Afternoon Fun In The Sun: SatanFish-Sox Gamer IX

It’s a getaway game for the SatanFish today.  Daisuke Matsuzaka looks to make it a sweep of the Fish, who send Andy Sonnanstine to the mound.  Lineups follow, comment away.

Tampa Bay
A. Iwamura 3b .283
C. Crawford lf .314
B.J. Upton cf .320
C. Pena 1b .262
D. Young dh .293
B. Harris 2b .293
J. Gomes rf .265
D. Navarro c .208
B. Zobrist ss .165
 
 Boston
D. Pedroia 2b .328
K. Youkilis 1b .299
D. Ortiz dh .313
M. Ramirez lf .292
J.D. Drew rf .261
M. Lowell 3b .311
J. Varitek c .266
C. Crisp cf .273
J. Lugo ss .236
137 comments… add one
  • Let’s get this biyatch rolling. :)

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:01 pm
  • Dice-K having “that” inning early today.:)

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • Okay, I know the rest of you are not that busy today….
    It’s Wednesday – put it off until tomorrow. ha.

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Holy hell.

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:15 pm
  • Is everyone to lunch, or what?

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • I’m here, stuck with gameday audio, it’s absolute BS that they don’t wave the MLB.tv blackout for day games.
    Come on Matsuzaka, let’s get going.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • He’s not looking to be on Lockland.
    Nice, caught stealing.

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • been a while since i’ve seen this entire line-up. hope daisuke settles down here. watching mlb.tv with no sound at work.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • ehh, a slew of warning track fly balls up to this point. Maybe everyone is tired from the afterparty last night.
    crapfest so far.

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • except lowell apparently, who continues hitting with a double off the wall.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • tek out on strikes. yawn. lethargic feel to the game today.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • I can’t see it, but it looks like they are mailing it in, this guy is an awful pitcher, how can we not be getting at least a couple hits an inning.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • Crapstick, come on Matsuzaka!

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • daisuke gives up a single to iwamura and a cheap infield hit down the first base line, which he had difficulty picking up and could not even manage an attempted throw to first. not an impressive outing so far, he battles though – need our offense to wake up.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Sheesh, the pessimism here is atrocious.
    I don’t think the offense is lethargic- they’ve been hitting the ball, but the timing isn’t there yet.
    The thing that has me worried is Dice-K. He’s all over the place; has no command whatsoever. He needs to settle down.

    Ayuh - SF August 15, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • and he just battled himself into another walk :O bases are loaded with no outs. and now two of them are unloaded. 3-0 rays.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • ayuh – wasn’t referring to the offense as much as the atmosphere of the game and the body language of the players. though, to be fair, the offense hasn’t exactly been explosive lately.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • That’s a fair point, Minomni. The offense better wake up today, the Sox are down 5-zip now. Ouch.

    Ayuh - SF August 15, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • another run in on a sac bunt, 5-0 rays. well, at least the bases are no longer loaded. :)

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • jeeez.
    This is freaking horrible so far.

    Brad August 15, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • tavarez warming up, be very very afraid.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • What an early mess this is…

    ToddSF August 15, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Umm, so yeah, Andy Sonnanstine: He’s gotta be worth a few runs, right?
    Here’s to a quick and decisive response from the Sox…

    FenSheaParkway August 15, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Is Snyder not on the team any more?

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • one would think – especially with our “real” line-up out there, which i don’t think we’ve seen for at least a week. and as i type this lugo grounds out, two outs. wheee!

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • wouldn’t surprise me if it was snyder, need to make room for buchholz.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • I wish my TiVo had a “Fast Forward to D-Rays Bullpen” button.

    MJL in L.A. (SF) August 15, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • dunno – sort of hoping that we can get to the 6+ era starter on the mound before then. he’s only thrown 41 pitches.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • ortiz strikes out badly and manny promptly pops out. cy sonnanstine only at 52 pitches. meanwhile, the birds are up 3-0 with bedard doing his thing.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 2:26 pm
  • I’m sniffing a huge comebacker here….
    Or, maybe it’s the garlic from my lunch.

    Brad August 15, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Shameful, this. Still, at least I wasn’t watching most of it.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Since we’re busy getting our asses handed to us by a bad pitcher and bad team, I figured I would change the subject.
    Is it just me, or have we not heard a peep about the supposed “Gyro” ball since spring training?
    Is there a reason for that? Other than the fact that I don’t think there is such a pitch.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • I’m watching the Yankee game instead, at the moment. Go, Bedard! (He has to go two more at the least, given Baltimore’s bullpen.)

