July 10, 2009

G86: Red Sox 1, Royals 0

Royals  - 000 000 000 - 0  4  1
Red Sox - 000 000 01x - 1 3 1
Lester (8-4-0-2-8, 115) outdueled Bannister (7.2-3-1-4-7, 115) and Dustin Pedroia's double off The Wall scored Aaron Bates with the night's only run.

Mark Kotsay singled to start the bottom of the eighth. It was only the second hit for the Red Sox to that point; Jacoby Ellsbury had singled in the fifth. After two foul attempts, Nick Green bunted pinch-runner Bates to second. J.D. Drew struck out for the second out. On a 0-1 pitch to Pedroia, Bannister uncorked a wild pitch, and Bates took third. FY hammered the next offering off the Monster and Boston led 1-0.

In the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon was on his game, firing fastballs at 95-97, and needing only 11 pitches to retire the Royals' 3-4-5 hitters.

Lester worked out of a few jams. He had a runner at second with no outs in the second, but struck out Miguel Olivo, got Alberto Callaspo to fly to right and fanned Ryan freel. He stranded mark teahen at second after a two-out double in the fourth.

An infield error and Teahen's third hit of the night put Royals at first and second to begin the seventh. Olivo flied out to deep center. Rocco Baldelli (in for Ellsbury who was ejected on a play at the plate in the fifth) caught the ball and fired a one-hopper to second that nailed Teahen trying to advance to second. Jose Gullen tagged and took third, but there were now two outs. John Buck grounded harmlessly to third.

***

Brian Bannister (3.87, 111 ERA+) / Jon Lester (4.16, 112 ERA+)

Current Royals roster against Lester: 5-for-50 (.100/.179/.120)

Current Red Sox roster against Bannister: .396/.423/.625 for a 1.048 OPS. Drew is 4-for-9 with a double and a dong. And OMG -- Julio Lugo is 3-for-4!

NYY/LAA at 10 PM: Chamberlain/Saunders

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redsock said...

A brief note to say how proud I am that Laura's blog is being monitored so carefully by the Canadian government!

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. Jason Varitek, C
8. Mark Kotsay, 1B
9. Nick Green, SS

Jon said...

I feel a good game coming up tonight. Just feel it.

Ish said...

Apparently the Mets have traded Ryan Church to ATL for Jeff Francouer.

Anyone who lives in New York will soon feel a slightly stronger breeze. What is it? Francouer swings and misses.

SoSock said...

Oatmeal looks tastier tonight.
Win, plz.
I'm getting sick and tired of coming home and having a good buzz ruined by the box score.
Hitting the wine bar after service :)
Shalom, ya'll.

westcoastsox said...

I always thought Laura was a little bit of a spark-plug, but I never thought of her as a resistor before. [/endnerdyhumor]

redsock said...

eck: "and the yankees are hot, they've won something like nine of their last 10, i don't know what"

jeez

L-girl said...

I wonder if the CIC is gamethreading...

I'll be here off and on. I have laundry to fold and other exciting things to do while watching tonight.

redsock said...

we though remy didn't do any prep - eck makes remy look like he crammed for 5 hours before every game

Benjamin said...

Sit.

redsock said...

mini-Houdini

L-girl said...

Bannister is on the all-house team, with Matt Stairs, Bobby Doerr, Jose Mesa.

Zenslinger said...

Honorary member...Clark Gable.

redsock said...

Tom House
Dennis Lamp

johngoldfine said...

Gotta get in the house. So ring Gary Bell.

johngoldfine said...

Have to build the house: Wilbur Wood.

redsock said...

tek saving his throws -- for what?

L-girl said...

Hm, I don't know about putting Wood on the house team.

redsock said...

olivo with 3 BB all year -- .272 OBP!!

johngoldfine said...

Tom Hall.

johngoldfine said...

l-girl--you need wood in a house, even a brick house! Besides, he was a big fat guy and an inspiration to fatties.

redsock said...

Eck's NO-NO

Benjamin said...

Nook Logan.

Benjamin said...

Jim Hutto.

johngoldfine said...

