August 4, 2009

G105: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 (13)

Red Sox - 010 001 000 000 0 - 2  7  1
Rays - 000 000 110 000 2 - 4 9 1
Takashi Saito was in his second inning of work, having thrown 29 pitches. Tampa Bay had the potential winning run at third base with two outs in the bottom of the 13th. Evan Longoria was up.

Terry Francona decided to pitch to him. Longoria crushed Saito's 1-0 pitch to deep left for a rays win. And the Red Sox bullpen, which escaped from serious jams in the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth innings (!!!), finally ran out of luck.

For Longoria, it was his second home run of the night. His solo shot off Daniel Bard to begin the eighth tied the game at 2-2. He had struck out four times, but that was no excuse to pitch to him in the ninth. Saito could have put Longoria on and pitched to Ben Zobrist or loaded the bases and dealt with Joe Dillon. (Clay Buchholz had begun warming up in the 12th, as the Sox had run out of relievers. I'm a little surprised Saito came out for the 13th at all.)

Boston had no offense to speak off. Its two runs came via leadoff solo dongs -- from Kevin Youkilis in the second and Dustin Pedroia in the sixth. The only real sustained scoring threat of the entire game came in the tenth, when with the bases loaded with one out, Pedroia grounded into a double play.

The Yankees topped Toronto 5-3, so the Red Sox are now 1.5 GB.
Example
Jon Lester (3.90, 121 ERA+) / Matt Garza (3.69, 123 ERA+)

Nearly two-thirds of the team's remaining 58 games (36 or 62%) are against teams currently .500 or better.

August could be a tough month for the Red Sox, who are currently 0.5 GB the Yankees and 4.5 GA of the Rays. After this two-game series with Tampa Bay, Boston plays four at the Yankees (1st in AL East), hosts the Tigers (1st in AL Central) for four, then visits Texas (2nd in AL West) and Toronto. Then it's back home for three against the Yankees and four against the White Sox (2nd in AL Central). After three-game sets against the Blue Jays and Rays, it's four more in Chicago.

Tim Wakefield, who turned 43 on Sunday, may need a second cortisone shot to deal with a sciatic problem that has spread to his left calf. He had been scheduled to throw off a mound this week, but that may be postponed.
I’m just depressed that this isn’t progressing the way I want it to progress. I’m throwing, playing catch. There are different symptoms now. I’ve got zero strength in my left calf due to the nerve. I’m just waiting for it to get better.
Jacoby Ellsbury has had multiple hits in seven of his last nine games.

Yankees-Pettitte/Blue Jays-Halladay at 7.

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L-girl said...

4:00 pm: Massive flash flood filled our basement with water.

That in itself might not be so awful, but the basement is Allan's office - filled with thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, stacks of paper, photos, memorabilia, and whatever else.

We were frantically carrying armloads of soggy paper upstairs while the water continued to rise.

Sun's out now, Allan went out to the LCBO (liquor store) to get boxes to put his books in. I'm afraid if the bookshelves become unstable or warped, everything could tumble into the lake below.

Lots of precious family and Red Sox memories submerged. Ugh.

See you later, maybe.

I hope this thread was ready to go up!

L-girl said...

We're lucky this happened this week, and not while we were away. That would have been much worse.

tim said...

Shit guys, that's brutal. Sorry to hear that. He better pick up something strong at the LCBO!

The rains haven't hit here YET (I'm in Hamilton) - but Steph got whacked hard while driving here from Kitchener-Waterloo a couple hours ago. Was nuts apparently. We have severe t-storm and tornado warnings in the area tho. This is what happened in Hamilton last Sunday (July 26) - I'm envisioning a similar situation in your basement.

And yup, better to have happened now instead of while you were away. This summer has been piss-poor for weather, especially these random torrential downpours.

L-girl said...

Tim, yes, those pics from Hamilton are what we had here. Then the sun came out and all the water receded!

Everyone's been complaining about the cool, wet weather this summer. I hate the heat and I'm not a beach person, so I haven't been disappointed like most people. But this rain is insane.

Meanwhile, rampant forest fires in BC and nothing by dry hot weather there. Wish we could share some of this rain with them.

Zenslinger said...

Awful.

I bought RS's 1918 book off of B&N today if it's any consolation.

