Soooooo close, yet, soooooo far. One stinking run. This one hurts.
Mike Mussina got lucky, somewhat, in the second inning when his defense helped him out. With that, he was able to weave together a decent start through five. But, it all caved in for him in the sixth. Tough spot in that frame, for sure. You’re up, 2-1, with two out. And, your choice is to pitch to Ramirez with runners on second and third…or…walk Manny and pitch to Youkilis with the bases loaded. Either way, it’s a dangerous spot. Maybe it would have made more sense to have Bruney pitch to Ramirez – rather than have Mussina pitch to him? Then again, Bruney gave up the hit to Youkilis, after Moose allowed the one to Manny…so, who knows?
It was nice to hear the FOX guys talk about Alberto Gonzalez, and see the kid have a moment in the sun there, during the top of the sixth.
I wish I was as happy about the top of the seventh as I was the top of the sixth…
Yanks down by two and A-Rod walks on four pitches to start the inning. Giambi’s up next. New York needs baserunners and the Sox are giving Jason the entire left side of the infield – but Giambi pulls the ball into the shift for a double-play. Considering that the next two batters singled and doubled, that could have been a huge inning if Giambi took the free hit. I think I’m going to have to start a count-down clock on his contract expiring.
I was shocked to see Jonathan Papelbon comeback after a rain-delay of 2 hours and 11 minutes. But, he did it. Hopefully, this will turn into a case of winning a battle that will cost you the war. Let’s see how Private Pyle’s arm feels later this week.