July 22, 2009

G94: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 001 000 000 - 1  6  0
Rangers - 001 200 00x - 3 10 0
Clay went only 4.
Green donged, but what else? Fuck all!
Day off - clear our heads.
Clay Buchholz (1.59, 292 ERA+) / Dustin Nippert (5.40, 82 ERA+)

Update: Vicente Padilla (4.67, 95 ERA+) scratched, flu-like symptoms. Nippert has pitched in four games this season, all in July, two starts and two relief: 10 innings, 13 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts.

Also: Adam LaRoche will join the team in Boston on Friday. The Yankees beat the Orioles 6-4 this afternoon.
Adam Kilgore, Globe:
On Friday, Clay Buchholz walked around the Red Sox clubhouse in Toronto and shook hands with some of his closest teammates. ... "Hopefully I'll see you soon," Buchholz told them. ...

Buchholz [had] assumed he would rejoin Boston in September or maybe next season.

Buchholz has thrown 104.2 innings total this season, and the Red Sox wanted him to take a scheduled, one-start sabbatical. He would rest for two days and then resume his usual throwing schedule.

The next day, Buchholz received a call from a Sox official telling him to throw. A day later, he was told to throw a complete bullpen session. "I sort of knew what was going on without them telling me."

1 PM: Orioles/Yankees.
Tim Wakefield, on the "sharp pain in my glute area":
I felt a little twinge on Friday on my way to Toronto, and I had a lot of work to do that day - threw a simulated game. I felt fine, but just afterwards it just tightened up on me. ... I've been getting treatment every day. ... It's just a minor setback.
Wake said he was "very confident" that he will be 100% by the time he is eligible to come off the DL on August 2 -- his 43rd birthday.

David Ortiz:
It happens, man. It's not always going to be roses and flowers. We go through this every year. There will be a point we'll get out of it. You just have to keep on fighting.

188 comments:

redsock said...

Enough of this shit.

Win.

And win big.

redsock said...

Amalie: "Looks like LaRoche won't be here in Texas tonight, though that's not 100 percent."

Ish said...

Yankees won 6-4.

redsock said...

Theo says LaRoche will join the team on Friday in Boston. 25-man decision will be made then.

redsock said...

Mazz quotes a scout on LaRoche:

"I like the move for the Red Sox. ... He’s real streaky [offensively] and an outstanding defender. ... Most of his bad at-bats come against lefthanded pitching ... He’s a rhythm hitter. If he’s a little off, he can look real ugly. If he’s right, he can get real hot. There’s no in-between with him. ... He plays the game with a very easy pace. Sometimes people criticize that because it can look lackadaisical. ... He’s not just a pull guy. He can go all over the field. There’s ability there. You can’t put up 25 [home runs] and 75 [RBI] every year and not have something."

***

The 'EEI dolts ain't gonna like that.

redsock said...

Also from Mazz: "In their last 21 games against righthanded pitching, the Red Sox are batting .221 with a .679 OPS."

Ouch.

redsock said...

Padilla scratched (flu-like symptoms), Dustin Nippert will start.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mark Kotsay, 1B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Nick Green, SS

Ish said...

And John Henry's tweet tweet tweeting away.

"trading deadline hasn't passed but don't expect blockbuster(s). like this club; love the prospects it might take to do a blockbuster."

Ish said...

MLB Trade Rumors via St. Louis Post Dispatch sez the Red Sox traded Julio Lugo to the Cardinals for Chris Duncan.

Ish said...

This link goes to the MLBTR page.

Sounds like the Cards won't be responsible for Lugo's salary.

Theo's busy!

Ish said...

Also sounds like Duncan will go right to Pawtucket.

redsock said...

He did alright today at the flea market.

westcoastsox said...

I want roses and flowers.

tim said...

I agree with poster #1.

I will not be watching this game, but I will be receiving regular updates from someones iPhone at a kegger, then from tickers at the post-kegger bar. Last Wednesday summer kegger in the history of the world! of my school career.

9casey said...

redsock said...
Mazz quotes a scout on LaRoche:

... He plays the game with a very easy pace. Sometimes people criticize that because it can look lackadaisical. ...



Doesn't that guy already play for us...

redsock said...

ESPN on EI. OB and Sut. (vomit)

Gotta go with the radio audio.

meuniermr said...

Decent moves today, filled the 1st base depth hole and got something in return for Lugo.

redsock said...

so i unmute while radio is booting up and i hear sut:

"the red sox are not a great team, they are a great home team"

Iridescence said...

