Looking for a Spark: Sox-O’s Gamer V

The Red Sox have kept on winning — 14-6 in their last 20 — but their last 10 games have featured some low-scoring affairs. In the four games leading up to the 11-3 pasting of Washington's bullpen, the Sox scored just 12 runs. In the five since, they've scored just 15.

But if you can't go home to get a tonic for a struggling offense, there are always the Orioles — against whom the Sox are 4-0 this season, and against whom they have another 14 games to play this season. Hopefully Baltimore will oblige, and they start by pushing Jason Berken (6.32 ERA) to the hill against Jon Lester, who has a spectacular 2.78 ERA in his last seven starts and a 2.03 ERA in his last five outings against Baltimore.

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  • I sure hope the O’s will be a tonic ……. the last few games have made me wonder if these guys have forgotten how.
    Joe Schultz notwithstanding, hitting is not necessarily just like bunting…… (look it up :<))

    dabize June 29, 2009, 6:45 pm
  • Sigh, O’s games means I have to listen to the local broadcasters. Shoot me now.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:06 pm
  • Drew triples! Yeah!

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:09 pm
  • And Pedro knocks him in!

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • The local radio guys were pretty good on the trek through DC and Atlanta. MUCH better than being forced to listen to the dreck in New York and Chicago.

    Paul SF June 29, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • …or Tampa. Those guys are awful, too.

    Paul SF June 29, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • Whaddaya know? Another crappy umpire. Lester squeezed.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:19 pm
  • I wouldn’t know about the radio guys Paul, but Gary Thorne is, well, Gary Thorne.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • Ellsbury steals easily. 32, on pace to shatter Tommy Harper’s record of 54.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Green drilled, bases loaded for the slumping Drew.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • Pedro walks, then steals 2nd! I’m surprised, cause Weiters has a good arm.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • BALK!

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:49 pm
  • “That’s 94 paint. Did that look like 94 paint to you? I tell ya, that’s major league hair.”
    Never change, Eck!

    Matt June 29, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • I’m ridiculously jealous that you get to listen to Eck and I don’t, Matt.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • 6 baserunners stranded through 3.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • I see the Sox have come up with some innovative new forms of RISP FAIL today. Ugh.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Ellsbury drilled to start the inning–Sox have had the leadoff man on in all four so far. Steal 2nd again!

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Orioles broadcaster (not Thorne): “If you’re going to hit Ellsbury, at least hit him in the knee or something to slow him down”

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Varitek drives him in, then Drew crushes a 2-run homer. 4-0 Sox.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:10 pm
  • Glad to see them break through, though it really should already be 8-0 or so.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • I missed it — was Jones’s catch to rob Youk as great as it sounds?

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • It was spectacular, stuck. Open the game up in Gameday at mlb.com and you can see the video there.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • The best part was that Gary Thorne gave up on it and said “Goodbye, homerun.” Then about three seconds later realizes the ball was caught, so he goes nuts.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • Yeah, you have to have Gameday Premium for the highlights, Ath, and I haven’t bought it yet this year. I’m sure I’ll see about a million replays later tonight, though.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • Ahhh sorry stuck, I have that so I take it for granted that I have to sign in. It was definitely a fantastic catch; it wasn’t as good as some of the ones that Torii Hunter or Curtis Granderson have made over the years, but he jumped above the wall and timed it perfectly.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • Jon Lester is so good

    Matt June 29, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Booo infield single.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Ugh, now a broken-bat single. Horrible luck here.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Great pitch from Lester to strike out the side. Roberts very unhappy about it, and gets warned.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • OH SNAP, Antonin Scalia in the house!

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Geez, Bass getting uber squeezed here. Pitches 2 and 4 were right down the middle.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Seems like a lotta GIDPs last couple days.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Lester has only thrown one cutter from what I’ve seen tonight. I’m not complaining, cause Lester is looking great, but still surprised to see that.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • 99 pitches from Lester, and he’s pitching very well. Send him out for the 7th.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Hey, just realized Drew is a double away from the cycle.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • OH SNAP, Antonin Scalia in the house!
    ………….and all of a sudden, the umpires start screwing up every call and sending those who object to Gitmo……….

    dabize June 29, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • Holy shit this strikezone is laughable. It has been tiny for the Orioles pitchers all game.

    Atheose June 29, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Just got home from my 7-year-old’s game. His team, the White sox, played the Yankeees. My son had an unassistned double play while playing first base, and made four outs that inning.
    Always good to stick it to the Yankees.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • One more reason this game shouldn’t even remotely close, Ath.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Bay has been extremely quiet the past few games. Actually, with the exception of one explosion against the Nats, he’s been pretty quiet the past two weeks.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • That should do it for Jonny Lefty. Another tremendous start.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Is there a more pompous ass on the Supreme Court than Scalia?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • Well, even without the cycle, it seems like leading off agrees with Drew.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Just got back from visiting a friend in the hospital, good to see Lester being Lester.
    Also, I just saw high end healthcare for the first time. A private room the size of most apartments, decorated like a really nice hotel suite, constant attention and care from a private doctor, five nurses, it was insane. I can’t imagine what this is costing his parents and it’s not even serious.

    LocklandSF June 29, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Another lousy AB for Bay. Can’t really get worried, but it would be nice to see him snap out of it, especially with Lowell out.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Ram Ram on to close it out.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • TB 4, Tor 1, F.
    Ray beats Halladay.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Beermen 8, Metz 3, top 8.
    Good God the Metz suck.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Ex-Yankee Randy Choate with his 4th save for Ray.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Two on, two out, tying run on deck, here comes Paps.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Was really hoping that Ramirez would get it done without Paps coming in.

    stuck working June 29, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Paps 19-for-19 all-time vs. Baltimore; he needs 1 save to tie Steamer’s all-time team record.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • Three-pitch save.
    Adios, Steamer.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 29, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • three pitches and he’s done….

    rootbeerfloat June 29, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • The best part was that Gary Thorne gave up on it and said “Goodbye, homerun.” Then about three seconds later realizes the ball was caught, so he goes nuts.

    limo June 30, 2009, 2:43 am