Aces Up: Sox-Orioles Gamer II

While all eyes will be in the Bronx on Brien Taylor Phil Hughes, another fireballer takes the hill down in Baltimore.  As we know, Josh Beckett and Phil Hughes had/have similar minor league numbers.  It might take five years, but we imagine the Yankees’ youngster will be considered something of a success if, in the coming half-decade, he can close out a World Series, be traded for someone as valuable as Hanley Ramirez, and then begin a season 4-0 for a first place team.  That would put him a year ahead of Beckett, who we hope tonight continues his ascendance to the position of "ace" on this year’s Red Sox squad.  Comment about the game here. 

Lineups below the fold.

Red Sox

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Wily Mo Pena, CF
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

SP – Josh Beckett

Orioles

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Melvin Mora, 3B
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Miguel Tejada, SS
5. Aubrey Huff, 1B
6. Jay Payton, LF
7. Jay Gibbons, DH
8. Ramon Hernandez, C
9. Corey Patterson, CF

SP – Adam Loewen

213 comments… add one
  • Nick,
    He’s gunning for you, man, and the horse he rides is named Crow.

    Brad April 26, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • What exactly is the “Crow” threshold here, out of curiosity? Sub-4.25 ERA for the season? I think it best to establish this early, to avoid confusion later.
    I’ll be there tonight, which is bad news for the Sox since I’m generally thought of as bad luck. That said, they did win the last two games at Camden, including one started by Matt Clement. If you see a group of Red Sox fans on TV, one of them’s probably me.
    Oh wait, nevermind. That’s all you ever see at Red Sox-O’s games. Bwahaha.

    desturbd1 April 26, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • enjoy the game d1. just remember, if a neighborhood kid offers to watch your car for $5, pay him. replacement windows are upwards of $100. damn i miss baltimore.

    sf rod April 26, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • Brien Taylor, hah. Kid never got out of double-A ball.
    Fact that Hughes made it to the majors – and that scouts said he was major-league ready at the All-Star break last year, certainly tells you something.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • Yeah, it tells me that you should never, EVER punch someone with your throwing hand.

    jp - SF April 26, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • What exactly is the “Crow” threshold
    Under four and 17 wins. In that neighborhood, and I’ll gloat here until they won’t let me on any longer.

    Brad April 26, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • But what if both Wang AND Beckett succeed past their ‘crow’ threshold? Will you get to gloat, but with reservations?

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 5:40 pm
  • my money is on Hughes getting shelled for about 8 runs in 3 innings tonite :p

    TJ April 26, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • I think I’d have to, since for Wanger to do that, he’d have to put up nearly the same exact numbers as he did last year, and I said that wouldn’t happen. But, if Beckett puts up those numbers, with it will go around 200 or so K’s…
    So, I guess if Beckett does that (and really, I’m hoping for around 3.3), all the naysayers on his ability to learn from his mistakes and his pure ability are going to hear it from me! Twice.
    Really, the difference here is that Nick said Beckett was the most overrated pitcher in the game (which put him on my shit-list forever and ever), and I gave Wang credit for what he did, but couldn’t see him duplicating the feat this year, although a very good pitcher in his own right.
    Who knows? I know they’re both off to great starts in my book!

    Brad April 26, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • TJ, the only thing better than that is if they show him crying on the way back to the duggout with forty thousand people booing him, then he pulls a Kevin Brown once there.
    Man, that would make my night. But really, he should probably be fine with that offense behind him.

    Brad April 26, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • Hughes? I’ll say 5.2IP, 3ER, 6H, 3BB, 5K.
    And I guaran-f*cking-tee I will be completely wrong.

    SF April 26, 2007, 6:02 pm
  • Ya Brad not saying I dont like his chances leaving with a 9-8 led :p

    TJ April 26, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • I’d love to see a continuation of Beckett’s final 5 innings against the Yankees. No early hiccups, maybe the Sox’ bats can get a pitcher an early lead of some heft, and get Josh to 5-0. That would be super-sweet.

    SF April 26, 2007, 6:58 pm
  • Of note: Loewen has a WHIP almost at two this season, and has walked about one per IP. Anyone think a Crisp to DL announcement is on the way?

