Labour Gamer: Jays-Sox Gamer XIII

I spelt it wit a “U”, cause dats how dey do it in Canada, eh? It’s Bluebirds v. Red Sox, Matsuzaka v. Litsch. Comment away, hosers.

Toronto (it’s like a city in Spain, except not this time you hosehead)
V. Wells cf .254
M. Stairs lf .302
A. Rios rf .309
F. Thomas dh .270
T. Glaus 3b .258
L. Overbay 1b .251
A. Hill 2b .269
G. Zaun c .238
J. McDonald ss .252

Boston
J. Ellsbury lf .391
D. Pedroia 2b .324
D. Ortiz dh .318
M. Lowell 3b .329
J.D. Drew rf .254
J. Varitek c .259
C. Crisp cf .266
E. Hinske 1b .213
J. Lugo ss .237

198 comments… add one
  • Ellsbury leading off? Should prove interesting.

    rob September 3, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • Underway

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Wells flies out to right to start it off.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • After 7 pitches on a 2-2 count, Stairs with a ground rule double to right.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Rios singles to right, Stairs scores, Rios advances to 2nd on the throw.
    It begins already.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Thomas comes up looking for something to whack and pops out to right.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • I wonder if anyone has thought of the Jays as a (longshot) threat for the wild card. Their staff is much stronger than the Yankees’, and with Burnett and Halladay back dealing is it outlandish to think they can make a run for the playoffs?

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • I actually looked at the WC standing the other night and had that crazy thought also SF. They are playing the right teams to help themselves, but it is not so crazy to think that they couldn’t back thier way into it.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • We really really need Manny back (here for lunch)

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Glaus K’s to end the inning.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Blue jays in wild card.. would be.. interesting. I’d rather face them than the Yankees. Sure the Yanks have a weaker pitchign staff.. but the always manage to terrify me

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • As for Daisuke’s August struggles.. coudl he be tiring? This si his first season on a 5-man rotation and he’s therefor pitchign mroe often than is normal for him.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Jacoby singles to lead off. Do I smell stolen base?

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • I smell it too Rob

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • I think Dice is probably getting tired. May be good to give him an addtional days rest here soon.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Pedroia singles. 1st and 2nd.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Droid singles. Two on.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Also.. how GOOD is this kid? He’s what 4 for 7 since being called back up?
    Pedroia singles! Booya!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Watch the daylight play, Jacoby.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Tough change to Papi puts him down 0-2. Next pitch is a high change that Papi should CRUSH but swings through. Crap.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Papi goes down swinging.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • So… I saw some people callign Pedroia “Gecko” whiel I liek it as a nickname (less D-Peds and D-Mats and initial-Rods, thank you), Im curious what inspired it

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Home plate ump already establishing an inconsistent strike zone: Dice was squeezed on a few very nice pitches in the top, then the first pitch to Lowell is called a strike though it appeared outside the zone.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • I like “Pedro”, too, for Dustin.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • MIKEMIKEMIKEMIKE!
    On fire, DINGER!!!

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Can you say “contract year” any louder, Mr. Lowell?!

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • MIKEY LOWELL!!!!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • That was me Dionysus. It happned the other night. I saw the Geico commercial and Pedroia kind of reminds me of the Gecko.
    Lowell!! 3-1 Sox

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Drew grounds out to short. This guy can’t catch/buy a break.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • So “Droid”, “Gecko” and “Pedro”
    I dont get Pedro at all, so I’ll have to think on which I perfer.. but horray for nicknames that ARENT just hyphens of their names!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Drew down on the grounder to short. Drew has such a nice stroke going the other way, I wonder if he backed off the plate maybe another couple of inches if he’d have an easier time, look to slap the ball to left more often. Seems like he’s brutally vulnerable on the inside half of the plate.
    Amateur batting coach, I am. Or, a hack. Whatever you want to call it.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Hopefully Dice pitches a little better with the unplanned run support.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • PEDROia?

