Return to Normalcy: Sox-Jays Gamer IV

Well, it was a nice three days.  Three wins for the good guys and their pack of tee-totaling, humble, and dignified diplomats fans, three losses for the bad guys and their pack of snobby, excuse-making girly-men fans.  Tonight the energy level lessens a bit, as the Blue Jays come to town, sending Tomo Ohka and his 7+ ERA out against the revitalized knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.  This seems like a good matchup for our team, but there’s no room for complacency.  Despite the Yankees’ and Blue Jays’ injury issues and slowish starts, the Sox still have a team hot on their heels (surprisingly, the Baltimore Orioles).  This Boston hot streak (10 of their last 12) hasn’t given the Sox much separation from the rest of the division, and this week’s slate (Jays, Orioles, Yanks) gives our squad a chance to create some distance.  A quick start tonight would set the mood .

Discuss all the action here.  Lineups posted after the jump.

Blue Jays

Alex Rios, rf
Matt Stairs, lf
Vernon Wells, cf
Frank Thomas, dh
Gregg Zahn, c
Aaron Hill, 2b
Royce Clayton, ss
Jason Phillips, 1b
John McDonald, 3b
Tomo Ohka, P

Red Sox

Julio Lugo, ss
Kevin Youkilis, 1b
David Oritz, dh
Manny Ramirez, lf
J.D. Drew, rf
Mike Lowell, 3b
Wily Mo Pena, cf
Doug Mirabelli, c
Dustin Pedroia, 2b

Tim Wakefield, P

185 comments… add one
  • Thankfully, Frank Catalanatto and his career .311/.366/.537 line at Fenway, and .319/.396/.596 line vs Wakefield, is no longer an issue.
    And a Sportscenter commercial just advertised the, “Has Jonathan Papelbon surpassed Mariano Rivera as the division’s most dominant closer” debate. Cue hordes of YF’s frothing at the mouth and banging on the ESPN gates.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • He may not be better than Mo, but he’s pretty damn close at this stage of his career. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, Paps needs to string together about 5 injury free dominant years before we start going all crazy.

    jp - SF April 23, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • Wait, that’s a debate?
    I mean, Mo is the best ever, probably, but Paps was better last year (and so far this year in short work). He’s no proven winner like Rivera, so this is no claim of equivalency (Paps has miles to go to get anywhere near Mo’s level of accomplishment), but ESPN is actually creating a debate where there isn’t one: it’s crystal clear who is better at this moment.

    SF April 23, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • Well, I *do* have one more comment on last night’s game, and I’m only puzzled that I’m the first (?) to make the connection…
    Let’s review:
    The Yankees are up 3-0.
    But the Sox come back with not one, but two, then three, then four devastatingly improbable responses.
    The numbers go from 3-0 to 4-3.
    Sound familiar?
    [ducking]

    Hudson April 23, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • the responses are a little more probable considering Chase Wright was pitching. But yes, that did humble me for the moment.
    Phil Hughes is pitching on Thursday by the way!

    Nick-YF April 23, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • I just hope the offense did not go into a coma for tonights game. I would like to see us go on like 12-13 game winning streak.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • ESPN also states “Was Dice K throwing at ARod?”

    Rob April 23, 2007, 5:49 pm
  • I would too, Rob, but that didn’t work out so well last year.
    Of course, 12 in a row against the division versus 12-0 against the NL is MUCH different. Which is why it probably won’t happen.

    Paul SF April 23, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • Somehow I had blocked out the streak last year.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • Can we officially say the Yankees are panicking? Waiting until late April to call up Hughes does NOT count as taking it slow with the young arms.

    Paul SF April 23, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • Wily Mo must really be kicking himself for not managing to add #5… Coulda been in the record books for pretty much all time.

    Hudson April 23, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • This guy is freakin hilarious
    http://tinyurl.com/37zb5w

    Tyrel SF April 23, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • And no Lyle Overbay either? Very nice.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • That was classic…
    Lends new credence to the Lohud comment this weekend

    Rob April 23, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • MLB Extra Innings is back in the SF household! $159 is a small fortune to pay for the chance to see Orsillo and Remy intermittently and not have to worry about the screen freezing up, but worth it, I think.