    QuoSF April 26, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • I can’t stand the Baltimore announcers…I don’t care about that nonsense from last night, I just don’t like ’em.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Third strike to Youk (2 out) was pretty low and away.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Nothing wrong with the swinging strike 3 on Ortiz, though.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Leadoff double (Roberts?) almost a homer.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Roberts steals 3rd.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Popup, foul territory near 1st. Out. Runner still at 3rd.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Groundball to the right side, past Youkilis, Pedroia gets it WAY to his left, and Beckett covers 1st (fun play to watch). 1-0 Baltimore.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Roberts is the master at stealing third base.
    Last year, he stole 12 third bases in 12 attempts. This year I think he’s 3 for 3.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Tejada grounds to 2nd. How ’bout Manny ties it up?

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Glad someone’s here Andrew…even if it IS a YF. Roberts was good for my fantasy league a couple years back…

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Six up, six down for Loewen.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Great, so I put the kid to bed, and the Sox are ONCE AGAIN DOWN IMMEDIATELY and can’t make fricking contact.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • How can you be worried, SF? Don’t you know our mighty bottom 3 (Tek, Pena, Pedroia) are coming up to bat?
    *sigh*

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Beckett looks very strong in the second, three weak tappers to Pedroia. Really good pitching, mixing it up speedwise and location-wise.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Tek reaches on an error by Mora, a bad throw to first that skips in the dirt and eats up Huff.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Well, Whiffy Mo missed a first pitch fastball. There goes the at-bat. He had his chance.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Wily Mo lines one hard, but right at Huff, Tek doubled off. That’s bad luck: it was a laser beam (Wily Mo made contact!) but in a bad spot. Grrr.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • thats one AB we may have wished he got a K on lol

    TJ April 26, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Are we really being no-hit by a guy that allows two baserunners per inning? When are we going to do some damage early? Ever?!

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Pedroia walks. Let’s see if the player who is rapidly becoming my LFRS (least fave Red Sox), Lugo, can do something useful.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Urg. You walk Julio Lugo and trouble is almost guaranteed.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Well, sort of useful: a walk to Lugo. Three baserunners this inning, two outs, no runs so far. Fun stuff. Youk up against Loewen, who looks like a walk machine.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Loewen has officially gone wild.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Youk walks on four pitches. Ortiz up, Loewen can’t hit the plate. Discipline, Papi, discipline. We have faith…

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • should be 1-1 with 1 out -_-

    TJ April 26, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Every Orioles pitcher loves walking the ballpark, it seems.
    Can’t wait till A-Rod and co. faces these clowns again.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Of course, Papi waves at the first pitch weakly for a strike. Second pitch is a low, outside breaker – good eye. 1-1 pitch is a fastball that surprises Papi and he swings through it — good pitch by Loewen. 1-2 count for Papi and he grounds right back to the pitcher. What a f*cking squander. Still a no-hitter. I think it’s basically useless for me to tune into the first three innings of almost any Sox game; they seem to just sleepwalk through the order the first time, every time.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • It burns!

    Devine April 26, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Big play – Beckett induces the grounder to Lugo with the infield in, runner at third has to stay. 2 down now. This would be a BIG out, to strand the guy at third.
    Beckett starts off Mora with a nasty curve, 0-1. A tight inside fastball up makes it 1-1. Third pitch is a hanger which is ripped down the line, bad pitch. 2-0 Orioles.

    SF April 26, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Is it just me or am I watching one of the most frustrating 13-7 teams ever? The Sox are always behind early, they can’t seem to get any really clutch hits, they don’t make any extraordinary defensive plays, and rely solely on their pitchers being near-perfect to stay in the game.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • YAY! A HIT!!! WOW!!!! NO F*CKING WAY!!!
    JD Drew shows Manny how to do it.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Loewen appears much worse from the stretch. He’s quickly gone 2-0 on Lowell. But Lowell botches a straight, flat, fastball and pops to right. Way to let him off the hook. Tek lines to Mora, who botches the play but still nails the leadfooted catcher at first.
    What an infuriating team, and I feel bad saying that considering their record, but they really aren’t very fun to watch at the moment, even while winning.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Fun? When was the last time I had straight-up fun watching them?
    The 4 homers in a row. Before that, it was the comeback in the 8th against the Yankee bullpen.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • I agree SF. If we can just get one guy on it seems we can hit him hard. Now if only we can stop hitting right at their fielders we’ll be in business.
    Melvin Mora may still be able to hit, but he’s a complete butcher in the field. He’s lucky he hasn’t been charged with 2 errors tonight.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Agreed all the way, SF. Lynchpin is really Manny, and I know it’s been said everywhere, but when he starts to hit, I think we’ll see an improvement across the board.
    Loewen is worse (.766 OPS against) with runners on than with bases empty (.693), though I would guess that the difference isn’t that much greater than it is with most pitchers.

