May 31, 2009

G51: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 2

Red Sox   - 100 310 020 - 8 11  0
Blue Jays - 100 000 010 - 2 5 0
A great afternoon in a shitty building in a fine country.

Lester (6-3-1-3-12, 115) set a career high in strikeouts, fanning the side in both the fourth and fifth innings. Ks by inning: 220 332.

It was the most strikeouts by a Sox lefty since Bruce Hurst struck out 14 A's in a nine-inning shutout on May 5, 1987. [L and I were at Fenway for Hurst's next start -- another complete game shutout -- on May 10. It was L's first game at Fenway!]

Kevin Youkilis belted two home runs, both solo shots. Jason Bay followed Yook's eighth inning dong with one of his own, on the next pitch from Brian Wolfe. Bay also doubled in the first inning, immediately after Yook's first bomb, and walked twice.

Dustin Pedroia broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a three-run shot off the left field pole. It was his second home run of the year; he hit his first on Opening Day. David Ortiz doubled to start that rally; in his other four at-bats, he grounded out to shortstop, popped out twice to third, and struck out.

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Jon Lester (6.07, 80 ERA+) / Ricky Romero (3.08, 146 ERA+)

The Red Sox's record after 50 games in recent years:
2004 31-19 0.5 GA
2005 27-23 4.0 GB
2006 30-20 Tied
2007 35-15 11.5 GA
2008 31-19 2.5 GA
2009 28-22 1.5 GB
Boston has scored only 4.2 runs per road game, more than two runs fewer than their 6.3 average at home.

Dustin Pedroia: "We've got to find a way to score runs. ... It's not early anymore."

Rookie left-hander Ricky Romero gave up five runs on 11 hits (including three dongs) in 5.1 innings on Tuesday in Baltimore, his first less than impressive performance (log).

BP 2009:
Romero throws in the low 90s with a good curve and change and gets a ton of ground-ball outs ... but he continues to struggle with both command and control, as evidenced by his walk rates.
He walked 20 in 42.2 innings last year at AAA and 55 in 121.2 innings at AA in 2007. In his four major league starts, he's walked a total of five batters (2, 0, 2 and 1).

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s1c said...

I like the Shaq-stein commercial

Amy said...

Both grandparents died at the same time, Ish? That's terrible. Or were you moving them from a different cemetery?

Ish said...

I love day trips too.

Next Saturday there's a rubber stamp convention my mother is going to in West Springfield. So we'll go out there for that in the morning, then go up to Brattleboro, Vermont and come back through southern New Hampshire. Maybe we'll do more than that but three objectives are the stamp show (yuck), the Top of the Hill Grill in Brattleboro, and Price Chopper grocery store in Keene for cheddar bagels.

Ish said...

Amy, grandmother died in '96 and my grandfather died in July of 2006. They were both cremated and she was never buried until we had them buried together at Arlington.

redsock said...

We are driving on Monday, JoS1 on Tuesday, another game on Wednesday, drive back on Thursday.

Ish said...

Here comes the rain again. Quick downpour and a gust of wind. Couple of leaves falling from the trees...

Amy said...

Hey, Ish, we are temporarily living one town over from West Springfield. If you are bored at the rubber stamp show (which seems hard to believe ;)), give me a call.

s1c said...

double down the line past a-rod and spiders win

Amy said...

Thanks for the explanation, Ish. Were they both veterans?

Amy said...

S1C, just to be sure I am reading correctly this time, YANKEES LOSE?

Kevin said...

Spiders win!

L-girl said...

Driving to Boston, but flying to Santa Fe later on. I'd love to drive to New Mexico, but we'd need a lot more time than we have.

s1c said...

Yes Amy, MFY loses!!!

Ish said...

430ish miles from Toronto to Boston it looks like. That's not bad.

Amy said...

Third walk for Tek.

redsock said...

braky wni.

Ish said...

My grandfather was in the Navy. He spent his time on submarines.

Amy said...

A long road trip to Boston, but I hope you get to make some stops along the way. Do you drive through NYS and then MA?

L-girl said...

We drive to NYC & NJ every year, about 9-10 hours. I love it, but Allan gets restless.

Ish said...

I can't imagine the Thruway and the Pike would be much fun to drive but there doesn't seem to be any other way to get to Boston in a reasonable amount of time.

s1c said...

Ish, I'm assuming WWII so he was on the pig boats?

L-girl said...

No stops on the way to Boston, except for pit stops. Western NYS then through western Mass.

L-girl said...

"I can't imagine the Thruway and the Pike would be much fun to drive "

I love it. It's a beautiful drive.

Ish said...

One July 4th a few years ago, I was still in high school - my parents and I went on a day trip up to Burlington, Vermont. Just for the hell of it. And back. 500 miles in one day for no reason. We had a chevy venture minivan that got 600 miles on that one tank of gas.

L-girl said...

Yay Burlington VT :)

Ish said...

s1c, he was in the Navy in the 60s and 70s.

Amy said...

The NY Thruway actually has some relatively scenic segments along the Canal, but yeah, mostly it is boring. Especially the Turnpike. I know both road well, having had one daughter go to school in upstate NY and more trips to Boston than I can begin to count.

Ish said...

He was only 71 when he died.

redsock said...

Burlington.

Meh.

s1c said...

60's and 70's, do you now what his rating was or was he an o-dog?

Amy said...

Sounds like Remy coming back soon? That's really good to hear.

Ish said...

I liked driving from Sturbridge to Springfield on the Pike at night. Two lanes in each direction - 70 mph seems more like 90. I like the perception.

