August 6, 2010

G110: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3

Red Sox - 130 002 000 - 6  9  1
Yankees - 200 010 000 - 3 9 1
Ryan Kalish hit his first major league home run, a two-run line drive to right-center in the sixth. It came right after New York had cut Boston's lead to 4-3.

Buchholz (7.1-9-3-0-4, 97) had only two perfect innings, but after Mark Teixeira hit a hanger out of the yard to right-center on his ninth pitch of the night, HH allowed only two other Yankees to get past second base. Terry Francona had an early hook, going to Daniel Bard after Buchholz gave up a one-out double in the eighth. Bard got the two outs, and while Derek Jeter battled Jonathan Papelbon for a 12-pitch walk with two outs in the ninth, Bot retired Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the game.

David Ortiz homered to deep center in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury drew a bases-loaded walk in the second, an inning in which Vazquez threw 39 pitches, walking three batters (one intentionally) and crowding Francisco Cervelli on an infield pop-up that clanked off the catcher's mitt for an error.

Ellsbury also made a diving catch on a sinking line drive in the eighth (Bard's first batter). He dove forward, towards the infield, and ended up belly-flopping semi-awkwardly on the grass. There was a quick shot during a replay of Ellsbury holding his left side for a few seconds.

The Blue Jays beat the Rays 2-1, so Boston gained a game in both the East (now 5 GB) and the WC (4.5 GB).

Pre-Game: Hideki Okajima to the DL with an injured calf; Felix Doubront is up from Pawtucket.
Example
Clay Buchholz / Javier Vazquez
Ellsbury, CF
Scutaro, SS
Ortiz, DH
Martinez, C
Beltre, 3B
Drew, RF
Lowell, 1B
Kalish, LF
Lowrie, 2B
           W   L   PCT   GB   RS   RA   DIF
Yankees 67 40 .626 --- 576 442 +134
Rays 67 41 .620 0.5 543 413 +130
Red Sox 62 47 .569 6.0 561 496 + 65
The Red Sox begin a four-game series at Stade Fasciste. Buchholz leads the AL with a 170 ERA+ and has allowed only 2 earned runs and 7 hits in his last two starts (15 innings). Buchholz has the best road ERA (2.36) of any AL starter, as well as the best nighttime ERA (1.94).

Some stuff from New York:George A. King III, Post:
While Yankee fans are jazzed about burying the Red Sox in The Bronx, that could be getting far out in front. ...

Who can forget six years ago this coming October, when the Red Sox recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS against the Yankees? Sure, the names have changed for each team -- but ...

If the Yankees win three of four, they put more distance between themselves and the Red Sox. Split and nothing but time comes off the calendar. Lose three, or worse, get swept, and the math changes quickly in the Red Sox's favor.
That should probably be an "0-3 deficit".

Kevin Kernan, Post:
Now that Alex Rodriguez has his 600th home run, it's time he and the Yankees take on another big job:

Bagging the Red Sox. ...

[T]he Yankees have an opportunity this weekend. They can push the Red Sox out of the race. If they let them get back in it, anything is possible. ...

A lost weekend for the struggling Sawx would put them in a precarious position heading into the final eight weeks of the season. ... The last thing the Yankees need come October is to run into their old pals from Boston. ...

Boston, no matter what, is just too dangerous a team to mess with come October.
John Harper, Daily News:
[A]fter learning Thursday that Kevin Youkilis will have thumb surgery and is out for the season, the Red Sox appear ready to be put away for the season.

But do these Yankees have that killer instinct?

Therein lies the intrigue to this four-game series. Joe Girardi's ballclub is 27 games over .500, once again in first place, mostly because it has beaten up on the dregs of the American League, going 23-8 against the Orioles, Indians, Royals and Mariners ... [T]he Yankees are only 14-14 vs. the Rays, Red Sox and Blue Jays this season ...

The Sox have shown enough grit, in the face of an injury plague similar to the one that ruined the Mets in 2009, to make you think the Yankees could be making a mistake by giving them any sort of opening. ...

It is not often the Yankees get the chance to leave the Sox for dead in early August. They really should take advantage of it.
Mike Lupica, Daily News:
The Red Sox aren't going to catch the Yankees or the Rays for the wild card. ...

