This One Goes to Eleven Twelve?: Sox-Indians Gamer II

We missed last night's gamer, our apologies, but it was of no matter to our beloved Sox.  The streak rolls on, and tonight they go after a clean dozen.  It's Sox-Indians from the Jake, use this thread for all of the action.

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  • I’m like a broken record on this, but:
    Typepad has the capability to set up an entire *season* of gamethreads in advance — and set them to post automatically, say, 3 hours before game time. (Headlines can be changed at any time to make them timely.)
    Why not do this? It would be a tedious afternoon of work for a couple of mods, but (a) these are posts you have to create anyway, one by one, and (b) it would mean never missing a gamethread again.

    Hudson April 28, 2009, 4:45 pm
  • > Why not do this?
    One answer, and I can’t believe you didn’t figure this out already, is because it would be a tedious afternoon of work for a couple of mods.
    Another is because boxed mac and cheese sucks.

    attackgerbil April 28, 2009, 4:54 pm
  • It’s just not fun to do that, Hudson, though I understand that it CAN be done. Gamers are (mostly) fun to post, and it’s hard to explain why I don’t want to set up the entire season, other than that I don’t want to do this, it takes the spontaneity of the post away. It’s arguable, I suppose, but going into edit a pre-existing post from weeks or months back is different than writing a new post, at least conceptually. Add in the rainout issue, etc., and there’s more editing than you think. We maybe miss a few gamers each season on oddball days and nights with conflicts for all the mods, but so it goes as far as I am concerned. If other mods want to set them up then I am open to that, but I don’t really feel it is all that necessary for the life of the blog.

    SF April 28, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • I’m calling it now: Ortiz is going to homer tonight. Anthony Reyes looks REALLY stupid in his picture, and that’s all the convincing I need.
    Knock the ugly right off his face, Papi.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:07 pm
  • Pedroia doubles…here is Papi’s chance.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • Well, I didn’t say Papi would do it in the first AB.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:12 pm
  • Youk ends up beaned.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • Youk pegged again by a pitcher….on the 9th pitch of the AB.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • I was doing a little wishful thinking.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Drew gets the party started singling home Pedroia…nice start.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • Nancy squirts one through the infield, 1-0 Sox.
    I know Rob, I was saying that AFTER Ortiz popped out ;-)

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • oh…delay in things showing up….:)

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • Well out for some yard work…back soon.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • Bah. Oh well, we got a run.

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Jason Bay jumps into the crowd to make the catch! Holy shit!
    Haha on the replay you see an Indians fan spanking Bay on the ass a few times.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Jesus. Well, let’s hope Smoltz gets healthy soon (or Dice-K) – when he comes back, we should replace Penny with Masterson.

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • Gameday seems to indicate Penny’s getting squeezed. Can anyone actually watching confirm/deny this?
    Hopefully he gets out of the inning with only one run.

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • There are a lot of borderline calls, but I wouldn’t say he’s getting squeezed. He’s just a bit wild.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • Penny gets out of it, only one run. I’m cool with that.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • Geez, Lugo missed a homer by a foot. He crushed that thing.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • It speaks volumes about Julio Lugo that I am shocked – SHOCKED! – that he did not GIDP there. Way to not suck!

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • Lugo batting 1.000.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • I actually think Lugo is going to have a bounceback year, as long as he stays healthy. He’ll be batting around .300 by the end of the year.
    Then again, I also predicted that Ellsbury will win the batting title. So we’ll see.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Varitek scores on the sac-fly, 2-1. Hells yeah.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • C’mon, Papi, this guy sucks. Please do something.
    Edit: That definitely counts as something! Good job!

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • Pedroia with an IDENTICAL hit, only this time the defender gets to it in time to hold him to a single. Batting over .300 now.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • Ortiz with a gapper. It ain’t a homer but we’ll take it! 3-1 good guys.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • Youkilis is become death, destroyer of worlds. 5-1 Sox.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • We’re going to need every one of those runs and more. Ugh.

