May 29, 2010

G51: Red Sox 1, Royals 0

Royals  - 000 000 000 - 0  5  3
Red Sox - 010 000 00x - 1 5 0
Buchholz (7-4-0-4-4, 108) lowered his ERA to 2.73 and Mike Lowell's grounder to second brought in the night's only run.

Adrian Beltre began the second inning with a line single to right and J.D. Drew hit an opposite field double off the Wall. Lowell's grounder brought Beltre home. ... David Ortiz lined a double off the wall in dead center in the fifth.

Daniel Bard allowed a leadoff double to Jason Kendall in the eighth, but pitched out of trouble. After a bunt moved Kendall to third, Bard struck out Mike Aviles (who was primed to swing at anything) and Dustin Pedroia made a great backhanded snag of David DeJesus's hot grounder. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth on 12 pitches.

And Greinke (6-5-1-3-3, 144) once again got the shaft from his mates.

Rays won 8-5, Yankees lost 13-11, Blue Jays won 5-2. ... MFY 4.5, TOR 5.5, BOS 6.5.
Example
Zach Greinke / Clay Buchholz
Scutaro, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Martinez, C
Beltre, 3B
Drew, RF
Lowell, 1B
Hermida, LF
Cameron, CF
Just like in 2009, the Royals offense has ground to a halt whenever Greinke is on the hill. Here are five of his 10 starts this season:
0405 vs Det - 6 innings, 2 runs allowed - N/D
0421 at Tor - 7 innings, 2 runs allowed - N/D
0427 vs Sea - 7 innings, 0 runs allowed - N/D
0502 at Tam - 8 innings, 1 run allowed - Loss
0518 at Bal - 7 innings, 2 runs allowed - N/D
Six earned runs allowed. An ERA of 1.54. And a losing record.

Greinke made 33 starts last season. In 12 of them, his teammates scored 0, 1 or 2 runs, leaving him with a 3-5 record and a 1.47 ERA. In Greinke's nine no-decisions in 2009, he had a 2.35 ERA.

And because I thought of this guy while I was typing all this, here are two quotes:
Wins and losses are how you measure pitchers.
Joe Morgan, Baseball For Dummies, p. 289

ERA is like a batting average. It's a personal thing. ... [W]ins are better.
Joe Morgan, ESPN chat, June 26, 2007
Greinke was hit hard in his last start: 8 runs allowed in 3.1 innings against the Rockies.

Greinke faced the Red Sox on April 10 of this year, allowing four runs in 6.1 innings. He has pitched at Fenway Park only once -- 1.2 innings of relief on July 17, 2007.

AL East:
Spiders/Yankees, 1 PM
Orioles/Blue Jays, 1 PM
White Sox/Rays, 7 PM

124 comments:

redsock said...

May 29:

1905 - Brooklyn Robins pitcher Elmer Stricklett may have thrown the first spitball.

1976 - Joe Niekro hits the only home run of his 22-year career -- against his brother, Phil.

1993 - Three days after having a ball hit off his head and go over the fence for a home run, Jose Canseco pitches one inning in a 15-1 loss to the Red Sox. He hurts his arm and ends up having season-ending elbow surgery.

2000 - Oakland 2B Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play -- the 11th in history -- against the Yankees. (In spring training in 1995, Velarde, then with the Yankees, turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers.)

redsock said...

CLE - 0
MFY - 1
(CC for NY)

BAL - 0
TOR - 0

Patrick said...

11-10 CLEVELAND!!! (top of the 7th)

Sorry Joba!

redsock said...

Podsednik, LF
Aviles, 2B
Dejesus, RF
Butler, 1B
Guillen, DH
Callaspo, 3B
Maier, CF
Betancourt, SS
Kendall, C

redsock said...

CLE - 000 311 7
MFY - 102 610

Joba relieves Marte with 2 outs in the 7th:
single
walk
double
double
single
K

BAL - 000 002 000 - 2 5 0
TOR - 010 001 03x - 5 9 1

Mrs.GotRibe said...

MFY used four pitchers in the 7th inning.

redsock said...

Joba relieves Marte with 2 outs in the 7th, Yankees up 10-6:

single - 10-7
walk
double - 10-9
double - 10-11
single - 10-12
K

redsock said...

5.82 ERA.

Man, I hate that fucker.

SoSock said...

Gotta love JTC.......
Or maybe you just have to love his misfortune, or maybe even just love it when he sux ;>

redsock said...

Times:

Cleveland left-hander David Huff was struck in the head by a line drive in the third inning Saturday and left Yankee Stadium in an ambulance. ...

