Wedding Season I: Sox-Rays Gamer III

It’s a beautiful August Sunday, and that can only mean one thing: baseball a weddding! The church bells are ringing, and we’re off to toss rice at a lovely bride. Sox Fans: We’re quite sure you can handle this yourselves—just as you did yesterday! That would be perfect. The full YFSF squad reassembles tomorrow. Until then, you’re on your own. Comment here.

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  • Jason Johnson takes the mound today for the Sox.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 11:10 am
  • Over/under on batters faced by Johnson: 15

    Sf August 6, 2006, 12:29 pm
  • I’ll take the under.

    NYYFan on the West Side August 6, 2006, 12:54 pm
  • 15? that seems kinda high to me

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:16 pm
  • Nice start…

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:18 pm
  • ohhh it’s already looking like a long day

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:19 pm
  • Well, at least SOMEONE actually hit the ball in play that inning

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:22 pm
  • NICE inning from Jason Johnson!!!
    Now really, when did you think you’d hear anyone say THAT?
    at least so long as he pitched for us anyway

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • Two K’s and a ground out on 10 pitches MERCY

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • This guy Howell has an ERA of over 11 for F**K sake! Yay Youklis handles him…

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:33 pm
  • Pena sinbles as did Youk

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • uht oh, Gonzo is losing control of his imitation of a 280 hitter nice K there

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • YES somebody got a meaningful hit!
    Way to go Cora
    In play run scoring play is all it says on gameday to this point

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Lets see did Cora homer and in so doing did he break gameday? pleasant thought but not likely

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:41 pm
  • Johnson actually lowered his ERA to 6.19
    Amazing

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • prolly a double scoring youk and some funky run downb getting an out and there trying to type it up lol

    TJ August 6, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • 2 run doble by Cora….thank god for the throwing error to move Cora 90 feet close to third.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • ok i was partly right.

    TJ August 6, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • Corky the starting catcher.
    We have a rotating catchers position lately.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:44 pm
  • Miller flies out to center to end the inning.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:44 pm
  • Lee pops out to short.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:45 pm
  • Double by Cora! Youk and WMP score geez but our latest No Hit catcher makes the final out stranding Cora at third on the error by the catcher or on the throw to home.

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:45 pm
  • Norton flies out to right.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:45 pm
  • Okay, listen to this another GREAT inning by JJ 1-2-3 mows them down on 12 pitches

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • Navarro grounds out to the pitcher.
    Johnson with 22 pitches so far. This is roughly the same position we were in last night with Wells.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • Who is the no name poster?

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • Crispy Critter K’s looking AGAIN

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:49 pm
  • Crisp K’s again. Great production from the leadoff position.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • Loretta singles to center.
    Papi coming up.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:51 pm
  • WHOOO MLO singles

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:51 pm
  • Papi grounds into FC…Loretta nailed at 2nd. 2 Away.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:52 pm
  • Ramirez strikes out looking.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:54 pm
  • Papi hits into a force and Manny K’s LOOKING this guy must have nasty stuff at times

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:56 pm
  • Howell worked Manny away on 4 straight pitches before busting him inside on the called strike.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • Hey, Rob s’up

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • Brian? Whoever is in here also the name is not showing.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • Upton lines out to right.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • Branyan strikes out looking. Johnson is working a little harder this inning with the batters.
    22 Pitches through 2 innings and 11 pitches this inning to get 2 batters.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • Hmm that’s odd always had my name before nice K by JJ

    Brian August 6, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • there goes the shut out

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:03 pm
  • May just be the connection on either end.
    Either way, nothing special going on other than this. Hoping the Sox have an offensive explosion to wake the bats up. Good news is that we leave here, have Monday off and then face the Royals and O’s.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:03 pm
  • Zobrist with the homer to right. Johnson was getting worked by him also.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • Hollins grounds out to short to end the inning.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Howell up to 56 pitches already in this game.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Y’know I hope that was just an aberation from Johnson he’s been pitching fairly well today

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • I hope so also. I cannot take another BS pitching performance this week.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Youk walked on 4 straight pitches.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • WMP lines out to 2nd.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • It’s actually hoping for a lot considering, but it could happen

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • ooooooo yeah we’ll take a HBP

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • AGon hit by the pitch?

