September 1, 2007

G136: Red Sox 10, Orioles 0

NO-HHITTER!!

Clay Buchholz is the first Red Sox rookie to pitch a no-hitter!
          IP   H   R  ER  BB   K  PIT
Buchholz 9 0 0 0 3 9 115

Orioles - 000 000 000 - 0 0 0
Red Sox - 010 304 02x - 10 14 0
It is the 17th no-hitter in Red Sox history and the third no-hitter thrown this season (Mark Buehrle on April 18 and Justin Verlander on June 12).

Buchholz is also the 17th rookie to throw a no-hitter. And he is the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second major league start. Bobo Hollomon of the St. Louis Browns did it in his first start on May 6, 1953, at home against the Philadelphia A's, and Wilson Alvarez did it in his second start on August 11, 1991, for the Chicago White Sox at Baltimore.

Buchholz's changeup -- something that was missing from his debut a few weeks ago against the Angels -- was deadly and he relied on it for much of the game. He mixed in his curveball here and there, and then -- in the top of the ninth -- he suddenly went to his fastball.

Although both Brian Roberts and Corey Patterson had tried to bunt earlier in the game, both Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis were playing back at the corners and the Orioles hitters did not even fake a bunt attempt in the ninth.

Buchholz's 0-1 curveball to Roberts was perhaps his best bender of the night, but home plate umpire Joe West did not call it a strike (he seemed fooled by at least three perfect pitches from Clay tonight). At 1-1, Roberts then swung and missed a 92 fastball, fouled off a 94 fastball and fanned on a 93 fastball.

Patterson looked at two balls and a called strike (changeup) before flying out to Coco Crisp in center. It seemed hard hit off the bat but Coco jogged eight or 10 steps towards left-center and had no trouble.

Nick Markakis looked at a 92 fastball up and away and a 71 curveball for a strike, and fouled off a 92 fastball for a 1-2 count. Buchholz's 115th pitch of the night was a beautiful curveball that dropped right into the heart of the zone. It was clearly a strike, but West waited a beat before ringing up Markakis.

There were no thoughts of a perfect game, as Clay plunked Markakis with two outs in the first inning. He began the fifth with walks to Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff and he walked Roberts to start the sixth.

The fielding gem came courtesy of Dustin Pedroia. Miguel Tejada opened the seventh with a line drive that skipped past Buchholz and seemed headed for center field. Pedoria ranged far to his right, dove and gloved the ball, then popped back up and spun around and fired to first, just getting Tejada.

Buchholz also won a footrace with Corey Patterson on a grounder to Yook to open the third. Crisp ran down a few balls in the gaps, the scariest one hit by Patterson in the sixth.

David Ortiz's bases-loaded double in the fourth brought in three runs and gave Boston a 4-0 lead. Lowell's run-scoring double and Youkilis's three-run home run made it 8-0 in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury, who entered the game in the eighth inning, doubled on the only pitch he saw tonight to score two more in the eighth.

***

Garrett Olson (7.33, 60 ERA+) / Clay Buchholz (4.50, 100 ERA+)

Rookie LHP Olson makes his sixth career start (log). He lost to the Red Sox on August 11 (6.1-8-4-6-6, 115). He is subbing for Erik Bedard (strained muscle in his right side).

For Buchholz, it's his second career start. On August 17, Clay (6-8-4-3-3-5, 91) got credit for the 8-4 win over the Angels.

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chris said...

It'll be exciting to see buchholz again. i wonder if those all-fastball tripleA starts did anything for him.

Against the angels, it looked like he couldn't command the curve because of nerves (since it is traditionally very good to him). His change was great, so if he can nail them both down...

Also realllly hoping i can watch th e pedro game. Time to start working ahead...

redsock said...

Rick Ankiel hit a grand slam last night. In 17 games, he's hitting .328 with five homers and 14 RBIs.

ish said...

Rick Ankiel has been one of my favorite baseball stories of the season. I hadn't even really heard of him in 2000 because I was such a young baseball fan, reeling from my first Red Sox post-season experience (not to mention my first real taste of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry).

It's very exciting to see someone who suddenly lost it and had to leave the game of baseball, come back again. You look at Tim Wakefield. He was an infielder before he became a pitcher--a knuckleballer, no less.

