In This Corner: Sox-Rays Gamer II

If tonight’s Wells v. Kazmir matchup was a prize fight, I’d be a lot more optimistic about the outcome. But it’s not. It’s a baseball game, and it doesn’t look to be a good one. Only a miracle of tremendous proportions (including all of the following: A tremendous Wells start, a disastrous outing from Kazmir, timely hitting from the Sox, and good middle relief) puts this one in the Sox’ column.

Predictions: Wells’ knee walks out of Fenway, hitches a ride to New York and joins the Yankee rotation — then pitches a complete game 4-hitter as Wells flops around on the Fenway mound like a dying fish. The Sox manage two runs off Kazmir (both Manny homers) and begin spraying champaigne in the clubhouse after the game. After the second home run, Manny tries to slice Kazmir in two with his yellowish eyes of death.It doesn’t work, and Kazmir pitches a complete game. And, finally, Rudy Seanez will have the best performance of the night with two scoreless innings of 4-K baseball …

Fire away!

207 comments… add one
  • I’m slightly hard at work, so I can’t look into it further, but the game apparently is delayed. Is it rainy up there in Bostonland?

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • it is, game delayed till 7:45

    Cape Codder May 26, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • I’ve never prayed so much for a rainout.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • But rain out will not change anything: Wells vs. Kazmir will be just postponed a day

    Cape Codder May 26, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • I suppose it would be delaying the inevitable. Still, one hopes…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Yay! Baseball!

    Cape Codder May 26, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • I’m looking at it this way: Wells sucks when he comes back from the DL. Always. Kazmir always limits us to like roughly 1.5 runs per game. It’s like a sacrifice game, they’re figuring if Wells sucks massive dong, it won’t matter, because chances are Kazmir’s going to make sure it would never be close.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • also, there may be some relief for the Sox tonight. Mussina’s has not looked great against the Royals, and the Yanks are down 3-0. so that’s something.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • and a 1-2-3 inning for Wells! hoorah. Maybe his ERA will be below 10 after this game.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Wells gets ’em out harmlessly. The fly-out I saw was high and not deep.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • I agree, Devine, Wells was throwing strikes and forcing the Rays to put the ball into play.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Is it just me or does he look slimmer?

    Cape Codder May 26, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • I don’tknow what’s harder to believe: That the Royals scored three runs in an inning against Mike Mussina, or that the Rays scored zero runs in an inning off David Wells.
    You know, Hunter, I thought that too. Why waste a Schilling start when we’re just going to score 1 run anyway, and why waste a 7-run performance if Wells is going to give up 9… Maybe this is the perfect way to do it…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • And the Sox go equally quietly. Much more expected outcome, however…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Ick. Well, here’s Wells’s first test.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Good first couple of outs for Wells after the leadoff double. Now just the last one…

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Now, that was pretty hard hit.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • AGILE fat f***er gets the final out off the roller down the first-base line. Nice.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Nice inning from Wells. Two groundouts.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • I’m not ready to give him the Cy Young or anything, but to scoreless innings is better than the last time we tried this “Let’s see how close Boomer is to retirement” game…

    Anonymous May 26, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • And the single from Manny, who stays red hot, but — alas — Tek’s right behind him.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Oh yeah, I’m certainly not ready to say, “He’s back!” but this is pretty nice so far.
    Man, Varitek…0-2 immediately.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Lowell with the single! Two on… Time to hit in the clutch, guys… And against Scott Kazmir, EVERY situation is clutch…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • We’ve got to get this run home, Trot.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Gah! Strikeout!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • What are the stats of Nixon with RiSP? Because he seems to be particularly bad, is this just my memory deceiving me?

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Ick. Come on, Pena! I don’t know if I’m remembering properly, but he seems kinda cold recently.
    Two men in scoring position. 1-2.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • That’s a mighty generous strikezone!

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Sh*t!

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • And the groundout from Wily Mo. Well, that was our chance. We blew it.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • I agree. That’s the ballgame right there.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Awww, Paul, don’t be sad. Wells just made a great reflexive catch. We still got seven innings to get ’em.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • I hope you two are kidding. I don’t like our chances, sure, but we’ve got’em, anyway.
    Besides, yanks still down 3-1 to the royals (although that’s not going to be the final score).

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Defense! I love defense!

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Wells induces the double play! Three good innings. Wow!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Wells at 27 pitches through 3 innings. 27!

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Wow, Gonzalez got robbed.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Youkilis is going to have to be a little more agressive with this umpire’s strike zone and Kazmir’s improved control.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Man, Youk’s got nothing against Kazmir.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Loretta gets something going.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Straight into the shift for Ortiz.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:32 pm

  • stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Oh darn. At least there was no one on.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • yeah, if he gets through the inning, then i’ll still be impressed with this outing, even if he only lasts another inning or two and gives up another couple runs.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • and lo!

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • although I am now counting on Manny to lead off with a homer himself.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Hit well…at the left-fielder.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • well, that didn’t take long.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • F’ing Jim Duquette. We shouldn’t even have to be facing this guy!

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Ohhhhh god.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Well, there you go, we’ve all just witnessed the end of David Wells’s long career.

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • guess we’ll have to sign clemens now.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Yeah, that looks like it could have been it. What a gut-punch.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • What happened to weels? I am following this on gamecast.

    Rob May 26, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Straight back to Wells, hit him in the right knee and he went down hard and fast. Ended up limping off assisted by two people.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • He took a line drive off his knee. It looked pretty bad.

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Thanks…

    Rob May 26, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • what a miserable week. jesus.
    wonder if we’ll call Mohr back up.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • oh, and the Yanks are up 4-3.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Wells took a hard liner, probably coming back at him at 85mph+ right off the knee he just spent 45 days rehabbing, a perfectly square knock. He couldn’t put any weight on it, needed to be carried off the field under assistance. Sure looks like he could be totally done. It’s too bad – he was pitching very well and showing quite a bit tonight, enough to inspire a bit of optimism that we’d seen the last of Lenny DiNardo. On the other hand, he was certainly pitching on borrowed time based on his health. Now Theo has some work to do, decisions to make – neither Alvarez nor Lenny look like ML rotation-caliber pitchers. I think we see Jon Lester by July 15th, depending on his next few AAA starts.

    SF May 26, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Someone needs to speed Kapler up…I don’t think we need Mohr back in the lineup..not many choices though

    Rob May 26, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • I was reading that they have had Lester on 60-68 pitch counts

    Rob May 26, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • This week in baseball has beaten me down pretty good. I think I’m gonna just stop watching this one for awhile. Have a good night if I’m not back.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Wow, I mean Wells can act like an absolute idiot sometimes, and he’s not really a likable person, but you have to feel sorry for him here.
    He months getting his knee ready, hoping to pitch for us, and it looked like he was going to do it well, and just when things were looking good, bam. He must be in the gutters right now.
    Aur revoir David Wells, hope you enjoy retirement. Thanks for trying.

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • well, KC tied it up with the Yanks at least.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • A little something going now

    Rob May 26, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • It doesn’t take an expert on body language to tell you what Wells was thinking when he rolled over onto his stomach and buried his head in his arms…
    Damn. Hopefully he’ll find his way into a broadcast booth somewhere. Talk about a guy made for color commentary.

    airk May 26, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • gee, Papi up with the bases loaded. this didn’t end well earlier this week.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Gamecasters might be amused to hear that Toby Hall, the Rays’ catcher, just received a White-Out manicure from the pitching coach during a conference on the mound, making his signs more visible. And, y’know, because it looks pretty.
    BIG PAPI!!!

    airk May 26, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • I guess he had misplaced his clutchness earlier in the week.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • CLUTCH!
    Devine just gave up and left…he’s gonna kick himself!

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Well, I did see that and it was totally sweet…but I’m still in the dumps over quite probably losing a pitcher who was looking like he had a chance to rebound. It’s the season and not the game I’m frustrated with today.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Just getting in… Any word on Boomer?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • (If there is any upside to this, it’s that maybe… just maybe… Yankee fans can stop with their self-pitying nonsense about how much unluckier they’ve been with injuries this year. Wells won 15 for the Sox in ’05 and was apparently looking sharp in his return tonight.)

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Crawford makes a weak out for a change, 4-3. 2 down.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • It’s all Paul’s fault. He was badmouthing Boomer so much that the negative karma caused the line drive to hit his knee. Nice going, Paul!!

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • nice work from Tavarez tonight, at least.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Dare I say that The Orc is looking sharp?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Do my dinner-returning eyes deceive me?!?!?!

    Anonymous May 26, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • It was a bases-loaded-and-clearing double by Papi, anonymous dinner-returning guy.
    WMP and Gonzo singled, Youks walked, Papi smacked it off the wall in deep center.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Kazmir at 85 pitches. Almost time for that vaunted Tampa Bay bullpen.

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • lol, Sorry, Hudson, that was me.
    Just caught up with the thread. Man. It was so cool that we were up 3-1, and now it so sucks …
    Lowell just HRs!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Lowell and his slow bat make it 5-1!!

