Here You Go: Sox-Fish Gamer

Wake won as usual against the Fish last night. Tonight, Jon Lester takes on Andy Sonastine. Andy Sonastine? Yeah, Andy Sonastine. Sounds more like a dentist than a ballplayer. Hope he gives a little rout canal on the Sox lineup. Have at it!

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  • Pedroia struck out to lead off, Youk with a double.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • ORTIZ TRIPLES!! Scores Youk, Sox up 1-0.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • An Ortiz triple should immediately create a rip in the space-time continuum that sucks in the team that has allowed such atrocity.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Sac fly to right-center Manny, in comes Ortiz. 2-0.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Manny with a SAC fly, scores Ortiz. Sox up 2-0.
    Looks like the Dentist is getting his grill worked on.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Wow – Papi made it to third? If that had been Ichiro running, it would have been another inside the park home run.

    rootbeerfloat August 21, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • There’s no way Sonastine would be able to do well against us TWICE in one week. Just no way.
    Glad to see Ortiz didn’t have a heart attack on the way to 3rd… he’s one big boy.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Thanks for the gamer, YF!

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • I couldnt see it, just heat it, rbf.. but I wonder how much of his stretching it out was a result of his beign David Ortiz. I mean.. no one expects him to try to run that out. I have to wonder he jsut caught the D-Rays off guard.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Triple was to the deepest part of the ballpark, and it died against the wall on a weird bounce. He legged it out…it was relatively close at 3rd, though there was no tag.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Ouch. Tied.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Well that didn’t last long. Pena takes the first pitch from Lester for a ride. 2 Run shot, score tied.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Son of a bitch.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Fuck. Tie game.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Lester did not help himself by issuing a walk to Upton on 4 straight pitches. You would have to think that Pena was sitting dead on a 1st pitch fastball.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Yeah, Rob–it’s always the walk more than the home run that infuriates me in that situation (particularly with 2 out).

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Kept the inning alive. Prior to Upton he had two outs on 5 pitches.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Drew gave it a ride to the center field wall…but caught.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Drew crushes a ball to the deepest part of the park, 5 feet from a homer. 1 out.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • I’m so torn…I want to root for Lester. But that means rooting for the enemy! Arrrgh.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I can root against Lester just fine, thanks Carlos Pena! :)

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • I hate you, Sonnanstiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Sonastine is striking us out. Looks like this is gunna be a lot like last week against him.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • You could root for him to hold the score while the Sox don’t score, YM. Then pray they put Gagne in.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • What was it you said, Atheose? I think it was, “There’s no way Sonastine would be able to do well against us TWICE in one week. Just no way.”
    Sigh.
    Unfortunately, that remains to be seen. 3 Ks for the Sox already.

    stuck working August 21, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Lowell with a strange, slow throw to first. Barely beats the runner out.
    Settle down Lester, get into your groove.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Excellent idea, Devine. Thanks!

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • To this layman, it looks like Lester’s pitches are moving a little more this inning. If the guy could just throw strikes consistently, he’d be golden.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Well we’ve scored twice early against him, so it’s automatically a success in my book. We didn’t score this many until the 7th inning, last time.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Emphatic inning from both pitchers there: each ending in a strikeout, no baserunners.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Lugo hits a pop-up to shallow right center.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Dude-you’re-getting-a-Delmon catches a pop-fly for out #1.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Grounder to short, Pedroia.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • This is beginning to have the makings of a long game.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Youk Ks, argues pointlessly.

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Wow, the ump calls strike 3 without appealing to the 1st-base umpire. Youk hasn’t had much luck lately to accompany his slump.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • I’m only going to get really unhappy if Sonnanstine shuts down the Sox and the Yanks light up Escobar. That could be frustrating.
    I don’t mind this too much for now, though, so long as the Sox stay close. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

    stuck working August 21, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Well, I’m gonna go home to my sick significant other, so I may not see much of this game.
    Go Sox! Die, Sonnanstine, die!
    (…which is German for “The, Sonnanstine, the!”)

