August 24, 2006

G126: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Ten Red Sox batters into the game and Boston held a 5-1 lead.

In the first, Crisp walked, stole second and scored on Ortiz's 45th home run of the year (the Big Man has 119 RBI). In the second, Lowell singled, Pena homered, Lopez doubled, Cora bunted, and Crisp singled. Could Boston be on its way to winning a laugher?

No.

After Coco's single gave the Sox a four-run lead, Angels pitchers faced the minimum 23 batters over the last 7.2 innings. Only one Red Sox batter reached first base -- Hinske singled to start the sixth and was quickly erased on a double play. Boston ended the game with 1 LOB.

Lester started (5-6-3-4-2, 96) and was relieved by Tavarez (allowed 4th Angels run in 6th), Timlin (escaped bases-loaded-one-out jam in 7th), Foulke (2 outs, 1 single in 8th), and Papelbon (retired all four batters he faced).

AL: Yankees beat Seattle 9-2, White Sox topped Detroit 7-5, and the Twins beat Baltimore 4-1 -- so the Red Sox remain 6.5 behind in the East and 4 back in the WC.

Linescore of the night:
Cleveland     1 02 312 004 2 - 15 16 1
Kansas City 10 00 003 000 0 - 13 19 0
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Umm, what do they call it when the game ends and the Red Sox have the most runs???

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Jon Lester (4.72) / Kelvim Escobar (3.77), 10 PM
Crisp, CF        Figgins, CF
Pedroia, 2B Izturis, 3B
Ortiz, DH Cabrera, SS
Ramirez, LF Guerrero, RF
Youkilis, 1B Rivera, LF
Lowell, 3B Quinlan, 1B
Pena, RF Salmon, DH
Lopez, C Kendrick, 2B
Cora, SS Molina, C

12 comments:

Mulceber said...

I think the word would be "victory" although I'm not sure...it's been a long time.

Jere said...

I'm going to bed happy for a change. Good night.

brian said...

I know they allowed 7 runners, but the bullpen did it's job.....they held the lead. I'm pumped that Foulke is healthy and throwing well. This should take some of the burden off Timlin and Delcarmen. Timlin now becomes the 7th inning guy and Delcarmen can be used there as well along with tight spots in say the 5th or 6th. The way it has been going down in the pen, we need someone to step up and claim another inning so we have the depth necessary to start stringing together wins.

Oh yeah, Manny going for an MRI. How's McAdam going to spin this? If ManRam misses a handful of games we are done. Hopefully Papi brought the 1Bman's glove. Move Youk to 3rd. (Lowell could use the time off)

L-girl said...

Break up the Sox, they win a game.

Gutch220 said...

If Manny goes on the DL, Ortiz will be treated like Barry Bonds.

Jere said...

" I know they allowed 7 runners, but the bullpen did it's job"

You know, technically, as long as I get to work around 9 and stay for 8 hours, I'm "doing my job." But if I just sit here on the internet all day instead of working...well, okay, bad example...

Woti-woti said...

The Angels' broadcasters were in shock and awe around the 7th last night when they realized that the Halos' hitters had stranded 10. I remember thinking--'Christ, what's the big deal, you guys should watch more Red Sox games.' It's about time the Sox had a reversal of fortune.
As an aside, I was intrigued to hear one of them (I think his name is Jose Mota) casually mention that he was talking to Manny about his hitting approach before the game. Anyone think Manny chooses which mediot he will talk to with the same selectivity he takes to the plate? Especially in light of Maz's lament in this morning's Herald.

Peter N said...

Who ever said this is supposed to be easy. It's the end result that is the ultimate happiness. Of being an always and forever Sox fan. Worth it? Hell yeah!

redsock said...

We are not like some MFY fans that feel if there is no championship in clear sight, then why follow the team?

That's not being a fan.

I think the intensity of the rivalry in thelast four years, the playoffs of 03-04-05 and the amazing 04 season has caused us to get a little bit away from that.

Woti-woti said...

redsock: I still pinch myself that I can actually see all the games on TV thanks to Canadian cable monopolies finally picking up something worthwhile. For too many years I've had to follow the Sox via shitty Canadian newspaper reports, even shittier foreign coverage while living in places like England, Singapore, Hongkong etc. Getting thousands of opinions on the 'net is great, but you can't beat watching the real thing. Boston fans who've had TV (and live) access their whole lives don't appreciate how lucky they are. I still don't want to miss an inning.

L-girl said...

I think the intensity of the rivalry in thelast four years, the playoffs of 03-04-05 and the amazing 04 season has caused us to get a little bit away from that.

Winning is addictive. You get a taste and you want more. Like all addictions, it starts out as fun but is not healthy, and it messes you up in myriad ways. Like all addictions, winning becomes so important that there is nothing else.

But everyone wants to win. It's an unsolveable paradox.

Someone here recently mentioned (referring to a column by Bob Ryan, I believe) that in the days when the Sox usually lost and winning was a treat, fans were perhaps happier, and it was a more realistic attitude for baseball.

L-girl said...

Boston fans who've had TV (and live) access their whole lives don't appreciate how lucky they are.

This is what I say when a certain blogger complains about getting a non-NESN broadcast. It's so cool to be able to see every game. It's really something to appreciate.