Surprise Start = Win? Sox-Tribe Gamer III

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  • Three minutes in, and already two outs for the Sox’ batters. Carmona was crushed in his last start, so of course he will dominate today.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:09 pm
  • I didn’t get a chance to watch much of the previous two games, but this looks like the coldest daytime game I’ve ever seen.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:11 pm
  • Promising start!
    Don and Jerry rambling about how bad Carmona’s control is, meanwhile he has little problem setting down the Sox.
    Sure is nice being able to watch baseball while riding Metro North!

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:12 pm
  • Lester looked very good in striking out Cabrera there.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:15 pm
  • Lester’s curve looks great today. Back-to-back Ks. Much more promising start for him.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:17 pm
  • I don’t want one run, though that would be a start. I want the Sox to score like nine runs. Now. Please? Pretty please?

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:20 pm
  • Gonzo takes a walk. Let’s get him home…

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:21 pm
  • Baserunner!

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:22 pm
  • Youkilis gets unlucky there. Thought that was gonna drop.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:24 pm
  • Youk looks really lost. He worked the count full, so that is something, but he doesn’t seem to have made any contact at all. He just isn’t swinging aggressively or recognizing pitches. Very weak again.

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:24 pm
  • Two strikes to Ortiz, neither of them actually in the zone.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:25 pm
  • Bah. I like to see Ortiz going the opposite way, but the balls either aren’t carrying or he’s not getting any power behind them this series. Maybe a little of both.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:25 pm
  • I wouldn’t say Youk got unlucky, he made crappy contact. I’d say that Carmon didn’t get unlucky. Deserved out.
    Ortiz out. So much for the threat.

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:26 pm
  • Drew hits it well, but not well enough. I hope this isn’t going to be one of those games. I.e., every game so far this season.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:27 pm
  • Another fine start for our boys. Let’s put more pressure on the pitching staff, why not!

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:29 pm
  • Lester looks like he’s on today. Third strikeout. Just need the bats to help him out.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:35 pm
  • Nice pitch to get Duncan.

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:35 pm
  • Uh, where was that 1-1 pitch? Outside?

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:36 pm
  • Another good inning.
    RUNS.
    Off to Yale, train pulling into New Haven, so no more ball for me!

    SF April 7, 2011, 12:38 pm
  • SF – Stop by and say hi! I’m on campus.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:41 pm
  • wow. Scutaro on base. Holy shit.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:42 pm
  • Carmona with poor control, walks Scutaro, and Ellsbury with the seeing-eye single. Up to Pedroia now. No DPs!

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:43 pm
  • Sorry, up to Crawford. Forgot they were switched.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:44 pm
  • Sorry, up to Crawford. Forgot they were switched
    As they should be.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:44 pm
  • Yeah, I think this is the better lineup.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:46 pm
  • Looks like a bad call at second. I think Ells was safe. First/third, two out.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:47 pm
  • Go ahead, Carmona. Load ‘em up for Gonzo.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:48 pm
  • Carmona at 52 pitches already. 3-0 to Pedey.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:48 pm
  • GOD DAMN IT.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:48 pm
  • sorry. Language.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:49 pm
  • This crap is getting old. Pedroia looked like he hit it solidly, but nothing’s carrying to center.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:49 pm
  • “old” is being kind.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:51 pm
  • Of course, Matt Laporta finds a hole to hit it in.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:52 pm
  • The wide shots make it look like the Sox and Indians are playing in a totally empty park. Crazy.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:55 pm
  • Another bloop finds a hole. That’s aggravating. Thought Ellsbury had a chance at it.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 12:57 pm
  • Wow, Youk.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 12:59 pm
  • Nice try by Pedroia to try to get the DP, but there wasn’t much hope of that rundown being successful. I thought for a second Youk had caught the ball on the fly.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:00 pm
  • Lester out of it with the strikeout. Nice job. Even with the offense’s struggles, it’s feeling like a winnable game today.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:02 pm
  • I agree, Paul. Lester has to go deep and get this win.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:06 pm
  • Ellsbury was plainly safe. The bad call by the ump made it 1st and 3rd with two outs instead of bases loaded with one. And the Sox came away with no runs.

