Monday, April 17, 2006
Mark Freakin' Loretta, ladies and gentlemen!!!
The Red Sox took down their annual Patriots Day game with a 7-6 victory over the Mariners. DiNardo pitched solidly for a spot start, going 5 and allowing 2 runs. The bullpen was shaky and the defense was shaky, but the Mariners were even shakier. As predicted, this game came down to bullpens and ours came out on top. Barely. But still on top.
The Mariners were fortunate to even be in this game. Manny barely missed a homerun off the top of the Monster, Ortiz barely missed another one that took Ichiro to the wall in right.
Mark Loretta said in his post-game interview with WEEI that he has never hit a walkoff homer at any level in his career. Good time for his first one, I say.
Trot Nixon returned to the lineup with a vengeance. He went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. He scored twice. He looked fine on his legs with no signs of injury.
It was nice to see Manny Ramirez hitting again. He went 2 for 4 and was robbed of his first homer of the season by the left field wall.
The Man of the Game is David Ortiz who went 2 for 4 with a pair of homeruns. He came very close to having 3 of them. He knocked in 3 runs.
The best part about winning on Patriots Day is that I have the entire afternoon, evening, and night to bask in a victory.
Clement takes the mound against former Sox property Casey Fossum tomorrow night at 7.