Spritzing: Cards-Sox Gamer I

The start of the game is on a weather delay, but it looks like this game is going to happen. Comment here on all your Red Birds/Red Sox action.

St. Louis
C. Izturis ss .244
S. Schumaker rf .307
R. Ludwick lf .305
R. Ankiel cf .251
T. Glaus 3b .260
C. Duncan 1b .234
Y. Molina dh .295
A. Kennedy 2b .250
J. LaRue c .194
K. Lohse 3.77
J. Ellsbury lf .281
D. Pedroia 2b .274
J.D. Drew rf .327
M. Ramirez dh .295
M. Lowell 3b .275
K. Youkilis 1b .305
C. Crisp cf .260
J. Lugo ss .275
K. Cash c .236
T. Wakefield 4.19
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  • LFRS sacs in Manny, 1-0 Sox.

    SF June 20, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Bowling pins!

    SF June 20, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • That’s twice in five innings the Sox have had the sacks full with 1 out, and they have one run to show for it. Very frustrating to watch.

    SF June 20, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • And, the leadoff double for the Cards. Pre-dic-ta-ble.

    SF June 20, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • LFRS throws away a routine grounder for error #155332 on the season.

    SF June 20, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • LFRS follows with another throwaway turning the double play, simple relay to first.
    This guy shouldn’t be allowed into the parking lot tomorrow. He’s a fucking joke of a player.

    SF June 20, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Ells saves Wake with a leaping grab in left. Two down.

    SF June 20, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Wake guts through six, two runs, one of them almost entirely on the bozo at shortstop. Not sure if Wake comes back out, and if he doesn’t it’s a tough night when you give up one earned at home and leave the game with a deficit.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Wow, two outs from the Sox on like, what, -5 pitches? Terrific fundamental baseball tonight.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Does Lohse not remember he is pitching to Lugo?

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Shut your face, Gerbil. Lugo goes yard over the monster to tie the game.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Wow. LFRS redeems himself tonight with his first homer in literally 9 months.
    I still hate him.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • LFRS with the double bonus: he clears the pitcher. Er, Cash, I mean.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • What the hell was that call on 2-1 to Cash? The ball was about 8″ low and a foot outside.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • And, the whiff. At least it is tied.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • That 2-1 was a joke. I just came away from three hours of those shit calls watching Runge butcher the zone at the Stadium.. it appears Culbreth is on the same page in Fenway. I guess that’s one way to speed the game.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • LaRue took that liner for a ride. What a thwack it made off the board.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Wake back out for the seventh. MDC warming in the pen.
    Jason LaRue continues to wear out Wake, a wallscraper single starts the inning. Be on the ball here, Tito.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Gerb:
    Manny struck out with the bases loaded in the fifth, they then did the “K-zone” thingy (which we all know has its foibles) but the first two strikes against Manny, both called, didn’t come close to the zone. Nowhere near.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Wow.. Wakefield and Lowell doing some sort of interpretive dance on that bunt. Nice job by Lowell to make the out.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • I think the Sox should stop wearing green – it’s CAMOUFLAGE for God’s sake.
    And there’s the two run jack, typical Wake meltdown on one pitch. WTF is SKIP SCHUMAKER?
    Thanks for paying attention, Tito. What, the bullpen isn’t able to come in after an off-day?

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Oof.. Wake gives up a two run dinger to Schumaker.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • I mean, seriously, Wake hasn’t got it. He didn’t have much of it last inning, now he loses one inside to hit a guy. Still, no mound visit, no hook. Sleeping manager, again. The Sox have three at-bats left, what is Tito trying to do, make them incidental?

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • I find the green unis on the sox exceptionally ugly, in just about every way. It’s funny, because despite my allegiance, I think the Sox normal Unis, both road and away, look great.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Look, you want to honor the Celtics, fine. Put their mugs up on the Diamondvision. Invite them along and give them unlimited Fenway Franks and brewskis. But green unis? No. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere. What’s next, letting KG pitch the eighth?

