September 22, 2007

G155: Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 6

Red Sox Clinch Playoff Spot!
Red Sox   -  001 202 003 - 8 13 0
Devil Rays - 000 201 300 - 6 7 0
With Boston trailing 6-5, Varitek started the top of the ninth with a solo home run off Al Reyes. Hinske, who had looked horrible all night, followed with a double. After Crisp popped to third, Lugo homered to left!! Then Ellsbury doubled and took third on a foul pop to first, but was stranded at third.

Drew continues to be ON FIRE with a double, a home run, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Varitek was on base all four times tonight: walk, 2 singles and home run. And Eric Gagne looked fantastic once again and he picked up the victory.

***

A wild one this afternoon:
Blue Jays - 000 300 530 0 - 11 18 0
Yankees - 010 014 320 1 - 12 17 1
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (4.41, 103 ERA+) / Andy Sonnanstine (5.68, 81 ERA+)

Matsuzaka's ERA is 11.20 in three September starts -- and 7.15 in his last seven outings. In 26.1 innings against Tampa, his ERA is 3.42. ... Sonnanstine has a 9.00 ERA in three starts (15 IP) against the Red Sox.

Manny Ramirez will likely return no earlier than Tuesday at home against Oakland.

The Blue Jays play the Yankees at 1 PM: Marcum/Hughes.
East
Boston 91 63 .591 -- 8 games left
New York 88 65 .575 2.5 9 games left

Wild Card
New York 88 65 .575 -- 9 games left
Detroit 84 70 .545 4.5 8 games left
Seattle 82 71 .536 6.0 9 games left
Detroit hosts Kansas City at 7 PM.

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David said...

ortiz double

nixon33 said...

PAPI DOUBLE!

redsock said...

2 out double for papi.

ish said...

Jeff Karstens pitching for the Yankees.

snicker.

s1c said...

Career high in Doubles for Papi, c'mon Mikey!!

Ofer said...

Wow... going into extra innings after already using 17 pitchers... maybe we'll end up seeing Mussina tonight, tomorrow and on Tuesday?

redsock said...

48th double for flo. had 29 last year.

despite the drop in hr, he's been more productive this season.

ish said...

Matt Stairs: base hit to right. leadoff man on. Alex Rios, Gregg Zaun on deck.

nixon33 said...

"a black velvet-y backdrop sky"
michael kay reveals his fetishes...

David said...

ortiz out trying to steal 3rd!?

s1c said...

WTF - why is he trying to steal 3rd?

redsock said...

WTF Flo?

ish said...

Ortiz trying to do something new in his career.

I don't blame him totally. Sonnanstine was taking forever in his delivery. Not exactly the smartest thing, but oh well.

Ofer said...

Fuck the heck ?!!? Ortiz caught stealing?

ish said...

Maddon laughed when Ortiz tried to steal third. Can't quite say I blame him.

redsock said...

that was dumb. i thought his legs were bothering him. dumb dumb dumb.

... maybe a botched hit and run with a guy on 2nd???? (shrugs wildly)

Ofer said...

Jeff Karstens... that reminds me, whatever happened to that nice Chase Wright fellow? I sure did like him

ish said...

KC 3, DET 1, BOT 1st

redsock said...

we can clinch a playoff spot tonight -- if we win and det loses.

ish said...

Zaun's really grinding out this at-bat with 1 out and a man on.

ish said...

Zaun pops to second. 2 out

ish said...

carstens has to go through aaron hill, with lyle overbay on deck to PH

nixon33 said...

MATT STAIRS YOU FAT FUCKING SLOW MOTHERFUCKER!

ish said...

hill hit one over melky cabrera's head... stairs heads for home. cabrera to cano... bullet from cano to home, and posada tagged stairs out.

gah.

redsock said...

sounds like a clear case of the basepaths being "clogged"

ish said...

this is not going well anymore.

posada hits a double to left. ground-rule double. damon runs for posada.

nixon33 said...

fuck, i dont like the momentum...

ish said...

giambi to be walked intentionally.

ish said...

LUGO LEVITATES.

redsock said...

great leaping lugos!

nixon33 said...

lind slowed up running for the ball...pussy

ish said...

batter: cano
first and second, 0 out.

redsock said...

tp pls

ish said...

cano bluffing bunt. don't know if he will bunt or not.

ish said...

cano flies to left... BOTH runners tag.

damon at third. 1 out.

nixon33 said...

someone needs to kill lind...he sucks.

ish said...

betemit batting. no int. walk

ish said...

