June 4th, 2008
Red Sox: 5
Eric Hinske went 2 for 4 at the plate, driving in the Rays only run, and stealing 3rd (his fifth stolen base of the year. Hinske also played a decent game at first in place of the injured Carlos Pena.
BJ Upton threw an amazing ball from middle center to get Man-Ram at the plate. Upton leads all center-fielders in assists with 7 so far this year.
Joe Maddon firing back at Coco Crisp, who apparantly thinks that its okay to intentionally attempt to injure someone and then get angry about it... baffling.
The Rays did a decent job of hitting against the usually stingy Josh Beckett. They grabbed 7 hits in 6 innings against the Boston ace.
Edwin-Freaking-Jackson; just when I start to think that he may be ready to turn that invisible corner he's starting to remind me why I wanted him traded last year. He and Garza have choosen the wrong series in which to self-destruct. Edwin gave up 6 hits and 4 runs in 5 inninngs, and is darn lucky that it wasn't a whole lot worse.
BJ Upton facing off against homeplate ump, Paul Emmel. In my opinion the pitch was a strike. I don't know what Bossman Junior said to get the boot, but it did seem a bit premature on Emmel's part-- regardless of that, Upton has to compose himself with a little more dignity in my mind.
I hate to sound like I'm picking on the guy, but Jason "Noodle-Arm" Bartlett bobbled yet another routine grounder with a man at first. Bartlett had no chance to turn 2 because the runner was stealing and he (Bartlett) did actually get the out at first (barely), but the point remains the same, Mr Bartlett MUST put a quick end to these blunders if he plans on continue to fool all the Rays' faithful into thinking that he's a gold-glove caliber SS.
My man Gabe Gross looks so out-matched at the plate that its enfuriating. He went 0 for 4 with 2 more K's. Come on Gabe, get it together, this (Pena on the DL) is your chance to prove that you belong on the field day-in and day-out- take advantage.
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