August 12, 2009

G113: Red Sox 8, Tigers 2

Tigers  - 000 010 100 - 2  3  1
Red Sox - 012 050 00x - 8 11 0
Beckett (7-3-2-1-6, 97) retired the first 11 Tigers and had no trouble at all with the Detroit bats. He allowed solo home runs to Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames, but they both elicted a "so what?" response.

Jason Bay (two-run home run, two doubles, two walks) and Mike Lowell (home run, two singles, two RBI) continued their torrid hitting, each mashing taters for the second night in a row. In the fifth, the first two batters were retired before the next seven Boston batters reached base against Miner and Freddy Dolsi.

The Red Sox remained 5.5 GB the Yankees and 1.5 GA of the Rangers (who beat Cleveland 5-0) in the Wild Card.

Surprise: Jerry Remy was in the NESN booth with Orsillo and Eckersley for the entire second inning. He says he wants to return to the booth this season (SoSH). He looked great, was quite funny and deeply appreciative of all the cards, emails and letters. He got a huge standing ovation between half-innings. From his comments, it sounds like he's doing well physically but has been dealing with depression. It was really great to see him again.

Pedro (5-7-3-1-5, 99) picked up his first win of 2009 as the Phillies routed the Cubs.
Example
Zack Miner (4.60, 99 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.12, 152 ERA+)

Beckett= Ace.
Career-high 17 consecutive starts of at least six innings (2.15 ERA)

1.85 ERA since May 23 (14 starts)

7-0, 2.58 in 10 home starts

Seven shutout innings in each of his last two starts, including last Friday in New York

A no-hitter through 6.2 innings against the Tigers on June 3
MLB.com notes Galarraga's recent "inability to attack hitters" and "nibbling at the fringes of the strike zone". Sounds like a recipe for another Boston win.
[UPDATE: Galarraga (5.23, 87 ERA+) has been scratched because of a "severe sore throat". Zach Miner will start. He pitched two innings on Monday and warmed up last night.]

Two other games of note: The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings this afternoon. ... Pedro Martinez makes his Phillies debut at 8 PM at Wrigley Field.
Example
Kevin Youkilis has been suspended for five games. He will begin serving the suspension tonight.



Fired Up!

157 comments:

redsock said...

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

1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Clete Thomas, LF
4. Marcus Thames, DH
5. Carlos Guillen, 1B
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Brandon Inge, 3B
9. Adam Everett, SS

redsock said...

Globe:
"Tigers starter Armando Galarraga was scratched with a severe sore throat. Zach Miner, who threw two innings Monday and warmed up last night, will replace him."

Zenslinger said...

The Tigers' pitching situation and Beckett on the mound has to spell "Advantage Sox"...even in Youk's absence.

I wish I was at the park today to watch Lincecum mow down the Dodgers.

The Yanks are lucky to be in extra innings (now mid-11th, 3-3 tie). Burnett gave up 10 hits and 2 walks in six innings, but the Jays managed to score only the three runs.

redsock said...

TOR: 010 003 000 00
MFY: 101 100 000 0

redsock said...

fucking shit. i turn on the jays station and i see the final R H E graphic. fucking shitty goddamn jays. they suck and they stink and they suck. fuck 'em all.

Zenslinger said...

Definitely a should-have-won for the Jays.

Zenslinger said...

I'm enjoying 1918 so far, although only in Chapter Two.

redsock said...

Jays TV guy talking on the field to Damon: "Another walkoff win for you guys. The magic just never seems to end."


Worthless A-holes: 010 003 000 00 - 3 14 1
Total Douchebags: 101 100 000 01 - 4 7 0

redsock said...

One good thing: Rogers has the Red Sox, so even if EI has the Tigers, I got the Don/Eck machine.

9casey said...

Tough time to take the suspension, with the Rangers coming up..

redsock said...

the link explains the club's reasoning. yook did want to appeal.

Zenslinger said...

LAA goes up 5-4 over TB. That's nice.

Patrick said...

You guys see Ortiz in that third picture??!?!

The human flash! Faster than Ellsbury in that moment.

Zenslinger said...

What picture?

Was he running out a press conference?

SoSock said...

Shit - 5 games. I'll have to check the link later for an explanation of not appealing.
Board meeting tonight and I'm already running late.
See ya late innings.

Kevin said...

"Shit - 5 games."

That's actually not that bad, Crisp was originally suspended for seven games after last year's brawl with the Rays, though he got that reduced to five on appeal.

redsock said...

Earlier when the news was Yook had appealed, this was the evening's lineup, as per Amalie:

Ellsbury
Pedroia
Bay
Youkilis
Ortiz
Lowell
Drew
Varitek
Green

Yook comes out. Tiz, Mole and Fire move up. Kotch Rocket goes in at 7.

Zenslinger said...

Rays down 9-4, yay.

Any hope for Cleveland to beat Texas? The weirdly craptastic Carmona's starting for them.

redsock said...

10-5 now.

Carmona's ERA a devilish 6.66.

redsock said...

What picture?

The third of the 3 pics of the Charging Yook in the post.

9casey said...

Remy to be in booth for second inning.....

redsock said...

really? wow.

9casey said...

Said in interview with Heidi , it was too tough to watch the games on nesn, so he didn't , expects to be back soon, but will not say when, because he has missed a lot comeback dates so far....

redsock said...

vmart catching with a knuckleball machine today.

9casey said...

He sounds a little tired still, and also nervous..

9casey said...

redsock said...
vmart catching with a knuckleball machine today.



I guess I should put mine away then

redsock said...

so he's going to visit the booth in the 2nd? or he did a pre-game interview?

9casey said...

redsock said...
so he's going to visit the booth in the 2nd? or he did a pre-game interview?




no, both, he will be there in the 2nd.

Patrick said...

I wish V-Mart was in, but I like him off the bench, too.

Patrick said...

1/27

9casey said...

Patrick said...
I wish V-Mart was in, but I like him off the bench, too.




I don't , because that means we had to use him....

Patrick said...

Good call, Casey. The way I pictured it in my mind was dramatic and ending in a W.

I'll take an easy win, too.

redsock said...

Yeah, guys need days off. What do you think this is, 1978?

redsock said...

FKR lose 10-5. Now 10 GB.

Kevin said...

Very nice OTT

Zenslinger said...

Freakin' Juan Uribe redeems the Giants with a walkoff 2R-HR in the 10th! Lincecum grudgingly gave up a second run in the 9th, and of course had no wiggle room. Still, 8.2 IP, 4H, 1BB, 2ER...give that man the Cy Young now. He's awesome.

And speaking of awesome pitchers, let the Potty Mouth Train begin in honor of Josh Beckett.

Zenslinger said...

At the risk of praising our enemies too highly, you have to hand it to Jason Bartlett. He's hitting .343 after going 4 for 5 today. OPS around .940.

I guess he can hit all he wants as long as the Rays lose.

Patrick said...

Man! Even when Bay was/isn't hitting, he draws so many walks.

redsock said...

Bay leads the AL in BB, or he did very recently.

westcoastsox said...

From the article on the suspension:

Francona chose Kotchman because he wanted to give Victor Martinez a day off, in part so he could work with bullpen coach Gary Tuck on catching knuckleballs out of a machine. Martinez will catch tomorrow.

I guess we know who's catching Wakefield?

Patrick said...

I'm still weary of Beckett starts, but he has kicked so many asses, and hung so many kays.

Edward Lee said...

Rem-Dawg in the house. Detroit has no chance now.

Pepe Lepew said...

Man! Even when Bay was/isn't hitting, he draws so many walks.

OBP is our friend!

redsock said...

Remy mentions you gotta watch what you say in the air.

Eck: At least we got rid of Masterson, get him out of here!"

:>)

REALLY NICE to see Remy.

Kevin said...

Josh Beckett IS the fuck train

Score some runs

redsock said...

Sounds like physically he is good, but more of his recovery now is from depression.

Zenslinger said...

F-Train has left the station.

redsock said...

MOLE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

DR. DOUBLE DOUBLES!

Kevin said...

DOCTOR!!!

meuniermr said...

Like Lowell, doing a lot of work tonight, I have to move all my books back into my room after the rugs were replaced.

Zenslinger said...

Lowell may have all the mobility of a redwood at 3B, but how many redwoods do you know hit HRs like a mofo?

redsock said...

and there is dre whoring himself for dr. pepper...

A Conformer said...

Wow, Alex Avila has a career 1765 OPS!

Pepe Lepew said...

Sounds like physically he is good, but more of his recovery now is from depression.

Remy? Depressed from the lung disease or his son getting in trouble?

redsock said...

Don: You don't pound the zone with salad.

Eck: No, you gotta pound it with cheese and hair.

Kevin said...

Sit

Another OTT

westcoastsox said...

Beckett looking good.

redsock said...

9/27

9casey said...

Pepe Lepew said...
Sounds like physically he is good, but more of his recovery now is from depression.

Remy? Depressed from the lung disease or his son getting in trouble?




How do you bring yourself to type that?

redsock said...

hmm, good thing i didn't type my smart ass reply that Q.

redsock said...

HOME-RAY!!!!!!!!!

Kevin said...

THUNDER!!!

westcoastsox said...

DOUNG!!!

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, Bay!

Pepe Lepew said...

How do you bring yourself to type that?

Hey, my dad died of lung cancer. I was serious. I just thought both situations have to be really hard on him.

westcoastsox said...

Testing adding profile picture.

redsock said...

11/27

redsock said...

damn, a guy on base

Kevin said...

Another K

westcoastsox said...

Pitch count by inning = 12, 15, 18, 24. He needs a single-digit inning (or two).

westcoastsox said...

Lowell just needs a double and a triple for the cycle.

Pepe Lepew said...

Lowell just needs a double and a triple for the cycle.

Lowell ... a triple!
Piece of cake. Just rattle a ball around in Death Valley or something for half an hour.

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, hey, Pedro Martinez is pitching on ESPN!

s1c said...

Oh, hey, Pedro Martinez is pitching on ESPN!

I fully expect him to last 4 innings.

Kevin said...

Well, don't need to worry about the pitch count now...

Patrick said...

I can't see him, but I bet Beckett is PISSED!

meuniermr said...

Castig jinx = "no hits yet" as Guillen swings.

westcoastsox said...

Pedro K to end the inning - looking good so far.

Pepe Lepew said...

Ooo, Pedro looked good striking that Cub out to end the inning.
Damn, he's playing for the wrong team.

redsock said...

hah - buckled ordonez with the deuce.

Patrick said...

13/27

redsock said...

leyland with the ol' dolsi-doh

westcoastsox said...

Time to get that triple, Mikey!

Patrick said...

The double would do too

Patrick said...

Wow. He beat it out!

Zenslinger said...

He'd have to hit a triple to get Ortiz home.

westcoastsox said...

I'll take it!

Kevin said...

Mike Lowell cannot be stopped

Pepe Lepew said...

No triple. That's OK.

Zenslinger said...

Did Lowell just beat out an infield hit?!?

redsock said...

terrible camera work by nesn missed the entire play at first base.

Patrick said...

Time for a Kotch Rocket clutch shift

westcoastsox said...

He hit a rocket.

redsock said...

salt it away, capn

Pepe Lepew said...

I like two-out rallies!

Angry Steve said...

wtg Kotch!

redsock said...

no control here - bb it in,

s1c said...

17 minute wait for...

Joshie is probably using the time to f-bomb everybody in the dugout for not doing this against the MFY's last Friday. In other words, he's keeping his game face on!

Patrick said...

MUAHAHAHAHAH!

Kevin said...

rBBi

SoSock said...

mmmmmm.....
I guess that's one way to get an RBI out of Tek.

redsock said...

dolsi pattern

1B - BB - 1B - BB


21 min wait!!!

Angry Steve said...

would it be too cheesy to say "Dolsi D'oh" at this point???

westcoastsox said...

Passedaballa!

Kevin said...

Passedavila!

Pepe Lepew said...

would it be too cheesy to say "Dolsi D'oh" at this point???

I think you may have been beaten to that.

redsock said...

hahahahahahaha

8-1

wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Pepe Lepew said...

SERIOUS two-out rally now.

Kevin said...

10th batter of the inning!

SoSock said...

Nice inning.

redsock said...

nice

1st out
2nd out
7 in a row get on, 5 score
3rd out

Pepe Lepew said...

Pedro's actually doing OK so far.

Angry Steve said...

I think you may have been beaten to that.

D'oh indeed... haha my fault. Couldn't resist.

redsock said...

