May 19, 2008

G47: Red Sox 7, Royals 0

Royals  - 000 000 000 - 0  0  1
Red Sox - 005 002 00x - 7 5 1

JON LESTER PITCHES A NO-HITTER!!!



9-0-0-2-9, 130 -- and he was hitting his spots all night long!

It's the first no-hitter by a Red Sox left-hander since Mel Parnell did it against the White Sox on July 14, 1956.







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Luke Hochevar (3.94, 108 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.95, 109 ERA+)

MLB.com:
Hochevar wasn't at his sharpest last Wednesday night but he still managed to shut out the Tigers for six innings, giving up just four singles. He showed an ability to work out of jams ... This was his fifth start since being called up from Triple-A Omaha on April 20. In all but his first outing, he's pitched six or seven solid innings. With an effective sinker, he's been good at inducing ground balls...
Hochevar has never faced any hitter on the Red Sox. ... Seven Royals are a combined 4-for-27 (.148/.273/.148) against Lester.

Tampa visits Oakland at 10 PM. The Yankees have the day off.

UPDATE: Nice short Q&A with hitting coach Dave Magadan about how David Ortiz began hitting off a batting tee for the first time on May 1. Since then, he has hit .354 and has been spraying the ball all over the field.

512 comments:

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Joe Grav said...

h-wat looking mildly annoyed

redsock said...

those spaceships are still the same distance apart.

ish said...

Doot doot dooooo I'm gonna steal.

Joe Grav said...

me! with the 201

L-girl said...

You I have been working on my succinctness.

I'm sure Allan wishes I'd do that, too.

phil said...

Jacoby will not be deterred.

ish said...

DOOT DOOT DOOOOO I'M GONNA STEAL THIRD AGAIN!

I AM JACOBY ELLSBURY!

L-girl said...

You cannot catch him!!!

(Even though he was caught the other day...)

Joe Grav said...

by the time the pitch is out of his hand he's halfway to 3rd base. wow

phil said...

Steal home. Do it.

L-girl said...

JG with the 201!

ish said...

Meanwhile, Pedroia stands at the plate, eating a sammich.

L-girl said...

yeah, steal home!!!!

ish said...

Remy: Somebody told me Dolly Parton's in the house tonight.

Don: Stop it.

L-girl said...

No Jerry, it's just someone in a bad wig.

ish said...

Dolly Anderson. Pamela Parton. That girl was a hybrid.

L-girl said...

Hey, Dolly Parton is actually really smart and talented. (Seriously, she is.)

That was just some nobody in a bad wig.

phil said...

Both of them are talented at what they've tried to do.

L-girl said...

That may be so. I don't know anything about Anderson, really.

I just know Parton had a really tough life of being judged by boobs alone. And those are all hers! Not easy to grow up like that.

nick said...

geesum... he just keeps at it. 2SB. wonder what the most SB by a single player in a single game was. Shouldn't be that hard, but I don't know BR's interface well enough to figure it out.

L-girl said...

Someone answer Nick's q...? I wonder too but I'm busy drinking wine and typing.

phil said...

You're not going to argue that Parton's boobs are real, are you? She's admitted to having lot of plastic surgery.

Amy said...

I don't know BR's interface well enough to figure it out.

Nick, I am relieved to hear that. I find it rather user-unfriendly. That's why I am always asking people here (mostly Allan) to answer questions.

L-girl said...

She's had plastic surgery later in life, for sure. But all her early life and singing career they were all real. She grew up poor, how would she have had plastic surgery?

I'm not arguing it, I'm stating it as fact.

redsock said...

Most SB in a game - 7.

That was in the NL in the 1890s.

Since 1900

AL: Eddie Collins - 6
9/11/12 and 9/22/12

NL: Otis Nixon - 6
6/16/91

nick said...

yeah, I just went over tried a few things, felt dumb and thought I'd just ask rather than showing off my (not so) astounding research skills. What a failed research librarian I turned out to be.

The site seems so good, I just have not figured out how to grok its interface.

L-girl said...

I mean, she's over 60 y/o. Of course they don't stand up on their own anymore. But she was performing at a very young age, and just as big. She's talked a lot about what a burden it was growing up.

