April 21, 2010

G15: Red Sox 8, Rangers 7 (12)

Rangers - 130 000 300 000 - 7  7  0
Red Sox - 014 110 000 001 - 8 9 1
Kevin Youkilis's two-out double off the wall in left-center scored Marco Scutaro with the winning run in the 12th inning. The hit - Yook's second double of the night - came after Texas walked Dustin Pedroia intentionally.

Three Dong Night: Mike Lowell hit a solo shot in the second, J.D. Drew wrapped a grand slam around the Pesky pole in the third, and Darnell McDonald launched one to dead center in the fourth. (Lowell's single drove in Youkilis in the fifth.)

Beckett had a rough night (7-6-7-5-4, 115; 6 ER), but in the middle of his outing retired 12 of 14 batters. After he departed, the pen (5-1-0-0-6) was superb.

Daniel Bard threw two perfect inning (K, 1-3, K; PF2, F9, K), Jonathan Papelbon was sharp in the 10th (needing only five pitches) and 11th (1B, 643DP, 5-3; K, 6-3, 5-3) and Hideki Okajima cruised through the 12th (K, K, 4-3).
Example
Matt Harrison / Josh Beckett

Vs the lefty:
Scutaro, SS
Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 1B
Lowell, DH
Varitek, C
Beltre, 3B
McDonald, CF
Hall, LF

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redsock said...

Andrus, SS
Young, 3B
Hamilton, 1B
Guerrero, DH
Cruz, RF
Davis, 1B
Treanor, C
Arias, 2B
Borbon, CF

Zenslinger said...

Left over from yesterday, but -- what exactly is wrong about the term RISP? It's inaccurate because there's no guarantee they'll score in any event, whether it's from second or third?

redsock said...

Yeah. You are "in a position to score" from any base on the field, including when you are at-bat.

Bases empty and a guy at the plate = one man in scoring position.

And we have seen many cases of a player on second not scoring on a single; hell, earlier this year, Dumbo couldn't go from second to third on a single to left!

Plus announcers often say things like (with a guy on second) "a single here would tie the game". That's not actually true. Inaccurate information like that would confuse a new fan.

And it's not like it's a good shorthand for something else. As Allen Barra has pointed out, not only is saying "runners at second or third" more accurate than "runners in scoring position", it uses 7 syllables instead of 8.

Patrick said...

Plus the acronym is RATS!

Our lineup is a little depressing right now, though I love seeing Lowell in over Ortiz.

The bottom four are not very inspiring.

redsock said...

Second and third would be RAST, but I changed it. Super creative!

Patrick said...

Nothing wrong with saying third and second. It's like when an author writes someone "got down on their knees and hands"

No one says it that way, curiously.

Amy said...

There I was posting in the wrong place, looking for NESN Plus. Fortunately, I found it on my own.

Amy said...

Nice stop, Josh.

Edward Lee said...

That was brutal fielding.

Zenslinger said...

Another come-from-behind win...?

I can't believe the Cubs have moved Zambrano to the 'pen. His first start was admittedly disastrous, but he hasn't been *that* bad since.

redsock said...

femur!

redsock said...

borbon: .122 OBP!

redsock said...

microwave not having a nice day out there

Zenslinger said...

Piss.

redsock said...

beckett being squeezed here and there, but not enough for 4 BB...

redsock said...

GDGD has the appeal at 3B as a pickoff attempt!

redsock said...

just when i thought watching baseball might be somewhat fun again ...

Zenslinger said...

Scary to think that last night it was only 1-0 after two innings.

But there is something less disturbing about a pitcher just giving up runs. Although the BB's are pretty bad.

Edward Lee said...

Pitchfx says that Beckett's getting boned pretty hard by the ump. At least 4/40 pitches are clear strikes called as balls.

Of course, he's grooving a few pitches as well.

Amy said...

Thank God for FY.

Amy said...

This score looks so familiar. How often in the last umpteen games have we fallen behind 4-0?

redsock said...

22 minute wait for harrison

redsock said...

rx

Amy said...

Yay, Mike!

Zenslinger said...

22 minute wait for harrison

?

Zenslinger said...

DR DR DR

redsock said...

Down 4-0 in first 15 games?

Game #s: 9, 11, 12, 13, 15.

In 4 of last 5 games!

Zenslinger said...

I see Beltre did take a walk last week sometime. Wow.

Amy said...

Like I said, it was a familiar score.