    SF April 23, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • $159? You got your kids in a shed making knock off levi jeans?

    Rob April 23, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • Rios K’s to start

    Rob April 23, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Vernon Wells doubles to left center

    Rob April 23, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Jesus Belli, two outs, go easy.

    LocklandSF April 23, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Wake out of the inning

    Rob April 23, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • I am not worried about that run. For the love of god, Wake’s stuff is absurd this year so far, the looks on the faces of the batters when the pitch is called a strike is priceless. Like…
    “Huh? That was coming at my head, how did that fall in for a strike?”

    LocklandSF April 23, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • I am being forced to gamecast tonight. I am feeling lost now that I had three nights of Sox games in a row. How TB/Yanks are on ESPN is beyond me.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Youk with the single up the middle after Lugo bounds one back to Ohka. One down for Papi.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Just noticed Julio’s relatively low BA…then looked him up and found out he’s got a .371 OBP coming into tonight’s game. Very nice thus far, even better than Youk’s .352.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • “How TB/Yanks are on ESPN is beyond me.”
    No shit.
    No offense to the YFs, but there are at least a few games that are better. If for no other reason, than to give baseball fans someone to watch other than Boston or NYY.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Lugo and Youks don’t have high averages, but they are walking a lot.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • And I know there’s a thread addressing this, but I don’t want to keep jumping back and forth … The Hughes call-up might work out well in the short- and long-run for NYY, but right now it reeks of desperation. On the other hand, a peek at the DL …

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • “No offense to the YFs, but there are at least a few games that are better. If for no other reason, than to give baseball fans someone to watch other than Boston or NYY.”
    There are baseball fans that root for someone other than the Sox or Yanks?
    Coulda fooled me.

    Kazz April 23, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Kurt Rambis pops out to Julio Lugo. That guy is older than Julio Franco. And a basketball player.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I’m not happy with it either, Bill. Who lets people schedule these things?

    Andrew April 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Lowell with a poor play putting Wake in a major 2-out jam. He tried to shorthop a ball and muffed it into a 2-base error as the ball heads down the third baseline.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • What the f*ck is wrong with Mike Lowell?

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Manny makes a solid running grab to end the inning. That scared me off the bat, looked like a soft liner that was going to find emptiness.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • There are baseball fans that root for someone other than the Sox or Yanks?
    Hard as it might be to believe, yes. (I have an advantage in this department because I live in Chicago. But I hate the Cubs and really could do without the White Sox.)

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • In how many games have the Sox given up the first run? I know this happened over the weekend, so tonight makes four in a row. I wish they’d just jump out in front for once (and I am sure they feel the same way).
    Drew grounds out on one pitch. Grrrr.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Ohka getting the call on the low strike. He got it against Ortiz on a ball that looked out of the zone, and then again on Lowell. Hope the ump stays consistent.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Lowell destroys one…foul.
    Ohka is not a good pitcher, which means the Sox will probably do nothing for a while.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Doesn’t Kulpa have a reputation for being inconsistent behind the plate?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Whiffy Mo up now. If Coco gave me little confidence (though it rose greatly recently), Wily Mo inspires none. He is completely lost up there against anything but the worst pitches.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • So…anyone else feel absolutely terrible for Coco right about now? Game winning triple, 2/4 the next day…and he strains an oblique. Unreal.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Surprise, surprise. K.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • btw…ARod already cracked one tonight

    Rob April 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Didn’t Carl Everett head-butt Kulpa in 2000 when Mr. Unintelligent by Design was a Sox?

    attackgerbil April 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Well not game-winning but you know what I mean…

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • That Coco injury makes me sick, d1. I was really rooting for the guy, so seeing him with some success was a real boost. Now we’re stuck with Whiffy Mo, who is clueless at the plate. Get well soon, Coco.
    A week ago I never would have imagined typing that.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Do I have to say it?
    IT’S TOMO OHKA, GUYS.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • You know, Wily Mo stayed back on some pitches that I could hit last night, and then swung at all the junk.
    Actually, he swung at the SAME junk pitch, over and over and over. It was embarrassing.

