July 28, 2008

G107: Angels 7, Red Sox 5

Angels  - 010 006 000 - 7  9  0
Red Sox - 000 201 011 - 5 11 0
Not much to say about this one, except that the game did not feel as close as the final score.

A two-RBI single from Manny Ramirez gave the Sox their only lead of the game in the fourth. Then Dice-K, who had retired eight batters in a row, walked Figgins to start the top of the sixth. Ten pitches later, the Angels had a 6-2 lead. Kotchman hit a two-run homer, Izturis doubled, Guerrero singled and Hunter blasted a three-run dong.

In the bottom of the sixth, Lowrie's ground-rule double to right knocked in Ortiz (LAA 7-3) and chased Weaver. Arredondo walked Varitek on four pitches, loading the bases with two outs for Ellsbury. Lyndon was the potential tying run, but he struck out.

With one out in the seventh, Youkils and Ortiz singled, but Manny grounded into an inning-ending double play. Ellsbury singled in Drew in the eighth and Manny hit a home run into the Monster Seats with two out in the ninth.

After a shaking beginning in relief of Matsuzaka, Masterson set down the last five batters he faced with ease. Hansen threw nine pitches (eight strikes) in the eighth, retiring the Angels in order.

Toronto beat Tampa 3-1 and Baltimore clubbed New York 13-4, so the top three spots in the East standings remain the same. The fourth-place Blue Jays are now only 7.5 GB.

***

Jered Weaver (4.08, 102 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.63, 166 ERA+)

ALCS Preview!
Angels (64-40)     Red Sox (61-45)
Figgins, 3B Pedroia, 2B
Kotchman, 1B Youkilis, 1B
Izturis, SS Ortiz, DH
Guerrero, RF Ramirez, LF
Hunter, CF Lowell, 3B
Anderson, LF Drew, RF
Kendrick, 2B Lowrie, SS
Rivera, DH Varitek, C
Mathis, C Ellsbury, CF
Atta way, Tito! That lineup kicks copious amounts of ass!

Elsewhere, 7 PM: Rays/Blue Jays & Orioles/Yankees

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Patrick said...

I wouldn't mind flip flopping Drew and Lowell for lefty righty sakes, but I love starting the game with a hardy FUCK YEAH!

This Angels team scares me. They are good.

s1c said...

Know what kicks about that, he moved Varitek to 8th and is batting Jedi 7th. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Should we call this the J line (J. Drew - J. Lowery - J. Veritek - J. Ellsbury).

ish said...

That's a World Championship lineup right there.

ish said...

Although if I had my way I think I'd flip-flop Drew and Lowell. R R L R L R S S L

tim said...

w00t to getting the slingbox working! free baseball!

Jack Marshall said...

It does kick ass. Last night's intentional walking of Drew to get to Tek (even though the C got a hit)should signal Francona that Varitek's days as a middle of the line-up guy are gone. Lowrie won't get walked to get to Tek, at least this season, and if they walk Drew to get to Lowrie, I'll take my chances,

But what do you do when Cora's starting at short, you ask?

Don't start Cora at short!

redsock said...

Cora, Cash - if they start once a week, do whatever. 8th, 9th ...

nixon33 said...

mussina has to be stopped!!!

s1c said...

1st three batters life time vs Weaver - 14/36 (41 PA) with a 1.217 OPS.

That would be some table setting!!!

9casey said...

From Boston.com
Jack , you can only vote once.....:)

Should the Red Sox trade Manny Ramirez?

Yes.
54.7%
No. .
45.3%
Total votes: 27629

Joe Grav said...

We own the Angels. Don't forget it.

TIME TO START A WINNING STREAK.

Redsock, working on sending you music now.

Joe Grav said...

Where is the "FUCK NO" option?

9casey said...

Is'nt baseball amazing if we get anything from Ellsbury at 9 we see it as a bonus but if Lugo bats .265from that spot he is a bum.....

