The West Coast Sucks: Sox-A’s Gamer IV

I mean, really. What have they given us? Riots, police beatings, earthquakes, cable-news car chases, wildfires and one of the most overrated bands ever (I’ll let you guess who that is). On top of that, if we want to watch our favorite teams play ball, we have to stay up until the wee hours of the night just to catch the first few innings — never mind if the game goes extras, as it did last night.

We might disagree about how we should feel about that game, but I think we can all agree that the Sox need to win this one tonight. I can stomach losing four of five to, as Rod noted below, a string of ace pitchers, particularly when we lose exactly one game in the standings. Losing five of six and three in a row, though. Much different.

The Sox’ rotation is all screwed up now, with Daisuke Matsuzaka taking the hill. Which version will we see? The Pedro Martinez version, or the Lenny DiNardo version? Will it even matter, with DiNardo himself taking the mound for the A’s? Well, I guess that’s not quite fair anymore, as DiNardo comes into the game with a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings — including a respectable 1 ER in 5.1 IP as the hard-luck loser in his first start of the season May 29.

It’s 7:15 pm Eastern. Only a little less than three hours to game time.

Have I mentioned I hate the West Coast?

100 comments… add one
  • Red Sox
    1. Julio Lugo, SS
    2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    6. Mike Lowell, 3B
    7. Jason Varitek, C
    8. Wily Mo Pena, RF
    9. Coco Crisp, CF
    SP – Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Athletics
    1. Travis Buck, LF
    2. Mark Ellis, 2B
    3. Nick Swisher, RF
    4. Dan Johnson, 1B
    5. Eric Chavez, 3B
    6. Bobby Crosby, SS
    7. Jack Cust, DH
    8. Mark Kotsay, CF
    9. Jason Kendall, C
    SP – Lenny DiNardo

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Rasberries.

    attackgerbil June 5, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • someone attack that gerbil :p

    TJ June 5, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • No love for us left-coasters…

    attackgerbil June 5, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Let’s go Sox!
    Gonna have to watch this one, or at least the first few innings before I conk out, from the bed, sans internet.

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Lenny DiNardo is starting for the A’s? Wasn’t he one of yours?

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • dang them Jays 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win 12-11

    TJ June 5, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Well, it’s gonna be another one of THOSE nights again, I guess. Sox leave the sacks full in the first.

    SF June 5, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • ok bats, dice-k did a decent job, now it’s your turn it bust it out.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • My frustration level is already elevated. Wily Mo rips one, but right at Kotsay, at like 120 mph, then Coco hits a sharp one right at Swisher, who ends up turning two. Men on base, nothing to show for hard hit balls. Grrrrrrrrrr.

    SF June 5, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • I think I’m hating NESN a little more than the west coast right now – both HD and regular versions are freezing up and dropping audio to the point of being almost unwatchable here in Cambridge.

    Jay Seaver June 5, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • its gimping out in southie too… always at the worst possible times

    Ric June 5, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Apparently Pedroia made an out. Not that I saw a single pitch of that at-bat.

    Jay Seaver June 5, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Jay, same here, it’s driving me nuts and it’s on both HD and regular TV, so it looks like NESN’s fault for sure.
    Killing me…

    LocklandSF June 5, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • jay- i sent nesn.com some feedback, “fix your f**king broadcast!!!!”

    Ric June 5, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Dice-K is getting worked pretty good. We have to start wearing DiNardo out or he’s gonna pitch a complete game.
    Don just said they were having tech difficulties with the score bar. Maybe that’s screwing up the broadcast.
    Stupid Swisher just hits a single that plunks in front of Wily Mo. Dangit.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • I must admit that after last night, I won’t begrudge a quick-moving game. A 1-0 victory in two and a half hours seems quite reasonable.
    Odd how the score bar was apparently screwing up the pre-game show, too. :)

    Jay Seaver June 5, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Lenny is looking like CyNardo, wtf. Why couldn’t he be this unhittable when he was with us?
    (reverse jinx, me hopes)

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Okay fellas, if you can’t avoid hitting the ground balls- at least hit em where they ain’t. Get it through the infield at least. PLEASE.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Pena showing patience? I’m flabbergasted and pleased.

    Jay Seaver June 5, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • i said to my husband when Wily got on- ‘you watch, DP coming right up.’ And boom! Like clockwork.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • paul, you must mean the stanford marching band!?

    dc June 5, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • I’m hoping Manny and Youk don’t swing their bats at all here. DiNardo doesn’t look to be throwing strikes and you can’t ground into DPs that way.

    Jay Seaver June 5, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Big chance here with Youk. Bases plugged, 1 out.

    Devine June 5, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • God damn. 3rd to 1st DP. Horrible.

    Devine June 5, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Have I mentioned how I hate NESN tonight? I’m guessing DP, which is just even more infuriating.

    Jay Seaver June 5, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • An awful game altogether thus far. Hideous. DiNardo. Effing boooooooooo.

    Devine June 5, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • man youkilis likes to yell at umps, other players, everyone… is he always like this?

    sam YF June 5, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Single to center off Matsuzaka.

    Devine June 5, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • HOW ABOUT WE GET ONE OF THOSE DOUBLE PLAYS HERE. (yes, I am yelling)

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Great pitch at the bottom of the zone for Matsuzaka there. Then swinging at stuff up and a bit away, I think. Away and in the dirt, no swing. Now 2-2. The next is hit fairly hard about chest-high in the air and Lugo falls to his left to make the catch, can’t quite get Chavez doubled off 1st.

    Devine June 5, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Okay, well done Lugo. Thanks for catching that out and trying to get the second from your knees. See if maybe we can get that elusive DP here.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:00 am
  • TJ June 6, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Down he goes swinging. 2 out, man on 1st.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:01 am
  • You guys wanna hear something funny?
    Listening the Yankee game earlier tonight and, after a pop-up, Waldman goes- “Clippard just fisted him right there.” *junior high giggle*

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Kotsay doing himself no favors swinging at a very low pitch, takes the count to 1-2. There goes Chavez toward 2nd, but the strike is called on the outside corner and the inning is over.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Must be nice having a pitcher with an arm that has a million pitches per game in it. The Yankee starters get pulled at 90.

    AndrewYF June 6, 2007, 12:04 am
  • Lowell singles up the middle to start Kiko Calero off right.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:06 am
  • So this is what I’m reduced to – a baserunner just causes me to dread the inevitable double play.

    Jay Seaver June 6, 2007, 12:07 am
  • no,no- it’s okay. There’s no outs yet. They’ll ground into a double play after the first out, thereby killing any and all hope.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Calero drops one in at the insidest-lowest part of the strike zone. Tek then swings and misses at a similar pitch that’s slightly lower, 0-2. Fouls the next one off. Then away, 1-2. Then further away, 2-2. Then a called strike three on the outside part of the plate.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Now they’ll ground into the double play.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Wily Mo swings at a pitch away, no chance. 0-1. Then doesn’t swing at a pitch low and away, 1-1. Then it’s low over the plate, 2-1. Low and away, 3-1. Curveball strike, almost the middle of the plate, no swing, 3-2. Another curveball over the plate, but more away, Wily Mo fouls it back. Second payoff pitch is also fouled back, same pitch (thee last three each at 78 MPH). Once more, and it’s a ball and gets to the backstop, rolls immediately back to the catcher, Lowell stops at 2nd on the walk.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Woo-hoo, inning-ending double play delayed!
    Two walks for Wily Mo. I’m crossing my fingers that this means they’ll feel the need to throw him a strike in the ninth, at which point he sends the ball over Mount Davis.

