Skid Row: Sox-Rays Gamer II


The last 8 days of Red Sox baseball has been, in my estimation, one of the more frustrating and demoralizing set of games I have seen in several years.  It’s not that the Sox lost ballgames, it’s that they either threw them away (last Friday, in particular) or were never in them to begin with. I am sure there have been equally bad (if not worse) stretches in the past few seasons (remember, before the all-star break in 2004 the Sox were on a road to nowhere), but my memory is too short.  I have a sense, or at least a solid hope, that much will change when Coco Crisp returns to the lineup (I know, that’s what everyone is hoping).  For now, what I really want is for the Sox to play solid ball, to stay in games, to grind it out with this weak offense, to win enough to keep things tight in the AL East until the middle of May, to hold on so we can see if that team that electrified us the first week of the season was for real. 

Rock bottom isn’t a pretty place, but there’s nowhere to go but up.  Starting now.  Use this as the Saturday night Sox/Rays game thread.

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  • I love lineups where Alex Cora is hitting second. Jeezus.

    SF April 29, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Seriously, what about Alex Cora says, “Bat me second!” Is it his .235 batting average, or his .353 slugging percentage?

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • This is already going well…

    SF April 29, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Here we go… The frigg’n Rays can throw Doug Waechter out there and he K’s Manny and Papi, and we throw Dinardo out there and he gives up singles to the first two guys before the only truly legit hitter they have.
    I really hope we don’t sleepwalk through this whole series. That would really piss me off.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • JFC. The Sox SUCK right now. Maybe they just suck in general.

    SF April 29, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Oh, come on…

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Another first inning deficit. This is getting very old.

    SF April 29, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • I don’t think so, SF. We’ve been just historically awful with runners in scoring position. Its only a matter of time till luck jumps back on our side and we start hitting in those situations. Just my opinion, but I remain optimistic. Our pen isn’t bad comparitively, and our rotation should be among the top ten in baseball. This team has lots of potential…
    Now if we could just stop f’n up against crap-ass teams like the Rays…

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Ok, jokes over. ha ha. Who hid the Red Sox in their closet?

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Honestly I am not sure I’ve seen WMP make contact yet this year.

    SF April 29, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • GFD. Why am I even bothering tonight? If Francona is going to send Dinardo who can’t get three Rays out without giving up a run, and bat the backup shortstop second, why should I spend my time watching this?
    I wonder if the yankees coming to town will wake these f’ers up.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • OK! ENOUGH! Get him out of there, send him down to AAA and get us someone who can get through an inning without giving up any runs.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Yeah, just leave him in there Francona. The game isn’t completely lost yet. Better to see how many damn runs he can give up.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Unbelieveable. We’re being one hit by Doug Waechter. Coming into this game the guy had an ERA above 5.00. This is sick. SICK!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Anyone think we should score? Me neither…

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Hey, at least we have managed to score before the eighth tonight.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Manny! We have life (sort of)!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • 2-0 to Tek. Pitching coach out again. How ridiculous was that warning from the ump earlier?

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • My-Man-Trot! (And he’s on second too, so Tek can’t ground into a double play)

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Tek walks. Let’s see what we can do with this.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Look at this, a manager is taking a pitcher out BEFORE irreparable damage is done… hmmm… Someone should maybe look into this.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • I’ll put $20 down on Lowell grounding into a double play here.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Lowell gets a single. Bases loaded. Now it’s time for a dp, matty.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Pena!! We now have 2 runs! It’s amazing.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • WMP!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • 2 runs! I’ve dreamed about things like this, but I’ve never seen it with my own eyes.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Youk!!!!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Tie game! This is the team I knew and loved very briefly earlier in the year!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Yooooook!

    SF April 29, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Thank god Bathroom Break was there to strikeout in an important situation.
    And now is the time when inexplicably putting Alex Cora into the 2 spot is really going to screw us…

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • How great will Youk look batting 7. Or #2. And Loretta at 7.

    SF April 29, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • I like the idea of Youk at 2, Loretta at 7, SF.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • I don’t think you can move Youk out of the top of this lineup. I know it’ll be tough to lose Cora, but I think Youk has to stay. Imagine what he’ll be like when he develops a little bit of power.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Cora pops out to left, leaving two men on, but we actually managed to put together a nice rally there. And score more than two runs!!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Good job, Francona. Two on, two out, we could take the lead, but our second worst hitter is hitting second. Wonder that didn’t work out, huh.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • You have got to be kidding me. Talk about crushing a girl’s spirits.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • So it would have been nice if Tavarez coudl’ve gotten three easy out BEFORE giving up that homerun. Is that really too much to ask??

