Day-O: Rays-Sox Gamer III

Today offers an afternoon affair, and if it is as nice out in Beantown as it is up above the East River in Brooklyn then the phrase "a perfect day for baseball" couldn't be more appropriate. 

Daisuke Matsuzaka heads to the hill for the Sox, once again we wonder if his "luck" will run out at some point or if he's just an historic outlier.  Matt Garza hurls for Tampa, and we hope that is a literal description of what he does today.

Comment here about the game, lineups after the jump.

Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Jason Varitek, C
– Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP

Rays
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Willy Aybar, DH
6. Matt Joyce, CF
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Shawn Riggans, C
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
– Matt Garza, RH

73 comments… add one

  • Revenge! Revenge for Games 3 and 7, I tells ya!

    Devine April 9, 2009, 11:04 am
  • last night’s game was a sloppy afair – from the sox’s standpoint (pitching, fielding, hitting with RoB) and the umpiring standpoint. hopefully it was the cold weather/after season opener let down…
    sunny baseball today! Youk’s day game hitting stats are huge IIRC.

    dw (sf) April 9, 2009, 11:44 am
  • Youk’s career OPS:
    Day: 848
    Night: 862

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:15 pm
  • Dice-K exploits generous strike zone, makes Iwamura look silly on strike three.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 1:39 pm
  • Daisuke throwing strikes?!?!?! Is this how things are going to be from now on?
    And then Longoria doubles. Douchebag.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:41 pm
  • Medium-speed grounder to Youk. 2 out.
    Longoria doubles to left. Feh.
    Walks Pena. Oy. 2 on for Aybar.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • He should have just IBB’d Pena. The rest of the Rays lineup is pathetic after those first 4.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • Aybar K’s on a called strike three.
    A little Dice-y, but the results are also Dice-y.
    Howdy, Ath!

    Devine April 9, 2009, 1:46 pm
  • Aybar strikes out. Nice work Daisuke.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:46 pm
  • Good afternoon Devine! Unfortunately I’m in meetings from 2:00 to 5:00, so I’ll be missing the rest of the game today. It sucks too, since the next 6 are out west in that crappy timezone.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:48 pm
  • Ellsbury bunts his way on!

    Devine April 9, 2009, 1:49 pm
  • Bunt single from Ellsbury? I like!

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:50 pm
  • Haha the 2nd pitch to Ortiz registered as an automatic ball according to Gameday.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • Routine flyout to center Pedroia.
    Full count to Ortiz. Both strikes fouls on 96 MPH fastballs from Garza.
    Ortiz strikes out, Ellsbury steals second, takes third on the throw (shortstop called for interference as he was in Ellsbury’s path to third, but he would have taken 3rd anyway).

    Devine April 9, 2009, 1:55 pm
  • Youk walks. Both teams had a crack, will the Red Sox capitalize?

    Devine April 9, 2009, 1:57 pm
  • Nice!

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 1:58 pm
  • F*ck. Lineout to short Drew. Lineout 3rd outs with RISP sting.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • Boooo opportunity squandered.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • Home run Joyce. Deep to right over the bullpen. TB 1-0.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:04 pm
  • It goes cleanly after the leadoff blast. BOT 2nd coming up.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • Aight let’s take 2 out of 3 today! (Rays HR notwithstanding)

    MRhé April 9, 2009, 2:14 pm
  • Pena airmails an underhand throw (after making a good stop) and Lowrie gets on with 2 down. Unfortunately, this means Tek is up and he grounds out. Lineup will reboot in the 3rd.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • Check that, both lineups are rebooting in the 3rd and Daisuke is promptly walking Iwamura on 4 pitches. The crowd seems really out of it.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:23 pm
  • Longoria homers. Monster seats. 3-0.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:27 pm
  • well, the yanks just got scored on. 1-0 O’s. this makes 21 innings played without the yanks having a lead.
    now AJ just needs to pull up lame in Pavono like fashion.

    sf rod April 9, 2009, 2:31 pm
  • tex homers. 1-1. he’s on pace for a varitek type year.

    sf rod April 9, 2009, 2:41 pm
  • This crowd really stinks. 2 on, 2 out, and no discernible cheering. Just isolated yells.
    Finally someone tries rhythmic clapping and it starts to build and then Drew pops out.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • Riggans hits it just into the bullpen in right. That’s 3 HR allowed for Dice-K. Monster double barely fair down the line immediately follows. Umpires confer and confirm.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:55 pm
  • Ah, a little character from the crowd as they mock-cheer a clearly foul ball afterward when it’s called foul by the ump.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 2:56 pm
  • Trying really hard not to overreact right now.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 2:57 pm
  • Someone needs to go all Terry O’Reilly on the Rays.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:05 pm
  • Jeezzz.

