Sunday, July 1, 2001
Red Sox at Toronto
Rolando Arrojo vs. Chris Carpenter
Arrojo gets a start in place of Pedro, and he came through. With some extra motivation from Pedro (reportedly) Arrojo is unhittable. He takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning. He gives up a soft single to break it up, but still no runs. Beck and Lowe pitch well in the 8th and 9th by formula (were they really needed?) and on the strength of homers by Daubach and Hillenbrand the Sox win 4-0.
Sox 4 Blue Jays 0
Yankees still beating up on Tampa Bay and the lead is still Ĺ game.
Monday, July 2, 2001
Red Sox at Toronto
Hideo Nomo vs. Esteban Loaiza
The Sox get a 3 run homer from Manny in the 1st and thatís only the beginning. Loaiza doesnít get out of the 1st. By the 3rd itís 11-0 and the Sox coast to a 16-4 win. It only counts for one win and unfortunately the Yankees are still playing Tampa Bay.
Sox 16 Blue Jays 4
Now the schedule gets tougher with 3 games at Cleveland, then 3 in Fenway against the Braves before the All-star break. The injuries are still there. We just hope to stay close to the Yankees. Itís really a 5 team race for the 4 playoff spots. Seattle is way ahead in the west and no one is close. Minnesota and Cleveland are fighting it out in the central, the Yankees and Red Sox in the east, and all 4 have about the same record. If the Sox can get some distance between any of the 3 (Yankees, Twins, or Indians) and get their players back, theyíll make the playoffs. But as for a championship, I feel itís the relief pitching that has to improve. The starting pitching might be ok if all the injuries can be cleared up, but the relief pitching is still suspect especially if Jimy keeps burning them out.
Wednesday, July 4, 2001
Red Sox at Cleveland
Tim Wakefield vs. Dave Burba
The Sox beat up on Dave Burba and are well ahead even though Wakefield doesnít pitch too well. 8-4 into the ninth and the Indians make a huge error leading to 5 more runs.
Sox 13 Indians 4
Thursday, July 5, 2001
Red Sox at Cleveland
David Cone vs. Bartolo Colon
Cone gives up the long ball early and the Sox are down 4-0. But they have it back to 4-3 as Nixon hits a two run homer. Into the 9th against the evil Rocker who the Indians just traded for, the Sox load the bases and Offerman comes through with a two run hit. Lowe holds them in the 9th and the Sox get a big win.
Sox 5 Indians 4
Yankees are sizzling winning their 8th in a row and the Sox are still Ĺ game behind.
Friday, July 6, 2001
Atlanta at Fenway
Rolando Arrojo vs. John Burkett
In a see-saw game, the Sox take a 3-2 lead into the 8th. Beck gives up a homer, but gets out of more trouble. They bring in Lowe in the 9th and a walk, stolen base, and soft single put them ahead. Then a bizzarre play where a throw to first goes through the webbing of Daubachís glove and another run scores. Two outs and nobody on in the Sox ninth and miraculously Nixon and Ramirez hit homers to tie it. But the Braves push a run across in the 10th on another leadoff walk and the Sox lose a killer.
Braves 6 Sox 5
Yankees still on fire and the Sox are down 1 Ĺ games now.
Monday, July 16, 2001
Red Sox at Montrael
Tomo Ohka vs. Bobby Munoz
The Sox are down 3-2 in the 7th when Bichette gets a clutch two out hit to tie, then Daubach homers off the right field foul pole to make it 5-3. Beck gets out of a bases loaded jam in the 7th, but gives up a home run in the 8th and labors with walks. They bring in Lowe to get the last out in the 8th and obviously to go the 9th. Stynes gets a two out hit in the 9th to make it 6-4, and Lowe runs the table, giving up two hits and two walks before making a bare handed throw to first to just get the last out before the tying run scores.
