Dining Out: Sox-Rays Gamer I

On the menu tonight? Detente.  YF, Mrs. YF, Mrs. SF, and I are off for an evening of relaxation, conversation, and fine grub.  In our absence and in the spirit of the evening, we expect cordial conversation, polite repartee, and the Red Sox to allow fewer than 15 runs.  But we’re not holding our breath about the last part.  Consider this your game thread for all things Sox-Rays.

159 comments… add one
  • Is it just me or does that restaurant you are going to have three locations within 16 blocks of each other all on 7th Ave?

    NYYFan in Boston April 28, 2006, 5:12 pm
  • It sure does. We’re going on a crawl for $7 porterhouse. Mrs. SF and Mrs. YF are being treated to all-they-can-eat.

    SF April 28, 2006, 5:20 pm
  • All-they-can-eat? I smell a competition. Can we get some opening lines? Over/under on the shrimp per Mrs.?

    Nate April 28, 2006, 5:36 pm
  • Mrs. SF isn’t a huge shrimp fan. But the “by-the-pound Tiramisu” that Tad’s sells might create a contest.

    SF April 28, 2006, 5:50 pm
  • It saddens me that Fenway is not yet listed among the ballparks with vegetarian options.
    I want my Tofu Pup!

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 7:04 pm
  • I was in San Diego this past summer and enjoyed several veggie hot dogs. Quite tasty, if I do say so my damn self.
    I could definitely do with some veggie Fenway Franks.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • I can’t believe the abominations my eyes are reading… Veggie hot dogs? Yuck.

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • The Jays are off to a good start, 2-0 through two batters of Jaret Wright…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Pai with the single… Let’s see how we strand the two runners…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Papi… I’m having all sorts of trouble typing today…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Manny grounds into a double play…
    Leadoff man on. Check.
    Runner in scoring position, less than two outs. Check.
    No runs. Check.

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • yanks are already down 2 in the first.
    Veggie hot dogs can be quite good. And they aren’t made out of animal parts, which is an added bonus. But thats an entirely different topic not germane to this thread.
    Clement came out and walked the lead off guy in four pitches. Thats Jaret Wright-esque. I hope he doesn’t give up a bomb to Carl Crawford.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Wily Mo!

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Ya know, with Pena in center, this is a lineup that should be able to score runs…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Did WMP make a nice play?

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • I was excited when I saw tonight’s lineup, Paul. It looks like we only have one offensive sinkhole, and thats Bathroom Break who’s in there for his defense. Not that I condone that type of thing, but at least theres a reason for it. Its not the Bard, Snow, Cora, Gonzalez series of outs that gaurantees my lack of attention for innings at a time.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Wow, Clement’s control tonight is apparently non-existent…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Clement has apparently decided that the best way to avoid getting drilled in the head again is to throw the ball underneath the plate.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Another walk… Clement’s gone 3-0, 3-2 and 3-1 to the first three batters and walked two of them…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Dammit, Clement! Can we please have a pitcher not give up a bunch of frigg’n runs in the first f’n inning?!? PLEASE!? I don’t feel like I’m asking too much here.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Grrrr… And the long single scores two runs… The D-Rays get the timely hitting. Time for the Sox to take notes….

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • I know this is reactionary, and not the best way to run a ballclub, but I’m pretty sick of this. I say cut Clement’s sorry arse right here and now!!

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Clement has been very disappointing this year… I always thought he got a bad rap for the second half last year, considering his line drive off the head, but after his first start of the season, he’s been atrocious…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • The problem is who do we replace him with? DiNardo is obviously not doing so hot in replacing Wells. Papelbon can’t jump from closer to starter, Arroyo’s in Cincy, Lester can’t get AAA hitters out…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • OK, I feel better. Don’t cut him. But tell him to stop pitching like crap. It seems that there are some new rules this season, which I don’t like:
    1) Red Sox hitters aren’t allowed to get hits when ever anyone is on base
    2) Red Sox pitchers have to give up runs in the first inning
    Can we have Theo look into performing a feasibility analysis to suggest the possible removal of these rules?

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • It’s not a good sign when a pitcher with a reputation of falling off in the second half has an ERA approaching 9 in the first half…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • We’ve got other guys in AAA besides Lester. Theres a couple guys who should be able to get hitters out at at least a league average pace. If DiNardo gets shelled again I’d expect the Sox to make a move in that direction.
    Come on TEK! Lets get this thing started, huh?

