No time for any witticisms. The Sox just need to keep winning to match the Bombers. Comment away.
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!
I’m pretty sure ESPN’s Gary Thorne just said that Papi follows Manny in the lineup.
Place your on ESPN joke here.
Beckett needs to have a really good game. We need him to pitch effectively and give the BP a spell.
Ortiz is showing on Gamecast ahead of Manny in the lineup.
Beck starts the game with a K.
Ah, that would be me.
That fastball is alive and being located very well thus far.
yes…that pitch that ran the count to 3-2 should have been a called strike.
Agreed, Rob…but then I *would* agree.
Damn Hafner. I hate that guy.
Bear down Beckett. Get out of the inning with no damage.
Man, no perfect game!
How many curveballs he thrown? I’ve seen one, but I’m back and forth at work.
I’ll accept a win.
Not going to be picky.
One that I rememeber.
Beckett screwing around and wasting pitches.
There he goes….throws a nice breaking ball to strike out Martinez.
Got him swinging on a…low changeup?
I heart Huckaby. After tonight, I hope.
I will be posting only intermittently this eve, unfortunately.
Youk with a leadoff double down the third base line.
(the intermittent posting hasn’t started yet!)
Mayday: if you check in, go to last night’s game thread at the end.
Choo runs in to catch the low fly ball by Loretta.
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.
Westbrook pitching very carefully to Ramirez.
WAY inside and low on Papi. He manages to evade it.
very close inside pitch for a ball to Papi.
Dang, Papi just missed that one.
ChooChoo catches Papi’s deep fly on the warning track in right.
Hardly breathing on the 2-2 pitch called a ball.
RBI and 19 game hit streak.
Drive ‘im in, Manny.
He did? Sweet!
Manny just hit his 1500th RBI.
Manny! And to think I was getting ready to post a runner left on third lament.
Lowell struggling thi series. Just one hit so far.
God, Lowell has fouled another ball off his foot, just like two nights ago. That’s gotta be so annoying.
ground out to short….inning over.
back in a few, need to cook dinner.
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.
Whoa, I blinked and there were 2 outs.
How many pitches was that?!
5-pitch inning for Beck. Nice. Complete opposite of what we’ve been seeing.
7 pitches for the first two outs 13 pitches to
get the last one then 5 to get three sheesh go figure
5 pitches in the 2nd! Awesome.
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.
Go yard, young Wily Mo. Please?
How old is WMP?
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.
24, Nick. Single Coco.
Huckaby….start the legend.
Double A-Gon. Two runners in scoring position. 1 out. Huckaby up.
RBI on the groundout.
Singles in Gonzalez.
3-0 Sox now, on a single by Kevin Youkilis. (Periodically, someone has to call him something other than “Yooks.”)
Double Loretta. Two men in scoring position for the big guy…
Gotta love the educated fans up third base leaning away from the ball to avoid interference. Props, Sox fans up third.
Heh…they’re loading ’em for Manny. That’s weird, says I.
IBB to Papi to load the bases for Manny. Make ’em pay!
Manny…knock him hard.
I didn’t think that ball was every going to come down. Manny hit that _high_.
jeez why couldn’t he have saved that single for now!
Can’t complain much after two.
Okay, I’m going home. I might check in much later. Hope things go the way they have so far.
40 pitches through 2 for Westbrook. 25 for J.B.
ah well, a good inning
Nice play by Lowell with the hot chop. Beckett didn’t miss a spot in that last at bat.
ah well, a good inning and lets hope Westbrook last a few more innings…
Look away for a second and ugliness happens…
Tried to sneak a belt high fastball by Boone. left it a bit too high on the inside part of the plate.
Aaron Frinkin Boone
Boone should never get out of New England alive.
Now I’m leaving.
I’m resigned to your homers, Beckett. Just make sure there’s no one on.
35 pitches thru 3
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.
35 through 3 is great.
Get over Boone. He only matters because Giambi is a cheater.
considering the 20 he threw in the first he’s coasting now
bobbled the ball, dropped it, picked it up and still threw out Lowell.
Sheesh…how slow can you be
I think it will be a while yet before Lowell is back to snuff at the plate…
Wow, that is one hell of a play on that broken bat grounder. Great range, bad throw, amazing grab.
That was not what I wanted to see.
Three up three down….Hmmmm
Sox get Javy Lopez from the Orioles, apparently.
Yes, Brian, but only because of a tremendous glove by Luna and an near impossible glove by Blake for that second out.
SF: yeah, the Globe said the deal would be announced tomorrow.
I really hate Hafner.
Yeah, well this is the Gameday curse I live with Gerb
Beckett made Martinez look _bad_ in that at bat.
Martinez did not help himself at all.
Does Casey Blake have 46 hits this series?
At least he made someone look bad…
Awesome DP to end the inning.
great throw by AGon.
WHAT A GREAT PLAY BY GONZO!!!
Gee wouldn’t a nice double play ball go good here?
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.
Ohh man he beat me to IT
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.
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
I really hate Gameday sometimes
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.
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.
Well Foulke of old would be great to have
Huckaby…first AB had an RBI
Now he has a hit.
