Casin’ Kason: Braves-Sox Gamer III

It’s rubbah time in Fenway, with the Sox and Braves (if the weather permits) facing off in the third and final game of this year’s opening interleague weekend.  Yesterday Daisuke Matsuzaka set the tone for the Red Sox, who apparently didn’t listen, getting clobbered in evening portion of the doubleheader by something like a dozen runs and change.  We stopped counting after a while.  Winning this series doesn’t look like an easy task — the estimable Tim Hudson is pitching for the Braves, while the Sox send Pawtucket call-up Kason Gabbard to the mound in his first start of the season.  Last year Gabbard acquitted himself reasonable well in a brief stint in the bigs, but he’s a control pitcher and walked too many guys for our taste.  On the farm this year, he’s been excellent for a terrible IL team, and certainly deserves to spot-start while the banged-up and fatigued Sox rotation rests/heals.  Our expectations are low, but our spirits are high: the Sox can be no worse than 9 up in the loss column heading to New York.  A win today would make our Sunday.  Chat away here.

Lineups (Sox fans will NOT be happy…) after the jump.

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Eric Hinske, 1B
8. Alex Cora, SS
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

— Kason Gabbard, P

1. Martin Prado, 2B
2. Edgar Renteria, SS
3. Chipper Jones, DH
4. Jeff Francoeur, RF
5. Matt Diaz, LF
6. Andruw Jones, CF
7. Brian McCann, C
8. Chris Woodward, 3B
9. Scott Thorman, 1B

— Tim Hudson, P

169 comments… add one
  • Yep, not happy. Lowell and Lugo sitting.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Why is Lugo sitting? Lowell I can kind of understand- he played both ends yesterday, and he is getting up there in years, so it might be a good idea to give him a day off.
    I haven’t heard anything on NESN about the lineups.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • NESN did say that Steinbrenner issued a statement that he would have no comment on Joe Torre until after the Red Sox series.
    Looks like the deathwatch has begun.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Looks like another rain delay. Can someone closer than 3000 miles to the action say if it looks like the game will be played at all?

    rootbeerfloat May 20, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • According to weather.com, there’s a line of showers moving through the area. My guess it’s about an hour delay.
    Here in Northern Vermont, it’s bright and sunny, and our weather is about 2 hours ahead of Boston’s.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • I think Lugo might be sitting in large part because he’s 0/10 lifetime against Tim Hudson over his career; Cora is 2/6 with a walk. Lowell is 3/11, I’m guessing Francona’s just giving him a rest.
    At least the lineup should be intact for New York.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Thanks for the stats, D1.
    RSN to Francona: “Hey, Tito, I know your club has a .690 winning percentage, but we think you need some help arranging your lineup.”

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • Has anyone heard what is happening with Clement?

    Rob May 20, 2007, 2:18 pm
  • earliest he’s gonna start throwing is July I think

    TJ May 20, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • I’m many times more than 3,000 miles away but I just saw six butterflies outside my window beating their wings like crazy, and they all had Sox caps on, so the weather should definitely be clearing up soon.

    kyotofan May 20, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • kyotofan- any mention in Japanese media about Daisuki’s improved performance of late?

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Ayuh, They’re all over it–Less in the sense of “improved” and more like he’s finally settled in. The last two outings are of the kind he produced seven or eight out of ten times during his tenure here. Lots of strikes, pitching to contact, a good, fast tempo easy to play behind for the fielders and easy to keep pounding the opposition for the hitters. If he remains close to form, now and then he’ll really crank it up and get 10 or more strikeouts two outings out of ten and once in ten he’ll get hit pretty good. He’s always been a somewhat slow starter. Get him sweating a lot and his stuff is usually that much better. Summer should be fun. I think the most important thing is that he’s back to going out there thinking about nine innings. I didn’t get to see him as much as I’d have liked to (indeed I can see him much more now that he is pitching in Boston), but he always got stronger later in the game. Adding speed to the fastball and adding one or two new pitches to the repertoire so batters facing him the third or fourth time around, waiting for a pitch they’d seen earlier, would be made to look absolutely ridiculous. Let him pitch!

    kyotofan May 20, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • Kyoto- that is just GREAT news. I wasn’t aware that he was a slow starter, or that he does better in the heat.
    If he holds to form, he could be in for a monster year.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • I guess we need to put space heaters in the dugout between innings then.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • Anyone heard a possible start time yet?

