Can't say tonight's 2-1 loss fell on Julian: 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts should buy you a win every time.
Factor in Johan Santana was gone after 5 and the Red Sox had their shots to win this one. Manny ending the game striking out swinging vs. Nathan is hard to take, but Nathan is one of the best closers in the game.
I just feel bad for Tavarez: it's clear he enjoys playing in Boston, and his antics on the bench, particularly with Matsuzaka and Okajima, are worthy of getting their own NESN show. Once Lester is ready, Julian is most likely headed to the bullpen or the trading block, which would be a travesty for anyone who likes to laugh.
As you can see from the picture, Julian is a guy that any team would love to have: animated, funny, and does whatever Tito asks of him. Too bad tonight he got the dreaded "No run support for Wake" disease.
Schill takes the hill tomorrow, and I'm hopeful of a 2-1 series sweep, just like John at RSN NZ on my homepage said earlier today.
For tonight, I'm sorry the boys could not pull it out for Julian after a well pitched game on his part.
But, that's the way the ball bounces sometimes.