Tokyo vs. Kyoto: Sox-Jays Gamer VII

Tonight our enigmatic import, Tokyo-born, takes the hill against Tomokazu Ohka, a Kyoto kid.  "Kyoto" actually means "capital city" — it formerly held the imperial throne of Japan.  This honor was later transferred to the city of Edo (meaning "eastern capital"), which then renamed itself "Tokyo".   Kansai Prefecture (which contains Kyoto) and Tokyo have a long-standing rivalry, not unsurprisingly, now manifest in the battles between the Hanshin Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants, the Sox-Yanks of Japan.

Some more history, also baseball-related: Ohka pitched in Japan for the Yokohama BaySox and was purchased by the Red Sox in 1998 (Kyoto’s "local" team is considered to be the Hanshin Tigers, though the Tigers hail from Kansai).  Ohka also holds the honor (I think) of being the only pitcher the Sox have ever traded for someone convicted of attempted murder, sent to the Expos in 2001 for Ugueth Urbina.  Matsuzaka, as is more famously known, went to high school in Yokohama and then played for the Seibu Lions; we all know his recent history, pretty much.  Tonight they face off in only the fourth matchup between two Japanese starters in MLB history.  As a (strange?) point of fact, the previous three were all lost by the same man, Mac Suzuki.

Use this as your game thread for tonight’s action.  Lineups from the Globe after the jump.

(HT to Wikipedia for the facts)

Red Sox

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Eric Hinske, 1B
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

— Daisuke Matsuzaka SP (3-2, 5.45 ERA)

Blue Jays

1. Alex Rios, RF
2. Adam Lind, LF
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Frank Thomas, DH
5. Troy Glaus, 3B
6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
7. Aaron Hill, 2B
8. Sal Fasano, C
9. John McDonald, SS

— Tomo Ohka P (2-3, 5.50 ERA)

196 comments… add one
  • As a Fantasy owner for DMat, anyone knows what’s going on? I haven’t watched him pitched, but he’s killing my ERA..

    Lar May 9, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • Besides the first game against NY where he was touch-and-go throughout, it’s been one brutal inning per game where he just loses it completely and gives up a bunch of walks and a couple of hits. His FIP is only 3.26, which would normally indicate bad luck in terms of hits falling in and/or poor defense behind him. Of course, in this case, it’s not so much bad luck as the way in which the runs are getting scored…everything he gives up seems to come in bunches, while his overall numbers remain strong.
    He fixes whatever keeps messing up in these innings and he’ll be fine. He’s striking out better then a guy an inning, and opponents are slugging a tiny .331 against him. Walking a few too many, but that’s a symptom of the problems he’s been having; he loses control for an inning and walks a bunch, then settles down and doesn’t issue many more free passes. It’ll likely work out.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • He’s got a serous case of 1 really bad inning-itis, let’s hope he turns it around tonight.
    Do we know if the roof is open tonight?

    LocklandSF May 9, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • To-kyo and Kyo-to are syllabic inversions of each other. I never noticed that before.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • The thing that sucks is that he’s been beating himself.
    Even in the “1 bad inning-itis” moments, teams haven’t been hitting the ball hard off of him often. Three walks and a squbbling single an inch out of the first baseman’s glove, and there’s two runs. A sac fly, there’s the third. Crap like that.

    Steve May 9, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Good to see Youks getting some rest, as well.
    Pitchers have been kicking the shit out of him lately, he’s been doing his best Kendall/Biggio impression.

    Steve May 9, 2007, 6:25 pm
  • I sure hope DM can put together a solid, consistent outing tonight. That would go a long ways to boost whatever confidence he may be lacking so far. And another D-Pod dingah would be nice too.

    ToddSF May 9, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Given Ohka’s tendency to give up lots of homers, this would be a great time for Pedroia to crush two in two games. But I wouldn’t put money on it…I’d be almost as happy if he gets on base two or three times.
    Nice to have something of a bench this year, too, so a resting Youk doesn’t spell “black hole.” Hinske’s not great defensively at any of his positions, but he’s at least passable in all of them. And a career .808 OPS vs righties coming off the bench definitely has its usage.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • Word. I like having Hinske around too. Useful guy, and he seems to ave a good attitude, from what I’ve heard from him.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Let’s go ‘zaka!
    (Let’s go offense before that, even.)