Sox 6 Expos 5
Sox remain Ĺ game out as the Yankees beat Philly in 13 innings. But the Yankees have lost a few finally, perhaps their 7 all stars tired from the trip to Seattle. Relief pitching still shaky. Starting pitching ok tonight as Ohka gives them 5. Pedro is out till late August, Castillo out till who knows when. Rumors of Saberhagen circulate. Rumors of Nomar back soon. Everett who knows. Can they hang close while all of these injuries heal?
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
Red Sox at Toronto
David Cone vs. Steve Parris
The Sox were behind 4-1 in the seventh as Cone was ok and kept them in the game. They scored 3 to tie in the 7th with Nixon getting a bloop single after the Jays failed to turn a double play. Then in the ninth Lewis was hit by a pitch, stole 2nd, then Nixon doubled him home for the go-ahead. Lowe pitched 1-2-3 for the save what a miracle.
Sox 5 Blue Jays 4
Thursday, July 19, 2001
Red Sox at Toronto
Rolando Arrojo vs. Joey Hamilton
Arrojo gets knocked in the leg with a hard grounder and is out in the 3rd inning. Sunny Kim nervously gets through the 5th with a 3-1 lead and the bullpen keeps it all until the 9th. With two out, Lowe hits Tony Fernandez then gives up three hits in a row to lose it. An absolute killer of a loss as the Yankees also lost and the Sox would have tied for first.
Blue Jays 4 Sox 3
I really hated seeing them lose tonight. Two outs and nobody on in the 9th. Brings back memories of two outs and nobody on 15 years ago. Makes you hate being a Sox fan. They really donít have the talent with all of the injuries and they keep getting so close then killing you by losing games like this. Well on to Chicago with a 4-4 road trip so far and just a game behind the Yankees.
Thursday, July 26, 2001
Toronto at Boston
Hideo Nomo vs. Roy Halliday
Nomo gives up a run early but is awesome after that. The Sox come up with some two out runs in the 7th and 8th and lead 6-2 going into the ninth. Jimy brings in Lowe (maybe because he was warming up, maybe just to help him recover from poor recent outings). He gives up three straight singles and the Sox fans are squirming. He then brings in Pulsipher who gives up a hit right off and itís 6-3. Bases loaded and no outs. A four run lead in the ninth and ugh! But the next batter flies out (the runner at 3rd doesnít tag Ďcause his run doesnít mean anything). Then they bring in Beck. Heís given up HRís in each appearance recently and you can see the go ahead run coming in. But Beck gets a hard grounder right to Offerman and the get the double play to end the game.
Sox 6 Blue Jays 3
They are 2 Ĺ games back as the Yankees have been winning. But Saberhagen is starting tomorrow, a big upgrade over the struggling Ohka. Then Nomar is going to be back perhaps by Saturday. No one can predict the impact of getting the players back but it has to be good.
Sunday, July 29, 2001
White Sox at Boston
David Cone vs. Sean Lowe
Nomarís first game back. No need to say more. He got a standing ovation in his first at bat and practically every time he did anything. What a guy. Then he tied the game with a home run 2-2 and won it with a 2 run single later on. Lowe eeked out a 1 run save after Beck got in trouble in the 8th. A great win for the Sox and great to get Nomar back.
Sox 4 White Sox 3
Yankees again on fire and itís still 3 Ĺ back.
Tuesday, July 31, 2001
Angels at Boston
Rolando Arrojo vs. Ramon Ortiz
Nomar again gets standing ovations every time he does anything, even striking out. Ortiz is very tough and the Angels lead early 2-0. Boston fights back to 2-2 on HRs by Daubach and Mirabelli. Then Garces gives it up in the 8th for 4-2 and the Sox have to face Troy Percival in the 9th. They get 3 singles and a walk to get to 4-3 and Hatteberg hits a deep fly with 2 out that Erstad flags down and the Sox go down.
Angels 4 Red Sox 3
The Red Sox did get Ugueth Urbina for relief help hours perhaps minutes before the trading deadline. They gave up Tomo Ohka and another minor leaguer. It looks like the Yankees might finally lose but itís a real grind. The Red Sox have to struggle for every win.