The Return of the Blowhard (but he’s OUR Blowhard, so lay off!): Sox-Angels Gamer IV

Well, it’s another west coast affair, it seems like the 35th 10pm start of the year for the Sox. Frankly, we’ll be asleep.  But for those who won’t be, this is your game thread for the return of Curt Schilling to the mound, a big moment in a season without all that much drama.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed, as a successful outing would bode tremendously well for the rest of the season.  Lineups after the jump.

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Lowell 3B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS

Curt Schilling P

Los Angeles of Anaheim

Chone Figgins 3B
Orlando Cabrera SS
Vladimir Guerrero RF
Garret Anderson DH
Gary Matthews CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Macier Izturis 2B
Jeff Mathis C
Reggie Willits LF

Jered Weaver RH

192 comments… add one

  • anyone know who is hurt? Says injury delay on gameday

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Youk got hit in the head by the throw to second. Stayed in the game. Manny goes down on a double play ball, but there were two outs, so it only went for one. That’s gotta be Manny’s 122nd hard grounder to SS this year.

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • (No idea, rootbeer.)
    Schill on the hill! Here we go.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Nice job, Lugo, you dick. E-6.

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Ah, Chone Figgins singles. Chone Figgins… One of my pet peeves (I surely have vented about it here before) is mispellings of common names among baseball players:
    SEAN >>> SHAWN >>> CHONE
    JARED >>> JARROD >>> JARET
    Rule #1, don’t name your child something you can’t spell.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • One batter in and I’m already pissed off.
    Going to bed.

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • You forgot “Jered”.

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Well, Curt hasn’t cracked 89 on fastballs, and there have been two balls crushed and Vlad just missed a meatball, fouling it straight back. I wouldn’t say that these few pitches bode well, but it’s only a few pitches, too.

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Yep, Jered. No doubt there will be a Girid in the majors soon enough.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Vlad whiffs on a splitter, Figgins steals second easily.

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Well, he K’d Vlad… can’t sniff at that.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • G’night, Hud. Go Sox!
    (For real this time…)

    SF August 6, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Anderson out, 11-pitch inning for #38.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Wow, I blinked and I missed the top of the 2nd

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • is anybody there? The sox scored!!

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • I grew up with Shawn Kemp, so “Shawn” is kind of okay. Chone was too much, I actually didn’t know how to pronounce it for awhile.

    Lar August 6, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Schilling was cruising along, then Figgins tripled with two out to left-center… But he gets Cabby to end the 3rd. 37 pitches for Curt.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Youk gets a SB in the first and Pedroia gets one in the 3rd… are they still on about whos faster? lol

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • What the hell is Manny doing getting himself thrown out when he CLEARLY went around on the check swing?
    And what is that umpire doing throwing Manny out so quickly? It was like the umpire FOLLOWED Manny back a few steps, rather than staying put.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • TJ – I thought the same thing!

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Drew makes himself useful by getting a hit, and then stealing a base. 3rd stolen base of the game.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • JD says, “I’m faster than the both of you!”

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • And now Drew…. wtf is this catcher bad? is Weaver not holding them well?

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Atheose – glad to see you. I was wondering who was going to say “God Bless Coco” if it’s end up being required.

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Hahaha thanks rootbeer. I was working on a presentation while watching the game, but had to jump on here to bitch about Manny being Manny. Sometimes it’s just not cute.
    Oh, and I can’t believe Coco didn’t catch Chone Figgins’ triple. Looked like he should have had it, though maybe I’m taking his awesomeness for granted.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • By the way, I have a feeling Barry is gunna hit 756 tonight. Just a feeling.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Manny just wanted to get Brandon Moss some MLB playing time.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Oh god Schilling. Please no. PLEASE no.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • You think? I live in the greater SF area so there’s a lot of interest in my little world. My 7 year old would be thrilled!

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • sned the 7yr old to a timeout lol

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • What happened there with Schilling? I’m stuck with Gameday tonight, and all it said was he deflected a ball into center field and there was an unspecified injury delay. Seems to be throwing still.

    Hudson August 6, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • TJ, it gets worse… much worse. He collects Yankees jerseys. When he wears them I make him do extra math worksheets but he still does it.

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Anybody watching on TV? How’s Schilling look?

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Hudson, the ball hit his finger and it stung a little but I think he’s ok.

    Anonymous August 6, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • You havent disowned him yet? lol

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • RBF, you have failed as a father (or mother)…

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • if my kid tried to be a yankee fan i’d bribe him to be a sox fan lol

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Hank Aaron has held that record for 31 years, the entirety of my life. Every day I have lived and breathed has been a day where he has been the champion. The number 755 and Hank Aaron himself have always been, and will always be, special to me.
    Whether he cheated or not, Barry Bonds does not respect the game, and will never be half the man Hank was.
    Don’t break it Barry. Don’t take it away from Hank, and please don’t take it away from me.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Curt waits an inning, then gives the runs back. Tie gam.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • Schilling coming unravelled, and the Angels tie the game because Moss did not hit the cutoff man, which let the runner advance to 2nd.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Or game. Whatever…

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Thank you, Jeff Mathis, you wonderful first-pitch swinger, you.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • I have tried!! Seriously! I am the child’s little league coach. I watch baseball with him almost every day. I play highlights from the redsox.com web site evey morning. But he will do ANYTHING to harrass me. As soon as he figured out I hated the Yankees, his future was sealed.

    Anonymous August 6, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • that was me

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • GOD BLESS CO–oh wait, foul ball. Damn, that must have been inches from hitting the pole.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Lug gets on in front of Pedroia and Youkilis. This could be very positive…

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • the radio said it would have been a home run at Fenway

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • I love having two guys with speed like Crisp and Lugo. It really messes with pitchers’ minds, and they’re both having great years on the basepaths…

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Why the hell did Lugo go back to first? He had it stolen easily, and Pedroia took a pitch so he could steal.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Five pickoff attempt, four actual pitches during Pedroia’s at bat. Not surprisingly, Pedroia gets a hit.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Got in just in time to see Manny get tossed for absolutely no reason–I don’t care if he called the ump every racial slur in the fricken book, you don’t eject someone that fast–and Curt suffer a complete and total meltdown after foolishly trying to palm a chopper up the middle. He covers first on that easy DP ball and Boston still has a 2-0 lead.
    Also, Schilling apparently looked pretty good until last inning. But his fastball has still generally been in the high 80′s. Above 87 at least, but I’m not real happy about this. They kept saying he was in the low 90′s in Pawtucket, and I now find that sort of hard to believe. He was getting some swings and misses on it though, so maybe the gun is off…

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • come on double steal run boys run do it.

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Pedroia gets a cheap blooper into center field. As the Angel’s announcers said, Lugo should have read that better and gotten to 3rd.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • That’s one smart kid you’ve got there, RBF. Clearly does not take after his parent ;-)

    yankeemonkey August 6, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Youk hits it 10 feet short of a homerun in center field. Come on Ortiz, break this open. Manny isn’t behind you anymore.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Up to Papi with Lugo at 3rd and two out.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Ortiz isn’t going to get anything to hit in this ab, not with Brandon Moss looming in the on-deck circle…

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • YM, for $5, he’s yours!

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Damn! I have Ortiz in the Beat the Streak thingy today!

    rootbeerfloat August 6, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • Sigh. That was an unfortunate play by Ortiz. Normally a hit with the shift.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • …that was a pretty spectacular play. Figgins makes a diving stop and flips to Cabrera, who makes a strong throw to first to nail Ortiz easily.
    Really don’t feel good about this game…

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Me neither. Though I was rooting against the walk there, in any case. The Red Sox didn’t need Brandon Moss’ first big-league at bat to be with the bases loaded. Woulda rathered a nice single though.
    At least the game’s just tied. For now.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Ortiz was 4/5 with a homer against Weaver coming into tonight. Funny how baseball works…he’s looked awful so far. (He hit that last one sort of hard, but an opposite field groundball is hardly what Ortiz is trying to get…)
    I’m also fairly sure this gun is off. It has Jered Weaver living in the high-80′s too, and I’m pretty sure he’s a 90-93 guy.

