It’s about Texas and the wild card, folks. Ignore the jerky team to the south.
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Focus? Hocus Pocus?
Ortiz batting 7th. Thank you Tito!
A walk and a HBP. Time for some Drew/Lowell magic.
Yikes. Does Lester look as bad as his results indicate?
That 2nd inning was such a bad tease. Of course, with Tek and Green, it wasn’t exactly a surprise, but Lowell caught off 2nd was so stupid on the DP.
Man, this game is frustrating so far. Gratifying to see the Rangers GIDP there.
Double plays all over the place.
Varitek is killing us tonight. Another K.
Lester goes from getting to 0-2 on Hamilton to walking him on 4 straight balls. WTF?
Lester really labors through the inning, but ends up recording 3 Ks and no runs score. Up to 79 pitches through 4, though. Millwood at 83.
Lester really is the stereotypical strikeout pitcher tonight: walks the first two batters, then strikes out the next 3.
I can’t believe that this team has Reddick leading off in a game of this importance.
More nothing from the bats.
So we’re back to this again, are we?
Good thing we’re getting a $6m shortstop with a .550 OPS.
Is Ellsbury hurt, or is this just another “day off”, in the middle of a pennant race? Either way, why in God’s name is Reddick leading off, to reiterate a comment above.
13 pitch inning for Lester, at least. 17 consecutive scoreless innings for the Sox now. Didn’t think we’d be doing that again so quickly.
Ellsbury not hurt, SF. Francona said he wanted him to sit because he looked tired.
Why do opposing managers still show Ortiz respect? I’m sure Millwood would have handled Papi easily.
now i won’t mind Varitek’s inevitable K nearly as much.
Oops, he grounded out just as I hit “post.”
I can already feel that Lester’s going to give up a leadoff HR here.
Oh nice. A flicker of life. Still feeling fairly pessimistic, but at least it’s not Millwood anymore.
Instant double, naturally, from Texas. Ellsbury woulda had it.
I nodded off for 5 minutes and missed Ortiz’ homer? Wow.
Well, I was close. Byrd doubles. 2 run shot to Andruw maybe?
Nope, just a run-scoring single.
Sometimes I really hate following a baseball team.
Well, it seems like you’ll only have to bother till about the end of September, Devine.
Lester pretty clearly pissed as he walks off the mound. Can’t blame him, that single was so rinky-dink.
Yeah, sw, but at least the team’s in it. Thankful every day not to only have today’s outcome to think about. Still, seems a bit less likely with each road game that this team has anything in them for the long haul.
Fuuuuuuuuuuuck. Reddick deep to the track up against the wall. Fucking baseball.
Is it just me or has Bard seemed to wilt somewhat as the hype about him has ratcheted up?
Clay Buchholz pinch-running for Varitek at 2nd. Dangerous…
You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me. Pedroia with a big double off the wall, but Buchholz out at the plate because he had to hold up to make sure it wasn’t caught. VERY lucky bounce off the wall.
Buchholz slid head-first and is lucky he didn’t hurt himself.
If Woodward had gotten that bunt down this would be a goddamn tie game.
VICTOR MARTINEZ DOUBLES! RED SOX TAKE THE LEAD! FUCK YEAH!
Wait, Buchholz was safe, right? (relying on Yahoo boxscores here)
Wow! What a ninth!
Wow. I am so glad I stayed with this. What an inning.
Bay singles to score the insurance run. That really was an amazing at-bat by VMart, fouling off a ton of pitches with his team one strike away from losing the Wild Card.
And Drew with a 2-run homer! Suddenly it’s 8-4, and the game is locked up. What a fantastic 2 minutes there.
FSP, Buchholz was out. His speed made it close, but it was a tough play for him.
Buchholz really effed up, he played it right getting to 3rd, but headed back toward 2nd, stumbled heading back to 3rd, stumbled getting around 3rd. It’s not really his fault, since he probably shouldn’t have pinch-run, but…
OH MY GOD, *THIS* IS AN INNING, RIGHT HERE.
So low after the Buchholz out, so high on the V-Mart AB and everything thereafter.
Thanks Ath. The Yahoo summary was weird, saying that he was both out and that he scored. I wasn’t sure what exactly happened there.
Extremely good win.
The under-the-radar moment in that rally is Tek legging out that single. (He should still be sitting most days, though.)
yet another wtf moment;
please explain why buchholz was pinch-running…is your bench that depleted that there wasn’t a better/different option?…i guess i’m overly protective [see wang], but the idea of pitchers on the bases, diving into home no less, is a risk i’d rather not take…but i understand if tito had no one left to go to…
He’s supposed to be Ellsbury-fast, but I think Tek probably scores pretty easy there…so it didn’t really work out.
If Buchholz had just waited 1/3 of the way between 2nd and 3rd to see if it was caught, he would have made it home easily (or made it back to 2nd easily if caught, since you don’t try to take third on a fly ball to left in that situation).
And the headfirst slide was just like a spare exclamation point added to the question, “What the hell was Francona thinking?!!!?!” It’s very fortunate for both Clay and Tito that the rest of the lineup came through and erased their blunders.
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