September 14, 2008

G149: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

Blue Jays - 100 000 002 - 3  7  1
Red Sox - 110 000 11x - 4 7 0
Lester (8-4-1-2-6, 103) outdueled Halladay (7-6-3-0-5, 116) and an eighth-inning triple by David Ortiz and a sac fly from Kevin Youkilis gave Boston enough of a edge to withstand a rally against Jonathan Papelbon.

Lester's only blemish was a solo dong from Jose Bautisia in the first. Over the next seven innings, only three Jays reached second base -- and none of them got to third.

Boston tied the game quickly in the first on Jacoby Ellsbury's single and stolen base, a bunt from Dustin Pedroia and a groundout from Ortiz. Coco Crisp singled in runs in both the second and seventh innings. Halladay was working on three days rest and ended up throwing many more picthes than usual in the early innings (16-26-16).

The Yankees beat the Rays 8-4, so the Red Sox are 1 GB with 13 games remaining -- and the next three against the team they are chasing.

***

Roy Halladay (2.77, 154 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.23, 140 ERA+)
Ellsbury, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 1B
Lowell, 3B
Bay, LF
Varitek, C
Cora, SS
Crisp, CF
Halladay and Lester faced each other on April 29, at Fenway:
           IP   H   R  BB   K   PIT
Halladay 8.2 5 1 1 6 112
Lester 8.0 1 0 4 6 97
Kevin Youkilis's single in the bottom of the ninth gave Boston a 1-0 win.

Last month, Halladay faced the Sox on August 16 (9-7-1-1-4, 111); he also had a start on April 6 (8-8-4-1-6, 107). Lester had a horrible outing against Toronto on August 23 (2.1-8-7-2-2, 78). It's the one truly dark spot on his 2008 resume, but in his three starts since that shelling, Lester has allowed only two runs in 19.1 innings (0.93 ERA).

Kottaras Watch: From the Globe:
Marie Kottaras was walking through the furniture section of a Sears in Toronto yesterday when she caught a glimpse of the Red Sox game on one of the televisions. It was at that moment that she saw her son, George, walking up to the plate. "They were there for an hour and a half watching the game," George said. "They said they were sitting on the recliners."
It was a doubleheader, so there was at least a decent chance Kottaras might see some action. Why were his parents wandering around a Sears?

SoSH has an interesting thread about Byrd and Beckett possibly tipping their pitches or the Blue Jays expertly stealing signs; most of the thread is from mid-August, but there is some stuff from yesterday as well.

***

The Rays split their doubleheader with the Yankees (7-1, 5-6) and the Twins swept the Orioles (12-2, 12-6). The White Sox's two games against the Tigers were washed out.

Rays/Yankees at 1
Twins/Orioles at 1:30
Tigers/White Sox at 2
Tigers/White Sox at 8
East
Rays 88 58 --- Magic #
Red Sox 87 61 2.0 14
Blue Jays 80 69 9.5 6
Yankees 78 70 11.0 5
Orioles 65 82 23.5 E

Wild Card
Red Sox 87 61 --- Magic #
White Sox 81 65 5.0 11
Twins 82 66 5.0 10
Blue Jays 80 69 7.5 7
Yankees 78 70 9.0 6

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redsock said...

Cora, SS

SoSher kartvelo:
"Yeah, Jed had a good game last night, so we thought we'd cool him off a bit and get The Genius in there."

ish said...

I buy the tipping of Byrd's pitches. He had good location, looked really nasty at times, but there would be pitches that would just get hit. Almost as if they knew what was coming.

redsock said...

Edwin Jackson is wasting no time in shitting the bed at the Toilet!

Damon single
CI single
HGH BB (on 12 pitches)

Loaded for Slappy

redsock said...

SLAPPY GRAND SLAM!!!

4-0 MFY!

Jere said...

that is a shitty HBP. Wells checking his swing, and the ball hits him in the back foot. Come on.

Jere said...

Pavano?? Yanks'll need more than 4

redsock said...

It's Maine Day and Castig going on in dense, Orsillian detail about the careers of various players and coaches and managers from Maine. Shut up, Joe.

