October 5, 2008

ALDS 3: Angels 5, Red Sox 4 (12)

Angels  - 102 010 000 001 - 5 16  0
Red Sox - 030 010 000 000 - 4 7 0
Hell of a game and a tough one to lose. If this had been an all-or-nothing game for both sides, this 5:19 battle -- the see-saw battle of the first five innings and the many missed opportunities for both teams after that -- would be on a short list of classic DS games.

Beckett had neither stuff nor control (5-9-4-4-6, 106), throwing 30 pitches in the first inning and 70 through the first three frames. He escaped the first down only 1-0, despite allowing a single, double and two walks. The Angels stranded eight runners in the first four innings.

With two outs in the second, Saunders walked Jed Lowrie, gave up a single to Jason Varitek and walked Coco Crisp. Jacoby Ellsbury popped the ball into short center. Howie Kendrick tracked it, took a peek at Torii Hunter coming in from center and backed off. The ball fell between them and Ellsbury was credited with the first three-run single in post-season history!

(That was not the only blunder made by the Angels. Torii Hunter was gunned down trying to stretch a single into a double to start the ninth inning. Jason Bay fired the ball in from the left field line to Dustin Pedroia. FY whirled around to make a quick tag, was surprised to see that Hunter wasn't there and had to actually wait a beat or two to make the easy tag on the headfirst-sliding Hunter!)

Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run in the third and a solo dong in the fifth as LA took a 4-3 lead. Boston came right back to tie in their half on doubles by Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis.

After the fifth, the Boston bats went AWOL. Their next hit would not come until the tenth inning. And it was at that time, against Francisco Rodriguez, that Boston had their best chance at a seies-clinching walkoff. After Dustin Pedroia (now 0-for-13 in the series) struck out, David Ortiz worked a seven-pitch walk. Yook singled to center and after Frod fanned Jason Bay, Mike Lowell also drew a seven-pitch pass. With Alex Cora running for Lowell, Lowrie smoked a pitch to right, but it was hit right at Gary Matthews for the final out. The Sox made Frod work, though, throwing 33 pitches in his one inning of work.

The Angels scored the winning run off Javier Lopez when Napoli opened the 12th with a ground ball single to left. He was bunted to second and scored on Erick Aybar's bloop hit to short center. Ortiz walked to start the bottom of the 12th, but Yook (F8) Bay (K looking) and Cora (5-3) could not move him along.

I look at all the chicken scratchings on my scorecard -- completely full at 12 innings -- and realize I could blab on for quite awhile, taking you through the six shutout innings tossed by the MDC-Jeemer-Masterson-Bot quartet and a bunch of other stuff.

And if I had punished my mind and ears with TBS sound, I could (judging from the game thread) offer plenty of pro-Angels BS from Chip Caray and Buck Martinez. A very blatant example came in the top of the seventh when Caray was doing a promo about possible Monday games and said that "hopefully" this series would go to a Game 4. He quickly qualified that statement with an "if you're an Angels fan" addendum.

The thought of relying on Daisuke Matsuzaka in a Game 5 in Anaheim on Wednesday is a bit scary, so let's hope Jon Lester is sharp on Monday night.

Also: The White Sox beat the Rays 5-3 and staved off elimination for another day. The Phillies beat the Brewers 6-2 and will begin the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

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Pre-game note: Many of you have helped SoSock/Tim and Cathy raise money for a used car -- and I thank you profusely. ... I blog because I enjoy doing it. I'm against having a "tip cup" and I loathe advertising. I blog for free, you read for free. Simple. However, if you do feel like showing your appreciation for JoS (or you're just feeling generous!), please consider helping two of my friends. Thanks again.

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Joe Saunders (3.41, 128 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (4.03, 114 ERA+)

Back at Fenway Park -- where they went 56-25 this year -- the Red Sox go for their third consecutive ALDS sweep over the hapless Angels.
Los Angeles has a slight advantage when it comes to tonight's starters. Saunders led the Angels in Adjusted ERA and finished the regular season with 15 straight scoreless innings. In 2008, he put up Quality Starts in each of his three outings against the Red Sox: 18.2 IP, 18 H, 9 BB, 6 K, 3.38.

