April 25, 2008
Game Twenty Five
Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Naughty Fish
(They aren’t called the Devil Rays any longer.)
Tim Wakefield vs. Matt Garza
Bernie Carbo on the pregame. Carbo is well known as being a Buffalo Head, one of the Red Sox who led a clubhouse rebellion against manager Don Zimmer during the 1970s. Carbo is also known as the guy who did the thing before the thing-he hit a three run homer to tie Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, thus setting up Carlton Fisk to hit the 12th inning, game winning, just barely fair homer that was forever immortalized by his dancing, gesticulating hops down the first base line.
After dropping two of three against the Halos, Boston moves on for their first matchup of 2008 against the Rays. The Rays are 11-11, which is pretty good for anyone, and certainly acceptable for them, given the prolonged misery of their seasons thus far. Hopefully the flu has passed and we can get back to normal with our pitching soon.
Bottom One-Carl Crawford, who is a dangerous, dangerous man, triples off of Wakefield, and then trots home on a sacrifice line drive by BJ Upton. 1-0 Rays.
Top Two-Boston loads the bases, then Julio (Wanna Buy A Used) Lugo walks to score the tying run. 1-1.
Kevin (Money Money Dollar Dollar Bill Y’All) Cash hits a sac fly for another run. 2-1.
Jacoby (What The) Ellsbury singles for a 3-1 lead.
Bottom Three –Evan Longoria, the Desperate Third Baseman, singles in Gomes to cut the lead to 3-2.
Bottom Four-Carl Crawford, who is Still A Very Dangerous Man, triples in Iwamura to tie the game at 3. Upton knocks in Crawford to give Tampa a 4-3 lead. Looks like (well, sounds like) Timmeh is struggling.
Top Six-RBI grounder from Lugo ties the game at four.
The 4-4 tie continues into the 10th.
I listened to "Guerrilla Radio" on the ride home. What an excellent front man Zack de la Rocha was.
Top 11-Boston gets two on with one out, but David Ortiz grounds into a double play to end it.
Bottom 11-Walk and Two Singles scores Carl Crawford from second with the winning run. 5-4 Loss.
I knew Tampa was going to be a pain, and so they have proven to be.
Tampa again tomorrow, in a night game, then an afternoon game Sunday, then back home for Toronto Tuesday. Hopefully we get at least one in Tampa.