Uncharted Territory: Sox-Jays Gamer I

The Boston Red Sox enter their 31st contest of the 2007 season six games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. Never in 106 previous seasons have the Sox been so far in front after 30 games. (For the record, the 1946 club — which had held the previous mark of 5.5 games — hold the Sox record for best 30-game start, at 24-6. The Sox’ 20-10 record is the best since 2003, when the club also went 20-10. In 2002, the Sox started 23-7).

On a similar note, no Red Sox pitcher has won his first seven starts in a season since Roger Moret won his first eight in 1973 — as a spot starter/long-relief man. You have to go all the way back to Mickey Harris in 1946 to find the last time a full-time starter for the Red Sox was in the same position Josh Beckett is tonight: Seeking his seventh win in seven starts to begin the season.

He faces a Toronto Blue Jays club that beat him around pretty badly in 2006. But the Josh Beckett of ’06 bears little resemblance to the version taking the mound tonight. Likewise, the Jays don’t look much like the offensive powerhouse that managed to break the Boston stranglehold on second place last season. They’ve been outscored 44-22 in their last six games, and tonight’s starter, Victor Zambrano, didn’t make it out of the third inning in his last start, his first of the season, and has a career 5.49 ERA against the Sox.

Hopefully, the Sox and Beckett can each make itlucky sevens tonight. Comment away!

Red Sox

  1. Julio Lugo, ss — 0 for 1 against Zambrano
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 1b — 1 for 3
  3. David Ortiz, dh — 5 for 12 (.417), 7 BB, 2 HR
  4. Manny Ramirez, lf — 4 for 26 (.154), 7 K, 1 HR
  5. J.D. Drew, rf — No plate appearances
  6. Mike Lowell, 3b — 1 for 12, 4 K
  7. Jason Varitek, c — 3 for 15, 4 K, 1 HR
  8. Coco Crisp, cf — 0 for 2
  9. Dustin Pedroia, 2b — 0 for 1

Josh Beckett, P — 1-2, 6.21 ERA, 8 BB, 17 K in 29 IP

Blue Jays

  1. Alex Rios, rf — 2 for 5, 2 K
  2. Adam Lind, lf — No plate appearances
  3. Vernon Wells, cf — 7 for 15 (.467), 4 HR
  4. Frank Thomas, dh — 2 for 11, 2 K
  5. Troy Glaus, 3b — 2 for 10, 2 HR, 4 K
  6. Lyle Overbay, 1b — 3 for 14, 5 BB, 5 K
  7. Aaron Hill, 2b — 4 for 11 (.364)
  8. Jason Phillips, c — 3 for 9
  9. Royce Clayton, ss — 1 for 4

Victor Zambrano, P — 5-3, 5.49 ERA, 41 BB, 54 K, in 62. 1 IP

149 comments… add one
  • I HATE YOU LUGO

    TJ May 8, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • I love you Youk!
    I Hate You Even More Lugo

    TJ May 8, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • I know…Lugo…robbed us of a dang run (possibly…one never knows how an AB would have turned out under different circumstances, etc.).

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Of course NESN has this blacked out

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Stuck at the library. Fill me in. Anyone.

    Brad May 8, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Jays answer instantly on a first-pitch leadoff homer.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Rios first pitch homer…WTF is going on?

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • …Great. mlb.tv, buffering-buferring-buffering…son of a bitch, I wanted to watch Beckett. Or maybe I didn’t….

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Oooof, a double to follow. Settle down, Beckett.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • nevermind…i got that one.

    Brad May 8, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Then a double? WTF is Beckett doing?

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Well I saw the double. That was a terrible pitch. This is bad.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Josh starts with a not-breaking-much high curve for a ball, then drops a slightly better curve in for a strike…probably the first good pitch he’s thrown today.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Meat Clever Wells thankfully flies out.

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • jeez…
    better calm down.
    Did I mention that Wells is a scary batter to Sox pitching and yanks pitching alike. He would have been a great pickup for either team if Toronto slipped up…but alas, they didn’t.

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • What happened with Lugo? Was it a nice play or a really stupid baserunning mistake?

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Hey, what can we say? Lugo’s an aggressive guy.
    Not that I’m defending him, I would have loved to keep Alex Gonzalez, but hey — cut the guy a bit of slack. He was just trying to be aggressive and use his speed.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • well if the 2B ump from last nite at Yankee Stad was on 2B tonite Lugo coulda been safe but other then that it was a boneheaded mistake.

    TJ May 8, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Beckett does indeed settle down as the runner on 2nd with none out cannot advance.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Let me ask you guys — aside from the adjustments Beckett has made in the AL — what is the difference between ’06 Beckett and present Beckett? He seems to be clicking on all cylinders.
    Maybe we can find out and tell Dice-K. :P

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Haven’t seen this mentioned yet, but there was a hilarious story about Wells and some Cleveland hecklers this week. Sounds like Vernon has a sense of humor… (He’s still Sox killer though.)
    http://torontosun.com/Sports/Baseball/2007/05/08/4162470-sun.html

    ToddSF May 8, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Beckett – better focus to detail with a solid changeup now, a better knowledge of the AL lineups too…

    ToddSF May 8, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • ….eesh. Bad curveball to Thomas, but it somehow surprises him anyway and he swings through it for the second out.
    Lets face it, Beckett’s HR-problems last year aside, the way he’s pitched so far this year was largely unsustainable. He was at %3.4 HR/F coming in, and that can’t really happen for a whole season. Long as he settles down, that’s not a huge deal.
    Rain, Beckett’s changeup has become a more useful pitch for him in key situations. It’s got good movement and is about 10 mph below his fastball, and most importantly, he can throw it for strikes. Ditto his curve. Biggest thing is he’s not throwing as many four-seam fastballs, and when he’s in trouble, he’s got a couple other pitches he can use to get out of it.
    Of course, Victor Zambrano is a fantastically bad pitcher. So naturally, he’ll pitch well against Boston…

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Rain- it sounds horribly cliche, but the difference with Beckett is that now he’s pitching, not just throwing. He’s using more off-speed, setting batters up, and pitching with a purpose, rather than just rearing back and letting it rip.
    He’s always had a good fastball, and he’s making it a lot more effective.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Thanks, D1- you said it a lot better than I did.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Zambrano averages 5 walks a game. Hopefully we are patient enough to wait and take advantage.

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Great ab by Tek to salvage what would have been an awful inning. Let’s see if Crisp and Pedroia can keep it going.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Crisp not happy with the ump and I can’t blame him. That strike 2 was a borderline pitch, and so far, he’s called it both ways with roughly the same frequency. Little consistancy would be nice.
    Crisp works a walk without taking the bat off his shoulders. Cool. Pedroia’s been hot, and we know he doesn’t chance crap. This could be a good situation.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • DUSTIN!!!

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • dPod!

    TJ May 8, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • PEDROIA IS HOT!

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • DPOD!!!!!!???????

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • What a nice way to be welcomed to tonight’s viewing experience.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Pedroia for a 3 run HR!!!!!! Sweet swing, DP!

    ToddSF May 8, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I still haven’t assimilated “dPod”. I may begin a write-in campaign, depending on how dependable Dustin becomes, for “the Droid”.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • DUSTIN! Comes through again! Anyone else still think he looks overmatched? I know Zambrano is no Johan Santana, but…oh wait, he also killed Johan Santana! Ha!

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Cora who :p

    TJ May 8, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • I’m so used to seeing that swing followed by a flyball floating down to the warning track…what a nice surprise to see the outfielder up against the fence and jumping for naught.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • OK, Josh. Let’s not screw around here, ok?

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Ayuh and d1, thanks for the insight. I loved the Beckett trade, although it was kinda hard to see him get pounded last season.
    Good to see he’s making adjustments now.
    I said it before, and I’ll say it again — I love this kid Pedroia. Whooo Sox!

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • I’m trying to think of who Pedroia reminds me of with that swing- sho used to drop to one knee like that? I think it was some tall, lanky slugger with a lot of strike-outs. Pedrioa could be a mini-me version of that.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Whoa, anyone remember when the Mets traded top prospect Scott Kazmir for this pitcher? Rates right up there with the AJ for Nathan/Liriano/Bonser trade (although that’s on a whole different level) as boneheaded move of the century. No wonder Mets fans are always so bitter.

    Andrew May 8, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Wasn’t Victor Zambrano waived by the Mets or something? What are the Jays doing with him? Or better yet, what’s he doing with the Jays?
    And to think he got traded for Scott Kazmir. Bleah.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Eh, Beckett started out Hill with two tough pitches to get ahead, then a bad pitch, a fat fastball laced for a double. Not a good job there. Hill is this year’s Vernon Wells, it seems.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Beckett is having trouble early giving up doubles

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • But Pedroia dont strike out a lot.

    TJ May 8, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • I’m not generally a fan of players with big upper-cut swings like that, but Pedroia could convince me otherwise. He’s very hot right now.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • No wonder Mets fans are always so bitter.
    Is every other fan base “bitter” to Yankee fans, or is it just SFs and Met fans? And what Met fan (or any fan of any team) shouldn’t be bitter about a trade like that!

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Beckett goes to 3-0 on Clayton on three not so great curveballs. The last one was a real hanger, though still not a strike.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Nice play by Lugo for the first out.
    Beckett catches too much of the plate on a 1-2 pitch and it gets slapped down the RF line. Gotta say, part of this seems like Beckett’s a little off. But part of it is definitely that some of these Toronto hitters see him really, really well. Mistakes will be pounded.
    Normally I’d agree with you, Ayuh, because most guys with big uppercut swings strike out a lot and don’t hit many line-drives. But Pedroia, for reasons I don’t fully understand, hardly ever K’s and he’s been spraying liners all season, which he did all the way through the minor-leagues. Somehow he’s just different.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • >I’m trying to think of who Pedroia reminds me of with that swing- sho used to drop to one knee like that?
    That immediately makes me think of Dave “King Kong” Kingman.

    ToddSF May 8, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Beckett’s just challenging himself with that leadoff double.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • I think Kazmir fits better with the Rays than the Mets. They have a ton of young talent in there.
    Of course, it will be a while before they can match up facet-to-face with the Beasts of the AL East, but this will be an exciting team to watch.
    Beck strikes out Philips and gets Clayton to fly out. No harm done on the double. Although it is kind of a cause for concern that Beck is getting hit a little bit hard early.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Gotta say, part of this seems like Beckett’s a little off.
    Agree, d1. I’d like to see another couple of runs right here, give some cushion, force the Jays to press a little. Beckett seems just a bit off – the curve is snapping, but it’s snapping a bit higher than you’d like to see, a little up in the zone.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Falls behind the No. 9 hitter but bounces back nicely to get a fairly easy flyball for the final out. Josh doesn’t seem to have his best stuff right now, but he’s working through it. He could go either way, I’d say.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Yoook! Single leads it off.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Todd- I thought about Kingman too. If Dustin was a foot taller, they’d look just alike at the plate.
    He does hit a lot of liners and doesn’t strikeout, so I’ll live with his swing.
    Beckett’s not sharp, but I like the way he’s settling down and making good pitches. It shows some maturation on his part. A year ago, he’d give up a hit like he did last inning, get p-o’d, and try to throw it through a wall and give up a big inning.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Agreed, SF. And the Blue Jays accounted for a huge chunk of Josh’s problems last year; it could well be that they’ve got some guys who just happen to see him especially well. Which means, not a good time to have your B stuff.
    Still, he hasn’t been bad, and now that he’s throwing the changeup with some consistancy he’s got a third pitch he can go to.
    Aaron Hill is my new least favorite Blue Jay. He hits everyone, and he catches f*cking everything Papi keeps in the yard. Ugh.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Wow. Zambrano gets lucky with a DP.
    Was Zambrano that good with the Ray that the Mets acquired him for Kazmir? Just wondering.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Drat, Ortiz softly lines into a double play.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Anyone watching NESN and not seeing the score/count/baserunners graphic?

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Rain – no, from the NY media, we all pretty much thought it was a bad move from the start.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • You’re right Devine- I’m not seeing the graphic either.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Want to see toxic Yankees fans in full bloom, cancer jokes and all? Just go here, and also feel free to check out the comments. These are the types of YFs that give the YFs who frequent this site a bad name.
    http://riveraveblues.com/2007/05/08/bill-simmons-big-fucking-hack/

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Yeah, that’s exactly right Ayuh. Last season if he struggled early it was only going to get worse. This season the hiccups don’t seem like portents of disaster…they seem like hiccups. Nice to watch a game and not immediately give up if Beckett is wild in the early going.
    They’re hitting the ball hard against Zambrano. Good sign. And I gotta say, this ump seems wildly inconsistant.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • LOWELL!!!!!

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Step on the throat!
    KILL!!!!!
    7-1.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Zambrano is self-destructing here.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • TOAST!!!!

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Leave Zambrano in!!!! This is an swesome time to get our stats back up.

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Zambrano’s getting shelled.
    Lowell with the 3-run homer, Tek with another!

