• April 12th @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on April 12th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    Soooooo close, yet, soooooo far. One stinking run. This one hurts.

    Some observations:

    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.

    Comments on April 12th @ The Red Sox

    1. antone
      April 12th, 2008 | 11:55 pm

      I thought walking Manny and pitching to Youkalis was the clear cut call to make…I was SHOCKED when they pitched to him..I don’t think that was the right move and I think it cost them the game.

    2. Rich
      April 12th, 2008 | 11:57 pm

      I believe in using your best reliever for the turning point of the game, irrespective of the inning.

    3. MJ
      April 13th, 2008 | 1:54 am

      Yet another situation where Giambi goes up there and refuses to take what the other team is giving him. After listening to all the bullshit over the years about how he works so hard on going to the opposite field, I really am at wit’s end with this fat piece of crap. I can’t wait for Giambi’s time to be over.

    4. Straylightrise
      April 13th, 2008 | 4:16 am

      If you decide to buy batteries and throw them at Giambi you can go ahead and forward your receipts to me. I will comp your Giambi batteries.

      Double comp’d if you use industrial car batteries

    5. JeremyM
      April 13th, 2008 | 9:41 am

      I have to agree with Rich, why not go to Joba (I would say Mo, but let’s not get too crazy or baseball might rock off of it’s foundations:) in that 6th inning. My feeling was, they should’ve been very happy with what they got out of Mussina (I was) and moved on. Wang gave them the opportunity to have a full bullpen last night, and they needed to take advantage of it.

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