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • Actually, maybe KG should have pitched the seventh.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • > both called, didn’t come close to the zone. Nowhere near.
    SF: Both teams were shaking their heads, sometimes barking, at Runge. One of the more infuriating games I’ve recently watched regarding the umpire changing the flow and course of the game, and very quite possibly, the result based on the safe call when Molina had the plate blocked with his glove yet Runge thought Cabrera somehow avoided the tag, but whatever.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Jacoby, my mfrs is on base with a single to left leading off the seventh.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • Oof!! Flores, what are you smoking? Four pitch walk, and that 3-0 was comical.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Dusty walks. A little bingo started here.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • How was that 1-0 pitch to Drew _not_ a strike? Bizarro ump.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • LaRussa should be sprinting to the mound.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • There he is.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • First pitch to Drew looked decent, yet called a ball.
    The 1-0 is outside, now 2-0.
    The 2-0 is high, definitely borderline, and runs the count to 3-0.
    Ball eight. Plugged for Manuel.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • The Sox have had them loaded three times in seven innings now. First two both with one out yielded one run in total. Let’s see what happens here.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • SF… yeah, typo.. I meant the 0-0 to Drew should have been a strike, but the fact that it wasn’t called means that the ump lost all respect for Flores anywhere away from middle belt. He looked really bad in general.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Awful. Just awful. This laptop is about to go crashing into my in-laws’ floor.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • DP by Manny. Surprising to see him do that in that situation. That was just awful placement.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Crap. Needed a little more than that, Manny.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Dribbly 463.
    Lowell is behind 0-2. WOW.. layed off a pitch that looked really good over the corner to make it 1-2.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • It wasn’t just awful placement, it was an all-around awful at-bat, hacking away, it looked like Manny made up his mind to swing at both of those pitches no matter what, the first was up and out of the zone the second not much better.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Lowell is disgusted with himself on the K.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Another enormous wasted opportunity.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • > it was an all-around awful at-bat
    Yeah that’s what I saw too, but I don’t want to sound like I am goading.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • By the way, my apologies for my outburst in another thread earlier today. Inexcusable.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Culbreath’s strike zone usually is questionable. Seems like one or both teams usually is pissed at him when he’s behind the plate at RS games.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Let’s recap: the Sox have had at least six men in scoring position with either one or no outs, and have scored two of them. That’s going to lose you games every f*cking time.
    The Sox are playing a sh*t game tonight, they’ve been handed opportunities and seem obliged to let the Cardinals off the hook. I hate watching games like this, they make my blood boil. I’d almost rather have just turned on the computer, seen a big deficit, and gone off to bed, rather than watch this frustratingly bad baseball. I can handle losing to good pitching performances and nice defense, but this has been a sloppy effort from the Cardinals at best, saved only by a woeful effort from the Sox.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • > my apologies
    I don’t know that you need to apologize to anyone, but you apology is accepted by me. Your insight is way too valuable to get bogged down in the mire that sometimes happens around here, IBM.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • K! Is Oki back?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • And a dinger off Oki. Oki has officially regressed. He’s just not that scary anymore.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • > seen a big deficit, and gone off to bed
    That’s how I felt watch the R/Y game. First chance in many days to watch a game front to back, and it was infuriating.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • Thanks, AG. I appreciate that. I guess I felt it was necessary because it seemed to catch a few of the regulars by surprise.
    I usually ignore that little turd, but I fell for his goading this time. …
    And, no Oki is not back.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • And now a scorched single to the left side of second, past a stumbling LFRS. Again, the only people that Oki is scaring right now are SFs.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • Rosenthal said on WEEI this week that he expects the RS will make a hard run at Colo’s Brian Fuentes.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • It’s almost like the rain delay and the Celtics party lulled these guys to sleep.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Seriously, how is this Cardinals team doing well? Despite tempting fate by saying this, they smack of “we only win games because our entire league sucks ass”.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Shumaler looks too much like Brian Austin Green from 90210. He’s down swinging at a nice breaking pitch to end the Cards’ eighth.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • > the rain delay
    I think it hurt Wakefield. I was flipping back and forth.. they had bumped the start to 8:05 and he warmed up on that schedule, but then they pushed it back.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • Schumaker rather.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • But Gerb, Wake pitched well! But for Tito trying to squeeze an extra couple of outs from him he would have gone 6 with one earned. There wasn’t much reason for Tito to ride him out through seven, frankly. I don’t see how the seventh inning (which is the inning that botches his stats) indicates that the rain delay hurt him.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • First pitch from Franklin to Youk was both low and away, but called a strike.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Well, consistent umping – that first pitch to Youk was definitively off the plate.
    And a leadoff single. Let’s strand more!

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Nice single by Youk.
    Now Coco gets started with a low-away pitch for a strike. Okay, I’ll just leave what happens next to SF’s wrath.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Or, just hit into a double play Coco and don’t strand anyone.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • SF: Regarding Wake, I suppose.
    The first pitch to SF’s lfrs was a ball as well.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • I blame this entire game on LFRS. If he makes those plays in the fifth the Sox head into the sixth inning up and with a full rested bullpen, with the Cards bat feeling more pressure and Wake having thrown about 10 fewer pitches.
    I don’t care about his stinking homer – LFRS lost the Sox this game, at least in my own disoriented and misguided world he did.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Lugo fouls off two payoffs to stay alive. Both good pitches to foul away. The third payoff: fouled off again. Quality at bat here.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • The fourth full-count was a fastball outside corner, and he again pushed it off foul. Tenth pitch: taken just (just just barely) outside. Nice job.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • I predict this at-bat will end poorly for LFRS.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Prediction wrong on my part, but for the fact that that pitch has been called a strike for the last three innings.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • K zone thing made it look a lot farther out than I thought it was.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • > that pitch
    was completely surprising to not be called a strike based on the few innings I’ve watched.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Seriously, LFRS just let a pitch go by that has been called a strike about the last 11 times it has been thrown. So was that a good eye, or a bad decision? He should have been rung up, based on what the ump had been calling.
    I can’t give him credit for anything. Oh, and his homer was wind-assisted too.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Man, I really dislike Tony LaRussa.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Okay, that 2-1 was just a bad call.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Oh, come on.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Add one more to the stranded tally. Moss should have been looking 3-1 there, instead of 2-2. MASSIVE difference in those counts.

