Keeping Pace: Sox-Indians Gamer IV

No time for any witticisms.  The Sox just need to keep winning to match the Bombers.  Comment away.

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  • Lineup:
    Youkilis
    Loretta
    Ortiz
    Ramirez
    Lowell
    Pena
    Crisp
    Gonzalez
    Huckaby

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 6:57 pm
  • Once again, for all the talk of injury, I wouldn’t want to face that lineup…
    Westbrook hasn’t done well in his last few starts, while Beckett’s poor starts are getting fewer and further between. Let’s hope the bats can get a good thrashing going.
    I’ll be in the other room watching ESPN, so not much from me here tonight. Carry on!

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • I’m pretty sure ESPN’s Gary Thorne just said that Papi follows Manny in the lineup.
    Place your on ESPN joke here.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • Beckett needs to have a really good game. We need him to pitch effectively and give the BP a spell.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Ortiz is showing on Gamecast ahead of Manny in the lineup.
    Beck starts the game with a K.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • Siddown, Sizemore!

    Anonymous August 3, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Ah, that would be me.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • That fastball is alive and being located very well thus far.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • yes…that pitch that ran the count to 3-2 should have been a called strike.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Agreed, Rob…but then I *would* agree.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Damn Hafner. I hate that guy.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Bear down Beckett. Get out of the inning with no damage.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Man, no perfect game!

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • How many curveballs he thrown? I’ve seen one, but I’m back and forth at work.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • I’ll accept a win.
    Not going to be picky.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • One that I rememeber.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Beckett screwing around and wasting pitches.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • There he goes….throws a nice breaking ball to strike out Martinez.
    Inning ovah.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Got him swinging on a…low changeup?

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • I heart Huckaby. After tonight, I hope.
    I will be posting only intermittently this eve, unfortunately.

    SF August 3, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • Devine yes….
    Youk with a leadoff double down the third base line.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Youk!
    (the intermittent posting hasn’t started yet!)

    SF August 3, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Mayday: if you check in, go to last night’s game thread at the end.

    SF August 3, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Choo runs in to catch the low fly ball by Loretta.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Geshundeit.

    Anonymous August 3, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Damn it, SF! You took my Huckaby line that I was saving for a CS as catcher or an RBI (heaven forbid) or something. Well, it wasn’t the most original anyway, I s’pose.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Westbrook pitching very carefully to Ramirez.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • WAY inside and low on Papi. He manages to evade it.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • very close inside pitch for a ball to Papi.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Dang, Papi just missed that one.

    SF August 3, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • ChooChoo catches Papi’s deep fly on the warning track in right.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Hardly breathing on the 2-2 pitch called a ball.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • SO close!

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Manny!!!!!
    RBI and 19 game hit streak.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Drive ‘im in, Manny.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • He did? Sweet!

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Manny just hit his 1500th RBI.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Manny! And to think I was getting ready to post a runner left on third lament.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Lowell struggling thi series. Just one hit so far.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • God, Lowell has fouled another ball off his foot, just like two nights ago. That’s gotta be so annoying.

    SF August 3, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • ground out to short….inning over.
    back in a few, need to cook dinner.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • How long until the “Wily Mo for the #5 spot” campaign begins?
    He might be too free a swinger, and it could cost Manny some nice pitches, so I am not an advocate yet. But I can hear it coming.

    SF August 3, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Whoa, I blinked and there were 2 outs.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • How many pitches was that?!

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • 5-pitch inning for Beck. Nice. Complete opposite of what we’ve been seeing.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • 7 pitches for the first two outs 13 pitches to
    get the last one then 5 to get three sheesh go figure

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • 5 pitches in the 2nd! Awesome.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Back temporarily….
    WMP is to free of a swinger. Like Serrano from Major League he has a hard time with the breaking pitch and it may be to early to slide him in the 5 hole. Perhaps next year with some more AB’s he may be better suited for it.
    However with the power the kid has I agree…he needs to move up spot.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Go yard, young Wily Mo. Please?

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • How old is WMP?

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • No, no, Wily Mo. “Going yard” is when you hit the ball very hard past the fences between the foul poles. It’s not striking out.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • 24, Nick. Single Coco.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Huckaby….start the legend.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Double A-Gon. Two runners in scoring position. 1 out. Huckaby up.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • thanks.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • RBI on the groundout.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • YOOOOOOK.
    Singles in Gonzalez.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • 3-0 Sox now, on a single by Kevin Youkilis. (Periodically, someone has to call him something other than “Yooks.”)

