July 11, 2009

G87: Red Sox 15, Royals 9

Royals  - 000 015 120 -  9 13  3
Red Sox - 331 200 33x - 15 12 1
This game had it all.

Smoltz was credited with his first win in a Red Sox uniform, Aaron Bates collected the first hit and RBI (and error) of his major league career, Kevin Youkilis -- the Sultan of Sweat -- hit two home runs, drove in four runs and scored four times, David Ortiz crushed a two-run dong to right-center, the bullpen frittered away a 9-1 lead with Justin Masterson imploding to the tune of five runs in only .1 inning, Daniel Bard (with the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning) sat down three straight Royals, the KC pen issued six walks (three of them intentional) in the seventh and eighth innings, and Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth in a sudden downpour to put the Red Sox 2 GA of the Yankees.

And Ryan Freel hit into a 9-2 fielder's choice, as his bases-loaded liner to right was scooped on a short hop by J.D. Drew, who fired a laser beam on the fly to Jason Varitek, who stretched out like a first baseman to take the throw.

***

Gil Meche (4.14, 104 ERA+) / John Smoltz (6.60, 70 ERA+)

Time for Smoltz to shine and bring the doomers back in from the ledge. Because it's nice inside ... we have a one-game lead, the second-best record in MLB and a fridge full of cold beer.

Despite some recent hiccups, the Red Sox bullpen still has the best ERA in the American League: 3.26. The Rays are second at 3.36, and only the Mariners, Twins and White Sox are also under 4.00.

Terry Francona:
You can't go the whole year and have every reliever have a 1.60 ERA. That's probably not realistic.
John Farrell:
Their execution hasn't been as consistent as we've seen for most of the year ... but to say that something is drastically wrong or major adjustments are needed? No. ... We're not seeing anything drastic in terms of a delivery flaw or a bad habit with these guys or a physical issue that's starting to rear its head.
Last night's win was the first time the Red Sox won a game with as few as three hits since September 5, 2006 (a 1-0 win over the White Sox).

Since a May 26 loss to Minnesota, Lester has a 1.48 ERA in eight starts, with 69 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.

Jacoby Ellsbury was surprised at his first major league ejection:
I thought it should have been a helmet violation or whatever they call it, an equipment violation. That's why they have that. It's $100, and everybody stays in the game, and they move on. ... I thought I got in there. I spiked my helmet in frustration. ... I didn't say anything to [the umpire].
Two innings later, Ellsbury's replacement in center field, Rocco Baldelli, nailed Mark Teahen trying to tag and get to second base on a deep fly ball. Ellsbury could not have made a similar throw.

In five games since last Sunday, Dustin Pedroia is 11-for-21 with five doubles and two home runs. ... Mike Lowell took live batting practice on Friday. ... Since June 25, Daniel Bard has retired 19 consecutive batters.

In his first start since a bullpen demotion last month, San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez (9-0-0-0-11, 110) no-hit the Padres last night, 8-0 (the only base runner reached on an 8th-inning error). It was the first time Sanchez's father saw his son start a major league game -- "I was expecting him to get tired."

At 4 PM: Yankees/Angels (Joba blew a 5-1 lead last night and New York lost 10-6). Boston is 1 GA.

284 comments:

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Gambrinus said...

Sock, your perspective and rationality is always appreciated. What is it about being a Red Sox fan that seems to constantly push us to the ledge?

redsock said...

What is it about being a Red Sox fan that seems to constantly push us to the ledge?

History.

I need to finally write the thing I keep telling myself I'm going to write -- how my outlook changed (to my surprise) 180 degrees after 2004. (I've alluded to it plenty of times.)

s1c said...

MFY's jump out to a 4-1 lead, then along comes the 5th and it is now 4-4, with runners at 2nd and 3rd 1 out for the Angels. The Angels just love beating the MFY's.

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

1. David DeJesus, CF
2. Ryan Freel, RF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Mark Teahen, 3B
5. Jose Guillen, LF
6. Mike Jacobs, DH
7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
8. Miguel Olivo, C
9. Tony Pena, SS

s1c said...

And another MFY starter can't go 5 innings. Robertson gives up a two run double on first pitch to Napoli and the Angels lead 6-4

s1c said...

Angels send 11 to the plate as they score 7 runs. Kendrick gets thrown out at 2nd base on steal attempt after sliding over / past the bag so the inning ends with 11th batter at the plate.

L-girl said...

That was a great game yesterday. To me there's nothing better than winning a pitching duel.

I think I said that yesterday, but I'm still enjoying it today.

westcoastsox said...

Oh goodie, I'm timing my run to the dry cleaners so that I can at least listen to the first inning on XM. Nice comeback by Angels.

redsock said...

Shit. Have some transcribing to do. Be back soon.

Ish said...

Good evening, Joy Nation. Hanging out at my sister's house. Just had _________ right. I keep talking about food.

BUNT BID!

L-girl said...

Was the ______ good?

Ish said...

It was very good. Very _______y. And _______y.

Eck's gotta have it. He wants everything. Can we give him the moon?

L-girl said...

Mmm, _____y and _____y is the best kind of ________.

I only have some ______ here at work. Boring.

L-girl said...

FY 3b!!!

Benjamin said...

PEDRIPPLE

Ish said...

Triple cheeseburger for Dusty.

Benjamin said...

On the board.

L-girl said...

YOOOOOOOOOK

1-0!

Ish said...

A triple cheeseburger then a ribeye. Hot damn.

L-girl said...

pedripple, i like that

fuckyipple

L-girl said...

11-8 now in Anaheim

L-girl said...

in the 8th, that is

Benjamin said...

(Benny Hill music)

Ish said...

And THAT happened!

What's up with second base tonight?

L-girl said...

whoo-hoo! thank you royals! dp turns into an rbi.

L-girl said...

keystone kops out there

Benjamin said...

These guys can't count outs either.

Benjamin said...

12-8 LAAAAAAAAAAAAA

L-girl said...

12-8, this is looking good.

Benjamin said...

HAHA

Ish said...

HAHAHA These are the KC Royals we all know and love

L-girl said...

"HAHAHA These are the KC Royals we all know and love"

I was about to post those exact words when the phone rang. I have work but I can listen at the same time.

L-girl said...

14-8 in socal

Benjamin said...

Gun.

Ish said...

WOW. Yay green energy.

Ish said...

Eck is perturbed.

Ish said...

Gap plugger upper.

Benjamin said...

Pedrouble

Benjamin said...

YOUK!!!!

Ish said...

Sultan of Sweaty dongness!

Ish said...

Youk's ball landed in the back of a pickup truck in the parking lot past Landsdowne. Wow. How would you like to come out to your truck and see a baseball in it?

L-girl said...

Whoo-hoo! I got called away. What did I miss?

redsock said...

Whoa. I missed some fun!

Ish said...

No Heidi tonight.

L-girl said...

"Whoa. I missed some fun!

...

No Heidi tonight."

Hmm.

redsock said...

Olivo = Pine.

redsock said...

14-8 Final.

1.5

redsock said...

Comfy lead - Smoltz can simply pitch without worries.

redsock said...

BOOYAH

Ish said...

I'm thinking an Eck drinking game would be way too easy.

A Conformer said...

Evening all. I see the MFY lost and we have a nice, comfy lead. Well done.

Ish said...

Somebody wants water.

A Conformer said...

Somebody wants water.

I thought we all do. The dirty kind.

redsock said...

sit yo ass down!

Ish said...

Very true. Thanks, Ofer. I crave dirty water so much sometimes I forget I do.

Benjamin said...

TEK

L-girl said...

tek dong!

Benjamin said...

I believe they call this "Meche money".

redsock said...

