Sox-Yanks Postmortem II: Pauley Wanna Run Support

Well, it wasn’t Billy Rohr, but it was better than we could have hoped for. An unearned loss, two runs in nearly 7 IP for David Pauley, who pitched positively Beckettlike (former version) on the worst of all possible stages. If he can maintain control of that sinker, as he did tonight, he can and will make David Wells obsolete. Now it’s Lester’s turn.

The mystifying managerial turns of Terry Francona also continue. I’m not gonna quibble over one batter, but Seanez in with the bases loaded and Hansen in the pen? Youk batting in front of Cora, behind doubles machine Lowell? .240 Tek — behind Trot, in front of Lowell? This lineup was designed for failure. And it did so repeatedly.

Overall, a great game from all parites (manager excepted). Just one question for you Cabrera lovers. When Melky strikes out, does it become sour Leche?

11 comments… add one
  • No, Paul. It becomes delicioius yougurt. Duh.

    yankeemonkey June 6, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • I can’t believe this, but I’m not upset, 1.5 back in June, 2 more games in the series, 2 great Red Sox pitchers going the next two games, big deal, it happens.
    Tonight though, the kid pitched great, under the worst possible circumstances, he pitched great and that’s all I care about.
    Good game Yankees, we will get you tomorrow.

    LocklandSF June 6, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • I just hate that a split is now the best possible outcome. But “it’s a long season” becomes a soothing mantra in the midst of a struggle. The Sox of the last few years have eben a much better second-half team anyway, in part because Epstein seems to make genius deadline deals…

    Paul SF June 6, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Great closing line, Paul. I will let you know how I feel when it happens again. Cabrera has turned into a contact hitter after his earlier diagnosis as being a free-swinger. 2 k’s since May 9th. Wow.
    Thoughts about tonight’s game:
    Pauley proved an effective pitcher tonight.
    So did Wang.
    The miscue ruled a hit on the grounder from Cairo that Pauley (and possibly Loretta) could have played turned out to be the winning run was brutal.
    Williams hits a dinger to tie, and reminds me to respect my elders.
    Baserunning blunder by Manny (did Hasselman send him?) was tragic.
    I have an unbridled infatuation with Cabrera. I wonder what my lady thinks about my desire to name our unborn child Melky?

    attackgerbil June 6, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • I’m going to a game at the Stadium next week, one of those “Got Melky” Tshirts will be miiiiine!

    yankeemonkey June 6, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • When Melky strikes out…no big deal after that catch!

    Benjamin Kabak June 7, 2006, 1:54 am
  • No, but it sure sounds like sour grapes from a Sox fan.

    Bozo June 7, 2006, 9:13 am
  • hard to tell if the standing ovation some YFs gave pauley from behind the dugout was sarcastic or sincere.

    beth June 7, 2006, 10:37 am
  • What exactly does having Hansen in the pen have to do with putting Seanez in? Your gonna put up Hansen (has he ever pitched in a ML game?) against Giambi with the bases loaded? Man, I wish you were the Sox manager. LOL.

    NYYFan in Boston (Not really anymore) June 7, 2006, 11:05 am
  • I agree with NYYFiB – Hansen wasn’t the option for me – if we are concerned with a player’s confidence level (like with Pauley) then bringing Hansen in in that spot might be a tad on the double-standard side of things. Seanez (or maybe Papelbon, as YF suggested) was the best option, however scary that sounds. I just would have brought Seanez in with a base open, not with the bases loaded against a guy with such tremendous plate control like Giambi. Pauley seemed cooked, and after the missed grounder I imagine his head wasn’t entirely focused. There was no margin for error at all when Tito brought in Seanez, and they paid for it.

    SF June 7, 2006, 11:12 am
  • Hansen has pitched in ML games, and acquitted himself fairly well. To me, it’s a case of the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t. Seanez strikes a lot of guys out, but other than that, it’s all walks or homers — and Jason Giambi does a lot of walking and homering. Hansen, maybe he would have done worse. Maybe not. But no one was surprised when Seanez coughed up the run.
    It’s more a commentary on the state of our bullpen when our debate is over who would be better — a kid with three games’ experience or Rudy Seanez. What I’m about to say is definitely in-hindsight, but Papelbon hadn’t pitched in a long time. Pitching him for the inning or two last night wouldn’t have spoiled him for the rest of the series…

    Paul SF June 7, 2006, 3:48 pm

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