The Debut: Sox-Jays Gamer III

Dave Pauley makes his major league debut in an effort to help the Sox avoid a pathetic sweep at the hands of those vile foreigner Blue Jays.  Xenophobia: the new Yankee-hating.

Go to it, everyone.

(and by the way, Tito takes Youkilis’ wonderful OBP and P/PA and drops them behind the guys who are supposed to drive people like him in.  Brilliant.)

281 comments… add one

  • You guys are sooo lucky Vernon is out of the lineup tonight. He’s becoming a Sox killer.

    bloodyank78 May 31, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Big papi with a YAHTZEE to start off the game….let’s see what this kid can do.
    IIRC he is a sinker ball guy

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Why is Wells out of the line-up?

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • david wells?

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • NM vernon wells ;)

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Vernon is taking the night off after he was exhausted rounding the bases last night :D

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • NM vernon wells ;)

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • that sinker got the double play best as I can tell…I betthat kid is sweating bullets right now.
    maybe he should toss some icey hot on his crotch like clemens does, stay angry :D

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • hey SF, I don’t think that it matters what you do to youk, although not the smartest move, you cna tos him on third, left field, first base, move him to first, 8th, 5th or 9th….the guy will just keep doing what he is doing….I hope

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Tree:
    I don’t doubt that Youk will perform well wherever he hits, but that’s not a good reason to take him out of what might be his best spot.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Nice grab by Rios there.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • IIRC, Doug Mirabelli doesn’t get too many hits.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • A little late, but…Lilly looked piiiiissed immediately after Ortiz hit the ball. I love to see that.
    An effective but not super-impressive first inning for Pauley. If they’re all like that, I won’t complain.
    Damn…that Lowell out could easily have been a double.
    And there’s the Mirabelli double play.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Not only that, but he might be the slowest man on the entire f-ing planet.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Meanwhile Josh Bard is hitting like he was Mike Piazza with Mike Piazza’s team.
    Why did we have to throw in Cla on that deal?

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Hunter, you think it would be kosher for the net effect of the SD-Bos deal to be Bard for Loretta?

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • I will say that there were a couple of nice pitches for Pauley to the outer corner on right-handed batters.
    K!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • I can’t regret that deal, Hunter. Wake has been pretty darn good since ‘Belli came back. Just that one game in the Bronx sullies the line.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Can I just say that I hate Shea Hillenbrand?

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Curve ball keeps going inside, though, not breaking…and Remy backs that unprofessional opinion up.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Settle down, kid.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • and SF and I agree on something relating to baseball! Didn’t Shea say something homophobic on the way out of Boston about Theo?

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Throw strikes, young ‘un.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Hillenbrand/Hinske is like a 1-2 punch of guys who probably weighed 165 in high school but somehow “put on” 40 pounds of muscle over their senior summer.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • I’m just mad, that we trade away/let them go as free agents players to the National League, and they suddenly bloom. Renteria. Hanley Ramirez. Garciaparra. Bard. Arroyo. It’s just insane.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Why is Varitek not playing?

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Mound visit pronto, Nip.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Hillenbrand/Hinske sounds like the name of a German Industrial band.

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • MOUND VISIT, PLEASE.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Mound visit is the least….maybe a sign….get your head out of your ass

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Wait, does that shirt say “Pauley” or “Clement”? All of a sudden the letters look completely different to me.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Hunter, Garciaparra didn’t suddenly bloom in the NL. You might remember him as being the 2nd best SS in the AL East for 10 years (and Miggy was playing in the AL West, so, no wise cracks!).

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Sheesh people, give the kid a chance!

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • As far as I know, the plate is the same size in every league.
    Yeah, yeah, nerves, nerves. 2-0.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • This is not going to end well.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Nick–remember the cry when Melky was called up

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • YM, Boston fans do not possess the infinite patience of Yanks fans.

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Boston fans do not possess the infinite patience of Yanks fans
    Hahahahaha. This must be “irony” from a member of the “Joe better have a short leash” brigade.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • How did Rob anticipate my comment. That’s a bit freaky, no?!

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • So true SF….if Rivera could only pull work from the 7th inning on

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • you knwo what I hate about the jays TV feed for MLB TV?
    never a damn score on the screen, or an indication of what runners are where, or anything, justa picture of the game.

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • You try being 0-7 to the non-Josh-Towers Blue Jays, and see how patient you get.
    Oh, you won’t? Well, fine then…

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Base runners are everywhere

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • I’d love it if Mo started closing out the game beginning in the 3rd.