Huckaby starts his legend.
Huckaby goes with the pitch for a single on the ground in the gap to right.
Strike one to Youk looked low.
Wheeee, Foulke!!! Let’s all celebrate at Burger King!!
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.
Ump is definitely calling the knees tonight as Youk takes the called strike for 1-2.
Youk grounds into the DP…seems to have been doing that a lot lately.
Huckaby: he’s no Fasano.
Huckaby has a bat!
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.
the game is on ESPN2 here in NYC not sure if its on the douce nationally.
Double play, a curse or a blessing
Three runs after two, now they’re letting Westbrooke off the hook. His pitch count is 60 through 4.
Good grab by Crisp on that hard liner to center-left-center.
Have the game on ESPN2 in NC.
I’m watching it on the deuce on the left coast.
Crisp did play the ball well to stop an extra base hit.
We don’t need no stinking Javy Lopez.
Ground out to Loretta for 2 down.
This game is moving at a really fast clip for an ESPN* game.
Brush Boone back.
lol ya my spelling sucks quite often.
There have been a number of 1-2-3 innings that have had low pitch counts.
Boone gets up the line pretty quick for a 33yr old 3Bman.
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.
I guess it helps that Beckett and Westbrook both work fast and throw strikes.
Boone doesn’t even have to move on that liner.
AG…and you asked for it…in game update.
Heh. I’m watching that game on another TV. It’s great seeing Pedro/Willis face off.
AG…what do you think of Wang slowly creeping in on a possible CY? his numbers are slowly creeping in from behind.
I can’t believe that Westbrooke is still pitching and we haven’t touched since the second
Lowell grounds out again. Now 1-15 in the series.
Rob, you need to be more heavy-handed with the imagery next time.
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.
CMW is a really good pitcher but he’s got a ways to go to top what Fransisco Liriano has done so far
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.
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.
I really think that foul will take wind out of Lowells bat for another game or two…maybe more
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.
His last 5 starts
Haffner must die.
Maybe we should look at walking the guy.
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.
More hate for Hafner. That was a rocket. I only caught a glimpse of the replay. Did it hit Pesky’s?
Lovely, it’s the monday game in reverse
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.
Well, at least it’s safe to say that Ortiz will get two more at bats. I’m optimistic.
No AG…hooked inside of it.
Time to visit the mound and slap Beckett
“Time to visit the mound and slap Beckett”
ha! I wonder if the old days a pitching coach actually did that.
Time to FEDEX a B&*ch slap to the mound.
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.
Okay, someone needs to either seriously talk to Josh or YANK him
Beckett falling apart here. I don’t think a mound visit will do anything. I am still trying to determine Al Nipper’s utility.
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.
REALLY need a DP now.
definetly a bitch slap
No AG…had not seen the post.
I guess for a young pitcher who is getting his taste of success I understand.
That’s Ken Huckaby behind the plate, AG.
Past bitch slap. Bring someone in from the BP on the golf cart, bitch slap Beckett repeatedly.
Okay, I have to comment. Who is Choo, and why is Beckett serving him a meatbal?
Jeezus. What the f*ck happened there? What a monumental meltdown.
Does Francona watch the same game we watch?
WHAT THE FU*&^%$%&*^*^( WAS THAT???
Sorry Bill. Thanks for the correction.
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.
That fastball had no motion and was right at the belt. Horrible pitch.
Okay, I’m not so optimistic any more. What the heck? I step away for 5 minutes and the game goes to hell.
Beckett is having a “Weaveresqe” meltdown.
Just peg Boone to round it out.
Keep him in Terry, he looks just fine to me, you braindead moron.
WTF happened is Beckett should have gone bye bye a long time ago and now we will.
Rob, I await your next bitch slap progression. Hilarious stuff.
Brush back on Boone. Beckett doesn’t do that often enough, considering his velocity.
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.
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.
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?
That was, like, the quickest six runs ever.
Broken bat blocks bleeding. Unassisted DP for Youk to end the inning.
Now we get a DP. I guess that with Tek gone, Tavarez and Meatnez were conducting meetings in the clubhouse.
Because it is time to worry.
Beck’s ERA back up over 5, at 5.03.
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.
Beckett went into the clubhouse … six batters too late.
Youk up. Do not hit into a DP boy. I have a bitch slap sealed in an overnight envelope.
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 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.
Does Manny’s ground out with the bases loaded a few innings back haunt us?
Wow. Ump hearts Huckaby too. That was strike 3.
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.
Snyder to pitch the 7th.
Youk with a 2 out RBI.
Youk makes it a comeback just a bit easier. Thanks, Kevin. 7-5.
Oh, this really is a cruel tease. Will lightning strike thrice?
Well that post was illiterate. Sorry.
Alright….cut the lead to 2 runs. Things a little more manageable.
(Sorry, what’s the word for four times?)
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.
SF…disgust starts to affect your typing. it has gotten to a few of mine tonight.
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.
Is Fausto available tonight? Pleeeaase?
Is Choo using a “cream” in the dugout?
Yeah, but grammatically “quadruple” is not what I’m looking for…
Wait, didn’t Sizemore just have an at-bat last inning?
