August 31, 2008

G136: White Sox 4, Red Sox 2

White Sox - 200 001 001 - 4  9  0
Red Sox - 000 100 001 - 2 8 0
A lack of timely hitting spelled doom for Boston today. They left the bases loaded in the first, and left men on second and third in both the second and fourth innings.

Wakefield allowed a two-run dong to Thome in the first and Thome and Konkero hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth. The Red Sox rallied in the ninth, but Pedroia flew out to left with the tying runs at (once again) second and third.

Tampa Bay improved its AL East lead to 5.5 games over the Red Sox by beating Baltimore 10-4. Toronto beat New York 6-2, dropping the Yankees 12.5 GB Tampa and only two games out of fourth place. Minnesota is now 2.5 GB Boston in the WC after beating Oakland 12-4.

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Gavin Floyd (3.70, 122 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (3.73, 121 ERA+)

Dustin Pedroia became the first Red Sox player since Wade Boggs (June 8 and 10, 1989) to collect four hits in back-to-back games.

FY batted fourth last night. Terry Francona: "I'll never hear the end of this from Pedroia or Ortiz. Pedroia says it's long overdue and Ortiz says he's retiring." ... Asked after the game if he had created a monster by batting Pedroia cleanup, Francona said: "He already is a monster."

He's 12-for-17 (.706) in his last four games. Since August 12 (16 games), Pedroia is hitting .423/.468/.761. In 25 games since August 1, he's hitting .378/.426/.649.

FY:
I told David he better quit bitching about getting pitches to hit, because he got plenty tonight.
In his second start since being demoted to AA, Clay Buchholz dominated New Hampshire: 8-2-0-1-10.

OOT: Blue Jays/Yankees at 1, Orioles/Rays at 1:30, Twins/Athletics at 4.

East
Tampa Bay   83  51  .619   --- 
Boston 79 56 .585 4.5
New York 72 63 .533 11.5
Toronto 69 66 .511 14.5
Baltimore 63 72 .467 20.5
WC
Boston      79  56  .585   ---
Minnesota 76 60 .559 3.5
New York 72 63 .533 7.0
Toronto 69 66 .511 10.0

111 comments:

Amy said...

I believe Buchholz went 8 innings, not 7.

SoSock said...

Hi guy
I hope all is well. My dad has had recurring trouble with the stones for 10 - 15 years now. Not constant, mind you, just every few years or so. Of course he's 84 so we're just happy that seems to be the extent of his health problems :)
I do know it's extremely uncomfortable and I wish you a speedy recovery.
Lots of schadenfreude helps spur the process along I'm sure !!
Still can't believe the FKR pulled that win out yesterday. I was primed to gain a game. At least we did pick up 1 on the Twinkies, and of course the Bland Sox as well.

ish said...

BBTN's Eduardo Perez said something funny. He thinks LAAAAAA wins the west... Okay. He thinks Chicago wins the Central... Okay. He thinks Tampa wins the east... Okay.

Then he thinks the Twins win the wildcard. Here's why: "The Minnesota Twins are going to outlast the Boston Red Sox, because they have one guy to close games, and his name is Joe Nathan."

Now, come on. I know Joe Nathan is a very good pitcher. But that's your reasoning, where's Papelbon on your closer's totem poll? We've got one guy to close out games as well.

The Red Sox are not going to lose the wild card because of Papelbon, and the Twins are not going to win the wild card because of Joe Nathan.

L-girl said...

Asked after the game if he had created a monster by batting Pedroia cleanup, Francona said: "He already is a monster."

Love it!!!

s1c said...

FY is the best!!!

Well, off to the lake. See you guys on Tuesday night!!!

BBTN is full of idiots

redsock said...

Amy: He did go 8!

Amy said...

OK, that Amy is not me! I wouldn't remember how many innings HH went!! So someone is posing as me without without a public profile, or just another incidence of too many people named Amy, a fact of my life forever.

Anyway, welcome back, Allan! How are you feeling??

9casey said...

Our record last year on this same date:
80-55
Going into today
79-56

But for some reason people think we are having a down year...I don't get it...

9casey said...

Kotsay's comments about Pedroia were great..

He mentioned how since he got there he has a different outlook on the game by just watching how he plays the game....

redsock said...

Two "amy"s may be confusing.

Feeling much better. No real pain today at all, but I guess that means the stone is in a "nice" place for now.

Hoping to actually watch today rather than float in and out of sleep like last night.

Thanks to everybody for their kind words here and at wmtc.

9casey said...

Amy said...
OK, that Amy is not me! I wouldn't remember how many innings HH went!!


When I first saw that I thought maybe you were there at the game

redsock said...

Bowden still with the team but he has been optioned back to Paw. Jonathan Van Every is up.

Yook still has the flu.

