April 30, 2009

G22: Rays 13, Red Sox 0

Red Sox - 000 000 000 -  0  1  0
Rays - 004 211 05x - 13 18 0
It's been an interesting two days for rookie Jonathan Van Every.

While he might have imagined himself making a couple of crucial catches late in the game and driving in a couple of runs, including an extra-inning home run for the win -- his contribution to Wednesday's victory in Cleveland -- the rest of his fantasy probably did not involve coming in from right field the very next night to pitch to four batters in the eighth inning of a blowout.

Unwilling to waste another arm in what was then a 12-0 game, Terry Francona banished Javier Lopez (.1-4-5-1-0) to right field and called JVE to the mound six batters into the eighth inning. Jason Bartlett fouled out to third, but Michel Hernandez doubled to right center -- forcing a humiliated Lopez to chase the ball to the wall. JVE walked B.J. Upton before getting pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist to foul out to first.

Garza retired the first 18 Boston batters before an infield single from Jacoby Ellsbury ended his dreams of perfection in the seventh. LBJ, however, was quickly erased on a double play. Garza (7.2-1-0-1-10, 108) then walked David Ortiz before getting Kevin Youkilis to ground out. Boston's third and final baserunner was Julio Lugo, who was walked by Grant Balfour in the top of the ninth.

Lopez's six-batter appearance -- in what was initially an 8-0 blowout -- was amazingly bad. Can you spot the pattern?

Crawford: falls behind 3-0, groundout 4-3 on full count
Longoria: single to center on 1-2 pitch
Pena: falls behind 2-0, single to right
Burrell: falls behind 3-0, walk on 3-1 pitch
Gross: falls behind 2-0, double on 2-1 pitch
Iwamura: falls behind 2-0, double to right-center

14 balls and 11 strikes (and 4 of those strikes were 2 singles and 2 doubles).

He's worthless. Cut. The. Cord.

Now.

***

Josh Beckett (6.00, 84 ERA+) / Matt Garza (4.97, 97 ERA+)

First of four at the Trop against the last-place Rays (8-14).

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session of 47 pitches yesterday afternoon after long tossing from about 200 feet. Dice is expected to throw another bullpen on Saturday and then be sent out on a multi-start rehab assignment.

Terry Francona, on John Smoltz's progress:
I would say it's about a week of just kind of slowing down a little bit. I guess we had probably thought all along that this was a possibility. ... He's been grinding pretty hard, going pretty hard. ... There's nothing that came up that's crazy. We just thought this was the best thing to do.
Manny Delcarmen has been dealing with a tight left hip flexor for the last week. ... Mike Lowell has a 13-game hitting streak. ... Alex Rodriguez, aka Bitch Tits.

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Jere said...

that's true, re no nos--for us now, there's nothin' to lose. No --- HAHAHA! Yes!!!!

L-girl said...

THANK YOU LBJ!!!!!!!!

that's my boy!

andy said...

Ha bitch. Go sit down fucker.

Kevin said...

THANK YOU

Ish said...

Now a comeback?

Jere said...

I wish the hit had been a little cheaper though, so he'd feel even worse.

Kevin said...

Now let's bat around this inning.

andy said...

I didn't realize it was also a perfect game.

Ish said...

Love to see LBJ do a little running.

Jere said...

dp is big on dps now. But he seemed awfully safe there

Kevin said...

That's not how you score runs.

L-girl said...

Jogging back to the dugout is probably not what you meant.

Jere said...

it's unfathomable you could miss a call like that if you're a pro ump.

He must've had a bet on facing the minimum.

redsock said...

replay- clearly beat it out

Ish said...

Complete bullshit call.

andy said...

"I am more surprised when Matt Garza doesn't throw a game like this."

One of the announcers.

redsock said...

so that guy walks around surprised all the time.

andy said...

Is this catcher's name really Michelle?

andy said...

No he just had a face lift.

L-girl said...

I gotta get out of the thread, but I'm still here. No hockey, no basketball, no Lost. Just Sox.

And Allan and a glass of wine, of course.

andy said...

It is just amazing to these announcers how good Garza is. You'd think he never had a bad game ever.

Ish said...

Have a good one, L!

Jere said...

Yanks still tied, bottom 8

andy said...

I am not too excited about Bailey.

Jere said...

Yanks quickly make it 7-4, now three outs away from win

Jere said...

5 in the 8th, 5 in the 9th

redsock said...

nesn graphic on garza:

75 pitches
107 strikes

Jere said...

Mo gives up a leadoff single, then gets his usual bullshit shitty ass fake third strike called on the next guy.

redsock said...

now THIS is lopez time

Kevin said...

White Flag 2.0 in to save the decent relievers.

Jere said...

NY wins. 7-4

redsock said...

burrell loves the ac-dc batting music.

Benjamin said...

At least it wasn't a perfect game / no hitter.

Jere said...

Playoff assassin Acta goes with Tavarez in a tie on the road in the 9th--he fails....

redsock said...

L F' B L

redsock said...

tito better leave this asshole in for the entire inning - 10 pitches or 120 pitches

Ish said...

Bring in Bot!

redsock said...

maybe tek can pitch

Benjamin said...

Van Every to pitch, eh.

redsock said...

JVE pitcvhing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jere said...

Why do they put big fluffy padded theater seats in the front row? Is "front row" not enough of an attraction? Why not put the nice chairs in the nosebleeds, that way, everybody wins.

Just a thought for a 12-0 game.

redsock said...

LOPEZ to RF???

