Someone Got Hit with an Ugly Stick — Let’s Hit Him Again: Sox-Diamondbacks Gamer III

Today’s finale between Boston and Arizona features a two-year fixture of our website’s rivalry: Randy Johnson.  The Big Ugly takes the hill having found comfort back home in sunny Arizona, having something of a resurgence after last year’s struggles in NYC.  The 43 year old hurler is pitching like he’s 41!  Time to make him feel like he’s back in the spotlight of the New York media, fellas.

The Sox send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the hill looking to sweep (can’t wait to see him hit!), and put out a mostly regular lineup, with Manny back in the fold but sans JD Drew, who gets a rest against the lanky lefty.   On the othe hand, Wily Mo Pena is in for Drew and hitting in the #7 spot, and he has about as much chance of nailing an off-speed pitch as YF does Jessica Biel.   

Comment here on the action. Lineups after the jump.

Boston
SS Julio Lugo
CF Coco Crisp
1B Kevin Youkilis
LF Manny Ramirez
C Jason Varitek
3B mike Lowell
RF Wily Mo Pena
2B Dustin Pedroia
P Daisuke Matsuzaka

Arizona
LF Eric Byrnes
CF Chris Young
2B Orlando Hudson
3B Chad Tracy
1B Conor Jackson
SS Stephen Drew
RF Carlos Quentin
C Chris Snyder
P Randy Johnson

122 comments… add one
  • Lugo strikes out to start the game

    Rob June 10, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • Start off the game with Lugo striking out and Coco getting the screaming single. What fun omens.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • Need to try and work the count today. RJ has averaged about 90 pitches a start this year.
    Crisp singles to left

    Rob June 10, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • good title, SF!

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • coco is picked off stealing but conor jackson decides to talk him. coco awarded second.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • ooo, interference call gets Coco to second- delightful.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • talk = tackle

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Youk flies out to center

    Rob June 10, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Manny with a 4 pitch walk.

    Rob June 10, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • rj is pissed. he thinks coco is tipping pitches. keeps staring him at second. “don’t talk to me”.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • The more Coco can mess with Randy, the better. He’s a pissy old fart.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • yankee is getting hot!!!

    mike June 10, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Tek K’s to end the inning, 2 stranded

    Rob June 10, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Why are trolls always semi-literate?
    I’m one of the few Yanks fans who wasn’t thrilled about the RJ trade when it happened. I think he can still be useful.

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • hi mike! i happy u think yankee on a fire. your a inspirashun 2 us all.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • Lugo. I have nothing to say about this horrific signing.
    Lugo. F*ck, I hate that guy.
    (couldn’t resist…)

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • Two quick outs for Matsuzaka, a deep fly to Crisp and then a nice K, looking. Behind Hudson 2-0, though.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • i like to call what i do “pseudo-literate” nick.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • Dice making pretty quick work of the first two batters, one down on a fly and the other watching strike 3 go by.

    Rob June 10, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • Hudson walks

    Rob June 10, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • Hudson walks on a 3-2 pitch, not close, Matsuzaka clearly unhappy with himself.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • sf rod, were you mikey?

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • I think we can all agree that this Dice-K thing is not working for anyone. Maybe a change of scenery will help. The Yanks could use him as a reclaimation project.

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • i thought you were disparaging all trolls.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • Tracy goes down looking

    Rob June 10, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • Tracy looks at a perfect 3-2 pitch, low and on the inside corner. Beauty of a pitch from DM for the third out.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • dice KKKKKKKK

    mike June 10, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • Back up to the plate, time to make RJ mad.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Lowell pops out to Byrnes. Lowell’s wrist is having a problem, and that may be big trouble offensively.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • wily the unstoppable mo. single to center. acorn found.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Wily Mo gets a hit. Randy Johnson should have to pay up big time in Diamondback Kangaroo Court for that pitch.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Is the Diamondbacks’ catcher like 6′-11″ tall?

