September 27, 2007

G159: Twins 5, Red Sox 4

Bad news everywhere.

Boston's ninth inning rally falls short (box) and the Yankees beat the Devil Rays 3-1. Up by 2 with 3 to play.

It initially looked like the Sox would rout Bonser, as he threw 39 pitches in an eight-batter first inning, allowing three hits and two runs. But he recovered and lasted five innings (5-6-3-2-2, 97). Beckett was not sharp at all (6-10-5-0-6, 99), allowing the Twins to put their leadoff man on base in each of the first five innings. He also gave up solo home runs to Cuddyer and Jones.

Boston trailed 5-3 after six innings. Varitek hit a solo shot in the eighth and, with two outs, Hinske and Lugo both singled. Joe Nathan came in from the pen and got Pedroia to pop out to first base. In the ninth, Moss doubled to left and Ortiz walked (Tiz also singled twice, doubled and homered, with 2 RS and 2 RBI). Lowell moved the runners to second and third on a grounder to first, and Nathan walked Drew intentionally to load the bases.

Varitek fell behind 0-2, fouled off a couple of pitches and brought the count back to 2-2 before striking out on a slider down and in. Youkilis pinch-hit for Kielty and fanned on three pitches, the last one a check swing on a high fastball.

Okajima pitched the Twins eighth. He threw 14 pitches. Morneau flew to right on an 0-1 pitch. Cuddyer hit a first-pitch single to center and stole second, but Jeemer whiffed both Jones (bbffs) and Lecroy (bbfcbs).

In Tampa, the Yankees pounced on the Rays pen and broke a 1-1 tie as soon as Kazmir left the game (6-3-1-0-10, 100).

***

Boof Bonser (5.09, 87 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.14, 145 ERA+)

A win tonight, coupled with a Yankee loss in Tampa (Hughes/Kazmir), clinches the East.

Game thread here.

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s1c said...

Not sure if you have seen this blog or not. Another N.E. sports journalist who has started to blog. Has a pretty good post up about Schilling and the Post season.

Tonight the magic number moves down another notch as Beckett nails down the Cy (he says as he raps his wooden head).

westcoastsox said...

OK, but I'm still going to start game threads on ThreadSox until they lose! Thanks Cakey for hosting this week. Welcome back, RS.

As is usual, I'll only be around for the first couple of innings until I have to drive home from work, but looking forward to an early lead. Let's make Boof go poof.

tim said...

S'go Sox...also, "Boof" wtf?

ish said...

The Rays have the right guy on the mound to do the job. And the Yankees have the right guy on the mound for them to do the choking.

Zenslinger said...

A good outing by Beckett makes his CY noise a little louder. 21 wins is a strong, but flawed argument. If CC's last outing is not so good, Josh might even deserve the award.

Either way, this guy has really made our season. Big ups.

Amy said...

Guess that the trip took less than three hours since it appears the comments have been updated. Welcome back, and yes, much thanks to Cakey. He was a great host.

I may be on and off tonight as we will be on the road at some point, but I am sure hoping to get to see the Sox clinch the Division tonight.

redsock said...

Time of trip was about 2:15: 12:30 to 2:45.

Plenty of time to settle in, order and pick-up sushi and get ready for game time.

While I like NESN at work, I can watch the other feed. At home for one last regular season game, however, I would like the home feed. Please, EI?

dloughin said...

Tony Masserotti definitely shares the sentiments about Shilldog. I definitely think he's reinvented himself and is looking great for October.

Right now I'm just looking forward to seeing Beckett pitch one more time this season.

redsock said...

Gee, the back of the tabloids today show a lot of MFY celebration going on for winning a playoff spot. Champaigne is flying all over the place.

And they laughed at us in previous seasons for celebrating the wild card? I guess doing that isn't so silly now.

L-girl said...

And they laughed at us in previous seasons for celebrating the wild card? I guess doing that isn't so silly now.

Michael Kay laughed. The Yankees themselves didn't laugh, as far as we know.

L-girl said...

I am SO hoping they clinch tonight!

The Rays have the right guy on the mound to do the job. And the Yankees have the right guy on the mound for them to do the choking.

Very true!

