May 4, 2010

G27: Red Sox 5, Angels 1

Angels  - 000 100 000 - 1  5  1
Red Sox - 100 000 04x - 5 11 0
Jeremy Hermida made sure that Kevin Jepsen did not escape the eighth inning unscathed. Though he needed some help from Jepsen's left fielder, Juan Rivera.

Jepsen took over for Santana (7-7-1-1-7, 115) in a 1-1 tie and got into trouble immediately. He walked Victor Martinez on four pitches, then walked Kevin Youkilis on eight. J.D. Drew poked an opposite field single to load the bases. David Ortiz, who had ended possible scoring opportunities in the first and third innings, grounded a 2-0 pitch into a 4-2-3 double play, his second twin killing of the evening.

But the Red Sox did not fold. Adrian Beltre walked on four pitches to re-load the bases and Hermida lifted a 2-2 pitch to deep left. Rivera drifted back and twisted around, clearly having no idea how to play the fly. It ended up not even hitting the Wall, but landing on the warning track. By the time Rivera got the ball back to the infield, all three base runners had scored and Hermida had a double that improved Boston's win probability by 32.7% (63.8 to 96.5)!

Jepsen (.2-2-4-3-0, 32) was replaced by Scot Shields, who gave up an RBI double to pinch-hitter Mike Lowell. Marco Scutaro (who doubled back in both the first and second innings) singled and Dustin Pedroia walked to once again load the bases, but Jonathan Van Every, who had pinch-run for Martinez at the start of the inning, struck out.

Jonathan Papelbon then set down the Angels' 3-4-5 hitters in order (K swinging, 5-3, K looking) and Boston took the second game of this four-game series.

Pedroia had preserved the tie in the top of the eighth when, with one out and the bases loaded, Bobby Abreu grounded to second. The infield was in, so FY had the ball as Erick Aybar was running past him from first to second. Pedroia tagged Aybar and as he stumbled and fell towards first base, shuffled the ball to Youkilis to end the inning.

Lester (8-5-1-2-5, 120) turned in his third straight excellent start.

The standings are still gruesome -- it will take more than two days to make them even remotely palatable -- but it feels like we are watching an entirely different team than the one we suffered with in Baltimore over the weekend.
Example
Ervin Santana / Jon Lester
Scutaro, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, C
Youkilis, 1B
Drew, RF
Ortiz, DH
Beltre, 3B
Hermida, LF
McDonald, CF
Lester has not allowed a run in his last two starts: 12.2 innings, 5 hits, 6 walks, 18 strikeouts.

Santana has not pitched very well in Boston -- 4 starts, 21.1 innings, 20 hits, 17 runs -- but three of those starts were in 2005 and 2007.

All nine starters in last night's lineup had (at least) one hit and one run scored. Pinch-runner Jonathan Van Every also scored a run, but did not get a hit in his one at-bat.

It was the second time this season a team had all of its starters get a hit and a run. San Diego did it in a 17-2 win over Atlanta on April 12, with starting pitcher Kevin Correia hitting a two-run single and scoring on a double.

B-Ref says it happened nine times in 2009, 10 times in 2008, 12 times in 2007, 19 times in 2006, and 15 times in 2005.

134 comments:

redsock said...

Aybar, SS
Abreu, RF
Hunter, CF
Morales, 1B
Matsui, DH
Rivera, LF
Kendrick, 2B
Napoli, C
Wood, 3B

L-girl said...

Hi thread. Yay, NESN tonight, first time I've seen it in a while.

We just finished such a delicious, healthy dinner on the patio. How 'bout a Red Sox win for dessert?

Patrick said...

Pedroia has a low OBP and more RBIs than Runs. I wonder if, with all this suckage, he has been trying to be more of a power hitter for the team.

Zenslinger said...

No Matsui in the OF, bummer.

L-girl said...

That's a good thought, Patrick. I could see PD trying to carry the team and doing too much in the process.

Zenslinger said...

.875 OPS for a second baseman is nice. I don't mind that much if he's getting there by power or OBP.

redsock said...

zen -- we do have abreu in rf, tho

Zenslinger said...

Yay.

One of the drunks in The Bar claims to have turned Abreu's head by heckling him about losing his HR power in the HR Derby in 2006 (?) and teasing him about his white glove.

