August 12, 2008

G120: Red Sox 19, Rangers 17

Rangers -   0 20 085 101 - 17  20  2
Red Sox - (10)02 010 14x - 19 17 2
Wow.

Recapping this game -- which tied the American League record for most combined runs -- is out of the question. Instead, here are a few tidbits:

David Ortiz hit two three-run home runs in the first inning, becoming the first Sock to collect six RBI in one inning since Carlos Quintana on July 30, 1991 (also against Texas!). Flo likely was robbed of a third tater in the fifth when an idiot fan reached over the wall in dead center and caught the ball.

Kevin Youkilis made the first and third outs in the first inning, both on strikeouts. He also committed two errors, one at first base and one at third. But, after hitting a two-run dong in the fifth, he blasted a three-run bomb to left in the eighth, giving Boston its margin of victory.

Dustin Pedroia went 5-for-6 and scored five runs.

The other AL game with 36 runs? The Red Sox won that one, too. June 29, 1950: Boston 22, Philadelphia 14. Three weeks earlier, the Red Sox had pounded the St. Louis Browns 20-4 and 29-4 on back-to-back days. That 1950 team could mash: it scored 1,027 runs in 154 games (6.67 per game).

The major league record is 49 runs (Chicago 26, Philadelphia 23, August 25, 1922). The Phillies recovered and shutout the Cubs 3-0 in 11 innings the next day!

***

Scott Feldman (4.82, 88 ERA+) / Charlie Zink (MLB debut)

Zink, who turns 29 in two weeks:

"This is everything I have ever dreamed of. It has come true now and I'm going to the major leagues. It's ridiculous. I'm at a loss for words. I really don't know what to say about it. I'll be smiling forever now. This is just awesome. Awesome."

Zink has had an exceptional year in Pawtucket: 13-4, 2.89 in 25 starts, with a .228 opponents batting average. Two weeks ago, he said:
It just gradually kept getting better and better. Now it's finally to the point where I'm not ever worried about throwing a ball. Full counts, I'll throw a knuckleball still. I don't worry about walking people anymore.

A lot of it is me just having to believe in it. I always wanted to go back to throwing hard. Now I know I can't do that anymore, so I have to be able to figure it out to throw consistent knuckleballs up there that will move and hopefully not get hit hard.
Zink was signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2002 on the recommendation of Luis Tiant, his coach at Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to the knuckler, he throws a fastball (low 80s, faster than Wakefield's), curve and changeup (thrown at roughly the same speed as the knuckler, 66-71).

Manny Delcarmen:
Once he became a full-time knuckleballer, I couldn't even play catch with him anymore. He just kept hitting me so much. I had bruises everywhere.
Justin Masterson:
He consistently comes out and pitches like you would expect a veteran to. ... He's been working so hard that many of us thought he should have been here already. He's fun to watch ... so laid back ... slicing and dicing.
Zink will be starting on only three days rest, having thrown seven innings and 104 pitches on Friday. He has pitched on short rest three times this season: 15.1 IP, 1 run, 8 BB, 13 K.

Kevin Cash, on Zink:
I caught him probably three starts last year, and he threw the ball very well. This year, obviously, what he's doing in the International League, he's probably made some drastic improvements. I've caught bits and pieces from guys coming up, and I've asked about how he's throwing.

He pitches a lot like Wake as far as, he's able to throw his knuckleball for strikes and when he gets behind 2-0 or 3-1, he's still committed to throwing the knuckleball. I think that's big. If you're not committed to doing that, you're going to get in trouble throwing 80-mph fastballs when you're behind in the count.
The New York Times wrote about him this past in June:
He uses a protective gel on the nail of his index finger, because that one rubs against the ball. He grows the nail on his middle finger long so he can dig it into the ball. He calls it a "one nail and one knuckle" grip, which is what he thought he had seen Wakefield do on television all those years earlier. Wakefield actually uses two fingertips. ... "I haven't seen anybody else with this grip."
The Globe's Sunday magazine featured Zink in May 2008. (His Japanese-American grandparents, while living in California, were imprisoned in a US internment camp during World War II.) ... He was also featured in The New Yorker back in May 2004.

Finally, here are two older interviews -- from 2004 and 2005.

What number will Zink get? He wears #16 with Pawtucket, but Luis Alicea has that number in Boston. It would be cool if he got 30 -- the atomic number for zinc -- but Jonathan Van Every received that number earlier this year.

***

Yankees/Twins at 8 PM and Rays/Athletics at 10 PM.

806 comments:

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L-girl said...

Bye Scott!

