June 25, 2007

G75: Mariners 9, Red Sox 4

A gruesome 11-batter fifth-inning for Tavarez (4.1-6-6-3-3-1, 87) and Kyle Snyder (two bases loaded walks) erased a 2-1 Boston lead and put the Sox in a 6-2 hole.

Mike Timlin allowed three more runs in the eighth (on Seattle's first back-to-back home runs of the season, both hit on the first pitch) and that was that. In the top of the ninth, after Drew walked and Pedroia doubled, Youkilis brought them both in with his own double, making the score look somewhat close.

Toronto won in Minnesota, so they are now 10 GB. Idle New York is 11 GB.

***

Julian Tavarez (4.50, 100 ERA+) / Jeff Weaver (8.56, 49 ERA+)

MLB.com:
Tavarez is coming off his best start of the year, shutting down the Braves in a seven-inning masterpiece. In four June starts, Tavarez is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA, and he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his past nine starts. ...

In his first start of the season, Boston jumped all over Weaver, who allowed seven runs on seven hits in only two innings ... Two months later, Weaver appears to have found his groove, and is coming off his best start of the season, a four-hit complete-game shutout against the Pirates ...
Jason Varitek is 8-for-19 against Weaver with a double and two homers.

73 comments:

redsock said...

1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Julio Lugo, SS

1. Ichiro Suzuki, CF
2. Jose Lopez, 2B
3. Jose Vidro, DH
4. Richie Sexson, 1B
5. Ben Broussard, RF
6. Kenji Johjima, C
7. Adrian Beltre, 3B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
9. Willie Bloomquist, LF

phrenile said...

Good to see Drew back in the lead-off spot and having only one pitcher batting at the bottom of the order. This is probably my favorite lineup of the available options.

redsock said...

A pitcher and a DH!

What a crazy game!!

phrenile said...

Twins just tied it up in Toronto. I guess we're supposed to care about the division's new #2.

phrenile said...

Well that didn't last long. Let them stay in front of the MFYs, I suppose.

phrenile said...

They should replace the All Star game with an All Pitcher game. One at each of the nine positions, plus another DHing. I'd totally watch that.

phrenile said...

And Toronto gives them back on a wild pitch and E2. Tied at 5.

redsock said...

Anyone wondering what became of former MFY 3B Mike Blowers? He's the color guy for the FSN team calling tonight's game on my TV.

WHERE THE F IS NESN??????????

s1c said...

Its too bad that Hinske can't play shortstop since he is 10 for 25 with 5 doubles, a triple and a home run against Weaver.

Oh, yeah since the Sox have lost five straight at Safeco, I couldn't have picked a better pitcher to face tonight.

9casey said...

phrenile said...
They should replace the All Star game with an All Pitcher game. One at each of the nine positions, plus another DHing. I'd totally watch that.

I'd rather watch 4ryolds play teeball.

Thats the one thing I hate about interleague and the national league, the pitcher hitting.

You are asking a person every fifth day to go up to bat against the best pitchers the world has to offer and do one of the hardest things in the world of sports, hit a baseball. Its foolish and uncomfortable to watch.



Although considered a born hitter by many, Williams worked countless hours to improve throughout his career. He often said hitting a baseball was “the hardest thing to do in sports.”

phrenile said...

But if you're going to have an exhibition game, it might as well be a real spectacle. Plus Beckett and Arroyo could hit cleanup.

redsock said...

Weaver Being Weaver! Love it.

Now he has to give up some taters and totally melt down.

redsock said...

Weaver now talking to himself after Flo's hit. That's always a good sign!!!

phrenile said...

"Pitching visit to mound"?

phrenile said...

LOL.

phrenile said...

Youk better not squander such Papi baserunning.

redsock said...

FSN: "dangerous third baseman" Mike Lowell.

redsock said...

LOB-otomy.

phrenile said...

Not dangerous enough tonight.

phrenile said...

Come to think of it, replacing the all star game with four-year-olds playing tee ball would also be a good idea. Give the players some rest, and let WS homefield advantage be decided by true professionals.

phrenile said...

They re-scored Drew's rbi as a single?

phrenile said...

I'm liking the Coco Ichiro Crisp era.

redsock said...

Drew; yeah, single and 2 RBI.

Andy said...

I love the way lugo sucks. Maybe they will pull him when he drops below 100

redsock said...

.192 --- got a ways to go.

...

Lugo: ALCS MVP. ... Write it down.

phrenile said...

Not if we're still ahead by double digits, I bet.

6 LOB after 4 innings of atbats. Le sigh.

redsock said...

Weaver has been getting a TON of strike calls on pitches up and out of the zone. It's getting highly annoying.

phrenile said...

I was going to ask about the strikezone. It looks pretty screwy on gameday. (And it also shrank vertically during Tek's first at bat, down to his waist, for no apparent reason.)

redsock said...

