Kaz and Effect: Sox-SatanFish Gamer I

There’s nothing to help an offense waking up from a slump than facing the Devil Rays — unless it’s Scott Kazmir on the mound. That, of course, is who’s on the bump tonight. Kazmir seems to always give the Sox fits, though he’s been fairly average this season (5-4, 4.26). He’s gone five straight starts without registering a game score of 50, but he’s come very close, seeming always to go 6 IP with 3 ER.

Daisuke Matsuzaka on the other hand has thrown five straight excellent starts since May 30 Cleveland meltdown. He was only 2-2 in June, but his ERA was below 1.50, and his last start was the best yet. Unfortunately, he received the ND in a 2-1 defeat, something we hope won’t happen tonight. But it’s just hard to expect a decent offensive output when David Ortiz is acting like he plays his home games in the Metrodome.

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  • Is there an echo in here?

    Airk July 3, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Oh, I see. It’s just deserted.

    Airk July 3, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • End of the first. A completely non-noteworthy inning.

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Matt Clement making an appearance on the Sox bench; nice to see that he and the Sox still consider him part of the team.
    I wonder if he’ll be an option next year out of the pen or as a 4/5 starter.

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Please guys, Kaz is missing the marks tonight. Take advantage while you can.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Kazmir walks the bases loaded, no outs. Let’s go Sox!

    Max July 3, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Tek nearly hits into a double play, but Wiggington bobbles it, only gets Tek out. Manny scores.

    Max July 3, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Tek with an RBI

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Wiffy K’s

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • With Pena out, its up to Lugo…$#!?

    Max July 3, 2007, 7:50 pm

    Max July 3, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Julio Lugo drives in TWO runs!!!!

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Way to go Lugo! A 2-RBI single.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Did the crowd cheer for him?

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • that was f beautiful!

    mike July 3, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Rob- the fans have been behind Lugo this whole homestand. Of course, having a 10 game lead will make them a lot more tolerant.

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • that was actually a pretty cool moment. i heard the grumbeling of what sounded like a “let’s go lugo” last nite, but tonite it was clearly audible. good for him.

    sf rod July 3, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Lugo snaps his skid???
    Am I reading this right?

    Rain SF July 3, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • I agree Ayuh, they were talking today on the pregame that they cheered him last night on that sac bunt. Just curious to see how they acted on that hit for him.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Fans were definitely chanting “Let’s go Lugo” last night, and the cheers just now were impressive. It’s nice to see fans at the game cheering a struggling player.
    (While I’m glad that we just got 3 runs and Lugo broke his streak, think for a minute about how pissed Kazmir must be right now. He gives up three walks in a row, three runs, and the only hit he gives up is to a guy in a 0-33 slump.)

    Max July 3, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Kazmir at 52 pitches

    Rob July 3, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Is Papi the new Lugo?!
    (just kidding)

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • not funny SF. Not funny at all.

    Max July 3, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Dice K is just rolling right now.

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Daisuke looking really good so far.
    Fingers crossed.

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Hey, two pitches for Lowell! The Sox are looking to stretch Kazmir out to seven or eight innings, despite having him on the ropes after three…

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Wily Mo’s first at-bat was the definition of useless. Can he at least outdo that here?

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • At least WMP struck out swinging that time……

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Um, nope. Another whiff.
    Can the Sox please get something for Pena before his value is negative? Or is it already?

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • I don’t think they could get anything for Pena, SF. If you were a GM, what would YOU trade for him?

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • A copy of “The Bigs” for Playstation 3, maybe?

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Maybe. All I’d give would be an old Gamecube.

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Ah, the new Julio, we hardly knew ye…

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Good to have Coco back in the lineup. Two-bagger for Coco.

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Something is wrong with Papi. I can’t figure out any other reason why he has suddenly turned into a non-threat.

    SF July 3, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Doesn’t help Papi that his protection behind him has no power or the guy behind the guy. With Drew and Manny showing nothing, why pitch anything hittable to the guy? I would also add though that he has missed some very hittable pitches this year.
    I haven’t seen enough games on TV to buy into the theory that Papi has been getting squeezed either.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Papi just hasn’t been hitting the ball hard- how many times has he hit the ball to the warning track this year? That’s the thing that concerns me. He’s getting pitches to hit, but not doing much with them.

    Ayuh - SF July 3, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Are his knees still bothering him? I remember that being said earlier in the season and have not heard anything about it since.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Honestly, is the Drew-Kazmir matchup worse than Wily Mo-Kazmir? Seems like managing by “the book” rather than by the actual skill of the players involved.

    SF July 3, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Not sure SF, but every game I see Wiffy in the line up I know the other pitcher got 3-4 free passes.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Lugo singles (again!) and then gets picked off after an aborted steal. His head still seems screwy. Hits are good, though.

    SF July 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Coco walks. I like Coco.

    SF July 3, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • I would like to inject into the thread here that you all need to vote for Hideki Okajima. It’s very easy to do, and mlb.com makes it very easy to vote multiple times.
    He’s currently trailing Jeremy Bonderman in the voting, and narrowly.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • So we have Crisp and Pedroia producing, but Ortiz and Manny doing absolutely nothing. Rough. It used to be when we had two on, one out and Papi-Manny coming to the plate, you could start filling in the diamond on your scoresheet. Now you just have to wait on whether to draw the Ks backward or forward.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury in for Manny in left. Anyone else think maybe he’s being showcased?

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • I’ve already voted for Oki about 500 times I also have been voting for Chris Young from San Diego

    TJ July 3, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Ellsbury aint going anywhere.

    TJ July 3, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • If Michael Bowden is traded, I agree with you, TJ. But if the ChiSox want Ellsbury and lesser prospects for Buehrle, I’d probably do it. Crisp is young and seems to finally be recovered from the injury/slump that ate up the last 12 months.
    Matsuzaka goes to 3-0 on Iwamura, then catches him looking at three straight strikes. Far and away the best start from Daisuke this year — 8 IP, 9 K, 4 H, 0 R. That’s very, very good — particularly when you consider the TB lineup isn’t exactly a pushover.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • i am voting oki right now like there is no tomorw

    mike July 3, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • no way i dont care if im being offered jake peavy i wouldnt include Ellsbury.

    TJ July 3, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Jason Varitek seems to alternate great games with horrendous games. He never goes 1 for 3 with maybe a run scored. It’s always two or three times on base and 3 RBI or 0 for 4 with 3 Ks. I’m glad he’s having a good night tonight.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • WMP 0-4 with 4K’s
    Great job tonight champ.

    Rob July 3, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Wily Mo, however, ALWAYS has wretched nights. 0 for 4 with 4 Ks. That’s just unbelievable.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Hey, remember Mark Feirabrand, the guy who shut down the Red Sox in Seattle? Yeah, he got pasted today — by the ROYALS.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • 4 times he K’d. 4.
    Matsuzaka’s ERA is 3.53 now. After a first half like that and an amazing run in his most recent starts, the term “ace” doesn’t seem far off the mark.

    Devine July 3, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • I butchered that guy’s last name, btw.

    Paul SF July 3, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Addendum: with the provision, of course, that he’s never pitched a full season in the major leagues.

    Devine July 3, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Ohhhhh, that 1-2 was clooooooose.

    Devine July 3, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Fly to center. 1 more to get.

    Devine July 3, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Damn, shutout busted up by Pena.

    Anonymous July 3, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Heh, Papelbon gives up the high fly to right, which barely arcs left of the pole and it’s a home run.
    Then there’s an out.
    Sox get their 51st win.

    Devine July 3, 2007, 10:06 pm

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