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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redsock said...

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

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Adam Jones, CF
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Aubrey Huff, DH
5. Nolan Reimold, LF
6. Ty Wigginton, 1B
7. Melvin Mora, 3B
8. Matt Wieters, C
9. Robert Andino, SS

tim said...

Fuckin' win.

redsock said...

Today's Daily News:
Blossom: Where Are They Now?

!

Ish said...

BASEBALL!

redsock said...

3 ALARM FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ish said...

On Fire!

nixon33 said...

DREW!!!!!!

Ish said...

ECK!!

Ish said...

FY comin' atcha!

L-girl said...

Off to a nice start! A Drewiple and a Peewingle.

Zenslinger said...

All right, I posted in the wrong thread. Read my peevy comment while waiting for Pedey to drive in DJ:

Buried in Cafardo's Baseball Notes from yesterday is the assertion that Dice-K didn't do the Red Sox strength conditioning program because he seemed "convinced that a Japanese shoulder is different from an American shoulder."

I don't know that this is true as stated. Having lived in Japan, I am always sticking up for Japan. But I have to say that this is one of the most maddening aspects of Japanese culture -- the exaggerated sense of uniqueness.

The most ridiculous and extreme example I have heard of: ski manufacturers complaining to the Japanese government about protectionism were told that Japanese snow is different from snow in other countries, so skis manufactured in other countries won't work properly in Japan.

For Dice-K to make the kind of career commitment he has, he must be able to see beyond this kind of thinking. I hope so -- I even think so. Even Cafardo says he's come around by now. But reading that really set me off.

s1c said...

Was wondering when Tito would do the flip of FY and ON FIRE, and here it has already paid dividends!!!

s1c said...

Nice Rant Zen, I like it and having visited the Orient I can relate somewhat.

redsock said...

Zen:

Meant to comment in the other thread. Cafardo is saying nothing more than what the Herald's Michael Silverman reported last Tuesday -- 5 days earlier. I linked to that story here. (I.e., Cafardo is a worthless unoriginal hack.)

Tito strongly denied that charge today.

Benjamin said...

<3 leadoff Drew.

s1c said...

Redsock - at the risk of sounding like a Tito basher, Francona denying this charge does not really mean anything. Terry would try to protect his player publicly (see Payton from a couple of years ago).

Benjamin said...

12 pitch inning. More like those.

Ish said...

Good start on the D side.

Zenslinger said...

The notion that the Japanese shoulder is unique smells to me like a comment that would have come from a Japanese management or coaching source. I like to think that younger Japanese don't buy into that kind of thinking, at least not as much. But, then again, our US baseball heroes so often end up espousing points of view that are anything but sophisticated, so perhaps it's not fair to expect more from Dice-K.

L-girl said...

PAPI!

Benjamin said...

Maybe someone can ask Smoltz about homo shoulders.

s1c said...

Am surprised that Tito got away from his l-r-l-r-l lineup

Benjamin said...

Kotsay being Papi being Ichiro.

Ish said...

Yay Scottsay!

L-girl said...

"But, then again, our US baseball heroes so often end up espousing points of view that are anything but sophisticated, so perhaps it's not fair to expect more from Dice-K."

Maybe not fair, but who can blame us for hoping.

Like what Allan posted about Smoltz's homophobia (at least in the recent past). We know that many male athletes in team sports are homophobic, and we know many professional athletes tend to be more traditional (for lack of a better word), but still, we hope.

L-girl said...

I see Benjamin had a similar thought! Didn't see that before I typed.

Ish said...

"Ride Captain Ride" is playing on my stereo. On shuffle. It just happened!

s1c said...

Single scores to captain!!!

redsock said...

castig: "chased a high fastball!"

shocker.

nixon33 said...

fuckin' tek. jeez.

nixon33 said...

I'll take it, now light the fire

L-girl said...

squander

Ish said...

Another minor league manager goes biserk

nixon33 said...

ahhhhh sheeeit.

johngoldfine said...

40 years of dealing with student athletes: I don't know if homophobia has decreased but everyone knows now to more or less shut up about it if they want to avoid trouble. I'm not sure if that's much of an improvement but it does perhaps make life easier for closeted people in my classes. Not a lot of people out of the closet in hick community colleges and Job Corps, places I've worked....

nixon33 said...

ish, that last manager that did the grenade toss, was a braves manager too, no? That organization has issues!

