Surprise! Sox-O’s Afternoon Gamer

I'm always caught unawares by the afternoon games, but here's a gamer for this one, anyway. With Andrew Miller on the mound, the Sox try to take the series and avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since June.

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  • Wow this strikezone is tiny, at least according to Gameday. Three straight walks, each of which had a pitch (or two) that was a clear strike.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:14 pm
  • Carl stranded at third in top 2.
    Miller walks bases full (on 17 pitches) with 1 out, bot 2.
    He’s missing badly right now. Need a DP badly.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:16 pm
  • And the backup catcher hits into a DP.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:18 pm
  • Great time for a double play. Awesome.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:18 pm
  • Work etiquette tip:
    I don’t give a fuck if it is the fucking lunch hour, if you bring your goddam grandkids to the office and they’re running around screaming, take them the fuck home.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:19 pm
  • Oh man. Maybe it’s because I’m 25 and have no desire to procreate for several more years, but kids annoy the hell out of me. My wife and I went to a wedding last week and they were at least 20 children, and the parents let them run everywhere. One even grabbed my iPhone off the table and started playing with it, and it took us over an hour to find it.
    Ironically at my own wedding last year we explicitly stated that children were not welcome, and one family (relatives of the couple that got married last week) refused to come since we wouldn’t let them bring their six children all under the age of 9.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:25 pm
  • Jake homers! 1-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:26 pm
  • Also: I really love Ellsbury’s resurgence this year.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:26 pm
  • Ath, I’m 46, I have two kids and 12 nieces and nephews and I feel the same.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:27 pm
  • I should say, I feel the same as you.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:28 pm
  • Gonzo is 2-for-2.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:29 pm
  • At this rate, we’ll be lucky to get 5 innings out of Miller.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:34 pm
  • Through 3 IP, all four balls hit out of the IF by the Red Sox has been a hit. No OF outs.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:36 pm
  • To be honest I consider any outing from a spot starter that’s at least 5.0 innings and 4 ER or less to be a success.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:36 pm
  • Miller seems to have some really good peripherals, but just can’t find the strikezone with his fastball.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:42 pm
  • Miller again dodges a bullet. 2-out walk, but no runs.
    60 pitches through 3 IP.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:43 pm
  • Reddick, starting in RF, with another hit.
    Just realized, no Drew today.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:44 pm
  • Carl is 2-for-2. Doubles. Bogar avoids disaster with he throws up a late stop sign on Reddick at third.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:48 pm
  • Come on Scutaro, you can’t even put the ball in play?

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:49 pm
  • More wasted opportunity. At least we scratched one across, though.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:53 pm
  • It would be nice to get a hit with 1 out and runners at 2nd and 3rd.
    Tek grounds out, 4-3, for a run, then Navarro strikes out. 2-0, but could have been more.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 1:53 pm
  • Holy crap, an 8-pitch, 1-2-3 inning!

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 1:59 pm
  • Pedro’s hitting streak extended to 18 games. Nice.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 2:04 pm
  • Watching Miller today, I’m reminded of this old Lucy Show (or maybe it was Here’s Lucy)episode.
    Lucy’s son meets a major league pitcher. (I thought it was Don Drysdale but IMDB indicates otherwise.)
    The conversation was something lilke this:
    Pitcher: I hear you’re a pitcher.
    Boy: Yes. I threw a no-hitter last week.
    Pitcher: That’s quite an accomplishment.
    Boy. But I walked 19.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:05 pm
  • This game reminds me of the greatest baseball-related story of all time: Doc Ellis’ LSD no-hitter.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 2:09 pm
  • Whelp, looks like we talked about it too much.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • Oh, yes, the Doc Ellis LSD game. Classic.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:20 pm
  • No way he was going to get a no-hitter. Pitch count was WAY too high.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:20 pm
  • I hate that fucking rule. Just send the runner back to first.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:26 pm
  • Miller deserves credit thus far. He ain’t throwing. He’s pitching.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:35 pm
  • Reynolds swings, misses on 3-0 pitch as Miller again struggles with his control.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:39 pm
  • Reynolds walks on the 103rd and final pitch from Miller.
    Not a great start, but far from awful.
    Albers is in.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:41 pm
  • Good hook from Tito, and Albers quickly induces the final out. 8 baserunners over 6 innings is acceptable.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 2:45 pm
  • Double dong day for Jake! 3-0!

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • Did I mention that I love 2011 Ellsbury? Another homer.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • DAMN! Albers is a bitch! He retired all 4 he faced.
    3-0, top 8.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:00 pm
  • Red Sox outfielders are 6 for 10 today, with a double, two homers, two walks, three runs, three RBI, and a SB.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • Gonzo with his 3rd hit; the Carl walks with bases loaded and it’s 4-0.
    Why is Mark Hendrickson still in the major leagues?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:14 pm
  • Mark Worrell is now pitching.
    His ERA is infinity.

    Wait. He gets Scurato to strike out.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:15 pm
  • Scutaro is less than useless today. Twice today he’s struck out with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 3:17 pm
  • Sox load the bases with no outs, Crawford walks to force in a run, then Scutaro, Tek and Navarro make outs.
    Big squander.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:21 pm
  • Sox batters 1-6: 11-22, 2 walks.
    Sox batters 7-9: 0-12, 0 walks.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:25 pm
  • Easy inning for Bard. Will they bring on Papelbon in a non-save situation? My impression is he doesn’t always do well in those.

    pale blue eyes July 20, 2011, 3:27 pm
  • 1-2-3 for Bard; he’s pitched 22 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and his ERA drops to 1.90.
    Too bad he’s not good enough to be an all-star.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:27 pm
  • Man, this Gonzalez guy really is in a slump! No need to get thrown out at second, though.

    pale blue eyes July 20, 2011, 3:34 pm
  • Gonzo is 4-for-5. But is out at second trying to stretch a single into a double.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:35 pm
  • Paps.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:35 pm
  • Not all sunny for the Sox today.
    They are 0-10 w/ RISP.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:40 pm
  • Paps gets it done. A shut-out in a game started by Andrew Miller! We’ll take it.
    King Felix on Friday!

    pale blue eyes July 20, 2011, 3:43 pm
  • 3+ perfect innings from the relievers, and a respectable start from our 7th starter. If we’re going to go 0-10 with RISP I’m happy for it to happen on a day when the pitching rocks.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2011, 3:44 pm
  • 4-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 20, 2011, 3:45 pm
  • Granderson trying to make up for last night’s sloppiness by launcher a two run home run in the first inning tonight.
    Let’s hope Freddy holds up tonight.

    DustyDrB - YF July 20, 2011, 7:33 pm

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