May 10, 2010

G33: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6

Blue Jays - 040 020 000 - 6  8  2
Red Sox - 241 000 00x - 7 8 1
After Victor Martinez drove in two quick runs in the first -- Lewis had thrown only nine pitches -- Lackey allowed the first six batters to reach in the second. Then Boston sent ten men to the plate in the home half of the second, six of whom walked (including four of the first five and five of the first seven).

A two-run dong by Jose Bautista in the fifth brought Toronto to within one, but the Sox pitchers allowed only one baserunner after that. Lackey (6-8-6-3-6, 95) retired the next four, Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect seventh, Daniel Bard issued a one-out walk in the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon kept the ball in the infield for a 1-2-3 ninth.

More good news: The Tigers beat the Yankees 5-4 and the Angels beat the Rays 5-4 in 11 innings.
Example
Brandon Morrow / John Lackey
Scutaro, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, C
Youkilis, 1B
Drew, RF
Ortiz, DH
Beltre, 3B
Hermida, LF
McDonald, CF
Lackey has pitched seven innings in each of his last three starts, allowing 3, 3 and 1 runs. ... Boston is 2.5 GB the third-place Jays. Both teams are 12-8 over their last 20 games.

Buster Olney, in yesterday's ESPN Insider column: "I'd be stunned if Ortiz finishes the month on the Boston roster." I no longer subscribe to Insider, so I don't know if Olney offered any reason/anonymous source/etc. ... Flo is hitting .286/.333/.762 this month, with 3 taters.

Red Sox team totals, AL ranking among 14 teams:
Batting:
1st in H, 2nd in SLG, 3rd in RS & OBP, 4th in BB

Pitching:
14th in RA, 13th in HR, 12th in H, 10th in BB & WHIP
Mike Cameron begins a rehab assignment tonight as Pawtucket's DH. He will play center field tomorrow and meet with Sox staff on Wednesday.
My body feels good. It's been responding to back-to-back days of constant pounding. Other than like general soreness, I've got to let it go. ... I need to go see where I'm at ... I just have to be brutally honest with myself and brutally honest with the staff.
Adrian Beltre wore non-prescription glasses last night to protect his eyes from the cold (47 degrees) and wind (20 mph to RF).
My eyes are really sensitive, and every time it's windy, I can't see. ... It was the first time I've ever worn them. Ever. I've had them for many years ... but I never had the guts to use them ... I'll probably use them more often.
That's amazing. Never had the guts? I was initially embarrassed to wear my glasses to school back in 6th or 7th grade, but why would a 13-year MLB vet (who plays at the "hot corner") be hesitant to make sure his vision was not blurry during games? Is protecting your eyes against something as innocuous as wind unmanly?

Only two other AL games today: Yankees/Tigers and Rays/Angels.

173 comments:

redsock said...

Here is something that's a tad fucked up:

Laura asked a question on her blog recently (more musing "out loud" than anything) and someone from Citizenship and Immigration Canada called my work number and left a message answering her question. She had not contacted CIC in any way.

johngoldfine said...

Four-eyes, four-eyes! What a frippin wimp that Beltre is!

If I were his manager, I'd insist he wear them, so he could, like, make plays and maybe hit the ball....

johngoldfine said...

Those CIC guys--no flies on them, eh? Semper vigilis!

The D said...

This is all that the Olney column mentioned regarding Ortiz. No sources are listed regarding Ortiz's status, it seems to just be based on personal opinion and reaction of others. If Flo keeps up the recent current pace (May), I don't think they'd cut him or move him. Here's hoping:

"Sox making tough front-office decisions easier

The Boston Red Sox are 1-8 against the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, after getting blasted on Saturday, and now are seven games behind New York and 7½ behind Tampa Bay in the American League East. It's way too early to say that they are done, but they are certainly in deep, and the terrible start could make it easier to make some tough decisions. If David Ortiz were hitting under .200 and the Red Sox were hanging in the race, well, releasing him would be a tough call. Demoting Tim Wakefield into the bullpen would also be a tough call. But now GM Theo Epstein can act aggressively, and rightly, with an eye on the big picture -- 2011 and beyond.

In a weird way, Boston's problems are liberating for the Red Sox front office. Epstein can make moves, such as the pursuit of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, aimed to improve the Red Sox for now, but also to reconstruct the team for next year. Look, the Yankees took a step back in 2008, refusing to swap prospects in order to save what was a lost season, and keeping Phil Hughes turned out to be the smart play, and similarly, Boston should not overreact and spend resources on moves that will only help in 2010.

I'd be stunned if Ortiz finishes the month on the Boston roster.

Dan Shaughnessy calls mayday; The Red Sox are losing touch in the tough AL East, writes Scott Lauber; Ortiz's smile is no longer a sure thing, writes Harvey Araton."

9casey said...

it is amazing how Papi is a scapegoat and Beckett seems to get a free pass...

Papi maybe struggling at times, but Beckett just seemed to give up..

It seems as though his don't fuck with me attitiude could wear thin...Not that he is going anywhere but a little humility could go a long way.

redsock said...

PA: Josh Beckett's next start will be on Friday in Detroit and not Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Tim Wakefield will start on Wednesday.

Lewis, LF
Hill, 2B
Lind, DH
Wells, CF
Overbay, 1B
Gonzalez, SS
Bautista, 3B
Buck, C
Snider, RF

redsock said...

Thanks, D.

David said...

maybe Beltre has the same feeling about wearing non-prescription glasses that he does about wearing a cup while playing the hot corner...that man is a catastrophic (at least to watch) waiting to happen! lol!

redsock said...

mute or bleeding ears*?

hmmm ...





*: buck martinez/pat tabler

redsock said...

k

redsock said...

van every in rf
drew late scratch?

redsock said...

drew out with vertigo...

(or maybe being lazy and going to a hitchcock film festival?)

Zenslinger said...

Bah, JD Drew is for the Birds!

(eh heh)

Zenslinger said...

And this is a start to a game I can get behind.

redsock said...

2-0!!! victor is getting hot

Zenslinger said...

Eight pitches, two runs. Yeah yeah.

redsock said...

we will pound 'morrow tonight.

redsock said...

buck martinez: "the question with ORtiz is whether he will turn it on again or are we seeing the beginning of the end?"

the end is beginning just now???

redsock said...

tabler trying to "explain" the philosophy of the red sox FO ....

and that is my limit.

redsock said...

mfy down 2-0 in the bot 1st in det

Zenslinger said...

Tigers over Yanks 2-0 after one inning.

redsock said...

seabass has 10 dingers!
and a .300 OBP

redsock said...

11?

redsock said...

umps will review seabass's dong ...

redsock said...

wow - it looks like it hit the exact edge of the wall, where the vertical wall becomes the little shelf.

could go either way.

redsock said...

nope - the edge video now looks like it got the back of the shelf.

buck martinez cannot see it. he was saying ledge and i agreed, but a third viewing shows it hitting back of shelf. but buck doesn't see it this time.

correct call = 2-2 tie

redsock said...

umps rule double - i think that is wrong.

redsock said...

so take advantage of the gift, pls

...

loading the bases is not the way to do it, tho

Zenslinger said...

Tigers hold off Yankee threat -- still 2-0 mid 2nd.

redsock said...

oy.

mattymatty said...

There seem to be lots of bad hops down at third base lately, huh?

Amy said...

Seems like a strange inning for Lackey. Walks, two ground rule doubles. Still no outs.

redsock said...

snakes

Amy said...

Uch, not looking good.

redsock said...

FUCK WHAT THE FUCK -- WE NEEDED THAT RALLY KILLER!!!!!! FUCKIN UMPS

mattymatty said...

Well this fell apart quickly.

Zenslinger said...

...and it's one of those "*Still* no outs" situations.

redsock said...

jesus they are scoring too fast for me to keep up with my scorecard ....

that is a bad sign

Zenslinger said...

Christ, he hurt or something?

nick said...

I'm not sure I heard right, but did DO say the Jays scored 4 unanswered runs?

They're not done "talking" no chance to answer yet.

nick said...

well, that's one out.

Amy said...

That's spooky about the CIC guy, Allan. What did you say?

And I was in 7th grade when glasses were prescribed, and it took me until after college to admit that I needed to wear them all the time, not just to drive and watch TV. But I was not trying to play baseball.

Amy said...

I wondered what he meant by "unanswered" also.

redsock said...

i got a voice mail. laura talked to someone (the same woman i think) today.

was FY even near the bag on that FC?

mattymatty said...

Nice play by Scutaro there. Two down.

nick said...

emma is practically begging for one more strike.

"please, please an out".

"yes!"

she seems very attached to this game.

Zenslinger said...

Three unanswered outs! Yay!

redsock said...

emma is practically begging for one more strike.
she seems very attached to this game.


has she had dinner?

mattymatty said...

Detroit 3, MFY 0, bottom 2

redsock said...

ignore the troll pls

mattymatty said...
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nick said...

there ya go, zen.

