August 6, 2008

G115: Red Sox 8, Royals 2

Red Sox - 000 032 300 - 8 12  0
Royals - 000 020 000 - 2 8 0
A flurry of runs in the middle innings gave the Red Sox a win and kept them 3 GB behind Tampa Bay, who scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth (without making an out!) and beat Cleveland 10-7.

Boston scored three times in the fifth after two were out. Cora singled and Drew walked. Lowrie smacked a double over the CF's head that scored both runners, and then he came around on Ortiz's single. Drew's bases loaded single in the sixth brought in two more and Ellsbury cranked a three-run dong to dead center in the seventh.

Lyndon also had two singles and scored twice and made an amazing tumbling catch in short center in the fifth, running, diving and snaring a popup, saving Wakefield from further damage. Bay rapped two more hits and scored two runs. Drew reached base three times in the leadoff spot.

Wakefield (6-4-2-0-6, 80) was sharp. Three of the hits he allowed (and three of his four base runners) came in the fifth. He retired the side in the second, third and fourth innings on a total of 24 pitches. Delcarmen, Masterson, and Papelbon finished up. Red Sox pitchers struck out 10 Royals and issued no walks.

New York beat Texas 5-3 to stay 6.5 GB. ... The Sox are off on Thursday and make their way to Chicago. The Yankees finish up in Texas and the Rays are in Seattle.

***

Tim Wakefield (3.77, 118 ERA+) / Luke Hochevar (5.42, 81 ERA+)

David Ortiz understands that while he may feel his wrist click sometimes, "it gets in your head. Should I take another swing? Should I hold it? ... It happened a few times, but I haven't really felt it like I felt it last night." ... Francona: "To know that you're maybe going to feel something at some point, maybe it does mess with you."

Flo did say that there was no clicking last night: "I was getting more freedom with my swings. It's a little freaky sometimes because sometimes I feel OK and sometimes I don't."

Bartolo Colon lasted only two-thirds of an inning (32 pitches) last night for Pawtucket, throwing 32 pitches and allowing three earned runs on four hits and one walk. David Aardsma pitched one inning in that game and could rejoin the team in Chicago.

Also: Spiders/Rays at 12:30 PM and Yankees/Rangers at 8 PM

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tim said...

Posted this in the yesterday's game thread, but I guess it will fall on deaf ears...Fuck you, Boston Globe

I'll spare this thread the rant I went off on in the last one.

L-girl said...

Right on Tim.

Jere said...

Medieval Dragons 1, Mr. Scratch Beams 0 in the first.

A little night musing said...

Tim: you've got me growling again. Now to read your rant...

A little night musing said...

Tim said it all, really, and more eloquently than I could have.

Frack the irrelevant cobags. I'll think for myself, as is still my right, I believe.

tim said...

LOL...that was my little night musing at 3:30 am, once I finished studying. Fed up with this class, I hate it. Seeing that slideshow just gave me a reason to vent my frustrations.

tim said...

I clicked on "Manny Moments" expecting the same type of thing as SoSH (as i said in yesterday's thread) - you know, classic pictures, the mummy, world series MVP, becoming a US citizen, etc... what I got was a plethora of visual diarrhea, a load of shit the likes of which have never been seen.

The man was the freakin' World Series MVP for Boston's FIRST world series title in EIGHTY SIX GODDAMN YEARS - I know it sounds like a broken record by now - and there isn't even a photo of THAT! comeon.....

Jere said...

3-2 Tampa after 4

redsock said...

It's probably very similar to an earlier versions of Manny Moments they have run before ... just tack on a couple new ones at the end.

I knew better than to click.

Patrick said...

The map that shows exactly where his jaywalking took place kind of reminds me of the Onion in how ridiculous it is.

nick said...

Hardly surprising that Allan knew better than me, but I clicked through.

Hardly surprising that I also think it's a fuckass pile of creamed donkey dung.

Jere said...

brak brak doubles in a run and it's 6-4 Ohio.

Jere said...

Time of stretching at the Trop, 6-4 Grinning Savages.

Jere said...

brak brak is 4 for 4 with two duobles and a dnog

redsock said...

The map that shows exactly where his jaywalking took place kind of reminds me of the Onion in how ridiculous it is.

I don't think I've seen that. Shit, now I'm a tad curious about the high level of silliness.

Also, has the city put up a historical plaque yet?

redsock said...

... a fuckass pile of creamed donkey dung.

Just the GB the G.

redsock said...

CLE - 101 031 0.. - 6
FKR - 300 010 ... - 4

redsock said...

