July 27, 2008

G106: Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

Yankees - 000 020 000 - 2  10  0
Red Sox - 311 202 00x - 9 15 0
Do you ever wonder when Manny Ramirez last felt pressure during a baseball game?

After his comments of a week ago and his knee problems evolved into a weekend media frenzy, playing before a national television audience for the second straight day, and with his team facing the possibility of being swept by the Yankees and falling into third place in the AL East, you might think Manny would be concerned about having a good game.

Maybe he was nervous. But once the rain cleared and the game began around 9 PM, it looked like Manny didn't have a care in the world. He made a superb catch deep in the left field corner, over by the side door, to end the top of the first inning, gliding over cool as a cucumber. In the home half, he doubled to right-center on the second pitch he saw, driving in the Red Sox's first run of the night. That RBI also gave him the distinction of having the most career RBIs of any Dominician Republic-born player.

Manny ripped another double in the third (and later scored), hit a bomb that was hauled in by Melky Cabrera at the very deepest point in the park, singled in a run in the sixth, and skied to right in the eighth.

He was ably assisted by -- going down the lineup card -- Dustin Pedroia (single, double, run, RBI), Kevin Youkilis (single, 2 runs), David Ortiz (single, home run, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Mike Lowell (single, 2 RBI), J.D. Drew (2 walks), Jason Varitek (double, RBI), Alex Cora (2 singles, run) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2 singles, double, run).

Most of the Sox had their way with Ponson (4-10-7-1-1, 77), as 12 of the 22 batters to face him reached base.

Lester (7-9-2-1-8, 113) was aces once again, stranding one runner in each of the first four innings, falling into trouble in the fifth by allowing four straight singles and a walk before recording an out, then retiring his last nine batters.

It was a perfect, feel-good night -- a welcome tonic before the Angels series that begins Monday night.

***

Sidney Ponson (4.02, 103 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.20, 137 ERA+)

Ponson's four starts with the Yankees:

22.2 IP, 28 H, 11 BB, 11 K
4.37 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, .318/.412/.477

Boston has scored more than four runs only once in the last nine games (4-5). In that stretch -- dating back to July 13, the game before the break -- they are batting .248 and slugging .356.

The current Boston roster has hit .379/.452/.546 against Ponson in 199 PAs, with David Ortiz (.444/.563/.722) and Manny Ramirez (.404/.481/.511) leading the way.

A loss tonight will drop them to third place.

Win.

Also: Rays/Royals, 2 PM -- Update: Royals 6-1!

648 comments:

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phil said...

44 through three. On pace for seven.

L-girl said...

but there's quite a bit of cross-over between the have-nots and the minorities

oh indeed. but i don't think colour/ethnicity is the determining factor. i think it's money (and education, which money can buy).

Sarah Gates said...

8-2

phil said...

It's more opportunities than education, though they correlate.

L-girl said...

I'll be home 10:30. Score?

L-girl said...

Ok, we have 6-0 (Allan), 8-2 (Sarah).

I'll go with 8-0. WTH!

Amy said...

OK, without a time estimate, hard to make a prediction. But I will go with 6-2.

SoSock said...

5 - 0 when Laura gets home.

s1c said...

Less need for red shirts in those branches, I think.

More than you think, but generally it has to do with the high tech equipment you are having to work with in those services.

phil said...

10:30? 4-2 would be a guess.

Amy said...

Ah, 10:30. I will say 5-0 then.

L-girl said...

Opportunities, education - income level determines both. Unless you get scholarship money or have exceptional talent, mostly income, oppty, education are all the same. Or close enough.

Sarah Gates said...

More than you think, but generally it has to do with the high tech equipment you are having to work with in those services.

And therefore education.

Amy said...

6-2 final score. SoSock claimed 5-0. So I will say 5-1 just to be different.

L-girl said...

And just to be fair, there are several college-educated, hi-tech-trained resisters. I admire them so much, because they have so much to lose.

See you... later!

ish said...

Half dong + Half dong = DONG!

phil said...

Fuck the haters.

s1c said...

7-0

Sarah - education is the key.

SoSock said...

If only he'd put forth some effort!

Sarah Gates said...

mostly income, oppty, education are all the same.

Not as blatant as being able to buy your way out of the armies in the civil war, but a similar effect.

(I'm aware that the analogy doesn't go too far - in the civil war, frequently the money was more valuable than more cannon fodder.)

Sarah Gates said...

Sarah - education is the key.

To SO much.

L-girl said...

I'll be home w/ the TV on at 10:30, but I'll see you all closer to 11.

