Kyle Who?: Sox-Nats Gamer I

Ok, I am back from a self-imposed baseball exile.  I came back last night, a bit prematurely (I had given myself until today to watch any baseball, but flicked on the tube around 10pm).  It was out of sheer curiosity and the magnetic draw of our national pastime, and it ended up being for one pitch from Rudy Seanez.  Nice timing I’ve got.  I went back into exile (good for me, better for the Sox!). Now the exile is officially over.  And what is the first thing I do?  I call up MLB’s preview.  And it appears that some castoff from the Kansas City Royals named Kyle Snyder is starting a game for my beloved Red Sox.  Let me repeat that: a CASTOFF FROM THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS.  What kind of pitcher do you have to be to get tossed aside by one of the worst clubs in baseball history?  Or worse, what kind of citizen?  Did this guy get caught doing something terrible to the world’s largest prairie dog? DId he disappear for 6 days on a rib-eating jag? Is Theo a mad genius?  Or a dart-throwing moron?  I guess we’ll find out tonight.  Comment away.

84 comments… add one
  • Maybe he’s a mad dart-throwing genius. The idea, from what I hear, is that they dn’t weant to bounce Pauley around, Ginter’s way off cycle with when he last pitched, and this is the last game in June where we’ll need a fifth starter. They hope for 5 runs/5 innings, pray for a good day with the vats, and let him try his luck at Pawtucket until later this year. Makes sense, but was this the best they could do? Yuck…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • That would be the bats. I hear the vats (of boiling oil, acid, what-have-you) are stll on order, waiting for a corrosive enough material for Tavarez.

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 6:43 pm
  • Theo’s copying Cashman again.

    Nick-YF June 19, 2006, 6:45 pm
  • Incidentally, on the news front: JT Snow has been DFA to make room for Snyder, amd old friend Gabe Kapler is making his first post-Achilles start in RF. Congrats to him! And good luck to J.T., a class act who deserved better than he got — but who knew Youk and Lowell would be this good this early?

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • I would have guessed that the boiling oil or acid had already been tossed on Tavarez. You know, judging from his face…never mind. That’s too low even for the Orc.
    Welcome Back, Kapler!

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • So does Snow make it 3 Gold Glovers the Sox have discarded in the last few years? Who needs ’em anyway? We’ve got YOUK!

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • hmmm interesting inning @ strikeouts and a homerun.

    TJ June 19, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • and of course @ is 2 :P

    Anonymous June 19, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • I refuse to acknowledge this ex-Royal guy who’s pitching. Arroyo is pitching tonight for the Reds; maybe I should watch that instead.

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • It jusn’t seem right to take a Royals cast off and make him your starting pitcher of a homestand after a 3 game sweep. Just seems like we are begging to kill the momentum.

    Rob June 19, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • jusn’t (verb) a combination of invalid fingers trying to type.

    Rob June 19, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Tek Doubled, Lowell singled no outs

    TJ June 19, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • RBI single for Crisp 2-1

    TJ June 19, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Cora comes through! 2-2

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • 2-2 now, on a sidenot I just noticed the Sens picther is former sox farmhand, Tony Armas Jr.

    TJ June 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Alex Cora ties it with the single!

    Anonymous June 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • by Sens i mean Nats LOL

    TJ June 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Can anyone give a good reason as to why Alfonso Soriano bats leadoff? After all the grumbling about batting order on the Red sox, its kind of funny to see the NAts roll in with their best power hitter in the leadoff spot.

    airk June 19, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • 3 runs allwed by Snyder thru 3 innings… looks like he’s taking this” 5 runs, 5 innings” thing literally

    airk June 19, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Because Soriano is an on base machine!
    (career obp .323)

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • ummm hmmmmm ummmm really? thats about what Alex Gonzalez’s is LOL

    TJ June 19, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • I just checked – with AGon’s recent torrid stretch hitting, he’s ap to .302 (shudder).

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Papa Jack’s doing his thing with Gonzo.

    airk June 19, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Gabe the Babe!! Wallball brings Covelli home.

    airk June 19, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Bottom of the lineup is tearing it up so far tonight

    Rob June 19, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Tito going all old school on us with the sac bunt.

    SF June 19, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • I spoke to soon.

    Rob June 19, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Youk with the RBI, 4-3 Sox on the conceded grounder.

    SF June 19, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Loretta misses a dinger by about 2
    feet with the wallball double

    SF June 19, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Don Orsillo with one horrible call – Loretta thrown out at home as Orsillo says “Loretta gives the Sox a…nothing, out at home”. Yeesh.

    SF June 19, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Loretta for some reason didn’t slide. He also didn’t appear to be running all that hard. Weird play.

    SF June 19, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Manny was the one who should’ve been signalling for Loretta to slide. MBM…

    airk June 19, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Ah, that play was Manny’s fault: stood in the on-deck circle giving Loretta no advice on whether to slide. Lazy job by Manny, probably costs the Sox a run – a slide would have done it. Superb deconstruction by Remy there.

    SF June 19, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Snyder K’s Soriano for the 3rd time! This kid is holding his own: 4 hits, 6 Ks, no walks through 5.

    airk June 19, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • The pitcher I am not acknowleding with 2 consecutive sub 10 pitch innings. If he keeps it up, I may never type his name.

