April 26, 2008

G26: Rays 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 010 000 - 1  5  0
Rays - 000 000 02x - 2 3 0
Alternate headline: Buchholz Fantastic; Francona Getting Dumber

A team that scores one run in nine innings will not win too many games, but it looked like it might be enough for the Red Sox on Saturday.

Buchholz had pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, with eight strikeouts. He had retired 19 of the last 20 Rays hitters and only one of those outs left the infield. But he was at 94 pitches. And MDC, Jeemer and Papelbot were ready in the pen.

Francona sent Clay out for another inning. Why? What's the point?

Buchholz struck out the first hitter, allowed a single to right and got a fly ball to center. But Iwamura crushed a 1-1 pitch to deep right field -- it was Clay's 110th pitch -- and the Rays had two runs.

And that was that. Buchholz finished with a wonderful 8-3-2-2-9 line, but Tito should have been satisfied with 7-1-0-2-7.

Remember that Red Sox management was so concerned about Buchholz's shoulder that Theo ordered Tito to remove him from his no-hitter last September if he reached 120 pitches? He threw 113 today. Against Tampa Bay in late April.

With or without your top three bullpen arms rested and ready, that decision defies common sense.

Is there something in the air in the Trop wreaking havoc with Francona's mind? Does he hallucinate when he hears a cowbell? ... He has not been himself these last two nights.

***

Clay Buchholz (4.79, 95 ERA+) / Edwin Jackson (4.63, 94 ERA+)

Amalie Benjamin, Globe:
Brandon Moss has joined the Red Sox in Tampa, and the corresponding move might be a trip to the DL for Sean Casey. ... David Ortiz was in the original Red Sox lineup, but a second lineup has been posted, and Ortiz has been scratched.
Ellsbury, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Drew, DH
Ramirez, LF
Youkilis, 1B
Crisp, CF
Varitek, C
Lowrie, 3B
Lugo, SS
Buchholz:
The thing I noticed with the Yankees, the first time I faced them, the first time through the lineup they were getting a feel for pitches I threw and the second time they saw me, that's when everybody started swinging. For the most part, teams I've pitched against this year have been basically the same way - they get a feel for pitches I throw the first time through, try to work you deep in the count. Next time they try to sit on a pitch and if they get it they're going to swing. I think [that] helps any pitcher.
Justin Masterson is the first Jamaican-born pitcher to appear in the majors (his parents were missionaries). He is also "the first Sox starter to allow two or fewer hits while lasting at least six innings in a major league debut since Billy Rohr's complete-game one-hitter at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967".

The Yankees (with Ian Kennedy and his 9.64 ERA and 2.29 WHIP) play in Bugland at 4 PM.

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redsock said...

Orioles beat the White Sox 5-1(Burres: 8-3-0-0-4, 98).

NYY - 00
CLE - 0

Clev 2nd: single, single, bunt, walk, walk (RBI) -- still loaded, 1 out, 1-0.

phil said...

Kennedy walks in a run. 1-0 Spiders with one out.

phil said...

Delluci sac fly. 2-0 Spiders.

phil said...

Hafner bloop single to left. 3-0 Spiders.

phil said...

Bruney may be out for the rest of the season with a torn foot ligament. Out at least until September.

phil said...

NYY - 000
CLE - 03

bennymac said...

check out today's yankee "lineup of the future"

damon lf
melky cf
jeter ss
arod dh
juice guy #1 1b
s duncan rf
morgan ensberg 3b
j molina c
a gonzalez 2b

god, i hope this lineup continues!

ish said...

No Flo tonight.

phil said...

NYY - 0000
CLE - 030

ish said...

Dear Red Sox,

Please win this game, and win it in 9 innings, so I can go to sleep.

- Ish

ish said...

Big big DP for Sowers. 5-4-3 to close out a first-and-second jam.

phil said...

NYY - 000 00
CLE - 030 0

ish said...

Watching the last 20 seconds of a hockey semi-final - Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings... score is 5-1 Red Wings at home. 20 seconds left, and the crowd sings "Sweet Caroline"

s1c said...

Wow, thought I was in a MFY game thread there for awhile. Ah, I see Ish has changed his avatar again, I fully blame you buddy for this three game losing streak while you were using that Maddox avatar.

Hate to see Big Papi, sitting tonight, especially since he was 4 for 9 with a HR and 4 RBI's vs Jackson. However, I am glad to see ocoC playing with is .308 / .357 / .462 average.

Varitek? 0 for 7 lifetime vs Jackson.

ish said...

The Sideways Dice avatar is off to an 0-1 start, too. I may have to bring back the yawning cat.

phil said...

Nothing wrong with chronicling MFY failures in a Sox thread.

tim said...

Just a final comment from the older thread/...

Yeah, Old Yeller is damn true.

At least when he comes out of the pen we can all say "oy, wtf"

(old yeller, white (toast) flag

any takers? haha...

just got home from work, i think i'll be missing this one as well though, got to spend quality time with loved ones since i'm neck-deep in tax returns Mon to Fri. My dad's also having a party with his drinking buddies who put teens to shame with their ridiculous antics (his friends, not him) so I don't want to be anywhere near this house come 8pm.....

phil said...

Where does tax season continue in the end of April?

s1c said...

Ish - I missed last night's thread so I did not notice the side cap. Tough loss last night, but hey, today is another day and tonight the Sox get back to their winning ways!!!

s1c said...

1 and 2 w / 1 out in Cleveland and Shelley coming up to bat. (how about those razorbacks, two running backs taken in the first round).

tim said...

Canada - April 30 is the deadline

June 15 if you have self-employment income, but they backcharge interest to April 30, if you owe money.

s1c said...

Pitching change in Cle. with the bases loaded for the MFY's and 1 out.

ish said...

So Girardi goes to his bench, grabs Canooie and he goes down on strikes. Now here's Posada. Another K? Please, Jensen Lewis?

phil said...

Dumbo clears the bases. 3-3.

ish said...

Oh cock. Bases clearing Ultra Dumbo Triple.

phil said...

NYY - 000 003
CLE - 030 00

Sarah Gates said...

When I lived in Virginia as well, state taxes weren't due until May 1.

phil said...

Here in NJ, you automatically get an extension until sometime in the fall if you just ask.

phil said...

Hawkins's first six pitches are balls.

phil said...

Never seen them do moundplasty during a game like this.

ish said...

WOW. Cabrera safe at first. Heh. HGH at first base.

phil said...

Ok, so there is one situation in which sliding into first makes sense.

s1c said...

Ortiz banged his knee last night, why he's not in the line up.

ish said...

Ortiz banged his knee last night, why he's not in the line up.

When he went bumbling and stumbling and diving into first base?

s1c said...

Yep

ish said...

What a strange inning!

s1c said...

Eck - Remy is being nice, but that bullpen has no chance. It's april!

ish said...

Anybody besides me rather surprised Drew is DH instead of Manny?

phil said...

Somewhat, yeah.

ish said...

McCarver, on A-Rod's swing with his quad soreness: "It's not A-Rodish."

phil said...

A-rod finally strikes out on the 11th pitch.

phil said...

NYY - 000 003 0
CLE - 030 000

ish said...

Lead-off walk for Sizemore.

tim said...

Alright, got MFY tuned in...let see some midges!

ish said...

3's are wild.

MFY 3
CLE 3

LAA 3
DET 3

s1c said...

Eck giving Cash some love!!!

Not like Mirabelli, no power, but he does put the bat on the ball!!!

redsock said...

What good is power if you always K?

... trying out a new avatar also.

ish said...

Masa Kobayashi's got a good changeup.

ish said...

McCarver, "Kobayashi getting Giambi on a backdoor slider--I don't even know what that is. Maybe a backdoor slider. The first time Giambi has seen Kobayashi, and the first time I've seen Kobayashi."

Joe Buck said maybe it was a gyroball.

phil said...

NYY - 000 003 00
CLE - 030 000 0

ish said...

Oh man!

Kobayashi makes Dumbo look even more dumb than he could possibly get! 1-2-3 8th.

tim said...

Hm, since posting random pics of what I cook worked so well last year...here's #1 for 2008...my attempt at "trendy" "gourmet" ness...

Lamb.

This pic may also be used if we ever play against that 1B, Mike Lamb or whatever his name is.

Bonus: Try to find which part of the pic is photoshopped! Should be fairly easy...

ish said...

Mop Up pitching for the MFY.

Who would you rather have on the mound for your team from the following two...? Mop Up Farnsworth, or White Flag?

tim said...

The Mop in, I'm fully expecting CLE to take the lead here.

phil said...

Farnsworth is having trouble throwing strikes but so far hasn't thrown at any non-Beings' heads.

tim said...

Who would you rather have on the mound for your team from the following two...? Mop Up Farnsworth, or White Flag?

Is Wally the Green Monster an option?

ish said...

Another lead-off walk. Maybe they'll finally cash him in here.

ish said...

Greatest matchup ever: Wally vs. Raymond

tim said...

Alternate caption for the lamb pic i posted...

