07 May 2009
They were promptly spanked by the Indians 9-2... and Mike Lowell was not amused.
"I don't think it helps," Lowell said. "I got in at 3 or 4 in the morning four times during this road trip, and it's not because I'm painting the town red. But, I mean, that's part of the business. Like my high school coach always said, when you feel like crap, you have to will yourself to be great. That's a good motto to follow."
They may be tired, but playing with a makeshift lineup probably didn't help either. With Ellsbury and Youk nuring tight muscles, JD Drew hit leadoff and Jeff Bailey and Jonathan Van Every rounded out the bottom of the lineup with Nick Green. "Van Everything" continued to impress, going 2 for 3 with an RBI, but the offense as a unit just didn;t get the job done against, of all people, Carl Pavano.
"We've got guys that we can plug in and do that job. It was definitely different. Not to discredit those guys -- Youk and Ells are big parts of our team. But, hey, that's what we're dealt with. The lineup we throw out there could have definitely won."
Justin Masterson got the start and had been filling in nicely for the injured Matsuzaka, but the Tribe tagged him for six run on eight hits and three walks... giving Mastey back to back losses and his second straight 6-run outing.
Bottom Line: The Sox won't get a break until Monday the 11th and then it's off to California... so, as Mike's high school coach (and The Green Lantern) would say: it's time to "will yourselves to be great" boys.
We're facing a rookie Indian tonight and then we've got a BIG series against the Rays this weekend that will include their big guns: Graza, Shields and Kazmir.
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