Nickwatch, Part 6: Sox-A’s Gamer II

Josh Beckett goes for something only three other Red Sox pitchers have done since the Retrosheet era began in 1957, and what only seven Sox pitchers have done, period — start a season 6-0 in six starts.

  • Roger Moret began 1973 as a reliever/spot starter. He started the season 11-0 in 11 starts — but one of those wins came in relief, and an August no-decision snapped his string at seven wins in seven consecutive starts from the beginning of the season. He finished the year 13-2 in 15 starts and 30 games.
  • Ike Delock was similar, starting the 1958 season in the bullpen and winning four games. He was moved to the roation in late June, where he promptly won his first six starts, four by complete game, to run his record to 10-0. He went 4-8 the rest of the year.
  • Roger Clemens is most famous for his 14 consecutive wins without a loss in 1986, but in 1991, he was nearly as good. He started the season with eight strong innings and a 6-2 win. He followed up with a complete-game, 11-strikeout three hitter. After his fourth start, his ERA was a microscopic 0.28. When he finally lost in his seventh start, a hard-luck 4-3 defeat in which he gave up two runs in eight innings, his ERA was up to 0.95. Hard luck followed Clemens to an 18-10 record.

When you consider that Moret and Delock both started their seasons in the pen — and won games there — before moving to the rotation, it’s safe to say Roger Clemens is the only Red Sox pitcher in the last 40 years to truly begin the season (not just his season as a starter) with six winning starts. Beckett looks to tie him tonight; he’ll face the punchless Athletics, who nevertheless punched around two of the Sox’ pen’s most reliable members last night.

In opposition is Chad Gaudin, who looked good in his first four starts before imploding against the Devil Rays. Here’s hoping the Red Sox rebound quickly and help give Beckett another slice of Red Sox history. Comment away!

Red Sox

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

SP – Josh Beckett

A’s

1. Shannon Stewart, LF
2. Mark Ellis, 2B
3. Eric Chavez, 3B
4. Mike Piazza, DH
5. Dan Johnson, 1B
6. Bobby Crosby, SS
7. Travis Buck, RF
8. Jason Kendall, C
9. Ryan Langerhans, CF

SP – Chad Gaudin

Drew returns to the lineup, Cora replaces Pedroia, and Papelbon will not be used tonight. Also, Hideki Okajima is the AL Rookie of the Month for April. Well deserved.

217 comments… add one
  • Too bad Captain America’s still out. Ah well.

    Lar May 2, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • “Too bad Captain America’s still out”
    …I don’t get it…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Me neither… Coming from a Yankee fan, no lie, I thought he was talking about Jeter. But seeing as how this is the Sox thread, I really have no clue…

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Nick Swisher?

    Michael May 2, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • Actually, brain fart. For some reason, I thought that was Swisher’s nick, but it was actually Eric Byrnes. D’oh!

    Lar May 2, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • One of the great things about baseball (among lots of great things) is that after an awful, hard-luck regular season loss, you get to play again in the next day or two and try to redeem yourself (or at least, you know, the players do).
    Oh man, I hope they f***ing kick the s*** out of the A’s. I hope Beckett goes 8 with 17K and the Sox hit seven home runs in a row or something (you’re hard-pressed for an encore once you’ve done 4 in a row, after all).

    Devine May 2, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • Devine – isn’t that a bit of an overkill? =P It’s not like you just lost your “pitcher of the future” or anything..

    Lar May 2, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • Lar…I don’t normally consider myself a vengeful person (and yes, you have a right to feel more vengeful, realistically), and normally for me as well, any win is great (1-0, 5-3, 18-1, whatever). Tonight, for whatever reason, I’d like to see them get slaughtered.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 6:40 pm
  • Well, if Ortiz and Manny hits 3 HR a piece, I wouldn’t mind that at all!

    Lar May 2, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • I know the feeling, Lar. Cano is my fantasy team second baseman.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Beckett gets his first K on the first batter.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • That’s why I can’t do fantasy leagues. I HATE having to root for an opposing player.

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Uneventful (the good kind) 1st for Beckett.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Real efficient inning for Beckett. 8 pitches. Nice.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • 1-2-3, 8 pitches; 1 k, 1 popup, 1 groundout. Team could use a laugher…against someone besides the Yanks.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Nice. Eight-pitch inning kicks it off…

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • At least Lugo took some pitches. Better than anyone last night.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Lugo grounds out weakly to short. Some chick in the audience is really fricken loud…or she’s right next to one of the mics.
    Youk hits one kinda hard down the 3b line and Eric Chavez makes a nice play on it. Two down on eight pitches…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Jays with an early lead against the Indians.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • I don’t suppose this game is somehow on TV and I missed it?

