Bad Call Sends Boston Back

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Home plate umpire Jerry Meals ejects Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

It was surely a game to remember.  David Price made history, John Farrell was ejected and the rain delay caused quite a stir in the already riled crowd at Fenway Park July 29.  Umpire Jerry Meals, after the game, admittedly posed he made the wrong call when Daniel Nava slid into home plate after Brandon Snyder hit a fly ball.  Daniel tagged up and easily slid his foot under Ray’s catcher Jose Molina to tie the game 2-2.  Unfortunately, the call was made which cost the Red Sox first place.  You wonder why John Farrell was so distraught?!

I didn’t see the play, nor hear it on the radio (I stopped watching when the rain hit), but upon wakening I too was disturbed by such a fowl call.  After all, it was a very important game for the Red Sox to remain in the top seat. Already, things weren’t going so well for the Sox with both Felix Dubront and David Price on the mound, and the call by Meals just added to the chaos. Although this may be, there were stellar performances made by both teams, including Shane Victorino with his great defensive plays in center field, rookie Brandon Snyder with his homerun (perhaps the shortest homerun in MLB history, so they say), and rookie Jose Delatoria who struck out the side in the top of the sixth.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, July 29, 2013It was the inevitable 27 year old David Price, the Sox couldn’t get passed with the exception of Snyder’s homerun. Over the course of seven innings his pitch count was a mere 82, whereas 62 of them were strikes.  Dubront, on the other hand, had a troubled night on the mound. As the fifth inning painstakingly ended he had already thrown 116 pitches. The Red Sox bullpen was aflame with Jose Delatoria and Drake Britton warming up for the remaining innings.

Looking back,  it was an exciting game to say the least.  We still have nine weeks to go and we can’t give up hope because of one bad call (although I do think Jerry Meals should get his eyes checked). We have to praise those who performed well, including David Price (you can’t deny his talent, maybe being on the DL was a good thing for him), and move on.  This is what happens when there are two great teams playing against one another.  Someone has to lose and someone has to win. It’s just a matter of luck (in this case) as well as whose having a good/bad day on the field.  Congratulations to David Price for making history!

Rain Delay Sends Tampa Bay back to Fenway

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Forget about their day off, the Sox had a game to play, Monday, July 29.  Thursday night, July 25, the Sox and the Rays were scheduled to play at Fenway.  Due to rain, it was postponed until further notice.  Well, Monday came and the teams were back in action.  Both teams were scheduled for a day off.  It appeared that wouldn’t be happening unless there was another rain out which, at the time I was writing, the skies were blue and it didn’t seem possible.

Another important game was ahead of the two teams. After all, the Rays were trailing the Sox by 1/2 a game. In fact, if it weren’t for Tampa’s loss, Sunday, July 21,  they would be in the number one seat and the Sox would take second.   The two teams went neck and neck Monday evening, July 29.   With records standing at  (63-43) and (62-43), Red Sox, Rays, this game was crucial for the Sox to remain in the number one seat in the AL East Division.  I hope everyone was watching!

Felix Dubront took to the mound Monday evening, even though he drew a loss against the Rays in previous events at the Fenway stadium. Was this a situation where we fans should have been frightful of? Based on Dubront’s stats I didn’t think so.  Despite the loss, in retrospect, we can see he remains solid on the mound. Throughout the season, Dubront has allowed 27 hits and 12 earned runs, and has struck out 103 over 112 innings; this in return for a 7-4 record with a 3.78 ERA.  David Price, on the other hand, the starting pitcher for Tampa Bay Monday evening, is also a stellar performer even after coming back from the DL.  In retrospect, he has allowed 96 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 76 over 96 innings; this in return for a 5-5 record and 3.75 ERA. So there were two really impressive pitchers on the mound Monday night, for both teams.  Who would prevail and who would go down with a loss? The Sox needed a big win.  After all, it was quite a fright to be in second for that one painstaking moment….

The saga continues in the following post, “Bad Call Sends Boston Back”

The Red Sox remained at home this past week with games against the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks.