The bottom of the 5th innings saw Matt Hall get hit by a pitch just as the rain started pouring down. I am not kidding when I say pouring either. The rain I saw on the way to the ball park did not compare to this down pour. At 8:11 with 2 outs in the home half of the 5th inning the rain delay began. Both teams have left to their clubhouses and the bulk of the crowd is gone. The ones left, who are shielded by an awning are cheering the grounds crew as they struggled with the tarp in the rain and wind. It took about 15 minutes, but the field is covered and the rain has slowed down a hair. I don't think we are playing any more baseball in Port Charlotte tonight. If the game is called we have just enough ball played to make this a Crabs win! Give Frank De Los Santos his first win as a Stone Crab and give Matt Sweeney the game winning RBI. My MVP for the game is De Los Santos with a nod to Kang for his double. Really though the 22 year old lefthander De Los Santos was the story. He will get credit for a complete (4 inning) game if this is called and he will earn his first win of the season. He allowed 3 hits (but picked off 2 of them) and no runs. De Los Santos had the perfect pace, his good stuff and decent defense behind him. Mainly it was his economy of pitches that makes him my game MVP. 5 innings, 50 pitches and 37 strikes. Nice. As the rain has not slowed over the 25 minutes I am making the call myself. This game is over, my computer is closing. Stone Crabs win!!!
Red Sox 6, Tampa Bay 2:
Holy Buckets! First Place!
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:11:04 +0000 http://bostonredthoughts.com/?p=6233 For
the first time in a while, the Sox have reclaimed first place in the AL
East–even if they are currently sharing it with Toronto, who did not play
last night. This leaves the Oreos 2 games behind the two ballclubs. And
where are the Skanks, you ask? SEVEN game behind…. ha ha ha ha…
The Sox have 4 against the really sucky horrible Rays this week, (although
they have been much better as of late–figures) which can be a GREAT
opportunity to gain some ground–Let’s hope they take advantage of it…
David Price pitched like the Ace he is supposed to be, throwing 8 scoreless
innings, giving up only 2 hits in the contest. Throwing 116 pitches, for
strikes, he struck out 8 and walked 2. It was Matt Barnes who gave up the 2
runs in the 9 inning, although he did strike out 2…
And what about that play! Andrew Benintendi, who is not only hitting the
cover off the ball, with a triple slash of .306/.353/.468, with a homer, 10
RBI’s in 19 games, made one of those “holy crap, did that really happen???”
kind of plays in the 8th inning when he almost went ass over teakettle on
the outfield wall and came up with the ball, then immediately threw the
ball in. This is one of those you need to see to believe…
Looks like Stephen Wright will be back this weekend in time for the KC
series, with Eduardo Rodriguez hopefully not far behind. The Sox need their
reliable starters back, because Henry Owens is not an answer, and with the
bullpen the way it has been (and I cannot believe I am saying this), they
need Buchholz as a reliever…
Although I am concerned with how long it’s taking Rodriguez to come back. I
think more of this is about him brain than his hamstring…I just hope this
is not going to be a thing…
So there are 38 games left in the 2016 campaign, and the Sox are on pace to
win 91-92 games. Will that be enough to get them to the dance? I think it’s
going to be a 3-way catfight between them, Toronto and Baltimore until the
bitter end, which could leave one of them out. Although Seattle, Detroit
and Houston are all within striking distance, if someone falters.
They need to keep winning more than they are losing, and the bullpen needs
to get their crap together and start doing their jobs. Koji will have his
first bullpen session this week, but even if he does comes back from his
pectoral strain, he’s 41 years old, and has an ERA for 2016 nearly 2 runs
higher (4.50) than his career number (2.59), so will he be able to help?
Coming up: Game 2 of the 4 against the dreadful Rays (17.5 GB), with That
Clay Person getting another start as Stephen Wright continues to rehab
(grrrrrr). He has been pretty effective his last 2 outings and he has had
success against this team–let’s hope he can be useful once again. He is
opposed by Chris Archer, who is even worse than he is (7-16). Ironically,
he is considered Tampa Bay’s Ace.
Oh Boy. 1st pitch 7:10pm….