Twenty-five runs in two games certainly helps when a team wants to reverse a poor start. Game three at Fenway sees Doubront facing the Rays, who are now losers of four straight and send Matt Moore to the mound. Comment away on your Sunday baseball action.
|D. Jennings cf||.194|
|C. Pena 1b||.379|
|E. Longoria 3b||.345|
|J. Keppinger 2b||.214|
|B. Zobrist rf||.259|
|L. Scott dh||.455|
|S. Rodriguez ss||.111|
|M. Joyce lf||.231|
|C. Gimenez c||.000|
|M. Aviles ss||.296|
|D. Pedroia 2b||.324|
|A. Gonzalez 1b||.312|
|K. Youkilis 3b||.185|
|D. Ortiz dh||.406|
|C. Ross rf||.222|
|D. McDonald lf||.143|
|K. Shoppach c||.364|
|J. Repko cf||.000|
97 replies on “Felix For The Kill: Rays-Sox Gamer III”
Very nice second inning for Doubront. Still scoreless.
Great hitting from Youk and Papi. Now drive ’em in.
And Cody Ross obliges. Three run shot over the monster.
Doubront gets out of a jam. I like it so far.
Keppinger bloops one into short right, barely fair, which bounces for a ground rule double. Felix unlucky.
Doubront strikes out the right-wing nut.
Great play from Aviles at short and they get Keppinger in a run down. Still 3-0.
In his ongoing quest to provide him with a hobby Don Orsillo tries to get Jerry Remy interested in birdwatching. Remy looks absolutely thrilled.
Shoppach double scores Papi. The ball gets away from Longoria at third but Cody Ross is out at the plate. 4-0 Sox.
Doubles by Pena and Longoria score three runs. Both might have been catchable.
Kinda liked the idea that Valentine brought Doubront out again for the sixth. But now that Scott has tied it it doesn’t look like that great an idea.
And now the quick hook.
Aitcheson can’t find the plate and Gimenez (or Maddon?) insists on bunting? That doesn’t look as smart as they were advertised.
Another pitching change. Padilla, I guess.
Aitcheson had allowed two base runners but Padilla and gotten one out. Padilla cleans up the mess on four pitches.
Man, Papi is hot right now. Another wall ball double drives in Youk from first.
IBB to Shoppach. Repko will make them pay!!
Or not …
He ain’t no Jacoby, but that’s too much to ask anyway.
Interesting test for the bullpen now, to hang on to the 5-4 lead.
Good think I’m not a prolific game poster cause that inning just ended for me, over a minute after PBE posted it. I’m watching MLB.TV through my XBox and it’s about a 2 minute delay with the buffering. The radio feed on my phone is pretty close to actual time, which is interesting when I listen to the game while I’m doing some yard work or laundry and my wife is watching on the XBox. There was a play last week where I heard it, and about 2 – 2 1/2 minutes later she yelled about it.
that would be “thing” not “think”
Should I post slower?
Padilla gets the job done again. With only 15 pitches so far he might go another inning.
Pleasantly happy that Padilla has pitched as w ell as he has. Could be this year’s Aceves, hopefully they don’t pitch his arm off like Tito did with Albers last year.
Just able to tune in. Nice to see that moron Scott strike out like a fool.
Six more outs, boys. Six more. More runs wouldn’t hurt.
Moore still in the game. All in all he pitched better than Doubront. But Doubront’s outing was quite respectable.
And now Aviles hits one out. Maybe they should have taken Moore out after last inning.
Like magic. Crushed over the center field fence. 6-4.
Two days ago I was chiding the team for not hitting home runs. They obviously heard me.
Oh no, I’ll take the responsibility of not checking here when there is a big moment in a game, like that one. After seeing your post, I told my wife Repko would make and out, he did, then she proceeded to give me a hard time about being so negative which obviously transmits through the TV to the team…the joys of marriage.
Wasn’t Matt Moore supposed to be one of the top young pitchers this year??
Guy’s getting killed out there. Even the out was hit fairly hard. Gonzalez stings one to the wall for a single.
So if the Sox hold on an win this game, is it still considered a slow start when, other that Baltimore, they would just a game out of first?
Ohhhh…Jackie Robinson day.
“Wait, 42 isn’t Youk’s number, is it? Hey, that guy’s wearing 42 too! Doesn’t only Rivera wear that ’cause…oh.”
Two-run lead with two innings left in regulation.
I think Moore will be one of the top young pitchers this year. As far as I know this was only his third start in the majors. And except for the second inning he looked pretty good.
And except for the final inning of course.
Morales now. One out already.
Long single for Molina.
Bloop hit for Gimenez. Jennings flies out on the first pitch.
Three down in the top of the 8th. And now for another hit parade against the Rays’ bullpen?
Easy inning for Fernando Rodney.
