Back On That Horse: Sox-Rays Gamer XII

Somehow, in a season where the Red Sox are simply annihilating the Devil Rays (outscoring them 72-35; one more win and the Sox will have won at least 10 games against Tampa Bay for the seventh straight year), Daisuke Matsuzaka is not.

He schooled the Rays on July 3, pitching eight scoreless innings in his best start of the season. But he took the loss on July 29 when he fell apart in the seventh and the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding. His last time out, he was downright ugly, allowing six runs in six innings. He’s 1-2 against Tampa — his two losses the only two the Red Sox have suffered against the D-Ryas in 2007. All he needs to do now is win 18 straight to catch Tim Wakefield.

So five days after being shellacked by the potentially tough Tampa lineup, Matsuzaka returns. Over the course of the season, he’s not been helped by his teammates — he’s lost six quality starts with two no-decisions (conversely he’s won four nonquality starts with one no-decision) — but even so his 13-9 record sets him up nicely for a season we all said we’d be happy with: 15-18 wins, an ERA below 4.00.

Something tells me Matsuzaka rebounds nicely and makes it a series sweep tonight. Comment on the action here.

Red Sox

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  3. David Oritz, DH
  4. Mike Lowell, 3B
  5. J.D. Drew, RF
  6. Jason Varitek, C
  7. Coco Crisp, CF
  8. Eric Hinske, LF
  9. Julio Lugo, SS

Daisuke Matsuzaka, P

Devil Rays

  1. Akinori Iwamura 3B
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Carlos Pena, DH
  4. B.J. Upton, CF
  5. Brendan Harris, 2B
  6. Jonny Gomes, RF
  7. Joel Guzman, 1B
  8. Dioner Navarro, C
  9. Josh Wilson, SS

Edwin Jackson P

232 comments… add one
  • Manny with a night off, with Hinske in left field?
    BIG sad face for me. Though I guess I’d rather he get a night off against the Fish than the Black Sox or Yankees.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • definately atheose. with some of the news i’ve been hearing about the sluggers hurting it doesn’t bother me too bad to see them get some time off, ortiz especially, since he just hasn’t looked himself this year to me.

    soxfan August 22, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • Speaking of prospects (in the earlier thread), is anyone else pretty impressed at what the Sox managed to pick up for Wily Mo? His AAA stats look good, at any rate.

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Carter’s stats do look impressive. Hopefully he gets the right amount of playing time at Pawtucket and can be close to contributing.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 6:59 pm
  • I guess his main problem is defense — popups at first, especially, according to the Globe. I wonder if they hope he can figure those out and be a candidate to start at first with Youk replacing Lowell at third… Sounds like that would be a step back though…

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 7:01 pm
  • >>”Terry Francona didn’t really care that Jonathan Papelbon has developed a new pitch which he calls “a slutter.”
    What in the name of hell is a “slutter.”

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:01 pm
  • Chris Young, the current ERA leader right now, may be headed to the DL. Huge news for the Padres, especially considering how close the NL races are this year.
    Also, Chris Carter looks good. It will be interesting to watch him progress.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • Rob: combo slider-cutter. I think Snyder’s quote was, “It’s a slider.”

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Thanks Devine, Hopefully Paps does not use this “experiment” any time soon. Experiment pitches usually end up being served over a fence.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • A word of warning to Chris Carter fans: he’s been hitting in the Pacific Coast League, which is reputed to be extremely hitter friendly.
    I am, of course, interested to see what he does now, but it sort of seems to me like we swapped a WMP of the outfield for a WMP of the corner infield.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Was just thinking the same thing, SW. I would not be comfortable with Carter starting the 2008 season at a corner infield position, but he’s too young to be Eric Hinske (plus he can’t play third and apparently sucks even worse in the outfield than at first).

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • He’s already easier to work with than original WMP because we can have him spend time in the minors developing and whatnot. We’re not forced at gunpoint to keep him on the roster

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Just the walk for Ortiz in the Red Sox’ 1st. One groundout, and two flyouts otherwise.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • That’s certainly a good point, Dio. I mean, overall, I was pleased with their getting Carter, as it seemed to be something like fair value. I was just trying to temper some of the above enthusiasm.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • You got wonder if Paps is having a chuckle at the media, calling his pitch a “slutter”. Sounds like something Cinco Ocho might have been responsible for.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Hmm. Letting Edwin “ERA over 5.5” Jackson get through the first on 11 pitches — even with a walk to Papi? Not cool.

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Good start for Daisuke, what with the strikeout of Iwamura, whom he owns.

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • I’m not panicing, Paul… yet.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Backdoor change-up K’s Aki, who is now a measly 5 for 10 against Daisuke. Crawford pops up on the first pitch, 2 down.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Paul, Jackson’s been very good the past few games — has only allowed more than 2 ER once in the past month.
    He used to be a pretty hyped Dodger prospect, so it wouldn’t out of nowhere for him to put together a good couple months.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • “That was a good, aggressive, confident swing through that fastball,” says a Rays announcer.
    “What?” says I.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Quick inning. Yayy.

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • quick 1-2-3 for Daisuke

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Jackson actually has the 3rd best August ERA this year. Beckett has the lowest, at 1.61.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Drew goes down looking to lead off the inning.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Drew with the backwards-K. No surprise there.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Take the bat off your shoulder, Drew!

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Speeeeeeeeeeeed.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Speed is good.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • God bless Coco! Infield single.
    Varitek has a theory that Coco is faster when his hair is braided. Gotta love funny team chemistry.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • 3-0. Come on Hinske…
    Ball 4.
    Ok, come on Lugo. No swinging at the first pitch. Please?

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Hinske makes himself useful by walking. Lugo up.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • 1-1 on Lugo. I’m inexplicably nervous about this game.
    2-1.
    2-2, called strike. Lugo, dont be complainign THIS early. Lets not tick off the ump.
    3-2. Full count. I have a bad feeling about this.
    Foul.
    Ugh.. weak grounder. At least we got some pitches?

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Forced Jackson to throw 21 pitches that inning. Small victory.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Atheose –
    Where did you see that about Varitek? That’s the kind of thing I’d expect Ortiz or Manny to say….

    rootbeerfloat August 22, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • The Devil Rays announcers mentioned that Varitek said it.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Super. 3 straight outs on grounders.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Daisuke with three straight groundouts, 24 pitches after 2.
    Come on guys, let’s take a lot of pitches. We want to get into the Rays bullpen as soon as possible.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Pedroia works his way on.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Oh god no…

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Ouch.
    Pleeeeeease let him be okay.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Pedroia hit hard in the arm, screaming with pain.
    PLEASE nothing broken!

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Boo, Pedroia HBP on the elbow. That looked painful (I’m on MLB.tv, hope this comment isn’t too far behind. I can never tell.)

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Pedroia staying in the game. Based on the noise the ball made when it hit him, I would have guessed something was broken.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • ‘scool, Jackie. I’m watching in that manner as well.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • First Lowell, then Pedroia? I saw we score 10 runs in this inning, then have Daisuke nail someone in warning.
    Ok, I dont really, but needed to vent

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Youk with a double. Runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs.
    Time to serve up some spicy Jackson wings.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • I’ve got mlb.tv too.
    Youk hits a double 2 feet short of a homer, Pedroia to 3rd. 0 outs, Papi up.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Sweet…double off the wall (might have been more if Pedroia hadn’t had to wait for the ball to come down). Runners, 2nd and 3rd.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Youk doubles… juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust short of being a home run. Pedroia had to hold up as he wasnt sure if it’d get out and runners at 2nd and 3rd. Come on Papi.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Wow, these Rays announcers are getting pissy with every call that doesn’t go their way.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Papi walked.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Bases loaded, no one out. Still pretty much just worried about Pedroia.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Announcer: “There must be a league-directive that states you can’t take the bat out of Ortiz’ hand.”
    Wow these guys suck. Ortiz walks, no surprise with no Manny behind him.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Glad I’m not the only one, then (PS – devine… are you the devine I know from JoS?)
    I’d be cool with some run support here.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Sweet Zombie Jesus… in Game ONE of a double header, Texas has scored 24 runs.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Rangers leading the O’s 24-3. Lots of run support for Kason Gabbard!

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Lowell has homered off Jackson

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Yeah, the Rays announcers are worth sh*t.
    Three straight balls to start Lowell.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Or, let me rephrase that – I would not be cool with no run support here.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • I am, Jackie.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • 24 Runs….fugly.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Lowell with the SAC fly.
    1-0

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Lowell nails a ball right to Carl Crawford, Pedroia tags up and scores. I thought Crawford had an arm?

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Drew pops up one the FIRST DAMN PITCH.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • That’s quite sad, Drew.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • No Crawford has everything BUT an arm.
    Drew fraking pops up on the first damn pitch. Freakin WASTER OF SPACE.
    Come on Tek

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Salta(whatever the rest is) 7 RBIs in that Texas game.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Goat of the Inning: JD Drew.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Bases loaded with 0 outs, and only 1 run scores. Drew, stop being a wet blanket.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Huh, people talk about high scoring games as having “football” scores, but 24-3 really *is* a football score.
    I can’t believe we only got one out of that.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Man… I wish we could have gotten Salty. Unfortunatly, it wasnt ever gonna happen. I’m constantly worried about life after Tek

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Coulda had more…well, I’m headed home from work/dinner. Might see a bit more of this game tonight. Night, y’all. Go Sox!

    Devine August 22, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • They just interviewed a random fan, who said the following:
    “It’s really cool, baseball in Florida. We have two teams here, both named after creatures that we fish for. It’s really cool, and Florida is a great place to fish.”
    And people say that BOSTON fans are annoying.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Pedroia out of the game

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Oh crap. Oh crap. If he’s hurt we can kiss our season goodbye. We need our ROY.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • What happened with Pedroia?

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Drew watches a ball drop in… jesus christ he always looks bored/lazy.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Hope the Pedroia thing is just cautionary. Somehow doubt we’ll get clarification on this point from the (D-)Rays announcers.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Nailed near the elbow with a pitch, YM. The Devil Rays need be taken out back and executed

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • >>First Lowell, then Pedroia?
    Perhaps we need a visit from the wildman later. I think Tavarez needs to pitch if the game is secure later. That guy is all about plunking someone.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • If we build such a lead, I support that entirely Rob. I’m pissed now.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • You should chill, Dio. Pedroia’s been great, but I don’t think a month of Alex Cora will prevent the Sox from getting to the post-season.
    I can’t imagine that, over a month, the difference between Pedroia and Cora will cost the Sox more than a couple games.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • We haven’t had too many team defining moments this season. I am not about bench clearing brawls, but that is two batters plunked in two nights. One one the hand the other on the elbow. Perhaps we need a little mix to get the fire up.
    The downside is that usually there are players suspended following this and we really can not afford that right now.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • David Murphy has his first career 4 hit game as he and the Rangers are beating the crap outta Baltimore 24-3. Texas has put together a 9 run and a 10 run inning in the game.
    Oh ya, they still get to bat in the 9th and theres another game between the two to be played tonite….

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Yeah but how do we know he’s the same when he comes back fromt he injury, working? Also.. I see it makign a huge diference evn over jsut a month. This is stretch time and Pedroia is one of our best players.
    The single and stolen base are useless as Daisuke Ks the side.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Urgh. Thanks Dio.
    Hopefully nothing is broken, hate it when people get hurt like that…

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • //That guy is all about plunking someone//
    Rob, I couldn’t agree more. It’s a shame he pitched a few days ago, because I think he probably WANTS to be put in now. Would love to see him put a couple of DRays on the DL.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Texas/Baltimore now at 26-3 and counting…2nd+3rd with no out. Unreal.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • I predict the Rangers will lose the second game 1-0. That always seems to happen when the first game of a DH is a blowout.
    Does anyone actually think the HBPs were intentional? I don’t think a brawl will help anyone. Wouldn’t mind seeing Tavarez plunk someone, but I really wouldn’t want to see anyone important suspended.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • As for whether it’s intentional, I doubt it. DRays just have some really really shitty pitching.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • i really hope with him having stayed in that half inning he was just removed as a precaution.

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • 5 hit game for Murphy Jesus why isnt he playing RF for us…… oh ya Theo had his man crush on Drew

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • the Sox and D Rays have had some seriously bad blood, so I woulkdnt pass it off as just bad pitching.

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • 27-3 in Baltimore! Jesus Christ on a pogo stick.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Hooray Hinske! Creating some trouble on the basepaths.
    This kid has the biggest smile in the world. Come on Lugo, put the ball in play.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Os website cracks me up. The headline?
    “Rangers chase Cabrera as Os seek rally
    The Orioles are in a hole as they play the opener of a twin bill with Texas”
    Talk about understatement. 27-3 right now.
    Lugo out, no advance. One on third, two outs.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Lugo puts it into play but too fast… a slower-hit ball would have scored H-dawg.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • …make that 30-3.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • 30-3 now

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Yeah, but that “bad blood” was several years ago, and both teams have had a substantial amount of roster turnover. To put it mildly.
    30-3. Wow.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • 30-3 LOL!

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Rangers at 30 runs now. Precautionary X-rays for Pedroia.

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Cora with some good contact but Crawford makes a good grab. Still 1-0.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Update: Pedroia is goign to receive “precautionary x-rays”
    I’m furious.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • That’s got to be some sort of record, no?

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • >>As for whether it’s intentional, I doubt it.
    I agree, the pitching does suck, could be an honest mistake.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Gary Cohen on the Mets broadcast just informed us the 30 runs are the modern-day record. Sheesh. And it’s only the FIRST game of a DH.
    Sucks re: Pedroia. Hopefully they’re just being careful.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Now if Pedroia has a broken bone, not sure what I think.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • On ESPN the announcers just said this:
    “The Dallas Cowboys are beating the Baltimore Ravens 30-3… oh wait, it’s not football season yet. That’s the Texas RANGERS vs the Baltimore ORIOLES, 30-3. That is not a typo.”

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Now HINSKE is leaving the ballgame! What the HELL is going on? By the time this game is over our entire club will be on the DL.
    Im feelign another 2006 injury-induced collapse now. God DAMN it.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Oh lord. D-Rays announcers: “Baltimore is looking for some kind of rally…”

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • And the O’s manager just got hired on for next year. Welcome aboard Skip!!

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Uh, Dio…I don’t think the collapse of the 2007 Boston Red Sox is going to be pinned on Eric Hinkse.
    It’s Hinske we’re talking about here, right? Not Manny?

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • By the way, Gabbard got the win in the Rangers game. Glad to see him get some good ‘ol Texas-sized run support.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Im more refering to Pedroia, stuck.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Yes, Dio, it’s ugly … but it’s certainly not 2006 all over again yet.
    As for today’s game, we’ve already have left way too many guys on base once again.

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Good for Gabbard, would rather have him in the pen right now that Gagne.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • So. ANGRY. God! Ok I need to stop posting.. I’m gonna boot WOW, keep the gameday audio on in the background.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Mercifully over in Baltimore. Nice that they get to do it all over again in about 1/2 hour.
    DRays are tied for 3rd in AL with 51 HBPs. Only 2 ahead of Boston, so perhaps they aren’t *that* erratic.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Dio, if you want to get your blood pressure up, just remember that Gagne is the closer available tonight.
    Sigh. I guess there’s a reason the Sox haven’t had a sweep at the Trop for so many years.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • *rears stucks coment*
    ROAR!!! *explodes, covering his shiny new laptop in guts*

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Hamels going on the DL for the Phillies, Chris Young possibly going on the DL for San Diego, that’s probably going to hurt those teams more than us losing Pedroia and/or Hinske for a while, I believe.
    And we don’t know yet if we’re going to lose them for an extended period of time.

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Daisuke with walk #2 of the inning. Why does he ALWAYS have an inning like this?
    Come on double play!

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Funny in April some people here were calling for Pedroia’s job to go to Cora

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Daisuke draws a much-needed pop-up, no damage. 1-0 Sox.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • I was one of those early fools TJ. I have no problem admitting I was wrong on that. I have never been happier to be proven wrong.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • My favorite part of the Texas/Baltimore game: some guy named Wes Littleton gets a save when his team wins by 27 runs.
    Also: TWO Rangers starters had NO RBIs. Amazing.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Ortiz doubles, and the Rays were interviewing Maddon at the same time. His facial expression and comment were priceless: “Uhhh… that was unfortunate”

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Papi doubles to left.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • ….save?? How’s that work?

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • gotta love that 3 innings = save rule huh

    TJ August 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Papi gunned down at home on Lowell’s double.
    Black hole is up.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Gamecast shows “In Play, Runs”, but then comes up with Papi being thrown out at home. WTF?

    SF August 22, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Lowell makes himself useful in the #4 spot, and the 3rd-base coach sends Papi, who is gunned down. Damn.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • I have faith in JD. I am the only one, I think.

    SF August 22, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • >>Gamecast shows “In Play, Runs”, but then comes up with Papi being thrown out at home. WTF?
    You missed the “gotcha” after that SF.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Oof, Gamecast can’t do anything to disguise what must have been a hideous at-bat from Toast.

    SF August 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Drew walked on 4 pitches, but ‘Tek strikes out. Another wasted inning that had promise.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • 8 left after 4. It sucks.

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Oh. I didn’t know there’s a 3 inning save rule. If this game isn’t exhibit A why the whole save thing should be reworked, I don’t know what is.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • >>I have faith in JD. I am the only one, I think.
    I am trying to, but the guy is starting to wear on me. I would love for him to be successful for us, just seems like he has not had much luck.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Wow, so 10 baserunners and 1 f*cking run. That’s just awful. Matsuzaka continues to get wonderful support from his offense. Abominable.

