April 27, 2009

G19: Red Sox 3, Spiders 1

Red Sox - 000 000 003 - 3  8  0
Spiders - 000 000 001 - 1 4 1
11!
11 consecutive wins!
AH AH AH AH AH AH!


Wakefield (7-1-0-4-5, 112, 1.86 ERA) and Lee (8-5-0-0-5, 106) traded goose eggs for most of the game. And once Lee left the mound, the Red Sox pounced.

Facing Kerry Wood in the ninth, Dustin Pedroia walked and David Ortiz dropped a single into short center. Kevin Youkilis flew out to short right, bring up Jason Bay, who had hit the ball hard in his previous three trips, singling twice.

The pale Canadian took a strike before launching a three-run homer to deep left-center, a no-doubt blast that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. (On Wood's next pitch, Mike Lowell tripled -- yes, tripled -- as Grady Sizemore dove to catch his sinking liner, only to have it bounce over him and roll to deep center.)

Wakefield allowed only one hit -- a two-out single in the first inning to Victor Martinez. He walked and hit a batter with two outs in the fourth and walked two in the sixth, but worked out of trouble each time. In the sixth, he needed a running catch from Jacoby Ellsbury in right-center to preserve his shutout bid.

Manny Delcarmen pitched a quick and perfect eighth before turning the game over to Jonathan Papelbon. He allowed three singles to his first four batters -- and he appeared to receive a gift strike three call on the one batter he retired -- giving Cleveland one run and bringing the potential winning run to the plate. But Kelly Shoppach chased a slider in the dirt for the second out, and he got pinch-hitter Ben Francisco to pop to first to end the game.

It's the longest Red Sox winning streak since June 16-29, 2006, when the team won 12.

The Royals beat the Blue Jays 7-1, allowing the Red Sox to creep into first place for the first time this season.
Red Sox     13   6   .684   ---
Blue Jays 14 7 .667 ---
The Yankees lost to the Tigers 4-2, though CC Sabathia threw a complete game and lowered his ERA to 4.73. New York is 9-10, 4 GB.

***

Tim Wakefield (2.45, 208 ERA+) / Cliff Lee (5.25, 94 ERA+)

The F Train rolls on to Cleveland, where the Red Sox begin a three-game series against the Spiders (7-12). Having finished a three-game sweep of the Yankees and now riding a 10-game winning streak, Boston sends its ace to the hill tonight.

J.D. Drew is not in the lineup after a tight left quad forced him out of Sunday's game after seven innings. Gumball Bailey gets the nod in right field against lefty Lee. Julio Lugo will play in this series, but he's not starting tonight.

The Red Sox's bullpen has allowed just five runs over the past 41 innings. (1.10 ERA).

Lee is making his fifth start of the month. After a disastrous Opening Day outing, he has posted a 3.32 ERA in the three starts since, though he has allowed 32 baserunners in 19 innings. His season WHIP is 1.750.

Top hitters for Cleveland:
Victor Martinez     .397/.448/.654/1.102
Travis Hafner .293/.388/.586/ .974
Shin-Soo Choo .286/.418/.524/ .942
Asdrubal Cabrera .339/.456/.482/ .938

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redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jeff Bailey, RF
George Kottaras, C
Nick Green, SS

Grady Sizemore, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
Victor Martinez, 1B
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Ryan Garko, DH
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Mark DeRosa, 3B
Kelly Shoppach, C
Trevor Crowe, LF

redsock said...

One final note about Saturday's game:

The last game in which the Yankees led by at least 6 runs and lost the game by at least 5 runs?

June 9, 1956That's 53 years ago!

Kevin said...

"Nick Green, SS"

Hell yes.

redsock said...

clev feed -- boo

Benjamin said...

"'Just talked to him (Lugo) a little while ago and told him welcome back,' Francona said. 'He's not playing tonight. Lugie played two games and DH'd yesterday.'"

Lugie? WTF?

Welcome back, Lugo. There's your spot on the bench.

Benjamin said...

Francona isn't too fast to hock a loogie.

L-girl said...

Here's the only thing I dislike about living in Canada: no baseball highlight shows on TV. MLBTV isn't enough for me.

And we don't have NESN tonight, so no replays of LBJ stealing home, Tek GS, etc. Boo.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

L-girl said...

Lugie. Too funny.

redsock said...

nice hustle, manny.

Benjamin said...

NESN's shown the LBJ steal a couple times but hasn't replayed the Tek slam today.

Kevin said...

As much as I don't like Papi hitting below .220, I am slightly encouraged by the fact that he's leading the league in SFs.

Amy said...

Good news for me: last class of the semester tonight! Bad news for me: I miss most of tonight's game.

Maybe I will let the class out early since it IS the last class of the semester.... hmm, a tempting thought.