Yes SF…and the rest of the damn Indians.
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”
Thank you Snyder.
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.
Yes it is. We are not winning games that are close and it worries me also.
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.
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??!?!
“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.
Bags loaded. Criminy.
Here comes Hansen. Peeking at game between fingers…
Tito with the short leash here, only allowing a guy to load the bases before pulling him. Way to go, Terry!!
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.
Not sure about that, but there’s definitely a drunk here in Manhattan who can manage better…
This is starting to be like walking in on your parents having sex.
It tends to scar you for a long time.
Throw strikes Hansen.
Hansen you are beautiful kid!!!!!
Sweet Dp to get out of the jam.
And…. Hansen induces a double play. Some semblance of calm is restored.
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.
Damn Ortiz….hit it further.
Wow, Westbrook threw four pitches down the middle of the plate to Papi and got away with it.
I think that may be true AG. He is not treated like a good younger pitcher who is still learning.
Lowell finally gets another hit.
WMP to the plate…have Patience kid. Westbrook will thow a meatball.
WMP grounds out.
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.
Beckett should be taking notes on how Hansen just worked Choo for future reference.
Wedge is probably in the Cleveland dugout begging for more runs.
Hansen pitches an efective inning.
Hansen just made Luna look like he should have stayed in the dugout as well.
Thankfully, Hansen is kicking *** and taking names tonight.
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.
20 RBIs on the season. That has to be an all time low for a regular.
Wide strike on the 2-0.
Leadoff single…..get your running legs started.
Good piece of hitting there.
Let’s go AGon.
Wouldn’t it be great to go into the 9th with a lead instead of praying for last minute miracles?
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.
Yes Z it would be nice for a change.
Good call on the appeal. He held.
AGon with a blooper. Huckaby needs to lay down the bunt.
Cora coming in to pinch hit.
Mirabelli should be getting ready to come in.
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.
Westbrook with a mistake there not trying to throw to 3rd.
Cora does a good job on the sac bunt.
Westbrook has been in just because how crappy the pen has been. Westbrook definately deserves the “Man up Award.”
Cora is an emergency catcher. Do you leave him in behind the plate?
Rob: agreed. I thought he had the ball quickly enough to get it to third. I guess he thinks he can pitch through this.
15 hits. Jesus they’ve let him off the hook
Clement with a good observation abou batters getting to face a pitcher for the 5th time in a game.
Youk Sac’s Crisp home.
Bill, no. Mirabelli comes in and earns his paycheck.
Westbrook gets the “Dance With Who Brung Ya” award.
Youk makes it a one-run game with a perfect sac fly to deep left.
Ah, good, he left some runs for Big Papi to make up.
That Indians close is doing shots in the pen right now thinking about coming in this game.
Westbrook: 15 hits. That’s an record for hits allowed by a starter this year. The Tribe is going all Dusty on him.
Drama is set for Papi in the bottom of the 9th. Wedge is crapping his pants thinking about it already.
Tribe has to get runs if they think they can win this. Cleveland set up another storybook for Beantown.
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.
Timlin of old is needed.
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.
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
Which Timlin shows up?
Mudville Nine and all. Sheesh.
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.
The 9th: Papi, Manny, Belli.
Anyone warming for Cleveland?
Rob: right now, I think it is Every Time™.
Youk grimaces getting up.
Close call for Boston there. Sizemore’s shot was *just* foul.
agree AG. Especially Wedge.
That *foul* did look close.
2 down on Sizemore’s ground out to short.
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.
Timlin needs to get this guy and not face Haffner.
AGon is very smooth. The guys plays short with almost little effort.
Thankfully Timlin gets the guy and we do not face Haffner.
Now the question of the night….
Pitch to or walk Papi?
Note: Utley has extended his hitting streak to 35 games.
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.
pitch to him. he can only tie it.
I blame Nintendo. And ESPN.
Davis (Pitcher) is sweating this AB.
Agreed. Pitch to him.
Would it make sense or is it possible that they would put someone in to hit for Mirabelli?
That was a big hack he just took.
He isn’t pitching to him. He’s pitching high and away. Then he brings a strike.
Z…not sure if we want to see Cora behind the plat.
Damn…the crowd lifted thinking he got that. I thought he did also based off the crowd reaction.
Catcher wants it low. He puts it low, but not quite low enough. Tribe is lucky. That should have been gone.
Relief. You got Ortiz. Now you get to face one of the two best right-handers of the last 30 years.
Manny…what a horrible pitch to swing at to make it 0-2.
Wow, that almost brained him. That’s not what Martinez called for.
The wind is blowing in from right. Held it in the park.
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.
Damn. Just missed. … I need a hero.
Down to Belli.
Yeah Rob, wind is in from right at 14mph at game time.
Damn. I seriously wanted Wily Mo to have a chance at Walkoff Roulette.
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.
Manny’s bases loaded situation haunts us.
Beckett and his Weaver meltdown kills us.
Tough game. That sixth was brutal. See you all tomorrow.
Hmmmm, glad I missed that. One game down. Let’s play again tomorrow.
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.
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