Fish (Cup)Cakes: DRays-Sox Gamer VII

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have actually been a better team the last two weeks relative to their season performance; a series win over Toronto was followed by losing two of three against Baltimore.  TB went on to split with a slumping Detroit and then suffered a series loss in Texas.  The end result is that the SatanFish have played .500 ball, or thereabouts, since an eight game losing steak in the end of July.  Still, this is a horrible team, whose staff ERA approaches 6 and whose dubious distinction is possession of the worst record in the majors, that rolls into Fenway tonight.

Tim Wakefield is on the bump for the Sox; Wake has defeated the Fish in his two outings on the season.  He’ll face James Shields, the number two arm in the rotation, coming off a 7 inning performance against Detroit in his last outing, recording the win with 5 hits and 1 run allowed, yielding no free bases and striking out nine.  The Sox faced him once this season, scoring 3 runs in five innings off of six hits.

Nick Cafardo reports that Pedroia has the day off, and Crisp is out of the lineup as well.  Drew is in center, while Hinske will play right.  Boston holds the series lead, five games to one.  Lineups follow; comment away.

Tampa Bay
A. Iwamura 3b .289
C. Crawford lf .315
B.J. Upton cf .324
C. Pena 1b .268
D. Young rf .297
B. Harris 2b .296
J. Gomes dh .264
J. Wilson ss .285
D. Navarro c .209
J. Lugo ss .233
K. Youkilis 1b .302
D. Ortiz dh .316
M. Ramirez lf .292
J.D. Drew cf .264
M. Lowell 3b .309
A. Cora 2b .255
D. Mirabelli c .210
E. Hinske rf .202
80 comments… add one
  • Wow – David Ortiz at 3rd base? That should shake them up!

    batty August 13, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Updated post with more realistic Boston lineup… ;)

    attackgerbil August 13, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • :D

    batty August 13, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Shields’ ERA (4.31) isn’t too shabby, and his record is impressive (9-7) considering for whom he’s pitching…

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • PAPI! Double brings Lugo home from first, one out in the bottom of the 1st.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • (Meanwhile, Wang is looking shaky again in the top of the 1st against the Birds… 2nd and 3rd, no outs. The least Baltimore could do is be as tough with the Yankees as they were with us this weekend.)

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • (Wang hits a batter, now loaded up.)

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Inning over in Boston. Ortiz made it to third but was stranded, 1-0 after one… It’s a start.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Lowell flies out on the second pitch, but Cora gets a hit!
    Why why why do we give EVERYONE the day off that we can on Wake’s day? I’m surprised Manny isnt sittign too with Wily Mo in Left.
    Yeah. Imagine asking Wily to play the Wall

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Mirabelli lines out, two down. Im gonna go punch a wall.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Still 1-0 after two. Wakes is perfect, with two Ks.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Make that 3Ks, 1 out in the top of the 3rd.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Lugo with a two-bagger to lead off the bottom of the 3rd. (Wakes still perfect!)

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Damn, a leadoff walk to Iwamura in the top of the 4th; perfect game spoiled.
    (Not that I was seriously expecting one.)

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • TB still hitless after 12 outs.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Nice job to get that hit by Lowell. Too bad the Suck Squad will strand him,

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Hudson? Shut up. What are you doing with your words?

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Sorry Hudson.. I jsut odnt waznt you to jinx us! :-)

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Lowell stranded as I predicted.
    Get healthy Coco

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Sox strand another runner (I think they’ve done that in every inning), still 1-0.
    With Gagme in the pen, and Francoma seemingly determined to use him in all close games, that’s not a big enough lead.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Dionysus, looks like you’re the one who jinxed the Lowell hit!

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Wakes after five innings: 0 runs, 0 hits, 4 Ks. This had better not be another strong pitching performance squandered by an anemic offense.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Shields sits the Sox down 1-2-3. At least he’s at 87 pitches.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • No hits for TB through six… Two walks are their only baserunners.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Gange has made more more bad than any trade in recent memory. Gababrd was shaping up to be a solid starter and we give him up for a guy who’s cost us two wins? And two games in the standings?

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Another LONG AB for Papi. Even if he’s not getting hits, sides he RBI double, he’s makign the pitcher work

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • And Papi flies out after 12 pitches. Even with t he out Im prepared to call that AB a Win for David

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Meanwhile Corey Patterson brigns the Os to within One.
    Hopefulyl the Os will do to the Yansk Bullpen what they did to ours.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • End of six, still just 1-0 Sox. Let’s hope that at 106 pitches we’ve seen the last of Shields.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Manny and Drew go down, but I imagien that’ll be it for Sheilds. He’s at 106 pitches.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • There goes the No Hitter, frak it all. AND Crawford steals Second.
    Im gonan go vomit
    Or play mor Half-Life 2

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Crawford breaks it up with a single.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Despite Carl standing on 2nd base with no outs, Wakes gets out of the 7th cleanly. Still 1-0. Too close for comfort…

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Mirabelli and Hinske walk with two outs… C’mon, Lugo, give Wakes some breathing room.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Yes! Ask (beg) and ye shall receive… Lugo single makes it 2-0.
    It’s hardly a Gagne-proof lead, but better than 1-0.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • FYI, Gabbard has lost his last 2 decisions since the trade, and was removed from his last game with “forearm stiffness”. This from a guy who’s had 2 elbow surgeries.
    Rag on Gagne all you want, but Theo knew to trade a guy who’s value was at it’s highest.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • I agree that Gabbard was expendable. What I don’t get is messing with the Oki/Paps dynamic, which was cruising along almost perfectly.
    Sure, get Gagne. But use him in a way that doesn’t screw with a good thing.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Wakefield could easily get a complete game here (91 pitches after 7.1).

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Until Gagne can show he can get through an inning clean, I doubt he’ll be asked to hold a late lead.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Gomes with the Rays’ second hit, single, one out.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Anonymous — I would normally assume you’re right about Gagne, but it’s not what Tito has been doing. Gagne was already stinking up the joint before the Sunday disaster, yet was brought into a tight situation.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Wakes gets out of the 8th with 100 pitches. Back for the 9th? He certainly can throw more than that…

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • (Spankees still leading the Birds, 6-4 in the sixth…)

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Manny singles, one out, bottom of the 8th. More insurance, please!

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • JD walks (nice at bat). 1st and 2nd, one out. Lowell to the plate…

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Lowell! Single brings Manny home and some more breathing room for Wakefield… 3-0 Sox.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • ACor grounds out, 2nd and 3rd, 2 gone. More, more, more!

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Belli Ks to end the 8th. Here we go…

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • I think we give Wake the chance for the CG.. especially with our bullpen the waqy its been this week
    By the way.. if I so much as see Gange holding abaseball in the Pen… I will MURDER Francona.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Nope. Its Paps.
    Just as good.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • As Wake gettign the CG that is..
    about 9 BILLION times better than Gagne

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • I’m with you Dio. I think they could bring OK in- he only faced one batter yesterday. Paps didn’t pitch at all.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • (It’s now 6-5 Yankees in the bottom of the 7th… Baltimore squandered a good chance to tie it up.)

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Its a one run game again in New York as Villone replaces Wang with one on and promplty goes fly otu, wild pitch, groundout advancign runner, and wild pitch to score the run.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • ONE!

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Dont know WHY Oki didnt pitch that whole inning last night. It boggles my mind.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • TWO!

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • I think the thought was they wanted to do the whole lefty/righty matchup- talk about a failed experiment.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Iwamura: K
    Crawford: K
    You almost get the feeling that Paps is pissed about how things have gone lately and wants to make a point…

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • COme on Paps.. get him!

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Crap.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Walk to Upton.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • I think you want your closer to be pissed off anytime he’s in there.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • THREE!

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Wake. Has 14 wins.
    Second in the MLB.
    Can we just… amaze at that?