    Kazz April 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • ‘Belli with a real cheapie there, blooping one the other way. 1/3, 2 down.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Bases juiced for Lugo.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Lugo now 1/8 w/RISP and 2 outs…this might have something to do with the oft-negative perception we have of him.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Mirabelli plays a strike into a ball, dropping a really good pitch. He helped fool the umpire into thinking it was worse than it was. Drat.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Hehe…our friend Igawa not doing quite what the Yankees would like so far. Up around 50 pitches and he’s not out of the 2nd inning, having allowed 3 hits and 3 walks thus far, including a 3-run shot by Rocco Baldelli. 4-0 Tampa.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • What a play there by Lugo and Youk to get Wells – Lugo ranges to his right into the hole and throws one on a hop to Youk, who shorthops one two-handed between his legs. Solid play all around.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Wake looking solid – K to end the inning. 2-3-4 coming up for the Sox, let’s tag this Ohka kid!

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Youk bounces weakly to short, a faster runner might have had a chance. But Youk isn’t fast.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • This is one sorry, letdown of an effort by the Sox so far, against an inferior pitcher. Like I said in the main thread, this is no night for complacency, and the Sox better wake up – this could be a throwaway of a game if they don’t make some noise. Pathetic job so far at the plate.

    SF April 23, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Wily Mo makes a diving “catch” (I think he trapped it) and nails the runner off first for a double play. I think the Sox caught a big break there, otherwise Wake’s in a 1/2 jam with one down, instead he’s out of the inning.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Wow…leadoff single by Drew

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Lowell singles…1/2

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Whiffy Mo up in a big spot. At least advance the runners, Whiffy.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Well, Whiffy Mo advances one runner, with a huge chop – no chance for a double play. Let’s at least tie this up, ok?

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • “btw…ARod already cracked one tonight”
    Fossum threw one, maybe two eephus pitches to Abreau. I wonder if he’ll try that to Rodriguez.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Is it me or is WMP like Serrano from “Major League”….boy can hit a fastball a mile, but when skip cries out “throw him a curve Pepper” he is history.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Loaded bases, again. Come ON!!!!!

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • dPod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TJ April 23, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Dpod with a double?

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • David Halberstam died today in a car crash near San Francisco.
    That sucks. The man could write.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • See? The little guy will be fine. Bottom of the order picking up the slack. Great to see.
    Sad about Halberstam, though I must confess to having never read any of his work.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Ugh…the hell is wrong with Erik Bedard? I must celebrate as a Boston fan, but as a fantasy owner I couldn’t be more frustrated.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • The Sox’ bats are just terrible tonight, Dustin notwithstanding. Awful stuff on display. Ohka has painted the corners ok, but they should be hitting him much harder.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Terrible game to forget how to hit, too. No Paps, no Okajima. Not good; they aren’t doing Wakefield any favors, but of course, that’s nothing new.
    Bad start to the 6th.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Joy…we are trailing again….

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • And the way they’re swinging, that’s the ballgame. Toronto came into this having lost FIVE IN A ROW. Including THREE to Baltimore. This is f*cking inexcusable.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • No margin for error for Wakefield, and the Jays go ahead on a Thomas 2-run bomb. Brutal pitch, brutally treated.
    This game is all on the Sox’ bats right now, Wake’s done just fine, only 2 earned into the 6th.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Wake not sharp this inning. Hill doubles on a hanger of a curve ball. Anyone up?

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • To reiterate: Ohka is arguably the worst non-Devil Ray starting in the AL East. Embarassing.
    And Wakefield’s looking mortal…stupid pitch selection.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Perhaps it’s too soon to even contemplate pulling Wake, considering the state of the ‘pen. Need to get Hideki and Paps some rest. Easiest way for that to occur is for the Sox to SCORE SEVERAL RUNS, for God’s sake.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Actually I guess I’m being a little melodramatic; Igawa doesn’t appear to be much better. Done after 4.1, having allowed 6 ER so far with a guy still on second base.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Jason Phillips drafted in 1897? Wow.