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • This has the makings of a really horrific game.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • JFC. How did they settle on this guy instead of Lester, exactly?

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Nick, I’d rather he pitched a complete game every day. That really would nail it ;)

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • I am not sure if it could be worse than last night. I do not think many of us thought this kid has/had a chance. Josh on the mound last night serving up heaters to the “Gas house gorillas” was just sad.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • He swung at ball four the first time and then he…
    …grounds into the DP!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • WOW. What an absoutely SICK play by A-Gone.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • wow, stupid descision, GREAT play by Agone

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Speaking of last night, would you call Beckett ace material?

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Gonzales just saved at least one run, possibly two. I think that’s why he’s allowed to play even though he can’t, uh, hit.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • may no less than Randy right now. They are going to have up and down nights. Randy is going down with age. Josh is still earning valuable lessons. Like don’t throw a 97mph fastball down the middle to Wells.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • YF: one outing does not a pitcher make bad…Look at most of yours ;)

    TheTree1918 May 31, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Speaking of last night, would you call Beckett ace material?
    Why not just ask us the last time we all beat our wives, Nick? Of course not, based on last night. But he has “ace” stuff, and the three previous starts showed that. Healthy, with development, he’s an ace, no question. But he’s not there yet.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • When the rain lets up I’ll stop the trolling.

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Oh crap….I am getting the game thanks to the Yanks rain delay on the ESPN2!!!

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • I like Trot Nixon, but I can’t really remember any big hits he’s gotten this year. Can anyone enlighten me?

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • I’m watching Mets/D-Backs. Pedro cruising so far…

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Pauley looks like he should be co-starring on an episode of “The O.C.” or something. He looks really, really young.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • No SF…none come to mind

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Hey SF, remember his 3 RBIs batting clean-up to help Schilling get win #200? Wasn’t that long ago…

    stuck working May 31, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • True that

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Yeah Baby!!

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Yes. Yes, indeed.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Marky Mark! 2 run jack.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Ah, yes, thanks SW. I wasn’t being coy there, I just had a block.

    SF May 31, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Gonna need every run we/they can get.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • This kid has a nice looking sinker.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • That was a nasty pitch that froze Zaun

    Rob May 31, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Do my eyes deceive me? A breaking curve ball!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Not sure if it is that or a riding sinker.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Do sinkers go 72? (I honestly don’t know) I think that’s the speed I saw on that pitch.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • close to a d-lowe sink.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • I didn’t catch the speed.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • second time through the lineup and they are getting to him.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • oh youk. yucky.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • He yelled Ole!

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Sit down, Shea, you freak.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Yeah…going south. Not exactly unexpected.
    Quick! More runs!
    Oh, I suppose by the “rules” we have to be batting…
    …and now we are thanks to the 3rd DP in as many innings.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • kids out of it again.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • DP picks up Pauly again.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Runs, runs, runs. Like 18 of ‘em. NOW!!!

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • when manny is fouling balls off straight back and damaging the advertising signs, you know he’s dialed in. he’ll hit one tonite.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Manny waLks again….no one has to pitch to him.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • This is interesting:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2464544
    Dayton Moore, who supposedly withdrew himself from the Sox’ GM candidacy this offseason, just took over the KC GM position. Makes me wonder if Moore knew that the Theo return was inevitable.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Youk behind Manny is just silly. I know SF said this…but it’s as if Joe Torre decided to bat Miguel Cairo second in the line-up. Just crazy talk!

    walein May 31, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Move Lowell up in the lineup.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • youk makes jup for the dreaded E. i have enjoyed looking at the box scores every nite with 0’s in the error coloum so much.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Youk with the 2-bagger.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Hits! Off Lilly!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Short leash, Mr. Toronto Manager, short leash….

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • SF. Did you listen to the interview with Theo on Mike & The Mad Dog? Theo sort of glanced over the questions asking just that but it seemed pretty obvious from his cavalier handling of the questions that he knew he was coming back.

    walein May 31, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Maybe Youk wouldn’t be bad for 6th?

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Nice pitch, Ted. I haven’t seen a ball go flying like that since my last Ron Jeremy viewing…

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • ouch.

    walein May 31, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • W: didn’t hear it. But I would love to re-read our archives here and see how many of us were totally convinced that Theo wasn’t pulling strings.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • That is a very mental bad picture SF

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • did we unlock the inner lilly that pitchers to all the other AL east teams?

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Not sure what is worse lately. Tek in this position or Miabelli and his .152 avg.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • SF, get that image out of my mind now!

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • wow lilly has gone ankeil.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Wow, Lilly has lost all of his control.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Nick…just what you needed prior to the honeymoon. Hedgehog!!

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • OK. I haven’t seen balls flying like this since Lance Armstr— check that. I need to work on this one some more.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • He’s on the ropes! Get him, Trotman!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Darn.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Down like a punk

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • SF- keep your ball watching to yourself. you’ve already cursed trot tonite.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Am I the only one who is totally NOT sad that the Red Sox probably won’t re-sign Trot. I knew that he was going to k in that situation.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Crap. This is turning into another major squander. Awful performances by Nixon and AG.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • In the mountains ouch, SF!

    walein May 31, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Lilly up to 70 pitches

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • DeMarlo’s first really noticeable blunder of the year. How do you send Lowell on that hit with Loretta coming up? Bad job by Hale.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Nooooooooo! Lowell, how could you?! You’re, like, the second-slowest member of the team!
    *sigh* Two runs could have been more.
    Back out there, Pauley.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Lowell is way too slow to make that call. Stupid…

    Tom sf May 31, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Someone explain how “Speedy Rodriguez Lowell” is waved home on that play?

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Oh, good point. I didn’t see Hale sending him…

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • The second slowest???????

    Anonymous May 31, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • YES! About to start!

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Mirabelli.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Papi being the first

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • oops. wrong thread *runs*

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • I just saw the highlight…the transporter in Star Trek would not have saved him on that throw.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • I just tuned in…why is Mirabelli catching?

    Tom sf May 31, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • I asked the same thing awhile ago.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • can we put this kid in bully and DL one of the ez-brothers?

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • I dunno, I wouldn’t put money on Lowell against Mirabelli or Papi. Of course, I wouldn’t wager on them, either.

    Tom sf May 31, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • I think Mirabelli is catching because he’s got a very good career average against Lilly.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Here we go…another base runner

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • The yuks are on now. Damon is sitting the night out.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • thanks, Rob, time to leave this thread.

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • No Vernon Wells tonight? Is that just to make it fair?

    Anonymous May 31, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • dougie is in to give jason a two day sit with tommorow being an off day. according to remy.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Welcome Nick

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Two men on. Bear down here.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Nice. This guy may not be that great, but he’s showing more stones than Clement.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Tweaked shoulder on Vernon Wells, No-One-in-Particular.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • just think….7 Toronto hits tonight and none have left the park. Last night by the time 7 hits had been given up, they had what 3 or 4 of them.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • at this point i can firmly state that this kid gives us a better chance to win than clemment and di nardo combined…….and by kid i mean arroyo.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Poor Vernon. Damn shame.

    Tom sf May 31, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Lilly is gone!!!!

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • he must have tweaked it last night.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Matt Clement is the first Red Sox that I have had a kind of irrational hate towards in a long, long time.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Probably is sore from hitting the ball so hard last night.

    Tom sf May 31, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Yanks just went up 1-0

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Oh, I wouldn’t call it irrational. You did modify it with “kind of”, so I’ll accept it.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • You made no mention of violence…or rat poison

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • called shot. see about 25 posts earlier.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • SEE YA!! Manny with a line drive bullet to the seats. 7-2 Sox. More please!

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Let’s see….Manny walk again?

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Heck yeah! The big men have both gone deep. They are on pace for around 85 HR combined.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Obviously if I had waited the 30 seconds for gamecast to catch up I would have been okay.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Once again SSF…ouch. For Clement, with the stones, and the bicycle riding and the….off the thread. Let’s go Jays!

    walein May 31, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Man Ram! Can we hit 5 HRs like Toronto did last night? Please?

    Tom sf May 31, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Don Orsillo just made a funny!

    airk May 31, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Great sooth, sfrod – but you have to admit that Manny did some nice adjusting there, considering he wasn’t facing Lilly but rather a flamethrower. Like last night, it just proves that amazing heat is not that effective without variety and location.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Orsillo with the line of the night.
    Remmy: Manny tapped him on the back [meaning Pauley]; I don’t think he knew it.
    Orsillo: Manny may not know who he is.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Oops, misspelled Remy.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Jeter is sitting out the game tonight also.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Pay-dro vs. Brandon Webb tonight, score is 0-0 in the 7th.

    Anonymous May 31, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • dead on SF. manny adjustes better than any hitter i have had the privilege of seeing. i’ve seen him set pitchers up by looking bad on pitches early in games knowing he’ll see it again. sweet sweet sweet swing. so long in the zone. he is dialed in right now.

    sf rod May 31, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Pauley at 84 pitches. Cannot see him in the game much longer.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Now gamecast is saying 68 pitches.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Pauley just can’t get through an inning without a major jam. Doesn’t bode well.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • SheAhole up.

    SF May 31, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • If he doesn’t get this out, I think Pauley should be pulled.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • 91 pitches according to NESN

    airk May 31, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Error on Loretta. Bad play. Implosion beginning.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • It went back to 80 something and now is showing 73.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • damn. loretta loses the ball during the transfer to throwing hand after making a nice diving stop. run scores.

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Yeah, there’s your Manny gaffe. And here come the Jays.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Error by Manny. Implosion continues.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • I think they are hopoing the kid can get the win

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • This is just awful. What are the Sox smoking? Lazy play by Ramirez costs a run. The play of the last three days is just completely infuriating.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Well, you live by the defense, you die by the defense.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • You know…the Blue Jays’ crowd is irking me. I don’t know why. They sound sort of entitled and vindictive.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Have we had a three error game this year?

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Bad play by Loretta on a doable force out, bad play by Ramirez on a bad luck broken bat flare, they sure aren’t giving the kid any help here, costing him pitches and probably a shot at the win.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Pauley sure works slow, eh?

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Pathetic.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Yeah…I really hate the Blue Jays.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Pathetic.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Let me guess, NOW Tito will bring in Van Buren.
    Two batters too late Tito.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • 5 run lead gone………

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • “Rough outing for Pauley”…I don’t remember the Jays announcers saying the same thing about Lilly when he came out, and he gave up his runs without the “benefit” of errors and mental mistakes.

    Quo May 31, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Pauley has nothing to hang his head about. He pitched well enough to be left in too long, which says, uh, something.

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • So, we practically throw the game away and potentionally have set back a young pitcher’s mental state in one stroke. Beautiful.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • You ever notice that Tito wakes up in the middle of a disaster and goes ‘oh crap’

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • I wouldn’t worry about his mental state. If he can’t take a moderate shelling, then he’s in the wrong business to begin with.

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Van Buren gets an out on a check swing, 1-3.
    He’s looked pretty decent lately.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Pauley didn’t have a good outing. He didn’t even have a half-decent outing. His defense let him down, slightly, but how many baserunners can you give up and think that you will escape? There were three DPs, but I give his overall effort about a C-. Francona, on the other hand, gets a big fat F. Asleep at the wheel, as usual.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • on the other hand, there’s Cla Meredith

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • C- sounds about right. It was ugly as hell, but he didn’t lose the game.

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Catalanotto sure wags his bat around while waiting for the pitch.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • I agree with SF. It’s one thing for Francona to pull this ‘player’s manager’ crap and leave people like Schilling in because they demand in. But “trusting” his players too long in situations like tonight — with Pauley coming up right from AA — is stupid beyond words, especially when the Sox cannot afford to get swept.

    stuck working May 31, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Maybe Van Buren should have started?

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Van Buren gets out of it, 4-3. That makes him the new middle relief ace.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • The tiny cushion is a mite bigger. Trotman!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • A Nixonian blast!

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Nixon with the leadoff dinger, first pitch off Walker. 8-6 Sox.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • This has the makings of one of those last man standing games.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Nixon with the leadoff dinger, first pitch off Walker. 8-6 Sox.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Gonzo has got to stop giving the bat handle a happy ending while waiting for the pitch. It’s gross.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Thanks Trotsky!

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Come on, cheer up David Pauley, if I ever in my life started a major league game, I wouldn’t care if I let in twelve

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Tom SF asked awhile up if the Sox could equal the Jays HR total from yesterday. Now, they’re well way on their way to getting 5 HRs and could still lose anyway. Which would be even worse than giving up all the HRs yesterday.

    stuck working May 31, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Whoops, the thing auto-posted.
    I wouldn’t care if I let it twelves runs in 2/3rd of an inning, which I would easily, I’d still be jazzed.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Let’s see. Five days from tonight is Monday. Don’t the Sox play someone interesting on Monday? If Pauley had nerves tonight, WTF is going to happen next week?

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Inning over.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Sorry, half-inning over.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • How about an easy inning? Is that too much to ask for, just once?

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • well, it could be Alvarez next Monday. The circumstances that led to the Pauley call-up were fairly specific.

    stuck working May 31, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Great. Alvarez at Yankee Stadium. Whoopee.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Something wrong with Lowell? Youk at third, Snow at first now.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Yep, Lowell hurt his writst, apparently, on a grounder. Just fantastic. And a leadoff single. I want to destroy my TV.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Does it seem like Alex Rios is up every frigging inning?

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Snow is at first, Youks at 3rd. Why?

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • I’m not endorsing an Alvarez call up, SF. I’m saying there’s a whole range of problematic options for us to fret over — Pauley’s nerves being just one element in the mix. Whoopee!

    stuck working May 31, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Wow, the defensive whiz Snow just made a bad play – quick shot to first, he retreats to the bag to get the out then throws to second, Zaun beats the throw. He easily had Zaun at second if he had gone straight off, and he had a perfect throwing angle from where he fielded the ball. What’s his use, again?

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Van Buren out, Delcarmen in? JVB has done a good job, can’t see any reason to pull him yet. If only Pauley had been on an equally short leash last inning.

    Hudson May 31, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • The Sox are definitely in “inflict emotional duress on their fans – as much as is humanly possible in a 72 hour period” mode. And frankly it’s making me very cranky.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Yeah, Tito was quick off the bench for this move. Van Buren’s looked fine, and Snow might have cost them a shot at a double play there.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Good point, Hudson. Tito leaves Pauley in there to squirm, after his team makes errors, and then yanks VB at the first instance of trouble, which didn’t even appear as trouble. Makes little sense. The idiotemeter is abuzzin’ tonight from Tito’s moves.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Tito probably read the card and saw that Glaus was batting .000 against MDC in his career. He also probably failed to see that Glaus has never faced MDC, hence the .000 average. Or something like that

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • J.T. Snow’s role on this team is to block Hee Seop Choi.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • At what point does Papelbon become more valuable to the Sox as a starter? I think we are coming close to that moment.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Suck it, BJs.
    …heh heh.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Another TREMENDOUS DP started by AG, completed by Loretta. He looked (almost) safe to me, but they haven’t shown the replay yet. Phew.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • is there much precedent for transitioning from a closer to a starter midseason? I’m wondering about how the Sox would go about stretching him out, as they say.

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Safe. Bad call at first by the ump. Thank you very little!

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Thinking about Papelbon, I don’t see the Sox taking a guy on pace for 50 saves and putting him in the rotation, without a reliable substitute, no matter where his value might be greatest. Unless they trade for another closer, or Foulke suddenly becomes lights out, they aren’t going to move him. Even if they don’t have many leads to protect, such will be the situation if the rotation doesn’t get any better.

    SF May 31, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • You’re probably right on papelbon, SF. The last couple days I’ve been thinking more and more about the Sox making a hard push for Zito. The thing with trading top prospects to Oakland is you know that, if they become stars, they will be available a couple years down the road.

    airk May 31, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Way to go (so far), bullpen!

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Hey, an easy inning! Haven’t seen one of those in a long time.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • I’m more interested in that little kid’s at-bat than Snow’s.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Mirabelli with the 1-out double.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Nixon walks.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Schoenweis out, Frasor in.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Oops, one “e” missing from Schoeneweis’s name as typed up there.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • re: Moving Papelbon to the rotation
    This would be a move that would potentially plug a hole while opening another. Not sure where the logic for that could be. He’s been lights-out. Best closer in the Majors at the moment. Gotta leave him be.

    Quo May 31, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Gonzalez singles. Mirabelli wisely does not try to score from 2nd.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Crisp K’s.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Ouch. Hillenbrand has killed the Sox with his defense tonight.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • God I hate Shea Hillenbrand.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Foulke likes his out to be long and frightening.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Phew. Foulke’s lucky Alfonzo didn’t get a little more of that. (I’m suprised it carried so far given where he hit it on the bat.)

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • 2 more outs for the Jays, given Papelbon’s track record.
    1 more out.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Anyone else kind of perversely pleased that Vernon Wells wasn’t even available to PH for Alfonzo in that situation at the beginning of the inning? Never wish for a serious injury, but you’ve gotta figure that Gibbons wouldn’t have preferred for Alfonzo to be the batter there.

    Quo May 31, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Okay. Let’s hope Papelbon’s track record holds true.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Remy and Orsillo suggest the story of the night is all the double plays for the defense, should they hold on. I’d go for Van Buren’s and Delcarmen’s performances.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • God, I hope Tito is keeping notes about Manny D. and Van Buren. They’ve come through in two games against a potent offense, and have held things together in high pressure situations.