The Indians said that Huff, who was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital, did not lose consciousness and had no memory loss.

Huff was struck in the left side of his head, right above his left ear, by a line drive by Alex Rodriguez with runners on first and second and one out. As the ball zoomed toward him, Huff could not react in time. The ball caromed off his head with such force it landed in shallow right field ...

Huff lay facedown and motionless on the mound as training staff and emergency medical personnel tended to him. ...

***

RedSoxDiehard said...

There's certainly no one better-qualified than Joe Morgan to write a book called "Baseball for Dummies".

redsock said...

"Baseball by a Dummy"

redsock said...

CLE - 000 311 710 - 13 13 1
MFY - 102 610 001 - 11 13 0

BAL - 000 002 000 - 2 5 0
TOR - 010 001 03x - 5 9 1

AL East right now:
FKR ---
MFY 4.0
TOR 5.0
BOS 6.5

redsock said...

kevin cash also pitched last night

redsock said...

The Red Sox have decided to slow down their plan to get Beckett off the DL and back to pitching.

I assume Mazz is busy writing some sort of "People say Beckett is a soft pussy" column for tomorrow. Blisters? For years? Come on ....

SoSock said...

2 games behind the Chokers, AFTER losing 2 we're supposed to win. Not a bad place. I'm still on the bus, in the freakin' front seat even. Hell I'll drive the damn thing if that's what it takes.

WIN! And do so tonight plz.

I'll be watching the ol' ticker at the bottom of the screen as my buddies are playing at a local microbrewery pub/grill tonight. There will be alcohol involved.
And damn good music too.
And probably more alcohol.
But I digress........

SoSock said...

Not my favorire way to start a game......

SoSock said...

But then....That IS my favorite way to follow what was not my favorite way to start a game.

redsock said...

okay - time to make hay.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

So what do the players do after a pitcher gets hit in the head? Does A-Rod run to first? Does the defense play the ball? Scary stuff.

redsock said...

i think it's in play. like if it hit off any part of another player.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I figured it's in play. I guess your instincts take over to finish out the play.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I just looked on GDGD. It was an RBI double for Slappy.

SoSock said...

Yeah, it stays in play. I've been involved in a number of plays as a little league coach where you had to get to the end of a play as quickly as possible and avoid your instinct to go running on the field to tend to an injured player.
Tell your runners to hold up earlier than you might have otherwise so you can call time, stuff like that.

SoSock said...

I still don't get how this line-up scored 12 runs against us last night. Oh yeah, our pitchers sucked.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Five walks in one inning...never a good thing.

SoSock said...

Toodles.

WIN PLEASE!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Oh wait, that wasn't last night was it?

redsock said...

DREW IS ON FUCKIN' FIRE!

redsock said...

i'll take it.

redsock said...

Yunesk-E!

RedSoxDiehard said...

You can't catch a laser, Yuniesky.

nick said...

Bobble-court!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Ha, funny guys.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

That was too close to take. Wow.

redsock said...

cabin!

redsock said...

millar: i don't know anything else. i'm pretty dumb. i can hit a fastball.

redsock said...

so it's manny bashing time?

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Uh oh, they're talking about Manny.

redsock said...

"don't let us win one"

???

come on, don.

nick said...

Manny Bashin' Time! Tastes crappy; goes down chunky.

Cabin in the Sky.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

He's good in the booth.

Amy said...

Millar still living in 2004. Sounds good to me right now.

RedSoxDiehard said...

And I still get goosebumps listening to him talking about it.

redsock said...

funny, if the sox went down with no runs in the 9th of game 4, is anyone talking about the great sox family and lovely, hilarious characters of 2004?

i have my doubts.

redsock said...

i fuckin' love millar. i'd pay a lot of money to watch some 2004 alcs dvds with him.

redsock said...

people are going to be talking abou clay "growing up" and "maturing" when he's 35. it's really a broken record at this point.

Benjamin said...

I wish we could've justified keeping Millar after 2005.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Mikey on D!

nick said...

"Am I that guy?"

yup.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

But he's a lovable "that guy."

nick said...

indeed. But if it weren't for the baseball context he might well annoy the pants off me. Meeting him in a bar as a "nobody" it might be much to take.

nick said...

A sports story

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Nice story, Nick

nick said...

Good throw there to end the inning. Every time I see that Papelbon DD commercial I think maybe his problems come from having such a heavy arm.

redsock said...

Florida Evans!

redsock said...

pitch around bluelight to get to beltre?

hmmmm

redsock said...