    Brad April 9, 2009, 3:08 pm
  • Dice-K hits Joyce. Shouldn’t he hit Longoria?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • After Dice-K gets a double play after a walk, there’s a double by Aybar. Joyce, who homered earlier, gets hit in the torso by Dice-K. Purposely?
    Runners move up on a wild pitch/passed ball, and they IBB Gross to bring up Riggans who homered last off Dice-K, I think.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:16 pm
  • Pop-up. Hey offense, hey crowd, mind starting the ignition?

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:17 pm
  • Awwwwww, that was so almost a 2-bagger for Pedroia with Ellsbury at 1st. Crawford too fast.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:26 pm
  • Papi gives it a ride, but not enough. Fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:30 pm
  • Sheesh! Gameday just froze on me. Anything good going on?

    rootbeerfloat April 9, 2009, 3:32 pm
  • Dice-K = Done-K

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:36 pm
  • Iwamura doubles off the wall. Little Manny coming in.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:36 pm
  • Top 6 – Crawford, Gross only Rays w/out a hit.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Was Dice-K looking sloppy or did the Rays jsut hit some good pitches?

    rootbeerfloat April 9, 2009, 3:41 pm
  • Dice-K was bad. All over the place, couldn’t seem to count on any pitch in his arsenal. Missed wildly or left them right where they could hit him. Hit hard all day.
    Longoria is out for the first time for the final out of the TB 6th.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:45 pm
  • Youk leadoff double. One run? Please?

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:46 pm
  • Drew deep to center, out. Youk tags, is at 3rd with one out and Bay up.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:47 pm
  • RBI trip by Bay, 4-1.
    This should be Garza’s last inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:49 pm
  • RBI triple into the triangle, BAY! Woooo! One more? Still runner at 3rd, one out. Crowd wisely stayed away from the ball as it bounced near the stands and it stayed in play.
    Ooooooohhhh, Lowell lines out. Rough. Really rough.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:49 pm
  • Keep it going. A double off the wall by Lowell. … aw, crap.
    Make something happen here Jed.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 3:50 pm
  • Only the one run. Hold ‘em down, keep up that pace.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 3:52 pm
  • Mikee!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 4:34 pm
  • Clear the pitcher, Lowrie! (And drive in the tying runs and stuff.)

    Devine April 9, 2009, 4:35 pm
  • Strike call on 2-0 was crap.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 4:36 pm
  • K. Bleh.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 4:38 pm
  • Lowrie with 5K’s this series now.

    Rob SF April 9, 2009, 4:38 pm
  • Lowrie K’s again with RISP.
    Okie holding down the fort in the top of the 9th.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 4:50 pm
  • Lowrie hit the snot out of the ball in the spring.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 4:50 pm
  • Okie had Pena struck out on Ball 3, then walks him.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 4:51 pm
  • Okie’s lost the strike zone.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 4:54 pm
  • Holy crap, what a catch!

    Devine April 9, 2009, 5:00 pm
  • TEK!!!!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • Yeah, bro! Way to go, Tek! Within one.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • odd….Tek is currently the HR leader on the team.

    Rob SF April 9, 2009, 5:06 pm
  • toasty.

    sf rod April 9, 2009, 5:06 pm
  • Come on Pedroia

    Rob SF April 9, 2009, 5:09 pm
  • Up to you Papi

    Rob SF April 9, 2009, 5:10 pm
  • Come on, Youk…

    Devine April 9, 2009, 5:14 pm
  • Papi walks…Youk time

    Rob SF April 9, 2009, 5:14 pm
  • damn damn damn

    Rob SF April 9, 2009, 5:16 pm
  • Bummer. Hard-fought.

    Devine April 9, 2009, 5:16 pm
  • Frustrating, but not a disaster.
    They hung around despite a very good outing by Garza. I think they know they can hit the Rays’ pen this year, which they couldn’t do last year.
    Keeping in mind that this is the third game of the season, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about what the Sox can do against Tampa this season.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 9, 2009, 5:19 pm
  • Came home just in time to see Pedroia robbed of a hit, and then Youk miss a walk-off by 15 feet. Bah.

    Atheose April 9, 2009, 5:23 pm
  • nice to see a pair of mediocre starts from sox pitchers to match the pair the yanks had this week.

    sam-YF April 9, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Wait, these count?!

    SF April 9, 2009, 10:19 pm

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