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Great minds, Hunter.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • The cushion will be 2 for Papelbon.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Well, I’m finally here after a hellish day at work and a quick perusal of GameCast. Van Buren and Delcarmen rock, as does our offense, and really, not a bad start from Pauley either (better than Clement’s!).

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Rios leadoff single. 3/4 against Papelbon, NESN tells me.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • How ’bout one more DP there, defense?

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Not good with Glaus at the plate…

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • My stomach is in knots.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Glaus didn’t even see that.
    Come on Paps, GET ER DONE!!!!!

    LocklandSF May 31, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Interesting. No Vernon hurts, here, though.

    Spidey May 31, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Oh, don’t walk him. Please don’t walk him.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • K! Two more…

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Nice! K of Glaus!

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Paps has started 1-0 to all three hitters this inning.

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • No DP now as Rios moves to 2nd on defensive indifference.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • I lied. Apparently they’re calling it a stolen base.
    Ooof. That out was scary.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Flyout moves the runner to 3rd, but two down!

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Okay, Paps. Strike out Shea and shut him up!

    rk May 31, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Thank goodness. Down goes those b*st*rd BJs.

    Devine May 31, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Paps is a god, not the god, a god.

    LocklandSF May 31, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • The End! And what an end!

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • I’ll see if I can’t elaborate more on this later, but this could be looked on later in the year as a kind of turning point.

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • What, Paul – as in we overcame our self-inflicted difficulties?
    The way they’ve played the past few days (coupled with the Yanks’ streak) has made it hard to watch baseball lately.

    rk May 31, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Hehe, young starter filling in during a rash of injuries, a hard-fought game against a team we can’t beat at the beginning of a road trip against teams we need to beat. We’ll have to see how the rest of the trip plays out, but this was one of those wins it seems can bring a team together.

    Paul SF May 31, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • I’m just hoping Mikey’s not hurt and our pitching staff can start to figure themselves out. What’s the pitching version of A-Rod’s little motto about the accelerating bat head thing? Maybe they need more of that.
    Oh, and how much scarier is this Tigers series now that the Yanks swept them? Even if we win the series against the team with the best record in baseball (still true?) it won’t quite be good enough . . .

    rk May 31, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • The kid did great – knowing that he was there for one night, to fill the space, it’s not like they would have put Lester in this spot. I believe in Theo in why they chose this kid. Either, they thought he wouldn’t be effected or just that he wasn’t enough of a prospect to worry about destroying his confidence. Either way, it was a good night. Let’s see what happens.

    cjf May 31, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • how’d tito screw up tonight? i expect a full report tomorrow, SF, since you’re clearly on that beat.

    beth May 31, 2006, 11:17 pm
  • Pauley did “great”? On what planet? He gave up 18 baserunners in 4.2 innings. That’s not great. That’s not even good. That’s, well, terrible. It’s just that we have been desensitized by Clement, and therefore DP looked competent. Sad days.
    And Beth, Tito did fine. Besides the slow hook on Pauley (see “18 baserunners”), I thought he did well.

    SF June 1, 2006, 7:29 am
  • the slow hook on pauley… i have to say i’m dumbfounded by that–and i’ve seen it elsewhere, not meaning to pick on you. but our bullpen has been strained by several bad starts in a row, and i had pretty much gone into this game with the expectation that pauley was out there to be a warm body more than anything. frankly i did not expect a win at all last night.
    plus, if francona was supposed to lift the kid because he was in a jam, he’d have done it in the first. francona said on the radio this morning that he was one pitch away from a DP the way he’d gotten them in all the innings leading up to that one. when it didn’t happen, he said, he went and got him…i fail to understand the problem with that. if the kid’s supposed to start, he’s supposed to start, not go three innings and let the bullpen take over.
    and really…we’ve gone round about this before, but i still think that ppl are taking the built-in inadequacies of this year’s team out on tito. our bullpen settled down last night, and we got the win. most of the time this season, that bullpen’s been lit up like a pinball machine and we’ve blown the lead or never gotten the chance to come back. it has to do with those guys’ performance, not francona’s decisions about when to use them–he used them in the same order last night as he always has. tavarez and seanez, notably, also did not make an appearance. but that’s due to luck that the good guys were rested and ready to go last night. that’s not always the case either.

    beth June 1, 2006, 11:42 am

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