August 1, 2009

G103: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

Red Sox - 100 012 000 - 4 13  0
Orioles - 000 000 000 - 0 8 0
Beckett (7-6-0-2-5, 107) and Kevin Youkilis (4-for-4, with a walk and dong) led the way to victory, with Josh Reddick collecting two doubles in his first major league start. Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury each had two singles and LBJ stole his 48th base of the season.


Victor Martinez went only 1-for-5, but his sixth inning single drove in a run, and he later scored.

Dustin Pedroia clubbed a first-inning home run to give the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead. Boston squandered plenty of chances to add to that lead, leaving the bases loaded in the second and fifth innings, and leaving two men on in the third, sixth, and ninth. Total LOB: 15.

However, Baltimore was equally inept at bringing in runners -- or Beckett and Hideki Okajima slammed the door in their faces. It's a matter of perspective. The Orioles had the first two batters on base in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, but could not score. Boston got double plays in each frame to keep the whitewash intact.

Daniel Bard pitched the ninth, retiring the side and striking out the final two Orioles on flithy curveballs. In his last 12 appearances, Bard has pitched 14 scoreless innings (two unearned runs) and has allowed four hits and no walks, while striking out 23 batters.

Bay left the game after five innings with a right hamstring cramp.

The Yankees were routed by the White Sox this afternoon 14-4, so the red Sox are only 0.5 GB.
Example
Josh Beckett (3.44, 136 ERA+) / David Hernandez (3.20, 143 ERA+)

Both Victor Martinez and Casey Kotchman are expected to be with the Red Sox for tonight's game in Baltimore.

Theo Epstein likes Martinez's versatility:
He can catch and give 'Tek a little bit of a rest behind the plate, and he can play first base and get some at-bats there. He can DH a little bit ... He provides some offensive support and some depth at the same time.
Terry Francona:
In getting Victor, we are getting a middle-of-the-order, switch-hitting bat that can catch, play first and DH. It's a very valuable piece.
Martinez is 30 years old; he will turn 31 two days before Christmas. This season, his hitting line of .284/.368/.464, 115 OPS+, gives him the 4th-best on-base, 4th best slugging and 3rd-best OPS+ on the team. However, his numbers have slipped every month this year:
          PA   AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS
Mar-Apr 101 .386 .446 .636 1.082
May 126 .321 .413 .468 .881
June 115 .240 .322 .480 .802
July 93 .175 .280 .250 .530
Clay Buchholz was happy to still be in a Red Sox uniform at the end of the day:
I was a little nervous, because I wasn't getting any feedback from anybody. It's a helpless feeling knowing you have no say in whatever goes on, to get here today and walk around not knowing what's going on. ... The organization is awesome. They've treated me about as good as a person could be treated.
Justin Masterson writes his final blog post for Comcast SportsNet.

4 PM: Yankees/White Sox.

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redsock said...

SoSHer Sillyhatsonly:
"New bullets. Same gun. Let's shoot some fucking birds."

Amen.

redsock said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Varitek, C
Reddick, RF
Lowrie, SS

Roberts, 2B
Jones, CF
Markakis, RF
Huff, 1B
Reimold, LF
Scott, DH
Mora, 3B
Wieters, C
Izturis, SS

redsock said...

August 1 in Baseball History

1918 - Pittsburgh beats Boston 2-0 21. Art Nehf pitches a complete game for the Braves.

1923 - Babe Ruth starts off batting righthanded in the 9th inning against Cleveland's Sherry Smith. After taking a strike, he switches to LH and hits his 25th HR of the season. The Babe will also bat righty four days later.

1941 - Lefty Gomez of the Yankees breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 in a 9-0 victory over the Browns.

1945 - Irv Hall is credited with a single as his line drive winds up inside Dutch Leonard's pants after it hits the Senators righthander in the stomach.

redsock said...

MFY: 00
CWS: 0

redsock said...

Just fired up mlbtv.
CWS have bases loaded with 1 out in the 2nd.

9casey said...

Does anyone if there something wrong with JD Drew....and whos spot did Reddick take?

redsock said...

Burnett walks in a run!

redsock said...

Posednick double. 3-0.

redsock said...

Beckham near dong to RF, double makes it 5-0.

redsock said...

Just announced:

McBeth optioned to AAA.
Kottaras to the DL.

redsock said...

6-0!

redsock said...

Today's Globe:

"Drew did not play because of a slight groin strain and will be out of the lineup tonight as well. The injury forced him out of Thursday night’s game when he felt a twinge while legging out a double. Drew is 11 for his last 25 while building a seven-game hit streak. "I feel like I’m swinging the bat where I don’t want to miss any time at all," Drew said. "But that being said, I’ve got to be smart about it. If I get on base and had to go first to third or something, it’s a very good chance I could mess it up pretty bad. I think in a couple days it should respond pretty well."

***

9casey said...

Thanks for clearing that up for me...Is Kottaras on that I am out of options DL?

9casey said...

redsock said...
Just announced:

McBeth optioned to AAA.



we had Mcbeth and Bard in the bullpen at the same time..

redsock said...

Sopmeone at SoSH asked what Kottaras's injury was, and someone else replied: "Wakefield's back."

He is out of options, so he will likely not return before September 1.

9casey said...

redsock said...
Sopmeone at SoSH asked what Kottaras's injury was, and someone else replied: "Wakefield's back."



I saw somewhere last night, I don't remember where, that Wake is a lot worse than orginally stated...

redsock said...

MFY: 002
CWS: 06

redsock said...

This is from yesterday's Globe:

Tim Wakefield, also on the DL, said before yesterday’s game that his lower-back strain is improving and that he’ll accompany the team on its 10-day, nine-game road trip, which begins tonight in Baltimore.
Wakefield, who is second on the team with 11 wins, said he’ll continue throwing bullpen sessions, and eventually will throw a simulated game. He’s not expecting a rehab start in the minors, and said he hopes to be activated for the series against Tampa Bay, which starts Tuesday.

****

Ready for next Tuesday? Seems too soon.

L-girl said...

Irv Hall is credited with a single as his line drive winds up inside Dutch Leonard's pants

There's a joke about a dong in here somewhere, but I can't quite come up with it.

redsock said...

MFY: 002 00
CWS: 060 01

A Conformer said...

Allan, are you watching the MFY game? Hairston just flew into a force out.

redsock said...

I have it running, but was not watching.

GDGD says 7-5 on the FC.

A Conformer said...

It was basically a bases loaded single, but Passedballa is fucking slow, waited to see if Quentin would catch it, and ended up being forced out by a hair on 3rd.

9casey said...

A Conformer said...
It was basically a bases loaded single, but Passedballa is fucking slow, waited to see if Quentin would catch it, and ended up being forced out by a hair on 3rd.

Sat Aug 01, 06:21:00 PM




He faked him out pretty good...how does he not pinch hit for Ransom there..

9casey said...

I know the bench is full of lefties ....but you have to like Damon in that spot over Cody Ransom

Amy said...

I have not been able to thread since JOS 1. :( Have fun, and go Sox! I am off to dinner with Maddy and Harvey after an amazingly gorgeous day on the Cape.

L-girl said...

Anybody threading the Sox game, or only Yankees?

A Conformer said...

I'm watching the MFY, since I can. I love the White Sox!

L-girl said...

PD Dong!!

Benjamin said...

!!!

redsock said...

The name is Yeah.

Fuck Yeah.

A Conformer said...

I love Pedroia, too!

And now, VMart's first AB...

tim said...

Fuck yeah!

And fuck yeah to MFY losing so far....0.5 to be I hope!

L-girl said...

Ofer, I like the White Sox too. I may be the only person you know who likes the new Comiskey Park, now called something else.

V-Mart up.

L-girl said...

Victor Martinez getting huge cheers in Balmore. :)

9casey said...

I was a little suprised to see him third..

A Conformer said...

This guy sucks... we're doomed.

tim said...