    Andrew F May 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • wow. just tuning in, offensive barrage.

    minomni SF May 8, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Zambrano out, time to work that bullpen so tomorrow and Thursday they’re nice and soft…

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Dude…yes…yes…yes.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • meanwhile…..Texas is attempting to not do thier usual roll over die when they play the Yanks. Texas 1-0

    Rob May 8, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • BAHAHAHAAHA!!! LOWELL!! TEK!!! AWESOME!!!
    Wait a second…didthe Red Sox actually finish putting away a starting pitcher in the early innings?? This is incredible!! Normally they just clog up the bases and force him out via pitch count after 5 or 5+; this is SO much better!

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • All 9 runs in this game are homers.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Not to get too far ahead of ourselves here, but if the Sox take 2 of 3 in this series or, God help us, sweep, the Jays will be ELEVEN back in the loss column after 33 games.

    SF May 8, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Well, off homers.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Blowout!
    Wow, Zambrano’s a home run machine. Maybe we should let him pitch to MLB hitters at the Home Run Showdown at the All-Star Game :P

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Bah, they had a chance to score two that inning, but Slammin Sammy got thrown out at home trying to score from first on Blalock’s double. Either Toronto was all they needed to wake up, or Andy’s throwing very badly right now. 6 hits allowed through 3 innings, 4 for doubles.
    Unfortunately, Marcum’s actually a good pitcher. So let’s not get too upset if things don’t continue as they did against Victor.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • C’mon Beckett, let’s have a nice, clean inning…get them nervous, get them pressing.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Rios flies out to Drew. That guy scares the crap out of me, though not so much down 8-1 leading off an inning.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • is it just me — or do the Sox score a ton when Beck pitches?
    Anyway, I’m not complaining. I’m more worried about Dice-K tomorrow, actually. I hope he does well.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Yep, Rain, the Jays announcers said he has the #2 run support in the AL, I believe. Sort of the anti-Wake.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Rain- NESN just showed a graphic, the Sox score more than 7 a game for Beckett.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Excellent.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Heh, it was actually kind of the same thing last year, I believe. The difference being, Beckett’s pitched well enough not to need as much support this year…while what they’re doing to Wake would leave Santana struggling to win games.
    Beautiful. 2-3-4 hitters, sat down on 12 pitches. Just what he needed to do.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • What games does NESN actually show?

    Rob May 8, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Ughhh. Remember when we said Texas wasn’t rolling over to NY? Jeter doubles home Mientkievich, Giambi strikes out for out no. 2, A-Rod gets hit by a pitch…and Matsui reaches on a fielding error to the CF, plating two more runs. Is this another Raul Ibanez-type? 3-1 NY.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Texas rolled over faster than a….

    Rob May 8, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Anti-Wake. Hilarious. :P

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • espn schedule is showing daisuke against mcgown tomorrow and wake against ohka the day after. is this accurate?

    minomni SF May 8, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Well on the plus side, the top of the order is hitting Andy pretty good. Oh, and Boston’s winning 8-1…that’s cool, too. :-)

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • d1: Marcum may be a good pitcher, but he won’t be available tomorrow and maybe Thursday as well. That’s a damn good thing.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • “Want to see toxic Yankees fans in full bloom, cancer jokes and all?”
    you MUST have something better to do with your time (i hope)
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • I don’t think it’s fair to complain about Texas rolling over while we are up 8-1 against Toronto, on the road, having had to hit Victor Zambrano to start the game.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Wow, Marcum is good. He strikes out Manny.
    Is anybody here worried about Dice-K as much as I am, tomorrow?

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Andrews: I found that link because they linked to our site. The post that linked to us, that Simmons post, was rancid. It does many YFs a disservice, as far as I am concerned, particularly those who frequent our site. It’s why I hesitate to link to anything at Dirt Dogs; they often act the part of the ugly SF, and I don’t think it represents us well.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • just hoping to avoid halladay, i read that we’d be facing him again. espn shows him pitching against kazmir on friday, i hope this is true.

    minomni SF May 8, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Maybe a bit nervous, but not really worried about Matsuzaka.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Good tailing fastball with enough movement on it to keep Glaus off balance, hits it off the end of the bat to Crisp for out #2.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • //I’m trying to think of who Pedroia reminds me of with that swing- sho used to drop to one knee like that? I think it was some tall, lanky slugger with a lot of strike-outs. Pedrioa could be a mini-me version of that.//
    Andruw Jones.
    Pedroia swings exactly like him, barreling down on his right leg, he’s just not as strong.

    Steve May 8, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Super. Keep it rollin’.

    Devine May 8, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • fair enough, sorry.
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Nice call, Steve- I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re exactly right. Pedroia’s swing is a 3/4 scale version of Jones’.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • …OK Marcum’s not THIS good. Should be able to scrape out a couple of hits…
    And Tek comes through. 3/3, his avg is now up to .276. He may not be what he was in 2004, but he’s better then at any point in 2006.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Pedroia’s shot was almost comical, but grats. Along with a reach from Youkilis, Lowell and Varitek? Talk about contribution from less-than-expected places. Nifty.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • …then he makes Crisp look bad to end the inning. On the plus side, we won’t see Marcum again tomorrow…
    Heh, ag, in Fenway that’s likely long-gone. Pedroia’s got enough power to do what he did tonight in most stadiums, once in a while, but they probably won’t go much farther then that. But in Fenway, when he’s hot like this, I bet he hits loads of wall-ball doubles and a fair number into the Monster seats.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Just a thought on the Dirt Dogs post, SF :as a diehard Sox fan, I don’t really hate Yankee fans. hey, I like Alex Rodriguez, I love seeing him get into the groove early after all that he went through last year.
    For me its more of a friendly rivalry. In every team there will always be rowdy and, may I say, “uncivilized” fans. But I don’t think they represent the Red Sox Nation as a whole. I love discussing baseball with baseball fans, and it doesn’t matter if they’re Yankee fans or Sox fans. It’s still baseball.
    Tought to be a baseball fan in the Philippines, though.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Wow, Rain, you’re in the Philippines? Move from the States or did you pick up your fandom some other way?

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Well when you’re hot you’re hot; Pedroia hits a swinging bunt down the 3B line, nothing Glaus can do with it.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • the Droid continuing to RIP pitching, with a squibber infield hit. The man is HOT.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Rain- a charter member of Red Sox Nation Pacific Rim

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Yep, I’m in my beloved Philippines. Born here, raised here. Predominantly a basketball country, but I got tired of that sport.
    Watched the Sox since 1999, in the heydays of Pedro and Nomar and Lowe. Dunno — I just seemed to relate to baseball more. The highs and the lows it gives you — amazing.
    So yeah, I’m just a recent Red Sox fan, but a Sox fan nonetheless. We get limited coverage on TV though. That’s why I’m always at Gameday. :P

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Wow, 4 homeruns in less than 3 innings. That’s even worse than Chase Wright. With all this talk about the horrendous Yankee pitching, at least they don’t absolutely depend on guys like Victor Zambrano. They send them down to Tampa.

    Andrew May 8, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Youk gets hit by a pitch – Hinske replaces him. Hope he’s okay.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Damn…Youk gets hit again and comes out of the lineup again. Did he get hurt or is this just for a precaution?

    Rob May 8, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Rob- looks like just a precaution. Youk is on the bench, looking on.
    Youk definitely got plunked on purpose- you could tell by the pitcher’s expression.
    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Beckett comes out of the game, if the next Sox pitcher sends a message.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • There’s Red Sox Nation Pacific Rim? :P
    People kinda find it weird when I watch baseball here. But I don’t care. I love my Sox. And I have a few friends who are baseball fans too. Too bad one of them’s gone now.
    Anyway, back to the game — must be weird for Hinske to be back in Toronto. If I were him, I’d want to pummel the Jays.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • F*cking a. Lugo not good right now, grounding ball 4 into a double-play.
    Youk gets hit again. Janssen’s been a bit wild, but first pitch with two outs and the bases empty? That’s pretty convenient…ball hit him on the side of the leg, just above the knee. Looks like a precaution, Boston’s up by 7 so this is the right move.
    Apparently warnings have been issued. I hope Beckett doesn’t retaliate, but I bet Matsuzaka does tomorrow.
    Pretty cool, Rain. I definitely agree on the emotional ups-and-downs thing, too, it’s what makes me love baseball so much more then football. (I don’t even like basketball, and soccer in this country sucks; European football’s awesome, though) And it’s always nice to hear about Boston spreading its tentacles throughout the world. :-)

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Rain- that’s very cool. Just what time is it in the Philippines?
    At one time back in the early 90s, I looked at living in Australia on a temporary basis. My main concern was getting a way to see Sox games- I went so far as to plan out a way for people here to send me tapes of the games.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Walks Rios, last two pitches are breaking balls that aren’t even close. Not a bad move pitching around him and refusing to throw a fastball in the fastball count, though, Rios definitely hits him well.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • how is 4 HRs in 3 innings worse then 4 homerune to consecutive batters???

