Just Hit the Ball: O’s-Sox Gamer VIII

Ok, so Brad Penny isn't exactly the pitcher you want out there trying to break your team's longest losing streak in two years, and while the Orioles — against whom the Sox are 6-1 this season — may seem like the perfect tonic, we need not remind you about what happened the last time these clubs got together. It wasn't pretty.

Ultimately, though, the problem with the Sox isn't Brad Penny, nor is it the fear of giving up 10 unanswered runs to the Orioles. It's the anemic offense. We all know the Sox love to hit in Fenway. But they don't love hitting against unknown pitchers like Brad Bergesen, who shut them down for eight innings last time. (Penny, by the way, was torched by the Orioles in his last start against them).

So see the ball. Hit the ball. End the misery. Comment away.

62 comments… add one
  • Kotsay gone? Fine by me.
    Ellsbury starts the offense off with a single. If he’s getting on base at the top of the lineup then the offense should kick into gear. Now start distracting the pitcher, Jacoby!

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • Just tuned in – did we just have a guy on first and second with no one out and not score? Ugh

    rootbeerfloat July 24, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Wow, Mora makes an error by hesitating, but we end up not taking advantage. Two runners on with no outs, and later the bases loaded, and we can’t do shit.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • 5 games is their longest losing streak in 2 years? Yankees haven’t done that since the ’01 ’02 squad.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • Penny throwing 98, 99.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • Varitek air-mails the ball. Infield now in, even though it’s the 2nd inning. Even Tito knows we’re not going to score any runs.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • Sure enough, sac fly scores him. F*ckin’ hell.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • How is Boston going to survive a playoff series with Varitek behind the plate? He might as well have Damon’s arm.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • How is Boston going to survive a playoff series with Varitek behind the plate? He might as well have Damon’s arm.
    Lol his arm has been the same way for 6 years, and we’ve still won more than the Yankees, Andrew!

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • Are you trolling Andrew?

    rootbeerfloat July 24, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • The Yanks are back in first, RBF, so all the ass Yanks fans start getting cocky.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • i miss disco denny

    nysf July 24, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Ath –
    I’ve been in the Colorado wilderness for the week so I’m just getting used to the new standings. Getting used to having a broken nose too but that’s a tad easier than the new standings…

    rootbeerfloat July 24, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Nice RBF, though not about the nose. How’d you break it?
    Speaking of wilderness, the movie The Edge was on TV last night. I could never go camping after seeing that.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • What a play by Pedroia.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Has the team looked as miserable as the results look? I thought getting rid of Lugo would help.
    OK, wilderness might be a bit of hyperbole. I went on a dinosaur dig with my son so we spent most of our time out digging for fossils but we had a hotel room in the evenings. On the last day, we rafter the Colorado and on one of the swim breaks, I swam really hard into a rock right below the surface. We coddled Northern Californians aren’t really used to rocks coming out of friggin nowhere to slap you in the face.

    rootbeerfloat July 24, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Yeah they’ve looked that bad, RBF. It’s been tough to watch. That sounds like a ton of fun, find anything good?
    Drew: 0 for 23, 1 for his last 34. Holy potatoes.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • I’m not cocky, I was stating how awful Varitek has been at throwing out runners, and how it’s an extreme disadvantage in a short series. 15% rate this year, which is his worst by 7 percentage points.
    Is this site called YFSF, or do you guys want your own blog? There’s plenty out there.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • rbf, did you find any fossils?

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Of course, by mentioning that I successfully reverse-jinxed Drew, and he singled. And before I’m done typing Lowell has a double.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Listening to Andrew try to defend his trolling is easier when the offense is hitting. Keep it going ‘Tek!
    Varitek’s arm isn’t going to affect much. We always beat the Angels in the playoffs, despite how much they run.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Varitek’s arm has never been this bad, Ath.
    But he makes up for it this game with an RBI single. Looks like the Sox will break their streak of 50-or-so innings without scoring more than 1 run.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Maybe you can catalog the non-performance of the whole team and turn this thing around tonight Ath.
    We found some bones and some insect fossils, both of which were really cool. It was geeksville in the group we were with. My baseball loving son at one point said, “Dinosaurs are really interesting but not as interesting as these people seem to think they are….”

    rootbeerfloat July 24, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • I agree Andrew, but a big part of that is Penny. The Orioles announcers were mentioning before the game how deliberate and slow his motion is to the plate, and how over the last 3 years only like 4 runners have been caught stealing on 50+ attempts against him.
    Drew gets an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • wow penny looks like he can actually go 7 innings today

    nysf July 24, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • WOW, Orioles get a ton of luck on the ground-rule double. Ellsbury was almost on 2nd by the time the ball bounced over the CF head. Probably would have been an in-the-park homer.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Good start by Penny. Both our guys who have trouble giving length have given length today.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Wow, Weiters blocks the plate well and gets Ellsbury at home. Great throw by Markakis.
    Ellsbury was running on the pitch, I’m shocked he wasn’t safe by a mile.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Take it from us YFs, Markakis has a hell of an arm.

    AndrewYF July 24, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • pretty sweet pitchers duel going on in the bluejays d-rays game. both pitchers (halladay/garza) looking to go 9 apiece.

    sf rod July 24, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Just realized one channel up from YES is one of my favorite films of all time – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Classic classic film.

