Familiar Face in Philly
Last night marked the return of one of the great pitchers of all time- Pedro Martinez. In an eventful game, he got the win vs. the Cubs in his first outing in nearly a year.
But first things first. The Red Sox beat the Tigers 8-2 to complete the sweep. Our ace Josh Beckett was on the mound and once again he delivered a strong performance, going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs. He’s become almost automatic when on the mound, as he has gone 7-1 in his last 10 starts and gone 7 or more innings in all but one of them. I think he is definitely in the top 4 pitchers in the AL right now, and possibly behind only Greinke and Halladay.
The other guy acquired in that trade with Florida back in 2006 also shined last night- Mike Lowell. He hit a homerun in the 2nd inning and didn’t look back from there, going 3-4.
We have made great progress in recovering from the Yankee series, almost completing a sweep of our own now! I have faith that we can ride this hot streak through this series and into what will be an important one against our wild card foes, the Rangers.
Now on to the Pedro news. Martinez started against the Cubs, throwing 5 good innings, with 3 runs and 7 hits allowed (in the same game, Shane Victorino was hit by a beer cup from an unruly fan, check out mlb.com for video) I, for one, am happy to see Pedro back in the game. Last year, before his father died, he asked Pedro to continue playing the game of baseball. It is heartwarming to see Pedro back in the game and still going strong because of this. I was always a big fan of him, even though he had his occasional issues.
Since Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, two other legends trying to return to the scene, have already made their sorry exits from this season (and probably the game), it is good to see that the one legend closest to Boston fans’ hearts still has a chance. And we had some good memories, didn’t we Pedro?
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So most of my wishes from yesterday came true. Here’s a checklist:
-a 1 run or 2 run victory for the Sox: this one worked out even better than I had expected, we won 3-0 and didn’t embarass D-Lowe too much
-a loss for the Yankees: this also worked out great, they lost on an error from who else but Johnny Damon!
-Big Papi to have a huge rebound game: okay, so not really, he went 1-4, but at least he got a hit
-Jason Bay to have some offensive support: well, he had some support (Drew and Youk both went 1-3, and V-Tek and Green both went 2-3), but he went 0-4 himself; I guess you can’t get it all
–and a loss for any other AL East teams would be nice: the Jays lost in extras, and the Rays won, so that worked out all right too
I guess I can say that I’m pretty happy with last night.
Also in the baseball world, what an awesome series going on in Chicago! Although the Cubs are up 2-0, making it appear one-sided, both games have gone into extras and both have been exciting. I have high hopes for game 3 as well.
In the random section of things, yesterday while at a party I tried a Now and Later. It’s a small square shaped candy, that is apparently supposed to taste good. It has got to be one of the most awful attempts at making a good tasting food that I’ve ever seen or tried. Yuck. Does anyone actually like these?