Unlike Raffy, we never start threads unintentionally. Treat this as your handy Tuesday night game thread. Go to it.
(what up with these AL East killin’ KC Royals!?!)
Sox look DEAD tonight. Except for Wake’s knuckleball, which is travelling at light speed. In the wrong direction.
Manny does the Manny thang. Back within 1.
Over in Cleveland, Leiter back to nibbling. Results not pretty.
No nibbling in Beantown. Sox back on top in the 7th!
The night ends well. How long until Leiter’s released?
At least Leiter does not waste time letting everyone know he’s once again came to the game with the normal Al Leiter stuff. I think Sterling said (I was listening while working) that he had 80 pitches with one out in the third? Can that be right?
At least YF’s can put a star on the bullpen performance tonight.
Happy Birthday Wake!
After Wakefield gave up those dingers and the Sox hadn’t scored, I thought I was going to be in for another one of “those” nights from our beloved knuckleballer. But then he settled in, retiring 13 batters in a row at one point (and getting 7K’s on the night no less). For all the fickleness of his signature pitch, the guy always seems to come up big when the team needs it the most.
Happy Birthday, Wakey! Congrats on vaulting into 3rd on Boston’s all-time win list, behind only the Rocket and Cy Young. No small feat, that.
Yeah I agree. He almost never lets the team down in big spots, and has become quite the slump breaker for the Red Sox in the last five years. I hate when that ball stays up in the zone though, but I guess you could sat that about every pitcher.
FWIW i just heard that the A’s have won some disgusting amount of games in the last 40 (34?). This team reminds me a lot of the A’s team that had that really good streak of wins at the end of the year a few years back.
In Joe Torre’s only Litmus year to date, I wonder how many more times he gives Leiter the ball? At least Henn throws strikes. If given four balls, the probability of winding up on first is 100%, which is much greater than if actually having to hit the ball. The few teams in front are not going to wait around all year for them to figure it out.
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