Categories Sox Gamers/Postmortems In Which Piglet Gets Knocked Out in the Second : Sox-Tigers Gamer I Post author By SF Post date June 2, 2009 159 Comments on In Which Piglet Gets Knocked Out in the Second : Sox-Tigers Gamer I We love AA Milne, but tonight we'd rather see pulled pork than read a cute story about bears, owls, and sad donkeys. Comment on the game here. ← Worthwhile Reading → The Texas Offense In the New Yankee Stadium? Sheesh: Rangers-Yankees Gamer 159 replies on “In Which Piglet Gets Knocked Out in the Second : Sox-Tigers Gamer I” OK, I don’t get the Piglet reference… Oh thank god I’m not the only one who doesn’t get any of the metaphors. Ath – I was counting on you to educate me… Eckerseley is back! Yeah! Earmuffs, children! Lead-off double for Pedroia? RBI single for Drew before I can type it? GREAT SUCCESS. I’m stuck on mlbRadio. If Eck imparts any gems, please share…. This is a small strikezone. If it stays this way for Daisuke it’s going to be a long night. Pretty nice inning by Burnett. YANKEE SPY GET OUT 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. One batter, one guy on base. ick. 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.” Two batter, two guys on base. Double Ick. Two batters, two guys on base… Good pitch called a ball. Consistently small zone so far. HEY! A double play! Work that high WHIP magic Daisuke! OK, we’ll take that for now. We need to be IBB’ing Cabrera here. DAISUKE WHY ARE YOU PITCHING TO CABRERA. Oh hey Cabrera is hitting .400 with RISP. WALK THIS BAD, BAD MAN. Strike zone doesn’t look all that small for Miggy. How about an unintentional walk? 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. 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 At least the yankees just squandered a 2 on/no out sitch. ARod = chokopotamus I am officially no longer a Matsuzaka fan. Oh jesus, several fans screaming “STEROIDS!” at Ortiz. This is depressing as hell. Ortiz opposite-field single. Good piece of hitting there. TURNINGPOINT OMG!!!111one he got a hit! he got a hit! Cue the duckboats RBF! God bless Papi! Varitek follows suit! It’s an old-timer barrage! Ellsbury gets an infield single. I like this. Aw, Ath, that makes me miss Coco…. It’s an old-timer barrage! Woo hoo – as an old timer, I like this…. Grab a bat RBF! Bases loaded for the MVP. crap. Looks like we’re going to be playing the “How many runners can we strand?” game tonight. A huge squander there. We’ll be remembering that later. HEHEHE there’s a squirrel running circles around Drew in right field. It sure beats midges/seagulls. Oh that’s cool, we’re giving up hits to .231 hitters now. And there’s the first wild pitch…. 3 more to go? Weeee, a wild pitch. Fantastic. Wow, he got out of that. I think what you mean is “Hey, Daisuke has only given up one wild pitch so far! Hooray!” Porcello is Italian for “piglet”. PAY. THE. MAN. Jason Bay have my babies please. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Ah, that explains it…. Padilla falling apart.. would be great to get a few more runs from ARod here.. 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. Can we get a YF gamer here? =) You will get nothing and like it, first-place Yankee scum. $50 says Cabrera hits a 2-run homer here. Melky chased that one down to the right. PEDROIA! Ellsbury rips a single. How about we steal a base? Haven’t done that since the 27th. Added the gamer, YFs. Ath’s wish is Ellsbury’s command. 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.. Good baserunning by Ellsbury to get to third after the throw as well. This is the non-dumbass baseball I like to see. 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. Porcello gets knocked out in the fifth. That’s pretty good, given he only gave up three runs. Piggy out already? After only 84 pitches? Goddamnit mlb.tv, stop showing commercials and get back to the game. They do this a few times a week. Way to walk the guy hitting .231. Lame. No pitch over 90, Dice-K doesn’t have enough velocity spread to fool people. Matsuzaka is excruciating to watch on Gameday, much less on TV. Daisuke: “I’m ahead in the count 1-2, so I’ll throw two straight balls to make things interesting” Daisuke walks the 8 and 9 hitters. Mlb.tv, please come back so I can at least listen to Eck accidentally call Masterson “masturbate” 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. Oh look, the Yankees took the lead too. What a super-fantastic night. Heart attack kid. Out of the inning. Heh, two straight walks, then three straight outs, including two Ks. Not bad. Daisuke has officially recovered his 2008 form: 9 runners through 5 innings, but only 1 run given up. Great success. Obie says Papi on pace to drive in about 60 runs. Really? 