Blink And You’ll Miss It: Sox-Pads Gamer I

Think the games in this series might go fast? The highest ERA of any of the six starters in the Red Sox-Padres set that opens tonight is 4.18 — posted by Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

In each game of the series, the Sox appear to be putting up the lesser pitcher, something to which this club is certainly unaccustomed. Tonight, Matsuzaka (two runs of support in three June starts, with both Lowell and Drew sitting tonight) faces Maddux. Young v. Old. Rookie v. Veteran. Japan v. Texas. (Have I mentioned Maddux was born in the same city where I’m typing this entry? Oh, I have? Never mind). Though Maddux comes in with the better ERA, Matsuzaka has the slightly better ERA+. This could be a fantastic pitchers’ duel.

I’m loath to bring up the postseason when we haven’t even hit the All-Star break, but pay attention to these matchups. If Game 3’s Peavy v. Beckett showdown isn’t just crying out for an October rerun, I don’t know what is. Both these teams have pitching staffs designed to go deep into the playoffs. The Sox have the better offense, and they’ll need every one of those bats this weekend against probably the best three starters any one team has to offer.

Comment away!

In other news, David Murphy is up for this series, and deservedly so. I’d feel far more comfortable with him at the plate in a key situation than with Wily Mo. I don’t suppose there’s a way to package Pena, Kottaras and a pitching prospect for Saltalamacchia and an Atlanta reliever is there? Wishful thinking. Also, Kason Gabbard — not Jon Lester — will make his second start of the season on Tuesday in place of Schilling.

Red Sox:

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, 1B — 1 for 3, solo HR vs. Maddux
  4. Manny Ramierz, LF — 0 for 8, 1 BB
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B — 0 for 1, 1 K
  6. Jason Varitek, C — .286/.333/.571, 2 2B, 1 3B
  7. Wily Mo Pena, RF — .357/.357/1.143, 3 HR, 5 RBI
  8. Julio Lugo, SS — 1 for 8, 3 Ks, 1 RBI
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, P


  1. Marcus Giles, 2B
  2. Jose Cruz, RF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Mike Cameron, CF
  5. Michael Barrett, C
  6. Khalil Greene, SS
  7. Russell Branyan, LF
  8. Kevin Kouzamanoff, 3B
  9. Greg Maddux, P
60 comments… add one
  • Crisp singles to start the game

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Crisp steals second

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Pedroia sacrifices to Maddux. Crisp in to 3rd.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Ortiz lines out to 2nd

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Ramirez flies out to deep right.
    Maddux with 10 pitches, we strand Crisp at third.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Giles walks to lead off for the Padres

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Cruz walks….
    2 on, no outs

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Dice with a wild pitch…runners advance to 2nd and 3rd with no outs.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Gonzalez walks, bags juiced, no outs.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Cameron fouls out to 2nd. Perhaps Dice K can manage to get himself out of this crap sandwhich he has made.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Yo la tengo, Ortiz. Get your big batting butt out of the way and let Dustin get it.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Mike “Fists of Fury” Barret singles for the Padres scoring one, bags still juiced.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • doubleplay and we’re good.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Tito looks pissed.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Greene K’s.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • He should be, Dice’s first 19 pitches resulted in three walks. Pretty crappy way to start the game.

    Rob June 22, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • bats need to come alive.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • 1-2-3 second for Matsuzaka

    TJ June 22, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • I realize that Dice-K has this rubber arm and all but c’mon, throwing 30+ pitches an inning is BAD.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • lowell must be more hurt than we know. he’s a .367 hitter against maddux with 4 hrs and 8 rbi.

    sf rod June 22, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • three singles produce two runs for the sox. 2-1. lugo is completely inept.

    sf rod June 22, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • I hope Lowell’s ok, I hope his finger’s not broken or cracked or anything.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • If lowell had broke bones, Boston would have DL hjim already and brought someone up from the minors.

    TJ June 22, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Yuck, I just tuned in and Coco gets caught stealing.

    rootbeerfloat June 22, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • I have been really impressed with Coco’s play of late. Defense has always been nails but now he’s hitting too- hot damn!

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 22, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • I’ve always kind of liked him so it’s nice to see.

    rootbeerfloat June 22, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Lowell’s finger?
    I thought it was the thumb on his glove hand. June 23, 2007, 12:03 am
  • DiceK is over 100 pitches – and a guy on first with no outs. Isn’t it time to call on the bull pen?

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:07 am
  • DiceK is over 100 pitches – and a guy on first with no outs. Isn’t it time to call on the bull pen?

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:07 am
  • Way to Dice-K, he wanted that and he got it.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 12:18 am
  • I stand corrected. Happily.

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:22 am
  • i think Gameday froze what happened after Lugnut grounded out?

    TJ June 23, 2007, 12:31 am
  • Here comes Manny Delcarmen, oh shizz… not sure what to think about this one.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 12:32 am
  • Hinske struck out , Coco singled, and then dPod grounded out. Who’d a thunk that Coco would be our one bright spot??

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:33 am
  • Just tow outs until we can go to Okajim and Paps. Breath being held….

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:34 am
  • um that’s two, not tow. Too many maragaritas…

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:35 am
  • Glad to see only one run for Matsuzaka, but five walks is brutal…

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:37 am
  • Okajibon time.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:38 am
  • I’m impressed Mr. Delcarmen! Nicely done.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 12:39 am
  • Shesh, how many Padres pitchers have either a. Played for the Sox, or b. Been discussed as potential trades to the Sox in the past two years? It’s ridiculous. Linebrink and Peavy were both talked about as trade bait heavily. Meredith and Wells are former Sox. Rudy Seanez used to be. Between the Pads and the Dodgers, it’s like a Red Sox Lite on the West Coast…

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:41 am
  • just one insurance run wouldn’t kill anyone, would it?

    rootbeerfloat June 23, 2007, 12:43 am
  • I’d like to see Youk take this into his own hands and jack one.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:44 am
  • GameDay says the ump was blind on at least one if not both the called strikes to Youkilis.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Okajima gets Greene on three pitches. One down in the eighth.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:49 am
  • Hiram Bocachica (???) pinch hits.
    I hope is last name isn’t Spanish. Hiram Mouthgirl? Weiiiird.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:50 am
  • Mouth Girl lines out on the first pitch.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:50 am
  • Yeah! Okajima strikes out Kouzmanoff on the full-count change-up! To the ninth!

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:53 am
  • Sure would be nice to bring a two-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. Only five minutss until the NESN blackout is over…

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:55 am
  • Mouth Girl is in right.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Tek went down easy.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 12:57 am
  • We’re making it very easy for the Padres’ bullpen. Varitek and Murphy both down swinging on a total of seven pitches.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 12:58 am
  • And Lugo makes it three Ks on 10 pitches. Wow. Is Royce Ring really that good?

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 1:00 am
  • Time for Papelbon to shut the door. Time for me to watch it on TV.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 1:00 am
  • Lugnut now batting .198 on the season.

    TJ June 23, 2007, 1:01 am
  • King now has 6 Ks in 3 innings this season.

    TJ June 23, 2007, 1:02 am
  • There’s a dancing San Diego chicken in a red sox jersey- is that against the rules? Wally will be mad.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 1:08 am
  • oh noes! A base hit! crappers…

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 1:11 am
  • Sox Win!
    Barry Bonds homered to make it 6-3 Yankees but Jeter is at third with 1 out in the 9th

    TJ June 23, 2007, 1:15 am
  • *whew*

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 23, 2007, 1:15 am
  • Whew. That was scary — and very exciting. Once Matsuzaka starts getting his stuff together (i.e., cuts down on his walks), he’s really going to put up some incredible numbers.

    Paul SF June 23, 2007, 1:25 am

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