Rooting for Big Mo: Sox-Tigers Gamer I

No, not Mariano Rivera, or even erstwhile, infamous poster MoForPresident. Not even Mo Vaughn.

We’re rooting for the big Mo-mentum. As in, a team with three straight wins has a better chance of beating a team with five straight losses even though that team has a tired and struggling bullpen, inconsistent starters and an only recently revived lineup. Between Big Mo, Fenway Park, and the inning-to-inning walking heart attack that is a Josh Beckett start, this should be a heckuva start to a heckuva series. It’s the first game of what Theo Epstein has called "The Gauntlet."

Root for Papi or Manny if you must. I’m rooting for Mo.

Comment away!

P.S.: Look for Timlin and rookie Craig Breslow to be the first two out of the pen. Not sure how many rookies the Sox will have fielded this year once Breslow makes his debut (he pitched briefly last season in the NL), but it’s gotta be approaching a dozen. Will research and add later.

201 comments… add one
  • 1. Coco Crisp CF
    2. Mark Loretta 2B
    3. David Ortiz DH
    4. Manny Ramirez LF
    5. Kevin Youkilis 1B
    6. Mike Lowell 3B
    7. Wily Mo Pena RF
    8. Javy Lopez C
    9. Alex Gonzalez SS
    of course Tito has placed WMP 7th.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:03 pm
  • Beckett’s going to have to do better than grooved, non-moving fastballs. Terrible pitch to Granderson leads to a triple.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • Granderson triples to deep right to start….crap.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • I’ve given up trying to complain about Terry’s lineup-setting abilities. He does what he does, and so far, their effects have proved fairly negligible.
    Still, I’d think Manny would love to be sandwiched between the big burly felolw-Dominicans — wait, that doesn’t sound right…

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Beckett walks…
    Rough beginning.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • That is some deep prison humor

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • oh god, please do not do this to me tonight.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • And Young singles. Tigers up 1-0, 1/3 nobody out. Beckett looks absolutely horrid. No deception, no location, no movement.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • WM is killing me

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Looks like we are back on the SS Shitbird again.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • *sigh* Bad time for Beckett to be in his three-start Crap Phase. I was hoping he’d be starting a three-start Great Phase.

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • If WM is killing you, then what’s Beckett doing?

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Passed ball to the lead weight at the plate scores Monroe.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Somehow it gets scored a wild pitch, but that’s just bad scoring.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • (Gameday has is scored as a Wild Pitch, fwiw.) Not that it makes things any better. Still, it’s early. *breathe*

    Kluv August 14, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • We do not talk about Beckett. From here on out he will be referred to as “The pitcher formally known as our future ace.”
    WM’s error killed me.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • It wasn’t anything close to a wild pitch – hit the dirt about 3 inches in front of Lopez’ glove, and Lopez lifted up and it went right through the wickets. Little league play for Lopez, I have no clue how they charge it to Beckett. Perhaps the fact that Beckett is sucking so bad made the scorer less favorable towards him. Don’t blame him. Third run in on the comebacker to Beckett. 2 down. Brutal start for Beckett, giving away the weekend’s momentum in 13 minutes flat.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Tough break for Coco – ripped liner right to Guillen for the first out.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Another liner by Loretta leads, this time, to a single. Just over Guillen. Work him, Papi!

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Papi looks icky. Whiffs.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • 2 men left on base and an early three-run deficit. Why does this feel familiar?

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Blecch.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Time for dinner and a little Tivo’d “Entourage” with Mrs. SF. Back in a while.

    SF August 14, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Well, Beckett’s second inning was remarkably good. But he has walked the second batter of the third. I don’t predict fun times tonight.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • So, are we having fun yet? Beckett off to one his more memorable starts, though he really does suck for certain in the first inning

    Brian August 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • 1st and 3rd, 1 out. *long sigh*

    Devine August 14, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Double play ball anyone?

    Brian August 14, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • MLB.TV locked up on me…liner to 1st? The runners don’t move anyway.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • well, not as good but under the circumstances… we’ll take it
    TWO DOWN one more Josh

    Brian August 14, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Walks ’em loaded.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • >sigh< ol' josh is sucking tonight

    Brian August 14, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • great way to get outta the inning Josh

    Brian August 14, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Wall ball single scores two more. 1st and 3rd, 2 out. 5-0 Tigers.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • I have to say, with it already a 5 run hole we are probably toast

    Brian August 14, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Hey, I thought Jason Johnson pitched the other day?