And could someone please find J.D. a match.....Man he is streaky..

Joe Grav said...

Amalie on the telly

Jack Marshall said...

Casey---How do you think I'd vote?
(Hint; "Nixon's the one!")

Hell, I don't want to get rid of Manny---I just want to bitch about him now and then.

Kind of like my wife, my son, my parents, my teeth, my neighbors, my business, my theater company---you know; can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

nixon33 said...

i like our lineup.

L-girl said...

Kind of like my wife, my son, my parents, my teeth, my neighbors, my business, my theater company---you know; can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

I sure hope you're kidding about your wife and son!

L-girl said...

Where is this stupid poll? I'm good for a click. Link, pls?

Zenslinger said...

Bitch about them sometimes? Nothing crazy about that.

redsock said...

Damn! Looks like in his ESPN column, Gammons repeats all the shit I quoted earlier and goes further. It's behind the pay wall, so I'll out that up after the game or tomorrow morning.

redsock said...

SHIT
FUCK
PISS
SHIT
CUNT
WHORE
ASS
FUCK

...

ESPN.

redsock said...

dan shulman with steve "i can't believe someone paid me to be a major league GM" phillips and orel "angry orgasm" hershiser.

nixon33 said...

SHIT
FUCK
PISS
SHIT
CUNT
WHORE
ASS
FUCK


my favorite words.

Joe Grav said...

Enjoy your ESPN. :-p

redsock said...

am i gonna have to watch my third straight game on mute?

fuck this shit

i want OPTIONS with my package like i do with the radio.

...

closeup of orel = very effing scary.

redsock said...

Enjoy your ESPN. :-p

BANNED!

Joe Grav said...

Supposedly, in England, if you have the dish or something, you have options to watch football matches from different camera angles and listen to different audio feeds.

nixon33 said...

espn, is it the silver haired one and the angry orgasmer?

Joe Grav said...

We can only hope that technology comes here soon.

nixon33 said...

BANNED!

JoSoSH!

redsock said...

fucking usa with its third world technology ........

Joe Grav said...

When we first got digital cable, and had it on a smart-card instead of a cable box, whenever we'd put on a channel with more than one audio feed (i.e., SAP), an option window would come up to pick one. For about two weeks, the feed labeled "Spanish" was game audio with no commentary. It was amazing. Eventually they picked up on their mistake and fixed it.

redsock said...

trying sound

and i hear:

orel: "dice-k has been on top of his game. look at that record: 11-1."

good god



phillips calls tek the mnost important defensive player in the game -- did he say in THIS game allof MLB??????????



..

redsock said...

orel referring to faking injuries

back to mute

redsock said...

JoSoSH!

Well done. Very well done.

Patrick said...

gold glove-K

Joe Grav said...

O!

Joe Grav said...

fucking usa with its third world technology ........

eh canada, you're in our boot on this one, buddy

Joe Grav said...

The sight of Scioscia gives me heartburn. Does that happen to anyone else?

redsock said...

he used to always look like he was about to cry

Patrick said...

The sight of pizza give me heart burn. Does Sciocia look like a pepperoni pizza?

Joe Grav said...

A little.

redsock said...

Does Sciocia look like a pepperoni pizza?

tavarez does.

Patrick said...

The fantasy gurus told me to bench Dice-K for this game...

nixon33 said...

redsock said...
he used to always look like he was about to cry


or a little like deniro in raging bull (the heavy one)

Zenslinger said...

A 1-2-3 1st inning from Dice-K is a good sign.

nixon33 said...

you were talking about scoscia, right? or weaver?

Joe Grav said...

FUCK Y......what?

Patrick said...

I like the size increase in our one two and three hitters. Small medium and large father.

FUCK NO!!

Joe Grav said...

Shosher

Joe Grav said...

small
medium
large father
BAD MAN

Joe Grav said...

If youk wasn't signaling 'safe' he might have been safe

OK, probably not. It still bugs me when guys do that

Joe Grav said...

