Bring it on Home: Sox-Rays Gamer III

It’s the last game before tomorrow’s Boston-New York madness.  Even with last night’s 9th inning comeback, we’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves; Johnny Damon and the boys are not the first thing on our minds — the troublesome Scott Kazmir is. We trust the team is thinking the same way, and focusing on today’s matchup.  So how about coming back to Fenway with a little 2 game winning streak, guys?  Keep up last night’s clutch hitting (5-10 with RISP), and things should be ok. Talk about all things Sox/Rays here. 

(And how about Kevin Youkilis?  Does this guy have "future batting title" written all over him or what?)

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  • Generous strike zone so far. Let’s see if Blue gives Schill the same pitches.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:19 pm
  • Two borderline called strikes and then a check swing that didn’t look like a swing, and Youkilis gets rung up. At least he saw 10 pitches.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • Slumpbuster! Double for Loretta.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • Come on Manny. Show this punk Kazmir who’s boss.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • Or don’t.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:25 pm
  • Generous strikezone today, huh? Everything’s in the zone according to GameCast. Of course everything is always in the zone according to gamecast.
    Hopefully Schill gets the same latitude.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • Gaithright’s an on base machine. SO, it makes sense he’s leading off. I thought the Rays were run by smarty pants now.

    NickYF April 30, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • Great grab in the crowd by Lowell.
    2 Ks for Schill.
    Let’s get to Kazmir for a change.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • Great grab in the crowd by Lowell.
    2 Ks for Schill.
    Let’s get to Kazmir for a change.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • Oops. Sorry ’bout the double post. Must have had something to do with Tek leading off with the second double of the day off Kazmir.
    1 out as Lowell grounds out.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • Wily Mo K-ena strikes (out) again.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • I think Wily Mo K-ena is the better nickname.

    NickYF April 30, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • Ugh, I didn’t realize WMP was in right, and Mohr in center until just now. With Trot hitting so well against *everyone* this year, he should be playing every day possible.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • Mohr Ks, too.
    Two innings, two doubles, no runs… I hate it when more than one of our bench guys is in the starting lineup.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:41 pm
  • Sox back to their old ways.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • Ty Wiggington, “enhanced” version.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:44 pm
  • Sir Tyrell Reginald Wiggington IV gets a single.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:45 pm
  • Two run home run for Toby Hall. Long gone.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • Playing from behind. AGAIN. Tiring.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • Do the Sox have to get in a big hole again before they get going?
    Can’t remember the last time Boston got an early lead.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • that was Schilling’s 147th pitch in a little over 8 innings

    NickYF April 30, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • Curt will never, ever admit that the 133 pitch effort has affected him. Even though it sure looks like it has.

    SF April 30, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • Phew, almost another gopher ball, Mohr with his back at the wall.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:49 pm
  • 3rd K for Schill, but the damage was done.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • Curt really looks to be overthrowing.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:02 pm
  • This game is not going well at all.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:03 pm
  • He is throwing almost no splitters.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • 2-1 thanks to a Big Papi bomb to right.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • Manny out on a hard grounder, 6-3.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:10 pm
  • 3-1 Rays in the 4th, single brings in runner from 2nd with 2 outs.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:22 pm
  • Piss poor pitching from Schilling. He’s either blowing people away or not. He can’t spot anything, other than a fastball, and all the off-speed stuff is missing the spot, either up in the zone or out of the zone. Hollins just hit a decent pitch, but that was an anomaly. I can’t help but think Curt is still feeling the effects of his last start.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • 2:20 odds Pena whiffs.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • Pena is a very very bad hitter. He may have potential, but at the moment he really looks like he has trouble with any pitch that isn’t waist high.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Wily Mo K-ena, the sequel… Another strikeout.
    (What the heck was up with that bat-throwing by the Rays in the last inning? I find it hard to believe he just couldn’t hold on THREE TIMES.)

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • Just get out, Gonzalez, and let the top of the order start the next inning.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • And he promptly hits a double. Works for me. A single would have actually pissed me off.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • AGon gets a double, how about that.
    C’mon, Youks.
    (Once again, there seem to be a ton of Sox fans in the Tampa Bay stands.)

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • For a four-run game, this one seems to be going very slowly. Or is it just me?

