June 29, 2009

G76: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

Red Sox - 100 300 000 - 4 11  0
Orioles - 000 000 000 - 0 6 0
J.D. Drew tripled on the third pitch of the game and scored the game's first run. He also hit a two-run homer in the fourth and singled in the sixth -- and made several nice running catches in right field.

Lester (7-5-0-0-8, 108) allowed only one Baltimore baserunner past first base.

Jason Varitek and Mark Kotsay each singled twice, Jacoby Ellsbury stole two bases, and Dustin Pedroia singled and walked twice. Jason Bay (0-for-5) recorded the game's final out with a back-handed tumbling catch in short left field.

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Jon Lester (4.68, 99 ERA+) / Jason Berken (6.32, 72 ERA+)

Boston has scored a mere nine runs in its last four games, batting only .205/.261/.291 as a team.

Perhaps facing the last-place Orioles (34-41, 12 GB) -- with a staff ERA of 5.01, third-worst in MLB, and a rookie making his seventh career start -- will get the bats going again.

In his last start, Berken allowed three runs (two earned) to the Marlins in five innings. He has gone more than five innings only once in his last four starts.

Lester has given up three or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts. In his four June starts, Lester has a 2.33 ERA. Against Baltimore on April 19, Lester threw seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. Boston swept that series (April 17-20), outscoring the Orioles 30-14.

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nick said...

psychocandy .. nice. my favorite j&mc album.

L-girl said...

When we go to Boston for games, we seldom have time for anything else - it's either been book promo stuff, or we're only there for the game.

This time we have some free time, like all day Weds. I want a tip or two on some fun stuff to do - but out of the way, off the beaten track things.

We've done all the big touristy stuff. I need someone who knows Boston the way I know NYC to give me some ideas.

Ish said...

I do enjoy Nix being back as well. I just can't stack up.

johngoldfine said...

L-girl--what are some general headinggs of fun: food, shopping, history, art, architecture, views, neighborhoods, walking, books?

Amy said...

What kind of things? Outdoorsy? In the city? Some place to drive to? I haven't lived there in a while, but I can try and think of things if I have a sense of what type of things you would enjoy.

johngoldfine said...

Do you like horse races? Suffolk Downs might have dates. That would do it for me these days.

L-girl said...

John, same q's I would ask re NYC. :)

Not shopping. I should say, we're not interested in the South End.

Architecture, history, books, art - all good. Fun or interesting neighbourhoods that are not uber-trendy. I love small museums.

nick said...

g'night all. I've got no boston secrets to divulge.

Amy said...

Have you been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum? Or some of the museums at Harvard?

johngoldfine said...

Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum. Fogg in Cambridge--both small, both nice, esp ISG.

L-girl said...

Amy, thanks. Definitely city stuff. We can drive, but we'd rather walk and/or take the T.

John, we're not really into the horse track.

johngoldfine said...

Great minds, amy!

redsock said...

L is not so keen on my Infinite Jest tour of Boston, for some reason ...........

Amy said...

Walden Pond and Concord are nice short trips outside of Boston with obvious historical interest.

L-girl said...

I've been to the Gardiner, altho not for a long time. I've heard of the Fogg but haven't been there. I'll look it up online - thanks. We might visit with a friend in Cambridge, so that would be good.

johngoldfine said...

Neighborhoods--Beacon Hill, of course. North End. Back Bay. Victorian Cambridge.

Amy said...

I am trying to think of non-touristy neighborhoods with interesting architecture, but coming up short.

L-girl said...

G'night Nick. I thought you might be a Boston source, but no...

Amy said...

I figured the North End, Beacon Hill, etc., you have done and are definitely touristy.

redsock said...

Rays beat the Jays 4-1, so

BOS ---
MFY 3.5 GB
FKR 5.0 GB
TOR 7.0 GB
BAL 13.0 GB

L-girl said...

I haven't been to Walden Pond, I certainly should go at some point. But I think this is an urban trip. We're staying right near Fenway, so I think we'll just do stuff in the city itself.

johngoldfine said...

Graveyard tour--interesting graves in Boston Common, Kings Chapel, Tremont St--all within a few minutes of each other.

Amy said...

There is also Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge---lots of famous people buried there.

johngoldfine said...

Non touristy, interesting architecture--in Brookline, just over the Boston line, the streets off Beacon on both sides have fine Victorian and Queen Anne architecture.

Amy said...

Parts of Cambridge are really interesting, if you move beyond Harvard Square. Central Square is funkier, and parts of Cambridge as you head northwest on Mass Ave are also.

L-girl said...

We like cemeteries!

Brookline sounds like a good one for us too.

Very good ideas!

johngoldfine said...

Galleries on Newbury--not far from Fenway. Architecture in Copley--the BPL and Richardson Trinity Church.

Amy said...

If you go up around and beyond Harvard Law School, there are lots of nicer older homes.

Ish said...

I'll be parking at Central Square if we drive down to the city.

L-girl said...

Cambridge is really nice. We hung out there some on a recent trip.