Jere said...

That Indians & Yanks final Fenway homestand looks a lot different than it did pre-season, eh?

redsock said...

Game Watch: Bautista solo dong to LF/LCF -- just over the Wall -- in 1st!

Jere said...

awww, I liked it that day Castig was doing the same for the CT Red Sox of the past.

redsock said...

He was making me drowsy.

Jere said...

Rays come back with 3 run dong off Pavano

redsock said...

FKR with at least 3 in top 2nd.

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

L-girl said...

My boy is hitting again. Yay.

redsock said...

The real Lyndon is back!!!

L-girl said...

A, did you hear Castig's "info" on Louis Sockalexie (I'm sure that's spelled wrong)? He said the Spiders were named for him. Uh-huh.

Jere said...

SB and scrotum bunt. aka small ball.

Jere said...

and ground out scores run. 1-1.

redsock said...

missed that phont tidbit.

scrotum = small ball(s)

:>)

Zenslinger said...

Nicely done. Let's get a run in.

L-girl said...

Yay!

redsock said...

Castig needs an education.

redsock said...

Castig is driving me nuts. Taking about how Halladay has been against the Sox: 11-11 record.

Jere said...

The Broken Youk

L-girl said...

I have such a huge delay today... gotta stay out of thread. See ya later.

redsock said...

Castig: Maine is only state that borders only one other state.

Redsock: Ummm, Joe, what about Alaska and Hawaii?

ish said...

What the crap. Conflicting edits, so I reload, then it has another error message that I can't be bothered to remember. Cock.

nick said...

Not having looked at one dot of stats, but haven't you argued that W/L isn't a good determination of a pitcher's ability?

Having said that. 11-11.

ish said...

That Indians & Yanks final Fenway homestand looks a lot different than it did pre-season, eh?

Different, but the same. But different.

ish said...

Well, Alaska and Hawaii don't border any states.

Jere said...

ALaska and Hawaii border 0 states each

nick said...

same difference.

(a phrase I hate.)

Jere said...

Different in that the teams we'll be playing, which were playoff teams last year, will be dead.

redsock said...

haven't you argued that W/L isn't a good determination of a pitcher's ability

I may have mentioned it at one time or another.

ish said...

Different in that the teams we'll be playing, which were playoff teams last year, will be dead.

While the importance of (most) of the games are the same.

Jere said...

6-3 Yanks. Yayyyy, New York Yankees!

redsock said...

HGH dong

ish said...

I find it hard to root for the Yankees only because they suck and rarely do what I want them to do.

nick said...

wow. I missed Lowell's AB, the commercial break, and the first two pitches of Overbay. I did hear some Squeeze float by, though.

ish said...

Luckily this is the last day we'll have to worry about rooting for the Yankees after today.

ish said...

Surprised nobody's seen that fallen sign yet.

Jere said...

I've been very surprised with the Yanks' play vs. Tampa. I thought that A. they wouldn't try and B. they couldn't beat them IF they tried. But they've been seriously helping us out.

Jere said...

Yanks trying to help us out in a "thing that Redsock likes but I won't say it out loud"y way.

Zaun flailing around like he was shot by a sniper

ish said...

Castig: "The eastern-most city in Maine is Eastport."

The city was a town from 1811 to 1893, then it was incorporated into a city in 1893.

2000 census population, and I'm not making this up, the CITY of Eastport: 1,640

redsock said...

No doubt Buffy is whining about the blown Zaun call.

ish said...

"The eastern-most city in Maine is Eastport."

I actually meant the United States, let alone Maine.

Jere said...

It is so key that Minny and CWS are tied. Because all we have to have is one of them lose, and we can't lose ground in the WC race. Minny down 2-0 early.

ish said...

They go through tis every year on Maine day.

Jere said...

uh, no Remy, Pettitte is not number 45.

redsock said...

Are they going to do this ALL FUCKING GAME?

ish said...

As far as being eastern-most city... if you go about 130 miles to the north, the town of Madawaska, right on the Canadian border has the earliest sunset in the continential US in December: 3:42 PM

Jere said...

right, and on each other state day. All 6 NE states, with new bonus of western and eastern Mass days. Or is it W, C, and E? Anyway....

ish said...

