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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redsock said...

Click.

chief said...

Morning All!

L-girl said...

Happy Opening Day!

ish said...

morning, chaps.

redsock said...

Update: Sean Casey activated. Dusty Brown optioned to AAA.

L-girl said...

Update: Laura is wearing her brand-new Jacoby Ellsbury shirt. My first Red Sox shirt ever!!!

ish said...

jordan's furniture is doing another one of their crazy gambling gimmicks.

Last year if the Red Sox won the WS, anyone who bought furniture at Jordan's at the beginning of the year would get it free.

This year he's doing the same thing, but this time the furniture is free if the Red Sox sweep the world series. Not like they haven't done that before, though, seeing as it's been 22 years since they've lost a world series game.

L-girl said...

22 years, I like the sound of that.

tim said...

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM! Er...make that JOY! I could barely sleep, I must've woken up four or five times during the night....but it's here! It's here! LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

tim said...

here come the champs!

tim said...

I like how fast these intros are....not like the damn American one that takes 2.5 days to complete :P

tim said...

Moss????

redsock said...

We're 7-0 when drinking a shot of JD before the game -- but L says no whiskey at 6 AM. ... Harumph.

tim said...

heh...the big screen in Tokyo Dome...

"Oakland Athletics onto Field !"

L-girl said...

Hey, you wanna do a shot of JD at 6:00 a.m., knock yourself out. I'll be watching the game while you're off puking.

redsock said...

Yo Sportsnet, get this hockey shit off my screen.

tim said...

We're 7-0 when drinking a shot of JD before the game -- but L says no whiskey at 6 AM. ... Harumph.

Irish up that coffee ol' boy!

L-girl said...

We want to watch pre-game! Booooo.

tim said...

Brandon Moss definitely getting the start in RF batting 6th.

ish said...

maybe after this we'll be 2-0 when eating breakfast during the game. you know how it goes. not like you'll be eating breakfast at 11pm one week from today.

...right?

redsock said...

What happened to Drew? Gameday has not changed.

First whiteout of 2008!!!!

tim said...

José, ken u c time...that means coffee for timmy

Jere said...

Man that was weird, waking up, putting on the TV, and just hearing "Be Kind to our Web-footed Friends" (or whatever) very slow and low with no announcers.

Pedroia with the full shave.

Now hearing Orsillo talking during anthem, doesn't know he's on.

ish said...

they showed tom caron, ken macha, and jim rice from 3:58 this morning eating donuts and drinking coffee. that was the pregame.

tim said...

Celiene Dion of Japan out to moan...er...sing...the Japanese anthem.

Joe Grav said...

Ahh, this is great. I knew I didn't schedule classes until 12 PM on Tuesday for a reason.

Game thread open, game jersey on...

No breakfast yet (dining hall doesn't open until 7 AM) but rest assured, it will be here. :)

Let's get started.

Joe Grav said...

where is the game on espn2?

tim said...

What happened to Drew? Gameday has not changed.

Is Blanton a southpaw? Maybe that's it....Moss was intro'd and his name is on the NESN scrollbar on the bottom of the screen.

ish said...

i think it's appropriate for an opera singer to be singing the japanese national anthem. ellsbury's enjoying it. can't understand it, but it's nice all the same.

L-girl said...

thanks ish :)

tim said...

Francona getting a nice bouquet...lovely.

redsock said...

Oh yeah ... brand new 2007 Champs shirt on for the first time!

Anybody else wearing anything special? ...

ish said...

on the list of other things you won't see again in the whole of time: terry francona wearing his red sox uniform and holding a bouqet of flowers.

Joe Grav said...

Well, last year when I wore my #18 jersey with Damon's name ripped off the back during DiceK starts, the Sox went undefeated... ditto for my Beckett t-shirt on Beckett starts, and my Schilling t-shirt on Schilling starts.

Can't mess with a good thing, right?

And apparently the game is on NESN. I had no idea. Woo!

ish said...

Anybody else wearing anything special? ...

pajamas for a red sox game.

yep.

drew: tightness in his lower back.

redsock said...

i was prompting L to mention her shirt, but i missed it above. carry on.

also joe: did you see the note re the contest about the tiebreaker tiebreaker?

tim said...

Pajamas. Nothing special today, gotta go to work at 8:30ish...

DO-DO-DO-DO-DO-DO! *nesn theme*

it sounds beautiful.

L-girl said...

pajamas for a red sox game.

yep.


I often do that, but from the other side of the day.

ish said...

maybe when i get my legs under me i'll go get my okajima shirt.

Jere said...

You had no idea the Red Sox game would be on NESN?

"Anybody else wearing anything special? ..."

The same ratty shirt I wore to bed. I'm still IN bed. The soothing voices of Don and Rem don't seem to be waking up Kim, (who alwas complains about late games! come on, morning people, this is your chance!)

tim said...

I so hope this game starts off like game 1 of the WS for FY.

L-girl said...

Morning Jere. I was thinking the same thing.

redsock said...

first they start games too late for kids to watch, now they start them too early. [/mediot]

Jere said...

mornin', L. and everyone else.

Joe Grav said...

No, I didn't get the tiebreaker tiebreaker note...what's up

Joe Grav said...

I really thought this was an ESPN2 exclusive special

Oh well, I am pleasantly surprised

PEDROIA

tim said...

alright, here we go!

Jere said...

FUCK YEAH

tim said...

good start. FY batting at 1.000 for the year.

James said...

Set the tone, Dustin!

s1c said...

Coffee made, check, dog out and fed, check, first pitch a strike and FYeah starts it off with a single, yeah boy!!!!

L-girl said...

Fuck yeah! IT IS ON.

(And he is on.)

redsock said...

joe: go look. you and someone else picked the same wins and same OPS

Jere said...

Key bobble by handyman

James said...

I'm assuming Kurt Suzuki is japanese. Anyone know what his history is?

tim said...

damn, oh well...RISP for Flo.

Lord Lynch said...

A good old fashioned welcome from London, England. Not taken today off to watch the game, even though it is a kindly 10 a.m. start over here, but will be tomorrow.

Help keep me entertained as I analyse the financial accounts of a dippy bank from Nigeria. The Sox need to keep me sane....

Stop whingeing about the time of the game. It is inconvenient for me most nights!!!!

Joe Grav said...

uh oh... I'll bump my prediction up by .001

Jere said...

Papi going for the first dong of 08

L-girl said...

The Lord is in the house! This one's easy for you, eh?

redsock said...

steve phillips: "this is a different manny ramirez, this is a focused manny ramirez."

wha?

Jack Marshall said...

WEll, Morning all! I've been trying to get DIRECT TV to explain why the $%%^$& I'm getting no signal on ESPN2!
Anyone else experiencing this?

Joe Grav said...

what a bunch of bums, trade them all

tim said...

This is going to be loud.

Lord Lynch said...

Easy for the Lord, L, if only I didn't have to work!

James said...

That crowd is into it! My goodness.

(Also, did anyone else notice what an ungodly racket there was when they introduced oakland's defense?)

redsock said...

i forgot -- this is also the first full season with jos game threads.

tim said...

WEll, Morning all! I've been trying to get DIRECT TV to explain why the $%%^$& I'm getting no signal on ESPN2!
Anyone else experiencing this?


channel 623 son....i just flipped on my direct to check for you and SAME THING. actually NESN doesn't come through either....shit man.

redsock said...

economical.

ish said...

great to see a proper game thread at 6 in the morning, as well.

tim said...

I'm just glad flo didn't take a nap at the plate again.

Jere said...

dong

tim said...

fucking ellis dong. goddammit.

L-girl said...

He's cooked! We're doomed! The season's over... blah blah blah.

bennymac said...

i hate having to listen to gary thorne and steve phillips

James said...

Well that didn't take long.

L-girl said...

yes, so we do.

tim said...

Well, he did give up the HR to the new MLB HR and RBI leader.

Jere said...

Unlike the Yanks, we're wearing the road unis as the road team. Dice flustered after the dong. Learn from Beckett, Dice....

Joe Grav said...

It is really quiet in there now.

tim said...

Not one of these innings I hope.

redsock said...

anyone warming in the pen?

ish said...

after the dong it's so quiet it sounds like a spring training game on the radio.

James said...

Uh-oh. This seems familiar.

tim said...

bring in papelbon.

Jere said...

oh my god, I just looked out the window to see "first light." first time this decade, I think.

L-girl said...

ESPN must have the crowd sound down anyway, because we hardly heard any cheering when Dice-K took the mound.

Joe Grav said...

I love the odd selection of music and sound effects, sounds like Yankee Stadium

tim said...

First inning and Orsillo's already used "carved it foul" twice.

Joe Grav said...

That's a better pitch.

Jere said...

From the NESN standpoint, I'm not experiencing this so-called "quiet."

L-girl said...

I heard the crowd noise on that swinging strike!

tim said...

ESPN must have the crowd sound down anyway, because we hardly heard any cheering when Dice-K took the mound.

Same with NESN.

redsock said...

Uh-oh. This seems familiar.

a team beginning a season that ends with a world series title?

Joe Grav said...

that was not

L-girl said...

First inning and Orsillo's already used "carved it foul" twice.

Wish I could hear that! But it won't be long.

tim said...

Remy definitely just said that a lot of guys are trying to build up their bitch- pitch count.

Jet lag's a pitch, eh?

redsock said...

come on, genius tek -- get him to throw strikes.

dp pls.

bennymac said...

jeez...i thought we'd see a different dice this year. hopefully just jitters.

tim said...

From the NESN standpoint, I'm not experiencing this so-called "quiet."

I wouldn't call it quiet...it could be louder is all...

FUCK dammit.

L-girl said...

Best not to make long-term judgements in inning 1 of game 1.

redsock said...

where the fuck was that 2-1 pitch?

Joe Grav said...

big pitch

Jere said...

elephants on the pond. gotta get a dp now

tim said...

Bullpens look brutal. Under the stands behind the dugouts.

Joe Grav said...

I must admit that I did not see this coming. I thought he would have a good outing.

Of course, he could force a double play here and then go on to have a good one.

L-girl said...

He hasn't had an outing yet.

redsock said...

CALL THE FUCKING OUTSIDE CORNER, REED, YOU SHITHEAD

ish said...

especially seeing as game 1 is a week and 6,700 miles from the normal game 1.

i hope the gun is wrong because it was showing his fastball at 87ish.

tim said...

good play, got the one.

Jere said...

Nice play to get one.

bennymac said...

nice play.

tim said...

CALL THE FUCKING OUTSIDE CORNER, REED, YOU SHITHEAD

That's what I figured til the president reminded me that if he had better control, he probably would've gotten it.

ish said...

that one was 90 mph. i think it's just the gun.

Joe Grav said...

He's missing wayy outside.

Joe Grav said...

Shaughnessy was right, people overrated this team, they are terrible :P

Jere said...

Is that Jeremy Kapstein's Japanese cousin behind home plate with the suit and the Sox hat....

Joe Grav said...

Nice!

tim said...

There we go. Get 'em back.

bennymac said...

there ya go dice. lets go bats.

ish said...

i just heard some guy screaming "gyroball! gyroball!"

well, his changeup has been his best pitch this inning.

and he was able to bail himself out. see? no worries.

Jere said...

way to hold on, Tek. Now we get 'em back. Bear in mind, we are in the smaller office (the A's are the "home" team....)

Jack Marshall said...

Thanks, Tim. After I've shot up the DIRECT TV offices, I'll mention that it's on your behalf too. Great timing.

redsock said...

That's what I figured til the president reminded me that if he had better control, he probably would've gotten it.

impeach the dawg! has he tried selling any scorecards yet?

also, the zone is the zone. eff rick reed.

James said...

Dice-K's mechanics look fucked. Watch how low his shoulder gets sometimes. I don't remember this being an issue last season during these innings, but I could be wrong.

ish said...

oh god.

early morning wendy's commericals are not fun to see. last thing i want to eat at 6:30am is a large fast food burger.

tim said...

Dr. apparently has his papers for practicing overseas.

Jere said...

Half-double for Lowell!

L-girl said...

Doctor!

bennymac said...

mvp!!!

ish said...

nesn must not have expected moss to play at all. moss wears #44 but nesn has him as #55.

Joe Grav said...

Are the camera folks ever going to get tired of showing the lineup in Japanese? yeah,we get it :-p

Joe Grav said...

'Tek's got his at bat music even in Japan.

L-girl said...

I know, it's like, oooo, Japanese, this is exotic.

ish said...

am i the only one who sees a lot of similarities between moss and drew? their swings, particularly.

they're both from georgia, too. i guess that helps.

James said...

Goddamn Mark Ellis is good.

Why hasn't he won any Gold Gloves? He's got to be the best second baseman right now.

redsock said...

thorne does not understand the 25 man roster cannot change between games.

L-girl said...

Tek's 1st AB of the season and where's Amy?

ish said...

high strike zone.

Joe Grav said...

Time for a better inning by DiceK.

tim said...

Thanks, Tim. After I've shot up the DIRECT TV offices, I'll mention that it's on your behalf too. Great timing.

That's cool. I'm pirating Dish net so I'm good. Thanks for the consideration though...but, you sure you don't want to use a hammer instead?

James said...

Blanton is getting the double play.

Let's see if Dice can at least get the ball-in-play.

bennymac said...

that's the tek we know and love...unfortunately.

Joe Grav said...

Urgh, I really hope I take a nap sometime between now and the Bruins game. :)

I think I'm also going to the last few innings of the Boston College baseball home opener vs. U of Hartford when I get out of class.

Cool day. :)

Jack Marshall said...

I see the Captain is in mid-season form...

Joe Grav said...

Hey, look, the lineups are written in Japanese! That language is different!

James said...

3-nothing now? With the bases loaded?

NESN graphics fuckups begin!

Jack Marshall said...

Did they ever explain why Drew isn't in there?

tim said...

Urgh, I really hope I take a nap sometime between now and the Bruins game. :)

I really hope the Bruins game doesn't make me wish I would rather be sleeping like they have been for the past three weeks.

Jere said...

