House Money: Sox-Rays Gamer VI

This game, beyond unexpected, is gravy. The Sox’ season should be over. And it might well be at the end of this evening. No matter: the Sox are alive, and if Josh Beckett can revert to postseason form, we may be seeing a second gravy game tomorrow night. Use this as your thread for tonight’s action.

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  • The best thing would be for the Sox come out and score a couple of quick runs in the first then a shut down inning by Beckett in the bottom of the first. Keep the momentum going from Thursday and start the Rays thinking “they can’t do this in an ALCS again, can they?”

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 6:46 pm
  • “house money”….odd choice of a phrase…you could say the rays are playing with house money until the seventh game…rather, i see the sox as riding a once in a lifetime wave, where a good team + breaks just seeming to go your way = destiny…enjoy it, ’cause it don’t last…ask the yanks, 49-ers, bulls, patriots…

    dc October 18, 2008, 7:10 pm
  • If we can hold the Rays offense to, say, three solo HRs, I feel pretty good about our chances.

    Jackie (SF) October 18, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • TBS is showing some other TV show now. Am I missing something?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • what’s up with tbs? smooth bpud…

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • you gotta be fucking kidding me, tbs

    Brownie October 18, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • Yeah someone at TBS totally fucked up here. THey’d better figure it out soon.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • The schedule maker for TBS must have gone to bed on Thursday night with the Rays winning 7-0 and said “Well, looks like we’re showing reruns of the Harvey Show on Saturday/Sunday!”
    GOD BLESS COCO! BUNT SINGLE, ACCORDING TO GAMEDAY!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:11 pm
  • TBS figures out their error, and blames it on “technical difficulties”.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • i blame bpud….he better get this fixed, the greedy a**hole…

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • TBS is still showing Steve Harvey in NJ, has it been corrected for anyone else?

    SoxfaninNJ October 18, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • at least have a stinkin’ backup plan…well, i shouldn’t be too harsh, at least he solved the tie-game problem with the all-star game…thank goodness…

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • Nothing on TBS out here in Berkeley either. There are not words to describe my rage. Thank god I can at least get audio for MLB.tv.

    Jackie (SF) October 18, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • Still showing it for me too. They’re admitting to their error though.
    Pedroia pops out, Ortiz K’s. DC, who is bpud?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • Steve Harvey in PA

    Pocono Sox October 18, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • the feed is out NATIONWIDE
    they had a power outage down there, and that was at 6:55 CST, since then the feed has been junk. what you are watching right here ladies and gentlemen, is a network losing it’s right to posting coverage. and thank freaking god, fox may have sucked, but TBS makes me want to kick babies and stab midgets in the eyes with forks.

    TheTree1918 October 18, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • SWEET, mlb audio still works Jackie? Thanks for the news, just turned it on.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • ath,
    bpud = selig

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • nice strikeout for beckett
    ESPN is apparently picking up the game at 8:30.

    mp October 18, 2008, 8:22 pm
  • ok, so now that we have to work around bpud, how are we following the game?…can anyone give play by play?

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Thanks DC. ESPN taking it over? SHIT YES.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • I’m listening on the radio until TV comes on. AM680 in Boston.

    mp October 18, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • thanks mp…
    step 1. fire tbs
    step 2, fire bpud

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • homerun for upton. #$%!

    mp October 18, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • Those TBS technical difficulties could’ve been worse.
    They could have played commercials for FrankTV on infinite loop.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Fuck BJ Upton. We need to start throwing at his head.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • I was kidding about those three solo HR, Josh. Just to be clear. God.

    Jackie (SF) October 18, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • funny stuff….tbs is showing some sitcom with a crawler that is attempting to keep us up to date…score is 0-0 ….nice…

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Not a good sign for Beckett.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • espn has a football game in progress…how are they going to show baseball?

    dc October 18, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • DL Beckett!!

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Seriously, if there was ever someone deserving of a beanball it would be Upton, based on his performance against us.
    GAME ON TBS!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • Ath, that’s uncalled for. Beckett doesn’t need to throw at anyone’s head (he’d miss anyhow). He needs to take a seat. He’s useless right now.

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • To clarify, the game is on TBS now.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • Two words that Francona has to be thinking: Short Leash.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • And we’re live on TBS!

    SoxfaninNJ October 18, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • Double play. 1 run in the first is acceptable. Now settle down please?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • Ah, finally TBS is on. Though that show I wanted to see.
    Upton with a HR..

    Lar October 18, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • The whole “throw at his head” thing is ridiculous. It’s what a lot of YFs have called for over the years with Papi, and it’s inane. It doesn’t work against good hitters. And actually HITTING him in the head would be abominable. The solution is for Beckett to PITCH BETTER.

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • Unfortunately, Beckett probably can’t pitch better, such is his health.

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • Part of the reason I called for it was the fact that I hate Upton–he’s a local kid, and a punk. Not seriously calling for a pitch at his head, just voicing my frustration.
    YOUK TIES IT!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouk!

    SoxfaninNJ October 18, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Youk!

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Youkilis homer!

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • DREW GOES BACK TO BACK!
    Wait no, called foul. Drew singles though.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Tek is so done. It looks like his bat weighs about 122 pounds, the way he swings.

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Of course Tek fails.
    Hold the line, Josh.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Ok, in the same seat I was in starting in the 7th on Thurs, glass of wine, just like Thurs, laptop and my wife’s stupid leopard print lap table (Lenovo X60 laptop, small but HOT).
    I was going to wait to start posting in the 5th, but maybe that was the problem Thurs???

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • Nice of TBS to show the highlights of the 1st they missed due to “technical difficulties”, Coco looked safe to me.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Im watching in my study, where the computer is and where I was in the 7th inning onward on Thursday. We’ve already scored, so I’m calling it a success already.
    Keep it going Becks.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • OK Josh, shut down the Rays.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Love those 1 pitch outs

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • HOLY CRAP! Ground out for the Rays!

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Speaking of Varitek, anyone else this Papi should be DH’ing for him? Surely Beckett can hit better than ‘Tek at this point.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Anyone else think*

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Does anyone know how I would go about delaying the radio broadcast by 5 seconds or so, so I can mute TBS and sync it up?

    Brownie October 18, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Nice movement on the curve from Josh

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Wow that curveball was strike 3. Beckett throws it a 2nd time and this time he calls it.
    Gameday confirms that, actually, the FIRST one was closer. Whatever, a K is a K.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Floyd Ks, two down.
    I feel like this is a start by Paul Byrd – every out without a run seems like a blessing. It’s so odd to feel that way about a Beckett postseason start. Side retired!

    SF October 18, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • Clean inning for Bex. Nice.

    Hudson October 18, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • Six pitch inning? I’ll take it!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Coco’s on fire the last few games. The reply on the pick off looked close to me.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Coco hits it hard, but right at Upton. Glad he’s in the game over Jacoby.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Pedroia walks, let’s get it going Papi

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • PAPI!! Need him to get going. 1 out runners on 2nd and 3rd.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Pedroia walks, Ortiz doubles! Youk/Bay with chances to take the lead.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Youk with the RBI

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Youk gets the job done. 2-1 Sox.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • One run is good, two would be better. C’mon, JD Clutch!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Drew walks. “Big-Game” Shields ain’t so Big Game tonight.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • Got a chance to talk yesterday to my Dad (he’s up in NH), no this isn’t a Simmons story, he went to be Thurs night after Paps gave up the 2 run double to Upton. Didn’t know they won until 7:30 the next morning. What 60% of those polled missed the comeback.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • be = bed

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • More runs or not, this has been a productive inning for the Sox, Shields throwing all these pitches. Come on, BAY!

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • Ooooh, tough squeeze for Shields. Bases plugged.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Take a strike, Kotsay.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • TAKE A STRIKE, Kotsay!

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • Ball 3 to Kotsay. James Shields is not a big game pitcher, people.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • Damn. Well, missed chance, but Shields, if he keeps this up, won’t last seven. And the Sox will likely have more than 2. Good inning, stranded runners and all.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Kotsay hits it VERY hard, but to dead center field. 69 pitches for Shields after 3 innings.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • ARGH. We cannot strand this many runners. At least the pitch count’s almost at 70.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Damn. That inning could have been the knockout not only for Shields but the game (and possibly the series).
    If Tampa loses this game, they know they will have a very tough time winning game 7.
    Getting a lead on them now will increase the pressure.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • WOW! SF, you sure he’s hurt?

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Don’t get me wrong, I think he is hurting, but he looks good right now.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • Wow Sager has a toy applause-o-meter.
    Beckett’s curveball is looking sick. And as I type that his curve clips his elbow. Replay shows that not only did Bartlett fail to try to get out of the way, he leaned into it!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • OK, let’s see next time Bartlet won’t have a chance to NOT get out of the way.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • I think Beckett’s problem has been his control, not his health. His velocity and pitch movement has looked fine.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • Uh, doesn’t the guy have to make at least a nominal effort to get out of the way?

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Ath, his velocity has barely tipped 92 – he normally can get it up to 95-6. He doesn’t have the velocity.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • Actually surprised we didn’t see the infield fly rule on that pop up.
    2 down, let’s get three and strand a Ray

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • He’s hit 94 tonight according to Gameday, 95 according to TBS. But yeah, it’s not as frequent as it usually is. But if he has any reasonable amount of control then he doesnt give up that homer to Upton, nor any of the ones last Saturday. He’s leaving the ball over the plate far too often.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • HUGE inning for Beckett!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Way to pitch to Upton! Josh looks SO much better tonight.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Beckett gets Upton to ground out. His control is starting to look good–that changeup that Upton fouled off was pretty.
    43 pitches after 3 is very nice. Let’s get some more runs guys.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Go here for a snapshot of Josh’s velocity and location last year. Much different. He was tipping 99+, not just 95-6. He’s probably dialing down to maintain as much control within his pain tolerance as he can.
    http://fastballs.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/bend-it-like-beckett/

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Uh oh, new strikezone to deal with now. Last thing Beckett needed.
    Poor ump though. That must totally suck.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Next inning is even huger – 3-4-5 coming up. If he can skate through that he’s got an easier time getting though 5, one would hope.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Yeah, does this ump change help Shields, who wasn’t getting any love from Cousins? Hate to see this make Shields’ zone larger, he’s really on a pace for a short outing.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • He’s probably dialing down to maintain as much control within his pain tolerance as he can.
    I can buy that.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • If the oblique is bothering him, then is does make sense that his fastball would be dialed down. He generates a ton of torque when throwing heat.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Why can’t they just go with 5 umpires. Or remove the two in the outfield and have just four. They have instant replay after all so all foul-home run debates will be covered by the replay.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • I don’t understand why this delay is taking so long. I’m happy because Shields is probably getting cold, but still.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • This is killing my chances of being able to stay awake for the rest of the game. WTF?!

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • So they are going with 5 umpires, why doesn’t MLB have extra ups at playoff games? Stupid Bpud.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Let’s see 25 pitches this inning, fellas.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • TAKE

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • You can do it, SF!
    /in cheesy Rob Schneider Cajun accent

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Drive it, Jed.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • You can doo eeet.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Feh, Lowrie lazy fly. Six pitches, at least.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • AO is my new shorthand for Tek. Gotta save the letter.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Yeah, that’s the one SF!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • God, Tek just pops foul an absolute cookie. He just can’t hit. Or if he does, it’s luck.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Awful. He’s just awful.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Varitek should just cheat and swing as if every pitch is a fastball. Who cares if he misses changeups by 3 feet?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Better than Bathroom Break!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Before this at-bat, I set a threshold of six pitches for a successful at-bat. Not even getting on base – just six pitches.
    Of course he failed.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • GOD BLESS COCO!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • How can James Shields be ‘Big Game James’ when the Rays have had maybe 4 big games in FRANCHISE HISTORY.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Coco with another hit!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Yeah, SF, games 2-5 of this series!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Needed to take advantage of the delay there!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Darn, 6 hits, a couple walks, and only two runs. Shields isn’t pitching well at all, but skating through.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Laser Show cancelled.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • SF: I think we’d all like to know that.
    Ugh, Pedroia. Let’s hope Beckett can keep it going.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • I think Coco should have been running. With Pedroia up, he would score on an EBH, if he’s thrown out our best hitter leads off. I don’t get the conservatism.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Maybe “Big Game” is a euphemism from the team shower, who knows. It’s a rather stupid nickname, a real reach for a franchise with no history to speak of.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Wow Youk was calling for that pop-up like a crazy hillbilly.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • I read that Shields has had that nickname since Minor League or before. Probably because James rhymes with games?

    rootbeerfloat October 18, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • Wow Crawford with a bullshit single.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • That’s cause Youk is a hillbilly?!?

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • Well that’s just shitty.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • “Big Lame James” isn’t quite as intimidating.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • I hate those bloop hits, they always start seem to something.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Youk ALWAYS looks like a crazy hillbilly….

    rootbeerfloat October 18, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Bill, that sentence is like a jumble game!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Wow that curveball was Strike 3. Lame.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Good running by Floyd, though running on Tek at this point is like running on my son, who is four and can’t throw a ball in the forwards direction without serious concentration.

    SF October 18, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Too many glasses of wine too early Ath. That’s what I get when I go back and add a word after typing the sentence.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Nice play Kotsay/Beckett!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Nice play, Kotsay to Beckett!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Got him anyway. More runs, guys.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • Nice BIll. I was at the Virginia Wine Festival today in Norfolk, had a great time. The Coopers vineyard had a great chocolate-flavoured wine.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • I can’t wait till the WS on Fox, we may be relieved of the STUPID Sprint “chick flix” commercial.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Ath – the difference between begin single and married with a wife that doesn’t drink, generally miss those things.
    Of course you mention the chocolate-flavored wine during the Axe commercial where the dude turns into a human chocolate “bunny”

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Double for Drew! Let’s get some more 2 out runs.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • That sucks Bill. Luckily my girlfriend enjoys to drink more than I do, so she was very enthusiastic.
    Drew doubles!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Drew laces one for a double. Let’s cash in, ok?

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Gah, WTF Bay? First pitch swinging with Shields pitching the way he is? Come on. That was terrible.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • TAKE SOME FRICK’N PITCHES SOX!!!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • They could at LEAST have gotten him to 100 pitches. Wonder if he comes out to start the 6th.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Well, this game could be 4-1 or 5-1 right now, quite easily. Shields has really wiggled out of a bigger deficit. My pleasure in a lead is now turning into more severe frustration at the missed opportunities.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Announcers agree with you SF–Beckett pitching in some pain. Apparently Beckett went back into the clubhouse for a while being innings there.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Really perplexing that the Sox didn’t at least take a few that inning to push Shields’ pitch count over 100.

    Hudson October 18, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • SHORT LEASH OK TITO!!!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • a LOT of popouts/flyouts for Beckett. Makes me very nervous.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Perfect throw by Tek there. Barlett sucks at life.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Nice!

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Wow, Tek finally did SOMETHING right.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Thank God for the catcher running.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • There goes a Pop-up!
    FUCK

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • One homerun all year, and he hits another here. Fucking lame.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Jason Bartlett? Seriously?
    I’ll refer to my 10:11 post. F*ck. This game shouldn’t be this close.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Jason Bartlett?! FUCK.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Beckett might be done, giving up a homer to Jason Bartlett.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 10:16 pm
  • last batter for Josh, Tito. LAST F*CKING BATTER.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:16 pm
  • OHMMM, HOUSE MONEY, OMMM, HOUSE MONEY, OHMMM, HOUSE MONEY.
    Just keep repeating the mantra..

