Target Field: Sox-Twins Gamer II

Boston continues their first trip to Minnesota's new baseball digs.  No more pinball in the dome!  Comment away.

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  • Oops, I called Pedro’s hit a 2-run homer in the other thread, when it’s actually just a run-scoring double.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 1:15 pm
  • Scutaro in the thick of things today. Scores the first run and drives in the second. Sox now a whopping 1 for 6 on the day with RISP.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 1:47 pm
  • Ortiz caught stealing? What the crap is that?

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 2:13 pm
  • Annoying. Left home, Sox up 2-0. Get back to work, tied 2-2. Looks like Lackey almost got out of it, too. :-P

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:26 pm
  • No strikeouts for Lackey yet. It seemed to me that the Sox’ starters, along with being generally mediocre, have struck out an inordinately low number of batters.
    Sure enough, 36 through seven games, last in the AL.
    Now two runners on against Lackey. Sigh. It’s been a little dispiriting to see the Sox stumble out of the gate like this.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:31 pm
  • Lackey gets out of it. On to the fifth.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:34 pm
  • Pedroia!!!!!!! 3-2!

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:41 pm
  • Dustin motherf*cking Pedroia. 3-2 Sox.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 2:42 pm
  • Pedroia hit his fourth homer on July 9 last season, on May 31 in 2008, and on July 16 in his rookie year of 2007. He’s making sure he lives up to his goal of 20 home runs this year, I guess.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:44 pm
  • Come on Ortiz, don’t squelch another rally

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 2:46 pm
  • Hmm, sure would be nice to have J.D. Drew up with two on and two out instead of David Ortiz…
    Of course, Slowey is suddenly verrry wild, so it may not matter.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:47 pm
  • “On-field delay” after a ball up and in to Ortiz. Anyone out there with a TV or radio?

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:48 pm
  • Ahh, apparently they’re just trying to dry the mound.
    Also, I forgot that Slowey’s being “wild” was really him just not pitching to Youkilis with Ortiz on deck. Why isn’t Drew batting fifth again??
    And Ortiz flies out on the first pitch after the delay. Yep.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:52 pm
  • A strikeout for Lackey!

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 2:56 pm
  • Well at least Lackey had a nice quick inning. 77 pitches after 5.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:00 pm
  • Let’s hope Lackey can get another one just like it and go through seven innings.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 3:08 pm
  • Another strikeout, and this one swinging!

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:31 pm
  • Punto singles. A lefty, a switch hitter, and then two lefties coming up.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:33 pm
  • Span walks. Lackey staying out there for the switch hitter. With two big lefties coming up this had better be his last batter.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:36 pm
  • Lackey gets screwed on a 3-1 pitch right over the inside part of the zone. Orlando Hudson helps him out by flying out on the first pitch. Two down, Mauer up with tying and go-ahead runs on. AB of the game right here.
    And Okajima to come in? Hmm. Not a fan of this move, given his struggles with inherited runners. Just let Lackey finish the inning…

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 3:37 pm
  • Okajima in. Good move Tito.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:37 pm
  • Looks like Paul and I disagree on the move. This at-bat will not only decide who wins the game, but which is the more intelligent poster here.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:39 pm
  • Okajima gets out of it! The Red Sox still lead! Atheose is the armchair manager of the day!

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:42 pm
  • Somehow the Red Sox escape that ridiculousness unscathed. GREAT start from Lackey, especially with the strike zone jumping all over the place today.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 3:42 pm
  • I think we’re going to have to postpone our disagreement for another day. I, for one, do not consider a six-pitch outing, of which three are balls, two are intentional balls and the only strike is a lucky out with the bases loaded, any kind of successful performance. Okajima did exactly what I expected: failed to throw strikes to two of the most dangerous hitters in baseball with the go-ahead runs on base. Bad Oki. Bad.
    But he did get out of it. Thank God for that.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 3:45 pm
  • Yeah we’re pretty lucky to have gotten out of that inning. Imagine if there wasn’t a passed-ball, and suddenly Okajima is pitching to Mauer in a 2-0 count with no open base. For what it’s worth, Mauer is .444/.493/.679 when he’s ahead 2-0.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:52 pm
  • JEREMY FREAKING HERMIDA!!!! Bases clearing double!!!!!!

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 3:58 pm
  • JEREMY HERMIDA! Bases cleared, Sox with a nice big cushion now.
    I can leave work without worry now.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 3:58 pm
  • So when Ellsbury returns, it’s Ortiz to the bench, right? I mean, how do you not let Hermida keep raking the way he’s been? He’s almost like… David Ortiz, c. 2003. Irony, thy name is baseball.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 3:58 pm
  • Yes, Hermida should stay in. But I doubt Francona is going to bench Papi this early in the season. Dropping him to 7th would be a good idea though.
    And Cuddyer with a solo shot.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:05 pm
  • Wow, they’re hitting Bard hard.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:06 pm
  • Sox’ bullpen is terrrrible. Maybe it evens out as the starters improve and guys like Bard aren’t being used every single day, but still… now a two-out double from Young.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 4:07 pm
  • Never mind. Just one out. Hardy’s grounder makes it two. Thome in to pinch hit.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 4:08 pm
  • Bard becomes a victim on the shrinking strike zone on a 0-2 count but gets Thome to pop up. Wonder if those two pitches would have been called strikes on 0-0 or 1-1 counts.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:11 pm
  • Sox play the Twins only five times this season. I’m sure they’ll play some NL team more often. Doesn’t seem right.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:16 pm
  • Double for Papi!

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:22 pm
  • Ortiz doubles to bring up Beltre with two on and two out. Having Ortiz is arguably the best-case scenario for the Sox this year, but I fear hits like that because it feels like Francona will use them as evidence to keep giving Ortiz more time to try to get right…

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 4:23 pm
  • Rays win, Yanks lose.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:23 pm
  • Having Ortiz fixed is what I meant to say. Fixed in the broken -> fixed sense, not fized in the neutered sense….

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 4:27 pm
  • Papelbon walks the lead-off hitter. Fourth walk for Denard Span tody.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:29 pm
  • Orlando Hudson flies out, only one on for Mauer.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:30 pm
  • Mauer flies out to Hermida, one more to go.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:33 pm
  • Remember when we had an awesome bullpen? Man, those were the days.
    Two down though.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 4:33 pm
  • Wild pitch by Papelbon. Seriously, guys? Good grief.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 4:34 pm
  • Papelbon falls behind every hitter he faces.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:34 pm
  • Another walk, tying run at bat.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 4:35 pm
  • This guy is SO not going to be a lifelong Sox.

    SF April 14, 2010, 4:35 pm
  • Not Papelbon’s most impressive save but we’ll take it.
    So long, folks.

    pale blue eyes April 14, 2010, 4:37 pm
  • Ballgame. It’s a save, though he threw more balls than strikes.
    Sox back at .500 now.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2010, 4:37 pm
  • Ugly win that does not make me feel good at all, unless it leads to a full-time job for Jeremy Hermida.

    Paul SF April 14, 2010, 4:45 pm
  • I second that notion, Paul. At least a full time DH spot. haha.

    Brad April 14, 2010, 4:53 pm
  • “This guy is SO not going to be a lifelong Sox”
    Thankfully.

    Brad April 14, 2010, 4:54 pm

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