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Lugo watches a ground ball go past him to the left, then does a half-dive to miss a line-drive to his right. Not a lot of effort there; Green would have had them.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • I thought Penny was atrocious last game, his fastball had zero movement. I don’t expect much from him, and I think 5 runs is a few short of what the Sox will eventually need to win this game.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • WTF?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • Penny got a great ground ball, and Lowell fires it into right field. Just terrible.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • I should probably take that previous comment back: five runs might be MORE than a few shy of what is needed.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Penny’s stuff is very good–great movement on the fastball, wicked curve, nice splitter. He just struggles a bit with his command. If he can get control of that a bit he’ll be EXTREMELY good.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Lowell gets one error there, but he may have cost the Sox and Penny two outs.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • If that’s the case tonight Ath then good, but last game in Fenway his fastball was flatter than Keira Knightly.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Tonight it seems to be moving down and in to right-handed batters, away from lefties. So I guess it’s more like Natalie Portman. Or are they the same person? I’ve confused myself.
    3-1 count with the bases loaded = sad face.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • This game is shaping up to be a possible shitshow – Penny going to blow a big lead and exhaust the bullpen in the process?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Well, a sac fly is a victory after being 3-1 down the sacks full. It all turns here, though, I think.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Something wrong with Penny?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Behind Hafner. Ruh-roh.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Ground ball ends the inning. 8 runs after 2 innings is already a shitshow, SF.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Nice, shift works, Pedroia playing the shortfielder there.
    Badump bump.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Penny has to be smelling Smoltz on his tail.
    (is that a gross description?)

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Varitek: .216
    Teixeira: .213
    Both free agents acquired with difficulty during the off-season, and both of them battling it out for lowest batting average on the team.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Yanks/Detroit scoreless thru 3.5. Toronto at KC, 1/2 inning done and no blood for the Jays.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Don’t poke the bear, Ath.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Bay bloops one into center. That pitch would have hit him in the elbow had he not swung.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Sizemore comes up short on the bloop, Bay to first. Let’s get 12!

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • Lowell bloops one into center. Bay was stealing 2nd, so he makes it to third.
    Bay is all-sorts of fired up now that he’s not playing in Pittsburgh. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Lowell dinky doo, Bay to third. Good read by Bay, never hesitated.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Varitek doubles, 6-3 Sox. New pitcher.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • Tek! Double into the RF corner, 6-3. 2/3 nobody out. Reyes has to be pulled, no?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Wow, new pitcher already.

    Jackie (SF) April 28, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Lugo reminds everybody that he’s Lugo.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Oh snap, Varitek holding up fingers at 2nd to give Ellsbury the sign. Pretty overt display of that.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • LFRS is back, as hate-inducing as ever. Seriously, can we just end this era, Theo?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Ellsbury trades another out for an RBI. Good stuff.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • It’s like 90 here in Brooklyn, but Ellsbury’s breath is visible in Cleveland. I wonder if winter is coming back.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • That’s not his breath SF, that’s the midges!

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Ells does his job, though he really shouldn’t have, tough for the pitcher as he’s done a nice job so far, that could have been an out at home.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia: three hits in three innings.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • Hughes wriggles out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth. Get ready for over-the-top breathless commentary about the return of PH tomorrow…
    Pedro drills one to right, Tek stands at third, too hard for Tek to come around.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • Pedroia on fire!

    Jackie (SF) April 28, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • There is about zero chance I will see this game end at this pace.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • Guess what: seven ain’t enough tonight.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Bases loaded for Youk. This can only end badly for Cleveland.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Um, David, that looked like a darn good pitch.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • You are ahead of me, Ath. MLBtv slow, of course.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Eh, Youk flies out to center. 2 runs good, 6 would have been better.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Funny, I’m on too. Are you using a wireless connection on a laptop?
    Youk flies out. Everyone is hitting well tonight, so I’m not worried right now. Hey Penny, how ’bout a 1-2-3 inning?

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Penny throwing a great splitter and then breaking ball, but no bite from the Injun. He ends up grounding out to Lowell, who fires a ROCKET to first for the out. That was pretty.
    Penny agrees, with an emphatic yell.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • Lowell with a lovely play, throwing from deep behind the bag.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Yes, Ath, wireless on laptop.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Penny hits Jhohnnhy.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • No 1-2-3, single for Choo. JoHohohhhhnny up.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:47 pm

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Welcome back Lugo!

    LocklandSF April 28, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Can Lugo GO THE FUCK AWAY?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Tito should bench this fucktard right now, just embarrass the living shit out of him in the middle of the game. He deserves no less.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • You know that scene in Full Metal Jacket where the other cadets beat up the fat kid with socks and bars of soap in the middle of the night? I picture Penny, Beckett and Papelbon doing that to Lugo tonight at the team hotel.
    Tie fucking game. Inning should have been over too.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Cwap. Lugo’s back. Three run homer. Then single… is Penny aiming for the bats?!

    am SF April 28, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Like I said, seven not enough. Lugo sucks, but Penny sucks just as bad.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • That was just an awful pitch.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Are you referring to the wild pitch Penny just threw, SF?

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Seriously, has Tito not seen enough of Penny?

