Time to Get Off This Ride: Rangers-Sox Gamer VI

After two straight games of waiting until the seventh inning or later to seal a victory — two very, very different games — I personally would like to extend an invitation to the Boston Red Sox to go ahead and blow the Rangers out this time.

I know that’s what you were trying to do last night. and, sure, there were some glitches. I think we understand that. So let’s give it another shot. Jon Lester’s on the mound, and he’s been great, so the pitching side should be well taken care of. They’re facing Luis Mendoza, who has been execrable. 7.50 ERA. At least four runs in each of his last four starts. Only one quality start in 10 this season. And you already got to him in April, with David Ortiz hitting a grand slam.

So go ahead, Sox. Give the pen a night off. Give our blood pressure a few more hours to ease back down to normal levels. Keep the good times rolling. Oh, and gain another game on the Yankees. Thanks.

Red Sox
1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jed Lowrie, SS
7. Sean Casey, 1B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Coco Crisp, CF

Jon Lester — SP

Rangers
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Michael Young, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Milton Bradley, DH
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Brandon Boggs, LF
7. Chris Davis, 1B
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9 Travis Metcalf, 3B

Luis Mendoza — SP

Color me pleased with that lineup, with the exception of Crisp being there instead of Ellsbury. Casey is a big improvement over the six weeks of injury-produced suck Mike Lowell’s been bringing to the plate.

124 comments… add one
  • Paul, you read my mind on that last point (see the last post in the “Two Red Sox Fans…” post).
    Ellsbury’s a bit banged-up, right, and thus there’s a reason he’s out? He pinch-hit in the 8th yesterday, as I recall.
    It’s the happiest I’ve been all year looking at the lineup. Get Jacoby in, and it’s golden.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 6:45 pm
  • Hey, game’s on TV! No need to deal with laggy mlb.tv! Though I already miss Remy and DO.
    I like Youk at #4. He has the most homers on the team and the highest OPS+ now that Manny’s gone. Bay should shine at #5.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 7:10 pm
  • Just kidding, Drew is 3 points higher, and Manny is actually lower at this point.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Leadoff double for Youk in 2nd.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Bay singles. Corners, none out.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • Salty throws it into center on Bay’s steal. Youk goes home, Bay goes to 3rd.
    1-2 count on Lowrie.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Lowrie K’s.
    Productive grounder to 2nd for Casey and Bay comes home. 2-0 Sox.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Casey produces, 2-0 Sox. Good job by SC.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • I see the Sox are still letting Tek hit with a full-size bat.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Walking Tek should be just about the biggest kangaroo court fine you can get.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • Coco chasing the .230s pretty hard.
    Tek gets picked off. How is that even possible?

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • Varitek walks, then gets picked off retardedly.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • Paul, what about “gain another game on the Rays”? Isn’t that also a possibility?

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • Im more shocked by the fact that Varitek was on base to begin with.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • Ugh, Coco will lead off next inning. Damn it, Tek!

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • Was he actually trying to steal?

    rootbeerfloat August 13, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Great, now the talking mediots on ESPN are questioning the Yankees not trading for Santana. Easy criticism at this point, is it even worth going there?

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • It’s so long between times on base for Tek now that he really ought to have a GPS with him.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • Coco has an inverted distance-to-likelihood of hit ratio. The shorter the ball goes, the more likely he’ll get on base.
    He needs to realize this.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Aw, thanks, Coco. You should pretty much do that every time (bunt).

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • LASER SHOW off the monster!

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Dusty misses a dinger by about 3 inches. Monster double. Crisp to third.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Papi getting walked. Youk gets another shot to say FU to the Rangers. Didn’t they learn last night?

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • Missed that by two feet, maybe? Pedroia doubles, 2nd and 3rd, 1 down for Papi.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • Walking him might be a little silly here.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • And like that, FU!
    Two run double for Youk.

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Hell yeah.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Youk putting the 2nd-half slump worries to bed (thus far).

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Bay! Gapper brings in two more.
    Mendoza is a really bad pitcher.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • Bay doubles. Beautiful. 6-0.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • C’mon, CAse. Tater time!

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • I’m a little nervous leaving the computer with only a 6-0 lead. I don’t want to get home and find out that the game has transmogrified into a water polo match or something. (I don’t know what that means.)
    I’ll be in Boston and at tomorrow’s game (first time in Fenway in over 3 years!). Hope it’s as exciting as the series has been so far. Good night y’alls.

