Felix For The Kill: Rays-Sox Gamer III

Twenty-five runs in two games certainly helps when a team wants to reverse a poor start.  Game three at Fenway sees Doubront facing the Rays, who are now losers of four straight and send Matt Moore to the mound.  Comment away on your Sunday baseball action.

Tampa Bay
D. Jennings cf .194
C. Pena 1b .379
E. Longoria 3b .345
J. Keppinger 2b .214
B. Zobrist rf .259
L. Scott dh .455
S. Rodriguez ss .111
M. Joyce lf .231
C. Gimenez c .000
 
M. Moore 2.70
 
Boston
M. Aviles ss .296
D. Pedroia 2b .324
A. Gonzalez 1b .312
K. Youkilis 3b .185
D. Ortiz dh .406
C. Ross rf .222
D. McDonald lf .143
K. Shoppach c .364
J. Repko cf .000
 
F. Doubront 3.60

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  • Very nice second inning for Doubront. Still scoreless.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:01 pm
  • Great hitting from Youk and Papi. Now drive ‘em in.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:06 pm
  • And Cody Ross obliges. Three run shot over the monster.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:07 pm
  • Doubront gets out of a jam. I like it so far.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:26 pm
  • Keppinger bloops one into short right, barely fair, which bounces for a ground rule double. Felix unlucky.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:39 pm
  • Doubront strikes out the right-wing nut.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:43 pm
  • Great play from Aviles at short and they get Keppinger in a run down. Still 3-0.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:44 pm
  • In his ongoing quest to provide him with a hobby Don Orsillo tries to get Jerry Remy interested in birdwatching. Remy looks absolutely thrilled.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:54 pm
  • Shoppach double scores Papi. The ball gets away from Longoria at third but Cody Ross is out at the plate. 4-0 Sox.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 2:57 pm
  • Doubles by Pena and Longoria score three runs. Both might have been catchable.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:14 pm
  • Kinda liked the idea that Valentine brought Doubront out again for the sixth. But now that Scott has tied it it doesn’t look like that great an idea.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:28 pm
  • And now the quick hook.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:28 pm
  • Aitcheson can’t find the plate and Gimenez (or Maddon?) insists on bunting? That doesn’t look as smart as they were advertised.
    Another pitching change. Padilla, I guess.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:38 pm
  • Aitcheson had allowed two base runners but Padilla and gotten one out. Padilla cleans up the mess on four pitches.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:43 pm
  • Man, Papi is hot right now. Another wall ball double drives in Youk from first.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:49 pm
  • IBB to Shoppach. Repko will make them pay!!

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:53 pm
  • Or not …
    He ain’t no Jacoby, but that’s too much to ask anyway.
    Interesting test for the bullpen now, to hang on to the 5-4 lead.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 3:57 pm
  • Good think I’m not a prolific game poster cause that inning just ended for me, over a minute after PBE posted it. I’m watching MLB.TV through my XBox and it’s about a 2 minute delay with the buffering. The radio feed on my phone is pretty close to actual time, which is interesting when I listen to the game while I’m doing some yard work or laundry and my wife is watching on the XBox. There was a play last week where I heard it, and about 2 – 2 1/2 minutes later she yelled about it.

    BillsBurgSF April 15, 2012, 4:01 pm
  • that would be “thing” not “think”

    BillsBurgSF April 15, 2012, 4:03 pm
  • Should I post slower?
    Padilla gets the job done again. With only 15 pitches so far he might go another inning.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:08 pm
  • Pleasantly happy that Padilla has pitched as w ell as he has. Could be this year’s Aceves, hopefully they don’t pitch his arm off like Tito did with Albers last year.

    BillsBurgSF April 15, 2012, 4:12 pm
  • Just able to tune in. Nice to see that moron Scott strike out like a fool.
    Six more outs, boys. Six more. More runs wouldn’t hurt.

    Devine April 15, 2012, 4:13 pm
  • Moore still in the game. All in all he pitched better than Doubront. But Doubront’s outing was quite respectable.
    And now Aviles hits one out. Maybe they should have taken Moore out after last inning.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:13 pm
  • Like magic. Crushed over the center field fence. 6-4.

