Yesterday Barcelona, one of our beloved teams, utterly dismantled Manchester United to complete a European football double. Today the Sox, another of our squads, plays a split set of games to make up for last night’s rainout and tries to win two.
Chat about both games here.
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Off to the races early. Ells leads off with a double, promply steals 3rd, his 19th.
Then Pedey walks, steals second without a throw. (No throw from V-Mart on Ells, either).
Gonzo with sac fly to SHALLOW center. 1-0.
V-Mart also loves Barcelona.
Lots of rain moving through the Chicago area. Could be problematic for the nightcap.
Then a double steal by Pedey and Youks.
Mishandled by V-Mart, so, no throw.
That’s 4 SB’s in the 1st inning.
25 pitches and counting for Oliver. Sox looking to wear one more poor soul out.
Lowrie with a lousy result, can’t get a run home.
Oliver looks like he has no idea where the ball is going.
Well, the Sox should have done better than 1-0. But a lead is a lead.
Alas, despite a 30-pitch inning and 4 stolen bases, Red Sox get only 1 run.
Speed. Ellsbury runs a sinking liner down in center for the first out. Nice play.
then a single ripped up the middle. That’s two balls hit solidy for the Tiggers.
Then a can of corn to Jacoby. Two down.
Sutton crushes one to the track for an out, then Cameron follows with a jack to nearly the same spot! 2-0 Sox.
This is the first game V-mart has caught against the Sox this year, yeah? 4 steals in an inning feels like what other teams did to the Sox last year.
…guess Cameron won’t be stealing, victor catches a break there.
Well good news for me, ESPN America are showing the game as a bonus, they had a reply of last nights rain off due to play is this slot
Oliver needs 47 pitches to get through 2 innings.
Thunder rumbling again. More heavy rain in imminent.
Pedey homers. 3-0.
Now the Red Sox seem disinterested.
Oliver at 87 pitches through 4, Sox 0-4 w/ RISP.
Buchholz gives up a solo shot and then just got squeezed on a 2-2 pitch quite badly. Results in a walk.
Well the Sox sure have gone quiet, hacking away at a guy who had no control earlier, all of a sudden another 1-2-3 on six pitches and all the pressure heads to Clay to keep the Tigers at 2 runs or better. This feels like a totally missed opportunity for a bigger lead.
Worse, it seems like the Sox could have forced the Tigers into their pen really early and worn them out, on the outside chance that Verlander stumbled tonight.
Now a bunt single for the Tigers. This game just has the feeling of a loss on it to me, all the early momentum and opportunity evaporated.
Clay now preoccupied with the non-tying run at first. And another close call. Clay not getting the calls.
Fly out, one down. Man still at first.
Grounder to Jed, two down.
And now the first two pitches to Crawford, both clearly off the plate, are called strikes. I am sure that hitters love this kind of umping. It makes them helpless.
Looking like another quick inning. What the hell happened?
Cameron walks, then Cameron gets to second on a passed ball/wild pitch.
Big run if they can get him in here.
lame popup ends the inning.
Miscommunication between Lowrie and Crawford near-disaster but Crawford makes a grab with a nudge. Oy.
Now a dinger from Boesch. Buchholz visibly laboring these last couple of innings.
The Sox’ dead and impatient bats have made this a game.
And now the trainer comes out to talk to Clay. I guess he was visibly laboring to more than just me.
I have to go out to the park with my son and I have a distinct premonition that when I get back the game will be over and the Sox will be stuck at 3 runs. So it’s bullpen and Buchholz or bust. Very frustrating considering that Verlander is going tonight.
Now a double. Time for the bullpen. Francona ought to be ready to walk out there quickly. Clay hasn’t got it at this point.
3-2 after the Boesch homer.
I have a stomach virus–“action at both ends” or whatever how it was Tito put it that one time with Matsuzaka; I feel terribly weak and can’t keep anything down (not even plain water). Nausea is my least favorite form of illness. I could really use any kind of positive thing today as wife (sick, but less sick) is forced to take care of husband and baby (thankfully not sick as yet).
Chances of that coming down as Cabrera doubles down the line in the bottom of the 6th. Hold the line, boys. Still got the lead for the moment: two more, Clay, and your day will be done (I’d imagine).
Routine grounder to 1st, tying run to 3rd. One more.
Crappy bloop pop falls in off the end of the bat. I can live with that if they hold it here. And they do. Tied at the end of 6.
Feel better D.
Tie game. Clay shouldn’t have even faced that guy in my opinion. But what do I know.
This game is shaping up to be another come-from-ahead loss, the only kind of losses the Sox have had lately.
Ok, to the park. Go Sox!!!!
Keep putting down fluids, devine.
Here’s Benoit, who couldn’t do anything wrong last year in Tampa. Different story this year.
Globe says tonight game will not be televised.
Listen to the radio.
OOps. Pete Abes Tweets that ESPN has caved and tonight’s game will be on NESN.
Timmons’ strike zone for Crawford has been awful. He struck out his last two at-bats, swinging at outside pitches after Timmons called bad pitches strikes.
Yeah, that strike two on Crawford was an effing travesty.
K of Boesch: strike 3 might have been off the plate, but not nearly as much as Crawford’s.
Cabrera down on one pitch. Nice. One more.
The last at-bat and the one before it.
Albers effective through two. He’s been good this season except for that nightmare game against the Cubs–way to pick the right AL East castoffs, Theo (well, Wheeler hasn’t exactly been stellar so far, but still…).
Tied in the 9th.
ORTIIIIIIIIZZZZ WITH THE PH BLAST!
Pap now warming (it was Bard before).
It’ll be a one-run lead for Pap and the Sox.
Peralta down on the grounder to short.
Unsung hero would be Albers if this lead holds up – getting the extended innings to save the bullpen!
Kelly down 0-2, fouls one off, swings and misses. Two down.
Raburn fouls the first off, misses the 96mph heat to go down 0-2.
And again! Game Sox. Nice win.
And thanks for making my day less sh*tty (figuratively at least), Red Sox.
Highly effective inning from Papelbon. Good they did not have to go to extra innings.
Ugly weather moving into central Michigan. gotta wonder what that means for tonight’s game.
Numerous tornao warnings west of Detroit. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/
Looks like the weather is severe thru about 830 or so, then the rain clears through at 9. Could be a late night for this one.
Yes, SF. Same storm hit us late this morning, early this afternoon in Chicago. Clear now. So once it’s gone, it will be clear to play. just hope there’s no tornadoes.
Beckett off to a poor start for him this year, down 2-0.
This one is gonna be tough. Not promising…
Verlander is tough. Check back as I state more of the obvious.
Beckett worked hard those five innings. Bullpen and bats need to surprise against JV. This one would be theft.
Can’t believe they’re down only 2-0. On the other hand, they seem to be disinterested.
JV is close to committing a balk when pitching from the stretch. He doesn’t seem to be stopping long enough before he delivers the ball.
Nice heads up by youk. Funny play, I love when that happens. (he advanced to third when no one was covering because of the papi shift)
Hill replaces Beckett. So no 8th win for Beckett.
Atchison. White flag time.
Home stand with the White Sox should be fun. Ozzie is feuding with the media again.
3-0 Tigers is the final. But Sox end road trip with 5-2 record and return home in first place.
Oh well, g’night.