Tiz said he had no clicks last night:
"I felt fine tonight. I was getting more freedom with my swings. It's a little freaky sometimes because sometimes I feel OK and sometimes I don't."

Jere said...

bottom 8, still 6-4 Cleve.

Jere said...

6-4, top 9th. brak brak goes 5 for 5!

Jere said...

7-4 Cleve, top 9th

GK said...

JtC placed on DL.
I wont say that Hankees are doomed, but maybe Giambi can save them by wearing the golden (or whatever) thong on his head

Jere said...

TB starts the 9th with back to back doubles. 7-5, 0 out.

Jere said...

And before Cleve gets an out in the 9th, 3 have scored, and it's 7-7.

Zenslinger said...

Guess who I picked up for my fnatasy taem?

But it's so frustrating the way the Rays have come back. AND they have two on and no one out. Jay-sus but they're tough.

Jere said...

wow, they made quick work of the Tribe in the 9th, erasing a 3-run lead and winning 10-7.

2B, 2B, HR, 1B, BB, HR, and we're done. Yanks can go 7.5 back tonight!

Zenslinger said...

And the Rays win with a six-run bottom of the ninth.

Damn.

tim said...

Borowski by chance?

tim said...

Cunt.

tim said...

Umm WHAT THE FUCK SPIDERS???? 6 runs without an out in the 9th?!?!?!

Also - Sal Fasano was playing first, wtf?

redsock said...

Wow. Those fuckers are unstoppable.

I know they are above us in the standings and all, but it must be cool for however many actual fans they have down there. They must be going totally ape shit. Can you imagine?

tim said...

...it must be cool for however many actual fans they have down there. They must be going totally ape shit. Can you imagine?

I was actually thinking about this the other day, looking at their schedule on BR, and how the attendance has grown. Hell, even today when I checked out the attendance for today's game (~27k)...some of their earlier games they only had like 12, 13k and stuff. Atmosphere at the Trop is definitely rockin these days.

Zenslinger said...

It's also time to start rooting against Minnesota a bit -- they won today.

Jere said...

I thought Aaron Small looked way more like Wallace. (I had a post about it but the Wallace pic has gone away and the Small pic changed to one of him in a Seattle hat. If only I knew how to save and repost images back in '05...)

Zenslinger said...

Check out comment #9 in the NYTimes blog (linked by gk above). Yankee fan goes off on Girardi for putting too much pressure on Joba's arm by converting him to starting without sending him down to the minors.

As mentioned in yesterday's thread, he's always been considered an injury risk. But here we are past the 2/3 point in the season and he's only got 89IP. I don't know how much more cautious they could have been with him..

Zenslinger said...

Whoops, that was Milwaukee that already won today. MIN is yet to play. But...root against them anyway!

Tony said...

The Rays are really astounding right now. Forgive the MSM cliche, but they're finding new and different ways to win seemingly every day. Too bad they're in Boston's division, because I'd be actively rooting for them instead of gritting my teeth and rooting against them like I am right now.

Poor Cleveland. To go from 1 win away from the World Series to a season like this must be yet another sock right to the gut.

nixon33 said...

joba to the DL. britton called up.

nixon33 said...

woah:

1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Jed Lowrie, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
8. Kevin Cash, C
9. Alex Cora, 2B

andy said...

Just a day off for Biggie Smalls right?

9casey said...

nixon33 said...
woah:

1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Jed Lowrie, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
8. Kevin Cash, C
9. Alex Cora, 2B



Wake always gets red shirts and reserves....

Zenslinger said...

Jeff Karstens throws a complete game 2 hitter for Pittsburgh. ha.

Hansen, on the other hand, has given up 2ER in 2.2IP for them.

A Conformer said...

I'm really rooting for Karstens to go all Aaron Small on the year. And I'm also rooting for Moss to break out. Hansen... not so much. Don't know why.

BTW, I'm to blame (as long with thousand others, I assume) for breaking up the perfection- first pitch I saw after logging in to the game in MLBtv- a hit.

phil said...

ESPN has the MFYs game. Le sigh.

SoSock said...

OK are we here yet?

redsock said...

shit - stuck with the fsn yokels again.

SoSock said...

OK, it works.
I've written 3 or 4 comments and kept etting a "Blogger Currently Unavailable" message.
The Wakefield line-up, it's almost comical. Although with Peds out I'd have led off Jed-I and hit Drew 2nd.
.....or am I tripping?
If I were Wake I think I might be developing some kind of complex by now, as in
"A real batting order?
I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!"

redsock said...

blogger had a maintenance outage an hour ago. not sure how long it lasted.

redsock said...

the first words of the royals broadcast were -- i'm not kidding -- "when it stops rolling, pick it up"

laura is out tonight, but she would have gone nuts. she HATES that stupid quip -- plus the fact that EVERYONE has to say it and act like no one has heard it before.