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • That’s all for the inning, but what a disaster.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • I think I might watch Entourage again…
    Thanks, Josh.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • good thing we picked this guy up off the waiver wire… Oh wait that was Jason Johnson.
    We just extended this guy for how much???

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • I am only too happy to stop having dinner (at my desk in the office) and go back to work.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • I think he’ll be a pretty good value over his contract, but man…

    Devine August 14, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Wait, don’t go, I’ll bet Josh settles down and doesn’t allow more than 4 or 5 more the rest of the way…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Yeah, that’s a good one, Brian. So very tempting…now I’m really gone.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Coco rips another. Maybe the heart of the order can chip away this inning.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Or, Loretta could hit a weak grounder to second and do zippo.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Oh yeah, and of course the Spankees are up 2-0

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Not expecting a lot from Papi this at-bat after his last effort. He looks confused – just took a hanger and the knees kind of buckled.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Yeah, well that there just tells you how bad we are right there… Papi may be a feared batter, but not for the last few games he isn’t

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Josh “let them eat cake” Beckett returns to the hill…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Beckett comes out and puts up one of those deflating efforts. First of all, he’s likely to pitch barely six innings, setting the bullpen up for a rough week. Second, his next start is against the Yankees, who have to be loving the thought of facing him at this point.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Geez even Becketts out are tagged a long way

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Like I said even his outs are tagged

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Meanwhile the Yanks are ahead of the Angels 2-0.
    Beckett is just causing so much fun in my house right now.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • sigh, lets see, maybe he only lets them score bunches in odd innings??

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • I think Beckett needs a new nickname:
    Laloosh. Million dollar arm, ten cent head. Or something like that.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • As demoralized as this team appears to be, I’d be surprized if the DON’T get shut out.

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Beckett tries to overpower hitters in the AL. He has not learned that his fastball is not going to blow away every hitter and needs to learn to pitch.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Off to watch hell’s kitchen… old Gordon Ramsey cuss someone out.
    Perhaps he would make a good MLB manager.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Nice inning, guys. Way to show up.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Now i’m pretty sure of it, that was a horrific at bat by Manny second pitch pop up would have been ball two well outside the zone

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Okay, so that right there was as weak an inning as the Sox offense has had in a while, even counting the recent crap they experience against the Royals and D rays

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • I know that we fans have much bigger emotional swings than the players, by a longshot. And that we tend to overreact to the tiniest setbacks. But I do want to know how the Sox can come out tonight and look so disinterested, so flat. Is that just me projecting my own frustrations on an effort that is not really any different than any other night? Or are we fans able to detect such subtleties, if they are, in fact, subtleties?
    Is it a case of our lyin’ eyes?

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Show up, wasn’t Davey Jones that said… “we have not yet begun to fight!” Same with the Sox today

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • maybe we expected them to come out flat after yesterday.
    Maybe the players are tired of being down by 5-6 runs when Beckett pitches and it is getting tiring to have to come back as often as we have. We have 35 come from behind victories this year.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Listen when the Red Sox go 1-2-3 on what SIX friggen pitches including Youk Manny and Lowell??? there is something seriously wrong

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Yeah, well it looks like Beckett is just not a fan of the odd innings today

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • but he escapes unscathed this time

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • lol, Brian, it was John Paul Jones, U.S. Naval captain, not Davey Jones, mythical sea captain.
    I think the hitters are pressing because of the multirun deficit and the need to keep winning before the Yankees series. Bad pitching helps create bad hitting and vice versa.

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Nate Robinson’s location is UN-F**KING believable

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Or Davey Jones, non-mythical lead singer of the Monkees.
    Wily Mo gets it started. Two runs here, that’s all we ask. Chip away. Work him. Make him pitch a few.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Well except fo that pitch >grin<

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Eight game hitting streak for WMP. Take your time with the rehab, Trot…

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Gapper for Javy, scoring WMP! That ball found the hole like…oh, forget it, we all know where that was going.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • We scored! We scored! We Scored!