    SF June 20, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • > I can’t give him credit for anything
    Heheheh. But you can take at least a small step back and say that was a pretty good at-bat? Maybe?
    Moss got jobbed on the two-one pitch, but that two-two grounding into the 643 was fugly.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • > MASSIVE difference in those counts

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • In the entire Majors, players with 3-1 counts hit .362. Those with 2-2 counts hit .192.
    Thanks, BR!

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • Blue is not making me happy (in principle) tonight.
    Aardsma/Tek the battery for the St. Louis ninth.
    Ludwick down quick.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • > 643
    463 rather.
    Absolutely, that 2-1 call by the ump is shit and changes the course of the game. It wasn’t close.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Aardsma looked great that inning, and just made Tory Glaus look overmatched on that swinging K.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Hey, Tito can chew gum in his sleep!

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Tory Glaus is now Tory? I’m a abd ytispt tonight, and Im’ ont enve drnuk.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • More freaking McCain presidential commercials.
    Reform. Prosperity. Peace.
    I’m John McCain, and I approved this message.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • What I can’t believe is that I am off duty tonight with the kids, meaning I can “sleep in” tomorrow, and I’ve just blown my chance at a good nine hour block to watch this travesty of an effort from the Sox.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Ellsbury apparently needs to get home in time to see Letterman. One down quick.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Shouldn’t it be “Reform Prosperity”, no period? Or is that Bush’s slogan right now?

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Rain: suggesting that RS been napping, not really in the game.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • I cannot vote for George W. McCain.
    Reform my ass.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • I know this is cruel, but look how many times your LFRS ends up in the game notes…
    HR – J Lugo (1, 6th inning off K Lohse 0 on, 2 Out).
    SF – J Lugo.
    RBI – J Lugo 2 (17).
    2-out RBI – J Lugo.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Lowell 4, K Cash 1.
    GIDP – M Ramirez, C Crisp.
    Team LOB – 9.
    E – J Lugo 2 (16, throw 2).
    PB – K Cash.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • this is where we really need a 12-pitch AB from Pedroia.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Bad luck for Dusty, lining one foul down the line.
    Didn’t Ryan Franklin used to stink in Seattle?

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Truth hurts, AG.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • > Shouldn’t it be “Reform Prosperity”
    hehe.. that’s good. Cut and paste from the screen.
    Dusty ropes a double off the board.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Dusty double, tying run at the dish.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Almost … 8 pitches and a double. Drew up.
    JD, we need you.
    As in, right fncking.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Dammit, JD hasn’t looked so hot tonight.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • JD missed a cookie right there, and then stares at strike three. Bad at-bat.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Fastball on the away black edge has Drew frozen looking for the second out. That was a good pitch.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Crap. …
    Manny, see the previous comment to JD.
    Take heed, please.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Manny: first pitch swinging?

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Lowell has been sh*t lately, they can be careful with Manny I would think – he can’t score on an EBH either.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • They are pitching around Manny.
    Remy comes in with the stat that Manny has only swung at one 3-0 pitch all season. Doesn’t share the result of that swing, but still, good info.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Not pitching to Manny. OK, Mikey.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Manny walks.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Lowell coming up as the winning run, Manny walks.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • YES!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Franklin’s been staying away from the rightys.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Single. 5-4. Manny can score on a WP or PB now, as he ran hard to third.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Nice single by Lowell. Quality hitting to hit a slider hung over the plate up the middle as Manny makes it to third while Dusty scores. Drama indeed.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Oof. Sorry SF, IBM.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Too many missed opportunities tonight. Obviously.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Yooks was a little too impatient, there. Damn.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Ah, well. At least we keep the lead the same. Thanks for stay up, AG.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 20, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Youk pops out. Two more stranded, seems appropriate.
    Crap game, the Sox need to play a lot better than that.
    G’night all.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Not sure what Youk was looking for there – that wasn’t a “line drive ties it up swing”, it was an “I’m going to drive it off the base of the wall the other way even though I can’t hit it that far” kind of swing.
    The Sox can only blame themselves tonight, they did WAY too many things wrong, giving the Cards extra outs, Oki gave away an insurance run to a terrible hitter, stranded men, double plays. Textbook bad baseball from our squad. Really fun to watch.

    SF June 20, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • > Thanks for stay up, AG
    My pleasure (for the baseball, not the schadenfreude). It’s still only 8:25 on the left coast. Nice to see the umps jobbing the Sox similarly to the way they were the Yanks tonight. AWFUL strike zones.

    attackgerbil June 20, 2008, 11:26 pm

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