Clay Pitchin’: Angels-Sox Gamer VII

The early half of today’s doubleheader doesn’t need much more hype.  We all know it features the major league debut of one Clay Buchholz (he of the two "H"s, not the two "C"s).  It will also feature, potentially, a Wily Mo-less Sox team, as we all await word on the fate of the strikeout machine.  Here’s to Clay making it five or six, keeping the Sox either ahead or withing a run or so, anything like that would be a huge accomplishment.  We pre-dated our amnesty from our temporary hiatus in the comments earlier this week, so we’ll be tuning in, if not commenting frequently.

Go Sox!

P.S. The hiatus has been damn good for the mood, if anyone was wondering.

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  • < P.S. The hiatus has been damn good for the mood, if anyone was wondering.>
    I’m putting the over/under at the 4th inning for SF’s mood swing. :-)

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 12:11 pm
  • 5 innings, 3 runs? I’m not after miracles, just something to keep the Sox in the game.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • im predicting the best game ever pitched in the history of the game..either 27 Ks or a perfect game on 27 pitches.

    Ric August 17, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • Definitely 27 K’s, Ric- that would put Clay at 81 pitches for the game.
    I’m with Devine. Just a good, steady outing, and hope the bats bring enough to win the game. Luckily, the Angels are pitching Santana, who’s been horrible this year, and was just brought up from AAA for this game.

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 12:42 pm
  • Been really looking forward to seeing Clay pitch for some time. Hope we can start mashing the ball again against a very mediocre pitching staff (IMO), also minus that *&?! K-Rod too.
    Isn’t it Santana that has been so terrible on the road too?

    ToddSF August 17, 2007, 12:46 pm
  • im sorry- to clarify, i meant a 27k game or a game in which he justs throws 27 pitches and gets 27 outs on one pitch each ;)

    Ric August 17, 2007, 12:46 pm
  • Ya, that Santana game looks like a give me.. =/

    Lar August 17, 2007, 12:49 pm
  • Apparently Lackey is now pitching the day game. For some reason, Sciosia switched pitchers.
    It’s a puzzling move to me. It practically screams to your team “screw it, let’s go for a split.”

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 12:51 pm
  • Guess who just hacked the internet connection at work so he can watch streaming media!
    Now I just have to hope nobody comes into the PC Lab while I’m yelling at the ump.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 12:52 pm
  • Wait, Clay is pitching against Lackey?
    Thanks for ruining my day, Sciosia.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 12:53 pm
  • Here’s hoping the Baseball Gods put the hoo-doo on Mike Sciosia for ruining a great pitching matchup. They will surely be displeased.

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • What’s up with Pena?

    Anonymous August 17, 2007, 12:58 pm
  • The picture of Clay at RedSox.com is scary-looking. Didn’t they have anything more flattering?
    I’m in the minority here, but I just can’t get too hyped up about these rookie debuts. On the one hand, the rookie has an advantage in that he hasn’t been seen before by the hitters; on the other, you’ve got rookie nerves. That should balance out, but really it’s kind of an artificial situation, and not much of a test of how someone is going to do in the long haul.
    Look at the Angels’ Ervin Santana — he seemed like a sure thing not so long ago.
    All that said, I’m obviously rooting for the Sox to take both games.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 12:59 pm
  • From ESPN.com:
    “(Ervin) Santana went 0-4 with an 11.74 ERA in his last four starts for the Angels before he was sent down to the minors on July 18. He’s 1-9 with an 8.79 ERA in 11 outings on the road this year.”

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 12:59 pm
  • //Here’s hoping the Baseball Gods put the hoo-doo on Mike Sciosia for ruining a great pitching matchup. They will surely be displeased.//
    Amen to that. Waiting for Lackey vs Beckett had me all hot an bothered for the last few days.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:05 pm
  • Gotta say, that’s a pretty wise move by Sciosia switching starts. Anaheim has to expect they have the edge now.
    Figgins has been so damn hot lately.

    ToddSF August 17, 2007, 1:06 pm
  • Here we go, Clay. Show us something.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 1:07 pm
  • This first out will be a huge one.

    ToddSF August 17, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • Walked on 4 pitches. Kinda unsurprising. Just settle down.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Calm down, big guy. Don’t groove one to Orlando here.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Figgons will be taking off here and taking advantage of Clay’s nerves..

    Brad August 17, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Whoa…that 1-1 to Cabrera definitely indicates some nerves, I think.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Okay, there’s your first major league out. See? You get outs here the same way as in the minors.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • Todd- I don’t think it’s a smart move by Sciosia. He’s essentially throwing away the night game, and he has no idea how Buchholz will do in the first game. Plus, he had his ace change his routine.
    He’s increased his chances of getting a split, but there’s still a decent opportunity for the Sox to get a sweep.

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • oh my god.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • Ugh. Drew should be shot in the toe for muffing that one.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • …wow. Not even Wily Mo would have dropped that soft line drive.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • he didn’t need that, JD. He’s nervous enough for christ’s sake.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • Drew is now my least-favorite Red Sox. Jesus.

    Anonymous August 17, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • And then there’s this guy…how’s the reception for Matthews? (Can’t hear it, only see it here.)

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • So far a little bit of everything – Buchholz starts wild, can’t find the zone, walks Figgins. Then he gets Cabrera to pop on a nice fastball with movement, then gets Vlad to line softly to Drew, who drops the ball (actually lets it glance off his glove) putting runners at 2/3 with one down instead of a man on first with two out. Anderson taps weakly to first, scoring Figgins, now two outs.
    Buchholz looks about 12 years old.

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • And a K! Decent inning from Buchholz, should have been through it unscathed – JD owes him one.

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • Gary “I love Yankees fans” Matthews Jr. strikes out. I love Clay already.
    The hardest part is over, kid. It’s all downhill from here.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Got him swinging. Good inning, all told. Would have been very good (with just the lead-off walk) if not for Drew making it “interesting”.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Come on guys, give the boy some support. Don’t make him pitch in a loss-situation the entire game.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • Buchholz may never forgive JD for that one.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Nice to know the kid (who is, what, three years younger than me–so I can totally call him kid) didn’t fold under the pressure of 2 RISP with 1 out.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Youk continuing to struggle big-time, looking lost up there. I wonder what’s going on – is he just regressing, or is he establishing himself as just a first-half player? He needs to put up better numbers in the coming weeks, frankly – he’s too important.

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • Youk needs to start laying down some sac-bunts. He’s slumping too much NOT to move the runner over.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • Pedroia standing at second with none out – how far will he get?

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Papi!

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • YEEEEEESSSSSSS!!! Papi!!!!

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • YES! YES!

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Two-run homer removes the need for two-out clutch hitting. Phew.

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Hey Ayuh, I think you were right with regards to the baseball gods being angered.
    We’re a triple away from hitting for the cycle this inning! Come on Drew, pay Clay back for your “I’m daydreaming of Jessica Biel when I should be catching a routine fly ball” play.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Drew gets some respect back with that one.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • …holy crap I just predicted the future

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • This is truly beautiful.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • Well, guess I was dead wrong about Lackey today, thankfully. Let’s hear it for the Angels throwing BOTH games away.

    ToddSF August 17, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • 4-1 after Lowell’s soft single to left.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • The offense just showed how they feel about Clay. About time a deserving pitcher got some support.
    Lowell singles, Lackey getting talked-to.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • Well, Drew and Buchholz are all square now.
    4-1 lead for the Sox. One out in the first, Lowell on first. Super start for the “O” so far.

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Hey now! I step away for a minute and looky here.
    Awfully kind of the guys to pick Clay up after that weird first inning.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Lackey is something like 12-3 in night games. Not sure why Scoscia made the switch. Lackey also has a 7.46 career ERA (and rising) at Fenway, so maybe it doesn’t matter.

