June 9, 2007

G61: Red Sox 4, Diamondbacks 3 (10)

Julian Tavarez (5.33, 84 ERA+) / Micah Owings (3.86, 114 ERA+)

Mike Lowell will get the night off as Kevin Youkilis plays third.

MLB.com:
Micah Owings ... has not pitched since May 29. The last time Owings had 11 days between starts he struggled through his worst outing of the year, giving up seven runs in 2.2 innings May 19 at Pittsburgh.
After that, however, Owings pitched a complete game victory (9-9-1-1-8) against Houston on May 24 and went five innings (5-7-1-2-3) against the Phillies on May 29.

67 comments:

Danie said...

Hmm... so it seems as though we want him this start, not his next start...

redsock said...

Fat Billy labored (6-5-3-2-7, 108), but got the win as the MFY topped the Pirates 9-3.

MLB says the Yankees "look like themselves".

CaKeY said...

Whats the latest on Manny? He playing tonite?

redsock said...

Dunno.

From today's Globe:

Francona had planned to give Manny Ramirez a day off in Oakland Thursday, but he played, and was expected to play all three games here. ...

Ramirez was hit in the left hand by a pitch from Edgar Gonzalez in the sixth inning, but remained in the game. He was lifted an inning later, after the game had become a blowout. "It's sore," Francona said.

redsock said...

No Manny tonight.

SS Julio Lugo
CF Coco Crisp
1B David Ortiz
3B Kevin Youkilis
RF J.D. Drew
C Jason Varitek
LF Eric Hinske
2B Alex Cora
P Julian Tavarez

LF Eric Byrnes
CF Chris Young
2B Orlando Hudson
1B Tony Clark
3B Mark Reynolds
SS Stephen Drew
RF Carlos Quentin
C Miguel Montero
P Micah Owings

Globe: "Terry Francona said it was not due to Ramirez being hit in the left hand/wrist last night, but Ramirez' unfamiliarity with pitcher Micah Owings and just a good time for a day off. David Ortiz will sit tomorrow against Randy Johnson."

redsock said...

WTF -- AZ idiots AGAIN????

I turn it on and within 10 seconds, I hear that Boston "is not quite fending off the New York Yankees like they thought".

NY is in 3rd place, 10 GB.

redsock said...

This appears to be something called "D-Backs TV", not the FSN guys from last night.

Whatever. It's moot -- and mute.

redsock said...

Uh-oh, Orioles lost. MFY move up to second place.

Fend, Sox, fend!!!

redsock said...

Lips at the plate -- looking like someone doing a Rod Carew impression playing whiffleball.

Zenslinger said...

Hoooooly Shit, Julian!

Did you see the second baseman laughing as he grabs the ball?

redsock said...

Holy Shit!!

With a 1-2 count, Lips tried sort of a drag bunt, but he popped it up towards the 2B -- who came in gloved it on a short hop and had no play. He tried to get Hinske rounding third, but no.

!!!

redsock said...

No. Couldn't see it on my little MLBTV.

(Holy shit appears to be the correct reaction!)

Zenslinger said...

And it goes to waste.

Well, I'm not sure it matters. If Julian can hang in there on the pitching end of things, I think Owings is gonna be toast, decent ERA notwithstanding.

Zenslinger said...

Are the homer announcers always this annoying? Man, they sound like a couple of dopes.

redsock said...

I turned on the sound for a second to see if I could find out what's going on with Lugo and the catcher and got to hear them on the RBI double. I took my earphones out just as they were saying something like "Come on home!" to the scoring runner.

redsock said...

AZ just had a commercial on screen that gave the win probability of the game tonight.

Arizona 69%
Boston 31%

Can that be possible? A 1-0 lead after two innings gives you a 70% of winning? Even factoring in the plus of the Sox lineup and minus of Lips's arm?

I'm skeptical.

redsock said...

Boston had batted in the 3rd, so 2.5 innings. Still ... I could see 55%, maybe 60%, but not 70%.

9casey said...

Has Sean been DFA also?

About the yankees its amazing how they are such a better team with Damon outta center and Giambi gone.

We are ten games up and all, but when can we really start rippin Lugo, 210, 205, or 200.......

just move him down already , what are they so worried about?

redsock said...

Just checked the live graph at fangraphs. No fucking way the TV is right. Even immediately after the RBI double, AZ's % is well shy of 70%.

Wankers.

Zenslinger said...

The Lugo discussion -- and it was kind of interesting -- speculated that Lugo asked the ump to check the ball after the catcher pounded it on his left shoulder. Ostensibly to tell Owings he was flying open. They thought Lugo was concerned the catcher was "cutting the ball".

redsock said...