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • Johnson up to 35 pitches so far in 1.1+. We like.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • Pedroia swings and misses at a head-high fastball, which would be a waist-high fastball for most players.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • 6′ 3″ but uses those cheater butt rest shin gaurds. a vet like rj should cup check him………while they’re in the shower.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Matsuzaka swings and misses at the first two pitches. The 0-2 is fouled off! A useful at-bat! He whiffs on the next pitch.
    Jerry Remy says that Daisuke has a “little Matsui in him”. Does he mean Kaz?

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • As long as DiceK doesn’t pull a muscle or hurt himself, I don’t care what he does at the plate.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 5:18 pm
  • Remy with the reflexive (and shallow) comparison of one Japanese player to another.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • Weak foul popout, one down.

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • I think Tito’s stubbornness with Lugo at leadoff is going to eclipse any misdoings from last year. Why not just voluntarily bat the pitcher, too?

    SF June 10, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • Kei Igawa reminds me so much of Dice K.
    If only

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • remy only knows like three japanese dudes. and they all look the same as far as he’s concerned. fall river is a small town.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • ugh, 2 down. Two out rally?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • nice of lugo just to abandoned the idea of using the bat. jeez, a-gonz could swing the stick.
    orsillo “randy pitches angry.” just to let you know don…he sleeps angry, eats angry, smiles angry, celebrates angry. the man is just angry. “DON’T TALK TO ME”.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • Doesn’t Remy live half the time in Europe? I thought he was cosmopolitan.

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • if by europe, you mean danvers. and yes, he does drink foo-foo cocktails.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:34 pm
  • lowell with an extended at bat finally double down the left field line to score manny from first. manny was running on the pitch thank goodness.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • what happened with WMP? Gameday seemed a bit confused.

    stuck working June 10, 2007, 5:55 pm
  • Manny got on his hoss and rode. 1-0!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 5:55 pm
  • dice k ‘s breaking ball doesn’t seem to locate today…

    mike June 10, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • Hopefully this isn’t DiceK’s meltdown inning.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 6:10 pm
  • drew (the other one) singles up the middle. hudson comes in to score from second. 1-1. first and second, 1 down.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • error #11 by lowell loads the bases with 1 down. might of been a dp ball.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 6:12 pm
  • this is unwatchable

    mike June 10, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • I’m begging for a doubleplay.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 6:14 pm
  • knee buckeling curve rings up snyder. 2 down with rj comming to the plate. i’m gonna say he’s angry.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • ok, a nice K is just as good with Randy up. (Hopefully that won’t bite me in the butt now.)

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • called strike three on rj. dice-k wiggles out of the jam. 1-1 going into the fifth.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • Julio Lugo is up.
    How do you say “black hole” in Spanish? ‘Cause that’s what I want his nickname to be, pronto.

    SF June 10, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • Maybe he can lean into it and take one for the team.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • “Agujero Negro”, to answer my own question. Not a great nickname.
    I think “El Vacio” is better. This means “the Void”.
    El Vacio. I like it.
    Lugo is a joke. Theo should be embarrassed beyond belief.

    SF June 10, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Why didn’t Lugo bunt or something? RJ can’t run fast or field well anymore.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • I like “El Vacio” as well, SF. I’m running out of patience with Lugo as well. At least he plays good defense.

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Manny, Manny, Manny…
    I can’t believe he swung at that garbage.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Manny’s lucky he didn’t get tossed for flipping his arm protector like that. I would have run him.

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • Johnson at 110 pitches, and of course the Sox have gotten worse as he’s gotten deeper into the game. Very weak effort by the Sox today, against a pitcher who despite the K numbers hasn’t been overly impressive to me.
    And as I type that, WMP swings over a complete meatball and grounds it foul. Lame.

    SF June 10, 2007, 6:52 pm
  • With Lugo, Crisp, and Daisuke that’s three near-dead spots in the lineup. Add in WMP and the Sox are sending only five currently legitimate hitters to the plate. I would hope that next inning we see Drew back in the field (and Papi ready to pinch hit for Daisuke if the situation is right) coming in, if the game is still tight.

