Three in a Row?: Sox-Diamondbacks Gamer II

Funny how a monster game can make one feel a different way when looking at a lineup, and JD Drew’s 7 RBI effort last night should do that to a majority of RSN.  Not us, though.  We’ve stayed out of the JD Drew-bashing fray: we actually like the way he plays the game – straight ahead, doesn’t make a scene.  Some superficially call this passivity, we see professionalism.  And we felt like he was bound to break out, kind of the Bobby Abreu of the Sox.  If there was any doubt about whether he likes playing baseball and gives a crap, his interaction with the bench following each of last night’s home runs should take care of that suspect supposition.   Seeing him bounce around with Big Papi was refreshingly comedic and outgoing.  We don’t need to see it for proof of passion, but we love it nonetheless.

Tonight JD looks to continue to bash, and the Sox will need it: Julian Tavarez is pitching.    Use this as your game thread for commentary.  Lineups after the jump.

Arizona:

LF Eric Byrnes
CF Chris Young
2B Orlando Hudson
1B Tony Clark
3B Mark Reynolds
SS Stephen Drew
RF Carlos Quentin
C Miguel Montero
P Micah Owings

BOSTON:

SS Julio Lugo
CF Coco Crisp
1B David Ortiz
3B Kevin Youkilis
RF J.D. Drew
C Jason Varitek
LF Eric Hinske
2B Alex Cora
P Julian Tavarez

165 comments… add one

  • Here’s how I see tonight’s matchup, which could look like yet another game in which Tavarez is asked to holds his own while the offense battles a much better pitcher than him.
    We’ve seen that the NL-AL adjustment for pitchers tends to be one run of ERA. So, really, that means Micah Owens’ ERA facing AL lineups would be 4.86, while Tavarez’s against NL lineups would be 4.33.
    You see? Advanatage: Red Sox.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Any time a team goes against a 28 year old rookie, they pretty much have the advantage, regardless of his ERA.

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • So who else was surprised Romero was the odd man out?

    TJ June 9, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • I had no idea who would be out, TJ. There were 3 possibilities of who would be sent down, and it there were cases for keeping/sending all of them. Unfortunately, it seems to be a money matter- Romero doesn’t make that much, so the Sox will take less of a hit if they release him. Piniero is making 3x what Romero is.
    Javy Lopez has options left, but he’s pitched consistently better than Romero all year.
    I’m wondering who gets sent down when Lester comes back.

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • lugo is unable to extend his one game hitting streak.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • I see the Julio Lugo Fan Club is out in full force again, eh, Rod? :-)
    What do other people think about that dirt strip between the mound and the plate at the D’Back’s park? I like it; it has a nice retro look. I think there are a couple of other parks that have it as well- Cincy or Pittsburgh?

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • i’m giving lugo till the end of july.
    that strip of dirt is due to so many catcher visits to the mound. there’s also a strip of dirt between the dugout and pitchers mound. my guess cincy and pittsburg would have the same problem.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Let’s all give AG ahand for the great-looking standings on the right-hand side of the blog.
    Whenever the Sox go up against rookies, they seem to forget how to work the count.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • it is sweet. thanks ag. you might want to include wild card standings for our yf’s, and magic number countdown for us sf’s.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Baltimore just lost 2-3 in 10 innings vs Colorado! Second place, baby!

    AndrewYF June 9, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • That strip is definitely put there on purpose. Look at how groomed the edges are. Besides, no way does a catcher goes to the mound that often.

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Congratulations on 2nd place, Andrew. Now you guys can hope to get back to .500!

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • i was yanking chains ayuh. i guess i should learn those ;P thingys.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Rod- oops, sorry about that!

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Rod- I should have known you were kidding. If traffic from the mound caused the dirt to show like that, Yankee Stadium would have a path from the mound to bullpen as wide as the warning track!

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Quick Research Dept:
    Last night was the first time all season that the Sox’ 3-4-5 all had at least two hits. Only three times alls eason have Ortiz, Ramirez and Drew all had at least one hit. Both other times (April 22 and May 10), Ortiz had one hit while Drew and Manny had at least two each).

