(Apologize for the lateness of this, but thunderstorms kept me offline all last night)
Odd how this game works. The Sox completed a four-game sweep against the Devil Rays, and I felt awful. Last night, the Sox lost the first game of a road trip to a team they can’t seem to beat, and I felt pretty good. Why? Well, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to tie it in the eighth is pretty nice, and take a look at this pitching line:
3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
That’s the combined line of Jermane Van Buren and Manny Delcarmen, who weren’t lights-out but were effective in keeping a potent Toronto lineup at bay. This is the bullpen of the future, and the future looked awfully bright last night. If we can get these guys regular work so they don’t become rusty over the rest of the season, they can be incredibly valuable during the stretch run. Not so impressive last night:
4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HR
That’s the combined line of our pitching staff of the present — Matt Clement and David Riske, who took the loss by giving the Jays the lead right back while getting just two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Riske I think just needs to get some innings in so he can get more consistent. Clement just needs to be gotten the heck out of Boston — by any means possible. I’d be surprised if he’s allowed to make another start.