Sweep in the Heart of Texas?: Sox-Rangers Gamer VI

The recent Sox’ success defies some logic.  Their ace is on the DL.  Their secondary ace has been beaten up his last three outings.  Their prized import had a case of the technicolor yawns on Friday.  Their leadoff hitter is hitting in the .230s.  Their emotionless on-base and hitting automaton in right field is in a monthlong slump and playing at a level more befitting a $75K contract, not a $75M contract.  Their cleanup hitter has been mired in the low/mid .200s (last night’s four hit affair excluded).    Alex Cora continues to see regular action.   Yet the team continues to win.  Last night they dispatched the Rangers 7-4, giving them a record of 3-2 on the current road trip.  Since heading to New York for their big series this past Monday, the Sox have extended their hold on the division, and a win today in a game started by (gulp!) Julian Tavarez would send the Sox back to Fenway to face the classy Cleveland Indians with a minimum 11 game lead and a head of steam.  Comment about the game here.

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  • Julio Lugo is an odd case, isn’t he? Numbers are terrible until there’s men in scoring position, then he’s one of the best in the league. Makes one wonder if he wouldn’t be better suited lower in the order while someone like J.D. Drew (25 points better with the bases empty) should be moved up. Just a thought.

    Paul SF May 27, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Another obstacle: No Ortiz today. Sore hamstrings.
    SS Julio Lugo
    CF Coco Crisp
    1B Kevin Youkilis
    LF Manny Ramirez
    RF J.D. Drew
    3B Mike Lowell
    C Jason Varitek
    DH Eric Hinske
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    SP Julian Tavarez
    Rangers:
    CF Kenny Lofton
    SS Michael Young
    1B Mark Teixeira
    RF Sammy Sosa
    DH Frank Catalanotto
    LF Marlon Byrd
    2B Ian Kinsler
    C Gerald Laird
    3B Ramon Vazquez
    SP Kameron Loe

    Paul SF May 27, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • why not put Pena in at DH

    TJ May 27, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Come on Drew. Try not to suck here. You need some good mojo with Trot coming home tommorrow.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • …ugh. Drew hit it hard and on a line, but right at Kinsler. Unlucky.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • I agree abotu Pen, TJ. I understand Hinske if, y’know, he was gonna be in the FIELD, but Pena is a tailor made DH.
    Maybe Hinske has good numbers against Loe? Its all I can think of.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • Lefties hit .348 off of Loe, compared to .267 for righties. Southpaws also walk more, strike out less, and hit for more power.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • That last strike made me cry, it was so beautiful.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Well there ya go. Thanks d1

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:27 pm
  • NP. Kinda sucks that Ortiz is sitting today, given the tasty matchup…oh well. I’m sort of surprised Manny isn’t DHing with Hinske in left; if Eric can handle RF, LF shouldn’t be an issue. Looked like a nice opportunity to give Ramirez a rest.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • That is odd, d1. I can only imagien that Manny asked to stay in left – weird, yes.. but thats Manny for ya.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • youk youk youk!

    mike May 27, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Youks keeps the hitting streak going. This has all the makings of a monster season from him…

    Paul SF May 27, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Youk’s streak is now at 19 games.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • Manny groudns out, unfortunately, and we sit at 0-0. We’re wearing down Loe, however, I have to hope we’ll get to him or their bullpen soon.
    I hope.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Tough error for Lowell. Ball hit on the ground between short and third, Lowell had a better angle on it moving towards first and tried to make the play himself. It sort of looked like the ball kicked off something in the field, because it changed course a bit and headed towards third base. Lowell was unable to adjust and got charged with the error.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Tavarez gets out of it though. Thats what I liek about this team. They pick each other up. Daisuke has a rough night wiht the flu and out bats explode. Lowell lets a man reach on an error and Tavarez retires the dangerous and scary Teixera.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • DREW GOT A HIT! DREW GOT A HIT! DREW GOT A HIT!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Drew might be waking up. 2 hard-hit balls today, the second finally falling in for a hit.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • TOAST!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Tek launches an awful pitch Loe left in the middle of the plate for the 3-run bomb. Best part: it came against a right-hander.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Loe is very close to losing it completely…Hinske hits one pretty hard to dead-CF. Gameday calls it a flyball…not sure that’s entirely fair. More of a fliner. Pedroia hits a rocket back up the middle through Loe’s legs.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:07 pm
  • Droid!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:07 pm
  • Thinkign of PEdroia gettign that hit, I realize how many home growns we may have on our team next year.
    Pedroia.
    Youkilis.
    Papelbon.
    Ellsbury.
    Bucholz (maybe, though I don’t want him rushed)

