July 18, 2009

G90: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2

Red Sox   - 010 000 100 - 2  6  1
Blue Jays - 010 320 00x - 6 8 0
Penny (5-8-6-1-3, 82) allowed six hits and five runs in the fourth and fifth innings and the Red Sox were sufficiently kept off balance by Rzepczynski, who was credited with his first major league victory.

Without one in the fourth, three straight singles broke a 1-1 tie and gave Toronto a one-run lead, then Bautista's double made it 4-1. (Penny bemoaned that pitch, a hanging curve, afterwards.) Scutaro began the fifth with a double and one out later, Lind homered to left for a 6-1 score.

Boston had taken a 1-0 lead on Jason Bay's double and Rocco Baldelli's single. Then they squandered a possible big inning. After Baldelli's hit, the Sox had men at first and third with no outs, but Jed Lowrie struck out looking, George Kottaras fouled to third and J.D. Drew grounded to second.

Kevin Youkilis doubled with one out in the third and was stranded at third. With runners at first and second and one out in the fifth, Yook struck out and David Ortiz grounded to second. Lowell began the ninth with a double -- and was stranded there.

Lowrie hit reliever Jesse Carlson's first pitch of the seventh for his first home run of the season.

Justin Masterson pitched two innings, retiring all six men he faced in the sixth and seventh, on 22 pitches.

The Yankees beat the Tigers 2-1, so Boston's East lead is back down to two games.
Brad Penny (4.71, 99 ERA+) / Marc Rzepczynski (3.00, 144 ERA+)

Rzepczynski is making his third major league start (and appearance) -- and his Skydome debut. In 12 major league innings, he has allowed seven walks and seven hits, while striking out 12.

Daniel Bard has retired 29 of his last 31 hitters (including four of four last night), 17 of them by strikeout. He has also stranded his last six inherited runners, dating back to June 16.
I'm trusting my stuff earlier in the count, which has allowed me to get ahead of guys. It's amazing what happens when you get ahead of guys.
In Bard's last six appearances, he has thrown 77% strikes and batters are hitting .037/.036/.074.

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redsock said...

Lowrie has been activated. No oatmeal yet, though.

redsock said...

From someone on Twitter:

Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Lowell, 3B
Baldelli, CF
Lowrie, SS
Kottaras, C

westcoastsox said...

I have noticed that Tek often gets off day games following night games, even when Wake isn't pitching. Preserving him for the long haul?

Ish said...

That's AB's twitter lineup too.

redsock said...

It was probably her feed. From the SoSH game thread.

Saving Tek for September, yeah.

redsock said...

Verlander/Sabathia, also at 1.

redsock said...

Rzepczynski

Is Eck around to try his luck this one?

I think I'll try the Jays radio guys today.

L-girl said...

Welcome back Jed! I can't remember his nickname... and it's not in the glossary.

L-girl said...

Just think, we never have to worry about whether or not Lugo is going to start. Yippee!!!

L-girl said...

Rzepczynski

Is Eck around to try his luck this one?


Pretty easy phonetically: Zep-chin-skee.

redsock said...

That would still be a challenge for Eck.

FY!

A Conformer said...

Rzepczynski

Is Eck around to try his luck this one?

Pretty easy phonetically: Zep-chin-skee.


Polish names (I'm assuming it's Polish, although it could be Czech or something in the area) have a tendency to look a lot scarier than they actually are.

L-girl said...

Polish names (I'm assuming it's Polish, although it could be Czech or something in the area) have a tendency to look a lot scarier than they actually are.

Oh yeah. One of the MPs that supports the war resisters is Borys Wrzesnewskyj, pronounced Jez-nef-skee.

And of course there's our old friend Malphabet.

Castig mentioned the old nickname "eye chart".

L-girl said...

That would still be a challenge for Eck.

Remy too.

The lack of news about Remy is disconcerting. Actually, the lack of Remy is disconcerting.

L-girl said...

Heh, I just glanced at the Wikipedia page for Doug M, which I linked to above. It says:

"Mientkiewicz is notorious for his superb fielding ability and control with the bat."

