Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Number 499 Wasn't Enough

It was a strange night for the Red Sox in Seattle on Tuesday night. Manny Ramirez finally got the "498" taken off this blog by clubbing a three-run homer in the seventh inning to tie up the game with the Mariners at 3. But Mike Timlin kept up his terrible record at Safeco Field, as he gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to give Seattle a 4-3 win. The Sox are now 1-4 on this current 10-game swing.

Daisuke Matsuzaka didn't look sharp at all, and allowed two runs in the first and one in the third, before leaving the game before the bottom of the fifth with what was at first thought to be a hip or back problem. The Red Sox later said it was shoulder fatigue. His next start is scheduled to be in Baltimore on Monday, and his status for that is currently unknown.

The bullpen did a fine job after Dice-K left, as they pitched four shutout innings before Timlin gave up the winning run in the ninth. Sarge is now 0-6 with an ERA over 10.00 lifetime at Safeco.

Both Julio Lugo and manager Terry Francona got tossed from the game after Lugo argued with ump Angel Hernandez (an umpire of questionable ability) on a third strike that Hernandez said Lugo had swung at. Tito came out after Lugo was thrown out and gave the ump a piece of his mind too, and was ejected for the first time all season.

The Red Sox try to win the series tonight with Tim Wakefield on the hill against Erik Bedard.

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