Fenway!: Orioles-Sox Gamer I

It’s the home opener, and seeing green, green Fenway will do my eyes good. Wei-Yin Chen and the upstart Orioles killed the Sox last year (2.50 ERA in 3 starts vs. Sox for the former NPB twirler). The Red Sox are home for essentially the rest of April: 17 out of the next 20 (just a brief detour to Francleveland next week) and play 19 days in a row after an off-day tomorrow. Time to make some hay, plz.

Chen vs. Buchholz. Comment away!

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  • wwwwwwwoooooooohhhhhhhoooooooooo

    Brad April 8, 2013, 1:07 pm
  • So the optimistic take is we win 14 of those 20 and will be 18-8 at the end of the month?

    Nah, too crazy …

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 1:26 pm
  • Annette Funicello has died. I’ve just dated myself.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 1:53 pm
  • I’ll take the 18-8, but I’ll take the 8-18 for the other side first:)

    Brad April 8, 2013, 1:54 pm
  • Stolen from the Globe blog:

    RED SOX (4-2)
    Ellsbury CF
    Victorino RF
    Pedroia 2B
    Napoli 1B
    Middlebrooks 3B
    Nava LF
    Gomes DH
    Ross C
    Iglesias SS
    Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (1-0, 1.29)

    ORIOLES (3-3)
    McLouth LF
    Machado 3B
    Markakis RF
    Jones CF
    Davis 1B
    Wieters C
    Hardy SS
    Flaherty 2B
    Pearce DH
    Pitching: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 3.18)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 2:06 pm
  • No JBJ.

    A day off for the kid this soon? You’d think they want him in there for the home opener..

    Brad April 8, 2013, 2:11 pm
  • As the Sox celebrate their 60th year with the Jimmy Fund, here’s a nod to the old Boston Braves and owner Lou Perini, who adopted the Jimmy Fund as their official charity back in 1948.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 2:12 pm
  • JBJ has been struggling, and JF probably wanted to avoid the lefty-lefty matchup. But the switchy Nava isn’t a good right-handed hitter.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 2:13 pm
  • Buch gets out of it with an easy dozen pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 2:15 pm
  • Solid start there..

    Brad April 8, 2013, 2:17 pm
  • O’s D robs the Sox of a couple of hits.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 2:23 pm
  • 13 pitches for Chen to Buchholz’s 12.

    VICTORY! *grumble*

    Devine April 8, 2013, 2:25 pm
  • No reason to pitch to Davis here, Clay.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 2:25 pm
  • Solid move, except it doesn’t get any easier in the heart of this lineup. They’re talented.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 2:26 pm
  • Clay looking good so far –

    Brad April 8, 2013, 2:57 pm
  • Two-out threat squashed (single, single, K).

    Devine April 8, 2013, 2:58 pm
  • Scoreless through 3. Sox don’t have a hit.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:04 pm
  • ^ digging the one way jynx there….

    Brad April 8, 2013, 3:07 pm
  • Buchholz walks dude, then gets force at 2nd and DP on the next three pitches, leaving him at a reasonable 61 through 4.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:12 pm
  • Good move, Devine..

    Brad April 8, 2013, 3:14 pm
  • No-hitter broken. Victorino at first for Pedroia, none out.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:15 pm
  • Hee hee! Thanks, Brad. Just doing my part.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:15 pm
  • Victorino caught stealing (happened Saturday, too). Then Pedroia walks. Hold yer fuckin’ horses Victorino/Farrell, ugh!

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:17 pm
  • Napoli DP. Homers aside, a fairly brutal start to the season for him (came up big in Friday’s game in Toronto, though).

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:20 pm
  • Yah – he needs to get outs in the outfield, not 6-4-3s.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 3:22 pm
  • I almost completely forgot about Brian Roberts. That guy has had a rough go at it.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 3:22 pm
  • Buchholz at 90 pitches after 6. One more, and we’ll try to scrape you a win in the meantime, you lanky laptop thief, you.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 3:48 pm
  • would like to put some runs up soon….

    Brad April 8, 2013, 3:51 pm
  • Two hits on Saturday, two so far today. And a 13-0 game in-between. We need to distribute our hits and runs a little better.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 3:55 pm
  • ^^ this.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 3:58 pm
  • 4th walk for Buchholz, none out. Hmmmmm.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
  • 108 pitches, runner at 2nd, 2 out…I might have preferred Uehara, but here we go, Clay.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:05 pm
  • That’s a solid game right there.
    They need to put men across the plate now.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:07 pm
  • Goes down swinging at a pitch off the plate, and Buchholz’s day is finished.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:08 pm
  • Buchholz has allowed 1 run in 14 innings. Lester has allowed 2 in 12. This is good shit.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:08 pm
  • ugghhhh.

    Really, Red Sox? Take me out to the Ballgame?

    When did this happen?