    Devine April 15, 2012, 4:14 pm
  • Two days ago I was chiding the team for not hitting home runs. They obviously heard me.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:14 pm
  • Oh no, I’ll take the responsibility of not checking here when there is a big moment in a game, like that one. After seeing your post, I told my wife Repko would make and out, he did, then she proceeded to give me a hard time about being so negative which obviously transmits through the TV to the team…the joys of marriage.

    BillsBurgSF April 15, 2012, 4:15 pm
  • Wasn’t Matt Moore supposed to be one of the top young pitchers this year??

    BillsBurgSF April 15, 2012, 4:16 pm
  • Guy’s getting killed out there. Even the out was hit fairly hard. Gonzalez stings one to the wall for a single.

    Devine April 15, 2012, 4:17 pm
  • So if the Sox hold on an win this game, is it still considered a slow start when, other that Baltimore, they would just a game out of first?

    BillsBurgSF April 15, 2012, 4:22 pm
  • Ohhhh…Jackie Robinson day.
    “Wait, 42 isn’t Youk’s number, is it? Hey, that guy’s wearing 42 too! Doesn’t only Rivera wear that ’cause…oh.”

    Devine April 15, 2012, 4:23 pm
  • Two-run lead with two innings left in regulation.

    Devine April 15, 2012, 4:25 pm
  • I think Moore will be one of the top young pitchers this year. As far as I know this was only his third start in the majors. And except for the second inning he looked pretty good.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:26 pm
  • And except for the final inning of course.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:26 pm
  • Morales now. One out already.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:27 pm
  • Long single for Molina.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:29 pm
  • Bloop hit for Gimenez. Jennings flies out on the first pitch.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:32 pm
  • Three down in the top of the 8th. And now for another hit parade against the Rays’ bullpen?

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:36 pm
  • Easy inning for Fernando Rodney.
    Alfredo time!

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:41 pm
  • Longoria, Keppinger and Zobrist.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:44 pm
  • Longoria flies out to right.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:45 pm
  • Nice catch by Repko. Two down.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:48 pm
  • 1-2 on Zobrist.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:50 pm
  • Yeah, baby.
    Winning a series against vaunted starting pitching is sweet. Still a 1-5 team on the road, but the home cooking has worked.
    Morales looking like he’s making a try for the 8th inning role.

    Devine April 15, 2012, 4:52 pm
  • K!
    The series is ours. A sweep tomorrow would take us to .500. Go Bard!
    Except for Aitcheson the bullpen has looked good today.
    Night, all.

    pale blue eyes April 15, 2012, 4:52 pm
  • Gonna go with this if no dedicated Patriots Day Gamer appears this morning (game starts in around 20 minutes).
    Unemployed (job interview tomorrow) + Patriots Day game = 8 a.m. west coast fun (until Bard gives up 5 in the 1st at least)

    Devine April 16, 2012, 10:43 am
  • Nice catch Sweeney to end the top of the 2nd, no score.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 11:28 am
  • Just came in. Seems did better than that in his first two innings. Great catch by Sweeney.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:29 am
  • And good luck with the interview tomorrow, D.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:30 am
  • Runner at 2nd, one out ends in nothing in bottom of 2nd.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 11:36 am
  • Thank ‘ee, sir.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 11:37 am
  • Bard’s location is off today. Seems like he’s locating everything way up. Walks Jennings on 5 pitches.

    stuck_working April 16, 2012, 11:40 am
  • Anybody have an idea what Valentine was trying to accomplish with his silly remarks about Youk?

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:42 am
  • Not sure, PBE, but I loved Pedroia’s comment this morning that “Maybe that stuff works in Japan.” I hope this was just Bobby testing the waters and he’ll realize that kind of thing won’t fly. He’s already apologized, so that’s good.

    stuck_working April 16, 2012, 11:46 am
  • Bard strikes out the side. First full inning I have seen from him today. Looks good to me in spite of the walk.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:50 am
  • Nice K of Longoria. Pena, too (not as big an accomplishment, admittedly).

    Devine April 16, 2012, 11:50 am
  • Cafardo ripped Pedroia for his remark on the NESN pre-game show. Cafardo has been a cheerleader for Valentine since before Bobby got the job. It’s about time Cafardo gets his head out of Bobby’s backside and reverts to being a journalist again.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:53 am
  • Some hope, I should add.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:53 am
  • PBE, to ask the Boston sports media to “revert” to being journalists is hopeless. I think the best we can hope for is more reporters like Pete Abraham, who know the online media game well enough that they are at least in dialogue with their audience and to that extent there’s some accountability.

    stuck_working April 16, 2012, 11:59 am
  • Always nice to see Luke Scott make an out.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 11:59 am
  • Strikes please, Daniel!