    Rob May 20, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • Ayuh, He’s a heavy, heavy sweater and Summer is definitely his time. All his training in High School was geared to Koshien (August in Kanto–very hot and very humid). Monster year? That’s where my money is. He got stuck in the trees for a few outings, but he finally seems again to have the old balance between the forest (go nine innings!) and the trees (each batter, each inning) that has served him so well.

    kyotofan May 20, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • Rob, Good idea. I think his running more between starts and even on game day is partly an attempt to create in himself more heat.

    kyotofan May 20, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Kanto (where he trained)
    Kansai(where Koshien is)

    kyotofan May 20, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • The Fenway grounds crew just removed the tarp from the infield, drawing cheers from the ground. We might actually see some baseball yet.
    Posted By: cgasper | Time: 03:34:48 PM

    TJ May 20, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • projected start time of 4:30

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Underway

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • Dpod with a nice diving stab on a liner.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • Gabbard looking good taking advantage of the outside on righties.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:40 pm
  • Chipper draws a walk

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • Gabbard out of the inning.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • Not loving the way Gabbard pitches. Doesn’t appear to have great stuff, and he’s not getting any calls from the ump, to boot. He’s up in the zone. I worry about the second and third (if he gets that far) times through the Braves’ lineup.

    SF May 20, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • rob, do you have the game on tv?

    z118 May 20, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • youk with a single through short.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • yes Z…game is on TBS

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Damn….Papi just missed the homer on that shot.
    Looks like it hit the top of the bullpen wall.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • Dang, Papi just misses a dinger, maybe by 8 inches. Double puts Youk on third, Manny coming up.

    SF May 20, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • I’m watching on NESN, Rob- TBS is blacked out on my cable system.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • freak play, Manny with shot off of Hudsons leg, towards third. Youk stutter stepped and was thrown out at home. Papi at third, Manny 1st.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Chr*st, what terrible luck. Manny crushes one back up the middle, it hits off Hudson pretty much right to the third baseman, who throws Youk out at home. Brutally bad luck, the Sox could easily be up 1-0, or 2-0 had Ortiz’s ball had 8″ additional lift on it.

    SF May 20, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • NESN blacked out here.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Drew walks, bases loaded. Let the LOB parade begin…

    SF May 20, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • Toast!!!!

    SF May 20, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Toast!!! Triples into the right field corner clearing the bases.
    Sox up 3-0.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • TEK!!
    Clears the bases with a triple. Thanks for the reverse curse, SF.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Hinske knocks in Tek, 4-0 Sox!

    SF May 20, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • TEKKIE!!

    TJ May 20, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Hisnkie comes through giving Gabbard a green zone.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Gameday has been just awful the last few days.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 20, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • Toronto, Tampa, and Baltimore all lost today.

    SF May 20, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • dPod

    TJ May 20, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • Man, Gabbard sucks.
    What’s up guys.

    Regular_Brad May 20, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • Gabbard sucks?

    TJ May 20, 2007, 5:18 pm
  • So I’m pretty convinced Andruw Jones is an average CF who purposefully takes sh*tty routes to the ball so he can make lots of routine catches look spectacular. I dislike him immensely and will be very, very angry if Boston even pretends to show an interest.
    5-0 thanks in part to that Prado guy playing 2nd. And Pedroia laced another double, which is cool.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • D1, that’s a concern about Andruw other teams have as well. All the talent in the world, but a lot of times his head isn’t in the game 100%.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Well Gabbard looks much better than in the first. His location is hugely improved, he’s spotting the curve beautifully and mixing things up.

