April 27, 2008

G27: Rays 3, Red Sox 0

Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  2  2
Rays - 001 000 11x - 3 5 0
Who would have thought that after a month that began with a three-country road trip, and included five games against the Yankees and series against contenders Cleveland, the Angels and the Tigers, that the worst stretch would come in three games against the Tampa Bay Rays?

After wilting against Sheilds's 9-2-0-1-7 performance (he faced only 29 batters and threw 98 pitches), the Red Sox have now lost five games in a row (after winning 10 of 11). In their last 23 innings, they have nine hits -- all singles -- and have scored one run.

Beckett was the lone bright spot today. In seven innings, he struck out a career-high 13 batters. He fanned the first five Rays and got the nine of his first 10 outs by way of the K.

But Beckett's third-inning error on an attempted pickoff play at first base rolled into foul territory and Jason Bartlett was able to score from first (aided by a second error by J.D. Drew). That one run was enough for Shields, but Evan Longoria homered to open the seventh and Tampa tacked on an extra run against MDC in the eighth.

***

Josh Beckett (5.12, 88 ERA+) / James Shields (3.30, 131 ERA+)
Ellsbury, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Drew, RF
Ramirez, DH
Youkilis, 1B
Crisp, CF
Varitek, C
Lowrie, 3B
Lugo, SS
On this date in 2002, Derek Lowe pitched a no-hitter against Tampa Bay (10-0).

194 comments:

redsock said...

Also on this date:

1926 - 17-year-old Mel Ott makes his ML debut for the Giants as a pinch-hitter. He strikes out.

1929 - Brooklyn Dodgers relief pitcher Clise Dudley hits a home run on the first major league pitch he sees at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl.

redsock said...

Chokers start at 1.
Wang vs. CC.

redsock said...

Infinite Jest - great book, lousy avatar.

Going with "Wary Tito".

9casey said...

I'm follwing the lead of others....Its time for a new avatar I 've had ...time to change the luck...

ish said...

9casey - I highly approve of this avatar.

ish said...

TBS has audio problems. All of the sounds are echoey. Sounds like I'm in a bar rather than in my bedroom.

redsock said...

Dear MLBTV:

You have stuck me with FSN/Joe Migraine for two nights. Can I have NESN for today's game? Please?

ish said...

0-0 at Midgeville after 1 inning. Each team has stranded 2 runners.

Now to the Red Sox.

ish said...

Farrell: Buchholz had better stuff last night than he did in the no-hitter.

ish said...

...and here we go.

redsock said...

Dear MLBTV:

Fuck you.

redsock said...

damn - nice pitch to K lyndon.

ish said...

FY with the hit up the middle.

ish said...

It was a good pitch. Froze'm.

L-girl said...

Gotta listen w/o threading today. Enjoy everyone. GO SOX.

Leave it to 9Casey to pick a NSFW avatar. :)

redsock said...

from where the C set up, i thought it got the outside corner, but the replay (which was a direct shot, not off to the side) had it right down the pipe.

ish said...

Bah. Another DP.

Dear, On Fire:

Be On Fire again.

ish said...

Looks like it's going to be an old-fashioned pitcher's duel in Midgeville.

ish said...

So nice to see Josh Beckett back on the mound. :)

ish said...

Another very bad throw to first by CI... had Duncan sprawling, but he kept his foot on the bag. So their game is scoreless after 2.

redsock said...

GDGD has Beckett's fb at 96 consistently.

FSN's gun has the same pitches at 94 consistently.

ish said...

NESN has 95-96

ish said...

Wow. Beckett starts this game off in a big big way. Struck out the side!

redsock said...

here's a curve! haha

redsock said...

then back to the 97 gas!

The KKK took the Rays away!

ish said...

Apparently the Tampa Bay apparel is the 9th most popular in the majors. I guess people like their new colors.

redsock said...

9th most popular in florida? :>)

they might sell well with guys named Ray.

ish said...

Youk's getting sweat in his eyes.

ish said...

Jason Michaels hit a popup to shallow right... the Bermuda triangle set itself up, with Abreu sliding in and the ball fell on the ground... Michaels never stopped running, and hustled into second.

ish said...

Dumbo was a late scratch today. Girardi just said he'll "need to be evaluated."

Jere said...

Had Joe on for a little bit. I guess he got some emails about Stuffy... talkin about Bradford's quest to get him in the Hall, how Stuffy's daughter still lives in Gloucester, etc.

ish said...

Sounds like the home plate umpire got the count wrong, according the Youk and Tito. They talked about it at the end of the at-bat. I guess Youk should have walked.

ish said...

3 curveballs, 2 fastballs. Backwards K.

ish said...

