April 11, 2009

G5: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Red Sox - 000 020 201 - 5 8 0
Angels - 101 010 001 - 4 8 0
Whew. Los Angeles had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Howie Kendrick battled Jonathan Papelbon through a 10-pitch at-bat. Kendrick took two strikes, then fouled off seven straight pitches -- Bot was using both his fastball and slider -- before lining out to Rocco Baldelli in right center field.

Jason Bay hit two home runs, scored three runs and drive in three runs. Mike Lowell hit a two-dong in the fifth.

Bay's first home run gave Boston its first lead of the afternoon, 4-3, lead in the top of the seventh. After the stretch, Terry Francona brought in Ramon Ramirez in relief of Penny (6-5-3-2-2, 86). Ramirez allowed a one-out double, but worked out of trouble. He threw 17 pitches, but Tito sent him back out for the eighth and after he got Kendrick and Bobby Abreu (on a liner that Kevin Youkilis dove for and deflected to Dustin Pedroia, who tossed it to Ramirez at the bag for the 3-4-1 out), it was Bot time.

That's the work of Playoff Assassin Tito! After three losses, the team just grabbed a one-run lead; it's time go with your best and don't eff around. Pitch counts: Ramirez 29 / Bot 39.

***

Brad Penny (2008: 6.27, 68 ERA+; Spring 2009: 12 IP, 3.75) / Joe Saunders (0.00, ∞ ERA+)

Penny will be limited to 85-90 pitches. ... Saunders pitched well -- 6.2-3-0-2-2, 93 -- against Oakland on Tuesday. LA won the season-opener 3-0.

Kevin Youkilis has had at least two hits in all four games:
This is 1/40th of the season. We're going to hit a spell and why not be now? There are bright things to come. We're not worried about it. I know a lot of people back home might be worried about it, [the media] might be worried about it. We're going to hit.
I'm not worried -- no one in his or her right mind should be worried after four games -- but I am annoyed.

***

More info later today.

165 comments:

andy said...

http://www.twitpic.com/photos/fortowon

andy said...

I will take some big park shots today as I am in the upper deck with a party. If Penny sucks today I will personally hunt him down and kick him in the shin with his hiked up socks.

andy said...

He looks pretty large in girth too.

andy said...

How about get some hits when I am watching in person you fucks.

redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis,1B
Rocco Baldelli, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jed Lowrie, SS
Jason Varitek, C

Globe says Tito says when Baldelli replaces Ellsbury (as he will likely do next week when the Sox face 3 Oakland LHP), he will bat lead off to not disrupt the flow of the lineup.

Tito also says he likes the way LBJ is swinging the bat. WTF'nF?

redsock said...

I assume it's obvious, but Andy will upload pics from the game to that URL listed above (here).

redsock said...

Also, Kilgore is doing a brief morning wrap-up of the minor leagues games at EB. From last night:

PAWTUCKET 9, Buffalo 0
Michael Bowden goes 4 2/3 innings in his first start, striking out five while allowing no runs on two hits and two walks. ...

PORTLAND 3, Connecticut 2
Lars Anderson draws a bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Sea Dogs their first win of the year. Anderson also hits two singles. Batting leadoff, Josh Reddick goes 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, an RBI, and a run. ...

Jere said...

I like how Kilgore says he hopes it becomes a regular feature--considering his live chats from spring games lasted one day, I give him two weeks on this one.

I now have pics up from Wednesday and Thursday. I'm not gonna pimp these here every time I go to a game, but just know if I'm not in a game thread, it probably means I was at that game, and pics of it will be on my blog.

James said...

There was no way the Angels would have let themselves lose last night, and I wouldn't be surprised to get swept. It's annoying, but they're going to play like it's the 7th game of the world series for the next month or so.

I've only been able to watch two of the games so far this season, and even those have been incomplete. I'm looking forward to seeing this one in full.

And then David Holtzman's Diary or the Chelsea Girls on the big screen(s).

Benjamin said...

just know if I'm not in a game thread, it probably means I was at that game

If I'm not in a game thread, it probably means I'm somewhere else.

Patrick said...

Annoying is right. I'd rather talk glowingly about my team than bitch.

Still, looking on the bright side, I'm pleased with our whole line up, except Ortiz and Lowrie, Beckett, Ram Ram, and Pap.

*takes a deep breath*

Jere said...

I like the look of these compared to the 80s ones already. From the front anyway.

Zenslinger said...

Now that's a-way to start a game!

Benjamin said...

Good start.

Jere said...

very nice job jacobo...and before I can finish that he steals second

Jere said...

i've noticed the weather isn't the same here as it is there

redsock said...

shit

Benjamin said...

Well shit.

Jere said...

goddamn it. and bad rundown style too

Benjamin said...

Fuck a duck.

Jere said...

oh my god Papi stopped halfway to first on that

Jere said...

Jon Garland is batting 7th for the Angels? ANyone else see that?

Benjamin said...

Throw strikes, fatass.

Jere said...

that's all Pedroia had to do, ground to right side

Benjamin said...

:(

Jere said...

way to get out of the mess. which you created by walking the gd leadoff hitter

Jere said...

what a dumb commercial. "the biggest fans are the ones who dance the most"

Benjamin said...

At least we do leadoff walks too.

Benjamin said...

Baldelli's free swinging but it actually works.

Jere said...

this inning we must score. a minimum of 10 times. or once.

redsock said...

pissed i have work, but am trying to check in often

Benjamin said...

That was disappounting.

Jere said...

Eventually Fox will mention the fact that we're wearing new road unis for the first time in like 20 years, right?

Benjamin said...

Fucking hell.

Jere said...

if we're gonna be a team of HR hitters who don't know how to move runners over, can we at least actually hit some HRs???

Benjamin said...

Someone should remind Budweiser that baseball pre-dates 1876.

Jere said...

in these type games, instead of dwelling on how we're missing opportunities, I try to think of what the other side's thinking, which is, We're living dangerously, eventually they're gonna break through.

Jere said...

This moment of silence for a pitcher killed by a drunk driver is brought to you by, Budweiser. Smooth, crisp taste.

Jere said...

Hunter S. Kayin'

redsock said...

This moment of silence for a pitcher killed by a drunk driver is brought to you by, Budweiser. Smooth, crisp taste.

Always loved the old tagline for Schlitz:

"It's the one beer to have when you're having more than one."

Not likely to see that one revived.

Benjamin said...

This moment of silence for a pitcher killed by a drunk driver is brought to you by, Budweiser.

If he'd been drinking Budweiser, he'd still be sober and pissing in the bathroom.

Meunier said...

We are not finishing our offensive opportunities right now, I have to figure that will come around at some time. It's going to be a long season if it does not.

Jere said...

I don't see there being a "long season" for the Red Sox for a long, long time, barring catastrophic injuries.

Benjamin said...

26 pitches through two. Could be worse.

Benjamin said...

I'd be more worried if we were losing these games to the Orioles, but it's still annoying.

Jere said...

Penny gives me the feeling he knows what he's doing, unlike a lot of other fifth starters we've seen. But, that's only through a couple innings.

Zenslinger said...

Both pitchers have a 26-14 pitch count.

Jere said...

How about this for a Jed nickname? The Lowrie Ballroom.

Of course, when he's bad, he's a Lowrie Bum.

Benjamin said...

"I look for Varitek to have a solid season offensively... he has too much pride... as competitive as he is, I don't think there's any doubt he's going to prove some people."

WTF?

redsock said...

media cliche twaddle bullshit

pride can't make you hit better or mainatin fastball veloccity or make you run like you were 25 when you're actually 45.

it just can't.

Benjamin said...

Back to inconsistent and shitty swings for Ellsbury.

Benjamin said...

4-6-3.

Jere said...

this space was left blank intentionally

Benjamin said...

Well shit.

Zenslinger said...

Getting...just a little frustrated here.

Jere said...

there goes the no hitter

Benjamin said...

Why does Fox keep doing live score updates for completed games?

redsock said...

what was that delay? blister? cut?

Benjamin said...

At least Vlad's decline is keeping pace with Papi's.

Jere said...

Papi's not declining.

What delay?

redsock said...

tek came out and penny was staring at his right index finger. i thought it might be bleeding. ump was out to look too. not a delay, i suppose. but i'm not using audio.

Jere said...

Wait, so Fox isn't gonna have a studio this year?

Jere said...

I didn't think it was anything but maybe I missed something. Big Sprint ad over the screen during a pitch there.

redsock said...

he wasn't declining through 2007 --that's for fuckin' sure -- and he was hurt last year. jury is still out for me.

charlie pioli said...

GOD I'm so tired of watching Papi strike out!

Jere said...

what a crazy catch

redsock said...

if manny had done that, there'd be headlines for days about how inept he is, but sometimes he gets away with it.

(also on the one replay i saw, looks like it scraped the wall to me)

Jere said...

i was gonna say the same thing--he WOULD have caught it and would've been accused of trying to catch a butterfly and accidentally ending up with the ball. Then he would've hit four home runs. And we'd go on to win the WS. Twice.

redsock said...

Andy has two pics up from today

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

Jere said...

beautifully turned

redsock said...

smooth dp!

i'd feel better about bay's fielding if he could do a double fingerpoint after some of his catches.

redsock said...

our innings, since game 1:

0010000100000010110010000200000

redsock said...

8 runs in 31 innings

Benjamin said...

!!

Jere said...

tied mofos

redsock said...

R MOTHERFUCKIN' X!

Meunier said...

ME SAY BOOM BOOM BOOM

Jere said...

Bay's sleeve Sox are horribly placed! Like they just kicked.

Benjamin said...

"If A-Rod is watching today, he has to be a little encouraged."

Good to know.

Jere said...

Don't famous people/organizations know they don't need goddamn twitter?

Meunier said...

so so damn lame

Benjamin said...

Fucking hell.

redsock said...

cock knocker

Meunier said...

Napoli kills the Sox for some reason..

