April 12, 2008

G12: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

Yankees - 000 002 100  - 3  6  0
Red Sox - 000 103 000 - 4 9 0
After a 2:11 delay, Papelbon came in and struck Rodriguez out on three fastballs. On the 0-2 pitch, the two runners took off, which may have distracted Slappy, who whiffed on the 97 high heat.

In the 9th, Giambi (ccbb) struck out swinging, Posada (csfbbff) struck out swinging, and Cano (bsbfbffff) grounded out weakly to Pedroia.

26 pitches in all for Bot, who will likely have tomorrow night off. In six innings this season, he has 12 strikeouts (and only 1 walk).

***

Rain delay with 2 outs in the top of the 8th. Cabrera on 2nd and Abreu on 1st. Slappy at bat and Papelbon in from the pen. He hasn't thrown any pitches.

Beckett looked great once again, allowing only one baserunner through the first five innings (and only 47 pitches). Manny gave him a 1-0 with a long home run to left-center in the fourth.

Beckett faltered in the sixth when Molina and Gonzalez both singled to start the inning. Two sacrifices - a Damon bunt and a Cabrera liner to center -- brought in the first run and a wild pitch brought in the second.

Down 2-1, the Sox finally slapped Mussina around. (They had two singles in each of the first two innings off Mussina, but two double plays and an outfield assist let him off the hook.) With one out in the sixth, Ellsbury singled to left and Pedroia doubled off the Wall. Ortiz -- in a prime spot to break out of his current slump -- struck out. Girardi came out to chat and the Yankees elected to pitch to Manny. Mussina threw an 88 mph fastball in the heart of the strike zone and Being hit it to deep right-center for a two-run double. Bruney came in from the pen and Youkilis greeted him with a single to put Boston up 4-2.

Beckett started the seventh by walking Slappy on four pitches. He got Giambi to GIDP 453, but then gave up a single to Posada and wild pitched him to second. Cano doubled off the Wall and New York crept to within one run.

In the top of the 8th, Okajima got two quick outs on four pitches, but then walked Cabrera on four pitches and surrendered a single to Abreu. Papelbon came jogging in -- and the tarp came out.

***

Mike Mussina (3.09, 133 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (9.64, 45 ERA+)

Sean McAdam, on the bullpen:
After last night's game, the bullpen owned a collective 6.17 ERA, and as high as that figure is, it was deceiving. Subtract the work of closer Jonathan Papelbon and set-up man Hideki Okjima, and the bullpen's ERA zooms to 8.88.
Terry Francona, on Jed Lowrie:
If he's here for two weeks, one thing we don't want him to do is sit every day. That's no good. That kind of gets in the way of his development. We'll probably work him in a couple of times a week over there at the minimum.
Alex Cora referred to his elbow injury as "weird" and something he's "never felt before". He said he should return to his daily routine today.

Michael Silverman, Herald: "Since 1901, the Red Sox and Yankees franchises have been duking it out." The Yankees did not exist in 1901, though I suppose that technically the franchise did. The American League did not have a team in New York until 1903, when the Baltimore Orioles moved and became the Highlanders.

David Ortiz: 0-for-13, 1-for-25, 3-for-39 (.077). Am I worried? Not at all. As I said recently in comments, I'm worried about Flo's bat like I'm worried about the sun rising in the morning. However, I am curious, should his slump continue, if he'll hear any boos at Fenway? I've heard Yankee fans boo Rivera and Jeter, so any insane behavior is possible.

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Jack Marshall said...

Running yesterday's game over and over in my mind, I conclude that Wang was not "wonderful," as more than one article today put it, but lucky as hell. The Sox must have hit 15 balls hard, and Wang's vaunted sinker was obviously not working worth a damn. If a scout were watching the game and knew nothing about either pitcher, I'm sure he would be more impressed with young Clay. On another day, with the same Stuff, Wang will give up 8 runs.

Jere said...

To go all nine, though, and do it in under a hundred pitches, that would still be impressive if he got lucky on every single batter.

I do remember there being a lot of balls hit in the air, always a good sign against the Penis.

And Clay did do great, a good sign for us. Normally he wins a game with a performance like that.

tim said...

Can someone with MLB.TV please check and see if the games on today are working? I wanna know if it's this computer or if the MLB.TV subscription is screwing up.

Jere said...

My pics from last night are up, if anybody wants to take a peek. Thanks.

redsock said...

Tito has cooked up some tasty oatmeal:

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Youkilis, 3B
Drew, RF
Varitek, C
Casey, 1B
Lugo, SS

Win.

redsock said...

Tim: Same deal for me as last night. Radio works, but TV does not.

I logged in and got the old media player/sliverlight screen. I chose the old one (the one on top), and the screen changes. I see it "connect", "buffer" and "wait" ... then nothing. It says "ready" but nothing is happening. Clicking the "play" arrow does nothing.

I've tried logging in first at the home page, tried older games. Same thing every time.

I don't know if it is a problem with the two computers here or with MLB. I wonder if MLB is able to answer their own phones today.

Anyone wanna find out? (866) 800-1275.

redsock said...

All zeroes for the Tigers thru 7.

Patrick said...

Youk is bad from the 5 spot. I wish Tito would lead him off. Youk was ripping it up until he moved to 5. BAH

If they start to cheer for Drew when he comes up to bat then I'll consider that maybe they would boo Papi someday ever.

Jere said...

My (friend's, who I always borrow name/password from) mlb.tv is working fine. And the second I get it on, the no-hitter ends, as is often the case. Edgar....

redsock said...

no no-no for gavin floyd. tigers get a hit in the 8th.

redsock said...

Drew doesn't get cheers?

Jere said...

Hawk Harrelson should be outlawed. What kind of call is "Take your time! Make a good throw....yes!"? Oh right, a Hawk Harrelson call.

Jere said...

redsock, did you try just getting to the screen of the game, but not pressing play, just waiting and waiting? Sometimes it's just blank for me, but then it pops up after it finishes doing whatever it is it does that it shouldn't be doing considering it's 2008.

redsock said...

While on hold with MLB (18 minutes and counting) ....

Sox are only 1 GB in the wild card standings, but there are 7 teams in front of us!

redsock said...

did you try just getting to the screen of the game, but not pressing play, just waiting and waiting?

yeah, nothing happens. i had one computer just sitting around last night and I was listening to the radio on the other one.

When i click play, it does the connect-buffer-wait-ready thing but the bar at the bottom of the screen takes forever to fully load. it seems kind of stuck at about 40% (though it does say "done" in the lowest low corner).

redsock said...

so wang really gave us some stiff competition, huh?

redsock said...

MLB's FAQ says you need WMP9 -- and I found out I have WMP10. ... And TV worked a few weekends ago.

25 minutes and counting ....

Jere said...

Yeah, he didn't get jerked off by Girardi like Kennedy did.

Patrick said...

I mean, when they give Drew a rousing applause like they still do for Papi.

More bitching: Keep a graphic of toast ready all year for Taverez and Timlin especially. And I'm not just saying this because of last night. In this link it shows that Timlin's groundball and strikeout rates are well below average.
http://baseballanalysts.com/archives/2008/03/categorizing_pi_2.php

Jere said...

"I'm disappointed, obviously. I'm still disappointed. I'm going to think about that pitch until I retire."

Moose, after Crazy Carl (awesomely) broke up his El Perfecto. He hasn't retired yet. You think he's STILL thinking about it?

Jere said...

Will Fox bring up "T-shirtInConcreteGateCurse"? I say they do, right away.

redsock said...

Had a nice chat with Deborah at MLB. She was pushing the "you need silverlight" angle, but the old media player link should work also, according to her and the FAQ (and my past experience).

Plus she said you need silverlight for the audio, but I'm getting audio without it. And being at work, I can't install any applications.

It sounds like there is not a widespread problem with MLBTV like there was for the Coliseum game against LAD.

If I need silverlight to watch regular season games at work, I may be quite fucked.

