First Place Vs. Second: Sox-O’s Gamer I

The Boston Red Sox sit atop the AL East and hold the best record in the league with a staff ERA (3.40) second only to Oakland (3.10) in the AL. The Sox roll into Baltimore for two games, coming off a disappointing short series against Toronto at Fenway, whereas the Orioles just lost two at home to the aforementioned Athletics. It’s Schilling (2-1, 3.81, 20k, 5bb, 3HR) on the mound tonight at Camden Yards, coming off what was statistically a mediocre no decision but was in reality a decent start last Friday against New York, save the exploits of one player. The Orioles, trailing Boston by a game and a half, counter with Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 4.10, 26K, 7BB, 0HR), who drew no decisions in his last two outings.

Amalie Benjamin reports that Crisp and Pedroia are out of the lineup: Crisp due to continued discomfort from his strained oblique, and Pedroia due to the fact that Álex Cora is 9-16 off of Cabrera. Lineups in the extended, comment away.

Red Sox

Julio Lugo, SS
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramírez, LF
JD Drew, RF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Wily Mo Peña, CF
Álex Cora, 2B


Brian Roberts, 2B
Nick Markakis, RF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Jay Payton, LF
Kevin Millar, DH
Corey Patterson, CF
Chris Gómez, SS
Paul Bako, C

Thanks to SF and Paul for trusting me to do a Sox gamer while forgoing lame chowdah vs. crab cakes jokes and such.

176 comments… add one
  • It’s raining in Boston without an indication it’s gonna stop.
    Could be a lonely night around here.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • Game’s at Baltimore. Apparently it’s raining over there, but it’s not supposed to be too bad. I think they’ll get it in.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 6:40 pm
  • Oh, I coulda sworn the game was in Fenway. I was just there, watching Northeastern beat BC.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • the fact that the ebanpot was there today shoulda been enough clue the sox werent ;) :p

    TJ April 25, 2007, 7:05 pm
  • Haha, I know. I’m an idiot.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Manny and Ortiz has not been nice to my fantasy league this week. Of course, they’ll continue to torch the Yanks this weekend..

    Lar April 25, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Wily Mo Pena holds onto a fly ball! Stop the presses!

    Devine April 25, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Anyone see the catcher’s interference? How’d that happen?

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Missed that, unfortunately, d1. Or is it “fortunately”?

    Devine April 25, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Tejada swung at a low pitch, but Tek’s glove was held out a little too far and Tejada’s bat hit it.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 7:42 pm

    TJ April 25, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Cora hits a HR. Yawns.

    Lar April 25, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Another Alex home run!

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Alex Cora homerun = the definition of unexpected contribution.

    Devine April 25, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Figured as much…not too many other ways it can happen. Annoying though, Schilling had to throw an extra couple pitches.
    Haha, Alex Cora takes Cabrera deep. 1-0 Sox, guess the 9/16 thing wasn’t just a couple extra bloop singles.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Oh man, Lugo asks for time right before the pitch and the ump doesn’t give it to him, but Lugo leaves the box. Lugo doesn’t get back in the box, so Cabrera throws him another strike. Stupid, when you don’t get time, get the frick back in the box.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Is this a case of the umps being too much a part of the game?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • I don’t think so, Lugo wasn’t being a part of the game himself. Asking for time right in the middle of the windup is risky because the ump doesn’t have to give it to you, and rightly so. And when you don’t get back in the box even though time wasn’t called, you yourself are just wasting everyone else’s time.
    Youk doubles, then goes to third on a bad pitch that gets past the catcher.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • What the F*CK is wrong with Manny? This is ridiculous.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Manny + Ortiz a combined 1/20 this week for my fantasy team. Grumbles.

    Anonymous April 25, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • He was hitting .227 near the end of May two years ago (though he was hitting for HRs and RBI even then). Probably no biggie.

    Devine April 25, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • ^ – anon was me.
    Devine – he might be, but I’m in a H2H league, so only this week counts for this week.. =/ I’m getting my ass kicked, haha!

    Lar April 25, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • I remember earlier in the season when most of us, myself included, agreed that Crisp and Varitek looked like sure-outs every time they came to the plate. We clearly hadn’t seen Wily Mo Pena yet.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • So I show up late, and it looks like I have missed more of the same: no offense, all the pressure on the pitching. Fun.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • I honestly believed all WMP needed was some more plate time, but I’m starting to think its glasses instead.

    ToddSF April 25, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • I wonder: was Wily Mo this helpless at Kickball too?

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Also, in MLB2K7, is Wily Mo’s “plate discipline and contact” number a zero?

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Anyone watching this live? Does Cabrera look good or does Boston look bad again? I mean when he’s on he’s unhittable…he’s just not usually on. I’ve noticed Manny, Drew, and Lowell failing to work the count, but the rest of the lineup’s doing an OK job making him throw.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • At this point, Wily Mo might swing and miss at a heavybag.
    (I am doing everything I can to reverse jinx Wily Mo here…)

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • I just tuned in, d1. I’ll let you know. One thing is for sure, Cabrera sure is lanky and has a kind of odd delivery.
    Cora’s making him work here, spoiling a few decent ones on the corner, eventually slapping one to left. Textbook “take what he gives you” hitting. Maybe the rest of the team should follow suit.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • I don’t get why they don’t make Pena do what that New Yorker article said Manny used to do. Stick him in the cage, crank up the pitching machine to throw nothing but hard sliders and breaking balls at the outside corner, and make him learn.
    Hafto get better at it eventually, right?

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Lugo immediately hits into a double play. My patience with Lugo is waning. It actually wasn’t very high to begin with; not a huge fan of the acquisition from Day 1.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Cabrera looked good that inning, d1. Youkilis weakly taps to first for the 1-3 putout. Feeble inning, other than Cora’s decent at-bat. But even he spoiled some good pitches and needed a really fine piece of hitting to get to first.
    This team needs to start hitting soon; the offense is, at the moment, painful to watch (Sunday’s HR heroics aside).

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Cabrera hasn’t been great tonight, but he hasn’t been as atrocious as he has in the past either…hardly a dominant performance though. Sox bats seem once again, late to the punch.

    ToddSF April 25, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Schill, on the other hand, has been laser sharp so far…

    ToddSF April 25, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Fortunately for Boston, Schilling is absolutely breezing through the never-really scary Orioles lineup.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Could be worse. The Orioles have two hits including what looked like a bloop-double down the line, it’s the 5th inning and Schilling’s only thrown 50 pitches…and they make two outs on three pitches. Of course, as I type this that f*cking pain in the ass backup catcher works a walk that, according to Gameday, included two called-balls that were definitely strikes.
    At least the Sox are making Cabrera work a little. If they can get a runner or two on base in the 6th, he’ll most likely be done.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Seriously is this umpire as bad as Gameday is making him look? Why is there a coaching visit to the mound??

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • d1: the problem with just sticking WMP in the cage is that he might not even learn how to hit offspeed stuff even then. Plate discipline is something other than just picking up the spin of the pitch. The problem is that Wily Mo doesn’t seem to exhibit much understanding of what pitchers are going to throw to him, so if he gets one fastball for every four offspeeders or breaking pitches he better ram that one fastball. Since it’s only on rare occasion that he anticipates it correctly, he really can’t be that productive unless he obtains some sort of ESP ability. I think part of Pena’s problem, at least from what I’ve seen, is that he only has one swing (no ability to spoil anything) and no sense of anticipation, other than sitting fastball. Can you teach him not to do this by putting him in a batting cage, or does it take more than that?
    Seems to me like Pena would benefit from a steady stream of live pitching NOT on a Major League roster, but that can’t happen in Boston and thus the team is stuck with basically a Rule V draftee for which they they sacrificed a #2 or #3 starter.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Gameday is deceiving. That “bloop double” by Huff was actually a rocket liner that hit off of Youk’s glove and dribbled behind him towards the corner.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • SF, I understand the problem of discipline, but it’s exactly that ability to, at a minimum, learn to foul off pitches that I wonder if cage work could teach. It doesn’t usually look like he has any idea where a breaking pitch is going to end up; I’m curious if that’s just a matter of failing to anticipate the pitch that’s about to be thrown, or a problem with his swing such that he’s entirely unable to touch anything low and on the outer half of the plate.
    If nothing else, maybe seeing a couple hundred sliders/curves per week would help him learn to pick up rotation, or maybe just how to make contact when he guesses wrong. Of course, it’s entirely possible that they’ve tried all this already and he just can’t do it…but if that were true, why bother even trying?
    And Manny swings at another first pitch. F*ck.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Ortiz walks, and then boom, Manny swings at the first pitch and fouls out. Is something wrong with Manny? I have never seen him miss pitches so terribly as this year. Is he just indifferent? That at-bat was completely undisciplined considering the situation.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Cabrera’s pitches are really moving, that’s for sure. I haven’t watched enough of the game to know if it’s been consistent this way, but he definitely has good stuff, if a little out of control at the moment.
    Drew works a walk, so that’s the second of the inning for Cabrera. That just highlights how bad the first pitch swing was by Manny, from a baseball smarts standpoint.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Cabrera walking the ballpark. Now we get to see that vaunted Baltimore bullpen.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Finally, two decent at-bats in the same inning. C’mon Lowell, no DP’s…
    Also SF, was there an injury concern with Schilling earlier? Said there was a coaching visit either before or during Roberts’ ab?

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Manny was talking about his timing being off and the problems he is having this year getting it back.
    Not sure how much he batted in ST.

    Rob April 25, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Lowell sits on 2-0 and smartly so, Cabrera with a perfect low, outside corner fastball. He then jams Lowell with an inside heater that is fouled off. Good comeback by Cabrera to get to 2-2, then Lowell nearly hits in to a 5-3 double play, just barely beating the throw. Cabrera did well there after the bout of wildness.
    Toast up.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • No idea about the Schill injury item, d1. Extra Innings is showing the Orioles broadcast and I am not really listening.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Tek swings at one at his eyes, then one at his toes. 2-2 now. Tek doesn’t look sharp in this at-bat. Full count.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Guess that ‘I’ll show up whenever’ bullshit is actually costing Boston, huh?

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Tek whiffs on a total hanger. F*ck.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • At least we get the bullpen now. NY’s was pretty highly touted before they came to town, and we definitely killed their mojo. Hopefully Baez, Bradford, and Walker come back down to earth. That pen’s thrown a ton of innings early, too. Just five fewer then NY.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Tejada with a titanic shot off Schill, tie game. Great.
    Horrid pitch.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • …Tejada’s a pretty good hitter. Same sh*t, different day…

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • The O’s announcer is obnoxious.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • At some point do the Sox’ pitchers get tired of having to be almost perfect every night? When are the hitters going to pick these guys up and give them an easy night (ignoring this past weekend, which was clearly an anomaly for the season so far)?
    This is so frustrating.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Anyone know who’s coming in to the game to pitch for Baltimore?

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • SF – The Sox have run into a bunch of good pitchers recently. I think thats a big part of why they haven’t been scoring runs. Cabrera has been really good this year, and he’s continued that tonight. We’ve also faced Halladay twice, Pettitte, Millwood, Meche had his one excellent day of the year against us, same for Chacin, and we managed to be one of the three teams to get crushed by Felix Hernandez before he went on the DL.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • I mean, Schill, in the three innings I have watched, has given up two really hard hit balls: Huff’s double (which would have been an out if Youk had 2″ more of vertical leap), and Tejada’s. Other than that, he’s been great, one run only. But it’s still not good enough for him to have a lead.
    I suppose it’s better than losing 10-8 to the Devil Rays, but really, that’s just nitpicking. The Sox just aren’t playing well: they have made very few above-average defensive plays, have made far too many errors, and can’t hit with RISP. Good recipe.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Cabrera’s over 100 pitches, but he’s in still anyway…probably to handle WMP and then come out.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Perlozzo trying to milk an extra batter out of Cabrera (Whiffy Mo) and he promptly gives him a free pass. And he still leaves him in. Go for the throat, fellas.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Pena walks (?!) on five pitches, but Cabrera is staying in. Thats a bit suprising.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Cora bunts him over. WHY!?!??!?!!?!? Cora’s the only guy who has really hit Cabrera, and Wily Mo is lumbering. How is that a smart play, with Cabrera struggling with his control?!

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Or maybe Boston is just making those pitchers look good…? It’s like the Yankees of previous years. They’ll destroy the #6 or #7 starters teams are forced to run out there (Karstens, Wright come immediately to mind) but will be shut down by great pitching and have days where they make mediocre pitching look great.
    Boston offense will be fine once Manny starts getting going. I really think you’re seeing what happens to the lineup when Manny is a non-factor, which is why I think the team was never really serious about trading him for less than he’s worth.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Holy crap he walked Pena. What a break. And why, if your starter is at 106 pitches and the guy in the box has a career average against him over .600, do you leave him in?
    WHY BUNT?? GAAAAH!!! I understand the move and normally I’d agree with it but gimme a f*cking break!

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • has the uncanny ability to black out on me just before the moment of contact. Monumentally frustrating.
    Good bunt by Cora, but i don’t like the call. I don’t think you let Cabrera off the hook like that. He’s walked 3 of the last 6 hitters (pointed out by O’s announcer Jim Palmer) and Lugo hasn’t looked good tonight.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Lugo delivers….a popout.

    SF April 25, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • I sure would be nice to make the O’s manager pay for leaving Cabrera in like this. Come on, Youk!

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • …getting really hard for me to keep supporting Lugo. ONE F*CKING CLUTCH HIT! JUST ONE! F*CK!

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • I just don’t understand the Cora donation. Bad managing, Tito.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • A walk from Youk. And thats going to be it for Cabrera… I assume. Palmer pointed out that Ortiz is 5 for 9 against Jamie Walker, who was warming in the pen. I’m not sure if he’s the guy coming in though.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Time for clutchitude, the King of Klutch, the great Clutchino…you know what I mean. I would hope for the Orioles’ sake that they brought in a lefty.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • SF, maybe kennedy was onto something about lugo??

    Anonymous April 25, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Come on, Big.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Walker gets away with a meatball…

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • What an at-bat by Ortiz… Come on Big Papi!

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Papi improves his great numbers against Walker…dunno what the Orioles manager was thinking leaving Cabrera in there after all those walks, it’s like he’s the anti-Torre.
    Boston ahead 2-1.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • BIG!!
    Blooper on the 11th pitch of the at-bat. Great work by Papi.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Yeah, Big Papi with a dinker! 2-1 Sox!

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Papi with a great AB

    Rob April 25, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Will this long inning do anything to Curt, I wonder?

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Hopefully it’ll provide Schil with some rest. He doesn’t have a high pitch count, somewhere around 80 I think.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Chad Bradford in to face Manny, who’s manhandled him through his career.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Manny continues to hurt Bradford, drilling a line drive to center. A good hit by Manny, finally. 3-1 Sox.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Manny!! 3-1, Sox!

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Manny with a RBI…wow…meat of the order coming through

    Rob April 25, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Hooray!
    So, to recap: Boston suffers vs starting pitching, then man-handles overrated and/or overworked bullpens. Umm…cool?

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • You have to wonder about the wisdom of bringing in a pitcher that Ortiz was hitting over .500 against, and then when he gets a hit, bringing in a pitcher to face Manny who Manny is hitting over .500 against. Isn’t that almost asking to lose?

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • matty, the Orioles have been losing for a while. They’ve kinda got it down to a science.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Drew walks. Lowell with a chance to really give Schill some room here.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • “Isn’t that almost asking to lose?”
    Yes. But these are the Orioles we’re talking about. That said, I was under the impression that Perlozzo had been doing a decent job. But apparently he’s one of those guys who’s way too in love with lefty-righty matchups, to the point that career matchups are of secondary importance. Not a good thing.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Lowell with a 3-1 count. Do you take here? Or do you sit on a fatty?
    You take, is the answer, and Lowell drives one in on the walk!

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Heh, on an unrelated note, did the game in NY really need to be postponed? Like is the rain that bad, or was it one of those borderline games that the hometeam canned because it was in their best interests…i.e, set them up better for this weekend?
    Just curious…I’d wonder the same thing if Boston called a game in this situation.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • D1 & Andrew: I can understand one matchup or the other, you know, if you have a lot of confidence in one guy, but both consecutively…?
    Now the O’s announcers are complaining about the size of the strikezone and favoritism towards Boston. Funny because I was complaining about the opposite last inning.
    And just as ball four is about to be delivered the screen goes black.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • It was raining pretty steadily, d1.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Did Toast really have a hot weekend? Seriously?
    He looks like sh*t to me, again.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • “Now the O’s announcers are complaining about the size of the strikezone and favoritism towards Boston.”
    Seriously? I’ve never heard an announcer accuse the umps of bias before. Except maybe in the context of, “the grizzled vet getting the call over the rookie,” which has always just seemed like a part of the game. Guess years of calling games for a club that bad turns you bitter and whiny. Hehe.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • D1: I wonder the same thing re: the rainout in NY tonight. Smacks of BS to me.
    Hopefully Schilling can keep the mastery going.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Tek’s weak at-bat aside, that was a darn good inning, and disciplined. Good walk from Wily Mo to start it, great at-bat from Papi to put the Sox up, a stinger from Manny, and then more discipline from Drew and Lowell. Well done, guys.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Guys: I am in NYC, drove through the Bronx right around game time, and got back to Brooklyn in the midst of steady rain at 730. My drive home from upstate NY was in consistent, steady rain. No conspiracy here, I hate to tell you.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • To be fair to Varitek, this isn’t a new phenomenon. He came into tonight 1/10 against Cabrera with 6 K’s, so the fact that he managed a single is a bit of an accomplishment.
    That said, he was 5/10 with 3 K’s and 4 walks against Bradford, so that strikeout with the bases loaded kinda sucked.
    (I didn’t think so, but you have to admit it worked out pretty well for the Bombers. Just a question, that’s all)

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • D1: The O’s announcers were saying that their guy wasn’t getting calls that Schilling was getting and they implied that it was favoritism, but they didn’t come right out and accuse the ump of wanting Boston to win.
    Here’s one of my favorite ex-Red Sox, Kevin “El Bencho” Millar (thats what they call him on Surviving Grady, and I think its genius)

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Oh, and one of the guys calling the Detroit game said something about the home team calling the game early when it was in their best interest. I think he was talking about the rain delay for that game, but I didn’t actually hear the whole conversation so that caught my attention a little.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Schilling getting hit hard this inning – the first out was a bullet right to Lowell, and now two hits in a row. Gotta be careful here, Tito.
    Oy, Roberts scares the crap out of me with a warning track shot to end the inning as I was typing. Phew.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Schilling’s getting hit around by two guys who certifiably suck. And now here’s Roberts, who doesn’t suck. Hopefully Schill can end this silliness here…. aaaaaand he does, as Roberts just misses one. Yikes! That was close.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Paul Bako f*cking has Schilling’s number. To this point, Schilling has had Roberts’ number.
    Ha, those O’s. They manage two singles in an inning and still end up sitting down on 9 pitches. Unreal.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Pena took 6 straight pitches there. I’m really impressed. Seriously.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • And, just like the Yankees many nights, the Orioles will lose with their best relievers sitting on the bench.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Well…he hit that ball a little harder then I’d liked.
    Schill’s at 90 pitches. Send him out for the 8th on a short leash, keeping in mind Tejada’s 7/22 career line against him? If not…is it Oki time?

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Just joining the action… Looks like Curt has been throwing a gem (but may be running out of gas).
    And two more Ks already from Wily E. Coyote Mo Pena? Incredible. He’s got something like 12 in 25 at bats now, not to mention the .125 BA.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • D1: I think you ask Schill. If he wants go to out for more you send him, but keep in mind you have Okijima ready to go in the pen (he’s been warming for a bit).

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Very quick inning for Johnson.
    Six outs away… Seems to me bringing in Oki would be the right move, the way the last three O’s batters swung the bat against Schill.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • The Orioles have a “wired Wednesday” where they put a mic on a player, and they just showed the “highlights”. Two of the clips showed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (who was wired) completely silent, without any context. Nice job, producers. You might want to rethink that feature.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • I guess that was it for Schil. Hopefully Okajima can set the O’s down with a minimum of pitches so we don’t have to use Paps.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Never, EVER ask the pitcher, mm!

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Hideki with a K of Markakis. Tough call, though, that third strike looked a little outside, frankly.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Well to be fair Andrew…I don’t think anyone would have sent Ray out for the 7th, and Baez was probably unavailable having thrown in both games vs Oakland.
    Oki’s the sh*t.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Okajima got a call there on Markakis. That pitch looked both high and outside. I’ll take it, but it didn’t look like a strike.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Okajima being a little too careful with Tejada with a three run lead, IMO.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Falling behind Tejada is a bad idea, though…
    Everytime I f*cking compliment one of our players he does something bad. Dammit.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • And he comes back from 3-0 nicely to get Tejada to ground to Lowell.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Tejada grounds out after being up 3-0, 2 gone.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Sweet hook from HO to start off Huff.
    Hmmm. “HO”. Interesting possible nickname. Very Imusian.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • That’s better. So…let’s pretend for a second Okajima’s stuff is really this good, and he’ll be a great reliever for the entire year. If Boston had realized this, you think they’d have made him the closer and tried Papelbon in the rotation? Weakens the pen considerably…but oh, life without Tavarez starting…sounds sooo good.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Great stuff from HO to fan Huff, three curveballs that were nasty.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Wow! What a great inning by Okajima. 2 K’s and a groundout. Do you leave him in to pitch to the end of the O’s lineup, or do you bring in Paps?

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • D1: interesting though… I’m not sure it would’ve made a difference, but it might have. I guess what I’m saying is I have no insight on this at all. It didn’t sound like Paps wanted to start, but at the same time Tavarez… so, I’m just not sure. What do you think?

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • K, 1-2-3 for Ohhhhhkahjeemah. (I get a kick out of saying his name.)
    Can Hinske play an outfield position? If Crisp is going to be out a while, something has to be done about the giant sucking sound emanating from the Sox CF.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • “Do you leave him in to pitch to the end of the O’s lineup, or do you bring in Paps?”
    Papelbon’s had two days off, and two of the next three guys are righties who hit lefties pretty well. I’d bring in the closer. (Unless they turn this into a laugher, of course…)
    I have absolutely no idea…sure, Papelbon might have been pretty hot for closing, but that’ll happen when you post a sub-1 ERA your first time through. I bet it felt pretty good. He’d have started if they told him to and with success, I do think he’d have warmed up to it. If what some reports have said is true, and that Papelbon would have been nothing more than a 5-6 inning guy…then this is still the right move. But my position was always that I wanted him to try it and see what happened.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • d1, I think that if HO is this good for even half the season the Sox will have gotten a complete steal, one of the big steals of the entire offseason league-wide. $1.5M for this guy! I imagine that he’s NOT this good though, though he will still be a real steal, even if he regresses slightly.
    I think the Sox probably have very good idea that Lester will be a reasonable, probably slightly better than LA fifth starter, and getting to the June/July period where he might be ready was better filled with Tavarez (or, hopefully, Hansack) than with Papelbon. I always thought having Paps in the rotation was incredibly valuable (and Tavarez’ starts have given my position some weight), but he’s certainly been a lifesaver on a couple of occasions, so it’s hard to know whether his max. value has been compromised. It probably hasn’t. Someone at SoSH will show this soon, I imagine.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Long single down the line by Papi, Youks to 3rd, no out.
    Some insurance runs would keep Paps fresh… Though I guess he hasn’t pitched in a while anyway.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Wow! Manny gets robbed! He just missed it. It might have been out anyway… its hard to tell. Great job by Ortiz to get back to first and avoid the double play. Youk tags and the Sox are up 5-1.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Beautiful catch by the O’s CF robs Manny of either a home run or a double, hard to say… Youks tags to make it 5-1.
    That was a really well hit.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Do you pitch Paps anyhow? Do you save him for tomorrow? If he pitches tonight and not tomorrow, he can go Fri/Sat against the Yanks. If he doesn’t pitch tonight and throws tomorrow he’s available Fri/Sun for the Yankees series. Does it matter?!

