A New Day: Rays-Sox Gamer XV

Get that taste out of our mouths, Josh. It’s all on you. Again.

326 comments… add one
  • Laser Show ties it!

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • 7 K’s for Beckett through 4, 51 pitches.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • You know what saddens me? This site always dies when one of the two teams dies for the season. It’s a shame, understood, but a shame just the same. I like the people that contribute here, both authors and the regular readers.
    Bummer…

    LocklandSF September 10, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • I hear you, Lockland.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Gah, Rays have the bases loaded…

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • And Beckett gets out of it. Hope the Sox bats wake up soon.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Ugh, terrible inning that wastes Lowrie’s leadoff double.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Sox pitching’s first 1-2-3 since the first inning comes via Okajima (and a little luck on the third out liner). Heading home…would be great to get home to a win or a big lead.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • Ellsbury has no pitch recognition. This is his biggest flaw. He appears to have minimal ability to pick up pitches. I hope this improves, but this year there hasn’t been a noticeable change over the course of the season.

    SF September 10, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Come on, let’s go, Masterson. Get out of Oki’s mess.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • Wow, Masterson getting squeezed like woah. Last two pitches both looked right down the middle.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • ESPN guys completely incredulous at the strike zone. Bases loaded now.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • Masterson gets out of it. Phew.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Holy crap Masterson got out of it. Let’s put a run on the board boys!

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Effing close, low-scoring game.
    Caught stealing! Suck it. 2 more, Masterson.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • I still haven’t figured out this ump’s strikezone. It’s all over the place.
    Meanwhile, Masterson walks the leadoff hitter in the ninth but Cash guns him down!

    SF September 10, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Pop to center. Two down. Come on, JM.

    SF September 10, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • To the bottom of the 9th.
    Get…a…run.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • K! Awesome work by Masterson.

    SF September 10, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Lowell has superb SSS numbers versus Balfour. I’ll hang my hat on those, at least for the moment. Go Mikey!

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • No matter the outcome, this series has been awesome. A real battle between two great teams. Always, always, always the score has been close.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • 3-1 count to Lowell. Come on…

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • That works, SF! Leadoff walk!

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • Cora to PR.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Outside, Lowell walks to lead off the inning. Question: bunt him over or not? He’s slow, so there’s a huge chance Lowell wouldn’t score on a single anyhow.
    Question answered: Cora PRs for Lowell. I suppose a sac is up next.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • No bunt shown by Kotsay.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Kostay then swings away, fouled back. 1-1 count.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Kotsay rips one pretty good, but to the vast center field, probably 370. Not good enough to advance Cora either. Bah.
    Let’s go, Jed.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • After Lowrie, Carter to PH for Cash?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • Lowrie behind 1-2, seems a bit flummoxed.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Terrible, Jed.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Yeah, Lowrie had no idea up there, weakly waves at strike three.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Wow…this ump’s strike zone.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • And it’s Carter, who does have a HR this season witht he big club.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Yikes, based on that swing this game is going to the tenth.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • Check that. I’m wrong.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • “one thing that has defined this Tampa club: they are ultra-competitive” sayeth an idiot in a booth on ESPN.
    Really, they are ultra-competitive? No shit.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Cool, Carter.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Carter!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Sutcliffe. Nice guy, horrible, horrible analyst.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Me too, IBM – Carter slaps one to left.
    And Sutcliffe says “great job by Francona picking the right guy”. Seriously? I mean, what was Tito supposed to do, hit Cash?!

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • I think Jacoby is DUE.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • YOU’RE DUE, JACOBY. DON’T FORGET!!!

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • 1-2. Ellsbury after a 1-2 count is hitting .137. So, 1 in 8 chance something happens here.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Ooooh. BLOWN CALL.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Ooo, he was safe!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Dang, they took away an opportunity.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Oh my god horrible call. What the fuck!

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • From Dale Arnold: Carter is 3-4 w/the big club, and 2 of the 3 hits are off Balfour.

    What an awful, awful call. He was safe.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Just another in a series of hideous calls tonight…

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • That’s frustrating. The umps are GREAT at those bang-bang first base plays typically, and that seemed like no worse than a tie, but more realistically Ellsbury beat it out, if barely. He just shouldn’t blow that call.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Replay shows him safe, even though Jacboby wasn’t hustling out of the box. He would have been miles safe had he busted it out of the box.
    Manny would have been run out of town for that…Oh, wait…

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:16 pm
  • Time for MORE INSTANT REPLAY.

