You be Schillin’: O’s-Sox-Gamer IV

Well, Paul called it last night:  Julian Tavarez can’t bring his "A" game against anyone but the best.  Today we’ll see if Curt can do otherwise, and pitch up to the Sox’ level as opposed to down to the Orioles.  It’s a beautiful day in Fenway (we assume; we’re in upstate NY, Yankees’ territory, for better or for worse!), and we’ll be tuning in, via DirecTV, radio, internet, or any other way we can.  Let’s go Sox!

Consider this your game thread for all the action.  Lineups when they become available.

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  • Baltimore
    B. Roberts 2b
    N. Markakis rf
    M. Tejada ss
    R. Hernandez c
    A. Huff 1b
    M. Mora 3b
    J. Gibbons dh
    J. Payton lf
    C. Patterson cf
    Boston
    J. Lugo ss .241
    K. Youkilis 1b .322
    D. Ortiz dh .305
    M. Ramirez lf .252
    J.D. Drew rf .255
    M. Lowell 3b .304
    J. Varitek c .271
    C. Crisp cf .236
    D. Pedroia 2b .256

    TJ May 12, 2007, 12:49 pm
  • Roberts already down 0-2 to Schill

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • Roberts punched out looking on an outside corner pitch

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • Schill walks Markakis

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • It never fails that after I do a post praising the Sox offense, they leave 13 men on base. Blech. I’m just glad SF gave me credit for the Tavarez prediction instead of labeling me a jinx ;-). Let’s hope they realize this is Steve Trachsel they’re facing today…
    Markakis walks.

    Paul SF May 12, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Tejada flies out to right

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Hernandez grounds out to short. Strand a runner on base.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • Nice AB by Lugo. Falls behind 0-2 and manages to hit a soft liner to left.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Lugo nailed AGAIN leading off 1st. Last night he made a fake step to second that got him piced off and he just did it again and was meat by a foot of the bag.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • Youk grounds out to short….Papi headed to the plate.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Papi flies out to left. The wind is coming in from the outfield and it caused Payton to take a wierd stance facing right to make the catch of the fly ball.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • Mora flies out to center, 2 down.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Gibbons sends a shot to left that Manny has a chance at and does not get it. The wind is blowing across the outfield from Right to Left. Not sure if the wind affected it, but he did appear to be trying to get to it.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Payton flies out to center, Gibbons stranded on second.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • Well, DirecTV is blacked out, as I thought it might be, which means I am left with Gameday. Not as nice an alternative. Doesn’t seem like much of an affair, yet.

    SF May 12, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Looks like noone told the Sox it’s Trachsel, Paul.

    SF May 12, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • SF…game is on MASN if you get that.
    Patterson with a nice drag bunt to get on.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Rob:
    Where are you located? DirecTV blacks out both, I think because of FOX nat’l rights. Are you in Baltimore?
    I couldn’t get covereage on either NESN or MASN.

    SF May 12, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • 2 on, none out in the third. If the Sox get rolled by the Orioles again I am going to be very depressed.

    SF May 12, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • I am in NC…I have dish netork with the Regional Sports package. I have not gotten any games yet on NESN, but I have all of the FOX Sports channels, SAY and MASN. I also get a MASN 2 that I have not seen a game on yet.
    Plus I get about 7 ALT sports channels.
    I pay 5.99 a month for it.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Don’t worry SF, the Orioles are as adept at losing entirely as the Sox are for leaving men on base.

    Andrew May 12, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • Nice DP to get out of the inning and not let any runs across.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • Wow, D Pod with a shot right back up the box that Traschel manages to find in his glove. 2 Down.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Lugo manages to single again. Note to Lugo….don’t get picked off this time!!

    Rob May 12, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • Sorry, Lugo doubles.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Both teams seem kind of flat. No energy at all.
    I wonder if this is related to the new “no greenie” policy.

    Ayuh - SF May 12, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Both teams seem flat and the strike zone has been iffy at times. Both pitchers have looked to the ump at leat twice thinking they had been pinched on a pitch.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:09 pm
  • Mora Ks to end the inning.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:09 pm
  • Ortiz and Manny work walks to start the inning.

    TJ May 12, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • Drew with a productive out with a deep fly, ortiz and manny advance.

    TJ May 12, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • I think that had the wind not been blowing from right to left that Drew’s shot may have gone out.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Papi knocked in on the sac fly. 1-0 Sox

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • Gibbons slice another one to left for a lead off double.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Roberts doubles to left off the wall and Gibbons scores.
    Game all tied up at 1.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • DPod gets on when Huff drops the throw. Traschel is then called for a Balk, DPod to 2nd with no outs.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Papi comes through with men on 1-3. Slices a double into left field that allows DPod to score and allow the runners to advance to 3rd and Papi pulling up at 2nd.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • Papi with an RBI double 2nd and 3rd 1 out Pedroia scored 2-1 Sox

    TJ May 12, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • Sox finally realizing that this is, in fact, Steve Trachsel.

    Andrew May 12, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • damn soldier rob, they left you on your lonesome here today eh? manny with a double

    C Lo May 12, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Manny follows with a 2 run double 4-1

    TJ May 12, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Manny then follows that with a 1st pitch double down the 3rd base line and sores Papi and Youk.
    Traschel gets the hook.
    Still one out.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • oh, perhaps not

    C Lo May 12, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Been a lonely day here C Lo.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • jon leicester spells his name wrong

    C Lo May 12, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Drew with a very shallow fly to center. Roberts pulls it in a semi acrobatic catch.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • [b]
    Keith Law on Dustin Pedrioa – Future backup infielder?
    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/insider/columns/story?columnist=law_keith&id=2859877
    Dustin Pedroia doesn’t have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power. If he can continue to hit .260 or so, he’ll be useful, and he probably has a future as a backup infielder if he can stop rolling over to third base and shortstop[/b].

    Gerald_Yf May 12, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Kind of hard to determine that Pedroia is already a back up infielder. The kid is young and is still learning to hit.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Schilling has allowed three consective base hits to load em up.
    sheesh…

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Bases loaded….
    Mora at the plate….
    3-0 count…..
    disaster brewing.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Wow…Schilling comes back from being down 3-0 and throws 3 consective strikes to get Mora swinging.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Gibbons get Schilling again. He singles to left on a low and away pitch (all three hits have been off that), scoring one and keeping the bases juiced with one out.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Schilling thinks he has a strikeout on a low and outside pitch which looked outside and he has words for the ump. He then proceeds to walk Payton and send another run in. Schill is pulled with the bases loaded and the score now 4-3 with one out.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Prediction: never-disciplined Patterson strikes out.

    Andrew May 12, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • On the location of the low and outside pitch it would be low and inside to a left handed batter. That pitch has not been called all day. Schilling should not have expected that.
    Lopez in now and has already run the count to 2-0

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Patterson grounds out to 2nd driving in a run and allowing the score to even up.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • 8 batters that inning….Schilling looked horrible after sitting for longer than normal when we batted last inning. Most hits given up in a game this year by Schilling. Should be an interesting write on his blog.
    Lopez thankfully gets us out of it with the score atleast tied.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • Lopez does a nice job of preventing disaster.

    Andrew May 12, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Tek plunked on the leg.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:34 pm
  • Coco trying to bunt Tek over to 2nd.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • Coco advances Tek to 2nd on the SH.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Aargh- I hate the bunt. I belong to the Earl Weaver school: You only have 27 outs, don’t give ’em away.

    Ayuh - SF May 12, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Pod flies out to center.
    2 down, Tek still at 2nd.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Lugo hits a high chopper that the infield annot get to allowing Tek to get to 3rd and Lugo safe at 1st.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • Youk singles to center, Tek scores, Lugo to 2nd.
    Sox 5-4!!

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Lugo steals third.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Papi flies out to center. Sox retake the lead.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Lopez K’s Markakis and then he is pulled. I think Donnely is headed to the mound.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Great…Donnelly allows a guy on, then hits Hernandez to put two players on.
    Tito runs to the mound to pull him and call for Okajima.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • Crap…Tejada steals 3rd. Hernandez stays at 1st.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Okajima does the job and strikes out Huff.
    2 down.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Okajima gets Mora to ground to 3rd ending the threat.
    Okajima again with another great appearance from the pen.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Manny draws a walk to start the inning.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • Leicester is leaving the game with some sort of arm injury. The kid should have been pulled from the game after he walked Manny and Drew.
    The O’s left him in the game hoping for him to somehow wish himself out of the inning.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Pedroia will be near .300 with around 10 HRs at seasons end.

    TJ May 12, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Tek is batting with a 2-1 count and the bases loaded, no outs.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Tek goes down swinging on a nasty breaking pitch.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Crisp hits a chop shot into the pitching mound, Tejada throw him out at 1st, Manny scores from 1st.
    Cora coming in to pinch hit for DPod with runners at 2nd and 3rd.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • I would be happy if Pedroia gets that TJ.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • Cora comes through with a 2RBI single to right field.
    Ball was just out of the reach of Huff.
    Sox up 8-4.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Lugo flies out to left, his first AB this game that he is retired.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Paps hasn’t worked in a few days. Maybe he pitches the ninth with the lead anyways.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Millar singles off Okajima to start the 8th.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Payton then singles.
    Two hits in a row off of Okajima.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Paps has just started warming up in the en.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • i’ve never seen oki struggle like this.

    sf rod May 12, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • Oki hasn’t worked in a few days either.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • Rob, dedicated to the Sox’ game thread today! Way to go, Rob!
    Missed most of the game, but was able to catch the last two innings on faint AM radio coverage up in the hills. Good result so far, one inning to go!

    SF May 12, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • Thanks, been a nice quiet day here with the wife and kids gone from the house.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:40 pm
  • Manny’s average up to .256
    Ortiz on 1st after singling to center.
    Manny then plunked on the rib/right elbow. Hard to see where it really hit.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:42 pm
  • Drew singles to left, Papi scores from 2nd.
    9-4
    Drew looked today to be coming out of the funk that has had him the last two weeks.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • yeah. thanks for keeping it going rob. i know alot of us were blacked-out today.

    sf rod May 12, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • Lowell slaps one to left to the base of the wall, Ramirez scores, Drew to 3rd, Lowell held to a single.
    10-4

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • MASN 2 is carrying the game tomorrow. I would also suspect NESN will promptly blacked out again.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Tek singles up the middle. Drew scores, Lowell to second.
    11-4
    The Sox are being very patient in this game right now. They are just sitting there and hacking off the close pitches until they see something they can put good wood on.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:49 pm
  • No problem Rod…
    Being here in NC I do not get to see that many games and rely on everyone else to to keep the color commentary going when I am on Gamecenter.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • Williams is pitching for the O’s and it looks like they have made the decision that the kid may be stuck out there and find a way to get out of the inning.
    Crisp strikes out.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • I wish Tito wouldn’t pinch hit Cora for Pedroia every time there’s a pressure situation. Give the kid a chance to succeed.

    Tyrel SF May 12, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • I think that we need to still pitch Paps in the 9th to get him some work. Okajima did look a little rusty from a few days of inactivity.
    Cora slaps a hit up the middle that Tejada tries to throw accross his body to 1st that Huff has a problem with. Cora safe. Lowell in to third. Lugo up…we have officially batted around.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • I agree, Tyrel. I don’t know why, considering how Pedroia has been coming on, Tito would instantaneously PH for him. He did it last night, to my frustration.

    SF May 12, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • Lugo with a grounder deep into the hole at short, long throw that does not get Lugo, Lowell scores. Bases loaded.
    The O’s finally go to the pen.
    12-4

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Lugo with the speed beats out the throw. This is kinda ridiculous now.
    I kinda picture the Sox offense after schilling got knocked around soemthign like this: “Oh no.. how DARE you beat up on our Schill. You are SO going to pay for that”

    Anonymous May 12, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Looks like going into tonight, the Orioles will be 7 back (8 in the lc), Yanks 7,5 back (7 in the lc). Nice.

    SF May 12, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Tyrel/SF
    They showed Cora’s number lately with runners in scoring position and with the flow of the game at the time it looked like he was trying to take advantage of that, plus take advantage I think of Cora’s defensive upgrade over DPod.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Mora looks like he hurt his hand on that grounder.
    ANOTHER run scores.
    13-4

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:58 pm
  • did the sox really just get 3 consecutive runs without a ball leaving the infield?

    sf rod May 12, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • The Sox are trying to end the inning…
    WMP pinch hitting.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • Yes SF…they did. Huff did not help out, some of the throws to 1st were off the bag.
    Good hustle by the Sox helped.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • WMP does his job and flies out.
    Inning finally over.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • Mirabelli in to catch
    Paps in to work also. He hasn’t pitched since Sunday against Minnesota.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • Brutal inning. I feel almsot bad for those guys. I LIKE Baltimore. Great city, great park. Plus they give Kevin a job and who doesn’t love Kevin?
    No tgettign better for them tommorrow. A tired bullpen and a long releif guy with a ERA over 6 vs Beckett

    Anonymous May 12, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • Was a very brutal inning. But as much as I also felt bad for them, it was a nice job prepping them for tomorrow by making them work the pen more than they would have liked to.
    Paps K’s the first batter.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • Fly out to left…
    2 down

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Sox have had 12 hits in the last 4 innings.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Game
    Hitters started out looking lost against Traschel and finally chased him. After that they did a really good job of hitting the Pen. Schilling looked good until the top of the 6th when he had sat for awhile and did not look like he ever was comfortable again. Javier Lopez helped avert a disaster coming in with the bases loaded, getting two ground ball outs (and the win). Was a decent game until the bottom of the 8th when we sent 10 or 11 batters to the plate.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • “They showed Cora’s number lately with runners in scoring position and with the flow of the game at the time it looked like he was trying to take advantage of that, plus take advantage I think of Cora’s defensive upgrade over DPod.”
    Don’t get me wrong, I really like Cora and respect that he’s come up pretty big for us more than once this year. I just feel like it’s a vote of no confidence for Pedroia, which has got to be a little rough on his rookie psyche. He was/is on a pretty good roll, he’s got to be thinking “what do I have to do before this guy trusts me???” It’s got to be tough.

    Tyrel SF May 12, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • ” Was a decent game until the bottom of the 8th when we sent 10 or 11 batters to the plate.”
    At which point it became a great game. I love seeing double digits in the Sox runs column.

    Tyrel SF May 12, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • I agree Tyrel. Was just an observation of the game at the time.
    Pedroia is in a tough situation. There were a number of people on this site who called for Cora to start in place with his numbers so far. Pedroia could help his cause by continuing to hit and start knocking in some runs.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • As much as I love Cora’s rolling and I love how he came up big (it was huge at the time), I agree with you Tyrel. Pedroia has potential, we’ve seen glimpses of it now, and we need to start showinh him we trust him to build his confidence which should, in turn, boost his play.

    Dionysus May 12, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • For the third time, Francona pinch-hits Cora for Pedroia. For the first time, it works. For the third time, I absolutely cannot agree with the move.

    Paul SF May 12, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • Cora at .432 now. Hard to argue with that, either.
    Lowell.
    Lugo.
    Pedroia.
    Who exactly do you pinch-hit for right now?
    (Can Alex play center field?)
    Listened to this one on EEI (power signal from RI!) while trying to mow the lawn. Which took over, hmmm, 4 1/2 hours.

    Jim in CT SF May 12, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • Missed the entire game, as I was in that lovely little hole between Massachusetts and Maryland where nothing came in clearly enough to hear during my ten hour drive from DC back to NH. Good times.
    All I have to say about Law is that I’ve seen criticisms on the blogosphere basically saying that A: He doesn’t appear to actually watch players, and B: Repeats what he reads in scouting reports. That slow bat stuff is what scouts have been saying about him since the draft, and all he’s done is hit over .300 at every level with excellent walk numbers. I like him, as I’ve made clear before…
    I’m also really irritated by how difficult it is for a rookie position player to ever break in…after a bad two-games, he’s at .247/.344/.358. Not good, but in no way has he been overmatched, either. If he truly didn’t have the batspeed to handle ML pitching his strikeout rate would be higher and his LD% would be lower.
    (%20.3 is quite good)
    Look at it this way…Pedroia’s rookie season is better then Cora’s career line; .246/.313/.351. Sorry, still don’t buy the idea that Cora’s just suddenly exploded at age 32. Look back at the last few games, how his hits have been falling in…he’s hot, he’s been pretty lucky, and it’s not going to last.

    desturbd1 May 13, 2007, 12:56 am
  • One other thing…anyone remember the Brian Roberts / Jerry Hairston Jr. situation in Baltimore? You know, where the young Roberts, constantly in competition for playing time and never quite living up to expectations while taking turns with Hairston at 2B suddenly breaks out the year Hairston is traded. Word at the time was he relaxed when he didn’t have to look at the lineup card every day to see if he was playing.
    Food for thought. I’d hate to see something like that happen here…

    desturbd1 May 13, 2007, 12:58 am
  • You know who else has terribly slow bat speed and will never amount to anything in a Red Sox uniform? Mike Lowell.

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 1:58 am

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