May 27, 2008

G55: Mariners 4, Red Sox 3

Red Sox  - 000 003 000 - 3  7  1
Mariners - 201 000 001 - 4 8 1
Once again, the Red Sox rely on Timlin in a tie game in the ninth inning when Papelbon is presumably available. And once again, that decision ends in a quick loss.

Brad Mills was calling the shots, after Terry Francona was ejected (along with Lugo) in the fifth inning, shortly after Matsuzaka left with a possible hip injury. In the ninth, Balentien reached on an infield single that Cora could not field in the hole. Balentien moved to second on Cairo's bunt and took third on Reed's grounder to second. After Ichiro was walked intentionally, Lopez lined a game-winning single past Lowell at third down the left field line.

... Timlin -- never a good decision.

(Although, honestly, Old Yeller did alright, all things considered. If Cora makes the play in the hole, everything might have been fine and the game might have gone to the 10th.)

Dice allowed three early runs before Manny tied the game with his 499th career dong.

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.40, 180 ERA+) / Miguel Batista (6.47, 61 ERA+)

Clay Buchholz could come off the disabled list on Wednesday, but he'll make at least one more start for Pawtucket -- Friday against Durham.

Jon Lester was named the AL Player of the Week. (His father has been diagnosed with lymphoma.) ... Julian Tavarez has signed with the Brewers.

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Jack Marshall said...

The Washington Post today has an astounding article, which, if true, shows the Yankees brain trust have lost their minds. It says that the Yankees see Joba Chamberlain filling the role of "a Beckett" in this year's rotation, making their rotation a play-off threat. Talk about unfair expectations! Clemens took three years to become dominating; Ryan took longer. Projecting a rookie into the staff ace is ridiculous. It's happened, yes. But it's never LIKELY to happen. Poor Joba. Set up to fail.

Sarah Gates said...

Wow. Never thought I'd feel sorry for a Hutt... Pretty dumb at the toilet these days.

Zenslinger said...

Projecting a rookie into the staff ace is ridiculous.

Yes -- we can see how well putting unreasonable pressure on young pitchers who have shown promise has worked out for the Yanks this year.

In completely and utterly unrelated news, Ian Kennedy's given up four runs in the bottom of the 2nd to erase the four-run lead the Yanks built on a couple of HRs (including a 3-run HR from Damon).

Well, that's not completely true; a passed ball and an A-Rod throwing error helped with the fourth run. The first three came on Millar and Hernandez HRs.

redsock said...

The Globe says the lineups are thus:

Crisp, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Lowell, 3B
Drew, RF
Varitek, C
Casey, 1B
Lugo, SS

Suzuki, CF
Lopez, 2B
Vidro, DH
Ibanez, LF
Beltre, 3B
Johjima, C
Balentien, RF
Cairo, 1B
Betancourt, SS

redsock said...

Maybe they mean JtC will be a "2006 Beckett". That's well withn the realm of possibility.

If the guy can be an effective starter, he should start. Otherwise, he's being wasted in the pen.

Whether he can sustain his pitches over 6-7 innings is a whole other matter.

redsock said...

Dear Sox Bats: Pound the poet.

Your humble servant, JoS

Jere said...

two outs nobody on and the Yanks get a single and a double, 5-4 them, top 4.

Jere said...

And now a fuckin dong, 7-4.

Zenslinger said...

Ugh, Abreu HR, 7-4 Yanks.

In other news, our divisional rivals are down 7-2 to Texas.

Heh heh.

redsock said...

And now a fuckin dong, 7-4.
&
Ugh, Abreu HR, 7-4 Yanks.

Looks like they have a decent shot at stepping slightly outside the basement for a day.

Jere said...

well they blew the last 4 run lead, let's see if they can blow this one, as it's now 8-4.

Zenslinger said...

A-Rod error #2.

Ohlendorf comes in for IPK -- why not our stretching out Joba (or, he's probably known to Yank fanks by the telling initials J.C. -- "He's the Savior!")

ish said...

