Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Game 13 - Red Sox
I'm the Real Petey, Yes I'm the Real Petey, all the Other Slim Peteys are Just Imitating

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2
Record: 8-5

Martinez (W, 2-1) 7.0 5 2 1 2 6 0 104-67

That's Pedro's line from last night's game against Toronto (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO, HR, Pitches-Strikes), in which the Sox' ace held the Jays scoreless until he tired in the 7th. What a difference a few days and warm climate (or, in this case, controlled climate) makes. Ledges all over New England are lonely places this morning, as the early-season Oh-my-freakin'-God-what's-wrong-with-Pedro panic wanes for at least five more days. This was also the second time in 10 days that Pedro outdueled Roy Halladay, and the score should have been worse, but the bottom of the Sox order - obviously spent from their heroic and likely singular effort against the Yankees on Monday - left 11 men on base.

Jason Varitek went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .350 and his OPS to 1.040. He's been extremely patient this year, working the count and seeing lots of pitches, and it's paying dividends early on. Makes me all the more irritated every time I see Doug Mirabelli in a game against a right-handed pitcher, just because management thinks Tim Wakefield needs a caddy.

Williamson and Foulke continued to deliver from the bullpen, pitching two scoreless innings to tidy up a very neat, very professional victory for the Sox. No muss, no fuss, no drama - just a win. Thank you sirs, I'll have another.

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