No One Serves Coffee, No One Wakes Up: Sox-Rangers Gamer IV

I’m from the city that never sleeps and wakes up very late. Boston is the opposite. Ergo, this very early game, which happens every year. What a tradition. Comment here on all the action.

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  • Man alive, has it been (relatively) quiet on this site so far this season…

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 12:07 pm
  • Thanks for the gamer, Nick.
    Gabbard apparently out with an injury now (from his foot problem last inning?), time to destroy the Rangers bullpen.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:07 pm
  • Nicky is our hero :p

    Anonymous April 21, 2008, 12:09 pm
  • Ellsbury walked! Let the base-stealing begin.
    Yeah stuck, it’s been quiet in the gamers lately. Not sure why, I guess people are just genuinely busy. I’m a lab technician and our work has been slow lately, so I’m lucky I guess.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:09 pm
  • Well that was fast–Ellsbury steals on the first pitch.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:10 pm
  • Pedroia singles! How the hell didn’t Ellsbury score on that? It must have looked like it might have been caught or something. Watching baseball from Gameday alone sucks.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:11 pm
  • UGH!

    TJ April 21, 2008, 12:17 pm
  • Boooooooooo.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:18 pm
  • Wait, what? First Ellsbury doesn’t score from 2nd on Pedroia’s single, then he gets thrown out at home on a sac-fly? I thought he was INVINCIBLE!

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:18 pm
  • he went back to third Pedroia was between 1st and second so whenm they went after him Ellsbury tried going home and got in a run down.

    Anonymous April 21, 2008, 12:20 pm
  • that was me.

    TJ April 21, 2008, 12:21 pm
  • Buchholz has the potential to be such a good pitcher. Great fastball, great curveball, good slider. Even if he has a lot of trouble this season, it’s pretty cool to see him pitch at the major league level.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:22 pm
  • Ahhh, thanks for the info TJ. Was confused by the Gameday.
    The good news is that we’ve got 6 more innings of Rangers bullpen to play against. I’m very confident about our chances.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:22 pm
  • Agreed, Devine. I’m sad that this game is so early because I LOVE watching Buchholz pitch. His curveball and changeup are a pleasure to watch.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:25 pm
  • Buchholz is at 74 pitches through 4. He needs a quick 5th if he wants to go 6+.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:26 pm
  • On the board, B! And still nobody out.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:32 pm
  • Drew walked again. Pitching around him, or just poor location? He’s arguably the 2nd toughest bat in the lineup right now, so I don’t blame them for wanting to get to the Lowrie-Lugo-Cash-Thurston clown-team part of our lineup.
    WOOHOO, small-ball moves Drew over AND gets Lowrie on base. Lugo knocks him in, 1-0 Sox with runners at the corners.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:32 pm
  • Ah, finally, some scoring! Though with Cash and Thurston coming up, it may be all they get this inning.

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 12:32 pm
  • I’d like to see Lugo steal 2nd to get us out of the double-play.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:35 pm
  • All right, I wasn’t watching that…can someone explain what happened there with Cash’s line-out?

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:36 pm
  • Kevin Cash “in play, run(s)”?!?!?! Hooray Rangers errors! 2-0 Sox, still only one out.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:36 pm
  • I’m assuming he threw it away after catching it, trying to double-off Lugo at first. I’m just guessing though.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:37 pm
  • The first thing I see when I wake up is runs – hooray! I love crappy defense by the other team. Even Julio Lugo couldn’t screw THAT up.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 12:38 pm
  • Ellsbury with the infield single!

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:38 pm
  • Just tuning in – what happened to Gabbard?

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2008, 12:39 pm
  • Groundball singles are the sh*t. Shame run wasn’t plated…let’s go Ellsbury. Wear him out!

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:39 pm
  • Micah, can you tell us what happened? We only have Gameday, sadly.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:39 pm
  • Gabbard’s cleats got caught in the dirt during one of his pitches and it hurt his back. He left an inning later.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:41 pm
  • Wooooooooot, Ellsbury steals 2nd.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:42 pm
  • Elf!!!

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2008, 12:42 pm
  • PEDROIA!!!!!!!!!1111oneoneone

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:42 pm
  • cash bloop’d to the 2nd baseman, he tried to throw Lugo out at first and throw to low for the man on 1b, and it got past him

    Polf April 21, 2008, 12:42 pm
  • Hey, they don’t give out Sophomore of the Year awards do they?

