Wednesday, April 16, 2008
SOX FIND MORE LATE INNING MAGIC
You never know what the Sox are gonna give you this year. Last night, it was a solid Wakefield start, a kid making a big debut, some shoddy middle-relief, some good relief of the middle-relief, someone not named Papelbon getting a save, and one of the most frustrating Sox hitters to watch getting the big hit.
One thing that has been too consistent with the Sox is Tim Wakefield's drop in performance once he's pitched two times through a lineup. Like clockwork, that's when Cleveland's rally against Wakefield began. Thankfully, a double play ball ended the threat without too much damage being done.
Jed Lowrie made his Major League debut and racked up 3 RBI. His first came in the 5th and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead. His second and third came in the 7th with a bases loaded single to put the Sox ahead 3-2. That clicking sound you hear is Julio Lugo typing up his resume to get another job once 2008 is over.
Kevin Youkilis stayed red hot with a 2 for 4 night with a double, an RBI, and a run. His average is up to .385. Youk and Manny have 41.3% of the team's total RBI.
Hideki Okajima has still yet to allow an earned run.
Jason Varitek came up with the go ahead hit, a line drive, pinch hit homer in the top of the 9th. Although The Captain isn't hitting all that well so far, he's got 3 homeruns. Last year it took him until May 8th to reach 3 homers.
The Sox go to New York for an abbreviated series against the Yankees. Buchholz faces Wang tonight.
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