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Game 119: August 19, 2009 Red Sox6W: Clay Buchholz (2-3)68-51, 2 game winning streak Blue Jays1L: Roy Halladay (13-6)55-63, 4 game losing streak Highlights: Each Buchholz start makes me want to go back in time and unsign John Smoltz. It’s easy to mock Terry Francona and his love affair with veterans well beyond their expiration date (I’m looking your way, Kevin Millar and Mike Timlin), but someone in the Red Sox organization was overly enamored with Smoltz this season. Clay Buchholz was nearly beheaded by Aaron Hill’s comebacker. Unlike Hiroki Kuroda, who was knocked in the noggin by Rusty Ryal’s liner, Buchholz was able to avoid the tower-buzzing shot. The near miss seemed to energize the Red Sox starter, as if opposing Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay wasn’t invigorating enough. For six innings Buchholz kept the damage to one run, which was tallied by Vernon Wells in the fourth with his RBI single to plate Hill.Buchholz didn’t have the no-hit stuff that Frank Viola brought to the bump on September 30, 1992 in the SkyDome. Viola was on the Red Sox and faced off against David Cone, carrying his no-hitter into the ninth. One-hole hitter Devon White knocked the ball...

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Game 118: August 18, 2009 Red Sox10W: Hideki Okajima (4-0)H: Daniel Bard (6)S: Jonathan Papelbon (29)67-51, 1 game winning streak Blue Jays9L: Casey Janssen (2-4)55-62, 3 game losing streak Highlights: It was a win as unbecoming as Frank Viola’s brown herringbone jacket. Like that piece of clothing, it merely served its purpose. A lucky win, the required business casual outfit, both essential items in the toolkit of success. During the game last night I went to the kitchen to grab a Skinny Cow frozen treat in a vain attempt to stave off the heat. From the other room a heard a muted, “Ack ack ack.” I thought it might be kids outside playing soldier but it was Frank Viola’s gleeful cackle.Viola enjoys games that the Red Sox score a lot of runs in, and in this contest Boston needed every last run. The visitors jumped out to an early lead in the second with four runs. Kevin Youkilis almost homered but settled for a double, Jason Bay walked, and Mike Lowell loaded the bases with a looping single to right.David Ortiz poked the ball to the opposite field to plate two runs. Alex Gonzalez chipped in with an RBI ground...


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