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Let’s hear it for the Angels throwing BOTH games away.
    Come on, it’s the first inning of the first game. No silly jinx-worthy comments like this allowed. Take it back, now!

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Hey now! I step away for a minute and looky here.
    Awfully kind of the guys to pick Clay up after that weird first inning.
    And Drew redeems his error as well with a triple, 4-1 Sox.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • I take it back for him.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • Sure would be great to chase Lackey early. That would teach Scoscia a lesson about maneuvering for a split… Gotta play to win.
    I can’t help noting (I’m not one for jinx superstition) that a win in the first game creates the opportunity for Beckett to become the sole 16-game winner in the A.L.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • sox hitting like they want beckett to win the cy, 35 pitches so far for lackey.

    minomni SF August 17, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • Everybody hits! Even Belli… with a double. 5-1 Sox, two outs, Lackey at 35 pitches already.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • omg, you’re right.. I take it back. I take it back. I get a little excited when the offense starts rolling.

    ToddSF August 17, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • Now Cora joins the party with a double, 6-1 Sox. Amazing offensive pile-on here. (Who do they think they are, the Yankees?)
    Let’s hope Buchholz is using this time to clear his head of any remaining jitters, rather than getting cold on the bench…

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Wow.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Everyone’s getting in on the act… Did Beli hurt himself coming around third? FWIW..who is the emergency catcher? Lowell?

    ToddSF August 17, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • The Baseball Gods HAVE spoken!

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Oh dear…is Mirabelli okay? Clearly limping his way home when he came around to score.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Well, that was a quick game.

    Lar August 17, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Oh now, Lar, we do have a rook on the mound, and that may be all we can do against Lackey. It ain’t over by any stretch.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • DPed ends the carnage.
    Lackey at a whopping 46 pitches after one inning.
    (I could see Hinske backup catching. Or imagine WMP back there. He could just block the ball with his body, forget the glove.)

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • I’m not trying to reverse jinx, but apparently the same Angels team that plays (and own) the Yanks aren’t the same Angels team that plays the Sox!

    Lar August 17, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • The Sox always seem to have problems in Anaheim, but we do seem to do well against the Angels in Fenway.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Tek in the game now.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Globe reports that Pena isn’t in the Sox’ clubhouse, didn’t show. I don’t think he’ll be donning the chest protector any time soon.
    Funny – I have the day off, was hoping to see Buchholz pitch, but now the kids (who were napping) are going to wake up, and the Sox spent all of nap-time at the plate! I might only get to see a few outs of Buchholz’ work. No complaining about the reasons for that, though!

    SF August 17, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • lackey’s era went from 3.07 to 3.39. beckett has to be happy.

    minomni SF August 17, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • wily mo traded to the nationals apparently.

    minomni SF August 17, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • For those watching…How has Clay looked?

    Rob August 17, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Zam (the good one) signs for 90 mil, 5 years.
    Santana’s contract is going to be insane.

    Lar August 17, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • wily mo is going to DC for $$$ and a PTBNL.
    http://tinyurl.com/ys5uvn

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 17, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • Didn’t see this yet so here it is…
    Wily Mo Pena was traded to the Washington Nationals for cash considerations and a player to be named later (After the season when the player wouldnt need to clear trade waivers)

    TJ August 17, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Well YFIB I shoulda refreshed before i posted that huh :p

    TJ August 17, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Mirabelli is out of the game…. gonna be a long day for Tek

    TJ August 17, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • no harm, no foul.

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 17, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • DP. Out of the inning is Buchholz.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • 6 runs on 7 hits… that’s the efficient hitting I’ve been missing all year.
    Dougie limping after scoring, hopefully it’s nothing bad. We don’t want to wear out ‘Tek for the night game, ESPECIALLY since we don’t need ‘Teks extra offense in this blowout.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • Rob,
    Clay is still showing some nervousness (he’s been pretty innacurate with his fastball) but he’s working through it. He’s got some pretty wicked stuff, and his curveball is downright sick.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Amalie Benjamin says that the Mirabelli injury would effect the Ellsbury callup…. because theres no way Tek can catch both games.
    With Pawtucket in Ottawa it could be a squeeze to get someone here from AAA in time. Dusty Brown and John Otness are on the AA roster in Portland and a trip down to Fenway certainly could be made in time.