Past history says that Beckett "deserved" the ball in Game 1, but based on this year's performance, he's slotted in his rightful place as the 3rd starter. Beckett faced Los Angeles twice in July (13.1-20-2-14, 7.42). P.S.: After pictures of Beckett dragging his suitcase out of Fenway with his right arm last week were published, SoSH had some alternate theories of why Beckett was held back.

Against Saunders: Pedroia has the best average (7-for-18, .389), while Coco Crisp is 5-for-17, with four doubles and a home run. ... Against Beckett: Mrs. Garrett wears him out (.471 average, 1.291 OPS).

Note: If the Red Sox win tonight, Beckett could start ALCS 1 on Friday on normal rest. However, that would give both Lester and Matsuzaka nine days of rest before Games 2 and 3.

Before Boston:
Phillies (2)/Brewers (1) at 1
Rays (2)/White Sox (0) at 4
Dodgers sweep Cubs: There will be no 1918 rematch.

1,254 comments:

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redsock said...

nice play by yook to snare that before it went foul

L-girl said...

Rogers (in Canada) now shows ads in between batters and pitches.

ish said...

Ironically that hot corner thing is distracting me from live coverage. And game threading

redsock said...

201, bitches!

L-girl said...

And game threading

Game threading was distracting me from watching games this season. I had to cut back. :)

L-girl said...

"201" is so July.

ish said...

I'm still learning how to divide my attention.

ish said...

I had 1201 the other night.

andy said...

According to my new girlfriend the hot corner, this ump is now calling the high strike. Beckett's complaints after the 1st must have reached him.

ish said...

Beckett doesn't have his usual Beckett velocity. 92-94 tonight.

redsock said...

i heard 1201 is the new 201

efd said...

You're sure it's accidentally?

yeah, it's the start of a regular-length commercial or promo that then gets cut off after a couple of seconds, screen goes black, and back to the game.

I've seen those in-inning spots on Rogers sometimes on EI... pretty obnoxious.

Patrick said...

blast that friggin ko-nee

phil said...

Fucking Figgins.

L-girl said...

I've seen those in-inning spots on Rogers sometimes on EI... pretty obnoxious.

I hate them. Far beyond my power to express.

andy said...

TBS does not deserve baseball with the commercial issues but then the hot corner thing is hotter than lowrie on an august night.

Patrick said...

ARGH!!! I can't see him, but I know Beckett is more upset than we are right now...

ish said...

It may be a short night for Beckett - whatever. Just as long as he doesn't give up anymore runs.

L-girl said...

Patrick! Hi :)

phil said...

51 through two. That'll need to settle down.

L-girl said...

It's not really whatever if Beckett is sucking. I mean struggling.

Jake of All Trades said...

Nice tip on the Hot Corner feed. Only 1 pitch behind Gameday audio too.

Patrick said...

Yikes! Let's aim for five innings Josh... Percraps six...

efd said...

that pitching view on the hot corner is easily 30 seconds behind my tv... i saw the force at second on TV well before Beckett threw the pitch.

But, it's cool to have something else to look at besides the commercials on TV!

redsock said...

i went to tbs and poked around during a commercial, but did not see anything that grabbed my eye. musta missed the goodies.

redsock said...

so we gonna see byrd if this continues?

efd said...

it's a little hard to find. And actually hosted on mlb.com, here.

Patrick said...

Hey L! It's weird to follow this night game when it's only 5:15 here.

No WRKO, and 56k is too slow for MLB radio. I just watching the numbers on Yahoo. You guys are helping bring it to life for me.

redsock said...

jb in 2nd
17 fb
3 curves
1 changeup

after 3 curves to anderson in 1st AB, none in 2nd.

kkh said...

Look for the link to Hot Corner on mlb.com.

The view with the pitch location box is always behind. In the 4-fer view, you can see the pitch hit the catcher's mitt in the batter view at about the time you see the pitch leave the pitcher's hand in the backstop view (with the location box).

For me, Gameday Audio is about a pitch behind most of Hot Corner, and about a half pitch behind the backstop view. But it varies -- sometimes it's in sync, sometimes audio's ahead.

