August 3, 2008

G112: Red Sox 5, Athletics 2

Athletics - 000 020 000 - 2  5  1
Red Sox - 100 301 00x - 5 8 0
Jed Lowrie tripled in two runs in the fourth, giving the Red Sox the lead for good, as Boston cruised to a win and a sweep of the A's.

Julio Lugo has had three games this season in which he has driven in more than one run. Lowrie also has three -- this month! (Please note today's date!)

Matsuzaka (6-4-2-2-8, 105) still had pitch count problems. He came into the game with an average of 17.6 pitches per inning, 2nd worst in the AL. And today he threw: 17-26-12 16-21-13.

But he worked out of a man-on-third-no-out jam in the second and at one point had retired 10 in a row, seven of those by strikeout. A one-out walk and a Barton homer gave Oakland a brief lead.

Jason Bay singled twice and scored twice. He also fielded a ball off the left field side wall and gunned down Mark Ellis -- the second batter of the game -- at second. So far, this guy has the Midas Touch.

Elsewhere, two wild games:
Tigers - 001 010 011 1 - 5 12  1
Rays - 000 000 130 2 - 6 8 0

Angels - 210 200 040 - 9 11 4
Yankees - 000 013 46x - 14 14 0
We stay 3 GB, New York remains 5.5 GB.

***

4:22 PM: Play ball!

3:44 PM: Rain delay with Sox batting in the bottom for the sixth.

***

Dallas Braden (4.39, 89 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.04, 145 ERA+)

Braden is a 24-year-old LHP who made his debut last April, totalling 14 starts and six relief appearances last year (72.1 IP, 6.72 ERA). However, he did strikeout 55 batters in those 72.1 innings, thanks to a superior changeup.

He began this season with 11 relief appearances before joining the rotation on July 22. On that day, he faced the Yankees (5-4-1-4-1; an 8-1 win) and on July 28 pitched against the Royals (6.2-6-4-2-7; lost 4-2).

Braden has never faced anyone on the Red Sox roster.

In his last outing, Matsuzaka gave up six runs in five innings against the Angels (though he walked only two batters). This is his third start of the season against the A's, but his first since April 1.

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redsock said...

Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Lowell, 3B
Bay, LF
Lowrie, SS
Varitek, C
Crisp, CF
Ellsbury, RF

(Drew gets the day off against the lefty. He might be disrepecting the game. I'm not sure.)

redsock said...

Here is a Manny essay for you from Charles P. Pierce.

nixon33 said...

win.

redsock said...

Mike Lowell has been playing with a right hip flexor injury for the past five weeks, though he claims it's not the reason for his shitty July.

Amy said...

Here's what I posted about last night's game on the game thread.

Last night's game was so much fun, as you might imagine. Tek with TWO hits, including a double and a couple of RBIs!! And though it wasn't the most exciting game in terms of tension, it was sure a lot of fun to watch all those hits.

We were sitting in Box 91 in the RF---only problem was that to see the batter, I had to stare around the pesky Pesky Pole, which was annoying, especially with people walking up and down the aisles. Why can't people sit STILL? No one gets up and down that much at a movie or a concert.

Anyway, I thought of you all several times. Almost yelled out "Sweaty Dong: TWICE! And when they put LBJ in, I almost yelled LBJ. It was a good seat to watch his back(side). And I was delighted to see that you all remembered I was there to represent JOS---I kept thinking last night, "I bet they are thinking that I am excited to see Tek get those hits." I was.

One negative note: when Bay hit his HR, the crowd started chanting, "Manny Who?" over and over. That made me sad....

redsock said...

Also:
Bartolo Colon will make a rehab start for Pawtucket on Tuesday night.
David Aardsma will pitch for Pawtucket today, 15 days after a right groin strain put him on the DL. How long will Aardsma's rehab be? Tito: "We don't know."

redsock said...

One negative note: when Bay hit his HR, the crowd started chanting, "Manny Who?" over and over. That made me sad....

100% disgusting.

Proof that Red Sox fans can be as stupid, petty, unthankful and ignorant as any other team's fans.

redsock said...

Ian Browne says it was only "a smattering of Fenway fans" that chanted "Manny who?"

Would you agree with that, Amy?

redsock said...

The Mighty Rasner gives up a two-run single to Mrs. Garrett in the top of the first. 2-0 Halos.

Amy said...

Allan, it sounded like far more than a smattering, but perhaps it was mostly people out in the right field area. It only lasted for a few minutes, but it was pretty loud.

I guess if Remy did not pick up on it and comment (as no doubt he would have after his tirade the night before), it was not overwhelmingly loud.

We were sitting near a loud, boorish group of young males who had had quite a bit of beer even before the game, and they were among those chanting. Perhaps that's what made it so loud for me.

Patrick said...

Nice Sunday for listening to a baseball game. It's cloudy here 40minutes north of Fenway, and it just rained.

Seems like it's just passing through.

redsock said...

Dear Sox: Don't stop kicking A'ss!

nixon33 said...

"manny who?" chants.
i can assure you some of those grown men & women chanting that were also crying their eyes out at the end of '03.
how quickly we forget.

Patrick said...

O'Brien just said that the A'ss pitcher has flu like symptoms and it was questionable weather he would pitch today.

I like the sound of that.

ish said...

Feisty thunderstorms headed this way too.

Joe Grav said...

Bwaaaaaaahahahaha. The Onion does it again.

Patrick said...

If you haven't watched this Wood Spider documentary yet, take the two minutes.

nixon33 said...

on my direct tv, when i turn to YES network, there a box that come up in the upper right hand corner that shows the Sox score, and ONLY the Sox score. i find that a little puzzling, and funny. that there would be this auto-function on my direct-tv. anyone else have this?

ish said...

BAY WITH THE GUN!

Joe Grav said...

JASON BEING MANNY

redsock said...

BAY with the GUN!

Patrick said...

Oh Bay. I almost don't like how good you've been.

ish said...

WEEI has those message cards that say "Manny Who?"

redsock said...

Fans with WEEI-made signs saying "Manny Who?"

Man, that pisses me off.

L-girl said...

Whoa! This guy is too good!

I can't thread today, but I'm listening. Have fun and GO SOX!

Patrick said...

THat Onion video is quality!

nixon33 said...

FUCK WEEI

Amy said...

I will be out for most of the afternoon, but will be checking the score, of course. Enjoy the game!

ish said...

Dice-BB

Joe Grav said...

"(Can we please, finally, pry the ballot out of the hands of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and hand it to somebody less self-important, like the College of Cardinals?)"

Brilliant

redsock said...

sure looked like strike 3.

redsock said...

looks like same pitch is called strike 2 to thomas.

Joe Grav said...

Nice quick inning - I like.

Patrick said...

Dee Eye See Eee Double Bee

Joe Grav said...

Is anyone here going to Futures at Fenway?

ish said...

Pedroia > Cust

Patrick said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!! I fucking love that guy!

Joe Grav said...

fy!

phil said...

DFA Pedroia. His swing's too big.

redsock said...

Some people were able to evacuate to Canada! Very well done!

Jack Marshall said...

Some of those "Manny Who?" chants may have come from fans who quite reasonably took offense at Edes' report yesterday that Boras-Ramirez essntially attempted to extort the team into giving Manny waht he wanted even at the 11th hour. After all, "do this and Manny will behave" is just the flip side of "if you don't do this, Manny will misbehave." I'm sure this report is discounted in Manny-World, but Edes has proven to be a pretty reliable reporter in the past. It looks like about 90% of the Boston fans regard this as the "smoking gun" of the whole episode, with the remaining 10% keeping faith with the "he was run out of town by the media and front office" myth.

Joe Grav said...

wee!

redsock said...

damn - clicked back to nesn and saw a yook bomb - thought it was live.

then yook gets a live hit and a ribeye

phil said...

Still 3-0 LAA over the MFYs.

A Conformer said...

Pedroia and Youk are just unstoppable these days.

Patrick said...

I really want Ortiz to get locked in again. It's just so fun when he is raking.

ish said...

Starting to rain here...

phil said...

It's sad being back outside NESN coverage, but I guess it's only for another month.

Joe Grav said...

Woo! Go, you LAAoA

redsock said...

Cut us some slack, Jack, we're under "mass-hypnosis".