I know you were all dying to know that.

Bye.

redsock said...

is manny positioning the nyy fielders?

:>)

s1c said...

Slap in the face to Tek - IBB to get to him. Of course this being Tek it will probably work, at least the bases aren't loaded.

kkh said...

Did the MFY just figure out that Tek was on deck?

s1c said...

TEK!!!

ish said...

TEK WITH THE DOUBLE!!!

BBI FTW.

SoSock said...

Captain, my captain!

redsock said...

let's go, blind man randomly waiving a stick!

redsock said...

HELL FUCKING YEAH

Amy said...

OK, so I am happy to report that SoSOck and I are already out of the prediction contest.

A Conformer said...

God bless Sir Sidney Ponson. You're just what we needed.

s1c said...

Tek with a Hit - Everybody drink!!!

Amy said...

Tek's bat has to come back eventually.

Amy said...

NICE throw from our do-nothing, indifferent left fielder.

redsock said...

bad angle live, thought he got him.

SoSock said...

Sit down Newbie!

redsock said...

Enjoying the AL so far, X?

phil said...

Let's score in every inning.

redsock said...

sexson .132 w/risp!

SoSock said...

Let's score in every inning.
Allan would have an orgasm on the spot.

s1c said...

sit down you lanky yankee you!!!

Joe Grav said...

K!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Lester preserves the shut out! So far looks like Allan is winning Laura's contest. I think the fix was in.

redsock said...

NYY LOB: 111 1

NYY Runs: 000 0

Sarah Gates said...

Tek with a Hit - Everybody drink!!!

What is that? A drinking game for teetotallers?

/snark (nothing but eternal love for Tek)

SoSock said...

Hurry up and get home Laura.
I like winning the big contest, but I like scoring more runs better!

redsock said...

They would need to score in all 9 for me to totally explode -- and I don't really want that to happen tonight. Having the Sox bat in the9th, I mean.

Joe Grav said...

So, how about Manny showing his "lack of defensive concentration" on that sweet play that nearly got ARod?

ish said...

Molina, to Angel Hernandez: "Worth a try."

redsock said...

Talking Heads line that fits the media:

"Facts don't do what I want them to."

Amy said...

Hmmm, I got ahead of myself there and thought we had six runs. Wishful thinking. I'll be happy enough if SoSock wins and the Yankees don't score in the next half before Laura gets home. Or I will be happy if Allan's prediction is right, or Laura's!

redsock said...

No love for FY's double???

SoSock said...

Ah yes - good point about the ninth inning. We definitely don't want to bat then, and I know it's the elusive 9-numerals-other-than-0
that really do it for you.

redsock said...

No AL team has ever scored in all 9 innings. Ever.

s1c said...

Was to busy eating my snack to give love. mmm, black cherries.

A dong by Papi here and my 7-0 will look good.

ish said...

THE GODFATHER!!!!

BIG BLACK MAJESTIC DONG!!!

s1c said...

dong!!!

Patrick said...

BWAHAHAH, PAPI DONG!!!!!!!!

ALL IS WELL IN THE WORLD!!!!

Amy said...

PAPI is BACK!! And who had 7-0?

ish said...

THERE IT IS.

That was some at-bat!

redsock said...

LARGE FATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

But all eight would still be fun. Especially if it were accompanied by all goose eggs above.

SoSock said...

A HUGE Dominican Dong!
And I happily relinquish my spot in the sweepstakes.

phil said...

Papi!

Amy said...

S1C! OK, but we need B2B and then Laura wins her own contest.

Amy said...

Almost....

SoSock said...

Missed it by THAT much!
Almost b2b

Joe Grav said...

FUCKIN RIGHT

redsock said...

WTF - he got that?

shittle.

Sarah Gates said...

Fenway giveth... yada yada...

Joe Grav said...

How often have teams scored in all 8?

phil said...

So... about that 4-2 prediction....

ish said...

One of those rare times you wish Pedroia was taller.

phil said...

How often have teams scored in all 8?

Six in the AL, and three in the NL, apparently.

redsock said...

How often have teams scored in all 8?

I think I know, but I can't remember. ... Sorry! I may have it in my folder at home.

phil said...

Although there's some disagreement about that.

phil said...

WTF does Jose Molina own Lester?

Amy said...

Nice words about Tek and Lester. :)

ish said...

triple play, plz.

Amy said...

Hmm, bases loaded, no one out. Come on, Jon.

redsock said...

Time for the Original Houdini.

phil said...

Here.