0 and 2 to betemit

ish said...

STRUCK HIM OUT. 2 OUT.

ish said...

so it's up to cabrera. he has 4 RBI today.

ish said...

yankees win. base hit.

redsock said...

the lead will stay at 2.5, oh well.

jays are playing tough, that's for sure.

ish said...

This win for the New York Yankees is brought to you by the law firm of Stairs and Lind.

nixon33 said...

shit fuck cunt bitch shit ass dick fucks

L-girl said...

wow, what a game.

ish said...

but hey. that was right around 5 hours. they have another day game tomorrow. they face mcgowan. mussina goes for the mfy, and their bullpens are both SPENT.

another CG for mcgowan would be amazing.

nixon33 said...

well time for us to nullify their "win" with a real win

redsock said...

The range of responses:

redsock said:
the lead will stay at 2.5, oh well.

nixon33 said:
shit fuck cunt bitch shit ass dick fucks

:>)

redsock said...

or maybe nix was mad at hinske ..

nixon33 said...

is there an air of smugness here tonight?

redsock said...

is there an air of smugness here tonight?

i don't think so. am i acting smug?

David said...

cheap ass fucking hit

nixon33 said...

i'd hope not.

L-girl said...

we can be cautiously optimistic. but not smug!

altho it was fun being smug this season :)

s1c said...

is there an air of smugness here tonight

And that would be different from other days how?

L-girl said...

And that would be different from other days how?

tee hee

i'm going home now. red sox, please score some runs while i'm en route.

redsock said...

i was amused that right after I said "oh well", the next poster lets fly with a string of obscenities. no other message there than that.

ish said...

*que RedSock rant*

nixon33 said...

both tigers and indians losing early...

s1c said...

I think we lucked out on ocoC's bunt there.

redsock said...

ococ looked out on the replay.

redsock said...

*que RedSock rant*

lugo bunting? i'm too tired.

nixon33 said...

no worries
what exactly is lugo doing there?

s1c said...

LBJ!!!

nixon33 said...

the kid!

s1c said...

Re: Lugo's bunt

I have to agree with Remdawg, he did that on his own.

Mike L said...

Tampa announcers are losing their mind over coco being called safe at 1st. They say 1st base ump looked like he admitted missing the call. Anyone else see that?

nixon33 said...

s1c said...
Re: Lugo's bunt

I have to agree with Remdawg, he did that on his own.


the hampster must have stopped running on the wheel in lugos head for a moment.

redsock said...

Tampa announcers are losing their mind over coco being called safe at 1st.

You know, I can't stand people who think every single call goes against their team.

ish said...

lugo bunting? i'm too tired.

Initially I meant oCoC's bunt. Then Lugo bunted. But I know what you mean. Long day so far, eh?

redsock said...

Let's see if L goes back and reads that post when she gets home.

David said...

mike: rays tv also claiming conspiracy involving 1st base ump. apparently a number of missed calls agaist the sox with this guy on first.

then they were going nuts over the tag on lugo's bunt. as if the tag was made but no out signal forcing the throw to first.

redsock said...

long day

no work here, so that is good.

just don't feel like ranting the same crap about giving away precious outs very early in the game. then again, it's lugo, so maybe it was a good play than having him swing away.

redsock said...

Buffyvision also whines on calls during Sox games.

Plus there was Joe Morgan's infamous "things happen in Boston" line recently.

redsock said...

rays showing the coco bunt again!

redsock said...

PC: 40 for Dice thru 3. Lower than usual.

ish said...

just don't feel like ranting the same crap about giving away precious outs very early in the game. then again, it's lugo, so maybe it was a good play than having him swing away.

good, haha.

Mike L said...

I guess if I was forced to watch 162 Devil Rays games, I'd probably make up conspiracies to pass the time too.

David said...

rs: they talked about the bunt for the entire bottom of 3rd

redsock said...

as if the rays would win 100 games if they got these few calls that go against them

nixon33 said...

dice-k lookng decent early.

redsock said...

david, i am wisely just watching. not listening.

i thought they had that woman on, some charity? was that another inning or did all 3 of them moan and rent their garments?

nixon33 said...

