Last night’s opening series game against the Tampa Bay Rays, was quite eventful considering the low score. The crazy part is the game is not over! The rain is back in Boston and should be here all weekend. Last night’s game-time temperature was 41 degrees. It was Josh Beckett vs Wade Davis. They both pitched gems but they will have to wait until tonight to find out the outcome of the game.
In the third, Beckett retired the first two batters and then Carl Crawford reached on an error by shortstop, Marco Scutaro. Crawford stole second, which was no surprise. In fact, the Rays stole a total of 4 bases last night. Opponents are 16 for 17 against the Sox this year. I feel bad for Robinson Cano, the only runner to be gunned down this year. With Crawford on second, Zobrist hit a blooper to Adrian Beltre who “lost the ball in the lights.” Crawford scored, giving Zobrist an RBI hit. Later in the fifth, Jeremy Hermida also lost a routine fly ball in the lights. So out of the 4 hits Beckett gave up last night, only two were legit in my book.
Bottom of the fitth, Jason Varitek, who was only playing his second game of the season, launched his third home run of the year. He is 3-7, and every hit has left the building. What is the wrong with this picture? When we need him to hit, he struggles. Now that Victor Martinez is the starting cacher, he is struggling (9-39, batting .238). So it would only be typical to now have Varitek turn it on as a “reserve” catcher smashing the ball in his limited appearances. As if Francona, didn’t have enough problems to solve. I certainly wouldn’t want to have his job these days.
In the 6th, Grant Balfour relieved Wade Davis and immediately ran into trouble by walking Kevin Youkilis. Another shocking thing happen…David Ortiz ripped a double down the right field line, causing Sox fans to acquaint themselves with Tim Bogar, the third base coach who sent Youkilis home. Youkilis was gunned down. Tim Bogar had to put in a little OT last night, facing the media. He had a point though, if was safe, no one would have said a word.
Papelbon escaped the top of the 9th, but the rain was too much. The tarp came out and the game was suspended after 8 1/2 innings. It will be resumed tonight at 7:10. The regularly scheduled game for tonight will follow after a 30-45 minute break in between. Guess who will be leading off the bottom of the 9th. Big Papi. Here is his chance to get his hero status back. This game could be over in one pitch.
I will be at the game(s) tonight. I am glad I decided not to go last night. Now I get a 2 for 1 special. It’s gonna be another cold and wet one but these games are always an adventure. I am off to Fenway to log in my third game of the season. Or does that make it 4? I might need an asterisk next to my “games attended” stat this year.
About the Author
Written by "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek
I was born a sports fan. Playing soccer, basketball and softball in high school, then moving on to play Div. II softball at Keene State on partial scholarship. In 2003, our team was inducted into the Keene State Hall of Fame. GO OWLS! I am a die hard Red Sox, Patriots and UNC Tar Heel hoop fan. Most of my friends call me Baseball Brenda because when it comes to ranking my priorities in life, the Red Sox always are first on the list. I average about 40 games a year and I have attended every home playoff game since moving back to MA in 2005. I am super competitive and excel at anything you can win at :) Horseshoes, ping pong, darts, pool, cornhole, and bowling. Always love a good challenge. I play a lot of golf in the summer and a lot of fantasy sports. I am always looking to meet local Sox fans so look me up on Facebook.