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • So in light of this ongoing masterpiece, can Yahoo go dig up a mugshot of Mr. Sonnanstine for their GameChannel already? Getting bulldozed by “NO IMAGE AVAILABLE” is a little rough on the morale.

    FenSheaParkway August 15, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • Frustrating. The Bedard game is much more fun to watch, what a great young pitcher he is!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 15, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Run, don’t walk, to this YouTube clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6drXB57d8g

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Hey, Iwamura didn’t get a hit!
    Oh…it’s because Matsuzaka isn’t the pitcher anymore…they should just leave Tavarez in to eat all those remaining innings…even if he gives up 2 or 3 runs in each one.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • There was a couple who lived next door to me as a kid who enjoyed playing Ball Buster. They didn’t seem to need the table set-up to play though and the wife always won. Huh.

    FenSheaParkway August 15, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • “Then try to bust your opponent’s balls.” HA! Thanks, Lockland.
    It’s certainly appropriate for today…too bad we’re the bustee and not the buster.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Redman, you no-good bastard…drops a Matsui pop-up to left extending the inning, all but assuring it’s Bedard’s last.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Tek homers 6-2

    TJ August 15, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Bedard wriggles out with runners at the corners, striking out Posada…6 shutout innings for Bedard. His ERA is 3.00 on the year.
    Varitek homers! 6-2 Rays.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • TEK!!!!!

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • Lugo doubles! Crisp scores! 6-3.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • That’s it for the 7th as Pedroia flies to center.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • If it’s possible for you, you really need to look at Edwar Ramirez’s picture on Gameday. He’s pitching for the Yankees (or will be momentarily).

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Fucking Tavarez. Throw some friggin’ strikes. At least his ERA isn’t equivalent to his height, yet.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • Any takers on a 1-2-3 bottom 9?

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Mike Timlin is apparently the new “go-to with guys on base” guy.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • He’s been “on” as of late.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Bedard gets through the 7th on 8 pitches. ERA = 2.98.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:40 pm
  • It used to be fairly predictable that Timlin would let those inherited runners score. Let’s hope the “new-improved” Timlin helps us out. :)

    MrBlackthorne August 15, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Yankee Farm Boy’s up.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • > you really need to look at Edwar Ramirez’s picture
    If that’s not _THE_ worst picture ever, it’s close.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • See you later farm boy!

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Yeah, Timlin! C’mon, Sox. Just a teency little 3-run rally.
    Isn’t it, though, gerb? Looks like it’s in the middle of a pitch ’cause his skin is really taut and he’s so focused he’s bug-eyed.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Ortiz needs to SNAP OUT OF IT!!

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • Baserunners, people, come on. Any way they can be gotten. (I think they’re gonna lose ’cause the odds say so and all, but some fight at least would be nice.)

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Manny doubles deeeeep to center and it’s a 2-run game after Ortiz walks. (You can tell how deep it was because Ortiz made it without a throw to the catcher…Manny missed a homer by about two feet.)

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • Drew’s up. Game over.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • need to get manny in here with only one out.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Holy at bat.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Drew lines it hard, but right to the first baseman.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • I can see the headlines now. Lowell to the rescue again.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • come on Wheeler, hang one.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • lowell walks. i’m not convinced that this is a positive development.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • That Drew hit being snagged was lousy. Lowell gets the walk… can we get some lovin’ from Tek’s bat again?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 15, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Groundout to end the 8th. Dang.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • and tek grounds out on the first pitch. wheee!

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Boogers.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 15, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Yankees have 3 outs to score 3 runs.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • I can see the headlines now…late inning theatrics not enough

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Yanks have their first two runners on in the 9th.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Annoying to think that if Matsuzaka’s start had been any good, we’re at worst tied.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • Timlin through the 9th with a flyout, walk, and double play involved.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • One down, 1st and 2nd, in Baltimore…

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • Coco bunts himself on as Iwamura fails to make the barehanded grab.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • 2 down for the Yanks, now 2 RISP.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • Coco reaches!

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • OMG–Francona is playing small ball!! Crisp Bunts his ass on.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • dammit, i have to leave for a meeting at 4:30 and both these games are at heart attack mode.
    Shoot and now Duncan tied the game. Poor Bedard.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Homer Yanks. Tied.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Look at Lugo protect the plate!

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • lugo putting up quite a battle at the plate.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Lugo double. 1-run game! Nobody out.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • LUGO!!!

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • coco scores on a lugo double. trying with great difficulty to contain my excitement at my desk. :O

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • If you can’t bunt…don’t.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Don’t give up Dustin. Bunt again.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • three chances here to get lugo home with the top of the order. no excuses.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • Lugo with a double on the 11th pitch of the at-bat! Heckuva job by JLug. 6-5…

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • K Pedroia.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • OMG! Rookie, no!!