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:05 pm
  • Yay! MLB.TV broadcast just went from Blue Jays’ network to NESN.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • …wasn’t Gerry Davis the guy who blew that call at second base against New York a few days ago? He’s our homeplate umpire?
    …Not good, Julio. Not good.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Ohka. Works. So…..slowly. 2 on for Manny after Ortiz rips a single over Hill’s head, 1 out.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Wild pitch eliminates the double play…cool…2nd and 3rd for Manny, 2-2 pitch.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • 2-1 pitch (correction).
    Groundball scores Crisp from 3rd. Papi still at 2nd.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Manny hits a chopper to short, only thing MacDonald can do is go to first. Thanks to the WP, it’s 1-0 Boston. Be a really, really nice time for Drew to stop slumping…though I’d take a sac fly, too.
    Or they can fall behind and then intentionally walk him. That works too, I suppose. Make him pay, Lowell. Make him pay.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Oh wait, there are two outs. I’m dumb. Heh…c’mon Lowell…

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Bases clogged up for Mike Lowell, c’mon Mikey.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • This is good stuff even if they don’t score anymore. 3 walks this inning.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • I meant bases clogged for Tek. C’mon Toast.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • I thought Ohka was overpriced. Then again, starting pitching was the theme of the offseason.
    Bases loaded. Come on, Tek.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Umm…well, he walked another one. Tek with the bases loaded and the chance to help Boston break the game open for the second night in a row.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • “This is good stuff even if they don’t score anymore.’
    They’ve gotta take advantange of these situations. I’m so tired of us letting pitchers off the hook.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Like they did last night, Tyrel?

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • ..and just when Tyrel says that, Tek pops up.
    Bleah.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • 3-1 to Lowell, last two nowhere close.
    And Varitek swings at the 3-1 for reasons I fail to understand and pops it up harmlessly. Ugh. I don’t see any reason to swing on the 3-1 when he clearly can’t find the f*cking strike zone. Dammit.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Does anyone here use GameDay Audio? Anyone know what broadcast they use, or is there a method to it?

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • 29 pitches. Well on their way to going the standard route for the Red Sox (unlike last night). Battle the starter (but don’t score much), then feast on the pen (already weak tonight). Gotta keep making him throw a few more innings, though.
    Let’s go, Matsuzaka!

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I have mlb.tv but it lets me use GD Audio…right now, it’s Toronto’s broadcast. Dunno how it decides, though.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Now its time for the Dice!!! Let’s see if John Farrell adjusted his mechanics and if the side session helped.
    Come on, Dice.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • I think you can actually pick your broadcast, Tyrel. On Boston’s team page, click on the Multimedia link (upper left) and you can see the audio (both home and away) available.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Rios singles. Hmm.
    At least Dice seems to be finding the strike zone.
    Now its time to pitch from the stretch.
    Oh boy.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Well…at least he’s throwing strikes…I missed the single, but it was well-hit. Shouldn’t really happen on a 1-2 pitch, but still; so far this year, when he’s throwing strikes he’s pitching well.
    Ooooh. Nasty fastball on the outside corner to strike out Lind. Very nice.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • 3-pitch K on Lind (after Rios singles).

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • And Dice-K strikes out Lind on fastballs.
    Wells is up.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Sweet! Wells pops up (high curve?).

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Thanks for the info.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Remy saying Farell spent a lot of time trying to get Matsuzaka to slow down when he’s coming out of the stretch. Says he was getting out in front of his arm, which would explain why he sometimes had no idea where the ball was going.
    Gets the always-tough Wells to pop out to Lugo.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Gameday is showing that Dice-K is only throwing between 88-92 mph.
    He’s spotting it well, though.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Walk to Thomas. 1st and 2nd, 2 out.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Falls behind Thomas, second pitch fastball misses all the way across the plate and inside. Third fastball is just a bit low on the outside corner. Wells fouls the 3-0 fastball on the outside corner. Looks at strike 2 at the knees. Ball 4 low and outside…sh*t. C’mon, get it together…looks better then last time, at least, but he’s still putting himself in bad positions where some BS grounder through the infield will hurt him again.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Welcome, Tyrel.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Another popup. Clean(ish) inning, no runs at least!

