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Game 91: July 15, 2007
WinBlue Jays 2 W: Jesse Litsch (2-3)
H: Scott Downs (12)
H: Casey Janssen (13)
S: Jeremy Accardo (13)
45-46, 1 game winning streak
13-11-5 series record
Red Sox 1 L: Josh Beckett (12-3) 55-36, 1 game losing streak
19-8-4 series record
Highlights: Alex Cora and David Ortiz’s double doubles in the sixth. The blustery wind buffeted the ball far away from Alex Rios that it dropped. Rios would have his revenge, however. Beckett pitched an eight-inning gem with eight strikeouts, one through nine did not feature the best hitters. Is that any way to present yourself? Whatever happened to dressing in your Sunday best?

Jesse Litsch is one of those feel-good stories, a modern-day Horatio Alger. He went from bat boy to major league pitcher and made one of the best teams in baseball look silly over the course of a Sunday afternoon.

Alger’s stories propagated the myth that anyone through dint of effort can attain success and that America is truly a meritocracy.

Then along comes someone like DeMarlo Hale to rob you of your success.

Eric Hinske, the prototype of the hardworking non-complainer who gets his day to shine, was robbed of an RBI in the sixth. He sharply lined a double to Alex Rios with Ortiz at second and Hale, for some reason, sent Ortiz home.

Yes, that same Ortiz who has to have surgery on his knee when the season is finished.

Ortiz was out at home and Boston did not get a baserunner past first for the final three innings of the game.

I’ll be taking part in another, better (if you’re a Red Sox fan) inspirational story: Clay Buchholz makes his Triple A debut tonight at McCoy and I’ll be there. Words and pictures to come later.

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