Eric But With a K: Sox-O’s Gamer IX

Erik Bedard, pitching against the Red Sox tonight, spells his name a bit differently. He replaces the "c" with a "k." I’ve always liked this spelling of Erik — mostly because it’s the same as the man who legendarily haunted the Paris Opera House and captured a young singer named Christine Daae — a story that has the rare trick of being among my favorite novels, movies (silent category) and Broadway plays of all time.

He is aptly named. The moniker Eric-with-a-K is of German heritage, and it means "rich in honors." Bedard could certainly be that, and sooner rather than later. He’s having a Cy Young-caliber year. Not only that, he’s just 28, has lowered his ERA every year since his first fullish season in 2004, and raised his win totals accordingly (assuming he manages four victories in the final six weeks). Bedard certainly seems primed, with 27-year-olds Josh Beckett and Chien-Ming Wang and 23-year-old Scott Kazmir, to compete as the AL East’s divisional ace for years to come.

His opponent tonight might have something to say about that. He’s just 26 himself, and is in contention for a few honors of his own, including AL Rookie of the Year. Daisuke Matsuzaka needs no introduction, and the game tonight could be an epic pitchers’ duel.

The Sox very much need to win. They enter a soft part of their schedule just as the Yankees enter somewhat more treacherous waters than they’ve been enjoying recently. The Orioles have been the Sox’ whipping boys in recent years, but Bedard is anything but. Opening the series with a win off Baltimore’s best pitcher could well set a tone for the coming weeks.

Comment away!

It’s too early for lineups, so here’s a look at your ideal lineup based on stats since July 1:

  1. 2B: Dustin Pedroia — .339/.397/.441
  2. SS: Julio Lugo — .312/.365/.432
  3. DH: David Ortiz — .322/.426/.548
  4. LF: Manny Ramirez — .320/.395/.608
  5. 3B: Mike Lowell — .341/.389/.477
  6. CF: Coco Crisp — .306/.392/.476
  7. 1B: Kevin Youkilis — .252/.359/.411
  8. C: Jason Varitek — .261/.358/.326
  9. RF: J.D. Drew — .242/.342/.347

Lots of on-base from this lineup, but where’s the slugging? Wow.

170 comments… add one
  • I applaud you for throwing in a Phantom of the Opera reference. Last year on August 19 I took my girlfriend to NY to see Phantom on broadway for her birthday, and it was amazing. It was my 3rd time, but her first.
    Unfortunately by the time we got back on Sunday the Yanks had swept the Sox in the 5-game series. I still blame myself for not watching any of the games.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • And how the hell do both Pedroia and almost Coco have higher slugging percentages than Manny?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • okay. Let’s get this bitch rolling.

    Brad August 10, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • CB Buckner is not good news for Dice-K.

    Brad August 10, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • CB Buckner has to be the absolute worst umpire in all of sports. At least two of those pitches were strikes. Unbelievable. Seven walks for Dice_K tonight.

    Brad August 10, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • The pitches against Ortiz? Yeah, gameday showed them as being REAL close. I hope Daisuke doesn’t get squeezed.
    Though personally, a squeezing umpire might help us against Bedard more than it helps the Orioles against Daisuke.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • My laptop is here! Yay real typin… still I cant promise I’ll be around for the whole game. If things get ugly… I can hear the siren song of Half-Life 2 (never played!) calling to me.

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Sure enough, Daisuke gettin squeezed. He still manages to strike out Markakis though, who doesn’t lift his bad for 6 pitches.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • PLus there’s Psych tonight…

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Dion, you’ve never played HL2? It’s AMAZING. One of the best games of the last 10 years.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Ugh, run in.. but still nice play to get the out at 2nd.

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Patterson scores but Manny guns down Miggy at 2nd. Gotta love him.
    But once again, Daisuke’s walks end up damaging us.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Atheose.. until today my desktop was a 7 year old dionsaur. 900 MHZ processor.H Half-Life 2 would have made it catch on fire.
    My new laptop should be capable of playign even Oblivion. Its catch up time.
    Hal-Life 2
    Oblivion
    Indigo Prophecy
    Doom 3 (just .. cause one must)
    And anythign else I need to catch up on!
    Oh theres that.. Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraftian game…

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Manny didnt gun him down. Manny’s toss went home and was WAY off line. Tek tossed it to secodn to get Tejada

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • God, Bedard is nasty, nasty, nasty

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Come on guys.. if you can’t score on him, at least drive his count up so we canget to there bullpen.
    Youk gets the walk. Orioles announcers are calling foulplay.

