July 12, 2009

G88: Red Sox 6, Royals 0

Royals  - 000 000 000 - 0  3  0
Red Sox - 100 310 01x - 6 10 0
Beckett: 9-3-0-0-7, 94. 100th career W.

Beckett started strong, retiring the first nine batters, including four of the first five on strikeouts. He gave up a leadoff double to David DeJesus in the fourth and then set down the next nine Royals.

He allowed two singles and an HBP in the seventh, but kept the shutout intact thanks to a 463 DP. He faced only three batters over the minimum.

Aaron Bates doubled twice and singled,with a run and RBI; Kevin Youkilis singled twice; and Rocco Baldelli and Dustin Pedroia both singled and doubled. Nick Green scored two runs. Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 40th base of the year.

Jason Bay did not have an official at-bat. In fact, he did not even see a strike until the eighth inning, on the Royals' 16th pitch to him.
1st: Ball, ball, ball, ball
3rd: Ball, ball, ball, ball
4th: Ball, ball, ball, ball
6th: HBP
8th: Ball, ball, swing/miss, ball, foul, foul, HBP
KC pitchers handed out nine free passes: three to Bay, three to Green, two to Jason Varitek, and one to Pedroia.

Robinson Tejada relieved Chen in the fourth and faced eight batters. Of his 41 pitches, the Red Sox put only three of them into play. His line: 1-0-2-4-1.

***

Bruce Chen (6.88, 62 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.62, 128 ERA+)

Beckett will try for his 100th career victory this afternoon.

Chen missed all of 2008 after TJ surgery and has made three starts this year (17-16-6-10).

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redsock said...

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Rocco Baldelli, RF
8. Nick Green, SS
9. Aaron Bates, 1B

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Mitch Maier, CF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Mark Teahan, 3B
5. Jose Guillen, LF
6. Brayan Pena, DH
7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
8. Travis Buck, C
9. Tony Pena Jr., SS

L-girl said...

It was nice to hear that Smoltz got tons of emails and texts congratulating him for his performance yesterday. Radio said a lot from Atlanta. Nice.

Benjamin said...

Kid announcer didn't call Bates "Mr. Aaron Bates" like with the others.

Benjamin said...

Eck: "He [Pedroia] gets a fastball, if you want to call it a fastball...."

L-girl said...

Guess he was afraid it might come out wrong.

johngoldfine said...

I didn't hear it, Benjamin--y'mean he was spooked that it might come out, 'Master...mmm-mmm...Bates'?

L-girl said...

Fuck Yeah!

Benjamin said...

Nice.

johngoldfine said...

I hope Bates is a future RS HOFer and we ALL have to get frippin over it! It's like 6th grade. :)

Benjamin said...

I didn't hear it, Benjamin--y'mean he was spooked that it might come out, 'Master...mmm-mmm...Bates'?

No, he just went with "At first base, Aaron Bates." He got tied up a bit going from "In right field... at short stop..." and lost his rhythm. At least he got through them fast, unlike the first kid (whose slow delivery meant we only got to see Beckett's K in the corner of the screen).

L-girl said...

I know. I mean, I live in a country with a city called Regina. And we're all supposed to say that without snickering! :)

johngoldfine said...

Long or short i, way up there in the frozen tundra?

Benjamin said...

Eck: "I love strikeouts. It's a beautiful thing. . . . No contact. It's a beautiful thing."

johngoldfine said...

Strikeouts are nice but so are hard grounders to ss....

L-girl said...

As they say on Seinfeld, rhymes with a part of the female anatomy.

L-girl said...

And whole milk is called homo!

Benjamin said...

Don't tell Smoltz.

johngoldfine said...

Some of my best drinks are milk-based but I don't swing with the homo thing.

L-girl said...

He'll have to drink his coffee black.

Benjamin said...

23 pitches through two. Nice pace.

L-girl said...

josh is cruising

Benjamin said...

"Homo" seems like it'd be easily confused with "homogenized" milk.

johngoldfine said...

Dairy farmer next door--I get it raw and whole!

;)

Ish said...

Rico Baldy getting in the action.

Ish said...

Also known as a Baldingle.

Benjamin said...

Chen isn't cruising.

L-girl said...

""Homo" seems like it'd be easily confused with "homogenized" milk."

I assume that's where the name came from.

L-girl said...

Yeah Bates!

Ish said...

I thought it was Regeeeena. Like Pizzeria Regina. Or is that Ragina too?

L-girl said...

OB says the pen is up.

Benjamin said...

Oh, I think of homogenization as the process for separating milk fat in order to make 1% and 2% milk, but I guess you could do it to whole milk too.

L-girl said...

I don't know your pizza place, but the Canadian city is Reg-eye-na.

L-girl said...