    TJ August 17, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • I love that Angel bullpen is up and warming in the bottom of the second.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • Uh oh, intentional beaning of Manny despite the 0-2 count. Lackey didn’t like something Manny yelled out after he fouled off the 2nd pitch.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • Let it be known that this is the day where I have officially given up on the division race.
    I am not allowed to celebrate in case the Yankees win.

    AndrewYF August 17, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • I wonder if Tek could play both ends, and Mirabelli be healed up enough to give him a rest tomorrow.

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • thanks Atheose…normal North Carolina blackout.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • Oh and Brad, you must not be watching because, actually, the Angels bullpen STILL isn’t throwing.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • The Red Sox have open spots on the 40 man so if the Mirabelli injury is serious enoiugh they can DL him and call up a catcher without having to designate someone so Ellsbury could still come up too.

    TJ August 17, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Bring up Ellsbury or Kielty?

    Rob August 17, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • The radio guys said that the bullpen was up. I’m not watching, I’m listening.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Ellsbury is suppose to take Buchholz spot after this game then be sent down after tonites game or tomorrows game and Kielty would be called up.

    TJ August 17, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • I think they HAVE to bring up Kielty or lose him.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • damn..stranded the all those runners.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • you guys should jump over and read the LoHud comments on this game and the Jimmy Fund. It’s pathetic, and makes me glad we have a site like this one.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • Kind of a shame, that inning, could have buried them to the point where there’s no coming back. Still, at least there were more pitches. 65 on the day for Lackey after 2.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • Who’s gonna catch the nightcap?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 17, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • Oh, okay Brad. Right after you typed that the bullpen was up Remmy said “No one warming up yet in the bullpen. The Angels need Lackey to eat up innings in this double-header.” Wasn’t trying to insult ya ;-)
    Still 6-1, despite bases loaded. No need to make Papi try to score though, so no biggie.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • Kielty has had the option to leave since Monday…. im sure they talked to him and told him, we want Ellsbury for friday nite and saturday cause were facing righties after saturdays game the spot is yours.

    TJ August 17, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • Gah, a five run lead is great, but it could have been/should have been more. Squander there – not sure why Hale held Ortiz (he looked like he would have been safe by a mile), other than to protect his health. Seemed overly prudent.

    SF August 17, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • And the under wins at the 2nd inning!

    Ayuh - SF August 17, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • Nice. Another DP. 2 down, nobody on for Buchholz.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Huh? No mood swing, just curious about the Ortiz non-send and mildly annoyed at stranding them loaded. That doesn’t qualify as a mood swing, hardly!

    SF August 17, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Especially important with Vlad up…

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • The Whiffy Mo era has ended.
    http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/247362

    SF August 17, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • Anderson K’s. Buchholz looking pretty good.
    Don’t be so pessimistic, SF. 6 runs on 9 hits (with 0 walks) is pretty damn good for a final box score, let alone after only 2 innings.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • 51 pitches through 3; 30 strikes. Not the most efficient, but pretty nice considering the 1st went longer than it needed to. I’d rather be at my local sox bar than at work, but i’ll take the game so far…

