September 10, 2008

G145: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 (14)

Rays    - 010 000 000 000 03 - 4 12  2
Red Sox - 001 000 000 000 01 - 2 8 0
Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson, Manny Delcarmen, and Javier Lopez held the line against the Rays for 7.1 innings (a combined 7.1-3-0-4-6 line), but the Boston bats could not push a single run across the plate to either take the lead or win the game. And so, finally, in the 14th inning, Mike Timlin trotted in from the pen.

He came into the 1-1 game with no one on and one out. He got the second out on his first pitch, a ground ball to third. Then Akinori Iwamura smacked a 3-0 pitch into center for a hit. Timlin got a swinging strike on Rocco Baldelli, but surrendered a line drive single to left. Still, all Timlin needed was one out.

Carlos Pena looked at a ball, then lofted a pitch high and deep to the opposite field. Jason Bay tracked it to his right in left field, but could only watch as the ball disappeared into the Monster Seats. The three-run dong gave Tampa a 4-1 lead. ... After a walk, Old Yeller got the final out.

Jacoby Ellsbury (0-for-6 to that point) began the bottom half of the 14th with a double to right-center off Troy Percival. Dustin Pedroia walked on five pitches (FY reached base six times tonight) and David Ortiz walked on four. With the potential winning run at the plate, Joe Maddon yanked Percival and went with Jason Hammel.

Youkils worked a full count before hitting a routine fly ball to right. Lyndon scored and FY took third. Bay looked overmatched, eventually striking out by lunging at an outside pitch he could not have reached with an oar. That left the Sox's fate in the hands of Alex Cora -- who hacked on 2-0 and flew harmlessly to center.

Lost among the late-inning action was the positively horrific umpiring, especially Dan Iassogna behind the plate. His strike zone to left-handed hitters -- especially Red Sox left-handed hitters -- grew an extra foot outside. And Ron Kulpa blew an easy call at first base in the bottom of the ninth, when Ellsbury beat out a grounder to third. It would have given Pedroia a chance to bat with the bases loaded, but Kulpa's incorrect call (replays showed he clearly blew it) ended the inning.

Boston fell back to 2.5 GB in the East -- with 17 games remaining. The Twins beat the Royals 7-1 to move 5 GB in the wild card. The Angels clinched the AL West with a 4-2> win over the Yankees and the White Sox edged the Blue Jays 6-5.

***

Andy Sonnanstine (4.66, 93 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (4.20, 108 ERA+)

Sonnanstine has not faced the Red Sox this season.

The BR preview says Beckett has never faced the Rays, but that's not true. He has made eight starts against them: three in 2006 (May 25, July 3, and September 27), two in 2007 (July 5 and September 21) and three times this year (April 27, May 3, and June 4).

***
Yankees/Angels at 3:30
Blue Jays/White Sox at 8
Royals/Twins at 8
East
Rays 86 57 --- Magic #
Red Sox 85 59 1.5 18
Blue Jays 78 66 8.5 11
Yankees 77 68 10.0 9
Orioles 64 79 22.0 E

Wild Card
Red Sox 85 59 --- Magic #
Twins 79 65 6.0 13
Blue Jays 78 66 7.0 12
Yankees 77 68 8.5 10

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ish said...

Today I'm expecting... A fucking bludgeoning. A massacre upon the Rays. At least 10 runs. Large bullpen involvement for the Rays. The Red Sox will then abuse the Jays starting Friday. They'll win the division. They'll win the World Series. THEY WILL RULE THE WORLD. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

tim said...

Solid first post!

BR's fuck-up is even stranger, considering beckett won one of the last 10 listed right below where it says he's never faced them.

nixon33 said...

lets be real. sonnanstein (or however you fucking spell it) sucks.

redsock said...

On the morning of August 30, the Dodgers were 4.5 GB. Now they are 2.5 GA.

A swing of 7 games in 11 days!

JCal76 said...

Watching Sonnanstine pitch is so perplexing. How does this guy get anybody out? He reminds me of that trainwreck jackass that we picked up a couple years ago Jason Johnson although Sonn has a little better breaking stuff. Sox should destroy him and as ish said get into their pen early.

ish said...

Manny who? That's who. But they had that seven game slide before that, that put them in that hole to begin with. With Manny.

Listening to John Sterling lament about the Yankee season is about as much a highlight of my day as a Big Mac would be to that guy who ate 23,000 of them.

ish said...

Sterling: "There was an absolutely fantastic game at Fenway last night..."

Fuck you.

Amy said...

I have to go teach (booo...), but my daughter and her friends are at Fenway tonight, sitting on the Green Monster. Look for the cutest girl there, and that will be her (not that I am biased or anything).

I hope to tune in later...

Zenslinger said...

I've been at Lake George for several days. Had a good time but not much baseball. So I'm looking forward to a little JoS, then getting off work and seeing how things are at The Bar (much the same, I suspect).

It's been gratifying to make up so much ground on TB with so little hand-wringing on my part. But I feel pretty comfortable. Heck, coolstandings gives us the greater % chance to win the Division than the Rays, and that's including last night's loss.

It seems like Sonnanstine has shown flashes of brilliance. But I won't go against any predictions of doom for him tonight.

9casey said...

Big game for Ellsbury tonight, he has to start getting on base or he will be our Dave Roberts of '08...

I would also like to see some fireworks tonight, couple of brushbacks, words, something.....

redsock said...

damn - got the doodyheads of espn

o'b and sut

redsock said...

Well, L is out tonight - so it's totally mute for me.

SUT = MUTE

redsock said...

LAA 4, MFY 2

redsock said...

Better late then never oatmeal

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Mark Kotsay, RF
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Jason Varitek, C

1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. Dan Johnson, LF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Cliff Floyd, DH
5. Willy Aybar, 3B
6. Eric Hinske, RF
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Gabe Gross, CF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

redsock said...

Globe notes:

Drew available off the bench.

Papelbon will "probably not" pitch tonight.

Red Sox activated David Aardsma - "in all likelihood" will not pitch tonight.

Francona is currently penciling in Paul Byrd to start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays and Bartolo Colon for Game 2.

redsock said...

5 pitch first inning!!!!!!!!

Jere said...

"Papelbon will "probably not" pitch tonight."

Tito said earlier he won't pitch.

nixon33 said...

COME ON YOUK.

Jere said...

weird hop. still almost recovered

Jere said...

triple F gets a H. (cliFFFloyd).

1-0 them. crap

nixon33 said...

AYBAR HES A SOX KILLER< HOW AND WHY?
WTF?

redsock said...

sut uses bay backing up third to manny-bash. ... yes i have sound on quietly.

SUT - GO EAT A BARRELL OF SHIT, YOU FAT DRUINK IDIOT FUCVK.

Jere said...

oh, for L, later, and everyone else. I realized that I didn't start calling Hinske "Natasha" just because of the rhyming last name. It's also because you hear "Kinski" in the name. Like, Era Kinske. Hence, Natasha.

Two outs, still guy on third. Nice.

Jere said...

great job to allow only the one--which the bad hop helped anyway.

redsock said...

beckett's first pitch was a ball.

then 16 strikes.

nixon33 said...

this fucking ump punches people out like leslie neilson. jesus christ.

nixon33 said...

EJECT THAT FAN

Jere said...

TIto: "How can you say he'd catch that ball?!" something like that.

redsock said...

idiot fucking fan

redsock said...

stupid shithead on his cellphone.

ban him for life. shit douche

Jere said...

doubt he would've caught that. But kick that fan out FOR LIFE. wipe that stupid smile off your face you fuck.

Jere said...

the douche goes dancing away. fucking fuck.

redsock said...

gammons in the monster seats saying "the fan reached over me"

oy.

Jere said...

i have found the good in this. All the other fans along the fence let the ball go. It wasn't like a big sea of hands going for it. Just one smiling dancing drunken football fan.

Zenslinger said...

What, a fan fed Lowell's fly ball to Dan Johnson, volleyball-style?

nixon33 said...

well i think he would have least got his body near it which means he has a shot. if its a good shot at it or not, thats a different issue. what the real issue is:
OUR LINEUP NEEDS TO STOP HAVING AT BATS LIKE A BUNCH OF PUSSIES

Jere said...

okay, it was two guys reaching. that almost was a fair ball. how the f do they reach that far out on that without realizing it would clearly be interfering??

nixon33 said...

HEY JULIO, SINCE THEY JUST SHOWED YOU ON TV FUCKING AROUND IN THE DUGOUT, I JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT I FUCKING CANNOT STAND YOU.

COME ON BECKETT

nixon33 said...

sittown dickface.

Zenslinger said...

But have your feelings changed about Coco at all?

nixon33 said...

a little, but mostly not. he couldnt do it in a clutch spot last night, and reminded me why i dont like him, or rather have no faith in him.

redsock said...

K by pain-yer

Jere said...

you can't fault Coco's defense, though. Well, you can do anything I guess.

Jere said...

I feel like Beckett's not a fan of the way Pena holds the bat right in the strike zone like that. And then looks at it and then back at the pitcher as if to say "how ya like my rod?"

nixon33 said...

hes a great outfielder, i still dislike him though.

Zenslinger said...

Sonnanstine through 2: 29-19
Beckett through 3: 34-27

redsock said...

there goes the no-no

makes yourself useful, tek

redsock said...

CLANK!!!!!!!!!!!

nixon33 said...

SAFE FUCK YOU!

PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. PLEASE!!!!!!!

Jere said...

i'm cookin dinner, see ya all when it's 8-1 Sox.

nixon33 said...

riiiiight... and there was no bunt because.....

redsock said...

FYBFY

Zenslinger said...

I repeat:

Pedroia all but carries the team!

redsock said...

Any music requests for tomorrow?

Zenslinger said...

Off to The Bar. Go go go.

nixon33 said...

sorry, but watching ortiz is kinda painful. i know he had a nice couple of games recently. but when he gets a hit, or hits a dong, im kinda surprised.
i wish he'd change my outlook.

Zenslinger said...

Far as music...did you have a few options in mind? I'm sure you wouldn't want to blog about something you're not into.

redsock said...

i was going to do some sonny rollins from the 60s, but then felt meh.

maybe some late 80s prince? i dunno.

redsock said...

angels clinched the west by beating the 4th place yankees.

Jere said...

i was watching that in the reflection of the window from the dinner table and could tell right away he didn't catch the ball!

redsock said...

L is home - says HI!

Probably will not log on - so we can keep mute on!

Jere said...

Looks like Tampa's already won the division. (They have one for Sox winning wild card but no division one. Whereas they have a page for a Twins and White Sox division champion coin. Better start workin' on the Red Sox division one...)

redsock said...

GET AN OUT!

nixon33 said...

wow.
now get some runs.

Zenslinger said...

I'm a big Prince fan and could comment on what my favorite stuff is, et cetera.

nixon33 said...

red sock, surprise us with some FAR OUT SHITE!

nixon33 said...

YEAH!

redsock said...

I was going to go with some albums that got pulled, like Camille & Dream Factory. But I got a bunch of live stuff, though mostly of what I have are tour rehearsals and studio stuff.

nixon33 said...

well at least tek cant GIDP

Jere said...

Lowrie Anderson!

nixon33 said...

TEK SUX

Jere said...

Tek avoids the line-out DP with a pop up

nixon33 said...

why didnt he bunt there ? (kidding)

nixon33 said...

come on PEDROIA, do it again

redsock said...

well at least tek cant GIDP

L said the same thing - I said he'd hit his one line drive for the month and it would end up a DP

Jere said...

I wish I could get the ESPN feed. With crappy nu-cam, I thought that ball was over the bullpens.

nixon33 said...

SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE PUNCHED JOHNSON IN THE FACE WHEN HE JUMPED IN THERE

Jere said...

foist and thoid

nixon33 said...

lets take the lead so beckett can drill people.

Jere said...

he'll drill people anyway

nixon33 said...

lets hope.

nixon33 said...

fucking ortiz

Jere said...

I like Pena, but I think he's gonna be the one to pay the price.

nixon33 said...

i'd like to see hinske take one, or navarro. fuck those guys.

nixon33 said...

LBJ: FU COCO!

Jere said...

a fine, fine catch. hot damn

Pepe Lepew said...

ELLSBURY!!!
He's my favourite!

Jere said...

why don't you like Hinske?

My theory on the Rays is, their few likable guys are really likable, but all the rest are total bags.

If that can called a "theory."

redsock said...

that guy johnson who hit the dong last night could use a "shave"

Grant Salzano said...

J. Kobe L. Spurry just says NO.

I decided to come onto the blog just because of that.

And because I wasn't here last night and we lost in epic fashion.

nixon33 said...

eh, i just dont care for hinske.

nixon33 said...

leta go youk, and bay, hes gonna throw you curveballs, hit one out.

Grant Salzano said...

Methinks that should be Beckett's last inning, they hit him hard.

Jere said...

I just loved A. the catch he made in RF for us and B. how happy he was afterward. He helped us last year. I like Kinski. Pretty much.

nixon33 said...

yeah i remember the catch, and the HR, but thats about it.

Pepe Lepew said...

BTW, I just got from vacation climbing mountains in Glacier Nat'l Park. They don't have TV or newspapers in Glacier, so I had no idea what was going on all week. When I got back home, I saw the Red Sox were only 1 1/2 games out. It looks like they could've been 1/2 game in first.
Oh ... and the Yuckees are in fourth??!!
Bwahahahahaha!!!!!

Bryon Harris said...

yeah i remember the catch, and the HR, but thats about it.

That prolly was it and gawd it was just the right amount!

Jere said...

Lowell's amazing on that play

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Jere said...

Hey, the Iwa/Jima matchup

nixon33 said...

Lowell's amazing on that play

seriously. his glove is a magnet for those one hoppers. awesome.

ish said...

Just got in from a little trip to the nubble lighthouse, if anyone's heard of it. Not a bad trip considering I live in the same town. Still 20 minutes away from here, though...

Was Sonnanstine throwing at FY?

Grant Salzano said...

Boy, that was a TOUGH scoop!

Jere said...

(i know it's Iwo Jima)

Grant Salzano said...

Whew

Jere said...

I had an ex with family in Maine. I remember hearing "Nubble Light," like, a lot.

nixon33 said...

That prolly was it and gawd it was just the right amount!


you're right! that and his .200 avg ;P

Jere said...

they were in York Beach--just looked it up and that's where Nubble is. So.....

Grant Salzano said...

Like Mole.

nixon33 said...

RUNS NOW BITCHES

Grant Salzano said...

That was a pretty tough catch too...

Jere said...

STAF meeting.

(Stretch Time At Fenway. Meeting. Also could've said Infection.)

Jere said...

absolute horseshit

Jere said...

absolute horseshit again.

Grant Salzano said...

Shenanigans.

nixon33 said...

feeble fucking at bats tonight + bullshit strike calls = AHHHH

Jere said...

you can't just make shit up. you have to make the right call. it's kind of an important game. mlb needs robot umps. the human element sucks.

ish said...

they were in York Beach--just looked it up and that's where Nubble is. So.....

Yep.

Fucking umpires. I should have added for my first post that the umpires will give the Rays all the close calls.

redsock said...

A: Well look at that.

L: Capt. Useless.

Grant Salzano said...

Wow, didn't see that PR coming.

ish said...

...and some of the not-so-close calls.

ish said...

Oh I know. I still wonder why Tito didn't do that last night. PH for him. But it's good to PR for him now. Let Coco do some running.

nixon33 said...

fuck i wish that was fair.

Grant Salzano said...

...and some of the calls that shouldn't have even been made, like the interference call.

ish said...

Fair territory is that way, Lyndon.

Grant Salzano said...

J. Kobe L. Spurry hitting them hard here.

Jere said...

his little league coach would be saying "straighten it out"

Grant Salzano said...

You'd better not fucking call THAT one a strike.

nixon33 said...

ellsbury is awesome at hitting the ball foul
ugh

ish said...

Damn. Lyndon deserved to be called out there.

redsock said...

nope - did not see that coming.

Grant Salzano said...

Ugh. That one was legit.

Why are we not swinging? Strikes out the side with three called strikeouts?

There's something wrong with that.

ish said...

Under Armour commercials... worst on television.

phil said...

So does this ump always call imaginary strikeouts?

nixon33 said...

was that cy sonnanstine's last inning?

Grant Salzano said...

@#@$#%^$&%

redsock said...

manny woulda gunned him out --

ish said...

I'm not sure Bay got rid of it quickly enough. Manny would have, yes.

redsock said...

CALL IT BOTH WAYS, ASSHOLE

ish said...

Dear, MLB:

Watch this game and tell me this umpire is not favoring one team.

-JoS

redsock said...

HP UMP: dan iASSogna

Jere said...

Bay seemes to have this problem of not wanting to put all he can into throws. Last night on the play down the line, what was with that lob on a short throw to the cutoff man?

(with short hair and pale skin, though, this will be perfectly acceptable, and no one will suggest he doesn't know where he is/what team he's on, etc.)

nixon33 said...

fuck me, ok double play?

ish said...

That's right. Squeeze the Japanese kid.

Jere said...

HOW ABOUT GIVING US SOME OF THE FAKE STRIKE CALLS???

ish said...

Bay seemes to have this problem of not wanting to put all he can into throws. Last night on the play down the line, what was with that lob on a short throw to the cutoff man?

Does he have any history of arm trouble?

Jere said...

he seems to throw fine mostly, but sometimes it's like he holds back on his throws.

ish said...

In Bat we trust.

nixon33 said...

seems like we've been pitching out of trouble all series.

Grant Salzano said...

Oy, this inning is going to give me heart trouble.

Jere said...

Aybar therefore I suck

Grant Salzano said...

Unintentional Ibbie?

ish said...

There's some consistency!

Grant Salzano said...

hey! the fake strike!

ish said...

How the fuck are you supposed to be able to hit that outside pitch? If that's always going to be called a strike, I'd just throw all my pitches there.

Grant Salzano said...

F this Effing S.

ish said...

The umpire's strike zone is so far to the right. It's absurd.

redsock said...

DP PLS

Grant Salzano said...

MOTHERFUCKING FUCK SHIT ASSCOCK

nixon33 said...

jesus christ this sucks

andy said...

blow out it is not. can we get a run here and then put pap in to close it out?

Jere said...

come on, 123 DP

Grant Salzano said...

I'm going to rip someone's head off if they score.

Grant Salzano said...

What the FUCK with that strike zone...

Grant Salzano said...

YES COME ON GET HIS ASS

nixon33 said...

COME ON KID! STRIKE HIM OUT

Jere said...

"blow out it is not. can we get a run here and then put pap in to close it out?"

I don't get it.

ish said...

NASTY!!!

nixon33 said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

Grant Salzano said...

Wow. You just looked really. Really. Stupid.

Thank you [hat tip].

Jere said...

DAVE Navarro wouldn't have swung at that.

ish said...

I don't even think Bot's available tonight.

redsock said...

BIG K -- nice cut shitface

Grant Salzano said...

Biggest out of the season thus far?

nixon33 said...

OK ONE MORE KID!

Grant Salzano said...

YES I LOVE YOU ALL

nixon33 said...

MASTER SON I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

IN BAT WE TRUST!!!

redsock said...

NEPTUNE BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jere said...

OH YEAH!!!!!!! Sweet Caroline (or Sweet Carolina as Daubach calls it) rally time.

andy said...

I will be entertaining masterson soon.

nixon33 said...

for the record, HOLY FUCKING SHIT!

andy said...

Dave Navarro, hahahehe

redsock said...

FY
Flo
S of S
Bay


at least 1 run ... then MDC for the W

Grant Salzano said...

<3<3<3 Boston.
<3<3 Red Sox.
<3 Baseball.

nixon33 said...

we are going to win this game.

andy said...

Yes signholder he is, he is the most valuable pedroia. That is not in doubt.

ish said...

Speaking of nasty sliders...

andy said...

Fuck.

ish said...

8th inning, tied at 1 - even after last night you've got to feel good about your chances.

nixon33 said...

big popup.

Jere said...

No, I want Big Dong-pi

andy said...

Yeah papi is injured so how much of his performance is that and how much is mental?

Jere said...

Pennsylvania 3.14

andy said...

Sonnasntine has a fucked up name

andy said...

I do not like aybar's face he looks mean.

Jere said...

It's like Stineway & Sons. But all fucked up and rearranged.

nixon33 said...

unlucky.

ish said...

Milton Bradley and FY are both batting .32718

nixon33 said...

BULLSHIT FUCKING STRIKE THIS GUYY IS A COCKSUCKER!

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