Pitch-Black Outlook: Sox-Royals Gamer I

Things have looked awfully bleak in Red Sox Nation for the better part of a week. I was going to run down the woes of the Sox pitching staff, but this morning’s Globe beat me to it. A quick sampling of the numbers they present:

Sox starters have … struggled, with a 3-7 record and 6.00 ERA over … 15 games. No starter other than Curt Schilling (twice) and Josh Beckett (once) has won in that time, and only once has a starter gone as many as seven innings (Schilling in last Friday’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay). That has had a ripple effect on a pen that is showing the strain of a heavy workload.

Thankfully, there’s a cure: The Kansas City Royals, against whom Jon Lester and Josh Beckett each hurled gems, and whom the Sox managed to sweep out of Fenway despite scoring a miniscule number of runs. This time around, the bats are hot, Mike Lowell’s back in the lineup presumably with two healthy feet, and our 1-7 is one of the best in the game (Javy Lopez isn’t a bad option at No. 8 either, and Gonzo is a .275 hitter). Outslugging the opposition has worked in the past — maybe the Sox can get it to work for a couple weeks while the hurlers recover.

An off-day does wonders for the mood (maybe that’s just the KC talking), so let’s root root root for the road team and our (second-)favorite rookie to get this club back on its feet and back in first.

Comment away!

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  • Desperate times…..
    Tonight I shall do my best “Serpent and the Rainbow” impression. I have gotten a hold of a 8 piece from KFC and have prepared the sacrifice. I have taken a stuffed animal back from my kids old collection and drawn KC logos on it and have a number of bobby pins on stand by.
    Needless to say, by the end of the night someone is going to pay for all of this misery.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • 1. Coco Crisp CF
    2. Loretta 2B
    3. David Ortiz DH
    4. Manny Ramirez LF
    5. Kevin Youkilis 1B
    6. Mike Lowell 3B
    7. Wily Mo Pena RF
    8. Javy Lopez C
    9. Alex Gonzalez SS

    Rob August 8, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Another reason for optimism: Dave Wallace is back as pitching coach. I like Al Nipper, mostly because I thought he got a raw deal back in ’96 when he was ousted for what was clearly a Hobson/Duquette problem, but I’ve seen little evidence that he was helpful at all with any of the pitchers except those he worked with in the minors.

    Paul SF August 8, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Crisp leads off with a 7 pitch AB that flies out to right.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Loretta lines out

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Shocker….Ortiz is walked.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Ramirez is then walked…..

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Youk lines out to 1st. We strand Papi and Manny on 1st.
    Positive note: Hudson threw 31 pitches that inning.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • The question that we need to ask, what Lester is headed to the mound tonight. Is it the kid who can pitch out of jams or the one that blows up?

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • DeJesus with a long fly out to right field to lead of for KC

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Grudz(whatever) singles to shallow right.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • I’m hoping that since it’s the Royals, it’ll be the ace of the future… But a 4-pitch walk is not a good sign either…

    Paul SF August 8, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Sweeney walks.
    Nip, stroll to the mound.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • No Paul it is not.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • 2 straight balls thrown to Sanders. This guy played baseball with Paul Revere.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Sanders line out to third…..2 down.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Nip went to the mound? Gordon Edes (or whoever did the Extra Bases blog today) lied to us!
    Two down now…

    Paul SF August 8, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Another 3-0 count. First-pitch strikes Jon…

    Paul SF August 8, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Not that I know of…I was making the comment that maybe a mound visit early would be beneficial. Sorry for the mislead.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Gets out of it… Just your standard Jon Lester inning — 25 pitches, no runs.

    Paul SF August 8, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Teabag lines out to 2nd.
    First-pitch strike Jon…..
    Novel idea. They tend to swing and miss at pitches on occassion or ground out potentially. That really is a novel idea.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Lowell with a leadoff hit!!

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Lowell on with the leadoff single — woulda been nice to have that last inning :-P And I say there’s still no excuse to not have Wily Mo protecting Manny in the lineup…

    Paul SF August 8, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • WM grounds into a DP.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Pena hits a hot shot off the pitcher and it turn into a dp. Sigh.

    Tom sf August 8, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • MLBtv is not working well tonight.

    SF August 8, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Nopez grounds out to short.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Another walk given up by Lester. Not wise.

    SF August 8, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Brown grounds out to short
    Shealy walks….disgust.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Lots of pitches from Lester…

    SF August 8, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • And the double by Buck. This is getting ugly early.

    SF August 8, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • I am headed to go get the chicken….

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Berroa singles to left. Here comes the pain train.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • And…uglier. Berroa singles in a run. 1/3 one out. The skid continues.