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:43 pm
  • Straight-up awesomeness. This is just great.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • What Polf said – and I basically got that information from the SoSH game thread (I tend to keep gameday open, the SoSH game thread open, and the YFSF game thread open when I follow games).
    Sadly, I do not actually get to watch the games on TV most of the time since I live and work in Los Angeles and have neither MLB Extra Innings or

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • Ortiz rocks my socks.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • the rangers a fielding like keystone cops today

    Polf April 21, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • Also, PEDROIA AND PAPI FTW! God, this game is fun already.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • Thank you, Polf.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:48 pm
  • Get, Micah. I can’t live without it. Though sadly I can’t use it at work.
    One thing that has pleased me with this team so far is their ability to hit with 2 outs. Granted a lot of this may be due to luck, but it’s a nice trend.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:49 pm
  • Ath- the radio commentators are sayingthe same thing – that even Sean Casey was impressed with how no one wastes an at-bat.

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2008, 12:50 pm
  • Among the many great new things about Gameday this year is their new “instant highlight” thing where you can play a highlight video very soon after the play (like I just did for Pedroia’s gapper to right-center).

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:51 pm
  • That’s my problem, Atheose – I can’t either, and I’m at work until usually 6:30 – 7 PM pacific time, so by the time I get home the game’s over or close to it. Otherwise I’d have one of them, preferably Extra Innings (I have a big HDTV). It’s frustrating.
    If I was a Rangers fan I think my head would have exploded because of this inning, but it’s hilarious as a Sox fan.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 12:51 pm
  • Second walk for Drew…in the inning. Third of the game.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:52 pm
  • Is it me or would Drew prefer to walk than actually hit the ball

    Polf April 21, 2008, 12:54 pm
  • Nothing wrong with a high OBP, Polf. I’d rather he walk than pop-up on the first pitch like he seemed to do in every at-bat last year.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:55 pm
  • Sorry to start the thread off on such a negative tone and then disappear for stretches of the game — kinda rude of me. Apologies. The computer and the TV are in different rooms at the moment, so I’m bouncing between.
    As for the baseball: how many times have the bases already been loaded in this game? And none of the scoring has come then, either, I don’t think.

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 12:56 pm
  • Well…Drew’s hitting .316 with 13 RBI. His OBP is over .400. His OPS is over .900. So far, I am just fine with Drew doing this. He had a good April last year, too, though, so I’m reserving judgment.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 12:57 pm
  • Ahhh, that’s a shame Micah. Poor timing on your part, unless there’s a west-coast game.
    Devine, I LOVE the instant-highlight. It gets through my work’s firewall, whereas does not.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 12:57 pm
  • Drew’s OBP is now .510, taking into account his three walks today. Very nice.
    He did have a nice April last year Devine, but it was also due to a lot of swinging at the first pitch. Pitchers adjusted and stopped throwing first-pitch strikes, and he struggled. This year he’s a lot more patient at the plate, and it’s paying off.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:00 pm
  • Correction, .526 OBP.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:00 pm
  • I don’t get to see many Sox games during the week living in England ,they usually start about 1am, so its good for me to able to watch them today.

    Polf April 21, 2008, 1:01 pm
  • Thanks for the updates, Atheose. Buchholz in line to go six after a clean 5th. Sweeeeeeeet.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:02 pm
  • Three up, three down. Buchholz settling in nicely with his lead.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:02 pm
  • Lugo has looked really good at the plate this year too. He’s not hitting amazingly, but he’s been solid. Big improvement over the way he was “lost” last year.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:05 pm
  • Wow, Cash singles sending Lugo to 3rd. This game is going to get ugly.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:05 pm
  • Lugo’s fielding has take a step backwards this year though

    Polf April 21, 2008, 1:06 pm
  • Lift the ball, Jacoby!

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:07 pm
  • Before this game, Ellsbury was batting .256 with an OBP of .431. 12 BB’s to only 4 K’s. Great for a leadoff hitter.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:07 pm
  • Ellsbury singles in another run. Too bad Cash is on 2nd or he could notch another steal.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:09 pm
  • Woo!
    They’re taking out Nippert. The poor bastard.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:10 pm
  • I thinks its do with them pitching inside to him now, he may not be able to hit the pitch yet constantly, but he seems to know if its a ball or a strike

    Polf April 21, 2008, 1:10 pm
  • Ive been commentign over at SOSH today, but how steals is Jacoby on pace for? Between his massive amount of walks, his BABIP supressed battign average and his speed.. christ… he’s having a good April.

