Kason Goes For Four: PaleSox-RedSox Gamer III

Kason Gabbard is undefeated in three starts this season, including throwing a shutout against the Royals in his last outing.  He’ll be watched for the first time by many as it’s a FOX game and he’s on the mound against the ChiSox, who send John Danks.  Boston has yet to face the 22 year-old lefty.  Game on, comment away.

PaleSox
J. Owens cf   
T. Iguchi 2b    
J. Thome dh   
P. Konerko 1b
J. Dye rf
J. Fields 3b
A. Gonzalez lf
J. Uribe ss
T. Hall c

RedSox
J. Lugo ss
D. Pedroia 2b
M. Ramirez dh
K. Youkilis 1b
J.D. Drew rf
M. Lowell 3b
J. Varitek c
C. Crisp cf
W. Pena lf

81 comments… add one
  • Hmmm… no comments yet, Sox down by one in the second tahnks to wiffy mo’s error.

    z118 July 21, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • There’s no comments because SF and Paul just threw their computers through their TVs trying to hit WMP.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • bottom of the second, men on first and second, 1 out…

    Anonymous July 21, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Coco batting with the bags loaded, one out, bottom of the 2nd… Whiffy Mo on deck.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • Tec singles, bases loaded, 1 out

    z118 July 21, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Crisp gets behind 0-2… Fouls off a couple… Watches a couple… then DRIVES IN TWO WITH A SINGLE!
    2-1 Sox.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • Here comes Modesto, 1st and 2nd, still 1 out.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • GIDP WMP, 1st pitch swinging.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • Go Crisp!

    z118 July 21, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Pena is now responsible for both the lone ChiSox run *and* killing the rally. Argh.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • Gabbard: 33 pitches through three, one hit, no *earned* runs.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Now the Wily error has been rescored a hit. Bah.
    Lugo doubles. Julio is on fire.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • The clutch hitting continues…

    z118 July 21, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • The more I think about it, the more I think the Sox need a fourth outfielder who can actually, you know, play the game of baseball. Either a trade for a guy like Byrnes or call up Moss or Murphy. Either of the kids can do better than Wily Mo just because they can actually recognize a freaking pitch AND catch a ball in the field. Freakin’ A.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • Wily Mo is Theo’s Scarlet Letter.

    SF July 21, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • Kason Gabbarad last faced the White Sox last season. He shut them out for seven innings for his first major league win. Beginning with that start, Gabbarad is 4-0 in seven games with a 2.41 ERA and six quality starts. If he gets sent down when Schilling returns, I’ll have no choice but to drive to Boston and bitch-slap Terry Francona with the back of my ring hand.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Lugo stranded, but Gabbard sets ’em down again in the top of the 4th… 43 pitches through four, he’s crusing so far.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Oof. J.D. not likin’ the lefty.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 4:58 pm
  • If Gabbard gets sent down instead of taking Tavarez’ rotation spot, that’s a Theo decision, not a Tito one, so I don’t think you can blame Terry for that.
    Tavarez HAS to go.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • I would think Terry would have a lot of say in that, but you’re right, that is ultimately Theo’s decision. I assume he’s smart enough to realize a good thing when he’s got one. But then I see Wily Mo Pena roaming left field…

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • Sox go equally quickly in the bottom of the 4th, Denks back to a respectable 63 pitches.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • That inning went too quick. 11 pitches. Gotta do a little better than that.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • >>>Tavarez HAS to go.<<< But whose head will be designated for Manny to rub if The Orc is gone?

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • Arrrggggh, Lugo error puts the leadoff man on. The black hole that is the bottom of the ChiSox lineup is coming up. That soothes me not at all.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • When WMP got his glove from Rawlings, he misread the instructions and treated it with leather repellant.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • Hudson, how about J.D. Drew?
    What do you think Drew’s reaction would be if Manny just sat next to him and started petting his head?

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • When WMP got his glove from Rawlings, he misread the instructions and treated it with leather repellant
    What glove?

