July 18, 2010

G92: Rangers 4, Red Sox 2

Rangers - 000 210 010 - 4  9  0
Red Sox - 010 000 001 - 2 6 1
Wilson (6.2-3-1-5-10, 113) kept a tight lid on the offense -- the Red Sox got one runner past second base in the first eight innings -- and Lester (8-9-4-3-6, 118) was not as sharp as usual.

The Sox took a lead on Kevin Youkilis's single and Adrian Beltre's double, but Texas scored twice after two were out in the fourth (an error by Beltre brought the second run home) and pulled off a double steal to grab a run in the fifth.

Mike Cameron homered to start the ninth and Bill Hall reached on an error, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. But Kevin Cash and J.D. Drew struck out swinging and Marco Scutaro lined out to short.

The Yankees beat the Rays 9-5, so Tampa Bay is back to 3 GB and Boston is 6.5 GB.

The Red Sox fly to Oakland tonight.
Example
C.J. Wilson / Jon Lester
Scutaro, SS
McDonald, RF
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 1B
Beltre, 3B
Cameron, CF
Hall, 2B
Nava, LF
Brown, C
Michael Bowden has been called up from Pawtucket and Gustavo Molina has been designated for assignment.

Rays/Yankees, 1 PM
Example
July 18:

1882 - Louisville's Tony Mullane ("The Apollo of the Box") is the first major leaguer to pitch both left- and right-handed in the same game. (He was mostly a right-hander.)

1916 - With the Cubs and Dodgers tied 4-4 in the 10th, umpire Bill Byron forfeits the game to Brooklyn when Chicago pitcher Hippo Vaughn protests alleged sign stealing by baserunners and refuses to pitch.

1975 - Jim Rice hits a home run over the centerfield wall at Fenway Park, to the right of the flag pole. Owner Tom Yawkey calls it the longest dong he's ever seen at Fenway*. It's the 6th time a homer has been hit to the right of the pole: Detroit's Hank Greenberg, on May 22, 1937; Boston's Jimmie Foxx, on August 12, 1937; Yankee Bill Skowron, on April 20, 1957; Boston's Carl Yastrzemski, on May 16, 1970; and Brewer Bob Mitchell, on September 29, 1973.

* Hiyooooo!

1990 - A day after the Twins turn two triple plays against the Red Sox, the teams set a record for most double plays in a game, with the Twins turning six and the Red Sox turning four.

102 comments:

redsock said...

FKR - 3
MFY -

Pena 3-run dong off HGHorseface
Price for the Rays

SoSock said...

Game on.....
Be Wicked, Lester.

FKR up early. Go you satanic Rays, go!

SoSock said...

Damn Yankees close it to 1 on a Cano triple. 3-2

redsock said...

andrus's first hit since july 8 - he was 0 for 26.

redsock said...

picked off: 13634

redsock said...

leather.

SoSock said...

The pick-off was nice, but not so sure about 2 hits to start the game :(

redsock said...

lester in first:

allowed 2 hits
faced 3 batters
threw 8 pitches

SoSock said...

Nice. Lester allows 2 out of 3 batters to reach, but still only faces the 3. Don't imagine that happens too often. And not something I'd want to rely on happening the rest of the game.

L-girl said...

Lester-mini-dini

1990 - A day after the Twins turn two triple plays against the Red Sox, the teams set a record for most double plays in a game, with the Twins turning six and the Red Sox turning four

There were two triple plays in one game???

redsock said...

Yet again, NESN cannot be bothered to include the junior announcers' last names. (Jack Whoever tosses in a "Kevin Yoooooooooookilis"!)

redsock said...

(Someone doesn't read my posts)

SoSock said...

The Petite One (sic) walks 2 in the 2nd, but they are stranded.

redsock said...

As Orsillo said, LH are batting a mere .096 against Wilson (9-for-94), with a .294 OPS!

(But those LH also have a very low .129 BABIP; RH at .279)

redsock said...

is vlad walking as rare as a bengie triple?

L-girl said...

Anyone listening to the radio broadcast? They are talking about Castig's former interns, which include many now-famous people, including Don Orsillo. OB: "I know you don't want to single anyone out at the expense of the others. But you always said Don was the best eater."

Castig: "Oh, no question about that."

L-girl said...

vlad BB probably not as rare, but almost! he rarely sees a pitch he doesn't want to swing at

redsock said...

Yook 1B + Beltre 2B = 1-0!

redsock said...

