Pocket Aces H2H: A’s-Sox Gamer I

Boston returns from their successful road trip having established a respectable lead in the division to go with the best record in the game as well as suffering through the most curious media firestorm in recent memory regarding hoisery.  Their current homestand kicks off with a short series against the Oakland Athletics, a team who looks remarkably similar in regards to pitching performance.  The A’s and the Sox boast the two best staff ERAs in the league.  Hitting is another matter, as Boston is only six runs off the AL lead for team run production whereas Oakland is tied for second worst in the league.  Curt Schilling (3-1, 3.27, 23k, 7bb) is riding three-game winning streak and takes the mound for the Sox, while Joe Blanton (2-1, 3.55, 27k, 8bb) gets the ball for Oaktown, who are 1-4 in their last five and whose starters must be hoping the lineup will wake up and do their part.  We could be in for two very exciting pitcher’s duels (if you like that sort of thing; I certainly do) as tomorrow it’s Beckett vs. Gaudin.  Lineups in the extended, comment away.

According to Chris Gasper at the Globe J.D. Drew was hitting fifth in the lineup and
playing right field but is now out with "viral symptoms."  Eric Hinske
gets the call.

Sox

Julio Lugo SS
Coco Crisp CF
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Mike Lowell 3B
Jason Varitek C
Eric Hinske RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B

A’s

Shannon Stewart LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Eric Chavez 3B
Mike Piazza DH
Dan Johnson 1B
Bobby Crosby SS
Travis Buck RF
Jason Kendall C
Ryan Langerhans CF

306 comments… add one
  • Ok.. now Im worried about Drew. Viral Symptoms? IS is Manofglassitis?
    Why is Coco hittign Second all of a sudden?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • Coco was hitting eighth, with Youk second in the earlier lineup.

    attackgerbil May 1, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • I know I’d like to see what Coco is able to do in the second slot now that he’s playing a little better. Tonight is as good a time as any. I guess.

    ToddSF May 1, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • I was gonna say the team would be better off with Youk there and Hinske batting 5th, but Hinske’s 1/12 against Blanton with two GIDP. So this is kind of a poor matchup regardless of what Francona does…Drew picked a bad time to get sick.
    In fact, the only other player with more then 6 ab’s against Joe is Lugo, who’s 5/10 with a pair of doubles. Manny’s 3/4 with a pair of walks, and is the only other Sox with anything resembling success against him. Very, very small samples, of course…
    I’m guessing Coco’s hitting 2nd because that’s where he was successful with Cleveland, and he looked good there…in one game…earlier this season. That, and since runs might be hard to come by anyway…maybe the idea is that Lugo and Crisp at the top of the lineup will add an element of smallball / speed; Kendall’s only thrown out %30 of would-be basestealers this season.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • I wonder if JD would play for another million or so???

    jp - SF May 1, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • I hope something works. I’m not real confident about our chances against Blanton.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • i’s say Crisp is secondly solely because Youk is the best option in the 5 spot with drew out. Though I might have put pedroia up there since he dont strike out much and try doing some hit and run with Lugo on base and maybe a higher spot would jump start Pedroia.

    TJ May 1, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • For whatever reason, I’m not even worried tonight. If Hughes gets lit up, and Curt is Curt, it’ll be a wonderful night!
    It’s Sam Thirty, boys.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • For whatever reason, I’m not even worried tonight. If Hughes gets lit up, and Curt is Curt, it’ll be a wonderful night!
    It’s Sam Thirty, boys.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • Interesting idea, TJ. Might be somethign to try.
    I’m defiantly nervous about this game.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Now would definatly be a good game for Manny to be Manny at the plate in

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • First three doing their part beautifully.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • 10 pitch, 1-2-3 first inning for Schilling.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • 3 up, 3 down, 10 pitches, last one was a decent pitch hit kinda hard to center, other outs were easy flies.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • >>>For whatever reason, I’m not even worried tonight. If Hughes gets lit up, and Curt is Curt, it’ll be a wonderful night!
    Right now, a Toronto loss would be more meaningful than a Yankees loss, no?

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Lugo grounds Blanton’s second pitch to second base, out.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Ughhhhhhh…why do you try to bunt on Chavez TWICE in a row? Stupidity…
    That might go as an infield hit, but it’s a tough call. Either way, Crosby should have made the play; he’s an awful defensive shortstop.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Coco bunts two pitches foul, goes down 0-2 in the count, then reaches on the fifth pitch as the A’s first baseman can’t scoop the throw…

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Indeed Hudson, Toronto is the team to keep a wary eye on at the moment.. but we must always watch out for the Yanks.
    They are the two teams I fear. We have a HORRIBLE record agaisnt the Jays though…

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • (Fifth pitch of the inning, not fifth pitch to Coco. Gotta make this Blanton guy work more…)

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Blanton falls behind Ortiz 2-0, gets a questionable call on the inside corner to make it 2-1.
    Crisp steals second on an outside changeup. Almost gets to take 3rd because Chavez was covering 2nd.
    Ortiz bloops one into shallow LF, only guy who has a shot in Chavez but he doesn’t move. Stewart breaks late but can’t come up with it, runners on 1st and 3rd and nobody out. Both reach on hits, but neither are “hits” in the traditional sense of the word; Blanton’s looked pretty good.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Crisp with the steal!

