I Hate Jim Duquette: Sox-Rays Gamer XVI

It’s always convenient for me–and the small objects I tend to throw or destroy during particularly frustrating ballgames–when these periods of incredible ineptitude happen to coincide with stretches where I don’t have time for baseball. I watched enough of Lester to declare him unfit for a major league uniform…after which he settled down rather nicely, only to have the offense and Gagne combine to cost him a win. I watched Clay Buchholz pitch relatively well but play 06-Tigers-defense on the mound, but missed the last 4 innings. Had they played last night, I’d have missed the game in lieu of a fantastic concert in Boston. (This is completely irrelevant, but to anyone who enjoys the Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, and the Pogues…look up "The Tossers" right now. Brilliant.)

In any case, a 4-game losing streak is a 4-game losing streak. And
there’s not a whole lot to be optimistic about coming into Tampa, aside
from the fact that the Devil Rays’ bullpen’s effect on an offense is
roughly akin to napalm on a large pile of dead leaves. Manny’s still
out with no word on when he might deign to grace us with his presence, and Youk’s wrist remains
"inflamed," but not broken.

It all adds up to the worst lineup I’ve seen in recent Red Sox memory; we’re right back where we were in August or September of 2006. Spots 1-4 remain solid–though I find it hard to be optimistic about Jacoby’s chances against Scott Kazmir–but 5-9…

Hideki Okajima remains out of action with a tired arm, and he won’t pitch in a game until Thursday at the earliest. Papelbon’s last few appearances have been a little rough, to say the least…Gagne’s the only Canadian I dislike more then Celine Dion, at least for the moment. So to recap, the offense is dinged up and depends almost entirely on Ortiz and Mike Lowell, and the bullpen’s the worst it’s been all season long. Fun-fun.

In any case, tonight’s might be the most important Sox-Rays game in…well, I don’t even know; can anyone come up with a game between these two teams that meant more? A loss and Boston’s dropped 5 straight while Toronto heads to New York to do what they always seem to do in the Bronx: Lose.

Beckett takes the hill for Boston; a 20th win all but assures him the Cy, I would think. Nevermind the importance the 20-win mark holds in the minds of the voters, his team desperately needs a big performance tonight, and that’ll play nicely in his favor. He goes up against Scott Kazmir, whose splits against the Sox I don’t even want to look up right now, because they’re just too damn depressing…

Boston

Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. Bobby Kielty, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Coco Crisp, CF
8. Julio Lugo, SS
9. Eric Hinske, 1B

P- Josh Beckett

Devil Rays

1. Akinori Iwamura, 3B
2. Greg Norton, DH
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. BJ Upton, CF
5. Delmon Young, RF
6. Jonny Gomes, LF
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Jorge Velandia, 2B
9. Josh Wilson, SS

P – Scott Kazmir

36 comments… add one
  • Manufactured run int he 1st. Ellsbury with a leadoff double, Pedroia with the sacrifice to 3rd. Navarro tries to throw out Ellsbury at 3rd who comes home on the scoring error.
    1-0
    Let’s go Beckett!!

    rob September 21, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Beckett having a rough inning. Already to 31 pitches. Young with a two out double to knock a run in.
    1-1

    rob September 21, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Delmon Young making an argument for ROY. Obviously Pedroia deserves it more, because even though Young is batting .290, his OBP is .319. That’s like, Ivan Rodriguez territory of awfulness.
    Anyway, he’s still another excellent young hitter for the Devil Rays. How cool would it be if the AL East had four playoff-contending teams? Okay, maybe not cool when the Yankees (or Red Sox, for the SFs) get knocked out by a blazing Rays team or a dominating Blue Jays team.
    Of course, the Yankees are going to be even better than they are now in a couple of years, so it will be a moot point ;)

    AndrewYF September 21, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Only four contending teams in the AL East? What about the… oh right, it’s Baltimore.

