July 9, 2000
A little inter-league intrigue with the game as the Braves returned to Boston. Let’s dive right in.
The nicest part about this card is the pitchers section still having some room in it. If you only needed three pitchers, chances are you had a good game. And, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Wakefield had a great start, going seven strong innings. Rich Garces and Derek Lowe each pitched a scoreless inning to finish it out. I imagine that’s exactly how they drew it up before the game.
The other great part about the card is all the colored diamonds. When you have the pitching that the Sox got, and you see all those runs scored, you know it was a pretty good day.
The player of the game? Easily Nomar. He only had two hits, but both of them were home runs. He both scored and drove in three runs on the day. Since the Braves only scored two runs, Nomar was almost all the Sox needed.
The team goat? It’ll have to be Ed Sprague. He was the only player on the Sox without a hit on the day. He stumbled though the game going 0-4 with a strikeout. Even from the last spot in the order, you’d like more than that.
But, it didn’t matter. The Sox pounded their former cross-town rivals. The pitching held them down, while the offense couldn’t stop scoring. It was a fantastic team effort.
And the scorecard shows how it happened.