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03 May 2006 @ 10:14 am
GOTG: Mother Nature

Mother Nature contributes to a 1-game series sweep of the hated New York Yankees. The makeup game will be Friday, August 18 as part of a day/night doubleheader.

The Toronto Blue Jays make their way to the Fens tonight for another 2-game series. Josh Beckett takes the hill against Toronto's ace, Roy "Doc" Halladay.
 
 
Current Location: Fenway Park
Current Mood: crappycrappy
Current Music: Blame It on the Rain
 
 
gamegoat
02 May 2006 @ 09:35 am
GOTG: Wily Mo Pena

The first meeting of the Sox and Yanks this season has come and gone. Johnny returned to boos and dollar bills thrown into CF. Tim Wakefield's regular catcher for the past four seasons, Doug Mirabelli, also came back to Fenway to rejoin the Sox after his one-month vacation in San Diego.

Welcome back, Dougie!

Even though his bat was quiet tonight and he went 0-4 (normally earning GOTG dishonors), the fact that Mirabelli arrived at Logan at 6:48 and caught the first pitch of the game less than one half hour later gives him a one-game reprieve. All bets are off next time!

Instead, GOTG goes to Wily Mo Pena...again. Pena hit 1-4, but failed to connect with runners in scoring position, leaving the bases loaded in the first and keeping a total of 6 runners on base throughout the game.

Pena's offensive line:
 
     AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Pena  4 0 1 0   0  0  6   .275  


            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R H  E 
NY Yankees  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0   3 4  0 
Boston      1  0  0  0  2  0  0  4  X   7 10 0 

DISHONORABLE MENTION:
George Steinbrenner, Yankees owner: From the rich, whiny, cry baby dept: Steiny called a series against the Toronto Blue Jays in April a critical series. Both team's managers were sent to the clubhouse for arguing balls and strikes, and steiney got his knickers in a twist because the umpire was a rookie. Any umpire would have done the same thing...rookie or not. Arguing ball and strike calls is NOT allowed. Read the rule book.


GOAT NOTES:
The Goat sends well wishes to C Josh Bard, Wake's batterymate in April. With 10 PB's contributing to unearned runs, Bard was villified by the Fenway Faithful. Best of luck to ya, kid, in your new home.
 
 
Current Location: Fenway Park
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: Dirty Water
 
 
gamegoat
01 May 2006 @ 06:27 pm
GOTG: Rudy Seanez

Scott Kazmir continues to give the Sox lineup troubles as he led the hapless Tampa Bay Devil Rays to yet another victory over the Sox. The offense couldn't put enough together and he outwitted our boys, striking out a career high 10 batters in 7 frames.

The Sox made a 9th inning rally and pulled within one run of tying the game thanks to homers by Mike Lowell and oft-GOTG, Wily Mo Pena. However, Rudy Seanez gave up the game winner and in his 1 IP, contributed the most to this tough Sox loss.

It's been a tough road trip, and it's time to head home. Friendly Fenway awaits our boys, as does a reunion with former Sox-turned-Yankee, Johnny Damon.

Seanez' pitching line:
 
        IP  H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Seanez  1.0 1 2 2  1  3  1  8.68 
  
   
           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R H E
Boston     0  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  2    4 7 1 
Tampa Bay  0  2  0  1  0  0  2  0  X    5 7 2 
 
 
Current Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: Can't fight this feelin'
 
 
gamegoat
01 May 2006 @ 06:14 pm
GOTG: Lenny DiNardo

And the Lenny DiNardo experiment continues...

David Wells may be a self-professed asshole, a Yankee lover, and Beantown Basher, but the man can pitch. Any game. Anywhere. Give him the ball and he'll do everything in his power to win.

Lenny, not so much. In 5 IP, he gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits, 2 of those hits being roundtrippers, giving him the ballooned ERA of 7.36. Not the stuff of a starter, #5 or otherwise. The plus side? He walked only 2 batters. Too bad his pin point control isn't giving him K's.