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Hey, I should have gotten here earlier. I wasn’t aware I had fellow vegetarians on this site. or at least fellow veggie hotdog eaters.
    Anyway, that was an interesting triple.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Tek with the triple! Fossum’s got no control either; this could be a slugfest, folks… And the scary thing is, I don’t know if the Sox have the bats to do it…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • It would help if we could score Tek now, guys.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Why was Lowell swinging at the first pitch when Fossum’s been all over the place?!?!?!?!

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Vegetarian here.
    PHEW! For a minute I thought the Red Sox might score, but thank God Mike Lowell was here to prevent that from happening. Its pretty difficult to not score after a lead off triple, but Lowell was here to not only swing at the first pitch, but to pop it up. Thanks, Mike! Great work. We can only hope My-Man-Trot follows your lead…

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • This doesn’t look good, folks…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Oh come on. We better so something here. Let’s go, Wily.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Good job, Trot! Well, thank god, I’ve got to go. I’m off to dinner, so it looks like I’ll miss the offensive offensive implosion here. Hopefully Francona won’t swallow his chaw.
    Despite all this: GO SOX!!
    have a good night…

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Wily Mo, showin em how to take pitches!

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • You have got to be kidding me.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Right until he swings at a ball for strike 3…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • So, let me reiterate:
    Leadoff man on. Check.
    Runner in scoring position, NO outs. Check
    No runs. Check-check.

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Yeah, this is truly pathetic. How do you not score on a leadoff triple?? How is this even possible? A popup, a check swing grounder, and a foulf tip k. That’s truly pathetic. Wow. I really use the word pathetic a lot, don’t I?

    Laura April 28, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • It’s an apt description of the Red Sox’ attempts to score, and apparently their attempts to keep other teams from scoring…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • D-Rays with a runner on third, 1 out… How much you wanna bet they bring him home?

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • k, Dinner time for me. When I come back, I predict the game will be 5-0…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • He was so out.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Well, it’s now 4-0. And it’s time to get back to my AP History homework. I will be so relieved a week from now when the AP exam is over.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Just…ugh.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • They’re reeling! Wake the f*** up!

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • No runs scored on Clement! Makes a change. Turn the stupid ship around, now. Cut the lead in half right here.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Clement up to 70 pitches through three. Ugh. Looks like we’ll see Lenny tonight and Ginter tomorrow.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Come on, Papi…

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Big foul. Just a little to the left there, David.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Ouch, hope he’s all right.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Didn’t look intentional, but here comes the beanball war, I’m sure.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Make ’em pay, Man-child.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Whoa. Manny hit too.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Jesus, that’s one way to take the bats out of their hands.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • No way that was intentional though. Breaking ball off the foot. I had my back to the TV for that one.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • We have to do something here.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Nah, I don’t think either one was.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Oh, come on. Let’s go, Trot.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Two fly-outs. No movement on the bases.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Trot walks. Bases loaded. Now let’s do something about it.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Bags full o’ Red Sox on the Trot walk.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Ugh.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Shit. Bases left loaded again. We’ve left five on through four. pathetic. that’s the only word that describes how I feel about this team rigt about now.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Runners in scoring position with no outs. Sorry, can’t be bothered to drive in those runs. They’re better than this. That’s the part I’m frustrated with.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • A one pitch out is good. Clem needs a quick inning here. We need him to pitch at least six, if possible.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Get them bats back up! Quick-like!
    …says Clement.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Six pitch inning are always positive things. Dossum is over 70. He can’t last more than two more innings. Hopefully we can get to the bullpen.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Loretta, so help me, please DO SOMETHING!

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Oh look, another baserunner to strand. And I meant Fossum, not Dossum, btw.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • What is with all the popups??

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Perhaps I should have been more specific. A pop-out does in fact qualify as “something”.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Long fly, but not even close.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • The misery continues…

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Oh, come on, Clem. Five walks?? he’s all over the place tonight.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Ugh. Sloppy defense is not going to help our cause.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • *Grooooooooooan* Error?