    QuoSF April 26, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Nice play by Pedroia. Lets get something now, huh?

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Well, Devine, it goes without saying that this past weekend was fun, but except for those games (and the ones that Matsuzaka starts, which have their own kind of electricity), have the Sox really been all that interesting a team? Have they done anything really famous or special, offensively or defensively? It may be that they are simply workmanlike, seeing pitches, pouncing on bullpens deeper in games, but my subjective eye tells me that they simply aren’t playing a fun brand of baseball at the moment. Lugo isn’t anything electric, Crisp is now hurt, Youk hasn’t heated up, Manny’s been dead, Lowell has stunk in the field and even missed some semi-hard plays that you’d expect him to make, and the hitting has been, well, completely anemic early in games and with RISP. It’s not that encouraging, despite the record.
    Again, I hate to complain: they’ve got a nice record and are winning games at a nice clip, so I don’t want to sound greedy. I am more commenting on how it feels to watch them play, and not commenting on what the results have been, which is inarguably good.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • I’ve been switching back between the Sox game and the Yankees game cause I’m trying to get a look at this Hughes fella. Other than some first inning jitters (he left some pitches over the plate to Thomas and Wells), he’s looked pretty good. Not unbelievable amazing Hall of Fame, but pretty good.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Whiffy Mo Pena indeed (love that, BTW, SF…wish it weren’t so applicable).

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • I am seriously about two minutes from turning this blood-boiling piece of shit effort from the Sox off.
    Watching Wily Mo Pena bat is like watching someone have their fingernails pulled out. I’d bat him 10th.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • And Lugo weakly taps to short.
    Lugo appears to be proving Yankees fans right, who claimed that he, uh, sucks. Like Pena, he’s excruciating to watch at the plate.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • No, I know, SF. It seems kind of smoke and mirrors thus far (except the pitching, which has been pretty much super).
    “House of cards”-like, if you will.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • SF – I think your comment illustrates the difference between a team that relies on offense, like the ’04 and ’05 Sox, and one that relies on pitching and defense… or at least pitching, like this year’s version seems to.
    It sure would be nice to, you know, get a hit. Team goes down 1-2-3 lamely. Again.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • The Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay just said that the Yankees will throw Karstens on Saturday instead of Igawa.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • OK, I am taking a quick dinner break – need you guys to keep me updated!

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • So you’re not giving up yet, eh, SF? I don’t have a choice…will be not watching in 10 minutes whether I like it or not.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • They get out of the 5th.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for Beckett.
    A-Hole just flew out to the wall in center field.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Youk singles.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Youk just singled to start off the inning. Papi and Manny due up.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • 3-1 to Big Papi…

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • …and he walks. Heres Manny.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Papi walks. C’mon Manny…before I leave…

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Rally, pleeeeeeze?
    Eating roast chicken. Mmmmmm.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Looks like Loewen has lost the strike zone again.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Fuck! Manny should have creamed that.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • ewww.. chicken (ramirez swings… misses. Huge cut)

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • 1-2 to Manny.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Full count…

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • 3-2 to Manny

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Walked him! Bases loaded.
    Here’s Drew.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • JD, I need a hero.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Matty, did you post on Schilling’s site yesterday?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Drew pops up. DAMN! 1 down.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Bill – yup. First post. (I was proud) I was up real late doing school work (its finals week)

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Jeebus, if the Sox leave them loaded twice, especially with none out… Let’s go Lowell…

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • 1-2 to Lowell… as soon as we get the bases loaded nobody is willing to take anymore. I’m not trying to walk, but if they’re going to give it to ya… right?

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Broken-bat dribber by Lowell to the left side gets a run home, 2 out, 2nd and 3rd.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • slow roller to third for Lowell. Threw him out at first, but Youk scored.
    2 down, runners on 2nd and 3rd. How bout A HIT?? PLEASE??

