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Sunday, August 7, 2005

continued ...

The Sox really may not be as good as we thought. First place by 3 1/2 today on August
6th. But - the starting pitching is not nearly as formidable as last year. Schilling
is in the bullpen, doing a great job by the way, but not starting. Will Foulke be good
again when he comes back? He was so awful before going on the DL. Schilling has 8
saves but has given up a lot of hard hit balls, and as the closer he's not the #1
starter. Pedro and Lowe are gone. Now we have Clement (hopefully recovered from the
beaning), Wells, Wakefield, Arroyo, and Miller. None of those guys scare anyone. The
key to this season is Foulke coming back good, Schilling going back to being the #1
starter, and the defense tightening up (wow it's been awful the last two nights).

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Texas at Boston
Matt Clement vs. Joquin Benoit

Phew! We had a 7-2 lead in this one and it seemed like an easy win. But a horrific top
of the 7th for the Sox - the Rangers get a few hits, the Sox have a few defensive
lapses, and a questionable umpires call, and there we are with a 7-7 tie. Papi Ortiz
hits one to the wall for a bid to put the Sox ahead in the 8th but it's caught.

The battle goes into xtras and Curt Schilling gets them out in the 9th and 10th, barely
in the 10th after a double and fly out, he strikes out Michael Young on a nasty
splitter. Then Bill Mueller starts it off with a single on a 10 pitch AB, Alex Cora
goes National League with a sac bunt, they walk Damon. And Edgar, 0 for 5 on the night
with two errors, scorches a grounder down the left field line for the win.

Sox 8 Rangers 7

The lead is again 4 1/2 games over the Yankees who seem to come back and win late
often. We still haven't shaken the Yankees, whose pitching seems to be in shambles.
Many questions still remain on August 9. Foulke coming back is a huge question, as it
allows Schilling to start again. Without Foulke, without Schilling, we don't have a
real #1 starter. Schilling is doing great as the closer lately, but we need that big
guy every 5 days. Then there's the defense. What's up with that? Last year Nomar was
traded with the rationale of defense. This year it's gone south just recently but has
it ever. The team needs to clean up the questions if they're going to go for it all.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Texas at Boston
Matt Clement vs. Joquin Benoit

Phew! We had a 7-2 lead in this one and it seemed like an easy win. But a horrific top
of the 7th for the Sox - the Rangers get a few hits, the Sox have a few defensive
lapses, and a questionable umpires call, and there we are with a 7-7 tie. Papi Ortiz
hits one to the wall for a bid to put the Sox ahead in the 8th but it's caught.

The battle goes into xtras and Curt Schilling gets them out in the 9th and 10th, barely
in the 10th after a double and fly out, he strikes out Michael Young on a nasty
splitter. Then Bill Mueller starts it off with a single on a 10 pitch AB, Alex Cora
goes National League with a sac bunt, they walk Damon. And Edgar, 0 for 5 on the night
with two errors, scorches a grounder down the left field line for the win.

Sox 8 Rangers 7

The lead is again 4 1/2 games over the Yankees who seem to come back and win late
often. We still haven't shaken the Yankees, whose pitching seems to be in shambles.
Many questions still remain on August 9. Foulke coming back is a huge question, as it
allows Schilling to start again. Without Foulke, without Schilling, we don't have a
real #1 starter. Schilling is doing great as the closer lately, but we need that big
guy every 5 days. Then there's the defense. What's up with that? Last year Nomar was
traded with the rationale of defense. This year it's gone south just recently but has
it ever. The team needs to clean up the questions if they're going to go for it all.