Back To Business: Sox-O’s Gamer III

The coinciding day off for both teams felt really, really weird. Like a forced 15 minute break at work, or like an intermission in a show that is really rocking. I know the boys need a break now and then; we all do. But I was primed for baseball last night, dagnabbit. Anyway, both clubs are back in action and first on tap is Boston heading to Camden Yards with Josh Beckett back on the mound against Daniel Cabrera and the Orioles, both of whom the Sox have yet to defeat this season.

Lineups follow, comment away.

Boston
J. Ellsbury rf .273
D. Pedroia 2b .284
D. Ortiz dh .249
M. Ramirez lf .292
M. Lowell 3b .270
K. Youkilis 1b .306
J. Varitek c .268
C. Crisp cf .267
A. Cora ss .357
J. Beckett 4.43
 
Baltimore
B. Roberts 2b .271
M. Mora 3b .258
N. Markakis rf .251
A. Huff dh .244
K. Millar 1b .241
L. Scott lf .247
R. Hernandez c .222
A. Jones cf .253
F. Bynum ss .220
D. Cabrera 3.70

129 comments… add one

  • Completely agree on simultaneous days off – shouldn’t ever happen. I had my son’s little league game as a stop gap but it’s not the same, what with his own coach pitching to him and all.

    rootbeerfloat May 30, 2008, 7:02 pm
  • My mlb.tv is blacked out because I live in Virginia… and the channel that the games are usually on (Comcast sports network) is showing bullriding instead! If Manny hits a homerun today (his 36th birthday, coincidentally) I’m going to be sad for missing it.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Sac bunts? Stolen bases? I like this small-ball team!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Aaaaaaand Cora misses a bunt on a suicide-squeeze play. F*ck.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • First the screwed-up squeeze play, and then Varitek throwing the ball into the outfield? Ugh.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • Pedroia makes an error, but Beckett makes up for it by striking out the side.
    And then the next inning he gives up a lead-off homer. Shit.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • The Sox are one boring f**king team at the moment, somnambulent.

    SF May 30, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • just a lousy effort so far, no other way to describe it.

    SF May 30, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • It’s like the Sox are also watching the Celtics game.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Maybe they’ll get something going here in the 9th, since it’s half-time in the Celtics game. Not likely with 7-9 up, though.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • Oki gets six outs on 24 pitches. Nice.

    pale blue eyes May 30, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • I give Tek about 1-40 chance of getting a hit.

    SF May 30, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Why did I commit nearly three hours to something so unfun?

    SF May 30, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • what just happened? The umpire rung up Coco on strike two with a strikeout call, punched him out. Coco not happy, then Tito gets into it. All because the ump f*cked up.

    SF May 30, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • with baily hitting, that makes lugo the defensive replacement. i don’t get it.

    sf rod May 30, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • mlb gameday was REALLY confused there. The ump really counted wrong? Wtf?

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Freddie Bynum gets on base. Come on lil Manny, get the out.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Manny’s throwing gas.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Goddamnit, you get ahead of him 1-2 and end up walking him. Grrrrrr we need Papelbon NOW.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Walk. Another fncking maddening game.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Okay you’re up 0-2. PUT MELVIN MORA AWAY PLEASE.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • whew

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Thank goodness Mora grounds out. Would have been very upset if Tito let Papelbon rot on the bench AGAIN in a tie-game in the 9th.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • good approach at the plate in the 10th, guys. Pathetic. This team is barely watchable right now.

    SF May 30, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • And our 1-2-3 hitters go down on 7 pitches. Definitely must be watching the Celtics game, which isn’t going so well right now.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • who throws the 10th?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • lopez.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • hansen.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • Oh seriously? We let Lopez give up a hit, then bring in HANSEN? Wtf?
    Sigh. Im giving up on this game.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • Hansen’s throwing gas, too. But Markakakakakakakakaksk is in scoring position.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • No reason to pitch Paps two nights in a — oh, right, the Sox were off yesterday.

