Let's Play Two
Game 1 is in the books. Boston 11, Chicago 3. As openers to a doubleheader go, this one worked out well for the Red Sox.
Beckett gave them just enough (5 2/3) so that the bullpen wasn’t overly taxed. The bullpen broke it open late so Paps didn’t have to pitch. Gagne also didn’t pitch so Tito should have enough weapons for the late innings of the nightcap.
Varitek blamed himself for Wednesday’s loss in Tampa for stranding runners all night, then he comes out and does the captainly thing today, driving in four runs in Game 1.
When the Red Sox pulled the trigger on the J.D. Drew contract back in the winter, I’m guessing they never envisioned having to pinch-hit Bobby Kielty for him against a lefty in late August. But these are tough times for J.D. and it turned out to be a good move by Tito. Kielty got to the plate twice in the late innings and had two sac flies.
The Red Sox spent last night’s rain delay jamming out to a bootleg song made in honor of Okajima. It’s called Okajima Oki-Doke. I kid you not. Mike Lowell promises that it will be played on the scoreboard when the Red Sox return to Fenway next week. I imagine that this song could be the Kevin Millar rally karaoke of 2007.
I caught up with old friend Mike Myers today — yes, one of the 25. Anyway, Mike has landed on his feet here in Chicago after being DFA’d by the Yankees. The White Sox hold an option on him for next year, and Mike seems relatively optimistic they will pick it up. Myers is a class act. He’s happy to see the way fellow lefty submariner Javy Lopez has developed with the Sox. If the Yankees win the World Series, Mike would have rings from both sides of the rivalary. Who is the last person to accomplish that feat? Anyone since Babe Ruth? Well, John W. Henry would qualify given his past stake as a minority owner with the Yankees. Anyone else?
Here is the lineup for Game 2: