One for the Bulletin Board: Sox-Rays Gamer II

Redsox

Not that taking a two game lead back to Fenway isn’t enough to motivate, but the t-shirt above, for sale at mlb.com, ought to add a little to the drama. Somebody order Dustin Pedroia one in XS.

Chat about tonight’s game here.

(h/t Deadspin)

192 comments… add one
  • If you need a bulletin board at this point….
    I guess they meant regular season? They are the Rays. Cut’em some slack! I’d bet 50 percent of their fans don’t even know what “dynasty” they’ve conquered. Anyway, if you wanna believe Buster Olney the last night of that dynasty came when Evan Longoria was still in elementary school.

    YF October 11, 2008, 7:08 pm
  • Did they conquer a dynasty?

    Bkln-SF October 11, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • I have to say that shirt is really an intimidating powerpuff baby blue.

    SoxFan October 11, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • fudge.

    YF October 11, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • I love Jason Bay. So much. And Beckett looks good tonight, too…

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • LONGoria! It’s a ballgame!

    YF October 11, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • No sooner do I say that… *sigh*

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • dammit.

    rootbeerfloat October 11, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • Man, he was fooled on that pitch, way out front of it, and still jacked it.

    YF October 11, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • Beckett leaving fastballs over the heart of the plate. Ugh.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • well…josh didn’t walk anyone…and he did throw 18 less pitches than kazmir…so there’s that.

    sf rod October 11, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • It sucks because Kazmir looks good, and until Beckett gave up that homer, it looked like 2-0 could have been enough for the whole game.
    Also doesn’t help that with Drew sitting, the Sox are unimpressive from 6-9.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Jacoby does not seem to understand that we need long at-bats. Ugh.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Dusty!!!!

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • ABOUT TIME HE WOKE UP!

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • Papi walks – Kazmir looks a little out of sync.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • Ugh, wasted chance to really work his pitch count even more there. It should be 80, not 71.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • in other news, that reese witherspoon-vince vaughn flick looks like a major dog.

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • Beckett just isn’t right. At this point I’m doubting he’s going to be right for the rest of the playoffs.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Ball really carrying tonight….in the dome.

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • oof, Upton loses one. Beckett is just not healthy, no way.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Beckett once again appears to have absolutely nothing.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • lucky that one didn’t leave the park too.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Do we put in Paul Byrd? At this point they’re lucky if Beckett gets through 5 without giving up another three or four runs.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • This makes me wonder if Beckett shouldn’t just be shut down for the playoffs. I don’t see how these kinds of efforts are good for the team – this isn’t rust, as some people thought after Game 3 of the LAA series. He’s gotta be hurt.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • If either of these 2 starters gets through 5 it’ll be impressive. Beckett looks the more likely, after that pickoff, but….

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • Agreed, SF. He’s not right, and it’s actively hurting the team.
    I feel a lot less better about our chances right now than I did an hour ago. Lester’s going to have to keep being perfect.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • paul at 8:34pm: “…And Beckett looks good tonight, too…”
    sf at 9:22pm: “…Beckett once again appears to have absolutely nothing….”
    how quickly things change:
    i’ll say it again…you guys will win…you suck, but you’ll win…it’s in the stars…i feel it, after watching the angel series, and game 1 here…you trade the best hitter in baseball, but it won’t matter…the baseball gods love you right now…you know i don’t [didn’t] believe in luck, but you’re quickly making a believer out of me….

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Is it me, or are the TBS announcers a whole lot more excited when the Rays score than when the Sox do?

    michael October 11, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • This is 2006 Beckett — strikes out half the batters, gives up bombs to the other half. The only redeeming virtue is that we’re facing 2008 Kazmir.
    Too bad the black hole of suck part of our lineup now at the plate.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • No, it’s not 2006 Beckett, Paul. 2006 Beckett was absolutely lights out for entire games that season, and horrid in others. This is the 2006 Beckett in those bad games only: he’s not going to turn it around – that year he wasn’t injured, he was just erratic. This postseason his velocity is down, he’s hurt. I don’t see a lights-out game 6 performance, if it gets that far. I see him getting bombarded again. He doesn’t have ANYTHING. It’s not just a lack of control, it’s a lack of velocity and movement. Much, much worse.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • “…are the TBS announcers a whole lot more excited when the Rays score than when the Sox do?…”
    no, you just miss don orsilly-o and jer “i’m tryin’ to sound impartial” remy… [insert giggle]…

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • how quickly things change
    You cite two different posters, dc. Last game Beckett had nothing. This game, to me, he has nothing. We have contradicted each other, but that’s because I have my thoughts, and those opposed are Paul’s. Paul’s opinion is someone else’s, you realize?

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • The problem with this game is I pretty much feel like it’s entirely up to Pedroia, Ortiz, Youk and Bay to score. The whole rest of the lineup ranges between “bad” and “automatic out”. And I don’t think Beckett can hold them at 4.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • all kidding aside sf, do you really believe he’s hurt or is the law of averages catching up with beckett?…for me the guy who seems to be the defying the laws of physics [or any science or math of your choice] is dice-k….that cat has 99 lives…

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • In my defense, Beckett looked good for two outs in the first, and in the second. So in the second, the problems of the first could be viewed as a couple mistakes. He looked atrocious in the third, which makes the first appear completely different than it did an inning ago.
    Good God. Another homer.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Tito. Take him. The fuck. Out. Of. This. GAME.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • “You cite two different posters, dc. ”
    you’re sharp sf…i said as much…i’m just saying that things change as do opinions…you don’t think it’s wierd that paul thought he was on and you didn’t? …i commented on the timing…if that’s not relevant, then that’s really wierd…

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • He’s hurt dc. Where have you been? You think the team is faking his injury? You think his velocity and movement is down even though he’s fully healthy? The idiots who think that the Yankees used injury as an excuse for Hughes and Kennedy were right, then? That line of argument was preposterous then and it is now.
    Beckett, had he been healthy, would have started Game 1 of the Angels series, no questions asked. But he didn’t start until Game 3. He’s hurt. And his pitching results are showing that. He’s topping out at 91-92, max.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • paul, no need to defend, he did look good early…i was just surprised that you and i saw it differently than sf…ok, with that, i’ll go away…yf’s don’t belong here…our team is a loser…

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • you don’t think it’s wierd that paul thought he was on and you didn’t?
    No, I don’t think that’s weird at all. We all see different things watching the same game, almost all the time.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Also, re: Beckett in 2006, I’ll point to April 27 — six strikeouts in 3.2 innings, but three home runs and eight earned runs. Or May 30, seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings, but four homers and seven earned runs. Or Sept. 27, when he struck out eight in 6.2 innings, but gave up two homers and eight earned runs.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Could someone explain the awful Trop home run music/sound effects production? it’s what i’d expect to hear at an s&m club crossed with a weigh station on 1-95.
    What happened to our great pastoral game???
    Anyway, i’ll live with it if the Rays keep torching Beckett.

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Jesus. They’re teeing off on Beckett like they know what’s coming. Or his pitches are just flat.
    Yech.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • ugh…goodnight sf

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • it’s what i’d expect to hear at an s&m club
    Um, what?!

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • dc, I think we’re all a little on edge – we’re realizing that instead of a rusty but generally healthy Beckett, we’ve got nothing, and that leaves us with Lester and Dice-K (who is still just as likely to have a five-inning start as to repeat last night) as our only good pitchers.
    SF’s right. I haven’t seen Beckett top 93 on Gameday, he’s leaving meatballs in the middle of the plate, and he’s got little to no movement. He has to be hurt.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • you know, expect to hear. the trop is “the vault” of mlb.

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • At this point, I have more confidence in Paul Byrd than Josh Beckett. That’s no situation you want a playoff team to be in.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • Uh, how do you know what the music sounded like in The Vault?
    Do tell.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • At least Pedroia’s woken up. Damn, it’s nice to see him do that.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Channel J? Didn’t you live in Chelsea for a decade?

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • What’s the most years/money people would be willing to have Tek come back? I am curious. He’s excruciating to watch at the plate. His value to the team is not measurable by any metric we know, other than statistics.
    I say one year, 4 mill. For that, he can come back, we can make up the offense elsewhere. Is some stupid team going to give him 2 or 3 years and 15-20M over those years? I wonder what Boras has on his mind right now…

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • At this rate, Kazmir and Beckett are going to be trading dingers during Weekend Update. Gah.

    YF October 11, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Channel J was before my time, though I know about those old cable boxes. And yes, I called Chelsea home. But not that part of Chelsea, other than for an occasional Florent run.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • ok, sorry micah…i understand…clearly beckett isn’t on his game, whether from injury or just being “off”…and i still love sf…not sure how i’d react either if my team was in this game and a star wasn’t performing like one…i just thought it was interesting that 2 knowledgeable sox fans saw beckett’s outing so differently, at that point in time anyway…

    dc October 11, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • It’s also pretty clear that Papi isn’t quite there. He’s obviously dangerous, but he has missed a TON of cookies these last few weeks in the games I have seen.

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Happy New Year!

    SF October 11, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Pedroia’s homer was exactly why I said to myself when Ellsbury was up, “Just take the walk, and let Pedroia give us the lead.” Instead, he made an out, and the Sox are merely tied now…

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • I can’t justify anything beyond a one-year contract, SF. Yes, he’s been The Captain and all, but his contributions at the plate are actively hurting the team, and he’s going to be 37. It’s likely that he’s never going to get it back.
    I think we have to trade for one of Texas’ young catchers. We can have Tek mentor him, but beyond the one year he needs to go. I don’t want to see a 2/20 type deal just because of his past history.
    Also, YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK! Hopefully Beckett doesn’t come out this inning, because he’ll give that right back.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Does Tito have the balls to bring Beckett back out and squeeze an inning, with the top/heart of the order coming up? Tempting fates, big time.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Good lord make it stop.
    Florent. What I wouldn’t give for an evelyne’s salad, a plate of rilletes, some of that warmed baguette, darinka at the door, and a nice full glass of wine right now. Bah.

    YF October 11, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • And the coffee, YF…perfect.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • holy CRAP!

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Okay, you know, when I said I only trust Pedroia, Ortiz, Youk and Bay to get us runs, I wasn’t quite expecting 3 of them to hit solo HRs. But, uh, I’ll take it.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Have I mentioned how much I freaking love Jason Bay?
    So what do you do here? Beckett for one more and hope he can at least make it a four-inning game for the pen? Or try to string together five innings of pen work? I’d start with Masterson for two, and see how it goes from there…

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Now dc, THIS might be regression to the mean for the Rays’ Balfour…

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • yeah. that great coffee. the chicoree made it. nowhere else in the city with anything like it.
    send a cup to balfour, for god’s sake, this is pitiful.

    YF October 11, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • Also, I’d sign Tek for two years with the understanding that it will be a transition to more of a player-coach role, particularly in the second year. But that depends on the money. 2 years/$10-15m? I’d do that.
    I agree with Micah that if a deal for Saltalamacchia or Teagarden can be done, then it needs to get done. At this point, it’s a huge hole for Boston — moreso than starting pitching, which means I think I’d give up Buchholz in a trade like that.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • Methinks Pedro saw the T-shirt.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Surprised to see Varitek in the lineup ahead of Kotsay…

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • NIce at-bat from Tek, for once.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Wow, even Tek working the walk. Let’s go, Kotsay!

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Balfour drops an F-bomb in Australian.
    Here comes Howell, the third Texan to pitch in this game.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • The cowbells are “mysteriously” silent in the Trop. Imagine that.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Kotsay, like Papi a few batters before, just missed that. Just.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Oh well. At least Coco made him work.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • That’s close to 80 total pitches between the 1st and 5th innings for Tampa.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • 7-8-9-1 for the Sox is 1-11 with one BB.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • And we’re well into the Tampa pen.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • 126 pitches for the Rays so far, IBM.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • Josh on the hill. Ugh.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • If Beckett holds them here, he’d be in line for the win. Crazy game, this baseball.
    Of course, that’s a big IF.

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • I’m hoping to get out of this inning tied. Which is a tremendously sad state of affairs.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • This is a real “faith” move, leaving Beckett in.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Get Beckett out of there. Now.
    SF, I meant in just the 1st and 5th combined.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Grady Francona. Jesus FUCKING Christ.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Why is Beckett STILL FUCKING PITCHING?

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • Shit.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • If we lose tonight it’s entirely on Tito. I am utterly disgusted with this. There is no defensible reason to let him pitch to Longoria a third time. None.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • I’m going to take a break before I put my fist through the monitor.

    Micah-SF October 11, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • I get the feeling this thing ends 16-14. No idea who has which number.