What is it with our catchers SASNHEs

9casey said...

Nerves?

L-girl said...

yooooooook waaaaaaaaaalk

A Conformer said...

Hahahahaha! Posada is a fucking idiot. He just tagged out a runner at the plate with his glove... but the ball was in his bare hand.

9casey said...

So how was jos1?...it seems as though all had a good time...

tim said...

Probably...guy spent his whole career on one team and now so suddenly on another team in the middle of a pennant race.

A Conformer said...

L, I only love the other Sox when they're sweeping the MFY. Most days I'm fairly apathetic about them.

Hate their announcers, though, obviously.

L-girl said...

You have to hate their announcers. That's the law, I believe.

I like the White Sox. I like old teams that had long droughts.

9C, JoS1 was great. You shoulda been there.

L-girl said...

Except for the outcome of the game, that wasn't great.

The Sox split a 4-game series, and lose the 2 A & I are at. Bah.

9casey said...

L-girl said...


9C, JoS1 was great. You shoulda been there.


That's cool, I wish I was....

L-girl said...

Radio guys talking about Babe Ruth's life in Baltimore and didn't get anything wrong. Amazing. Allan, you reading this?

redsock said...

CWS 13-4!

redsock said...

Doing work with NESN sound on.

They must have effed *something* up.

L-girl said...

I didn't bother posting the NYY score b/c I thought everyone was watching it.

L-girl said...

They must have effed *something* up.

Not according to 1918.

meuniermr said...

Get that kid the ball!

meuniermr said...

I was away for a vacation in North Conway NH for last week.

A Conformer said...

MFY done. Now, on to some link hunting...

redsock said...

MFY: 002 001 100 - 4 8 1
CWS: 060 010 16x - 14 17 2

Coke allowed 6 in the 8th!

1 GB!

L-girl said...

serious squander

L-girl said...

So NYY has lost 3 in a row. Are they dooooooooomed? Or do the SoxDoomers save that for their own team?

9casey said...

L-girl said...
So NYY has lost 3 in a row. Are they dooooooooomed?




Yes

redsock said...

I was going to say only Sox teams are doomed ... :<(

Iridescence said...

Happy 1/2 game out day!:)

L-girl said...

Even I wait til we've won for that. Or at least ahead through 7!

L-girl said...

So NYY has lost 3 in a row. Are they dooooooooomed?




Yes


nice!

9casey said...

L-girl said...
Even I wait til we've won for that. Or at least ahead through 7!



I hear that, and I for one, don't celebrate second place.....

L-girl said...

Well, getting closer is good, gotta start somewhere. But right now it's 1 GB.

Ish said...

FUCKING TRUPED! Thanks Obie.

L-girl said...

Oh man I was totally truped. I was already typing PAPI DONG. But no.

redsock said...

Damn non-roid diet.

L-girl said...

Ha ha, Ish, me too.

redsock said...

FKR also won, so they are 5 GB.

Ish said...

And now the radio is being interfered with by another radio station. I can't listen to this anymore.

redsock said...

Be smart, Tek. Do not squander.

Ish said...

When Obie made that call I blasted the volume on my mp3 player and then I heard, "MAKES THE CATCH." DAMMIT!

redsock said...

fucking asshole tek

A Conformer said...

Scheisse. 72 pitches through 3, but only one run...

redsock said...

Take out FY's dong.

We got a double, 3 singles, and 3 walks -- and no runs.

Ish said...

My friend and I just came back from a 20 mile bike ride that went up a mountain. A tiny mountain but still, it's the big mountain in town, Mount Agamenticus. 692 feet, not bad, but still it's quite an accomplishment.

From the top you can see the White Mountains to the north, including Mt. Washington, and to the south you can see part of Portland to the north, the ocean and islands 10 miles out, and to the south, (I've never seen this but I need to find binoculars and a clear day so I can!!!)... The skyscrapers of Boston! From Maine!

And we rode our bikes up it.