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Well that was, um, interesting. At least we got the out.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • You following Gameday, D? Tampa now has the bases loaded with one out. Oh what fun.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • MLB.TV here, L. But at work so my participation will sometimes be spotty. Good luck on your APs by the way! Not too long ago I took them myself. Tense AB here…

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Most you could hope for, aside from the strikeout, but still disheartening.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • I’m going to go get even more depressed by reading about World War II now, I think. It’s not even world history. At least the Yanks are still losing.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • I’ll probably be back in about ten minutes, actually. Studying is so over rated.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • I take it back, could have hoped for the double play. Frickin’ come ON, offense! Do something!!! *goes into fetal position, sucks thumb*

    Devine April 28, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Anyone care to drive in the runner on 2nd? Anybody?

    Devine April 28, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Two and oh to Wily Mo…

    Devine April 28, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Oh, never mind. Nobody likes the idea of scoring…

    Devine April 28, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • And I return, to find the score 5-0 (as predicted), and also to see that the Red Sox managed to fulfill their must-do checklist (don’t score with runners on and less than two out) two more times!
    You’re right Laura. All the optimism generated in the first two weeks of the season has just vanished for me with these last three games. Absolutely horrible, and pathetic.

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Tonight I am missing Orlando Cabrera like crazy! Crazy I say!

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Not to butt in, but the Yanks thread is dead. I just read via gamecast that Bernie Williams hit a homerun…
    Oh and the Yanks are getting spanked as well. At least we can all cry together

    RichYF April 28, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • nothing quite brings the tears like being 3-hit by casey fossum

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • 2 on the in 7th with Loretta at bat, could be our last chance to get a real rally going

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Yeah, I was going to say something on the Yanks thread, Rich, but no one was there.
    Oh, and the whole studying thing lasted about 20 minutes, with a jelly bean break thrown in there. hey, my mom loves to by post-holiday candy. of course I’m going to eat it.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Come on, Papi…

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Ugh. I hate the shift. Come on, Manny…

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Bases loaded for Tek.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • arghhhhh… this LOB thing is out of control

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Another popup. Yuck. I’m going back to the books. Goodbye. For now. If anyone is still out there.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • The worst stretch of 3 games in my memory…I’m sure they’re a statistical freak, but it doesn’t hurt any less for that.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • I definitely want to see the stats for batting average with runners in scoring position. Without Papi’s 2 singles last night, I’m guessing it’s an 0-fer…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Tuning in late again, and coming home to find *another* stinkfest. What the hell?

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • …for the last three games, that is…

    Paul A. April 28, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Sox pitchers getting scorched in the first inning is a problem dating back several seasons. What gives?

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • As good a time as any to discuss not-dogs. The taste of a Fenway Frank — if you can call that taste — or any hotdog really — is (a) the spices and (b) the condiments.
    Tofu pups are just fine, because the whole point is to slather the thing with mustard, kraut, relish, onions, etc. If they’re grilled, mystery meat and tofu are even less distinguishable in taste (and the latter doesn’t leave you wondering whose nose, paw or fingertip you just consumed).

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • And just in time to end my disquisition on hot dogs, Lowell makes it marginally interesting with a leadoff double, and Nixon brings him home with another.
    (I will henceforth expound upon hotdogs any time we are in a deep hole late in the game.)

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Wow, I think we just scored a run. Amazing.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Miceli just did a little comedy act, letting Nixon advance to third, but still catching Wiley E. Coyote in time at first.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Oh, and I’m in total agreement with you in regards to the hotdog issue, Hudson.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Snow batting for Gonzo. I guess that means Cora comes in for the 9th?

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Two runs. Cool.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Thanks, Laura. Go veg, y’all!
    Snow hits a Millar single up the middle (as in Game 4 ALCS 04) and it’s 5-2.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • I think you mean Mueller, Hudson.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Lotta Sox fans in TB.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • tofu has got to be marinated in something tasty to be good. like a sesame-ginger sauce type thing

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Youk! Wow, we’re actually showing some life now. This is a very positive sign.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Oh yeah, Laura, big DUHHH on my part. Jeez. How quickly I forget the Miller/Millar/Muellers.
    Base hit for Youks. My god, they’re threatening.
    (I like plain tofu, too, airk.)

