The Red Sox continued their ways of winning, as they bested the New York Mets 9-5 behind a grand slam in the bottom ninth inning by minor league journeyman Ed Rogers. SS Julio Lugo led the Red Sox in runs scored with two, finishing 1/2 with a walk and Kevin Youkilis cashed in with two hits in three trips to the plate. Nine different people notched hits for the Red Sox, and hit former Red Sox Aaron Sele hard for four runs, and reliever Amborix Burgos coughed up the slammer.
“Oh my God, you got power like me,” Ortiz yelled to Ed Rogers in the clubhouse. (He doesn’t.)
The pitching had a few bright sides, and a few not so bright sides.
Tim Wakefield threw three scoreless innings, giving up four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Jonathan Papelbon followed Wakefield and pitched the same number of innings, only allowing a hit and walk while striking four out.
Brendan Donnelly came on and tried to work on his splitter, but lost control of the strike zone. He gave up four runs on two hits and two walks.
Hideki Okajima contributed to those runs attributed to Donnelly when he hung a breaking pitch that was deposited over the fence. He went on to pitch an additional scoreless inning.
Javier Lopez finished up the game with a clean 1-2-3 inning.
What I like seeing here is that Okajima continued pitching and notched a scoreless inning. That shows me that he didn’t get rattled over hanging a breaking pitch. It also shows me that while he’s human sometimes and gives up runs, he is still quite a good pitcher.
Curt Schilling had this to say about Daisuke Matsuzaka on Schilling’s new blog: “I don