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • There we go, Papi! He’s so hot right now.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Hahaha, Ortiz smokes a liner to left…Stewart has a play on it, hits it with his glove, hits it again with his bare hand, and it falls in for a surprising double. Tough play.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • It’s on NESN, Paul

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Manny just misses one. He’s still not right…deep fly to the dirt near the CF triangle for the last out.

    Anonymous May 2, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Well, duh. lol. I meant someplace that’s not blacked out on my TV. :-P

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Anon was d1…testing…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Man, we think we have it bad. Those averages along the right hand side for the A’s are NOT pretty.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Wow, Johnson takes it for a ride to the deepest part of the park.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Boston pitchers take note: Don’t miss with a fastball to Dan Johnson. Long, loud out…got away with a bad one there.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Another ground out. 2 innings done on 18 pitches.
    Now score some damn runs!! It’s Chad GAUDIN!

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Nice couple of innings. 18 pitches for 6 outs… Niiice.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • I’m stuck on a conf call so I’m using Gameday — can’t tell you how much I appreciate the extra info you guys are providing!

    rootbeerfloat May 2, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Hehe, we’re on the same wavelength tonight, d1.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Well, Gaudin is giving up his share of fly balls. Now we just need some of them to find walls…

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Gaudin misses badly on 3 straight pitches to begin Drew’s ab. Wind is doing really weird things to the ball; A’s CF started out drifting back towards the track before suddenly sprinting in to make a running catch. Drew had a pitch to hit there…still not swinging the bat well.
    Lowell hits another one to the warning track in dead CF. Gaudin’s getting away with a lot right now, possibly thanks to the wind blowing in towards the INF. This is either gonna be a very frustrating game for SF’s to watch, or he’s going to start getting shelled in short order. (Or he settles down…you know, one of the three…)
    Varitek hits a hard grounder up the middle and beats out the throw.
    Crisp rips a GB single past Chavez, who was in close to respect the bunt.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • GameDay brain farts and tells me Tek hits the ball in play “out(s)”, and it ends up being an infield single…
    And Crisp gets another single. Is it too soon to talk about what a better year he’s having than Johnny Damon? ;-)

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • I would say so, Paul. I imagien Damon will eventually go on the DL, get fixed up and be back to ol Johnny. Crisp.. may or may not someday become the Crisp we paid for.
    And COra groundsout… we gotta fix this RISP problem.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Cora strands the runners with a groundout. Blech. Pedroia woulda brought em home… :-)

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Cora grounds out to first; the only pitch Gaudin has that seems to be the least bit effective is the sinker, which Cora just pounded into the dirt. Looked like the best pitch he’s thrown so far. I hate benching Pedroia…
    “And Crisp gets another single. Is it too soon to talk about what a better year he’s having than Johnny Damon? ;-)”
    Yep. Heh…he’s hitting a terrifying number of GB’s right now–52.7%–but thanks to speed/good luck, he’s getting away with it. LD% is actually lower then it was last season at a fairly pathetic %10.9; that number needs to improve, and fast.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Indians pitcher just went out in the second with some sort of injury. This is looking like a tough one for them, I fear. That makes it a must win for us.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • how bad are we RISP-wise than other teams?

    rootbeerfloat May 2, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • 2nd pitch of the Kendall ab was a nasty changeup; followed it up with two heaters, the second one painting the outside corner, perfectly. Pretty.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Is that 9 up, 9 down for Beckett?

    Devine May 2, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Haha, Pavano shut himself down again…
    Another weak groundout to end the inning. Beckett’s been pretty good so far…best part, 4 outs have come on the ground, and only one of the 3 flyouts actually left the infield.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • HAH, d1, only one of the Sox’s games could be considered a laugher. The depleted Yankees were in each and every other game.
    Such vitriol!

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • “Is that 9 up, 9 down for Beckett?”
    Yes…shhhhh! Heh…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Pavano again? Ok.. something is seriously wrong with that guys head. I don’t doubt that alot of his early injuries WERE real, but nwo I wonder if he’s so afraid of reinjury that he’s jumping at shadows.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • …wow, relax, Andrew. Christ. I’ll take those rate stats any day of the weak; 9 series out of 10 and the score isn’t even close.
    Lugo walks again.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Where’d you get the info on Pavano, d1? Its not on yankees.com and I fear I am poorly informed for yankee news locations

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Yeah, Pavano’s a weakling. Apparently Ron Guidry keeps trying to tell him there’s a difference between discomfort and pain. I guess pretty boys don’t understand.
    Meanwhile, Wang threw in the bullpen and is good to go for Saturday – they’re pushing his start back a day. Who the hell knows what the Yanks will get from Igawa and pitcher X, but that’s pretty much been the story all season. I just keep telling myself at least we don’t have to deal with Tim Redding and Darrell May. Or Runelvys Hernandez.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • I never knew that Bubba Crosby was such a defensive liability- that was an ATROCIOUS throw by him.