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Generally I only eat tofu hotdogs and tofu chicken in tacos, both of which are most excellent. Oh, and tofu veggie burgers cause I don’t like the ones with huge veggie chunks in them, although reg Garden Burgers are alright, and those are mostly veggies. Now, let’s go Loretta! now would be an excellent time for him to get a hit.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • 2 gone, still 1st and 2nd.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Come on, Papi…

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Ortiz. Time to return to clutch form.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • What is with the popups?? Seriously. I have never seen this many popups in one game before, I don’t think.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Hell. Pop-up to shallow left. Could’ve been an epic inning.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • (I’ve been spoiled by a store in my area which has these incredible handmade garden burgers, full of all kinds of good stuff, great consistency, which I buy frozen… Can’t stand the mass-produced, processed variety anymore.)

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Toronto is playing the best baseball inthe AL east right now

    airk April 28, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • TB leadoff hitter singles.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Travis Lee looks like a giant doofus in his MLB Gamecast photo.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Lucky, Hudson. I generally eat the flame-grilled Garden Burgers, which are actually sometimes hard to find. They don’t always have them at Stop ‘n Shop, but my mom loves me, so she stocks up when she finds them. Or she just doesn’t want to listen to me complain. Now, let’s get through the eighth and do something in the ninth.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Boy, a double by Papi there would have made such a big difference.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Toronto’s playing best right now, but I think they’ll fall off somewhere around the break. that was my original prediction. They don’t have enough depth, and we’ve seen first hand this season that you can never have too much depth, especially on the pitching staff.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • 1 gone, flyout to Trot.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Our pitching seems to have gone from fathoms deep to a mud puddle in the space of 10 days. Very bizarre.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Strike him out-throw him out. I love that.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Or just a caught stealing. my bad. but it was a strike.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Tek! Nice caught stealing.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • There’s the strikeout! Seeing Pap pitch just makes me happy. I don’t care that we’re losing. And I’m feeling encouraged by our sudden ability to score a few runs last inning. Always a good sign.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • K, inning over.
    Papelbon’s ERA is still a perfect 0.00, having seen 45 hitters this year (11 K, 2 BB).

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • I don’t know how it happened that I’m uddenly back to my sunny, optimistic self. i was so down all of half an hour ago. I was saying ‘pathetic’ every other word. I love Pap, but I didn’t realize he could cheer me up this much.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Manny on with a walk. There’s hope.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • What an eye on Manny. 3rd BB of the game.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • You can just tell how badly Tek wants to make something happen here.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • 3-1 to Tek.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Hillenbrand just made it 6-2 Jays.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Another walk.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • 2 on, no outs, pitching change, coming to bat is:
    One of these guys could easily park one. Just NO double-plays, please.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Don’t curse it, Hudson.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Double play. I told you not to curse it.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Double play!!

    airk April 28, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Ach. Double play. Even a strikeout would have been preferable.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Nixon Ks. It’s over.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • It’s triply frustrating, because this game could have been tied up in the 8th or the 9th.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Wow. The way the Sox are playing now just makes you wanna f’n punch someone, huh? I’m gonna go break something.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Well, that was ugly. But it was nice to see something in the eighth. I will go into tomorrow optimistic, and hopefully Lenny can keep us in the game and the offense can score some runs off Weachter. before the eighth inning. Is that really too much to ask??

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • The Yanks and Sox suck right now. What a build up to next week’s series.

    NickYF April 28, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • I’ll be there to see SuckFest ’06, version 1.0 Monday morning. I’ll send in some pics when I get back, if you want.

    mattymatty April 28, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Yeah, Nick, there’s all this hype and all we’re going to see is bad pitching, sloppy defense, and wasted opportunities by the way things are going. Did the Yanks game go final yet? It was 7-2 last I checked.

    Laura April 28, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • So now we’re tied for first with Toronto, one game up on Baltimore and New York, and three up on the Rays.

    Hudson April 28, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Horrid. Awful. Dispiriting. They are not this bad. It just feels like it right now. Just friggin’ turn the damn thing around. Gimme a four-game win streak or somethin’. Oh wait, Kazmir lies at the end of this road trip. Damn.
    What a nightmare.
    Yeah, the Yankees lost. Everyone on this sight is unhappy. The Blue Jays and the Red Sox are tied for first (right?).

    Devine April 28, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Site, I should say.

    Devine April 28, 2006, 10:26 pm

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