Ortiz played first, but won't win any Gold Gloves.
  • Nick Green made a pretty 6-3 double play against the speedy Jimmy Rollins.
  • Ramon Ramirez moved down the pecking order surrendering a ninth inning titanic game-tying homer to Ryan Howard. It happens.
  • Dave Roberts noted (correctly) that the Sox had lost momentum and energy; the Sox promptly rallied.
  • Justin Masterson surrendered (almost) the game-winning three run homer in the 12th. It was a hair.
  • The Sox pushed across three runs in the thirteenth, courtesy of an Ellsbury single, a Nick Green sac fly, and mixed in, a single by (crickets) Julio Lugo. Good job.
  • Daniel Bard, he of the 99 mph fastball, struck out the side in the ninth, earning his first save, with a walk and hit batsman mixed in. Cripes, who wouldn't be afraid of hitting against a guy who has that kind of stuff, and variable idea where it's going.
The Sox have the second best record in the majors, after the Dodgers.*

About the only thing I didn't see tonight was (another) coyote in my backyard.

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