Notorious?

redsock said...

Ian Browne was asked about Remy in his mailbag:

"There has been no public announcement ... Other than the fact that he's been resting up and recovering for an eventual return to work, there has been no other word on how he is doing."

redsock said...

Douuble.

A Conformer said...

Jay Ray Bay- we've missed you, buddy.

redsock said...

Be patient with this guy.
2 MLB starts -- 7 BB in 12 IP.

nixon33 said...

for those of you on game day and blacked out for whatever reason or a work, etc.
http://channelsurfing.net/watch-mlb.php?w=2


RUNS PLEASE

L-girl said...

There you go. Thanks Nix, you made that happen.

redsock said...

1-0.

Pile it on.

nixon33 said...

OH YEAH! The Hip is safe at 3rd and Baldy comes thru!

L-girl said...

Douuble.

good

A Conformer said...

Jedi should pull an Arod/Manny and hit a dong in his first AB back.

Unlikely, I know, but a guy can hope...

redsock said...

NESN!

I LOVE YOU, NIX!

L-girl said...

No Joe, Markham is a suburb, about 40 mins away.

L-girl said...

Jedi! Thanks Ofer. I couldn't remember his nickname.

A Conformer said...

Wow. That inning went from promising to over in a fucking hurry.

Thanks, Nix! Man, there are streaming MLB sites turning up everywhere.

nixon33 said...

No sweat everyone, living here in NY i get fucked on the saturday games usually. I'm drinking!!!

redsock said...

Dear NESN: Keep Jim Kaat.

nixon33 said...

DAMN FUCKING RIGJT RS! KITTY KAAT IS THE SHIT.

redsock said...

let's hope the jays can squander their second inning start too.

redsock said...

tp, cabin?

nixon33 said...

Uh oh

nixon33 said...

MAN the Tigers suck. threatened Cheeseburger Cheeseburger twice to no avail

A Conformer said...

Disappointing inning for both sides. I'll take it.

nixon33 said...

for future reference, they always have Soc games here:
http://atdhe.net/

I dont think it's always nesn, but hey...
BOOKMARK IT!

A Conformer said...

http://atdhe.net/

Got it bookmarked. But for some reason it's a lot slower than the one you gave today... and this hotel's connection is shitty as hell.

Ish said...

Nix I have a Twitter friend who's in the DC area and benefited greatly by your link. Thanks!

L-girl said...

a yookle

nixon33 said...

I've tried to get as many links to games as possible if all else fails.
ENJOY.

RUNS PAPI PLEASE!

Ish said...

Castig talked to Cabin Mirror about Papi. Millar: "Big Papi is back! I told him, 'Don't change a thing. Keep wearing your bling!'"

Ish said...

This is awesome, Nix. Watching the Sox on my TV and the Yankees game on the computer.

A Conformer said...

Hesitant swing by Bay there.

redsock said...

OMG - I just got one of the shittier jobs I've seen in a looong time.

redsock said...

Gotta use the TV as a radio, I guess. And look at replays.

s1c said...

Squander by the Sox followed by a squander by the Jays, Good.

Kaat is good, I always liked him on the MFY games.

A Conformer said...

Looks like Penny got lucky there. Scary.

Ish said...

John Henry tweeted last night that he hoped Remy would be back soon.

"At Larry Lucchino's home watching Red Sox with friends. Great to see Jim Kaat this weekend. Hope Jerry gets back soon. Buchholz and Bard yes"

nixon33 said...

I remember when Kaat "retired" from YES and he said he was going to get a Winnebago and travel everywhere with his wife. There were also the jokes that when he was doing regular broadcasts that he wouldn't go past the mississippi

s1c said...

did you know that Drew and Matsuzaka are failed free agent signings of Theo?

s1c said...

Way to show off that arm j-bay

Zenslinger said...

Tigers AGAIN fail to score.

A Conformer said...

did you know that Drew and Matsuzaka are failed free agent signings of Theo?

Who said that? That's terrible analysis...

redsock said...

Re Kaat -- Was the anyone who truly believed the Jays would contend in the East this year?

Ish said...

Clank. Passed ball.

Zenslinger said...

Who's announcing with Don?

Are NESN games always on Channelsurfing.net?

redsock said...

KOTBALLA

nixon33 said...

COME ON PENNY.

Ish said...

Dice-K needs a mental adjustment and shoulder strengthening. Drew has been good. Not amazing but he's been fine. I understand the thought though. With the money they paid Drew he should have been much better than fine. That's the perception.

Ish said...

Sounds like you can hear Penny grunting with every pitch! NESN, this is not Tennis. Point the mic somewhere else.

Ish said...

Jeez it sounds like Penny's getting punched in the gut every time he pitches.

s1c said...

Who said that? That's terrible analysis...

Silva of BDD on the baseball show (compared them to Lugo).

s1c said...

Frag

Ish said...

You can even hear Brad spit.

redsock said...

Is HH still in Toronto? Don't get on that plane to Pawtucket!

nixon33 said...

FUCKING CUNT

redsock said...

Silva of BDD

What a shocker.

L-girl said...

"NESN, this is not Tennis. Point the mic somewhere else."

:>)

redsock said...

That's the perception.

If Drew yelled at some umps, got his hat dirty and threw a batting helmet maybe twice a month, the mouthbreathers would love his current production.

L-girl said...

"That's terrible analysis..."

It's BDD.

That is all.

s1c said...

Well, CHB, Merloni, Buck and Mcadams just let the comparisons slide without challenging him, so can't say it is just the mouthbreathers.

L-girl said...

"If Drew yelled at some umps, got his hat dirty and threw a batting helmet maybe twice a month, the mouthbreathers would love his current production."

Drew could hit like 2005 David Ortiz and the baseball-wingnuts would find a way to hate him.

If anyone ever wants to refute racist theories of player-hatred, Drew can be Exhibit A.

Zenslinger said...

Drew's OPS is .844. Perfectly respectable, even given his contract.

Jeter, thought to be having a great year (at least offensively) and paid significantly more than Drew, is at .860.

nixon33 said...

KILL CHINSKY KILL

Ish said...

lmao.

Don: "Tonight on NESN is the Jim Rice special... Dick Stockton is hosting it."

Kaat: "Oh wow! Good for him!"

L-girl said...

Zen, very good comparison. Not that BDD can be reasoned with with numbers.

redsock said...

Well, McAdam should have said something.

L-girl said...

So JOS1 is also Jim Rice night. You'd think we could sell this stupid ticket already.

nixon33 said...

GOOD POINT L. RS, Nixon is the classic example, though I breathe through my ears ;P

redsock said...

Maybe this Stockton kid can parlay that Rice gig into a decent broadcasting career.

redsock said...

Time to get sweaty.

Ish said...

NICE!

nixon33 said...

KILL KILL KILL KILL

Ish said...

Youk O'Neil there.

Ish said...

Youk could get 30% off at the donut shop I went to today on Bald Thursdays.

L-girl said...

Yook O'Neil, I was about to say that. :)

And I have radio! But Castig's description was enough.

L-girl said...

I wonder if they'd give Rico Baldy the discount.

L-girl said...

squanderiffic

A Conformer said...

If I'd known it was BDD I wouldn't have called it analysis.

...I started writing a reply to the claim, then realised how dumb it was, and decided to just let it go.
And Ish, I disagree. I think Drew has been worth about what he's getting paid, maybe a bit more, comparatively.

nixon33 said...

this fucking sucks

redsock said...

I might admit I am more than "balding" if it meant discount donuts.

Ish said...

Well it's 10% off for a receding hair line, 20% crown balding 30% extensive hair loss.

Ish said...

Ofer I'm with you there. Seems as though the perception of most people is he's not been worth the money.

Ish said...

Big Donkey warming.

nixon33 said...

I cant believe we cant hit this little fucker

redsock said...

Bald Donkey up

A Conformer said...

