August 25, 2007

G130: Red Sox 14, White Sox 2

The first five innings: three baserunners (single, walk, fielding error).

Last four innings: 25 baserunners, 14 hits, 9 walks, 14 runs. Nine men batted in the 6th and 14 more batted in the 8th.

Two of the batting stars:

Lowell: 4-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Kielty: 3-for-5, walk, double, 1 run, 4 RBI

Wakefield allowed a single to his first batter, then did not allow another hit until there was one out in the 7th inning (7-3-0-3-6, 112).

We are rolling: 11-3, 10-1, 14-2, ... It's the first time the Red Sox had scored 10+ runs in three consecutive games since July 3-5, 2000 (11-8, 14-4 and 11-8 at Minnesota).

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Tim Wakefield (4.35, 104 ERA+) / Mark Buehrle (3.42, 134 ERA+)

Many of the Red Sox hit Buehrle quite well (stats):
         PA   AVG   OBP   SLG
Kieley 52 .356 .442 .556
Ortiz 43 .375 .419 .650
Crisp 30 .379 .400 .621
Manny 29 .381 .483 .857
Varitek 25 .391 .440 .652
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568 comments:

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L-girl said...

mmm, i love the smell of SEVEN GAMES UP in the afternoon, don't you?

ish said...

Second time the Sox have batted around in this game.

redsock said...

After this game, Ozzie can amend his quote: now it'll be 15 hours!

L-girl said...

where are the trolls, i wonder...

Jere said...

Ozzie don't surf.

Too bad Charlie Manuel's gone.

ish said...

After this game, Ozzie can amend his quote: now it'll be 15 hours!

Red Sox radio was wondering the same thing. "Usually he has some quote after these type of games"

Woti-woti said...

Speaking of homers, I wonder how the Hawk is handling all this?

redsock said...

Before Cora K'd, it was 20 out of 25.

Jere said...

4-pitch walk to load bases, down 11-0. Ouch.

redsock said...

1 hit thru 5 innings

then

20 out of 25 guys reach base -- 11-0.

s1c said...

We need a nickname for him. Fro? Flame? Anyone?

Ronald as in Ronald McDonald.

redsock said...

1st time Sox have scored 10+ runs in 3 straight games since July 3-5, 2000

Jere said...

That's what they called him in Oakland, according to...someone I heard yesterday, forget who.

redsock said...

No Ronald McFuckingdonald.

I think Cakey suggested 5-ball.

ish said...

I'm surprised Ozzie's coming out. At this point I could have seen him sending the pitching coach out to make the change.

L-girl said...

Not sure of the protocol here, but there's a Sox-related post on wmtc now. Is there a word Soxosphere (the Sox blogosphere)? If not, I just coined it in comments.

nixon33 said...

ozzie must want to use jere dungeon

L-girl said...

Ronald is a cute nickname, but it's poisoned by corporate association.

nixon33 said...

whats wmtc?

L-girl said...

I like the Jere dungeon idea! Kinky.

Jere said...

ha! Funny, I don't even think of the ol' dunge when it's the other team walking guys.

L-girl said...

wmtc is my blog. i'm not pimping for it. i just share a few readers w/ joy nation.

nixon33 said...

flame fro-er

ish said...

The way this thing is going the Yankees will be losing by the time this one's over.

redsock said...

Afte the bases loaded BB, I'm surpised Ozzie didn't come out with a bat in his hands.

Ofer said...

Who here thinks the division lead will touch double digits again before the season is over?
I know I'm raising my hand.

L-girl said...

[hand up]

ish said...

Who here thinks the division lead will touch double digits again before the season is over?
I know I'm raising my hand.


I'm keeping my hand down until the Yankees series is over with.

L-girl said...

flame fro-er is good

Jere said...

" Afte the bases loaded BB, "

which one?

ish said...

36 minute half-inning. And counting... as is the scoreboard.

