Fortress Of Cheese Steak: Sox-Phillies Gamer II

Antonio Bastardo has what I think must be the best Super Villain moniker ever created as his surname. The 23-year-old Dominican’s special powers (1.18 whip, 9k, 2 bb over 11 innings) will be on display this afternoon at CBP in his third start since being called up to replace Brett Myers who injured his hip when he tripped over one of his super eyebrows. The Sox send Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose rosin bag was replaced by a sack full of Kryptonite in April and is coming off a rough outing against the Rangers.

Lineups follow, comment away, Justice League.

D. Pedroia 2b .297
J. Ellsbury cf .303
K. Youkilis 1b .345
J. Bay lf .280
M. Lowell 3b .294
R. Baldelli rf .259
J. Varitek c .230
J. Lugo ss .265
D. Matsuzaka p .000
D. Matsuzaka 7.33
J. Rollins ss .221
S. Victorino cf .286
C. Utley 2b .294
R. Howard 1b .251
R. Ibanez lf .325
J. Werth rf .250
P. Feliz 3b .307
C. Ruiz c .283
A. Bastardo p .000
A. Bastardo 2.45
61 comments… add one
  • Whatever just happened has confused the crap out of Gameday.


    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • What a blast by Bay.

    attackgerbil June 13, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • Lowell just missed making it b2b.

    attackgerbil June 13, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • Here comes the rain.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Yeah, it’s dumping!

    attackgerbil June 13, 2009, 7:19 pm
  • Loogie with an RBI chance.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Loogie with a triple that Victorino misplays. 5-0. Three errors in the first inning for Philly.
    Dice-K’s first at-bat of the season.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Rain delay. Crap. I hope this inning isn’t wasted.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • 38 pitches (sorry, Curt) in the first for Bastardo.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • A rain delay? really? or are you just assuming it’s going to happen?

    rootbeerfloat June 13, 2009, 7:30 pm
  • Effective first inning for Dice-K.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • This is some BS right here. I come home, see we’re up 5-0, then realize there’s a large possibility that the game will be called and it will all be for nothing.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • The Phils radio seems pretty confident the game will take place… tho Dice-K is assuredly done. His best start of 2009!

    Paul SF June 13, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • How sure are you he’s done? Who would replace him, Wakefield?

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • Game back on! Chad Durbin is the new Phillies pitcher.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Now it REALLY sucks that Ramirez blew the game last night, otherwise we could just use Masterson for 5 innings.
    As it is, Delcarmen might go 2, but aside from that our bullpen isn’t too fresh. If Wakefield comes in then Beckett could pitch tomorrow.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • If Dice-K is done, this rain delay might have solved the Smoltz question.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • Wow, Daisuke staying out there. I guess since he had a quicker inning…

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • Durbin with acareer 5.23 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Dice-K is back out there and promptly gives up a single to Howard on his second pitch.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • …and then Ryan Howard tries to steal 2nd, though it’s a foul ball.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Radar indicates there’s more rain on the way.

    Joe C says Yankees-Mets wasn’t a sellout yesterday or today.

    Ibanez Ks.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Looking much better against Ibanez there, lots of fastballs.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • How the hell is a Yankees-Mets game not sold out on a Friday or Saturday?

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Daisuke has gotten ahead of 4 of the 6 Phillies batters so far tonight.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Make that 5 of the 7 batters.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Lugo could have knocked that down if he tried. Would have kept the runner from going to 3rd.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • SWEET, there’s talk of Smoltz pitching in the majors on Thursday. Penny will be gone by then for sure, though what about Buchholz? 6-man rotation?

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Don’t bet on it, ath. Why would be bag Penny when he’s been pitching so well?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Is that sarcasm, IBM? ;-) He can officially be traded without his permission on June 15, and after the Yankees start his trade value is highest. Mark my words, he won’t make another start in a Red Sox uniform.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Not sure where my comment went, but here’s what I said:
    Is that sarcasm IBM? ;-) June 15 is the date Penny can be traded without permission, and after the Yankees start he’s at his highest trade value. He won’t make another start in a Red Sox uniform.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Oh NOW it shows my old comment. lol.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Daisuke can’t get a bunt down, and instead grounds out. Lugo out at third, which wasn’t really his fault because I thought he could make it too. Now Daisuke has to run.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • What do you trade him for, and to whom?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Ibanez crushed that thing. Daisuke left that up.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Anything, IBM. At this point he’s blocking TWO better options (Buchholz and Smoltz), and we’ll definitely get something of value for him. Probably a crappy A or AA middle infielder.
    My bet is Texas.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • 5-4, now. Crap. Get him out of there.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Oh f*ck, suddenly it’s 5-4.

