Hello, Cleveland: Sox-Indians Gamer I

Curt Schilling takes the mound tonight against the potent offense of the Cleveland Indians.  Jake Westbrook ascends the hill to face, uh, five major league hitters.  If the weather holds, and currently the gametime forecast calls for spitting rain and a perceived temperature of 36 degrees, the Sox’ ace is going to have to be a the top of his abilities.  Unfortunately for him (and also for the Cleveland fans who loved him so), Coco Crisp is still unable to play, at least three weeks away from a return.  We’re counting the days.

Discuss tonight’s match here. 

187 comments… add one
  • Dang, that one off Manny’s bat didn’t quite hit the spot. Almost. The litany of LOB looks like it might start quick.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Yep, here we go again. 2 LOB. What is it with these guys? So frustrating to watch.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Good opener for Curt – very nice splitter in action against Sizemore.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Jason “I could’ve been Coco” Michaels whiffs. 2 down.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • A superb change–up from Curt to K Jhonny P.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Peralta’s killing me on fantasy team. Schilling’s off to another good start. Damn

    NickYF April 25, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Another walk for the Sox. 3 baserunners through 1+. When are we gonna do some early damage off these pitchers who give away baserunners??!?!!

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • speaking of starts, any concern about Tek’s weak beginning?

    NickYF April 25, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Lowell with a rope back through the box. 2 on, none out.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Willie Harris up. Bunt?

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Yep, but he fails. 2 fouled off. Pathetic.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • re: Tek – not worried quite yet. But thinking about it.
    Willie Harris grounds into a double play ball that the pitcher dropped on the 1-6-3 attempt. More bad baseball from the Sox. Will it ever end?

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Bathroom Break up.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Westbrook returns the favor by going 0-2 on BB, then throwing four straight balls to walk them full. Come on, YOOOOOK.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • The Sox are being very patient with Westbrook. Which is nice. Except that when they swing they don’t do anything.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • And Youk whiffs. Ugh.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • THANK YOU, LORETTA. 2-0 on the single.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Papi gives it a ride, just a bit short. Mow’em down quick, Curt!

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • I’m so lonesome, I could cry…
    Where is everyone?!

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Hafner down on two pitches.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Schilling gets a bit squeezed there against Martinez. Walk.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • &%$%#@@! 2-2, dinger by Broussard.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • This strike zone is getting smaller and smaller. I think Westbrook’s wildness has made the ump forget what strikes are, and Schilling is bearing the brunt of this.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Two more men on. I won’t speculate.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Another full count for Westbrook.

    SF April 25, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Wow. That was one of the most embarrassing baserunning gaffes I have EVER seen. Positively awful. The type of stuff that, if the season were later and the Sox were in third place, would possibly lead to a manager getting canned. That bad. Manny gets picked off of second, and in the ensuing rundown Varitek is thrown out at second and then Manny is caught before making it to third. Pathetic. I know the players are the ones who execute, but at what point does poor fundamental baseball indicate something more deeply seated, like a lack of instruction, a lack of leadership?

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • And I am guessing the reason Gamecast (which I have open on my computer while I watch) is now stalled is because the play WAS SO FUCKING BEFUDDLINGLY STUPID THAT THE GUY ENTERING DATA DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • And just like that, they are behind. The Sox are making themselves very hard to watch.

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Schilling getting whacked around. Ugly night for all parties. I can’t deal with this, my blood pressure is shooting through the roof. I’m taking a break.

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Well, looks like I’m taking over manning the thread from SF. I had high hopes for this game, but just arrived to read his summary and open up GameCast.
    Alas…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • It’s amazing how many times this season, the Red Sox have left basereunners on, and it’s not just the bottom of the order. Ortiz has far too many Ks, we all know about Manny’s trouble, and I for one am concerned about Tek’s horrendous start. Even Youkilis is K-ing more than he should.
    We’re taking a lot of pitches, but still striking out. An odd combination that’s leading to a lot of men on base followed by strikeouts in key situations. Hard to get more frustrating than that.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Well, I can’t watch the Yanks, so if you need some help let me know. I’ve got the Sox on for a bit.