    SF August 8, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Oy vey. First pitch swing by Grudziallsenngeek scores Buck on the sac fly. Another multi-run hole for the Sox to dig out of. The misery (and miserable play) continues.

    SF August 8, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Dejesus with sac fly..Buck scores.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Whoops, sorry, it was DeJesus with the SF. Grudz up now.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Does it matter SF? I feel like I am on the movie set of Final Destination 4

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Grudz whiffs. Time to score like 45 runs. Or 2. Or one. Anything…

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Grudz strikes out. Thank god, inning over.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Hudson throws 31 pitches in the first inning and 9 in the second.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Nice. 47 pitches from Lester through two against the crappiest team on earth. Way to help out that tired bullpen. Can anyone besides Ortiz or Schill sack up like once? Just once, that’s all. Not too much to ask, right?

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Why is Youk out of the leadoff spot again?

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • This is like some unwatchable f**ing shit right here. Where did our Red Sox go?

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Right down the crapper

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • I am still trying to figure out why Youk is batting 5th. Lowell is back and bat 5th, WMP can bat 5th. Crisp is not productive at all in the lead off spot.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Hey, nice job, Sox! Way to make Hudson throw 13 whole pitches!
    Remind me again why everyone thinks things are going to be just fine? No starting pitching, a taxed bullpen, and terrible situational hitting by at least half the lineup. How does that add up to a real contender?

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Loretta grounds out to third.
    Perhaps this is the sorriest under-achievers in baseball. We have no one that can protect Manny and teams are pitching right around him and Papi the last few games.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • 1st pitch ball to Sweeney.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Is Papa Jack working with the hitters I wonder? They are showing lack of plate discipline and patience and it is just killing us.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Sweeney strikesout.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Sanders flies out to center.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Behind another hitter…

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • And, the walk. Grrr.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Lester is afraid to throw a 1st pitch strike tonight.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Ok, out of the inning. Time to score. Or reach on an error. Or something.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Brown pops out to 2nd.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • How great is Minnesota playing right now? I picked them to win the Central, which they probably won’t do, but I at least feel vindicated after their horrible start. I thought they were a pretty good team.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • One pitch, one out. STOP THIS. I want to break something inanimate.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Ortiz lines out to left

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Manny doubles to right to keep the streak going. Get him home.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Hard to say. Liriano is headed to the DL. Of course they always seem to have another pitcher waiting in the wings (Al Braves). They just cannot stay hot like this the remainder of the year.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Nice stop by Buck there – may end up saving a run.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Chi and Yanks tied at 4

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • And there’s the wild pitch – Buck can’t stop that one. Now we need some good situational 2-strike hitting from Youk.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Youk! Poor play by DeJesus to give up the extra base by diving for a nearly uncatchable ball. Now a single could tie the game.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Minn is 10.5 back in the Central
    .5 game back in the WC
    6-4 in thier last 10 games.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • And Youk follows by brianfarting it away on the basepaths, running to third on a ball hit sharply right in front of him, getting caught.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Lowell….deliver something sweet.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • What about their last 50 games, Rob?

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • If the Twins win 6 out of 10 the rest of the way they’ll probably be the AL WC representative. I’d take 6 out of every 10 from the Sox right now.
    Holy crap was that killed. Wily Mo!!!

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Hold your stomach on this one SF
    37-13

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • That’s good, right? 37-13 is pretty solid, no? ;-)

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • 17-7 since the break
    20-6 headed into the break.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • I would say so. makes me sick that a “below market” team drops ass whoopins on people faster than Jackie Chan.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • The Royals playing as expected this inning – no communication on a popup behind second, and Grudz gives up on it, DeJesus can’t reach it, it ends up landing about 6 feet from the second baseman’s feet. 1st and 3rd on an error in spirit, a hit in name only. Gotta plate one in a situation like this, take advantage.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Lopez with his first hit as Sox I believe.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • And Coco tries to lift one, despite not having much power, ending the inning on the fly to left. Still, a good inning, and a lead.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Of course Crisp kills the momentum.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Crisp reminds me of Willy-Mays-Hays.
    Perhaps Tito should have him do push ups everytime he tries to lift one out.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Shealy whiffs on the high heat. 1 down.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Wow…Lester with a 4 pitch K.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • back-to-back K’s.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Sox are 29-21 over the last 50 games
    12-12 Since the Break
    17-9 Prior…with a large win streak most of those wins.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Loretta pegged

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • More runs please.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Papi rips one to Sanders. Sanders does his best to catch it in ugly, clumsy fashion.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Gah. I walk in and the Royals plate two runs. At least I saw the Pena homer and a lead after that, though.
    C’mon, Manny.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Ortiz lines out to right

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Manny shoots one through the SS/3rd hole. 1st and 2nd with Youk coming up.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Single. Lovely. What’s Manny’s average during this hitting streak? Anyone know?