One of the best moments of the season in baseball, for me, was when Ankiel hit a home run on his first game back, and seeing the reaction--the excitement from Tony LaRussa. It was very nice to see.

I'm looking forward to Buchholz today, as well. I wonder if the Orioles are planning on shutting Bedard down for the rest of the season. Oakland has shut down Eric Chavez, Mark Kotsay, and Travis Buck for the rest of the season. Remember, they come to town for the second-to-last series of the season. Chavez has always given the Red Sox fits.

redsock said...

Rick Ankiel has been one of my favorite baseball stories of the season.

It's one of my favorite stories period. He came up in 2000 with so much hype and then inexplicably fell apart in the post-season. It's fantastic that he's made it back to the big leagues.

redsock said...

BR's Stat of the Day on Ankiel.

ish said...

Ian Kennedy had a 1-2-3 top of the 1st, throwing just 6 pitches. He threw a very good change-up to Carlos Peña for a swing and a miss.

ish said...

A-Rod just went boom. Abreu walked in front of him, so it's 2-0 Yankees in the bottom of the 1st.

redsock said...

Stats for tonight's game.

ish said...

Kennedy has the same Mussina dip when he pitches from the stretch.

ish said...

Routine pop-up for A-Rod... He dropped it. The ball was juuuust foul. So what does the batter (Harris) do next pitch? Single. First and second, 1 out for TB

redsock said...

Turned on MLBTV.

Wow, he really bends down (much more than the Bigot). I half-expect his forehead to touch the mound.

redsock said...

LCF gapper from Josh Wilson brings in 2 and ties the game at 2-2.

redsock said...

YES keeps showing Slappy. Or is it Slapp-E?

ish said...

2-run double into the left-center gap by Josh Wilson with 2 outs... Tie game. Thank you, A-Rod!

ish said...

Wow, he really bends down (much more than the Bigot). I half-expect his forehead to touch the mound.

I just hope he starts getting dizzy. They said he and Hughes haven't really had to work with many baserunners on in the minors, because they were that overpowering. Hughes never has a bases loaded situation in AAA.

redsock said...

And now a BB.

Work is a ghost town at the moment. Might has well watch some baseball.

ish said...

Iwamura at the plate reminds me partly of both Matsui and Ichiro. He stands at the plate, very steady, like Matsui, then when the ball comes in his lower half starts to bail out toward first like Ichiro.

redsock said...

what's going on with torre? i missed it.

ish said...

This is very interesting. I'll be anxious to find out what they're looking at with Iwamura.

redsock said...

Just tuned into YES. Sounds like it is only Singleton and Murcer. That is tolerable.

redsock said...

Umps taking his bat!!!!

redsock said...

Are they going to saw it open???

ish said...

They're thinking it's speculation about Iwamura's elbow padding. Or something on his body. Torre came out after a few pitches and talked to the umpires.

ish said...

It's the bat? Huh. Veeerry interesting.

redsock said...

He's now batting with a new bat.

redsock said...

YES shows the E-Rod play as they go to commercial. Nice!

ish said...

I like YES's music that they play at the end of the inning. Sounds more like a game in the mid 90s than 2007.

ish said...

Nice play by Harris

redsock said...

That Brett pine tar footage never gets old!!

ish said...

Hopefully the Rays can get more against Kennedy because Edwin Jackson is pitching with a >5.5 ERA

redsock said...

Murcer telling the pine tar story -- misspeaks and calls the Royals the Red Sox two different times.

ish said...

Wow. Tim McClellan made that call on Brett pine tar call. There's someone who's been around for awhile.

ish said...

Murcer telling the pine tar story -- misspeaks and calls the Royals the Red Sox two different times.

I'm watching YES and I missed that. Wasn't paying attention.

redsock said...

Singleton is doing this game solo. Murcer is pretty useless when it comes to the actual game; he can tell some stories and be silly.

redsock said...

I like the midway carnival type music on MLBTV during commercials.

redsock said...

CI - no range for a ball two steps to his left.

redsock said...

Crawford with the single and the SB (#45) on the next pitch.

ish said...

Good call. :D

redsock said...

Murcer: "Carlos Peeen-yah"

jeez.

ish said...

Murcer: "Carlos Peeen-yah"

Thought I was just hearing things.

ish said...