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Tek batting righty. I smell a double.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Gah, Tek Ks, they only get one. 2-1 Baltimore.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Chasing that league lead in LOBs.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • DAMMIT!!
    Tek K’s on a pitch at his eyes with the tying run on third and the leading run on 2nd. Terrible at-bat by Tek.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • It could barely have sucked any worse.

    Devine April 26, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • That wasn’t a double I smelled. It was Tek doing something else.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Loaded, no outs, one run. Holy S&%# this is unacceptable.

    QuoSF April 26, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Now, the big question: does Baltimore keep Loewen in there after he has 5 walks, like last night?

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • We’re only down one and Beckett is still in. His pitch count is low, and Loewen’s count is over 100. If they leave him in it won’t be for much longer. We should get a shot at their bullpen for about three innings. I still like our chances.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Beckett is actually throwing a really nice game so far, it would be a shame for him not to get win #5 here.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Mmmm. Still eating roast chicken.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • 2-2 and Beckett throws a meatball down the heart of the plate to Mora who crushes it off the right field wall. Double.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Nice! Beckett K’s Markakis on a fastball at the knees. Might’ve been a bit low, but Beckett gets the call.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Beckett gets Tejada to ground out to third for the second out on the first pitch. Good job, Josh. One more to get out of this…

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Gets the dangerous Tejada on a broken-bat grounder to Lowell, 2 down, man on 2nd… Just 67 pitches for Beckett. He could go deep into this game if he gets another quick out here off Huff.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • 1-2 to Huff.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • He gets Huff, just 70 pitches through 6 innings… Very efficient. If he had a lead, we’d be calling it a gem (though he’s only K’d one).
    Time for the Sox to go ahead and put this in the win column for Josh.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • I wonder if Pete Abraham will comment on the standing ovation that Phil Hughes got after not going even 4.2 innings and giving up at least three runs.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • 1-2 to Huff.
    Beckett gets him to ground out to short. Great job by Beckett to get out of that. The runner didn’t even get to third base. Now the offense has to pick him up a bit.
    Maybe this is the inning that Wily Mo gets going (if wishing made it so)…

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Here comes Whiffy Mo to lead it off against Baez.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • So another QS from a Sox’ starter, and Beckett continues to shine this year. Too bad the bats have been so inept.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Yeah! Double for Wily Mo! Hit it into the gap in left center. Fastball right down the middle… pretty predictable result.
    and now they’re going to have Pedroia bunt?

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • NO! NO BUNTS!

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Pedroia misses the bunt, but grounds out to second base on an 1-2 count. Pena to 3rd.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • UGH! Lugo grounds out to the pitcher. 2 outs and Youk at the plate.
    Come on Youk!!

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Ok, it’s official. I hate Julio Lugo.
    He’s the Jack Clark of 2007.

    SF April 26, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • 3-0 to Youk

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • …and Youk walks. Thats all for Baez. They’re bringing in someone else to face Papi.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Parrish. I have no idea who he is, but I can guarantee that he’s left handed.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Is John Parrish related to Lance Parrish?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Oh, for f*ck’s sake.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Ortiz grounds out weakly to the pitcher. Thats at least 8 guys off the top of my head left on base tonight, 5 of them in scoring position. AAAAAARG!!

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • At least the Yankees are losing. Actually, they’re getting shut out. Hughes is out of the game, and they’re down 4-0 in the sixth.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • 2-inning save by Chris Ray?
    Nah, they’ll use a scrub in the 8th and completely blow it. The Orioles know how to Lose. Actually, based on this season, Torre may just be a perfect fit for them.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • The ever reliable Gary Thorne just said that the 3-2 count is the first 3 ball count that Beckett has had this game.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Great play by Pedroia to get the lead runner at second after ranging far over towards first and spinning and firing a throw on the money to Lugo covering.
    … but the next guy singles. 1st and 2nd with one out.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Patterson grounds back to Beckett who gets the runner at second, but Patterson beats the throw at first. 1st and 3rd, 2 down.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • …aaaaaand Roberts flys out to Manny in left for the third out. Beckett gets out of it (again).
    [See my post 200 posts ago about actually generating some offense]
    SF – you finish that chicken yet?

