October 15, 2007

ALCS 3: Spiders 4, Red Sox 2

Red Sox - 000 000 200 - 2 7 0
Spiders - 020 020 00x - 4 6 1
Varitek's two-run home run to center in the seventh gave me hope, but after that, Red Sox hitters -- including Youkilis, Ortiz and Ramirez in the top of the eighth -- went 1-for-9 (a weak infield single from Lugo). (box)

Matsuzaka's line was not all that impressive (4.2-6-4-2-6, 101), but he wasn't that bad. He did not get several calls on the corners -- Brian Gorman's tight strike zone did not play to his strengths. (He did not speak with the media after the game.)

Lofton hit a two-run shot in the second and the Spiders added two more in the fifth. With one out, Blake lined a single to left. He went to second on a wild pitch and Sizemore walked. Cabrera singled past Pedroia's dive to center and Blake scored. Hafner's grounder up the middle was gloved by Peewee, who made a fantastic play running to second for the force and throwing across his body to first. But the throw was a hair too late -- and Sizemore scored.

Westbrook escaped trouble early. In the second, Manny walked, Lowell singled and Drew reached on Garko's error at first. Bases loaded, no outs. But Varitek popped out to shallow left (no chance to tag) and Crisp grounded into a 6-3 DP.

Ortiz lead off the fourth with an opposite field double, but was erased when he started towards third on Manny's grounder and the ball hit him in the left thigh. Manny got credit for a single, but Westbrook (6.2-7-2-3-2, 104) retired Lowell and Drew on grounders. With the Sox chasing his sinker, Westbrook had only three of his 20 outs in the air.

With one out in the sixth, Youkilis singled. Ortiz was ahead 3-0 when he fouled a pitch off to left (very surprising to see him swing in that spot). He took the next pitch for ball four. With two on, Westbrook fell behind Manny 3-0. His next pitch was inside and high -- clearly a worse pitch than balls 2 and 3 -- but Gorman called it a strike. The pitch should have loaded the bases and brought Lowell up as the potential tying run. Instead, Manny fouled off two pitches, then grounded into a double play.

(An almost identical call went against Crisp in the seventh. After Varitek's home run, Crisp got ahead 3-1. Again, Westbrook threw ball four, but it was called a strike. Crisp eventually struck out. In fairness, Boston did get a few calls as well, mostly notably a called strike two for Timlin against Garko in the fifth that led to a strikeout that stranded two Spiders.)

Against Borowski in the ninth, Lowell (b) popped to first, Drew (ffbf) flew to center and Varitek (bcbcfbfff) popped to third.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka / Jake Westbrook

If Matsuzaka has good control of his breaking pitches, and he and Varitek don't suddenly decide to throw a ton of fastballs, he should be fine. Dice:
"Having watched Beckett and Schilling start in the previous two games, perhaps Beckett was more successful in holding their lineup to fewer runs. But I personally feel that I can learn more from the way Schilling pitched."
Boston cannot lose the ALCS: Cool!

Game thread is at ThreadSox tonight. I'll be taping the game and watching it Tuesday morning.

(*: Or Dragons, if you prefer.)

(Picture found at Baseball Musings)

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I recently googled "Buffyvision" -- look what came up first!

25 comments:

nixon33 said...

i need a win tonight. i was depressed all day yesterday.

redsock said...

After the Sox, the Rockies try to sweep the Snakes. Will have to ignore that one too -- and any glimpse of the morning paper.

thatdietcokegirl said...

haha oh sweet ;D love that typo.

Amy said...

Have a great time at the concert, Allan and Laura. (Better tell Tim not to text you as he posted elsewhere that he would if you wanted him to.) Enjoy your "cone of silence" from the world of baseball. We will await your return for Game 4.

ish said...

Are you sure the Rockies score would be able to make the morning paper? It'll probably end around 1:30...

Woti-woti said...

The "Buffyvision" thing on Google is hilarious. Too bad the crew at Rogers Sportsnet are all hockey fanboys. If they bothered to do any baseball research they'd have a field day with Master Campbell.

PS--enjoy yourselves at Springsteen. One benefit of living in TO is that nobody will bother with the score of an out-of-town baseball game. Your shroud of silence should be safe.

redsock said...

