Mariners 8, Red Sox 0
Red Sox 11, Mariners 4
Red Sox 2, Mariners 1Record: 40-26
My friend Tom is a long-time Seattleite and staunch Mariners fan. I emailed him Friday evening, exasperated with the Sox' abysmal performance against the woeful M's, saying, "Your boys pick tonight to show a little spine?"
His response, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while."
While that's a reasonably good explanation, it has a corollary that might fit even better, as I refer back to my collegiate nickname and behavior, to note that even a sighted squirrel gets hammered and pukes on itself every once in a while. Game 64 was $1 jello shot night in the Sox' locker room, as far as I could tell.
Fortunately, sobriety and normalcy reigned on Saturday and Sunday, as the Sox first stomped and then outlasted the M's. The latter game was yet another testament to the Sox' patience at the plate, as they forced uber-tough lefty (and Sox-killer) Erik Bedard from the game after 5 innings and 99 pitches. Not at all coincidentally, J.D. Drew homered in the Sox' first at-bat against Bedard's replacement.
The same J.D. Drew, by the way, who leads the Sox in OPS and paces all regulars in batting average and on-base percentage. Raise your hand if you predicted that before the season.