Blast you, Adam Loewen. You pitch like you are on the opposing team’s payroll all year, except when you play New York. Sure, there were at least two spectacular plays by the O’s defense that prevented runs, and I expected sketchy offense when I first posted that lineup last night, but frankly, last night’s game had me in a foul mood.
Yes, there were a couple of positives. Melky hit well, recorded yet another outfield assist and a misplayed ball in the corner that resulted in a triple didn’t matter. Lidle started out shaky, but came on to pitch a very fine game after the third. Bernie passed a Yankee Legend. Dotel pitched really well to one batter, never mind the other two he put on. Proctor only threw 10 pitches in his 87th consecutive game appearance, which means we will probably get to see him pitch again today, and one of two on Friday (he’ll pinch hit for Fasano in the nightcap), then Saturday, Sunday, Monday afternoon, then hop a shuttle to start a night game in AA Trenton.
Okay, that’s the good stuff. Other than Melky, the offense absolutely vanished. Gone. Poof. And how can you get a painfully obvious extra out from Blue in the bottom of the ninth and not take advantage of it? That’s felonious when the zebras toss you those kind of breaks and you muck it up anyway. It’s still early here on the left coast and I have yet to finish my coffee, which makes me even more cranky than normal, but not scoring runs when you play the Orioles is like not drinking beer when you eat pretzels: it’s wrong. The pretzels taste bad, gum up your mouth, and make your teeth look gross.
The Sox are idle today, which gives that team a timely rest, and gives as of nigh lugubrious Sox fans time to speculate on new acquisitions, and sharpen their fangs and witticisms for game one of the Battle Royale at Fenway. No rest for New York, however. The Yankees have baseball to play.
While I drink a cup of joe or three, New York gets to take out their frustrations on Rodrigo Lopez, who gave up shots to Damon, Jeter, Giambi and Cabrera last time out. Jaret Wright gets the ball for New York and has been not only steady, but has pitched rather well as of late. Hopefully we’ll get our usual solid five-point-one-to-six out of him, which puts Proctor warming up in the pen by, oh, 3:00 eastern. This is your place to comment on today’s game.