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • the tony clarks and jeremy giambis of the world make me think foundly on old friend brian daubach.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Would really like Tavarez to put the Dbacks away with two outs…

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • intresting dig paul. i’m gonna bet if sox get all three rolling at the same time, it’ll equal wins. out on a limb there.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • I like the strip, Ayuh, thougn not as much as the more typical diamond setup. Almost anything’s better than the old dirt-patch-around-the-bases look.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • lol, I would go to Vegas with those odds, Rod.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • j vez gets out of the first with a K. alot a pitches in the first. hope that bully got some rest these last two days.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Crap. Captcha check tags me early. A long night of squinting at barely visible black letters on a black-and-gray background. Suck.
    Tavarez finally puts away Reynolds, the second straight batter on whom he started 0-2 before trying to nibble his way to a K.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Tavarez seems to do better the more tired he gets (sinker sinks more). Maybe the lot of first-inning pitches will do him some good this game…
    /wishful thinking

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • With Youk’s streak gone, Ortiz is now working on a 27-game on-base streak…
    J.D. Drew and Jason Varitek decide they’d rather make it easy on Owings tonight.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • after that “hinske game” (you know the one), i look forward to seeing him in the lineup. unfortunately it comes at the expense of manny time. good eye gets a walk and drives the pitchcount up. something teck and drew were unable to do.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Im not sure why I like Hinske so much, except that he seems to be a really good guy who gives it all and doesn’t seem to be bitter about the fact that he’s a former ROY who’s not even the top guy off the bench in either the infield or the outfield.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Same wavelength, Rod. Now Cora with the hit. The bench this year has been uncommonly good, and I fear/expect regression. Thankfully, they’re the bench.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • yea…national league fun with pitchers swinging bats in crucial spots. what a heady, thought provoking league they have.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Tavarez with the legs! Who knew he could beat out bunt hits?

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Remy sounds like he’s frustrated with Lugo.

    Ayuh - SF June 9, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • lugo’s consecutive on base and hit streak in jeapordy at 1 game and counting. squandered.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Lugo has five more RBI than league average for his number of PA, and he’s done it with 10 fewer men on base than the league average for his PA…
    Unfortunately, can’t get it done there.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • I guss it’s hard to complain when by all rights they should have been out of the inning when Tavarez was up. Still, when you get your pitcher extending a run-scoring opportunity, you have to get a run across, seems like.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Bad luck for Tavarez tonight. Both hits thus far don’t even leave the infield.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • nice save by ortiz at first to save a bad throw by cora. youk would not have gotten to that.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • 1-0 d-backs on a double by some kid that scored some other kid.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Jon Lester went 2.2 innings tonite throwing 70 pitches. He struck out 2 allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks

    TJ June 9, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • pitchcounts through 3:
    tavarez- 56-32
    owings- 55-33
    kinda odd.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • drew extends his hitting streak to 4 games on a sweet swing single to center to lead off the 4th.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • tek is starting to waste at bats. he’s in a 0-2 hole before he even gets to the plate. lot’s of weak pop outs for him right now.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • 2 run homer by drew. stephen that is. 3-0 d-backs going into the 5th.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Three runs in four innings is about par for the course for Tavarez. Too bad the Sox are turning Micah Owings into Ross Ohlendorf Randy Johnson.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • manny has spent the entire 5th inning staring into the stands and making had jesters with fans. i guess when manny takes a day off, he really takes the day off.
    lugo grounds into a DP.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Hey the HTML didn’t work. I was trying to be witty and cross out Ohlendorf’s name as a way to dig at the Yanks’ poor trade of Johnson for prospects that thus far are tanking. C’est la vie.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Would be a lot funnier if right now the Sox’ hitters weren’t tanking. Twice now that TAVAREZ has gotten on base, and the Sox can’t do anything with it. Maybe we should bat him leadoff.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • i got where you were going with that paul.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Three times now Tavarez’s first two pitches to Chris Young have been inside and outside and low. (The first at-bat, both were strikes. The next, both were balls. The third both were balls). In each case, the third pitch, in the middle of the plate, has produced an out (K, groundout, groundout).