Pettitte leaving with 1 out in the top of the 3rd; injured?

L-girl said...

Pettitte knocked out in the 3rd

L-girl said...

Yes, sounds like an injury.

Or maybe he punched a door like his teammate.

Zenslinger said...

Pettite outta the game in the third. Hoo.

meunier said...

WTF no replay of that??

Patrick said...

I hate it when Castig and OB question a player's drive. If only Burnett and Bossman Junior took their advice, they would be better than they are. *sigh*

redsock said...

gotta go to commercial asap!!!

replay when they return, probably.

meunier said...

ROFL

redsock said...

Asian Heidi!

Zenslinger said...

Robertson wiggles out of it, but you have to think it's advantage Rays at this point (1-run lead, Price vs. Yanks 'pen).

I'm trying to convince myself that's a good thing for the Sox - the Rays winning, that is.

L-girl said...

pettitte = leg injury

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Hi All,

Just got back from the beach, ate lunch, kids (son, nieces, nephews) are all out. I'm by myself!!! I found some decent internet service and am listening to the game on the computer and watching the MFY on mute.

Radio says Horseface left with a leg injury.

L-girl said...

I know we're supposed to want the Rays to lose because it helps our wild card chances, but I can't do it. The Yankees are in first, I hate that, and I want them to lose, period.

Patrick said...

Yeah, I wish somehow they could both lose. Maybe they can get into a brawl and break some bones...

a guy can dream.

redsock said...

welcome back!

a yankee getting hurt? aft.

L-girl said...

Patrick, me too. I caught that re Burnett, too. Full of talent but hasn't been able to make it work for him - lacks something mentally.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

There really is no way to root for the Yankees.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Yankees tie it at three.

redsock said...

As discussed:

FKR - 300
MFY - 201

***

so did they ever show that lester comebacker replay?

L-girl said...

crap x 2

meunier said...

What is with everyone throwing it away lately!!

redsock said...

remy, talking about alliagtor alley and some 3 hour rain delay they had during a spring game: this is before your time at nesn, but we used to do just about every single spring training game.

don: wow.

remy: it was *terrible*!

...

don: you must have been a lot of fun to work with.

L-girl said...

don: you must have been a lot of fun to work with.

ha ha, very good.

gotta go work while i listen. see you all later.

SoSock said...

Not what I wanted to come home to. Still plenty opportunities to cme though. DP sure would help

SoSock said...

Not that anyone asked me, but I'm not pulling for the Yanks so we have a better shot at the WC. I'm pulling for the Rays because I want us to win the AL East! (Of course that whole "it's the Yankees" thing comes into play a bit as well)

SoSock said...

Shit. Steals home. Double shit

SoSock said...

What a gaping black hole we have at the bottom of our order right now. I'm still holding out for a pennant chase, but we've got to start getting healthy soon.

L-girl said...

Bengie Molina hits a triple and Jhonny Peralta gets an inside the prak home rnu. Things you thought you'd never see. But in Jhonny's case, someone had to crash through a bullpen door.

L-girl said...

(Someone doesn't read my posts)

I read the post. That's why I was copying it with disbelief.

johngoldfine said...

GBA brought to you from Bangor Maine, where I work!

meunier said...

Who stole home?? Where??

SoSock said...

Julio Borbon stole home against Lester and Brown in the 5th to give them the extra run.

meunier said...

That's weird I have had the sound on all the time and never heard that

SoSock said...

We sure made Wilson look good today. Let's hope we don't do the same favor for the pen.

SoSock said...

I was gone for a while, and that's the description GDGD gave of the play when I returned and scrolled back to see how the run scored.

redsock said...

batter struck out, andrus took off for second and as soon as he saw brown throw, he slowed up. borbon took off for home once brown threw. scutaro took the throw and fired home, but it was late (and maybe in the dirt). safe -- and andrus went into second.

Patrick said...

two out magic, do it!

L-girl said...

Gee thanks, Bangor.

They talked about the steal of home a lot, referencing LBJ, etc. etc.

Here we go now....

L-girl said...

but no

L-girl said...

and today David Price decides to have a bad day.

redsock said...

2nd straight long wait for lester.

16 minutes before 7th
19 minutes before the 8th!

meunier said...

Get him out of there Francoma

L-girl said...

Safe or out? What do the replays show?

redsock said...

replay - no idea.

cannot tell when the glove actually pressed against his chest. safe is not a bad call.

johngoldfine said...