5 batters, 5 strikeouts.

Wow.

Jere said...

I like how Natasha comes out hacking, but then it gets to 2 strikes, and he watches pitches JUST off the plate.

ish said...

Umpire's not giving him anything, huh? Certainly not the outside corner today.

Jere said...

It's okay. Keeps the 27 K possibility in tact. (Of course, you could get an infinite number of strikeouts in one inning, technically)

redsock said...

from the off-center CF camera, that ball 3 looked a lot like strike 3 to lyndon.

ish said...

Wow. Stolen base for Hinske.

Did he ever do that in a Red Sox uniform?

Jere said...

Nice. I was totally rooting for him to be safe. I want Clemens' record to fall.

Jere said...

The Devil is 6!

ish said...

K!

redsock said...

you could get an infinite number of strikeouts in one inning, technically

4 has been done a lot.

What about 5?

Jere said...

I don't know about 5 in one inning. 4 has to be the record.

redsock said...

Wow. Stolen base for Hinske.
Did he ever do that in a Red Sox uniform?


He was 1-for-2 in 2006 and 3-for-3 in 2007.

ish said...

MFY-CLE game started at 1:05... they finished 1 inning in a half hour. This game has gone through 2 innings in a half hour.

Jere said...

8/10/99: Wakefield strikes out 4 in one inning. Still tied for a ML record as far as I can tell.

redsock said...

Here is a 4K list -- through 2006, I think.

Chuck Finley has done it 3 times!

Patrick said...

I like our guys pitching good, but please don't let it be another one of these no offense games from the sox.

Jere said...

"On October 4, 1888 Jon Andre of the New York Giants [...] recorded the first ever 4 strikeout inning, a feat not that uncommon in baseball today.

There has never been a pitcher to record 5 strikeouts in an inning in the majors but has occurred on three occasions in the minor leagues."

Patrick said...

I like the avatar, Redsock

redsock said...

Really. Who the F is Shields?

...

BR says he's a cousin of Aaron Rowand.

redsock said...

I want Clemens' record to fall.

Yep.

ish said...

Scoreless after 4 in Midgeville.

Jere said...

Wake in his 4 K in 1 inning game: 1.2 IP, 6 K.

redsock said...

I like the avatar, Redsock

I'm still a Tito man.

Titoist?

Ti-totaller? (No, I like booze.)

Patrick said...

WRKO announcers been questioning this Umps calls.

Jere said...

I wonder if Wake was the only one to blow the save in the inning when he got 4 Ks. Or the only one whose missed-catch K would've been the game-ender. It was the bottom of the ninth in KC. NYT:

"Wakefield (4-8) quickly fanned the first two hitters and then got Johnny Damon to flail at a 3-2 pitch, but the ball got away from Jason Varitek as Damon reached on the passed ball.

Another passed ball advanced Damon to second and Carlos Febles, who had struck out three times, tied the game with his 10th homer. Carlos Beltran then struck out, giving Wakefield part of a major league record held by many. "

ish said...

What the F just happened!

Patrick said...

yikes

Jere said...

As we give up a run on a pickoff attempt to FIRST BASE

ish said...

E1 and E9?

redsock said...

fuck the heck?

ish said...

E1 and E9, yes.

ish said...

I turn to TBS just in time to see a Milk Dud Dong.

1-0 MFY, Top 5

Jere said...

Yanks get caught stealing, and next guy hits a dong. So they cost themselves a run I guess. 1-0 them.

redsock said...

GDGD totally flummoxed.

ish said...

88 mph changeup for K 7.

Patrick said...

We need to smack this team around. They are getting too confident.

Jere said...

How about this? Beckett Ks 21, and in his next start, he walks to the mound wearing 21.

redsock said...

Frak.

Work.

...

ish said...

Toronto at Kansas City.

That must be the most boring series of boring series.

Jere said...

8 K thru 3!!!!!

ish said...

8 K's in 3 innings.

0 1 2
1 2 0

Patrick said...

8 through 3? Wowza!

Jere said...

Clemens Wood not be able to Kerry Josh's jocK.

ish said...

Still on pace for 24 K's... Just sayin.

ish said...

1 pitch, 1 out. Not exactly how you get to the bullpen.

redsock said...

GDGD has only the E1.

ish said...

Wang figures's the best way to guard against the bunt - throw at the guy's head.

ish said...

GDGD has only the E1.

You can hear the official scorer in the background on the radio. They said E1 E9.

nixon33 said...

come on! wake up motherfuckers.

ish said...

Beckett's career high: 12 K's, July of '02 with FLA against Montréal.

Jere said...

get 3 here, Beckett, and then you only need 2 per inning the rest of the way.

nixon33 said...

is it me or does jd look awful out there today?

ish said...