    SF May 30, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • walking the lefty to pitch to the righty and put a force at every base.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Strikes please, Hansen.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Well, the Sox are on the road so he wants to have paps ready to get three outs once they get the lead.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Holy crap Hansen didn’t crap the bed!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • K. got him.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • 97 on that last Hansen fastball.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Manny, Mikey, Yookie.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Yeah, I was actually fine with having MDC pitch the 9th, but a Lopez/Hansen 10th was dumb, even if it did work out.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Paps hasn’t pitched since Monday, SF.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Fuck. pop out.
    Garnett, Rondo Brown w/ 4 fouls each in the 4th.
    I hate the way the NBA is officiated.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Are you f*cking kidding me, Manny?!?!? I really feel like he’s messing with us on purpose.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • I think Manny saw like six pitches cumulatively tonight.

    SF May 30, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • This kid has five outs on 14 pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Per Gordon Edes: “Have I mentioned the Sox have lost their last eight one-run games on the road? […] Have I mentioned the Sox have scored in just 2 of their last 29 innings?”
    About to make it 30.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • 6 outs on 19 pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Aaaaand our offense is done on 12 pitches.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • C’s outscore Det 10-2 5 mins through 4th, tied 70-70.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • IBM:
    Did you see the offensive foul call on Pierce in the third after he pump-faked and had a defender jump into him? It was absolutely inexplicable work from the referee.

    SF May 30, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Hansen still in? Looks like Tito doesn’t think the Sox can win, either.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • At least Hansen is looking good.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Hansen breaking out the nasty slider.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • wow, well done, Hansen.

    SF May 30, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • SF, these refs are SO inconsistent. Rip Hamilton jumped into Pierce and PIERCE gets called for an offensive foul, when all he did was shoot a jump shot… which went in, too, so it would have been a 4-point play.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • I didn’t see it, SF. When I have paid attention, I’ve been appalled at the officiating in the NBA. It just completely discourages fundamental play.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Celts on a big run, up three now, four to play.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • The worst thing about this officiating is that the refs are LOOKING for fouls, and calling them for stupid stuff. Just let them play the game! I can’t stand baseball games that drag on because of too many fouls being called.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • No traveling, that idiotic continuation rule,… most of the time when someone drives the lane and I hear a whistle, I’m left scratching my head at just what exactly the foul was.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Albers has retired all eight he’s faced on 24 pitches. WTF is going on?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • Coco pops up on the first pitch. Albers is about to be done with his 3rd inning, and he’s only thrown 25 pitches. Pathetic.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • First HR of the season from Loogie?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • flip back to the Sox and there are already two down, LFRS at the plate. This game blows.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • The blow a lot of no-calls. Seriously, I fucking hate this league.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Ath:
    Coco popped up to the warning track, it was nearly gone.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • I’ll take a walk. Good AB loogie. … Pitches 2 and 4 were almost exactly the same according to gameday, one was a strike and one was a ball.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Lugo drew a walk! Yeah!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Lugo drew a walk! Yeah!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • Ahh, thanks for the info SF. Gameday sucks.
    Ellsbury singles! Come on Pedroia!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • jacoby slots one through the 1/2 hole as LFRS is running. Mini 2 out rally here. Jacoby takes second.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • OK, OK, OK, let’s go, Pedro. … Why steal, there?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Dustin rips one about a foot foul down the line. Tough break, missed hitting the bag by mere inches.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Dustin taps to third. Will this team ever score?

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Jesus, Pedro is struggling.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out, but Gameday flashes “ERROR” on the screen. What happened?

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Celts up six with 1:35 to go, Detroit with the ball.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Timlin? Gameday says Timlin?

    z118 May 30, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • At least one Boston team isn’t sucking too much.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • wait, seriously, TIMLIN?!

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Timlin in. Game’s pretty much over.
    *go-go-gadget REVERSE JYNX!*

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Celts up 6, with the ball, 36.6 to play.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • It’s a good thing we got 2 innings out of Okajima, or Timlin would have come in an inning ago and screwed it all up then.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • and KG misses two free throws. Unclutch.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • C’s on the brink.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • How about that. A strikeout.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Markakis doubles. PLEASE IBB Huff here.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Ground-out, and then IBB to Luke Scott. Pressure’s on now.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Cs win.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Celts Lakers redux.
    Third Boston team in a championship game/series in the past year. Not a bad run.
    Oh, and can we just dfa LFRS?

