Rolling: Sawx-Sox Gamer III

The Red Sox won for the sixth time in their last eight last night, keeping pace with Tampa who took down the Mariners in 11 innings.   Tampa goes for the franchise season win record two hours after the Sox^2 start time; Maddon’s Rays tied Lou Piniella’s 2004 team’s mark last night with 46 games left on the season.

Ozzie Guillen says a lot even when that’s all he can say: "..some people make me look bad, some people make me look disappointed, some people make me think about what we have. Some players should look themselves in the mirror and be embarrassed, and they should be better, that’s all I can say."  His White Sox made him look bad by falling out of first place in the Central following last night’s loss while 36 y.o. (ummm… yeah) Jose Contreras was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.  Is that the worst-sounding injury one can have?  I think so.  Okay, maybe second place behind a fracture of one of one’s wedding berries, medically defined as Chris Snyderitis.

Clay Buchholz tries to break out of his slump while the Pale Sox send Gavin Floyd.  Buchholz hasn’t notched a victory since May 2nd and Boston has won only one of his last seven starts.

Comment away.

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  • Buchholz, not Buccholz ;-)
    Sorry, when he first came up last year I memorized how to spell it.
    Also, Wakefield was just put on the DL. Shiznit.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 1:38 pm
  • Sorry Ath.. I know how to spell it too.. just rushing a gamer before I have to take off.

    attackgerbil August 10, 2008, 1:40 pm
  • > some people make me look bad
    I know Ozzie is known for shooting from the hip, but that is just a bad sound bite.

    attackgerbil August 10, 2008, 1:43 pm
  • And Youk’s sitting today with shoulder soreness. Sigh. And this comes just when it look they were about to get rolling and put the Yanks in a deep hole.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 2:01 pm
  • As for terrible-sounding injuries, I will always think that Kaz Matsui’s unpleasantness will rank very near the top.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 2:04 pm
  • Losing Youk a game is tough, even if his replacement is hitting .350 this year. It’s still wierd that Youk has the most homers on the team this season.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:04 pm
  • Why the fuck is Bay still batting so far down?
    Ellsbury, CF
    Pedroia, 2B
    Ortiz, DH
    Drew, RF
    Lowell, 3B
    Bay, LF
    Casey, 1B
    Varitek, C
    Cora, SS

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:07 pm
  • Ellsbury pops up after showing bunt on the first pitch.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:08 pm
  • And Stuck, sorry for leaving out the part about them making out in my room. The video is segmented in 5-second parts, so I could send you a clip of it!
    Mr. Laser Show doubles down the line. Booya.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:09 pm
  • Announcers compare Pedroia to Ecktein, and call him “Almost as good as David Eckstein.”
    Eckstein career OPS+: 89
    Pedroia career OPS+: 106 (112 in the last two seasons)

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:11 pm
  • Hey, Wake to the DL too? Ack!

    rootbeerfloat August 10, 2008, 2:15 pm
  • Double steal makes me smile.
    LOWELL HOMERS, 3-0 Sox!

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:16 pm
  • It worries me that they’ll be sending Wake to the DL immediately instead of having him just skip a start and see if he’ll feel better. Sounds serious. Not what we need right now.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2008, 2:28 pm
  • Isn’t it sad that our two backup players–Casey and Cora–have higher batting averages than everyone on the White Sox except for Alexei Ramirez and Jermaine Dye? (And Casey’s average is still higher than both of them)

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:33 pm
  • I assure you, Ath, if Casey and Cora were everyday players, their averages wouldn’t look quite so gaudy.
    And, uh, no thanks on the video. But man, I’d think the threat of you sharing such things over the internet would be enough keep them in line for awhile.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 2:38 pm
  • I figured this game would turn into a slugfest.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 2:40 pm
  • Ath –
    At first when I read your post about what happened, I thought at least your roommate was being cool about it. But hearing that he was in your room making out with her kinda nixes that. Ick.

    rootbeerfloat August 10, 2008, 2:42 pm
  • Yeah, I don’t know how I forgot to mention that.
    Dye homers.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:46 pm
  • Hard to watch Buchholz pitch sometimes. This inning, for instance. I still say they should keep tossing him out there, and they’ll reap rewards eventually, but it’s been rough.

    Devine August 10, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • Phew, Clay had me worried here. Let’s hope this was his customary bad inning for today. Then we should be in good shape.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • HAHA AJ drops a popup in the sun. This has been a fantastic series for people that hate him.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • One positive thing about Clay is that since his recall he’s looked better every start. At this rate he’ll be pitching perfect games every start of the postseason!

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:05 pm
  • Oh wait, never mind. Grr.

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:07 pm
  • So much for bad innings … we’ll need some more dingers of our own.

