An Open and Shut Case: Sox-Jays Gamer VIII

Tim Wakefield likes pitching in domes. "How much?" you might ask.

Well, in 14 innings this year inside a dome, he’s given up just seven hits, six walks and one run. That’s a 0.64 ERA, a  0.93 WHIP, a .143 BAA and a 30 OPS+ against (versus 2.96, 1.36, .223 and 82 in the open air). Don’t think the Blue Jays haven’t noticed. They’re leaving the dome open tonight — even if it rains a little.

They shouldn’t worry that much. Given Wakefield’s run support this season (3.4 runs per 27 outs, and never more than four runs in a game), and the fact that Roy Halladay is on the mound for the Jays, this Sox fan isn’t feeling too great about the chances that their lead in the AL East grows to seven. Still, that’s why they play them — even if it’s in a little rain.

Lineups follow, courtesy of the Globe:

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. Coco Crisp, CF
8. Doug Mirabelli, C
9. Alex Cora, 2B

– Tim Wakefield SP (3-3, 2.11)

Blue Jays

1. Alex Rios, RF
2. Adam Lind, LF
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Frank Thomas, DH
5. Troy Glaus, 3B
6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
7. Aaron Hill, 2B
8. Sal Fasano, C
9. John McDonald, SS

– Roy Halladay SP (4-1, 3.59)

150 comments… add one

  • Yeah, Paul, I don’t feel too good about this one either.
    Here’s hoping that the Red Sox hammer Halladay early, make him throw a lot of pitches, so we can get to that bullpen early.

    Rain SF May 10, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • Work sucks. The positive spin is that I get to hang with y’all for the evening again ’cause I’m parked in front of a computer whether I like it or not.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 6:45 pm
  • JP- “If we can open it, we’re going to open it. We’d be stupid not to open it. It killed us the other night when he was here pitching unbelievable.”
    Wake- “Awshucks- really? All this for lil’ ol’ me?”
    Knuckleball- ::flutters regardless::

    Nate=Soxfan May 10, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • Only here for the first inning, so hopefully it’s a fun one. Gotta gamble one last time before I go home for the summer…heh. Hold ‘em is awesome.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Hold ‘em IS awesome.
    As are Youkilis doubles.
    Nate=Soxfan, that made me smile.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Youk scores…after Halladay throws into center trying to pick him off and he moves to 3rd, then Ortiz grounds to 1st.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • bad play by halladay, cost him a run early. let’s go wake!

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Cool. Only 15 pitches, but I’ll take it.
    Rios scares me.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Long ab. But it ends well…knuckler looks to be dancing early.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • That’s what I’m here for, Devine (unless your name is jim).

    Nate=Soxfan May 10, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Gone to 3-0 on two straight batters…

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Three straight batters…

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • The knuckler’s dancing TOO much- Wake can’t throw it for strikes.

    Ayuh - SF May 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • wake having issues, clearly. bases loaded for frank thomas.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • ..this doesn’t look like it’s going to be a fun game tonight. Wake’s not even coming close.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out!! What a great play by Dougie!!!!

    Ayuh - SF May 10, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • double play!!! Go dougie!

    airk May 10, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • WOW. strike out throw out dp, that was.. unexpected.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • WOW!! Strike em out, throw em out!! Great play Dougie!
    Wake’s at 27 pitches but seemed to find himself against Thomas near the end. Lets hope he did.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • AWWWWW HELL YEAAAAHHHH, MIRABELLI!!

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • D1- no need to worry about pitch count with Wake. He could throw 200 pitches if he had to.