7 pitches and ...

get back out there, tigers!!!

Kevin said...

Well, that was quick

SoSock said...

So I saw a coment a while back that Beckett needs a single digit inning.
Nice call

SoSock said...

Doublebay!

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, Lowell, what have you done for us, lately?

SoSock said...

doubleplay erases doublebay

Kevin said...

Damn

redsock said...

Abner Double-bay?

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, don't start this!

Pepe Lepew said...

That's better!

westcoastsox said...

I think Beckett's good for 8 tonight. Saito for the 9th? Have to sign off. Enjoy the rest.

Pepe Lepew said...

Well, for what it's worth, it sure looks like Pedro is picking up a "W" tonight.

redsock said...

jeemer up
beckett probably done at 97

redsock said...

got that one

Kevin said...

10-run cushion for Pedro now

SoSock said...

Phils have been batting for 27 minutes.

SoSock said...

I believe Pedro made 2 of the outs in that inning.
If the Cubs had been playing an interleague game tonight, that inning might never end.

SoSock said...

ott

Pepe Lepew said...

Phils have been batting for 27 minutes.

They do that a lot!

Ish said...

OTT 4th for Pedro. I'm so happy to watch him pitch again. He looks like he's smooth, free and easy. Minus the whole lack of velocity thing.

SoSock said...

He who says "ni" is gone.

Ish said...

I was wondering who that was at the plate. Josh Reddick without his glasses.

Pepe Lepew said...

OTT 4th for Pedro. I'm so happy to watch him pitch again. He looks like he's smooth, free and easy. Minus the whole lack of velocity thing.

It looks like his fastest pitch of the night was 92. He does look like he has lost weight, though.

SoSock said...

Green - money?

redsock said...

bay on base 5 times tonight

Pepe Lepew said...

Bay putting up some Lee May-ish numbers. .261 batting average. On pace for 118 RBIs.

Ish said...

Pedro's changeup is still absolutely filthy. Got Soriano to swing through a couple of them. 77 mph. Still has that slow 70 mph curve. Slider, and the high 80s, low 90s fastball.

I'm so glad this is on ESPN so I can actually see it.

SoSock said...

RS - while enjoying your links to the Monty Python sites the other day, I followed a side link to the UNcyclopedia, a satiric wiki spoof apparently.
They said there that the Knights Who Say Ni were in a schism because some believed the quest for shrubbery was the meaning of life itself, but others had come to believe the meaning of life was.....42!
A Monty Python story with a Douglas Adams reference. Jackpot!

9casey said...

I know Bay was reluctant to sign that first contract offer, but I have to believe those 2 doubles are outs at most parks...I'm not taking anything away from him, but him and Lowell have perfect Fenway swings.

Pepe Lepew said...

They said there that the Knights Who Say Ni were in a schism because some believed the quest for shrubbery was the meaning of life itself, but others had come to believe the meaning of life was.....42!

I thought it was 5 ... I mean 3!

Pepe Lepew said...

Pedro's changeup is still absolutely filthy. Got Soriano to swing through a couple of them. 77 mph. Still has that slow 70 mph curve. Slider, and the high 80s, low 90s fastball.

I'm so glad this is on ESPN so I can actually see it.


He's really doing well. I wasn't sure he was ever going to pitch again.

SoSock said...

Time for a double Rammy

redsock said...

umm, stuck his arm out, no?

SoSock said...

Oh shit - a fan in Wrigley just threw a beer down on Victorino while he was making a catch at the wall!

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

Kevin said...

Water!

SoSock said...

And, fittingly enough, the Thames gives us dirty water!

Pepe Lepew said...

Sox win! Pedro probably has a "W".

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh shit - a fan in Wrigley just threw a beer down on Victorino while he was making a catch at the wall!

I saw that. Rude drunken fans in Wrigley? Maybe my brother in Wisconsin was right about Cubs fans.

redsock said...

A third straight Victorino in Boston too!

Ish said...

Pedro's done. 5 innings 3 runs.

Pepe Lepew said...

Pedro's done. 5 innings 3 runs.

Not bad after how many months off? 11, 12, 13? I can't remember.
It helps to play for a team that hits 6 home runs a game.

Amy said...

Damn, I missed Remy and Pedro tonight. But we got a W, so I am happy.