June 12, 2009

G61: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2 (13)

Red Sox  - 000 110 000 000 3 - 5 11  0
Phillies - 010 000 001 000 0 - 2 5 0
With one out in the 13th, the Red Sox offense came alive.

Boston had not had a hit since the eighth when Jason Bay singled to left-center off Kyle Kendrick. Pinch-hitter Julio Lugo lined a 1-0 pitch (a fastball low in the zone) to left for a hit. Jason Varitek walked on five pitches to load the bases. There was a meeting at the mound, but there would be no relief help. This was Kendrick's responsibility.

With the infield in, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right and Bay scored. Green, down 0-2 after talking a monstrous cut, hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Lugo. And Mike Lowell lined a single to center to score Tek.

Daniel Bard came on for the bottom half. He walked Chase Utley on four pitches. Utley took second on DI on the first pitch to Jayson Werth. Bard went up and in with a 98 fastball, then low and away at 99 for a called strike. On 1-2, Bard dropped a 85 curveball and Werth had absolutely no chance, swinging and missing for the first out.

Bard got a called strike on Ryan Howard (who had tied the game in the ninth with a solo bomb off Ramon Ramirez) on a fastball, then got him flailing at two curves for another whiff. Bard hit Raul Ibanez to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Shane Victorino slashed an opposite field line drive down the left field line that was only a few feet foul. After another foul ball, he tried to check his swing on a low slider, but could not, falling to one knee, and getting rung up.

(There was a serious heart attack moment in the bottom of the 11th when it looked like pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs had hit a two out, three-run dong off Justin Masterson. But it apparently sailed over the right field pole as a foul ball -- I could not see it via MLBTV on my computer screen -- and the Big Donkey regrouped and quickly got a strikeout.)

Lester (7-2-1-2-11, 111) was absolutely superb, striking out the side in both the fourth and fifth innings and becoming the first left-handed pitcher in Red Sox history to record 10+ strikeouts in three consecutive starts.

The only two hits he allowed were Ibanez's single and Victorino's double to open the second inning. After that, he set down 14 in a row and 18 of his last 19 batters.

Solo home runs accounted for the two early Boston runs: Youkilis in the fourth and Drew in the fifth.

***

Jon Lester (5.09, 93 ERA+) / Joe Blanton (5.46, 79 ERA+)

Fifteen games of interleague play begin tonight against the defending World Series champs. After three games in Philadelphia, the Red Sox go back to Fenway to face the Marlins and Atlanta, then visit the Nationals and Atlanta. Each series is three games.
Pedroia, 2B
Drew, RF
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Ortiz, 1B
Varitek, C
Ellsbury, CF
Green, SS
Lester, P
With Boston facing lefties on Saturday and Sunday, Ortiz grabs his mitt tonight.

In his last two starts, Lester has allowed only five hits and five walks in 15 innings, while striking out 23. In his last four starts, opposing hitters are hitting .198.

In 33 plate appearances in June, J.D. drew is batting .391/.576/.696 for a cool OPS of 1.271. Since moving to the #2 spot eight games ago, Drew has reached base in every game: 10-for-27 (.370) with 10 walks.

John Smoltz's Pawtucket start was rained out last night. He will pitch tonight.

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redsock said...

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. David Ortiz, 1B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
8. Nick Green, SS
9. Jon Lester, P

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Jayson Werth, RF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, LF
6. Shane Victorino, CF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Joe Blanton, P

redsock said...

HAHA! Fuck you, Lugo!

Zenslinger said...

Not too much of a defensive dip to put Papi in since you're getting Lowell out of there.

L-girl said...

Good to see Lyndon back in the lineup. And I await more fireworks from Our Tiz.

redsock said...

Amalie Benjamin (yesterday): "Lugo might be wearing the worst suit in history. Red pants, red and white striped shirt, blue jacket."

redsock said...

