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.

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redsock said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Drew, RF
Youkilis, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Lowell, 3B
Varitek, C
Gonzalez, SS

s1c said...

Good time to rest V-Mart and his .217 avg vs Garcia, kinda liking this line up if ON FIRE!!! can stay on fire!

Kevin said...

Podsednik, DH
Beckham, 3B
Quentin, LF
Konerko, 1B
Dye, RF
Pierzynski, C
Rios, CF
Ramirez, SS
Nix, 2B

Ish said...

I love how Drew goes from 8th to 3rd.

s1c said...

ON FIRE!!!

Career as #3 batter - .299 ba/.415 oba/.549 slg/.964 ops (374 games).

Like it!!!

redsock said...

we got the hawk, so it's muted tv and radio for us.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I've got NESN. FY!

It's good to hear Remy.

L-girl said...

Go Sox, Go Thread (without me for the most part). Enjoy!

Iridescence said...

Love it when we're going against a guy with a 4 digit ERA. (I know it's a very small sample size with Garcia but still...)

Kevin said...

Very efficient OTT

Zenslinger said...

OTT...is there a sweeter acronym in our language?

I'm still on the fence about TEX v. NY. At least someone has to lose the game.

Kevin said...

"I'm still on the fence about TEX v. NY. At least someone has to lose the game."

I'm just hoping they burn out each others' bullpens with slugfests.

Patrick said...

FIF-TY FIVE
FIF-TY FIVE
FIF-TY FIVE!

Kevin said...

Lyndouble!

L-girl said...

55! 55! Give us 55!

Patrick said...

SB MASTER!

Benjamin said...

55 it is.

Iridescence said...

One two three (inning), Zen

[WTG Jacoby!]

L-girl said...

THERE IT IS!!!!!

YESSSSSS

Patrick said...

UN MATCHED!

s1c said...

Record!!!

Kevin said...

LANDSLIDE LYNDON!

Kevin said...

And we have a lead!

Iridescence said...

Hope New York Sweeps but several MFY get season-ending injuries (especially Joba and AJ)

redsock said...

yes, a big brawl with lots of broken arms and legs

Zenslinger said...

Laura, congratulations on your boy's accomplishment.

Benjamin said...

Is it consensus that (post-chemo) Remy wears a toupee?

redsock said...

last night, i thought his hair was different, but i thought it might be the absence of a rug. and i think he said he did not have any chemo.

Amy said...

Damn, I missed 55??? Sheettt.

Amy said...

I cannot believe it. I am so mad. I am going to bang my head against the wall.

Amy said...

He did say he did not have chemo.

L-girl said...

Hey, I get congratulated on LBJ's accomplishments? Cool. I did so little to earn them. :)

Re NYY/TEX series, it seems the best-case scenario would be we sweep the White Sox and the Rangers sweep NYY. That way we stay up in the wild card, but move closer to the division.

So I guess if you have to root for someone, it should be the Rangers. But I don't root for either.

Amy said...

Arrggh, still mad. We had to get a bite to eat since there is no kitchen in this motel room, and I missed maybe 20 minutes of the game. Who'd have thought I'd miss a record being broken?

Excuse me if I am venting too much.

Amy said...

I am not going to root for NYY or Rangers and just hope for the best all the way around.

redsock said...

they might show it later, when he comes up again.

redsock said...

hey magic cactus -- make lester good pls.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

My son says he is going to root for the Rangers but not be upset if the Yankees win.

Amy said...

Yeah, well, that's like watching a triple play on replay. Not the same as seeing it in real time.

(It's one reason I never understand people who time shift games. How do you pretend it is "real" when you know the real game is over?)

Iridescence said...

DP here please

Amy said...

That sounds like a reasonable approach, Mrs. Gotribe.

I think Harvey hopes I will root against the Rangers.

Kevin said...

I turn away for two minutes and they have two on and none out?

DP please

Iridescence said...

sit down you stupid douchebag!

Kevin said...

A K is good too.

Alright, now get the DP

Zenslinger said...

Yanks up 4-0 on Matsui 2-RBI double and Dumbo HR.

You have to hand it to Dumbo. The guy can hit at 37. I mean, you don't have to hand anything else to him, but you have to allow him that.

redsock said...

actually he said "fuckin' bad call"

Iridescence said...

