Friday, June 16, 2006

Game 64: Legion of Dome

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 3, Minnesota Twins 5

Home of Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Carlos Silva and Jason Kubel

Eric is right. It HAS to be this awful dome. When Papi hit the 450ft SINGLE off the speaker, I knew this wasn’t ending well. When Silva (who up until tonight looked like he was going back to his job bagging groceries) kept every Sox hitter off 3rd base, there was no chance of it ending well. And when Manny (0-11 on the series) struck out as the tying run to end the game… well that’s all she wrote. Get away from this artificial hell hole before the Astroturf allergy turns fatal.

Wake got his “almost nada…sorry buddy” run support that he always gets. The low point of his performance was the solo shot he gave up to Jason Kubel in the 2nd inning. This Kubel guy has 5 homers on the year and 3 of them were in this series. Yeah, he owns us like that. After Wake got pulled after the 6th, the pen was ok… I guess. Tavarez pitched well in the 7th and when he walked the first batter in the 8th, Francona brought in Lopez for some new guy action. Man I forgot how much I hate watching a side-arm pitcher work. He let in the 5th run but managed to get out of the inning thanks to a double play. Welcome to the Red Sox buddy. Seanez and Tavarez finally have someone to haze.

The offence was just awful. Silva is (still) a 7+ ERA pitcher. They can’t hit this guy? You know your team is slumping when you look to Gonzo and Cora for clutch hits. Nathan came out in the 8th, then came back in the 9th to try to get his first 2 inning save. He looked totally spent by the time the tying run came to the plate, but as I already said, he had just enough in the tank to K the slumping Manny.

I really try to stay away from the whole “doom and gloom” or “blow it up” mentality (especially in June) but something needs to change here. The bullpen is suspect (like O. J. was a “suspect”), our 3 and 4 hitters have been non-factors (what happned to the best duo since Evans and Rice?) and pending injuries, the rotation could end up being Schilling, Beckett, Lester, Pauley, and Alvarez by the end of the year. Yikes. Hey Theo? I hope you got something better up your sleeve than Javier Lopez.

On to Atlanta and the NL. What better way to pick up the slumping bats than by adding the pitcher to the mix and putting Papi at first base. Right… GO SOX.