    Jay Seaver June 6, 2007, 12:15 am
  • NESN just said that Coco has grounded into 2 double plays today. How often is it that a player makes four outs in two at bats? This needs to stop…

    Max June 6, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Just checked in and noticed the title of your post Paul. I beg to differ. The only thing that sucks out here is the cost of living; and even that can be tempered by working your tail off and squirreling away some dough. That is all. No, wait a sec, almost forgot. Let’s!- Go!- Oakland!

    bloodyank78 June 6, 2007, 12:16 am
  • Coco “ripe for the double play” Crisp…
    …on 1-2 hits a foul fly ball that Buck makes a sliding catch on.
    Well, at least no double play this inning.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:17 am
  • a freaking sliding catch in the bullpen?? There’s way too much foul ground in Oakland. Dangit. Come Julio, keep the hope alive.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:18 am
  • Lugo hits a frickin’ pop up to behind the 2nd baseman, and that’s that. Ugly, fugly, an abomination.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:19 am
  • A freaking pop-up? This is crap on a stick.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Matsuzaka out again with pitch count at 113 and climbing. Not against this necessarily, but wondering what his average pitch count will be and whether the 5-man rotation will cause any issues down the road.
    Line out to Pedroia.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:22 am
  • why is dice-k still in

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:23 am
  • every pitcher wears out at some point…time will tell

    dc June 6, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Daisuke goes to 3-0, a couple of them were close. Immediately to windup thereafter, gets strike 1. Then strike 2, both called. Chopper up the middle, Lugo fields, he’s out.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:24 am
  • An emphatic strike 1 over the outside corner, really just burned through, then a breaker in the dirt. This is Matsuzaka’s highest pitch count of the year says NESN. Strike 2 swinging on another breaking ball just below the zone. Next fouled off back and to the right, still 1-2. Very low, very away, 2-2. Ellis pops to 1st in foul ground, and one has to imagine Matsuzaka is finished.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:27 am
  • Let’s hope that bats aren’t quite finished yet…

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaand…explosion!
    Kidding, I’m expecting some more pop-ups and double plays, please! Yum!

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Lunch break. Checks in on the Sox. 2-0. Ahhh. Double plays, double plays. Daisuke mediocre, but grinding it out. Seven innings, 128 or pitches. Just warming up. He’s got 150 in him easy.

    kyotofan June 6, 2007, 12:30 am
  • Marshall’s wacky delivery takes Pedroia to 0-2…then he gets hit. Man on 1st, none out, up comes Ortiz.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:31 am
  • Bloody hell.

    Jay Seaver June 6, 2007, 12:32 am
  • Papi to 2-1. Then 3-1. It’s effectively a pop-up or a very soft liner to short, and Pedroia falls down in the basepaths, and can’t get back up at all to prevent the most hideous double play of the night.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:33 am
  • Devine – I just had to turn the tv off and switch to game day (spouse is sick of baseball) – so the HBP was just bad control?

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:33 am
  • Pedroia falls down???

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:34 am
  • Yeah, Pedroia not crowding the plate at all, just way too far inside. Oh God, I’m trying to think of the proper epithet for this game. It’s too horrid for English to sum up adequately.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:34 am
  • He’s fine, just fell, belly down, it seemed like and no chance to move in time about halfway between 1st and 2nd. Bad read, bad running.
    Manny flies out. Jesus.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:36 am
  • The Sox have 3 hits this evening. 3.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:37 am
  • >>>The Sox have 3 hits this evening. 3.
    Plus 7 walks, an Oakland error… and five double-plays = 0 runs.

    Anonymous June 6, 2007, 12:39 am
  • This is just not their night. I’m depressed that the Yanks won and the Sox lost but reminding myself that 11.5 games up is not the end of the world.
    11.5 *deep breath*
    Not so bad.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:40 am
  • ugh

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:40 am
  • Now Swisher is plunked with none out. Embree up in the pen. The way this game is going, what Lopez does doesn’t matter. Whoof, dispiriting thus far. Nothing to root for in this (almost) loss except Matsuzaka, through seven and a half.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:40 am
  • Single, 1st and 3rd. None out.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:41 am
  • How did Matsuzaka look? I missed most of it because of my little league game….

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:42 am
  • I didn’t get to watch the whole game. From my vantage, he looked fine, though not overwhelming, but pretty good control.
    K. Double play still in order. They happen to the other team too, right? A man can dream.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:45 am
  • i think he fell to avoid the broken bat flying right at him.

