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

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ish said...

Theo's contract has been extended!

Zenslinger said...

In an interesting article about whether Pete Rose or Jeter has better lifetime numbers, Joe Posnanski says that Pedroia (who he compares to Rose) "seems to be the mostly likely winner of the MVP award".

What do you all think? As great as he's been (I'd say he might be MVP of the Sox) I think it's not that likely that the award will go to someone without huge HR/RBI totals.

nixon33 said...

number seven in alan parson's
"10 things everyone recording music should know" is:

7. Even if your ideas are making all the difference, make the other person think they were theirs.

john henry following this rule:
"rewarding Theo for the great, great job he has done in bringing two world championships to the Red Sox."

cheeky bastard.

ish said...

Jason Bay is off having a baby! Well, his wife is.

A Conformer said...

A Bay-by. Sorry, I just couldn't resist it.

nixon33 said...

"You HAVE to see the BAY-BY"

ish said...

The man with the mohawk manages the home team.

redsock said...

NESN for me!

ish said...

Who looks at $800, thinks about all the things in the world they could buy for $800, and decides ya know, the best way I can spend this large amount of money is to buy two chairs from Fenway Park that thousands of people and their asses have sat in for decades.

Yes, that would be fun!

Jere said...

problem with kid, grandma dies, having new kid... Manny says this stuff he's assumed to be lying and then run out of town.

redsock said...

and they are offering the seats to season ticket holders at a discount:

$750!

gee, sox, thanks!

Jere said...

"Who looks at $800, thinks about all the things in the world they could buy for $800, and decides ya know, the best way I can spend this large amount of money is to buy two chairs from Fenway Park that thousands of people and their asses have sat in for decades."

I'm already trying to figure out which section to choose! (And where I'll be stealing the money from.)

redsock said...

Don: "Pedroia leading the league in average with a .327 average."

ish said...

You could drive a car with 28 mpg fuel economy, at $4.00 a gallon, 5,600 miles for $800.

Or, you could buy a couple of seats from Fenway.

Jere said...

Yeah that was a shitty discount--I have already sent the email asking if I get it for having a 10-game plan. They always get made fun of for this stuff, but I think every day about getting stuff from parks when they're done with 'em. I love that they offer it up. I almost bought a "light " from CLeveland Municipal Stadium the other day. Just becuase it was part of a major league park.

Jere said...

"Or, you could buy a couple of seats from Fenway."


Which is like, the coolest thing in the world! That you'll always have! We're clearly not on the same page on this one. I just wish they gave 'em away for free...

ish said...

I understand the sentimental value and the thrill of being able to acquire a piece of a major league ballpark. I'm so with you there.

Just... not two Fenway seats for $795.

ish said...

If they cost $100 or even $200 I'd be all for it. Not $795.

Jere said...

I really thought he was gonna say 795 PER chair...

Jere said...

BeckOTT

Jere said...

wow--they just HAPPEN to have the "Seat sale" graphic and ad copy ready....

redsock said...

i liked how the guy pointed out that these seats "saw" not only the 2004 world series champs but the 2007 champs as well!

Jere said...

" liked how the guy pointed out that these seats "saw" not only the 2004 world series champs but the 2007 champs as well!"

yeah, that part I could do without--and the '99 All-Star game. I mean, we fucking know.

ish said...

i liked how the guy pointed out that these seats "saw" not only the 2004 world series champs but the 2007 champs as well!

No they didn't. They were busy getting farted upon.

Jere said...

This big fat slob shit/fart angle is starting to sour me on this offer...

redsock said...

tek just asked the ump what the count was. I THOUGHT HE PAID ATTENTION!!!

Jere said...

if he'd asked how many outs he would've known there was one and that just a nice easy swing would've produced a sac fly

Jere said...

Bay should've screwed in spring training. I guess he figured the September Pirates games wouldn't mean anything and he could miss a few.

Zenslinger said...

Manny just drove in DLowe, who reached on an error.

Ah, old friends...

I have to admit I thought the Dodgers overpaid for Lowe at the time, but they must be very happy.

Jere said...

THAT IS CLASSIC. Grounder right under the guy's glove for Jeter for his big milestone hit. Shoulda been E-5.

ish said...

How did that ball not leave??!

Had to have been affected by a catwalk. Bugger!

The whole WORLD was truped on that one!

ish said...

GOLD GLOVE.

Jere said...

gol-lee that guy is a fine 2nd baseman

ish said...

I like bagels.

phil said...

I prefer when we serve bagels but build snowmen.

Patrick said...

I can only see a picture of Josh's face and numbers representing his results, but still... The guy is dreamy! <3

ish said...

Bays bay-by has been born. Woo!

Jason got there with 45 minutes to spare.

Zenslinger said...

Pitch counts after 3:

Beckett 38-27
Sonnanstine 42-26

redsock said...

remy: the palace fucking came down in 1974.

gehrig got all his hits in one park, jeter got all of his in a different park. and jeter will play next year in a third park.

case fucking closed.

Patrick said...

Hit 97 today here in Oregon. How's New England?

Jere said...

The Rhode Island part of NE is very comfortable.

phil said...

Low seventies and dry. Pretty nice weather.

Jere said...

incredible barehand play by Lowell. And he may not be able to continue...

ish said...

cock.

Zenslinger said...

Who's hurt?

ish said...

Hit 97 today here in Oregon. How's New England?

Not 97. It was 80 here yesterday (72 at 6 AM), but today the highest it got was 64°. Right now, it's 54°

ish said...

I'm surprised he was allowed to continue.

Jere said...

lowell aggravated his injury making the play, trainer out, but he stayed in.

Jere said...

Dunkin Donuts mocking Starbucks' coffee size names. Another one of those things that's just as played out as what it's mocking.

andy said...

Looks like everyone including the pitcher is playing post season ball.

redsock said...

i like that nesn's soxtober scoreboard includes the BAL/TOR game. heh.

Jere said...

Minnesota may fall behind the Yanks and Toronto--yet thanks to Chicago, they're still in the central race.

Jere said...

so, why didn't Coco run to first on that? Did he think it was caught?

ish said...

So, Castig and O'Brien would not say "no-hitter" for HH and Lester's no-hitters, but they've been saying Beckett has been "perfect"

ish said...

And now he's not.

9casey said...

Jere said...
problem with kid, grandma dies, having new kid... Manny says this stuff he's assumed to be lying and then run out of town.


Jere, he's gone get over it.....

Jere said...

that is total horseshit. He argues on a clear strike, so the ump is afraid to call strike 3 on a pitch right down the middle. And the next pitch, the no-hitter is broken up.

andy said...

FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

andy said...

Not a bad first 4 innings though. This is supposed to be the best team in baseball.

SoSock said...

My kind of ballgame!

And that was a HUGE K on Hinske!

SoSock said...

Not a lot of action on the thread for such a monster game.
I just got in from, well, never mind, you know where :)
What's everyone else's excuse?

SoSock said...

Well, I couldn't really see it (GDGD tonight), but I'm going with -
Vintage Beckett!

Jere said...

they never had a chance... a jacoby beater outer

SoSock said...

It's a start!

Jere said...

Tampans leaking... 2 on, 0 out

ish said...

Eva is a little hasty.

Those mohawks are working wonders, aren't they?

SoSock said...

Fuck Yeah says "Fuck Yeah!"

andy said...

And that continues it

andy said...

How about you start earning your keep Papi

Amy said...

Hi, everyone. Quiet here for a Rays/Sox game near the end of the season. Where is everyone?

SoSock said...

Well, at least he moved them over.

Amy said...

Come on, Youk.

SoSock said...

Amy - I made the same observation. I just got here myself. 2 guesses where I was. :)
And I'm loving the pitcher's duel, altho I wish we would go ahead and score now!

ish said...

1-0!

Amy said...

One in!

Amy said...

SoSock, I hope you were at Little League, not at the hospital....

redsock said...

i'm in here. just suddenly super sleepy in the 3rd and am drinking tea.

THAT'S ALL WE NEED!!!!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

Damn, I saw "run(s)" on GDGD and was hoping......
At least we broke thru first.

SoSock said...

Definitely at the field, hence the smiley.
Saturday was my first day back since she went into the hospital back at the 1st of August. It felt VERY good.

Amy said...

That's great, SoSock! So they are still playing baseball down there? I think the Little League season is over up there once school starts again.

Amy said...

I meant Little League is over up HERE. Typo.

SoSock said...

The faulty bunt - love it!

They actually just started "fall ball". We will play our 1st game Thur. night (after only 2 practices!)
Can't wait.

Amy said...

The advantages of a warmer climate...longer baseball season!

Amy said...

Soccer reigns around here in the fall.

ish said...