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • Crap. I really jinxed Youkilis bad.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Youks Ks. Another double wasted.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Looking at the GameCast, it looks like the Sox have just missed about four more homers. Damn unlucky bastards.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • Not really accurate, MM. The Sox haven’t had much on Kazmir. As usual. A couple of deep fly outs, but nothing too close – Mohr’s center field job was 10-15 feet short of the fence, not even close, but it probably showed up on Gamecast as a near homer.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • Gamecast has the Mohr hit to center as right up against the wall, and the same for Gonzalez’s double, and Tek’s double.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • ???
    Gonzalez’ double was a liner to the right side, probably went about 185 ft in the air.

    SF April 30, 2006, 2:44 pm
  • Time for the Sox to start taking some pitches and getting on base… Force Kazmir outta there…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • They have the little colored dot symbolizing Gonzalez double just over the wall, so it looks like it hit off the top of the wall in right field.

    Anonymous April 30, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • Or Tek can swing at the first pitch…. Safe on an error though… Let’s make em pay boys!

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • that was me. i’m on a new computer and it refuses to remember my name and email address.
    Tek’s on. Lets do dis.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • Lowell! Nice. Lets see if WMP can plate a few, eh.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:04 pm
  • All right Lowell! Two on, no out… These are the new, post-meeting Sox right? They’re not going to strand these runners, RIGHT?!!?!?!?!?!?

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • If Maddon takes Kazmir out then My-Man-Trot better be batting for Mohr when he comes up.
    YOU LISTENING, FRANCONA?!?!

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • All right, Wily Mo… SF, I’ll take…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • One is better than none. I’d have liked a hit though. One ain’t gonna get it done this inning. We need more.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • Trot should be hitting for Mohr anyway…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • Kazmir tiring? Mohr works the walk… Let’s go A-Gon! Another 2B, please…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:10 pm
  • Wild pitch! :-D

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • two in scoring position! How we gonna avoid scoring here… hmmm… so many options…

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • A-Gon Ks… But two men in scoring position for YOUUUUUUKKKK!

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • well thats one of the options. now its up to:
    YOOOOOOUUUUUK!!!

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • Did Youk really just swing at the first pitch of a guy who has thrown 110 pitches and is obviously tiring? ARRRRRRRRRG!

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Swinging at the freakin first pitch again…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Well, Kazmir ain’t coming back for the 8th, and we know the Rays have no pen, so….

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:14 pm
  • Except that we’re pitching Seanez!!!!!! Are we trying to lose this game??

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • I would have posted this earlier but I wasn’t at the computer, but if I were Francona I would have pinch hit for AG mid at-bat, once the guys were in scoring position. Seems like a no-brainer.

    SF April 30, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • Aren’t we down one with two innings to go? I.e. is there any reason for Seanez to be in the game?
    This will likely end badly (if it hasn’t already while I was typing this).

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • It certainly seems that someone should have been in for eitheer A-Gon or Mohr… Of course Mohr ended up walking, but still, a base hit would have meant a tie game with the wild pitch…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:17 pm
  • He walked the F’n first guy… I go get him right here. Right here!
    HELLO FRANCONA! RIGHT HERE!!!

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Leadoff walk… grrrrrr
    And sadly, Curt doesn’t join the ranks of the Babe and Pedro…

    Anonymous April 30, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • Now that’s the Tampa Bay incompetence we’d come to know and expect..

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • Still you can’t walk the number eight hitter who is hitting .091 on five pitches to start off an inning when you’re down by one run. Can’t do it. You’ve got to throw strikes there and make that guy get himself out.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • Please PLEASE don’t walk anyone else this inning…

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Believe it or not, Seanez is averaging better than 11 Ks per 9 IP…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • I’ll trade the strikeout for the stolen base every time.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Yes, Paul, but how many walks and homeruns is he averaging per 9 IP? I don’t have the data in front of me, but I’ll guess “too much.”

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:27 pm
  • F!

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • Motherf…
    He’s also averaging better than 10 runs per 9 innings…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • No sooner had I typed that message to Paul then he did exactly what he’s continually done. Winning teams don’t put guys like this into one run games on the road. It isn’t done, and the reason why was just demonstrated. Thats really piss poor.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Francona needs to answer for that pece of managerial idiocy…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Every day, another nudge towards the “Fire Terry” club. He’s been at his worst these last two weeks. Just pathetic.

