Two New Blogs. Jose Melendez's Keys To The Game and Kelly at The Miserable Red Sox Fan Speaks.
Last night, Mike Timlin turned back the clock to (the good part of) October 2003 when he got out of a based-loaded-zero-outs situation in the 6th inning. He struck out Reed Johnson and Orlando Hudson and retired Alex Rios on a routine grounder.
In the top half of that frame, Doug Mirabelli, filling in for the suspended Jason Varitek, launched a three-run rocket to left. There was excellent bullpen management by Francona, who used Ramiro Mendoza and Keith Foulke to nail down the 5-4 victory. However, he erred by batting Dave Roberts 2nd and Orlando Cabrera 6th. And he's made the same mistake tonight. Boo. Curt Schilling vs Josh Towers.