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • That pitch was an 89mph creampuff to Iwamura. Beckett has nothing. Get him OUT.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • Beckett through. Upton/Pena/Longoria up next. Do you leave him out there for the 6th? Or do you use Oki for 2 innings, and then Paps for another 2 if we take the lead?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Beckett better not be in to pitch to Upton starting the next inning.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Iwamura grounds out. Thank you Josh – you exceeded expectations, even as you just gave up a home run to the 2008 equivalent of Duane Kiper. Good job- you should have a lead right now.
    Now pay him back, offense, you’ve done a terrible job tonight.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Great job Josh, next time we’ll hopefully need you is game 3 against Philly.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • Kotsay crushes a ball but Iwamura makes a good play.
    And no broadcaster, Iwamura hasn’t been better than anyone in the league defensively. Pedroia was better.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • HIt hard, right at’em. This feels like someone else’s night, frankly.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • Well, at least Lowrie can’t make two outs and force Tek to lead off next inning!

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • Sox folding up like a plastic chair right now.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • “Big sixth inning James agains the bottom of the order” also doesn’t really work.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • HAHAHA. I am such an asshole!

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • A walk here would be a minor miracle.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • HOLY TITTY-FUCKING CHRIST VARITEK HIT A HOMERUN!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • OH MY FRICKEN GOD, TEK, TEK, TEK

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • (he’s still cooked, by the way!)

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • I was just typing that if Jason Bartlett is getting home runs, maybe Tek can too.

    rootbeerfloat October 18, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • AO = “Automatic OOOOOH!”, by the way.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • Holy shit. Varitek homers.
    Sox get a major miracle!

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 10:25 pm

  • what

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • SF, even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Madden doing a horrible managerial job by leaving Shields in the game. Hard hit ball by Coco, who is now 3 for 4.
    NOW he pulls Shields. Nice going, boss.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Coco need to be aggressive on the base paths here. Even with the lefty on the mount

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Ath – is was Boss’s day yesterday, maybe Shields forgot to leave a card in the managers office.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Hit-and-run, Barlett throws the ball away!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • CASH IN.

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • ORTIZ HITS IT THROUGH THE SHIFT! Sox cash in!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Papi!

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • AYYY PAPIIIIII!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • PAPI!!!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • Dammit, Youk.
    Oh well – we got two! Take Beckett out, please.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • The “(Player name)” chant has got to be my least favorite cheer of all time.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Good move Tito, if it fails I won’t fault you.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Okajima getting squeezed. Gah.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • uh, blue?

    SF October 18, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • That was strike 3. Fuck this ump.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Inning over. Do you send Oki out in the 7th to pitch to the lefty Floyd, and then send Masterson out to finish the 7th and 8th? Or do you send Paps out there for 2 innings?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Lowery needs to understand, two outs, grounder, ignore the runner going from first to second, get the out at first, it’s a more natural play for a middle infielder. That’s what I was taught in LL.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Beckett gutted it out tonight. A great start. I feel pretty happy with a battle of the bullpens right now; the Rays’ pen just doesn’t seem so imposing anymore…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • Oki against Floyd, than masterson, then paps

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • Ath, I let Oki continue until he gives up a runner, then bring in Masterson to get to the eighth until HE gives up a baserunner, then give it to Papelbon.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Quiet game from Bay. Would loove to see that change here…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Well, HBP instead. Ok.
    Mark Kotsay, unluckiest man on earth, is up.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Welcome to the party Paul! Bay HBP, and Kotsay moves him to 2nd. Time for Lowrie to stop batting .118.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • Had a date with the wife tonight, which is nothing to take lightly what with the infant and all. I’ve been listening since the third while we did stuff around the house — one of the key benefits of having the game on radio…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Dear Grant Balfour,
    Please continue sucking.
    Truly yours,
    The Red Sox

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • That sounds like a good strategy to me Paul. 2 innings tonight means Paps ain’t rested for tomorrow.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Hehe, five-pitch walk. Time for Jason Varitek to REALLY show those fans who booed him earlier this week.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • CASH IN

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • No confidence that Tek can handle the 95-mph fastballs Balfour is throwing in there…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Announcers complaining that all the close calls are going against the Rays. Replay shows it at least a foot outside.
    Tek then flies out though, so none of it matters. Go go Oki!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Nope Paul, he can’t :-(

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Dammit.

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • It was too much to ask for lightning to strike twice.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Bah. Tek may have swung at ball four, but it was too close to take. His best hope was to foul it off, but he popped it up instead. Moderate squander, but it was hard to expect a lot given the batter and the number of outs when it started.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Dale Arnold call’s Okajima seventh “efficient.” Guy threw 20 pitches. Not what I consider efficient, Dale, unless 180-pitch games are your cup of tea…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Of course, I go and call it the wrong inning. Stupid karma.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Btw, Navarro’s caught stealing remains one of the biggest plays of the game.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • OKI! Well fucking done. We can get the last two innings.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Now, THAT was an efficient inning! Nice job, Oki!

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • OK, Paps or Masterson for the 8th?

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Nailbiting time. Insurance please?!

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Big Gideki Hideki!
    I don’t know what ‘Gideki’ means, but hey, it rhymes!

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Masterson for the 8th, I say. 32 pitches for Oki is enough, especially if we need him against some lefties tomorrow.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • SF, you’re supposed to act like it means “Game” in Japanese!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Coco with the walk, may ’em pay boys.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • I agree. Masterson, and have Paps ready if there’s a runner on base via hard-hit ball, or two runners on via walk/dink.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • Ahh, Chad Bradford. I get all nostalgic whenever I see him.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • How many baserunners is this now?!

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • Ohhhh, I’d love for Youkilis to make ’em pay…..

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • 10 hits and six walks, and a HBP… 17 baserunners.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Youk hits it very hard, but right at Eva. Let’s go Sox!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • And Youk with no luck on the hard-hit grounder. Grr. Hope that doesn’t come back to haunt us.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Ugh. Oh well. C’mon, guys, hold them down!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Oh, there was the error, too. So 18 baserunners. The problem, without going back to check, is not that the Sox are squandering these great opportunities (this most recent episode excepted). It’s that they’re getting a bunch of runners on base with two outs, making it very hard to cash in on them.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • I should say, the problem as it seems to me, without going back to check…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • This game should be out of reach by now.

    SoxFan October 18, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • Francona agrees with us, Paul.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • Bartlett is a ball magnet.. That sounds a lot dirtier than I had hoped.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • Bartlett way too comfy in that box. He needs to feel a little heat next time the Sox face him — which hopefully will be tomorrow…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • Masterson’s command has been pretty abysmal this whole series… Not feeling good right now.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:34 pm
  • Two balls to Iwamura. I don’t feel comfortable right now.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:34 pm
  • Whatever Farrell said to Masterson worked.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Yeah! Strikes him out!! Way to come back, Justin!
    Props to Farrell for coming out there when he did. Three straight strikes after that visit.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • Playing the Ramones in between pitches of an at-bat = baseball sacrilege.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Am I the only one in the world that doesn’t like the Ramones?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • There’s at least two of us, Ath.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Unbelievable game.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • Nice approach to Upton, outside pitch with some taken off of it.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Is that a good or bad unbelievable, IBM?

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Epic inning from Masterson.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Good God.
    Marvelous baseball.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Masterson does a terrific job after a shaky start.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Win or lose, how huge is this experience for Masterson?

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Way to sack up, kid!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • Good. Very, very good.
    Well, maybe not very very good. Not with 12 LOBs.
    But enough to keep my heart beating hard.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • I can’t remember who was here on Thursday night, but I played http://www.VikingKittens.com on loop for the last two innings. So yeah, it’s officially my rally song.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • Breathe, everyone…

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • Just because it was working I played it on loop as well Thursday night Ath, even those I loathe LOLCats! Taking one for the team.

