October 3, 2008

ALDS 2: Red Sox 7, Angels 5

Red Sox - 400 100 002 - 7  14  0
Angels - 100 110 110 - 5 12 2
Wow. After Chone Figgins tripled off Justin Masterson to begin the bottom of the eighth and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly off Jonathan Papelbon, Boston stormed back against Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the ninth.

David Ortiz pounded Frod's first pitch to deep right. Reggie Willits leapt at the wall, the ball hit in, and then fell out of, his glove, and Flo had a stand-up double. Coco Crisp went in to run before Kevin Youkilis grounded to third. With J.D. Drew at the plate, Frod tried to pick Crisp off second. His throw to Willie Aybar was in plenty of time, but Aybar neglected to tag the Crisp and Ococ slid back in between the shortstop's legs. Drew swung and missed on two pitches and worked the count to 2-2 before crushing a home run just to the right of dead center.

Drew: "I squared it up really nice."

It broke the tie and gave the Red Sox a 7-5 lead. Frod continued to melt down, allowing an infield hit to Jason Bay and a line drive single to Mark Kotsay. Jason Varitek hit into a double play to end the inning.

Bot had come in after Figgins's triple and had retired three straight Angels in the eighth on only seven pitches. Torii Hunter began LA's last gasp with a hard bunt towards third. Youkilis sprinted in, bare-handed the ball and fired to first. One out. Pinch-hitter Gary Matthews popped a full count pitch towards the third base camera pit. Yook ran over, timed his leap, and snared the ball over the heads of the crouching photogs. Then Bot whiffed Howie Kendrick to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the series.

The ninth-inning dugout TBS shots told you everything you needed to know about this series. The Angels were in shock, staring out at the field with glassy, dead eyes. As Frod struggled to get outs in the ninth, they knew they were playing their last home game of the 2008 season. As the Red Sox rolled to their 11th straight post-season win over the Angels, they knew they were finished. (And WTF was with the announcing team of Chip Caray and Buck Martinez? Were they auditioning for jobs as LAA's Hawk Harrelson-type announcers? I watched the last 3-4 innings on mute.)

The game looked initially like a rout, as the Sox scored four times in the first. But the Angels chipped away, scoring one in the bottom of the first, on three straight singles from Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero and Hunter. Boston made it 5-1 on back-to-back doubles by Alex Cora and Jacoby Ellsbury, but the Angels got that run right back. Juan Rivera walked to start the fourth and scored on Chone Figgins's singled to left.

Matsuzaka walked Teixeira and Vlad to begin the fifth and Hunter singled home Tex. After that, Dice bore down, striking out Rivera, getting Kendrick on a fly to center, and retiring Kendry Morales on a pop to third. But that was the night for Dice (5-8-3-3-5), who threw 108 pitches in five innings, including 61 (!) in his final two innings.

Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect sixth, but allowed hits to Teixeira and Guerrero to begin the seventh. At that point, those two guys were 8-for-8 in reaching base. Masterson came in and got three outs, but not before walking two more Angels (the first on a blown call by the home plate umpire) and forcing in LA's fourth run.

The Red Sox wasted a golden scoring chance in the sixth. With one out, Kotsay reached on Hunter's error on a fly ball right at him in center. Varitek singled, chasing Santana, and Jose Arredondo walked Cora to load the bases. Ellsbury fanned on a slider in the dirt and Dustin Pedroia (0-for-5) grounded to second. Boston also could do nothing with a couple of two-out singles from Drew and Bay in the seventh.

But in the end, Boston dined out on monkey burgers. They get to enjoy another off day on Saturday before getting back to some broom work on Sunday.
***

Boston 1st:
Ellsbury PF5, Pedroia K, Ortiz single, Youkilis single, Drew double (1-0), Bay home run (4-0), Kotsay single, Varitek P6.
Earlier this evening, Tampa Bay beat the White Sox 6-2, to take a 2-0 lead in the other ALDS. The NL is off tonight.

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.90, 158 ERA+) / Ervin Santana (3.49, 125 ERA+)

Lineups:
Red Sox                 Angels
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Chone Figgins, 3B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Garret Anderson, LF
David Ortiz, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B Vladimir Guerrero, DH
J.D. Drew, RF Torii Hunter, CF
Jason Bay, LF Juan Rivera, RF
Mark Kotsay, 1B Howie Kendrick, 2B
Jason Varitek, C Jeff Mathis, C
Alex Cora, SS Erick Aybar, SS
***

Mike Lowell calls Game 2 "a monster game for them and a tremendous opportunity for us".

The Angels are facing the possibility of heading back to Boston down 0-2. The worst case scenario for the Red Sox has them tied 1-1 with Josh Beckett set to pitch on Sunday night.

Yesterday, Beckett had what Terry Francona called "a pretty aggressive side [session] ... Nothing was cut short. His fastball had some finish to it and he threw all his pitches." Depending on who you asked, he threw either 65 pitches (John Farrell) or 67 (Francona).

Farrell:
[T]he extension that he was able to get with his fastball, the down-and-away area to a righthanded hitter, which is always going to indicate the furthest extension from the throwing arm [was good]. There was no discomfort in the oblique. So provided that there's no concerns coming out of his exam, or a follow-up exam tomorrow, he should be on line for Sunday.
So Dice now has a mohawk? I could not find a picture though.

Lowell probably will not be in the lineup tonight. Francona may rest Lowell and play Mark Kotsay (7-for-18 against Santana) at first, moving Kevin Youkilis to third. (More on Yook's great play late in Game 1.)

Mike Timlin says "there's a real possibility" he could retire after this post-season. ... Transcripts of Thursday interviews with Francona, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mike Scioscia and Howie Kendrick.

A Boston victory tonight would set a franchise record of nine consecutive postseason victories. The MLB record is 12, set twice by the Yankees. ... In the eight wins so far, the pitching staff has a 1.88 ERA. ... A win tonight would also set a major league record for consecutive playoff victories against a single opponent (11).

Starting times for the rest of this series were announced:
Game 3: Sun at Boston, 7:17 PM
Game 4: Mon at Boston, 8:37 PM
(8 PM if CWS-TBR series over)
Game 5: Wed at Anaheim, 9:37 PM
(8:37 PM if CWS-TBR series over)
Only one other game today:
White Sox (0)/Rays (1) at 6

1,328 comments:

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andy said...

I will see what PA Francona has up his sleeve about this Cora crap.

L-girl said...

Andy, were you traumatized, like scared of buzzing insects from then on? I could easily see that happening. Sounds awful.

"gets the bad news" DRINK!

Amy said...

Looks like Chicago will have no team in the WS this year at this rate. Poor Windy City.

andy said...

Jackets eat meat too. We are made of meat. not our friend those damn jackets

Amy said...

Andy, you would enjoyed smashing these bastards today.

andy said...

I get militant when i see any stinging insect. i will deploy any method for killing. I am Bush when it comes to stinging flying things.

L-girl said...

Here I was bothering Allan to write a media release. Probably won't be much need.

andy said...

A yellow jacket is my Sadaam.

Amy said...

I had to hide the cats and the dog away. I didn't want them getting stung or eating a dead bug.

L-girl said...

"I am Bush when it comes to stinging flying things."

Smarter than that, I hope. Geez, can't blame you. Phobias are formed by much less.

Amy said...

A media release? For what? I must have missed a step somewhere.

redsock said...

L: I don't care about the pre-game, so you'll have time to find it. Just hope the tape doesn't run out after 2 hours. It's hard to figure out if the default setting is EP.

L-girl said...

The dog I grew up with was extremely allergic to bees, she almost died from a sting. We had an epi pen ready for the next time. But from one sting as a young dog, she was terrified of bees for the rest of her life.

redsock said...

