Tough Luck: Sox-O’s Gamer VI

The Red Sox, streaky all season, have run into a spate of bad luck. They won seven straight but gained just four games in the standings. Then they lost three and gave up three games in the standings. Another three straight wins, and the Sox have gained exactly zero games.

That’s some bad luck.

But not as bad Jeremy Guthrie, tonight’s starter for the Baltimore Orioles. His ERA is a respectable 3.64, but he’s a ghastly 2-6. In his last start, he gave up three runs in seven innings to the Yankees — and lost. Before that, he allowed but one run in 6.1 innings — and lost. Before that, he gave up one run in seven innings and, you guessed it, he lost. Luckily for him, he had the road-weary Boston Red Sox to help him out: He beat the Sox despite not throwing as well as would in the next three losses. That’s baseball.

Tonight, it’s Guthrie looking to win a game, and Tim Wakefield looking to post two quality starts in a row. Comment away!

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  • ac starting at 2nd. dustin gets a day off.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 7:10 pm
  • ARod gives the Yanks an instant 2-0 lead. Sorry to hijack, but nowhere to put this for now.. *hint hint*

    Lar June 2, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Bah. We wouldn’t want to give Wake any run support, would we?

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • We’ll take that.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 7:26 pm
  • Well, the Orioles seem to be helping Wake out, probably in light of how little the Sox tend to support him.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • Guthrie skating by so far, he’s lucky to still be spinning a shutout.

    SF June 2, 2008, 8:05 pm
  • which is more than we can say about Wake now.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • Jeez, I look away for two seconds and the Sox are down and in a jam. God, I hate games that Wakefield pitches, it all goes away in the blink of an eye.

    SF June 2, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Why would you EVER bat LFRS second in the order? I mean, if everyone on the Sox’ roster died but for seven pitchers and Kevin Cash I still think I’d bat LFRS in like the seven spot, maybe eight.

    SF June 2, 2008, 8:22 pm
  • Seems like when Wake pitches, you could put the guys in any order and they will refuse to score.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Holy crap, Kevin Cash ties it up with a double, knocking in Cora.

    SF June 2, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • Every Sox starter with a hit except Cora, who has scored a run.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • LFRS grounds out to end the inning, he and Ells strand Cora at second. Why is LFRS on this team, again? Why can’t we watch Jed Lowrie struggle and maybe develop instead of this far-gone POS?

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • $8M a year, SF, that’s why.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • Sunk cost, dammit. We did it with Renteria, we can do it with Lugo. Suck it up and eat it.
    Theo just needs to stop signing FA shortstops.

    Micah-SF June 2, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • I’m not going to argue you about the product, but that’s a gross display of riches I’d prefer to avoid.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • Well, nice effort from Wake tonight. Through seven and the game is nodded at two. I still can’t watch him easily, though.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Come on, Mikey…

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • Mikey!
    Let’s keep this going. Insurance insurance insurance.
    (no ground balls to second base, JD)

    Micah-SF June 2, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Mikey!
    Let’s keep this going. Insurance insurance insurance.
    (no ground balls to second base, JD)

    Micah-SF June 2, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Yes! Lowell singles, knocking in Youk, 3-2 Sox. 1/3, nobody out.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Sorry about the double comment.
    FAIL, JD.

    Micah-SF June 2, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • Given his record as a PH, I’d be batting Pedroia over Cora right here.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • And Cora GIDP to finish the major squander. I guarantee you Pedroia wouldn’t have done that.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • That was truly terrible – Cash swings at ball four and grounds into a double play with the bases juiced. Hideous baseball.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Sorry, Cora. Paul’s right: why no Pedroia? He’s the right choice defensively, anyhow, as a late-game sub.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • Micah-SF June 2, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • SF June 2, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • I’ve long been convinced Cora’s overrated. He’s a good backup infielder, but people make him out to be this baseball genius that you want up in a tight spot. I beg to differ, tremendously.
    And now two hits to start off the eighth. Ugh. Lowell’s positioning (playing in) costs the Sox a potential double play.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • Okajima imploding. Fantastic.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • He’s a good backup infielder, but people make him out to be this baseball genius that you want up in a tight spot.
    You ever hear that Manny is a genius? How about Griffey? Mariano? Nope, you only hear that these players are/were great. Cora’s a scrub, and the only reason he gets this “genius” tag is because there’s nothing much else to write home about.
    Meanwhile, Okajima gives up another hit. This all can be blamed, in my opinion, on only having a one run lead.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • paging tito.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Who replaced Okajima with Matt Young?

