Faustoian Bargain: Sox-Indians Gamer V

Sorry we’re late with this one, work has been the proverbial beeyotch.  Anyhow, better late than never, right?

The Sox look to nail down the series, throwing Josh Beckett against Fausto Carmona, who has suddenly emerged as an ace.  Makes us wonder if there is something Mephistophelean at work.  Comment here.

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  • Carmona with a 15 pitch first inning including a K.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • These announcers are biased as hell.
    Also, what’s up with them making fun of Ortiz in the top of the first for being injured?

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Beckett gets Sizemore to fly out and Blake to ground out.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • “Neither Mike Lowell nor Julio Lugo is in the starting lineup tonight. Manager Terry Francona said he gave each of them the choice of whether to play tonight or Friday night in Tampa. Each chose to have tonight off.”
    From Gordon Edes. Why does Terry give TWO guys this choice on one night? Why not sit one of the two tonight, the other Friday? Sometimes I don’t get his moves.
    (can anyone believe I am perturbed that Lugo is out of the lineup!?!?!)

    SF July 25, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Sorry, that was from Amalie Benjamin, not Edes.

    SF July 25, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Not sure why anyone would make fun of a player getting hurt. But it seems that each year network announcers are getting even more homerish for thier own teams.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Great recovery by Pedroia for out #3.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Martinez grounds out, Beckett through 1st on 12 pitches.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • In each of Beckett’s poor outings he’s shown it in the first inning.
    This looks like it’s going to be a good night.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Manny with an 8 pitch walk.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • I hope so Atheose. Be nice to see things stabilize for awhile. Be even better to see the Yanks go into one of thier funks again and have us pad the lead by a few more games.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Good to see both Papi and Manny getting to full counts. We need to get Carmona’s pitch count high tonight.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Great, Youk GIDP. We really do not need that starting tonight.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Good point Rob. A Yankee loss brightens my day every bit as much as a Red Sox win.
    Youk grounds into a double play that I would have bet $100 was going to get through the infield. Damn.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Here’s the good news: we’re hitting the ball very solidly, just right at people. Give us a few innings and we’ll have some runs on the board.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Butter hands Youk.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • 1-2 count hit to Youk, who makes an error (I think) at shortstop.
    Don’t make it easy for them guys!

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Return of the DP favor.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Beckett draws a double play. Woot.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Peralta with the IF single

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Infield single off of Beckett.
    *Crosses fingers*

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Good, he’s fine.
    Rob keeps posting a split second before me!

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • DSL…?

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Finally…Beckett gets his first K. Sad part was that it was against Nixon.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Awww I missed the strike 3 cause my MLB.tv lagged at the wrong momment.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • I guess this inning the whole “hitting the ball hard” went out the window with Tek, Hinske and Cora.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • God fucking damnit. While that happened I was LITERALLY explaining to my roommate what a “pitcher’s duel” meant. My bad for jinxing it.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • I almost liked it better earlier in the season where the Sox routinely spotted Beckett with comfortable leads and people were questioning whether he’d really improved or not – Ridiculous, of course, as he has, but at least then we were assured of winning the game even if he wasn’t excellent.

    QuoSF July 25, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Carmona’s dealing.
    Needs to make a Beckett-esque mistake soon.

    Jim in CT SF July 25, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Last I recall, Fausto Carmona was a laughingstock… What happened? The title on this post seems apt.

    Hudson July 25, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Don Orsillo putting the “R” back in “Garko”

    Jim in CT SF July 25, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Beckett’s out of the inning quickly, 1-2-3. Both he and Dr. Faustus are on relatively low pitch counts. Looks like another squeaker shaping up.

    Anonymous July 25, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Hey, whaddya know, a baserunner (Tek works a walk)… The Sox should at least try to drag these at-bats out to tire Carmona, if nothing else.

    Hudson July 25, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • This is not a jinx, but Carmona really appears headed for a no-hitter.

    SF July 25, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Jinx is OK too.

