April 19, 2014
Today’s scorecard comes to us from Andrew (9). This is the first scorecard he’s ever completed. Congratulations Andrew! Let’s take a look at it, shall we?
The first thing I notice is that Andrew took some artistic liberties with the Section 36 logo in the corner. Luckily, I happen to like the “filled in” look to it as well. I also see that he must have gotten some bad information on the starting pitcher. I also notice a logical assumption went awry in the lead-off spot. Why wouldn’t you think Grady Sizemore would be in center field? He’s not a right fielder. Otherwise, the card looks fantastic. Everything I need to know is right there for the taking, and I can follow the game batter by batter. Well done!
How about the game itself? Well, starting with Sizemore, we can see that this isn’t exactly a world championship line-up. As a day game following a night game, this one is lacking in star power. (Assuming you consider AJ Pierzynski star power) Herrera, Holt, and Ross found their way into a line-up that already included Sizemore, Bradley, and Carp. How did the Sox win this game?
Felix Doubront. (Nope, not Clay Buchholz) Felix pitched into the seventh, giving up only two runs. Tazawa and Koji took care of the rest. It allowed the offense to scratch out four runs, and that was all they needed.
The star of the game? I could give it to David Ortiz and his home run. But, I’m going to give it to superman Brock Holt. At this point we were just starting to understand his true powers. But, look at that. He tripled in the go-ahead run in the seventh, and then scored an insurance run. Pretty important contribution.
The goat? A few candidates. But, of the players who were hitless, Sizemore had the most at bats. So, his 0-4 at the top of the order get him the horns.
But, it didn’t matter. The offense pulled it together enough to get the victory.
And the scorecard shows how it happened.