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Double Loretta. Two men in scoring position for the big guy…

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Gotta love the educated fans up third base leaning away from the ball to avoid interference. Props, Sox fans up third.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Heh…they’re loading ’em for Manny. That’s weird, says I.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • IBB to Papi to load the bases for Manny. Make ’em pay!

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Manny…knock him hard.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Damn…..

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • I didn’t think that ball was every going to come down. Manny hit that _high_.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Damn.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • jeez why couldn’t he have saved that single for now!

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Can’t complain much after two.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Okay, I’m going home. I might check in much later. Hope things go the way they have so far.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • 40 pitches through 2 for Westbrook. 25 for J.B.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • ah well, a good inning

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Nice play by Lowell with the hot chop. Beckett didn’t miss a spot in that last at bat.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • ah well, a good inning and lets hope Westbrook last a few more innings…

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Look away for a second and ugliness happens…

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Tried to sneak a belt high fastball by Boone. left it a bit too high on the inside part of the plate.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Aaron Frinkin Boone

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Boone should never get out of New England alive.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Now I’m leaving.
    I’m resigned to your homers, Beckett. Just make sure there’s no one on.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • 35 pitches thru 3

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Good grab by Agon. Thought he caught it on the fly. Looks like he played the short hop right off the laces, that’s an even better play.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • 35 through 3 is great.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Get over Boone. He only matters because Giambi is a cheater.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • considering the 20 he threw in the first he’s coasting now

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • bobbled the ball, dropped it, picked it up and still threw out Lowell.
    Sheesh…how slow can you be

    Rob August 3, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • I think it will be a while yet before Lowell is back to snuff at the plate…

    Brian August 3, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Wow, that is one hell of a play on that broken bat grounder. Great range, bad throw, amazing grab.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • That was not what I wanted to see.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Three up three down….Hmmmm

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Sox get Javy Lopez from the Orioles, apparently.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Yes, Brian, but only because of a tremendous glove by Luna and an near impossible glove by Blake for that second out.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • SF: yeah, the Globe said the deal would be announced tomorrow.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • I really hate Hafner.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Yeah, well this is the Gameday curse I live with Gerb

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Beckett made Martinez look _bad_ in that at bat.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Martinez did not help himself at all.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Does Casey Blake have 46 hits this series?

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • At least he made someone look bad…

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Awesome DP to end the inning.
    great throw by AGon.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • WHAT A GREAT PLAY BY GONZO!!!

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Gee wouldn’t a nice double play ball go good here?

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Hollandsworth looked like he went on that first breaking pitch in the dirt.
    Wow, double clutch by Beckett as he waits for Agon to get to the bag on the sharp come-backer, then Agon makes one of the more athletic leaping throws on a break-up slide I have seen to get Hollandsworth at first. Nice play on the 163 DP.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Ohh man he beat me to IT

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • I remember watching Casey Blake play high school basketball in Iowa. He was a great 3-sport athlete; stud QB, too. Played baseball at Wichita State.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • from Boston.com
    The Sox just released a report on Keith Foulke’s rehab outing tonight in Pawtucket. Foulke started the game and pitched one scoreless inning. He struck out two and walked one. The reliever threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes. He said he felt fine and will pitch for Pawtucket again on Saturday

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • I really hate Gameday sometimes

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • That thing was hit really hard but Beckett had a great reaction on contact. He actually had to wait for AGon and took a pump, then AGon throwing while doing a center split in the air on the hard slide, lasered a throw to first. What a great play.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • The more I see them, the more I am amazed by them, the more I think the Red Sox should re-sign both Loretta and Gonzo for next year. Then, midway through the year if Pedroia shows he’s ready, they have a good trading chip.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Well Foulke of old would be great to have

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Huckaby…first AB had an RBI
    Now he has a hit.
    Huckaby starts his legend.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Huckaby goes with the pitch for a single on the ground in the gap to right.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Strike one to Youk looked low.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Wheeee, Foulke!!! Let’s all celebrate at Burger King!!

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • The Sox do have a good solid infield right now. I hope they do something to keep them. Would be nice to bring Pedroia up and use him as a utility infielder to start next year.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Ump is definitely calling the knees tonight as Youk takes the called strike for 1-2.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Youk grounds into the DP…seems to have been doing that a lot lately.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Huckaby: he’s no Fasano.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Huckaby has a bat!