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Is it fair to say that Beckett is showing signs of maturing, or, if not maturing, just simply improving? No homers tonight (so far) – I think that is still one on the year? And he’s gutted out seven innings with 2 runs, despite not whiffing too many guys. It would be nice if the team could reward him for his efforts.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Done with the chicken, but trying hard not to get sickened watching this Sox offense.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Manny works the leadoff walk. JD Drew up with a chance to atone for his horrid at-bat with the bases loaded, earlier.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • I agree, SF. I was just wondering if he’d be going for the CG if he was ahead?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Drew late on a fastball. Come on, man, let’s see something clutch here.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • I think Beckett definitely looks better. He’s getting guys out when he needs to for the most part.
    Sure would be nice to get him some runs… full to Drew.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Would be nice to see Drew plate a couple — and by that I mean, hit a home run. Too much to ask? Probably. Lugo swinging at the first pitch with runners on earlier was UNacceptable.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Crap, got a pitch to drive, but …

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Hey, now you get to see that junk, nonestablished, awful closer Chris Ray.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Unproductive: Drew flies out, Manny can’t advance. It’ll be a miracle if I don’t break something expensive in my apartment within two or three weeks if this kind of unclutch BS keeps up. Can we waste more good starting pitching efforts? This team could be 16-4 right now with any kind of hitting.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Here comes Ray.
    To hell with him.
    I like our chances.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • It’s almost enough to make me break out the stats and write a Todd Helton post. I almost did today, but decided to hold off. Maybe tomorrow, if I have time…

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • SF, it’s the same with the Yankees. Any kind of pitching and they’re awesome.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • 3.38 ERA=Not that great this early in the season. Good closers seem to start ridiculously low and their ERAs creep up as the law of averages catch up with them. Starting higher than, say, 2.00 means you’ve been very unproductive early — at least to me, but what do I know?.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • DAH!! Drew flies out to the warning track in right center. Good cut, just didn’t quite get enough of it. And now the O’s are going to bring in their closer, Chris Ray, to face Lowell.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • They’ll walk tek to pitch to WMP.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • WMP 2-4 against Ray.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Uh, Hinske?

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • I have no idea what happened. Right as Lowell went to swing MLB.tv went black. In any case, Lowell is now on second and Manny is on third. One out.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Lowell with the ground-rule double down the line, now the IBB to Tek to load em up for Pena — who, it must be noted, does not ground into double plays very often, thankfully. I’d love to see him remind me why I thought he was a good pickup last year.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • I’m tellin’ ya, I like our chances.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • This is like a nightmare. Whiffy Mo up in a big spot. I think I am going to go bang my head against the very hard tile in my shower.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • make em pay wily

    TJ April 26, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • I LOVE U WILY

    TJ April 26, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • WILY MO I LOVE YOU!!!!!!! GRAND SLAM!

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • NO FUCKING WAY.
    (no asterisk on the “C”, such is the shock)

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • What I say? WHAT DID I SAY???????????

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • WOW!!!

    z118 April 26, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Maybe Wily Mo should give some tips to Manny…
    ;-)

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Hey, SF, how’s that shower?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • WILY MO!!! (I HATE MLB.tv – I didn’t see a pitch of Pena’s at-bat)

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • My head is numb.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I got home just in time for that. How much did that effing rule?

    Devine April 26, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Felt like hopping on solely to see SF’s reaction.
    What a big insult to WMP to walk Tek to get to him. Way to make them pay, Pena!

    Kazz April 26, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Hahahahaha. Kei Igawa the new middle relief man for the Yankees. That’s $50M for a mopup guy. Nice job, Cash!

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • It was effing devine, dude.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Major League pitchers take note: this is what happens when you pitch meatballs RIGHT OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE.
    God, that was probably the worst pitch I’ve seen this year. I guess Ray doesn’t have any breaking pitches.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • WMP is now 3-5 against Ray.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • I step away and WMP hits a grand slam? Holy crud. All is forgiven… almost.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Andrew – Ray does have breaking pitches, but not behind in the count with the bases loaded.
    Proctor just threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. 5-0, Jays.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Now, he doesn’t give up anything, do you give Beck a shot at the CG? He had 86 pitches thru 7.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Bill -What kinda jinx are you trying to put on us here?!?

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • You bet it was, Bill! Hee hee!

    Devine April 26, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Braves extend Smoltz for 2008 for $14M, a vesting option for 2009 and a team option for 2010, RS radio reports.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Dude, how about Beckett gets a couple of outs in the 7th before we start talking CG, OK?