Six in the AL (all home teams) and seven in the NL (three since 1900). Boston did it on 9/16/03 and had it done to them on 7/7/23 and 5/11/49.

Amy said...

Nothing personal, Sarah, but I hope your prediction doesn't come true.

redsock said...

TP + CI = LOL

let's see it

ish said...

Damn. There goes the shutout. Little swinging bunt up the third base line.

phil said...

Outs, please.

s1c said...

shades of giambi.

C'mon houdini.

SoSock said...

Amy, that was a nice little discourse there wasn't it.
Crap - that WAS intangible.
And just dumb shit lucky too.

ish said...

If that grounder was hit harder, a TP could've been possible.

ish said...

Lester is having a Dice-K inning.

SoSock said...

Lester's trying to do too much now.

s1c said...

those weren't even close. Get a fucking out.

phil said...

Throw strikes, you fucker.

redsock said...

Lester Being Hansen

Sarah Gates said...

Hmm... Now I hope mine DOES, Amy. Though I was with you when you said it.

nixon33 said...

ok. people i had over left.

lester get some outs big guy!

ish said...

MDC warming

Amy said...

Finally an out. Phew.

SoSock said...

Whew!

ish said...

BIG out. DP now. Do it.

nixon33 said...

the worst part about it is that its fucking with his pitch count, and with the performance of our relief recently, we NEED him to go long.

Amy said...

Yeah, I'd accept two runs, if that's all they get.

Amy said...

OK, two away. One more, Jon.

SoSock said...

Glad they didn't test him. The throw was off-line.

s1c said...

finally!!!

Patrick said...

I love Lester!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

HOUDINI!

Joe Grav said...

FUCKING HUGE

Amy said...

I think 7-2 is looking good after that possibility there.

s1c said...

gawd, I need a drink, wish Tek would get a hit.

redsock said...

Giese in for Sidney

phil said...

Awww, no more Poltroon.

redsock said...

Ponson

4 IP
10 H
7 R
1 BB
1 K

phil said...

And 1 HR.

nixon33 said...

i wish Tek would get a hit.

he had an rbi double!

redsock said...

10 hits off Ponson

4 singles
5 doubles
1 home run

redsock said...

no, ANOTHER hit -- he's crazy

Amy said...

Drew steals a base!

Patrick said...

Drew could steal 40 a year if he wasn't so worried about his hammies.

nixon33 said...

drew= wheels!

SoSock said...

Fiery Wheels!

phil said...

Watching GDGD. Drew gets to second... must be a weak Tek ground out... nope, a Drew steal. Sweet.

ish said...

'Tek's seeing the ball well tonight, isn't he?

redsock said...

we need a run, cap'n

Amy said...

Well, at least Tek got good distance on that. And he did not strike out.

SoSock said...

Close for Tek!

redsock said...

trooped myself on my computer. shit.

Patrick said...

Whew, just finished. Was posting things on Ebay since the game started.

'twill be nice to just follow the game.

ish said...

Damn. Red Sox don't score.

Amy said...

Oh, well, no runs that inning.

Patrick said...

just 12 you say?

Joe Grav said...

grr

phil said...

Boo, no runs.

redsock said...

dirtywatah must be getting a shitload of traffic from that espn screen thing -- i count at least 37 people coming to jos from there. and i think i'm only listed in his blog roll!

Patrick said...

K count?

redsock said...

6

redsock said...

7

Sarah Gates said...

YFSF has the Pavano screenshot, Allan.

s1c said...

an OTT!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Nice 6th, Lester.

Amy said...

Lester back to form.

SoSock said...

Wow, that was great coverage catching that conversation between Lester and the ump.
And a 1-2-3 (OTT) inning. Nice!

Patrick said...

pitch count?

redsock said...

Just left YFSF a comment asking if they got the Beckett shot too.

L-girl said...

Hey there! When I got home the bases were loaded w/ no outs, just in time to watch Houdini do his magic!!

Anyone guess 7-2??

Joe Grav said...

YESSS. Huge for the pitch count.

redsock said...

106 - that's probably it.

redsock said...

Wow, that was great coverage catching that conversation between Lester and the ump.

saw it, but on mute.
what'd they say?

ish said...

Say it with me now, everyone...

RUN, JACOBY. RUN!

Amy said...

LBJ liking the 9 hole?

phil said...

I love playing against the shitty Yankees. I wonder where they were the past couple days.

nixon33 said...

i cant believe how good lester has been this season, really an eye opener.

L-girl said...

What's that you say about LBJ liking holes? Is Andy here?