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Wow, bang-bang play on the 643. Luna’s double pump almost cost the Tribe the play at first. I would like to see a replay of that call.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • the game is on ESPN2 here in NYC not sure if its on the douce nationally.

    TJ August 3, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Double play, a curse or a blessing

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Three runs after two, now they’re letting Westbrooke off the hook. His pitch count is 60 through 4.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Good grab by Crisp on that hard liner to center-left-center.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Have the game on ESPN2 in NC.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • “deuce,” TJ.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • I’m watching it on the deuce on the left coast.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Crisp did play the ball well to stop an extra base hit.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • We don’t need no stinking Javy Lopez.

    rk August 3, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Double play, a curse or a blessing

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Ground out to Loretta for 2 down.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • This game is moving at a really fast clip for an ESPN* game.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Brush Boone back.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Huckaby has a bat!

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • lol ya my spelling sucks quite often.

    TJ August 3, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • There have been a number of 1-2-3 innings that have had low pitch counts.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Boone gets up the line pretty quick for a 33yr old 3Bman.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Rob: agreed. Usually ESPN seems to try to stretch these out to squeeze in as many ads as they can. Not a lot of in-game updates tonight it seems, either.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • I guess it helps that Beckett and Westbrook both work fast and throw strikes.
    Boone doesn’t even have to move on that liner.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • AG…and you asked for it…in game update.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Heh. I’m watching that game on another TV. It’s great seeing Pedro/Willis face off.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • AG…what do you think of Wang slowly creeping in on a possible CY? his numbers are slowly creeping in from behind.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • I can’t believe that Westbrooke is still pitching and we haven’t touched since the second

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Lowell grounds out again. Now 1-15 in the series.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Rob, you need to be more heavy-handed with the imagery next time.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • No runs allowed from either.. Petey with 4h, 8ks, Dontrelle with 3h, 3k. Top 6, good fielding, including an amazing robbery by Beltran that would have been a three-run dinger.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • CMW is a really good pitcher but he’s got a ways to go to top what Fransisco Liriano has done so far

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Sorry Nick…just looked at it and realized I typed the same remark twice in one sentance. I will hit my hand with a ruler.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Agree Brian. Now he is 13-4 with a 3.58 ERA. The ERA could be lower, but he seems to be getting stronger as the year goes on.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • I really think that foul will take wind out of Lowells bat for another game or two…maybe more

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Rob, it’s a nice thought, but he’s pretty far down the list right now with guys like Santana, Papelbon, Liriano, Halladay, Verlander, and Moose all ahead of him. But it seems Wang is finding his groove. His last two outings have been as good as anything from any Yankee this year.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • His last 5 starts
    38.1 IP
    7 ER

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Haffner must die.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Maybe we should look at walking the guy.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • I was talking about the Wang and behind connection. My mind is in the gutter. I thought you were going for something else.
    I’ll excuse myself now.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Effing Hafner.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • More hate for Hafner. That was a rocket. I only caught a glimpse of the replay. Did it hit Pesky’s?

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Lovely, it’s the monday game in reverse

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • No Nick….LOL. You know it has gotten bad here where everyone is looking for hidden messages in everything.
    I really did not look at it that way until you mentioned it in that light.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Well, at least it’s safe to say that Ortiz will get two more at bats. I’m optimistic.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • No AG…hooked inside of it.
    Time to visit the mound and slap Beckett

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • “Time to visit the mound and slap Beckett”
    ha! I wonder if the old days a pitching coach actually did that.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Time to FEDEX a B&*ch slap to the mound.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Rob, forgive me if you read this already since I think I posted this somewhere before, but Wang looked rattled in the second in his last start. Missing the zone by inches and expecting to get the call; he looked perturbed. Gator visited the mound, and he regained his composure. That’s a great sign. Yes, his last 5 starts have been pretty solid.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Okay, someone needs to either seriously talk to Josh or YANK him

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Beckett falling apart here. I don’t think a mound visit will do anything. I am still trying to determine Al Nipper’s utility.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Good stop by Mirabelli on the break in the dirt, then a great high fastball running up the ladder on Hollandsworth to make it 1-2. Ouch, off of Lowell’s glove; AGon would have had the play behind him.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • REALLY need a DP now.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • definetly a bitch slap

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • No AG…had not seen the post.
    I guess for a young pitcher who is getting his taste of success I understand.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • No comment.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • That’s Ken Huckaby behind the plate, AG.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Past bitch slap. Bring someone in from the BP on the golf cart, bitch slap Beckett repeatedly.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Okay, I have to comment. Who is Choo, and why is Beckett serving him a meatbal?

