August 25, 2009

G125: Red Sox 6, White Sox 3

White Sox - 001 000 200 - 3  8  1
Red Sox - 101 000 13x - 6 11 1
The Red Sox rallied immediately after Chicago had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh. With one out, Jason Varitek doubled to right center. Nick Green ran for him and scored when pinch-hitter Victor Martinez hit a first-pitch single to left center.

In the eighth, Jason Bay homered with one out to give Boston a 4-3 lead. Then, with two outs, Green singled, Martinez doubled him home, and Jacoby Ellsbury singled Martinez in. Jonathan Papelbon had no trouble in the ninth, striking out the first two, allowing a double, then getting Gordon Beckham on an easy fly to center.

In the first inning, after doubling to right-center, Ellsbury stole third on the first pitch to Dustin Pedroia. A.J. Pierzynski bobbled the pitch and made no throw as LBJ set a new Red Sox single season record for SB with 55.

Three of Boston's six runs came with two outs, making it 33 of the last 39.

Lester (6.2-4-3-2-6, 113) pitched well -- he retired 12 in a row from the third to sixth -- and should have made it through the seventh. Although he allowed a single and walk to start the seventh, he got two outs on a bunt and a line drive to right. Lester struck out Alexie Ramirez for the third out, but the ball got past Varitek and the tying run scored from third. Then a single gave Chicago the lead.

Hideki Okajima came in and allowed a single to load the bases, but fanned Beckham for the third out. Okajima and Manny Delcarmen wiggled out of a 1st-and-3rd situation with no outs in the eighth.

The Rangers beat the Yankees 10-9 -- New York and Joba (4-9-7-3-5, 96) blew a 4-0 first-inning lead and their four-run comeback attempt in the ninth was ended on an unassisted double play -- so Boston is now 6 GB. One step at a time.
Example
Freddy Garcia (10.38, 45 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.58, 133 ERA+)

Lester hopes the big bats stay hot tonight. Actually, everyone is hoping for that.

Lester is ranked last among Boston starters in run support, getting only an average of 4.36 runs per game; every other starter is over 5.5 runs.

Garcia has made only one start this season: August 18 against the Royals (4.1-7-5-1-3, 91).

Also: Rangers (Millwood)/Yankees (Chamberlain) at 7 PM.

365 comments:

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L-girl said...

ugh jeemer

Kevin said...

"OK, how the hell did you find that?"

I Googled "bases loaded catcher interference" and went to the first link

Iridescence said...

fuck....
I HATE seeing them lose on goofy plays like this.

A Conformer said...

Oh, and Kevin, that must be about as bad as it can get. Error on a bunt, wild pitch, HBP AND C interference on the bottom of the 11th after taking the lead in the top of the inning? Sheeeeesh.

L-girl said...

ugly

A Conformer said...

I HATE seeing them lose on goofy plays like this.

No worries, they're not gonna lose.

Amy said...

This game is bad enough. I don't feel better reading about worse games.

Iridescence said...

"No worries, they're not gonna lose."

I hope not because if they lose by one run after this it's going to seriously piss me off.

Benjamin said...

Now dp please.

redsock said...

dp -- and keep it tied.

s1c said...

Now lets get a dp!!!

L-girl said...

I HATE seeing them lose on goofy plays like this.

You haven't seen that. The game is still being played.

Iridescence said...

Yeah i meant if they lose and this is the deciding run that will suck more than an ordinary loss. Not implying that they've already lost.

s1c said...

1 more oki, 1 more!!!

Iridescence said...

Yay! Houdini Okajima!

Kevin said...

Sit

One more out

L-girl said...

I know, I'm just being the Doomer Police.

Yeah Oki, in and out of troub.e

L-girl said...

trouble

funny typo there

Amy said...

Pop up!

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

Amy said...

These innings have been intense.

Iridescence said...

YES! reverse squander!

s1c said...

