Sunday, August 30, 2009

Paul Byrd: a Theo Experiment That Worked

When Tazawa imploded and Wakefield's back acted up the Red Sox needed a quick fix so they went into Theo's back of tricks and pulled out the semi-retired Paul Byrd. The 38 year old made his first start of the seaon today against the Jay's ace Roy Halladay and looked like he was at the top of his game. Byrd pitched 6 shutout innings giving up just 3 hits and picked up his first win of the season.

The Sox bullpen continued where Byrd left off when MDC, Wagner, and Saito went the rest of the way giving up just 2 more hits while preseving the shutout. Wagner gave up a double in his first inning of work for the Red Sox but did strike out the side.

The Red Sox offense was powered by Youk who drove in 3 runs on a pair of hits and by Baldelli who took Halladay deep in the 2nd.

The Yankees won today but the Rangers and Rays lost so the Red Sox improved their lead in the wild-card race.

Red Sox win 7-0 BOX SCORE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Red Sox 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 7 10 0


Shelley August 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
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Shelley August 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

Matt! You posted the Rangers lost before it actually happened. BUt you were right...the Rangers weren't able to capitalize on based loaded against Nathan and the Twins walked away with a win. Phew.

Byrd did fantastic. I was not looking forward to this game...and what Byrd would bring to a mound. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. He's definitely a decent #5 option, especially hearing how Dice-K's start went this afternoon.

Nice Sweep by the Sox. We kind of need the Yanks to lose some games, but no matter what...we are playing some great baseball these days.


bs-uf15bosox9bears23 August 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

Kinda early to declare it a success, no? He did great for what we asked him to do, but he may end up sucking if we need him to make more starts.


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