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

The Swisher Syndrome

Jere said...

we want swisher

Jere said...

what a motion

Jere said...

Lopez must feel like an ass

Benjamin said...

Can't we DFA Lopez instead of JVEing him?

Jere said...

ERA 0.00

Kevin said...

What just happened?

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Can't Pitch, can't catch. Poor Lopez

Jere said...

And Lopez robs him of a HR! And as I write that, he actually did have a chance to make a play.....

Kevin said...

VE is pitching?

Benjamin said...

What just happened?

Lopez got one out and gave up 4 runs, so Francona put him in RF and brought JVE in from RF to pitch.

Joe Grav said...

Tito isn't serious is he?`

Jere said...

In that other game---Tavarez ended up giving up 5 runs.

Jere said...

I can't believe we pulled the goalie.

Jere said...

waste a pitch here:)

SoSock said...

Ouch.
I think I'll go back to the LL field.
I've a feeling the baseball may be better there tonight :(

Kevin said...

"Lopez got one out and gave up 4 runs, so Francona put him in RF and brought JVE in from RF to pitch."

I like the sound of that.

After the game, release Lopez, since we have Jones as a lefty, and call up Bard.

tjd said...

I never thought anything would make me feel sorry for Lopez, but this comes close.

Benjamin said...

Better job than Lopez did.

Jere said...

woohoo! JVE is Superman!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Can we clone Van Every and have him play every position?

efd said...

Not the ideal time for my first comment of the season, I realize, but I just put the game on a few minutes ago and saw what was happening. WTF?

And, hi everyone! Long time no see.

redsock said...

interesting two days for jve.

redsock said...

lopez up 5th in the 9th!

andy said...

Tell you the truth in batting practice Lopez is one of the better outfielders.

andy said...

ok 14 runs here baby

redsock said...

hey evan

SoSock said...

Can we clone Van Every and have him play every position?

Hey now, we do allright at 1st, 2nd, and CF.

andy said...

Tito says Lopez you suck at pitching let's see you in the lineup. Thing is tito thinks lopez is too cute to cut.

heng brothers said...

I know the game is down the toilet already, but I think I'm done watching games until the front office DFAs Javy.

Jere said...

no we haven't been shutout, but we also haven't scored exactly 1 run in a game either

efd said...

Hi Allen... I'm hoping this game (or at least the end of it) is the beginning of me being able to work JoS back into my routine.

Jere said...

"I'm done watching games until the front office DFAs Javy."

Yeah, these one-game losing streaks are just unacceptable....

andy said...

http://www.watoday.com.au/world/five-killed-in-attack-on-dutch-royal-family-20090501-apam.html

check out the picture in this url. Sorry too lazy for html typing one handed.

heng brothers said...

I know, right, Jere. Un...acceptable.

This has nothing to do with losing the game and everything to do with the fact that Javier Lopez has not been an effective option for getting outs and therefore, should not be an option in the bullpen (even in eight run games).

Jere said...

I think DP said something to that ump who screwed him before as he ran by cuz the guy looked over at him

redsock said...

too bad lopez didn't end the game at the plate. complete humiliation: mound, field, plate.

Benjamin said...

GDGD lists JVE as Van Every, J, RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF-P-RF

redsock said...

i'd like to see pedroia pitch to a batter or two.

efd said...

*belated correction (with apologies): All*a*n. Sheeesh...

Kevin said...

Last Red Sox position player to pitch in a game: David McCarthy, 10-3-2004.

Kevin said...

*McCarty

Jere said...

Martinez had his story right: He pitched the 8th, with Gantner before him, and Bando (for 3 innings!) before that.

SoSock said...

Man.
I was serious a minute ago. We had a HS game at our complex tonight. Between the 2 teams, there were about a dozen kids I'd coached before, about half of them starters, so I stuck around and watched.
It was a VERY good game. Much more than I can say about this one. I'm absolutely embarrassed that we got to the same point the Skankees did last week and used a position player to pitch.
Oy Vay!

Kevin said...

Van Every manages to throw as many strikes as Lopez while throwing 8 fewer pitches.

Van Every: 17 pitches, 11 strikes
Lopez: 25 pitches, 11 strikes

SoSock said...

Van Every manages to throw as many strikes as Lopez while throwing 8 fewer pitches.
That is SO sad.

charlie pioli said...

Timlin was worse. He made me cringe every time he left the bullpen to pitch.

9casey said...

When someone sees Josh Beckett can they please let me know........'Cause right now he is lost....

It is pretty sad when you look ahead for Wakefield to be your stopper....

And I mean no disrespect to Wake...Beckett and Lester just need to wake up...

tim said...

WHAT! WOW!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Fuckin' tax season is DONE. WHOO! But man, I was following this pitiful spectacle online at work to see when the perfect game would get broken up, then to watch and see how bad Javy could get.

I was wondering why the Yahoo site crashed after the Iwamura double...now I know, and that's freakin' hilarious!

L-girl said...

"Timlin was worse."

That is usually true! About anybody.

L-girl said...

"but I think I'm done watching games until the front office DFAs Javy."

The voice of the true fan. 'Nt.

redsock said...

Stitch01, SoSH:
"Dont forget Lopez was hurt tonight by his fielders. The last run scored on a ball the RF definitely should have caught."

:>)

Ish said...

I must say this has been one of the more interesting seasons after one month hasn't it?

9casey said...

Ish said...
I must say this has been one of the more interesting seasons after one month hasn't it?


Yeah , because the past intersting months , it seemed Manny was always involved....

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