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Lugo needs to retire.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 9, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • pitchcounts through 5:
    tavarez- 78-47
    owings- 82-50

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Tavarez continues to impress. Five hits, and three of them of the infield variety. Too bad he’s allowed three runs.
    Let’s go, bats. You’re better than this.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Ugh. Papi grounds into the shift and Youk striks out.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Drew now 2 for 3. Maybe he is indeed out of the slump.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • drew singles this time jd. tek follows with a two run homer to right. not a wasted at bat there.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • And Jason Varitek says: “Suck it, Rod.” 3-2.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Now Hinske with the double. Hopefully Cora gets something done here because I don’t really trust the chances of Tavarez getting on base a THIRD time tonight.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • I mean, he has to get on base to extend the inning anyway, but I’d rather a well-placed single or a double to get the tying run home.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Nope. Lineout. Still, a one-run deficit. Much better, especially when facing the Dbacks’ bullpen, as we surely will with Owings at 106 pitches.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • re-creation of the boston tea party took place in the pool between innings. “good stuff” says remy.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • comming up for next between innings event, is a race between a chalupa, a taco, and a soda.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Tavarez at 97 pitches through six. Tip o’ the cap to him; another excellent performance.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • When did baseball fans start needing “mid-inning entertainment” (euphamism for “stupid crap”)?

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • i wonder if the sox have given any serious consideration to a six man rotation?
    pedroia in to pinch hit for julian. nice game j vez.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • i had money on the taco.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • I tell ya, that scrapgritty Dustin Pedroia. Even when he strikes out, he manages to get on base.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Sox give up the out to get Pedroia in scoring position (and also to make it theoretically more difficult for Coco Crisp to ground into a double play). Crisp still fails to do anything more than fly out to mid-depth left field. Up to Papi to keep it going, let Tavarez off the hook, and tie this game up

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Are all Red Sox fans the Neanderthals they seem to be?

    ptb June 9, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Grr. Ten baserunners. Two runs. That kind of night.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • If by “Neanderthals,” you mean “passionate, highly educated, purebred sphisticates,” then yes. Yes, we are.

    Paul SF June 9, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • jc- you gotta understand it was just business. we’re sorry. no need to call us neanderthals over it.

    sf rod June 9, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Can we start hitting everyday? Like consistantly? And drive runs in?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Just saw that Mark Teixeira’s been placed on the DL. No wonder the Yankees want him so badly!
    Great inning from Donnelly. Nine pitches, two balls, three outs. Now let’s GET SOME RUNS!

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:01 am
  • Brandon Lyon in. A blast from the “closer by committee” past, and another of the guys traded for Curt Schilling. What an incredible trade that ended up being for the Sox. When you look at that, the Pedro trade, and the Tek/Lowe trade, it’s no wonder the Sox finally won the World Series. I think those three make up for the Ruth disaster.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:04 am
  • youk/drew/tek. after that it’s slim pickings. still with lowell, manny, mo, and jack on the bench. (insert belli for jack)

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 12:04 am
  • Youk starts a new streak. Maybe Drew and Tek can keep their hot hitting alive for tonight.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:06 am
  • Well, at least it wasn’t a GIDP. Just the force. Another 2-run “jobbie,” to steal Hazel Mae’s most annoying phrase ever, from Tek would be nice.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:09 am
  • TEK!! Doubles home Drew, all tied up!

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:12 am
  • “suck it……again”

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 12:13 am
  • lol, Rod.
    Hinske Ks. All up to Cora. Base hit here probably gives us the lead.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:15 am
  • No can do. Strikeout for Cora, and we head to the bottom of the eighth all tied up. I wonder if we’ll see Donnelly again since he threw so few pitches and didn’t need to be lifted for the pinch-hitter.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Tek is earning his dough tonight, that’s for sure.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Nope, we’ve got the double-switch. Pena in in left, Okajima on the mound.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Close call for Oki there…would have been a double if not ruled foul.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Eff you, Lugo. Ugh. Hope for the double play.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:23 am
  • I’m gonna stab Lugo in the eyes. It won’t matter, he’s not using them anyway.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Lugo goes from semihero to goat again. Another error puts Young on, not to mention his uninspiring performance at the plate killing two potential rallies.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Okajima gets the out at 1st on the sac bunt. Runner at 2nd, 1 out.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:25 am
  • To 3-0 on this hitter.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:27 am
  • Ugh. 3-0 count.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:27 am
  • Walk. Now REALLY hope for the double play.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Argh. Walk. At least the DP is a possibility again.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Heck, we’ve grounded into about 962 DPs over this road trip- time for the home team to reciprocate.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Much better start. 0-2.
    Waste a pitch.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Grounder’s too soft for the DP. Lucky to get the out at 1st. Need one more. It’s the evil Drew up.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:30 am
  • No doubleplay but can we get the third out without major damage? Here comes baby brother Drew.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:31 am
  • Tek during the mound conference: “We’re dealing with some serious shit here!”

