In Progress: Sox-M’s Gamer III

No score in the top of two. Wake-Bedard. Baseball has been positively (negatively?) exhausting the last few, no? Comment away.

J. Ellsbury rf .277
D. Pedroia 2b .288
D. Ortiz dh .253
M. Ramirez lf .290
M. Lowell 3b .266
S. Casey 1b .366
C. Crisp cf .277
K. Cash c .314
J. Lugo ss .285

T. Wakefield 5.10

I. Suzuki cf .294
M. Cairo 1b .175
J. Vidro dh .236
R. Ibanez lf .266
J. Lopez 2b .301
A. Beltre 3b .244
W. Balentien rf .217
J. Burke c .219

E. Bedard 4.53

50 comments… add one
  • Not sure why, given the Bedard/Wakefield match-up and the way the lineup looks 6-9, but I have a good feeling about this game, even with the Sox down a run.

    stuck working May 28, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • our first real threat of the game here in the 4th. first and second with one down and casey up.

    sf rod May 28, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • we probably should have never posted sw. squandered.

    sf rod May 28, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • But, as Casey’s GIDP illustrates, it’s going to take the top of the lineup to get it down. Yuck.

    stuck working May 28, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Well, that was a brutal performance in the past innings by the 6-9 hitters to confirm my worries.

    stuck working May 28, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Wakefield’s turning in a great game so far, but he often seems to lose the games he pitches best, doesn’t he?

    stuck working May 28, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • I thought we might be in trouble with Bedard on the mound. Kudos to Wakefield for keeping it as close as possible thus far.

    Paul SF May 28, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • he often seems to lose the games he pitches best, doesn’t he?
    This was my impression, too, SW, ’til I checked the ol’ B-R Play Index. Since 2006, Wakefield is 9-0 with a no decision in his 10 best games pitched (none of them a complete game, fwiw).
    He’s 13-3 with that no-decision in all his games with a game score of 60+, and in his 31 quality starts (50+ game score) over the last two-plus years, he’s 22-5 with four no-decisions. The Red Sox are 25-6 in those starts.
    For the record, Wake’s best start since 2006 was the eight shutout innings he threw on May 6.
    Felix Hernandez’s troubles started with a late walk. Perhaps Lowell’s free pass will start something here…

    Paul SF May 28, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Ugh. I like Sean Casey as a backup, but we need Youkilis in the lineup…

    Paul SF May 28, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • OK, so the Celtics won (built a big second-half lead, gave much of it away, held on at the end).
    Wakefield appears to be pitching a gem, but is on the hook for a loss at this point with Bedard holding the Sox to 2 hits. Bleh.

    Hudson May 28, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • I can’t believe poor Wake is going to lose this….

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • Boy, when it’s working, I sure do love me some knuckleballin’. I think this is why I am more tolerant of watching Wake’s starts than some others around here.
    Now to watch some ugly Cash and Lugo at bats!

    stuck working May 28, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • Bedard out of the game; there’s hope yet.
    And for the second game in this series, Lugo’s attempted bunt turns into a force out. Credit to Miguel Cairo for a nice play both times, but Lugo needs to be able to deaden the ball in that situation. It’s fundamental.

    Paul SF May 28, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • Well, Drew did his job, and Lugo got into scoring position after also failing to do his, but Pedroia comes up empty in a big spot. Not a good game for the Sox’ bats. At all.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:02 am
  • Well, i guess the 9th inning would be a good time for a Manny HR. But frankly, I’m already bemoaning the fact that the Sox lost this series. Ugh.

    stuck working May 29, 2008, 12:03 am
  • Now Lugo can’t turn the easy double play. I’ve defended him for quite a while now, but he can’t seem to do much of anything right lately. Hard to see how Jed Lowrie could do any worse, frankly.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:06 am
  • Boy, do I not envy Tek right now. Sitting the whole game and then coming in to catch these?? Yikes.

    stuck working May 29, 2008, 12:07 am
  • Tek throws one into center field. Ugh.
    Tek drops the next pitch, but it doesn’t go far.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:09 am
  • YES, great play by Lowell to end the inning. Ortiz-Manny-Lowell. This will be a perfect time for Manny to hit #500.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:09 am
  • The Mariners announcers suck to an incredible degree. On both the Ichiro SB/E-2 and the final out, it took them far too long to describe what happened.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:10 am
  • Let’s go back to back, fellas!