Amy said...

Sarah guessed 8-2, and I think that was the closest.

ish said...

I don't care what hole he likes. Just as long as he hits.

And runs. RUN JACOBY.

redsock said...

the fact that lester eventually got his shit together -- which i did not think he'd do -- gives me hope for hansen.

Amy said...

Uh oh, didn't mean to get Andy all hot and bothered.

Patrick said...

I might have to miss my Sox games because I think I'm going to Oregon in a week or two. Will be sad to miss Fenway this year, but Oregon is very fun for me.

L-girl said...

8-2 soon enough

L-girl said...

this broadcast team is making me miss joe morgan!

redsock said...

We have not been to Fenway since July 2005. Really hoping for 2009!

L-girl said...

No internet while in Oregon?

redsock said...

this broadcast team is making me miss joe morgan!

O.

M.

G.

L-girl said...

I missed a Papi dong??? Yay Flo!

L-girl said...

Fenway in 2009, for sure. Can someone help us get monster seats?

Patrick said...

Plenty of internet, I mean I have tickets to Fenway. I would be in the west during that time.

ish said...

HIT AND RUN!

redsock said...

after the tizzle blast, manny hit one to the very deepest part of the park, somehow dud caught it in the corner of the triangle up against the bullpen wall.

Sarah Gates said...

Yeah, I haven't even seen the sox yet this year, last year I saw them several times but not at Fenway - haven't been there since 06.

Amy said...

Are you selling your tickets, Patrick?

phil said...

I love pitchouts against Youk. Give him more free balls.

redsock said...

PAST THE REACH OF JETER!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

We are still hoping for a JOS get together at Fenway in 09.

Time for Papi to drive in more runs.

SoSock said...

Allan - Lester was apologizing for "surveying" as he put it. Apparently he eyeballed the area after a particular pitch like he was trying to figure out where it was and why it wasn't a strike.
Umpire was like "no big deal, don't `sweat it. It Was outside, though.

Sarah Gates said...

I think Jere's your best ticket agent in this group...

Patrick said...

Are you selling your tickets, Patrick?

I think so. I'll need to get rid of them.

L-girl said...

Oh tickets, I didn't get that.

* * * *

We've saw the Sox a lot last year, tho - every game at Skydome minus one. And this year in Detroit. So we have not been live-Sox-less.

But Fenway in 09 for sure.

ish said...

Consider: The way Jeter was moving to cover second base when Jacoby ran, the ground ball went past him.

If Jacoby doesn't run, it's probably a double-play ball.

Sarah Gates said...

We are still hoping for a JOS get together at Fenway in 09.

Or, we could all come down the cape to your place... ;)

L-girl said...

A, thanks for recap.

nixon33 said...

come on walk 'em loaded for manny, please!
i wanna see manny put one on the pike and make everyone shut up already...

redsock said...

come on loser - load 'em up for mbm.

ish said...

Youk getting up on his wheels some more! He tags from first!

nixon33 said...

papi hitting the ball well tonight.
GREAT SIGN!

Amy said...

Now we have Sarah's score.

L-girl said...

I knew it wouldn't be long - 8-2!

Sarah Gates said...

Ha ha... I wondered which one of us was going to ask the ticket question first...

L-girl said...

yeah nix, that's the stuff

redsock said...

Time for Manny to introduce a baseball to the Mass Pike.

Sarah Gates said...

i wanna see manny put one on the pike and make everyone shut up already...

What an excellent idea. Not that it would work, but it's worth doing for its own sake.

Patrick said...

I'm actually digging the 'Yankees Suck' chant this time. Seems appropriate.

ish said...

MISSED THE TAG!

150 Octane SWEAT!

Amy said...

I'd love to see that, Sarah---we have a 500 square foot cottage with one sort of real bedroom and one teensy room that we can fit two aerobeds in, with no room to move. It would be interesting to see all these Sox fans and Harvey in that space....sort of a scary thought!

MBM!

redsock said...

tuning in so i hear the crowd after the dong

nixon33 said...

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! SAAAAAAAAAFE!

L-girl said...

Manny 3 for 3 tonight?

9-2!

SoSock said...

Patrick - are those tickets by chance for the end of Aug. or first of Sept.?
My son and I are hoping to get to Boston during that stand for our 1st ever games at Fenway.
Manny with hit #3 and Yook with Sweaty wheels!

Sarah Gates said...

Of course, THAT's nice too... Making some distance between himself and Sammy on the DR list.

Amy said...

When are the games, Patrick? And how much are your tickets??

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