April 26, 2009

G18: Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

Yankees - 001 000 000 - 1  7  2
Red Sox - 001 030 00x - 4 7 1
SWEEP!
The three-game sweep of the Yankees capped a 9-0 homestand -- and extended the Sox's winning streak to 10 games!

This game turned over the course of five pitches (with an intentional walk thrown into the mix) in the fifth inning. Boston had runners at first and second with two outs when David Ortiz doubled to the wall in left. Nick Green scored -- giving Boston a 2-1 lead -- and Jacoby Ellsbury went to third. Pettitte walked Kevin Youkilis intentionally to load the bases for J.D. Drew, who had struck out in his previous two at-bats.

Drew swung through the first pitch. Then, while Pettitte was getting ready to deliver, Ellsbury took off -- and stole home*!!! He was trying to run so fast, he stumbled at the very end and sort of fell/slid head first across the plate, but was in safely ahead of Jorge Posada's tag.

[* It was the first Red Sox steal of home since Jose Offerman on August 30, 1999, though that was part of a double steal. The last straight steal of home was by Billy Hatcher on April 22, 1994.]

Drew looked at another ball, then stroked a double to right, bringing in Ortiz. The Sox led 4-1 and the bullpen -- Hunter Jones, Michael Bowden and Takashi Saito -- shut the door.

Masterson was excellent: 5.1-6-1-1-4, 99.

***

Andy Pettitte (2.53, 193 ERA+) / Justin Masterson (3.18, 163 ERA+)

The last two games -- both played in 4:21 -- have not only been amazing Red Sox comebacks, they have also been crushing losses for the Yankees! Wonderful on every level.

The Red Sox's current nine-game winning streak is the best April stretch in team history. A win tonight would complete a perfect 9-0 homestand! It would also, providing Toronto loses to Chicago (2 PM), put us in first place.

Mike Bauman, MLB.com:
If the Red Sox continue to win games the way they won the past two, this season is eventually going to remind a lot of people of 2004 and '07.

Yes, it is extremely early for major pronouncements, but there is never an inappropriate time to turn seemingly certain defeat into extremely uplifting victory. And extremely early is a terrific time to prove to everybody that you are completely capable of this kind of transformation. ...

There is no need to exaggerate the importance of what the Red Sox were able to accomplish in their first two meetings with the Yankees this season. They performed the way that winning teams -- postseason teams -- perform: with resilience, persistence and determination.
Bryan Hoch, MLB.com:
The tight quarters of the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park have taken on a funereal pall after the first two games of the weekend, with Yankees players shuffling about silently and preparing to make their exit ... out the dank concrete corridors of the ancient ballpark.
Current Red Sox hitters have done extremely well against Horseface: .365/.425/.557/.982. Yankee hitters are 9-for-18 against Masterson, though no one has more than five plate appearances.

Masterson:
I feel more assured of myself and who I am, and I feel like I'm understanding my mechanics, like, what makes me good. I think I'm understanding that better. I'm not overthinking.
Gil Velazquez was told he'll likely be optioned to Pawtucket tonight, meaning Julio Lugo will rejoin the team in Cleveland. ... Record of the rivalry at Fenway: 446-446, with four ties.

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accudart said...

wow is the perfect word for yesterday. Almost as good as YES!!!

Pepe Lepew said...

This is my favourite stat of the young season:
Sabathia ERA: 4.81
Burnett ERA: 5.47
Yankees team ERA: 6.41 (bwahahaha)
Granted, I don't expect that to last all year, but that $243 million is paying off so far!

nixon33 said...

http://totallylookslike.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/edwar-ramirez.jpg

redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Nick Green, SS

andy said...

Lineup is following the if it aint broke rule.

redsock said...

Brett Gardner, CF
Derek Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Hideki Matsui, DH
Melky Cabrera, RF
Angel Berroa, 3B

MDC, Ram-Ram and Bot are unavailable tonight. So Michael Bowden is up from Pawtucket (replacing Gil Velazquez). It'll be a one day stay, as Lugo returns tomorrow.

redsock said...

It's time to destroy these fucksticks. Deee. Fuckin'. Stroy. Make them understand the last two days were actually a paradise compared to the beating that awaits them at 8:10.

nixon33 said...

WE WONT NEED THE FUCKING BULLPEN TONIGHT, RIGHT? RIGHT???!?!?!!?!

redsock said...

If Donkey can go 6, all will be well. Some or all of Saito, Jeemer, Lopez, Jones and Bowden will do the rest.

redsock said...

Jays 4, Pale Hose 3.
Damn. No 1st for us today.

redsock said...