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • My bet is this: They either put Smoltz in the pen, or they find a reason to DL Dice-K and Smoltz takes his spot in the rotation. I think Penny has more value in Boston that anything he could bring in return.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Actually IBM in the Smoltz interview he mentioned how he offered to pitch out of the bullpen, but that that idea was quickly shot down by the powers that be.
    He may have more value than anything we can get in return, but does he have more value than either Smoltz OR Buchholz?

    Atheose June 13, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Repeat after me: You can never have enough starting pitching, You can never have enough starting pitching, You can never have enough starting pitching.
    The Red Sox have never said, hinted or implied that they plan to deal Penny.
    Hey, I understand the logic. But I just don’t think it’s a given as some of you do.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Bay, Lowell w/back-to-back singles. Here we go.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Baldelli beats it out to stay out of the DP, Bay to third.
    Tek up with one out.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Tek doubles in a run, Rocco to third. 6-4.
    The suddenly red-hot Loogie with a two-RBI chance.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Loogie whacks it, 7-4; Papi to hit for Dice-K.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • MDC to come in; Papi Ks when he can’t hold up on a check swing; Pedey looking to end a 0-for-16 skein.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • And he DOES!
    RBI single. 8-3.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • This guy’s ERA has gone up a full run so far.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Ells walks to load ’em up, and with Yoooks up, the Sox have batted around.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 10:38 pm
  • Wow, this game really slowed down. Listened to a whole Jim Gaffigan CD, and the game has advanced all of two innings.
    IBM may be right about Dice-K going on the DL, but there’s no way Smoltz is going to the pen. These very Phillies sure need some pitching… I wouldn’t be surprised if they spring for the Sox’ demands on Penny plus maybe Delcarmen or something more prospectish.

    Paul SF June 13, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • One rumor has Penny going to the Phillies for Triple-A SS prospect Jason Donald, who is said to be all glove but light with the bat.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 11:39 pm
  • Joe C tells that because the starter didn’t go 5 but left with the lead, the winning pitcher is at the disgretion of the official scorer.

    And Werth homers to make it 10-6. this has to be Oki’s last batter.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • Another option for Smoltz I’ve wondered about is to have him start in place of each starter for a while. One week it’s for Lester, then for Beckett, then for Wakefield, and so on. I know it might sound a bit cockamamie, but it might make sure every stays healthy and rested.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 11:44 pm
  • Ramirez on to try to not give up a home run.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 11:55 pm
  • Sox have 12 hits, 9 BB, 10 runs and 12 LOBs.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 13, 2009, 11:58 pm
  • Ellsbury with a homer! 11-6. He’s coming around.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 14, 2009, 12:06 am
  • I like that in theory IBM. If the players sign off on it, it might be possible, but it’s extreme unorthodoxy will make it a magnet for criticism at the slightest provocation. Same reason no one’s sticking their neck out for the four-man rotation even if it made sense for them.

    FenSheaParkway June 14, 2009, 12:06 am
  • Fair enough. It just seems to me like they’ve got something up their sleeves.

    Paps on to end it. Not a save situation.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 14, 2009, 12:15 am
  • The Penny-for-Donald rumor was more like:
    Phillies ask about Penny.
    Red Sox say: It’ll cost Donald.
    Phillies end talks.
    Not so much a rumor as what the Sox want for Penny. Of course, the Phillies may be growing more desperate, and with the Mets losing Maine, and Penny’s great start against the Yankees, it seems Penny’s value will never be higher.

    Paul SF June 14, 2009, 9:28 am
  • Oh, and as it turns out, Donald is out for six weeks with a torn meniscus. That, and the fact that Lowrie is set to return, would seem to indicate that Donald isn’t walking through the door anytime soon.

    Paul SF June 14, 2009, 9:31 am
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    With love ;-), Penny.

    Penny September 5, 2009, 3:46 am

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