Some days like yesterday and today, it's hard to believe that Tampa Bay has the worst record in MLB.

ish said...

Did he just call that DP a 6-6-3 double play?

redsock said...

Did he just call that DP a 6-6-3 double play?

Probably. I do not approve.

I'd score it "6U-3 DP".

redsock said...

NY got 2 in the bottom of the 3rd -- 4-2 after 3.

Off to do some work.

David said...

a bit amusing when they confiscated Arod's bat

redsock said...

Seattle 0, Toronto 0 after 6.

nixon33 said...

ahh fuck, 7-2 yanks

Marc said...

This is exciting. I know that the Sox need to be careful with buchholz, but one start probably isn't a bad thing. Can't wait for 7:00 to come around!

redsock said...

Final at Skydome: Toronto 2, Seattle 1

NY 7-3 after 6.

charlie pioli said...

What is happening to the Mariners? This loosing streak has gotten ridiculous.

nixon33 said...

thanks tampa

redsock said...

From August 7-24, Seattle won 13 of 17 -- and since then have lost 8 in a row.

Now those fans might want to panic.

mrsnydes said...

drew hurt again. what a mistake signing him was. sox should've plugged the hole in right by re-signing nixon for a year and gradually working in jacoby ellsbury and david murphy (too late).

Check out the combined numbers this year for David Murphy, Jacoby Ellsbury and Trot Nixon (M.E.N.) versus J.D. Drew...

batting average/on-base/slugging:
Drew - .256/.356/.385
M.E.N - .275/.356/.382

home runs, runs, RBI's:
Drew - 7 HR's, 67 runs, 46 RBI's
M.E.N. - 4 HR's , 44 runs, 37 RBI's

games, at-bats, hits:
Drew - 117 G, 390 AB, 100 Hits
M.E.N. - 119 G, 345 AB, 95 Hits

2007 salary:
Drew - $14.4 million
M.E.N - less than $4 million

somebody get Theo a copy of MoneyBall.

redsock said...

Oh. An anti-Drew post.

Haven't seen one of those in awhile.

It's amazing how everyone knew Drew would have a bad year when there was absolutely nothing in his career trajectory that would indicate it.

Plus of course, Drew will do the exact same thing in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. We just know he will.

Yawn.

redsock said...

Rays coming back? They got 3 in the top of the 8th, Fruitbat is now in and Tampa has the tying run on deck.

redsock said...

Plus, I went over the Nixon/Drew thing a couple of days ago. In 2007, Nixon is actually doing even worse than Drew and is now riding the pine in Cleveland.

He played in only 10 games in August and hit .276/.300/.310 (8-for-29, 7 singles and 1 double). Yeah, we need some of that.

OPS+ is 86.

Alex Cora's is 82.

redsock said...

F-Bat got out of the jam. Mid 8th: NY 9, TB 6.

nixon33 said...

you using my yawns now?
haha

redsock said...

Also, having Nixon, Ellsbury and Murphy on the 25-man roster is not a very good use of resources.

I want Drew to go on such a fucking tear -- not even so much for the good of the Red Sox, but to simply shut up all these armchair GMs who are so obsessed with salaries.

(Why am I still talking about this?)

redsock said...

And a heart FUCK YOU to the Devil Rays of Tampa Bay.

nixon33 said...

yup, fuck you devil rays, and fuck you mariners.

Harley said...

First a quick question, and meant without any trollery whatsoever. I understand Youk being upset about the two pitches over/near his head from Joba. But how did he react when he got hit TWICE in the next game? Just curious.

As for Drew, you can talk about career trajectory all you want, for cripes sake, the guy's nickname is Nancy. It wasn't hard to predict that he would wilt in Boston. He would've done much the same in New York. Betcha a dollar he finshes the year on the DL, one way or the other.

ish said...

Fricken Rays. No favors from anybody. But you can't expect any, either. The Red Sox know that they need focus on their own games because every time the Yankees take the field they have a good chance to win, and they are expected to win.

