Bad enough for the Boston Red Sox that Daisuke Matsuzaka was taken out of the game in the fifth inning with a lower back injury, but even worse is that Manny Ramirez’ 499th home run, a three-run shot, to tie the game at 3-3 was all for naught as the Seattle Mariners walked off with a 4-3 win.
With a runner on third and second base and two outs Mike Timlin went after Jose Lopez with first base open and lost the battle as Lopez slashed a liner past third baseman Mike Lowell to give the M’s the win.
Goat of the Game: No its not Timlin and I am not saying that just because he is my “boy”.
Why the hell would you pitch to Lopez with first base open? Why? Jose Vidro was on deck, a .232 hitter, and he was 0-3 in the game. Walking the bases loaded makes the situation a force out at any base with two outs no less. I really wonder if Tito would have done this if he had not been ejected from the game.
Preview of Next Game: These are games we are supposed to win.
We cannot win against Miguel Batista so who knows at this point. At least Dice-K is still perfect on the season.