Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Say no-no: Sox suffer two defeats tonight

Not only did Chicago pound Boston 8-1, former Boston prospect Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter for the Marlins

The night was ugly enough inside the walls of Fenway for the Red Sox on Wednesday night: Chisox hurler Jose Contreras befuddled Boston's annoyingly inept offense to the tune of 8 innings of 4-hit,1-run, 9-strikeout ball; Coco had 3 of the 4 hits, one a home run in the 3rd that saved what could have been another shutout; Sox starter Kyle "Don't call me Bronson" Snyder got lit up like a roman candle (2.3IP, 7H, 5ER), and then Leapin' Lenny DiNardo followed suit(1.2IP, 5H, 3ER).

But the most embarrassing thing that happened to the club last night occurred over 1500 miles away down in sweltering Miami, where rookie righty Anibal Sanchez tossed a no-hitter against Arizona in his 13th career start. Those of us in the Nation know exactly who he is, but for those outside the Green Walls let me remind you that Sanchez was one of the players Boston sent to the Marlins, along with stud SS Hanley Ramirez in the Josh Beckett/Mike Lowell deal. How's that for a slap in the face Theo? Your boy "Ace" Beckett has barely won a game since Independence Day and Lowell is hitting about 30 points less since then as well, and meanwhile this kid you gave up is now 7-2 with a 2.89 ERA for a team in the thick of the Wild Card race. And he pitched the 1st No-No in the ML since the Artist Formerly Known as the Big Unit in 2004 and the 1st rookie since 2001.

Theo, what if I was to tell you that you could have a young arm in your rotation that could actually get people out and contribute to your playoff push this season not in "the future"? Would that be something that you might be interested in?

Excuse me while I go cry into my Jeff Bagwell Pawtucket Red Sox shirt.

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