Watch the Ball, Dammit!: Sox-Tigers Gamer III

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Is this a picture of:

A) Last night's home plate umpire
B) Any given player on the left side of the Red Sox' infield
C) YF

You make the call. 

Chat about today's action in the Motor City here.

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  • I at a Seahawks preseason game a few years ago, and a very vocal (drunk) fan was lamenting the home team’s play. He was continually shouting – “our defense sucks!” – well, until he got kicked out for harrassing the “cheerleaders”…. that’s what I’ve felt about the sox’s defense lately. arg. they almost errored for the cycle!

    dw (sf) June 4, 2009, 10:11 am
  • Awesome “Meatballs” referrence.

    AJ Burnett — shocker — suspended 6 games and fined by MLB discipline czar/Yankee apologist Bob Watson.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 11:54 am
  • So much for Phil Hughes going to the pen. Get ready to take AJ’s place against the Rays next week kid…
    Burnett’s retaliatory pitch was definitely in the head area so I’m not totally upset by this, but it is interesting that no one – even the Texas batter he did it to – even blinked about it. Padilla had so clearly and egregiously targeted Teixeira in that game that the Texas hitters were just waiting to get their due and swallow their medicine…to mix metaphors.

    IronHorse June 4, 2009, 12:51 pm
  • AJ getting suspended is just as ridiculous as Beckett’s at the beginning of the season.
    It’s part of the game, like fighting and hockey

    rz-yf June 4, 2009, 1:04 pm
  • Wakes gets through 1st on 7 pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:16 pm
  • So far we are seeing the Dontrelle Willis of old.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:19 pm
  • Make that 9 pitches for Wake in the first.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:22 pm
  • Today marks the official one-third mark of the season with the game’s end. Lose and it’s a 93-win pace. Win and it’s 96. Go Sox; get the sweep!
    Dontrelle looking fairly tough.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:22 pm
  • Answer: We have bad Wakefield today. Three straight hits to open the second, the last a 2-run double.

    Loogie successfully handes the first ball hit his way.

    Cabrera comes up lame.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:28 pm
  • Ahhh, Wake. Not pretty.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:28 pm
  • 3-0.
    Ack.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:28 pm
  • already 3-0? cripes

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 1:28 pm
  • Dane Sardinha batting for the Tigers, the first major leaguer since Garth Iorg’s brother named Dane.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:30 pm
  • Lugo works a walk on a close ball 4. I’m astonished. 2 on, none out.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:36 pm
  • I agree AJ getting suspended sucks, but at least Watson is keeping things fair with the precedent he set regarding Beckett’s head-shot.
    Still, I agree with SF: it’s part of the game. No harm, no foul. Speaking of foul, why the hell wasn’t Kottaras sac-bunting there?

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:39 pm
  • Kottaras Ks, Pedroia BBs.
    I confess to worrying a bit about Drew up with them loaded and one down, even though I like him.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:41 pm
  • Drew walks. One run for the Red Sox.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:43 pm
  • Willis walks in a run, 3-1.
    It is becoming what I had feared, a crapola pitching day.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:43 pm
  • We’ll take it. Youk, let some of that anger out here with a granny.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:43 pm
  • These afternoon games during the week mess me up.

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • Youk walks, there’s another. Dontrelle losing the strike zone big time, not close.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:45 pm
  • Out goes Dontrelle.
    That’s a shame.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:46 pm
  • No kidding Paul, I didn’t know there was a game until about 10 minutes ago. At least I have a meeting-free afternoon.
    D-Train walks Youk. No-hitter still intact.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:46 pm
  • D-train d-railed. Zach Miner will replace him.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:46 pm
  • Oh shit, that really sucks. Glad I didn’t start him in my fantasy league this week.
    And Cabrera leaves the game with an injury? Okay, this game should be ours to lose fellas.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:47 pm
  • …aaaaand Leyland ejected. What was he arguing?

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:50 pm
  • YES!
    BAY!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:50 pm
  • Bay double, 4-3 Sox. From 3-run deficit to lead in five walks, a HBP, and a double (I think).

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:51 pm
  • Jason Copernicus Bay, please have my babies.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:52 pm
  • 5-3!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:52 pm
  • Every run is precious with Wake pitching, 5th one comes in on Lowell’s groundout.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:53 pm
  • All 4 BB, plus the HBP, have scored.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:53 pm
  • D-Train: no hits allowed, yet 5 ER. Good times.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • Baldelli with a grounder between third and short and that 6th run is in!

    Devine June 4, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • Adrian! 6-3!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • This is fun to watch!

    LocklandSF June 4, 2009, 1:55 pm
  • Copernicus? Seriously?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 1:56 pm
  • 6-3, and the Yankees are losing 2-1 also! What a great afternoon!

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:56 pm
  • Is anyone watching the game live? On Gameday, it looks like a lot of Willis’ pitches called for balls seemed veeeery close to being strikes.
    Did Leyland get kicked out for that?

    academic-SF June 4, 2009, 1:57 pm
  • A quick glance at wikipedia says his middle name is Raymond, but I like Copernicus better.
    I don’t know why Leyland was ejected, but I bet it was for that.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 1:59 pm
  • It confuses me that defensive metrics rate Ellsbury as average when he made running down that sure-fire double look easy. Maybe it’s how Abreu-like he is at plays near the wall?

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:02 pm
  • That’s gotta be in Devine, because his range is fantastic. If only he weren’t so afraid to go into the wall…
    The Abreu comparison is dead-on though. I didn’t see it until you mentioned it.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:06 pm
  • How the hell did the Sox play the Tiggers in a 3-game set and miss BOTH Verlander AND Jackson! Booo-urns!

    Mark - YF June 4, 2009, 2:10 pm
  • What happened to Youk???

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 2:11 pm
  • Kotsay pinch-hitting for Youk? In the 4th inning?
    I don’t like this one bit.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:12 pm
  • Maybe the injury from last night is bothering him.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:12 pm
  • ha – missed holladay twice in the recent Toronto series as well!
    anyone watching live – youk out cause of his ankle?
    6 runs on 2 hits… that’s an odd box score

    dw (sf) June 4, 2009, 2:16 pm
  • Caught stealing was beautiful. Great, great throw by Kottaras.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:18 pm
  • tight calf on youk according to the radio.

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • Thrown out, then a strikeout. 56 pitches after 4 innings for Wake; pretty damn good.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • Baldelli’s got the GIDP thing down

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 2:23 pm
  • He’s just trying to speed the game along; it’s a hot day in Detroit.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:24 pm
  • Err, it’s only 66 in Detroit right now. Maybe Baldelli just wants to speed the game along before he needs a nap.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • http://whatitslikeontheinside.com/uploaded_images/milton_looks-775673.jpg
    Ump from last night: “Have you seen my strike zone?”

    DUFF - SF June 4, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Weird world when a Tek home run in a montage seems so much more plausible than a Papi one.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Oh, what a play by the Detroit SS to rob Ellsbury of a bloop single to left (his favorite kind).

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:31 pm
  • Close, but replay shows Cabrera’s replacement hit a long foul ball.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:39 pm
  • Did they stop to review it Devine?

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:40 pm
  • Gameday informs us that yes, yes they did.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:43 pm
  • As it sits, Wakefield has a quality start of the minimal kind (6 IP, 3 ER). He’ll see the start of 7th at least, though.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • Teixeira hits a bases-clearing double, tie game in Yankeetown.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • I skipped back and forth between games, so if they checked, it was a fairly quick check.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • Hopefully he’ll pitched the 7th AND the 8th Devine; he’s only at 73 right now. I say keep him out there until he allows two baserunners.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:46 pm
  • I agree with you, Ath, though the loud out (and immediately following hard hit up the middle that Wake deflected to turn it into a DP) by the scrub is worrisome.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:49 pm
  • Loud strike, I mean.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:49 pm
  • 73 pitches through 6 for Wakes.
    DAMN!

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 2:50 pm
  • On-field delay???

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • Miner injured. Pitching change time could be lengthy.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • And that’ll do it for Wakes.
    Here comes Masterson.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • Wake removed after the double with 2 out in the 7th. I can see why, though I’d have just as soon given him one more batter.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • Damn, Wake lifted after the double to Raburn. Since Masterson is rested I guess I have no problem with this.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • Masterson does the job. Good times, great oldies.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:04 pm
  • Lowell singles on a 100mph pitch.
    Up steps Rocco GIDP Baldelli.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 3:09 pm
  • Lowell and Baldelli with great ABs against the flame-throwing Zumaya.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:11 pm
  • Baldelli did also single in the Red Sox’ latest run, but yeah the GIDPs weren’t fun.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:12 pm
  • Ellsbury with the cheap hit on 0-2. Yes.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:13 pm
  • Does anyone else cringe when they hear “bases loaded, nobody out for Lugo”?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • Lugo, of course, is terrible.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • News flash: Lugo is still useless.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:15 pm
  • Kottaras got jobbed on the K pitch. Predictably, it is up to Pedroier.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:17 pm
  • ZOOMaya: “No insurance for you.”

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • It’s a good thing we’re up 6-3, or that bases-loaded-with-nobody-out squander would have really stung.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:20 pm
  • Lugo’s only good fortune is that he can tell himself, when the boos inevitably and justifiably rain down on him, that they’re just emphasizing the first syllable in a stadium-wide chant of his last name.

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 3:21 pm
  • And you know he does, too. “Hey, I’m just like Youkilis guys!”
    Laird pinch-hitting. The Tigers need baserunners, how about you try bunting for a single big guy?

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:22 pm
  • I had sympathy for him until he tried defending himself on that screwed up DP against the Mets. Just go away.

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • Oki out of the inning, three-run lead intact.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:30 pm
  • The rumors are true: our bullpen is awesome (don’t make me regret these words, Pap or whoever).

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:32 pm
  • Radio guys are talking about Paps before the game giving a demo of some high end baby stroller/car seat/high chair. Sounds scary.

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 3:34 pm
  • Drew with the .800 OBP on the day. Gotta love it.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:36 pm
  • Why do you tempt the baseball gods, Devine?!?!
    Seriously though, you’re right:
    Masterson: 3.38 ERA (as a reliever)
    Ramirez: 1.35
    Okajima: 2.31
    Delcarmen: 1.17
    Papelbon: 2.35
    Saito: 2.84
    Bard: 1.04

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • For the record, those aren’t just the good pitchers: that’s every current member of the bullpen.
    Drew has 4 walks today, for a June OPS of 1.238

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Only 8 LOBs today.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 3:44 pm
  • Who goes when Smoltz comes on board?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 3:45 pm
  • The easiest of save situations for Pap, with Larish-Granderson-Inge due up.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:45 pm
  • It feels weird having 1.5x as many walks as hits today.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:45 pm
  • Devine, if Papelbon screws up today I’m blaming you ;-)

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:46 pm
  • The leadoff walk is infuriating. Far too many for Papelbon this year.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:49 pm
  • BAD PAPELBON

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:49 pm
  • Granderson has not GIDP all season…

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 3:50 pm
  • Getting the lead runner is huge on that hot shot up the middle.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:50 pm
  • Petey sucks.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • Elf!

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • What’s with Oki?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 3:53 pm
  • Of COURSE the tying run comes up, of COURSE it does.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:53 pm
  • Fuck you Devine fuck you Devine fuck you Devine

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:54 pm
  • Oh, my gameday show Oki pitching, it’s Paps?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2009, 3:54 pm
  • Sorry, let me rephrase that: I’m very unhappy with you’re antagonism of the baseball Gods Devine, I’m very unhappy with you’re antagonism of the baseball Gods Devine, I’m very unhappy with you’re antagonism of the baseball Gods Devine.
    Oh and look, the Yanks took the lead in the 8th. Peachy.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:55 pm
  • That’s two.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:55 pm
  • Hmm, can’t believe I said “you’re” instead of “your”. It’s been that kind of day so far.
    Foul pop-up for out #2? ME GUSTA!

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 3:56 pm
  • 2.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 3:56 pm
  • The grammar and punctuation gods are very unhappy with your use of the contraction instead of the possessive, Ath.

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 3:57 pm
  • Victoire! Sweep on the road, scoring runs, against a division leader. Nice.
    Pap laughs at the baseball gods.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 3:59 pm
  • I made things right by correcting myself! Polanco’s out just now proves that I successfully appeased them.
    I’m surprised Lugo didn’t screw that play up. Two road wins in a row? I am pleased by this.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 4:00 pm
  • Three road wins in a row. In fact, it’s a road sweep! First three-gamer on the road all season!

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • Suh-WEEP!
    And that caps what had started as a crappy road trip.
    The last time the Red Sox swept a series in Detroit was in September 1996, when Roger recorded his second 20K game.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • That’d be 4, count ‘em, 4 road wins in a row, and ends a 6-4 road trip.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • Now if only Texas can beat Mo here, today would be truly, truly sweet. But that’s getting greedy, I know.

    stuck working June 4, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • Papelbon’s WHIP is now 1.458, with an ERA of 2.25. Very Daisuke-like.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • Oh, nice! Considering how well the Tigers have done lately I hadn’t been paying too much attention to the long-term success of the roadtrip. Back to sweet, sweet Fenway we go.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 4:03 pm
  • I wonder how long it’s been since the Sox had a road swing that long be that successful.

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 4:05 pm
  • Mo gets the save after making Yankees fans sweat. Both of us stay tied for first.

    Atheose June 4, 2009, 4:08 pm
  • We’re 32-22. Is this our high-water mark for the season in terms of games over .500?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 4:11 pm
  • Bill, I just saw someone on SoSH say that this is the first time they’re 10 above .500.

    Devine June 4, 2009, 4:14 pm
  • Pretty incredible, given the Sox were seven over .500 after the 11-game streak. Gained three games in more than a month. :-P

    Paul SF June 4, 2009, 4:16 pm
  • horse, i think you’re on the money. I just saw the incident now, and I think it’s clear that the message being sent is, “don’t throw at the head.” It’s what Watson was telling Beckett, too.
    And, really, I don’t have a problem with that if it’s going to be consistent and if he suspends Joba the next time he throws at Youkilis.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 4, 2009, 9:56 pm

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