    Hudson April 7, 2011, 1:07 pm
  • It really seems like one of those deals where everything is going wrong, from slumps to mental mistakes to bad luck.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:08 pm
  • Carmona throws the exact same exact pitch twice, first correctly called a ball then called strike three.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:10 pm
  • Gonzalez with a great play at first.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:13 pm
  • Ump does correctly call Ball 3 a ball, but it was much closer to the zone than the strike 3 call to Ortiz. More evidence for the contention that umps expand the zone to the outside against lefty hitters.
    Salty throws out the baserunner, so that all works out.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:17 pm
  • Long inning for Lester (three straight full counts with two walks), but he gets through it and has five Ks.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:23 pm
  • jeesh.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:25 pm
  • Another wide strike call off the outside corner to a lefty in Salatlamacchia.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:28 pm
  • Man, the Indians infield defense is putting on a show today. No breaks going the Sox’ way, as Drew and Ellsbury both get robbed of hits, and Scutaro nearly does.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:32 pm
  • Ump’s strike zone is very different against lefties than against righties. Two balls from Lester to LaPorta closer to the plate than strikes called against Ortiz and Saltalamacchia.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:35 pm
  • I hate games with strike zones like this. Even if it’s bad, just be consistent, jerkbag.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:40 pm
  • Lester with his seventh K through five innings. Offense just needs to step it up now.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:42 pm
  • Come on OFFENSE!

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:44 pm
  • Carmona with 89p…this might be the day, as this is most likely his last.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:45 pm
  • Crawford hammers it, but no chance with the wind. That’s a home run most any other day of the year.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:46 pm
  • Ball is just dying. In the ice.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:48 pm
  • And the Sox go quietly after that. Quick inning for Carmona. He might come out for another inning.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:48 pm
  • 8

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:51 pm
  • Nine. Lester is a beast.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:54 pm
  • 9

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:54 pm
  • Maybe his last inning though. He’s in the nineties, I believe. Maybe they give him another, but yank him if he doesn’t get through it quick.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 1:56 pm
  • Carmona looks better now than he did earlier. I hope he’s done after this inning.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 1:59 pm
  • Sox are hacking at shit here. They must be cold.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:00 pm
  • jeesh. Under 10 pitches there. This offense is crippling to watch right now.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:01 pm
  • Careful with this jackbag, Lester. He can hit it far.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:03 pm
  • Leadoff double after opening the count 2-0. Not liking the looks of that for Lester.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:05 pm
  • are you kidding me?

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:05 pm
  • hell yes!!!

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:06 pm
  • SALTY! What a grab on the popup!!

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:06 pm
  • It’s a sad day when Lester can’t get a win from this offense when he pitches that well.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:07 pm
  • No chance Tek gets to that.

    LocklandSF April 7, 2011, 2:08 pm
  • edit: this well.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:08 pm
  • Whew. Lester gets out of it, with a big assist to Salty, who made a great diving grab on a popped bunt attempt that went behind him and fell fast.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:09 pm
  • No chance Tek is even close.
    What are they odds they come back out with him? He’s at 108 right now. I wonder if terry gives him another 10.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:09 pm
  • If they take a lead here, he’s done. I wonder how much he’ll beg for another inning if they fail to score here.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:10 pm
  • Good defensive game for Saltlalamacchia, with the caught stealing to his credit, as well. With Lester being dominant, that helps put the whispers about pitch selection and game calling to rest for a little while, too.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:10 pm
  • Is everyone but AGon hitting below .200?

