September 3, 2008

G139: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

Orioles - 100 300 000 - 4  5  1
Red Sox - 000 000 221 - 5 9 1
Through six innings, the Red Sox had only three baserunners, all of whom failed to reach second. In the final three innings, however, 11 runners reached base, and five of them scored, and the Red Sox walked off with a win and a sweep of the Orioles.

In the ninth, with the game tied 4-4, Alex Cora lined a single to right-center (his third hit of the afternoon). Coco Crisp dropped a squib bunt down the first base line. The ball rolled maybe 15 feet and had just spun over the foul line when it hit a little rock and hopped back into fair territory. Pitcher Jim Miller -- who made his major league debut last night -- grabbed it but his throw was low and late to first. Two on, no outs.

Jacoby Ellsbury (who robbed Aubrey Huff of a home run in the fifth with a leaping catch over the visitors' bullpen wall) also dropped down a bunt. It was directly in front of the plate. Miller got to it quickly, turned and fired to third. His throw was very wild, well to the left of Huff's glove. Indeed, the third base umpire had to duck back out of the way. The ball sailed into left field and Cora scored easily.

Boston got on the board when Dustin Pedroia homered down the left field line with one out in the sixth. Then, with two gone, Jason Bay was hit by a pitch in the foot, Jason Varitek walked on four pitches, Cora bunted for a hit, and Crisp walked. Baltimore led 4-2.

In the seventh, Jed Lowrie was called out on a short check swing. David Ortiz walked and Pedroia doubled into the left field corner (his third hit of the day!). Kotsay then banged a 2-1 pitch that was slicing to left-center. Adam Jones chased it, but seemed afraid of hitting the wall and pulled up short. The ball hit low on the wall, Jones banged into the wall anyway and fell down. It was a game-tying triple for Kotsay.

Cora also made a huge play in the top of the eighth. Baltimore led 4-2 and Huff had singled and stolen second base with no outs. Oscar Salazar hit a grounder to Cora's left and Huff took off for third. In one smooth motion, Cora gloved the ball and whirled and fired to third. Lowrie slapped the tag down on Huff for the out on a very close play. Justin Masterson then got an inning-ending double play two pitches later.

The White Sox beat Cleveland this afternoon 4-2 to stay 4 GB the Red Sox in the WC. ... A Yankees win over the Rays tonight would bring Boston to within three games of first place in the East.

***

Lance Cormier (4.61, 95 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.82, 161 ERA+)

Afternoon baseball!

Kirk is going with his bullpen for the entire game today. This is Cormier's 36th appearance of the year, but it's his first start:
Cormier has been stretched out to four innings once this season, on June 28 in relief against the Nationals, but hasn't pitched more than two innings since that outing. Trembley said on Tuesday night that he had no expectations for Cormier's longevity on Wednesday afternoon.
Kotsay gets a start at 1B, Bay still hitting 6th. Oatmeal inside.

And:
White Sox/Indians at 12
Yankees/Rays at 7
Twins/Blue Jays at 7

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Stefan said...

BR has the Yanks listed as 3 GB for the WC. Not so!

Go Carl!

redsock said...

Roberts, 2B
Payton, CF
Markakis, RF
Hall, 3B
Salazar, 1B
Scott, DH
Montanez, LF
Cintron, SS
Quinoz, C

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

phil said...

Don't tell me Francona plans on slotting Lowell in the 5 spot when he gets back.

phil said...

NESN has managed to do an entire biopic on Aardsma without mentioning his last name. A fan without a clue about who this David is they're profiling still wouldn't have one.

L-girl said...

Hooray for weekday day games! My project is in such good shape, I'm taking another afternoon off.

phil said...

Does NESN always run so much paid programming? I figured they might have some of that hagiography crap YES likes to run.

redsock said...

Thought were were stuck with Gary Thorne, but both feeds are on the package! NESN!

redsock said...

Anyone near the park and want a ticket? Nick has an extra and he may post info soon!

L-girl said...