    QuoSF April 23, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • OK that’ll do it. Can Boston manage TWO runs on Tomo Ohka? Doesn’t look like it.
    I see little reason to pull Wakefield right now. He gives up another hard-hit ball right now, fine, but he still looks alright.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • F*ck.
    How come these games seem so predictable sometimes? The Sox sleepwalk into this one, making errors, poor pitches, no clutch hits. Just like I worried about.
    So f*cking frustrating.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Pretty soon it’s going to take several runs just to tie this game up, much less give the Sox a cushion.
    I am totally annoyed right now.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Oh boy. Drew fell down. Is he OK? Please be OK.
    That’s just unlucky; a pop fly in the wrong part of the park. Do NOT pull Wake over that.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • “And Wakefield’s looking mortal…stupid pitch selection”
    Hmmm…the choices…..68mph fastball, 68 mph knuckleball….68mph changeup.
    But I do understand what you mean D1…some of the location attempts and when he is throwing them is not making much sense.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • That’s gotta be one of the lamest doubles in the history of baseball. John McDonald hits a popup about 50 feet behind first that Drew can’t get to and which bounds about 50 feet in the air into the crowd. Luckily, that saves a run. Still, one of the cheapest hits on record.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • That almost scared the crap out of me. Wakefield looked like he put more than a milisecond’s thought into that throw to first, with his grip. From the bad mlb.tv feed, looked like he was almost going to brainfart and throw a knuckler to Youks.

    QuoSF April 23, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • “no clutch hits”
    With the exception of a couple off of Mo and a bunch of dingers, that was an issue against NY as well. If your team gets on base at a .467 clip and only manages 21 runs, there’s a definite lack of clutch happening.
    Well he got out of it. That could have been worse. Honestly, I’d send him back out for the 7th on a short leash; he hung a curve, and threw a bad pitch to Thomas. Other then that he wasn’t that bad.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Tomo Ohka at 95 pitches, and we still can’t hit this shitbag? WTF??!!

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Tomo Ohka making Daisuke Matsuzaka look like…Tomo Ohka.
    (Sorry, that’s just wrong, I know)

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • I hereby call for a pinch hitter for Wily Mo Pena, no matter what the situation. I don’t care if they put Brendan Donnelly up there, frankly. I just don’t want that wind machine hitting in a spot.
    (and I hope that if Tito sticks with him that I am made to look really stupid by posting this)

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Let us be honest here…did we really think anything else would happen tonight?

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • YAY! I look stupid!!!!!

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Did Serrano hit a fastball?

    Rob April 23, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Who is stupider: me for calling for a PH for WMP, or the Jays for throwing him a fastball?

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Heh. He’s done. Apparently replacing Ted Lilly with Tomo Ohka was a good move, at least as far as beating Boston is concerned.
    FINALLY Pena connects. This is why you don’t keep throwing fastballs. Stupid Jays.
    Pedroia’s gonna come through again, I can feel it. It’s the little guy’s coming out party.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Not that I expected a hitter like Mirabelli to do something useful (I didn’t – he’s been on a tear but it’s anomalous), but God, a frickin shallow popup? And now Pedroia follows with an even weaker popup. I want to chuck my PC through a window right now.

    SF April 23, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • I’m pretty sure Pena almost broke the third baseman’s hand.
    And I should just shut my f*cking mouth. Only my bad predictions ever come true.
    Statistically speaking, I believe Lugo’s been the worst Sox with runners on base. So this sucks.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Apparently “Lugo” means “can’t hit with RISP” in Spanish.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • This is unhealthy — I am in full-on bitter mode, particularly after this weekend’s rousing results. Games like tonight make me crazy angry.
    Here comes another bases loaded squander, just watch.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Lugo: DO NOT SWING AT THE 3-1 PITCH NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Lugo has 3-0 count, watches a strike, then hits a lame popup to right field into the first row that Rios can’t grab. Could Lugo at least make decent contact for once with RISP?

