Thursday, August 04, 2005

Game 107: Eight Is Great

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 11, Kansas City Royals 9

It's not often we go 8 segments before mentioning the opposing team's starter, but that's what happens when the Kansas City Royals are in town!
- Tom Caron

I dont know [D.J. Carrasco]. His numbers are ok, I guess...but he doesnt strike people out...but I guess is stuff is pretty good or he wouldn't be in the big leagues. - Dennis Eckersley

The Cap'n, Post-Grand Salami Numero Uno

Eight is great for the offense, anyway. On the day of a rough outting for Matt Clement (five innings, six runs, five hits, four walks, five strikeouts on 103 pitches), Boston's bats not only recovered from a four run deficit, but overcame it handily to over come the Royals for the third time in a row, the first time Boston has swept six games at home since 1988. The majority of the runs came in an eight run outburst in the fourth with two outs, when two errors by the second baseman Gotay, five walks (one intentional) by two pitchers, a double by Edgar Renteria and Jason Varitek's first career grand slam put the Sox on top nine to five. KC starter Carrasco lasted three and 2/3rds innings, giving up five runs on one hit with seven walks. As my boss put it, the Sox pulled off some Yankee-style wins (good hitting, poor pitching) over the past two games, which is bad itself, but hopefully just a product of two pitchers coming off of minor injuries and not a symptom of failings in the pitching staff.

Although Renteria felt well enough to play last night (well enough to go three for four with two doubles and four RBI), Manny Ramirez was scratched with eye inflammation. He will be in tonight's game, batting in his usual spot. In Manny's place, Roberto Petagine batted fourth, leading to three David Ortiz walks (including the intentional one in the fourth) and went zero for three with a walk. Petagine hit the ball very hard, but had a lot of first pitch swings - presumably the result of nervousness. I have a feeling Tito will give him a few more chances to settle down before figuring out what to do with the platoon of Millar, Olerud (who's traveling with the team) and Petagine.

Sox start a three game set against Minnesota tonight at 7:05, Guns and Corn versus Brad Radke. GO SOX!!!

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