    SF June 10, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff
    PHOENIX – Jon Lester, who was roughed up for five hits and three runs allowing three walks Saturday night for Pawtucket, will be asked to come to Fenway on Monday’s off-day to throw a side session for pitching coach John Farrell.
    The Sox want a face-to-face meeting with him to perhaps plan out a “what’s ahead” type schedule for the lefty, who has one more rehab start remaining on his 30-day stint.
    Terry Francona had much praise for the job done by Julian Tavarez and said that reports of Tavarez’ demotion to the bullpen are premature.
    However, if Lester pitches well his next time out, it would be difficult, if not unfair for the Sox to keep Lester down.

    TJ June 10, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • doh.

    stuck working June 10, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Well, looks like the lead will be single digits following this wholly boring and disappointing affair. The Sox’ bats have forced another pitcher to be nearly perfect, and Daisuke can’t hold up his end of the “deal”, however unfair a deal it might be. He’s struggled, but gutted out a half-decent effort, but it’s not going to be enough with pitchers having to throw shutouts or give up one run for the team to have a chance.
    Still three at-bats left so the game isn’t over, but it’s following a typical pattern as of late, and it’s painful.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • F*ck, Daisuke getting worked over here by the #7 and #8 hitter, who are hitting .217, both of them. Somehow Snyder pulls one right to the fence, but it’s out #2. Tony Clark pinch-hitting for the Unit.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Wow, 120 pitches for Daisuke. Let him off the hook, boys.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Tony Clark ks. He still sucks. Still plenty of game left, 2 runs won’t win this game.

    Tom sf June 10, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Matsuzaka with a fine, if not artful, effort. 6 innings, 2 runs.
    Unfortunately not near-perfect like the offense is requiring.
    As I type this, Pedroia leads off with a single. Hinske called back from the on-deck circle and CORA comes out? WHY? Why not Drew? I assume he holds Papi til as late as he can, but why not Drew here?

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Cora bunting. Great. I don’t get this at all, particularly with El Vacio coming up.
    Blood starting to boil.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Julio Lugo is the most useless POS I have ever seen in a Red Sox uniform. Ever.
    (this is a test)

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Test fails. Lugo grounds out.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Oh, SF- don’t you remember the illustrious career Midre Cummings?

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • El Vacio indeed. Now hitting .210. You canNOT continue to let him lead off…

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • who we gonna pay to take Lugo this offseason lol Dont think we can hit Atlanta up again.

    TJ June 10, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • That was inexplicable to me. You finally get to the bullpen, the lead guy rips a single, and you pinch hit a utility man to bunt and throw away an out with your worst hitter coming to the plate, while you keep your best hitter on the bench and your hottest hitter sitting. Fucking pathetic managing there by Francona, as far as I am concerned.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • I was going to say something encouraging Lugo to make SF eat his words, but instead…that was pathetic.

    Tom sf June 10, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • why not pinch-hit Drew for Dice-K. You have 2 innings left. How many pinch-hitting opportunities will there be?
    Thanks, Tito!

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Topic: Red Sox Shortstops and Spinal Tap Drummers. Discuss.

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Seriously, what a horrid bit of managing there. Not only does he leave Papi and Drew on the pine and have Cora pinch hit for the pitcher to sacrifice, but he leaves Drew on the bench when Crisp comes up, a perfect opportunity to PH a hot bat with a RISP.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • I agree, SF, using Cora there made NO sense to me either. Just like have El Vacio and Coco Puff hitting at the top of the order.

    Tom sf June 10, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Can Eric Byrnes go play in Japan or something? I have hated that guy since Oakland.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I hate Eric Byrnes.

    Tom sf June 10, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I mean, why play for a TIE in the 7th inning? Why let your guys sit on the bench when you could be down 2 or 3 going to the 8th or 9th?
    Tito’s been good this year, but this was beyond bad tactically.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • perhaps Drew is a little banged up or something. That’s always a possibility. He does need his rest (I’m not being sarcastic here). So maybe the bench is limited to Papi and Francona doesn’t want to pull out his big gun until the 9th.