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Schilling Ks Willits and Figgins to start the fifth. Not shabby.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • And as I say that, two of the last three pitches to Figgins registered at 90-91. Maybe Schilling is OK after all…

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Not a fan of starting both Cabrera and Guerrero with balls though, That’s asking for trouble…
    But no soup for Vlad. He’s out on two pitches.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Broke Cabrera’s bat, but he loops a soft liner into LF anyway.
    He jams Vladdy pretty bad, which is a very good sign. Only 68 pitches through five innings for Schilling and if anything, his velocity’s improved a bit…an encouraging start, at least so far.

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • I feel like Moss is going to do something good here…that, or look silly striking out.

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Bonds just got a GREAT pitch to hit but grounded into a DP. Whew.
    Schilling only at 68 pitches after 5. Despite that one inning, Curt seems to be pitching very well.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Way to go out on a limb, Josh. ;-)

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Wow, looks like Moss took it for quite a ride before being hauled in by Vlad. Great at-bat though. Nine pitches…

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Wow, Moss hit that ball really far despite a half-swing. Great AB anyways.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • sorry but im a transplanted sox fan in missouri (!!!), can someone explain to me why brandon moss is playing left field?

    soxfan August 6, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Good ab so far, though. That counts as “something good,” sort of. Really loud out there too, a about a step onto the warning track in RF. Which is impressive because he was hunched all the way over reaching for an outside offspeed pitch.
    That’s two opposite field hits for Drew today, which is very encouraging.

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Drew and Lowell both grab hits. Drew seems to be playing well since getting back from his son’s surgery.

    Atheose August 6, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • Manny got tossed.

    TJ August 6, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • scary how much moss looks like drew at the plate.

    sf rod August 6, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • Sure, Manny got ejected for barking at the umpire. Complete load of sh*t. He said something after he was rung up on a very borderline check-swing strike 3 that the HP ump refused to get help on. As he was walking away he kept talking a little but wasn’t even facing the ump; he was then ejected. Whole affair took about six seconds.

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Well Weaver has Tek’s number. That was an AWFUL pitch, a belt-high changeup that should have been hammered. Ugh.

    Josh SF (D1) August 6, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • he in no way showed up the ump. which normaly is what gets you the gate.

    sf rod August 6, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Honestly, when Varitek is on, he’s great. When he’s not, he’s the worst. And it seems to be an every-other-day proposition.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Let’s go Coco.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 7, 2007, 12:00 am
  • thanks much josh, that sounds like a load of **** :(

    soxfan August 7, 2007, 12:01 am
  • There have been times this season that I’ve felt very confident the Sox could score runs, even with two outs. This is not one of those times.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Ooooh boy is this ump inconsistent. Ball two to Crisp was probably below the strike zone, but it was a strike to Drew in an earlier ab.
    Oh it was soxfan…Papi has far more to say way more often and rarely gets anything for it.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:02 am
  • This umpire is really inconsistent, and makes late calls. That 1-2 pitch to Coco was a strike, but was called a ball.
    Not that I’m complaining though.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Damnit Coco.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Coco Ks. So two straight one-out hits, and the Sox do nothing…. Grrrr. Weaver’s likely done for the night.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:04 am
  • Well…Weaver really didn’t look good, but Boston didn’t feel like scoring.
    Oh boy. Tavarez warming up. Why, I don’t know, because a quick inning here and Schilling should be good to start the seventh, even with the 85-90 pitch count.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Thankfully, the Angels’ pen isn’t very good beyond their top two pitchers.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:06 am
  • Garret Anderson took a page out of Vlad’s “I can swing at any pitch and still get a hit” book, golfing the ball to right field.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:07 am
  • how does garret anderson rise from the dead at somepoint every season? i swore he retired 4 of the last 5 years.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:07 am
  • Schilling buries an 0-2 curveball–it would have hit the dirt–and Anderson golfs it into RF. Maybe a little too far inside to the lefty, but it really wasn’t the pitcher’s fault…nice piece of hitting.
    The baseball gods even things up as Matthews rips a hanger on a line into RF, which Drew is able to run down.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Oops. And Justin Speirer’s back and doing well. So they’ve got three pretty good relievers to be recokoned with. I wonder if they would use them in a tie game.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:08 am
  • That snapshot of Curt on Gameday makes him look like Stuart Smalley.