Near-fight in Atlanta. Mets and Braves. Mets got two home runs in the top of the 5th, and in the bottom of the 5th, Mets' Mike Pelfrey hit Francouer with a fastball on the forearm. Francoeur screamed out at him, threw his bat away, and the umpire and Paul Lo Duca got in the way. Pelfrey was shouting it right back at him. Atlanta's frustrations boiling over at this point. 3-0 Mets. Fun game to watch.

nixon33 said...

ish, right on man. it is a good games, especially when the braves "own" the mets and the mets are winning this important series (so far)
pedro gonna pitch soon too....crazy.

ish said...

When Youk got hit twice yesterday, those ones really hurt. He was more focused on the pain than anything. Though, on the second HBP he turned to the umpire and said something. If it were me I'd have said "Can you believe this?" But again, that one hit him on the leg and that certainly hurts. Youk is a guy who will get very angry if he gets hurt.

redsock said...

Harley: his two HBP last night were (1) a breaking ball in the left side of his upper back and (2) on the lower leg. Very different from two straight pitches at or over his head.

FYI: On the first one, the home plate umpire ran out from behind the catcher to get in front of Yook, thinking, I guess, that Yook was going to charge the mound.

Yook started talking to him like he was fucking crazy -- it was a breaking ball, clearly an inside pitch, wtf are you doing?

Re Drew:

As for Drew, you can talk about career trajectory all you want, for cripes sake, the guy's nickname is Nancy.

Are you actually giving more analytical weight to a sexist nickname than to Drew's on-field performance for eight major league seasons?

ish said...

Jose Reyes stole his 74th base, then a couple of pitches later got picked off second. Heh.

L-girl said...

You know how we always say, "Now I'm not racist, but..." is a sure sign a racist remark is on the way?

You might apply the same method to potential trolls.

* * * *

I won't be in the game thread today. Have fun everyone. Go Sox! (TIME FOR A WIN!!!!!!)

L-girl said...

for cripes sake, the guy's nickname is Nancy

Insulting a man by calling him a woman's name is sexism. We - both men and women - avoid sexism around here.

L-girl said...

You know how we always say, "Now I'm not racist, but..."

Oo, the way I wrote that can be misinterpreted, can't it? I meant: when we hear someone say "I'm not a racist, but..." it is generally a signal that we are about to hear a blatantly racist comment.

ish said...

I love it when someone says, "Not to be mean or anything, but..." And then, of course, you know what's coming.

mrsnydes said...

and hinske and pena are/were a very good use of resources?

and please don't include "drew" and "tear" in the same wish. those hamstrings are oh so delicate...

s1c said...

Enough about Drew, you can look at his numbers and support the signing and not signing. He is having the worst year of his career, which just happens to coincide switching leagues. I do not expect him to be traded this off season because of the Renteria fiasco and Luccino and Theo both have stated that trade as a reason why he will be around next year.

Moss and Ellsbury both will probably be in the lineup tonight, which might make Buccholz feel right at home.

Harley said...

Sorry about the sexism. I didn't make up the nickname. Think of it as the equivalent of a Clemansisfat joke.
Anyhoo, Drew gets the nickname becuz despite the numbers -- or, I suppose, accompanying the numbers -- is the feeling that he plays 'soft.' I'm usually the first to knock down arguments based on intangibles of any kind. But at the least, you've got to admit that Drew is, at the moment, a pretty large disappointment.

And I certainly wasn't the only one who predicted it before the season began.

Harley said...

Oh, and thanks for the info re Youk.

ish said...

L, too bad you won't be around tonight. Hope you and the Red Sox both have good evenings.

redsock said...

During the course of their careers, baseball players will have seasons that are not as good as some of their previous seasons.

Often, it is nothing more than bad luck. Read this.

L-girl said...

Sorry about the sexism. I didn't make up the nickname.

I never imagined you did.

I didn't make up any of the racist and sexist words I know. If I used them, saying "I didn't make up the word" wouldn't make it any better.

Anyhoo, Drew gets the nickname becuz despite the numbers -- or, I suppose, accompanying the numbers -- is the feeling that he plays 'soft.'

Did you think anyone here didn't understand what the name means? We are not stupid.

But in case you are, equating being female as "soft" or weak or cowardly is sexist.

People on this blog manage to talk about baseball without insulting half the world's population by equating their gender with weakness and cowardice.

Harley said...

Fair enough. (And I can't argue with anyone citing Bill James.) And changing leagues may have something to do with it.

