Late For An Important Eight: O’s-Sox Gamer V

The game should just be getting started, and Josh Beckett is hoping to tie the Sox’ all-time record with ight wins in eight starts to begin a season. Considering the opposition, I have to say we’re optimistic. Cmment away!

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  • Lowell’s sitting out today; Youkilis moves to third, Hinske at first.

    Anonymous May 13, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • Friggin’ Roberts is making Beckett pitch quite a few. This will be the 9th on 3-2.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • Beckett walks the first batter after an 7 pitch AB.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • Markakis singles to right, advances Roberts to 2nd.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • Roberts walks after a 9-pitch battle. Markakis lines the next into right for a single. Roberts on to second.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Afternoon boys.

    TJ May 13, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Afternoon TJ

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • Tejada Ks on a curveball.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • Tejada K’s
    Need a DP badly

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Tejada K’s! Woo!
    Let’s go, DP.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Man, that sucks.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • Great move guys, great throw, nice.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • 2nd strikeout. Beckett will have picked up his defense if he gets the next out.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:18 pm
  • Ahhhh, sh*t.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Damn you Beckett. You have to start what seems every game this way in the 1st inning.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Umpire’s glacial on the calls; Varitek was halfway to the dugout by the time he called out Millar.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • 3K’s, 2 ER. Get them back, bats.
    Like, now.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Nice catch by Millar on Crisp….damn.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:27 pm
  • Yeah, robbed, quite possibly of 2 bases.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • 9 pitches. Christ.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • Devine, FWIW, Guthrie threw 67 pitches with 46 strikes in his 6-inning start against Tampa Bay last time out. He’s not really a nibbler. Not wild about it, but against a pitcher like this, just letting it rip on a pitch you think you can hit isn’t neccessarily the worst approach.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Patterson makes old Rob Deer look like a patient hitter.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • 5 K’s through 2 for Beckett. How ’bout one run, offense…just to start, y’know?

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • It’s true, Quo…I’m just gonna be pissy when innings like that happen, is all. If they hit three first-pitch homers in a row next inning, I won’t be moaning.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Why the heck is the crowd cheering on a pretty routine grounder to the shortstop’s left?

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • They did a good job yesterday making Traschel work. It is frustrating watching them rush an AB a day after they were so patient.
    But when 46 of your 67 pitches are for strikes you do not have much choice.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Weirdest double (?) ever.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Youk continues his tear with a 2 out double

    TJ May 13, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • I may have to agree with that Devine.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Why the heck is the crowd cheering on a pretty routine grounder to the shortstop’s left?
    …beer?

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • enlighten us video less fans :p

    TJ May 13, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • Ah, TJ, it was a high fly ball (a pop up, really). Payton runs back to the track/wall, then suddenly breaks forward and still the ball falls in front of him by a good five, six feet. Probably a combo of misjudging and weird wind. Youk hustled all the way for the double. Good play by him to run it out.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • I didn’t actually see it either, TJ, but from the comments on an Orioles blog I just lurked at for a moment, it looks as though Payton just misplayed the crap out of it.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • kool

    TJ May 13, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Are there any O’s blogs with good game threads?

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • Great grab by Varitek on a popup by Tejada.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Paul: CamdenChat.com is a pretty good one. Pretty cynical individuals, and kind of hate the Sox for the most part, but it’s generally pretty active and with fans that know what they’re talking about.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • That was a GREAT catch/slide by Varitek to nab that foul ball.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Heres my sox blog :)
    http://redsox.travisliles.com/

    TJ May 13, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • 6 K’s through 3.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • 6 Ks for Beckett through 3. 51 pitches too…which is lower than I thought he’d be after that first inning. Time to string some hits together.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • Blech, I tried reading it but it’s hard for me to read other boards’ threads without getting pissed off.

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • CamdenChat, TJ, not your blog. lol

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • This game has already gotten very frustrating.

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Alright now, I think we have let the kid toy with us long enough.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • GameDay shows both runs by Beckett being unearned, which surprises me. I thought since the first one scored on an error, it would be unearned?