Alos, thanks to Cakey for hosting the gamethreads while we were off relaxing.

Sarah Gates said...

hmmm... pick up sushi. What a great idea!

I managed to get the TWC (The Worst Cable) to reschedule our service call for tomorrow rather than next week, so I might get my EI back then. For tonight, it's all about the XM again. Great in the car or while cooking dinner, but I resent having to use it when I've blocked off time for baseball.

Welcome back, oh great vacationers!

ish said...

just in case nobody has done the lineups yet, i've got 'em...

Boston:
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Manny Ramirez, LF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
8. Eric Hinske, 1B
9. Julio Lugo, SS

Twins:
1. Jason Bartlett, SS
2. Jason Kubel, LF
3. Torii Hunter, CF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Garrett Jones, 1B
7. Matthew LeCroy, C
8. Brian Buscher, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

redsock said...

Daniel Malloy, Globe (my emphasis):

"The very well-connected Gordon Edes is informing me, via his sources in St. Petersburg, Fla., that the Yankees, who face the Devil Rays and Scott Kazmir tonight are lagging a little bit after clinching a posteason berth last night. Some observers down there were astonished at how hard the team celebrated, especially compared to the muted toast the Sox made in the same ballpark when they clinched. It seems the Yanks are pretty convinced it's the only celebration they will get to have before October gets underway. And today they are taking their time getting to the ballpark. The last bus from the team hotel left at an unusually late 5:30 p.m., and the team is not taking batting practice. Their starting lineup still wasn't posted as of a short time ago. Are the Yanks conceding the AL East?"

ish said...

mfy lineup:

damon, CF
betemit, 3B
matsui, LF
giambi, DH
duncan, 1B
cano, 2B
molina, C
sardinha, RF
gonzalez, SS
sp - hughes

ish said...

CHC 4, FLA 5, Top 8th

s1c said...

A good outing by Beckett makes his CY noise a little louder. 21 wins is a strong, but flawed argument. If CC's last outing is not so good, Josh might even deserve the award.

Wins might not be the be all to be all and I have argued that also, but it is the tie breaker and Josh beats him in ERA, WHIP, and various other comparasions. In fact you could argue that they are so close that its a flip the coin, but 21 wins will cinch the deal.

redsock said...

def. the b team.

ish said...

Last night, Joe Torre had tears in his eyes. They know the AL East race is over.

redsock said...

we have nesn!!

ish said...

The stars seem to be aligned.

Beckett for the Sox
Kazmir for the Rays
B-Team for the Yanks
You two get NESN

ish said...

PLAAAAYYYY BALL.

redsock said...

but laura's computer is screwing up and cannot connect to anything.

Sarah Gates said...

hmmm... that was quick. Come on Josh, get it under control.

ish said...

Ellsbury... hmm.

Well, I'd tell Beckett that the game starts now. But he just threw a 96 mph sinking fastball down and in to Torii Hunter. I think he knows this.

Zenslinger said...

Whoops. I just felt the align jar a bit. And that CY statue wobble towards Cleveland.

redsock said...

both don and remy say lyndon leapt, but three replays (and the live shot) show he never left his feet.
jeez.

ish said...

but laura's computer is screwing up and cannot connect to anything.

ill effects from the trip? different connections? etc?

ish said...

yeah, ellsbury wanted to leap, but found out too late it was too high.

Sarah Gates said...

Oh! Nice job guys.

Amy said...

Hmm, score already 1-0? Not liking that start. Hi, everyone.

Amy said...

Nice. Glad that half inning is over.

ish said...

STRIKE 'EM OUT, THROW 'EM OUT.

Thank you, Minnesoter!

redsock said...

oakland was up 1-0 mid-1st last night, no?

Sarah Gates said...

Hey Amy - don't worry, they're about to take it back.

Amy said...

Ok, Sarah, let's see Papi do it!

Amy said...

Sarah, are you the same as Simsarah from Threadsox?

s1c said...

Whoops. I just felt the align jar a bit. And that CY statue wobble towards Cleveland.

Statues don't wobble in breezes.

Papi!!!

Amy said...

OK, good call for me and Sarah!

Sarah Gates said...

Hahaha - you mean like that, Amy?

ish said...

Rainbow shot!

And yep. We got it back.

redsock said...

manny motoring!

Amy said...

Manny showing he can hustle!

ish said...

Three straight wall-ball doubles for Flo.

Sarah Gates said...

Yeah, I'm Simsarah everywhere else, dunno why I use my real name here.

Amy said...

Mr RBI, do it again!

ish said...

Let's get some more fire from the man that is ON FIRE!!.

ish said...

2 on, 2 out for TB, Young batting

s1c said...

ON FIRE !!!!!

westcoastsox said...

Hi everyone, what did I miss? Time to check GDGD.

Amy said...

WOW, I am loving Drew! Who'd have thought it??

ish said...

ON FIRE!!!!!!!

redsock said...

yep ... still ON FIRE!

Amy said...

hi westcoastsox. Still got sunlight out there?

ish said...

ATL 0, PHI 4, after 1 inning
STL 1, NYM 0, Bot 1st; Pedro pitching against Joel Piñeiro

Sarah Gates said...

Excellent Smithers!

On that nice leading note, I need to go make dinner for my long-suffering, but culinarily inept boyfriend. Back in a while - keep things steady here. :)

westcoastsox said...

Hey, deja vu. Give up the 1-0 lead, then hopefully the pitcher settles down and we crush em.

Amy said...

WOW, JD, you rock! A stolen base!

s1c said...

J.D. showing his wheels.

westcoastsox said...

Yep, lots of sunlight. A crowd of people will be eating in our sukkah in about an hour. I'll be sneaking peeks at the ESPN scoreboard on the cell phone, of course.

ish said...

Young grounds out to third to end the inning. Rays don't score.

Amy said...

Come on, Tek! Nice eyes on the ball!

s1c said...

WOW, I am loving Drew! Who'd have thought it??

welcome to the dark side

Amy said...

I am in a hotel room in Newton, here for the big family bar mitzvah this weekend. Happy Sukkot, Westcoastsox!

ish said...

ARI 8, PIT 0, FINAL.

Micah Owings line: 6.1 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K

But the real story was his BAT: 4 for 4, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R


CHC 4, FLA 6, FINAL.

Amy said...

LOL, S1C!

ish said...

Heh, Amy. You seem to be all over the place!

Amy said...

Gee, I was hoping we could see the Cubs in the WS, or at least see them play in the post season. Have they slipped out of first in the NLC?

s1c said...

LBJ - between the foul lines please, not your foot. We need you for the playoffs

ish said...

Lyndon's grinding out this at-bat. Not to mention removing chunks from his leg.

Amy said...

Yeah, Ish, we seem to be covering New England or at least Massachusetts these days---the Cape, Newton, and home in the Springfield area. All Red Sox country, though!

s1c said...

he beats it out way to go LBJ!!!!

redsock said...

SAFE!!!

L: "THAT'S MY BOY!!!"

Amy said...

Safe? Boy, are the stars in our favor or what? How often do you see that? That boy is FAST.

ish said...

Chicago --
Milwaukee 1.5 GB, playing San Diego at 8:05

westcoastsox said...

33 pitches for Boof through 1.

redsock said...

replay looked like his foot got back on in time.

ish said...

in TB, kazmir retired the side and was walking to the dugout, and he turned around and saw that NOBODY was coming. Was Kazmir wrong and there was really 2 out?

Nope. He was right. EVERYONE else was wrong.

westcoastsox said...

Oh, GDGD had it as a strikeout. I'll go back to counting pitches.

redsock said...

maybe the rays know the umps often give the mfy 4 outs per inning??

Amy said...

Hinske, we need some clutch hitting here. Please do it....Nah, you didn't. Damn.

westcoastsox said...

OK, 39 pitches for Boof through 1.

westcoastsox said...

82 comments for Joy Nation through 1. No, make that 83.

Amy said...

That's hysterical about Kazmir and the Rays. Are they awake down there?

s1c said...

Crap Joshie, get your crap together boy.

Fragging Twins!

Amy said...

Come on, Josh---they were talking about how FEW HRs you have given up. Get in control here NOW.

David said...

Late getting to the game tonight...I had to get the grass cut. WTF Beckett?

s1c said...

after two in TB 0-0.

