March 25, 2008

G1: Red Sox 6, Athletics 5 (10)

Red Sox   - 000 003 001 2 - 6  11  0
Athletics - 200 002 000 1 - 5 7 0
Matsuzaka surrendered a line-drive home run to Ellis on his 3rd pitch of the game and had early control problems (though at times, he was getting seriously squeezed). He threw 30 pitches in each of the first two innings, walking four, hitting one, and tossing a wild pitch. Oakland stranded two runners in the first and left the bases loaded in the second.

Dice (5-2-2-5-6, 95) recovered, retiring 10 of his last 11 batters, allowing only one ball out of the infield.

Boston grabbed the lead in the sixth. Pedroia doubled to right, Youkilis walked and Manny drove brought them in with a double down the left field line. Ramirez scored on a single from Moss, who got the last-minute start after Drew's back tightened up.

Kyle Snyder relieved Dice in the 6th and promptly gave the lead back as Crosby singled and Hannahan donged. Javier Lopez came in and got out of the inning quickly. Tito gave the 8th to Bryan Corey, a move which paid off. Ellsbury had to make a leaping catch at the center field wall on Brown's leadoff drive, banging his shoulder a bit, but Corey got the next two A's on weak grounders. That let Jeemer take the 9th and Bot the 10th.

In the ninth, two outs away from defeat, Moss hit his first major league home run -- down the right field line off Huston Street -- to tie the game. And the Sox tagged Street again in the 10th. Lugo reached on an infield single to third and was bunted over by Pedroia. Yook fanned and Ortiz was intentionally walked. Ramirez came through again, with a double off the wall in right center. Four RBI for Manny today. He watched it for awhile from the plate, but still slide easily into second.

Snuffer wasn't his snuffin' self in the bottom of the 10th. He walked Barton and Brown cracked a one-out double. Barton scored, cutting the lead to 6-5, but Brown was caught in a rundown between second and third -- 9-4-3-5-6-3 -- for an important out. Crosby and Hannahan both singled, putting the winning run on first, but Suzuki grounded out 3-1 to end the game.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007 ERA+ 108) / Joe Blanton (2007 ERA+ 106)


Red Sox                  Athletics
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Travis Buck, RF
Kevin Youkilis, 1B Mark Ellis, 2B
David Ortiz, DH Daric Barton, 1B
Manny Ramirez, LF Jack Cust, DH
Mike Lowell, 3B Emil Brown, LF
J.D. Drew, RF Bobby Crosby, SS
Jason Varitek, C Jack Hannahan, 3B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kurt Suzuki, C
Julio Lugo, SS Ryan Sweeney, CF
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P Joe Blanton, P

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ish said...

it's not like manny was going to go for three on that one anyways.

L-girl said...

Whoa, Heng Brothers, way to be a fan. I couldn't have done a 3 a.m. start, no way.

Joe Grav said...

Ococ!

Joe Grav said...

Intentional walk, didn't they learn their lesson last time?

ish said...

heh. walking lowell to get to moss.

big mistake.

SoSock said...

Maybe I was actually right on that call :)
OK Manny!
Well, I gotta go - more drs, hospitals, etc.
It never ends.
C'mon 'pen, hold it up for me!
I'll chat later.
Go SOX!
I can't freaking believe I won't get to see Papelbon's first save!

L-girl said...

Ish, I know, I always defend Manny on those things. That one was just a bit much for me. You at least gotta make sure you're going to get to 2nd.

But unlike Steve Phillips I won't talk about it all season.

ish said...

i could have done a 3am start. wouldn't have liked it much, though. i'd be screwed the rest of the day.

heng brothers said...

Walk to get to Moss? Biiiiiiig mistake.

Joe Grav said...

BIG swing

Joe Grav said...

3 AM start, I probably would have stayed up all night for :-p and I'd be paying the price now

Joe Grav said...

Time for Papelbon...I wonder if they will play Shippin' Up in tokyo

Joe Grav said...

shippin up.

ish said...

cora in for lugo.

Joe Grav said...

Ellsbury-Crisp-Moss...Cora at SS... good defense.

Lord Lynch said...

l-girl said...

"Whoa, Heng Brothers, way to be a fan. I couldn't have done a 3 a.m. start, no way."

Piece of cake!

L-girl said...

bot music, cool

ish said...

151 km/h for papelbon.

Joe Grav said...

Crap, that is never good

Amy said...

Tuning in from work on Gameday. Looks like I missed some good old Red Sox come from behind excitement. Now, Bot, just stop those balls and get them out!

westcoastsox said...

What ho from the left coast everyone. Happy new season! I set my TiVo on ESPN2, and I have DirecTV, so #@!#@$#%$#^#^%$#%$#. That's how I feel about now. Is there ANY channel that has the game on DirecTV (and, no, I don't get NESN).

nick said...

I'm at work. Got to see moss fly out. I was sitting in my car 1 back at the stop sign by the Red Lion Inn slapping my steering wheel on Manny's hit... all the other cars just floating around as if it were any other day.

redsock said...

NICE CUTOFF from yook -- and they get the runner off the bases.

yay!!!!

chief said...

Dumb Dumb Dumb. Loving it.

Joe Grav said...

What a freakin idiot! Thanks Emil!

L-girl said...

A gift and we'll take it!

ish said...

heh. youk tagged brown at third base.

fortunate, and huge out.

Joe Grav said...

shaky first outing for Pap

Joe Grav said...

That would have tied the game.

nick said...

blogger ate my last comment. What's with the hammer the closer we got going on tonight?

That baserunning is hurting the As now.

ish said...

brown should really be kicking himself now. he'd be crossing the plate now to tie the game.

these games, you try to find a way to win. formulas and facts on paper aren't very good factors when it's march 25th. papelbon's not going to be lights out on 3.25

Joe Grav said...

ugh

Joe Grav said...

F*******

chief said...

I still like our chances.

L-girl said...

Phillips: Papelbon is "just a kid, figuring things out".

Huh?

Amy said...

Now I remember why we all hate Gameday. I was sitting there with Runs scored and no idea how many....

Phew.

ish said...

this game has had a little bit of everything, hasn't it?

Joe Grav said...

Well this sure has been interesting

Amy said...

Papelbon having too much fun in Tokyo or something?

Joe Grav said...

161 wins away from the perfect regular season.

nick said...

alright! A smile and I start the workday.

ish said...

WIN!

see? they found a way to win.

1-0!

red sox --
mlb: 1/2 gb
a's: 1 gb

L-girl said...

Whew! That was fun. See you guys tomorrow!

chief said...

Sox take sole possession of 1st in the East. A's last in the West.

Amy said...

One in the win column, and it isn't even April yet. Now let's hope Papelbon doesn't go out carousing too much.

Have a good day, everyone.

Lord Lynch said...

Fist pump - not in CI style - at desk as the winning pitcher is displayed on Redsox.com.

Looking forward to a proper ability to watch and contribute - best do some work now...

Cheerio from the Lord from London!

Jere said...

watched bottom 10 w/cleaning crew in break room. Sweet! 1 down, see u's tomorrow.

ish said...

they had a hero's interview with manny. three languages. japanese, translated to spanish, and answered in english.

Jack Marshall said...

Well, I'm back. The damn channel is still off, but I gave the DIRECT TV gang something to remember me by.(Tim, they probably are going to want to question you.) Thank goodness ny folks have cable.

Why are the A's trying to reassemble the 2006 Red Sox bullpen? What the heck was the matter with Papelbon? Who needs JD Drew when we can play Brandon Moss? Is Emil Brown an idiot or what?

ish said...

jack, it's such a common problem, that it showed up on boston.com's extra bases blog. 168 comments about people all over the country without either ESPN2 or NESN.

it was almost like someone did this on purpose. it'd be fine if it was one or the other, but it seems like someone disabled the two channels.

Amy said...

Was that a Direct TV problem? We had no trouble getting NESN on cable.

L-girl said...

That's because you get NESN. These are out-of-market people. It's a whole different struggle.

Amy said...

I thought from Ish's comment that some people couldn't get NESN either, but I assume through Direct TV, since that's what Jack said he was having trouble with. That must have been incredibly frustrating. (Gameday is bad enough.)

ish said...

well, have a good day everybody. looking forward to doing the same thing tomorrow.

probably with an inch of new snow on the ground here. :\

Jere said...

The DirectTV people or MLB or whoever effed up should be put in a ring with lions and it should be shown on TV worldwide. As further punishment, they should have to set it all up themselves and make sure every TV in the world gets the broadcast. If only we who had the game on TWO stations could've each given up one to the people who had neither.

SoSock said...

Cool.
Just got home and the wife's marker numbrs are not up, and Pap got the save, although it sounds like he had to work for it.
OK - the Yankees are tied for last place and behind us - just like we like it!
See ya in the AM, gotta go to work now!

s1c said...

As the bot tried to bring back memories of 3 pack Stanhouse. Thank you Emil Brown!!!!

Still a win is a win!!!

L-girl said...

Sosock, I'm happy to hear the Dr news. I meant to wish you luck, but I was moderating.

phrenile said...

I was up until 3:30am last night, so 6am baseball wasn't in the cards for me. Glad to see we pulled this one out.

Shan-a-Funk said...

And the Sox have the best record in baseball once again.

Zenslinger said...

I am sorry to have missed the drama today, but it was fun reading through the whole thread. I just had too big a day to get up at 3am. Maybe tomorrow morning.

Whatta crazy win. Dice's fellow escape artist Lester goes tomorrow. And I'll see Dice next week in Oakland, hopefully with fewer BBs and reduction in Pap's sky-high ERA.

tim said...

Wow! I lived in anticipation all day of finding out what happened and man am I happy now that I found out they won! I figured they would have came back, and did they ever!

Looking forward to another tomorrow - maybe I'll be able to catch the whole game this time.

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