August 10, 2008

G118: White Sox 6, Red Sox 5

Red Sox   - 300 002 000 - 5  7  2
White Sox - 014 010 00x - 6 9 2
I wasn't able to watch much of this one, but after Mike Lowell's three-run home run in the first, there wasn't much to see.

Buchholz lasted only three innings (3-7-5-2-4, 74). Down by one run, Boston loaded the bases in the seventh on three consecutive walks, but Dotel came in to get Lowell to hit into a double play and end the potential rally.

Los Angeles capped their first sweep of New York at home in 13 years with a 4-3 walk-off win (Chone Figgins's single off Mariano Rivera scored Howie Kendrick). Tampa beat Seattle 11-3 for their 71st win, a franchise record.

The Red Sox are 4.5 GB the Rays, while the Yankees fell to 8.5 GB.

***

Clay Buchholz (5.94, 75 ERA+) / Gavin Floyd (3.66, 122 ERA+)

Buchholz has a 6.59 ERA in his five starts since being recalled from Pawtucket. ... Last Tuesday, Floyd went only four innings against the Tigers, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks.

Boston has been either 3 GB or 3.5 GB for the last nine days. Since July 30, the Sox and Rays have mirrored each other almost identically:
Rays    - WxWWWLWWLWW
Red Sox - LxWWWLWWxLW
Tampa Bay has won 70 games this year -- tying a franchise record set in 2004. They have 46 chances to set a new record. ... Roughly halfway through a soft early August schedule -- Cleveland, Seattle, Oakland, Texas -- the Rays are 4-2.

Yankees/Angels at 3:30 PM and Rays/Mariners at 4 PM

***

This date in baseball history:
1904 - Jack Chesbro [Highlanders] is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 complete games in a row.

1944 - Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. This is the major-league record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.

1971 - Sixteen baseball researchers at Cooperstown form the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), with founder Robert Davids as president.

1978 - The Red Sox trip the Indians, 6-5, in 13 innings as Butch Hobson scores the tying run on a bizarre play: He lofts a pop fly behind second base and races around to 2B as 2B Duane Kuiper loses the ball in the sun. Kuiper picks up the ball but bumps into 1B Andre Thornton and the ball rolls towards first base and C Bo Diaz. With Hobson motoring towards 3B, Diaz overthrows the base. Hobson, having slid into the third, picks himself up and races home. The throw from the outfield is in time to Diaz, but he can't get the ball out of his glove and a sliding Hobson is home free. A George Scott double and Rick Burleson single then wins the game. [box]

1999 - The Red Sox defeat the Royals, 9-6, as Boston P Tim Wakefield ties a major league record by striking out four batters in the 9th inning. [box]

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redsock said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Lowell, 3B
Bay, LF
Casey, 1B
Varitek, C
Cora, SS

Cabrera, SS
Pierzynski, C
Quentin, LF
Dye, RF
Thome, DH
Konerko, 1B
Swisher, CF
Ramirez, 2B
Uribe, 3B

AB: "Though Kevin Youkilis was in the original lineup for today's game, he was scratched about 20 minutes ago with soreness in his left shoulder. Apparently it's been bothering him for a few days.

Also -- Tim Wakefield has been put on the DL.
(link below the game post)

ish said...

Bugger.

Well, at least Boston is in better shape in that regard than Chicago, with Contreras' Achilles.

nixon33 said...

what have youk and wake been doing together????

this lineup i like a little more than the others (aside the fact that youk isnt in it and cora). i like drew behind papi, but as i say that, the numbers 0-4 jump into my head. hope i didnt jinx ya there JD.

I CANT BELIEVE THOSE "NEVER SAY DIE" RAYS.

ish said...

I bet they were pole dancing.

nixon33 said...

HH needs a good start PLEASE

L-girl said...

I love Pee Wee, but this "road game hit streak" thing is bogus. Streaks are streaks. There are no home streaks and away streaks. He's just hitting a ton.

L-girl said...

In other news, the Rays are incredible. If (when?) they win the division, it will be well deserved.

I think we're looking at the wild card now, and the Yankees are looking at nothing. I can live with it. I'll be happy for Tampa.

Seriously, I will.

ish said...