But playing in Boston is unlike playing anywhere else, except of course New York. I'm going to assume Epstein took that into account when he brought Drew in.

Maybe a good comparison is Abreu. He came to New York with similar baggage (ask any Philly fan about Abreu), and has performed very well (excepting the start of this season, and okay, he still plays the outfield wall as if there was a alligator moat in front of it). Drew may do the same.

I'm just not convinced.

L-girl said...

Thank you, ish. :)

My niece and her b/f go home tomorrow a.m. So after I get home from work, I'll be hanging out with them. With the game on, of course - but w/out the computer.

nixon33 said...

ENOUGH ABOUT FUCKING JD DREW!

redsock said...

Overall, he's been a disappointment.

However, there have been some hot streaks -- which no one bothers to point out:

April 2-23: .350 and a .937 OPS

June 15 to July 5: .379 and a 1.096 OPS

August 6-22: .370 and a .905 OPS

As for playing soft, I have seen zero evidence of that. That sounds like media bullshit that sticks to a player early in his career and he is never able to shake it, no matter what he does. And many fans believe it 100% like sheep.

Harley said...

l-girl. Fair enuf. Tho' in this house, I refer to my wife as a woman. (Semantics works both ways, I'm assuming.)

Anyhoo. I'm more interested in Drew's reputation than the inane nickname, and particularly how he'll adapt to playing for the Sox. It's one of the decisions that Theo will be judged by. Much like Cashman and Pavano.

charlie pioli said...

Hey, you guys should read this jack-asses article on red sox nation.


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/070829&sportCat=mlb

redsock said...

I'm more interested in Drew's reputation

I'm more interested in Drew's on-field performance.

L-girl said...

Tho' in this house, I refer to my wife as a woman.

Anyone know what this means?

Unless your wife is a man and you call him by a woman's name to make fun of him, you're not making any sense.

L-girl said...

Hey, you guys should read this jack-asses article on red sox nation.

Jere linked to that recently, then proceeded to tear Caple limb from limb.

redsock said...

I was going to post about that.

The most moronic thing he says is that because Red Sox fans snap up so many tickets in other teams' parks, fans of those other teams are denied the chance to see their own team play.

(There. Now I don't have to blog about it. :>) )

redsock said...

Anyone know what this means?

Yo, woman, I need another beer!

Harley said...

redsock, fair enough, and agreed. Time will tell regarding Drew and the Sox contract.

L-girl said...

"Anyhoo," what is your friggin obsession with JD Drew? You're not convinced, Theo will be judged, he's soft, his reputation is this, he changed leagues that. WE GET YOUR POINT, it's September already, GET OVER IT!

L-girl said...

Yo, woman, I need another beer!

Whoever she is, tell her to get me one, too.

redsock said...

ENOUGH ABOUT FUCKING JD DREW!

There's an idea.

Harley said...

i-girl, not that I want to take this any further than necessary...

But if you want to play the sexism card, and play it with gusto...

Unless you're under 21 years of age, there are some politically correct folks who would suggest your I.D. is, you know, a diminution born of the male hegemony. Or something like that.

charlie pioli said...

I went to those games in Seattle, and the nation wasn't that loud. Caple portreys a very idiotic baseball fan.

mrsnydes said...

redsox, good article. it is a "silly exercise" but interesting. you are right "a best of abstracts" would be a big seller. i just hope you're not suggesting the sox sign drew for another 2000 years (kidding).

the mays example reminded me of something... everyone always talks about mays over-the-shoulder catch off vic wertz in the '54 world series. you see that picture of him running back in the polo grounds all the time. i love mays but i always remember reading somewhere that in his rookie year, '51, a line drive to center ricocheted off his head. same player. probably even an easier play. like james said, "...just the breaks of the game."

ish said...

I always go back to the simple statement of put yourself in their shoes. If you try stepping into the box against these major league pitchers, you'll be able to greatly appreciate the players that hit well, and be understanding about a player who goes through a slump. Most players are not going to be able to sustain a high batting average every single year. We just get so used to them doing it year after year, that we forget that they can fall off the table sometimes and have a bad year or bad years.

There are so many subtleties in baseball; most of which we don't notice. There are a lot of them that seperate the American League from the National League. More emphasis on some parts of the game in the AL, and more emphasis on other things in the NL.

It's hard to give Drew a free pass this season, but he reminds me a lot of Edgar Renteria of 2005. They're both very quiet men, and they're ballplayers who struggled. Renteria played hurt for a lot of the season, and we don't know about Drew (although we knew the risks that were well-publicized in the off-season).

I think if you give Drew the rest of this season, (sure, you have to hope he doesn't come up in pressure situations, but it's going to happen) along with the rest and rehabilitation of the off-season, you're going to see a much improved J.D. Drew in 2008. I should also say the same for Dice-K as well, though he's been able to pitch well enough for the Red Sox this year. Next year, I predict a better Dice-K as well.

That's all I've got to say about Drew. I hope we can put this bashing to rest, and when he comes up in a pressure situation and doesn't deliver, we can just say, "that's too bad" instead.

redsock said...

i just hope you're not suggesting the sox sign drew for another 2000 years

:>)

L-girl said...

But if you want to play the sexism card

I was not playing any card. You used a sexist expression, and I called you on it.

I am not the only one here who is bothered by sexism. Several male posters, including the owner of this blog, are sensitive to sexist, racist and homophobic language.

Redsock brought it up before I did. Funny how you let that reference go.

a diminution born of the male hegemony.

Oo, big words, Harley! Too bad they don't make any sense.

Check your calendar. It's 2007. Gay people call themselves queers, women call themselves girls when they want. It's not an insult.

I am 46 years old. My internet handle - which I've used for more than 10 years - speaks to the girl that lives inside me.

And Harley, she is anything but diminutive. She's tough as nails. She wipes the floor with posers like you.

redsock said...

I also believe the serious medical issues with Drew's son (under 2 years old) has weighed on his mind and affected his play to an degree unknown to us this season.

That is something Drew has steadfastly refused to use as a possible excuse.

Harley said...

l-girl, okay, no worries. Better to talk about how much we love the game, right?

Good luck today. It'll be fun to watch the younger players out there. Reminds us of what the game is about.

Also? "Poseur" is the preferred spelling.

nixon33 said...

i want JD DREW TO DO WELL.
nuff said

redsock said...

Thhe Lineups

1. Lugo, SS
2. Pedroia, 2B
3. Ortiz DH
4. Lowell, 3B
5. Youkilis, 1B
6. Varitek, C
7. Kielty, RF
8. Crisp, CF
9. Moss, LF

1. Roberts, 2B
2. Patterson, CF
3. Markakis, RF
4. Tejada, SS
5. Millar, DH
6. Huff, 1B
7. Moore, 3B
8. House, C
9. Payton, RF

L-girl said...

I hope we can put this bashing to rest, and when he comes up in a pressure situation and doesn't deliver, we can just say, "that's too bad" instead.

It's funny about pressure situations, and people's perceptions. Certain players are thought of as clutch, others are not, but there's often no basis for it.

Last year Allan proved what we all knew: that Ortiz was as clutch as it gets, and then some. (Clutchiest?)

Yankee fans, on the other hand, think Jeter is clutch. He supposedly "turns it on in October". That's been proven false, but the perception sticks, fostered by media and fans alike.

L-girl said...

Harley, I'll call you next time I need a spelling lesson. Til then, I'll just ignore you.

s1c said...

Are you kidding me, no ellsbury? The kid better be playing tomorrow (especially with me being at the game, just look for the guy in section 45 with an s1c baseball hat).

redsock said...

There are six players up for September, all in uniform tonight:

RHP Clay Buchholz
LHP Craig Breslow
RHP Bryan Corey
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Brandon Moss
INF Royce Clayton

L-girl said...

I gotta hurry home to see Ellsbury :)

redsock said...

Reminds us of what the game is about.

wtf does this even mean?

L-girl said...

wtf does this even mean?

Glad you said that and not me. Altho I was wondering.

redsock said...

NESN!

s1c said...

Ok, this is for L-girl

Longest winning streak (all teams)
NYY - 9
Bos - 5 (tied 15th)

Longest losing streak (fewest to most)
Bos - 4 (tied for 1st) along with Cle, Phi and S.D.

Shut outs pitched -
S.D. - 17
Bos - 11 (second)

Last nights loss only the second time this year that the Sox have
lost four in a row. Have won five in a row 3 times.

s1c said...

