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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ish said...

1201!

ish said...

There. Never do that again...

Grant Salzano said...

I am a HAPPY PERSON.

phil said...

Whee.

Joe Grav said...

I love the look on dickwad's face after the dong

Grant Salzano said...

What. A. Play.

I love Kevin Youkilis.

phil said...

That's how you bare-hand a grounder, assholes.

ish said...

YOUK!!!!

Jere said...

Caray, you fuck, how about a "That was amazing!!!"?

efd said...

OPOO!

Tony said...

Don't try bunting on Youk, dickweed.

Way to waste an out, Scioscia!

Pepe Lepew said...

Lowell probably doesn't make that play with him bum hip.

redsock said...

Clev, LAA ... Drew loves putting the foot on the throat.

OF: "You know how we do."

phil said...

What, no bunnyhop this time, Torii?

efd said...

[one pitch one out]

SoSock said...

See Angels?
You CAN barehand balls, and grab a baseball without your glove, too.

Jere said...

Sargeant Dildo

ish said...

I think Caray, in his infinite wisdom, thinks all Red Sox fans are asleep. Because it's after 1 AM

redsock said...

bunt? not bloody likely!

Joe Grav said...

:D

ish said...

Bot at 10 pitches now

Grant Salzano said...

Youkilis is amazing.

phil said...

Nine pitches through an inning and a third.

efd said...

broadcasters are as subdued as the crowd now.

nixon33 said...

allan whats that from, i forget?

Sarah Gates said...

I hate the frank tv ads. Loathe them.

Totally with you on the other one though, sosock - very Big Fish.

ish said...

TBS showed Manny's Game 2 walk-off dong! Deep into the night!

Still one of my favorite Red Sox moments. Top 15 at the very least.

Tony said...

DJ Werd has one record he plays during the postseason - House of Pain's "Put On Your Shit Kickers".

Put on your shit kickers AND LET'S KICK SOME SHIT!

efd said...

aww, I miss the Mummy!

redsock said...

seinfeld.

Jere said...

"hey everybody, if two guys get on the Winning run will be up! Yeah!"

A Conformer said...

Oh, shit, but wait! Papelbon will get a blown save in this game! What a fucking loser and awful closer he is... At least FRod didn't blow a save.

Sarah Gates said...

That clip made me realize something odd. I miss Manny's hair.

phil said...

Seinfeld, I think. Jere could confirm.

redsock said...

last home game of the year for the anuscunts.

Jere said...

"is this what happens in the 9th inning daddy?"

SoSock said...

That is a simply astounding stat. 11 straight PS lsses to the Red Sox.
Simply amazing!

nixon33 said...

right. thanks

ish said...

Saying goodnight on the Big A. See you next year.

redsock said...

fuck the fans -- look at the bench -- these fuckers KNOW the Sox have them dead to fucking rights.

Jere said...

i'm missing whatever this seinfeld ref was

phil said...

"not bloody likely.

s1c said...

TBS showed Manny's Game 2 walk-off dong! Deep into the night!

Ish - I agree, I have that recording you sent me on all of the computers at home. Play it frequently just to hear "that deep in the night"

Sarah Gates said...

I think Caray, in his infinite wisdom, thinks all Red Sox fans are asleep. Because it's after 1 AM

Having never actually SEEN or even hear of a Red Sox fan?

Joe Grav said...

you can stck your rally monkey up your ass!! clap clap

ish said...

"is this what happens in the 9th inning daddy?"

Immaculate conception - baseball style.


Instead of the stork, miracles are delivered via baseball.

Grant Salzano said...

Okay, stop messing around here.

Jere said...

sosck--it's 10 straight as of this moment

ish said...

YOOOOUKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phil said...

YOUK!

A Conformer said...

Yeah... Youkilis IS amazing.

efd said...

holy crap, what a catch!!!

Tony said...

YEAH YOUK! FLASH THAT LEATHER!

Sarge? Consider yourself DIS-MISSED!

(emphasis on the "dis")

Jere said...

holy fuckduck holy fiuckin duckfuck that is FUN

SoSock said...

HOLY SHIT!!!!
What a catch!!

ish said...

You saves thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment!