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Lowell hits his seventh homer of the year off Kazmir. At last, the Sox have broken his spell.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • I can’t believe we have 5 effing runs off Scott Kazmir!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • uh oh… the Rays are slowly remembering that they are the Rays and bumping into each other in the field!

    airk May 26, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Bad News Bear play on an infield pop-up behind the mound there. Really embarrassing.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Wow, Hudson, I didn’t realize Lowell had that many HR off Kazmir. You’d think we’d win against him a little more with hitting like that ;-)

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • I’d really enjoy a Wily Mo bomb here. Even more than usual.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Oops, insert a comma after “year.” (I’ve been caught by the Grammar Patrol.)

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Anyway, Tom, I take no responsibility for the injury to Boomer. My bad-mouthing him was so over-the-top that its only possible effects were for him to be doing exactly what he was doing until the line drive.
    Shit though. We can’t keep doing the DiNardo thing. I think he’s OK, but we already have a pitcher who is iffy out there. We can’t afford two…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • W.M. K-ena. Oh well.
    Just one out, Kazmir at 98, he’s being pulled.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Just givin ya a hard time ;-) It’s funnier later in the season when someone says “He hit his 45th home run Tuesday”? Really? All on Tuesday? Wow!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • For once Tina Cervasio has some bona fide news. She reports that Wells has a deep contusion to his right knee but “no evidence of serious damage” at this point.
    Now she can go back to shallow and pointless pre-game interviews.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Okay, with that homer off Farnsworth, I’m officially back. Okay, bruised but no evidence of worse damage says Ms. Cervasio. I can still hope he’ll be back in three weeks or something, right?

    Devine May 26, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Paul, just take it easy on Tek, lest he suffer an aneurysm behind the plate.
    Report on Boomer says he has a “deep contusion”, but no structural damage. I hope that is not a Bellicheckian spin.

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • oh HELLO: KC up 7-4 on the Yanks, top of 8th.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • I hate that NESN is nothing more than a giant PR station for the Red Sox… With the exception of that show with the Globe columnists and the JimEd and Eck analysis, all you get are vapid interviews with Cervasio and Mae. It gives New England sports journalism a bad name… :-P

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • well, at least they won’t have to amputate.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Gonzo singles *again*. The world has turned upside down.
    And Fenway fans still can’t get enough of yelling “Yoooouuuu” at the mere sight of him.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Perhaps there is a chance he could pitch again afterall? This would be HUGE (assuming he pitches as well as he did tonight).

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • A-Gon’s got another two-hit night. Can we start calling Ron Jackson the best hitting coach in baseball now?

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Hudson: I think it’s more that they’re saying “YOUUUKK!,” but the K sounds don’t translate that well in to crowd noise.

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Youks singles. Bags loaded, Loretta up again. Time warp.
    Stuck working… I can’t keep up! (A) No effing way on the Royals; (B) Maybe they’ll send Boomer to the same facility as Barbaro.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Youk single loads em up for M-Lor!!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Maybe Fenway needs an elocution instructor to address the crowd before each game to help people pronounce the “K.”

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Hee hee! Your B entry has me in much better spirits there Hudson.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Sac fly for another insurance run…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Paul, I thought M-Lor was only when he comes through. For now, he’s still Loretta…
    But he hits a sac fly, so M-Lor it is. But is that M-Lor worthy?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • LOL on Barbaro

    airk May 26, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • An RBI in a potential DP situation, when the Sox never seem to drive runners home with less than two outs? M-Lor it is!
    (I dangle the M-Lor before he comes through as a hint of the glory he could obtain)

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Damn shift.
    Away board: Yankees threatening with two on and none out.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • why KC’s starter was in for two batters in the 8th, i have no idea.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • and i am likewise suspicious of having Tavarez out here again, even with a 5 run lead.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Hall singles, 1 out.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • And Cano pops up to SS, beautiful!
    Skipper takes out Gibble and puts in a righty. Hopefully Bernie grounds out (got to admit, besides the errors by KC, this game hasn’t been all that bad, I’m glad my UPN picked it up).
    Peralta is the pitcher btw.