    SF May 20, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • All the talent in the world, but a lot of times his head isn’t in the game 100%.
    And it’s a HUGE head, at that. He looks seriously bloated – they showed him on the bench and he was puffy as hell.

    SF May 20, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • Yep, Gabbard’s been pretty nifty to this point. I’m just sort of surprised at how crappy Hudson’s been…he’d been incredible so far this season. Maybe Boston’s in his head or something…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • If anybody wants some good laughs, check out the LoHud Yanks blog. At least a 95 on the Bill Simmons Unintentional Comedy Scale.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • Hey, y’all… Need some advice here.
    I’m in NYC on Monday night, and I was thinking of heading out to the Stadium to see if I could pick up a ticket.
    I don’t want to patronize scalpers, but in my experience at New York events (concerts, theater) if you hang out around starting time, there’s usually some couple whose friends cancelled at the last minute, friend got sick, etc.
    It’s Sox/Yankees, so the pickins may be slim, but do I have a shot of picking up a ticket at the last minute? If so, where should I go to have the best chance of finding someone looking to unload a ticket? Or is it a hopeless cause?

    Anonymous May 20, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • I don’t know if those not watching TBS can hear it, but there are some fans chanting Hudson…Hudson…and so on…totally in his head…hah

    KR - SF May 20, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Gabbard has done a better job with his pitching since the 1st. A lot of his pitches were up in the zone.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Hey, y’all… Need some advice here.
    I’m in NYC on Monday night, and I was thinking of heading out to the Stadium to see if I could pick up a ticket.
    I don’t want to patronize scalpers, but in my experience at New York events (concerts, theater) if you hang out around starting time, there’s usually some couple whose friends cancelled at the last minute, friend got sick, etc.
    It’s Sox/Yankees, so the pickins may be slim, but do I have a shot of picking up a ticket at the last minute? If so, where should I go to have the best chance of finding someone looking to unload a ticket? Or is it a hopeless cause?

    Hudson May 20, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • The chant is coming through pretty good KR

    Rob May 20, 2007, 5:28 pm
  • There goes Gabbard’s no hitter. Single to right for Franceour. Diaz singles to center.

    Anonymous May 20, 2007, 5:36 pm
  • Another single to center, 1st and 2nd, 2 away, Jones up.

    Hudson May 20, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • KKKKKKason Gabbard. Andruw Jones makes the 6th strikeout with two men on.

    Andrew F May 20, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • Gabbard knuckles down and K’s Jones.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • K #6 against Jones, inning ovah.

    Hudson May 20, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • that ties his career high in Ks

    TJ May 20, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • Dammit…Hudson’s gotten the last four outs on eight pitches. Work the fricken count…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • …Gabbard’s losing it…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • *phwew*

    KR May 20, 2007, 5:57 pm
  • D1…I was about to say I wasn’t sure and then the wall shot came. Then he managed to get Rentaria to ground out.
    I actuall like watching this kid pitch more than Tav.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • Gabbard with 90 pitches. I would have someone ready.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • in 12 career innings at Fenway Gabbard is 1-0 heading towards 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 K’s

    TJ May 20, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • Youk with the smurf shot!!

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Thank goodness Gabbard’s got a 5 run cushion.
    Well, now a 6 run cushion as Youk wraps one around the Pesky Pole!

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Yeah, Rob, he is somewhat fun to watch. Although I will say that Tavarez is funnier when he’s on the mound, like when he tries to direct his fielders.
    He’s been iffy the last two innings, but I think he’ll be able to finish the sixth.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • As Tek comes to the plate the announcers say
    “Here’s the villian.”

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • Lefties are starting to wear out Hudson.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:06 pm
  • Tek is now batting .282

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • The Braves announcers called Tek the villain? That’s kind of weird…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • Wasn’t meant in a bad way other than he was the one who started the scroing with the triple earlier.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Still haven’t seen if anyone is up and throwing in the pen.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • TBS is going to carry playoff games this year? When did that happen?

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • The Braves announcers do have a sense of humor, I’ll give them that.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • Donnely up and throwing.
    Perhaps after that ground rule double we may want to get him out there.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • Here we go…

    KR May 20, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • Me thinks Chipper Jones sees Gabbard pretty well…that pain in the ass accounts for 20 of his 98 pitches.
    And I also dislike Jeff Franceour. Boston wanted to draft him, but Atlanta beat them to it. Then the Sox took Lester instead. Good move.
    Probably should have pulled him after the 8-pitch Jones ab. Oh well…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • I really think he should have not come out to start the inning. The kid was at 90 pitches and did what we wanted.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Well that wasn’t Donnelly’s fault at all. Call it good hitting or good luck…I call it good luck.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • That Diaz hit classifies as a shit shot.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • Somehow I still don’t feel safe with a 5-run lead here. I hate Andruw Jones, think he’s among the most overrated players in baseball, and remain fairly convinced he’s going to do something noisy to shut me up. Because that’s what always happens…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • A Jones with the hattrick

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • TBS last year started towards a new future for baseball.. its gonna cut down on Braves telecasts and begin airing a weekly game and Division Series games.

    TJ May 20, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • Heh, reverse-jinx. I totally did that on purpose.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • I feel you on that D1. I really had hoped that we did not have to use to much of the BP today with us heading to NY tomorrow.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Perhaps ole Donnelly will put a pitch in that will allow a ground ball to be induced and allow the fielders to do thier job.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • Orsillo/Remy having a lot of fun with Saltalamacchia’s name.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • Please get the rookie out…please. This is very not good. F*cking dammit, stop fouling off pitches.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • my heart just stopped on that foul ball

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • this is going sour fast.

    SF May 20, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • It’s almost hard to get mad at Donnelly for that last walk. 10 pitches, good hitter, you can’t just groove one. But I’m still fairly pissed off. Tying run now at the plate and Javier Lopez coming in after an awful performance yesterday. This is very bad.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • Old 96er Donnelly ruining Gabbards performance

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • f*ing amazing!!!

    KR May 20, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • YES!!!!!!!!

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Lopez induces the 3-6-1 DP- very nice!

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • I like Javier Lopez. He’s a good guy. Chalk yesterday up to crappy weather.
    When Timlin comes back, they should just cut Pineiro. Unless Lopez has a few options left, in which case they should wait to see which of the two righties is better and then cut the other one.
    Good catch by Diaz. Terrible, terrible job by the f*cking fans letting him make it. No reason not to interfere there, gimme a break.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:39 pm
  • I don’t think we’ll ever see Timlin back, D1- shoulder injuries on a 40+ yr old pitchers with a lot of miles doesn’t bode well.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:40 pm
  • I agree, Piniero has been a bad experiment this year.
    Of course if we cut him he will come out next year as the leading reliever in the NL.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • No, it doesn’t. But they keep expressing optimism–he started a throwing program on the 15th–and I think there’s at least a possibility that they let him try a comeback. It probably won’t last, of course, but I think they’ll try it.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:43 pm
  • I’m sure they’ll give it a try with Timlin, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sox said “Do you want to retire as a Red Sox, or we’re going to have to cut you”

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:45 pm
  • Heh, that’s probably what they should say. I just worry about the whole loyalty thing…I think that’s more a Tito issue then an Epstein/Lucchino, but I just wonder.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Good call bringing in Snyder. He can hopefully pitch for two innings.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Okajima in the pen now.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • Oki’s warming up, Snyder only has to get through the 7th. Then Oki for the 8th, the Paps for the 9th, then head to the airport for NYC.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • Don’t know about Snyder going two innings throwing this kind of junk. He doesn’t look sharp to me either. This game, however late, seems like it’s still going to be a major grind.

    SF May 20, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • I really don’t like this ump’s strike zone. Seems like he’s been pretty consistant…but tight as hell.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 6:52 pm
  • Yes start raining!!