I can't believe Jacoby hasn't hit in this game yet. Wouldn't wanna "risk it"... As soon as Drew goes down, you correct the lineup. Oh, Drew's out, we'll go with Moss. Hmmmm, this Ellsbury guy isn't hitting, we'll slide you in a couple spots above his ass. I don't get that one at all. (If you can't tell by my admittedly rusty early-season sarcasm.)

redsock said...

drew -- tight back just before the game

L-girl said...

Jack: Drew has a tight back, or some such. Last-minute scratch.

tim said...

impeach the dawg! has he tried selling any scorecards yet?

I'm sure it'll come. They'll have....JAPANESE writing!

tim said...

Doorbell wtf?

Jere said...

Someone's at the door...

Joe Grav said...

Haha what the hell was that random doorbell sound?

L-girl said...

Doorbell - Tala started to bark!

Joe Grav said...

Tim, you need to learn to do what I do, which is have no expectations for the Bruins and just enjoy the hockey. :)

Jere said...

no you missed my point about Drew, I'm saying, when they saw Drew was out, Moss goes in, but why ahead of Jacoby, who should be leading off in the first place. ANd then after Drew goes down, (with injury is what I meant), STILL he doesn't go up to leadoff, but instead has MOss slide in ABOVE him...

bennymac said...

i'm glad everyone else heard the doorbell. i thought i was going crazy!

James said...

Lugo with the attempted hidden ball trick?

L-girl said...

Who missed your point?

Jack Marshall said...

Thanks Laura---way to turn over a new leaf in a new season, JD. And you'd think Francona would put Coco in there to bolster the "4th outfileder whose gooing to play all the time" argument.

I hate DIRECT TV....

tim said...

Doorbell - Tala started to bark!

haha, cute.

Jere said...

people who told me drew was scratched

L-girl said...

Let's wait on the Drewplaining, 'k? It's too early for me to have to defend Mr. On Fire.

ish said...

francona wants to let ellsbury start off slowly, rather than just throw him in the leadoff spot. i guess that'll keep the nerves down a little for opening day. pedroia's still a terrific lead-off hitter.

James said...

Jerry Remy:

"Other than the constant singing and chanting, I've found the Japanese crowd to be rather reserved and quiet"

L-girl said...

Jere, we were answering Jack's q re why no Drew.

James said...

Dice-K wastes pitches like no one else.

Jere said...

are you still talking to me? I made no complaint with drew, only Tito for acting like Pop in the Natural when he had Roy Hobbs right there on the bench but refused to recognize his talent.

L-girl said...

LOL. That Remy comment is priceless, thanks for that.

Jere said...

oh ok

Jack Marshall said...

OOH, "Drewplaining! I like it---another entry for the Glossary?

Jere said...

well i needed to clarify anyway:) twice.

L-girl said...

Jere, I was talking to Jack re Drewplaining. I gotta remember to write ppl's names.

redsock said...

i guess dice isn't a morning person.

bennymac said...

0-2 count to a walk...man.

tim said...

haha must've missed that remy line. too busy eating.

Jere said...

so basically whenever I mention Drew, someone else has just mentioned him in another capacity and it gets confusing. I blame Drew!!

L-girl said...

Yes, a glossary entry for sure. It's from last year's game threads.

Joe Grav said...

Come on DiceK this is weak. Don't the A's know that they are supposed to be the Washington Generals? :p

redsock said...

sexy lips up

ish said...

i guess dice isn't a morning person.

now see? that's a perfectly legitimate excuse. i agree. he is not a morning person.

L-girl said...

It's not morning there...

Joe Grav said...

As a general rule, walks are not fun to watch

tim said...

I'm gonna refrain from any BruinSpeak and obey the Sox-only rule of game threading. Although I could go on all day.

Fucking christ, 4 BB already.

L-girl said...

Well, not when your guy is pitching.

Joe Grav said...

Who do we bring in, Lopez? Snyder?

redsock said...

dice is into the whole "long wait for blanton" strategy. you'll see.

Joe Grav said...

ah Tavarez

L-girl said...

Lips is warming.

James said...

Dice-K looks very unhappy to be visited on the mound.

ish said...

It's not morning there...

i know it. but it's still a good enough excuse to me.

ish said...

I'm gonna refrain from any BruinSpeak and obey the Sox-only rule of game threading. Although I could go on all day.

i'm with you there.

Jere said...

how come in Japan for the bases loaded shot, they take one camera and zoom it around instead of cutting from base to base? Oh right, they're not big on technology over there..

Jere said...

NESN just now telling us Julian warming.

Lord Lynch said...

Until otherwise countered, past performance is the best guide to future output...

Seems as though Dice-K still seems shy of the strike zone from gameday live.....

L-girl said...

I'm gonna refrain from any BruinSpeak and obey the Sox-only rule of game threading.

Your cooperation is appreciated. :)

Joe Grav said...

Aww, make the K call.

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