To Kill a Tiger: Tigers-Sox Gamer VI

A win puts the Sox in the big dance with the Cardinals, who clinched last night.

Scherzer smashed the Sox last time to the tune of 13 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 before Papi’s singular significant (but oh boy, was it) contributon thus far in this ALCS undid all of Max’s good work. In Game 2, Buchholz was fine before he suddenly wasn’t and the Sox were in a hole they barely managed to climb out of (seriously, they were about to be down 2-0 and staring at Verlander, which they will be for Game 7 if they lose today). Clay has a chance today at redemption for two average to poor playoff outings thus far (the 3-run shot to Longoria is the other stain on his October resume).

The Sox’ bats have come to life in the last two games (if those 12 hits are bunched differently in Game 4, this series could be over). Hope it stays that way. And may we brim with the emotion and enthusiasm of Koji Uehara when this game ends! Comment away.

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  • I think the Cardinals set a great example of how to deal with a likely Cy Young winner. Let’s follow that …

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 4:22 pm
  • Avila to catch for the Tigers.

    And Johnny Gomes gets another start in left field. I know we’ve won the games he started in this series, but I think with the season he’s had Nava deserves more starts against righthanders than he’s gotten recently. Is intangibles just another word for superstitiion?

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 4:31 pm
  • Let’s go!!

    Devine October 19, 2013, 7:52 pm
  • Ahh, Xander should have made the play.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:12 pm
  • Sit, Miggy.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:16 pm
  • Took a while, but Fielder K’s as well.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:21 pm
  • VMart flies out. 22 pitches for Clay, felt like 44.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:26 pm
  • 1st out took a thousand years for Buch, 3 pitches for Scherzer.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:32 pm
  • Scherzer painting all inning. Base hit, Pedey!

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:34 pm
  • No no-hitter from Scherzer!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:34 pm
  • Papi walks. 1st and 2nd now. Go yard, Napoli!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:38 pm
  • Attaboy, Tizzle.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:39 pm
  • Well, at least they made Scherzer work after two easy outs.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:41 pm
  • Hit it solidly enough, but 3 out.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:41 pm
  • Keep it close and get to their pen…name of the game.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:43 pm
  • Encouraging first against Scherzer. I like the Sox’ chances if he’s out after 6, and I love me some walks.

    SF October 19, 2013, 8:44 pm
  • According to gameday pitch 3 was higher than no 2, gets called a ball regardless. But Avila strikes out on the next pitch.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:49 pm
  • Third pitch to Infante another strike that gets called a ball.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:50 pm
  • Pedey just a little too small here.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:51 pm
  • No damage.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 8:54 pm
  • Time to show why you’re in the lineup, Gomes.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • Yeah…

    Devine October 19, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • Nava could have done that …

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:00 pm
  • Oh no, not another Verlander interview! Has Fox even realized that he lost game 3. Have they ever mentioned John Lackey outside of the game he pitched?

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:06 pm
  • Sit, Miggy.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:10 pm
  • Took the words right out of my mouth. Good inning from Buchholz after the Iglesias single.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:12 pm
  • Xander very patient here, but pitch no 3 might have been strike 3. But it’s a walk now.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:17 pm
  • And Ells walks as well. Will Victorino now bunt towards third?

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:22 pm
  • Two walks to start inning = awesome. Don’t be a buzzkill, Shane.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:22 pm
  • Terrible terrible terrible terrible.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:23 pm
  • Wow, Shane, fuck you.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:23 pm
  • At the plate Victorino is absolutely useless right now.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:23 pm
  • Foul, damn.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:24 pm
  • Almost a 3-run shot….damn!

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:24 pm
  • Pedey knew to swing at strike 1… Scherzer’s around the plate all night in pitch 1.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:26 pm
  • What’s taking them so long. It’s an easy call. But I like Scherzer having to wait a while.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:27 pm
  • Amazingly, Buchholz winning pitch count battle now.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:28 pm
  • Damn again.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:30 pm
  • Pedey unlucky there. But Victorino’s bunt is inexcusable.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:32 pm
  • The best husband in the world (mine) just took the kids so some sort of haunted house, leaving me alone with my large tv and a bottle of wine and the red sox in the playoffs. Doesn’t get much better than this….

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 9:34 pm
  • Excellent positioning by Drew. But Victor hit it hard.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:36 pm
  • Went to clean up for kid’s pre-bedtime routine and suddenly Clay was through the inning.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:39 pm
  • 1-2-3. And a very reasonable 61 pitches now for Clay.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:39 pm
  • We may send you away again Devine….

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 9:40 pm
  • Welcome to the tension-fest, soxgirl.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 9:41 pm
  • That pop-up took minutes to come down.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:43 pm
  • WTF, two outs on four pitches for Scherzer.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:44 pm
  • It’s been years since I hung out here, very good to be back…

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 9:45 pm
  • Ouch.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:45 pm
  • Nine pitch inning for Scherzer.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:47 pm
  • The only guy they’re wearing down is Avila.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:47 pm
  • They’re hitting everything right at Drew right now. Good.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:52 pm
  • Nice DP

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 9:56 pm
  • DP. Glad Pedey and Drew did not get mixed up here.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 9:56 pm
  • Another quick at bat from Johnny Gomes.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:01 pm
  • Xander double!!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:04 pm
  • Yes, Ells to right, Xander home. 1-0.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:05 pm
  • Els!

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:05 pm
  • I like the fact that they’re more aggressive second time against Scherzer.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:06 pm
  • CS. Avila not worn out enough …

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:06 pm
  • Our 9 year old loves Jacoby because “he’s the only one that doesn’t look scary with a beard”.

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:07 pm
  • Important inning for Clay now.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:10 pm
  • Lead-off walk. Not good.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:12 pm
  • Might be a quick hook for Clay today.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:13 pm
  • No, no, no, no! Not this.

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:13 pm
  • Reallky really not good. I don’t think the tigers need more than 2 or 3 to win this thing.

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:16 pm
  • Cabrera gets on and Buchholz gets taken out. Morales.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:17 pm
  • Wash kid up = run.

    Damn…two baserunners for Clay. And the pitching change, whoa.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:17 pm
  • C’mon, Morales…find the strike zone this outing.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:18 pm
  • 2-0. Walk best possible outcome here.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:21 pm
  • And there it is. Bases loaded, no out.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:22 pm
  • 2-0…3-0…4-0. FUCK YOU, MORALES.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:22 pm
  • Sheesh.

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:22 pm
  • Another ball, fuck you Morales.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:23 pm
  • Cripes that was ugly

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:25 pm
  • And there goes the lead. Both runs charged to Clay of course.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:26 pm
  • Ball 1…called strike, lucky…ball 2…wallball single…2 runs Tigers…fuck you, Morales andFarrell for good measure, I guess.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:26 pm
  • Thank you, Prince.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:30 pm
  • Thank you Prince Fielder

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:31 pm
  • Not sure if I have the same announcers that you have but they just siad that they came out to check Salty after he fell on Fielder. I gotta think falling on Fielder is a pretty cushy place to be.

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:32 pm
  • Yeah, Buck said that. I was wondering the same thing.

    Either way, this might have been the series deciding inning. If we lose today and tomorrow we probably lost today’s game right here. If we win, the Tigers will regret missing the chance for a big inning.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:36 pm
  • And yes, I think Farrell fucked up big time in bringing in Morales.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:37 pm
  • Still go t three more innings to see a boneheaded play by either team.

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:38 pm
  • The Victorino Special.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:38 pm
  • Gotta love that about Victorino. At least that wasn’t being hit by a strike

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 10:38 pm
  • And that clearly was not a strike, whatever Verlander might be thinking.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:39 pm
  • Guys in the stands high-fiving on the 3-0 count.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:40 pm
  • They were right.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:41 pm
  • Scherzer stays in the game.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:41 pm
  • Two baserunners to start, eh? Come on, Ortiz.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:41 pm
  • Scherzer brings the high heat.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:43 pm
  • Bosh…thought he had more of that.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:45 pm
  • Papi goes the other way, but Kelly catches it.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:45 pm
  • Alert baserunning.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:46 pm
  • Two RISP with the slightly wild pitch.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:46 pm
  • Dont’t K.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:46 pm
  • And promptly he does.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:47 pm
  • Up to Salty.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:47 pm
  • Salty, please!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:48 pm
  • Long swing at 96 MPH.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:48 pm
  • Wouldn’t mind another wild pitch here!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:49 pm
  • Damn, pop-up.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:49 pm
  • Boooooooooo

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:49 pm
  • Still three more innings. Hope we’ll get another chance.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:50 pm
  • Fuck I am mad.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 10:50 pm
  • Jackson gets picked off! Tigers doing great on the bases today.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 10:59 pm
  • Why did Workman reach for that? Would have been an easy out.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
  • And now he can’t pick up the ball.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
  • Brutal fielding, Workman.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:01 pm
  • Tazawa in for Cabrera.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:01 pm
  • Incredible. Jackson gifts us an out and we gift ‘em two baserunners.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:02 pm
  • Seems almost unfair to put Taz into another situation like this with Cabrera.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:04 pm
  • 1-0.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:04 pm
  • And Drew gets to it and throws him out.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:05 pm
  • so Drew’s not worthless

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 11:05 pm
  • Farrell justified in sticking with Drew. The decision to go with Gomes once again does not look so great so far this game.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:06 pm
  • A hit from Drew this next inning would be nice too.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:07 pm
  • Fuck, that did not miss by much.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:10 pm
  • By even less than I thought. That’s two narrowly missed homers today.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:11 pm
  • A couple of good rips from Drew. But he obviously cannot bunt a lick.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:14 pm
  • K.

    Xander, the savior?

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:15 pm
  • Obviously the ump believes in Xander’s eye already.

    Now a great chance for Ells to add a few milllion to his next contract.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:20 pm
  • This guy is all of 21 and he has the patience and the eye to take all these pitches. Just amazing.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:21 pm
  • How did this happen. Eglesias.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:23 pm
  • Another Victorino special would tie it, needless to say.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:25 pm
  • I’m unable to handle this shit like a grownup.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:25 pm
  • YES YES YES YES YES Unfuckingbelievable!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:28 pm
  • FUCK YEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:28 pm
  • No victorino special for you!

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 11:31 pm
  • I like this better!! With all the injuries I did not think he had that in him. Just wow!!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:32 pm
  • I was pretty amazed Leyland went to the pen.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:36 pm
  • Six outs to go. Breslow in.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:39 pm
  • Fielder hits another one to Pedroia. 5 to go.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:40 pm
  • Is anyone else breathing?

    soxgirl October 19, 2013, 11:40 pm
  • Victor k’s. 4 to go.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:42 pm
  • Kelly right at Pedroia. 3 to go. Koji time.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:43 pm
  • I always wanted to see one hit to New Mexico off Albuquerque.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:47 pm
  • Napoli’s not the one to do it.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:48 pm
  • Neither is Salty.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:50 pm
  • Johnny G does not do it either, as Albuquerque strikes out the side.

    More important half of the inning coming up.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:53 pm
  • Unbelievably close.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:54 pm
  • Avila, Infante, Jackson.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:55 pm
  • 0-1 to Avila.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:56 pm
  • Strike 1, what else is new?

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:57 pm
  • 2 more!

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:57 pm
  • K. 2 to go.

    Can’t post pitch by pitch. Have been told to slow down.

    0-1 to Infante.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:58 pm
  • Two pitches and Infante is out. 1 to go!

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:58 pm
  • Koji’s all “fuck your bunt”.

    Devine October 19, 2013, 11:58 pm
  • Jackson gets on. Drew can’t quite make the play.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:59 pm
  • Iggy up.

    pale blue eyes October 19, 2013, 11:59 pm
  • One strike away.

    pale blue eyes October 20, 2013, 12:00 am
  • YES!!! From 93 losses to the World Series!!!!!

    pale blue eyes October 20, 2013, 12:01 am
  • AL CHAMPS WORLD SERIES FUCK YOU FOX

    Devine October 20, 2013, 12:02 am
  • Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 8 p.m. for the four-hour in-depth conversation with Justin Verlander on Fox!

    pale blue eyes October 20, 2013, 12:03 am
  • can’t believe it!

    soxgirl October 20, 2013, 12:03 am
  • G’night everybody. Enjoy it all!

    pale blue eyes October 20, 2013, 12:16 am
  • I mean seriously, Scherzer had Bogaerts struck out with robot umps, and he was at 110 pitches. Sure, top of the lineup coming up, but Detroit’s bullpen, honestly; I’d have tried to let him get out of the 7th. I do feel a mite sad for the Tigers, and hope vaguely if the Sox can’t be in it next year, that the Tigers do well. But mostly, I’m just happy as can be.

    Devine October 20, 2013, 12:42 am

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