After an folding a month’s worth of laundry and driving back home from Newington, I present you with today’s recap and thoughts from the Red Sox game.
Curt Schilling was strong for 6 2/3 innings on Sunday and got the much needed help from the bullpen to finish off the Twinkies 4-3 at the Metrodome. Offensively the Sox were led by Dustin Pedroia’s 3 for 4 effort at the plate.
Schilling was staked to an 1-0 lead when Alex Cora came around to score on a J.D. Drew double. Big Papi was thrown out on the play trying to score as well. The Sox added another run in the 3rd inning when Kevin Youkilis hit a single that scored Pedroia, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
The Sox added two more runs in the 5th inning when Drew hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Cora. After Mike Lowell hit into a fielder’s choice that moved Youk to 3rd base, Jason Varitek hit a single to score him.
Meanwhile, Schilling was cruising along. He threw 69 pitches through the first six innings. He also had 6 strikeouts at this point. After getting Jason Kubel to strikeout leading off the 7th, he gave up a single to Mike Redmond, who Schill hadn’t retired at all to this point. He then walked Luis Rodriguez, who was a 0 for 3 in his career against Schill. He got last night’s hero, Jason Barlett, to foul out to Youk at first. Luis Castillo then singled to load up the bases. This brought up the light hitting Jason Tyner. He gave up a single to him that scored 2 Twinkies. This ended the day for Schill. He finished up allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2.
Darkman came in and at this point I am liking the chances of getting out of the inning. Unfortunately, Torii Hunter was at the plate and he’s been en fuego lately. Hunter hit a single to right that scored Luis Castillo, making it 4-3 Sox at this point. With Justin Morneau at the plate, Darkman threw a couple of “Okie Dokie’s” and then retired him on 12 to 6 curveball that he hit to Pedroia at second. For those who don’t know what the “Okie Dokie” pitch is, it is when Darkman throws a splitter changeup. Yes, a splitter that is a changeup.
Jonathan Papelbon came in and finished off the Twins for his 2nd straight save and his 10th overall this year.