The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Sox-Tribe Gamer VII

A tried and true formula.

The good:

  • The pitching has returned to form.
  • The hitting, last night excepted, has begun hitting in the clutch again.
  • The Yankees just won six straight games, and they only gained one game in the standings.
  • Kason Gabbard (four straight starts with a game score of 60+) starts tonight.

The bad:

  • Not pinch-hitting either Mike Lowell or Julio Lugo in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game.
  • The Sox in one-run games since June 1.
  • Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, three straight starts with game scores below 35.
  • The Yankees have won six straight games and are back in the playoff hunt.
  • Rain delays.

The ugly:

  • Curt Schilling. Anyone else tired of that shtick yet?
  • Manny Ramirez leaves Coco out to dry.
  • Rumors that the Red Sox want to trade for Jermaine Dye? I’m sorry?
  • Picking on J.D. Drew, who even with a recent slump is hitting .270/.364/.440 since June 1.

Let’s get back on the horse/bicycle/wagon/movable object of choice, take the series, and send the Yankee fans scurrying back into the holes from which they’ve emerged today.

Start time to be determined.

Red Sox

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Wily Mo Pena, RF

SP – Kason Gabbard


1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Casey Blake, 3B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Ryan Garko, 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Jason Michaels, LF
8. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
9. Josh Barfield, 2B

SP – Cliff Lee

73 comments… add one
  • Why is everyone all over Manny. Had it been him coming home under the same circumstances it would be about Manny not running hard as opposed to Coco not being in place on dack signaling to him that theres gonna be a play on him.
    This is all on Coco for not running full speed.

    TJ July 26, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • I guess Remy was saying last night Coco was surprised to not have any help and pulled up as a result — maybe thinking there was no play since Manny was clearly unconcerned? I dunno.

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • Yes but people are always all over Manny when he lets up when a play appears over. They say he should run it out to the end. Now when Crisp should have been doing the same its not his fault its Manny’s.
    Yes Manny should have some of the blame here, some. But its more Coco’s fault then anything.

    TJ July 26, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Rain delay sucks. Ah well.
    What happened anyhow? I saw the replay on, but it doesn’t really show everything..

    Lar July 26, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Coco was out on a close play anyway — may have even been safe, for all anyone can tell. But he slowed up coming toward the plate after rounding third. Considering the closeness of the play, he would have undoubtedly beens afe had he kept running hard and slid. Jerry Remy on NESN laid into Manny afterward because Manny, as he usually does, was near the Sox dugout watching the acton instead of being in the runner’s line of sight signaling for him to slide. Remy thinks Crisp was expecting the help and was either surprised or fooled into slowing up…

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Do we have a start time in sight?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 26, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Momentarily, apparently…

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Away we go…

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • An uninspiring opening inning from the Sox, with only Dustin Pedroia managing to make Lee work…

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Indians announcers say Schilling has retired his first 9 in his rehab start.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Gabbard gets em quickly in his half. Let’s go, bats!

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Gabbard matches Lee’s first.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Yeah! Manny! Dead center!

    Devine July 26, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Hoo boy, now that I look at the replay, that ball was GONE.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Youkilis grounds out, Lowell singles. Frank Robinson (!) and the Indians announcers shill (sp?) for MasterCard.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Half-inning done.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Gabbard through two, uneventful.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • About to start mocking WMP…but he singles up the middle. He’s still crap, though.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Can we get a Yanks gamer up there so no one can comment? ;)

    Lar July 26, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Lugo singles and WMP goes to 3rd…there’s an appeal about whether he touched 2nd, but on the appeal, it’s ruled okay.
    A DP from DP comes next, but the run scores from 3rd. 2-0 Sox.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Who the heck is Gutierrez? Two homers in two games.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Manny walks to lead off the 4th.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Bases loaded for Lee with no outs. Smack em around!!

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Tek singles to left center scoring Manny and Youk. Lowell to third, Tek advances to 2nd.
    No outs….

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Pena with a first pitch fly out to right. I guess because the ball wasn’t on a T for T-Ball means he suddenly was suffering from short term memory and did not apply what happened in his last AB.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Both Crisp and Pena made quick outs on the first pitch with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs. WTF? At least work the count and chase Lee. Sure hope that 3-run lead is big enough.
    Gabbard is steady again, at least.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Crisp and Lugo groundouts that inning also add to us stranding two runners in scoring position. An inning that started with the bases loaded and no outs leads to TWO RUNS.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Gabbard with another effective inning. Kid is really doing a good job. I would be more than pleased to let Schill (and his mouth) go after this year and use this kid in the rotation.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Pedroia singles to lead off the 5th.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Ortiz walks….Manny time.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Manny doubles to left, Pedroia scores. Ortiz to 3rd.
    okay guys…no outs again, runners at 2/3.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Youk safe on Peralta’s error. Lowell up, bases juiced.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Wow, Lee seems determined to help the Sox blow this one wide open… Bases loaded, no outs in the 5th.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Lowell! Single makes it 7-1.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Lowell singles to right. Many and Papi score, Youk to 2nd.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Manny now hitting .302

    Rob July 26, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Excellent.