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Yet ANOTHER steal for Lugo.
    Arer we sure these are the Red Sox?

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Agreed, Dio. He said he “felt something” in his forearm and shut himself down. Unreal.
    Lugo steals 2nd; he’s 9/9 this season. Youkilis grounds weakly to SS, tough play for Crosby, who doesn’t charge hard enough and doesn’t make a good throw; goes as an infield single. My God does he suck.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • A fantastic first trip through the lineup for Beckett. 29 pitches, 19 for strikes, two strikeouts, only one ball hit for any distance at all.
    (That last comment a victim of Captcha).
    I asolutely love the way the Sox are using Lugo. Nine steals, none caught. For the season now, 14 steals, two times caught. That’s a far better strategy than the run-at-all-costs “small-ball” crap espoused by the ESPN talking heads…

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Productive out from the big man.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • I’d love a link on the Pavano thing, d1. Just so I can read it and.. well, I’m not sure what I’d do. I think I’d giggle.. but I almost feel bad for a guy that messed up in the head.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Dio, I just flipped to rotoworld for the hell of it; it linked to a story at LOHUD.
    Ortiz lunges at a sinker away and beats out the DP. Manny up; 2-0 count, neither pitch anywhere near the zone. Rips a hard groundball down the line, Chavez gets a glove on it to save the double, but can’t come up with it. It goes as a single.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Gaudin drops the ball by accident while he’s on the rubber. Balk, runners on 2nd and 3rd. BIG break.
    http://yankees.lohudblogs.com/ Dio. Second story right now.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Another infield single for the Red Sox this time by ManRam. I wonder if its another ‘error ruled a hit’ (not listenign tot he audio) but either way… anythign that raises his BA.
    Now lets see if Drew can work his way out of his slump here.
    Whoa. Balk. Unfortunatly, Papis slow so a ground out wont score him.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Maybe the dude just hates baseball…it’s not like anyone will EVER hire him again. He got his payday, maybe that’s all he wanted.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Oh jesus. Maybe they think it’s a pattern – give the Red Sox every chance they can to win, and while they’re comfortable strike when they least expect it!
    It won’t work.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • And Drew strikes out. Great work. Your hot start is starting to be forgotten.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Drew foul tips a changeup Gaudin left at the letters for strike 2. Looks AWFUL on the 2-2 changeup, which was a good one low and out of the zone.
    Up to Lowell, after Drew wastes a gift from the pitcher. F*cking sh*t.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Dio…that ball was SLAPPED…was it called an infield single? That’s kinda weird…don’t know if the 3rd baseman had a play, but it rolled off into the outfield pretty far (I’m guessing off a glove or something).

    Devine May 2, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Wow..anyone see Gaudin’s pitch count?

    Rob May 2, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • I just had a terrifying thought.
    What if Drew is injured? And thats why his so cold? Oh god.. I think I just threw up a little.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • And Lowell strikes out (but he’s been reliable so I’m not angry at him)
    RISP rears its ugly head again. We should have gotten a lot more out of that inning. I bet Beckett is PISSED.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Lowell waves at a good slider. This team wastes SO MANY F*CKING opportunities. CHRIST.
    On the plus side, Gaudin’s already up to 56 pitches and he’s only through the third inning. But ah, that’s not much consolation since the Oakland pen is…good.
    Heh, wouldn’t worry about Drew being hurt, Dio. Though he is still sick, I think. MO on him has always been that he takes himself out when he’s achy; I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I think that’s what I’ve heard.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Three straight breakers? Who is this man?

