Tuesday, May 30

Trouble on the mound

The boys had a nice weekend 4 game sweep of the D-Rays. Once again I didn't get to watch any of the games except for a crappy wireless connection wathing the gamecast. It was the D-Rays though. Schilling got his 200th win out of the deal which was nice. There was alot of leaving people on base during the whole thing though. We seem to have a little problem with that. Coco even made it back to play on Sunday. Willy Mo is on the DL for a while and it looks like Wells will return to that as well. He game back Friday after being on the DL for quite a while only to get beaned in the knee. He pitched a very solid game up to getting pegged. Bummer.
What seemed like a plethora of starting pitchers has now turned into a real problem. Wells is probably going to miss a few more starts. That leaves us searching for that 5th starter again. Lenny D is also hanging out on the DL. At the moment there is not starting pitcher for tomorrow nights game. Clement also took a ball in the ankle last week. He pitched again last night and got roughed up again. That makes two outing in a row that he has looked less then great. In fact he looked pretty crappy and looked like he has no confidence. It also looks like he might be heading to the DL as well. Oyy Vey. Even though Clement left us big time in the hole we were able to come back and almost get the win. Final score was 7-6.
Tonight was another hit for the pitching morale. Beckett got roughed up giving up a pile (5?) of homeruns. He didn't make it out of the 5th. We could still come back and win but at the moment we are down 7-2 with the game in the hands of the bullpen.
Ohh and Timlin is also on the DL, putting more weight on the shoulders of Dirty Sanchez.
So that leaves Schilling pitching pretty well and Wake pitching some good games and some bad games.
We got to plug the pitching problems. There was also a good story in the BG about how a large portion of our wins are against the D-Rays and the O's but not a lot of wins against big time teams.
Come on boys.

Thursday, May 25

Grrr Squared

Well I didn't get my wish. We ended up losing the game last night. And we lost the game because of missed opportunities...again. All time Mr Clutch was up in the eighth with the bases loaded and he struck out, struck out looking. I think that they had a chance to tie things up in the seventh as well but weren't able to seal the deal. If these two loses against the Yankee JV game come back to haunt us that would be bad. With the sweep we would have been up in the season series 6-1, instead it's 4-3. Schilling and Beckett are both doing well on a pretty consistent basis on the pitching front. Clement, Wake, and DiNardo/Wells aren't doing so hot. Wells returns to action tomorrow night.
It's got to be frustrating for the players to know they really should have won those games and didn't. It's a long season though so I'm sure they don't dwell on things for too long.
Looks like Cucko for Coco Puffs wil be back next week. Hopefully he'll get red hot in the process.
I am still working late so it's been far to long since I have watched a good baseball game. Maybe next week, oh wait, I'll be working late then too.
My stupid TIVO didn't record Lost last night. Very sad.
Up 2-0 on the Rays. 2 runs on 7 hits. Beckett looks good through 3.

Wednesday, May 24


It bums me out when the Sox waste good oppurtunites. It just bums me out. Last year we ended up tied with the stupid Yankess and we lost the tie breaker by one game. So when we waste these chances I get bummed out.
Final score last night was 7-5. We left 13 people on base. That's no good. Of course I didn't get to see any of it because I was sitting in silly theater with a bad wireless connection. Damn theater. Every time I looked it seemed like we had someone in a postion to score, often someone in a postion to score with no outs. No one could come through with a clutch hit. Bummer.
Tonight we took a nice 2-0 lead in the first only to have Clement give up 4 in the second. Youk came back in the 2nd with another homer to tie the game up. I sure would like to win this game tonight. Randy J is sucking it up big time so it would be nice to take advantage of that.
More to come

Tuesday, May 23

More Winning

Winning is so much fun.
Saturday we had our way with the Phillies once again. The coolest thing about it all is that Mr Beckett pitched a hell of a game AND hit a homerun. I love it when pitchers hit a homer, it's just so out of place. That's got to make the other pitcher feel really odd. The offense is getting spread all around these days. Beckett with him homer and another RBI, Trot had a key RBI, and Gonzalez hit a two run shot.
Sunday was Lenny D pitching, I had my money on a loss and I was right. He is not so good. He didn't make it through 4 innings. Abe "I look very goofy" Alvarez, Dirty Sanchez, and Tavarez didn't really help. I continue to ask, what is the point of Dirty Sanchez and Tavarez?
Last night we played to Yankess, or at least the team calming to be the Yankees. I had a late meeting so I was listening to the game on the way home (god I love XM). They kept saying people's names that came up to bat and I was like who???? I ain't complaining about that though. They are a very injury riddled team at the moment. We really have to take advantage of that and build up as many games of seperation as we can. You know it won't be long until they go out and bring in someone else for a nice pile of money. So last night we kicked to crap out of the Spankee's. Hooray for us. The final score made the game look a lot closer then it really was. Papi and Manny both had 3 RBI's to aid in the scoring affair. The hitting was spread all around, lot's of people got key hits. Schilling had a very nice evening. I like him much better this year. Foulke came in and tried to give the Yankess the game like the Mets did last Saturday. It was 9-1 in the ninth until Foulke gave up 4 runs just like that. He was able to get out of it eventually.
Tonight Wake takes the mound as we look to build on our 2.5 game lead. The only time that lead will ever be big enough is when we are up by 15 games with 16 to go.
I laugh at the Yanks and there current problems. Ha Ha.
Well except for Hedeki. I feel bad for him. He actually wrote a letter apologizing for getting hurt.
Speaking of getting hurt how about that whole Barbero deal? I think it's pretty cool how he seems to be doing a couple days after he almost got sent to horse heaven.
Hooray for him.
I really don't get to watch any of this Yankee beating, I mean series because of work. Silly Theater.

