May 24, 2008

G52: Athletics 3, Red Sox 0

Red Sox   - 000 000 000 - 0  1  0
Athletics - 010 000 11x - 3 9 0
Duchscherer was senational (8-1-0-0-4, 101) (again), retiring the first 15 Red Sox before plunking Jason Varitek to start the sixth.

Boston's lone hit was a clean line drive single to center from David Ortiz with one out in the seventh. Neither Varitek nor Ortiz advanced past first base.

Beckett (7-7-2-0-9, 107) had a rough first two innings, but settled down after that, at one point setting down 11 straight A's. MDC pitched a shaky eighth, giving up two singles, a walk, a stolen base, and a run on 22 pitches.

There was no need to rush this game along, as it was played in a tidy 2:17.

***

Josh Beckett (4.67, 93 ERA+) / Justin Duchscherer (2.67, 144 ERA+)

In four games against Boston, Frank Thomas is 7-for-16 with three homers and 10 RBI.

Also: Mariners/Yankees at 1 and Orioles/Rays at 6.

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redsock said...

2 hits for Seattle off the Bigot in the first, but no runs.

redsock said...

SEA - 004 00 - 4 7 0
NYY - 041 0 - 5 9 0

Jere said...

A two-out error led to a dong for Abreu, making it 7-4 Yanks. Earlier, the Ms intentionally walked Cano. Cano! And their fifth run came in after that.

Joba's being extended as we speak, just left two runners on in his second inning of work. 7-4 at Cotton Eye Joe/God Bless America/Take Me Out to the Ball Game/ Freebird/Stairway to Heaven time....

phil said...

I hate not being able to count on the opponents of our opponents to play well.

phil said...

Come the fuck on.

redsock said...

SEA - 004 000 0 - 4 8 2
NYY - 041 002 5 - 12 15 0

(still batting in bot 7)

Jere said...

They really put Arthur Rhodes in there? This is just what they needed--to play the worst team in baseball. I guess the Royals weren't exactly hot shit either, though.

redsock said...

Fin.

SEA - 004 000 020 - 6 12 2
NYY - 041 002 50x - 12 16 0

L-girl said...

at Cotton Eye Joe/God Bless America/Take Me Out to the Ball Game/ Freebird/Stairway to Heaven time....

All my faves!

Oh wait, I do like Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

redsock said...

Bumping this back to the top for easy pre-game access. Manny's off.

Ellsbury, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 1B
Lowell, 3B
Drew, RF
varitek, C
Crisp, CF
Cora, SS

redsock said...

BAL - 012
TBR - 45

Fuckin' Rays!

redsock said...

This is kinda cool.

redsock said...

We have a reporter at the game tonight:
Senior Network Associates Coliseum correspondent Andy!

Here is a picture of batting practice from his seat.

redsock said...

BAL - 012 000
TBR - 450 20

Fuckin' Rays!

phil said...

Who's doing the voiceovers on the ABC pre-game Celtics coverage? He sounds like cookie monster.

ish said...

Is Andy going to flirt with Jacoby???

redsock said...

We'll see.

Yesterday he wrote: "due to the troubles with your blog on my pocket pc phone I will be emailing you any newsworthy things throughout the game".

I guess that means he can't post?

redsock said...

Lyndon is in LF and it looks like his seats are on the 1B side. Might be tough.

redsock said...

Andy:
"Manny lost some balls over both sides walls. Papi hit a guy eating a hot dog in right field. Manny was playing shortstop by jumping out from behind the net when balls came his way. Lyndon and the midget were skying balls into both the porches. There is a good mix of fans here. I love this park cuz there is a full bar and a bathroom right behind my seats. I would do these seats."

***

ABA!

redsock said...

Andy's proper title is "West Coast Correspondent".

Ish, I asked him about any possible flirting.

...

God, one more thing to do during games! Fire off Qs to Andy and then post his answers and maybe photos .... I should find out if he can read comments.

ish said...

I will be mostly absent from the first half + of this game. First of all, I need to rest because I did an impromptu, EPIC 41 mile bike ride today. I think it was a little much, but whatever.

Got the Celtics and the Stanley Cup Finals, as well. Got two TVs in the living room going, and I wish there were three. I'm thinking 11:00 or so I'll pop back in here.

Enjoy the game(s) everyone!

redsock said...

For Ish

Andy: "While the wife was in the bathroom i was down next to the field with lyndons tongue down my throat. I fucking love him."

***

He says he can see comments but will be a little slow in responding -- since he's watching the game!

Patrick said...

Andy brings gonzo journalism to the next level.

redsock said...

Gonzo? I don't think what Andy is doing has a name yet.

andy said...

I dont think this will work but if it does PLAYBALL!!!

redsock said...

andy can post from his seat!

andy said...

It works works works!
I can smell the sex. Lineups.

Patrick said...

Gonzo J

Patrick said...

Yikes...Detroit has plated 17 runs...in the fifth...

redsock said...

I know.

phil said...

Isn't Andy violating Rule 3.09?

redsock said...

Yikes...Detroit has plated 17 runs...in the fifth...

You scared me. I thought it was in one inning. They have scored 17 runs through 5 innings.

204 65

Patrick said...

frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing, frat·er·niz·es
1. To associate with others in a brotherly or congenial way.
2. To associate on friendly terms with an enemy or opposing group, often in violation of discipline or orders.

Is making out brotherly?

redsock said...

Photo from Andy:
"I don't think you can see him but there is a jackass with a cape and a General Custer hat on that says Red Sox Nation Emperor. He is handing out baseball cards and prancing around like a king."

phil said...

Fraternizing includes sexual relationships, at least within the armed forces.

Patrick said...

Will this be Josh Beckett 2k6 or 2k7? I took a good look at his fan graphs and the only glitch there is HR/9, which is right in line with '06.

phil said...

Check out the empty seats. It's been a while since we've had those.

redsock said...

mlbtv has a Channel 36 feed from oakland. they put the scorebar on the bottom of the screen -- so it covers part of the mound instead of the crowd. dumb.

Patrick said...

I guess Andy puts the genital in congenial.

andy said...

Fucking black uni's.

redsock said...

but wisely, they only use the bar on the pitch/CF camera shot.

Patrick said...

Detroit up 19-3 with 7 (not quite 17) in the fifth.

Patrick said...

Any ladies joining us tonight?

redsock said...

L is on her way home, but is not feeling all that well. Also, it's a west coast game. She might say hi and leave.

Patrick said...

No man ram paying instant dividens

redsock said...

holy shit!!! lyndon getting a workout early.

andy said...

I will count it as a catch. and then it came true. Thats 2 catches on one batter for me. i think i will rub him down later.

phil said...

Must be hard for Jacoby to make a play like that knowing Andy's watching.

Jake of All Trades said...

What was that weird propane tank looking thing he almost collided with on the first dive?

andy said...

can lbj play shortstop?

Patrick said...

AHHH ITS FRANK! Run away!

andy said...

That propane tank he hit was just that. its for the propane heater they have next to the pitchers on their bullpen bench.
i am gonna watch the game some now. i am blogging more than i should while at a live game. i will touch base often.

redsock said...

JUSTIN DUCHSCHERERERERERERERER IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN DUCHSCHERERERERERERERER IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN DUCHSCHERERERERERERERER IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN DUCHSCHERERERERERERERER IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!

Patrick said...

damn....

Meanwhile I'm nervous for the Celtics who are currently up 37-27 in the 2nd.

phil said...

Free outs are good.

phil said...

Free runs aren't, though.

Patrick said...

...I don't like playing in Oakland.

phil said...

I don't know if I can get used to replacement-level Beckett.

phil said...

Keving Garnett: What motivated you to win all those games?

Bill Russell: My only motivation was to win games.


^^ I love when athletes get cerebral.

Patrick said...

:(

Patrick said...

4:36 BOS - R. Rondo made a 10-foot jumper in the lane. Assist: K. Garnett
4:26 DET - R. Wallace missed a 14-foot jumper along the right baseline
4:24 BOS - K. Perkins defensive rebound
4:16 BOS - Alley-oop dunk by K. Garnett. Assist: R. Rondo

I like the back and forth between Rajon and Garnett.

phil said...

Hey look, his curve got called for a strike.

phil said...

We need an Andy update.

Patrick said...

Not too late for Josh to settle in a deal 5 more innings

redsock said...

thru 2:

42 pit for JB
23 pit for JD

(why can't we get pitchers like that?)

redsock said...

get a front row seat in the infield -- you're still 75 yards from fair territory.

Patrick said...

Celtics up 18 at the half. I am as nervous as if it were tied.

Jack Marshall said...

Crap, thought the game was at 10...how does Beckett look?

Patrick said...

RAWR! Take a seat!

Patrick said...

Josh's first two innings left a lot to be desired

redsock said...

beckett: meh
1st
diving catch by lbj
single up middle
K looking
FC

2nd
double rf line
2-3 sac
FC RBI ss to C, bobbled on both ends
single rcf
F7

Jack Marshall said...

Well, it looks like I arrived just in time, then.
I can fix "meh"!

Patrick said...