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • A key double by Cora earlier …can he do it again…NO but he moves the runner up

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:13 pm
  • Cora grounds into FC….AGon out at 2nd..Cora safe at 1st, Youk advances to 3rd.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:14 pm
  • Yeah Agon HBP

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:14 pm
  • Sadly Miller joins the Sox list of black hole catchers at the plate

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:15 pm
  • Miller strikes out looking.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:15 pm
  • Howell must have a nasty out pitch….

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:16 pm
  • We need runs. Some kind of a cuchion prior to Johnson going in the tank. You can just feel him warming up to that.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:17 pm
  • cushion

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:17 pm
  • It’s just the rest of Howells pitches that kinda suck

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • Yep, and I’m betting this is the start of it…

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • Crawford singles to right field.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • Crawford should be stealing any moment now.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:20 pm
  • As if on cue….Johnson throwing error allows Crawford to advance to 3rd.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • Well that’s not to pretty but at least he got an out

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • Cantu grounds out to short.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • make that two

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:22 pm
  • Lee grounds out to 2nd.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:22 pm
  • Norton grounds out to 1st to end the inning and strand Crwaford on 3rd.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • OH MY GOD

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • Johnson pitches himself out of the jam. The only thing that worries me about Crawford on third is that he knows no fear. He will steal on you if you get lazy in watching him.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:24 pm
  • Tell me that I didn’t just witness a Red Sox pitcher who worked out of a jam!

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • Yes someone did. Amazing it was a retread and not one of our Aces.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • Crisp K’s again. This guy is f*&%$( amazing.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • Arrhhhhhhh Crisp with the HAT TRICK

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • Loretta lines out to third.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Major LEague leading 40th homer.

    TJ August 6, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • Check the score, Crawford came in on one of those ground balls DAMN it

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • Papi with the homer to right….If Manny can follow that up……

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • yeah he did Brian. It is not showing that on Gamecast, or who got the RBi for it.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • Bottom 4TH B:0 S:0 O:1
    Jorge Cantu grounds out, shortstop Alex Gonzalez to first

    TJ August 6, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Nice walk by Manny

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Ramirez walked.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • Bottom 4TH B:0 S:0 O:1
    Jorge Cantu grounds out, shortstop Alex Gonzalez to first baseman Kevin Youkilis. Carl Crawford scores. ***

    TJ August 6, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • Thanks TJ….Gamecenter shows the RBI.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • Come on WMP!!!

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • Youk draws the walk.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • Jackson replacing Howell.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • Can you imagine, Howell enters with an ERA over 11 and leaves lowering it by THREE runs

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • YIKES bases loaded on Walks

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • howells statistical day isnt done yet hes responsible for some runners.

    TJ August 6, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • WM walked.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • YESSSSSS

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • AGon with the RBI BB.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • Walk to AGON whats Cora going to do… YES in play run scoring play GREAT AB by Cora

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • Cora with a good AB that scores a run.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • Well, you kinda KNEW ol’Corky was going to make the last out there

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • 10.80 ERA for Howell for his final line.

    TJ August 6, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • DF get out of the inning with Miller popping out to 1st.
    Brian your comment earlier about Howell, yes I can imagine it. Lately we have let scrub pitchers hang around and have decent games and wiggle off the hook when they have placed themselves in a jam.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • Navarro pops out to short.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • I know Rob, I know, it is just so sad really.
    We scored three in the inning but there wasn’t a hit among them except Papi’s blast

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Upton grounds out to 1st.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Exactly. With the way the pitching staff has been this three run lead does not make me feel safe.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Safe? I feel safe when the ball goes to PAPS and we have a lead

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 3:01 pm
  • Branyan walks and then Zobrist grounds out to 1st to end the inning.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • God don’t serve up another gopher ball… Thank you Jesus, ground ball out to first!

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • true…that is the only safe feeling I ever have with some of these pitchers of late.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • 16 pitches per inning for Johnson… pretty good really, lets hope he has at least ONE and maybe two more good innings left

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 3:06 pm
  • Crisp with his 4th K today. Bench him.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Awwwwwwwwwwwww NO Crisp with the Golden SHOWER!