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Come on. I just called the slam. I’m effing gold.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • He Ks Tejada! 2 gone, man on 2nd…

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Oh, shit. My wife wants me to make a DQ run.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Three…more…outs…

    Devine April 26, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Two K’s for Beckett. That was his 100th pitch. I’m going out on a limb here and say 0% chance that he comes back out for the ninth.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • And Beckett gets his 3rd K of the night to end the inning…

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Hey Bill, can you pick me up one of those ice cream things that they make and then before they hand it to you they turn it upside down? Thanks, I’ll pay you back.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Peanut Buster Parfait, please. Extra peanuts.
    Do you want my Fedex #?

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Papi beats the shift, just barely, he’s on 1st, one out.
    Hard call about whether to bring in Paps in the 9th… If he isn’t used tonight, does that mean in theory he could be available for all three Yankees games?
    (Jays 6, NYY 0, bottom of the 7th…)

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • (by the way, the limited number of YFs over in the Yankee game thread are a tad, uh, testy. Don’t poke the beehive. Stay here, SFs. Seriously.)
    Back to the game!

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • If he isn’t used tonight, does that mean in theory he could be available for all three Yankees games?
    No.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • I say bring Beckett back out for the 9th

    TJ April 26, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Manny GIDPs, so we go to the 9th, Papelbon coming in, say the O’s play-by-play guys.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • I say bring out Okajima.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Fine then, O’s play-by-play guys… don’t listen to me.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • SF, you are sorely tempting us with that NY thread comment… Now I have to go check it out, even if just to lurk and gloat…

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • I hafta ay I picked a good three minutes of the game to actually have access to both GameDay and YFSF at the same time. Wily Mo… Maybe there’s some use for him after all…
    Let’s make it easy Paps, just a warmup for the Yankee series.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • three pitches, two outs.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • No, Hudson, PLEASE DON’T.

    SF April 26, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • I have never seen a fastball like Papelbon’s. The movement as it crosses the plate is just phenomenal.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Paul SF – if yr dumb enough to throw Wily Mo a fastball down the pike then yes, theres a use for him.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Ramon Hernandez is on the bench for me this series. I can root against him free and clear.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Come on, Paps. End this. 3-2 on Hernandez.

    SF April 26, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Hudson, be nice.
    With a few exceptions, things have been civil this year.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Blech, the walk keeps it going.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Crap, Hernandez free pass.

    SF April 26, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Arrrgh, a walk. For a minute there it was looking like Paps would retire these guys on 5 pitches.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Arrrgh, a walk. For a minute there it was looking like Paps would get three outs on 5 pitches.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Ok, 0-2 count here. End it please!

    SF April 26, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Ex-Cub up. It’s over.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • THANK YOU, WILY MO!

    Devine April 26, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Nice! Three pitch strikeout, and the Sox look to go 5.5 games up on the Yanks. Not shabby.

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Ends it with a K on some high heat, Patterson can’t hold the bat in check… Nice. Still no runs allowed all year by Paps, just one hit. Incredible.

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Yes!!!
    What a bizarre, unexpected win. Wily Mo rewards Tito’s faith, stubbornness, or stupidity. Not sure which. Who cares, though, right?

    SF April 26, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • And the wwwwwwwhif! Paps gets the (cheap) save, but just a great job of pitching by Beckett tonight.

    mattymatty April 26, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Any idea when the last time the Sox were ahead of the Yanks by this many games? I honestly don’t know. And I know I should be focusing on where the second place team is, but that just seems silly because we all know one of our two teams will be there at the end of the season…

    Paul SF April 26, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Beckett 5-0!!!
    And a totally deserved 5-0, to be completely honest. That’s a great sign going forward.

    SF April 26, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • At the very end of the broadcast, they showed some Oriole player with a red splotch drawn on his sock… Got to have been Millar, right?