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • At least get him to third, Gonzo…

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Nice AB Javy… some life shown by the “new” guys

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • It was Javy Lopez, SF, not Sal Fasano… hehe
    Lopez is doing all right as far as the bat goes. He’ll be a good pinch hitter when Tek comes back…

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Gonzo looks lost, but spoils a pair of nice pitch on 0-2.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Gonzo hustles down the line, and Inge’s look back to second forces a bit of a hurry on the throw, and Casey can’t scoop the poor throw. 1/3, nobody out. Fingers crossed here…

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Sorry, 1st and 2nd.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Oooh, Coco missed a fatty on 1-0. Dang.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Awful at-bat by Coco there, popping up a 2-1 pitch to short right. Only thing worse would have been a double or triple play. Christ.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Does Magglio Ordonez have a wig on?

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • *sigh* *sigh* *sigh*

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • DAMN IT all to hell!

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Well that inning disappeared in a hurry. Thanks, Coco, for doing absolutely nothing to help out and setting that up.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Lovely way to take charge of a Rally right there… Pop up, double play, but I can’t blame Loretta there SF

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • No complaints on Loretta, just seems to be our luck this year. Get a chance to cut into a lead and an unlucky DP ball hit to kill the momentum.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Love having Coco up there in case the bottom of the order gets on base instead of Youkilis. I continue to be baffled by the idiocy of this batting order. I am tired of complaining, frankly, but almost every game we see a good example of why Youk should be leading off, that situation was just another example of why Coco should be lower in the lineup: if he gets on, Youk comes up. If not, Youk (and his HIGH OBP) get on for the next set of hitters.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Gotta blame you on that one SF… you mentioned the double play moments before Loretta can to bat, sure jinx right there, for shame

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • I saw that too, Brian.
    Double play = SF’s fault.

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Where did I say anything about Loretta? That was on Coco, who didn’t get the guys over and changed the situation for Mark. With 2/3 and Ortiz up and no double play in order, Robertson likely pitches more carefully to Loretta. With the double play in order, he can challenge him a bit more with sinking pitches, cutters, etc. Coco f*cked that situation up for Loretta and the Sox.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • “Ortiz” should be replaced by “Loretta”, rather.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Oh, ok. Now it’s my fault, and not the lazy, do-nothing Red Sox and their pitcher who put them in a five-run hole. That seems fair…

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Yes Coco did. His crappy hitting helped us out again.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • I’m tired of complaining about it too SF, but when a line-up as productive as ours WAS… well…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • What is Beckett trying to do? Be effective?

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • I am no fan of the big-inning killing bunt, but in that case there’s a reasonable justification for it. Coco can do it, and he’s got the 2-3-4 guys following. Instead, Tito has a guy with a .320 OBP swinging away and he’s almost as unproductive as one can be.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Papi K’s again.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Papi getting worked over by Robertson. He’s in one of those stretches where he looks baaad. He’ll bust out, for sure.

    SF August 14, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Manny works the walk. Youkilis up, let’s see if he presses harder. As if we could tell…

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • I would rather have WM’s big bat here in the 5 spot.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Youk looks really confused too – backed off a pitch that was maybe 1 inch inside, like it was coming right at him. Then he hacks at the 2-1 pitch, way off balance.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Angels have cut the deficit 2-1

    Rob August 14, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • I like the way Robertson is pitching, though. Moving it around, changing speeds, can still chuck it up there in the 90s if need be. He’s got it going tonight pretty good. Credit due.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • And just tied it 2-2

    Rob August 14, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • See, I should type compliments more often. While that was posting, Youkilis BOMBS one off the Volvo sign, over the monster.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Did I tell you how much I love Youk in the % hole???

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • YOUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob August 14, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • uuhh the 5 hole… just kidding

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • This game constantly reminds me that, despite having watched literally thousands of baseball contests in my life, I know very, very little about how to manage a game.
    (But that won’t stop me from being a critic!)

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Man, Youk’s homrer was great. Woulda been even better with two on last inning…

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Fo Shizzle SF

    Rob August 14, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Lowell says to the 3-1 pitch “no soup for me”. Not a good hack at that one, pops out to Granderson.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • TIED up in NY

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Ok, so does Beckett come back out?
    I am not allowed to offer an opinion on this one; I’ll tell everyone what I think after the decisions are made and all the events transpire ;-)

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Nice pitch to WMP gets the K. Good inning, though. Three innings to get two, as long as we can hold them. It definitely can be done.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Geez Wily Mo, Plate Disipline???

