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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sox win, 2-1 over A's, and it was over by 10:00 pm

One of the advantages of being a Red Sox fan and living on the west coast is that we don't have to walk into work the next day after staying up until 2 in the morning watching an A's, Angels, or Mariners night game. (Or in this year's interleague play, the Giants, too.)

In a great pitcher's duel, Dice-K outpitched Ben Sheets leading the Sox to a 2-1 victory over the A's. Dice-K went 6.2 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks, lowering his ERA to 4.29, while notching his 7th victory against 3 losses. Bard and Papelbon once again tag-teamed the opposition in the final 2.1 innings of the game.

There is not much offense to talk about- Eric Patterson hit one into deep centerfield and he was on fire from the second he hit it and turned what would have been a double for most other batters into a triple. Big Papi was up next and donated a sac fly to score him. Had Patterson not been out of the box and around the bases with Ellsbury like speed, it would have been a double, and he might not have made it home. The point became moot as Adrian Beltre was up 2 batters later and smacked his 15th tater of the season. The 2 runs were all that was necessary for the win tonight. The Sox did have a total of 8 hits on the night, but they were scattered as Ben Sheets turned in a fine performance of his own.

Let's hope that this is the Dice-K we'll see all the way to the post season.

Sox 2 A's 1 BOX SCORE

As I only have basic cable TV, and I mean really basic, I don't get to watch A's home games here. The A's rarely, if ever sell out a home game, so they're home games are broadcast on the next level up of cable TV services. I went over to a friend's house to watch the game. I've mentioned several times about being in 3 bands with a Yankee fan. After the Sox beat the Yankees in April of last year, he wouldn't let me in his house to watch any more Red Sox-Yankees games. Since this game did not involve the Yankees, I had a free pass in. We both root for the A's, but not if they're playing the Sox (in my case), or the Yankees (in his case), so we were rooting for opposite teams tonight. We had been flipping back and forth between the A's game and the Giants-Dodgers game. We share common ground when it comes to NL teams. As soon as the Sox game was over, we watched the end of the Giants game, in which they won. Since the Giants do sell out their home games, they are broadcast on the basic cable TV package.

We get along just fine, as we put the game of baseball above petty rivalries. We both agree that life is to short to be hatin', which allows us a good friendship and to be able to watch games together without killing each other.

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