Joe Grav said...

damn you wind

phil said...

Looks like it's 4.

Joe Grav said...

sonof a

redsock said...

Guys with 7 SB:

George Gore, June 25, 1881
Billy Hamilton August 31, 1894

Most in an inning: 3
By many players, but the last time in the NL?
Dusty Baker ... that base clogger

phil said...

Of course I misread "SB" as "2B". I'm clever.

ish said...

What makes 7 SB's in a game so astounding is that you need to reach base a ton for that to happen. You'd need to reach base four times at least and steal second and third for three of those four. Or you could just reach seven times and steal seven times. That would be monumental.

redsock said...

Most times stealing from first to home in an inning, career:

AL: Ty Cobb, 4 times
NL: Honus Wagner, 3 times.

Last NL player to do it: Dusty Baker, June 27, 1984, 3rd inning

Last AL player to do it: Devon White, September 9, 1989, 6th inning

L-girl said...

cool theft stats

nick said...

stealing from 1st to home...that's pretty cool. and to have done it 4 times. wow.

nick said...

I've ignored emma for a bit too long. thanks for the cool stats.

later.

L-girl said...

Figures it was Cobb too. I like it.

L-girl said...

Bye Nick, say hi to Emma for me.

redsock said...

That stuff is from my copy of TSN Record Book, which is from 1996. I assume those records still stand though.

L-girl said...

Another Mel OTT inning for Lester.

redsock said...

6 innings for lester .... you know ...

Joe Grav said...

Very efficient.

ish said...

Bagels on the scoreboard for Lester!

Joe Grav said...

No, I don't know.

phil said...

Solid work.

Joe Grav said...

beautiful people in that beautiful landscape making delicious beer

ish said...

Me, to my dad: "Lester's got his A game tonight. 6th inning, 0 runs. Not many hits..."

Joe Grav said...

.......but Russia beat Canada in the world hockey championships. Take that Canada.

phil said...

Hush, Allan.

L-girl said...

5-4 in OT, what a heartbreaker. What, big Russia fan, are you?

Joe Grav said...

I'm pretty impressed with Hochaver's stuff. Without that error it would be a 2 runs right?

L-girl said...

Every time Don says "Hoshaver" I hear "Ho Chi Minh".

Joe Grav said...

Definitely not, I was rooting for Canada, but I appreciate a good upset.

L-girl said...

Hush everyone!

ish said...

Meh. No hockey world championship on my TV.

ish said...

Hush about what?

Joe Grav said...

it did get rather quiet in here, and at fenway

ish said...

BOOOOOOOOOOM.

LET THE DONGS OUTSIDE!

L-girl said...

CAPTAIN DONG!!

(Now that's a surprise!)

Joe Grav said...

no idea, ish

and i paid 4.95 to get the whole tournament online. as an added bonus i got the archived coverage of the world curling and rowing championships... yay...?

TEK SUPERDONG!

L-girl said...

Hush about the scoreboard and what you don't see on it.

Just about the only superstition we go for in this house!

Joe Grav said...

91 MPH fastball at the knees right over the plate... perfect.

Joe Grav said...

Jackobee time

ish said...

Yes, mom.

L-girl said...

and i paid 4.95 to get the whole tournament online. as an added bonus i got the archived coverage of the world curling and rowing championships... yay...?

Too funny. Hopefully you got your $5 worth.

Curling is cool. I could never watch a whole tournament, but I find the sport strangely mesmerizing.

I also like it cuz it's very old and similar to many other old games, like bocce.

ish said...

It's still not Tribe Time.

L-girl said...

Yes, mom.

Ack! Sorry. :)

It's not just me. Your father says the same thing. Now clean up your room and take out the trash.

Joe Grav said...

"strangely mesmerizing" is the best word for it.

My friend and I were so "strangely mesmerized" that we actually went to two matches of the World Championships that were, oddly enough, held in Lowell, MA a few months after the '06 olympics.

It's pretty cool, and it's actually one of those things that gets more enjoyable if you watch it for a long time.

Joe Grav said...