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • That was an amazing cutter for strike 2.
    Come one Lowell…

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Screw you Mikey.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Lowell grounds into a DP damnit.
    What did the Orioles announcers call foulplay for?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • They implied that Bedard was beign given a smaller zone than Daisuke.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Bedard is getting squeezed big-time, Atheose. They’ve got reason to complain.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Ahhh. Yeah, sorry I’m blacked out since I live in VA. The worst part? The game isn’t even on TV!
    Is Daisuke getting squeezed? That ball 4 to Huff is close on Gameday.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Hard to say, Atheose; it’s early, and Dice-K has gotten a couple of pitches called his way. My feeling is he’s getting squeezed a little, but not as bad as Bedard.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • By the way, remember how biased and annoying the Cleveland fans were when we played them last week? ARod just hit a homerun and the Cleveland fans reacted as if he was playing for Cleveland, excited and whatnot.
    Mora strikes out. Come on Daisuke, we need your A-game tonight.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Damnit, 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. Redman gets his first AB of the season. Finish him, Daisuke.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • YES, Redman strikes out. 4 K’s for Daisuke so far.
    Fausto Carmona is getting zero support from his team. Both middle infielders have made errors so far, though neither was scored such.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Time to mention that Bedard has a no-hitter going. Go-go-gadget JYNX!

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Oh god, I just noticed Wily Mo is in the lineup.
    Notch up another K for Bedard. I’m gunna skip this at-bat and go get another beer.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Sure enough, Wily Mo K-ena lives up to his name.
    Pena and Tavarez: What do they *have* on Tito?

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Im gonan skip this game and play Half-Life 2, I think

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Any time the Sox want to sack up against a good pitcher is fine by me. This game has followed a predictable script, and I am so sick of it.

    SF August 10, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • I’m outta here, this game is starting to look sad. G’night everyone.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • WOW! That was close. Lugo waqs goign to third on Pedroia’s hit.. and got freaked out and ran back and then Pedroia had to. Pedroia almost got thrown out, but made it back.
    Two straight hits. No outs.

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Chris Ray’s wife is pretty hot.

    Dionysus August 10, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Gotta rough up Bedard here, big chance for Big Papi…

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Arrgh, Ortiz Ks.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Papi called out ona 3-2 pitch. That was a ball. Even the Os announcers agree.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • DAMMIT. DP.
    And its Half-Life 2 time.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • And Manny GIDPs. Now I’m *really* frustrated.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • WTF was up with that Ortiz call?

    brooklyn SF August 10, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Quick 4th for DiceK, now it’s turning into a quick 5th for Bedard…

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Yanks winning against a good pitcher, Sox losing against a good pitcher. Shocking.

    SF August 10, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • I still don’t understand why more Sox fans aren’t worried about our team.

    SF August 10, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Orioles are 38-12 when ahead going into the sixth inning, the Sox are 8-33 when going into the sixth behind. There should be very low expectations for Sox fans right now, particularly with Bedard throwing pellets.
    The Sox are in deep shit.

    SF August 10, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • SF- why do you watch this team? It gives you no joy at all. All season, you’ve complained about how this team has underperformed, despite the fact they have the best record in baseball. Do you even enjoy the game?

    Ayuh - SF August 10, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • I have said for a while that this is the most frustrating talented team I have seen in many years of watching the Sox. I do enjoy it, but this year, the last two months especially, has been beyond painful to watch.

    SF August 10, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • This is a high-quality outing by Matsuzaka, it shouldn’t be wasted.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Youks Ks to lead off the 8th.
    The only hope today would seem to be a lucky solo shot to send this to extras and get past Bedard. I’m not optimistic. But it’s just one run…

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Lowell walks! Go ahead run at the plate (a highly theoreticalbut technically accurate observation, I know).

