Good V last night, if a bit of a strange one. After jumping out to an early lead due to some back to back long ball by Manny and Trot (yes, I said Trot - I know it's hard to believe), Schilling pitched well overall but left after six with somewhat less than a comfortable lead. DelCarmen came in for the 7th and struggled, loading the bases and surrendering a run before getting out of it in strong fashion. We blew it wide open again in the eighth, capped off by a bases clearing 2B by Varitek which had Trot coming around from first and scoring on a close play at the plate after ignoring Hale's stop sign. Nice aggressive hustle from the hillbilly there. Youk, Crisp, Lowell and Loretta all had 3 hits, and - I can't believe I'm saying this - Seanez actually looked sharp in the ninth, ringing up Kotsay with a filthy deuce. 13-5, on 18 hits. Not too shabby.
Other notable moments:
A nice 5-4-3 DP from deep in the hole at 3rd.
A priceless meltdown by A's relief pitcher Duscherer who got tossed after bitching about some calls that didn't go his way, prompting a very heated argument with the home plate ump. I see a healthy fine looming for this one.
Sauerbeck leaving the game suddenly in the 8th with an injury, causing about a 10 minute delay while the replacement took his sweet time warming up. You don't see that very often.
A very interesting game, indeed.
And how about them Twins? They are playing unbelievable ball, which shouldn't come as a surprise to Sox fans after we took it in the shorts and got swept last month. They certainly seem as if they'll be a player in the wild card stakes.
Finally, has anyone heard anything about why Harold Reynolds is suddenly no longer employed at ESPN? I've always thought he was an exceptional analyst with a great demeanor - it's too bad to see him go. He's been there for 11 years doing everything from Baseball Tonight to college and little league world series. Something must have happened because it all seems quite sudden.
Afternoon game today, boys. Let's go for the sweep!