Jere said...

Yeah, I tried to watch on the higher-quality level, and it said you need to get two things, Silverlight and some other thing. So I was like, eh, forget it.

redsock said...

I tried clicking the higher level too (I bought the 400k), but it told me I had not purchased that level. Nothing else that i recall.

...

The Red Sox were unable to put Wang in a sticky situation.

redsock said...

radio works.

beckett better bring the noise today.

Jere said...

"My favorite band is the Dropkick Murphys and Metallica." -- Jonathan Papelbon

redsock said...

"My favorite number is 3 and 7."

L-girl said...

I've got MLB audio on (at work). I'm going to start out the Yankees broadcast, for old time's sake, and see how long I can take it.

redsock said...

sox radio: 59 degrees

gameday: 53 degrees

Jere said...

Curdled Melky there.

redsock said...

gameday not giving any pitch info. joe says beckett hitting 96.

and dud sasahe!

Patrick said...

Give us that hot loving, Beck!

Jere said...

Yeah but in your old days you didn't have the horrid Suzie Steinbrenner.

Jere said...

1-2-3 Beckett! Nice! Let's drop the Moose early!

redsock said...

a fine first!

start us off, lyndon.

Patrick said...

Final line predictions from Josh?

I'm thinking 7ip with 1 run and 6k

L-girl said...

Yes I did. I listened to them for at least one season, possibly two.

I like the Sterling/Waldman combo. It was a huge improvement over Sterling/Steiner (I detest Charlie Steiner) and the absence of Kay is always welcome.

I like Yankees radio. Always did.

Sorry!

Jere said...

hey patrick, way to wait til after the first to make your prediction:)

Patrick said...

Make Mike look old, Jacoby!

redsock said...

horrid Suzie Steinbrenner

OHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYY GAWWWWWWWWWD ... OF ALL THE THINGS ...

redsock said...

will the bigot break 80 with his fastball today?

Patrick said...

thank you Jere. It's more challenging that way even if it seems the opposite.

Jere said...

You're probably right in that Steiner and Kay were both worse than Suzyn. But that's not saying much. Although at least with them they came from an announcing background, unlike Suzyn.

Jere said...

Jacoby: the spark we could've used yesterday

Patrick said...

"by the diving Giambi"
"That was like half a step...and a fall" -Joe C.

Jere said...

L: I figured your "old days" meant Yankee fan days, which were pre-Waldman as announcer--I know you would've known her from her general covering of the Yanks for many years before. You know, after she stopped being a Sox fan.

redsock said...

LBJ SB!

L-girl said...

That background doesn't mean shit. Just like being a former player doesn't mean shit when it comes to announcing.

Waldman is terrible doing features, but in her radio role, I think she's quite good.

Patrick said...

Bwahahaha, way to leg it out stumpy!

Jere said...

Patrick: I guess you could be right. Unless the guy breaks his leg in the first: "I predict he doesn't complete this game!"

Really funny slide back into 2nd by Jacoby there. Rally time.

s1c said...

FY setting it up for Papi!!

Andy said...

ah that was the cutest thing I have ever seen in baseball that slide by ellsbury

Patrick said...

of course I'm not right...I'm full of crap.

redsock said...

tacoby now 10-for-10 in his career with SB.

L-girl said...

Jere, you were right the first time, I did mean in my Yankee fan days.

My last two years in NYC, I was a Sox fan inside - but I was in the closet, leading a double life. And I still listened to the Yankees every weekend at work, because that's what I could get on the radio. That counts as the old days, too.

Jere said...

I'm talking about a background IN announcing, though. You're telling me someone with background as an announcer isn't a better announcer than someone who's neevr done it before? I guess I'm the opposite of you--I always thought she was totally fine as an on-air host taking calls, etc. But then they just threw her in the booth. She doesn't even do play-by-play--most teams switch back and forth, but she literally can't do play-by-play because she's never done it.

Jere said...

Check fucking swing.

Patrick said...

Just bring the Navajo home.

L-girl said...

Jere (and anyone else who cares): I won't be in the game thread from now on, got enough going on at work. Talk to you all later.

Lord Lynch said...

Evening all. Yankee beloved over here with me in London and is convinced that they will lose with Mussina on the mound.

Good grief. What is the matter with Flo?

Patrick said...

ugly ugly ugly.

redsock said...

LOB-otomy.

LL: I hope it's a slump and not any knee issues.

Jere said...

Second time in a few days we've had a visible Obama "team" shirt behind the plate. The other night it was Obama in the Tigers logo on some Tigers fan, now it's the Red Sox version on a girl a few rows back. I'm actually wearing mine now--in the McCain/Obama battle, regardless of everything else, including the elections being rigged, I'm rooting for Obama--and I just thought it was cool to have it in the Sox font.

redsock said...

Waldman and Sterling have a nice rapport, but they are both dreadful. He's become a parody of himself with his constant catch phrases and she is an extreme homer.

Patrick said...

The original Herbrew Hammer hit his third dong today.

redsock said...

Forget the Mendoza Line. Papi's average is now at the McCarver's IQ Line.

.075

redsock said...

ooh gameday has pitch info.

96-97 for JB

Patrick said...

Sigh, Ellsbury is great in CF. Can't we just give away Coco?

Jere said...

re Ster/Wald: Yeah, it's like listening to two friends talk during the game, but that doesn't make either of them good. It seems like at least Sterling used to at least be a good announcer despite being hard to listen to as a Sox fan, but he's lost it, mahn.

Jere said...

I love having Coco on the team, a fine 4th outfielder who'd start for many teams--just don't know if he loves being on it.

redsock said...

I heard A LOT of Sterling in 1998 -- and I actually liked him.

But he's too much the same. Calls any play -- like a RBI double to RCF -- the exact same way every single time. Baseball is too unique to do that.

We heard him last year or 2006 and he was much worse. (He clearly hated Steiner.) But his HR catch phrases and all his other crap overwhelmed his game calling.

Andy said...

To share a little of my household commentary, because of all the ocoC and LBJ platooning, every fly ball I yell out Ellsbury woulda caught it! It's making me happy that it is actually he who is catching it.

Patrick said...

Kevin can hit when he's leading off, so to speak.

Jere said...

mccarver just had a 'gasm

Patrick said...

Sigh. Please don't give me another game of line drives right into defenders gloves.

redsock said...

bigot's luck won't last.

Jere said...

I can't believe Jason just tried that.

Patrick said...

....

redsock said...

joe says play went 9-4.
gameday says 9-6.

?

Lord Lynch said...

helluva slump, redsock.

And I sit here in despair at that brainless play.

Patrick said...

9-4

redsock said...

9-4

Good ol' GDGD. Jeez.

L-girl said...

9-6

L-girl said...

Radio says 9-6, both by name and position number.

Patrick said...

lol, joe said cano tagged out tek.

Jere said...

looking gray to the west out my window. Jesus, Dustin!

redsock said...

GDGD now says Cano grounded out to Beckett. One out.

Jere said...

Now I'm getting loud raindrops on the window. Should start at Fenway any minute.

redsock said...

Gameday frozen trying to figure out what happened to Cano. Idiots.

Jere said...

Really nice by McCheese. Way to set yourself and make a hard, accurate throw.

tim said...

Hey all!

The mayor delivers!

Jere said...

Mayor McEase as opposed to McE's.

tim said...

being!

ish said...

lmao. Manny left his hat in the field.

Jere said...

Manny McEase.

And they mock Manny for not going back and getting his hat, as if ANY major league player would have.

ish said...

Such a strange weather day today. I feel like I'm getting screwed out of some amazing weather. Stupid ocean. It's 43° in Portsmouth, NH. 45 miles to the west, in Manchester, it's 70°.

Jere said...

okay, it's not like the hat was in some place where only he could get it and he just left it.

Jere said...

Damon actually thought that ball popped out of the glove.

Jere said...