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Loretta singles to center.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Papi walks. Manny needs to deliver here.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • Mahky with a good day at the plate raises his BA to 309 and Papi the walks…for Manny

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • Lugo in to pitch to Manny.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • Manny flies out to deep right. No runners advanced.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Youk with the RBI single to score Loretta!
    6-2

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • WMP pops out to second to end the inning and strand two runners.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • WMP POPS it up, ahhhh Wily show us some love

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • Hollins grounds out to short. This should be Johnson’s last inning of work.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • Really, not a bad inning by JJ

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • Crawford grounds out, Cantu singles and then Lee pops out to left to end the inning.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • No he has given us 6 pretty solid innings of work today.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • To be honest with you I think they trot him out one more time

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • AGon pops out to the catcher.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Jesus Corky it’s a BALL

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Cora singles to right.
    They might, I would have a short leash on him though. Do not want to squander this lead. it has to be starting to effect the players constantly having to battle from behind.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Miller lines out to third.
    We have had an effective end of the lineup and start of the lineup today between Miller and Shredded Wheat.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • Nice day at the plate for Cora, but Corky is just an out, every time

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Well at least he put the bat on the ball this time.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Hey but COCO, actually put a ball in PLAY today

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz became the first Boston Red Sox player to hit 40 homers in three consecutive seasons with a fifth-inning shot Sunday at Tampa Bay.
    Ortiz lined his AL-best 40th homer of the season into the right-field seats off Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell. It was his seventh homer in 63 at-bats off Tampa Bay pitching this year.
    Only two other Boston players — Carl Yastrzemski (1967, 1969-70) and Manny Ramirez (2001, 2004-05) — have hit 40 or more homers in three different seasons.

    TJ August 6, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • Congrats to Papi on reaching forty. Amazing, that man.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • Well okay it’s Manny D is it the good Manny D or the bad one today?

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • The scary thing is where he is right now with over a month to go. He could put up some insane numbers by the end of the season.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • Delcarmen pitching now.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Y’know I’d be curious to see how many runs our pitching has given up in the 7th and 8th this year and I’ll bet the answer is startling

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • The question is if he approaches 61 how will fans treat it with McGwire, Bonds and Sosa having been stleast highly suspected of using performance enhancing drgus to attain there past 61 runs.
    To me IF Ortiz hits 62 I will consider him the true single season HR king.

    TJ August 6, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • Papi is a GIANT no doubt, one of a kind the greatest clutch hitter I’ve ever seen bar none

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • I understand that TJ…not sure how the rest of baseball would act towards it.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • Norton singles, Navaroo strikes out.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • oooo that’s nice to see, K of Navarro

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • Ortiz since the All-Star Break: 89 at bats, 18 runs, 30 hits, 6 2b, 1 3b, 8HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 22 K, 1 SB (!), .337/.422/.697
    Yeah, that’s pretty sick.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • And that doesn’t include today.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • Red Sox stat info:
    Close and Late games
    ERA 3.67
    OBA: .256
    ER 62
    R 69

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:41 pm
  • Upton singles.
    Delcarmen needs to get a grip on the mound and get out of the inning. We do not need any drama today from pitchers.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Which Manny is on the Mound? 2 hits: the BAD 2 K’s: the good

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Branyan strikes out looking…..2 down.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • Thanks Rob, beeter than I’d imagined

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • RHP Julio Manon on for Baltimore. 10.2 innings. Been up and down to Ottawa according to the Orioles announcers.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • Sorry, cross post.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • Ah, Delcarmen. It’s so sad. Unless your name is Papelbon, you’re a question mark in the bullpen.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • better, even

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Delcarmen gives up the two run/two out double to let the DF cut it to 6-4.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • 6-4 in the bottom of the 7th. Runner on 2nd, 2 out, and Timlin headed in.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • Sigh…. Bad Manny on the mound for that double

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • Timlin….dear god, which one of him is showing up on the mound.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • We need a couple of CGs from our starting pitching to give the BP a rest.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • Sigh…. Bad Manny on the mound for that double

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • Zobrist with 3 RBI’s out of the 9 hole.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • Walk. Oh God.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Okay lets see is it the good Timmy Timlin or the bad Timmy Timlin

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Walks Hollins

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Wily Mo. The 3rd out is made.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Barely average Timlin, Brian. Phew.

    SF August 6, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Yeayyyy no FURTHER damage… Thanks fellas

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Crawford line out to right to end the inning.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Welcom to the game SF. Missed a pretty good pitching performance out of Johnson today.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • And to think Timmy has the eighth to pitch yet TOO… I’m depressed

    Brian August 6, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • McClung pitching. Papi owns him. I wonder if he will be pitching to the big man.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Papi
    4 for 7 with 4 HR’s and 3 BB’s against above mentioned pitcher.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • grounds out to 1st….damn.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • Manny extends hit streak to 22 games with 8th inning single

    TJ August 6, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Ramirez singles to right center….he keeps the hit streak alive.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Youk strikes out.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Good Timmy on the mound for the 8th?

