October 10, 2008

ALCS 1: Red Sox 2, Rays 0

Red Sox - 000 010 010 - 2  7  0
Rays - 000 000 000 - 0 4 0
Matsuzaka took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the bullpen trio of Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson and Jonathan Papelbon shut the door on the Rays.

In the fifth inning against Shields, Jason Bay walked and raced to third on Mark Kotsay's pop fly double down the left field line. Jed Lowrie's fly out to right scored Bay with the night's first run. (The Red Sox had threatened in the first. Dustin Pedroia walked with one out and went to third on Kevin Youkilis's two-out ground-rule double to right, but J.D. Drew struck out.)

Boston made it 2-0 in the eighth when Pedroia singled with one out. He stole second before David Ortiz walked and then he scored on Youkilis's double off the tip of Carl Crawford's glove in shallow left.

Dice walked three Rays in the first, but wiggled out of trouble, retiring retired 16 out of the next 17 batters. He started the seventh by allowing two singles, but with runners at first and third he got a fly ball to short left, a strikeout and a fielder's choice.

Matsuzaka allowed two more singles to start the seventh and was pulled. Jeemer got Carlos Pena to hack on 3-0 and fly out to Drew in right-center. Then Masterson got Evan Longoria to hit into a 6-4-3 DP. Bot set down Tampa in order in the ninth: K, PF5, K.

NLCS: The Philles held off the Dodgers 8-5 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

***

BR Preview
Daisuke Matsuzaka (Red Sox 23-6 in his starts)
James Shields (Rays 22-11 in his starts)
Red Sox                  Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Akinroi 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 Cliff Floyd, DH
Mark Kotsay, 1B Dioner Navarro, C
Jed Lowrie, SS Gabe Gross, RF
Jason Varitek, C Jason Bartlett, SS
***


It Is On!

Tampa Bay and Boston met 18 times during the regular season. The Rays won 10 games, the Red Sox eight. Eleven of the 18 games were decided by three runs or fewer, six by one run (the Rays won all six of those), two in extra innings. Home records: Rays 8-1, Red Sox 7-2. ... And they brawled on June 5.

Rays vs. Red Sox in 2008
     Winner/Score  Park

0425 Rays 5-4 (11) Trop
0426 Rays 2-1 Trop
0427 Rays 3-0 Trop

0502 Red Sox 7-3 Fenway
0503 Red Sox 12-4 Fenway
0504 Red Sox 7-3 Fenway

0603 Red Sox 7-4 Fenway
0604 Red Sox 5-1 Fenway
0605 Red Sox 7-1 Fenway

0630 Rays 5-4 Trop
0701 Rays 3-1 Trop
0702 Rays 7-6 Trop

0908 Red Sox 3-0 Fenway
0909 Rays 5-4 Fenway
0910 Rays 4-2 (14) Fenway

0915 Red Sox 13-5 Trop
0916 Rays 2-1 Trop
0917 Rays 10-3 Trop
Dice vs Rays
     IP    H  R BB  K  BF  PIT
0602 5 2 1 2 5 22 101 Rays 7-6
0909 5 8 3 4 5 28 102 Rays 5-4
0915 5 3 1 2 7 21 101 Red Sox 13-5
Shields vs Red Sox
     IP    H  R BB  K  BF  PIT
0427 9 2 0 1 7 29 99 Rays 3-0
0503 3.2 10 7 2 3 24 98 Red Sox 12-1
0605 1 3 4 0 2 8 27 Red Sox 7-1
0630 6.1 5 2 1 5 24 104 Rays 5-4
Speaking of numbers, does 9 really equal 8?

The Red Sox added Mike Timlin to the roster for the ALCS. Gil Valezquez -- who was added mid-DS in place of Mike Lowell -- was left off. ... The Rays added pitcher Edwin Jackson and subtracted Eric Hinske.