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Wow. Great block by the dude down the RF line, now that’s what I like to see.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • “Sad about Halberstam, though I must confess to having never read any of his work.”
    One of the best American writers of the last 50 years. Sports and popular culture.
    He wrote “The Teammates,” a book about Dommy and Johnny Pesky’s trip to Florida to see Teddy before he died. GReat writing and reporting went into it.
    He wrote “The Education of a Coach,” a nice biography on Belichick.
    And he wrote “The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy” in 1968. He had traveled with RFK from just before he declared he candidacy for the White House until he was killed. Facinating book for the generations who who missed the days when the Kennedys dominated the headlines.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Lucky, Lugo reaches on a terrible throw by Clayton to first. Lugo still doesn’t produce with RISP, no matter the results.
    Come on, Youk.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Craptastic!

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Hehe, Clayton and “Random guy in the first row down the line” helping the cause. Great work, boys.
    Hey Lugo, quit being a bitch and regress to the f*cking mean already.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Well, that was a gift run, but it sure would be nice to actually earn one with a clutch hit. Sox down 4-3 going to the 7th. Big inning here for the defense.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Can’t get mad at Youk. He came into tonight batting .313 W/RISP; I bet that’s tops on our f*cking team right now
    I’ve a bad feeling that was our last chance to do some damage.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • After three great games, this is really some awful baseball. The Sox are back to shitting all over Wakefield. Eight LOBS through five for Boston.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • TB 7, NYY 6, mid 6; Milky grounds out with the bases loaded to end the sixth.
    ….

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • At some point, YF’s will realize who truly mediocre Melky Cabrera is. And when they do, they will be better for it.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • That didn’t actually look like that bad a pitch…caught a bit too much of the plate but it had good movement and Thomas did just kinda beat it into the ground.
    That was actually a pretty nice inning. 2 singles, but only one of them was really well-hit. And lots of gb’s.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Halberstam went to Harvard, won the Pulitzer at age 30 for his reporting on Vietnam and also wrote Summer of ’49.
    He just turned 73. This is such a loss to the literary community.
    Sorry I’m showing my age here. I’m a big fan of his work. He had a great appreciation for baseball’s place in American culture.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Looks like the Yanks have started thier nightly game of pick a bullpen pitcher

    Rob April 23, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • “And lots of gb’s.”
    That’s what we need most from Jorel.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • So tomorrow we get Halladay again, and the Yankees miss him later in the week. So in two series this year against the Twins and Jays they miss arguably the two best pitchers in the AL. Lucky for them.
    I assume nobody on the other side of this blog will care to highlight this good fortune.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • That was a horrible AB for Downs.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Manny’s only 2/10 against Downs in his career.
    HIT THE F*CKING BALL!! Leadoff man on, now DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE!!

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • In the 6th, Torre already has used Igawa, Bean and Myers is working right now.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • WTF Manny?! Caught looking at a straight fastball from a lefty? Was last night just a tease?

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • SF, I noticed that around the time we faced King Felix, knowing Halladay was around the corner. It’s really been uncanny so far.
    Great. Leadoff walk in front of Manny, and there’s no way we score this inning. I f*cking hate this.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • That was a horrible AB for Manny.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Looks like the Yanks have started thier nightly game of pick a bullpen pitcher
    Yeah, Rob, but it’s like gym class. Everyone’s going to be picked at some point, probably all in the same night. :)

    QuoSF April 23, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Myers did his job and got Crawford. Bruney’s in with 2 down in the 6th.
    And that was a stupid f*cking play by Hill, holy crap. What was he thinking?
    Lowell’s already had a good game, and had a great one yesterday…too much to ask for one lousy single?

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • And they missed Sabathia as well. That’s fortunate scheduling, playing those three teams and not once facing a #1. Perhaps it’ll come around later in the season, who knows.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • “I assume nobody on the other side of this blog will care to highlight this good fortune.”
    That’s pretty much how the White Sox ran away with the AL Central in 2005.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • BTW…Myers has been replaced now

    Rob April 23, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • “That’s fortunate scheduling, playing those three teams and not once facing a #1.”
    I suppose a YF might say it just proves God wants them to win, since presumably, it was the snow that set this all up for them while sticking us with King Felix.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Fuck us. Fuckity fuck fuck.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Nine LOBS. F*CK!