    Hudson April 26, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • “Any idea when the last time the Sox were ahead of the Yanks by this many games?”
    I dunno, but if I was the NYY, I’d be excited as hell that the RS are coming to town this weekend.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 26, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Hudson, Jere at ARSFIPT (though no longer in Pinstripe Territory) said it was Millar. http://tinyurl.com/2skp2v

    QuoSF April 26, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • “Is it just me or am I watching one of the most frustrating 13-7 teams ever?”
    Those pretty much summed up my thoughts for the first seven innings. After Pena’s lineout into a DP, I went into a curse-filled rant detailing my hatred of “luck,” regardless of who it helps out, before my buddy pointed out the old people and grandkid sitting about seven feet away. Embarassing…kinda toned it down after that…heh.
    Thoughts…Beckett had a strange game, getting 15 of his 21 outs on the ground and not racking up many K’s. Seemed like Pedroia fielded 7 of the first 9 outs of the game, and his range impressed me a couple of times. Was Beckett throwing more changeups or two-seamers or something? Was hard to tell from where I sat in the upper deck behind the plate; though it was pretty damn cool to watch his curve break.
    After Pena hit his grandslam, which was an absolute no-doubt f*cking bomb that HAD to have gone at least 450 feet, just about every O’s fan in the place left. Just like that. Sat behind homeplate for Paps’ inning, and looking around the stadium, which was still probably half-full, I had trouble finding a single Orioles fan who’d stuck around. Really sad. When Pena hit his bomb, a group of YF girls sitting a few feet away from me–cute but really f*cking annoying for the entire damn game–just kinda…stopped talking. It was fun.
    Still really unhappy with Boston’s inability to hit starting pitchers/with men on base, but I’ll get over it. The offense is there, somewhere under Manny’s sub-200 average, and I fully expect it to be fine. And Pena could have easily been 3/3 today; hopefully he’s found his stroke a bit if Crisp is still out tomorrow. I feel like Pena v Pettitte could work out well if Pena’s turned things around a bit.

    desturbd1 April 27, 2007, 12:00 am
  • “Major League pitchers take note: this is what happens when you pitch meatballs RIGHT OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE.
    God, that was probably the worst pitch I’ve seen this year. I guess Ray doesn’t have any breaking pitches.”
    I’m pretty sure the one Alex hit qualified as “fat” as well. In fact, I know it did; I remember saying something about it after I watched it happen. Heh…

    desturbd1 April 27, 2007, 12:10 am
  • I just got back from the game (rain slwoed me down ALOT).
    No one there, I’m sure D1 included, could BELEIVE that Grand Slam. In fact I remember, as Wily Mo was at bat that ab (and, frankly, all the others), discussing what a hideous black hole of doom he was with the fan behind me.
    Then CRACK.
    Wow.
    Also was my FIRST chance tyo see Papelbon in person. Every other game I’ve been too has been either a loss or a over-3-run victory.

    Dionysus April 27, 2007, 1:12 am
  • D1 is right about the Os fans. They were outnumbered to begin with.. and then the grand slam just took whatever they had out of them. I’d feel bad if it wasn’t the Sox.
    Papelbon in person is AMAZING. The memont the bullpen door opened.. everyone was on their feet clapping. When the PA announced: “Now pitching.. number 58, Jonathan Papelbon” The place went INSANE. Thats the raw power Papelbon holds over Sox fans, and its an amazing sight.

    Dionysus April 27, 2007, 1:30 am
  • “Also was my FIRST chance tyo see Papelbon in person. Every other game I’ve been too has been either a loss or a over-3-run victory.”
    Same here. F*cking awesome man. We moved down right behind the plate and it was just sick.
    My friend and I actually sort of called the WMP shot. The exchange after they walked Tek:
    Me: Pena should actually be somewhat effective with the bases loaded. And he’s scorched the ball twice today. If Ray falls behind and throws a fastball, game over.
    After the count went to 2-0, my friend: Ray just can’t find the plate. He’s in trouble.
    Then, BANG. Lots of jumping up and down, I step on my discarded tray of chicken and almost fall into the people in front of me, slap hands with a couple drunk guys and laugh at the Yankee chicks three seats down. First grand-slam I’ve ever seen in person, and given the ending it was the best game I’ve ever been to.
    (Went to one at Fenway park in 04 against the O’s, which was really exciting and ended with Ortiz hitting one to the warning track as the go-ahead run in the bottom of the ninth. Crazy back and forth game, real exciting, but since the Sox lost, I’m giving the edge to tonight’s. :-) )

    desturbd1 April 27, 2007, 1:32 am
  • I didn’t think to move down to behidn to plate to watch Paps. I was too excited, but now.. boy I sure will next time.

    Dionysus April 27, 2007, 2:09 am
  • wily mo is the reincarnation of dave kingman

    dc April 27, 2007, 7:28 am

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