L-girl said...

is tito going to apologize?

redsock said...

another walk!!!!

i want 31!!!!!

ish said...

flame fro-er. I like that one too. Especially if he grows that 'fro back out.

Mike L said...

jd can't take a pitch???????

redsock said...

With Coco's BB, the last 23 of 29 Sox have reached base. 13 have scored.

Ofer said...

How ugly (actually beautiful, but I'm trying to look at it objectively) can an inning get? 2 HBP, 2 wild pitches, 4 hits, 5 walks, 2 runs walked in... and it's not over yet.
OK,now it is.

L-girl said...

usually people yell at drew for taking - "can't he swing his bat??"

now they yell at him for swinging

Mike L said...

I feel like Tito put Drew in as a personal favor to Ozzie...just to end his pain

ish said...

ofer--Not many games have a line like that.

Mike L said...

I know, but after watching that inning, it was probably worth watching one or two...and it's not like he saw a strike

L-girl said...

to think this was a shut-out for a long time. kinda like how the 30-3 game started out 3-0.

redsock said...

is tito going to apologize?

I can't believe I forgot that.

I think he sent Drew up to PH as a way to finally end the inning.

Ofer said...

How do you swing at 3 straight pitches (and all balls, according to gameday) after 3 consecutive walks?

Of course, it's 13-0, so it's nothing to get upset about.

L-girl said...

mike l, i know you're right. i'm just still pulling for drew. don't know why, but i am.

L-girl said...

so it's nothing to get upset about

that's part of my point.

i get mad when anyone swings at the 1st pitch and grounds out or pops up. manny does it all the time these days. (or so it seems to me.)

nixon33 said...

me too...i want to like drew in the worst way...but hes making it really tough. i cant image that nixons numbers are much worse and at least nixon dove for balls once and a while.

L-girl said...

is tito going to apologize?

I can't believe I forgot that.


that's what i'm here for

L-girl said...

almost 450 comments before the nyy game even starts...!

ish said...

mike l, i know you're right. i'm just still pulling for drew. don't know why, but i am.

Me too, but I've sort of given up for the rest of this season. He's still got a pretty swing.

Jere said...

nice scoop, Youk

L-girl said...

i cant image that nixons numbers are much worse and at least nixon dove for balls once and a while.

i felt that nixon was so overrated for many years. since i had no great history w/ him, maybe that's why i can give drew more of a chance. maybe the drew-hating is trot-missing?

maybe drew just needs a dirtier cap.

Woti-woti said...

I'm on MLB-audio today--how's Cash been doing catching Wake? Castig and Geffner haven't mentioned him that much so I'm assuming he's doing fine. If so, that's a nice bonus.

redsock said...

and at least nixon dove for balls once and a while

If I recall, a lot of them often bounced 15 feet in front of him and rolled far away. Drew has been a huge upgrade in the outfield.

nixon33 said...

yeah nixon never lived up to expectations...but he was still my favorite player.
better feilder than drew at least.

Ofer said...

Well, on the flip side, you can't have first pitch hits without first pitch outs... I can recall a certain first pitch grand slam I wouldn't want to undo

Jere said...

Cash--big improvement over last time.

nixon33 said...

"Drew has been a huge upgrade in the outfield"


sorry you must be joking!

L-girl said...

yeah nixon never lived up to expectations...but he was still my favorite player.

that's nice to hear. it's not usually rational.

Mike L said...

i pull for drew too...my roommate loves him and calls him "mr clutch".

I think that's why i get so frustrated watching him...just want him to get it going before september.

ish said...

Cash is doing very well behind the dish. The only times he has trouble happen to be when there are no men on. Of course, now that Wakefield is out of the game he can be more of a catcher than a goal-keeper.

Bye bye shutout.

Jere said...

I'll always love Trot.

L-girl said...

Well, on the flip side, you can't have first pitch hits without first pitch outs... I can recall a certain first pitch grand slam I wouldn't want to undo

Of course there are exceptions. :)

Usually first-pitch swinging drives me nuts.

L-girl said...