Joe Grav said...

What time do the FKR start?

phil said...

Edes left the Globe, didn't he?

Patrick said...

We're a genuine lynch mob.

ish said...

Bottom of the 1st in Tampa against Detroit, scoreless.

A little night musing said...

OK, I'll bite. What's FKR? (I checked the glossary.) Be kind, I'm slow.

ish said...

Edes left the Globe, didn't he?

Nope.

Joe Grav said...

I'm not a fan of Lowell in the 4-spot

phil said...

FKR are in the bottom of the 1st.

redsock said...

He is supposed to be leaving though, for Yahoo.

phil said...

(FKR = Fucking Rays)

Joe Grav said...

Hey, Look, Bay was watching his HR go out instead of busting it down the line.

efd said...

those Manny Who signs are just obnoxious. Why not print pro-Bay signs instead of continuing to run down someone who's not even here anymore?!

A little night musing said...

Ah, yes. Thanks, Phil.

A little night musing said...

efd!!!

I'm not watching the game (though I could), just following this thread. I'm glad I can't see the signs.

Patrick said...

Where are you, Musing? Out of radio range?

redsock said...

Why not print pro-Bay signs instead of continuing to run down someone who's not even here anymore?!

Because derision and disgust is more enjoyable for some people than being thankful for two World Series titles?

nixon33 said...

those Manny Who signs are just obnoxious. Why not print pro-Bay signs instead of continuing to run down someone who's not even here anymore?!

its the 'EEI mentality. and it goes for the listeners too...

Patrick said...

If there is no drama in peoples lives, they invent it.

redsock said...

Sox Appeal shit.
All part of respecting the game.

efd said...

oh hi, ALNM!

yeah, sometimes it's better not to watch. On the other hand, sometimes (like Friday) it's better not to listen.

phil said...

Poo.

A little night musing said...

I'm in NYC. I have MLB.TV, though. (I listen to the SBN broadcast while watching on the other computer with the sound down. How decadent is that?!)[And, efd, sometimes having WFMU on at the same time, as you know!]

But right now I'm working in the wrong room. I'll be moving into the computer room in a few minutes....

redsock said...

time for some houdini magic

Patrick said...

The WRKO crew has been civil today.

A little night musing said...

I looooooove Uri Berenguer.

Joe Grav said...

Varitek tried to sell that one. that's cheating. that's disrespecting THE GAME (TM)

Patrick said...

No one on base, Dice Effs around. 0-2 count? Dice Effs around.

Someone at second or third? He sacks up mightily.

ish said...

Stop messing around, Dice.

Joe Grav said...

I looooooove Uri Berenguer.

I thought he died...

A little night musing said...

I thought he died...

I think you're thinking of the guy he used to work with, whose name escapes me at the moment.

Joe Grav said...

big out

Patrick said...

Pitch count......rising.

Joe Grav said...

Come on Dice. Quick outs.

redsock said...

Jack: Honestly, that report sounds too bizarre to be true. And, for what it's sorth -- and it ought to be worth at least as much as the anonymous report -- Boras denied it happened.

Anyway, we cannot trust on the media to be honest in any of its reporting. It has been almost 12 years since Duquette said goodbye to Clemens, and every sportswriter still gets the "twilight" quote.

12 years.

redsock said...

Gets the twilight quote *wrong*, I should say.

Either through actual lying or unexcusable ignorance.

redsock said...

P.S. I should add that Edes is far better than most and I'll miss him at the Globe.

nixon33 said...

Either through actual lying or unexcusable ignorance.

MICHAEL KAY!

Joe Grav said...

yeah!

efd said...

I think you're thinking of the guy he used to work with, whose name escapes me at the moment

J.P. Villaman, according to this. Sounds like Uri had a scare, though. (I hadn't heard of him before.)

Patrick said...

Dice-K should give up a lead off triple every inning.

ish said...

Dice-K is one of the most annoying guys to watch pitch.

efd said...

phew!

phil said...

43 pitches, but still the lead.

Patrick said...

I think Dice-K needs to take up smoking weed.

efd said...

Halos up 5-0 in the 4th. Fans just booed Girardi for going out to the mound but not lifting Rasner.