Pepe Lepew said...

Yooookkkkkk!!!!!!

s1c said...

Youkilis is flashing the glove, sit down son of sarge, sit the Fuuuuuuccccck down.

Grant Salzano said...

Kevin Youkilis... is so. Tits.

Sarah Gates said...

I would like to have the Sweaty One's babies.

And I don't LIKE babies.

Jere said...

now THAT is worthy of jumping up and down!

SoSock said...

OMG, that ball was JUST barely reachable! It didn't even get down into the webbing. Snoconed

ish said...

Sarah, instead of eating your cookies, baby Youkilis will protect them from flying baseballs.

SoSock said...

SEE YA!!!

phil said...

Even got the announcers excited. Amazing.

ish said...

I clapped my hands... did a falsetto "YEEEEAHHHH!!!!" Foul tip! Damn!

Oh well. Next pitch.

ish said...

Next pitch.

phil said...

The expression on Wilford Brimley's face in the stands was priceless.

Jere said...

grant salzano loves everyone

A Conformer said...

There should be a really great shot of that catch, no? Since it was right over the cameramen? I hope so

phil said...

Fit this guy with a golden sombrero.

ish said...

I dono Ofer. Looks like they were trying to shield their own cameras. Hopefully someone near there got something.

phil said...

Water!

ish said...

FIRST ROUND OF DIRTY WATER IS ON ME!!!!

Tony said...

Take a seat, Howie.

Water.

SoSock said...

NOW - SEE YA !!!!

phil said...

We're shipping up to Boston.

Pepe Lepew said...

Angels, your kung fu is not strong!
And your monkey has mange!!!

Jere said...

"stun," Caray? Not bloody likely!

Sarah Gates said...

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHH

(bitches)

Grant Salzano said...

PAP WITH THE TARZAN CHEST POUND

French. Water.

s1c said...

2-0, and Captain Kick ass waiting on Sunday.

Yeah Boy!!!!!!

Happy dance!!!!

efd said...

Frod is left with dirty holy water.

phil said...

"And the White Sox, excuse me, the Angels came back"

Wasn't good enough.

ish said...

Awesome part of this... Most if not everyone stuck around to see the end of the game... So they're going to get stuck in traffic for two hours!

Tony said...

Boston owns this team like Biden owned Palin on Thursday.

redsock said...

another night of pillage and plunder -- ho hum

Joe Grav said...

los angeles clippers of suckaheim, consider yourselves our bitch!

Jere said...

Me and Nix will be at Game 3!!! Or did Nix have game 4? ANyway, I am psyched to be there! If I wasn't going I'd be calling 877 RED SOX9 tomorrow at 10 AM though.....

DIRTYWATER.....TESSIE....JOYTOTHEWORLDALLTHE BOYSANDGIRLS AND KROD EATS MONKEY BALLS

redsock said...

break out the brooms.

phil said...

Best post-season streak against any opponent in baseball history?

efd said...

Buck: "It certainly looked like the Red Sox were gonna run away and hide."

What game was he watching? When did it look like that?!

Sarah Gates said...

I love me some pillage and plunder!

Tony said...

It's incredible; people give Drew shit for looking calm instead of intense or whatever, but being calm is what makes him great. He just talked about his back going tight on him after the 8th, and yet he didn't let it affect him in the 9th against Frod. How can you not love that man?

Joe Grav said...

i wanna see that twat in the yankee shirt

ish said...

Love me some NESN Postgame!

SoSock said...

OK, I have to admit. The Monkey thing doesn't really bother me. Let them enjoy their fun and games.
I'm just glad to see the little guy has chosen to sling his turds at his own team :)
Now if he would just whip it out and start jacking off on their mega jumbotron, I'd really be psyched.

s1c said...

Time to switch to NESN and hear how Remy breaks down this game.

Oh, yeah baby!!!

A Conformer said...

Shit, I knew I should've gone with my instincts and voted for Sox in 3.
The Dominator goes tomorrow!

Tony said...

The best part was knowing that the Angels had something like a 0.0000001% shot against Bot in the 9th, and knowing that the Angels knew that too. MFY fans had that with Rivera for so many years. We have it now.

andy said...