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • Cantu grounds out.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • uuuuhhhhh NO

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Lee homers to right….6-5.
    Get the kid rolling in the pen.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Good. Bringing in Papelbon is completely appropriate. I would’ve done it on the first baserunner…too bad it was a homer.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • White Sox lose, 7-3.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • If Johnson doesn’t win this game… I am seriously going to burn in hell for the things I say and think

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • Yeah, Papelbon was definitely warming at the start of the inning.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • I see us overusing Paps as the season comes to a close the same way the Yanks do Rivera at times. The rest of the bullpen is just crap right now. They can’t seem to work an inning without inducing some drama.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Agreed, Devine.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Yipeeee another late inning adventure!

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • Timlin has allowed 4 HR in last 5 2/3 IP.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • BEAUTIFUL K of Norton.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:11 pm
  • Almost everyone in the pen is sucking at the same time. They don’t all suck, of course, but the concurrence of their suckitude is painful.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:11 pm
  • Norton strikes out.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • TIE GAME!!!!
    RAAAAAHRRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Must all be taking sips from the suck bottle.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • And when I say almost everyone, I meant everyone.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Speaking of crap bullpens, Yanks go to Mo with 2 out in the 8th and a 4-run lead at Baltimore.

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Well, y’see he IS human after all

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • What’s the record for most home runs allowed by a team 20 games above .500? We gotta be close…

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • JFC

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Score a run. Heck, score six of them. That might actually make me forget how I feel right now.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • The Sox are just bad right now. I don’t know if they’ll dig themselves out of this hole, but if they don’t we won’t have any postseason nerves to worry about. Is August “Horrible Baseball” month in Boston?

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Jesus F**KING ^&&%^%$##& Okay any bets as to up pulling this one out?

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • You know what really sucks. All three pitches were basically in the same location. You might want to work him lower, outside, something to change up where the pitches are going and make him guess.
    Johnson’s great performance today was wasted. Seems to be the trend lately. When we do get a good performance the pen comes in and blows it up faster than the eye can blink.
    I’m not hating on Paps…they should have brought him in sooner or maybe pitched some of the batters differently.
    Definately the LOB issue has hurt us also.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • us pulling it out

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • The bottom half of the lineup also is due up. Cora is the only one that has done anything.
    The dynamic duo of Miller and Crisp has been a 24 hour suck-a-thon today.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • How much of this is because of Tek’s absence?

    Anonymous August 6, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • The LOB may hurt, but a 4 run lead in the 7th, a 2 run lead in the 8th, those should both be relatively safe, even if the team has left 134 guys on base. Bottom line: the Sox SUCK right now, and have sucked going on 2 weeks. Seriously, they could be 5 games out right now if it weren’t for Papi’s and Loretta’s miracles. Or Fausto Carmona.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • SF…
    We have two pitchers (Beckett and Schill) who are almost 4-1 in homers allowed on the road vs home.
    I would be more worried about giving up homers at home with some of our low walls. However we act like we are NASA’s test pilot’s for launching objects into the stratosphere on the road.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Pena, take advantage of that gift 2-2 call, please.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • To quote Homer: They’re the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • Tek’s absence doesn’t excuse the efforts of these last two weeks. The Sox’ troubles pre-dated Tek getting hurt. Their continuation may be enabled by his absence, for sure, but let’s not take these guys off the hook. They aren’t playing well at all.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • It seems to me the pitching has been most to blame for the recent trend of suckitude. Not a bad number of runs scored. Just more scored by someone else. But I could be remembering incorrectly.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • He flies out… but a great AB by WMP

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Agree on the LOB.
    Just looking at the aspect that the game should have been 10-2/3. Of course the pen would have found someway to blow that up.
    Earlier post by myself:
    We need runs. Some kind of a cushion prior to Johnson going in the tank. You can just feel him warming up to that.
    The only thing that did not happen was Johnson tank it.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • It’s been everything, Devine. Bad D at times, poor hitting with guys on base, terrible bullpen work, bad starting. Everything at once. Ugly.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • Out of curiosity, how many pitches had Johnson thrown when he was yanked? I missed the first part of the game. I don’t mean this as a criticism, I am just curious.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • Having seen baseball played before, I have to believe that kind of confluence of horrible play and packs of injuries can’t go on for very much longer. I guess, anyway. Sure feels not-great right now.
    So, if Papelbon makes it out of the 9th…should he pitch the 10th?

