Tonight's game was something else. I actually wanted to watch it. I was in the middle of trying to finish mowing the lawn, but left the back yard until tomorrow because I knew that I wasn't going to be able to finish before 7.
Looking at the schedule back in April, the sox certainly had this series circled on their calendars. The game may have lost some of it's luster when the sox lost their two top sluggers to injury back in July, but tonight featured both team's aces on the mound and a bit of unfinished business to clean up.
That unfinished business stemmed from the collision at homeplate between Torii Hunter
and Jamie Burke
back on July 27th. I had not really seen a good replay of the event until tonight. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a dirty play, but it weas clear that Hunter was going to be safe and had been given a clean route to home plate. The sox never regained their composure after that game. They never even retaliated by letting one fly at Hunter. Mike Jackson's
refusal to plunk Hunter earned him pink slip as soon as he reached 1000 career appearances.
Well tonight Freddy Garcia
took care of business against Hunter in his first at-bat, drilling him square in the back. The twins Johan Santana
returned the favor a couple of innings later to Carlos Lee
. Score settled. Nope. I wouldn't be surprised if Mark Buehrle
does the same thing to Hunter again tomorrow. Mark is definitely the type of pitcher who protects his teammates. There's not much left to lose on the season, and I expect the sox to be a little fiery. A bench clearing brawl might just be in the cards.
Plans for Valdez
The Sox have grown tired of Jose Valentin
at shortstop. Actually, I can't be sure of that, but I have grown tired of his .150/.217/.331 since the break. However, it appears that they are not very high on Wilson Valdez
, obtained in July from the Marlins in the Billy Koch
Valdez has only gotten one start since being called up from Charlotte. And more telling than his lack of playing time is the position in which they use him; second base. That's a position he hasn't played in over a year, not since the beginning of last season has he started a game at second. He has only played one inning of major league baseball at his natural position of shortstop.
Reading into this, I wouldn't feel very secure with my place on the team if I was Willie Harris
. Willie had more walks than hits in both June and July, and clearly wasn't comfortable actually trying to get on base with his bat. Valdez appears to be the antithesis of Willie. He takes his hacks early and often.
Line of the night
Cotts 0.0IP 0H 1R 1ER 0BB
faced one batter, induced what should have been a double play, but Willie Harris muffed the ball failing to record an out. He was charged with an error on the play. How does that player who reached base, and subsequently scored on a Michael Cuddyer
single off of Jon Adkins
, count as an earned run against Cotts?
I couldn't think of anything witty to use as a title for this entry. You see the result.