Saturday, July 08, 2006

Where's The Pitching Gone?: Game 87 Thoughts

Sox lose 6-9

-The pitching today was just bad. Every pitcher pitched poorly. Freddy gave up five runs in five innings. Riske gave up one in 2/3 of an inning. Cotts gave up two runs in one inning. Garland, yes Garland, was responsible for one run in 1/3 of an inning and allowed two inherited runners to score. Even reliable Matt Thornton allowed an inherited runner to score.

-The offense was around today, at least. Thome chipped in with a homer and JD blasted 2.

-The Sox series winning streak is over. All they can do now is salvage the last game.

-We got to see Javier Lopez, briefly at least. He came on and struck out Thome with the bases juiced and no outs. The Sox didn't get any runs that inning.

-The Sox execution with the sacks packed has been poor as of late. They could have won the past two games with one big hit with the bases loaded.

-I thought the rotation had turned a corner coming out of the Orioles series, but things still aren't perfect. Most of the Sox starters are really up and down. Namely everyone not named Jose.

-Although he didn't play today, I must say that Brian Anderson is continuing to look like a competent big league hitter. He doubled yesterday and was robbed of another double in his second at bat. It's not the results that I'm most impressed with; it's his approach. He looks like he actually has a plan when he goes up to bat. Earlier in the season he would be alternately overly-aggressive or overly-passive, but now he has the proper mind set. He no longer looks completely overmatched. Hopefully my undying support of him will be rewarded.

-Big Ups of the Day to Pods for getting three hits and getting career SB #200.

Sox Player of the Game

Jermaine Dye (10)

Sox Record: 56-31


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