Red Sox win 8-7 in a messy, bloody, slimy wet game. Yuck! Pawtucket reliever Clevelan Santeliz atones for his prior missteps by getting the win.
Starting pitcher for Pawtucket was Kevin Millwood. Millwood pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three. He was replaced by Jason Rice in the third inning after giving up a pair of runs and then hitting catcher John Hester with a pitch.
Chris Tillman was the Norfolk Tides starter. Tillman kept Pawtucket scoreless until the third inning, when Dlugach led off with a single and Iglesias reached on an error.
GOD DAMN THIS IS BORING. I guess what you really need to know about the third inning is that Darnell McDonald hit a two-run homer! Then there was a walk and a wild pitch... Josh Bell made an error on a foul pop...A single... Gaaaah, the carnage! When the smoke cleared it was 4-3 Tides.
Jason Rice, I loved you so... And now you're just making me feel bad about myself. Rice's fourth inning wasn't exactly an oil painting, what with a double by Matt Angle (What's with this guy?) and a two-run homer and so forth. Three walks in that inning, too. Gross! 7-3 Tides.
DID HIDEKI OKAJIMA PITCH? No, I'm sorry. Matt Fox took over for Rice and trampled and stomped on the Tides offense like Daffy Duck smashing the genie back into the lamp. DOWN, DOWN! GO GO! Norfolk reliever Mark Hendrickson met Fox's three innings with a couple of his own scoreless innings. And then Josh Rupe... Rupe came into the eighth inning with runners on first and second and no one out. He even loaded the bases at one point, but nothing doing for Pawtucket.
Things looked rather dire in the bottom of the ninth with the Tides ahead 7-3. Nate Spears led it off with a pop out. However, Tony Thomas singled and advanced to second on defensive indifference. Rupe walked Lars Anderson. And then oh god, Josh Bell. I almost feel bad for Bell. Bell made his third fucking error of the game, allowing Hector Luna to reach base and Thomas to score. 7-4! Bell must have been awash in shame.
Daniel Nava singled to left to load the bases with one out. Rupe got the hook in favor of Mark Worrell, who crawls like a viper through these suburban streets. Worrell faced Mike McKenry, which theoretically should not be too frightening. McKenry singled, though, and Pawtucket scored again. 7-5!
Brent Dlugach followed McKenry and unexpectedly hit a two-run single. Tie game! What else? Iglesias was next to the plate and he also singled, but McKenry was out at home. The game-winning hit belonged to Che-Hsuan Lin, who hit a line drive single to right. Fire up Kool and the Gang!
Why am I never at games like this?
this one's for real. i already bought the dream:
1. Lars Anderson walked four times. Nate Spears went 0-5 with two K's.
2. Know what Millwood needed? Eddie Perez.
3. Matt Anghole went 3-3. He's like the next Juan Miranda, as far as killing Pawtucket. Stupid Juan Miranda.
4. It was Chris Tillman's first AAA start this year. He was recently optioned down by Baltimore.
5. Matt Fox had five strikeouts! Good Valentine's, Matt Fox!
Okay! Tonight: Kyle Weiland v Mitch Atkins. Then they hit the road, south to Durham and Norfolk. Ah, a lonely wind shall blow through McCoy...
But seriously, is Matt Sheely okay? Can I get an update?