Thursday, April 17, 2008
JUST PLAIN UGLY
If you score 9 runs, you're not only supposed to win, you're supposed to win with ease. Instead, the Red Sox lost horribly 15-9 in the Bronx.
Last night's Yanks/Sox debacle saw 24 total runs, 30 hits, and 11 walks. And an error. The starting pitchers (Wang and Buchholz) combined for 7.2 IP, 17 hits, 15 earned runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts and 2 homeruns.
The Red Sox sent 11 men to the plate in the 5th and took a 9-7 lead in what appeared to be yet another improbable comeback win. But Julian Tavarez whizzed it down his legs by allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the frame. Later, any chance at a 9th inning game inning rally was dashed by Mike Timlin, as he allowed 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th.
It's time to face the possibility that Mike Timlin is done. He's 42, has over 1,100 innings and 1,000 appearances under his belt, and just doesn't seem to have anything this year.
One small bright spot of this loss is that David Aardsma appears to be the real deal. Perhaps he can fill the void that may be left by Timlin.
Beckett faces Mussina tonight.
This might be the gayest Yankee picture ever:
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