KKK KKK KK K

Jere said...

NINE K!!! We're doing this, Josh.

ish said...

Of course, if I could do the backwards K, I would.

Jere said...

Remy, can you make a bigger deal out of a guy getting 9 of 10 outs on Ks?? Hello??

ish said...

High and tight strike zone, it appears.

Jere said...

can still get 10 thru 4.

Jere said...

9 thru 4. crap. can still do it, though.

ish said...

Or not. Heh.

Zenslinger said...

Rays announcing is indeed pretty bad.

ish said...

MANNY STEALS SECOND!

s1c said...

MBM!!!

Jere said...

SB for Manny. No problem.

nixon33 said...

?

redsock said...

shit - coming back, but missed the sb.

ish said...

Manny's first stolen base since April 10, 2005!

Zenslinger said...

Lucky Manny.

Steps off second a bit before the ump gives him time.

redsock said...

i'm back -- you may score runs now.

nixon33 said...

this is getting more frustrating by the second...
COME ON TEK

redsock said...

nixon33 said...
come on! wake up motherfuckers.
Sun Apr 27, 02:41:00 PM


amen.

Zenslinger said...

FSN South's rock and country jingles after "Take Me Out to the Ballpark" are insufferable.

redsock said...

If you have twice as many errors as hits after five innings, that is not a good day.

redsock said...

TB has 3rd most batter K in the AL.

ish said...

KKK KKK KK K K

redsock said...

10 K thru 5!

But: 12-19-20 13-16 = 80

ish said...

Holy crap. A base hit for the Red Sox!

nixon33 said...

LUGO I WANNA SEE YOU ON 2ND SOON

ish said...

But: 12-19-20 13-16 = 80

byproduct of 10 K's.

Shields is only into his low 60s.

ish said...

Dear, Lyndon B. Johnson:

Take a pitch next time. Maybe two.

redsock said...

Pitches seen by LBJ in his 3 PAS:

8 1 1

Hmmm...

ish said...

Kinda the same deal going on in Cleveland today. Top of the 7th - 1-0 MFY.

ish said...

I think the 20 K hopes have been washed away. Oh well. I'll take some Sox runs, plz.

Great tag by Youk!!!

s1c said...

Nice play by Youk!!!

ish said...

KKK KKK KK K K K

L-girl said...

Just stopped in to say

RUNS PLEASE!!!!

Now back to work.

redsock said...

Red Sox runs, by innings, since the 7th inning on Friday:

000 00
000 010 000
000 000

...

Not Acceptable!

L-girl said...

(and please stop hacking!)

and NOW back to work

ish said...

Youk, at Tropicana Field: 16 for 89.

ish said...

Red Sox go 1-2-3...

They also went 1-2-3 in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.

nixon33 said...

this is a joke

redsock said...

1 run in their last 21 innings

2 runs in their last 25 innings.

ish said...

1-0 Top 8 in Midgeville.

ish said...

By the way, if the Rays win and the O's lose, there will be a three-way tie for the top spot in the AL East.

redsock said...

this wasn't supposed to be the toughest part of the april schedule.

ish said...

NY Times reporting a tear in a muscle in Posada's shoulder. A tear.

ish said...

Oh cock.

This seemingly insurmountable 1-run defecit has now doubled.

L-girl said...

not what i had in mind

ish said...

MDC warming.

redsock said...

wasn't he supposed to K every time up?

L-girl said...

NY Times reporting a tear in a muscle in Posada's shoulder. A tear.

radio said it is a major injury

nixon33 said...

we're having trouble scoring 1 run, let alone 2!
JESUS!

ish said...

TBS nursing a semi over Joba.

ish said...

KKK KKK KK K K KK

ish said...

Career-high for Beckett. 13 K's!

Unfortunately, the way the bats are not going, it'll be an L.

Jere said...

10-run inning here. We're due.

ish said...

Times:

The Yankees said there would be no announcement until after the game, but Posada, who has a tear in his subscapularis muscle, is expected to visit Dr. James Andrews and will most likely be placed on the disabled list.

ish said...

1-0 MFY after 8.

Jere said...

10-run inning NEXT inning then... come on

redsock said...

Will the MFY call the Stud?

I recall when SD traded him (back to us as it turned out), he was terrified he would go to the Yankees. He said anywhere but there!

Amy said...

Quite the pitching duel going on here. I'd like it more if the Sox were ahead.

It seems that now that our starters are doing great, our bats have died.

redsock said...

Jesus -- type a fucking comment with 1 out and then the inning is over.

L-girl said...

Are we really about to get SWEPT BY TAMPA BAY?????

This is humiliating.

ish said...

BAL 1
CWS 1
Bot 6

redsock said...

These aren't your father's Rays.

(I HATE that expression! And it gets used somuch by Sox writers.)

Actually, more like not your slightly older brother's Rays.

ish said...

That hit him in the helment.

Owie.

Amy said...

What was the longest losing streak we had last year?

ish said...

That was a changeup.

Jere said...

Mo will pitch the ninth. Cleveland should handle him. They only need 1.

Jere said...

vic, gark, and brak for Cle in the bottom of the ninth.

L-girl said...

These aren't your father's Rays.

That only makes sense if they're writing for 5 year olds. Most people's fathers didn't have Rays.

s1c said...

Fragging kidding me, lead off man on for the rays.

Beckett and HH pitched very good games, have only allowed (so far) 9 runs in 3 games and are about to get fragging swept.

WHERE THE HELL IS THE FRAGGING OFFENSE!!!

s1c said...

Amy - longest last year was 4 games.

redsock said...

BR is your friend!

Longest Winning Streak: 5
April 18 to April 22
May 25 to May 29
July 20 to July 24

Longest Losing Streak: 4
June 3 to June 6
August 28 to August 31
September 16 to September 19

ish said...

Brak Brak
Blake
Gutz

s1c said...

a good throw would have got him.

L-girl said...

what s1c said

Amy said...

Thanks. Four games. Huh.

Jere said...

swings at first damn pitch, Mo gets 1st guy

ish said...

Wait. That wasn't Brak Brak.

That was Martinez. Whatever.

redsock said...

Did the jet lag get a second wind?

Jere said...

called strike three, 2 outs for Cle.

ish said...

3-0.

Jere said...

Is't pu ot Jhonny.

Amy said...

Not sure which feels worse: losing a game when our pitching is great and the offense sucks or losing a game when we score runs but our pitching sucks.

Right now this just feels awful.

ish said...

Looks like Shields will go for the CG.

Jere said...

Ish, I gave the three Indians to bat in 9th above.

s1c said...

jeebus, well the way this offense has been hitting that is the nail in the coffin.

Jere said...

Jhonny dwon ot ihs alst tsrike

redsock said...

well, you can toss this one into the shitter.

...

(said for mojo purposes. sort of.)

ish said...

That's certainly what happened... The pitching wasn't good, but the offense was terrific. Now the offense blows, and the pitching is terrific.

redsock said...

better go pee -- this top 9th will last awhile.

ish said...

Yankees win.

Jere said...

DAMN, brak takes strike three, game over

Amy said...

Yup, Ish, as I said. Now I am trying to figure out which bothers me more. Hitting always comes and goes, so I guess we should be happy the pitchers are getting sharper.

Just trying to find the bright side here.

ish said...

I'm having a hard time finding a bright side today, aside from Beckett's good outing.

Jere said...

Yeah, a bunch of great pitching performances are way better than a bunch of 13-12 wins.

ish said...

Ellsbury picks this opportune time to take a pitch.

ish said...

You know that in the long run, good pitching will win more games than bad pitching and good offense.

Jere said...

did he really just swing at the 1st pitch to end the game?

Amy said...

I actually was comparing the great pitching performance we lose with the 13-12 game we lose.

THIS SUCKS.

s1c said...

filed in "understatement of the day folder"

Remy: - Well Shields has made this look very easy today.

Fragging kidding me. A fucking 2 hitter.

ish said...

Sweet Caroline is Tampa Bay's Dirty Water.


Our water, for the fifth straight game, is clean.

redsock said...

look at how many of these a-holes brought brooms with them.

L-girl said...

I'm all about optimism, but it's not necessary to always find a bright side. Some things just plain suck, and getting swept by the Rays are among them.

nixon33 said...

the great thing about this is theres a day-off tomorrow, so we get to sit with this for a day and a half...

L-girl said...

You know that in the long run, good pitching will win more games than bad pitching and good offense.

I'm not worried about the long run.

Just for the record.

Amy said...

Right, Ish, that's why I am trying to see the bright side. Both Beckett and Buchholz pitched really well so now we just need the sleepy bats to wake up.

But 5 losses in a row really hurts. Especially 3 to the Rays. Devils that they still are.

ish said...

But 5 losses in a row really hurts. Especially 3 to the Rays. Devils that they still are.

Yeah. Right now...

BAL --
TB .5gb
BOS .5gb
MFY 2 gb
TOR 4.5 gb

redsock said...

Shields faced 29 batters - 2 over the minimum.

tim said...

Wow, that was shit.

Good thing I'm at work to distract me from how utterly poor that performance, as well as the past few, have been.

Ugh.