September 16, 2009

G144: Red Sox 9, Angels 8

Angels  - 001 011 401 - 8 17  1
Red Sox - 000 005 022 - 9 13 1
After the Red Sox fell behind 3-0, led 5-3, trailed 7-5, tied the game at 7-7, lost lead at 8-7 and then won 9-8 ... well, Joaquin Andujar was right.

Brian Fuentes began the bottom of the ninth by retiring Jason Bay on a pop up to second and Mike Lowell on a fly to center. Five pitches, two outs. Then he walked David Ortiz on four pitches and Joey Gathright pinch-ran. He fell behind J.D. Drew 2-0 and Drew hit a little flair behind second base. Shortstop Erick Aybar ranged far to his left on the outfield grass and gloved it but had no play. Infield single, potential tying run at second.

Dusty Brown was due up and Jed Lowrie pinch-hit. Since Fuentes is a lefty, Lowrie was batting right-handed, which causes him much less wrist pain than batting lefty. Jed looked at strike one before pulling a pitch hard down the third base line. Chone Figgins dove to his right for it, across the foul line. The ball glanced off his glove and rolled away. The bases were loaded.

Nick Green was sent up to bat for LH Casey Kotchman. Green quickly swung and missed twice and fell behind 0-2 -- one strike away. On the third pitch, he tried to check his swing and it was ruled a ball; it could easily have been a game-ending strike three. Blessed with a second chance, Green fouled off three tough pitches, then took three balls. Fuentes had walked in the tying run! 8-8!

Alex Gonzalez stepped in next. His two-run single in the sixth had broken a 3-3 tie and his eight-pitch walk in the eighth -- his first BB in 101 PA as a Sock -- prolonged the inning so Jacoby Ellsbury could tie the game at 7-7 with a single to right. Seabass went foul, ball, foul, then dumped the ball into short left field. Neither Figgins nor left fielder Juan Rivera could reach it -- it landed near the foul line jut for a single -- and Drew danced home with the winning run.

The East standings stayed the same -- 6.5 GB -- as the Yankees walked off against the Blue Jays 5-4. The A's one-hit the Rangers 4-0, so the Red Sox's wild card lead is now 6.5. Terry Francona will likely ease up as it seems all but certain that Boston has grabbed a playoff spot, and that is the wisest move, but damn, I want to push hard for the division.

Goddamn Blue Jays, thanks for ruining what would have been a perfect night.
Example
Joe Saunders (4.81, 95 ERA+) / Paul Byrd (6.08, 78 ERA+)

Byrd makes his fourth start for the Sox. His first three have run the gamut from superb (6-3-0-3-1, 83 against Toronto on August 30), shitty (2.1-10-7-0-3, 60 against the White Sox on September 4) and serviceable/lucky (5-6-2-3-1, 83 against the Orioles on September 9).

Yesterday, Boston gained a game on New York and padded its wild card lead over Texas. The Red Sox play nine more games -- two against the Angels, three at Baltimore, and four in Kansas City -- before a three-game series in New York. Both the Orioles and Royals are last in their respective divisions. For the MFY, they host the Blue Jays tonight, then fly out west to play three against both the Mariners and Angels.

BP's odds for the Sox to win the East have moved from 0.4% to 2.2% in the past five days (they are now 96.3% for the wild card). Cool Standings has them at 3.8%

This can be done.
East       W   L   PCT   GB    RS   RA  DIFF  EXP W-L
Yankees 93 53 .637 --- 838 690 +148 86-60
Red Sox 85 58 .594 6.5 757 631 +126 83-60

Wild Card W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF EXP W-L
Red Sox 85 58 .594 --- 757 631 +126 83-60
Rangers 80 64 .556 5.5 700 643 + 57 78-66
Example
Blue Jays/Yankees at 7 and A's/Rangers at 8.

413 comments:

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Ish said...

O'B, on Vlad: "He holds it tight and swings it hard."

redsock said...

the park was nice. big open walkways down the lines, nice hill to sit on beyond RF. we only saw 5 innings or so though. they sell a good beer called "fat tire".

redsock said...

O'B, on Vlad: "He holds it tight and swings it hard."

and that is different from any other man how?

nick said...

Speaking of having to be somewhere. I've got to leave in 15 for my radio show. Guess I should figure out what I'm going to play...

btw, Amy, that was meant good-naturedly. don't know if that came across. from now on I will include an emoticon in every post. ;-)

Ish said...

