Reid Johnson gets back in the lineup last night, and he ruins the Sox for the series. Meanwhile, Ted Lilly, in the same vein as Andy Pettitte, Tom Tresh, and Gates Brown, kills the Sox. Lilly, with his career .494 winning percentage coming into 2006 is Sandy Koufax reincarnate against the Sox with a 10 strikeout, no walk performance.
What could go wrong? Matt Clement could have the 'wild in the strike zone' plague, throwing nothing but meatballs up in the zone, and not even another David Ortiz homerun (4) could rescue him. Clement's E.R.A. balloons to 9 (for non-math types, ERA = earned runs times nine divided by innings pitched).
Julian Tavarez debuted off the suspended list, and made nobody forget, let's say Manny Delcarmen. Gotta cut some of these guys without any recent game action some slack, however.
Highlights? A Keith Foulke 1-2-3 inning deserves a note, and Alex Gonzalez, struggling mightily at the bat, hammered a gapper to the Monstah for a hit. Hits have been few and far between for A-Gone, but with the Golden Glove, he deserves a chance to work it out.
Minor refractions. Matt Ginter was on the long end of a Pawsox shutout. Ginter has kicked around the majors for the last few years, with a great strikeout to walk ratio in the minors, that probably got him a Sox minor league contract (one of their magic formulas). Enrique Wilson had a tater from the shortstop position.
The Portland SeaDogs came up on the short end of a 3-0 defeat. Will the likes of David Murphy, Brandon Moss, and Jeremy West be real prospects or suspects. Murphy came on like gangbusters in the second half last year, but he and Moss have some depth to overcome now with Crisp, Stern, and Pena ahead of them.
Speaking of young outfielders, Jacoby Ellsbury got the night off for Wilmington in the Carolina League, as the Blue Rocks (doesn't that sound vaguely obscene) went down 4-1.
Seattle comes in tomorrow night, including the ageless wonder, Jamie Moyer, whom the Sox traded for Darren Bragg (I think...I didn't look it up, so I'm sure I'll get a thousand corrections). Not exactly Lowe and Varitek for Heathcliff Slocumb.