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.

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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.

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Photo: October 9, 2004

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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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tim said...

wooooooo

tim said...

FULL COVERAGE OF CELEBRATION ON NESN

Lord Lynch said...

I literally woke up at the moment the run was scored. Switched on the TV (4:30 am here) to see the start of the celebrations.

Back to bed happy happy happy!

SoSock said...

Step 1 - check
Step 2 - in preparation stage
Step 3 - on upcoming work list

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. I guess they will all be Eastern time (standard?). Hate those games that start at 10.

tim said...

TIME TO HEAD DOWN TO ST. PETES TO FEAST ON THE RSNV!!!!!

Amy said...

Ah, the Lord! I was thinking of you when we were all up at 1 am last night, figuring you were just waking up across the pond.

ish said...

Ellsbury: "We're so happy to not have to go to Anaheim."

Pepe Lepew said...

That was fuckin' wicked!!!!!!!!!

I think lost in all this is fuck Masterson. Just wanted to reiterate that. Fuck you Masterson.

But don't forget that Lester pitched another pretty good game.

SoSock said...

TBS talking RS being "scared" with that runner at third.
Because, uh, I guess they forgot the Red Sox were home team? Or they assume if a run scores, we couldn't possibly score ourselves in the bottom of the inning?
Oh wait, we did!
Or even if we don't, we couldn't possibly win at LA? Oh wait, we won TWO there!
Jerks

tim said...

ooo good, interview with the losers now!

Jake of All Trades said...

I'm also happy not to have to go to Anaheim again. That drive sucks!

Lord Lynch said...

Amy, I saw the last innings last night at around 6 am. I had the grumpy head on all day....

redsock said...

I literally woke up at the moment the run was scored. Switched on the TV (4:30 am here) to see the start of the celebrations.

Back to bed happy happy happy!


I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, the spike didn't look like it was on purpose.
Also don't forget that awesome call by the third base umpire. That would have been easy to screw up.

ish said...

8:37
8:07
4:37
8:07

Game times for ALCS

Amy said...

What did Scioscia say about the squeeze play? I was dealing with cats.

tim said...

scotia sounds much more casual/george w bush-like than i envisioned him. much more slack than pictured.

anyhoo laptop is gonna die soon (yup ish, MacBook battery lasted from my first comment until now!)

Gotta get to bed anyway - night all!

Bryon Harris said...

FUCK YEA!

Just got home from the bar. Last night watching the 'Hot corner was too frustrating'.

God I love how our team is always a perfect mix of vetern leadership and youngins steping up.

God I love this team!

Amy said...

OK, going to turn off the laptop and watch a bit more of the post game stuff.

Good night, all.

SoSock said...

HAHAHAHA
Eckersly on TBS talking about the home team winning all of the 1st 4 series between TB & Sox, then saying that "the Rays showed at the end of the season that they could go to Boston and win, and that will go a long way in this next series."
Idiot!
They won 2 road games, we won 1, big deal. Any announcer worth his salt would be jumping all over the fact that the Angels kicked our asses all season, then get knocked out like a BP pitch to Ortiz, so the regular season doesn't mean squat!

ish said...

Tom Werner: "Baseball is the greatest game in the world!"

ish said...

Huge props from ownership on Tito's managing in the 9th.


HAHAHAHA... Craig Sager got DRENCHED with beer and champagne while interviewing Justin Masterson on the field.

ish said...

Funny thing is I'm watching NESN, watching Kathryn Tappen interviewing Henry and Werner, and in the background Sager sticks.

Masterson: "I thought I saw a pinky and I didn't know it was a slider... Just glad nobody got hurt!"

ish said...

Sager sticks out like the sun does in the night. See him in the background interviewing masterson, then you see a bunch of beer getting spilled directly on him.

ish said...

Jon felt he could have gone another inning, but when Farrell asked him after the 7th if he thought he was done, Jon said "yes" even though he thought he could have gone another inning. But Farrell said "okay. You're done."

ish said...

Theo "We don't normally celebrate this hard for a Division Series, but we earned it!"

tim said...

DAT'S RITE!!!!!

ish said...

Timlin, on MDC: "He used to be a thrower. But now he's a pitcher. I'm proud of him."

SoSock said...

Sheesh, it's midnight and I haven't even had a shower yet.
Came home from practice and jumped right into the game.
Gotta go!
See ya Friday!

ish said...

Obie: "There is no better sight to see than Joe Castiglione, with a head set and a microphone, walking around like Dan Rather at the convention."

ish said...

I love the evolution of goggles. They go from regular eye goggles, to full on swim goggles... Now some are using ski goggles!

tim said...

LOL....TC, top notch analysis: "Looks like they've graduated to ski goggles from the swim goggles of 2007 - they learn these things as they go along"

Remy: "Well the champagne burns - it does burn"

tim said...

Who is the disabled man doing the Q+A with Tito? John something?

ish said...

Francona said he noticed Lester look like he knew he was done after 7. He said he could go back out there, but Francona didn't want to send him back out there when he felt Lester had flipped the switch. He didn't think he should have had him ramp it back up again.

Zenslinger said...

Next time I post...we'll be in the ALCS.

What the fuck did I say?

Yeeeeeeeeah! Bay/Lowrie got it done.

A good night indeed.

RSNV indeed.

ish said...

Theo, on the Rays: "We've got our hands full. They've gone from a feel good team, to a pretty dominant team, in a big hurry.

tim said...

heh LBJ..."we're so happy we dont have to go to anaheim again"

ish said...

FY wearing a Cinco Ocho shirt

tim said...

They keep replaying the same clip of papelbon opening the first bottle of champagne and saying "As you can see...Jonathan Papelbon ready to break open another bottle of champagne and continue the celebration"

ish said...

Haha Tim I thought that too. He dries off quick!

ish said...

Meanwhile, Schilling wants to take a play out of Fat Billy's playbook and play the second half of next season. Choose a team on May 1st, work his way back up and be back in the bigs June or July.

ish said...

WRKO finished their broadcast with a sound byte of Castig interviewing Einstein.

Einstein: "Let's go to Tampa! Let's hang out. The weather's great there!"

tim said...

Saw this in the big store on Yawkey...no love, no love at all

man.

hopefully that link works

s1c said...

As sweet of a win as it could possibly be. Yeah boy!!!

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