    FenSheaParkway September 21, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Beckett already at 74 pitches through 2 2/3
    Not a long night for the guy.

    rob September 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • pedroia damn near takes kazmirs head off on a shot up the middle. dp’s 7 for 19 against scott.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Damn you Tek and Coco. One out with the bases loaded and you both strike out.

    rob September 21, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Varitek and Coco strike out with the bases loaded.
    How can this team be at 90 wins and one still has the feeling they never ever get a timely hit?

    pale blue eyes September 21, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • coco is clearly resting his bat for the postseason. goes down looking with the bases juiced.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury – not resting for the postseason.

    Jackie (SF) September 21, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • oh my. thats one we’ll be seeing for a while.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Three things about that play:
    1) My thought process: “Please oh please oh please don’t let anything be broken. Especially his face… oh god I’m such a girl.”
    2) The look on the face of the D-Rays fan in the first row: priceless.
    3) Wow, that was positively Jeterian. Only he actually *needed* to slide into the chairs to make the play.

    Jackie (SF) September 21, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Looks like he’s running fine though. :)

    Jackie (SF) September 21, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • MDC showing Tito what a 1-2-3 looks like.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 21, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • toasty. 4-1 sox.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • yankees game getting dicey. go ahead run at the plate two down.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Yanks game possibly going to extra innings.

    rob September 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Yankees make the baby Jesus cry.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 21, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • well…tie game in ny. extras comming.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • “Yankees make the baby Jesus cry”
    lol nstb

    IronHorse (yf) September 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • PAPI!!!!!
    3 run jack.

    rob September 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • ortiz with a three run opposite field blast. 7-1 sox.

    sf rod September 21, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • sweet, insurance runs for Gagne to make it inneresting. Thank you Papi.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 21, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Lowell homers. Is this offense waking up again?

    rob September 21, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • After Aaron Hill through the game away for the Blue Jays in the ninth I hope the Jays at least have the courtesy to extend the game to fifteen innings to give the Yankees bullpen a little work.

    pale blue eyes September 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • I sure as hell hope so, it’s about damn time.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 21, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • The Sox have now been struck out 17 times tonight.

    rob September 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Gagme is now in with a 7 run lead. I swear to god if he blows this one I will hunt him down like the 300 pound cockroach he is.

    rob September 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Gagne with a 1-2-3 inning with 2 K’s.
    Game over, Beckett with win number 20. Especially sweet for him with the way the game started out and him sticking with it to still get the win.

    rob September 21, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • We needed this win, thank goodness! I’m so excited to get this game, what a good day.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 21, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Yankees lose.
    2.5, 7.

    Devine September 21, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Thank GOD for a Win (sorry for not beign around.. Ive been workign closings and.. just. couldnt bear to read any blogs during the slump. I’ve actually been sick.. actually vomitting.. which is irionic considerign how the Sox were doing).
    BEckett is the Cy Young. I think thats in the bag. As for Elllsbury.. just. jsut.. wow. This kid is just.. wow…
    I swear to GOD he bette rnot get traded in the off season. He is the Future with a capital F.
    Psychic Moment: I’m checking the score on my cellphone and see Ellsbury get walked, then Pedroia it. I turn to my coworker and say “They just hit Pedroia. Papi is NOT gonna stand for that!”
    Phone updates and Papi has homered!

    Dionysus September 22, 2007, 12:38 am
  • Just wanted to point out that the Sox pitchers retired the last 19 batters in a row. Talk about a great night, especially from Gagne.

    Atheose September 22, 2007, 12:44 am
  • Josh, awesome gamer. Few will understand the awesome musical references you mixed in, but I love all of them.

    Brad September 22, 2007, 2:00 am
  • wait…yankees lose, sox win…is tito’s “strategy” backfiring?…hmmm

    dc September 22, 2007, 11:18 am
  • Yes, Atheose. Gagne actually used his curveball and changeup…wonder if Tek is finally calling them or if when he feels pressure, he isn’t throwing them well?

    Devine September 22, 2007, 12:32 pm

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