A little night musing said...

I think Dice-K needs to take up smoking weed.

I just laughed for the first time in 3 days.

Thanks.

nixon33 said...

I think Dice-K needs to take up smoking weed.

i think opium is more the far east style.

ish said...

Patrick's got a point. Dice-K worries too much.

Joe Grav said...

VARITEK, RUN IT OUT YOU PU$$Y!

Where is the timer?

Patrick said...

Lightning fucks with the Wifi at my house for some reason.

Joe Grav said...

DISRESPECT

Joe Grav said...

BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

Patrick said...

Or maybe he needs to take a few shots of Sake before a game.

ish said...

Just saw a flash of lightning here. Constant thunder. Fun times.

And no wifi.

Patrick said...

Or maybe he needs to take a few shots of Sake before a game.

Patrick said...

It's got my computer sputtering.

Patrick said...

Memories ice cream is right down the street from my house (so to speak). It's very good.

Joe Grav said...

LOL @ that stat. Oh Pedro.

Lord Lynch said...

Felicitations from rainy London town, on this soggy Sunday eve.

Nice to see us up already!

redsock said...

I AM SOOOOOOOOOO SICK OF ASHLEY RUSSELL'S VOICE!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Now our cable is going in and out.

nixon33 said...

ha ha, bases loaded for MFY. Xavier Gagne up, sac fly to left field jeter tags from third, and abreu tags from second, abreau thrown out at 3rd, before jeter scores the run! no runs scored!
just jeter being manny, disrespecting the game by not hustling!

Lord Lynch said...

Oh lordy. Yankees bases loaded, 1 out. Double Play wanted. Double Play obliged....

We have that on our sports channel over here!

A Conformer said...

I AM SOOOOOOOOOO SICK OF ASHLEY RUSSELL'S VOICE!!!!!!!!!


Hahaha- I was just gonna say: couldn't Yahoo Sports find anyone better than that woman? I think you could find a better looking/sounding announcer in any Mcdonald's in the country.

Patrick said...

Yankees finding new ways to lose. Good story.

Lord Lynch said...

As usual, nixon beats me to it...

Joe Grav said...

HAHAHAHA sick

redsock said...

Torre did not tell Manny to cut off his hair. He said he ought to clean it up a bit. Which it appeared last night he had done.

Christ, Don, read the fucking papers.

Joe Grav said...

that was a stupid fucking play.

efd said...

Lord Lynch, ditto - I'd flipped over to YES during the break and caught that play and was about to post about it. Glad I hit 'refresh' before I did! :)

LBJ!

Patrick said...

Youk .333 w/risp

Joe Grav said...

gah

Patrick said...

LBJ having a tough time these days.

phil said...

Hopefully they'll have a replay after the commercial break.

Joe Grav said...

That was a shitty inning.

phil said...

"They actually closed the door on themselves last inning."

Patrick said...

There's a tiny fish and chips place that runs out of a trailer just down there street from here. They only sell 3 days a week.

Today I might just have to oblige. I love fish.

A Conformer said...

Sloppy inning on all sides.

phil said...

Pudge homer. 5-1 LAAAAAAA.

Joe Grav said...

Pudge Dong

Patrick said...

Detroit up over TFR 1-0

A Conformer said...

Aflac question= Adam Stern?

Patrick said...

Pudge dong. LOL!

Might that also be known as a Choad?

Patrick said...

...Gets ahead 0-2...throws three balls...gets a lot of foul balls...induces a weak out or strikeout....

phil said...

Pudge's dongs don't need nicknames; he doesn't have too many.

Patrick said...

But it's not often you get to call a dong a chode.

A Conformer said...

Thomas was absolutely sure he went around, but 1st base umpire disagreeing with him.

Patrick said...

Ks are fun, but so is pitching deep into games.

efd said...

good call, a conformer - Stern it is!

Joe Grav said...

Come on j.b.

Joe Grav said...

JB "THE SAVIOR!"

nixon33 said...

*lemme hold up my manny who? sign while i breathe out of my mouth and pick my ass*

Patrick said...

BRANDON MOSS HR!!!! Hurray!!!

Joe Grav said...

wahoo!

