July 8, 2009

G84: Red Sox 5, Athletics 4

Athletics - 010 000 201 - 4 13  0
Red Sox - 000 004 10x - 5 7 1
It took awhile, but the Red Sox finally stole Cahill's lunch money and gave Wakefield (6-10-3-1-8, 100) his 175th career Boston win. Only one of the three runs was earned and the eight punchouts was a season-high.

Wakefield trailed 1-0 because of three Oakland hits to start the second inning. He allowed a bunch of hits in his outing, but his knuckleball was also moving like I've rarely seen it move before. It darted in towards hitters' heads, it suddenly swerved sideways (both left and right), it dropped straight down. NESN had a great shot of Orlando Cabrera shaking his head in disbelief in the dugout, demonstrating for a coach how Wake's pitches were defying the laws of physics.

J.D. Drew tied the game at 1-1 with a home run to begin the sixth. Dustin Pedroia singled and Kevin Youkilis walked. It was clear that Cahill -- at 92 pitches -- was cooked, but Oakland manager Bob Geren stayed with him. Big mistake. David Ortiz crushed a 2-1 pitch to deep right field for a three-run dong -- and a 4-1 lead. Boston got an insurance run in the seventh when Drew walked, Pedroia doubled and Ortiz had an RBI groundout. Tiz ended the night with four RBI.

Bot began the ninth by walking Adam Kennedy and surrendering a single to Orlando Cabrera. Scott Hairston's fly ball to left-center -- which both Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckerlsey thought was leaving the park -- was pushed back by the wind and was only a sac fly to Jacoby Ellsbury on the track. Papelbon fanned Matt Holliday for the second out, but Kurt Suzuki singled to move the tying run to second. Bot struck out Jack Cust to end the game.

FY went 3-for-4 with two doubles, Yook and Bay each walked twice, and Ellsbury and Mark Kotsay each singled and stole a base.

***

Trevor Cahill (4.55, 90 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (4.30, 108 ERA+)

We face yet another rookie tonight.

Cahill has made 17 starts: 93 innings, 96 hits, 38 walks, 45 strikeouts. Inflated WHIP, poor K/BB ratio, opponents line of .267/.338/.493, and left-handed hitters slap him around to the tune of a .997 OPS.

BP 2009 compares him to Brett Anderson:
Although Cahill is right-handed, like Anderson he's not overpowering, but is hardly a soft-tosser, effectively mixing a low-90s sinker, outstanding curveball, and solid change, with good command and control of all three.
In 11 starts from May 2 to June 22, Cahill posted a 3.15 ERA, with opponents hitting .248/.296/.432. In each of his last two starts, however, he has lasted only 3.2 innings.

Tidbits from MLB's John Barone:
Boston has reached the 50-win mark before the All-Star break in four straight seasons. ... Pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester are the first pair of Sox hurlers to rack up at least 100 strikeouts before the break since Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling in 2004.
Hoo-Kay: With his home run, double and two steals, Jason Bay became the first Red Sox left fielder with two extra-base hits and two stolen bases in the same game since Tommy Harper (September 19, 1973, against the Yankees).

Mark Kotsay's right calf is "feeling better". ... Adam Kilgore notes that John Smoltz's BABIP in his three starts is a whopping .370. ... Kevin Youkilis is in a 2-for-26 slump and is hitting only .207 since June 1.

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redsock said...

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

james said...

Is Nomar in the A's lineup tonight?

s1c said...

ugh, I don't like this line up, move youk to 4 and papi to 3.

s1c said...

Should the Sox make a play for Halladay? Of course they should, Buchholz, Bard and who though?

s1c said...

Lowrie activated and sent to Lowell, Van Every DFA.

redsock said...

no nomar tonight

Amy said...

Enjoy the game tonight. We are off to a concert at 8.

redsock said...

Have fun.

K to start it for Wake.

fusionmouse said...

OTT--nice.

fusionmouse said...

OTT--Not nice!

fusionmouse said...

Cahill works as fast as Wake... we may have a sub 2hr game :)

redsock said...

poop

outs pls

redsock said...

nice -- now gidp

Ish said...

Good evening, Joy Nation. Not liking the sausage on the A's scoreboard next to our donut, but it's early.

redsock said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

... sausages and donuts

Ish said...

Hear rumbling outside. Trying to decide if it's an aircraft or thunder.

redsock said...

crazy movement this inning -- eck is laughing

Ish said...

I love O-Cab's visual description of the knuckleball.

redsock said...

are we allowed to call wake's pitches sick and flithy?

cuz they are!

Ish said...

I don't consider a beer that is hailed as a "banquet beer" a particularly good selling point.

fusionmouse said...

Well only 1 run. Wake limits the damage. Runs please!

Sure is quiet here tonight.

I'm off to bar trivia. Enjoy the rest of the game.

redsock said...

that bob's commerical ..... is gonna cause someone to commit murder

redsock said...

tie it, tiz!

s1c said...

Runs please!!!

Ish said...

Eck: "This weather is killing me!"
Don: "Hard to bronze."
Eck: "I can't bronze. I'm white as a ghost!"

s1c said...

Sure is quiet here tonight.

Some of us are too busy knitting.

Ish said...

I muted the TV during the Bob's commercial but I had the stereo and TV sound on so it only made it marginally quieter. Next time. Next time.

Ish said...

Balls are nasty in the air too.

Ish said...

Eck's award winning analysis: "Whoa."

Ish said...

"The bunt bid." Drink!

Ish said...

Ow. How'd that feel?

redsock said...

i gotta refill during commerical.

redsock said...

LBJ
HBP
CS
BOO

Ish said...

Refill what? Needles? Thread?

Maybe this is what they mean by Game Thread.

redsock said...

that's why we say "those darn sox"

Ish said...

Eck says Wake's 2nd inning knuckleball was a "hall of fame knuckleball." Yeah!

s1c said...

escape!!!

s1c said...

Need some bottom of the order magic!!!

redsock said...

WHOEVER CAHILL IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!!
WHOEVER CAHILL IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!!
WHOEVER CAHILL IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!!
WHOEVER CAHILL IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!!
WHOEVER CAHILL IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!!

redsock said...

3 innings in 42 minutes.

redsock said...

what is that, a 2:06 pace?

s1c said...

what is that, a 2:06 pace?

Yep, but in the bottom of the 4th Wake will have a 26 minute wait as the Sox bat around.

redsock said...

setting up the dp, clearly.

redsock said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

s1c said...

setting up the dp, clearly.

from your mouth to Youks ear

redsock said...

hey, sox, i have an idea.

GET A FUCKIN' HIT ... OR THREE!!!

s1c said...

FY says "enough of this crap!!!"

redsock said...

JOCKEY HIT

redsock said...

what say you, yook?

s1c said...

Time for a HR ball this inning. Time for PAPI Dong!!!

redsock said...

yep.

time to bring down the hammer

s1c said...

crap, need some two out magic now.

redsock said...

loaded for lyndon.

s1c said...

Double scores 3 LBJ

s1c said...

feh

s1c said...

sweet an 8 pitch OTT

redsock said...

8 pitch OTT

put the kid under pressure right away..

tim said...

Zabadadaaaaaaa! Let's score some motherfuckin' runs, bitches.

tim said...

Shit.

redsock said...

hey - someone's crashing the s1c/redsock show!!

fuck these A's.

tim said...

wtf was that shit? is this the type of game i've missed for the past 1.5 hrs?

tim said...

My bad - just scrolled up and saw that. I'll leave you two to your basket of yarn...

redsock said...

no, there is also the "load the bases then shit our pants" type of inning.

redsock said...

no, we need help.

i thought it was 2-0 for some reason. but it is not. so let's go. get some outs, then time to kick arse

s1c said...

one more timmy, then it is time to get the bats going.

tim said...

ahh, the ol LTBSOP inning...this game seems efficient...too efficient. we really need to hammer this cahill walker, texas ranger fellow.

redsock said...

gotta send a bag of dicks to cust

redsock said...

