The Red Sox ran into a hot pitcher last night in Chien-Ming Wang and lost, 4-1 in the opening game of the three-game series with the Yankees last night. It was just one of those nights when you just tip your cap to a pitcher who threw a fine game, and turn the page and come out slugging the next day.
Clay Buchholz looked very good, as he went six innings, allowing just one run. He had one shaky inning, the fifth, when he walked three and the Yankees scored the one run off him. Mike Timlin, just off the DL, gave up a home run to Jason (Giambalco) Giambi, and they added two more runs. But their story was Wang, who allowed just a J.D. Drew home run and a bunt single to Coco Crisp in the ninth in pitching a two-hitter.
David Ortiz is now 3-for-39 on the season, as he took the collar again last night. You have to wonder about that mended he of his that he had surgery on after last season. He played hurt a good part of last season, but now you have to wonder. It's really affecting him, as Papi hasn't talked to the press after the last two games. But I still think at some point he will have that bust out game where he hits two moonshots and gets four hits in a game. Just hope it happens soon.
BTW, I was on the Boston Globe web site this morning, and I actually saw a thread started called "Francona Must Go." Yep, he's handled the bullpen so badly that it's time to fire the man who has brought two World Series titles to Boston in the last four years, a man who just got a deserved new contract, and is now acknowledged as one of baseball's best managers. Francona is probably the best Red Sox manager in my lifetime. So it's time to bounce him.
Yes, even the Red Sox have bonehead fans who own computers.