The Lowell Point: Sox-Phils Gamer II

With Mike Lowell out of the lineup, we get a second straight day of Gold Glove candidate David Ortiz’s defense at first. (You laugh, but name a first baseman with a higher fielding percentage this year).

We also get a pretty good pitcher’s duel of our own — Josh Beckett, who has been stellar in his last two starts, against Brett Myers, whose numbers aren’t too shabby either.

Last night, we got an awesome performance from Clement in which he pitched out of a first-inning jam. Did Beckett take notes on how not to allow a run in the opening frame? We shall see … Comment away!

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  • Watching the pre-game on NESN on Directv, and just praying they don’t black it out, forcing me to the Philly feed…you never know until the moment of the game.

    SF May 20, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • and NESN is is! Youk barely misses one there – just a tad off the end of the bat or it would have been gone. As it is, garden variety flyout.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:07 pm
  • Myers has nice stuff.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • Accommodating strike zone.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Only one pitch caught my eye, the first strike to Loretta. Otherwise I didn’t have a beef with the calls, AG.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Beckett with the first batter walk, continuing his pattern of ominous first innings. He’s clearly overthrowing right now.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Manny asleep out there, Rollins tags on a fly out to left. Bad Manny.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Manny wasn’t paying attention and Rollins takes second tagging on the fly to left.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • I’m taking the Manny flub as a good thing. Whenever he tends to do something like that, he typically hits a dinger.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Nice stab by Youkilis.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Who needs Lowell?! What a nice play by Youk there, saving a run for the moment.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Remy observing the risk of steal of home. Howard obliges by skying the first pitch to Nixon. Gracias.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Howard swings at the first pitch and flies out to right to end the inning. Manny’s coming up to prove or disprove the sooth of Hunter.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • SF: That looked accommodating.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Yes it did. Manny got screwed there.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Full to Manny, K’s swinging.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Trot pops out to Rollins off the apron in short right.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • ‘Tek’s numbers are depressing.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • At work, so I’m slightly here… (You might be thinking, “Geez, he’s always at work. He must have the suckiest schedule ever!” You’d be right).
    It’s looking like Myers is very good so far, but once again, I’m GameCastin’ it.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Myers does look good – besides Manny’s walk that was called a strikeout Myers hasn’t made any mistakes. Hopefully the second time through they’ll get a bead on him.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Full count to Burrell: payoff is deep to right, Nixon catches it on the track.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • NESN says that Tek is 12 for 18 on May 20th, with 5 consecutive homers on that date. Who tracks that stuff? How much do they get paid?

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • AG, They mentioned that the other night as well… I forget who it was, but it might have been ESPN… Whoever it is, I want their job…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • David Bell hits a flare to right for a single.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • 1 on, 2 down…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Paul: agreed.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Gonzalez plays the roller from Ruiz to second for the force to end the inning. Beckett looks sharp.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • The Philly gun cannot be taken seriously: Beckett’s last pitch came in at 103. Sure.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • If it was, I’d be a little pissed… Save that gas for the jams and the late innings, Josh.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Pea with the quick single… We’re gonna need every run, guys, so let’s get him home!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Howard dives but can’t make the play on the roller from WMP for a single to right.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Um, that would be Pena. Not Pea. I can’t even think of a good joke for that one…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • I’d be all for the sac bunt here from A-Gon, followed by yet another sac bunt from Beckett…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Correct foul call on the squibber to Bell there.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Bell picks up a ball he shouldn’t have touched but it’s called foul anyway.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • A sac would have been better than that crap. GIDP.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Bell turns the 543 on AGon.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Beckett hits better than Willie Harris.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Right at Abreu for the third out on the line to right.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Crap, leave the computer for two seconds…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Beckett behind again. Seems to have been behind more than Myers in fewer hitters.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Beckett is at 31 pitches, Myers is at 35.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Hadn’t even realize Beckett fell behind Myers. And he eventually whiffs him.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Second out is a pop to Trot.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • 2 down, popout from Rollins.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Chase Utley is like a rich man’s Adam Kennedy.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Behind another guy. I don’t like this pattern.

