The Red Sox are now down to their final series. They’ll host the Orioles for three games and just like that, the season will be over with. Sigh.
The Red Sox moved temporarily back into second place on Tuesday with a win over the Devil Rays. Curt Schilling made his final start of the season and he improved to 15-7. He struck out nine in seven innings of work. Big Papi, David Ortiz hit homerun number 54 and he drove in three runs in the 5-1 win.
Yesterday was plain ugly. Josh Beckett was hammered for eight runs in 6 2/3 innings. In the meantime, the offense was held to a measly five hits in the 11-0 shutout.
It’s come to this. Just two years removed from a World Series and the Red Sox find themselves in third place in the AL East and not even ten games over .500. In the meantime, our archnemisis is rolling into the post season and has a chance to win their first World Series since 2000.
Friday’s game was encouraging. Juan Tavarez threw a complete game seven hitter as he improved to 4-4. Mike Lowell had the big hit. His two run shot in the second inning set the stage for the 7-1 win.
It all went downhill from there. We had a close game on Saturday, a blowout on Sunday and the Red Sox were shutout on Monday. While I love baseball, I kind of want this season to end. Just five more games and none of them are against contenders. Next up is two against the Rays.
Well, the Red Sox are down to their final nine games. No playoffs, but they finish the season in the friendly confines of Fenway Park next week. Hopefully the fans come out and cheer on this team that’s given them a lot to cheer about the past three seasons. And don’t forget, the Red Sox will be back next year.
Tim Wakefield was hit hard and early on Tuesday. He gave up six runs in only 3 1/3 innings. On offense, Doug Mirabelli and Eric Hinske both had two hits and an RBI in the 7-3 loss.
Wednesday was more of the same. David Ortiz hit his 50th homerun and that was about the only highlight of this game. Curt Schilling pitched five great innings but the bullpen (i.e. Craig Hansen), let the game get out of hand. There’s no doubt that Hansen’s rookie season has been a disaster. This is supposed to be the guy who’s our closer of the future so hopefully he works on things in the offseason.
Finally, Josh Beckett picked us up. He threw eight shutout innings and David Ortiz hit homeruns number 51 and 52 in the Red Sox 6-0 win. Ortiz broke Jimmie Foxx’s Red Sox single season homerun record (50) that stood for almost 70 years. And most of the damage was done against probably Cy Young winner Johan Santana.
Next up is a four game wrap around series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
It’s sad that it’s come to this. The Red Sox rolled into Yankee Stadium in a September series, and it didn’t mean anything for either team. The Red Sox won’t be playing once the regular season ends and the losses were just a road bump for the Yankees in what will be another division title.
Friday’s game was rained out so that forced a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend. Game one went to the Red Sox. Josh Beckett threw a solid game and he won his 15th game of the season. Mark Loretta had two hits and two runs and David Ortiz reached base five times with two hits and three walks in the 5-2 win.
Game two was the lone loss. Julian Taverez was bounced after five mediocre innings and the pen didn’t hold on to the lead. Alex Gonzalez and Coco Crisp each had two RBIs in the 7-5 loss. Craig Breslow took the loss and he’s now 0-2.
Sunday, things went even better. David Ortiz hit his 49th homerun of the season and Kevin Youkilis had two hits and three RBIs in the 6-3 win. Kyle Snyder pitched five solid innings but he didn’t get a decision. The win went to Bryan Corey.
The Red Sox came from behind to beat the Yankees in the series finale. The game winner came in the top of the tenth when Mark Loretta drove home Alex Cora to make it 5-4. So goes the final game against our hated arch rival.
Next up is three against the Twins so the Red Sox could still play spoiler.
I know, maybe I’m just slow but I’m getting used to the fact that there won’t be October baseball for the Red Sox this year. Even finishing in second place isn’t a certainty. The last time the Red Sox didn’t finish in at least second in the AL East was 1997.
I think the voters are going to use the Red Sox second half struggles to job David Ortiz again for the MVP, but we’ll see. At the very least, it’ll be a lot closer then it should have been.
Would it mean anything if the Red Sox beat the Yankees this weekend? I say it will, at least it will to me.
Man, I kind of wish this season would end because every week brings worse news. This weekend, the Royals scored ten runs on the Red Sox not once, but twice.
Friday’s game almost had a happy ending. Down 8-3, the Red Sox scored six runs in the eighth inning to make it 9-8. The inning was capped off by by David Ortiz’s two run single that gave the Red Sox the lead. Unfortunately, with Jon Papelbon on the shelf, the ninth inning is no longer safe. Mike Timlin gave up two runs in the ninth and just like that, the Red Sox lost the game. Ortiz finished the 10-9 loss with four RBIs.
Yesterday’s game was just as bizarre. The Red Sox scored two runs in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4 and the game eventually went into extra frames. Then in the top of the twelth, the Royals scored six runs to blow the game out. Craig Breslow took the loss but most of the damage came against Manny Delcarmen. Dustin Pedoria hit his first career homerun in the 10-4 loss.
Finally the ship righted itself today. Wily Mo Pena had three hits and two RBIs and David Ortiz was two for two with three walks, two RBIs and three runs. Ortiz also hit homerun number 48. Julian Tavarez wasn’t great, but he picked up the win because of the solid run support.
The Red Sox get tomorrow off then they head over to Baltimore for three.
This looks like it’s going to be “too little, too late.” The Red Sox put together a nice series but at this point, a sweep was almost neccesary. At ten games over .500, the Red Sox now trail the Twins by six games with 22 left to play.
The Red Sox needed ten innings to win on Monday. Mike Lowell doubled home Manny Ramirez in the ninth inning to send the game into extra frames and then Carlos Pena hit a walk off homerun in the tenth to win it. Julian Tavarez was solid in 6 1/3 innings and Mike Timlin picked up the win.
Kason Gabbard had the best start of his young career on Tuesday. He threw seven innings of shutout ball and he and Mike Timlin combined for a four hit shutout. The only run of the game came when Coco Crisp singled home Trot Nixon in the fourth inning.
Yesterday’s game was pretty ugly. The White Sox had all eight of their runs by the fourth inning and Kyle Snyder didn’t even last three innings. Coco Crisp’s solo homerun was the only run of the game for the Red Sox.
Next up is three against the Royals. A sweep is needed so hopefully the boys will get the job done.
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