I would have to say Clements quote on last night's game sums it up completely.
“When you get runs off Randy Johnson, you’ve got to win the game because he’s not going to struggle very long, and you’ve got to take advantage when you can,” Clement said. “Give him credit. He righted the ship and I wasn’t able to.”But the good news is the sky hasn't fallen, the sun came back up this morning, I managed to get to work in less than an hour,... all good things are still possible. Clement was hit by a ball in the second inning and never really recovered (he was limping after the game).
But if you listen to the radio this morning, you would think the Sox are on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs. Some perspective is needed on last night's game. Our number four starter got blown out by a very good lineup. Why is this shocking? I'd rather have Clement pitch better, but it's really not a big deal. He'll get his wins for the season and we'll be right there in the playoff race at the end of the season.
What I thought was important about last nights game was two fold. Manny showed some power and our lack of long relief was exposed. Manny seems to always come around eventually, but this slump of his has lasted longer than it normally should. I expected him to turn it around two weeks ago at the latest, so its really nice to see his return to form. As for the long relief, I'm not sure what they can do about that.