Joe Maddon, on the evenness of the two teams:
I think you can expect a lot of what you saw during the regular season; I do. There will be a lot of tight games, I think. Both sides have got good starting pitching and bullpens. Offensively, they probably have a little bit more hitting ability overall, but we have that ability to hit in the clutch. ...

[I]n a seven-game series like this, you truly have to play it one at a time ... it's really magnified at this particular juncture. ...

They're probably saying the same things — it's pretty even based on the familiarity with the two groups, the number of times that we have played against one another, the close games we have played against each another; the fact that we've finally broken through up there a little bit and they got their win down here. It's really a very balanced situation and it's going to come down to the pitching once again. ... It's going to be a grind-it-out kind of series.
Fox:
Boston and Tampa are young, tough, hungry, and athletic. They're everything the New York Yankees are not.
The Rays bullpen has been lights out against the Red Sox in Tampa. In the nine Trop games, the quintet of Grant Balfour, J.P. Howell, Dan Wheeler, Trever Miller, and Chad Bradford has made 18 appearances, pitching 18.2 innings. They have allowed only 11 hits and 7 walks (0.96 WHIP) and one earned run (0.48 ERA), while striking out 15.


Red Sox Blog Watch: Firebrand lists "the five most important moments" between the Rays and Red Sox in 2008 ... Over The Monster reports on the surprise press conference at which a teary-eyed John Henry vowed the Red Sox would "return to its roots" and "start losing again" ... Paul SF previews the series at YFSF and he agrees with me: Sox in 6 ... Survivng Grady presents a special edition of "Ellsbury 'n' Elf" ... Out in CF notes that the rays at the Florida Aquarium are being fed "little Red Sox-shaped snacks".

Globe predictions:
CHB:        BOS 7 - LAD 5
Cafardo: BOS 7 - PHI 7
Benjamin*: BOS 7 - LAD 5
Massarotti: TBR 6 - LAD 6
Kilgore: TBR 6 - LAD 7
*: Benjamin was the only Glober to pick the Red Sox over the Angels.
Michael Silverman, Herald: Red Sox in 7. ... David Pinto, Baseball Musings: "Flipping a coin might be just as good. The Red Sox are my favorite, but with just a 51% chance of winning the series." ... Yahoo ran 10,000 AccuScore simulations of the ALCS: The Red Sox won 53% of them.

The Hardball Times: Why the Rays will win / Why the Red Sox will win. ... Christina Kahrl has BP's preview: Rays in 6. ... The Globe's Eric Wilbur has collected a lot of media predictions here.

Not sufficiently fired up yet? Well .....

How about now?

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GK said...

It's Rays time now ?

I dont think so. if my memory serves me right, it was "Tribe time " in 2007. We know what happened to them.
-GK

9casey said...

Is that beautiful sky blue Tee calling the Red Sox a Dyansty?

9casey said...

My prediction, for what its worth,
Sox 7 Rays 2 .



WB Granite Giant Glass Player of the Game----Dice-K!!!

redsock said...

I thought "Dynasty" is referring to the MFY.

...

Tribe Time ... Angels Time ... Rays Time ... we know how this movie ends.

redsock said...

For 20+ years, I always figured that when the Red Sox eventually won a World Series, it would be an emotionally draining 7-game war.

But we have not yet really had a series I would put in that category. The two back-to-the-wall ALCS are different somehow.

We have seen (in order):

2004: 3 wins, 3 losses, 8 wins
2005: 3 losses
2007: 4 wins, 3 losses, 7 wins

I think this might be the first real rollercoaster series.

phil said...

I think I finally figured out the problem with the Trop's turf: it has the same consistency and texture of Youk's beard hair.

redsock said...

Ouch.

ish said...

Tribe Time ... Angels Time ... Rays Time ... we know how this movie ends.

Rocktober...


2004 was coming back from the dead, then putting on the work boots and bludgeoning the Yankees and Cardinals to death, then bathing in champagne.