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • wow, we’re talking about the Yanks game more here than in their game thread.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • 1st and 3rd, still just one out. Just over Youks.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Foulke warming.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • man, expecting Tavarez to get through the 7th was pretty greedy.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • It’s now 7-5 Yanks, 6-2 Sox.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Someone asked before about Trot and Wily Mo. Did an ESPN check, and here’s what I got:
    Nixon, none on: .317/.438/.433, 60 AB, 19 H, 12 BB, 1 HR
    Runners on: .290/.412/.435, 69 AB, 20 H, 13 BB, 2 HR, 20 RBI
    RISP: .256/.400/.302, 43 AB, 11 H, 10 BB, 0 HR, 15 RBI
    So, yes, Trot has a significant dropoff in power and overall productivity when runners are on second and third, as opposed to when runners are on first or aren’t there at all. But you could easily plead sample size. Tonight, he’s 0-for-3. He struck out with a RISP, struck out with no one on base and reached on an error with no one on.
    Pena, past week: 6/18 (.333), 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .368 OBP, .333 SLG. So he’s getting on base, but the power’s not been there (seven singles, it looks like). I imagine it’s adjusting to the “don’t swing like crazy at every pitch” and trying to take pitches the opposite way, shortening up on the bat, etc.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • 6-3 Sox on a sac fly. Nice attempt by Manny/Lowell.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Yeah, time to hook Tavarez, Tito…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Although now with a runner only on first and two outs, might be worth giving him a shot at the final out…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Foulke coming in. Tavarez starts the trek back to Mordor.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Gameday has it 7-5, KC

    Tom sf May 26, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • lol, Hudson.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Sure would be nice if hoolian could get batters out with good consistency.

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • It’s KC leading, Tom. It wa 7-4 heading into the 8th. Yanks only got 1 run despite having 2nd/3rd, no outs? Ouch.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Foulke giving up the long flies — again. He’s really losing it this year, IMO…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • KC finally gets out of the inning, and is batting in the top of the 9th.
    Foulke gives up a double, would have been another run but the TB runner slipped.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Ooof, Lugo almost got one out of the park, luckily foul.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Foulke…you and your deep fly balls. That frickin’ foul ball could have tied the game.
    But he K’s Lugo. Phew.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • But he Ks Lugo! Very nice indeed… 6-3 Sox, and Timlinbon hopefully are ready to go…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • hmmm. Will Timlin start the 8th? Or will Francona wait until Foulke gives up another run and puts some runners on, and then bring Timlin in to allow them to score?

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • KC’s #2 and #3 hitters:
    Grudzielanek
    Mientkiewicz
    Too bad Pierzynski isn’t a Royal.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • More players we need for next year’s predictions…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Maybe it’s just me, but I’d like one or two more runs here…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Yankees coming to bat in the bottom of the 9th, down 7-5.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • L O W E L L E W O L
    # 2 2

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • A Mike Lowell double!!
    A Mike Lowell double!!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • The next stupid Doublemint Twins commercial needs to have those two annoying blondes riding their bicycle through Fenway Park…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • GameDay says the Yankees are in a rain delay (?).

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • They freakin delayed the KC-NY game in the middle of the ninth?? They couldn’t get three more outs in there?

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • eh, they should just call the KC/NY game, anyway.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • If Trot gets a hit here, everyone in the lineup will have one…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • And he does! RBI single, 7-3 Sox, and Trot says “Screw Paul and his ESPN splits!”

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Trot brings home another with the single.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • They should have delayed it earlier. It’s frickin’ *pouring* there. The area in front of the plate was a complete mess in the top of the 9th.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • That’s a big insurance run. I support keeping Foulke in here and hopefully getting Timlinbon a rest…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Heh. I wonder when umpires stopped caring about players’ safety…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Hey, I only just noticed… Tito moved Tek *up* in the lineup?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • And one of those fly balls finally leaves the park off Foulke.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • It is a sad day when I agree that Seanez is a better option than Foulke. Two baserunners before he’s pulled?

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Crawford goes yard on Foulke (2nd homer of the night, but the first off Foulke — that’s for Paul!) who looks really crappy tonight.
    And Francona takes Foulke out! How about that. Normally he’d wait for them to tie it up at least.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Oh yeah, I guess he did, huh? Used to be Tek hit behind Trot… But hey, Tek is nearing the .240 mark, so maybe he’s slowly but surely putting it together…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Crawford doubled his season HR total off the staff tonight? suuuuper.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Yeah, so apparently I’m an idiot — caused a Wells injury and a home run off Foulke in the same game. If I suddenly disappear from this blog, you’ll know it was because YF and SF took me into the back room for a “talk” …

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Wow, I wonder what Foulke and that fan had to say to each other just then. Then he punched a phone. No, Foulke, that *Tavarez’s* line.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Looked like Foulke pulled a Kevin Brown there in the dugout after being pulled and jawing with a fan.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Fan: “Meet me at Burger King after the game, Keith?”
    Foulke: @#@@$*&%&%!
    [WHAM]

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Well, that’s all we need… I didn’t see what happened, but I don’t think it’s right to be getting on Foulke’s case, considering 04 and that he’s trying to help the team however he can and being a class act about the closing thing…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Rudy Seanez: Strikeout No. 1 (see above).

