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Game 36: May 15, 2009
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L: Jon Lester (2-4)
21-15, 3 game losing streak
W: Chris Jakubauskas (2-4)
H: Sean White (1)
H: Mark Lowe (2)
S: David Aardsma (4)
17-19, 1 game winning streak
Highlights: Ichiro Suzuki hit two home runs off Lester. J.D. Drew cottoned to batting third, going 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the first, a leadoff double that sparked the scoring in the third, and a two-out single in the ninth. Jason Bay batted clean-up and was a foot short of giving his team the lead in the top of the ninth. The Joy of Sox pointed out that Boston has scored four runs in the last five consecutive games, tying their team record.

From what I have been able to uncover, “Jakubauskas” is a Lithuanian name. Linguists believe that Lithuanian is the oldest surviving Indo-European language. It has remained remarkably constant throughout for at least the past 5,000 years. In fact, it still retains the same vocabulary as Sanskrit.

All the words in Dustin Pedroia’s vocabulary are devoted to smack talk, even when speaking to children. The pre-game show featured a segment with the second baseman playing a baseball video game against a kid whose surname was Cashman. Fitting, as his parents must have paid a pretty penny for the privilege. The pair played the game on a television bigger than both of them. At least Pedroia cleaned it up when trash talking with a minor.

You don’t throw too many strikes, do you?

All I do is hit home runs in this game.

Uh oh, I’m starting to figure it out now.

You just struck out three guys on 9 pitches

Look at video game me going deep.

Kid: What’s the score?
Pedroia: A lot to a little

Pedroia lost 6-1, but not without him trying to strike a deal. “How about this: if I score in the next two outs, we tie.” The kid didn’t fall for the offer.

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