August 18, 2008

G125: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

Red Sox - 020 000 022 - 6  9  0
Orioles - 000 100 020 - 3 5 1
Lester (7-4-1-1-5, 103) and Jason Bay (two home runs, one single, two runs, four RBI, one stolen base) led the way.

Jonathan Papelbon came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a double to Aubrey Huff, which scored two of Manny Delcarmen's runners and shrunk the Boston lead to one run, 4-3. The Red Sox got some insurance in the top of the ninth, as Dustin Pedroia singled and scored on Ortiz's second double of the game. Ortiz then scored on a fielder's choice from Bay.

Also: Jason Varitek hit a solo homer and Coco Crisp singled and walked twice.

Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles 6-4, so the Red Sox stay 4.5 GB, while the Yankees drop to 10 GB.

***

Jon Lester (3.25, 138 ERA+) / Jeremy Guthrie (3.18, 137 ERA+)

The Red Sox are 28-35 (.444) away from Fenway Park. In other words, they are the Pirates or the Royals or the Reds when they are on the road.

With Tampa Bay hosting the Angels for three games, followed by a weekend set in Chicago against the White Sox, this would be a good time for Boston to close the widening gap in the AL East. The Rays went 7-3 on their just-completed road trip, bumping their divisional lead over the Red Sox from 3 to 4.5 GA.

Boston will play three games in each of Baltimore, Toronto, and New York. Jason Bay: "Three divisional opponents, three teams that I've heard play us pretty tough. ... You have to win on the road."

Guthrie has allowed only one run in each of his last four starts (IP: 6.1, 9, 7, 7) and no more than two runs in six of his last seven outings (2.06 ERA).

Also: Angels/Rays at 7 PM. The Yankees (9.5 GB) are off today before starting a series in Toronto on Tuesday.

***

J.D. Drew left yesterday's game with tightness in his lower back. ... Tim Wakefield tossed a ball for the second consecutive day, but there's no timetable for his return. ... Jonathan Papelbon is still battling migraines.

418 comments:

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Amy said...

Us make fun of you for Canadian spelling? NEVER. :)

efd said...

I'd like to think the missing cupcake said "Manny."

Amy, you're absolutely right... I adopted an older cat a couple of years ago... she was probably 10 or 11 at the time. Earlier this year out of nowhere her stomach ballooned up and it turned out she had developed an inoperable tumor and there was basically nothing the vet could do, but it was still agonizing to make the decision to put her down.

redsock said...

looks like flo giving cabin shit now!

kkh said...

Oops, make that FKR 5, LAAA 2, top of the 6th.

It'll be interesting to see whether the hurricane causes any of their games to be postponed.

Amy said...

Question: did anyone expect Millar to be a starting first baseman in 2008 when he left the Sox?

L-girl said...

I am tough as nails about not letting them suffer.

My thing is, it's going to hurt me just as much today or next week or three weeks from now. It's going to kill me either way. But in the intervening time, my dog will suffer - and only because I don't want to live without her.

I feel it's my final responsibility to the dog to put its comfort before my desire to have her with us.

That's what I've told myself each time, in order to do be able to do it.

(And Allan was a useless sobbing blob, no help there.) (To his credit, I add.)

ish said...

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, JASON BAY!

Amy said...

Efd, I am sorry about your cat.

GONE!! BAY!! AGAIN!

efd said...

YEAH, BAY DOUBLE DONG!!!

redsock said...

That had a pleasant elevation.

L-girl said...

DOUBLE DONG NIGHT FOR BAY!!!!

phil said...

Bay! Cupcake!

s1c said...

Hmmm, Moves Bay into the 5-hole and boom 3/4 with two HR's.

Keep him there Terry.

efd said...

thanks, Amy.

it's going to hurt me just as much today or next week or three weeks from now. It's going to kill me either way.

l-girl, that was pretty much exactly my thought process.

L-girl said...

Efd, that's awful. I'm sorry.

My sister's cat was about that age, too.

Amy said...

Laura, my views exactly. Once I know they are suffering and that there is nothing really left except some real long shot, I can let go. When our 18 year old cat stopped eating, at first I thought---let him go when he is ready. After 24 hours of watching him do nothing but sleep without eating or drinking, I realized how stupid that was.