Well it's 10% off for a receding hair line, 20% crown balding 30% extensive hair loss.

Seriously? That's hilarious.

L-girl said...

fuck

redsock said...

Well it's 10% off for a receding hair line, 20% crown balding 30% extensive hair loss.

Seriously? That is hilarious.

...

FUCK LIND WITH A RAKE

Ish said...

Cocks and balls.

And dongs.

redsock said...

Ofer and I with the identical comment!

Ish said...

"Seriously? That is hilarious."

Seriously. My dad and my sister's boyfriend could get a good 30% off.

L-girl said...

"Well it's 10% off for a receding hair line, 20% crown balding 30% extensive hair loss."

Ha! One of the few situations where men will exaggerate their cue-ball status rather than play it down.

So Allan, what's your donut discount? :)

A Conformer said...

Trade Penny! Give Buchholz his spot!
/kneejerk

L-girl said...

We're doooooomed...

redsock said...

And by "/kneejerk" you mean me.

nixon33 said...

wow.
tigers dont let us down?

Ish said...

The rest of the promo says:

"Needless to say we are not going to mention your qualifications for this promotion. You have to ask to qualify. Here at Congdon's we do believe BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!

"Congdon's thanks Para's Pizza of Wells for creating this promotion. They celebrate baldness on Mondays."

redsock said...

So Allan, what's your donut discount? :)

32%?

A Conformer said...

And by "/kneejerk" you mean me.

Nah, that's my real opinion. Only without the exclamation marks and not because of Lind's dong.

Ish said...

Lind's dong gave me a kneejerk reaction.

L-girl said...

So Allan, what's your donut discount? :)

32%?


Good man. Someone should buy you a donut.

Zenslinger said...

One more chance for Detroit to get to CC...again.

redsock said...

I know it is stupid to dump Penny -- a frickin good #5 man -- when Smoltz is 42/coming back from surgery and Wake is also 42 with DL time in each of the last x season.

Still, I want HH up here. If Penny keeps his 6 IP, 3 R pace (not today though), I can wait until September 1 for Clay.

Ish said...

I'm hoping Clay can go more than 5 2/3 before I'd want him staying up.

L-girl said...

I know it is stupid to dump Penny -- a frickin good #5 man -- when Smoltz is 42/coming back from surgery and Wake is also 42 with DL time in each of the last x season.

This is why I'm not on the Dump Penny bandwagon. I think we can wait for Sept for Double-H.

nixon33 said...

CANNAE WE GET ANY FOOKIN RUNS?

redsock said...

Kaat calls Dice "the highest paid long man in baseball, long reliver".

tim said...

Well this is shitty.

nixon33 said...

COME THE FUCK ON

A Conformer said...

Well, I guess it all comes down to what you can get for Penny. I happen to think the Sox can get a fairly good player for him. With Daisuke supposedly back on Sept. 1, and Bowden and possibly Masterson as depth, I think the chance to make the rotation better and get a useful player for the future is worth the risk.

nixon33 said...

hahaha. this is getting too silly to get mad about.

tim said...

Masterson, please be Masterson of old, not recent Masterson.

Ish said...

Ah, bugger. Kathryn Tappen's getting married today.

A Conformer said...

Time for one of those 12 runs before an out is made innings.

L-girl said...

Jedi Dong!

redsock said...

JED ZEPPELIN!

redsock said...

Only 11 runs to go!

A Conformer said...

Woo Jedi! Nice. 11 more to go.

A Conformer said...

Shit, nice play.

L-girl said...

Why 11? Is my scoreboard wrong?

Ish said...

JEEZ. Toronto's defense shows up.

L-girl said...

damn these good fielders!

A Conformer said...

Fuck, another nice play.

Ish said...

"Time for one of those 12 runs before an out is made innings."

L-girl said...

"Ah, bugger. Kathryn Tappen's getting married today."

Don't let that get in the way of your fantasies. I won't mind when LBJ gets married.

nixon33 said...

SCORE 5 MORE RUNS

A Conformer said...

Lowell would've had that one too...

L-girl said...

