The Boston Red Sox: Defenders of the 2004 World Championship!! "Whoever plunges into his experiences with the momentum of hope, will remember so that he cannot forget." - Soren Kierkegaard.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

A good start for the series - Sox take first game from the Twins 8-2, thanks in large part to an excellent outing by Bronson Arroyo. Over seven and a third innings Arroyo gave up two runs, six hits and no walks while striking out eight...and all that with the flu. Arroyo's curveball was simply filthy. Doug Mientkewicz was responsible for driving in both of Minnesota's runs.
Apparently Kyle Lohse is the Derek Lowe of the Twins starting rotation - last year he won 14 games, up until August this year his record is 4-7, and he gives up more hits than David Justice coming home to a dirty house after a long road trip. I know it's hard to be considered "lucky" when you get charged with six or seven runs, but Lohse is lucky that the Sox are batting a terrible .231 with the bases loaded since that schmuck loaded the bases three times. The Sox stranded nine players last night. Their July/August .231 average with the bases loaded is a lot better than the .189 average they had in May or June, but it still sucks. I mean, it's getting to the point where I don't even really expect them to score with the bases loaded unless it's Ortiz or (gulp) Millar at bat. Ricky Gutierrez ground into TWO double plays last night. And I don't want to get too bitch-heavy in a post after the Sox win a game...but what in the nightmare is wrong with Manny lately?? (And I'm not just talking about the awful dreads he's sporting now...yeeesh...I'm suspending his "Hottest Player on the Team" status until he loses that 'do.) I mean, except for two put-outs in left field last night, Manny could've just been replaced by a mannequin with a dead octopus on it's head and no one could tell by glancing at a scorecard. Two strikeouts (one looking,) a fly out to centerfield, a completely meaningless basehit, and a double play line-out to third. Logically I know that he'll pull out of it soon. But man is it frustrating.
Coming up big in last night's game was Gabe "Sarah Might Need to Find Me Another Nickname" Krapler, who was 3-5 with 2 RBI and a fantastic play from right to rob Twins rookie Morneau of a triple. Tek also had a great game: 3-4 with one walk, one homer, and two runs scored. My boy Mark Bellhorn did about exactly as I usually expect him to: 1-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
This series with the Twins is about to get tougher. Lowe and Radke will be pitching tonight, and then on Sunday will be Pedro vs. Santana, which I'm really excited about watching.
I guess Jason Giambi has some sort of benign tumor in an undisclosed area, according to the Yankees and ESPN. Perhaps it involves the leg into which he's been shooting all his steroids the past few years, or possibly his balls which are probably literally and figuratively the size of pine nuts. Ya, I made fun of a sick man. He's not dying, so I figure that it's open season again.
Everyone is appealing their suspensions from last Saturdays game. I'm sort of tired of this subject, so I'm not going to dwell on it except for saying that Remy and Orsillo were really ripping on A-Rod during the game last night, saying that he tried to play a tough-guy routine that he really couldn't pull off. A-Rod is crying like a baby with a shitty diaper about the whole thing, I'm glad he got his ass beat and had a bruise the size of a grapefruit on his fucking temple after that game, and I hope he slips and falls on a sharp rock. Alex, you're far too pretty to be tough, and you really gave yourself no chance when you decided to provoke Thunder Thighs Tek, so sit down, shut up, and take it like a man. Typical Yankee whining...I guess he fits right in over there.