Amy said...

Beckett definitely not on his game here. Making me nervous.

Amy said...

Sarah went to cook, but maybe her karma will help us get that run back again and then some.

s1c said...

Not seeing any fire in Joshie tonight. Somebody needs to give him a hot foot.

Amy said...

Still no score in Tampa.

ish said...

Beckett's just made a couple of mistakes. Missed location, mostly. Everything else looks fine.

Sarah Gates said...

Man, I didn't even get the onion chopped before they tied the game up.

redsock said...

don says lugo "beginning the night in the number 9 spot".

he will not be moving to any other lineup spot, don. ???

redsock said...

steam some spinach, pls.

s1c said...

You missed it last night when they were talking about the full moon. I kept on waiting for Don to make some comment on par with his eclipse.

Amy said...

1-2-3. Pooh.

Amy said...

Yeah, Sarah, cook fast! See what happens when people cook? Burned hands, home runs by the other team, who knows what else?

Amy said...

How is Laura's computer, RS? She seems quiet so I assume it is still not working.

Amy said...

Another extra base hit? Ish, are you SURE he looks ok? They seem to be hitting him harder than I have seen him hit all season.

Colin said...

Come Josh this shit isn't funny...it's really not funny.

redsock said...

she has router power, but cannot connect to any sites. weird.

...

bartlett has a pear of hits!

Amy said...

bartlett has a pear of hits!


Very cute!

Amy said...

Maybe the connection at the cottage reset something? (Not that I understand anything technical, but I know when I take my laptop elsewhere, it often then misbehaves at home.)

Colin said...

Methinks it'll be run support that will be key to winning this one.

Amy said...

Ugh, behind again. So annoying. Colin, I think you're right.

s1c said...

See no fire, I didn't see one F*** on Josh after that sac fly.

Ish - Does geffner ever shut up? geez, thought I would try to change the karma by listening to WTIC and I think Uncle Joe said only five words.

redsock said...

why is that not an E?

Colin said...

Thank God...crisis averted. At least Kazmir shows no love to the MFY.

s1c said...

why is that not an E?

Has to be the dive.

Runs please

David said...

Pena dong in TB.

s1c said...

First hit that Hughes gives up is a home run by Pena 1-0 TB. That was Pena's 8th against the MFY's.

redsock said...

laura uses her laptop out a lot, starbucks, etc. it sometimes takes a while to reconnect back at home, never usually 10 minutes or so. not 2+ hours like today. anything special you do to fix it?

ish said...

Ish - Does geffner ever shut up?

Nope. You see, it's a failure if he doesn't fill up every second of his part of the broadcasts.

But when Joe's got his inning, Glenn won't say anything. You're still supposed to contribute to the broadcast, at least a little bit.

Colin said...

Come on Doc...shit is not cool.

ish said...

Try restarting the computer? Repairing the connection? Disable the connection and enable it again. Kill the router and reboot that again.

Those are all I can think of right now.

ish said...

MFY 0, TB 1, Bot 4th

Peña DONG.

westcoastsox said...

OK, heading home. Go SOX!

ish said...

ATL 0, PHI 6, Top 5th
STL 3, NYM 0, Bot 4th
SD 0, MIL 0, Bot 1st

Colin said...

If anyone is actually watching the game, can you see if Becks is blowing V-Tek off or something? The Gameday I'm watching seems to display the hits off Beckett as all fastballs.

s1c said...

How does she have the computer set up for the connection. Sometimes its good to remove the profile and then reconfigure. Also, did you have to do anything to your firewall while at the cottage?

redsock said...

s1c, she has done that. nothing was changed at the cottage (where my computer was useless all week, btw).

she's probably tried all possible suggestions, to be honest.

ish said...

can she plug her computer directly into the router? got some ethernet cables lying around?

s1c said...

If anyone is actually watching the game, can you see if Becks is blowing V-Tek off or something? The Gameday I'm watching seems to display the hits off Beckett as all fastballs.

I haven't seen anything unusual. It seems to me like he's lethargic and his location on the curve and change up are missing the plate. Even the FB seems to be wild a little. He's just missing his spots.