    YF October 11, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Probably Tito’s worst postseason performance. Unbelievable. What fucking game was he watching? I mean, there’s not a single valid explanation for trotting Beckett back out, much less letting him face Pena AND Longoria. Just abominable stuff.

    SF October 11, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • Why, God, why?
    At least it’s only the 5th inning.

    Jackie (SF) October 11, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • If the Red Sox come back and win this game, it will be a back breaker for the Rays–at least that one’s optimistic way of looking at it.

    SoxFan October 11, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • “…Probably Tito’s worst postseason performance….”
    regression to the mean…

    dc October 11, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Got one run back at least.

    SoxFan October 11, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • I think the Sox got robbed on that blown call, and the tv crew won’t address the obvious. “A bang bang play always goes to the runner” says Darling. BS. Anyway, umps are trained to tell you there’s no such thing as a tie, and that didn’t look like one in any case.

    YF October 11, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Where are all the SFs!?

    YF October 11, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Dinner-slash-wife-slash-baby called… and are calling. I’m checking in for frequent updates as XM babbles on in the office…

    Paul SF October 11, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • Just got back from the bar. Sad face with regards to Beckett.

    Atheose October 11, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • By the way, I’m REALLY sick of this shitty Bon Jova baseball song.

    Atheose October 11, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • //Where are all the SFs!?
    Rocking in a corner…

    Jackie (SF) October 11, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • “Where are all the SFs!?”
    Hiding under the covers during Beckett’s outing.

    SoxFan October 11, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • So who here would have guessed that the Beckett/Kazmir game would be a slugfest, while the Matsuzaka/Shields game last night was a 2-0 affair?

    Atheose October 11, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • “Where are all the SFs!?”
    My internet is going haywire, the kids won’t go to bed, I can’t sit still.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • Papi.
    Here comes Mr. Suddenly Warning Track Power.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • A walk to Papi. No outs and Youk/Bay coming up. I feel very good all of a sudden.

    Atheose October 11, 2008, 11:47 pm
  • This is it. Time for the Red Sox to take the lead once and for all.

    SoxFan October 11, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • Wheeler replaces Miller. Wheeler now the fifth reliever.
    They still have to get 6 outs with the rest of that pen.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • Shit. Tying run at third, though.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • Take the lead, SoxFan? I just want a tie at this point.
    Youk GIDP. Sigh. Save us Bay!

    Atheose October 11, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • Or maybe not.

    SoxFan October 11, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • WILD PITCH, TIE BALLGAME!

    Atheose October 11, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • SAAAA-WEEEET!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • I’d rather be lucky than good.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 11, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • Oki for two.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 12, 2008, 12:01 am
  • Announcer: “Interesting, Sox have 2 right-handers warming in the bullpen.”
    Cause our two lefties (Oki and Lopez) have already been used. Tool.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 12:04 am
  • Let’s see if the black hole that is the lower part of the line up can get a run.

    SoxFan October 12, 2008, 12:12 am
  • Finally got to the point where I had to check in about this crazy-ass game. Given the way most of the line-up is hitting, I can’t believe the Sox are still in it…
    and can I get a GOD BLESS COCO?

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:18 am
  • Man, if that hadn’t bounced over the wall, Coco would be at 3rd now and I’d be praying for another wild pitch.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:20 am
  • Masterson or Papelbon?

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:22 am
  • GOD BLESS COCO!
    It’s wasted by a strikeout from Ellsbury though. Sad face. Masterson probably in now.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 12:22 am
  • I freakin’ hate those DirecTV ads. They’re getting into FrankTV territory now.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:24 am
  • Sox have had some SICK defensive plays tonight. Youk cutting off Lowrie was pretty funny there.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:27 am
  • Soo, extra innings on the road. Odds the Red Sox actually win this game? I’d say not very good.
    I feel frustrated that the Sox could easily be winning this game if Josh Beckett had been just bad and not terrible. Or just terrible and not hideous…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 12:28 am
  • That’s what I get for talking up their defensive prowess.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:30 am
  • Pedroia bobbles. Gulp. DP please?

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 12:30 am
  • The Red Sox were actually 5-2 in extra inning games on the road during the regular season. I would have guessed they had a losing record…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 12:32 am
  • Time for Paps.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 12:33 am
  • BIG strikeout there. Although it doesn’t get better, with Pena coming up. Paps coming in.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 12:33 am
  • Not sure how I feel about this pitching change.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:34 am
  • Did I hear that Flomax ad correctly? “Side effects include reduced semen…Get the picture?” WHA?!?

