October 9, 2009

ALDS2: Angels 4, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1  4  0
Angels - 000 100 30x - 4 6 0
Another four hits, another resounding loss. And the Red Sox will fly back to Boston in an 0-2 hole. Game 3 is on Sunday at noon.

Only four American League teams have come back from being down 0-2 in an LDS -- and two of those four are Red Sox teams (1999, 2003). So it's certainly possible, but this team will have to rouse itself from its offensive slumber to do so.

Beckett and Weaver had a hell of a pitchers duel going until the 7th-inning stretch. Only one player reached base in the first three innings. Both teams scored in the fourth: Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored on Victor Martinez's single; then Bobby Abreu singled, took third on Vladimir Guerrero's hit and scored on Kendry Morales's sacrifice fly.

Beckett began the seventh at only 75 pitches and having retired the previous eight batters. He fell behind the first two hitters 3-0, walking Guerrero (his only pass of the game), but battling back to retire Morales. With Juan Rivera at the plate, pinch-runner Howie Kendrick stole second. Kendrick stayed put as Rivera grounded hard to third, but he was able to score on Maicer Izturis's single into right-center, giving LA a 2-1 lead.

Billy Wagner had been up for awhile, but Terry Francona stayed with Beckett. Izturis stole second on the first pitch to Mike Napoli. Then Beckett plunked Napoli with a 2-2 curveball. It was time for a pitching change, but Playoff Tito was nowhere to be seen. Erick Aybar whacked a 2-1 pitch over Ellsbury's head in center for a two-run triple, bringing the curtain down on Beckett's performance.

In the ninth, Kevin Youkilis doubled with one out and Jason Bay walked with two outs, but Mike Lowell flew out to center to end the game. (Boston's other hit was a two-out single by Ellsbury in the eighth.)
Example
Josh Beckett (3.86, 123 ERA+) / Jered Weaver (3.75, 121 ERA+)

Is tonight a must-win? It feels like it.

In a best-of-5 series, every game is important. Down 0-2, needing to win three in a row, would be a tough task (especially if the bats remain AWOL). Tied 1-1 with the first two of three possible games at Fenway Park -- I can live with that. (Like I have a choice?)

Beckett:
There are no issues physically at all. Obviously last year was a little bit different. So as far as physically coming in (this year), it's a lot better. Last month it's been better than it was two months ago, so I'm just looking forward to going out there and doing what I'm supposed to do.
Jason Bay:
We had four singles and three errors. That isn't going to win too many ballgames. We need more offense.
The Red Sox were held without a run and without an extra-base hit only five times during the regular season.

Terry Francona "fell ill an hour before first pitch with food poisoning". Bad tacos for lunch, apparently. He missed the introductions and Brad Mills was told he might have to take charge, but Tito was there when the first pitch was thrown. Asked after the game about the umpiring ("What was your main complaint or beef there?"), Tito said: "Don't bring up the word beef, please."

Francona's regular cribbage opponent is now George Kottaras. "Pedey quit 'cause he stinks." ... David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia each were tested for performance-enhancing drugs after last night's game. No word if CB Bucknor was given an eye exam.

The New York Times says Chip Caray "is still prone to bad play calls, descriptive exaggerations and factual errors. ... [There is] a pattern of an announcer out of his element."

Times: Game 3 is set for Noon on Sunday. Game 4 will be at 8:30 on Monday, but would be moved to 7:30 if the Twins-Yankees series is finished. Game 5 in Anaheim is set for 9:30, but will be moved to 8:00 if there are no other games scheduled.
Example
And: Twins/Blackburn (0) at Yankees/Burnett (1) at 6 PM

(Background to Molina (and not Dumbo) catching Burnett)

325 comments:

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Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

go say hello to mr. pine, izturis.

scott said...

if we score runs like we can, it shouldnt matter. speaking of which, lets score some fucking runs?!

Kevin said...