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • I think the Sox may need more runs, though. Isn’t it Tavarez’ turn in the bullpen?

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • What happened to Tek’s AB? I got gamecasted.

    Rob June 19, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Maybe Snyder figures he’s got nothing to lose… He’s not pitching for a ML job, he’s here for one day, he’s getting sent down no matter what, he’s playing in a game that actually matters before fans that actually cares… Maybe for once he’s being able to just pitch and not try hard… He has far exceeded anyone’s expectations thus far, I would think…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • I did too, Rob. I’m guessing he made an out, although Lowell walked and he’s not on base…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • friggin gamecast

    Rob June 19, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Here comes Van Buren

    Rob June 19, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Bottom 5TH B:1 S:2 O:2
    Jason Varitek grounds out, shortstop Royce Clayton to first baseman Robert Fick.

    TJ June 19, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • That’s it for the one kid — great job by Snyder! I hope he got a good hand from the Fenway Faithful…
    Now it’s the other kid. Here’s rooting that Jermaine Van Buren recovers his pree-Stadium form…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Not a good start from Van Buren… We need two innings out of him, not two runs…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Ahh, the K. Much better…

    Anonymous June 19, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • I’m not sure I understand why Francona would take Snyder out when he did. The previous inning went very smoothly; he’d thrown just 67 pitches in 5 innings; the bullpen is depleted with no Papelbon to anchor it. Obviously you don’t want to ask too much from Snyder, but he got pulled after his best inning of the game. I don’t get it.

    airk June 19, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • But comes right back with the walk… At least the double play is in order…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Yeah, I know the idea had been, “Get him five, then get him out,” but it seems his last two innings at least bought him three more outs, particularly with the lead and a shabby bullpen…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • I can buy the “don’t push your luck with Snyder” attitude, but he had just thrown two stellar innings, and the bullpen has been taxed. On the other hand, Terry had to have been thinking about playing with house money at that point, and I can’t blame him.
    And there’s the double play!

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Nevertheless, I love Van Buren, and he induces the first-pitch-swinging DP!

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • If Snyder stayed in I wouldn’t complain. When he was raken out, I raised my eyebrows, but I’m not complaining… We got far more from him than we expected, and that’s enough for me…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Wow i almost forgot what its like to have a productive 4th outfielder.

    TJ June 19, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Kapler tearing it up since his return (OK, it’s just 3 for 4, but .750 is .750 dang it)…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Youk battlin’ here. Full count.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Worked a walk. 1/2 one down. We need some insurance…

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • No insurance, Papi unclutch against the LOOGY.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • This game feels like Spring Training, what with all the odd names.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • nice quick one from Lopez!

    airk June 19, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • My mom is sitting with Lou Gorman at this very moment at Fenway!

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • And Manny’s foul back just hit off the wall above her while I was on the phone with her. She’s in the press box with a friend from the Sox F.O. tonight.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • sweet!

    airk June 19, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Good at-bat by Tek there, grounding sharply to second and advancing Manny. Let’s get him home, Mikey!

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Lowell gets no chance – IBB. Up comes Coco, not a great hitter with RISP this year.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Although he’s done much better the last couple games, and the walk loads em up for Kapler… Might we see Trot?

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • I think I’d use Trot for Cora here.

    airk June 19, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Big walk to Cora there – the 2-1 pitch was a tough call, probably a strike. Sox up 2.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • 11 LOB. where have we heard this story before?

    airk June 19, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Get ur shotguns ready folks. Here comes Homereaz

    TJ June 19, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Suckanez

    airk June 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • This is probably not going to end well. I am off to watch in a room with no internet, where I can’t break my keyboard.

    SF June 19, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Theo said to expect more rposter moves in the next 24 hours wonder if his release is part of it?

    TJ June 19, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Manny Being Manny :D 6-3

    TJ June 19, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Yankees lose 4-2!
    Arroyo pitched a complete game for his 9th win, beating the Mets 2-1.

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Mets lost 4-2 ;)

    TJ June 19, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Thanks for catching that score, I don’t know where I got 2-1!

    Tom sf June 19, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • God, that Manny home run was beautiful…after last night, Timlin makes me nervous. Okay, it was an errant outing. Let’s go.

    Devine June 19, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • RE: Seanez…half the time it’s two strikeouts and a soul-crushing homer, the other half it’s just two strikeouts. Thank goodness on a night when Papelbon isn’t available we got the latter.

    Devine June 19, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Timlin gives up the leadoff single…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Lowell! Man, that infield D!

    Devine June 19, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Double play!!! One more to go!

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • 2 up!

    Devine June 19, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • The third-best thing about tonight: Brett Myers is on my fantasy team.

    Devine June 19, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Flyout ends it! A win! Kyle Snyder, Jermaine Van Buren, Javier Lopez, Rudy Seanez and Mike Timlin combine to give up just seven hits! No runs in four innings from the pen, just three runs in five from Snyder, a well-deserved win for the kid. Wow! I would never have predicted this outcome for this game…

    Paul SF June 19, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • HANSENS back, Van Buren sent down.

    TJ June 20, 2006, 8:12 am

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