June 27, 2009

G74: Red Sox 1, Atlanta 0

Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1  6  0
Atlanta - 000 000 000 - 0 4 0
Wakefield (6-3-0-1-1, 88) did not allow an Atlanta baserunner to reach third base in the mid-90s Georgia heat, and pocketed his 174th victory as a Red Sock.

After Manny Delcarmen pitched a perfect seventh and got the first out in the eighth, Justin Masterson walked pinch-hitter Matt Diaz. The Big Donkey then wild pitched him to second. A grounder to first put Diaz at third, but Masterson retired Martin Prado on a harmless fly to right.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Brian McCann cracked a deep fly ball off Jonathan Papelbon to right-center. Both Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew called for it near the warning track. Drew gloved the ball and the two fielders collided, but because both of them had nearly come to a stop, there was little nothing more than a chest bump. Garret Anderson followed with a double to left-center on an 0-2 pitch. Bot got Casey Kotchman to ground to second (he directed FY where to throw, a la Sexy Lips) to end the game.

Mark Kotsay drove in the game's only run, with an opposite field single to left. Kevin Youkilis had walked with two outs and David Ortiz followed with a walk of his own. Both passes had Atlanta manager Bobby Cox muttering to himself in the home dugout. Several close calls during both at-bats and the umpires determined that each batter had checked his swing on ball four. Kotsay then knocked Vazquez's 2-2 pitch into left.

Youkilis also singled in the first and tripled in the eighth (capping an 11-pitch AB). Ortiz singled and walked twice. Wakefield lined a single to center in the third.

***

Tim Wakefield (4.47, 104 ERA+) / Javier Vazquez (3.18, 133 ERA+)

This will be Wakefield's 382nd start for the Red Sox, tying Roger Clemens for the most starts in club history.

There is also this:
Career Pitching Wins

Cy Young 192
Roger Clemens 192
Tim Wakefield 173
20 wins to go!

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June 27 in Baseball History:
1911 - In the 7th inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, the A's Stuffy McInnis steps into the batter's box to lead off and hits Ed Karger's warm-up pitch for an inside-the-park home run while the Red Sox are still taking their positions. Boston manager Patsy Donovan protests to umpire Ben Egan, but Egan rejects the protest on the basis of AL president Ban Johnson's new rule prohibiting warm-up pitches. Johnson's time-saving rule, which declares that pitchers must throw as soon as the batter is in the box, is soon withdrawn.
There have always been complaints that baseball games drag on for too long.

Happy 66th birthday, Rico Petrocelli!

Today is also the sixth anniversary of Boston's 25-8 win over the Marlins.

72 comments:

redsock said...

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Mark Kotsay, LF
6. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
7. Julio Lugo, SS
8. George Kottaras, C
9. Tim Wakefield, P

tim said...

19 to go after today(night)! Better be...I got 10 bucks on this one! (Like I do for all games).

Exam done, feels great! Beer time, now time for a quick round at the pitch and putt then more beer for today! Enjoy the game JoS!

Zenslinger said...

Not a great lineup for the matchup versus the guy who - surprise! - has become the Braves' best pitcher (next to Jurrjens). But, you gotta rest 'em.

Hope Wake throws a gem.

tim said...

Awful lineup. I want my 10 bucks back.

tim said...

Bahahaha great piece of baseball history - just read that, wow.

And thats when games were like what, 2 hours max!

redsock said...

2:00 was long.

At that time, I think they wanted to keep games around 1:30.

FenFan said...

Here's hoping Timmy gets those 20 wins. Go Sox!

L-girl said...

Easy to keep games short with NO COMMERCIALS!

I'm going to miss at least the first hour of this one.

Go Timmeh!

A Conformer said...

Woohoo, live TV baseball. Much better than watching a game in a tiny window on a small screen...

A Conformer said...

Wow, it's quiet like a grave in here today.

redsock said...

Yeah, I am working, though I may be in soon.

johngoldfine said...

Hey A Conformer--not totally gravelike! I'm hefre.

johngoldfine said...

here, that is....

johngoldfine said...

Hey A Conformer--you said the other night that you were going to be in Anaheim: Knotts or Disney? I was stuck on a coaster at Knotts for a half hour once....

:(

A Conformer said...

Knotts. Disney hasn't let my company in yet...

A Conformer said...

Which ride was it? I'm sure you remember...

A Conformer said...

I love how effortless JD looks on defense. He's not flashy, he doesn't get dirty and dive, but he gets good jumps and takes good routes to make the dirty dives unnecessary.

redsock said...

But if he doesn't get his uniform dirty, how will we know he cares?

redsock said...

Don't show Tek. He couldn't have thrown him out, either.

johngoldfine said...

All I remember is we went waayyyyyyyy up, then stopped. And stopped. And...

A Conformer said...

But if he doesn't get his uniform dirty, how will we know he cares?

Clutch postseason dongs?

A Conformer said...

All I remember is we went waayyyyyyyy up, then stopped. And stopped. And...

OK, I've got a couple of guesses, then. Montezooma's Revenge would make the most sense. Other than that, it could be the Xcelerator or Boomerang, though I doubt it. It was a roller coaster, right? Not one of those towers where they just drop you?

redsock said...