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Holy shit, Manny just hit a triple. It would have been an inside the parker, but Manny wasn’t really running down the first base line.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Tie game! Sac fly from Trot.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • You Sox fans must hate Johnny Gomes right about now.

    bloodyank78 April 29, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • And Manny’s inaccurate arm.

    bloodyank78 April 29, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Um, yes. That really sucked.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Wasn’t Manny’s fault. Throw hit Gomes. Actually pretty accurate. Would have gone right to Tek if Gomes hadn’t gotten in the way.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:34 pm

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Ah yes. 9th inning, down by one, men on 1st and 2nd, no outs, Papi and Manny coming up.
    Tailor made for drama.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • I’m assuming the SOx are going to win this

    NickYF April 29, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • OK, Manny, its time to go! Lets do dis ting!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Oh. my. God. Bases loaded, no one out for Manny down by one in the ninth.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • (Note: Manny made a great throw. Move that throw an inch to the left and he had him by 8-10 feet.)

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Manny was ever so slightly shaking his head after that throw. Now is his moment to get revenge.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • I’ve got Gamecast. Did they walk Papi on purpose?

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • 2-0 to Manny. (Nick, stop trying to jinx us.)

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • This game is obviously going to the Sox

    NickYF April 29, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • 3-2 count now. This is like movie baseball.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Shit. Manny k’s. I don’t even know what happened. he had so many pitches to hit right there.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • K. That is just so wrong.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • (It’s Nick’s fault.)

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • AAARG!! Manny…
    Time for My-Man-Trot! LETS GO TROT!!!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Don’t you worry. Trot’s got it in the bag.

    NickYF April 29, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • All we need trot to do is get the ball in the air and tie this thing up. A walk would work too, actually.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Here comes Trot. Maybe this guy is spent after MannyOrtiz.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:49 pm

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Hah! Tie game! On a walk!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Ump was asleep for that pitch. Wow.

    attackgerbil April 29, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • What did I say?
    (Damn rip-off jinx machine)

    NickYF April 29, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Walked him in! Tie game. Yesss.
    And we’ll get to see Papelbon.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • TROT!! Way to come through!!
    Bases still loaded… Come on TEK!!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Okay, so maybe Tek will walk too. Even a sac fly here would give us the lead.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Ride, Captain, Ride…

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Tek!!!!!!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • TEK!
    7-6 Sox on a single to right.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • I don’t care about the damn Sportsdesk update right now. Grrrrr…

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • YEAH TEK! Theres a Captain for ya!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Now that’s relief pitching at its finest

    NickYF April 29, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Thank you, Nick, you can root for the Sox any ol’ time… ;6)

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Don’t worry, Nick. This game isn’t over yet. I’m pretty sure we’ve still got the bases loaded…

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • 8-6 Sox on a sac fly by Lowell.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Come on, Lowell. Lets put this game away.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Big Papi is a SPEED DEMON!
    (Tags on sac fly, 8-6 Sox.)

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • C’mon, Wily Mo, let’s see the flip side of that all-or-nothing plate approach…

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Wily!!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Come on, WMP!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • 9-6 on a WMP single, Nixon scores from 2nd.
    I like this game a lot.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Yeah, WMP!
    Come on, Bathroom Break!!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • All good things must come to an end. In other words, AGon is at the plate.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • At least he’s making the pitcher work. I don’t know what thats worth now, but take what you can get from him.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Be great if he walks, but then we’re gonna see Willie Harris. Actually, we’ll probably see JT Snow, which isn’t much better.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Pap will be in with a three run lead. That makes me a happy camper.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • And the predictable happens… Great inning! Way to come back, Sox. Theres at least one guy in Philly standing and clapping right now.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • K! That’s why I love Pap. One down.

    Laura April 29, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Two down!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • 2 Ks for Paps.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Man! Paps is a beast tonight!

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Three down! We win! pap strikes out the side in order and perfect once again!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • 3 Ks.
    Save #10 in 10 chances, 0.00 ERA.
    Great game, just what the team and Boston fans needed after a dispriting week.

    Hudson April 29, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • And the whiff!
    9 runs in four innings. And I know I didn’t think it was possible. Yeah Sox! Maybe there is some life in this team after all.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Wow, we really needed that, didn’t we? I haven’t used this many exclamation points since Patriots Day!

    Laura April 29, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Great game. See y’all tomorrow, 1:35ish. We’ll take this series yet.

    mattymatty April 29, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Note: Manny is not a bad outfielder in terms of arm strength and accuracy. It’s his route to fly balls and his general “spaciness” thereof where he is crap (often in the past). This year, though, he’s been an above-average outfielder *most* of the time (good shoestring catches, running catches, way back in the corner catches, plays caroms off the Monster that could be doubles into singles).
    He also hits rally-sparking dingers, as we see from this game.
    What a joyous game! Of course it’s the one where I go to a friend’s birthday dinner. Of course.

    Devine April 30, 2006, 2:29 am

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