Joe Grav said...

I'm not feeling tonight, I might fade in and out. But let's hope Wake gets us the series win.

Looks like tito's being adventurous with the lineup.

A Conformer said...

I don't know... we're just a (maybe) slumpbusted LBJ from a pretty good lineup right there. The absence of Lugo (or the emergence of the Jedi) has really helped limit the bottomless pit of the lineup.

Joe Grav said...

I like the Yankees being -7

redsock said...

there were a few stories in the ny papers saying that the team is on the edge of being out of the race and having the season go down the drain!

i may have to quote some tomorrow -- esp. if they lose again tonight.

redsock said...

better jedi than einstein in the 2 hole. i wish bay would get put up, but maybe tito wants to "extend the lineup" or whatever the fuck that saying is.

at least have him ahead of lowell to take advantage of yook's obp.

SoSock said...

As far as I'm concerned, the season is down the drain and they are out of the race. :)

A Conformer said...

i may have to quote some tomorrow -- esp. if they lose again tonight.

If?? It is Ponson. I'd say when.

redsock said...

yeah! the papers are finally beginning to see reality. the fans won't for awhile.

last year of the toilet -- no playoffs!!!!

redsock said...

FIRE STARTER!

redsock said...

fy is a cancer. takes the night off before an off day. wtf?

s1c said...

Also - Sal Fasano was playing first, wtf? From pinto at baseball musings.

Asbrubal Cabrera trips near the third base coaching box at Tropicana Field as he's walking out to take the field for the bottom of the sixth. He needs to come out of the game, and due to Marte pinch hitting for the DH, Wedge is limited to the moves he can make without losing the designated hitter.

Update: Sal Fasano ends up playing first. Garko started the game at DH, but Wedge removed him for not hustling.

Yankee announcers saying its tendinitis for the joba.

redsock said...

KC TV on KC pitcher: "you really don't have to worry about him throwing strikes"

not sure he meant to say it like that!

phil said...

A third of a triple for Lowrie.

SoSock said...

It's a start :)

Joe Grav said...

tendinitis

Chad Fox disease?

A Conformer said...

Battle of the Jedis

s1c said...

Time for Papi to break the slump with a papi dong!!!

s1c said...

Thanks Gload, we appreciate the help.

redsock said...

Smart play by Drew!! LF gives him 3rd base.

KC TV likes it. Keeps Lowrie at first - "that's the important runner"

s1c said...

that's the important runner

Who the double hockey's is doing the KC announcing?

SoSock said...

If Ortiz loved the Sox he'd have hit a HR

redsock said...

ryan lefebvre
paul splittorf

A Conformer said...

KC anncr talking about how the Sox' fans get the KC fans cranked up, meanwhile the camera shows depressed or stone faced people...

s1c said...

Ouch!

nick said...

freakin' ball magnet!

Joe Grav said...

YIKES

SoSock said...

The important runner?
What is it, amateur night in the broadcast both?

redsock said...

yook gets joba'd

...

they also notice he sweats -- meanwhile their pitcher looks completely sweated and wiped out

A Conformer said...

Hahaha, KC announcer talking about Youk sweating.

phil said...

Youk's now tied for fifth with 9 HBPs this season.

Joe Grav said...

Get outta there and ice that hand

redsock said...

all sox will now stay in the game - they are afraid of being run out of town

phil said...

HGH and Quentin are tied for first with 14.

s1c said...

frag

Joe Grav said...

Wow.

redsock said...

aw fuck.

this luke guy will not last long, tho

A Conformer said...

We need a dong, to get Youks into the dugout quickly.

Jere said...

that inning was dicktacular

A Conformer said...

Shit. That also gets him to the dugout quickly...

phil said...

So any reason not to bat Bay fifth? Can't think of one.

redsock said...

casey at 1B

Jere said...

youk out...

SoSock said...

Crapola.
Lowell should be run out of town.

s1c said...

Casey in at first. Overall speed quotient for the Sox players drops by 2.

Joe Grav said...

All things considered, that was probably the worst possible top of the first inning...ever

nick said...

MVP = Must Vacate Promptly.

MVPs are slackers. They clog the benches. move em out.

redsock said...

FSN shows Sox defense graphic.