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:12 pm
  • Yanks lose again 4-3

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Hahaha, Catalanatto hit a comebacker to Tavarez…who decided to bowl it to first base instead of throwing it. Just rolled it over. Wasn’t a bad throw or anything, completely intentional underhand candlepin-style bowl.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Dionysus
    Could also have Hansen, isn’t Delacarmen also home grown?

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Yankees lose. They fought, but they get swept by the Angels.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • That’s the kind of thing (besides the recent winning) that will make me glad forever Tavarez was a starting pitcher for this team.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • They both are, Rob.. but I am witholding judgement from them since they haven’t exactly made me excited these days.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • No justice for Drew there. Spanked it on the ground, but Teixeira laid out for it.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Agreed on Tavarez. Someone called him the Pitcher’s Millar. While I certainly don’t see him as possesing the raw… cool.. of Millar, he certainly lends a real spark to this team.
    COnsidering I hated his guts last year, its impressive how much I enjoy him now. I hope he stays as a longman/spot starter in the bullpen when Lester comes back.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Stop saying nice things about Tavarez. That was almost a homerun. ;-)

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • It is hard for anyone to be excited at times over Delcarmen and Hansen, but the team did not help these kids either. We had a lotr of injuries last year that forced both of them to be called up WAY BEFORE they were ready.

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Ugh. Kinsler really battlign this AB.
    But goes down swinging. Whew

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Oh I know we did, Rob.
    Thats why I never join in the throngs calling for an Ellsbury call up, or those who say we might see Bucholz by the end of the season (or even send him AAA yet). I want nice slow development on those guys. We’ve learned a lesson with Hansen and Delcarmen, I hope.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • That.. was unaceptable. 4 pitches for Loe? He’s shown he hasn’t got his stuff.. work the damn count! Get some more runs!
    Come on people!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Tavarez was all over the place in that AB. We’re gonna regret having bowed to Loe after Tek’s homer.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • Aw, darn.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • As I said.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • Well I guess we had that coming.

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • So you figure Tavarez is done after this inning (or sooner), yeah?

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:49 pm
  • Paging Bullpen, Bullpen please pickup

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • Hoo boy.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • And the wheels come off. Byrd’s hit was in no way Tavarez’s fault, but everything else was. Of course, 3 runs allowed through 6 innings should be enough against someone with a 6+ f*cking ERA…but Boston doesn’t feel like hitting Loe, apparently.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • Spoke too soon…Tavarez is in full bad-orc mode. Unreal.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Yikes. Well, gonna have to hope for more runs (and to get out of this goddamn inning).

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • I’m obviously not a big league manager, but when guys are taking 1 or 2 pitch ABs and knocking your sh** all over the field it may be time for a mound visit or a hook, courtesy of the Gong Show.

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • it’s like he finally remembered he’s actually just the temporary fifth starter, and not a quality starter. oh well. can’t really complain given the high quality of some of his other outings.

    stuck working May 27, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • Amazing how a solid outing turns into a steaming pile of sh*t in a matter of minutes. 3 GB singles; I only saw the last two, which were not particularly well hit…part of this inning was crappy luck, but most of it was Tavarez’s fault.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Get ’em back now, pleeeease. I like the sound of 12.5 (it would be 11.5 over the second-place Orioles). Just sucks knowing they could have scored more off that Loe dude.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • Lugo and Pedroia both hit the ball hard, but not hard enough. This is going to be frustrating.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • …not optimistic about Boston’s scoring off of Otsuka or Gagne. And Romero is getting squeezed.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:09 pm
  • coco.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • Coco is good (at tracking down fly balls).

