Thursday, May 01, 2003

Game 27 - Red Sox

Red Sox 5, Royals 4
Record: 18-9

Many thanks to my colleague for describing this game's relevant action in his post from this morning. Saves me the trouble, frankly. Every successful team needs a bit of luck during the course of a long season, in games, on the injury front, and just overall. The Sox seem to be getting their fair share at this point - they are 7-4 in games where the bullpen has blown a lead - and this game is yet another example. Three hit batsmen and two errors given up by the Royals in the 9th inning are a gift from the baseball deities. Luck tends to even out over time, but last year's Sox team was extremely unlucky, so maybe 2003 is payback.

Derek Lowe looked great in this one, going 7 strong innings and only allowing 2 hits. Would have been nice if the offense picked him up, but beggars can't be choosers. Nomar continues to bust out of his "slump", going 2 for 4 in this game to make it 7 of his last 15, and raising his average from .252 to .278 in three games. Casey Fossum gets the ball tonight against a young righthander making his first major league start. Here's hoping K-K-K-Kasey continues his positive mojo.

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