Saturday, June 06, 2009
Lackluster defense, mediocre pitching, and no timely hits. Did the Red Sox forget they were finally playing at home again?
The Sox were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Julio Lugo will take a lot of crap for his defense, but Brad Penny was the one who gave up the homerun ball, not Lugo. And I'm far from a Lugo fan, I'm not defending him, I'm just clarifying that Brad Penny gave up the homer.
Julio Lugo does suck though. The signing of JD Drew has never been popular amongst Sox fans, but at least Drew plays solid defense (when he plays at all), and can go on hot streaks. Lugo's never impressed me at the plate or on the field.
I can't wait for Jed Lowrie to get healthy so we have a .200 hitting, dependable short-stop. Speaking of Lowrie, he's ready enough to take batting practice.
John Smoltz is also making a rehab start for AAA Pawtucket today.
Man of the Game:
Kevin Millwood - 7 IP, 0 ER
Brad Penny: 0.6
Julio Lugo: 0.2
Mike Lowell: 0.2
Tonight at 7, Jon Lester looks to get a good start against a team that doesn't come from Ontario. He faces converted reliever Derek Holland.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa