Stopper Time: Sox-Rays Gamer I

The Red Sox traded for Josh Beckett to provide a second ace for the rotation. Time now to see if Beckett, coming off three terrific performances, can make it a fourth, keep the Sox in first place and erase the memory of two demoralizing losses to the Yankees. We’re hopeful — after all, it is the Devil Rays.

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  • to watch for:
    Carl Crawford went 5-5 with a homer 4 stolen bases yesterday. This was the best fantasy baseball performance of any player on my team, and I’m assuming this means he’s hot right.
    Julio Lugo’s been getting a lot hits of late.
    David Ortiz is slumping. Will it continue?
    Manny is being Manny.

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:04 pm
  • My CF/speed slot has been very disappointing on my fantasy team. First I tried Juan Pierre. Then Jim Edmonds. Now it’s Vernon Wells, who seems to have started slumping as soon as I picked him up. Next try: Coco Crisp.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • Edmonds has killed me. You think he’s done?

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:07 pm
  • Predictions:
    David Ortiz takes out the last two days on the D-Rays’ staff.
    Manny continues to take out the last two months on the D-Rays’ staff.
    Beckett pitches a complete game on 95 pitches.
    Nothing like a series against Tampa Bay (when Scott Kazmir’s not pitching) to bring out the optimist in me…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • It has the makings of that, doesn’t it? He still makes the great plays on defense, but he’s fallen off the table a la Sosa and Palmeiro…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • Crawford safe on the close play, infield hit… Beckett better not have the HR bug today…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Crawford is 6 for his last 6

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Lugo grounds out 4-3, then Crawford beats out an infield hit, 6-3.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • expect him to be running

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Odd that Crawford’s not the leadoff man…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • they were flirting with the idea of batting him 3rd because he was showing more and more power the last couple of years.

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Gomes Ks swinging on a nasty curve…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Gomes Ks.
    (Why didn’t Tek have to tag him on that?)

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Beckett looks very good tonight thus far, knock on wood. Locating the fastball well enough to have only thrown one curve, and he got a K on it…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • “Aubrey Huff” sounds like a line of plastic pony toys for pre-teen girls.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • No open base, I assume, Hudson…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • Crawford to 2nd on another pitch in the dirt.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Thanks, Paul. I forgot that.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Beckett issues a walk.
    Lot of balls eluding Tek.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Eww, and the walk. No 1st-inning runs Beckett!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Sir Tyroneus Wiggington III, Esq. at the plate.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • I think the adrenaline combo of 1st inning and runners on base relly starts to make Beckett overthrow…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Beckett reminds me of Pedro in that he often has these lousy first innings. Is it a warm-up issue?

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Blows 1 past Wigginton, now 2 strikes, 2 outs… “FINISH HIM!”

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • Beckett makes Wigginton look baaad for the K. A key moment…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • He Ks the WigMan.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • 20 pitches for J.B.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Waechter comes in with a 6.63 ERA. Promising.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • It’s downright Johnson-esque… (Or Clement-esque)

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • I know Francona doesn’t want to disrespect the Captain… But really, Lowell should be batting in front of him.
    In fact, he ought to be batting 5th.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • I can see him behind Nixon, whose been very good this year. But Tek just makes the hitter in front of him worse…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Down 1-2, Youks works the count full, then singles. (Youks being Youks?)

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Youk starts it off well, with the base hit…
    (Bastards on ESPN showed a replay of his leadoff HR, and I thought it was the real thing. Glad they cut away before I could post)…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Waechter throws over to hold down the speedy Youkilis…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Hit and run avoids the DP, runner on second for Papi…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Hit-and-run, Loretta out 5-3, moves Youks to 2nd.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • I hope Papi is angry about last night. Reeeaaaaallly angry…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Wonder if Rays were paying attention to Papi’s ABs from last night?

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Papi with the RBI single!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Papi singles, Youks scores.
    The Ortiz drought is over.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • What exactly would they learn YM? I guarantee you, Papi already knows exactly what went wrong in each at bat and how not to replicate those mistakes. He is a downright doctor of hitting…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • those early inning heroics are positively A-Rod-ian.

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Haha. It’s a go-ahead RBI though…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Manny uses his wheels (OK, maybe not) to beat out the DP. 5-4 FC.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Manny’s brain farts may be due to him whacking himself on the helmet whenever he fouls off a fat pitch.
    No DP on the grounder, Ortiz out at 2nd, Manny to 1st.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • This is where it would have been nice to have Lowell up, and not Tek…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Nixon singles, 1st and 2nd, 2 outs.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Watch Tek prove us wrong now…

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Paul, if he’s such a hitting genius, wouldn’t he have adjusted over the course of the game? 0-5 with 4 Ks was his line I believe….

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • And, right on schedule: the popup to end the inning. I don’t know what’s wrong with Tek, and I’d never boo him for his troubles, but you’ve got to treat him in the lineup like the hitter he’s been since last September, not like the hitter he was during the first half of 2005.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • But the point is moot as Ortiz singled in a run while I was typing.

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Nope. Pop fly-out.
    Doug Whack-ter (27 pitches) gets a reprieve.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • to use walein’s idea, Doug Waechter should be repeating the mantra: “I am not Doug Waechter, I am not Doug Waechter…”
    Maybe, V-Tek should start doing that as well.

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • One game’s stats line is not enough to prove or disprove whether someone is a hitting genius, YM. That’s a faulty argument, and you know it…
    The fact that Ortiz has improved his hitting numbers each year since 2002, despite facing these teams dozens of times (and his numbers against the Yanks are very good despite having faced them more than anyone else), is a testament to his hitting genius.
    He’s no Ted Williams, but he’ll do.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • I’m not getting drawn into this argument :D

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • I’m actually hoping Tek can pick it up a bit (but not against the Yanks, obviously!). He’s one of the few really likeable Sox players even if you hate that team.

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Two down in this game here, Branyan at the plate, 2-1 count.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Nice curveball freezes Branyan for the K…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Daily Zoolander moment:
    “Lowell… He’s so hot right now…”
    Man on for the highly imposing bottom of the order…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Wily Mo K-ena.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • AGon with the hit, 2 on for Mr. Youk!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Playing Cora a bit more lately maybe has helped light a little fire under Gonzo at the plate.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Youks works the count full once again… But flies out to shallow center.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Loretta with the line shot, but right at LF.
    He was supposed to have been working with Papa Jack both those days, so maybe they figured something out…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Loretta makes the third out on a fly to left.
    8 LOB, 4 team LOB after 2.
    Whack-ter at 46 pitches.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Putting Lowell behind Nixon would likely have scored a run in the first…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Papa Jack is probably the most underrated part of this Red Sox organization. I mean, what he did with Ortiz alone is worth high praise.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • How long can Francona keep sticking with Tek that high in the order? Is this Francona being the good players’ manager, stupid, or both?

    SF May 25, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • SF: It’s called The Bernie Williams syndrome, and apparently it’s contagious.

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Beckett looks goooood.

    SF May 25, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Hahaha. Ortiz says “no soup for you” to the shift.

    SF May 25, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Nooooo head-first slides. No more of those. Especially you, Ortiz.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • The Sox really need to capitalize here. 6 hits and only 1 run to show for it.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • The vibration from Big Papi’s belly-flot at 3rd wakes me from my slumber.
    I do NOT like to see him sliding head-first, especially when it’s totally unnecessary.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • 2-0 as Tek gets a grounder through the right side.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Okay, Varitek gets his first hit since… well, a long time.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Paul and SF, please tell Terry and Jason you’re sorry about what you said earlier.

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • I may have been a bit overzealous in rooting for Varitek :D

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Pena’s swings and misses make baby Jesus cry. (I like the trade, still.)
    Shoot…deep fly.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • When Tek starts hitting more than .231 I will stop yapping. Isolated ribbies don’t get him off the hook.
    Meanwhile, the Sox sure are letting Waechter off the hook.

    SF May 25, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Don’t worry, SF. The big inning is coming. Just hold ’em still, Beckett.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Actually, a run here, a run there doesn’t seem so bad tonight. I’ll take that big inning tomorrow, thank you very much!

    SF May 25, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • That first curveball (?) to Wigginton was beautiful.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Beckett’s breaking ball is absolutely filthy tonight. He’s up to 66 pitches, though.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Josh Beckett is the anti-Matt Clement.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • I’m back… I’m with SF: I refuse to apologize until Varitek puts together at least three consistent games in a row…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Ball 4 called a strike to Youk…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • And Youk says, “I’ll take your Strike 2, and raise you a ground-rule double!”

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Youks comes back with a double.
    His OBP just keeps climbing. Best leadoff hitter in the A.L.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Loretta with the hit! Corners for Papi. Youk had to hold to make sure the flare wasn’t caught…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Yuck. Popup. Manny up…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • What, 9 hits and a walk and only two runs, thru 3.2? Come on, guys! Jeez!!

    SF May 25, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Isn’t Doug Waechter the punchline for every thread on the DL?

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Manny Ks, and two more runners stranded…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Through four innings: 10 Sox baserunners, just 2 runs.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • A three-pitch strike out for Manny.
    We had a chance to knock him out this inning… argh. Once again the Red Sox hitters are letting bad pitchers make mistakes and allowing them to wiggle out of it.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Six Ks for Beckett now. Very nice indeed…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Nice play from Loretta.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • And the grounder strands the runner at 3rd…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Something is wrong with Varitek’s swing. It looks way uglier than it did last year.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Wow, Lowell really IS slow. Geez! That play wasn’t even close, and it was a harder one to make than Jeter’s!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Yeesh. What’s Lugo thinking?

    YF May 25, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Wow, the textbook 8-6-4-5 out at third base…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • I’m sure they practiced that one in fielding drills…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Paul, you know good and well nobody can make better or more difficult. You are just trying to bait our pinstriped friends.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Sox caught a big break there.
    WMP barehanded a double off the wall; relay is mishandled; Loretta gets Lugo at 3rd.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Was that really the combination? How did that happen?

    Nick-YF May 25, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Gotta say the beard looks good on Beckett. Big improvement over the goatee. Very old school.

    YF May 25, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • I don’t know what happened to my post there – it should read nobody makes better or more difficult plays than Jeter.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Go-Go-Gomes!

    YF May 25, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Hudson just posted it, but yeah, Pena caught the double off the wall, threw high, ball ticked off Gonzalez’s glve and rolled into the basepath between 2nd and 3rd. Lugo apparently figured he could get to third on the play, but Loretta streaked over, underhanded the ball to Lowell, who made the tag for the first out of the inning.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • And to continue Paul’s recap: with Crawford on deck, and down by 2 and no out, taking that extra base with anything less than 100 percent certainty was not smart.

    YF May 25, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • And when I say Loretta streaked over, I mean it literally. He threw off his clothes and ran naked to the ball. Never seen anything like it in my life…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Clearly a dumb play by Lugo, considering Crawford being on fire right now, and — of course — Crawford followed it up with a hit.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Awww, thanks again, Lugo!

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • And Lugo follows it up with a throwing error that sends Pena to second on what I assume will be ruled an infield hit (tho he probly would have been out with a good throw)…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • ESPN reporting: Posada has a torn hamstring in his right knee (?). Out a few days, not on the DL.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • I don’t relish saying this, but the Sox really need more runs on the board if Foulke is coming in.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • I love Orel’s commentary. A breath of fresh air after the Morgan/Sutcliffe duo.

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Youks takes Waechter to 3-2 for the third time tonight, then walks.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • M-Lor with the big insurance run!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Loretta knocks in a run with a single, 3-0.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Orel is fantastic, he’s probably the best ESPN baseball commentator. I like it how he doesn’t talk down to the audience.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • If only ESPN realized that and put him on the so-called A-team….

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Needed the big bats there. Leave two more on. We might come to rue that.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Adventures in Centerfielding.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Wily being Wily.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Fly balls all over the place off Foulke. Scary. Thank God for that third run because the tying run remains safely on deck.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Crazy inning, Wily falling on the track, overruning a single I thought he was going to dive for, two deep fly balls… but no runs.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Two hits for Tek!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Yes! Feet-first slide from Trotman. Awesome.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Tek golfs one past the first baseman, Trot to 3rd. No outs.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • That was a ridiculous call. It wasn’t even close to being a swing.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Wily Mo BB-ena.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • A walk by Wily Mo, always encouraging.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Bags loaded for Gonzo. 1 out.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Yeah the call on Lowell was bad…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Ohhh, AGon… Popup. But Youk is up.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Better than the DP…better than the DP…better than the DP…c’mon Youk!
    Strike one.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Gonzo flies out, shallowly, bases still loaded for Youks.
    If they don’t score here, then the Sox are practically inviting a DRays comeback.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Strikeout by Youk, but the WP keeps it going! Haven’t seen that go the Sox’ way in a long time…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Yay! Thank you, Devil Rays defense!

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Dumb luck. Youks Ks, but the ball goes by Hall and the run comes in. It’s one of those 4-out innings.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Did Youk really swing there?