8 straigth balls and drew hacks?

jesus.

well, o'b is happy, at least.

nick said...

bah. Why does Drew bother to lift his bat? When was the last time he so much as hit a double?

redsock said...

CWS - 020 00
FKR - 101 41*

redsock said...

When was the last time he so much as hit a double?

dude's making way too much money.

redsock said...

tough error.

redsock said...

wow - did not think there was a chance in hell of getting him there,

nick said...

dang that was close. first blush I thought he was safe. nice to see, though.

nick said...

That was weird. Seemed like both Beltre and the ump just sort of stopped there for a moment then snapped back into motion. Close to a fantastic play.

redsock said...

Halladay: 8-0-0-0-10

103 pitches

24 up, 24 down?

redsock said...

just switched over to the phillies for the bottom of the 9th...

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Me too.

redsock said...

lamb ph-ing.

nick said...

tuned in the phillies radio on my phone. "if you're just joining us..." why yes, I am.

redsock said...

fly to the edge of the track in center, victorino back and grabs it.

tv says it was the hardest, longest hit off halladay tonight.

wes helms - ph-ing

redsock said...

K looking on 4 pitches -
bastard is dealing.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

WOW. That is fun to watch.

redsock said...

PERFECT!

i think my heart stopped on that grounder.

Benjamin said...

Halladay did it.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Can you imagine being at that game?

redsock said...

tv said he went to 3 balls 7 times and also almost hit 2 guys.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Decent play by the third baseman, too.

redsock said...

"FUCKIN' A" over the tv!

Amy said...

Wow, another perfect game!

RedSoxDiehard said...

Congrats to Halladay on the perfect game, and special thanks to him for waiting until we left to do it.

nick said...

Just before the grounder on the radio, I thought maybe they'd be showing it on ESPN. I switched over to see the reaction to the perfect game before I heard the play on the radio.

good for him!

Amy said...

This is when I know I truly love baseball---having my heart stop over a game between two teams I don't even care about, rooting for a pitcher that a week ago I was rooting against. It's just a...perfect game!

Benjamin said...

DO says it's the first year with two perfect games, but weren't there two back in 1880?

Amy said...

1880...my first year as a baseball fan.

Benjamin said...

John Ward and Lee Richmond in 1880.

redsock said...

lucky fans. sure sounded like marlins fans were cheering a lot, too. and why not?

redsock said...

I think Ward faced Jamie Moyer in that game.

Benjamin said...

John Ward pitched it for the Providence Grays. The Projo will probably have a piece about it after the weekend, because they love to remind people that Providence used to have major league baseball.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Everybody safe.

redsock said...

tejada wild anyway, and now likely rattled.

redsock said...

fuck.

& bard coming in.

Amy said...

One of those games where we leave a zillion guys on base. Very annoying. At least we are in the lead.

redsock said...

HH: 7-4-0-4-4, 108

nick said...

I'd feel a bit better if the Sox could actually get some of those runners around.

I admit to be wandering a bit myself during this game, but this video of Brontë Sisters Power Dolls is pretty awesome.

redsock said...

yet again, no run support for greinke (6-5-1-3-3, 114).

RedSoxDiehard said...

This better not turn into a Shakespearean tragedy...

redsock said...

victor was pointing to third...

nick said...

I do feel bad for greinke and it would be a shame for him to get another L, but let's get out of this inning now!

redsock said...

toying with him.

now get the tough dejesus

RedSoxDiehard said...

FY!

nick said...

yes!

Amy said...

Phew.

redsock said...

nice glove work!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

FY!!

Patrick said...

!!!! Kendry Morales hit a walk off granny, and in the pile up at home plate BROKE HIS LEG!!!!

nick said...

Didn't strand any runners that inning. that's something.

Patrick said...

DeJesus doesn't give a shit about shabbos!!!

(12 year olds, dude)

redsock said...

broken leg! gotta see the clip of that one.

bot time.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

One.

nick said...

Break a leg, Kendry

Patrick said...

This perfect game things are beginning to feel yearly.

Amy said...

Watching warily.

redsock said...

feel free to mix in something besides a fastball

Mrs.GotRibe said...

TWO.

redsock said...

SPLIT for the K!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Bot: Okay A, if you say so.

Patrick said...

I feel like these filthy pitches are going to dirty the water.

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

Amy said...

Dirty water!

nick said...

sweet! dirty dirty!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

THREE!!

Dirty>>Clean

Gain a game on the MFY.

Patrick said...

Gross, disgusting water. Amen.

RedSoxDiehard said...

I can't wait for Halladay's grandmother to tell A-Rod to stick it.