    Ayuh - SF May 10, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • wake seems to have re-discovered the strike zone, for the time being at least.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • I agree about Hold em… Won $15 Tuesday night at it. Love it.
    Also love the K-CS double play.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • 1-2-3 2nd for Wake. Nice.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • fairly sharp inning for wake, glad boston got those early breaks :)

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Speaking of things I love (pauses while you ponder the many directions this sentence could take), I love Gameday’s arm slot/pitch tracker feature. Wish they included it for more ballparks, or at least for Fenway…

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Cora with the line single to short (I’m assuming off his glove/body). He is truly hot. No two ways about it. I’m just glad Pedroia is also hot so we can stop hearing people talk about how one is better than the other and just enjoy the monster production we get EVERY night out of our No. 9 hitter/second baseman.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • For me:
    I LOVE LITTLE BABY DUCKS,
    OLD PICKUP TRUCKS,
    SLOW-MOVING TRAINS,
    AND RAIN.
    (Now let’s see who get’s THAT reference)

    Ayuh - SF May 10, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • OK well apparently I shouldn’t have complained about Cora getting the start. Great play by the SS there to hold him to a single.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • nice bloop by cora over glaus – would have been a double save for nice hustle from the shorstop. lugo moves him up. would be nice if youk can pick up a rbi here.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Good eye from Youk this AB…3-2…

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • and youk delivers.

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Nice. 2-0 Sox.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • I love the Korean singer Rain :p

    TJ May 10, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • And PAPI strikes again!! 3-0 Sox on the double!

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Paul, he actually hit a soft liner down the line which, most of the time, goes for a double. But McDonald came sliding in from out of nowhere, one-handed it, and popped up throwing to second. Legit hit, great play.
    Not so great there though; has a chance to grab Youk’s sinking liner, dives for it, but it glances off his glove and into CF for the RBI single. Youk is on fire lately. Be nice for Manny-Drew-Lugo to take a page out of his book.
    Papi!!! Crushes a liner into right-centerfield, bad throw home, Ortiz ends up at third!

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • NICE! 3-0 Sox. Papi at 3rd with 2 out on a bad throw to home from the outfielder.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • triple for ortiz to score youk. that throw by hill was atrocious.. over everything.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Whats this???? Multiple runs in a Wakefield start….WOW

    TJ May 10, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Heh, just goes to show you can’t trust Gameday locations, which showed the Cora hit in shallow-depth left, as opposed to down the line.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • The guys on WRKO actually said “Youk chugging around the bases”. Almost made water come out my nose.

    rootbeerfloat May 10, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Woohoo! Keep going!

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Manny drives another one in!
    FOUR runs in a Wakefeld start. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC…

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Manny! Hard-hit single through the right side! 4-0 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • And now Drew with the single, Awesome!

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • That Suzyn Waldman joygasm should, in fact, haunt her the rest of her days.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Drew drops a blooper into CF. Maybe that’ll help him get it going…

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • meanwhile, wakefield must be decidedly giddy watching all of this in the dugout. let’s hope he recovers from the shock and remembers how to pitch :o

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Crisp and Drew are the only regulars who havent homered in this series

    TJ May 10, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • HOLY CRAP!!!

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • and lowell homers, 7-0. this is fun.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • IM LOVING IT!

    TJ May 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • It never gets old, Devine. And you’re right. Well it should. If you can’t find even a modicum of impartiality, even as a hometown radio announcer, short of a World Series win, you should be ridiculed.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Sox are really teeing off Halladay here… Now Lowell homers to make it 7-0.
    Looking forward to (a) a seven-game lead over New York, and (b) replays of an Ortiz triple.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Crisp with a double

    TJ May 10, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Am I the only one who hasn’t heard the audio of that? I started listening to it but it hurt my ears and turned it off three seconds in…
    Mike Lowell!! 7-0!! Holy f*cking sh*t!! That was a breaking ball over the plate but down at the knees, maybe a little lower then that; Lowell looks off-balance but still absolutely crushes it! Man…him, Youk, Pedroia, and Ortiz all on absolute tears.
    And Crisp follows it up with a line-drive double to left. What the hell is going on?

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Crisp doubles… Wow, and this is Halladay? 60 pitches now.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • MIKEMIKEMIKEMIKE!
    Captcha and Gameday conspired to rob me of Mike Lowell’s home run. Man, if he becomes a free agent this offseason, he needs to sign with Toronto…
    And now Crisp with the double!! What the freak is wrong with Halladay???!!!