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Manny smashes a liner to RF, pushes Buck back to the warning track. First solid contact of the inning goes as a sacrifice fly, 1-0 Boston. Ortiz still on first, two out.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • And the Sox manufacture a run.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • That’s why I don’t worry about Manny’s hitting- he’s hitting the ball hard, just at people.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • “Stewart breaks late but can’t come up with it, runners on 1st and 3rd and nobody out.”
    Meant 1 out, whoops.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Stewart muffs a Papi pop-up to left, Coco to third (having stolen third), then Manny gets an RBI sac fly to the right field corner.
    1-0 Sox.
    It wasn’t pretty run, all things considered, but I’ll take it…

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • TB, Tor, NY and Bal can all lose for all I care :p

    TJ May 1, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Youkilis fists an inside fastball just over the 2nd-baseman’s head. Good job going the other way with it, but that’s yet another bloop single. Blanton’s got awful luck, not that I’m complaining. (Though if this were Schilling I’d totally be freaking out. Hehe)

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Youks fists a soft single to right on a 3-2 count, runners at 1st and 3rd with 2 out.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • the Sox Speedsters

    TJ May 1, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Lowell!!!

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Youk gets a great jump on Blanton and steals second without a throw. Lowell still up with a chance to do some real damage, runs the count to 2-2.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Talk about a couple of ugly runs- you were right about Crosby, D1

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • HAHAHAHA OAKLAND SUCKS

    TJ May 1, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Man, what a terrible play to have with runners on second and third.
    So it goes…

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • This is unreal! I’ve never seen a guy give up FOUR lame-ass hits in a row like that! Defense is completely letting him down right now, though you wouldn’t know it from the 0 errors. Which is why FPCT means jack sh*t. :-)
    3-0 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Youks takes 2nd uncontested, then Lowell plates both runners with another strange hit… Grounder up the middle stymies Crosby. Weird. 3-0 Sox.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Seems to me Boston has owned Choakland since the 2003 playoffs. I’m just glad that Eric Byrnes isn’t still playing for them, hated that guy.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Crosby definitely compounded limited range with a horrible throwing decision. You can’t help physical errors, but mental mistakes are unforgivable.

    Anonymous May 1, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • “Grounder up the middle stymies Crosby.”
    What the hell was he thinking throwing it to third base? Youk was halfway home by the time he let it go; I mean he probably couldn’t have made the play at the plate but it was a better idea then just…kinda sitting on it…
    Really important for Schill to hold this. Blanton’s throwing better then his line would indicate, although I will say that he’s run up a lot of 2-3 ball counts. Even so, 9 times out of 10, he throws like this and he comes out of the inning clean.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Wow…that ‘play’ by Crosby was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.

    Anonymous May 1, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Agreeing here with d1… Those were four of the weakest (sequential) hits I can remember. On the other hand, the Sox at least partially earned their runs with aggressive baserunning and Manny’s sac fly.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • I’m the first to admit that we didn’t earn those three runs, Oakland gave them to us, but I will take them any way we can get them.
    Any Yankee fans out there a little annoyed?

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Red Sox…. manufacturing runs? capitalizing on mental errors? having dominant pitching?
    WHAT KIND OF BIZARRO UNIVERSE HAVE I STUMBLED INTO?

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Schill K’s Piazza swinging on an outside splitter. Gets Dan Johnson looking at a nice inside fastball.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Indeed D1, this has been a gift. We must hold the line now.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • You gotta love Manny in that situation, he does that better than anyone in the game, thank god he does it for us.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Ouch Crospy tries to make up for his infield suckiness by singling off Schill.
    Stupid spamcheck is really impeeding my posting. Dont expect much out of me tonight.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Nice play by Manny there off the wall. And it turned out to save a run.
    Given Manny, why would anyone be surprised he’s good at off the wall stuff?

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Oh, that anonymous guy was me. I hate how teams just seem to lay down and take it when they play Boston.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Falls behind Crosby 2-0, who drills a liner into the Monster. Our terrible defensive LF barehands it and makes a fantastic throw to 2b, to hold Crosby to a single.
    Good thing, too, because Jason Kendall gets a cheapy of his own on a seeing-eye-single up the middle. But given the first inning…doesn’t seem like a good time to whine about bad luck.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Uh.. Schill.. umm.. everythign ok out there, ol’ buddy?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • “Oh, that anonymous guy was me. I hate how teams just seem to lay down and take it when they play Boston.”
    It’s just perception. I often feel the same way about teams playing against NY. I don’t think it’s really true either way…just feels like it sometimes.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • “I hate how teams just seem to lay down and take it when they play Boston.”
    Oh, come on man, really…
    Jesus.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Crosby spoils Curt’s no-hitter with a long single off the wall (example of Manny actually playing left field well, getting a quick and accurate throw into 2nd base), then a single up the middle… still 2 outs. Manny’s play saves a run if Schilling can get out #3 here.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Ugh, what’s wrong with me…it wasn’t Kendall who hit the single, it was Buck. Kendall strikes out swinging to end the threat.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • D1, Manny’s always played LF decently physically- it’s the mental gaffes that have made me crazy.
    He’s no Yaz, but anybody remember the Mike Greenwell years?

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • K ends the inning, hits harmless, 29 pitches through 2 for Curt.
    Embree, Walker and Dinardo are all A’s now, according to NESN… Didn’t realize that.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Heh, yeah I was mostly kidding when I said that. The way he plays the ball off the wall in Fenway almost makes up for his poor range…that said, I do think that he’s a truly awful fielder at every other ballpark.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Wang to miss his start tomorrow night due to the fingernail thing.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Hinske and Pedroia gone harmlessly on 4 pitches. Christ…work the f*cking count. Blanton’s not getting any swings and misses, but a lot of weak contact.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Kei Igawa to serve up the gophers to Sosa, which in turn will let me take over first in our fantasy league, and then Beckett goes to 6-0. How could a day get any better than that?

