Scarier than Halloween: Sox-Phils Gamer I

We’ll learn the answer to three questions tonight:

Which will be scarier: Matt Clement on the mound, or Matt Clement at the plate?

How good is Big Papi now that he’s feeling better? Since David Ortiz came down with the flu about 10 games ago, he’s had 11 RBI. I hope he’s sick like that more often.

How will Tito work the lineup? With a roster chock-full of .300 hitters, Francona — whose lineup-management prowess has been, um, somewhat lacking this season, will have to juggle three of our team’s best. For Game 1, Trot’s leading off, and Youk will be the best pinch hitter in baseball for a night.

Here’s hoping the answer to any of our questions this weekend is not Willie Harris. Comment away!

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  • it was just yesterday i was saying abe would be the next call up. today he got the call. i watched all of his starts out here at long beach state, and can say first hand he’ll be the real deal soon. hopefully it’ll be with the sox.

    sf rod May 19, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • I’m a big fan of his too… I think he’s got the skills to help our bullpen now, as opposed to Holtz or even Delcarmen, where it was more of a “give him a couple weeks, and he’ll be good.”

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • Maybe I should have put as one of the questions, “How will Papi handle first,” but after he threw out Jeff Suppan at third in the World Series, I’ve stopped worrying about the big man in the field.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • I’m curious, if anyone knows, when (if ever) Trot has batted leadoff before…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • Ah, throwing out Suppon… good times… I think that was the moment when I realized that without a doubt we were going to win the whole thing.

    Hunter May 19, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Nixon lines to center, M-Lor grounds to short. Papi at the plate…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Well that was quick. Let’s hope Clement’s inning is just as easy as Lieber’s…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Yeah, Hunter, I don’t know which meant more — the Red Sox had a team good enough for David Ortiz to be throwing out guys from across the diamond, or that a team as good as the Cardinals were making such dumb mistakes.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • I don’t know how many times he’s done it, but Trot has batted leadoff at least once. Here’s a box score from 9/1/01 against the Yanks – went 1-3 with a HR:

    Sean May 19, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Clement with the first K of the evening!

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • that team had quite the line-up, including chris stynes, scott hatteberg and of course, izzy alcantara

    Sean May 19, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Ahh, Izzy Alcantara… The Sox could use him, right up there with Bob Zupcic and Josias Manzanillo, in that Scrabble contast YF and SF did back a ways.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Abreu doubles with two outs, and Clement immediately forgets where the strike zone is… Two on, two out.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • The Yankees, meanwhile, are trying to keep the game close with RJ on the mound. They’re up 4-0, and the Mets haven’t even come to bat yet…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Clenet hits Ryan Howard, loading the bases for a Mob boss in the making, Victorino…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Out of the jam with a flyout…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Manny with the hit! When is Tito gonna drop Tek to eighth?

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • LOWELL! The two-run jack!!

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Yeah, I think that’s the definitve statement that Lowell and Varitek should be switched around in the order.

    Hunter May 19, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Because someone’s gotta say it, and I might be the only one here right now: It’s really a shame about his bat speed.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • No kidding. Although interesting numbers in the Globe today: Lowell is 0-for-15 or something like that in the five hole. But that’s obviously a sample-size issue…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Ok – here’s the deal. I am stuck in a hospital room with no noise allowed (the kid is recovering from a nasty fever in the crib next to me), so I have to follow the game via this thread on my blackberry. I expect vivid description articulating a fine Red Sox performance, though my comments will sporadic (atypical) and relatively useless (typical) if given.
    Meanwhile, Tek still hitting ahead of Lowell? WTF?

    SF May 19, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • I’m on GameCast, so anything I post will be lifeless and devoid of context (equally typical). But I’ll try to keep the play-by-play up until I go to dinner…
    And I’m really glad Lowell homered, instead of singling or doubling, because a mere two spots behind him is the lethal hitting combo of A-Gon and Clement…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • All thse unfamiliar National Leaguers! All GameCast gives me is their first initial, so I have to guess. “S. Fasano” Scott? Steve? He looks like a “Sal” who grew up in a trailer park…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Where is WMP batting? 7th?

    SF May 19, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • clement is mind boggling. one batter he is getting slammed, the next inning he is throwing the dirtiest stuff around

    bigclo May 19, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Whatever his name is, he struck out, and Lieber is up.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Tek – 5th
    Lowell – 6th
    Pena – 7th
    AGon – 8th
    Clement – 9th (leading off next inning)

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Quick 1-2-3 from Clement, who will turn right around to bat.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • For what it’s worth, Clement is an .093 career hitter, with zero HR and 11 RBI in 345 AB…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • He’s no Willie Harris…

    SF May 19, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Swings and misses at 3 of 4 pitches, his 173rd K in 346 AB (exactly 50 percent). And you thought Wily Mo struck out a lot…
    Nixon grounds to first.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Lieber loves the outside corner. A lot.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • M-Lor with the infield single…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Prior to his stint with the Yanks I wouldn’t have cared a whit about a guy like Jon Lieber. Now just hearing his name conjures up evil images.

    SF May 19, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Papi grounds into the shift, on to the Adventures of Matt Clement!
    And off to dinner with me. I also have work to do tonight, so I might not be back.
    Let’s go Sox!

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Wow, ‘Tek just proved me wrong.

    Hunter May 19, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Apparently this is the kind of respect I get as the game-thread poster ;-) One post in the hour I’m gone…
    To recap for posterity: Varitek solo shot in the 4th, 3-0 Sox.
    Victorino solo homer in the 4th, 3-1 Sox.
    Clement infield hit, followed by a Papi home run, 5-1 Sox, where we stand.
    If you had told me starting out this game that Clement would score as many runs as he would allow, I would have laughed at you.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Clement just induced a double play grounder from slugging machine Ryan Howard with men on 1st and 2nd/no outs. Man now on 3rd, 2 down…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Oh, and to round out the oddities of interleague play — the Phillies intentionally walked Alex Gonzalez. When’s the last time *that happened??