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Jeezus. What the f*ck happened there? What a monumental meltdown.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Does Francona watch the same game we watch?

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • WHAT THE FU*&^%$%&*^*^( WAS THAT???

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Sorry Bill. Thanks for the correction.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Hansen warming.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Guys, Francona has already established that the ability to pull pitchers “just in time” is nil. Don’t expect anything more out of him, you won’t get it.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • That fastball had no motion and was right at the belt. Horrible pitch.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Okay, I’m not so optimistic any more. What the heck? I step away for 5 minutes and the game goes to hell.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Beckett is having a “Weaveresqe” meltdown.
    Just peg Boone to round it out.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Keep him in Terry, he looks just fine to me, you braindead moron.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • WTF happened is Beckett should have gone bye bye a long time ago and now we will.

    Brian August 3, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Rob, I await your next bitch slap progression. Hilarious stuff.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Brush back on Boone. Beckett doesn’t do that often enough, considering his velocity.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Fifth 3-HR game for Beck. Seven straight hits. … Now Snyder’s warming. This is complete crap. … Beckett is getting his ass beat in and they’re booing Boone. Christ.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Snyder warming up. Having to come from behind is getting old. We had a lead and Beckett just didn’t blow it, he crapped his ass out this inning.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • So this is game #8 in a row that the Sox deserve to lose, basically. Why are there so many Sox fans who think it’s “panicky” or Chicken-Littleism to be worried?

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • That was, like, the quickest six runs ever.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Broken bat blocks bleeding. Unassisted DP for Youk to end the inning.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Now we get a DP. I guess that with Tek gone, Tavarez and Meatnez were conducting meetings in the clubhouse.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Because it is time to worry.
    Mercy.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Beck’s ERA back up over 5, at 5.03.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Sf…agree.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • They just showed Beckett in the dugout throwing things to the floor. He threw the water bottle harder than he did any of the pitches that inning.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Beckett went into the clubhouse … six batters too late.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Bases loaded.
    Youk up. Do not hit into a DP boy. I have a bitch slap sealed in an overnight envelope.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • And as fast as things fell apart on Beck … maybe I’m not going to Walgreen’s just yet. … Tonight could be the night Ken Huckaby officially become a member of the Red Sox.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • I give all respect to the Sox battery, which is never out of the game. However, “The Sox are three improbable comebacks away from a seven-game losing streak,” (attib: SF) is not a statement of pessimism (attrib: Mayday). It’s a fact.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Does Manny’s ground out with the bases loaded a few innings back haunt us?

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Wow. Ump hearts Huckaby too. That was strike 3.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Agree SF, AG.
    Had the Sox been facing a decent close we may not have had those comebacks.
    My mistake, Youk not at the plate, but Huckaby. Envelope enroute to his residence.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Snyder to pitch the 7th.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Youk with a 2 out RBI.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Youk makes it a comeback just a bit easier. Thanks, Kevin. 7-5.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Oh, this really is a cruel tease. Will lightning strike thrice?

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Well that post was illiterate. Sorry.

    SF August 3, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Alright….cut the lead to 2 runs. Things a little more manageable.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • (Sorry, what’s the word for four times?)

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • And just like that, it’s a two run game as Eric Wedge is a paid subscriber to Francona’s weekly publication, “Managing Your Pitcher.”
    Sorry, that’s not fair. The Tribe pen is something best left in the bag as long as possible.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • SF…disgust starts to affect your typing. it has gotten to a few of mine tonight.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • quadruple?

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • What bothers me is Choo is like 110 lbs. How does the guy get such a meat pitch to crush it 5000 feet into center field.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Is Fausto available tonight? Pleeeaase?

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Is Choo using a “cream” in the dugout?

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Quadrasuckage?

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Yeah, but grammatically “quadruple” is not what I’m looking for…
    Once
    Twice
    Thrice
    …..?

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Wait, didn’t Sizemore just have an at-bat last inning?

    SF August 3, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Unsure Hudson.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Yes SF…and the rest of the damn Indians.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Game memo: we’re on ESPN. Check your pitchers at the door.
    “Is the thrill that’ll get you when you get your picture
    On the cover of the ESPN”

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Walk Hafner.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Thank you Snyder.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • If the Sox were winning these comeback games by scores like 2-1 or 4-3, I wouldn’t feel so nervous about our prospects, because it would mean we had clutch hitting *and* good pitching.
    Instead, it’s been more about who can slug out more runs in the last few innings.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Yes it is. We are not winning games that are close and it worries me also.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Oy.

