Other than both men being the best RED SOX starting pitchers in the 2010 season, they have both had the rare opportunity to be in the spotlight for pitching No-Hitters for their team at the starts of their professional careers. Buchholz and Lester are stellar athletes and wonderful representatives of their team, as well as the new 2011 line of CHARITY WINES brought to us by Andrew Graff’s Winchendon Massachusetts-based Longball Cellars/VinLozano Imports.
Maybe it was a “Pep Talk” given by Francona in the privacy of the clubhouse, or Curt Young’s finally bonding with his pitching starters…or maybe the guys just finally CLICKED together, not sure which…..but glad it happened !! The bats are waking-up too, so the little voice in my brain is shouting: LOOK-OUT MLB (the Sox are armed and dangerous)
After a near-miraculous sweep of the Anaheim Angels this week at Fenway Park, the boys are riding high on a cloud. Let’s hope it lasts through the weekend, one that could have a significant impact on the Red Sox’s standing in the AL East. The Yanks rolled into Beantown last night on quite a winning streak of their own, they have won 7 of their last 8 games, and are in 2nd place in the tough-as-nails AL East standings as of right now.
After a tough game yesterday in Minneapolis, the Sox came home last night to cold, raw temps and the possibility of rain and snow for Friday night’s game. What would’ve been a 190th win for veteran pitcher Tim Wakefield, in his 16th year in the major leagues….turned-out to be a shutout win for the Twins, and a disaster for the Sox.
Venturing out to Fenway Park on Friday night to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Boston Red Sox on 9/11/09 did not turn out as originally-planned….
….And then the rain picked-up, and the drizzle turned to showers, which turned to downpours!
Not looking good. Waiting in the concourse for word from umpires…POSTPONED
There will be a Double-Header on Sunday 9/13/09 between Tampa and Boston. No longer Lester vs. Shields now Buchholz vs. Garza at 12:00pm
(Great Action Shot, huh ?) Graza was very good, but had no run support.
One of the day’s heroes: MVP Mr. Dustin Pedroia (Double & HR)
Trouble for Tampa (lost 11 in a row as of 9/14/09) Losing Kasmir (SP) & Pena (1B) taking it’s toll on the team.
Red Sox Win 3-1 and later in the day, take game 3 and sweep the Tampa Bay Rays!
– Fenway Fruitgirl 9/13/09 May The Sox Be With You . . . . .
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The series at home (Fenway) against the 1st place in Central AL division Detroit Tigers went well until I got to the park on Thursday afternoon for game 4 of the series. Did not have that spring in my step when I walked into the park that afternoon when I heard the lineup. Drew, Pedroia, and Varitek not playing – and Youkilis on suspension. (After he tackled Porcello near the mound upon being hit-again!)
The Sox were shutout of the game that day with a 0-2 loss in game 4…no sweep.
Onto Texas, fingers crossed and prayers muttered throughout game 1 in the uber-important series against our closest rival for the AL Wild Card race. Lester pitched a decent game (aside from 1st inning) 11K, but not much going on bat-wise until late in the game. The bats woke up in a huge way (Ortiz,Varitek,Ellsbury,Pedroia,Martinez,Bay and Drew) to miraculously end the game at 8-4 Sox !! Very impressive teamwork.
I won’t even discuss the ridiculous decision Tito made to insert Buchholz in as pinch runner for my Captain on 2nd, and his subsiquent hesitation and debocle running home that almost cost us the game !!!!!! Focus … Terry … Focus.
Boston Red Sox are now 1.5 games up over the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card Race, and in 2nd place in the AL East behind the New York Yankees. Have faith.
– fenway fruitgirl
Short painful 2 game series with the pesky Tampa Bay Rays is over and done. I do not understand why those fans ring cowbells, do they attract Sting Rays in the ocean? Other than “OUCH” there is not very much to say about the short sweep, other than why pitchers don’t just walk Pena??? He may have the lowest batting average on the lineup right now,but he is a dangerous home run hitter…and it’s always wise to minimize damage and prevent him from hitting those homers, and driving his fellow team mates who are on base accross home base with him, right?
Lester certainly had Longoria’s number. Evan was unable to get anything done with Jon on the mound on Tuesday. Speaking of Tuesday’s game and Jon Lester, it was the 5th time this year that our young LHP had 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Nice.
Young CF Jacoby Ellsbury is about to surpass his total stolen bases for 2008. He is in 2nd place in the MLB behind Carl Crawford.
Tonight’s game matchup and lineup makes me a bit queasy, but I will watch the game with a strong cocktail in my hand and grin and bear it for my team. Veteran pitcher John Smoltz takes the mound against young Yank Joba Chamberlain in the Bronx just after 7:00pm tonight with Victor Martinez scheduled to catch. It’s Martinez’s first taste of the rivalry in person. Jason Bay will not play for 2 games because of his hamstring problem.
Friday night’s game will be one of those “Gotta Watch” games of the summer, every sports bar on the East Coast will have that one on, and rightly so. Ace Josh Beckett takes the mound against A.J. Burnett, and the fireworks will begin! Go get him Josh!
Saturday night’s matchup is another queasy and uneasy game to avoid or bear on FOX with Clay “Don Knotts” Buchholz against C.C. Sabathia in the House of Pain.
It will all end-up on Sunday with a classic matchup of our horse Jon Lester taking the mound against Andy Pettitte. That game will be televised on ESPN. Should be a very good game to watch.
Then, home they go to Boston to play a 4-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers from August 10-13, then off again to Texas.