September 24, 2008

G158: Red Sox 5, Spiders 4

Spiders - 012 010 000 - 4  13  1
Red Sox - 400 000 01x - 5 10 2
The Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning, forcing Carmona to throw 51 pitches. They scored four runs, which was nice, but they left the bases loaded.

And by the middle of the fifth, Cleveland had tied the game against Byrd (5-11-4-1-4, 89). Byrd seemed to always be pitching with men on base; he was helped out by two double plays.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitter Gumball Bailey tripled high off the Wall in left-center -- he missed a home run by only a few inches. Mark Kotsay ripped Rafael Perez's next pitch down the right field line for an RBI double, and the Red Sox led 5-4.

Manny Delcarmen came in for the ninth. After Grady Sizemore walked and was bunted to second, MDC struck out both Shin-Soo Choo and Jhonny Peralta. Both called strike threes were highly questionable pitches. In fact, if those pitches had been called strikes against Boston, I'd have smoke pouring out of my ears right now.

Baltimore had a 6-0 lead over Tampa Bay after two innings, but the Rays rallied (as effing usual) and won the game 11-6, lowering their East-clinching magic number to 1.

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Fausto Carmona (5.19, 85 ERA+) / Paul Byrd (4.53, 98 ERA+)

Terry Francona said J.D. Drew "was putting on a clinic" this afternoon in batting practice and felt great. He will be in tonight's starting lineup, playing right field. Chris Carter will play left field, giving Jason Bay a day off.

Mike Lowell thinks he will be able to play a game or two this weekend and tune up for the ALDS.

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Two more pictures from last night, posted to the SoSH Game Thread:


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Rays/Orioles at 7
East                     Magic #
Rays 95 62 ---
Red Sox 92 65 3.0 2

149 comments:

redsock said...

Sayeth Justin "The Big Donkey" Masterson: "Youkilis is a pansy."

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1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Chris Carter, LF
9. Alex Cora, SS

Jeff in PA said...

OK, maybe this was discussed in a previous thread - I've been traveling and not keeping up with the game threads. Has anyone else notices that Jed never swings at the first pitch? Now there have been Sox players who always swing at pitch 1, but Jed never seems to. And they are always called strikes! Seems like every game I've watched or listened to in the last week has Lowrie down 0-1 every time he's at the plate. Am I crazy?

Zenslinger said...

Seems to me that Ortiz and Youk are almost always starting 0-2 or 1-2. The Sox like patient hitters. Not worrying about getting to two strikes is part of it.

Admittedly, it hasn't been working out for Jed lately.

redsock said...

Lowrie's splits by count/pitch.

Amy said...

OK, Allan, how in the world do you read that chart?? It is so confusing that I still couldn't find an answer to Jeff's question. Is it just me?

redsock said...

I believe the first part is what he did when he put the ball in play on that exact count. The second half is what he did in PAs after specific counts were reached, like after an 0-1 start to his PA, as opposed to putting an 0-1 pitch into play.

redsock said...

he put the first pitch into play 24 times, he put a 1-0 count into play 18 times, etc.

he has had 146 plate appearances that began 0-1, 43 that began 2-0, etc.

as you can see, he hits really well when he gets ahead 2-0.

Amy said...

OK, got it (I think). I will have to look more closely later, but this is why I find Baseball Reference pretty useless without someone else interpreting.

I am off to teach my class, hoping to catch the last part of the game.

GO SOX!

redsock said...

Drew's first game since Aug 17

redsock said...

Byrds eat spiders, don't they?

Jere said...

and crusaders slay dragons. or get fire-breathed by them.

Jere said...

youk shoulda gone for that one

Jere said...

Jamey Carroll's on the all female name team. And the All in the Family Team (Carroll O'Connor).

redsock said...

is the (on) fire still burning?

Jere said...

Don't tell me Kotsay's using that stupid Nickelback song.

Jere said...

Kot say (gabba gabba) hey.

Jere said...

Carmona not glued to success tonite

redsock said...

i approve of this inning.

redsock said...

hey, tek: "we accept you"

redsock said...

car-moaner's gonna hit his pitch limit very soon.

... and hey ho let's go!!! over the PA

redsock said...

51 pitch inning!!!

"long wait for byrd" (/don)

redsock said...