    SF August 3, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Nipper finally makes his way to the mound tonight.
    Snyder is starting to walk the bases full to send in Hansen and wreck his ego.
    We are just hitting the trifecta tonight with smart coaching, pitching and walking batters.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Let’s see: Snyder gets a visit after a walk to Hafner and then another 3-0 count, but Beckett gets no visit after SEVEN STRAIGHT HITS. HUH??!?!

    SF August 3, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • “hitting *and* good pitching” that’s the nugget for Boston and NY, isn’t it Hudson?
    That’s the stuff of ulcers, kicked dogs, and bad moods at work the next day.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Bags loaded. Criminy.
    Here comes Hansen. Peeking at game between fingers…

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Tito with the short leash here, only allowing a guy to load the bases before pulling him. Way to go, Terry!!

    SF August 3, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • You know there is probably some drunk int he first few rows who can throw more effectively than what we have gotten the last two innings.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Not sure about that, but there’s definitely a drunk here in Manhattan who can manage better…

    SF August 3, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • This is starting to be like walking in on your parents having sex.
    It tends to scar you for a long time.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Throw strikes Hansen.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Hansen you are beautiful kid!!!!!

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Sweet Dp to get out of the jam.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • And…. Hansen induces a double play. Some semblance of calm is restored.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Great layout by Youk there. That’s flexible. I hurt watching that play.
    SF: Your “visit the mound” statement got me thinking. Is it possible that Beckett is treated like a more seasoned pitcher than he really is? To clarify, I know he has a great pedigree including dominating “stuff” and a phenomenal World Series against New York, but he has never come close to 200 innings in a season despite this being his sixth full in the majors. Just asking.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Damn Ortiz….hit it further.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Wow, Westbrook threw four pitches down the middle of the plate to Papi and got away with it.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • I think that may be true AG. He is not treated like a good younger pitcher who is still learning.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Lowell finally gets another hit.
    WMP to the plate…have Patience kid. Westbrook will thow a meatball.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • WMP grounds out.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • On to the 8th inning.
    Great, I already chewed down the nails on my hands, my girlfriend’s hands, and my four cat’s claws the past few games. It’ll have to be the chair leg tonight.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Beckett should be taking notes on how Hansen just worked Choo for future reference.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Wedge is probably in the Cleveland dugout begging for more runs.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Hansen pitches an efective inning.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Hansen just made Luna look like he should have stayed in the dugout as well.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Thankfully, Hansen is kicking *** and taking names tonight.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Not sure about that, but there’s definitely a drunk here in Manhattan who can manage better…
    Looks like maybe SF has blacked out from the pain tonight.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Coco
    20 RBIs on the season. That has to be an all time low for a regular.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Wide strike on the 2-0.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Leadoff single…..get your running legs started.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Good piece of hitting there.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Let’s go AGon.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Wouldn’t it be great to go into the 9th with a lead instead of praying for last minute miracles?

    z118 August 3, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Westbrook passed 100 pitches this inning and has given up 14 hits on the night. That’s all you need to know about the state of the Tribe pen.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Yes Z it would be nice for a change.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Good call on the appeal. He held.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • AGon with a blooper. Huckaby needs to lay down the bunt.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Cora coming in to pinch hit.
    Mirabelli should be getting ready to come in.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • And they leave him in there to face Cora on the pinch. Westbrook, win or lose, deserves a Medal of Honor tonight for sheer diligence.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Westbrook with a mistake there not trying to throw to 3rd.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Cora does a good job on the sac bunt.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Westbrook has been in just because how crappy the pen has been. Westbrook definately deserves the “Man up Award.”

