October 6, 2008

ALDS 4: Red Sox 3, Angels 2

Angels  - 000 000 020 - 2  6  1
Red Sox - 000 020 001 - 3 9 0
YES!!!!!!!!

Red Sox win the ALDS and will open the ALCS in Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Jed Lowrie's hard single to right field scored Jason Bay, who had hit a one-out ground-rule double, with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Bay's head-first slide got him across the plate before Reggie Willits's throw arrived at the dish. And it was Willits's ill-advised dive on Bay's fly ball that allowed it to hop into the seats for two bases rather than being fielded on a hop for a single.

The ALDS-winning run revitalized a Fenway crowd that had been stunned by the Angels's two-run rally against Hideki Okajima and Justin Masterson in the top of the eighth. Jeemer retired the first two Angels on ground balls to second, but he walked Mark Teixeira on four pitches. Masterson came in and got ahead of Vlad Guerrero 0-2, but ended up walking him. Then he crossed up Jason Varitek by throwing a fastball when Tek was expecting a slider. The passed ball moved the runners to second and third -- and Torii Hunter's single to right field scored them both.

The Angels threatened to take the lead in the ninth. Kendry Morales doubled. Howie Kendrick bunted pinch-runner Willits to third. Manny Delcarmen relieved Masterson. Erick Aybar tried to squeeze on 2-0 but missed the pitch. Varitek then chased Willits back up the line towards third, lunging and tagging him on the back when Willits was five feet from the bag. Tek then fell down and the ball popped out of his glove, but the umpire rightly ruled it an out. The Angels strongly disagreed. Two pitches later, Aybar grounded to first for the third out.

Boston had taken a 2-0 lead in the fifth on singles from Mark Kotsay and Varitek, an RBI grounder from Jacoby Ellsbury and an RBI double off the Wall from Dustin Pedroia (who finished the series 1-for-17).

Lester (7-4-0-2-4, 109) was everything we could have asked for. Only four outs were recorded outside of the infield in seven innings and Lester allowed only one LAA runner past second base. In two ALDS starts, he gave up one unearned run in 14 innings. MVP awards are not given out for the DS, but Lester deserved one in this series.

In addition to doubling and scoring the winning run, Bay also walked and singled. Only Youkilis and Ellsbury did not collect hits, but Lyndon drove in the first Boston run and Yook was an absolute beast in the field yet again, playing third in place of Mike Lowell and making several excellent plays and throws. Kotsay also made two sterling plays on pop flies in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Rays beat the White Sox 6-2 earlier in the evening to win their series 3 games to 1.

***

John Lackey / Jon Lester

Lowell Replaced on Roster; Out For ALDS & ALCS
Mike Lowell has been removed from the Red Sox's roster due to a right hip strain. Gil Velazquez replaces Lowell and is available for tonight's game. This move means Lowell would be ineligible for the ALCS.

***

Photo: October 9, 2004

***

ish had a great line this morning:
Reality sneaks up on you fast in a short series, doesn't it?
It sure does. The Red Sox -- riding high, up 2-0, with fans thinking ahead to Friday's ALCS -- are now faced with the prospect of flying back across the country to Anaheim for a do-or-die Game 5 with the often exasperating (despite the low ERA) Daisuke Matsuzaka on the hill if they cannot find their bats and win tonight.

Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-14, 3 doubles, 3 SB, 5 RBI) and Jason Bay (5-for-14, 2 dongs, though he was 0-for-5 last night) are going their part, but several players, including Dustin Pedroia (0-for-13, "I've got to get on [expletive] base"), Mike Lowell (0-for-8) and Jason Varitek (2-for-11) are not.

On the mound, it's a rematch of Game 1, which Boston won 4-1:
          IP   H   R  ER  BB   K  PIT
Lackey 6.2 4 2 2 3 5 92
Lester 7.0 6 1 0 1 7 117
The Globe reports that Lowell
could barely walk as he came into the clubhouse after the game. He was late, as many of his teammates had already done sessions with the media and moved on. He had difficulty putting on his pants.
Hopefully, by midnight tonight, pants will be optional.

But first: Rays (2)/White Sox (1) at 5 PM

845 comments:

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ish said...