Should I allow Amy one (1) political post?

Amy said...

No baseball team named for any stinging insects. Mostly birds or mammals.

redsock said...

This should be over by Sox time. CWS will do nothing and TB will not bat in the 9th.

L-girl said...

Media release for possible Cubs-Red Sox WS matchup. 90th anniversary, Allan's book, etc.

A, see above, prepare yourself.

Amy said...

We also had a dog who was terrified of bees. Confession: as kids, we would sometimes get a rise out of her by just going bzzz.

Amy said...

Yeah, that was my hope for this year: Cubs/Red Sox in the WS.

L-girl said...

Re political posts, there's no such thing as one.

There are plenty of other places to talk politics.

I vote no. (Sorry Amy.)

andy said...

http://jacobyellsbury.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/09/ready_for_the_big_stage_again.html


look for the post at:
October 2, 2008 7:27 PM

L-girl said...

Confession: as kids, we would sometimes get a rise out of her by just going bzzz.

!!

My father would have disowned us. He loved his dog more than us, since she never talked back.

Amy said...

My one political comment is really just a hats off to Ish for his analogy to baseball teams with a .500 record when the expectation was that it would be much lower. I loved that!

L-girl said...

Andy, can you copy it here?

redsock said...

Is Reynolds on crack? Why wouldn't the CWS try to score a run and tie the game anyway they can? Nope, HR says they are better off "staying within their strengths" and just sit back and wait for the dong.

andy said...

I am in love with you. I would do anything to be with you. Please play good because it makes me so happy.
By clanmcg on October 2, 2008 7:27 PM

andy said...

I hope he writes back

Amy said...

Yeah, it was sort of mean to buzz at her, but then we would all hug and kiss her right away, so it wasn't as bad as it sounds.

redsock said...

Looks like Lyndon's blog posts are just his pre- or post-game interview answers slightly reworked into one seamless answer. The post-Game 1 quotes in the Globe and MLB were almost identical to his blog words.

redsock said...

Ozzie's boys are doing a little bit of this.

redsock said...

Rut roh.
No shots for me tonight!

L: You gotta do a shot.

SHOTS = VICTORY
We are 8-for-8!

L-girl said...

I'm sure he'll write back, Andy. No doubt he harbours the same feelings about you.

L-girl said...

Shots of what? No JD left.

L-girl said...

Looks like Lyndon's blog posts are just his pre- or post-game interview answers slightly reworked into one seamless answer.

You were expecting...?

Zenslinger said...

My MLB.tv ain't working without the extra dollars.

Guess those dollars are going to the Bar...

L-girl said...

Speaking of dogs, I better take care of our pups before the real game starts. See you soon/later.

redsock said...

Take a swig of SOMETHING -- ANYTHING -- !!!!
There is some Amaretto left, I do believe.

andy said...

Zen you need mlb.tv premium? i have that wanna use mine?

andy said...

allan I got this one. I will drink Laura's share from my bottles.

Amy said...

Damn, these Rays are good.

redsock said...

who is going to drink my share?

andy said...

Fuck you Rays

andy said...

Allan I will drink your share and Laura's. I am in for the evening and I have more jack coming home with my wife.

L-girl said...

Alright, alright, I'll drink something. Geez. Mr. Not Superstitious.

L-girl said...

Why don't we let Andy do it. It's late here, I have work tomorrow.

andy said...

It's not superstition it's tradition.

andy said...

Alright! I'm drinking for 3.

andy said...

Like when Barbara was pregnant with Georgie W and his twin that he ate in the womb.

A Conformer said...

who is going to drink my share?

I can do that. How about some Fernet?

andy said...

Jack Daniel is the juice of champions

L-girl said...

Tradition's great. But "we're 7 for 7 when we do shots" is superstition. But as long as you want to drink for us tonight, go for it.

L-girl said...

Ok, Ofer and Andy are on the job.

andy said...

Hell yes!. I have already begun.

A Conformer said...

So I gotta go buy some alcohol then. Be back in plenty of time for the game...

andy said...

Whoa that underhander for tampon is way underhand.

andy said...

tampa fans are front runnering.

L-girl said...

Andy, that's our old friend Brad Chadford.

andy said...

I cannot wait to trounce these wannabe sub par not gonna win shit next year rays in the ALCS

andy said...

Yeah but that slo mo just showed me how fucking dirty his knuckles get.

L-girl said...

A bit too early to worry about next year.

andy said...

Who is the other announcer for TBS? I hate him and wish he would STFU

andy said...

I fear the rays in 3 years after they get ticket sales and actually buy a good team.

Amy said...

So odd to hear Orsillo and see no Red Sox.

L-girl said...

Harold Reynolds, formerly of ESPN.

I think he's pretty good.

redsock said...

TOTALLY OUT

UMP totally out of position.

redsock said...

wow -- that was quite a shitty call.

andy said...

I am sorry i liked harry on ESPN but right now he is talking too much and I am seeing no Red Sox so I am annoyed. Remember I already started honoring tradition. I am amped.

redsock said...

HR: "you're going on sound" re the ump.

so the ump can be blind, apparently.

andy said...

Bad call. and the ump was yelling at the 1B scary face guy.

andy said...

I think the ump makes 6 figures to make calls just like that.

redsock said...

I am amped

I'm ready and hyped plus I'm amped
Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps

L-girl said...

Allan, that isn't all he said. He was shocked at the call and said it was bad.

Andy, no shit. It's not obvious or anything.

L-girl said...

Go Rays, very cool. Sit down Ozzie.

Amy said...

Rays win.

Time for the main event.

L-girl said...

You just know we are destined to play these guys in the ALCS. It will be nail biting time for sure.

andy said...

I just got all sex tingly when amy said main event time.

andy said...

I see a Rockies 07 type dismantling.

Amy said...

Laura, glad to see you are back to your 2007 optimistic self. You had me worried a month ago.

andy said...

A lotta people have waited for this for a long time?

Your team is not old. Cubs fans have waited a long time asshole. You suck Rocco

redsock said...

Where is nix to remind us of who our opponent is tonight?

Amy said...

Andy, you are just way too easy.

andy said...

I am a slut for this team.

Zenslinger said...

Andy -- thank you anyway for your offer. I'm going down to my local bar. I mentioned it only because Allan seemed to say earlier that his regular season package was still giving him the game despite not purchasing the postseason thing. My connection's not that great, so I don't think I want to have the screen freeze on me in mid-pitch for a playoff game.

Thanks again.

andy said...

werd zen, werd

Amy said...

Blogger getting excited also...posted my post about Andy twice.

L-girl said...

Amy, I'm not really optimistic. But I did pick the Sox in 5.

But what's the diff what I think. What will be will be.

Zenslinger said...

I just got all sex tingly when amy said main event time.

Now that's a cheap date.

andy said...

Who will hit a 5 dollar foot long dong tonight?

nixon33 said...

eck dressed like he's gonna whack somebody.

redsock said...

When you search "ALDS schedule" in the Google, JoS is #3!

L-girl said...

Here's Nix! Hey Nix, who are we playing tonight?

andy said...

I got number 2

andy said...

It is actually number 1 for web pages the globe link is part of the news results.

nixon33 said...

joe maddon is great. the look on his face when his guys (longoria, aki) hit home runs the last two days is more a look of "im proud of my kids" than "OH MY GOD YES WE HAVE JUST TAKEN THE LEAD!!!!!"

its great his appreciation of the kids accomplishments.
Manager of the year?

redsock said...

I saw a few people came to the blog through that phrase and thought it seemed pretty generic.

andy said...

Manager of the year is that guy who coached the yankees. he is swell.

ish said...