    RichYF April 25, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Lowell walks, and Harris tries to bunt — and pops out to the catcher. Man, how bad do you have to be to bunt a popup so high that the catcher has time to get up and catch it?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • A-Gon out. Up to Youk to do something, ANYthing with the man on base.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Maybe Theo can end the Willie Harris era, like after this inning. Can you send a guy down during the game? Why the fuck is he even on the team instead of Stern?

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Now got a runner in scoring position… Come on Youk!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • OK, Youk comes through. Let’s go Loretta.
    That sounds weird.

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Youk infield single! Let’s go Mark…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • And nothing.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Two more stranded. Some nights I really feel like taking my computer and hurling it through the window.

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • I understand wanting to get Stern the 500 ABs, but at what point is the alternative so completely unacceptable? Heck, call up Jacoby Ellsbury…
    When I was at Opening Day, I decided by Mark Loretta’s second at-bat that I was gonna have to call him “Mark” or Mark-ayyy” or something like that. Too weird to call him “Loretta”.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Yeah, I mean, why is Willie Harris on the everyday roster? How is he a big enough of an upgrade over Stern to warrant his being in the lineup? He apparently can’t even get a bunt down, which since he can’t hit should be a skill that he can rely on. Theo has some questions to answer with this one.
    And I know the Coco injury is a problem out of his control, but this backup plan isn’t even close to sufficient.

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Schilling with the K. How many Ks now is that for him? My computer screen at work is too small for the GameCast to show me anything to the right of innings pitched on the stats…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • 5 Ks I believe. Schilling looks good this inning.

    RichYF April 25, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Even A-Gon and Papi can bunt, so, honestly, why can Willie Harris not do it?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • 5 Ks through 3.2

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • For that matter, is Harris that much better than WMP?

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • This is one of those games…

    RichYF April 25, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • The only solace right now is that Westbrook has pitched poorly enough to help me hope for a comeback… But if we only get consistent production out of two spots in our lineup (Youk and Papi, Lowell might make three), that’s scary…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • At least Pena can draw a walk and hit the ball hard. His OBP is actually respectable…
    Heart of the lineup coming up now. Let’s get that lead back, boys…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Not pitching to Papi…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Now we’re cooking! Manny with the hit, now let’s DRIVE THEM HOME!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • (If I type in capital letters, they’ll actually hear me and respond)…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • WHY WAS HE SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH?!?!

    SF April 25, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Unbelievable…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Nothing like killing the rally the moment you step to the plate…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • And nothing. Again.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Curt Schilling’s not going to get this win, even though he should be ahead 6-4 or 7-4.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • A much-needed, quick, 1-2-3 inning from the Schill…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • 2 men on, no outs… again… *shudder*

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • This is the perfect time for Francona to put Pena in to pinch hit for Gonzalez. But I’m sure he won’t… Nope. Instead of putting a viable hitter up he’s going to give away an out. For the third time this game I might add. Man, this is an infuriating game.

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • And lookie there, a successful sac bunt from Alex Gonzalez, even after a fouled-off first attempt (pretty impressinve, being able to pull that off when everyone in the park is expecting it)…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • I’m in.
    Moved the two inexplicable baserunners over for Youk – Bathroom Break might just be good for something! Youk’s up, one out.

    rk April 25, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Youk gets a run back, but he might have gotten two if he’d taken a freaking pitch or two…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Okay, a run. Loretta, please walk or something. (Maybe if we hope enough for Papi, Loretta will come through with another HR)

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • OH NO! The Red Sox accidentally scored! I bet Francona will be furious at Youk for that. He’s going to have to go sit in the corner of the dugout and not talk to anyone.

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Agh, the pain . . .

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • When was the last time the Red Sox drove in a run with two outs?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • 7 hits, 7 walks. 3 runs. Offered without comment.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • rk – Bathroom Break sucks! (Thanks for using my nickname for him. Its sweeping the nation!)
    Seriously, why did Francona not pitch hit for Bathroom Break Gonzalez?