    Devine August 21, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • //(…which is German for “The, Sonnanstine, the!”)//
    I don’t know why, Devine, but this made me laugh histerically.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Looks like Lester watched Phil Hughes last night and decided to emulate him, control-wise…

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Lester K’s Crawford, which he desperately needed to do.
    Now to retire Upton before facing Pena again…

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Aki caught stealing 2nd, Lester to Youkilis to Pedroia. Great play.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • We got a hit!!

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Ortiz runs out a little dribbler to the left side, barely beating out a throw and a tag. We got the lucky call on that one.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Papi beats the shift. I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to get someone on base again.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Manny strikes out. Sonnanstine is really getting on my nerves. Act like the 2-8 pitcher you are!

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • David Ortiz, the speed monster!

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Lowell gets plunked.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Lowell hit hard on the hand. Please jesus don’t be broken.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Drew up…like how overdue can a guy get?

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Drew singles, bases loaded. Please Tek.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Atheose: did it look bad? I’m only following on Gamecast…

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Drew got a hit! Bases loaded with 1 out for ‘Tek.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • The hit on Lowell’s hand looked bad. He was acting like it was really hurt, but thankfully after a few moments with the trainer he was shaking it off. Scary 30 seconds, let me tell you.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Yah….I’m amazed more people don’t get hurt by HBPs.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Tek with an RBI single, bases still loaded. 3-2

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Varitek did an amazing job fouling off balls. He did everything he could to keep from striking out.
    Blooper over the shortstop, 3-2 Sox. Bases still loaded for my chocolate boy, Coco Crisp.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • HEHEHE the Rays pitching coach’s last name is “Hickey”. This team is so laughable sometimes.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Only sometimes?

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Coco fouling off 3472 pitches. 3-2 count.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • GOD BLESS COCO!
    5-2 Sox on the double by our soggy-in-milk friend.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Crisp doubles scoring 2! 5-2 Sox, still one out.
    Sonnanstine on the ropes! Acting like a 2-8 pitcher finally.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Coco now has 46 RBIs. I make mention of this due to Drew only having 45. The leaves the only regular with less RBIs than him being Pedroia with 38.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Lugo doubles clearing the bases! 7-2 now.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Pfft. Guess Lester didn’t need any additional rooting for, after all, with the run support he’s getting. Grumble.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • This inning should get us into the BP earlier than I hoped.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Sonnanstine now up to 86 pitches.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Just gonna bring back what I posted in a previous thread:
    J.D. Drew, last 15 games: .367/.436/.531
    J.D. Drew, since June 1: .288/.372/.447
    J.D. Drew, OPS+ w/RISP: 114
    J.D. Drew, OPS+ w/men on base: 110
    J.D. Drew, OPS+, men on 2/3: 191
    J.D. Drew, OPS+ w/RISP, 2 outs: 111
    J.D. Drew, OPS+, Late and close: 110
    I just don’t see the reason for all the hate. Those numbers might not be worth the mounds of money he’s making, but considering those OPS+ numbers include his terrible slump…

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Nice inning by Lester

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • …aaaand the batting practice continues into the 5th inning. Manny with a single.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Also SF, I think you forgot a decimal or two when it comes to the OPS numbers

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • It’s Paul, Atheos, and no, those are OPS+, adjusted for league average, which is exactly 100.
    I did cherry pick slightly in including the men on 2/3 number, as that’s just 6 at bats. Makes up for his -2 OPS+ with the bases loaded in 12 at-bats. Neither of those stats is really that instructive…

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Now watch him strike out here and make me look like an ass.

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • I don’t hate Drew. OPS is a great stat, however the end result is runs on the board. In keeping with the RBI observation there is only one regular on the team with less hits (Tek).
    I am just making an observation. I know it seems like hating on the guy, but I read today somewhere on the net that maybe the arm is not as healthy as it should be and it is affecting his ability to drive the ball. Something just seems wrong/off with the guy health wise.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Sonnanstine at 99 pitches, hopefully he is done for the night. 4 innings of BP pitchers would be nice.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • RBI are heavily team-dependent, so I’m not sure how useful that is, Rob. One thing is that Drew has had more men on base than the average hitter but fewer RBI per PA than the average hitter.
    I suspect that’s also tied to his slump, as well as his lack of power — which is a big problem. If everyone were criticizing Drew for not being the home run hitter we though we were getting, that’d be different. But instead people are saying he sucks, that he grounds out all the time, that he’s unclutch, and these are simply untrue.