Weaver, weaver, weaver YOU SUCK

Patrick said...

Youk doesn't understand that whining isn't giving it his all. It's something else.

L-girl said...

I can't thread b/c Allan is insisting on mute. I can only type during commercials.

Joe Grav said...

whining is so dreamy! <3

Patrick said...

Go Baltimore! Go Toronto!!

Jere said...

I don't know if that's the same trade poll, but I saw one, on X-Bases I think, and the choices were "No, he's not worth it" (the no choice was first), and "yes, his bat's too valuable." There was no choice that said you like Manny. It seemed to come from the assumption of, "Okay, we all hate his wild hair and baggy clothes, but would you trade him or grit your teeth and keep him?"

The media is making me hate them more every minute. There seems to me that there's no problem, yet they're just pushing it and pushing it until there is one.

Joe Grav said...

NESN just died for me, so (I can't believe I'm saying this) thank god ESPN has it on

L-girl said...

Bitch about them sometimes? Nothing crazy about that.

Nope. But "can't live with them" isn't too good when it comes to your spouse and child.

Zenslinger said...

Roberts was thrown out at home trying to score on a Markakis 2B.

TB is threatening (first-and-third, 1 out) in the 2nd.

Grr.

L-girl said...

Jere, I agree.

Joe Grav said...

Jere, ESPN is showing the game from the "classic" camera angle, in case you have a choice.

Jere said...

The longer the Rays stay up, the less chance the Yanks make the playoffs. We're gonna beat the Rays anyway, so I'm hoping they stick around. (But, if they don't, I'll be happy too because I hate them...)

redsock said...

Enjoy your ESPN. :-p

Joe Grav said...

Aaand NESN is back!

redsock said...

Awww fuck!!

L-girl said...

Gotta call that the "Jere classic" angle, I think.

Jere said...

Joe--I know--any visitor's feed or national feed will have the classic view, since the new cam is just for NESN. The outsiders still bring in their crew, stand in the CF camera well, etc.

However! You'll notice it's not as shaky on NESN tonight. That's because they've moved the new robot cam so that it's nailed to the back wall instead of perched atop it.

Patrick said...

This team scares me.

Joe Grav said...

Maybe it's an HD thing, but the players actually seem closer to me w/ the new angle

Patrick said...

Baltimore on top, 2-0!!

Jere said...

Here's the pic I took of the cams Saturday. New robot cam at far right is now below top-of-wall level.

tim said...

Hello JoS!

Patrick said...

...3-0 even

Joe Grav said...

Look at Manny's defensive lollygagging

tim said...

Look at that lack of effort on that catch - Manny totally should've sprinted the 5 feet to grab it instead of walking...TRADE HIM NOW! I DON'T CARE IF WE GET GAGNE IN RETURN! ANYTHINGS BETTER THAN THAT!

Jere said...

joe, the players should appear smaller from the new angle. I've got a whole post describing why at my blog if you...eh, forget it.

Zenslinger said...

TB leaves the bases loaded, fails to score.

And I guess it was Millar's 3R HR that put them up over Mussina.

I still hear Yankee fans in The Bar express their hatred for Millar.

Patrick said...

Said the guy with the mummy avatar...

phil said...

Throw strikes, you fucker.

Joe Grav said...

I saw a fellow in the crowd wearing my Boston College hockey national champions hat. Get that man a beer!

redsock said...

dp pls

tim said...

Dat's rite, patrick!

Fucking Diceclay.

Joe Grav said...

joe, the players should appear smaller from the new angle. I've got a whole post describing why at my blog if you...eh, forget it.

I read the post, which is why I felt compelled to say that they seemed closer to me. (Awesome drawing btw)

Nice grab JD. 2 outs. I'll take that.

tim said...

Bahhhhhh, nice grab to save a couple more anyhow.

Patrick said...

Drew is my hero! <3

L-girl said...

