April 27, 2002

Derek Freakin' Lowe pitched a no-hitter for the Red Sox! : Despite- or because of- his period as a frighteningly inconsistent reliever the past two years, this season Lowe was put into the Boston rotation as a starter. So far the results have been wonderful: 4-1, 2.04 ERA. He came within six outs of a no-hitter in his first start this season (shades of Hideo Nomo from last year), and he finished the job today against the Devil Rays, pitching the first no-hitter at Fenway since 1965. The last couple of days have seen an unusual number of near misses on no-hitter and perfect game bids, but today someone went the distance. In related news, the Boston Sports Guy just went into cardiac arrest.

posted by hincandenza to baseball at 03:42 PM - 3 comments

And I have to go to the in-laws out in the boondocks today. "Boondocks" being defined as somewhere without the Sox game on TV. I would just say that Lowe was a "frighteningly inconsistent" closer last year. Before that he had a great season as a closer and before that he was a terrific set up man (of course, before that he was 0-7 as a starter). He, as much as Pedro, was the Indians killer in '99. At one point Cleveland was a collective 0-30 something against him. Either way, it's nice to think he might finally be putting it all together. If Hermanson gets back and Burkett is solid, the Sox have a decent rotation behind Pedro. Now they just need to shore up the pen. Slocumb for Varitek and Lowe wasn't a bad deal, huh?

posted by yerfatma at 07:59 PM on April 27, 2002

I was flipping through the channels on a lazy afternoon in Los Angeles. I stopped just for a millisecond on ESPN to wonder how they could possibly be airing another "World's Strongest Man" competition in the middle of the day. Just as I was about to give up hope of finding any good sports and start watching Martha Stewart, the boys formerly based in Bristol switched over to bring me the last two outs of the no-hitter. My girlfriend was outside but heard me whooping it up; I was cheering for my boy Lowe so loudly. What a great surprise! (Note: ESPN returned to the WSM immediately after Derek's post-game interview.)

posted by GatorDavid at 08:29 AM on April 29, 2002

I love watching the WSM competetion.

posted by corpse at 08:56 AM on April 29, 2002

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