Doubles: Sox-Tigers Twinbill Gamer

Yesterday Barcelona, one of our beloved teams, utterly dismantled Manchester United to complete a European football double. Today the Sox, another of our squads, plays a split set of games to make up for last night’s rainout and tries to win two.

Chat about both games here.

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  • Off to the races early. Ells leads off with a double, promply steals 3rd, his 19th.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:11 pm
  • Then Pedey walks, steals second without a throw. (No throw from V-Mart on Ells, either).
    Gonzo with sac fly to SHALLOW center. 1-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:17 pm
  • V-Mart also loves Barcelona.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:18 pm
  • Lots of rain moving through the Chicago area. Could be problematic for the nightcap.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:18 pm
  • Youk walks.
    Then a double steal by Pedey and Youks.
    Mishandled by V-Mart, so, no throw.
    That’s 4 SB’s in the 1st inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:21 pm
  • 25 pitches and counting for Oliver. Sox looking to wear one more poor soul out.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:22 pm
  • Lowrie with a lousy result, can’t get a run home.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:23 pm
  • Oliver looks like he has no idea where the ball is going.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:24 pm
  • Well, the Sox should have done better than 1-0. But a lead is a lead.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:24 pm
  • Alas, despite a 30-pitch inning and 4 stolen bases, Red Sox get only 1 run.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:27 pm
  • Speed. Ellsbury runs a sinking liner down in center for the first out. Nice play.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:29 pm
  • then a single ripped up the middle. That’s two balls hit solidy for the Tiggers.
    Then a can of corn to Jacoby. Two down.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:31 pm
  • Sutton crushes one to the track for an out, then Cameron follows with a jack to nearly the same spot! 2-0 Sox.

    SF May 29, 2011, 1:40 pm
  • This is the first game V-mart has caught against the Sox this year, yeah? 4 steals in an inning feels like what other teams did to the Sox last year.
    …guess Cameron won’t be stealing, victor catches a break there.

    Josh Otis May 29, 2011, 1:42 pm
  • Well good news for me, ESPN America are showing the game as a bonus, they had a reply of last nights rain off due to play is this slot

    Polf May 29, 2011, 1:45 pm
  • Oliver needs 47 pitches to get through 2 innings.

    Thunder rumbling again. More heavy rain in imminent.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:47 pm
  • Pedey homers. 3-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 1:57 pm
  • Now the Red Sox seem disinterested.
    Oliver at 87 pitches through 4, Sox 0-4 w/ RISP.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 2:27 pm
  • Buchholz gives up a solo shot and then just got squeezed on a 2-2 pitch quite badly. Results in a walk.

    SF May 29, 2011, 2:35 pm
  • Well the Sox sure have gone quiet, hacking away at a guy who had no control earlier, all of a sudden another 1-2-3 on six pitches and all the pressure heads to Clay to keep the Tigers at 2 runs or better. This feels like a totally missed opportunity for a bigger lead.

    SF May 29, 2011, 2:49 pm
  • Worse, it seems like the Sox could have forced the Tigers into their pen really early and worn them out, on the outside chance that Verlander stumbled tonight.
    Now a bunt single for the Tigers. This game just has the feeling of a loss on it to me, all the early momentum and opportunity evaporated.

    SF May 29, 2011, 2:52 pm
  • Clay now preoccupied with the non-tying run at first. And another close call. Clay not getting the calls.

    SF May 29, 2011, 2:56 pm
  • Fly out, one down. Man still at first.

    SF May 29, 2011, 2:57 pm
  • Grounder to Jed, two down.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:00 pm
  • And now the first two pitches to Crawford, both clearly off the plate, are called strikes. I am sure that hitters love this kind of umping. It makes them helpless.
    F*cking atrocious.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:04 pm
  • Looking like another quick inning. What the hell happened?

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:05 pm
  • Cameron walks, then Cameron gets to second on a passed ball/wild pitch.
    Big run if they can get him in here.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:08 pm
  • lame popup ends the inning.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:09 pm
  • Miscommunication between Lowrie and Crawford near-disaster but Crawford makes a grab with a nudge. Oy.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • Now a dinger from Boesch. Buchholz visibly laboring these last couple of innings.
    The Sox’ dead and impatient bats have made this a game.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:14 pm
  • And now the trainer comes out to talk to Clay. I guess he was visibly laboring to more than just me.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:14 pm
  • I have to go out to the park with my son and I have a distinct premonition that when I get back the game will be over and the Sox will be stuck at 3 runs. So it’s bullpen and Buchholz or bust. Very frustrating considering that Verlander is going tonight.
    Now a double. Time for the bullpen. Francona ought to be ready to walk out there quickly. Clay hasn’t got it at this point.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:16 pm
  • 3-2 after the Boesch homer.
    I have a stomach virus–“action at both ends” or whatever how it was Tito put it that one time with Matsuzaka; I feel terribly weak and can’t keep anything down (not even plain water). Nausea is my least favorite form of illness. I could really use any kind of positive thing today as wife (sick, but less sick) is forced to take care of husband and baby (thankfully not sick as yet).
    Chances of that coming down as Cabrera doubles down the line in the bottom of the 6th. Hold the line, boys. Still got the lead for the moment: two more, Clay, and your day will be done (I’d imagine).
    Routine grounder to 1st, tying run to 3rd. One more.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 3:17 pm
  • Crappy bloop pop falls in off the end of the bat. I can live with that if they hold it here. And they do. Tied at the end of 6.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 3:19 pm
  • Feel better D.
    Tie game. Clay shouldn’t have even faced that guy in my opinion. But what do I know.
    This game is shaping up to be another come-from-ahead loss, the only kind of losses the Sox have had lately.

