What Measure A Good Team? Yanks-Sox Gamer II

“We’re a good team. We’re just not playing good baseball,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “It’s frustrating the way we’re losing.”

I’m not sure what Gonzalez is on about here. I doubt there is any way to lose that ultimately proves less frustrating. Fewer balls pitched by the rotation that wind up going over the fence would be a good place to start being less frustrated.

Freddy Garcia got a gift win his second time out. If his first two outings are any indication of how he is going to perform today, the Sox might suddenly find themselves playing much better baseball, at least in the bottom half of the frame.

Felix Doubront has struck out thirteen batters over the ten innings he’s pitched this season. He’s also allowed thirteen hits, but both of his outings resulted in wins for Boston even though he has yet to claim a decision.

Comment away on your Saturday baseball action.

96 comments… add one

  • Sorry about the bad news on Pineda, YFs.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 2:30 pm
  • Reports are that the Red Sox and Cubs working on a deal for CF Marlon Byrd, who was struck in the face by an Alfredo Aceves fastball last year and hasn’t been the same since. He has three hits this year, so he’d fit right in.
    Speculation is that the Cubs would pick up much of the $6+MM contract. RHP Michael Bowden, who is from suburban Chicago, is rumored to be the bounty.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 2:36 pm
  • Repko has slight shoulder separation, which means we’ll have our vaunter OF of McDonald, Ross and Sweeney today.
    Does the fun ever start?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 2:40 pm
  • Raffi Torres gets 25 games.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 3:13 pm
  • You’re not a bad person. You just have bad behavior.
    Pineda news blows and makes Pettitte’s return less of a luxury than a lifeline. More depending on Pettitte now. If he can pitch as well as he did in his last season two year ago, the Yanks rotation should still be very strong. But yeah, it blows.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:18 pm
  • I’m counting the Yanks lucky there. I was certain that was a home-run of Gonzalez’s bat. Not shocked to see Freddy struggling.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:25 pm
  • I think I can actually see Ortiz drooling here.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:26 pm
  • 2-0 Sox. Merry-go-round starts. Freddy may be just what Youkilis needs to start hitting.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:27 pm
  • No reason to even show up today.
    Freddy is beyond reproach…as the worst pitcher in baseball.
    Enjoy SF’s.

    krueg April 21, 2012, 4:28 pm
  • Gets out of it. The Sox will simply feast on him today. Yanks need to beat the snot out of Doubront to have a chance. They’re certainly capable of it but they better get started before they’re down by a touchdown.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:30 pm
  • Generous strike-zone and Gradernson K’s looking.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:34 pm
  • Quit whining Doubront. A. that was clearly low. B. you already got your gifts this inning. Martin up with Jones on 1st. And high strike to Martin now.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:37 pm
  • Nothing. And here comes Sox batting practice part 2.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 4:40 pm
  • See? All the Red Sox needed was to see some below-average pitching.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 4:52 pm
  • Caps go up, 2-0 so I turn off the game.
    Then Sides and then Marchy score 28 seconds apart to tie it, 2-2.
    Now it’s 5-0 Sox.
    Turning into a good day for the Bostons.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 4:54 pm
  • Pedey’s RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd makes it 5-0 as Sox chase Freddie. Clay Rapada on for the Yanks.
    Clay Rapada kind of sounds like a type of fishing lure, doesn’t it?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 4:56 pm
  • Konerko just hit homer No. 398.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 5:04 pm
  • Oh, that’s a decent score to walk into. Just the 3rd, though.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 5:12 pm
  • But the Sox are poised to break this open. Sacks packed, no outs.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 5:14 pm
  • 6-0 Red Sox. Still feels like a tied game to me. So early and so little goes right this season.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 5:18 pm
  • 7-0 after 3.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 5:21 pm
  • And a touchdown it is! Goodbye all. Enjoy sfs. I’m on my first family vaacation in forever. Palm trees, sun, and hammocks. No need to torrture myself by following this one!!!

