August 30, 2009

G130: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0

Blue Jays - 000 000 000 - 0  5  1
Red Sox - 111 100 30x - 7 10 0
Byrd: 6-3-0-3-1, 83!

And the Red Sox chipped away at Halladay from the very start of the game. He got the first two batters on six pitches, but needed another 22 to get the third out. Boston scored on back-to-back doubles from Victor Martinez and Kevin Youkilis.

Rocco Baldelli homered to left on Halladay's first pitch in the second, Dustin Pedroia doubled and scored on Yook's sac fly in the third, and a Alex Gonzalez singled home a run in the fourth. Halladay (6-7-4-1-6, 103) had only one inning in which he retired the side in order.

Gonzalez also got the seventh started with a double. From there, a bunt single from Jacoby Ellsbury, a throwing error by pitcher Shawn Camp and Yook's single tacked on three more runs.

Billy Wagner made his Sox debut in the eighth, allowing a one-out double, but striking out the side. He fanned Aaron Hill and Vernon Wells on hard sliders and got Lyle Overbay on a 94 mph fastball.

The Yankees beat the White Sox 8-3, so Boston stays 6 GB in the East with 32 to play. The Twins beat the Rangers 5-3, so the Red Sox are 3.5 GA in the wild card.
Example
Roy Halladay (3.03, 144 ERA+) / Paul Byrd (2009 debut)

Too much pitching? The Red Sox have gone from having (supposedly) at least eight starters for their five rotation spots to handing the ball today to Byrd, who last pitched in the majors on September 24, 2008, for Boston.

After being traded to the Red Sox from Cleveland in August 2008, Byrd had a 4.78 ERA (97 ERA+) in eight starts/49 innings. He became a free agent, but had not signed with any team until the Sox signed him to a minor league deal on August 5.

Halladay has been roughed up in both of his last two starts, lasting only five innings against the Red Sox on August 19 and getting pelted by the Rays for 12 hits and eight runs in six innings last Monday.

And: White Sox/Yankees at 1 and Rangers/Twins at 2.

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andy said...

I want an easy win.

redsock said...

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Rocco Baldelli, LF
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS

L-girl said...

An easy win would be especially welcome, given everyone thinks the pitching matchup is lopsided.

tim said...

I'm gonna go ahead and bet on the "over" for this game.

Predictions:

11-9 Sox. Byrd gets shelled early, we shell Doc and their pen, come from behind and get the win in the 8th. We see our entire bullpen in this one (Wagner included!)

nick said...

I was just exploring the State of the Nation and checked out the Beard of Truth -- a twitter feed with pithyisms like this latest:
Nick Green must have a magical tuft of chest hair, because to do what he did last night without follicle support just isn't possible.

SoSock said...

Andy - an easy win with Byrd on the mound?

Hey, anything's possible - I'm in.

Other Sox start out great with a 1st inning run, but CI scores on Tex's scrotum.
Tied

SoSock said...

A-roid gets picked off to end the 1st!

Benjamin said...

Thing is, Byrd's probably interchangeable for Penny at this point.

tim said...

surprised v-mart isn't catching his former batterymate.

tim said...

Yeah thats what i was thinking Benjamin. Doesn't matter. I think I actually prefer Byrd over Penny, I dunno.

s1c said...

Giving the day off for Bay and Lowell, Francona must not like the match ups.

L-girl said...

I can listen but can't thread today. Go Sox. Go Byrd, kill birds.

tim said...

Well, there goes the no-no.

tim said...

TC with the useless fact of the day on the pregame.

Byrd is 8-11 with a 4 something ERA against teams named after birds.

SoSock said...

Yeah, my comment didn't mean I think we'd have been better off with Penny. Simply that we're probably going to have some offense to win this one. (I know, you always need some offense, but...you know what I mean.
And we surely would have needed at least as much O, if not more, with Penny on the mound.

BTW - did you see Smoltz' last start - why can't we get pitchers like that ;>

redsock said...

Byrd is 8-11 with a 4 something ERA against teams named after birds.

Good lord. Where is his interal voice saying "what a fucking idiot you are for saying that"?

I'll bet Rice nodded contemplatively.

Benjamin said...

Byrd is 8-11 with a 4 something ERA against teams named after birds.

Wonder whether that includes the Baltimore Canaries (1872-1874).

Kevin said...

Byrd's the 10th starter we've used this season

Not a bad first inning

Score runs

SoSock said...

Way to wiggle

Benjamin said...

Why is Pedroia reading the lineups?

