Avert the Eyes: Sox-Jays Gamer III

They are playing ugly. Bad pitching. No hitting.  Starting pitcher meltdowns. Men stranded all over the park.  Pitiful managing decisions. But they’re still our Sox, and we can’t help but think this will turn around soon.  Maybe not today, maybe not in Cleveland. Maybe it’ll be when Coco comes back, if he comes back.  No matter what, we’re still on their side, and today they try to avert a sweep against those Blue Jays, everyone’s new darling. Discuss all things Sox and Jays on this gray, rainy, somber Sunday here.

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  • More bad situational hitting, shielded only by the fact the Loretta’s double play ball was going just a tiny bit too slow. How about a first inning lead, fellas?

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:13 pm
  • PAPI TO THE RESCUE!!! Where’s the chirping now, YF!?!?!

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:13 pm
  • I think Manny’s found his stroke. The Sox have to keep reminding themselves who is pitching today. 2 won’t do it.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:15 pm
  • That’s 3.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • I find it hard to watch a Sox team that relies on Willie Harris in any way.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:23 pm
  • Agreed on Harris. I don’t see how he is a better option than Stern, who was more than earning his keep in the field.

    airk April 23, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • Youk crushed that ball, but right at Glaus. Towers is not fooling them. The Sox need to get a few more runs and not let Towers settle in.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • Come on Papi – two in two innings?

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • The ol’ “if you get lots of guys on base you leave lots of guys on base” in effect today, again. The lack of clutch hitting is starting to get painful, even though in the long run the scenario probably will end in more runs.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • Has everyone given up on the Sox besides me and airk? Or is it just one of those lazy hole yourself up in a dark room and don’t bother watching Matt Clement probably crumble kind of days?

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • So the Sox called up Manny Delcarmen. How long until we see Craig Hansen? Can the Sox keep putting up with Seanez, a hole where Riske was supposed to be? Any thoughts?

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • Top prospect John Lester, apparently, has been getting himself torched after a bad spring training. But it’s April.

    YF April 23, 2006, 1:56 pm
  • Can’t worry about a guy’s first two starts in AAA, yet.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • At some point is JT Snow extraneous? If Youk keeps playing really good D at first what is Snow useful for, exactly? Did the Sox have really low expectations for Youkilis? So far, he looks really seasoned out there.

    SF April 23, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • There’s an unforgivable sin: hitting Willie Harris with a pitch.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • Where the f*ck is everyone!??!

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:02 pm
  • It’s like old times here: me and YF singing our individual songs to an audience of one.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • Another RISP. Come on, Youk.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Yes!!! Clutch ribbie from Youk, who takes second on the throw home. Again, you CANNOT hit Willie Harris with a pitch.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:06 pm
  • Oy, did Mike Lowell think that they moved first base into the stands?

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:10 pm
  • Glaus just missed crushing a hanger from Clement. Bad pitch, lucky escape for the Sox.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:13 pm
  • Clement digging a hole here. Wheels wobbly.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:14 pm
  • Someone walk to the mound, remind Clement that he has “ability”. Please?!!?

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:15 pm
  • Great. Here comes the walk to the mound, 2 minutes late. Francona is asleep at the wheel. And Clement is Derek Lowe.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:17 pm
  • Nope. I was wrong. No walk to the mound. Is there a reason we have a pitching coach? Or a manager?

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • Clement looks done. Hinske nearly yards one.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • Now a HBP. Clement, meet the waiver wire.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:20 pm
  • the fantasy waiver wire?

    NickYF April 23, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • No, the “SF’s most unwatchable player waiver wire.” Bill Simmons has a new whipping boy, I think.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • NESN just posted their menu for the postgame show, and the first item was “Clement Breakdown”. Seems appropriate.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • Wow, shady idea by Varitek, bunting for a hit with two guys on and Towers really struggling. Might even qualify as “stupid”. Now they walk Lowell to face Willie Harris. This bad baseball is getting real difficult to watch.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • 7 LOB thru 5. I need to go out for a run, the Sox are making my blood boil.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • This is jus setting up another nail biter in the 8th and 9th innings, unless Clement goes out in the next two innings in style, with a bang and 5 runs.

    rk April 23, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • Count on that last part, rk. I don’t have any confidence in Clement at this point. I think I have the same amount as he has in himself, which is the worst part.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • Here comes the deluge.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • Clement sucks. No other word for it. Francona better have someone up. And someone ought to go out to talk to Clement to stall. This is really bad hands-off managing.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • This is just remarkable to me, that Francona has still not gotten someone up in the pen. Now, I am not sure who the heck they would use (they probably need to committee the rest of the game) but Clement doens’t look very long for this game, and the Sox are a pitch away from being down by 2 with a lot of baseball still left. I don’t get it.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • Better than 40% chance Overbay parks this next pitch.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • Wow, didn’t see that K coming. I thought it’d be knocked into the warning track. Whew.
    But now he seems to be throwing at someone in the stands.
    I think Tek was helpful in the first part of last year in keeping Clement from wigging out, and after the concussion, he couldn’t really do anything. Seems like that’s the case again this year.

    rk April 23, 2006, 2:44 pm
  • Oy, walks them loaded. NOW Francona gets on the phone. Day late and a dollar short, as they say. Francona’s been at his worst these last few days.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • Wow. Great grab by Nixon.