WTF?

There is a national blackout for this game on MLBTV?

When the fuck did this shit start?

vrictare said...

Redsock--ESPN has the national rights.

redsock said...

But I have seen Sunday games at work before, like last season.

vrictare said...

Just this game so far.

Iridescence said...

Feeling hopeful of the sweep tonight. I love Masterson, wish they'd leave him in the rotation instead of Penny when DIce-K gets back. Maybe they will if he does well tonight.

Go Sox! Kick those MFY hard when they're down!

Iridescence said...
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redsock said...

**Just this game so far.**

Well, ain't that fuckin' grand.

L-girl said...

ESPN has always had the national rights to the Sunday night game, but MLBTV had the right to show it anyway.

That's pretty shitty, since not everyone has access to ESPN.

When did Masterson become the donkey and why? Geez, miss a gamethread around here and you're lost. ;)

vrictare said...

Hey, I've only been able to watch one Sox game thus far, so I'm worse off. xD

redsock said...

Some other pitcher referred to Masterson as The Big Donkey or something like that last year, so we picked it up.

Not in the glossary and now I can find no evidence of that nickname anywhere. I asked about it in spring training, but no one knew anything.

redsock said...

I have used the word "donkey" exactly once at JoS -- and it was a 2004 political post.

I don't think comments get searched, so maybe it lurks in there.

redsock said...

No donkey mentioned in any of the threads for games in which Masterson pitched last September.

L-girl said...

"No donkey mentioned in any of the threads for games in which Masterson pitched last September."

It seems to have come out of the blue this year. But maybe that's b/c I don't follow spring training.

L-girl said...

The MLB audio/video page lists MLBTV Regular has the game but MLB Premium does not.

I'm tuning in to radio, as always at work. I have to leave at 10. I hope it's a blowout!

redsock said...

It's there now! Whew!!!

Edward Lee said...

On the ESPN intro, they're showing clips of the first two games, set to Green Day's "Welcome To Paradise".

Irony fail.

Kevin said...

Let's make these jackasses wish that Wang was starting this game.

Pepe Lepew said...

Let's put their team ERA over 7!

Amy said...

I was wondering about the donkey nickname also. Perhaps he is a Democrat?

My eyes are already closing tonight, so I may spare my eyes the double challenge of the TV and the computer. I will see how it goes.

I have the broom ready....

Benjamin said...

Nothing about calling him a "mule" either.

Amy said...

I have not missed Jon Miller or Joe Morgan.

L-girl said...

That's 1!

L-girl said...

"My eyes are already closing tonight, so I may spare my eyes the double challenge of the TV and the computer"

I will be doing that a lot this year. I need whole games w/o threading. I'll miss the thread, but I have to get away from the computer at night.

L-girl said...

There's a joke in there somewhere with mule and Phil Coke...

Benjamin said...

That's how you range to your left, Jeter.

L-girl said...

I remember pissing off people in threads last year by counting down outs. :)

L-girl said...

OTT!

Benjamin said...

Sit.

redsock said...

I like the cut of this kid's jib.

Amy said...

Games without threads feel empty now that I have grown used to everyone's company. But these eyes are tired.

OTT. Good start.

Kevin said...

OTT

Benjamin said...

Pettitte is no longer throwing a no-hitter.

Kevin said...

Lyndon!

Amy said...

And a good start on the offense!

Edward Lee said...

Hmm...why don'tcha give me "Ape Tit" for $200.

meuniermr said...

Lyndon is heating up..

redsock said...

that espn graphic on fy will please jere

SoSock said...

Nice. I sat down after spending a fantastic grand-kid kinda day, and then getting the front yard mowed, flipped on the tube literally as Tek was firing the last warm-up down to 2nd.
And A GREAT 1st half inning!

redsock said...

i want some of what this ump is smokin.

Kevin said...

Fuck.

Amy said...

ARGGHHH

redsock said...

rats

SoSock said...

That's OK.
I always tell my little guys - if you're already hitting the ball that hard, good things ARE going to happen.

redsock said...

no one left on base

that's got to make some of you happy!!!

nixon33 said...

HAHA no LOB, good one RS

L-girl said...

"no one left on base

that's got to make some of you happy!!!"

Right! People go nuts over LOB, they go nuts over DPs... which is it, people?!

JOKE

Benjamin said...

Why does Fox use the behind-the-plate cam for the first pitch of every half inning?

L-girl said...

"Lyndon is heating up.."

Is it hot in here or is it me?

L-girl said...

Fox?

redsock said...

swisher fans on strike 4.

