Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 147 Recap

Game 147
Press PassBox Score Play - by - PlayGame Recap

Tampa Bay400000000490
W: J. Papelbon (1-2) L: A. Reyes (2-3)
HR ➢ Bos: D. Ortiz - 2 (26) TB: B. Upton (24)

☼ Sun - PAPI - Two home runs for all of the runs
☁ Cloud - Reyes - His third blown loss this year

Game thoughts!

So I sat down ready to watch and do a little bit of talking over at Of course this being a game that Lester was starting it seemed like the game had barely started and Sox were down by four runs, not a good way to start the night.

Lester's line for the night - 93 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, walking 4 and striking out 5 and allowing all of the runs in this game. Hey bonus baby, my advice is for you to go buy that bullpen some fine wine and steaks, because basically you sucked in this game.

Oh, yeah, you might also go over and give that guy known as Big Papi a great big bear hug. Steaks might be good for him also, bud because that is the only reason why you still have a zero in your loss column.

As for Papi, what more can you ask of the guy. In the third with two on and no outs he deposited a pitch into the bullpen. Just like that the Sox had some life and were only trailing by one. It was now a ball game.

Of course since I am telling Lester to buy various people some good food and wine, he needs to make sure that Julian "Sexy Lips" Tavarez is very happy. After being up twice early in the game, Francona brought him into the game in a very key situation. Top of the fourth men on the corners and the Sox needing to stay close, he got the job done. 2 1/3 innings later he was walking off the mound to a rousing ovation after retiring the first nine batters he faced. Yep, a good outing turned in by Julian.

MDC, Okajima and Papelbon finished the game by only allowing a hit in the eight batters they faced while walking none. Yep a good quality performance from the bullpen, the second game in a row.

Of course it wouldn't have been that important if the Sox had actually figured out how to hit Jackson. Another good start from him in this game. In fact it was the second straight quality start vs the Sox. A 6.00 ERA for the year and a 5.87 ERA vs the Sox lifetime and the Sox could only get the three runs off of Papi's bat.

Papi's bat struck again in the ninth. Thanks to a leadoff walk by Reyes to Lugo, the Sox had the tying run on base. Pedroia failed to advance him to second (which might very well have been a good thing since 1st base was occupied). Four pitches later this game was over as Delmon Young misplayed the ball that settled into the first row seats. Red Sox win, Red Sox win!
Player watch:
Lugo 1/4 .241
Crisp 1/3 .272
Drew 2/2 .263
♊ - Morbid and creepifing I can handle as long as we do it quiet like.

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