    FenSheaParkway August 13, 2008, 8:05 pm
  • Lowell could have done that, Casey!

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:05 pm
  • Have fun, FSP!

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Thanks. Catch ya on the flipside (of the weekend).

    FenSheaParkway August 13, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • In a stunning turn of events, Tek makes an out.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Great FSP, you’ll get to see Byrd’s first game!

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Come on, K-Rod for MVP according to the idiot play-by-play guy? I mean, how is that even an option? His TEAM is superb, and saves are pretty damn overrated. Add in the atrocious division, and why would K-Rod have any claim on that award? Dumbass.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • 52 pitches after 4, only 3 baserunners allowed.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Watching Lester be great this year is so, so, so sweet.
    52 pitches through 4.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • I was at Lester’s first game in 2006. Because the game I was s’posed to go to got rained out and postponed to the next day (first half of a doubleheader), I bought a ticket for that evening’s game as well. I think it was a one-run loss where Manny hit a homer to make it that close in the 8th.
    I went to the day game the next day and saw a Papi walk-off (down 2 with 2 outs, 2 strikes, and 2 men on). The opponent both days was Texas.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • K-Rod doesn’t deserve the Cy Young, let alone the MVP. If you’re a pitcher you pretty much have to win the Cy Young if you’re going to win the MVP.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • anyone else creeped out by peter gammons wearing under armour?

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • Wow, the announcer just said that “Lester leads the team in innings pitched, wins, (something) and ERA…”
    Daisuke leads both wins and ERA.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • 62 pitches, 5 innings. Against the Rangers. Greaaaaaaaaaaat.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • So 13 more runs and we can relax, right?

    rootbeerfloat August 13, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • 3 doubles for Youk = good.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • Jed!
    Man, Washington rode Mendoza pretty far there. Slow hook.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • Great stuff, Lowrie drives in two more with the bases loaded.
    Also, Orsillo just said, “The Red Sox open this thing open.”

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • The Red Sox are responding well to Paul’s post.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • Slow hook, but what are his options? Dustin Nippert doesn’t look like smooth sailing either.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • Jeez, now overmanaging, IBB’ing Casey down 8-0 for the new pitcher? That’s his first move with a new pitcher? That’s awful managing.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • I am not questioning getting at Tek as much as doing that to his relief pitcher.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Can I just say that I love Joe Morgan? Um..the guy from Walpole, not the hall of famer…

    Bostondreams August 13, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • SF- in fairness, would it surprise you if Tek somehow managed to hit into a triple play now?

    stuck working August 13, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Boy, the Texas pitching staff wants to get the hell out of Boston. This is pretty funny.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Lowrie gunned down at home. Not very speedy there; great throw by Hamilton.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Three wasted on base with none out, at least we got the first two. Coco flies out, Lowrie out on the gun to home.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • The dictionary definition of “crappy batting”: Jason Varitek with the bases loaded.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • The dictionary definition of “crappy batting”: Jason Varitek with the bases loaded.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • in a lineup that features tek and coco, you cannot hit the two back to back. it’s a blackhole. these two are able to make 3 outs in a inning. can’t even stomach the idea of lugo/tek/coco in a row.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • How did that double post? Ugh. Anyway, yeah, nice throw by Hamilton.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Wow. Thats what happens when you have those two hitting with them loaded. Ugh

    Bostondreams August 13, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • it’s a good nite for atheists.
    thank god.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Lester Ks Hamilton and Bradley back-to-back. Very nice.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Jon Lester remembers yesterday, keeps tossing scoreless innings (74 pitches through 6). Time for me to head home from work. Enjoy, dudes and dudettes.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • Lester’s turnaround has just been remarkable. He is just a different pitcher from the beginning of the year. Fantastic.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • Who the hell is this color man? I thought it was Phillips at first, but it doesn’t quite sound like him, other than the utter stupidity emerging.

    SF August 13, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Varitek says he would give the “C” to Pedroia when he’s gone? Wow.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • You know, before this year when I saw Lester give up a single to the leadoff guy and then get two straight balls on the second guy, I’d be very worried.
    But now? Eh, no sweat. And, indeed, Lester comes right back, strikes out Hamilton on the next three pitches, strikes out Bradley and gets a groundout. I love this kid.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • This isn’t Phillips, it’s that other guy who has more facial hair. Can’t remember his name.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Drew robbed by Byrd on that first out…tough night for Drew.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • Now I’m really leaving.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • Is it ridiculous to think that Dustin Pedroia should get some MVP votes? I mean, he shouldn’t win, he shouldn’t even be at the top, but isn’t there a legitimate argument that he’s been as important to the Sox as any regular player at this point?

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • dan shulman? can’t tell i’m watching on nesn.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • SF, I think he WILL get MVP votes, along with Youkilis. How many Boston writers get a vote?

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • Ath, I believe two Boston writers get votes. I think it’s two in each ML city.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • With an 8-0 lead and Lester dealing, I have ceded the TV to my wife so she can watch Project Runway.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • It’s Sutcliffe.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • How am I supposed to watch baseball when women’s volleyball is on TV?

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • it’s sutcliff. wonder if he’s sober tonite.
    hamilton’s wife went into labor right now. now it turns into a bad nite for atheists.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • Sutcliffe! Thanks SF, it was on the tip of my tongue for the last 10 minutes.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • Live beach volleyball from Beijing on right now. Boring as all hell, I have to say.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • Ah, see that you noted that earlier, Ath. Doesn’t do it for me, though. Give me the Sox (and EA).

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • 95mph heat. What are the odds that Tek could hit it if the pitch was announced?

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • Some fan just legitimately took a ball away from the third baseman in the stands, and the look on the fan’s face was priceless, almost stunned as the player tumbled next to him into a box seat.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • Tek whiffs. He’s like a Magic Eight Ball that always comes up with “NO” as the answer.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • with drew leading off for this team, and tek and coco batting 8th and 9th, at least jd doesn’t have to get distracted by baserunners.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Tek and Crisp are just a vacuum in the lineup, sucking all life out of the offense. Good god.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Really SF? I’m enjoying the volleyball, and not just because of the bikini-clad ladies.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • There goes the shutout.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • Ok, so Lester is tiring.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • Lester out, Timlin in. TREMENDOUS outing, hopefully not marred by Timlin allowing these inherited runners to score.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • i went to college with misty may. she married marlins pitcher matt treanor. she’s gotten a bit chubby over the years.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • She has. I mean, she’s no Chinese gymnast.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Jesus Christ, Timlin.
    8-4.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Not again. I can’t take this again.

    rootbeerfloat August 13, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Timlin isn’t a major league pitcher at this point.
    The bullpen is horrid, and Oki isn’t available. Where’s Masterson?

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Just… just… no. Are you serious? No.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Timlin throwing B fucking P. GET HIM OUT. He’s TERRIBLE.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Sigh.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Crap.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Really, what else does Francona (and Epstein) have to see from Timlin? Graciously ask him to retire, give him a big check, whatever. He’s cooked.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Tito, get him the EFFFFF out of there.
    NOW!
    Masterson up in the pen.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Meanwhile, if it weren’t for Crisp and Tek’s complete ineptitude the Sox would have about 10 runs right now instead of eight.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Everything is up in the zone from Timlin. One more mistake and it’s a two run game.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • ANOTHER high fastball missing location. Boggs fouls it back. Timlin isn’t doing anything right at all.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • I assumed Masterson would finish out the blowout since he didn’t come in last night. I guess they were saving him for a closer game… which this now is.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • Finally, a good pitch – offspeed stuff gets Boggs. Francona comes out for the automatic lefty-lefty matchup.

    SF August 13, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Tito pulling Timlin, who covers his mouth with his glove and screams a few foul words at himself.
    Lopez in against the lefty.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Thank God.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • Masterson for the 9th?
    That’s my bet.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Time to warm Papelbon up.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • OH MY GOD Ron Washington making Ian Kinsler sac-bunt? .319 hitter, all-star, down 4 runs, AND YOU WANT TO SACRIFICE AN OUT TO MOVE TWO RUNNERS OVER?
    Horrible managing. At least Tito doesn’t pull crap like this.
    Kinsler GIDP.

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Jesus.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • neighborhood play by cora. got lucky the ump didn’t call it.

    sf rod August 13, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • O-vah!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • Thanks, guys, for not quite repeating last night’s debacle. Jesus.

    Micah-SF August 13, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Ok. That one started to get a little dicey.
    Another good win, mostly. Timlin and Tek are both on the same train, eh?

    SF August 13, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Go A’s!

    SF August 13, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Is anyone else really mad that Lester ended up with 3 ER instead of 1?

    Atheose August 13, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • 9-3 since THE TRADE.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Ath…yes. Still a nice solid linescore.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • Yes.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 10:13 pm

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