    Devine August 8, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Manny singles….Loretta to 2nd.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Youk slices one to right field, caught by Sanders in the corner, probably foul. Loretta tags. We need a little clutch hitting here from Lowell.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Eff.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Lowell continues to slide…
    Two more LOB.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Manny hit .337 in July
    Hitting .360 in August
    That is about all I can dig up right now….

    Rob August 8, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Loretta out of the game after the HBP. Great. Could we be seeing Pedroia sooner than we thought?

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Sox with 6 LOB through 5 innings. Lester at 82 pitches entering the 5th. Another long night for the ‘pen, it looks like. And another night with 10+ LOB, potentially.

    SF August 8, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • One down on the grounder to 1st. Grudz singles to right.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Cora in at 2nd? Something happen?

    Rob August 8, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Loretta got hit by a pitch on the elbow (can’t recall which one). He stayed in as a baserunner, but was replaced after the inning.
    Now the Royals have 2 on, as Sweeney singles to left. Bear down, Lester.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Kelsi Smith from the globe reporting that the HBP is related to him being removed. There is no other word on the ‘injury’

    Rob August 8, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • No injury, I think. Remy was going on an on about the “funny” bone

    Cape Codder August 8, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Hey, we make these guys look good, don’t we?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Infield fly for the second out of the inning. One more, Jon.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Smb is up in the pen, can’t see who

    Cape Codder August 8, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Runners advance on a terrible play by Javy Lopez, who barely moved for a pitch to his left. Lazy, and Lester gets wrongfully charged with a wild pitch. Lopez looks out of his league on all levels.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Lester at 97 pitches.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Hit by pitch. Bases loaded. Lester won’t make it six tonight, if he gets out of this inning. Yikes.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • This steak is going to be well done

    Cape Codder August 8, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Teahan plunked.

    Rob August 8, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Lester the Teahen molester

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • And there goes the lead – a grounder goes through Gonzo to score two. I am straining to think of synonyms for “pathetic”, but that word really sums up the play of late, so I will keep using it.
    Might be time to go get Lester, Tito. How many more guys are you going to let him put on?

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Gah, you leave for a sec and it all goes sour.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Yeah and like we didn’t know THAT was about to happen, tired pen or not Francoma has to F–King know when a guy is baked

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Shealy Ks to end the inning. Damage done, though. 4 innings of the pen (I assume) already down by a run. Against a horrid team. A win could easily result, but another uninspiring effort with no real signs of better play. Yuck.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • I can’t say I blame him trying to get 5 out of Lester.
    And the swinging strike called by the 1st baseman for out #3.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Yipee, he got the third out

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Come on. Erupt, damn it. Score 8 runs or something. Explode.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Bad call on that grounder – slo-mo showed safe. How about Tito goes out and blows a gasket or something, throws a base, something to show some emotion. Or, he could just sit on his ass and do nothing. Like what Al Nipper does.
    Gonzo with a double. Two out LOB in our future?

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Kevin Millar was given the name of Rally Killer last year…I give you The Red Sox Rally Killer of 2006 Coco Crisp

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Two strikes for Coco.
    We’re gonna lose this one, aren’t we?

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Coco does nothing.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Explode, Implode… I guess the hitters think it’s similar

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Okay folks any bets on which version of Hansen takes the mound?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • The one who throws tons of pitches and can’t put guys away.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • *long, slow groan* at Lowell

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Ahhh yep thats the one alright

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Hansen throws it away. A comedy, ladies and gentleman, and a tragedy.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Hansen makes an awful play, fielding the bunt with Lowell charging. Hansen airmails it over first. Big jam.
    This is excruciating.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • I have no hope left. I have given all I have. it is up to them to make me a believer now.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • *gentlemEn

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • ooooooooooooooooooooooooooyeah this is just some sorry ass baseball, no?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Seriously, SF. Hansen, there’s this guy right next to you; he throws to first ALL THE TIME.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Right when you think you’ve seen the bottom, the Sox are able to lower the level just a bit more. We need someone on the Sox to go out drinking, get arrested, then start throwing anti-semitic slurs around. Rock bottom, that’s what we need. Then we can begin the rehabilitation.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Please remember who you are playing against PEOPLE wake up, it’s KC you are playing

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Hansen gets hosed on the 2-2 pitch, but deserves nothing the way he is pitching.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Seanez up in the pen.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Loaded up. Not sure what Terry can do here – he probably had nobody warming, it’s only the sixth, but it sure looks like Hansen’s got nothing. Impossible spot for the manager here. This one’s all on Lester and Hansen.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Oh, DeJesus Christ.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Bah. It’s better than many alternatives, but man…another run for the Royals.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Hansen the the NEW addition to the Julian Tavarez Rudy Seanez DUO …Now the calling themselves the Gasoline Triplets

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • The Grud

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Okay. Runners in scoring position, 2 out. What happens now?

