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July 30, 2014

And So It Gose

In every game there is a dude
A young batter young and strong
To make new wounds and run so fast
Until a ground out comes along

And so it Gose, and so it Gose
And you’re the only one who knows

Xander Bogaerts clouted a leadoff home run in the ninth inning but the local nine could not overcome the two-run deficit. Perhaps we’ll see more of this in the future.

What we might not see in the future is Jon Lester, John Lackey, or Mike Carp in Red Sox uniforms. Lackey’s departure was devoutly wished for during the miserable seasons of 2011 and 2012. Carp has been a solid platoon player with the occasional clutch hit but not a regular.

But Lester practically grew up before our eyes. Fenway was his playpen and there are more than a few photos of his stellar achievements decorating its walls. We were way more frightened than he ever was of cancer and so relieved when he beat it. He expected to win.

We expected him to stay, and perhaps he may.

Game 107: July 29, 2014
WinToronto Blue Jays
58-50
4 W: Marcus Stroman (7-2)
H: Aaron Sanchez (2), Brett Cecil (17)
S: Casey Janssen (17)
2B: Anthony Gose (5), Juan Francisco (13)
HR: Colby Rasmus (14)
Boston Red Sox
48-59
2 L: Rubby De La Rosa (3-4)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (28), Brock Holt (20)
HR: Xander Bogaerts (8)

He’s Goins to Git You Sucka

Ryan Goins had an incredible night: 4-for-5 with a run scored and four runs batted in. Not bad for a guy that was recalled from the Buffalo Bisons on July 22. The bottom of the order was particularly potent; Munenori Kawasaki was 3-for-4 in the six hole and Josh Thole knocked in two hits. Kawasaki was with the Bisons until June 17 and Thole replaced Henry Blanco on June 7.

The Red Sox pitchers were pummeled by recent Triple-A batters. Clay Buchholz was pulled in the fifth inning and relieved by Felix Doubront. In two-thirds of an inning Doubront gave up six hits, six runs, and two bases on balls. He was traded to the Cubs today for a player to be named later. It seems Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer still have a soft spot for the Venezuelan southpaw.

While the bottom of the order was knocking around Boston’s hurlers with singles and doubles Melky Cabrera launched two multi-run homers. His sixth inning shot off Doubront caused significant damage, but not as much damage as Doubront did to his trade value.

Game 106: July 28, 2014
WinToronto Blue Jays
57-50
14 W: R.A. Dickey (9-10)
2B: Ryan Goins (3), Colby Rasmus (13), Munenori Kawasaki (4)
HR: Melky Cabrera – 2 (14)
Boston Red Sox
48-58
1 L: Clay Buchholz (5-7)
2B: Stephen Drew (5)

July 28, 2014

Hot to Trot

Chris Archer will be lucky if he shows up in David Ortiz’s highlight reel for the designated hitter’s Hall of Fame induction. The young starter was quick to call out Ortiz for his bat flip and home run trot but it slipped his mind that he kissed his bicep after striking out Daniel Nava with the bases loaded.

This particular trot was around 27 seconds and wasn’t even in Ortiz’s top five slowest circuits this season. The three-run homer put the Red Sox ahead to avoid a series sweep.

It’s okay, Mr. Archer. Your well-informed comments on Ortiz really demonstrate that the Rays are an important, well-respected organization.

Truly the game of baseball is elevated to hitherto unseen heights in Tropicana Field. Bill Veeck himself would rise from the grave to witness the extraordinary Christmas in July celebration in St. Petersburg. Rising from the dead? Wait, stop the presses! Time for Zombie Apocalypse Night at the Trop!

Game 105: July 27, 2014
WinBoston Red Sox
48-57
3 W: Allen Webster (1-0)
H: Edward Mujica (1), Andrew Miller (13), Junichi Tazawa (11)
S: Koji Uehara (21)
HR: David Ortiz (25)
Tampa Bay Rays
51-54
2 L: Chris Archer (6-6)
2B: Desmond Jennings (26)

July 27, 2014

Challenging

David Ortiz blasted the ball to right field with two down in the first inning. This fan reached over the wall and made a Brock Holt-like catch. The fine-fielding fan was just a few seats away from a kid with a "hit it here" sign. The umpire ruled fan interference and Ortiz was placed at second base.

The umpires wanted to review the ruling. Multiple camera angles showed the fan reached into the field of play and the call was upheld.

John Farrell decided against challenging a close play at second base in the fourth frame. Yunel Escobar laced the ball into the right field. He reached first at the same time Daniel Nava’s throw arrived in Stephen Drew’s glove. Replays showed that Escobar was out. Kevin Kiermaier drove in Escobar for a run and John Lackey complained about Farrell not challenging the call. Perhaps Peavy won’t be the only Red Sox starter traded this season.

With the trade of Jake Peavy signaling the end of the Red Sox attempt to contend it seems Holt has decided that the he’ll follow the rules of physics like humans do. Here he is being the tail end of a 4-3-2 double play.

In most games being thrown out at home would be the most egregious mistake. But Evan Longoria and Escobar topped that gaffe in the sixth when they let Jonny Gomes’s grounder past by them unaccosted for a single.

Later in the inning Xander Bogaerts assumed he was the last out of the frame. He just assumed that Gomes made an out because it was such an easy out.

Game 104: July 26, 2014
Boston Red Sox
47-57
0 L: John Lackey (11-7)
2B: David Ortiz (21)
WinTampa Bay Rays
51-53
3 W: Grant Balfour (1-3)
H: Brad Boxburger (11)
S: Jake McGee (11)
HR: Ben Zobrist (8)

July 26, 2014

Give Up the Ghost

Junichi Tazawa surrendered the lead in the seventh inning of last night’s game and Ben Cherington waved the white flag today. Jake Peavy was sent to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of pitching prospects: right-handed Heath Hembree and southpaw Edwin Escobar.

Hembree is ranked as the Giants’ seventh best prospect by Baseball America and Escobar is second on the list. Escobar struggled in the Pacific Coast League, a circuit notorious for inflating hitters’ capabilities and destroying pitchers’ psyches. Escobar is from Venezuela and related to major leaguers Kelvim and Alcides.

It was in San Francisco that Peavy bought a tobacco store Indian statue last year. “The Chief” was a good luck charm for the rest of the season and got a ride in the duck boat that Peavy purchased after the World Series parade. Perhaps “Charlie River” will be re-christened as “McCovey’s Duckie.”

When Peavy was traded to the Red Sox from the White Sox at the trade deadline last year he was immediately embraced by his teammates and fans. He was amazed to have his name be in the same list of the legends who played at Fenway. We know that wins are not the best indicator of a pitcher’s success but seeing Peavy with only one mark in the “W” column was disheartening for all. But we won’t remember him for this year’s failures but last season’s glory.

The Rays wore memorial patches for Don Zimmer. The only way this lightweight expansion team can assume a faux patina of history is to pay tribute to a man that was steeped in baseball lore.

Game 103: July 25, 2014
Boston Red Sox
47-56
4 H: Andrew Miller (12)
BS, L: Junichi Tazawa (3, 1-2)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (27), Jackie Bradley Jr. (19)
HR: Shane Victorino (2)
WinTampa Bay Rays
50-53
6 W: David Price (11-7)
S: Jake McGee (10)
2B: Sean Rodriguez (9), Evan Longoria (17)
HR: Desmond Jennings (9)

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