May 13, 2009

G34: Angels 8, Red Sox 4

Red Sox - 220 000 000 - 4  5  0
Angels - 005 111 00x - 8 14 0
The night started well. Nine pitches into the game, Boston had a 2-0 lead, thanks to Jason Bay's 10th home run of the year. In the second, after Palmer issued two full-count walks and Nick Green doubled and Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out, the Red Sox led 4-0.

After that, only one Boston hitter reached base. Bay singled with one out in the third and was immediately erased on a double play. Palmer (9-5-4-2-8, 109) retired 22 of the last 23 batters he faced, striking out five of the final seven. (It's been awhile since we complained about a relative unknown pitcher shutting down the Sox.)

The Angels sent ten men to the plate against Wakefield (4.2-11-7-3-2, 91) in the third. The first five reached base and scored, with Mike Napoli's three-run dong being the big blow.

Daniel Bard (#60) made his major league debut in the sixth inning, relieving Hunter Jones with runners at second and third and no outs. He struck out Napoli on three high fastballs (96, 96, 98), gave up a sacrifice fly, then got a grounder to end the inning. In the seventh, he was touched for a single and walk, but showed poise and pitched out of trouble. His line: 2-2-0-1-1, 38 (charts).

He looked great. All of his pitches were around the plate -- in the seventh inning, he had the Angels left-handed hitters Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins swinging defensively and fouling balls off to the third base side -- and it was amazing to see 98 mph heaters come out of such a smooth and easy delivery.

***

Tim Wakefield (2.92, 170 ERA+) / Matt Palmer (3.06, 157 ERA+)

Palmer has made six major league starts, three with the Giants last season (8.53 ERA in 12.2 innings) and three so far in 2009 with the Angels.

MLB.com says that Palmer continues "to baffle hitters with the movement on his cut fastball and sinker while mixing in off-speed stuff. ... he feels he has found a new approach by improving his mechanics and getting a more direct path to home plate."

How often does David Ortiz think about having hit no home runs in 146 plate appearances?
Every day. Every day. Sleeping. Eating. Having breakfast. It's bad. You've got guys around the league that don't even have home run swings and they're hitting home runs like crazy. You think about it. You think, whoa, what's up?
Also: Yankees/Blue Jays at 7.

184 comments:

James said...

I watched Palmer's last two starts, and every hitter seemed WAY out in front of his pitches. He doesn't throw hard at all, and his pitch doesn't move all that much. He leaves stuff over the plate. He should be hittable, if people just stay back.

Patrick said...

I think Ortiz should settle on the double. Aim for average. Help the team.

redsock said...

Tito on WEEI: No FY tonight.

Jere said...

Yanks strand two in 1st. sweet.

redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Julio Lugo, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jeff Bailey, 1B
George Kottaras, C
Nick Green, 2B

Chone Figgins, 3B
Gary Matthews, Jr., RF
Bobby Abreu, DH
Torii Hunter, CF
Kendry Morales, 1B
Mike Napoli, C
Juan Rivera, LF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Eric Aybar, SS

Jere said...

PEDitte walks three in the first. Only one scores though.

Jere said...

Yanks get two doubles, two triples, and a homer in the 2nd. So far. 4-1.

redsock said...

MFY: 050 1
TOR: 100

Jere said...

Can someone tell me what they're saying in this song? It sounds like "Tribe Time." But it's the Twins.

redsock said...

wow - millar's facial hair with the jays is disgusting.

redsock said...

Teixeira over .200!!!! .204.

Jere said...

Swish 0-5 in the 2-hole tonight.

Jere said...

back down to .202 for Tex.

Pepe Lepew said...

Teixeira over .200!!!! .204.That $180 million is already paying dividends big time!

Pepe Lepew said...

Phew, thankfully, my kid doesn't care that much about sports, because otherwise, she'd be really depressing about the Caps losing 6-2 tonight.
She gets more worked up about "Star Trek."
"Dad, you can't dump an anti-matter core into a black hole; it would annihilate the entire solar system...."
"Sssssh, it's just a movie."
"But, but, but...."
"Ssssshhhhh...."

Benjamin said...

Dave Roberts looks extraordinarily weird without facial hair.

Jere said...

Why do Don and Dave share one microphone?

Jere said...

I mean, for the intro...

Benjamin said...

(Without a beard, Roberts looks much more Okinawan.)

Jere said...

he'll regret that one

Kevin said...

LBJ getting the hit parade started.

Ish said...

It is funny how there are people who look better and more fitting with facial hair and others who you never ever want to see a whisker on them. Like Ellsbury. Keep shaving, kid.

The rest of us can live in between. :>)

Jere said...

Lugo passing anti-parade laws on his first day in office

Ish said...

Dave Roberts says he's putting it on the record that Ortiz is going to hit a dong tonight. I will hold him to it.

See if LBJ had a beard it wouldn't be as close a play.

Jere said...

looked safe to me...high tag

Kevin said...

Damn...

Ish said...

THUNDER BAY!!! HOMRE!!! DOUNG!!! CANADA!!!!

Jere said...

THUNDER

Benjamin said...

DOUNG

redsock said...

BAY IS A BEAST

Kevin said...

DOUNGE!!!

Ish said...

Bay says the Ribeye is on me tonight.

Pepe Lepew said...

You know, for a Canadian, that Jason Bay is pretty good...

Ish said...

Pepe I wished that Game 7 had a bit more excitement to it, but you could see the Caps were gassed and hurting. Their second Game 7 in the playoffs which means no rest and it caught up to them.

Jere said...

I got this real Nick Esasky feel when Bay hit that. Then I remembered I was calling some guy "Esasky II" last year. I went and checked, and sure enough it was him. I guess the reason I started that when he got here is because he "should pack an Esasky-type punch." But he really does have this right-handed, white guy, monster dong with half-casual trot out of the box feel. No beard, though. Or vertigo.

Amy said...

I like the start of this one!

Jere said...

Yanks win. But hey, we can take first tonight now.

redsock said...

L says hi.

I also thought Lyndon looked safe.

Pepe Lepew said...

Pepe I wished that Game 7 had a bit more excitement to it, but you could see the Caps were gassed and hurting. Their second Game 7 in the playoffs which means no rest and it caught up to them.

What *I* saw is that the Caps' goalie SUCKED tonight.

Jere said...

NICE BAT FLIP FUCKHEAD

Benjamin said...

I thought LBJ was safe initially, but I was less certain after seeing the replay.

Ish said...

What *I* saw is that the Caps' goalie SUCKED tonight. • He did but the Caps defense was worse. You get 6 goals dropped on you it's not just your goalie. Of course they did pull Varlamov after 4 goals.

redsock said...

i said the same thing jere -- toss that bat like he donged. idiot

Pepe Lepew said...

i said the same thing jere -- toss that bat like he donged. idiotI thought bat-tossing was banned after Bret Boone retired.

Kevin said...

BBailey

Pepe Lepew said...

He did but the Caps defense was worse. You get 6 goals dropped on you it's not just your goalie. Of course they did pull Varlamov after 4 goals.

Well, now I gotta look forward to a Phil Kessel-Sidney Crosby conference final.
C'mon, Phil, do it for LANCE!

Pepe Lepew said...

yayyy. Go Canada! A home run and a walk!

Jere said...

the Monster!

Amy said...

Green & Bailey. Sounds like a drink. Or a law firm.

Amy said...

4-0!

Jere said...

4-zip us.

Don wants to be your backdoor man

Amy said...

A few more, and I can go to sleep in relative peace.

Kevin said...

Environmentally friendly RBI

Benjamin said...

Pre-surgery Lugo would've beaten that out.

Kevin said...

Lugo still < Green

Amy said...

OK, shutting down the laptop before my eyes shut for the night.

Enjoy the game, and GO SOX!

Jere said...

lip

Jere said...

no lip

westcoastsox said...

And hello from 34,000 feet. I love wifi in the sky; get to watch the Sox (on GDGD anyway). Woot.

Kevin said...

DP would be convenient here

9casey said...

I've heard Kennedy and now Roberts......its amazing but Eck is the best sub...hands down.....

redsock said...

K-BAR

Kevin said...

Not the most efficient inning I've seen, but nice work on escaping the jam.

Ish said...

Allan I wonder if WestCoastSox is the first person ever to gamethread to JoS from the air.

Ish said...

Winging it back west, WCS?

redsock said...

as far as i know, that is the first comment from a plane.

Pepe Lepew said...

as far as i know, that is the first comment from a plane.

OK, that's it, later this summer, I'm commenting from on top of a 10,000 foot summit.

Kevin said...

Meh

Jere said...

I'm commenting from space, so....

9casey said...

can you get wifi from a 10,000 foot summit??



I can't get cell service on Rt 6

redsock said...

wtf lugo

Benjamin said...

Ok, if LBJ was out, then so was he.

Benjamin said...

Well, maybe if Lugo had tagged the hand.

9casey said...

redsock said...
wtf lugo



Drink

redsock said...

replay - clearly out

Pepe Lepew said...

can you get wifi from a 10,000 foot summit??



I can't get cell service on Rt 6

Ha, not a bad point. I just got a new iPhone, and I don't have a clue yet how to use it or what it can or cannot do.

redsock said...

second walk, don. wake up.

9casey said...

Abreu....doesn't have a dong either yet this year.....

Jere said...

Exact same thing as a few days ago on the play where Jacoby hurt himself. He was called out and they said how the ball beat him, even though he was clearly safe. Except here, the ball beat him AND the tag beat him but they STILL said safe. Unbelievable. That play's called out 99% of the time even if the hand does get in there.

9casey said...

Pepe Lepew said...
iPhone, and I don't have a clue yet how to use it or what it can or cannot do.


everything...

Benjamin said...

Meh.

Kevin said...

Bleh

Outs please?

Benjamin said...

How about we stop doing that.

Jere said...

9: WHen I took US 6 from Prov to Hart the other day, I remembered how I also knew it from Danbury, so I looked into it. I had no idea 6 goes from the tip of the Cape to California.

Kevin said...

That wasn't an out...

westcoastsox said...

Virgin Atlantic has wifi in the sky. Don't know how or why it works, but it works. I think I'm somewhere over Nevada now, but not really sure. Hope Wake can pull it together...

Benjamin said...

Fucking hell.

Ish said...

Cock McCock's Cocking Cock.

Balls.

Pepe Lepew said...

C'mon, Tim, you still have a shot at the Cy Young. Get it together, man!

Benjamin said...

I had no idea 6 goes from the tip of the Cape to California.

Sadly it stops something like thirty miles from the Pacific, iirc.

Kevin said...

MOTHERFUCKER

Meunier said...

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccckkkkk

9casey said...

Jere said...
9: WHen I took US 6 from Prov to Hart the other day, I remembered how I also knew it from Danbury, so I looked into it. I had no idea 6 goes from the tip of the Cape to California.



before we had kids the wife and I would travel all of CT.....with one goal......try and get lost, I couldn't do it .....all the roads lead me right back to the Dirty Water(Waterbury)

Pepe Lepew said...

Phoo. LOUSY timing with that last comment. Literally right on the pitch.

redsock said...

i think napoli's dong is over nevada about now.

Jere said...

yeah 6 used to go to Long Beach, now it just barely goes past the Nevada border.

9casey said...

Finally .........an out

Meunier said...

WTF was up with Wake there?

redsock said...

roberts better go easy on the cliches. it's only the 3rd inning.

Kevin said...

Well, that was several batters too late.

Ish said...

Jere, at Route 6's beginning out in Bishop, California: link!

Jere said...

oh, and 9c, I also discovered 6 goes through Omaha and Lincoln, which I also had no idea about while I was out there.

9casey said...

Meunier said...
WTF was up with Wake there?



Our starters pitch terrible with leads.....

Meunier said...

We should start IBB'ing Napoli every time he comes up..

Jere said...

ish, I bet you're inking to the Provincetown sign.....

9casey said...

Jere said...
oh, and 9c, I also discovered 6 goes through Omaha and Lincoln, which I also had no idea about while I was out there.





you just assume it is another 6....

Meunier said...

Time to warm up Bard?

Jere said...

6 rules!

redsock said...

jones is up

Ish said...

Jere I bet you're right. I'd love to drive a road like that sometime from one end to the other. Route 20, for instance. Boston to Newport, Oregon.

Jere said...

ooh, I gotta read more about this 20 road. Route 66 gets all the attention, but there appear to be all these other coast to coast roads.

Pepe Lepew said...

Jere I bet you're right. I'd love to drive a road like that sometime from one end to the other. Route 20, for instance. Boston to Newport, Oregon.

I lived in Newport for a year-and-a-half!
Wet. Very wet.

Kevin said...

Alright, let's score a shitload of runs

Pepe Lepew said...

I also lived near Bishop, Calif. for four years. In Mammoth.

Ish said...

Jere there are some anomalies with long roads like that.

US Route 2, for instance, has two segments! The east segment goes from Houlton, Maine to Rouses Point, New York. Then it disappears. Re-appears again St. Ignace, Michigan on the upper peninsula and travels across the far northern plains all the way out to Everett, Washington.

Jere said...

Lady, you got ripped off when someone sold you a "left-handed kitchen."

Pepe Lepew said...

Pepe Lepew said...
iPhone, and I don't have a clue yet how to use it or what it can or cannot do.


everything...

My daughter has beaten Halo 3 three times on it already. I can't even figure out how to turn it on.
That last inning sorta sucked.

Jere said...

you come in naked, you're more likely to see a dong

Kevin said...

Um, a shitload is supposed to be more than one.

Pepe Lepew said...

Was that just me, or did that half-inning last like 12 seconds?

Kevin said...

Actually, revise that, a shitload is supposed to be more than none.

Ish said...

Pirates/Cardinals game saw an Adam LaRoche deep fly that hit a railing and was called a home run. Cards asked for replay, it was used, and the home run was overturned and ruled a double.

First home run taken away by instant replay.

Kevin said...

FUCK

Wake decided not to ride the fuck train tonight...