I really don't like Cust in this series.

redsock said...

good work, jack!

phil said...

Better.

Patrick said...

DAMN JACK! Stick around! KKK

phil said...

Ok, let's pretend these first few innings didn't happen and just start over. Top of the lineup.

redsock said...

We also need some runs because JUSTIN DUCHSCHERER IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Wait... I have NESN tonight? Cool!

redsock said...

FY is swinging at a lot of pitches well out of the zone. Feel free to take a walk, Dustin.

phil said...

Bill Russell needs a bra.

redsock said...

A bra is for women. He need a "bro".

L-girl said...

hi

L-girl said...

bye

Patrick said...

Well, way to make it work, Dortiz.

Sarah Gates said...

wow... bye?

Jere said...

somebody tell Andy NESN showed that guy last night, the self-styled Emporer of RSN California.

Funny bro gets mentioned regarding the Celts as we've had that game on and one of the Pistons had a name that sounded like "Man-ziere."

phil said...

Feel better, Laura.

L-girl said...

sorry. long day of work, enough computer. plus west coast game, i'll be asleep before it's over. have fun.

Jere said...

pop out pitcher

L-girl said...

thanks phil. but i'm not sick. just sick of the computer for the day.

if you all want to come over and hang out here, i'll be very sociable.

SoSock said...

Damn, I thought it was 10 again tonight.
Of course I've only been home 20 minutes anyway.
Oh well, apparently I've not missed anything I would want to see. Looking at the box on GDGD, I believe we've sent 12 batters up in 4 innings. Not a good stat...

redsock said...

CBS Sportsline has that Beckett catch as "fouled out to first".

Jere said...

Kiss my grits, Josh goes to Mel's Diner

9casey said...

Patrick , why do you bother watching the first 3 quarters of a NBA playoff game?

Jere said...

Instead of not watching the game, CBS Sportsline should be watching the game.

phil said...

Allan said you were "not feeling all that well". Don't let him think otherwise until you get a massage or at least some cocoa.

Patrick said...

Hell ya! I hope he can make it through 7.

andy said...

if i have to watch them pitch a perfect game in person i will throw myself off the upper deck.

they have so many beers here and the bathrooms are pentiful and empty.

jacoby is nervous, we have a big night back at the hotel.

the crowd here feels like 50 50 split. thats nice. a lot of A's fans maybe 70 30 them.

we need to pull crisp and play manuel.

the stadium is 75% full. alot of empties

thats what i got for this part of the game see you in a couple innings. Andy McGuire checking in from the Oakland Coliseum, back to you Allan.

PS: i was pissed i thought the batter held tek then he waved to the sox dugout to tell them tek was hurt. classy. i am proud to be human today.

Amy said...

Hi everyone, just got back from dinner. Two drinks down, and not sure I can stay awake.

Patrick said...

Patrick , why do you bother watching the first 3 quarters of a NBA playoff game?

Yeah, I don't know. And some people think baseball is boring.

redsock said...

Allan said you were "not feeling all that well".

Maybe she was still in "leaving work an hour early" mode when she typed that.

redsock said...

time for slowell to bunt his way om.

Patrick said...

No one can break up a no hit bid like DJ Drew. Time for him to lite my fire.

Amy said...

So when do we plan our JOS group trip to Fenway? I was thinking about this earlier. If we can get Allan and Laura to come to Boston, I bet the rest of us would find a way to get there since most of us live closer by (except SoSock and Lord and those west coasters). Maybe next season?

Jere said...

All Duch-bag-els through 5

phil said...

:/

redsock said...

So when do we plan our JOS group trip to Fenway? I was thinking about this earlier. ... Maybe next season?

Our last trip to Fenway was 2005. I really want to go next year. We shall see.

phil said...

I'll definitely be a lot closer starting in September.

Patrick said...

Oh man, Amy. That's what makes me hate Fenway. It's like an impenetrable fortress, and trying to get in when you want is an epic battle.

Jere said...

speak for yourself, patrick. the whole next homestand is on sale and has been for sometime. It's so easy this year.

Amy said...

Yeah, I really am serious (even after two drinks). I think it would be amazing to all go to a game together.

OK, I should watch some of this game. How is Beckett doing? Besides being a run down.

redsock said...

heh. don't ever say you can't get tix to fenway. even if jere is out and it's buried in a 600 post thread, he'll suss it out!

he'll get us a big block of tix, i'm sure!

Patrick said...

I <3 Beckett.

Amy said...

Oh, no. Patrick, you are in trouble now. Jere is always telling me how easy it is to get tickets! I have not found it to be true. But with planning for a large enough group, we can do it.