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Lortta smacks the ball again, but again right at a fielder… Another run but 3 more LOB…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Sheesh, the way the announcers are going about it you’d think this is game 7 of a World Series.

    yankeemonkey May 25, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Should be more of a lead, but at least we’re in good hands as far as the pitching’s concerned.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Hee hee, I like the subdued fired-up-ness from Beckett in that montage.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Timlin has two on with one out…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Eek. Two on for Gomes.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Harris wasn’t even close to that ball off the wall.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Something about Timlin’s eyes — so narrow and beady — makes it look like one day, instead of throwing a pitch, he might just walk to the plate, rip out the hitter’s throat and laugh about it.
    Pena misplays a double into a single. Crawford had to hold up because it looked like he might catch it. When Penas slams into the wall, Crawford can’t get past second as Nixon gets the ball back in…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Oh was that Harris? My bad. Only half watching the TV since I’m at work…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Not such a good performance from Timlin as Paps comes on. He’s lucky it’s not 4-2 with a runner on second…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • 1st and 3rd, two out. In comes Papelbon.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Ugh, where’d Rays learn their baserunning?

    Anonymous May 25, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Timlin didn’t look too thrilled that Tito’s bringing in Paps for a 4-out save opportunity. Considering how he’s been with runners on, Mike shouldn’t be that surprised.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • It’s amazing. It must be a mechanical issue — with runenrs on, I wonder if his stretch mechanics are off or if he tips pitches…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • NESN just broadcast a charming shot of Paps vacating each of his nostrils in succession.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • What a GREAT set of pitches by Papelbon! Fastball, fastball, fastball, fastball, then a beautiful breaking putch for the swinging K! Wigginton maybe had one good swing the whole at bat…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Paps gets him to chase a ball down. 4-1 Sox, bottom of the 8th.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • ESPN had that shot too. Made me laugh…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Home run swing from papi, but not much on it. Sounded like it hit off the handle…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • M A N N Y N N A M

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Trot walks, 1st and 2nd for Tek.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • 4 for 18 with runners in scoring position. That’s, um, not good.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Make that, 4 for 19.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Tek Ks, at least preserving the opportunity for Lowell (i.e., no DP).

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Jesus. I hate this game.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Lowell gets a double taken away, and two more stranded… 15 now, I believe…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Heck of a catch by Hollins to rob Lowell.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • And 4 for 20 (although that last one was a robbed double).
    Well, at least Papelbon is in line for another save?

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • It’s like every member of the Sox has two hits — the two times they’ve come up with the bases empty or only one man on. The other two or three times — when men have been in scoring position — they make outs…

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Bad night in many ways for the offense. Ah well. Close the door, Mr. Closer. It’s so nice to have a closer again.

    Devine May 25, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • 15 LOB after 8 innings. Hopefully that will be it. I wonder what the record is?

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • He is indeed, Hunter. I was wondering that though. If the Sox scored, would he no longer get the save, even though he came on in the eighth with the tying run at the plate?

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Dumb baseball question…
    Paps came in with a 3-run lead in the 8th.
    If the Sox had made it a bigger lead, and he shut the DRays down in the 9th, would that still considered a save?

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Jinx, Paul.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Kazmir vs. Wells tomorrow. I’m not sure I want to watch that one.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • The answer is yes.

    Tom sf May 25, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • Frustrating game tonight, on many levels. First, it’s taking forever. Second, it’s not over even though the Sox ought to have about 8 runs. Lastly, the Sox have had to burn their bullpen the night before they will likely have to go deep into it (what with Wells making the start). So instead of a laugher, we have a game still on the line and a spent bullpen. Piss poor.

    SF May 25, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Jesus, I’ve never seen more foul balls in as few hitters.

    Hunter May 25, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • The Rays are really making Paps work. Annoying. Just roll over and die, would you?
    I’ll be watching the first few innings of Wells’ outing between my fingers.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Nice K. That’s a brutal fastball.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Yeah, not looking forward to Wells v. Kazmir. I had been happy that at least we were playing the D-Rays for his debut. But they can hit, and Kazmir is the one guy they have who can pitch. So, yeah. Crap.
    Oh, and Papelbon? He’s pretty good.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Ballgame!

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Game finally over.
    For a while there, that had all the hallmarks of a potentially classic choke, after stranding all those runners.
    But as frustrating as the LOB were, gotta be very pleased with the pitching tonight.

    Hudson May 25, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Yeah, and really, Timlin and Paps hadn’t worked in a while and can work twice in a row. Only other reliever used is Foulke, and if Wells is out early, it’s probably not going to matter how tired Foulke is.

    Paul SF May 25, 2006, 10:35 pm

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