Well, I guess I can put the maalox back on the shelf

Zenslinger said...

Way to go, MDC.

Benjamin said...

Laura, I found another pitbull story. But, uh, I'll keep it to myself this time.

s1c said...

Time for Flow, Bay and Lowell to do some damage!!!

A Conformer said...

That was a beautiful ugly inning.

Amy said...

THUNDER!!!!!

s1c said...

There we go!!!

Iridescence said...

THUNDER!

redsock said...

linebrink ....

you've been ....






THUNDERSTRUCK

L-girl said...

Thanks Benjamin. It's better I don't look at those stories so close to bed time. I'll have nightmares.

You might like to check out BadRap.org. My fave pit bull education and advocacy group. Really my fave animal group, period.

DOUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

OOOOH!
I like opening up the screen to see THAT!

L-girl said...

My comment wouldn't go thru. Too much excitement for blogger.

Reverse squander, I like that. Rednauqs.

Iridescence said...

"Jason murdered it!" - That was a great O'brien call.

redsock said...

bot is botting in the pen

Zenslinger said...

Doung it up, man.

Nice to see. I caught a bit of the game in The Bar -- he was very frustrated after his last K.

Benjamin said...

I'll just pretend it was this story.

L-girl said...

lowell = sasahe

Kevin said...

THUNDER!!

Yes, I know that was way late. Effing GDGD was screwing up my computer, fucking KILLS my RAM. Long story short, I had to force Firefox to close itself.

L-girl said...

Aw thanks. They are princes, these dogs. Well, all dogs, but some more than others.

Iridescence said...

"sasahe" sounds Japanese :)

redsock said...

yeah, i can't really have gdgd open and have gmail and the thread open. it pisses me off.

Amy said...

I would like Pap to have a better cushion than one run.

Kevin said...

Yeah, and I had both this game and the MFY game up.

Someday I'll learn not to do that.

Amy said...

Safe!!!

L-girl said...

here's our INSurance

Benjamin said...

VICTOR!

s1c said...

That is some aggressive base running!!!

Yeah baby!!!

Iridescence said...

V-Mart special just for you Amy! :)

Amy said...

Is Pap safe with a two run cushion? Not in my mind.

Zenslinger said...

Run(s)...what is it? 2b'er or HR?

Kevin said...

Blue Light Special!

L-girl said...

yay extra mart

redsock said...

we have not had one death threat at hale all year! that is amazing.

Zenslinger said...

RBI double...I'll take it!

Martinez = a perfect pickup for us. Next year, too. Unh unh unh.

redsock said...

TEX 10-5, bot 7th

L-girl said...

Bot has been ok lately. No worries.

SoSock said...

Insurance. Insurance. Get your insurance runs- on sale today at the V-Mart!

redsock said...

bot's been good since jos1.
2 runs is good.

redsock said...

but we have 2 outs so we may get 5-6 more.

L-girl said...

Martinez = a perfect pickup for us. Next year, too. Unh unh unh.

I look forward to thanking Tek for his many years of service and seeing him the booth, or anywhere else.

Benjamin said...

Haha.

L-girl said...

LBJ!!!

s1c said...

Sox trying to make this a non-save situation for the Bot!!!

Iridescence said...

Jacoby!

Amy said...

Thank you, Red Sox, for giving us this cushion so that I can breathe during the top of the ninth.

redsock said...

hahaha

eat shit, hawk

SoSock said...

Pitching change - damn.
I forgot to stop at the grocery store on the way home and have to go back out. But I'm not going anywhere till we seal this deal.
Of course, I'll gladly wait a while if the Sox want to add 3 or 4 more runs to be sure.

Kevin said...

Lyndon!

And Ozzie still fears FY from last year's series when he was batting cleanup, and IBBs him.

Amy said...

Fine with me if Tek's role is limited, as long as I don't have to look at him in a different team's uniform.

Edward Lee said...

