Tuesday Action: Sox-Twins Gamer II

This blogger is still working out of a Memorial Day weekend ice cream coma. When we do, we’ll hopefully get a tad more creative with the gamers. Until then this is the best we can do. Chat away!

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  • Papi batting sixth tonight.

    SF May 26, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • SF beats me to it.
    It’s painful to see (when was the last time he started a game outside the #3 spot? 2003?), but the lineup looks good.
    1. Ellsbury
    2. Pedroia
    3. Drew
    4. Youkilis
    5. Bay
    6. Ortiz
    7. Varitek
    8. Bailey
    9. Lugo
    That’s a good 1-5. The rest… ehh.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 7:19 pm
  • Isn’t Varitek doing the best you could have expected though? He’s benefiting from Fenway in a huge way (who doesn’t?) but hasn’t he shown enough to get some love?

    Rob May 26, 2009, 7:28 pm
  • Yeah, I’m thrilled that Varitek is OPS’ing over .750. .815 is a bloody feast for him! Having said that, I don’t expect it to last.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • Check out his home/road split. He’s up near 1.000 OPS in Fenway. Yeah, hard to imagine that lasting.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • But hey, we’ll take it while it lasts!

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • No doubt. I feel the same way about Melky (even as I thought he could turn the corner before the season – see his BR page).

    Rob May 26, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • Oh snap, Rob sponsoring a BR page!
    I don’t know what it is about him, but I just don’t think he’ll playing baseball in 4 years. I can’t back this claim up at all–I just don’t think he’s got it. I felt the same about Pedroia though.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Ellsbury extends the hit streak after three pitches. I like.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Canadian WTP ends the inning.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • the LOB parade starts early!

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Rat farts. Wasted chances.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Nibble, nibble, nibble.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Pedroia double play!

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Lucky! Double play on the liner right at Pedro, runner started so no contest.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • There’s a highlight play, and not because it was good…funny.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • Lugo’s secret weapon: Harnessing the power of his suck to nail runners when they try to take extra bases on his miscues.

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Double. Huh.
    Papi 1-1 batting in the 6-hole.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Ortiz legs out a double! He’s runnin like his job is on the line!
    Errr, that comment is a lot less funny when it’s true.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • That’s why I want Papi on this team and why I want him to succeed.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • Harnessing the power of his suck to nail runners
    This is an oddly sexual statement, Paul.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Well, at least Tek saw six pitches. Otherwise, yuck.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Tek Ks on ball 4.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Tek’s exceeded expectations, but the bottom of this lineup is a bit underwhelming.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Cle 2, TB 0, bot 4;
    Bal 3, Tor 2, bot 5
    NYY, Tex waiting to start

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Do we have Bailey and not Carter because Carter can’t field?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • RISP, nobody out. Still ISP. Brutal baseball. Now it’s up to LFRS, who will hit a homer and miss first base, be called out, or something like that.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • What did any of us do to deserve Julio Lugo just about every day for 2+ years at this point? I want to know. I am not a bad person.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • Lugo fouls out. What a fucking loser. Biggest piece of shit I have ever seen in a Sox uniform, and I’ve seen a lot of them.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Crap. Twice now runner on 2nd w/less than 2 outs; twice they been stranded there.
    At least we’re into Blackburn for 44 pitches through 2IP.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • After Lugo, SF, who’s the next biggest piece of shit?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Thanks Lugo.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • I had real dislike for Jack Clark. And on the management side, I detested John McNamara from Day 1- Ronald Reagan-as-lineup-card-maker.
    I think Lugo and Clark are my 1-2.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • I’ll always remember some long-ass Jack Clark home run that I swear hit that old Moosehead beer sign across the street.
    Jose Offerman’s gotta be in there somewhere, no?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • IBM: the thing with guys like Lugo and Clark is not just the lack of performance – that i can deal with. Not every player is good, not every player is even mediocre. With these guys it’s the “I don’t even really recognize that I am sucking ass right now and I will never acknowledge that I am not doing the job” attitude. That’s the lethal combo for me as a fan – hackish play combined with arrogance in a misplaced sense of one’s value to the team. Lugo’s got it in volume.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Baltimore gonna recall Weiters soon.
    And I just heard that Bartlett went on the DL.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • What was wrong with that 0-1 pitch?

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • That should have been strike 3.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Seems a bit harsh, SF. You want your guys to have some confidence.
    I acknowledge that Lugo has SUCK tattooed on his forehead, but I don’t want him giving up when he steps out of the dugout.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Lester’s hanging in there. Nice K!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • K!
    Nice job, Jonny!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Excellent work from Lester to escape that situation.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Humility, in small doses, can be useful.
    I don’t want the guy to be a lapdog, but at this point his attitude is really vomitous to me. I am sick of him, have been for a while.

    SF May 26, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • Two big K’s there.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Wait, what happened? Was that three pitches?!

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • I ran to grab a snack and the inning is over? Geez.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • 5 pitches, according to Gameday. Lame.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • My wife just hit a 606-foot home run on Wii Sports.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Another good escape from Lester to get Mauer with Span standing on second.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Lester is getting the strikeouts when he needs to.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • IBM, was she playing in Yankee Stadium?

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Aflack trivia question: “Who were the first two brothers to both be selected in the top 5 of the draft?”
    My guess: Delmon and Dmitri Young.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • J.D. and Stephen Drew?