I'm watching the ESPN game tonight. Dodgers at Cubs. Hiroki Kuroda has really turned out to be a good signing for Los Angeles. 1-0 Dodgers.

Kuroda this season: 2-3, 62 IP, 3.48 ERA, 125 ERA+, 1.27 WHIP, 18 BB, 34 K

phil said...

TEX - 250 0
FKR - 020 2

Only two of the Texas runs are earned, though.

ish said...

Two-run jackson for Mora.

Jere said...

8-6 now, as Mora dongs

Jere said...

8-7!!!

Zenslinger said...

Yanks lead only 8-7 now. A real day for HRs there in Camden, eh.

ish said...

On the Yankees Radio Network driven by Jeep, they think Joba can.... HOME RUN Luke Scott!!! 8-7!

They think he can throw 65 pitches... in 5 innings. Perhaps, but do you really expect him to start his first ever game in the majors and...

TIE GAME!!! Buckethead!!!

...throw 65 pitches in five innings?

Jere said...

EIGHT dongs in this game and they're only in the fifth.

Jere said...

8-8 on a Millar DONG!!! The ninth of the game

ish said...

So... safe to say Camden Yards lets the dongs outside. For sure.

Jere said...

Two four-run leads completely blown in four innings. I love the '08 Yanks!!!

ish said...

Watching Kuroda vs. Fukudome. Interesting matchup.

phil said...

What's the over/under on Hughes and Kennedy ever getting a win this year?

ish said...

John Sterling, earlier... "There have been eight home runs in this game!"

Just now: "I have been corrected... (in the background) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... The Orioles have had 5 home runs... there have been NINE home runs in this game."

He actually seemed a little excited when the O's went back to back.

ish said...

Long AB for Fukudome. 4.3 pitches per AB that leads the NL for Fukudome. And he walks.

Patrick said...

Yankees radio announcers mentioning perhaps a trip to the DL for Kennedy.

Might that mean....more IGAWA?

ish said...

Record for home runs in a game: 12.

Zenslinger said...

That dong-a-thon is crackin' me up.

Patrick said...

Yawn, these west coast games are trying to my patients. I'll be so glad when they are back east.

redsock said...

NYY - 040 40
BAL - 040 04

phil said...

You can't teach that. You have to be born knowing how to get picked off second.

Patrick said...

Awww, Jetes got nailed!

ish said...

Very "Un-Jeter-like" according to John Sterling.

Baserunning 101, by Derek Jeter.

Jere said...

oh god i love it

nixon33 said...

what a crazy game in baltimore!

Captain Early 90's Hairdo gets picked off!

ish said...

Chocolate Rain!

Jere said...

Macha-ry at the NESN studios. (Both Lou and Ken at desk with TC on the pre-game right now.)

nixon33 said...

C.R.!

ish said...

Yankees just signed Ben Broussard to a minor league contract.

nixon33 said...

ken and lou at the desk...lou as in lou merloni?
i cant see the pregame and trying to figure out who this lou is?

redsock said...

oh yeah - tonight is mockery's first day on the job, right?

Jere said...

Yeah, Lou Merloni.

Jere said...

Yeah they're easing him in by having Macha hold his hand I guess.

ish said...

The way they're going, it looks like Merloni's there to hold Macha's hand.

redsock said...

I only want to see the O's hitting in the chocolate rain ...

chocolate rain

chocolate rain

...

phil said...

I thought Edwar Ramirez's photo last year was weird enough. This year he puts the FU in fugly.

phil said...

Hinske impersonates Lugo and grounds into an rbi doubleplay.

TEX - 250 000
FKR - 020 201

Patrick said...

Damn you Markakis. Stop slumping.

Jack Marshall said...

"If the guy can be an effective starter, he should start. Otherwise, he's being wasted in the pen."

Redsock, would you apply this to Papelbon as well? I don't disagree with you at all, by the way: recall I was the one bellyaching about not shifting Pap to starter in'06 when the rotation was falling apart.
But I'd think Joba and Pap are pretty good equivilents, no? Or do you feel Pap is an exception?

redsock said...