That's good, benjamin! Nook!

Benjamin said...

Homer Bailey (and all the other Homers).

Benjamin said...

George Stablein.

Benjamin said...

John Barnes (and all the other Barneses).

redsock said...

Steve Bedrosian

Benjamin said...

Brian Shackleford.

Benjamin said...

Don Castle

Benjamin said...

John Mansell.

Zenslinger said...

Uh, you want to get ridiculous?

Michael Bowden

Benjamin said...

Carlos Villanueva

Benjamin said...

Wimpy Quinn

Benjamin said...

Rolando Roomes

redsock said...

there's got be a few players in the closet.

Benjamin said...

Ron Gardenhire

redsock said...

Kotsay?

redsock said...

Ben Sheets

L-girl said...

This has gone crazy while I was gone.

Barnes is good. But I don't get Shackleford. As in a shack?

redsock said...

Stove Bedrosian?

Zenslinger said...

Holy crap, this is gettin' outta hand.

Thought Kotsay was sitting tonight.

Benjamin said...

Livan Hernandez

L-girl said...

Sheets, Kotsay... I guess it's the anything-in-or-around-the-house team.

Benjamin said...

Yeah, shack.

redsock said...

Don Zimmer.

Benjamin said...

Charlie Dorman

L-girl said...

But his name's not Liwan.

redsock said...

Do it for FY Jr.!

Benjamin said...

Chummy Gray

L-girl said...

Yeah, all the Homers, that's good.

And obviously if we're having Kotsay, Gardenire and Bedrosian, we might as well have all the Woods!

Benjamin said...

Tito Francona

redsock said...

Carpet McLightbulb

L-girl said...

On our first trip to Europe, we would always see signs advertising "Chambres / Cuartos / Cameras / Zimmer".

And every time, Allan would point and say BOOOO, ZIMMER!!

Every time. :)

Benjamin said...

Cosby in the booth, eh.

L-girl said...

Holy shit, Bill Cosby in the booth!

redsock said...

he said cosby and then there was the voice -- before any picture -- i thought it had to be an imitator.

A Conformer said...

Billy Butler can work in the house...

L-girl said...

Earlier tonight, I said Benjamin is the best at this, he comes up with wild stuff.

Benjamin said...

Miah Murray

L-girl said...

We've been saying Butler out loud, I was wondering who would put him in the house.

A Conformer said...

And Charlie Zink, with a Spanish Z.

L-girl said...

Eck: "there's nobody on base, nothing's happening"

I don't know, I kind of like to see pitches, the guy at the plate, stuff like that.

andy said...

Cosby voicing the show the damn game sentiment for all of us.

Benjamin said...

Tony Suck (uh)

A Conformer said...

I'm still waiting for additional applicants to the beverage-animal team. Teahen is feeling lonely...

Benjamin said...

Nicely recovered by Green.

redsock said...

Green owns a fookin' cannon.

redsock said...

gotta know what rule cosby is talking about.

Benjamin said...

Cliff Chambers

Joba Chamberlain arguably counts twice.

Benjamin said...

Bo Jackson

Benjamin said...

Amos Booth

L-girl said...

Chambers, that's a good one.

Benjamin, your all-dwelling team is very inventive.

L-girl said...

Ofer: Jack Coffey, 1918 Red Sox

L-girl said...

Coco

redsock said...

Bagels for Birds/Jays

TOR: 000 0
BAL: 000 0

Benjamin said...

Tom Hausmann

Benjamin said...

I hope the Angels do something useful tonight.

L-girl said...

Boston public school system has had no new books in 12 years? That is so sad.

No, it's criminal.

johngoldfine said...

Benjamin--you must do the crossword puzzles with a pen! You're slick and quick.

Benjamin said...

Bill Sodd.

Benjamin said...

Get Youk's shikse off the teevee.

Benjamin said...

John, you have me confused with Buddha.

L-girl said...

We should donate a few copies of 1918.

I have to look into how to do that from here.

redsock said...

now we know eck's reading level.

johngoldfine said...

l-girl--worth remembering that Jno Kozol's first book 'Death at An Early Age' was about his not-good experiences subbing in the Boston schools.

andy said...

There is no pen.

A Conformer said...

Ofer: Jack Coffey, 1918 Red Sox

Is Jack an animal?

L-girl said...

Youk's shikse??? What do you want, a lady named Esther with a big nose and a wig?

johngoldfine said...

l-girl--so you know my aunt, eh?

redsock said...

Jno Kozol

I didn't know he was related to Peralta.

L-girl said...

John, I certainly know that. Also Common Ground, by Anthony Lukas.

It's not so different from NYC or Philadelphia or any US city. It's just very, very sad to hear that.

Benjamin said...

Some of my best friends are shikses, but so's Enza Sambataro.

L-girl said...

My aunts, too. :)

But geez, I can't believe anyone would say. What would you call her if she was black? Youk's...?

johngoldfine said...

We Johns have to bring the rest of the world around to our view of spelling, rs....

L-girl said...

Would you mind if someone called Enza's husband "her Jew boy"?

Why would you identify anyone that way? It's very derogatory.

Benjamin said...

Marty Hogan.

johngoldfine said...

l-girl--I'm very much a chauvinist about my natal city, so it bothers me particularly that the Athens of America, the Hub of the Universe cannot get books to children. Criminal, yes.

L-girl said...

Only Teahen gets to be on both the animal and the beverage teams.

L-girl said...

John, as a NYer, I feel the same way about my city, plus cannot imagine why anyone thinks Boston is the hub of anything. :)

Benjamin said...

What would you call her if she was black? Youk's...?

Schvartze?

I'll desist if you find these terms offensive, but it's been a generation since I've heard them used in any non-jocular way.

redsock said...

Textbooks probably mention the Yawkeys owing the Red Sox in the present tense.

Benjamin said...

Eck repeating the myth that aggressive baserunning helps the batter (it's very distracting).

johngoldfine said...

It's the dang Hub of Baseball for most of the threaders here, lgirl!

L-girl said...

I do find them offensive.

Not only the words "shikse" and "schvatza", but calling this woman "Yook's Shikse".

It's his wife. A person. A woman.

L-girl said...

Well, it's a great baseball town. Little doubt about that.

I have to be off the thread for a few innings, not sulking, just folding.

Benjamin said...

She was a person, a woman, and she needed to get off the teevee.

A Conformer said...

Well, apparently a jack is a male donkey, so Jack Coffey would count in the beverage+animal team.

BTW, is the female of some kind of animal called a saw? Or sough, or something similar?

L-girl said...

female pig is a sow

Benjamin said...

WTF

johngoldfine said...

Sow=lady pig

L-girl said...

Fuck fuck. I knew he was about to get tossed for that helmet throw.

Amy said...

Oh, man, what was that?

Yeah, I am here. Just catching up with the thread.

I think LBJ was safe.

Benjamin said...

Safe.

redsock said...

tito gets a long leash

Amy said...

FWIW, I think shiksa is derogatory. Even in jest. Just as I would find kike derogatory.

Amy said...

Ofer, a female pig is a sow.

A Conformer said...

What happened there? Was LBJ trying to steal home, or was it a passed ball or something? GDGD is light on the details...

A Conformer said...

And who got tossed? LBJ?

redsock said...

ball to green
kotsay took off for second (why?)
catcher to 2B, to 1B, then lyndon takes off, 1B to C, live he looked out.

Benjamin said...

What happened there? Was LBJ trying to steal home, or was it a passed ball or something? GDGD is light on the details...

Ball got away from the catcher. Kotsay tries to run to second and gets caught in a rundown. Ellsbury breaks for home and slides in safe but is called out. He spikes his helmet and gets tossed.

redsock said...

replay - safe for sure.

fuck

maybe that's why tito got to yell so much

Benjamin said...

Can we get a ruling on "goy"?

redsock said...

yeah - fuck you bloomie

A Conformer said...

Well, it requires some leniency, but there was a minor league player called Bloodsaw. I think that if you allow blood as a beverage (for some...), and saw as sow, then it would count for beverage+animal, too.

redsock said...

observation -- we could have used that run.