On the way down the road has two very tight hairpin turns... I got up to 40 MPH and then had to jump on the brakes to make the turn - almost didn't! My back tire locked up, but I was able to go around the very outside of the turn. Then down a straight, I hit 43.5 MPH, fastest ever on my bike. WOW.

L-girl said...

Wow Ish that sounds so cool.

Also probably my biggest fear, why I am useless (and petrified) going downhill on a bike.

Iridescence said...

Just trying to be optimistic with Beckett going bird-hunting tonight :) fine, Happy V-Mart day (which will hopefully also soon also become half-game out day ) :)

L-girl said...

I hope he's nervous.

L-girl said...

I am infinitely optimistic. But still. We have to win the game first.

redsock said...

we are not at this game. therefore, the sox have a very good chance of winning.

L-girl said...

I was sure counting chickens pre-hatch on Tues night.

We were announcing the NYY score every inning - ppl around us were laughing.

A Conformer said...

Yeah, you definitely did choose well with JoS1. It was an exciting game, I'll give you that.

L-girl said...

It was exciting. Weds night A & I saw another exciting game.

I would have traded a little excitement for a win, but whatta ya gonna do.

redsock said...

jeez i cannot you know listen to you know roberts for i think another you know second.

L-girl said...

Here's an idea: stop listening. You have at least 3 other choices.

redsock said...

i am on mute.
what is "nomar outburst"?

L-girl said...

that's my boy!

L-girl said...

@ JoS1:

Joe Grav: Come on LBJ, do it for 10,000 teenage girls in New England!

L-girl: And one middle-aged woman in Toronto!

L-girl said...

i am on mute.

that's a 4th choice I hadn't even thought of

what is "nomar outburst"?

is this a riddle? anagram?

redsock said...

Cool pattern to Hernandez's PC:

26-24-22 20 - 92

Ish said...

"L-girl: And one middle-aged woman in Toronto!"

And once again, I wasn't going to be the one to say it! :>)

L-girl said...

I just pasted something from this thread into a legal document. Hazards of the job.

L-girl said...

And once again, I wasn't going to be the one to say it! :>)

:-D

Joe repeated it after I said it, then apologized. :)

redsock said...

some news item on nesn's sportsdesk: "nomar outburst"

L-girl said...

Ah-ha. Had a fit, did he?

westcoastsox said...

Hi all, on vacation until Thursday, but enjoying your threads, especially the trade rumor thread yesterday. Fitting start to the VMart era, a 1-0 game. Hope JOS1 was fun! Off to the pool w family

L-girl said...

Westcoast, your crossword puzzle was a huge hit!!

Iridescence said...

I think Roberts forgot that the Rays won the division last year.

Iridescence said...

still would rather listen to him than Buck Martinez or *gag* John Sterling though

Iridescence said...

He's sort of on par with Jamie Campbell, sounds like a complete idiot most of the time but doesn't piss me off really.

L-girl said...

Buffy > Roberts

I don't hate Roberts the way Allan does, but Buffy is at least a professional announcer. Roberts... no.

Buffyvision really isn't so bad - unless the Jays are winning.

redsock said...

wft v-mart?

hey - martinez's father's name is rotciv.

L-girl said...

SWEAT POWER!!!!!

Benjamin said...

Heidi: "And he's only given up one run."

DO: "Deep to left field....!"

redsock said...

HE IS THE SULTAN ...

HE IS THE SULTAN OF SWEAT

meuniermr said...

Who the hell is Heidi?

L-girl said...

papi half dong!

L-girl said...

heidi is on nesn

Iridescence said...

YOUK!

L-girl said...

lots of boys here are hot for her, or at least used to be

redsock said...

FLO: "test this"

redsock said...

hendrickson?

it's BP time.

Pepe Lepew said...

Hi, I go away for awhile and there's a whole bunch of new Sox on the team. WTH?!

L-girl said...

You were away w/o internet or TV? Lucky you.

L-girl said...

Trade deadline, you know.

Pepe Lepew said...

You were away w/o internet or TV? Lucky you.

