Wakefield Makes the Sunday Night Game a Little Less Excruciating
One of the biggest downsides to following a relatively successful baseball franchise, aside from the inflated ticket demand, is the fact that ESPN often hijacks your Sunday game and decides to host it at 8:00 pm Eastern Time. I despise this practice, because I can’t really enjoy anything at 8:00 pm on a Sunday. Sunday night is my time to be miserable. It’s my time to reflect on all of my regrets and mistakes from the weekend, and also the five days of drudgery that await me in the morning. No doubt, there is some sort of algorithm that the Disney fat cats use to determine that 8pm is the optimal time to broadcast the game, ratings-wise. Really, it just warms my heart that some child in Albuquerque (who no doubt cares very deeply for the Boston Red Sox) will have a chance to take in a Sunday ball game at a nice convenient time. Thank you ESPN, and God bless America.
My point is, we’re going to miss Tim Wakefield when he’s gone. He works very quickly when things are going well for him, and the Red Sox managed to win this game before 11 pm.
Top 5 Heroes
|T Wakefield||29.3%||Threw 75 pitches in 6.2 innings, gave up 1 run|
|A Gonzalez||9.6%||4 for 4 with a double. Best hitter in AL right now|
|K Youkilis||9.2%||1 for 3, triple, walk, 2 RBI|
|D Bard||7.2%||1.1 perfect inings, 2 K|
|D Ortiz||5.0%||2 for 4|
Carl Crawford just can’t seem to stay hot for very long, going 0 for 3 last night.
Quote of the Day
“I’m pissed off, I just got hit with a 97-mph fastball. I mean, I understand the situation, but I’m pissed off.”
- Jed Lowrie, on getting beaned by Kerry Wood in the 8th
Things had the potential to get very ugly after the beanings on Saturday and Sunday (one of which broke Marlon Byrd’s face) , but fortunately, the Sox and Cubs do not meet again in 2011.
- AA – Stolmy Pimentel’s stock continues to gradually drop as he was shelled again; giving up 6 earned runs in 1 and a third. In contrast, Yankee pitching prospect Manny Banuelos had 7 Ks over 4.2 innings, and now has a 1.96 ERA in 8 starts.
- High A – Recently promoted Bryce Brentz is not having much trouble with the increased level of competition, going 3 for 5 with his second HR in as many days with his new team.
- Low A – Starter Brandon Workman, a highly-touted 2010 draftee, pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up only 2 hits and striking out 5.
- Tonight, the Sox face old friend Justin Masterson, who is 8th amongst AL starters in ERA (2.52) and 3rd in ground ball percentage (56.9).
- The clattering you hear is the sound of 100,000 pitchforks and torches being dropped to the ground (or, more accurately, tentatively placed on the ground): Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitting .323 with 3 HRs in his last 10 games.