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • …did Manny just come really close to a homer? Gameday has that ball beyond the fence…

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Now JD walks, 1st and 2nd, 1 out.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • SF- I think you try to win the game today, and worry about this weekend’s series this weekend. But with a four run lead and the end of the O’s lineup coming up I’m not sure you need to burn Paps. But maybe he hasn’t pitched in a bit and needs the work. I’d bet we’ll see him.
    Of course the O’s announcers haven’t mentioned if the Sox have anyone up in the pen or not.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • “I wanted him to try it and see what happened.”
    A bird in the hand……

    Anonymous April 25, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Ortiz gets home as Lowell extends his streak on a hard-hit grounder off the glove of the 3rd baseman (not an error).

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • This is the state of the Yankees’ season: rainouts are being cheered as well as heralded as possible momentum-shifters over in the Yankees game thread.
    How sad.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Brendan Donnelly likely will pitch the 9th, RS radio says.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • So Patterson web-gemmed Manny? Hope to see that on Baseball Tonight.
    If they think Papelbon really needs some work, pitch him tonight. If not, then I don’t think you do it. Dunno though, can’t say I feel that strongly either way.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • It doesn’t seem that the O’s have any interest in winning this game. After the… shall we call them bad? managing decisions by the O’s manager resulting in a couple runs in the 7th, it looks like Perlozzo is just going to leave whoever this is out there until the Red Sox skunk the O’s.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Tek walks, bags loaded… The O’s really don’t want to see Papelbon under any circumstances, it seems…
    Chance for WMP to change his fortune with a grand salami?

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • The thing that scares me about Pena is that even when he gets a good pitch to hit he can’t or doesn’t hit it. He just missed a perfect down the middle fastball against Johnson and is now down in the count 1-2 because of it.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Only is he sees a fastball.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • if

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Good god, Pena whiffs AGAIN.
    This is ridiculous.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Wily Mo Pena: Professional Rally Killer.
    Guy on the mound is basically a minor-leaguer, too…

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Can’t get mad at Cora, at least he makes contact. And he went 2/4 with a homer…
    5 run lead. I’d let Romero and Donnelly take care of it.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Cora grounds out to 3rd unassisted. To the 9th, no idea who’s pitching the 9th.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • I don’t know what you do about Pena except keep running him out there and hope he figures it out. The guy is tremendously talented, no doubt about it, and we’re only 2.5 weeks into the season. I think he’ll come around, at least a little bit. Hopefully leaving the bases loaded doesn’t come back to bite us in the botton of the ninth.

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • “5 run lead. I’d let Romero and Donnelly take care of it.”
    I’m totally in Tito’s head right now. He misses his chew.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • I like the 5-run lead, but 12 LOBs?
    If there is one thing that troubles me through 20 games, it’s the LOBs. Do we lead the league in that?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Donnelly in. Hasn’t given up a run in 7 appearances, I’d forgotten that…

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Also, in MLB2K7, is Wily Mo’s “plate discipline and contact” number a zero?
    I dunno but in The Show 2007 they have Dustin Mohr’s picture for Dustin Pedroia like Yahoo did all last season.
    Poor kid, maybe thats why hes not hitting hes so embarassed that millions of people are gonna think hes ugly lol

    TJ April 25, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Jim Palmer: “I don’t believe in looking at teams on paper.”
    So, what, he doesn’t look at the standings, or any statistics at all? Or does he just read that stuff on his PDA?