Kevin said...

Sit

SoSock said...

All right - gotta make a quick road trip. Take the World's Greatest Granddaughter back to her momma's.
Back in about an inning or so - hopefully to a lead!

L-girl said...

"Games without threads feel empty now that I have grown used to everyone's company."

I know. Me too. But some days I am typing for 7 or 8 hours.

Cano a statue at the plate? Castig is ragging on him.

redsock said...

I don't think L is joking.

L-girl said...

ACK! Castig just said the ultimate swear word on radio. G___ L___

L-girl said...

I was joking!

If people start bitching, I may stop joking then. But now, joking.

L-girl said...

OTT!

redsock said...

Masty is Nasty.

Just toyin' with 'em.

Amy said...

Another nice inning. Maybe this game won't last over four hours?

redsock said...

1st: 3 BF, 14 PIT, 1 K
2nd: 3 BF, 14 PIT, 1 K

keep it going'...

nixon33 said...

G____ L_____?

nixon33 said...

ESPN SUCKS

nixon33 said...

This Masterson kid, I love him.

L-girl said...

Nix, do you need to buy a vowel?

G___y L___e

Amy said...

You know that feeling when your head keeps snapping back and you realize you feel asleep for a second?

Very disconcerting. Especially during a Red Sox/Yankee game.

redsock said...

now there's a statue.

nixon33 said...

Steve Phillips Commentary = Magic Johnson Basketball Commentary.


"You see, you wanna get more points than the other team, whoever has the most at the end of the game wins. You wanna get more points than the other team."

Amy said...

I missed the G L comment. That's fine with me.

Edward Lee said...

Ok, that was quite possibly the lamest at bat ever by Drew.

L-girl said...

Amy, sounds like you should like down, close your eyes, listen to the game and drift off to sleep.

You'll wake up in the 5th inning and we'll be ahead 8-0.

nixon33 said...

L, I'm dumb.

L-girl said...

"You see, you wanna get more points than the other team, whoever has the most at the end of the game wins. You wanna get more points than the other team."

The man's a genius.

Benjamin said...

Fox?

Eh, these shitty national feeds are hard to keep separate.

L-girl said...

Canuckingle!

Edward Lee said...

Finally, the BABIP gods decide to throw us a bone.

L-girl said...

Nix, no you're not, but I can't bring myself to type it out. It's someone's name.

Amy said...

Probably true, Laura. But if I fall asleep now, I will be up at 3.

Nix, think 2003.

Kevin said...

We really need to get Drew into a lower spot in the lineup.

nixon33 said...

Got it. Fuck That Guy!

redsock said...

and bay higher.

don't eff it up, cap'n.

Benjamin said...

Canuckingle!

Single-payer health care?

L-girl said...

"Canuckingle!

Single-payer health care?"

:D

Amy said...

Love watching that replay of Tek's GS!

redsock said...

millared it...

Benjamin said...

Meh.

redsock said...

truped by the camera

Amy said...

Oh, well.

Kevin said...

Meh

Meunier said...

Is Horseface loading up the ball? That last shot of him, he had the top of his glove tight over his mouth.

Amy said...

Kevin and Benjamin on same page.

Amy said...

Hasn't Petitte always done that with the glove?

redsock said...

wtf bay -- stepping back? come in and catch the fucker

Benjamin said...

More meh.

Amy said...

That was not pretty.

Kevin said...

Crap

L-girl said...

Petitte - yes

Horseface? Toucan Sam I get, but horseface I don't.

I find it difficult to get any hate on for Petitte.

Benjamin said...

Free outs are good.

Kevin said...

K or pop-up please

Amy said...

I actually think Petitte is nice looking. I like the strong features.

L-girl said...

I think he's nice looking too, I always have.

L-girl said...

Perfect. Letting NYY score first seems to be working so far.

Kevin said...

Grr

redsock said...

bunting like it's the 8th in a pitcher's duel. trying to squeak out a run. hey girardi, the sox can hit, 1 run ain't gonna do shit.

Kevin said...

Dammit

Not a fan of this inning.

Benjamin said...

Lowell not having a good game in the field.

Amy said...

Done.

Kevin said...

Alright

Score runs

9casey said...

Amy said...
I actually think Petitte is nice looking. I like the strong features.



Thats wahat a nice round of HGH can get ya.

Amy said...

Going to go off the computer for a while, at least.

Will come back later if the eyes allow it.

I am sure the Sox will be ahead when I do, or even if I don't!

Benjamin said...

Looks like E5s are contagious.

redsock said...

