Monday, May 05, 2008


Daisuke's pitching line for this game was Jon Lesteresque. 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 109 pitches. Matsuzaka actually had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the 4th with two outs. He pitched around those 8 walks, but he failed to go deep into the game.

I would have liked to see Francona leave Daisuke in there for another inning. The Sox had a 4 run lead to work with, Daisuke was pitching well despite the walks, and the bullpen needs all the help it can get. Daisuke is a physical freak, his arm simply doesn't get tired at 100 pitches like everyone else. It's time to use that to our advantage.

Craig Hansen came in and looked sharp in the 6th. But he struggled mightily in the 7th, forcing Okajima into the game. Hideki allowed a single that scored two runs and made it a 5-3 game. Okajima is carrying a nice 0.64 ERA, but has allowed 8 of 10 inherited runners to score. He only let 4 of 28 score on him last year.

Ortiz and Lowell appear to be getting into the swing of things. Papi was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and a solo homerun. Lowell was 3 for 5 with a single, double, and 2 run homer.

Tim Wakefield goes against Nate Robertson Tuesday night.


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An argument about the Red Sox and Yankees got out of hand in a Nashua bar early morning Friday. Ivonne Hernandez, a Nashua native and Yankee fan, allegedly ran down a pair of Red Sox fans with her car after arguing about the rivalry inside the bar. One, a 29 year old from Nashua, died of head trauma on Saturday. The other, a 21 year old woman, is recovering from minor injuries. Police say a lack of skidmarks indicate that the accident was no accident.

This is a classic case of passion for sports going too far. This isn't just a Red Sox/Yankees thing. It's also an example of extreme stupidity. What does someone expect, being a Yankee fan in New Hampshire, and driving around in this car?

That's asking for an argument. And when the inevitable drama ensues, one has to be mature and intelligent enough to withstand some insults without going over the edge. But apparently, Ivonne Hernandez didn't think that far ahead.

Fighting over sports, to me, is completely acceptable behavior. But there has to be some rules. Weapons shouldn't be used AT ALL. And fights should be offered, then accepted by both parties. And numbers between fighting groups should be even, so there's no 5 on 1 beat-downs. Running down someone with your car, or cheap-shotting some guy on the street (as a Bruin fan did to a Montreal fan a few weeks ago) is deplorable behavior, and should be brutally punished.

Hernandez is being charged with reckless second-degree murder, aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of reckless conduct. I'd also throw in first degree stupidity, which isn't a crime, but it should be.


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