Time to score several runs

redsock said...

time for some rally yogurt.

Amy said...

Thanksgiving there, Columbus Day here. Do they always line up that way? Is it coincidence or are Canadians thankful for Columbus?

nick said...

is that one of those yogurts with the whiskey on the bottom?

redsock said...

is that one of those yogurts with the whiskey on the bottom?

they make those?

nick said...

time to break this one open.

nick said...

I think Dannon's doing a limited run JD yogurt...special for the post-season.

Kevin said...

Outside, but he's been calling that a strike all night.

Amy said...

Where did we leave our bats?

Joe Grav said...

urghle. this offense is reminding me of that yankee series.

meuniermr said...

Go sit on your chode

scott said...

they need to all relax and hit the ball. OR tis especially, he's got 5 k's

Kevin said...

OTT

Bats, wake the fuck up

scott said...

in josh we trust

redsock said...

we need the sultan to step up.

redsock said...

some thunder maybe?

redsock said...

I need a fix, Doc. Ya gotta help me.

scott said...

cmon doc

Kevin said...

Gah, first pitch fly out

scott said...

cant you just feel the collective sigh from the people in the stadium now that they just stopped selling beer

Amy said...

Gotta turn off the laptop. Staying up this late for a second night is killing my eyes.

Go Sox. Hope to see that dirty water. Wish those bats would get us there soon.

redsock said...

beckett - 75 thru 6

weaver - 106 thru 7

Kevin said...

Beckett, cut the crap

scott said...

the fuck beckett? seriously what the fuck start throwing strikes

redsock said...

wagner up

scott said...

could really go for a strikem out throwem out dp here

scott said...

ill take it

redsock said...

we need a inning ending dp and a crap call that the angels can flip out over.

redsock said...

or a call that laaaa thinks is bullshit and goes nuts over.

Kevin said...

Ugh

redsock said...

poop -- expected

redsock said...

let's go, josh, don't make tito barf again.

scott said...

DOC

redsock said...

right in the kitchen

one more,.

Kevin said...

Shit

scott said...

FUCK SHIT FUCK FUCK FUCK BALLS SJHITSSTHIHSITHSTIHTiohioasdklfjasdklfjaklsdfjl

redsock said...

fuck thisshit.

redsock said...

fuckin douches acting like they clinched the pennant. too bad they drop this series 1-3.

scott said...

again, we need to score more runs, 1 run should be nothing, we cant expect to win in the postseason only scoring 1 run in a game.

Kevin said...

Really? Another SB?

redsock said...

okay, these SB are hurting us

scott said...

lovely

redsock said...

3rd out, asshole.

Kevin said...

OUTS YOU FUCKER

scott said...

could at least peg him with a fastball

Kevin said...

adf ;avsliudaiuos

redsock said...

"big game josh"

fuck you

nick said...

(fuck)

Kevin said...

I hate this game

scott said...

goodbye postseason if we dont start fucking hitting

Kevin said...

About fucking time Tito!

redsock said...

"commander kick ass"?

more like "commander i got my ass kicked".

Kevin said...

Fucking finally

SCORE A SHIT TON OF MOTHERFUCKING RUNS

redsock said...

start the fire, mr. on fire.

redsock said...

weaver back out?

redsock said...

DO NOT MAKE OUTS.

that is all.

Kevin said...

Or just go down looking...

scott said...

we look like the natinals out there. will someone hit a fucking ball? what happened to our offense?

redsock said...

could we light oliver up *today*?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

scott said...

even worse we look like the twins! :(

scott said...

good call tito

redsock said...

thanks jed. thanks for stopping by -- and DOING JACK SHIT.

Kevin said...

Fuck you Lowrie

Dr. Jeff said...

Loving the backwards K's tonight...

redsock said...

fine - a 2 out rally then.

Kevin said...

2 out rally time

redsock said...

okay - we like to do it this way.

Kevin said...

Which shitty reliever do they have coming out now?

redsock said...

jepsen

Kevin said...