    SF August 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • I didn’t know there’s a 3 inning save rule. If this game isn’t exhibit A why the whole save thing should be reworked, I don’t know what is.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Did Papi at least try to bowl the catcher over?

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • You feel like all those pitchers piling up saves in 30-3 blowouts are distorting the value of the stat, YM?
    Just kidding — saves are silly, of course, but that rule is silly enough for me to approve.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • This ump is inconsistent.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • LOL, exactly, stuck.

    Kill the rally monkey! (YM) August 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Hinske: muscle cramp in his right leg. That does not sound like DL to me.

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Maybe we shouldn’t be so worked up about the lack of run support, Matsuzaka seems to pitch better when he’s not getting any.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Gagne is the closer for tonight I saw earlier.
    And we have managed just one stinking run…

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • NESN just said the x-rays on Pedroia are negative.

    Anonymous August 22, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Pedroia: X-rays negative, bruised elbow, day to day!

    pale blue eyes August 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Silver lining: Jackson is at 91 pitches after 5. Might not finish the 6th.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Dice: 1 hit, 3 walks, 6 K, 86 pitches, 0 runs after five.
    It feels like there have been waaay too many games lately where the Sox offense does almost nothing until the late innings. A number of excellent starts have been p!ssed away. Hope this isn’t one of ’em.

    Anonymous August 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Coco a 2 pitch groundout. Don’t they know where the pitcher is in regards to pitch count?

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Kielty singles.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Lugo strikes out on three pitches.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Nice. One on, two out after JLug Ks.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Lugo, don’t argue too much! We’re out of bench players! I for one do not want to see Dougie anywhere besides catcher.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Uh…we don’t even have Dougie, Atheose. Remember? We have, uh…”Cashie.”

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Rob–Coco hit the ball really well, but the 1st baseman made a great play to snag it. Might have been a triple.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Oh crap stuck, you’re right!

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • ok Atheose, Gamecenter really does not hook you up at times.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Texas naturally goes down 1-2-3 in the top of the 1st. 2 Ks.
    Baseball is hilarious.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • At least this ace-for-a-day named Jackson is over 100 pitches, and the Sox should get into the TB pen soon.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Daisuke got ahead of him in the count, then threw 3 straight balls. 1 out.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • 2-run homerun by BJ Upton. 2-1, Rays.
    Once again the walks kill us.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Ugh. Two-run dinger. That’s what I was afraid of — 2 runs over 6 innings isn’t bad, but when you’re offense produces next to nothing, it can turn easily into a loss or no-decision.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • 6″3′ guys who only weigh 185 should not be able to hit opposite-field homers.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • This offense continues to be horribly inefficient, it’s so hard to watch.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Lowell makes an error on a throw to Youk. That’s the last thing we need.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • seriously, this guy has a 7 ERA, and of course Youk whiffs lamely.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Ortiz with a hit through the shift. Good stuff.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • when do you pinch hit Manny?

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • 13th baserunner, one run.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • I don’t know, SF. Offense was pretty efficient yesterday. Not bad at all the day before that.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Drew got a hit! Drew got a hit!
    PLEASE get some runs here. I want Daisuke to get a fricken win.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Tek looks tired, can’t catch up to anything. Toast is back in full effect.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Not really hopeful here, though, I must admit.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • //When do you pinch hit Manny?//
    The 9th.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Yick.

    Devine August 22, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Varitek strikes out swinging with a horrible half-check-swing. More stranded baserunners.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • f*cking pathetic. Another utterly predictable no-show by the squad with a chance to extend a streak beyond two wins. Watch the game end with Manny on the pine, too.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Timlin is in now… no win for Daisuke. Seems like it’s been a while since a pitcher not named Wakefield got a decision.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Announcer “That was an extremely well-pitched inning by Wheeler”
    Their definition of a “well-pitched inning” is one where two batters get hits? Sure nobody scored, but it was far from “extremely well-pitched”.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • And I refuse to be happy with winning this series. With the first two games in hand and this matchup the team has to do better. These are the chances to put real pressure on the chasing teams, but for some reason the Sox continue to botch opportunities. 13 baserunners and one run is beyond bad. With two innings to go, even. Still time to come back, but they’ve shown no sense of opportunism.
    As I type, Timlin doing his best to put the game out of reach.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Timlin beans Crawford on the elbow on the first pitch. That’s what I like to see!

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Pena up. This at-bat had “thrown remote” written all over it.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Atheose, that is *not* what I like to see with runners on 1st and 2nd, one out, in a game the Sox are losing by a run…

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Crawford doesn’t need his elbow to steal! Bean him in his thighs so that he can’t steal his way to third.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Youk makes a daring play coming home. One out to go.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Force-out at home plate. Whew we needed that.
    In other news, the Rangers just scored 3 runs against the Orioles. We can’t get ANY of those runs?

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Youk makes a daring play coming home. One out to go.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Youk makes a daring play coming home. One out to go.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Phew, grounder to 1st, runner forced at home. 2 out.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Force-out at home plate. Whew we needed that.
    In other news, the Rangers just scored 3 runs against the Orioles. We can’t get ANY of those runs?

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Wow that was a laggy double-post by me.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • triple-post due to new iphone-related glitch. sorry!

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Timlin gets a close strike 3 call, which Upton doesn’t like. That was a crucial play.
    I know a momentum-shift when I see one! Let’s take advantage of it, boys.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • ok, one run to tie. Surely this is doable, right?
    And no slow-go to Manny, Tito, ok?

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • coco one pitch popup. Aargh.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Kielty absolutely SMOKES a ball to right field, but Guzman sticks his glove up and catches is. 2 down.
    I really like adding Kielty to our lineup. He’s been really solid since coming to Boston.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • This game exemplifies why I find this team painful. The best, most painful team I have probably rooted for in my life.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Ground-rule double for Lugo. Damn I wish Pedroia were still in the game right now.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Ground-rule double for Lugo. Damn I wish Pedroia were still in the game right now.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Lugo doubles. Victim #14, probably. Cora up, down instantaneously, I bet.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Typepad sucks.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Lugo doubles. Victim #14, probably. Cora up, down instantaneously, I bet.

    SF August 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Wow typepad sucks sometime.
    Gagne retires the first two batters.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Holy crap Gagne was SO close to having his first 1-2-3 inning in a Red Sox uniform. Ball four looked good.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Lugo made an extremely athletic play to get out #3. Thank goodness Gagne kept this game close.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Here we go…

    Rob August 22, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • In other baseball record news, Webb gave up a run to Milwaukee in the first inning. Orel can rest easy.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • On a day in which the Rangers score 30 runs against Baltimore, the Red Sox can only manage one measly run against a pitcher with a 5 plus ERA.

    SoxFan August 22, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • //”On a day in which the Rangers score 30 runs against Baltimore”//
    TECHNICALLY the number is up to 35. They’re winning 5-3 in game #2.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Manny is not pinch-hitting for Drew. Wtf?
    Come on Lowell, please don’t put the game in Drew’s hands.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Papi getting gunned out at home is really painful now.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • AUGH that was a trap! Friggin umps.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Lowell drives a ball to right field but Delmon Young traps the ball. Replay showed that it was clearly a hit.
    Damn our luck. Drew has the game on his shoulders.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Drew got a hit! Drew got a hit!

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • crap…
    15 baserunners and 1 run scored.

    Rob August 22, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • ‘Tek flies out to left. Game over.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Son of a whore. Not that we deserve to win a 2-1 game when we leave 14 on base, but still.

    Jackie (SF) August 22, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Varitek: 0 for 5, 2 K’s, 8 LOB.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • and Manny left riding pine, as I predicted.
    Fuck you, Tito.

    SF August 22, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Drew got a hit in the 9th though, so it’s not so bad. I would have liked to see him pinch for Varitek though, who seemed lost all night.

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Killer of a game. LET’S GO AN-GELS *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Well said Paul! Forward, to the Yankees thread!

    Atheose August 22, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Anyone else a little annoyed there was no retaliation for the second hit-batsman in as many games? Especially given how costly this one was; I’m pretty sure the game goes differently with Pedroia in the leadoff spot instead of Cora. Or with anybody but Jason Varitek at the plate those…four different times…
    I’m not normally a fan of a payback pitch…but this time…I’m just a little bitter, I suppose…
    But whatever. Can’t win ’em all, not even against Tampa. Sometimes they just don’t fall in…or they do, and an umpire blows the call…

    Josh SF (D1) August 22, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Red Sox! Please hit for him!!

    Matsuzaka Fan! August 23, 2007, 1:53 am
  • Red Sox! Please hit for him!!

    Matsuzaka Fan! August 23, 2007, 1:55 am

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