There are a few differences. Right now, JtC is an 8th inning guy, Bot was the closer. Also, Bot's shoulder was an issue, no?

There were questions whether Bot had the 3rd pitch to compete as a starter. Not clear whether Joba has the pitches, though I do remember reading something about how much he'd have to dial down his velocity if starting.

I'm also trying to remember how I felt about Bot in the rotation. L says I was not opposed to it (she was, though).

Patrick said...

This is an interesting line in the Cleveland/Chicago games:
-D. Dellucci stole home, G. Sizemore stole third, J. Carroll stole second

Anyone know how this happened?

Jere said...

If my calx are cx, Millar's OPS tonight is 3.250

Jere said...

well if you steal home, the other two dudes better advance...

Jere said...

the ol' triple steal

ish said...

Wow. Triple steal.

ish said...

Oh cock. Big throw by Abreu guns down Millar.

phil said...

Bad Cabin Mirror. No biscuit.

ish said...

Amalie Benjamin just winked at me.

phil said...

Salty doubles with no outs.

Sarah Gates said...

Hinske impersonates Lugo and grounds into an rbi doubleplay.

I know I'm a little late here with this one, but I was just catching up. There is one really signifigant difference between that and Lugo.

RBI anything

Jere said...

Ok, we go bottom 8, tied. Put 'em away, O-Birds. Oriole Magic and whatnot.

phil said...

Varquez sac bunts and reaches anyway. First and third with no outs in the top of the 8th.

phil said...

*Vazquez

phil said...

Kinsler singles. 8-5 Tex.

Patrick said...

Hurray, Rangers put up some insurance 8-5,

1st and 2nd with no one out...

redsock said...

If it was a DP, no rib-eye for Hinske either.

ish said...

Adam Dunn hit a home run OUT of Great American Ballpark.

Patrick said...

Orioles announcers mentioned that Bynum shouldn't bunt to Rodruigez, BUT the fielding bible rated him the worst 3rd basemen at fielding bunts last year (with Dr. Doubles the best).

L-girl said...

I wish the real game would start already. I only have about an hour left in awakeland.

phil said...

Hamilton grandslam. 12-5 Tex.

Patrick said...

Hamilton SLAM!

Hurray!!!!

ish said...

3 errors tonight for the Yankeees??? LMAO. Just saw that.

phil said...

Fucking Mora.

Jere said...

ok people, I gotta go announce our game on YouCastr. See you on the airwaves. Or not. Or something.

phil said...

Fucking Damon.

ish said...

Baltimore's starting to get drenched and pummeled by a thunderboomer.

phil said...

You can't teach striking out after failing to bunt twice. Some people just have it.

redsock said...

NESN.

Joe Grav said...

Good e'en ladies and dudes.

redsock said...

pouring at camden. but umps gotta let the mfy take the lead before they call out the tarp. it's tradition.

Sarah Gates said...

I was hoping I might at least make it to the beginning of our game, but I have to be up at 5, and this cold just won't quit. I think I should take my NyQuil now and not let myself get sucked in to watching the game. Shame the XM's in the car - I could go to sleep listening to it!

Enjoy guys.

Patrick said...

O no. Goadjilla vs.

ish said...

Girardi's scared about a little bit of rain.

Joe Grav said...

Instant classic today in Wisconsin.

D3 National Championship game - Johns Hopkins vs. Trinity

Hopkins takes the lead in the top of the 9th, 4-3.

Bottom 9, 1 out - Longmeadow, MA's Kent Graham singles to get the rally started.

Next guy singles to put runners on first and third. The runner on first steals 2nd, putting runners on 2nd + 3rd with 1 out. They intentionally walk the next guy, then strike out the following hitter.

With the bases loaded & 2 out, Trinity got 2 consecutive walks to win it 5-4. The last at-bat was a Yook-esque 11 pitch struggle.

Awesome game.

ish said...

Rain > Matsui

phil said...

Millar likes to make the last out on offense and defense.

ish said...

Chocolate Rain and rain rain in BAL.

Amy said...

Wow, Kent does it again! That's great, Joe. I will have to call his parents. (Thanks for posting that. Even if I am the only one who really cares.)

redsock said...

don't worry - we'll lead the team to victory, sarah.

L-girl said...

Sarah, feel better. Nyquil rules, I'm hitting mine at 11.

Joe Grav said...

No problem Amy. :)

If you're interested in reading the whole write up I did, go to nsnavs.com
:)

redsock said...

batista

48.1 IP
65 hits
31 walks
.325 opp avg

which sounds good for us, but he may also throw a 2-hit shutout.

Amy said...

I will check it out, Joe.

Sarah, feel better. Laura, you better?

ish said...

Sterling: Hey Carlos, what does the Dopplar show?

Carlos (producer dude): About 45 minutes or so.

Waldman: Wait... Does that thing actually say it'll be 45 minutes?

Sterling: Well, he can gauge rain.

Patrick said...

Hurray! Red Sox...

Joe Grav said...

Come on dusty

Joe Grav said...

FUCK YEAH!

Joe Grav said...

do we play 3 or 4 @ SEA?

L-girl said...

Thanks Amy, I'm getting there. Beginning and end of day are yucky, so I'm fading out right now. But it's just a cold. I'm trying to be adult about it. :)

L-girl said...

Or should I say I'm trying to be a woman about it? Men are such babies about colds. Reverse sexism. I know. Zap me now.

redsock said...

3 -- off thurs

Joe Grav said...

Papi tried to obliterate that picth.

ish said...

Speaking of Flo: He's the leading vote-getter for the AL side of the all-star game.

Voting so far:

1B - Youk
2B - FY
3B - Slappy
SS - CI
LF - MBM
CF - Ichiro
RF - Vlad
C - Tek

Joe Grav said...

Thursday night (late) Amanda & I leave for our mini-trip to New York. good time for an off day.

Amy said...

Glad to hear it, Laura. Colds in the warm weather are worse than in the winter. And I won't dare say anything about men being babies around here!

Joe Grav said...

manny being yook

Joe Grav said...

Don't you dare question my male manliness of manhood.

Joe Grav said...

why do the Mariners have a Moosecot?

Joe Grav said...

gah

Amy said...

Believe me, Joe, I am not questioning anything! Since I seem to be the only healthy woman around here tonight, I am not taking any chances.

phil said...

Because they're from Washington?

Some kid picked him in a contest in the 1990s.

Joe Grav said...

hahahaha

Amy said...

So there is a rain delay in the bottom of the ninth in Baltimore? What happens if they cannot finish with the score tied? They replay the whole game or just the last half inning?

ish said...

How set in stone is this voting process for the all-star game? If there are 5 Red Sox players who are voted in as starters, does that mean they will start? Or does MLB do anything to prevent 5 from one team from starting?

Amy said...

DiceK--no walks. Please.

Patrick said...

At least you're here, Amy. I've been having to use earmuffs to protect my sheltered self from these animals where there are no ladies around to keep us in check...

L-girl said...

I very rarely get colds. So I guess I'm entitled to complain a bit.

After I get done questioning everyone's manly manhoodery.

Joe, is this the concert trip or the walking around doing stuff trip?

ish said...

At least you're here, Amy. I've been having to use earmuffs to protect my sheltered self from these animals where there are no ladies around to keep us in check..

Not my fault Amalie Benjamin winked at me...

Amy said...

No hits either. I meant to say.

phil said...

Fucking Ichiro.

redsock said...

i think they would start the game at the point it was stopped.

phil said...

Fucking Matsuzaka.

Amy said...

I read through the thread from the other night when it was just the guys, and yes, Patrick, the mice do play when the cat's away.

FWIW, I am a big baby when I have a cold. But don't tell Harvey I admitted to that.

ish said...

Cincinnati's Jay Bruce... MLB debut: 3 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Patrick said...