(I hate Pierzynski)

redsock said...

o'brien says that a check swing is not about how far the batter swings the bat, it's about "intention".

if he has an intention to swing, then it's a strike.

wtf? so the ump has to read the batter's mind?

god he is an idiot.

Kevin said...

Alright, not quite a DP

Just get the third out now

Iridescence said...

yeah it is absolutely about how far the batter swings. How stupid.

redsock said...

and like woti said, he pronounces it like it is the word of god.

i hate him (o'b)

Amy said...

I thought a checked swing was determined by whether the batter "broke" his wrist, no?

Intent at one point? That makes no sense.

Kevin said...

Houdini!

redsock said...

and so casual fans hear that and think that is the actual rule.

Zenslinger said...

It sounds like a dumb comment about check swings, but I have heard the rule book does not have certain point beyond which the bat goes to call a swing a strike. It's at the ump's discretion. But I don't think that means the ump has to judge intention.

Ish said...

Allan, that's actually the rule. Intent. It's not Obie being an idiot there. That's what the umpires are supposed to look for.

Of course we all know that's bullshit. It gives umpires way too much power. Guy could barely go but the ump could say HA! YOU WERE GOING TO! You're out. Chump.

Ish said...

Actually yeah. I don't have a copy of the rulebook handy but O'B's not the only one who's talked about intent.

westcoastsox said...

I guess I'm rooting for the Rangers, for the reasons stated by L-girl. Plus, I cannot bring myself to root for the Yankees.

The bright side of the wild card for me is that LA is only an hour plane ride away and I will definitely get to be in attendance at a playoff game, but I'm still rooting for the division until elimination day.

Iridescence said...

You often hear announcers look at a replay and say whether a guy checked or didn't check so there must be some standard.

redsock said...

so the batter could take huge hack and fall down, but the ump could say "he didn't mean to do that" so "ball 2".

A Conformer said...

Mrs. GotRibe, have you noticed that if you don't capitalise, it looks like you're a Spiders' fan?

Amy said...

Intent at what point? When the pitcher releases the ball? When it crosses the plate? When the batter realizes he cannot hit it?

That's impossible. Worse than determining intent in legal cases where you have a full trial on the facts, not a split second to decide.

Iridescence said...

If the Rangers and Red Sox sweep the division would start to get interesting again, if the MFY sweep the Sox have more breathing room in the wild card. As long as the Red Sox take care of business it's a win/win situation in New York.

Zenslinger said...

Our slugfest dreams may be coming true. Joba gives up two in the second. 4-2 NYY.

redsock said...

1B could say "i meant to have my foot on the bag" --

4-2 now!

Iridescence said...

Yeah I thought she was a Cleveland fan when I first saw that name.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Ofer, It's not the Cleveland Indians, it is the William & Mary Indians (now known as the Tribe). The spacing/punctuation is a long story (and probably boring to anyone not affiliated with The Tribe).

Amy said...

I like when Joba gives up runs. I am still on the fence about who I would like to see get the W, but it is very hard not to root against the Yankees.

redsock said...

there was shit in the ny papers today about how the east is over so the mfy are now getting their post-season plans in order.

i should probably save these for when we win the division.

Iridescence said...

Yeah, I absolutely cannot hope for anything but pain and misery for Joba.

redsock said...

o'b also said something bizarre about contreras. L heard it better than i did. questions about his age. says he's 37, but the way he looked bending over to get ortiz's baseball, he might be more like 45. and he sounded completely serious, like you can tell someone's age that way.

A Conformer said...

"1-nothing bad guys..."
Gotta hand it to Hawk & co. If you're gonna be a homer, at least be the homeriest of them all.

Ish said...

Don't ask me about being able to tell someone's age. I suck at it. Brilliantly.

Kevin said...

CRAP

redsock said...

FU NIX

Iridescence said...

yeah Hawk is like a kid in the booth. It's annoying if you're not a White sox fan but at least it does seem genuine unlike someone like Kay who is just a douchebag.

Iridescence said...

Holy crap? John Sterling might have gone to Harvard? I just lost a lot of respect for Harvard if that's true.

Kevin said...

Alright, at least it was only one run

Let's get that lead back

redsock said...

i hope remy does a "homer" inning or two this season -- and i get to hear it. he did one a couple of years ago, it was hilarious.

Amy said...