I'm pretty sure homogenization is the opposite - it's the blending of the milk fat w/ the milk. If it's not homogenized, there's a skin of cream (fat) on the top of the milk.

L-girl said...

Ish, the pizza place is probably Reg-ee-na, because it's probably an Italian name. (I'm guessing.)

The Canadian city is named for the Queen of the (former) Empire. One of her titles was Reg-eye-na.

Benjamin said...

It's taking milk and forcing it through a very small sieve, which reduces the size of fat globules so that they don't separate. It's very necessary for lower percent milkfat milks. But yeah, you'd do it with whole milk too.

Benjamin said...

DO: "and remarkably, through the first two innings, Bruce Chen has given up just one run."

L-girl said...

"It's taking milk and forcing it through a very small sieve, which reduces the size of fat globules so that they don't separate."

A slightly more technical version of what I said.

Benjamin said...

And in any event, it's a ridiculous abbreviation of an ambiguous name.

L-girl said...

No more ridiculous than dozens of other nicknames. All nicknames are ridiculous if you scrutinize them.

Ish said...

Watch baseball, learn about milk.

L-girl said...

There's a Canadian wmtc reader who is always telling me certain US expressions are ridiculous. I always try to come up with an equivalent Cdn expression that one could find ridiculous.

Benjamin said...

35 pitches.

L-girl said...

jos gamethreads are very educational!

Benjamin said...

I find it's important to always scrutinize one's preconceptions and worldview, especially as they relate to milk processing.

Ish said...

Got any examples, L?


Have you found any ridiculous Cdn phrases?


Hahaha Eck just called Don, "Storyland Man"

Benjamin said...

Show the game. Show your shitty promo commercials between innings.

johngoldfine said...

Ish--then ther are ridiculous Maine phrases, or if not ridiculous, at least seriously local: getting done, driving truck, dite, well there!, wicked, gotcha deer, dubbing around. Or maybe those aren't even localisms and I just don't get out enough to know what's what.

L-girl said...

I have tons of examples, but I can't do it now, I'm at work (believe it or not).

Ish said...

"What About Sal" looks good. I just wish the sneak previews were not during the game.

redsock said...

I'm back.

Ish said...

Mudding, door yard, using "bath" as a verb. Luckily I have not been infected with that vocabulary but my dad was born in Presque Isle and grew up in the County. It's a different world up there.

johngoldfine said...

Mudding, dooryard--what the heck else could you say to describe them?

:) Laughing in Swanville....

redsock said...

There goes the perfecto.

Ish said...

The Bunt Bid.

johngoldfine said...

Well, I'm off to drive tractor through my dooryard.... It's so wet out back I hope I don't wind up muddin.

L-girl said...

""What About Sal" looks good."

For the promos, they use music to make you think of Woody Allen movies.

L-girl said...

go josh

Benjamin said...

Is there an unusual idiomatic usage of "muddling"?

"Door yard" sounds like something I wouldn't say.

Benjamin said...

Oh, mudding.

johngoldfine said...

Benjamin--area between my house and barn that's not actually driveway, the place I sometimes dump firewood or longe horses or pitch wiffleball--that's the dooryard.

Benjamin said...

Yeah, I looked it up. That's my front yard.

Benjamin said...

Except I don't have a barn. Or whiffleball.

Ish said...

Driving through muddy areas would be mudding. Especially with a jeep or ATV. Mud trails. Come back covered in mud. Mudding.

L-girl said...

bates!

Benjamin said...

Masterful.

redsock said...

Master Bates nearly stroked his first dong.

johngoldfine said...

Oh no, Benjamin--the front yard is where you plant maples and rugosa roses along the road and occasionally trim the grass with the bushhog and scream at the dogs for being in because it's too close to the road! That's a front yard!

Benjamin said...

"Mudding" is something I never have occasion to say but which I could see myself saying.

Benjamin said...

We have front yards and back yards. There's only so much room for yardage.

L-girl said...

safe!

Benjamin said...

Nice slide.

redsock said...

good ol' royals!

L-girl said...

It doesn't do too well to pick apart slang - regional or otherwise. It just is.

I mean, we say something is "cool" or "hot" and we're not referring to temperature.

Ish said...

HAHA nice throw, Tardhat.

Benjamin said...

Scored as a sacrifice bunt, no out and no error.

redsock said...

locale!

so sac bunt/FC?

Benjamin said...

Looks like it.

L-girl said...

Obie says Ellsbury is on fire. Doesn't he know Ellsbury is LBJ and Drew is On Fire?

Benjamin said...

Ellsbury padding his stats with an unnecessary steal.

L-girl said...

How bout a nice big sweaty dong right here.

redsock said...

Loaded for the Sultan.

Ish said...