Castig: "Last night the top of the 1st inning took 21 minutes. (I think he said 21) The game took five hours, 19 minutes. Tonight the top of the first inning took three minutes."

L-girl said...

Jere, he looks pretty nice there.

tim said...

Shitty start to that....I'm predicting 2 dongs for jBay tonight!

ish said...

ESPN Radio affiliate here is actually playing the baseball game rather than football. Weird!

andy said...

Penis. I don't know it just needed to be said.

ish said...

One of my friends used Penis has an interjection.


Troy O'Leary threw out the first pitch!

tim said...

That's a great pic jere - ohh sager, you loveable fool.

He actually didn't look half-bad yesterday. Compared to his usual curtainy lookin self.

ish said...

as an interjection*

That'd just be weird. Penis has an injection.

L-girl said...

It looks like your friend has a "used penis".

Well, I guess all you guys do.

Jere said...

how hilarious would it be if they start making the batting helmets in the flat-hat style?

ish said...

It looks like your friend has a "used penis".

Heh. That made me laugh because that friend doesn't have a penis.

tim said...

used penis.


i was obliged to say it.

Jere said...

used penises need oil changes more frequently than new ones.

tim said...

I enjoyed that Crapoli nickname from yesterday, whoever coined that.

L-girl said...

Heh. That made me laugh because that friend doesn't have a penis.

That is funny. A man without a penis? No, a woman!

Like the old riddle with the doctor was the guy's mother.

L-girl said...

certified pre-owned penis?

ish said...

There's a loophole in the law that states a old penis with an antique registration doesn't need to be inspected.

Amy said...

Hmm, I am guessing from the penis talk that nothing bad has happened yet.

I just got out of class. How was Lester in the first?

redsock said...

radio saying lester is different than G1, getting ahead of batters

he was 2-0 to vlad
1-0 to hunter
3-1 to nap and a BB

IDIOT

L-girl said...

Is the penis sad because it doesn't get to be inspected?

I believe they enjoy inspections.

tim said...

Anncrs at it again. Fackin dooshes!

ish said...

Allan. He's not Buck. He's not Chip. He's not Buck. He's not Chip. He's not Buck. He's not Chip.

tim said...

TBS is just as shitty, Allan.

Come on sid, be wicked!

L-girl said...

Amy, you're early! Nice to have you back.

ish said...

Certified pre-own penises have to go through rigorous inspection.

tim said...

I believe they enjoy inspections.

Inspector gadget!

L-girl said...

I am very happy with the radio announcers.

I am very happy it's not Buck and it's not Chip.

L-girl said...

Yeah baby!

ish said...

Know what penises like more than inspections?

Secret test facilities.

tim said...

WICKED.

Going on cooking sabbatical for a couple mins.

L-girl said...

Inspector gadget ROFL

redsock said...

porno:

Inspect Her Gadget

phil said...

Taco Bell is pretty damn low on the food chain, but whose idea was it to sell fluorescent-red artificially colored tacos?

Amy said...

I am waiting for Harvey so we can go home (we both teach tonight), so will be in the car and then back home by 9:30 or so. Just sitting in the office at the moment, with CBS Sportline as my pipeline.

L-girl said...

Phil, I know, those things look so disgusting. Smoke coming out of the guy's nose isn't exactly an enticement either.

L-girl said...

I love to think of Amy following the game online, then in the car w/ Harvey, then turning on the TV when she gets home.

ish said...

I'm not a fan of food that will cause me great pain.

ish said...

Castig: "Youk wearing short sleeves tonight. Of course, it's doesn't take very long for him to break out into a sweat."

L-girl said...

Yook's full beard > Yook's goatee

(from a girl who dislikes facial hair)

Amy said...

I love the radio, love the TV, hate the online. Not sure how you all do it all the time with Gameday.

ish said...

On Fire!

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!

phil said...

"What fooled Youkilis is..."

You just showed the pitch was measurably off the plate, dipfucks.

Jere said...

if it's way off the plate, and your mouth hasn't said strike yet, it's not a strike, so there's no reason to call it one.

Nice, John Daniels Drew

L-girl said...