    Ric June 6, 2007, 12:46 am
  • i think he fell to avoid the broken bat flying right at him.

    Ric June 6, 2007, 12:46 am
  • To 3-2. Fouled off. Walk. Somebody else? Maybe? No? Okay then, just strap yourself in.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:48 am
  • cripes

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:50 am
  • we CAN NOT walk the run in. Bad mojo.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:50 am
  • That’s a K. Still need somebody else to make an out.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:51 am
  • Need a double play so bad. So very bad.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:51 am
  • wooo…! A desperate out. One more to go and then maybe we can shellack Embree.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:52 am
  • The hill is as tall as it was before–2 runs high.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:52 am
  • I’m thinking the Sox have hit a rough patch. These last few games represent easily their worst stretch of the season. I don’t predict any success in this 9th, maybe one guy walks.
    I hope I’m wrong.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:54 am
  • Holy schnikes, that was fortunate. Last chance to get two runs. Let’s go bats- time to wake up.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 12:54 am
  • Hope is still high, and so is ball 1 to Youkilis. Then a strike over the inside corner. By the by, some of these pitches have been questionable, but I choose not to comment much on that right now.
    Youk grounds to 2nd.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Maybe Embree’ll pitch like he used to for the Sox.

    rootbeerfloat June 6, 2007, 12:57 am
  • Lowell hits a fly to mid-range left, and it’s out number 2.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 12:58 am
  • That’s a K, and that’s game.
    An easy candidate for worst game of the year.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 1:00 am
  • At the same time, I think we must remember how fortunate we’ve been this far, and at what a crazy rate the Sox have been winning. That’s their first 3-game losing streak.
    But that was really, really terrible. The lowest of the low.

    Devine June 6, 2007, 1:01 am
  • Wow. The Red Sox first official losing streak this year- three in a row. What a crappy game, hopefully we can split the series and Good Wakefield will show up tomorrow instead of Bad Wakefield.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 6, 2007, 1:03 am
  • I live in San Diego, much better than Boston for weather 10 months out of the year. Boston is nice in Sept and Oct. that’s it!
    The Sox are in a tailspin and better come out fast or their lead will be 5 games soon. The Diamondbacks are HOT, won again tonight in extras. The Sox could lose 8 straight and have a 1 game lead by the end of the trip. WTF is wrong with them??? They should have won sunday and monday!!! I can’t even watch their games any more.

    Patrick June 6, 2007, 1:53 am
  • Let’s not panic yet. For the Sox to be five games up “soon,” they’d have to lose their next five games (for an eight-game total streak) and one of either the Blue Jays or Orioles would have to win five straight games. For the Sox to be five up on the Yankees “soon,” they’d have to lose seven straight (10 total) with the Yankees winning seven straight.
    Not the end of the world.

    Paul SF June 6, 2007, 9:26 am
  • I’m guessing Red Hot Chili Peppers?

    Nick-YF June 6, 2007, 12:06 pm
  • Jay, its not like nesn could affordid that. epsn had done it. same here in NH
    it was beacuse of that thunderstroms we had.

    critter June 6, 2007, 12:26 pm
  • thanks for the math lesson paul…ever hear of the wild card?

    dc June 6, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Um, dc, what are you talking about? I wasn’t even responding to you, so let’s calm down there a little bit…

    Paul SF June 6, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • i was just goofing paul…about your math lesson…i don’t see the yanks catching the sox…could happen, but not likely as your example so clearly illustrates…the yanks and sox would have to do something neither team has shown the inclination to do this year…i’m more realistically focusing on one game at a time with one eye on the wild card…

    dc June 6, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Yeah, I was just trying to calm a bridge-jumper or two — and myself, hehe. Losing sucks.

    Paul SF June 6, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Not as much as the West Coast — and Nirvana. But sucks just the same.

    Paul SF June 6, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Nirvana! That’s a shocking opinion!

    Nick-YF June 6, 2007, 7:01 pm

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