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Manny has a cannon and an accurate cannon at that, he plays the wall ball amazingly, a ball that is unique to Fenway.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Err….Pettitte’s going tomorrow.
    Don’t you guys remember, Wang pitched Sunday?

    Anonymous May 1, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Hinske grounds out, first pitch swinging.
    Pedroia flies out, second pitch swinging.
    And Lugo pops out on the fourth pitch.
    31 pitches in the 1st and only 7 in the 2nd. That’s a big help to Blanton. Jeez, show some patience and get this guy out early.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Ugh. We need to work the count more than we have been. Not just in this game, but in general. Get pitchers to throw us a minimum of four or five pitches a player. If we do that, we’ll kick butt.
    Alright Schill, Blanton just had a 1-2-3, lets match it.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • “Wang to miss his start tomorrow night due to the fingernail thing.”
    And it just gets worse in Yankee-land. Hehe…
    Lugo pops up a nasty curve ball for the third out. So after a 30 pitch first, Blanton’s done the second on 8. Ugly.
    Boston hitters aren’t making solid contact, but Blanton’s not showing the 7+ K/9 stuff he came in with. This could either be an incredibly frustrating game for us, with lots of quick Boston ab’s, or one they break open the second or third time through the order.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Sorry, anon was me again. Site didn’t save my info.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Well, YES (the woman field reporter) just said that Wang will not make his next start…sorry if I messed up the day on which that happens. Either way, it makes me smile.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • (Toronto is up 3-0 over Cleveland after half an inning, but the game is now in rain delay… Please be cancelled.)

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Another cheapo single, this time from Shannon Stewart after Schilling’s 4th K. Been a weird game; Crosby’s wall-ball was the only hard-hit single so far, and Manny’s out was the only solid contact a Boston batter’s made.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • I guess that would be Friday, against offensively-retarded Seattle. Pettitte and Moose go tomorrow and the next day.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Schilling hangs a split and Ellis hits it hard, but into deep CF. Crisp tracks it down for the long out.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Thank you Oakland.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • So far, so good.
    How’s the rain in Texas.. anyone know?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Curt gets his 4th K and keeps his pitch count down to 38 after 3. So far, so good. Let’s put some more runs up…
    (I can’t gloat too much about an injury, even a Yankee pitcher’s hangnail… Though it certainly makes the Yankees’ job of climbing out of the cellar that much tougher. Maybe Pavano is contagious.)

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Meanwhile, Ted Lilly’s getting hammered by the Pirates…which is bad news for my fantasy team. Fortunately I have such a tremendous lead in the three pitching categories that have been affected, that a few bad outings won’t kill me. ;-)

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Ian Kinsler is playing off of the charts right now for Texas. Young is on a nice hit streak, and Slammin Sammy cleaning them up tonight.
    Dear Baseball God,
    Please allow for 6IP by the Yankee bullpen tonight.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Minnesota is kicking the tar out of the D-Rays. Brutal. I do not look forward to facing those guys.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Crisp walks. Good, let Blanton be distracted.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • weather.com says isolated thunderstorms all evening, %30 chance of precipitation in Arlington. I bet they get the game in.
    Ortiz not happy with this ump. Gets pissed off at three straight changeups, all of which looked the same, all of which could have gone either way. But the umpire’s been consistant, so I think Ortiz is in the wrong here. Those pitches were too close to get worked up over.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • I guess that would be Friday, against offensively-retarded Seattle. Pettitte and Moose go tomorrow and the next day.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • 2 very borderline strikes low to Ortiz, he’s arguing a long time… Tito earns his pay by running out to keep Papi from getting tossed.
    (If the DH gets booted, does the pitcher bat, or can they be replaced in that situation? I can’t remember…)

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Our old friend (and town moron) Jim gets lambasted over on the first few comments at Bronx Banter tonight…
    Must be terrible when your own fanbase think your arguments are retarded.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Manny gets a blooper. Weird, but I’ll take it

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • One thing about Papi- as far as he’s concerned he’s NEVER taken a legitimate called strike.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Manny singles to center, Crisp to 3rd, then Youks gets him home with a sac fly. The Sox aren’t hitting for power tonight, but they are getting the job done very professionally.
    4-0 Sox.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • You can pinch hit or pinch run for a designated hitter. They just become a designated hitter and can’t move to be a defensive replacement without the penalty.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • True, Ayuh… Papi likes to get upset of called strike 3s. Still love him though. Such a great hitter.. that AB in the first game in Baltimore was AMAZING (I was there)

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Lowell lines out to end the inning, but I like the way this game is shaping up so far.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Haha, another bloop single helps plate a run, and two batters later Lowell smokes a liner but right at Mark Ellis. This has been a weird f*cking game.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Thanks, Andrew… I was just wondering if getting tossed were somehow different.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Dio- at-bats like that on in Baltimore are much better in person than on TV; you really get a sense of the intensity of the one-on-one matchup