    Micah-SF September 10, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • Ugh, Manny “if there’s pressure I am cooked” Delcarmen on.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • First base ump is Ron Kulpa, Carl Everett’s bestest buddy and fellow dinosaur collector.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • I don’t feel safe. No offense to you as a person, MDC.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Painted the corner!
    (in this ump’s strike zone)

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • I don’t know how many pitches Masterson threw, but I’m kinda surprised he isn’t out there for this inning.
    Pena Ks. 1 down…

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Joe Maddon has quickly risen close to the top of the “managers I really don’t like” list in my wallet. He still has some work to do to get past Ozzie Guillen and Tony LaRussa, but he’s moving fast.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • David Ross now catching.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • What do you guys think about using replay on a call like that?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • Why, SF?
    I think he’s done rather well.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • What’s your beef with him, SF? I didn’t hate Ozzie Guillen till this year…but I do now.
    Nice play, all told. Scary.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Nice glovework by Manny. 2 down…

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Wow, that’s a great pick and step now that I see it again.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Nice play by Delcarmen to scoop the awkward toss from Youk, who dropped the grounder. Excellent concentration by MDC.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • I love Ozzie for two reasons: He hates the Cubs and Jay Mariotti hates him.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • I don’t disregard the job Maddon has done, I just don’t like him. He seems super smug to me. He has a little LaRussa in him, I think.
    This is totally irrational, of course.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • Bradford warming for Ray. Please, oh please, oh please …

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • WTF was wrong with that 2-2 pitch?!?!?!??!?!!?

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • I miss Boston if for no other reason than I’m now subjected to the idiocy of Rick Sutcliffe.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • And MDC with a nice and loud FUCK YOU to Devine!!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Oh, that’s a nice inning. The big part of the lineup is here. Do something.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • 1-2-3. Heart of the order coming up.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Ok, I apologize to Manny. Well pitched.
    Now end this so we don’t have to push our luck with him!

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • I will gladly take such “Fuck yous” whenever they can be had, mang.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • It is irrational, SF. But admitting it is half the battle.
    I know where you’re coming from. He has done a great job of playing the underdog unrespected guy this year, which can be irritating but effective. He’s not paid to make me happy. And he was the next choice after Tito post Grad… Gra… Crap. I can’t type his name.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • When Bradford releases his pitch his hand is at the same height as Dusty’s head.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • LASER SHOW LEAD OFF DOUBLE!

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Man, Pedroia’s awesome. Awesome.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • DP!!

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-WEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTT!!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Pedroia is a f*cking machine.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • “LAY-zur.”

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Tizzle walked intentionally.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • I never thought I’d write such a thing, but I’m not upset to see them walk Papi here.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Yeah. Walk Papi.
    Yeah.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Me, too, matty.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • I know Ortiz is the more conventional scary hitter, but I am not sure this is the smartest move – Ortiz has really looked like a lesser hitter lately. I hope I am right.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Dammit!

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • GWRun on 3rd, but the SF is gone.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Just hit it hard. That’s all you can ask.
    Ooooooooohhhh. DP. Bay winning it would be great justice. Will they walk him?

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Oooh, good thing that went foul. That had double play written all over it.
    Just like that one. Yuck. Maddon makes the good call, I guess.
    Sox were paralyzed by the heart of the order there – no bunt possible with Ortiz and Youk, and that was probably the one, best time to bunt a guy over.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Hopefully Bay can do it again.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Who else likes that it’s Bay up right now?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Bah, meatball floats by Bay there.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • FUCK A DUCK!!!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Shit, that was a SHIT result.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Welcome to “Everything is a Strike (or Not) Night” at Fenway Park
    Ugh.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Damn!!! I mean, come the F on! The Rays aren’t THAT good.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Tough spot there, I think the right baseball play would have been to bunt Pedroia to third, but there was zero chance of that happening with the guys who were coming up.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Manny some more?