Grant Salzano said...

Bout time. Eating up pen is a PRIORITY here.

L-girl said...

201 = me

Tony said...

That's nice...Youk gets on base, because he was feeling left out.

Knock in some runs, Doc!

nixon33 said...

i had 201 last night (living in the past)

come on BAY!

Grant Salzano said...

90 pitches? Wow.

L-girl said...

Is Josh Rupe related to Ryan Rupe? Rut row, Ryan Rupe!

L-girl said...

(living in the past)

NYY fan?

I was too tired to thread last night. I had to watch the whole game from bed.

phil said...

All metal team?

Al Lois.

Grant Salzano said...

Yeahhh!

nixon33 said...

ok, NOW lets go BAY

L-girl said...

Al Lois? Like Alloys?

I'm thinking there must have been a Steele, or maybe a Tin, or Ferris?

Amy thought of Gold or Silver.

But neither of us have any names to suggest!

ish said...

Ex-Red Sox player Vazquez not having a real fun life tonight.

Grant Salzano said...

Seriously, my homies from Shelton, CT field better than these guys.

phil said...

More runs are good.

ish said...

Remy: "Hot potater"

L-girl said...

Pitching and defense, pitching and defense, Texas has neither.

Grant Salzano said...

hahahaha, hot potater.

Tony said...

All right, gotta run early...go Sox!

nixon33 said...

REMY: HOT POTATER!

L-girl said...

Remy: "Hot potater"

Yup! LOL

redsock said...

re feldman
if you pitch fewer than 3 innings and face 22 batters ... not a good outing!!!!

Amy said...

Watching these guys field reminds me of watching kids' softball. In fact, it reminds me of ME playing softball.

L-girl said...

Reed Nichols for the element team.

Grant Salzano said...

Anyone see that 4x100m men's freestyle the other day?

Amy said...

We would have a lot of Smiths to work with all those metals.

L-girl said...

Amy, good one!!

Amy said...

Grant going to get a talking to now about the Olympics!

L-girl said...

Not from me, I'm keeping quiet! :)

Amy said...

For the record, I caught one of the swimming heats last night when we got home, but otherwise have not seen any of the Olympics. Everyone says the opening ceremonies were amazing. But I have had little interest, partially based on Laura's persuasiveness and partially because being outside and watching baseball have trumped the Olympics.

Amy said...

Grant, check out wmtc. Post today in fact about Laura's boycott of the Olympics.

L-girl said...

Amy, thanks, I'm glad to hear it.

I was interviewed by a Globe & Mail reporter about it last week, but it turned out her focus was a bit different. She did mention me early in the story, tho.

L-girl said...

Grant, check out wmtc. Post today in fact about Laura's boycott of the Olympics.

A link to the essay, anyway.

ish said...

Not a real fan of the Olympics, but I'll watch for a half hour or so in the mornings if I am REAL bored.

Coco wheels!

redsock said...

zupcic?

L-girl said...

Anyone know the answer to tonight's trivia q? Last RS player w/ last name beginning with Z.

L-girl said...

I usually love the Olympics, plus I write about the Paralympics and Paralympic athletes.

nixon33 said...

JD "I WILL DESTROY YOU" DREW

L-girl said...

Oops, Allan answered before I finished the question!

redsock said...

4 innings
on fire on base 4 times

Grant Salzano said...

Forgive me, what is wmtc? lol

L-girl said...

Grant, my blog. wmtc.ca

It stands for we move to canada.

Grant Salzano said...

Oh boy lol

redsock said...

Forgive me, what is wmtc? lol

Grant, my blog. wmtc.ca

and "lol" = laugh out loud

nixon33 said...

TWINS THREATENING, 2nd & 3rd NO OUTS!

phil said...

Bud Tinning.

Grant Salzano said...

Okay found it... reading commenced.

phil said...

Barry Manuel, Barry McCormick, and Barry Moore could all be called Barry M.

L-girl said...

I knew Phil was working on BR.

L-girl said...

Barry M! Oh geez. :D

Grant Salzano said...

Go Twinkiesssss, my second favorite team :D

Amy said...

ROFLMAO, Phil! I wasn't sure where you were going until the end of your comment.

Grant Salzano said...

Twins tie it!

Amy said...

(I am picturing Phil, sitting there, staring at the screen, desperately trying to come up with members of the metals/elements team.}

Grant Salzano said...

Wow, the Twins just tried a squeeze play to take the lead, but they fouled the bunt.

L-girl said...

Bernie Carbo(n)

Grant Salzano said...

Andddd, the Twins take the lead on a sac fly... woo! 2-1

Amy said...

Nice one, Laura. If a bit of a stretch.

No players named Oxygen or Hydrogen.

No Coppers, Golds, or Silvers? I would even take a Goldberg/stein/smith. Or Silverberg, etc.

L-girl said...

No players named Oxygen or Hydrogen.

That's exactly what I said before I thought of Carbon.

Amy said...

Boy, that first inning is looking more and more important.

redsock said...

remy says "nice effort" by coco -- WTF - if manny slid after a ball like that, he'd rip him for 3 innings

L-girl said...

Allan, stop practicing your mind-control on the cult members.

Amy said...

Jesus, this is crazy.

Grant Salzano said...

Errr... alright, enough is enough.

L-girl said...

They're chipping away at our big lead!

Amy said...

Pretty soon we will have a close game.

phil said...

Good thing we've got tons of runs, eh.

redsock said...

how close will this get before tito finally thinks maybe letting zink go 5 for the W is not the best plan?

Grant Salzano said...

OH COME ON IT WAS ON THE TRANSFER!!!

A little night musing said...

No players named Oxygen or Hydrogen.

And, to my immense disappointment, no players named Ytterbium.

OTOH, know what element #99 is?

L-girl said...

I thought Ococ was bullshitting, but on the replay it looks like a catch.

Grant Salzano said...

OTOH, know what element #99 is?

Mannium?

Amy said...

I am remembering that game we listened to on the radio many summers ago when one team lost a 13 run lead in a game. I know we talked about it in a game thread last summer, but I have already forgotten the details. (Surprise, surprise.)

I have to say that did not look like a catch to me.

A little night musing said...

Texas was waiting for me to come home so they could start scoring.

Thanks, but no thanks.

redsock said...

Lopez in

L-girl said...

The Cleveland/Seattle game? That all happened in the last few innings, too. That was wild. It's actually the biggest comeback in baseball history.

redsock said...

F-Cat goes from 2nd to 3rd on the double!

A little night musing said...

Mannium?

Not quite... it's Einsteinium!

Named for his "agent".

Amy said...

Yup, that was it. I always remember it was Cleveland because it was a Cleveland station we picked up while driving late at night in Maine.

What year? My guess is 2000 or earlier?

Grant Salzano said...

I think I should turn this off...

L-girl said...

Bay WTF, how about run in for the ball?

Grant Salzano said...

Enough of the bullshitting, can we please play baseball again?

redsock said...

o'neill plays it on a hop.

Amy said...

2001. I found it all by myself. Aren't you proud?

L-girl said...

Good work, Amy, I just looked it up: 2001. I'm getting details.

Amy said...

What I didn't remember is that it was on my birthday. Weird.

Grant Salzano said...

Sit.

redsock said...

don droning on, reading vazquez's media guide page ..........

A little night musing said...

I saved up this nugget for you all, found in the Daily News while I was on the subway home: guess what lazy player disrespected the game yesterday? Trade him, Hank!

L-girl said...

The Cleveland Indians became the first team in 76 years to come back from a 12-run deficit as they defeated the Seattle Mariners, the best team in baseball, 15-14.

The Indians, second in the AL Central, had trailed 12-0 and were 14-2 down as late as the seventh innings before rallying to clinch the game in the 11th innings.


link

phil said...

Bob Leadley.

L-girl said...

BBC site uses "innings".

phil said...

Doug Nickles (technically a bird).

L-girl said...

Phil's hard at work!

A little night musing said...

I miss Timmeh. Already.

L-girl said...

We have two Nickles then, one spelled Nichols.

A bird? We'll be on the animal team soon enough. That's an easy one.

Amy said...

I found this link

ish said...

NO!

Where did the game go!??

Grant Salzano said...

Screw. This.

L-girl said...

Holy shit. It's a close game now. Infuckingcredible.

phil said...

Tom Ferrick.

Amy said...

FUCK. This is quite discouraging. Seems more and more like that Cleveland-Seattle game. Let's not make history again here.

L-girl said...

Nice link, Amy. :)

phil said...

Shit.

A little night musing said...

OMG, I'm starting to think I really am responsible for this meltdown.

Maybe I'll turn the game off?

Amy said...

Imagine if TX had taken Feldman out BEFORE he gave up all ten of those runs.

Grant Salzano said...

[Sarcastic Cheer]

L-girl said...

PS: Red Sox can score more runs, too. No bridge jumping please.

L-girl said...

No on here is responsible! But if you have that power, can you please use it for the forces of niceness?

phil said...