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Anderson’s about as injury prone as JD Drew a few years back. And he’s ancient.
    There’s that real quick inning, just 7 pitches thrown. Pitch count is at 75…I’m going to be fairly upset if he’s not back out for the seventh.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Kotchman with the GIDP, and Schilling with just 75 pitches through six. At this rate, he’s easily going eight.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Double play gives Schilling a 7-pitch inning. At 75 pitches, he’ll definitely be out for the 7th.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:10 am
  • There’s my answer. Speirer on in the seventh.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:10 am
  • DP ends the sixth with Schilling at just 75 pitches. Looks like he could go deep into this one, though I wonder if that’s wise when it’s just his first game back in the majors. Still 2-2.

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Actually I take it back…Anderson played over 140 games each of the last two years. Which is weird because I also felt like he’s disappeared for long stretches at a time.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Speirer’s done pretty well in his career against Boston — 2.70 ERA and OPS around .700.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:11 am
  • I think that’s just his bat that disappeared for long stretches. :-P

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:12 am
  • for the last 5 years in angel land this would have been donnelly’s inning 10 out of 10 times. odd.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:13 am
  • Ugh. Up to Youk.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Youk with the single, so there’s a chance for Papi.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Youk has ANOTHER hit. Come on Ortiz, we need ya.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:15 am
  • ESPN just said that Schilling’s FINAL line is 6 IP. Anyone else see that?

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:16 am
  • Crap. We’re going to los this game.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Good, ESPN is wrong–Schill out for the 7th.
    If we lose this game, it will be in this inning. Our bullpen won’t lose this game.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:19 am
  • …wow, I hate it when I’m right. Solo home run.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Atheose – did you have to be right about that?

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:20 am
  • And Izturis delivers the death-blow. Home run. 3-2 Angels. Game over, unless the Red Sox bats suddenly remember they have quite a few All-Stars among them.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Ugh, leadoff gopher ball… I guess Francona should have taken ESPN’s hint.

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:22 am
  • you guy’s need to stick around for k-rod. everything is dicey with him.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:22 am
  • That was probably the worst pitch any Red Sox pitcher has thrown all year. And that’s the ballgame…dammit. To Macier Izturis. He’s not a good f*cking hitter…in fact, he’s pretty awful.
    But giving up a double to Jeff Mathis…that’s almost as embarassing. That was a foul ball and the Sox are getting f*cked over again, but it was hard hit.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:22 am
  • Now Mathis doubles. Curt is spent.

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:23 am
  • How on earth was that a fair ball? I would have sworn that was going foul.
    Correction, the replay DOES make it look foul. Grrrr, Schill knocked out.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Now Schilling gives up a double to a guy entering the game with a ,250 slugging percentage. Maybe we should have gone to the pen after six.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Are we seriously asking Julian Tavarez to stop the bleeding? Is that the way we’re going to try to win this game? Seriously?

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Holy crap, The Orc is relieving Schilling. Be afraid.

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:25 am
  • Oh good. Tavarez is in. Tito’s already throwing in the towel.
    My guess is he gives up an RBI single to sully Curt’s line and put the game completely out of reach, and that’ll be about it.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:25 am
  • Anyone else have zero confidence Tavarez can keep the runner at third from scoring with 1 out?