"Time for one of those 12 runs before an out is made innings."

I saw that... But when Allan and Ofer both said it, I thought maybe they were serious. Ok... never mind. :)

redsock said...

I am serious.
That is *exactly* what time it is.

A Conformer said...

Question: are there any openly gay baseball players?

redsock said...

Answer: No.

redsock said...

Not currently playing anyway.

"The other" Billy Bean is retired.

L-girl said...

There is no openly gay player in any men's professional team sport in the US.

Many of us, myself definitely included, are waiting for that line to be breached.

A Conformer said...

Answer: No.

Thought so. NBA? MLS? NHL? NFL? (those last too should probably be seen as a joke...)

L-girl said...

That Billy is Billy Beane.

L-girl said...

Ofer, see my comment above.

Nothing.

The pressure must be very intense.

A Conformer said...

L answered my question before I even asked it.

L-girl said...

That Billy is Billy Beane.

Other way around, of course. I knew that and wrote it backwards.

Ish said...

"The pressure must be very intense."

Especially in those big piles in football.

Ish said...

NESN's mic picked up someone shouting FUCK! Add that to the list of Penny's grunting and Penny's spitting.

Ish said...

I'm actually more curious as to how many of the players are gay. What percentage.

redsock said...

Kaat plugs Retrosheet!!!!!!!!!

A Conformer said...

I'm actually more curious as to how many of the players are gay. What percentage.

And how it compares to the general percentage in the population...

L-girl said...

Whenever players are interviewed about the possibility of a gay teammate, they seem obsessed with the idea that another man might look at them in a sexual way. As if (a) that doesn't happen anyway, (b) that alone is such a horrible thing.

I never understand that. Why are so many hetero men so horrified at the idea that another man might scope them out? Why isn't it flattering, or just neutral, nothing?

Ish said...

Ofer, that too.

L-girl said...

Kaat plugs Retrosheet!!!!!!!!!

He always does. When he used to do the Yankees broadcasts, he mentioned it all the time.

redsock said...

Can you imagine if Babe Ruth was bi-sexual? (I'm assuming he wasn't.) He'd have no time for *any* baseball with all that fucking.

tim said...

Yook and Ortiz go b2b then Bay, Lowell, Baldelli and Lowrie all drill doubles and we take the lead.

Now go!

Ish said...

It reminds me of a scene of The Sopranos where Uncle Junior tells his ladyfriend not to tell anyone that he performs oral sex. She keeps asking him why and he says, "Hey! I didn't make the rules."

tim said...

I'd be flattered.

Ish said...

I'm not sure how I'd feel.

A Conformer said...

Whenever players are interviewed about the possibility of a gay teammate, they seem obsessed with the idea that another man might look at them in a sexual way. As if (a) that doesn't happen anyway, (b) that alone is such a horrible thing.

I never understand that. Why are so many hetero men so horrified at the idea that another man might scope them out? Why isn't it flattering, or just neutral, nothing?


I think it's quite obvious that a guy teammate would be unable to control himself in the shower and grab you from behind, therefore traumatising you and making you gay too.

L-girl said...

Can you imagine if Babe Ruth was bi-sexual? (I'm assuming he wasn't.)

I've often thought he might have been, only because of his voracious appetite. More opportunity. :)

Pure conjecture on my part. I have a tendency to see bisexuality everywhere.

redsock said...

Shouldn't we wait and talk about this during Smoltz's next start?

A Conformer said...

Pure conjecture on my part. I have a tendency to see bisexuality everywhere.

It is everywhere. Suppressed.

Ish said...

Especially in professional sports would it be understandable for someone to be gay, too. Wouldn't you think? But at the same time it seems like the most forbidden of places, along with the military, to be openly gay.

L-girl said...

I'd be flattered.

...

I'm not sure how I'd feel.


Good for honesty, cool.

therefore traumatising you and making you gay too.

:-o

Ha ha, yes, it is catching you know!

tim said...

This is NOT going according to plan, dammit.

vrictare said...