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • It wasnt a triple double and advanced on the throw

    TJ May 10, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • I have to agree with Remy/Orsillo. Considering his last outing and this one, you have to wonder if Halladay’s okay.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • ‘Belli ends it, but the damage is done.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Mirabelli finally makes the third out, but allow me the pleasure of saying something you might never hear again this season:
    Ladies and gentlemen, the Boston Red Sox have just batted around on Roy Halladay.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Belli led off the inning with a K, finishes it with a groundout. All the real damage that inning came with two outs after Cora’s 1-out single. Unreal.
    And yeah, Doc looks pretty bad. Man, NY thinks they have injury problems, take a look at Toronto…
    Later all, I’m already late…whoops.

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Wow, I come back and its a blowout?
    Good morning to me. :P And good evening to everybody else. :P
    Get to that bullpen! Soften ‘em up! Extend the losing streak to eight!

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • There’s plenty of basebsall left, and the Sox could blow this game/season yet, but this just FEELS like a different team than any we’ve had since 2004, doesn’t it? Even when they were winning 12 in a row last year, they needed three walkoffs to do it. This year, they’re putting up runs in bunches again, hey’re getting better pitching than I’ve EVER seen.
    Sorry if I sound like I’m gushing, but this is freaking exciting… Let’s hope it continues.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Man what a time to come home and see this!!

    Rob May 10, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Nice inning from Wake, especially after the long wait.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • 1-2-3 for Wakefield again, though it looks like he needed some help from Crisp at the wall to do it.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Raise your hands if you thought that the Red Sox would have seven runs through three innings tonight…
    Yeah, didn’t think so. Halladay has to be hurt, right?

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • It wasn’t quite at the wall, Paul. Lip of the track or so.
    Also, you’re right, it doesn’t get old. I only listened to that Waldman thing today, and I laughed even harder than I expected.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Devine -
    Can you send me a link to the Waldman thing?

    rootbeerfloat May 10, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • lugo steals and youk brings him in. his average is up to .325.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Lugo: 10 SB, 0 CS.
    Good for something, anyway…
    And Youk plates him with a double. I’m starting to just feel bad for Halladay.
    (Won’t be if the Jays threaten to come back, of course.)

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Lugo reaches on an error, then steals second.
    The big differences, Paul, as far as this lifelong Sox-watcher is concerned, are the tightness and balance of the team. They are doing everything pretty well — without any glaring holes, including base-stealing — and that’s leading to consistent wins.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Now Halladay’s defense isn’t helping him out… E-5 puts Lugo at first with Youk up. Everyone but Belli has reached base, and it’s only the fourth inning.
    And Lugo steals second! He is a force on the basepaths. Hopefully he’ll start hitting a little better and really wreak some havoc.
    Now Youk doubles him home!!! It’s happening faster than I can type and Captcha!

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • i would never feel bad for any started in the AL East who doesnt have a B on his navy hat :p

    TJ May 10, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • 75 pitches for Halladay through four.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • glaus actually lost that ball in the lights on the high bounce, looked terrible as he tried to simultaenously catch and dodge from a ball he can’t see.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • RBF, firejoemorgan.blogspot.com
    Link’s in the 3rd article down. Awesome. Enjoy.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Ortiz nearly hit a 2-run bomb there…
    I agree, Hudson. The speed is better, the offense is clicking better (though I’m still iffy about that as we head to the second half — though you gotta figure any decline will be offset by Manny and Drew continuing to improve). And the pitching is just phenomenal, with plenty of room for regression without costing many wins.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Hey y’all.
    Remember me? I apologise for my angry post way back before. I was more annoyed than I should have been, perhaps, but I was VERY sick (sinus infection and bronchitis) and with Roegr and all the stuff.. I just blew up. I’m sorry.
    Hence the coming back a few days before I planned to. Missed you guys!
    I really really wanted to post how awesome BEckett was after his last start. So I’ll say it now… WOW has he grown up! Also… how about Pedroia! Nice to see him going! Needs a nickname now.
    Now run support for Wake. Wow. Insanity.

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Hudson- I have to agree with you there. There aren’t any glaring weaknesses on this team. The defense is steady, the offense is consistent, and the pitching has been a strong point. They’ve got decent speed, and the clubhouse seems pretty good.