No. no dinner 'til the games over! hmm... wonder if there's a connection.

mattymatty said...

RS - sorry, shouldn't have mentioned it.

nick said...

we decided to experiment with frozen yogurt by taking individual yogurts and freezing them.

Turns out they're frozen. As they thaw, we're discovering it's yogurt, but y'know frozen.

redsock said...

feel free to repost your wells comment without the other stuff and i'll wipe it out

mattymatty said...

I like how Heidi is saying Morrow has "turned it on in his last four starts" just after Morrow airmails one to the backstop for ball four. Good stuff.

mattymatty said...

Is vertigo a long term problem? In other words, will Drew be out long term or is this a day to day kinda thing?

Amy said...

Nick, I have wondered about that and freezing yogurt. Thanks for saving me the trouble.

Zenslinger said...

The rare conditions that cause long-term vertigo make one's life pretty hellish. I'm sure Drew's problems are temporary.

redsock said...

i'll delete this later but

BR: calling me a "huge fag" is not banter. you crossed the line many times last year and this season.

redsock said...

he has suffered from it bfore.

B.R. said...

Never ever called you a huge fag...may have talked shit about the Sox, never did that....

mattymatty said...

Hopefully Drew recovers quickly.

We're less than two innings through this game and there have already been six walks.

redsock said...

should i post a link to the screenshot jpg i took?

mattymatty said...

Seven

nick said...

red sox going on a collective evening stroll.

redsock said...

i think i will.
mod is back on though.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Come on FY. Take care of business.

Amy said...

Is the strike zone very small today or are both pitchers having some control issues?

redsock said...

swing the bats, you bums!!!!

nick said...

Yeah, Amy, it's a bit underwhelming. Not that I was expecting magic, but still. It's OK, just not great.

Ball 3...

When I was a kid, one of my dad's favorite desserts was frozen grape juice boxes.. you shave off the top. tasty stuffs.

Ball 4!

mattymatty said...

Eight total walks, five by Morrow, four in just this inning. Credit the Sox with taking some pitches.

Morrow has used 49 pitches to get four outs.

mattymatty said...

Amy - I think the strikezone isn't the issue. Both pitchers have had severe control problems in this inning.

nick said...

2 strikes. he might actually have to swing that lump of wood.

Amy said...

I was some RBIs here.

redsock said...

wheeeeeeeee

nick said...

I was about to curse that double play...

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Erron Hill

Amy said...

Now that was fortunate!

Amy said...

Thanks for the answer, Mattymatty.

mattymatty said...

YEAH!

Another gift from Aaron Hill on defense.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Nick, I was already cursing it.

mattymatty said...

RS - living in Toronto, do you take extra enjoyment in beating the Jays?

redsock said...

yes.
yes, i do.

redsock said...

i cannot wait until we pass these shitheads in the standings. at least tampa and nyy are good teams.

redsock said...

does buck martinez gets an extra $5 every time he says "fisted"? it's been 4-6 times tonight.

mattymatty said...

Morrow living off the charity of the hp ump right now.

nick said...

The air of cursed breath was nearly out my lips when ripped back with a gasp.

Grant Ballfour.

redsock said...

start burning that pen now cito -- or let morrow walk 4 or 5 more guys!!!

Amy said...

YES!!! Love when Papi gets an RBI.

redsock said...

fuck yeah!
flo with the first hit of the inning!!!!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

A little help?

My son and I are headed to Chicago in June. He is going to see MGMT in concert and I wouldn't let my 17 year old go to Chicago alone. "What could go wrong" he said. Anyway, I'm going to a Cubs game on a Friday afternoon. Any suggestions of where I should sit? I will be by myself.

nick said...

Morrow probably wondering why the hell they hadn't pulled him yet.

there they go.

Amy said...

What is the gap between Toronto and the Sox? 3 games still?

mattymatty said...

Big Papi!!

Gotta like the four run inning to answer the four run inning.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

The bad news? Lackey gave up four in the top of the second.

The good news? Morrow is out of the game after 1.2 innings.

redsock said...

Never ever called you a huge fag...may have talked shit about the Sox, never did that....

You are a lying, homophobic asshole.

Case closed.

mattymatty said...

Did they take Morrow out or did he just change his uniform?

nick said...

see... not you. I don't know who this Alan dude is.

redsock said...

funny - once i mentioned the screen shot, he has not tried to post anything.

nick said...