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:19 pm
  • Ok, to the park. Go Sox!!!!

    SF May 29, 2011, 3:23 pm
  • Keep putting down fluids, devine.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 3:45 pm
  • Here’s Benoit, who couldn’t do anything wrong last year in Tampa. Different story this year.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 3:46 pm
  • Globe says tonight game will not be televised.
    Listen to the radio.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 3:47 pm
  • OOps. Pete Abes Tweets that ESPN has caved and tonight’s game will be on NESN.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 3:48 pm
  • Timmons’ strike zone for Crawford has been awful. He struck out his last two at-bats, swinging at outside pitches after Timmons called bad pitches strikes.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • Yeah, that strike two on Crawford was an effing travesty.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 3:55 pm
  • K of Boesch: strike 3 might have been off the plate, but not nearly as much as Crawford’s.
    Cabrera down on one pitch. Nice. One more.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 3:58 pm
  • The last at-bat and the one before it.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 3:59 pm
  • Albers effective through two. He’s been good this season except for that nightmare game against the Cubs–way to pick the right AL East castoffs, Theo (well, Wheeler hasn’t exactly been stellar so far, but still…).
    Tied in the 9th.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:11 pm
  • Pap now warming (it was Bard before).

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:12 pm
  • It’ll be a one-run lead for Pap and the Sox.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:16 pm
  • Peralta down on the grounder to short.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:21 pm
  • Unsung hero would be Albers if this lead holds up – getting the extended innings to save the bullpen!

    Djt2445 May 29, 2011, 4:22 pm
  • Kelly down 0-2, fouls one off, swings and misses. Two down.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • Raburn fouls the first off, misses the 96mph heat to go down 0-2.
    And again! Game Sox. Nice win.
    And thanks for making my day less sh*tty (figuratively at least), Red Sox.

    Devine May 29, 2011, 4:25 pm
  • Highly effective inning from Papelbon. Good they did not have to go to extra innings.

    pale blue eyes May 29, 2011, 4:25 pm
  • Woo!

    SF May 29, 2011, 4:36 pm
  • Ugly weather moving into central Michigan. gotta wonder what that means for tonight’s game.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 5:30 pm
  • Numerous tornao warnings west of Detroit.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 5:32 pm
  • Looks like the weather is severe thru about 830 or so, then the rain clears through at 9. Could be a late night for this one.

    SF May 29, 2011, 5:48 pm
  • Yes, SF. Same storm hit us late this morning, early this afternoon in Chicago. Clear now. So once it’s gone, it will be clear to play. just hope there’s no tornadoes.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 6:08 pm
  • Beckett off to a poor start for him this year, down 2-0.

    Djt2445 May 29, 2011, 8:38 pm
  • This one is gonna be tough. Not promising…

    SF May 29, 2011, 9:11 pm
  • Verlander is tough. Check back as I state more of the obvious.

    BrentY SF May 29, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • Beckett worked hard those five innings. Bullpen and bats need to surprise against JV. This one would be theft.

    SF May 29, 2011, 9:40 pm
  • Can’t believe they’re down only 2-0. On the other hand, they seem to be disinterested.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 9:48 pm
  • JV is close to committing a balk when pitching from the stretch. He doesn’t seem to be stopping long enough before he delivers the ball.

    BrentY SF May 29, 2011, 9:49 pm
  • Nice heads up by youk. Funny play, I love when that happens. (he advanced to third when no one was covering because of the papi shift)

    BrentY SF May 29, 2011, 10:07 pm
  • Hill replaces Beckett. So no 8th win for Beckett.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 10:10 pm
  • Atchison. White flag time.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 10:34 pm
  • Home stand with the White Sox should be fun. Ozzie is feuding with the media again.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 10:43 pm
  • 3-0 Tigers is the final. But Sox end road trip with 5-2 record and return home in first place.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2011, 10:47 pm
  • Oh well, g’night.

    BrentY SF May 29, 2011, 10:48 pm