September 21, 2007

G154: Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 1

Beckett (6-4-1-2-8, 113) pockets his #20 win - Ortiz (4 RBI, 3 hits) and Lowell hit back-to-back dongs in the ninth -- Varitek bopped a solo dong in the eighth -- Ellsbury and Pedroia each scored twice -- and Gagne looked great with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in which his pitch speed ranged from 68 to 95. (box)

The Yankees scored four times in the bottom of the ninth to erase a 4-0 Blue Jays lead, but then lost when Gregg Zaun hit a solo dong in the 14th inning.

2.5 GA. Magic #: 7.

(And the Tigers crept closer to New York in the WC race (4.5 GB).)

***

Josh Beckett (3.20, 142 ERA+) / Scott Kazmir (3.54, 130 ERA+)

Two excellent pitching match-ups tonight, with Halladay/Wang in New York, also at 7 PM.

The big question: Can (or Will) the battling Blue Jays, now officially eliminated from the wild card race, roll over for the Yankees? On their off-day yesterday, the team announced Vernon Wells is done for the season and will have shoulder surgery. Since Wells struggled to keep his OBP above .300 since mid-June (and he slugged .202 over the last 28 days), his absence may actually help Toronto's chances for victory. But still -- Eff you, Ricciardi.

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L-girl said...

He's already more attractive than Jeter ever was.

Jeter's not in the same universe when it comes to that. (But I never found Jeter attractive.)

Allan was in the SOSH game thread the night of Jeter's dive into the stands, and posters were falling all over themselves praising him, comparing Jeter's effort with the seeming nonchalance of their own SS.

Of course everyone prefaced their post with the appropriate Yankee and Jeter hatred, so they couldn't be accused of treason, but there was no one in that thread who didn't admire the catch.

Much later, the first time I heard Jere say it was planned or faked or whatever word he used, I was amazed. Hatred does some strange things to the vision.

redsock said...

There was also the Posadalmond Smile Lemon Surprise.

Nowhere near as good.

Ofer said...

"the Jeterrific Calm-Eyed choco bunny...

One of FJM's finest moments."

I aqree- and that's saying a lot, 'cause they're fucking hilarious. Intellectually hilarious.

Jere said...

L: My issue with that was that Pokey Reese made a catch that was definitely more difficult in the same game. If to this day they were still saying "the game with the two great catches," I'd be fine with it. But Pokey's was completely ignored, while Jeter's is still shown all the time.

L-girl said...

I must be the only person who doesn't like FJM. I mean, they do great stuff, but I don't find them funny at all.

Jere said...

Rios Dong!!!!! 4-0

redsock said...

Allan was in the SOSH game thread

Yeah, but we're elitists.

redsock said...

LOVE THAT RIOS KID -- HE'S GONNA GO PLACES!!!!

Colin said...

Looks like Toronto didn't feel like keeling over to the MFY. Nice 2-run shot off Ramirez.

Jere said...

His name is Rios and he dongs in the Bronx. Or whatever.

L-girl said...

Jere: Your issue the first time I saw you post about it was that Jeter "faked" it. I remember it vividly, b/c I was amazed.

Perhaps your issue now is about the relative attention paid to the catches in the media. But the comment I am thinking of made no mention of media. It was about Jeter's catch, and his "fake" unnecessary dive into the stands.

Ofer said...

Rios DONG! 4-0 BJ's

redsock said...

We are not unaware of your issues surrounding the catch.

I fear Laura may be as obsessed with your reaction to it vis a vis Pokey as you are to the whole situation itself.

L-girl said...

4-0 Jays?? YES!

Of course it had to be Rios. Buffy must be peeing himself.

ish said...

LMAO!!!!!!

I'm watching the Yankees game on my computer through a Taiwanese channel, and I heard their voices rising, and I saw the ball heading out of the park... Of course I couldn't understand what the announcer was saying, but when the ball went into the stands for a home run, the announcer suddenly yelled, "Hasta la vista, baby!!!" Oh man, that and Jacoby's catch MADE MY NIGHT.

So it's 4-0 Jays now??? I think so. I didn't bother to look at the scoreboard because I was laughing at the announcer!

David said...

re: jeter's catch

i also think it was faked. why not slide into the wall? how far from the seats was he when he caught the ball?

L-girl said...

Who would have ever thought 2.5 GA would look so good? I can't wait to see it, and 3.5 tomorrow night.

redsock said...

I recently went to Youtube and I now understand "Chocolate Rain".