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Glaus pops up. Hard-hit single, K, pop up, walk, pop up.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Strike 2 to Glaus was supposed to be low and in, but ended up low and away and he missed. Actually a pretty good pitch…just not really the one he wanted.
    Glaus pops the 1-2 up harmlessly to Pedroia. I feel pretty good about this…he wasn’t usually missing by much, and even in his good starts typically got better as the game went on.
    Would still like to see them knock Ohka around a bit, just to be sure.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Ohka cannot throw strikes. TAKE EVERYTHING!!!
    (I’d make a terrible manager…)

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Ohka still can’t find the strike zone. His slider’s got lots of movement on it, too, it’s just never anywhere close. And since he hasn’t even located his fastball lately…no reason to swing.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Full count to Hinske, with a couple of foul balls thrown in. At the very least, a 7, 8, or 9 pitch at-bat. I’ve lost count.
    And he walks.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Hinske will see at least 8 pitches. Keep going…

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Brilliant bunt by Pedroia, and Ohka does something inexplicable, trying to flick the ball (while rolling on the ground) to first base. It eludes Overbay and goes towards the stands. Hinske now at third, and the Droid at second.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Come on, LFRS.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Wow. Already 4-0 NY and the first inning isn’t over yet. I can’t for the life of me figure out how a team just rolls that badly, that often, over that many years. I mean Boston owns Baltimore, but not ALL the games are blowouts.
    Hinske walks. That looks to be a recurring theme tonight.
    Pedroia drops a very nice bunt down the first baseline, which Ohka swipes at with his barehand towards first. He like, rolled it towards Overbay…but missed badly. Weird play, runners on first and third and Pedroia gets credit for a hit.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • LFRS grounds out, productively, at least, to Hill at second, scoring Hinske and pushing Droid to third. Good job.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Naive question – does Pedroia make the call to do that or does he get strict instructions from Francona?

    rootbeerfloat May 9, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Oh, apparently they were on 2nd and third. My bad.
    Lugo does a nice job hitting the ball towards second. Just what you want your leadoff guy to do there. 2-0 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Pedroia!
    I just looove this kid.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Crisp with a horrid at-bat, falling behind early in the count, then grounds to short weakly, Pedroia can’t score. Blech.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • That was a bunt for a base hit, RBF. Not a designed play.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • No idea, RBF. I don’t remember the last time I saw him bunt, though, and a sacrifice doesn’t make a whole lot of sense there. I wonder if he saw Overbay playing back and did it on his own.
    Crisp with the most useless ab imaginable. This is why he doesn’t belong batting f*cking second…

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Papi picks up Crisp, lining one over third for a double. Great at-bat, working the count full after falling behind, then going with what Ohka gave him. 3-0 Sox.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Ortiz! Doubles to left and it’s 3-0.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Papi comes through! Is it just me or is he going opposite field a lot more often this year?

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Heh, you can hear the ump sometimes. That first ball to Manny was “about 3 inches outside.” Now he’s saying, “You may be yelling at the wrong guy.” I’m not actually sure if it is the ump…kinda funny though.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Now Dice has run support.
    All he needs is to pitch effectively.
    Come on Manny.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • 29 pitches PER INNING for Ohka thus far.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Damn. Ohka actually threw a series of very good pitches to Manny there. He’s got a wicked slider when he can throw it near the plate, and everything that ab was at the knees away. 3-0, Ohka’s at 58 pitches, and the pen’s already warming up. Great start.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • It’s come up in the Yankee game thread how scary the Yankees will be in June. Glad we don’t have to wait for our team to be scary until June, right?

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Solid work by Daisuke on Overbay, though at least one pitch was badly mislocated. Blows the fastball by him on 1-2 for the K.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Behind 3-0 on Hill very quickly, no location. Uh-oh.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Hill takes the 3-0 for a strike, then a good slider (I think) is fouled off for strike two. And a third strike on the inside corner is taken! Nice comeback.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Dice strikes out Overbay. Nice.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Heck yes!

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Yeah, SF, but apparently our team is only going to fall apart. Because it just HAS to get injured like it did last year, and everyone knows Boston tanks in the summer…
    Can’t blame ’em for being optimistic. Still, weren’t we getting snickered at in the early going as our rotation mowed through a weak early schedule? And, uh…pretty much everyone since?
    Falls behind Hill 3-0, but comes back and gets him looking at a nasty fastball on the inside corner. He looks good so far, real good. (knocks on wood)

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Fantastic low fastball for another K!

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • That ruled.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Three straight Ks!!!
    Woohoo Dice K!