DONG!

nixon33 said...

holy shit i didnt think it had a chance, the way the guy was tracking it!
YEAH!

L-girl said...

DOCTOR DONG!!! Mikey's back :)

ish said...

I agree with ya, L. FY doesn't think to himself at Fenway, eh, I don't need to hit here.

redsock said...

Busy with work -- and the team decides to start hitting right out of the gate. Pfft.

Shut 'em down, Laptop!

Zenslinger said...

Go go Mike Lowell!

(All right, I'm a little late).

nixon33 said...

i-girl. i'm with you. they do deserve SOMETHING. they've played great baseball all year.

andy said...

Apparently Youk is going for a better contract. Or perhaps he wants to be traded.

HH needs to be the new wakefield now. Just stop sucking Clay. Just stop it.

I hate when Cora plays.

ish said...

Wow, that was a cool catch!

andy said...

Why is Ellsbury such a sexual dynamo?

nixon33 said...

air jordan

ish said...

O'Brien: "Pierzynski's got the Marilyn Monroe hair-do going..."

nixon33 said...

AJ is prolly number two right behind arbreu on the I HATE THIS FUCKING GUY list.

L-girl said...

Castig said: Ken Griffey Jr has played two games in a row.

Total deadpan. Cute.

Nix, you called me i-girl. You must be a troll.

andy said...

Troll!!!!!

nixon33 said...

whoa, i NEVER make that mistake.

ish said...

Ride, Captain, ride!

Close!

nixon33 said...

Swisher: I'm In LOVE with myself!

nixon33 said...

wow, if tek and corer are hitting the ball hard off of this guy, today should be a good day.

ish said...

I loved seeing the double-steal last inning with FY and On Fire

ish said...

There he goes!

nixon33 said...

There he goes!

Michael Kay

L-girl said...

The only thing wrong with the radio broadcast is I can't see LBJ!!

nixon33 said...

fuck... no.
ok HH shut em DOWN

nixon33 said...


The only thing wrong with the radio broadcast is I can't see LBJ!!



HAHA J-GIRL

ish said...

Wouldn't you think it'd be weird to play against a team you used to play for, at their home ballpark, and your picture and name are on their wall?

The picture of Frank Thomas reminds me of that. I wonder how he feels about that when he comes to Chicago in an Oakland uniform.

ish said...

I can't decide if I like Heidi's newly styled hair or if I think it's just a mess.

I think it's a mess.

phil said...

Hooray for TBS's national broadcasts.

Stop making fun of |aura.

ish said...

HH is weird.

Throwing over to first when the guy's standing on the base.

nixon33 said...

ish, the windy city making heidi look like a wild one.

phil said...

Throw strikes, asshole.

nixon33 said...

ok boy, here comes the "big inning"?

L-girl said...

thanks fil and mixon.

ish said...

Ugh. National Weather Service cut-ins for severe thunderstorms. I don't like living in a big county. You get a thunderstorm 30-40 miles north of here and they cut in to the game.

L-girl said...

Remember we were all going to move to Chile so we'd be in the same time zone.

phil said...

Thanks, Ramirez.

A little night musing said...

The SBN guys can't get over that last pitch.

phil said...

44 pitches through two, but at least only one run.

ish said...

Remember we were all going to move to Chile so we'd be in the same time zone.

China also uses the same time zone throughout the whole country.

The part that doesn't make sense is, China's wider than the US and Canada. Communist thing.

ish said...

HAHAHAHAHA Tool.

phil said...

You suck, Pierzynski.

phil said...

Chicago broadcasters making excuses.

Tony said...

Afternoon, everybody. Just had some McDonald's, and it's sitting like a lead weight in my stomach. I always tell myself I'm going to stop eating there, and myself never listens.

How has Clay looked so far today?

phil said...

Fuck.

L-girl said...

crap

L-girl said...

What's the attraction, Tony? I find McD's incredibly easy to avoid.

Tony said...

Oh, Christ. Well, that answered my question.

Tony said...

l-girl...probably just weakness. I grew up eating fast food (accounting for my pudgy adolescence), and even now that I'm older and know to stay away from that crap, sometimes the temptation is too great. Besides, hot McDonald's fries taste great.

