June 28, 2009

G75: Atlanta 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 000 001 - 1  5  1
Atlanta - 100 100 00x - 2 6 2
Penny pitched well (6-6-2-0-2, 106) but two solo home runs -- Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson -- was enough for Hanson (6-2-0-2-2, 97) and a quartet of relievers.

On his ninth pitch of the afternoon -- a fastball to Kelly Johnson -- Penny grimaced, called out the trainer and was seen shaking his right arm. Penny said afterwards that his thumb had gone numb when it "popped out of the joint for a second. It was nothing. I just needed a second to let it come back."

Boston's run came when Jason Varitek's two-out single scored Kevin Youkilis.

There was an odd play in that inning. Youkilis singled and Jason Bay struck out. David Ortiz tapped a grounder to second. Johnson gloved the ball and went to tag Youkilis, but Yook froze in the basepath. So Johnson threw to Casey Kotchman at first base to retire Ortiz. Kotchman then threw down to shortstop Diory Hernandez, who chased Youkilis back to first.

Hernandez's throw back to Johnson at the bag was high and Yook was able to slide back in safely. So ... Ortiz grounded out to second and the runner at first did not advance!

***

Brad Penny (4.93, 94 ERA+) / Tommy Hanson (3.13, 136 ERA+)

Penny: 3.81 ERA in his last 10 starts (all of May and June). At $5, he's becoming a bargain at the back end of the rotation.

Terry Francona:
He's gotten us into the sixth pretty regularly. Now, his stuff is getting better, too. His stuff is more powerful. ... He's starting to locate, he's starting to throw it downhill. [Trade rumours?] I didn't pay much attention, because I knew where we were. We didn't sign him to trade him. We signed him to win.
Hanson would be making his fifth career start today. However, he has been battling the flu and Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said it was "very iffy" if he could go this afternoon. If not, Kris Medlen (6.12, 69 ERA+) will get the ball for his fourth career start.

MLB.com:
Hanson continued his recent trend of creating trouble for himself and then pitching out of it. Against the Yankees on Tuesday, the 22-year-old rookie held the Yankees scoreless over 5.1 innings, but walked five batters and hit another. The wildness drove up his pitch count to 99 in the fifth, forcing him out of the game despite allowing just four hits.
Mike Lowell will fly back to Boston tonight and get an injection of Synvisc in his ailing right hip on Monday morning. Lowell:
It's not normal to look forward to an injection, but I'm really looking forward to it. I want to feel the relief that hopefully it can provide. I defer to them when they say I can play after that.

73 comments:

redsock said...

Pedroia, 2B
Drew, RF
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Ortiz, 1B
Varitek, C
Ellsbury, CF
Green, SS
Penny, P

Sweep these assholes.

That's an order!

redsock said...

SoSHer absintheofmalaise said he was going to the game today.

Monbo Jumbo advised:
"If you buy ice cream at the stadium, make sure they have spoons before you hand over your money. Yesterday they ran out of spoons, but weren't telling the customers until after they'd paid. I asked the guy how was I supposed to eat it, and he said - 'wait 5 minutes and use a straw.' Class organization."

tim said...

Wow Braves. Classy indeed.

Jon said...

Let's see, the last 2 weeks the weather has been terrible and the last 2 weeks has been interleauge play? Can't wait for inter league to be over.

Pepe Lepew said...

I'd sure like to see Wake make his first All-Star game this year.

L-girl said...

Damn, I can't watch or listen to today's game either. I'm missing the whole weekend. Rats.

I can only keep gdgd up and check in.

s1c said...

Classy Organization, what did you expect from the owners of AOL!!!

westcoastsox said...

A rare game I get to watch on TV. For an hour, anyway, until I need to run an errand. I love 10:30 am games :-)

westcoastsox said...

Guess Hanson felt well enough after all.

redsock said...

I'm expecting work any minute now. :<(

It was supposed to be at noon, but the attorney is running late.

Pepe Lepew said...

Let's see, the last 2 weeks the weather has been terrible and the last 2 weeks has been interleauge play? Can't wait for inter league to be over.