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • speaking of sucktitude and leaving men on base our buddy Corky has left 7

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • This is their typical mid-summer swoon. And I don’t see them coming out of it anytime soon, not with all the injuries, young pitching and general lethargy they have been showing for about 6 weeks. It is nothing but maddening.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • He threw 90 pitches.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • This game will end within two batters, and I am not saying that because I am pissed. It’s just how I feel.
    (I also thought John Kerry would beat Bush, so take it all with a grain of salt

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Corky will be leading off the 10th if we get that far.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • According to gameday:
    Johnson threw 91 pitches;
    the Corkmeister has 7 LOBs.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • LOL…
    Johnson should have started the 7th inning. he had been pretty effective all game long:
    IP 6
    H 3
    ER 2
    BB 1
    K 3

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Single. Ah yes. Great. Next.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Tito: quick hook when guys are pitching well, slow hook when guys are crapping the bed.
    Fantastic job.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • You’re all becoming very jaded.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • The Corkmeister shouldn’t be in the major leagues. Not really his fault.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • Sacrifice to 2nd. 1 out.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • Yes Bill we are…..
    Seems like we have been through this dance before.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:29 pm
  • OK, so I am wrong – the game hasn’t ended after two batters. Though it could very easily end after three or four.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:29 pm
  • Crawford will play Papi today.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Well, I still think they COULD win, Bill; it’s just hard to be positive during stretches like this.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Hollins pops out.
    Carl “Sox Killer” Crawford to the plate.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • Not jaded, Bill, just pragmatic. It’s not the pessimism of pre-2004 that’s informing my displeasure, it’s just bad baseball. I am going to post about this, because I think many Sox fans who aren’t super-chipper about the prospects for the rest of the season are getting labeled as “Eeyores” (as I was here), and I think that’s totally unfair. But I’ll get into that in a longer post in the next day or so.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • IBB for Crawford.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • I became jaded in ’78 when they blew that huge lead. That’s when I learned what a tease they can be. … Whoa, INT walk to Crawford.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • IBB Crawford. Cantu will be up–I actually have a soft spot for him for once being on my fantasy team and for his play in the WBC.
    Murder ‘im, Papelbon.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • BECOMING jaded? Bill we are RED SOX fans we already were jaded

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • I think that now that they have won a word series we expect better out of them. To lose games due to poor hitting, bad pitching and bad coaching is more than most of us can take.
    Most everyone has played some electronic baseball game and do a better job of managing that than Tito does at times.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:33 pm
  • OK, nice job by Paps to squirm out of that. Time to PH for Corky. Is Johnny Pesky available?

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:33 pm
  • Okay. Let’s get to Papi and Manny if we can. Howzaboot a crazy single or something, Corky?

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:34 pm
  • Well, slap me to tears out of the frigging inning

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:34 pm
  • Bad baseball is bad baseball. And there’s really no other way to say it right now. Last weekemd, I think, I posted that the Sox were a mediocre .500 since that 12-game win streak ended. That’s hasn’t changed. I’d bet they probably have same record as the Cubs, and maybe even the Rays, over that same period.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • Ah, Lopez. Better.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • Or not. Pop out.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Hitless Javy.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Lopez is just useless.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Come on, crisp. Something, anything.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • better…pops out to 1st.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Well, lets aee is Javy and improvement over Corky Bat at the plate right now? uhhh no, not really

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Anyone warming in the Sox pen?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • Koko Krisp to the plate.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • I wonder if someone could tell Coco to shorten his swing a little. He looks like he’s swinging a poleaxe up there.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • I could capitalize his name if I wanted.
    How about a fifth strikeout, Mr. Crisp?
    Not yet, with the 0-2 foul.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • Hey anyone know what it’s called if you strike out FIVE times in a game?

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • And as soon as I ask, Troup tell me it’s Julian. Camp up in Rays pen

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • “Sucking”

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • YES! Something, anything!

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • WTF!!!!

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Brian, it’s called being the suckiest suckwad who ever sucked.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Crisp singles. Nice AB after 4 K’s in one game….about damn time.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • Platinum sombrero?
    (I actually heard that woman on ESPN say it when it happened to someone, and thought it was funny.)

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • SAFE!!