    Rob May 20, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • Nice grab by Manny!

    SF May 20, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”
    Yates in to pitch for the Braves.

    Andrew F May 20, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • Youk has worked right field nicely today

    Rob May 20, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Anyone else get kind of upset when you think about what 2005 might have been if Youkilis had gotten a callup earlier on, like when it became clear that the Millar/Olerud platoon sucked ass? I’m fairly convinced they’d have won the division; he tore up AAA that year so it’s not like he wasn’t ready offensively.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • I’m impressed by the literary reference, Andrew. Unfortunately, the poet spelled his last name “Yeats”.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:05 pm
  • The O and M express was pretty shitty. Would have been nice to see what would have happened then.
    Is it me or has Papi been quiet as of late?

    Rob May 20, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Manny looks like crap. Still. How does this team keep winning…? 4-5 hitters slumping something awful…

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • I wish they would quit talking about Okajima not giving up a run since the homer in KC.
    It is like they are trying to jinx him.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Last time Paps pitched was on Thursday, I think. Friday was rained out, and he didn’t pitch either side of the Doubleheader yesterday.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Hey, despite what I said earlier, why not let Snyder at least start the inning before going to Okajima?

    SF May 20, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • back from work! ANd may I say.. a far better sight than I had possibly hoped!

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • I agree SF, especially with the series we start tomorrow.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • To get Paps some work, I think. He and Okajima both pitched Thursday, but haven’t been used since; why not let ’em shake out some rust against a tough Atlanta lineup.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Wow! Youk hit another homerun? Freakin’ A is he on a tear.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • F*cking groundball single. I hate those things.
    Heh, Dio, Youk’s was a Fenway Special. Almost hit the Pesky Pole, just kinda curled around it.
    And Andruw Jones with the Golden Sombrero. Haha.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Wow. Oky just brutalizes Jones wiht those changeups

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • I’m with you, D1- let them each get an inning of work, rather than wait a day.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Ugh. Good piece of hitting there. Atlanta’s lineup is very fricken deep.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Nice effort for Cora there. Almost got the DP

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Yay Hinske! Yay Okaji!

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • I fully expect Gabbard to fill Beckett’s next start off. Hell, if he does AWESOME then too, I wouldnt be surprised for him to slip in Tavarez’s spot.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Solid play by Hinske to snare a high chopper and end the inning. Almost done; Boston closes this out and they take a .698 WPCT into NY tomorrow.
    Yeah, I think Gabbard’s earned another start for Beckett. Atlanta may be an NL team, but they’re a damn tough offense and he shut them down.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Soriano is nasty. Very glad that Boston didn’t really need to try and come back against this Atlanta bullpen at any time this series.
    Oh look, Jones made a routine catch. He didn’t even get a bad jump and go rolling around in the grass for no real reason, either. Wow!

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • I’m pleased as a pickle right now. I spent my WHOLE day at work expectign disaster. I was terrified to look ath the screen during my lunch break (only to see the game was still in rain delay), and kept pacing aroudn the department during my last two hours (Yya late lunches), prompting my manager to ask what was wrong (he then shook his head when I explained). So… yay.
    Does PAps have a new walk-on song? I can’t hear the song clear enough but its not Wild Thing I don’t think… maybe I’m crazy

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • They did something on NESN during the delay, talking about the Murphys and the possibility that his new song would be “I’m Shippin up to Boston.” I think that might be it, but I’m not sure if they’ve made the change yet.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • One

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Renteria gets a lame f*cking bloop, jam-shot single. Ugh.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • I think that may be it. I’ll download the song after the game to confirm.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Wow- Paps just challenged Chipper Jones on 3 straight fastballs and blew them right past him.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • TWO!

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • DAMMIT!