Youk has been paid back!

ish said...

Pedroia does it again!

redsock said...

Olson walked 6 against the Sox last time in 6.1 IP.

And one to Flo here.

redsock said...

Dr. SASAHE.

SoSock said...

Wondering why it's Moss instead of Ellsbury?

redsock said...

Clay gets Mirror after a 3-0 count. bbbcfs

redsock said...

"bill of the cap high" -- drink!

redsock said...

Nice 2nd inning for CB: K, L7, K

SoSock said...

NICE
I think I like this kid.
25 P thru 2 - Ya gotta like that

redsock said...

Did Tim take everyone out to dinner?

SoSock said...

Yook - yet another walk

Harley said...

Redsock, now you're just pilin' on. Watching the younger players is a different experience than watching the veterans. There's something fresh about it, almost innocent. They play with an exuberance you don't always see in more seasoned players. When Shelley Duncan starts mashing elbows, grinning ear to ear, after a home run? It suddenly feels more like, you know, a game. One of the best things about watching the Yankees this season is all that young homegrown talent. (In Pettitte's last start, you had home grown players at catcher, pitcher, first, second, center, and DH. And both relief pitchers in that game came from the same place.)

s1c said...

Did Tim take everyone out to dinner?

Not much to say yet, though I do like the way that Buccholz is throwing so far.

SoSock said...

2 throws to 1st
Yook - 5 Att all year and was hit in the leg yesterday
Probably not going

redsock said...

There's something fresh about it, almost innocent.

If you say so.

SoSock said...

I'm smelling Blood

redsock said...

there goes the no-hitter.

time for some ococ sibr.

SoSock said...

!og og ocoC

redsock said...

coco beats the relay - 1-0.

redsock said...

wheels!!

redsock said...

Passedballa!!

s1c said...

cmon slugo. rats.

SoSock said...

Not a bad 1st AB - Gets the top of the order up with 2 on

s1c said...

wtf - got kicked all the way out of blogger, then took like five times to get signed back in.

SoSock said...

Damn Lugie
Answering my own question -
Moss has most appearances on Pawtucket team, by far, and still is only 16 points behind Ellsbury.
Plus has a MUCH higher Slg Pct

redsock said...

Outstanding chhangeup!!

redsock said...

nice quick play on the bunt attempt.

3 innings gone -- i'm thinking about it.

SoSock said...

Thank you Brian
34 P thru 3
Nice
I REALLY wish I could see this

redsock said...

I've got Clay at 37.

s1c said...

CB up mid of next year assuming he continues to progress.

Its possible that the Sox will have the youngest pitching staff in the majors next year and that will include the 40+ wakefield raising that average.

Damn, am already excited about next year.

redsock said...

I want him to make the rotation out of spring training.

Beckett
Dice
Wakefield
Lester
Buchholz

ish said...

Fantastic changeup tonight from Buchholz, indeed. As long as he keeps it low, and if he can keep his fastball low, he'll be that much better. That's what I've noticed in these two starts so far--his pitches are a little high which is okay with the fastball but the high changeups can be a little dicey.

I stepped out for a few minutes to get some pork fried rice in town. Has Buchholz's changeups been lower now than toward the start of the game?

SoSock said...

C'mon Doc - make him pay !
(You're right RS - 37)

redsock said...

Lowell now has a 14 game hitting streak

redsock said...

he had a few high ones in the first, but nothing was hit hard. the speed diff is still deceptive enough.

ish said...

I'm feeling a ton of confidence in Buchholz right now. I feel comfortable watching him pitch, as I did in his last start. I don't feel as comfortable with Lester, but I think that's been just because of his recent outings, but I'm still confident. He's got the pitches and the velocity. The high pitch-counts are an area due for improvement, though.

Redsock: I'd be very happy with that rotation, even with the absence of a certain high-profile pitcher. Better off, I think.

redsock said...

pls atone for last night, capt.

ish said...

he had a few high ones in the first, but nothing was hit hard. the speed diff is still deceptive enough.

Sounds good. Thanks, RS.

Just heard Mirabelli was activated tonight.

s1c said...

These guys need to start doing something with these walks, etc. I don't want to look back and see another 1 run loss with 15 LOB's.

SoSock said...

Damn
Cap's not at his best so far this series.
2 Cans to RF and a wasted chance

s1c said...

