Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Has Manny suddenly learned how to levitate his batting helmet? Probably not. But you have to admit that the way the Sox' past two starters have performed is very nearly magical. Both JeremI and the Llama did far, far better than anyone had any right to expect. I'm not even sure what I was expecting out of the Llama for tonight, but I certainly didn't expect his control to be so good that he wouldn't walk anyone.
As for Maroth... well, those six walks sure don't look so hot, especially considering the fact that some of them were used to load the bases in the 5th, which set the table for Doug "Dougie's goin' deep tonight!" Mirabelli's grand slam. Last night the Tigers website was comparing Bonderman's escape from a bases-loaded, no-outs jam to Houdini. But there's a reason why Jeremy Bonderman is Jeremy Bonderman and Mike Maroth is Mike Maroth, and tonight the magic was all on Boston's side.
Not too much to say otherwise. Pudge homered, finally, but I'm not done worrying about his bat (or lack thereof) just yet, he still looked frustrated far too often tonight. The River Thames homered off of Foulke in the 9th, and that's becoming way too uncomfortably familiar for Sox fans. It didn't lose the game, but you can't just hand out runs even if the score is in your favor. Don't make me break out the 'why do I suck so hard?' photo again, Keith.
On the side, did we all see Kevin Brown get absolutely shelled today? Right after the Yanks decide to put Bernie out to pasture and stir up their defense but good? Yes? Excellent. Thanks, Tampa Bay. Much 'ppreciated. I'm delighted to see that ol' Wallbanger's retained his postseason form.
And did we all see what Jason Marquis did? All with his 'throwing 3 hits and taking a shut-out into the 9th inning' pitching. Whew. Go Jason Marquis! Hugs and matzoh balls for you.
Oh, and I'm assuming that we're all reading Bat Girl here, because really, you'd have to be a silly dumb person not to, but just in case you haven't been doing so... well, I've never been more horrified in my life. Not least because the temptation to do this to the Sox immediately came over me. Egads.
Sorry, I know it's not very much, but I've got to be awake at 4:30 am tomorrow so that I can be up at Plum Island by 6:30ish. I'm bird banding with the Audobon Society this summer. Yes, I'm a zoology dork. Laugh all you like, I'll be the one getting to hold a yellow-rumped warbler in my hands, suckaz!