Sweet 16 Redux Redux: Sox-Sox Gamer VII

Tim Wakefield goes for No. 16 today. It’s already the top of the first. Comment away!

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  • Paul! A redux redux turns into “is rich” according to the Updike rule of titling. “Sweet Sixteen is Rich.”
    In a weird mood…

    Nick-YF August 25, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Drew, Lugo and Tek are all sitting today out.
    Just makes me feel like this is already a throw away game.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Umpire with an inconsistent strike-zone already… he squeezed Burhle on a pitch almost right down the middle to Manny, which would have been strike 3.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Oh geez these Fox announcers are horrible. It’s gunna be a long game.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • Hmm, I didn’t even check to see if I get the game down here..

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Cash bobbles the ball on the pitch-out, which easily would have had Owens out at 2nd.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • “…Drew, Lugo and Tek are all sitting today out….”
    uh, i don’t see how that’s a problem for the sox rob…

    dc August 25, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Wow, umpire calls ball 4 on a pitch pretty much right down the middle to Pierzynski. This sucks.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Now the walk. Rough start for Wake.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Nope, I get the Mets. Yuck.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • I wouldn’t mind the three of them in the game, mostly want Lugo playing. At least his speed gives him a chance and he has not hit so bad in the second half. Tek had game two off, but Wake is pitching. Drew sat out the 2nd game last night. Not sure why he is sitting now other than Buehrle is a lefty.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • Three fly-outs in the first for Wakey.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • Wake gets out of the inning, thankfully without giving up any runs.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • Kielty’s batting average against Buehrle is like .450, that’s why Drew is off.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • That is good for us then Atheose.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Indeed it is!

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Wow, pitch #2 to Kielty was a strike. Definitely not liking this ump.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Kielty draws a walk.
    Announcer: “I think Buehrle is the ace of this staff”
    I miss Remy.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • Alas, I’m getting Dodgers/Mets. Gameday radio it is.

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • Just saw the Kielty/Cora/Cash bottom three. Ugh.

    SF August 25, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • SF, Kielty is to Buerhle as Germany is to France. He’s a positive this time, not a negative ;-)
    The first two pitches to Uribe are right down the middle, but called balls. This umpire is sleeping.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Pitch 2 and 3 to Richar are strikes, called balls. Jesus.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • He’s squeezing Buehrle too, thankfully.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • Both pitchers doing well considering the Ump has been pinching the zone.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Sox batters hitting like Matsuzaka’s on the hill…

    SF August 25, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • Gameday just showed a pitch to Konerko right in the middle of the strike zone called a ball. Anyone watching can back up that BS?

    Anonymous August 25, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • Same with the fifth pitch – both shown as balls while Gameday puts them smack in the zone, not even close. That makes five pitches, three strikes, but only 1 called an actual strike. Is Gameday on crack? Someone help me out here…

    Anonymous August 25, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • And to Dye more of Gameday’s “truth”? Two of the six pitches to Dye shown to be on the black or in the zone but called balls, leading to a walk.

    SF August 25, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • Yeah, this umpire is absolutely bullshit. Wake gets out of it with a K though, but it’s getting a little too close for comfort.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • No harm, Uribe whiffs to end the fourth, still no score. Come on, bats!

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • I’m watching it live, so I can verify what gameday says.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • As long as the ump is consistent, the edge on the bad calls is slightly duller. Is he being consistent, A?

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • Kielty surrenders on the second pitch. Not so German…

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • Alex Cora does what Alex Cora does post-May: make an out.

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • I’ve never been one of those chicks who digs the longball (well, I do, but I can also appreciate a solid double or a CG gem) but GOD this game is boring. At least via radio.

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • Cash out, 1-3. Lame inning. Next time around we better be seeing some pinch hitters.

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • SF,
    He’s missing some calls on Buehrle’s side too, but it’s been only 3 or 4 bad ones so far. He’s blown 12 or 13 calls for Wake so far.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Wow, another one! Gameday shows the first pitch to Richar to be well within the zone, but called a ball. Thankfully (maybe) I can’t watch the game. I might have thrown something at this point!

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Wake and Cash both make GREAT plays to grab a foul ball. Cash dove down at the last second to avoid hitting Wake, thankfully.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • Thank you, Andy! One pitch pop bunt to Wake.

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • Yeah, the strange thing SF was that the first pitch to Richar was a FASTBALL, so the ump shouldn’t have been fooled.
    The Fox announcers are talking about how poorly the ump is making calls, but they’re blaming it on the Knuckleball.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • These pitchers are dealing…

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • Pedroia BARELY beats out a grounder to the right-side of the shortstop, hustling hard the entire way. Let’s get Wakey some runs support, boys!

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • “In play, out(s)”
    Damn you, Coco! Come on, Tizzle.

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • The “Let’s go Red Sox” cheer just got started up, and then the home-fans booed it away. Then it got started up again!
    Coco with a poor bunt right back to Buehrle. Ortiz up.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • Papi doubles! Pedroia to 3rd. Who bets there’s an IBB to Manny?

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:18 pm
  • Tiz! Double, puts DP at 3rd with one out. Cash these in, fellas!

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:18 pm
  • I used to be a by-the-book bunt the guy over type, but in the last few years I have come to detest the sacrifice bunt for the most part.
    Manny IBB’d, as A suspected.

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • Mike! Singles scores one, sacks still juiced. Come on, Youk…

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Lowell hits a single through the left side of the infield! 1-0 (Red) Sox.
    On the 2nd strike to Lowell, he took an ENORMOUS swing… it looked like Wily Mo. Would have hit the ball 500 feet if he had connected.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Youk keeps it going! Bases still loaded for Kielty, 2-0 Boston.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Youk! Singles scores one. Sacks still juiced. Come on, Kielty!

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • Man, Mike Lowell. Love him. (Youk too! I take too long to type!)

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • “in play, run(s)”
    Yay!

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • Kielty knocks in two! 4-0 Sox. More please…

    SF August 25, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • Ooh, that sounded like an exciting play at the plate! Damn you Fox! *grumbles about MLB.tv*

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • Kielty comes through! Lowell scores from 2nd, 4-0 Sox.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • GREAT inning from the Sox.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Lowell at home, Jackie? Is that what you’re referring to?
    It was interesting, Lowell rounded third and stopped and looked back at the Left Fielder. Gonzalez, who is usually an infielder, saw that Lowell had stopped so he held the ball and walked it in, hanging his head in frustration. Lowell saw this and immediately took off, and by the time Gonzalez saw it was too late. GREAT baserunning by Lowell.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Buehrle looked untouchable til that inning. Give the Sox credit for scratching those runs — and Juan Uribe for basically standing in the exact same spot as three straight righties grounded signles just out of his reach.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • Atheose – yeah, thanks for the description. Lowell seems to have a knack for heads-up baserunning. Just when I think I couldn’t love him any more… :)

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • Wake was making to start the B7th, but he strikes out Gonzalez to end the inning. Great job by Wake today.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • Should have said that Wake was making start to sweat.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • Wakefield has now pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Amazing! 5-0 going to the 8th.

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • Assuming that’s it for Wake today, I’m pretty sure that’s the best three-start stretch he’s ever had. He had three starts at the beginning of ’95 that were pretty impressive too, though.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:03 pm
  • Cora and Cash both hit by pitches?

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:08 pm
  • Pedroia doubles and knocks in Cora. Cash to third.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • Wake’s era after his first 7 starts this year was only 1.79. He’s had a lot of really good starts this year. Assuming this 6-0 lead holds up, he’ll be tied with Beckett with 16 wins. It would be great to see him win 20 after the age of 40.

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Tiz with the sacks full…

    SF August 25, 2007, 6:12 pm
  • Crisp walks, bases loaded for Papi.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • Tiz singles, 8-0!

    SF August 25, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • Papi with a single scoring two more.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • Isn’t Bukvich a knuckleball pitcher?

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • Hey, remember when this game was a pitchers’ duel?

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Hard to believe the White Sox won the World series a couple of years ago. They are such a horrible team.

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Woot, game over. Assuming Wake doesn’t come out to throw for the 8th, he’s pitched 22 straight scoreless innings. Great stuff from a guy who turned 41 this year.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • Manny K’s, seems like he has been stuck on 19HR’s for awhile.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • Ozzie must be seething over last two days. Should be due for a blowup sometime soon.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Wow, the pitcher throws a fastball maybe 5 feet to the right of Pierzynski, scoring Coco and moving Ortiz to 3rd. Lowell then singles to left field, plating run #10.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Crisp scores on a wild pitch and then Lowell singles in Ortiz.
    getting very ugly.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • Lowell is scorching hot…

    SF August 25, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • Tom – no kidding, how’d they get so bad so quickly? At this point I think we can even call them “hapless”.

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Thus far, Bobby Kielty = good pickup.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • Man, SF, I really should have taken that bet with you ;-)

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • Kielty has been a fine pickup so far.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Or pathetic. Wretched. Actually, I couldn’t see how they managed to win the World Series. They never really seemed to be that great, yet they kept winning. Winning the Series is probably the only reason they haven’t fired that jerk of a manager yet.

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • HOLY JESUS, you guys need a mental picture of what just happened.
    Kielty crushed a ball to center field, and Jerry Owens jumps up and ALMOST robs a home run, but instead of going over the wall it lands in his glove, AND THEN BOUNCES OUT, falling back into the field. The play saves 2 runs, despite sort-of being an error.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Shocking, Cora strikes out.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • Amen, Tom. They and the Cards have made me shake my head in disbelief that such overrated teams could 1. make the playoffs and 2. win the enchilada.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • Francona had Okajima warming at the start of this inning (when it was 5-0), but now has Tavarez warming up instead. I don’t understand why he had Oki up with a 5-run lead.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • Man, SF, I really should have taken that bet with you ;-)
    I don’t bet. It was a supposition. A bad one, thank god.

    SF August 25, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Thanks Atheose, following on the computers doesn’t do the whole picture.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Yeah, the Cards were a joke last year.

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Isn’t Tavarez supposed to pitch tomorrow?

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Kevin Cash walks. Thus far, he’s certainly been no worse than Mirabelli at the plate — or behind it.
    Save some runs for New York, boys.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Save some runs for New York, boys.
    How about tomorrow first?

    SF August 25, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • //Isn’t Tavarez supposed to pitch tomorrow?//
    Oh shit, you’re right. They didn’t show a camera view of it, but the announcer said Tavarez was up in the bullpen. Fox announcers are absolutely horrible.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • Isn’t there like a mercy out?

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • Sheesh. Seven-run inning… Through five, it looked like one run for either team could have won this ballgame

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • Wow, MacDougal walks Pedroia with the bases loaded. Ozzie bringing in someone new, who is probably tired after yesterday’s game.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • 12-0. This is brutal.
    Were the 2006 Cardinals the the worst team to ever win the World Series?

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Yes Ozzie is like a pressure cooker right now. Not far from one his classic explosions.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Through five, it looked like one run for either team could have won this ballgame
    maybe half true!

    SF August 25, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Sweet Zombie Jesus. And the bases are still loaded?

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • JD Drew pinch-hitting for Ortiz in the on-deck circle.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • Ah, well he’ll put an end to the scoring. :P

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 6:37 pm
  • Ball-4 to Coco was a strike, the umpire picking a BAD time to squeeze the White Sox. This is getting ugly.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:37 pm
  • I am smelling jack from Papi

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Not nice, Jackie. Funny, though. And probably true

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Really? Castig (I think) said one of the strikes to Coco was way low. If anything I’d think the umps would be verrry generous in a situation like this… weird.

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Drew PH’s

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Drew strikes out on 3 pitches, no surprise there. The White Sox struck out the side, if you ignore all those hits/walks/runs in between.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:39 pm
  • Gameday showed JD striking out in about 7 seconds!

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:39 pm
  • Sorry, I’m kind of a mean person. But a vindicated mean person.

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 6:39 pm
  • >>Ah, well he’ll put an end to the scoring. :P
    My feeling exactly on Drew hitting. Three straight pitches and he goes down.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:39 pm
  • The gameday for strike 3 happened BEFORE it showed the pitch on Fox. Even the gameday person knew JD Drew would strike out!

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:40 pm
  • Snyder is out there, Hinske now playing Left Field.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • Still, I’d rather have him K here than in a situation where we actually need runs.

