Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sox Get Big Lead and Hold It (Sorta)

Earlier today I said to get ready for some more crooked numbers and that Lester should be able to hold the lead. I was mostly right. The Sox did jump out to an early lead getting 2 in the second and 4 in the third off of Mendoza while Lester cruised. Boston put up 2 more runs in the 5th for an 8-0 lead with Lester keeping the Rangers off the board through 7. Tito let Lester come back out for the 8th which in retrospect seems like a bad idea. He gave up a homer to Kinsler and back to back singles and was lifted for Mike Timlin. A pitch up in the zone was deposited behind the Sox pen to put the Rangers within reach. Panic quickly set in for fans still feeling a little shell shocked from last night but the fire was quickly put out. Timlin settled down with a strikeout before Lopez got the third out of the inning. Masterson came in for the 9th finished off the Rangers with a nice double play ball. Boston now has a 3 game win streak going and the Fenway magic appears to be working.

Sox Win 8-4 BOX SCORE

3 comments:

dave,  August 13, 2008 at 8:23 PM  

Are Timlin's days numbered? I like the guy, a lot. He's done a lot for the Sox. But I wonder if this could perhaps be his last season.

Fenway West August 13, 2008 at 8:33 PM  

Peter Gammons said the Sox are really counting on his experience for late in the season and his speed in coming up in a chat on boston.com today, but he has not pitched well this season. He is as old as Wake and is not a knuckler so I think his time under the lights is coming to an end.

Heretic,  August 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM  

Timlin should be used for mop-up duty and/or to pitch to the bottom third of a lineup only.

I cringe every time he's brought in to face a power hitter and I had a bad feeling that 3 run homer was coming the minute Bradley came to the plate :-\

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