Where Have You Gone, Julio Lugo? Sox-Phils Gamer I

Julio Lugo brings people together. Where once we were divided over which Red Sox player to like least — Javier Lopez? Lugo? — this slightly built, no-hit, no-field shortstop has unified us. And what thanks does he get?

For the sixth consecutive game, Nick Green is the Red Sox' starting shortstop. Hard to argue against that. Green has a career-high 93 OPS+ — light years better than the 70 Lugo has posted in two-plus years with the Red Sox. And while Green is no great shakes at short — negative 16.6 runs per 150 games, according to UZR — he looks like Ozzie Smith next to Lugo — negative 33.6 runs! — in the field.

So here's to Nick Green, who was not expected to even make the club out of spring training, didn't play a single game in the majors last season, but is nevertheless now playing the best baseball of his life for the first-place Boston Red Sox.

Other lineup news tonight: the streaking David Ortiz (so nice to say that) is playing first against the Phillies, with Kevin Youkilis at third and Mike Lowell taking the evening off.

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  • MLB.com had the game listed at 6:05, so I left the pool early just to find out we still have an hour. Damn you interwebs!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 6:08 pm
  • OHH by the way, I know one of the kids that the Red Sox drafted: Blaze Tart, from the 33rd round, a RHP. My brother played with him at a camp in Florida last summer, and the kid is beast. Cocky as hell, kind of arrogant, but he’s very good.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 6:55 pm
  • Player A: lifetime .270/.335/.390 88 OPS+, 87r|160h/162g
    Player B: lifetime .283/.350/.360 88 OPS+, 89r|176h/162g
    Player A: the aforementioned Great Unifier. Player B: The Great Gritter. I don’t really have a point.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2009, 7:06 pm
  • Sox are something like 25-8 when Green starts at SS.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 12, 2009, 7:12 pm
  • Good inning from Lester, who is hitting that outside corner well, despite the walk.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Oh hey, Lester is on deck. Forgot we’re in the NL.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Good to see that a game that has “letdown” written all over it is already looking like a letdown.

    SF June 12, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • Is that a real name or a porn name?

    SF June 12, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • Blaze is his nickname, his real name is William.
    HEY Ortiz picked it up quick enough! Lucky that the umpire didn’t give up on it and kept paying attention. Run scores, but we’ll take the out.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • Great play by Pedroia to save a run!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • I was very content to get out of that inning with Lester only giving up a run. Coulda been a lot worse.

    stuck working June 12, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • Despite the two hard hit balls, Lester was pitching well that inning. Hopefully that counts as his “big inning”

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:49 pm
  • How are the Phillies only 12-14 at home?

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • Wow, nice catch by Victorino. Two very well struck balls by Pedroia/Drew, both outs.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • I cringe seeing Papi sprinting backwards in foul territory after a pop-up.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • Stop squeezing Lester!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • WOAH Youk homered? My mlb.tv game came back from commercials with Bay at bat. Thanks a lot, assholes.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • Ellsbury singles. Welcome back!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Does anyone else think Blanton’s face look like a baby’s, with a fake goatee? He looks like he’s 6 months old.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • Blanton’s getting by on sheer blind luck and an obscenely huge strike zone. Hopefully they won’t last forever.

    Micah-SF June 12, 2009, 8:10 pm
  • And Lester strikes out the side. His ERA’s under 5, let’s hope it stays there.
    Good to have the real Lester back.

    Micah-SF June 12, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • They’re not saying Dreww, they’re booooing.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 12, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • jd!
    anyone else see that john henry twittered “curse of MT” after last nites win. teixeira is pissed about it.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • JD Drew opposite-field homer. Yep, it’s June alright!
    Did he really sf rod? That’s hilarious! Do you have a link to Teix talking about it?

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Wow, Lester strikes out Howard, Ibanez, Victorino and Felix in a row. Lot of good bats there.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • Lester is working like a mofo, 5 straight K’s.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • here’s the cut and paste from lohud…..
    UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: Mark Teixeira was fired up today. It seems that Red Sox owner John Henry has a Twitter account and last night wrote “The MT curse?” when the Yankees lost. Boston is still steamed, apparently, that Tex signed with the Yankees.
    “How old is Mr. Henry?” Tex said, who said he didn’t want to get into it with a “70-something-year-old man about baseball. … I think it’s a little silly. It’s actually very silly.”
    Henry is actually 59, which makes Tex’s comment even funnier. Of course he looks about 80.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Jesus, 6 straight. He’s unhittable right now.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • the funny part for me is leigh teixeira ain’t half the looker johns arm piece is.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Struck out the side TWICE IN A ROW. I love this.

    Micah-SF June 12, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • That’s hilarious rod. I actually think Henry looks very good for his age; he carries himself well. And yeah, he pulls trim better than Teix does, which only makes it funnier.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • one of the other beautys from pete abes column is about how girardi intends on getting payback for the a-rod HBP. did joe even see the first 7 games of that series? 10 sox players HBP’s to 3 for the yankees. guess joe wants to throw at bay’s ribs for a third time. somebody might wanna let joe know that the greatest vindication is winning a game.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Boooo a non-strikeout.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Lester puts away Utley. He’s f*cking perfect tonight, hitting all the spots. He looks better than his last start.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Three of those pitches to Werth were strikes. Ugh.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • 8 of the last 9 outs have been strikeouts. Fantastic.
    94 pitches for Lester. Hopefully he can get another K next inning before getting pulled.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • damn lester looks like he’s in a groove. that curve is filthy right now while the heater is topping out at 96.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • joba yanked after 4 innings and 100 pitches. 52 for strikes. how long will they let that guy keep starting? can’t see how you can argue that you’d rather get 4-5 innings of joba starting every sixth day over a viable 8th inning bridge to mo every nite out.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Joba is a very good starter, he just needs to learn some better control. Only one hit through four, but 5 walks and two HBP.
    Tomko just gave up 4 runs without recording an out. Giggle.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Strikeout #10!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Now THAT is a quality start. 111 pitches, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts – including 10 of the last 12 hitters.

    Micah-SF June 12, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • wow. just wow. lester has the phils guessing. and wrongly so.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Strikeout #11!
    Between the 4th and 7th innings, 10 of the 12 outs were strikeouts. He’s at 111 pitches, and he’s flat-out dominating. Do you send him back out for the 8th?

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • That was downright Pedroesque.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • the mets are just running wild on posada.
    goodnite blanton. he has always had better success against the sox than lesser opponents. sox bat .263 against him in 51 career innings.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Just got in from work – what a close game. Was Blanton that good?

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • i wouldn’t say “that good”. he was effective and locating. he always keeps the sox off balance. some quality D behind him as well. the sox were set up for a let down today and have some how managed to scathe it off for a bit.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • He was that lucky, RBF. Though he did have 7 K’s.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • Bullshit strike zone is irrelevant to the great Oki! One down.

    Micah-SF June 12, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • would love to see bard in for the 9th but the sox have ramirez warming. not sure paps is available after throwing the last 2 nites (although only 9 pitches last nite).

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • My heart skipped a beat on that Rollins fly out.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Oki strikes out Utley to end the inning. Don’t be surprised in Bard comes out instead of Ramirez for the 9th.
    And yeah, I doubt Paps is available.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • no one else up in the sox pen. looks like oki for one more or ramirez.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • Indeed, Papelbon is not warming. Ramirez still warming.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • baldelli hitting in oki’s spot, so…. ram ram for the 9th.
    dead money has really earned his the last two nites.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • dead money?

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • You know, personally I would have let Ramirez pitch the 8th and saved Oki for the 9th, so he could pitch to lefties Howard and Ibanez. They scare me.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • is my gameday frozen or is the NY-NY game really only in the 6th?

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Dead money is what we’ve started calling Drew. Mazz coined the term the other day because he’s an idiot, and since we’ve been using it he’s gotten hot.
    Baldelli walks? Jizz in my pants.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • Yep it’s only the 9th. That’s what happens when Joba walks 3 and hits 2 batters in one inning.
    Wow, I didn’t realize Pedroia was in such a slump right now.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Errr, it’s only the 6th*

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • you’re not frozen. joba walked the park while reaching his pitch limit in the 4th.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • if drew is dead money, lugo is refried beans.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • I’m calling it now: Ramirez is going to blow this save.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • ath- i just virtually punched you. i hope you are in virtual pain.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • Sure enough, Daniel Bard is warming in the pen. I hope Ramirez didn’t see that; that’s a confidence killer right there.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • Ramirez has a cutter? That fastball was definitely cutting. Wow.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • ram ram say’s “ath, suck it”.
    sincerely- the eck “the enterpreteur”

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Here come the power threats.

    Devine June 12, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • dammit

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • And there you go.

    Devine June 12, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • its on you ath.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Howard destroys a pitch. I apologize for predicting this.
    Like I said about 10 minutes ago, I would have brought Ramirez in for the 8th so Okajima could pitch to Howard and Ibanez in the 9th.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • And the Yanks just went ahead of the Mets.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • And the Yanks just went ahead of the Mets.
    You’ve gotta be f*cking kidding me.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Way to waste a great pitching performance from Lester with a poor choice of who to have save the game.

    Rob SF June 12, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Ibanez walks.
    Josh Bard please.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Papelbon looks solemn in the bullpen.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • I just dont understand the choice…Bard and Masterson have had a lot of rest and should have been the option over Ramirez.

    Rob SF June 12, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Free baseball!

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • I think Tito wanted to let him get back on the horse as quickly as possibly after giving up 2 homers to New York the other night. I guess I understand the logic, but still disagree with the decision.
    Masterson is being saved to pitch innings 5-8 in Daisuke’s start tomorrow, I assume. It’s funny cause it’s true.
    Stairs misses a homer by a little bit, extra innings time.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Hey look, the Yankees are doing their best to give the game back to the Mets.
    Bonus baseball time!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Orsillo: “24 of Madson’s last 25 appearances have been scoreless.”
    Sounds like a first-class jinx to me!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Well, the Mets tied it on a DP. How absolutely Mets of them.

    Devine June 12, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Mets tie it back up to make Ath stop swearing.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • alright, time to guess how this one ends.
    my guess is…..
    bay homers. bard shuts the door.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • ^ I like what sf rod said. I’m going with that.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • Youk! Way to take one for the team!

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • OK, Bay, it’s time.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Go-ahead run on base!
    Masterson up in the pen, in case we don’t score.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • ok, change of plans….
    kotsay doubles and youk scores from 1st. theeeeeeeeen bard shuts the door.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 9:57 pm
  • Do you have a plan C?

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • How about… Kotsay reaches on an error, then Varitek drives Youk in?

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Woah, Youk safe BARELY. Replay shows he didn’t really tag him.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Kotsay walks, Varitek thinks it’s April so he homers and theeeeeeeen Bard shuts it out

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • how do you send youk there? replays say 50/50.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • On to the next inning. A shame to waste Masterson in extras today with Daisuke pitching tomorrow.
    5 homers in New York tonight: Cano, Teixeira, Jeter, Matsui, and Sheffield.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • shitfuckcocksucker

    Devine June 12, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Masterson is MUCH better than his bloated ERA: as a reliever it’s only 3.07.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Meanwhile in Gotham, the Mets say, “Please you take the game, we don’t need it…”

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • ath- they had babe ruth’s lone surviving 91 year old daughter hit the ceremonial first pitch into the right feild upper deck. so that’s 6 to be exact.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • Bruntlett, who is hitting .152, gets on base twice tonight via HBP. Pathetic.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • We also forgot about the 2 homers that the hotdog vendor from section 118 accidentally hit in between innings. Even he doesn’t know how it happened.
    Great play by Pedro to get the lead runner.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • The Yanks respond, “How sweet but please don’t bother for us.”

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Jason Bay drinks your milkshake!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:09 pm

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • wow. what a grab by bay in foul territory.
    now lets win this thing!

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • so who’s available on the bench?
    kotorras/baily/lugo/lowell ?????

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • i think baily went down when kotasy was activated.
    so, kotorras/lugo/lowell

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • ha ha. girardi using mo in the eighth tonite.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Girardi must read YFSF – Mo pitching the 8th.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Oh thank goodness that stayed in the park.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Yeah, just noted that in the Yankees thread. Glad Joe has such a slow hook, frankly.

    SF June 12, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • wow. i was certain that ball was gone when it left the bat.
    soemone needs to test that mans urine.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • damn!

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • mo giving it up!

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Mo does give up a run so maybe Joe was right.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Holy crap that was foul thank goodness.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • holy crap! the radio announcers sounded like the game was over.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • excuse my while i get the stain out of my shorts. it’s going to the booth but replay says foul.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • Im shocked the umps aren’t reviewing this homer. I thought it was fair for sure.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • Saito time.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:39 pm
  • Lugo just got a hit? In a meaningful situation? Color me confused.

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:51 pm

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:55 pm
  • Yanks win the game on an error by Castillo…

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 10:58 pm
  • Break out!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Hey look, the guy who should have pitched the 9th.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 11:07 pm
  • dammit dammit dammit

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 11:11 pm
  • Crap, Bard hits Ibanez.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 11:11 pm
  • not an error, but maybe the king of all errors. A routine popup to end the game pops out of his glove. Unreal. The Mets really do suck.

    SF June 12, 2009, 11:12 pm
  • Kid is nervous

    SF June 12, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • Wicked curve wins the game!

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 11:14 pm
  • Josh Beckett giving Bard a lot of love.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 11:14 pm
  • game over

    rootbeerfloat June 12, 2009, 11:14 pm
  • Good start to the weekend!

    SF June 12, 2009, 11:15 pm
  • I still can’t believe the Yankees won. Gameday originally said “In Play, out(s)” so I turned it off. I was horrified when someone in this thread mentioned that they won.

    Atheose June 12, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • hopefully ram ram went right to lesters locker and apologized.
    love me some dead money.

    sf rod June 12, 2009, 11:36 pm
  • Phuck you, Philly.

    Devine June 13, 2009, 2:03 am

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