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • The home plate umpire has sucked hard tonight, and that call at first may have just cost us the game, but its not like we haven’t had shots at putting this one away so far.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • Orsillo’s been calling a lot of outs like they were gonna be close (GROUNDS IT SLOWLY, etc.).
    Great play, Lowrie!

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • DEE!!!!

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • NICE play by Jed!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • MDC strong through 1 2/3.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Navarro Ks. Another guy I don’t like, mostly because of the fact that he was once a Yankee prospect.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • Oh my. XBH.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • shit

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • Fudge. Double by someguy.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • Blech, 1-2 pitch is slapped down the line for a double. Bear down, Manny.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • Get the out, get the out, get the out.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • Ya know, I’m really starting to dislike the Rays.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • 0-2. No STUPID mistakes, Manny.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Bartlett. Here’s a guy I don’t like. Smug little shitbag.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Well done, MDC.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • YES!
    Bartlett is the little fucker who started it with Covelli.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Whew! Manny got out of it. Going to the bottom of the… 11th?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Man, our bullpen has really sacked up tonight. Gold stars all around.

    Brownie September 10, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Nice! MDC with a fine effort tonight.
    Now please END THIS. I am on Dad duty tomorrow morning and staring at short sleep the longer this goes.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • So, on a positive note, the Yankees lost again today.
    Lets do this!!

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • O’Brien and Gammons ballwashing Alex Cora.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • That third pitch was a foot outside and in the dirt… shouldn’t that be a strike?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • Does Alex Cora have a chemistry set at his locker? All this talk about how smart he is, blah blah blah, every time he makes an appearance. It’s like the Sox employ Stephen Hawking.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Thought Cora would catch a break there. Throw was too good, though.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • ESPN announcer: “Bartlett a fine play, is so sure handed.”
    This immediately after he bobbles a grounder and almost commits an error.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Kotsay. Is. Due.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Bitch of a game.
    Are you a good bitch or a bad bitch?

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Man, these guys are overanalyzing a routine play turned into a much harder one by Bartlett, who nearly flubbed a modest grounder by Cora.
    How was that such a great play, and not just a routine grounder made far more difficult than it should have been?

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Our own Dave O’Brien is the play-by-play man on ESPN tonight, and the aformentioned MLB ballwasher Sutcliffe is teh analyst.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Kotsay!
    Lucky, a weak squibber finds a hole.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • YES!!!
    tito apparently expect to win it here. No one warming to replace MDC.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • That’s a hit! Improving the odds.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Lucky single by Kotsay there. I’ll take it. Stanford coming to bat…

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • I don’t love O’Brien at all.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Jed. Is. More. Due.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Ok, Jed, 2-0. Drive one.
    And don’t risk sending Kotsay on Baldelli if there’s an XBH and a possible close play, ok? Not with one down.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • 3-0.
    And, he walks. RISP. RIGWRP.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Stanford walks! First and second, one down.
    Please, lets do this! (seriously, please?)
    Wait, who the hell is this?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Good eye, Jed. A hit could win it.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Someone is at bat who I have never seen before. I hate (or love, depending on what happens) roster expansion.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • David Ross is 1-2 in his RS career.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Wow, we certainly have catching depth and consistency. Three guys who can barely hit their weight!

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Terrible swing there.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • Whatever happens, Pedro won’t get a shot this inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • Ross has a stance like a pitcher batting.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • And again i’m wrong.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • That was a weak-ass at-bat there.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Putrid at-bat. Wow, that was a terrible effort. I never though Kevin Cash would seem so…competent.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Ugly.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Man, he just walked Stanford on four pitches and Ross comes up and swings at three pitches out of the strike zone. What the hell?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Ellsbury staring at 0-6 right now. Though he’s really 1-5.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • Howell is throwing a ton of balls tonight.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • I don’t have much hope here.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Again, Ellsbury just completely fooled on a hook. He can’t read pitches, I am convinced of it. He either guesses right or not. That’s it.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Shit.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • damn this game sucks some shit.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Fuck-ity fuck fuck fuck.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • And Orsillo makes a semi-routine play into a dramatic affair again with his voice. Jackass.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • You know, if you cringe every time he comes up to the plate, he probably shouldn’t be leading off.