DiNardo's pitching line:
  
         IP  H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
DiNardo  5.0 6 4 4  2  2  2  7.36 
 

           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R H  E
Boston     0  0  0  0  0  4  1  0  4    9 10 0 
Tampa Bay  1  1  2  0  0  1  0  1  0    6 8  0 

Goat Notes:
Jonathan Papelbon set a new MLB record for saves in April for pitchers who didn't have a recorded save in their MLB career.
 
 
Current Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Dirty Water
 
 
gamegoat
28 April 2006 @ 10:46 pm
GOTG: Wily Mo Pena

Where to begin?

There were many potential goats tonight. Mike Lowell's error and GIDP certainly didn't help his cause, though going 2-5 at the plate did. The overall batting average of the offense seems to be in free fall over the past 3 games. Our 3 and 4 hitters were both HBP and we couldn't capitalize. The offense left a total of 35 runners on base...35! And when your starting pitcher gives up 4 earned runs on 5 hits and walks 6 batters in 6 IP (that averages to one walk per inning, folks!), you know it's going to be a rough night.

But above all, the Wily Mo Pena Goat Parade seems to have come walking through the Trop. Pena went 0-4, struck out once, and left a total of 7 runners on base...5 of those runners were left stranded with 2 outs. While the Goat is all for giving this kid playing time and getting him at bats, does anyone else think the Pena experiment might be better played out in Pawtucket?

C'mon, Papa Jack! Light fires under these batters asses and end this team slump!

Speaking of experiments, Lenny DiNardo takes on Doug Waechter tomorrow.

Pena's offensive line:
 
      AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG   
Pena  4  0 0 0   0  1  7   .256  
  
   
           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R H E
Boston     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    2 7 1 
Tampa Bay  2  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  X    5 6 0 

Goat Notes:
Good on Mike Timlin and Jonathan Papelbon for throwing 2 scoreless innings!
 
 
Current Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Help!
 
 
 
gamegoat
28 April 2006 @ 08:38 am
Delmon Young, brother of Tiger's slugger Dmitri Young and the top prospect in the Tampa Bay Devil Ray organization, was suspended by Minor League Baseball's International League president Randy Mobley after throwing his bat at an umpire after a disputed strike call. In Wednesday night's game against Pawtucket, Young was called out on a third strike, looking, when he stood in the box for almost 13 seconds after the call. His failure to go back to the dugout after the call earned him a prompt ejection by the home plate umpire.

View the video yourself.

Think the punisment is too harsh? This isn't Young's first offense. From MLB's article on the incident:

Wednesday night's incident was not Young's first with an umpire. In May, he was suspended three games for bumping an umpire while playing for Montgomery of the Double-A Southern League, and he nearly was ejected earlier this season after flinging a bat in the air and having it land about 20 feet from a pitcher who had just hit him with a pitch.

This behavior has no place in this game.

Kudos to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, parent club of Young's Durham Bulls, for stepping up to the plate and supporting the indefinite suspension.
 
 
Current Mood: enragedenraged
 
 
gamegoat
28 April 2006 @ 08:21 am
GOTG: Josh Beckett

Nobody saw this coming. Nobody.

The line score says it all. But, Beckett will rebound. What more can be said?

Beckett's pitching line:
 
         IP  H  R ER BB SO HR ERA
Beckett  3.2 6  9 8  5  6  3  4.50   


           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R  H  E 
Boston     0  0  0  1  1  0  1  0  0   3  8  2 
Cleveland  4  1  1  3  0  2  4  0  X   15 11 0 

DISHONORABLE MENTION:
Alex Cora, SS, had both errors for the Sox.
 
 
Current Location: Cleveland, OH
Current Mood: shockedshocked
Current Music: Tubthumper (I get knocked down)
 
 
gamegoat
27 April 2006 @ 03:56 pm
GOTG: Tim Wakefield

Tim Wakefield certainly has been on the wrong end of a few tough luck losses, but he had noone to blame but himself for last night's pathetic showing at The Jake.