I'd love Maddon for Manager of the Year.

Eck looks like he wants to give someone a moustache ride.

L-girl said...

Note to lurkers: please part with $10.

Amy said...

I got it as number 1 also since the first was a news story.

L-girl said...

I really like Maddon. Very cool dude.

redsock said...

Damn it, Nix, I can't fill out my scorecard until I know who the other team is.........

L-girl said...

The question is will Maddon be managing the 09 All Star Game.

ish said...

I'm so amped up, I feel like I could teleport to Anaheim and outpitch Santana myself.

redsock said...

All 4 series are going to be 2-0!

redsock said...

The question is will Maddon be managing the 09 All Star Game.

The answer is no.

nixon33 said...

THE LOST ANUS ANGELCUNTS OF ASSHOLEHEIM!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

Whew. Thanks for answering that question, A. :)

ish said...

Allan, you better write that on your scorecard, dammit!

nixon33 said...

All 4 series are going to be 2-0!

THE FUCKING BETTER BE!!!!!!!

redsock said...

THE LOST ANUS ANGELCUNTS OF ASSHOLEHEIM!!!!!!!

YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR
GGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

LOL, Nix.

L-girl said...

I wish I could watch this game w/o hearing Buck Martinez's voice. Buck MARTinez.

ish said...

NO!!!!!!

HIS OUTFIT IS WORSE!!!

Somebody, Call KG!

Amy said...

Oh, Craig Sager has another awful jacket on tonight.

redsock said...

Actually, I had already filled it out with the "official" name. :<(

Maybe I'll put it in the next blog post.

L-girl said...

Howard Dean is in the thread!

Amy said...

Play baseball already, dammit.

andy said...

The announcers are really bad. i am very unhappy with them.

nixon33 said...

fucking full house songwriter cocksucker motherfucker.


someone should buy bon jovi a stooges album and shove it either down his throat, or up his ass.

Amy said...

It is SO cold here. We are debating whether to put the heat on.

redsock said...

how sad is it that jb jovi's latest look is mid-80s mellencamp?

Amy said...

Andy, it's not about the announcers. Try and just tune them out.

ish said...

65 delicious degrees.

L-girl said...

I wish I could get some kind of alternate audio. No Bon Jovi, different announcers, no Angels "fans".

redsock said...

On a chrome horse he rides....

Amy said...

So what is the theory on playing Cora?

nixon33 said...

totally, allan. sad indeed.

pedroia is going to light shit up tonight.

L-girl said...

Very sad. Sadder still that anyone is still listening to Bon Jovi. (If indeed anyone is.)

Cold here too, I'm loving it.

ish said...

Boras has a chick with him tonight

She's the third wheel.

Amy said...

Do you really need the audio except on occasion? What happens if you just watch, as if you were at the game?

ish said...

I don't mind the cold. Although 46° is a little too chilly. Still got my window open, though!

ish said...

I still love listening to the radio and watching the TV. Although these days I have both audios on.

phil said...

How does a Dominican end up named Vladimir anyway?

redsock said...

just watch? it would be pretty quiet.

L-girl said...

If I don't have audio, I can't thread. I have to watch the screen the whole time.

ish said...

Santana tells FY to go fish.

redsock said...

one of the worst things about buck is that is simply will NOT shut up -- even for 5 seconds. yap yap yap yap

Amy said...

YOu show them, Papi!

L-girl said...

Shift this!

ish said...

Papi > Shift

phil said...

Shift that.

ish said...

Buck's like a tiny dog. He'll eat your ankle off.

Amy said...

Quiet = good. I do have the sound on, but it's just background noise to me. I watch the screen and I type.

YES!

nixon33 said...

COME ON DREW! WE NEED YOU

ish said...

Yooooouk

Think Papi could've made it to third, but it's the first inning.

phil said...

Days of awe.

redsock said...