L-girl said...

Looks like we'll see Rocco Baldelli this season after all. Carl Crawford on the DL, they activiated the second coming of Joe DiMaggio.

phil said...

Fuck you, HH.

Tony said...

Fuck me...Clay gets to 0-2 on Dye and then gives up a base hit. Story of his season.

I really hope his problems are physical and not psychological; a hitch in motion is correctable. Mind troubles are much, much harder.

L-girl said...

Tony, if you give it up entirely for a decent amount of time, you might find it makes you sick when you eat it again.

FUCKING THOME

phil said...

Aardvark warming.

Tony said...

And RIGHT as I post that, a 2-run bomb. I hate to say it, but this is a lost season for him. At least Hughes had the decency to get hurt and stay hurt. Running Clay out every fifth day is more or less guaranteed loss territory now.

nixon33 said...

sorry, but clay suchhz

Tony said...

l-girl, it does make me sick occasionally. But then, so does pizza, and Lord knows I can't give that up. It's my favorite food.

At least I eat fast food much, much less regularly now than even 3 or 4 years ago. I don't know how much healthier I am, but I'm sure I'm healthier now than before.

L-girl said...

or should I say

FUCKING HH

Tony said...

Get him the fuck out of there, Tito. Konerko's 3/4 of the way to being cooked and he just got a hit.

A little night musing said...

Angels being angelic.

L-girl said...

well, less is good. i guess i just don't understand it. there are plenty of things in my life i'd have trouble giving up. mcd's wasn't one of them. each to her/his own!

Tony said...

Viva la difference, l-girl! :)

One of the hardest things for me to give up was Slurpees, which I loved as a kid but now know are essentially liquid sugar. The fact that I lived for a year in Michigan, where there are relatively few 7-11s, helped greatly.

Tony said...

And thank GOD that inning is over. At least Dice's start last night makes it a little easier to use the pen.

L-girl said...

Wow, hard to give up Slurpees! Artifical colour, artificial flavour and HFCS. I've never been anywhere near one of those.

(Believe me, I have my vices.)

A little night musing said...

Fast food is the comestible equivalent of crack. Or porn. Maybe both. Crack and porn.

I guess. It doesn't appeal to me, personally. (Neither do crack or porn, actually.) But I see the effect on people I know...

nixon33 said...

SoSH:
"Clay Buchholz is the real life Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh "

L-girl said...

Crack and porn, now there are some vices I can get behind.

Tony, how old are you? That could be the big difference here. I did eat McD's occasionally in my younger, thinner, less healthy days.

Tony said...

l-girl, I'm 26. I think that probably explains some of it. My generation was not exactly raised to eat healthy, and we've paid the consequences. I know I have, at least; my metabolism is inchworm-slow and I battle putting on weight constantly.

Crack and porn, I will say, are not vices I have. Yet.

nixon33 said...

My generation was not exactly raised to eat healthy, and we've paid the consequences. I know I have, at least; my metabolism is inchworm-slow and I battle putting on weight constantly.

sounds like a cop-out to me buddy-boy.
no offense but i'm a part of "your generation" and i find that our generation was raised to make a lot of excuses for itself.

A little night musing said...

My generation was not exactly raised to eat healthy

Say what?!

My son is, essentially, the same age you are, and my impression when he was growing up was that we (the parents) were all OBSESSED with making sure our kids only ate healthy stuff.

Maybe that was only a local phenomenon, but I'm curious about why you think an entire generation was left untrained in healthy eating.

nixon33 said...

i hope this is the last of clay for a while, but i know it wont be. ugh

Tony said...

Okay, forgive the broad generalization. *I* was not raised to eat healthy. I'm not going to cop out or make excuses; certainly I could've chosen to not eat terribly for most of my life, but did so anyway. Like I said, I've just recently tried to undo years of damage. Believe me, being overweight sucks.

Hey, it's Aardsma. Yay?

L-girl said...

I'm 26. I think that probably explains some of it. My generation was not exactly raised to eat healthy, and we've paid the consequences.

Sorry, but that is just plain horseshit. You're of the generation that has put organic, vegetarian and the slow food movement on the map.

My siblings and sibs-in-laws have learned how to eat healthfully from their kids, who are 23, 25 and 27. They are all into eating organic, whole foods, cooking, growing food, etc.

Even if you were raised to eat poorly, you're an adult now. You make your own choices.

Choose to eat unhealthfully if you want, but don't blame "your generation".

L-girl said...

Being overweight and eating healthfully are two different things. I eat super healthfully and am overweight. I was much thinner when I ate crappy food.

Didn't mean to pile on there, I was typing my comment before I saw the others!

nixon33 said...

SoSH:

David "I'm Fixing to Whiff Some People" Aardsma

nixon33 said...

tony, you can do it! have faith in yrself

L-girl said...

Or don't have faith, just watch Supersize Me every morning. :)

Tony said...

Thanks! Believe me, it's tough, but I'm giving it a good try. I have nothing but time right now; it'd be stupid NOT to use it wisely.

How great would it be for Aardsma to get out of this pickle unscathed?

L-girl said...

And he does it! WHEW. Go Aardvark.

Tony, that's cool. All you can do is try.

Tony said...

Way to go, Aardsma!

A little night musing said...

How great would it be for Aardsma to get out of this pickle unscathed?

That great!

Tony said...

l-girl...have to disagree. Do, or do not. There is no try.

Now THERE'S something my generation can relate to. :D

nixon33 said...

RUNS MOTHERFUCKERS!

L-girl said...

Hey, don't be hitting my boy!

Tony said...

Two guys on, no outs. Push 'em across, for the love of Pete!

L-girl said...

Tony, there is no doing without trying. If you don't try, you don't do.

You might try and not succeed. But if you don't try, you definitely will not succeed.

L-girl said...

I don't even understand that sentence "there is no try".

Tony said...

l-girl, sorry...just making a bad Star Wars joke. Yoda says that in "The Empire Strikes Back".

Star Wars is definitely one of my vices.

Tony said...

Damn it, FY.

Tony said...

Aw, shit.

L-girl said...

Oh duh. I'm a huge Star Wars fan too (only first 3, tho, NO OTHERS). Tho it's been a long time since I saw any of them.

But one thing you gotta know about these threads, I will never understand any sarcasm or any references to anything outside the thread. I will only make a fool of myself. :)

nixon33 said...

losers

nixon33 said...

the red sox that is, not star wars people (well only the ones that dress up and go to the theaters)

Tony said...

No prob, l-girl. I have so much stuff fly over my head, you might as well call me "Middle America". :)

The worst thing about that inning was that Tizzle grounded out on the FIRST PITCH. A little patience, maybe, pretty please with sugar on top?

L-girl said...

middle america, ha ha. maybe i'll start calling myself flyover country.

L-girl said...

there's something about the game threads that shorts out my sarcasm detector

nixon33 said...

only a couple of minutes til i get to hear the sweet bliss that is michael kay's voice (KIDDING!)

L-girl said...

even i would have known that was sarcasm

L-girl said...

radio guys are telling stories about ted williams and moose skowron. skowron works for the white sox now and was regaling them with old yankees/red sox stories.

nixon33 said...

2-0 yanks already. ugh

A little night musing said...

Maybe the angelic Angels will score 8 runs in the 8th (or whatever it was) again...

L-girl said...

must buy volvo... must buy volvo...

Tony said...

I can only guess that play was as bad as Gameday described it.

ish said...

ON FIRE!

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!!!!

nixon33 said...

THE NATURAL

Tony said...

DJ WERD!

I really love that nickname.

Tony said...

Oh, turds. PLEASE don't leave Drew on 3rd base.

Tony said...

Thank you, Bay!

L-girl said...

No turds - JayBay!

L-girl said...

Mayor McSingle!

A little night musing said...

"Boston threatening dangerously" - Juan Baez

nixon33 said...

angels over aggressive baseball leads to the strike em out/throw em out DP with vlad out at third. stupid

Tony said...

RALLY TIME!!!!!!

nixon33 said...

good AB so far for tek.
COM ON!

ish said...

PIERZYNSKIBALLA!!!

nixon33 said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!
JUST TEK BEING AJ!

phil said...

Is that an RBI?

ish said...

Productive strikeout there...

ish said...

