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Bartolo Colon reached an important milestone on his way to 300…and I don’t mean his weight. Bartolo Colon registered his 150th win (exactly half-way to 300) in a 6-3 triumph over the Orioles. Colon pitched well yet again, allowing one run in six innings with seven strikeouts.
Colon was really helped by the Sox bats, especially in the first when Boston scored five runs. J.D. Drew continued his hot hitting with an RBI double. He then scored on a wild pitch after advancing to third. A few batters later, Jason Varitek followed with a three-run blast to give the Red Sox an early 5-0 lead that they would not relinquish.
Sox Stud of the Game:
I often don’t give Jason Varitek enough credit for all that he does for the team. It’s hard to award him for his ability as a catcher and his knack for handling the pitching staff. He does it every game, so it has become ordinary and not special. BUT…he has earned the nod for Sox Stud this time for just one swing in the first inning. His clutch HR came with two outs and gave the Sox a comfortable 5-0 lead. Thank you Tek!
Diamond Dud of the Game:
One day, I’ll look back at all of these Sox recaps I write, and I’ll make a tally of my choices for Sox Duds and Studs. I would assume that the majority of the Sox duds are members of the bullpen, and that is no different for today. Simply put, Mike Timlin is old and washed up. He has experience, and he has a right arm that can throw in the mid-80′s, but he has lost his effectiveness. He came in the ninth with a five-run lead and surrendered two runs (one earned) before Jonathan Papelbon came in to close it out.