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Tek K’s.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Tek goes down on strikes, but we get 3 runs and build Litsch’s pitchcount.
    Also my massive mancrush on Pedroia and Jacoby continues. I LOVE OUR FARM BOYS!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I am beginning to think that with Pedroia there is no nickname necessary. Just saying “Pedroia” makes Yankee fans cringe; he’s probably the most hated player on the Sox at this point. So anything that makes Yankee fans reflexively cringe needs no supplement, no corollary, no other option.
    “Pedroia”. I like the sound of it.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Well,I certianly am blind, SF. I should have seen that.
    I really kinda like Droid. He’s short.. liek R2D2. He also does everythign awesome.. liek R2D2.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Come on, Daisuke – quick inning please.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • I agree SF, but if you paint Pedroia green and had him walk on the TV and talk about a Yankees game you get the Gecko.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • WRKO plays some of Pedro’s (Martinez) interview. I love you, Petey. Miss you lots… NOT sad we let you go though.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Overbay with a 3 pitch K.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • I like “droid” too (I am biased since I coined it).
    But again, if saying “Pedroia” makes YFs faces red, then a simple “Pedroia” might just be good enough!

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Hill with a 1 pitch fly out.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Its insane how much Yankee fans hate Pedroia. Is it because he’s so good? Or is it the shortness.. like being afraid of midgets?

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Dice ahead of everyone this inning (except Hill). Lowell makes a sweet play moving to the line to end the inning. Good work by Mats.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Zaun grounds out.
    7 pitch inning, just what we needed.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Damn quick 1-2-3! Booya!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • I think watching Pedroia, you see his face and you want to ask him for a hall pass or a note from his mother. The kid plays hard, plays right and is an easy target for fans of other teams to hate given his natural build.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Man.. Crisp hit that HARD.
    Yet its an out.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • “Its insane how much Yankee fans hate Pedroia”
    It’s Danny Ainge syndrome – hard-nosed player unafraid to yap, skilled more than one thinks at first glance. I can see why they think he’s annoying: he plays hard, he gets dirty, he’s short, he’s super-talented. The shortness makes them think of Eckstein and other “scrappy” guys (though he’s worlds better than Eckstein, talent-wise), the hard-nose effort and lack of fear (calling out A-Rod for the cheap elbow to the n*ts a perfect example of that) makes them think he’s a brat, and the talent just pisses them off.
    I detest Cano (“Hollywood”, as they call him on SoSH) for the exact opposite reason: he’s talented as hell but plays like he’s entitled to everything no matter what effort he puts out and wears his knowledge of his talent like a crown.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Lowell now has 100 RBIs on the season.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Man.. at the begining of the season I really supported lettign Lowell move on afterwards. He’s great, but I thought he should go du eot his age.
    Now, Im not so sure!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • >>Hollywood
    Everytime I hear that or see the word I can’t help but think of the movie 1941.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • I have to leave for work in a few minutes, so if I suddenly stop posting thats why

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • GOLD
    GLOVE
    That is all

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Rios strikes out. Inning over.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Daisuke has thrown 32 of 38 pitches for strikes!

    pale blue eyes September 3, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Jacoby singles to center. 2-2 on the day.
    Steal 2nd!!

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Pedroia singles to right, Ellsbury turns his rockets on and gets to third. Pedroia pulls in to 2nd on the throw.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Papi with the Sac to center, Jacoby scores, Pedroia to third.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Lowell getting walked intentionally.
    Hmm..wonder why? Oh yeah, Drew is up after him.

    rob September 3, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Well done, JD. Sac fly scores Pedroia. 5-1 Sox.

    SF September 3, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Nah, they did it because Lowell is hot!

    pale blue eyes September 3, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Drew with a sac fly to center. 5-1 Sox.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Tek is not a fun batter to watch, I have to say.

    SF September 3, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • >Tek is not a fun batter to watch, I have to say.
    I agree, Tek drives me crazy also.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Dice gets Overbay to GIDP to end the inning. 55 pitches through 4 for him.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Wait, I thought Daisuke was tiring? This is what the Boston Globe told me yesterday!