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Because Tito misunderstood Theo… When Theo said he wanted to win with pitching and defense, Tito thought he meant ONLY pitching and defense.
    He’s still working on how to pick up 97 shutouts over the course of the season.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • ORTIZZLE!!!

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • PAPI. 4-4.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • With the exception of the one or two bad innings, Curt’s pitched quite well — again.
    If he pulls together a 20-win season (during which he’ll break the 200 win and 2,000 K marks), I think he seals his bid for the Hall of Fame. Thoughts?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • (That was a HR by Dave, first pitch of the 7th inning for Sauerbeck)

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • DAMN RIGHT BIG PAPI!
    (yr right, Paul, they can hear you!)

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • MR. CLUTCH!!!!!!!!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Not sure about Schilling for the Hall. I think it might take some more post-season heroics in addition to the season you describe, plus one more good year. But I would want to think about this a bit more, this is just my gut response.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • If we win anything this year, with the offense we have, then Papi will be 80 times the MVP he was last year.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Can Manny get picked off while he’s still batting?

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • I think he’s borderline… A couple 20-win seasons, a couple high-strikeout seasons, but nothing phenomenal (thanks in large part to injuries keeping him from stringing together more than two great years at a time)… But add in his World Series MVP, the bloody sock, another 20-win season, plus hitting both those marks, I think it’s enough to be a third- or fourth-ballot kind of guy…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • It would have been even better had there been baserunners. But I’m not complaining. If we get one more run and keep it, Schill gets the W he deserves.
    Is it bad that my liberal self finds it easier to root for Schilling (and ignore his annoying traits) now that he’s pitching well?

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Nah, rk. Just remember that if you were to root for only the liberals in baseball you might have to follow Carlos Delgado wherever he goes, and then disregard everyone around him.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • How does 8 walks translate into only 4 runs with the bats that we do have? Manny walks, no outs, The Guy We Threw In For Coco on the mound.
    Let’s get a run so Schill gets the W?

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Trot’s taking pitches… Good…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Then he flies out… Yeah, let’s get Schilling that fifth win…
    Maybe I should capitalize that so they can hear me ;-)

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Stop… getting… excited…
    Cannot… raise… hopes…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Come on, Mike Lowell. Lets see if he’s a true Red Sox.
    (note: final sentence above is said in jest. author believes anyone wearing a Red Sox uniform (including himself) to be a “true” Red Sox. This is in contrast to silly yankees fans who somehow differentiate.)

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Yes!! Fantastic slide by Manny.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Yeah, I know that politics can have nothing to do with baseball, but it still stings that Schill used the WS win to spout for Bush right before the election. I guess I just have to let him do his thing.
    Mota among the millions of people who know the bottom two of our lineup can do nothing, trying to walk him . . . RUN-SCORING PLAY!!!!!
    . . . .
    C’mon, Gamecast, fill me in…

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • LOWELLL!!!!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Or, check that – not a great slide, but a decent slide and a bad play by Martinez.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Lucky we traded Mota for a guy who can sit on the DL. Much preferable to Mota sitting in our bullpen.
    This would be a GREAT TIME TO PINCH HIT Pena for Harris!

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Mike Lowell thus far is proving to be a tremendous pickup…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Let’s get another. Please.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • What my GameCast has Willie Harris doing right now:
    Pitch 1 – Ball
    Pitch 2 – Ball
    Pitch 3 – Ball
    Pitch 4 – Called Strike
    Pitch 5 – In play, run-scoring play
    Pitch 6 – Called Strike
    Either there’s a glitch, or Harris knocked a run in and people ignored it because that’s just not something Willie Harris’s do . . .

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Now why would we do a logical thing like taking the bat out of Willie Harris’ hands?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • More shit baserunning. WTF? I am telling you, this comes from the top down.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Ya know what? I’ve been totally wrong about this pinch hitting for Harris thing. I mean, the man has a .083 batting average, we’re up by a run in the 7th and Pena has a career .500 slugging percentage. What in the HECK could I be thinking?!?