Phil's Avatar = before.
My pic = after.

ish said...

WIDE throw from the Intangibles!

tim said...

FC. Oh well...Guy coming out to argue something. TV on mute, listening to some reggae music.

Reggae > Buck + McMoron

ish said...

Wow. Ball was juggled by the Canoe. Wedge gets run.

Should be two on, 0 out. Instead it's 1 on, 1 out.

Why aren't the umpires conferencing?

tim said...

Tribe mgr getting tossed...I guess that would be comparable to a fight in hockey?

phil said...

Horribly blown call at second.

tim said...

brak brak

tim said...

Ohping for a ohme rnu here from jhonny

ish said...

Ohping for a ohme rnu here from jhonny

Getting into the strong drink already, huh Tim? :P

ish said...

Ohhh I get it.

Nevermind.

tim said...

haha, i wish.

ooo shitty throw dumbo!

ish said...

BBi for Dribble.

tim said...

i prefer Ass dribbler.

ish said...

Mop Up's got himself a good hook tonight.

ish said...

Should've said 'Dribble.

tim said...

Need FY to get a hit tonight to keep my BTS streak going. Would be at like 14 had i not picked fucking Alex Rios one day, I think it was when the Sox were facing the new Texas pitcher, which they ended up lightin up... But yeah, lesson: never rely on the Blew Jays for anything.

Every other hit in my streak = Sox. Mostly Manny and FY, had a couple Caseys in there, LUGO one game - that was a risk...

ish said...

Looks like Red Sox radio isn't working...? The two affiliate stations I can hear - one has dead air. The other is playing music.

ish said...

Remy and Orsillo wearing bright red shirts. They're missing their lip stick.

s1c said...

Remy saying that Flo hurt the surgical repaired knee.

ish said...

Good backhanded play by Brak Brak in the hole.

ish said...

Remy saying that Flo hurt the surgical repaired knee.

Tito downplayed it. Said he just bruised it. Shouldn't be long. Maybe back tomorrow?

L-girl said...

Whoa, I log in to the thread 5 mins before game time and there are already 78 comments. Threading the Spiders, I see.

I will stick to the Sox.

redsock said...

Shit -- FSN and Mr. Migraine on mlbtv again. Mute.

Also, I believe Mr. Farnsworth is simply "The Mop".

ish said...

Top 9 in Cleveland. Shouldn't be long now. But they are tied.

L-girl said...

Ish, I have Red Sox radio on MLB audio. Is yours fixed?

redsock said...

It's new avatar night!

ish said...

Broken bat looper into right center for Damon.

ish said...

Ish, I have Red Sox radio on MLB audio. Is yours fixed?

It's freaking out, heh. Van Halen's "Jump" is looping over and over again.

ish said...

And now more dead air.

Now, a song.

tim said...

Oh cherry, oh cherry, oh baby,
Dontcha know I in need of thee,
You don't believe it true,
Why don't you love me, too?

Its so long I been waiting,
For you to come right in,
Now that we are together,
Is make my joy run over

Whoaoh, eeyo, eeyo, eeyo, eeyo
Whoaoh, eeyo, eeyo, eeyo, eeyo

Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah
Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah

phil said...

Judas is having a good game for himself. 4/5.

L-girl said...

Allan, I see you gave up your pilfered avatar. That's good.

Your new one, I don't know...

L-girl said...

I love that cute little sheep.

L-girl said...

Anyone know why Tim is singing that?

tim said...

L with the futurama avatar, nice.

tim said...

Cause i was listening to it?

redsock said...

Do I dare listen to Migraine?

It's nice to have the audio on, since I'm clicking between mlbtv, gameday, the comment thread, and gmail to see the comments come in. Oh and keeping score too. ... While at work!

redsock said...

I don't know either.

ish said...

Red Sox's flagship station is working. Joe C calling the game as always. None of the affiliates work, though, it seems.

s1c said...

Filed in the "sometimes it just doesn't make sense" folder. Jackson 4-10 at the Trop. 2-0 vs the Sox at the Trop.

LBJ!!!

redsock said...

speed kills ... the rays!

ish said...

Ellsbury conveniently presses his nitrous button.

L-girl said...

"L with the futurama avatar, nice."

Thanks! Blurnsball. :)

"Cause i was listening to it?"

Good a reason as any, I guess. I like that album. Assuming you were listening to the Stones' version of that.

****

That's my boy! You cannot catch him!! No one can catch him!

s1c said...

Frack

Edward Lee said...

CI just GIDP'd to end the top of the 9th. Whee.

redsock said...

i pity the water cooler.