Jere said...

crapoli

redsock said...

mofo needs to taste some dirt next time up.

Meunier said...

We had a cold start like this last year too, didn't we?

redsock said...

78 for penny. one more inning?

redsock said...

We were 3-1 after 4 gamers, but hung around .500 for a bit, then went up to 15-7.

Jere said...

If Jason Lane gets called up by the Jays we may see this matchup this year.

redsock said...

laser pls

charlie pioli said...

does anyone know who the starting SS is going to be when Lugo comes back. Has Tito said anything?

redsock said...

i'm assuming lugo, though maybe it'll be a little of both for awhile. jed will also play some third to give lowell a break.

redsock said...

So the Jays are 5-1?!?

Start printin' those playoff tix!!!!

Jere said...

yeah it's gotta be lugo so Jed can move around. that's what they were saying last night.

Jere said...

Know what's weird? When you move to a new city, and a local newscaster there used to be in your old city when you were there.

redsock said...

that's 86 for penny (54 strikes)

6-5-3-2-2

redsock said...

huh. the fox reporters are wearing little 34 buttons, too.

redsock said...

HOMRE!!!!

Benjamin said...

Homre!

Jere said...

Thunder Bay. It's the crooked socks.

Amy said...

Yay, Tek! Second hit today!

accudart said...

Signs of life!

Jere said...

they didn't make him taste dirt

redsock said...

tito never listens to me.

Jere said...

don't start Karros. We dealt with the bullshit aura for all these years-this is a new stadium with no "ghosts" or any of that shit. Any team can build the exact same stadium.

Jere said...

nice!

Benjamin said...

Nice.

Benjamin said...

Pedroia was this shitty this time last year.

Jere said...

thought that was headed for dongtown

Benjamin said...

Warning track power.

Benjamin said...

Sweet.

Jere said...

what a play!!!! 3-4-1

redsock said...

Me likey Ram-Ram.

Benjamin said...

I'm probably ungrateful, but I can't remember Coco doing anything this useful.

redsock said...

Playoff Assassin Tito, bringing the Bot!!!!!!!

Jere said...

Coco did save games with his glove.

Co Co Ram Ram

Jere said...

Still! Fox still using that little spot which shows Nomar in the freakin '02 BP jersey...

Benjamin said...

That looked ugly off the bat.

Jere said...

Why did Albert say "Juan Rivera"?? Who earlier was replaced in the lineup by "Jon Garland P"?

Meunier said...

Bot don't fail us now..

Jere said...

you don't spike the net, Bud Light Lime, you spike the ball. Inconsistent!

Benjamin said...

Paps threw two pitches. How many is that worth with the warmup pitches?

Benjamin said...

HOMRE!

Jere said...

Thundah!!!!

Meunier said...

Insurance Anyone?

redsock said...

YEAH BAY-BEE!!!

Benjamin said...

.056 average for Lowrie this year.

Ish said...

Gotta love the Doungage from Mr. Homre himself.

Jonathon, can you be a good lad and fetch me some dirty water?

Benjamin said...

Bleh. Good thing we got that one from Bay.

Jere said...

that's why you waste a pitch

Benjamin said...

Shit.

redsock said...

"Gotta make it interesting."

Jere said...

even MORE of a meatball on 0-2!!! what the hell are you doing???

Benjamin said...

There's one.

redsock said...

big out.

2 more

Meunier said...

I see the unintentional intentional walk here.

Benjamin said...

I see the unintentional intentional walk here.

Seems that way.

redsock said...

make aybar do his dance.

Meunier said...

So Saito will close tomorrow if they need him?

Benjamin said...

SIT

Jere said...

one out away people

redsock said...

yaaaa fuck you aybar

redsock said...

saito - seems probable.

Benjamin said...

Please.

redsock said...

shit COME ON

Benjamin said...

Pitch #29. :(

redsock said...

stop effing around you stupid redneck and get a fucking out!!!!!!!!!!!!

Benjamin said...

0-2.

redsock said...

2 changes, then the heat.

get 'em.

Benjamin said...

How about we waste a pitch.

Meunier said...

We may have to pull him here soon..

Benjamin said...

WATER

redsock said...

that's how we do it.

Meunier said...

Whew.. do we have to rest Pap for 2 days now though?

Jere said...

that ball almost came out. but, WIN.

SoSock said...

Cool,
got home just in time to pull p JoS and see this -
WATER

L-girl said...

Whoa, sorry I had to miss this one. But it sounds like a great day for Canada. And the Sox.

andy said...

Wonderful game. We are behind home plate for Sunday's game. 4 rows back in Rod Carew's seats. Pictures will be awesome tomorrow.

redsock said...

NYY 6, Twins 0 (mid 7)

Jere said...

Yanks win 6-1. The Royals have scored one run in four of the five games they've played.

O's beat Rays again.

Jere said...

Sorry, that's wrong--they've scored three 2s and two 1s in their five games.

nixon33 said...

Cnat wait til the MFY play some real opponents

andy said...

I didn't see anyone warming in the pen during papelbon's drama.