Thursday, August 9, 2001
Red Sox at Oakland
Frank Castillo vs. Tim Hudson
For the 2nd straight game, the Sox look completely overmatched against the red hot Aís. They got swept by the Angels, then swept the hapless Rangers who can hit but have no pitching.
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Seattle at Boston
Hideo Nomo vs. Jamie Moyer
Quick summary is Ė a tight game 2-2 in the eighth. The Sox push across a run in the bottom of the 8th on a lucky slow roller that Hillenbrand beats out. They bring in Lowe and Seattle scores and have the bases loaded with no outs. Casey Fossum miraculously gets out of it but in the 11th, Seattle gets a 3 run homer from Edgar to win it. Could have won, then should have lost it. My complaint is Ė the management of the pitching. Nomo pitches well but is gone after 5 innings. Garces pitches two good innings ok. Then Urbina comes in and pitches 1 and gets out of a jam. Of course Iíd rather have him than Lowe Ė heís a strikeout pitcher with meanness. Then after Fossum gets out of the ninth, they take him out and bring in Beck, who is only a matter of time heís just been so overused.
Mariners 6 Red Sox 3
Oakland finally lost after 11 straight. They lead the wild card by 2 games and the Yankees are ahead by 4 games in the east. The Sox must beat out one of them and itís not looking good.
Thursday, August 16, 2001
Seattle at Boston
David Cone vs. Aaron Sele
Wow. They fired Jimy. I canít say Iím surprised or dissappointed. I had so many complaints with his decisions Iím not really sorry. So Joe Kerrigan gets the job. And the Sox come through for him in the first game. With home runs from Nomar, Offerman, and a 3 run homer by Bichette to break a 3-3 tie, they take a 6-3 lead into the ninth. And they use Urbina to close. Well Ė is it a nail biter. The first Seattle hitter makes a dumb baserunning play and is out trying to stretch a single. Then itís single, walk, single by Ichiro (did they get him out all series?) and its 6-4. Urbina then strikes out the next two hitters and itís game over with a phew.
Sox 6 Mariners 4
New manager but still 5 games to make up with the Yankees and 2 games with Oakland. Perhaps a set lineup, Urbina as closer, perhaps no more silly pitch counts.
Saturday, August 25, 2001
Red Sox at Texas
Frank Castillo vs. Rick Helling
Long game well after midnight and itís tied up 7-7.
Well it went 18 innings. And they lost. Both teams had opportunities, most noteably Hatteberg gets a walk, they pinch run Lewis. Lewis gets picked off by this balk move by Chris Mahalik. Then Lansing doubles and Nixon hits a blooper that is barely caught by reserve Chad Curtis. They lose it in the 18th with a single, sacrifice, walk, steal of third (arguably uncontested), intentional walk, then a soft double play grounder by slowfooted Bill Haselman who barely beats it out for the win.
The biggest problem I had with this game was I stayed up for it. I went to bed at 2:20 before the bottom of the 18th which is when they lost it. Iím so mad at myself Ė midnight has to be the limit. Yes they beat up on the Angels late at night, but this team isnít going to win it this year. They arenít strong enough in any phase, and I canít keep making this commitment.
Texas 8 Sox 7
Sunday, August 26, 2001
Red Sox at Texas
Pedro Martinez vs. Doug Davis
Pedro returns with a 60 pitch limit supposedly. He wasnít his usual sharp after the long layoff. Gave up 3 runs in four innings. They came back to tie but then Texas went ahead 5-3 and the Sox couldnít capitalize on some pitiful Ranger defense.
Texas 5 Sox 4
They are now 3 behind Oakland and 5 behind the Yankees assuming the Angels donít beat Rivera in the 9th. Iím not optimistic and I canít make this commitment anymore. This isnít the year. They donít have the starting pitching, relief pitching, or the hitting to compete in the playoffs should they make it somehow. And the injuries have just killed them. Itís amazing they made it this far with still a shot.