!!!!!!!
Last night was a weird night in baseball as seagulls drove in the winning run in the Cleveland Indians’ 4-3 10th inning win over the Kansas City Royals.
The play happened in the bottom of the 10th inning with two runners on base after a Mark DeRosa single and Victor Martinez walk. Indians Right Fielder, South Korean native, Shin Soo Choo lined up the middle to Royal’s Center Fielder Coco Crisp, the ball struck a seagull and deflected away from Coco. Coco raised his arms in frustration after the play, but according to Major League Baseball, the ball is still in play after striking objects, including birds in fair territory. Choo’s bird bash drove in the winning run in a walk off game that went to the birds."

****

redsock said...

Since Lugo opened his yapper and made excuses for his shitty play, he has not seen even one second of playing time.

A Conformer said...

Last night was a weird night in baseball as seagulls drove in the winning run in the Cleveland Indians’ 4-3 10th inning win over the Kansas City Royals.

HAHAHAHA
What is it with that ballpark and flying creatures affecting ballgames? Although I just watched the video on mlb.tv, and I don't think noodle arm part deux would've had a chance to throw the runner out anyway.
Still, hahahhahaa.

A Conformer said...

Oh, and BTW: JD apparently stands for June Dominance. He's a June monster.

Zenslinger said...

Or Dominant June, right? (His initials actually being DJ).

Unlike the bird Randy Johnson hit, the one hit by Choo's single did survive. The video is hilarious -- there are 15-20 birds just hanging out on the outfield grass. The announcers first speculate that Ococ was "distracted" by them all. It's something of a glancing blow and was only obvious on the replay that the ball actually hit one of them.

tim said...

Goooooooo Red Sox!

Ish said...

I saw the highlights from Cleveland on Sportscenter this morning. I thought oh that's funny. Then I thought wait... That's hilarious!!!

Then the next time I saw it I said, "Wait... THAT'S COCO!!!!" It really could only happen to Coco.

I love it though, because it's just this random flock of seagulls - I mean, how do you time THAT! Most hilarious.

Gotta love Cleveland. Midges and Seagulls. Bugs and birds. HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE.

Ish said...

So Allan, did you get a Twitter, then?

redsock said...

I don't know what you mean by "get a Twitter", so probably not!

An account? No.

Just followed links posted elsewhere.

Ish said...

Gotcha. The frequency of your twitter re-posts here, if you will, led me to believe you took the twitter plunge.

9casey said...

Do the Red Sox have a promise to Smoltz , that when he is ready he will pitch?

redsock said...

Nah. Just my habit of saying/linking where I get shit from.

Though JWH is one to follow, for sure!

9casey said...

Ish said...
Gotcha. The frequency of your twitter re-posts here, if you will, led me to believe you took the twitter plunge.



Not to sound any stupiderer than I allready do, but can you explain twitter, do people just say what they are doing then people comment?

Ish said...

9C, you are limited to 140 characters with which to say whatever is on your mind or if you have any links to share, etc. What you're doing, what you're thinking, etc. People "follow" you, so your blurbs pop up on their homepage.

So, there is commenting but not as much of it as you'd think. There's no comments section. If you're following someone and they're following you, you can address them like @9Casey and then whatever you want to say and it shows up on their page.

Very simple, very concise, and it's the same rules for everyone, whether it's just you and me or... Alyssa Milano, for instance.

redsock said...

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other users - known as followers - who have subscribed to them. ...

A study from 300,542 users by Harvard University published in June 2009 discovered that 10% of users created over 90% of Twitter's content. It also showed that many used the service purely to follow others, rather than posting content of their own, so much so that the median number of tweets per user in a lifetime is one.

***

Short little blog posts, basically (I think). What is the deal with fewer than 140 characters? Is that all the technology can handle?

It's like something Facebook has -- maybe L can explain.

If I had an account, you could sign up and read little snippets all day long:

"eating ham sandwich yumm"

L-girl said...

I'll be a little late to the thread tonight. Have to finish a few things up while I watch the first couple of innings.

redsock said...