    Ayuh - SF May 10, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Last time the Sox scored this many runs for Wakefield — July 6, 2006, when they won 12-5.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • 1-2-3 innign for Wakey!

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Wakes sets them down 1-2-3.
    Boy, if Lester comes back in form, this rotation will be fearsome.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Wakefield apparently not tempted to say “Turnabout is fair play” to his offense and waste their explosion.
    Instead, he’s cruising at 10 down in a row.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • speaking of beckett – it may be early, but not insignificant that games like this indirectly influence his cy young prospects.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Another hit for Drew. Maybe his slump is over!

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Drew singles to center again. Aside from the obvious, that’s what I’m most happy about today.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Minomni — I can just see the media lining up their reasons to *not* choose Beckett as the Cy Young winner (unless he goes 30-0 and they just can’t avoid it). I mean, the guy goes 6-0 in April, and Halladay is named pitcher of the month? The main “excuse” (see: Ortiz v. Rodriguez) will be that he gets lots of run support.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Devine – thank you!! That was hilarious.

    rootbeerfloat May 10, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Meanwhile, the Jays throw Halladay back out there… Why? He clearly does not have his A, B or even C game, and would seem to maybe even be hurting… Wouldn’t a manager normally pull the guy?

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Darn. DP. It’s ok, Mikey.. your homerun earlier today (and before that too.. you love Toronto, dont you?) made up for it (duh).

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Hudson – they’ve worn down their bullpen alot over the last two games against us (I dont know how their games before us went), they may not have the men to send out there left to eat up the innings. Its the reverse of the calls that YFs got mad at Torre for – going to a burned out bullpen.
    So, basically, they are sacrificing Halladay to save the bullpen.

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Welcome, rootbeerfloat. Definition of “new classic”, isn’t it?
    Hudson, you have to figure he’s just trying to save the pen (which is already tremendously overworked recently). Remy/Orsillo suggest trying to build Halladay’s confidence back up with a couple of good innings…

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Perception not always reality — the Sox scored at least eight runs FIVE times in Wakefield’s 23 starts. (21.7 percent)
    They did that six times in Beckett’s 33 starts (18.2 percent)
    Four times in Schilling’s 31 starts (12. 9 percent)
    Five times in Lester’s 15 starts (33 percent)
    Twice in Clement’s 12 starts (16.7 percent)
    Not to say Wakefield wasn’t screwed out of some wins last season. His average run support was fifth of the five. But it’s interesting that the Sox actually tended to erupt a bit more often for him too.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Late dinner for me. Ciao, ladies and gents!

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • yeah, i didn’t really agree with that either hudson – though i think at the time, halladay did carry a lower ERA. hallady and satana are not exactly off to scorching starts, each with 4 wins – tied with wakefield [if the sox win today], schilling and matsuzaka.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Wakefield–13 in a row.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • I’m wearign my Youk shirt today.. and he’s 3-for-4! Hell yeah!
    I’m begining to worry about when we’re gonna get Okajima and Papelbon working with the way we are lighting up opposing teams.

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Anyone hear anything on Clement?

    Rob May 10, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Talk about domination. Hah.
    And now the Jays are bringing in — Jamie Vermilyea? Uh, who’s he? Rookie? AAA Pitcher? Mop-up man?
    Whatever, I’m loving the Sox more than ever now.

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Guess what?
    1-2-3 again.
    I love our pitching.

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Missed that inning. 16 in a row?

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • wakefield impressive after doing his best daisuke impression of effectively losing control in the first inning. his ERA is down to 1.83, that would be first in the AL.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Yesterday, my son’s 7-8 year old little league team (which I manage) had a couple of 1-2-3 innings in the field and when one of the guys playing first came off, I told him Kevin Youklis was scared because he thought this kid wanted his job. Well, we live in Palo Alto, CA so needless to say, he had no idea what I was talking about and even told my son he thougt I was a little crazy…..

    rootbeerfloat May 10, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Vermilyea… wasn’t he the Red Sox’s Rule V pick earlier this spring or was that last year?