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Cora is an emergency catcher. Do you leave him in behind the plate?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Rob: agreed. I thought he had the ball quickly enough to get it to third. I guess he thinks he can pitch through this.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • 15 hits. Jesus they’ve let him off the hook

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Perhaps…
    Clement with a good observation abou batters getting to face a pitcher for the 5th time in a game.
    Youk Sac’s Crisp home.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Bill, no. Mirabelli comes in and earns his paycheck.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Westbrook gets the “Dance With Who Brung Ya” award.
    Youk makes it a one-run game with a perfect sac fly to deep left.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Ah, good, he left some runs for Big Papi to make up.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • That Indians close is doing shots in the pen right now thinking about coming in this game.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Westbrook: 15 hits. That’s an record for hits allowed by a starter this year. The Tribe is going all Dusty on him.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Damn…
    Drama is set for Papi in the bottom of the 9th. Wedge is crapping his pants thinking about it already.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Tribe has to get runs if they think they can win this. Cleveland set up another storybook for Beantown.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • I am really tired of these games. I would rather have us up by 8 runs right now.
    The bases loaded groundout by Manny a few innings back may really be haunting us at the end of the night.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Timlin of old is needed.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • It’s really so weird how a Papi walk-off is becoming a truism.
    I say that with utmost respect for his talent, but come on. How can this possibly be real? It’s great stuff.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • this is the beginning of the end for Boston. you’re kicking and screaming now, but that will soon end as certain death becomes inevitable

    Anonymous August 3, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Which Timlin shows up?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Mudville Nine and all. Sheesh.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • It is odd that a guy can keep having that many walk offs in a season. At what point do managers really look at him and go christ here he comes again.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • The 9th: Papi, Manny, Belli.
    Anyone warming for Cleveland?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Rob: right now, I think it is Every Time™.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Youk grimaces getting up.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Close call for Boston there. Sizemore’s shot was *just* foul.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • agree AG. Especially Wedge.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • That *foul* did look close.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • 2 down on Sizemore’s ground out to short.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Man, what a speedy play. That is what blows me away more than anything about major league ballers. Sizemore is FAST. AGon had to field a rifle shot and throw, and it was 1/10th of a second close, but it is all so smooth. Great stuff.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Timlin needs to get this guy and not face Haffner.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • AGon is very smooth. The guys plays short with almost little effort.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Thankfully Timlin gets the guy and we do not face Haffner.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Now the question of the night….
    Pitch to or walk Papi?

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Note: Utley has extended his hitting streak to 35 games.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • I need to check myself sometimes, when I pick on a player for blowing a defensive play, because it looks so incredibly easy by these guys. Actually, it involves reflexes and agility beyond any normal person’s grasp. It just looks easier on a tiny screen.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • pitch to him. he can only tie it.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • I blame Nintendo. And ESPN.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Davis (Pitcher) is sweating this AB.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Agreed. Pitch to him.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Would it make sense or is it possible that they would put someone in to hit for Mirabelli?

    z118 August 3, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • That was a big hack he just took.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • He isn’t pitching to him. He’s pitching high and away. Then he brings a strike.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Z…not sure if we want to see Cora behind the plat.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Damn…the crowd lifted thinking he got that. I thought he did also based off the crowd reaction.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Catcher wants it low. He puts it low, but not quite low enough. Tribe is lucky. That should have been gone.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Relief. You got Ortiz. Now you get to face one of the two best right-handers of the last 30 years.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Manny…what a horrible pitch to swing at to make it 0-2.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Wow, that almost brained him. That’s not what Martinez called for.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • The wind is blowing in from right. Held it in the park.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • That spot that Manny’s fly was caught has been a dead spot tonight for the Sox. A few long fly ball outs to that spot.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Damn. Just missed. … I need a hero.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Mirabelli…….

    Rob August 3, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Down to Belli.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Yeah Rob, wind is in from right at 14mph at game time.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Damn. I seriously wanted Wily Mo to have a chance at Walkoff Roulette.

    Hudson August 3, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • ESPN sez … the last pitcher to allow 15 hits and win was John Dopson for Montreal vs. Atlanta in 1988. Dopson came up with the Red Sox. I guess that’s a bad omen.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 3, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Damn.
    Manny’s bases loaded situation haunts us.
    Beckett and his Weaver meltdown kills us.

    Rob August 3, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Tough game. That sixth was brutal. See you all tomorrow.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Hmmmm, glad I missed that. One game down. Let’s play again tomorrow.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • It is strange. All year, there hasnt been a peep from Dave Toomey and other Yankees fans. After finally coming alive in late July early August and realizing their first division lead in months, yanks fans are now chirping.
    It is with great pleasure that I announce a complete reversal in historical communications between the fans of these storied teams. It was always sox fans who stupidly barked at the yanks mid-season, only to have their hopes dashed in the dog days of august, or in mid september. It looks like the shoe is on the other foot. Perhaps we have learned a little from all of the sucesses of the yanks.
    Enjoy your taste of first this week. The moment will be brief.

    HugeQuinones August 4, 2006, 12:04 pm

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