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Home » April 2008 Game CommentsApril 2008 » Dejected


Game 6: April 5, 2008
Red Sox 2 L: Clay Buchholz (0-1) 3-3, 2 game losing streak
WinBlue Jays 10 W: Jesse Litsch (1-0)
H: Brian Tallet (3)
3-2, 2 game winning streak
Highlights: It started out promisingly enough with Manny Ramirez doubling in David Ortiz, who had walked to become the game’s first baserunner. But Toronto shot ahead in the fourth, bruising Buchholz with three singles and profiting from Sean Casey’s mishandling of Gregg Zaun’s grounder.

Six more runs for the home team would come in the sixth. Kyle Snyder’s began the inning by walking Aaron Hill and Marco Scutaro with only nine pitches while sprinkling in a wild pitch that allowed Hill to take second. The only out Snyder recorded came on a sacrifice bunt.

Bryan Corey did not improve on Snyder’s outing, but he faced the lethal trio of Alex Rios, Vernon Wells, and Frank Thomas. The triad doubled, singled, and homered respectively. Only the combined mediocrity of Julian Tavarez and Lyle Overbay allowed the inning to end.

Snyder was designated for assignment to make room for Josh Beckett. Since Snyder is out of options, he cannot be sent to Pawtucket. There wasn’t even a female streaker to cheer up the reliever on his way out. Hopefully any resentful feelings Snyder may have fade before April 8, since he is entitled to a 2007 World Championship ring.

The most interesting development of this series other than the Blue Jays reprising their role as the Red Sox’s perennial nudnik was the untrammeled dislike Toronto fans have shown Manny Ramirez. In the background noise of the game mocking chants of “Manny” were heard in both games. The left field crowd admonished Ramirez in the bottom of the second when Wells placed a single in shallow left that could have been caught by the Boston outfielder.

I guess Canadians don’t appreciate Manny the way the Japanese do.

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