Ellsbury, CF
Lowrie, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Pedroia, 2B
Kotsay, RF
Bay, LF
Bailey, 1B
Cora, SS
Cash, C

Cabrera, SS
Swisher, RF
Quentin, LF
Thome, DH
Konerko, 1B
Griffey, CF
Ramirez, 2B
Crede, 3B
Hall, C

Amy said...

Well, you will know it is the original Amy by my annoying questions. Also, maybe the "other" Amy can choose some way of distinguishing herself short of a different name.

In 8th grade, there were three girls named Amy in my French class, and I was the new kid in town. I had to take on a nickname that I hated. I am not doing that here! I am no longer the new kid in town.

Amy said...

And there is always my Tek avatar...

redsock said...

"I told David he better quit bitching about getting pitches to hit, because he got plenty tonight"
Pedroia in the post game


!!!!!

redsock said...

"A lot of people talk about Manny leaving," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game. "I wish Pedroia was leaving."

--------

After and re the BBI:
"I never thought I would walk a jockey. I must be the worst manager ever in the history of baseball right now, walking a guy that just came from being on the top of Big Brown to beat the White Sox. Right now, he's on a roll. This guy right now is on fire."

redsock said...

Cito Gaston's DH vs the MFY?

David Eckstein.

redsock said...

Jays TV (not Buffy) call Abreu one of the best fielding RF in MLB - great at playing caroms off the wall. Hmmmm.

redsock said...

"a pitcher like pettitte likes to get ahead of the hitters"

yes, he's very strange that way....

redsock said...

wells bangs it by cannot -- jays 1-0 with guys at 1st/2nd, 1 out

redsock said...

barajas to deep left - nady two steps in, oops, loses it in the sun, it falls near him, 3-0 jays -- fans booing already!!!!!

Amy said...

I will be going out soon, so if anyone posts as Amy in the next few hours, it is not me. Unless she says something brilliant. :)

Allan, glad you are feeling more comfortable. Hope this experience is over soon.

nixon33 said...

ALLAN GOOD TO SEE YR DOING BETTER, MY MAN!

phil said...

MFY should just tank the rest of the season and hope for some high draft picks.

Jere said...

"MFY should just tank the rest of the season "

Oh, they'll be under strict orders to tank when they play Tampa.

I guess I missed some crazy kidney stuff. Glad you're okay, Allan.

I'm in the Seven Stars Bakery, but only for a few more minutes, then I go back to the un-internetted house.

redsock said...

sunday baseball on tbs?

not nesn, but not hawk.

chip caray and buck "annoying pinched nose voice" martinez

Sarah Gates said...

Hey all! Allan, I hope you're feeling better...

redsock said...

i feel like the worst was yesterday and now i am recovering quietly. but that is not the case, i guess. stone's still gotta come out....

Sarah Gates said...

Hmmm... TBS or the Chicago guys...

My brother, recently landed in Boston, is gloating about how his cable has NESN.

Jere said...

4-0 Tor

nixon33 said...

phil, we ned the yanks to win vs tampa!

Connecticut Day? F THAT! Its filled 3/4 with MFY fans.

redsock said...

tbs - i guess it is a national sunday game?

phil said...

Providence represent.

redsock said...

will the mfy wanna tank against the fkr and give the east to the sox?

phil said...

As if the MFY have much choice in the outcome of a FKR-MFY game.

Jere said...

"Connecticut Day? F THAT! "

Every other New England state gets a day at Fenway, CT deserves one! But if they really care about my home state, they will give everyone there NESN! (And by the way, if they had it, maybe there'd be more Sox fans in the state in the first place.)

redsock said...

lyndon diving catch to start the game -- as usual

Pepe Lepew said...

Was Buck Martinez right? Is Pedroia really leading the league in hitting? I didn't know that. I knew he was in the top 10.

nixon33 said...

THE KID!

Jere said...

Cool, I got to be here for one out of a game thread! See you all later....

phil said...

1. Pedroia: .327
2. Bradley: .324
3. Mauer: .323

He is in average.

Sarah Gates said...

Hmm... First game I've gotten to see in weeks. That's not quite what I was looking for.

redsock said...

fy will not let this stand.

Sarah Gates said...

Nope, fy clearly has no patience for this sort of thing...

nixon33 said...

when yr going good, yr going good.

redsock said...

it's like he invented the game -

nixon33 said...

come on bay, come up LARGE.

Sarah Gates said...

oh man, that was a bummer. Hate leaving them loaded...

nixon33 said...

FUCK

nixon33 said...

LBJ! NOW KNOCK EM IN J-LO!

redsock said...

buck martinez says cora got a great jump and was able to go first to third ...

on a double.

jeez buck.

nixon33 said...

FUCK x2

Sarah Gates said...

I was excited to get to watch the game today, but I think I'm going to go back to bed. I seem to have the flu, and merely sitting up seems like too much work. (Dave wants us to clean the house. He's welcome to.)

nixon33 said...