Patrick said...

the whole next homestand is on sale and has been for sometime. It's so easy this year.

Seriously? My dad's had a lot of trouble getting tickets. In the dark as usual...

redsock said...

josh has retired the last 11.

phil said...

Beckett's certainly settled down.

Runs, please.

Amy said...

So can we score some runs? I would like us to be ahead before I conk out.

Jere said...

Amy, you STILL don't believe? I'm telling you, I could've gone to every game so far this year if I wanted to. Go right now, you can buy some.

redsock said...

tek
ococ
einstein

it's rally time!!!!

Patrick said...

$$$$$$Beckett 73 through 6$$$$$$$

L-girl said...

Hi, just stopping in to dispel myths that I am feeling well, so I can get cocoa and a massage.

I would love to get to Fenway in 09. Hopefully we can. Don't know if I want to organize a JoS game, but if someone else wants to organize it, I'm in. That is, we're in.

What's this about Andy in a hotel room with My Boy? Will there be video?

Back to bed. Really not feeling so well. Hint hint.

redsock said...

tek 0-6 against doucher, with 4 k

hmmm

phil said...

NO MORE PERFECT GAME.

Amy said...

I sort of believe you, Jere. I just have not found any affordable tickets.

Hey, Tek is on base. Guess that bat to the head wasn't too serious.

Patrick said...

"Been a dazzling performance, with picture perfect control. The next pitch comes in AND HITS HIM!" -Oakland announcer.

Jere said...

I've been to many games this year, all face value, even got seats together to two Yankee games, just keep checking people.

L-girl said...

Remy sending wishes to his dog! He just redeemed himself for me.

Bye again. Really, bye.

No, I mean it.

Amy said...

If Jere can get tickets, I will help organize. Not sure what that means, but I will do it.

SoSock said...

I'm really hoping Jere is right.
My son & I are planning to come to Boston in August for our 1st Fenway games.
With enough notice I bet we would find a way to come again next year.

redsock said...

damn it koko.

redsock said...

einstein says: e = P5

phil said...

Less shitty baseball, please.

Jere said...

I think the best thing to do--since you can only get 8 tix together at most--would be to just snag as many SRO tix ($20, or 25 for the pavilion level SRO if we can get them) for a weekday night game against a shittier team. That way we could all hang out together instead of each person only being able to talk to the people on their left and right.

Amy said...

Good night, Laura. I am wiped out, and I didn't work today.

I hate these west coast games.

SoSock said...

Cap'n is not so speedy, will take a BIG hit to plate him

redsock said...

then we all crash at jere's place!

Jere said...

I love how Don mentions the no-no at every opportunity when it's the other team.

phil said...

Still a nohitter. :(

Amy said...

Jere, what does SRO really mean? Is there really no place to sit? Not sure I can stand for a three plus hour game, But I am game for trying.

Jere said...

Hey we're moving out of the Boston area when our lease ends....not too far out, though.

redsock said...

baby steps -- we got a guy on first.

we build on that in the 7th.

...

anyone else feel like it's 6-0 and not 1-0?

SoSock said...

GDGD - Ellsbury grounds out SOFTLY to 3rd. (my caps)
Geez, rub it in a little, will ya?

Patrick said...

Woops, I had though Josh's 73 was through 6. No so money, but he can still go 7.

phil said...

JD only has 78 pitches through six.

Jere said...

Standing Room Only. Yeah, I guess if you don't like to stand for that long, it would be tough, but the last few rows of grandstand, so many people just stand in the SRO area anyway, that seats open up, and you just hop right in.

Sarah Gates said...

I'm not feeling well either, Laura. And no cocoa and massage are forthcomming.

And going to bed in the middle of the game is a pretty big hint that I really am feeling crappy, right?

Good night guys...

Jere said...

But Amy, the SRO areas in Fenway offer some of the best views in baseball for cheap. You're still so close. You just may have to see through a pole:)

phil said...

Celtics are up 24 points. Maybe they're bogarting the Boston mojo tonight.

phil said...

Beckett's making Cust look silly tonight.

redsock said...

oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah
sez the ump!!!

Patrick said...

YES! HELL YA! V-TEK! V-TEK! DOUBLE PLAY!

Jere said...

I'm also thinking of doing a Wiffle Ball game this summer for the readers of my own blog--but it could be for both those people and you guys. We'll see if I actually do it, though.

redsock said...

could that 2B ump have been in a worse position to call that play? no, he could not.

Jere said...

aw shee-it

Amy said...

I know what SRO stands for---I just meant what does it really mean at Fenway. I know those new right field pavilion tickets have some bar stool type seats, but not real seats. Like I said, I could be game for standing. But I am not sure for three hours!

So it looks like soon it will be another guys night here.

Oh, damn, that was annoying.

phil said...

Runs, please.

Or at least hits.

Hits, please.

Well, one hit.

Hit, please.

Joe Grav said...

Good evening kids. GO SOX!

Amy said...

Yes, this is my last half inning.

At this rate, that seems to mean another two pitches.

Jere said...

The pavilion level SRO give you a shelf to lean on, and a pole below to stand on to gain a couple inches if the people in front of you stand up. It's a little less taxing to be up there. But in general all the areas for standing are much better than they used to be, as they've opened up a lot of areas around the park. So you could go hang out in the roomy areas between innings and stuff... You know what else we could do is get a bunch of $12 upper bleacher tix for the same game, and those people could sit for a while and occasionally join the rest of the group in the SRO areas.

Jake of All Trades said...

If MLB succeeds at their stupid game shortening mission you'll only have to stand for 2 hours.

Jere said...

And there goes your no-hitter. And soon, there goes your shutout.

Amy said...

Wow, no no hitter. Finally.

redsock said...

look out, bitches. it's on, now!!!

phil said...

Hey, looky there.

SoSock said...

hey, hey, it's a start

Patrick said...

Hurray!

Joe Grav said...

I will officially take credit for being the lucky charm

phil said...

DUCHSHERER IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT.DUCHSHERER IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT.
DUCHSHERER IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT.

redsock said...

now andy doesn't have to do a brody off the upper deck.

Amy said...

Damn, I was hoping that was gone.

That sounds like a great plan, Jere. Bleacher seats for when our (my?) legs give out.

Any seat in Fenway is a good seat, as far as I am concerned. Though some are better, all are good.

Jere said...

Stretch time at whatever Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in currently called.

Patrick said...

Sigh. Still, we're only a dongs length from being tied up.

redsock said...

okay, we need slightly bigger baby steps. or the game will be over by the time we get a guy to third.

Amy said...

Gee, I may have to wait another inning. I really don't want to go to sleep with the Sox trailing by one run.

phil said...

Yes, but whose dong length?

SoSock said...

It's a start, and an end :(
How can we be hitting this poorly against someone whose name sounds like someone made a mistake with their feminine hygiene product?

redsock said...

yook needs to do some roids, so those shots to rcf get out.

Joe Grav said...

Amy, you've clearly never sat behind Pesky Pole!

Patrick said...

McAfee coliseum.


NOOO!

redsock said...

see, sweeney does roids.

shit a fuck

Amy said...

Poopie, now we need THREE whole runs to win.

phil said...

Crap.

Patrick said...

Two dong lengths...

Spencer Brown said...

Anyone having trouble getting the 1.2M feed from MLB TV Premium?

The 400K and 800K are working for me but the 1.2M just says "Ready" and shows nothing.

redsock said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

No, never behind Pesky, but certainly have had some partially obstructed views. Yet still better than almost any seat at Shea, the only stadium I had been to before Fenway. So to me, still not bad seats at Fenway. At least unlike Shea, you are never in the stratosphere.

Amy said...

Not sure that last comment made any sense except to me. Two strong cosmos = amazed I can type at all.

redsock said...

spencer, i got that same thing with the 400K here at work. but i was downloaded the silverlight application and was good. maybe there is something extra you need for the 1200k?

andy said...

i hate this game
the A's fans are sheering against the redsox fans not for their team. i hate that.

Joe Grav said...

it's only natural when you have a massive takeover by hostile fans.

I saw the ugly side of it when the Bruins hosted the Canadiens and 8,000 of their annoying fans.

Patrick said...

I'll take it Beckett. Hat's off to you, sir.

Patrick said...

I think Crisp is due for a half dong.

Jake of All Trades said...

1200 MLB.tv been perfect for me all night (knock wood). They make you download that "nexdef" plugin the first time, but after that should be automatic.

redsock said...

foulke up

andy said...

i hate this game
the A's fans are sheering against the redsox fans not for their team. i hate that.

Bot will pitch tonight.

Jere said...

My rule is: If a visiting fan is being a dick, taunting the home fans, drawing attention to him/herself, they deserve the treatment they get. If they're there to cheer for their team they should be allowed to do that without getting hassled. And I think this is followed at Fenway from what I've seen. I've never seen a visiting fan at Fenway get hassled unless they were being a prick. (Yankee games excluded, but even then, if you're a good fan, you usually get treated accordingly, as I usually have when I go to the Toilet, as I'm not a dick.)

Joe Grav said...

not looking good

redsock said...

do something coco

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