[The Yankees] have to take three of four or maybe all four off the wounded Red Sox this weekend, knock them right out of the conversation ...
Mike: If Boston is not catching anyone, as you just stated as a stone cold fact, why does it matter what happens this weekend? ... What? Your columns are merely extemporaneous bullshit that have no meaning, logic or coherence*? I see.

* - E.g., "The Yankees are some team. They are some deep team ...".

Since July 3, when the Red Sox were 0.5 GB the Yankees, they have gone 13-15.

There are 53 games left in the regular season. Injuries or no injuries, it's time to stop treading water. As David Ortiz said on Wednesday:
We are running out of time. This is the time when you need to win so you don't have to be rushing out in September. You've got to win. Got to.

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redsock said...

Many thanks to Zen and Ish for running the Alt Site.

L-girl said...

Happy Birthday, Amy! Sorry we missed it yesterday, I just saw it on my calendar.

Hope you had a lovely day. I know you already got the best birthday present, the little guy in Brooklyn. But now the Sox can give you a present, too!

redsock said...

Last watched a game at home on July 22 - 2 weeks ago yesterday.

For the home stretch: a new avatar and fresh scoring pens.

(Because all that shit affects the outcomes of the games.)

L-girl said...

What? Your columns are merely extemporaneous bullshit that have no meaning, logic or coherence*? I see.

Hee hee.

L-girl said...

Last watched a game at home on July 22 - 2 weeks ago yesterday.

Worse for me because of the stupid west coast swing. I am craving baseball! Win, pls.

redsock said...

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
Rodriguez, 3B
Cano, 2B
Berkman, DH
Granderson, CF
Cervelli, C
Gardner, LF

redsock said...

And: Rays/Blue Jays

redsock said...

Carlos Delgado -- who turned 38 in June and is rehabbing from hip surgery -- worked out for the Red Sox today. (He has worked out for several clubs.)

L-girl said...

Oh man, I don't think I can thread tonight. I'm whipped. I hope I can stay up for the game.

L-girl said...

Carlos Delgado = good guy. Peace person.

Whether or not he has any baseball left in him is a separate issue.

L-girl said...

Thank you Rogers!!! We almost had to hear M Kay but found NESN on another channel. WHEW.

redsock said...

channel 74 -- if tim is out there tonight

meunier said...

I don't get NESN or YES on MLBTV, I get channel 9, whoever that is.

redsock said...

QUADRANGULAR!!!!!!!!!!!

meunier said...

PAPI DONG!!!

L-girl said...

Large Father Dong!!!

L-girl said...

Channel 9 is same announcers as YES, just a local station that gets some games.

redsock said...

it's a different ny channel, but the same idiots.

Zenslinger said...

Even if we get swept in this series, at least the Toilet Dwellers got to feel this bit of fear at the hands of a Large Father.

redsock said...

Even if we get swept in this series

Did a troll hack Zen's acct?

L-girl said...

My sister is at the game tonight. All of a sudden she's a big NYY fan. I try to avoid it.

So Zen, is Stacie moving to Chicago?

meunier said...

That lead didn't last long..

redsock said...

whatta mistake-a to make-a.

meunier said...

Only the 7th HR allowed by HH

Zenslinger said...

Allan, I mean EVEN if that happened. Not that it's going to. And stop swearing, you goddamn middle-aged so-and-so!

Stacey (I have no idea how to spell her name) decided to stay. I asked her if she wanted a change in her life. She said yes, but that someone important (but not entirely beneficial) in her life had recently moved away, so she thought that would be change enough.

Fuckin' Tex.

redsock said...

fuck you, i'm really 22. old people in their 40s are yucky.

L-girl said...

I was sure she'd go! I guess it wasn't right.

A problem person moving away can be a great thing. Or, say, your sister divorcing an asshole. For example.

L-girl said...

Don on Beltre: "His plate coverage is amazing and beyond."

L-girl said...

Ha ha ha ha haha

redsock said...

yeah, great fielding team, nesn.

meunier said...

LOL Keystone Kops play

L-girl said...

I swear I thought Lowell might not make it to 1st even with the E

meunier said...

They call it an E2.

Zenslinger said...

Cmon now, Jed.

L-girl said...

Nice. OK LBJ, the time is now.

redsock said...

9 pitch BB - loaded for lbj

Amy said...

Hi, everyone! Welcome back, A&L! And thanks, Zen and Ish, for hosting in their absence.

And thanks, Laura, for the birthday wishes! Yes, Nate was definitely my present this year. But some Red Sox wins would be sweet.

Zenslinger said...

Hate to ask, but...has LBJ had a single hit since he's been back?

redsock said...

i thought he got a gift yesterday but maybe they changed it back.

L-girl said...

Whoo-hoo! LBJ walks!

meunier said...

These boots are made for walkin'..

Zenslinger said...

Thanks for the thanks, all. It was my privilege to fill in. It takes some doing. I certainly appreciate the blog even more now.

Amy said...

All right, game tied! (Harvey grumbling about Vazquez.)

Zenslinger said...

No hit needed. Heh.

L-girl said...

Sounds quiet in the Bronx.

redsock said...

2/9 of the way there

Amy said...

Zen, when do classes start for you? We have orientation in ten days, classes starting the following Monday. Can't say I am

YES!!!

ready.

L-girl said...

Scu Scu Scutaro!

Amy said...

Nice swing!

tim said...

BACK FOR SOME SCUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!

redsock said...

MAKE HARVEY GRUMBLE!

meunier said...

Scu-Scu-Scutero

/Do we need Christian Bale to give a monolog about him?

tim said...

Send this fucker to the showers with a blue light special. Pronto.

Amy said...

Don't send him to the showers just yet. It's fun to see our guys score runs!

Zenslinger said...

Legions of Y fans cursing Javier Vasquez's name.

Me, about to step outta the firm.

Zenslinger said...

Why IBB Ortiz...for VMart?

redsock said...

do not Q girardi's genius.

tim said...

Hey, Happy Birthday Amy!

Did not know, I would've said it in the thread

L-girl said...

Congratulations, Zen!

meunier said...

OK Javy is getting squeezed honestly, not that I don't mind.

redsock said...

gaudin up!

tim said...

You don't get calls when you've proved to be wild.

Amy said...

OK, now let's not let them get those runs back.

tim said...

booooo. i can deal with 4 runs every 2 innings though, for the rest of the series.

Amy said...

Thanks, Tim!

Zen, when is your last day? You must so excited. I remember my last day before starting my teaching career. I was ELATED!

What are you teaching? What is your schedule like?

Zenslinger said...

I begin teaching Monday 8/16. Lot to do between now and then. Orientations, prep for new classes.

redsock said...

72 minute wait for HH

L-girl said...

Aug 16, right around the corner. As if you don't know that!

Amy said...

Wow, August 16 is even earlier than our start date for classes, and I thought our semester was unreasonably early.

johngoldfine said...

I go back the 30th and after only 3.5 months of vacation feel pretty damn sorry for myself.

Amy said...

OK, score more runs!

L-girl said...

My first class is Sept 13. My last class was April 6!

I know teachers have a longer schedule, but sheesh, this is such a long break for me.

redsock said...

jays tv just hyped tomorrow's rays/jays game as a "AL East showdown"

Amy said...

Yes, our teaching calendar is pretty sweet. But there is all that other stuff to do.

Funny thing is I never hear our students complain that the semester is too short!

ON FIRE!!

L-girl said...

Drewble!

johngoldfine said...

Amy--other stuff???

(Just kidding.)

L-girl said...

Oh I meant that only from a student's perspective. I know my teacher friends have a lot to do.

Amy said...

Wow, Laura, that is a really short year! We start August 23 and end around April 23. How in the world do they fit enough in into so few weeks? We have 14 week semesters. Yours must be more like ten!

Amy said...

John, I think we should not let anyone else know what that other stuff is!

L-girl said...

Amy, my semesters are 13 or 14 weeks as well.

Amy said...

I guess you have fewer breaks then? No Thanksgiving or fall break, no spring break? Shorter semester break?

Amy said...

Sure wish they had been able to drive Drew home.

johngoldfine said...

Yeah, amy, we'll just keep it on the down low, between us. Civilians just could never understand.....

L-girl said...

Thanksgiving is just a Monday here, in mid-October. I don't think there's any week off in the fall semester.

There is "reading week" in the winter term.

L-girl said...

Don was all ready to call a Tex dong when it was an obvious fly out.

L-girl said...

Nice catch!

Amy said...

Yeah, we have a number of holidays like Columbus Day, Labor Day, almost a week off at Thanksgiving, plus over a month between the end of classes in the fall and the beginning of classes in the spring (but with reading week and exams in between). I guess it all evens out in the end.

