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Arctic Expedition

Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald both donned balaclavas last night, looking more like Robert Peary trekking northwards than ballplayers. Dominican-born David Ortiz eschewed such frippery. The cold did nothing to Ortiz’s bat; the designated hitter launched the ball into the stands in the second to give his team a 2-1 lead. The Southsiders tied the game in the bottom of third thanks to the opposition’s miscues. Alexei Ramirez reached on a throwing error by Kevin Youkilis. McDonald made a run at Paul Konerko’s wind-affected fly ball to shallow left but it dropped for a single. Ramirez advanced on A.J. Pierzynski’s fielder’s choice to Adrian Gonzalez and then scored when Kelly Shoppach couldn’t come up with a pitch to Alex Rios that deflected off his mitt. Konerko broke the 2-2 tie in the fifth with his 401st career home run, but the Red Sox notched five runs in the following frame. Setting the stage, Gonzalez and Youkilis walked and Ortiz singled to load the bases. Ross, still looking like James Clark Ross, singled to knot the game 3-3. Fellow explorer McDonald lined a shot down the left field line that reached the wall and was deadened by a ricochet off the...

Ozmotic Pressure

Osmotic pressure: the selective diffusion process driven by the internal energy of the solvent molecules across a permeable membrane. Ozmotic pressure: the amount of force Ozzie Guillen exerts on a given input device (e.g. Blackberry or keyboard) when tweeting. Prior to this evening’s victory Guillen’s squad were mired in a three-game losing streak. They are still looking up at every team but the Twins in their division, but if Jake Peavy’s seeming return to Cy Young form holds they may find themselves back above .500 and in a position to threaten Cleveland’s supremacy (a phrase no one thought they would be typing this season). When Peavy’s latissimus dorsi detached on July 6, 2010 it wasn’t unreasonable to think his career was over. A day after the injury Will Carroll commented that other pitchers had strained that muscle but no one had ever had it completely tear from the bone. Less than a year later Peavy plowed through the packed Red Sox lineup with an impressive line: 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, no walks, and 2 strikeouts. In his six starts this month Jon Lester has had only two quality starts. He relinquished a season-high seven earned runs,...

Power Outage

Since Jon Lester fell far short of tallying his 20th win of the season the story of the night was the power outage in the bottom of the sixth. Commonwealth Edison had an outage in the neighborhood, which caused a 21-minute delay in play. Red Sox would have preferred the lights go out in the bottom half of the fourth. Lester struggled to maintain the 2-2 tie but allowed a double to Alejandro De Aza and bases on balls to Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez to load the bases for Paul Konerko. The Red Sox southpaw was far from lights out: his 95-mile an hour fastball was right down the middle of the plate and bottom of the letters high. It was Konerko’s ninth career grand slam. Marco Scutaro, Mike Lowell, and Bill Hall provided some power, but only enough to cue the organ. While Lester didn’t reach his milestone of 20 victories, Victor Martinez clouted his 20th home run in the third inning. The Red Sox didn’t produce a playoff berth but celebrated a bevy of births. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz both welcomed their firstborns, Daisuke Matsuzaka’s wife Tomoyo had their third child, and now Adrian Beltre has...

Mistakes

Game 124: August 24, 2009 White Sox8L: Jose Contreras (5-12)63-62, 2 game losing streak Red Sox12W: Ramon Ramirez (7-3)H: Hideki Okajima (22)H: Daniel Bard (7)71-53, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Contreras made an error in the bottom of the third, an error bigger than “Sox Appeal,” “Pocket Money,” and the dance sequence opening the NESN pregame show for Friday’s match-up against the Yankees. Paul Konerko stooped to field David Ortiz’s grounder but for some reason Jose Contreras thought he should chase down the ball. Perhaps he wanted to make amends for hitting Kevin Youkilis with a pitch to jam the bases. The pitcher ended up straddling the first base line without the ball in his glove. Ortiz scampered across the bag safe, Alex Gonzalez scored, and the bases reloaded. Konerko’s exasperation matched that of Jose Oquendo, the third base coach of the Cardinals who attempted to direct Jeff Suppan’s baserunning.Jason Bay walked on five pitches, pushing across another run and bringing his team within a run. Instead of pitching to Mike Lowell, Contreras might have been better off throwing the ball into the crowd. Lowell wouldn’t get past second base even if the starter hurled the sphere into the netting...


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