    Brownie September 10, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Shit, Ellsbury hit one about 140 feet, which is maybe an improvement on his efforts distance-wise, but still a nothing result. Another f*cking waste.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • And this probably means MDC for another inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • Yeah, I don’t get Ellsbury in the leadoff spot, at all, the way he hits.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • SF, I think you’re right. And he doesn’t have the power to scare anyone away from attacking the strike zone. Hopefully he improves because otherwise he’s pretty much a fourth outfielder or a below average center fielder. He is still young though, so there is some time for improvement.
    Who is coming in to pitch for us now?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • If MDC blows up this inning it’s going to be hard to get pissed off at him. He’s done a great job tonight, and asking him to pitch a third inning is out of the norm.
    But please, no Timlin. Please.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Lopez on the hill.

    SF September 10, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Oh, Timlin warming. Guess this game’ll be over soon one way or another.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Starting to see some empty seats at Fenway. Probably in anticipation of Javier Lopez pitching… and speak of the devil!

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Lopez

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • Remember those days when Ellsbury batted .350 in September?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • That was one of the most outside pitches I’ve ever seen caught by a catcher.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • The six game lead in the WC standings definitely takes the edge off this game (though it might be five soon). I want first place, sure, but a couple of weeks ago I was even more worried about even making the playoffs. At least that’s now under the Sox’ control, to an extent.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Crowd taunt? Wha?

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Fenway crowd chanting “Bal-di, bal-di”

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Someone record Sutcliffe right now and send it to FJM. He’s trying to create some sort of bizarro equivalency between the Sox making the playoffs after winning the Series and the Rays trying to make the playoffs at all. It’s mind-numbing stuff.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Nice snag, Lopez!

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • *takes a breath* It’s Pena.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • OUTSTANDING!

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Nice Javy!

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • That was one sexy-ass inning by Lopez, there.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Great job by Lopez, who always makes me feel a bit uneasy. The Sox bullpen has really done the job tonight. In fact, their whole pitching staff has been excellent.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Why taunt Baldelli?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • You know when the Red Sox last scored? 9 innings ago!

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Okay. I don’t think it hit him. Way to sell it, if so.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Dusty plunked. Bad mistake by Howell.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Sutcliffe now announcing that DHs shouldn’t be allowed to win the batting title.
    Whaaaaaaaaaaaa?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Thats the second time Pedroia has been hit today!
    Sutcliffe is now saying (probably between sips of vodka) that DHs shouldn’t be eligible for the batting title. Uh, wha?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • And Papi bunts. I LOVE IT!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Papi bunts! Holy crap!
    Now why didn’t he do that in the 10th?!

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Very interesting…they could have had Pedroia at 2nd, I think.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • What the fuck just happened?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Another RIGWRP.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Oh…he almost ended that game there…a little early.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • David Ortiz bunting makes the baby jesus cry.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Because they walked in, SF. Are you on Sutcliffe juice?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • David Ortiz just bunted. Wow.
    Kiddo’s in bed, but I’ve been listening to the game for a while. Jason Bay could make Red Sox fans love him forever with a hit here…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • If Papi was going to bunt with Pedro on 1st, then why didn’t he do it with Pedro on 2nd and nobody down in the tenth? That’s a far better spot to do it, right? Assuming you can get it down, of course.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Try that again: They IBBd Papi in the 10th.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Oh, this is Youks. My bad. Problem with listening. You forget easier…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Jason Bay, be the hero again!

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Right, duh, sorry IBM. I am living in my own hypothetical world where they didn’t do that and I am the manager of the Sox and control fictional games.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Youks walks, but it sets up the DP again.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • I can’t imagine that bunt was a Tito call. Very un-Franconalike..
    NOW Jason Bay could make Red Sox fans love him forever with a hit here…. J.D. Drew style…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Does Joe Maddon remind anyone of Tony LaRussa?

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Now it’s Bay, though. 31 pitches for Howell. Don’t know if that means much, don’t know what kind of reliever he is.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Such a BS strike call.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Ah, nobody noticed but me.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • MM: I posted that a long while ago in this same thread, about how I felt that Maddon had a little LaRussa in him.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • GameDay says the ump blew that Strike 1 call.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Da,m. Let it hit you.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • UGH!
    Cora?

