Don Wakamatsu has his hands full. The Mariners managed to score a relatively rare win last night after Friday’s fracas, but what the H-E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS is up with Pacific Northwest teams? One would joke except it’s hard to write a punchline. Coubain, Smith, Green River, Bowie over Jordan, Jailblazers, Sonics→Thunder where Durant comes rolling down the plain. The afternoon game sees Dice-K facing Doug Fister. At least it ain’t raining. Comment away.
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It’s ‘only’ 1-0 Mariners in the third, but Daisuke clearly has returned to being his old unwatchable self.
He gets out of a bases-loaded jam, nothing new there, but he has thrown 66 pitches over three innings. Afraid to throw strikes again, that gutless idiot.
Oh, and what happened to our offence? These Seattle pitchers are not exactly world beaters.
Offense I meant, of course. And immediately three hits and a walk yield two runs. A fine catch by Jack Wilson of a Bill Hall line drive prevents further damage for the Mariners. With today’s Daisuke two runs will not be enough.
1-2-3 inning for D including one strike-out. But another 22 pitches, his average per inning today.
Only 14 pitches in the bottom of the 5th. Surely some mistake?
After that brief outburst in the 4th it’s back to the shell for the offense. Still 2-1 middle of the 6th.
And now an 8-pitch-inning from Daisuke with help on a nice play by Hermida who through out Casey Kotchman at second. 1 run on 4 hits after 6, that does not look so bad. But there’s also 5 walks and it took 110 pitches.
Red Sox hitters remain clueless in the top of the 7th.
DiceK did a nice job today, overall.
The hell was that oki?
Well DiceK’s results were ok, but ten base runners in six innings is too much.
And now Oki quickly gives the game away. That performance on Thursday clearly was a fluke.
Okajima clearly was not in the game mentally. It’d help if a pitcher knew what to do with a bunt. Let him do mop-up duty for the rest of the season and that should be it.
Ramon Ramirez gets the final out of the inning. Mariners now lead 4-2 and strange to say, it could have been a lot worse.
It’s up to Beltre, Hermida and Cameron now.
Game over. Red Sox have scored five runs in the last three games, so you almost have to be happy that they managed to win at least one of these games. But a large part of this one is on Okajima.
Now they almost need a sweep in Anaheim to make this a decent road trip. Decent for a contender, that is. And there will be guys coming back, so I still think they can catch the Rays.
I don’t really want Oki on the team anymore
Lowrie puts the team ahead in the 7th!
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If it’s Wednesday it must be Anaheim. Red Sox try to finish the road trip with a sweep of the Angels.
Angels starter Joel Pineiro gets scratched due to an oblique injury. Beltre and Hall with solo home runs off Scott Shields in the 2nd, and in between Hermida hit it almost out as well.
2-0 Sox. With Bard and Papelbon unavailable Red Sox need a ton of runs for Josh Beckett.
Oh, and Bill Hall broke his bat on his home run!
Shields loads ’em up. That’ll be it after 1 2/3 innings and 52 pitches. Youk coming up.
Youk flies out to Matsui. Missed opportunity to blow the game wide open early.
Beckett has Matsui on strikes, but does not get the call. Matsui walks and then Patterson gifts Kendrick a hit by not charging a very catchable ball.
And now Hermida misreads (or whatever) a routine flyball and the Angels score their first run. This inning should long be over.
Nava would have had them, of course …
Base hit from Willits ties the game. The fact that none of the projected starters is in the outfield really hurts.
Aybar grounds out and the inning is finally over.
What a silly way to give away an early lead.
Singles by Papi and VMart, then Beltre misses a home run by a few feet but Matsui makes the catch. Hermida and Hall strike out and another chance to do some damage gets wasted.
After a good start this game becomes more and more annoying.
1-2-3 inning for Beckett. Hopefully the second was an aberration.
Bill Hall loses a fly ball in the sun, Willits ran all the way and turns it into a double, gets sacrificed to third and scores on a sacrifice. 3-2 Angels.
Beckett does not look exactly sharp today but the defense is not really helping him.
The Red Sox tease again when Abreu misplays an Eric Patterson line drive into a triple. Scutaro then walks but MacDonald cannot bring anybody home.
Beckett at 95 pitches after 6. Will they bring him on for another inning?
Youuuuuuk ties it!
Beckett comes out for the 7th.
Beckett seems to be shaking off Martinez an awful lot of times.
Without Bard or Paps Active (well, Bard mostly), I find myself quite uneasy for the last couple of innings–c’mon offense!
But he seems to know what he’s doing. Another 1-2-3 inning. Pretty good all in all, if the fielders had done their job this would be 3-0.
Manny Delcarmen in the 8th.
Fernando Rodney starts the inning with walks to Hermida and Hall. Now how’re we gonna waste this?
Patterson bunts and the Angels don’t get the out at 1st. Bases loaded, no outs.
Hell yea!!! 7 – 3 Sox!
Scuuutaro! Grand slam!
With Bard and Papelbon not available this of course is still a very slim lead.
Pete Abraham on Extra Bases:
“The game is being paused now as Commissioner Selig presents Fernando Rodney with the Hideki Okajima Award for terrible relief pitching.”
Four strike outs for Big Papi today (and one single).
MDC is one strike away from striking out the side 1-2-3, gives up a double to Callaspo, goes 1-2 against Abreu and then walks him.
Getting two outs is nice, but the third is the all important one, Manny!
Great catch by Bill Hall! That makes up for the ball he lost in the sun earlier.
Still 7-3 after 8. Still very much feels like a save situation, even if it isn’t.
Hermida and Hall both walk to start the 9th. Deja vu all over again, hopefully.
Patterson bunts both of them over. He was a home run short of the cycle.
No runs in the top of the 9th. Ramon Ramirez in. I’m worried but who else is there?
Good job by Ramirez. Beckett gets the win. Red Sox complete the series sweep and the road trip at 6-4. I honestly believe they should have gone 10-0 on this trip.
So today’s trades by the Yankees? Interesting (said in the Larry David voice). It deepens our lineup well. I think Berkman makes a pretty big turnaround in New York. But really, only one issue was addressed (depth), and it wasn’t our most pressing one: the bridge to Mo. Wood is just another unsteady arm in a pen full of them.
The good news: Chan Ho Park is DFA
Strange: Red Sox have runners on 2nd and 3rd, two outs. Youk up, Papi on deck. Youk gets hit by a pitch, Papi comes up with the bases loaded. Why, a day after Papi hit a Grand Slam, am I thinking that that hit-by-pitch was the best thing that could happen to the Tigers?
And of course Big Papi strikes out …
Still 4-2 Tigers and the Sox have made a ton of mistakes in that game.
Same situation again in the 9th, except there’s only one out. And they intentionally walk Youk. Now Papi, please!
Papi shows bunt!
And Papi comes through with a wall ball. Red Sox win 5-4. Turning point!!
Actually a gapper that rolled to the wall. But who cares …
And thank you Phil Coke. Moral of the story: don’t walk Youk to get to Big Papi just because you have a lefty on the mound!