See you all later, unless this game ends before 9:30...

redsock said...

lotsa yooks!!!

L-girl said...

But I haven't seen either at all, except online, but that's choppy and small.

This has been a problem for me our entire time here. Of all the things I thought I'd miss when we moved, I never imagined the first would be Baseball Tonight.

Kevin said...

Solid start.

L-girl said...

We may have found NESN on another channel... thanks to me... (Waiting for my thank you)

redsock said...

NESN ___ YAY L!

redsock said...

thank dog - rick manning is a fucking moron.

L-girl said...

there it is :)

redsock said...

CLIFF LEE IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!

L-girl said...

close but no dong

L-girl said...

or doung, sorry bay

Benjamin said...

This does not portend well.

Kevin said...

Meh

redsock said...

This does not portend well.

Don't set L off.

L-girl said...

I'm not threading much tonight, so everyone can be as pessimistic as they like w/o interference from me.

One would think after the last few games, "bodes well" would not be a problem, but hey. I guess not everyone did the clip-and-save.

Kevin said...

Wake Ks the side?

Do my eyes deceive me?

Jere said...

You guys don't get MLBNetwork? Sorry if you've answered this before.

Jere said...

Don Fleming up

Jere said...

Heidi looking like Pitfall Harry. With female genitalia.

Jere said...

NESN, we don't need pitch zone on a pitch that was obviously out of the zone. What we needed there was the side view to see if he checked or not.

Kevin said...

About time we get someone on.

And that quick it's over.

Bleh

redsock said...

DET 1, MFY 0 - end 2

Jere said...

Hey it's Wake vs. Bake*.

*Cliff Lee = Sara Lee = baked goods = Bake.

Meunier said...

Wake has the on switch all the way up again tonight.

Kevin said...

OTT

Zenslinger said...

Looks to me (from GDGD) that Wake's able to throw strikes so far, so he'll do at least pretty well. Question is whether Lee has turned back into Super SP or not.

I was having a great weekend in Reno & Tahoe while enjoying the Yankee destruction.

Jere said...

Way to go opp. fie. Papi

Kevin said...

Papi!

L-girl said...

We wuz robbed. What's up with that Spiders fielding.

Jere said...

robbed. That's three long flies to right by right handed hitters, all caught. We will break through.

Edward Lee said...

Good run by Sizemore. Upon looking at the replay though, I'm not sure the dive was necessary.

Jere said...

another ball hit to the opposite-ish field

L-girl said...

bayingle

Pokerwolf said...

"In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the Indians have managed to win a few ball games, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar."

(It's an Indians game! I can't help it!)

Here's one of the headlines from MLB.com: "A-Rod, Wang progressing in rehab". I can't help chuckling.

Singule!

Kevin said...

Runs please?

Benjamin said...

bayingle

Loonie.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

Benjamin said...

Or no bleh.

Jere said...

INNING NOT OVER

redsock said...

wedgie out to discuss

Jere said...

Lowell: capitalize.

Pokerwolf said...

Dear Lowell,

FYI, your full name according to Yankees fans is "Mike Fucking Lowell". Live up to the monkier!

Love,

Sox Fans

Jere said...

this is like the Russian basketball team in '72

Benjamin said...

Wedge wants to get tossed.

Jere said...

that guy was so pissed but replays show it was foul and both umps called it foul. What's the problem, dicks?

Edward Lee said...

Come on Wedge, it shouldn't take this long to get tossed.

There ya go.

Edward Lee said...

STO had a crappy replay, but it looked fair.

Kevin said...

Ejection?

I'm on GDGD, what happened?

Benjamin said...

Oh well.

L-girl said...

Now a Dr Dong... oops. Would have been too perfect.

Pokerwolf said...

Bah!

Benjamin said...

Ejection?

I'm on GDGD, what happened?


Lowell fouls a ball into the dirt. Catcher traps it and Bucknor initially says foul tip strike three, but gets reversed. Everyone gets back onto the field. Wedge meekly argues.

Lowell hits a lazy grounder up the third base line. Foul ball, but it gets fielded. Everyone's upset. Wedge comes out to argue again and gets tossed.

Kevin said...

And we waste the inning.

Edward Lee said...

Lowell fouls a ball off, Shoppach attempts to catch it in the dirt, CB Bucknor calls it a foul tip for strike 3, Lowell appeals, 1B ump says it hit the dirt, Wedge comes out to complain.

Next pitch, Lowell hits a grounder that hugs the 3B line for an apparent forceout at third. 3B ump eventually calls it foul, Wedge comes out to get tossed.

Kevin said...

That explains it.

Pokerwolf said...

I really hope stranding those runners won't come back to haunt us in this game. The Yankees series was enough of a rollercoaster ride.

L-girl said...

