Wednesday, August 06, 2008
J.B. NIGHT IN K.C.
Jason Bay led a rare offensive explosion on the road, going 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles, a pair of runs, and a pair of RBI. Josh Beckett provided an equally rare Quality Start on the road, going 6.2 innings and allowing 2 runs. All of this and more combined for an 8-2 Red Sox win. It was the first time the Sox won a road game by more than 4 runs since July 3rd.
David Ortiz went 1 for 5 with an RBI single, but he still seems to be struggling. He's 2 for 20 in August. In other words, he's 2 for 20 since Manny was traded. Some (Rick Sutcliffe) have been suggesting the lack of Manny Ramirez's protection in the lineup is hurting him. But it didn't hurt him much last September, or in September of 2006. These were the last lengthy Ramirez injuries/vacations, and Ortiz continued to hit well. Most likely, he has been hampered by his nagging wrist problem, which he could even hear clicking the other night as he swung.
Tim Wakefield vs. Luke Hochevar in the rubber game.
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