July 19, 2009

G91: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1

Red Sox   - 100 000 000 - 1  6  1
Blue Jays - 020 001 00x - 3 6 0
Boston had two chances to get to Halladay in the early innings, but could not -- and Halladay cruised to his fourth complete game of the season (9-6-1-0-7, 105).

With one out in the first, Dustin Pedroia singled and Kevin Youkilis followed with a double. David Ortiz's line out to right brought in FY with a quick run (Halladay had thrown only 10 pitches), but Alex Rios hauled in Jason Bay's deep drive to the wall in dead center.

In the third, Pedroia and Youkilis singled with one out. But Ortiz grounded into a force play and Bay flew to Rios again. The only other baserunners for the Red Sox aftre that were Ortiz, who singled in the sixth, and Bay, who forced him at second.

Lester (7-5-3-4-6, 112) walked four batters for the first time this season. He had not walked that many since September 2, 2008 -- and the time before that? April 29, 2008: his 8-1-0-4-6 game against Halladay. A nine-day layoff because of the All-Star Game might have contributed to some rustiness.

Rod Barajas -- he of the .107/.107/.214 batting line in July and .169/.207/.325 since June 6 -- drove in all three Toronto runs.

After Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios both walked in the second (on a total of nine pitches), Barajas's double into the left field corner brought them both home. In the sixth, Overbay doubled, Rios singled, and Barajas hit a sacrifice fly to center. He also singled in the fourth.
Jon Lester (3.87, 120 ERA+) / Roy Halladay (2.85, 151 ERA+)

MLB.com preview:
Lester enters the second half of the season on a bona fide hot streak. The 25-year-old lefty has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past eight starts since May 31, yielding one run or fewer in six of those outings. Just 21 strikeouts shy of last year's career-high total of 152 ...

Fresh off a start for the American League in the All-Star Game, Halladay returns to the Jays' rotation in search of his first win since June 7. Over his past four starts, including an injury-shortened outing on June 12 that led to a two-week stint on the disabled list with a right groin issue, Doc has gone 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA.
In those eight starts, Lester has a 1.48 ERA. ... Red Sox batters vs Halladay.

These two aces last met on April 29, 2008 at Fenway Park. Lester threw eight shutout innings, allowing only one hit, and the Red Sox rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Halladay -- Ortiz walk, Manny single, Youkilis RBI single -- to win 1-0.

Mike Lowell will likely get the day off, with Jed Lowrie playing third and Nick Green at shortstop.

Tigers/Yankees at 2 PM.

126 comments:

FenFan said...

Ah, a clip from Duel - classic!

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

*: Was playing Frank Sinatra in the clubhouse this morning.

redsock said...

Mike Lowell will likely get the day off, with Jed Lowrie playing third and Nick Green at shortstop.

Nope.

Ya steered me wrong, Ian Browne!

redsock said...

One of my Top 5 movies.

redsock said...

Looking for today's channelsurfing link and I see this:

"MiLB - Vermont Lake Monsters vs Aberdeen IronBirds 2:30PM EST 7/19"

and many other minor league links.

Wow. Would be cool to watch the PawSox.

L-girl said...

Kaat on the pre-game with Castig. Fell in love with an old friend (his first wife passed away some years ago), they got married in June, he moved to New England for the summer (loves it), loves the Sox and the fan culture, is having a great new life. Cool.

L-girl said...

Would be cool to watch the PawSox.

I hope we can see them in Buffalo next year.

redsock said...

I added a link to an excellent Buchholz interview in today's Recommended Reading post.

redsock said...

I don't know how much Kaat knows about this Red Sox team -- a lot of his stuff yesterday seemed more general about pitching and the game -- but if he wants a job, he's my choice to replace Remy.

I like Eck enough and Don is far more animated when he's around, but I'd rather have solid analysis than "I gotta have it" and the usual assortment of painting with hairy gas and educated cheese with moss and salad and dead central.

redsock said...

BuffyVision for me.

Still, video > audio.

L-girl said...

Buffyvision was fine on Friday night. It was actually pretty decent!

If Kaat was Remy's replacement, he would know a great deal about this team. He does his homework.

redsock said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK

L-girl said...

Yeah! Off to a great start.

redsock said...

Nice rag arm.

1-0.

L-girl said...

1-0!

redsock said...

Bay needs do to some roids...

Let's shut 'em down, Sid.

redsock said...

A Halladay/Wakefield matchup would last maybe 1:40.

redsock said...

Tabler is reading the MLB preview word for word!!!!

bona fide hot streak
25 yo lefty
fewer than 3 runs
eight starts
....

L-girl said...

nice start, sid

L-girl said...

Radio blathering about the British Open. I can think of few things less interesting.

L-girl said...

Joe and Obie talking about the Toronto strike. I am cringing.

redsock said...

buffy says lester could retire tomorrow with a impressive resume.

tabler then mentions cancer and said that was "his biggest win".

oy.

redsock said...

Joe and Obie talking about the Toronto strike. I am cringing.

OH GOD.

bring back tennis, auto racing and golf and the cotton bowl and what that guy did in his senior year of high school ............

L-girl said...

Dugout getting on home-plate ump.

redsock said...

we need a dp, mirror.

L-girl said...

"Joe and Obie talking about the Toronto strike. I am cringing.

OH GOD."

Fortunately the game got them off the topic very quickly.

Castig said one of the nice things to do in Toronto is take the ferry to Centre Island (where Babe Ruth... blahblah), but now the ferry's not running, workers are on strike... garbage being put in city parks...

But fortunately they went back to the game before giving an opinion. Which they shouldn't do anyway - would not be smart.

redsock said...

tabler polishing tek's knob now.

L-girl said...

tabler polishing tek's knob now.

Glad I'm listening on radio!

redsock said...

tabler begins his pronouncement: "i don't care how old jason varitek is .... "

L-girl said...

crap crap crap crap

redsock said...

wow - buffy calling that second run scoring as though the jays have won the pennant. jesus fucking christ!

redsock said...

so i am blacked out and then i get a mlbtv link - yay -- but it is not nesn and i'm fuckin' annoyed.

it's so easy to get spoiled.

L-girl said...

it's so easy to get spoiled.

that's what i always try to tell you.

redsock said...

WHEELS!

L-girl said...

safe!

redsock said...

tabler on the potential 3-6-3 dp: "they try to go around the horn here ..."

??????????????????

redsock said...

i have transcribing to do. rats.

L-girl said...

squander

L-girl said...

wtf barajas

A Conformer said...

Hey, just tuning in. L, if they didn't offer any opinion on the strike, why did you cringe? What's wrong with mentioning it's happening?

L-girl said...

come on lester. don't do this.

L-girl said...

Hi Ofer. Nothing at all is wrong with mentioning it. I was cringing because I feared they would opine ignorantly and against the workers, in knee-jerk radio fashion. But my cringe was for nothing and I sighed in relief.

L-girl said...

WHEW

big blue jay squander

A Conformer said...

Hi Ofer. Nothing at all is wrong with mentioning it. I was cringing because I feared they would opine ignorantly and against the workers, in knee-jerk radio fashion. But my cringe was for nothing and I sighed in relief.

Oh, ok, fair enough. Reading all the comments in succession made it seem as though it was said in the same breath.

redsock said...

Hooo-dini!

A Conformer said...

Wow, I'm delayed. I read L's "whew, squander" about a minute before I actually saw it.

BTW, did I mention how much I'm enjoying the whole streaming live games thing?

L-girl said...

I think the radio is early, too. When I use radio (on the weekends) I always seem to be ahead.

A Conformer said...

Brandy Halladay is on Sportsnet now. She sounds young. And Californian.

L-girl said...

She was in the booth on Friday night, didn't look that young. But very enthusiastic for that food drive!

redsock said...

Alright, back to the game!

L-girl said...

papingle

redsock said...

Flo!

Get him in.

L-girl said...

bah

redsock said...

Buffy is lovin' the consecutive games with a double streak.

I hate Lyle Overbay.

L-girl said...

That double "streak" is so stupid. It's like they can't think of anything else that's going well.

Oo, Rios is being sent back after stealing!

redsock said...

so who the hell called time?
BV has no clue

L-girl said...

thank you cabin

L-girl said...