    Digit May 10, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Yes, Devine. Isn’t it amazing?

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • If it stays that way (first in AL) I’ll have to take a screenshot off EPSN to remember it (I knwo it was liek that earlier.. but I never took one)
    I don’t know if I agree with taking Manny out this early. Sure, we’re winning, but the game ain’t over yet. Maybe if it was the 8th…

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Streak broken. 5+ innings’ worth of batters set down in a row is faaaaaaantastic.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Youk: Oh crap.. Wake gave up a hit. Man, man… I know we’ve scored alot of runs, but..
    Cora: I know what you mean. We still haven’t made up for all the other games. What else can we do?
    Lugo: Let’s take a lesson from Dougie and do a double play!
    Youk/Cora: YEAH!
    Mirabelli: DOUGIE’S GOIN’ DEEP TONIGHT!

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Runner erased on a DP, then Thomas flies out. Wake has faced the minimum number of batters possible since the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out DP in the 1st.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • And the Wells single is quickly erased by a DP, and then out #3. Wakefield is cruising.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • As of this moment..
    Starters 3.49 ERA
    Bullpen 2.43 ERA
    Team 3.20 ERA

    TJ May 10, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Tj.. those stats just don’t seem real, y’know? This pitching is just.. phenominal. Mindblowing.

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • wake is done for the night apparently. 93 pitches, 7 scoreless innings, 3 hits allowed. his era is down to 1.79.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Lest anyone think that Wakefield has gotten the raw end of the stick this season so far as far as run support, I pose the question:
    How on earth does a guy with a 1.79 ERA have only a 4-3 record?
    It’s not like the Sox are the Astros, as far as offense.
    So is Mirabelli that big a hole in the lineup? Is it mental? Or is it a fluke?

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • It’s CSI time.
    Okajima is gonna pitch the 8th, just to get him some work.
    Later all

    Dionysus May 10, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • RBF, the crazy little coaches, th ones who’d whoop and holler, are the ones I have the best memories of.
    Welcome back Dionysus.
    I have this weird thing with fantasy baseball where when I start a pitcher against the Sox, he’ll get shelled, but when I bench him he pitches well. It hasn’t reached the level of “superstition” – yet – but it is pretty weird. Needless to say, I started Halladay tonite.

    Tyrel SF May 10, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • [Typo: "Has" should be "hasn't" above.]

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • I am currently listening to AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker”. This seems appropriate given the hurtin’ the Sox have put on the Jays this series.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Okajima strikes out his first batter.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Okajima with the K of Overbay… 1 gone in the 8th.
    (I’m rooting for Baltimore over the D-Rays, if only so that they move into a tie with New York for 2nd place.)

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • how amazing has lowell been so far? with 28, only 2 rbi shy of ortiz. 7 home runs.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Strikes out his second batter.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Sharp grounder to 3rd ends the inning. I’m headed home. Go Sox!

    Devine May 10, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Strikeout #2 for the Oki from Yomiuri. And then out #3. Awesome.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Tyrel – I don’t whoop and holler a lot but I do make whacky bets with the team. If they all remember to run through first in an inning, I do 10 pushups.

    rootbeerfloat May 10, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Okajima’s stats:
    21 strikeouts
    4 walks
    17 innings
    As Darth Vader said when he first fought Luke Skyywalker: Impressive.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • (And I didn’t even mention the .053 ERA.)

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • The Sox go down quickly in the to of the 9th. Both teams just want to go home, I suppose.

    Hudson May 10, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • please make this quick, romero.

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • All right, I lied. Had to take a look at the schedule and break down all the series the Sox have played.
    Won 3-0: 3 against LAA, NYY, TOR (assuming they hold on tonight)
    Won 2-0: 1 against BAL
    Won 2-1: 5 against KC, SEA, TOR, NYY, MIN
    Split 1-1: 1 against OAK
    Lost 1-2: 1 against TEX
    Lost 0-2: 1 against TOR

    Devine May 10, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • another dominating win. wake was a bit shaky in the first, but hey – he had to re-adjust to pitching outdoors, right? boston’s run differential is now at 66 overall, exactly +2.0 a game. the next best in the AL is oakland at 27 overall. on to baltimore!

    minomni SF May 10, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • RFB, i’d guess that’s wacky enough to stick with the,

    Tyrel SF May 10, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Hudson, interestingly enough, I cosplay Darth Vader. :P
    Good night, Sox fans!

