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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Betancourt (Yuniesky)”

Royal Pain

Just as Tim Wakefield was chased from the game in the fourth inning by the pesky Royals Terry Francona was driven from his customary bench by the irksome Kevin Millar. Millar whooped and hollered over the phone to his MLB Network colleagues when Victor Martinez powered a two-run home run into the home team’s bullpen. The four-bagger granted the Red Sox a somewhat comfortable 5-2 lead. But no lead is safe in Fenway, and these days no lead is safe with Wakefield on the mound. Kansas City retaliated with no regard for human life in the top of the fourth, tying the game 5-5 on a wild pitch to Mitch Maier. Maier would take a base on balls to load the diamond and Yuniesky Betancourt improbably knocked the ball over the left field wall for a grand slam. Betancourt, the middle infielder who bats in the eight hole. The shortstop with the .392 career slugging percentage. The slick fielder who had 34 homers since 2005. In such a topsy-turvy game it stands to reason that the Red Sox’s best pitcher was a position player. Bill Hall pitched a perfect frame in the ninth and had one more out than Joe...

Fatigued

Game 56: May 28, 2008 Red Sox 0 L: Tim Wakefield (3-4) 32-24, 2 game losing streak Mariners 1 W: Erik Bedard (4-3)H: Brandon Morrow (3)S: J.J. Putz (6) 20-34, 2 game winning streak Highlights: Lou Merloni made his NESN debut in the pre-game show. He wasn't on par with David McCarty, but who could ever live up to the standard set by the former utility player/relief pitcher? The story of this pitchers’ duel is thankfully brief: slap-hitting shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt smacked a knuckler that got too much of the plate into the left field seats.It was one of those shots that Tim Wakefield is wont to surrender. For hitters will guess lucky and swing in the general area of where they think the fluttering sphere will alight, however briefly, to connect for a happenstance blast.I must admit to being somewhat thankful this game wasn’t full of excitement because most of my attention was devoted to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Kendrick Perkins had a monster of a game: five offensive rebounds, 11 defensive rebounds, and 18 points, trouncing Rasheed Wallace in rebounds (one offensive, three defensive) and tying the Pistons center in points.I did switch over...

Killers

Game 109: August 3, 2007 Red Sox 4 L: Mike Timlin (1-1) 66-43, 1 game losing streak23-9-4 series record Mariners 7 W: Sean Green (5-1)H: Mark Lowe (2)H: George Sherrill (17)S: J.J. Putz (32) 60-47, 2 game winning streak21-13-3 series record Highlights: David Ortiz committed horrible acts upon the baseball last night. It wasn’t enough that a cow gave its hide for the ball; Ortiz also had to punish it further with his 3-for-5 showing. The designated hitter homered in the third and knocked an opposite field RBI single in the fifth. There was also a two-out single in the seventh but it came to naught. Aside from alternative music and coffee, Seattle also distinguishes itself for being the stomping ground of several renown serial killers. Theodore Robert Bundy and Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer, are two of the most notorious. Bundy was born in Vermont but spent most of his formative and young adult years in the Seattle area. While attending various universities in Seattle, Bundy held a wide array of positions: bagboy at Safeway, suicide hotline volunteer, and, upon his graduation from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology, a staffer for the...


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