We’re Off To See The Wizard: Sox-M’s Gamer I

And the Wizards’ wands are busted: the Seattle Mariners are a bad team. The only success they have had of late was against the lowly Padres when they strung back-to-back wins together for the only time in their last 33 games. The club from the Emerald City is last in the league in OBP. They have no starter that possesses a winning record, and have only one starter with an ERA+ over 100 in Felix Hernandez, whose record is 2 and 4. King Felix is on the mound tonight while Boston sends Bartolo Colon, who had a serviceable debut for Boston against KC his last time out.

The Sox are glad to be out of Oaktown, but continue a left-coast trip which means baseball after hours for you east-coast fans. Lineups to follow, comment away.

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  • Former Sox pitcher Geremi (Jeremi) Gonzalez died yesterday after being struck by lightning in his native Venezuela.
    He pitched for Boston in 2005 and appeared in game 1 of the ALDS against Chicago. He was just 33 years old.
    Lets go Sox, lets win this one tonight for Geremi.

    TJ May 26, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • This must be hard to do a Sox AND Yankee blog at the same time.
    Yankees Daily

    Sean Serritella May 26, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • I was a little panicked to read that Youk was out with a sore hand until I realized that SEAN CASEY is our back-up. I am loving this year’s Sox…

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • HAHA good point RBF. It’s amazing that’s he’s our backup.
    Also Sean Serritella, we usually keep things pretty friendly around here. Aside from a few people that are always stirring up trouble, most of us genuinely like each other, despite our allegiances.
    Colon looking good through 2.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Unfortunately King Felix looking good too. No hits, only 28 pitches used through 3.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • TJ
    That’s awful. I didn’t love Gonzalez as a player, but I’m truly sorry he died so young.
    getting stuck by lightning is quite a way to go…
    Okay, let’s effing go, Sox! Jeez y’all look crap on the road.
    Double for Jojima in the third first hit in the game.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • Castig just said the Sox are 17-26 in Safeco.

    Anonymous May 26, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • that was me.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • C’mon, Bartolo…

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Wow, Colon hitting 94 on the radar gun. EXCELLENT play by Pedroia to save a run and end the inning.
    34 pitches through 3 for Colon.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Pedroia with the great play accoding to the radio. Inning over.

    Anonymous May 26, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Sorry, me again.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • It was, anon (rice?). I didn’t think Pedroia would get to it but he did, snagged it barely and then got up to throw the runner out at first.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Wow, mlb.tv comes back and there’s already one out. That’s lame.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • By the hammer of Thor!

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • PAPI!

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • First homer for the Sox off Felix, says Castig.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Really never thought I’d be cheering on Bartolo Colon.
    How’s he looking (I’m stuck with GameCast tonight). Any svelter than usual?

    Hudson May 26, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • I dunno, I’m doing Gameday audio because I don’t have a TV in the same room as my computer.
    He’s pitching well, I can say that much.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Drew with a catch to end the 4th.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Good play by Drew to run down the long fly ball. 45 pitches over 4, Bartolo is cruising.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • By the way, Colon hit 95 on the radar that inning.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • Unfortunately, Hernandez seems to be crusing as well…
    and as I type this, Drew gets a hit.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Varitek?…
    no, Ichiro, apprently.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Hell of a play, it would seem.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • That was probably the best catch I’ve seen in the last year or two. Wow, congrats Ichiro.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • damn.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • He was sprinting STRAIGHT back, looking over his shoulder, and when he caught it (over his shoulder, at the wall) he wasn’t even looking. He caught it, hit the wall and did a sommersault, and turned and threw the ball back in. Phenomenal catch.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Man, I could have watched it too. I have NESN in three other rooms…
    I guess I’ll have to record the replay.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Sexson down on three pitches.
    Colon could prove to be a very valuable signing, IMO.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • 52 through 5 for Colon. Pretty spiffy.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • 7-pitch inning for Colon. Nice.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • 7-pitch inning for Bartolo, who hit 96mph on that last pitch. 52 pitches after 5, 2 hits and 1 walk.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • 6 innings in one hour. Wow.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Wow, this game is moving along at quite a clip.

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Ellsbury walks. Time for a steal.

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Kid Dynamite…walks.
    Do we get The Jacoby Ellsbury show, now?

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Lovable Ratboy up…
    and goes down looking.
    And kvetching about it.
    With reason, according to Castig.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Balk! heh.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Colon’s last pitch of the 5th was 96.
    And a highlight of Ichiro’s catch is now up on MLB.com gameday. Wow.
    Also, I had recalled that former Red Sox catcher Bo Diaz was struck by lightning and killed in his native Venezuela back in the early 1990s. So I looked it up, and was wrong according to Wikipedia. He was on his roof when a satellite dish fell on him and killed him. And I hate to make fun of a dead guy, but, well … read the final two sentences from Wikipedia:
    “On November 23, 1990, Diaz was killed when a satellite dish that he was adjusting on the roof of his home in Caracas, Venezuela fell on him. He was 37 years old.
    “Bo Diaz continues to be a very popular figure in Venezuelan baseball.”