Amy said...

Goy---same to me as shiksa. All terms that my older relatives used in a derogatory way, so to my ear, they are not just descriptive, but derogatory.

A Conformer said...

Benjamin, for the record, I find none of those terms offensive. But I can't think of anything I do find offensive, so maybe I'm not the right person to answer...

johngoldfine said...

Amy--I agree, but English has borrowed the Yiddish and now they sit in our common storehouse of insults and derogations, waiting for a Philip Roth or whoever who knows how to get them to do tricks on the page.

Benjamin said...

But I can't think of anything I do find offensive

Baked falafel.

Amy said...

Maybe it's a generational thing. Hearing my grandmother and aunt use those terms as insults certainly colored my view of them.

Ofer, you don't find kike or wop or the N-word (I can't even type it) offensive?

Benjamin said...

NESN cuts to commercial even though Youk was safe. WTF

A Conformer said...

Baked falafel.

Oxymorons don't offend me.

Benjamin said...

WTF SHOW THE FUCKING GAME

johngoldfine said...

I forgot to mention last night, ofer, that the people I know who talk about 'Israelites' actually spell the word 'Isrealites.' That's offensive to this English teacher!

Amy said...

Was there a pitching change???

Benjamin said...

Is this just my NESN broadcast or everyone's?

Benjamin said...

No, Bannister is still pitching to Papi.

Benjamin said...

Finally back. WTF.

Benjamin said...

Maybe Cousins was working the NESN feed too.

Amy said...

So what was that? How many pitches did we miss?

A Conformer said...

Ofer, you don't find kike or wop or the N-word (I can't even type it) offensive?

In the sense that I would be offended by somebody using them, no. And if I know somebody's on my same wavelength and understands who I am, I fucking love racist jokes. The same way I love pedophilia, dead baby and holocaust jokes. So no, I don't find them offensive.

I would probably never use them to describe somebody, outside of a joke.

Benjamin said...

And now more commercials. We already saw this half inning's commercials.

redsock said...

weird. my nesn never went out.

A Conformer said...

John, the whole Israel/Isreal thing is funny in a head shaking way. Plus, it's been used too much for supposedly witty headlines.

redsock said...

does ANYONE watch that shithead charlie moore?

Benjamin said...

We missed four pitches. Youk was trotting back to first after the 4th (a foul).

Benjamin said...

does ANYONE watch that shithead charlie moore?

My mother loves that schmuck.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

redsock said...

it's houdini time.

redsock said...

FUCK YOU TEAHEN

Amy said...

Tagging from first, huh? That'll show you.

A Conformer said...

Let's not ruin that nice, neat line of circles, Jon, eh?

Benjamin said...

You need to tag the fucking bag.

Benjamin said...

Now runs.

Amy said...

OK, this time SCORE RUNS.

A Conformer said...

Wow, Lester just pitched a 4 batters, 2 baserunners 7-pitch inning.

redsock said...

i still can't believe i was at a game that went 0-0 into the 22nd inning.

Amy said...

I find all those terms offensive, and I generally find that they are not used by my peers, in jest or otherwise. Like I said, maybe it's a generational thing?

Amy said...

When was that, Allan?

Really? That was only seven pitches?? Cool.

A Conformer said...

i still can't believe i was at a game that went 0-0 into the 22nd inning.

When and where was this?

redsock said...

August 23, 1989 in Montreal.
Dodgers won 1-0 in 22.

Amy said...

I looked back at the post for this game, and I can't believe that we have only ONE hit. Arggh.

redsock said...

22-inning box

Amy said...

How long was the game? Did you stay til the end?

A Conformer said...

I find all those terms offensive, and I generally find that they are not used by my peers, in jest or otherwise. Like I said, maybe it's a generational thing?

I think it's a US thing. Most people in Israel have a very dark sense of humour, and not too much sensitivity. Some would call it directness, some coarseness, some vulgarity. I guess they're all right, in a way.

redsock said...

Did you stay til the end?

How dare you!

redsock said...

Game was only 5:14.