F-Raud

nixon33 said...

unfucking believable.

efd said...

coincidentally the text alert I just got on my phone with the game score was sponsored by WWE SMACKDOWN!

SoSock said...

Buck: "It certainly looked like the Red Sox were gonna run away and hide."
Seriously, is he aware that the Red Sox were never behind in this game?

s1c said...

Question - When will the four letter network and others start giving Terry Francona some credit against the best manager in baseball. He got squat when Torre was in NY and he gets squat against Sciosia.

Tony said...

All right, time to hit the sack. We've got Big Nineteen on the mound for Game 3 and a 2-0 lead coming home. Can't ask for more than that. Go Sox!

Sarah Gates said...

G'night gang! I probably won't be here to watch the continuing destruction rain down on laa with you Sunday - we have our last show and closing night party (fortunately at a bar with tvs...)

Sarah Gates said...

Also, I think it's funny that iTunes is smart enough to recommend that you buy "Sweet Caroline" when you are playing "Shipping Up To Boston".

SoSock said...

Shit. I just looked at the clock. Shouldn't have done THAT!
Gotta be at the field at 6, aka about 4 1/2 hours from now.
Shit.
Manana
And thanks again everyone.

andy said...

Sciossiaciossa is a fucking idiot.

andy said...

Give some more signs moron.

Jere said...

Perfect. Only 20 mins to Real Time with Bill Maher.

nixon33 said...

i actually like sciosca (or however the fuck you spell his name)

Jere said...

Eck--yeah, feel free to ballwash any and all Red Sox! The country is a little sick of it going the other way for 4 hours!

andy said...

Bay and MBM are going head to head in fantasy playoff baseball here. It is really awesome that we did not lose a step when we lost manuel.

andy said...

Maher rules!

andy said...

I just wrote an email to all angels fans i know:

F-Rod.

efd said...

Not having access to the NESN coverage outside of the game, I never realized until now how much Eck looks like McLoud/Duel-era Dennis Weaver.

I'm off to bed now too... see you all on Sunday!

andy said...

I survived a whole bottle of jack. i am still soberish.

Jere said...

oh god I'm laughing at the replay of the dejected frod after the dong!

andy said...

At the end they were showing fraud talking to scary face gaybar. what can they be saying? "yeah we suck, you aren't that good. We are all hype. You know our division really sucks and being 20 up on those losers doesn't make us good. God the AL East is really where the talent is. We play near LA so we get a lot of attention but we don't deserve it because we suck pubics. Awesome, they just set a record!"

Zenslinger said...

Now if he would just whip it out and start jacking off on their mega jumbotron, I'd really be psyched

Fucking hell!

Things in The Bar were good -- how could they not be? My wife comes back from a business trip and gives me a Red Sox cap. I never buy gear for myself but am glad to wear it when someone gets it for me.

That JD Dong was something else.

Eat it raw, K-Rod.

Sweep Sunday? Is it possible? I never thought we'd be able to win two in Anaheim.

Go go go go go go GO.

ish said...

What's the link for the playoff radio broadcasts from 2004 and 2007?

ish said...

It's so weird seeing Heidi interviewing Tek.

Jere said...

I thought these days off would be shitty, but they're fitting in perfectly. A full day plus most of the 2nd day to enjoy each win. Win Sunday and we get a bunch more of those in a row.

L-girl said...

We are ON FIRE!!!

So sorry I had to bail on the thread last night, I bet I missed a great party. I just couldn't stand the Angels broadcast any more. (Don't tell me that was a national b'cast, I won't believe it!) So to watch the game w/o sound I need to turn off my computer and concentrate.

Plus one of our dogs, our old girl, was having a terrible night and needed me.

Other than poor Cody, a PERFECT night and on to the sweep!

I like these days off, too - lets me catch up on sleep.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Have to correct you on one point. Okajima pitched a perfect sixth, not Masterson. He came in in the seventh after Okie put two on.

BTW, where was Delcarmen to start the 8th? And where was MDC at all last night?

redsock said...

Have to correct you on one point. Okajima pitched a perfect sixth, not Masterson. He came in in the seventh after Okie put two on.

Fixed. Thanks!

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