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Drew strikes out looking on a low breaking ball, borderline call though Daisuke got a couple so no complaining.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • I’m willing to believe he’s just in a weird slump, but Drew has just been hideous recently.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Wow. That second pitch swinging was just nasty; cutter/slider thing that looked like a fastball til he started to swing and then just darted down and out of the zone. And strike 3, yet another nice fastball on the inside corner. Awesome.
    And it seems like he hasn’t broken out much of the soft stuff yet, either. Lots of fastballs, cutters and two-seamers, the occasional breaking ball, but lots of stuff he doesn’t seem to have used quite yet.
    Called strike 3 to Drew that he didn’t like. Davis had a tight zone last year; doesn’t look that way right now. Borderline-low calls for both sides to this point.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • And Gameday is showing me that Ohka threw to pitches in the K zone, and got ball calls.
    Is this accurate?

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • …my feed’s a little behind, it looks like. That and I talk too much. Lowell doubles, as Jerry Remy gives dating advice. Apparently if the lady is wearing a big bonnet, make sure you complement it. If she has a scorpion tattoo, ditto. Orsillo says you have to be a good listener, and Remy agrees, but advises against rubbing her head like Manny did.
    Our TV guys are so much better then everyone else’s.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Davis is now all over the place with his zone. Interesting to see how it changes over the next couple of innings. The 1-0 call to Hinske was really off, the ball looked at least 3-4 inches off the inside of the plate, then the 1-1 pitch appears better, but it’s called a ball. Oy.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Just three innings, and already 71 pitches for Ohka.
    That bullpen is gonna be exhausted by tomorrow.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Rain, there have been borderline calls going both ways so far, like SF said, so it might be. I don’t really know.
    Didn’t see that called 3rd to Hinske…but hitters from both teams don’t seem very happy. Ohka’s definitely finding the plate better now, though…hopefully the Sox don’t regret not knocking him out when they had the chance.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Strike zone is all over the place today. Yikes.
    Off-topic: who’s Jerry Remy? (Bonnet? Scorpion?)

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Rios walks. This kid is really something. I think he’s gonna become a good outfielder for the Jays.
    Not to mention he flubs flyouts into homers in Fenway. :P

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Lind really battling Daisuke. Dice is hitting his usual 94-mph mark now.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Grounded to 2nd, Pedroia has no play at 2nd base, throws to 1st. 2 out, man on 2nd.
    Vernon Wells batting (yick).

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Wells hits it hard at Lugo, third out recorded.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Wild pitch. Rios to 3rd. Next pitch is a ball. 3-1. Hmmmmmmm….

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Rain- Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo are the Sox TV announcing team. Remy is a former 2nd baseman for the Sox, and also a Massachusetts native.
    Sometimes their commentary gets a bit, ah, off-topic; they were discussing a speech that Orsillo was supposed to give.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Nice.
    DM at 53 pitches after 3. Not terrible, not great.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Another nice inning by Daisuke.
    After that, comes the fateful fourth inning….
    Will he lose control? Will he lose the strike zone?
    Stay tuned! :P

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • I wonder if Remy really dates girls with bonnets and scorpion tattoos.
    Dice K has 53 pitches through 3. That’s pretty high.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Remy was on the ’78 team, if I recall correctly.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Wouldn’t that be weird?
    “Hey, nice scorpion tattoo. Goes well with the bonnett.”
    Ohka gets Pedroia and Lugo. Now on to Coco Crisp.
    Coco still makes me think he can start his own breakfast cereal brand. :P

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Demarlo Hale…infinitely better than Dale Sveum.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • First clean inning for Ohka. 85 pitches through 4.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Okha throws strike three twice to Coco Crisp, then throws him a pitch right down the middle. Coco promptly grounds to 2nd.

    Andrew F May 9, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Devine- don’t forget the immortal Wendell “Send-him-in” Kim!
    To be honest, 3rd base coach is a thankless job. The only time anyone notices is when he screws up.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Wow, heckuva play by the Droid to get Thomas at first!

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Yeah, Ayuh, the epitome of the “if you do your job, no one will talk about you” job.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • On the other hand, the easiest job in baseball is 1st base coach. You don’t have to do ANYTHING there!

