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June 27th at Blue Jays

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Mixed crop
Abreu hits, bullpen sucks but Sox win

Short Take:   Abreu's two homers lead Sox to unnecessarily frightening 5-4 win

Breathe people, breathe. In. Out. Good. Just breathe.

Everyone still with me? Okay. Good. It was touch and go there for a second. It usually is when Belisario is closing, and I completely understand if some closed their eyes, or passed out. But guess what? 


I know, right?! I'm surprised too!

Oh don't get me wrong, it was close. The Sox came into the 9th with a three run lead and like a losing gambler whose strategy is "If I keep playing, at some point I have to win," Robin Ventura said "If I keep using Belisario as my closer, at some point he will get a save." And so Belisario entered the 9th.

He immediately gave up a homer.

Okay, that wasn't good so Robin visited the mound. I was wondering if he was going to make a pitching change then and there and I was also wondering if he was aware that there wasn't anyone warming up in the bullpen. Fortunately, Ventura avoided pulling a Bevington and was just giving Belisario a pep talk. A good ol' "For the love of all that is sacred, please, please PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!!! Please! Don't! Blow! This! Game!"

Belisario got the message.

He then promptly forgot it after getting the first out, the next two guys reached base. That brought up a lefty and Ventura brought in a lefty of his own, Eric Surkamp, who promptly got a tailor made double play ball.

And of course, Conor Gillaspie booted it. No outs on the play and now the bases are loaded with the top of the order coming up.

So Ventura went what was evidently plan C and brought in Jake Petricka to face Jose Reyes. Reyes drove in a run with a fielder's choice and then Melky Cabrera grounded out to second to end the game.

Catastrophe averted! At least, temporarily!

What got lost in this game (besides Jose Abreu continuing dominance of major league pitchers) is that John Danks actually had a pretty good game tonight. In fact, he actually got the win and closed the books on a pretty good month of June.

The good news is that the rotation might not be a complete disaster. The bad news is that bullpen is, well, a disaster.

The Futures Market:
 Hold. Don't buy. Don't sell. Just breathe.

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