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:26 am
  • It’s funny. I thought we had the best bullpen in the bigs. I thought we had a kid named Delcarmen out there who’s pretty good. It thought we just traded for Eric freakin’ Gagne. I thought we had the best damn reliever in all of baseball this year in Hideki Okajima. Why is Tavarez out there trying to keep the team in it?

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Yep, 4-2.

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:28 am
  • OH MY GOD the runner on 3rd left WAY too early because Moss bobbled the ball.
    Kudos to Moss for catching it though.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:28 am
  • And there’s the run. @@##$^#^$%&$&$

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Or an RBI groundout/sac-fly, which wouldn’t really be the Orc’s fault. Not entirely fair to expect a non-power reliever to strand a guy at second with nobody out.
    Weird play. Moss bobbles the flyball in LF and the runner leaves the bag before he actually makes the catch. But Remy explains that you need only tag after the ball is touched by an outfielder, so he did tag up properly. Which means that even Manny Ramirez would have probably saved that run, because it wasn’t very deep and a clean catch/strong throw might have got him.
    This game is over, but I can’t stop watching. Like a car-crash or a crappy teen comedy that happens to be on TV…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Well I have to wake up in 5 hours for work, so I’m signing off. Looks like I’ll be blowing out the candles on the Red Sox shrine a bit early tonight.
    Not that it matters though. Sigh. G’night everyone.

    Atheose August 7, 2007, 12:30 am
  • Remy disagrees and says the run would have scored anyway. I’m upset right now because I was under the impression that Moss was an above-average defensive right-fielder with a strong throwing arm. Which he hasn’t shown tonight at all. Not even a little bit. And left is a much easier position then RF.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:31 am
  • Double.
    Jeez, the Sox sent down Lopez with his low ERA so this guy could stick around?

    Hudson August 7, 2007, 12:31 am
  • At least I’m getting work done while listening to this disaster…. I should be all caught up on emails by the time I get doen banging my head against the wall.

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:33 am
  • ot entirely fair to expect a non-power reliever to strand a guy at second with nobody out.
    Exactly. Why didn’t we have either of our two power setup men, or even our non-power but high-K setup man in there? Delcarmen threw 13 pitches yesterday, so I can’t imagine he’s tired. Okajima threw just four.
    Now a double and IBB brings Anderson to the plate. This is not good bullpen management from a manager who has been deservedly highly praised for that this season.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:34 am
  • HD does julian no favors.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:35 am
  • Theeeere’s the strikeout. A couple batters too late…

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:36 am
  • Okajima – Gange – Papelbon
    Papelbon – Gange – Okajima
    Oh wait, now i remember:
    pitcher just of DL – Tavarez – Probably Timlin
    thats much better than those other three guys.
    Go Sox!

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 12:38 am
  • Agree completely Paul…I’m not thrilled with Francona right now, though I’m not sure Delcarmen would have done a whole lot better then Tavarez just did; I’m guessing that Willits guy is a good bunter, since most fringe-major-leaguers / utility types are. But the odds sure would have been better for Delcarmen.
    Here comes Shields. We get to face the only threesome that compares favorably to Boston’s in him, Speier, and K-Rod. And no Manny. This sucks…so much.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:39 am
  • tell me drew and moss dont have identical swings.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:39 am
  • why isn’t Wily Mo in for Manny?

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:40 am
  • Moss walks. Two impressive at bats from him. He’s got some good plate discipline…

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:40 am
  • Moss with the leadoff walk. I’d be happy about it, except Shields always walks a fair number of batters and it never seems to matter.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:40 am
  • I’d pick my grandmother over Wily Mo in a key situation, RBF.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:41 am
  • Drew 3 for 4 and the Sox have two on, NONE out. Think we might score a run or two, fellas?