    SF May 20, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Urgh…Chase Utley

    Laura May 20, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Shit. And that’s where it hurts him. He’s gotta cut down on those homers.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Chase Utley rips a line to right for the home run. Beckett left a fastball up in the middle of the plate.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Abreu k’s. But Beckett doesn’t look as sharp as he did in Blatimore.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Comes right back to K Abreu though. Good for him… But I really hope that isn’t the only run we see all game…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Tek holds the tip from Abreu to get the third out. Top of the order is coming up.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • I guess it’s a bit much to expect that much out of him every start. As the guys on ESPN said then, he had no-hit stuff, absolutely incredible.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Sox aren’t taking too many pitches this inning.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • True, Paul, just an observation. He has looked good tonight, I’m just not as comfortable watching him as I was last time out.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Jesus, this Myers guy is dominating. I feel guilty that I’ve never heard of the guy until this series.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Papi is hitting very few ground balls lately. I take that as a good sign. Just wish a few more of em would leave the confines ;-)
    Yeah, Laura, I wasn’t getting on you or anything. I understand what yr saying — he hasn’t looked as good on GameCast either. Too many “green pitches” (balls), not enough “red pitches” (strikes).

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • GameCast is editorializing that the strike to Howard was out of the zone…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Myers is a talent. He was an early pick by the Phillies in the draft. He really came into his own last year.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Ks Howard swinging with a pitch in the heart of the strike zone. Nice!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Burrell gets one just over the glove of AGon for a single with one out.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • I am with you, Laura. It’s not that Beckett is pitching badly, but the way Myers is pitching any run feels big, so Beckett really needs to hold them down.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Victorino hits it to the track in right for the second out.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Long flyout from “the Amazing, the Incredible Victorino”…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Beckett up 0-2 on Bell. Misses high and out for the first ball, then loses the handle on a breaking pitch and almost decapitates Bell.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Great breaking ball to K Bell.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • It’s hard to get on Beckett, though. One run through 4 full.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Beckett might have found his groove. Two Ks in the inning…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Runs, anyone?

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Gotta have em. Just give us one ’til we get to the bullpen…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Tough pickup by Rollins on a sharp grounder by Manny for the 6-3. One away.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Jeezus. Rollins just picked a bullet from Ramirez with his eyes closed. Seriously – he wasn’t even looking. One of those nights.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • A great pitcher’s duel going.
    Something we’re going to be seeing Myers in a Yankees uniform sooner rather than later.
    And, wow, I can’t be the only one who’s in love with Jimmy Rollins?

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • “one of those nights” meaning a night where it doesn’t appear as if the Sox are going to score…

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Trot takes it deep to left where Burrell settles underneath it for the second out.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Furk. Tek hits one off of Myers that sits right at his feet. Tek out at first. This game is gonna be over quick at this rate.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Wow… so many base hits being taken away.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Don’t tease me Hunter. I would love for Cashman to trade for Myers.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Ohhhh, Tek. *sigh* Every game, I think he’s going to snap out of it. Every game, he continues to disappoint.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • SF: Yes, this game is moving really fast. Beckett and Myers both work quick, and for the most part, no one is taking pitches.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Once again, who will the Yankees trade for any kind of premium player? Who, I ask…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Apparently, Ruiz has an OBP that is lower than his BA. How on earth is that possible?

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • I was thinking Myers for Myers (plus something else from NY) just because it sounds poetic and it’s fun to type.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • You know on one hand, I find it really sorta demeaning and condenscending when the announcers start talking about how “Manny’s in his own little world” and whatnot. But, on the other hand, well, I mean, it’s hard to argue.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Loretta makes a nice leap on a flare from Myers.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Last time up I said something nice about Utley and he responded by backing up my compliment. So this time I am trying a different tactic: YOU SUCK, UTLEY.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Rollins with a sharp single to right with two away to keep things alive for Philly.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • A lot of that though is just a stereotype perpetuating itself. He’s looked lost in the outfield at times, but I don’t know that it’s proof he’s in his own little world. Nobody’s said that about Pena, and he’s looked about as lost as anyone in right.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • I’m so not loving this game right now. I mean, come on. One hit?? This sucks.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • “Chase Utley” is such a baseball name. He either was going to be a baseball player or a local news anchor.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • On that play with Manny, he just wasn’t paying attention. Call it whatever you want, I don’t care, but he wasn’t alert to Rollins tagging.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Holding Rollins tight at first with three consecutive throws to first.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • And Beckett’s falling behind hitters again…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • If Utley continues to kill the Sox, I can only think of one possible solution: drop him.
    (sorry, channeling the embarrassing NY tabloids)