JD "I LOVE YOU" DREW

s1c said...

David Jonathon comes through!!!!

nixon33 said...

i hope drew have a rediculous post season and shuts EVERYONE UP. i just hope.

ish said...

J.D. DREW. ON FIRE!!!

Orsillo: Lowell heading to third and beyond.

*drink*

redsock said...

In 2 official PAs, Lowell has seen 20 pitches (when Papi got CS, it was not a PA).

redsock said...

yes

ON FIRE

ish said...

KC 5, DET 1, BOT 4th

redsock said...

whereas Tek is a smoldering pile of semi-wet leaves.

David said...

They eventually got to the charity, but apologized for taking up her time. She was on in the top of the 3rd, but they carried over discussion of the bad call to the bottom of the inning.

s1c said...

Remdawg going on about not celebrating clinching a play off spot. I have to admit, I am with him, that they should just treat this as a no big deal type of thing.

Amy should be here, TEK comes through again.

redsock said...

wait -- there may be a spark in those leaves!!!!

redsock said...

Just few fist pumps. That's what winners do.

David said...

geez

redsock said...

nope - just wet leaves.

fukc.

s1c said...

WTF - why put on a hit and run with someone who strikes out as much as hinske.

redsock said...

and an inning with great promise comes crashing to a halt with 3 outs on 3 pitches.

redsock said...

pena dong.

3-1.

s1c said...

Fragging Pena. At least it was just a solo shot.

Lord Lynch said...

Evening from Londinium. Lord Lynch has partaken of some alcohol and is in need of some Sox sobriety.

redsock said...

Dice thinks we like close games, so he is narrowing the score.

Lord Lynch said...

That does nothing to aid my sobriety, redsock.

redsock said...

where the F was that 0-2 pitch?

see, rays, you got a call. now stfu.

s1c said...

Looking at Daisuke's splits, he sucks in the 6th, 4th and 1st innings. So, two of the three bad innings down and the Sox still lead.

More runs please.

redsock said...

I mean Migraine and Dewayne should STFU, not the Rays.

Slugo
Lyndon
Pee-Wee
Flo

ish said...

OAK 6, CLE 0, TOP 5th
KC 5, DET 3 after 5

L-girl said...

I see the Sox listened to me, but the Rays were confused and thought I meant they should also score runs.

I turned on the TV and Teener was babbling about stolen bases. Did she mention we have The Best Stolen Base in baseball history?

redsock said...

in order go the sox.

ish said...

I've noticed Dice's fastball moves differently than others like schilling and most notably, beckett. most guys will throw a heater that's either straight or has some hop to it. dice-k's fastball, from where i'm sitting, has this slight arcing motion, to where it sinks a little bit when it hits the plate.

so, when you go to throw a fastball by somebody, they usually will swing just underneath the ball. the fastball is usually slightly elevated, maybe belt high. dice-k does that but his pitch, it looks like to me, will arc down just enough to end up on the same plane (and the same place) as the bat, and it gets hit.

anybody else notice that? watch his fastballs.

ish said...

oakland's got dan haren pitching tonight

redsock said...

i thought the problem with dice's fastball was that it was fairly straight -- hence all that talk about not making him a fb dependent pitcher. because he's get shelled (as he has when tek's called fb after fb after fb).

it's good enough to get hitters out as long as he mixes it in with a lot of off-speed stuff. a lot.

L-girl said...

Hi Lord L! We kept the lead alive for you last night.

Lord Lynch said...

Gameday has given up the ghost here. i'm struggling to stay awake. This is not fair....

redsock said...

call the fucking corners, blue

David said...

according to migraine varitek needs to get dice-k "under control" and stop showing up the umpire

ish said...

yeah, he really needs to mix it up, and it looks like he has tonight. that 4th inning was a little dicey (no pun intended), but you hope that the 4th was his bad inning and he'll be good the rest of the outing. he was outstanding in the 5th.

Lord Lynch said...

you lie l-girl. When i retired you had laready coughed up the early 1-0 lead.

Lord it is not fair. I'm on some CNNSi nonsense at the moment.

redsock said...

Yeah, he's really out of control. Jeez.

What do guys like Migraine need to do to lose their jobs? Go on a racist rant or kill someone -- I think that's about it. Being wrong and dumb 100% of the time doesn't seem to matter.

s1c said...