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:42 am
  • Oh that’s always fun. The 2-1 pitch coming and I get an Emergency Broadcast System test.
    Drew singles!? Cool. One of Lowell’s infamous RBI doubles would be fantastic…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:42 am
  • your grandmother has intangibles paul.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:43 am
  • Who is Moss and why is he up instead of Ellsbury? Inquiring/ignorant minds want to know…

    yankeemonkey August 7, 2007, 12:43 am
  • yeah, Paul, you’re right.
    Oki warming!

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:44 am
  • Ellsbury just got off the DL, YM. I imagine that has something to do with it…

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:44 am
  • Ohhh, thanks Paul. I didn’t know he was on the DL.

    yankeemonkey August 7, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Drew 3 for 4 and the Sox have two on, NONE out. Think we might score a run or two, fellas?
    No, I really don’t. ;-) Maybe one, just to tease us, but not two. And probably not even one.
    Now’s a good time to point out that the only reason that 4th run scored is because the 3rd-base ump blew a call. Fun fun. Lowell tipped that third strike and it CLEARLY hit the dirt before the mitt. But he’s called out anyway. Another blown call, and naturally, it’s against Boston.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Nope. Instead we get one of the patented Mike Lowell strikeouts in a key situation.
    Ok, that’s not fair, as Lowell actuall has a very low K rate. Still, that’s aggravating.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:45 am
  • I agree with the manager on that one too, rather have a rookie in to see what he can do. WMP is a lost cause. Here in Cincy they kept saying if he would just get playing time he could learn to play baseball. That was several years ago.

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 12:47 am
  • Brandon Moss also had been hitting well in AAA, though he’s been mired in a huge slump over the last few weeks. His OPS went from the mid-900′s to the mid-800′s pretty quickly.
    This homeplate ump is really pissing me off…one more borderline call and I think Tito gets himself tossed.
    And again, Lowell didn’t really strike out. He got screwed pretty.
    Pathetic. The lead goes down to six.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:47 am
  • Men still standing on 1st and 2nd, with two outs now. What a surprise…
    Up to Coco, who’s been quiet tonight. Time for a breakthrough…

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:48 am
  • Get ready Atheose….

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:48 am
  • Now absolutely anything down in the zone is a strike, where before it was pretty much a flip of the coin.
    Varitek with 5 LOB’s today, just behind Ortiz with 4.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:48 am
  • Why am I watching this game again?

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:50 am
  • Crisp decides he doesn’t want to swing at the belt-high fastball down the middle and goes down looking.
    So…I blame the umps for a lot of what’s gone wrong today, but this has been an absolutely pathetic game all the way around…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:50 am
  • We had our chances and did jack-sh*t with them. Seriously…2 on and no one out; no bunt? The ump may be dreadful but we can’t blame him for our alarming tendency to stop hitting with runners in scoring position.

    DW-sf August 7, 2007, 12:52 am
  • The same reason you watch all the games. To drive yourself crazy.
    Thats why I am still awake, I was a little to normal during the day. I figured I needed to correct that problem.

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 12:52 am
  • i’ll have 6 beams and cokes.

    sf rod August 7, 2007, 12:53 am
  • Timlin, I knew it.
    Arrrgggh

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 12:53 am
  • Timlin?? Seriously??

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:53 am
  • “The ump may be dreadful but we can’t blame him for our alarming tendency to stop hitting with runners in scoring position.”
    No, but they did (probably, on the replay it is sort of hard to tell if Lowell tipped it) take the bat out of Lowell’s hands. So in a way, I can blame them for his alarming tendency not to hit with runners in scoring position. ;-)

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:56 am
  • I need to stop staying up for these West Coast games. It kills me the next day, and it’s rarely rewarding.
    Varitek and Ortiz really killed us today. Pedroia and Youk were each on twice, and Lugo on once, but Ortiz went 0 for 4. Moss was on once, Drew on three times, and Lowell on once, but Varitek also went 0 for 4. They each killed rallies multiple times.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Yeah Timlin.