OK Captain Obvious says the guys really need a win tonight. The Rangers starter has a career ERA over 6 so let's do this! :)

redsock said...

time for clay to fuckin' bring the noise -- and that orgasmic curve!

redsock said...

can't get l's computer to work, so it's mute and silence for me.

redsock said...

shit - does tek even throw to second on SB anymore?

K!

meuniermr said...

Yay for Rice's number being retired.

Ish said...

Back from a hard hour on an elliptical at the gym. Burned off maybe one third of the Papa Gino's from today. :>)

Not a very desirable night for the broadcasting side of things. Couldn't do ESPN if I wanted to (blacked out), Don and DR on NESN, Joe and Rish on radio.



...I heard Ian Kinsler recently passed his elevator safety inspection and is ready to elevate.

Ish said...

Maybe I'll just do my own pbp. Surely I can manage to spew a little less bullshit than Sut and DR. And sound better than Rish. Or I'll just close the ears down and enjoy the game.

nick said...

Hey all. stranger here.

Sent my mom off to the airport this morn and see there's been some trade-io action.

Patrick said...

Just climbing out of my hole because Joe said the Pirates hitting coach said LaRoche is "second to none at first [base] in the NL".


I didn't realize we were getting Pujols plus.

fusionmouse said...

I think the Red Sox need to be reminded that RISP means SCORING NOT STAGNANT position!

fusionmouse said...

Everything I read said LaRoche is in a terrible slump lately... that should provide a lift for the Sox right now ;-)

Ish said...

Nah. LaRoche is not in a slump. He's worse! He's batting .000 right now.

meuniermr said...

Radio guys killing time talking about the JFK assassination, WHARRRRGARBLE.

redsock said...

FINALLY got nesn on l's computer for sound. 2 fucking inning, it took. i get so pissed off, it's a wonder both laptops are not thru the living room window and out in the yard.

and i get to hear roberts say, of clay:

"he looks confident. he's confident. he just exudes confidence."

nick said...

Does anyone know where my remote is? I'm addicted to that damn mute button.

Let's go for the GIDP here, plz. To think we wanted to dump Tek for the Teagarden.

fusionmouse said...

Well there goes the perfect game...



And the no no.

Ish said...

Actually Clay looks like a little kid out there. A really tall little kid. He's wobbly and loose like a baby giraffe. Not to say that's a bad thing.

redsock said...

roberts: "They are pushing the envelope, being very aggressive .. if you are safe, it's a good play. if you get thrown out, it's a bad play."

thanks for that insightful analysis.

nesn, pls fire this guy now.

fusionmouse said...

Double steal again!?!... didn't the Rangers used to be a perennial bottom dweller? Been improving ever since they got rid of Slappy!

fusionmouse said...

Whew!

nick said...

damn that hidden remote. I hate commercial audio..even more than roberts' insights.

Can we please have some solid batting average here (and no more of these fucking sox/mfy bobblehead ads--talking about the all-star game. why is it still on?!). fail.

Iridescence said...

geez come on 'Tek

fusionmouse said...

Hey redsock please refrain from bad mouthing laptops tonight :)

At least until the call to the pen!

redsock said...

sut vs roberts is actually a tough call. (but don > ob seals nesn)

nick said...

average=practice.

or something like that. y'know. hit shit. get hits and score runs, chicks, dope, whatever as long as it runs.

redsock said...

IT's EASY BEING GREEN

nick said...

that's what I'm talking about. Green bat is red hot!

meuniermr said...

EARTH-FRIENDLY POWER!

fusionmouse said...

Drought in Texas over! Green Dong!

Iridescence said...

good, Texas runners in stagnant position too (like that one :))

redsock said...

dead central, baby!

westcoastsox said...

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Ish said...

So if I understand this correctly, JoS1 will occur the same night next Tuesday as Jim Rice's number retirement ceremony?

Iridescence said...

And I like Roberts. He's smooth. Eck irritates me though (although he CAN be entertaining). Casey's pretty good as well (as a broadcaster)

redsock said...

Dave Roberts Drinking Game:

a small sip at every "you know"

(aka suicide)

redsock said...

omg - that mets highlight!

fusionmouse said...

SES, Hit'em where they ain't FY!

Ish said...

Press release saysYes. AWESOME!

Ish said...

Psst. Love me some dead central grassy greeny dongage.

redsock said...

ish: YES

and we have 1 ticket available!!!!

Iridescence said...

Nick Green, Our "Captain Clutch"! (a lot cheaper than Jeter too) :)

redsock said...

there may be an issue with pre-game dinner vs rice pre-game ceremony... maybe some will leave for the park early

redsock said...

flo 2-2!

meuniermr said...