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Busy inning for Lugo, nicely played despite the dubious E6.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:09 pm
  • Gabbard: 52 pitches through 5. Incredibly efficient. That killer start against KC is looking like less of a fluke…

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:09 pm
  • Wily Mo must be like that ugly girl in college that you hooked up with in public, totally hammered, in front of like half your class, to Theo Epstein.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • I would like to see the strikeouts come back though. Would make me more cmfortable about his chances of repeating such starts consistently.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • That killer start against KC is looking like less of a fluke…
    Hey, I’m thrilled that KG is rolling, but these two starts were against two horrific offenses. It would be good to see at least one or two strong performances against middle-level or top tier teams to know if Gabbard is really that much better than we expected (like high #4 or #3 starter good), or just an average #4 or #5.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Gabbard’s striekouts, that is.
    Wily Mo’s strikeouts are like the poor — always with us.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Question: Why is Lugo leading off?

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • Pena grounds out again. He’s going to need a couple of walkoff home runs real soon to save his bacon.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • Well, that was a disciplined, well-worked inning from the Sox’ bats.
    Not.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • Apparently Wily Mo decides the best way not to strikeout is swing early in the count and thus make non-K outs.
    He wasn’t as dominant, but Gabbard threw quality starts this year against Detroit, Texas and Atlanta.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • GameDay says Lugo took that one for a ride.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • Ick, just realized that was a whole seven pitches the Sox made Danks throw. Wow. Eighteen pitches in two innings. I swear, rookie lefties just always give this club fits.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Those two “horrible” offenses beat the Sox 9-3, 6-5, and 4-2 in recent games. So I give Gabbard credit for winning his games.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • > Why is Lugo leading off?
    So he can not hit when WMP isn’t on base in front of him later in the game.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • So I give Gabbard credit for winning his games.
    Me too. Just saying I am hoping he can keep it up against the likes of Cleveland, or LAA, etc. Certainly it’s promising, I just don’t know if it’s for extended real.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • sox batters saw 5 pitches that inning. thanks for that guys.
    through 5: gabbard 52-32 / danks 68-46

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • > Why is Lugo leading off?
    So he can not hit when WMP isn’t on base in front of him later in the game.

    You mean it’s not because Tito was sick and tired of this damn hot streak he’s been on?

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • I think Gabbard’s good enough to go 6/3 against the tough lineups, which is good enough to go 7/2 or 8/2 against the crappy ones. Or in other words — a heckuva lot better than Julian Tavarez.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • Gabbard’s 2007 going into today:
    5 starts
    3 wins
    0 losses
    1 complete game
    1 shut-out
    3.38 ERA
    29.1 innings
    21 hits
    15 walks
    25 strikeouts
    Small sample, good numbers.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • Jul. 19 : Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Lugo will not replace J.D. Drew in the leadoff spot, reports the Boston Globe.
    I dunno.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • They are mostly good numbers; the walk line is actually terrible. Hopefully the second time through the league the walks come down as the hits likely go up. Otherwise, trouble.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • The ball-strike ratio and th corresponding walk-K ratio has definitely been Gabbard’s weakest link. He’s a lot like Lester last year in that sense. The main difference is that Lester walked a lot of batters abut also Kd a lot. Gabbard doesn’t walk as many but he also doesn’t K as many, which means if he does walk a few he is relying a lot more on luck to get out of it than Lester was. That’s why his last start ws so encouraging to me — 8 Ks with 1 BB is nice to see.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • YOUK GOT A HIT! YOUK GOT A HIT!!

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • Drew batting with runners at 1st and 2nd, one out.
    Runners on 1st, 2nd and 3rd = bases loaded
    Runners on 1st and 3rd = runners at the corners
    Runners on 1st and 2nd = ??? no catchphrase ???

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • Gabbard has 25 Ks in 29 innings…

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • Drew doubles, 3-1 Sox.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • Lowell IBB’d, bases plugged.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • make em’ pay toast.