L-girl said...

dp, damn

tim said...

aint no beating the streak there...dammit

allan, sounds like a productive night @ work!

ish said...

TEN THOUSAND COWBELLS!

Jeez.

ish said...

If you must break your bat, aim the barrel at the first baseman!

redsock said...

Dear Sox hitters:

MAKE TITO APOLOGIZE!!!!

L-girl said...

Heh, talking about the cowbells at the Trop, Joe C said, "It's loud. It's always loud in here... some of it artificial."

ish said...

Dorf pitching for the chokers in the bottom of the 9th.

tim said...

Assuming you were listening to the Stones' version of that.

Yup, solid album. I did, after, find the 'original' on youtube - and was also awesome. I am now downloading some sort of double-reggae album with the original on it, as well as a lot of other promising stuff...

ON FIRE!!! bats flyin!

ish said...

Yay! Radio is back.

tim said...

1 on 1 out for Spiders

tim said...

Dear M,

please B M. That is all.

-tim

tim said...

I distinctly said "B M" - not K. Boo.

2 on 1 out for spiders.

ish said...

Sizemore on first for Cleveland.

Base hit for... I think Carroll. Sizemore twisted his ankle on second base, while looking at Abreu in right field. That looked rather ugly.

ish said...

Sizemore looks okay. He should stay in the game.

Winning run's on second... for Pronk.

Edward Lee said...

So I guess Ross Ohlendorf is going to be the latest Yankees pitcher to be Quantrilled/Sturtzed/Gordoned/Proctored? (16 IP, and the month isn't over yet)

ish said...

Castig and O'Brien going through the Cowbell Etiquette. Nobody follows the rules.

ish said...

WILD PITCH. Sizemore to third.

redsock said...

Tim said "B M"

heh heh heh .....

tim said...

Wild pitch, ha.

ish said...

The wild pitch opens up first base. Hafner will be put on.

tim said...

Pronk getting the BBI.

Loadin' em up with 1 out.

Sac fly would work.

ish said...

So, the bases are loaded, but the only man that matters is Sizemore on third.

Victor Martinez facing the Dorf.

tim said...

sox: good K

redsock said...

so what is the fruitbat status? same situation as last night for girardi -- tie game bot 9th

tim said...

MFY: am i the only one who finds the 112pt "RIGHT NOW!" incredibly obnoxious?

ish said...

Cabrera swings at ball 2... 1-1.

s1c said...

How you know a team is bad file. "longest tenured ray at 5 years".

2 up 2 down, only 25 more to go HH

ish said...

I mean Martinez.

phil said...

So where does one get a catcher hitting .364?

L-girl said...

Those 3b stats for Crawford are amazing. For anyone listening to Sox radio.

tim said...

MFY: Probably wants to save his "closer" to "close"....

tim said...

Spiders win.

phil said...

Thaaaaaa Yankees lose.

ish said...

ARACHNIDS WIN!!!


Opposite field single for Martinez.

tim said...

Single to LF by #41...player...

s1c said...

Words I like to see "in play run(s)"

phil said...

I'm generally cool with spontaneous on-field dogpile celebrations like these, but this is April.

tim said...

Can't you hear me knockin?

Yeah, after this inning I'm gonna head out for the aforementioned quality time.

L-girl said...

A Stuffy McInnis sighting on the radio. Allan, if you have the Fox Morons, why don't you use audio instead?

tim said...

I'm generally cool with spontaneous on-field dogpile celebrations like these, but this is April.

Yeah, it did seem over-the-top...would've been cool if they had rallied from down 0-3 in the bottom of the 9th. But they didn't.

L-girl said...

Where did Can't You Hear Me Knockin come in?

redsock said...

There's Exhibit B of Idiot Manager Tricks.

/...

I want TV.

tim said...

Where did Can't You Hear Me Knockin come in?

See answer to your first Stones Q...

I probably shouldn't have italicized it, looking back.

Jack Marshall said...

Well, Redsock, is it any consolation that Joe Girardi is "old school" too when it comes to not using the closer in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game on the road?

redsock said...

TV on mute is way better than sox radio.

tim said...

alright, signing off game thread...till next time. could be later. could be not...

redsock said...

It helps that Girardi is a moron, yes.

Yanks now 12-13.

phil said...

Wish I could get the Sox on tv. Or radio. This Gameday stuff is killing me, but not enough to shell out for mlb.tv.

L-girl said...

"TV on mute is way better than sox radio."

Agreed. But I'm actually working, too. TV would be too obvious.

phil said...

Upton's SB% is 50% (4-4). Is that lots of blown hit&runs or just bad judgment?

redsock said...

radio is like $15 for the entire season.

s1c said...