Boston's offense came up short again, getting only 5 hits with the sole run coming off of...get this...Wily Mo Pena's bat. When the kid connects, he can hit, but he's gotta connect some more. Working with hitting coach Ron Jackson is only going to help this kid improve. He already has a big work ethic and is doing what he can to contribute. Watch for Pena getting playing more CF.

Wakefield's pitching line:
 
           IP  H  R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wakefield  5.2 5  5 3  4  3  1  3.90   


           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R H E 
Boston     0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   1 5 0 
Cleveland  3  0  0  1  0  1  0  2  X   7 9 0 


DISHONORABLE MENTION:
Josh Bard, C, had an additional 4 passed balls last night, resulting in 2 unearned runs. This kid has to relax and stop trying so damned hard. Bard has 10 PB's on the season.
 
 
Current Location: Cleveland, OH
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
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gamegoat
26 April 2006 @ 09:37 am
GOTG: Trot Nixon

The Game Goat's favorite outfielder isn't immune to GOTG dishonors. The Goat doesn't play favorites...The Goat tells it like it is.

Dirt Dog and longtime Sox RF Trot Nixon had a couple of good defensive catches to save runs and extra base hits in last night's contest at The Jake, but his bat was as silent as a mime. Trot went 0-5 and left 6 runners on base. Nixon was also the only Sox player to GIDP.

Apparently, Boston's baserunning skills need some work. In a strange play in the top of the 3rd inning, Manny Ramirez got caught in a run down. All-Star catcher Jason Varitek was thrown out trying to steal 2nd while Manny was dancing on the base line. Cleveland recovered from the throw to 2nd in time to get Ramirez at 3rd, ending a Sox rally. The Tribe continued that momentum into the bottom half of the frame and scored 2 runs.

Ramirez later belted a 2 out, 3 run homer in the top of the 8th to put the Sox ahead for good. Redemption, and a sure sign that Manny continues to fight his way out of his early season slump.

Nixon's offensive line:
 
       AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Nixon  5  0 0 0   0  0  6   .333   


           1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R H  E 
Boston     0  2  0  0  0  1  2  3  0   8 12 0 
Cleveland  0  2  2  0  0  0  1  1  0   6 11 0 

DISHONORABLE MENTION:
Terry Francona, MGR, for bringing Schilling ouut in the 7th after already throwing 111 pitches. It's April...not September. Yes, Schilling could have won the game, but Cleveland was hitting him hard. Get your head out of the record book and into the game.

And Tito, the number one commandment about using the Sox bullpen...Thou Shalt Not bring Mike Timlin in with a runner on base. Just because the runner didn't score doesn't mean the Goat ain't watchin' ya.


GOAT NOTES:
Wild Thing Jonathan Papelbon notched his 9th save and 11th consecutive scoreless inning.
 
 
Current Location: Cleveland, OH
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: Dirty Water
 
 
gamegoat
25 April 2006 @ 12:56 pm
GOTG: Willie Harris

And the bleeding stops!

The Red Sox avoid the sweep in the final game at SkyCentreRogersDome with a nailbiting win over the Blue Jays. The pitching staff looked solid in this matchup, with the exception of Matt Clement's 3rd inning. A couple bad pitches later, Toronto had scored all the runs they were going to.

On the Sox offensive side, Willie Harris was hitless and reached base only once on a walk. He also left 5 men on base, and had no RBI's. Harris' average dropped to an even .100 on the young season, but he should have plenty of time to turn it around.

The Sox have Monday off, and will head into Jacobs Field in Cleveland, where the Tribe will face our Big Three...Shilling, Wakefield, and Beckett.

Harris' offensive line:
 
        AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Harris  3  1 0 0   1  0  5   .100  


         1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R H  E 
Boston   3  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  1   6 12 1 
Toronto  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0   3 10 0 

 
 
Current Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Dirty Water