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • 7K’s now for Beckett.
    If not for his usual 1st inning drama he would be pitching a gem.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • Paul, they claimed both runs were earned on MASN.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • Beckett was allowing a .962 OPS in the first entering today’s game…

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Sory, I meant GameDay shows both being EARNED, and I thought one would be unearned.

    Paul SF May 13, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Ortiz walks. Come on Manny!

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Manny, I want it now. (Though, you know, even another walk would be pretty good.)

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Paul they gave a brief explanation how both were earned and it sounded plausible. However it was Gary Thorne.
    Snyder is warming up in the pen for us.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Snyder warming in earnest. Something wrong with Beckett?

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • Damn.
    Francona is headed to the Ump. I wonder if Beckett got a blister problem.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Ouch.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Oh crap. Not neccessarily because of KS, because he hasn’t been too bad to this point. But obviously. Crap.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Agreed on your point about CC, Paul. Hence why I lurk only. Sometimes it’s nice to see how the other side lives.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • I see disaster brewing

    Rob May 13, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • I’m irrationally conceding this game in my head. I’m sure glad I don’t have to PLAY these games. Would be too much of a headcase.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • This game sucks. Snyder gives up a leadoff double, then makes a throwing error on a pickoff play…
    Sox announce “irritation in right middle finger” for Josh Beckett. My middle finger is feeling irritated as well.
    Payton scores on groundout.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • A contusion on Becketts middle finger of his throwing hand….blister.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • Great. Maybe 2 straight healthy seasons from Beckett was expecting too much. “Irritation to the right middle finger.” And after sweeping the Blue Jays, traditional punching bag Baltimore is in a great position to take 2 of 3 at Fenway. Then the bottom of the Boston rotation gets to face Detroit.
    Let the Yankee-fan snickers begin…

    desturbd1 May 13, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • Guys on NESN claiming not blister…”evulsion”?

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • evulsion: forcible pulling or extraction…that doesn’t sound good.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Big surprise – Beckett hurt again.

    Brad May 13, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • DREW!!!

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 3:27 pm
  • It’s kind of a surprise to ME, Brad. He seemed fine (if often ineffective) for most of last year. The only injury I can remember last year is he had a cut finger at one point that everyone freaked out about ’cause naturally, everyone first assumed it was a blister.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • “…Beckett is hoping to tie the Sox’ all-time record with ight wins in eight starts to begin a season. Considering the opposition, I have to say we’re optimistic….”
    …nice jinx paul…and how ’bout drew?…hasn’t spent one day on the DL….!?

    dc May 13, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • Pathetic.

    Devine May 13, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • The surprise for me was that he seemed to be absolutely dealing in his last three innings. I would have thought such an injury would’ve kept him from settling down and getting the Ks AND being economical in innings 2-4.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 3:34 pm
  • he’ll be fine quo, hopefully…despite my last comment [about drew], nobody wishes for an injury…until we hear otherwise, you’d have to believe it’s more precautionary than anything…i don’t know what the hell an evulsion is however…

    dc May 13, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • dc, something about separation of skin from the finger. I think avulsions are another symptom/whatever of eczema.
    I’m not terribly concerned, though if it’s not something that heals quick, holding him out of his next start as a precautionary measure wouldn’t be a bad idea.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • As a former Physical Therapist, an evulsion is when one tissue pulls away from another. Usually, you see it in muscular injurys; such as instead of a tendon breaking, it pulls off the bone- that’s an evulsion.
    What I think they mean by the evulsion on a middle finger is that a layer of skin separated from from the one below it. Usually, those fill with fluid, and that’s a blister. I don’t know why they wouldn’t call it that.

    Ayuh - SF May 13, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Oops- it’s an “A-vulsion” not and “E-vulsion”.

    Ayuh - SF May 13, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Big surprise – Beckett hurt again.
    For clarification purposes, that was not me, the normal poster on this site.

    Brad May 13, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • I don’t understand why Cora didn’t try stealing, or they didn’t send them when Cora and Crisp were on base. Papi GIDPs.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • thanks for the clarification quo…i figured it had something to do with the eczema…i’ve had it for years, and what happens is that when it flares up you get dry flakey skin and areas that are cracked, almost like you have little cuts…they can be deep enough to be quite painful especially with the stress of trying to grip a baseball…i feel for the guy if that’s the case…it ain’t fun…

    dc May 13, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • My guess is Nick or Andrew, who would love nothing more than that…:)P

    Brad May 13, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Thanks DC and Quo- that makes sense.