L-girl said...

l-girl, that was pretty much exactly my thought process.

Cool. To me the worst thing - even worse than losing them - is knowing they are suffering. When my dogs are sick, it weighs on me so heavily.

L-girl said...

Oh god, I must change the subject, I am missing my babies too much.

Safe at 3rd!

efd said...

Thanks, l-girl.

Cherry is having a rocky night.

phil said...

5-3 FKR in the bottom of the sixth.

Amy said...

You should have seen me totally freak out when Luna was sick---when I had no car and no vet that I knew in the area. I was all alone (Harv was working up in Maine), and I just stood in panic til the brain snapped together and said, DO SOMETHING, YOU IDIOT!

s1c said...

The force was with him

Amy said...

Now the game gets more fun!

Tek, remember...no more slump. Focus on the ball, not the family, while the game is on.

efd said...

btw Cherry definitely belongs on the all-girl team... cf. Broadway actress Cherry Jones, for one.

L-girl said...

So what did you do? Did you get a ride to an animal hospital, or call a cab, or...?

Amy said...

Let's go, Angels.

Angels v Devil Rays. Good v Evil?

L-girl said...

"...doesn't throw to either venue..."

DRINK!

L-girl said...

Cherry Jones, just who I was thinking of!

His real name is Rocky, btw. I just checked.

Amy said...

No cabs in Wellfleet! I called three vets---only one was still open, 30 miles away, and then I asked my neighbor in the next cottage if he would drive me. He was wonderful. I thanked him a gazillion times over.

L-girl said...

Allan just said Rocky Cherry should be on the all-boxing team.

We came up with Jimmy Ring, and the Bells.

efd said...

"...doesn't throw to either venue..."

I gotta say, I cracked up a few weeks ago when a pitcher made two straight moves like that, and Don first said "venue," then "location" and Remy said "if he does that again you've got nothing left!"

Amy said...

Hmm, typing that I missed what Tek did. Ground out to first, I assume, seeing men on 2 and 3?

Amy said...

Nope, K, just heard, never mind.

L-girl said...

Oh yes, now I remember you saying you asked a neighbour. (Which I canNOT spell w/o a U!)

Thank goodness for other animal lovers, we take care of each other.

efd said...

oooh, Wellfleet! I will be on the Cape this weekend visiting my Mom in Dennis.

Amy said...

Remy is worse than I am tonight, not keeping track of how many balls that was.

L-girl said...

My boy up w/ bases loaded!!

efd said...

is there an all "sounds like an ice cream flavor" team?

L-girl said...

Remy is worse than I am tonight, not keeping track of how many balls that was.

I know! "Was that 3 balls or four?" Well, let's see, he's jogging to 1st base, so what do you think?

efd said...

[translation: flavour]

Amy said...

Efd, where are you driving from? Does she live in Dennis year round?

We hope to be back in Wellfleet for the weekend, though we have a wedding on Sunday, and I have the first faculty meeting of the year on Friday afternoon. But even 24 hours in Wellfleet is worth the trip.

redsock said...

shatner heads to the transporter room to bring in a new pitcher.

L-girl said...

Oo, that would be a tough one, an ice cream flavour team!

Where's Phil for the boxing team?

A Conformer said...

Hahaha- I was logging on to see if anyone said anything about Rocky Cherry VS Coco Crisp being "the battle of the ice cream flavours", and there it is- right in the last comment on the page.

L-girl said...

[translation: flavour]

I can read US. :)

ish said...

LA Times reporting the Dodgers have acquired Greg Maddux...

Ian Kinsler has been placed on the DL for a sports hernia and could miss the rest of the season.

L-girl said...

crap!

Amy said...

We likely have lost Phil for the rest of the game, looking for boxing names and ice cream flavors.

phil said...

Frank Butterfly? Happy Foreman?

I don't know enough boxers.

ish said...

Under Armor commercials are the WORST on television. NO contest.

Amy said...

Maybe Francona should have left LBJ in the nine hole a bit longer. He isn't doing as well leading off again.

Amy said...

Clay Buchholz (for Cassius Clay aka Ali)?

L-girl said...

We likely have lost Phil for the rest of the game, looking for boxing names and ice cream flavors.

Right!

efd said...

Clay Buchholz for the boxing team?