    Jim in CT SF July 25, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Hinske ends it with a quick grounder. Carmona at 69 pitches through five, so at this rate he’s going to be around through the 7th at least. Ugh.
    As someone said above, it looks like it’s going to take one bad pitch/one great swing to at least tie this up.

    Hudson July 25, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • This Carmona we pounded both times we faced him last year. Suddenly he is super pitcher and we can manage a simple IF single against him.
    BREAKING NEWS: The Yanks did not score in the first inning against the Royals.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Great 2 pitch AB by Cora. The bottom of the lineup tonight is a hole.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • A hit by Crisp, and an IF single at that.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Uhhhh, Melky with a 2 run dinger in the 2nd.

    Jim in CT SF July 25, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Pedroia advances Crisp to second ont he groundout to third.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • C’mon, Papi, all it takes now is a single…

    Hudson July 25, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • These announcers suck.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 25, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • >>>These announcers suck.<<< Hey, at least you can get through to MLB's servers. It keeps telling me they're "busy." Meanwhile, Ortiz comes through with a single but Coco gets thrown out. Oy.

    Hudson July 25, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • MLB’s acting pretty wonk for me, the feed keeps dropping out. It would have been nice to see that play at the plate.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 25, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • jackass Cleveland announcers… they make Michael Kay sound bipartisan

    mp July 25, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • These announcers are borderline Hawk Harrelson Homer territory, they REALLY suck. Is every out made by the Indians defensively a “great play”, as they seem to describe almost every single one?
    As for that call on Crisp at home, what was up with the umpire getting right in Crisp’s face after the out call? Very odd. No replays showed anything conclusive on whether Martinez actually tagged Crisp’s knee, which was the only possible scenario. It was a good move by Crisp, but Martinez’ solid block of home made an out call a foregone conclusion, correct or not.

    SF July 25, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • What the hell is wrong with the Indians announcers? They’re so biased they might as well be Indians PLAYERS.
    I wanted to throw something at my TV when they were making fun of Pedroia. Grrrrr.

    Anonymous July 25, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • This game is history, it seems almost certain. Oh well, can’t win them all. Beckett continues to shine, though, and the Indians were bound to win one, they’re an extremely good team. Need the game tomorrow, though I still think Gabbard is bound to regress.
    Off to the internetless bedroom.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Beckett strikes out Sizemore and Blake to end the 6th, and they don’t say anything. But then Fausto strikes out Youk in the 7th and they’re proclaiming him the son of God.

    Anonymous July 25, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • One last thing: if Beckett loses tonight to a shutout (and gives up only one run), that will make two out of three starts where the offense basically forced him to throw perfect baseball. He’s an average offensive performance away from being 15-2. These are the types of things that the idiot sportswriters fail to understand and therefore give Cy Youngs to pitchers with the highest win totals, despite not being the best pitchers.
    On the other hand, Johan Santana is the best pitcher, obviously, so it doesn’t really matter.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • “Sorry, that was from Amalie Benjamin, not Edes.”
    Better give Amelie the credit she deserves there. Some Sox fans have a crush on her. Or so I’ve heard.

    Zulu.as.SF July 25, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Bah… Amalie.
    As cute as she is, I could at least spell her name right…

    Zulu.as.SF July 25, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Yeah. Bartolo Colon in 2003 was a travesty.
    I would also give it to Erik Bedard over Beckett. But, yeah. Santana is the hands-down winner.

    AndrewYF July 25, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Why isn’t Lowell pinch hitting for Hinske? And why isn’t Lugo in the on-deck circle pinching for Cora?
    This may be our only chance right here.

    Anonymous July 25, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Of course, I mean 2005. Rivera deserved it more, but one could argue Santana deserved it over both of them.

    AndrewYF July 25, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • And Bob Welch with the A’s, one of the more better-than-average-but-not-great CY winners, who won due to some ridiculous win total and not much else.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Where the f*ck is the PH?!?!?