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Pedro tonight against Philly
    1.0 IP
    4 H
    6 R
    6 ER
    1 BB
    1 K
    35 Pitches thrown…left the game with a strained right calf.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Ohhh god it’s Seanez!!! worst of all posible eventualities

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Wow, Seanez. WTF?

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • White Sox just went up 4-0 over …you guessed it or buddies the Kansas City Boils

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Thank God we don’t play those pesky Royals 19 times a year…

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Monroe tries to make Seanez believe he can pitch?

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Hey Paul, I thought Timlin and Breslow were going to be the first out of the ‘pen? What up with this Seanez stuff??

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • I swear, they are trying to be nice to him REALLY

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Young Ks. 2 outs here. Come on Rudy, YOU CAN DO IT! (said in worst Rob Schneider voice)

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Wow, very nice inning from Seanez there. What’s that saying about a broken clock again?

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • They LOVE him I am telling you!

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Spankees go up one…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Ahhh yes, it warms my heart how tough those Royals are against everyone else 8 nothing Wrong Sox

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Egads – Zumaya has 74 Ks in 48 innings.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • ahhh Gonzo I just was hoping for a walk there

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • There we go: 1-2-3, with no punch. Yay us.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Nice Rally there….

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Ewww Mets getting Punked by Philly, 13-zip

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • It is seriously embarassing, don’t they know this guy can’t pitch?

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Okay, now they are getting it…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Milk Seanez dry, Tito. Milk him. Until we’re behind by like 8 runs.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • The fact is the Tigers are so aggressive they ve passed up like 4 walks already

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • But now they have a bead on him

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • C;mon Inga, double play ball!

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Or a walk…whatever

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Jeez, bases loaded. Seanez getting wild, hittable. Francona just sticking with him, totally greedy.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Rudy “Can Fail” Seanez is trying real hard to prevent a BoSox comeback. WTF.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Now they like him again…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Here comes the 0-2 heartbreaker…

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • jeez what happened to those swinging strikes!

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • On the upside, I didn’t expect it to be this close when I got back.
    On the downside, Seanez is pitching with the bases loaded in a close game.

    Devine August 14, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • And…single. 2 more runs score. I’m going home!

    Devine August 14, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • It’s like clockwork.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • JFC. That was utterly predictable and just putrid managing from Francona, who NOW comes out of the dugout. I have been defending Tito of late, but this was just a train wreck of an inning, first bringing Seanez out again, then sticking with him after two, then three guys are put on base. Beyond bad, and worse, predictable.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • oh yeah, that’s right I forgot who was pitching for a second, stupid me

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Meanwhile, here comes… Mop-up expert Craig Breslow!
    Check out Breslow’s Gameday pic. Yiiiikes.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • and of course the Yankees go up two now

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • You mean that’s NOT a picture of the BAT BOY???

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • What, did Francona think a 2 run deficit was insurmountable? Since when does Seanez get a long leash, of all the guys on the team? Besides Tavarez, what other pitcher is more likely to bomb out the longer he stays in? Really, what the f*ck? It’s nights like these where I can’t understand what the f*ck Francona has on his mind, on any level. To save the bullpen? In a two run game? What is his reasoning? F*cking idiot. At least tonight.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Geez that K woulda been nice about a batter or two ago

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Hey, I gotta hand it to Breslow, though. He just K’d two batters to end the inning… all the while looking EXACTLY like the 18-year-old who tried and failed to change the oil in my car at Midas this morning.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Christ, where has Craig Breslow been all my life??? A pitcher that can K two to end a threat… $major league minimum money..
    Of course Tito saves him till the game is just about out of reach, PRICELESS

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Too bad Terry didn’t hand it to Breslow one batter earlier, Hud.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Loretta singles, just to tease us.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Rudy Seanez and/or Julian Tavarez = Tito is already conceeding the game…
    Makes me nauseous…

    Christine E August 14, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Papi, we need you NOW

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Thanks, Terry, for making Papi the “two-batters-short-of-being-the-tie” run.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Watch us lose this one 7-6.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Papi in a slump right now. No good contact at all; it’s been a while now, hasn’t it?

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Papi in a slump, been a few days in comin too

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Manny with a hard single back through the box. Youk up as the “one-batter-short-of-being-the-tying-run”. Thanks, Tito!