Are they going to do this ALL FUCKING GAME?

Yes. Most likely. Probably around the fifth inning they'll be visited by the governor, and given lobster sandwhiches.

Jere said...

so, they showed a shot of the Monster scoreboard, with a 45 next to the Yanks. ANd Remy said, "Andy Pettitte pitching for the Yankees today."

Now we're seeing Orsillos grandma, and wife and kid and stuff in the crowd.

ish said...

Amazing how Halladay can throw the ball sidearmed like that, throw a slider and get that crazy movement away from right-handed batters. His arm angle looks like every pitch will dip low and in.

Jere said...

Charles Hudson Bay!

Jere said...

Ish, I checked out your seat yesterday. You're a section over from that one directly behind home, so you won't have the families right behind you--but it is the last row of the red seats. Good thing you didn't pay for them, because the people one row back will surely be kidding you about paying 90 while they paid 50. (Then again, most will have paid much more, having probably paid through the nose on Stubhub or whatever.) But then, you get a plastic seat and they get wood.

Jere said...

Man on 3rd, one out.

redsock said...

Well, now I have some work.

Speaking of Maine (and DFW): Consider The Lobster

Jere said...

Oh, and also Ish, you may be just to the left of the screen and not under it, depending on seat number.

ish said...

Ish, I checked out your seat yesterday. You're a section over from that one directly behind home, so you won't have the families right behind you--but it is the last row of the red seats. Good thing you didn't pay for them, because the people one row back will surely be kidding you about paying 90 while they paid 50. (Then again, most will have paid much more, having probably paid through the nose on Stubhub or whatever.) But then, you get a plastic seat and they get wood.

Oh, fantastic. I'm on top of the world. I've got plastic while you've got wood.

Most situations in life that'd be a strange discussion.

Jere said...

When you said "Consider the Lobster" I thought, "I was JUST reading about that!" Then I remembered it was from clicking links at this site.

Jere said...

Yanks will not score in every inning today.

ish said...

Hooked on Funix!

Jere said...

crispy ribbie!

ish said...

Got Halladay's attention divided.

Jere said...

how long has Jacoby been wearing a coolbase?

nixon33 said...

I LOVE THAT GUY THAT I HATE!

also, hey zaun, MVP get the cals buddy-boy.

Jere said...

eh, maybe all these guys are wearing them and I just haven't been noticing. But it seemed like last year it was only Shilling.

Jere said...

Schilling

Jere said...

The Maine flag has some word on it.

Dirgio?

Maine Gov. giving Orsillo an LL Bean pullover.

Jere said...

The governor of Maine is a bald guy named Baldacci?

ish said...

Katrina II aftermath now in Houston... FEMA forgot how to work again.

Jere said...

ice cream man = Cone

redsock said...

Yeah, "forgot".

ish said...

I never thought about the Maine flag before - what would be said. But yeah, it's got to say Dirigo. You hear that word around here a ton.

It's latin for "I direct" or "I lead"... Also the name for a health care plan in Maine as well. Dirigo Health.

ish said...

The governor of Maine is a bald guy named Baldacci? Is life too fucking weird, or what?

He likes to sport the comb-over.

ish said...

Surprised Rios stopped. Probably a good idea for him.

ish said...

Some pretty big differences between southern Maine and the rest of Maine. When you go to Kittery, York, Ogunquit, Wells, even up to Portland... It's looking more and more like Massachusetts every day.

Jere said...

Pavano pitches out of a preserve. Still 6-3 Yanks, bottom 4.

redsock said...

FKR: 030 0
MFY: 420

MIN: 000
BAL: 220

DET:
CWS:
More rain! Delayed!

Jere said...

Note: Ransom flied to right.

Jere said...

MIN down 4-0 now.

Jere said...

NESN camerawork getting worse with each game.

BAll down third base line, we see center field.

Got to see it on replay, and looked like it easily was on fair side of bag as it passed over, after bouncing.

ish said...

Chicago's getting the remnants of Ike now. They received 6.6 inches of rain from a separate system just a few days ago. Now they're going to get another 6 or so inches.

Jere said...

Carlos Pena just tried to bunt for a hit. Popped out. Two out for the Devils in the 5th.

Jere said...

sorry, was thrown out by catcher, not pop out.

Jere said...

Fangoria flies out to death valley, and the Rays are done in the 5th, still 6-3.

redsock said...

Halladay throwing many more pitches than usual (16-26-16 = 58)

Jere said...

Don just said "both in the AL and National League."

Jere said...

pretty play by Mike L.

Jere said...

CI Dong, 7-3 us. I mean them. I mean...

ish said...

lol. Us. Right.

ish said...

One thing I find amazing about Halladay is just the way he pitches, the way he throws the ball. It doesn't look healthy. It makes the ball look heavier than it is. And yet, he's a horse! Has he ever had arm problems?

Jere said...

7-3 going to the 6th in New Amst.

ish said...

So, the Astros and Cubs will play in Milwaukee tonight and tomorrow. And the third game would be played Sept. 29 in Houston if necessary.

Jere said...

Action in the J-peg. I mean, Jays pen.

Jere said...

Are you telling me that the Cubs are playing a home game in Milwaukee, and I'm rooting for the Yankees? And I'm sure the next US presidential election will be legitimate, right?

Jere said...

Lester thru 5. 2-1 Red Sox.

ish said...

Are you telling me that the Cubs are playing a home game in Milwaukee, and I'm rooting for the Yankees? And I'm sure the next US presidential election will be legitimate, right?

Well, the Astros will be the home team... but jeez, it's 90 miles north of Chicago. It might as well be a home game for the Cubs. Turner Field in Atlanta was available but MLB wanted them to play under a roof, apparently.

ish said...

And of course, where better to play than at Bud's home ballpark?

Jere said...

oh, ya threw me off with the Chicago 12 inches of rain talk I guess.

ish said...

Luckily for everyone, the Astros go on a road trip. 3 at Florida, 3 at Pittsburgh, then an off day. Next regularly scheduled game will be against Cincinnati next Tuesday.

Right now in Houston, there's a curfew in place in the whole area from 9 PM to 6 AM every night until Saturday. And downtown Houston is closed to the public right now so they can clean it up.

Jere said...

only chocolate rain would walk fernando perez on 4 pitches with two on to get to the top of the order and put the tying run at the plate.

L-girl said...

Ummm, Joe, what about Alaska and Hawaii?

Alaska and Hawaii do not border any other state.

Maine borders one, they border none.

L-girl said...

Which I see Jere and others said, as I suspected.

When he mentioned the easternmost point in the US, I thought of Newfoundland's Cape Spear, which out-easts that Maine town by... many kilometers and miles.

ish said...

oh, ya threw me off with the Chicago 12 inches of rain talk I guess.

Makes me wonder what will happen with the White Sox/Tigers games. They haven't started play yet today in Chicago. They're trying to play a double-header, and that doesn't even take care of one of the games. And now maybe all three could end up being rained out.

ish said...

When he mentioned the easternmost point in the US, I thought of Newfoundland's Cape Spear, which out-easts that Maine town by... many kilometers and miles.

Heh, yeah. There's certainly a lot more land east of Maine, that's for sure. More than one time zone, even.

ish said...

Great looking pitchers duel here. Wasn't expecting anything less.

redsock said...

marte walks in a run; nyy 7-4

Jere said...

Lester's last 4 innings: 20 14 11 8

8 so far here with 2 out.

Marte comes in, walks in a run. 7-4

Jere said...

Rays leave 'em loaded! 7-4, going bottom 6.

Minny down 7-0

ish said...

Fooking Yankees.

ish said...

Sterling said it's 7-3

ish said...

Then again, he's John Sterling.

If David Price is in his fourth inning, I guess that takes care of him starting for the Rays against Boston on Wednesday, right?

ish said...

Jeremy Kapstein on the radio talking about Maine...

L-girl said...

Heh, yeah. There's certainly a lot more land east of Maine, that's for sure. More than one time zone, even.

I never knew that before 2000. Newfoundland is 1500 miles east of NYC.

Today I learned that most toothpicks in the US come from Maine. Lobsters and blueberries I knew. Toothpicks, news to me.

Jere said...

Garza Weds.

ish said...

Kapstein: "The University of Maine has produced famous atheletes, such as Paul Kariya, uh...." And he moved on. Could only think of one.

Jere said...

I've got the Kap'n on now. Thanks ish.

ish said...

Think about that. I mean, the US coastline goes quite west a little bit... So, the state of Florida is directly south from Ohio and Michigan. But still, you think about how far 1,500 miles is - Maine to Florida is about that much, depending on where in Maine and where in Florida...

ish said...

L, did you mean that on a line, NYC is 1500 miles west of Newfoundland? Or is it just 1500 miles away?

phil said...

Labrador City is only 1150 miles from NYC.

Jere said...

It appears Florida is due south of Wisconsin.

ish said...

1147.6 miles from NYC to St. John's.

As far as longitude, St. John's is 1116 miles east of NYC.

ish said...

Seriously, Jere? I'm looking at googlemaps, and the very western edge of the FL panhandle is due south of Chicago. Miami is due south of just west of Toronto. Tampa is due south of just east of Detroit.

ish said...

Ah, the ups and downs of a pitcher's duel. It's both fun to watch and really boring.

ish said...

Turning into less of a duel.

ish said...

Bat Masterson is warming

Jere said...

"Seriously, Jere? I'm looking at googlemaps, and the very western edge of the FL panhandle is due south of Chicago."

Right, and parts of Wisconsin are due north of Chicago.

L-girl said...

1147.6 miles from NYC to St. John's.

Thanks. I actually meant to type 1200, not 1500.

Newfoundland is closer to the UK than to Vancouver.

L-girl said...

L, did you mean that on a line, NYC is 1500 miles west of Newfoundland? Or is it just 1500 miles away?

Nope, typed it wrong. Thought 1200, typed 1500, is all.

ish said...

David Price so far:

4 IP, H, ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 63/41

Only hit was a dong to CI

Jere said...

great DP started by Cora ending last inning.

bingle by Lowell to start this one

ish said...

Here's a good way of looking at St. John's... Tonight, sunset in New York is 7:07 PM EDT... 7:30 in Toronto. 5:45 EDT in St. John's.

L-girl said...

Speaking of Maine (and DFW): Consider The Lobster

That was the end of me and lobster. Used to be my favourite food, but I've eaten enough of it for a lifetime.

Jere said...

seriously, why doesn't overbay run after that and get Tek easily at first?

Jere said...

Hudson Bay is the width of Washington, DC, to Kansas City, MO. As in, its western point is due north of KC, easternmost is due north of DC.

ish said...

Laura's boy doing it again!

Jere said...

3-1. Big rBI by Coco

ish said...

I mean Funix!

redsock said...

COCO!!!!!!!!!!

MVP!

ish said...

Best non-trade made all year - Coco Crisp.

Jere said...

we go to the 8th in NY, 7-4 Yanks

nixon33 said...

WTF HAS GOTTEN INTO COCO!
WOW< FUCKING AWESOME!

redsock said...

when did i claim that coco would get so hot you'd buy a #10 shirt? i forget. wonder what he's done since then?

Jere said...

1 out in top 8 in each game

Jere said...

Don Knottsie in for the Yanks.

Jere said...

Quick 8th for Lester!

L-girl said...

Oh damn, I got work and missed it. What happened re LBJ and Funix??

Jere said...

Nazi Pitchers, Fuck Off. Except today. He goosesteps through the Rays, 1-2-3 in the 8th.

ish said...

Oh damn, I got work and missed it. What happened re LBJ and Funix??

LBJ was a mistake. Coco was busy being awesome.

L-girl said...

Hudson Bay is the width of Washington, DC, to Kansas City, MO.

Crazy!

L-girl said...

LBJ was a mistake. Coco was busy being awesome.

LBJ is not a mistake! :)

But hooray for Funix.

ish said...

TIZ TRIPLE!!!!!

Jere said...

Oh yeah!!!! Papi with a 3b, that woulda been a 4-bagger for Jacoby or Coco

redsock said...

FUCKING WHEELS, BABY!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

Papi triple?!?!

ish said...

Pavano left with an injury early in the MFY game, if anyone didn't know.

An apparent hip injury. No update.

Ortiz looked like he slid because he couldn't run anymore! Haha.

Jere said...

ARod double, as the games continue to somewhat parallel each other.

Schweaty Scrotum fly.

Jere said...

Now 3-run leads for each team

ish said...

SPSF - sweat-powered scrotum fly.

L-girl said...

Rays losing, Sox winning... very cool and scary going into tomorrow.

(Sorry, for me it's scary.)

redsock said...

Scary for me too -- we may suffer through a Migraine.

Jere said...

Pavano hurt? Everything's back to normal.

For those w/out TV, right fielder tried to make shoestring catch on low liner he came in for. Bounced right under glove, and rolled out to straightaway right field.

Jere said...

how about a fly ball here, Betemit?

ish said...

Less scary than it could be.

ish said...

Not a good start, Snuff.

Jere said...

Pap gives up double down line on first pitch

nixon33 said...

PAP '08 = HITTABLE

Jere said...

Oh, speaking of Kapstein, he left early in game 1 yesterday! (After top 9--but reappeared for game 2, of course. Can't knock the guy for watching 17 innings of baseball.)

Another hit, and the lead is 2.

Jere said...

He has been hittable. In select games.

Jere said...

Wilson singles in run, 8-4 Yanks.

L-girl said...

Less scary than it could be.

Scary enough.

PAP '08 = HITTABLE

Especially because of this.

ish said...

Bot's been very fluid late this season. Especially on back-to-back games - I really wish Tito could have Masterson warming just in case. You really should have an indication as to whether you have it or don't. Maybe he's tipping pitches. Maybe they're stealing signs. Who knows. But I think this is a situation where if he gets into trouble to just relieve him and not worry about whether he gets the save or not.

ish said...

OUT!

nixon33 said...

A HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ish said...

HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE.

L-girl said...

oh thank godorwhatever

Jere said...

another solid hit off Monster. but overbay thrown out at second, called out for some reason

ish said...

The umpire couldn't really see it that well could he?

Fucking umpires. I'm glad he's out but these things have happened to the Red Sox too, obviously.

nixon33 said...

WTF WAS THE UMP WATCHING. JESUS GOOD CALL FOR US< BUT TERRIBLE UMPIRING.

ish said...

Bat's warming.

L-girl said...

Radio guys say he was really safe.

Jere said...

well if it weren't for the umps in the Tampa series, we might be in first place already...keep that in mind, Buffy (if you're complaining)

L-girl said...

Way late, as usual...

Jays announcers must be flipping out. They think the RS get all the calls anyway.

redsock said...

another reason for replay.

ish said...

OUT!!!

L-girl said...

well if it weren't for the umps in the Tampa series, we might be in first place already...keep that in mind, Buffy (if you're complaining)

I'm sure he is!

But if you're gonna play that game, you'd have to go back through the whole season to every bad call and see who the total favours. Can't be done.

ish said...

Lind scores, but what a stretch by Youk!

ish said...

That one was called right.

Jere said...

i can see why he called him out--the glove almost scraped the first hand sliding toward the bag. If the glove was lower, he really woulda been out. But I don't think he touched him.

Nice play on "both ends" for the key second out. But only up 1.

redsock said...

last out = zauny (go back to the) bench

ish said...

Human error happens everywhere, that's for sure. Baseball, driving, train driving (the horrific crash the other night between a commuter train and freight train in Los Angeles, killed 24 people, was caused by the engineer running a red light), and emergency management, like hurricanes!

Jere said...

Yanks walk 1st hitter in 9th. Key that they're up 4.

L-girl said...

emergency management, like hurricanes

But in order to cut down on human error, you have to care and put resources into the management.

ish said...

Here's hoping for the Rays not having as interesting a 9th inning as the Jays are having.

ish said...

First round of dirty water is on me!

Jere said...

that's funny, earlier I thought "Kevin Bench"

phil said...

Water.

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