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • And Rollins swipes second on a change-up.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Oy. Beckett has sort of lost it.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Yeah, SF, he should have been more alert, but Rollins was on first, and that’s not something you see a lot. And he beat the throw by quite a bit, so it would have been close anyway. And Beckett walks Utley.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Utley almost swung at a pitch that hit in front of his ankles but it’s a BB.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Uh oh.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • This is a big jam here that Beckett absolutely has to get out of. But he’s already behind 2-0, again.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Beckett falls behind again, 2-0 to Abreu. Tek comes out to talk about it.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • I smell trouble.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Good inside fastball from Beckett that Abreu fouls off, 2-1 count. 2-1 is high and outside, missed his mark by quite a bit there.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Beckett covers first on the 3-1 to end the inning. Good hustle to the bag from Beckett who celebrates that out

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Phew, that was close…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Beckett is a nut. What up with the psycho fist pump in the fifth inning losing 1-0? I mean, it was a big out, but come on, it’s not October in Yankee Stadium or anything.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Papi maintains that Gold Glove fielding percentage…
    Hey, if Palmeiro and Jeter are worthy, then why not Ortiz?

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • SF: Yes, the fist pump is a bit of showmanship from which he probably should have restrained. And he has to bat this inning.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Agreed SF. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Phillis/Sox get a lead, Myers plunks him.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Myers has only thrown 54 pitches through 5. We need to do something here.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Well you yourself he “absolutely has to get out of” that jam.
    I think it’s kind of endearing (of course I’d hate his guts if he weren’t pitching for us). I was doing mental fist-pumps in my head. 1-0 against a pitcher like Myers the way he’s pitching is bad enough but down 2-0, 3-0? Very bad indeed.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Great pitch from Myers to get WMP swinging.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • This is the wrong part of the lineup to start rallies…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Pena strikes out, and with Gonzalez and Beckett up next, well, I really don’t think this is going to be a run scoring inning.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Gonzo has really stunk it up since his little “hot streak”, no?

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Great curve that AGon gets bat on to ground to Rollins, who launches it into the stands for E6.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • It almost seems as if he’s been worse than before…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Nice throw, Jimmy. What a break – Rollins really non-chalanting that one, the ball just slips out and ends up in Steve Sax territory. Unfortunately, this game is being played in an NL park and Beckett is up.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • But hey, I’ll take the two-base error!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Well no, but still, maybe if I try to will it enough?? I kind of meant sometime soon, next few inings, not right now, although that’s the way I wrote it.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Pitching from the stretch, let’s see how Myers handles it.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Myers is worrying about AGon and is behind 2-0 to Beckett.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • NO F’ING WAY!! Beckett with the RIBBIE!!!

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Beckett ties the game on a single to right.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Ha!! Beckett hits an RBI single! I willed it hard enough!!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • NO F’ING WAY!! Beckett with the RIBBIE!!!
    Posted by: SF | Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 08:33 PM
    Beckett ties the game on a single to right.
    Posted by: attackgerbil | Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 08:33 PM

    One of these is from an SF, one from a YF. Can you guess which is which?

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • The Phillies show why they are the worst fielding team in the NL again, on the bobble from Bell.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • That is what is freakin’ awesome about this sport…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Well I’m very happy that I put my foot in my mouth a few posts ago. Josh Beckett – RBI machine.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • And Youk with the infield single! This game certainly has changed complexion…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • SF: I’m just glad to be here. :)

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Yikes – I liked that high ball better than the previous outside strike. Loretta playing with fire.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Loretta! Bases loaded!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Hunter, I think we all have some apologizing to do, hehe. Some idiot said something about how this was not the right part of the order to start rallies… I dunno who that was, but he should be banned…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Take that, fire!

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • A flare from MF Loretta loads the bases.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Wow, loaded up for Papi! Let’s go, Big Man!!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • come on papi, come on papi, come on papi…

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • SF: I see your point, but if you read my Yankees threads, my play-by-play is about the same. Anyway, nice piece of hitting by Beckett when he knew to look for a strike.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • SQUEEZE!!!!

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • I was actually poking more fun at myself than at you, AG. I thought the juxtaposition was funny, that’s all.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • No squeeze…

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Let’s do this Papi…

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Deep fly out. Hey, we’ve got the lead now at least.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • SF: I agree, it was funny. And it’s a really, really good baseball game.
    The long out to right from Papi scores a run.
    Have to run downtown. Back in a jiff. Go Phillies.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • That’ll work. 2-1 Sox. What a turnaround!

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Not a home run, but we can get the lead and get Beckett a little rest.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Wow, this just turned into the most awesome game ever. Well, not really. But it’s amazing how much a two-run inning feels like a 12-run inning after five frames of struggling to even get a hit…
    And Myers has realllly slowed it down with runners on…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Myers now up to 83 pitches. 3-1 to Manny.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Manny walks. Bases now loaded for Trot.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Loaded up. Come on, Trot!

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Loaded up again!
    For the record, Red Sox pitchers now have 1 more RBI and 1/4 the runs of Willie Harris.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Take a couple of pitches here, Trot.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Trot! 4-1 Sox!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Really, I shouldn’t try any form of play-by-play when three people are watching TV and I’m the only one on GameCast :-p

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • WOOHOO!!! Don’t listen to me, Trot, ever. 4-1 Sox. This is totally improbable the way Myers was pitching.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Yeah TROT!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Bathroom Break Part Deux up.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • (I can’t believe I just busted on Tek that bad. Sorry, Tek. I still love you.)

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Awesome, some run support for Beckett. Plus, we’re making Myers pitch a lot.
    Oh, and the Phillies defense is friggin’ hilarious.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • I guess this is why we haven’t heard of Myers. One error really got to him and ruined his game… (although all the runs are unearned, I believe).

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Tek with a hit. manny stopped. Bases loaded AGAIN.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Ok. One more hit, a bleeder. Nothing titanic. Please. A five run lead sounds really really nice. Much better than a 3 run lead.

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Loaded again for Wily Mo! Everyone’s in on the action :-D

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Come on, Wily Mo!!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Oh… Manny…

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Darn it. Nice rally, though.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • And I have to go out to a business thing, unfortunately, on a Saturday night. But I am glad to be leaving on this note. Come on, Sox, hold on!

    SF May 20, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Bleck. Ah well… After throwing 50 or so pitches through five innings, Myers throws 40 in the sixth! Four unearned runs…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • The most important thing: Beckett thus far has pitched well enough to win a 3-run game.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • We just lost like half our commenters :-p

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Two quick outs from Beckett in a key inning…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • I’m still here, Paul, but my parents just turned off tehe game to watch king Kong. Grrrrr… So now I’m stuck on Gameday. God I wish someone else in my family liked sports.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • It’s always a concern after big innings that the benefiting starter will falter, so very nice to see a quick inning there…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Quick innings are good, positive things.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • lol, Laura.
    King Kong wasn’t even that good…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • A-Gon and Beckett… This isn’t the part of the lineup we want to start a rally *cough. cough*

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • That Beckett and Lowell for Ramirez and Sanchez trade is looking more and more like one of those trades that helps both teams.
    Though I can’t bear to watch Marlins games and see Hanley hitting everything in sight.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Once again, I am willing this to happen with all my ability. Probably won’t happen this time though.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Eh, ground out from A-Gon.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Agreed, Hunter. Although I honestly have no idea if Ramirez would have been able to handle all the pressure of Boston, especially after all the hype.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Yeah, it’ll stilll take a few years to see who really wins that trade. The Sox have been very lucky with their choices in the last decade or so of whom to trade for a new ace pitcher…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Did Beckett just homer??

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • JOSH BECKETT WENT DEEP! Holy Expletive!