This guy has a 4.94 ERA on the year, we have a chance.

redsock said...

we need a laser.

Kevin said...

Lyndon, maybe you could, I don't know, steal a base here

redsock said...

ARE YOU LOOSE???

redsock said...

nah, no sb.
we need runners

redsock said...

that was ball 3, shorty.

we are down 3, too risky to run

Kevin said...

Great, fucking great

redsock said...

why stop not hitting now?

Kevin said...

Cannot allow any runs here

scott said...

trying not to be a negative nancy but this sucks dick

redsock said...

Two-word review of this game (so far):

shit sandwich

redsock said...

well, this is what happens when you bench your captain.

scott said...

you mean redsox have done a very good job of shutting down their own lineup. what ever happened to not swinging at balls especially pedroia, wtf is that all about

redsock said...

bot?

maybe tito knows something....

redsock said...

fuck you, you posing a-hole hunter.

Kevin said...

A CAUGHT STEALING?!

THAT HAS TO BE A SIGN

redsock said...

CS!

chief said...

Just picture the Aybar dance when the Angels go down after losing 3 in a row.

redsock said...

on a pitchout, but yeah -- it's an omen of some sort.

chief said...

I think it's an omen for 2 out.

redsock said...

we'll have:

blue light
sultan
flo
thunder

Kevin said...

Sit

Alright, you don't have any more time to fuck around

Score

redsock said...

okay sox -- 3 runs or 3 outs -- what's it gonna be?

Kevin said...

I'll take any caught stealing after the shit season our catchers had

Jake of All Trades said...

I am at the game, and want nothing more than to shut up the loser with the rally monkey in front of me. Let's do this!

Kevin said...

We have a double!

scott said...

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKKK

redsock said...

do it for jake, you noodle-batted fucksticks.

Kevin said...

Alright you ass-clowns, if you're going to do this, fucking get all three (or more) runs. Don't get two and then crap out.

redsock said...

flo lookin' cooked again.

Kevin said...

Alright, how about Bay and Lowell get on, and then we get a slam from On Fire?

redsock said...

dong single dong - easy as pie

Kevin said...

We need to get Flo some more eyedrops

redsock said...

wtf - these fb are 91.

scott said...

i get the sinking feeling CB is going to fuck us with a called strike 3 here that isnt a strike

redsock said...

he had his chance there

Kevin said...

I've got a FEVER and the only prescription is MORE RUNS!!!

redsock said...

doc to fuentes: "this may hurt a bit"

Kevin said...

Yep

I hate this game

Fuck it all

redsock said...

shit, that ain't the way

scott said...

i feel sick to my stomach... and drunk

chief said...

Enjoy it while you can Angels "fans."

Kevin said...

WHY DOES THIS TEAM SUCK SO FUCKING MUCH ON THE ROAD!!!

redsock said...

okay.

we do it the hard way.

nick said...

beh. g'night.

Jake of All Trades said...

Guess my game 5 ticket just became meaningful. We have them where we want them now...

Kevin said...

I'm glad we don't have a game tomorrow, my brain's about to explode in frustration

redsock said...

i guess i can leave work now. at least i can get some booze at home.

scott said...

booze is the only cure for this kind of performance

redsock said...

4 hits both nights.

chief said...

"We have them right where we want them."

That's been the standard joke in my house since Andre Agassi was down 2 sets and a break in the 1999 French Open Final and came back to win in 5.

Red Dot up next. And Fenway. Welcome home...

redsock said...

chief, you are dead on with the "fans" comment, by the way.

9casey said...

What is Tito's infatuation with Pinch hitting for seabass, Kotch Rockets's next home run with the Sox will be his second, Jed , right now isn't better offensively and definetly not defenseively, it seems he makes the move because it is the only he can make......It seems as move that weakens us more than helps us.....

But that is not why we are losing a lot guys have to take their heads out of their asses...

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