1. Screaming bye. Darnell McDonald prevented the Fenway fateful from going home screaming "bye" with an eighth inning homer and walk-off wall-scraper in the ninth to win it. Tonight, the Cincinnati Kid added another homer to double his career output (4) with a pair of Sox taters. Big Mac also threw out a runner at the plate earlier.
2. The Pitch is Back. Quit your pitching; son of a pitch, the Sox starting pitching continues to struggle with quality starts seen less often than peregrine falcons. An unlucky seven runs (six earned) in seven innings from Josh Beckett.
3. Overdrew. J.D. Drew tripled his season RBI total with a grand slam, and Jason Varitek, who came in hitting a ton, got mean reversion tonight with the Golden Sombrero (four strikeouts). Meanwhile, the Sox have curtailed the Rangers' running game (nine last night), holding the Texans to only three so far tonight. The Red Sox catchers last threw out a runner during the Bush administration. Which one?
4. Grand design. Every time we seem to watch, it seems as though there are more signs and banners at Fenway. Somehow I expect a pregame television tour of the signs and a discussion of where we can go from here. Let's see:
- Mowed into the outfield: "Scott's"
- In the second base dirt: "Bounty"...the quicker picker up.
- The "Trojans" pitching rubber.
- The "Monster.com" left field wall
- The "Goldman Sachs" BULL pen
5. Hitless Wonders...Sell Your Soul to the Devil? How often do you see, in a 7-7 game, that in the past five innings, the teams have combined for one hit? Mike Lowell replaced David Ortiz against the left-hander Matt Harrison, and responded with a home run and later with an RBI single. The Sox break up that spell (eighteen in a row retired by Ranger relievers) with a Scutaro single. A strange game only gets strangers. But it's a Cray Cray sports night, with Satan bailing out the Bruins in double OT.