Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sox suffer another Royal beating, in 12

A rag-tag bunch of nobodys kill the Sox again

Jeff Keppinger. A 26-year old veteran of 40 career games with 124 ABs and 3 career home runs, all in 2004 with the Mets- the last time he was in the Major Leagues. They don't even have a photo of him in his bio page on, but I dug one up of Mr. Obscurity. It was his 3-run "little fly" around Pesky's Pole in the 12th inning off Manny Theo won't trade me Delcarmen that sent the Sox home losers to the lowly Royals for the 5th straight time. The Royals, still currently the worst team in baseball, record-wise (54-89).

But you sure can't tell it from the way they jerked the Sox all over the yard in their second consecutive heart-stomping win. Last night it was a 9th inning rally that incinerated Boston's 6-run 8th inning uprising. Tonight they jumped out to two early 2-run leads (2-0, 4-2) thanks to some garbage pitching from Beckett. He went 8 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits, needing 110 pitches and only struck out 3 batters. Royals batters. But the Sox tied it in the 7th on RBIs from Youk and recently activated Willy Mo, and then it was on to "free baseball" (fans should demand a refund for this one).

Craig Breslow gave up a leadoff double to David DeJesus and Tito summoned MattapanManny from the pen. After an intentional walk and a double steal, Keppinger knocked his homer. But just to rub it in the Royals loaded the bases on 2 hit batters and a double, and another double by the immortal Andres Blanco (71 ABs this season) drove all the Royals and all the fans home.
Possibly for the rest of the season.

Wow. It can't get much worse than this, can it?

Oh yeah, somebody named Joe Nelson, a 32-year old veteran of 40 IP split between 2001, 2004 & 2006 got the win.

His first career victory.

His 2004 cup-of-coffee was with Boston.

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