Tuesday, August 19, 2008

2008 08 18 - Red Sox 6 @ Orioles 3: Great Starts - Bad Pens

The Orioles lost a 6-3 game to Jon Lester and the Bosox Monday night. Both Lester and Orioles Starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched very well. neither the Orioles nor the Bosox Bullpens pitched real well. Thus a tight 2-1 game after 7 ended up 6-3. And despite having two starters pitch very well, the newest Red Sox Jason Bay (J-Bay take that Man-Ram) was able to go 3-5 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI's while Aubrey Huff had a 3 RBI night with a dinger for the Orioles.

Plus -
No JD Drew

Minus -
I was not the 50 Millionth fan in Camden Yards History - thus losing out on my chance to
win 5 years of O's season tickets and $50,000. Of course Red Sox Nation was out in force in Camden Yards and may have comprised 50M fans by themselves.

BlogBlogBlog - SCU has a quality essay on juxtaposing two different types of collectors - GU/Auto Collectors v Set Builders. I am a returning Joe Collector and consider myself a happy member of both camps.

Around the League -
Mets bullpen blows up again I've been falling behind on series summaries - lets just say the Phils had a rough trip out west and my ambition for the next 6 weeks is to keep my weight below the Phils post-break batting average.

Useless Info -The always observant Tim Kurkjian noted that during the 2nd inning of the Bosox-O's game last night J-Bay and Jason Varitek became the first pair of Jason's to homer in an inning in something like 10 years.

Scoop - Orioles Prospect/Fredrick Key Jake Arrieta threw 6 innings of shutout ball guiding the US team to an easy 9-1victory over China in the Olympics on Monday.

On Deck - Team Phungo is hoping to catch a game of the Dodgers Phils series this weekend.

Game Summary

2008 08 18 Red Sox 6 @ Orioles 3: W-Lester L-Guthrie S-Papelbon HR-J Bay (2), A Huff

Expense$ - Ticket $20, Parking $8, Beer $7, Gatorade $3, $ Lost in Soda Machine $1 - total $39.
Game Rating - The great pitching performances plus getting a chance to see J-Bay playing for the Bosox and having a bangout night put this game in the Minor Hero Range - Just like this 1981 Topps card of Garry Maddox.

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