The way things are going all of a sudden... don't count the AL East out after all!

redsock said...

OMG gloomer/doomer o'brien saying the east may still be in play if the sox cut it to 5.5 tonight.

nick said...

And who was counting it out, ish? Not us we here no way not never no how.

s1c said...

You can see The Hudson from b-fly's dorm room.

redsock said...

you can see the hudson's what?

redsock said...

jeemer up

nick said...

Ah, the swinging Hudson. The river that goes both ways.

s1c said...

At least I think it is the Hudson

chief said...

Fat Tire. Mmmmm, beer. Think I'll have another.

Kevin said...

Nice job, fucking cactus

redsock said...

cactiballa

Kevin said...

Ugh...

Amy said...

DAMN

s1c said...

Fragging Tek

redsock said...

thanks for thinking of your family, vmart. jerk.

Kevin said...

COCK

Benjamin said...

Asinine.

Amy said...

No fears, Nick. I assumed it was good-natured. I generally do not take offense that easily, even on line. I know my knowledge of music is....dated? Square? Limited?

Kevin said...

Fuck

Amy said...

FUCK. What the hell happened here in no time at all???

nick said...

ugg. going to have to go in a minute.
out and more runs, if you kindly please.

no, not a double. O-U-T, OUT. out. out. out. thank you.

s1c said...

This blown save brought to you by cactus incorporated.

Amy said...

Why the anger with Tek? What did I miss? (I did get called away for a minute or three.)

redsock said...

at least with a cactus, the ball would have stuck on one of the needles and not gone to the backstop.

fuckin' ram-ram was shit-shit.

so we get 3-4 more runs in the 7th. fine.

Kevin said...

The magic cactus gave up a third-strike passed ball, inning should have been over a while ago.

Amy said...

S1C, how is she liking school? She's at Marist, right? I assume it must be the Hudson she sees.

nick said...

I knew a girl at college who came in with 3 cassettes and a clock/radio/cassette player that didn't have reverse. I couldn't imagine living like that.

Every time I check out efd's radio show I feel vaguely inadequate--tons of cool music and a whole slew of it I've never heard of. But it doesn't matter. We all like what we like and have our particular obsessions--music or otherwise.

ok. really gotta run now.

Amy said...

Well, I am more pissed at Ramram. But then it's hard for me to be too pissed at Tek. Though I, also, wish VMart was playing.

SCORE MORE RUNS.

Kevin said...

About fucking time.

Score fucking runs.

And pinch hit for the Cactus next time he's at the plate.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Well shit. I'm at AT&t park to watch the giants game, get in my seat, and get a score update. WTF??

Amy said...

Bye, Nick. And FWIW, I do like lots of music, but most of it is old stuff: folk, folk rock, classic rock stuff, Beatles, classical,and pop. Not into much hard stuff or rap or funk or hip hop. I just don't get a chance to listen to new stuff, or I don't take the time to do so. I am mostly happy listening to what I already know. If something gets big enough to make it to the radio or my kids bring home something they like, then I might learn about something newer than 1976.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I check gameday on my iPhone and we should have been out of the inning. Was it a really bad play by tek?

Amy said...

Lowell is NOT LBJ.

redsock said...

they time lowell going to first with a sundial.

Amy said...

Speaking of folk music, I just saw that Mary Travers died. Sad. I saw her back in 1975 in Ithaca, NY, at a small club. She was great.

redsock said...

bad PB by tek on what should have been the 3rd out - runner on first went to third as he could not find the ball. then ramram allowed single, double, double for 4 runs.

s1c said...

Amy - a little bit of home sickness (her roommate doesn't help - anxiety attacks), but she is doing ok now. And yes she is at Marist.

Amy said...

Henry Gibson died also. Shit, bad week, bad month.

L-girl said...

I just banned Allan from the thread for being too negative.

Believe me, it was the only way.

[back to watching w/o threading]

Amy said...

Homesickness at this point sounds pretty normal. I think it's harder for the parents sometimes than it is for the kid.

s1c said...

c'mon jeemer

s1c said...

I don't give a frack about the Rays, they are out of it

Amy said...

Was Allan any more negative than anyone else? Good reason to be pissed when we get the lead and blow it in the space of about 15 minutes.

Kevin said...

Way to go on the throw there Lyndon...

Amy said...

I am not going to comment for fear of being banned as too negative. :(

redsock said...

i am running the thread - i cannot be banned.

shemp dong = 4-4

Kevin said...

Fuck, Tito, NOT DELCARMEN

Ish said...