Jedi for Cora!

A little night musing said...

Manny just got hit with what looked like a ball to the head. Helmet, I mean.

Tony said...

Gee, thanks, Tek. God damn it.

ish said...

Is that an RBI?

No - First base was occupied, even though Casey went to second base. If Tek reaches first base it'd be an RBI, but he was called out as first base was occupied.

Tony said...

Spoke too soon, I guess!

A Conformer said...

Gotta love the K RBI (yeah, yeah, I know he doesn't get the rbi...)

And gotta love proactive Tito, too.

redsock said...

Miss that ball you shouldn't have.

Tony said...

RATS.

A little night musing said...

A run is, anyway, a run.

Tony said...

Miss that ball you shouldn't have.

:D

L-girl said...

Ah, yoda's back.

A little night musing said...

Yup, definitely hit in the helmet.

redsock said...

Okay, just another minute and I'll be back for the remainder (I hope).

L-girl said...

ALNM, was he knocked down?

nixon33 said...

HEIDI

ish said...

Carlos Pena was put on the DL... sublimation of a tendon in his finger, apparently. He said he felt something "pop", and the Rays think he could be done for the season.

A little night musing said...

L-girl, it knocked his helmet off. Weirdly, he was actually ducking when it hit him. He didn't even seem very shook up, just kind of shook his head and took his base.

L-girl said...

Another good thing about radio: no Heidi!

L-girl said...

That's Pena and Crawford on the DL.

Tony said...

Siddown, punks! Justin's your master, son!

L-girl said...

thanks alnm

are you following both teams now, sox and dodgers?

ish said...

L, actually it was Crawford I was talking about. Don't know why I thought Pena.

A little night musing said...

Hmm, I missed it, but I think Dave Roberts and his mad baserunning skillz just got SF another run.

That's 3 out of 4 of their recent runs.

L-girl said...

Ish, that makes more sense. I posted that a while back. They've activated Baldelli.

Tony said...

Angels have tied it at 2 in the 3rd, two men on, no outs.

A little night musing said...

I'm following Manny. (And Yoyo, as efd well knows.) The net effect is that it's opening up a whole new world of baseball enjoyment to me. I'll have to write about it someday. (But I promised a friend that my next blog post would be about mathematics!)

A little night musing said...

Go to it, you angelic Angels!

Tony said...

CNN.com has reported Isaac Hayes has passed on. RIP, Chef.

ish said...

For the record, it doesn't take much for Manny's hat or helmet to fall off his head.

nixon33 said...

COME ON FIRE!

Tony said...

YO DJ PUMP THIS PARTY

ish said...

Hmm, I missed it, but I think Dave Roberts and his mad baserunning skillz just got SF another run.

Ex-Red Sox are why I became sort of interested in the Mets. Now the Dodgers, Pirates, etc etc etc etc.

redsock said...

is thornton getting squeezed or what? seems like he threw a number of strikes to FY and Flo than did not get called.

ish said...

Moss in Pittsburgh:

8 games, 33 PA, 6 for 29, 2B, HR, 4 BB, 12 Ks

ish said...

4 RBI too.

A little night musing said...

For the record, it doesn't take much for Manny's hat or helmet to fall off his head.

True, but it got hit pretty solidly in the middle of its target area.

I think it was the fact that he was on his way down at the moment it hit that kept the energy of the contact from being transferred to his head, and instead it just pushed the helmet off his head (assentially, he was ducking out of the helmet at just the moment of the hit). Quite something.

L-girl said...

For the record, it doesn't take much for Manny's hat or helmet to fall off his head.

The KC anncrs who were making me puke the other night were using that. "At least Jason Bay's helmet will fit over his head..."

ish said...

Walking the ballpark!

nixon33 said...

COME ON OLD MAN LOWELL!

Tony said...

Bases are drunk!

I've got a fever, and the only prescription...is more doubles!

nixon33 said...

KC ANNOUNCERS:
"AT LEAST JASON BAY IS WHITE!"

ugh

L-girl said...

I always have a soft spot for the Dodgers. But I can't imagine trying to follow more than one team at a time. I admire the effort!

A little night musing said...

That's *essentially*, of course.

What my subconscious kicks up...

ish said...