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • whither Paps?

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • F7. I’m too old for this.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • I don’t know how we haven’t lost this game yet.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • Who’s gonna accuse the Cs of cheating?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • Just a matter of time, Ath. Don’t you worry.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • Wow, Manny actually sees two pitches, though he hacked at the first and missed.
    Two down. Why am I still watching…

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • Baltimore has more Es than RS have runs.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • Too quick there, SF. We take the lead!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • Lowell!!!!!!!!!!!

    pale blue eyes May 30, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • HEY WE SCORED A RUN! It took an Oriole error, but still!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • So that ought to explain where my brain is: I mistook a replay for Manny out. Manny actually doubled. Mike follows with a single and the Sox lead.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:34 pm
  • Manny reached on an E5, SF.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:35 pm
  • Sorry, I am lost. What am I watching?!
    Ignore my posts, if you don’t already.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:35 pm
  • I know, SF. You’re drunk on Celtics.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • Cliff Floyd walk-off lets Ray beat White Sox. In HS ball, Floyd hit is fucking bomb off my brother in law to end a playoff game.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Sorry. Floyd HIT a bomb …

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Tek has shed about 35 points in BA in the last few weeks, eh?

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • wow, a Lowell/Youk double steal.
    For real!

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Wow. Double steal.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • and Tek whiffs, lamely. Toast is back!!

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • 6 SBs for Sox tonight. Tek Ks to kill the buzz.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • yikes, Coco has also shed about 40 points this month.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • CO-VELLI!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • wow, horrid play by Bynum on a grounder by Crisp, throws well wide of first on a routine play, Sox get two more.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • Extraordinary fielding by the O’s this inning!

    pale blue eyes May 30, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • What a weird inning. I felt certain that the Sox would be the ones to lose their minds like this. Although I guess there’s still a chance for them to do so.
    So far, weirdly like the Celtics game, where I was sure they were going to lose when they were down 10 in the 4th quarter.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 11:44 pm
  • 3 errors, a double steal and a wild pitch this inning. … If Crisp scores, do you send TImmy back out there? I don’t like Paps pitching with a big lead.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:44 pm
  • LFRS walks. Takes second uncontested. Sarfate can’t hit the plate.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • An INT BB to Ellsbury?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • I think Paps is coming in no matter the lead.

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:47 pm
  • Make it quick, Paps.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:49 pm
  • ok, nail it down Paps.
    Good night, all – not that this is over but two hours of posting via iPhone has taken it out of me and I am on kid duty tonight, I need to get some sleep!

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • My son had his first youth baseball game yesterday. 6-7yr olds. coach pitch, everybody bats every inning. It was so painful. Kids weren’t paying attention. I was afraid someone would get hurt. And it was almost 2 hours long.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • 1-pitch, 1 out. Very nice.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • SICK play by Lowell.
    Now, good night!

    SF May 30, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • G’night SF. Congrats on the two victories tonight.

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • 10-pitch inning from Paps, 2 K’s. Victory!

    Atheose May 30, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • YES! … But Buchholz got bombed tonight in P’tucket.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 30, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • Well, that ended up being somewhat satisfying, since it was such a surprise by the end of it. It almost made me forget that it was a game the Sox should win anyway, Beckett against the O’s.

    stuck working May 30, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • What was his line, Bill?

    Atheose May 31, 2008, 12:00 am
  • Celtics vs. Lakers in the NBA finals. Should be a great match-up. The Celts have the best defense in the league, while the Lakers have one of the best offenses. In the end, I think defense prevails and the Celts win.
    If the Patriots had been able to win the Super Bowl, there would been chance for a trifecta of championships in Boston with the Sox, Pats, and Celts.

    SoxFan May 31, 2008, 2:41 am

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