L-girl said...

I've been driving that Thruway all my life. To me it's a great drive. I love upstate NY.

L-girl said...

"Burlington.

Meh."

Yeah, all the good people are gone now. :)

Amy said...

I like Burlington. Fun town. Sort of like Northampton, but with VT scenery around it and Lake Champlain.

Ish said...

s1c, I'm not quite sure what he was. I'll get back to you on that at some point. I'd only see him a couple of days in a year.

Kevin said...

250 wins for Jamie Moyer.

L-girl said...

I've only taken one road trip that I didn't enjoy. 17 hours home from our 1999 baseball road trip because our little dog was dying. :(

We had a great trip, but when I think of it, it always hurts.

Other than that, I am up for driving anywhere, anytime.

Ish said...

Yeah I like to drive more for the scenery. I wasn't thrilled with Burlington itself - we got a late start so by the time we got there, there wasn't much to do. But I loved the ride there.

Couple of my favorite highways as far as scenery goes is I-93 north of Plymouth NH and I-81 from Scranton to Harrisburg.

Amy said...

NY Thruway and MA Pike both are easy roads. Just monotonous after a while.

s1c said...

Ish, just wondering if he was a nuke like I was or a frontie.

Ish said...

Actually Scranton to Maryland state line.

I-66 through the Shenandoah valley is nice too.

L-girl said...

Northampton is so much nicer than Burlington. Burlington is pretty cookie-cutter and corporate now.

Ish said...

s1c my answer is a nuke.

redsock said...

When Castig says anything about college sports, I feel myself starting to grind my teeth down to little nubs. HATE IT!

redsock said...

NON-LOSS!!!!!

Benjamin said...

Water

L-girl said...

blue jays drink dirty water!

Amy said...

Finally, some dirty water in Toronto!

Glad Tim got to be there for this one.

Ish said...

How about North Adams?


Blue Jays are killed by dirty water. Finally.

Kevin said...

Water

s1c said...

dirty

s1c said...

Then he was a good man, as all nukes are good men!!!

Ish said...

Talk to you all on Tuesday. Have a good off-day tomorrow!

Amy said...

I agree that Northampton is better---fewer chains (though some), more art, great restaurants. But Burlington isn't bad. I like the pedestrian mall. But we spent maybe two hours in Burlington on our way to Montreal, and we are in Northampton a few times a month. Perhaps we are just too used to Noho.

Amy said...

Darkness here has dissipated, sky looks brighter. Perhaps storm averted.

A good day. We win! See you all next time.

redsock said...

Well, I was born in Burlington, so ...

Amy said...

Even more of a reason to like it then. The birthplace of Redsock.

9casey said...

Great win , hitting and pitching...

Anyone know where Jere is?

We have the sap button to hear the games in spanish, in Canada do they have a french button?

L-girl said...

"Well, I was born in Burlington, so ..."

Amy, I thought you realized that's why I was commenting on Burlington. :)

Re SAP in French, there's no French-language broadcast of these games, so that's not possible. SAP = Secondary Audio Programming. The Spanish b'cast is from a Spanish-language station broadcasting the same games. No one is calling these games in French.

There's lots of hockey in both official languages, tho! Also hocky in Punjab, and soccer in a few different languages.

Amy said...

I knew Allan was born in VT, but not sure I knew he was born in Burlington. I also recall some connection to Chicopee, MA.

Great game today. What a relief to have a fun game after the last two.

redsock said...

I also recall some connection to Chicopee, MA.

My mother's mother was from there. (See, you're not so forgettful!)

Her family came down from Quebec in the 1880s or so (if I recall). The Demers can trace their line back to about 1550 in Canada.

Amy said...

Ah, so you are really back home in Canada!

Chicopee is ok, but I cannot think of one interesting thing to say about it. In 26 years of living in western MA, I have only been to Chicopee once, the first year we lived here. (That does not count driving past it on the highway.)

redsock said...

And the Wood line came to northern Vermont from just north of Chicopee (Pelham) in the 1790s. They also lived somewhat east in Easton, I think.

Amy said...

Wow, you can really trace your family back really far and on this continent.

On my mother's side I can only go back as far as 1888 when my paternal grandfather came from Rumania. My maternal grandmother was born in the Lower East Side in 1896, but her parents came from Galicia.

On my father's side, his family came to US from Germany via England in the 1840s on the Cohen side. I am not sure when his mother's family came, but also some time in the 19th century.

So you are a real blueblood! :)

L-girl said...

I love it that Allan has French Canadian ancestry.

"A great afternoon in a shitty building in a fine country."

Nice!

tim said...

Great day, great game, sexy oatmeal! Glad I was there for this one...but man, the real show was a few rows in front of our seats. This woman with massive fake breasts and a low-cut shirt, flaunting them. Absolutely hilarious to watch the entire section follow them and laugh at her acting like a complete tramp.

Another highlight was the idiot "fans" in front of me (and the stadium in general) trying to chirp Boston and ramble on about how great the Jays are and how shitty Boston is because of their payroll and how much more the seats are at Fenway. I tried not to bother getting into it with this idiot, which was easy given the fact that he promptly filed out during the top of the 7th, just before the rest of the "fans"

Good day!

tim said...

Couple of amusing at-bat music observations:

Rolen - Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (what a pump-up song) followed by Cabin with Elton John - first was Tiny Dancer, then Rocketman.

L-girl said...

Tim, you picked the best day to go!! Sounds like the usual "fans" at "Skydome", quotes needed all around.

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