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Wow- that was CRUSHED.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Dan Johnson crushes a belt-high fastball, sending it well over the Boston bullpen. Not much to say…just a bad pitch.
    4-1 Boston.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Jays game back in action. I hope they lose.. or get rained out.
    DAMN, Schill gives up a dinger.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Errrp, Dan Johnson goes yard (to right), now 4-1 Sox. 1 down.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Crosby Ks, #5 on the night for Schill.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Still…one has to be pretty happy. Less than 50 pitches, 5K, no walks, one ER. Pretty darn good.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • That’s one good thing about a veteran pitcher- he gives up a tape-measure dinger, but he just shrugs it off and K’s the next guy. A younger guy gets all bent out of shape, and winds up having a big inning.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Inning ends with a flyout to Crisp. Seems the A’s are making a little better contact, still can’t complain about a 4-1 lead and Curt on the hill and just 47 pitches through four.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Didn’t like strike 2 to Tek, but strike 3 was just a great pitch.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • On NESN, Remy & Orsillo are getting into their Mutt ‘n Jeff routine already.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Meh. That flyout to Crisp wasn’t deep; he made an awful pitch to Johnson and paid for it, but other then that he’s looked sharp.
    Batters need to take note that the pitchers are getting the outside corner consistantly to LH batters.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Ok. Down and away = strike. Learn the lesson, boys.
    Hinske almost gets the run back… but he swing at the first ptich and thus gets the glare of disapproval out of me.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Pedroia hits a ball hard but on the ground and right to Chavez. Ugh…another quick inning.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • We are NOT wearing down Blanton. This makes Dionysus angry.
    Schill better stay sharp tonight, cause our boys aren’t helping.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Meanwhile, the Yanks go down quietly in the first. Takes Loe 17 pitches to do it, and he walks Giambi, but time for Phil to face the top of the Rangers lineup.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • And ANOTHER seeing eye single, this time from Jason Kendall. Jesus…
    Meh, Dio, Blanton’s at 66 pitches through 4 innings. That’s not great, but it’s not bad, either.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Lead off single. Ugh Ugh Ugh.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • 4 runs through 4 is no reason to complain about your offense, says I.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Schill lucks out with a high split and gets Langerhans swinging. I think that was more a matter of Langerhans sucking right now then Curt making a good pitch…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Phil walks the first guy he faces, but gets Mike Young to GIDP. He then proceeds to dominate Mark Teixeira, striking him out on 4 pitches. Top-2 in Texas, 0-0. Good quick inning for the rookie.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Ha, maybe Devine.. but I’m an incurable pessimist during games. Baseball is just so much more.. fickle.. than any other sport.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Oh. My. God.
    Ridiculous. Stupid, stupid, stupid ball attendant.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • The Texas Ranger are EXACTLY what Phil Hughes and the Yankees need. Using Andrew’s MO: they always lay down for them.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Yeah, the nature of the game makes one infuriated over very, very small things. Even when you’re winning.
    Like right now, for instance. Homer here, and the game’s tied, and all that early promise/good pitching is rendered moot.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Stupid ballboy grabs a fair ball ripped down the 3rd-baseline. They give Ellis 2nd base, and are debating whether the runner should be awarded home plate. F*cking ballboy.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Bet that guy gets fired. Shameful. You don’t go for the ball until you SEE the umps call.
    Runners on second and third.
    I feel sick.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Is Kendall that great a threat to steal?
    Ballboy snags a hit down the line, it’s a double for the A’s, 2nd and 3rd with 2 out.
    C’mon, Schilling, shut this down.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Heck yes.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • “Ha, maybe Devine.. but I’m an incurable pessimist during games. Baseball is just so much more.. fickle.. than any other sport.”
    Haha, Dio, you and I in the same room would create a vortex of baseball anger and negativity nothing could escape. I find myself unable to get too worked up about anything right now, though, because of the way we scored in the first inning…if I were an A’s fan, I’d have broken something. Heh.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Schill gets the K!

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Haha the A’s manager just got ejected over what looked to me like a pretty clear 3rd-strike call against Chavez. Awesome.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • And now…back to work!

    Devine May 1, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • In fact, d1, the ONLY time I actually get crazily optimistic during a game is when I see Papelbon. I love the kid so so much.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Wait a second, the ballboy is an idiot, but he saved one run and put us at risk for two runs, then Schilling gets the K and we’re fine.
    So the net result, the stupid kid actually saved us a run.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Curt gets Chavez on a borderline check swing, K #7; Oakland manager booted.
    His pitch count balloons a bit to 72 through 5.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • *whistles* Pretty nice play by the sound of it Ellis. Web Gem nominee, I’d imagine.
    Coco bunts out. WHY?
    TAKE SOME DAMN PITCHES PEOPLE!

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Lugo smacks a line-drive…but right at Ellis. Weird play; he jumps for it, hits it straight up with his glove, and then catches it.
    And Crisp, for some reason, tries bunting the first pitch for a base hit. Out by a mile. Now I’m getting a little pissed about the lack of count-working myself…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • I dunno, Lockland, that hit to the ballboy was going to kick hard off the side wall in foul territory and Lugo looked to be in a good position to snag it… Might have even been held to a single.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Checked.. swing.. line.. drive…
    Papi is amazing.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Haha, Ortiz check-swings a flare into LF…and it falls in for another bloop single. Once again: Weirdest. Game. Ever.
    And then Manny smokes another line-drive, but of course, it’s right at the RF. Inning over. Not happy about the pitchcount anymore…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • DAMMIT MANNY!
    Next Red Sox player who doesnt work the count is getting an angry letter!
    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Or, go down the line to left field, no way to know for sure, also, even if Lugo gets to it, the other guy scores, he was already on third, right?

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • No Lockland.. he was on first.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Yanks up 2-0, bottom 2. Phil’s got 2 K’s already, but also 2 walks.
    The Texas Rangers: A cure for any Yankee slump.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Ok, I’m on crack.
    Carry on now.