Did someone say Amalie Benjamin? Amalie is dreamy! <3

Amy said...

i think they would start the game at the point it was stopped.

Thanks. I know that happened before (rain delay of a tied game), but couldn't recall what was done.

ish said...

Did someone say Amalie Benjamin? Amalie is dreamy! <3

Unfortunate for her when she has to sit next to Heidi Watney, though.

L-girl said...

I won't tell him. :)

I also scrolled through the woman-less thread. Heidi this, Heidi that, blah blah blah.

Amy said...

Very funny, Patrick.

I don't find any of the male announcers attractive at all.

Shit. Come on, DiceK.

Joe Grav said...

Bah. crap

phil said...

Fucking Sox.

ish said...

Reds designated Scott Hatteberg for assignment today...

L-girl said...

But Amalie is smart, can write, and actually knows about baseball. That should win her some major points.

But of course not next to HEIDI...

Patrick said...

Did you say Heidi, L-Girl? Heidi is dreamy! <3

ish said...

I also scrolled through the woman-less thread. Heidi this, Heidi that, blah blah blah.

...were the Red Sox winning or losing that game?

Joe Grav said...

L, sorry I missed your question.

This is the walk-around-seeing-stuff trip.

L-girl said...

"I don't find any of the male announcers attractive at all."

There's a reason for that.

Joe Grav said...

Did you question Heidi's brilliance, L? She clearly knows the game like the back of her hand.

Or something.

phil said...

TEX - 250 000 050 |12 16 0
FKR - 020 201 010 |06 10 1

Amy said...

I am glad that I wasn't around for the guy who was "combining" Jeemer and Papelbon. That was much more offensive than the Heidi stuff.

ish said...

Who was drafted in the 43rd round in 1989?

Your three choices are:

Jeff Bagwell
Frank Thomas
Jason Giambi

Joe Grav said...

"There's a reason for that."

They're ugly?

L-girl said...

Joe, let me know what you see, I love to hear about people's NYC trips.

"...were the Red Sox winning or losing that game?"

No idea. It was the We Want Heidi show.

Amy said...

Well, since they don't pick the male announcers based on their knowledge or wit, they could at least pick them for their looks.

Joe Grav said...

FUCK.

Patrick said...

"I don't find any of the male announcers attractive at all."

I would think Remy would be attractive, with those big cheeks and all. He'd be able to collect a lot of acorns for the winter haul.

ish said...

That was much more offensive than the Heidi stuff.

Wait, you found that offensive?

L-girl said...

Damn, no Ococ magic that time.

Although we did get a "full bore" sighting out of it.

phil said...

Fucking humans.

Joe Grav said...

"No idea. It was the We Want Heidi show."

We were losing. And not getting any hits.

Puh-leez, I wonder what would happen if there was a Ladies Night at JoS

redsock said...

don: "crisp was diving full bore"

i have not heard him use full bore in a long time

ish said...

I must have said the water was clean or dirty at some point...

L-girl said...

You *weren't* offended by that??

Amy said...

LOL about Remy the chipmunk.

Nah, not the Heidi stuff. But the other thing, yeah.

ish said...

I wonder what would happen if there was a Ladies Night at JoS

We Want Jacoby Show.

Joe Grav said...

By what? the communal crush on heidi?

L-girl said...

I didn't find anything offensive about the Heidi stuff. Lust is fine with me, if a bit mystifying sometimes.

Acorns! :)

Patrick said...

The water was clean that night. I remember saying the highlight of the game was the bullpen for us. And Ish disagreed saying the highlight was Heidi.

redsock said...

i would think Remy would be attractive, with those big cheeks and all. He'd be able to collect a lot of acorns for the winter haul.

in that case, zimmer must be the sexiest man on earth.

Amy said...

Uh oh, Ladies Night? Now you are in trouble! :)

Joe Grav said...

By what? the communal crush on heidi?

L-girl said...

heidi crush != offensive

japanese slurs = offensive

just so we're clear

Joe Grav said...

oops double post

Amy said...

