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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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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L-girl said...

LEAD OFF WALK here we go!!!!!

SoSock said...

I'll never hear another Braves broadcast the same way.
We get all of their games here, so I've heard them a lot and always enjoyed the team. But this has been SO blatantly unobjective you'd swear it WAS the Braves playing the Sox.

Leadoff walk - nice

M@ said...

Smackings all round, no question.

And a walk! Woo!

Amy said...

TYing run on. Winning run is Mr. Youkilis.

L-girl said...

Buck Martinez obsessed with PR.

L-girl said...

Whoa, 1201

redsock said...

me thinks weaver's diaper is about to get full.

ish said...

See? 1201 is the new 201.

ish said...

Youk's swinging like his own diaper's already full.

L-girl said...

right here, big sweaty jew dong




(yikes!)

Jake of All Trades said...

My shingles are starting to tingle...

ish said...

Lucky there.

ish said...

Crap. Initially truped!

L-girl said...

way to give me a heart attack

ish said...

Damn fog.

Tony said...

Blargh. C'mon, crowd, watch the fielders before you shout!

ish said...

pitter patter pitter patter pitter patter.

Bay's first look at Weaver.

Amy said...

Ok, Youk is not the winning run. It will have to Bay. Who hits for Lowell?

ish said...

It's almost like they finished letting off fireworks.

ish said...

Cora would hit for Lowell.

L-girl said...

seems like a long time ago we were talking about dan hill

redsock said...

casey = only bat left

SoSock said...

That looked pretty good for about 2 seconds.
dammit

ish said...

Only way Bay hits one out is on a line.

Tony said...

Fuck you, ump. Seriously, fuck you.

ish said...

Damn.

Amy said...

Ugh. Cora the unlikely hero?

ish said...

Cora looks like he's wondering why he's the one in the box right now.

M@ said...

CRAP! C'mon Sox!

L-girl said...

geez, cora. does not inspire confidence.

Tony said...

Shit.

Well, tomorrow, then.

L-girl said...

damn

SoSock said...

crap :(

ish said...

The water is clean.

But it will get very, very dirty tomorrow night.

Amy said...

Well, I guess it will have to be tomorrow (today?). I teach til 9, so I hope to find us ahead after my class.

Tony said...

All right, everybody, have a good night. We'll get 'em tomorrow.

M@ said...

Aw, that sucks! Should've had it.

Next game, eh? No biggie.

L-girl said...

ah well. it doesn't have to be a sweep. winning in 4 works too.

rogers already showing pre-season hockey.

good night all.

ish said...

The Phillies could not sweep the Brewers but they beat them in Game 4 the very next day, and the feeling was no less fantastic.

And, the Rays didn't sweep the White Sox.

You don't call a single, a bunt, and another single momentum. The water will be so dirty tomorrow you won't know that at one point it was water at all.

ish said...

rogers already showing pre-season hockey.

There was regular season hockey on today from Prague and Stockholm. Kind of depressed me, although I love hockey.

I just can't get into the whole hockey thing right now, with baseball so very much alive.

Jake of All Trades said...

I have to close my eyes and hide...until tomorrow

ish said...

NESN postgame... TC and Remy make it sound like the Red Sox were eliminated. I think it's just the 1 AM syndrome after a 5+ hour ballgame.

SoSock said...

So now the pressure os on the Sox?
Give m a break.
Let's see - we play at who's home park tomorrow?
Who has the 2-1 lead? Who is eliminated if they don't win tomorrow?
Sounds like we might as well just not even bother showing up with all THAT weight on us.

SoSock said...

All right. I can't even type anymore.
Manana

ish said...

One more point I'll make before I shuffle off to bed...

Remember that three-run single. We thought oh man. This really is something special. Bounces going our way. But what it was really, was a little bit of house money to play with.

If that play was executed properly, those three runs aren't there and they'd probably have lost in 9 innings, 4-1.

Joe Grav said...

Son of a cuntbag.

tim said...

Oh cockapoo. Sorry I bailed for the last third of the gamethread, but Steph came downstairs to watch the game with me, so I shut the computer.

This sucks. Get 'em tomorrow. Wicked Lestah should be able to seal the deal.

Fucking obtuse angles.

Sucks for Jere and Nix as well...

redsock said...

Wicked Lester tomorrow? And LAA thinks they have a chance?

Caucasian, please.

tim said...

Next time someone living next door to me says something obscene, I plan on telling them "Neighba, please!"

Zenslinger said...

Harsh. Was fun, though. Driving back from Tahoe, listening on the radio for the first six innings. The balance at The Bar.

Tomorrow.

L-girl said...

Doing the morning-after-scroll-through-end-of-the-thread thing, and I see this

I have to close my eyes and hide...until tomorrow

And nearly spit out my coffee!

ish said...

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.

Reality sneaks up on you fast in a short series, doesn't it? Coming into Game 3, it felt like the Red Sox couldn't lose, and if they somehow did, it ain't no big thing.

Still ain't. But it makes Game 4 the premier game in this series. I'm sure have to go back to New York or Toronto or even Chicago would be hard enough to play Game 5, but having to fly across the country again would not be a good idea.

Quite simply put: Get it done tonight, Lester. Just, get it done.

ish said...

It'll be nice though, having one more doubleheader of baseball today. Watch the White Sox beat the FKR and make 'em go back to Tampa... Watch the Red Sox apply goggles and spray each other with bubble water... It'll be worth it.

nixon33 said...

FUCK

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