    Dionysus April 21, 2008, 1:12 pm
  • Lugo has sucked in the field, that’s for sure Polf. But his offensive improvement far outweighs that, I would say. Plus he’s usually above average, so I think we can assume he’ll regress to his usual amount of fielding errors, as opposed to averaging ~56 like he’s on-par for right now.
    Awww, Pedroia flies out.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:12 pm
  • PAPI!

    Dionysus April 21, 2008, 1:14 pm
  • Dio, Jacoby is on par for 50+ steals. Keep in mind though that he’s been sharing time with Coco, so a full season by himself in Center would net him around 75. I expect him to get more aggressive the longer he’s on the team though.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:14 pm
  • If it wasn’t for Manny and Papi this would have to be the quickest team in the majors, as Elsbury scores from first

    Polf April 21, 2008, 1:15 pm
  • Can we officially say Ortiz is slump-free?
    Wow, the first three Sox batters are 6 for 11 with 6 RBI’s today.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:15 pm
  • Nice to see the “kids” (JEll, DPed and JLow, plus CBuc) piling on in such Patriot-ic fashion.
    Now, if only Thurston would get some licks in…
    Oh, and Papi? It appears the slump is all but officially over.

    Hudson April 21, 2008, 1:16 pm
  • Can you imagine if we had both Coco AND Ellsbury in the outfield? We’d have both of them and Lugo stealing bases left and right.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 1:17 pm
  • Has Ellsbury *ever* been caught stealing in the majors?

    Hudson April 21, 2008, 1:17 pm
  • Whats the odds Drew walks again to load the bases

    Polf April 21, 2008, 1:17 pm
  • I hope they put Buchholz in despite the long layoff. It’s still a week till everyone gets a day off.
    Ortiz hits his second double of the season. His first one came in his last AB (I think). Warming up…

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:17 pm
  • Let’s score another two runs so that this becomes an official laugher and Tito can put all the rookies in to get some playing time… Oh, wait, they’re already in!

    Hudson April 21, 2008, 1:18 pm
  • Hudson…not yet (Ellsbury).

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • Bah. Drew flies out, eliminating the possibility that the umps might invoke the Mercy Rule.

    Hudson April 21, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • Lugo’s offense honestly hasn’t improved all that much, Atheose – his average is up, but he’s tied for second in the league in GIDPs, and it’s a pretty ’empty’ .294 he’s hitting – even going 2 for 2 with a double and a walk so far, his OPS is only .672, and then of course there’s the six errors. He’s been a pretty awful all-around ballplayer this year, I’m afraid to say.
    I really like Papi coming out of it – a real double this time rather than a fly ball that Bradley lost in the sun and fell on his ass for this time.
    Aww, Drew didn’t walk again. This game is hilarious. I like blowouts. Let’s have more of them.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • cya later guys,

    Polf April 21, 2008, 1:20 pm
  • Devine — Thanks for the info. Wow.
    No one seems able to throw him out even when they know he’s running (cf. Roberts, Dave). I mean, at this point, in what situation wouldn’t you send him?

    Hudson April 21, 2008, 1:21 pm
  • ESPN has only updated through his 1st steal but that one put him on pace for 59 steals

    TJ April 21, 2008, 1:22 pm
  • Hee hee, Micah. That’s awesome (I didn’t know the first double was a cheapy). Like Ortiz went, “Oh yeah, getting two bases…I thought I was only allowed one or four…I’m gonna try that next time.”

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:23 pm
  • Solid DP combo there, though, with Lugo/Pedroia.

    Hudson April 21, 2008, 1:25 pm
  • Nice outing, Buchholz!

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:28 pm
  • K and Buchholz’s game. 6 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 6 Ks. Excellent excellent outing

    Dionysus April 21, 2008, 1:29 pm
  • Devine – yeah, apparently Ortiz hits a fly to the warning track in left, Bradley totally lost the ball in the sun, fell on his ass, and cowered in the hopes that the ball wouldn’t hit him in the head when it landed (it landed a few feet away). Counted as a double because he never touched the ball.
    I love Clay’s stuff – he can dial it up to 95-96 with that curveball? Wow. Great six innings, kid.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 1:31 pm
  • Y’think Lugo sweats every time Lowrie has a good AB?

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:32 pm
  • Lugo: I can hit, I swear! *singles*

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:35 pm
  • Here’s the pitcher’s spot!

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 1:36 pm
  • Three popouts and a strikeout for Thurston…wow.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:37 pm
  • Wow, bases loaded and nobody out and we don’t score.
    Eh, whatever. It’s 8-0.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 1:42 pm
  • Again the bases loaded without scoring! For the third (?) times this game! Good thing they’re winning and it’s too nice out to be frustrated.

