Okay, now on to baseball. As I've mentioned, the season has not started well for the Red Sox. Oakland should have gone much better, but the Sox found themselves looking to avoid the sweep today before they head back home. They got the win they needed, and in fairly dramatic fashion, too, since Tim Wakefield had a no-hitter until a Suzuki single with one out in the seventh inning. I was watching the game on my computer, listening to the NESN feed. One of my favorite things about potential no-hitters is listening to the way the commentators try to deal with the subject. Don Orsillo was quite intentionally not saying the words, though he found other ways to say what he wasn't saying. He mentioned more than once the number of consecutive batters Wakefield had retired, and also kept pointing out that the A's only had one baserunner--Suzuki, who reached on a fifth inning Lowell single. In the seventh inning, Orsillo threw caution to the wind and told us that Wakefield had "gone into the seventh inning without giving up a hit four times in his career." That was close, but the magic words were not uttered until after the Suzuki single in the eighth.
Orsillo pointed out that the blame could have been placed on the 25-minute wait Wakefield sat through as the Sox scored six runs (all with two outs, incidentally) in the top of the eighth. Wake came out and walked the first batter, got an out, then gave up the hit. You like to see the offensive explosion, especially with two outs, because the Sox have been sorely lacking in the "big hit" department so far this season, but after Drew's three-run homer made it 5-0, Sox, I was just praying they would get out of the inning and let Wakefield get back out there.
Regardless, the Sox won the game 8-2, and head back to Boston to take on the Baltimore Orioles. The season needs to get on track here, so let's hope for at least three of four in this series.
As for the Dodgers, things are good. I'm currently watching the Giants/Dodgers game, which is in the seventh inning. Clayton Kershaw started and is still pitching, and has twelve strikeouts. His previous career high was eight. And this comes after Billingsley's amazing performance on Monday in which he had eleven strikeouts with no walks. About that game--I really, really can't believe I missed that. I mentioned before that I would be sad to miss this one, and that turned out to be an incredible understatement. (And Kershaw just struck out his thirteenth batter of the game! What an amazing job.) Billingsley pitched brilliantly, Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle, Vin threw out the first pitch, and the Dodgers walloped the Giants. Great day.
I want to write some about Puerto Rico and my time here for the last month, but I'll save that until the next post, which will likely come tomorrow.
(Rowand just hit a three-run shot to put the Dodgers down 4-2. Let's hope that in the next post I'll have better things to say about this game.)