To me, Trot was protected from his bad fielding the same way Paul O'Neill was in his later years. "O'Neill plays it on a hop..."

nixon33 said...

true trot made some errors....but made some outstanding plays as well. pretty much what he became known for. i have seen drew fuck up some easy plays this year.

redsock said...

I am serious, sir.

Besides the pointless diving for balls he should have played on three hops, he took horrific routes to balls in the gap. Not to mention the times he forgot how many outs there were and handed the ball to kids in the stands when their were opposing runners on base.

He got on base a lot when he was healthy, but since he couldn't hit LHP, he was really half a hitter.

He got a huge free ride from the media.

L-girl said...

I'll always love Trot.

I never saw the attraction, on any level.

L-girl said...

it was trot's poor fielding that used to make the MUMS shit so infuriating to me!

redsock said...

their ----> there

arrrggggggg!

nixon33 said...

its ok....at least he never had a nickname that included the word "nancy".
just my opinion, i thought trot was a heck of a player.

L-girl said...

well, clearly it came from somewhere, cause your opinion is shared by millions.

at least he never had a nickname that included the word "nancy".

:-)

Ofer said...

Actually, now that I think of it, I can think of 2 first pitch grand slams- one a little bit more important than the other.

nixon33 said...

is this game over yet! gonna settle into some tigers kicking ass soon, then its off to see sonic boom from spacemen 3!

L-girl said...

so who's mopping up?

L-girl said...

ok, ok, i didn't say it's never ok to swing at the 1st pitch :)

redsock said...

One of Nixon's worse plays was when Boston was 5 outs from winning the 2003 pennant.

Jeter doubled into the right-center field gap -- it actually might have been catchable, but Trot decided to take the scenic route to that one.

That still pisses me off!

(Plus him doing exactly the same spacey shit that Manny would do - on the bases, in the field -- yet never having anyone mention it.)

ish said...

4 RBI for Kielty. Huzzah!

Jeff in PA said...

Only 16 more runs to tie the record. Quick - somebody start the wave!

nixon33 said...

yeah that game was trot nixons fault.

Ofer said...

ok, ok, i didn't say it's never ok to swing at the 1st pitch :)

Oh, I was kinda talking to myself there... didn't mean to push the issue. BTW, how do I write with italics here?

L-girl said...

but the media's not his fault. (it's not jeter's fault either, but we won't go there.)

Jeff in PA said...

Just kidding Jere

L-girl said...

ofer, i was only kidding.

you have to type in the html. look below the comment box, you'll see the codes for bold & ital.

or just use " ".

redsock said...

MFY start in about 5 minutes.

I'll have to get back to work, alas.

Jere said...

Dude you coulda gone to Thoms and then over to Midway. with a long dinner in between.

redsock said...

yeah that game was trot nixons fault.

Did I say that?

No, I did not.

It's a fuckin' strawman.

Ofer said...

He also had two great catches in the 2004 ALCS- don't remember if it was in the 4th or 5th game.
Of course, a faster fielder with a better jump maybe wouldn't need to make a great play. He would just catch it.

Jere said...

Wait, what about me and the wave?

nixon33 said...

well im spending time with my gf as im leaving to go to boston tomorrow cause we're playing a gig with sonic at the middle east on tues (sorry dont mean to spam)

L-girl said...

yeah that game was trot nixons fault.

no one here thinks that.

i can't even believe he wrote that. who cares about anything else that happened in that whole series

SoSock said...

I always liked Trot, although he never did do too much for the team.
Maybe it's just cause he's a fellow NC'er

Jere said...

Trot's catch in 2004 ALCS was absolutely key. I remember Torre saying that was the key play of the series, before the world officially made it the Roberts steal. Which is right, but I'm just sayin, Trot really saved us there.

L-girl said...

have fun! that sounds cool.

nixon33 said...

you implied it was a major factor doid you not? what else were you trying to say by that. whatever he helped us win in 2004 nuff said.

redsock said...

to put words in italics:

put (i) before and (/i) after the section. but use < and > insteda of ( and )

same thing for bold: b instead of i

redsock said...