The buzz will wear off in six months and everyone will discard Twitter and sign up for whatever the next big thing is.

redsock said...

LET'S GO, METS!

Ish said...

How's L feeling about the Mets tonight?

I don't know where 140 comes from but it's certainly good to keep people from feeling like they have to write novels.

Ish said...

I think I heard "Don and Dave" for tonight.

redsock said...

I'm not sure if she gives the Mets much consideration at all. I assume she'd be glad if they won, though.

redsock said...

I'm at work, where NESN is always on!

Lord Lynch said...

Hello!

Been There!

redsock said...

Don and Dave LOVE interleague play.

Ish said...

Don: "We bring in Dave Roberts and Dave, I LOVE interleague play."

Dave: I LOVE it too, Don!

Ish said...

Looks like alternate road unis for the Red Sox tonight. Second time this season!

L-girl said...

Yay, finished early. What's the question?

redsock said...

I've commented there a couple of times, but nothing in an ongoing discussion.

The comments at the bottom of every single MLB article are fuckin' scary. And anyone ever glance at the comments at the Globe? Oy.

L-girl said...

Ooo, we love interleague play, goodie goodie. YUCK!

redsock said...

time to rock and roll against gern blanston.

Ish said...

Allan it reminds me of the LoHud blog game thread. first inning will have about 500 comments.

Lord Lynch said...

I'm excited too!

L-girl said...

You've commented where a couple of times? I can't find the beginning of that.

As a general rule, comments on all newspaper articles are moronic - and often racist, right-wing, fascist to boot.

Ish said...

It doesn't sound like Dave has had any other TV gigs in between NESN appearances.

Someone please scratch a chalkboard!

Kevin said...

Few things make me happier than seeing Lugo not in the lineup.

Lord Lynch said...

I'm excited! Dave's excited. Tito's excited.

Gimme a pacifier!

L-girl said...

I feel like I'm seeing half the posts and the other half are invisible.

Twitter has been around for a while already. It will last more than another 6 months, but obviously it will not be as hot and buzzy. I mean, LiveJournal is still around, people still use it, but no one talks about it anymore.

There are people who Facebook and Twitter who say blogging is dead, but obviously that's ridiculous.

Ish said...

I love these uniforms. Except they're probably wearing hanging sox.

redsock said...

I've commented at Yanks Fan/Sox Fan.

Benjamin said...

I mean, LiveJournal is still around, people still use it, but no one talks about it anymore.

LiveJournal is mostly used only by Russians now.

Kevin said...

Well that was an uneventful start to the game.

L-girl said...

Benjamin, is that a joke that I don't get (what's new)?

Tons of people still use their LJ accounts. Lots of bloggers keep their private blogs there.

L-girl said...

I never heard anyone say "get a Twitter". I usually hear "are you on Twitter" or "I'm on Twitter".

Ish said...

Hanging sox.

redsock said...

http://twitter.com/DavidOrtiz

?

Benjamin said...

No seriously, there's been a pretty big migration away from LiveJournal to Facebook, except in (its now native) Russia (it was acquired a couple months ago by a Russian firm that shut down LJ's San Francisco staff).

Ish said...

L, I am making vocabulary waves.

Lord Lynch said...

Dave's excited again.

redsock said...

I guess it is him.

http://www.facebook.com/davidortiz

Ish said...

LiveJournal, then Myspace, then Facebook, then Twitter.

And now there's Tumblr. Which is a Flickr/Twitter hybrid.

Benjamin said...

Dave Roberts's insufferably positive attitude must have made for great clubhouse chemistry, but it makes for annoying broadcasting.

Kevin said...

Sit

L-girl said...

There's actually a shitload of social networking sites that haven't gotten really famous.

Lord Lynch said...

Dave's excitead about Lester.

Dave, we know. I want to twitter about how excited I am.

Kevin said...

When Drew's contract is done I'd like to see the Sox go after Werth. Really underrated player.