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Great snag by Penny. Lugo is a dumb POS and points to 3rd even though there was no way he could throw out Grady, but Penny wisely throws to first instead.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • No, the home run pitch, Ath. Fastball: no movement, just like I said earlier. Penny is totally useless if that is the best he can do, thrown 94 flat. Bring me John Smoltz, asap.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Penny throws a splitter 58 feet. This is getting ugly.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • I really want to know why Julio Lugo still has the right to ruin my entertainment.

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Penny gone, Hunter Jones coming in.
    Words cannot describe my frustration with Penny. I’m just going to pretend that both starting pitchers left the game early due to midge-related incidents, and it’s a 0-0 game.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 8:59 pm

    SF April 28, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Scratch that, I’m just going to pretend that Penny shat the bed early and THEN the Red Sox scored 7 runs in epic fashion. That’s better than our pitcher crapping away a lead.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • Dinner time, later Ath!

    SF April 28, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Woah, late dinner SF. Aren’t you old folks supposed to eat early? ;-)

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • SF – It’s not a right so much as it is a calling for Lugo, I think. The thing that makes him so maddening is that he doesn’t seem to realize what a loathsome and useless creature he is. I remember watching him get interviewed after the 2007 series and basically taking credit for the whole thing. I wanted to punch him in the face then and I haven’t stopped wanting that since. And I’m not normally a violent person.
    Thank god, we’re out of the inning.

    Jackie (SF) April 28, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • Stepped away to mow the lawn, come back to this disaster. Penny appears to have thrown more meatballs than a Subway during lunch rush.
    Welcome back to Lugo…the troll with an error leading to runs.
    And to think…two hours after start time we have just started the 4th inning.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Perhaps we can go ahead and bring Masterson into the rotation permanently and find a mop bucket and quickcrete for Penny.

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Beckett and Wakefield have some rifles that’ll do the trick!

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Can we have Clay take Penny’s next start? He can’t do much worse.
    Still need to find someone to take a sniper rifle to Lugo.

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • It’s sad that we both simultaneously thought of two Red Sox players getting “taken care of” via rifle.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Old Jones not looking bad….where did we scrape him up from?

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Yes. Although to be fair, I’ve been calling for Lugo’s head since last year.
    A 1-2-3 inning! How strange.

    Micah-SF April 28, 2009, 9:19 pm

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • I have despised Lugo for a long time, longer than you MIcah!
    This goes pretty far back:

    SF April 28, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Lugo kind of looks like Yogurt from Spaceballs

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • And he draws a walk

    Rob SF April 28, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Hey Lugo, steal 2nd, 3rd and home and we’ll call it even for the night.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Honestly, I am already preparing myself for the gushing, hyperbolic “turning point” articles about Hughes tonight. It’s gonna be nauseating.

    SF April 28, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • Dude, that’s not even close to “even”. He needs to steal home, then keep running right into Lake Erie.

    SF April 28, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • 15 baserunners in five innings, and only 7 runs. Two double plays.
    Bad, bad baseball.

    SF April 28, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • At least it would show that he’s TRYING though. He always looks like he’s half-assing it.
    Wow that was an ugly play there. Ellsbury had it, but it goes off Lugo’s glove.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • Wow, Melky Cabrera with two walks in the same inning. Yanks up 6-0. SF, your prediction is going to be right.
    Ouch, and Molina with the granny to top offf the inning, 10-0. Meanwhile Hunter Jones deserves a hooker.

    Atheose April 28, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Can Lugo redeem himself here?

    Jackie (SF) April 28, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Sort of! Yay, go-ahead run!

    Jackie (SF) April 28, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • Just checking in briefly, is it the fifth inning yet?

    SF April 28, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • I went to bed before seeing the ending. Just saw the replay online. I don’t know how the hell both Lugo AND Lopez both drop throws that were right at them. This game was pathetic.

    Atheose April 29, 2009, 7:08 am
  • Game confirms earlier suspicions: Penny was always the least-likely-to-work of the four “buy low off injury-plagued seasons” signings, IMO. Either Masterson or Smoltz needs to take his spot (depending on when Daisuke gets back and everything). He’s had two “okay” starts (at least one of which involved rockets right at fielders), and two “hideous” starts. Try Penny out in the bullpen and see if he can rear back and throw it for one inning at a time. Maybe he can replace Lopez, that suckfest who walks everyone and can’t grab a throw at first (shades of Chris Ray at the end of the Mother’s Day miracle).
    Sucky way to lose a game, at least Lugo had two hits (right?); he and Penny were twin suckfests to let those four runs in during the 3rd. Win today, and it’s all still good.

    Devine April 29, 2009, 12:48 pm

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