    Anonymous May 1, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Hey.. Cleveland has scored a buncha runs and leads the Jays 4-3 now.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Dude, Manny gets a pass on that one. He hit that thing really, really, fricken hard. The Baseball Gods keep rewarding shoddy contact, while the drives–Piazza’s this inning, Manny and Youk, etc–keep making loud outs.
    Phil’s got 2 walks, but for the second time in as many innings induces a DP on the very next batter. Damn the Rangers all to hell.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • or anyone’s slump for that matter. They’re as bad as the team we’re looking at right now.
    No harm. We win and they win, and the season is shortened by one day with exactly no change in the standings.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • That commercial was hilarious! Please tell me the rest of you saw that!

    Brad May 1, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • “They’re as bad as the team we’re looking at right now.”
    At least the A’s have good pitching. The Rangers, apparently, have absolutely nothing. I mean I’m sure Young and Teix will pull out of their slumps at some point…at least, I think they will…but the rest of that lineup is absolute sh*t. Besides Ian Kinsler, who I think is legit. (Sosa hits homers and that’s it; his OBP is still under .300, or it was a few days ago)

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Wow. Its pathetic how much Texas sucks.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • I don’t see anything, Brad. I have WRKO via Gameday Audio

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • AGAIN!!! Youk smashes a liner towards first and Johnson makes a diving backhanded grab to rob him of a hit! Incredible…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Hahaha, anyone else notice, they replaced the ballboy on the 3rd baseline.
    Lowell and Tek seem to try a hit and run, with Tek swinging wildly at a pitch nowhere near the zone. He’s safe anyway, and the throw hits him in the foot.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Ynaks actually having a good game (or rather.. Texas just SUCKS) and yet their thread is a ghost town.
    Lowell… steals?
    I’m confused here. Have we stolen 3 bases in this game? Two of them from Youk and Lowell?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Yankee game is just about out of hand…3-0 with runners on 1st and 3rd.
    Blanton’s getting real pissed at this ump…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • *stares at Gameday* God damn Texas pitchers are a freakin’ joke. Wow. Unbeleivable. This must be a delicious tonic for Yankee fans.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Ugh, Hinske K’s swinging on a breaking ball in the dirt and outside, throwing his helmet in disgust. Blanton clearly has his number; he’s now 1/15 lifetime against him.
    Joe’s at 90 pitches through 6 innings…not a good job by Boston working the count, but he’s been throwing strikes and really, has pitched a good game. His approach almost reminds me of Schilling’s; he works fast and throws lots of first-pitch strikes.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Oh crap. Lead off double.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • F*ck. Schilling leaves a splitter high and Buck smashes it to CF for the leadoff double. F*ck. Not good. Okajima’s already warming up, which I’m not sure I like; I’d be surprised if Schilling can’t finish the 7th himself.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • That Yankee game thread is DEAD, curious…
    I saw that ad with Papi, funny shit indeed.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Another belt-high fastball. I take back what I said about expecting Schill to finish the inning…here comes Todd Walker, PHing for Ryan Langerhans.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Two consecutive hits off Schill. Oakland pinchitting Todd Walker.
    My stomach is flipflopping. I don’t like this situation AT ALL.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • The commercial was a fake badmitton match on a Japanese TV station, but David Ortiz was one of the players. He was taking volleys from his partner and burrying the little badmitton thing into whatever was around. One was lodged about an inch into the opponents leg, one was stuck in the head of the judge. It was for vitamin water, and was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. He was hitting it like it was a inside fastball as hard as he could. Funny stuff.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • COCO!!!

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Coco has some amazing catches…

    Brad May 1, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Walker sac fly, now 4-2 Sox. Stewart up.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Amazing Coco catch and the runner scores on a sac fly.
    Still.. an out.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • INCREDIBLE catch in CF by Crisp to at least keep the DP in order; the run scores, but wow…great play.
    He’s working his shoulder around, though, I really hope he didn’t hurt it…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Papi’s badmitton partner in the ad was Brian Urlacher, so funny.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Schilling shatters Stewart’s bat and gets the gb, but it’s too slow to turn two with. Pedroia makes a nice play on it, charging hard and making the off-balance throw to first. 2 down…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Great outing by Schilling. I’m assuming we’re gonna go all Okie-Pap on their asses now with no score changes?

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • You could almost feel the A’s deflate after that catch by Coco.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • And we get out of it. Deep breath of releif.
    The Rangers are making Hughes look like the love child of Johan Santanna, ROger Clemens and Pedro Martinez

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Devine, that seems to be the plan. It’s nice to have that.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • And there it is. Crisp comes up huge, and yet another strong start by a Boston pitcher.
    Schill’s at 100 pitches through 7, allowing 8 hits–2 2B and a HR–and no walks while striking out 7. Looked shaky in the 7th but other then that, a very well-pitched game.
    Oki was warming, I’d say you’re right, Devine. Unless Fat Joe gives up another crooked number…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • That Coco catch sounded liek a webgem… did it look like it too?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Ugh…I hate reactionary moves…but Pedroia is reeeaaaaly struggling…still, I hate reactionary moves. Deserves at least .5-.75 of a season, and since we’re winning right now, it’s not hard to let him keep playing.
    Coco catch was a lot like the one he made on David Wright last year. So yeah, should be a webgem. Blanton’s still dealing…good thing this is his last inning…not that I’m as confident in our ability to hit that bullpen as I would be if this were, say, NY…

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Dio- it was a great catch by Coco. He was laid out completely, going full tilt.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Man, Blanton could have had a win with some luck today. Hit ’em where they ain’t…

