Sunday, July 16, 2006

Game 89: You’ll get nothing, and like it.

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 7, Oakland Athletics 0

It's easy to grin / When your ship comes in / And you've got the stock market beat. / But the man worthwhile, / Is the man who can smile, / When his shorts are too tight in the seat.

For a team batting UNDER .250 you have to be shocked at that 15 run performance. Good job guys. What do you do for an encore? Score NO runs? Okay. I can get behind that. Way to go Judge Smalls.

Finally a shutout. Every team in baseball has 2 of those and we just got our first. Blame the middle relief if you want, but that stat is embarrassing. The Royals and the Pirates have multiple shutouts. Are we worse off compared to these .200 winning percentage teams? I think not. It’s about time we laid the smack down.

Manny, Papi and Lowell apparently agree with me. Somebody finally told Oakland they suck. Ortiz went deep (#32), Manny hit like a monster and Lowell got some of his patented doubles (#32 and 33). This game was in the bag (thankfully) it was just a question of whether or not we would hold on to the scoreless victory.

Schill answered that question. He threw 7 innings of pure “I don’t give a rat's ass if you swing or not” dominance. He struck out 9, only gave up 2 hits and tried to solve world hunger. Some would call him an overachiever. I call him badass.

We needed this… and we are going to need this afternoon too. Snyder better watch himself cause I've sentenced boys younger than him to the minors. Didn't want to do it. I felt I owed it to them. Somewhere, Jason Johnson and David Pauley are nodding.