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The Red Sox-Mariners game Tuesday night was a wild one with many storylines playing out. It’s rare that a random regular season game would have so many twists, but this one certainly did. The Mariners won 4-3 in walkoff fashion, but that’s not even half the story.
Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka left the game with apparent “shoulder fatigue” in the bottom of the fifth inning after two warmup pitches. In that same inning, third base umpire Angel Hernandez tossed Julio Lugo from afar after Lugo criticized Hernandez’s safe call of a check swing by Raul Ibanez. Terry Francona was also ejected as he came to Lugo’s defense…and…Manny Ramirez tied the game at 3-3 with one swing for his 499th career home run. Mike Timlin allowed a walkoff-RBI single in the ninth to give the M’s the victory.
Sox Stud of the Game:
Manny Ramirez definitely gets the nod for Stud of the Game, as he produced all three Sox runs with one swing. With that swing, Manny blasted his 499th career home run. If I know Manny well, he’ll probably hit No. 500 while on the road for the next five games.
Diamond Dud of the Game:
Angel Hernandez was a real dud this game. He tossed Julio Lugo (which really isn’t a big loss offensively or defensively) for no real reason. He heard Lugo say something from afar, when Lugo claims that all he said was “Check.” I’m never one to really trust athletes, but that would be something that makes sense to say and could be misheard to possibly mean something vulgar.
Let’s hope that Daisuke Matsuzaka is OK. Yesterday, I was bragging how the Red Sox are so lucky to have so much depth at starting pitching, but losing Dice-K would be catastrophic to the rotation. He’s been a rock in his spot for more than a year now, and his loss would certainly hurt.