Tagged: Brent Morel

5/17 – Game 2 vs. Rangers

Is it safe to say that Sergio Santos is the best closer in the game right now, or is it too soon? In my mind right now it’s Santos, Leo Nunez, and Mariano Rivera. If your ERA is zero you’re definitely a candidate for Best in the League.

Danks was a bit rocky in his 6.1 innings of work, giving up three runs, two earned, with six walks and two strikeouts. Not his best of the season but it was good enough to get us a win. Unfortunately Danks didn’t earn the win but any win is acceptable right now.

How about that Brent Morel kid, huh? He picked a fantastic time for his first home run of the season – a three-run shot in the fifth inning that tied the game. Then we pushed across another run and Jesse Crain came in to the ballgame. He pitched an inning and some change before Santos came in and shut down the Rangers. Two points for both of them.┬áSince WordPress has these widgets now I’m moving the Bullpen Points Leaderboard to the side of the blog, that way it will always be in the same spot. Plus I think that had something to do with the spacing of my posts… the list format was throwing it off.

The Project (0-0, 0.00) will pitch against Justin Masterson (5-1, 2.73) tomorrow night. I’m hoping two things: one, that Peavy can pitch a little bit better than he did in his first start, and two, that the Indians don’t score nineteen runs.

I apologize if this post isn’t up to my usual standards, I’m still trying to get back into it after the break.

Go Sox!!

5/7 – Game 2 @ Mariners

I don’t think anyone could’ve asked for a better outing from Gavin Floyd. The man was sharp as a knife on the mound tonight and his command and control were the best I’ve ever seen from him in a long time. I don’t often get a chance to watch a ballgame but tonight’s game was MLB.tv’s free game of the day so I was very excited. I noticed at the beginning of the game that Floyd’s delivery has changed a little since I last got to watch him pitch on TV and at first I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Apparently it’s a good thing as he dealt eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball. What a gem.

The offense had a night to be proud of as well! Fourteen hits off of Mariners starter Doug Fister were good for five runs. The seven, eight, and nine hitters were ten-for-ten in their first ten at-bats with four runs scored and two runs batted in. Rios, batting seventh tonight, went four-for-four and was quite smiley about it. Adam Dunn also had a pretty good night as he was two-for-four with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. My boy Brent Morel was three-for-four with an RBI in a great night for the Sox offense. 
Mark Teahen pinch hit for Paul Konerko in the ninth inning because of an injury to Konerko’s wrist. Ichiro scorched a grounder to Paulie and the ball hopped up and “bit” Konerko in the wrist. Paulie was having a hard time in his final at bat as Ozzie and trainer Herm Schneider had to go out and check on him. Hopefully Konerko’s injury isn’t too bad and he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow afternoon. 
Tony Pena pitched an excellent ninth inning out of the bullpen, allowing just one walk and striking out Jack Cust to end the game. 

Bullpen Points Leaderboard
1Sergio Santos – 19 points
1Jesse Crain – 19 points
3Will Ohman – 12 points
4Chris Sale – 11 points
5Tony Pena – 8 points
5. Matt Thornton – 8 points
7Jeff Gray – 7 points

Whoever signed Milton Bradley to a professional baseball contract needs to have his scouting certification reevaluated. The man is absolutely terrible and I was literally laughing at his outfielding skills. Michael Saunders, however, is one heck of a center fielder. He’s filling in for Franklin Gutierrez who is currently on the disabled list but the way Saunders is playing I’d have a real hard time putting Gutierrez back in the lineup. Saunders has very good range and takes good routes to liners, and he can even rob home runs! It pays to be tall. The Mariners have a good outfielder on their hands and I hope they use him wisely. 
Congratulations to Justin Verlander on the
second no-hitter of his career. Bunny struck out four batters en route to the second no-hitter of the week and the second in the division. And congratulations to Andre Ethier on an awesome 30-game hit streak that came to an end tonight. I had a good feeling about his chances to make it to at least 40 games but the Mets had other plans and held the left-handed left fielder hitless in four at-bats. 
Tomorrow’s game, as I mentioned earlier, is an afternoon ballgame. The Mariners’ Erik Bedard (1-4, 5.23) will take on Mark Buehrle (2-3, 4.37). Let’s build on this one-game winning streak!
Go Sox!!

4/6 – Game 2 @ Royals

That’s a little bit more like it! 

I’d love it if we could get the job done without so many late-inning dramatics (though I do enjoy those… most of the time…) but this was fun! 
We got to Joakim Soria, arguably one of the top closers in the game, and we got to him at the exact right moment. Players will tell you that there is one pitch in every at bat that is the right pitch to hit and all of our guys swung on those pitches. First and third with two outs for Konerko and he brings the Sox within one run. Then the Big Guy, Captain Clutch, the guy I said needed to be good for this team to thrive, comes up HUGE with a 2-run double to put us up 7-6. Look at his reaction here
The Royals tied it up again, though, on a little flair off the bat of Kila Ka’aihue to send it into extra innings. Brent Morel – MY BOY – drove in two runs in the top of the twelfth to put us up for good. 
Adam Dunn is gonna be out for at least a week after an emergency appendectomy but we proved today that we can win without him. (Not that we don’t need him to win. We’re paying him to help us win.) My thoughts going into this season were that Quentin and Beckham would carry this team and they both entered 2011 with big If’s attached to them. Look at them now: Quentin is batting .500 with 2 homers and 10 RBI, earning him Player of the Week, and Beckham has 6 runs scored and is batting .364. 
Another guy that I need to point out is Juan Pierre. That guy has been the igniter of this offense and whenever he’s on base he scores (5 runs in 7 hits so not every time. Who hasn’t exaggerated in their lifetime, though, right? …right?). 
Switching over to the pitching side of this game, I’m sick of Will Ohman already. When Ed Farmer said he was comin’ in to pitch I set my head down on the pillow on my bed and said “Aww great…” Apparently I was loud enough that my 11-year-old brother came in to ask what was wrong. 
“Ohman’s pitching.”
“Is that bad?”

“Probably.”

“Oh, sorry.”
Unfortunately I have a feeling it’ll be like that all season. We always need to have that one guy we sink our heads on to our pillows because of. Mike MacDougal, Scott Linebrink, David Aardsma, Bobby Jenks for a while. 
Keep a pillow handy this year.
Go Sox.