Thursday, May 01, 2008
SOX SQUEEZE ANOTHER ONE OUT
The starting pitching on this team has really started to click. Daisuke came back from the flu with a vengeance, going 7 innings, allowing just 2 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs. Unfortunately for him, sparse offense and the struggling middle relief cost him the win.
Delcarmen pitched to one batter in the 8th, allowing a single. Then Okajima came in, allowed a double, and a sacrifice fly. That's Okajima's third blown save (even though the run got charged to Delcarmen) of the season. He had 2 blown saves in all of 2007. And if it weren't for a sensational diving catch by Brandy Moss (what he'll be called from now on), things could have been much worse.
But the Sox bats came up big in the 9th again. Ortiz singled, Manny walked, Lowrie pinch ran for Ortiz on second, Brandy Moss singled up the middle, but this time Vernon Wells came up with a great throw, and Greg Zaun blocked the plate Patrick Roy style to tag out Lowrie. But Varitek followed that play with another single up the middle, this time scoring the suddenly speedy Manny Ramirez.
Ortiz had one of those "maybe he's coming out of it" games, going 2 for 4 with a solo homer, and the single in the 9th. But we've seen this from him several times this year, so I'm not getting my hopes up.
The Sox go for the sweep Thursday night as Tim Wakefield takes the mound against AJ Burnett.
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