This guy has told me the same story perhaps 10 times over the last few years.

What's trouble is if I have told that story in a comment here -- even once before!

L-girl said...

"In the back door"

DRINK!

L-girl said...

Zen, the story is new to me, FWIW.

People's claim to fame, that they repeat over and over... what is more boring.

(I'm sure I do it, too.)

Yoooooooook

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!

redsock said...

jd drew is on fire.

Patrick said...

Fucking Obrien needs to STFU!!!

"J.D. Drew is swinging the bat"

redsock said...

get any interesting email lately, ob?

Patrick said...

He was saying the fact that Drew is physically swinging the bat is a 'good sign'.

L-girl said...

Crap. Unsurprising, but still.

Zenslinger said...

Drew's OPS has gone from .588 to .802 since April 28 (not including today's firey double.)

Patrick said...

My dad and I went to the game last night. He hates Drew, and I love him. We had a lot of fun making up stories about Drew, and watching him kick ass.

redsock said...

i want lester to roll the next one to yook.

Zenslinger said...

Julian Taveras style?

Zenslinger said...

Two perfect innings for Lester. We're up 1-0. We made Santana throw 27 pitches in the first.

I declare this a Good Start.

L-girl said...

Patrick, so great you were at last night's game. You picked a good one.

L-girl said...

Mike Butcher, on the all-trades team

Patrick said...

It was a hoot, for sure.

redsock said...

2 swings, 2 doubles for scutaro

Zenslinger said...

C'mon, Pedey. 8 games being played and no one has more than one run. Let's change that!

Zenslinger said...

Old Butt-Head is having a tough inning at Yankee Stadium. 1-0 Orioles.

Zenslinger said...

Santana at 52 pitches; Lester, 22.

I'm thinking their bullpen must have been pretty roughed up after last night, though they only burned 3 relievers (as we did, though theirs worked harder.)

I wasn't on the thread so you might have been mentioning it, but was anyone thinking in the ninth last night that Schoenweiss is toast? Enter Embree, innit.

redsock said...

shit - easy 7 outs had me thinking.

redsock said...

we dumped embree when we activated dice.

Zenslinger said...

Hah! Lester still in line to face the minimum!

redsock said...

pc:

lester: 10-12-10 = 32
santana: 27-25 = 52

Zenslinger said...

Hm. Missed that about Embree.

Wonder who'd be next to call up into the 'pen? Bowden?

L-girl said...

Don't be catching that!

Zenslinger said...

Guess we have to hand it Old Butt-Head...he struck out the side after giving up only one run.

Shouldn't he be getting hurt or something?

L-girl said...

Sit!

9casey said...

Patrick said...
My dad and I went to the game last night. He hates Drew, and I love him.



Alot of old schooler hate Drew still for the holdout in '97, is that one of your father's bitches about him?

L-girl said...

OMFG what a play!!

redsock said...

wow.

wow.

L-girl said...

"gets the bad news"

DRINK!

redsock said...

great plate ump

2 strikes - calls them balls
ball outside - "strike"

god.

L-girl said...

fuck yeah! half dong

redsock said...

lester is cookin'

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Lester rocks

meunier said...

Thanks for the memories and good works Ernie Harwell.

meunier said...

I told them to save some runs for today yesterday.

L-girl said...

Long career and life, Ernie Harwell. Born in 1918!

Yesterday we were talking about Bob Sheppard, NYY PA announcer for 50+ years. He turns 100 this year!

Patrick said...

was the amazing play Scutaro's long throw? I just watched it on the highlights.

L-girl said...

Yes, Scutaro. Great catch and even better throw.

redsock said...

swing/miss #7!

Patrick said...

He looked like Jeter, except it wasn't a routine grounder. It was actually rangy.

meunier said...

Looks like Ive been missing quite a duel while I have been on the golf course.

L-girl said...

Yeah, looked like Jeter, only good!

meunier said...

This guy gets a hit every AB against the Sox, maybe we should start beaning Napoli!

redsock said...

time to get tough.

redsock said...

i assume tito is choosing to wait on bard

redsock said...

jesus - no fancy shit pls

Patrick said...

There seems to be a lot of catchers that hurt us. Off the top of my head, Napoli, Suzuki, and Posada.

L-girl said...

Varitek...

L-girl said...

I know he's been hitting lately, I just couldn't resist.