Last time I was down south, three years ago, I was surprised people still called soda "pop."

redsock said...

chen could have done this shit.

Ish said...

Seemed strange to get Chen so early. Only allowing at most, 3 runs.

L-girl said...

Last time I was down south, three years ago, I was surprised people still called soda "pop."

That's what it's called in Canada.

All through the US midwest, too.

Benjamin said...

Please ban maple bats.

Benjamin said...

I thought they called it "Coke" in the south.

Ish said...

Bay has seen nothing but balls today.

Benjamin said...

Rather, "coke".

redsock said...

Bay realized he hasn't seen so many balls since [blank] (/matchgame)

Benjamin said...

11/11 balls.

Benjamin said...

12

L-girl said...

Allan swears he will never call soda "pop". It's the one Canadian expression he will not adopt.

Benjamin said...

Eck: "Not even close."

redsock said...

"pop" might sneak out, but "zed" is where i draw the line.

Benjamin said...

Not a strike.

redsock said...

eck: "every pitch is different"

well, yeah.

L-girl said...

"pop" might sneak out, but "zed" is where i draw the line.

Oh right, zed. I think I'll go for zed before I ever say pop.

I don't even drink that shit.

Benjamin said...

Robinson Tejeda = Steve Dalkowski?

redsock said...

why isn't the score like 10-0?

L-girl said...

Castig and Obie calling LBJ's steal of home "the single most electrifying moment of the Red Sox season so far".

And I was at the bus terminal. :/

Benjamin said...

RBBI

Benjamin said...

The Kansas City coaching staff sure have ridiculous mustaches.

redsock said...

i was thinking tek would make the 3rd out and tejada would actually get out of his shitty inning without allowing a run.

Benjamin said...

If it's any consolation, the Fox broadcasting crew completely screwed the pooch on that steal of home.

redsock said...

fuck the heat rico, mash the change

Benjamin said...

So it was probably more fun for Castig and Obie at the game than it was watching at home. (Though it was still very very fun.)

redsock said...

1 hit in that inning! bates's double.

+ 4 walks and lbj's bunt/FC

Ish said...

It's probably a requirement of the KC coaches to have staches.

L-girl said...

It was even fun calling Allan for a score and hearing it had happened! And of course I saw many replays online. But I wish I had seen it live.

Benjamin said...

As disappointed as I am in the local nonavailability of Pimm's, the combination of ginger ale and cucumbers is worth adding vodka to.

L-girl said...

Those mustaches are something else.

Bates? Making a name for himself there.

L-girl said...

You can't get Pimm's where you live? Or you just don't have any in the house?

redsock said...

nice and quick - now get back out there for more abuse.

L-girl said...

Oh never mind, local availability, lack thereof. Why is that, I wonder?

redsock said...

JB PC: 15-8-12 6-7 = 48

!

redsock said...

Pimm's.
We loved that in NO years and years ago.

redsock said...

Tejada: not a good pitcher.

redsock said...

... though tejada did have a no-hitter going.

L-girl said...

When we came home from NOLA, we drank it at home for a time. Yummy stuff.

redsock said...

tejada threw 41 pitches, sox put 3 of them into play.

redsock said...

bates will be going back to paw after today/the break. making the most of the day.

Benjamin said...

Can't seem to get any, though I haven't been to many stores looking.

Benjamin said...

Papi not having a good day.

redsock said...

don, on eck as pitching coach: "i see you going to mound and getting into several fights. YOU GOT SALAD, YOU GOT NOTHING!

andy said...

Sorry but the Royals were trying to hit Bay there for the last two at bats.

Benjamin said...

Wright doesn't seem to use his legs much. Must not be good for his shoulder.

redsock said...

Bay's Day:

Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball
Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball
Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball
HBP

andy said...

3 straight high and inside pitches across two pitchers and the second pitcher hits him with that pitch on the first pitch of the at-bat. Looks like he was trying to do what the other guy couldn't.

Ish said...

Billy Butler has a pig face.

Ish said...

Some people have bird faces. Some have fish faces. Some have cat faces. Some have dog faces.

Some have pig faces.

andy said...

Agreed. Pig face not demeaning but in an actual resemblance way.

Ish said...

Essackly. It just is.

andy said...

The vendor in the stands at Fenway is saying WATER! loud enough for the mics to pick it up. Quick water would be nice here.

L-girl said...

Went to get a cup of tea, come back, bases loaded. And Obie predictably dooming.

redsock said...

fucking guillen stands there and gets hit. there's a rule, ump.

L-girl said...

I often here that WATER cry on TV. It's funny, must be right near a crowd mike.

Hi Andy, we've missed you lately.

andy said...

Sexual Healing.

L-girl said...

DP!

Benjamin said...

No runs for you.

redsock said...

GIDP!

CG SHO still intact.