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • “Man, Blanton could have had a win with some luck today. Hit ’em where they ain’t…”
    Yeah, but when you think about it, he had a little help, too. Manny smoked a couple, Youk, Lowell…doesn’t make up for that first inning, but even so.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Man I remember that Wright catch. Saw that one on TV. Beautiful.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • On redsox.com there’s a poll, asking who the Sox’ April MVP should be. Choices are Ortiz, Paps, Lowell, Drew, and Beckett. Beckett’s by far the most popular choice, which I don’t disagree with…but Okajima DEFINITELY should have been on that list. Not only has he been flat-out dominant, but it also seems like he’s often doing it against the meat of the order.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Sabathia has settled down and is dealing against the Jays. Still 4-3 Cleveland.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • I want to know when they are gonna start selling Okajima Player t-shirts. I want one, badly.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Oki not happy with the ump now either, just missing inside on Piazza with a big hook. Looked like a ball to me, though.
    Gets Piazza swinging on a splitter. Nothing but off-balance swings in that ab.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Texas is just down right terrible.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Oakie! Gets ’em 1-2-3. What a combo with Papelbon.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • I’m sure it’s still pretty much a fluke, but I’m liking the Asian 8th Inning Papelbon.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Right now, it’s looking like Okajima/Papelbon is the Red Sox version of Gordon/Rivera of a few years ago

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Hideki…
    Doing his thing.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Hughes through 4 innings in Texas, on 43 pitches…3 K’s, 2 BB and 9 groundouts. Unreal…
    Johnson pops up a 3-2 breaking ball for the final out. Almost time for Papelbon.
    Incidentally…Paps has been great, but I’d like to see those walks drop a bit. 5 walks in 9.1 innings is not good; the 15 K’s kinda makes up for it, but still…over the course of a season, that kind of control can bite you.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Darkman does it again.
    Texas should be just.. not allowed to play anymore games. Just give all teams autmoatic wins in their games meant to be played against them in the schedule and close down the ballpark.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Toronto down by 1, Baltimore tied up…

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Long term I’m not worried about the Os, Hudson. The Jays however.. give me nightmares.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • d1, when you consider how few hits Papelbon has allowed the walks number becomes entirely palatable, especially with all those Ks. His WHIP of 0.75 is enviable.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Another blooper. *just shakes his head*
    Manny’s 1000th hit with the Sox, Joe tells me. Nice.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Manny’s average “soars” to .217 on his 2-for-3 night.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Philip Hughes.. is workign on a freakin’ no-hitter. Thats how much Texas sucks.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Can’t say Baltimore concerns me any. Remy’s right; Manny hit the ball hard twice and came up empty; both singles were more of the flare/soft-liner variety. In any case, a nice game from Manny.
    I know, Hudson, but I’m not so sure a BAA that low is sustainable over an entire season. Just look at what happened to Blanton today…the more walks you issue the less room you have for error or bad luck. Just nit-picking on my part; it’s not like there’ve been a ton of well-struck balls that just haven’t fallen in for hits…he’s been dominant.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Cleveland suddenly up 7-3 on Toronto. Good news.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Clevland has scored more off the Jays.. now 7-3 Indians. Trot has scored two of those runs! YAY TROT!
    Burnett having an awful night

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • d1: Papelbon is allowing fewer than 1 runner per inning, and that runner almost never makes it past 1st base… I agree that it is hard to sustain, but he’s miles ahead of pretty much everyone. I worry less about Paps than just about anybody on this staff, at least until we get to August and see how the arm has held up.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • “Burnett having an awful night”
    The Kyle Farnsworth of starting pitching. Lights out or lit up. (Not sure if he’s insane, though…)

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Ok, I didn’t watch the game, but can someone please explain how Mike “Slowest Man Alive” Lowell got a stolen base??

    Paul SF May 1, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Ugh a hit.
    Bear down, Paps. Bear down.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • And of course after that post, Paps promptly allows a leadoff hit to Crosby. Manny plays it as if he was snoozing, assuming no one ould touch JP.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Paul- Lowell took off on a hit and run, Tek swung through it, but the catcher made a terrible throw

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • I’m not really worried about him, Hudson, besides the health thing. I just remember reading a stat that said he’d walked at least one batter in each of his last four games, or something like that…and it stuck out a bit.
    Crosby rips a leadoff single. Buck looks overmatched on the first two pitches.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Slower than Mirabelli?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Had to happen sooner or later.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • OH CRAP!

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • And Travis Buck hits one out, 4-4 game, Paps’ first blown save of the year.
    Tip of the hat to d1 here. Uncanny! I jinxed ’em.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • …it had to happen sooner or later. We’re f*cked, game over. No chance our pen outlasts theirs.
    Travis Buck, taking over for Eric Byrnes. FUCKING FUCK

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • wow. Holy shit. Buck?
    Well, I guess Oakland has it in for great closers this year.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Oh, oh.
    BTW, who’s uglier, Buck or Derrick Turnbow.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I was actually gonna warn you earlier about expressing optimism, Dionysus! (Jinxes aren’t real, but sometimes I’m scared of them anyway)
    Here’s hoping the Sox play their first extra-inning game. Are they jerking off in the Yankee thread yet?

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Schilling must be bummin’. No W for him, no matter what happens now.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Well, that’s a bummer. Check the score, see Paps is in with a two-run lead, do some work, check back and it’s tied.
    Suck.

    Paul SF May 1, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • He’s missed location on pretty much every pitch he’s thrown to this point. Can’t stress enough how f*cked we are; not a chance we score on Doucher (heh) or Street.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Paps, Fenway stunned.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • I just broke a glass, throwing it to the floor.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • “Are they jerking off in the Yankee thread yet?”
    Probably, but mostly because Hughes is sh*tting all over the Texas offense.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • “Are they jerking off in the Yankee thread yet?”
    When aren’t they?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Looking again at the home run pitch, Papelbon had Buck (who looks like he runs a hyrdoponics business in the off-season) up 0-2, then threw him a fastball down the middle, a little up, rather than making him chase.
    Maybe bespeaks a little overconfidence on Paps’ part, with hope he won’t make that mistake again anytime soon.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • I’m gonan go vomit now.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Another 2-strike hit. That one wasn’t a bad pitch but it wasn’t good, either. Remy says his velocity’s down. Just about time to start flipping sh*t.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Cora wins it in the bottom of the 9th.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • I HATE losing when the Yankees win. HATE it. HATE HATE HATE HATE.
    We haven’t even lost yet. But I can feel it.

    Paul SF May 1, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Hudson, Tek was set up way high and out of the strike zone, and Papelbon didn’t get it up far enough. He’s only generated two swinging strikes so far, and nobody looks uncomfortable. This is not good. At all. Visions of the season crashing and burning, dancing through my head…not because he’s blown a save, but because he’s looked awful and weak while doing it.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Wow. Paps usually doesn’t work this slowly.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Do you guys have this much fun when Mo blows a save? I’m grinning like a cheshire cat right now. Call me a troll or whatever, this is worth it.

    bloodyank78 May 1, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Papelbon is not keeping the ball down. All these fouls by Stewart have been around the belt.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Hey, if nothing else, there’s always Okajima…

    Paul SF May 1, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Is Paps hungover?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Man, we have been programmed to fear the worst, haven’t we? Papelbon has one bad outing and we’re already lining up replacements for the rest of the season…

    Paul SF May 1, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • by78: yes…but generally on Sox threads.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Jesus, crap crap CRAP! CRAP!
    I’m gonna jump off a bridge.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • by, yes we do. Definitely.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Walks him. 1st and 2nd, just one out. Romero warming. Jeebus. Sox need a DP in a big way here, otherwise I can feel this one slipping away fast…

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • What if he’s hurt?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Tek grabs a pop-up behind the plate, big break, that. 2 down.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Yes, bloodyank, we do, so I don’t fault you for enjoying this.

    Anonymous May 1, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Oh, let him have his fun, Devine. We’re thicker skinned than they are.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Maybe you is, Bill…I don’t like “trolling” on either side. It wasn’t mean-spirited or anything…I just don’t like being kicked when I’m down.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Oh thank god its over.
    Papelbon has a horrible horrible outing.
    I still love him, but GOD that was ugly.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • And Papelbon gets out of it with a groundout, Lugo unassisted.
    35 pitch inning. Ugly. Time for some walk-off heroics… by the bottom of the order, which is 0-for-9 tonight.
    Pinch hitters coming up for Hinske/Pedroia, maybe?

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • I think you guys are gonna win this one. Too many weapons on the Sox offense if this even goes to extra innings.

    bloodyank78 May 1, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • You HAVE to pinch hit Cora in this inning.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Really, that was just me taking a backhanded shot at them.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Well thanks, by78. Sorry if I’m snippy. You can probably understand (though I think most people are probably thicker-skinned than me).

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Sorry for being a prick guys.

    bloodyank78 May 1, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Dammit Lockland.. why did you have to respond? Can’t we just turn the other cheek?

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Besides, Paps’ ERA is still 8 runs lower than Mo’s.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Papelbon needs a haircut, that’s all.
    Tek v. Duchscherer: Just misses down the left field corner, then Ks looking.
    Hinske batting, no pinch hitter.
    No word on who is warming… It was just Romero, but I’d much rather see Donnelly in the 10th if it comes to that.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Fukit, BY. It’s all in fun.
    How’s the family?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Come on…one more base hit…

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Here comes Cora.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Hinske doubles! (1 out.)
    Cora pinch-hitting…
    If the Sox walk off, everyone can smile with relief and just write this off as a rare misfire by Paps. If the Sox lose, it’s kind of grim.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Cora gets IBB’d to open up the possibility of a DP.
    C’mon, Julio.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Nah, nah, BY…like I said, you weren’t being particularly mean, and I said something very similar to what you said in a different thread about the Scutaro homer.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Wow. INT BB to Cora. When has THAT ever happened?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • They are intentionally walking Alex Cora. Clearly I’ve entered a parrallel universe.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Surprised that Hinske isn’t being pinch-run for.

    Ayuh - SF May 1, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • It’s on Crisp…

    Devine May 1, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Sac bunt….
    I’m calling it….
    Please do it….

    Brad May 1, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Oh god.. Crisp on in a Game situation.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Cora grounds out, but the A’s only get 1 (5-3 play).
    Big moment for Covelli. Squeeze play?

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • There are two outs, Brad.

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • dummy.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • coco

    dc May 1, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • GOD CRISP SUCKS!

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Aaaaaahhh crap.
    Well, I’m on my way home. The silly thing will probably be settled when I get back.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Crisp grounds out to first, extras (first time this year, no?)… Gah. What a waste.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • haha.
    too
    many
    sam
    adams
    tonight

    Brad May 1, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • This GAME sucks