Saturday, May 20

I'm a slacker.

I've said it before and I'll say it again-winning is much more fun then losing

Sorry about the little break in the action. It's been a tough week at work.
So after we beat the crap out of the yankees we lost to them once and beat them once. I don't remember much more then that.
Randy Johnson is pretty much awful. The Yanks are having a tough go of things at the moment. The injury bug has bitten them badly. Matsui is out for a long time, Roids poster boy Shefield is on the DL, half there pitchers are hurt, Posada is hurt and so is Matsui's back up..bubba. Ohh well. I'm really sad for them.
After the Yanks we were supposed to play the Rangers. God apparently had other ideas. Out of the three games one kinda got played. That one was in the rain and only last 6 innings. We lost though. The other two were cancelled because New England turned into a lake.
Then it was off to Baltimore for a three game stint. I went to the game on Monday night. I have not been to ton's of baseball stadiums around the country but I have to say that Camden Yards really is a great place to watch a game. This is especially true when you get seats on the club level. There is great food everywhere, the seats are great, and if you are really feeling lazy you can even get waitress service. Even though I was in Baltimore I was surrounded by Sox fans and a huge group of Japanesee tourists. Beckett pitched a gem. He gave up 2 hits in seven innings and at one point retired like 13 in a row. The offense was kicking and we won 11-1 or something like that. Willy Mo went yard. Hooray for offense.
We won on Tuesday night although I slept through half the game. I sure am tired lately. We finally lost to the O's on Wednesday night. It was there first time beating us in 14 games or so. Ohh well.
Now we are doing that whole inter-league thing with a visit to Philly. We won last night 5-3 on a homer fest. Loretta hit a 2 run shot, Tek had a solo shot, and Papi had a 2 run shot to give us the win. Clement pitched solid which was nice to see. Foulke, Timlin, and Paperboy did the job for the pen.
Things are definitely looking up for the Sox. We are leading the Yanks by a game and a half. Our defense is the best in the majors which is really great. Loretta and Lowell were great pickups. Other then Dirty Sanchez and Willy "I like to hit people with baseballs" Tavarez our pitching staff is doing great. Willy Mo is coming around and I hear the equipment manger is doing hs best work ever. Let's hope we can keep it up!
The Yanks lost to the Mets last night in the bottom of the ninth and are losing right now. Mariano ain't doing much for em this year. Excuse me while I go cry big tears.

Monday, May 15

1 Ticket for Tonight

I have one ticket for tonights game with the O's.
E-mail me and maybe you can hanve it.

Wednesday, May 10

A lovely stomping in the Bronx

Last night the Red Sox looked un-beatable and the Spankees looked like a last place team. It was a lot of fun.
The Big Unit didn't even last four inning and gave up 6ish runs. Can you tell that I am not as good at the details as some other folks are? I could go back and find all the right info on some web page somewhere but really I just like to give a vague summary. Anyway. Unit got rocked as did the rest of the pitching staff. Beckett started off slow but finished hot. He retired 11 in a row at one point. We got a lot of offense from all kinds of people. Gonzalez hit a 3 run shot that was a rocket. Loretta broke the game open. He was at 3-0 against the unit with Papi on deck. Everyone thought he would be watching the pitch go by for the chance to get Papi up. Instead of that he swung away and ripped a shot by fag rod that scored 2. Manny hit a monster shot in the 6 or the 7th and we added on some more runs in the 8th to really seal the deal. The Spankees had 3 errors on the night, they had the same number of runs. Fag-Rod had 2 and some new guy in right totally dropped a ball with two outs that led to 2 runs. Ha Ha Ha. Brokeback Jeter was striking out all over the place. Final score was 14-3, it was very nice.
I think it is so funny to watch Yankee stadium empty if the Spankees are losing. In the 6th it looked like half the fans had left. By the 7th that was up to 3/4 and I think the 8th and 9th were just the Red Sox fans. That is kinda of sad. I don't think you would ever see that at Fenway. Tells you how fair weather a lot of their fans are.
Tonight is Schilling vs Mussina. Something tells me we won't see as many runs as we did last night.
Next time I'll look back at my trip to Yankee Stadium last night which was truly awful.

Monday, May 8

Hooray for the Sweep!