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • Oops – sorry. Wrong GT.

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • IH, absolutely one of my top 10 movies. Redford and Newman are just fantastic. That’s a great movie to put on in the background while doing other stuff.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • IH – You did make me laugh though…

    rootbeerfloat July 24, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Not only are Garza and Halladay both going deep, but Garza started the 9th with 2 strikeouts. Wow.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • As long as I’m here…it seems the Sox streak will be coming to an end huh? Nothing like the O’s to calm one’s nerves.
    So Ath, which of the duo’s films do you prefer, Butch or The Sting? I love them both.

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • DONT JINX IT DAMNIT!
    The Sting is good, but Butch really is a masterpiece. Haven’t seen The Sting in maybe 6 years though.
    My quick top 10 list, while we’re talking about it (in no particular order):
    1. Star Wars (the original 3 all count as one)
    2. Bull Durham
    3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    4. Snatch
    5. Fight Club
    6. Caddyshack
    7. Goldfinger
    8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    9. Tombstone
    10. This Song Remains the Same (doesn’t really count as a movie, but holy shit I love Led Zeppelin so much)

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Seriously, Paps? 0-2 count and you throw a fastball right down the middle?

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Woah, umpire is talking to Francona about how there are too many fans in the center field bleachers flashing cameras right when the batter is about to swing. Nobody complained, interesting…

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • I’ with you on Fight Club. Prefer Dr. No to G-finger.
    Just turned to mlb network and see that the O’s are making it interesting at least…

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Jesus christ Paps, you need to stop doing this to us.
    No more losing streak, and we don’t lose ground to the Yanks who are about to win.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • Congratulations. Really hate butt-lips but he’s good. Was it he who loaded the bases?

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!” Such an epic line, as far as Bond movies go.
    I feel like I’m missing a movie on my list though…

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Yep IH, he gave up two singles and a walk. Then got an infield pop-up and two K’s. He’s been doing that a lot lately: getting into trouble and then working out of it. He’s like our very own one-inning Daisuke.

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Other than the drama, he isn’t blowing saves is he? I don’t seem to recall any BS’s anyway.
    G-finger is great, but Dr. No is such a better villain in my book than Blofeld…

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Andrew, the last stat I heard was that opposing baserunners are stealing off Tek at a 91 percent clip.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Terrific start by Penny. The only blip was the 14-pitch AB and the pitch count.
    We needed that.
    All streaks end.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Butt lips?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • How about this BS: Loogie, leading off for STL, 2-for-5 w/ triple and homer. AND NO ERRORS!
    Fucker.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Not exactly the romper-stomper I’ve been waiting for, but winning’s winning. I don’t care if they win the division or not (the home-field would be nice, given this team’s tendencies) as long as they see October.
    The more-than-1-in-an-inning streak is broken, but the more-than-2 streak continues.

    Devine July 24, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • And he played second base.
    Dick.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • Sorry IBM, but anyone who has watched him stare into the catcher with that stupid pucker knows to whom I’m referring. Doesn’t change the fact that he is a great closer.

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • Jeter passes Ted Williams for all-time hits tonight. It’s got to be pretty heady to keep moving up in all these offensive stat categories to that kind of company.

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 10:40 pm
  • Julio Lugo hit a triple and a homer tonight against the Phillies. Holliday went 4 for 5. Geez they’re suddenly looking good, aren’t they?

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • Funny you should mention that, IH: did you know the skin/flesh on the lips is almost identical to the skin/flesh on that other part of the body you’re referring to?

    Atheose July 24, 2009, 10:50 pm
  • IH, just chuckling at the monicker.

    Jeter didn’t fly bombers in two wars. The only flying he does is that inexplicable jump-throw thingy.

    Speaking of Teddy Ballgame, I’ve finally begun reading Leigh Montville’s biography. Wow, I had no idea TFB was such a knucklehead as a youngster.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 11:30 pm
  • “The only flying he does is that inexplicable jump-throw thing”
    Good one…
    Agreed on TW. Nothing can take away from how great he was. Just enjoying Jeter’s ascendance in some of these career-stats. He still (hopefully) has years of hitting left – maybe even as many years as TW and Joe DiMaggio each missed in the middle of their careers – and his .320 BA this year indicates he isn’t slowing down just yet in that department. Then again, I don’t expect Jeter to threaten .400 any time soon…

    IronHorse July 24, 2009, 11:45 pm
  • He has been a tremendous player.

    I didn’t mean to sound like my dad with the war reference. But I did.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • Back to the Cardinals. The winning pitcher was Joel Piniero. Anyone remember what we got in return for him?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 11:48 pm
  • Saturday is the beginning of the end of summer as the TDF ends on the trecherous Mont Ventoux, then Sunday is the stroll in Paris, a melancholy day.
    After that it’s all baseball until halloween.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 24, 2009, 11:52 pm
  • Joel Pineiro has a 2.95 ERA. That’s just dumb. The Sox traded him for Sean Danielson, who’s hitting .228/.313/.299 in Pawtucket right now.
    Screw steroids. The best way to revive your career is to move from the AL East to the NL Central.

    Paul SF July 25, 2009, 9:54 am
  • So what does it mean if one moves from the NL Central to the AL East?

    Rob July 25, 2009, 11:18 am

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