L-girl said...

Well, seriously, gazillions of people still use their LiveJournal accounts. It's actually still quite big.

Lord Lynch said...

Perfect through 2/3 of an inning tonight.

Kevin said...

Ooh, Ryan Howard. This should be an easy K.

redsock said...

shifts are not about respect. it's about where you hit the ball most of the time. come on dave.

L-girl said...

bebo
friendster
hi5
orkut
zorpia
netlog
ning

Many more.

Who uses these and how long they'll last, I don't know.

The last big story I did, I found out tons of people are still using MySpace. I had no idea.

Kevin said...

Well, not a K this time, but groundouts are cool too.

First time Ryan Howard hasn't K'd against Lester in his career.

L-girl said...

NESN here too. I find it much easire to ignore Dave Roberts than Eck. Dave is not great, but he's not annoying.

Yes, I know this is a minority opinion by far.

redsock said...

slider? looked like a change

SHIFT THIS!

L-girl said...

shift this!

Ish said...

Papi's mojo's risin'. Magical mango salsa!

Kevin said...

Papingle!

L-girl said...

"Papingle!"

Alright, it's catching on!

redsock said...

CCorpse.









(kidding!)

Ish said...

I want him to hit a triple so I can say Papipple.

L-girl said...

Yay, my boy is back!

[I was going to write "ccaptain", but ccorpse, wow!]

L-girl said...

tizingle is good too. it has that zing in it.

L-girl said...

A, do you have work tonight?

We're both off all weekend. Yay.

redsock said...

did some this afternoon, but nothing since 4 or so.

L-girl said...

I apologized to Nick Green last night - twice. Once for hitting and once for defense!

L-girl said...

Oh that's good. I hope they can leave you alone for the game.

redsock said...

we saw a game in this park. abreu beat franco and the stems with a walkoff dong in the 9th.

july 8, 2004

thanks B-Ref!

L-girl said...

Anyone ever start to laugh thinking about something from a gamethread - when you're nowhere near a thread?

This morning I thought of A's fake John Henry post "brb gotta get gf a juice box" and laughed out loud.

Patrick said...

I think about Ish wishing his dong has a 73% chance to win.

L-girl said...

Yes, a great little trip to Philadelphia.

I also saw the Phillies beat the Mets at the Vet in... 1979 or 1980.

L-girl said...

"I think about Ish wishing his dong has a 73% chance to win."

That was a good one!

Lord Lynch said...

Seriously. If you took "excited" out of Dave's lexicon, he'd be powerless.

In London speak, this game is "after the lord mayor's show",

redsock said...

is there anything that dave roberts doesn't think is great?

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

Kevin said...

Okay...this is not ideal.

K please?

Ish said...

Bobble but OUT!!

redsock said...

FLO!

L-girl said...

Papi with the leather!

L-girl said...

No, Dave Roberts loves everything.

Lord Lynch said...

Been to CBP twice. Saw Giants demolish them 13-0 a couple of years ago, and last season I saw them beat the Brewers 5-1 (I think). It's the nearest to the beloved's home town.

redsock said...

good call by the ump. glad he did not penalize him for the bobble.

Lord Lynch said...

Livan the lump coughs up a homer for crusoe. MFY's 1 up.

Patrick said...

I really wonder about when Joe C. and Dave O. are singing praises for individual Phillies players if they really have any clue about what they're saying.

L-girl said...

Ha! Nice.

Lord Lynch said...

I've been in that top tier Dave. I wasn't excited. I had vertigo....

redsock said...

june 1, 2007: sf 13, phi 0

sept 14, 2008??: phi 6, mil 1

Kevin said...

Nice barehand there FY.

Alright, one run isn't bad. Let's get it tied back up.

redsock said...

.. getting updated on nyy-nym game from someone in london! :>)

Lord Lynch said...

Frighteningly quick A!

Lord Lynch said...

Got to talk to someone.The wife's been silent all day.