Yes, I was off *trying* to climb a mountain near Yellowstone, but I got chased down by a blizzard. The irony is it's 96 here today.
Then, before that, my life was consumed, *utterly, thoroughly consumed* for about three weeks by moving into a new house.

L-girl said...

so reddick got his 1st ML hit today. i must have been off working.

L-girl said...

Pepe, that sounds more exciting than the trade deadline. Mtn climbing and blizzards.

redsock said...

kirk looks constipated

hey lowrie -- break outta that slump anytime, okay?

Iridescence said...

DR just said Mark Freakin Hendrickson was "like" Justin Masterson? WTH? I mean OK they can both start and relieve but one doesn't totally suck....slight difference...

redsock said...

10 LOB in 5 innings!

L-girl said...

big LOBotomy day

Pepe Lepew said...

Pepe, that sounds more exciting than the trade deadline. Mtn climbing and blizzards.

I didn't find it exciting. I found it damned exasperating. Kind of like watching the standings there for about a week.

redsock said...

they are both tall.

Iridescence said...

Do not understand why any team would bring Hendrickson into a close game....glad I'm not an O's fan.

A Conformer said...

My fucking TV at the hotel keeps turning off and on with no apparent reason. It's very annoying. I only plugged it in to see the MFY get pounded (was worth it).

meuniermr said...

where the hell did that ball end up?

Benjamin said...

meuniermr sure says "hell" a lot.

Pepe Lepew said...

so reddick got his 1st ML hit today. i must have been off working.

Hee, hee. I heard his name was "Reddick" and I was expecting Vin Diesel to come to the plate.

L-girl said...

Castig says Masterson is in for the Spiders.

Castig will never get over Masterson.

Benjamin said...

Reddick is such a kidder.

meuniermr said...

whew that was a close shave

L-girl said...

lbj = on fire

sorry drew

meuniermr said...

PFFFT. Mora always pulls off something against us.

Iridescence said...

Surprised the Tribe is using Masterson as a reliever. I thought at least he would get a chance to start with that team [Hell he'd probably be their ace not that they've traded Lee)

L-girl said...

lbj #48 sb

A Conformer said...

Why did FY bunt?

redsock said...

I think he'll be starting next year.

Iridescence said...

Probably trying for a hit, it almost worked.

L-girl said...

VMART!!!

redsock said...

Extra Mart RBI!

L-girl said...

lbj now tied w/ crawford for AL SBs

Iridescence said...

Nice SB Jacoby

L-girl said...

extra mart, i like that

yooooook having a good day!

A Conformer said...

Only 7 more for the team record for LBJ, no?

Pepe Lepew said...

Hey, that's the new guy!

meuniermr said...

Uh oh what has happened to Bay?

L-girl said...

rico in for thunder bay - ?

L-girl said...

Ofer, 6 more to tie team record, 7 to go ahead - 54.

L-girl said...

Which is what you said. :)

A Conformer said...

L, that's what I thought.

PHing for Bay? Just resting him up for tomorrow's day game, ya think?

L-girl said...

Our LOBotomy has been repaired at last!

Iridescence said...

Weird move it isn't a blowout (yet anyway) Hope Bay's ok.

L-girl said...

Just resting him up for tomorrow's day game, ya think?

sure hope so

redsock said...

GDGD sais "injured leg"

Ish said...

My back is killing me. Something about screaming down dirt roads at 25 mph is not real good for the lower back.

meuniermr said...

Orsillo just Gooched Beckett.

L-girl said...

bay = hamstring cramp

meuniermr said...

Tight Hamstring per the radio.

Pepe Lepew said...

My back is killing me. Something about screaming down dirt roads at 25 mph is not real good for the lower back.

I got a blister on my heel the size of a half-dollar.

Pepe Lepew said...

hey, there's too many baserunners on.

Ish said...

Ow. Well luckily I didn't get that horrible sunburn like I did when my dad and I did our 65 mile bike ride two weeks ago.

Benjamin said...

Moving right along.

Ish said...

HA! Had 'em all the way there.

Pepe Lepew said...