    SF April 30, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • No one in the vullpen (except Delcarmen) has a worse ERA than Seanez and we put him into a 1-run game in the 7th?
    Unbelievable…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Now we get two shots at their bullpen. Unfortunately, we’ve gotta pick up three instead of one now.
    Don’t anyone mistake this for Seanez’s fault by the way. This is Francona’s fault. Seanez has a track record, and that record says “pitch me in games that are already decided.” Francona strayed from that and we’re paying the price.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • I think that’s the second time this yr Seanez has struck out the side while digging us a hole…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • Now Loretta’s swinging 3-1 and fouling out… It’s looking like yesterday was the exception that proved the rule and not the turnaround we’d hoped for…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Looks like Ortiz just missed one there… story of the day.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • shit. i hate to say it, but we’re pretty done.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • shit. i hate to say it, but we’re pretty done.

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • i have no idea why that posted twice…

    mattymatty April 30, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Well, there we go folks… Heart of the order down 1-2-3…

    Anonymous April 30, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • I want to see the Red Sox score at least one more run, so we can finally and unequivocally say the Sox would have won this game if Francona had not run Seanez out there… Of course if Schilling had thrown 20 fewer pitches the start before, maybe he doens’t give up a 2run jack early in the game…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • Hmm, and now the guy with the absolute worst ERA in the pen is out there… White flag or merely stupid?

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • Hmm, and now the guy with the absolute worst ERA in the pen is out there… White flag or merely stupid?

    Anonymous April 30, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • I’m not sure how that happened…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • One last chance…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • Lowell with the solo shot, 5-3, one out in the 9th.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • Lowell homers in the tying run!
    Oh wait, that’s in the Tito-less world… Now it’s just 5-3…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • Wily Mojo goes back to back, 5-4.
    Now a loss would be doubly painful. Gotta pull this out.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Lowell and Pena back to back!!

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • The second Sox/Seanez experiment cannot end too soon.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Pena now leads Bronson Arroyo in homers, so that silliness can end…
    Now I’ve begun to hope again… Silly me…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Now, we’ve got Mohr and Gonzalez coming up with one out. Who the heck do we have to pinch hit? Harris and Cora could play their positions, but present no improvement at the plate. Bleh.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Is Trot Nixon dead? I see no other reason for Mohr to be batting.
    And as I type that…he replaces him on Gameday. I’m so glad Trot’s not dead.

    Devine April 30, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Ah, there’s the answer. TROT.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • I think it’s time for Rudy to take a little “DL” stint and we need to call up Jermaine Van Buren, who in his one appearance did much better than either Delcarmen or Seanez in ANY of their appearances…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • – WALK —
    I’m not going to even say what I’m hoping beyond hope that Snow does NOT do here. Not thinking about that.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • No freakin double plays!

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • 2-0 to Snow.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Good job, Trotman. Anyone else we can throw in there? Why not have Seanez pinch-hit and see what happens? No?
    Oh great, Snow…I don’t have any jokes in me for that…

    Devine April 30, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • And pinchrunner Harris takes third on a steal/error on the throw.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • lol, Sorry Hudson…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • J.T. Snow really ought to be good for a sac fly. It’s all I ask.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • No way! Deep fly ball, Snow, pleeeeeAAAAASSSSSSEEEE!

    Devine April 30, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Willie Harris has a use!

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • No problem, Paul, the danger of that is averted… I think.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Sorta like Dave Roberts, unworthy as Harris is of the comparison…

    Devine April 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Just watch Terry call a squeeze play.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • GameCast is so confused lol… It has Trot on first and Harris on 3d…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • 3-2. Another squeaker.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • Wow, no control here… Now the unmentionable is an option again…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Hit by pitch. Boy, for second there I thought it was a wild pitch and Harris would come home.
    Nothing on the ground, Youks, nothing on the ground. (Nervous note: Camp is allegedly a sinker-baller.)

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Cmon YOOOOOOOOUUKK!!!

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • 0-2 to Youks.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • Wow… Never took the bat off the shoulder…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Arrgh.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Cora to 2nd.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Jeezus, Mary and Joseph on a popsicle stick. What a let-down.

    Hudson April 30, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Shit.

    Devine April 30, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • That’s it… Pin the L on Terry Francona…

    Paul A. April 30, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • Ouch, this one had to hurt.

    bloodyank78 April 30, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • Not as much as your loss tomorrow will.

    Devine April 30, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Careful, don’t jinx the Sox Devine.

    bloodyank78 April 30, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Ain’t no jinxes, no curses. Just full-on overdone bravado.

    Devine April 30, 2006, 5:21 pm
  • See?

    Devine May 2, 2006, 12:25 am

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