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:02 pm
  • DP please!

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:04 pm
  • My wish is granted!

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:06 pm
  • Bard’s infield saves him an error and gets out of a mini-jam, getting the DP. Nice.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 12:06 pm
  • And Ortiz DPs in return.

    stuck_working April 16, 2012, 12:14 pm
  • Ugh, 4 walks today. Longoria up with 2 on, 2 out. Do not want.
    Wow, that first pitch was CRANKED foul.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 12:24 pm
  • Do they really have to replay that Longoria homer from last season?

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:26 pm
  • K! Halfway done, no score.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 12:27 pm
  • So far, if you ignore what it did to the bullpen for the first week, the project of turning Bard into a starter has been pretty promising.

    stuck_working April 16, 2012, 12:28 pm
  • Walking Nick Punto on four pitches? Keep up the good work, James!

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:33 pm
  • Still no runs for Bard.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:36 pm
  • Bard scoreless through six on 87 pitches. Does that count as a high quality start? Certainly not bad for a number five starter.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:43 pm
  • Really time now to get him some runs.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:44 pm
  • Shields of course has been just as good if not better. 64 pitches through 5.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:45 pm
  • Albers and Thomas warming up. In a scoreless game? No trust in Melancon? And couldn’t Aceves go two?

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 12:58 pm
  • Bases loaded. Not such a good idea maybe to let Bard go over 100 pitches.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:03 pm
  • Longoria up. Ball 1.
    Game on the line right here.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:04 pm
  • Ball 2.
    Why is he still in the game?

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:04 pm
  • 3-0. Ugh.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 1:05 pm
  • Ball 3.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:05 pm
  • Ball 4.
    Our manager is such an idiot.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:05 pm
  • Not close at all. 1-0 Rays. I was in favor of him staying in up to the point of facing Longoria with ‘em loaded, but I can see why Valentine wanted to see what he’d do with it. Lotta pitches for him, though.

    Devine April 16, 2012, 1:06 pm
  • Right now he deserves a nickname with the word coma in it.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:06 pm
  • Absolutely disgusting managing. I can’t believe this.

    Atheose - SF April 16, 2012, 1:06 pm
  • Not sure I’ve made myself clear here, but I really really hate Bobby Valentine.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
  • And now Thomas with his 6,75 ERA is supposed to keep the game in check?

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:08 pm
  • Grady would have not let Bard pitch to Longoria.
    Just sayin’.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 16, 2012, 1:09 pm
  • Thomas gets the out. That at least does not fuck up Bard’s ERA. Doesn’t make our manager a genius, though.

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:13 pm
  • It really blows my mind. Pena batting would have been the perfect time to pull Bard and bring in a lefty reliever (Thomas, since he was up). But then to let him pitch to Longoria too? I’m really, really mad about this stupidity.
    At least Thomas got out of it.

    Atheose - SF April 16, 2012, 1:13 pm
  • Joe Castig surmises that Bard was left in because Longo was 0-3 w/ 2K before that at-bat.
    I guess that has some merit. But Bard was CLEARLY out of gas.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 16, 2012, 1:15 pm
  • Haha, camera catches Pedroia spitting during “God Bless America” (with his pointed straight down, of course).

    Devine April 16, 2012, 1:16 pm
  • *with his head

    Devine April 16, 2012, 1:16 pm
  • Brignac to SS, Rodriguez to 2B, Kessinger out.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 16, 2012, 1:17 pm
  • Have to leave and will miss the comeback. Enjoy it!

    pale blue eyes April 16, 2012, 1:21 pm
  • Sorry guys. I’m not very patriotic it would seem. Gamer up top for the last couple innings if you choose.. or stay here.

    attackgerbil April 16, 2012, 1:21 pm
  • RE: coma, how about Grady Valentine?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 16, 2012, 1:24 pm
  • Pedoria made a comment earlier today about Valentine not knowing how things work around the team, maybe Bobby was thinking, “your right Dustin, I’ll be more like Tito, starting by leaving in the starter too long”

    BillsBurgSF April 16, 2012, 1:37 pm
  • I’m headed to the new gamer thread because it looks like some latecomers are posing there.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 16, 2012, 1:38 pm

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