Amy, I'm driving up from north-central NJ, not too far from NYC. I'll be leaving early Friday morning in hopes of avoiding at least some traffic.

Amy said...

Ellsbury could be a flavor---some kind of berry.

phil said...

Francona has the attitude that when you sub one player for another, you keep the original player's spot in the lineup. Ellsbury's batting in Drew's RF leadoff spot, and Crisp is batting in Ellsbury's CF 9-hole.

Amy said...

Efd and I thinking the same about Clay. Spooky.

L-girl said...

See, we already have three - Butterfly, Foreman and Clay.

But I don't know boxers either. I only came up with Bell.

s1c said...

Rocky Cherry would fit (Rocky Marciano)

Amy said...

Good luck with the traffic, Efd. Earlier the better, especially the last week of the summer.

phil said...

Eddie "Knuckles" Cicotte?

Amy said...

S1C, that's where we started!

efd said...

haha Amy, great minds etc. Oh, and yes she lives there year-round... just moved there about a year ago after 3 years in Manhattan.

L-girl said...

Rocky Cherry inspired the team. :)

phil said...

Mike Tyson played 2b for the 1972-79 Cardinals and 80-81 Cubs.

ish said...

Clay Buchholz for the all earthen-substances team...


Also of the all-laptop team.

L-girl said...

He's on the girls team, the ice cream team and the boxing team. Now he can also be on the losing team.

phil said...

Mike Tyson's middle name was Ray too, so he's probably a twofer.

Amy said...

Cintron? For Lemon (flavors, not boxers)---Citron? Bad, I know, but it's a tough category.

L-girl said...

I was wondering about a Tyson, but I didn't think he'd be named Mike.

redsock said...

Rocky Cherry would fit (Rocky Marciano)

You can put a Marciano Cherry on your ice cream.

L-girl said...

Well, there's Bob Lemon, he's more fruit than ice cream.

Amy said...

Dennis must be quite a change from Manhattan.

MDC looking like he's having one of his better nights. With help from the umpire.

ish said...

For s1c

Picture of a squall line coming into FL from TS Fay.

L-girl said...

Strawberry ice cream

phil said...

Bob Lemon and Chet Lemon are available.

Mark Lemongello would make the all-dessert team but not the all-icecream team.

efd said...

Bob Lemon - of course!

And the all-fruit team plays in the Grapefruit league, naturally.

Amy said...

DARRYL STRAWBERRY!

kkh said...

Darryl Strawberry for the ice cream team?

LAAA added a run. FKR 5, LAAA 4, top of the 7th.

L-girl said...

Hey, I said Strawberry - but not in all caps. :)

Amy said...

Now I am channeling kkh. All these commenters with three initial names.

L-girl said...

And the all-fruit team plays in the Grapefruit league, naturally.

Hey, I never thought of that. Very good!

Any players named Ripple or Swirl?

phil said...

David Cone?

Amy said...

Oops, missed your Strawberry, Laura.

Hey, I am so bad at this that I am excited that I thought of these on my own. Even if others had the same thoughts.

L-girl said...

Now I am channeling kkh. All these commenters with three initial names.

Scroll up - you're both channeling me.

phil said...

Jimmy Ripple's a twofer.

efd said...

she's always loved the Cape... we used to have a place in Brewster when I was younger. I think after she retired she wanted to try out NYC, but after a couple of years of NYC summers and NYC crowds she realized she wanted to be back up there.

L-girl said...

David Cone!!! Yes, obviously on the ice cream team, good one Phil.

Amy, I know, I should have deleted mine. :)

phil said...

5-4 FKR on an rbi Vlad single.

redsock said...

any infielder nicknamed "scoop"?

efd said...

ice-cream league games announced by Chip Caray.

Amy said...

Yup, I see it now.

I sometimes think of moving to the Cape when we retire, but I think Wellfleet would be just too desolate in the winter. Dennis is a better year-round choice.

L-girl said...

Oh yeah, Jimmy Ripple, I wouldn't never think of that because we called them sprinkles.

[Cue regional ice cream food name talk...]

phil said...

Scoops Carey.

redsock said...

Heathbar (Slocum) Crunch?

Amy said...

What was I saying about MDC? Shit.

ish said...

a;dtklasfyjl;afjyl;afjyl;y. More stupid weather cut-ins. This time for a storm that's 100 miles to the north of here and will not affect us.