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 12:32 am
  • Pena makes the catch without drama.
    1 run, dammit. More if you can, but the first is the most important.
    9th inning tie, 9th inning tie, 9th inning tie.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:33 am
  • Whew. The Arizona Diamondbacks, helpfully showing once again why NL-style “small ball” is a great way to help opponents out of jams. Maybe it’s just me, but Okajima seems to be a bit less automatic than he used to be. I suppose it’s just the leagues adjusting to him, but still…

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:34 am
  • Wily Mo does the expected.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:35 am
  • Honestly, Wily Mo. You couldn’t even get it to four pitches before striking out? I hate to say it as a supporter of the Pena-Arroyo trade when it happened, but I’m really hoping Pena’s outta here come the trade deadline.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:36 am
  • Apparently the “book” on WMP is “Breaking balls. Do not throw him anything except breaking balls. Under no circumstances throw him anything but a breaking ball”

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 12:36 am
  • The thing is…the rate and length of Okajima’s untouchableness to start the year was…crazy. He wasn’t this good in Japan (though apparently his new pitch is working wonders), and I think we can expect more like his numbers there in the end.
    To 0-2 on the first two batters. Yick.
    And there’s the second out. Gosh.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:37 am
  • Lugo, this is not your shining night.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:38 am
  • An ugly, fruitless inning. Wonder who’s out there next inning? Anyone see people warming or anything?

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:38 am
  • That inning was unspectacular in so many ways.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:40 am
  • Tied bottoms of the 9th on the road are scary.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:41 am
  • One down.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:42 am
  • Two down. Both high flies, one infield, one outfield.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Okajima has allowed runs in three of his last seven starts, but that’s really not that bad. He’s also pitched completely clean innings in three of his last seven starts, and the seventh was a one-walk, two-K performance. So, he’s probably not doing as badly as I have set in my head.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Okajima got strike 1 on the first pitch each of the three hitters so far.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Still has a 3.30 ERA and a .200 BAA/.540 OPSA in those seven games.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:47 am
  • Lovely. Some boppers to the plate, please, for the third extra-inning game the Red Sox have played this year.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:47 am
  • And that strikeout gives him two scoreless innings tonight. The ninth was very efficient. Very nice effort thus far from the bullpen. Let’s not waste it. Meat of the order upcoming…

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:49 am
  • It’s interesting to note what HASN’T been an issue for this series- Papi’s defense.
    He’s made all the plays, hasn’t had any problems, and made a nice play on a ground ball in the first game.
    It’s reassuring to know that if Youk or Lowell have an injury, Papi can go to first and fill in.

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 12:49 am
  • Booooo on that called strike on 2-0.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:51 am
  • Ortiz walks. Youk takes ball 1.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:52 am
  • I’ve always thought Papi’s defense was underrated, but that’s almost entirely based on the throw to nail Suppan at third in the World Series.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:52 am
  • remy thought tito would pinch run for ortiz. who’s left…..schilling?

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 12:52 am
  • Two runners on as Youk hits a line drive to center. Drew.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:53 am
  • YOOOUUUK with the single. Can J.D. Drew be the hero two nights in a row? God, I hope so. I need to get to bed.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:53 am
  • The Sox have no speed on the bench, do they? Crisp and Lugo are both in the game, as is Cora. Lowell and Belli aren’t runners AT ALL.

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:55 am
  • c’mon Drew the Elder.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:55 am
  • Veeeery close on the 2-2 pitch. Some very close calls in general this AB.
    Full count.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:55 am
  • Up the middle, Drew! But no run ’cause Papi was at 2nd. Hope that doesn’t bite later, but they SHOULD obviously score one here.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Another single to load the bases. Varitek has a chance to equal Drew’s RBI total from last night. Or just account for all the Sox’ scoring this game. Or just get a FREAKING RUNA CROSS THE PLATE!