Like I said, the Heidi stuff didn't offend me at all, just boring.

It was that other thing about Jeemer and Pap.

redsock said...

Well, since they don't pick the male announcers based on their knowledge or wit, they could at least pick them for their looks.

That dame makes a good point.

L-girl said...

Yeah, don't be callin us ladies.

Hos, bitches, gals, girls. But not ladies!!

Joe Grav said...

Wait, is the Heidi thing offensive to you or not? I'm confused

:p

meanwhile, K!

Patrick said...

I'm trying desperately to ignore this game right now...

Joe Grav said...

Hos night at JoS

ish said...

You *weren't* offended by that??

Heidi stuff, I meant. The nicknames were dumb. I'm not sure I'd say it offends me personally, but that'd just be arguing semantics. If I were Japanese I'd be offended. etc etc.

Joe Grav said...

"Like I said, the Heidi stuff didn't offend me at all, just boring."

Boring? But her reports are so intriguing and so full of useful information about the game.

Patrick said...

I'll concede that Jappelbon is offensive.

L-girl said...

does everyone know what != means?

allan wants to know

ish said...

Boring? But her reports are so intriguing and so full of useful information about the game.

And somehow we keep having a hard time remembering them all.

Amy said...

Heidi stuff: boys being boys.

There's some sexism for you all. :)

Joe Grav said...

that was my friend Grant who posted that.

he felt really bad about it, and told me so afterward.

Patrick said...

Wow, 175 comments through the first innings, albeit half were made before the game started.

Joe Grav said...

Yes, what does "!" mean?

Amy said...

I had no idea what != means. But since your prior post said you were not offended, I assume it is some kind of negative symbol.

Or else I am very confused.

L-girl said...

"If I were Japanese I'd be offended."

I don't have to be the target of the slur to be offended at racism, homophobia, etc. Wrong is wrong.

"Boring? But her reports are so intriguing and so full of useful information about the game."

New euphemism: useful information. Intriguing reports. Wow, her reports are so intriguing...

Joe Grav said...

" Heidi stuff: boys being boys.

There's some sexism for you all. :)"

And Heidi's lack of knowledge about baseball = girls being girls? :-p

I kid, I kid.

ish said...

I've been impressed by Cairo's defense at first base.

This time last night it was the 4th inning.

Joe Grav said...

Euphemism? But NESN hired her for her sick reporting skills

L-girl said...

!= means a = with a line through it. not equal to. maybe it's some old lady thing no one uses anymore.

redsock said...

special delivery for miguel cairo ...

it's a bowl of dicks!!!

ENJOY!

Patrick said...

It's a Jeterism to praise Heidi for her reporting...

Joe Grav said...

That sounded decent off the bat. Bah.

L-girl said...

grant doesn't need to feel bad, he was cool with it afterwards. although I did cringe when I saw he told allan to calm down.

Patrick said...

although I did cringe when I saw he told allan to calm down.

I think everyone did.

Joe Grav said...

I usually use =/= for 'is not equal to'

Alternatively, my friend uses <>, a symbol he coined, which means 'is less or greater than,' and thus in mathematical terms means 'is not equal to.'

Joe Grav said...

i need to stop hanging out with so many math majors.

ish said...

I don't have to be the target of the slur to be offended at racism, homophobia, etc. Wrong is wrong.

Yeah. I was just taking the word literally.

Amy said...

maybe it's some old lady thing no one uses anymore.

Not for this old lady. I thought it was some new fangled younger generation thing.

L-girl said...

"And Heidi's lack of knowledge about baseball = girls being girls?"

Banned for life!

ish said...

201's coming fast tonight.

That's not me calling out 201 like I did last night.

redsock said...

can everyone see this:



?

Joe Grav said...

"I think everyone did."

I know I did.

Grant is incredibly nice (to a fault), he's also very naive and probably didn't even realize that a lot of people wold take offense to that.

Joe Grav said...

nice catch manny

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