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Existentialsim: Sox beat Sox, 12-8

Mike Lowell and David Ortiz

While it’s rarely a Sartre-worthy occasion when the Red Sox and the White get together, this evening’s contest wasn’t as close as the scoreline indicates. The Red Sox’ dominant 12-8 win marked a hard-learned lesson gleaned from the previous series’ defeat: Sometimes, you’ve got to win ugly.

Chicago’s southsiders took the first lead, but were left to rue the Red Sox’ punishing third inning performance. While Mike Lowell’s three-run golf shot to left was the undisputed highlight, it was former Yankee Jose Contreras who has nobody but himself to blame for Boston’s red-hot third, though a back-and-forth finale kept a little drama in the game.

Speculation is rife that Jonathan Papelbon’s one-walk, two-strikeout performance as closer will carry great import, as the hard-throwing righty eyes a nascent competition with new signing Billy Wagner.

Sox Stud of the Game

Who doesn’t like a number nine hitter going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored? Alex Gonzalez, take your hat off.

Sox Dud of the Game

Sorry Papi, you were far and away the weakest link, going 0 for 5 with  four left on base. I hope like hell this doesn’t signal the end of his recent streak.

That’s What He Said

“Your Sox are discolored!” — A particularly anal-retentive streak of SoB author Jon.

Game Notes

  • Holy hell, Buchholz got away with it.  Not unlike Red Sox pitchers of yesteryear.

About Jon

I used to get along with Cubs fans so much better before 2004. What gives?

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