2007 was the Domination. Nevermind the three straight losses to Cleveland, which were merely a bump in the road. Then Beckett gets the ball on Game 5 and we never looked back. Instead we've crushed both Cleveland and Colorado back into mediocrity.

I agree that 2008 feels different. Not only could this be the year the ALCS goes back and forth, back and forth... But what about the World Series? Could this be the year we see a World Series game lost? A series that goes five games? Six? *gasp*... Seven?

I'm willing to sit back and watch it all happen.

Jere said...

"Could this be the year we see a World Series game lost? A series that goes five games? Six? *gasp*... Seven?"

If it does go seven, I will be there! Took an hour and a half of calling, but I finally got through at 4:30, and only game 7 was left, so I got two separate singles in the grandstand. Of course, if we make the WS, I'm still rooting for a sweep. I'm not gonna root for any losses to make game 7 possible. But good to know if it happens, I'm there. Let's take care of this Rays squad real quick first, though....

Zenslinger said...

Phillies take a 4-1 lead in the second off Billingsley. All after he struck out the first two batters. Four singles and a double.

redsock said...

Oatfuckingmeal:

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

1. Akinroi Iwamura, 2B
2. B.J. Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF
6. Cliff Floyd, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Gabe Gross, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

ish said...

High drama here if you're a Dodgers fan. Bases loaded 0 out jam in the 3rd when you're already down by 2. Ass clinching time.

s1c said...

Sox in 6! Gawd, I would love that!

The fun starts tonight, will we see any white hankies? I sure hope so because you know how we took care of that the last time!!!

Yeah boy!

phil said...

Ouch.

Ewwww. What, no beat-your-wife-with-a-cowbell promotion?

ish said...

I highly approve of that lineup for the Red Sox.

ish said...

It was BRETT MYERS who's had the big hit in this inning! two-run single, he's 2 for 2 with THREE RBI!

phil said...

LAD - 011
PHI - 042

Only one out in the bottom of the third, and Billingsley is gone.

Zenslinger said...

In-credible.

I knew the Dodgers weren't that good.

Might be a little too easy to jump to the conclusion that the ALCS the real World Series. You never freakin' know.

phil said...

Kisses.

phil said...

LAD - 011
PHI - 044

In fairness, though, it's one NL team beating up another NL team.

redsock said...

6 PM - The drinking starts now!

Gotta grill some fish for work this weekend -- switching shifts tomorrow so I can be home for G2, but it means being in at 8AM -- and I'll be sipping an ice cold Asahi in anticipation of Dice's ass-kicking performance tonight.

JCal76 said...

Kind of off subject but in case you haven't seen Google is doing an anniversary thing where they're letting you click on old archived websites. It's pretty cool.

redsock said...

Might be a little too easy to jump to the conclusion that the ALCS the real World Series.

It has been lately - at least when we play (2003, 2004, 2007).

ish said...

From a baseball fan's point of view, I wish the World Series would be the World Series again. At the same time I don't want to see the Red Sox lose any of the games, but if they do, they do. Just as long as they win the last one.

ish said...

The highlights that defined the 2004 and 2007 World Series each were the final pitch of the game.

redsock said...

I put the final ALCS poll results under the lineups in the main post.

240 posts and almost half (111) voted for Sox in 6.

30 total votes for the Rays.

ish said...

These are search hits for Joy of Sox in 2001.

phil said...

It's time for the NL franchises not named the Mets to step up with player salaries, the DH rule, etc.

ish said...

Paragraph from one of the websites:

It is true, there ARE people who choose, for whatever reason, to deny themselves the comfort and the joy of sox. They may have had a bad experience with sox in the past; They may be confused about the wide range of choice available these days and question their soxual orientation; and there are, of course, those who simply have cold feet over the whole matter.

phil said...

Dodgers are on their fourth pitcher of the third inning.

redsock said...

I wonder if any Red Sox fans voted for the Rays? I wouldn't rip anybody for admitting it, but I am curious.

ish said...

Being!

Three run dong!

ish said...

