Try, Try Again: Sox-Rangers Gamer X

Had to happen sometime, right? The Sox had won nine straight against the Rangers. Tim Wakefield had gone close to a zillion starts since the knuckleball failed to knuckle. The two streaks were bound to come together — and they did, ending in spectacular fashion last night.

So what? It was a great day for the inevitable to happen: The Rays lost, the Twins lost, and today the Sox are in the same position they were this time yesterday. Today is a different story.

Today the Sox will need at least five runs to win. Paul Byrd is on the hill, ready to give up his requisite three solo home runs in a decent six to seven innings on the hill. Opposing him is Brandon McCarthy, who hasn’t done badly in three starts this season. So, we’ll see. A win here is would be nice indeed, good momentum heading into the key series with the Rays — who incidentally are losing in the seventh.

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  • Great first for Byrd. Theo’s waiver-wire deals this year are looking downright inspired…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:18 pm
  • Looks from GameDay like Bay just missed a homer. Lowell and Lowrie both out of the lineup. Why?

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:21 pm
  • Surely I’m not the only one who’s finding it hard to follow the Sox game today when the entire sports part of my mind is consumed with “BRADY BRADY BRADY BRADY BRADY AAAAAUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH”?

    stuck working September 7, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • Wow…Varitek scored on that? I wonder how much trouble the RF had digging out Cora’s liner. And now Coco drives Tek in with 2 out! Wow, not the usual suspects (except recently).

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • HA! Alex Cora triples and Coco Crisp singles on consecutive pitches! 2-0 Sox!

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • drives Cora in, that is.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:25 pm
  • Football starts today?
    Sorry, sw, I wait until November to worry about the lesser sports… Did something happen to Brady?

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:26 pm
  • Crazy that the Sox just got a two-out rally from Varitek, Cora and Crisp. Arguably the three most loathed hitters on the team with Lugo out…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:27 pm
  • Chance for a big inning here as Ellsbury walks and Pedroia comes up with 2 on and 2 down.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:27 pm
  • Brady knee injury. Photo here.
    It would not surprise me if he was out most or all of the season, but it’s Belichick, so god only knows when we’ll find out what the situation really is.

    stuck working September 7, 2008, 3:28 pm
  • Can’t complain with 2 runs in, mang, all with 2 out.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:29 pm
  • Rays leave them loaded, don’t score in the 8th! Get some insurance, Jays!

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:31 pm
  • SYeah,. Devine, it’s almost like bonus runs with two out and Tek-Cora-Crisp coming up….

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • That’s a GREAT DP started by Pedroia. What a pick while sliding!

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:36 pm
  • To the ninth in Toronto. B.J. Ryan will not be closing, immediately boosting the Jays’ chances of winning this game.

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:40 pm
  • 2nd well-struck fly ball by Bay, not quite enough. The ball goes further with him than I expect off the bat. I think he pops/flies to mid-right field and suddenly the fielder is on the warning track. I think he pops to the warning track and it floats over the wall, etc.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:44 pm
  • Crazy battle here on the final batter for Rays.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • Jays win it, 1-0. Good opportunity for the Sox here…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:47 pm
  • Now we can focus on the Sox… Byrd trying to limit the damage from his own throwing error on the pickoff attempt. Man on 2nd, one out.

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:49 pm
  • Runner at 3rd, 2 down for Byrd.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:49 pm
  • Hits him…barely. Corners.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:50 pm
  • Terry Francona holds grudges:
    “You know how I feel about that,” Francona said. “I want every team in that city [Philadelphia] to lose. Pretty honest about that.”

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Paul: that’s kinda awesome. Pretty human of Francona there.
    Byrd walks ’em loaded.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:53 pm
  • Not what Byrd needs to be doing here. HBP and a walk, and now Michael Young coming up…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:53 pm
  • He got him! Phew.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 3:54 pm
  • Awesome! He strikes out Young!

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 3:55 pm
  • Quick inning, low pitch count for McCarthy (48).