SoSock said...

3 straight singles to start the 3rd for the other Sox off of JTC. Another run in but lead runner thrown out at 3rd. 2-1 Good guys with 1 out and a man on

redsock said...

Why is Pedroia reading the lineups?

Junior Announcer Day?

SoSock said...

I HATE called 3rd strikes.
Well, about half of them anyway.

tim said...

Did that kid just say "In center field, Mister Vermin Wells"

?????

tim said...

Thank you, come again!

SoSock said...

V-Mart with his Lowell impersonation.
Actually I hated to see both Lowell and Bay sitting today. I know numbers are numbers, but I think one of them should have stayed in.

Benjamin said...

YOUK

tim said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

I see run(s)!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

more pls

Kevin said...

YOOOOUUUUUUK

Benjamin said...

Can't say I'm a fan of Halladay's muttonchops either.

SoSock said...

GDGD shows both of the 1st 2 pitches to Papi almost touching his pants.
Are they that inside?

Kevin said...

I want to see some arson here

tim said...

FUCK.

Damon with a cheapie in NY. 3-2 MFY.

SoSock said...

Runners get a start!

drink

tim said...

That was puke.

SoSock said...

damn, drew

Kevin said...

Meh, no fire this inning

redsock said...

Halladay gets first two outs on 6 pitches, but end up throwing 28 in the inning.

SoSock said...

6 batters - 28 pitches in the 1st though.
Hope it's a trend.
And we know we'll be back at the top to start the 3rd, if not before.

tim said...

wtf? aceves replaces JTC in the 4th....cunt must be hurt.

SoSock said...

Joba out after only 3 Innings in NY?
Only threw 35 pitches. Awww. Hope he's not hurt or anything (snicker, snicker)

Kevin said...

"wtf? aceves replaces JTC in the 4th....cunt must be hurt."

Either that or they're keeping to an insanely rigid innings count

tim said...

RICO BALDY DONG!!!!!

redsock said...

new jtc rules

RICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

s1c said...

Ding Dong!!!

meuniermr said...

ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!

Kevin said...

RICO!!!

tim said...

You are right, Kevin.

River Ave Blues mentions the inning count for JtC.

I didn't realize he had to be babied. I understand protecting young arms but, OK. Whatever they want to do.

Iridescence said...

Rock me Rocco!

redsock said...

A whopping 35 pitches for JtC.

Iridescence said...

Hopefully pitching JtC only 3 innings helps to wear out their bullpen before the playoffs

tim said...

Penny wouldn't have had that :)

tim said...

Man, I gotta get a TV before October.

Iridescence said...

I think a lot of jays fans would approve of the "Vermin Wells" pronunciation actually.

Kevin said...

OTT

tim said...

heh, i agree. the ones i know at least.

s1c said...

43 pitches through 3 for byrd, gotta love it.

Now get some runs!!!

tim said...

Byrd for 6, Bard/Wagner/Pap would be most excellent.

Night at the copa!!!!!

tim said...

It's tonight. I guess this game marks the end of in-game background Manilow :(

Kevin said...

Byrd with fewer pitches through 3 than Halladay has through 2

tim said...

Fuck yes pedey!

tim said...

good ol ozzie guillen

i agree with him, that team is shit. completely useless.

Kevin said...

FY is an absolute doubles machine

tim said...

Vermin scrotum.

s1c said...

I'm liking the picket fence but it would be nice to see some crooked fence posts.

Kevin said...

Sweat-coated scrotum

tim said...

heehee, giant glass ad behind the plate. i enjoy watching ortiz back out of the box to cover the "GL"

Iridescence said...

Pedey and Youk! Nice...

redsock said...

I'm liking the picket fence but it would be nice to see some crooked fence posts.

11 would be amusing.

redsock said...

CWS: 101 00
MFY: 102 00

TEX: 0
MIN: 0

tim said...

something about pocket money and "man tears" - wtf? chauvinism ftw.

Benjamin said...

Looks like Toronto finally figured out they shouldn't be first-pitch swinging.

Iridescence said...

"Who would even talk to Fitzy unless there was money involved?" LOL love it

Iridescence said...

that Fitzy guy is such a douchebag. you're lucky if you missed his appearance in the booth. I'd rather gouge my eyes out than watch his show.

s1c said...

Wow Bautista is even worse than tek with the sacks full, I didn't think that was possible.

L-girl said...

Rednauqs

Benjamin said...

Phew.

Kevin said...

Jam escaped

L-girl said...

Man tears???? OMFG get over it!!!

