Go Away A’s: Sox-A’s Gamer V

The Sox hope to salvage a split of this week’s four-game series in Oakland. We’re not optimistic. The A’s thus far have shown why they have the best starting pitching in baseball, shutting down the Sox in two games. The Sox, meanwhile, have struggled of late, thanks in large part to their starting pitching — Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Curt Schilling and to a lesser extent Josh Beckett have all struggled this week.

Matsuzaka made up for his bad start last night, but it was to no avail, as the Sox bats ran a frustrating brand of cold, getting plenty of opportunities against former teammate Lenny DiNardo but failing miserably in the clutch. Now, it’s Tim Wakefield’s turn. He’s been wretched lately, and the likelihood of his getting run support is low — the A’s starters have given up seven runs in their last eight games.

So here it is. Losing is no fun. This is the first bad stretch for the Sox this season, and now is the time to see what they’re made of. Enter your own cliche here, and comment away!

54 comments… add one
  • Shouldn’t the last thread have been called “Sox-A’s Gamer V” and this one “Sox-A’s Gamer VI”?

    Devine June 6, 2007, 6:58 pm
  • Nope. This is gamer V, the previous two were both wrong. Corrected.

    SF June 6, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • I think we are very close to “Jacoby Ellsbury Clarion Call” watch time. If Coco doesn’t improve and Drew ends up DL’d for some reason, it will be tough to bring up David Murphy over Ellsbury, even though that might be a smarter long-term solution from a developmental standpoint.

    SF June 6, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Did Ellsbury get hurt the other day? on the 4th he had only 2 ABs and he was out of the lineup last nite and again tonite…anyone have any info????

    TJ June 6, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • nevermind found my answer….
    BY JOE McDONALD
    Journal Sports Writer
    PAWTUCKET — PawSox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has played 22 consecutive games since he was recalled from Double-A Portland on May 4, so it was a little unusual the phenom was out of the lineup last night.
    Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson said Ellsbury has a little stiffness in his back. In fact, Johnson originally had Ellsbury in last night’s lineup but felt it was better to give the young outfielder the night off.
    As a result, David Murphy, who has been playing left since Ellsbury arrival here, was back in center with Bobby Scales in left and Brandon Moss in right.
    http://www.projo.com/pawsox/content/sp_bb_pawsoxjo30_05-30-07_1J5QT7J.38c8f96.html

    TJ June 6, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • A reminder to everyone I am gonna be blogging the Red Sox draft tomorrow and Friday on my blog http://redsox.travisliles.com :)

    TJ June 6, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Red Sox
    1. Julio Lugo, SS
    2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    6. Mike Lowell, 3B
    7. Wily Mo Pena, RF
    8. Doug Mirabelli, C
    9. Coco Crisp, CF
    SP – Tim Wakefield
    Athletics
    1. Travis Buck, LF
    2. Mark Ellis, 2B
    3. Nick Swisher, RF
    4. Eric Chavez, 3B
    5. Milton Bradley, CF
    6. Dan Johnson, 1B
    7. Jack Cust, DH
    8. Bobby Crosby, SS
    9. Jason Kendall, C
    SP – Joe Kennedy

    TJ June 6, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Yay, Mirabelli again, as expected. Yay.

    SF June 6, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • First long losing skid of the year. Hmm.
    Come on, Sox! Let’s go go go!

    Rain SF June 6, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Are Drew’s injuries worse then reported? He has been out a while

    sam YF June 6, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Ahhh Jack Cust the pride of NJ!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 6, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Boston.com just suggests hes out with a lefty on the mound.

    TJ June 6, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Computer problems havce been keepign me away.. probbaly for the better…
    but I need to say something
    Ok. We’re haviung a losing stretch. We all knew they would come. You, me. Everyone. Problem is, the Yankees are back. They are winnign while we are losing and eroding that lead we had felt so good about.
    Somethign needs to happen.
    I missed, thanks to no net, Lester’s last start. How’d he do? Where the hell is he? We need him back and pronto.

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • did you guy’s just see the clip of ortiz spitting water all over dustin? i think dustin hurt him self on the bash brothers elbow bang. way to show respect for the glory days of roids.

    sf rod June 6, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Lester did good in his last start. He seems to be strong, and apparently has gotten past his walk issues that had plagued him throughout his career.
    But replacing Julian Tavarez won’t make everyone else start pitching/hitting. I’d say Tavarez has been among the least of the Sox’s troubles the past three series.

    AndrewYF June 6, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Glory Days of roids still going strong with the Yankees and Giambi. Especially today- wheeeeeee.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Well, on a positive note, D-Pod seems to be hitting well in the 2-hole, except for last night.
    I want the Sox to win today, no question. Snapping this skid is critical.

