Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bard Strikes Out 5 Straight

I thought I would have a positive headline for this post, because there wasn't much else to jump through hoops about north of the border last night.

Tim Wakefield had "the bad inning" last night and it was the fifth, allowing five runs, and that's all the Toronto Blue Jays needed to end their nine-game losing streak, 6-3. Even before the bad fifth, it wasn't going to be Wake's night. Wake was in trouble in the first, loading the bases with one out, but a DP ball got him out of trouble.

Every Red Sox regular had at least one hit, everyone except David Ortiz. Granted his first at-bat was a long drive that landed in front of the wall, just missing a grand slam, and his second was a scorching liner that Lyle Overbay made a great catch on. But we've been looking for "great signs" from Papi for weeks. Took the collar yet again last night, and is now 2-for-15 in the sixth slot. And his overall average is .189.

J.D. Drew hit a home run and he, Jason Bay and Julio Lugo had multi-hit games. But the best performance last night was by Daniel Bard. He pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of Wakefield and allowed just one walk. He struck out the last five hitters he saw, and looked dominant in the process.

The loss dropped the Red Sox into second place by half-game behind New York, as they beat the Indians in Cleveland, 3-1. It's the first time they have been in first this late in the season since 2006. (I'm sure they're planning the victory parade as I write this.)

Brad Penny takes the mound today in Toronto at 1 PM. MLB and their silly rules allows games at that time to be seen in their local markets only, so I'll be following on my computer via (Thanks Chris.)

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