If you had told me before this game that we were set up for a pitcher's duel, I might've asked you if you needed to be in rehab. The second ML start for a young pitcher who hadn't pitched above AA? Gil Meche, who had only one game score above 57 entering last night's action?
And yet, this is all about why we watch and follow the sport. The unpredictable happens. Justin Masterson gets his first ML-win. Coco Crisp comes up with the biggest hit of the night for the Sox. Javier Lopez is the best-performing non-Papelbon reliever in the Sox bullpen. "Being" ends the night wearing the golden sombrero. Jonathan Papelbon in 1.1 IP, leads the team in WPA. The predictable happens. Hideki Okajima and Manny Delcarmen continue to struggle.
Despite Paps' deserved WPA, it was Masterson's night. He now has game scores of 64 and 65 in his ML-career. 9 groundball outs and 5 strikeouts. A WHIP of 0.973. He was good, and we haven't seen the last of him this season.
Co-Players of the Game:
Wow. Joba's got nothing on Paps.
Comment of the Game:
10 minutes away and look things are the same. Lugo popping out. -sydneysox