Game 34: Red Sox at Tigers
PREGAME: Here we are with another extended losing streak and the light at the tunnel to .500 just keeps getting dimmer. Tonight it will be Tim Wakefield going up against Nate Robertson.
With Wakefield you don’t know what you’re going to get, aside from a bevy of knuckleballs. The last time the Tigers faced Wakefield they drew 5 walks, but like we saw last night it doesn’t translate to runs without some extra base hits.
Robertson had a typical Nate outing allowing 4 runs. He’s allowed 4 runs in 4 of his last 5 outings.
I’m off to the game!
Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: It’s a tardy postgame report because I make a rule to try and not blog angry. Plus I couldn’t even muster the words to express my disappointment in that game. And the morning after I still can’t. So just some bullets will need to suffice:
- I saw cib and tiff and Samara prior to the game. So a lovely early summer night started off lovely.
- Robertson struck out the lead off hitter on 3 pitches. That seemed like a good omen.
- Nate is at least remarkably consistent. My friend and I debated how he would give up the 4th run of the night in the 7th inning. He had Manny going deep. I had a double to Pedroia that would be let in by the bullpen. We were both wrong.
- I feel I bear some responsibility. When Carlos Guillen singled in the first I said “at least we don’t have to worry about the no hitter tonight.”
- Curtis Granderson saw 23 pitches in his 3 ab’s against Wakefield
- Pudge’s double was the only time a Red Sox outfielder had to make a movement away from the infield.
- Can you believe that Manny Ramirez swung at the first pitch from Freddy Dolsi. What was he thinking?
- Being in the stands it was hard to judge the effectiveness of the knuckle ball except to say it was slow. But I can recall only one pitch at all getting by catcher Kevin Cash which seems remarkable.
- There are times that I think the batting order doesn’t matter that much. Tonight was one of those times.