I'd be very happy with that rotation, even with the absence of a certain high-profile pitcher. Better off, I think.

I've been saying all year that this is Schillings last year here. Just try to enjoy an effective post season from the dog.

ish said...

Quick feet.

s1c said...

nice, isn't Buccholz the guy who says he can beat Ellsbury in a foot race?

redsock said...

CB 's body language is much different/better from his first start. Clearly not as nervous, he looks more in command, a better presence, more like he feels he belongs.

ish said...

You definitely don't want Schilling in a Red Sox uniform next year ending up like Mike Mussina.

ish said...

He's also throwing a pretty good hook tonight, too. Good third pitch for him.

ish said...

7 pitches in the 4th. He's fun to watch, isn't he?

SoSock said...

I believe that's 3 1st pitch outs, and 1 2-Pitch so far.
The O's must be overly eager thinking "young pitcher"
So far he's proving them wrong

redsock said...

The Sox and MFY both have several pitching prospects that will be doing battle for the next few years.

redsock said...

pitches by batter

1: 5 5 2 2
2: 6 1 4
3: 5 6 1
4: 3 1 2

44 thru 4.

ish said...

RS, in that rotation you posted (Dice, Wake, Clay, Lester, Beckett), who do you feel most confident with next season? Who would have the most success next year?

redsock said...

plus he's throwing strikes

30 strikes
14 balls

ish said...

Pedroia would have had that one, Brian!

ish said...

YEAH LUGO! What a beautiful bunt! Great heads-up play. With 2 outs! That's a good way to get a hot hitter up with the chance to drive in a run.

s1c said...

dear jon lester:

1: 5 5 2 2
2: 6 1 4
3: 5 6 1
4: 3 1 2

please follow this example.

sincerely - RSN

s1c said...

Dustin with another infield hit. yeah boy!!

redsock said...

Dice should be much improved next year, after getting used to the rotation schedule, the balls, the teams, etc. I think we'll see the Dice we thought we were getting from Start #1 next year.

ish said...

GREAT HUSTLE, DUSTY! This is how the offense should be working.

Bases juiced for Big Papi.

redsock said...

show time for papi.

SoSock said...

Peds must have been pedaling!

ish said...

BIG PAPI STRIKES AGAIN!

s1c said...

Papi!!!!

redsock said...

DO NOT MESS WITH THE MAN!!!!

SoSock said...

PAPIIIII

redsock said...

Flo tips his helmet at 2B to acknowledge the chants!!

9casey said...

Two out rallies are the friggin best.....

redsock said...

37 of papi's 93 rbi have come with 2 outs (40%). i wonder how that compares.

ish said...

I don't think I've seen that happen with Ortiz before.

s1c said...

The curse of Remy - After extolling about the way Roberts plays second, etc. He fails to make the play on the liner and next thing you know its 4-0.

Remy needs to do this more often!

redsock said...

"15 minute wait" -- drink!

SoSock said...

Hiccup for the kid

SoSock said...

BIG Hiccup for the kid

9casey said...

s1c said...
dear jon lester:

1: 5 5 2 2
2: 6 1 4
3: 5 6 1
4: 3 1 2

please follow this example.

sincerely - RSN

The curse of s1c

SoSock said...

Nice Comeback

s1c said...

Fragging Lugo, the kid should have been out of the inning.

s1c said...

The curse of s1c

No bases loaded situation so he's ahead of Jon. Of course if slugo does his job he wouldn't have had to face Payton that inning.

SoSock said...

VERY nice comeback, kid

SoSock said...

Olson - 86 P already and 6 hits. We should KO him this inning

ish said...

That's one of the reasons I really like this guy. He can get out of jams.

ish said...

Kielty's hot again.

s1c said...

Enough with the Yankee updates NESN. We know they won today.

Notice how everybody is giving the west to the angels.

SoSock said...

A chance for ocoC

SoSock said...

Crap - 7 LOB

redsock said...

Notice how everybody is giving the west to the angels.

angels magic #: 22

red sox magic #: 23

s1c said...

angels magic #: 22

red sox magic #: 23


Exactly my point!!

redsock said...

mine too.

redsock said...

PCIK OFF!!!

ish said...

oCoC WHEELS!

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