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Tourette’s bustin loose!!

    Rob April 23, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • This is just absurd. This team is COMPLETELY incapable of EVER hitting the F*CKING BALL when runners are on base.
    So imagine my surprise when I went to ESPN’s stat page and found that Boston’s actually hitting .289 W/RISP this season. How is that even possible?

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Since the Yankee thread is dead, In the opinion of you Sox fans if it rains Thursday would they push Hughes back to Friday? I am on Ticketmaster, but it’s calling for rain….Looking for honesty fellas….

    Triskaidekaphobia April 23, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Well the good news is Baltimore getting manhandled 5-1, TB is about to go Chernobyl, so we should have a lead in the morning unless there is some kind of “the loss counts as 2 coming off a big weekend series rule” buried in the record books somewhere.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Yes Trisk they should…give some of the other starters an extra day rest and give the pen a break. Personally they should be praying for rain.

    Rob April 23, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Well lookie there….down 5-3

    Rob April 23, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Trisk, I’d roll the dice. What’s the worst that could happen?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Yeah this game is finished. I fully expect Boston to strand another 5 baserunners over the last two innings, thus making this loss even harder to swallow.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Gah, based on this performance I certainly hope this isn’t “normalcy”.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • WMP gives it a ride, but of course, it’s not enough. Not that it would have mattered; one run isn’t enough, and there’s been nothing to suggest this team capable of a sustained rally tonight.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Joe went into the home run call there.
    Thanks for nothing.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Yeah that’s what I say. I think I am going to cancel practice and go to the game, how many times will Phil Hughes make his debut?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Atrocious effort by the Sox here, especially with Halladay going tomorrow and after the weekend’s momentum.
    Just goes to show that “momentum” might be an overrated thing.
    I am trying very hard to remember that this is just one game and that the Sox will still be in first if they lose.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Do you pinch for DP?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Man, Belli has been pretty fricken hot.
    Be real nice if the bench comes through here; Belli and Hinske heading a comeback. That’s not something that we really had in 05 or 06, a bench capable of making an impact.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Better question: do you PH for Lugo? ;-)

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • SF, I think it’s OK to expect a more spirited effort.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Well, you pinch for Lugo w/2 out (Frasor coming in) and you have Belli and his piano on first. Probably better to stay with Lugo.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Thanks Erik. Toronto did EVERYTHING THEY COULD to give us this f*cking ballgame, and we still lose. They pitch Tomo Ohka, we manage 2 runs and strand a bunch. They miss a pop in the stands and then airmail an easy out, giving us a free run and setting us up for more, and we can’t do anything. Walk Ortiz ahead of Manny, screw up by not tagging the lead runner, and we strand him there.
    Could be worse. This is probably less frustrating then what the Yankee game has been like thus far. Bruney just got lifted in the middle of the count after walking a leadoff man, giving up a double, and going 2-0 on Josh Paul. Now on their 4th reliever, runners are 2nd and third.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • F*ck a duck.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • And Lugo swings at two ball-fours. F*CK F*CK F*CK.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Through 8, 10 LOBS and Nos. 1-5 in the order are a combined 2-20.

    on the other hand, Bot 7, TB 10, NYY 6.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • And Pena falls down in CF. Timlin probably gets a run tacked onto his record despite not really being at fault. F*ck you Wily Mo.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Lugo’s bat control is really unimpressive. He swings at ball four, and then botches a pitch tailor-made for a slap liner the other way, instead grounding weakly to Hill. I was not a fan of the Lugo signing and he’s done very little to convince me I was misguided in my opinion.
    Meanwhile, Wily Mo butchers a drive by Wells, almost falls headfirst into the garage door in center. Coco, we want you back ASAP.
    I am signing off before I break something. What an utter disappointment after this weekend. Tomorrow doesn’t seem likely to go any better, either.

