September 16, 2008

G151: Rays 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1  5  0
Rays - 000 000 101 - 2 5 1
This was a tough loss to take after Beckett (8-3-1-1-7, 95) and Sonnanstine (6-3-1-2-5, 93) locked horns in another duel.

Justin Masterson came in for the ninth, as Beckett is still on a bit of a pitch count leash. Jason Bartlett blooped an 0-2 pitch over Kevin Youkilis into short right field to start things off. On a 1-1 pitch, Carlos Pena swung and missed, but the strike was disallowed, as the umpires said a ball had rolled onto the infield grass (from the left field bullpen, I suppose).

However, the replay showed the ball rolling into view while Masterson was getting the ball back from Jason Varitek, well after Pena's swing. There was no way Pena could have been distracted. So with the count back to 1-1, Masterson fell behind 3-1, got a swing and miss, then walked Pena on a close inside pitch.

Evan Longoria struck out looking for the first out. Masterson quickly got ahead of Cliff Floyd 0-2 before hitting him in the front foot, a wild pitch that loaded the bases and put the potential winning run at third. Both the infield and outfield played in. Masterson's 2-2 pitch to Dioner Navarro seemed to have little bite or movement, and he cranked it over Coco Crisp's head in center for the game-winning single.

The Red Sox are back to 1 GB. ... The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-2. Cleveland beat the Twins 12-9 in 11 innings. Minnesota stays 7 GB Boston in the wild card race.

***

Josh Beckett (4.10, 111 ERA+) / Andy Sonnanstine (4.47, 97 ERA+)
Ellsbury, LF Iwamura, 2B
Pedroia, 2B Bartlett, SS
Ortiz, DH Pena, 1B
Youkilis, 1B Longoria, 3B
Lowell, 3B Floyd, DH
Kotsay, RF Navarro, C
Lowrie, SS Hinske, LF
Varitek, C Gross, RF
Crisp, CF Perez, CF
Beckett has made two starts since getting a clean bill of health regarding his shoulder:
           IP   H   R  ER  BB   K  PIT
0905 @TEX 5 4 0 0 0 7 80
0910 TBR 6 6 1 1 2 7 84
11 10 1 1 2 14
Sonnanstine, who also started that game last Wednesday, was a little bit better (7-4-1-0-7, and the run was unearned) as the Rays won in 14 innings.

***
White Sox/Yankees at 7
Twins/Cleveland at 7
East                     Magic #
Rays 88 60 ---
Red Sox 89 61 --- 14
Blue Jays 80 70 9.0 4
Yankees 80 70 9.0 4
Orioles 66 82 22.5 E

Wild Card Magic #
Rays 88 60 ---
Red Sox 89 61 ---

Twins 82 68 7.0 6
Blue Jays 80 70 9.0 4
Yankees 80 70 9.0 4

White Sox 83 66 5.0 8
Lead AL Central by 1.5

248 comments:

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redsock said...

i assume catcher in pen missed a pitch

Joe Grav said...

201

Joe Grav said...

to redsock :(

Joe Grav said...

that... sucks

Jere said...

what the fucking fuck

ish said...

Nuts!

Amy said...

Oh damn it all. Give me a break.

nixon33 said...

WE ARENT SUPPOSED TO HIT PEOPLE TIL WEDNESDAY

A Conformer said...

FUCK. We really need a groundball here.

SoSock said...

Damn. Damn. Damn, damn.
(ala Dr Brown)

redsock said...

okay - THAT was not good. fuck - had him 0-2.

need a nice grounder

or a popup

or a K

:>)

ish said...

Outfield's in.

Amy said...

Not feeling too hopeful here.

Let's not walk in the run.

Move in, LBJ

phil said...

Sack up, Masterson.

nixon33 said...

PLEASE DONT WALK IN THE WINNING RUN YOU MOTHERFUCKER LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

dicks on the pond.

Joe Grav said...

big strike

SoSock said...

Oh crap - what now?
Walk in the game winner?

ish said...

Justin - Please continue to be Master of your domain.

Amy said...

Strike him out!

phil said...

FUCK

nixon33 said...

we suck at the trop.

Amy said...

Oh shit shit shit. Back to one game behind.

Jere said...

it's all right, we'll clean up on this horseshit organization when the real season starts.

ish said...

But noooooooo it's not a save situation so we can't bring Papelbon in. Because we are STUBBORN.

Looked a lot like a save situation to me, Tery.

SoSock said...

Crap!
Agua limpia
SUCKS!!!

Joe Grav said...

fuck that.

nixon33 said...

we are a bunch of gutless pussies when it comes to these 1-run games this year.

Amy said...

Eh, Ish, I can't fault Terry on that. If Papelbon got out through the 9th, then what?

Jere said...

Clean Water/Opposite of Tessie/Sorrow to the World

redsock said...

justin a half mast.

kinda laid that one in on 2-2.

phooey.

ah well, win tomorrow and take 2 of 3 and roll on.

...

fuk duh rayz

nixon33 said...

pena really struck out and that a routine pop up to jacoby.

phil said...

But noooooooo it's not a save situation so we can't bring Papelbon in. Because we are STUBBORN.

Papelbon's been pretty shitty lately, if you haven't noticed.

A Conformer said...

I still don't understand why Beckett wasn't out there after only 95 pitches thrown... but we'll get the FKRs tomorrow.

nixon33 said...

im pretty fucking angry right now.

SoSock said...

Phil - I was thinking the same thing. Pap's not a sure thing lately.
I thought maybe Jeemer after the 2 walks.

tim said...

fuck.

nixon33 said...

From SoSH:

"Sure could have used a clutch right handed power hitter with a history of coming through during September and October.

Oh well, at least they don't have anyone using a cell phone during the game."

ish said...


Papelbon's been pretty shitty lately, if you haven't noticed.


I dono. I'd have felt a little more comfortable with him out there. Plus, there was Jeemer and MDC in the bullpen.

It just felt like Masterson should have been relieved when he plunked Floyd to load the bases. But what do I know.

SoSock said...

Mas tarde.
We win tomorrow and go into the stretch tied!

ish said...

Well, for the division title, it could be argued that this was a game the Rays had to win, and they answered.

phil said...

MFYs lose 6-2, at least.

nixon33 said...

this fucking sucks.

nixon33 said...

AND WAKEFIELD TOMORROW!

Jere said...

and the Red Sox write back to me about the seat sale. but instead of answering my question, they give me a stock email giving the same info everyone already knew.

Also, nix, that's right. We had Manny Ramirez, but in a desperate attempt make the team WORSE, we traded him. Still waiting for somebody to explain that one to me. Seems like I'll be waiting a long time.

nixon33 said...

there's one bright side to all of this:

AT LEAST WE AREN'T METS FANS!

ish said...

Question - wouldn't you still call the game winning hit a ground-rule double since it hit the warning track and bounced over the center-field wall?

That should be as automatic as a home run, which would give Navarro a double and would actually score another run for the Rays, making the final score (on nobody's scorecard) 3-1.

ish said...

Tony Massarotti pointsout the rather large significance TONIGHT's game holds in deciding who is most likely to win the division...

Tie breaks. If the Rays win tonight, the season series would be 10-8 Rays. That means if the Rays win tonight, the Red Sox would not be able to tie and win the division. They'd need to be 1 GA.

But! If the Red Sox win tonight, the season series evens back up at 9-9, and the next tie breaker is each team's American League record. Here's where it gets kind of funny. Tampa was 12-6 in Interleague play - the Red Sox were 11-7. Rays have a better record against the National League. But, if they were to end the season with identical records, it would have to mean the Red Sox would have a better American League record, the tie breaker, by one game, and the Red Sox would be leaving Tropicana Field in second place (another virtual tie), but really in first place with the tiebreaker.

Tonight's game is worth TWO games in the standings, one way or another.

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