Sarah Gates said...

OK, obviously, I need to add some steamed spinach to tonight's menu. Vodka sauce is no good for baseball karma.

Or maybe I just need to burn my hand. Small price to pay if it leads to a clinching.

redsock said...

she's getting a strong signal, but cannot connect. it has happened several times before, but as always corrected itself.

s1c said...

s1c, she has done that. nothing was changed at the cottage (where my computer was useless all week, btw).

Is she getting any error messages?

redsock said...

no real error, just that the browser can't find the page.

s1c said...

assuming she has the network / wireless connection icon in the lower right. Is that showing anything? Usually you can get some type of hint there.

Amy said...

You reset the router on the wireless? I find that that's what happens when our wireless goes down.

ish said...

i have this problem sometimes where i will be connected to the network but i can't go to any websites.. but some things do work. now, here's what i do, and it might work for you, it might not...

go to control panel, click on Administrative Tools, then go to Services.

A window will pop up with a long list of things. Expand the window so you can see what everything is called. What you need to find is anything that says "Network Proxy"... Mine says "Symantec Network Proxy" because of my anti-virus/firewall.

If you find a "Network Proxy" service, and when you click on it there is an option to "Start" the service, rather than "Stop" or "Restart" the service, then click Start. If it says Stop, or Restart, then that's not the problem.

Sometimes the Network proxy service will randomly shut off, which will not let you do a lot of things.

redsock said...

thanks for the ideas.

my computer is right next to her and is working fine, btw, so i don't think it is the router.

Amy said...

Whoa, Ish! I am impressed. I figure I am lucky I know how to reset the damn router when the wireless goes down.

Meanwhile, my daughter called, her husband the Mets fan is beside himself, and our team is still behind, but so are the Yankees. Can we please score some runs?

Colin said...

Wow...does anyone else notice how good Kazmir is being right now?

Amy said...

Yeah, I was going to ask if you were on the wireless because my thought made no sense if the wireless was working for you.

Go, Dustin!

s1c said...

my computer is right next to her and is working fine, btw, so i don't think it is the router.

Agree with you there. It sounds to me like her laptop is not able to acquire the router address though. that can be a traffic problem. Are you doing anything that is taking a lot from the router?

Amy said...

How many pitches has Kazmir thrown? Can he go the whole way so the bullpen doesn't give the game away?

David said...

kazmir always has high pitch counts. 82 through 5

Amy said...

Another wasted opportunity. God, I hate leaving men on base. Especially in scoring position.

s1c said...

WTF - why is LBJ out?

ish said...

Lyndon has left the game.

Hmm. A lot of balls fouled off his foot, and also he might have been showing some pain out there in center field when he misplayed that fly ball to center.

redsock said...

remy thinks maybe the 2 fouls off his foot is the reason. drew to cf, kielty in rf.

Amy said...

Another goddamn leadoff double? WTF

Colin said...

Not good...I really pray Minnesota relief comes since we're quite adept at preying on relief pitching and Beckett/Kazmir can hold on.

s1c said...

another goddamn leadoff double? WTF

Hard to believe the twins were 13th in the AL for Xtra base hits before tonight. Time for Josh to pull a Pedro and send one under somebody's chin.

Colin said...

God...damn...it.

s1c said...

Frag, if Beckett doesn't cut that off they might have gotten him.

Amy said...

That was UGLY, Beckett! Jeeze, this is painful to watch. What the hell is going on? Did he get no sleep last night?

Colin said...

Fuck.

Amy said...

And Yankees tied it up. Better fix Laura's computer so she can come join us in worrying. I know we have three more games to clinch this, but I really was counting on Beckett. Is he trying to lose the Cy Young and the game?

Sorry, I am just pissed off.

ish said...

Yankees have tied it up in the 6th

redsock said...

chokers tie it at 1-1.

ish said...

ATL 3, PHI 6, Bot 6th
STL 3, NYM 0, Top 7th
SD 3, MIL 0, Top 3rd

Sarah Gates said...

Believe it or not, I just burnt my finger straining the pasta.

So here come the sox!

redsock said...

red dot fans shemp to end the top of 6th. 1-1.

Colin said...