Assholes.

s1c said...

Ish, cool picture. Latest word is they were all set, generator is primed, shutters are latched, and the dog was left in Virginia so one less thing to worry about.

Latest winds only show about 60, so they should be able to ride this out.

WTF - MDC, get your fragging head out of your nethers.

L-girl said...

ice-cream league games announced by Chip Caray.

Oo, nice! I like to have those extras. Like on my girls team, Shirley Povich is the beat writer.

phil said...

Cut that shit out, MDC.

MDC would be on the all-municipal-authorities team if it still existed.

Amy said...

No players nicknamed Sugar? That could work for both boxing and ice cream. But I can't think of any.

redsock said...

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!

O's have the tying run at the plate. And Bot is in!

We can go out for ice cream AFTER we win!

:>)

phil said...

Heath Bell's on the Padres.

L-girl said...

I've been trying to think of Sugar for the boxing team, w/o even realizing he would be on the ice cream team too.

OK, one more out here, Bot, let's go.

efd said...

let's go Bot, whiff for Huff!

Amy said...

Allan is like the teacher catching us goofing off in study hall.

Get back to work!

phil said...

Sugar Cain played in the '30s.

Sugar Ray Marimon is in the Royals' minors.

L-girl said...

Don't worry, Allan, we're all watching.

Amy said...

Whoa, Phil, you do good research or have a great memory.

L-girl said...

Oh yeah, Sugar Cain came up in another thread recently.

Amy said...

COme on, Bot. Get the ball down.

efd said...

shit!

Amy said...

SHIT. Where is our BOT?

L-girl said...

FUCK

phil said...

:(

L-girl said...

ok, we still have the lead. can we hold it please?????

redsock said...

Huff takes a dump in the punch bowl (of ice cream).

ish said...

That was a hanging splitter, but Delcarmen should have been able to get a third out. 2/3 of an inning, unless you're a specialist, does not cut it on a team that would like to go to the playoffs.

Amy said...

Phew. Breathe.

phil said...

Punch Knoll.

Also on the all-assassin-vantagepoint team with Josh Towers?

efd said...

phew!

OK, would be nice to pick up a run or two -- then Bot comes in and shuts 'em down in the bottom of the 9th, as previously scheduled.

s1c said...

Ok, that was not what I wanted to see, so lets get those runs back you bozos.

redsock said...

bot loves the one-run saves.

phil said...

Jay Hook.

Arnold Carter had two nicknames: hook and lefty. Both work.

L-girl said...

Punch Knoll.

Also on the all-assassin-vantagepoint team with Josh Towers?


That is too funny.

Amy said...

Safe!

L-girl said...

Yeah Bozos!

phil said...

Remy might pronounce Gaylord Perry "parry".

redsock said...

Also on the all-assassin-vantagepoint team with Josh Towers?

Don't forget Texas Schoolbook Depository Jones.

Amy said...

Phil, what a strange mind you have! (I mean that as a compliment. Trying not to get in any more trouble around here.)

redsock said...

not that i'm saying any assassinatin' went on from that building .......

ish said...

That's a GAP shot! A RIBEYE!

L-girl said...

FUCK YEAH WE LOVE YOU

s1c said...

Yeah, boy, thats the way guys!!!

Amy said...

NICE!! That's our Papi!! And what wheels for our little guy!

efd said...

FY! 79 coming in, 36 going out!

phil said...

Papi!

redsock said...

i like INsurance

L-girl said...

Trying not to get in any more trouble around here.

I think that danger has passed.

Zenslinger said...

Yes! RBI double Ortiz! What we needed.

Amy said...

79 coming in, 36 going out!

HUH?

redsock said...

FY! 79 coming in, 36 going out!

:>)

i have a feeling comments like this will never get old.

efd said...

so far this is all going according to (my) plan!

Lew Ford (as in theater) also on the all-assassin-vantagepoint team.

Amy said...

OK, sac fly at a minimum, please.

L-girl said...

Yeah Papi! Nice!!!!

Amy said...

Papi with the slide! Love it!

efd said...

Ortiz flashing the speed from third!

L-girl said...

Anyone see Tony? It's one of those nights... :)

ish said...

RIBEYE.

L-girl said...