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Does Millar ever shower?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Re. the LOBs: I think that number would be much, much lower if Manny were being Manny instead of batting .200.
    Former Bosox Payton and Miller out (pop-up, K), 2 gone.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Bill, I looked it up yesterday (Boston w/Runners on base, not Millar’s shower habits) because I was tearing my hair out in frustration…before yesterday’s game, we were third in the MLB in BA w/runners on base.
    Course, thanks to last night’s game, we’re in 15th and 16th in BA and OBP respectively. And 11th in SLG.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Sox Win! Sox Win! Holy Cow!

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Patterson out, game ovah! Schilling 3-1, Sox 13-7, 2 games up in the East ahead of the Os… Nice.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Woohoo! G’night, all.

    SF April 25, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Good win!
    Donnelly’s been better then I keep thinking he has, though I’m almost certain he’s been aided by some good luck, like having hard-hit balls smashed right at people. Have to be pleased with his performance so far, though, he’s definitely been worth Phil Seibel.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Until tomorrow, everyone (unless I’m working on a paper, which is likely…) Until sometime later everyone!

    mattymatty April 25, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Thanks d1.
    On the other hand I bitch about that stuff and the RS are in first place. We know Manny will come around. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have room for improvement in April.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Good night, everyone.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 25, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Back form the game! Alot fo fun.. awesome game and I had a great crowd. Schilling pitched well, but I’m concerned about the number of men left on base. We should have done ALOT better than that.
    LOoks liek the Yankee wash out will work against us, which stinks. Pettite instead of more scrubs. Oh well.
    I expect us to only take ONE of these games, unless we finally figure out how to hit Pettite which no one has yet.

    Dionysus April 26, 2007, 12:25 am
  • Also… MAnny’s hit? SO a home run. The wind was blowing DIRECTLY into the path of the ball and knocked it down. Otherwise, homer with room to spar.e

    Dionysus April 26, 2007, 12:26 am
  • Just got back from the game with the wife and friends. Had a great time, although wearing shorts and a golf shirt left me a bit colder than my beer….
    Tomorrow it is me and my 7 year old son going to watch Beckett. Can’t wait

    VicSF April 26, 2007, 12:38 am
  • One last note from the park..
    Papi’s at bat? Epic. Wonderful piece of hitting.

    Dionysus April 26, 2007, 12:56 am
  • This is irrelevant…but Jacoby Ellsbury has hit in every game this season except for one, when it looks like he still walked. He’s batting .434/.483/.660, good for a 1.143 OPS. He’s got a 6/3 K/BB. 4/5 on the basepaths. Of his 23 hits, 8 were doubles and 2 were triples.
    I know this is really, really early…but jeez. If he keeps this up, I’m going to be fairly upset if they don’t at least deal Dave Murphy to make room for Ellsbury in AAA. Because he’s been completely dominant, so far, and it’s not like he’s just some kid fresh out of highschool; he is 23, after all. Be real nice if Boston finally hit the jackpot on a positional player it doesn’t trade…feels like it’s been a while.

    desturbd1 April 26, 2007, 1:26 am
  • Ellsbury clearly needs to be in AAA. He’s ripping apart this AA guys, clearly too good for them.
    If Coco goes on the DL, I imagin you call up Murphy or Moss (anythigns better then Wily Mo right now, and let Ellsbury take their spot in AAA.
    I’d much rather Coco not be on the DL and kick some Yankee butt this weekend
    Predicition: If Wily Mo is our everyday player, the Red Sox take 1 of the three.. the win being the second game. If its Coco then the Red Sox MAYBE get a shot at 2 of three if its combiend with Pettite finally having a bad day.
    Thats the thing folks.. Pettite has to have one eventually. Maybe Friday is his day. I hope.
    But I bet it isn’t.

    Dionysus April 26, 2007, 2:11 am
  • expect us to only take ONE of these games, unless we finally figure out how to hit Pettite which no one has yet.
    Jeez, they’ve only seen him once, two and three times each.

    Brad April 26, 2007, 10:19 am
  • I think Murphy will be part of a deal in July.

    TJ April 26, 2007, 12:15 pm
  • Im expecting a memorable performance by Matsuzaka-san friday night!

    TJ April 26, 2007, 12:21 pm

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