60? That many? Hey a fastball right down the middle, and Ortiz starts swinging after it’s in the fricken glove. Jesus. Bring back Yaz. Wow, this kid Perry has a baby face. Ells! Should be 3-3. 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. Wings 2, Guins 2, 1st int. He needs to walk more, ath. … Green walks, sacks packed for Petey. How the HELL did the Yanks get 7 runs that inning? Damn. Hey, bases loaded again with one out and the top of the order coming up. Let’s try to score this time. TAKE Pedro is hitting .4~~ something with bases loaded. Swing away little guy! Walk! Free run! Bases-loaded BB. 4-1. Perry to get kicked to the curb. Vicente Padilla was pitching. That’s how. But Paul, Padilla is one of their best pitchers! His ERA is only 5.57! 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. Cruddy at-bat from Drew. 2 down, bases still plugged. 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 HBP! Free run! Youks HBP again! Youk hit by a fastball on the first pitch. Hey Bay, get The Bearded One some revenge please? The Rangers are in first place? Seriously? How? 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. 8 LOBs through 6. Ick. 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. Here comes MDC to replace Dice-BB. 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. One down on the tapper back to MDC. Oki’s getting warm. I have no problem with the move to MDC, at all. You know, with a 4-run lead I’m surprised Masterson didn’t come in to go a few innings. Deepish fly to Drew, two down. Granderson? More like LAMERson! Am I right? Huh? Good work from MDC. On to the seventh. I’ve always wondered if the Inge’s and the Iorg’s were somehow distant relatives. Remember when MDC only threw fastballs? It’s nice to see him using the curve/changeup a lot more. Sorry. Punctuation problems. Make that the Inges and the Iorges. 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 … Another fastball, another Ortiz strikeout. Tito neds to go old-yeller on his ass. Who is a reasonable bat to replace Ortiz? Halladay at 116 pitches sent out for the 9th, with only a 2-run lead. That man is insane. No Rangers pitcher in tonight’s game has an ERA below 5.50. The serious answer: Dunn, Guerrero, Cantu The sad because it’s true answer: anyone HA! Crisp not playing tonight against Tampa. I’d even settle for Chris Carter. And Nick Green is still better than Lugo. Halladay gets two quick K’s, then gives up a single to Morales. Still out there despite being at 131 pitches. 10 LOBs. Oki replaces MDC. Halladay strikes out the side in the 9th, 14 K’s in a complete-game gem. 4 ER, sure, but still. The one goddamn week I bench Holliday he’s OPS’ing 1.857 Nice efficient inning for Oki. Petey’s gonna launch one here. Or not. Nope, but Youk is about to. Good defense robs Drew of a hit. Sometimes it seems like he has the worst luck… Hey the fat Italian guy from The Sopranos is in the crowd! Cubs pen pitches 2 innings, gives up 3 runs as Atl ties it. Which fat Italian guy is that? The fat one, IBM. With the accent. 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 Fuck. Calling Chris Carter. Was Kotsay activated today? Paps. Yes he was, IBM. Yes he was. Adam Dunn has a double off Lincecum tonight. OPS’ing .971 That’s Vincent Pastore. Big Pussy. Wings 2, Guins 2, 2nd int. Great fastball from Paps, slapped into center for a single. Lotta movement on that pitch. A broken-bat bloop into shallow right and a check-swing line single. Seriously? Jesus, Paps. Get yer head screwed on. Seriously? Are we really doing this right now? Papelbon is getting atrocious luck tonight. Fuck. don’t blow it. And if Paps gets out of this he doesn’t get a save. Only one of those singles was earned, the other two were cheap as hell. At least he’s ahead of Anderson. B’s resign Krejci to a 3-year deal. K! FINALLY! Paps has already thrown 28 pitches. Send Masterson out there to get a GIDP. Larish follows suit. On to Santiago. K! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And no save. Papelbon strikes out the side. What a great Daisuke impression. 500 wins for Tito. Good times. 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. What do you mean what’s wrong with Paps? He struck out the side. And Dice-BB got his first win, dropped his ERA to 7.17. 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. “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. Comments are closed.