    Brad May 2, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Boston’s batting .272 W/RISP coming into tonight; 4th in the AL and above the team BA of .260. Weird, because it definitely doesn’t feel that way…
    Beckett gets Ellis waving at a nasty curve. Finishes it up with a weak grounder to 2nd; 37 pitches through four.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Beckett’s been, you know, pretty good through 4.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Yep. He’s been OK.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • No it doesn’t, d1. Not at all.. btw, what do you use for your stats source? baseball-reference is an enigma for me to navigate

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • First two pitches to Tek were very good, low changeups; nothing he could do with either. (2nd one might have been a breaking ball, couldn’t tell…)
    Gaudin misses badly with his fastball twice in a row to even the count at 2-2. Tek swings over what looked like another changeup for the harmless groundout…it was away enough to keep him off balance but high enough that he probably could have done something with it…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • ESPN is your friend, Dio. That site is a monument of baseball statistic greatness.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Good news on the Sox, they are working the count more tonight, even when they get outs.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • but, Andrew.. its.. its.. ESPN… they employ Joe Morgan…

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Bookmark this one, Dio:
    http://tinyurl.com/29jfpm
    Most useful think ESPN has available. For individual stats, thehardballtimes.com is great.
    Coco smokes a linedrive to CF…and Langerhans closes his glove too early. He hit it hard but that should have been an out; instead, Coco’s on 2nd.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Stats are one of the few things ESPN.com does very well…
    Still love Baseball Reference though. Their Play Index (which I used for this post) is a wonder…

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Haha Dio, I doubt very much that Joe Morgan has anything to do with numbers. He doesn’t really believe in them himself, you know.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • It’s a lot easier to work that count against a guy who doesn’t throw strikes- last night, Blanton threw 70% strikes.

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • “Most useful think”
    Meant “thing,” heh. Can we all accept that Alex Cora was just in the midst of a hot streak and is not the long-term answer at 2B now? F*cking Francona has such a mancrush on that dude…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Lugo with the most clutch hit (that I can remember) of his short Red Sox career! Great piece of hitting; fastball way up and in and he gets the good part of the bat on it anyway, sending a nice liner to center for the RBI. 2-0 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Lugo! Drives Coco home, 2-0 Sox! I’m really enjoying having Lugo at short, as opposed to Gonzalez…

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • d1 – you can argue they *must* be that way, since they don’t feel like they’re doing much hitting.. but they’re been winning a bunch or games!

    Lar May 2, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • All this speed is REALLY paying off between Lugo and Crisp

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • “It’s a lot easier to work that count against a guy who doesn’t throw strikes- last night, Blanton threw 70% strikes.”
    Yeah…Blanton threw a very good game last night. Far better then the 4 ER and all those hits would indicate. This guy, meanwhile, has come very close to a good 3-4 HBP and has no idea where his FB is going, most of the time.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • 3-1 look for lugo to run on this count.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Everyone know what time it is?

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • ..First pitch swinging. God DAMN it Papi. You know better than that!

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • I hate it when Papi swings at the first pitch when it’s clear the pitchr cannot throw strikes… It seems he does that a lot. Sometimes it works out. Usually it doesn’t.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Ortiz with an ugly ab, hitting the first pitch he sees hard, but on the ground and into the shift. What a waste; first time at the plate tonight he looked good, last two he’s looked terrible. I feel like this Gaudin guy might be tougher on lefties then righties, or maybe it’s just a coincidence that Drew, Tek, Ortiz, and Cora have all seemed to struggle the most.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • EIGHTY pitches through four for Gaudin. Not good for him — or for the Sox, really. I’d rather face him a few more innings than the A’s bullpen.

    Paul SF May 2, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Although I agree with you Paul, seeing Agon bat .333 with 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, including 5 doubles and a tripple just makes my ass itch.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Umm… Trot Nixon looks to be having BETTER numbers than Drew at the moment. .295, 2 HRs, 8 RBI

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • AHHHHH!!!! There goes the perfect game.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Was that as lame a basehit as I think it was? I had this mental image of Piazza breaking it up so I went to the bathroom and missed it…heh.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • *sigh* Yep, Lockland. Too bad. I’ll settle for the W though… and MORE FREAKIN RUNS.
    Stupid Men left on base… way too high.. grumble.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Oh god.. oh no…

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • God f*cking dammit. Hits it with the handle of the bat, but hard enough to get by Lowell for a really f*cking uncomfortable looking double.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Nasty curve to get Crosby swinging; another curve just misses outside as Beckett falls behind Putnam 1-0.
    Now 3-2. A walk here wouldn’t really be a bad thing with the catcher coming up, gets the DP in order.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Wow- Beckett showed me something there with 2 K’s after giving up those dinky hits

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Wow. BALLSY F*CKING PITCHING!!! ANOTHER big hook on a 3-2 count and he buries it; Putnam looks silly.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Its a freakin monsoon in Texas. Rain in sheets, tornados… insanity.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • And then that happens. Good pitch, but Kendall bloops it over the f*cking infield. And since Boston’s offense has decided to make Beckett be perfect tonight, looks like he’s pretty f*cked.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • You are really unhappy about baseball sometimes, huh, d1? (Me too.)

