May 23, 2009

G43: Mets 3, Red Sox 2

Mets    - 100 000 002 - 3  6  0
Red Sox - 200 000 000 - 2 6 1
Josh Beckett took another huge step towards reasserting himself as the ace of the Red Sox staff. Although it was his own error -- on a pickoff attempt -- that helped the Mets score in the first, it's still considered unearned. (8-5-1-1-5, 117).

Boston returned fire in the home half, as Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia both singled (18-game hit streak for Lyndon!), then pulled off a double steal. After David Ortiz struck out, Kevin Youkilis lined a two-run single to left.

Both starters settled down after that and we had a nifty duel. Pelfrey ended up going seven innings (7-6-2-1-6, 111) and Beckett set down 12 in a row at one point, from the first to the fifth. He also got out of a sticky 1st/3rd, one out jam in the seventh, getting a strike out and liner to center.

Jonathan Papelbon walked Gary Sheffield on five pitches to start the ninth, but roared back to overpower and strike out David Wright and Jeremy Reed, both swinging. But then Omir Santos then drove the first pitch he saw -- 97 fastball right over the plate, maybe a little high -- off the small ledge on the Wall for a two-run home run, though umpire Joe West had to go look at some video before the actual call was made.

Down a run, Youkilis walked to start the home ninth and was forced by Jason Bay. That was a tough play for the Sox, as Wright made a nice backhand to get the ball, then Luis Castillo saved an errant throw at second while still recording the out. J.D. Drew lined out to right and Mike Lowell grounded to shortstop. Lowell's ball was deep in the hole and anyone else on the roster would have beaten it out. But alas.

The Yankees walked off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies and the Blue Jays lost to Atlanta 4-3.

The top of the AL East:
Blue Jays 27 19 --
Red Sox 25 18 0.5
Yankees 25 18 0.5
***

Mike Pelfrey (4.61, 95 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (5.85, 84 ERA+)

Pelfrey balked three times in his last start, against the Giants last Saturday. Afterwards, he spoke with a sports psychologist who has helped him in the past:
The mind is pretty powerful, and it controls all your muscles and all those things. So if it happens, then I'll be able to -- in my own little way -- I'll be able to tell my mind what I want to do, and hopefully, all the muscles and everything follow that.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel:
That's the way you try to solve things. If he said, "I don't have an issue" and continued to do that, then we've got a problem.
In seven starts, Pelfrey has pitched 41 innings, allowing 46 hits and 17 walks, while striking out only 11.

Matchups: David Wright is 1-for-15 against Beckett. No Red Sox batter has ever faced Pelfrey. ... Also: Phillies/Yankees at 4; Blue Jays/Atlanta at 7.

289 comments:

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L-girl said...

Mispronouncing a name makes them pathetic?

L-girl said...

201 :)

Jere said...

jays do lose though

Ish said...

Lol fans on the monster seats pointing to where the ball landed. Don't do that!

L-girl said...

sure looked like a home run to me

Ish said...

Replay time.

A Conformer said...

Come on Paps, just get Pedro Ramirez and end this shit.

Patrick said...

oh my aching heart.

s1c said...

home run

L-girl said...

The fans in the monster seats pointing are mets fans.

A Conformer said...

Oh, shit, I didn't realise it was a replay situation. How is it looking?

redsock said...

GDGD has it almost out of the screen, like it went to the Pike.

Benjamin said...

Mispronouncing a name makes them pathetic?

No, but it's further evidence.

redsock said...

pls call it a double.

L-girl said...

HR it is

Patrick said...

fucking a

L-girl said...

"No, but it's further evidence"

Well, what wouldn't be.

Ish said...

Lots of cheers at Fenway for that call. Didn't think there were that many Mets fans...

redsock said...

97 - right down the heart of the plate - ugh

Ish said...

Francona's not supposed to be arguing this is he.

This is where instant replay is dumb. Call should stand. Manager stays in the dugout. Play resumes.

Noah said...

Holy shit do I hate the Mets. And NY fans. And interleague play. And pitchers who leave fastballs up.

redsock said...

yook
bay
drew
in the 9th

Patrick said...

youk, bay, drew

redsock said...

putz up

Ish said...

Clarification: Call should stand meaning their replay call. Managers shouldn't be arguing a call made after viewing replay.

redsock said...

if the sox get one, it'll make a neat linescore:

100 000 002
200 000 001

redsock said...

putz in

Benjamin said...

Putz is terrible, and Youk/Bay/Drew aren't.

Jere said...

"Lots of cheers at Fenway for that call. Didn't think there were that many Mets fans..."

team three hours away who rarely play at Fenway (and whose team has a travel package to Fenway), definitely lots of fans going up for this series.

Ish said...

Youk, Bay and Drew. It can be done.

meuniermr said...

ATL did beat the blue jays 4-3

Ish said...

Yeah Jere I just didn't think there'd be enough to give such an audible cheer. Underestimated. I don't have a problem with it though. Especially since Sox fans invade other parks all the time.

L-girl said...

Mets fans have sounded very loud there, all game.

Jere said...

"ATL did beat the blue jays 4-3"

beat you by 9 minutes on that one:)

redsock said...

drew's walkoff will please me

L-girl said...

3 hours? You drive way faster than us.

Kevin said...