    Rain SF June 6, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Yeah, going 1-5 through the last six games is not good. I know they’re gonna lose some games, they have to, but hopefully they can hit the skids and rebound immediately.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Bottom of the 3rd, one hit apiece for both teams.
    And the only guy who has a hit for the Sox — dumdumdumdum! — is Wily Mo. :P

    Rain SF June 6, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Kendall with a single, while Wake gets Travis Buck — who I think looks like some actor I can’t seem to put my finger on — and now facing Ellis, who hit the cycle the other night.

    Rain SF June 6, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • sox are making kennedy look better than he is. maybe show some patience this time through the lineup.

    sf rod June 6, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • ok, maybe not. ortiz, manny and youk all swing at the first pitch.

    sf rod June 6, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • ANOTHER GIDP!? I’m going to scream

    mp June 6, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • I think that’s the 428th double play I’ve seen the Sox hit into in 24 hours… Actually, I think I’ve lost count

    mp June 6, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • This is crap on a stick. Wake is looking semi-decent tonight and we’re still killing ourselves with DPs.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • three runs. might as well get joel up.

    sf rod June 6, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Maybe the Sox are too anxious to do something?

    Anonymous June 6, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • I can’t tell if the comments above are referring to the last DP, but wow.. that’s 3 in 5..

    Lar June 6, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • coco’s perfected the art of hitting into double plays. DP count=3.

    sf rod June 6, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • I about to toss my shite with all these gidps.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • And Pedroia has still not hit into one this season :)
    And if Lugo gets in next inning and Pedroia hits into one imma fly to Oakland and smack every player on that team!

    TJ June 6, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • well no DPS, just two worthless outs.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Manny doubles yet will probably be doubled off second on a lineout. Because God hates me.

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Speedy Youkilis

    TJ June 6, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • halle-freakin-lujah, the Red Sox got a dang run.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • HOLY CRAP WE GOTA RUN!
    EVERYONE!
    WE ACTUALLY FRAKING SCORED!

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Lowell, of course, strikes out. Wily mo grounds out and Youk scores.
    3-2, As.

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Dougie gets a basehit. I fear Crisp will hit a groundball and the As will go through the motions of a DP, even though there are two outs.. JUST to mock us

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Coco swings at the first damn pitch to kill the rally. You schmuck. I fraking hate him. I’m done. Its over. Murphy, Ellsbury I dont CARE.. anythigns better than that mess

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Look at the bright side, now Coco can’t lead off the top of the 8th.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Coco Crisp was a worse signign than Carl Pavano.
    At least Pavano made people laugh with his crazy

    Dionysus June 6, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • aaand Timmy comes unglued and so am I it seems.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 12:01 am
  • Why did Francona get ejected? I’m stuck on Gameday…

    rootbeerfloat June 7, 2007, 12:12 am
  • I am too.. but lookign at that rather high strike call to Dustin (from gamedays admittedly poor represntation), I’d imagine he was argueing balls and strikes.. and you cant do that.
    Still.. nice to see him get a little pissed off.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 12:18 am
  • Ok, is it just me or is that strike zone all over the map? If you have one of those things(Gameday, etc) that shows pitch locations, check out Shannon Stewarts AB in the 4th. Pitch 4 was a called strike that was outside ball 1…..What….It’s been like that all night, actually, all series. Oy. Apparently the Sox caught no-hit-ittis from the yanks.

    january June 7, 2007, 12:19 am
  • according to Boston.com Francona used more then a few words towards the umpire that a family blog couldnt repeat.
    It was arguing the high call on Pedroia which was “Mid chest high”

    TJ June 7, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Nah, he was just talking about vacuums. A lot.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 7, 2007, 12:22 am
  • Vacuums that don’t practice asexual reproduction, perhaps.

    QuoSF June 7, 2007, 12:40 am
  • ok well may we do better in the draft tomorrow then we have in this series thus far. Nite all.

    TJ June 7, 2007, 12:41 am
  • Man. That was frustrating. Officially a six game losing streak now.
    Gotta snap it tomorrow, at least take one from the A’s.

    Rain SF June 7, 2007, 5:06 am
  • http://www.athleticsnation.com/storyonly/2007/6/7/05545/77333
    Saw this on Deadspin regarding the Sox series in Oakland.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 9:39 am
  • Not to pick nits, as I think we’re all frustrated over the Sox’ woes, particularly among their outfielders, but Coco Crisp was NOT a signing. True, he was signed to an extension after the Sox traded for him, but he was a trade…

    Paul SF June 7, 2007, 10:02 am
  • It’s also just a four-game losing streak and six of seven.

    Paul SF June 7, 2007, 10:04 am
  • Yeah, Coco needs to go. There are some quality CFs coming onto the market next year. Maybe we get one of them at the trade deadline? Or, at the very least, bring up Ellsworth and give him a shot. He can’t do much worse than Coco.
    The Sox aren’t very good right now, that’s for sure. The frustrating thing is that they look totally disinterested. Hopefully Tito’s outburst shows them that someone gives a crap…

    jp-sf June 7, 2007, 10:05 am

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