I've given this Red Sox losing streak a lot of thought. Sometimes the Sox have pitched well and not hit. Other times, they hit well enough, but their pitching or bullpen let them down. There hasn't really been a single consistent theme. Except one.
I haven't done the gamer for any of them.
In five of the losses, the gamers have featured what should now be referred to as the scariest letters in baseball: SF.
Never fear, Red Sox fans. I return, hat in hands, begging your forgiveness for neglecting my duties and imperiling our beloved team's season. We'll turn things around tonight. Don't worry about that pitching matchup; we've got the most beautiful name in the world at the bottom of this game thread.
160 replies on “To the Rescue! Tigers-Sox Gamer IV”
You know, it would be nice if you fully disclosed the fact that I proactively sought out your services for this gamer, that I had enough self-recognition to see what I was perpetrating.
And thus began the infighting amongst the Sox faithful… ;)
In Paul we trust! We appreciate you stepping down, SF. It’s for the best.
Btw, Alex Rios sent to the White Sox for nothing in return. Wow.
YF mods are slacking…
MEE-tre K’s the first two batters???? Really???
Alex Rios has nearly $70M left on his contract, Ath, I think.
krueg: the Yankee mods are playing the game we played earlier when Nick sent the Sox on a streak – I am no longer posting Yankee threads in their absence, it does no good for the Sox. Join us in here if you want. I will email the lazy YF mods to get their asses in gear.
Sox-Tigers on ESPN in HD, so my little 13″ screen gets devote to the gamer, and no MLB.com game lag. Nice.
Penny looking just a little off. Or for him is that “on”?
Penny nowhere close with a curveball to Guillen, two men on. Sit fastball, Guillen, if you have a brain.
Penny gets squeezed on the 2-1. Bad call by the ump.
Good job by Penny to get Guillen on the can of corn to Bay. Come on, offense!!!
Crap. Why didn’t WE get to face Mitre?
Edwin Jackson having a really nice year.
Is it me or does it feel like the Sox have been away from Fenway for like a month?
Ells!!! Leadoff “double”, Thames may have turned a catch into a hit, played it very poorly. I rule that an error if I am scoring.
Sox have played 58 road games, 52 home games. So 29 left at home, 23 on the road.
HEY! 2-0! Where were these goddamn runs over the weekend? Jackson is one of the best pitchers in the league this year, and we get ahead on him?
see. they’re not dead!
I think this is Hershiser doing color? No matter, whoever is in the booth just made a brilliant observation about Jackson throwing his slider at 3-2, why it was a great pitch to throw, and why he should throw it again. Then Jackson throws a fastball and it goes over the monster.
Really, great analysis from ESPN. It was NOT Steve Phillips, who I think is also in the booth.
Martinez rips one to Thames. Bad luck BABIP!
SF, it’s Orel alright. He’s actually better than most. And yeah, Phillips is in there too.
ESPN: Schulman and Hershiser. YAY!
And Philips. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
It was a great comment by Hershiser, reinforced by the Pedroia home run.
Youk RIPS one for a wall single. Crushed. But hit too hard.
Ath, WhSox didn’t exactly add Rios for nothing. They added that hefty backloaded contract, which Reinsdorf can’t really afford. His package and Peavy’s deal are VERY heavily backloaded, expansive and LONG.
Papi with the hitter’s count, hits a popup. DROP HIM IN THE LINEUP TITO.
Drew KILLS one over Jackson. The Sox are really hitting Jackson. Except for Papi, of course.
I don’t like ESPN’s stats that constantly update after each pitch to tell us what a player’s average is on a certain count. It depresses me. Bay is .176 with a 2-1 count, inexplicable. Too much information. I don’t want to know this.
Bay walks, all filled.
Kotchman hits a liner, right at Polanco. That was two runs, but the Sox hit the ball really well and it could have been 5 or 6. Fucking BABIP.
Only the Red Sox could get 2 in the first and leave you with that empty feeling.
Penny immediately in trouble. Sack of shit.
I like those stats SF, but it’s really depressing when it reveals certain aspects of your own team. Like that Bay piece. How the f*ck is he hitting that low in a hitter’s count?
Just bad luck, IBM. They crushed the ball (except for Papi, that is). It wasn’t a standard K/GIDP squander.
The Sox need to score six or seven tonight.
Does Penny’s fastball have even an inch of movement? It looks dead straight.
Sox benefit from a little luck, a scorched ball right at Pedroia, and a near double play at second. Super slow replay shows that it was a double play, incorrectly called. That offsets the good luck of the hit vector, and it could cost the Sox runs. Come on, ump.
Close play, wow. Get the batter out and move on fellas.
Orel really does have some great insight. He talks a lot, like Morgan or Phillips, but his commentary really has some substance to it.
Yes, Ath, it’s odd to actually WANT to hear what a guy on ESPN is going to say.
Steve Phillips won’t shut up.
Nick Green! It feels fantastic to be back in Fenway. 3-0.
Nick Green. WTF?!!!
BOMBS one over the Monster. Crushed.
What the hell is Nick Green doing hitting homers?
There’s only one logical explanation: Nick Green is on steroids.
Steve Phillips is obviously intimidated by Orel, and is making up for his lack of quality comments with a higher quantity.
Ellsbury hitting .349 after a 1-2 count, Bay is hitting .176 after a 2-1 count. So weird.
Ellsbury ropes one for a single. Leyland needs to rescue Jackson. This is BP.
Phillips just spoke a 233 word sentence.
LMAO, Orel with a subtle shot at Phillips by mentioning Kazmir. Sure Phillips didn’t really trade him, but most people think he did, so the shot is still valid.
Ellsbury steals second.
Ellsbury steals 2nd, and the throw gets by the pitcher. That fastball hit the fricken plate.
Pedroia whiffs on a bad pitch, swing. Grrr.
Err, the throw gets by the catcher.
VMart after a 3-0 count: 4 for 6, 2 homers.
Of course I jinxed him, and he K’s.
More AWFUL luck (and athleticism from the Tigers). Polanco dives and keeps a liner from Youk in the infield, saving a run. It should be like 7-0 right now. Fucking luck.
Good hold by Hale.
Ortiz drives another in… and then gets picked off first. Shit.
Papi! Rips one through the shift. Ellsbury scores, but then Papi makes a really STUPID mistake and is caught off first for the final out, killing a chance at a huge lead.
Well turned DP by Youk and Pedro. To the bottom of the third.
youk submarined that throw to start the twin killing. knuckle scraper.
Jason Bay’s agent not happy right now.
Kotchman safe on fielder’s confusion. Inge makes a nice stab then can’t make a throw, he was really off-balance running towards the 3B bag.
I would say something bad about Nick Green here, but it doesn’t seem fair considering his earlier dinger.
kotchman feels like a young sean casey, minus the good guy appeal and a little more power.
Green quickly down on three pitches. That was more like it.
quality AB by green there.
80 pitches through 2.2 for Jackson.
Just dropping by to commemorate the occasion of the Sox (except Papi and Drew) getting back in the swing of things.
Jays tied in NY, too. Also, my favorite quote in the Rios article was this: “Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said the move was not ‘a financial dump,’ but acknowledged that Toronto needs ‘more financial flexibility.'” Ricciardi has been even worse for Billy Beane’s reputation than this year’s A’s roster.
Make that 86 pitches. Ellsbury hits a medium liner that hangs up, to RF. More wasted runners.
Sox with 9 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings. 6 LOBs and a guy caught off base. The offense is alive, but a combination of bad baserunning and bad luck has kept the Tigers in reach, and with Penny pitching 4 is unlikely to be enough.
Penny hits Cabrera with his first pitch. What a stupid thing to do with a four run lead.
Hey look, Penny hits Miguel Cabrera on the first pitch. My friend (a Tiger’s fan) says they have a history against each other from when they were both in the NL. Interesting.
they were both marlins together.
Penny gets squeezed at 1-2 on Guillen. Same pitch that was called a strike on Ellsbury last inning.