    Ayuh - SF May 13, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • This may be the saddest effort of the season so far.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Agreed Rob. And apparently, DP owns Guthrie from back in their college days according to Rob Bradford. I wonder if anyone told Tito (despite the obvious fact that Cora has one of only three sox hits off of him).

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • Not sure Quo…this is actualy sickening to be sitting here and watching.
    I guess after yesterdays 8th inning drama it is only fitting that it happen to us today.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • Out of curiosity, what exactly did we see in Piniero and Romero?

    Rob May 13, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • That may have been a mercy 3rd strike called on Markakis.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • Down 5, Ramirez is pulled for WMP.
    Romero walks the leadoff batter to start the 9th.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Well, This is crap. Will Beckett be ok to make his next start? Is he going on the DL? I’m gonna go start drinking.
    I wouldn thave minded a loss for him. Beckett can’t win EVERYTHING. But.. crap.

    Dionysus May 13, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • Youk walks run in 5-2 1 out bases juiced

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • tek doubles 5-4 2nd and 3rd 1 out

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Well we go from can’t hit anything to making this a game in the 9th.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Hinske being walked who bats? Cora or Pedroia??? or does lowell get a bat

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • and in the time it took me to get past the security measures the question was answered lol

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • Youk appears to be safe on that play.

    Rob May 13, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • You really gotta question the call of staying wqith Cora there why not Lowell?

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • HOLY SHI@@@@@@@@!!!!!!!!

    Rob May 13, 2007, 5:18 pm
  • That is quite possibly the most evil win I’ve seen yet from the Sox. Shut out through 8 1/3 innings, they score 6 in the 9th. Seriously, wtf?!!

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • Um, my game day is frozen… can someone PLEASE let me know what just happened??

    rootbeerfloat May 13, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • ???????

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • What happened? My ESPN scoreboard froze at 3 and 2, 2 out, lugo up.

    Tyrel SF May 13, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • RBF: Lugo just…singled in two runs to win it.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • 6-5 SOX WIN
    This was a win Champions are made of.

    TJ May 13, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Just unfroze – WOO HOO!!!

    Tyrel SF May 13, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Quo –
    You made me day!! OK, Lugo had something to do with it, but thanks!!!

    rootbeerfloat May 13, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Lugo hits a grounder towards Millar. He races down the line, in a race with Chris Ray. The throw to Ray seems a bit off the mark, and he lets it by him. Two runs score, and the Sox win.

    Andrew F May 13, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Little more flavor: Bases juiced, full count, Lugo grounds one to the right side which Millar takes, and Ray cannot get to 1st in time to cover. Hinske off on the pitch and running hard made it home before they could get him.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • I know, man. Guthrie was in line for a complete game shutout, they replace him, and their pitchers blow the game. Fantastic fun to watch, a win that I’ll admit we didn’t deserve, but still a wild inning.

    Kazz May 13, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Wow.
    Wow.
    Wow.
    So Beckett doesnt get a loss! HOORAY!
    I didnt want to post durign any of that comeback.. I was afraid I’d jinx it!
    Overcomign Adversity! That’s the Sox way! 6 Run rally baby! YEAH!

    Dionysus May 13, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • That was such a lame win. I hate you all.

    Jordan Meisner May 13, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • “evil win”?
    Just because the Sox may have used voodoo doe not mean that the win was evil.
    I’m starting to come around on Lugo. That was a pretty damned clutch at bat.

    Tyrel SF May 13, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • I doubt you’d be calling it lame if it was yours.
    In our pockets…effing super. I wish I hadn’t been on the train for that.

    Anonymous May 13, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • And spot-on analysis from Remy. Freezing Ray out like a kicker in football. Yep. I’d say that’s about right. Granted, he still didn’t get a great pitch to hit, but a nice AB and I’ll take the result for sure.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • “And spot-on analysis from Remy. Freezing Ray out like a kicker in football. Yep. I’d say that’s about right.”
    What do you mean by “freezing out”?