Well, it doesn't matter how you feel about whether his hat/helmet stays on - the fact is it's not easy for them to come off somehow.

L-girl said...

KC ANNOUNCERS:
"AT LEAST JASON BAY IS WHITE!"


They said everything but. It was nauseating.

nixon33 said...

i think ive seen every manny at bat since he left us.

ish said...

Watch your back, Thornton. Yesterday's losing pitcher was farmed out to AAA.

nixon33 said...

in honor of jere
"dont ask, dotel"

L-girl said...

They were listing all the things Sox fans supposedly "won't miss". We supposedly won't miss the way Manny's helmet doesn't fit b/c of his wild hair.

I better change the subject in my head, I'm getting angry all over again!

must buy volvo... must buy volvo...

ish said...

"AT LEAST JASON BAY IS WHITE!"

Oh yeah. I've kind of gotten that feeling from people. Bay is white so therefore he hustles and his hat stays on.

COCK.

phil said...

Lowell's brutal.

nixon33 said...

:O

redsock said...

in honor of jere
"dont ask, dotel"


i made that "joke" the other night.

L-girl said...

i think ive seen every manny at bat since he left us.

wow, that is so cool.

clearly our cult leader.

SHIT DOCTOR DP

Tony said...

MOTHERFUCKER

redsock said...

DOA from the Doc.

Joe Grav said...

this lineup effing blows in big situations

Tony said...

For the love of God, just put that in the air and the game's probably tied. That shit hurts.

A little night musing said...

But I can't imagine trying to follow more than one team at a time.

It would help a lot if I had more than one brain.

I think I've said this before... oddly, one thing that makes it possible to follow two things at once seems to be that I'm listening to the Spanish broadcast of the Red Sox game. It's as if one part of my brain is paying attention to one game in Spanish and another part is paying attention to the second game in English. I find this fascinating in itself. (and, for the record, my Spanish isn't all that great. I can just about follow 70% of the discussion at this point. But I've had the same kind of experience reading in English and listening to a conversation in French at the same time, for example. It's very weird.)

nixon33 said...

its hard follwing everything. ive got 5 channels going back and forth: SOX/MFY/FKR/MANNY/METS (i like it when they win as the MFY fans get in a tizzy)

L-girl said...

Getting 70% of a Spanish-language broadcast is very good. I'm closer to 40%. I can get the gist, but actual conversation, closer to 40-50%.

That was in NYC. We don't have Spanish-language baseball anymore.

Joe Grav said...

Lowell is really hurting the team right now. DL pls.

nixon33 said...

Lowell is really hurting the team right now. DL pls.


yeah, that 3 run HR in the 1st really hurt us today.

A little night musing said...

Nix, I'm following 3 or 4 games at a time but am blacked out from the NYY and Mets (heh, I just typed "Mates" and had to correct it) on MLB.TV...

Joe Grav said...

Did not know he hit a HR in the first. Got home during the 4th. either way, he has been not good during a time where he's obviously injured

Tony said...

Lowell's had his struggles recently - shit, he ain't the only one - but something needs to be done with Clay, first and foremost.

L-girl said...

All our parts are not clicking, for sure. But what's up with "something must be done"? This is the team. What else you got in mind?

nixon33 said...

ALNM, its tough isnt it? my girlfriend hates me hates me, to that i reply to her "it could be worse, i could be watching (insert whatever horrible tv shows there are on today)"

Joe Grav said...

I love masterson

L-girl said...

when you see those surveys about how much TV people watch, i always think, does baseball count? i watch baseball almost every night, but it's not like watching tv. you know?

Tony said...

l-girl...honestly, I have no idea. Just frustrated with Clay, that's all. They're not sticking him in the pen, they won't DFA him at this point, but the thought of him every 5th day worries the hell out of me.

redsock said...

Frack. Work.

Pls get multiple runs in my absence.

L-girl said...

it's frustrating. but if we lose him, who takes his spot?

L-girl said...

I have to work too. The annoying kind of work that I can't listen to a game during.

RUNS PLEASE

Tony said...

That's the other thing too, l-girl. Everybody else is either hurt or not as good as Clay, even right now.

Damn it, Bay.

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