April 29, 2008

G28: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0

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Lester (8-1-0-4-6, 97) was magnificent, and was able to vary his pitches more than usual, mixing in his curve and changeup. The only hit he allowed was a leadoff single in the fifth to Overbay. On the next pitch, Stewart grounded into a double play.

Lester walked four batters, but three of them came with two outs and no one on base. The other one was a leadoff pass to Zaun in the sixth. But again, there was little harm. After Rios was caught looking, Eckstein grounded into a double play.

Even with the walks, he was around the plate all night. In a string of 11 batters -- from Stewart in the second to Lind in the fifth -- Lester threw only 11 balls. He also avoided long at-bats. Only five of his 27 batters saw more than five pitches in an at-bat, and no one saw more than seven.

I would have sent Lester out for the ninth on a short leash, but Tito went with Papelbon. Bot struck out Rios and Stairs before Rolen doubled to left-center. Wells then ripped a shot by Bot's head. It seemed headed for center field, but Pedroia dove to his right, snared the ball on a high hop, spun and fired a strike to first. It was a phenomenal play -- as eye-popping as the one he made to preserve Buchholz's no-hitter -- and it kept the game at 0-0.

For 8.2 innings, the Red Sox did as much with Halladay as the Jays did with Lester. They managed only three singles: Youkilis in the second, Brandon Moss (who took over for Drew when he left in the fourth because of a tight left quad muscle) in the fifth, and Varitek in the eighth.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Ortiz whacked a 2-0 pitch to deeeeep right field, but foul. Was Halladay -- at 106 pitches -- rattled? Perhaps. He threw two more balls to Tiz, walking him. Manny then dropped a 1-0 pitch into center, moving Ortiz to second. Francona could have pinch-run Lowrie for Flo, but with a short bench, he thought he might need Lowrie to fill in for Pedroia -- who had jammed his shoulder making the diving stop on Wells.

Youkilis looked at a ball, then lined a hit to center. Ortiz came chugging around third. Wells bobbled the ball, and there was no throw to the infield. Tiz came across the plate with the winning run, but he was limping.

It's great to see such strong starting pitching and although Boston has scored only two runs in their last 32 innings, the bats will return.

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Roy Halladay (3.73, 113 ERA+) / Jon Lester (5.40, 83 ERA+)

Three-way tie for first in the East between Baltimore (14-11), Tampa Bay (14-11) and Boston (15-12).

The Rays and Orioles play at Camden Yards, while the Yankees host the Tigers.

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ish said...

Jeemer up. Bot likely finished.

Amy said...

Does Pap come back? or Oki?

ish said...

Oh man! Just in front of that one!

Amy said...

Trying the negative mojo thing.

Oohh, truped by Orsillo. Ouch.

Amy said...

Come on, Papi. Come on.

Walked him. I will take a Manny dong instead.

ish said...

So! Flo walks. This would have been a good time for Jacoby to not have a sore groin.

Remember what I said about Manny...

redsock said...

I WANT MY MUMMY!

ish said...

I think it's time for Manny to be a BAD MAN.

Amy said...

What DID you say about Manny, Ish?

Amy said...

Mannychanting.

HIT!!

ish said...

Ortiz to second! Not a dong, but it works.

Come on Youk. Gap shot! Dong! Anything to get Flo home!

s1c said...

Pinch runner now, and lets get this run home!!!

Amy said...

Time for that sweaty hit now. Just a base hit. YOUK.

ish said...

What DID you say about Manny, Ish?

Can, being the operative word.

Sarah Gates said...

NOW the sweaty dong.

Patrick said...

just need a shart from the sweaty man.

Jere said...

pinch runner woulda been on 3rd w/2 outs. Here we go Youk

ish said...

Pinch runner now, and lets get this run home!!!

Not sure they have one.

ish said...

FLO WITH THE WHEELS!!!

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

YOUK!!!

s1c said...

Win!!!!

Amy said...

THIS is WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL!

redsock said...

buffy said he couldn't score on a single!!

FUCK YOU

tiz limping

ish said...

DIRTY FRICKEN WATER!!!

s1c said...

Water!!!

Dirty!!!

Dirty Water!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Eh, dongs are over rated. A sweaty RBI dirties the water just as well!

Patrick said...

THIS is WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL!

THIS IS WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL!!!!

Amy said...

I can now smile again.

God, I just do love baseball.

redsock said...

only PR possibilities were: lowrie and cash, i think.

Patrick said...

Ish, hit #201 more often....

Amy said...

Hey, Allan, did Laura wake up for that?

ish said...

tiz limping

Didn't notice. Rut roh. Could be that bruise is still a little sore.

Patrick said...

Wow we needed that. I want to sweep these clowns.

ish said...

Bot with the W!

Jere said...

done celebrating now.

win.

Andy said...

sorry I injured Lyndon by letting him do me.

that really makes me happy. Tito goes to bot in the 9th, lesson learned. Pitching has been phenomenal.

YOUK!

ish said...

Zenslinger said...

This Halladay complete game streak cannot go on. I mean, it probably wouldn't anyway in this weather, but...he's coming down to Earth tonight.

Tue Apr 29, 07:25:00 PM


ish said...

Actually, Zen, it can go on. He can pitch eight innings and lose.

I'll take that.


:D

Patrick said...

Yanks still losing...

Amy said...

Andy, you are too much! LOL.

Amy said...

Ish, you are a soothsayer!

Amy said...

Wow, nothing like a pitching duel and a walkoff win. A true classic.

redsock said...

Hey, Allan, did Laura wake up for that?

yeah a few minutes after i posted actually. was attentive for the 9th!!

sorry I injured Lyndon by letting him do me.

andy being andy!

Patrick said...

I hope Lester catapults off of this win and settles in as a true #2.

Amy said...

That's good. She wouldn't have wanted to miss that.

Amy said...

Francona is saying he did not PR for Ortiz because Pedroia's shoulder was sore after that play and he wasn't sure he could spare the position player if it went into extra innings.

ish said...

Francona is saying he did not PR for Ortiz because Pedroia's shoulder was sore after that play and he wasn't sure he could spare the position player if it went into extra innings.

Makes sense, because Lowrie would have been a good PR candidate. I'm sure FY will be fine.

Jere said...

Second time tonight the Tigers walk the goddamn bases loaded. Not what you want up 4 in the bottom of the 8th.

Jere said...

Three walks, and a HBP to knock in a run. 6-3. Leyland, get off your fucking ass and remove this pitcher!

Jere said...

And the Tigers get out of it--just the 1. 6-3 after 8 in The Bronx. 12 LOB for the Yanks.

phil said...

Got the score in line at the supermarket after checking it off and on all night. Sounds like it would've been frustrating to watch, and I'm sure Halladay is every bit as frustrated as Buchholz was for his loss.

Looks like the MFYs will lose but other birds will win tonight, so that's a mixed bag.

L-girl said...

Scrolling through the old game thread, I found this amusing exchange...

Guess ticks have not moved to Canada yet.

yet another reason to move north

Maybe we should ask Laura to blog about this? :)

Guess ticks have not moved to Canada yet.

If they do, they might want to check out L's blog for some help on the big move.


:>)

And yes, I was awake for most of the 8th and all of the 9th. Dirty Water at last.

Now back to sleep - happy!

Jere said...

"Pap, what'd you think about the ball off the bat of Wells in the ninth?"

"I almost had it!"

Jere said...

"Looks like the MFYs will lose but other birds will win tonight, so that's a mixed bag."

Phil, that's a really awesome bag. I'd sign up for that bag any day.

Tigers have to hold on with Jones though.

Jere said...

Jones walks the first guy in the ninth. And here's the Lizard, 1 on, 0 out.

Jere said...

single for their sweaty one. Tying run up, no outs. Phil, you're on the hook here...

Jere said...

2 outs now, man on 2nd, 6-4 Det.

Jere said...

Yanks lose. Phil off hook.

SoSock said...

Holy Shit!
Hell of a game I missed, eh?
Glad to see Lester get his act together.
I figured as I was driving home that the Sox had won or were winning because my LL team got shellacked. Our winning streak had started about the same time the Sox' skid did. Hope that trend doesn't continue. If only one of them is going to be winning, I have a feeling I'm in for a loooong LL season. :)

Jere said...

DOn't feel bad for Yankee fans, none of them were there to see the loss!

nixon33 said...

YEAH!
lester pitched REALLY fucking well!
what a performance...
win again tomorrow

Joe Grav said...

Just watched the game on tape. Awesome!

Finals are starting so I'm gonna be in a bunker for about a week. Hopefully we will emerge on the other side with a 4 or 5 game lead.

ish said...

Oh boy. A-Rod to the DL.

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