Well after that Yankee fest I have been slacking a bit in blog land. Life has been crazy, but hey, what's new.
The 2nd game of the series with the Yankees got called because of rain. So now they will play a day night double header sometime in August.
the Jays came to town and we spilt a two game set with them. The first game was a big back and forth battle that ended in Paperboy giving up his first run of the season and getting his first loss of the season. Ohh well. We took game 2 off a solid performance by Clement.
Then the O's came to town for the weekend. Millar got a nice hand which is really great. Friday night was more good work from Schill and Papi sealed the deal with a bases loaded double. Hooray for winning. Saturday Wakefield finally got some help from the offense. 5 runs in the second inning pretty much sealed the deal and Wake finally got a win. Sunday was another route fest that began with Tek hitting a grand slam in the first. Final score was 10-3. The good thing to me about the whole weekend was that we put up 25 runs in three games. I like offense. Willy Mo is getting so good clutch hits as are Loretta and Lowell. Our defense continues to be very solid. Lenny Dinardo got his first win on Sunday. Good for him.
Now it's off to the Bronx for a three game series. The rotation got all turned around. Beckett is pitching tomorrow night, then Schilling and Wake on Thursday.
Another sweep would be just grand.

Monday, May 1

We got the one hit

Well I guess it was two. Loretta put us ahead with a single up the middle and then Papi sealed the deal. He hit a nice three run HR on a night when it didn't look like anyone was going to hit a HR. The wind was wicked and knocking balls down all over the place. Papi got just enough to hit the ball into the glove of Paperboy warming up. Yeah Papi.
wake looked much more comfortable with Mirabelli back. Timlin and Paperboy did another stellar job of finishing things off.
We got the one hit we needed to get a big one on May 1.
Yeah for winning.

3-3 Middle of the 8th

Once again we are stranding people on base left and right but as the ESPN guys keep saying as the guys on XM were saying today, were only one hit away. We left the bases loaded in the bottom of th 7th. We'll get there.
Our defense is top notch though. Loretta just made a great stop to get Giambi at first and then Youk got Brokeback Jeter at 2nd after he took too big a turn. There have been quite a few good defensive plays by the boys tonight.
Mirabelli is looking just grand catching. Nice work.

Traitor Johnny comes to town

Well the second coming of Johnny is here. The traitor has returned.
He actually got a pretty cordial welcome from the fans at Fenway. He tipped his hat to the fans and then popped out to right. Good god does he look like a idiot with his new spikey haircut. What a wacko. When he got to the outfield there was lot's of heckling and the crowd chanted Traitor. I liked that.
It's cold in Boston tonight, I like that as well.
In really good news we have re-acquired Doug Mirabelli from San Diego. THANK GOD. He arrived at the ball park at like 7:00, got dressed in the car, and came out to the dugout at about 7:05. He waved to his buddies then went to warm up with Wake. Now that's cool. He was smiling like a drunk in a liquor store. He was very happy. Good for him. The funniest thing about it is the Yanks knew we were going after him so they put in an offer as well just to try and keep him away from us. Silly gooses.
We left the bases loaded..again..in the first. We did manage to get one run and we lead 1-0 after 1 1/2. We didn't give up a bunch of runs in the first which is better then we have been doing lately.
I miss Boston.

Stung by the Rays

So that was not a good weekend in the Trop. What a bizarre stadium by the way. Why do you have a dome in Florida?
We dropped 2 out of 3 to the Rays and dropped 7 out of 10 on the road trip all together.
Friday night tasted like vomit. We sucked. Clement looked very average. Of course there is the fact that the last time he played in the Trop he got beaned in the head. That could have something to do with it. Or maybe it was the fact that we left 14 people on base including twice with the bases loaded. Bleck. Let's move on.
Saturday we got the win with a nice come back in the ninth. I had turned the game off to watch a movie since the beginning of the game we looked just as crappy as we did Friday night. I guess that was good. I guess I should watch more movies when the Sox are playing crappy. When I turned the game back on we were winning. Good deal. We were helped a lot by there not so good bullpen. We actually tied the game on a walk. Tek got the winning run in for us. Winning is so much more fun then losing. But you can't have it all right?
Sunday afternoon was more dreck baseball for the Sox. Kazmir looked like a three time Cy young winner as he struck out Red Sox after Red Sox. I think he ended up with ten overall. Good for him. Schilling had a pretty going outing that went for nothing. He struck out nine on his own. Once again he got no help from the offense.
Then Tito pulled another head scratcher. In the 7th he replaced Schill with my favorite pitcher. That's right, he gave the Rays the old Dirty Sanchez. I was in my car listening to the XM at that point and I just started screaming. WHY TITO! WHY! With the windows down I got some funny looks. As predicted Seanez pitched like garbage and, you many want to sit down for this, he gave up some runs. He did strike out three but what counted was the one guy he walked and the other who hit the home run. He should be shipped to Single -AAA. He sucks. He's awful. He brings nothing good to the table. Grrrr.
We did manage to make it really close in the ninth and we really should have pulled ahead. We had the bases loaded with two outs. Ohh well.
Next post-The Yankees come to town.