Then the deep fly to Jacoby. One down.
For less than a season, rod. Supposedly they’ve never gotten along, though I don’t have any evidence other than a Tiger’s fan’s comment.
Drew wtf. Ball had some spin on it, skips away from Drew (who played it lazily), and now the runner is on 3rd.
Alright, I can’t watch Penny pitch. Especially not today. Talk to you all later.
Cruddy play by Drew. Costs a base, and perhaps a run.
Penny stinks, though, hitting Cabrera was pathetic.
Oh, and then Penny gets ahead 0-2 to Inge, and gives up a single. 4-2.
Jesus, Cano w/homers tonight. Think they got curtain calls?
Weak grounder. Two down.
Think they got curtain calls?
You know, I used to harp on the curtain calls, but have finally realized that every fan group needs its own retarded, devalued tradition, and have decided to leave it alone.
Another shitty piece of luck/good defensive play, as Pedro lashes one down the line, and Inge makes a heck of a play. Jackson is a fucking lucky motherfucker.
Youkilis hit by the retribution HBP.
Retaliation. Does anyone get plunked more than Yooks?
There’s retaliation for Cabrera – a fastball into Youk’s side with two outs.
There must be something there, as Ath said, and Cabrera must have said something to Jackson. Because why would Penny hit a guy leadoff leading to a pair of runs other than because he’s a shitty pitcher?
And another rip, right to someone. This game sucks ass, and we’re winning. Can see where this one is going already.
“every fan group needs its own retarded, devalued tradition”
Well put, my friend.
Hey look, Bay misplays a ball over the monster too. How are we winning this game?
Granderson leadoff double. This game has that “we should have had eight runs early but didn’t cash in and now we’re behind 7-4” feeling.
Green had Granderson RIGHT in front of him, but throws to first. Was Youk not at the bag? That throw should have gone to third.
And it’s 4-3 on the sac fly. Penny has pitched exactly to expectations, right around his season ERA at the moment. We need seven runs.
Hershiser catching a little Phillips-itis there, saying that this comeback by the Tigers “shows they WANT that AL Central title”. I mean, that’s just a moronic comment.
Obervay homers. 5-4.
Penny through 5 innings, 3 ER. Not awful, not great. It stings because he had a four run lead that has dwindled, but this is on the bats right now (and BABIP, a lot of bad luck so far).
Ni! We are the knights who say “Ni!”
7 LOBs, 3-for-8 RISP.
Orel owning Phillips in an argument about what players should focus on.
And Jason Bay hits a homer into the monster. Oh yeah.
SF, that’s exactly what I thought of when I saw Ni enter the game!
If ESPN insists on having a former GM as an analyst, they could get the same crappy insight from Hawk Harrelson for a lot less $.
Phillips counters by asserting that Orel got picked on as a child because of his first name.
IBM, I’ll take a booth filled with three Steve Phillips before I’d listen to Harrelson.
The Luis Tiant bio follows this game.
they could get the same crappy insight from Hawk Harrelson for a lot less $.
Please don’t suggest this. Hawk Harrelson is the worst announcer I have ever heard, ever, and that includes Sterling and Kay, who Harrelson makes into Vin Scullys both by comparison.
“Hawk Harrelson is the worst announcer I have ever heard,”
And you can put that on the board.
A couple of gifts for Penny on those two strikes.
I finally realized who Brad Penny looks like. Dave Puddy.
My preferred posttrade lineup:
And Penny gets us 6. Me likee.
Yeah, this was a good effort by Penny, all my insults aside. Does Tito send him out for the 7th?
93 pitches … I’m gonna say yes, but MDC will be warming.
Great job by Granderson to run that down. But he didn’t leave his feet so ESPN won’t give the catch a second thought.
This Ni guy is the slowest worker.
I understand the obvious reasons not to, but I’d seriously consider ph-ing Lowell here.
MDC is warming.
MDC in, promptly gets himself in a jam.
Oy, turned into the game again when I saw MDC was coming in, saw the first pitch, turned it off again.