We changed the channel during the commercial. Revenge of the Sith is on. I've never seen in. Holy moly the acting is bad! I walked out of Episode I after a few minutes of Jar-Jar Binks and couldn't take my memory of the original trilogy being tarnished anymore. This one isn't helping.

mattymatty said...

Nick - The acting and scripts in all of the pre-quels are just awful. I really wanted to like them, but I just couldn't.

Zenslinger said...

My, my. What wild stuff goes on while I'm walking home.

mattymatty said...

Hard to believe we have four hits but six runs.

mattymatty said...

The Jays are really trying to lose this one. We'd better take 'em up on it.

SoSock said...

Wow, 6 walks in an inning? Now an error to boot. These guys are not good are they?

mattymatty said...

D P!

SoSock said...

2 1/3 inngs in - 7 outs and 7 walks. Plus 2 errors. Oy

nick said...

Annakin was just emotionally expressing his turn to the dark side. Geez. The "Waiting for Guffman" community theater group would be better. Just shameful. I will relish the geekery of my youth. Go Tron!

Zenslinger said...

I think the problem with a lot of big-budget special-effects moviemaking is that they plan the set pieces out first. Then they try to fine tune character and story around that. The director and stars of the first Iron Man said so plainly. They said they had to go through many shooting iterations of the characters actually interacting until they got it right, but I don't think Lucas left room for that.

Plus, there's a reason he hadn't directed since Star Wars.

But fuck all that, I want more runs. Youk?

SoSock said...

I have to say - I think the 1st 3 Star Wars movies were every bit as good as the next 3 are bad. I liked them so much that I could watch the next 3 just to follow the story. Unfortunately they didn't even do a good job fo filling in the storyline. I couldn't sit through any of those 3 again. The 1st 3 however.....

SoSock said...

Per GDGD those looked like 3 good pitches to hit. Tis a shame he didn't

redsock said...

we saw the jarjar movie in the midst of a hellacious blackout in our nyc neighborhood. after 2+ days of no electricity, the subways started working again.

we (we had two friends from london staying with us...) went down to the upper west side to see the movie, knowing the theater would be nice and chilly with AC. coming out of the subway i remember being surprised by the working traffic lights. they actually looked foreign!

the movie sucked, but the theater was cold -- and that was far far more important.

p.s. fuck con edison. fuck 'em hard.

SoSock said...

"fo"? So I'm going dyslexic now?

mattymatty said...

YOOOOUK! Nice pick at first.

SoSock said...

Scut-err-o

mattymatty said...

I guess this is just gonna be one of those games...

redsock said...

tabler might be the worst color guy around. first he says during a replay that hill hit yook running by him, then says yook landed funny on his right ankle.

no contact and he landed on his left foot.

however he did teach me tonight that the way a pitcher can go deep into a game is to throw as few pitches as possible as you go. be economical! he repeated it 3 times. i'll never forget it.

nick said...

desire for air conditioning will allow one to forgive (at least temporarily) many things.

9casey said...

Has anyone else noticed that Victor lobs the ball back to Lackey , but rifles it back to Lester.......And is the Beckett bump more of a Varitek thing or a Beckett thing?

SoSock said...

Wait - so to get my starting pitchers to last longer in the game, they just have to throw fewer pitches like each inning? That's all? Genius!
My Little League team might never lose another game

redsock said...

i don't know why no one thought of it before. suck on that, bill james!

Zenslinger said...

Damon solo HR. DET 4, NYY2.

redsock said...

why can't we get hitters like that?

nick said...

bedtime for bonzo. be back in an hour for the 6th.

9casey said...

redsock said...
why can't we get hitters like that?



The yankees as well....imagine giving that mope Nick Johnson the spot over Damon

SoSock said...

Gotta get - there's a cold beer or 4 waiting at the bar and the boys in the band are probably firing up as we speak. Really wanted to see a couple more runs ere I parted.
Looking for dirty water when I return!

redsock said...

2 pitches? - 2 outs

mattymatty said...

Darnell McDonald's OPS...

vs Left-handers: 1.323

vs Right-Handers: .516

All stats 2010. This is before his 0-3 tonight. This just in, dude can't hit right handers.

mattymatty said...

fuck

mattymatty said...

Lackey is lacking today. By the looks, he's got a case of the becketts.

Zenslinger said...

Goddamn son of a bitch!

Zenslinger said...

Next Sports Illustrated cover:

"Seabass. Unstoppable."

redsock said...

jeemer up

redsock said...

lackey at 88 thru 5

redsock said...

now 91 thru 5.2!

mattymatty said...