I know some bands sometimes give scores during a game, but this is not the World Series and the Yankees are not involved.

Thanks!

I wanna watch a win tomorrow morning!!!

tim said...

have a good one at the show, should be a good time.

no texting will occur...for one, i dont have a phone number! for two, they're def ignoring it. it's tough but i've prevailed!

redsock said...

Note: I will not be online to approve comments until about Tuesday noon.

..... starting now!

phrenile said...

Fucking coco.

In Memory of the Hit Dawg said...

Varitek and Crisp: dead weights at the plate.

thatdietcokegirl said...

C'MON RED SOX!!!! C'MON DICE!!!

Patty O said...

Man, I really was hoping Dice-K would turn it around tonight. Guess not though.

tim said...

You poor bastards :P

ish said...

I guess this would make the Springsteen show a little better, knowing you didn't really miss much.

The Red Sox are certainly trying to make life interesting, aren't they!

ish said...

Ortiz's Knee almost forced him out of the ALCS.

L-girl said...

(Better tell Tim not to text you as he posted elsewhere that he would if you wanted him to.)

No need. Cell phone was off (as it almost always is) and Tim doesn't have the number anyway. :)

As he said a few comments later...

One benefit of living in TO is that nobody will bother with the score of an out-of-town baseball game.

We were talking about that too. If the show were in New England, or if the Yankees were involved, it would be much different. But little chance of getting an update in T.O.

On the way home, one of the highway billboard ads has a news zipper - and traffic slowed JUST as we got near it. We drove by with our hands shielding our view. :)

Anyway, thanks for your good wishes. The show was GREAT, I was in complete heaven.

I only wish this morning's game had been half as much fun.

ish said...

Certainly makes this game tonight more of a must-win than any other game this season. If they win, the series is tied, Josh Beckett goes on Thursday, and suddenly it's a best-of-three with the Red Sox having the home-field advantage.

And then, of course, if they lose tonight, it's 3-1 Cleveland and Beckett and then there's just no room for error from there on out. And it would be Beckett, Schilling, and then, should the Red Sox win those two games... Daisuke on Game 7.

The way this is shaking out, it feels like every game from here on out is a must win. At least to keep Joy Nation sane! But honestly, I am scared to death of a Daisuke Matsuzaka Game 7 start. Plus, it'd be against, guess who. Jake Westbrook.

Amy said...

So you guys really didn't peak or fast forward but watched that whole awful game in real time (except for the commercials)? That's impressive. Good thing you weren't on Threadsox last night---lots of negative energy over there as the game progressed. It was downright depressing.

Only good thing about that game for me was Tek's HR and the performance of the bullpen. Otherwise, it was truly painful.

I'm in need of some uplifting stats, if you have any.

Glad you had a good time at the concert (our local paper had a photo of Bruce in Toronto this morning), and welcome back to real time!

Amy said...

Oh, and happy birthday, Allan!

redsock said...

Sox could not ignore the sinker (for the most part). Woulda been way more walks if they had. Anyway, no effing way Westbrook does that again.

Win tonight and then it's a best 2-of-3 -- with Beckett and G38 in the first two.

Joe Grav said...

Cleveland: 2-0 since you started referring to them as the 'Spiders.'

redsock said...

Cleveland: 2-0 since you started referring to them as the 'Spiders.'

I thought of that around the 8th inning. However: coincedence.

BTW, did you see those three guys facepainted to look like Wahoo? Holy shit!

L-girl said...

So you guys really didn't peak or fast forward but watched that whole awful game in real time (except for the commercials)?

Every pitch.

Good thing you weren't on Threadsox last night---lots of negative energy over there as the game progressed.

I thought of that many times. I remarked that if I had been on the game thread, I would have signed off or, worse, argued with everyone.

Only good thing about that game for me was Tek's HR

Of course I thought of you for that too. :)

Amy said...

Laura, if you dare read through the thread at Threadsox (perhaps after we win tonight and you can bare it), you will see how Sarah and I tried "channeling" your usual optimism straight from the Toronto arena and how Tim and others kept trying to make us smile. Noble efforts, but not overall too effective, I confess.