Anyone have a FKR score?

Amy said...

What is that 79/36 line??

phil said...

Matt Stairs

(Caesar)

L-girl said...

Allan did: 5-4 Tampa, top 8.

phil said...

Still 5-4 FKR. 1 out in the top of the 8th.

JCal76 said...

Huston Street

(Someone had to have been assassinated on Houston Street)

L-girl said...

Amy, it's a reference to the 170 lbs of mouth story.

L-girl said...

Cherish the Cabin!

Amy said...

Not a good play by Millar.

I think he still loves us. Subconsciously.

Amy said...

OK, I will go back to re-read the story.

I hate feeling like when in 7th grade and I didn't get the dirty jokes people were telling. I was so naive.

Did I say "was"?

efd said...

What is that 79/36 line??

Redsock posted a link last week to a great profile of FY that included a number of choice lines from himself, displaying his bravado/sense of humor/cockiness, depending on which side you're on. One of them was something along the lines of "98 coming in, 102 going out" to describe when he'd hit a home run off a hard-throwing pitcher.

I adapted that slightly for the hit he got earlier this inning. :}

Amy said...

Boy, that was one poorly constructed sentence I wrote there.

L-girl said...

Also, in case it needs more explanation, that's the speed of the ball, mph.

Amy said...

Ah, thanks, EFD, for the explanation!

Amy said...

Now, Laura, I am not THAT dumb! :))

redsock said...

LAAAAA batter GIDP (nice scoop at first) to end top of 8.

redsock said...

RANDOR!

Zenslinger said...

Double double dong (Bay/V-tek)?

efd said...

Baltimore showing a good eye in selecting pitchers with good names!

Amy said...

Another K for TeK. So discouraging.

L-girl said...

Amy, I know. :)

Zenslinger said...

N-n-n-nope on the double double.

phil said...

Randor's on the all-He-Man list.

efd said...

i'm such a nerd, I'm sitting here on the couch trying to refresh the Yahoo boxscore on the Rays game when it occurs to me I can just flip to the damn channel on TV!

FKR have a runner on 2nd with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th.

Amy said...

OK, I have to ask this question. Where do you all think Tek will be next year?

Just preparing myself. Also, I may need to find a new favorite so I want to start thinking about it now.

efd said...

Randor's on the all-He-Man list.

Phil, totally!

ugh, and the runner on 2nd scores, 6-4 FKR.

Amy said...

Millar, be true to your 2004 love.

redsock said...

millar millars it to left.

L-girl said...

double double would be great if they were both Cdn players. "double double" is a big thing here.

phil said...

Surprisingly few others on the He-Man team. Moss Man? Ram-Man?

Amy said...

OK, I will bite. What does "double double" refer to in Canadian?

redsock said...

a lot of people think the sox will sign him to something like a 2 year deal. if they don't have many other options, i suppose that is most likely.

would he want more yrs/$? would he take more somewhere else?

phil said...

Darius (Dave) Hillman

L-girl said...

It's Tim Hortons-speak for a coffee w/ 2 creams & 2 sugars. If you know how to order that way, you are Canadian.

Of course, I don't use sugar in coffee, so I'll never have the opportunity.

phil said...

Coffee + 2 creams + 2 sugars.

efd said...

ok Bot, finish this guy off!

kkh said...

FKR 6, LAAA 4, bottom of the 8th. Rays have men on 1st and 2nd, 2 outs.

Amy said...

Interesting, Allan. I wasn't sure they would keep him at all, given his BA this year, But then I can't think of any other catchers out there that the Sox would want who are available. Certainly Cash isn't a good replacement.

efd said...

FY dirties the water!!

Amy said...

Nice!!

DIRTY WATER! Finally.

ish said...

Dirty water and a dirt(ier) uniform!

L-girl said...

Dirty Water!

s1c said...

dirty
watah
is
so
dirty

phil said...

Water.

Amy said...

A complete game for me.

phil said...

LAAAAAA goes to the top of the ninth.

redsock said...

The water is filthy in Baltimore.

Plus ... we win!

L-girl said...

Good game, and it even became a good thread! Night all, hasta tomorrow.

efd said...

i think the last three innings of this game took as long as the first six!

Zenslinger said...

Dirty dirty dirty.

Amy said...

Good night, everyone.

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