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • And Victorino pops out. Don’t look now, but Clement has just gone six innings, allowing one whole run and just six baserunners while striking out five.
    And A-Gon was intentionally walked 10 times last year, but I imagine they were all situations like this, what with being a National Leaguer…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • You still out there, SF?
    M-Lor walks… If I have time tonight, I might just see how M-Lor and Lowell are hitting combined for the past three weeks. They’re OBP monsters lately…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Papi flies out.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Oh, you mean Clement can’t through the 7th? Unheard of. Seriously, excellent effort, but I still want him to go a little further than he generally has been.

    Devine May 19, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • his movement was sick tonight though with good control. very encouraging.

    bigclo May 19, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Wheels might be falling off… 1st and 3rd, 2 outs against Clement in the seventh…
    Ortiz is out, Snow in.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • I feel bad for Snow, I really do… But a 4-run lead isn’t big enough to justify losing Papi AND Youk’s bats… Put Youk in if you’re wanting to keep Ortiz healthy…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • It’s true, but he seems to be so up and down. I don’t know which Clement I’m getting on a given night (moreso than most pitchers, even). A number of weeks ago, I swore him off, but he keeps having these occasional great outings trying to lure me back in…

    Devine May 19, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Foulke’s on for Clement… I was hoping we could get 7 out of him, but a good effort…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • lol, Devine, I wondered deep in my heart whether he’d have a good outing because of is interleague success, but I didn’t dare speak it out loud, lest he somehow catch wind of it and it destroy his fragile karma…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • D’oh!

    Devine May 19, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Well, crap. Utley double, 5-3 Sox.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • That’ll take some of the sheen off Clement’s stats for tonight…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • i swear that the speed on that last pitch said 92

    bigclo May 19, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Foulke comes right back with the K! Now it’s all set up for a Timlin/Paps finish…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Yep, 3 runs over 6 2/3. Still good, but not stellar.

    Devine May 19, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Oh, and I haven’t said it yet, so congratulations Paul!

    Devine May 19, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Ok – what’s happening in the eighth for the Phils?

    SF May 19, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Thanks! I’m not sure how it happened, but I bet those photos I took helped…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Burrell and Howard, both down swinging against Timlin, who is having some kind of Wakefeldian career…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • And Victorino grounds out on the first pitch, giving Timlin a 10-pitch inning.
    So, in other words, he wasn’t as good tonight ;-)

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Able to watch the Yanks/Mets here in my son’s hospital room. The Unit bombed again. And, no score updates from around the league, like ever.

    SF May 19, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Just getting in… and looking forward to seeing how Paps handles the Phils.
    Looks like Clement was throwing a heckuva game until the 7th. 3 runs from Matt, I’ll take it…

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Wow, hadn’t checked the Yanks-Mets in a while… All tied in the 8th…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Mets have tied the Yankees up, 6-6, Demon/Reese?/Jeter go in order in the top of the 8th.
    Let’s go Mets.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Yeah, Hudson, and he was going good until he got two outs in the 7th. Gave up two singles, and I would have left him in for 1 more batter with a 4-run lead, but bringing in Foulke wasn’t a bad move. Just didn’t work out as well as it could have.

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Old friend Rheal Cormier is on the mound, speaking of obscure Sox…
    And here’s a great combo: Dustan Mohr, pinch-hitting for Williw Harris. Ack! He grounds out…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • I’m watching on The Phillies broadcasters really need to drink some coffee or something, “low energy” doesn’t begin to describe their play-by-play style.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Trot walks, M-Lor at the plate…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Loretta with the GIDP (He only gets the M-Lor monker when he’s been good)…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Time for Papelbon to work his magic. Let’s go Paps!

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • What’s happening?! I rely on this thread for my updates!

    SF May 19, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Mets get nothing in the bottom of the 8th. They’re getting quite a show down there in the city.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Two down (both weak grounders to the right side), 1-1 count.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • I’m not sure… Either my GameCast picked a helluva time to freeze up, or something’s delaying the start of the bottom of the ninth…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Game over! The Red Sox win (4-3 groundout).

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Got it now… Dellucci pinch-hitting for Cormier…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Paul, the (short) delay was that Papelbon partly fell down fielding a grounder, and Terry, Nipper and the trainer all ran out as if their prize race horse had broken his leg.
    Didn’t appear to be anything to be concerned about, though.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • ‘ray!

    Devine May 19, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • That was quick! Woohoo!!
    Let’s go Mets/Rockies. G’night!

    SF May 19, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Paps, 1-2-3 yet again!
    Very nice win by the boys! Good start from Clement, for once, and good hitting when it counted…

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • HGHiambi and Slappy McBlueips both K to start the Yankees 9th. Wagner pitching.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Oooh, and Wagner’s on my fantasy team… Double the fun!

    PaulSF May 19, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Kelly Stinnett Ks to make it a perfect inning for Wagner.
    Stinnett is one fugly dude, at least in his Gamecast photo.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • I hate to be a hater, but it would make me smile to see the Fruitbat humbled again here by the Mets.
    (My great-grandfather was a huge Mets fan, so I don’t feel so lame rooting against the MFY.)

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Wright knocks Lo Duca in from second with a ball that sails over Demon’s head… Mets win, 7-6, pandemonium in Shea… How sweet it is!
    I’m going to have to start watching Toronto scores more closely.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • In other good news for BoSox fans, Randy Johnson looked spent again tonight (6 runs, 2 homers, now has a 5.62 ERA on the year).

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 10:22 pm

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