Benjamin said...

Happy birthday to the TCM. 47 years and 47 butt pimples.

redsock said...

Thanks, Zen!

God fucking damn it. This fucking sucks. The books\papers stuff on the floor and in the bottom of boxes got the worst of it. But still ....

Everything 2004-related is safe.

And now ...

I need a drink or 8.

Zenslinger said...

Don't thank me, I'll thank you -- when I've read it.

tim said...

Yeah, I don't mind it being cooler/mild and overcast. Don't like the rain (especially the volume at which its fallen) and would never go to the beach around this area. Enjoy hot and sunny days though. And they've been few and far between this summer.

Anyway, on-topic now...

First.

Tonight.

Got $15 on the Sox and wicked Sid. Let's shell the mad Garzer. Doc going in Toronto against toucan. Should be do-able.

MFY gerrymandered their rotation for us apparently. How special. So we miss Steroidio Mitre and get the overpaid asshole, porky pig, the cunt, and toucan sam himself this weekend. Cool. Looking forward to continuing the streak.

Iridescence said...

Go Sox and Jays! [Yay! I can unabashedly cheer for the Jays tonight on here tonight :)] I do admit a bit of a soft spot for them when they aren't playing the Sox.

The way they always seem to play better against the Sox than anyone else does irritate the hell out of me though. Hopefully they will bring their "A" game against the MFY tonight. The guy on the mound certainly helps

Jere said...

That really stinks about the water. Helpless feeling. My noticing that the first letters of the last four guys' last names in the Tampa lineup spell out PUNK isn't as exciting any more....

Iridescence said...

Yeah sorry about the flood, guys :(

Iridescence said...

"So we get the overpaid asshole,"

Um you're talking about the MFY rotation can you be a little more specific?

9casey said...

tim said...


MFY gerrymandered their rotation for us apparently.



Didn't we do the same thing

Iridescence said...

Who cares? It makes sense to put your best pitchers against a team you're in a race with. I have no problem with them doing that or Tito doing the same.

Iridescence said...

just wish there was a way we could skip both Penny and Smoltz against them.

L-girl said...

It pains me to say Go Jays, but oh well. No soft spot for them in this house, but I hope they can do their jobs tonight.

James said...

I hate facing Garza. He seems to get all pumped up when he faces us.

This is a game I'd really like to win, because I have a good feeling Pettitte isn't going to beat Halladay, and I'd rather not have us start this tough stretch with our #2 losing.

James said...

Bummer about your flood. I hope you can salvage everything that's important. Like the '04 stuff.

redsock said...

my basement floor looks like garza stopped by for an hour or so.

destroy these fucks.

L-girl said...

Zen, cool you bought the book. I look forward to hearing how great it is. :)

tim said...

Let's hope the result of this game = whats all over A+L's basement.

James said...

Was Joe Maddon drinking a cup of coffee? You don't see that very often.

L-girl said...

Let's hope the result of this game = whats all over A+L's basement.

Ha ha, that's good.

I'm gonna relax with the game and wine, sans thread. Thank dog for baseball.

tim said...

Joe's still trying to recover from his ALCS hangover.

redsock said...

saw maddon in the pre-game (we got stuck with the tb feed, so we got radio going). he looked like billy idol's older brother.

tim said...

Blue Jays playing like complete shitstains. 2-0 MFY, still top 1.

Benjamin said...

DO: Victor Martinez kills Tampa Bay in his career.

Everyone has good career numbers against Tampa Bay pitching, pre-2008.

redsock said...

who knew that ditching joe migraine would make the rays tv duo WORSE? ... kevin kennedy took over.

meuniermr said...

Oh good god Kevin Kennedy? I'm never listening to the Rays feed now.

meuniermr said...

Well that is a double really..

meuniermr said...

E3

Zenslinger said...

Passedballa.

Zenslinger said...

Not that it did Toronto any good, but Posada did let one by.

2-0 after one.

James said...

Oh my god Jason, at least pretend to give a fuck.

A Conformer said...

Am I the only one who's surprised that Crawford hasn't stolen two bases already on Tek?

But seriously, it's good we have Lester on the mound. Tougher to run on him.

redsock said...

i was shocked he threw down to 2nd. 3rd? forget it.

