Through five innings last night, John Smoltz had given up one run, and things were looking promising for the Red Sox, who held a 2-1 lead. Then came the sixth inning. Smoltz gave up five runs in the frame, and the Sox couldn’t recover, falling to the Rangers 6-3 in Texas.
I’m not quite at the Gary Tanguay stage, who posted the following on Twitter last night:
Gary_Tanguay Smoltz is killing the Sox! It’s over. Get Bucholz up here. NOW!
But I’m getting close. Gary – I especially like the NOW! at the end. Nice touch. You’re well on your way to becoming a Boston.com commenter.
Sean McAdam has the Sox still waiting for Smoltz to round into form. Amalie Benjamin has things getting away from Smoltz quickly in the sixth. Joe McDonald has three homers in the sixth sinking Smoltz.
Ron Borges has the Sox looking for hot bats. McDonald has the offense continuing its Post-All-Star slumber last night. Adam Kilgore has a “golfed” home run by former Red Sox prospect David Murphy the backbreaker for Smoltz. Borges has Smoltz getting closer, but still so far away from where he wants to be.
Kirk Minihane insists that Dwight Evans, not Jim Rice should be going into the Hall of Fame this summer.
Benjamin’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury back in the leadoff spot for the Red Sox last night. McAdam’s notebook has more on the lineup shift by Francona. McDonald’s Red Sox journal notes J.D. Drew’s struggling in the leadoff role.
Ron Chimelis has a look at South Hadley native Lesley Visser, who was voted the No. 1 female sportscaster last week by the American Sportscasters Association.
Robert Lee says that Danny Ainge has built his best Celtics roster yet, but don’t print the championship tickets just yet. Lenny Megliola says that Antoine Walker is yet another cautionary tale for young athletes.
Patriots Daily has a quick look at the Patriots 2009 Annual from Maple Street Press, which has a Patriots Daily-heavy cast of writers on board.