A little night musing said...

Just as I'm about to move into the other room to watch the game, nix gives us that visual...

redsock said...

Adam Stern - the Babe Ruth of Canada

:>)

redsock said...

Remy boasting about the free food he got today.

phil said...

Everybody Loves Jason Raymond Bay.

nixon33 said...

this is another one of those games where it feels like its 10-0, but it aint...

redsock said...

Don: Just making conversation, apparently you don't want to partake ...

Joe Grav said...

Remy boasting about the free food he got today.

I hate when they do that. Or when he talks about how he woke up at 2 in the afternoon and went to the gym.

redsock said...

DET 1, FKR 0 (end of 4)

Joe Grav said...

YES! I was fooled, I thought it was a sac fly.

NICE.

Patrick said...

WHOOOLIO!!!!! YEESSSS!!!

phil said...

Run(s) are good.

Lord Lynch said...

Wholio?

efd said...

Nice!! Braden suddenly feeling a lot sicker...

Lord Lynch said...

Sayonara to another pitching stiff...

Cheers mate.

A Conformer said...

Renterize Lugo now!

redsock said...

Lugo has 3 games this year with at least 2 RBIs.

Lowrie has 3 -- THIS MONTH!

A Conformer said...

Lugo has 3 games this year with at least 2 RBIs.

Lowrie has 3 -- THIS MONTH!


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there have only been 3 games this month.

Hmmm...

andy said...

Gooo Tigers!

Patrick said...

Ordonez rbi single. Detrioit on top of Those fucking Rays 2-0

phil said...

MFYs with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 6th.

redsock said...

You are correct, sir.

andy said...

Lowrie has ten times the production as lugo

phil said...

Nady double. 5-3 LAA.

Patrick said...

Crisp letting his sac fly.

phil said...

5-4 LAA.

efd said...

!ylf cas ocoC

Joe Grav said...

McCain ad. I'm really to shoot someone/thing.

Joe Grav said...

we could see a DiceK complete game! :-p

redsock said...

I'm not sure but ....

McCain ad > Ashley Russell

???

phil said...

Milkdud Ks. 5-4 at the end of 6.

Joe Grav said...

Shit, I apologize for making that crack. I knock on wood now.

Joe Grav said...

McCain ad > Ashley Russell

No.

efd said...

ugh, Daric dong.

Joe Grav said...

At least it wasn't McCain's Paris Hilton/Britney Spears ad, which you probably haven't heard about - in which case, you should consider yourself lucky

Patrick said...

WHAT A JINX!

the dude representing RI day came in and said, glad to be here with a four to nothing lead-

Dave O'Brien: Hold that thought

-home run-

A little night musing said...

Dice-K working on giving me an ulcer, last few times I've seen him.

A Conformer said...

Fuck, I didn't even think about it until now, but- the Sox aren't up by that much at all. Huh.

phil said...

At least that killed their rally.

Patrick said...

Damn. Didn't realize that was a two run bomb.

Poo

A Conformer said...

McCain ad > Ashley Russell

No.


I'm betting the McCain ad is not on two times every fucking half inning. So, yes.

Patrick said...

And the dude is praising Tampa Bay players Dan wheeler, and Rocco Baldelli.

He's really failed, in my eyes.

A little night musing said...

Nothing kills a rally like a HR.

nixon33 said...

TEXIERA; OVERRRRRRATED.

Patrick said...

OOO, Matsuzaka might get through six today.

redsock said...

Baldelli? Dude doesn't get out much, does he?

I hope he doesn't say anything about how well Damon is doing for us this year.

redsock said...

I WISH that ad was on only two times a half-inning. That would be an improvement.

redsock said...

I often take my earphone out, but not always.

Joe Grav said...

Come on Mikey.

redsock said...

WHEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

I just felt an earthquake. What happened?

nixon33 said...

WTF?!
ORTEASE!

efd said...

Ortiz SB, wtf?!

phil said...

Papi steal? WTF?

Joe Grav said...

The crowd got a kick out of Papi stealing... it's almost like when Varitek gets a hit

nixon33 said...

they need attach a walker to poor mikey lowells uni.

A Conformer said...

Papi wheels! I love his occasional SB

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