I think I'm going to not pay attention to the game for a little bit...things seem to pick up when I'm not at full gaze on every single pitch.

ish said...

Ellsbury left with a cramp in his calf.

BIG PAPI DONG!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

LBJ - cramp in calf.

VERY GONE!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

All right, Papi. Restore my faith!

Colin said...

And just when I'm about to stop Ortiz dings a morale booster!

Amy said...

Burning hands on pasta and on spinach! This group really shouldn't be cooking, at least not while watching baseball.

ish said...

We may end up knowing who wins the MFY/TB game before the end of this one. They've got to break the tie first. Bottom of the 6th there, end of the 5th here.

Sarah Gates said...

Burning hands on pasta and on spinach! This group really shouldn't be cooking, at least not while watching baseball.

True that. The multitasking doesn't work out well.

But I'm not feeling a thing because of that lovely Papi dong.

ish said...

Now the end of 6 in Tampa.

Amy said...

OH FUCK. What is Beckett throwing? Softballs?

Sarah Gates said...

Crap.

s1c said...

What the Frag happened to the 2007 Josh. This looks more like the 2006 version.

s1c said...

Lopez warming up. C'mon Josh get your shit toghether.

redsock said...

you know if the sox can come back and get the lead, everyone will ooh and ahh that josh got win #21.

Amy said...

If he gets the win, RS, it will be because the team comes through with hits and runs, not because he pitched well.

ish said...

i'll be oooh ahh the sox bats woke up, finally.

redsock said...

If he gets the win, RS, it will be because the team comes through with hits and runs, not because he pitched well..

We know that, but the Cy voters and ther national media will just see the W.

ish said...

RBI single for molina. 2 runs home.

3-1 mfy

ish said...

boof is at 97 pitches

David said...

I know I was drinking Jack Daniels during each of the last 4 wins and I want a win tonight. So...

Amy said...

We know that, but the Cy voters and ther national media will just see the W.

That's okay with me.

Shit..Kazmir out and MFY score two.

Colin said...

God damn it......why did they get Kazmir out? Fuck Sox...don't blow this.

Sarah Gates said...

Man, next time we're just ordering pizza.

I'll ooh and aah about anything you like if the bats get cranking here.

3-1 in Tampa too. Boo.

Sarah Gates said...

I know I was drinking Jack Daniels during each of the last 4 wins and I want a win tonight. So...

Talk about taking one for the team, David.

redsock said...

corey in - no W for JB

ish said...

At least one more time through the lineup for the Red Sox. Top o' the order in the 7th.

Colin said...

So wait...if things go sour what does the magic number become?

Colin said...

And after that JB certainly deserves no win.

Amy said...

Well, he's still the only 20 game winner, so nothing to hang his head about. Just wonder what went wrong for him tonight.

Amy said...

Magic number stays at 2. It doesn't go back up.

redsock said...

snow?

Sarah Gates said...

Worst thing that happens, Colin, is that the magic number stays at 2. Could be worse, no?

ish said...

Little bit of rain falling at Fenway

Amy said...

Snow?? It's been close to 90 degrees around here. Maybe the same thing that screwed up Laura's computer?

Colin said...

Oh ok thanks. Forgive my lack of knowledge in the magic number.

L-girl said...

Three hours later... here I am.

Fucking A. That was insane.

Hi everybody. Thanks for your IT help. So what was the problem? I have no idea. What fixed it? Nothing.

Grrrrr.

s1c said...

Next time instead of rapping on my wooden head I think I will use a post.

Fragging Twins.

redsock said...

maybe not snow ... looked thicker in the lights. ???

lopez up

...

we are winning tonight, you know.

L-girl said...

OK, now that I'm here: LET'S GO SOX!!!

Remember, if we win, they can't catch us.

I've been saying that to myself all week. It's my new mantra.

Amy said...

Well, maybe things will turn around now that Laura's computer is working and Sarah isn't cooking. Seventh inning stretch.

ish said...

So wait a second... Does that run score? Or did the throw get there before the runner touched home?

redsock said...

no run.

Amy said...

Ish, wasn't it the third out?

ish said...

Top of the order, Laura's back... No worries here. Just gotta get some baserunners.

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