    FenSheaParkway August 17, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • The best part about the huge first inning against Lackey? It pushes his ERA up to 3.35, which is now higher than Beckett’s 3.24. Beckett is now the clear-cut favorite for Cy Young.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Brad…Lohud is so out of control today it is not funny. I have watched that blog before and Abe gets on them usually when things are getting out of hand. Not sure why he hasn’t jumped in today.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Gary Matthews Jr. strikes out AGAIN. Definitely liking this kid, especially now that he’s settled down after having some first-inning jitters.
    Also, this is the first inning where the lead-off man did not reach base.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • I think the Cy Young (so far) should go to Bedard, though that could obviously change inside of the next two weeks, let alone the rest of the season.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:31 pm
  • Hey Rob, what Lohud thread are you talking about? I can’t find it.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • Yes Devine… I think Bedard is the favorite by a very slim margin right now…
    I made a spreadsheet to compare states of the top 12 cy candidates and ranked each in 14 differenct categories. a 1 if they lead the group all the way to 12 if they were the worst in the stat group… i then averaged it out and Bedard was first with an average of 4.214286 and Beckett was second with a 4.571429 Lackey was 6th with a 5.857143 tied with Santana.

    TJ August 17, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Sweet! Going well for Buchholz through 4.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • That’s awesome, TJ. That’s the kind of thing I do with a spare hour or two, so I can totally appreciate making that spreadsheet.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Ah, Youk gets a hit. I’ve been feeling so down on him recently that I’m glad to see it (I too have been wondering if he’s going to just be a first-half player).

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Wow, that LoHud thread is a train wreck, though to be honest the wreck was initiated by one single poster, it’s clearly not the work of a community. We should be careful not to imply that the lot of the commenters over there share the sentiments of the troll who started the downhill skid of that thread.

    SF August 17, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • http://yankees.lohudblogs.com/2007/08/17/today-in-the-journal-news-119/
    That’s the thread Atheose.
    I agree SF, it is one poster who is also trolling under aliases to start crap. Damn shame.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • Thanks Rob.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • Drew is on fire, 3-3. Definitely making up for his error.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • I’m upset that I have to share our supply of Oxygen with guys like that troll.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Brad, he is an air thief. To even make comments like that is a shame.
    SF..is that you who posted under YanksSox?

    Rob August 17, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • SF..is that you who posted under YanksSox?
    I’ve wondered that myself before when reading through the threads over there….

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Reminds me of “nick from Washington Heights…ha

    Brad August 17, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Angels have something going. Now 7-3 with 1 out, runners at the corners.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • A liner turns into a DP, thankfully, and ends the inning.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • 4 singles in a row, but then the bleeding stopped by Youk.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • I almost never post at LoHud, but when I do I post as “SF”, like here, and link to our site.
    So no, it wasn’t me. What did the person say?

    SF August 17, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Well, I imagine that’s it for Buchholz (isn’t there an 80 pitch pitchcount?). A middling debut, from my standpoint. Flashes of brilliance, but inefficiency (10 baserunners in 5 innings, three DPs) and erratic control make it into a solid, if unspectacular, start. Good to have the lead, hopefully the pen can hold on and let Josh do his thing tonight.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • Is it supposed to rain tonight? Connecticut is looking pretty gloomy out right now…

    Brad August 17, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • Numerous comments about Sam being an ass.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • God bless Coco!
    Been a while since I’ve said that.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Didn’t really call him an ass, just the comments about the Jimmy Fund being for Cancer and not mental or physical handicapped people. There was an underlying insuation that Sam was an ass.

    Rob August 17, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • In all fairness, Sam is the only one. The other posters all told him that he was being a dick.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • Constiglione says that Clay is coming back out for the sixth…I thought he was on a limit?

    Brad August 17, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • Tito should have someone ready – no reason to let this kid’s successful start end in anything other than a win chance.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Wow, Buchholz out for the 6th. Why is Tito doing this? The kid is on an 80-pitch limit, and he got knocked around horribly last inning. Like SF said, this kid shouldn’t get anything other than a W.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Tito leaving him in even after the ground-rule double? This is looking like a Grady Little moment.
    Aybar bunts him over to 3rd, which is idiotic in a 3-run game. Your outs are precious, Scosia.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Leadoff double, then a close play at first for the out. I don’t get this non-pitching change. With Beckett going tonight, why not use a strong, rested bullpen to try to lock it up?
    Very questionable move here from Francona, particularly with the rookie over his pitch limit.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Atheose, the overs have it. It took til the sixth inning for our zombie manager to work his magic.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Actually, I take that back. It wasn’t zombie managing, it was just questionable managing. I understand why Tito did what he did, but it seemed too capricious, considering tonight’s second game starter.
    7-4, two outs now.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • That should certainly do it. Maybe he wanted one less inning out of the bullpen for the doubleheader? Well…let’s hope that run in the 6th doesn’t make the difference.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Clay ends his day on a strikeout, but gave up another run. 3ER over 6 innings rather than 2ER over 5. It was completely unnecessary for Tito to test him like that.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • And Buchholz gets a whiff to end the inning. Bullpen for three now, with a three run lead.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • 5th K for Buchholz. Angels got one more, meanign Clay has only given up 3 Earned Runs. Agaisnt the Angels? Thats pretty damn good.
    m home, breifly, for my lunch break.. this will certainly make the last 2 hours of my shift better!

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • He only ended up with 91 pitches (according to Gameday). That’s only 11 pitches over what I had heard was an 80 pitch limit. I’m pretty sure he has hit/exceeded that number this season.

    Vic SF August 17, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • Dushku?

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • Whats the word on Doug?
    WIll Tek catch both games? Will we have to not call up Ellsbury to get a catcher?

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • So…this chick funny/smart? Interested in baseball? What’s she shilling for? (Again, no audio over here.)

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Good wood for Drew, but right at a fielder. Damn.

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • 7 LOB through six. Wish this game were really out of reach, the thirteen hits through 6 innings seem like they should have made this game a total laugher. The bullpen needs to come through.

    SF August 17, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Oki out for the 7th. Does this mean Gagne will pitch the 8th?
    *shudder*

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • Oki time.
    Wait.. Oki in the 7th?
    Paps in the 9th…
    Does that mean.. what I think it means? I’m gonna go vomit

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • I’m fine with Gagne in the 8th.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Well, you know, not fine, a little nervous, but relatively confident.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • Seriously if its Gagne I’m gonna destroy Terry. If Gagne blows it, then I’ll destroy him as well

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • *eyes devine, wild-eyed* Are you mad?

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:31 pm
  • He’s a good pitcher, really good.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:31 pm
  • I demand proof! No.. not the past.. I want proof that he’s good today! He already robbed us TWICE
    2 Ks and a great play by Cora and the Angels go 1-2-3

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Please don’t make me eat crow, baseball gods. Please? How ’bout the Sox score 5 here and everyone parties?

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Bootcheck still? Can we get thsi guy out of the game so the Angels have less bullpen?

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Oki is money.
    Gagne is funny money.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Wait.. this is Elza Dushku? Rrrrrrooooowr.

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Eliza Dushku may be one of, if no the, hottest thing in existance. Lowell pops out.

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Who is this Bootcheck guy and why wont he suck?

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Anyone know how Gagne has done against the Angels this season when he was with Texas? I assume they played a bunch of games, being in the same division

    Vic SF August 17, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • how many warning track looking outs did bootcheck give up? sheesh.

    Ric August 17, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • And can his name really be “Bootcheck”?
    Do the Angels also have a reliever named “Hatrack”?

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 3:43 pm
  • The other thing is that Oki just got the big hitters (including Vlad). If we’re gonna see Gagne, it’s probably better that it’s nearer the bottom of the order.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:43 pm
  • Ah, more Okajima. Maybe just the lefty? Maybe Gagne for the 9th?!!!

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Anderson leads off with a single. DP, please?

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Only Papelbon warming, it looks like.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Devine. Seriously. I’ll die.
    Back to work I go. GO SOX!