Manny yelled out at Myers.. "If you don't throw 95 don't go there!"

phil said...

Passed ball strikeout leads to a single and a Manny dong.

LAD - 011 3
PHI - 044

redsock said...

I see a bad man donging
I see more Dodgers on the board
I see Phillies fans a-sweatin'
I see Torre praise the lord

Zenslinger said...

I wonder if any Red Sox fans voted for the Rays? I wouldn't rip anybody for admitting it, but I am curious.

I couldn't bring myself to vote. I think our chances are even of winning this series. I don't know, really, whether to be hopeful or confident or what.

I am excited, though.

And Manny bring the Dodgers back within shouting distance. Wow.

redsock said...

zen, you mean you did not vote at all or could not bring yourself to vote honestly for the d-bags?

ish said...

Myers has a THIRD hit! This time an infield single.

redsock said...

buck saying players still trying to figure out what the strike zone is -- after 4 innings.

mccarver excuses the ump's shitty performance because there have been a lot of different pitchers in the game, old and young guys, and they all throw a lot of different pitches -- it's hard.

so we have a guy struggling to learn on the job in the nlcs, eh tim?

unbelievable.

Patrick said...

In the last post Nixion said, not verbatim, Let's fuck these fuckers.

It was the best thing I've read all day, and honestly, it boost my confidence 10 fold.

I'm ready.

Did Odysseus stand idle when suitors tried to lay his wife and steal his crown? No. He cornered them in a domed Tropicana stadium and he slaughtered them (if I remember correctly).

Let the slaughter begin...

redsock said...

I contributed to a roundtable of bloggers about the best infield alignment in this series. Short answers and nothing earth-shattering!

redsock said...

Did Odysseus stand idle when suitors tried to lay his wife and steal his crown? No. He cornered them in a domed Tropicana stadium and he slaughtered them (if I remember correctly).

And The Greatest Hero In American History will be there to assist ...

phil said...

LAD - 011 30
PHI - 044 0

phil said...

I really like Casey, but Francona must have caught him in bed with Mrs. Tito, because the Mayor saw no action against the Angels.

Mrs. Tito would be Francona's mom?

phil said...

(I never liked calling Terry "Tito". If he wasn't named Tito Jr., don't give it to him as a nickname, imho.)

Zenslinger said...

zen, you mean you did not vote at all or could not bring yourself to vote honestly for the d-bags?

I did not vote at all.

D-bags, heh.

phil said...

I voted for the other guys, because it worked in the ALDS. I voted for the other guys in the ALDS because I'm a schmuck.

Zenslinger said...

Did Odysseus stand idle when suitors tried to lay his wife and steal his crown? No. He cornered them in a domed Tropicana stadium and he slaughtered them (if I remember correctly).

Given all the exaggerated talk about how slowly Dice works by baseball writers lately, I'm not sure the Odysseus angle is the one we want to play. Sure, he slaughtered them (with an assist from rookie Telemachus), but it did take him ten years to get around to it.

Patrick said...

Let's start off slow then if we have to. These D-Bags are trying to take our glory. Thortiz will punish them with bolts of lightning and Dustin will with Lasers beams...

phil said...

That and a FKR win is more likely than any of the subdivided components of a more probable Sox win, so it's the best answer to a goofily phrased poll. Also I'm the kind of asshole who'd rather be proven wrong by winning.

phil said...

I hear Pedroia sprang forth fully formed from Papi's forehead. True story.

redsock said...

Telemachus sounds like a stathead.

phil said...

Odysseus also got killed Steve-Irwin-style with a stingray spine, so let's just drop that analogy.

redsock said...

My sources tell me Chip Caray spent the afternoon jacking off to an Evan Longoria highlight reel.

We're going with the delay/radio.

redsock said...

wow - pitch over the plate at the belt and it's "too high"

then fox trax shows it high -- so we now know for a certainty that fox trax shows only the bottom half of the actual strike zone.

1/2 of the zone!

Zenslinger said...

