Friday, June 18, 2004

Games 64 & 65 - Red Sox
Playing Under Duress

Rockies 7, Red Sox 6
Red Sox 11, Rockies 0
Record: 38-27

The above-mentioned duress is mine, not the Red Sox', laboring as I am under the pressures of a deadline at work and an impending 4-hour car trip with two children under the age of 3. That's my excuse for the brevity of this offering, and I'm sticking to it. You, gentle reader, should be thanking your lucky stars for even this tiny burst of inspired Soxprose.

It's amazing what an 11-run win will do to a man's perspective, especially when it involves 7 more shutout innings from Derek Lowe. Sure, the Sox lost a series to the bottom-dwelling Rockies, and with it dropped another game to the Yankees. But Lowe's now hurled 19 consecutive scoreless innings, right after the villagers of Red Sox Nation had taken up torches and clubs and begun hunting his monstrous presence in the rotation will malice aforethought. "Nothing to see here," Lowe's performance over the last three games declares, "Go on back home and pray for Curt's ankle." And so we do, sheepishly.

Nomar was 3-for-5 with a triple yesterday, Trot homered in his first game back in the loss on Wednesday, Schilling's MRI reportedly showed no major damage, and the Yankees finally lost to the D-Backs. You won't likely hear from me this weekend, but know that I go into the break with pleasant Soxthoughts flitting through my mind.

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