May 17, 2009

G38: Mariners 3, Red Sox 2

Red Sox  - 010 100 000 - 2  8  2
Mariners - 020 000 001 - 3 11 1
Nick Green made a two-base throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, back-handing Ronny Cedeno's grounder and then airmailing it over first base into the camera pit. It was Green's second error of the afternoon and his 8th in only 23 games at shortstop.

The Red Sox intentionally walked Ichiro Suzuki. Franklin Gutierrez then whacked a 1-0 pitch through the 3B/SS hole into left field. Jason Bay's throw home was late and the Mariners won the game.

Masterson pitched very well (6.1-9-2-0-6, 93). He had a rough second inning, allowing a first-pitch dong to Russell Branyan and then a double and triple with two outs, but otherwise kept the ball down and in the infield (grounders and strikeouts accounted for 14 of his 19 outs).

J.D. Drew scored both Boston runs. He singled with one out in the second, took second on a fielder's choice error, went to third on Jeff Bailey's single and scored on Jason Varitek's fly ball to left. Drew crushed a 2-0 pitch to right field for his 6th home run to start the fourth inning.

He also made two fantastic catches: running back onto the warning track towards the right field corner to snag Ken Griffey's long fly in the third and then leaping at the wall in the eighth, snaring Branyan's drive right at the yellow line that runs along the top of the wall.

The Red Sox missed plenty of scoring opportunities. They loaded the bases in the second, but scored only once. They loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and could not score (Bay P3, Lowell GIDP 643). They had runners at first and second with one out in the sixth, but Varitek GIDP 463. And finally, in the ninth, they had runners at first and second, but Jacoby Ellsbury popped to second and Dustin Pedroia flied to right.

Ellsbury singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

***

Justin Masterson (4.89, 102 ERA+) / Jason Vargas (1.04, 439 ERA+)

This may be Masterson's last start before heading back to the bullpen:
I feel like I've gotten comfortable in the starting role as far as knowing my routine and what to do. ... [I]t's not like if I go back to the pen it's a demotion or anything like that. ... This is a case of a guy [Matsuzaka] coming back to reclaim what he already had, which is understandable. ... Wherever I am, like I always say, I've just got to pitch well.
Today's lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Rocco Baldelli, DH
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Jason Varitek, C
Nick Green, SS
Julio Lugo left last night's game in the seventh with a sore left groin -- "something that's been sore for a few days". Lugo said after he singled in the fourth "and tried to go to second, it got tight then. Through the course of the game, it got a little tighter." Terry Francona thought it was "more of a hip flexor" issue.

Vargas was in the National League from 2005-07; hip and elbow surgery kept him out of pro ball last year. In 2009, the 26-year-old lefty has appeared in three games. He started against Texas last Tuesday -- his first start since July 31, 2007 -- with a pitch limit of 75-80: 5-5-1-2-3, 73.

***

From The Bill Chuck Files:
So far this season, the most runs the Indians have scored (22), the Red Sox have scored (16), the Rays have scored (15), and the Orioles have scored (12) have all been in games against the Yankees.

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Patrick said...

I will feel good knowing we have Masterson as our long reliever in the Pen. In games Masterson started, he never gave up more than one run in the first three innings. Seems like a perfect long man to me.

redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Rocco Baldelli, DH
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Jason Varitek, C
Nick Green, SS

Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Ken Griffey Jr., DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Russell Branyan, 1B
Wladimir Balentien, LF
Rob Johnson, C
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Ronny Cedeno, 2B

Patrick said...

Ben Francisco hits a 3 run HR to retake the lead, 3-1 over TFR.

redsock said...

MIN: 000 0
MFY: 000 0

CWS: 200 00
TOR: 100 3
(& 1 so far in 5th)

redsock said...

Slappy made a big splash with a dong in his first AB, but he's at .154/.371/.385 in his 8 games.

redsock said...

Actually: .143 (0-for-2 today).

Patrick said...

Apparently there was a screw up on the roster card by Magadon, and Longoria had to sit up in favor of Sonnastine.

woops.

Patrick said...

sit out*

Patrick said...

and by magadon, I mean maddon.

redsock said...

And it's really the Pirates you are talking about, right?

Patrick said...

no, the rangers, and by sonnestine, I meant Duke.

redsock said...

Oh, that is gold! Box with Cleveland using the DH and Tampa's pitcher in the 3 hole!

Patrick said...

uhhh, yeah, that's what I meant.

redsock said...

SoSHer: "The lineup card had both Zobrist and Longoria listed at 3B with no DH listed. Since Zobrist played 3B in the top of the 1st he stayed in the lineup and the pitcher has to bat in place of Longoria."

Stupid stathead nerd Maddon.

Patrick said...

Hahaha! I hope they lose by a run.

Patrick said...

Our friend Kevin Cash is playing for the Yankees today.

Patrick said...

Twins with runners on first and second with one out.

Patrick said...

twins get a run in. 1-0

Patrick said...

wild pitch by Burnett, 2-0.

Patrick said...

TFR have the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth with NO outs.

Patrick said...

Base clearing double, 6-3 Rays.

Patrick said...

Sonnastine got an rbi double (according to Yahoo)

jokes on us.

SoSock said...

Watching the MFY on TBS (not sure why they're there)
2 wild pitches in 1 inning results in an insurance run for Twinkies.
Yay!
And it was our old friend Cash who let the ball get away - actually I would have been more likely to call the second one a passed ball.

Jere said...

This Yanks game is on TBS if anyone didn't know.

I asked Kim about the KISS bank thing, and she said she just thinks it's one of the things that comes up in the software program they have that flashes different things. Like, she thinks flowers and stuff occasionally pop up. I just don't get it. She also said she's been stuck at the light for a long time, and stared at it, without seeing Kiss. So it's very rare but it does happen.

A-Rod dong. 2-1. It's a real shame no one was there to see it.

Jere said...

TBS shows a national game on Sundays. FOr the last couple years. Today they chose Yanks-Twins.

redsock said...

"Joe Maddon Is A 2.4 Gigahertz Linksys Router"

Jere said...

Denard Span is a motherfucker who should die.

Allows the inside the park HR the other night, now, with tying run at third, shallow fly ball to him, and he throws it like 40 feet from home plate.

Crazy catch by Punto on his ass though.

Patrick said...

I'm eager for this half inning to end at Florida. Kershaw hasn't allowed a hit yet. Tune in!

SoSock said...

L-O walk by Twins and a stolen base.
It's a start

Jere said...

loaded for the Twins (and they've had a guy thrown out on the bases this inning), one out. I need minimum four runs, Twins. You can't be trusted with less than a 4-run lead.

SoSock said...

8th walk by Yanks gives Twins a full boat with 1 out

Jere said...

10,000 ducks on 10,000 ponds

Patrick said...

I listen to one at bat, and its a double.

Sorry Kershaw.

redsock said...

I turn on MLBTV for the Dodgers game. I see one pitch -- a hit to left center. :<(

Jere said...

ok, Spann, 2-0 count, can you gimme something? Third pitch way off plate, but Tomko gets the Rivera call. Fourth pitch low and away, again with the Mo Strike. should be 4-0, instead 2-2. Too bad David Wells is talking about bullshit so we're getting no replays/commentary on these pitches.

redsock said...

Damn Jays win 8-2. Them fuckers need a lesson to be taught.

And class begins on Tuesday.

SoSock said...

Gotta give Tex credit - good play.
Dammit

Jere said...

force out at home. Teix with a nice play, but treated by these guys as if , well, as if they are Michael Kay. That play did not call for screaming.

redsock said...

wow - 123 pitches for burnett

6.2-6-2-6-7!

SoSock said...

Twins squander

Jere said...

speaking of these guys doing Kay impressions, now they're talking about the "ghosts" move across the street. I'm gonna come right out and say it. I hope terrorists blow up this stadium, with the Yankees in it. No, wait, then they'd probably try to take credit for some kind of sympathy championship.

Jere said...

Has Wells been rambling non-stop like this the whole game? Jeter with his usually pus-filled shit-hit. But somehow cheaper than usual.

redsock said...

Cool clip!

redsock said...

An Excited Black Sabbath Fan.

redsock said...

get shemp now

redsock said...

YES - K! from 3-0!

Jere said...

Shemp seriously helped out there

redsock said...

heidi talking about a "tight groin" ...

redsock said...

got sox and mfy on the mlbtv split screen. home laptop too slow for that.

Jere said...

Mo with a Mo strike.

redsock said...

well outside from the overhead view - fruitbat gets the K call.

Jere said...

I'd be "amazing" too if my strike zone was three feet wide.

Jere said...

Did Roberts say that Youk hasn't been as productive as you'd like?

redsock said...

He said "David".

redsock said...

something like "solidified the lineup with youkilis out and david not being as productive .."

Jere said...

ok. I heard the Papi but thought he said AND Youk.

redsock said...

OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

at the toilet

Jere said...

CRAZY play! In the Yanks game. grounder off pitcher, comes back to catcher who leaves plate unattended, runner tries to score from second, catcher runs back and dives as the runner slides, and tags him out!

SoSock said...

Outta here for a short.
Grandson has woke up from his nap (that's what happens when you have 2 sisters spend the night, or so I've heard)and we've got a couple of places to get to before 6.
(witching hour on Sunday in the south)
Hopefully back in just a couple or 3 innings

Jere said...

I feel like Mauer may have been deking him with a fake throw to first.

redsock said...

yeah at first catcher looks at first, thinking he'll go there, but then see whoever rounding third and coming home. he spins and runs back and dives to tag him before he crosses the plate, also head-first slide.

Jere said...

Bronxtras again.

Jere said...

Drew single (by choice)

Jere said...

nice catch cedeno--other dude gets the E though

Jere said...

pirates had a 10-run 7th

redsock said...

huge gamble for a deke - mauer had a ways to go back to the plate.

on the computer, and split screen, i had no idea where the ball was. i see the pitcher spin around, then the catcher does the same, then the race to the plate!

redsock said...

o'neill plays it on a hop.

Jere said...

"loa-ded, loa-ded..."

---that one dude at Bellmore Cafeteria in Taxi Driver

Jere said...

well it worked out like a deke, as soon as Gardner saw that, he kept running home.

Jere said...

way to hustle just in case Drew

Benjamin said...

Tek seems less ineffective this year with the bases loaded.

redsock said...

Tek was 1 for 16 last year with the bases loaded.

Until today: 1 for 8 this year (with a GS).

Jere said...

come on 3-run triple

Benjamin said...

But run it again including sac flies.

Jere said...

dammit, Damon with a winning dong. He'll get a gruesome injury soon. Oh great, and a dong for Seattle at the same time.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

Damon puts one over the short porch in the 10th.

Jere said...

what's up with the kid in the crowd in Seattle with a hat with the Sox logo backwards? Behind righty hitters.

Benjamin said...

It's a good thing Bay can hit, because he sure can't field.

redsock said...

2B, 3B & HR this inning.

Ish said...

We used to say that about Manny.

Edward Lee said...

I wonder what Masterson's SLG is when throwing that alleged slider.

Benjamin said...

At least sometimes.

redsock said...

Tek with Loaded:

2008: 19 PA; 1-for-16, single, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SAC, 1 HBP

2009: 9 PA; 1-for-7, HR, 5 RBI, 2 SACs

redsock said...

fx data should have slider data, no? i think ben is our man for that.

Kevin said...

Dr Double...play

Masterson really needs to get back to pitching in the bullpen, he's nearly lights out there.

Kevin said...

Masterson as a reliever: 2.68 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 2.77 K/BB, 72.5 AB/HR

Masterson as a starter (before today): 4.12 ERA, 1.325 WHIP, 1.49 K/BB, 29.8 AB/HR

Edward Lee said...

I was kind of hoping that Masterson could be a viable starter and Brad Penny could be put to stud. But yeah, he can't really be a starter unless he can come up with a third pitch that actually does something.

L-girl said...

"We used to say that about Manny."

Not all of us.

Kevin said...

And as soon as I post that he pitches an OTT.

redsock said...

mlbtv coming back to nesn early - roberts checking with don about what beltre did last inning.

Benjamin said...

ON FIRE

redsock said...

MONSTER ON FIRE BLAST CRUSHED

Kevin said...

ON FIRE!!!

Edward Lee said...

He hit that ball real hard.

Edward Lee said...

I wouldn't be surprised to see stats showing that Bay is a worse defender at Fenway than Manny -- Manny obviously has worse range, but he positions himself correctly, plays the wall well and has a sneaky-quick throw back to the infield.

redsock said...

roberts happy to see his first sign in the crowd (dave & don) -- "i have chills right now ... i gotta get that sign"

redsock said...

bay is no gold glover, but there have been many plays this year where i have thought there is no way manny would have got to that one (home and away).

redsock said...

did don just say grienke lost a complete game shutout?

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

GDGD has Johjima as the Mariners' catcher in this game.

Edward Lee said...

ESPN Gamecast had Tampa Bay with a 10-man lineup today, Andy Sonnanstine leading off and pitching and Matt Garza DHing in the cleanup spot.

Ish said...

Greinke's last start was on Friday. 7-1-1-2-6 106/72

Benjamin said...

If the question is "Who did the Red Sox trade to the Phillies for Heath Slocumb in 1996?" then the answer is Dan Duquette. Duquette did the trade.

Kevin said...

If we somehow don't score here I'm going to be really disappointed.

redsock said...

09 Bay = 05 Tiz

Guaranteed runs!

Benjamin said...

Edward: they screwed up the lineup card (listed two 3Bs), so they didn't get to use a DH. Sonnanstine hit a double anyway.

redsock said...

need runs bay because lowell will gidp.

Benjamin said...

He can't if Bay hits a double.

Benjamin said...

Jason Bleh.

L-girl said...

"Edward: they screwed up the lineup card (listed two 3Bs), so they didn't get to use a DH. Sonnanstine hit a double anyway."

It's always hilarious when that happens, but leave to the FKRs to redeem themselves with a good-hitting pitcher.

redsock said...

i should say slowell is simply a strong gidp candidate.

L-girl said...

"Jason Bleh"

Oh come on!

redsock said...

it's sad that tampa's #3 hitter today was more productive than our usual #3 hitter.

Edward Lee said...

Yeah, I saw the lineup fiasco by Tampa Bay, and I don't blame the Gamecast software for not being able to figure that out. I just have no idea how listing another pitcher as the DH could possibly be a natural outcome.

redsock said...

i hate being so smart.

Benjamin said...

Fucking Lowell.

Kevin said...

I am...so very angry.

Benjamin said...

They didn't list another pitcher. They just lost the DH, so the starting pitcher had to bat for himself. That's a slighly corrected card.

L-girl said...

No offense, A, but my mom could have predicted that one.

redsock said...

maybe maddon's computer told him to bat his pitcher 3rd, but he made it seem like it was a mistake to avoid being labelled a wacko.

better to be considered a dummy than a wacko.

Jere said...

"It's always hilarious when that happens, but leave to the FKRs to redeem themselves with a good-hitting pitcher."

Not a common thing, though.

L-girl said...

Losing the DH? No, not common, but I remember a couple of times. Usually everyone is talking about it the next day.

I love when pitchers get hits, just in general.

Jere said...

I thought you meant having a pitcher in the starting lineup because of it. Yeah, losing the DH in general is way more common than that.

Jere said...

There's the un-updated logo flag again.

Kevin said...

DP please?

redsock said...

Jimy Williams used to fuck up and lose the DH seemingly every other week.

Jere said...

Oh, the kid turned her head--the hat in question has the Sox logo facing one way on one side and the other way on the other side. Which explains why one is backwards.

redsock said...

"power to all fields"

DRINK!

Kevin said...

Nice

Edward Lee said...

The BABIP gods owed us that one.

L-girl said...

Oh Jimy, yeah. And I remember laughing at a Mets manager who did that a while back. Probably in the 90s, when I was given to laughing at the Mets.

redsock said...

firewalking

redsock said...

chewing gum / walking

redsock said...

White: 16.1 innings:
12 hits and 11 walks

Edward Lee said...

Poop.

redsock said...

roberts: "good job by varitek, looking for something up"

like sasahe?




aw fuck me -- shit poop fuck

Kevin said...

Oh look, another Red Sox batter grounds into a double play...

We have to be leading the league in that stat

redsock said...

masterson at 71, should be able to go 7.

L-girl said...

"We have to be leading the league in that stat"

Anyone?

redsock said...

Coming into today, we had 40 GDP.

Tied for -- yep -- first in the AL, with Jays and Tigers.

L-girl said...

How many each for the 2nd and 3rd place?

Edward Lee said...

Nice slider for the K.

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

LAD led the NL with 37.

Tigers had 1 = 41
Jays had 2 = 42
Sox have 3 = 43

We led all of baseball!!! WOO HOO!