Patrick said...

Saunders has a no hitter!!!!

redsock said...

Will Captain Tek get us high tonight?

redsock said...

i will now submit to listening to buck martinez for 10 minutes as punishment for remembering that song.

Patrick said...

Ish needs to make his bizarre captain boat riding comment if quadzilla pulls through for us...

SoSock said...

Hi everyone
Let's see some of that 2-out action we saw the other night!!

Oh, and, Bob ays hi.

Also - thanks for the shout-out RS.
We're getting closer all the time :)

L-girl said...

Thanks a lot Allan. Now I won't be able to get that out of my head.

SoSock said...

This would be a great time for Surprise Tek to show up !

L-girl said...

Hi Sosock, hi Bob.

efd said...

Redsock, you need to tack on at least another 20 minutes for making *me* think of that song.

redsock said...

i was wondering how many of you would recognize it? just the old farts, it appears.

Jake of All Trades said...

If you have all 4 up, you can train your eye to go upper left, lower right, upper right and see everything in sequence. Weird but kinda cool.

L-girl said...

Billy fucking joel. I'll get you for that.

Amy said...

I get home to the TV in time to see TEK get a hit after a long at bat!

efd said...

well, if Tek's getting on base leads to the Sox scoring then you can quote BJ all night!

Patrick said...

Coco clutch time...

redsock said...

Not quite the trip to his special island I was hoping for....

L-girl said...

Hi Amy :)

ish said...

Patrick, it's actually a song called "Ride Captain Ride" by Blues Image.

L-girl said...

Blues Image? A cover, then.

redsock said...

i never knew who did that song, ish. and i still have no idea who they are.

ish said...

Bases loaded for Lyndon...

Amy said...

So I heard all but the top of the first in the car. Sounds like Josh had a tough inning, walking in a run.

Maybe it is now Saunder's turn.

L-girl said...

It was Blood Sweat & Tears.

redsock said...

if we get some runs here, we may have a new theme song for this month! just saying. (evil cackle)

efd said...

two different songs, L-girl - "Ride Captain Ride" is the one with the "bizarre captain boat riding" lyric that Patrick was referencing.

The horror that Redsock inflicted upon us is a Billy Joel original.

redsock said...

lyndon -- just a little push and we'll be smilin' ..

ish said...

i never knew who did that song, ish. and i still have no idea who they are.

One hit wonder, maybe? I had to google it. I didn't know either.

Amy said...

Do not squander this.

ish said...

The comment I related in the past was "ride captain ride on your mystery ship"

L-girl said...

Two different songs, not a cover? Huh.

Billy Joel, yes. Oh the humanity.

ish said...

That was close! Close to being fair, and close to drilling Jed.

L-girl said...

"ride captain ride on your mystery ship"

And that's not a Blood Sweat & Tear song? It sure is.

Amy said...

Whoa. Full count.

ish said...

WOW. Wtf? Ellsbury should've been out of there. LUCKY. Terrible call.

Jake of All Trades said...

The Billy Joel one was stolen by Local Boy in my novel.

ish said...

IT DROPS!!!

Amy said...

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???

HAHAHAHA

efd said...

HOLY CRAP!!!

redsock said...

YAY -- ellsbury is 25 and still his mother makes his bed.

ish said...

Wow!!! THREE RUN SINGLE!!!!

SoSock said...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT !!!!!!

efd said...

nice defense, Angels!!

efd said...

nice reaction on the hot corner pitchercam on that one!

Amy said...

OMG

SoSOck's Little Leaguers would have gotten that.

Jake of All Trades said...

Septober magic!!

L-girl said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mfeige said...

JAAAAACCCCOOOOOOOBBBBBYYYYY!!!!

ish said...

Castig: "Three runs gift wrapped - Thank you very much!"

Pepe Lepew said...

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Amy said...

Hey, and SoSock is here!

L-girl said...

fucking incredible

the lbj magic!

L-girl said...

Btw, does that song start "73 men sailed up ... from the San Francisco Bay..." ?

If so, it is the BS&T song.