Just showed the replay of the Yankee walk off hit. Did they win the WS?

More runs please

L-girl said...

What do guys like Migraine need to do to lose their jobs? Go on a racist rant or kill someone -- I think that's about it. Being wrong and dumb 100% of the time doesn't seem to matter.

All evidence shows being wrong and dumb is a job requirement!

Even if they go on a racist rant, they can always apologize and find Jesus.

Maybe murder. Pedophilia would probably work, too.

That's about all I can think of.

L-girl said...

Just showed the replay of the Yankee walk off hit. Did they win the WS?

Careful s1c, you're channeling Michael Kay.

L-girl said...

you lie l-girl. When i retired you had laready coughed up the early 1-0 lead.

I lie? More likely it's my usual slushy memory. All I know is we won.

redsock said...

Just showed the replay of the Yankee walk off hit. Did they win the WS?

I assume they were celebrating winning a close game? And everyone likes the footage?

But if the Red Sox are happy if/when they clinch a playoff spot tonight, the wrath of the sports media will come down on them.

Okay.

Lord Lynch said...

Michael Kay's stupidity transcends borders. His idiocy is inter-continental.

L-girl said...

MR ON FIRE!!!

s1c said...

ON FIRE!!!!!!

nixon33 said...

JD "I LOVE YOU" DREW

Mike L said...

It's JD's world...we're just living in it!

ish said...

FIREY DONG!!!

L-girl said...

Amy must have atoned really well!

redsock said...

ON FIRE?

It's a ROARING FUCKING INFERNO!!!

Ofer said...

Can you count the 'on fire's?

Lord Lynch said...

Has something happened? we are in the dark in eng-er-land?

L-girl said...

I do not want to see the Sox celebrate clinching a playoff spot. Handshakes all around - some sort of sober acknowledgement - will be adequate.

Then keep on taking care of the business at hand.

Anyone agree with me?

redsock said...

yeah, tampa, bring in the guy with the 8.79 ERA. that's cool with us.

ish said...

Anyone agree with me?

They could go out there and jump around and be happy, but I think it's too early for champagne showers.

Lord Lynch said...

seriously - gameday is down. I guess something good has happened?

L-girl said...

Another Tek hit! Amy must have done some mighty fine atoning.

redsock said...

Umm, J.D. Drew hit a two-run home run to right field. Boston is ahead 5-2.

s1c said...

Amy should really be here as the mouldy pile starts to really smolder.

redsock said...

some bats are waking up. good timing.

Lord Lynch said...

DJ Werd!

Tremendous.

Blimey. Like we are two years behind you lot....

SoSock said...

Woo Hoo !!!
I get home - it's the 6th inning - and WE"RE AHEAD!
WTG Sox.
Not only that, when I pulled up the Sox website, it looks Drew & Tek have been huge tonight. That's 2 we haven't seen production from in a while.
And BTW - I do agree L-girl

s1c said...

Key inning here for Daisuke. The sixth is his worst inning this year. Opponents are hitting .320/.395/.620 in the 6th. Six of the 24 hr's allowed have came in the 6th also.

redsock said...

Lord, I understand gameday is crapping the cot, but you're getting our comments in a timely manner, correct?

ish said...

OAK 9, CLE 2, TOP 6th
KC 5, DET 3, BOT 6th, DET threatening. 2 on, 2 out, Granderson batting.

redsock said...

Nothing fancy on the field. They might not even know what the Tigers did until they are in the clubhouse.

Save it for the division clinch. First of 4 celebrations!

ish said...

Granderson grounds out to second to end the Tigers' threat.

redsock said...

Leadoff walk to Pena (on 3-2 pitch).

redsock said...

come on dice, throw a few strikes.

David said...

Makeup call?

redsock said...

PBP for LL:
Upton grounds to Lugo's right, they get the FC, but Upton beats Fuck Yeah's relay.

s1c said...

Lord lynch - you might want to try tsn's gametrax. That seems to be working good.

redsock said...

on 2-2, dice goes with high heat but young will not SASAHE.

David said...

Second time Upton was out this inning!

redsock said...

Young does K, but Upton steals second. 2 outs.

L-girl said...

OK, let's hope Sox management is reading our game thread so they can behave appropriately.

s1c said...

whoo, I thought that was trouble for sure. c'mon one more out please.

redsock said...