Lugo, 210, 205, or 200.......

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. He's hitting .216!

Zenslinger said...

And Julian is on base again!

redsock said...

I love how he never left the batters box for the entire AB. Just stood up of his stance, looke dout at the mound, waited about 3 seconds and then got into position again.

Zenslinger said...

And yet...no runs on the board for us.

redsock said...

Yeah, I ordered that toast awhile ago.

redsock said...

Got to looooooove the Thermos.

Alright. Ortiz, Yook, Drew, et al.: Get SL some runs!

redsock said...

Owings?

Tek says "Pwings."

Zenslinger said...

Ahhhh, yeah, Tek, we needed that!

Zenslinger said...

And...Julian's now had as good a start as Clemens today.

Sarah Gates said...

Good point, Zen - and against a better team. Eat it, Fat Billy.

Zenslinger said...

What is the reason behind the foul-tip strikeout rule that the hitter has to be tagged or thrown out?

redsock said...

TCM: 6-5-3-2-7
SL: 6-6-3-1-5

Sarah Gates said...

The chant war is pretty funny here. Glad the Nation is so well represented.

Sarah Gates said...

Way to go, Cap'n!

Zenslinger said...

Tek ties it up!

redsock said...

TEK gettin' it done!

redsock said...

Way to go, Einstein!

9casey said...

Tito put himself in a hole there, by ph Dped in the 7th

9casey said...

Youk could have played 2nd..........Amazing he didn't ph

9casey said...

And now Pena leads of the inning?

redsock said...

And now Pena leads of the inning?

Yes. Jeemer's in the 7th spot.

9casey said...

only in the nl do you sac bunt your 3 hitter

redsock said...

One more out, Jeemer.

redsock said...

Wily squeezes it! Whew!!!!

Now he needs to hit a tater.

Sarah Gates said...

Come on Coco...

Sarah Gates said...

damn. I hate hoping for extra innings. Especially at 12:40.

redsock said...

That went by fast.

redsock said...

I'm at work, shift ends at 1:00. May have to stay late. Actually, at this point, I hope I do.

MikeT9485 said...

I just want to say, since I'm listening to the D-Backs anouncers, that I really hate the saying "best team in baseball". Honestly, there is no such thing; or, if there is, it's a different team every night. Sure, there's the team with the best record, there's probably the most well rounded team, but I really don't think there's such a thing as A "best team in baseball"

Zenslinger said...

I was muted for a moment and came back to hear one of these guys saying , "...there's a lot of deception in the way he goes about his business. And no emotion whatsoever."

Please tell me he was not talking about Okajima.

MikeT9485 said...

Papi time!

redsock said...

Third extra inning game for the Sox. Let's win one for a change.

redsock said...

I don't know, Zen, but I'll bet $5 they were.

Did they also say "inscrutable"?

Zenslinger said...

Okaji's pretty intense.

Was it during the WBC that Morgan called -- was it Matsuzaka -- "inscrutable"?

redsock said...

yoooooooooooook

drew 7-13 vs cruz.

redsock said...

i don't remember where but someone was talking about the passionate demonstrative Latin players and cool calculating guys from Japan.

i know i wrote about it at the time, it could have been morgan.

redsock said...

It probably was the WBC. I didn't watch much of it, but the final was Japan and Cuba, so, you know .......

DREW!!!

Tek Time!

Joe Grav said...

cmon tek

Joe Grav said...

btw, i thought for sure papi would score... we better not blow this

and yes, it was morgan

Zenslinger said...

Varitek's turn for a 7-RBI night?

redsock said...

WBC. I posted this on March 21, 2006:

Joe Morgan blabbed his usual blather for nine innings, but it was his "descriptions" of the two teams' playing styles that was the high point of the night for me. Morgan said the Cuban players were "fiery" and "emotional" while the Japanese were "calculating" and "scientific".

Thanks for that "insight", Joe. I'm surprised Morgan didn't call Team Japan "inscrutable" -- though maybe he had already used that adjective for China. (The good people at FJM are way ahead of me.)

And I swear I heard Morgan refer to Japan's manager as "Sodomharu Oh".

*********

Zenslinger said...

Kill Morgan.

Nice sac fly!

Zenslinger said...

These announcers cheering on their pitchers is getting kind of sickening.

Sarah Gates said...

Wooohooo! Glad I stayed up for that. About time we win in extra innings.

redsock said...

Snuffed.

Zenslinger said...

Now that's a win!

L-girl said...

I missed this game (grrr) but I'm enjoying skimming the game thread.

Inscrutable indeed. It's nice to know other smart baseball fans.