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Tek singles. Holy cr@p.
    Please, Coco, get a run home before WMP comes up.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Bedard’s at 107 going into the Crisp at-bat.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Nuthin’ doin’, Crisp grounder erases Lowell, still 1st and 2nd but two outs for the Wily One.
    Pinch hitter? Please? Or does Tito want to give him a shot at redemption?

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • God hates us

    mp August 10, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Runners on first and second, two out. Willy Mo up. This is where we miss Jermaine Dye.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • WILY! NO WAY…. It’s a 1-1 game.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Wow, Willy Mo comes through. Ties the ball game!

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Oh my God. Oh my god! OH MY GOD!
    Wily Mo got a hit with RISP! Tie game!
    Come on Lugo, help us give Daisuke the win. He deserves it.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Bedard’s at 114, looks like he’s coming out (I’m on GameDay only today). Wow.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Yup, it’s Chad “Reno 911” Bradford coming in.
    (See his Gameday portrait for nickname explanation. The ump should check him for a concealed weapon.)

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • So for all his good work Erik Bedard gets a no decision … or maybe even a loss if Lugo drives Coco in.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Who do the Sox have up in the pen? Is Daisuke coming back out for the 8th? I know he’s at 113 pitches, but he’s gone past 130 before.
    “In Play, run(s)” ! I don’t know what it is, but I can’t stop jumping up and down with joy!

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Wish I had been watching this on TV to see Wily Mo’s expression after he hit that one. I’ve always wanted to see what a blind squirrel with a nut looks like.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • A bunt single? Holy shit Lugo you’re amazing. Poor Bedard went from pitching an 8-inning 2-hitter to now facing a Loss.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Gotta go to Oki and Paps here, right?

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Lugo bunts him in!!

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • holy shit, Lugo with a perfect bunt single to bring in the leading run.

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Gagne is warming up in the pen

    Anonymous August 10, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • JLug!

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Oh, man, I’m sorry but Gagne makes me nervous. He’s let some runs in so far with the Sox.
    So long as Oki’s ERA stays so freakin’ low, I think the Sox need to stick with performance over history in these situations.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • D-ped singles!

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Bags loaded for Papi. C’mon, put this AWAY.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Bases loaded for Papi!

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Bases loaded for Papi. I can’t remember the last time he had a clutch late-game hit. Would LOVE one now.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Perfect chance for Ortiz to “respond” to Gordon Edes here.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • All he needs is a base hit. It will score two.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Wow, Jamie Walker’s Gameday portrait is amusing. He looks like someone famous, but I can’t think of who.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • YES! I love you, Joe Torre! Mariano is in with a 5 run lead. [Actually Joe is suspended for the night but I assume that Mattingly is channeling Joe….]

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • One hopes that after ~8 innings of Bedard, everyone else’s pitches will look like softballs. So far so good… Curse you, pitching changes, the suspense is killin’ me.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Yay! [Pats self on back for “predicting” the base hit.]

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • IN PLAY, RUN(S)! YEAH PAPI!

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Papi drives in two – feel better now, SF?

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Sorry, Hudson. Tizzle singled two in.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • TEEZ

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Manny!

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • DW-sf, why sorry? I’m thrilled.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • I [heart] the Orioles bullpen.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Sorry because I didn’t elucidate. Just emoted.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Holy crap, it just doesn’t stop! Manny with a single too!
    Looks like Daisuke is buying dinner for everyone tonight.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Base hit Manny, another run – what a turnaround!

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Jamie Walker <<<>>> George Walker Bush?

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Now check out Jim Hoey’s picture on GameDay. Whoa.
    I’m pretty sure I saw that guy operating the tilt-a-whirl ride at the county fair…

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Okay…now what? MDC in the 8th and Gagne in the 9th? Gagne in the 8th and Oki in the 9th? Vice versa?

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • MRAM

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • His name is Jim HOEY, and he has an ERA of 40.50?
    Jesus christ. This pitcher’s duel has turned into a circus.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Yankees win 6-1. Not what I’d hoped for against Carmona.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Who is warming up for us?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Oh shit son, Gagne-Papelbon combination tonight. Best one-two reliever punch in baseball?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • It was MDC and Gagne. Gagne is in right now.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Alas…Gagne is very hittable. Huff smacks a double.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • >>>Gagne-Papelbon combination tonight. Best one-two reliever punch in baseball?
    I think Oki-Paps is better.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Geez, why has Gagne been so bleh since coming to Boston? I was hoping this would be his first appearance-without-allowing-a-run night.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • And Gange’s quest for a 1-2-3 inning continues.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Wait a second… if Gagne allows a run it means Paps gets a save opportunity.
    Anyone else wanna see Patterson score here?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • FYI Sox fans Kei Igawa was claimed off waivers by the Padres. Something else to make you smile tonight!

    Triskaidekaphobia August 10, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Sigh…single scores the run. 5-2 Sox.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Go go gadget SAVE OPPORTUNITY!
    It would be funny if Gagne struck out the side now, and allowed the run just so Paps could grab a save.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Is it so difficult to settle into pitching the eighth instead of closing?

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • NO F-ING WAY! The Pads?!!! I’d wager that he’ll vie for the Cy Young next year. (40 million in the toilet…)

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Now a walk!! Get him out already!

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Walk? Sigh.
    Delcarmen coming in?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Okay, this isn’t cool anymore. No one out and the tying run comes to the plate with two on.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Yeah apparently a lot of action in MLB while I was stuck at Babies R Us and the Mall with my wife and son…LOL
    Pods claimed by Cubs.
    Dotel on DL.
    Wily Mo hit a curve ball.

    Triskaidekaphobia August 10, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Sidenote: Shaun Marcum has pitched 7 innings and there are still 0’s on the board. It’s against the Royals, but still exciting.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Drew misplays the ball and now it’s 5-4.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Oh my god …

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • //DW-sf: “Alas, Gagne is very hittable. Huff smacks a double//
    How the hell did you just predict the future?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • I will continue to wonder aloud… Why the heck would one go to Gagne instead of Oki in a close game.
    At 5-1 I can see it, but if this had been closer, it would have been crazy to use anyone but Okajima in the 8th. Gagne’s got legendary stats but Oki is just much better right now.
    Someone should keep Gagne away from the donut box in the clubhouse.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • You know here that Okajima is very quietly thinking to himself, “Let me show you how it’s done, son.”

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Satellite radio. :)

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Satellite radio? You said it 15 minutes before it happened!

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • So much for Gagne being “game over.”
    If the Sox blow this game, it will be chair-throwing time in the Boston clubhouse.

    SoxFan August 10, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • ESPN right now: rookie of the year discussion

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Dear heavens….tie game.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Aiieeeeeee.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • What a night to pick for the bullpen to fall apart.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Oki gives up a hit to Manny. Why the hell is this happening?
    Gagne’s ERA just went from 2.32 to 3.44.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • I’m furious that Daisuke can’t get win #14 now.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • The Oki-doki strikes again. Two out. Jerk Off Payton up.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Inning over. 5-5.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • MArcum just gave up his no-hitter in the 7th inning. Damn.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Now let’s get Hoey’s ERA up again …

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Repeat after me: I [heart] the O’s bullpen.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • One gone as MLow flies out.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • If this thing goes into extra innings, we will beat them.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Gagme has given up 6 runs in 3.1 innings so far for the Sox.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • What a roller coaster 8th inning.
    The Sox score 5 in the eighth to take the lead against Bedard who had been shutting them out.
    But then their “lights out” bullpen coughs up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to give up the lead.
    The only fitting ending for this game is to have it go like 19 innings and have one team win it on some bizarre, fluky, heart-breaking play.

    SoxFan August 10, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Base hit Coco!

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • GOD BLESS COCO!
    It feels like forever since I’ve said that.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • okay, i’m late to the party tonight but Gagne- WTF?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 10, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Drew draws a walk. Come on Lugo, keep it going.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • JD walks. 1st and 2nd, two outs… Up to Loogs.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Coco steals third!

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • God bless Coco! 3rd base = stolen. Did the catcher drop the ball or something?

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • aaaaand in the end that lovely stolen base means nothing.
    C’mon Oki, let’s keep the dream alive.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 10, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Okajima is pitching the 9th? Geez. I thought Tito wanted to NOT overuse him.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Ground rule double.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • I feel sick.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 10, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Sac bunt, Roberts to 3rd. We need to walk Markakis and Tejada to put the force-out on.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Terrible loss … now we absolutely need to win the next two games.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Game over.
    Why the HELL did we not walk the two guys batting .295 and .302 in order to get to Millar, hitting .263? It would have put the force on too. This is little league baseball knowledge.
    Tito has mismanaged this team horribly in the last few months.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Sigh.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • How did Tito mismanage Gagne shitting the bed?

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • I’d rather have Gabbard back than Gagne. Someone get him one of his old “B-12” shots.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 10, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • He didn’t mismanage that, but he should have loaded the bases. I mean common sense: pitch to a .263 hitter or .300 hitter? That’s not even talking about making it a force out.
    Pitching to Markakis was idiodic, plain and simple.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Jesus. Ugliest loss of the year?

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • I suppose it’s payback for the Mother’s Day massacre.

    Atheose August 10, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • What a roller coaster 8th inning.
    The Sox score 5 in the eighth to take the lead against Bedard who had been shutting them out.
    But then their “lights out” bullpen coughs up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to give up the lead.
    The only fitting ending for this game is to have it go like 19 innings and have one team win it on some bizarre, fluky, heart-breaking play.

    SoxFan August 10, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • The tying run is 90 feet from the plate. A .254 hitter can hit a sac fly just as well as a .302 hitter. I’d fault him with bringing in Gagne (who I’m tempted to start called “Gagme” after his adventures for us) instead of MDC. That’s moot point, however, since no one thought that a veteran closer would shit the bed like a wet-behind-the-ears rookie. A totally rational decision which just makes you shake your head; like signing Lugo; like signing Drew, etc. On paper it makes sense. Needless to say, the game still has to be played.

    DW-sf August 10, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • this one’s on gagne, though with a 4-run lead you have to wonder why tito didn’t just go to mdc, the game was not close and gagne is definitely having trouble adjusting to the setup role why not let delcarmen mop up an easy win instead of making it an adventure, now we need to pray for wins the next two games and that cleveland actually plays like a contender, for the first time this season I actually feel worried

    Bob August 10, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • If Gagne can’t hold a 4-run lead, how could he be expected to hold a lead less than that? Can’t blame Tito.

    AndrewYF August 10, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • I can’t see what “adjustment” one needs to make to a set-up role. It’s an identical proposition: Come in for an inning, no inherited runners, and get three outs.

    Hudson August 10, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • question for sfs: how many times has dice given up 2 or fewer run and not got the win this season? seems like it’s happening a lot, or is that me?

    YF August 10, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • I don’t really know either, but some guys are good closers and bad set-up men, if you think of it completely logically there shouldn’t be any need to “adjust”, but some guys just can’t do it just like some closers are shaky in non save situations. That’s really no excuse and this is a tough loss, if the Red Sox don’t bounce back in a big way tomorrow it could very well be a back-breaking one

    Bob August 10, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • at least they have Beckett going…

    Bob August 10, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • looks like he’s had a loss or nd on 6 games in which he’s allowed 3 or fewer. tough.

    YF August 10, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Gah, what a horrible loss. I have a headache.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 10, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • I agree YF.
    Tough.

    Marc YF August 10, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • I wonder if Gagne is falling into the category of guys who came into the pressure cooker of Boston at the wrong time (ala Renteria). Coming from Texas must have been more of an adjustment than we were counting on.

    rowley August 11, 2007, 8:13 am
  • I say it’s just bad luck on Gange’s part, not that he’s feeling the pressure or suddenly sucks, but that very well may be wrong.
    SO glad I wasn’t watching most of that game…just seeing the end of the lead evaporate without even knowing previously that the Sox had scored 5 sent me into a stupid hissy fit. I hate when baseball affects real life that much. I was thinking about it this morning as I woke up, it hurt so much.

    Devine August 11, 2007, 12:15 pm
  • Oops…Gagne, not Gange.

    Devine August 11, 2007, 12:16 pm

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