In Which Piglet Gets Knocked Out in the Second : Sox-Tigers Gamer I

Piglet

We love AA Milne, but tonight we'd rather see pulled pork than read a cute story about bears, owls, and sad donkeys.

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159 comments… add one

  • OK, I don’t get the Piglet reference…

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 6:27 pm
  • Oh thank god I’m not the only one who doesn’t get any of the metaphors.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 6:53 pm
  • Ath – I was counting on you to educate me…

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 6:56 pm
  • Eckerseley is back! Yeah! Earmuffs, children!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:02 pm
  • Lead-off double for Pedroia? RBI single for Drew before I can type it?
    GREAT SUCCESS.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:09 pm
  • I’m stuck on mlbRadio. If Eck imparts any gems, please share….

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:10 pm
  • This is a small strikezone. If it stays this way for Daisuke it’s going to be a long night.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:13 pm
  • Pretty nice inning by Burnett.

    AndrewYF June 2, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • YANKEE SPY GET OUT

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • It’s my right as a YFSF poster to post in the Red Sox game thread until we Yankee fans get our own. Read the constitution! It’s all there.

    AndrewYF June 2, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • One batter, one guy on base. ick.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • I love Eckerseley so much: “That was a 2-1 hard biting slider. Sometimes 2-1 you get a guy who is up there thinking ‘Hey, let’s party!’ but Thomas doesn’t want to party at all.”

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Two batter, two guys on base. Double Ick.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • Two batters, two guys on base…

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • Good pitch called a ball. Consistently small zone so far.
    HEY! A double play! Work that high WHIP magic Daisuke!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:19 pm
  • OK, we’ll take that for now.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • We need to be IBB’ing Cabrera here.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • DAISUKE WHY ARE YOU PITCHING TO CABRERA.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • Oh hey Cabrera is hitting .400 with RISP.
    WALK THIS BAD, BAD MAN.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Strike zone doesn’t look all that small for Miggy.

    AndrewYF June 2, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • How about an unintentional walk?

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • Hey look Daisuke threw a ball right down the middle and Cabrera drives in a run.
    What the fucking fuck guys? Get off your ass Tito.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • I can deal with players playing badly. That’s understandable. But Tito needs to be walking guys like Miguel fucking Cabrera when 1st is open and the two guys next in the lineup are hitting below .270

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • At least the yankees just squandered a 2 on/no out sitch.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:28 pm
  • ARod = chokopotamus

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • I am officially no longer a Matsuzaka fan.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 7:30 pm
  • Oh jesus, several fans screaming “STEROIDS!” at Ortiz.
    This is depressing as hell.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • Ortiz opposite-field single. Good piece of hitting there.
    TURNINGPOINT OMG!!!111one

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • he got a hit! he got a hit!

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • Cue the duckboats RBF! God bless Papi!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Varitek follows suit! It’s an old-timer barrage!
    Ellsbury gets an infield single. I like this.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • Aw, Ath, that makes me miss Coco….

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • It’s an old-timer barrage!
    Woo hoo – as an old timer, I like this….

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Grab a bat RBF!
    Bases loaded for the MVP.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • crap.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • Looks like we’re going to be playing the “How many runners can we strand?” game tonight.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • A huge squander there. We’ll be remembering that later.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • HEHEHE there’s a squirrel running circles around Drew in right field.
    It sure beats midges/seagulls.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • Oh that’s cool, we’re giving up hits to .231 hitters now.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • And there’s the first wild pitch…. 3 more to go?

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • Weeee, a wild pitch. Fantastic.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 7:49 pm
  • Wow, he got out of that.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • I think what you mean is “Hey, Daisuke has only given up one wild pitch so far! Hooray!”

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:53 pm
  • Porcello is Italian for “piglet”.

    SF June 2, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • PAY.
    THE.
    MAN.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Jason Bay have my babies please.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Ah, that explains it….

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Padilla falling apart.. would be great to get a few more runs from ARod here..

    Lar June 2, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Papi getting heckled pretty badly. I’m usually thick-skinned to this stuff, but hearing it directed at Papi really stings.
    And then he GIDP, sort of.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Can we get a YF gamer here? =)

    Lar June 2, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • You will get nothing and like it, first-place Yankee scum.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • $50 says Cabrera hits a 2-run homer here.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Melky chased that one down to the right.

    Lar June 2, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • PEDROIA!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Ellsbury rips a single. How about we steal a base? Haven’t done that since the 27th.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Added the gamer, YFs.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Ath’s wish is Ellsbury’s command.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Ah, 2 out walk, followed by a double and the hot Cruz homers to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. Murphy also singles, so with 2 outs, 4 players got on base..