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:11 am
  • Yeah these guys are idiots.
    I’m gunna be pissed if we lose this 1-0 after Wakefield’s complete-game gem.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:12 am
  • Ortiz hits one hard but right at the right fielder. Ugh.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:13 am
  • Also, the super excited “Stee-RIKE!” call after every strike, no matter the count, is quite annoying.
    J.J. Putz seems to want no part of being part of Home Run No. 500.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:14 am
  • He’s giving nothing good to Manny. 3-0, PLEASE put one right down the middle for him.
    With Coco and Jacoby in the field, who could pinch run for him? Ball-4, he’s on base.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:15 am
  • All up to Sean Casey now. *sigh*

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:16 am
  • When your team is 19-34 balls and strikes are pretty much the only thing you have to get excited about.
    Why is nobody pinch-running for Manny?

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:16 am
  • Can we please pinch-hit Casey? Youk and Drew aren’t available?

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:17 am
  • Drew’s in the game. Youk’s got hand issues. Not sure he’d be any better.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:19 am
  • Drew’s in the game. Youk’s got hand issues. Not sure he’d be any better.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:19 am
  • 3-0 to Casey. Gulp. Time to take 3 pitches in a row Casey.
    Coco’s on deck though. This is brutal.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:19 am
  • Drew pinch-hit for Cash in the eighth and drew a walk. Youkilis is now pinch running for Casey. Odd choice, that.
    Coco Crisp, it’s all up to you.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:20 am
  • Just remembered that Drew pinch-hit for Cash. Youk is in to run for Casey, tying run in scoring position. PLEASE give me something happy to go to bed with, Coco!

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:20 am
  • Booo, close call (and a LATE call) on strike 2 there to Coco.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:21 am
  • Game over. Wow these announcers are obnoxious.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:21 am
  • What an awful, awful game. Ugh, f*ck baseball.

    Devine May 29, 2008, 12:22 am
  • Tim Wakefield: 1 run over 8IP, 8 K’s. And a loss.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:22 am
  • Ballgame. Crap.
    How can a team that I firmly believe is very, very good play this poorly away from Fenway Park? Is it just bad luck in drawing tough pitchers? The natural inconsistency that comes with the first couple months of the season?
    Or, worse, some inherent flaw that will ultimately keep this club from fulfilling its potential? I fear the answer.

    Paul SF May 29, 2008, 12:22 am
  • I can’t believe I have to say this… but… the Sox have as many wins as any team in the majors. The Sox are number one in AVG/OBP, and 2nd in slugging average. Your pitching is _good enough_ to keep up, right now. I would not fret. Don’t go looking for a hair in a baseball of dough, if you would allow me to butcher an adage.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2008, 12:43 am
  • It’s not like Fenway will disappear. The Sox will restart their winning ways soon.

    AndrewYF May 29, 2008, 12:48 am
  • “PLEASE give me something happy to go to bed with, Coco!”
    a. Elliot Spitzer’s last words as NY Governor.
    b. Second most commonly heard phrase in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras (after “Show us your b%$bs!”).
    c. Atheose watching an aborted Sox rally in the 9th.