I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE!

Edward Lee said...

Must be gophers in the infield.

Kevin said...

That works.

Meunier said...

Bad infield dirt at 3rd tonight.

vrictare said...

Who tried to take out Jeet.

redsock said...

GREEN

L-girl said...

Does Petitte still have a move? Or does everyone know it now?

vrictare said...

Redsock--was that in response to me?

I just call Green who. Sorry.

redsock said...

yeah, nick green

Kevin said...

Lyndon!

redsock said...

there's a taco.

meuniermr said...

Taco Time!

L-girl said...

LBJ is under his skin

redsock said...

rattlin' tucan

redsock said...

gold glove!

L-girl said...

Whoo-hoo!

Kevin said...

Haha

Pepe Lepew said...

Gold glover!

Benjamin said...

Hahah

L-girl said...

Papi breakout time? Please?

redsock said...

time for tiz to beat a dead horse(face)

Benjamin said...

Tied ballgame.

Edward Lee said...

That'll do, pig. That'll do.

Kevin said...

Pettitte is no longer pitching a shutout

L-girl said...

castig: "credit the legs of ellsbury"

we do we do!

L-girl said...

fuck no

Benjamin said...

Fuck.

redsock said...

why dustin why

Edward Lee said...

Pedroia is apparently still trying to prove that he's faster than Kevin Youkilis.

Kevin said...

FY: you are not Lyndon. Don't try to steal on lefties.

Amy said...

Good news is Youk leads off?

redsock said...

that was kinda close at 2b -- teix bad throw to jetes's right.

nixon33 said...

I;m limited to between innings threading. WTF PEDEY?
Off to eat my falafel

redsock said...

skimming the sosh thread - espn sounds positively brutal.

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

3-0 to a K

fu, swish

Kevin said...

Meh

Jake of All Trades said...

ESPN is the usual. Spent several minutes arguing over who's fault it was that Pedroia reached.

Benjamin said...

Phew.

redsock said...

let's compare 138 games with 24

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

redsock said...

chokers strand a pair - for the 2nd straight inning

Kevin said...

That helps the pitch count.

Alright, more runs please.

L-girl said...

"let's compare 138 games with 24"

translation?

redsock said...

65 thru 4

redsock said...

how nyy did with slappy last year and how they did without him.

L-girl said...

got it. dumb. typical.

tim said...

I thought Joe Morgan got fired? wtf?

vrictare said...

Goddammit, Drew.

Kevin said...

Drew thoroughly disappointing tonight.

L-girl said...

So far.

Kevin said...

Jason, thank you for not letting him K the side.

Kevin said...

Impressive.

redsock said...

SuB

Kevin said...

Bleh

Pepe Lepew said...

You gotta swing!

Jake of All Trades said...

Video stream on espn360.com has excellent picture quality but a full batter behind.

vrictare said...

From Fanhouse's article on Phil Hughes:

"Hughesie's been throwing the ball really well," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm excited about the reports on his starts.

Stealing Tito's nickname pattern...shame on you, Joe.

Benjamin said...

GDGD doesn't have pitchfx data today, so no double checking Cederstrom's strike zone.

L-girl said...

"Stealing Tito's nickname pattern...shame on you, Joe."

He inherited it Torre, who did that for his entire time w/ the Yankees.

L-girl said...

^from^ Torre

Jake of All Trades said...

Farrell interviewed on ESPN and says Saito will close tonight if save situation.

Benjamin said...

That press photo of Teixeira ESPN's using looks like it's from his bar mitzvah.

L-girl said...

It's so funny how they don't update those pictures.

redsock said...

who knew jeter could still pull the ball?

meuniermr said...

How many K's for Masterson?

L-girl said...

After trades, it looks they photoshop in the new cap.

Benjamin said...

How many K's for Masterson?

4

L-girl said...

Whew!

Kevin said...

WTP

Jake of All Trades said...

4 Ks for Justin

redsock said...

that's 45 rows deep at the new toilet, right?

L-girl said...

I have to get ready and leave work. If this game goes into extras, I'll see some of it when I get home.

nixon33 said...

FUCK YOU TEXASSHOLE

Benjamin said...

"Morgan: If I were a fan at Fenway and had the means...."

Shithead.

Benjamin said...

Oh yes, please discuss sacrifices here. It's the way to sound intelligent.

Benjamin said...

Oh fucking shut up already.

Benjamin said...

Morgan claims credit for the K, of course.

redsock said...

sox have not hit a fair ball since ortiz's sac fly.

Kevin said...

Big opportunity, don't waste it.

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