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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Finding new ways to beat average teams
The 2010 Boston Red Sox-the most boring team in recent Sox history-continues to play its unique version of .500 baseball.
Boston (17-16) won their second straight at Fenway last night, 7-6 over the equally average and dull Blue Jays (19-15), 7-6.
This was an ugly game as symbolized by winning pitcher John Lackey's (4-1) line: six innings, eight hits, six earned runs, three walks, six strikeouts.
Brandon Morrow had a horrorshow of a start for Toronto: 1.2 innings, three hits, six earned runs, six walks, four strikeouts. Is it possible that he's related to Dice-K with that nibbling junk?
The Sox went up 2-0 in the first inning on Victor Martinez's two-run single.
Toronto quickly responded with four runs in the top of the second. John Buck had an RBI double, Travis Snider had an RBI single and Fred Lewis had an RBI single.
Boston scored four in the bottom of the second with a Little League special. A bases loaded walk by Dustin Pedroia, a fielder's choice by Martinez that scored two (with an error) and an RBI single by Big Pop-Up.
Pedroia added to the laser show of singles with an RBI single in the third.
The Jays cut it to 7-6 with a two-run bomb by Jose Bautista but Hideki Okajima (7th), Daniel Bard (8th) and Jonathan Papelbon (9th, 9th save) settled things down with three scoreless and hitless innings of work.
Dice-K faces Dana Eveland tonight meaning the bullpens should be getting warmed up right about now. Are you ready for another four hour snoozefest? I thought so.