L-girl said...

But not a very big diff btn Tor, Det and Bos there.

redsock said...

mariners 37
royals 34
twins 33
...
AL avg 29
...
rangers 17

redsock said...

we were 4th last year

white sox 157
jays 150
yankees 149
red sox 147

L-girl said...

"AL avg 29"

Well that's a big difference.

Edward Lee said...

Seattle is 4th in the AL in GIDP despite being last in OBP. That is quite impressive.

Kevin said...

"Sacrifice double play"?

Only the Mariners could pull that off

Actually, the Nationals could probably manage it too

9casey said...

Kevin said...
"Sacrifice double play"?

Only the Mariners could pull that off



I know we are making them look terrible?????

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

MDC has stranded 4 of 6 IR this year.

redsock said...

that's a FUCK YEAH play

Amy said...

Hi, everyone. Just getting home from a weekend in DC. Looks like we have had lots of close games. Just catching up on the game thread along with two days of email etc.

Amy said...

MDC!

Edward Lee said...

5 of 7 stranded.

Kevin said...

Sit

Time to score some runs

SoSock said...

Same score as when I left 3 or 4 innings ago.
Time for something to happen now!

Hi Amy
Did you straighten everyone in DC out?

L-girl said...

Amy, you went away without a laptop, how brave.

Amy said...

SoSock, that would be impossible. I was happy just to go and return!

Laura, we had Harvey's little Acer netbook, but I hate typing on that baby sized keyboard so had to wait til now to respond to emails, etc. We are both way too addicted to go away even for 36 hours without some internet connection.

First thing I checked this morning and Sat morning were the Sox scores. One disappointing, one good.

L-girl said...

"We are both way too addicted to go away even for 36 hours without some internet connection."

Well that's good to know.

You're so funny - "baby sized keyboard". Clearly not a texter. :)

redsock said...

seriously hairy paint from lowe

SoSock said...

mmmmmm
K's the side, don't care too much for that.

Amy said...

I text a bit---mostly to my kids and Harvey, but very brief messages. And I use all the shortcuts to make it less burdensome. But I still like to type in full sentences and with real spelling for email, and that little keyboard cramps up my fingers!

SoSock said...

Scrolled back a bit. See the Twinkies lost to the Skankies. :( That game had such great potential, too.

redsock said...

jeemer and saito up

redsock said...

griffey fouls off ball 5, keep hacking kenny.

SoSock said...

dammit

redsock said...

more dumb baserunning pls

redsock said...

come on manny - concentrate

Amy said...

Oki time. Get it done.

Does it seem that he no longer throws his head down as low as he used to?

SoSock said...

Jeemer it is.

redsock said...

DREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

TRULY TRUP'D!

redsock said...

got back to the wall in time, and leap a little and grabbed it against the yellow line along the top of the fence.

no soup for you, branyan.

Edward Lee said...

Let's go BBrdsma.

SoSock said...

Oki Dokey
Runs plz

redsock said...

Dear Red Sox hitters: You may not have noticed this yesterday, but that is David Fuckin' Aardsma out there. Yeah -- the same guy. So let's start takin' some BP.

redsock said...

Pedro up for Sox.

L-girl said...

"BBrdsma"

I like this.

redsock said...

Tek with the double.

make it count.

SoSock said...

CAPTAAAAAIIIN!

Amy said...

TEK! He really has been hitting better this season, no? Maybe his average isn't great, but he sure is getting more clutch hits and extra base hits.

redsock said...

Kot dropping shit from his bag running in from the pen.

redsock said...

he has to run all the way in from the pen -- then be a PR. catch your breath. no hacking green

redsock said...

snuffer up too

redsock said...

i think aardsma wears false eyelashes.

redsock said...

ABA

Edward Lee said...

Anything but a DP here, plz.

SoSock said...

Amy - I have the same perception. The numbers might not be a lot different but it seems he is not leaving us dissappointed as often as last year

Amy said...

DO NOT WASTE TEK's DOUBLE!

Amy said...

shit

Benjamin said...

Meh.

Kevin said...

And squander.

SoSock said...

squandered - bleh

redsock said...

re tek: i linked to his splits for 2008 and 2009 above. you can see what he has done different situations (bases/outs).

redsock said...

RR in.

Kevin said...

Pedro time!

redsock said...

buh bye

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