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • (Meanwhile, Drew doubles in a run, 3-1 Sox, one out, runners at 2nd and 3rd… and is there a name for that?)
    IBB to Lowell, bags full for Tek.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • FC nails Youks at the plate, still loaded, Crisp batting.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • Coco gets one home with a single to left, Lowell nailed trying to score… 4-1 Sox.
    What a difference when Crisp and Lugo are hitting.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • Crisp singles in the fourth run, but Lowell nailed at home. 4-1 Sox going to the seventh.
    I like this version of Coco.

    SF July 21, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • SoSH game commenters insist that Lowell was safe, that it was a terrible call. I have no visuals, so can’t attest to their outrage’s accuracy.
    I am off to a nice sushi dinner — go Sox!

    Anonymous July 21, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • Has the luck finally turned for this team? The guys who are hitting were hitting last week, too, but now the hits are coming in the same innings.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:40 pm
  • If true, that’s at least three runs the Sox have been cost by the umps this series. Nice job, Blue!

    Anonymous July 21, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • Glad to have some breathing room for Gabbard too. I like him and am sold on him being a valuable part of this rotation, but it’s a bit much to ask for just one run against a lineup with Thome, Konerko and Dye in it.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • 86 pitches through 7 for Gabbard, and an ERA below 3 on the season. One more?

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • 86 pitches through 7 for Gabbard. With a quick inning, he could get another CG in theory.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • 2 hits and 1 walk to go with those 86 pitches. very nice day for the lefthanded version of kyle snyder.

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Eric Hinskie’s BA is actually lower than Pena’s, but his OPS is 80 points higher, and about 50 points of that is in slugging.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Wow, Hudson. What are the odds we phrase that stat exactly the same way? Not there’s a whole lot of ways to phrase it, but still…
    Hinskie gets the hit. Maybe it’s just me, but he is the most productive .200 hitter I’ve ever seen.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • Maybe now I’ll learn how to spell his name right :-P

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • make em’ pay youk.

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • whitesox bullpen goes ehren to boone to dewon. i wonder why these whitesox where done in may?

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • 10 pitch bases loaded walk by tek. great at bat. two good looking AB’s by lowell and tek.

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Wow, the ChiSox pen is literally giving runs away.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • Crisp single makes it a 9-1 laugher.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • this 45 min bottom of the 7th might spell the end of gabbards day.

    sf rod July 21, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Hinske triples, 11-1 now.

    Hudson July 21, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Quick note about Kason Gabbard…someone mentioned his fairly awful walk numbers. Well, of the 14 walks, ten of them came in two starts against Texas and Seattle. Everyone’s got bad days, and if you factor that out and he’s been absolutely fantastic in every way. Just one walk so far today through seven; he walked two in Detroit, and just one in every other start this season. Add to that a rapidly climbing GB/F ratio–1.67 on the season, 15-5 so far tonight–and there’s really nothing not to like. Yay for the Chicago bullpen!

    desturbd1 July 21, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • Glad to come home to some good news. Second straight solid win. Offensive numbers look really good for the second game in a row. Maybe the ChiSox pitching staff is what the doctor ordered.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Important to note: The Red Sox had a runner on second and two men out before loading the bases and scoring seven runs. Talk about your clutch hitting.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Anyone happen to see Willie Harris (yes the guy we had last year) went 6-6 today. Intersting stats. May have been a fine upgrade over T-Ball All Star. Who by the way was booed at Fenway and mock cheered.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?playerId=4949

    Rob July 21, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Schilling’s AAA start today certainly qualified as a success. 3 IP, 32/40 pitches thrown for strikes, 6 K’s and 2 hits allowed. According to a redsox.com story, he hit 94 on the gun. If he’s healthy and living in the low 90’s again, the Sox will be perfectly fine without another starting pitcher.

    desturbd1 July 22, 2007, 12:03 am

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