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Broken bat grounder gets the second out. Only giving up one run here would be a kind of victory, sadly.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • And Sanders flies to Pena. Bats, please?

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Gobble warming for KC. I have no joke here. Nothing.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • 2 runs down. 9 outs.
    Seems more out of reach than usual.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • In a rational world where the Royals are concerned you get a routine flyball out…

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Oh we can definitely score three more runs. But the pen has to give up none for that to stand, and I am not so sure of that part.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • But just think they could have had a three run homer there just as easily, how would that have made you feel?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • This is where, if I’m in KC, I’m screaming obscenities at the Red Sox. In front of my 4-year-old. … SCORE SOME F-ING RUNS!!! …

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • This is where, if I’m in KC, I’m screaming obscenities at the Red Sox. In front of my 4-year-old. … SCORE SOME F-ING RUNS!!! … NYY 5, CWS 4, bot 8

    I'm Bill McNeal August 8, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Cora down quietly. Papi up. Bunting?

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Oh, agreed, SF. Thus the invocation of a downpour (8 runs) and not some rain (2).

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • and of course then the Yankees score to break the tie and Cora K’s

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Papi!!! Not bunting. #41!!!! One run game.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Papi, a GOD can’t do it alone EVERY time

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Close and late, people. When we need him, he’s there.
    MVP.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Can you possibly believe the name of the guy that gave up the homer to Papi? Jimmy Gobble!
    Geez… now thats a tough one

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Part of what frustrates me about this season is Ortiz and Manny having possibly their career years TOGETHER…and yet all the stumbling.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Nice grab by Sanders to take away a single, if not a double, from Manny. Well struck, well-caught.

    Anonymous August 8, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • OHHHH NOOOO!
    Robbed of a double!

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • of course if he’s gay then I suppose not SO bad?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Time for the bullpen to do something useful for the first time in a long time.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • I thought the last game was an embarassment… so far this one has it beat

    Brian August 8, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Seeya-nez in. Get the flame-retardant pajamas out.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Teahen flies to center. One down.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • Brian…since Saturday’s game, they’ve been progressively worse (so far), right? And all of them bad in different ways. Different flavors of pain.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • It’s SO weird to me, that Seanez has a sub-4 ERA. He just always seems to wilt when it matters, in my completely subjective opinion.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • Wow. It’s like the Candyman. I say it and the thing appears.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • And…there it goes. Emil Brown with the homer. WHO THE F*CK IS EMIL BROWN?
    And why is Rudy Seanez still on the Sox????!?!?!

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • Theo Epstein clearly missed the boat on Seanez and Tavarez, and that might be what costs the Sox the postseason. A better bullpen and we might not be in such bad shape. More than anything, more than the non-moves at the deadline (which in my mind are totally defensible, from an organizational standpoint), his off-season bullpen moves have panned out in terrible fashion. He has some work to do this offseason, because neither Seanez nor Tavarez should be back.

    SF August 8, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • A new low. And even if they won, which I am now severely unable to believe, they haven’t been better.
    Short starters’ outings. Little to no bullpen, already tired, to assist. Scoring opportunities missed. Yeesh.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Devine, so very right you are, different flavours all bad progressively worst and I’m thinking, the D Rays and Royals aren’t they like a combined 11 hundred games bellow .500?
    And so the Rudy Seanez Experience is always good for a at LEAST a few big hits!

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Devine, so very right you are, different flavours, all bad, and getting progressively worse… and I’m thinking, the D Rays and Royals aren’t they like a combined 11 hundred games bellow .500?
    And so the Rudy Seanez Experience is always good for a at LEAST a few big hits!