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Bobby Jenks is up in the White Sox bullpen. Either they want to give him a little bit of exercise, or Ozzie thinks his south-side boys are gunna plate 14 runs here.

    Atheose August 25, 2007, 6:43 pm
  • Chicago is 2-8 in their last 10 games. 2-9 now. Jenks probably hasn’t pitched in a couple of weeks!

    Tom sf August 25, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • On my lunch break. Was checkign the score every now and again from behidn the forklift.
    Holy god.. 13 runs in three innings. Once the Red Sox start scorign right now, they KEEP scoring. Liek sharks.. if they smell blood in the water…
    Of course it helps that the White Sox are atrocious. At least it means Ozzie will be out of a job at the end of the year, a event I will celebrate.

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Damn, we let them score.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 6:49 pm
  • Quick inning punctuated only by a hit batter (AJ) by Snyds. I wonde rif it was intentional.. to make up for Cora and Coco. FOX is mean and showing the Mets instead of the Sox.

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 6:50 pm
  • Ok.. the homer hadnt shown up on my gameday, so I didnt know it happened. Ugh.

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • Is that the third wild pitch in this game.. and none of them by Wake?!
    Walk, WP, single.. here we go again

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • Holy crap. I have been getting ready to board an airplane, and so missed everything but the first couple of innings.
    The Sox have scored, what, 34 runs in the past three games against Chicago? And allowed 6?

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • Man.. Keilty is the Man!

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • Make that 35.

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 6:58 pm
  • I dont see why Javier here. I would have just sent Snyds out fo rone more. Sure you cnat use him tommorrow, but I’d rather Lopex be available

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 7:01 pm
  • The WhiteSox BP has been decimated this series.

    Rob August 25, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • BP… is that bullpen or batting practice? Not that there’s much of a difference. ;)

    Jackie (SF) August 25, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • Ballgame. Guaranteed series win, guaranteed road trip of at least 5-2. The White Sox surely suck, but it doesn’t hurt to have the bats tune up on ’em before heading to the Bronx.

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • As recently as a week ago, I was worried that Boston would head into New York with only a 3-game lead, giving the Yankees a chance to catch ’em in one brief series.
    With a minimum 6.5 and maximum 7.5 game lead after today, the dread has subsided… Though rooting for this team over four decades has braced me for a meltdown at any time, _pace_ 2004.

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Sox win third in a row, Wake joins Beckett as wins leader with 16.
    Lets review that last part.
    Tim Wakefield has 16 wins, most in the majors. HELL YEAH!

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Time to root for a short outing from Wang… Run that NY bullpen good and ragged…

    Paul SF August 25, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • And, lest we forget the original thread premise: Tim Wakefield is now the second 16-game winner in the majors after Josh Beckett.
    (I’m looking for Wakes to win all his remaining starts, end up 20-10, and grab the Cy Young. That would be seriously cool, especially at his age.)

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • I agree Paul. That would make me smile.
    We get a day off before the Yankee series as well, which will be nice.

    Dionysus August 25, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • The Sox have a day off on Monday, the Yankees don’t. Me likes.
    Unless it cools the bats off. (Every silver lining has a cloud.)

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Tavarez v. Vazquez doesn’t exactly favor the Red Sox tomorrow, at least on on paper. Plus, Chicago’s pitcher has two z’s in his name to Boston’s measly one, never a good sign. ;^)
    But with this offense rolling and Boston’s history with Vaz, I like their chances.

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Come on Paul, put up the side-by-side of Wang and Wake. You know you want to do it…
    (I do!)

    SF August 25, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Wakefield’s success suggest that the statheads might want to add some weight to durability factors. Wake’s ERA isn’t up there with, say, Buehrle’s. But his ability to go deep into every game is a huge asset with spin-off benefits (including allowing the Sox to rely on their better relievers for 2-3 innings at most, rather than middle-relief-by-committee), and has garnered a majors-leading number of wins.

    Hudson August 25, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • “…put up the side-by-side of Wang and Wake…”
    yeah, do the one of coco, wilymo [still a sock in my heart], drew, and melky while you’re at it…

    dc August 25, 2007, 9:59 pm

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