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • DM through 4. Toronto has 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts to show for it. 62 through 4 for Matsuzaka.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Mats is looking good so far. Throwing strikes, and not having problems pitching from the stretch.
    He’s not overpowering, but he’s getting the job done.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Manny grounds into DP after the long Ortiz single.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Drew walks. Lowell singles to center and Drew moves to 3rd.
    And that knocks out Ohka before his half of the 5th is done. 96 pitches through 4 2/3.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Bases loaded after Varitek walks.
    Here comes Hinske (the Blue Jays fans again boo him).

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Hinske fails to get anyone home, a wasted opportunity there. Gah.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • I hope that doesn’t hurt us later. Lots of chances to really put this game out of reach, but never cashed in.
    Still 4 more innings with the BJ Ryan-less Toronto bullpen, though.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • 8 LOB thru 5, 11 baserunners total and only 3 runs for the Sox.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Matsuzaka loves to drop a curveball in for strike 1 a lot this game.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Rios scares the crap out of me, doubling to the gap. Is he really wearing out the Sox or does it just seem that way?

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Rios has been raking.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Looks like Rios owns Dice-K tonight. A walk, a single, and a double.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Trouble now, Wells the tying run at the plate.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Rios is the new Wells, yep.
    Uh oh, speak of the devil…

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • That last pitch to Lind looked like a strike on Gameday. What the hell?
    Both pitchers are throwing a lot because of the ump.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Phew. 80 pitches through 5. One more inning? Two? Guess it depends on too many things to speculate right now.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Phew.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • And RSN lets out a big sigh as DM gets the 3rd out

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • dPod has raised his average 98 points in 6 games

    TJ May 9, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Oh, Lugo, you suck a lot less right now. I even thought it was gone off the bat. That’s awesome. 5-0.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Lugo homers. Woohoo!

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Woo hoo.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Manny CRUSHED that. Second deck.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Here’s something I want to know, fellow Sox fans: who among the five Sox shortsops thru five years do you like the most?
    2003 – Nomar Garciaparra
    2004 – Orlando Cabrera
    2005 – Edgar Renteria
    2006 – Alex Gonzalez
    2007 – Julio Lugo
    Wow. Talk about an unsettled position, eh?
    I like Gonzalez a lot, mainly because he’s such a thrill to watch at short. Although his offense kinda slumped a bit.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Wow. That called strike to Drew looked like a ball.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Rain- except for Nomar, none of them were around long enough to really make an impression. I liked Renteria as a player, but I don’t think he could handle the pressure in Boston. I would have preferred seeing Gonzalez back, but I’m willing to give Lugo a chance.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Hmmm…I think I LIKED Cabrera best, for having a fun attitude and stuff (and just an incredible line while he was in Boston, regular and postseason). I wish they’d held on to Renteria.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • The Sox may have the loosest, goofiest dugout I’ve ever seen. What was that routine with Tavares, Manny, and the banana after Manny’s homer? I realize after that notorious clip of Manny petting Hoolian this may sound obscene. I may have to re-think my negative opinions on the Orc.
    SS: Gonzales for his defense, but Nomar in his prime was a freak. Ocab for his enthusiasm.

    Tom sf May 9, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Nomar was the man, until he broke down physically. I think of the other four, Renteria was the best. I probably would’ve kept him.
    Honestly, I’ve them all. I hope Lugo gets it going, I think he can be really good.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Matsuzaka grabs a dart by Glaus back through the box for the second out, 1-3. Solid play.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • “I’ve them all.”
    I’ve LIKED them all.

    Tyrel SF May 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I liked them all to an extent, but no one is Nomah!
    #5 RULES!

    TJ May 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I love when Matsuzaka fields the ball. LOVE IT. He was just so damn QUICK grabbing that ball off Glaus.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • And Overbay promptly deposits the first pitch over the right field wall, 6-1.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Nomar was past his prime by ’03- before then he had the potential to be an all-time great

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Ah well. I can certainly deal with that. Just get them out now.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • 95 pitches. I say give ‘im another. Two baserunners, say, and you pull him.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • A dinger, but with no one on. He’s not walking anyone, staying away from the big inning.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Fly out to Drew for the last out. 95 pitches through six, that might be all for Matsuzaka. I might bring him out with a short leash. So far, a very, very good effort, but for the Overbay blip. Far better than five days ago.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • DM reminds me of Catfish Hunter tonight. Lots of strikes, a good fastball, good off-speed stuff. Hunter was known for giving up a lot of homers too.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • I THINK this is Rios’s line vs. Boston coming in to tonight (so it’s improved).
    .174/.296/.478/.775
    Much worse than I would have thought.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • And there goes Rios again. I want to look at his line vs. the Sox after this game.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • What is Rios hitting against the rest of the league this year? He’s only at .286 overall.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • NICE JOB, ‘ZAKA!