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:43 pm
  • those = though

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:44 pm
  • Well done Bill! We’ll save it for tomorrow night if we need it, since we’re already winning tonight. And I must say that http://www.icanhascheezburger.com is one of my guilty pleasures, along with Seal.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Sigh, Maddon switching pitchers to drag this out. Can we get to Papelbon already?

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Since we’re ahead, I’m gonna save my music. I can be superstitious and don’t like to mess with whatever’s working.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • I’m on a U2 marathon. It’s been working so far.

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • Here we go…

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • Sorry I’m late.
    I was at my brother in law’s house about an hour away and just got home.
    Slightly relevant to this game, my brother-in-law gave up a monster home run to Cliff Floyd in high school after he thought he had him struck out on the pitch before, and he was on a Cape Cod League All-Star team with Mark Kotsay (and a couple others).

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • All right, here we go, Paps!

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • Good move by Tito to have MDC warming behind Paps…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • Wow Bill, that’s pretty sweet. Thankfully Floyd is out of this game so that cannot happen tonight.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • Shipping up to Boston

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • ONE!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • ONE!

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • One down!

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • I can’t count.
    That is, I refuse to count.

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • Paps still gassed, I think. Velocity is in the low 90s…

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • Strike 1 to Crawford was only 90mph. Wow.
    Ohhhhhh that splitter for Strike 2 was sick.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • Everyone else feel free, though.

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • That splitter looks like his 2006 splitter. Vicious.

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • TWO!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • I have my beer ready to open, an Alpha Kings Pale Ale from Three Floyd’s brewry innorthwest Indiana. A very hoppy IPA. And my Red Sox/Jerry Trupiano bottle opener.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • TWO!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • STRIKEOUT! One more out!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • YES! K!!

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • Nice…

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • TWO!

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • YOUK! GAME OVER! GAME 7 TOMORROW NIGHT!

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • OVER!!!!!!!!!

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • Bring on game 7!

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • YES!!!!

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • THREE!!!
    YES!!!!
    pop, fizzz, “WAY BACK!!!”

    I'mBillMcNeal October 18, 2008, 11:57 pm
  • Unreal. See everyone tomorrow!

    SF October 18, 2008, 11:57 pm
  • Geez, what the clubhouse is on the roof of the trop?

    BillsBurgSF October 18, 2008, 11:57 pm
  • It ate my comment, so…
    YESSSSSS!!!!! GAME 7!

    Micah-SF October 18, 2008, 11:57 pm
  • Unbelievable. Did you see the faces in the Rays dugout? Totally beaten.

    Atheose October 18, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • Amazing.
    This team is simply amazing. Are they really going to do this AGAIN?

    Paul SF October 18, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • Appropriately, the lyrics playing as the last out was recorded:
    “Oh, you look so beautiful tonight!”
    I love baseball.

    Micah-SF October 19, 2008, 12:00 am
  • Masterson, Okajima and Papelbon have been incredible this postseason: 29 innings pitched combined, only 4 ER.

    Atheose October 19, 2008, 12:00 am
  • See you gentlemen tomorrow!

    Atheose October 19, 2008, 12:01 am
  • Logic says they can’t do this again tomorrow night, after all the elimination games they have won, but I believe they will, until they prove me wrong I have to.

    BillsBurgSF October 19, 2008, 12:01 am
  • As Vince Carter would say, It’s Ovah.

    SoxFan October 19, 2008, 12:04 am
  • I don’t care if we’re playing with house money, I want it, now.
    I want it.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 19, 2008, 12:11 am
  • This team is unfrigginbelievable.

    Jackie (SF) October 19, 2008, 12:11 am
  • Good night, all.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 19, 2008, 12:12 am
  • Jackie’s early comment (“If we can hold the Rays offense to, say, three solo HRs, I feel pretty good about our chances”) proved to be pretty prescient. Two solo HRs being the sum of the Ray’s offense last night.

    Hudson October 19, 2008, 10:13 am
  • LOL, Hudson. I was getting nervous in the later innings waiting for the third one. ;)

    Jackie (SF) October 19, 2008, 12:55 pm

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