October 13, 2008

ALCS 3: Rays 9, Red Sox 1

Rays    - 014 000 031 - 9 13  0
Red Sox - 000 000 100 - 1 7 0
Lester had a four-pitch first inning (ball, 6-3, 3U, F8) and things looked bright.

But the Rays scored a run in the second on a walk, a single and a groundout. Then the Red Sox had men at second and third with one out and could not score -- though they were relying on Varitek and Cora. Lester was then pounded in the third. Bartlett singled, Iwamura doubled off the Wall, and Upton crushed a three-run dong over everything in left. After Pena struck out looking, Longoria homered to left-center.

Boston could not get anything going against Garza. Pedroia doubled with one out in the first, but was stranded. Then the Sox "stranded a pair" in the second. They had a runner on base in each of the next four innings, but could not move any of them to second. Garza began the seventh at 107 pitches. He seemed gassed as he walked Varitek and allowed a single down the right field line to Cora. Howell came in and gave up a sac fly to Ellsbury, which made the score 5-1. Pedroia then grounded into a 5-4-3 DP to end the inning. The only baserunner for Boston in the final two innings was Drew's two-out single in the eighth.

Byrd relieved Lester in the sixth and pitched the rest of the way. He gave up a three-run home run to Baldelli in the eighth that put the game on ice. Pena pounded a dong to left-center in the ninth as an exclamation point.

The one Boston run in the seventh meant that the Red Sox avoided being shut out at Fenway Park in a post-season game for the first time since Game 5 of the 1918 World Series.

The Rays lead this series 2-1. Game 4 is tomorrow night.

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BR Preview

Matt Garza (Rays 14-16 in his starts)
Jon Lester (Red Sox 22-11 in his starts)
Red Sox                 Rays

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B B.J. Upton, CF
David Ortiz, DH Carlos Pena, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B Evan Longoria, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF Carl Crawford, LF
Jason Bay, LF Willy Aybar, DH
Mark Kotsay, 1B Dioner Navarro, C
Jason Varitek, C Rocco Baldelli, RF
Alex Cora, SS Jason Bartlett, SS
After splitting the first two games, the ALCS is now a best-of-5 -- and Boston has both home field advantage and Jon Lester set to pitch two of those possible five games.

Lester made three starts against the Rays this season, allowing only two runs in 20 innings (0.90 ERA). 18 hits, six walks, 19 strikeouts. He had a 2.49 ERA in 17 Fenway starts. He was second on the Red Sox staff with a 143 ERA+.

Garza -- in the first full season of his career -- started four games against the Red Sox, allowing 14 runs (11 earned) in 22 innings (4.50). He walked seven, struck out 10 and gave up four dongs. His 118 ERA+ was third best on the Rays staff.

There are rumblings that Alex Cora may get a start today. I'd rather Terry Francona stick to putting the best players in the lineup, thank you very much. But the Assassin loves Einstein, so I hope Flo and Lyndon pick today to come out of their offensive shells.

Corsi Combover has some fine Columbus Day art at SoSH. It's Thanksgiving Day in Canada and we're off with some friends and their dogs. You're on your own as far as links go, but the ProJo blog has press conference transcripts and a bunch of other stuff in one place.

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NLCS 4: Phillies (2)/Dodgers (1) at 8

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JCal76 said...

Has anyone else noticed how much Garza spits while on the mound? Normally I wouldn't bring it up but it's ridiculous. I'm not kidding, he spits about every 3 seconds. Just a random thought.

ish said...

Watching Red Sox Classics on NESN... Not only was the game a classic, but so was the banter in the booth. Classic Don and Jerry.

Remy: "Do you ever get eye gunk?"
Don: "Sure, I get eye gunk. Do you ever get eye gunk?"
Remy: "Of course I get eye gunk. When do you get eye gunk?"
Don: "I usually have eye gunk in the morning. Other than that, my eyes are gunk-free."

redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mark Kotsay, 1B
Jason Varitek, C
Alex Cora, SS

redsock said...

Amalie Benjamin, from her online chat earlier today: "I think we all sort of knew what was going to happen when Francona put Timlin into the game. ... When you're forced to use Timlin, unless you're up by quite a few runs, you've really already lost that game."

Now that's dreamy!

L-girl said...

Corsi Combover has some fine Columbus Day art at SoSH.

Although I'd settle for simply beating the Rays. An actual massacre and enslavement won't be necessary.

redsock said...

Globe, with Tito on the lineup:

Francona prefers Cora against power righthanded pitchers. "It seems like it's been more of a fit for Alex. I anticipate Jed being right back in there tomorrow. Sometimes you have different ways of being a good team. Sometimes you don't. We always make sure Jed, when he goes out to take his grounders today, knows that he's not being punished."

Ellsbury (hitless in his last 17 AB, 0-for-11 in the ALCS) is 6 for 13 with a walk against Garza.

Re Ortiz: "He came out yesterday and just peppered that Wall. I thought that was really an intelligent thing to do. When he has the ability to hit that Wall, he has the ability to hit the ball anywhere with power. And he came out and just beat the [manure] out of that wall."

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redsock said...

Iwamura, 2B
Upton, CF
Pena, 1B
Longoria, 3B
Crawford, LF
Aybar, DH
Navarro, C
Baldelli, RF
Bartlett, SS

s1c said...

Keys to this game

Ellsbury needs to get off the snide. A 2/4 night will set up FY and Papi just right.

Papi needs to take the shift out of play either by hitting it out or peppering the wall.

Lester just needs to be Lester.

Amy said...

Not going to be around much for the thread. I have to get ready to teach and then teach at 7:30. I am hoping for a fast shutout by Lester so I can know the final score before I have to go to class.

Enjoy the game!

redsock said...

thanks, amy.

shots done!

Zenslinger said...

I'll be itching to leave work early to see the end of the game.

Tony said...

Hello all...still smarting a bit over the last game; Tito can't afford to give away games in a 7-game series by bringing in Mike Timlin's Corpse over just about anybody else in the pen. Still, I'm ready to see Lester kick some ass today!

Joe Grav said...

LET'S GET IT THE MOTHAFUCK ON!

s1c said...

Well in a fine tradition, BH is making margaritas tonight, so expect letters to the players and my intelligence to go down the drain accordingly.

The things I do in support of this team.


IT IS ON!!!

Joe Grav said...

Applause.

redsock said...

26 to go

Joe Grav said...

holla

redsock said...

2 easy outs on 3 pitches.

Joe Grav said...

Keep swinging at first pitches pls

Jere said...

hey aren't there usually like 200 comments b4 playoff games even start?

OTT! Nice, Sid.

Zenslinger said...

Holy shit! 4-pitch first inning!

redsock said...

i wonder if garza is wearing his ear plugs today?

redsock said...

maybe people are getting burned out after six months of threads? also, it is 4:42 pm.

lester on pace for a 36-pitch CG!

Tony said...

Now THAT was some good work.

Jere said...

Hey, I added another connector line to my mythical live-meeting chart Saturday, meeting Ofer ("a conformer") in NYC. Nice guy. But you knew that.

Jere said...

I did think, weekday afternoon game--but, holiday! Some people must have it off. (It's Native Peoples Slaughter Day or something...)

s1c said...

Jere- the omnipotent gave you a good thumbs up on the THOM meeting.

To bad it wasn't rewarded with a win.

Lord Lynch said...

Evening.

We missed the first innings here waiting for the effing Sabres to conclude their 7-1 win over the Islanders.

Christ on a bike. We get a game at a reasonable hour and our broadcaster is mailing it in.

Joe Grav said...

tu es awesome, monseiur pedroia

s1c said...

FY!!!

I was Truped on that one.

redsock said...

crawford thought it was gone the way he was watching it

Tony said...

FY!!!!

I love how he knows how to play the Monster.

Jere said...

nice. thanks, s1c.

Didn't really have to hear the TBS sound at the bar--but did notice they, by chance I'm SURE, showed about a million highlights of Rays beating Red Sox from the past season, and none the other way.

FY near dong! (Caray started his "wave goodbye" line a tad early, ha)

Zenslinger said...

Umpteenth fuckin' FY double this year.

Lord Lynch said...

Last minute of the Islanders game.

That's smoke coming out of my ears.

redsock said...

morgan just called the Wall "the short porch in left"

Zenslinger said...

morgan just called the Wall "the short porch in left"

Was he joking?

At all?

Tony said...

Blargh. What a terrible call.

Jere said...

umpires still calling things using the "coin-flip" method, I see

Zenslinger said...

Last pitch to Ortiz looked like a ball on GDGD.

Lord Lynch said...

Hallelujah!

It's over.

redsock said...

no joke. talking about tiz able to go the other way since he does not have his usual power to rcf and rf.

morgan does not possess a sense of humor. miller tries and sometimes goofs on him - he never gets it.

Jere said...

Buck, instead of saying "I love this," how about saying you'd love it if umpires called the strike zone by the rules?

Jere said...

(Buck was saying how he "loves it" when umps have a bigger strike zone for each pitcher as long as it's consistent)

Joe Grav said...

ahhh, assface.

Tony said...

Aw, fiddlesticks.

L-girl said...

Thank goodness, no Argos game today, so we can have radio audio.

Lord Lynch said...

Sutcliffe on Holbrook - home plate umpire in Game 2 - "What a great job he did on Saturday".

I guess we don't agree..

Jere said...

he did do a great job for the Rays

Tony said...

Frig. I hate watching Longoria at bat.

Jere said...

K. one on one out

Tony said...

Take a seat, Crawford. Good battle, though, so there's that.

Joe Grav said...

feck

redsock said...

nice catch, bard

Tony said...

Kee-ripes.

Lord Lynch said...

Not good early vibes here....

Jere said...

Tek doesn't catch pitch, second and third one out

Jere said...

ground out scores run. that's crappy

Tony said...

PRODUCTIVE OUT!!!!!!!11111

>:O

redsock said...

wish they had been a dp.

chip is no doubt happy in the pants

Tony said...

Okay, that could've been worse.

I CAN HAZ RUNZ PLZ?

Lord Lynch said...

Here comes our productive lower order to save the day.

redsock said...

shit - bad enough tek can't hit - now the human computer is crashing on the field

Jere said...

the PB really cost us

Lord Lynch said...

Drew walks, Bay gets a single, Kotsay flies out, TEK GIDP.

My premonition.

s1c said...

Tek makes up for the passed ball by knocking in two runs on a double off the wall. After all he is due for a hit.

Jere said...

does the flyout score the run, though?

Tony said...

Way to get on, Bay!

Jere said...

Bay single

redsock said...

jeterian!

Lord Lynch said...

Bay single was right.... :-)

Tony said...

Kotsay did something good! Kotsay did something good!

Lord Lynch said...

I didn't see that. How can the ghost of Jason Varitek mess this up?

redsock said...

kotsay hustle to second to avoid being the lead out in tek's gidp

Joe Grav said...

Oh fuck. Tek.

Come on you old bastard.

Jere said...

Would've hoped a guy like Ron Darling would know that other shortstops before Jeter did the "jump throw."

Kotsay again with his first pitch hacking--and doubles!

Tek, get one home.

kkh said...

c'mon Tek, a sac fly isn't too much to ask, is it? you can do that, right?

s1c said...

Whoo, I thought that was going to be a catchable pop up.

c'mon Tek!!!

Lord Lynch said...

Those words - Alex Cora on deck - make grown men weep.

Joe Grav said...

varitek, you are not good at hitting

Tony said...

Tek K. Drink!

Joe Grav said...

assmuncher

Joe Grav said...

assmuncher

Joe Grav said...

redsock/ L-girl - what time do polls close in cahnahdah tomorrow?

Tony said...

3 hits, no runs. Not good!

s1c said...

Fuck you and your red sox strand two oh boy happines chip.

redsock said...

the LOB parade has begun - great.

Lord Lynch said...

Cora. SEEING IS BELIEVING.

Jere said...

TBS, you fucking jerks, just tell the audience that the Rays have been given two free outs. Don't try to justify it. Don't try to tell us that "both teams are mad." And don't show the damn pitch tracker thing if you're gonna act like the strike zone is irrelevant.

redsock said...

the networks are starting their coverage at 8. l is looking it up.

Joe Grav said...

the networks are starting their coverage at 8

Well, that was mostly what I was looking for. Last Cdn. election, C-Span picked up CBC coverage.

Joe Grav said...

figure we can hopefully at least get one d-bag out of power in N. America tomorrow.

redsock said...

9:30 eastern
diff times in diff areas
7 pm pacific

Joe Grav said...

come on lestah

Jere said...

2nd and 3rd no effin outs

Lord Lynch said...

This is seriously not good.

Tony said...

Ahh jeez.

Joe Grav said...

Frag

Jere said...

Manny woulda deked him

redsock said...

jon miller implied that mike greenwell was a master at playing the wall.

s1c said...

fuck you chip

Tony said...

Sigh.

Jere said...

over everything. Lester, stop taking lessons from Beckett

redsock said...

wow - morgan all quiet, then says "man" in some amount of dismay!

Zenslinger said...

Hol-eee shit.

Well, Lester can't be perfect every day! He needs some fucking help.

Jere said...

I wouldn't say a four run lead at Fenway in the third would be considered a game "broken open."

Tony said...

Take a seat, Pena. At least the ump's strike zone is terrible for Lester, too.

Lord Lynch said...

Oh dear.

Don't think I'll be staying up late tonight.

Tony said...

Christ. Urge to kill...rising.

Jere said...

solo dong for arod south

redsock said...

OHHHHHHH

lookee who is up in the pen.

richard said...

Byrd warming up... about 40 hours too late!

redsock said...

miller: "sox fans are not that far removed from 86 years of pain and suffering. ... doubts may be creeping in."

yes, he said that

redsock said...

shit - jon miller giving the sox 2008 eulogy.....

then finally says well this game is far from over after all.

Tony said...

Of course the Longoria dinger was caught by the one goddamn Rays fan in the Monster seats.

All right, guys...Lester's picked you up all year. Return the favor!

ish said...

We need a clean up crew in the TBS booth.

Lord Lynch said...

If that doesn't send a message to this lot, nothing will. Time Jacoby. Time David.

Jere said...

"yes, he said that"

I tried to tell ya, man, it's everywhere. That Extra Bases guy said the same crap during the ALDS, about how the old familiar doubt is creeping back.

redsock said...

lester pc: 4-21-29 = 54

sigh

kkh said...

54 pitches after 3, yowza. Remember that sweet 4-pitch first inning? seems so long ago now, sigh.

Jere said...

" Of course the Longoria dinger was caught by the one goddamn Rays fan in the Monster seats."

Correction: Yankee fan.

redsock said...

We need a clean up crew in the TBS booth.

i was going to say i hope he is being careful with his aim because i don't think the fans below the tbs booth would like to be drippled on, but i thought it was in bad taste (so to speak)

s1c said...

what pisses me off is the ump is calling pitches off the plate, so why throw strikes. geez fucking christ.

Tony said...

Any sliver of doubt I might have had about the Red Sox was obliterated when they came back from 3-1 down last year to beat the Indians.

The only feeling I have right now is complete and utter aggravation.

Zenslinger said...

Most painful inning of the year?

Maybe. Although when we lost the lead to Texas after scoring 10 in the first (right?), that was pretty bad, too.

I'm takin' a deep breath and telling myself, "It's baseball. It's baseball. It giveth and it taketh away."

Jere said...

"what pisses me off is the ump is calling pitches off the plate, so why throw strikes. geez fucking christ."

right, and instead of announcers telling the youth of the world that that's wrong, they say "I love that." Direct quote.

redsock said...

time to clog those bases.

Tony said...

The saddest thing about that fly out is that that's the best contact he's had all series.

Jere said...

Jacoby breaks back on a ball that's in, and Caray says, "he broke back..." but still gets it. Baldelli does the same thing and he calls it "surrounding the ball" as if he purposely took the wrong path to the ball.

Lord Lynch said...

It is amazing how when things go wrong, the pundit (Sutcliffe in this case) acts as though how he knew what was wrong all along (he has a hole in his swing).

redsock said...

FY says fuck the funeral.

s1c said...

time for big Papi, to be well, big Papi.

Tony said...

At least FY's found his swing again.

Jere said...

FY still hitting balls that almost go through the Wall

Lord Lynch said...

Looking at gdgd, this isn't a large strike zone, it is an inconsistent one.

FY enhances his rep.

Lord Lynch said...

Sutcliffe now saying Papi is not seeing the ball properly....

redsock said...

after morgan says lester will be next to impossible to score on, now he says he is surprised. so now he says that you have to get garza early or not at all......

joe, you are usually wrong, shut up

ish said...

Having Dale Arnold calling that inning on the radio was none too fun, either. Ended up switching to music on my way home.

Jake of All Trades said...

Dale says Garza only made 1 throw to check a runner at 1st all year, and made errors on throws to first both times on the only 2 balls he fielded.

Joe Grav said...

dong now pls

ish said...

Thank you extended camera bay.

Jere said...

Martinez claiming he catches it without the well being there.

Because he just looked so confident going after that one....

Joe Grav said...

what the FRIG

ish said...

Because he just looked so confident going after that one....

Very Jeterian.

redsock said...

OMG - miller just says no one is better at going back to get popups than bartlett.

oooooooo snap, jeter!

A Conformer said...

Hey, everyone. Just wanted to say: I'm watching, but not feeling very talkative right now. FUCK, Lester, what the hell?

Jere said...

That's the second time in the series Eva has done the "wave everyone else off" move and NOT caught the ball. It's like singing Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye and then losing. Fuckin ARod imitator with the cockiness of Jeter. He's the worst of both worlds.

Tony said...

Argh. This ain't looking too good.

redsock said...

morgan says that was a yook swing because when the ball went over the plate, his bat was still going forward.

not how FAR he swung it, but where if it was moving forward at any point in his swing when the ball went by.

this might be the dumbest thing he's ever said.

Zenslinger said...
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Tony said...

Lester's getting tagged like Beckett was. The fact that Lester's not hurt really, really worries me.

phil said...

So the sukkah's built, but the Sox are losing. Meh.

Tony said...

Nice pick by Youk there.

redsock said...

i have an idea.

let's score a couple of runs.

Joe Grav said...

come on boston

Jere said...

several dongs this inning please

ish said...

Nothing like opening up a package of cheese you just bought yesterday and discovering it's moldy...

Kind of like opening up your J.D. Drew to find out he's moldy.

Tony said...

Not feeling this game right now, guys.

Jere said...

when they showed the moon and Caray said "that's how big the ball looks to the Rays tonight," he should've said "that's how wide Garza's strike zone has been tonight."

s1c said...

Youk!!!

Jere said...

hahahaha fucking fuckers. fucking prickwads. Upton's a fuckin idiot. Do they care to continue sucking his ass and saying "it's not dogging it, he's just graceful"?

ish said...

TBS just finished marveling at how graceful Upton is on the baseball field.

Real graceful.

A Conformer said...

TBS just finished marveling at how graceful Upton is on the baseball field.

Real graceful.


That had nothing to do with grace. That was just plain dumb.

redsock said...

at the same time, morgan was saying that when he runs, he "glides ... like a track star"

Jere said...

go shoot blanks into your rolled up ARod poster Eva

ish said...

The Red Sox need to rip the Pelican's huge nose off next inning.

ish said...

Caray: "Did the Rays run themselves out of a chance to score and will that cost them?"

Yes.

ish said...

I will participate in the lights out challenge if they turn off the microphones in the TBS booth.

Joe Grav said...

walks please

Jere said...

I'm thinking it's my duty to wear an anti-TBS shirt to the game tomorrow, wait around the walkways, and right as one of their roving cameras passes me, open up my jacket to reveal it.

ish said...

Producer on TBS said to Caray in his ear: "Quick, say something nice about Fenway Park. We're getting swamped with hate mail here."

Caray: "Is that enough?"

Producer: "Yeah. America's Most Beloved Ballpark is fine. As you were."

Caray: "I can handle that."

mattymatty said...

I have never seen a pitcher so consistently fall behind in the count over six innings and not pay for it one bit.

Also the spitting thing is disgusting and really needs to stop.

ish said...

I hate Garza and his pelican face.

mattymatty said...

Sorry, five innings. I'm too angry to count properly.

ish said...

There goes the no-walker!

Jere said...

2 out walk

A Conformer said...

Martinez: "We all know what the captain means to the Red sox"

Rally killer? Never gets a man on third with one out in? Almost obvious strikeout victim?

richard said...

Casey for DH?

ish said...

I'm still fuming quite a bit about Cora being in there. Bay and Lowrie have been an excellent combination this postseason.

tim said...

Hi all. Mother fuck.

ish said...

The Rays gush fest continues...

Jere said...

was that a 4-pitch walk to Baldelli, who he owns?

Zenslinger said...

Now here comes Byrd?

ish said...

I dono, Jere. TBS was too busy talking about the Rays to call the game.

tim said...

Holy fuck! It's Paul Byrd!

redsock said...

yeah - 4 pitches

redsock said...

morgan says the red sox have to win at least 1 game at fenway so they do not have to go back to tampa down by 3 games.

then he said it again.

tim said...

morgan says the red sox have to win at least 1 game at fenway so they do not have to go back to tampa down by 3 games.

He must be confusing Tampa with Fort Myers in February 09.

ish said...

Yeah, because clearly Fenway is a tough place for the Red Sox to win a game.

tim said...

We better get to this Garz-er for a few runs this inning. Start it off with some Yook action, followed by Drew, Bay and Kotsay.

Bryon Harris said...

Jeez I almost reluctently went to a bar right after work to catch this game but heard the score on the radio and rethought it. If we get a few runs I'll re-rethink...

tim said...

Five runs...3 1/3 innings...well shit - as previously mentioned, we're the fucking Red Sox. We can get it done.

ish said...

The Red Sox don't need to prove anything. Ron Darling thinks the Red Sox feel like they have more to prove now that Manny is gone. To show everyone that they're still a good team without Manny.

s1c said...

Ish - yeah, just because they played .667 ball after manny means they suck.

ish said...

Buck: "I think it's important for the pitching coach to know his personnel."

ish said...

Pelican can go ahead and throw one to the backstop because Varitek and Cora are up next.

ish said...

Clean up the TBS booth again...

redsock said...

morgan, when bay was hitting: "if you are navarro, right now you are trying to figure out how to get some these hitters out."

Joe Grav said...

fuck.

tim said...

Does this Garza asshole have some sort of saliva disorder?

All he does is spit. It's quite irritating and repulsing.

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