Meunier said...

New pitcher please, this is why we have those rookies up..

Pepe Lepew said...

OK, we got Anaheim/LA/California right where we want them. We do better when behind.

Ish said...

You know the Red Sox. They love to come from behind with their dongs.

redsock said...

PC
Palmer: 13-25-8 9-8 = 63
Wakefield: 14-19-37 10 = 80

Kevin said...

This needs to be Wake's last inning.

Jere said...

wait, so he took five steps, threw to second, and almost doubled the guy off? And we get no replay due to the pre-planned Coors ad thing.

Jere said...

I guess I'll just go the rest of my life assuming if Drew threw right away it would've been a DP easily then.

Kevin said...

Um, Wake, outs please?

redsock said...

roberts likes lugo too much for my tastes.

Kevin said...

Okay, Jones, please rescue this inning.

Jere said...

Are we gonna get an all-Hunter matchup?

Kevin said...

Inning salvaged

Meunier said...

Only halfway thru the game, it's still in reach if the pen holds it here.

Meunier said...

OT; Today I went to play at a golf course, and the course had been built around a pig farm. It gave gagging it down the fairway a whole new meaning.

Jere said...

Astros had 3 3-run innings in a row tonight. Got 24 hits total in the game.

Ish said...

Daniel Bard warming.

Jere said...

Hunter walks Hunter.

Jere said...

Or, Jo' walks Torii

Ish said...

And here comes Bard.

Kevin said...

I'm not liking the start of this inning.

Jere said...

These retarded Californians in the front row caught off guard by a ball hit right at them on a nice easy bounce. YOu're sitting in the goddamn front row, how are you not standing with both hands out ready for any ball coming out there? Instead: "ahhh! where'd this ball come from?? Dear god, cover your face!"

Benjamin said...

At least we get to see Bard.

Kevin said...

Alright, runners on second and third, none out.

Way to start him out in a low-pressure situation.

Jere said...

come on Heder

Jere said...

Kevin, we are down 3. It's not like he came in in a tie or with tying or go-ahead run on.

Benjamin said...

Nice.

Jere said...

Heder throwin heders

Kevin said...

SIT

Ish said...

Good Morning. 96
Good afternoon. 96
Good night! 98

Benjamin said...

Missing with his offspeed stuff, though.

Jere said...

DOn, if the cameras show ten different angles, none of which are the guy on second, you have to tell us if he tagged up.

Ish said...

Much better breaker there.

Kevin said...

Meh...I'll take it, as long as they score no more.

redsock said...

amazingly free and easy motion -- then bam -- 98.

Jere said...

See that? Even the person in control of the little icon kept the guy on second! Because no one showed OR told him if the guy went to third.

Benjamin said...

10 pitches.

Kevin said...

There we go.

Lucky Cliff said...

Ugh. How does this guy have a streak of 11 batters retired?

Kevin said...

"Kevin, we are down 3. It's not like he came in in a tie or with tying or go-ahead run on."

True, but starting your career in a "Hey, it would be really nice if you could strike out the side" situation isn't exactly a cake walk.

Regardless, he came through nicely.

Jere said...

So when he becomes the setup man, do we get to say "bridge it, Bard-o"?

Jere said...

gotta learn the ol' step off, Napolean.

Jere said...

write meets might as the Bard battles the Hunter. Anyone here?

Kevin said...

Alright, nicely done.

Any chance we can score a shitload of runs this time?

redsock said...

38 pitches - nice debut

saito was up

9-1-2 here

Jere said...

"Get it" and then "get some" and "get your something on" and "get more" with the new product from Average American Companyco.

Jere said...

very nice catch. fucker.

Kevin said...

That inning was way too fucking brief.

redsock said...

3-4-5-6-7-8 - they have all been too fucking brief.

Kevin said...

"3-4-5-6-7-8 - they have all been too fucking brief."

Touche.

We score four runs in the first two innings, yet manage to get to the point where I wouldn't be entirely shocked if he came out for the ninth and went all 9 innings.

redsock said...

he is at 96 and oliver was up. he probably is done. maybe we can light up oliver for 4 runs real quick-like.

redsock said...

i'm wrong - he's going back out.

Jere said...

they go to the 13th in Minny

Benjamin said...

A Papi dong would redeem this shitty game even more than 2.0 IP from Bard.

Benjamin said...

But no.

redsock said...

only one of last 23 sox batters reaches base. fucker did a number on us.

Benjamin said...

Oh well.

Kevin said...

Distilled water...

Jere said...

human umps stink. a robot never would've heard the crowd and decided to give a far outside strike and then an inside strike

Jere said...

spanked by Harry Palmer

Kevin said...

Much as I hate to admit, that was a hell of a performance on their parts.

Jere said...

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