Good night (Angels)
Now it's time to go home
We'll make it fast, with one more thing
We are the Sultans
We are the Sultans of Sweat

andy said...

Um a verry different santana?

ish said...

I usually miss more pitches visually when I thread so I need the radio on so I know what's going on. TV announcers are rarely descriptive enough.

A Conformer said...

So, in my ongoing quest to drink any kind of beer possible, tonight i'm drinking a milk stout. Not bad.

phil said...

Drew!

Amy said...

Whooaa, three straight hits!

ish said...

Haven't said this in awhile but...


ON FIRE!!!!!!!!

A Conformer said...

ON FUCKING FIRE!

nixon33 said...

DREW!!!!!!!

redsock said...

WEST COAST FIRE!

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!!! is back

andy said...

Hard to imagine Drew could recapture his stroke? I hate buck like I hate having my testicles cut off with a laser beam.

ish said...

Milk Stout beer? Mercy.

phil said...

Un-sveumed.

Amy said...

I type between pitches. :)

phil said...

ofer: try some kvas. It isn't beer, but it ought to be.

andy said...

Yeah Buck this Santana is wayyyy different than normal.

L-girl said...

I'd love to have radio sound w/ the TV, but can't get that. No way to thread w/o sound, tho. You'd miss too much.

ish said...

J.D. Drew went hiking today!

redsock said...

It's just the Angels being the Angels.

L-girl said...

The thing I love about Andy is how he never exaggerates.

phil said...

DOUNG!

Amy said...

OH MY GOD!

ish said...

JASON BAY... NEW MR. OCTOBER???

L-girl said...

DOUNG!!!!!!

phil said...

TWO OUTS? WE DON'T NEED ANY STINKIN' OUTS

A Conformer said...

Man, I love Jason Bay! That stadium is fucking quiet!

ish said...

Castig was anti-truped on that.

He said it was "Jet-propelled!"

redsock said...

DOUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angels should be heading for the exits right about now!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

All w/ 2 outs of course!!!

nixon33 said...

OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

By the way... J.D. Drew took Jason Bay with him hiking today!

andy said...

I just came.

redsock said...

I hope Ervin Santana remembered to wear his diaper.

ish said...

shellacking!

phil said...

Heh, even Kotsay.

L-girl said...

Weee, this is fun!

Amy said...

Nix and I getting religious.

Days of awe for sure (as Phil said).

L-girl said...

"deafening silence"

IN THE FIRST!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Wow - THIS is the way to start a game!

L-girl said...

I have a possible schedule conflict for game 5, but at this rate it will be no problem!!

redsock said...

Come on Angels fans -- clack your plastic mini-blinds or whatever the fuck you got to show your "support".

Amy said...

Wow, all our yelling got Sarah's attention away from her show!

Pepe Lepew said...

Three-run Tim Horton's jelly donut dong!!!

redsock said...

I like baseball.

nixon33 said...

ok, A SHUT DOWN INNING IS IN ORDER!

phil said...

amy: I've been going to chabad for services, because at least they're free. Not to be a walking stereotype or anything.

Jere said...

Dear everyone,

YYYYYYYeahh!!!!!!

redsock said...

It should go without saying, but "Dice, do not eff this up."

Sarah Gates said...

Apologies, btw, for making you break the rule, Allan. Didn't mean to open the worm can!

(Look Laura! I use btw all the time! Even when typing with the benefit of a full keyboard. I must be getting slack...)

Jere said...

As soon as Chip said the "turnabout is fair play" line, I knew Santana was screwed.

redsock said...

I hope the anxious, hacking Angels will not allow Dice to get into deep counts.

A Conformer said...

ofer: try some kvas. It isn't beer, but it ought to be.

Phil, there are a million russians in Israel. I've drank kvas- and like it.

L-girl said...

Sarah, ha, it's too tempting not to. I promise you if you typed as much as I do, you'd use them all!

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