Amy, it would drive me crazy too.

I'm thrilled to have the radio audio at home. I'm down with this for the rest of October.

Amy said...

Both Youk and Tek grew out their goatees for the post-season, it seems. I like it better. I like facial hair. Harvey has had a mustache since I met him (and before) and has had a beard since 1993.

Jere said...

I always use ESPN Gamecast when I watch online. But it's really by default since they all have the problems.

Jere said...

I'd guess they're doing the superstitious non-shaving thing.

redsock said...

Angels starting to cry about calls
they know the end is nigh

Amy said...

Two on! OK, score now, please.

L-girl said...

I prefer ESPN Gamecast too, when I have to use one. But prefer is relative there, like you said.

tim said...

Eating sabbatical now.

Fucking terrible, WTF KOTSAY????

phil said...

Bleh.

redsock said...

slowell coulda done that

L-girl said...

What manner of sabbatical is it?

ish said...

Caray thought that was a "terrific double play!!!!"

Amy said...

Uch, double play.

And not even by Tek.

L-girl said...

Caray thought that was a "terrific double play!!!!"

ugh!

Amy said...

OK, heading to the car. See you all in a while.

Jere said...

Were the intros of the teams shown on TV last night? I kinda doubt it, so I guess my real question is, Did you hear about what they did with Bay during the intros?

L-girl said...

I guess everyone left with Amy!

ish said...

Buck talks about Figgins dividing Lester's attention...

O'B talks about it being harder to steal because of a lefty on the mound.

ish said...

Were the intros of the teams shown on TV last night? I kinda doubt it, so I guess my real question is, Did you hear about what they did with Bay during the intros?

Nope.

Jere said...

What are you, Giambi? Throw to second! Get the lead guy!

ish said...

Casey would have thrown to second.

redsock said...

chone screening - the non-1B at 1B takes the sure out.

ish said...

Yeah, I mean, I'm not against the sure out, that's for sure. But last night's game was decided by one run.

ish said...

41° here already. 30s in the morning! They talk about it being cold at Fenway... Not quite.

Jere said...

Well, for each player, they simply said the name. As usual. But with Bay, they said something like, "and now give a warm welcome to a great addition to Red Sox Nation, Jason Bay!"

I couldn't believe they were editorializing during INTROS, and I just felt it was an anti-Manny move. Like, Don't be stupid, you stupid Manny lovers. I mean, what, was I gonna boo Bay? Of course not. Even as the Manny lover-est of Manny lovers.

L-girl said...

waiting to hear what they did w/ bay...

L-girl said...

Oh man, I was hoping it wouldn't be something like that. That is low rent. Totally wrong.

Jere said...

"good eye" says Caray. On a pitch that bounced.

redsock said...

espn radio says angels need someone to put one over the monster

nap's 2 shots last night was not enough?????

ish said...

Jere, was it Carl Bean doing the introducing?

redsock said...

is vlad wearing a manny wig?

ish said...

TBS still showing the Angels much more than the Red Sox.

ish said...

You could put the Angels announcers in there and they'd probably be more neutral.

Jere said...

so are they gonna talk about how complacent and/or nervous we are now, as we're all standing, even the box seat people, and cheering while the Angels have two men on base? Or just wait for like the one quiet moment and then show close ups?

ish said...

Kotsay gets tangled up with Kerwin Danley...

ish said...

HAHAHA That was really funny. But they're lucky that ball didn't drop on earth.

Jere said...

Great double take by Kotsay there

L-girl said...

cute dance there w/ the ump

Jake of All Trades said...

TBS hot corner is a pitch and a half ahead of gameday audio tonight, which is screwing me up since last night it was one pitch behind. I liked being told what to look for by the radio guys better than guessing what they'll say and/or what happened.

ish said...

I love the look on Danley's face when he got pushed. It looked like someone stuck a finger up his ass. Woo hoo!!!

Jere said...

Yes, Carl Bean.

Jake of All Trades said...

TBS hot corner is a pitch and a half ahead of gameday audio tonight, which is screwing me up since last night it was one pitch behind. I liked being told what to look for by the radio guys better than guessing what they'll say and/or what happened.