Bangor always aims to please.

L-girl said...

Fans really on the umps!

johngoldfine said...

Yeah, really ragging the ump it sounds like.

buffwarrior said...

we got three catchers.. nobody even blocking the plate?.. both plays could have been changed with just sticking a foot or leg in the direct route. Not only that they were skinny runners.. give up the bod for the out. I almost wanted to have contact when I was catching..

L-girl said...

Obie sees it that way too - could have gone either way.

redsock said...

Remy on the replay: "You look at it from a different angle and it looks different."

buffwarrior said...

Lester's having a great game but I see a healthy Tek blocking the plate and Lester would still be in tie game. Time for some late inning heroics.

redsock said...

cash had to reach out to his left to get the ball and then come back to the plate -- no real chance to block anything (and still catch the ball).

meunier said...

The Red Sox need to hold some extra infield practice I think.

redsock said...

bowden in

buffwarrior said...

To bad Sox had to get a first place hot team to start after the All Star break..next week west coast swing. Hopefully they can be road warriors and keep the cellar dwellers in their place.

redsock said...

Bowden: thumbs up!

SoSock said...

Cameron, Hall, Cash.....
Not exactly a rally machine, but hey, we can hope

L-girl said...

Camidong!

redsock said...

rally killer

redsock said...

To bad Sox had to get a first place hot team to start after the All Star break

texas got swept in four games by the orioles at home before the break, though they seem to be over that now.

redsock said...

snakes alive!

meunier said...

Rally Caps!!

SoSock said...

The plot thickens

L-girl said...

Kevin Cash, want to be a hero? Now's the time.

redsock said...

just don't gidp, cash, okay?

meunier said...

We have a 3rd catcher why no PH???

SoSock said...

Could have used some chching from the Cash machine :(

redsock said...

thank you, kevin.

come on, o. f.

L-girl said...

SoSock, I keep waiting to type Ka-Ching for Cash. Still waiting.

redsock said...

actually, we dfa'd molina when we brought up bowden, so we had only 2 catchers today.

SoSock said...

Agua limpia. blah

L-girl said...

Go ahead and drink the water. It is clean.

Philip said...

Hurrah, another game that our moronic manager gifts to the other team. Until a single synapse fires in his vacant head and he realized that Kevin Cash should not ever start in the first place and when he does he should be replaced in every instance of importance, and that Darnell McDonald and Eric Patterson are not top-half-of-the-order hitters, he is a drag on this team. All that "Tito's best year" shite is false--this team has scored runs in spite of him, not because of.

Philip said...

I guess I'm a little bitter. xD

redsock said...

First: Cash did not start.

Second: Do you want Brown batting as the tying run in the 7th?

If yes, and he makes the third out, one might ask WTF? Why not Drew?

If no, Cash is the only other catcher you got. Which makes it hard to pinch-hit for him in the 9th.

redsock said...

Patterson and Shealy were the only guys on the bench. So send one of those guys up for Cash ... who catches if the game goes to the 10th? (Same deal if you hit Shealy in the 7th and maybe Drew in the 9th. Who catches?)

I guess Hall could catch and Patterson goes to 2B, but this is not WS Game 7, so ...

Main problems: Lester was not sharp and Wilson took care of the bats.

Philip said...

In hindsight, yes I would rather have Brown in the 7th than Cash in the 9th. Without that, I can see how the choice is a difficult one. But my rant, though inspired by the game, is more directed at Tito's management in general this past month and a half or so. And while Cash didn't start, he shouldn't be on the team. Even minor leaguers like Exsposito can be quite reasonably expected to outperform him.

redsock said...

Not without cause.

(Considering the restraints of the roster, the in-game and long-term implications of his decisions, and looking at him in the context of both the other 29 MLB managers and previous Red Sox managers, I would be curious to hear your "Francona is a Moron" argument, if you are serious.)

redsock said...

FKR - 300 000 101 - 5 12 0
MFY - 201 041 10x - 9 11 1

Yesterday's gains are lost.

MFY ---
FKR 3.0
BOS 6.5
TOR 11.5
BAL 29.0

L-girl said...

Moronic manager? How is any of this Tito's fault? Apart from quibbles here and there, since it's safe to assume you'll have quibbles with any manager.

But my rant, though inspired by the game, is more directed at Tito's management in general this past month and a half or so. And while Cash didn't start, he shouldn't be on the team.