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 12:57 am
  • Well, yes…but we’ve left 9 on base. That episode only accounts for 2 of them. What about the consecutive Ks in the 6th?

    DW-sf August 7, 2007, 12:58 am
  • Paul – Not to mention my 23 game Beat The Streak run. I had Holiday and when I saw Ortiz’s numbers against Weaver, I switched…

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 12:58 am
  • Beat the Streak, RBF?

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 12:59 am
  • Yeah I was mostly kidding…I’m more pissed off about the double that knocked Schilling out of the game then anything else. And the completely unnecessary Manny-ejection.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 12:59 am
  • Which is my way of saying, the ump was only a part of the problem. The total lack of hitting in the clutch is the real root of tonight’s pain. It reminds me of June. This game was completely winnable but…the Sox decided to get to bed early for their early tee times tomorrow.

    DW-sf August 7, 2007, 1:00 am
  • Timlin K’s Macier Izturis to end the inning. Still can’t believe Schilling gave up a f*cking bomb to a guy with a .261/.310/.375 line. Ugh.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:00 am
  • It’s on mlb.com. you pick a player every day to get a hit. If anyone cobbles together a 57 game streak to beat Dimaggio, you win money. It’s like fantasy baseball for those of us who are brain dead.

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 1:02 am
  • Heh. That’s pretty cool.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 1:02 am
  • If Lugo somehow gets on, there’s a tiny bit of hope. But I don’t think he’s going to…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:02 am
  • Guess I’ll finish watching this travesty from bed. Night all.

    Paul SF August 7, 2007, 1:03 am
  • Wow. Unfreakingbelievable. WHY DOES JULIO LUGO HAVE THE F*CKING GREEN LIGHT ON A 3-1 PITCH!?
    That was not a strike. High and inside and he pops out.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:04 am
  • K-Rod falls down after almost every pitch he throws. I feel like a comebacker is an automatic basehit…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:05 am
  • dare we hope for the good ole days when someone gets on base and then the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history comes to the plate?

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 1:06 am
  • He hasn’t been clutch this season…at all. But it’s nice to dream.
    Orlando Cabrera with the clutch error on a fairly routine grounder to short. He stayed back on it and it took a late hop. Be real nice of Youk could, umm…get on base…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:07 am
  • Instead, Youk flicks at ball 1 and sends an easy flyball to Vladdy in right. Great job, Kevin.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:08 am
  • Here we go RBF. Lets go Papi.

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 1:08 am
  • Why they don’t intentionally walk Ortiz I have no idea…
    The ump with another low strike call. Ortiz fouls off a fat belt-high breaking ball. That’s the game right there.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:10 am
  • A walk. Who didn’t see that coming?
    And the ejection looms large. Ugh.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:12 am
  • Too bad RBF. I never get more than 5 or 6 straight in that game.

    CincySF August 7, 2007, 1:12 am
  • how was Moss hitting in AAA?

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 1:13 am
  • Moss with an ugly swing at strike one. Have a bad feeling he’s overmatched here…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:13 am
  • “how was Moss hitting in AAA?”
    Great until recently. 6 for his last 49 in Pawtucket; his OPS was in the mid-900′s for most of the season, but it’s not there now…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:14 am
  • is K-rod always this wild?

    rootbeerfloat August 7, 2007, 1:14 am
  • Yeah, way overmatched. And the lead is down to six.
    So Schilling was OK, except he had zero command of his splitter for half the game. And the next two games are going to suck, too; I have zero faith in Boston’s ability to hit Joe Saunders and I just don’t think Lester is a very good pitcher right now. I hate the f*cking west coast…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:18 am
  • Poor kid. I hope it doesn’t haunt him tomorrow or the next time he comes up to bat.

    DW-sf August 7, 2007, 1:18 am
  • Cue the latest round of “1978″ jeers.

    DW-sf August 7, 2007, 1:26 am

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