Patrick said...

wut happened wut happeneD??!?!?!?!

and..FUCKIN A!

SoSock said...

Ride Captain Ride was NOT BS & T.
I happen to like them quite a bit and know that was not them.
(Being the old horn player I am)
I believe whoever mentioned Blues Image was ight, but wouldn't swear.

efd said...

And that's not a Blood Sweat & Tear song? It sure is.

They may have performed it at some point, and it came out around the time they were active, but it is a Blues Image original.

redsock said...

hunter and kendrick would probably like to find a little hole in the ground for awhile

Richard said...

You know, when that thing went up I thought "I's dropping, no one's got it" Sure enough...

Yesssssss!!!!!!

redsock said...

hunter and kendrick would probably like to find a little hole in the ground for awhile

and i'm probably going to have to sleep on the couch

efd said...

l-girl, that's the song - see the songwriter's explanation of where he got the number 73 here.

Patrick said...

Saunders now with 46 pitches.

I'll take Byrd if Josh only goes four. WOuld be pretty cool actually...

L-girl said...

OK, that's cool. But it's the same song, right? That's really what I'm after.

I am most definitely NOT a BS&T fan, that's just who I remember doing it.

ish said...

Uh, Jason Bay... Don't you know who's running? You could've gotten to that ball quick enough to either gun down Vlad or keep him to a single. Couldn't you?

L-girl said...

Efd, thanks, but maybe some other time. I got enough to do here. :)

andy said...

Hot corner update. You can hear the angels dugout throughout the whole game.

ish said...

Yeah, I googled BS&T ride captain ride and yeah. I guess the song's by them.



I googled simply "ride captain ride" and it came up with Blues Image on multiple search hits.

L-girl said...

and i'm probably going to have to sleep on the couch

LOL

ish said...

But no matter. A game is on.

efd said...

I got enough to do here. :)

haha, fair enough.

Amy said...

What the hell is this HOT CORNER you are all talking about? The box that shows pitch location?? How do you change it?

ish said...

They may have performed it at some point, and it came out around the time they were active, but it is a Blues Image original.

I'll take your word for it, haha.

phil said...

alright, let's piss in their corn flakes and put up a 3-spot right away

Hmmm.

ish said...

http://www.last.fm/music/Blues+Image/_/Ride+Captain+Ride

redsock said...

alright, let's piss in their corn flakes and put up a 3-spot right away

Hmmm.


HAHAHAHA -- totally forgot about that!

ish said...

Correction. Blues Image version

L-girl said...

Many people call that a BS&T song.

Jake of All Trades said...

Google

Tbs hot corner

And it's the first link. Click "launch now" near the top and an MLB.tv player opens with toggles is upper right.

redsock said...

since i did correctly predict that three-run rally, i need to rig up a widget that will play "captain tek" when you visit jos!!!!! we'll be unstoppable with that mojo!

L-girl said...

What the hell is this HOT CORNER you are all talking about? The box that shows pitch location?? How do you change it?

Amy, you are so predictable.

redsock said...

damn, vlad did not want to run to third again.

Amy said...

Oh, shit.

efd said...

Crapoli.

ish said...

Am I seeing things? Vlad just stole third.

Cock. That gift-wrapped three runs from last inning is HUGE now.

ish said...

First Angels postseason HR in their last 69 innings.

Pepe Lepew said...

Is it my imagination or has that guy really killed the Sox at times?

Amy said...

I looked up the Hot Corner. It requires me to download some plug in which would mean closing my browsers. So not worth it....

I have enough to focus on! And yeah, I am predictable.

Thank goodness for Kendrick.

redsock said...

They just found Beckett's father in the swimming pool.

ish said...

Chip Caray just made a mess.

SoSock said...

Credit where credit is due - that was a MONSTER shot!

L-girl said...

Allan, please.

Seriously.

CUT THE SHIT!!!

redsock said...

but but but i googled the lyrics ...

L-girl said...

I don't know what that hot corner thing is either, but I don't ask, I just move on. :)

efd said...

I'm glad I don't know that song well enough to have gotten that reference.

L-girl said...

On Thursday you inflicted me with Dan Hill. Today it's Billy Joel. Are you trying to tell me something?