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • Huge stolen base by Crisp there.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:40 pm
  • Was Lortta’s first pitch a strike or ball. Seeing it reported two different ways.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Stolen bag for Coco.
    Best part of that? Remy chiming in with a “not a very good jump”, which is the exact opposite of what almost every announcer says after a stolen base. The almost reflexive “what a good jump” is one of my pet peeves.
    Damn, that was almost a homer. Bad luck.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • JUST foul. Wow.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Somebody on ESPN said something funny? Holy shirt! … SB for Covelli!!!

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • I really hate this… can’t I have ONE game where I can just sit back and enjoy it?

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Oh…a towering foul from Loretta, close to the foul pole.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Papi drooling in the on deck circle.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Brian, no. You can’t. Sorry.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • If you are safe, it’s a good jump. How come no one ever gets thrown out on a good jump?

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:42 pm
  • Joe C said he got a good jump and that the throw was high.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:42 pm
  • I know, Brian. I like the ones where I’m sipping a drink, watching the Sox up 4 runs already and hitting a two-run homer in the sixth. I miss that.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:42 pm
  • Crawford makes the catch in left. Here comes drama.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • Loretta flies out to left.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • Troup went into his home run call on that foul. Is he taking lessons from Sterling?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • incredible

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • Walking Ortiz with 1st open.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • IBB to Ortiz, Manny coming up.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • I can’t argue with putting him on base with first open.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • Punks…not pitching Papi.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • I like it: Walk Papi and pitch to the Red Hot Manny.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • well with the base open, who wouldn’t? IBB

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • No matter how hard he tries, Troup will never be able to accomplish the blowhardism of Sterling. He’s in a league of his own.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • Can’t say I blame ’em either, but tell ’em what they get for doing that, Manny. Be clutch.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • Manny…please…..

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • Funny thing is that you could hear the boos when they walked Papi. Quite a few Sox fans decrying the decision.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • I agree it is a smart move by TB…but they are still punks.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • Manny, for the love of God.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • Or at least one VERY LOUD Sox fan, pardon the redundance.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • Come on Manny.

    Devine August 6, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • You could almost argue for them walking Manny. Or at least pitching him overly carefully.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:47 pm
  • That was the pitch, there,at 1-0. Manny had one to drive. Shit.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:48 pm
  • I think I would have a pitched a lefty against Manny.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:48 pm
  • Inside, then a pop foul behind the 1st base dugout. Big hole between first and second. Ramirez pops out to right to end the threat.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:49 pm
  • OK, we suck. I am outta here – going to enjoy the outdoors instead of sitting here stewing and getting more and more angry. It’s gotta be more fun out there than in here.
    Go Sox. (Though with Tavarez in I have an idea which direction they are going, sadly)

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:49 pm
  • of course I never would have believed I’d curse a sucessful stolen base, but it took the stick outta Papi’s hands….

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:50 pm
  • Tavarez: “Happy premise number one: there are NO Aliens.”
    Tito: “Go on, good.”
    Tavarez: “Happy premise number two: there is no giant foot trying to squash me.”
    Tito: “Excellent.”
    Tavarez: “Happy premise number three: even though I feel like I might ignite, I probably won’t.”

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:51 pm
  • Hey it’s Leatherman the all purpose tool

    Brian August 6, 2006, 4:52 pm
  • Greg Norton goes the other way.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 4:54 pm
  • Not unlike the Sox. They, too, are going to other way.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • And…I didn’t get out the door in time to miss that.
    The Red Sox can get their golf clubs cleaned – they’ll have a beautiful October to work on their games. Horrid.

    SF August 6, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • Note my previously posted Homer Simpson quote.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 6, 2006, 4:56 pm
  • You were right SF….wrong inning. 2nd Batter.

    Rob August 6, 2006, 4:58 pm
  • COUNT TEH RINGZ BITCHES!!!!!

    Joe August 6, 2006, 5:05 pm
  • And Joe reaches for the stars with his incredible, timely insight. Live in the past all you want, Joe. This fan is more interested in Tuesday when NY plays Chicago.

    attackgerbil August 6, 2006, 5:18 pm
  • Yeah, that was bad. I immediately turned off the TV and went out to go by some books, so that the live-in SO would not have to deal with me as I am after such games. Personally, I think she’s a saint for dealing with the ups and downs of a baseball fan’s season.
    All downs recently, it seems. Just have to hope that 5-game winning streak starts Tuesday. Somehow. But this team seems to be reeling (he said, only 2 GB).

    Devine August 6, 2006, 10:51 pm

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