5-4 on the base hit by Polanco. MDC had him 0-2 and couldn’t put him away.
Is this bullpen now faltering along with everything else? Two blown 8th inning leads last week, now teetering here in the 7th.
This game shouldn’t even be close.
Uh, maybe our “hearts weren’t broken” last night, Orel, to paraphrase. Maybe it sucked. A lot. But it wasn’t “heartbreaking”. Manufactured drama.
Ahead of Thames now. Put him away, MDC, for fuck’s sake.
And there’s the game-tying double.
This team can’t play any worse. Tons of missed offensive opportunities, bad BABIP luck, and shit relief pitching. What a tough stretch to watch. Just about nothing is going right.
Tito comes out to get MDC, who should be pitching in blowouts and not much else.
*sigh* A good start by Penny, a good game by the offense… and the bullpen throws up.
Penny probably could have done this, right?
“I don’t like this matchup. Guillen’s a clutch hit–”
says Steve Phillips, unable to finish the sentence as the ball is popped up to Nick Green.
Manny Delcarmen allows a .764 OPS in late/close situations, a .770 OPS when the game is within one run in either direction, and an .823 OPS when it’s within two runs. Before tonight’s failure.
He allows a .532 OPS when the margin is greater than four runs.
Why was he brought into this game again?
Drew singles. Sox have had 15 baserunners in 6+ innings, and five runs. The offense is still in hibernation, five runs and all.
Seriously, what the fuck is up with our SHIT LUCK. Bay just crushed one, to the absolute worst spot in the ballpark.
I am about to throw my computer at the wall, this is so damn frustrating.
PH Lowell!?!? Who plays shortstop?
Nope, Green stays in.
Actually, hitting Lowell is retarded, I take it back. He’s a GIDP candidate more than anyone on the team.
And there’s the sac fly. NIck Green, in line to be our PoTG, if things hold.
I figure Bay’s smash makes up for that lucky homer he got into the Monster seats. But yeah, sucks that he hits a homer in probably 29 ballparks that falls short in this one.
At least we got the run in.
Nice play by Adam Everett to get Ells.
Ordonez, a zombie all year, alive today. Figures. Double off the wall.
Give us an out and bunt, Leyland.
Jesus fucking Christ, Inge HBP on the first pitch.
What a joke this team is.
Ramirez goes to 2-0 on Laird.
Laird bunts. One out. Men on 2/3.
Hopefully this is no worse than a tie, and then we have 2-3-4 coming up in the 8th.
Ramirez makes me nervous, lots of balls in the dirt.
And Everett Ks, pretty poor hitting right there.
Here comes Paps, for Granderson. Still in the lead.
Ugh, I hate being so nervous about Papelbon coming in. Don’t really have confidence in anyone on this team right now.
I have a vision of Granderson hitting a single at the exact same time some Yankee hits a walkoff HR. I need to believe it’s a new week.
Maybe this will be one of those good Mondays.
Tor 5, NY 4, f.
We can get a game.
Down go the Yanquis.
OK, be nice. Pretend we haven’t been talking about the YFs.
IBM: I were a YF, I’d point out that us SFs should probably be more concerned about the Rays leading the Angels than the Yankees losing to the Jays.
Well, maybe I just like it when the Yankees lose.
IBM: if the Yankees even win the games that Mitre starts, all of baseball is doomed.
Two down, Thames whiffs.
Drew hauls it in, and we’ve won for the first time in a week. Nice.
One game picked up from the top, a half on the Rays, so now GO ANGELS!
Good work by Penny and Paps.
“Miguel Cabrera is one of the best fastball hitters in the game.”
Paps throw a fastball, shallow fly, third out.
Thank you, Steve.
Stay tuned for Looo-eee!
Nice win. I hope the taste of victory inspires them.
Sweet! Papelbon has been good last couple outings, I think.
Also, getting the early runs off a good pitcher is very nice, and Bay contributing off injury is cool too.
And the Angels have take the lead, too.
I fell asleep during the 6th inning, and woke up to see that we had won. Good times.