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • So Lowell and Lugo are on the bench when Hinske and Cora come up, and neither pinch hits in the eighth inning.
    Tito is a f*cking disaster sometimes.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • God fucking damnit. That’s the 2nd missed hit-and-run in the last couple of days.
    The only thing worse is having the announcers making fun of Cora now. Jesus.

    Anonymous July 25, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • WHY IS CORA BATTING!? Forget the botched H&R, why the hell is he up in the first place with two far better hitters sitting on the bench? Same went for Hinske?
    Sometimes I wonder how the hell Francona deserves the title “manager” when he sits there like a zombie, not managing.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Well, say what you want about Cora, but he just beat out an infield single. 2 outs, Coco at the bat.

    Hudson July 25, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Hey, if the manager doesn’t do his job, and he’s the leader, should he expect the players to follow?
    Sh*tbag job by Tito in the crunch tonight, and a bad job by his players as well.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I saw Coco stole second and then the inning ended. What happened?

    Rob July 25, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Sorry Lugo stole second.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Lugo was caught stealing.

    SF July 25, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • 8 innings, 4 Hits, 1 ER, 0 BB and 7 K’s.
    And your gonna take the loss.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Thanks SF, the good old gamecenter did me in.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Coco, Pedroia and Ortiz for the 9th. Come on guys, back Beckett up.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • These announcers are acting like they just won Game 7 of the World Series.

    Atheose - SF July 25, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • What a crap effort by the offense tonight.
    Not sure why Tito offered both Lugo and Lowell the night of. He should have made them both taken Friday off against TB.

    Rob July 25, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Fausto Carmona says: revenge isn’t bittersweet, it’s just fricking sweet.

    AndrewYF July 25, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Class comment from Andrew. Unless of course Carmona actually said it. In which case, it’s almost admirable.
    Also, SF, even if Gabbard doesn’t pitch up to his recent outings, reports out of Cleveland basically paint Cliff Lee as a malcontent who isn’t willing to adjust the way his coaches want him to. I think you have to AT LEAST call tomorrow a push or in our favor pre-game.
    Cy Young debate, food for thought: Only three pitchers in the Majors have a better FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) number than he does (2.92). All three pitch in the NL (Peavy, Young, Smoltz). His closest competitor in the AL IS Bedard with a 3.25 mark. Beckett allows less HRs, walks, is more efficient (3.7 P/PA vs. 4.0 for Bedard), more GBs, and a LOB% that is much easier to sustain (70.9 vs. 78.1). Santana and Bedard do, obviously, both have better K-rates. IP per start goes to Santana, with Bedard and Beckett basically a push. (All of these thanks to THT)
    Would the actual voters ever look at these numbers? Absolutely not. But I think it’s clear that Beckett’s technique is putting him even more than just in the conversation.

    QuoSF July 25, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Carmona all the way.

    Andy Samberg July 26, 2007, 3:19 am
  • Quo: were you being sarcastic? Carmona got destroyed by the Sox last year two games in a row. He goes and stymies them for 8 innings tonight. What’s wrong with noting the fun history?

    AndrewYF July 26, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • I’m just saying, what if tonight I went on the Yankee thread and said: “De la Rosa says: STFU MFY.” Would I have been greeted with guffaws and slaps on the back?

    QuoSF July 27, 2007, 12:22 am
  • I would have chuckled, at least. It’s all about context.

    attackgerbil July 27, 2007, 1:56 am
  • Of course, AG, but you’re much more reasonable than I am.

    QuoSF July 27, 2007, 2:18 am
  • Money doesn’t buy World Series you dumbfuck boston fans. ive never seen a bigger group of idiots. only a handful of you even understand baseball. Carmona pitched out of the pen last year you stupid idiots. What the hell do you expect! Pitching out of the pen is way different than starting. I doubt any of you even played baseball past 8th grade.
    And what do you expect out of the indians announcers. Of course their going to be biased. THEY GET PAID BY THE INDIANS!!!
    Fairweather and fucking stupid boston fans. you don’t know baseball!

    YOUSUCK August 9, 2007, 11:52 am
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