Odysseus also got killed Steve-Irwin-style with a stingray spine, so let's just drop that analogy.

Where do you get this account of his death?

In Dante's Inferno, he stubbornly sails off past the Pillars of Hercules and dies at sea. There's some prophecy that he would die at sea, but...a stingray? Or was that just color?

phil said...

From the Telegony. In that account, Odysseus's son Telegonus kills him with a stingray-tipped spear made by Hephaestus.

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phil said...

"Steve-Irwin-style" was just color, though.

ish said...

Anybody who saw that Mercedes C63 AMG commercial... I want that in my life.

ish said...

I wonder if Willie dances as well as his brother.

Zenslinger said...

From the Telegony. In that account, Odysseus's son Telegonus kills him with a stingray-tipped spear made by Hephaestus.

Ah. I found the Telegony, but didn't realize what the son was using to do Dad in.

ish said...

Allan you'd be in heaven now... Seinfeld on TBS right before the Red Sox.

ish said...

"BEAT L.A.!" is becoming a popular chant this past year.

redsock said...

Which episode?

phil said...

LAD - 011 300 00
PHI - 044 000 0

Torre and Manny are running out of innings.

phil said...

"The Chinese Restaurant".

phil said...

To be followed by "The Little Kicks".

redsock said...

"The Chinese Restaurant"

It doesn't get much better than that.

ish said...

Seinfeld and Kramer were in a movie with one of Kramer's friends who brought a camcorder with him.

redsock said...

"The Little Kicks"

And then it doesn't get much worse than that. 8th season = shite.

ish said...

Meanwhile, back at the Bank, it's last licks for the Dodgers.

ish said...

Lidge walks Manny to start what looks like will be an interesting 9th.

ish said...

Ethier strikes out...

phil said...

Manny took second on defensive indifference? GDGD doesn't say.

ish said...

Phil, yes.

ish said...

Loney walks...

Matt Kemp is the tying run, coming to the plate.

ish said...

Kemp strikes out...

It's up to Nomar.

redsock said...

Garsh-a-parra

ish said...

I fear Lidge more than I feared K-Rod.

Nomar looks overmatched.

ish said...

Three straight sliders way way off the plate and Nomar fished every time.

Phillies win.

redsock said...

wow -- weak ass shit from nosmarts

ish said...

I don't care how pretty Heidi Watney is... I don't care to watch interviews with baseball fans.

ish said...

TC and Remy making fun of St. Pete and how there's no downtown there. Remy: "There are shuffleboard parlors everywhere." TC: "Everything closes at five."

redsock said...

how would remy know? he never leaves the hotel.

Zenslinger said...

Cities in Florida tend to be very spread out, like mini versions of Los Angeles. So even apart from the habits of all the Methuselahs hanging around, their downtowns don't tend to rock it.

nixon33 said...

LETS FUCKING GO MOTHERFUCKLERS!
FUCK DUH RAYS!

redsock said...

intros - half full of sox fans, sounds like.

redsock said...

fuhduhrayz

ish said...

TBS showing player intros.

nixon33 said...

LETS MAKE SURE WE KICK EM WHERE IT COUNTS TONIGHT

redsock said...

must remember to relax and not live and die on each dice pitch -- must ... remember ... will see walks ... must ...

ish said...

Intros are a long way away from Fenway's organ intros.

andy said...

How many of these front running assholes will be there next year when the Rays implode? That is the biggest reason I hate them. they do not know how to be fans yet. They grew up too quick.

nixon33 said...

nice weenie pyro show there class organization rays!

andy said...

I fucking hate the Rays. I hate them. Not as much as the Angels, but I hate them. Phillies Sox would be cool. Dodgers suck even with their new jesus.

L-girl said...

GO SOX!!!!!!!

not in a threading mood, but thought i'd throw in that highly intelligent comment

redsock said...

How many of these front running assholes will be there next year when the Rays implode?

6.

andy said...

Well to be fair they would light the roof on fire with more fireworks

andy said...

What the fuck does 9 makes 8 mean?

ish said...

I'd like to know what is the key to this series for the Red Sox? Or better yet, who is the key? One guy. I want to hear one name from everyone. One guy, if he's on, the Red Sox have an excellent chance of winning. If he's off, it's ass clinching time and your chances go down considerably.

andy said...

Midget

andy said...

Ortiz will suck I have conceded that.

ish said...

9=8 means 9 guys contributing every night = one of 8 playoff spots.

nixon33 said...

why cant quality bands with quality songs get the "anthem" of the playoffs, instead of bon jovi?

redsock said...

one guy? beckett?

andy said...

So they had a shot at the NLDS? That is retarded.

redsock said...

having a tough time finding baseball on radio -- just a bunch of fucking football.

Amy said...

Let's go! I can barely wait another minute.

ish said...

Beckett is my guy also.

andy said...

Beckett may pitch once. Pedroia plays in all 4 games of this sweep.

redsock said...

SHOTS have been shot.

let's go 10-for-10.

andy said...

Jackie D is watching tonight at my house too.

andy said...

Thank god the top notch crew is announcing tonight.

andy said...

I would rather fuck a pot of boiling water then hear them.

andy said...

MANNY is not with this team. He is a non-factor for the Boston Red Sox. Get the fuck over it already.

Amy said...

Allan, shots at work? Or are you home tonight?

Amy said...

Andy, that image is way too painful.

ish said...

Craig Sager wearing Easter lavender.

andy said...

You want it I got it. That is why I love this town. That doesnt even make sense.

Sarah Gates said...

Ok, NO. Time to show these Rays "fans" how it's done.

andy said...

Bon Jovi should announce the game with songs.

redsock said...

Home.

I did not feel well today.

...

Tim: Help, where is the game on Canadian radio?

andy said...

I want to kill all of TBS.

Amy said...

Allan, I hope a win tonight makes you feel better....

ish said...

Didn't Tim say 590 or something at some point or another?

andy said...

Unfortunately a win tonight will only make him sicker. Tomorrow's game is at 8.

Amy said...

I had a drink with dinner so those TBS guys better watch out (or I won't care at all and block them out). I just want BASEBALL to start. ENough with the yakity yak.

ish said...

HERE WE GO!!!!

andy said...

I also dislike the Rays coach.

redsock said...

toornto argos football on 590.

we got tbs rolling now.

...

let's fuck up BIG GAME SHIELDS right here

ish said...

This is fucking weird.

redsock said...

tbs mix is nice. a little more crowd and all announcers will be unhearable.

ish said...

Castig: "We can tell right away that this is now a partial crowd. There are no Red Sox fans drowning out the Rays fans."

Although there are Red Sox fans there, obviously.

ish said...

Castig pronounced Evan Longoria's name Ivan.

ish said...

FYBB

Amy said...

Man on base!

Sarah Gates said...

Oh man, Allan, you just gave me the best idea ever. We should get to mix to our own tastes. Just a little two channel mixer, so when you couldn't stand the announcers anymore you could just turn up the crowd, so you'd still have that ambiance noise, or if you need the yak-yaks so you can focus on threading or something, you can turn them up! It would be fierce!

ish said...

What's that say on Papi's helmet?

Sarah Gates said...

meh.

Amy said...

Tagging up? That's pretty ballsy.

Amy said...

Sarah, your show over?

ish said...

I liked FY tagging. I knew he wasn't going anywhere, but you make him throw hard to the infield. Maybe it gets boxed around or something.

kkh said...

Hot Corner doesn't have the pitch effects or the strike zone box on the backstop view tonight. Weird, after the ALDS games. At least they have a camera on the Sox dugout.

ish said...

FAIR!! GR double.

phil said...

Youk.

Amy said...

Damn, ground rules double.

phil said...

Would've been a GR double at Fenway too.

ish said...

I love this lineup though. Youk reaches base and you still have Drew and Bay coming up.

Amy said...

Shit.

Well, at least we made him throw a lot of pitches.

phil said...

Bleh.

Sarah Gates said...

well, drat.

Yeah, Amy, we closed the show last Sunday. I ended up going to the bar to watch on Monday, so I wasn't here then either.

ish said...

25 pitches for Shields. No runs, but get that pitch count up - that's okay to me.

Tony said...

Evening all...the Youk GR double made me wince (since he tagged the shit out of that and it just hit in an inopportune spot), and Drew's K made me wince harder. Still, at least we know Shields can be gotten to. Let's hope it's sooner than later.

Amy said...

I wish this guy wouldnt say Dice KAY

Amy said...

Oh, man, that is SO annoying. A leadoff walk.

Sarah Gates said...

A few more innings like that, and Shields isn't going to last any longer than Dice.

Tony said...

Ah Christ, the Dice Experience is in full effect one batter in. Now where did I put my heart pills?

redsock said...

there goes the no-walker.

ish said...

Hey Buck, is Dice-K related to Michael Kay?

redsock said...

i see the look on dice's face: "yeah i walked a guy, so fuckin what? i'll get 3 outs."

redsock said...

buck has the rays up 3-0 already.

Jake of All Trades said...

Radio guys were on Japanese TV. Dale: "Should we say something nice about Dice?"

ish said...

Dice looks like he rushes things when he pitches from the stretch. Seems like he's so out of whack from the stretch. It just doesn't look right.

ish said...

Never has.

Amy said...

Sheesh.

redsock said...

dfuckingp, pls

ish said...

Backwards K

Tony said...

There it is. This fucking ump pauses so long it annoys the crap out of me.

phil said...

McClelland is slower with the strike calls than Matsusaka is with his pitches.

Amy said...

Jesus, what is HIS pitch count?

redsock said...

amy - dice at 61.

ish said...

Hey Dice, where are you going?

Oh, I'm just walking the ballpark...

Amy said...

Argghhh. STOP WALKING THEM.

phil said...

Throw strikes, asshole.

redsock said...

DK B DK.

Tony said...

Fuck me.

Amy said...

Allan, I am not that drunk.

redsock said...

dice right at home - dicks on the pond

ish said...

This is going to be a long night.

ish said...

And by long night, I mean time wise. We're going to be up very late again.

kkh said...

damn, it is going to be a looong night.

phil said...

Thanks.

Amy said...

And he gets out of it....

Tony said...

Yay!

phil said...

Just another 27-pitch inning without a hit.

ish said...

Through 1...

Shields: 25/13
Matsuzaka: 27/12

redsock said...

0-14 v dice with bases full. only 14? i swear we saw 70-80.

dice: 27
shields: 25

nick said...

gah. I'm going to get an ulcer.

good evening all.

redsock said...

the long view:
dice throws a scoreless first inning!

nice.

Amy said...

We are not running up the pitch count with those two at bats.

Tony said...

And now Shields got two outs in what, 3 pitches? Fan-fucking-tastic.

ish said...

If you're going to walk the bases loaded, at least throw the ball softer so you don't burn yourself out.

Or just plunk three guys with 55 mph pitches.

phil said...

We follow up by making two outs in four pitches. Gonna be one of those, eh.

Sarah Gates said...

Dice really is pretty remarkable. Though he could probably keep Xanax in business single handedly.

Amy said...

That was way too fast. I am not yet ready for another DiceK nail biter inning.

Sarah Gates said...

Why do I not think the bottom of this inning will be as short as the top?

phil said...

Any chance one of these foul balls will carom off one of the catwalks into the announcers' booth?

ish said...

Ow. Just bit into a tiny piece of pepper leftover in my mouth. Hate when that happens.

redsock said...

caray far more excited when shields strands two runners in the 1st (and when he gets the sox 1-2-3 in the 2nd) than when dice gets out of a bases loaded situation. it's little things like this than show bias.

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