The Predictable is Happening: Sox-Indians Gamer V

A great pitcher’s duel continues into the 8th. Sabathia has been masterful. Daisuke has been better. The Sox lead 1-0 in a nail-biter. There’s very little left of the game, but that doesn’t mean there’s little to say. Comment on what promises to be an exciting ending here.

15 comments… add one
  • I both hate and love games like this. Come on, Paps!

    Dionysus July 24, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Why in the hell is Hinske not in LF right now?

    QuoSF July 24, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • I was just thinking that, Quo. It makes no sense whatsoever.

    Regular_Brad July 24, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Exactly. He’s not like a great OF, but WMP sucks, and Hinske certainly isn’t a Kevin Millar/fish out of water out there.
    Actually, if we’re not at Fenway, he’s almost certainly our third best defensive OF.

    QuoSF July 24, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Wow, tremendous win for the Sox. Five in a row.
    Win the series tomorrow, fellas!

    SF July 24, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • That was a real squeaker. The Indians announcers were complaining about the 2nd strike of the 3rd out of the 9th inning, but I didn’t see it. Anyone?

    Hudson July 24, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • They had a better point about strike 1 on Victor Martinez in the 8th, and on strike 3 to end the game. The former looked like a ball. The latter was the definition of borderline, but only because Barfield isn’t very tall.

    QuoSF July 24, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • BRILLIANT pitching performances across the board here.

    Dionysus July 24, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • I like the duality here. Last start the bats picked up Daisuke. Tonight Daisuke picked up the bats.us
    Also, our bullpen blows my mind.

    Dionysus July 24, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • I was only listening to it on the radio, but this game reminded me a lot of one of Boston’s losses in Seattle when that crappy left-hander, Feirabend, seemingly gave up nothing but liners and warning-track shots yet escaped unscathed, with Boston stranding all seven runners. Not to say that Matsuzaka is crappy or that he pitched anywhere near as badly as Feirabend did, but it sounded like a similar day for the Tribe.
    Just goes to show that all these things tend to even out, given enough time.
    (Also, Hey, the Yanks finally face a sort-of real pitcher tomorrow ;-). Meche has had a pretty nice year and has surprisingly strong numbers against New York…but he’s also put up a 5.18 ERA in 4 July starts. So who knows…)

    desturbd1 July 25, 2007, 2:08 am
  • I just assume the Yankees are going to sweep series until they play someone competent; that’s the safest expectation. The Sox just need to keep winning and ignore the Bombers.

    SF July 25, 2007, 6:56 am
  • This season is the reversal of everything I’m used to as a Sox fan. Usually the Sox never jump out to a big enough lead to hold off the Yankees, then when they end up trailing by a couple games, reel off a bunch of wins in a row only to have the Yankees do the same.
    It must be frustrating for the Yanks to have won five straight and gained half a game.

    Paul SF July 25, 2007, 7:56 am
  • Does the DH *have* to bat for the pitcher? I’d rather have seen Manny bat for Wily Mo, and like Dice-K fend for himself. With a career .211 batting average in Japan (http://japanesebaseball.com/players/player.jsp?PlayerID=1104), he’d be a better bet.

    Adam White July 25, 2007, 8:16 am
  • The DH can only hit for the pitcher… there’s a whole bunch of rules about how the DH disappears if a pitcher is switched to a fielding position or any other sort of unusual stuff occurs.

    Froggywomp July 25, 2007, 11:28 am
  • Thanks, although I must admit that my question was posed in saracasm.

    Adam White July 25, 2007, 5:54 pm

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