I can't wait for the Yankees to play someone other than the Mets. Geez!

redsock said...

with a pitch to johnson, penny winced in the follow-through and was holding his right arm, then shaking it. tito and lessard came out, were looking at his hand. took some warm-ups and seemed okay. ---

crap, Larry Dong.

s1c said...

Hot Humid and the ball carried. Frack

redsock said...

shit, now mccann nearly bangs a dong to right. foul though

Pepe Lepew said...

Everything the Braves hit is hard ... even their outs.

redsock said...

first time through -- and penny has the only really well hit ball.

redsock said...

It must feel great to be Tommy Hanson.

Why is that, you ask?

Because Tommy Hanson is
PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

BAY! 2 out bingle

redsock said...

fuckin great at bat there for tizzle. come on, tek.

s1c said...

The Sox lead the majors in 2 out rbi's. Add another one here Tek

s1c said...

Will take the walk

s1c said...

LBJ, Time to be the hero!!!

redsock said...

hah eff you braves.

do it, lbj

redsock said...

not a good hack.

L-girl said...

I can finally listen. Let's see if I'm a good luck charm.

redsock said...

Work has finally arrived. See you soon.

A Conformer said...

There's nothing like a 6-pitch OTT.

westcoastsox said...

Tough game. Need to get to the bullpen.

A Conformer said...

Why didn't this Hanson dude stay sick?

Ish said...

Afternoon, Joy Nation.

I am full of meatball sub and finally able to settle in for the rest of this one.

Ish said...

BOLD baserunning by V-Tek! Wow.

L-girl said...

here we come...

johngoldfine said...

Hey Ish, I haven't had a real good meatball sub since I lived in Mass and at at Lena's or Santoro's--those places are all OOB, thanks to the franchises....

Why do I always wind up thinking about food on JOS?

A Conformer said...

Capitalise.

Ish said...

Johngoldfine, probably because I'm the one who always mentions what I've eaten. I'm not even sure why I do it. (I got mine from Subway)

A Conformer said...

Fuckety fuck.

L-girl said...

bah

L-girl said...

The Ish Food Report. You can bank on it.

Then we all chime in.

johngoldfine said...

Yeah, ish, but even when A Conformer said he'd be in Anaheim, all I could think of, apart from coasters, was the fried chicken at Knott's Berry Farm. I guess this is nature's way of telling me to go start supper....

A Conformer said...

Wait, John (it's cool if I omit the surname, right?), you actually ate in KBF? The food there is one of the most overpriced I've seen...

Well, I guess that if you're in the park as a guest it makes sense to eat in. Are you allowed to bring sandwiches? That's what I would do.

johngoldfine said...

A Conformer: I answer to 'john'--most people omit the last name when addressing me.

This was one of those times I was touring SCal amusement parks with my journalist g/f who did coasters for an industry paper. Everything except the chicken was comped, so money was not an issue that day.

L-girl said...

A coaster connection, cool.

I haven't eaten fried chicken in so long, can't remember the last time. I love it.

That's my contribution to the food thread.

Zenslinger said...

I've had to come in to work while the Gay Pride parade rages outside and the sun shines on San Francisco.

Ah, well. Youk-Bay-Papi can start something in the ninth, can't they?

Zenslinger said...

Wow, USA loses to Brazil 3-2. I'm not much for soccer, but that was looking like a very major upset early on with the USA up 2-0.

redsock said...

short break from work for the 9th. this gonzalez guy reminds me of frod, which means i hate him. RUNS!

tim said...

Lets-go-jay-bay!

L-girl said...

"I've had to come in to work while the Gay Pride parade rages outside and the sun shines on San Francisco."

Same here, but substitute Toronto. The San Francisco of the North.

(Just made that up.)

tim said...

Yes, this delivery of gonzalez is pissing me the fuck off.

tim said...

That was dirty.

Ish said...

Zen, turned out to be the upset of the upset.

redsock said...

dear flo: pound this clown!

redsock said...

get back on that mound you asstard

L-girl said...

We live!!!!

redsock said...

HAHAH

eat shit, frod jr.

redsock said...

taco time!

Ish said...

I love how Gonzalez pumped his fist after that foul-tip like he'd just won the game.

Then Tek singles home a run.