Also, confirming my suspicion, it sucked in person without the Canadian experts explaining all the scheming and strategizing

L-girl said...

Is that supposed to be a black screen?

Joe Grav said...

where's the strike call blue

L-girl said...

Joe, I could see that. It's also supposed to be really fun to play, something totally non-athletic people like me can have fun with.

Cool that you went to matches. I haven't been aware of curling long enough to know all the terminlogy and rules and stuff. I'd like to though.

Joe Grav said...

ughh pitch count

L-girl said...

I am getting very nervous.

Joe Grav said...

I've only seen it during the olympics, and at those two random matches.

The curling crowd was pretty fun, they had a big hospitality tent outside with lots of food and canadian-flavored merriment.

L-girl said...

Is Amy still here? Wish I could call her and tell her to watch.

Amy said...

I need an off topic distraction. That's why I have been quiet. Hate tension.

redsock said...

7 outs to go -- but he's at 92 pitches.

Joe Grav said...

nervous about what? it's 7-0 :)

Joe Grav said...

cmon jon.

Amy said...

I am watching. I am just superstitious. Harvey actually is the one who noticed. Not me.

Joe Grav said...

UGHHHH

L-girl said...

Oh great, glad you are still here. I love the tension. I can't stand it but I love it.

Sometimes I have to leave the room and walk around.

Joe Grav said...

YEAHHH!!!

I do the same thing L but I'm afraid to move from my seat

Amy said...

What amazes me is how my heart can pound.

During the 04 post-season I worried that I would have a heart attack my heart pounded so heavily.

And some people say, "It's just a game." Tell that to my heart.

redsock said...

97 thru 7.

Jack Marshall said...

He's gonna do it. This is the perfect team for Lester.

Patrick said...

I almost want our hitters to go down 1-2-3 just to get back to the action.

ish said...

Is that supposed to be a black screen?

Yep.

I'm starting to get vocal about these recent happenings.

Joe Grav said...

=) hahaha yeah. i LOVE that feeling of tension and nervousness. absolutely love it.

L-girl said...

Just a game, what do they know.

I know, it gets so tense I can hardly breathe. I don't know how the players do it.

L-girl said...

Joe, me too. It's such pure baseball.

Patrick said...

Johan who?

L-girl said...

Remy: "...started the season in Omahar".

redsock said...

Just thinking how much fun the last 2 innings of the Clay game was! I think there was no more than 10 of us!

Joe Grav said...

come on manny

Patrick said...

I feel like Manny might really bust out after he gets by the angst which is 500.

ish said...

Time to get nervous again.

Joe Grav said...

ok, go time

Joe Grav said...

me? nervous? Y

L-girl said...

quiet around here

roll call? just say who's here.

Amy said...

OK, time to hold my breath again.

100 pitches. Hmm.

Joe Grav said...

K

L-girl said...

five more

Joe Grav said...

Present

Patrick said...

Present.

Yowza, another K!

s1c said...

Ok, who is this guy wearing 31 and what have they done with the usual guy?

Joe Grav said...

so many pitches

L-girl said...

four more

Amy said...

K

Joe Grav said...

STRUCKIMOUT

L-girl said...

whatever it is, keep it coming

Patrick said...

Jesus Christ!

4 outs....

redsock said...

Ok, who is this guy wearing 31

Dave Roberts?

s1c said...

Well, was kinda of busy, and just got in the house, who made the error and how?

Joe Grav said...

omggggggg tension

L-girl said...

oh my god

3 to go

Joe Grav said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Amy said...

Shit, three more.

s1c said...

3 more to go and what is the pitch count?

Patrick said...

3

Patrick said...

113 pitches

ish said...

I'm here. Sort of. I'm running back and forth between here and the living room.

Joe Grav said...

that does it. i am not moving from this spot.

redsock said...

113 pitches

...

grudz dropped a pop up in the 3rd.

L-girl said...

remember last year my whole "it was inevitable" thing?

that started w/ the HH game. that's when it became a magical season for me.

not logical... just is.

Patrick said...

TOUCHING ME!
TOUCHING YOU!

redsock said...

so .... 7-0

timlin in the 9th?