L-girl said...

those close-ups - we always call them the "7th game of the world series" faces.

ish said...

FUCK YEAH!!!

L-girl said...

fuck yeah!!!!

ish said...

I am PUMPED tonight.

Jere said...

thank Yaz Vlad has no legs. He's "runnin' on Lowells," as it were.

Jake of All Trades said...

Sorry for the double comment. Posting from my phone and got weird refresh error...

nick said...

Jere claims to be the Manny lover-est of Manny lovers, but Manny told me personally that once you go Andy you never go back!

Sorry, Jere.

L-girl said...

runnin on lowells, hee hee

andy said...

FY is pure sex.

Jere said...

Up for a Mannyge-a-trois, Andy?

L-girl said...

once you go Andy you never go back!

say it ain't so! i hope lbj doesn't feel that way.

andy said...

Fucking truping crowd.

redsock said...

CAPTAIN TEK will get us high tonight.

TONIGHT!!!

L-girl said...

Jere's on a roll tonight.

L-girl said...

again with that song! that's it, i'm making popcorn and not giving you ANY

ish said...

Caray was mocking the crowd, sort of. The crowd's making that trupe noise and Caray says, "But it IS playable..."

andy said...

I will do a mannyge with fy or lowrie. I will tag team lyndon with laura too if she wishes. I will step aside too and give her the night to herself. I am not greedy.

ish said...

Caray: "So Lackey looks good in his return to Fenway Park..."

redsock said...

Later tonight.

kkh said...

Hot Corner dugout cam was on Lackey waiting pretty much for all of the last two at-bats top of the third. Still no dugout view of the Sox. Odd that they can't get a camera angle on the home team. This probably has much to do with all the face time the Angels are getting on the TBS TV coverage.

andy said...

I am getting real tired of this no scoring by the sox bullshit.

phil said...

Isn't a "mannyge" a Manny ménage-à-trois?

L-girl said...

andy, i'm a socialist, we believe in group action, sharing, all that.

andy said...

TBS is saying that the Angels are going to go to the world series.

Jere said...

Yay socialism

L-girl said...

tbs is wrong

are they really saying that?

efd said...

You could put the Angels announcers in there and they'd probably be more neutral.

ish is absolutely right. This morning on one of the newsradio stations they played audio from what I guess was Angels radio (the credit was to K-somethingorother), and that announcer was way less excited than these clowns on TV.

andy said...

Yes Captain Phil of the SS Obvious

redsock said...

lackey does look good.

andy said...

I would take on manny and wither lowrie or FY. I will still do manny. He lives close to me know.

L-girl said...

i think phil was just showing off his accent marks

andy said...

wither = either. why do they put the keys so close together.

andy said...

i was just showing off my captain obvious stuff

L-girl said...

MAKE CHIP CRY! MAKE CHIP CRY!

nick said...

socialism may mean group sex, but with capitalism you get seriously fucked!

Jere said...

yet what's going unnoticed by andy is the fact that the manage idea came from the fact that he and I are big Manny lovers, and the comment meant a me/Andy/Manny Mannyge.

Either that or he heard the idea and immediately started calling in replacements for the Jere role to suit his needs better.

L-girl said...

nick, very good :)

Jere said...

way to run it out, guy!

L-girl said...

andy's needs sound pretty flexible

nick said...

andy's needs are the only thing flexible about him!

andy said...

Yeah Jere I was replacing you. Although if you would like to join I am game. Just call it an orgy and take away all the limits.

andy said...

Lets focus on my dessert here right now. He is hitting.

Jere said...

SKIP the stones, douche! Don't just teach him to throw 'em in the ocean haphazardly! (If you didn't just see that commercial (featuring L-Girl Bush), don't worry about it.)

L-girl said...

I'm confused, but I think there was a Repub ad on the US feed?

L-girl said...

"L-girl Bush"

ouch. no fair!

redsock said...

FLO

SULTAN TIME

Jere said...

Had Cherry Coke "shot" in game 1 and 2, not 3. Just cracked it. (And Papi immediately gets a hit!)

Jere said...

It was Big Brothers/Sisters ad, featuring the anti-L-girl...

phil said...