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Sadly, Drew did ground out that time. :-P

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Paul, I don’t think he sucks. I understand that there is a number of factors involved with what is going on. I am really not looking for the guy to hit homers, just plate some runs.
    It seems that he is going to see runners on base a lot when he comes up with a chance to knock them in given who hits in front of him. The problem is everyone is looking for him to make them pay and he has rarely done that this year.
    I do hope that this year is just a “new league” season and that he gets it together for the team.
    I would be curious to hear if the shoulder is still bad, it would explain a lot of things and shed light on this season. I can respect the fact that he playing possibly hurt.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Lester does not seem capable of going more than six innings. He’s at 73 pitches now and just one out, just walked his third batter of the game.
    On the bright side, you see what’s happened to other great pitchers when they stopped walking so many people. (Of course, they dropped from like 2 BB/9 to to 1, not from 4 BB/9).

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Wheels coming off the Lester roller coaster.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Yeah, I don’t mean to sound like I’m ctiticizing you, Rob. It’s just mounting frustration coming out. I feel bad for Drew because it seems like he never really got a chance here.
    If it was his shoulder, I imagine we’d already know because the Sox would have exercised that out clause so fast…

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • How was that not a DP? Is Dioner Navarro really that fast?

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • I don’t get Gameday. It showed Navarro as walking on four pitches after the Wilson walk on four pitches. Now it shows Navarro as grounding into a FC (making it runners at the corners, two out). So Lester may get out of this yet.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • I am not taking it personal Paul. This is just a discussion on stats.
    I think the Sox would have also revealed it unless they have been getting PR classes by Belichick.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Prepare ye the way for the middle relief (and get set to pray).

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • I walk out of the room for FIVE DAMN SECONDS and the Rays hit a 3-run homerun? Goddamnit.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Here we go, Imawura with a 3 run shot.
    The guy had three homers and 16 RBIs before that. How do you serve a meatball up to him?

    Rob August 21, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Holy crap, Lester. Pull him, Tito.
    How do you give up five runs on three hits? When you throw 45 strikes and 37 balls, or somewhere around there when Iwamura hit the homer…

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • um….tito, mr. lester requires your attention.

    sf rod August 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Is *anyone* warming? 7-5 after the three-run dinger, then Crawford singles…

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Wow, Lester rallies for the strikeout. If he returns for the sixth, I’ll be less than amused. Funny thing is he’s in line for the win now.

    Paul SF August 21, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Paul, why is it “funny” that Lester would get the win? The Sox still have the lead, after all.

    stuck working August 21, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Do you suppose Dohmann’s teammates pronounce his name in a Homer Simpson voice?

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Lester walks ANOTHER hitter. This guy is just making this harder than it should be.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Lester finally coming out after walking Delmon. Delcarmen comin in.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • This was a laugher for a little while. Now it’s not so funny.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • MDC, one pitch, DP to end the inning. Now that is efficiency.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Delcarmen draws a broken-bat DP. Any Gagne sightings?

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Way to go, Little Manny, inducing the much-needed DP.
    Pedroia leads off the 7th with a two-bagger. Pad the lead, pad the lead…

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Pedroia does a great job stretching a single into a double to lead off the inning. Come on guys, let’s stretch this lead.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Pedroia with a leadoff double.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Pedroia tags-up on a line-drive out to right field, barely beating out the throw.
    Youk stayed at home crying about his out for a while though. Youk needs to start thinking more positively.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Pedroia moved to third?

    Rob August 21, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • E-6, Pedroia scores. 8-5 Sox.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Gamecenter fixed itself.
    Manny drives in Pedroia on the error. 8-5!