He hits nice October dongs, yes, but he doesn't smile -- or kick any water coolers. I don't think he wants to win. It's only a hefty paycheck to him, because he works for Scott Boras - and he's the devil.

Now dirt dogs, that's what we need. Taking shit routes to balls and not catching them, being unable to hit lefties, forgetting the number outs and giving in-play balls to fans, getting picked off second in a daze, injuring his back simply driving on the highway, but man, dirty shirt, grubby pants, grimy cap, gritty facial expressions, why can't we get more guys like that?

redsock said...

Final:
Phillies 10, Blue Jays 0

A Conformer said...

Now dirt dogs, that's what we need. Taking shit routes to balls and not catching them, being unable to hit lefties, forgetting the number outs and giving in-play balls to fans, getting picked off second in a daze, injuring his back simply driving on the highway, but man, dirty shirt, grubby pants, grimy cap, gritty facial expressions, why can't we get more guys like that?

Man, it would be impossible to think of one single player that has all those qualities. It sounds a like a fantastic being, like a winged unicorn.

Zenslinger said...

I think that if I go down to The Bar to watch this game, we'll score some runs.

Let me get right on that...

A Conformer said...

So, do NL pitchers have a substantial edge in strikeouts on AL pitchers, since 1/9 of the hitters they face have a much higher probability of striking out? Sounds logical, no?

redsock said...

Bay, on getting the day off: "Too hot for a Canadian."

A Conformer said...

So, do NL pitchers have a substantial edge in strikeouts on AL pitchers, since 1/9 of the hitters they face have a much higher probability of striking out? Sounds logical, no?

From a quick and dirty look at league stats on B-ref, it looks like it's true...

redsock said...

time for flo to break another scoreless tie

A Conformer said...

A large dominican dong would be nice. Very nice.

redsock said...

FUCK YOU, SEARS!

A Conformer said...

FUCK YOU, SEARS!

Why?

A Conformer said...

Hey, look: a run!

redsock said...

The little score/count thing in the left corner morphed into a long rectangular Sears commercial for 5-10 seconds, then folded back up into the usual box.

redsock said...

RIGHT NOW!

L-girl said...

Just popped in to say:

Whoo-hoo! A run.

L-girl said...

"He's not flashy, he doesn't get dirty and dive, but he gets good jumps and takes good routes to make the dirty dives unnecessary."

Sadly, that explains why so many people don't like him. He's clearly not a GWG. W but not G.

A Conformer said...

Sadly, that explains why so many people don't like him. He's clearly not a GWG. W but not G.

I give up. GWG?

A Conformer said...

Thanks for the out, Cocks.

redsock said...

ha ha larry!

L-girl said...

Gritty White Guy

An Allan and Laura expression for people like Trot Nixon, Dustin Pedroia and others who are praised for getting dirty and making emotional outbursts.

Brown players who behave similarly are often showboating, hot-tempered or at least "colourful".

White players who are not sufficiently gritty are called cold and emotionless and often downright hated.

redsock said...

McCan't.

L-girl said...

I have not watched or listened to one minute of this game. :(

I'm glad to have gdgd tho.

A Conformer said...

I hate fucking NL rules.

redsock said...

looks like mdc in the 7th

A Conformer said...

Although I think maybe Tito would've taken him out anyway... but I'm sure having a hitter taking the at bat was part of the decision.

redsock said...

I was wondering about the heat.

6-3-0-1-1, 88

9 outs, pen! Let's get #174!

redsock said...

red sox are the only mlb team with a bullpen ERA below 3.23

it's 2.99

of course, that is a fact -- and irrelevant to how they actually pitch and appear to the naked eye

redsock said...

3 outs on 8 pitches for mdc!

Dr. Jeff said...

Hi y'all. Checking out the game on Fox. Did Ortiz lose weight? MDC looked good in that inning. Go Sox.

redsock said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOK

bcffbfffff - TRIPLE!

L-girl said...

sweatriple?

redsock said...

bot sitting
who was up, bard or donkey?

redsock said...

big donkey with 1 out, 0 on, in the 8th.

redsock said...

quit playing around, masterbate.

redsock said...

Alright. 2 outs, guy on 3rd.

Get Prado!

redsock said...

I'm sorry I ever doubted you, Master. Please forgive me.

L-girl said...

Another Boston run would be nice.

A Conformer said...

I hope Paps will be good. It certainly looks like we'll need it.

redsock said...

Time to snuff these motherfuckers.

Larry
McCan't
Mrs. Garret

redsock said...

Green at SS.

redsock said...

I hope Paps will be good. It certainly looks like we'll need it.

Yeah, no obligatory solo blasts.

redsock said...

fuckin a bot.

god damn right you oughta be pissed

A Conformer said...

Well, that was close to being very shitty. Twice.

Let's get one more, Paps, eh?

redsock said...

that was a rope.

A Conformer said...

Relieved water.

I think Bot might have lost his right to that nickname. He's been good, but not automatic in any way this year.

redsock said...

Win

redsock said...

Let's go, Mets!

L-girl said...

dirty!

let's not take away bot's nickname. he's bot. he might earn it again.

Patrick said...

I went to the bathroom with two outs, because I couldn't wait any longer to dirty the water.

L-girl said...

"he might earn it again."

Correction. He WILL earn it again. I'm sure of it.