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Holy shit!!! Beckett just homered!!!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • BECKETT WITH THE HR!!!!!!!!!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Props to Beckett on his first career home run. Now he will get drilled.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • WTF, man?!?!?!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Beckett is 2-for-2 tonight!! Maybe we should play him in center on nights when he’s not pitching and WMP need ssome time off. Hey, he’s better than Willie Harris.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Not to you, AG, just in general… Wow!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Youk ghets some kind of hit. (God, I hate Gameday)

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • I can’t believe I missed that. In a cab on 10th Avenue…

    SF May 20, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • I think I officially have a man-crush on Josh Beckett…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • And it’s a triple. Wow. Myers is falling apart. And now there’s a pitching change.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • And Youk just hit a triple!
    Myers really lost something with that Rollins error…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • by agmeday, it looks like Beckett truly crushed that homerun.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • The Beckett HR was the first earned run off Myers. His already very-nice ERA will go down tonight I think, even if Youk scores… I suppose that proves the saberheads’ reservations about ERA as a catch-all pitchers’ stat.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • The sacrifice fly from M-Lor scores Youk, and it’s 6-1 folks. What a turnaround in two innings!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Sac fly by Loretta. 6-1 Sox. What a turnaround. Just wow.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • So if anything, I guess this was a turnaround, huh Paul? I think we posted at the exact same time. Weird.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • I think Mike Timlin’s ERA last year pretty much showed how it isn’t the best way of measuring pitcher’s performances.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Papi with the double, and suddenly the thought that just half an hour ago we were worrying about losing this one is kinda funny.
    Not saying we have it in the bag, but boy this game swung fast…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • lol, Great minds, Laura. Great minds…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Yeah, ERA can be a really misleading stats. Not as much as Wins though. WHIP is really one of the better standard pitching stats, IMO.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Manny makes the third out on a liner. Great couple of innings by the Sox, both times sparked by slugging monster Josh Beckett. Papi better watch out!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • We may have seen why Myers has only 2 wins despite his fancy ERA.
    The Yankees definitely need this guy.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Inning over. Lol, Tom.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • DiPS is what the hardcore stats guys love. I think the basic one is K/BB, that’s my favorite.
    Anyhoo, the Philly announcers have said that Josh Beckett is the first Boston Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run since 1972. I know, DH and interleague play is relatively recent, but, sheesh. We’ve just seen something that hasn’t been done in over thirty years.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • lol, Tom. Myers’ WHIP actually was a little iffy, at 1.2, before the game. Not horrible, but not “1-hit-through-5-innings” good.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • The Yankees need a lot of things right now, Tom.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Some of us just watched the little ball on ESPN’s gamecast disappear over the representation of Citizens Bank Park’s left-field wall…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Didn’t Wake go deep last year?? I think that’s waht one of the announcers said last night.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Wake had an RBI last year, but I don’t think it was a homer…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Okay, then, I take it back.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Josh Beckett has batted in more runs than he has allowed. I’m guessing that he’s the player of the game.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Quick baseball-reference check:
    Wake has one home run in his career (which might be what they were referring to), but he hit it in 1993, with the Pirates.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Yeah. Beckett. He’s awesome.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • AG- Then perhaps a 3 way deal so the Yanks can pick up Harris from the Sox along with Myers. We won’t ask for very much. We promise.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Wow, only 17 pitches for beckett last two innings. (He was at 74 after 5.)

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Wakefield, back in college, was a power hitting outfielder, so that’s not entirely surprising.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Boston’s defense has been stellar this year, whereas the Phillies are one of the worst defensive teams in the game. Those little moments, like Rollins’ blown play at short that lead to so much more makes this game so interesting.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Beckett has definitely gotten stronger as he’s gone along. Myers — not so much.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • I checked too, Paul. I’m positive they said last night that Wake hit a homer against the Cubs last year. But maybe I’m just dillusional. Don and Jerry don’t make huge mistakes like that too often. Maybe they just said he had a ribbie. Who knows?

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • At least we know that the Sox would have taken the lead even without the benefit of Rollins’ boot. Although, who knows? Fewer pitches on Myers’ arm, less shaken, etc? Maybe not…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Tom – I have to check the papers every day just to know who _could_ play, let alone can.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • So Willie Harris and Brett Myers to the Yankees (because they need the starter and the outfielder), Ryan Howard to the Red Sox, and Andy Phillips to the Phillies?
    I like it!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • The second out didn’t even come until Papi’s sac fly, though. Who knows if Beckett would have gotten that hit without Myers being shaken due to Gonzalez, on second, etc., but we still may have done something that inning.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • I was replying back to Paul three posts up from mine, btw.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Wily Mo, on with the infield hit. I like him more and more every day.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • I half expect the “Benny Hill” music play as the infielders keep not making plays…
    Oh great, Willie Harris…

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Ugh, Harris in the game. Can’t we just send him somewhere now??