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Manny fields the third out. Super job from Matsuzaka tonight. 7IP, 1ER, 5H, 3BB, 8K. Good stuff. ERA down to 4.80.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • I dunno how to sort like that on ESPN’s page…I’ve really gotta get a better stats site.
    But, uh, there’s this:
    http://sports.espn.go.com
    /mlb/players/splits?statsId=7254
    Address split in half for typepad’s sake.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Until tonight, Rios was 4 for 27 this year against the Sox. This shocks me, completely. My perception of him was totally wrong.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • He did have 2 HR, which probably skewed our perception some.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Jays seem to be using a lot of relief tonight, distributing the work evenly in the pen.
    Maybe they’re banking on Halladay picthing deep tomorrow.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Just what Dice needed. A win, a quality outing.
    Good job, Dice.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Fasano runs nearly to Saskatchewan trying to field a foul pop from Ortiz, but can’t catch up to it due to the drag from his mustache slowing him down. Plus the paunch doesn’t help either.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Gotta give Fasano credit on that one…really tried to grab that Papi popup.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Rain: it’s not a win yet. The game isn’t over, stranger things have happened. Take it back!

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Papi!!!! Laces one to right for a dinger. 8-1 Sox!

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I keep remembering the Josh Beckett meltdown in Toronto last year.
    But Papi taters tend to make me forget such things. 8-1.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • You’re right about that SF. I lived through ’78 and ’86. Never EVER count a win until the last out is made.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Devine, I like Yahoo quite a bit if you want a player’s stats against a specific team. Just search him on yahoo, find the player card, and everything’s all lined up under split stats.
    Cool, I go grab my last burrito in Washington and come back to find Matsuzaka dominating Toronto, Lugo hit his second homer and Manny got his 6th, Papi’s raking, even Crisp just singled–and stole second–and Pedroia’s got another two hits. What a nice night.
    And I get to see Ortiz CRUSH another one!!

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • So…are we under-playing our Pythagorean record yet?

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Will definitely look into that, d1. Thanks.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Fasano with a throwing error, and Papi homers.
    If this was a boxing match, the Jays would be black and blue. Just like their uniforms, eh?
    Powerhouse Red Sox. Gotta love it.

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • You about to graduate (or finish a school year), d1? Where from? What kinda degree?
    If not, what’s the reason for the move?

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Jays will be ten back in the loss column after tonight, if this holds.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • My bad, my bad. Quality outing from Dice-K.
    Donnelly looks good. Gets Wells to strike out then pops out Big Hurt. Two gone.
    Is there a jinx clause here or something? :P

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Papi closes in on the AL RBI lead, up to 28, good for a tie for third. Still a ways to go to catch a certain someone from the Bronx.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Lowell with a jack, makes it 9-1 Sox.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • And Lowell cranks one. Wham.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Another great inning by Donnelly, striking out Wells and getting easy infield popups from Thomas and Glaus. It’s early, but all of Theo’s bullpen pickups this year have worked out pretty well…I mean Romero and Pineiro haven’t blown away, but they haven’t embarassed themselves, either, and Donnelly’s looked fantastic.
    Neither, Devine, I’m finishing my second year of college and transferring next year. Either BC, BU, or Emerson; I got into Emerson already and haven’t heard from either of the other two yet. But yeah, gonna be in Boston next year. Looking forward to it, but I’ll miss the easy trips to Camden yards when the Sox come to town. (Journalism major, btw; I’d actually prefer to focus on sports journalism, which is a big part of why I’m changing schools)
    Hahhaa, when Lowell hit that one, you could hear the pitcher yell, “Oh, sh*t!”

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Oh wait…misread your question…so not neither. Heh…the second one, the finishing a year of school thing.

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • D1- good luck getting tickets to Sox games, unless you’ve got at least C-note to spare.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Wait, so does this mean that in 1986 you…weren’t born yet d1?!
    Man, I am old.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Awesome, d1. You going home for the summer or anything? When you travelling?
    (This is coming from someone who associates finishing a school year with a plane flight, so if the questions are N/A, my bad.)