A Conformer said...

Oh, and it really sucks about your basement. Is a lot of it irreplaceable?

redsock said...

to twist a phrase, if you're surprised, you haven't been paying attention.

L-girl said...

Thanks Ofer. I think the most important, irreplaceable stuff was higher up and didn't get messed up.

A Conformer said...

Wow, that's hilarious. I'm really delayed, and when I wrote that he hadn't stolen 2nd yet.
Now I'm caught up. Fuck Tek.

A Conformer said...

Fuck Tek

...'s throwing arm. Let's not get carried away too much.

Iridescence said...

The Rays announcers fill me with indifference so far. At least it isn't MASN or YES or the white Sox guys

Zenslinger said...

Well, that's one way to strike out the side.

s1c said...

Youk!!!

L-girl said...

SWEAT POWER!!!

redsock said...

SULTAN OF SWEAT

fucking a - he is white hot

Iridescence said...

My stream doesn't seem to be lagging as bad as usual tonight so maybe I can actually follow thins thread without spoiling the suspense of the game tonight.
[I know I should just pony up the $ for MLB.TV, I'm cheap]

meuniermr said...

It's a SWEATY day in Boston!

A Conformer said...

Houdini. I'm afraid we're gonna see a surge in theft today...

Zenslinger said...

Yay yay Youk.

Iridescence said...

Guess I spoke too soon about the lag but awesome for my main man YOUK!

A Conformer said...

OK, maybe I shouldn't thread today. I'm about 3 minutes behind, I think. It's cool that Youk donged but I haven't seen it yet...

Iridescence said...

I just saw it finally...It was a majestic thing of beauty

s1c said...

Merloni was ragging on JD earlier today. Fragging Lou Merloni, ragging about JD. Fragging WEEI

A Conformer said...

There it is. YOOOOOK.

Hahaha.

Ish said...

Good evening, Joy InterNation! Looks like we're headed for a high volume comment night!

Patrick said...

I'm hungry. Where's the oatmeal?

redsock said...

did merloni say drew was making a mockery of something?

Patrick said...

Damn them, and their awesome outfield defense.

So many almost hits against these pesky punks.

Amy said...

Good evening, everyone. That is terrible about your basement, Allan. I can't even begin to imagine losing all that stuff. I hope most is somewhat salvageable.

Zenslinger said...

Slugo is Slugging .642 in 38 AB's for St. Louis before today.

His first at bat, he doubles.

meuniermr said...

Shift works for us for once..

s1c said...

did merloni say drew was making a mockery of something?

Actually he said that Drew was holding Francona hostage. Was pissed that he was in the line up tonight after coming out of the game on sunday.

L-girl said...

Amy, I think the most important stuff will be salvageable or else wasn't effected. He'll lose a lot of stuff, but I think it's stuff he's less attached to. Thanks for being sympathetic (here and on FB).

It's funny about being attached to stuff.

redsock said...

ceiling cam shows how late upton was on that fb

s1c said...

.642 in 38 AB's for St. Louis before today.

How come we can't get SS like that?

tim said...

NESN Feed Here for any computer-dwellers (sans TV)

L-girl said...

So Merloni knows how to manage better than Terry, eh. Sure.

A Conformer said...

Is the umpire McClelland? He's got a sloooow strike call.

tim said...

Love the excess of ceiling cams this year. Got one on first as well.

L-girl said...

s1c gets the cue

redsock said...

PC:

JL: 22-17
MG: 17-22

s1c said...

Merloni has became a mouth breather on WEEI (Has the baseball show asked you back on yet Sock?).

s1c gets the cue

I knew all my drama training would come in handy someday!!!

Ish said...

HA. A twitter friend of mine just said: "I find Dave Roberts to be like the loud background hum of a kitchen or tech appliance. Annoying at 1st but then easy to ignore"

Iridescence said...

thanks Tim

s1c said...

Ouch!!!

meuniermr said...

Ugh, I hate green beans.

redsock said...

roberts was only grown worse -- at this point, every letter in every word he speaks annoys me.

A Conformer said...

NESN Feed Here for any computer-dwellers (sans TV)

Thanks, Tim. Less delay+less Rays announcer= double cool.

s1c said...

Can't rub it

How Pete Rose of you Dave

Ish said...

LMAO. It's hilarious to think of what Roberts is saying about getting hit by a pitch and think of dongs.

"Green is a professional. He didn't rub it. You never rub it."

Amy said...

I am usually good at blocking out the announcers, but Dave Roberts is even getting on my nerves. The Devil Rays?? Has he not watched baseball the last two years?

redsock said...

Huff would say "you always rub it".

redsock said...

i was on that show a second time awhile back, but that was it.

redsock said...

i sense a v mart dong

Iridescence said...

I just basically want an announcer to tell me what's going on and Dan Orsillo is great at that. DR's "analysis" is bad but luckily there's the net for baseball analysis.

Iridescence said...

the one thing I absolutely can't stand though is bush league crap like "thuuuuh YANKEEES WIN!" At least DR doesn't do that kind of shit.

redsock said...

irid: you should check this blog out asap. lotsa warbles.

Benjamin said...

MFY 2 - TOR 1

L-girl said...

dan orsillo, is he better than don? :)

L-girl said...

It would have better for his Red Sox legacy if DR had stayed out of the booth.

Iridescence said...

RS: thanks! bookmarked that. Should make for some hilarious reading!

L-girl said...

So with the NYY series coming up, we all have to be really careful not to feed trolls. Including NYY fans who claim not to be trolls.

If I get itchy I'll just post DNFTT, to remind myself.

redsock said...

if roberts was good throughout the game but said "thuuuuuhh red sox win" at the end of every win, i'd love it (and mute the tv right after the final out).

redsock said...

MFY: 200 0
TOR: 000 1

Iridescence said...

Yeah but (I may be biased) but Sterling is a horrible announcer even apart from the end quote I can't stand him.

(Admittedly I try to avoid him whenever possible so haven't actually heard him that much but he seems really bad).

Iridescence said...

Ken Singleton is a good guy. Does he still do MFY games? Wish the Red Sox could get him or someone like him instead of Roberts.

Amy said...

OK, take advantage of this, please!

Benjamin said...

Drew with the sacrifice grounder. :)

A Conformer said...

Wow. That is an unforced error.

redsock said...

c'mon tek - shock the world.

L-girl said...

Singleton was good, one of the better NYY announcers for sure.

L-girl said...

Irid, everyone here hates Sterling. It's like saying you love the Red Sox. It's a given.

Ish said...

Tim, that website for the NESN feed... They quit showing baseball for awhile and now it's back? Wonder what happened. Hopefully I can watch the Dodgers tonight.

A Conformer said...

c'mon tek - shock the world.

Lefty Tek SASAHE. I'm shocked.

Amy said...

Wasn't Ken Singleton once on the Mets? Or is my memory playing tricks on me? (I know I could look this up, but that feels like cheating.)

meuniermr said...

Is Varitek an HOF candidate if he retires after this year?

Iridescence said...

L-girl, yeah I've even heard some NY fans complain about him (like that site that RS mentioned) I was just bringing him up to say we could have worse than Dave Roberts.

L-girl said...

The sad thing is, John Sterling used to be a very good announcer. In the 80s and early 90s when the Yankees sucked, he was very good. Not all cliches and tag lines, he was able to be critical of the Yankees (there was very little to like), and just generally smart and funny.

He's changed a lot over the years, not for the better.

redsock said...

Is Varitek an HOF candidate if he retires after this year?

Not even close.

L-girl said...

I've even heard some NY fans complain about him

He's almost universally hated. Most NYY fans are totally sick of him by now, it seems.

L-girl said...

Looking things up is not cheating. Says a future librarian.

Amy said...

I bet Tek will be in the Red Sox HOF. FWIW.

redsock said...

Amy, that is entirely possible.

meuniermr said...

I think his number should be retired though, IMO he was one of the most important guys from the 04', 07' WS winning teams.

redsock said...

Likely even. With the 2 WS.

Amy said...

Yeah, Singleton played for the Mets in 70 and 71, when I was still a Mets fan.

Thank you, Memory, for coming through for me.

A Conformer said...

Lester's fucking awesome.

Ish said...

L, this is called being on the fuck train.

A Conformer said...

Is Varitek an HOF candidate if he retires after this year?