    Devine May 2, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • That.. that.. really ticks me off. I’m outta here.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Haha, in between games I’m usually level-headed, even optimistic. During games, not so much. For me, watching someone pitch well and still lose because of a couple of bloops or bleeders is more frustrating then a guy going out there with no stuff and getting hammered. Missed the Piazza single, but the other two hits could have just as easily been outs…I find that frustrating. :-)
    Manny lines a slider over Crosby’s head; lead runner on for the second time. But Drew promptly grounds into a routine DP…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • And it’s the fifth inning, Gaudin came in at 80 pitches, and comes out at 87. Awful.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • I hate that too, d1. The Yankees never (cept for last night, and Jake Westbrook) just finish off a pitcher when they need to. Happened in each Boston game too, pissed the hell out of me when Matsuzaka went out after his disastrous 4th inning and pitched two more. I really really wanted to see the meat of the Boston bullpen for more than 2 innings in 6 games.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • And another 2 out run on another groundball single. Other two singles that inning were smoked, though. This went from a great start start to a mediocre one really quickly.
    Crosby hits a hard grounder to Lowell at 3rd. He decides that he’s sick and tired of Piazza, and opts to dive at him to apply the tag as he slides into third base. Big collision; Lowell’s fine, Piazza’s clutching his shoulder.
    To be fair, Andrew…Boston batted .360ish against NY in the first series and only managed 21 runs. (I forget the numbers for the second series…) Both teams have been pretty bad at putting the final nail in the coffin.
    Good sign…Tek rips one up the middle for a single. Gaudin barely gets out of the way.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Hey d1 – missed most of the game to this point, gonna rely on you for some description – wife’s got control of the tube this eve…

    SF May 2, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Great. Gaudin somehow f*cking escapes this having allowed only runs, ONE earned. (1 guy still on first) Pathetic.
    LHP Jay Marshall in. 4.76 ERA, but a .233 BAA and 1.15 WHIP. Rule 5 pick, kinda like Mike Myers, but not quite as low to the ground.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • What’s the Sox fan’s general opinion on that play at third? It looked pretty rough. He could have just swept the tag, no need to block the bag. Then again, it also looks like Lowell’s momentum just carried him into Piazza?
    Nice double by Coco.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Luck goes both ways. Crisp hits the ball straight down into the dirt next to his foot, and it bounces all the way over Chavez’s head and along the wall. Runners on 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, and Alex Cora up. A really bad matchup for a left-handed hitter.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Somebody drive ’em in, dammit.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • It looked to me like a race to the bag, and both of them are pretty big guys, so it was a rough collision. It’s hard to do a sweep tag when the runner is right in front of you.

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Cora gets it done, grounding to short and tying the ballgame. Gotta say…he’s by far our best situational hitter. Still a guy on third; chance for Lugo to be the hero again.
    Lowell looked like he might have lost his footing a little, and rather then risk not making the play just kinda threw himself into the basepath. Not a dirty play at all; he was as much at risk as Piazza…in fact I expected them both to come up gimpy.
    Lugo smokes a liner to right, which Putnam almost misplays but does hang onto. Sacfly, 4-3 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • The lead!
    Hopefully Josh can set them down quietly. Please?

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Marshall hits Youk on the 3-2 pitch after coming close once or twice during the ab. He’s really pissed about it, too; not so much at the pitcher, just looked like it hurt like hell.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • I didn’t mean to accuse Lowell of being dirty. I just caught a quick glimpse of the play and it looked like an accidental collision.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Marshall, who apparently never pitched above A-ball before this season, throws 4 straight balls to Ortiz. Here comes Kiko Calero to face Manny.
    Manny: 1/3 with a homer and a K against Kiko, who’s been hit pretty hard so far this year; .310 BAA.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • I am not watching, but predict Manny will hit one off the third base bag, it will pop up in the air, and instead of a double, the Sox will have the bases loaded.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • On the 0-1 pitch, a nasty slider, Manny can’t hold up, despite the fact that the ball was a good 4 feet outside.
    2 more outside sliders and the count is 2-2. Looks at a hanging breaking ball up and out of the zone…good thing for Calero it wasn’t lower. Full count. Way outside and the bases are juiced for Drew. Terrible game to this point…hopefully he redeems himself. He’s 0/2 lifetime vs Calero.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Redeem yourself, Drew!

    Devine May 2, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Ugh. Not redeemed.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • He’s suffering from viral symptoms.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Not actual “virals”, but symptoms.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Globe:
    a source close to Jon Lester said last night that his three-inning, 63-pitch outing was due to “minor cramping in his left forearm.”
    Lester, who scheduled to throw between 90-100 pitches against the Indianapolis Indians, apparently suffered from discomfort in the forearm area and was not able to snap off his pitches particularly his breaking pitch and change-up which he threw few of.
    The injury did not appear to be serious.