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 5:25 pm
  • Phil Humber apparently has something special going on at Comiskey.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 5:33 pm
  • At Comiskey?
    Youk out of the game. Just what we need, more injuries.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 5:39 pm
  • Humber through 6 on 57 pitches (I don’t start to get excited till about 1 out in the 8th, myself, but still). Tried to bunt on him for the last out of the 6th.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 5:40 pm
  • Humber through 7 on 69.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 5:55 pm
  • Humber through 7 now in Seattle.
    Salty double. More Sox runs would make me feel a little more secure. Admittedly Doubront is looking very good so far. Still, it’s the Yankees.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 5:56 pm
  • Double Salty, homer Ross. Deep fly ball out for McDonald.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 5:56 pm
  • Cody Ross jack makes it 9-0. I’m beginning to believe …

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 5:56 pm
  • Bruins lose. On the brink …
    Darnell almost goes deep too.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 5:57 pm
  • Sweeney has been pretty solid for the Sox this year, but makes an out there.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 5:59 pm
  • Sean McAdam: Baseball source: Byrd to Red Sox for Michael Bowden and PTBNL done. Cubs will pick up “most” of Byrd’s $6.5 million.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:03 pm
  • Another K for Doubront.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:03 pm
  • K-Rod!

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:05 pm
  • Teixeira launch. 9-1 Sox.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:06 pm
  • Humber 8 through 80. Three more.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:06 pm
  • Humber now perfect through 8.
    It’s pronounced “Umber.”

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:07 pm
  • Humber through 8 now.
    Texeira home run. 9-1.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:07 pm
  • Granderson pops it up to end the inning.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:08 pm
  • Slim Papi continues to hit.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:15 pm
  • One down for Humber (after going to 3-0, he struck him out).

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:21 pm
  • Two down, one out from history.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:23 pm
  • Ball one. Strike one.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:23 pm
  • 1-2.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:24 pm
  • 2-2.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:24 pm
  • 3-2.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:24 pm
  • Foul.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:25 pm
  • Strike 3 gets away! But the throw is on time to first! PERFECTO!!!!

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:26 pm
  • On the other side of the country, the Yankees are back within 4 after a granny by Swisher.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:27 pm
  • Well, congratulations.
    In the meantime Padilla has managed to load the bases and Nick Swisher promptly hits a grand slam.
    There’s always one guy in the bullpen who has to fuck things up and Bobby V has the unerring capacity to find him and put him in the game.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:28 pm
  • Padilla ain’t got nothin’ today as Cano doubles.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:29 pm
  • That was a, um, questionable call on Humber’s final out.
    Congrats just the same.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:31 pm
  • Albers, eh? Haven’t seen you for a bit.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:31 pm
  • Errrrrrorrrrrrrr. Can’t see it…but annoyed!

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:32 pm
  • Really need Tex to hit into a DP here.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:32 pm
  • Of course there’s also the games when our starters decide to fuck things up all by themselves.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:33 pm
  • Morales warming up. That’s comforting.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:34 pm
  • With sadness I refer to some of my comments above.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:35 pm
  • Someone had better go check the Tobin Bridge.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:36 pm
  • Alright, who expected this?
    *raises hand*

    Devine April 21, 2012, 6:39 pm
  • Now Tazawa’s warming.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:40 pm
  • Can’t help but wonder how many of these arms will be in the bullpen come July.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 6:42 pm
  • Well, I felt uncomfortable all through the game, even with the big lead. So not a major surprise, no.
    And Joe Girardi said in the fourth that strange things happen in this park. I would have said that strange things tend to happen to the Red Sox recently.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:43 pm
  • Inning over and miraculously we still have the lead.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 6:45 pm
  • Aceves in for a 6-out save in April.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 7:03 pm
  • I never felt comfortable, either, PBE.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 7:03 pm
  • If I were krueg I’d say game over, season over.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:09 pm
  • Inevitable.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:12 pm
  • Yep, FUCK EVERYTHING! Disaster. Walking fucking disaster.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 7:12 pm
  • FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 7:13 pm
  • Only surprise here is that Swisher did not hit it out.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:14 pm
  • OMG.

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 7:14 pm
  • I feel worst for Doubront.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 7:15 pm
  • Bases loaded, nobody out, Texeira up. It’ll be a laugher in seconds.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:18 pm
  • *clown car music plays*

    Devine April 21, 2012, 7:20 pm
  • And Repko isn’t available for mopup.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 7:21 pm
  • One guy in the bullpen having a bad day, yeah, happens. But absolutely nobody getting the job done??
    And yeah, Doubront deserves all our sympathy.
    We’ll see a fielder pitch the ninth for the Red Sox, I predict.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:21 pm
  • Congrats IH, krueg, gerb. I’m just so disgusted; I think I might take a couple of weeks off and let them play however they’re gonna play with my eyes not there.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 7:22 pm
  • My my..not sure if it can get any worse.
    Interestingly, following this on gamecast and watching Moneyball…this happened pretty close to the scene where the A’s blow their lead against KC during the 2oth game of their win streak.

    Rob SF April 21, 2012, 7:23 pm
  • I was obviously rooting for this, but man, this must be disheartening for you SFs..

    Lar April 21, 2012, 7:25 pm
  • DP. We get a break, really?

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:25 pm
  • Not that it helps.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:25 pm
  • I don’t remember one like this. No matter how many billion times these teams play, every season something happens in their games that I just haven’t seen before. Condolences to the sfs here. Of course, it’s still not over…

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 7:29 pm
  • I agree IH, I am really not sure how to look at things yet. It is early in the season and a little to early to head to the bridge with the quickcrete and buckets, but the Sox are making it painful to even look at them.

    Rob SF April 21, 2012, 7:32 pm
  • I didn’t watch the beginning (came in at 9-0).. was it really that much of Bobby V’s fault?

    Lar April 21, 2012, 7:35 pm
  • IDK if it is or isn’t. Just seems to be head-scratching decisions.
    BL…Players have to perform. They are not doing that.

    Rob SF April 21, 2012, 7:36 pm
  • Oh, it’s over, all right.

    Devine April 21, 2012, 7:37 pm
  • Seen some crazy stuff over the years, but 15 unanswered runs are crazy even for this rivalry..
    I don’t know. Still early in the year, early in everything, no one wins the world series in april..

    Lar April 21, 2012, 7:40 pm
  • Obviously Bobby Valentine has to accept some blame for this wreck of a season. This game? Taking out Doubront after 99 pitches was the right thing to do, I believe. Padilla obviously did not work out, but who was to know that beforehand. Walking Cano was stupid, but was hardly decisive.
    One thing that gives me a tiny tiny amount of pleasure is how stupid all of this makes Nick Cafardo look who has been championing BV since last October.

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:48 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for Tazawa. Can we now get Papi to lead off with a seven-run homer?

    pale blue eyes April 21, 2012, 7:51 pm
  • I hate Bobby V, but no manager is responsible for 15 unanswered. The Boston pen is one of the worst in baseball. I’m not saying that to dump on Sox fans, especially after a gut-puncher like today. It’s just a fact that their pen is very weak and I guess the Yanks caught them on a particularly bad day. I’m stunned. Good night all…

    IronHorse (YF) April 21, 2012, 8:11 pm
  • I’m starting to think that the finger pointing starts with Theo.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 8:11 pm
  • Players not performing is not Bobby’s fault.
    I have withheld opinion on him as a manager and his managing of the Red Sox thus far. But I will not hang this on him.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 8:15 pm
  • A line from Hoosiers is appropriate for Bobby right about now: “Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass everyday, but, mister you ain’t seen a ray of light since you got here.”

    I'mBillMcNeal April 21, 2012, 8:29 pm
  • Heavy rain is expected to wash out today’s game at Fenway. I’m hoping it is a harbinger of good things, the tying of the bow, so to speak.
    On Aug. 27, 2011, the Red Sox played a doubleheader at Fenway against Oakland. the doubleheader was played because a hurricane was rolling in off the Atlantic, and it would doubted that the scheduled Monday game would be able to be played, so they played two on Sunday.
    The Red Sox won both games that day, the winning pitchers were Lester and Aceves.
    Since then, the Red Sox are a brutal and embarrassing 12-31.
    So perhaps this rainout today can be the bookend to that Aug. 27 event.
    Or at least it can be the day Ben sits down and figures out how to cleans up the bullpen.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 22, 2012, 1:01 pm
  • Bummer re: tthe rain, mainly because this looked like a game I’d actually get to wattch live after my kids go to sleep. Is it pretty certain they’ll call it at this stage?

    IronHorse (YF) April 22, 2012, 4:35 pm

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