Ish said...

Nix I thought that too when I was watching it. Stay classy, Braves org.

johngoldfine said...

Ish--I really liked the show-and-tell part of picking up and relocating third base....

L-girl said...

I think it's definitely decreased, even in small towns. Maybe not compared to 5 years ago, but compared to 15 or 25 years.

Benjamin said...

Not a strike.

L-girl said...

hey nix! nice to see you in a thread.

redsock said...

ack ------

yook's head looks like pale baloney.

L-girl said...

hahahahabalk

Ish said...

Eck: "Where was that thing all night? He pulled it out just in time..."

nixon33 said...

HEY L! Yeah back online and inaction again. Good to be back for sure.

9casey said...

Hey Redsock, Blossom looks FANTASTIC.......

s1c said...

Fragging squander

redsock said...

wasn't impressed with blossom in those pics, then or now -- but it was amusing to see.

it was one of the daily news' top three stories last this afternoon!

9casey said...

redsock said...
wasn't impressed with blossom in those pics, then or now -- but it was amusing to see.



Do you see the likeness with Shisher and Lawrence?

redsock said...

9c: i do not know what you are talking about.

L-girl said...

I just watched the manager tirade during commercial.

Does anybody remember Lloyd McClendon picking up 1st base and bringing it into the dugout? "You won't be needing this!" It was hilarious.

redsock said...

i have read a few stories of high school 3-sport stars who are also openly gay. midwest places, if i recall, and supposedly everyone is cool. one of those guys is bound to hit it big.

redsock said...

19-20-28 for berken (67 thru 3)

L-girl said...

There was a huge HS football star - in Nebraska, I think - who was out. He had a lot of support.

That's what has to happen. Someone who is already out, who colleges and then a pro team need. Not someone who is already playing who then comes out.

L-girl said...

that's...

nixon33 said...

Berken sucks. We should be up at least 5 runs. Time to blow this open.

L-girl said...

varitingle!

redsock said...

just about to rip tek for that shitty tapper -- and it gets thru!!!!!!!! yay capt.

redsock said...

FIRE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!!!

L-girl said...

Oh shit, I forgot about Drew's triple. Halfway to the cycle!

nixon33 said...

As I was saying...

L-girl said...

fuck you i can't believe he caught that

redsock said...

gary thorne's brain is pure manure

johngoldfine said...

What did Gary say now?

redsock said...

beats me, just saw his face on my tv.

s1c said...

4-0 lead is a lot better than a 2-0 lead, so don't give up a walk JL

johngoldfine said...

GT was in Maine the other night, emceeing tribute to collge coach John Winkin. He's a local hero here!

westcoastsox said...

Having a busy day at work, so nice to pop in and see a good score.

L-girl said...

he's a public enemy in our house :)

johngoldfine said...

L-girl--I knew that!

;)

L-girl said...

I knew you did :)

johngoldfine said...

I confess--thought I might get a little rantin' and ravin'. He is at the very least a lying liar and all-around jerk.

L-girl said...

MASN SHOW THE GAME!!!!

L-girl said...

I hear Castig say "and here's Ellsbury" and I'm looking at Orioles memorbilia for sale for charity. Grrrr.

Amy said...

Hi everyone. Feels like forever since I last saw a game. I missed both Saturday and Sunday.

I see Nix is here! Hi, Nix!

Benjamin said...

Not sure that was a strike, but ok.

L-girl said...

I couldn't watch or listen all weekend either. I think I heard 3 innings of Sunday's game, and that was it.

Quiet thread tonight.

L-girl said...

get the fuck off my screen scalia

L-girl said...

Bass is in. On the fish team with Tim Salmon and Steve Trout.

And the animal team, and the musical instrument team...

Amy said...

I did watch the Mets/Yankee game last night. What a joke.

L-girl said...

Drewingle! Now he's only a double away for the cycle!!!

L-girl said...

he just needs the drewble

redsock said...

o'b and castig are so into their college sports talk they have not noticed the birds have a new pitcher.

Amy said...

Scalia is on your screen? The SCt justice?

redsock said...

they noticed now -- with the 3rd batter up

for radio, that is pathetic

L-girl said...

Yeah, we have MASN (using radio sound) and they showed Antonin Scalia in the stands.

s1c said...

Another fragging dp!!! Quit hitting into those will ya.

Amy - You mean you weren't excited to see fruit getting his 500th save?

Amy said...

Uch, why does he have to be a baseball fan? I want to have nothing in common with him. Bad enough we are both lawyers.

Oh, there he is on NESN....Double uch.

redsock said...

... maybe he denied a few death row appeals and decided to go out and celebrate at the ball yard.

Benjamin said...

Scalia in the stands.

Benjamin said...

NESN's slower than MASN with the nino cam.

Amy said...

What does MASN stand for?

Unfortunately, Thomas makes Scalia look almost enlightened.

s1c said...

Personally I'm with Will - "first thing we do is kill all..."

L-girl said...

Benjamin could probably come up with more players for that team.

Amy said...

Hey, S1C, watch that! Many JOSers are lawyers.

L-girl said...

s1c you are hanging out with at least two lawyers right now

L-girl said...

MASN = mid-atlantic sports network

s1c said...

Yep, I know that, I also know a few lawyers, which is why I agree with Will!!!

L-girl said...

It's easy to hate lawyers until you need one.

Amy said...

I did not enjoy seeing Rivera get his first RBI.

As for his 500th save, call me a traitor, but I thought he was pretty gracious in his post-game interview. Hard to say he isn't a great closer.

(Ducking my head)

L-girl said...

"easy" in quotes

Amy said...

Believe me, there are times I hate lawyers also.

But most lawyers are really pretty decent people.

L-girl said...

hard to say? impossible to say. i'm sure everyone here knows that.

redsock said...

um, yeah, fruitbat is amazing good.

i would question the sanity of anyone who said otherwise.

he's like a cyborg.

L-girl said...

and btw, he's always gracious. he's a very down-to-earth man.

s1c said...

I work with lawyers, I tell them the same thing, I just consider it my part of keeping them humble.

Amy said...

hard to say? impossible to say. i'm sure everyone here knows that.

??? What did I miss here?

L-girl said...

I can't stand any profession or group being stereotyped. I hear it about writers, doctors, lawyers. People are people, good and bad.

L-girl said...

You said:

Hard to say he isn't a great closer.

redsock said...

he's great -- which is why it's extra delicious when he chokes like mama cass against the sox.

Amy said...

Oh, I found it! I said it. LOL!

s1c said...

Hey I wasn't stereotyping anyone, I was just broadening the horizons of JOS by quoting Shakespeare!!!

Amy said...

OK, good, no one threw anything at my head for praising Rivera. I enjoy watching him blow a save as much as anyone, especially because he is so great. And choking against the Sox---in the post season---AHHH, what joy!

Ish said...

Amy I'm there with you on Fruitbat. I've always liked him. He's the one Yankee I would love to meet sometime.

L-girl said...

He was my favourite player for a long time. He's the only current Yankee I can have any feelings for.

But even from the other side, I always hear Allan give him huge respect.

redsock said...

A fave Rivera moment:

"CATCH THE BALL!!!!!!!!!"

L-girl said...

Ish, he signed my cap in Chicago. I shook his hand.

I was VERY happy. :)

s1c said...

It is hard to hate Rivera, I thought he was great in '05 when he smiled and tipped his cap on ring day.

Amy said...

As for Shakespeare and the lawyers comment, remember it was being said by those who knew that without lawyers, there would be no rules to prevent chaos in society! :)

s1c said...

Ok, is Ram Ram in Tito's doghouse or hurt?

s1c said...

Old bay, mmmm, I love old bay!!!

Ish said...

s1c, I think most Red Sox fans have a lot of respect for him and we found that out in 2005 on Ring Day. I thought that was one of the great moments that I've seen in baseball outside of an actual game.

Ish said...

s1c, Ram-Ram was OMG GREEN GUN. warming in the bullpen in case the Red Sox tied or took the lead.

s1c said...

I agree, most of the Sox fans are knowledgeable and respect him.

s1c said...

Ish - that's my point, I don't see him warming up anymore when the sox are in the lead, it is only when behind. Thus wondering if he is in Tito's dog house.

Zenslinger said...

Lester's outing...a thing of beauty. But after 108 pitches (70 for strikes), it must be over.

redsock said...

the 2005 thing never impressed me. had plenty of respect for him as a player long before that. seems like any other reaction in '05 and he looks like a dick, so ...

i wish bot would take some notes on how you should react when you nail the door shut. 'bat and pedro knew how to act.

s1c said...

I was there on the day of the park opening. My old company had season tickets.

Amy said...

Tek gets a hit!

redsock said...

*second* hit!!!

lester got handshakes, so that's it.

s1c said...

Don't be making Rivera out to be Saint Relief - Just ask Brosius about the 2001 blown save in '01 or cf in '04.

C'mon, ON FIRE, double up!!!

L-girl said...

He's as close to St Relief as we've ever seen.

s1c said...

Well, would like to see the sox send 11 men to the plate in the ninth.

L-girl said...

"i wish bot would take some notes on how you should react when you nail the door shut. 'bat and pedro knew how to act."

that was always what i loved about him (in my nyy-loving days). come in, do your job, smile and swagger off the field.

petey too.

nice catch drew!

redsock said...

boston got 5 runs against him in one 9th inning -- i think it was the only time he allowed that many runs in an inning.

Amy said...

Eleven? Why eleven?

L-girl said...

"I was there on the day of the park opening. My old company had season tickets."

What park? I missed it. Or else it was on NESN?

redsock said...

ramram and jeemer up

redsock said...

jeemer in

s1c said...

11 would mean that ON FIRE would get another ab and mostly like a hit (since 10 would end the inning)

Amy said...

Does Rivera have more blown saves against the Sox than other teams (proportionately), or do we just see those and remember them more clearly?

Amy said...

Ah, to hit the cycle?

s1c said...

Camden Yards (park comment), I was also at the last game in Memorial.

Ish said...

I always liked how easy 'Bat's made it look. He throws that cutter then just stands there after his followthrough. He's not flashy. He's not falling off the mound. He's not throwing arms and legs at you.

Bot looks more like he's putting everything he's got into his pitches.

L-girl said...

I knew why you said 11 men. :)

I've never seen a cycle, would love to!! Every time someone hits a triple, I'm thinking cycle.

redsock said...

way more against the sox, yes

s1c said...

He has 9 against the Sox, I think the second is 6 by the Rays.

nick said...

Hey all. I actually am catching a bit of a game. and with a computer. Nice to see jd doing so fine batting lead-off.

L-girl said...

Oo nice. (Camden) Our first time there was on the Yankees first trip there, shortly after it opened. We did a little mini road trip, saw the Yankees at Fenway, then Baltimore.

I have a batting practice ball from that trip. You should have seen me when the player tossed it to me. I was like a little kid.

L-girl said...

Nick, is there any truth to the rumour that you're not bringing Emma to JoS1? We promise we'll watch our language!

redsock said...

April 6, 2005: 5 runs in .1 inning (3 hits, 3 walks, 38 pitches!), but 4 unearned.

Boston got 4 off him on April 27, 2007

Ish said...

We will?

Actually I will be anyways since my dad will be with me. I don't know why but I just don't swear in front of my parents. And I'm 21. They wouldn't care if I did but I just don't do it. Odd.

redsock said...

nick, how was "abba"?

L-girl said...

Well, I was referring to Allan and me. :)

I hope Emma comes with us! Plus her grandma can come to if she wants... still one ticket left.

nick said...

At this point it's true, but we'll see how it goes. I may be moved to yet. And, heck, swear up a store. Like getting innoculated.

L-girl said...

Ish, I try not to curse around my mother, and if I do, I apologize! It's so silly, it's not like she hasn't heard those words before.

redsock said...

she's 8?

i'll only use words i'm sure she's heard before.

L-girl said...

sweaty half dong!

redsock said...

baltimore dong for the sweatser.

nick said...

god. "abba". that feels like it was years ago. I've been busy, indeed.

They were very packaged. stage banter, accents, dance moves. no spontaneity at all. But all the boomers and emma danced. we were in a box with a I know and her two kids (a bit younger than emma).

Amy said...

I hope Emma comes also. We are bringing Maddy (who is 24 and has heard lots of profanity, from her parents as well as others).

Oh, btw, Laura, we got the ticket today (we had not been able to check at the PO since Friday, so it may have been there since Friday or so).

s1c said...

Well, guess we will have to settle for a 3 for 5 night for drew!!!

L-girl said...

not much spontaneity to that music anyway, i think.

are you still singing it in your head? i find that music annoyingly sticky.

redsock said...

any lurkers out there want ticket #20?

act now!

Amy said...

OK, so we will not be yelling Fuck Yeah at JOS1. I can handle it. I rarely talk "in public" the way I talk here.

redsock said...

so we will not be yelling Fuck Yeah at JOS1

only if he has the day off ....

L-girl said...

Our latest additions to JoS1 are Lisa Cohen and Vrictare (mom and son, unbeknownst to me!) and a couple driving up from Virginia. Mom is an avid JoS reader but doesn't thread. Karen and... someone. Richard, maybe.

L-girl said...

And our cancellations are s1c and Tim. And Sarah Gates is MIA.

Ish said...

I was wondering who was going. Will Jere be at the game?

nick said...

i'll only use words i'm sure she's heard before.

yep, 8. And she's gotten to the point where she no longer does saucer eyes, so I think she'll take anything in stride... plus grandma used to be a construction worker.

I'll check with some friends and see. I'm sure I can scare up someone to go. but if the ticket goes, that's cool.

I can't believe I haven't marked it on my calendar. the 28th?

L-girl said...

As soon as I get Joe Grav's $$, which is supposedly finally in the mail!, I will send an email to everybody with the plans.

Who's coming, where we're meeting, etc.

Nick, Tues, July 28

nick said...

it's quite nice to sit here, catch some baseball, and hang with you all! will be scarce these days.

L-girl said...

A & I have tickets for the game the next night too. We have to go to a game at Fenway, just us!

s1c said...

Well, remember, if anyone needs a good rate on a hotel room, I can help them out. Just have to have their info about a week or so ahead.

Amy said...

Less than a month!

I hope it stops raining by then.

L-girl said...

Grandma was a construction worker? Cool.

I hope the extended visit is going well.

Amy said...

We have to go to a game at Fenway, just us!

You bought out the whole park??

L-girl said...

Thanks s1c. I will tell our out of town people, and I have a suggestion for them too.

L-girl said...

Oh Ish, just saw your q. Jere declined b/c the tix were too expensive and he is unemployed. He's going to be at the park that day, tho. So he'll come by and say hi.

L-girl said...

"You bought out the whole park??"

Ha ha. :)

One group game, one couple game. Perfect!

Ish said...

Bot warming.

I was just invited to a Sea Dogs game on Thursday night. Luxury Box!

L-girl said...

Cool! Luxury box in a minor league game? I didn't even know they had those.

s1c said...

Uh, no DO it is not a save situation since the man in the hole is not the tying run.

nick said...

I confess that ticket price is part of my emma thoughts...she gets bored around the 4th inning (and tired). If I pawn it off on a friend, it's easier on the wallet.

save sitch. ok. just get the out out.

I'm quite looking forward to it. And I'm planning on going to a show in Turners Falls the next night. busy busy.

Amy said...

So is it or is it NOT a save opportunity?

Ish said...

I just hope it doesn't rain Thursday night! And yep. They've got boxes. Very neat. TV inside, fridge, might order food, seats outside... Very nice.

s1c said...

oops, my bad, I forgot there was already a man on base when he issued the walk.

Ties stanley

redsock said...

The water is muddy.

Amy said...

Wow! What a catch!

Dirty water in Camden Yards!

L-girl said...

WOW! THUNDER with the glove!!

birds drowning in dirty water

redsock said...

bored by the 4th -- with all of us around?????

Ish said...

WOW! Fantastic play made by Canada!

L-girl said...

Ish, that sounds great!

I have a Boston q if anyone can stick around for a few mins.

nixon33 said...

DIRTY FUCKING WATER!
GOODNIGHT ALL!

nick said...

oooh bay. nice!

----

no, I suspect she'd find you all fascinating.

s1c said...

For awhile it seemed like the Sox couldn't shut out anybody, now it is like every 3rd game.

Loving the dirty water

Amy said...

What's the Boston question? I can try and answer.

L-girl said...

CLASSIC NIX

good to have you back!

redsock said...

ish filled in well for nix -- he joined strudel with cunty a few days ago, if i recall -- but nix is nix.

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