Wow!!

nixon33 said...

BECKETT: "FUCK YOU!"

my kinda guy.

Amy said...

NICE DP!! Very cool, Josh.

SoSock said...

The DP!!!

Hot damn!

redsock said...

beckett gets the ball, sees the runner and fires a fucking seed to pedroia who turns an amazing pivot.

beckett watching the relay: "FUCK YEAH, MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!"

nixon33 said...

actually it looked like he said :
"FUCK YOU MOTHERFUKCER!"

EVEN BETTER!!!!

nixon33 said...

whatever he said, that was a great fucking play.
i like that beckett gets fired up. seems like hes the only pitcher that has that swearing-fire.

Jere said...

I read lips the same way redsock did. That was sweet.

nixon33 said...

RS IS RIGHT: FY MTHRFKR

SoSock said...

The advantages of a warmer climate...longer baseball season!

Soccer is pretty big around here too, and of couse football. We usually have about half as many players in the fall as we do in the spring. But we play!

nixon33 said...

btw, is beckett getting sqeezed a bit? some of his pitches looked really good they called for balls.

ish said...

Crap.

phil said...

Shit.

nixon33 said...

FUCK PENA AND HIS OPPOSITE FIELD HOME RUNS.

SoSock said...

9 outs from sole possession.
We need more runs!
And thanks for the description of the DP, I get nothing from GDGD.

Jere said...

that's how key that DP was last inning.

To answer the "is Beckett getting squeezed" question: Like a mofo.

SoSock said...

Well fuck me - I guess I was more right than I knew when I typed the bit about needing more runs :(

nixon33 said...

Like a mofo.

its unreal. he might still have the nonogoing, as he clearly had floyd struck out.

Jere said...

3 quick outs after the dong. Nice.

SoSock said...

Well, at least it was quick work after the freaking HR

phil said...

Meanwhile it's CWS 5 - MFY 2.

phil said...

Runs, please.

Jere said...

HowellFest

ish said...

WHEELS!

phil said...

Fast little tyke.

phil said...

Feh.

Amy said...

Jere, FYI, I registered for the ALDS tickets and was rejected. So I did try....

Meanwhile, my daughter's roommate has gotten tickets several times this season, including Green Monster seats for the 14 inning heartbreaker last week.

Oh, shit.

ish said...

He was out. :\

phil said...

Even dropped the ball.

Jere said...

we all clearly see the ball come out, even Jacoby pointed at it. NESN shows replay, and cuts it off early. Fortunately Remy at least mentions it--they better damn well give us another look at that when they come back from commercial.

A Conformer said...

Wow, deja fucking vu- I come to New York from Trenton, Beckett VS Sonnastine, 1-1 going into the ninth... Sonnastine's run is unearned. Almost a complete copy. Only the end will be different.

SoSock said...

Shit - looks like we need a Papa sized dong to start next inning.

phil said...

They didn't cut the replay off. It clearly came out in one fluid motion while Bartlett was lifting his glove.

Jere said...

Amy--you're automatically entered for ALCS then. (ANd WS if you lose that..) So.... good luck!

But don't think your chances end there. Call the ticket office whenever once the playoffs start and see if you get lucky.

phil said...

Hit the bat.

ish said...

That definitely hit the bat!

phil said...

Balls don't bounce that hard and far off flesh.

Jere said...

"They didn't cut the replay off. It clearly came out in one fluid motion while Bartlett was lifting his glove."

They cut it off and JUST before it went off you could see a little white come out...I can't believe they're not showing that again!

phil said...

There must've been two replays, then, because on the replay I saw it flipped out of his glove.

Jere said...

So how many incorrect calls in a row is this now? Get robots, MLB.

Amy said...

Phil, I had the same thought. The way that ball moved, it hit the bat. I guess they are saying it hit his hand as well.

phil said...

Sit.

SoSock said...

Dear Josh

Jere said...

phil, this is how I remember it. Live--we see it fall out. Replay, slow mo, and the whooshing thing ends the replay a split second after you barely see white come out the top of his glove. And I think there was a second replay that was just a close up of the foot but it didn't show the ball coming out.

We'll have to confirm on Sox in 2. Or if anyone has MLB tv on.....

SoSock said...

Oops, accidental comment

phil said...

Good.

Jere said...

the point is, they were never like, Hey, watch here as the fucking ball comes out... Remy just happened to notice after their shitty replay which focused on the foot going in.

SoSock said...

Apparently Josh was able to read my letter telepathically :)

phil said...

Looks like the rules are silent on simultaneous bat/person contact -- 5.09(a) and 6.08(b).

phil said...

"While in his legal batting position" presumably means it really has to be simultaneous, though.

ish said...

Come on, Papi. Hit a dong! Truck Stop's got nothing!

ish said...

Dang.

SoSock said...

Let's go Papi!
Put us ahead, and give Josh the CG biggest win of the year (so far)

Jere said...

Didn't Bartlett make almost the same play last week? Up middle, ball falls out of glove, but goes right back in glove, throws guy out.

Jere said...

goddamn it Youk

ish said...

Bat and Bot warming

Jere said...

okay, how bout a Lowell dong, but a pinch runner has to come in and run the bases for him

ish said...

Watching Lowell - I'd be surprised if he doesn't miss more time after this one.

ish said...

Kirk Gibson-esque!

Jere said...

gotta pinch run

Amy said...

Doc may be hurting, but he doesn't quit.

Jere said...

Get in the Van Every

ish said...

That's true. You just watch the admiration in the dugout.

Amy said...

I want a run...at least!

SoSock said...

I see "no out", so the winning run is at 2nd (at least)
Time for a light saber shot!

ish said...

Lowell's had three cortisone shots on that hip already.

Amy said...

No, he's on first, SoSock. Not in scoring position.

SoSock said...

Wait - did GDGD screw me?

Amy said...

NOW the go ahead run is on second. Kotsay walked.

ish said...

Wait - did GDGD screw me?

Probably.

2 out, men on first and second with the JEDI coming up. Pitching change right now.

redsock said...

Jed-eye needs to get a rib-eye.

A Conformer said...

Lowrie could out clutch his dong in Toronto here.

nixon33 said...

ITS JED ZEPPELIN TIME MOTHERFUCKERS

Amy said...

Maybe GDGD saw the future?

phil said...

Fuck.

nixon33 said...

OR NOT

Amy said...

Oh, shit.

ish said...

The force was not with him.

SoSock said...

Shit - GDGD finally caught up, and it was not good news :(
Looks like bonus baseball tonight!
(Yes, I'm confident)

ish said...

So it's up to the bullpens now.

Cora SS, Lowrie 3B

A Conformer said...

Why not Beckett?

ish said...

Jeemer and MDC warming

Amy said...

I WANT FIRST PLACE

nixon33 said...

not another 1 run loss, lets get a 1(or more) run win. PLEASE

Amy said...

UGH

Jere said...

0-2 and he throws not one but TWO pitches over the plate. In a tie in the ninth. Come on!

SoSock said...

FUCK!!!

Amy said...

I am closing my eyes. No replay of last week, please.

nixon33 said...

DP PLEASE!!

ish said...

Pena tried to pull a Papi and bunt!

Joe Grav said...

FUCK

come on j-mast

phil said...

Oh fer crying out loud.

ish said...

Yell louder, dickweed.

phil said...

Let's just give them half a dozen extra pitches tonight and call it even.

A Conformer said...

Ow, come the fuck ON! That makes no sense whatsoever.

redsock said...

ball rolls in to the infield as masterson is getting the ball back from tek -- did not distract pena - FUCKING UMPSD

phil said...

Hey look, that'd be a K.

phil said...

Fuck you.

Joe Grav said...

ah shit.

ish said...

Masterson - not so hardcore this time.

Amy said...

I can't watch this...

nixon33 said...

FUCK ME.

SoSock said...

Fuck this, time for a change!

Amy said...

Triple play? I've never seen one. NOw's the time.

redsock said...

a dp getting the guy at third would make me happy in the pants

ish said...

tp plz

Jere said...

is. NESN. going. to. make. any. attempt. to. figure. out. *WHY* A FUCKING BALL CAME ONTO THE FIELD!!?????

ish said...

how about a backwards K and a double play? that would make me very happy in the pants.

redsock said...

K!

DP NOW

Amy said...

OK, no triple play. But I will take the K.

Jere said...

now a DP

Joe Grav said...

K

phil said...

Sit.

nixon33 said...

THERE SHOULD BE TWO OUTS, MAN ON 1ST>

Jere said...

FLoyd clearly had side pain before. Take advantage!

Joe Grav said...

They said why the ball came out, it came from the bullpen, obviously got away

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