Randy Sterling.

Amy said...

ALNM, why are you blaming yourself?? We are all here. Your power can't be that great. :)

Thanks, Laura, that tutorial worked for me. (After several failed attempts back in the old days, I finally have it down).

redsock said...

how many games have an 8-run inning and a 10-run inning?

...a couple of years ago, the mfy and some team each got 8 in the 5th (?) inning....

A little night musing said...

PS: Red Sox can score more runs, too.

True. Time to think lovely thoughts.

Amy said...

Phil, maybe we need you to concentrate on the real game.

L-girl said...

And not just a link, a link to a box score. You're cooking!

Speaking of cooking, we need Tim to steam us some spinach.

phil said...

Magical thinking is a method?

tim said...

just got home from my exam and turned on the slingbox

OH MY FUCKING GAWD

A little night musing said...

We are all here.

True, but I arrived with the score 12-2 and it promptly began to go south.

I still blame myself for the Korean War, keep that in mind.

ish said...

Fan interference. COCK.

Grant Salzano said...

COME... ON.

Amy said...

WTF?

L-girl said...

OMFG!!!!

NO YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS

tim said...

3HR!?

Amy said...

TIM, Laura just called on you to steam some spinach. GET TO IT!

Grant Salzano said...

Cross your fingers...

A little night musing said...

OK, what just happened?

Grant Salzano said...

Sigh.

Amy said...

Papi gets a laugh out of it. What a sweetie. I would be mad as hell. Wait---I am mad as hell.

Grant Salzano said...

Just gotta get him in, that's all.

redsock said...

fucking idiot fan - throw him out

ish said...

NO doubt about that one!

Grant Salzano said...

THAT one is gone.

Amy said...

No interference THERE.

L-girl said...

No doubt about that one!

yooooooooook

redsock said...

GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, BALL!!!!

phil said...

Queue the "only dumbass bandwagoners can afford tickets" chatter.

Youk moots it.

Grant Salzano said...

Holy hell, that would have been gone if it was to the LEFT of the line =-O

Amy said...

Guess Tim has the steamer going.

tim said...

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK

THIS IS FUCKED!

A little night musing said...

I feel a lot better now. Thanks, Youk!

redsock said...

SULTAN OF SWEAT!!!!!!!!!!!

Grant Salzano said...

Boy, that was a big one.

L-girl said...

That guy barehanded the catch, too. Imagine doing that, then having to give up the ball, you spoil a Papi Dong and you are tossed!

tim said...

wow, i just noticed L's post, which came AS i was turning on the game and trying to digest this score.

holy fuck!

ish said...

Looking at the score right now, it makes me wonder just what the final score will be.

phil said...

The only video GDGD has is of the first Papi homer. How can that be?

Amy said...

So just which direction is the wind going? Ish?

L-girl said...

I conjured Tim with my awesome commenting power.

ish said...

That guy barehanded the catch, too. Imagine doing that, then having to give up the ball, you spoil a Papi Dong and you are tossed!

Do you have to give the ball back? Heh, I think you should.

phil said...

Buchholz wishes he could give up eight runs in 4.1 innings and still be in line for a win.

Amy said...

I have to say that if I saw a baseball coming at me at Fenway, I would be ducking or moving out of the way, NOT trying to catch it. Not because I am a good doobie, but because I would be scared.

ish said...

So just which direction is the wind going? Ish?

Tonight, I don't think it matters.

phil said...

GDGD says wind is 2mph west.

L-girl said...

Ha, yeah, I think if they throw your ass out of the park, they don't let you keep the ball.

A little night musing said...

Bottom of the fifth, shooooooot.

This is gonna be a long game.

L-girl said...

Madrigal, that's where our whole music thread thing started from.

tim said...

Buchholz wishes he could give up eight runs in 4.1 innings and still be in line for a win.

Don't you have to go 5 for a win?

Amy said...

ALNM, I just peaked at your blog. It made my brain hurt. Where do you teach?

redsock said...

It's time for the Madrigal Mystery Tour -- ROLL UP!

Pepe Lepew said...

Did I hear right? The Pats are beating the Cowboys 14-10 at halftime?

L-girl said...

I have to say that if I saw a baseball coming at me at Fenway, I would be ducking or moving out of the way, NOT trying to catch it. Not because I am a good doobie, but because I would be scared.

Me too, totally! I remember watching BP at Fenway one time, standing down the RF line, balls were screaming past us, we couldn't see a friggin thing, they were coming out of the glare, flying right by our heads. I just moved away.

phil said...

Boo, Jed.