    TJ May 8, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Beckett jams Lind for the DP; Lugo made a great turn, jumping into the air and over the sliding Rios. Throw was low and Hinske handled it nicely.
    Wells hits a grounder pretty well on the turf, sneaks through the right side past a diving Pedroia. Just a little GB single.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Its 9 a.m. here, Ayuh. I’m at work and watching the Sox pummel the hell out of the Jays at Gameday, since ESPN Philippines shows random games. I was glad they showed the Sox-Yankees game at Fenway where we swept them Yanks.
    It’s a good day to be a Sox Fan. :P

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • The Beck still holding Toronto to one run. Only one blemish against him so far, although they hit him pretty hard with doubles the first few innings.
    I hope Dice-K has a good outing tomorrow. (read: run support, run support.)

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • It’s Tomo Ohka going against Matsuzaka…he shut the Sox down last time, but he’s still Tomo Ohka. On paper, at least, if Daisuke gets it together this is a game Boston should win.
    Beckett through 7 on just 89 pitches, with 1 run allowed on 5 hits and a walk, with 5 K’s. Another fantastic start, this time against an offense that pounded him last year.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Beckett shines again, 7IP, 5H, 1BB, 5K, 1R so far.
    Anyone want to check on Nick?

    SF May 8, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Cool, we get to see Devern Hansack tonight. Been looking forward to that.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • globe reporting that youk has a left leg contusion, listed as day to day.

    minomni SF May 8, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Heh, that’s no surprise. He got hit really hard in a bad part of the leg. Hopefully it’s just a bad bruise and he’ll be back tomorrow, but there’s a good chance he misses a day or two if it’s really sore.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • As Keith Olberman said “he’s listed as day to day- but then, aren’t we all?”

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • So Halladay IS going on Thursday. That’s the third time in what will be 33 games that the Sox will have faced the Jays’ ace. Bad luck.

    SF May 8, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Lugo! SMASHES a double to the deepest part of the park, landing just in front of the 400 mark in CF. 9-1 Sox.
    Toronto fans keep booing Hinske. Why? His fault he got traded, or are they bitter he didn’t do much after that RoY start? (Orsillo and Remy just asked basically the same question)

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Lugo with the double, but Vernon Welles not showing a whole lot of hussle on that ball.

    Ayuh - SF May 8, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • sigh. and so wakefield’s lack of run support will likely continue.

    minomni SF May 8, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Hopefully Youk’s okay. He’s one of the Sox table setters and we need guys on base for Papi, Manny and Drew to drive in.
    Wouldn’t it be cool for Hinske to have a big game tomorrow, just in case Youk misses the game, to silence them Jays fans? Ah, the thought.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • C’mon Hansack, it’s an 8-run game, throw strikes…

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Hansack’s throwing balls. He must be nervous.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • …9-2 Sox. Hansack hasn’t thrown in a week and it’s his first appearance this year in the bigs. Maybe it’s just rust and nerves, because he hasn’t had control problems in the minors.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Nice SO by Romero.

    Max May 8, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • ah, it’s great to see varitek hitting – quite a night for him.

    minomni SF May 8, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • And Snyder pitches a clean ninth with nine pitches, inducing two groundouts and a harmless foul popup. Great game all the way around; I hope Hansack gets another shot in a low-stress situation tomorrow or Thursday before they bail on him.
    Drew continues to look lost at the plate, but Lugo, Pedroia, and Tek all hit the ball hard tonight. Crisp’s struggling again, too, grounding out three times and K’ing once. Though he did hit the ball hard in his last ab, lining out to LF.
    Anyway, the 4/4 with a homer and a walk pushes Tek’s line up to: .284/.376/.409. Pedroia’s, .254/.361/.380. Not too shabby.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • I think Hansack was a combo of nerves and rust. He’ll be fine.
    Not too shabby at all. Well done, Sox.

    Kluv May 8, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Beckett stays perfect. Wow.
    Now all we need is Dice to find his groove.

    Rain SF May 8, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • “Anyway, the 4/4 with a homer and a walk pushes Tek’s line up to: .284/.376/.409.”
    Toast, indeed.

    Tyrel SF May 8, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Heh, I’m not saying anything about the rest of the season…but Pedroia’s OPS is now .741, and Cano’s is .677 after tonight. Just think it’s kinda funny, is all; Cano will turn it around, though.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Now up on the unfiltered blog at baseball prospectus:
    baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=361
    “Who’s A Cute Wittle Second Baseman?
    Dustin Pedroia — ready for this, boys and girls? — now rates as an above-average major league baseball player. ”

    Froggywomp (SF) May 9, 2007, 12:06 am

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