August 12, 2006

G115: Red Sox 8, Orioles 7 (10)

ALIVE!

Manny Ramirez singled to left in the bottom of the tenth to extend his hitting streak to 27 games and when Baltimore left fielder Brian Fahey overran the ball, Gabe Kapler scored the winning run.

Fahey made a bonehead decision in the top of the ninth when he doubled into the left field corner with one out. He tried for a triple. Ramirez dug the ball out and threw to Alex Gonzalez (who tripled into the same corner last night), who fired a perfect relay to Mike Lowell. And Fahey was dead. Jonathan Papelbon got the third out and then set the Orioles down in order in the 10th.

Baltimore held a 7-3 lead in the sixth, but Boston tied the game on a two-out, two-run triple from Wily Mo Pena (who also doubled and homered), followed by a two-run home run to deep left by Doug Mirabelli.

Are you smarter than Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo? Let's see: Tie game, bottom of the 10th, the toughest part of the Red Sox order coming up. Who do you bring in to pitch?
            ERA  WHIP  SV   OBA  OOB OSLG
Pitcher A 6.80 1.74 0 .337 .387 .593
Pitcher B 3.35 1.03 27 .194 .267 .359
Neither pitcher worked in Friday's game and the team was off on Thursday. ... Tough choice huh?

Perlozzo kept Pitcher B (Chris Ray) in the pen (waiting for a save situation?) and went with Pitcher A (Bruce Chen). Nice move, Sam!

More a little later ...

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Kris Benson (4.71) / Jason Johnson (5.96), 1:20 PM

Benson has a 13.50 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox (Fenway ERA: 18.69 ERA), including allowing a career-worst nine earned runs in 4.1 innings on May 7. He is 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in his last five starts. This will be his first appearance since July 25, after which he went on the DL with tendinitis in his right elbow.

Let's pound him like a drum. Manny Ramirez, with a 26-game hitting streak, is batting .818 (9-for-11) against Benson.

Obligatory Lineup Bitch: Coco again #1. Hey, at least Pena is batting ahead of Mirabelli.

7 comments:

L-girl said...

If we can't have NESN, it's great to have Remy and NO McCarver. That way there's someone around to correct all the ignorant comments about the team, the park, baseball...

Fahey tries to stretch a double into a triple, Manny and A-Gon make a beautiful play - and the dumbo announcer rags on Manny anyway! "He sometimes likes to follow it around out there and see what it eats, but he got to that one nicely..." And not a word about the idiot runner who cost the Orioles a scoring opportunity and possibly the game.

Just another example of biased announcing: even when Manny is right, he's wrong. Can you imagine if that was Manny who was out at 3rd?? We'd never hear the end of it.

Never lived in Utah said...

WMP is totally on fire...

Desert Sox said...

What I-girl said... The fact is Manny can't catch a break, his reputation precedes him, and if he does something that exceeds that rep, well, then it was pure luck... and anyone testing Manny's defense is simply making an aggressive base running play. That Manny plays a more than adequate left field AND makes laser beam throws to home plate (and to the cut off man) on a regular basis is overlooked by people who should know better and this is shown by the sheer number of times guys have been thrown out on plays started by a supposedly inept Manny Ramierez

Desert Sox said...

On the subject of Wily Mo, I just have to say this... I love this guy, I have loved him since I looked at his stats with the Reds when the Sox traded for him ...I drooled...

Loved him when he started slow and clanked that ball off him mitt for a home run (instead of the four base error it should have been)...I did cringe a little...

Loved him when Arroyo had more homers. ...an abberation...

Loved him a little less, but still loved him, when he went on the DL to have his broken slugger bone removed, and Bronson was 9 and 2
...damn and Wily was just starting to hit his stride too, though Bronson's National League numbers were pretty sweet...

Talk about faith rewarded, I am telling you, when Wily Mo Pena, finally does come into his own, I believe the Red Sox will have the most feared trio of hitters of all time in their line-up

Now, that Wily Mo's numbers are begining to be noticed and he is producing Runs, RBI, Massive home runs AND prodigiously long triples to the triangle AND Bronson hasn't won in his last ten starts is 9 and 7 now with a ballooning ERA...
...Well folks I gotta ask, hows that trade looking now?

Always looked great to me...

Desert Sox said...

One other thing...

Dear Terry...

CoCo Crisp may be one of the best lead-off men the Red Sox ever had...

Just not this year...

Kevin Youklis, might be a very servicable hitter anyplace in the line-up that you put him...

just NOT in the 5 hole...

Wily Mo Pena is still a relatively
inexperienced player who might not yet be up to handling the pressure of a move up to a higher slot in the batting order...

Yeah, and monkeys MIGHT fly out of my butt... but not nearly as frequently as baseballs are scorched by WMP

Kevin Youklis is an OBP machine, when he is looking to get on base any way he can, he makes pitchers throw a league leading number of pitches and walks an inordinate number of times

...not from any position in the line-up but the LEAD-OFF spot.

Terry, if you are aware of these things, why does your line-up card look so wrong when you fill it out lately?

especially during the worst slump of the year...

Edward Lee said...

Doesn't bother me that people disrespect Manny's play in the field. Let them continue to bash him and let other teams think they can take extra bases on him.

Woti-woti said...

A good win. Guys not named Manny/David refused to be buried by the hole-digging antics of Johnson/Tavarez. Of course, Manny comes through in the end, but keeps his bashers happy by getting no ribbie on a technicality. 'EEI reporting a day off for Papi today, so Sox need more of the same.