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Sonofabitch.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Bay whiffs on a couple of nice hooks.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Bay Ks. Sheesh…

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Unlikely hero time.

    Brownie September 10, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • What sucks is that the combination of pinch-everythings has left the Sox’ lineup abysmal past Bay… Cora-Kotsay-Lowrie-Carter-Ross. Kotsay excepted, that does not inspire confidence.
    Aaaaand Bay is having a bad game. Suck.
    Alex Cora, our hopes rest on you. Not quite what I hoped…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Thank goodness for the day off tomorrow, the bullpen gets a rest.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • That’s a pitch Pedro crushes.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • *%^$#^%$*^%*(&^&^%$&(^(&)_(*%^&$%&^%

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Oh, a liner right to the center fielder. Stinks. What a horrible, awful, no good, very bad game.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Shit, Cora hit it nicely, but too far. Caught. Frustrating game, this.
    I need to hit the hay.

    SF September 10, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • FUCK!
    Cora actually hits one hard and of course it goes right to the center fielder.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Cora actually gets a decent hit, but right at the center fielder…
    Lopez for another inning?

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Is one f’n hit too much to ask for? Are these Rays pitchers really that good? Cause if so, maybe we should just bow out and hand ’em the division right now.
    Sorry, just very pissed right now.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • You’re too invested now, SF. Hw could you go to bed without knowing the result? It’ll just keep you up anyway, wondering…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Sigh, more squandered opportunities. Send Lopez out for another? Who is left in the Pen after that?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • At this point, the pitchers are easily the most rested guys out there, so it’s not surprising that inertia kinda takes over on both sides…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • You know what screwed us that inning? Ortiz’s bunt. He’s not there to move the runner over, he’s there to drive him in. I hated that play at the time and I hate it now. It was funny though.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Lead off doubles are teh sux.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • *sigh* Leadoff double. 10 to 1 the Rays actually know how to convert it.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • I kind of assume it’s over now.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • Agreed matty, seeing Ortiz bunt makes me die a little bit inside.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • I agree, MM. Ortiz should not EVER be bunting. A lot of very weird decisions over these two games (for example, why is Coco Crisp still on the bench?) — and not a single one that I can think of that actually helped the Red Sox in these crucial games.
    For a manager who has pressed all the right buttons during the playoffs,. Francona seems to be bumbling his way through the closest thing you can get to them here…
    Now a 3-0 count. Ugh.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • DP in order now, though I don’t think that’s what Lopez intended.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • DP!

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • They got it! Hoo boy, can the Rays be as unclutch as us all game with the runner at 3rd and 2 out?

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Wow, that was some good luck right there. He hit that right on the nose and we got two outs out of it.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Am I wrong, or isn’t J.D. Drew off the DL? Why hasn’t he been in the game??
    Double play! Eff yeah! There may be life yet!

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Ohhhh…almost hit him.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • Come on!
    YES! Goddamn, what was a good series has become an exercise in torture.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Hell. Yes.
    Three double plays and 26 men left on base between the two clubs. Amazing.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Wow. How’d we get out of that?
    Kotsay, Lowrie and Ross coming up, so we should be good to go for a 14th.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • I’m getting too old for this shit.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • Please, a bloop double and a cheapy seeing-eye single…anything to end this game on a good note.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • I’m calling it here: Whoever wins this game wins the division. Write it down.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • Manny just hit one out in San Diego… God, I miss him.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • Any chance Drew pinch hits for Ross here? I think the Sox would have to go to an emergency catcher, since they’ll gone through Tek and Cash already.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • What’s sad is there’s really no one to pinch hit for any of these guys: I trust Kotsay more than Crisp, there aren’t any infielders left for Lowrie, and I don’t think we want Kottaras behind the plate were he to fail in his first-ever big-league at bat (pretty likely)…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • Paul, I thought you didn’t believe in turning points!
    Kotsay hits it hard but right at Pena.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:31 pm
  • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! A drive that was caught at 1st!

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:31 pm
  • This game is horrible. And now Ross. My God.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • Holy crap, that inning died fast.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • Three hard-hit balls, but all at people. 14th inning… Chris Smith time?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • Ath, I need a good but well-priced external drive for a PC. any suggestions?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • All right this isn’t even fun anymore…
    Remind me again why we have Jacoby Ellsbury still out there with his offensive AND defensive superior on the bench, and why we haven’t hit J.D. Drew in a key situation yet?