Tim, we're planning JoS-1 - Joy Of Sox Night at Fenway next year. You can drive down with us! (Woti too if he wants.)

redsock said...

cherish the cabin

Zenslinger said...

Ramon Hernandez makes it back-to-back HRs vs. Mussina.

Joe Grav said...

I will most definitely take that.

Patrick said...

Bwahaha. Not bad dicey bastard.

L-girl said...

Here comes Mummy...

tim said...

Ooooh L, that would be excellent. LMK more details, clearly in like 6 months.

Jere said...

Posada out for year. If we didn't know.

Hey, I am getting ESPN and NESN on regular cable TV. So I just may switch to the classic.

redsock said...

and now mummy will tie it up...


tim, how was the show?

L-girl said...

Details as we get em. :)

So far it's just talk, but we'll make it happen.

Patrick said...

This full time cryptozoology gig is wearing me down. I romped around in the woods all day, and now I'm exhausted.

No yeti sign, by the by.

L-girl said...

The Foot still hiding from you, eh?

Patrick said...

The man is just trying to get Manny down!

phil said...

I'm watching from NESN land.

Holy shit, what is this camera angle. Make them stop, jere.

tim said...

tim, how was the show?

Was a good one, I'm pretty dead right now though...was in the front/pit area for most of the show so I'm a little tender.

Wow, terrible call in Toronto.

redsock said...

home plate ump has got martyfosteritis.

espn gamebreak shows mirror dong, anchor says millahhh in a boston accent -- hey espn, he's not from boston and he doesn't play in boston. you can stop that now.

phil said...

Nice play, Anderson.

Patrick said...

Anderson pulled a Manny...

tim said...

I've got NESN (via the Slingbox) - it's Red Sox baseball, so I couldn't care less about camera angles right now. I'm just grateful to be able to watch it and not follow on GDGD =)

L-girl said...

That's how I feel re camera angles. I'm watching baseball, it's the Red Sox, end of story.

redsock said...

Anderson pulled a Manny...

fuck that. mrs. garrett was back on the track almost. manny woulda caught that with ease.

Patrick said...

Damnit, Burnett, show the world you are a stud.

tim said...

Iwamura crosses the plate on a groundout. 1-0 TB. He was out at 3rd by at least 2 feet when Rolen tagged him, yet the ump somehow called it safe.

L-girl said...

A, I think Patrick was kidding. You're pulling a Laura.

tim said...

I'm watching baseball, it's the Red Sox, end of story.

Yup.*

* - with the exception of that horrific camera angle from the preseason game in the coliseum. That was brutally near-unbearable.

Joe Grav said...

I'd love an angle from behind the plate, looking out at the pitcher

Patrick said...

exactly

phil said...

This is terrible. Weaver keeps obscuring the plate. WTF would they do this?

I'm calling my congressman once I move here.

tim said...

Burnett with 7 Ks through 3?! Did I hear that right?

Jere said...

I can take a hint. But I'll still talk about the camera out of spite. You lose! (Until I'm banned.)

tim said...

Yup. AJ mowin down the Rays.

Patrick said...

7Ks isn't so fun when he has given up a run...to TFR no less.

L-girl said...

It wasn't a hint from me. Just my opinion! I swear.

redsock said...

thanks for the file, joe!

Patrick said...

If Dice-K doesn't make it though 6 I'm afraid my left testy might shatter.

This guy gives me pent up angst.

tim said...

I don't care...If I had the luxury of NESN on cable, I would most definitely be bitching about it, alongside you. But I get shitty Blue Jays, so any Red Sox baseball is good. It's like that hierarchy of needs theory. Once the basic need is fulfilled (Sox baseball), you move up to the next level (camera angle)

Jere said...

is joe helping redsock break out of jail? oh, right. modern times and all.

phil said...

Guess we drew shitty Matsusaka tonight.

phil said...

No infield fly rule?

tim said...

Take that you fruit!

tim said...

