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A little wrap-up

Last night the Sox lost a good game to a pretty decent team starting their best pitcher. Pettite is the crowned prince of crafty lefties and the Sox hate crafty lefties, or really, any lefty. We were shut down earlier this year by Lenny DiNardo! That's the same Lenny that we drafted and didn't sign out of college, later snagged from the Mets in the rule 5 draft then proceeded to use some creative maneuverings to keep hold of him while not actually "playing" him (I've never seen a team so eager to put a player on the DL before), then we let him sign with the A's... my point is that he's not exactly Bob Gibson. We scored a few runs off Pettite but not enough to win.

The great failure was not scoring against Joba "the Hut" Chamberlain. Youk did what he does so well: walked. That's where young guns start questioning their mastery of the strikezone. But Ortiz then let him off the hook with a first pitch swing (seems like a new, and dangerous trend for Papi). Then, we have our cleanup hitter and a chance for one swing to a tie game. Next up for the Red Sox: Eric Hinske? Damn it. Ortiz should have let the Hut pitch himself into trouble and Manny (and everyone else who plays leftfield apparently) needs get healthy. That was our chance and we didn't take advantage.

On the other side, Dice-K pitched like he tends to. He pitched pretty well but gave up some runs. I think it's a case of someone not quite comfortable with the umpires here and not quite sure what pitches he can allow contact with. If a team lets him, he'll fall behind on too many counts and then force a fastball over and they'll send it out of the yard. I hope for more from Dice-K but overall, his performance doesn't make me question his chances of dominating next time, let alone the wisdom of the long-term investment.

A few random thoughts about last night: Pedroia was impressive again in the field; Youk's diving stab to catch Lugo's wild throw (as a result of the clean-but-hard slide by A-Rod pictured above) was fantastic and another reason why he should win the Gold Glove; my friend mentioned that Dice-K is a heck of a fielder and I have to concur; I hate Johnny Damon; I have come around to begrudgingly respect Posada, though I think he's an overrated backstop; why does Cano get more hype then Pedroia?

My main concern about last night is the health of Manny and to a lesser extent Kielty. As for tonight, I like our chances. I'll try to write more just prior to the game...


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