What is a homer inning?

redsock said...

over the top rooting for the sox. he was doing something about how the wind/shadows being biased against the sox and the other pitcher "cheating" because he threw a curveball.

Amy said...

2 out rally time!

Kevin said...

Fire!

s1c said...

Youk!!!

Amy said...

Why is it called a homer inning?

And we take the lead!

Iridescence said...

YOUK!

Kevin said...

Sweaty RBI!

A Conformer said...

Fire and Yook. 2-1 is better than 1-1.

Kevin said...

Any word on what Wagner's number is going to be? 13 is already taken by the Sea Bass.

redsock said...

wagner not with the sox until thursday.

going back to friday night, 2-out runs are 31 of 35.

L-girl said...

Amy, homer as in rooting for the home team, inappropriately for a broadcaster.

A Conformer said...

Wow, anybody seen that DUI ad with the "LOSER" branded people. Talk about over the top. Might be effective, though...

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. I kept thinking it must be dong-related.

L-girl said...

I saw the ad on mute. Kind of creepy, with people being branded. Bad overtones.

Kevin said...

Alright, Lester looking good again.

A Conformer said...

Thanks, Laura. I kept thinking it must be dong-related.

You always think everything is dong-related... (-;

Amy said...

Dr Doubles legs it out.

L-girl said...

It is so painful to watch Lowell "run".

Iridescence said...

Lowell!

Kevin said...

RX!

Amy said...

LOL, Ofer!

L-girl said...

Yeah, Amy's obsessed with dongs.

Oh no, that's Andy. I get them confused. ;)

Amy said...

I bet it is even more painful for him to do it (run) than for us to watch it. Can't believe that he ran for 2d and that they didn't try and throw him out.

Amy said...

And once again, I am not touching that one with a ten foot pole. :)

redsock said...

2 outs - bring him in

Amy said...

Where is Andy these days? Is his baby here or almost due?

A Conformer said...

Not even in super homer land are you safe from the Myth of Jason Varitek.

s1c said...

be wery wery quiet

redsock said...

howie carr in the radio booth -- where does he rate on the racist boston talk show scale?

L-girl said...

Andy's baby due in November. But I don't know where he is.

redsock said...

andy is off buying steroids at a gnc.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

5-4 Rangers

L-girl said...

Hunting wabbits?

redsock said...

5-4 TEX

F JOBA

s1c said...

was seeing if anyone was awake!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

7-4,not out of the inning yet

Kevin said...

7-4 Rangers!

Iridescence said...

7-4 Rangers now. Great outing for JtC

Kevin said...

All five of Texas' runs this inning scored with 2 out.

Kevin said...

Actually, all 7 Texas runs have scored with two out.

johngoldfine said...

"howie carr in the radio booth -- where does he rate on the racist boston talk show scale?"

Howie Carr can be very funny--I really dislike Rush, Hannity, etc--they are boring, predictable and dumb--but Howie is is nasty, cynical, and edgy in a way I appreciate, though I almost never agree with anything he says.

Amy said...

OTT

Score more runs, please.

s1c said...

Selfish b******, didn't want Youk to get the put out.

Kevin said...

Lester at 97 pitches, Tito might send him back out for the 7th on a short leash

redsock said...

the way lester picked that up, i'd say he's about 26.

A Conformer said...

I think Lester goes out for the 7th for sure. And not on such a short leash, either. He'd have to have given up a run to get relieved (or something like loading the bases on 12 straight balls), I'd say.

redsock said...

7th - yes. at 97 pit

redsock said...

mdc and jeemer up

Iridescence said...

crap...can we have a DP?

L-girl said...

let's go harry

Kevin said...

DP would really help out right here

Amy said...

Maybe bringing Lester in for the 7th wasn't such a good idea.

Iridescence said...

white sox playing scrotum ball

Kevin said...

Bunt?

Ugh

No chance for a DP now, need a K

Iridescence said...

good arm JD

redsock said...

konkero wise to not play with fire.

Benjamin said...

At least Drew has half an arm, among our outfielders.

Kevin said...

JtC done after four in NY

Iridescence said...

Paging Mr. Houdini!

Kevin said...

"At least Drew has half an arm, among our outfielders."

I think Bay's arm is underrated, he has 12 outfield assits already this year.

8-5 Texas!

Benjamin said...

FFS.

Amy said...

OMG>> WTF???

Kevin said...