Patrick said...

PITCH...COUNT...RISING!!!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Grrr....

L-girl said...

oy. come on lester.

redsock said...

sid at 118

redsock said...

abreu so far:
1-3
K
K

meunier said...

WHEW!

redsock said...

fucking fuck yeah

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

FY!

L-girl said...

FUCK YEAH BABY!!!!!

Woooo!

L-girl said...

whew!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

FY!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

I want to see that again!

L-girl said...

So Patrick, are you back in New England now for a while? Not traveling and farming any more?

westcoastsox said...

Yessss! (back to lurking)

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Let's Go Red Sox!

L-girl said...

RSVP

Mrs.GotRibe said...

L--I believe NESN is listening to you. That was about 5 or 6 replays.

redsock said...

bot up

meunier said...

Why isn't this guy their closer? See enough of a sidearmer and you will figure him out.

L-girl said...

Mrs G, if that's true, I have a list of requests for them!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

YOUUUUKKK

redsock said...

O. FIRE time!

redsock said...

fuck you ump

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Don't play with fire.

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Make them pay Papi!

redsock said...

SWEET HIT!!!!!!!!

jd: "how you like me now, patrick's dad?"

L-girl said...

En Fuego

L-girl said...

Oh man... you can't help but hope...

redsock said...

now is the time for a salami dong

L-girl said...

*sigh*

meunier said...

Stupid down the line double play.

redsock said...

belt one, beltre

redsock said...

BBBB !!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Was Papi's swing on a 2-0 pitch after this guy can't throw a strike?

L-girl said...

FDR gets up and walks

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

C'mon Jeremy!

Patrick said...

jd: "how you like me now, patrick's dad?"

I don't think anything will endear him to my dad. He buys into the sports radio tools.

redsock said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSs


her meter

L-girl said...

HERMIDER!!!!!!!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

YES!!!

redsock said...

rivera being shemp!!!!!!!!!!

meunier said...

Hermida Hurtin'!

Patrick said...

BUH BUH BASE CLEARING DOUBLE!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Woo hoo

L-girl said...

The man definitely deserves a nickname. I'm good with Her Meter or Hermider.

redsock said...

i was very worried fuckin jepsen would get out of that with 0 runs.

redsock said...

DOC is rakin'!!!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Mikey!!!!

L-girl said...

The doctor is in!

Patrick said...

Why the F doesn't this guy hit every day?

He's sooooooo good.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I'm happy for Lester.

L-girl said...

Man, this looks like a different team than we saw in Baltimore - tonight and last night.

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

C'mon FY

L-girl said...

Because he's too old. If he played every day he wouldn't be this good.

redsock said...

the pinch runner is up!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Agreed. They are using Tek and the Dr. prudently and it is paying off.

L-girl said...

Looove those 2 out rallies!

Patrick said...

Because he's too old. If he played every day he wouldn't be this good.

No, no. Not Veritek, Lowell. ; )

Although in seriousness, I think he wouldn't wear down DHing?

redsock said...

JVE is the 6th batter after the DP!

redsock said...

bot with the no-save situation

L-girl said...

Ha ha, one comment works for both of them.

redsock said...

the standings still suck, but this feels like a totally different team than we sufferd thru on sunday.

L-girl said...

I hope Amy is listening or watching somewhere.

Patrick said...

It does feel good to have our starters back.

When our outfielders are back, all will be right in the world.

redsock said...

BUH-BYE!!!

L-girl said...

This was a good game. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

redsock said...

shemp o rama

The water is Muddy!!!

L-girl said...

DIRTY!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Fantastic Game!

What's that {sniff sniff}

I smell sweep!

meunier said...

The water may be clearing in Boston but it is still dirty at Fenway.

Amy said...

Sorry I missed the thread and most of the game tonight. I saw the last inning or two, and was VERY excited. Just didn't have the laptop with me.

Getting psyched for Saturday!

9casey said...

Great win , it's amazing the swagger they seem to have when on all cylinders..

Lester is heating up look out MLB.

Amy said...

Baseball is always fascinating. We are swept by the Orioles and then beat the Angels twice in a row. Go figure!

SoSock said...

Didn't get to see this one,(Little League) but after watching Monday and reading about the wrap-up last night, I've gotta agree with RS's assessment. This feels like a different team. I hope it is.