Guy crosses out Yook and writes a K for Casey!

Jere said...

K for Wake, 2 out

Joe Grav said...

Knice.

s1c said...

Did anybody see Posnanski's post from China today?

He has to email the posts to his wife since his blog is banned.

Dancing knuckler tonight.

phil said...

Wakefield's 1.199 (and falling) WHIP is tenth in the AL.

SoSock said...

Actually I always tell my teams leaving bases loaded in the first just means we're going to be scoring a lot tonight.
That is, of course, unless we're performing a LOBotomy.

A Conformer said...

Guy crosses out Yook and writes a K for Casey!

He actually wrote KC, which is still funny.

nick said...

FY woulda had that. (if he were a foot taller)

redsock said...

cora did not catch that ball, but he got his shirt dirty. GAMER!

Jere said...

The thing is, it was more than simply leaving them loaded. Watching their pitcher in that inning, it felt like we were up 5-0 yet we somehow hadn't scored. And then never did.

redsock said...

i guess my TV doesn't show the entire screen .....

A little night musing said...

Hi, I just got online.

And Manny just hit another HR, just for me.

Jere said...

K looking. 0-0 us after 1.

redsock said...

GDGD has Guillen walking on a 3-1 pitch.

Way to go MLB!

phil said...

GDGD said that was a walk and then a K. Which was it?

redsock said...

they are right now: cbbbcc

SoSock said...

23 straight knuckleballs, a lot of pitches for the 1st inning.

A Conformer said...

Bases loaded, no outs against the Aruban God of Hits

Jere said...

you mean 23 straight "knuckleballs"

Jere said...

bloop single to CF for Ellsb.

phil said...

<3 non-slumping Ellsbury.

A little night musing said...

Aruban God of Hits

Is this yours? I love it!

Jere said...

Texas has to score to make up for our squander.

Cash pops out.

SoSock said...

I saw that 4th ball show up on GDGD and swapped back here to say "Shit", then I saw the comments about the K and went back to find they had changed it.
GDGD has had it's share of screw-ups lately.

phil said...

Yankees losing.

A Conformer said...

Aruban God of Hits

Is this yours? I love it!


Just invented.

Jere said...

90% chance of scoring with loaded, 0 out. Does anyone know how ESPN is calculating these? Based on past, and if so how far back? Or based on a million projections or whatever?

phil said...

Or not. GDGD sucks.

A Conformer said...

LBJ might as well steal here. What's he gonna do? Take the bat out of Cora's hands?

phil said...

Now they are. 2-0 TEX.

nick said...

not that I'm feeling pessimistic, but I could happily go for some runs on the board for the sox.

redsock said...

4 batters - 7 pitches

bad approach, sox.

phil said...

If he'd gotten caught stealing, he'd have taken the bat out of Drew's hands (next inning).

redsock said...

jere - past scenarios.

could be either stats from last year or stats from any number of years.

Jere said...

Elephant on field.

No wait, foul ball.

Damn Gameday!!!

redsock said...

google "run expectancy" charts, you might find some info.

phil said...

Ponson's home town (Noord) is hilariously named.

Jere said...

"could be either stats from last year or stats from any number of years."

That's good to hear. But I'd like to know how many years they're using. Hopefully it's like the last five years or something. That would sate me.

andy said...

Just missed it and it seems to be not taken seriously here so hopefully thats good but how did uhlll get hurt?

Joe Grav said...

rally heidi

redsock said...

it probably is more than one year.

that win expectancy thing i linked to awhile back looks at all games from 1977-2006.

Jere said...

got nailed in the hand by a pitch, which then went into his chest and just died like a shot put hit him.

phil said...

Murphy out at home. Still 2-0. Murphy and Pudge are hurting.

Jere said...

the ball died. he didn't die. He stayed in the game to run but came out the next inning

phil said...

Fangraphs uses 1999-2002 data.

Jere said...

0 out, 0 on, you have a 16 % chance of scoring 2+ runs. So every 6 or so half-innings is a multiple run inning? That seems high, but, I guess it's true...

Joe Grav said...

Talk about getting all the lucky bounces

Jere said...

leg-shaver

nick said...

what a fucking lucky pitcher.

Jere said...

leg chevar, I mean

redsock said...

scoring with guy on 1st and 0 outs is often easier than with a guy on 2nd with 1 out.

so bunting the guy over usually *decreases* your chance of scoring -- on average -- obv. sometimes it's a good move, but rarely.