FKR: 0
BAL: 5

GET BACK ON THE BUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

32 MINUTE WAIT

L-girl said...

Hi there.

L-girl said...

Remy just called Bullington "Burlington".

Bullington on both the animal team and the British ale team.

Not sure there's an ale called Bullington but there oughta be.

redsock said...

this guy has pitched 4.2 IP
11.57 ERA
.381 opponents avg

destroy him!

johngoldfine said...

how about an all-champagne team--let's start with remy

ish said...

I love me some 4 run first innings!

redsock said...

FKR: 00
BAL: 51

NYY: 002
TOR: 001

L-girl said...

Hey Remy on a team, we never did that before (that I know of). Any Tattinger every play baseball? Mmmm, Tattinger...

Oh boy, it's error time.

L-girl said...

Carroll on my girls team, of course.

L-girl said...

Choo on the train team, the gum team, the tobacco team...

Jere said...

Hafner on the All-Taxi Driver team?

ish said...

Byrd's not fooling anyone tonight, is he?

Jere said...

If the Blue Jays knew what was comin', his old teammates certainly do

Zenslinger said...

So maybe it's Byrd in the cage for the playoff, er, in the pen rather.

Jere said...

NESN misses stuff...

Jere said...

I didn't see Drew's hit, but I have a sudden' hankerin' for Mickey D's!

redsock said...

L thought it was an old replay at first ...

idiots at nesn

Zenslinger said...

Drew came out...is he hurt? I mean, re-hurt?

redsock said...

no - tito planned on a half game or so, spring training style.

Zenslinger said...

FKR: 0
BAL: 5

GET BACK ON THE BUS!!!!!!!!!!!!


Would not get excited, Liz is pitching for Baltimore (all girl's team).

Rays have the bases loaded, one out, down 6-0.

Jere said...

half game for Drew, but he still gets whole snow cone.

Amy said...

I heard those errors on the way home. Very disturbing. Too much champagne last night for Drew and Kotsay?

Amy said...

Pretty quiet here. Everyone must be resting up for the playoffs.

Jere said...

O's looking pathetic. 6-4

A Conformer said...

no - tito planned on a half game or so, spring training style.

Thank Satan (it is ON FIRE we're talking about, after all) for that- I saw it on GDGD and was immediately worried. Came here fast to see what's what.

ish said...

I'm having a hard time getting into the game tonight. Kind of strange.

redsock said...

Pretty quiet here. Everyone must be resting up for the playoffs.

I hope so. 110 or so posts is not good for an ALDS game.

redsock said...

Carter hitting .714!!!

Yet Tito keeps him on the bench.

A Conformer said...

I hope so. 110 or so posts is not good for an ALDS game.

Hey, the biggest game thread of the regular season was a 9-inning loss to the Royals. Go figure...

Jere said...

They just asked "who was the last to wear 6 (in 2002)?" I remembered from your post Gaetti was the last player in 2000. So a coach must've worn it in '02?

Amy said...

Ish, post Fenway reaction or post clinching reaction?

ish said...

Ish, post Fenway reaction or post clinching reaction?

I think post-clinching. And it's been a long day - I've been going a million miles per hour all day and it's hard trying to slow down.

redsock said...

royals game? really?

ish said...

Too much fried food for dinner, too, I think.

Jere said...

But diehard lists coaches on the uni-# list. So I'm curious to see who NESN says wore 6 in '02.

ish said...

Wow, NESN. Great job!

Jere said...

They came back with the answer, and the question had changed to say 2000, with no mention from Don. I swear it said '02 when they first asked it.

ish said...

Jere, I saw 2002 when they first asked the question, too.

redsock said...

FKR: 000 5
BAL: 510

ALRIGHT -- GET OFF THE BUS!

ish said...

Toast warming.

Amy said...

Yeah, I am sort of anxious to get to the post season. But I want to enjoy these games also. Hard to take them as seriously now though.

ish said...

ALRIGHT -- GET OFF THE BUS!

LMAO.

A Conformer said...

royals game? really?

Yep. 1000+ comments. 4-3 loss, loaded up the bases against Soria but couldn't get the run across. I think the last 100 comments or so were after the game ended, and about wind instruments mostly.

ish said...

Hmm.

Compared to leaving Byrd in there, White Flag looks rather appealing at this point.

ish said...

Mmmm tasty double play.

ish said...

Watching the Cubs/Mets game on ESPN... Oh man, that Mets bullpen is SO HORRIBLE. It's hilarious.

3rd inning, Carlos Zambrano walks the ballpark, basically. It was 1-0 Cubs, then Zambrano walked in a run, and then went 3-2 with 2 out to Delgado, who hit a grand slam to make it 5-1 Mets.

Oliver Perez didn't even make it through five innings. Joe Smith came in, gave up a couple runs. Duaner Sanchez just gave up two runs - game is tied at 5.

ish said...

The Mets bullpen is so terrible that Mike Timlin would be a pretty good candidate for closer.

Jere said...

these are line drives who died, died

redsock said...

nice one, jere!

A Conformer said...

The Mets bullpen is so terrible that Mike Timlin would be a pretty good candidate for closer.

I will be VERY surprised if they make the postseason.

Jere said...

thanks. I'm gonna switch to the Mets on commercial here, even though the giant new stadium in left field scares me.

Jere said...

left and center field. It's like a spaceship landed.

A Conformer said...

We are being shut down by a Pirates' castaway. This will not stand.

ish said...

It's funny listening to the Yankees radio broadcast after they've been eliminated.

They don't even know what to do. They're talking about every other team in baseball except for the Yankees.

ish said...

I wonder how long it took Heidi to get the champagne out of his hair.

ish said...

and by his, I mean hers. I wrote his because I was watching Jason Bay's interview.

ish said...

Enjoying listening to the first meaningless Yankee game since 1993.

A Conformer said...

I wonder how long it took Heidi to get the champagne out of his hair.

I assumed you meant Tek.

ish said...

Braves have broken it open in Philadelphia. Seemed like 20 minutes ago Ryan Howard hit a dong to tie it at 3... Now it's 9-3 ATL

Jere said...

meaningless in the negative way anyway. negative for them.

ish said...

I wonder, if they ever did start seeing each other, how long they'd keep seeing each other.

ish said...

meaningless in the negative way anyway. negative for them.

Yeah, that. Of course, it's meaningless for Toronto too. In the negative way, anyway.

ish said...

Here come the Mets.

A Conformer said...

Hey, look, Mike Timlin got through the inning.

redsock said...

we really should have got more than 4 in the 1st. left them loaded.

after burlington, remy calls him bowlington.

redsock said...

a second inning for timlin - never a good decision.

Jere said...

O's have now fully blown lead, 7-6 Rays

ish said...

Mmmm double plays!

ish said...

Mets bullpen is so bad that they're relying on Ricardo Rincon, fresh from the Mexican league and brought up to the bigs on the 1st... in a tie game, with 2 on and 2 out.

ish said...

Heh. Rincon gets his man. Back to Boston.

Jere said...

It's still weird to me to think of Orsillo doing national games as he did last postseason and will do again--but I was shocked Eckersley god the nod for national studio work.

ish said...

bizons.

ish said...

Wow. Ortiz didn't know what to make of that slider.

Jere said...

2 bases loaded walks in a row, and the Brewers go up 3-1, putting presh on the Mets

redsock said...

"jumping back out of the way"

dark horse addition to the orsillo drinking game.

ish said...

FY going for a 20/20 season... He needs a couple more dongs, though.

redsock said...

sure looked like called strik e3!

ish said...

A, in the 7th, you'll be too drunk from Don Orsillo drinking game that you won't be able to tell what a dark horse saying would be. By this point people drink whenever he says ANYTHING.

Jere said...

Sut: I told ya the Brewers were gonna do something when they saw the Mets score. Yeah, they stood there and took two run-scoring walks.

redsock said...

that's why in the original game, you would pick 3 sayings before the game and drink only on those 3.

ish said...

Ah. I like that. Strict rules.

ish said...

Fuck yeah!

redsock said...

FUCKING FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

do NOT be hurt.

ish said...

Looks like FY took a digger to the face.

Jere said...

did he bang his nose on the ground?

redsock said...

rub some dirt on it and play on.

ish said...

I think so, Jere. Looked like he was trying not to cry. You hit your nose like that, you don't exactly have a choice.

Don: "Beach ball, however small, has come out onto the field."

Jere said...

that was about the smallest beach ball they make. Saw some interesting ones at Fenway this year of varying shapes and sizes.

redsock said...

a bit short of a haiku?

Beach ball, however
small, has come out onto the field ......

Jere said...

we need a sweet carally

redsock said...

DAMN!

a bit short of a haiku?

Beach ball, however
small, has come out onto the
field ......

redsock said...

don o drinking game
choose just 3 catch phrases or
drown in pool of booze

Jere said...

Mets trail. Before it looked like they'd be 2 up w/4 to play, now looks like tied with 4 left

redsock said...

GUMBALL TRIPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

chew 'em up

Jere said...

that's what i'm talkin bout. High fly, you gotta be on third if it doesn't go out.

Amy said...

ALL RIGHT!

redsock said...

POUNCE MOTHERFUCKERS!!!

Jere said...

Kotsay, why aren't YOU thinkin' three? We could be going for 3 straight triples right now.

redsock said...

JED - .929 OPS vs LHP!

Zenslinger said...

TAKE the lead!

Too bad no insurance, but...nice to see the rookies and new guys contributing.

redsock said...

MDC ("Millions of Dead Clevelands") in to nail it down.

Zenslinger said...

We know for a fact that Delcarmen was drinking last night.

redsock said...

thank you, mr. umpire, for that wide K!

Zenslinger said...

Choo, all he could do is bend over -- and touch his knees.

Man, that sounds fucked up. Bet Don & Jerry were holding back laughter.

ish said...

I want to spread some dirty water.

ish said...

First round of dirty water is on me!!!

Amy said...

A save for MDC!

Zenslinger said...

'Nother very questionable called strike, but...I'll take it.

Jeff in PA said...

Thanks for the link on Lowrie. I'll need to dig in for the details, but I do appreciate the quick work. A full service blog!

redsock said...

O's walk in a run and a two-run single makes it 10-6.

redsock said...

ack - fuck me - it's actually 11-6.

redsock said...

abreu hit a grand slam in the 10th and the mfy beat the jays 6-2.

ish said...

Hot Dogs force evacuation at Citizens Bank Park

Exploding hot dogs!

Devine said...

Haven't they clinched the division already since the magic number is 1 and they own the tiebreaker?

Jere said...

Holy crap. Mets have man on third no out in tie game, bottom 9. Then loaded, one out. Don't score. Cubs score 3 in top 10th. That team has serious problems.

Nice job by the O's--last 7 games against TB and NYY, we're rooting for them, and they go 0-7.

Jere said...

Sutcliffe: had never heard of a Nor'easter. Come on, I've heard of El Nino!

ish said...

Julian Tavarez was pitching for Atlanta... Shane Victorino was on third for Philly, and straying toward home. Third base coach tells Victorino to get back to third, because there's Tavarez, running over to try and tag him out!

Tavarez goes back to the mound and Victorino starts getting chippy. Tavarez takes exception, starts walking over there, benches empty, etc. But no fight.

redsock said...

Haven't they clinched the division already since the magic number is 1 and they own the tiebreaker?

I don't think so.

Rays lead Sox by 3 games
Rays lose last four
Red Sox win last four
Red Sox win East by 1 game!

ish said...

Everyone knows they own the tiebreaker, so maybe the magic number figures for that. Had the Red Sox owned the tiebreaker the magic number probably would have been 2.

ish said...

Meanwhile, the Twins beat the White Sox again, and pull to within a half game.

phil said...

Drinking Liberally intervened, but I still got to watch most of this one. Not too shabby for a couple teams that aren't trying.

nixon33 said...

thank god i dont like the mets.

Devine said...

Why, you're right!

My, I never knew MLB could make magic numbers account for ties like that.

Jere said...

yes, the magic number *should* be 2. Meaning one more TB win or BOS loss would make it 1, meaning BOS can only tie. But since the tie-breaker is guaranteed to go to TB, they only need the 1 win (or 1 BOS loss). So their true magic # is 1 to win the division. There can be no tie.

Jere said...

But note that it's only like that because the Sox are in the playoffs anyway. If someone else had locked up the Wild Card by now, and us and TB ended up with the same record at the top of the division, there would've be a one-game playoff which would've been in Boston as we won an earlier coin toss.

tim said...

In MDC we trust...got a chuckle out of the headline. No idea what the article is about.