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Hinske doubles.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Lugo on with an infield single. Hinske to third.
    Ellsbury with a chance for some RBI’s.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • I think I’ll do a post on this later tonight, but I saw that line in the Globe yesterday where one GM says Matsuzaka has shown signs of tiring in recent outings. Maybe the GM is using scouting info, but just based on the results, it sounds like a complete myth.
    Since getting shelled in back-to-back outings in mid-July, Matsuzaka’s game scores have been: 51, 71, 54, 65, 68, 34, 60, 40. All his pitch counts between 98 and 113, including 111 and 110 in his last two starts.
    So basically the one bad start against TB, followed by a hard-luck loss to TB, then the decent-but-not-good-enough start against the Yanks. Not exactly evidence of tiring to me.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Sox with a chance to really blow this open.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • I think more than him tiring has been the lack of runs in some of the games. He seems to either get hit early in the game, or he is cruising along and gives up something to hurt us. The other usually happens when we are not scoring for him.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Kennedy in now to pitch.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Actually, they did did not say he was tiring. What they did was point out his difference in performance between 4, 5 or more days of rest. He has 5 days on this occasion so me and my fantasy teams expect him to do just fine.
    With 5 days rest he is 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Ellsbury walks on 4 pitches. Pedroia up.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Sacks jacked for Petey (my vote for nickname).

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Pedroia singles, Hinske and Lugo score.
    7-1
    Papi time.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Maybe we need a poll for the nickname.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Two more runs. This game just became a laugher, and Pedroia’s 3-for-3. He’s quickly moving himself into the “prohibitive favorite” category for ROY.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Papi singles, bases juiced again. The RBI leader is up.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • I would consider Int Walking Lowell to get to Drew.
    bases loaded, no bases loaded.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Hey, BostonRAW. Here’s the exact quote, from “an AL executive.”
    “[Daisuke] Matsuzaka is a very good pitcher and competitor, but he’s showing signs that the long season is beginning to take its toll.”

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Towers up in the Toronto pen.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Well, it’s not a hit, but it’s two runs, and I’ll take it.
    And J.D. Drew gets in on the act!

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Lowell safe on the error. Ellsbury and Pedroia score, Papi to third.
    9-1

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Second SAC fly of the night for Drew.
    10-1

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • “Twelve of the $103 million pitcher’s starts have come on four days’ rest, when he’s 5-6 with a 4.56 ERA. Thirteen have come on five days’ rest (7-4, 3.52 ERA), and two on six or more days of rest (1-1, 2.08 ERA, 18 strikeouts in 13 innings)”
    It doesn’t take a mensa member to reach a conclusion, given those numbers. I support a pre-playoff rotation of Beckett, Dice, Schill, Wake and Lester. I’d also like to see Hansack called up for some pro action in a fill-in role, as Buchholtz is on the fence for IP.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Not to argue, but this is a quote from the manager who sees him everyday “but while Francona indicated Matsuzaka could get a little bit extra rest with Buchholz’s presence, he said, “To me, he looks like there’s plenty left. He looks like a guy we can lean on later in the year”

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • We need to slaughter the Toronto pen tonight.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • I think we’re talking past each other, RAW. I’m not disputing that Matsuzaka is better on longer rest; those numbers are clear. But the contention of that partisular executive was that Matsuzaka is showing signs of wear, which just doesn’t hold up, absent some scouting reports I don’t know about.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • So Francona is saying he doesn’t believe Matsuzaka is tiring, if I read that quote right. “He looks like there’s plenty left.”

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Great inning from the Sox. Finally, some run support for perhaps the unluckiest starter in the AL this year.
    Time to walk the dog…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Hill singles to leadoff

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • This from LoHud Yanks:
    “Roger Clemens was not available after the game as he was sent to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia for an MRI on his right elbow.
    According to Joe Torre, Clemens felt “grabbing” in the fourth inning.
    The Yankees were aware that Clemens had some issues with his elbow but that had been case before this season. “We checked twice with him before the game,” Torre said.
    At a minimum, Clemens will miss his next start. Mike Mussina is being lined up for that.”
    A 46 year old power pitcher with arm problems? Who could have anticipated THAT?

    Ayuh - SF September 3, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Oh, my bad. I thought some were pointing out that Dice may be done this year because he has pitched too much. Obviously, I disagree with that.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Good thing the Yanks invested all that money for a .500 pitcher with arm problems in September…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Crisp doubles, Hinske plunked.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Lugo singles to load them up. Ellsbury up.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Lugo singles. Plugged up for Jacoby.

    SF September 3, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • According to Joe Torre, Clemens felt “grabbing” in the fourth inning.
    Same feeling that Steinbrenner has on his wallet right now from the Hendricks brothers and Rogah…

    SF September 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • JD @ $15m or the Entitled One at whatever ungodly amount he will make in 2007?
    I may be biased but I’ll take the former every day and twice on Sundays.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • RAW, when you say “JD” do you mean Johnny Damon or JD Drew?

    Atheose September 3, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Ellsbury strikes out.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • >According to Joe Torre, Clemens felt “grabbing” in the fourth inning.
    Same feeling that Steinbrenner has on his wallet right now from the Hendricks brothers and Rogah…
    Classic. How do you do italics on that?

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Pedroia hits into a FC, Crisp out at home.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Drew. Damon, along with Petey, was a great call by Theo

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • I don’t mean to sound greedy being up 10-1. But when you load the bases and have no outs, you should score some runs.

    rob September 3, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Caught the tail end of an in-depth program aired recently over here focusing on Daisuke’s “troubles”–for many Japanese fans anything less than a Cy Young is considered sub-par season for the rookie. Daisuke during his interview, on the other hand, seemed realistic and upbeat. Realistic in that he understands there is a whole lot still to learn and adjust to and that he is still very much in the midst of the initial baby-steps. Upbeat because he’s enjoying himself and hasn’t been (too much) a burden on the team. His biggest problem is not fatigue, he’s a stud, but rather still needing to adjust to differences in the ball and the mound. The hard American mound remains perhaps the major hurdle. In Japan his lead foot would land and slide a good ways before digging in. No slide and buty with the American mounds over there, just stick. For Matsuzaka its like he is suddenly pitching on asphalt as opposed to sand. Look for him to make a few major adjustments during the off-season and for the rest of this season continue tweaking as best he can while gutting it out.

    kyoto September 3, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Thanks Kyoto, I wonder how they perceive Daisuke’s season here.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Stairs walks to start the inning.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Rios singles, Stairs to third.
    I wonder if all of these long innings are starting to effect Daisuke?

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • infield hit for frank thomas……i wonder how many times that sentence has been uttered.

    sf rod September 3, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Thomas reaches on an infield single. Stairs scores.
    Runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • and remy let’s me know big frank has had 8 IH this year alone. no more wondering for me.

    sf rod September 3, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • >>infield hit for frank thomas……i wonder how many times that sentence has been uttered.
    Everyone must have fallen/slipped trying to make the play.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Wheels are spinning now. Glaus with the three run jack to cut the score to 10-5.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Delcarmen up in the pen.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Dice-K with another one of his “meltdown” innings.

    SoxFan September 3, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Ouch. Daisuke with some issues in my absence.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Upbeat because he’s enjoying himself and hasn’t been (too much) a burden on the team.
    Yeah, not too much of a drag as one of the best 15 pitchers in the league… ;-)
    Although he’s in danger of putting the Jays right back in this game, and I would rather see him pulled than that happen.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Handshake agreement to get Pap’s another save ;)

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • >>I don’t mean to sound greedy being up 10-1. But when you load the bases and have no outs, you should score some runs.
    Well call me greedy. Of course after I posted that is when the Jays start going off.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • The omni-present pattern for Daisuke this season: pitches fairly well but for one “meltdown” inning during which he is usually tagged for a home run or two and loses the strike zone. I’ve noticed a trigger to his sucking is when he feels he doesn’t get a close call. Or the cumulation of a lot of borderline calls on his psych. He starts to sulk a bit. Needs to toughen up a bit IMO. But one can’t underestimate the psychological damage Davidson (the worse umpire in the world) did to the whole Japanese nation during last years big international brouhaha. Daisuke included. Maybe he gets flashbacks.

    kyoto September 3, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Refresh my memory about Davidson last year… I don’t recall your reference.

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Why do I have a feeling that the Blue Jays will end up tying the game in this inning?

    SoxFan September 3, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • And thanks for the analysis on Matsuzaka. I haven’t seen many of his games this year, and I was just wondering what the pattern of his meltdowns have been. His bad innings are regular enough that I figured they must belie some ongoing quirk. If you’re right, I hope it can get ironed out sometime before next season.

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Really distressing. Just tuned in for this half-inning. From 10-1 to 10-8 and likely more. Jeez.

    Devine September 3, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Eric Gagne will also likely figure prominently sometime later in this game–and not in a positive way.

    Anonymous September 3, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • And thanks for the analysis on Matsuzaka, kyoto. I haven’t seen many of his games this year, and I was just wondering what the pattern of his meltdowns have been. His bad innings are regular enough that I figured they must belie some ongoing quirk. If you’re right, I hope it can get ironed out sometime before next season.

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Wow, what a brutal inning. I’ve always felt Javier Lopez is a bit overrated — great ERA despite awful hit and walk totals. And he pours gasoline all over that fire. Now Delcarmen’s got to get two outs and keep the Jays from tying…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • sorry for the double post. my bad, with an assist from typepad.

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Trades the run for the out. 10-9 with two down. Holy crap. Without a doubt, the Sox’ worst inning of the year … and they’re still ahead!

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Oh, Rob, itals are donw by using the html code in the text. < i > to open the line you want to italicize, and < /i > (without the spaces)to close it. Just don’t forget the closing line or you’ll italicize everything posted after your comment!

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • World Baseball Classic. U.S. vs. Japan. Man on third for Japan, late innings, need a run to go ahead. Sac fly, runner tags up and gets home. If memory serves it was close at home. But clearly safe. Davidson (who I’m not even sure was the 3rd base umpire, but my memory is foggy) says the runner left the bag early and calls the third out of the inning. U.S. wins. Davidson also blew a call (if my memory serves) that gave a win to the U.S. over Mexico. Anyway. Bad calls. As replays showed. Davidson became the poster child for injustice, American hegemony, evil, you name it.

    kyoto September 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Giving up 8 runs (so far) in an inning with a 10-1 lead?
    Sounds like the Yankee bullpen the previous few years.

    SoxFan September 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Thank God for Manny… Delcarmen.
    Could use more runs now.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • The Red Sox finally get the 3rd out!!!
    So does Manny D. pitch the 7th, Okajima the 8th, and Papelbon the 9th?
    Do do you go with (gulp) Eric Gagne next?

    SoxFan September 3, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Thank goodness Josh Towers is pitching. Lowell with another hit.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Again, thanks for the recap kyoto. If Japan hadn’t gone on to win the tournament, that would definitely have made an even worse impression on everyone. That’s sort of the lot one makes with a short tourney like that – bad calls (or performances) are going to be all the more infamous.

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Drew with the double! Second and third, no outs. The Sox must score a run, possibly two, here.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Tek comes through! RBI single opens some breathing room again.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Did Drew get held at third there? Or was the ball too sharply hit for him to score?

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Whoa, I go away at 10-1 to watch a recorded episode of “Ace of Cakes” and all hell breaks loose. WTF?!

    SF September 3, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Thanks Paul
    Stepped away for a moment and BOOM, everything blew up.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • SF – Obviously, the Sox are lobbying for your undivided attention in the future.

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Thankfully, we can once again blame the Red Sox’ suckitude on SF. Awesome.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Squeeze play? Nice!

    FenSheaParkway September 3, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Crisp with the small-ball sac bunt. That’s about the only way I’d approve of a sac bunt, if it directly results in a run or if the batter is so awful, you know it’s going to be more productive than swinging…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Winning did ease things up a bit, but the hatred for Davidson continues with a vengeance. You gotta remember that for Japan the WBC was a really big deal with everyone watching it on t.v.. Front-page on the newspapers. Bobby Valentine helped calm things down a bit, noting that Davidson had always sucked and was always looking for attention. A few weeks ago when the Yankees and Detroit played until dawn Davidson was behind the plate and sucking as usual. The media here had a field day.

    kyoto September 3, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Also moves the runner into scoring position, the bunt! Quite productive for the first out of the inning.
    Hinske, though…well, he walks. Not bad at all. DP set up, of course.

    Devine September 3, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Every Sox batter has a hit. Seven of nine have scored runs. Sox of nine have driven runs in. Not shabby.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Hehe, six of nine. Not “Sox.”

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Ellsbury needs to knock some runs in here.

    rob September 3, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Ha! A balk scores Varitek, the EIGHTH batter to score a run for the Sox.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • A balk is called. And Mr. Balk Davidson isn’t even in the ballpark.

    kyoto September 3, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Good thing the Yankees lost today, otherwise I’d be ripping my hair out. The best-in-baseball bullpen just does not want to win this game, I guess…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • “That’s Mike Lowell. He’s so hot right now.”
    3-for-4, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI (101 on the season)

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • This game is still in the 7th inning. It will never end.

    SoxFan September 3, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Tek with the infield single loads the bases. If Crisp gets on, it’ll leave Papi as the only Sox batter not to have reached base twice tonight.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Ok, count me among those who are wondering WTF Okajima is doing going 1 2/3 after pitching yesterday. Tito is better than this.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Yes. I am not OK with that move.

    Jackie (SF) September 3, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Jeebus, wha’happened? I stopped following the game when the Sox went up 10-1, now I check back in figuring it must be almost over to find that DiceK cr@pped the bed and it’s a 13-10 game (too close for comfort, giving that a nine-run lead disappeared in an inning).

    Hudson September 3, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Hudson, more accurately, Matsuzaka and Javier Lopez crapped the bed. Had Lopez done his job, Matsuzaka would have given up four runs in the inning, maybe five. But Lopez was abominable (as you can see by the 2 ER in 0.0 IP line)…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Tito must have wanted to send a positive message to Timlin. Odd way to do so, but whatever – it worked… somewhat.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Should any thought be given, even now, to staying away from Paps? I mean. Hill, Zaun, Olmedo, the first two aren’t exactly pushovers, but with a 3-run lead and Oki almost certainly unavailable tomorrow (and MDC probably too, with 27 pitches today), do you use him in this situation? See if Timlin has another in him? Snyder? Bryan Corey?

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Too late, now more of a hypothetical question obviously.

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • I thought for a sec that Tito was going to run Timlin for the save but I guess not.
    Might as well have Pap’s get used to consecutive pitching appearances. Once the playoffs hit he should be seeing plenty of them.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • I guess it’s one of those, Quo, do you save him for the game you may win tomorrow, or make sure you win the game you’re winning today?

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • I’m not concerned about him pitching consecutive days. If a save opp. comes up tomorrow, with Gagne’s mini-injury, Timlin is probably on the top of the chart in terms of available pitchers.

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • True, Paul. Just felt like Paps today could’ve been overkill, tomorrow more likely to have a 2-1 type score as the final.

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • “Quo, do you save him for the game you may win tomorrow, or make sure you win the game you’re winning today”
    I guess the best answer to that is if you’re given a 9 point lead you don’t blow it.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • I guess the best answer to that is if you’re given a 9 point lead you don’t blow it.
    Heh. This is the correct answer, I suppose.

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Assuming Papelbon gets this final out, Matsuzaka’s gonna win a game in which he gave up seven earned runs. Crazy game, this baseball. Guess that makes up for losing 1-0 to the M’s early in the season…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Two Ks and a popout. Dominant.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Papelbon ends it.
    Such a shame that a laugher had to become a nail-biter, meaning the pen is spent instead of rested for the rest of the week.

    Hudson September 3, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • By the way. The Dustin Pedroia nickname extravaganza? Gizmo, from “Gremlins”. I have “photographic representation” if need be.

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Thank goodness it’s September. I expect we’ll see Bryan Corey tomorrow. Which is cool. I like him.
    A seven-game lead again. Sure is nice of the Yanks to keep losing like this.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • 7 up (not that I’m concerned)
    Good blog, guys. I look forward to your play-by-play over the coming weeks.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Paul — I can see from the game log that Lopez did indeed contribute mightily to the 8-run debacle in the sixth… But given that DiceK’s inning consisted of the following, I’d say he deserved all the runs he was charged with:
    [Matzuzaka pitching]
    Walk
    Single
    Single
    Homer
    Single
    * Fly-out
    Single
    [Lopez in]
    Single
    Walk
    Double
    [MDC in]
    * Ground-out
    * Line-out

    Hudson September 3, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • My suggestion for Pedroia:
    PED
    Simple. And as in, every ball hit his way he dispenses.
    :)

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • lol, Only one problem with that, RAW (and great to have you aboard, btw): PED has other connotations, as well…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Sorry to keep rambling here but I’m lost. How does Dice get credited with a win tonight?
    Can anyone explain this?

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • No argument there, Hudson. I just don’t like Lopez very much. :-P I still think David Riske would have contributed more to the Sox than him, but meh. That’s a ship long since sailed.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • LOL I just got that!
    PED is out!

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • RAW, he went more than five innings, and he left with a lead that the Sox never lost.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • On a happier note, the restoration of Boston’s lead to 7 games with 24 left to play (magic number: 18) means the Sox’s grip on first place is tightening fast. Even another sweep by the Yankees (heaven forfend) is theoretically sustainable.
    I’d just like to see the Yankees out of the playoffs altogether, especially given Boston’s miserable performance vs. the Andy-Rahja-Wang trio.

    Hudson September 3, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • No doubt. After that series, I’ve decidedx I’d least like to face the Yanks in the playoffs. The Sox have held their own or even excelled against every other team (and every other team’s best pitching) this season…

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Paul, though Lopez may have stunk tonight, why do you dislike him so much?
    Only Oki, Paps and Little Manny have lower ERAs on the Sox pitching staff (excluding Mr. Clay Buchholz, whose sample size is a little small, though his legend already looms large).

    Hudson September 3, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • is dick-k ok, or was this “just one of those games”?…i didn’t get to see much of it, and he was already out…i did see that his control was good [mostly strikes]…

    dc September 3, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • “he went more than five innings, and he left with a lead that the Sox never lost”
    I guess I do not understand the rules of a W because I thought if the lead he had was relinquished later the W was passed on to another.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • No, the Sox went from a 10-1 lead to a 10-9 lead and then scored more to boost it to 13 runs, RAW. So he still got the win.

    Paul SF September 3, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • sheesh, i am tired…mentioned on the yankee thread that i helped my daughter move this weekend…please correct “dick-k” to “dice-k”…that was not intentional, but sorry anyway…

    dc September 3, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • There’s some talk about him hitting the wall, as he’s already made more starts this season then he would over an entire year in Japan. He’s also near the league-leaders in pitches per outing, I think, and obviously adjusting to a new throwing schedule. Not sure if that’s something the Sox are talking about or just the media, though. And it’s not so much injury as simple fatigue, if it’s anything at all.

    Josh SF (D1) September 3, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • I’ll admit to not especially being thrilled with playing the Yanks but, then again, considering the alternative? Who would that be? Maybe Seattle, who only until last series did the SOX tame the demon at Safeco after, what, 9 straight losses?
    Or Detroit with 2 lefties and Verlander? Ouch
    Let’s be real here. The Yanks are a FAR better team at home than on the road so I would not get all worked up about playing them because “of what happened last series”. I will absolutely state that I’d rather it be them than Detroit.
    Yanks @ home 45-27
    Yanks on road 31-35
    Wang @ The Fens – 4.76 2.12
    Pettitte @ The Fens – 5.4 1.63
    Games @ The Fens – the majority of them :)

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • I don’t want the Yankees in the playoffs. It’s not because I’m afraid of the Sox facing them in the playoffs.
    It’s because I want each of them sitting at home, watching on TV, glad that their cut of $200M can at least pay for a nice 60+” flat screen with HD capability.
    I think they hold on to the WC anyway, but I can dream right?

    QuoSF September 3, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • They appear mentally exhausted, have this Seattle series to finish and then 3 @ Boston, 6 against Balt, who apparently have their number, and 15 of their last 24 on the road where they suck.
    In other words, it would be real classy if you should send NY the October TV guide :)
    I don’t think they make it.

    BostonRAW September 4, 2007, 12:08 am
  • you are mean quo
    b-raw…you’ve seen too much baseball to trust the numbers and trends…as you describe it, the yanks chances look slim, and i don’t disagree…they are doing their best to blow the wild card…i actually think they’ll sneak in though, but it doesn’t matter really…they will exit early again this year because they just aren’t good enough, consistent enough, or “tough” enough to grind through multiple rounds of playoffs…

    dc September 4, 2007, 8:09 am

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