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • Nice catch by Coco, but was that dive really necessary? He barely had to reach out for the catch.

    Anonymous May 27, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • Crisp playing in left-center makes another great catch in right-center on a Catalanatto flyball, saving two runs. Would have been routine if he weren’t shading so far left…but he was, and F-Cat pulled a changeup.
    I was thinking the same thing Devine…looked like he thought he was going to have to dive, started going down, but got there faster then he expected and ended up having no choice.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • Just one run between the 8th and the 9th. I think it unlikely we/they get more…just wanna tie it and hopefully pull it out in extras or something.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Youkilis can do no wrong. Another infield hit, this time on a soft grounder between SS and 3rd that Young has no chance of making a play on.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:28 pm
  • Terrible swing from Manny for strike 1.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • Otsuka’s nibbling, Manny’s barely getting away with it. Count full.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • i bet a guy like okajima would make manny look silly. i’d like to see that match up.
    um…i hope papi is getting loose somewhere.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • Otsuka makes Manny look stupid, and he strikes out on ball four outside and in the dirt. Youk steals second as Laird can’t get a clean handle on it, which shows just how bad that pitch was.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • Yuck. At least Youk steals 2nd.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • DREW!!!

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • he’s worth every cent of that contract (today). he might be comming around.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • Drew! Breaking out! Hit the ball pretty well all 3 times before, but only had the one single to show for it. This time he ropes a line-drive single into right, and the hustling Youk scores easily. Drew to second on the throw.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • Hahaha! Lowell rips a liner to left, and Drew scores easily! Otsuka came into today with a 1.02 ERA and 15/6 K/BB in 17.2 innings. Dominant, really. So this is quite impressive.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:36 pm
  • Awesome. Just awesome. Who’s throwing the 8th if Papelbon’s not available today?

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • I wonder who Francona brings in for the 8th- Paps isn’t available, so Oki will reserved to close.

    Anonymous May 27, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • I imagine Donnelly in the 8th, Oky in the 9th

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • This year so far, seriously, we are the most spoiled fans ever (*crosses fingers*, not jinxing this game).

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • Hey! Youk now has a higher BA than Jeter!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • With 3 righties due up, I’d guess Pineiro comes back out. Snyder would make some sense, too; either way, Lopez should be ready to face Vazquez and Lofton if they come up.
    Okajima’s warming up already, though, so I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe Pineiro comes in and Oki follows if he sucks it up.
    Donnelly threw the last two games. I’d be surprised if he comes in again.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • i can’t believe you two questioned coco’s dive. watch it again. he took two huge strides (gallups) just to get to a distance to be able to dive.
    contributions by everyone today.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • Good at-bat even if it ended badly.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Oh.. its Pinero. Ok.. I have my vomit bag on standby.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:46 pm
  • Rod- I’m not questioning Coco’s wheels or his intensity. He did a great job getting to that ball.
    It just looked to me that once he knew he had it lined up, his “dive” was more of a “think I’ll catch this falling down”. Also, did anyone notice the look he gave the infield after he got up? It was somewhere between a sh*t-eating grin and half-embarrassed.
    It’s not a big deal, and I can’t get all bent out of shape about it. Nothing wrong with someone having some fun in the middle of a long, hot season.

    Ayuh - SF May 27, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • this is the best joel has looked all year. effectively wild might be a good aproach for him.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • Impressive 1.2 from Pineiro. I still don’t like him a whole lot, but wow. Hopefully he’s figured something out and this isn’t just Texas sucking.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Daaaaaamn, Pineiro. That’s just a superb pitching job. Now really *everyone* is contributing.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Strike two on the last hitter. 86 mph (slider?), falling out in the last few feet up to the plate. Wonderful.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • Rob- Pineiro as the definition of “effectively wild” today. From your lips to God’s ears.