    Lar June 2, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Good baserunning by Ellsbury to get to third after the throw as well.
    This is the non-dumbass baseball I like to see.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Wow, more bad baserunning: Granderson was stealing 2nd on that hit, and was almost at third when Drew caught it at the warning track. Easy DP ends the inning.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • Porcello gets knocked out in the fifth. That’s pretty good, given he only gave up three runs.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Piggy out already? After only 84 pitches?

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Goddamnit mlb.tv, stop showing commercials and get back to the game.
    They do this a few times a week.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Way to walk the guy hitting .231. Lame. No pitch over 90, Dice-K doesn’t have enough velocity spread to fool people.

    SF June 2, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Matsuzaka is excruciating to watch on Gameday, much less on TV.

    SF June 2, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • Daisuke: “I’m ahead in the count 1-2, so I’ll throw two straight balls to make things interesting”

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Daisuke walks the 8 and 9 hitters. Mlb.tv, please come back so I can at least listen to Eck accidentally call Masterson “masturbate”

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • Unforgivable, walking the 8/9 hitters to start the inning. Get him out, Tito. Time for Buchholz. Maybe Dice should go back on the DL and try to recapture arm strength or something.

    SF June 2, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • Oh look, the Yankees took the lead too. What a super-fantastic night.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Heart attack kid. Out of the inning.

    SF June 2, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Heh, two straight walks, then three straight outs, including two Ks. Not bad.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Daisuke has officially recovered his 2008 form: 9 runners through 5 innings, but only 1 run given up. Great success.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Obie says Papi on pace to drive in about 60 runs.
    Really? 60? That many?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Hey a fastball right down the middle, and Ortiz starts swinging after it’s in the fricken glove.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Jesus. Bring back Yaz.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Wow, this kid Perry has a baby face.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • Ells! Should be 3-3.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • I am LOVING Ellsbury’s at-bats lately. 8 pitches and he slaps a single into left field. He used to only pull the ball, but this year he’s really gone to the opposite field. He’s really maturing, though his numbers don’t show it yet.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • Wings 2, Guins 2, 1st int.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • He needs to walk more, ath.

    Green walks, sacks packed for Petey.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • How the HELL did the Yanks get 7 runs that inning? Damn.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Hey, bases loaded again with one out and the top of the order coming up. Let’s try to score this time.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • TAKE

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • Pedro is hitting .4~~ something with bases loaded. Swing away little guy!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • Walk! Free run!

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • Bases-loaded BB.
    4-1.
    Perry to get kicked to the curb.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • Vicente Padilla was pitching. That’s how.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • But Paul, Padilla is one of their best pitchers! His ERA is only 5.57!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • OK, I’m sticking with the game and foregoing Deadliest Catch. For now. Don’t make me regret it.
    Former Red Sock Brandon Lyon is in.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Cruddy at-bat from Drew. 2 down, bases still plugged.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Drew hits it to the one place where a run couldn’t score: the pitcher. Good hustle to get out of the double-play though

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • HBP! Free run!

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Youks HBP again!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Youk hit by a fastball on the first pitch. Hey Bay, get The Bearded One some revenge please?

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • The Rangers are in first place? Seriously? How?

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Bay hits it to the hole. good defense to force the runner at 2nd. Thank you for the free runs, the hitters did jack shit.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • 8 LOBs through 6.
    Ick.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Let’s see: Dice-K at 96 pitches. Bullpen rested. 4-5-6 coming up. I’d let him face one guy, see what happens. That’s it, though.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Here comes MDC to replace Dice-BB.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Not only that, but they have the best record in the AL.
    I agree with the 1-runner hook for Daisuke. But Delcarmen is in instead.
    Whatever, we’re up 5-1.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • One down on the tapper back to MDC.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • Oki’s getting warm.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • I have no problem with the move to MDC, at all.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • You know, with a 4-run lead I’m surprised Masterson didn’t come in to go a few innings.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • Deepish fly to Drew, two down.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Granderson? More like LAMERson!
    Am I right? Huh?

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Good work from MDC. On to the seventh.