Zenslinger said...

On-field delay = ?

Ish said...

Is it an official rule that TV cameras cannot show fans running onto the field?

L-girl said...

damn

clean water

[delay = fan on field]

[not showing fan on field = general agreement, not actual rule, i believe]

redsock said...

they do not want to "encourage" such acts, but fans still run on the field.

shit.

9 runs total in these 3 games!

Ish said...

It's interesting how they agree to such things without a rule being established.

Zenslinger said...

Yargh.

Well, Toronto lost. Go Mets.

Ish said...

As the water comes up clean in Atlanta.

redsock said...

It's interesting how they agree to such things without a rule being established.

Collusion!

A Conformer said...

Fuck.

9 runs total in these 3 games!

I predict the Sox will score more than that in tomorrow's game alone.

Ish said...

Dear, Mets.

Please spank the Wang. Choke it. Kill it. Pound it.

Beat it.

Your friend,
Ish

L-girl said...

"It's interesting how they agree to such things without a rule being established."

I'm not 100% certain that there's no rule, but reasonably sure. They don't necessarily all get together and agree to something, it's just standard industry practice - or in this case, non-practice. A lot of industries have things like that.

redsock said...

NYY: 300 00
NYM: 000 20

saltpeter said...

Tito is a great players' manager, and he handles the press well. But, his inability to read the flow of a game and alter his situational strategy according to the dynamics of the moment frustrates me to no end. Case in point, today's finale in Atlanta. 2-1 Atlanta with 2 outs in the ninth and Kottaras on first. Herky/Jerky left-handed Gonzalez is on the mound for Atlanta. His delivery constantly leaves him off balance and falling away toward third base. He's just allowed Youkilis to score on a bloop hit by Tek. He's upset that his defense just blew a double play that should have ended the game. He's ripe to be shaken up more by something unorthodox. Speedy Ellsbury is batting left-handed. Chances of Ells getting a swinging hit against his unorthodox delivery are slim. I said to myself, Tito, why don't you order him to lay down a bunt up the first base line. The pitchers momentum is going toward third. They'll never get Ells, you'll shake up the pitcher, and then you've got right handed hitter Green up who's seen the young left-hander at spring training while playing for the Braves. You'll have the tying run at second and the go-ahead run on first in the speedy Ellsbury. But no, Tito lets him swing away and overmatched by the unorthodox delivery, Ellsbury strikes out. No, you can't win them all, Tito. But, you can win a lot more by simply pressing a few buttons once in while.

Ish said...

Weird shit going down at Citi Field, eh? Looks like Fruitbat's going to save his 500th career game... Ends up earning his 1st career RBI on the same night! On a walk by Frod!

Seriously that was some weeeeeird shit.

SoSock said...

Another IMAC - (insignificant morning after comment) (about the only type of comment I'll be able to make until after LL calms down a bit - 16 hours on Sat. & 12 on Sunday, I need a break from my days off)
When I checked the Red Sox site for a wrap-up and box score, as always AFTER I got the real scoop on JoS, the article stated the following - "Brad Penny served up 2 solo home runs, but those were more than enough for Atlanta to salvage the finale."
???? - MORE than enough. I guess they didn't need that last 1/2 of a run because they could have won with only 1 1/2?
I'm no Einstein or anything, but last time I checked scoring 2 when your opponent scores 1 is scoring just enough to win, not MORE than enough.
Oh well, no game tonight, for either of my teams or the teams playing in the district 9-10 tournament that our complex is hosting. Just 1 practice for my older guys. We usually finish up by 7:30 or 8 with them so I may actually get to catch the end of a game tonight, although more than likely I'll end up stopping by the local watering hole for a long overdue beer or 6.
Maybe I'll make a MAGIC (midnight after game incoherant comment) :)

Ish said...

It would not have gone down well if Ellsbury, with 2 outs in the 9th inning, bunted and was thrown out at first. Chances are better he'd reach because of his speed and the delivery but he is also not a real good bunter. Plus how are you going to drop one up the first base line if you're seeing sliders away?

You would have to catch the ball first then whack it up the first base line and even then, you'll be lucky to leg it out.

tim said...

How we do football in Canada