I look forward to thanking Tek for his many years of service and seeing him the booth, or anywhere else.

$5 million/yr isn't too much to pay for a pitching/catching coach, is it?

redsock said...

williams playing with (on) fire...

Iridescence said...

Tek'd be OK as a backup catcher. V-Mart should take over as the main guy though.

A Conformer said...

Why is V-Mart Blue Light? It's not

LBJ! Woo! Now, 56...

in the glossary.

Kevin said...

Snuffin' Time

westcoastsox said...

2 more 2-out RBIs. Nice.

L-girl said...

I don't care where he goes, I just don't want Tek catching for us anymore. I really hate hanging on to old players past their sell-by date.

SoSock said...

The old Blue Light Special at K-Mart!

redsock said...

v-mart reminds me of k-mart

"blue light special" is something from their past (and i hope is the correct term) -- like a sale that is on right now.

Kevin said...

"I don't care where he goes, I just don't want Tek catching for us anymore. I really hate hanging on to old players past their sell-by date."

Maybe they'll go old school and have him be a player-coach for next season.

Amy said...

Player-coach is what I would prefer.

L-girl said...

Catching coach maybe. Anything.

Iridescence said...

Why not just let him be the backup? he's probably still at least as good as someone like Kotteras still.

Amy said...

I am not even sure there are K-marts any more, let alone blue light specials.

A Conformer said...

I don't care where he goes, I just don't want Tek catching for us anymore. I really hate hanging on to old players past their sell-by date.

I think Tek would be a great guy to have as a $3m backup catcher that bats mostly against lefties. I think I've said that before...

They might even give him the extra 2m, just for being a good guy and to make sure the story doesn't end badly, PR-wise.

Kevin said...

Sit

L-girl said...

I'd rather have a young player as backup catcher, someone being groomed to be the regular catcher one day.

SoSock said...

I'm not sure but I think it might have been me who said once - every time I see V-mart on the thread I think of the "blue light special on aisle whatever" at K-Mart

A Conformer said...

Fuck the heck? They changed that missed pop up to a single? That was an error, for sure.

L-girl said...

There comes a time when a playing career has to end. Why use a roster spot on him at all?

Kevin said...

Sit

Iridescence said...

Do the Sox have any good catching prospects ready to be groomed in the big leagues next year though?

Amy said...

Pap, you are making me feel better about you on the field. Not so sure about off the field though.

SoSock said...

Bot - being bot again.

Thank goodness.

Amy said...

BTW, didn't Pap almost blow a save at the game you went to last week in TO?

Benjamin said...

Wagner lighting a fire under Paps?

Kevin said...

"Fuck the heck? They changed that missed pop up to a single? That was an error, for sure."

They should allow collective Team Errors for plays like that one

L-girl said...

He made it interesting! But hung on.

Amy said...

Uh oh

Amy said...

Glad we have that cushion.

L-girl said...

Now Bot is saying he was quoted out of context! Must mean out of his ass.

Kevin said...

Eh, that's minor

Third out please

SoSock said...

Glad we picked up the insurance rider

L-girl said...

3 run lead - 2 out - no worries.

Amy said...

One more strike, Papelbon. Just one.

L-girl said...

It doesn't have to be OTT, you know. Allowing a baserunner should not be such cause for worry.

Amy said...

I recall us saying on the blog at Ish's place that night that we did not want you two to see another Bot meltdown.

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

Benjamin said...

WATER

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Water. Dirty.

Amy said...

I do prefer the OTT from a closer though.

Iridescence said...

Water...

s1c said...

dirty h2o

Kevin said...

WATER

L-girl said...

lovely dirty water!

and we pick up a game in the standings

Amy said...

Dirty water, and an interesting game!

Amy said...

We pick up a game in the division, and we maintain our lead in the wild car.

Win/win.

Amy said...

wild carD, obviously.

redsock said...

We are all on the bus AND we got a "wild car".

Amy said...

Caught in a typo again.

Benjamin said...

Errors tend not to be charged when the ball isn't touched, even though they technically can under Rule 10.13.

redsock said...

TEX - 020 510 20
MFY - 400 100 00

feliz shuttin' 'em down in the 8th. 10-5.

SoSock said...

Nice. A game closer.
I'm still shooting for a Div. crown!
Tough.....but doable.

Off to the grocery store - glad it's close.

Manana

9casey said...

Nice win...and about the catching situation , I don't see us getting outbid by the yankees again,after the 2010 season when Mauer is a free agent..so V-mart and Tek make for a good duo..no reason to groom anyone, in my opinion..

Also nice to see Green pitch in a little.....

redsock said...

I like "wild car".

Though we will win the East.

redsock said...

last ups for the chokers.

damon singles to right against grilli.

redsock said...

teix walks on 4 pitches.

come on grilli , you worthless fuck.

redsock said...

slappy mcbitchtits up.

ron washington (not an attractive man) comes out -- grilli is banished -- and a fat RHP is coming in.

redsock said...

francisco in. pls be good.
it's a 5 run lead, but still ...

Kevin said...

"francisco in. pls be good.
it's a 5 run lead, but still ..."

But still, this is the same Francisco who gave up 6 runs in 2/3 of an inning against us on the 14th.

SoSock said...

Quick trip to the store -done.
And back in time to see the Skankies lose!

Kevin said...

Slappy walks...

redsock said...

slappy walks.

and a VERY UGLY MFY fan is going nuts

SoSock said...

uuugghhh......
I mean...
nevermind. They will lose.
Apparently though, there will be tension involved.
dammit

Kevin said...

You know, letting the MFYs tie it here and making both teams waste pitchers in extra innings wouldn't be entirely bad...

So long as the Rangers eventually win

SoSock said...

puhleeeeze!

redsock said...

fuckin shemp

redsock said...

fucking cheap ass shit from dumbo - jere just broke a lamp, i'm sure.

10-7 - still fuckin loaded

we need another arm, ron.

SoSock said...

unfreakingbelievable

redsock said...

damn it - i posted that the rangers won this game -- so make it so!!!

Benjamin said...

I know we gain a game in either race no matter who wins tonight, but I really want the MFYs to lose.

redsock said...

unbelievable. cano single to left, 10-9.

Benjamin said...

WTF.

redsock said...

and washington is sitting there placid and gump-like.

SoSock said...

ya know, this is almost comical

redsock said...

AND STILL NO MOTHERFUCKING OUTS

westcoastsox said...

Better be rooting for the unassisted triple play to end the game now...

redsock said...

okay - get em here, strand the tying run at third.

crush their hopes and dreams

redsock said...

swisher bunts and pops it up. 1 gone

westcoastsox said...

DP...DP...DP...

redsock said...

can the dud gidp?

SoSock said...

Nice gift

redsock said...

man this francisco is a friggin' gas can, huh?

Kevin said...

And that's why bunting is almost always stupid.

Especially when it's a guy who isn't used to bunting.

redsock said...

UNASSISTED DP LINER!!!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

Thank you milk dud!

Benjamin said...

HAHA

Kevin said...

LIDP!

westcoastsox said...

Almost the unassisted triple play! An aborted MFY comeback and a tax on the Rangers' bullpen - nice result!

redsock said...

damn - looked like he got back to 2b in time.

ah well - eat shit, yanks.

Iridescence said...

thuuuh Yankees....Lose!

Still mixed feelings about which outcome would be better for the Sox but can't help being happy anyway :)

redsock said...

The "wild car" stays the same.
We get 1 game closer in the East.

Seems perfect to me.

Night!

SoSock said...

Nice to know the Wild Car will be there to pick us up if the Eastbound Bus breaks down!

Ben said...

First paragraph of the post-game summary should be "seventh inning," not eighth.

Ja-son Bay! Ja-son Bay!

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