At least Lowell managed to get it changed quickly.

redsock said...

long inning for one side, orsillo loves to note how long of a wait the pitcher had once he gets back out on the mound. he must use a timer. part of the d.o. drinking game.

Edward Lee said...

This ump is ridiculous -- the strike zone is literally 9-12 inches larger for Texas than for Boston so far.

redsock said...

brian o'nora behind the plate

redsock said...

bottom of the order doing the work.

Benjamin said...

Love how they're pitching around McDonald after last night.

Don't love how our starting pitching likes to spot our opponents a few runs right off the bat.

Patrick said...

Please don't make Castig say the word "squander". It causes me pain.

redsock said...

get started. start a fire.

Patrick said...

If this was Daisuke pitching, I'd think there was only a 50/50 chance of anyone scoring.

redsock said...

jesus -- too low shithead

redsock said...

FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

NO FUCKING WAY!!!!

Benjamin said...

Holy shit.

Edward Lee said...

BOOM

Patrick said...

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

redsock said...

if he bothered to care a bit more, that would have been a 6-run homer.

Patrick said...

The sox chances of winning this game is getting very ERECT!

Edward Lee said...

lol

redsock said...

dealing with dogs, missed that 1/2 inning

redsock said...

WOW

redsock said...

why is tito the idiot batting this stud 8th!!!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Yes, WOW!

Has he driven in a run on every official at bat?

Hi everyone.

Edward Lee said...

Seemed pretty clear upon replay that Borbon five-holed Varitek and scraped the plate, but Borbon's arm quickly bounced off Varitek's leg, and the ump (whose view was completely obscured) blew it.

Amy said...

Gee, I had to leave for a bit, and I see we are ahead!! WTF? How'd that happen? (Not that I am complaining, but I just don't remember being ahead for such a long time, except for the last hit last night.)

redsock said...

beginning of 3rd:
mcdonald BB
hall single
scutaro single
drew grand slam!

mcdonald donged (!) to dead center in the 4th.

9casey said...

I haven't seen a catcher in the league better at blocking the plate then Tek....

Microwave....livin the dream

redsock said...

FYDP

redsock said...

yes, re mcdonald:

2-run HR
RBI single

BB
solo HR

1.000 OBP

Amy said...

Thanks, Allan, for the update.

This McDonald guy---is he for real?

redsock said...

no, not really.

9casey said...

Amy said...
Thanks, Allan, for the update.

This McDonald guy---is he for real?



He was a 1st round draft pick....he may be a late bloomer , and also may play CF for a while for us.

redsock said...

another house call from the doctor.

Amy said...

I think we have a new DH. Yay, Mike!

Benjamin said...

Wall-ball single. Would that have been a double if Lowell still had hips?

9casey said...

Would the lineup be better with Lowell at third and Papi DHing?

redsock said...

soxprospects on mcdonald, who is 31:

Superb athlete, plus speed. He's shown an average bat during his long career at the Triple-A level, both in terms of power and contact. That being said, he's had some extended flashes of excellence on the offensive end. Mediocre plate discipline. Defensively, he has very good range, but he doesn't get the best jumps.

Amy said...

Tek back to his K'ing ways.

Zenslinger said...

Wow, I get out to school and check in...love it!

Benjamin said...

Tek quickly runs back to the dugout to get his shin guards.

redsock said...

don't think so, casey.

lowell is a statute in the field and beltre's bat is better than ortiz's at this point.

a strict L/R platoon at DH might be the way to go for now.

9casey said...

Amy said...
Tek back to his K'ing ways.


He heplep stop a run so he is +1

Amy said...

Well, that's interesting about McDonald. Perhaps he has finally matured at the plate?

9casey said...

redsock said...
don't think so, casey.

lowell is a statute in the field


so no improvement in the hip at all?

MacLeodCartoons said...

My cartoon at the DirtDogs site alludes to McDonald's Scottish name - but I just noticed that he has what looks like the word "Braveheart" tattooed on his neck! He really is Scottish! Wooo!!

redsock said...

last thing i read said he wasn't very mobile, but i may have missed more recent stuff. i guess until we see him out there we won't really know.

redsock said...

sox w/rats: 3 for 3!

redsock said...

beckett retired 11 of last 13.

Edward Lee said...

Yeah, I don't think Lowell's going to be displacing Beltre as the 3B regular anytime soon. He definitely should be getting a few hundred at bats this season though.

Benjamin said...

McDonald was also suspended for steroids as a minor leaguer.

Zenslinger said...

Maybe was discussed last night, but I can't even remember acquiring McDonald.

OTT, I love you.

redsock said...

microwave signed as free agent november 24, 2009.

Amy said...

And here he is. Do it again, Microwave.

redsock said...

on base
5 for 5

Amy said...

On base again.

redsock said...

a ted cox-ian start.

Zenslinger said...

1.000 OPB intact?

redsock said...

set that table

redsock said...

let's go, mr. rbi!

redsock said...

beckett pc: 20-29-15 7-10-13 = 94

Zenslinger said...

MFY fans from The Bar here in San Francisco are doing their annual bus trip to Oakland to watch the Yanks. So special prayers go out to Ben Sheets to shut them down.

redsock said...

not writing E3 because it should be changed to a single.

redsock said...

rangers 32 for their last 32 SB attempts vs sox

bard up

Edward Lee said...

Random note: Eric Hinske just hit a blooper off Roy Halladay into LF and somehow waddled into second (on ESPN). It was hilarious to watch.

redsock said...

ouch

Amy said...

Uh oh. DAMN

redsock said...

mcdonald is up 6th this inning ...

SoSock said...

Waiting on GDGD to fire up. Not liking the uh-oh comment

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Zenslinger said...

More medicine?

SoSock said...

Grand Salamis by us = good
3-Run hmers by them = not so good.
2 3-run innings by Beckett, eh? Jiminy, earn that freaking contract, man!

redsock said...

beckett: 7-6-7-5-4, 115 (6 ER)

Zenslinger said...

Beckett Will Improve.

He Must.

SoSock said...

I'm sure Allan has already noted this, but....
Last Red Sox player to homer in his first 2 games with the team?

Sam Horn!

redsock said...

i did not know that -- though i guess i would have seen it later tonight.

redsock said...

riding the bard train!

Amy said...

SCORE

SoSock said...

OTT!
I like this Bard kid. Have I mentioned lately.......nevermind :)

redsock said...

snuff up

redsock said...

tek (K, FC, K, K) learning about "regressing to the mean".

redsock said...

do it again, pls

redsock said...

i guess he's human after all.

Zenslinger said...

Aaaaagh McDonald finally retired!

westcoastsox said...

Hi all. Why is it that I can only seem to find time to thread from 37,000 feet lately? I'm somewhere between Detroit and San Francisco. Looks like a good game.

SoSock said...

Man, I hate when they act human

Zenslinger said...

Soriano = 2B shy of the cycle.

Benjamin said...

Looks like a good game.

Too early to tell, imho....

Amy said...

I like the idea of two walkoffs in a row.

Amy said...

Westcoastsox, you spend a lot of time on the road. Makes me remember why I didn't want to practice law!

redsock said...

bard is pwning young

redsock said...

bard looks like he has gotten more of his shit together lately.

... time to win.

Amy said...

Sit!

westcoastsox said...

Amy, it has been brutal lately. I'm looking forward to 2 weeks at home before having to go back across the country. Let's go walkoff!

SoSock said...

Walk-off time!

Edward Lee said...

Crap. Ron Washington makes the correct move by putting Feliz in here.

Amy said...

No extra innings, please.

redsock said...

101?

Amy said...

Hmm, hot pitching there.

westcoastsox said...

101 mph?

Amy said...

I would not anyone beaned by one of those pitches.

redsock said...

gdgd had that ball 2 upstairs at 102.

Amy said...

Some more fire, please.

westcoastsox said...

102 mph! What's the record for fastest pitch?

redsock said...

nothing definitive on the fastest pitch.

westcoastsox said...

GDGD had every called strike outside the strike zone.

Amy said...

Uch, extra innings.

redsock said...

extra innings, extra wine!

feliz:
99, 101, 101
99, 100, 100, 101, 102, 100
101, 101, 101, 101, 99

Edward Lee said...

168 mph.

westcoastsox said...

On Joel Zumaya's Wikipedia page, it explains that using Enhanced Gameday by MLB, he was clocked at 104.8 mph, and I there are claims that was the fastest pitch.

SoSock said...

damn, bonus baseball.
I like baseball, Drew, but would rather have been done with it for the night.

Amy said...

I can't stand watching Papelbon pitch these days. Sad.

redsock said...

106 sticks in my mind.

research into the ways the fastest pitch had been attempted to be clocked would be pretty fascinating.

redsock said...

DfuckingP!!!

Amy said...

As I said. Can't stand it.

SoSock said...

damn bot

Amy said...

Thanks, Vlad.

Amy said...

DP, please.

Amy said...

OK, guys, please do not subject me to another inning of Papelbon.

SoSock said...

WOWZERS!

redsock said...

5 pitches = 3 outs.

Edward Lee said...

Thanks for swinging at a pitch at Varitek's foot, Vlad.

redsock said...

FY
Yook
Dr.
Cactus

redsock said...

bruins in double OT?

SoSock said...

5 pitches. Rangers helping out by hacking away

Benjamin said...

research into the ways the fastest pitch had been attempted to be clocked would be pretty fascinating.

Dalkowski and laser measurements, yeah.

SoSock said...

Judging by comments I see before I post mine, I'm thinking GDGD is a little behind tonight

Amy said...

Truped me there.

redsock said...

106 sticks in my head. (106.8?)

redsock said...

but those old fb tests were not in a game.

redsock said...

i may be nothing but an unassuming country doctor ...

Benjamin said...

I'm thinking GDGD is a little behind tonight

Probably about 10 seconds behind the NESN feed.

redsock said...

i'll be happy when feliz is done.

redsock said...

23 pit thru 2?
maybe that's it?

Benjamin said...

23 pitchs for Feliz. Is he done at least?

redsock said...

feliz pc before tonight:

18, 13, 10, 18, 18

23 should be it.

westcoastsox said...

Each team has 7 runs and 7 hits in the 11th inning. Suddenly, I'm craving a Slurpee.

redsock said...

bot looking sharp, amy.

redsock said...

nippert up for tex

Amy said...

Now who?

redsock said...

bot at 15 -- could he do a bit more? tito will probably go with jeemer in the 12th. (not that there will be a 12th, of course.)

westcoastsox said...

Snake eyes, seven-eleven, don't let me down tonight.

redsock said...

nippert in for rangers.

now we can hit the ball!

SoSock said...

Who is this guy on the mound and how did he get Papelbon's jersey?

Amy said...

Yes, he looked okay tonight after the leadoff hit. Maybe Feliz made him determined not to look washed up before 30.

Edward Lee said...

Papelbon should be done. I'm pretty sure Okajima and Delcarmen are better than anybody else Texas has left.

Benjamin said...

Joaquin Arias sure is funny looking.

SoSock said...

Now who?
Hopefully nobody.
Win, please!

redsock said...

re nippert - the sox are his master's voice.

redsock said...

been downstairs with nesn on puter. laura home now, may go up btw innings and suffer thru tex annc

redsock said...

varite-KKKK

Amy said...

Just noticed that Tek is not wearing the high socks. Strange.

redsock said...

fuck, pitches are 15 mph slower, still K-ing

L-girl said...

Hi thread. I just got home from war resisters and beer drinking. Didn't expect the game to still be going.

redsock said...

here we go

SoSock said...

OK, rookie. Do it!

Amy said...

Oki?

westcoastsox said...

Battery down to 50%, not sure it's going to last the game.

Amy said...

Hi, Laura. Neither did we. I am not a fan of the extra innings.

Edward Lee said...

Oh jeez. I thought McDonald was going to crush that hanging slider for sure.

Amy said...

I am not sure I am going to last the rest of the game either. My own personal battery is running low.

redsock said...

time to leave the building

L-girl said...

I come home from meetings with high battery power.

Amy said...

We must win this inning. Please.

SoSock said...

I'm not sure whose bullpen this is, but I hope we can keep them.
I believe that's 15 straight, isn't it? 6 each by Bard and Bot, 3 for Jeemer?

SoSock said...

Oh, forgot the 1 hit against Bot

Benjamin said...

Those were also Okajima's first two Ks of the season.

L-girl said...

Amy, it's ok to go to sleep if you need to. We will get the win for you.

redsock said...

18 sox in a row retired.

westcoastsox said...

Holy shit, the turbulence on this flight is unbelievable. Going to have to stop looking at the computer soon.

Benjamin said...

And it's the same Sox who scored 7 runs earlier in the game (apart from LF).

SoSock said...

But the DP does make it only 15 batters, even if 1 reached.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. :) But I will sit a bit longer.

Hey, we have a guy on base!

Amy said...

Ohh, turbulence. I am reaching for the xanax just thinking about it.

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