May 14, 2008

G43: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3

Red Sox - 100 110 000 - 3 12  0
Orioles - 000 002 40x - 6 8 0
In each of the last three games, the Red Sox have taken a 3-0 lead, then gone on to lose the game.

It happened against this afternoon. Boston led 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth when the Orioles scored twice against Lester. In the seventh, Javier Lopez got the first two outs, then gave up a sngle to Freddie Bynum. Craig Hansen came in and allowed a single to Guillermo Quiroz and a nine-pitch walk to Brian Roberts to load the bases.

Hideki Okajima came in and Jay Payton lined his second pitch into the left field stands for a grand slam. Jeemer has inherited 14 runners this season -- and he's let 11 of them score. Last year, he allowed only four of 28 inherited runners to score.

The team is obviously frustrated, having lost four in a row and five out of their last six games. Manny Ramirez beat out an infield hit with two outs in the eighth, but was called out at first. He slammed his helmet on the ground and was yelling, but was not ejected. In the ninth, after Mike Lowell singled, Kevin Youkilis grounded into a double play. He also barked at the umpire once he was called out.

Manny turned in the Play Of The Season: With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Nick Markakis was on second and Aubrey Huff was on first. Boston led 1-0. Kevin Millar crushed Lester's first pitch to deep left. Manny sprinted back, reached up and caught the ball over his shoulder, took two steps to the wall and leapt up against it to brace himself, high-fived a fan in the first row, then came down, turned and threw the ball in to Pedroia, who fired to Youkilis to double off Huff and end the inning.

NESN later showed several of Manny's teammates -- Lowell and Ellsbury among them -- gathered around one of the cameras by the dugout, crouching down to look very carefully at the replay and laughing. I can't wait to read (or hear) Manny's post-game comments on this play. Also, I hope at least one writer headed out to find that fan.

***

Jon Lester (4.06, 107 ERA+) / Daniel Cabrera (3.54, 119 ERA+)

The last time Cabrera faced the Red Sox (September 7, 2007), Coco Crisp was dancing off third base, Cabrera balked him home, then threw a pitch behind Dustin Pedroia's head. FY:
The guy's an idiot. ... I was upset they took him out of the game. He's good to hit. He's 9-15. The guy [stinks].
Boston (and Lester) won that game 4-0.

252 comments:

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ish said...

Dale Arnold is everywhere. He's was just doing play-by-play, and then he shows up on a commercial for the Maine Diner.

L-girl said...

who's got the 201...?

L-girl said...

ish!

ish said...

Me!

Joe Grav said...

we win

Sarah Gates said...

Oh, I am so torn. We're on our dinner right now, and while I am not hungry, I want a Jamba, but I don't want to leave now - the phone isn't very good at maintaining the sling connection while on the move.

ish said...

A blogger who focuses on Red Sox radio and other things, wrote a haiku on Manny's big play...

Ovah the shouldah
Manny high fives a fanboy.
Doubles up runnah.

ish said...

EINSTEIN with some rental wheels!

Jere said...

Cora should've high-fived Manny after making that catch

ish said...

Lopez being good against righties once again.

ish said...

Do you think that should have been a hit, or an error? Debate on the radio...

ish said...

LMAO!!! Mario music for the pitching change!

Jere said...

Super Mario Brothers world 1-2 music played at Camden....

Jere said...

I think it should be a hit but I think he should've made the play...

ish said...

I think it should be a hit but I think he should've made the play...

I agree fully. Arnold thinks it should be an error. I think Castig would agree with us.

ish said...

Jeemer up in the bullpen.

Jere said...

Hansen hitting 100 on my gun. (My gun is imaginary.)

Jere said...

Did you see that trick Lopez just did so he could hear better? That was weird.

ish said...

Note to Camden Yards:

If the Orioles are trailing, you might not want to play the "if you're happy and you know it clap your hands" jingle.

L-girl said...

OK Jeemer, be Jeemer.

redsock said...

jeemer's era is 0.50 but he has allowed 8 of 11 inherited runners to score.

better be 8 of 14 in a minute

ish said...

Oh cock.

L-girl said...

holy fucking shit

that didn't just happen

Jere said...

shitty

L-girl said...

that isn't exactly what i meant by jeemer be jeemer

Sarah Gates said...

Wow. Shoulda gone to Jamba.

redsock said...

albers in for balt.

let's go -- pedroia, tiz, manny ...

L-girl said...

RUNS PLEASE!!!

Sarah Gates said...

We need the RUNS!

(Wow, not what I meant at all.)

Jere said...

DOn and Rem acting like he threw helmet AT the guy, but that last replay showed he just threw it down

Jere said...

Any ump who "roots for the play" should be fired immediately.

And then made to eat poo

L-girl said...

Gotta get ready to go out. Damn blown leads. I hope I miss the comeback of the year. See you all on Friday.

L-girl said...

Jere, very true, Manny just tossed his helmet and it bounced. He didn't throw it at anyone.

(Sarah, don't let our pup hear you, she just got over hers. :) )

redsock said...

sherrill in

lowell
youkilis
varitek

ish said...

Doctor starts this grand slam cure quickly.

ish said...

Arnold: Sherrill makes Jimy Williams' cap look hip.

Castig: Heh, doesn't he? He's no style master.

ish said...

I think Youk was out.

Jere said...

Two hits this inning but the tying run isn't up. grrrrr

ish said...

Just saw a George Sherrill fan. Straight brimming it in the stands.

Mmmm. Botched plays. Blown calls. Tasty.

Jere said...

uh, at least the trip is over?

ish said...

The water, once again, is clean.

redsock said...

yook yelling after that gidp

this team is totally frustrated at this point.

Jere said...

by that logic everyone under 30 is a George Sherrill fan... give that trend six more months tops. okay, a year.

Sarah Gates said...

Blarg. How sad. I dislike losses on days before off days more than losses when there is an immediate chance to erase the bad taste.

redsock said...

any slump-snapping music requests for tomorrow?

Jere said...

maybe you could play some Standelles so people can hear their other tunes for a change. Then we'll be ready for Dirty Water on Friday night.

Jere said...

Standells. Whoops.

Amy said...

So the Sox blew another 3 run lead....but at least we didn't score all three runs in the first inning. Is that any comfort? NO.

The team is frustrated. So are the fans. I have to say I am glad that I missed the game. Three blown leads in three days is just too painful. Was there ANY bright side to this game? Hansen was ineffective, so was Okajima. I guess Lester did okay? Tek hit `a HR? Manny made a great play?

OK, I will dwell on the positive.

Jack Marshall said...

I failed. I apologize to you all.
But I was undone by 1) Brad Mills, who pulled Lester, still throwing very well, with two outs and a man on first because of an infiled hit, 2) Brad Mills, bringing in Okajima despite his lousy record this year on first batters, and Okajima.

SoSock said...

Yuck, glad I missed that one.
Can't wait to see the Manny highlight. I'll be watching SC for sure.
Music for off day.
Everybody's got the blues right now.
Maybe some Hot Tuna?

9casey said...

Jack Marshall said...
I failed. I apologize to you all.
But I was undone by 1) Brad Mills, who pulled Lester, still throwing very well, with two outs and a man on first because of an infiled hit, 2) Brad Mills, bringing in Okajima despite his lousy record this year on first batters, and Okajima.


They mentioned the night before that Farrel was making all the pitching moves.

they talked on the post game how they thought Hansen had solidified the 7th inning and how it he should have been in there.....when did he solidy that , I must have missed that....Aardsma gets no respect at all for the job he is doing.He now has the best hits per innings pitched against in the bullpen........Does anyone see this...Stop trying to force the rookies on us, and go with the hot hand....

Jack Marshall said...

9Casey: I thought it was crazy to take out Lester; I'd love to know what Redsock thinks. I thought Hansen was in fact throwing well---the O's fans were buzzing about his pitches, and the walk featured a couple of borderline calls.
Forget the rookie: does Farrell just ignore past patterns and stats, or what? Okajima has been losing games in that situation all season. This is a particularly important game to win...the team is struggling, it has had a string of bad-luck losses and two straight road trips loused up by illness and injuries...what the hell? You bring in a guy who has been letting first batters tag him at .500 rate? To pitch to Jay Payton's strong side (I hate hate hate Payton)? It's a terrible gamble, that's all. Two other sox fans sitting by me were saying the same thing: not Okajima HERE!

Re Aardsma: I think his walk ratio pretty much precludes him being brought into a one-run, bases loaded situation.

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