:>)

L-girl said...

I fear Laura may be as obsessed with your reaction to it vis a vis Pokey as you are to the whole situation itself.

LOL I can't deny it. I wouldn't say obsessed, but I am absolutely fascinated by Jere's obsessive hatred of all things even remotely Yankee. Many Red Sox fans would say "me too" or "we all are", but I have never seen or heard anything approaching Jere's level.

It's in a class by itself. :)

redsock said...

Beckett -- Puttin' the hammer down.

Ofer said...

Rays announcer: "what's ironic is that Matsuzaka's pitching tomorrow, but he was out there throwing before the game tonight" (or something like that). FSN Florida should buy him a dictionary.

redsock said...

Anyone else think we're gonna see Gagne tonight?

Maybe give him the 7th, MDC in the 8th, then The Bot.

(The 7th will give us time to get the runs back!)

ish said...

Looks like Beckett's done.

L-girl said...

david, i'm purposely not answering your questions hoping the subject will die off. sorry.

redsock said...

FSN Florida should buy him a dictionary.

They should also give him one of the 63,890,763,785 articles that have been written this season about Dice's between-start routines.

L-girl said...

beckett, yes, he got all his congrats.

David said...

L-girl, no problem. i thought i was the only one who felt that way about the catch until i came across this site.

redsock said...

how far from the seats was he when he caught the ball?

if i recall correctly, one or two steps -- sprinting at top speed.

L-girl said...

one thing I've learned online, no matter how odd you think your perception or opinion might be, others share it :)

Jere said...

123 for halladay

redsock said...

CI was probably hoping the MFY fans would catch him as if he was as diving off a stage at a concert. They didn't.

Ofer said...

Well, giving Gagne the 7th and getting the runs back later sounds fine and everything, but that would hurt Beckett's Cy Young chances... sad but true.

Colin said...

Ouch...looks like our lineup still needs some work on anti-K training.

s1c said...

re: Jeter catch game

One other thing I remember about that game. The MFY's tied the game when Ortiz's mitt broke on a hard shot. If the mitt doesn't break, the catch wouldn't have meant shit.

redsock said...

The media acts like CI's spit can cure cancer, but he is a decent ballplayer. The end.

Colin said...

Yee-ouch. 3 Ks in a row? Come on guys...

Jere said...

Sorry, I was on the phone with my dad, the man you can blame for my extreme hatred of the Yanks:)

"It was about Jeter's catch, and his "fake" unnecessary dive into the stands."

Yes, that's why Pokey's was better! Poey went into the stands because he had to--during the catch! Jeter ran a Museum Mile and then went into the crowd. Hey, the blood was real, I'll give him that.

ish said...

Mmmmm anti-cancer spit.

Jere said...

Remy had a long rant about the greatness of Jeter on a recent pre-game. Every single thing he said about him could be said about Lou Merloni. Right down to "he's not the greatest shortstop in the world, but..."

Ofer said...

Well, anyone with 2300+ hits at 33 has to be at least decent... even without factoring in the calmness.

Jere said...

Millions of Dead Rays

Jere said...

2142 to of them bloops to right!

s1c said...

MDC dealing

Jere said...

We really needed that 1-2-3 from Miniscule Manny.

Colin said...

Wow...MDC doesn't fuck around either. Props Manny.

L-girl said...

but he is a decent ballplayer.

What? He is not. He is the most overrated ballplayer in the history of universe, his spit causes cancer, he secretly belongs to both the Nazi Party and the KKK, and he eats babies for breakfast. The media actually hates him, but he forces them to write and say all those great things about him, with his super atomic powers.

Don't you know anything?

redsock said...

Well, anyone with 2300+ hits at 33 has to be at least decent... even without factoring in the calmness.

No, see, 2,268 of those were bloop hits to short right field. And the reason no team has ever employed a shift to catch those bloops is all part of a vast pro-Jeter conspiracy.

ish said...

Don't look now, but MDC was VERY good (almost... 8th inning man, worthy? Nah, he's pitching too well.)

s1c said...

Halladay still in the game, bottom of the ninth. 4-0 jays. Damon leads off the inning with a double.

ish said...

Mmmm cancer spit.

redsock said...

ALRIGHT MFY -- people say you can do anything!

Can you win this game? Can ya???

L-girl said...

Jere, if you were constructing a team to win, and looking only at stats, would you choose the guy with Jeter's stats or Merloni's?

redsock said...

2142 to of them bloops to right!