    Rain SF May 10, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • “Stick with them,” that is. Damn minature mac keyboards…

    Tyrel SF May 10, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Lots of great numbers from tonight’s game:
    LOBS: 4
    Wake’s line: 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5K ERA 1.79
    Darkman’s ERA: 0.59
    11 hits 7 ER off Halladay
    Drew 2-4
    This was a game to really build on.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 10, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Man…I’m guessing there are going to be a whole lot of YF’s irritated/making fun of the gushing over our pitching staff in tonight’s thread. Not that I blame any of you, had I been around, I’d have joined in. Heh.
    At some point, Wake has to regress. I mean it just has to happen; his HR-rate is microscopic, well-below anything even a normal pitcher can manage. And his FIP was quite a bit higher then his ERA coming into tonight. But who knows…hard to say if normal sabermetrics apply to such an abnormal pitcher, and even if the HR-rate regresses a bit…But even if it does…they say knucklers reach their prime really late. Who knows where this is going?
    Also, does Pedro Gomez do anything for ESPN besides talk about Barry Bonds? He bothers me…

    desturbd1 May 11, 2007, 12:54 am
  • It’s unsustainable in several cases, but the pitching staff has just been…wonderful…so far.
    One of my favorite thing about last night’s game: hearing Manny audibly swear at himself for missing a 3-1 inside pitch from Halladay in the 4th (just before he hit a single through the right side).
    He said (it’s a filthy word in Spanish, though it seems to vary in how filthy by country, so not sure about how bad it is in DR): “Con~o, no!” (tilde should be over the “n” but I don’t know how to do that) in a rather high-pitched voice, then walked all around the plate, behind the umpire looking sullen and angry. I love it when he gets pissed at himself, then gets a nice hit. Like his 3-run homer (to dead center, I think) in Game 162 of the ’05 season…after messing up and hitting a couple foul and really yelling at himself.
    I pretty much just love the guy. Even his swearing and muttering take on mythic proportions for me.

    Devine May 11, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Wow. Rotoworld is reporting that Doc Halladay is going on the DL with acute appendicitis and should miss about a month.

    desturbd1 May 11, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Shit. There goes my fantasy team.
    In other news, JD Drew isn’t in the starting lineup tonight, again.
    Is he hurt? Is it too soon for an “I told you so”?

    Andrew May 11, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Uhh…yeah, it is. Pena hasn’t had a start in a week and the guy on the mound for Baltimore is a lefty.
    Besides, Drew went 2/4 yesterday and finally showed some signs of breaking out of his slump. Worry more about your own RF. ;-)

    desturbd1 May 11, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • Is he hurt? Is it too soon for an “I told you so”?
    As happy as that would make you, he’s not hurt. He was on EEI this afternoon and nobody said anything at all about it. My guess is that he’s going to get all the rest he wants (as well as everyone else on this team) as long as there is a seven game lead in this division. Especially when the threat of improvement within the division is minimal in the near future.

    Brad May 11, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • Is it too soon for a “i told you so” for the entire Yankee rotation? Because, if I were a jerk, I could definitely say it. Well, so could everyone else in the world who looked at it in March, so that claim doesn’t exactly make me brilliant.

    Brad May 11, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • D,
    you mean the one laying down bunts in the three hole?:P

    Brad May 11, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • while down by five?

    Brad May 11, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • I kid with you, A. I’m just bustin balls.

    Brad May 11, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • the cano sophmore slump is one i didn’t see comming. i figured the sweet carew swing wouldn’t dissapear, but the kid is striking out at an alarming rate. might wanna put the ’09 projected lineup on hold for now.

    sf rod May 11, 2007, 6:37 pm
  • Do we not have a game thread today? :(

    rootbeerfloat May 11, 2007, 6:58 pm

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