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:09 pm
  • Thank god Pedey didn’t slide head first …

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:12 pm
  • If they traded “Sweet Caroline” for “TMOttBG”, I’d call that a win. Sox would probably have to throw in a STBNL.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:13 pm
  • Nevermind…didn’t realize it was a bunch of Jimmy Fund kids. My bad.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:15 pm
  • STBNL – Put me in Coach?

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:15 pm
  • Or Centerfield (as it’s called if you finish humming it before you type)

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:16 pm
  • Napoli reaches the wall, Pedey stops at third. Good call, I think.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:17 pm
  • Come on, Middlebrooks!!!!

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:18 pm
  • Definitely a good call to hold up Pedey. Cant waste that chance.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:19 pm
  • 2nd and 3rd, none out, come on! (Pedey single, Napoli double).

    Middlebrooks: 2 strikes quickly, both fouls. Ball 1 a bit high. Foul. Foul. Ball.

    K. FUCK.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:20 pm
  • Middlebrooks swings at ball 3.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:20 pm
  • COME ON!!!!!!

    HELL YAH!!!!!

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:21 pm
  • I just want a groundball to the right side. It doesn’t seem like so much to ask.

    Brad: “Centerfield” too good a song, trade is lopsided.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
  • Nava, atta boy!!!!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
  • NAVA! 3-0!!!!

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
  • Danny Nah-ver!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
  • That kid has had some feel good moments at Fenway if ever there were anyone.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:24 pm
  • Good, patient hitting this inning.
    Hadn’t had much luck against Chen. Then Pedey gets on. Then Napoli gets a double after falling behind 0-2 (Sox radio said Jones gave up on it, could have been caught.)
    Nava (fourth RH homer of career), then homers on a 2-strike pitch.
    These Sox persevere. Adds to their likeability factor.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:27 pm
  • Six outs to get.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:27 pm
  • Adds to their likeability factor.

    ^^this. I always love a feel good group of non-superstars that play for each other better than the 180M contract guy.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:28 pm
  • Plus, important to note that Farrell went with Nava over JBJ.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:29 pm
  • Nava is the face of perseverance. Even more than Pedroia.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:30 pm
  • lefty v. lefty, as mentioned above. I think if the pitcher was RH, he probably goes with JBJ

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:30 pm
  • McLouth K’s. Five to go.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:31 pm
  • One down. Backwards K.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:32 pm
  • Machado K’s. Four to go.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:33 pm
  • two down….

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:34 pm
  • aaaannnd 3
    3 to go!!

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:34 pm
  • Markakis flies out. Three to go.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:34 pm
  • Sweet.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:36 pm
  • And there’s Sweet Caroline. Bah.

    Let’s make this a non-save situation.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:36 pm
  • “lefty v. lefty, as mentioned above. I think if the pitcher was RH, he probably goes with JBJ”

    This is true and valid, but as Pete Abes pointed out in the pregame notes, Nava is .191 career batting RH.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:38 pm
  • No hits for Iggy today.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:39 pm
  • No hits for Ells either.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:40 pm
  • Victorino flies out. Save situation for Hanrahan.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:40 pm
  • A platter save for Hanrahan. Let’s hope he can get 3 outs before they can get 3 runs.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:41 pm
  • Strike 1 to Adam Jones, 96 mph.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:43 pm
  • That brownnose Hanrahan. (Line from Fletch. F Letch.)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:44 pm
  • Having dudes in the pen who throw heat is pretty great.

    Buuuuuut home run.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:44 pm
  • Home run for Jones, damn.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:45 pm
  • Jones homers, temporarily quiets fewer than 40,000 fans.
    Davis out, 3U.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:46 pm
  • The incredible Chris Davis grounds out. 2 more…

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:46 pm
  • Wieters K’s. O’s down to their final out.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:47 pm
  • Swinging strike, K. 99 MPH.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
  • Strike 1.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
  • Double off the wall. C’mon Hanrahan.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
  • Double, grrrrrrrr.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
  • Flaherty, the tying run, is 0-13 on the season.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
  • 2-0. Strikes please.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:49 pm
  • whew…

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:49 pm
  • Flaherty pops it up. Sox win!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • If this was 2012, the Orioles win this game on a walkoff.

    That magic had to end sometime.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • Damn right. WOOOOOO!

    Devine April 8, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • Game. 3-1, Sox. back to work.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • I like this team!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • ^^this.

    Brad April 8, 2013, 4:52 pm
  • Yanks and Cleveland tied at 3 after one and a half. Win one for Tito!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2013, 4:52 pm
  • Matt Albers and Rich Hill are having a “Which former Red Sox pitcher will suck worse against the Yankees?” off. Rich Hill goes out front giving up a run and earning no outs in the process. Then he throws a wild pitch to allow another run in, sealing his “victory”.

    Devine April 8, 2013, 6:45 pm

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