GOTG: Trot Nixon
The Game Goat's favorite outfielder isn't immune to GOTG dishonors. The Goat doesn't play favorites...The Goat tells it like it is.
Dirt Dog and longtime Sox RF Trot Nixon had a couple of good defensive catches to save runs and extra base hits in last night's contest at The Jake, but his bat was as silent as a mime. Trot went 0-5 and left 6 runners on base. Nixon was also the only Sox player to GIDP.
Apparently, Boston's baserunning skills need some work. In a strange play in the top of the 3rd inning, Manny Ramirez got caught in a run down. All-Star catcher Jason Varitek was thrown out trying to steal 2nd while Manny was dancing on the base line. Cleveland recovered from the throw to 2nd in time to get Ramirez at 3rd, ending a Sox rally. The Tribe continued that momentum into the bottom half of the frame and scored 2 runs.
Ramirez later belted a 2 out, 3 run homer in the top of the 8th to put the Sox ahead for good. Redemption, and a sure sign that Manny continues to fight his way out of his early season slump.
Nixon's offensive line:
AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nixon 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 .333
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 8 12 0
Cleveland 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 11 0
Terry Francona, MGR, for bringing Schilling ouut in the 7th after already throwing 111 pitches. It's April...not September. Yes, Schilling could have won the game, but Cleveland was hitting him hard. Get your head out of the record book and into the game.
And Tito, the number one commandment about using the Sox bullpen...Thou Shalt Not bring Mike Timlin in with a runner on base. Just because the runner didn't score doesn't mean the Goat ain't watchin' ya.
Wild Thing Jonathan Papelbon notched his 9th save and 11th consecutive scoreless inning.