NTTAWWT

Jere said...

It's not so much the angle as it is the fact that they CHANGED from something that was fine for no reason.

phil said...

Throw strikes, you fucking fucker.

Jere said...

And these fuckers at NESN, for not giving me any games for 30 years despite living in New England, owe me!!!

Zenslinger said...

That seemed like a lot of luck for Dice.

tim said...

Yeah, makes sense. I'm not a fan of mindless changes which make things worse than they were before either.

redsock said...

the old angle was very good.
the new angle is better.
that is all.

redsock said...

And these fuckers at NESN, for not giving me any games for 30 years despite living in New England, owe me!!!

DRINK!

phil said...

But you can't see the plate. Don't you care about seeing the plate? This is inexcusable.

Doesn't NESN watch its own programming?

phil said...

52 through three could be worse.

L-girl said...

It's amazing how many ads there are - constantly - for unhealthy food.

I was going to write "disgusting, unhealthy" food, but even without my own opinion on the food, the unhealthy part is a fact.

It's just constant, every inning.

phil said...

I wish I could get voice-in-picture so I could listen to Remy and friends while watching the ESPN feed.

Jere said...

well i don't wanna be pretentious and assume people know stuff about me. If I just said they owe me for not being able to see games for 30 years, and then somebody asks why, I'd just have to explain it, so I try to keep it to one post. I don't enjoy typing the same thing every time, but I do it so people know what I'm talking about.

phil said...

Close. Man.

L-girl said...

jail breakout - cute :)

Jere said...

I'm watching ESPN. That Tek near dong looked so great. I could tell where it was going. On NESN it would've looked like a pop up that was going anywhere from second base to a hundred feet foul off first.

Patrick said...

It's amazing how many ads there are - constantly - for unhealthy food.

And we have an incredibly terrible health care system. The whole thing is very perverse.

phil said...

Take some pitches. C'mon.

L-girl said...

Jere, I feel that way sometimes about my shady baseball past. I think in game threads it's safe to assume everyone knows certain things - about all of us.

But that could be an incorrect assumption.

Jere said...

Why is it I'm getting it on both channels? How come sometimes it's a blackout but other times I get it on both? I thought I had it figured out, that if it's a regional ESPN game I get it on both, but that didn't work last time.

phil said...

4-0 Baltimore.

L-girl said...

It's amazing how many ads there are - constantly - for unhealthy food.

And we have an incredibly terrible health care system. The whole thing is very perverse.


But the health care is for profit, so there's money to be made in unhealthy eating.

Patrick said...

When is truck day? We need to bring the lumber back to Fenway.

Sarah Gates said...

I think disgusting is fair too, Laura.

L-girl said...

I think so, too, Sarah. The whole industry is just gross.

Jere said...

But Wendy's is "way better than fast food," and McDonald's is saying "let's hear it for nonconformity," so everything is ok

Sarah Gates said...

Interestingly, I have both ESPN and FSN on the EI feed. No blackout. I'm going with ESPN.

Patrick said...

I'm lovin' it!

phil said...

Jere spent the first thirty years of his life living in the Mount Weather nuclear bunker, which, despite being a little more than 300 miles from Connecticut, is not in the NESN broadcast region.

Sarah Gates said...

I still need to blog about how much the McDonalds "Southern Style" annoys me. It's on my to-write list, but I've been lazy.

L-girl said...

I'm watching ESPN. That Tek near dong looked so great. I could tell where it was going. On NESN it would've looked like a pop up that was going anywhere from second base to a hundred feet foul off first.

And you're serious, right? Not exaggerating?

I feel like you're watching some kind of fun-house mirror version, and we're just watching regular TV. I never see anything even remotely resembling that.

redsock said...

i thought it was the CF camera on pitches that bothers you.

a dong/foul down the line is from a different camera -- one that is still the same as far as i know.

Patrick said...

<10 pitches. nice.

L-girl said...