We'll probably be around there again to see a friend. I could definitely explore more.

L-girl said...

Walking/architecture is always a good bet for us. Hopefully the weather will permit.

Amy said...

There are all kinds of bookstores in Cambridge also (or there once were). I love going into old bookstores.

johngoldfine said...

Might sound silly but downtown still has some wonderful art deco buildings and also some fine Victorian things, oddly enough, as you get closer to Atlantic Ave. It's a walking city, full of surprises despite the best efforts of urban renewal.

L-girl said...

I'm going to copy/paste all these comments.

johngoldfine said...

Walking up the Fenway toward Jamaica Pond is a possibility. Part of the Olmsted greenbelt. I loved the Arnold Arboretum as a kid.

Amy said...

I bet there are books with various walking tours of Boston and Cambridge. You can walk over the Mass Ave bridge into Cambridge near MIT/Kendall Square and just enjoy the Charles.

L-girl said...

Old bookstores, us too! Plus we're driving... and books are expensive in Canada. Mmmm...

John, it doesn't sound funny, it sounds good. You sound like an urban explorer, like me.

johngoldfine said...

In a perfect world without fear I'd say go walk around Roxbury, up on the hills, for the views and the fine remnants of late 19th C middle class utopia. I don't recommend that any more than I would Southie which also has some dazzling brownstones and brick architecture.

Amy said...

I did that Fens walk from Northeastern to Fenway a few years back. I'd never done it while living in Boston because back then the Fens was not supposed to be safe, but it seems fine now, and very pretty.

L-girl said...

There are tons of walking tour books and websites of Boston. I don't think we're going to do an actual walking tour (altho we like those).

Olmstead Greenbelt?? I didn't know Boston had that. Or maybe I did and I forgot. (Always a possibility.)

Amy said...

I was thinking the same about Dorchester, John. All the triple deckers so typical of Boston working class life. But really not safe if you don't know where you are going...

johngoldfine said...

The headquarters of Boston used books was right off Scollay Sq (now Govt Ctr) til Urban Renewal swept it all away.... What books!

L-girl said...

We're not shy of "bad" neighbourhoods. We go everywhere. But with one or two days, we probably wouldn't take in those areas. If I lived in the area, then I would.

The Fens walk... hmm. We've never done that.

redsock said...

Books sound nice.

Amy said...

We got to Boston post-Government Center, but always heard about the good old days of Scollay Square.

L-girl said...

"The headquarters of Boston used books was right off Scollay Sq (now Govt Ctr) til Urban Renewal swept it all away.... What books!"

I know those areas of NYC too, where all the books used to be.

johngoldfine said...

L-girl--pretty neighborhood, just off Park Sq, very Beacon Hillish but not BH. Just a sec and I'll find you the street names.

L-girl said...

Also, we're kind of brownstoned out. Park Slope, West Village, Harlem...

Amy said...

OK, I will try and think of other things, but for now, my brain and eyes are tired. Til the next game thread....

L-girl said...

This has been great - very helpful! Thanks so much.

I must go now. But I will come back to collect whatever you've posted to this thread.

Yay, now I'm even more excited about the trip.

johngoldfine said...

Piedmont, Winchester, Melrose, I think--and then you're in trendy South End.

johngoldfine said...

Art, history, books, small museum, all in one: Boston Public Library, old building: murals, reading room, rare books, cloister, lions outside. It's not the 42d St library, but it's not bad. If you decide to check out the stained glass in Trinity Church across the square, there's an admission (excuse me, 'donation') unless you tell them you are going in to pray--so go in to pray for Ortiz's continuwed puissance, Dice's return to health, and the further confounding of the MFYs. God will listen.

johngoldfine said...

If you've never actually seen them, maybe you ought to check out the banks of the River Charles! Walk across the Mass Ave bridge, up Memorial Drive in Cambridge, back to Boston on the Longfellow Bridge, down Charles, across Public Garden, drink in the Ritz bar, then down to Arlington Station and via T to Fenway or walk down Commonwealth Ave to Kenmore. And, uh, don't drink the water....

L-girl said...

John, your last two suggestions are brilliant (minus the praying). The Library one is especially apt, as this Sept I am starting grad school, working towards a new career as a librarian!

And the bridges/walking idea is just perfect, including the drink at the Ritz. If you can think of any other little fun stuff to add into that - without going to any trouble - that would be terrific.

Thank you!!

johngoldfine said...

Lessee at random.... Note the Smoots on the downriver side of the Mass Ave bridge. The duckling sculpture in the Public Garden in case you're ever in the library reading Robert McCloskey to the kids. The Ritz bar on Arlington is a Boston icon. That bridge walk could combine with your trip to the BPL if you just continue down Com Ave (for the architecture) or Newbury (for the flash and trends) to Dartmouth and hence Copley. Always worth noting that the designer of the BPL was murdered in the old Madison Square Garden in NY in the notorious Thaw-Nesbitt-White love-triangle.

Probably getting too ambitious but there's a handsome strip park on the old Boston and Albany tracks, running through South End and starting near Copley.

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