(Thanks Tim, would have missed that one.)

Kevin said...

Pedroia has more doubles in his first three full seasons than any other second baseman in major league history

tim said...

I was unfortunate enough to have been watching/listening while he was in the booth. After about 30 seconds, I decided to go back to painting. Or maybe it was inhaling paint fumes. I dunno, but yeah, I hate that asshole.

s1c said...

Man tears are well unmanly

Benjamin said...

"Man tears" sound like something you'd get on your frenulum.

redsock said...

Pedroia has more doubles in his first three full seasons than any other second baseman in major league history

FU Morgan!

tim said...

Oh look, idiot Arnsberg. Why don't they show the thing they showed in the pregame, where he said that Halladay's awful numbers for the past 2 games aren't indicative of his performance.

WTF???

tim said...

KICKASS SEABASS!!!!!!!!

And Tek Plate Block > Barajas

Benjamin said...

Awfully nice of Gonzalez to save all his career rbi for August 2009.

Kevin said...

Sea Bass!

Keeping the picket fence going, I see

redsock said...

keepin' the pattern going.

s1c said...

Maybe the 5th is when they put up the 11!!!

tim said...

what happened to aceves? gdgd doesn't give me enough info!

Iridescence said...

I will take 1 run an inning. 8 should be enough for the Byrdman

tim said...

Ah good, Marte in for MFY. Other sox should have this tied up promptly.

L-girl said...

Obie: the one thing you're assured of w/ Paul Byrd is that he will not run away from a fight.

I hope that's not a rare quality in our pitchers!

meuniermr said...

sit.

Kevin said...

First K of the season

SoSock said...

OK. Long call from son in CA.

Good stuff - sounds like he's planning to fly me out in October to ride home with him. I've never been. Said we could do a couple of days there before leaving and some side trips on the way home.

Sons can be good :)

Meanwhile I see a line that has the potential to give RS a big ol' chubby ;>

SoSock said...

Oops - do no-hitter rules apply here?

tim said...

Sounds like a good time, SoSock!

SoSock said...

Sweaty dong in order here

tim said...

1st and 2nd, 2 down for the pale hose.

redsock said...

Meanwhile I see a line that has the potential to give RS a big ol' chubby ;>

crap.

no wood for wood.

redsock said...

we could have a cool palindrome:

111 101 111

but that would involve batting in the 9th. rather not do that.

nick said...

sounds swell, SoSock. You're becoming quite the traveler.

SoSock said...

Shoulda kept my mouth shut :(

tim said...

Glad my predictions been wrong!

SoSock said...

I thought about the palindrome as well. Then realized - NO, we don't want that!

Dead vermin

tim said...

CA-CAW!

Kevin said...

OTT

tim said...

white sox squandered their chance. fuck.

A Conformer said...

Paul Byrd is awesome.

tim said...

And he probably doesn't stink up the trash cans with his vomit.

Byrd > Penny

SoSock said...

So, I was very apathetic about Byrd.

I am now pathetic, I guess

tim said...

Papi SMASH!

I was with ya SoSock, kinda meh about him. Now...fuckin' eh!

SoSock said...

Lead-off Tizzle!

SoSock said...

Somebody light a match under him. Please!

redsock said...

Maybe Byrd could give Josh some pitching tips.

Iridescence said...

We could still have 11110000 linescore but I don't want that obviously.

tim said...

At least Texas is losing.

Benjamin said...

1 1 1 1 0 0 11 11 still in play.

tim said...

Soooo MDC/Wagner/Pap I guess.

redsock said...

mdc in now

redsock said...

Byrd: 6-3-0-3-1, 83

"Exceeded expectations"

Kevin said...

So

Delcarmen for the 7th
Wagner for the 8th
Ramirez for the 9th

SoSock said...

MDC - after 83?

mmmmmmmm..........

redsock said...

mfy go up 4-2, bot 7

tim said...

Oh yeah, its not a save situation. Pedro in the 9th is cool then.

SoSock said...

damn - 4-2 bad guys now

redsock said...

hey - if you haven't seen l's blog, today is the 4th anniversary of when wm(ed)tc.

redsock said...

wagner up

tim said...

cool! hooray, i'm reading now.

L-girl said...

i heart paul byrd

Kevin said...

Giant Douchebag dong, 8-2 MFY

SoSock said...

The 6'2" 13-yr-old is up for CA in the LL W-S.

Why can't I get 13-yr-olds like that?

redsock said...

Giant Douchebag dong, 8-2 MFY

Yeah, that narrows it down.

tim said...