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Pineiro gives back Lowell’s jack, monster shot to center field.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Does anyone here remember ’75?

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Heh, Pineiro…hasn’t seen work for awhile…and BANG, perhaps there’s your reason.
    Okay, seriously now, kid. Don’t let it get any closer, okay?

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Pineiro getting racked, Hill doubles to right. Way to go, Joel. Don’t make Tito waste another pitcher, you knucklehead.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Gosh, Pineiro.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • I am 25 (about to turn 26) and a rather recent Sox convert (’03), so ‘fraid my memories don’t extend so far, Ayuh.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Well, Overbay’s breaking out of his slump. Our bullpen can’t be perfect forever; that one caught quite a bit of the plate…
    I do not have $100 to spare, Ayuh, but standing room seats are occasionally available, right? Hopefully…? (And my friend e-mailed me the other day claiming she can see into Fenway from her building’s roof, but I find that somewhat hard to believe)
    Papelbon’s warming in the pen. He hasn’t thrown in 3 days. Pineiro looks quite rusty…
    And if it makes you feel any better, SF, I was conceived in 1986. Heh…

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Fasano even rips one, barely foul. Pineiro Ks him on the next pitch. Thank goodness for Sal Fasano.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • God, I feel so old.
    In ’75, I was 11 years old, and it was the first time I had ever gotten caught up in the excitement of a pennant race. Game 7 of the WS that year was my introduction into the cold cruel world of Red Sox fandom.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • ’75, yep. My parents went to game seven, my mom woke me up to tell me the Sox had lost. Very vivid memory. First time I remember crying after a Sox near-victory. I was seven years old.
    Not the last time I did that. Dent hit his homer on my tenth birthday, so I only really had to wait three years to do it again.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Another road series win. Chance for the sweep tomorrow. Thanks, ‘zaka. Thanks, offense.
    22-10. Ridiculous.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • D1- ’86 was the absolute worst moment I had as a Sox fan. They had that series WON, and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Even now, hearing the name of “Cal Schiraldi” makes me break out in a cold sweat.

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Pineiro ends the game, clearly very angry at himself. He should be. No matter, he was in with nothing on the line, so move on, Joel, we’ll need you when it matters for sure.
    G’night, all, chat tomorrow. Let’s kick Halladay’s butt and get Tim some runs for once.

    SF May 9, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I was 2 when Mookie Wilson’s grounder went thru Bill Buckner’s legs. :P
    Pineiro strikes out Lind. Good game.
    Can I say that Daisuke has a win now? :P

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Yes Rain, NOW you can!

    Ayuh - SF May 9, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Heh, 1999 was my induction, when I started at least following the whole team. I’d always paid attention to Pedro, but that was pretty much it. And my Dad was apathetic towards sports, so I kind of had to grow into it on my own. And then the 03 season pretty much cemented my obsession…I thought I broke my hand after Boone’s homer punching the wall next to me. I don’t hit things anymore…heh.
    Good game, besides Drew still not hitting and Pineiro’s ninth. You could see how pissed he was at letting up those two runs, too; nice to see that he cares in such a blowout. Big win; tomorrow looks like it could be a bad day, and NY keeps steamrolling the pathetic Rangers.
    OK so now the pitching is back on track. Wake’s bound to regress a bit at some point and if Matsuzaka’s figured it out, he’s definitely going to fill the void. I have no reason to expect Beckett or Schilling to slow much, assuming health. This is just awesome. :-)

    desturbd1 May 9, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Good night, everybody. Here’s hoping Wake will get even a little bit of run support tomorrow.
    Hoping being the key word. Goodnight!

    Rain SF May 9, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • And good morning to you, Rain. Night, everybody else (I think)!

    Devine May 9, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Theres a hot korean singer/actor named Rain :p

    TJ May 9, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • So, what, are the Sox gonna win 140 games this season?
    Sheesh. Now I know how you guys felt all the time.

    Andrew May 9, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • No, wait, I felt exactly like this when the Sox were sweeping the National League. Now I feel a bit better.

    Andrew May 9, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Don’t be silly, Andrew.
    They’re only going to win 110 games.
    :)
    I might have higher hopes than I started the season with (when I guessed 91 wins)…but I just think so much of this has hinged on the bullpen being as close to perfect as you could hope and that could change quickly. About 20% through the season. Long road ahead.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 2:38 am

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