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Game 93: July 19, 2005
Devil Rays (32-63), 2
Red Sox (51-42), 5
L: Casey Fossum (4-8)
W: Bronson Arroyo (8-5)
H: Mike Timlin (16)
S: Curt Schilling (1)

The last save that Schilling earned, back on May 3, 1992, was quite different from last night’s. The final score was 12-3 in that May game. He earned that save by pitching 4 innings with only 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Other notable participants in that game were Dale Sveum (Phillies SS), Lennie Dykstra (Phillies CF), John Kruk (Phillies 1B), Rod Beck (Giants RHP), Willie McGee (Giants RF), Darren Lewis (Giants CF), Jeff Brantley (Giants RHP), as well as Clifford Brantley (Phillies RHP). Schilling had a perfect 9th inning for his 14th career save.

The combined weight of the two starting pitchers was probably less than David Wells’s full weight. Other Devil Ray rankings of note:

  • 13th in batting average (.269)
  • 16th in strikeouts (590)
  • 6th in hits (876)
  • 21st in on-base percentage (.327)
  • 30th in earned run average (5.74)
  • 1st in earned runs against (529)
  • 24th in strikeouts against (541)

Not a bad offensive team at all, but severely lacking in pitching. The Red Sox avoided the sweep, right before a tough 4-game series against the pale hose.


13th in BA, and 21st in OBP. Even Lou has more patience than his players.

Jeff Brantley and Jon Kruk in the same game? Man, my ears are bleeding just thinking about it. Even the idiots at ESPN know never to allow people to see both at the same time.

[internal monologues as the two face each other:]
Jeff Brantley: "If I can throw strikes, or induce a popfly or groundout, I can get him out."
Jon Kruk: "If I can make solid contact against a bad pitch, I am more likely to get a hit."

(In 10 AB against Brantley, Kruk got 4 hits, inc. 1 HR; 1K, 5BB)

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