WOW SEABASS!!!!!!!

redsock said...

FOOKIN' SEABASS!

fish on fire!

tim said...

LBJ!!!!!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

SeaBass - on fire!

L-girl said...

ha ha ha ha

meuniermr said...

Wow the dead-ball double bunt you only see that once in a blue moon.

tim said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

SoSock said...

Ah, the bunt single. Nice

Benjamin said...

haha

L-girl said...

more ha ha ha ha !!!!

redsock said...

keystone bluejays!!!

SoSock said...

Camp screws up the fence line.
Salright tho. We'll take it

redsock said...

nesn live look-in!!!

do stuff, sox!

Benjamin said...

FKR - 000 300 000
DET - 001 000 03X

redsock said...

give me a dong, sultan.

redsock said...

and make it extra sweaty.

tim said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKAWWWWFUCK

Benjamin said...

Bah, that hit the wall a little too hard.

L-girl said...

Crooked numbers are ok

Kevin said...

Actually, it should have been Gigantic Douchebag

Right after he signed with New York someone updated his Wikipedia page to say that. I made sure to get a screenshot before it got edited.

tim said...

Hello Wagner!

s1c said...

want to see wagner be the anti gagme

tim said...

lol to that wikipedia

tim said...

I like it.

Kevin said...

Sit

SoSock said...

I can't help it - I see A Hill but I thing A-Hole

tim said...

I don't like it.

Kevin said...

Sit

Ish said...

Holy shit Wagner! He looks great! I mean, his location sucks, but he's blowing them away.

Patrick said...

FTW?! 2K!

tim said...

FUCKIN EH WAGNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

Triple K!!!!

Holy Shit! Who is this guy?!

redsock said...

that inning sounded damn good

Kevin said...

And SIT

Nice first appearance

Kevin said...

27 K/9 in the AL for Wagner

L-girl said...

i heart wagner

tim said...

I feel like this beating up on Toronto isn't something to get our confidence up. It's like beating a team of blind deaf mutes.

The real test occurs Tue-Thu in Casa del dumpo, Florida.

When we face major league hitters and major league pitching. When wagner has to face people that don't freely swing at anything that remotely resembles a sphere with red on it.

redsock said...

I feel like this beating up on Toronto isn't something to get our confidence up. It's like beating a team of blind deaf mutes.

All the more reason why we should take these games. Though beating Halladay today is a bit of a bonus.

Patrick said...

I would give Toronto more credit, Tim, but I agree. TFRs scare me a lot more than these guys.

A Conformer said...

Since the White Sox are shitting the bed, I hope at least the Twins remember they're in a pennant race...

L-girl said...

Wins are wins. Every win secures the WC for us - and (for those of us still believing) helping us stay in the division race.

Ish said...

I know Saito hasn't pitched like he used to this year, but looking at the bullpen, looking at the names... Things are looking pretty stacked!

One current closer and two recent closers, and a future closer! And a couple of quality set-up men.

L-girl said...

And PS no one should scare us.

L-girl said...

Hey Ish, don't know if you saw it, but I quoted you recently on wmtc.

Ish said...

Oh, cool! I'll check it out right now.

redsock said...

Say -- who had "Junichi Tazawa and Paul Byrd will be in our rotation at the end of August" in the pool?

L-girl said...

It's a few posts ago at this point. Search for your name.

Benjamin said...

Tazawa was optioned down, though.

redsock said...

oh, whatever!

SoSock said...

The Taiwanese kid who just hit a home run against CA goes by the nickname "Ortiz".

cool

Ish said...

That's right, I remember that discussion!

L-girl said...

oh, whatever!

Facts have nothing to do with it!

Ish said...

I can't remember if the Red Sox were winning or losing when we talked about that.

A Conformer said...

Tazawa was optioned down, though.

And will be called back up tomorrow when the GCL season ends...

redsock said...

oh come on!

Kevin said...

Saito, get the third out please

SoSock said...

Aw c'mon, Saito.
Keep the goose egg intact.

redsock said...

so i am unknowingly repeating myself ever two or three days? great .........

s1c said...

Tazawa was optioned down, though.

But will make the trip to Tampa with the team, since today is the last game for his team they can bring him right back up.

Benjamin said...

But will Byrd be on the roster tomorrow?

Ish said...

Notice I referred to Saito as a recent closer.

He is more of a dimmer, himself, these days.

redsock said...

"one strike away"

Ish said...

Byrd should most definitely be on the roster tomorrow.

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