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Spinal Tap Drummers, he he! I told my husband to think of them as Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers.

    Robin June 10, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Drew had his first 2 game hitting “streak” in about 2 months. Wrong time to sit.

    Tom sf June 10, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Another good analogy, Robin. Although I think that Julio Lugo is more apt to choke to death on someone elses vomit.

    Ayuh - SF June 10, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • gotta get runs here. we do not want to face valverde. he is absolutely nasty. the split finger disappears.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • All we need is a bizarre gardening accident…

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • I agree. No reason to put a slumping Cora in to play stupid small-ball crap when you can have the insanely hot Drew in there instead. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
    And the Lugo-Crew top of the order has been done far too often. Lots of speed, which means they can jog back to the dugout even faster after another weak groundout.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • I read an article that said that Valverde produced the most swing and misses per at bat in all of baseball in 2006. May we see him in the 9th!

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Nice at-bat from Tek, staring at a fastball for strike three after making an attempt to drag a bunt for a hit, wasting a strike. Too clever by half.
    This is probably the most frustrating game I have watched all year, and I have seen most of them. Bad on every level, except for Daisuke.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • interesting stat of the day: there are about 530 Tony Penas in baseball right now.

    Nick-YF June 10, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • donelly to pitch the ninth (or at least till drew). wonder when timlin gets a whif.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Sox will have the bottom of the order due up in the 9th. Drew for Pena, Droid, and Papi?

    Tom sf June 10, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Tito gets a vociferous, energetic FUCK YOU today. The idea isn’t to hold out your big guns just in case the perfect scenario arises, particularly in a game in which there have been almost NO PERFECT SCENARIOS and against a team with a deep bullpen. The idea is to maximize opportunity when YOU HAVE IT.
    I am seething right now.

    SF June 10, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Irony: Javier Lopez’s impressive control is cited as the reason for his staying and J.C. Romero’s going. In his first outing since the roster move, Lopez walks the only batter he faces. Yayy…

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • 9.5 is good but 10.5 was better. Especially since Waldman is gonna mess herself with the one game gain. “Oh my goodness gracious!!”
    Oh crap, Timlin’s in- the game is officially over.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Mike Timlin: Commence suck.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • never so true nstb. thanks mike.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Called it.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • HA HA!!

    Nelson Munz June 10, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Ok, how did an error on a sac bunt attempt turn into TWO RUNS and the bunter on THIRD?????
    Three errors in this game for the Sox. Uninspiring, indeed. And extremely frustrating.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Release Timlin and recall Delcarmen

    TJ June 10, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Good to know we’ve got Drew and Papi available.
    Pathetic. Thanks go to Francona, who managed this game like a four year old.

    SF June 10, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Not only that Paul, but he did it on ONE PITCH.
    Ball was bunted straight back to Timlin, who threw it into foul territory. Both runners scored, batter to third.

    Ayuh - SF June 10, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • we would have gotten out of the inning had mike made the throw to first. two pop ups to the infield from the following batters.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • My only hope is that the DBacks will go to New York and beat the junk outta the Yanks while we cream the Rockies.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Why is Timlin still on the team? Were they missing him?

    SF June 10, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • They probably felt loyalty to the wrong member of the 2004 championship team…. It should have been Cabrera that got the loyalty.

    TJ June 10, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • In all honesty, I would rather have JC Romero on this team than Mike Timlin. Then again, I would rather have Mike Timlin than Joel Pineiro…

    Nate=Soxfan June 10, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Timlin should retire, he’s been under the downside of his career for a couple years now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Lugo’s up? Our 2-out rally king!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Did you see that strike Coco took?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • I assume that we keep Timlin in the pen because he’s owed serious $$$ but even Delcarmen has to be a better option at this point.

    DW-sf June 10, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • don’t be too hard on tito, sf…perhaps he hasn’t fully mastered the art of managing the high leverage way…

    dc June 10, 2007, 11:07 pm

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