BULLSHIT YOU RAGING BULL LOOK-A-LIKE COCKSUCKER!

redsock said...

buck just said mark loretta had a phenominal season for the red sox a few years ago.

whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa??

that was not even close to a swing

nixon33 said...

kotsay and bay need to go back to back.
rightfuckingnow.

nixon33 said...

TAKE A PITCH!

nixon33 said...

WE NEED TO BREAK THROUGH!

nixon33 said...

BREAK ON THRU TO THE OTHER SIDE! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

tiz - smack a foul at that ump's head, then bang a dong

nixon33 said...

nothing like winning a series and STILL possibly losing ground. WTF?!??!?
SCORE SOME RUNS

redsock said...

tbs showed a replay from milwaukee's game. batter hits a line drive right bakc at sabathia, who catches it bare-handed and throws to first for a dp.

nixon33 said...

COME ON BAY!

redsock said...

tbs in studio guy does a viagra tie-in and shows the fisk ws home run -- and says we all remember seeing that - it came in the 11th inning....


wtf is wrong with this people?

SoSock said...

Oooof. Yard work sucks. Hated to do it while the game was on, but got an engagement later and it HAD to be done.
Checked in every so often and not liking what I see.
RUNS PLEASE!

nixon33 said...

RALLY!

SoSock said...

Local ad break provides an interesting fact. Our county library does a project they call "The Big Read" every year. I'm sure they're not the only one, but....
Anyway, this year's book is Farenheit 451. They encourage everyone all over to read the one book and discuss. Good idea, and an interesting choice.

nixon33 said...

THE PITCH BEFORE WAS BALL FOUR

SoSock said...

Do you think he's taking ?
Ooooh... 3-0 call no doubt.

SUCKS!

Should be 2 on, no outs

SoSock said...

HEAD DOWN, ON THE BALL!!

Shit!

SoSock said...

Pedal-roia

SoSock said...

Fuckity fuck

phil said...

At least the MFY lost.

SoSock said...

Wow!
DP even with the runner going.
Fuck Yeah!!

phil said...

Meh.

SoSock said...

Ow, that hurts.

redsock said...

"much needed win"?

fuck you buck martinez

it aint over asslicker.

nixon33 said...

like i said. nothing more frustrating than WINNING A FUCKING SERIES AND STILL LOSING GROUND

redsock said...

when the first place team loses once every two fucking weeks, gaining ground is tough.

fucking rays.

redsock said...

cora BB -- here we go!

pls don't let cash bat

SoSock said...

L-O walk. Hope we do more with it than last inning.

redsock said...

rather see tek than van every ....

redsock said...

FUCK THIS FUCKING UMP
FUCKING BALLS CALELD STRIKES ALL FUCKING DAY -- FUCKING COCKNUGGET

SoSock said...

BULL_FUCKING_SHIT!!

High

redsock said...

can jedi not be a pile of poo here?

phil said...

If you hit the ball into the outfield, they can't call it strike three.

SoSock said...

Could easily be tying run on base, no outs, if not for the bullshit call.

SoSock said...

No DP now :)

nixon33 said...

PAPI YOU ARE DO
will they walk him?

phil said...

In play, run(s).

redsock said...

Good times from FLO?

SoSock said...

The damn insurance run last inning, and the freaking high strike 3 are both looming large right now.

phil said...

If they walk him, then Pedroia gets the walkoff.

SoSock said...

Go ahead - walk him.
Then look in the on-deck circle and cringe!

SoSock said...

Laser show time!!!

redsock said...

LET'S DO IT, BIG BROWN!!

phil said...

Ok, maybe Crisp'd have a chance at scoring from first.

SoSock said...

MVP chants - :)

SoSock said...

HELL YES!

phil said...

No defensive indifference there.

phil said...

Fuck.

SoSock said...

SHIT!!
Nice try tho.

phil said...

Baltimore has the bases loaded with one out in the eighth. Down nine runs, of course.

SoSock said...

Pedroia looked like he was a little too anxious to hit. Chased

nixon33 said...

i think the fans need to calm down with that MVP shit. they are gonna put unnecessary pressure on the kid. jesus.

nixon33 said...

finally time to kiss the Division goodbye?

ish said...

Oh well... Water is clean for today.

5.5 GB in a few minutes.

Joe Grav said...

fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck the fucking rays.

redsock said...

finally time to kiss the Division goodbye?

Has L got to you too?

We need help, there is no question about that.

I say it's still possible, but if I saw one of those "if FKR slip and go only 14-14, we need to go x-x" things, I might see it differently.

nixon33 said...

the only reason im saying that is cause we went what 18-6 in aug and STILL lost 2.5 games, or something like that. its CRAZY!

Peter said...

Someone needs to start an investigation of the umpires at the CWS-Red Sox game 8/31. Their calls were so obviously bad and wrong that they must have been intentional. Are they on payola?