20 July 2004

BOS 9, SEA 7

WP- Derek Lowe (8-9)
LP- Joel Pineiro (5-11)
SV- Keith Foulke (15)
HR- D Ortiz (26), M Ramirez (27)

Gimme an "L"!

First of all, before you ask- last night's 2 AM ended 11 inning loss to the Mariners- where we had a 2 run lead with one out in the bottom of the ninth and our closer gave up 2 solo HRs back to back and ended with a game-losing grand slam from the other Boone- was far too painful to write about. That was ridiculous.

But alas! We won today. An 8 run 4th inning coming on, among other things, a 3 run HR to David Ortiz followed by a solo HR from The Baby Bull, carried the game for the Sox. Lowe kept em in it, the tired bullpen did their best to let the M's back in it, and Foulke shut the door after giving up a single on a great pitch to Suzuki and walking Winn.

Bottom line, the Red Sox need desperately to play better on the road, especially with a huge road trip coming up after this week/end's short homestand. I reject that these hitters are only tailored to Fenway- Bellhorn, Ramirez, Ortiz, Garciaparra, Damon all can hit anywhere. Mueller and Varitek are certainly aided by their home park, but then so are many, many great hitters. Point is- it doesn't excuse poor road play.

Hopefully some of the team's needs will be addressed in the near future leading up to the trade deadline. The Sox desperately need to replace the Millar/ McCarty tandem. For the time being, I would go with McCarty- he's been swinging the bat passably, and adds defense... but we could certainly use Millar's bat. He's been absolutely atrocious this season, posting 5 HR and under 30 RBI in 93 games. The Sox could also use starting pitching to replace, ideally, Derek Lowe. My pet choice would be Carl Pavano simply because he's been so good, he would be a FA we would be smart to sign, and he conceivably wouldn't require too many prospects if the Marlins continue to falter. Shoppach and a low mL arm? We'll see. Finally, bullpen help- long relief and maybe another impact pitcher, a la Guardado or even Mike Myers from Seattle.

We HAVE to capitalize on this homestand. I'm also looking forward to tomorrow's Battle Royale--

Pedro Martinez vs. Karim Garcia, the newest Oriole. This matchup begs the question...


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