Amy said...

I have never been afraid to ask questions even if doing so reveals how ignorant I can be! No shame, I guess.

redsock said...

some new gadget -- all the kids are crazy about it these days....

nick said...

hi. been around since the end of the ray's game, but been hanging w/ emma, talking to my mom on the phone, dinner, etc.

Beckett is not so scrumpable tonight. We need to take a whole dump in their corn flakes (ewww...).

L-girl said...

I'm not afraid. I agree - never any shame in asking. I just don't try to understand everything in the thread.

efd said...

omg, Dan Hill! Redsock, your cruelty knows no bounds.

ish said...

In Bay We Trust.

redsock said...

i deny the dan hill accusation.

...

anyway -- laura likes his brother!!!!! nyah nyah

Amy said...

Youk! Did he walk fewer times this season? No one seems to call him the "Greek" God of Walks any more?

L-girl said...

omg, Dan Hill! Redsock, your cruelty knows no bounds.

ROFL

To be fair, it was the supermarket's fault.

L-girl said...

i deny the dan hill accusation.

You can run, but you can't hide. Port Credit. Loblaws. Say no more.

anyway -- laura likes his brother!!!!! nyah nyah

I can't fucking believe they are brothers.

Amy said...

Laura, I would never suggest you were afraid to ask! I was curious about what everyone was seeing. Notice I have not asked one question about the songs you are all chatting about. Like...who is Dan Hill? :)

redsock said...

what happened.

mlbtv is out and bay is hitting.

kkh said...

Hi Amy - you don't need to use the Silverlight plugin to view Hot Corner, it'll work with your existing media player. Go to mlb.com's narrowband home page and look for the link "Or open video separately" (it's a script, so I can't link it.)

redsock said...

...who is Dan Hill?

this time, ignorance is truly bliss.

just keep walkin'...........

ish said...

what happened.

mlbtv is out and bay is hitting.


Flied to right. Lowell popped to right.

ish said...

I saw the song name "Sometimes When We Touch" and I decided Allan's right. Ima keep walking.

L-girl said...

Notice I have not asked one question about the songs you are all chatting about. Like...who is Dan Hill? :)

LOL

The singer of a beyond-belief horrible lite-fm type of song which I will not mention.

His brother is Lawrence Hill, an amazing Canadian writer. I can't link right now, but he co-wrote The Deserter's Tale w/ Joshua Key, and wrote a novel called The Book of Negroes (in the US, Someone Knows My Name) which I have blogged about.

efd said...

Do the supermarkets up there have Can-Con requirements too?

kkh said...

DaveO: "I'm delighted to be away from that rally monkey, gives me a headache ... time to 86 the monkey"

L-girl said...

Ish said it. It's like the worst song ever.

nick said...

I'm pretty sure that Dan Hill is IJ's cousin. and grandson of Joe Hill. and great grandson of Bunker Hill.

ish said...

O'Brien announced the winner of a Jeep Patriot contest... they've had an ad all season with a word of the day, for people to enter to win a Jeep Patriot...

The winner was John Gibbons.

redsock said...

if you have ever been in a supermarket, a drug store, a diner, you've heard it.

please note for the record that it was laura who brought up dan hill.

L-girl said...

Do the supermarkets up there have Can-Con requirements too?

Heh, good question.

Amy said...

Oh, yeah, I know that song. Nuff said. I need no Dan Hill.

And thanks for the tips on Hot Corner, KKH, but I have a hard enough time watching the TV and threading without anything else to watch.

SoSock said...

I have never been afraid to ask questions even if doing so reveals how ignorant I can be! No shame, I guess.

(Warning - LL ref. ahead)
I always tell the guys, it's only stupid if you don't ask the question and never learn something you should know.
I've questioned guys in the dugout about missing signs but get really mad when they tell me they don't know the signs. Why haven't you ASKED?!

L-girl said...

"I dreamed I sure Dan Hill last night" ?

redsock said...

indeed. when you hear that song, you have to hang your head and cry, and wait for the fear in you to subside...

redsock said...

so, mlbtv is off the air?

nick said...

a nightmare, I take it.

efd said...