Amy said...

2 mph means wind is not much of a factor.

L-girl said...

Zn's not in line for the win. Tito woke up and realized we couldn't afford it.

* * * *

I keep trying to read ALNM's blog too, but I get the same headache as Amy. I have to go back to the Sexy Lips post, tho.

phil said...

Well, now GDGD is saying 9mph west.

nixon33 said...

goddamn it, they struck giambi out 3 times in the at bat and the fucking ump called balls every time. he gets a hit and nady get a double, yanks 3-2 FUCK

phil said...

Pud Galvin.

A little night musing said...

t made my brain hurt.

Gee, thanks. :P Skip to the "amusements," maybe they won't be too taxing. Dang, where's that "snark" tag when I need it?

[I hope you don't really expect me to answer your question.]

L-girl said...

I know I'm alone in this but: who cares what the Yankees are doing. They suck, they're out of it, end of story.

For me, anyway. I know I'm the only one.

Amy said...

Pud Galvin? Is there a metal in there I am missing?

Grant Salzano said...

I hate this game.

phil said...

Outs, please.

L-girl said...

[I hope you don't really expect me to answer your question.]

What does that mean??

redsock said...

Pud Galvin

All-Bodily Fluid Team?

Amy said...

Laura, you aren't the only one. I, for one, am trying not to enjoy too much schadenfreude, given the family dynamics here. When they are a threat, that's one thing. But right now, I am not looking for trouble.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
I know I'm alone in this but: who cares what the Yankees are doing. They suck, they're out of it, end of story.

For me, anyway. I know I'm the only one.



No, you're not a white sox score would be more useful....

L-girl said...

Holy shit, we suck!

redsock said...

byrd is 20 for his last 32

:>0

A little night musing said...

but I get the same headache as Amy

Fab, don't read it. I don't write it for you.

Shall I go off and find you guys' blogs and insult them? I never asked Allan to link it, I chose not to hide my profile so you can find it, but, for pete's sake, I just write the damn thing as an outlet. If you don't like what you read, stop reading. Allan, will you please take the link off?

Grant Salzano said...

ALNM... I'm a math major, and your blog is awesome lol

Amy said...

ALNM, if you prefer your anonymity, that's fine with me. I probably should be more careful. Sometimes I worry that one of my students will find me here, which given all my foul language could be sort of embarrassing. But eh, whatever.

L-girl said...

Thanks 9C and Amy. :)

I will be THRILLED to see a Yankee-less October, but other than that..............

Tribute to 9C there.

ish said...

3-0 White Sox against KC

ish said...

6th inning

phil said...

Hooboy.

A little night musing said...

What does that mean??

She asked me where I teach.

Amy said...

ALNM, it was just a joke. No one was being critical of you or your blog. Rather, I was being self-critical---of my math ignorance.

Sheesh.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
Thanks 9C and Amy. :)

I will be THRILLED to see a Yankee-less October, but other than that..............

Tribute to 9C there.



good lookin out.........

Thanks ish.

phil said...

All-Bodily Fluid Team?

I was going for galvanization.

A little night musing said...

FU grant.

L-girl said...

Night Musing, you are way, way off base.

No one has insulted you. Your blog gives me a headache because I'm not smart enough to understand it, and because I'm a math moron. It's a compliment. Not an insult.

Cool your jets. No one insults anyone around here - unless they stick up for George Bush. And even then we don't insult them personally.

WTF. If you don't want to say where you teach, don't, but don't go off on people for absolutely nothing.

Amy said...

Ahh, Phil. Now I am showing my ignorance of both math and science.

9casey said...

A little night musing said...
What does that mean??

She asked me where I teach.



Knowing Amy she was just being curious, i don't beleive she thought you taught somewhere strange or something like that..

L-girl said...

What does that mean??

She asked me where I teach.


Right. She asked where you teach. So you either tell her, or you say, I prefer not to share that. You don't give a fucking sarcastic answer for no reason.

We all know a lot of personal things about each other, and we're comfortable with that. If you're not, just say so.

Grant Salzano said...

FU grant.

Uhh... what? lol

redsock said...

And even then we don't insult them personally.

Yes, we do. We call them moronic, blood-thirsty, war-mongering, dictatorship-and-torture-loving assholes.

tim said...

FUcking shit. I gotta go pack up. Work starts tomorrow!

phil said...

If we fucking lose this game....

L-girl said...

FU Grant??? What's that about?

It's like our Mags troll has gotten into ALNM's login.

Grant Salzano said...

Does ALNM know that I was serious, or what lol

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