There are suddenly *no* baserunners! :)

Iridescence said...

starting to develop some hate for this rye-mold guy he has been killing the Sox (before tonight anyway)

Iridescence said...

phew nice job Beckett

L-girl said...

anyone see castig on nesn w/ heidi yesterday? they are talking about it... sounds like castig was inadvertantly in on heidi interview w/ masterson?

ah, is this what ish was talking about yesterday, castig hugging masterson?

Ish said...

Reddickouble!

L-girl said...

reddick again! 2 2Bs today!

Benjamin said...

Reddick with the double d.

meuniermr said...

The new guy is a doubles machine!

L-girl said...

Reddickouble!

Redouble?

Ish said...

L, Castig was interviewing Masterson right after Heidi finished with him. NESN did the interview live so you could see Castig walk up after Heidi walked away but the cameras stayed on Masterson and Castig.

L-girl said...

ok, we have a big blister and a killing lower back, plus an old sunburn.

best to stay home in your chair :)

A Conformer said...

Amazingly premature idea: what if we don't sign Bay OR Holliday in the winter?

L-girl said...

thanks ish. apparently it was a mistake, castig thought heidi was done but she wasn't.

L-girl said...

masterson = 3 scoreless innings

Pepe Lepew said...

Reddick with the double d.

Reddick!
"You do not know who you are @#$%& with...."

Ish said...

Huh. It was a quick turnaround from Heidi interview to Castig interview. She thanked Masterson and he thanked her, then about three to five seconds later Castig swooped in.

But it made for some cool footage of the side of baseball you don't see.

Pepe Lepew said...

ok, we have a big blister and a killing lower back, plus an old sunburn.

best to stay home in your chair :)

I'm back going after a 9,000-footer Tuesday!
Ouch, I *hate* sunburn! I use 65 sunblock.

Ish said...

Pepe, I rode 65 miles two weeks ago, three states... 7 hours under the sun. I put sunscreen on my arms and my neck but not on my legs or face! BIG mistake. I was dealing with that sunburn all week and it's STILL peeling two weeks later.

Amy said...

I am back from dinner, two cosmos down, great food, and sooo happy to see the Sox in the lead!

Pepe Lepew said...

Pepe, I rode 65 miles two weeks ago, three states... 7 hours under the sun. I put sunscreen on my arms and my neck but not on my legs or face! BIG mistake. I was dealing with that sunburn all week and it's STILL peeling two weeks later.

Geez, four runs on four hits. That's kind of an ouch. Good thing we got 2007 Beckett. I tend to forget about sunblock on my neck.
Another reason I was gone is that in my few spare moments I was watching a lot of Tour de France. OMG, Contador and Cavendish are amazing. And Lance did pretty well, too.

L-girl said...

Hi Amy, you wouldn't have liked the beginning of this game - major squanders. But we seem to have straightened out.

Pepe Lepew said...

Gahh, four runs on *12 hits*.

L-girl said...

V-Mart RBI + 2 2Bs for Reddick

redsock said...

who is reddick? (/amy)

Ish said...

Pepe I couldn't believe Alberto Contador. What an athlete. And Lance, too! Couldn't believe he stayed right there with him. His body is more like a machine than a human body, it seems.

Amy said...

LOL, Allan, we were listening to the radio on the way home, and I said, no joke, who the hell is Reddick??

Amy said...

So ---
WHO THE HELL IS REDDICK?

L-girl said...

His body is more like a machine than a human body, it seems.

Steroids are amazing, aren't they.

L-girl said...

Amy, do you read Allan's blog or just the comments? :)

Ish said...

Another HUGE DP!

A Conformer said...

You could say it's 2 runs on 10 hits, and a couple of solo dongs. And six walks, BTW. Major squander is an understatement.

L-girl said...

And for any Lance-worshippers, just kidding. I have no idea if he uses and care even less.

Benjamin said...

GDGD thinks Scott's still on second base.

A Conformer said...

Of course, it's Josh Fucking Beckett on the mound. So we cool.

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