Downpour here, just north of Fenway

Jere said...

very deep fly out for Jacoby

redsock said...

5-pitch inning. TIMBERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

ish said...

I was listening to WEEI earlier and I heard lightning.

Jere said...

Man, these dark clouds just don't know which team to curse!

redsock said...

beckett has thrown 2 balls to only 1 of the first 11 hitters. ... now 2 of 12.

Jere said...

Crazy--they showed the clouds in front of the Cock but behind the Pru. Then the next shot, it's starting to take over the top of the Pru. Thunder just heard outside. Get 'em ready in Canvas Alley!

redsock said...

damn - beckett is quick today.

36 pitches thru 4. (11-10-9-6)

Jere said...

"(11-10-9-6)"

I like where that's going.

redsock said...

bigot pc: 21-9-5 = 35

Jere said...

those Yankee dugout jackets are weird. Gray lettering.

Jere said...

looked like a hit for Papi. But no. 2 quick outs in the 4th. The shower passed my house and now blue skies to the west. Nice.

Jere said...

DONGGGGGGGGGG

redsock said...

yeah yeah mussina is a brainiac .. all other players are drooling cavemen.

redsock said...

WAY TO SERVE IT UP, PROFESSOR!!!!

Jere said...

TIm calls the Volvo sign "the back of the Monster"

ish said...

MBM grand.

Jere said...

That was a long dong silverlight

redsock said...

dong work for yuda

(manny's got a sausage, yeah yeah ...)

Jere said...

ish--since it wasn't a grand slam, it could be the MBM Grand Foxwoods

ish said...

Quick moving game. 1:05 old and they're through 4.

Jere said...

was going quick last night, too--it was halfway through and it was around the hour mark

ish said...

Beckett is dominating today, isn't he? If it wasn't for that "hit" where Pedroia dropped the ball...

Jere said...

I really thought that would be called an E on FY before. Too bad...

redsock said...

Game is official -- bring on the rain!

Jere said...

L: A Q for U 2 answer L8R. Last night when Jose Molina got a hit, the "Jose Jose Jose" cheer went up from the Yankee fans lurking in the upper bleachers. Too "Mets"? (Also, does Jose Molina deserve his own specific cheer anyway?)

Jere said...

"Game is official -- bring on the rain!"

Too bad George still has the exclusive patent on the weather-controller. We'll see how wisely Hank and Hal use it.

Jere said...

Come on, Drew, smoke the Moose-wang.

Jere said...

I'm not even gonna comment on what McCarver is saying.

redsock said...

Not sure what that chant is, but he doesn't deserve one.

tim said...

re: my MLBTV comment earlier - I was at work and i would get the picture all scrobbly for a few seconds - like trying to watch an HD channel on an old TV or something. then firefox would crash... i installed that silverlight thing and it worked fine on firefox 2..not beta 3 tho. oh well, back home n watching on regular TV now.

beckett dealing, i love it.

Jere said...

Jose Reyes at Shea gets "Ho-o-say, Jo sayHo sayHo saayy, Ho sayyy" ala the Ole Ole Ole soccer chant. But the Yanks fans breaking it out for Molina? Come on.

Jere said...

Gonzalez tortured that ball

tim said...

who do we have coming up this week? i know they said MFY wed/thu....we have another 2 game series mon/tue?

fuck, time for a triple play.

redsock said...

How long were you waiting to use that on?

redsock said...

at clev - mon and tues

Zenslinger said...

C'mon, Josh, git outta this one!

tim said...

thank you for the free out, noodle

redsock said...

soccer chant -- okay, i've heard that.

yankees fans stealing stuff from the mets? lame.

Jere said...

Oh, I use torture every time, since he came up late last year, it's a no brainer. But he hit the ball hard here...

Jere said...

Tim, at Cle for 2, at NY for 2, then back home for Tex thru Pats' Day.

redsock said...

This time it seems extra succinct.

tim said...

Ah, damn. I remember remy saying that they're only going to Jacobs once this year. Kind of wished it was in the summer so I could head down for the games...have relatives there now.

tim said...

nice catch by lyndon

Zenslinger said...