Just popping in to ask this one question: now that we've given up on the failed Lugo experiment, how bloody long will it take Tito to cut this Drew-lead-off shit? It's worked out worse than Pedroia leading off, and that was pretty bad.

Ish said...

Ok! NESN's effects mic serves purpose! Laz Diaz telling him to pipe down. "Nobody needs to hear that!"

redsock said...

Was the HP ump telling Yook to shut up during Bay's AB?

I half-heard Don.

...

FULL BORE sighting!!

Ish said...

And of course, him being Youk.

A Conformer said...

This is quite irrelevant, but the Israeli army is supposedly one of the best armies to be gay in.

There's no way that sentence is grammatically correct...

L-girl said...

Pure conjecture on my part. I have a tendency to see bisexuality everywhere.

It is everywhere. Suppressed.


Yep. That's why I see it everywhere.

Ish, I think you're right about likelihood and prohibition.

Same thing in women's sports. Plus women athletes are under huge pressure to show they are not gay, since that's an old stereotype of athletic females.

nixon33 said...

EVERYONE IS GAY :)

redsock said...

Maybe that was the real source of the tension between Ruth and Gehrig?

redsock said...

DET: 000 000 0
MFY: 000 000 2

Ish said...

Just watched a small chickadee on the cable wire extending from the house. Balancing very well. Looking around. Chirping. Then it took a dump and flew away.

A Conformer said...

Maybe that was the real source of the tension between Ruth and Gehrig?

That Ruth was a pitcher and Gehrig wasn't a catcher? (-;

tim said...

My buddy (who is gay) refs football and basketball and is not open about it there, mainly because he doesn't want to alienate himself from the other people he works with. Basically, what Ofer posted is bang-on in terms of attitudes resonating in the locker room/showers among straight men. It's sad. He had a hard enough time coming out to me (and actually only did so as an accident!) because he thought I would react the same way and alienate myself from him.

Boy was he proven wrong!

L-girl said...

Maybe that was the real source of the tension between Ruth and Gehrig?

What, Ruth hitting on him, Lou declining? We could write a great alternative history.

Nix has the right idea. Time to oppress the heterosexual minority.

Ish said...

The large difference between pro sports and the military is there is a repercussion for announcing your... gayness. In pro sports nobody's tried it, so we don't know what would happen.

L-girl said...

The large difference between pro sports and the military is there is a repercussion for announcing your... gayness.

That and the whole killing thing.

Tigers are on the board with a Marcus Thames dong.

tim said...

Fucking morons!

tim said...

That Ruth was a pitcher and Gehrig wasn't a catcher? (-;.

lolz.

A Conformer said...

The large difference between pro sports and the military is there is a repercussion for announcing your... gayness.

What's is that repercussion? Is it official? I'm curious.

Ish said...

2-base error charged to Lowrie.

Not exactly Jedi reflexes.

L-girl said...

Tim, that's cool. Since he got support from you, it will help him come out to other people down the line.

Ofer, being gay is immediate discharge from the military and it is official.

A Conformer said...

I've lost visual.

redsock said...

Dear Ram-Ram: You are supposed to be good.

L-girl said...

A top-level Arabic translator in the US Army was recently discharged after he came out. And supposedly there is a huge lack of Arabic translators.

redsock said...

Ofer, being gay is immediate discharge from the military and it is official.

They need bodies these days, though, so perhaps not.

A Conformer said...

Ofer, being gay is immediate discharge from the military and it is official.

Oh, wow. If it was like that in Israel, 20% of people that turn 18 would become gay, too... hehe.

L-girl said...

Policy has not changed - still immediate discharge.

L-girl said...

US war resisters have tried it but if you have displayed any heterosexuality, the military tends to not believe you.

A Conformer said...

A top-level Arabic translator in the US Army was recently discharged after he came out. And supposedly there is a huge lack of Arabic translators.

Even in office jobs, where there's no risk of communal showers, then. Shit, that's incredibly dumb (amongst other things).

Ish said...

What about the repercussions of being discharged? That can have real effects on you down the road can't it?

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