The Red Sox HoF...

s1c said...

Lester might be awesome but the offense is fragging stinking.

Get Some Runs - please!!!

I want to do the happy dance!!!

L-girl said...

Ah, the elusive Fuck Train. Still don't know what it means. It's like missing the first day of class.

Uh-oh, I'm actually going to do that soon.

Ish said...

L, so you're starting school this fall, then?

L-girl said...

Tek in the RS HOF for sure. I think teams should be easy about their own HOFs.

Amy said...

When do classes start? Have you had to buy books yet? How many will you take?

L-girl said...

Ish, yes. I graduated "university" (as they say here) in 1982. Going for a master's degree beginning in 2009.

A Conformer said...

Has anybody mentioned that we're against toucans and puffins today? If you're an exotic bird with a big beak, beware.

Ish said...

Actually, Ofer, you're the first one to mention puffin tonight! But I was going to try to work it in. Well I did a search for puffin and didn't find any else.

redsock said...

they did not retire 14 until rice got in (which was an iffy move anyway). tek isn't going in, so i don't see 33 being retired.

A Conformer said...

Tek in the RS HOF for sure. I think teams should be easy about their own HOFs.

I think Tek would get into the Sox' HoF even if it was really hard.

Ish said...

KFC/PFK should change their $5 fill-up boxes to $5 fill-out boxes. They'll help fill you out.

L-girl said...

2 classes - no books yet!

classes start week of sept 8 but we'll be in santa fe for our favourite nephew's wedding, so i'll start the following week.

it's only 2 classes, but that comes out to 4 sessions, b/c there's lecture + tutorial.

plus my weekend job, of course.

plus maybe working a small p/t job at a local library.

i'm a bit nervous about juggling it all.

L-girl said...

also this means not writing professionally for several years. thank [something] for blogging, that will get me through.

redsock said...

why is garza a puffin?

Ish said...

Ha. Puffin face spat on himself in the dugout.

A Conformer said...

It's always a good idea to spit on yourself on TV.

redsock said...

upton fans on the 2-3 pitch.

Ish said...

His face from the side looks puffin like.

L-girl said...

Ofer, I agree, Tek is a bona fide RS HOFer, no matter what the standards.

I do think the standards shouldn't be too high, tho.

L-girl said...

I think Josh Beckett is more puffin-like, w/ those puffy cheeks.

Amy said...

I can imagine the anxiety before you start, but I bet once you get into the routine, all will be fine.

I still remember the excitement and nervousness every semester when I went to buy the books for the new classes. (Not in law school. In college.)

Will you take notes with a laptop? That would be a huge difference for me. How would I doodle? Plus writing things down by hand helped me remember them. But almost all my students now use laptops. I can't imagine it. I still write out all my class notes by hand.

A Conformer said...

why is garza a puffin?

Because everyone wants to punch puffins in the face, obviously.

Seriously (well, kinda), though, I think Jere decided he looks like a puffin. I can see that, somehow.

meuniermr said...

#25 is the only other number that needs to be retired at the moment IMO.

Ish said...

I know I'm wicked nervous for the start of school. Also more of an agitation. I'm not used to making a big life change so suddenly.

Amy said...

So just why did Kapler think he had to retire? And why didn't he stay retired!?

L-girl said...

do toucan and puffin qualify for the animal team?

i guess not.

meuniermr said...

Superjew hit.

Ish said...

I'm wicked nervous for the start of college. Mostly because I haven't had a big life change so suddenly in such a long time. I know I'll get over it but it's still worth being said. Stressful nervousness.

Amy said...

Ish, I thought you had been taking some classes all along. Is this new?

Ish said...

Now see, I reloaded and my comment didn't show up. Then I reloaded again and it did! So I double posted, sort of.

meuniermr said...

Excuse me while I land this 757 at Brisbane.

redsock said...

#25

Jeremy Giambi?

Ish said...

Amy, I'm starting college this fall.

L-girl said...

wait, ish, you are starting school too? i must have missed that. that's great!

community college near you, or something else? (I remember a conversation about community colleges...)

of course you're nervous. it's totally nerve-wracking! by october we'll both be fine. :)

Ish said...

L, community college near me. :) It'll be cool to see how each of us feel as the time goes on.

Amy said...

That's great, Ish. I guess I remember you talking about taking courses in the future, not presently.

What are you taking? I wish I could go back and be a student again!

redsock said...

we will all be fine in october.

L-girl said...

Amy, I do know that once I get going I'll be fine. I'm lucky that I don't worry about the academic end of it. I'm worried about the time and energy. I'm worried about my health, and if I'll be able to do everything. But I also know it will work out.

Not sure about notes. I'm a journalist, I can do either.

s1c said...

#25

Jeremy Giambi?


Am glad you posted that because I have been trying to remember a 25 worthy of retirement.

Maybe they meant 24?

Ish said...

Heh. I'm not real fond of classes and going back to school but I know it's something I had to do. Fall semester I'm taking college algebra (I could've started with pre-calc or finite math but I don't need to bog myself down with math) and college comp. Plus the college success seminar. So I'll pop over to the college four days a week for a couple of hours and have my classes.

L-girl said...

we will all be fine in october.

:>)

Amy said...

Lots of us with big changes in September. Laura and Ish starting school, we are moving to our new place. Anyone else? Let's hope we have lots of consistency from the Sox to give us cheer and stability!

redsock said...

jesus christ -- fuck you jerry lane.

Ish said...

I'm mostly apprehensive about the workload, especially when I take more classes at once, and how it'll affect my current lifestyle and the things I do around here. Unfortunately I can't do school or help out around here. It's and. So we'll see how it goes.

redsock said...

i'm doing fuck all in sept.

L-girl said...

yooooooooook

meuniermr said...

Instant Karma got Crawford..

Amy said...

I hope you find college classes more interesting and satisfying than high school, Ish. I sure did.

Laura, what are your courses?

Good play, Youk!

Patrick said...

YOOOUIUUKKK

Iridescence said...

Great Youk play!

Ish said...

I wish I was doing fuck all in September. September is always a month I've grown to enjoy the last three years when I didn't have to worry about school.

Same with October.

A Conformer said...

SLowell woulda had that... but lost the race to the bag for sure.

We're gonna need at least 3 innings of bullpen tonight, it seems.

Ish said...

Bustin' Dustin! Fuck yeah! Jockey dong!

Benjamin said...

FY!

redsock said...

f

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Amy said...

FUCK YEAH!

Try and catch that one, Crawford!

s1c said...

FY!!!

Woo Woo!!!

Iridescence said...

Dustin!

A Conformer said...

Fuck Yeah!

Zenslinger said...

Nice one, Pedroia.

L-girl said...

fuck yeah!

we went to get our frozen yogurt w/ blackberries and when we came back he was trotting

Patrick said...

BWAHAHAH!!!! The middle right infield homegrown motherfuckers will grind your pitchers into DUST!

Ish said...

That was a fucking laser show right there.

L-girl said...

/obligatory food mention

meuniermr said...

¡Fuerza de Caballo!

s1c said...

Lots of us with big changes in September. Laura and Ish starting school, we are moving to our new place. Anyone else?

B-fly starts at marist 8/28

meuniermr said...

Conigliero's # was 24??

L-girl said...

Ish, I know what you mean. Mine is also not or, it's and. It's a bit scary. But we'll all do it.

Amy said...

Oh, right, s1c. That is a HUGE change. Empty nest, right?

Amy said...

Damn, he could have killed himself there.

s1c said...

Yep, empty nest

johngoldfine said...

Did I hear someone say 'community college'?

A Conformer said...

I wanna see the replay from that camera.

redsock said...

http://www.redsoxdiehard.com/players/unifnums.html

Ish said...

I'm going to watch the rest of the game threadless. Until I get bored. Have a good rest of the game, everyone!

Amy said...

Good luck, S1C. Keep the tissues handy. Though they DO come home!

johngoldfine said...

Ish--if you come back, let me tell you: your instructors are nervous too. They have to stand and deliver and even hitting .300 won't cut it. Instructors all make allowances for that.

L-girl said...

s1c, both my siblings have done that change recently. i think you'll enjoy it. (altho i'm sure the tissues will come in handy.)

johngoldfine, as i typed the words "community college," i said to allan, where is john goldfine...?

A Conformer said...

I'm also starting school in October, since we're on the subject.

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