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • lets see if Youk can blast another…wouldn’t that be amazing

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Gotta be tough facing Zumaya – an 86mph changeup and a 100mph fastball. How the hell can you guess right? I don’t envy Youk right now.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Youk! Single plates Loretta, and the tying run comes to the plate in the form of Mike Lowell.
    Super at-bat from Youk. Oh, and THANKS, TITO.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Well I’ll take it… Cmon MIKEY!
    oh yeah woulda been tying run at second…thanks Tito

    Brian August 14, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Oh, man, what the hell was that. What was Hale doing? WHAT THE HELL????

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • That was brutal. No other way to describe it, just brutal. Never should have sent Ramirez.

    SF August 14, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Yankees breaking it open…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Somewhere, Dale Sveum is has a wry grin on his face.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • [strike the “is” above]

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Four singles… One run.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Four singles… One run.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • And tonight is a perfect illustration, in all it’s ugly glory, of why I don’t believe that, despite being a good team, the Red Sox cannot and will not win in the playoffs (if they even make them). They just aren’t good enough. I hate to sound so pessimistic, but really, what a distillation of this season – bad starting pitching, the bullpen can’t stem the tide, and then a mental error costs them a big rally. That’s it, nothing more to explain.

    SF August 14, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • The problem, in my view, is that there is such a wide gap between the Sox stars and the fill-ins.
    Boston needs more fair-to-middling players.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • You can’t tell me that the team isn’t feeling the pressure of the season. Hale has done a great job this year, but that play felt, well, desperate. Down three run, possible bases loaded situation and WMP coming up, you have to know not to send a guy like Manny on a potentially devastating play. Hale waving him home there strikes me as a bad decision under pressure, probably more pressure than there’s been all year.

    SF August 14, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Now of course Breslow will probably show his contempt for the Tigers by allowing them to score a bunch

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Yanks won thank you Tito

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Craig Breslow… my new hero… no thanks to Tito

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Breslow is the new Papelbon.
    Tonight, at least.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • I need a shot. And a beer.
    I don’t know which is worse, the Red Sox or the fact that I can’t drown my sorrows with a pint of Harpoon because it’s not sold here.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 14, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Gonzo has been in a slump after being hot for a while…

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • so there they go like little lambs to slaughter

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • 5 pitches to get two outs

    Rob August 14, 2006, 10:13 pm

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • This is the way the game ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

    Hudson August 14, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Seven pitches, three outs. What a f*cking white flag.
    Put a fork in them, they’re done.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 14, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • 2 pitches to get Coco.
    7 pitches to get through the bottom of the 9th.

    Rob August 14, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Hudson, this is the way the season ends.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 14, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • On the bright side, if we sweep the Yankees (hey it COULD happen) we would be back in first!

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Sucky game all the way around. Except Craig Breslow. Good 2 innings from him… Just two innings too late.

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • Nah, I guess that couldn’t happen

    Brian August 14, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • You Sox fans go from chipper to chicken little in 0.3 seconds. Your team is not bad, and they still are an extremely dangerous ballclub. Wallace needs to introduce to Beckett a thing called movement on his fastball. Those 97mph straight darts ain’t workin.

    bloodyank78 August 14, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • It’s so funny… early on when our #1a stud starter was like 3 and 0 with a 2 point something ERA the Globe did a poll question…
    How many wins do you think Josh Beckett will have for the Red Sox this season
    The multiple choice choice answers to choose from as I recall were
    17+ games
    17 to 21 games
    21+ games
    The overwhelming answer to that question?
    21+ wins
    I have to laugh, because even early on he had some no decisions in which he was erratic, and because of that, I answered 17+ wins.
    But honestly,in my wildest nightmares, I never would have believed that that he’d be a 5+ ERA pitcher for us and STILL have a chance to make 17 wins but NOT a PRAYER of a chance at all, to make it to 21+!

    Brian August 15, 2006, 12:15 am
  • uhhh BloodyYank us Sox fans have always gone from chipper to the sky is caving in on our heads, so what is your F**king point?
    But in case you hadn’t noticed we haven’t been that chipper lately, because while it looked like the offense and pitching were going to snap out of the funk they have been when the pummeled the Orioles 9 to 2 the other day, the fact is even in that game they showed lingering signs of the funk they were in.
    Just so you know, the Red Sox, 3 of their last 7 wins have involved winning in the final at bat…and the Sox have gone 7 and 11 in their last 18 games.

    Brian August 15, 2006, 12:45 am

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