L-girl said...

I often ^hear^, not here.

Geez, I can't type lately.

andy said...

We are re-doing most of our house. Kinda moving back in in preparation for the baby. So I have been watching the games but have been working on the house.

redsock said...

And Obie predictably dooming.

WTF is wrong with that guy? It's 5-0, asshole. God, bring back Trupe and his college sports yakking. All is forgiven.

L-girl said...

That sounds nice. I'm happy for you two.

Ish said...

Blue Jays have two scouts watching Buchholz. WEEI.

Benjamin said...

Could that dugout shot of Beckett be any darker?

L-girl said...

Re Obie, I think he thinks he's enhancing the drama.

redsock said...

juan cruz reminds you of pedro????

really, eck?????

can't be anything baseball-related.

redsock said...

I hope the scouts enjoy the game. HH is a good pitcher.

L-girl said...

can't be anything baseball-related.

Hmm. We could have fun conjecturing on what the resemblance is.

andy said...

Are we getting offense or Halladay from Toronto for HH?

Ish said...

Blue Jays are just doing some due-diligence. Send a couple of scouts to take a look at HH just in case...

redsock said...

We are not getting Halladay OR trading Buchholz.

andy said...

Just in case he pitches after the break?

andy said...

What do I know?

redsock said...

IMHO, that is.

andy said...

Who would we drop to start HH? Drop Bates and pick up HH for one start? IF he pitches well then who do we drop from the rotation?

andy said...

Deal Penny during the break?

redsock said...

Possible: Keep HH in Paw until September, call him up when rosters expand and have him join the rotation in 2010 when Penny and Smoltz may both be gone.

redsock said...

I could also see Clay being a several-inning force out of the bullpen in the playoffs.

redsock said...

Though he may pitch enough innings in AAA and that would not work.

andy said...

Yes we will need a long man with Dice coming back and possibly being done with MLB.

redsock said...

our #9 guy has batted 4 times thru 7 innings

KC #9 batting for 3rd time in 8th

Benjamin said...

Daisuke isn't done with MLB. He just has a case of the sucks.

redsock said...

soria in - bay might see a strike after all

Benjamin said...

So what's the jos1 protocol during Sweet Caroline this year? Surely we won't be singing.

L-girl said...

Bit premature to call the end of his career - especially when you think of all the mediocre pitchers in MLB.

L-girl said...

I will be singing! I'll be very happy to.

L-girl said...

PAPI HALF DONG!

Ish said...

Papi half-dong!

redsock said...

that was smoked!

Benjamin said...

Ball.

L-girl said...

Hopefully we won't impose any groupthink about singing. I don't stand for the national anthem but I won't try to impose a protocol about it.

Benjamin said...

Ball.

Benjamin said...

There's a strike.

Benjamin said...

We should come up with another showtune to sing during GBA though. Send in the Clowns?

Benjamin said...

HBP.

redsock said...

you do NOT want to piss off bay.

...

0-for-0

andy said...

Ok so this is the new question, what did Bay do to the Royals?

L-girl said...

They do GBA at every game?? I thought just Sundays.

Benjamin said...

I thought they did it every game. Maybe that's just a MFY thing though.

L-girl said...

Benjamin, do you have a specific gripe against Sweet Caroline, or it's just the idea of everyone singing something, or...?

6-0!

Ish said...

Rico plugging the gap.

Ish said...

I usually just don't sing, and such.

Ish said...

Green hit a ball with his knob.

L-girl said...

Whaaa?? 8-5 DP?

redsock said...

WTF BALDY?

johngoldfine said...

I see the Red Sox did not need or miss me while I was away.

Ish said...

FY would have been on the ground throwing his arms and legs everywhere and contorting to be safe.


It's just a good thing Baldy didn't make that mistake in a closer game.

Benjamin said...

In conclusion, youtube has far too many terrible renditions of Send in the Clowns.

redsock said...

didn't caroline evolve kind of organically as opposed to being an imposed ritual by the club?

Benjamin said...

I just don't care for Sweet Caroline, and it's gone from the occasional to the compulsive.

redsock said...

maybe rocco knew beckett wanted to get out and pitch.

very close, bay's foot like 2 inches from the plate when the tag is on

redsock said...

bot up

OH NOES, TITO THINKS WE'RE GONNA NEED HIM, HORRORS, DOOOOOMM AND DESPAIR, HERE COMES A LOSS

Benjamin said...

Judy Collins sure had a way of looking lobotomized on film.

L-girl said...

Well, rituals become compulsive, almost by definition.

redsock said...

Well, rituals become compulsive, almost by definition.

Just ask Mags.

L-girl said...

Only 30 batters to the plate so far.

Josh, wow.

Ish said...

Down goes Pig Face and dirty goes the water!!

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