Surely you can't blame that on Francona.

I'd be very curious to hear your arguments, too. I don't know if you blog, but if you do, maybe you'll direct us to the post. Your vehement belief that this is mostly Francona's fault makes me wonder what I've been missing!

Philip said...

I don't know how much you believe in MLEs (Minor league equivalencies), but they indicate that several of our minor league catchers would be far better than Cash. Now, I know that Tito is not in charge of the decision of who goes up and down, but he does have input. He continues to start inferior players in high spots in the order while better players are at the bottom of the order. For instance, Scutaro, who is always near the top of the lineup, has the same OBP as Cameron and a lower OBP than Drew, with lower power than both of them and worse speed than Cameron. I've also said this before, but the continual presence of Patterson/McDonald in the two-spot is infuriating. Tito's also used Okajima against more righties than lefties. Bard has pitched in more medium-leverage instances (per Fangraphs) than high-leverage, and he's been used just as much against lefties (against whom he has a history of struggles, and though the ERA doesn't show it this season, his K:BB is 13:8 vs. lefties compared to 32:5 against righties).

Obviously, every manager makes mistakes. My rant there was a lot of fan-frustration coming out in the heat of the moment. But there has definitely been manager stupidity this season, and I stand by my statement that the idea that Tito's management has been the reason for this rag-tag team's run scoring.

redsock said...

I don't know how much you believe in MLEs (Minor league equivalencies), but they indicate that several of our minor league catchers would be far better than Cash.

I don't follow the minors as much as I'd like, so I can't say how ready Exposito is. But I am skeptical that he's ready to jump from AA to be the starting catcher for the Red Sox, at least until Victor comes back.

Everyone knows Cash sucks and I see no reason why they would waste time with Cash (or Molina) if they thought one of their own kids could handle the job. There is also the issue of starting the aribtration clock.

He continues to start inferior players in high spots in the order while better players are at the bottom of the order.

This bothers me, too. But Tito has built up a shitload of goodwill and I will cut him a lot of slack and assume there's a lot we don't know -- about where guys feel good hitting, how he wants to space out the lineup, how batting order is not all that important (however much it can frustrate the hell out of me sometimes) ...

AL rank in OBP by batting spot:
#1 - 9th
#2 - 5th
#3 - 3rd
#4 - 3rd
#5 - 4th
#6 - 4th
#7 - 6th
#8 - 2nd
#9 - 7th

Tito's also used Okajima against more righties than lefties.

Only 7 more PA against RH, though.

Bard has pitched in more medium-leverage instances (per Fangraphs) than high-leverage

B-Ref has 86 Hi-Lev PAs, 44 Medium, 36 Low. How does FG measure it?

and he's been used just as much against lefties (against whom he has a history of struggles

Bard has been murdering LHB this year: .108/.205/.122. Which was the opposite of last year. The K:BB is way worse, but that is affected by the fact that he strikes out far more RH than LH.

I think Tito's usage of Jeemer and especially Bard has been affected by the shitty job of other pitchers. He has needed to rely on them more often and for more batters.

9casey said...

Philip said...
For instance, Scutaro, who is always near the top of the lineup, has the same OBP as Cameron and a lower OBP than Drew, with lower power than both of them and worse speed than Cameron.



Not near the top, he leads off......
Scutaro is actually a point higher than Cameron in OBP.

Cameron hasn't run all year and with his injury most likely won't.

I beleive , with the lineup he is just waiting out the DL.

Relax, just when people start to doubt Tito, he manages to fool us all, he knows his team better than some stat may tell you, have a little faith in Tito, he did after all win 2 World Series. ( I actually believe he had something to do with that)

L-girl said...

He continues to start inferior players in high spots in the order while better players are at the bottom of the order.

I find this overemphasis on batting lineup a bit mystifying. I've heard the arguments - after all, I live with Allan - but IMO it's silly to think tweaking the batting order would make that much of a difference in games won and lost.

Re Cash, I also don't follow the minor leagues, but I do know that highly touted prospects routinely come up to the majors and fail. If there was any alternative to Kevin Cash, wouldn't Theo want him, pronto?

Also, we don't know how much input Francona has in these decision, but I imagine it's not very much. Since the Sox try to make decisions based on rational, measurable factors - as opposed to fan-pleasing but worthless moves - I don't think Francona could be reasonably expected to have much input. That's my conjecture, anyway.