[apparently millar called time very quietly]

redsock said...

time to conjure some more houdini magic.

A Conformer said...

That canceled stolen base was weird. But the DP is still an option, which could be huge now.

L-girl said...

mdc up

redsock said...

mdc probably up

redsock said...

yep, mdc -- i'm so smart.

redsock said...

strange. home ump did not make any motion at all.

L-girl said...

i'm so smart.

i'm way ahead o' ya

L-girl said...

rod barajas go away

A Conformer said...

That swing looked like a Bartolo-Colon-getting-injured swing.

redsock said...

rod barajas go away

ha ha hey hey ...

L-girl said...

this is annoying.

runs pls

A Conformer said...

RSVP.

redsock said...

tek
kotsay
green

... runs comin' soon ... (like in the 8th)

A Conformer said...

Umpire interference. That's a new one...

redsock said...

BV shows a replay that has Tek's right elbow hitting the ump in the head when he throws on the first Rios attempt.

I think the ump ruled the play dead after his own interference and sent the runner back.

L-girl said...

You mean the Rios non-stolen base?

redsock said...

Buffy: "THIS CITY LOVES ROY HALLADAY!!!!"

Benjamin said...

Bring on the robot umps.

redsock said...

yeah, overhead camera showed the ump too close and his head jerk back as tek went to throw.

redsock said...

... so the 8th, it is.

redsock said...

hey cito: halladay is at 83 pitches. you ought to keep his arm fresh for any potential trade partners. don't wear him out. go to the pen. it's only two innings.

L-girl said...

"THIS CITY LOVES ROY HALLADAY!!!!"

yeah, well, the 3000 of them who follow the jays

redsock said...

YEAH -- i hpe bay said fuck you to that fan as he snagged that fly.

A Conformer said...

YEAH -- i hpe bay said fuck you to that fan as he snagged that fly.

What's fuck you in Canadian?

L-girl said...

RSVP

L-girl said...

What's fuck you in Canadian?

"Sorry"

A Conformer said...

What's fuck you in Canadian?

"Sorry"


Thought so. Either that or "careful, ay?"

Fuck, On Fire is cold.

L-girl said...

ok, we love 2-out rallies, let's get it going

L-girl said...

UGH

redsock said...

Bay is a US citizen.
He can let it fly now.

A Conformer said...

OTThetic.

A Conformer said...

Bay is a US citizen.
He can let it fly now.


Double citizenship could be confusing: "Oh, I'm sorry, you fucking asshole"

L-girl said...

I would like Halladay to stay in Toronto. Out of the post-season.

A Conformer said...

Talking about relief pitcher no decisions is extraordinarily stupid and irrelevant.

L-girl said...

"Oh, I'm sorry, you fucking asshole"

I gotta try that some time. Toronto meets NYC. Sorry, fuck you!

L-girl said...

Talking about relief pitcher no decisions is extraordinarily stupid and irrelevant.

Even stupider than the usual talk about decisions.

redsock said...

KFK GIDP

A Conformer said...

Even stupider than, the usual talk about decisions.

I guess it's the difference between ordinarily stupid and irrelevant to extraordinarily so... (:

L-girl said...

Now we have to hope the Halladay obsession with CGs is foolish and he is tiring, although he shows no signs of doing so.

redsock said...

flo
bay
lbj
tek
kot

3 letters, 3 runs.

*

DET: 000 1
MFY: 000

L-girl said...

NYY 1 - Det 1 A-Rod dong

redsock said...

victory ... looking ... doubtful ...

redsock said...

cute sign

Canada Needs More Doctors
Please Keep Roy

Zenslinger said...

Fuck, we've been Halladay'ed.

Well, go Detroit. Go KC.

L-girl said...

*sigh*

sparkling clean halladay water

Zenslinger said...

Jimmy Rollins is an HR short of the cycle.

L-girl said...

Canada Needs More Doctors
Please Keep Roy


That is very cute! I hope they do. I don't want to face him against the Phillies in October.

redsock said...

Jays now only 10 GB!

redsock said...

For fuck's sake.

DET: 000 100 0
MFY: 000 101 0

L-girl said...

I see our lead is down to 1. It's 1978 all over again.

L-girl said...

^^^SARCASM^^^

Ish said...

Went on an insane bike ride today that kept me out of the thread. 65 miles (104 km) and three states. Started in Maine, turned around in Salisbury, Mass., and came back. 11 miles further than my longest single-ride distance. And we did this on mountain bikes. I feel accomplis....broken.

tim said...

Shitty game to go to as a Red Sox fan, but I was very, very impressed with Halladay's performance. That motherfucker can DOMINATE. The front row field seats made the loss much easier to palate. We had tickets in the fifth row but moved up to first once we saw no one was sitting there after the first inning. No one hassled us and they were prime seats, probably about 25-30 feet behind first base. (The girl two seats beside us had Lyle Overbay on her lap during the 2nd or 3rd inning).

tim said...

And I totally want to go see a Pawsox game or two in Buffalo next year.

L-girl said...

There's nothing like great seats to a well-pitched game. Too bad we were on the losing end of it, tho. But I'm glad you didn't get any shit from the annoying Jays "fans".

Ish, wow! Congrats. When you will next be able to walk?

tim said...

L, they've become quite mum since they're team is 11 back.

There were a bunch of drunk morons right behind us though, that spent probably upwards of $200 on beer between the group. Ridiculous.

On the ride there, we had a good discussion about how most of these obnoxious assholes aren't even there to take in a baseball game for the enjoyment of baseball - they're there to get wasted. And at $10 a beer, what a stupid place to get wasted. This is what separates legitimate baseball teams and parks from shitholes like Toronto.

L-girl said...

"L, they've become quite mum since they're team is 11 back."

Oh yeah, that.

I've always been amazed/appalled at how many ppl go to sporting events seemingly to get shit-faced past the point of remembering the game. People who come into the park already tanked.

I don't know if it's limited to crappy teams/fans/parks, tho. I haven't been to Fenway that many times, but I've seen it every time I'm there.

tim said...

Yeah, I've seen a couple goons at Fenway the two games I've been to recently, but it seems like every time I go to a jays game I have them surrounding me. Why bother? If I want to get shittered and watch the game, I'll do it in the confines of my own home, where I don't have to pay for a ticket for something I don't remember, and where I can buy 24 beers for the price of 3 at the Skydome. Like 2007. Except I remember everything. And that playoffs turned me into a borderline alcoholic...glad I've weened back since them.

tim said...

*since then!

Ish said...

L, I can walk okay now. Had muscle cramping for an hour afterward but that has gone away. Now it's this damn sunburn! I put sunscreen on but missed a few areas. Now they have cold facecloths on them.

I was in a lot of pain earlier, going to the store to get some stuff for dinner. Cramps and sunburn, wearing jeans (friction)... Not fun. But now I feel pretty good, actually.

Ish said...

Oh, and for some reason or another I still have some minor numbness in my pinky and ring fingers. That should go away soon.

L-girl said...

In my experience, you don't feel the worst of it for 24-48 hours. If you've overdone, that is. If you didn't, good on you!

Ish said...

Yeah. I'm expecting to wake up sore tomorrow which I can handle. Just as long as the sunburn pain doesn't bother me too much I'll be good.

Ish said...

Sitrep morning after: Muscles not too sore at all. Sunburns... are.

John Gray said...

Halladay is one of the best pitchers in baseball and once again proved it last night. This is all the more reason we should get him if the package is something we can do.

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tim said...

I would love - fucking love, love, love to see Halladay on the Sox, but it SEEMS as if the asking price is too steep. I don't want (and theo won't) rape and pillage our farm system for him...especially to another divisional team.

L-girl said...

I agree. It would be amazing to add Halladay to our already excellent pitching staff. We would be unstoppable! But all that minor league talent is our future. I want them to be more than trade bait.

In Theo We Trust

Ish said...

This kind of an opportunity is one of the reasons why farm teams are built, but still you don't want the Red Sox going the Yankee route and blowing the farm on him.

But then you look at our farm and think a few good prospects being traded, we've still got a very good farm.