    Rob August 21, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • A gimme from the Rays makes it 8-5 (Wilson error). Now Lowell singles, 1st and 2nd, two out, pitching change.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • JDre Ks and strands another two. I believe that’s the second inning he’s ended with runners on today.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Every Red Sox player has a hit, and every player also has a run scored or an RBI. Everyone is hitting tonight.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Delcarmen beans Wilson, and the announcers say it’s payback for Lowell getting hit earlier. This guys are idiots.
    Double play would be nice here.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Okajima up in the pen.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • MDC working himself into a pickle here. Just issued the 5th walk of the night by us.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • My kingdom for a guy who can throw strikes and set them down 1-2-3.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Bringing out the big guns, huh? I assume that Oki in the 7th does not necessarily mean Gagne in the 8th, as was the original plan…

    stuck working August 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • we are havign ALOT of trouble with the strike zone tonight.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Sigh…D-ped makes an error on a line drive and it’s 8-6.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Ball lined hard at Pedroia, runner scores from 2nd. 1st and 3rd, no outs, 8-6 Sox.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Pedroia got screwed there. God this game is sucking. He’s gonna get an E

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Oy, Pedroia muffs a ball hit right at him, now 8-6, Crawford represents the go-ahead run with two outs.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Upton is the go-ahead at the palte. Crawford is merely the tying. Of course the tying might as well eb the wining with how disgusted I will be.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • 1-2 count, Oki way ahead of him.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Oki does his job!

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Come on Oki…
    2-2.
    Foul, still 2-2.
    SWINGING STRIKE!
    THANK YOU OKI!

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Still…the walks by the youngsters is just soul-killing. Is there a fear of the bat that these guys bring with them up from the minors?

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Soooo…Gagne for the 8th? *ducks*

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 21, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Sure…just as long as he throws his change up and his breaking stuff for most of it.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • The announcer just said Gagne was warming up. *shudder*

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • What? I heard Paps was warming.. which makes only slightly more sense than Gagne.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Got a fresh bottle of Pepto sitting here with me for the next Gagne showing.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I figured out Davids problem! WRKo just pointed out that this like the first off seasont hat Big Papi did not play at least a little bit of Winter Ball. Clearly Winter Ball was a rejuvenatign salve that replenshed his Home Run stores. Like changing the clip in a gun.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • You’re listening to the Devil Rays announcers, right Dionysus? Or do you have NESN?

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • WRKO Boston, Atheose. Gameday Audio.
    I’m a genius. Does anyone have Theo’s cell number?

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Gagne’s getting loose in case DJ Shadow needs help striking out Pena, Young or Gomes. Those guys are Frenchie’s bread and butter.

    FenSheaParkway August 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • *’s heart explodes in his chest*

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Jesus christ that ball was close to going out. Okajima is scaring me.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Paps coming in for a 4-out save. Hopefully it won’t end up with a blown save (like Lester’s LAST outing in Tampa ended).

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Here comes Paps.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Paps coming in. Seems a little like overkill to me, but I guess Oki had the walk and a very close call on that fly-out…

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Paps with a much needed strikeout there to end the inning.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • JPap gets the K, so I guess Francona deserves some credit… Though who’s to say that HOka wouldn’t have done the same.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Did I hear that Tavarez is warming?

    rootbeerfloat August 21, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Youk hits a ball 390 feet towards the 410 Center Field wall. Man can’t catch a break.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Manny GIDP. Definitely happening a lot more often this year.
    Come on Paps, close this thing out. 8-9-1 hitters up, hitting .236, .203 and .283, respectively.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • This game has been taking forever, it feels like.
    So Manny GIDPs to speed things up. Bottom of the 9th, I hope Paps has a 3-pitch save.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Guh. Would have been nice to pad the lead there.

    stuck working August 21, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Correction, Norton (batting .212) is pinch-hitting. Beautiful.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • one down

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Paps gets K #2.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • K, one gone.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Navarro K’s
    2 down

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Two down.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • K #3 for Paps.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • K#2.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Iwamura pops out..game.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Magic number now 32…

    rootbeerfloat August 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Onward to the Yankees game!

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Pop up! Sox Win!
    Save number 30 for Paps.. first Sox pitcher to EVER have two 30-save seasons.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Pop-up, game over. Phew. Magic number 32, I believe.
    Now: Let’s go, Halos.

    Hudson August 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • ARod hits #41. Damnit.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:31 pm

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