Norton drops a single in front of Ococ, run scores. 5-3 RS.

Mike L said...

DRays announcers sound shocked that breaks even out over the course of the game...surprisingly no conspiracy theories about either umpire this time around...

nixon33 said...

s1c said...
Looking at Daisuke's splits, he sucks in the 6th, 4th and 1st innings. So, two of the three bad innings down and the Sox still lead.


pretty much fucking nailed!

redsock said...

Gomes pops to Drew. 5-3 after 6.

Dice at 98.

9-1-2 up for Bos.

s1c said...

Careful s1c, you're channeling Michael Kay

am trying to think of a worse insult, will probably take me a while though.

Ok, clear sailing from here on out. Daisuke is through his sucky innings.

SoSock said...

Not horrible - 6 IP, 3 R.
Not crazy about the 1 hit per inning avg, but with only 1 walk the hits aren't hurting as bad

ish said...

KC 6, DET 3, BOT 7th
OAK 9, CLE 2, TOP 7th

L-girl said...

Just catching up on some comments here, I think we have a new nickname for M Kay: the intercontinental idiot. The eye-eye. Aye-aye?

L-girl said...

A bunt, time for Allan to curse at Tito.

ish said...

...lyndon tries to steal first.

SoSock said...

I would really rather see oCoC in the 9-hole than Lugie. I think he has a better chance of getting on in front of the top of the order (the old double lead-off gambit)

David said...

Mike: Just saw in your profile that you are in Orlando. Lived there for first 25 years of my life before moving to Tampa. Have a friend in Orlando in the same business as you.

SoSock said...

Crap - not a very productive inning
OK all you folks who can actually see the game - Is Dice still on?

L-girl said...

Careful s1c, you're channeling Michael Kay

am trying to think of a worse insult, will probably take me a while though.


Oh no! I'm sorry s1c. Forgive me.

I'll never quite get over Michael Kay excoriating the Red Sox for their on-field celebration for the 2004 wild card. He kept repeating, "For the wild card," his voice dripping with venom, as if they were drowning kittens.

Yes, Michael, for the wild card, which we would then use to win the world series after your team executed the biggest collapse in baseball history...

So s1c, your comment reminded me just a teensy tiny bit of that.

Sorry. Really really.

redsock said...

Kay doesn't deserve a nickname.

redsock said...

7th should be dice's last inning.

SoSock said...

Lovely !
1 pitch - 1 out

s1c said...

Sorry. Really really.

no prob, was just giving it back to you a little bit.

redsock said...

lopez up.

redsock said...

4 pitches - 2 outs.

SoSock said...

Lovelier
4 pitches - 2 outs

Mike L said...

David-Cool...moved down here to work for Disney. Just waiting for us to build something up north so I can move back!

L-girl said...

"Kay doesn't deserve a nickname."

If the Grinning Jackass has a nickname, anyone can have one.

s1c said...

in the category of must get my eyes rechecked or a bigger TV. Did daisuke shave his 4 whisker goatee?

L-girl said...

Remy, that sign you saw "Rem Dawg has fleas" - don't assume that was a Tampa fan...

David said...

Mike, Friend works for the Central Florida Sports Commission

redsock said...

2-out walk. bah.

they are trying to give dice extra rest, so even with a quick 7th, i think he'd still be gone.

the walk put him at 108. if he doesn't get this guy, probably lopez for pena.

L-girl said...

s1c, no sign of the wispy whiskers

redsock said...

why you making this so hard, dice? come on.

SoSock said...

PLEASE tell me there's activity in the pen!

L-girl said...

there's an animal in our backyard and one of our dogs is going insane.

L-girl said...

hello tito....????

ok, here he comes

nixon33 said...

tito struts his stuff.

SoSock said...

TOAST !!!

s1c said...

2 out walks. There is no reason to walk people with two outs, none.

Lopez in so its bull pen time.

L-girl said...

lopez is toast? i thought timlin was toast.

nixon33 said...

i thought our whole bullpen was toast! (kidding)

redsock said...

C. Pena = embedded Red Sox?

L-girl said...

bullpen toast, ha ha :)

Mike L said...

Would be real nice to see the pen nail this one down. C'mon Lopez...make me feel like it's May all over again!

nixon33 said...

good outing for dice-k.

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