*Burp*

Ban THAT!

:>)

redsock said...

i say things that i do not post!

redsock said...

bowden up

L-girl said...

Was Allan any more negative than anyone else?

no idea, i'm not reading the thread. but if anyone else was that negative, allan would be giving them shit.

redsock said...

have a base!

there you go.

oh -- another runner - yay!

Amy said...

I often feel more negative than what I post, but have learned not to post it. And I don't say it out loud because there is no sympathetic audience here.

Kevin said...

Alright, one to go

Amy said...

Two outs. One more, six outs to get three runs. Doable.

redsock said...

out pls for fucks sake

Ish said...

Strike him out here, then get some business done in the 8th. Bloop and a blast. Dunk and a dong. Hit and a homre. Walk and a wallop.

Kevin said...

SIT

Score runs

Amy said...

Manny Houdini!

Kevin said...

Also, very nice to see Delcarmen come through in a high-pressure situation

SoSock said...

WOW.
FREAKING
W
O
W
!
Looks like I picked a good inning to come home in.

Amy said...

Papi!!!

redsock said...

FIRE TIME

SoSock said...

Tizingle!
Pinch runner?

Kevin said...

Time to set a dong on fire.

nick said...

in the words of Herbie Hancock, right fuckin' now, "Just Keep on Doin' It!"

Runzzzz!

redsock said...

first herbie hancock mention at jos!

redsock said...

PH

Kevin said...

PLEASE FUCKING PINCH HIT FOR TEK

Amy said...

So far, so good.

redsock said...

PAT calls TEK back!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

the end is now.

reddick bats for the cap'n

Amy said...

These Angels do not seem to be too good at getting the DP.

Kevin said...

That's better than what we would have gotten from the Cactus

redsock said...

darren oliver = sox lickin' their chops.

tie this bastard up

redsock said...

dont push our batter asshole.

Kevin said...

RBI groundout

I'll take it

It's Sea Bass time!

Amy said...

One run to go.

redsock said...

come on seabass.

redsock said...

rise above, gonzo.

nick said...

sea bass sa-single...kindly.

Amy said...

BB!

redsock said...

1 BB in 101 PA!

Kevin said...

Sea Bass's OBP no longer equals his average

chief said...

Their goes equality in Boston.

Amy said...

Time for an LBJ RBI

redsock said...

do not fuck up, lyndon.

Amy said...

So his OBP will now be different from his BA? Or still the same? I guess we need to know how many PA's he has to get his OBP.

I will leave it to the math whizzes.

redsock said...

bunt?

Amy said...

YAY!!!!

Kevin said...

Lyndon!

Ish said...

LYNDON B. JOHNSON YOU MOTHERFUCKER.

Amy said...

I hope Laura is still watching.

redsock said...

L: "TMB"

s1c said...

that atta boy LBJ!!!

SoSock said...

WOOOOOO!

L B J !

chief said...

Hootie looking a little uncomfortable out there.

redsock said...

OLIVER SUCKS!

like clockwork.

...

chokers win

Amy said...

The Yankees won? I thought they were losing, 4-2. Damn.

Kevin said...

I'm calling this now: we're going to win it on a walk-off dong in the 10th

Amy said...

Could you make that the ninth, Kevin? I am tired and have to teach in the morning.

Kevin said...

MFY won, Rangers lost, Tampa still in a rain delay

redsock said...

shemp dong tied in the 7th or 8th, then cervix won it in the 9th, i guess.

Amy said...

cervix?

Kevin said...

I'd be fine with a walk-off in the 9th, but I'm predicting it for the 10th

redsock said...

drew - rf
brown - c
bard in for the W

redsock said...

she is

Amy said...

ARGGGHHH

Kevin said...

How the fuck does Aybar have four fucking hits?

SoSock said...

c'mon Shakespeare

redsock said...

she went up for a conf call and watched on tv. back down here now.

come on bard.

Kevin said...

Shit

Amy said...

WTF?? Can we not get a third out?

Amy said...

Hi, Laura. How is school going?

Amy said...

Less of a rollercoaster than this game, I hope.

Kevin said...

Alright, let's win this fucking thing.

SoSock said...

shit

gotta score now

redsock said...

we got:

bay
doc
tiz
on f

s1c said...

1b by bay, double by the Dr., Walk off by Papi, That is my prediction and I'm sticking to it.

Amy said...

Now or never, SoSock. :)

nick said...

a papi walk off would truly make me cry beautiful tears.

make me weep!