    IronHorse (yf) May 29, 2008, 8:54 am
  • IH, you owe me a coffee and a keyboard.. =)

    Lar May 29, 2008, 9:28 am
  • c. Atheose watching an aborted Sox rally in the 9th.
    Hahaha IH! I wish I was screaming that at Mardi Gras, as opposed to muttering it with a sigh as I turned off my monitors early this morning. Also, you hit the nail on the head with one of those words. The Sox feel like an abortion right now.
    The worst part is that I can never immediately fall asleep after staying up for these left-coast games. It’s like they haunt me. I fell asleep sometime after 1, and woke up at 5:30. Anything less than 5 hours of sleep for me leaves me a zombie the next day.
    The Sox keep finding different ways to lose every night. Starting pitcher craps the bed on Friday. Great performance by Beckett on Saturday, but offense gets shutout. Bullpen and offense suck on Sunday. Bullpen and offense suck on Tuesday. Offense phones in the game on Wednesday, wasting one of the best games of Wakefield’s career. So what’s it going to be on Friday? Slugfest resulting in a 13-14 loss?

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 11:01 am
  • I totally get the frustration of close losses Atheose, but I have to admit to having trouble mustering much sympathy for you SFs given our teams’ comparative positions and performances these first 2 months of the season. I am sure you understand as you’d probably feel similarly if our places were reversed…
    As for going to sleep, I actually sleep OK – mild depression probably helps – after West Coast losses for the Yanks. It is the thrilling wins that keep me up. The adrenaline and endorphins that would normally run through someone’s body when they exercise (I sort of remember that feeling from years ago) instead go through my system in a much diluted concentration post-Yankee-victory. Except like someone who hasn’t had coffee for years, even that diluted jolt keeps me up for an extra hour or so. Sad, but true.

    IronHorse (yf) May 29, 2008, 11:47 am
  • Based on the way this team has played on the road I’m shocked that we still have the 2nd-most wins in baseball. But you’re right: you YF’s have a lot more to complain about than we do right now. The Sox troubles seem to be mostly with the offense right now, which will inevitably pick up (much like the Yankees offense did last year after slumping, and the way they are starting to bounce back now). Our starting pitching has been tremendous.
    I think tough losses keep me up because I replay all of the game’s coulda-shoulda-woulda situations. What if Papelbon had come in instead of Timlin? I know Timlin was the right move in a tie game (especially since Paps pitched the night before), but what if? If Ortiz had gotten a clutch hit in the top of the 9th we could have taken the lead. If Lugo hadn’t made that error then Schilling wouldn’t have had to face the final batter of the game. If Manny doesn’t drop that routine fly ball the inning never unravels. These are the types of things that haunt my mind as I try to sleep.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:04 pm
  • The trick is to accept whatever happens. If all our ‘what if’ scenarios came true, our teams would win 120 games every year.
    You know, if the Yankees reversed one of their losses against the Red Sox last year (there were a TON of ‘what if’s from there…Rivera’s blown saves, that awful Chase Wright game, etc), they would have won the division, played the hapless Angels, and there likely would have been a Red Sox/Yankees ALCS, where anything could happen. But that didn’t happen, and I accept this.

    AndrewYF May 29, 2008, 12:41 pm
  • Fair enough. I still shiver at the thought of “What if Mo didn’t throw the ball into the outfield in Game 7 of the ’01 WS?”…

    IronHorse (yf) May 29, 2008, 12:41 pm
  • Yeah, I understand that you can’t play the ‘what if’ game all day, and I’m not trying to make excuses for my team. I know that these things happen to every team, and they usually balance out of the course of a season. But when they’re fresh in my mind late at night, especially when it’s past 1am because of a left-coast game, it keeps me up at night.

    Atheose May 29, 2008, 12:51 pm
  • Those Angels were only hapless because they were playing the Sox. If they were playing the Yanks..
    That said, the Yanks probably should’ve won that series (bugs/excuses/etc or not)..

    Lar May 29, 2008, 3:30 pm
  • Wow, don’t look, the Rays are up 1.5 in the division. Who knew? (Ya, it’s still early.. maybe.. 33%ish of the season done..)

    Lar May 29, 2008, 3:31 pm

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