That should have been a blow out… not that I am complaining

Seriously, how many bases loaded jams could the Sox let Ricky Romero get away with last night?

He let up 11 base runners in 5 1/3 innings only 3 scored?
And what should have been a laugher turned into a “Get the bullpen scurrying” tense affair.
But all that matters is the W.
And oh yeah, Buchholz was AWESOME! And it is his 4th good start in his last 5.
It’s time to update the tally… and it will be a memorable tally.

April 17 – 10-8 win against Orioles. (Overcame 7-0 deficit.)
April 24 – 5-4 win against Yankees. (Bay homers off of Rivera in 9th to tie it.)
April 25 – 16-11 win against Yankees. (Overcame 6-0 deficit.)
April 29 – 6-5 win at Cleveland. (Overcame 5-0 deficit.)
May 12 – 4-3 win at Anaheim. (Down 3-1 in the 8th.)
June 11 – 4-3 win against Yankees. (Down 3-1 in the 8th. Rallied against Sabathia.)
June 12 – 5-2 win at Philadelphia. (Overcame Ryan Howard’s 9th inning shot to win in 13)
June 21 – 6-5 win against Atlanta. (The wind turns Nick Green’s fly ball into a walk off shot)
June 27 – 1-0 win at Atlanta. (Masterson and Papelbon wiggle out of late jams.)
July 1 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Sox score 4 in the 9th and Lugo wins in in the 11th)
July 8 – 5-4 win against Oakland. (Wind keeps Hairston’s 9th inning go ahead homer in the ballpark)
July 10 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Pedroia drives in the only run with 2 outs in the 8th.)
July 30 – 8-5 win against Oakland. (Ortiz tests postive then hits a 2 out 3 run go ahead homer.)
July 31 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Youk’s 2 run homer saves Smoltz from another bad start.)
August 10 – 6-5 win against Detroit. (Sox snap 6 game losing streak with 7th inning rally.)
August 14 – 8-4 win at Texas. (Victor Martinez hits a 2 run 2 strike 2 out double to take the lead and make up for Buchholz’s baserunning mishap.)
August 18 – 10-9 win at Toronto. (Ortiz homers and the Jays defense collapses, saving Beckett from a bad start.)
August 24 – 12-8 win against White Sox. (Red Sox overcome early 4-1 lead and a bad Buchholz start.)
August 25 – 6-3 win against White Sox. (Red Sox win with 4 unanswered runs despite some sloppy defense.)
August 26 – 3-2 win against White Sox. (Wakes pitches 7 strong and Papi homers twice including a walk off)
August 28 – 6-5 win against Toronto. (Sox come back from early 3-0 hole and Paps wiggles out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th.)
August 29 – 3-2 win against Toronto. (Buchholz dominates but needs help from Paps to finish the 9th)
April 14 – 6-5 loss at Oakland. (Sox blow early 3-0 lead. Lose in 12)
April 28 – 9-8 loss at Cleveland. (Sox blow early 5-1 lead. Lopez drops 3rd out.)
May 14 – 5-4 loss at Anaheim. (Ortiz goes 0-7 stranding 12 runners.)
May 15 – 5-4 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox blow their second 4-0 lead in three days.)
May 17 – 3-2 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox strand two in the 9th. Lose in the bottom of the 9th.)
May 23 – 3-2 loss to the Mets. (Papelbon lets up a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to Omir Santos)
June 18 – 2-1 loss to the Marlins. (Rain washes out a tight game after 5+ innings.)
June 28 – 2-1 loss to the Braves. (Tying run on base in the 9th. Solid Penny outing wasted)
June 30 – 11-10 loss at Baltimore. (The Red Sox blow a late 10-1 to the lowly Orioles.)
July 3 – 7-6 loss to Seattle. (Red Sox comeback in the 8th only to lose in the 11th.)
July 4 – 3-2 loss to Seattle. (Saito walks three in the 9th as the Mariners rally to win)
July 9 – 8-6 loss to the Royals. (Bullpen blows early 4-0 lead.)
July 21 – 4-2 loss at Texas. (Beckett loses a complete game and the Yankees take over first.)
July 22 – 3-1 loss at Texas. (Sox are swept for the first time all season.)
July 28 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox blow 3 run lead in 9th. A’s rally with 2 outs in 9th and 11th.)
July 29 – 8-6 loss to Oakland. (Down 5-0 in the first, Sox comeback falls short)
August 4 – 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay. (Longoria hits 13th inning walk off with first base open.)
August 5 – 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox gets swept in a 2 game series with the tying run at the plate).
August 7 – 2-0 loss in New York. (A-Rod’s walk off with 2 outs in the 15 ends a teeth grinding marathon.)
August 9 – 5-2 loss in New York. (4 outs from avoiding a sweep, Bard lets up back to back homers to Damon and Teixeira.)
August 13 – 2-0 loss to Detroit. (Verlander wiggles out of early and late jams.)
August 16 – 4-3 loss at Texas. (Red Sox can’t rally and fall behind the Rangers in the Wild Card race)
For the first time since July 21, they are not in the red.
And if Buchholz is pitching well like this and Beckett’s slump can end, maybe the this season isn’t lost.
Today Halladay pitches against Paul Byrd.
Wait… Paul Byrd?
OK, it is a good day to go to the beach. The Red Sox aren’t winning today.
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Is this a dagger which I see before the bullpen?

The Red Sox added some depth and literary value to their bullpen by recalling Marcus McBeth.

I have no clue if he will help or not, but I certainly hope he has a better relationship with his wife than the other guy with that name.
(Yeah I know, it is spelled MacBeth… but how often do the Sox bring up a Shakespearean named player? I don’t think there’s a utility infielder named Falstaff in Pawtucket.)

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Barry Zito can become the Giants answer to J. D. Drew

I know a way to heaven for Barry Zito.

Right now his $126 million contract that he inked before the 2007 season is always brought up as one of the worst in baseball history.
Last year not only did he not pitch like an ace, but as a 17 game loser with an ERA of 5.15, he didn’t pitch like a #5 starter.
I saw him pitch at a game in AT&T Park earlier this year with my mother and two kids. He got clubbed so badly that my mother in law felt bad for him when he got booed.
But there is an easy way to make people forget all of that, even with 4 more years left on the deal:
Pitch like he did tonight and win some more big games.
He’s let up 1 run in his last 20 1/3 innings.
And if Cain can right his ship, suddenly the Giants would have three aces.
Can you imagine the Giants in a short series against Philadelphia with Lincecum throwing 2 games, Cain throwing a game and Zito pitching like this in game 3?
That would make a lot of people forget 2 1/2 unremarkable seasons.
Post season success can be quite a cure all.
If I, Paul Sullivan, the man who did NOT want J. D. Drew in a Red Sox uniform, could become the founder of the J. D. Drew Fan Club based solely on his post season heroics, then Barry Zito can become a fan favorite in San Francisco.

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