FSN on Broussard: "extended his hitting streak to 3" with his 2nd inning single.

3? WTF??

redsock said...

FSN was showing its pitch "tracer" earlier (poor man's K-Zone, I guess).

Weaver had a 1-2 count on one guy and all pitches were well out of the zone. It happened a few more times. They are not using it as much now.

phrenile said...

Let us now bow our heads and give thanks for cavernous ballparks.

chris said...

Dustin backing up tavarez's wild throw to youk is just one of the many reasons why we should all submit to pedroier's greatness

phrenile said...

Anyone warming up?

redsock said...

snyder up.

redsock said...

synder got up after the BB to ichiro, btw

phrenile said...

So then wtf is Tavarez still in.

redsock said...

yooooooook with the rifle FC to third.

a sexy dp pls.

redsock said...

Old Seattle announcer guy Dave Neihaus must take a nap during the middle innings.

Other guy in this inning, he must have pom-poms in the booth, he could give Rizzuto lessons on being a homer. Mute.

phrenile said...

Is the strikezone as inconsistent as it looks?

redsock said...

stop walking guys, snyder. shit.

redsock said...

3 pitches from the Bonger and we got 2 guys on.

It is on ....

redsock said...

coco hacks, but lugo will come through here. maybe a double.

redsock said...

first pitch up and in to lugo, called a strike, was a ball for snyder at least 4 times last inning.

so yeah, inconsistent

redsock said...

ichiro's fly ball - they just showed about the 10th row in the RF seats.

then quickly panned down to see drew catch it very shy of the track.

redsock said...

if we didn't have a really big divisional lead, i'd really wanna throw things tonight.

this game is pissing me off.

redsock said...

thanks, white flag. thanks a fuck of a lot.

Joe Grav said...

toast

Andy said...

Funny you say that I just sat down after throwing a bottle cap across the room when Manny went down.

redsock said...

B2B.

Timlin: RETIRE NOW.

walk off the mound and go home. seriously. good bye.

Andy said...

Timlin is also still awesome. I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings by optioning him down a few leagues.

tim said...

glad im not watching it!

what an incredibly busy couple weeks its been, have hardly had the chance to tune into any games, i saw the rockies rout beckett but thats about it. havent gone on to mlbtv to check this one out either. saw the score and decided "meh"

ive also been captivated by MLB 2K7 for xbox 360 - great game, only downside is that i have to bring my ipod in from the car so i can listen to music during the games. (they have the miller-morgan dumbassduo doing commentary)

surprisingly (maybe not), they're even stupider in video game form than in real life. (i.e. I pitch a fastball low and away for a ball - joe: "he didn't want it down there, but it went") - i clearly aimed it there and selected FB, goof.

Joe Grav said...

maybe if he gives up 5 HR in one inning he will retire...go m's?

redsock said...

1st back to back HRs for seattle this year.

nice.

Andy said...

Tim looks sad.

redsock said...

still, gotta hand it to tito for good usage.

dp, tiz and manny go 1-2-3 on 8 pitches -- and i feel a loss is on the way for sure.

he brings in timlin. ... why waste a real arm?

redsock said...

seattle fsn is showing sox fans in the stands all gloomy like it's game 7 of the world series.

these sad sack mariner loser fucks.

Andy said...

Thank god we got out of that inning without much damage. Still within reach

Andy said...

see first batter walks always score runs. as long as we have only 1 out by the time Loogey comes up.

redsock said...

i like your optimism.

unless you are being sarcastic -- then i like that.

Andy said...

a little of both. ask me again after the game.

redsock said...

hargrove must be loving this guy green.

5 pitch walk to yook. 3-0 to lowell. hits tek. 3-0 to coco ...

all with a 7 run lead.

Andy said...

I like how opposing teams never feel safe with a 7 run lead on the Sox. They walk two guys and they rally the bullpen.

redsock said...

murphy hitting for lugo.

Andy said...

I ran into Covelli in the Adidas store in Downtown SD on saturday. He has a nice looking wife and kids.

redsock said...

and with the pen move, super genius for murphy.

redsock said...

WMP GIDP. Time for more wine....

Andy said...

Maybe pena got the signs mixed up. wasn't this supposed to be one of those 2 times in 10 that he puts wood on ball?

Andy said...

from SoSH:
In all seriousness, an inning a day against Timlin before each game might just give Lugo the confidence he needs to get back to .200

redsock said...

ryan rowland-smith in for sea.

it's 1:22 am, but i can't think of another player with a hyphenated last name.

Andy said...

last chance for magic.

Andy said...

fucking pitch tracker is better than the umpire

redsock said...

... and so we pin our season's hopes on gabbard.

:>)

phrenile said...

Maybe Romero deserved to be DFAed, but not for Timlin.