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Game over, Paps protects a stellar outing by Wakefield.
    We should be scoring more than 3 runs per game against TB, but a win is a win.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Yeah, what’s also amazing about Wakefield is the number of decisions he’s had. It’s a testament to his durability — he always goes deep into a game, in an era when only 5-6 innings is more typical.

    Hudson August 13, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • I really want to find out what the record for consecutive decisions is. Wake has to be getting close.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Games like this are why I have such a huge man-crush on Wakefield. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Wake’s on WRKO. I love him. He’s such.. a workman. Very humble. What a guy.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • I think a good test of a True red Sox fan vs Band-Wagon Fan is how much they love the Wakester.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • I’ve said this before- the Sox ought to target a couple of players every year who are the Wakefield type: position players with great attitude who just aren’t talented enough to make it to the bigs. Tell ’em to try to learn a knuckler, and maybe someone will take.

    Anonymous August 13, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Ok.. i just watched the replay of Lugo scorign on Ortiz’s double. That was DAMN close to being an out.

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • I don’t know, Dio- my Dad is 80 yrs old, has been a Sox fan back before Ted Williams. He HATES Wakefield, always has.

    Ayuh - SF August 13, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Exception that proves the rule Ayuh
    Anyone look at the probably match up for Fridays game against the Angels?
    Can you say.. WOW?

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • I was talking to my Dad about Wakefield once, and I asked him why he didn’t like him. He said, “Sure, that knuckler fools batters the first 2 times through the order, but he always gets hit in the 7th and 8th innings!”
    I tried to convince him that a guy who goes deep every outing is a good thing, but he’s adamant about it. He doesn’t like Wake.

    Ayuh - SF August 13, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Sure fooled them all night long today.
    Of course the D-Rays basically can thit the knuckle at all. Can we let him start tommorrow too?

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Mora shoudl run here…

    Dionysus August 13, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • I peeked at this game…like 3 or 4 times, but I was always gone within a few batters: saw Papi’s RBI double, Wakefield in the 7th got out of Crawford stealing 2nd with nobody out and a 1-run lead, and saw Papelbon’s last two outs.

    Devine August 13, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • 1. Lugo would have been out by a mile if Navarro could catch. If he had been thrown out…you just have to sort of tip your cap, because that was one hell of a play/throw from Upton in CF.
    2. Shields is really good. He suffers from a severe case of Gopheritis, but that seems like something that’ll improve with experience. Factor out a few implosions against the Yanks, he’s been one of the AL’s better pitchers, with a very solid 3.71 ERA with fantastic strikeout numbers and control. And he’s only 26. Someone to watch out for going forward, I think.
    3. Why the f*ck does Tito insist on giving people the day off when Wakefield pitches? I know Crisp was sick, but why not sit Pedroia tomorrow if he has to sit at all? It’s bad enough Mirabelli has to be there every fifth start, how about staggering the rest-days a bit? Ugh.
    Good game, I guess. Big start tomorrow for Lester; he still needs to prove he belongs in the majors (At least to me he does…).
    I’d try to pick up the slack for Paul and SF, but I really have trouble finding the time to post. I can’t even check this f*cking website at work anymore; I’m pretty sure that “Players I hate” thread was enough to alert my employer’s net-filter, or else someone blocked the website right afterwards purely by coincidence. Either way, it sucks. I did have a Jon Lester-rant all typed up after his last start, but decided to give him one more game before posting it.
    Also, appropos of nothing, but Steve Phillips declared on Sportscenter tonight that neither New York team would make the playoffs. Apparently the Yankees’ streak is being driven entirely by an unsustainable offense, which isn’t enough to make it in the AL. Meanwhile, the Mets won’t make it because their offense isn’t strong enough, and that’s what it’s all about in the NL. And the Rockies are going to take the Wild Card because they “have the offense.”
    If he can be a GM, why can’t I?

    Josh SF (D1) August 14, 2007, 1:56 am

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