Tuesday, Not Wednesday
I know, I know, Tuesday is my blog day and here it is Wednesday, and late Wednesday night at that and I’m just now getting down to writing this. I’d be totally fascinated if there were someone out there wondering where the hell my blog is, other than myself.
My excuse for being tardy with this dispatch, as if I truly need an excuse, is that last night, when I’d normally be putting my words to paper, I was driving home from my Buzzards Bay Raiders game. We struggled to an 11-11 tie after 7 innings in a game in which we were down 8-1 after two innings. Even though we made quite a comeback, twice, to tie the Orleans Pirates, the game was more a testament to their crumbling defenses.
For the third game in a row our pitching would have carried the day had our defense not decided to start the games poorly, yet finish strong. We’ve had a rash of errors from our infielders, and plenty of miss-judged fly balls by the outfielders. Add in a combination of passed balls, base-running gaffes, and generally bad hitting and you’ve got Raider’s baseball.
After a two game winning streak in early April we’ve managed to lose twice by scores of 12-2 and 10-1, and then our tie last night. All three games have been painful to watch and be part of. But we do need to feel good about coming back to tie even though we certainly didn’t do it by hitting, other than one long double we had that the other team turned into a base clearing, two throwing error homerun.
If the Orleans Pirates hadn’t given us that gift we would have gone home 8-4 losers. So basically we met our perfect match in the Cape Cod 40+ League. And as if I needed any other proof, after they replaced their starting pitcher, who had handcuffed our hitters with palm balls that barely reached the plate, with a succession of lousy relievers, they truly began to play “Raider’s Baseball.”
It sure looks like the Red Sox have been playing “Raider’s Baseball” themselves. I turn on the game tonight and they were losing 10-6 in the 2nd inning. They’re still behind by a 14-7 score. Since their five game winning streak ended last week the Red Sox have gone 3-5 and gave back a couple games in the standings. They’re still in first place, but they need to make sure this slide doesn’t continue.
Everyone thought the Toronto Blue Jays were going to walk away with what was expected to be a weakened AL East, yet so far this season the division has continued it tradition of being the toughest division in all of baseball. And you may have noticed the Blue Jays languishing in last place, 8.5 games behind. So much for the so-called sports pundits.
So with the New York Yankees, and rejuvenated Baltimore Orioles making it difficult right now for any team to be walking away with the AL East, the Red Sox must not slacken off for even the tiniest amount of time. They have the hitters and the pitching that can keep them in this thing until October.