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • People in my office think I’m nuts!

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • wouldn’t complain if youk homered here, but i’m looking forward to the ortiz at-bat.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Pedroia Ks, terrible… He HAS to move the runner one way or another there.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • If Youk ties it, I;m going to have to finish the game from the unemployment line.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • anyone have reyes pitch count this inning? 3-0 to youk.

    minomni SF August 15, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Top five Sox hitters are 1-for-20 today. Does that mean they are due?

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • 21 pitches for Reyes.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • YouK. Totally unacceptable. Wow.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • 22 pitches by Reyes.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • I don’t need the homer, Papi. I just want the run to score.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Painful.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 15, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Nausea.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • reyes’s pitch count after two outs: 22 pitches. 16 strikes, 6 balls

    peta sf August 15, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Youks Ks.
    This is awful. Tying run on 2nd with no outs in the bottom of the 9th, and the top of the order can’t make contact?
    Papi………

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • 20 HR sure would look good about now.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Extra innings in Baltimore.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Ortiz walks. I love Manny, but I don’t really love him in this situation.
    Let’s see…

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • Why didn’t Lugo steel 2nd when Youk was up?

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Baltimore scores on two straight doubles to lead off the 10th.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Baltimore goes up 4-3 in the top of the 10th…

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • I’ve always wanted to see Manny come through in this situation…

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Manny, please.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • Reyes nearing 30 pitches.

    GS - SF August 15, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • So much dramz. Just like a Disney movie, will the sweet mildly autistic boy win the game?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 15, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • Man, he’s coming right at Manny.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • Challenging his Mannyhood.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Huff homers. 6-3 Baltimore.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Huff homers in Baltimore off Rivera, 6-3 Birds! Good news.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Squandered. Horrific last 3 ABs. I just broke my remote.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • AGHHHHHHHH…….

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • NOOOO! Manny whiffs on a fastball at neck height. So frustrating.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • Crap.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • Manny doesn’t surprise me. Youk striking out in the 9th with a runner on surprises me.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • I really fear for a lineup that can’t manufacture a run in that situation. Our top four hitters failed to move Lugo after his double.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • C’mon Baltimore…dull my pain.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • If only I had given up on this game long ago like a reasonable person.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Hudson, you’re right on the money. Francona started the inning with small ball and should have kept it up. The Angel’s would have won the game with a runner on 2nd and one out.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • FWIW, I totally agree with you guys…. They should’ve at least tied the game. But small ball has never been a strong point for Tito and the Sox lineup (for better or worse). This was really exposed against Anaheim last time.

    ToddSF August 15, 2007, 4:42 pm
  • A sac bunt and a fly ball gets Lugo home; a single gets him home. To have four chances and not even get him to third is really frustrating.

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • Baltimore wins. It helps a bit, but mostly I just feel sort of empty inside. Time to do chores before the lady gets home.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • (Heck, two fly-outs would have done the job! Oh well, no sense stewing. The Yankees just lost so the 5-game lead sticks, and the magic number goes down to 38.)

    Hudson August 15, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • The funny thing is, that Francona himself commented on how agressive Anaheim plays and how intimidating that is when facing them. Well, hello! Boston almost got swept by them, and sorry to say, but that’s what wins playoffs games. Late inning bombs are great, but, what was that Boston stat again when trailing after 8? It’s funny how in football, you tailor your game to how your opponent plays. Sure might come in handy in baseball, too. I wish I had one of Tito’s ears right now.

    Mike G August 15, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Again, you don’t win games when you trail in the 9th. Period. The Sox have won twice this year that way, and in a year when it was effing crazy (last year), they won all of six times under those circumstances. Last year was a miraculous (if ultimately unsuccessful) exception. This team should be crushing other teams by the time the 9th rolls around, though today they did show an exceptional lack of fundamentals.

    Devine August 15, 2007, 6:12 pm
  • Guys…Matsuzaka handed the Rays a 5-0 lead before Boston’s second trip through the lineup. He’s a mediocrity they hadn’t seen before and probably didn’t have any tape on and, to top it off, a strike-zone pounder who doesn’t issue any walks. Exactly the kind of pitcher who’s always driven us insane.
    I’m just happy Boston put up a fight. Were it not for absolutely brutal, abysmal games from Pedroia and Youkilis they might even have pulled it off. But a series win is a series win. Not the best way to head into the LA series, but definitely not the worst…what happened in NY today, that’d sting more, I think.

    Josh SF (D1) August 16, 2007, 1:42 am

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