KFC is hawking "Asian-inspired" meals!

*poof*

That's my head exploding.

(I have a long to-write list, too. But it's not laziness, it's time.)

Jere said...

"And you're serious, right? Not exaggerating?"

I'm talking about right off the bat (ooh, the literal version of that phrase!). I can't judge distance on NuCam and often left-right on fly balls.

Patrick said...

CHC vs. MIL just starting. Pretty interesting as far as NL goes, which is to say, not much.

L-girl said...

fast-food. bad for:
health
nutrition
environment
labour
animals
local landscape
taste buds

anything else?

Jere said...

It's balls right when they're hit before they switch to the other camera which, yes, is the same as always.

ish said...

I am here, at last, with my gigantic and delightful burger with cheddar cheese, baby spinach, A1 sauce, green pepper, and a little bit of salsa on top.

Crazy, I know. But it's tasty.

L-girl said...

(ooh, the literal version of that phrase!)

Literally!

redsock said...

well, i don't get it. pitches look better and i see/feel literally no difference when the ball is hit.

tim said...

KFC is hawking "Asian-inspired" meals!

I saw that advertised at the local KFC earlier. WTF!

Sarah Gates said...

(I have a long to-write list, too. But it's not laziness, it's time.)

It was time. Until today, which I largely spent playing video games and reading. Then it became laziness.

Patrick said...

Spirit
Culture

Patrick said...

I love that Ish unknowingly joins our conversation with a burger. So funny.

L-girl said...

but you probably needed a video game & reading day. it's good for your mental health.

patrick: yes, two more things fast food and its culture chips away at

phil said...

Papi!

L-girl said...

papi half dong!

tim said...

Speaking of unhealthy food (but awesome) - off to Morty's for me now!

(The local wing restaurant I was talking about and waiting for my delivery of during last Monday's game)

Back in a bit.

Jere said...

Well I'll try the example I always use: A ball hit right at you (straight toward the camera) is gonna be up the middle. On the old, it's closer to the shortstop's position. I mean, the two cameras are 20-30 feet off side-to-side, and 20 feet apart up-down, so the batted ball has to appear different from each angle.

redsock said...

Baltimore Dong for Tizzle.

Sarah Gates said...

Ah the Pater Magnus.

Patrick said...

Father doubles!

L-girl said...

some unhealthy food is still worth eating!

Sarah Gates said...

Yes, but Ish, unlike the commercials, made me want a burger.

And some more of the amazing corn I had this weekend. I need to go back to the market. Union Square should be closer to me.

Patrick said...

I don't care what my mom thinks. Ice cream is good for you.

phil said...

Manny!

Patrick said...

FUCK YEAH, YOU BAD MAN!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Let's get rid of that guy. Honestly, no dong?

L-girl said...

Manny sucks!

ish said...

Manny's been have a TON of problems against Weaver. Such as striking out SIX times.



...NOT THAT TIME!!!

tim said...

MANNY! 2 ribeyes!

phil said...

Papi with wheels.

Patrick said...

Take that haters!!!

redsock said...

only a single, manny? too lazy to hit a double?

Sarah Gates said...

I am all for eating unhealthy food sometimes, I just think it should be worth it, and fast food so rarely is.

L-girl said...

Union Square should be closer to ME!

Union Square Cafe is our fave restaurant.

Great greenmarket too.

chief said...

We should totally trade that guy.

ish said...

The FACE!!!

L-girl said...

Ice cream is not bad for you, the natural kind. Unless you're lactose intolerant or sumpin.

Sarah Gates said...

Union Square should be closer to ME!

Ha ha - I thought you might say something like that.

L-girl said...

Sarah, same here, I do the same equation. Totally delicious unhealthy food is one of life's great (occasional) pleasures. But none of that shows up in those friggin commercials.

phil said...

When I'm in NY, I'm 2.5 blocks from the Union Square Greenmarket. Stokes still doesn't have any heirloom tomatoes this year.

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