Folks w/ only GDGD, I'm curious, why not get MLB Audio? $15 for the whole season. If MLB TV is not feasible (although the non-premium deal is pretty reasonable).

Jere said...

Note: Both umps called it foul right away.

L-girl said...

Oo, LOBplaining, good night for me to be half-out of the thread.

Benjamin said...

Wake's filthy thus far.

Pokerwolf said...

Tim-K!

Pokerwolf said...

Oo, LOBplaining, good night for me to be half-out of the thread.Sorry, L-Girl. I'm coming off a bad day. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much, eh?

redsock said...

these umps apparently do not know the rule that if a batter makes no effort to get out of the way of a pitch, the ump can choose to not award first. grrrr

Pokerwolf said...

Redsock: I'm with you. If you're dumb enough not to move, you should stay where you are.

Jere said...

Yanks got first two on, stranded them. 1-0 Det bottom 4.

redsock said...

don effs up the count, says 2-1 (like screen says) but it's 3-1, next pitch is a walk - see?

Benjamin said...

How about we not do this.

L-girl said...

Pokerwolf, you're welcome to complain as much as you need to. I just don't get it. The team's doing great.

In general the angst over LOB is a bit lost on me - unless it's an extreme situation, like bases loaded w/ no outs.

There are tons of LOBs in baseball - there have to be. If your team hits well, there are going to be more men on base than scoring. But a lot of ppl act like it's a unusual or terrible - or like the Red Sox have so many more LOB than other teams.

So I don't get it. And sometimes I have to push back. :)

Jere said...

Tribe about to waste this opportunity.

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

L-girl said...

Gummy Jeff

Kevin said...

Score runs.

L-girl said...

Oops, should have been Gummi

Pokerwolf said...

So I don't get it. And sometimes I have to push back. :)Valid point. This is one of the first games I can follow this year, so I'm a bit rusty. =)

Memo to Sawx: Runs, please!

Benjamin said...

Nice.

Pokerwolf said...

Bingle!

Kevin said...

Chewy single.

Jere said...

George wants to make up for this catching woes last frame.

Jere said...

strike oot

L-girl said...

Oh no Pokerwolf, you missed some great games. Of course there are plenty more ahead. Like most of them.

redsock said...

berroa?

L-girl said...

Nice! Thanks Spideys

Jere said...

lotta bad hops on left sides of infields lately

Meunier said...

Error trifecta anyone?

Kevin said...

I'll take that.

andy said...

These announcers aren't bad are they? I don't think they are, we think are kinda impartial. They aren't overtly being fans.

And if Wake does good this year I really hope he retires on that note. I really am excited to see him do good. I am learning to respect the knuckle more. I have seen him in person twice now and I had fun.

Pokerwolf said...

lotta bad hops on left sides of infields latelyThey just want to make the game interesting. Yeah, that's it...

Jere said...

Wake can't leave till 193!

L-girl said...

Yay, thanks for the replay NESN!

Benjamin said...

Laura: they just replayed Ellsbury's steal.

Bleh on the DP.

Benjamin said...

Oh right, you're watching NESN now.

L-girl said...

Oh crap as I soon as I post that, we GIDP

L-girl said...

Thanks Benjamin :)

Benjamin said...

Still 1-0 Detroit in the bottom of the fifth.

redsock said...

1-9-3
1-9-3
1-9-3

Kevin said...

Lyndon being Drew.

Pokerwolf said...

I'm watching on Gameday and as soon as I saw "In play, out(s)" I said, "Please not a double play ball."

ARGH!

redsock said...

easy

Jere said...

nice d. catch by JE

L-girl said...

Love that boy!



(in case you didn't know)

andy said...

LBJ is going for ROY in the wrong Y.

Kevin said...

OTT

Jere said...

Wake outpitching Sabathia Bloodia Sabathia so far tonight.

redsock said...

ALMOST, derek -- nice "dive"

Pokerwolf said...

Come on, Papi. You're due.

Pokerwolf said...

Or not. Crap.

Jere said...

And Remy accuses him of not hustling and Red Sox Nation has officially had enough of his antics and he's promptly traded--oh wait.

Pokerwolf said...

Since Youk is hitting so well, does his moustache get some credit?

redsock said...

det still 1-0
balt winning
nyy could fall into 4th

Grant Salzano said...

I like how our backup catcher is actually hitting at a lower average than our starter. Qataris is actually hitting... what... .195?

Pokerwolf said...

Gameday has him at .167, Grant.

Jere said...

2-0 Tigers

L-girl said...

Qataris sounds like a new car

Jere said...

make that 4-0 Detroit on a 2-run dong!

redsock said...

pitch count .... rising

Kevin said...

DET 4, MFY 0

redsock said...

same up and in strike that got derosa in the 2nd

Benjamin said...