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 12:57 am
  • bases plugged on a drew single back up the box. can tek sigle handedly tame the snakes?

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 12:57 am
  • Infield in. Ball 1 for Varitek.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:57 am
  • I wonder if Tito would put in a pitcher to pinch-run.

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 12:57 am
  • If the Red Sox do nothing with the bases loaded and no outs… I don’t know. Great chance right here!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 12:57 am
  • If they don’t score now, they should pretty much lose.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 12:58 am
  • K. Terrible. Sets up an inning-ending double play. Looks like it’ll be Lowell.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:00 am
  • That hurts.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:01 am
  • You kidding me on that strike 2?

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:01 am
  • Good block by catcher, 2-2 pitch…
    …popped out of play. Once again, 2-2…

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:03 am
  • Lowell! Sac fly! Thank Christ!
    Could use more, Cora.
    I have a good feeling about Papelbon here. Hitters aren’t gonna know what hit ‘em (please don’t let me be wrong).

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:04 am
  • I’ll take THAT!! 4-3, Hold it!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:05 am
  • The boos at pitcher’s conferences and throws/fake-throws to bases would lead you to believe it was Boston’s home park they were playing at.
    Full to Cora.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:08 am
  • K.
    The hard way for Papelbon.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:10 am
  • three outs to get.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 1:10 am
  • First post-A-Rod-homer game for Papelbon.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:12 am
  • If we/they win this game, it will be becasue of Tek and the bullpen.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:13 am
  • Let’s hope Paps gets some redemption with a 1-2-3.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:14 am
  • Byrnes having a decent AB.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:16 am
  • K. Two more.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:16 am
  • I hate those gritty at-bats against Sox pitchers.
    But Paps gets him.

    Anonymous June 10, 2007, 1:17 am
  • Gorgeous strike three there, untouchable.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:17 am
  • Touches 96 on strike 2 there.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:17 am
  • WHAM, foul down the third base line, still 1-2.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:19 am
  • Eeek. Hits him. Hate that when he’s so far ahead in the count.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:19 am
  • Dang it. A baserunner. Shoot.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:20 am
  • 97 for strike 1.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:20 am
  • 97 again. Why, it’s like he had a week off.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:21 am
  • K. On another 97 mph pitch.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:23 am
  • two.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 1:23 am
  • ball deep in the hole. lugo has to eat it. 1st and 2nd. two down.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 1:25 am
  • Ooooohhhh, almost hit him. Inside, 1-0. Lugo too deep in the hole to make the throw on the grounder past 3rd, ball just stopped by Lugo.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:25 am
  • Of course that went to Lugo. Not his night at all.
    One more out. Just one, let’s get it please!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:26 am
  • C’mon…one out. Just one.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:26 am
  • game. soft liner to cora for out #3.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 1:27 am
  • More dramatic than I’d have hoped, but the soft liner to Cora ends the game.

    Devine June 10, 2007, 1:28 am
  • good battle tonite. lets get the sweep tomorrow. first team to 40 wins.

    sf rod June 10, 2007, 1:30 am
  • Wow. YAY!! I’m very happy with the win, sooooooo happy. Methinks Paps could stand to work more than once a week. Certainly got interesting in the 10th.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 10, 2007, 1:30 am
  • A great win for the Sox. Timely hitting, at least late in the game, and lights-out performance from the pen. Why, it’s like this team is the best in baseball or something!

    Paul SF June 10, 2007, 1:38 am
  • I saw a question earlier in the thread (had to work tonight), about whether Tito might send in a pitcher to pinch-run: Here’s the thing…which of our pitchers would/could pinch-run? I mean, I’m sure JT would be willing on his off-days, and Pineiro or Okajima could conceivably be decent runners, but guys like Paps/Schill/Wake/Donnelly…I mean…really?

    QuoSF June 10, 2007, 4:01 am
  • Hmm…maybe we should start Tavarez in the lineup an just have Lugo pinch-run for him? We might actual get a base appearance that way. :)

    James June 10, 2007, 7:59 am

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