    But good news: he’ll be fresher later in the season!

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Three straight curves and Drew grounds out. Sounds like he might be hearing some boos…
    And another huge opportunity wasted; this team can’t buy a clutch hit. Coming in, team average of .240 w/RISP and two outs, 9th in the AL.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Ouch, truly ugly game for the former to-be Next Big Thing.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Not boos.. droooos. At least that’s what I’d tell myself.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • SF: re Lester, I know a _really_ good strength coach whose dance card just got emptied if you all are looking to do a write in campaign.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • The 2-2 and full count pitches from Josh were just not that sharp.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Langerhans, who’s been about a million times more useless then Doug Miehgdfgjh this year, fouls off three good pitches to stay alive and make sure Beckett can’t go eight. F*cking pain in the ass, works the count full and then walks. F*CK.
    And for some reason, Papelbon is moving around in the bullpen. Which I don’t like very much.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • They’ll put Oki in for the 8th, right? Or has he gone three consecutive games?

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Beckett’s losing it…falls behind Stewart 3-1. Walks him on a borderline pitch…
    I can feel it coming: a seeing-eye single up the middle plates two, and I smash my keyboard in frustration. Heh.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • “They’ll put Oki in for the 8th, right? Or has he gone three consecutive games?”
    Okajima pitched the 27th, 29th, and yesterday. I didn’t see/hear who they said was warming in the pen, besides Papelbon who was just kinda stretching and jogging around a bit.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • I sense a Timlin appearance. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Solid way for Josh to pitch out of that.
    Yankees game is called; doubling up tomorrow.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Well I was wrong…heh. Ellis rung up on four pitches. Beckett’s at 103, so he’s probably done. Not a bad start, but not that special, either considering the offense…

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Kendall: total brain fart.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • BAhahaaha…unreal. Lowell singles, they have the hit and run on but Oakland calls the pitchout. Kendall has Lowell caught between first and second, and charges towards him; Lowell lunges towards second, and should be thrown out easily. Instead, Kendall throws the ball into the dirt and it bounces into the OF. Now Lowell’s on second, 2-0 count to Tek, who hits a soft liner right at the first baseman. Dammit.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • This sounds like a game that would have me scratching my eyes out watching.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Nice picture of Tavarez and Matsuzaka really laughing it up.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Coco hits a hard-line drive, right at Langerhans in CF who manages to glove it this time. Son of a bitch; they’re gonna f*cking strand Lowell on second, and I can’t even get made at anyone since both the outs were fairly loud. Ugh.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • NESN has shown that type of conversation regularly. Apparently the two have hit it off, and Matsuzaka is giving Tavarez pitching lessons. No joke at all.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Why didn’t they bunt Lowell to third? I don’t love the bunt, but that’s an important run right there.
    At least it sounds like Coco is starting to rake a little.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • OK, I just wrested control over the tube, for at least 10 minutes. Come on, Alex!

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Plus, d1, the fact that barring awful defense by Oakland, Lowell should have been out anyway.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Alex!!!

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • No joke meant: it really meant it; it was a great shot.
    Remy: “Tavarez ..I read in the paper today.. is learning the cut fastball from Daisuke.” .. and .. “whatever Tavarez says, he’s got Daisuke laughing”
    There was some more great filler there.
    gerbil = jealous of teams that have *good* announcers.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • There was one out after Tek flied out. A bunt would just have put Lowell on 3rd with 2 out, not a big advantage.
    Remy and Orsillo just referred to Tavarez and Mats as “The Odd Couple”!

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Does Tavarez know some Japanese or does Matsuzaka know Spanish? Or do they just kinda stumble through with English?
    Alan Embree comes in to get the lefty Cora, and runs the count full. Cora makes Francona look smart again, smacking a liner up the middle to plate Lowell.
    …gotta just keep chanting, small sample, small sample, small sample…getting harder to, though.
    “Plus, d1, the fact that barring awful defense by Oakland, Lowell should have been out anyway.”
    Yes, we all know that Boston only scores because the other team rolls over. ;-)

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • it really/ I really

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Here comes Okajima. He’s the Bruney/Proctor/Vizcaino/Henn of the Red Sox.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • There was one out after Tek flied out. A bunt would just have put Lowell on 3rd with 2 out, not a big advantage.
    No, I meant why didn’t they get Lowell to third immediately, not after Tek’s out. And Gerb, I meant that I wasn’t kidding that Daisuke was teaching Julian how to pitch, even though that sounds comical, to a degree.
    I am not sure I love how much Tito is using Hideki, frankly.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Hey, it’s Swisher, bad hammy and all.
    Don’t look now…for some reason, Mike Timlin is warming.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Okajima? I’m confused. If Papelbon is unavailable.. are they planning on Okajima going two? If not, then who pitches the 9th?

