Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Seattle Mariners at Fenway
Frank Castillo against Aaron Sele
I was at this game with good seats right behind home plate. The rage is Ichiro to start the game. He gets an infield hit and steals 2nd to start. The Mariners get 2 runs on a single that OíLeary might have been able to catch. Then the ugliness starts as Sele hits Chris Stynes in the face. Sele is clearly upset and we could see it wasnít intentional. But next inning Castillo hits Olerud in the butt and the accusations fly. It was dumb because it led to 2 more runs. The Sox fight back to tie at 5-5. Arrojo comes in and with 2 outs and a runner at 1st the roof caves in. They light him up for a bunch of hits and an HBP and 5 runs are across. Later with the game virtually over some Seattle relief pitcher whizzes one by Mannyís head. OíLeary first ball swings with the bases loaded and grounds into a double play to end it. I donít understand why pitcher have to retaliate when the first HBP clearly wasnít intentional. It hurts the team and gets the umpires all revved up.
Seattle 10 Red Sox 5
Friday, May 11, 2001
Oakland Aís at Fenway
Paxton Crawford against Cory Lytle
This game makes you wonder how you could have suffered through being a Sox fan for so many years. Oakland jumps out to a 4-0 lead and Crawford is knocked out after 2 innings. They fight back to 4-3 (two run triple for Manny), and Oakland gets two more to make it 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Then Offerman, Everett, Ramirez, and OíLeary all hit doubles to tie the game with no outs, but they canít push another run across. Oakland again takes the lead off of Beck in the ninth, but the Sox load the bases with just one out. OíLeary hits gets the fly ball they need to tie the game. But oh there goes Everett to 3rd, and here comes the throw, and heís out - and before the runs score Ė game over! Ugh.
Thursday, May 24, 2001
Red Sox at Yankees
Pedro Martinez against Mike Mussina
Classic pitching duels with two of the best. The Red Sox can only muster a run off of Mussina and the Yankees get a soft hit from OíNeil to break the tie. Then of course itís Rivera in the 9th and game over.
Yankees 2 Red Sox 1
Friday, May 25, 2001
Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway
Hideo Nomo vs. Esteban Loaiza
Went with Jennie to this game. Had good seats right along 3rd base. What an exciting game. I kept score for the first time. Really keeps you in the game. Nomo was just about unhittable. He gave up one hit a double to Shannon Stewart. In the first, Offerman walked, Nixon doubled, and Everett doubled, but somehow Nixon didnít score. So 2nd and 3rd with no outs and they didnít walk Manny. He strikes out and OíLeary flies out to short left and Veritek strikes out so they only score 1. So with Nomo almost unhittable, they go into the eighth with only a one run lead. During that time Nomo strikes out 7 in a row and the crowd is roaring. But weíre all nervous as itís only a 1 run lead. Then in the eighth they load the bases with no outs. Hillenbrand swings at the first pitch and pops to 2nd. Daubach grounds to 1st and they get the force at home. Then Lansing comes up and everyone canít believe they donít pinch hit for him. But he surprises everyone by lashing a double to left-center clearing the bases. Nomo gets the last 3 outs easily and itís a one hit gem.
Red Sox 4 Blue Jays 0
Monday, May 28, 2001
New York Yankees at Fenway
David Cone vs. Andy Petitte
The Sox are down 3-1 early but battle back to tie it on a bunt by Darrin Lewis. Arrojo pitches well in relief as Cone was unspectacular. But in the late innings OíNeil doubles and Posada doubles to put them ahead. The Sox were actually lucky to get out with only one run. But guess what Ė a Yankee lead late in the game is game over. Rivera routinely gets the last 3 outs and the Yankees win hardly breaking a sweat.
It makes you wonder why even bother. The Yankees have all of these veteran hitters that can get the big hit when they need it. They execute Ė like Brosius sacraficing Posada to 3rd with no outs. And Knoblauch getting hit by a pitch then stealing 2nd. Then itís their pitching Ė Petitte goes 7 innings and the Sox have to scratch and claw for 3 runs. They also have Clemens and Mussina who pitch solid games just about every time out. And then thereís Rivera whoís almost inhuman. Heís been dominating in the World Series do you think heís fold under pressure in the regular season? The Yankees have won 4 of 5 World Seriesí how in the world are the Sox going to beat them. Why even bother.
Wednesday, May 30, 2001
New York Yankees at Fenway
Pedro Martinez vs. Mike Mussina
Another duel between two of the best. The lead in is has Pedro lost it and is he psyched out by the Yankees? He hasnít won in 5 starts against the bombers. The Sox knock Mussina around in the first few innings with in the 2nd OíLeary getting a double, Daubach a double to drive in 2, and then in the 3rd Offerman singles, Nixon sacrifices, and Everett gets a single off the wall out at second (throw by Knoblauch!?). Pedro is unhittable - just a couple of hits and something like 13 Kís. Iím saying ďleave him inĒ through the 7th and the 8th. Finally after 120 or so pitches they do take him out after 8. Lowe comes in and we squirm a bit. He goes 3-0 on Justice and Justice does him a favor by striking out on ball 4. Williams gets a soft single but Martinez and OíNeil are unable to come through and we win. Is Lowe dependable as a closer now? Is there hope of hanging with the Yankees. As of tonight theyíre Ĺ game out.
Sox 3 Yankees 0
Thursday, May 31, 2001
Red Sox at Toronto
Hideo Nomo vs. Chris Michalak
Nomo looked in no-hit form through the first four innings and the Sox led 2-0. But he lost it and only pitched 5+ tonight. Manny hit a HR and it was 4-1. But the Jays caught up on a 3 run homer off of Beck, only to have the Sox score 7 runs in the 8th and 9th to win easily 11-5. If only all the games were this easy.
Sox 11 Blue Jays 5