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Game 4: April 8, 2005
Red Sox (2-2), 6
Blue Jays (2-2), 5
W: Bronson Arroyo (1-0)
L: Dave Bush (0-1)

How exactly did this game become a squeaker? The Red Sox cruised into the 9th inning leading 6-3, with Keith Foulke coming in to close it out. He did so, eventually, but not before all of this:

  1. Corey Koskie singles with the count 2-2.
  2. Shea Hillenbrand singles with the count 1-0. Koskie to 2nd.
  3. Eric Hinske singles with the count 1-2. Koskie scores and Hillenbrand to 3rd.
  4. Gregg Zaun grounds out with the count 3-2. Hillenbrand scores and Hinske to 2nd.
  5. Alex Rios flies out on the first pitch. Hinske to 3rd.
  6. Frank Menechino walks on 5 pitches.
  7. Reed Johnson hit by pitch with the count 0-2. Menechino to 2nd.
  8. Orlando Hudson grounds out.

The final score was 6-5. To say Foulke was troubled after his performance would be an understatement. “Bad pitches, bad location, very disappointing. I let them get back in the ballgame. That’s everything you need to know,” he said in this Boston Globe article.

What sin have we committed to deserve this brand of diluted Canadian baseball? You would think that since Canada doesn’t have hockey this season, they would try and appreciate the sport more. Instead, we get obnoxious LED scoreboards on the outfield wall that maim players and obscure the view of the ball, paper airplane-making fans, volcanic cinders for the warning track, and a sub-par playing surface.

I can not wait until the team is back in Fenway Park. Until then, it’s two more games in the baseball mausoleum formerly known as the Skydome, now known as Rogers Centre, with Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay in the offing.

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