Busted: Phils-Sox Gamer I

The Phils sent Brett Myers to Boston ahead of his teammates so he could prepare for his start against the Sox this weekend in comfort. Instead, Myers, son of a boxing promoter, decided to punch his wife in the face, earning himself a quick move from the Ritz Carlton to the Graybar Hotel. Actually, we don’t know where he was staying, and we doubt he spent the night in jail. Does it matter? The lesson here is pretty clear: don’t punch your wife in the face. As for baseball, Josh Beckett pitches for the home team tonight against Ryan Madson, who’s no great shakes. Comment here.

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  • Are they actually going to play tonight? Nothing has been announced, but it’s pouring out where I am, and was pouring in Boston at last check.

    Anonymous June 23, 2006, 6:27 pm
  • That last comment was me, btw.

    Laura June 23, 2006, 6:31 pm
  • Despite a 90% chance of rain tonight, the decision has been made to attempt to play. This could be a long night, people. Lots of rain delays in store for us, or so it would seem.

    Laura June 23, 2006, 6:34 pm
  • The Globe had some good interleague tidbits this morning, including:
    The Sox have figured out through season simulators that an AL team on average will win 10 more games if put in the National League. The AL is just that good.
    And the Sox have bat up NL opponents so bad this year that the the entire lineup 1-9 averages the season-long production of Kevin Youkilis. Think about that: Every time we play an NL team, we have Youk at every position. My man-crush addled brain can barely stand it!

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • Rain delay. Yuck.

    Laura June 23, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Manny! 3-0 Sox on the dinger.

    SF June 23, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Love me a Manny homer!
    Frickin’ Gonzalez, two popped bunt attempts in a row.
    Come on, you’re swinging as well as you have all year! Drive ’em in…and he singles! But it’s Lowell on 2nd, and the ground ball was fairly sharp, so they’re loaded for Youuuuuuk.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Is anyone else under the impression that most of Manny’s homers this year have been solo shots? I know I was happy to see him drive in two people besides himself last inning.
    3-1 pitch to Youk…fouled, pretty much down the middle from the pitcher.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Single! 5-0 Sox. Two on, nobody out.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Youk, baby, Youk. Sox on a roll right now.

    SF June 23, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • yeah, manny has definitely had a lot of solo dingers this year. Not including today, he had 18 homers, but only 45 RBIs. That’s not a typically Mannyesque ratio.

    airk June 23, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • If the score were different, I’d be very sad about that 2-1 pitch that Loretta missed.
    And he strikes out.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • RBI double. Manny’s hot…baseball-wise.
    Oh…who am I kidding? I’d have his kids.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Lowell snatches a double from Bell.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • 9 batters for the Phillies and 9 outs to go with them.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Devine, i’s good to know I’m not the only one with man-crush problems…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Twelve up, twelve down for the Phillies…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • 12 and 12. No provocative words or phrases, please!

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • I love Youk at the leadoff spot. Have I said that before?

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Youk! Another single, another mutihit game…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • SF, was that a warning to potential Yankfan trollage?

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Yuck, Ortiz down on 3 pitches…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Manny on base for the third time, via the E-5…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Nah, it was a joke. I don’t believe in that crap. I called my mom during Lowe’s NH in like the 6th inning and said “Mom, Derek Lowe is throwing a no-hitter”, and he still did it. So I don’t put much stock in stuff like that.
    On the other hand, I haven’t moved my right foot since Beckett started pitching tonight, and am not doing so until someone reaches.

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Paging Sal Fasano’s stylist…
    Is that dude the ugliest guy in the Majors or what?

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Deep flyout by Trot ends the inning…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • It’s hard to be a sane rational person and believe that your uttering the phrase “no-hitter” will blow it for someone. It would require believing that thousands of fans watching the game at the park/on TV/on the Net/listening on the radio magically kept that bit of excitement to themselves for all nine innings…
    Nevertheless, Josh Beckett is throwing… very well tonight.

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Ryan Howard: prime candidate to annoy RSN right now.

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • And Fasano fits the stereotype of the ugly hairy Italian… I should know; my family is filled with hairy Italians…

    Anonymous June 23, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • You know, even if Beckett keeps this up, is there any guarantee he’d ever be able to last 9?

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Yeah, but Fasano is out of control with the ugly hairy thing. It’s like he channeled Ron Jeremy or something.

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • The K!! And looking no less. Howard’s second strikeout of the evening…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • 15/15

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • 15.

    airk June 23, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • I only recall one start where Beckett just hit a wall late in the game — that start where he pitched seven great innings, then gave up two home runs in the eighth. He’s had awesome starts (I remember one against Baltimore in particular) where he took it 7 or 8 and looked just as good at the end as he did at the beginning…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • hey

    airk June 23, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • 15 up, 15 down. Don’t let it creep into your head. Wait two more innings, and maybe you can begin to ponder…

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Beckett Ks Howard with some incredible curve balls. Amazing!

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • He’s thrown only 57 pitches through 5 innings!

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Baseball Tonight comes on in 40 minutes. For those of us outside the NESN area, I suspect that’ll be a good show to be watching tonight…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Wouldn’t mind another run or two, just to be greedy and paranoid. Sox’ bats have gone to sleep here.

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • On a different note, Mathieson has done very well for Philly in relief….

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Blech Coco. Every time I think Coco looks to be getting on a roll, he has a couple of dreadful at-bats. He needs a couch session with Papa Jack.

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Coco swings at the 1st pitch too much… Sometimes it works, but he does it so much, it makes me pine for a guy with plate discipline — like Wily Mo Pena…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Yeah, as well as Beckett’s doing, his propensity this year for longballishness makes me feel nervous that the Sox have been wasting baserunners like the federal government wastes money (so it sucks, sue me)…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Dellucci to Crisp, 1 down…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Look at that curveball! When you can spot a fastball, curve, and change…man…

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • 17 batters, 1 baserunner.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • There goes that PG/NH. Well done, Josh. Now shut them down for the win.

    SF June 23, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Bell hits the 3-2 single into center…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • oh well, fun while it lasted.

    airk June 23, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Beckett is throwing a lot more pitches this inning…

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Could theoretically only face 27, still, though, after the DP.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Ahh well… Still, considering Roger Clemens has never thrown a no-hitter…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Hah! Beckett sayd, “Screw you, Bell! I’ll get you anyway!”

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Thank God for fat, ugly, hairy Italians.

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Yeah, Beckett threw something like 20 pitches in that inning — Dellucci and Bell each took 8 or 9 pitches. Up to 75 through 6, I think…
    Technically, Beckett’s still 18/18 :-)

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • He totally looks like the next guy who’s gonna get whacked on the Sopranos…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • The Sox team BA is now 2nd in MLB. I am starting to like interleague play.

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Wow…the bats have REALLY died. Keep goin’, Josh!

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Apparently, the new strategy for the hitters is to not allow Beckett enough time to get rusty in the dugout…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Marlins have 1st and 2nd with 1 out in the 8th vs. Farnsworth.

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Quick inning, Josh. Minimize the pitches…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • I liked the first-pitch swining. Don’t like the resulting double. So barring some crazy play, we will not see a 27-for-27 night from Beckett…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • There ya go. 2-run homer Utley. Stop it, Josh!

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • And the shutout follows soon after… Why does Beckett always seem to do this?? This is why I dropped you from my fantasy team!

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Wow, and that flyout was deep to right. It’s like the Phils magically figured out how to hit him. Three straight hits to deep right…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • I hope Tito gets the pen ready. Not that he would, like, wait too long or anything.

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • But then the K of Burell on three straight… Now, however, he must face Howard :-P

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Even if he gets Howard here, I don’t think I want him out there in the eighth. No reason now, with the shutout/1-hitter gone…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Farnsworth (Rivera?) gets out of it, 6-5 Yanks into the bottom of the 8th…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • The Marlins get only 1 run in the 8th, 6-5 Yanks.

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • He strikes Howard out too. You know your pitcher’s got good stuff when he gets Ryan Howard to go 0-3 with 3 Ks…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Manny gets one of ’em back. Look at ‘im go!

    Devine June 23, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • MANNY! Another jack to give some insurance!

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • My cat gets a congratulatory scratch on the neck. ‘Cuz that’s how I roll…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Nixon follows it up with the double intothe RF corner. So the Sox are coming alive when most needed…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Atlanta and Tampa Bay go to extra innings…I only mention this because I’ve taken an interest in Atlanta’s spiral into the basement.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Coco, swinging at the first pitch again! Grrrrr… He does indeed need a couple days with Papa Jack. Nomar’s the only hitter I’ve seen that could do that and get good production out of it…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Yanks win, Blue Jays lose, and Beckett’s out for the eighth. I like to see our starters go as long as possible, but I’m officially against this move. We’ll see how it turns out…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • I like it, myself. All his pitches are going, he’s not quite to 100. Now he is. And it’s 3-1. Still, I’d say two baserunners before you yank him.
    And that’s 2 down.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Cool. I trust he’s done.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Time for some Hansen.

    airk June 23, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Beckett and Tito (after duutifully warming up and practicing their timing) say in unison: ‘Screw you, Paul…”

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • I love it when our pitching for a game consists entirely of guys I could have gone to college with…
    And I kind of hate it too. Hmm.

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • They’re bringing him out for the 9th? No one warming?!
    No! I’m officially against that, as you say, Paul. Even if they go 1-2-3.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • AGon with another two-hit night. I firmly believe that it’s no coincidence that the Sox’ offensive reawakening has coincided with the increased production out of the bottom of the lineup (Tek and AGon breaking slumps and the addition of Crisp)…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Beckett looks like he is coming out for the 9th. I hope that is not the case.

    Tom sf June 23, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Nice “into a pushup stance” evasion on the inside pitch from Ortiz there.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Being a fan of stats, I always think it’s cool when a pitcher gets a complete game, but it’s completely unnecessary in the context of this game. The pen is rested, there’s no milestone or shutout to be achieved, he’s at 100 pitches, there are young pitchers who could use the work in a no-stress situation. Yeah, not a fan. At least have someone warming… Beckett tends to destruct in a hurry.

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • A TOWERING blast from Kapler! 10-2 Sox.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Papi walks. Manny was lifted for Kapler in the field, so no possibility for three HRs here. Too bad…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • And as I type, Kapler launches the blast!! Wow!

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Left field has 8 RBI and 3 HR tonight for the Red Sox.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • I feel better about bringing out Beckett, just because the amount of damage he could cause when he tires is limited. But still, this is a great situation to put in Tavarez or Hansen, probably our 2 least consistent relievers at present….

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Sox fans and Kapler do the curtain call the right way.

    airk June 23, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • It’s sacrilegious, I know, but I’m now kinda hoping Beckett gives up a couple here…my friend has him on his fantasy team and he leads our league right now.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • And he’s not out there. Cool.

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • It’s Timlin out for Beckett. I like that — he needs to shake off the DL rust…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Walk and the fielder’s choice leaves a runner on 1st, 1 out…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Utley goes down swinging, 2 down…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Abreu singles. 1st/2nd.

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Wanna get Burrell here with Howard on deck…

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • 7 straight, y’all!

    Devine June 23, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Strikes him out! Good inning for Timlin, 2 Ks, works around a couple hits… Great game on all levels from the Sox!

    Paul SF June 23, 2006, 10:39 pm

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