Tuesday, June 28, 2005
June 28, 2005
Red Sox vs. Cleveland
I've been late adding to the Red Sox diary after the curse was broken.
So here we are nearly halfway through the 2005 title defense. The Sox just took 12 of
13 including sweeping a 6 game road trip, and they've climbed into first place with
thoughts of running away with it.
Oooops. Cleveland comes to town and blows them out in the first game.
This game had the look of a great win. With a terrific 5 run inning, the Sox take the
lead 8-5. However, the bullpen has been the weakness and this night was to be no
exception. The Indians creep back to 8-7 and in the 9th, Foulke gives up a double, a
two out single to tie it. Then he walks two and gives up a tremendous grand slam to
Travis Hafner, a guy who hits the Sox like Barry Bonds.
Sox lose, 12-8.
It's time to admit the bullpen is a real problem. The 12-1 run really masked the
weakness. Foulke is not what he was last year. His fastball/changeup delta is not
enough and he cannot get his fastball by any big league hitter. Timlin has been hitable
lately, Embree, Mantei, and Halama don't even mention it.