Tuesday, June 03, 2008
ORTIZLESS SOX STILL ABLE TO PUT UP RUNS
As we all know, David Ortiz is out for at least a month due to a tendon tear in his left wrist. But the Red Sox were able to produce some runs last night and beat the (Devil) Rays 7-4.
Five different Sox had RBIs, and 5 different Sox scored runs. JD Drew had a big night, going 2 for 3 with a double and a solo homerun. Mike Lowell also homered. With Ortiz out of the lineup, these two guys will be under the most pressure to produce runs.
Although Justin Masterson allowed 4 runs in his 6 innings, he pitched well for the most part. He's now 2-0, and has looked good in all of his starts. He might just prove to be a secret weapon down the stretch. And despite the struggles of Javier Lopez, the bullpen was great.
With Ortiz out, each win the Sox can amass is even more impressive and meaningful. Losing Ortiz sucks, obviously, but it isn't the end of the world. If the Sox can stay in the race while Papi is missing, then they'll have the ammunition to win it in the late summer and early fall.
I really would like to get the entire story of this guy's evening:
He started off the night donning a Larry Bird jersey, and pulling his black socks up. He ended it in jail. I think the middle act of that story is probably a fascinating one.
Josh Beckett vs. Edwin Jackson Wednesday night.
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