In a game that went 19-17, in Boston, I'd say it was a Patriots game. I know as a Sox fan, a win is a win, and especially a win when you had a Triple A starter up who throws a knuckleball, Charlie Zink, who only went 4.1 innings.
I got three things out of this game:
1) The Boston Bullpen is still the area of weakness outside the back end of the starting rotation. Hideki Okajima can not seem to get runners out when they are on base, despite picking up the victory last night. Really, the only guy I can count on is Jonathan Papelbon, who is always solid. The Red Sox Bullpen gave up 9 runs last night, which won't fly well with a team with a World Series shot.
2) How can you score 17 runs and lose a ball game? It's called being the Texas Rangers. Once again, Texas, known for their super powerful offense, couldn't you show a sign of some pitching? Someone needs to tell Nolan Ryan that the offense is solid, you need to focus on signing some pitchers. It is inexcusable to lose a ball game when scoring 17 runs.
3) Who said this Boston offense would take a hit when losing Manny Ramirez?
But, again, scoring 19 runs shows something that your offense is working. David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis keep filling the void, and the corner outfielders, J.D. Drew is having a career year, and Jason Bay, despite going on a 1-4 day yesterday has been productive, so you can't knock on him.
Mike Lowell down in the game, strained right oblique. The Boston Herald is reporting that Lowell will likely be headed to the DL, and have an MRI today.
The plan would be to move Kevin Youkilis to 3rd, and make Sean Casey everyday 1st baseman.