That's one way to beat the shift, the old drop shot.

Ish said...

My dad and I will definitely want to see the ceremony.

redsock said...

i wonder when it starts.

Ish said...

So we'll see how it works out. I can't imagine the ceremony starting earlier than 6:30 or so, do you?

redsock said...

i can email someone at the red sox. maybe i can find out.

redsock said...

i sent off an email. i'll let you know.

Ish said...

Cool! Thanks, Allan.

redsock said...

I'd skip it myself, but I'm sure many people would be curious.

9casey said...

It;s amazing how Nick Green has become the X-factor

Red Sox Record in His starts
43-19

Iridescence said...

Damn it Kinsler

redsock said...

i'd expect the sox to announce times for it this weekend, too.

Younghollywo0d said...

Good job Ian..lol

fusionmouse said...

Laptop needs processor upgrade--he's pitching at the pace of my Commadore 64!

redsock said...

"one aside"

time for wine!

Ish said...

A quick glance at the extended forecast shows good weather for Tuesday night. Sunny Tuesday, low 80s (26-29 C for those of you in Metricland)

Tuesday night starts off partly cloudy, goes mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. They tend to throw that in there most days/nights in the summer.

Ish said...

I don't know what they were talking about but it ended with DR telling Don his nose was growing.

redsock said...

something about dr's name in do's mailbag

i am not even *considering* the possibility of bad weather next week.

Iridescence said...

Nippert is a terrible pitcher. Why are the Sox swinging at crap and not lighting him up like a roman candle? argh

fusionmouse said...

Murph; why can't we get players like that?

redsock said...

great work by roberts.

after seeing murphy line a single to right, cruz go from 1st and 3rd and the rangers have a potential nice inning going, he says:

murphy lined a single to right, cruz went from 1st to 3rd and the rangers have a potential big inning going.

you know, obviously.

Iridescence said...

And I hate that commercial "Yeah, The Sox really won in '04 cos you and your dad SAT in the same place" Douche...


OK I'm done bitchin' (for the moment) :)

Amy said...

No time to thread tonight, but I saw on FB from Ish that Rice's number will be retired next Tuesday. Will we be there?

I am psyched for next week!!

Iridescence said...

Or maybe not quite yet...argh

fusionmouse said...

I love it when the WRKO guys start bad mouthing the fielding efforts of the fans at away games :-) Constantly saying the fans with the best hands populate the friendly confines of Fenway!!

redsock said...

roberts: gotta give credit to buchholz. it's not enough to show up, you know. you gotta compete.. blah blah blah"

redsock said...

STOP SAYING "YOU KNOW" EVERY FOURTH AND FIFTH GODDAMN WORD. WOULD SOMEONE SIT DOWN WITH ROBERTS AND TELL HIM THIS?

I AM GOING INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fusionmouse said...

These Rangers are playin some asswhoopin baseball!!

meuniermr said...

WTF? That should earn a Texas batter a beaning later in this game. Don't they know that's against the unwritten rules in the AL?

nick said...

crappers. I gotta go play radio in a few minutes. Red Sox, this was not how I wanted to spend our time together.

thanks, ump.

Iridescence said...

To be fair those guys gotta talk for 3 hours straight, unless you're Vin Scully or Dave Van Horne there's gonna be some inanity.

Ish said...

Fuck unwritten rules. Beautiful bunt. Gutsy play. Shit.

redsock said...

nope, they gotta be better than a nobody off the street.

he should not repeat what orsillo says, he should not recap what we just saw and he must stop with the "can't give in" and "good at-bat" and "being aggressive" over and over and over and praising players for showing up at the park -- and the incessant "you know".

get someone who can do the job.

red sox fans deserve better than this.

i love him as a player. he sucks in the booth.

and i am muting nesn now. i didn't do that even when remy was hawking his shit website every other batter.

Iridescence said...

there's an unwritten rule against the squeeze play now? Personally i think anything the ump's will let you do that helps you win is fine. Screw unwritten rules.


I mean if or Pedroia squeezed you'd love it right?

fusionmouse said...

Laptop '09 lookin a lot like laptop '08 in this game.

To much travelin?

redsock said...

yeah, thank god HH is in the rotation.

meuniermr said...

No I hate the squeeze play, it almost never works, the Sox are sleepwalking though.

Iridescence said...

Well when I'm not listening to these guys I'm usually listening to Jamie Campbell so my standards have been lowered a lot. God I miss hearing Dave Van Horne every night

redsock said...

HH at 90 pit. is that it?

Ish said...

Why am I eating beans?

redsock said...