4-0 Detroit.

Benjamin said...

Awful lot of pitches this inning.

Pokerwolf said...

Is the ump's strikezone moving around as much as Gameday says it is or is he being relatively consistent?

Kevin said...

Wake losing the strike zone...

Benjamin said...

LBJ!

redsock said...

L8

L; yay

mdc was up

Jere said...

Ells tracks it down and doesn't need the fake dive.

Benjamin said...

Is the ump's strikezone moving around as much as Gameday says it is or is he being relatively consistent?

Bucknor's awful.

Grant Salzano said...

J. Kobe on his HORSE

Kevin said...

Nice

Score runs

Benjamin said...

Normalized strikezone.

redsock said...

6 inn in 1:40

too dam long (/mathews)

Benjamin said...

Loonie.

Joe Grav said...

Just reinforcing my support of Qataris as a nickname.

L-girl said...

jasoningle

Benjamin said...

Lowell's so slow.

redsock said...

Slowell

Kevin said...

Bleh

Jere said...

sti dwon

redsock said...

wihff

Meunier said...

Enough with the passed balls..

Jere said...

I bet George will get a new mask. So he can see stuff below him.

meuniermr said...

Hafner PH for Crowe

L-girl said...

Who's on the all-bird team with Trevor Crower?

Besides the late Mark Fidrych.

L-girl said...

Did I just mis-type Crowe? Yes.

L-girl said...

Doug Byrd
Goose Gossage

Jere said...

"The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw."

Jere said...

Goose Goslin

every Oriole, Cardinal, and Blue Jay:)

Jere said...

Craig Swan

redsock said...

Robin Roberts

L-girl said...

no go on whole teams! :)

Jere said...

Ducky Medwick, Ducky Schofield.

L-girl said...

Jose Cardinale

Kevin said...

Alright, let's score some runs.

I don't want to see Wake pitch this good of a game and not get a win.

Jere said...

I actually have personalized autographs of both Roberts and Swan.

Jere said...

Birdie Tebbets

L-girl said...

There must be somebody named Finch. Benjamin will tell us.

Jere said...

Emu Philips?

Amy said...

Just getting out of class and going to drive home. BUT am I seeing correctly? A one-hitter from Wake so far?? WHOA!

See you all in a bit, assuming the game is still going when I get home.

L-girl said...

I don't care about Wake's W but I'd sure like one for us.

Just FYI, I called a 1-0 win on an Ortiz dong.

Jere said...

Syd Finch doesn't count!

L-girl said...

Emu, good one

tim said...

G'day JoSers! Just announcing my arrival, beer in hand. Just got home from 11 hours of tax returns and ready to watch us tear apart this Spider 'pen. Time to catch up on the threads!

redsock said...

Ostrich McHummingbird

(Played in the Federal League)

Benjamin said...

Joel Finch.

Kevin said...

Disappointing inning.

Benjamin said...

Sorry, I was too busy playing with this. Go there and type the Konami code (up up down down left right left right b a) and mash some buttons.

redsock said...

7-1-0-4-5

WAKE = ACE

L-girl said...

"Joel Finch"

Thanky

Kevin said...

Tavarez pitching in the Nats game, trying to hold a one run lead with runners on and no outs.

I can see where this is going...

tim said...

Oh look, the drum assholes. How I don't miss you.

Benjamin said...

MDC pretty sharp so far.

Jere said...

Tigers get Tex to fly out to the wall with two on in a 4-0 game in the eighth.

Jere said...

Yanks second time tonight getting first two on and stranding them. 4-0 DET after 7.5.

Benjamin said...

Runs please.

Jere said...

Oh, from before, someone mentioned Youk's mustache--that thing never made it, he's just got a regular goatee.

Kevin said...

MDC continues to impress.

tim said...

Whatever happened to the dush from the end of last game thread? lol.

Jere said...

Come on, win this pitcher's duel by like 6 runs.

tim said...

Walkoia.

Benjamin said...

Pedroia runs faster to first on the walk than Lowell on a ball in play.

tim said...

Kerry wood??? wtf? must've been in some sort of a coma. I thought he was a starter for the Cubs. lol

tim said...

woooooooooooo

Benjamin said...

BABIPapi

L-girl said...

OK, my prediction's not coming true (not in 9, anyway), but it looks good.

Jere said...

Looks like the Yanks will get a 99-pitch complete game out of their ace--and lose by 4. If Detroit can get 3 outs.

redsock said...

repeat of the game we saw in montreal - 0-0 for 21 innings?

Kevin said...

Consecutive hits!

tim said...

I want to get hot off a sweaty dong right about now.

Kevin said...

Well, consecutive baserunners.

My Bad

L-girl said...

Tim, the dush commented a few more times. He says he wants to hang out here, but I don't see it happening.

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