Jere said...

that last play, grounder headed for center field, pitcher takes a kick at it, it rolls a few feet away, he picks it up and throws to first, easy out

redsock said...

mfy had old timers game last weekend - how could fans tell that game apart from the regular game?

phil said...

It reduces your total run expectancy for the inning, but some of that is from reducing your chances at runs #2+.

Jere said...

yeah it's better to have more outs to work with.... kinda like declining the penalty on 1st down, just make it second down....

Jere said...

quick out for Tim. F8

Jere said...

make it 2 quick outs. 4-3

redsock said...

Looks like it's gonna be another 5 hour Wakefield game (/wallacematthews)

phil said...

Hunter's a shitty pitcher. Cano single; Molina single; Betemit double. 2-1 TEX, no outs.

Joe Grav said...

Between innings i put on the soccer game between Barcelona and New York... obviously Barcelona is crushing them, 5-2, and the announcer says:

"New York should be proud - Since falling 3-0, they have played Barcelona to a 2-2 tie"

Jere said...

Sweet inning!!!

(fake) Pudge=out of game

Joe Grav said...

ANOTHER quick inning

s1c said...

Tim - did you bring the spinach tonight?

Jere said...

""New York should be proud - Since falling 3-0, they have played Barcelona to a 2-2 tie""

That's like Michael Kay's theory that Jeter basically is always great and really should be the MVP...if you take out all the negative things he's ever done.

s1c said...

Wakefield 23 pitches in the first and 15 in the next two? I likey

redsock said...

xays neg on yook - right hand contusion

Jere said...

I can't believe the Sox and Yanks games are both tied the way things have gone...

Joe Grav said...

Well, now they've only lost 3-2, if you only count everything that happened after they fell behind 3-0

Joe Grav said...

so if you think about it, 6-2 isn't all that bad... right

A little night musing said...

I'm glad to see Wakey having a good game. Can we score some runs?

phil said...

3-2 MFYs.

Jere said...

give this guy the key to Dong City, Mayor

Jere said...

almost....fly out

SoSock said...

I would have to argue the 1st w/no out vs. 2nd w/1 out. Although it's obvious that your chances of a muli-run inning would go down with an out and still only 1 man on, regardlss of where he's at.
i.e. I would never bunt the man over if I were down by more than 1 late in the game.
Just me, but of course....
I AM the NC district 2 BL champion coach!
(or have I already mentioned that 10 or 12 ties?) :)

Jere said...

yanks up 3-2 now

phil said...

This shithead's at 43 pitches after 3.1.

phil said...

I would have to argue the 1st w/no out vs. 2nd w/1 out.

You've actually got a better win expectancy in the bottom of the ninth with a guy on first and no outs (.715) than with a guy on second and one out (.703).

Jere said...

one pitch one out. again.

phil said...

48 after four. He could go all nine at this rate.

phil said...

Blogger bloggered.

phil said...

4-2 MFYs.

Jere said...

2 out rally

phil said...

Please, Jed.

phil said...

Eggplant zucchini rice tomato soup.
Gin + diet tonic.

This needs an rbi chaser.

Jere said...

jed lowrie 2 run double

phil said...

There we go.

Jere said...

Jed Lowrie.

O, wild Jere

Amy said...

Wow, I get here just in time to see us score!

efd said...

i see i timed my arrival perfectly! :)

Amy said...

Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes from yesterday. It was a great birthday, made better by waking up today to see that the Sox had won!

phil said...

amy and efd get stuck in the doorway trying to enter the room like in an Abbott & Costello skit?

Amy said...

efd and I arrive at the same time and bring the runs!

Jere said...

3-0, Papi single right up middle

phil said...

More runs are better.

efd said...

goodness no, I allow Amy to enter first of course!

Amy said...

What happened to Youk?

Jere said...

hey efd, do you know the band Adrenalin OD?

Amy said...

Efd, what a gentleman!

L-girl said...

hi all.

we haven't been able to post for a long time.

jere, great anagram!

phil said...

Got the vegetables from here. Two for a buck for huge eggplants, squash, etc., and then some considerably less cheap brandywine tomatoes.

L-girl said...

we were stuck looking in the window, wishing we could join the party.

efd said...

i know of them, sure, but not hugely familiar with specific songs.

phil said...

Youk got HBP on the hand. X-rays negative.

Jere said...

thanks, L.

efd: Okay. I'm friends with a dude in the band and since they were an early 80s Jersey band who have been on FMU a lot I just thought I'd ask.

Amy said...

Guess the party can get wild now that Allan, Laura, EFD, and I are here, and we are up 3 runs with Wake pitching well.

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