Sac fly, argh.

Jere said...

Google "Jose Jose Jose" and see what comes up. It's that well-known--so I really can't believe Yankee fans would use their rival's thing.

Very nice sliding catch by Jacoby.

tim said...

Fuckin Attorney General

L-girl said...

FYI, made it to the tying run, now switching over to Boston broadcast. Also no picnic, but at least I'm in sync with the homer cheering.

Jere said...

Tim: I did a quiz about the Indians series in November. Check it out.

Jere said...

You want a homer try Hawk Harrelson.

redsock said...

UP:

sluggo
lyndon
fuckyeah
tizzle

redsock said...

TIME FOR THE FUCKING BATS, BOYS!

L-girl said...

Hawk H is the worst. The absolute worse. But he's not the only one. Almost every booth has at least one.

Jere said...

that was a 1920s skirt

redsock said...

If I was a White Sox fan, I'd pray EI give me the other team's announcers.

Jere said...

But changing the tone of your voice to let people know who you're rooting for is not the same as "Come on, take your time, make a good throw, Yes!"

Jere said...

Nice job, EllGirl'sBury!

L-girl said...

Didn't say it was the same.

Jere said...

Damon shoulda thrown to 2nd.

FY!

s1c said...

Now is the time for Papi to break out.

It is his time

ish said...

Bout time for Papi to end this horrific drought.

Andy said...

fuck yeah

redsock said...

let it flo

Jere said...

Nazi is airborn.

Jere said...

Imagine if Bruney pitched on JewDayica at Fenway?

redsock said...

PAPI: start cursing these mfers before the new park opens.

Jere said...

All we needed was a fly ball, Papi!

Jere said...

Manny's gonna put us on top!

ish said...

No way you pitch to Manny here, right?

ish said...

That's what I thought.

Jere said...

YEAHHHHHHHH. Thank YOU Manny!!!! 3-2 us

s1c said...

Being!!!!

redsock said...

BAD MAN

YOU ARE A VERY BAD MAN

L-girl said...

BEING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jere said...

The bigot out, the Nazi in?

redsock said...

excellent decision, girardi!

redsock said...

buh bye bigot.

Manny 3, Yankees 2.

redsock said...

mussina thought he could fool manny on a 88 mph fastball?

bwwwhahahahaha

Jere said...

Yooooooouk. 4-2

ish said...

Manny > Mussina

ish said...

Yoook > Bruney

s1c said...

Youk!

Jere said...

Bigot leaves, Nazi comes in, gives up hit and then gets pop up to torturer.

redsock said...

nice to see the bats come right back after the chokers get a pair.

ish said...

Chokers...

Girardi fits right in, doesn't he?

Jere said...

Right, "whatever year that was" Yankees-style.

Jere said...

my 20s skirt comment from before just meant the pitch was below the knee. (You're welcome, people reading this a hundred years from now.)

Jere said...

YOuk with the turn!!

ish said...

The old 4-5-3 DP.

L-girl said...

MLB audio is so behind that I'm putting comments through with the play before the pitch is thrown.

redsock said...

MLB audio is so behind that I'm putting comments through with the play before the pitch is thrown.

that happened with me on manny's double. ish commented quickly!

Jere said...

L: did you try turning it off and starting fresh? Sometimes you gain seconds lost along the way...

Zenslinger said...

I'm checking in while working at a friend's.

Looks like All Manny.

redsock said...

tekballa.

Jere said...

How the fuck does Fox show Posada trotting home with no throw over showing the close play at second??

redsock said...

MDC: Millions of Dead Chokers

ish said...

I've always noticed the live internet media being two to four pitches behind the live play.

Jere said...

get the 2nd strike and get everybody up

Jere said...

everybody up

ish said...

MDC!!!!

Jere said...

Yeah, MDC! K!

Jere said...

are we supposed to believe that two SEPARATE guitarists came up with "viva Viagra", surprising and amusing their respective bandmates??

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