*Make that outfield "assists"

redsock said...

fucking cactus

Iridescence said...

damnit cactus!

L-girl said...

holy fuck. i was about to type

HOUDINI

but it's who didn't

Amy said...

Jesus. No breaks here.

Benjamin said...

Oh for further fuck's sake.

redsock said...

it hit the plate, yes that's it, that's why tek missed it. that's the ticket.

aw fuck this shit

L-girl said...

ok cut the shit. get out of this inning so we can start our comeback.

Iridescence said...

F U NIX

Kevin said...

UGH!

Magical Cactus not being so magical tonight.

Kevin said...

Shit, can't even keep it tied

Amy said...

Almost got through the 7th...

Kevin said...

He should have kept that leash shorter

Iridescence said...

fuck it get it together Sox!

Kevin said...

Ugh...loaded

A Conformer said...

The strike out-wild pitch has to be one of the worst ways to give up a lead possible...

Kevin said...

"The strike out-wild pitch has to be one of the worst ways to give up a lead possible..."

Eh, I think losing the lead on a balk is worse

Amy said...

Especially when it should have been the third out.

Amy said...

Get those f-ing runs back, NOW.

L-girl said...

AFT

Kevin said...

Thank you

Alright, let's get the lead back again

Iridescence said...

Last night in a crucial NL wild card game the SF pitcher walked Adam Eaton with the bases loaded to force in a run. That's worse.

redsock said...

dr.
'tus
s-bass
lbj
fy

Kevin said...

"Last night in a crucial NL wild card game the SF pitcher walked Adam Eaton with the bases loaded to force in a run. That's worse."

Adam Eaton...hahahaha

And Eaton managed to get a win out of that performance, despite allowing three in the top of the inning

Benjamin said...

I prefer to abbreviate him "cack".

Though doubles like that are good.

Amy said...

You show them, Jason.

L-girl said...

I think of walking in a crucial run as a Steve Phillips special. It was Kenny Rogers, but it was genius Phillips' fault.

redsock said...

wow, lowell was still out by 6-7 steps.

L-girl said...

Cack, I like that.

Kevin said...

Cactus Double!

A Conformer said...

Last night in a crucial NL wild card game the SF pitcher walked Adam Eaton with the bases loaded to force in a run. That's worse.

I disagree. In the K-WP case, the pitcher actually got the out.
That said, I can't think of anything worse than the way the Mets lost that game to the MFY earlier this year, with the dropped pop-up (it was MFY-Mets, no?)

s1c said...

Tito doing an AL double switch!!!

redsock said...

the fucking royals did a number on garcia last time out and we can't make much of a dent. jeez.

that was one unselfish double!

Kevin said...

Does anyone know if any team has ever lost a lead on a bases-loaded catcher interference? Because I imagine that would suck.

Amy said...

Tied!

L-girl said...

Extra Mart!!!

redsock said...

BLUE LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

Iridescence said...

V-MART Special!

Benjamin said...

VICTORy

s1c said...

See, no worries, v-mart is on the case.

Kevin said...

Blue Light RBI!

redsock said...

where is the laser show?

Kevin said...

And Lyndon is getting in on the action!

Time for a FY double.

L-girl said...

I'm liking the Victor Martinez era.

redsock said...

o'b on pedroia checking swing and 1B ump not calling a strike:
"he was able to keep that swing from going through"

A-hA!!!

L-girl said...

castig: "...and they both end up with no decisions..."

ARGH

L-girl said...

time for some sweaty salami

redsock said...

loaded for the SWEAT MACHINE

Kevin said...

This game must have sucked for the Reds.

And the Fire loads 'em up.

Iridescence said...

Make this your moment Youk!

A Conformer said...

Fucking Drew. How can he walk in that situation instead of flailing at shit pitches way outside and K'ing?

Iridescence said...

Conformer, Dude just isn't clutch!

redsock said...

selfish drew and his obp.

Kevin said...

Squander

At least we tied it

A Conformer said...

This game must have sucked for the Reds.

OK, how the hell did you find that?
BTW, the Sox beat the other Sox on that day. Good omen.

redsock said...

TEX 8-5 in 6th

Iridescence said...

yeah him and Youk always clogging up the bases and killing rallies with their selfish homers!

Benjamin said...

Soxtown.

Iridescence said...

damn Jeemer

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