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • My GameCast is seriously hung up… Presumable trying to type in whatever play SF”s pissed about…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • So a 6-4-2 DP?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • MM: I am not with you entirely. The issue here is what is more important at this point – one more run, or defense. The Sox now lead, so Francona’s thinking (if he does, in fact, think) is probably that Harris is a more valuable player than Pena, even if he doesn’t get the run home. I don’t know the math, but it doesn’t, on the surface, seem like a silly thought. On the other hand, if Schilling is going to serve up meatballs to the #9 hitter with Foulke ready to go then I guess his thinking doesn’t really matter.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Statistics show that was officially Willie Harris’ 1 zillionth GIDP…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Why is Schilling still in there?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Schilling is right to not trust us to keep the 1 run lead – he wants this win, if he needs to pitch 150 pitches.
    But the leadoff double isn’t helpful with the meat of the order looming.

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Ground ball to first base, force out at second, throws home to nail Varitek. By a mile.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Don’t worry, Paul. The Sox successfully avoided scoring with less than two outs and runners in scoring position. For a minute there I thought “wow, this is the perfect position to take an awful hitter out of our lineup and put in that powerful guy… whats his name… uh, oh, Pena!” But boy was I wrong. Francona proved it by keeping Harris in.
    In unrelated news, Harris is hitting .083 and has left 3 runners on base this game.

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • And V-Tek has the bad gluteus muscle… Think the Indians don’t know that? Dumb.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Francona is Schilling’s bitch. Tie game. Francona asleep at the wheel again. He’s just sitting there, chewing away. Nice to bring Schilling back out on the cold night after sitting in the dugout for 1/2 hour.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Ick. 5-5. You serious that Foulke is warming in the pen? I know he’s better this year, but still, he gives me the willies.

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • man oh man

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Basically, everyone sucks tonight except for Papi, Lowell, and Youk. When only three guys show up, there’s not much chance against a team like the Indians. And when the team has to play without a manager, it makes it even harder.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Can someone tell me why Schilling is still in this game. The guy struggled through 7 innings, gave a gutsy performance, but he threw 110 pitches. Time to take a seat… but no! Lets make sure his arm falls off by May, oh, and also could you please give up the lead while yr at it Curt? Thanks!

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Your gonna lose Schilling!!!

    Chief Wahoo April 25, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • I mean, really, how long is Terry going to stick with Schilling? What’s a substitute phrase for “pitiful managing”?

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • From the GameCast, seems like Schill’s wigging out, throwing at people’s heads, pickoffs . . .

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • francona looks like a fool now, but its not like there was any great alternative option to face the heart of the order in the 7th

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • my bad — top of the order, not the heart

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • wow, dodged a bullet with that DP!!!

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • I think you are wrong, airk. With the bullpen rested there are plenty of options, unless you think the bullpen is that pitiful. Schilling had thrown a lot of pitches, he was coming through the order for a fourth time, and he had just sat on the bench for 1/2 hour. Probably a perfect situation to lift him. Now he’s thrown like 25 more pitches, the game is tied, and the bullpen is still going to have to do a ton of work. Terrible, terrible managing.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • I have a lot of confidence in Foulke, and for all Francona’s talk about having the same, apparently he’s full of it…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • 130 pitches! Old school, Luis Tiant style!

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Looks like that might have a been a great play by Youk…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Not any great options? What about Foulke? Francona could have brought Foulke in, or Papelbon (he doesn’t have to just pitch the 9th) or Timlin. Any of those guys would have been fine, and it looks like hes going to have to do that anyway, cause Curt won’t make it out of this inning.

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Jason Michaels, single-handedly trying to knock Schill out of the game. What constitutes an “epic” at-bat, 10 pitches?
    NICE Schilling. DP we’ll take. If you can go to 150, there’s a marginal chance you get a win.

    rk April 25, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Yeah, Francona has rewarded the FO’s generous extension with several games of pitiful managing this year…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Great. That was surely worth it. Peralta walks, Hafner coming up, and Schilling has thrown 133 fucking pitches on a cold night in April. Genius.

