I missed about half of the game due to work -- the good half as it turned out (grrr) -- and after my MLBtv crapped out, I listened via radio. Just a pathetic, pisspoor effort.
And for the first time this season, I am having doubts about whether this team can even get to the playoffs, let alone win October games. If they have such trouble with minor league teams like Tampa (god I hate those fuckers and their piece of trash "stadium", and the heckler needs to be force-fed a shit sandwich) -- if the bullpen keeps sucking as hard as it has been -- well ....
Good: Jason Johnson pitched extremely well (6-3-2-1-1-3, 98) and I'm wondering why he didn't start the seventh (Francona dozes while Beckett allows seven straight hits, but he seemingly pulls Johnson early). ... God hit his 40th HR. ... Manny extended his hitting streak to 22 games (though it was a gift-wrapped hit).
Lineup: Coco struck out four times in the leadoff spot while #5 hitter Youkilis singled twice and walked twice. Fucking A, Tito! It's not that hard. Put Yook at the top and leave him there. Put Pena at #5 (even when Lowell returns) and leave him there. Put Coco 7th or 8th.
Arms: Why didn't Papelbon pitch the 10th? He has thrown only two innings in the last week and was at 26 pitches. And the team is off tomorrow. ... Francona used him for five outs with a one-run lead, why not six outs with a two-run lead? ... And why Sexy Lips? Seanez has been better this year; Snyder was out there, too.
Fact: We have not won a game by more than one run since July 25.
Damage: Two games out in the East and tied at .5 behind in the wild card. .. And the mighty Royals on Tuesday.
Jason Johnson (6.25) / JP Howell (14.73), 1:15 PM
Joe Maddon on Manny Ortez:
Those guys are freaks, they are. If you throw a strike and they can reach it, they hit it. Hard. Ruth and Gehrig. Batman and Robin, I dunno. They're like the best combo in the history of the world. Peanut butter and jelly. Chocolate and red wine. They're the best I've ever seen.Corky Miller gets the start behind the plate today -- our fourth catcher in four games! Woo-hoo!