    Dionysus August 17, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Vic: Oki’s back out, but for what it’s worth, Gagne against the Angels has 4.0 IP with 2 hits, 2 BB, 3 Ks, and no runs this season.

    stuck working August 17, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Oki out for the 8th. Whew.
    He gives up a single and then a long fly-out, but it’s all good. Just get us 2 more outs bud.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • Two on, one out. Tying run up to the plate.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • This two-inning Oki experiment is in grave danger of not working out.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Guess this means Gagne will be used to close the nightcap, if the situation warrants it

    Vic SF August 17, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • That’s a huge strike out there.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • 2 down. C’mon, Okajima!

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Papelbon in with the tying run at the plate….
    C’Mon Paps!

    Brad August 17, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Paps for 4 outs.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Paps coming in for a 4-out appearance. Makes sense since it’s righty-on-righty, but the guy is only batting .195.

    Atheose August 17, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • This is the most important out of the game…
    …he gets it!

    Devine August 17, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Two pitches is nice

    Vic SF August 17, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • I wonder what will happen if it’s a close game tonight? Figure they won’t use Papelbon again. Something like Timlin-Gagne for the 8th and 9th? Hopefully it goes like it would on paper, and it’s about 6-1 Sox in the 8th tonight.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Dingdingdingdingdingdingding! Pedroia! 8-4.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Dustin Sequoia!!!

    FenSheaParkway August 17, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Pedroia the Destroia.

    Brad August 17, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Devine: call my crazy, but I’m worried about Beckett tonight. If Andy Sonnanstine cruise against the Sox, why not the Lesser Santana? And Beckett’s home/road splits are crazy — he’s got a 4.50 ERA at home and 1.65 ERA on the road.

    Now, a 4.50 ERA should still be enough to get it done tonight, but you never know, especially if the Sox turn out to have turned in all their offense for the day in this game.

    stuck working August 17, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Manny-hating Yanks fans should be happy with that one.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • it’s hard to sweep a double header, so of course tonight’s game is no gimme. but you have to at least like our chances. if you don’t know what is actually going to happen, Beckett v Santana isn’t too hard on the eyes for a Sox fan.

    FenSheaParkway August 17, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • That’s cool, stuck working, I can see your fears. Did the Sox have any history with Sonnanstine? Do they with Santana the Pretender?

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Before he got sent down, the Other Santana started one game against the Sox at Fenway, going 4 innings with 5 ERs. Never faced Boston last year. And that was Sonnanstine’s first time facing the Sox.

    stuck working August 17, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Vic makes a good point — unless Beckett throws a complete game, Gagne is virtually certain to appear in the second game.

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • From Boston.com:
    “Catcher Kevin Cash is currently being flown from Ottawa (where the PawSox play tonight) to Boston. Cash has experience over four major league seasons, three with the Blue Jays, one with the Devil Rays. He has 472 major league at bats. That would mean Cash — if he gets to Boston in time — could start the second game of the doubleheader, with Jason Varitek having had to fill in today.”

    pale blue eyes August 17, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • Peace be with you, Figgins. You are not the first to fall victim…

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • I hate the idea of Cash with Beckett tonight. Hopefully, there will be a ton of shakeoffs..

    Brad August 17, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • That actually makes me feel a little better, stuck working. I mean, that they’ve hit Santana before and that Sonnanstine was one of those “Oh, we’ve never faced him, oh, we suddenly suck” things the Sox are prone to in recent years.
    They play the games for a reason, blah blah blah.

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Why not throw Kotteras into the fire and make it Rookie Debut Day?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 17, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Teh Red Sox are teh winnorzzzzz!!!!111!!!11!

    Devine August 17, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Clay has his first major-league win!!

    pale blue eyes August 17, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Yeah, I agree, Devine, although Brad’s point about Cash is a good one, too. Mostly, I’m just trying to work on not counting chickens, etc.

    stuck working August 17, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Anyway, I don’t want to be a nay-sayer. Let’s celebrate this one and the (temporary?) return of a 6 game lead.

    stuck working August 17, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Awesome day for Clay, that’s a great feeling. Happy for him!
    SIX GAMES UP!! :D

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 17, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • One down, one to go…

    Hudson August 17, 2007, 4:32 pm

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