And his PH HR was a HUGE part of the 2003 ALDS comeback!!!!

That doesn't discount what I wrote, though.

L-girl said...

you implied it was a major factor doid you not?

who did? who is this addressing?

ish said...

NICE. got the yankees game.

Ofer said...

thanks

nixon33 said...

MFY starting up! that means lots of guiseppe franco!

ish said...

Woot!

WoCS!

Wakefield 16-10 (longest string of decisions in MLB since 1993)

s1c said...

Sweep tomorrow!!!!

I am staying out of the Nixon vs Drew crap. They both were / are disappointments. The only break with Drew should be that 80% of the time he has never faced the pitcher, since it is his first year in the AL.

7 games up!!!!!

Jere said...

Bloody Panda. You guys sound like I'm coming back to life at my own funeral.

You can use that.

Kind of like, uh, Scarecrow by Ministry. I bet you scare the hell out of people.

Assuming that's your band.

redsock said...

I liked him enough, but I felt his faults were ignored by many people because he was a gritty, grimy, gamer with a scummy hat.

And one of his plays that burns me up to this day is that 2003 one. I can't forget it.

There was also a game against Baltimore (might have been 04?) where the Sox had the bases loaded and he got picked off second!!! With the bases loaded!!! Totally in space.

He did some great things, but he sometimes was also dumber than a box of rocks.

Ofer said...

So, 11-3, 10-1, 14-2... I call 12-4 for tomorrow's game

SoSock said...

Nice game -
enjoyed it all
Do you guys keep going thru the MFY?

Jere said...

I'll be around for Yanks. Some of it.

Woti-woti said...

Mercy. It's ovah. 28 over .500, 7 games up, Yanks have to play 3 more to our 1 before Tues. My back's killing me, time to retire to the TV chair for a stress-free Yankee ass-kicking.

s1c said...

Wouldn't be surprised.

nixon33 said...

way off base jere: re the band. we are not bloody panda.

Jere said...

Anyone else getting the "Doorman" Seinfeld on their local Fox channel right now?

L-girl said...

No NYY game here for me unless they're playing the Sox. Have fun! See y'all tomw.

L-girl said...

Love the Doorman episode. Lots of good stuff in that one.

Jere said...

Oh, well the other 2 bands on that show are from Boston and that one was from NY where you said you live, so....

L-girl said...

It's not really Nixon vs Drew, it's Nixon vs Nixon. Those who loved him (almost everyone) vs those who believe him over-rated (a few others).

Jere said...

Hey I can love guys who stink....

Jere said...

Freakin' Abreu.

nixon33 said...

kisses his hand and points to the sky lazily: abreu special

L-girl said...

Hey I can love guys who stink....

Yup. Everyone loves who they love. It's knowing that the guy you love actually does stink, that's the tough part.

OK bye :)

ish said...

I'm gonna check out as well. See you guys tomorrow!

redsock said...

what is this - comment 521?

yup - yank/tigers talk here

nixon33 said...

fucking matsui

Jere said...

stupid kid rock-lookin' Bonderman.

Woti-woti said...

Thanks, Redsock.
Shit. Friggin Matsui

s1c said...

Ball four up in the eyes and kay says "A little high I guess?"

redsock said...

Matsui

Shemp. The man's name is Shemp.

nixon33 said...

2-1 mofos!

Jere said...

Tie it up Tigers

chief said...

Ronald is a cute nickname, but it's poisoned by corporate association.

Hey! That's my name.

Jere said...

it's okay, got one back

Woti-woti said...

The guy who runs his hand through his hair, says it feels like he has a full head of hair, then the split shot shows his huge bald spot, now that's comedy. I forget, what was supposed to give you hairy palms?

nixon33 said...

"Ey, Im Guiseppe Franco"

Jere said...

nice catch, I didn't think he'd get there. Let's get out of this at 3-1

nixon33 said...

way to pitch out of the jam!

nixon33 said...

i dont like the way this is going...

Jere said...

wang will fold soon

Jere said...

nice quick inning by kid rock

nixon33 said...

FUUUUUCK! they cant do shit vs. wang

Jere said...

Another scoreless inning. We get 'em back now!

Woti-woti said...

I wish Leiter would just say to Kay: "Fer chrissakes, how can anyone in their right mind say that the Yankees don't benefit from the official scorer in Yankee Stadium?" Jesus.

Jere said...

nice, inge

Jere said...

Get at least one here.

nixon33 said...

PASSEDBALLA!

phrenile said...

There's one.

redsock said...

FIELDING
PB: Posada (7).

Jere said...

nice. 3-2.

nixon33 said...

BIG FUCK RIGHT THERE.

Jere said...

Bonderman, you stink.

Woti-woti said...

Well, that sucked. Lately I've been thinking that Leland's been resting on his laurels.

nixon33 said...

well 6.5 aint bad....

Jere said...

7.5 if the choking Yanks blow this.

nixon33 said...

i hope they do...but i'd find it hard to believe if they do.

redsock said...

I don't care what the MFY do as long as we keep winning. I'd rather see them lose, but whatever.

It's 6.5 or 7.5 tomorrow morning and another day is off the schedule.

32 games to go.

redsock said...

Maybe the Tigers can do the MFY pen what we did to Chicago.

Jere said...

Two innings left, 5 run lead. Place your bets: Will Mo be used?

redsock said...

Maybe the Tigers can do the MFY pen what we did to Chicago.

Or not.

After 8 innings and 107 pitches, will Torre yank his Wang?

Jere said...

Yes, her comes Bruney, fresh out of the minors. Maybe they'll break through against him.

Jere said...

Gameday showed that one almost over the wall...

Jere said...

6.5. We'll take it.

ish said...

Yes we will.

9casey said...

If my numbers are correct Mike Lowell has reached base safely in all but 13 games he played in......and he has more doubles that strikeouts this month...

.324 92 rbi's ..MVP talk has to start with the media soon.....

The thing that caught me off guard or maybe I never realized it.I just thought he looked older .He is only 33... I'd give him 3 years 36 million today if he would take it....

redsock said...

AL MVP is either Magglio or Slappy.

Ortiz has been far more valuable in creating runs than Lowell, though the counting stats may not show it.

He might take 3/36. He probably wants 4 years though.

redsock said...

Ortiz has been far more valuable in creating runs than Lowell, though the counting stats may not show it.

I'll take a closer look at some point early next month.

9casey said...

redsock said...

I'll take a closer look at some point early next month.

Allright....Big series coming up..stay rested and well hydrated..


Shit I would like Ortiz to win it as well .......but we know they would never give it to him....

redsock said...

From a purely offensive standpoint, the Top 3 are Rodriguez, Ordonez and Ortiz.

They are 1-2-3, in that order, in Runs Created, Adjusted OPS+, and Slugging %.

Ortiz leads the AL in OBP.

Rodriguez is the MVP at this point. Anyone other than Slappy or Magglio is a bad pick.

ish said...

In that Yankees blog I was talking about at the beginning of the wee-hours Yankee game, there were a lot of people who were referring to Magglio as the MVP. I just can't tell if they were mocking the Detroit fans or not. Has Yankee Stadium heard the MVP chant for A-Rod yet?

Not that it's up to the fans or anything, but it's interesting nonetheless. Still got a little ways to go.

tim said...

I remember a day not too long ago when the Yankees were beating up on basement dwellers with scores reminiscent of the first three games of this series, while we still played decent baseball against decent teams.

Remember when we were told to heed to the warnings of the big, bad, unstoppable Yankee run machine pummeling all who stand in it's path?

Yeah. I remember.

ish said...

I personally think it's torture to have to wait a whole day between the two series. From a completely selfish point of view.

But hey, the Yankees/Detroit game Monday night will be on ESPN2.

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