    Anonymous May 2, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Well, I imagine Timlin will pitch the ninth if the Sox get there with a lead; no guarantee there with Hideki’s usage. I could easily see this game breaking down a la last night. I don’t feel comfy at all.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • My guess is that Okajima is only in there for the left-hander

    Ayuh - SF May 2, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Does Okajima actually look at the ground when he’s throwing? I don’t think he’s actually looking at the catcher when he releases the ball. Isn’t this abnormal as hell?

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • SF – yeah, I realized my misunderstanding of your comment about 5 seconds after hitting post/

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Oh.. Timlin for the Ninth. I see. Commence vomiting.

    Anonymous May 2, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • “I am not sure I love how much Tito is using Hideki, frankly.”
    I don’t either. I’d hope he gets the next two days off after this.
    Swisher just fouled off two good curves. He doesn’t look as uncomfortable as most. Course, he’s also a very good hitter…works a nine pitch walk.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Poor pitching from Okajima, Chavez worked him well. Okajima up in the zone for a little while, then overdoes it the other way and walks Chavez on two low ones. Not a promising first batter, Chavez saw 10 pitches. I feel very uncomfortable about this game right now.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Okajima walks Chavvy.
    Crikey.

    Rain May 2, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • OK I’m an idiot; that was Chavez at bat. This is Swisher. Whoops.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • SF: re, ground, YES. I saw a close-up vid of his face; he is literally looking at the ground at his release pointl. It is totally bizarre.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Wow, Oki WAY up in the zone. This is not going to end well.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Oh look. Its Nick Swisher.
    More vomiting.

    Anonymous May 2, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Nice DP.
    Oki Wan KaJima.. Use the force, Ben!

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Swisher can’t run with that hammy: 5-4-3 DP on the first really good splitter from Okajima. Phew.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Haha, I’d say that ended pretty well, SF. DP, fantastic pick at first by Youk.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Thank GOD for the DP

    Anonymous May 2, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Double play! Sweet!
    (Hi everybody, Red Sox fan here. :P)

    Rain May 2, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • That 1-1 pitch was very nice, somehow Johnson lays off it.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • And the 2-1 pitch is just as nice, if not better, a splitter that dives into the strike zone. HO goes full on Johnson, let’s see if he can get the third out here with no more trouble…
    and the ump rings up Johnson on a really marginal high strike. Don’t love the call in theory, love it in practice!

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • OKIE, OKIE, OKIE, OY, OY, OY!!!
    OKIE, OKIE, OKIE, OY, OY, OY!!!!
    OKIE, OKIE, OKIE, OY, OY, OY!!!!

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • .. and keeps on laying off it. Pull the trigger!

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • STRIKE 3!!! Okajima = Money

    Anonymous May 2, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Yeah, it ended well, d1, but only after HO finally found the lower half of the strike zone. To that point he was dangerously high.

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Okay, yeah, that called third was pretty high..

    attackgerbil May 2, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Wow. Oki gets the call on a very close pitch high in the strike zone. Big out.
    If Timlin’s coming in, he faces Crosby, Putnam, and Kendall. Possibly Todd Walker if the PH.
    Crosby’s 1/2 against him; Kendall is 1/8 with a K; Putnam’s a rookie; Walker is 2/9. Langerhans, if it gets to him, is 1/1 with a 2B, which doesn’t mean a whole lot.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • OK, I am out – gotta hand the remote back to Mrs. SF.
    Go SOX!!!!

    SF May 2, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Ok.. those blanks are me, sorry.
    So.. cna we score.. like 20 runs here? Cause then I can be comfortable.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • SF, smile brother, considering how much we have been using him, I’m pleased.
    Did you over cook your risotto tonight?

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Is it just me or does Youk get into too many pitcher’s counts?
    Hmm. He walks anyway. Greek God of walks, indeed.

