There was fierce thunder at Fenway Park tonight and it didn’t come from bad weather. It came from the Red Sox bats. They lit up Texas pitching for fourteen hits including eight doubles. It was one of the finest exhibitions of hitting I’ve seen in a long time. Ironically the Red Sox had no home runs in the game but they hit the ball all over the field knocking in runs with almost every opportunity. Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia, and Gonzalez did most of the damage. Jacoby with three hits and an RBI, Crawford, looking like his old self last night, had two doubles and three RBI, while Dustin Pedroia smacked three doubles and an RBI, and last but not least Adrian Gonzalez with three hits and three RBI. He continues his torrid hitting which started before the All-Star break and just keeps going on and on. That’s good news for Red Sox Nation.

On the other hand the big bad Texas Rangers looked like they just got off a red-eye special from L.A. and came directly to Fenway without sleep. Josh Hamilton looks terrible at the plate. He had a great first half of the season but has been in a terrible slump since the All-Star break. Their phenom pitcher from Japan, right-hander Yu Darvish, who they paid over fifty million to negotiate the rights to sign him (sound familiar Dice-K?)  had a good first half but seems to be having trouble with command of his pitches and is getting battered around lately. The Sox hitters took advantage of every pitch he threw over the plate with hits to all fields.

Aaron Cook was on the mound for the Sox and he pitched a very good game. He’s been a typical fifth starter pitching three bad games and then a good one. He did it with a terrific sinker and good command throughout all seven innings of work. It was especially impressive since Texas is one of the better hitting teams in the American League. Overall it was a nice win for the Red Sox especially after losing three of four to the Twins.

With all the talk and innuendos from the media about how dysfunctional the Sox are supposed to be and the criticism of the way Bobby Valentine is handling his players, it’s definitely over-kill at this point. The subject may light up the phone lines but most people don’t want to hear this junk talk. It’s only a game and it’s not scandalous if and when there are problems or disagreements between people. Those people who call in to complain like to stir things up because they’re angry at everything and everybody. Some of the co-hosts are the same way. Baseball and all other sports are not life and death situations. There are more important things to be concerned about and a baseball team ain’t one of them. The Jimmy Fund Radiothon coming up on WEEI is.

 

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