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:36 am
  • Bringing in Papelbon without a lead is rolling the dice.

    SoxFan October 12, 2008, 12:36 am
  • EXTRAS!

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:41 am
  • This is pretty much what Francona does. He did it several times in September, and again against the Angels. If it’s the ninth and the game is tied, he brings in Paps in the hopes that the Sox’ offense can get the lead for him to hold.
    He entered a tie game seven times during the regular season, according to B-R, although it doesn’t break down how he did in those situations…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 12:44 am
  • If the Sox win this series with Beckett and Papi both apparently at about 25%, I will be mightily impressed.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:48 am
  • Since when did Dan Wheeler become a lights out pitcher?

    SoxFan October 12, 2008, 12:51 am
  • Yeah, I thought Wheeler pitching was a good sign for the Sox…Never, ever, ever expected to see him go 3 IP in this series, that’s for sure.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:52 am
  • Im exhausted, struggling to stay awake. We need to win this soon please.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 12:56 am
  • Cause I was curious, here are Papelbon’s appearances in tie games:
    April 29, scoreless ninth inning, picks up the win when the Sox score in the bottom half.
    April 30, scoreless ninth inning, picks up the win again when the Sox score in the bottom half.
    July 6, gives up a walkoff hit with two outs after entering the bottom of the 10th against the Yankees.
    July 23, scoreless 11th inning at Seattle, picks up the win when the Sox score three in the top of the 12th.
    Aug. 1, scoreless ninth and 10th innings. Sox end up winning in 12.
    Aug. 24, scoreless ninth and 10th innings, picks up the win when the Sox score in the 11th at Toronto.
    And Oct. 5, he pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th in the Sox’ eventual Game 2 loss to the Angels.
    He also appeared in ALDS Game 2 in 2007, pitching a scoreless eighth and a scoreless ninth, picking up the win on Manny’s walkoff home run — as well as ALCS Game 2, throwing a scoreless ninth and 10th in the Sox’ 11-inning loss.
    So, apparently it never happened in September. Not sure what I was thinking of.
    That’s nine relevant examples — and just three team losses, only one of them charged to Papelbon.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 12:59 am
  • Craziest. Out. Ever.
    Not really. But wow.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 12:59 am
  • Woooo there’s some luck. Line drive off Papelbon, right to Pedroia for the out. Paps says he’s Ok.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:00 am
  • Oh fuck, Papelbon beaned with a line-drive in the hand/arm. We get the out because of it though.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:00 am
  • Wow, nice work Paul. Comforting to know he doesn’t totally suck in tie games.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:01 am
  • Paps is gonna be SORE tomorrow.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:01 am
  • paps went all tavarez on that.

    sf rod October 12, 2008, 1:01 am
  • All right. I say bring Papelbon in for the 11th. It’s go time. Jason Bay wins it here.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:03 am
  • Haha yeah sf rod, traffic-cop style. Good thing he told Pedroia where to throw it.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:03 am
  • Papelbon’s hand is going to be swollen like crazy in the 11th, haha. He’ll still want the ball though.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:04 am
  • Tavarez. There’s a blast from the past.
    Actually posted a respectable 106 ERA+ in 36 appearances for Atlanta after seven awful appearances led to his being released by Milwaukee…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:05 am
  • Announcer: “You have to be impressed by these Rays, playing for their playoff life here.”
    As opposed to the Red Sox, who are just playing for fun?

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:05 am
  • Yes, I’m totally B-R-ing it up… because what else is there to do in an extra-inning game when all you got is XM and YFSF?

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:05 am
  • Byrd up in the ‘pen. Gulp.
    I actually really miss Tavarez. One of those players that I really loved despite their ERA.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:06 am
  • You have to be impressed by these Rays, who blew two leads tonight?

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:06 am
  • Time for Dan Wheeler to come back to Earth.