L-girl said...

me neither not moving

damn, sarah should not have gone out to dinner!

Amy said...

I am not moving, no matter what my bladder tells me.

Joe Grav said...

yeah amy hah

L-girl said...

timlin LOL

Patrick said...

Joe C. butchering this pitchers name...

Joe Grav said...

Yook, if there ever was a time to hack away...

Amy said...

Shh. I am trying to breathe.

Amy said...

Double post I am so damn anxious. LOL.

L-girl said...

nesn not going to commercial

Amy said...

Here we go.

ish said...

I'm going out to watch the 9th out in the living room with my dad. I'll be back afterward.

Joe Grav said...

here we go

redsock said...

i'm hoping someone has a radio at jere's softball game ...

Joe Grav said...

come on kidd

L-girl said...

i didn't even see our A/Bs. i was right here but i didn't seem to see them.

s1c said...

How did Lester get an error?

Patrick said...

....sahudisofahsadufioghdfaiugohdifuoghdsfiuoghsdufioghsdfuigohsdfuigohsdf

Amy said...

I missed the HH game. Boy, was I pissed off. Some dinner party with people we hardly knew and haven't seen since.

L-girl said...

here we go gang

3 more

Patrick said...

Did ya'll know that Gloria Estefan was playing live?

s1c said...

NESN skipped the commercials last year in HH's also, they love the dramatic. I wonder if they have Lester on a pitch count?

L-girl said...

i missed it too - was at work - but watched the last 3 innings at home.

redsock said...

cora at SS -- shitty range compared to lugo.

L-girl said...

gloria estefan, way to break the tension :)

Joe Grav said...

come on lester.

Joe Grav said...

urghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Joe Grav said...

fuck

L-girl said...

ok, no biggie, just a bb

s1c said...

Ok, lets have a 1 pitch dp here.

Joe Grav said...

double play please

Amy said...

Ugh. OK, first pitch GIDP would work for me.

redsock said...

wild pickoff throw over yook's head, also in 2nd.

L-girl said...

omg

2 more

Joe Grav said...

Yes.

s1c said...

2

Amy said...

One away. No DP opportunity though.

L-girl said...

everyone breathe

Patrick said...

LOWELL!

L-girl said...

shut up don, no back story now please!!!!

Joe Grav said...

the tension

phil said...

GDGD's crashed.

Joe Grav said...

sick pitch

Amy said...

Can't they just shut up and watch? No one needs commentary now.

s1c said...

1

Joe Grav said...

Yes...

L-girl said...

omg!!!!!

ONE MORE

Amy said...

One more. Holy crapola.

redsock said...

125 pit -- still hitting spots!!!

Patrick said...

ONE MORE!

s1c said...

One of my buddies was at HH's last year. He is at the park tonight with his mother.

Joe Grav said...

every apparent little bloop worries me

L-girl said...

ONE MORE STRIKE

Amy said...

One strike to go. PLEASE.

Joe Grav said...

as does every line drive

L-girl said...

s1c, that is crazy!!! so unfair :)

phil said...

But only crashed for this game. Other games load.

s1c said...

Yeahh!!! Boy!!!

L-girl said...

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Amy said...

HE DID IT!!! Even Harvey is happy for him!!!

ish said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

YEAAHhhh1hh1!Jgiosdhguosadfihgiaeoh
dfghfsduhgaduih !@RJESFIgbh73489t6

L-girl said...

DIRTIEST WATER

s1c said...

Ends it with a K, just like HH's

ish said...

I wonder if Ortiz hit him in the nose!

Patrick said...

MUDDY GOD DAMN WATER

phil said...

Beautiful.

Amy said...

I didn't want to say it before...but that is the first no hitter I have ever seen!!

L-girl said...

francona's crying

i love seeing all this hugging

Patrick said...

Clay + Lester = the future

ish said...

THE WATER... IS DIRTY!!!

L-girl said...

Me too Amy!! First ever seen from start to finish.

The 2 NYY perfect games in the 90s, we were at work w/ no radio or TV, only GDGD. I don't count those.

You know we had tickets to a game that turned out to be a no-hitter... and didn't go.

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