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • A-GOOOOOONNNNNE!!!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Wow!! Wasn’t expecting that!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Alex Gonzalez AND Josh Beckett hit home runs in the same game?
    Can we play every game against the Phillies?

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Now for AG style:
    Gonzalez homer puts the Sox up, 8-1.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Beckett makes an out. Now batting only .667.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Gerbil- I know, at this point it’s not even amusing to a Sox fan for the past 40 years. I just wish you guys would lose more.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Oops. Make that .500. I totally forgot about the first out he made.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • I think it’s .500 (2-for-4)…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Yeah, I fixed it, Paul. Thanks, though.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Is it just me, or does the bottom of our lineup all pick the same day to produce? There’s been a couple games where out 8/9 hitters have combined to be on base a lot. Then every other game they ground out to the pitcher every at-bat.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Yeah, Paul, I noticed that too. It’s been kind of all or nothing with the offense as a whole this year, though.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Irony: JT Snow in for Papi. Makes an error.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Isn’t JT Snow in the game primarily for defense?? Urgh…

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Well, that’s true. Maybe it’s more symptomatic of that…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Beckett getting close to 100 pitches. A dp here would be nice.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Jesus Snow, way to enhance the trade value!

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • I wonder if there’s some neat little trade the Sox can make by sending Snow somewhere for a decent prospect or middle releiver. They’d probably have to eat most of his salary, but there are definitely teams that need a first baseman.

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Paul: Heh. :)

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Who is warming up in the bullpen?

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Yeah, there really is no point in having Snow with the way Youk’s been playing. And hey, if he needs a day off, we can always have Papi play first base.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Time to pull Beckett.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • lol, AG, was that in response to the 3-way trade idea, my imitation of your style, or the JT Snow comment? lol
    Trouble for Beckett…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Dammit.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Is Francoma asleep?

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Well, that happened fast. Three-run HR. Crap, I was really wanting Beckett to have a pretty line, and not have a close game for once…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Well I called that.
    Tito’s insisitance to pull Beckett one or two batters too late is ravaging his ERA.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Gameday says they’re all earned, only three are though. That doesn’t really improve the situation, however.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • This should not have happened. Beckett should have been pulled after the walk.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Shoulda pulled him after the second batter reached. 100 pitches seems to be Beckett’s limit…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Why Tavarez???? I’m going to start whimpering momentarily, I think.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Plus pena and Ortiz already out of the game, which is just fantastic.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Over and over, Francona leaves his starters in when it’s apparent they should not be. He must have contracted GLS…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • One down.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Still a 4-run game (that A-Gon HR is looking might nice now), and Tavarez isn’t *that* bad…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Scary thought, Paul. Scary thought.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Better Tavarez than Seanez, but still…

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Well, GLS would explain 133.
    Sheesh, man, I feel like we’re talking in secret Red Sox code sometimes…

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • lol, If we don’t watch out, this’ll turn into SOSH…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Paul: your imitation of my milquetoast play-by-play.
    Hope you all have a good night. See you on Monday for the big series.
    Gerbil out.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • p.s. Paul, the other stuff was funny too.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Ok, Now I’m a bit concerned… Two on, one out. You know what I’d love? A freaking double play…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Urgh. Two on with one out. Is someone up in the pen?? If the answer is yes, that someone better not have the initials RS.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Laura- Commence whimpering. It’s Timlin time, although with men on base even that could be scary.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • I agree, Laura… Roger Staubach’s a little old to be pitching…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Rather Timlin than Seanez. Although I’d actually feel more comfortable with Foulkie about now, even after last night.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • If Delucci homers, I’m logging off.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • “Alex Gonzalez is in the ondeck circle.”
    It took me about a minute to comprehend that statement. “Oh yeah, the OTHER Alex Gonzalez.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Why is Gameday taking so long??

