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Congrats to the Rays. That was quite a game. Lester pitched well, but Garza pitched lights out. He may yank the MVP right out of BJ Upton’s hands with that performance tonight, coupled with his game 3 win.
The Sox have the bottom of the order coming up, which hasn’t been good all post-season. So, I just wanted to get this up as I’m going to bed right after the 9th ends.
Almost another great comeback, but just a bit short. Much better than how it looked like it was going to end in Game 5.
Rays, do the AL proud against the Phillies. I’ll be rooting for you guys.
EDIT: Well, it worked last time when I posted early, but couldn’t get it to happen again. Price is going to be nasty, though, if he continues to get the call 6 inches off the plate like he did against Drew (supposedly a check swing? Batters should be able to appeal like catchers do) and Kotsay.
I get my son into bed and back downstairs ready to watch the game at about 8:40 or 8:45. I turn on the TV, flip over to TBS and it is the top of the 2nd and the Rays already have a 2-0 lead. Christ! I sit down at the PC and head to ESPN.com to see how it happened. Iawmura hit followed by another Upton HR. Damn!
The Sox get a couple on against Kazmir, but can’t deliver. Kazmir seems to be pitching okay. Certainly not the Kazmir of old, but definitely not the Kazmir of recent either. However, it’s just a matter of time before the Sox get to him…right?
Top of the 3rd, and Upton gets another hit. Can we get this guy out yet? Pena HR, next. Longoria HR next. Gawd! Well, when 1 team is hitting on all cylinders and out pitching the opponent, what are you going to do? You just have to give credit to the Rays. It’s not going to be the year this year.
I check with the wife, see if she wants to watch a show. We’re both tired (my wife works nights, and worked Wed night, so she’s way more tired than me. But you know how it is with kids, your ALWAYS tired.), but I pull up the DVR and see what we have waiting to watch. How about Survivor? Great! We watch the Fang tribe (which could be like the Rays of old, or the Pirates, always losing) lose both challenges and GC get voted out.
The wife’s ready for bed, so she curls up on the couch with a blanket and is off to dreamland as I turn the game back on. It is the Top of the 7th, and Delcarmen just walked the 2nd of two batters, so the Rays have 1st & 2nd with nobody out and Upton (him again?) coming up. Francona, in a desperation moves, brings in Papelbon. However, after a double steal, runs are at 2nd and 3rd. Papelbon works back to a full count on Upton, but gives up a wall ball double that extends the lead to 7-0. That just about sealed up the MVP for Upton.
I get back on the PC, as I’m thinking about going to bed, and type up a little blog to congratulate the Rays, as I’ll probably type up more in the morning.
However, even though I am tired, it is a bit early for me to go to bed. I am a night owl. I like to stay up late. Not sure why, but I’ve always been that way. Sometimes I regret it in the morning, but most times I’m fine.
So, I start surfing the net, checking out some other blogs. I went to a message board that I frequent. I played a few games, all as the game was still on.
Maddon decides not to bring Kamir out for the 7th, and goes with the flame thrower Grant Balfour. Lowrie crushes a ball to RF, that just misses a HR. However, that gets you to take notice. Then when Varitek and Kotsay fly out, oh well. However, Crisp lines a single, but too hard for Lowrie to score. Pedroia then singles, and the Sox are on the board. At least they won’t be shut out.
Now, up comes Papi. He crushes one deep into the night.
Papelbon comes out and gets the Rays 1-2-3 in the 8th. Sweet!
Then, a 4 pitch lead-off walk to Bay, and you can just see how tightly Wheeler is squeezing that ball. Drew crushes a HR to right, and WOW! But, your still thinking how HUGE those 2 runs the Rays got in the top of 7th are. Walks will kill you. But, the Sox are now down a run. If you’re going to lose, if you’re going to get eliminated, this is the way to go out. Not some pathetic 7-0 loss. Wheeler gets Lowrie and Casey, and is almost out of the inning. But here is where some “weird” things happen:
- Kotsay’s line drive goes off the glove of B.J. Upton in CF )who has been tracking down EVERYTHING) for a double.
- Gabe Gross’ throw to home goes straight into the ground, allowing Kotsay to score on Crisp’s single to tie the game.
- Carlos Pena (who had ground into only 2 DPs all season) grouned into an inning ending DP with the leading run on 2nd.
- Evan Longoria, one of the best fielding 3B in the league, makes an error. That runner ends up scoring the winning run on J.D. Drew’s game winning hit.
There I am, dancing around the living room while my wife is fast asleep on the couch. Haha. But, who would have thought? Seriously!! Down 7-0 in the 7th?
We go back to Tampa. There is still a lot of work to be done, but ANYTHING can happen, as we just witnessed. There are lots of questions though:
Can Beckett be Beckett?
Is the offense back?
Should Francona swap Lester to game 6 (on normal rest) and Beckett for game 7 (on extra rest)?
Saturday can’t get here fast enough for me.
Down 7-0 in the bottom of the 7th. WOW. Good thing I’m a night owl or I
would have missed it. Now I can’t fall a sleep for a bit, I bet. I am tired from just dancing around the living room, though, but I don’t think ABC will be calling me any time soon. More
since the Sox beat the Angels last night in an incredibly exciting game
(I guess if you aren’t an Angels fan) and the Rays beat the pale hose
that leaves me bored. Tonight could have been game 5 of either the
Cubs-Dodgers series or Brewers-Phillies series, but know luck there.
Thus, I am left without any baseball to watch not only tonight, but
“Wouldn’t that leave you with the opportunity to watch
history in the making, Greg?”, you ask. Well, there is only one thing
that I hate more than politics…
’70′s leisure suits, Batman. Somebody not only needs to help Craig
Sager (you didn’t think I was going to talk about Kevin Youkilis, did
ya?) with his wardrobe, but please somebody help him with sideline
reporting. He is probably the worst aspect of the TBS coverage. Just
think, we’ll probably get 7 more games of him and TBS as they cover the
ALCS, but we will get a break from TBS with the NLCS on Fox.
I do, actually, like how TBS was able to get James Woods to do some
color commentary during the post season. He must be happy to get work
after having his series, Shark, canceled by CBS. Seriously, though, am
I the only one who thinks Ron Darling’s voice is a dead ringer for
James Wood’s voice?
Enough about TBS. Seriously, I am bored and
a presidential debate is not the cure for boredom in my book. Not only
that, but because of this debate, there is no Fringe, no Mentalist, no
Without a Trace (Tuesday seems to be a busy night TV wise), only NCIS
that isn’t getting pre-empted. I guess, I’ll just watch a few
back-to-back-to-back Law and Order’s on TNT (jeez, I can’t seem to get
away from these Turner channels) and then hit the sack or something and
dream about baseball…which will be back on Thursday and then Friday.