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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Morrow (Brandon)”

Live Deep and Suck Out All the Marrow of Life

The Red Sox fell behind early in the game with Clay Buchholz expending 26 pitches, giving up three runs, and muddling through seven Blue Jays hitters. On the other side of the ball Brandon Morrow wasn’t sharp himself. He walked two batters in both the first and second innings but escaped by virtue of double plays. The tide turned somewhat in the second inning. John Farrell challenged Marty Foster’s call that Jose Reyes was safe at first and after review the ruling was overturned. Farrell improved his challenge record to two out of six won. John Gibbons pulled Brandon Morrow out of the game in the third inning with two out even though he had a no-hitter in the works. None of his teammates wanted to disrupt Morrow’s mojo. Or perhaps it was because in the 2⅔ innings Morrow had walked eight batters. He allowed four consecutive bases on balls in the third that loaded the bases and then forced in the visitors’ first run of the game. Morrow was replaced by Chad Jenkins. Jenkins’s second pitch ended up in the Rogers Center’s left field seats thanks to A.J. Pierzynski’s grand slam home run. The Red Sox assumed a 5-3...

To Morrow and to-morrow and tomorrow

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! More like out, out, baseballs. Jason Varitek continued to produce in his part-time role by going 2-for-3 with a home run, four runs batted in, and two walks. David Ortiz benefited from his long talks with fellow southpaw Adrian Gonzalez and jolted his 16th longball of the season. His three-run homer in the fifth inning capped off a seven-run onslaught. If only the 16 runs could be converted into goals somehow to help the Red Sox’s cross-town neighbors on Monday night at the Garden for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Jerry Remy chided Roberto Luongo for the goalie’s comments on Tim Thomas. “It’s not hard if you’re playing in the paint,’’ said Luongo about Thomas. “It’s an easy save for me, but if you’re wandering out and aggressive like he does that’s going to happen.” That’s like Derek Jeter saying something like, “If Gonzalez hit less fly balls like me he wouldn’t get as many fly ball outs as he does.” The only reason that Jeter...

To Morrow, Tomorrow, I Love You, Tomorrow

You’re only a walk away. Brandon Morrow couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat (and other cliches) while John Lackey nearly squandered a three-run lead in the fifth. It was a game that neither team deserved to win, but the rules of the game dictate that a squad must win, no matter how unworthy the method. Alex Gonzalez contributed to that lead with a second-inning shot that appeared to clear the left field wall but was ruled a double by replay. Scoring-wise the umpires’ ruling was rendered moot as he was driven in by John Buck, but the shortstop has one less home run to his already impressive total of 10 longballs. Blue Jays pitchers passed out seven free passes; the crowd at Fenway must have been annoyed hearing clips of “Walk This Way” over and over again. The base on balls epidemic reached its height in the home half of the second: the idiom “batted around” didn’t quite apply as six of the baserunners reached by walking. Dustin Pedroia walked with the bases loaded to bring his team within a run. Aaron Hill contributed to the fiasco with a throwing error on a tailor-made double play...


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