Wild (Pitches) Night Galore!


What happens when the Boston Red Sox and manager Terry Francona give Jason Varitek a night off to rest?  Wild (pitches) night galore that what happens!  As the Boston pitching staff threw (or should I say were charged with) 6 wild pitches over the course of last night game, with the Minnesota Twins.   George Kottaras, the Sox back-up catcher who had the starting nod behind the plate in place in Varitek, had a very eventful night behind it too say the least.  The poor guy was chasing balls all over the place in the Metrodome, as he had a very rough night catching the Sox pitching staff.

In all fairness, someone does need to smack the Minnesota score keeper around some and straighten him out, since a few of those wild pitches should have gone as past balls.  Minny’s scorekeeper who should have charged Kottaras with three past balls on the night, but for some reason opted not to.  Instead he charged Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (4) and two of their relievers Manny Delcarmen (1) and Justin Masterson (1) with wild pitches.  When clearly if you watch the replay video you clearly see the 1st, 4th and 5th wild pitches should have all been charged past balls to Kottaras, and not Matsuzaka and Delcarmen.

The Sox who have now lost their last game’s after grabbing the opening game to the Twins look to split the series this afternoon.  As they send Josh Beckett (4-2) up against the Twins Anthony Swarzak (1-0) in the series and season finale for these two teams.  Up next for the Sox is a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto Canada.