    Devine July 26, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Check it out, KC is up 3-0 on the Incredible Hulk-like Yankees.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Make that 4-0

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Tek grounded into a DP. Youk at 3rd.
    Crisp singles in Youk.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Ugh, Tek DPs. But Crisp gets Youkilis home with a single, 8-1.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Pena doubles in Crisp!!
    The sky is falling, Pena with an RBI!!!!!!!

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Lugo, Ortiz and Youk the only Sox without an RBI in the game yet.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Wily Mo, raising the trade value.

    no sleep til brooklyn July 26, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Lugo flies out to end the inning.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Whiffy Mo doubles, Crisp scores, 9-1.
    Without chalking this up too early as a win (or the Yankees as as loss), I’m trying to think how big a lead in the A.L. East would be enough to reassure me.
    The Sox have 60 games left after this one. I figure if they win 55% of the remainder, that gets them to ~95 wins. So the Yankees would have to win about 67% of their remaining games to catch up.
    If the lead were 10 games instead of 6.5 I’d feel better. I figure it’s going to be closer than I’d like. But then again, how much can I complain when the Sox have the best record in the majors and a decent-sized lead in late July?
    Answer: A lot. I can complain a lot. Rooting for this team across four decades does that to ‘ya.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Garko walks with one out. Just the third base runner for the night.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • I understand you completely Hudson. I think I would be comfortable with about a 20 game lead. I just hope the annual summer swoon is complete and we can move forward and start to put distance between us. This is going to be an interesting stretch. With both teams having a number of games with TB on the schedule I think that it will matter who trips the least.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Damn, 9-4

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Indians going after the first pitch now.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Gabbard is having a lot of problems this inning.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Hafner HBP that plates a run. 9-5
    Gabbard’s ERA has risen to 3.73

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Oh God…Tavarez in to replace Gabbard with the bases loaded.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Garko flies out to end the inning.
    Gabbard may have had long of a delay between the innings. The guy couldn’t have found the strike zone with On-Star.
    The kid was due for one of these, he has pitched his a** off the last few times.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Ortiz singles, Manny we need runs again for the lead.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Ramirez reachs on a FC. Papi out at 2nd.
    Pedroia ground out to lead off. Now two outs.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Youk flies out to right. Inning over.

    Rob July 26, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • The funny thing is that, when I heard that Tavarez was coming in, I became much calmer. I know he can go through the order once…twice I start to get nervous.

    David July 26, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • “Waiter!”
    “Yes, sir?”
    “A crow sandwich, please…with extra jalapenos.”
    “Right away, sir.”

    David July 26, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Wiffy with a homer?

    Rob July 26, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Precisely. Sorry. That one was me. WMP crushing one for which I am grateful provokes a certain desire to repent of the nasty things I’ve thought regarding him.

    DW-sf July 26, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Um…why wasn’t Snyder in at the beginning of that inning?

    DW-sf July 26, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Tavarez: Still Ta-garbage. Oy. So much for my hopes/theory that he might have more success in the pen, if only seen once through the lineup.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • I want it in the record that NESN just showed J.D. Drew dancing in a circle with David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Alex Cora.

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Well, in all fairness, Tavarez should have been out of the inning 1-2-3 if not for Lugo’s error. Not that it absolves him completely, but still…

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Paul — It’s a bit of a stretch to get from one lead-off error to four runs…

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Meanwhile, the Yankees are losing 5-0 to KC… Let’s go, Royals.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • W. Modesto Pena is now 4-for-5 with 4 RBI on the day, lifting his average from about .200 to .219.

    Hudson July 26, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Yeah, he fell apart in a hurry. Still, all the runs were unearned for a reason.

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Let’s hope some hapless GM is watching tonights game and thinking about WMP, “you know, I bet our hitting coach could teach that kid to hit a breaking ball…”

    Anonymous July 26, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Wily Mo made Theo Epstein the happiest person on the planet. Maybe the Sox can get more than Solomon (sp?) Torres for him…

    Paul SF July 26, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • I’d love to be able to root for WMP…on a harmless team somewhere else…

    DW-sf July 26, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • If they trade Pena for Torres I will personally go and smack Epstein across the face with his gorilla mask!

    TJ July 27, 2007, 12:16 am

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