    SF June 2, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • I’ve always wondered if the Inge’s and the Iorg’s were somehow distant relatives.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Remember when MDC only threw fastballs? It’s nice to see him using the curve/changeup a lot more.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Sorry. Punctuation problems.
    Make that the Inges and the Iorges.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • MLBdotcom Gameday premium says Papi hates to face four-seam fastball.
    And two-seam fastball, and curveball and changeup and slider and curve and cutter and …

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Another fastball, another Ortiz strikeout.
    Tito neds to go old-yeller on his ass.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Who is a reasonable bat to replace Ortiz?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Halladay at 116 pitches sent out for the 9th, with only a 2-run lead. That man is insane.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • No Rangers pitcher in tonight’s game has an ERA below 5.50.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • The serious answer: Dunn, Guerrero, Cantu
    The sad because it’s true answer: anyone

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • HA! Crisp not playing tonight against Tampa.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • I’d even settle for Chris Carter.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • And Nick Green is still better than Lugo.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • Halladay gets two quick K’s, then gives up a single to Morales. Still out there despite being at 131 pitches.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • 10 LOBs.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • Oki replaces MDC.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Halladay strikes out the side in the 9th, 14 K’s in a complete-game gem. 4 ER, sure, but still.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • The one goddamn week I bench Holliday he’s OPS’ing 1.857

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Nice efficient inning for Oki.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Petey’s gonna launch one here.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Or not.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • Nope, but Youk is about to.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Good defense robs Drew of a hit. Sometimes it seems like he has the worst luck…

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Hey the fat Italian guy from The Sopranos is in the crowd!

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Cubs pen pitches 2 innings, gives up 3 runs as Atl ties it.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Which fat Italian guy is that?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • The fat one, IBM. With the accent.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • All joking aside, it was the third guy from the right in this picture:
    http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2007/06/11/rgN1206_sopranos2_wideweb__470x345,0.jpg

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Fuck.
    Calling Chris Carter.
    Was Kotsay activated today?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Paps.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Yes he was, IBM. Yes he was.
    Adam Dunn has a double off Lincecum tonight. OPS’ing .971

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • That’s Vincent Pastore. Big Pussy.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Wings 2, Guins 2, 2nd int.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Great fastball from Paps, slapped into center for a single. Lotta movement on that pitch.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • A broken-bat bloop into shallow right and a check-swing line single. Seriously?

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Jesus, Paps.
    Get yer head screwed on.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Seriously? Are we really doing this right now?

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Papelbon is getting atrocious luck tonight.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Fuck. don’t blow it.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • And if Paps gets out of this he doesn’t get a save.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • Only one of those singles was earned, the other two were cheap as hell. At least he’s ahead of Anderson.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • B’s resign Krejci to a 3-year deal.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • K!
    FINALLY!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Paps has already thrown 28 pitches. Send Masterson out there to get a GIDP.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Larish follows suit. On to Santiago.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • K!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    And no save.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Papelbon strikes out the side. What a great Daisuke impression.
    500 wins for Tito. Good times.

    Atheose June 2, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • The Sox better figure out what’s wrong with Papelbon, because they don’t have much of a chance in the playoffs with him like this as the closer.

    AndrewYF June 2, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • What do you mean what’s wrong with Paps?
    He struck out the side.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • And Dice-BB got his first win, dropped his ERA to 7.17.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Yeah, Papelbon gave up a broken-bat hit, a check-swing hit and a dribbler past our defensive black hole at short before striking out the side. I didn’t see much wrong with what he did.

    Paul SF June 2, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • “I didn’t see much wrong with what he did.”
    Paul, I didn’t see much I liked with what he did, yeah he got out of it, but for the second straight game he had to get out of a jam in the ninth, this is in comparison to the JONATHAN PAPELBON we have all come to expect to see striding to the mound in the 9th
    Paps hasn’t looked like the DOMINANT Paps we all know and love for at least the last month now. Papelbon has had to throw WAY too many pitches in virtually every appearance in that time. Giving up hits walks and even runs at times, badly blowing that one save and giving up two runs in back to back appearances.
    Listen, the results haven’t been all that bad but while his hits per inning haven’t changed much from last year he’s already given up 12 walks so far this year when he only walked 8 all last season!
    Paps’ pitches per inning this year are WAY up versus his career. His strikeouts are down a bit, opponent Avg. is up 46 percentage points vs his career and 22 point vs last year.
    AND, he’s given up 3 dingers already this year a third of the way into the season, when he’s averaged 4 a year for his career (4 last year) and had a career high of 5 in 2007.
    Now, I’m not saying that he’s washed up, or that I’d rather have anyone else closing out the 9th for me, but what I am saying is this: Something isn’t quite right with him. What it is I don’t know, but I do know this, his control just isn’t what it has been. Again, I love Paps, but it just isn’t the same guy right now.
    It’s obvious, it concerns me and I hope Paps can regain the form that has sewn up so many Sox victories for us and made a Sox lead in the 9th a relaxing experience.

    Brian Houk June 5, 2009, 11:28 am

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