A Conformer said...

That game sounds totally crazy... 20 hits and no runs, wow. I'm guessing both teams ended up using starters in relief, no?

Amy said...

Yeah, I have experienced some of that Israeli "directness." It can be quite off-putting to American ears and sensitivities. :)

L-girl said...

Don't tell me you all haven't heard about our famous Montreal game ad nauseum. We tell the story all the time.

Amy said...

LOL, Allan! It was the Dodgers/Expos, not the Red Sox. You might have gotten too tired (I would have thought it lasted longer than five hours or so) or cold (it was Montreal).

A Conformer said...

Yeah, I have experienced some of that Israeli "directness." It can be quite off-putting to American ears and sensitivities. :)

Yeah, the Orange County Jewish kids that hosted me and a group from my school 7 years ago did NOT enjoy all our 9/11 jokes. Not to mention the various bombings/holocaust ones. But at the same time, some of them couldn't get enough. It was fascinating to them, that people could actually say things like that. It was very amusing.

L-girl said...

"FWIW, I think shiksa is derogatory. Even in jest. Just as I would find kike derogatory."

I was wondering what you would say.

Benjamin, I also meant to say thank you for desisting. I appreciate it.

L-girl said...

Canadians often find USians offensive (or refreshing, depending on your POV) for their/our directness and bluntness. You can imagine how Israeli directness would go over here!

Amy said...

I guess that's why the sabra metaphor is appropriate. Just not so sure about the sweet on the inside part!! :)

L-girl said...

Amy, baseball was indoors in Montreal. :)

Plus it was August. Montreal is quite warm in August.

redsock said...

Pine.

Amy said...

The Montreal cold reference was a joke---the typical American view of Canada as always icy and freezing. Glad you took the bait. ;)

A Conformer said...

I guess that's why the sabra metaphor is appropriate. Just not so sure about the sweet on the inside part!! :)

None of the Israelis I've eaten have been sweet. Kind of tangy, usually.


(note: this is supposed to be a cannibalism joke, but if you wanna see it as a sexual one, be my guest)

L-girl said...

The game was amazing. There were 3 7th inning stretches, at 7, 14 and 21. In the 17th inning, the Expos thought they won and were jumping around celebrating on the "field" - only to have a hit ruled foul and the teams were called back to continue play.

After about the 15th inning, anyone was still there stayed til the end. Everyone moved up into better seats. :)

Amy said...

ROFL, Ofer!

Benjamin said...

At the same time, we can't throw out everything that reminds us of our parents/grandparents. Then we wouldn't have cribbage or sucking candies.

L-girl said...

When we got out of the game, the Metro was closed for the night and there were special buses shuttling people to their destinations.

We were SO hungry because all the concession stands had closed at the stadium. We had food at our B&B - but when we got back there, our host had locked it all up for the night!

It was such a crazy experience. Allan's favourite in-person game ever.

Benjamin said...

This game could be a lot worse, but it's yet to get any better.

L-girl said...

"The Montreal cold reference was a joke"

Are you sure? :)

L-girl said...

"Then we wouldn't have cribbage or sucking candies."

Sucking candies! My mother still says that. "Sucking candy?" Meaning, would you like one. We crack up.

Amy said...

Definitely a joke. I was in Montreal in August. It was rainy, but not cold. I did, however, forget that the Expos had an indoor stadium.

redsock said...

on that tag from first/DP, good thing lyndon was out of the game. he would not have made that throw.

Amy said...

What do people call sucking candies if not sucking candies? I guess sour balls?

No cribbage in my family. Just food and dysfunction.

redsock said...

heh heh heh sour balls ...

Benjamin said...

Good, get Kotsay off the base paths.

L-girl said...

What's that??? A hit? *rubs eyes*

redsock said...

bunt, yes

L-girl said...

I think people call them hard candies.

Benjamin said...

Fuck bunting. Just rope a double.

Benjamin said...

DO: "nicely done by Nick Green".

It's still a sacrifice.

Amy said...

Hard candies...yeah, I have heard that. But not in my family.

redsock said...

NOW we rope a double.

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