    Devine September 7, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • Both pitchers look good today. Glad the Sox got some runs early…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • Another DP. Nice snag and a serviceable throw to 2nd by Byrd.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 4:05 pm
  • Pedroia not so clutch today… If he has a bad week, and Youkilis jacks another couple home runs, the media storm will be all about how valuable Youk is to the Red Sox…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Kablam! 2-run homer for Papi. If only he could hit them against someone other than Texas…

    Devine September 7, 2008, 4:19 pm
  • ORTIZZZZZLE!!!! 4-0!!

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 4:19 pm
  • I thought Ortiz would stop hitting home runs after Ramirez left. Wasn’t he supposed to hit .000/1.000 and be intentionally walked five times a game?

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Detroit winning 7-4 over Minnesota in the 7th right now.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Yoooooooooooooooook doubles.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 4:22 pm
  • Just got back in time to see Ortiz’ homer. Very nice!

    Atheose September 7, 2008, 4:23 pm
  • Byrd! 5 scoreless, 72 pitches. Very, very good thus far, though with help from his friends (DPs) and escaping one bases-loaded jam.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • See what I’m saying about those Bay drives? It’s gone, and it’s 7-0 Sox.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:02 pm
  • 6 great innings from Byrd so far, but there’s no way he gets through 7 unscathed. I’m guessing he gives up 2 runs — any other guesses?

    stuck working September 7, 2008, 5:05 pm
  • Twins lose.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:16 pm
  • Twins, Rays and White Sox all lost, and Boston is up 7-0. Fantastic.

    Atheose September 7, 2008, 5:19 pm
  • I think taking Byrd out here might be a little unnecessary. 2 out, 2 runners on. He has a 7-run lead, man! Thrown just over 100 pitches. I would have been good with taking him out 1 batter later, if necessary.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:19 pm
  • I liked the CWS/LAA series, Ath. I could root for either team to win since it would help the Red Sox one way or another (chase for best record, or locking up wild card).

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:20 pm
  • Javier Lopez has turned into a pretty good pickup, all told. I never would have guessed he’d still be with the team after more than a year… What on earth is David Riske doing these days anyway?

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 5:25 pm
  • Crisp with ANOTHER hit. When J.D. Drew returns this week, I think Ellsbury needs to be the one sent to the bench…

    Paul SF September 7, 2008, 5:29 pm
  • Highly agreed, Paul. Just slide Drew into leadoff. He’s done fine there, he’s an OBP machine.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:30 pm
  • Coco is on fire. We’ll be in great shape if he can keep hitting the way he’s hitting until October.

    Atheose September 7, 2008, 5:35 pm
  • MDC gives up a bomb. Which hey…at least it was a strike.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:42 pm
  • Follows up with a K after going 2-0 on the 2nd batter in a row. Good. Two more.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • Ugh, bloop double. Man.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:44 pm
  • Called strikeout for Young. All good or bad for MDC so far (the “double” clearly wasn’t his fault, though).

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:46 pm
  • Hamilton strikes out swinging. All told, I like that outing from Delcarmen.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 5:49 pm
  • Papelbon in for 2 outs. Gives up a single and there are two on. Maybe he needs a little work/hasn’t been used much recently?

    Devine September 7, 2008, 6:10 pm
  • Two down on the K.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 6:11 pm
  • Now a lined single down the line scores a run. 7-2 Sox, runners at corners.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • Youk snags the foul pop up, and it’s over. Very productive road trip.

    Devine September 7, 2008, 6:16 pm
  • Today is a perfect storm for the Sox: Sox beat the Rangers, while the Yankees, Rays, Twins, and White Sox all lose.

    lone1c September 7, 2008, 6:45 pm
  • Yankees fall into 4th place in the division. Toronto has won 8 in a row.

    Atheose September 7, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • And we play Toronto 7 more times this month. Can we cool them off?

    Ron Newman September 7, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Looks who is now in fourth place.
    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

    SoxFan September 8, 2008, 3:42 am