    Ayuh - SF May 27, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • Well.
    Pinero did it. Nice.
    How about a bit mroe insurance, guys?

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • From 93 to 68. Mean.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • ayuh- i didn’t see the look he gave. that would change things abit. i think we might be getting a tad bit spoiled by his full extentions. he might have pulled a damon with the slide but would johnny have gotten to that ball?

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:54 pm
  • “Let’s Go Red Sox” is overpowerign a “Let’s Go Rangers” chant in a chant-off

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:54 pm
  • The next team to face the Rangers is thanking Pedroia right now for working Gagne like this.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:57 pm
  • MAn.. however this AB ends.. you gotta hand it to Pedroia for battling Gagne like this.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:57 pm
  • Good point Rod- no way Damon would have caught that ball. His wheels are shot, it’s almost sad to watch. His arm is getting worse, too. I’m waiting for someone to score from 2nd on a sac-fly to deep left-center.

    Ayuh - SF May 27, 2007, 5:57 pm
  • Of course, the next team to face the Rangers is probably thanking the powers that be that they’re facing the Rangers…

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • pedrioa is playing pepper and then homers. an amazing at bat.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • Pedroia goes yard!!! Holy Crap!

    Ayuh - SF May 27, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • HOEM RUN PEDROIA!!!!!!!
    WOW!!!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • That…was…awesome.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • dPod!

    TJ May 27, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • Ladies and Gentlmen.. I know he won’t always have that power.. but if this (11-pitch at bat against Gagne) is the kind of player Pedroia will become… I’m a very very happy man.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • blacked out on mlb tv because i’m in texas. sigh. 12 pitch at bat ends with a homer.

    minomni SF May 27, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • Lugo alllllllmost gets another one.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • welcome to your first run of the year gange. his name is dustin.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • Apparently Gagne literally tipped his cap to Pedroia. I only heard the audio, missed the video.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 6:03 pm
  • I have manlove for Youkilis. I’m not afraid to admit it.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:03 pm
  • Thats pretty cool, Devine. Pedroia deserved it. Remember Papelbons, as the ESPN boys called it, “big league save” against Texas before?
    Well that was a “big league” at bat.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • Okay, glad to have a little more room after the DP homer. Gol dern, that was one of the funnest at-bats I’ve ever seen.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • and youk tips his hat to gagne by swinging at a pitch up in his fuzz grill.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • Crap. Tying run on the plate. Come on Oky.
    Come on.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:08 pm
  • One.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • One.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Phew. Two.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • Two!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • Gar. Now it’ll be Sosa with a chance to win it.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • Ugh. One-run game.
    Sosa up. Man on first.
    I’m gonna vomit.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • three. 12.5.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • THREE!!!
    SOX WIN!!!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Sox sweep in the same weekend the Yanks get swept. 12.5 on the Yanks, 11.5 on the Orioles.
    YES YES YES.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Man Pedroia’s homerun looms HUGE now. That was the winning run.
    He’s my player of the game.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Just a great team effort all around. After giving up the lead, it wouldn’t have been surprising if they had just rolled over (after all, 2 out of 3 on the road is pretty good). Instead, they battle back- it showed a lot of competitiveness. Talk about a team that’s hot as a pistol right now; it looks like they refuse to be beaten.

    Ayuh - SF May 27, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • WRKO disagrees with me and gives the Player of the Game to Jason Varitek.
    I still say what Pedroia did was far more impressive. I mean.. it was Gagne!

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • True, and it was arguably the best ab any Sox has had all season…but Tek did provide all of the offense Boston managed off of Loe, who threw a pretty solid game; 11 groundball outs. Not bad at all.
    Bit of bad news…Timlin pitched .2 innings in Pawtucket today, and gave up 2 hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. 2 earned runs. Not looking good for the old guy.

    desturbd1 May 28, 2007, 1:36 am
  • Not that it was that difficult a title to think of (it wasn’t), but the Globe clips YFSF again…
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/05/28/sweep_in_heart_of_texas/

    Anonymous May 28, 2007, 9:25 am

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