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • All right, two down, men on 1st and 3rd. When one has an 8-1 lead in the 8th, games should not be this exciting!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Oh thank whatever-god-is-out-there. (Hey look, I can be pc even when I’m about to puke.)

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Hunter, it’s actually the light-hitting one…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Somehow he got out of that unscathed.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • And Tavarez is out of it!! *Clouds part, angels sing, trumpets blast*

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Whew! That’s enough of Julian. Paps, please.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Yeah, Tom, Tito better put Pap out there for the ninth. I really don’t care that it’s not a save situation.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Laura- “whatever-god-is-out-there” is definitely NOT pc here in Memphis!

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Why use him now when we might need him tomorrow? Let Foulkie finish it out… He might not be ’04 Foulke, but I doubt he’ll blow the lead…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Nor here in Texas…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Yeah, Foulkie would be fine by me, actually, but at the first sign of trouble, I want pap in there.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Agreed…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • It’s not really pc in northwest RI, where 90% of the population is Roman-Catholic, but considering I’m not really sure that God actually exists (*gasp*), my super-religious friend Jenn yells at me when I say “thank God”, “Oh my God”, etc. So it’s pc among my group of friends, although not really to the general public, I suppose.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • J.T. Snow says, “Look! Look! I exist! Watch me contribute!”
    He singles to right…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Ok, Foulke is fine, if only I was sure Francoma will put him in. He may do something loony like stick Delcarmen out there.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • lol, But GameCast refuses to acknowledge his existence. It wouldn’t put his picture up when he was at bat, it won’t put him on base, and it wouldn’t put him in the field when he made that error.
    That’s kind of funny, yet kind of sad…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • I worship the baseball Gods. And don’t even try to convince me that they don’t exist.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Well, Tom, Delcarmen is currently in Pwtucket, so…Anyhow, I get your point.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • That would be odd, considering Delcarmen’s in Pawtucket. I wouldn’t mind seeing Alvarez though…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Laura- I know, I lived in Woonsocket back in the early ’80s. My family up in NH and Mass ask me why I live down here, but after Woonsocket, it’s not bad at all. A bit warm, though.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Manny Ks… So who will it be, TV watchers?

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Well, Hunter that plural ‘gods’ could get you in trouble. I mean hey, I believe in reincarnation and people think I’m completely insane.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Woonsocket?? Yuck. No offense, or anything. I’m in Glocester, aka the middle of nowhere, although Foster is actually a lot worse. They seriously don’t even get cable, which would seriously kill me.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • And it’s Timlin…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • With Pap in the pen!! (King Kong just got turned off)

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • One down.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • “Delcarmen is currently in Pwtucket”
    I was thinking of Alvarez. But Timlin will do!

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Once again, my GameCast freezes on the bottom of the nonth… What the crap?

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Oh, this is off-topic, but if you ever get bored, go read the comments on Cubs sites after a loss. Trust me. Hilarity.

    Hunter May 20, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Yeah, I saw Alvarez pitch twice in Pawtucket last year, and was thoroughly unimpressed. He’s done well this year, though.
    Sox win. Hooray!!

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Hey, Woonsocket is a unique place. Very, very unique. That’s the best I can say about it.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Two down on the K!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Well, I suppose that’s a fair assessment, Paul. It’s probably gotten worse since the early 80’s as well. Every horrible domestic case you hear about occurs in Woonsocket.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Oops, meant Tom. I’m always doing that. I swear I wrote Tom. I swear.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Well, the first 71/2 innings were excellent. 10 games over .500!

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Another 1-2-3 from Timlin. Yay!

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Laura- Amazingly, while living in Woonsocket, I was actually working in Willimantic for awhile. I must’ve had bad karma or something.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Mike Timlin is a bad-ass.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Sounds fun, Tom.
    Wasn’t the most beuatiful win in the world, but I’ll take it. And the sixth through (top of the) eighth innings were quite enjoyable, thanks.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • I just wanted to make a comment about the fielding percent. Kevin Youkilis has a 1.000 fielding percent while playing 1st base, his only error was while at third.
    2006 Bos 1B 34 34 277 282 261 21 0 28 1.000

    Travis May 21, 2006, 12:01 pm

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