3 pitches, 3 outs. Come on, here we go!

redsock said...

so i wanna see some of fallon's exile-related show tonight -- i don't even know if we get it up here -- i also assume it is usually unwatchably bad.

meunier said...

Bruins gagged to a 4-0 loss, game 6 on wed.

redsock said...

jeemer in

and 1 down!

redsock said...

everyday daniel bard up

redsock said...

L is home, says hi.

mattymatty said...

After a crazy first couple of innings we've kinda settled in a bit.

Detroit's up 5-2, b7.

tim said...

Hi JOS!

Been super absent due to ridiculous work and Bruins watching.

After that stinker tonight, time to watch some sweet Jays domination by the sox.

mattymatty said...

I think Bard should grow a ZZ Top beard.

tim said...

Thanks for that exile link btw, should be on NBC for us, A...I'm going to tape it and watch tomorrow - past my new bed time!

mattymatty said...

Eleventh total walk of the game there.

mattymatty said...

Nice play, JVE!

mattymatty said...

That's it, Menino's toast:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/10/AR2010051003802.html

Amy said...

Why, oh why, can't we get a shortstop like Seabass?

Amy said...

Yankees closing the gap with Detroit, 5-4

Amy said...

So if Wake is starting, who's out of the rotation?

redsock said...

okay amy - do a shot of vodka - it's bot time.

Amy said...

OK, good, Allan, I was afraid I was alone.

Amy said...

Is no one here providing me with support while Papelbon pitches?

redsock said...

sasahe to lewis!

Amy said...

Jeeze/

nick said...

fah. having faith but that one scared me.

Amy said...

Just one more....

nick said...

I'll take that!

redsock said...

fuck thuuu jays.

The water is Muddy!!!

Amy said...

OK, my confidence in Pap is rebuilding.

DIRTY WATER.

Now if the Yankees and Rays lose tonight, it would be very sweet.

westcoastsox said...

I showed up just in time to trample through everyone's dirty water! Hello and goodbye, all!

redsock said...

MFY: 002 000 020 - 4 8 1
DET: 210 010 10x - 5 8 1

FKR: 00
LAA: 1

nick said...

BTW, those four "unanswered" runs were answered that same inning.

redsock said...

OMG - what a fuckin meltdown by the LAAAAAA.

Up 4-1 going into the top of the 9th, but fuentes gives up a dong to aybar, but with two outs there's a guy on first when he walks zobrist, then eva doubles two runs in to tie it, pena gets hit, there's a wild pitch, then a third out.

angels better win this fucker.

redsock said...

wheeler in for the fkr.
kendrick, napoli, wood.

redsock said...

FKR: 000 000 013
LAA: 101 200 00

redsock said...

LAA goes 3-1, K, 5-3. Dicks.

And so to bed.

Michael Holloway said...

"Is protecting your eyes against something as innocuous as wind unmanly?"

Well the wind is such a female thing you know, the cradle of life... But wait a minute! The wind is like a spear, a projected force - so it's a masculine symbol. So now I don't know what to say. 'He got cuckold by the wind, what a wimp'? Or, 'He got bitch slapped by the wind, what a man!' Standing up to the wind and all.

On Rogers Broadcast tonight Buck Martinez was pronouncing his name with an accent on it's french root, Bel-Tre. Buck is anal and as well studied as anyone, he never gets anything wrong. He likely talked to Adrian and got the pronunciation.

So... because of that the wind is definitely male and Beltre is therefore an effeminate 3B. Just like Stephen Colbert. :)

P.S. Wondering also in what century the first gay baseball player is going to 'come out' and why it hasn't happened already. MLB is worse than the friggin' army that way.

Also, I understand they don't grow up until *after* their careers are over - or their hair goes gray, then they *have* to.)

Michael Holloway

SoSock said...

Way cool. Saw the Yankkees lose at the bar. Saw the ticker score that said the Sox held on. Came home and was going to watch the FKR lose but fell asleep. At least they did anyway. Gaining ground.
And I heard great music while all this was going on.
Good day all around!

redsock said...

2 days
2 wins
2 games closer to 1st

Cool Standings is not playing along: playoff chances are up only from 4.3% to 6.9%.

redsock said...

Buck is anal and as well studied as anyone, he never gets anything wrong. He likely talked to Adrian and got the pronunciation.

Did he also have a chat with David OR-tiz?

***

I have issues with Orsillo/Remy (and can't stand our radio guys), but I truly feel sorry for any serious Jays fan saddled with Martinez/Tabler. Good god: Tabler -- Jays fans would get better analysis from a bowl of poutine.