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Okajima could not have done a worse job this inning. Loading the bases with no outs. Good grief.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • Millar ties it up with a sac fly, lead run 90 feet away, thanks to Cora and Tito sitting on his tobacco-stained hands.
    This game sucks all over.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Load them now, set up a DP or a force at home?

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Sometimes you can just feel the lost opportunities haunting you before the other team even bats. This was one of those times.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • What a fine, smart play by Youk – fielding the grounder but holding the ball and running towards the plate, not throwing off-balance but trapping Mora. Mora is tagged out near third and now there are two down, men at first and second. Youk not rushing that throw home showed a lot of discipline.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Oki behind another guy 2-0, that’s like 4 batters this inning.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • text book play by youk. run at the runner.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Make that 3-0. Wretched appearance by HO.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Walk, loaded. Anyone else out there we can put on the mound, Tito? This guy has nothing at all right now.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Behind 2-1. I smell bases loaded walk.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • I think the Sox can survive without a month of Ortiz. They survived with Ortiz providing sub-replacement production for basically a month. If it’s season-ending surgery, though, I say you need to make a move for a Bonds. He won’t cost anything but money, and he can still provide a tremendous OPS+ — perhaps even improve on his recent performances by not having to play the field.
    I can’t think of any other options that won’t cost a bunch of prospects (like a Teixeira trade would).

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • tito- i loath you.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • manny would have had that.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Bases-clearing double. Uh, Terry, during which of the previous six batters did Okajima show himself to justify that much rope with a one-run lead and Jonathan Papelbon in the bullpen?

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • And, a ball mashed for extra bases.
    Screw Tito this game. What the hell? Why was Hideki still pitching? Why didn’t he hit Pedroia?
    Infuriating managing in a game that should have been a win. And now Tito goes out to get Okajima. Moron.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • I couldn’t possibly manage a major league team, not a chance. But I still can, momentarily, recognize inexplicably bad managing, and tonight we got a prime example. That was a manager asleep at the wheel while the car drives straight into a wall from several hundred yards away and the shotgun rider screaming “wake up, dammit” for many seconds before impact.
    Tito sucked tonight, almost as bad as Okajima.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • craig hansen = a win today

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Seriously, what answer can Tito give to explain leaving Okajima out there? There isn’t one. Indefensible, basically. There aren’t many moves that are indefensible (batting Cora, though it didn’t pan out, is still somewhat defensible, in that he might be sticking to his guns to give DP a break), but leaving Oki out there with nothing at all in a tie game with a somewhat rested bullpen is not explainable in any terms, at least not to this angry SF.

    SF June 2, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • I’m not one to second guess Tito too often, but we would you leave in Oki to pitch to Jones, a righty? After Yooks gets Mora and the Hernandez walks, it’s Paps time.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Sherril’s mug on gameday makes him look like he got lost on the way to Lost in Space auditions. And I mean the old TV show.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Hehehe, Manny is the tying run.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Yook walks, tying run at the plate in Manny.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • it should have never gotten to the jones at bat. he had pap’s and hansen warming while the bases were loaded the first time. lopez never even started getting warm until they were loaded the second time.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Fudge.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • That was a defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • well…the yanks lost.

    sf rod June 2, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • On the bright side, Twins come from behind to beat the Yanks, 6-5.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Oki’s ERA more than doubles to 2.10, more accurately how poorly he has pitched this year.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Globe says Papi on the DL for a month. At least. Craptastic.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 2, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • How is Oki’s ERA only 2.10??? I guess he has only been letting inherited runners score so it doesn’t show up in earned runs. But he had really been a disappointment. The Papi news gives me a stomach ache…

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • LFRS family tree;
    jose offerman ’99-’02
    rudy seanez ’03
    byung-hyun kim ’04
    john halama ’05
    rudy seanez ’06
    julio lugo ’07
    honorable mention;
    eric gagne
    mike stanton
    jay payton

    sf rod June 3, 2008, 12:43 am

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