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Jesus Christ, Foulke, are we going to have to get Crash Davis down here to explain to you about what to do with your pitching hand?

    Hunter May 26, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Seanez looked like he thought the inning was over.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • boy, looks like the Jays really dismantled the White Sox. Impressive.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Seanez gives up a double that’s a carbon copy of the one hit off Foulke. Still two out.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Extra base hits give me gas…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Seanez: effective.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Inning over.
    Paps in the 9th, I presume?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • How ’bout Riske for the 9th?

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Agreed, Devine. He has been quite good of late.
    All right, TV watchers, whose in for the Sox? Paps or Riske or Seanez for two? Any indication?

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • they could plate another couple runs here, give Paps the night off. he wasn’t mindblowing last night.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • AGon’s average is up to a whopping .220.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Yeah, I think he needs the rest. Even if it’s still three runs, I say give Riske a shot. If he allows a couple hits, bring in Paps…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • anyone checking out the Mavs/Suns game on TNT? great series.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • (.220 was before that hit. 3 for 4 on the night.)

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • make that .227, Hudson.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • A THREE-hit game from A-Gon! Wow, what a weird game this is turning out to be…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • They’re warming Papelbon now.
    I’ve been meaning to watch that series, stuckworking, but haven’t gotten around to it.

    Devine May 26, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • It’s on in the office here. I’ve been rooting for Phoeni, just because it means Dallas will be gone and I can stop listening to the office Mavs fans gloat over their victory over the Spurs…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • M-Lor walks. Two on for Papi…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • good things always seem to happen when Loretta gets to 3-0.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Loretta walks, 1st and 2nd, 1 out.
    If they get another run, then Riske. Otherwise, gotta go with the closer, right? Or is there a DRays exception to the rule?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • DRays do have a potent lineup, which might call for the closer. I’m just worried that Papelbon’a tired, and Riske did well his last time out…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Better than .200

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Papi singles through the shift, AGon scores, 8-4 Sox.
    Gotta be Riske now.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Papi with the ribbie! 4 on the night!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • 1st and 3rd, stil just one out. Manny with a huge swing on the first pitch, now 1-1.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Yeah, that’s a key run. Might not be “clutch,” per se, but a key run nonetheless…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Why is there dirt on the front of Manny’s uniform? Did he dive headfirst tonight?

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Manny GIDPs.

    Hudson May 26, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • weather.com doesn’t show any let up to NYC rain — they really gonna play any more tonight?

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Seems like it’s pretty close to the 30 minutes, or whatever that rule is, between the delay and when they can call the game…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Seanez still in there! Surprising, but I can’t say it’s a bad move. He’s doing well, and if he can save another arm, then great…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • It’s past thirty minutes. They began showing an episode of friends after the delay, and it’s over now and they are showing a movie.

    BenRS May 26, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • 1 out to go!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • Bleck, single to center, two on for the hottest hitter in baseball right now…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • And that brings in Papelbon for the one-out save…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • Raise your hand if you thought the Sox would win tonight if the Rays had 14 hits.

    stuck working May 26, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Game over on the flyout to Manny! I can’t believe the Red Sox won this game… And the amazing thing is it probably wouldn’t have even been this close if Wells could have stayed in the game…

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • This indeed gives me hope. If they can win a game against the hottest pitcher in baseball when their starter gets felled in the fifth, this is indeed a very, very good team.

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Yeah, I’ll just be glad that Papelbon got another save (he’s on my fantasy team!). A harsh night in many ways, but some good hitting and mostly good work by the bullpen.
    Night!

    Devine May 26, 2006, 11:01 pm
  • I’ll be posting the wrapup a little later tonight — I want to do some stats inputting and see what fun things we can come up with…
    Night everybody!

    Paul SF May 26, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Man when are they going to call the effing Yanks game? Are they going to wait untill next morning?
    I’d like to see a bottom of the ninth so that NYFans don’t have a cause, but COME ON!

    BenRS May 27, 2006, 12:02 am
  • Well, the Royals allowed one more run, had the tying run on third with only one out, and then the quasi-apologetic BALCO spokesman grounded out into a double play.
    And the worst team in modern day baseball history has beaten the MFYs.

    Hunter May 27, 2006, 12:18 am

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