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • damn.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • WTF that was not a HBP. And even if it was, he leaned into it!

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • Ibanez drives in Ichiro. Tie game.

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • A run scores, but the inning is over. 71 pitches over 6, Colon hitting 96mph several times that inning.
    Let’s get some runs boys!

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:31 pm
  • 1-1 after 6.
    …And I’m to go watch the rest/fall asleep.
    TTFN

    RiceLynnEvans May 26, 2008, 11:31 pm
  • Delcarmen and Okajima up in the bullpen. We’re not pulling Colon, are we? He’s only at 71 pitches!

    Atheose May 26, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Tek walks to make it 5-1.
    WTF is McLaren thinking? Felix should have been out of there after Pedroia’s double.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:07 am
  • And we’ve batted around.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:08 am
  • Is Ryan Rowland-Smith the first with a hyphenated last name to play in the majors?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:10 am
  • nice to bat around. feels like that hasn’t happened in a while.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:10 am
  • No kidding.
    Do you bring Bart back for the 8th?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:11 am
  • Oki’s in to start a clean inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:12 am
  • colons on a “anything he gives us is a plus” basis. i think it’s good to keep his confidence high.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:14 am
  • wonder how lugo feels about being defensively replaced. i know how i feel about it.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:16 am
  • Replaced with a 4-run lead, at that.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:18 am
  • K. Whew.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:19 am
  • yeah. you’d figure 4 would be lugoproof.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:21 am
  • TB’s in first place, a whopping 12,000 at the game in Tampa.
    Remember when MLB was talking about contracting Tampa? Still wonder why?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:21 am
  • Oki starts shaky, then sets down the M’s quickly. Three outs to go.

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:21 am
  • Oki recovers after a leadoff single.
    Three outs from ending this crappy road skid.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:21 am
  • something about florida and baseball.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:22 am
  • Joe C. sort of answers my question: He points out that the Red Sox once had a farm had named Gary Miller-Jones.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:25 am
  • Cora singles (why do people hate on this guy? Francona loves him and he has played well this year in his rare chances), Ellsbury aims to bunt him over and also reaches himself. No outs…

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:26 am
  • Ugh, Dustin’s DP and Papi’s pop-out swiftly end a once-promising Ninth.

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:27 am
  • Then a lucky double play, and Ortiz pops out.
    Sox start with runners on first and second, none out, then three outs on two pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:28 am
  • Who hates Cora?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:28 am
  • Bill, there is at least one frontpager here who I’ve seen slam Cora repeatedly…

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:36 am
  • Detroit and Orange County tied, 0-0, in the 11th.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:36 am
  • OK. I’m not a regular so I miss stuff like that.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:37 am
  • Paps throwing error means instead of two out he’s got runners on 1st and 3rd and just one out. He’s got some runs to give, but sheesh…

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:38 am
  • Tying run on deck.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:38 am
  • K. Two outs. Breathing slower now.

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:39 am
  • On the radio, you can hear a handful of pink hats chanting “Let’s Go Red Sox.” Seattle fans responding by booing.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:40 am
  • two.
    “frontpager” classic. AC’s a role player. you can’t ask him to be an everyday guy. at least not at this stage in his career.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:40 am
  • Yuck, now a single, only one run scores, 5-2 Sox, 1st and 3rd, two outs.
    Not likely to change the outcome (though the tying run is now at the plate), but I hate to see Paps looking mortal like this.

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:40 am
  • JFC, Paps. Get the fncking out.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:41 am
  • SF Rod: Never said Cora should be an everyday guy. I said I don’t get why people hate on him. He’s been a great utility player and everyone in the organization says he has an incredible work ethic and total professionalism about his game.

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:42 am
  • Game over. Good. TB doesn’t get any more breathing room.

    Hudson May 27, 2008, 12:42 am
  • three.
    jonathan is trying his hardest to be hittable so far this year. not a big fan of that.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:42 am
  • Paps mortality his own fault.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:42 am
  • And, Hudson, Cora might well be a future manager of the Red Sox.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:44 am
  • OK, Gents. Bed time.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 27, 2008, 12:44 am
  • i wasn’t aware of the hate. he’s one of those “baseball family” guy’s who does things the right way and is never flashy.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 12:44 am
  • I don’t think there’s any “hate” towards Cora, Hudson. Maybe there’s some over at SOSH, but I’ve NEVER seen a single bad thing said about him here.
    And to anyone who says bench Lugo for Cora: Cora is a utility player. He would perform far worse if he was out there every day.

    Atheose May 27, 2008, 8:38 am

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