My math was off.

David said...

damon leads off bottom 9 with a 2B

Jere said...

Yeah Tek!!!!

ish said...

CAPTAIN DONG!!!

L-girl said...

Tangible Teflon!

Jere said...

In play, out (s) for Jeter, looks like L is right about him. No good.

redsock said...

Dongtastic!!!!

s1c said...

CI grounds out to ss.

Great pitching shut outing a great hitting team. - MK

Colin said...

Hot damn!! V-tek homer for redemption!

Ofer said...

You see? I told you Varitek is bad, and not worse (:

L-girl said...

Don't look now folks, but our magic number is about to go down!!

nick said...

Major Deal Relief
Manny Does Relief
Manny Da Relieva

oh look. Tek reminds us we can't _always_ hate him.

redsock said...

Flaw with L's Q: Jere doesn't look only at stats.

...

There goes Tek. Padding his stats in the late innings of a blowout.

David said...

"yankees suck" chant at the trop

redsock said...

Mockery!

Jere said...

What's MDR anyway?

I'd take the Merloni guy and lock the Jeter up in my basement. And down there, it's not the number of lashes, it's how dirty your whip gets.

L-girl said...

check out the big loud yankees suck cheer in tampa :)

ish said...

pssst. nobody's warming in the bullpen. mdc for the 8th?

ish said...

abreu dunked one into left. here's a-rod.

men at the corners.

Jere said...

Oh I see the confusion. I earlier came up with an MDR. But I was just changing Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) to Rays because we're playing the Rays.

Ofer said...

I don't know if a 3-1 game can be considered a blowout... unless you factor in the 4 runs the BJ's have on the MFY.

L-girl said...

Flaw with L's Q: Jere doesn't look only at stats.

You mean flaw with Jere.

He said he'd take the Merloni guy. I rest my case. The man is completely insane. Hatred can do that to a guy.

L-girl said...

no fair hazel mae, i wanna go one on one with jacoby ellsbury...

Jere said...

Matsui tying run up for Yanks. Come on, DP.

s1c said...

halladay melting in the ninth. 4-1 jays, 1 out 1st and 2nd. Shemp to face Downes after the pitching change.

oops, 107 pitches and halladay stays in the game.

redsock said...

4-1.

That's it, Yankees, tease your fans a little -- then fall on your faces. You can do it.

ish said...

a-rod: base hit to center. damon scores. tying run up.

jays bullpen, anyone?

john gibbons comes out, talks to halladay, and leaves him in with lefty downs warming. 2 on, 1 out. matsui batting.

don't pull a grady.

L-girl said...

ofer, it's 4-1 in tampa.

it may not be blow out but it is a HUGE win.

ish said...

one pitch, one out! matsui hit a weak little grounder and just like that, men at second and third, 2 out.

Jere said...

One out away from the magic number actually moving.

redsock said...

only 10 pitches for daddy delcarmen that inning

ish said...

posada....

ut oh. grounder the first, went off halladay's mit, fielded by hill, throw to first, juggled by overbay.

everyone's safe. run scores. 4-2. tying run at first.

s1c said...

Mike Kay - mr clutch up to bat passedballa.

Jays make a fragging error and the inning continues.

Ofer said...

Oh, I know it's 4-1... but it was 3-1 before Tek's dong. I was responding to this:

There goes Tek. Padding his stats in the late innings of a blowout.

ish said...

that's it for halladay.

Jere said...

Gee, what a surprise, Jays make error with two outs in ninth

redsock said...

i was kidding about tek/padding stats.

nick said...

Jere said...
Oh I see the confusion. I earlier came up with an MDR. But I was just changing Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) to Rays because we're playing the Rays.


Oy, am I dumb! I knew what you were referring to. I know MDC changes their name every album and I know Manny Del Carmen has the same freakin' initials and I don't know how to spell.

ish said...

scott downs vs. robinson cano

ish said...

1 and 1 to cano.

ish said...

cano hits a base hit to right field.

4-3. tying run on third.

gah.

L-girl said...

just remember: as long as we win, they cannot catch us.

(altho i'm sure the yankees will lose tonight.)

ish said...

downs vs. giambi

ish said...

and giambi hits a little base hit. game tied.

David said...

oh hell

Colin said...

Come on Toronto...get one out! That's all we ask!

ish said...

i can't fricken believe that. 4-0 into the bottom of the 9th. now tied.

Jere said...

Giambi up, now 4-3. Tying run on third. Jere's missiles now aimed toward Blue Jays' houses and ready to fire on my command.