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 1:44 pm
  • It’s stupid, so, so stupid to walk anybody with an 8-run lead.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 1:46 pm
  • I do apologize for not getting the gamer up and the overall quiet nature of the blog. I’ve never been this busy with work, and I’m not sure when it will end. I know SF and YF are much the same way. It’s just the cycles of life, and we seem to be in a protracted one right now…
    Also, Drew’s April last year wasn’t nearly as good as this one. He basically had a hot first two weeks and dropped off. This year, he’s well past that point — and much hotter than he was last year, to boot.

    Paul SF April 21, 2008, 1:56 pm
  • And Lopez gets out of the inning after giving up an entirely predictable run-scoring double to Hamilton.
    Do we give Oki an inning tonight just to get him some work?

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 2:00 pm
  • There saying Oki may still have a stiff neck, so he may not pitch again tonight

    Polf April 21, 2008, 2:14 pm
  • Paul, does this game make you feel better about the winning :)?

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2008, 2:24 pm
  • Lugo 4 for 4 tonight

    Polf April 21, 2008, 2:26 pm
  • Right, so, last year we had the Mother’s Day Miracle.
    This year we have The Day Julio Lugo Went 4-4 With A Walk.

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 2:28 pm
  • Thurston: 1 K, 4 pop-outs. I hope your career goes better, mang.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • Finally got to a computer to see the boys are on fire – but where is Manny???

    soxgirl April 21, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • As well as Lugo’s done, Thurston’s done that bad (0 for 5 with 1 K, 9 LOB). I feel bad for the guy — he had a helluva lotta chances today, and he didn’t make use of ANY of them.

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 2:30 pm
  • Manny’s having his planned day off, after last nights unscheduled night off

    Polf April 21, 2008, 2:32 pm
  • 2 doubles for the Rangers in the top of the ninth

    Polf April 21, 2008, 2:39 pm
  • 4-game sweep. Woooooo! Kinda surprised they had Delcarmen pitch that inning, but whatever.

    Devine April 21, 2008, 2:40 pm
  • Thats it game over 8 to 3 for the Sox

    Polf April 21, 2008, 2:40 pm
  • 4-game sweep is great.
    I do feel a little bad for some of the Rangers, getting stuck on a team that looks awful. Gabbard and Murphy, sure, but it would also be nice to see Hamilton and Bradley do well after all they’ve been through.

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • There pitching is rubbish, they gave up double digit walks today, they might as well have the keystone cops in the field, as they shocking in the today, I was surprised they were only charged 1 error

    Polf April 21, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • Oh, and thanks to Nick-YF for the well-chosen Pavement reference.

    stuck working April 21, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • Thurston made some great defensive plays last night though (at least three big ones I saw), and since we didn’t lose either game it’s not a big deal. With the amount of outfield depth we have he’s not going to be playing at the major league level much, so it’s not a large problem.
    It’s great to see Lugo and Ellsbury doing so well. Lugo is a good hitter, last year was definitely an anomoly.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • im still working out my chouices for Player of the week, pitcher of the week and prospect of the week for my blog…. would it be cheating to give Lowrie prospect of the week even though he was with the big club? :p

    TJ April 21, 2008, 2:57 pm
  • Man, this was a nice game – and I even got to enjoy some extra fantasy points from Josh Hamilton without worrying about it hurting the Sox too much.
    Beckett goes tomorrow – let’s keep the streak going!

    Micah-SF April 21, 2008, 3:10 pm
  • thats 5 in a row…. aint that longer then any regular season win streak we had last year?

    TJ April 21, 2008, 3:18 pm
  • Longest last year was five, which we did a couple times… ’til the playoffs, of course. :-)

    Paul SF April 21, 2008, 3:21 pm
  • I remember Paul’s (or SF’s?) post from last year breaking down the science behind the “winning streak” and the effects on a team it can have. I’d go back and find a link but I’m too lazy today.

    Atheose April 21, 2008, 3:35 pm
  • Francona said he wanted to stay on his schedule so he still gave Manny today off even after having nmost of yesterday off.

    TJ April 21, 2008, 7:09 pm
  • well ignore my last comment, i clicked to newer and saw a post at the bottom asking about manny, I diodnt realize there was still another page of comments and the question had already been answered :p

    TJ April 21, 2008, 7:11 pm
  • Wow, Nick-YF, a Pavement reference on yanksfan. Never would have thought that would happen, but hey, bring on the major leagues.

    J (YF) April 22, 2008, 8:12 pm

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