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • almost humorous how terrible willy mo is at tracking down balls.

    minomni SF April 23, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Luis Vizcaino, the fifth NYY pitcher, now getting beat around by Tampa. Three runs in, 2 on and 0 out.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Yeah and still nobody out, runners on second and third, and Vizcaino’s only thrown 7 of his pitches for strikes.
    Could be worse…

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • I sense a walk of HR in the bot of the ninth :)

    TJ April 23, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Holy FUCK that was scary…fantastic play by Timlin. And by fantastic I mean, either he makes that play or gets knocked out cold.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • ugh i said walk off not a tor one :(

    TJ April 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Nice 0-2 pitch, Timlin.
    Is Timlin auditioning for a spot in the Yankees’ bullpen?

    SF April 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • hill homers. still have that feeling tj?

    minomni SF April 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Great job Wily Mo. Worst game so far this year, right here. All around. (Except for Wakefield)

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Aaron Hill morphs into Frank Catalanotto.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Is there any word on Coco? Indefinitely out? Or just a day-to-day thing?

    SF April 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • willy mo continues to look like he needs gps assistance out there in cf. i can’t believe i miss coco.

    minomni SF April 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Not like it matters anyway. This game was over the minute Toronto scored their fourth run. The only teams we hit are New York, who apparently everyone hits, and Los Angeles.
    Meanwhile, Rays load the bases with one out and promptly GIDP. They’re up by four. And I still bet they’re going to lose.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • hey lets try that 3rd inning thing again, this time gets the ML record :p

    TJ April 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Oh look, the Orioles are rallying against Huston Street. Down 2, runners on 2nd and 3rd, one out, top of the order up.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Boston can’t catch a break, not that they deserve one, as some f*cking scrub named John McDonald makes a fantastic play on a chopper towards third.
    And Roberts singles, Baltimore down by a run, runners on 1st and third and one out.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Honestly, the Sox have played this game like they were out boozing until 5am last night.
    Would that surprise anyone after the excitement of the weekend?

    SF April 23, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Fitting end to a travesty: Manny whiffs looking. Get Wily Mo out of the lineup: he’s rubbing everything bad off on everyone.

    SF April 23, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • 2 outs in Baltimore, Tampa’s pitching desperately trying to help NY back into the game.
    So what’s more embarassing: Getting shut down by Tomo Ohka or scoring 10 runs and still losing to the f*cking Yankees? Since Boston is supposed to be a fucking contender, I’m thinking getting dominated by Ohka is a bit worse.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Well, glad that crap is over.
    Meanwhile TB is primed to blow it. 2 on, 0 out in 9th.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • yay – another uneventful, frustrating loss. what are the chances of beating halladay consecutively with tavarez starting?

    minomni SF April 23, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • At least Baltimore lost.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Here’s what’s gonna happen: Boston’s going to end up heading back to NY this weekend having gone 1-3 against a hot Baltimore and a f*cking terrible Toronto ballclub. Meanwhile, NY rallies to win tonight and probably rolls through their next three games against Tampa and Toronto, because, as we all know, the boys from Canada always roll over when they go to NY.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Return to normalcy indeed. Hopefully no one was going to watch anyway, but no doubt Dusty Baker will be on Baseball Tonight talking about the Red Sox “clogging up the basepaths”.

    QuoSF April 23, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • melky strikes out :o

    minomni SF April 23, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Apparently Mo’s doing OK.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • So…I kinda wish we’d taken a shot at Al Reyes. He’s been pretty fricken impressive to this point.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • tb announcers are on the charismatic side of things. “what a game… you talk about fun! in tropicana field.. this was.. !”

    minomni SF April 23, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • So. Kruk is pissed off that Chase Wright didn’t retaliate when Daisuke hit A-Rod. Fat idiot.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Don’t be so down, guys. The Yankee pitching situation is currently in “We don’t know what the fuck to do” mode.

    Andrew April 23, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Yeah, well…our offense is currently in “it still counts if we get the bases loaded but don’t score, right?” mode.
    Ugh. Frustrating game, capped by Timlin putting any idea of a walkoff way out of reach.
    Is it just me, or does it look like Pineiro has returned to the over-the-top release? He hasn’t been getting a lot of swings and misses recently.

    Steve April 23, 2007, 11:31 pm

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