Thursday, August 28, 2008

Playing With the House's Money

The Red Sox concluded their best (and most important) road trip of the season with a loss, 3-2 at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. Giambalco took Hideki Okajima deep with a man on in the seventh to tie the score at 2. Then Roid Boy came up in the ninth with bases loaded against Jonathan Papelbon (who was just brought in with one out) and singled in the winning run.

The bullpen was very good for most of the road trip, but it still worries me.

Jon Lester was sensational today, as he allowed just five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He left with a 2-0 lead, but that disappeared with the home run. He bounced back nicely after the hammering he took in Toronto last Saturday. Mike Mussina pitched just as well, as he went seven innings, allowing just two runs.

It was a terrific trip for the Sox through the AL East, as they took 2 of 3 in Baltimore, Toronto and New York. I said before it started that the Sox needed to win at least 5, and they took 6. I would have been happy with just one victory in NY, but two is simply outstanding.

Now the Sox return to Boston to begin a homestand with Chicago and Baltimore.

The Joy of Sox has a very interesting article today about a Red Sox fan from Queens, Brad Campeau-Laurion, who was manhandled and kicked out of Yankee Stadium by Steinbrenner's Storm Troopers last night as he attempted to go to the men's room during the playing of "God Bless America." Check it out here.

Remember the words of the eminent social philosopher, Bill Lee:
"Every time I see a Yankees hat, I see a swastika just a little off kilter."
(Thanks to JoS for the quote.)

After the game today, the Red Sox scratched Josh Beckett from his scheduled start tomorrow night, and are sending to him to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama about his elbow. They say it's just a precaution, and Daisuke Matsuzaka will take his place Friday, and David Pauley will get the start Saturday.


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