I'm sewing my partner's pants, so I'm inconsistently participating. Doesn't help that she keeps wiggling.

ish said...

Thank you, Figgy!

phil said...

ChonE

Jere said...

Caray: "what's the call?"

How about: There's no possible call other than "clearly safe." Sound good?

Amy said...

OK, I am home. Now bring Ortiz home..

L-girl said...

I'm liking this radio delay tonight. Like Jake said, the radio guys are telling me what to look for. But I can read/type w/o missing anything.

In NY I always used to watch w/ the radio sound, but I haven't in so long. This is nice.

efd said...

Apparently in Caray's world, when an Angel drops a ball it still counts as an out, hence his frustrated "what's the call" question as the ball dribbles away.

redsock said...

i smell smoke

L-girl said...

Anti L-girl, that's better.

You're sewing her pants with her in them?

Jake of All Trades said...

Lackey's reaction on Hot Corner had me thinking dong, but dropped ball fits the bill too.

phil said...

What's the call? Time to get a play-by-play guy who can follow the action.

Amy said...

You're sewing?

ish said...

Fucking truped by Obie! Obie of all people!

Amy said...

The air at Fenway must be very heavy. Nothing is going very far these games. Except that Napoli guy.

phil said...

I was sewing. Now I'm ripping her fly out so I can sew some hooks in.

ish said...

It's in the 30s here now. Cold night! With no wind, though. So... window open!

Jere said...

I have to say, Orsillo seemed like to commit to calls, too. Like he was afraid of messing up on nat. TV. Like, you'd see the ball was over the wall, and he'd wait a beat before screaming that it's gone.

ish said...

I was sewing. Now I'm ripping her fly out so I can sew some hooks in.

Is that what they call it nowadays?

Amy said...

Phil, I am SO impressed. I can't sew a thing. Never finished my dress in home economics back in junior high.

nick said...

I heard a routine from an Australian comedian on Dr. Demento in the 80s about how tough he was, including:

I'm so tough I make my girlfriend iron my shirts....while I'm wearing 'em.

Jere said...

seemed LATE to commit to calls*

ish said...

I have to say, Orsillo seemed like to commit to calls, too. Like he was afraid of messing up on nat. TV. Like, you'd see the ball was over the wall, and he'd wait a beat before screaming that it's gone.

Remember his call of Holliday sliding in safe to end the one-game playoff last year?

He ISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.... safe.

L-girl said...

Phil, that sounds dangerous. And maybe illegal.

SoSock said...

Woo, woo!
I was listening to ESPN radio on the way home and sat in the driveway with 2 outs in the 3rd inning because it was too intense to leave my seat and worry about missing something excited. The Pedroia play sounded fantabulous. I hope they have it on MLB.

BTW - there are several of us in this group who REALLY, REALLY don't want to have a game on WED. night. Although, if it doesn't start till 10 we shouldn't miss too much.
(could that BE a longer 1st comment?)

phil said...

Fuck.

efd said...

MARtinez: "remember, Mike Scosia, the Angels manager, is a catcher."

HOW CAN WE FORGET WHEN YOU BRING IT UP EVERY OTHER INNING????!!

nick said...

I keep thinking that Scioscia looks like McCain's younger brother.

fuck.

Amy said...

I am so frustrated with the hitting. ARGH.

L-girl said...

I agree re Orsillo. Like he wanted to make sure he didn't fuck up a call on a national b'cast. Can't blame him, he's auditioning in a way.

Jere said...

Kim calls Scoscia "Limbaugh"

Amy said...

Yes, SoSock, I agree. Though in our house we don't usually even put the TV on. It HAS to be tonight, please.

nick said...

If I was phil's partner I'd be nervous as hell..how do you sew and gamethread at the same time?

L-girl said...

Luckily my having been born Jewish doesn't prohibit me from watching a game if there is one Weds night.

Which there will not be.

(It's an 8:00 start, btw, if there is a game.)

redsock said...

sager with the autumn colours.

ish said...

I still don't see Orsillo as a really good pbp baseball guy. He still sounds more like a reporter. But it doesn't mean I don't like him.

Jere said...

Brett Sagerhaben

Amy said...

