Sox-Rays: The Quest for 4-0

Taking three hours off from trying to smack dwarves in the head with a mace, Curt takes the mound tonight as the Red Sox play what seems like the 96th game on this early homestand.  Let’s keep this thread polite, everyone, as the Sox try to make it to eleven wins.

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  • Polite? We’re always polite! What ever do you mean?

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • The game starts off well, a K for Schilling.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Nice pick by Loretta.
    Unfortunately my internet is down, so I am not going to be able to comment until it comes back – working from the Blackberry is too much of a pain in the arse.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Nice pick by Loretta.
    Unfortunately my internet is down, so I am not going to be able to comment until it comes back – working from the Blackberry is too much of a pain in the arse.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Travis Lee ground-rule double… ESPN GameCast is working for me tonight… Hopefully, it’s closer to the acion than MLB was…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Yay, I’m not alone!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • According to the chart, Schilling is really working Gomes inside… Ball 2 looks to have been near his head…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Nice!
    It’s fun on the GameCast to see exactly what Schilling was doing. Four pitches inside (2-2), then a ball way outside, then the swinging strike way outside. Great pitching…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • YOOOOOOOOUK!!!!!! Leads off the game with a homer!!!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Seems like we need to start figuring out whether we keep Youk as the leadoff guy when Coco comes back, and make Coco a 9-hitter/second leadoff guy…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Since I’m talking to myself, I’ll rambl a little.
    Coco could hit after Manny as a kind of leadoff hitter for the bottom of the lineup, in front of Tek and Nixon, helping give them better pitches to hit by distracting the pitcher, etc.
    Or he could hit after the Nixon/Pena combo to give Lowell the chance for some RBI doubles or some small-ball sacrificing from AGon.
    Or he could hit last, giving the Sox two high-OBP guys in a row for MLo, Tiz and Manny. Plus, with the exception of the first inning, he gives the Sox speed in front of the heart of the lineup.
    I predict Tito makes him the leadoff man and buries Youk, which isn’t bad by any stretch. But it’s safe, and it seems like we might get a few runs having Coco on base further down the lineup.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Curt looks real good so far.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Again according to the GameCast pitch chart, Schilling looks like his command is spectacular, as he fans the hitter du jour, Ty Wiggington, all on pitches at the edge of the strike zone.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Yeah, does he look as good for real as he does in Flash? Because the spots look like he’s placing pitches exactly where he wants them.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • I don’t like the idea of Coco batting last – too few ABs.
    Batting behind Manny and in front of Trot and Tek he’d be able to steal bases w/o taking the AB from them like he has already done for Papi (who just gets walked with 1st open).
    But I’d bet on Coco leading off. Loretta should stay at 2nd because he’d see better pitches there – he’s not as good a natural hitter as Youk. Youk would inevitably slid down int he lineup. Not such a terrible thing, especially b/c he’s such a team-player and wouldn’t mind it as much as others would

    Sean April 19, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • I guess the conservative line-up (and most likely) for Tito to make would look like:
    Coco – Loretta – Papi – Manny – Trot – Tek – Youk – Lowell – AGon

    Sean April 19, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Yeah, Terry’s made it pretty clear he wants the speed at the top, and there’s something to be said for that…
    It is frustrating though when Coco steals, and Loretta doesn’t get a hit, Ortiz just gets the walk… Still, when Manny wakes up, that won’t happen as much.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Frankly, for all the talk about our weak lineup, that looks pretty solid except for AGon (or Bathroom Break, as MM likes to say). It’s not the Yanks, but it’s more solid on defense and still will score a ton…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • hopefully the beast has awaken. got his first extrabase hit and doubled his rbi production for the season last night.
    i’ve been really happy so far that i drafted manny third for fantasy

    Sean April 19, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • D-Rays are starting to get jealous… Foul bunt-for-hit attempt…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Desperate, I meant…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Internet back, but I had to turn off NESN for family harmony…Gamecast here I come!

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • I still think Ortiz has yet to fully awaken, which is fun to think about… Too many strikeouts…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Jorge Cantu’s gamecast photo looks like Luigi from mario brothers

    Sean April 19, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Come on Curt, settle back down.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Schilling’s control has either disappeared, or the umpire has gotten more stingy…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • It’s not the ump.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • 2nd straight 3-0 count…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Put him away here…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • and a wild pitch

    Sean April 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Good at-bat from Lee here.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Curt wins the battle with a K. Well done!

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Yeah! Strike 3 swinging! Curt gets out of it!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • It appears ESPN’s GameCast is a lot better than MLB’s as far as timeliness goes… SF and I posted in the same minute — or are you using MLBtv, SF?

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • AGon up … and back to Youk…

    Anonymous April 19, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • MLBtv. The savior, when recordings of American Idol are the chosen material…

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Youk in the zone. Spidey will be very, very pleased. As much as a Yankee fan can be, of course.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • lol. I got the DISH Network Multi-Sports package, all excited to be getting NESN for the first time since I left CT for college six years ago, only to find that every MLB game is blacked out all the time. >:-( So it’s back to GameCast until I finally fork over the $100-plus for Inside Ticket or whatever the hell it’s called…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Loretta! 2-0 Sox on a ballooned throw to third, scoring Youk on the error and Loretta advances on the error.

    SF April 19, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • i thought that mlb’s gamecast was better last year, but espn has really changed theirs.
    espn’s is definately faster now, but there are a few things i like better about mlb’s: you can see pitch counts and past AB counts. it doesn’t give you 2005’s stats – especially nice when schilling pitches. and what’s the deal with the throbbing base-runners on espn?
    i thought that espn’s ball projection was lame, until i watched loretta’s walk-off on monday. kinda fun to watch it, hoping it keeps going

    Sean April 19, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Another run! No wonder it took GameCast so long to record that pitch, what with the single, error, runners advancing and ultimately scoring…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • And they walk Papi to face Manny. Questionable move, seeing as Manny is really starting to heat up. Double play in order, though, so it’s probably not an insane gamble.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • I felt the same way about the ball trajectory thing, but it def made Loretta’s HR more exciting… Yeah, the current-year stats updated in real time would be nice… It updates the game stats (.1 innings, .2, etc.), but not the pitch counts right next to em… Kinda silly.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • WHOA! intentional walk to papi?
    make ’em pay manny!

    Sean April 19, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Make em pay Manny!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Why not just walk’em full at this point?

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • It’s looking like he’s afraid to face Manny too, though, which could be interesting…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • nice idea sf

    Sean April 19, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • And they are walked full. The hook on Waechter coming soon?

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Sure enough… Is Nixon (2 HR, .360 avg)that poor a hitter where you feel comfortable with a bases loaded, 1-out situation as a pitcher? I wouldn’t think so.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Yes, Trot! 3-0, sacks still full.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • There we go, Trot!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • And up comes Tek, historically terrible with the bases full.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Good situational hitting – sac fly, 4-0 Sox.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • I’ll take it from Tek! Some nice run support for the ace :-D

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • wow. the way tek’s been this year i half expected gidp. nice sac fly

    Sean April 19, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • I meant that I’d take the sacrifice fly… I might have man crushes on some Sox players, but I am not prepared to “take it” from any of them…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Yeah Lowell!!! 6-0 on the double.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Dinner time… Be back!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • how’d nixon look scoring from first?

    Sean April 19, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Ok. He got up a little slowly, but I wasn’t sure if it was just the wind or his leg. Seemed ok.
    And now another error from the Rays scores Lowell. 7-0.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • The bleeding stops at 8-0 Sox.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • 4 walks, 2 errors, wild pitch in 1 inning –good thing Piniella is not around…

    Tom April 19, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • He’d have tossed a base into the stands by now, surely.

    Devine April 19, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Curt struggling again. One swing and the Rays could be back within reach.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • 90 pitches through 4 2/3. Yuck.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Out of the inning, thankfully. 8-1 Sox, but Curt can’t be going more than 6, if he makes it that far.

    SF April 19, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • It’s as good a night as any to stretch out Seanez/Tavarez, so if Curt doesn’t make it much farther, I can live with it (famous last words).
    The Sox needed a blow-out like this.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Do they have a mic in the wall or something? The sound of the ball hitting the wall is always really loud.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Lowell advances to 3rd on the ground-out.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Come back, Coco. Soon. Not that Stern’s catch last night wasn’t wonderful, but I think he’s more deserving of the name “Bathroom Break” than AG.

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Wow, that was a really ugly error by Sir Chumly Wiggington, Esq.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • What a terrible play by the left fielder. Drops the flyball getting ready to throw it home if Lowell tagged.

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • When do the beanball wars start? Tavarez to face Gathright later in the contest?

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • 1st and 3rd now, 2 gone.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • To the 6th. A quick inning for Curt would be in order, but this may be his last either way.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Gomes Ks for the 3rd time tonight, 0-13 lifetime vs. Schilling.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Curt revving it up to 95.

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Single by The Right Honorable Eustace Wiggington.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • It’s weird that Schilling struggled in the mid innings after being so dominant early — seemingly a reverse of what you’d expect. Was it his control or velocity or what?

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Stern makes another crazy grab.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Another super grab by Stern. I guess that’s his gig.

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • What’s Ty short for? Tyler sounds good and pompous… Tyler Wiggington.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • The only other Ty name I can think of is “Tyrone.”

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Curse you, no-live-television!

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Paul, it was definitely his control.

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Tyrell?

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Maybe the overthrowing bug bit him again… I love being able to talk about a pitcher “struggling” with a 9-1 lead through 6.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Tyrese?

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Is this guy’s name really “Ruddy”? Did his parents not like “Craggy” or “Craterface”?

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Well, ruddy means more red-faced, which makes it even more funny… They could have called him Flush…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Looks like we’re gonna see Seanez in the 7th.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Not as good a day for Manny as I’d hoped… Seems like every game, I think, “Here’s the 2-HR day”…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Red Sox versus yankees, 2004…any questions!

    Anonymous April 19, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Well, at least if he pitches to his ERA, the Sox will still have a 9-3 lead at the end…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Just one: What the hell …?

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Red Sox best players. Yankees have better announcers. Tonight was a great example of Red Sox announcers talking about themselves and not teh game of baseball. and who was that “movie” star that they got all excited about and wasted time from the game of baseball. By the way, her language had much to not be desired!

    Anonymous April 19, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Well, here we go…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • One thing that I find odd is that none of the sports sites that I visit (mlb.com, ESPN, nytimes.com, boston.com) have live-updated baseball stats.
    It’s clearly feasible; for example, GameDay updates batting averages right away. But it doesn’t give OBP and other stats, and doesn’t allow you to compare them to other players/teams.
    Why can’t these sites implement code that would show immediately who is the new home run leader, or what the Sox’s new team ERA is, in real time? That’s what the ‘net is for, after all.
    … Meanwhile, Seanez just missed giving up a homerun with his first batter. This guy is not shaping up well.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • I’ve thought that too… ESPN does a fairly good job of updating leaders ASAP, but the other day, they had Papi’s first home run of the game included but not his second…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • One gone.
    Mohr in for Manny.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • I’ve encountered weird anomalies with MLB.com’s stats. Like the other day, they showed the Sox with ten wins in their team stats, then when I resorted it showed only 9. This was an hour or two after the game.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Seanez has gone 0-2 or 1-2 to every batter this inning, so throwing strikes isn’t the problem…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • I think that criticism is off-base. Remy is as good as anybody in New York on the color analyst side of things: he’s neither a homer, a hyperbolist, nor a know-it-all, which Singleton, Murcer, and Kaat all qualify as, in order. Orsillo is neither here nor there, I actually think I prefer Michael Kay (blasphemy, perhaps, but I really think Kay does a fine, if occasionally loudmouthed, job as a play-by-play guy for a local outlet) — I don’t have a strong feeling about Orsillo at all – Ned Martin, Ken Coleman on the radio, now those guys could call a game.

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • I’m surprised Cantu can see anything with his helmet brim way down like that.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • No f*cking way, a scoreless inning from Seanez!!

    SF April 19, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • And evidently, he can’t see anything. (K)

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • All-in-all, not bad from Seanez…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • During the WBC they said that Cantu claims to wear his helmet brim so low as to block the stadium lights during away game – he otherwise finds them distracting

    Sean April 19, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Unless Tavarez gets rocked, he won’t be facing Gathright…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • He’s crazy. He just might let the DRays bat around…

    Sean April 19, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • I really don’t care for this guy, Tavarez.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • He seems to pitch pretty well though. I guess we’ll see; it’s a long season.

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Me neither. He’s a time bomb – and went off in SPRING TRAINING!

    Sean April 19, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • He has a bad habit of giving up clutch home runs in the postseason, and I worry that his hotheadedness may lead to other players getting injured at some point.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • It’ll be a heck of a lot easier to have him around if he continues to pitch like that tho

    Sean April 19, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • I had no idea that they still made Aqua Velva until just now (ad on MLBTV).
    Must be a Florida thing.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Looks like both these teams are eager to get home.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Yeah, game’s moving real fast now…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • anyone in the pen? or we gonna see tavarez again?

    Sean April 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • …Although not eager enough to pitch to Papi…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • BB to Papi.
    I’d like to see Foulke get an inning in.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Mohr pops out to right, we go to the 9th…

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • i’d like a no pressure foulke 1-2-3
    get the confidence up, get some innings under his belt

    Sean April 19, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Schilling’s ERA is at 1.61. His WHIP may rise a bit, but not much.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • K for Foulke.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Flyout, 2 away.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Another flyout to Stern, game over. A laugher, just what we needed.
    Clean inning for Foulke.
    Schilling to 4-0.

    Hudson April 19, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • 11-4 baby! I wonder at what point do we begin approaching another “best start” milestone?

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • very nice work from our pen. it’s obviously easier for them to pitch when we have such a lead, but it’s great to see them work so fast

    Sean April 19, 2006, 10:04 pm

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