    SoxFan October 12, 2008, 1:06 am
  • Well, apparently Bay won’t be the hero I envisioned… unless we’re still playing in the 13th or so.
    My hopes are now pinned on Drew. Second time Francona has pinch-hit Drew for Varitek this postseason. I totally respect him for that.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:07 am
  • TBS incorrectly puts up Lowrie’s stats for tonight, saying “Lowrie’s 2008 Postseason stats”.
    Wheeler out finally.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:09 am
  • Lowrie with the walk. Here we go, J.D.!
    He’ll be facing David Price. Wow.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:09 am
  • I’m not saying it has to be a home run. But that sure would be nice.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:10 am
  • Did anyone tell Joe Maddon that Drew had a .926 OPS against lefties this year? (SSS, of course, but a career OPS of .797 against them ain’t bad either)

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:12 am
  • 3-1 count. Same count Fausto Carmona had on Drew during Game 6 of last year’s ALCS…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:14 am
  • Good point Paul, Drew likes to go the other way with pitches. It doesn’t matter in any case, cause Price walks him.
    Go-ahead run is now in scoring position. Please score.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:14 am
  • And the walk. Go-ahead run in scoring position for Kotsay.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:15 am
  • HAH nice try to channel the 2007 ALCS magic Paul!

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:15 am
  • This run is necessary. Vitally necessary. Kotsay’s most important at-bat yet for the Sox? Possibly.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:16 am
  • I knew this would come down to Kotsay. He has been terrible at the plate tonight.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:16 am
  • Haha, well, I tried, Ath. Remember, everyone was begging him to draw a walk back then, just to get a run across.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:16 am
  • Kotsay’s seems more nervous than Price.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:17 am
  • (Needed a question mark after that last sentence).

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:17 am
  • it’s rad how craig sagger has been assigned to monitor tito’s bubble gum intake while no one is keeping track of gomes greenie count.

    sf rod October 12, 2008, 1:17 am
  • BOOOOO that was outside

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:18 am
  • Wow, that was way outside. Yet the TBS guys never seem to complain.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:18 am
  • Grrrr, I knew he would strike out — although the pitch looks outside on GameDay. So Coco it is, now.
    Interesting at-bat, given the history.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:18 am
  • Good point Paul. Oh how times have changed.
    Come on Coco!

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:19 am
  • Time for God Bless Coco…

    SoxFan October 12, 2008, 1:19 am
  • Inning over. Crap.
    Byrd likely coming in now.

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 1:19 am
  • CRAP. Actually expected more from Coco there.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:19 am
  • *sigh* Another wasted chance. We just don’t have what it takes at the end of our lineup this year.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:20 am
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! NOT TIMLIN!

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:22 am
  • Why not just concede the game now? Gah.

    stuck working October 12, 2008, 1:22 am
  • So the Sox have 12 hits and 10 walks … and eight runs. Not cool. Thirteen men left on despite four home runs. The holes in our lineup are perfectly placed to assure that we score as few runs as possible.
    And Paps is out, Timlin in. Unless Paps’ shoulder is swelling up, Papelbon needs to still be in here.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:23 am
  • And he walks the leadoff guy. Fannntastic. Game will end in 20…
    19….
    18….

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:26 am
  • My reaction to bringing in Timlin can be summed up thusly:
    http://darthno.ytmnd.com/
    (warning, has sound)
    Also, have rarely been so thankful to live on the West Coast. Hooray for Pacific Standard Time.

    Jackie (SF) October 12, 2008, 1:26 am
  • That’s one way to foil the bunt — walk the guy instead. Although that last ball was a strike…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:27 am
  • Farrell ejected, presumably for arguing the second pitch of the at-bat, which GameDay shows as being right down the middle.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:29 am
  • Bartlett bunts foul, now 0-2.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:31 am
  • i’d rather see gil velazquez pitching right now.

    sf rod October 12, 2008, 1:31 am
  • Bases loaded, one out, please God let it be a K or a hard grounder right at an infielder…

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:35 am
  • Bah. That sucked.

    Paul SF October 12, 2008, 1:36 am
  • Nice home plate umpiring at the end there, too. Bastards.

    Jackie (SF) October 12, 2008, 1:39 am
  • Mlb.com’s Gameday says: “Dustin Pedroia homered twice, while Jason Bay and David Ortiz also cleared the walls, but Boston’s four-HR night wasn’t enough to overcome a shaky Josh Beckett.”
    Wait, Ortiz homered? Don’t they mean Youk?

    Atheose October 12, 2008, 8:58 am

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Next post:

Previous post: