I wasn’t watching the Sox game yesterday. I wasn’t listening to it on the radio either. I did, however, have the box score going from Yahoo! Sports. That’s a decent way to follow the game play-by-play, inning by inning. Unless something drastic happens. For instance the words “Nick Punto replaces Dustin Pedroia at second” popping up on the screen. What? Huh? It’s the sixth inning! That’s NOT good. What happened? Why did it happen? What does it mean? Information? Anywhere? Nope. Just Punto replacing Pedroia. ARGHH!
Other than that annoyance the game went well for the Sox. (I know, other than that iceberg, the Titanic had a nice cruise.)The got hits when they needed them. The pitching got them through. I’m interested to know why Aceves was in there on a consecutive day with a big lead. But, I’m sure there was a halfway decent reason for it. Would have been nice if he didn’t give up another two run homer, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
So, the Sox go back to the .500 mark. They seem to be visiting that level with some regularity lately. The good news from that is that they apparently haven’t had long losing streaks. The flipside, of course, is that they haven’t had any long winning streaks. It would be nice if they could get over that hump finally. Not for any specific reason related to the season. Even at the break-even point, they are only 4.5 games back with four month to go. I think they can make that up. But, I’m tired of reading that they haven’t had a winning record yet this season. Just let them slide over so those stories can stop.
Of course, they could have found an easier person to do that against than Justin Verlander. On paper, this does not look good for the Sox. They’re a good offense, though. Maybe they can put up a couple runs. The Tigers didn’t exactly beat up on Doubront yesterday. So, maybe Bard will have the chance to hold them within reason. A 4-3 win wouldn’t be a crazy result.
Or, the Sox will have to wait until Thursday to have a winning record.