    Dionysus May 1, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Reason I’m freaked out by this, Paul, is because nothing about Papelbon’s outing looked normal. Velocity never broke 93, he missed location on EVERYTHING, and only generated something like 4 whiffs. He also threw more sliders then usual, presumably because his fastball didn’t have its normal life.
    And the whole bullpen goes down in flames in one f*cking night against the second worst offense in the American League. I expected a regression, but not all at f*cking once. Christ.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Piazza doubles.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Is something wrong with Paps? My friend tells me his fastball was sitting at 93-94 instead of his usual 98.
    This is also why I wanted him to be a starter, he’d have to dial down his velocity and I dunno if he’d really be all that effective. Making him the closer was the right move. He had to blow one sometime.
    Now we get to see what the bottom part of the Boston bullpen is really made of, facing off guys like Duchdsjdhshesdrfdesar and Street.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • One of our bench players was just walked to get to our starting SS. I don’t care what the situation is, you just don’t see that very often.
    For the record, the best thing going tonight is what’s going on in the Yankee game, even as a Red Sox fan, I think it’s really damn cool.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Oakland scores on another double. Still no outs. Total waste of a quality Schill start.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • This game’s over. Talk about a reversal of fortunes. Hughes is working on a no-hitter, and everything there was to like about Boston has just gone to shit. (Except for Schilling)

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • >>>One of our bench players was just walked to get to our starting SS. I don’t care what the situation is, you just don’t see that very often.
    C’mon, this was obviously done with 1st open so as to try for a double play. It was not out of respect for Cora or disrespect for Lugo.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • OK, fine. Paps blows it, Donnelly blows it,
    Huston Street will blow it.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 1, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • “One of our bench players was just walked to get to our starting SS. I don’t care what the situation is, you just don’t see that very often.”
    …yeah, you kinda do, when the starting SS is 1/6 lifetime against the reliever and it sets up a DP. And FWIW, I want nothing more then to see Franchise crash and burn. I take no pleasure in watching a Yankee throw a no-hitter, I don’t f*cking care how old he is. Sorry, I’m a baseball fan, too, but I’m not that levelheaded.
    Of course, if the last inning and a half hadn’t happened, I might be singing a different tune.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • francona should be fired…he’s obviously burned out pap…

    dc May 1, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • I’m pessimistic, but the game is hardly over with MannyOrtiz coming up in the bottom of the 10th.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Kidding, right dc? 9.1 innings per month is hardly overuse; if a closer can’t do that he shouldn’t be a closer.
    Who got hurt in the Yankee game?

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Donnelly bears down… 2 batters too late.
    Manny-Papi-Youks coming up. There is (slim) hope.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Hughes is hurt. The Yankees physical trainer needs to be fired immediately, and drawn and quartered on the streets of New York.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Detroit beat Baltimore.
    Cleveland still 6 runs up on Toronto (8th inning).
    Tampa Bay lost.
    So who cares what that other last-place team is doing?

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Wow. OK I didn’t want to see a no-no, but I didn’t want that, either. That sucks.
    Ortiz crushes a meatball but is too far out in front of it. Sh*t.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Wow. My little jinx was a joke, for the record, I mean come on, nobody actually believes in that crap, but that is a shame for Hughes.

    LocklandSF May 1, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Well, at least your meat of the lineup is up.

    Lar May 1, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Ortiz pops out to right. Arrrgh.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Hughes is hurt? What happened? I know he looked pretty good…
    Wow. NY can’t catch a break. Nice.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • That was a clutch popout right there, f*cking fantastic.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Street has some nasty, nasty stuff.
    Okay, I’m out…
    The typepad thing has started to hit me everytime.
    Later guys.

    Brad May 1, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • I’m glad you’re now cheering injuries to a last-place team Brad. What a classy guy.
    The strength and conditioning team, which is new this year, clearly clearly sucks. God damn it.

    Andrew May 1, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Full count to Manny Ramirez, do or die situation:
    And he Ks.
    I guess he’s not “back” yet.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Street having trouble controling nasty, nasty stuff with ridiculous movement. But he gets Manny.
    This is about as ball-breaking a loss as there’s ever been. Worse because it came to the F*CKING ATHLETICS, who are an awful team with an AWFUL offense.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Wow.. to the track.

    attackgerbil May 1, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Kevin Youkilis at the plate…
    Flies out to the track.
    Game over.
    This is a dispiriting loss. Big mistake to consider a 2-run 9th-inning lead an automatic W.

    Hudson May 1, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • So this is good…Papelbon didn’t just look mortal, he looked f*cked up. 5 mph missing on his fastball and no clue where anything he threw was going, ever. Cue the “Boston only wins in April” cracks.

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Also, apparently Billy Beane called the Red Sox to discuss a possible Rich Harden trade. Rotoworld speculates that a deal might involve Wily Mo Pena and Clay Buchholz; if that was really all it took, along with maybe one more reliever, I’d be all for it. I know he’s injury prone…but the upside…
    http://tinyurl.com/26wxr9

    desturbd1 May 1, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Ah well, that really blew.

    Devine May 1, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • “Rich Harden … Wily Mo Pena and Clay Buchholz”
    Yes please.

    Tyrel SF May 1, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Well, hey, now you know how us YFs felt. Blown saves to Oakland, both off crappy hitters. It would’ve been perfect if it were Marco Scutaro.
    Now that Boston ate that karma, I’m just waiting for all the injuries. Unless the Yankees decided they wanted to take the lot this time.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 12:20 am
  • …I thought praying for injuries was classless and base?

    desturbd1 May 2, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Not praying. Expecting and waiting.

    Andrew May 2, 2007, 1:06 am
  • Andrews, I wasn’t happy about the injury. In fact, when I wrote that, I didn’t even know what happened. I was/am happy about NY getting kicked while their down, but not the injury. Make no mistake about it, if NY can’t catch a break all year, I’m happy.
    But, on the same note, I don’t want anyone hurt. Call it what you will.

    Brad May 2, 2007, 8:52 am
  • ugh…
    I mean they’re, and not their.
    Morning posts will get me everytime.

    Brad May 2, 2007, 10:03 am

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