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Oh f*cking A. It doesn’t show in the box score, but this really isn’t Papelbon’s fault. That time the bat shattered into pieces and the ball fell into right. Only reason the runner was even in scoring position was because of defensive indifference.
    That single, however, was a legitimate line-drive. Still not particularly well-struck, but a hit. Now I’m kind of nervous.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Ugh, Paps gives up a run on two cheapies and a defensive indifference.
    And then Diaz gets a solid line drive.
    Here’s hoping Andruw strikes out for the 5th time today.

    Zulu.as.SF May 20, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Got ‘im!
    10.5!

    Zulu.as.SF May 20, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • THREE!
    PAPS! PAPS!
    SOX WIN! SOX WIN!

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • wow…0-5 with 5K’s
    wow

    Rob May 20, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Wow. 5 K’s. Strike 3 was at his head.
    Papelbon looked fine, really. Just some crappy luck and a big lead, nothing about today to be concerned about. In case, you know, the striking out the side thing didn’t give that impression.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Andruw Jones looks absolutely awful at the plate. That swing reminds me of me in the 6th grade.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • So.. does PAps get the save? He made it into the save situation, does he still get credit for saving it?

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • 6th grade with a wiffle ball bat

    Rob May 20, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Gameday has no save for Paps, but a hold for Lopez.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 20, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • A pitcher can’t work himself into a save situation, so Paps doesn’t get the save.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • You can’t create your own save situation. Lopez gets the hold because he came in with the tying run at the plate and got out of the inning. Since he’s not the one who put those three runners on, he gets a hold. Papelbon only faced the tying runner because he put himself in that situation, so he doesn’t get the save.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • On Youkilis, I’ve been a fan of his since 2004. Huge fan, really. I bought his player shirt as soon as it was available. He’s one of my favorite players.
    Perhaps the most underrated first basemen in Baseball.
    I predicted, way back in Sprign Training, over at soxandpinstripes.com that he was goign to have a breakout year this year.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Okay, so a win is a win is a win… But why use Oki/Paps here if you don’t have to, given that three games with the Yankees are coming up (and a chance to bury them really deep in the standings)?

    Hudson May 20, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Hudson- you want to use Oki/Paps to keep them sharp. Oki in particular likes to work a lot. The last time they pitched was on Thursday.
    Paps will only be available to pitch 2 of the games anyway, so you might as well get him some work now.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Because th ebullpen was wiped out from yesterday’s debacle, Hudson. Oki and Paps were the only ones who didnt pitch either game and weren’t burned out.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Good point, Dio- I hadn’t thought about that.

    Ayuh - SF May 20, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Also…
    I lvoe Murphys Tessie – LOVE IT, so if Paps new song is a Murphys song, I’m cool with that.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Also the second..
    Better Paps got that run out of his system tonight than against the Yanks.

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Gabbard optioned to Pawtucket after the game, Delcarmen called up.

    Rob May 20, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • WHY????????!!!!!!!!!

    Dionysus May 20, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Because they’re skipping that part of the rotation that Gabbard occupied and using the off-day to make sure Beckett’s back on the 29th, as soon as he can. Actually would seem to indicate that they’re confident he’ll be ready in time…which is good. The way it’ll work is Wake, Tavarez, Schil pitch in NY; Matsuzaka throws on Friday, Wake on Saturday, etc.
    Of course, I have zero understanding of what they’ve seen in Delcarmen that shows he’s ready to contribute. He’s been f*cking terrible this season. Yeah, he’s struck out 28 in 19 innings…which is pretty ridiculous…but the other numbers aren’t very good. Though he has been much better lately.

    desturbd1 May 20, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • The only bright spot in Lancaster this weekend was Aaron Bates league record 4 HR in Saturdays game.
    Lancaster lost 30-0 Friday, Won 14-12 last nite and lost 21-6 tonite. 63 runs in 3 games. Im afraid to look at there team era lol

    TJ May 20, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • I definitely heard “Sipping Up to Boston” over NESN while Paps was warming up. One of the coolest songs out there — I approve.

    Paul SF May 20, 2007, 11:55 pm

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