John Lackey and Brett Anderson for their respective teams at the Coliseum. Comment away.
Let’s see how much of this is bearable. Lackey going on extra rest means he should only give up 5 runs after 3 innings, instead of the usual 9.
Anderson is good and efficient tonight. Sox will have to MAKE something happen. 32 pitches thru 3.
The third is clean for Lackey. 50 pitches, but he’s doing OK.
Pedroia draws a lead-off walk. Will he go?
Gonzo has the only hit, a long first-inning single.
Wow, clear balk there. Tito gets ejected over it.
Pedey picked off, then argues that Anderson balked.
Tito comes ouot to argue, then gets ejected.
Joe C and Dale say replay indicates a balk.
Tito ejected before he gets to say much.
Umpires again thinking the fans come to see them.
Yeah, Tito got ejected after like 2 words. Not sure what that was about.
Crazy weather day in the midwest. 8 inches of snow in La Crosse Wis., 87 degrees in St. Louis, 37 in Chicago.
Evening becomes tornadic in Mo., Ill., and Ind.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Lackey is, dare I say, dealing. 60 pitches through four. allowed 2 hits, trails 1-0.
We just needs some runs.
Mo blows a save, Toronto wins in 10, 6-5.
This game is just a little more than an hour old and we’re in the bottom of the fifth. Oakland leads, 1-0.
Sadly I must head to bed. Can’t watch all of this, despite Lackey’s lack-o-suck.
Ath & IBM, I’m not sure why you’re so willing to give Lackey the benefit of the doubt. He’s perfectly capable of having a meltdown inning just when it looks like things are going well.
In other news, it is really painful to watch the bottom of this lineup right now.
I’m not giving Lackey the benefit of anything, just celebrating what has thus far been a good start.
I’m definitely not giving him the benefit of the doubt. I was just commenting on the lack-o-suck that we’ve seen so far.
Okay now I’m REALLY going to bed.
Thruogh 6, Lackey has thrown 93 pitches allowed 4 hits, 1 run and walked 1 with 3 Ks.
That’s not bad.
Wheels is warming in the pen. This stadium might hold today’s home-run ball.
Lackey appears to be done.
Anderson fields Gonzo’s grounder, stumbles and throws bad, Gonzo reaches on the error; youks promptly gounds into the 6-4-3 DP.
Fair enough, gents. Here’s what I meant to say: Bill, you know how you said “Lackey is, dare I say, dealing”? Well, I guess my reaction was, uh, let’s _not_ dare or tempt fate quite yet. But whatever — the Sox have a baserunner! Er, HAD a baserunner…
We might have a rally.
Ortiz singles, Ells PR, Cam batting.
Umpires just sucking big-time tonight.
Ells on first, Cam batting, ump calls strike 3 on Cam, on a low pitch, then calls Ells out stealing saying Cam interfered with the catcher.
I dunno, didn’t see it.
Crawford then singles, Salty singles with 2 outs.
Go to bed figuring the Sox will lose all momentum (as they always seem to do out west) and wake up to that exact news. Other than Lackey pitching well, nothing good at all came out of yesterday, and even that fact has to be tempered by the fact that it was in Oakland.
i hear you sf…it stings to have a guy finally pitch a good game, only to have the offense take the day off…if it’s any consolation, i’m bummed about mo’s first [hopefully only] blown save…i’m so spoiled, i always figure it’s a done deal when i see him come in…oh well, there’s more games today…
I didn’t have high hopes for facing Brett Anderson. He’s darn good, and lefty to boot. The fact that the Sox were able to keep it close and got jobbed on a couple of umpire calls seems like progress to me.
Though I confess I’m not sure why Terry Francona brought Dan Wheeler out for another inning, nor why, as someone else in the blogosphere noted, a hot Jacoby Ellsbury (who tends to hits lefties well anyway) was sitting in favor of Darnell McDonald.
Gammo was just on WEEI.
He said Ellsbury’s 4 homers are the worst thing to happen to him and the Red Sox.
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