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:34 pm
  • Paul, Coco was already burned as a pinch runner, anyway.
    That inning was distinguished by the fact that Ellsbury wasn’t the one who ended it in dismal fashion.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 11:34 pm
  • Ray Bourque sighting at Fenway.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:35 pm
  • Ah, you’re right, SW. I think I was even listening on that one and just forgot. So we pinch ran Crisp and then didn’t replace Ellsbury on defense? That boggles my mind.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Lopez for 3 innings? Wow, when was the last time he went this long?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Wow, the pen has been amazing. Heeeeeeeeeeere’s Timlin.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Heeeeere’s Timmy.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • Timlin coming in. As much as I like and respect him and his past accomplishments with the Sox, I fear this game is about over now.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • Can the Sox survive Mike Timlin??

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • Bill, check http://www.newegg.com or http://www.tigerdirect.com... both are the best places to shop for computer hardware, and you can’t go wrong.
    What do you want the external harddrive to do: just store information, or backup what’s on your regular PC? I would go with a nice Seagate, they have some of the best drives within the last few years. 1 Terabyte drives are only about $140 now if you want a drive that big.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Both teams have an off-day tomorrow. It is Tampa Bay’s last off-day.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Lopez went three innings on June 6 — the only other time in his career he’s gone more than two innings. In 323 appearances, he’s gone more than an inning just 31 times, and two innings or more just four times now.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • That’s cool. 1 more.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Since Crisp is burned already, that makes it easier for me — pinch hit Drew for Ellsbury to lead off the bottom half of the 14th…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • Timlin has been great lately; sure he got blown out in his last outing, but before that he had a 2.70 ERA since July 5, over 20 innings.
    And right as I type that, Iwamura singles. I’ll take blame for the jinx.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • Base hit to center. If Timlin can get an out, I feel like they’ll have extracted every drop of effectiveness from the bullpen. I hope they haven’t already. My heart stopped for a sec on Baldelli’s first swing there.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • Both, ath. I’ve used tigerdirect before so I have no problem with them . And others have suggested Seagate, too.
    Thanks.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • 1st and 2nd, 2 out. Oy. That ball was stung.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • My god, what have my careless hands wrought?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:43 pm
  • Iwamura with the rare 3-0 single. He was 0 for 1 in his career with a 3-0 count.
    And now Baldelli with the lined single. Here’s the Timlin we all know and fear.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:43 pm
  • Fucking cocksuckers.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:44 pm
  • Fuck you, Red Sox. Fuck you.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:44 pm
  • How F%^%^&%^^KING predictable was that?? AUGH.

    stuck working September 10, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • To be expected.

    Devine September 10, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Mike Timlin now available on waivers.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • If that wasn’t the most fucking predictable thing I’ve ever seen…
    I don’t know what Francona was thinking. How do you leave Timlin in in that situation? How?!?!
    I’m going to break something then I’m going to bed.

    mattymatty September 10, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • :(

    Brownie September 10, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Timlin’s ERA is now 6.14.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • The Red Sox will now score two runs in the bottom of the 14th.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • We expect to see the remnants of Ike here in northern Ilinois sometime Monday or Tuesday. Are your hatches battened down, Paul?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • You’re in West-Texas, right Paul?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:49 pm
  • Right now, it looks like it will track east of us, but if it hits the coast a little farther south than currently predicted, we may get 8-10 inches of rain. So, I guess we’ll see. We’ve already gotten a ton of rain from that tropical depression off the Mexican coast, believe it or not, so any more would quickly be a flooding situation.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • Yeah, Ath. We actually root for hurricanes out here. They bring much-needed rain — though less needed this month than previously…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • Though being a former Dallasite, you’re probably familiar with that phenomenon…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • Why do I think you’re near Houston?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • Well, Ortiz is the tying run…. (optimism dies hard)

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • lol, No idea, IBM. Couldn’t farther from Houston — geographically or culturally…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • Yeah, I know how it goes Paul. Any precipitation is good precipitation.
    Well, unless it’s hail. My dad’s car was in the shop and he had a rental car for a few days, and hail absolutely destroyed it. It looked like someone had spent 15 minutes with a baseball bat destroying that thing.
    Ellsbury lead-off double. Why do you tease us so?

