Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sox had it, then lost it

Sox lose Game #2 of DH #1, 7-5

You knew the good times had to come to an end. But so quickly?
After having won 4 of their last 5 games including Game 1 of today's doubleheader, and having swiped the lead not once but twice(3-1, 5-3) from the Stanks in Game 2, the wheels came off the Sox' bus before you could say "where's Paplebon?"
Boston fought hard to take a 5-3 lead when Coco Crisp, making his first start in 5 games due to his sore finger, hit a 2-run double off The Artist Formerly Known as Big Unit in the 6th. It was sweet vindication for Crisp who was vilified in the Nation after Judas Demon came into Fenway and outplayed Coco in every facet of the game during the BM II. (BTW, Judas didn't play in this one).
But wouldn't you now it, after starter Julie Tavarez (who knew this guy should have been starting all along? not the Sox brass, that's for sure) gave the team another quality start (5 IP, 6H, 4 ER), the shaky Sox pen blew another lead. Now Julie knows how it feels I guess.
After allowing a leadoff walk to Georgie Posada in the bottom of the 6th Tito summoned Craig Breslow from the pen. He proceeded to hit Berine with a pitch and then gave a up a sac fly to Matsui and RBI single to Melky Cabrera and that was ballgame. Nice relief work, Breslow. Note: it's never a good thing when you hit the first guy you face. Especially with a man on.

So it's on to DH #2 starting tomorrow at 1:00. The Sox need a split if they want to spare the humiliation of seeing the Stanks clinch the AL East right in front of their faces. But in a way it would almost be poetic justice.

After all New York unofficially ended Boston's season 6 weeks ago at Fenway; why not officially extend theirs against the same team?
Whatever happened to 2004? it seems so very far,far away...

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