I figured they might have some of that hagiography crap YES likes to run.

That's been a complaint for years. There's a lot of missed opportunity there.

nick said...

Hi all. I still have a ticket to today's game. If you can make it, email me at bagelche at gmail dot com. Had car trouble so I'm still a little outside Boston.

redsock said...

CWS: 000 02
CLE: 000 0

other games tonite

ish said...

Love me some weekday afternoon baseball.

phil said...

That's been a complaint for years.

I'm a man of the people.

redsock said...

pretty sure nix won't like that.

ish said...

I think the name "Norfolk" needs to have an official pronunciation next to it. I've heard people say nor-falk, nor-fork, nor-fick, and nor-folk. and nor-fk.

L-girl said...

Maybe they're all right.

phil said...

"Did you see that catch Coco didn't make?"

redsock said...

we need nesn to do a "jos nickname announcer day".

redsock said...

CWS up 4-0.

ish said...

Maybe you could convince FOX to do that.

ish said...

Top part of the blocked off hitter's backdrop isn't blocked off anymore.

phil said...

I'm still waiting for Allan to publish "All Team: the Book".

redsock said...

there is a book like that already.

phil said...

Was Chris Booker your agent?

ish said...

Remy, on last night's game: "I'm glad the Red Sox came out on top, but that game stunk."

phil said...

Daisuke's curve deserves some run support.

L-girl said...

I want Joe Igetwritersgreatcontracts as my agent.

phil said...

Walter Signer.

ish said...

Castig just called Paul Byrd, Tim.

phil said...

DO: "Daisuke Matsusaka ends up striking out the side."

Except for walking Cintron.

ish said...

Dice-K looks great now. First inning is the first inning. How often do good pitchers have a quick first?

ish said...

I've never liked it when people said a pitcher strikes out the side, even if they give up 5 runs and leaves the bases loaded. The three outs they get are strikeouts.

I think it should be 1-2-3 inning with 3 strikeouts to consider it striking out the side.

L-girl said...

Re strikes out the side, I always question that, too. To me, strikes out the side means a 1-2-3 inning. But announcers generally mean that all the outs came "by way of the K".

So if you allow 3 runs but get 3 Ks, did you strike out the side? Doesn't make much sense.

L-girl said...

Heh, Ish and I had the same thought.

phil said...

Love the "Laser Show" sign in the stands.

ish said...

189!

ish said...

L, I looked at that and thought to myself, she just repeated what I said.

ish said...

Didn't occur to me that it was such a coincedence!

ish said...

Tek or no Tek, Heidi looks nice in the sunshine.

L-girl said...

"That manager interview was brought by Bigelow tea."

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!

ish said...

Castig: "Yankees elimination number is 15."

L-girl said...

L, I looked at that and thought to myself, she just repeated what I said.

We were typing at the same time. :)

L-girl said...

Damn, didn't think he'd catch that!

ish said...

Phew. FY was around second when the catch was made.

Truped!

ish said...

We were typing at the same time. :)

I love it when stuff like that happens. Little coincidences of life.

redsock said...

East magic # is 15.

WC magic # is 18.

phil said...

Bleh.

ish said...

And that's for the Yankees right? 15 and 18?

ish said...

So, that means if the magic number goes down by 1 each day, that'd be right around Sept. 20

ish said...

If I'm remembering correctly. Red Sox win or Yankees loss. And it'd go down by 2 if the Sox win and the Yankees lose.

So confusing.

redsock said...

ish, yeah.

fkr wins and mfy losses
and
sox wins and mfy losses

...

a few months ago, remy was talking up that nesn "stat pack" thing and i went to the site to sign up for it.

it was impossible to find. it did not come up in a site search. which i found amazing. mention some neat thing during every single game that fans can get but don't actually make it available.

idiots.

ish said...

Dice-K and Kuroda seem to have the same type of MO as to how they fare in any particular game. If the slider is on, they're on. If they don't have the slider, they're not going to have a very good day.

ish said...

nesn.com is showing the weather for Arlington, TX. Uh, not there yet folks.

ish said...

It looks like stat pack is a video. You mouse over Red Sox on nesn.com, then click on "Red Sox Stats" then play the video.

ish said...

Tom Caron stands in front of the TV there at NESN studios and regurgitates statistics your way.

redsock said...

video? that's not how they sold it before. sounded like updated media notes stats & stuff. ehh, i'll live without it.

redsock said...

mets with 6 in the top of 1st against the brewers.

L-girl said...

Tom Caron stands in front of the TV there at NESN studios and regurgitates statistics your way

Taking his cue from Orsillo, who sits in the booth and reads you his media guide.

ish said...

You'd do just as well downloading the PDF of the daily statistics from redsox.com

ish said...

It's amazing how Dale Arnold, who's doing radio today, can annoy the shit out of me just by one single flaw: His flow. He very rarely announces that the pitch is being delivered. He'll say what happened, but no, "the pitch..." or "here's the pitch."

redsock said...

SHIT

ish said...

O's get 4 runs off our current #2 pitcher. Red Sox haven't scored yet against their bullpen.

redsock said...

Dice-PC:

28-23-8 31 = 90

oy.

redsock said...

sleepy red sox hitters and a lazy fenway afternoon crowd

L-girl said...

That's my boy!!!

ish said...

Did you see that catch JACOBY made!!!!

redsock said...

hell of a catch, robbing markakis of a dong!!

wake up the crowd and bats?

ish said...

I hope so. I didn't like that Dice-K walked the next batter, though. But it was harmless, and it's time to tear this 4-0 wall down.

redsock said...

why does it always happen that the guy who makes a great catch for the second out is the 6th guy up the following inning?

ish said...

why does it always happen that the guy who makes a great catch for the second out is the 6th guy up the following inning?

It's fate.

ish said...

Someone should tell the batters to take a few pitches. Grind out some at-bats.

ish said...

Lights are on at Fenway.

ish said...

Bullpen trying to get the bats moving. I wonder if the batters can hear them at home plate.

ish said...

It's not working, boys.

redsock said...

the high-sock guys are all sitting together. very segregated pen.

redsock said...

doody calls!

ish said...

There's one guy there without high socks. Renegade.

nixon33 said...

FUCK ME! AFTER A REALLY REALLY LATE NIGHT OF WORK FOLLOWED BY SOME HEAVY DRINKING IN WAKE UP TO THIS SHIT? WHO IS THIS FUCKING PITCHER AND WHERE IS THE OFFENSE THATS CORED 1,000,000 RUNS THE LAST TWO DAYS?????????

nixon33 said...

fuck i didnt realize that theyy were playing a day game today.

L-girl said...

oops, nix just woke up and he's not happy

A Conformer said...

Nix said: FUCK ME!

Did Coco hit a dong?

redsock said...

fuck i didnt realize that theyy were playing a day game today.

AND YOU GOT YOUR BASEBALL SCHEDULE-READING DEGREE WHERE???????

ish said...

Nix waking up like there's no food in the house.

nixon33 said...

ha i was totally consumed last night to not even check. i knew they had an off day on thurs. its a rare mistake by this coco hater. tell me his error did not lead to runs...

redsock said...

tell me his error did not lead to runs...

no can do. the first inning run scored on it.

nixon33 said...

NIX= PRE-COFFEE

ish said...

A HIT! A FUCKING HIT! WOW!

nixon33 said...

no can do. the first inning run scored on it.

well he's just going to have to even that shit out, that little bitch.

LETS GO!

redsock said...

CWS: 000 022 000 - 4 7 0
CLE: 000 002 000 - 2 9 0

ish said...

Here's to hoping the Twins lose.

And the Rays, obviously.

nixon33 said...

did this guy not get the scouting report in regards to coras baserunning? throw to first again, i DARE YOU!

nixon33 said...

FU COCO. JUST. FUCK. YOU.

redsock said...

ococ saving it for a walkoff, apparently.

phil said...

Could've sworn Baltimore was supposed to have a crappy bullpen.

ish said...

They have only used two pitchers so far...

nixon33 said...

COME ON LBJ!
DO IT DO IT!

nixon33 said...

UGH

redsock said...

a-meeker shows strike 3 in the exact same spot as the pitch the ump called ball 1.

ish said...

This is frustrating. Obviously.

nixon33 said...

anyone who like mad dog russo, he's gonna be on the michael kay show at 5pm

redsock said...

i should say where he "correctly" called ball 1.

still no red sox runner has reached second.

redsock said...

101 = me

also, things should stay open for tonight's games.

ish said...

also, things should stay open for tonight's games.

Cool. Unless the Red Sox lose today. I won't be in a huge baseball mood.

But, for those without EI or outside of NYC, ESPN's carrying the Rays/Yankees game.

nixon33 said...

3 innings to score 4 runs off of shit bullpen. do it.

ish said...

Nice to see the school buses going by the house now.

redsock said...

GDGD has Dice pitching this inning. He is up to 119 pitches now.

ish said...

Silly GDGD.

L-girl said...

NIX= PRE-COFFEE

Wow.

I can't even type pre-coffee.

L-girl said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!

phil said...

Hey it's a run.

ish said...

LASER SHOW! Let the game begin!

A Conformer said...

Fuck Yeah with the turning point.

nixon33 said...

MV FUCKING P! (i dont really believe he'll win it, but i can hope!)

nixon33 said...

OK DO IT FOR HEIDI!

ish said...

Varitek batting right-handed. More confidence than normal.

redsock said...

A FREAKING ROCKET!

...

and we'll take the HBP!

Let's see something, Tek! Batting RH will help.

ish said...

Ball four!

Tying run coming up!

phil said...

Cora? Please?

redsock said...

tying run!!! but it's cora.

can yook PH?

nixon33 said...

come on....cora.

redsock said...

HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!

alright ococ -- be the man.

ish said...

Bunt! Great timing, great placement!

Here's your chance, Coco!

phil said...

Genius.

nixon33 said...

WHOA! I DIDNT SEE THAT COMING !!! WTF????
LETS GO! COCO YOU LITTLE BITCH MOTHERFUCKER

redsock said...

our bench is

yook
cash
ross
van every
bailey

nixon33 said...

does tito PH for sucksuck?

ish said...

I really didn't see that one coming either.

redsock said...

2 outs - sacks loaded.

is coco a man or a mouse?

L-girl said...

Come on ococ, give us a big FU NIX!!!

nixon33 said...

they are gonna kill tito if sucksuck fucks this up.

TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM!

ish said...

Truped, sorta.

redsock said...

good eye!

L-girl said...

Serve us up a big ice cream cone, Rocky Cherry.

L-girl said...

WalkWalk!

ish said...

Come on in, Bay!

phil said...

Jacoby? Please?

nixon33 said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
FU NIZ! (ITS THE ONLY WAY I CAN GET ON BASE CAUSE IM A PUSSY!)

L-girl said...

Four more runs! Four more runs!

nixon33 said...

COME ON LBJ!

phil said...

Fuck.

L-girl said...

bah

ish said...

Damn.

6 outs to get 2 runs.

nixon33 said...

shit. at least we got two.

i dont know if anyone has noticed, but the cameraman whos been doing the behind the plate wideshot of the outfield when there are pop ups or dongs is an asshole. films every pop up like its a dong with the WIDE DRAMATIC SHOT when its barely a pop up out of the infield.

jere would not approve.

ish said...

But you've got to be rather confident in the 8th inning, because it'll be Jedi, Flo, and the Laser Show.

ish said...

Nix, I've been visually Truped like 5 times today. And it's not just today either. Lately it's been like that. Douche. Go back to running wire.

redsock said...

yeah, jedi has to get his head out of his ass for this AB, though.

L-girl said...

Jedi, Flo, and the Laser Show

Has a nice ring to it!

nixon33 said...

ish, last night it must have happened like, oh i dont know, 10 times. fuck the truck, right?

redsock said...

masterson in to get the dp.

ish said...

It's been so bad, I thought that Coco foul was going to be a grand slam.

ish said...

Close play. Not hard to run off Bat though.

nixon33 said...

hold the line, young man.

ish said...

Google's Chrome browser has what people call a "porn mode", a mode where there is no trace as to what websites you visit.

ish said...

EINSTEIN STRIKES AGAIN!!!

redsock said...

GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eff you huff!!!

nixon33 said...

BRAINSTORM!

nixon33 said...

wow he was safe.

ish said...

A risky play but it was very smart, and it seemed like he was safe, but the second angle looks like he was out at third.

nixon33 said...

trembley must be losing his fucking mind.

phil said...

Not sure instant replay would've helped with that play.

ish said...

Trembley's getting hot and bothered.

ish said...

"You better throw me out of this game, I've got a reputation to uphold!"

"No I think you're an asshole and I'm keeping you IN!"

ish said...

Mmmm... Pickles!

redsock said...

looked out to me

ump does not send shatner to the transporter room.

HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phil said...

a mode where there is no trace as to what websites you visit.

They took that from Safari.

ish said...

And hey, there's that double play Masterson came in for, Allan!

nixon33 said...

"IM YOUR MASTER, SON"

ish said...

They took that from Safari.

Even the new Internet Exploder will have it.

nixon33 said...

WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS GAME.
look for coco to do something LARGE

L-girl said...

I tried to cheer the outs, but my computer froze. So now that I've rebooted:

YAY!

ish said...

It's starting to feel like this one's the Red Sox's game to lose.

ish said...

LMAO, L

ish said...

Let's rock this guy's cherry.

redsock said...

portrait of an umpire as an asshole.

phil said...

Makeup call.

ish said...

Papi's on this guy.

Now bury him.

ish said...

FY as the tying run at the plate.

And Captain Kirk is talking to himself in the dugout.

Melvin Mora named AL Player of the Month.

redsock said...

LA-SER!
LA-SER!
LA-SER!
LA-SER!
LA-SER!

ish said...

There ya go, FY. Break some lights!

ish said...

Baseballs collecting on the screen.

Anyone see the play last night where Jim Edmonds at Wrigley jumped into the ivy, missed the fly ball, and another one squirted out of the ivy?

ish said...

LASER SHOW!!!

ish said...

If this doesn't convince you he's the MVP nothing will!

L-girl said...

He is absolutely insane!!!

nixon33 said...

WOW THE GUY IS OUT OF HIS MIND RIGHT NOW!

redsock said...

who could have expected pedroia's at bats to be must see, do NOT leave the room!!!

ish said...

Bot warming.

Zenslinger said...

Good god, Pedroia's carrying the freaking team on his little back.

(All right, just don't call him "gritty".)

nixon33 said...

come on kotsay, base hit, thats all we need, if you wanna do more, fine. but base hits...

ish said...

It's not that Pedroia's hitting... it's what Pedroia's hitting!

ish said...

TIE GAME!!!!

nixon33 said...

YEAH! !OMG!! !YEAH!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

FUCK YEAH KOTSAY!!!!

redsock said...

KOTSAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jones a-scared of the wall

and the pint of ice cream is melting on the mound!!!!!!!!

Zenslinger said...

17 HR?

44 doubles?

HITTING .333?

ish said...

Kotsay delivers with a game-tying triple! Hey Baltimore, how's your dick?

L-girl said...

And the boy doesn't even have a JoS nickname!

nixon33 said...

NON-MOTHERS DAY MINI-MIRACLE!!!!!!

nixon33 said...

YOU THINK JD IS SWEATING A LITTLE?

Zenslinger said...

And now there's the first baseman with the fucking triple!

Wow wow wow!

L-girl said...

It's not that Pedroia's hitting... it's what Pedroia's hitting!

It's also how much he's hitting. It's everything!

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