CAPTAIN CRUNCH!

Ish said...

Ride, Captain, ride on your MYSTERY SHIP (around Pesky's pole.) That sounds dirty.

L-girl said...

"I'm thinking an Eck drinking game would be way too easy."

It would be fatal.

redsock said...

Heidi's absence not bothering Tek.

Ish said...

Not bothering Nick Green either. Allegedly her new main squeeze. The current rumor anyways.

redsock said...

Don't meche with the Red Sox!

A Conformer said...

Woo hoo- I've got video.

redsock said...

ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT -- SHOW THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

Show a couple fewer ads and do this BEFORE play resumes.

A Conformer said...

What I don't get is: once you explained who this guy is, and have shown him paling around with Don and Eck, why show him again? What's the point? They're just standing there talking. We've seen people talk before... we know they're talking, cause we can hear them... so why show them?

redsock said...

"just to stay in shape"

DRINK

"by way of the K"

DRINK

A Conformer said...

Houdini Smoltz. Must have been getting some tips from Lester and Daisuke.

westcoastsox said...

Smoltz has 6 Ks. A good sign. I'm happy I heard Joe broadcast those first two innings. Love the XM radio.

redsock said...

"exploding chest hair"

redsock said...

eck talking about studio 54

L-girl said...

I just had work... atty standing over my shoulder. Wanted to clock him.

redsock said...

i just gave some new work to the 8 PM person.

L-girl said...

slacker

L-girl said...

how did run #7 score?

redsock said...

tek hit one around the p-pole!

Benjamin said...

PAPI

L-girl said...

PAPI DONG!!!!

redsock said...

GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY

L-girl said...

"tek hit one around the p-pole!"

heh, i heard that and forgot :)

Ish said...

Don: David Ortiz is back and he's back big!"

CHUG YOUR BEVERAGE.

Large father shows his dong nightly these days eh?

redsock said...

and orsillo says

"well david ortiz is back and he's back big"

!!!

A Conformer said...

Who would've thought on June 1st that Papi would have 12 dongs before the ASB? I love it!

redsock said...

WHEN O WHEN WILL THIS TEAM START HITTING??????????????

westcoastsox said...

Barth?

L-girl said...

Don't let them lull you into a false sense of security. 1978.

L-girl said...

I think those people you saw in the booth are in the radio booth now. Cancer fundraising.

Ish said...

Hey. Facts have nothing to do with it.

redsock said...

this smoltz kid sucks. trade him.

westcoastsox said...

1,000 hits with the red sox for big papi

L-girl said...

"Facts have nothing to do with it". That is a JoS comment classic.

L-girl said...

This is so annoying. I can't turn the sound down or I miss the game. Shut up already!

redsock said...

fuck - had him struck out on the 1-2, then couldn't finish him again. shit.

A Conformer said...

That run bothers me less than the fact that he probably won't go 6 now.

redsock said...

at 97 -- can't see another inning.

if he had that K, he'd be at 87.

redsock said...

WOW - ump is calling shit outside the zone now.

Benjamin said...

Masterson is not impressing tonight.

westcoastsox said...

Smoltz is thinking . . . again?

L-girl said...

At this rate I won't get to hear the end of the game. Have to leave at 10.

Benjamin said...

Let's please not do this.

L-girl said...

we're dooooooomed

A Conformer said...

Come on, fucking Peña Jr? He has a negative batting average, for chrissake.

L-girl said...

well that sucked.

redsock said...

that hit brings pena's avg all the way up to .104

jesus

mdc in

L-girl said...

did masterson get an out?

redsock said...

now smoltz probably thinks masterson is gay.

Benjamin said...

Yeah, he Ked the first batter of the inning.

redsock said...

struck his first batter out

K
1B
HR
BB
1B
1B

L-girl said...

i missed that. a K and then all that crap? yeesh.

oh well, a bad outing. it would be nice to hold this 5-run lead.

redsock said...

ledge ... getting crowded (/shatner)

redsock said...

