July 20, 2006

G94: Red Sox 6, Rangers 4

L and I met 21 years ago today (?!?!?). Last year, we spent the day at Fenway. Today, we took a ferry from downtown Toronto out to Centre Island and walked around. Quite a nice afternoon.

Also out on the Toronto Islands is Hanlan's Point, where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run (and only minor league home run) on September 5, 1914. We didn't get over to see the plaque, though.

Back home, the VCR was taping and when we returned, we treated it like a night game -- 8 PM start. Schilling was shaky at times, but turned in seven strong innings; MDC and Timlin finished it off. And the bats awoke, with 12 hits and 6 runs. Loretta, Youkilis, Ramirez and Cora all reached base three times, and Pena chipped in with a two-run double in the third, taking back the lead for good.

At the Skydome, Vernon Wells homered in the bottom of the 11th inning off Mariano Rivera to lift the Blue Jays to a 5-4 win over the Yankees. ... New York fell to 2.5 GB, Toronto remains 5.5 GB.

Off to Seattle ...


John Rheinecker (4.82) / Curt Schilling (3.42), 2 PM

Last consecutive 1-0 wins for the Red Sox at Fenway: June 22-23, 1916.

Babe Ruth beat the Yankees in the first game and Ernie Shore defeated the Athletics in the second. Ruth pitched a three-hit complete game, walking one and striking out two. He allowed singles in the second, sixth and ninth innings. The game took 1:18 and was watched by 3,889 fans.

Interesting note: The day before Ruth's start, Rube Foster threw a no-hitter, beating New York 2-0. So after Shore's gem, Boston pitchers had thrown 31 straight scoreless innings (the streak ended at 34).


Jere said...

Again, JoyNation sees it coming. I wonder when the rest of the world will catch on. We score two, and before we can even savor it, Curt gives three right back in the next inning. Shit.

Zenslinger said...

Looks like it was vintage Schilling 06 -- good but not great. Gave up some hits (10) but not walking them (1). Delcarmen, we love you, and Papelbon gets a rest. Bats were active.

brian said...

Today showed why it is good to have Wily Mo back in the lineup. He should get to play twice in the Seattle series as well.

Coco's ABs are getting real depressing. I'm pulling for him to snap out of it, but he can't bat leadoff until he gets hot (I know today was just a one game thing)

Manny Delcarmen is getting better and better every time he pitches. This is huge because it takes some of the workload off of Timlin.

Anonymous said...

SportsCenter reported last night that the Sox were in trade discussions with San Diego that would involve shipping Mike Lowell to the Padres for pitching.

I would hate to see Lowell leave town under almost any circumstances, as he's been a professional and steady influence in the everyday line-up and a leading candidate for Comeback Player of The Year. However, with Wake hitting the shelf for three weeks (stress fracture, rib) and the 5th spot in the rotation still not nailed down (Snyder goes again tonight), such a move might be necessary if a good arm could be obtained in return.

North of the border (thanks, Vernon Wells), it will be interesting to see if BOS makes a play on Shea, though his bitterness on being dealt to ARI in 2003 may still linger in sufficient quantity to kill a deal. Under ordinary circumstances you would not expect two teams such as the Sox and Jays to make a deal within the Division in the heat of the race, but its clear that Gibbons' "either him or me" edict has shifted the traditional paradigm of thinking on this one.

Today's Dallas Morning News indicates that TEX is interested in bringing Hillenbrand to the Rangers as DH and back-up to Blalock (3B) and Texeira (1B).

Given the way he's hit against the Sox since arriving in TOR, I would hate to see him land in NYY...

Peter N said...

I still am in disbelief that we would trade the best defensive 3rd baseman in the league and a powerful force at the plate. I'd hate to see him go, although Youk COULD move back to third. But then? Wily Mo has not looked good in practice at first and I think the superb infield defense would be thrown off-stride. And I do know Loretta has some 1st base experience. But with the Boomer coming back, and he is, and Wakey hopefully out for only 3 weeks, I think this move would be a dreadful mistake. Or as Jere would say, bad job. My 2 cents.