L-girl said...

We have a close friend who lives in London who is a lifelong Phillies fan. Last year I was emailing with her about how she arranged to watch the playoffs and WS with her family in PA via Skype.

Lord Lynch said...

There's a cafe in Greenwich which has tons of Phillies stuff on the walls, and the Phillies logo on the signage. Really odd.

L-girl said...

Patrick, if out of town announcers talking about Sox players are any guide, Don & Dave have no clue.

L-girl said...

Do you know the name of the place? I wonder if my friend knows it.

L-girl said...

nice catch asshole

Kevin said...

Damn, that was at least a double.

Patrick said...

That's the only way to put out the fire.

Ish said...

Sunshower!

There were dark clouds over us here for a half hour. Started to sprinkle then the sun came out and it started to pour! Looked up in the dark clouds with the sunshine and saw the rain falling from high up, illuminated by the sunshine!


GREAT CATCH! Wrong uniform!

Patrick said...

Patrick, if out of town announcers talking about Sox players are any guide, Don & Dave have no clue.

This is my guess.

redsock said...

extra special for the phans since drew hit it.

Patrick said...

That picture looks tropical, Ish.

Lord Lynch said...

L, I don't, but we are regulars in Greenwich and I'll remember it next time.

L-girl said...

Ish, I looked for you on Facebook but couldn't find you. Are you there under not your real name?

Ish said...

Wish I had a little more exposure in that picture but whatev!

andy said...

I comment on papers and news tv articles all the time. It is so much fun messing with those wackjobs. You are right on L, people on those are ridiculous.

Lord Lynch said...

http://sevenandseven.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/an-englishman-in-philly/

Pictures of my last visit there...

L-girl said...

ha ha, papi gasping for air

redsock said...

i have both games on mlbtv now ina split screen. cool.

2 on for mets

Ish said...

L, just sent you a friend request.

L-girl said...

Thanks Lord.

Andy, I try hard not to look, b/c it only gets me pissed off. But sometimes I can't help myself and comment too.

redsock said...

ooooh, big picture of sox game and little pic in corner of mfy. nice.

L-girl said...

Thanks Ish!

redsock said...

mets have basesd loaded against jtc with 1 out.

redsock said...

beltran up with sacks full.

L-girl said...

I gotta eat while watching, will thread more later.

Lord Lynch said...

Just for kicks I played the bottom of the 8th and the top of the 9th on YES from yesterday when I watched the end this evening.

Michael Kay. If he didn't exist, you'd have to invent him.

redsock said...

Michael Kay. If he didn't exist, you'd have to invent him.

And then kill him.

redsock said...

full count to beltran. crowd rising at the toilet.

Patrick said...

YOOOUUK

Lord Lynch said...

Ding Dong!

redsock said...

SULTAN OF SWEAT!!!

Kevin said...

YOOOOOOOOUUUUUUK!

redsock said...

long AB for beltran, gotta be 10pitches by now.

Lord Lynch said...

Smoltz line is Penny-esque!

redsock said...

joba walks in a run

Lord Lynch said...

JTC - 60 pitches for 7 outs.

Looks like the MFY's strength will be exposed again.

redsock said...

wright caught looking
two outs
FIST PUMP!!!

Patrick said...

Joba really, really bothers me. He is so immature, and it is hard to watch.

redsock said...

JTC HBP -- 2-1 Mets

HAHAHAHA

redsock said...

sheff up, still loaded. come on asshole, hit something off that asshole

Patrick said...

HBTC. HAHAHA

L-girl said...

holy shit, is anybody threading the RED SOX game!

my boy got a hit, no one said a word. you all suck!

Lord Lynch said...

I know L. I know L.

We are inadequate....

Great shout A!

redsock said...

fell behind 3-0, went full, third out.

i'll bet he fist-pumped -- though he walked and HBP'd in two runs.

redsock said...

oh yeah -- weak little ground single to right from ells.

Benjamin said...