    SF April 25, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Curt is at 133 now. Can we please get someone to come in and face Hafner who hasn’t thrown 133 pitches! Francona?! HELLO!??!?

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • This horrible decision deserves a mention in the Globe tomorrow. We’ll see if it gets one. We know it won’t hear a peep on NESN…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • well, yeah I do think the Sox are full of it when they say they have full confidence in Foulke. in a tight game against one of the best hitting teams in the league he is definitely still not part of Plan A.
    but he’s in now!!!

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • I’d say if he’s in now in a tie game that we have a great shot of winning, then theres got to be some confidence in him. You don’t see Seanez in there, do you?

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • and there foulke goes proving doubters like me wrong!

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • So instead of Schilling in line for the 5-0 record and we’re all tickled pink at our come-from-behind win against a team we might be fighting for a Wild Card spot with, we might be looking at another all-night game with Rudy Seanez on in the 11th…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Thats what I’m talking about! Would have been nice to have that…oh, about 3 batters earlier!

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Is it just me, or was it not the most obvious call in the world to bring in Foulke or Timlin at the beginning of the inning.
    That was the most uneccesary half-inning ever.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Now Snow’s in for A-Gon, meaning Youk’s out after this inning… But, wait, isn’t it a tie game? Might we need his bat if this goes extra?

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • youk!!

    airk April 25, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • And to prove my point, Snow strikes out and Youk singles…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • judging by that throw, the sox shouldve been stealing with every baserunner tonight. just gawdawful!

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Youk with the steal, and all that does after Marky pops out is take the bat out of Papi’s hands… Good move tho, if Loretta had managed to do anything…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Manny, prove us wrong – prove that he made the wrong move . . .

    rk April 25, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • manny!!!!!!!!!

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • MANNY!!!!

    SF April 25, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • I might even say he’s ba-ack . . .

    rk April 25, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • MANNNNNYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • i love it when manny makes up for his blunders by cranking dingers

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Yet I still feel frustrated that his HR was even necessary… This should be a win for Schilling and an 8-4 game… Oh well…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • You don’t often hear about somone “doubling softly”, yet thats what Gamecast just said happened.

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Loving the Belliard portrait on Gamecast. Awesome.

    YF April 25, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it recently, but I HATE Aaron Boone.

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • I just had those three words (Aaron F*cking Boone) flash through my head, as well.
    Well, I guess Manny’s homer was necessary after all… Makes me feel better. (Really. It does. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m sick.)

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Hmmm… Runner on second, two outs, Papelbon rested, save situation. Let’s bring in … the man who allows nearly 6 out of every 10 inhereted runners score???

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • And he’s not finding the strike zone…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • “Doubling me softly with his song, doubling me softly” … I didn’t want to be the only one with that awful Roberta Flack song stuck in my head.

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Timlin blew him away on that pitch.

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Yah! Srikes out Sizemore!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • That was too close for comfort… The way Timlin was missing, I kept waiting for him to groove one down the middle for a 9-8 deficit…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • how can you not like “killing me softly”, attackgerbil? CLASSIC!

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • wow, Sox batters are in a hurry to get back to the hotel. fastest half-inning ever

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • And will ya look at that? Willie Harris, first pitch swinging, grounds out to the pitcher.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Well, I guess it’s up to Paps now… Let’s see if he can tie a Major League record!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • In a past life, I was a DJ, and did a year-stint at a station that played adult contemporary, which means music for middle-aged women at work. I played that song about 1000 times. After strumming my face with his fingers, I hope he sticks needles in my eyes.

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Dear Terry,
    Willie Harris sucks. I’m sure he’s a nice person and all, but he has no business in our starting lineup. NONE. Please, please please please, don’t ever play him as anything other than a defensive replacement again.
    Yours,
    MM

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Show us your hair, Paps! I want to see the Papelhawk! Imagine the intimidation.

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • On the other hand, Alex Gonzalez looks like the reincarnation of Ty Cobb next to him…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • ah, that explains it, AG. I had a similar experience working in a movie theater where they played a single mix CD on repeat. It ruined the Beatles song “Something” for me. :(

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • And the K! 2 down…

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Game!!