Amy said...

We have to win it now because I can't keep my eyes open for a tenth inning (or more).

redsock said...

rx - then we worry about the win later

Amy said...

Not looking good, but with Papi, one can at least hope for a tie.

redsock said...

washburn this mf-er.

redsock said...

time for a shot of JD

Kevin said...

Go ahead run at the plate

redsock said...

time for a shot of JD

SoSock said...

3-0 breaking ball
respect for Papi, or liking his chances against Drew?

nick said...

JD Drew me in and Fired one up! (right?)

Kevin said...

Fire with the infield hit!

SoSock said...

Jedi in

INFIELD 1B!

Amy said...

Boy, can we get a run in?

Kevin said...

Alright Lowrie, your fucking wrist better be healed.

redsock said...

i have no faith in jed, sadly.

nick said...

Is it Down to the Brown?
nope...

redsock said...

tho he does not have much pain batting RH

SoSock said...

walk-off shot in Baltimore.
DEVIL Rays lose

Amy said...

Where the hell did HE come from?

Amy said...

Heart stopping!

Kevin said...

Another infield hit!

Amy said...

So say we tie it...who catches?

redsock said...

green with the sacks full

SoSock said...

DAMN!!!!

Nice play tho.

Another infield 1B!

Amy said...

Green, be the hero again, please.

s1c said...

Ok, base hit wins the game now. Fragging kidding me, he's sending up green?

Ish said...

And Nick Green PHing for Kotch!

redsock said...

kottaras.

go green - do it for heidi

SoSock said...

That was an UGLY swing - get better - NOW!

Amy said...

DO NOT K

redsock said...

HBP pls

Amy said...

Not so sure he didn't go around....

SoSock said...

whew

redsock said...

scoiscia is a showboating asshole

Amy said...

Phew.

s1c said...

OH BOY!!!

Let's go Red Sox!!!

redsock said...

OMG ful

Amy said...

All right, full count. Classic baseball scenario. Two outs, full count, tying run on third.

redsock said...

BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

Amy said...

Walks in the tying run!!

redsock said...

L called the walk when it was 0-2!!!!!

Ish said...

THE FACE is back! And it belongs to Mike Scisocia!

SoSock said...

HOLY SHIT!!

Kevin said...

YES!

Amy said...

Damn, I love baseball!

s1c said...

Look at the smoke coming out of sciosias ears.

redsock said...

HAHHAHA FUCK THE ANGELS!!!!!!!

nick said...

I can freakin' breath again! whoa...

Kevin said...

This is setting up perfectly for the walk-off dong in the 10th

Amy said...

Seabass, be hero #2.

Amy said...

NOW, Kevin, not the tenth!

mattaroni22 said...

That was bullshit, clearly a strike

redsock said...

2 outs, no one on to start this rally!!!

P4
F8
BB
1B
1B
BB*

meuniermr said...

Crazy stuff can you believe this?

chief said...

Ok, that was strike 3. But...

SUCK IT ANGELS!

s1c said...

Gonzo for Gonzo!!!

Amy said...

WE WIN!!!!!

Kevin said...

SEA BASS!!!!

Amy said...

Told ya, Kevin, NOW.

Ish said...

DIRTY SEABASS FUCKING WATER!!!

SoSock said...

One large order of sea bass

YEE-fucking-HAAAAWW!!

redsock said...

SEABASS IS GOD

s1c said...

dirty dirty h2o!!!

meuniermr said...

NOW WALK IT OUT, NOW WALK IT OUT,NOW WALK IT OUT

Amy said...

Seabass, my hero!

mattaroni22 said...

How did that bum hit a walk-off

SoSock said...

The Big Fish leaves the Angels floundering in DIRTY WATER!

chief said...

Bad call at the plate, but with 2 outs and nobody on, they should have never been in that spot.

Can't wait to hear Lackey's views :-)

mattaroni22 said...

Fucking garbage, RED SOX SUCK

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

Amy said...

Well, love that dirty water!

Amy said...

Good night, all. See you next time.

mattaroni22 said...

Yanks still won :)

6.5 back

Sox got verrrrry lucky

redsock said...

we do not give a shit mattaroni.

the footsteps are getting fuckin loud

mattaroni22 said...

No they arent you fucking Canadian pussy

We won.....you won

6.5 games ahead

You guys GOT LUCKY

redsock said...

No they arent you fucking Canadian pussy

Well, this is an easy call to make.

BUH-BYE!

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