Redsock, you are defintely sleeping on the couch tonight.

[looks for way to put the gamethread on 'mute']

Amy said...

LOL, Allan.

SoSock, there is never a need to warn about LL references. We all love baseball here.

OH FUCK I HATE THAT FIGGINS.

L-girl said...

Allan, I'm going to kill you when I stop laughing.

I am really out of control here.

redsock said...

one of you fuckers cut the cord on my mlbtv, didn't you?

:<#

efd said...

damn, Figgins with another hi!

redsock said...

damn, Figgins with another hi!

yeah - that bastard is so polite!

Amy said...

Now putting Dan Hill into the Joe Hill song is just gross. Joan Baez would not be happy.

L-girl said...

The baseball gods are punishing you.

Are you getting the audio?

efd said...

another hi!

make that hiT!

although he probably said Hi again to Youk when he got to first.

L-girl said...

I apologize to Joan, who I love.

redsock said...

okay, i started over. i got my picture back. no more lite fm.

ish said...

Thank you for showing us that last pitch, TBS. Only, ya didn't.

redsock said...

hey - you know what we got in our vending machine? combos!

i'm gonna go get me some.

nick said...

I am rarely proud of my ignorance, but I must say I have missed every one of Allan's references tonight and haven't a clue even after other folks expound. what a relief apparently.

L-girl said...

oo combos, yum. haven't had those in years. i like the pretzely kind.

L-girl said...

Nick, you are so lucky.

Amy said...

OH NO. SHIT.

ish said...

Youk's not having a good night tonight. That's the second play I feel he should have stayed at first and let FY get that.

redsock said...

one more dan hill post: i just googled the lyrics and i see the line: "The honesty's too much"

when i was younger, i thought it was "the artist sees too much" -- or "the artistry's too much"

i don't think i ever heard it was "honesty"!

efd said...

I was afraid Beckett wasn't going to get there in time...

Time to put the hammer down.

ish said...

I love pepperoni pizza combos. And the pizzeria pretzel.

ish said...

I tried salsa combos and that was just weird.

SoSock said...

Beckett needs to practice covering first.
dammit

L-girl said...

Thanks for sharing that.

(I knew it was "the honesty". How can the honesty be too much?)

(Don't answer that.)

redsock said...

why are these morans so obsessed with how loud or quiet the fans are?

ish said...

That three-run single is the only one of its kind in postseason history.

redsock said...

they are cheddar - with pretzel outside coating and then some with not.

nick said...

[ignoring that last play] I bought combos the other night for the first time in, oh, at least a decade. pizza flavored. so disgustingly satisfying.

L-girl said...

LBJ hit the only 3-run single in postseason history, says Dave O'Brien.

Amy said...

Laura, I almost typed the same thing. How can honesty be too much? Denial is better?

Anyway....

GET THIS GUY OUT.

redsock said...

we definitely need to study that song! it's deep, man. next off-day!

L-girl said...

pretzel/cheddar, very good. pizza's good too.

redsock said...

that's vlad's first career walk, right?

phil said...

Beckett being Daisuke.

efd said...

Beckett pitching around Vlad to get to Jumpy?

Amy said...

LOL. ROFL.

At least something is making us laugh. Beckett's pitching isn't.

Jake of All Trades said...

I used to think it was "artistry" also.

redsock said...

beckett at 89 -- one more out -- PLEASE

L-girl said...

The Hills parents have done a lot of cool things, too. Not sure what happened to that Dan kid.

ish said...

BECKETT BEING DAISUKE is right!

ish said...

Thank you FY!

tim said...

Hello all! Just getting settled in for the night here in Waterloo. Been back since the LBJ three ribeye special but finally getting to the thread.

This seems like one of those games that I'm going to need a new set of nails after...gulp.

Fuck yeah!

phil said...

that's vlad's first career walk, right?

He has 666 career walks. Spooky.

Amy said...

Beckett definitely trying be DiceK --- even with the Houdini thing.

efd said...

PHEW!!

redsock said...

"the artist sees too much"

was he looking into their window from outside on the sidewalk?

L-girl said...

whew. damn.

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