9-2 FC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Conformer said...

ON FUCKING FIRE. That's something I've never seen happen.

L-girl said...

ha ha ha

L-girl said...

oh come on, this is stupid

Benjamin said...

This team can win 1-0 games. Why does it do this shit?

A Conformer said...

Man how big is that play by Drew looking, eh? And we're still not even out of the inning...

redsock said...

stop

jeemer time

L-girl said...

uh-oh, don't we need a 16-run lead for oki?

L-girl said...

"This team can win 1-0 games. Why does it do this shit?"

baseball

Ish said...

Twitterer dougdanger: "I don't think Masterson has been the same since Eck called him "masturbate."

mattymatty said...

This is the worst lineup in baseball, hands down. We will not face a worse lineup this season. This is a fucking AAA lineup. This team is horrible. Just horrible. And we've given up 14 runs to them in 24 innings.

redsock said...

i think matty's avatar is masterson.

L-girl said...

"This is the worst lineup in baseball, hands down."

The Nationals are insulted. They were sure they owned that.

redsock said...

Eck called him that on May 22.

Since that night: 3.98 ERA

redsock said...

ump coulda called some of those balls as strikes for smoltz too - might still have a shutout

A Conformer said...

The Nationals are insulted. They were sure they owned that.

Nah, the Nats have the worst pitching staff in history. That's their main problem. Their lineup is just meh.

westcoastsox said...

Oki in the 7th, Ram-Ram in the 8th, Bot in the 9th, and Beckett for all 9 innings tomorrow!

Ish said...

So the Donkey didn't start sucking right then. 3.98 isn't great but it's not terrible either for middle relief.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

L-girl said...

oh shit. this is annoying.

mattymatty said...

"The Nationals are insulted. They were sure they owned that."

Yeah, as conformer said, strangely enough the Nats offense isn't that bad.

I just looked it up, and by Runs Scored the Royals are last in the Al and second to last overall, 14 runs up on San Diego. Just for the record, the Nationals are 19th in MLB in scoring with 368 runs. Boston is 6th with 444.

johngoldfine said...

bleh squared

L-girl said...

dave o'brien has been going on and on about "it feels like it's happening again" and "we're all thinking of that rainy night in baltimore", over and over.

shut up dave. call the game and stop predicting the future.

johngoldfine said...

afuckinnoying to say the least

mattymatty said...

Oh. My. God. This is straight up embarrassing.

L-girl said...

sorry nats. no need to offer more proof, i got it.

Ish said...

Obie loves himself a good controversy. He loves doom.

fusionmouse said...

Man... I'm starting to get that sick feeling in my gut :-/

redsock said...

Red Sox Being Royals

A Conformer said...

This is getting ridiculous.

redsock said...

worrywarts must listen to the radio, then

Benjamin said...

ERA isn't a very useful stat for measuring relief pitcher performance, since it's affected by how many inherited runs the next guy lets score.

westcoastsox said...

It's all Smoltz's fault.

L-girl said...

"Obie loves himself a good controversy. He loves doom."

Yup. He won't stop. I want to turn it off, but then I have no game.

Have to go in 15 mims. When I get home, we best be 2 GA.

mattymatty said...

That's it. Get Beckett up.

redsock said...

ump has shrunk the zone again.

L-girl said...

westcoast has it right. somehow this will be smoltz's fault.

and of course, theo's.

redsock said...

that strike was where the previous pitch was (ball)

redsock said...

see ump, it's a fucking strike?

asswipe

L-girl said...

yes we know dave. we know it started out as a laugher and now it is tight. we know about what happened in baltimore.

A Conformer said...

That's it. Get Beckett up.

Oddly enough, I was thinking the same thing.

fusionmouse said...

I have the radio on... they're alluding to Camden Yards as well,

shit get outs!

redsock said...

i blame the greatest pitch caller of them all.

A Conformer said...

Who's coming in? Bard?

fusionmouse said...

Same three guys basically blew that game too, Maasterson, MDC and Oki, no?

redsock said...

I'll call it now: Wakefield gets the save.

mattymatty said...

What the living **** is wrong with our bullpen? Did someone piss in the gatorade bucket?

L-girl said...

"I have the radio on"

I'm talking about the radio too. Are you listening to the KC b'cast?

redsock said...

Bard says: ENOUGH!

fusionmouse said...

Took the dog for a walk, took radio with me... when we started it was 9-1. Then the dog took a dump and the game went in the shitter. Coincidence?

Ish said...

"that strike was where the previous pitch was (ball)"

Previous pitch the batter took a step toward first. Tischnor is feeling high and mighty behind the plate. What a cockup.

johngoldfine said...

Bard says: It all stops here!

L-girl said...

STFU DAVE OBRIEN

redsock said...

higher lev for bard!

retired last 19 batters he's faced with 10 K

L-girl said...

"Coincidence?"

yes :)

fusionmouse said...

No, WRKO and yes DO is hammering this collapse.

K for Bard!

fusionmouse said...

I'm standing for the strikeout!

A Conformer said...

It's a useless thought, but I can't help but wonder how different things would've been if Smoltz had gotten that call in the 5th, not wasted 15+ pitches, and come out for the 6th.

Hopefully Bard will stop the bleeding.

L-girl said...

DO, you confused me. DO is TV. This is Obie.

He's driving me nuts.

fusionmouse said...

Still standing...

fusionmouse said...

K!

redsock said...

wow - tek is learning. he didn't stand up for that pitch until the last second.

L-girl said...

K! whew

fusionmouse said...

Whoo hoo!

Ish said...

99 paint strike 3. Hot damn.

redsock said...

BARD!

L-girl said...

yes dave, we know if both runners score the game will be tied. we can add.

fusionmouse said...

I wanna give Bard a high five :)

L-girl said...

whew.

ok, everybody breathe.

WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS GAME.

I have to go make my bus. You all enjoy the win. 12-7, I think.

redsock said...

22 in a row for bard -- 12 by K

...

at 10 pitches, give him the 8th too.

A Conformer said...

Bard for Galactical Emperor! I know he has my vote...

A Conformer said...

How about some insurance?

mattymatty said...

"at 10 pitches, give him the 8th too."

I don't think Francona has a choice - he's already burned through his entire bullpen.

redsock said...

DOUGH-ON'T STOP BELIEEEEEVIN'...

fusionmouse said...

Sorry, DO=Don Orsillo; but DO= Dave O'brian.

JoS uses DO for Orsillo exclusively?

redsock said...

JESUS UMP ASSHOLE

no baserunner since tiz's dong

A Conformer said...

I think it got him in his cock and balls, Eck.

Ish said...

Oh man his eyes are watering... I'd love to be a fly buzzing around that huddle.

And that my friends, is called ringing the bell.

fusionmouse said...

I agree Conformer, if Smoltz had just gone six...

The pen seems to be made of creatures of habit, if they don't pitch in their usual inning they get all out of whack.

redsock said...

FFlo

fusionmouse said...

So has Bay's performance slupped since becoming a USAir?

A Conformer said...

The pen seems to be made of creatures of habit, if they don't pitch in their usual inning they get all out of whack.

They should have them blindfolded and earplugged, and just throw them into the game, making sure nobody tells them what inning it is, and what the score is. Results would be amazing, I think.

Benjamin said...

Yay.

fusionmouse said...

Slumped... perhaps not.

redsock said...

do NOT waste these runners.

mattymatty said...

I like how Papi takes walks literally.

Ish said...

Pssssst. Don't boo Jacoby getting intentionally walked! Varitek is up next. Yes I am saying this - This is a good thing!

redsock said...

captain better dial up the intangibles.

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