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • 1,2,3 baby. a nice, smooth, easygoing victory, as usual

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Game over! We win we win!

    mattymatty April 25, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • The lesson to take away, folks:
    When the bats are working, this team will win — no matter how hard the manager tries to make us lose.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Weak check swing to end it. Good game for the Sox. Nice job by Manny making them pay for walking Ortiz. I’m impressed by how long Francona left Schill out there.

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • it sucks that we’re only playing Cleveland 6 times. They’ve got a nice team and it’s a pretty good matchup.

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • And, hey. It could be worse. We could have Joe Torre. ;-)

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • ZING!

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Haha, Congrats to Jonathan Papelbon, co-owner of the record for most rookie saves in April.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Schilling has the clout to say to Francona that he wants to stay, and will stay. Tonight it worked out well. Do any Sox fans fear it may become a Pedro/Grady situation?

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Not to piss on the Sox parade (I save that for Fenway) but don’t you folks think it a bit strange that Francona felt the need to leave Curt out there for 133 pitches? Maybe a lack of confidence in the bullpen, perhaps?
    Oh, and Curt added a full point to his ERA tonight. That must feel good.

    Joe April 25, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • I certainly do. It was clear at the end of the 6th that Foulke should be coming in for the 7th. In the end, it cost Schilling a win, as well as a personal best. Seems like that should be more important to him than getting through 7 innings versus 6.
    Amazing fact: the Red Sox are still just a half-game back from having the best record in MLB. Once we get Coco back, I think this team will be a force (Instructions: Compare with statements after demoralizing Red Sox loss. Laugh heartily at symptoms of bipolar disorder).

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Phew. Heckuva game.

    Hudson April 25, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Sigh. Yankees fans don’t realize that a pitcher’s ERA in April doesn’t really matter.

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • We gotta hope those 133 pitches don’t show up on Curt’s arm come late September. Stupid move by Francona. Probably the dumbest so far this season — it just won’t get the press because it didn’t cost the game.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Joe, everyone knows that Schill has an ego. The fact is, that when he is healthy, he usually delivers. I don’t know that Francona felt the need. I think he respects Schilling’s ability to assess how much gas he has in the tank. I wonder how often Schill might be wrong about assessing his reserves. I doubt Francona has a lack of confidence in the pen; he’s got one of the best starters of our generation on the mound. Anyway, it was the right call tonight.
    I don’t think the ERA is of much consequence to anyone in face of the W.

    attackgerbil April 25, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Great postgame comments from Ortiz:
    Q: How do you prepare for a lefthanded pitcher like Cliff Lee tomorrow?
    A: Wait until he throws it over the plate and hit it.

    airk April 25, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • Hah! Paul A, I think it’s safe to say we all have very similar prognoses.
    One thing to add to the symptoms – losses hurt more when the Yanks win, and the manic effect of wins is greater after the Yanks lose. Even last year, the Os being first didn’t matter, it felt really good to be winning when NY sucked.
    Wow, we’re nuts, aren’t we? I was never very into sports, but over the last 4 years, this team really changed that.

    rk April 25, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • Yeah, I was a huge Sox fan as a kid, then I got into high school and moved to college in texas and kinda drifted away… I still watched the standings and box scores and read some of the game stories, but not as closely or fanatically. Watching the 2003 ALCS though really hooked me back in. After the MFY came back to tie the game off Pedro in Game 7 was the first time my girlfriend (now wife) had ever seen me that despondent. I think she might have feared for my life, lol.
    My rediscovered love for the Sox and baseball is shaving years off my life as we speak.
    Anyway, in the calm light of day (even after a loss), I will maintain that this is a team with the potential to win it all this year — a greater potential than our rivals down the road.

    Paul A. April 25, 2006, 11:02 pm
  • Willie Harris blows. Watching him is like watching a little leager…why is he in a Red Sox uniform-and for that matter Gonz. as well?

    Kari D. May 10, 2006, 10:47 pm

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