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Killers

Game 109: August 3, 2007
Red Sox 4 L: Mike Timlin (1-1) 66-43, 1 game losing streak
23-9-4 series record
WinMariners 7 W: Sean Green (5-1)
H: Mark Lowe (2)
H: George Sherrill (17)
S: J.J. Putz (32)
60-47, 2 game winning streak
21-13-3 series record
Highlights: David Ortiz committed horrible acts upon the baseball last night. It wasn’t enough that a cow gave its hide for the ball; Ortiz also had to punish it further with his 3-for-5 showing. The designated hitter homered in the third and knocked an opposite field RBI single in the fifth. There was also a two-out single in the seventh but it came to naught.

Aside from alternative music and coffee, Seattle also distinguishes itself for being the stomping ground of several renown serial killers. Theodore Robert Bundy and Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer, are two of the most notorious.

Bundy was born in Vermont but spent most of his formative and young adult years in the Seattle area. While attending various universities in Seattle, Bundy held a wide array of positions: bagboy at Safeway, suicide hotline volunteer, and, upon his graduation from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology, a staffer for the the state’s Republican Party. He was accepted to law school at the University of Utah. An intelligent and solicitous-seeming, he would lure women by pretending his arms was hurt and getting them to help him.

Like Bundy, Ridgway was born elsewhere (in Utah, oddly enough) but spent much of his life in the environs of the Emerald City. He was one of the most prolific murderers, confessing guilty to 48 murders but likely responsible for more. Coarser than Bundy, he specifically targeted prostitutes since he couldn’t charm his victims to be alone with him otherwise.

Reading about serial killers proved more intriguing than last night’s game and just slightly more gruesome.

Jon Lester’s sort-of homecoming fell short of expectations. If this were later in the series, if his pitcher weren’t playing in a place close to his heart (which happens to be a pitchers’ park), if it weren’t the last man in the lineup in the box, Terry Francona probably would have pulled Lester in the fourth.

But it was Yuniesky Betancourt, of all players, a hitter from the nine hole. Just like how Bundy was merely a likable law student or Ridgway was just a good old boy looking for some evening fun.

Seattle’s shortstop had a monstrous night. His three-run jack in the fourth was impressive but he also plated the go-ahead run in the sixth. With his respectable stat line for a middle infielder (.287 BA, .311 OBP, .393 slugging), it’s bizarre that Betancourt is batting so low in the order.

In the first two innings the Red Sox loaded the bases but only a single run resulted from that abundance of baserunners. Manny Ramirez made a baserunning blunder in the first. He went too far on Mike Lowell’s single to right and was caught loitering at third for the second out.

Dustin Pedroia grounded into a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning with the bases jammed and no out. One run scored but Kevin Youkilis also grounded to short to end the top half of the inning.

These trips to Safeco rarely end well but Boston has two more games to turn the series around.

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