Laura, are you sure about the start time? I saw 9:35 somewhere.

Amy said...

Did you hear announcer saying a game 5 would be good for baseball??

I HATE HIM.

ish said...

I thought it's 8:37 now that the FKR/CHW are finished.

L-girl said...

That was in the other ALDS series continued. Rays won tonight, so it's an 8:00 EST start.

So said radio anncrs just now.

ish said...

(psst. There won't be a Game 5)

SoSock said...

Wowzie, that was slightly high ;>

L-girl said...

(i agree)

phil said...

I often sew while watching the game. Or at least I'm supposed to.

Jake of All Trades said...

Actually EDT ;)

(Sorry, EST/EDT and the unnecessary middle letter is my biggest irrational pet peeve)

tim said...

Back! Piled on 120 comments during dinner, but now...fuck. Houdini pls.

ish said...

There won't be a game 5, right Jon?

This amount of time into the game last night, the 2nd inning was just finishing.

redsock said...

I still don't see Orsillo as a really good pbp baseball guy. He still sounds more like a reporter. But it doesn't mean I don't like him.

Listening today, I have decided he is well above average. Best thing for me is that he calls the game. That is his job. Brings no other baggage and bullshit like almost everyone else does. He CALLS THE GAME ON THE FIELD!

L-girl said...

Sorry Jake. To be perfectly honest, I don't know which is which or when we're in either. I've never known, never bothered to find out, and don't care.

But I've got plenty of pet peeves, so I understand.

ish said...

Actually EDT ;)

(Sorry, EST/EDT and the unnecessary middle letter is my biggest irrational pet peeve)


My biggest pet peeve is that there is standard time/daylight savings time at all.

I hate the time change. But it's easier said than done to get rid of it. The only reasonable way, in my estimation, would be to turn the clocks back a half hour from Daylight savings time, and keep it the same all year. And shift the time zone boundaries to the east by a couple hundred miles or so, so there won't be places with the sun rising at 9 AM in the winter.

tim said...

Exactly, Allan.

Orsillo/Remy are above avg because they do call the game, and aside from Remy hawking his shit, they aren't cheerleaders for their team when compared to the likes of the Rays/Marlins/White Sox/Mariners etc. announcers.

They call the game, and do get goofy sometimes but you never hear them blatantly cheering for the sox.

WTF WHERES STRIKE 3?!?!?!

phil said...

Where was that?

L-girl said...

Altho if it's really your biggest pet peeve, it doesn't deserve a ;), cuz you ain't winking.

ish said...

Heh. Lester really wanted that one.

SoSock said...

So who was I listening to on ESPN radio on the way home? We don't usually get that but for big events there's a station, 1000AM, that comes in. I think it's out of Cincy. Apparently they pump up on the wattage on big games.

ish said...

YEAH!!!! HOUDINI IS BACK!

Amy said...

Nice K! NOW GET RUNS.

ish said...

So who was I listening to on ESPN radio on the way home? We don't usually get that but for big events there's a station, 1000AM, that comes in. I think it's out of Cincy. Apparently they pump up on the wattage on big games.

Dan Shulman (pbp) and Dave Campbell (color).

redsock said...

that strike 3 was exactly the same as ball 2 before it.

efd said...

and Teixeira wanted that one! Too bad!

L-girl said...

I totally agree re Orsillo. Not for Remy, he's got his baggage too, but he's still OK. (Mostly.) But Don is well above average, IMO.

tim said...

There it is.

Has Ed Rapuano been on this series since game 1?

He's behind the plate tonight, and all day I had his name stuck in my head. Weird. Seriously though, that happens to me sometimes. I get random words stuck in my head. Today it was "Ed Rapuano" - and alas, he's behind the plate.

efd said...

and Teixeira wanted that one! Too bad!

tim said...

Ump wasn't willing ta-share-a ball with Texiera.

redsock said...

don and jerry also do not engage in mindless cliches and preaching/lecturing like the espn/fox guys do all the time.

tim said...

I see the Kelso Nikon commercial now with the US TBS feed. Just as shitty but at least it doesn't have that abomination of "My Generation" to kick it off. That's what pissed me off.

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