    Rain May 2, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Would feel a whole lot better about Timlin coming in if they could maybe tack another run or two on right about now…
    Good start. Youk walks, reaching base for the fourth time. Apparently the word on Kendall is that he can’t throw guys out anymore, because Youk took off with that pitch, which Ortiz fouled. Ortiz smacks a liner up the middle, which just gets past a diving Chavez.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Ugh. Manny looks at a fat one for strike one, foul tips another belt-high fastball for strike two. Then can’t check his swing on a pitch nowhere near the plate for strike three. Wow.
    Drew with yet another opportunity.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Another K for Manny.. *sigh* Still… he has two hits. So maybe he’s starting to improve.
    And heere is JD “I bet you miss Trot right now” Drew

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Wow, how does Ortiz not score on that?
    I mean, even Ortiz.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Holy Crap! Drew comes through!

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • I don’t miss Trot, for the record. Heh.
    Drew comes through, smacking a liner to RF, scoring Youk. Putnam tries to dive for it and misses, and Ortiz tries to score from first. Perfect relay through from the CF to Ellis to Home to nail him. 6-3 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Papi is slower than Bush at admitting he’s wrong about something…

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Dion, JD Drew is a far better baseball player than Trot, it’s not even a possible argument, don’t get me wrong, I love me some Trot, always did and always will, but come on man, reality.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • They almost score another one on a chopper up the middle, but fortunately for Oakland it’s Mark Ellis fielding the ball and not Crosby. Beats Lowell by a step at first.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Umm.. that didnt come out as I intended. Stupid sickness.
    What I meant was that Papi’s run speed is equivilant to Bush’s ‘admitting he’s wrong’ speed

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • So.. three run lead.. and Timlin.
    I am NOT comfortable.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • True Dion, but I’m certain Bush runs a faster 40 then Papi.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Indeed, lockland.. I beleive CHENEY could run a faster 40 than Papi.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Timlin! What the…
    I was hoping they’d give Paps the chance to avenge himself tonight. Bleah.

    Rain May 2, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • And heeeere’s Timlin.
    Gets ahead of Crosby 1-2, evens at 2-2. Crosby fouls off 3 pitches and Timlin’s bad luck continues. Shatters the sh*t out of Crosby’s bat. Ball hangs in the air and drops behind the mound with crazy spin on it; Lugo’s only shot is barehanded, and he can’t come up with it.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Ok.. this is looking sickeningly familar.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • No with how many pitches he threw, Rain. Plus he may be sick or something. Maybe JD’s virus. That would explain the loss of velocity last night and lack of movement

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • “Indeed, lockland.. I beleive CHENEY could run a faster 40 than Papi.”
    His heart would explode after 20. Heh.
    Rain, Paps threw 35 pitches last night. I really wanna see him again too, but he needs a day off.
    Timlin K’s Putnam swinging on 3 pitches. Kendall hits a liner on Timlin’s first bad pitch of the night, but Crisp makes another AMAZING No. 1 Web-gem catch. 2 down.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Rain, Paps threw 376 pitches in one inning last night, no chance for him tonight.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • And, yet, d1.. still end up faster than Papi… taking into account the time for the abulance to come, pick him up, and drive him the rest of the way… he beats Papi by a step.
    DAMMIT TIMLIN!
    Here goes the game…

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Beck gets the W.
    6-0 in 6.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • But NO! We survive! Sox WIN!
    Now if Toronto loses, all is right with the world.

    Dionysus May 2, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Dion: totally forgot that Paps threw around 30-35 pitches last night?
    Gyah. Defensive indifference, then a single to cut it down.
    But we win. Whew. I thought for a second that we were gonna get blown again.
    Note: They’d better provide some run support for Dice-K tomorrow.

    Rain May 2, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Soft grounder to short to end the game. Timlin still doesn’t look great…maybe my optimism is somewhat misplaced, but I still think he could have something left. Maybe. Hopefully.
    Boston better pound the crap out of Horacio Ramirez. I’d rather have Tavarez in the rotation then him.

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Shame about the way I have to miss the good parts of these games sometimes.
    A “W” is a “W” for Beckett as well.
    Sox…effing…win.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Everyone else in the AL East is under .500 as the Jays lose to the Indians in the bottom of the 11th.
    Cool way for it to end. Shift is on for Hafner. He cues a ball off the end of the bat on the 3-2 pitch and it rolls slowly down the line. Guy on 1st comes all the way around to score.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • PS Shift is like Papi’s, and the ball rolls down the left field line with no one in the area.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • RE: Papi’s shift and whether he should adjust to it (now that I think about it)…it’s certainly possible he could try to hit to the left a little more or lay a bunt down now and then (I love that s***), but on the other hand, his approach gave him 50+ homers last year.
    Big guy, you do whatever you want.

    Devine May 2, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Joe Nathan blows a save tonight, his first of the season.
    Don’t worry about Paps.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 12:54 am

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