3rd out, pls, old man

tim said...

Chrissakes.

tim said...

Be a fucking all-star, man!

tim said...

woo. 1 hit, wtf?

s1c said...

about time, fragging ellis made him throw as many pitches as last inning almost.

Patrick said...

I <3 Wakefield.


This has the makings of a typical Wake loss.

Runs please.

redsock said...

top of the order

it's on

Benjamin said...

Cust is no HGHiambi, but I still don't want to see Wake lose another 1-0 game.

redsock said...

cust has chunks of giambi in his stool.

Patrick said...

Fire time

redsock said...

fuckin sox should be beating up this kid for his lunch money, then bangin' doubles and dongs.

Benjamin said...

ON FIRE

redsock said...

fuckin sox should be beating up this kid for his lunch money, then bangin' doubles and dongs.

s1c said...

ON FUCKING FIRE!!!

Patrick said...

no doubt

tim said...

OWWWWWWW!

SON!

westcoastsox said...

That's the way we like it.

redsock said...

ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!

that it is

Ish said...

FIRE ALARM.

Ish said...

And then another jockey hit!

Benjamin said...

Kid's nearing his pitch count, though.

Ish said...

I think that's the first time I've seen Allan double post.

redsock said...

had gdgd up, stupid computer being slow.

redsock said...

i get all impatient -- i gotta post ON FIRE before too many pitches go by!!!!!!

redsock said...

kid is cooked

leave him in for flo

tim said...

When do we get to play the teams with ML experience?

TAKE THAT BB!

(BB - Billy Beane)

tim said...

2007 was steamed spinach....2009 is going to be coffee brewing.

Put on a pot right as this rally started.

Come on venti papi!

Benjamin said...

LARGE FATHER

s1c said...

PAPI IS BACK!!!

tim said...

COFFEE!!!!!

redsock said...

thank you oakland manager!!!!!!

Patrick said...

Take that Cahill. You're done, son.

tim said...

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! SON!

redsock said...

THAT'S A COOKIE, MOTHERFUCKER

s1c said...

PAPI O PAPI!!!

Ish said...

Holy hot damn GOD IS AMONG US when Papi shows his dong.

tim said...

Leaving him in?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHA

B2Bay plz!

redsock said...

sure

leave him in some more

A Conformer said...

If there is one thing I've learnt about baseball, it is this: 4-1 is better than 1-1. As long as the 4 belongs to your team.

YEAH PAPI!!

Zenslinger said...

All righty then, Flo!

Patrick said...

Hummus + salsa is better than the sum of the parts. It's delish dip.

redsock said...

papi does it backwards

he delivers and then stands --

and watches that sweet dong!!!

tim said...

Good times.

tim said...

Wednesday Night...I'm assuming War Resisters meeting for L?

A Conformer said...

Hummus + salsa is better than the sum of the parts. It's delish dip.

That really depends on the salsa, but I agree in principle. Ever had mushroom hummus or ground lamb hummus?

redsock said...

tim: yep. we went to a court hearing this morning, then she went back in this evening.

Patrick said...

Ground Lamb hummus sounds amazing!

tim said...

I'll need to try this hummus-salsa combo...mushroom hummus and ground lamb hummus sound amazing as well.

Ish said...

I am not a fan of hummus.

tim said...

Court hearing? For a resister?

johngoldfine said...

If we're talking food, I want in.

A Conformer said...

The variety you can achieve with hummus in particular and chickpeas in general is nothing short of astounding.

Benjamin said...

HAHA

redsock said...

yeah, kim rivera.

SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHHAHA

redsock said...

check wmtc for details. her full report should be tomorrow.

A Conformer said...

Wow. Three straight pickoff attempts followed by a stolen base is border line embarrassing.

tim said...

That looked like the laziest fucking play ever by o-cab.

redsock said...

WE ARE BACK AND WE ARE BACK BIG!

tim said...

Woop Woop.

Yeah, i'll check wmtc tomorrow morning, it is now on my daily site visit list!

redsock said...

yeah - fuck duh jayz

tim said...

They're done. I gave em the benefit of the doubt, like I do every year (well not really) - but the only thing they've ever proven to me is that they're a solid April-May team. That's it.

tim said...

Wuertzberger. Good beer.

tim said...

What in the fuck is Green doing?

A Conformer said...

I just checked the A's roster to figure something out: if BB is so fucking smart, how come he spent plenty of money (and 1-year contracts, at that) and traded for offense this year, while having such sub-par pitching. I mean, I see that Duchscherer, who was really good last year, is on the 60-day DL, but what was the starting rotation supposed to look like? Having three rookie starters and no depth just seems like a really bad idea...

tim said...

I look forward to the day when we get away from showing W-L records for a pitcher. Especially relief pitchers.

redsock said...

kotsay's first SB in 14 months

redsock said...

I look forward to the day when we get away from showing W-L records for a pitcher.

i hope you're young.

i love to see the idea of pitcher wins and losses completely eradicated.

tim said...

OK, lets go back to being efficient and have this wrapped up in 30 min. I need to start studying for tomorrow's 10am exam.

tim said...

Hopefully it happens within the next 100 years.

Yup, I expect to live well past 100...but with my current living habits, I've probably got half that.

9casey said...

Imagine if the wind was blowing out 10 mph on Papi's Home Run.

s1c said...

Having three rookie starters and no depth just seems like a really bad idea...

BB thinks it is better to get them in the major rotation and learn at that level aka detroit 4 years ago. Get offense to support lots of 8-6 games and have the pitchers learn to get big league hitters out.

redsock said...

100 yrs minimum.

... 50 years before AVG-HR-RBI gets second- guessed.

9casey said...

I would rather they got rid of radar guns and pitch counts, during the game, on the tv and at the stadium..

redsock said...

get rid of the commercials and blasting music first -- at least the radar guns have *some* connection to the game on the field

redsock said...

nice work, wake!!!!

s1c said...

Wake is not happy. But I am, good game timmy!!!

redsock said...

strand those runners, manny

redsock said...

jeemer up

A Conformer said...

BB thinks it is better to get them in the major rotation and learn at that level aka detroit 4 years ago. Get offense to support lots of 8-6 games and have the pitchers learn to get big league hitters out.

I guess that makes sense. Thank the gods that the A's don't have any fans. It would be pretty shitty for them. But at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel, as opposed to the Nats...

redsock said...

Other wmtc news:
Not sure if L will post this, but I guess I can bury it in here: she recently found out that there is someone at CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) whose job requires him/her to read her blog every day -- for resisters info, I guess.

tim said...

Commercials aren't going away because "advertisers make the game cheaper for the fans" - yeah, poppycock. Advertisers line Mr. and Mrs. Henry's wallets.

Benjamin said...

Green spikes the ball in frustration.

tim said...

That was strange.

And re: wmtc - that's great (I think...)

redsock said...

well, top 40/classic rock shit is of no value to anyone.

redsock said...

it's strange to know you are being "spied" on, but it is also fucking cool.

9casey said...

A Conformer said...


I guess that makes sense. Thank the gods that the A's don't have any fans. It would be pretty shitty for them. But at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel, as opposed to the Nats...



After having the big 3 , Zito , Hudson, and Mulder .the latter 2 being traded , what they ended up with.....Brett Anderson, who was part of the Dan Haren trade, who was part of the Mulder trade

tim said...

Whoa whoa whoa....so you're telling me you don't enjoy Kevin Millar's "Tiny Dancer" walk-on music at the skydome?

s1c said...

WTF MDC

redsock said...

i missed that. ...

i'll gladly buy mirror's CD

s1c said...

MDC, double H, Lowrie and one other for Halladay!!!

(now I sound like a WEEI caller)

No way, toronto trades Halladay to the Sox.

redsock said...

fuck. ump.

don't lugo this inning, mdc

Ish said...

I don't mind walk-on music. Especially a pitcher coming on. The other stuff, meh. Go away.

Benjamin said...

Eck: "this was paint... uh, outside".

s1c said...

That is a tough error for Green

redsock said...

GAS 'em!!!

9casey said...

s1c said...


No way, toronto trades Halladay to the Sox.


I think no way Theo makes a trade that can haunt him in his own division, and also if they trade for Doc, they would have to sign Beckett and him in the same year or lose them both..

redsock said...

shit - green lugoed it

Benjamin said...

Really costly.

tim said...

Son of a slut.

s1c said...

Doc, they would have to sign Beckett and him in the same year or lose them both..

doc has a no trade clause, so likely the team would have to sign him before he would waive the clause.

Ish said...

This is not Green's best inning.

tim said...

mirror's CD?

redsock said...

why would the jays trade halladay now? he is a free agent after *2010*. start the trade talk next may.

redsock said...

JP in the drivers seat now - could demand clay, lars, lowrie + ....

fuck that

Ish said...

If you want Doc you say goodbye to HH and Bowden among others I'm sure. And say hello to them in opposing uniforms 18 times a year.

s1c said...

JP needs to start rebuilding and you usually can get more if the player has another year (see bay, j) on his contract.

A Conformer said...

why would the jays trade halladay now? he is a free agent after *2010*. start the trade talk next may.

Well, it's their GM that started the trade talk.

Benjamin said...

Runs please.

s1c said...

FY saves the day again!!!

tim said...

There's no fucking way Boston is getting Halladay, and after weeding through the massive mounds of Halladay shit today on all the Sox websites, I'm glad - fucking GLAD, that Allan hasn't given into this madness.

Fuck YEAH.

redsock said...

not really trade talk. just said he'd listen to people talking.

meaning, everything is for sale -- for the right price.

Ish said...

I don't see Halladay going anywhere in the AL East so why worry about it?

s1c said...

If you can get Halladay for 3 or 4 players you get him, assuming you can negotiate an extension before the trade.

The man is money and the only team he struggles against is the Sox.

A Conformer said...

Good. Wake's bid for another meaningless dumb W on his way to pass TCM in the meaningless dumb stat record is alive.

Plus, the Sox are still leading. Which is also kind of important.

redsock said...

plus he's 32 -- i'll stick with beckett, sid and the kids.

9casey said...

tim said...
I'm glad - fucking GLAD, that Allan hasn't given into this madness.



I'm not positive, but Allan usually stays from most of all of the trade talk..

tim said...

I disagree, I don't think he is worth 3 or 4 players...Unless two of those players are Lugo and Penny.

redsock said...

heh - is he 32? or is that just his #?

redsock said...

you can always count on me to be right.

:>)

tim said...

He's definitely skipping town after 2010, so JP is wise to try and get something now.

9casey said...

tim said...
I disagree, I don't think he is worth 3 or 4 players...Unless two of those players are Lugo and Penny.



Name 5 al starters better than him...

Ish said...

It'd be pretty sweet to have him on our team though. I love watching Halladay pitch.

Unfortunately there will be a tax on trading within the division. JP is going to want way too much.

Benjamin said...

FY!

Ish said...

Fuck YEAH. Got it all tonight!

redsock said...

god i love that "little person"!

Benjamin said...

How are the Twins such a shitty team and yet above .500? Surely the central division isn't *that* weak.

s1c said...

Picking up right where they started last inning.

Can we see another Papi dong??

tim said...

I think he is one of the best, if not, the best, pitcher in the game right now. Durability, however, especially at his age, is a concern.

Just saying - giving up 3 to 4 top prospects for him isn't worth it to me. Top prospects you would have to face several times per year.

Oh, and Fuck Yeah!

9casey said...

Halladay already had a chance to leave, and he didn't

redsock said...

gotta go with "better starters over the next 5 years than halladay"-- we might have 2 of them in our rotation right now.

9casey said...

Yook has been awful...

tim said...

Keep the good times rollin' please!

redsock said...

man, don remdawged that promo.

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