Saturday, June 14, 2008
SOX SHUT DOWN BY HARANG, LOSE 3-1
The road woes continue for the Red Sox. After a 7-2 homestand, yet another road trip has begun with a loss, this time against the 6th place team in the NL Central.
To be fair, the Red Sox lineup had a few alterations to it. Of course, in an NL ballpark without the DH, somebody has to sit. Jason Varitek missed the game due to strep throat, and he actually got stranded in Cleveland on his way to Cincinnati. Manny drove in the lone Sox run, but left the game early due to his nagging hamstring issue. Manny won't start in this afternoon's game. Youkilis also sat while Sean Casey played first base.
Without Manny, the Red Sox offense that only managed 5 hits and 1 run last night loses even more teeth. Don't bank on a victory for this afternoon's game, folks. Tim Wakefield is on the mound for the Sox, and he's up against Edinson Volquez. Volquez is just 9-2 with a 1.56 ERA and he leads the universe in strikeouts with 96.
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