08 July 2004

BOS 8, OAK 7 (10)

WP- Curtis Leskanic (1-4)
LP- Justin Lehr (0-1)
HR- M Ramirez (24), D Ortiz (23), E Byrnes (11)

Johnny Damon ran us to victory tonight. With two outs in the bottom of the tenth, Johnny Damon singled off Justin Lehr for his third hit in the game, raising his average to .312 on the season. Bill Mueller followed with a ball in the gap that didn't reach the wall- Mark Kotsay cut it off, and bobbled it momentarily- Damon flew around third, drawing a hard throw from the cutoff man Bobby Crosby, and while it was good and Miller was in great position, Damon simply beat it with a head first slide under the glove. Boom. Sox win, sweep the A's.

Unfortunately, the ten innings were necessary due to our bullpen coughing up a 6 run lead, and costing Schilling his 12th win of the season. But no matter- against a good club, runs will be allowed- but it's worth noting a few things-
  • The Red Sox are now 5-1 against Oakland, a key Wild Card competitor.

  • They have been a completely different team following two events- the Yankee 12th inning loss, and Bill Mueller's subsequent return. Mueller has hit the cover off the ball, and the team seems to be re-energized following the heartbreaking loss to New York.

  • Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are two of the three best hitters in the AL this season. They're beasts, nuff said.

  • Schilling, I read, looked pretty good- struck out 8 in 5 1/3, but Francona wisely pulled him after ~110 pitches. I missed the first half of the game returning from Boston. Let's keep it up against a scary Texas team.

    Johnny Damon's 2004 season as of July 8th:
    .312BA .397OBP .457SLG .854OPS 7HR 41RBI 222B 23B 45BB 63R 101H 8SB

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