    SF April 23, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • It really does seem like Tito’s not watching the games lately – kind of like how we haven’t felt like watching the games lately. I wonder if the camera could catch him sitting with his hands over his eyes. Does the bottom of the lineup have something on Tito, and are blackmailing him into letting them play all together?
    And is is possible there’s something wrong with Clement’s eyesight? He can’t locate at all. Either that or it’s abject fear.
    Thank you, Trot.

    rk April 23, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • Sorry, SF – I’m watching this on Gamecast, jus got home here. I’ll be a step behind for the rest of the game, most likely.
    Think they throw him out again next inning? I’m guessing yes.
    Boy, if only we had a 6th starter/long relief guy we could trust, who loved playing in Boston . . .

    rk April 23, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • Cano goes with an outside pitch to the track in left center, about 400 feet. Almost powered it over. Two away.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • Ouch, wrong thread. Was just lurking here. ;)

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • Ortiz reached on a bunt?? Can’t believe what I’m reading.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • did Ortiz really get a bunt single?

    NickYF April 23, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • Toronto dodged a bullet there. IBB to Manny paid off.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:06 pm
  • Snap throw from Hernandez to third, almost picked jeter off. Nice arm

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • Sheesh what is my malfunction.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • yes Ortiz bunted for a single. He oughta do it once per game until team stop overshifting

    airk April 23, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • He did it a couple times last year. Just bunt it toward 3rd, nobody there.

    Devine April 23, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • airk, good idea. That’s a great weapon to have in his bag.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Ah, nice. I go out for a good run and come back and things are the way they were. Thank you, Keith. Let’s get these guys home.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Giambi did it a couple of times last year as well, if I recall – the bunt, that is. It’s a really smart play – baserunners are baserunners. Make guys pitch from the stretch, put them under more pressure. I like it.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Loretta!

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • SF, agreed regarding baserunners. I like the pressure a good bunter puts on the defense, and frankly, I find bunt plays entertaining to watch.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Ortiz hit that one pretty far. Yikes.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • And Ryan gets hosed – Manny just looked at strike 3 and blue called it a ball.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Crap,Manny. Another runner at 3rd with fewer than 2 outs not cashed. The offense continues to suck, pretty much.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • Timlin OBA: .345. Scary.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Clement came out at 97 pitches. He had a respectable pitching line today.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • As expected. Tying run at the plate.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Not really, AG. 5.1 innings, 3 runs, and it could have been much worse. He pitched poorly and stretched the bullpen, just what the Sox don’t need after the first two games of the series.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Nice pitch, Timlin. 2 down.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Wheee! It’s up to Papelbon in the 9th, now.

    SF April 23, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • SF, I suppose so, but the runs were all on Zaun’s homer, made worse by Lowell’s E.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • Another man on. Another man to leave on, I suppose!

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • That’s true, AG. But the homer still counted, and Clement really looked underwhelming today. Going out for a run was the right thing to do.

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • Yes! Insurance run – Lowell double.

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • Good point. Toronto’s lineup is difficult to work through on a good day; don’t need to be giving up 7 hits in a short work day.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Lowell working hard to erase that E I was just talking about. Good day at the plate.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • 2 more guys on with nobody out. Gonzalez fails at the sac effort.

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Can the Sox leave more than 3 guys on base in an innning? Just wondering.

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • I think they are trying to find a way. Let’s see if you get to yell Loretta one more time today.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • Aaagh. Wait, what constitutes a save situation? If this is one, then perhaps Loretta wanted to give Paps another one.
    If not, well, then, let’s yell at Loretta again.

    rk April 23, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • Gonzalez, Youkalis and Loretta did a good job of taking the bat out of Ortiz’ hands.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • Leadoff man on for the Jays. This game shouldn’t even be in doubt, the fact that the Sox couldn’t scrape another two runs could kill them. And as I type this Papelbon just put another guy on.

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • Is the vaunted/sterling/coveted (whichever overused ajdective you like) 0.00 ERA in danger?

    rk April 23, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • Aagh, another runner – gamecast is slow I guess. At least it’s Wells, he’s not hitting at all.
    This another “teaching myself to pitch out of a jam” thing from Paps?
    Someone update us!

    rk April 23, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • Stones from Papelbon. 8 for 8.
    Hello Cleveland!

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • He K’d Wells and the a double play, FYI.

    SF April 23, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • NICE!!! I’ll now get to watch it unfold on Gamecast without tearing my hair out.
    I think that the people who update Gamecast take longer on the interesting games – the boring ones seem to be updated pretty quickly.
    Still at the top of the standings. But is anyone worried about the Yanks slowly getting back out of the cellar? The way we played thi series, I am.

    Anonymous April 23, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Fourteen left on for the Red Sox, but a win just the same.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2006, 4:29 pm
  • “Maybe it’ll be when Coco comes back, if he comes back.”
    You’re joking, right?
    For shame, SF.
    Glass half empty much?

    Mayday Malone April 24, 2006, 2:23 am
  • Nah, I was feeling forlorn. I miss Coco. But he was supposed to miss 10 days, now it’s “indefinite”, with no reports on his status. Worrying a bit, no?

    SF April 24, 2006, 7:14 am
  • Tito said middle of May. That’s better than indefinite, but he needs to come back and, oh, not slide headfirst anymore.

    rk April 24, 2006, 10:12 am

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