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2008, 3:10 pm
  • Son of a bitch.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • Ouch!

    pale blue eyes August 10, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • I agree with Devine in theory, but I don’t know practically if the Sox can afford to do that, seeing as they’re in a pennant race and all. Thome hits the second homer of the inning, and Buchholz gives back all the lead and then some…

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • I agree with Devine in theory, but I don’t know practically if the Sox can afford to do that, seeing as they’re in a pennant race and all.
    The problem is who do we use instead? Wakefield is on the DL now and Colon is still weeks away from returning to the rotation, so sending Buchholz to AAA would mean filling two spots in the rotation. Pauley? Hansack?

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • We’re playing the team that’s 2.0 behind the Sox for the wild card.

    Devine August 10, 2008, 3:14 pm
  • Of course with Wakefield on the DL, I don’t know what choices the Sox have. They’re going to have to call up someone to take his spot anyway.
    Abd Buchholz gives up another hit. Where’s the pitching coach? Delay a little, let Aardsma get loose and pull Buchholz ASAP!

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:15 pm
  • Im officially done with this game. Aardsma in. Hey, at least he did better than IPK yesterday!

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • I don’t know why I let this team raise my hopes… I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such a large disconnect between a team’s stats and its performance. This should far and away be the best team in baseball. Instead they struggle against third-rate pitchers and iffy offenses just because they don’t happen to be at Fenway. It’s aggravating.

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • Fugly.

    Devine August 10, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • Announcers: “Whether intentional or not, Carlos Quentin has been hit hard 3 times in the last week. Someone on the Red Sox needs to get hit.”
    Is anyone else listening to the White Sox announcer advocate this? What the hell? The pitch barely grazed Quentin!

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:38 pm
  • The real problem I have with the homerism of the White Sox announcers is that they call all the players by their first name (eg, “Gotta feel for AJ after a tough day at the plate” and “Jermaine hit a bomb!” and so forth). That combined with all their references to the team as “we” really distinguish them in my book.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 3:43 pm
  • Cora reaches on an error. Hard to believe it’s still a 2-run game.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • The ChiSox’ radio announcers are better — less homerish — but they seem intent on finishing their conversations, regardless of whether or not something is going on in the field that might require their attention…

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • Ellsbury gets a revenge HBP on the first pitch. Stupid move by the White Sox, Ellsbury hit in the inner-thigh it looks like. Announcers silent and smug.
    No warnings ump?

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • Paul I wish there was a way to sync up the video from with the audio from There are plenty of teams I’d do that for, ESPECIALLY these Chicago broadcasters. They practically scream and squeal with delight whenever the White Sox draw a walk or get a single, no matter what the game situation is.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:49 pm
  • Yeah, they’re notoriously bad in Chicago, especially Ken Harrellson, which is sad because he was one of the fan favorites on the Impossible Dream team in ’67.
    Of course, the ChiSox’ radio announcer just said, “Stay fair, ball,” on that grounder by Ortiz…

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 3:50 pm
  • Pedroia GIDP, TV broadcasters gushing over Alexei Ramirez for making a routine scoop up the middle. Sigh.
    Papi grounds out, inning over.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:50 pm
  • They must have seen your comment Paul, and thought to themselves “Wait, we’re perceived as objective? Shit, we’d better start rooting for the White Sox before anyone becomes the wiser.”

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:51 pm
  • Masterson in, let’s see a DP.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 3:59 pm
  • Buchholz just not ready it seems. Colon up soon, I would think. The Sox can’t afford to have Clay blow up every fifth day in a pennant race.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • But Colon’s not available anytime soon…

    Devine August 10, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • Colon maybe 15 days away.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • Drew triples!

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:09 pm
  • That’s 2 or 3 starts we can’t afford to be putting in the hands of Devern Hansack, SF. Unless we want to bring Zink up.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:10 pm
  • Why is Lowell bitching about staring at a hanging curveball right over the plate?
    And Jacoby picks up JD. Now steal and a single cuts this to a one run game.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Bay singles, 4-6 now.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Why not Zink? Or maybe we need to switch Buchholz and Masterson. The Sox have sorely missed Masterson’s consistency in the rotation, and it’s hard to say he’s provided equivalent value in the bullpen.

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • Sorry, that was Bay. My MLBtv is insanely pixelated, but there’s no excuse for that mistake!

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • Don’t you mean Bay, SF? ;-)
    Casey singles! Lowell to 3rd. Reliever coming in.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • I’d rather see Bowden.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • I’d be fine with Zink coming up. Replace knuckler with knuckler?

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:15 pm
  • You mean Bay to third, Ath! Maybe I am contagious.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:15 pm
  • What happened to Wake?

