Wells had excellent command of all of his pitches (7-9-1-1-4, 98) and the 7-run third inning was more than enough. Wells is never flashy, but when he's on, he's more than solid. I feel confident he'll be very important over the next two months. ... Kyle Snyder finished up and fooled several Orioles with his 12-to-6 curveball (Jay Gibbons and Kevin Millar both struck out looking at it).
Wily E. Pena ended the top of the fourth by throwing out Jeff Conine at the plate. Conine tried to score from second on Millar's single, but Pena unleashed a missle that Javy Lopez caught head-high on the fly and tagged Lopez out by 5-10 feet.
In New York, Cory Lidle lasted only 79 pitches (4-4-3-2-3) as the Angels beat the Yankees 7-4. Derek Jeter made the final out of the game, fouling out with a man on base and reducing New York's lead to two games.
8:30 PM -- The Red Sox scored 7 runs in the third inning and lead 8-0.
Mike Lowell has been a veritable highlight reel. After being drilled squarely on the left side of the helmet in the first inning, he has tumbled completely into the third base stands while making a fantastic catch on a popup, singled home a run in the third and stolen third base.
Alex Gonzalez tripled into the left field corner. Yup, the left field corner. ... Manny Ramirez is already 2-for-3 and has hit in 26 straight games. ... David Wells struck out the first two Orioles on only six pitches and looks very good.
Adam Loewen (5.72) / David Wells (8.05), 7 PM
God damn it all to fucking hell!
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU, TITO? Coco leading off? Pena 7th? Don't you fucking get it at all?Roberts, 2B Crisp, CF
Mora, 3B Loretta, 2B
Tejada, SS Ortiz, DH
Conine, LF Ramirez, LF
Hernandez, C Youkilis, 1B
Tatis, DH Lowell, 3B
Patterson, CF Pena, RF
Millar, 1B Lopez, C
Markakis, RF Gonzalez, SS
Youkilis's Leadoff OBP of .395 is way fucking better than Crisp's Leadoff OBP of .285! This is not golf -- getting a lower score is not preferred.
Can someone affiliated with the Red Sox please tell me why this is allowed to continue? Can one of the Red Sox beat writers get an answer from Francona? Tito's "stretch out the lineup" bullshit doesn't wash with me. The Red Sox should strive to have as many baserunners on base when Ortiz and Manny come up to bat. Simple as that. And it is especially crucial at a time when they are the only ones hitting with any consistency.
Youkilis is the team's best choice for the top of the order. Crisp has a .375/.408/.486 in 76 PA in the #7 spot. That's really good! So what's wrong?
Terry, don't do anything radical. Just write: Youkilis, Loretta, Ortiz, Ramirez, Pena, Lowell, Crisp, Gonzalez, Lopez (or Mirabelli). Boom. You're done!
The Red Sox begin an 11-game homestand tonight. They have a 35-17 record at home (and are 31-30 on the road). They have won 8 of 9 games against Baltimore so far this season.
Last Saturday, Adam Loewen allowed just 1 hit on 6.1 innings and struck out eight against the Yankees. But he has walked at least five batters in each of his last three starts.
Wells allowed one earned run over six innings against Tampa, scattering eight hits. ... Miguel Tejada is 15-for-44 (.341) with five home runs and 10 RBIs against Wells.
In New York, Corey Lidle faces the Angels and Joe Saunders. ... The White Sox begin a series against the Tigers (who hold a 8.5 game lead in the Central) and the Twins host the Blue Jays.
New York 67 44 -- v LAA
Boston 65 48 3 v Bal
Chicago 67 46 -- v Det
Minnesota 67 47 .5 v Tor
Boston 65 48 2 v Bal