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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Boston Dead Sox lose again; Major meltdown of bullpen.

July 2 Tampa Bay, Fl Thought we had enough runs to walk away with a 'W.' The Red Sux were leading 4-1 in the bottom of the six. Daisuke 'walker' Matsuzaka had finished his day, having pitched good (or bad?) for 5 innings. He only allowed two hits and struck out 5. Fortunately his 'nitpicked' five walks didn't kill him. However, like always, he kept everybody on the edges of there seats.

There's no secret to the success of the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting carried them to the top of the AL East standings. Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-5, finishing a single shy of becoming the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since in 1996. He homered in the first off , then tripled and scored in the third and doubled and scored in the fifth while helping the Red Sox build a 4-1 lead. Pedroia, 25-for-44 during a 10-game hitting streak, flied to center in the sixth before delivering a two-out RBI double off Glover that trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to 7-5 in the eighth. Longoria had a RBI single off Dice-K in the first inning, and his two-run double off Craig Hansen (1-3) was the big blow in a six-run seventh and gave the rookie 15 RBIs in his last 10 games.

Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen each gave up 3 runs in a critical sixth inning without retired a batter. MELTDOWN!!!

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