Friday, June 19, 2009

Water Washes Away Boston's Sweep Dreams

Thursday night's rained out game gave the Florida Marlins a win by default and ensured that the Boson Red Sox would not come back once again to complete the three game sweep of the Fish. The Red Sox had scored over five runs in the first two games (eight in game one and six in game two) and seemed to have the Marlins' number on offense.

Fortunately, the Marlins had a great five inning showing from Ricky Nolasco, which resulted in a makeshift one-hitter. Sox fans will claim that Florida was "lucky" to leave Boston without getting swept, but Nolasco's pitching was sharp and convincing enough to think otherwise.

Dan Uggla and Ronny Paulino each provided the Fish with a solo home run against a hot Jon Lester. Both shots were over the green monster and no-doubters once they left the bat. Fish fans should be glad to know that Paulino's 2-for-2 night placed him just a spec away from .300 and gave him three home runs in the last two games he has played. As for Uggla, his .218 batting average still spells struggles, but his home run total stands at 12 for the season.

The top of the sixth inning marked the beginning of a heavy downpour and the end to a rain plagued game. Dustin Pedroia had a valid point in saying that he hopes that the loss does not come back to determine division standings at the end of the season.

Knowing that Boston has a wealth of talent and experience, it should not be a problem for them. Truly great teams do not dwell on the past, but rather focus on there future and how they can make it successful.

The Marlins will head back home as the New York Yankeess roll into town for a Father's Day weekend special, including a Saturday night concert after the game by Hispanic artist Tito Nieves. The Red Sox may have been rooting against Florida just a few days ago, but I'm sure they'll be in full support of the Fish for the upcoming series versus the Yanks.

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