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:12 pm
  • Sooner or later, those line drives are going to miss gloves and this team is going to be on absolute fire.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:12 pm
  • Scutaro with a clean single. Maybe he’s getting warmed up. Now the top of the lineup needs to get him in.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:13 pm
  • Brad, Pedroia, Gonzalez and Ortiz are hitting above .200. Only Gonzalez is above .240, however.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:14 pm
  • Ellsbury draws the walk. Time for the meat to come through.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • Okay, Come on now!!! Lets get Lester this win right here!!

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • That’s a sad state of affairs, Paul.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:16 pm
  • Rafael Perez coming in. Best known (to me) as the uberdominant reliever who totally melted down against the Sox in the 2007 ALCS.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:16 pm
  • He’s really, really good. Good move by Cleveland, bc they know they’re not gonna pinch for Crawford with anyone.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:18 pm
  • Wow, Perez had a crappy 2009. His K/9 has been trending steadily downward the last two seasons.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:18 pm
  • good move over there. Nice play by Everett as well.
    COME ON PETEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:20 pm
  • Base hit scores two runs here. Let’s go, Pedey!

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:20 pm
  • 0-2. Shit.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:20 pm
  • Foul ball.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:21 pm
  • Foul ball again. Thought that was it.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:21 pm
  • Nice play by Santana there. That gets by him, it’s 1-0

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:22 pm
  • wow. Blue does something right this game.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:23 pm
  • Wowwwww… Pedroia gets a second life on the foul tip. Make it count, Pedey!

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:23 pm
  • COME ON PEDEY!!!!!!!!!!
    Get this win!!!

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:23 pm
  • Crap. This is soooo frustrating.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:24 pm
  • Sonofabitch.
    Strugggling.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:24 pm
  • Pedroia didn’t look comfortable that entire appearance. Never once made solid contact.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:24 pm
  • Bard wasn’t close on any of those pitches except the foul. Four pitches well out of the zone.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:29 pm
  • Of course, Bard.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:29 pm
  • At least Minny is at least trying today. But, I’m sure that’ll be a walk off after our bullpen gives up four this game.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:30 pm
  • Rare appearance by Young here. I almost forgot he was actually a coach.
    Why not give Reyes a shot?
    Wow, Salty

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:31 pm
  • Holy shit. Man at third with not even as much as a hit.
    Bard has to K this inning. Holy shit.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:32 pm
  • Not one f***ing run? Goddamn.

    Devine April 7, 2011, 2:33 pm
  • Well, Bard did that to himself. 1-0. Crap.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:34 pm
  • Shameful.

    Devine April 7, 2011, 2:35 pm
  • Good job, everyone. The ace shows his shit, and you assholes act like it’s still March.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:36 pm
  • I want to punch a kitten.

    LocklandSF April 7, 2011, 2:36 pm
  • Well, didn’t see this coming. How the mighty have fallen. I have zero faith in Ortiz to keep it going here.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:41 pm
  • Ortiz with the two-out walk. So go-ahead run at the plate. Drew with the chance to be a hero.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:42 pm
  • Choke yourself.
    You suck so much.

    Brad April 7, 2011, 2:43 pm
  • Hell of a roadtrip.

    Devine April 7, 2011, 2:43 pm
  • Wow.
    Is that the crappiest way to end a ballgame ever? I think so.
    On top of the ridiculous baserunning mistake by McDonald, the ump may have gotten that call wrong, too. But really the ump shouldn’t have to make a call like that.

    Paul SF April 7, 2011, 2:44 pm
  • Just saw the video of the go-ahead squeeze play, wow. The Sox are just finding brand-new ways to lose.
    But trust me guys, the Yankees are throwing Nova and Hughes against Lackey and Buchholz in Fenway…The Sox will win at least one of those games. A pretty horrible way to start the season, but players tend to play to the back of their baseball cards, and the Sox have a pretty nice collection of cards on their team.
    I’m more likely to win the lottery than the Sox offense keeps performing like this.
    I’ll let you guys know when I win the lottery.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2011, 2:47 pm

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