David said...

fuck

Ofer said...

Fucking, fucking, fucking Toronto

Jere said...

Tied. FUCK YOU FUCKING BLUE JAYS TIL END OF TIME YOU WILL GET MAILBOMBS

chief said...

mother fucking fucker jays just gave up the fucking lead.

ish said...

casey janseen vs. milk dud

s1c said...

In the I hate to say that I said it category from early in this thread:
What I want to see is the MFBJ's play the MFY's like they just played us. Chances of that happening slim and none

Fragging jays

ish said...

YESSSSS!!!!! (has nothing to do with the mfy game)

8TH INNING UNSCATHED FOR THE RED SOX!!!

Finally conquered the eighth!

David said...

all of a sudden I'm nervous. how about some insurance?

ish said...

melky grounds out to first.

extras.

Colin said...

Oh thank God. Let's hope the Jays can take advantage of Yankee relief in the 10th.

redsock said...

Dear MFY:

Well, that was some tease. I'll bet your fans are very excited. Now you can choke it away in extras and piss them off double. It'll be a blast.

L-girl said...

yeah yeah, you told us so, lotta good that does

Colin said...

Did somebody drop the bomb with this MFBJ game or something?

L-girl said...

there is absolutely NO reason to be afraid of sox 8th innings!

s1c said...

yeah yeah, you told us so, lotta good that does

Just one of my pet peeves, it just seems like the Jays, Orioles, Devil Rays, and other fragging losers play the Sox like its the seventh game of the WS only to roll over and die when they face the MFY's.

ish said...

fruitbat for the 10th.

Ofer said...

On to Mariano Rivera- the shakiest used-to-be-a-sure-thing in the league.

You know what, strike that. Who am I kidding. We've got Gagne sitting right there in the dugout.

ish said...

there is absolutely NO reason to be afraid of sox 8th innings!

well, no. but the eighth hasn't particular been their forte lately.

ish said...

1 out... reed johnson batting.

ouch time for pedroia.

johnson flies out. 2 out

s1c said...

Fragging third batter hit tonight. Rays doing their best to just put more people on the DL.

redsock said...

tigers won 5-4.

David said...

i feel much better

s1c said...

Papi dong and the Majic number will move.

Yeah boy!!!!

ish said...

fruitbat gets the third out via backwards K.

meanwhile, back at the dome...

BIG PAPI DONG!!!!

Ofer said...

Yeah!!! Now it's a blowout!

Or should I say clobbering

redsock said...

Opposite Field Dong for the Big Man!

Spencer Brown said...

dong by Big Papi to give Sox a six run lead in the 9th.

yee hah!

ish said...

bottom of the tenth...

janssen vs. damon

L-girl said...

PAPIDONG!!!!

I've had computer trouble, couldn't get to the thread for a while...

Who was it asking for insurance???!!!

Ofer said...

Fruitbat only has 10 pitches, so they can still dong him senseless in the 11th.

ish said...

DOCTOR DONG ACTION!!!!

BACK TO BACK DONAGE!!!

L-girl said...

DOCTOR DONG!!!!

nick said...

I don't care what lowell does as long as he doesn't K.

well how 'bout that. heh.

ish said...

that's got to feel AMAZING after striking out three times previously!

Jere said...

Slowell dong.

ish said...

damon flies out to left. 1 out.

redsock said...

I LOVE SOME OF THAT HOT DONG-ON-DONG ACTION!!!

ish said...

gagné's been delegated to huge-ass lead man.

L-girl said...

CLOB-BER CLOB-BER CLOB-BER

thanks to ofer for the word of the night.

FINALLY that friggin magic number will change!

ish said...

jeter goes 6-3. 2 out

L-girl said...

in the 1st, remy was hoping for a huge so he could talk about stuff. it was still 4-1 when he read his letter from the governor of VT (including an endorsement for prez of rsn if he visits VT), a letter from a fan who sent him a raymond doll... blah blah blah...

nick said...

gagne: does my ass look big in this lead?

L-girl said...

huge-ass-lead-man is a good role for gagne. that way he can still pitch, and we can still breathe.

L-girl said...

gagne: does my ass look big in this lead?

cue larry sanders :)

Ofer said...