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Crap SF! It’s contagious like a yawn.
    Wakefield went on the DL today. Shoulder stiffness.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • OK, I see what happened to Wake. F*ck. I hate watching him pitch, but he’s been fantastic.
    Hey, maybe if James Andrews prescribes rest we can all chat about what great news that is, nevermind the DL stint and the bad shoulder…

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Black hole at the plate.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Wow, the White Sox statistic flashed on the screen:
    Jason Varitek: 7 for 35 with RISP and 2 outs (35%)
    Yes, it didn’t show it as a batting average (.350) it showed it as a percentage. That’s pathetic. And Varitek misses a 3-run homer by about a yard. Damn.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • Tek hit a rope last night, and it died before the track. And that one looked gone, but landed short and foul. His game is so fading/has faded.
    My mom kept reminding me about his “intangibles” last night, and I told her that intangibles don’t swing the bat.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:19 pm
  • Oy, that is so lucky. We’ll take it, but god, another hack by Tek at a pitch that was destined for Beijing.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Tie this f*cker up, ok?

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • LMAO VARITEK STRIKES OUT but the ball gets passed Pierzynski, a run scores and Varitek goes to 1st. Hells yeah.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Nm, Varitek not on first cause the runners weren’t in motion. Stupid rule. Go Lowrie!

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Well, one-run game with three innings to go. Still have a shot…
    So Zink to replace Wake and Bowden to replace Buchholz? It seems Bowden could do no worse than Buchholz and whoever you call up is going to have a hard time matching Wakefield’s terrific season thus far.

    Paul SF August 10, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • Masterson. Straight awesome.

    Devine August 10, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • Masterson brilliant: retires 5 batters on 20 pitches (should have been less thanks to an error), 4 of which were strikeouts.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:29 pm
  • Well, whatever the rotation the Sox’ bats need to do some of the heavy lifting over the next couple of weeks.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:29 pm
  • I really dislike Ozzie Guillen, for the record.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • This has to be a tough pitcher for Ellsbury…

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • No laser show, but a walk will do.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:34 pm
  • Pedroia works the base.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:34 pm
  • TV Broadcaster: “YES, that pitch just ate Ortiz up inside.”

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • Papi walks…

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:36 pm
  • Sound is off in this house. If it’s Harrelson, the listening has to be excruciating.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:37 pm
  • It is, SF. It is. I like to hear the other sounds though, like the crowd ambiance and the sound of ball-on-bat. I love the cracking wood sound.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:38 pm
  • And another walk…

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:40 pm
  • Gotta love teams that walk a lot! 3 in a row loads the bases.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:40 pm
  • Fucking gay, both the DP and Harrelson’s reaction. “RACK ‘EM UP!”

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • DP. Stinks.

    Devine August 10, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • Lowell is making me so angry as of late. The run expectation in that situation is 1.55, the Sox basically give away the fucking game there.
    I know he hit a homer today, but Lowell just shouldn’t be hitting fifth. Screw Jamesian theory, he just isn’t as good a hitter as Bay, who needs to get as many at-bats as possible.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • If the Sox had acquired Pujols at the deadline, Tito would probably hit him sixth just to make sure he had adjustment time to the Boston pressure.
    I hate Tito’s brain sometimes. Hit Bay higher, idiot.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:46 pm
  • Well done, Justin!

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:53 pm
  • More good stuff. Long appearance from Masterson…stretching him?

    Devine August 10, 2008, 4:54 pm
  • looking forward to another one run road loss.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:58 pm
  • Tek back below .220. It was too good to be true, almost getting to .225.

    SF August 10, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • Strong work from the bullpen. A shame that the bats just can’t get it done. Chance after chance the last few innings.

    SF August 10, 2008, 5:06 pm
  • Lowrie pops out to left. One down.

    SF August 10, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • At least we get the top of our lineup for the 9th.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • Harrelson sounds like he’s nearing orgasm. Mute time, can’t put up with this anymore.
    Ellsbury pops out, time for Laser Show to keep the inning alive.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 5:12 pm
  • Two down. This will be the sixteenth straight one run game ending in a loss on the road for the Sox.

    SF August 10, 2008, 5:12 pm
  • Time to root against the Yanks/Rays.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • How bad are the Sox against good teams? I shudder to look up their record against teams over .500.
    Not a top flight squad, simply. A good team, but not good enough at the moment. Shittiest road team I have seen in years.

    SF August 10, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • Bowden likely to pitch on Tuesday in place of Wakefield; Zink pitched last night and Bowden scheduled to pitch on Monday for Pawtucket.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 5:16 pm
  • The Yankees’ loss makes up for this, somewhat. But jeez, the Rays are really something else.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 6:43 pm
  • Huh, just saw that Crawford was DL’ed with a potentially serious hand injury and Baldelli came up to take his spot. Wow. While I’m not thrilled to see the Rays win, it’s nice to see Baldelli start and even get a RBI. What an ordeal that guy’s been through.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 6:57 pm
  • Crawford to the DL helps us a great deal; he’s a leader on a young team, even if his performance this year is below average. I’m happy to see Baldelli back; I feel really bad for him considering they have no idea what kind of problem/disease he has. Hard to root against a guy who has all the talent in the world but whose body won’t heal.

    Atheose August 11, 2008, 9:19 am

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