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • Ellsbury with the double!! (Where was that when he was up with a runner on second TWICE in extra innings????)

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • Shit. NOW he fucking doubles.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • I covered a hailstorm west of here where a car was slammed with softball- and grapefruit-size hail. Huge holes in the windshield. The woman driving it when it happened somehow managed to stop the car, run to a house and get inside without major injury…

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • To clarify, that story happened in like 1994.
    Pedroia walks. This is nerve wracking.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • Wow. Ortiz really IS the tying run!
    Ortiz-Youks-Bay-Lowell: 0 for 16 tonight. That’s gotta change.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • The teasing continues.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • Wtf? Ortiz showing bunt but takes ball 4. Wow.
    Bases loaded, trainer out to see Percival.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • this is just not fair.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 10, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • Oh my God. Bases loaded, nobody out, Kevin Youkilis the winning run… This game hates all of us.

    Paul SF September 10, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • Madding doing a good job of getting out there and pulling Percival quickly, despite his disagreement. For the long-term, it’s a good decision.

    Atheose September 10, 2008, 11:59 pm
  • Really, Youkilis and Bay are just who you want up in this situation, other than Pedroia, who’s already on base. The Sox can’t ask for anything more.

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:00 am
  • Errr, Maddon I mean. Come on Youks!
    That’s a crazy story Paul. If I had not lived in Dallas I would never have guessed that Texas would get so much hail.

    Atheose September 11, 2008, 12:01 am
  • If I hadn’t seen the holes, I never would have believed hail could get that big…

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:02 am
  • This is going to make losing so much worse…

    stuck working September 11, 2008, 12:04 am
  • HAHA camera pans to Papelbon, who has his hands in his pants.

    Atheose September 11, 2008, 12:04 am
  • Hammel gave up 5 to NYY in the 9th in his last outing last thursday.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2008, 12:04 am
  • We also never saw Sean Casey or Jeff Bailey in this game — both of whom could have been used as pinch hitters at some point. I just don’t understand…

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:04 am
  • Youk hits it hard, but about 15 feet short of a homer. Two runs to go, with two outs to make it happen.
    Anything but a DP Bay!

    Atheose September 11, 2008, 12:05 am
  • Ok, that’s one of the two runs I predicted. Bay up with runners on the corners.

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:05 am
  • Bay chases a good slider. Sigh.
    Come on Cora!

    Atheose September 11, 2008, 12:08 am
  • Just a terrible AB by Bay.

    stuck working September 11, 2008, 12:08 am
  • Wow, what a terrible game for Bay. :-(
    Surely, we’re going to pinch hit Casey or Drew for Cora, right?

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:08 am
  • No, why would we do a thing like that? It would give us a better chance to win the game…

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:09 am
  • Why is the bat in Cora’s hands?

    stuck working September 11, 2008, 12:09 am
  • Lame lame lame.
    G’night all.

    Atheose September 11, 2008, 12:10 am
  • Damn.

    stuck working September 11, 2008, 12:10 am
  • Brutal. Fucking brutal.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2008, 12:10 am
  • I hate this team… So much… Good night.

    Paul SF September 11, 2008, 12:10 am
  • Glad I didn’t see that, either. Atrocious.

    Devine September 11, 2008, 12:13 am
  • The Curse of the Manny. Gonna be a long century.

    bob September 11, 2008, 3:41 am
  • Hah, the Curse of the Manny. That’s a good one. I think the Curse of the ARod is more compelling.

    Atheose September 11, 2008, 10:44 am
  • ARod is far from a curse, he simply just can’t get it done, and the teams he plays for only get worse. But Seattle and Texas and eventually New York will rise again (without him, of course). But this Manny thing is real (until Boston proves otherwise by winning a championship without the Manny). Bay 0-zillion last night, Manny two homers and the Dodgers pulling away in the standings. When the Dodgers win the World Series this year, only then will the Boston fans begin to realize what asses they and the media and the management group were and what a long century it will be. Fun while it lasted.

    bob September 11, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • bob…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Devine September 11, 2008, 8:09 pm

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