    Tyrel SF May 13, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • Ray was ready with the payoff pitch, and Lugo stepped out. Did that on a couple other pitches in the at-bat. Just gave Ray (a young closer) a little more time to think, which almost always isn’t a good thing for athletes.

    QuoSF May 13, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • Lugo is that kind of guy, I’ve noticed. He plays the psych out ALOT. Doesn’t always work, but soemtimes it does. It worked last night to get, I forget who, to slide into second (Lugo pretended he had a double play going when he didn’t even have the ball) and prevented him from reaching third.
    Tonight he psyched out Ray.
    I liek that aspect of Lugo. Next thign you know, he’ll pull off the Hidden Ball Trick.

    Dionysus May 13, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • Heard the wild finale on the radio, just got home, can’t wait to get some video highlights of the 9th.
    Mets beat the Brewers = Best record in baseball is owned by Boston.

    Hudson May 13, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • Chris Ray is f*cking terrible*

    Gerald_Yf May 13, 2007, 5:54 pm
  • NOTE: While the Orioles certainly blew this game with a dumb pitching change and two errors, the Sox do deserve _some_ credit for this win…
    After all, Boston did manage two doubles, a single and two walks (plus one intentional walk) in the inning.
    IMHO, being clutch includes not squandering opportunity when it knocks.

    Hudson SF May 13, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • I keep refreshing redsox.com and the Globe webpage waitign for some sort of news on Beckett. Day to day or DL?
    Please please no DL.
    Dammit Lester, hurry back!

    Dionysus May 13, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • P.S. Lugo’s hit has now been ruled a single, not an error by Millar or Ray.

    Hudson May 13, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • http://www.redsoxchick.com
    Cyn has some info on Beckett gained from NESN (soem of us don’t have NESN). Sounds like, at most, he’ll miss one start. SO long as this doesn’t psych him out and make him fear his breaking ball, he’ll be fine.
    Also, one last thign about the actual game.
    Orioles Bullpen = Tasty Candy

    Dionysus May 13, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Huh. On a day the starter gets hurt after 4, the lineup shut down for 8, and the pen loses the strike zone and allows 3 runs (2 earned) over the last 5…Sox still win. Jesus. Sure, the O’s did their best to help out…but I guess I’ll take it…
    Oh, and how is this win any “lamer” then the Yankee comeback against Cleveland to take the series? It’s not.

    desturbd1 May 13, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • magic

    dc May 13, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • Meanwhile, J.J. Putz just struck out the side in the 9th to solidify Seattle’s win over New York, giving the Sox and 8-game lead over both the Yankees and Orioles.
    [Pinching self]

    Hudson May 13, 2007, 6:47 pm
  • Important Note: Tigers spot starter Vasquez is gettign pulled in the 3rd after giving up 6 runs (4 in the first, 2 in the third). Which meeeeeeeans a worn down bullpen (similar to our own at the moment). Difference? Our bullpen is betters (sans Pineiro). A little bit of good news for us goign into a tough series. Hopefully, the currently hapless Twins will keep knocking the Tigers around and put them off their game.

    Dionysus May 13, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Well it’s more that it was given through idiotic errors, while the Yankees actually hit through theirs.
    Though the Yankees did a similar thing against the Mets’ own Billy Wagner last year. This was when my Mets fan grandfather was carping on about how the Yankees should have signed Wagner after a couple of bullpen losses. Needless to say I was filled with joy for a full 10 minutes.

    Andrew May 13, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Well it’s more that it was given through idiotic errors, while the Yankees actually hit through theirs.
    Who cares, really, how it was done? When teams come back from 5 down in the last inning, it should go without saying that their opponent failed catastrophically, as opposed to trying to ascribe credit to one team or another for succeeding more stylishly or with more competence.

    SF May 13, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • I’m a Yankee fan, but that was an awesome game!

    V May 13, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Hilarious game thread from “CamdenChat” (Baltimore blog):
    http://www.camdenchat.com/story/2007/5/13/121752/644#commenttop

    mp May 14, 2007, 1:01 am
  • funny stuff

    TJ May 14, 2007, 1:20 am

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