I'm usually listening to Jamie Campbell so my standards have been lowered a lot

BUFFY!

meuniermr said...

You want to smell for some reason?

redsock said...

'cuz farts are funny?

Ish said...

What is it about beans that make you fart, though? I eat other foods with high fibre contents and they don't get the jet propulsion going like beans.

redsock said...

"bill of the cap high"

yes, mute is off.

they better get their shit together by tuesday. I'LL BE IN NO FUCKIN MOOD FOR THIS SHIT.,

redsock said...

i sense a sweating dong about to be sprung.

redsock said...

i must be seeing the distant future.

Iridescence said...

Can someone explain why they are always swinging at the 1st or 2nd pitch against this junk pitcher?:(

redsock said...

mdc in

redsock said...

HH PC: 17-23-23 27 - 90

Iridescence said...

Not a terrible start for Buchholz considering it's Texas Bandbox. The bats just need to get going and be more patient.

fusionmouse said...

RANGERS running WILD!!! Damn it. Maybe the whole Sox team has "flu-like symptoms."

Ish said...

This is a big difference between Buchholz and Halladay that won't change. Buchholz will not consistently go deep into games. Maybe in a few years he can learn to be consistent enough to go 6-7, which is fine these days. But Halladay would give you more. But for how long?

HAHA. Hit by batted ball and almost bat that hit batted ball!

Ish said...

This just in: Ron Washington thinks Varitek has a noodle arm.

fusionmouse said...

JD's been offering advise on throwing to Tek :)

fusionmouse said...

Meaning Johnny Damon... not Drew.

redsock said...

i smell run(s)

Iridescence said...

OK when did the Rangers become the '85 Cardinals? lol

Ish said...

So Nippert, who is NOT stretched out, has out-lasted HH.

redsock said...

run(s) or the rotting corpse of the sox lineup.......

Ish said...

Seriously. Who does Washington think Tek is? Posada?

fusionmouse said...

"Another poor play by a Texas fan!"

If only the Rangers played like their fans :)

redsock said...

i am reminding of when i typed in august 2004 that this was the most frustrating goddamn red sox season of my life.

moral: ya never know what will happen.

redsock said...

pitch count ..... rising

Iridescence said...

Yeah true RS, it is a long season and I'm sure they'll snap out of it eventually but that only makes it a little less frustrating to watch.

redsock said...

i need a passive dong here.

Ish said...

Reminds me a lot of the June Swoon in '04.

Iridescence said...

better at-bats this inning at least. Good job Papi and Bay

redsock said...

TEABALLA.

Ish said...

Teaballa. Nice.

redsock said...

L home - says Hi.
Assumes you are all in a fine mood!

9casey said...

I keep waiting for the woman, in the red dress behind home plate, to Sharon Stone us.....I'm a pig I know.

Ish said...

I'm concerned that I haven't noticed this woman you speak of.

9casey said...

right behind the left batters box up about 3 rows

Ish said...

Fucking NESN truped the shit outta me there. Phew.

fusionmouse said...

Damn, can't see her on the radio :)

Ish said...

Oooh nice, 9C.

fusionmouse said...

C'mon Shakespeare-- you're supposed to be one of the few bright spots of this road trip.

fusionmouse said...

Wake went on the DL... didn't anybody tell the Rangers so they wouldn't run so much?

redsock said...

tex 6-6 in SB tonight
10-10 this series.
yay tek.

nick said...

you say this now, 9C, that I've switched to GDGD.

this game needs more distraction.

fusionmouse said...

A charming sonnet of a half-inning!
Thank you Bard!

Iridescence said...

"Shakespeare" You guys are brilliant with the nicknames :) Love it...

fusionmouse said...

FY please reward LBJ for his speed!

Ish said...

Hamilton and Cruz showing the Man Love there.

Ish said...

Great catch! Let's hug it out.

SoSock said...

Crap - the night's not getting any better for me is it?

Iridescence said...

maybe the Sox should try hugging, they need some good energy from somewhere

Ish said...

Watching Bronson Arroyo pitch to the Dodgers with Vin Scully calling it.

Salvaging the evening.

SoSock said...

IBB - good call

Ish said...

Feels like such a long time since I saw Arroyo perform a free concert in the heart of Portland, Maine. 2005.

SoSock said...

Texas suffering through a LOBotomy, something we've been very familiar with in the past, especially early on.
I hope the procedure hurts them as much as it has us before.

SoSock said...

Ish - 2005 WAS a long time ago.

Ish said...

Vin: "Time called... There is a dreaded beach ball loose in center field. They free the beach ball and we resume."

Iridescence said...

Nice Texas Hold 'em from Jeemer. Now can we please have some runs?

Ish said...

Arroyo has struck out 6 in 3 innings.

Why can't we get guys like that?

redsock said...

le sasahe

fusionmouse said...

"Heart" of the line-up--weak, just weak.

SoSock said...

We really are sucking wind right now.
Oh well, survive and adjust. Then kick ass.

redsock said...

the meat of the order is rancid.

Iridescence said...

Back to the "swing at everything" approach *groan*

Ish said...

Papelbon pitching with the Sox down by 2 in the 8th.

This should be fun.

SoSock said...

I like my meat rare, not my hits.

redsock said...

he's gonna vulture a win.

really?

yeah, whatever. sure.

fusionmouse said...

Way to keep it in the park Bot!

redsock said...

time for the "July 22 Miracle".

SoSock said...

I see some prime candidates for pinch-hitters coming up, I'm just not so sure who we throw out there that would improve our chances.
But there HAS to be something besides werd, kotsay, and Tek.

Iridescence said...

Geez maybe the 23HRs have some co-relation to why Kinsler has 59 RB out of the leadoff spot? That was buffyesque :)

Silver lining great effort by the pen tonight: One last chance not to waste it.

redsock said...

we need to be able to type "tek" with a backwards k.

fusionmouse said...

Brutal, just brutal... a lot of hard hit balls just not falling in...

I believe the term is SNAKEBIT!

Ish said...

Ugh. One of those losses where the guys just hang out in the dugout and wonder what the fuck is going on.

They looked and looked but there was no dirty water to be had in Texas.

redsock said...

Dear Red Sox:

It is clear you will not be winning any more games this season. However, if you could arrange to pay off the A's to allow you to gain a "victory" next Tuesday night, that would be most appreciated.

rs.

Iridescence said...

Ugh, Sox were owned by Dustin freakin Nippert and his 6.35 career ERA. Pretty much says it all unfortunately :(

SoSock said...

Seriously - you don't bat for Tek there?
That water is crystal clear clean.

At least my LL team didn't lose. Although we BLEW a victory. Lightning stopped us after 4 1/2, 1/2 an inning after my 2nd baseman booted a ball into RF that let 2 runs score with 2 outs and tie the damn game. Next batter K's. Lightning stops the game before we can score so we have to finish it later. Without the error, it's official and we win.

fusionmouse said...

No shame on the mound this trip (pitchers held the opponents to 4 or fewer runs in 4 out of 6 games giving up 6 in each of the other two)... the failure all lies with the offensive offense. We should have gone at least 3-3 on this trip.

Enjoy the day off boys... not gonna be a fun flight home.

Younghollywo0d said...

How sweep it is

Iridescence said...

Well at least it was nice chatting with you guys. Been lurking here a while but will have to "hang out" heremore during games.

And remember they have to work really hard to lose the WC, although of course we all want the division.

fusionmouse said...

Yeah... but they're "workin" plenty hard enough to finish out of the wild card right now.

fusionmouse said...

These blessed Rangers now trail by only 2.5 games in the WC.

redsock said...

Look! A Rangers fan came by ...

... to celebrate the high point of their season.

redsock said...

Irid: With the Buffy reference, you must be in Canada too?

SoSock said...

Seriosly, I for one would never have dreamed we would offense issues coming into this year.
At least not the kind of issues we are having right now.
I mean everyone hits a slump once in a while, but how often does an entire freaking team slump at once?
Let's hope the off day and some good jams from RS, along with a return to Fenway, will put things aright.

SoSock said...

OK, RS must be writing the wrap-up. I hope you're bitching a little ;>
I'm off to the showers. With my upcoming schedule I might not be live again until we're REALLY live!
I'll continue to talk to myself after the games as usual though :)

Iridescence said...

RS: Yeah I'm in Northern Ontario and used to live in Toronto and Ottawa. I followed Pedro to the Sox with my fandom when being an Expos fan just became too heartbreaking back in the late 90s.

redsock said...

Haiku wrap-up:

H H went 4
Green donged, Tiz, F Y two hits
Now 2 G B

Iridescence said...

I guess the question is is this 2004 (A slump followed by an awesome recovery) or 2006 (a slump that just kind of becomes permanent.)? My money's on more like 2004. I think this team's too good to tally fall apart.

fusionmouse said...

Hey rs

Aren't hiaku's

5
7
5

syllables?

redsock said...

5-7-5 -- yes. so my skills are = to the sox efforts tonight.

how about:

Clay went only 4.
Green donged, but what else? Fuck all!
Day off - clear our heads