The craziness of The Move meant I missed seeing almost all of the Tampa Bay series. Which the Red Sox swept, coming from behind in three of the games.
Friday night, I get to sit down, scorecard in hand, and watch a complete game for the first time in exactly a week. ... And the Sox lose.
Boston got two hits in the first inning when they grabbed a short-lived 2-0 lead. The team's next base hit was in the ninth inning. ... Alejandro Machado (#40) made his major league debut, coming in to play second base in the top of the ninth.
Lenny DiNardo started in place of the suspended David Wells and was hot and cold for his six innings. Too bad Boston was doing nothing with John Maine and an assortment of relievers. ... So, back in April, who would have thought the first four pitchers of a game in early September would be: DiNardo, Harville, Perisho, Bradford?
Knowing that Boston had scored at least seven runs in every one of its last 14 home games, David Ortiz offered some post-game analysis: "We didn't score seven runs tonight, so that's why we didn't win. Good night."