Thats better!!!

phil said...

23 pitches through one, but not too bad.

ish said...

Tim - Flyers up 2-0 on the Habs in the first period.

redsock said...

so the orioles are actually percentage points ahead of us right now, in first place.

win.

ish said...

so the orioles are actually percentage points ahead of us right now, in first place.

win.


Who else from the AL East is a threat in September? Does Baltimore fall under that list? I'm not worried.

L-girl said...

Phil, MLB radio is a great deal. $15 for the whole season and post-season. Splurge.

phil said...

I'll probably just get mlb.tv in a month when the price drops.

L-girl said...

Who else from the AL East is a threat in September?

No one.

s1c said...

Radio $15, plus you can watch the entire game on replay at the 400K.

Not a bad deal at all.

phil said...

I wonder how many doubleplays we've avoided so far by being so damn speedy.

L-girl said...

Having MLB audio has changed my life at work. Makes it a lot more liveable than gdgd.

ish said...

Ooof. Bad coco.

phil said...

I can't even get gdgd at work, so streaming audio's completely out.

L-girl said...

crap!

s1c said...

Bad coco?

Straight steal, there as ocoC! never in looked at the plate.

redsock said...

ococ slid into second head first as upton caught the ball. sigh.

Jere said...

"ARACHNIDS WIN!!!"

That's so weird to hear on a Yankee loss, since in our family, we always referred to that Yankee "NY" logo as "the arachnid."

s1c said...

Good separation between HH's FB and CU, 15-18 MPH.

1-2-3!!!

Yeah, boy!!!

phil said...

34 pitches through 2 is more like it.

Jere said...

The Low' method works.....

phil said...

Let's see if Lugo can postpone regression to the mean a little longer.

Jere said...

less cowbell

phil said...

Jere: I've been listening to Low's "Things We Lost in the Fire" this inning.

Jere said...

That was ridiculous. Remy talking about Upton playing shallow before the play. Then Lugo hits it right to him.

redsock said...

lugo is pretty "mean" now -- it's a very hollow .306.

err, .302!

Jere said...

"Jere: I've been listening to Low's "Things We Lost in the Fire" this inning."

That's weird. I was referring to the hitting method of Charlie Lau. Lau-rie. Glad your Low method worked, too, though!

phil said...

A double would go a long way here.

L-girl said...

Got a word q. The other night, Jere gave me "spelunking" for link spammers.

What do you call it when someone says "I'm not racist, but..." then tells you how [these people] are always so lazy/smelly/stupid/tricky.

Or says "I'm not gossiping, but..." then tells you personal details about your co-workers that you aren't supposed to know and would rather not hear.

They always preface it by announcing that they most definitely are not the very thing they are about to display that they are.

Gimme a word for that.

L-girl said...

You guys must have loved that Thurmon Munson tribute on the radio. :)

redsock said...

hypocrite?

Sarah Gates said...

less cowbell

Good one.

Ok, if the Good Guys don't win tonight, I'm giving up furniture. Just finished the first coat of poly on the table...

Jere said...

I'd call that person 'Johnny Paycheck,' because Allan recently brought it up and said he'd bet his next five paychecks the person is a racist.

You know what else I hate? When someone has a problem and admits to it, but just warns you instead of trying to fix their problem.

L-girl said...

Hypocrite for sure. But that can mean a lot of different things. I want something for this precise behavior.

"I'm not sexist, but I just cannot work for a female supervisor. They're always such bitches."

It can be a made-up word. In fact, only a made-up word will do.

redsock said...

luv that curve!

phil said...

But-head?

L-girl said...

Johnny Paycheck is good. Or maybe just a Paychecker?

Yeah, as if just admitting it somehow makes it ok. I'm sure I do that about some of my prejudices. (Rednecks, wingnuts, racists...)

redsock said...

I'd call that person 'Johnny Paycheck,' because Allan recently brought it up and said he'd bet his next five paychecks the person is a racist.

I did? How recent?

L-girl said...

But-head! That is very good. :)

L-girl said...

A, I remember it. I wouldn't have thought of it, but when Jere said, I remembered it.

Jere said...

Is he gonna drop that crazy breaker in on 3-2?

L-girl said...

Also, would it be ok if I hit someone the next time I hear this?

Jere said...

Nope. But Coco saves him.

Jere said...

I'm not a violent person, but swing away, Laura.

L-girl said...

Sounded like a nice grab by Ococ.

s1c said...

!!!ocoC

You know if HH's curve was a 1-7 or 11-5 it would be a kneebuckler.

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