I guess David Ortiz' at-bat in sixth inning sums up last night. He hit a bomb that some estimated might have gone 450 feet. But it hit one of those speakers at the top of the Metrodome, and Papi ended up with a single. Totally ridiculous. Manny Ramirez then hit into a double play to end the inning. The Sox scored three late runs, but it was not enough to catch the Twins, 5-3.
The only good thing about this series is that the Red Sox won't have to play in Minnesota the rest of this season. The Twins are getting a new open air stadium in suburban Minneapolis, and it can't come any sooner. That place is the Sox' House of Horrors, and I look forward to the day they set the dynamite charges to the place.
The Red Sox traded David Riske to the White Sox for minor league lefty reliever Javier Lopez (not to be confused with the right handed catcher for the Orioles). Lopez saw time with Arizona and Colorado, and his numbers weren't terribly impressive. He was pitching lights-out at AAA, and the Sox went for it due to a need for a lefty in the pen. Is this guy the answer? I have no idea. Theo Epstein's track record on acquiring relief pitchers is spotty at best. We'll see.
The bats need a jump start, after the three day horror show in Minnesota. They scored just 6 runs in 30 innings this week. Manny and Papi went 3-for-24 in Minnesota. Jon Lester goes tonight in Atlanta. He'll be facing a fading Braves team that just got swept in Miami.
The Mets continued their torrid pace yesterday, beating the Phillies, 5-4. They won 9 of 10 on their just-concluded road trip. Their NL East lead is now 9 1/2. Interleague resumes again today and they take on the Orioles at Shea.
11 days until the big three-game showdown at Fenway.