Wednesday Night Baseball

Mike Lowell left the game and was replaced by the mighty Casey, who promptly bashed a single up the middle. Lowell has a sprained left thumb, suffered on a diving stop of Pudge Rodriguez. X-Rays negative. He’s day to day.

Timlin wrapped up his rehab assignment at Pawtucket tonight. He fired a scoreless sixth inning, reeling off 10 pitches, seven of which were for strikes.

Lester was rolling tonight. Now the Tigers are rolling over him. Because I wasn’t in Toronto, tomorrow will mark the first Red Sox game I’ve seen this season started by someone other than Dice-K or Lester.

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It looks like Lowell jammed his wrist ( glove hand ) when diving for Rodriguez’s ball to open up the game. That play was a great stop by Lowell and a nice play by Youkilis as well. Not many if any infields are better defensively than the Red Sox.

Tigers are feeling a little heat with this terrible start. Polanco’s error ( should have been a double play to end the inning ) led to 2 runs. Bonderman had to throw about 15 extra pitches because of the error. Lester sure looks sharp tonight. Throwing strikes early in the count.

Lester just cost the Sox the game. I knew it when he had a hard time finding the strike zone. Out of frustration he’d send one down the middle and he did just that.
David Ortiz is just unable to hit the ball. I feel bad for him. The bright spots are Casey continuing to hit and Varitek is getting out of his slump, otherwise the Sox look just disheartened and discouraged and I can understand.
1) Colon is hurt.
2) Lowell is now hurt
3) Schilling is hurt
4) Beckett is far from up to full strength
5) The bullpen is not holding anything together.

Corey is just struggling and I feel bad for him. This is his last chance and he is asking everyone to replace him when Timlin comes back. Sox need to win some games beyond here or there.

This is just stupid. The this team was swept by the Royals and White Sox. God

Hey man, the Tigers were bound to win a game SOMETIME. Did you except them to go 0-162 this season? Still though not a good game at all. Lester kills the team with his lack of control and the bullpen is slowly developing into a major problem. I just think the Tigers were due tonight. Hopefully Wake can spin a gem tomorrow and they can take the rubber game.

Lester forgot how to pitch in the 4th inning and it cost him. Lester in that inning looked like the Lester we have seen since he joined the Red Sox. The first 3 innings he looked good. Throwing strikes early in the count and jumping ahead of the hitters. You start falling behind hitters in the big leagues, you are asking for trouble. The 4th inning could have been a little worse. The first out in the inning, Ordonez was safe at first but the ump called him out. Red Sox bats were silent again. Slow start for these guys at the plate.

Bright spot for the game was the pitching of Aardsma. When Timlin comes off the D.L.—Brian Corey will be gone. Corey had his typical outing, giving up hits and that equals runs.

Bosoxbrian made the comment about Ordonez being safe, and he is right. Last night’s umpireing crew was horrible. Why is it that Remdog and Orsillo don’t coment on any bad calls. Guillen did not pull his foot off the 1st base, Pedrioa was safe, Lugo was safe on his steal attempt, and most glaringly, Youk’s liner down the 3rd base line was fair.
Instead of trying to one up each other, get in the game and call it like it is!!!!

Off topic – but just curious, which user name on the blog corresponds with each team name in the fantasy baseball? Mine is Requiem for a Dream for what its worth.

I’m “Below the Equator”.

jpratt,

I would agree with you about the umps last night. They missed all those calls you mentioned. Not a good night for them. I thought all of those calls were fairly easy to make but for some reason they missed them. Baseball needs umpires that are in shape and ones that will hustle and of course some consistency would be great. Of course there will be calls that are missed and they are only human but at least hustle out there.

Let’s hope Wakefield can get this team back to .500 and the bats wake up. Sounds like a winning combo.

I have to agree about the umpiring. I always thought, as a kid, that baseball umpires were better than NFL ref’s. Now, I think the NFL has the better officiating. Or maybe in my old age my memory is not so good. But I thought that that hit went over the third base bag which would make it a fair ball. Unless I am thinking of a different hit down the 3rd base line. And Lugo looked safe to me, Ordonez was safe, but I thought that Guillen’s foot did come off the bag. Anyway, most of those calls were bad. Not a good night for the Sox. Tonight will be better.

I have to agree about the umpiring. I always thought, as a kid, that baseball umpires were better than NFL ref’s. Now, I think the NFL has the better officiating. Or maybe in my old age my memory is not so good. But I thought that that hit went over the third base bag which would make it a fair ball. Unless I am thinking of a different hit down the 3rd base line. And Lugo looked safe to me, Ordonez was safe, but I thought that Guillen’s foot did come off the bag. Anyway, most of those calls were bad. Not a good night for the Sox. Tonight will be better.

I think Selig will be working on some form of instant replay. Wasn’t there a yes vote at the Winter Meetings? And I have long been convinced that balls and strikes should be given to Questek (SP?) with the umpire adjusting for a batter’s swing! Did anyone else see the Braves/Mets game on Sunday with the trapped ball fiasco?

I am not a fan of instant replay. Keep that away from baseball. What baseball needs to do is get umpires that hustle. Put them in the correct view and they will have very little problems. The game is long enough, we do not instant replay. Last night’s game lasted around 3.5 hours, way too long. If a game is 3.5 hours long, it should be very exciting, not dull like last night’s game. If there is instant replay in baseball, games will last forever and a day.

Sorry about the double posting. Still getting used to this new format.

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