Longoria, Keppinger and Zobrist.
Longoria flies out to right.
Nice catch by Repko. Two down.
1-2 on Zobrist.
Winning a series against vaunted starting pitching is sweet. Still a 1-5 team on the road, but the home cooking has worked.
Morales looking like he’s making a try for the 8th inning role.
The series is ours. A sweep tomorrow would take us to .500. Go Bard!
Except for Aitcheson the bullpen has looked good today.
Gonna go with this if no dedicated Patriots Day Gamer appears this morning (game starts in around 20 minutes).
Unemployed (job interview tomorrow) + Patriots Day game = 8 a.m. west coast fun (until Bard gives up 5 in the 1st at least)
Nice catch Sweeney to end the top of the 2nd, no score.
Just came in. Seems did better than that in his first two innings. Great catch by Sweeney.
And good luck with the interview tomorrow, D.
Runner at 2nd, one out ends in nothing in bottom of 2nd.
Thank ‘ee, sir.
Bard’s location is off today. Seems like he’s locating everything way up. Walks Jennings on 5 pitches.
Anybody have an idea what Valentine was trying to accomplish with his silly remarks about Youk?
Not sure, PBE, but I loved Pedroia’s comment this morning that “Maybe that stuff works in Japan.” I hope this was just Bobby testing the waters and he’ll realize that kind of thing won’t fly. He’s already apologized, so that’s good.
Bard strikes out the side. First full inning I have seen from him today. Looks good to me in spite of the walk.
Nice K of Longoria. Pena, too (not as big an accomplishment, admittedly).
Cafardo ripped Pedroia for his remark on the NESN pre-game show. Cafardo has been a cheerleader for Valentine since before Bobby got the job. It’s about time Cafardo gets his head out of Bobby’s backside and reverts to being a journalist again.
Some hope, I should add.
PBE, to ask the Boston sports media to “revert” to being journalists is hopeless. I think the best we can hope for is more reporters like Pete Abraham, who know the online media game well enough that they are at least in dialogue with their audience and to that extent there’s some accountability.
Always nice to see Luke Scott make an out.
Strikes please, Daniel!
My wish is granted!
Bard’s infield saves him an error and gets out of a mini-jam, getting the DP. Nice.
And Ortiz DPs in return.
Ugh, 4 walks today. Longoria up with 2 on, 2 out. Do not want.
Wow, that first pitch was CRANKED foul.
Do they really have to replay that Longoria homer from last season?
K! Halfway done, no score.
So far, if you ignore what it did to the bullpen for the first week, the project of turning Bard into a starter has been pretty promising.
Walking Nick Punto on four pitches? Keep up the good work, James!
Still no runs for Bard.
Bard scoreless through six on 87 pitches. Does that count as a high quality start? Certainly not bad for a number five starter.
Really time now to get him some runs.
Shields of course has been just as good if not better. 64 pitches through 5.
Albers and Thomas warming up. In a scoreless game? No trust in Melancon? And couldn’t Aceves go two?
Bases loaded. Not such a good idea maybe to let Bard go over 100 pitches.
Longoria up. Ball 1.
Game on the line right here.
Why is he still in the game?
Our manager is such an idiot.
Not close at all. 1-0 Rays. I was in favor of him staying in up to the point of facing Longoria with ’em loaded, but I can see why Valentine wanted to see what he’d do with it. Lotta pitches for him, though.
Right now he deserves a nickname with the word coma in it.
Absolutely disgusting managing. I can’t believe this.
Not sure I’ve made myself clear here, but I really really hate Bobby Valentine.
And now Thomas with his 6,75 ERA is supposed to keep the game in check?
Grady would have not let Bard pitch to Longoria.
Thomas gets the out. That at least does not fuck up Bard’s ERA. Doesn’t make our manager a genius, though.
It really blows my mind. Pena batting would have been the perfect time to pull Bard and bring in a lefty reliever (Thomas, since he was up). But then to let him pitch to Longoria too? I’m really, really mad about this stupidity.
At least Thomas got out of it.
Joe Castig surmises that Bard was left in because Longo was 0-3 w/ 2K before that at-bat.
I guess that has some merit. But Bard was CLEARLY out of gas.
Haha, camera catches Pedroia spitting during “God Bless America” (with his pointed straight down, of course).
*with his head
Brignac to SS, Rodriguez to 2B, Kessinger out.
Have to leave and will miss the comeback. Enjoy it!
Sorry guys. I’m not very patriotic it would seem. Gamer up top for the last couple innings if you choose.. or stay here.
RE: coma, how about Grady Valentine?
Pedoria made a comment earlier today about Valentine not knowing how things work around the team, maybe Bobby was thinking, “your right Dustin, I’ll be more like Tito, starting by leaving in the starter too long”
I’m headed to the new gamer thread because it looks like some latecomers are posing there.