I leave the computer for 10 minutes and Pap decides to blow the fucking save.

Jere said...

It's weird, that Mets travel package--it's the only one they have! Last I checked anyway.

Jere said...

L: 3 hours-ish can be done--it has to be on the rare time when there's no traffic, though....

Ish said...

I'd say 3-3.5 hrs from Boston is about right. With not much traffic.

It's an hour to 70 min from here to Boston and I can get to Hartford in 2.5 hours.



ECK: "This game's got walk-off written all over it."

!!

L-girl said...

And remember, leadoff walks always do what?

redsock said...

eck: "this game's got walkoff written all over it."

Kevin said...

Baserunner.

Bay or Drew, get this done.

Jere said...

okay, maybe 3.5

redsock said...

man on base - bay is allowed to dong

Ish said...

So I'm sure Boston-NYC can be done in 3 hours when the stars align.

L-girl said...

Oh I'm sure it can be done. But not by people who refuse to get another speeding ticket.

L-girl said...

oh fuck fuck fuck

Noah said...

Ain't no way in the world he stayed on the bag.

Ish said...

Wow what a save by Castillo.

Drew's walk-off needs to happen! Make me pleasure inside.

redsock said...

bot is hot!

wow.

redsock said...

p.s. bot being a major dick.

Kevin said...

That was not a dong...

Drew, runs please?

Ish said...

Bot wants the W.

redsock said...

make me smart, david.

Noah said...

Well...maybe he did.

L-girl said...

"So I'm sure Boston-NYC can be done in 3 hours when the stars align."

You'd need a police escort. It's not a 3 hr drive.

Ish said...

That was not a dong either.

redsock said...

game on life support -- we need a doctor

Kevin said...

Dang

Lowell, maybe you can deliver some runs?

Ish said...

Haha. 3.5 hours then!

L-girl said...

What was a not a dong - Santos? It was.

Noah said...

Motherfucker.

redsock said...

shiw - slowell cannot beat it out.

L-girl said...

crap

crap
crap
crap

you guys should be glad you don't have the SNY b'cast

L-girl said...

sparkling clear water

s1c said...

That sucked, royally, sucked

meuniermr said...

The Unknown Hitter strikes again, luckily that does not happen too many times over a season.

redsock said...

hmmm

TOR --
BOS .5
NYY .5

Kevin said...

Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

How about tomorrow we score twenty in the first inning?

Both fucking New York teams win. Both of my teams lose to those fucking New York teams. Fuck.

Noah said...

"you guys should be glad you don't have the SNY b'cast"

That's what I had to endure. I don't mind Darling...but Keith Hernandez? Ugh.

Ish said...

Damn.

Stems survive in clean water.



That shit didn't come easy to them - 97 mph fastball just barely a home run then some difficult defensive plays (would've been errors yesterday) and the Mets break out their Britta filters at just the right time.

L-girl said...

That's what you get for having two teams.

L-girl said...

Re SNY, I just meant the jubilation at the end. I thought the broadcast was fine. Much better than most.

L-girl said...

britta filters, ha ha

redsock said...

this one doesn't bother me as bad as don was painting it. but that's just me.

meuniermr said...

Standings logjam..hmm.

meuniermr said...

Пёс ёб твою мать, Santos.

L-girl said...

it's a bad way to lose, but it's may and we're doing ok. can't get too worked up.

although of course everyone does.

L-girl said...

what was don saying? heartbreaker of the season?

redsock said...

"tough one to shake" or something like that.

Jere said...

khara of an ending.

TC ripping Manny unfairly and unnecessarily. Reviewing the Green catch, he jokes, "something tells me that woulda been a different play if Manny had been out there." Then he says "Manny might have run right into him," and then, "or hey maybe Manny woulda just been standing out in left field." I hate this company line crap.

redsock said...

Manny would have caught it belt high.

GOD -- ENOUGH WITH THE MANNY SHIT ALREADY!!!!!!

THEY STILL MENTION ONE FUCKING PLAY FROM WAY BACK IN 2002 -- SEVEN FUCKING YEARS!

Ish said...

Speaking of things that are hard to shake...

SoSock said...

damn
Heels lose, although it was a HELL of a game to watch, 4-3, 11 innings, AND the Sox lose.

The drive from Durham was tough, it's raining like hell.

And Patrick predicted OMERS!
On the 45th day of the omer, which I know because we count the Omer with Homer around here. Homer Simpson that is.
Great website - google omer with homer

tim said...

Fucking stems. Those creeps can roll.

tim said...

I've got some MP3s from the 1967 Red Sox "Impossible Dream" LP if anyones interested.

Jere said...

"The Yankees walked off with a 5-4 win"

Are you on the Orsillo side of this debate? The way I see it, the losing team is the one that walks off--the point being that the game ends in mid-inning so the defense is forced to walk dejectedly off the field. The offense isn't even on the field, so how can they walk off in the first place? That's what I've always thought the term came from. Maybe if we have a walk-off win today, Don will say "the Red Sox walk off with a win" and Eck (the supposed coiner of the phrase) will say something about it.

You could say the home team (figuratively) "walked away with a win" on any win, but I still say the "walk off" phrase refers to the losers, though people have definitely transformed it in recent years.

L-girl said...

The meanings of words, like camera angles, change over time.

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