A Tale of Three Games
Sunday's game was a lot less interesting. The highlight of batting practice was watching Rheal Cormier use a sock as a makeshift sweatband while jogging around the warning track. Nomar came out, dressed in shorts instead of his uniform, and ran some zigzag drills in front of a trainer to test his injury. Again he was missing from the lineup. We sat in the same section as Saturday, by the Red Sox bullpen, only this time we were four rows back. Before the game, I got Derek Lowe's and John Wasdin's autographs.
The game featured Jin Ho Cho vs. Greg Maddux. At least it wasn't as hot as Saturday's game. It started off on a good note, with the Sox getting a run in the first inning, on two hits and a groundout. Unfortunately, there was very little to cheer about after that.
John Valentin returned to the lineup after having been beaned a couple of weeks earlier. He singled in his first two at-bats, and walked later in the game. Wilton Veras pinch hit, and delivered a single. But Cho gave up four runs on five hits, and the Red Sox never scored again. Wasdin had a good outing in the seventh, striking out two, and walking one batter who was then gunned down by Jason Varitek when he attempted a steal. In the eighth inning, Tim Wakefield gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Klesko. The Braves won it, by a score of 8-1.
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