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:01 pm
  • ahhh crap double post, nothing going right

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • The Sox were like three up in the loss column about three weeks ago. So if they go on to lose tonight, they’ll have lost 6 games in the standings in short order. And there’s no end in sight the way the team is playing: every pitcher brought in in the past week has seemed to give up runs, every starter (save Schilling) has been pulled by the sixth inning. This is a recipe for disaster at this point in the season, in the dog days. I posted it before, but I could seriously see the Sox-Yanks series in two weeks meaning just about nothing to the Red Sox. And I can’t believe I just typed that, but that’s how things are shaping up, without some sort of serious reversal of fortune and seriously better play.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Walk to Lowell. I say no first-pitch swinging from WMP. But then again, he could hit the ball 985 feet, so go for it, Wily Mo.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • Seriously, I just laughed loud and long at that DP.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • 5-4-3 DP for Pena.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • And then the double from Javy. Nice timing you asshole. Where was that when there were guys on base?

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • Naturally Lopez doubles after the baserunner is erased.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • of course WMP not only makes an out, when we needed an, in play run scoring play there but doubles off Lowell and then Javy… ah well, at this point.

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Gonzo Ks weakly, can’t catch up with the heat.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • I laughed again there. What a pathetic showing by Alex.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Seanez attempting to put the game out of reach.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:16 pm
  • SF in speaking about the Yankee series… which could very easily complete the destruction this Red Sox season… I am reminded of the time in spring when all seemed bright and shiny for the Sox and in that flush of Spring I foolishly began to believe and irrational thought persuaded me that it would be a good thing to buy tickets for the August 24th Red Sox Angels game in Anneheim… I’m just SO depressed right now

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:17 pm
  • Seanez spreads the gasoline, Tavarez handed a match. More soon.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • So now we get to see the entire Gasoline Triplets revue in suscession

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • Francona finally commits to pulling a sucky pitcher by replacing him WITH…a suckier pitcher.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • Hm, i wonder if a sox pitcher will not give up a run in this game…
    tavarez on… the streak may continue

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • Note: not really blaming him much. Who isn’t sucking?

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:21 pm
  • Here it comes…

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:21 pm
  • wonder of wonder, the pale hose tie it

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • Pop up. Three outs, 2 runs needed. It can be done.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • Wonder of wonders, 2nd edition, Tavarez pops him up

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:23 pm
  • Youk needs to walk….walk youk walk

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Crisp to lead off.
    Marvelous.
    I haven’t given up hope yet, you jerks. How ’bout you get it over with quick, if you’re going?

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Woah my bad, i forgot youk wasnt leading off anymore

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • Coco to start things off.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • Did Crisp get a hit in the 10th the last game, or a walk?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • 3-1 count to Coco.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Take one for the team crisp!

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Walk. Nice.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • as the whole royal bullpen warms..

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • I can’t believe I am still up watching this.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • what a game in chicago tonight… giambi was hurt too

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Coco takes second. If Cora makes an out, Ortiz gets walked.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Cora does nada. Very lame at-bat. Papi up. I expect him to be pitched to very carefully. Walking him makes Manny the lead run, which is kind of a dumb play.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:30 pm
  • 1-1 count to Papi.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • Is it just me, or does papi ALWAYS bat in the 9th

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • walking Papi in a game winning situation when he bats something like .790 something a bad idea with first base open….you are kidding, right?

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • 1-2 to Papi on a pitch that hasn’t been called a strike all night. Papi is PISSED, rightfully so.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • Whatever happens this series, how bout we leave one of the Gas Can Twins in the Royals bullpen and take, I dunno, Nelson. It’s not a trade if we accientally leave someone behind and kidnap a Royal, right?

    rk August 8, 2006, 11:33 pm
  • It’s not a game-winning situation though. He can only tie it.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:33 pm
  • And he walks for Manny. COME ON, MANNY.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • Manny down 0-2. Looks confused.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:36 pm
  • manny should have crushed that pitch

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • Gross.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • Aw jeez. Manny rung up looking.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • how do you not swing at that

    Evan SF August 8, 2006, 11:38 pm
  • Looked clearly outside on the replay, but what can you do.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:38 pm
  • Kaper pinch running for Ortiz? If Youk hits a gapper, the runner at first could score. I didn’t catch if they PR.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:39 pm
  • Worst. Yick.

    Devine August 8, 2006, 11:40 pm
  • So, now that we can’t even beat the dreggs of the american league, what exactly does that make this team, I mean besides sucky…

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:41 pm
  • Game over. The tailspin continues. The Red Sox lose another game they fully deserved to lose, no sugarcoating it. Our boys simply stink right now, and I don’t see how anyone can deny this.
    Later, everyone.

    SF August 8, 2006, 11:42 pm
  • I surely can’t but I just wonder what the straw was that broke the friggin Camel in two, after winning twelve in a row from the NL east they have looked listless against AL foes far more often than not, since.

    Brian August 8, 2006, 11:46 pm

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