Hey, Grant Balfour: your name is Grant Balfour, not Pitch Strikethree. Act accordingly.

ish said...

rolling rolling rolling, get that triple going....

nixon33 said...

nick said...
gagne: does my ass look big in this lead?

hahahahaha

ish said...

grant balfour sounds like a hockey name.

abreu walks.

a-rod time.

redsock said...

gameday's news ticker says the jays lead 2-0 in the middle of the 7th

go jays!!

L-girl said...

remy said it was a triple for "mossy" and a tough night for "loogie".

is he doing his torre imitation?

ish said...

a-rod goes 5-3!!!!

we go to the 11th!

nixon33 said...

nice fucking play on a-rod!

nixon33 said...

joba the cunt coming in?

Colin said...

Nice! A-Rod outsky!

ish said...

well... they go to the 11th.

not me.

redsock said...

they should have an auction where you get to slap that heckling rays fan. sox fans would empty their wallets.

Ofer said...

That's more like it, Grant

Jere said...

I'm outta here. Go Sox. Go Jays.

L-girl said...

Hey, Grant Balfour: your name is Grant Balfour, not Pitch Strikethree. Act accordingly.

ha! definitely a terrible name for a pitcher. good thing he's not an ump, all the pitchers would hate him.

redsock said...

Nite, Jere.

ish said...

joba the cunt coming in?

yes.

Ofer said...

I say it was all an elaborate plan to get JtC into the game, hit him with a huge dong, and make him cry

nixon33 said...

lets see if gagme can fuck this up...

redsock said...

Rays strike out the side!!!!

nick said...

later, jere.

grant balfour is right up there with learned hand (wonder if the justice played ball in college).

ish said...

rios flew out to right against the hut. 1 out

Colin said...

And Jabba emerges from his ship in Tatooine.

L-girl said...

my computer is giving me fits. i better get out of the thread before i completely lose it.

i'll come back to celebrate The Movement of the Magic Number.

redsock said...

let's go, eric! 1-2-3

ish said...

full count on frank thomas.

HURT THEM!

ish said...

ball 4 to thomas.

1 on, 1 out. aaron hill up.

ish said...

that curve registered at 65 mph for gagné.

ish said...

good morning, good afternoon, goodnight!!!!

ish said...

curve, change, then blew him away.

David said...

just curious...how would rays fan react if i went to the trop next week (yankees here) and cheered for the rays wearing a red sox t-shirt

redsock said...

speeds per gameday

68
85
92

!!!

L-girl said...

love the name learned hand.

urban shocker is my fave.

Rays strike out the side!!!!

:)

ish said...

WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!

JOSH BECKETT IS A 20 GAME WINNER!!!!

Magic number: 8!!!

David said...

nice to finally get a win

L-girl said...

i posted that comment re learned hand like 5 mins ago...

Colin said...

Nice.

Colin said...

Smell that? Smells like...Cy Young.

ish said...

the pinch-runner for thomas steals second as aaron hill struck out.

man on 2nd, 2 out.

Ofer said...

And, the magic number finally budges!

ish said...

so, 2 men on, 2 out... and GUESS WHO is up...

russ adams.

ish said...

1 on, my bad

Ofer said...

Come on, Russ Adams- just imagine that JtC has a red B on his cap, and you're sure to do something good.

L-girl said...

YES! 2 games up now, magic number 8.

Switched over to Buffyvision now...

redsock said...

just curious...how would rays fan react if i went to the trop next week (yankees here) and cheered for the rays wearing a red sox t-shirt

I don't think the 4 Rays fans there will even notice.

ish said...

2 and 2 to adams.

ish said...

adams strikes out.

jays don't score.

redsock said...

fuck -- just remembered i'm blacked out on mlbtv.

fuck you mlb!

redsock said...

and fuck you russ adams. worthless fucking bastard

ish said...

I don't think the 4 Rays fans there will even notice.

maybe the wrestler guy who NESN shows from time to time wearing a Rays shirt... The guy with the mullet?

nah, I don't think he'd notice either.

Ofer said...

fuck -- just remembered i'm blacked out on mlbtv.

fuck you mlb!


Isn't there a 3-hour limit thing, or something like that?

ish said...

and fuck you russ adams. worthless fucking bastard

i'll keep ya up to speed if you like.

redsock said...

Cunt's at 20 pitches. Who else with any talent is out there?

L-girl said...

I don't think the 4 Rays fans there will even notice.

i was gonna say the same thing.

ish said...

accardo vs. matsui

redsock said...

We all know the Joba Rules should really be called the Torre Rules, right? Put in place by Cashman not so JtC keeps his innings down but so Joe doesn't blow out his arm.

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