Nats leading the FKRs 3-0. How far the mighty have fallen!

L-girl said...

i thought the most important thing is to GET ON BASE

fuck all you people, watch your fucking yankees game, be stereotypes, more interested in the yankees than your own team.

/joking

/kind of

redsock said...

DON'T DISS BLOGGERS, DAVE, I WILL RUIN YOU!!!!!!!!!!

:>)

Benjamin said...

Phew.

Kevin said...

K's the side. I think he's getting locked in.

redsock said...

... thank goodness mainstream sportswriters never run with baseless character assassinations and rumours and half-baked bullshit like those silly bloggers.

Patrick said...

Lester is a bad man.

redsock said...

set down 9 in a row after the two hits to start the 2nd.

8 of the 9 outs in the infield.

Lord Lynch said...

Not depraved filth yet, but getting there.

My MLB TV has switched to hi-def, so I'm 5 minutes behind you lot..

Ish said...

One last game in the NHL this season. I am going to go watch that with the Sox on the little tv. Have a good rest of the game, everyone!

Benjamin said...

ON FIRE

redsock said...

DREW: "PHUCK YOU, PHILLY!"

L-girl said...

FIREY DONG!

Lord Lynch said...

I take it that's Doc their talking about?

What's happened?

Kevin said...

FIRE!!!!

L-girl said...

Halliday left tonight's game with an injury.

redsock said...

i want the jays to push the chokers down to 3rd, so that is not good.

Lord Lynch said...

Drew homer! I get to see it three minutes after you lot!

Kevin said...

Sit

Ish said...

Went out for another picture 15 minutes ago!

redsock said...

NYM: 002
NYY: 012

Kevin said...

Sit

Kevin said...

K's the side again!

redsock said...

Racist?

KKK

KKK

redsock said...

Orsillo uses the word "defiant" when talking about Beckett working with (or really against) Tek in 2006.

Three years late with that bit of analysis, but hey...

L-girl said...

Cute bit, Baldy interviewing Fire.

redsock said...

sadly, drew's answer was just repeating the last half of baldy's question.

redsock said...

lester at 82 thru 5
and he bats third next inning
does tito PH?

Lord Lynch said...

Done for the night. Hopefully we hang on.....

Night all....

redsock said...

too open a question, not knowing his pc after 6 and if the first two sox get on. never mind.

Kevin said...

There's no way Lugo makes that play.

redsock said...

There's no way Lugo makes any play.

Fixed that for you.

Kevin said...

Sit

L-girl said...

"sadly, drew's answer was just repeating the last half of baldy's question."

it wasn't really sad.

L-girl said...

lester = good

redsock said...

i cried.

redsock said...

Lester could have 3 straight starts games with 10+ K.

Pedro holds the post-1954 Sox record with 10!

Kevin said...

Sit

I wouldn't mind seeing Lester bat and then pitch one more inning.

redsock said...

okay, yes, he hits.

Kevin said...

"There's no way Lugo makes any play."

Touche

Kevin said...

Green still > Lugo

A Conformer said...

Was that the sox' first scrotum bunt this year?

It looks like Lester has been ultra-filthy the last three innings...

redsock said...

dave: green is not "a young player". he turns 31 in sept.

redsock said...

Was that the sox' first scrotum bunt this year?

No, we had it maybe 7-8 games ago.

redsock said...

mets 6-3 (top 5)

Patrick said...

95 pitches. I'd be cool letting Lester have a seat, a la Beckett, his last outting.

Kevin said...

Jeemer and Ram-Ram up.

Kevin said...

10 Ks!

Kevin said...

Sit

11Ks! Again!

A Conformer said...

In GDGD it looks like Feliz swung at a slider that hit the dirt. Could it be?

s1c said...

you know, that Lester might be an all right pitcher someday.

you know, that Youkilis, he might be a good player someday.

you know, that Drew feller, well he might do all right in that 2 hole.

woo woo, 2-1 Sox.

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