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • Papi really not on his game, and you can tell from a pitch like the one he just missed – 90mph, no movement, inside half of the plate, and he popped it up to the left side of the infield, saved only by a Metrodome speaker.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Nice grab by Young on a medium-soft fly by Tek right down the line in left, Youk barely gets back to second. Looks like another squander in the making.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Bailey quickly down 0-2…

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Horrible at-bat from Bailey.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • One of those games.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • This game is really annoying me.

    stuck working May 26, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Sighting of the night: watching the Mets on SNY here in Brooklyn, and Julian Tavarez is warming up for the Nats! Leatherface!

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Aflack answer is indeeed Dmitri/Delmon Young. I thought you were right once I saw your answer, Paul.
    Matt Weiters officially starting on Friday for the Orioles.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Another good inning from Lester, this one 1-2-3.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Yeah, tuns out Stephen was “only” drafted 15th overall, though I think J.D. being selected in the Top 5 TWICE makes up for that.

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Despite his piss-poor numbers, I really like Tavarez. I miss that scary-ass face.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Jacoby steals second, Pedro knocks him in with a double!

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • Pedroia puts the Sox on the board!

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • hey, look, the Sox got someone to second again! And this time, they scored! Now, let’s do it again…

    stuck working May 26, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • JD taps lamely to SS. Poor.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Ath, it was to left field. And then my 7-year-old hit a 610-footer to left.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Youk just stared at a really awful (that is, tasty) pitch, and knows it.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • Twins radio tells me that the Red Sox are a regional team.
    Um, what?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • Yay, Twins leadoff guy on in a heartbeat. Way to go.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Every team is regional, except when they are wildly popular, I guess.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Holy potatoes, great catch Jacoby.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • PHENOMENAL catch by Jacoby. Just amazing.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Don’t let the guys with .264 OBPs beat you, Lester.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • And there you have it. The guy with the .264 OBP hits one into the ground, and Lugo can’t get it over to first in time. Really bad luck.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Sigh, tie game and runners at 2nd and third.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • And there you have a tie game. Lester getting scorched this inning, lucky that Ellsbury saved him on the shot to center.
    Love that Lester can’t navigate this abomination that is the Twins’ bottom of the order. Pathetic.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Squib scores one, traded for an out. 2-1 Twins.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • 3-1 to Mauer. Are we really going to walk the leftie to get to Morneau?

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Yes

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • This has just been a shit inning from Lester, after pitching quite nicely through the first four. And the bottom of the order sets it all up. Morneau parks it.
    What the fuck, Lester.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Sure enough, Morneau homers on the 2nd goddamn pitch.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Jon Lester is freakin’ snakebit this season.

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • 3 baserunners through the first 4 innings, and then 5 this inning.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Fuck.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Yeah, Twins radio says the “Red Sox Nation” phenomenon is just New Englanders who can’t afford to go to Fenway, so they just travel all over the country. Some of that is true. But a lot of it is crap.

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • That’s it for me, gotta get some shut-eye. Nice year Lester is having…JFC.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • That inning was entirely his own fault, Paul. He gives up three solidly hit balls to the bottom of the order (saved on one by Ellsbury), loses one guy to lucky BABIP, then walks Mauer on 5 pitches to face Morneau.
    That inning is all on Lester, and not on the snake.

    SF May 26, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • At least that’s only Ortiz’s first strikeout of the night.

    Tek starting a 2-out rally.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Really, what’s the difference right now between Bailey and Ortiz?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • What’s the difference between Lester 09 and Buchholz 08?

    SF May 26, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Bal 7, Tor 2, F
    Cle 5, TB 1, top 8
    And crap, the Cubs on target to end their losing streak.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Yankees still haven’t started

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • 6 IP, 100 unspectacular pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • did we really sign Lugo to bat leadoff?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Ells 2-for-4.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Petey w/ a single.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • JDGIDP Drew.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Wow. Former Flyer Peter Zezel died today. Had a rare blood anemia. He was 44.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Bard replaces Lester.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Eh, I’ve sort of given up on this game — already hoping Dice-K gets his first win tomorrow. Now I’m trying to decide who I want to win this NBA game…

    stuck working May 26, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Good job on Bard striking out Mauer with less than 2 outs and a man on third.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Bard looks solid.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • I skipped Deadliest Catch for this crap.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Power going out during a Sox game = lame. Too bad we’re still losing.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Rangers tee off on Whack-Joba in the bottom of the first.
    Gardner replaced Cabrera in center in the bottom of the first.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • Loogie singles, 2-4.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • Lugo with the two-out hit. Irony would be if Lugo sparks the game-winning rally.

    Paul SF May 26, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • Hey look, Lugo prolonging the game.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • Ellsbury hits it hard but Gomez tracks it down. Sigh.
    Night gentlemen.

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • So much for that.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 26, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • I know Ellsbury has gotten some attention for his hit streak, but it seems like lately EVERY one of his at-bats is quality. He’s making hard contact with the ball almost every time, and hitting a lot to the opposite-field. His OPS is barely over .700, but when you factor in his defense and speed he’s doing great.
    For instance, he’s stolen 2nd base 18 times. If you turn 18 singles into doubles, his slugging goes from .374 to .466, making his OPS .801.

    Atheose May 27, 2009, 9:02 am

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