Amy said...

Nice work by LBJ there! So nice to see him back out there. I assume the media assholes are not still badmouthing him?

L-girl said...

Also, I may have finished a week early each term last year - no exams, and my papers were done.

L-girl said...

I think the damage is already done.

Ish said...

Hey everyone!!! Home sweet home. Nothing like a JoS game thread.

Amy said...

I think the damage is already done.

In terms of LBJ? I bet a solid performance for the rest of the season would shut them up.

Amy said...

Hi, Ish!

L-girl said...

Yes, in terms of LBJ. I don't think it has anything to do with what kind of season he has for the remainder. It's about laying the groundwork for trading him, IMO.

Hi Ish :)

redsock said...

I bet a solid performance for the rest of the season would shut them up.

I don't think that has ever worked for any Red Sox player - ever.

Read comments at the Globe's Extra Bases posts to see what idiot fans "believe".

Amy said...

I thought that also when all that shit was going around. It seems to have quieted down (not that I read much of what is in the MSM on this stuff). And the trading deadline passed. So maybe not? Plus if you bad mouth a guy too much, will other teams want him?

Amy said...

I don't read that stuff or listen to sports radio. Sort of like advertising and announcers---just noise that I block out as unnecessary.

I read what is here and on a couple of other blogs. That's enough for me.

SHIT.

Amy said...

OK, DP!

redsock said...

berkman seems as slow as slowell

L-girl said...

I read and/or listen to absolutely no MSM sports. Not one word. But on blogs I see that is going on.

It doesn't have to be for this trade deadline. And other teams don't care about that stuff - they're looking at the player, not the gossip.

This is typical Red Sox stuff. It's sad, I think. So unnecessary.

Amy said...

It is sad. And so counterproductive.

Amy said...

All right, HH!

redsock said...

i wish other teams ran their front offices based on the stuff mazz and cafardo write.

Zenslinger said...

Thank you for all the kind congratulations.

We have 18-week semesters. Something about getting more funding the more class you have...bleh.

L-girl said...

i wish other teams ran their front offices based on the stuff mazz and cafardo write.

OTOH, the Red Sox generally run the team rationally, very different than many teams.

Amy said...

18 weeks! Wow, that allows for a nice slow pace or lots of coverage, depending on how you want to do it.

What are you teaching?

Zenslinger said...

I'm looking around the office thinking, "What am I forgetting?"

Then I remember this is my ergo keyboard under my fingers.

Enjoy the game & thread. Go Sox.

Ish said...

Hmm. Plunked with a fastball.

Amy said...

Arggh. Get these suckers out.

Amy said...

OK, two away

L-girl said...

Good good, one more pls.

Amy said...

Shit. I hate that face.

Amy said...

OK, limited damage.

SCORE RUNS.

meunier said...

RUNS PLEASE

L-girl said...

no more threading for me tonight. great to see you all. go sox!

Ish said...

An inning or two of scoring - that seems to be the recent trend of Red Sox baseball.

Amy said...

Good to see Lowell hitting the ball.

Amy said...

Good night, Laura. Welcome back to Eastern Time.

redsock said...

joba up

"past a lunging jeter"

Ish said...

Ryan Kalish dong!

redsock said...

KALISH DONG!!!!!!!

Amy said...

YES! I think I like this new guy!

meunier said...

ROOKIE DONG!!!

meunier said...

Youk hunter in the game.

Benjamin said...

Fuck the MFYs.

redsock said...

was there really talk of the mfy trading jtc? that would be hilarious, considering how their fans jizzed over his every move.

redsock said...

joba getting fatter?

Amy said...

Would you want him in our bullpen?

redsock said...

No.

Never.

Amy said...

That's what I figured you'd say. Too crazy? Not good enough? Just don't like the guy?

redsock said...

Hate him so much, I'd want him to get lit up every single outing. Then I would cackle with glee.

Amy said...

LOL! Sadly, it's the way I am feeling about one of our current players these days.

Ish said...

Mmm. Hoegaarden.

meunier said...

headhunters have no place on the Red Sox.

Zenslinger said...

Yankees should trade for Badenhop.

redsock said...

CLANK-A-LICIOUS!!!

Ish said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *takes breath* .... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Amy said...

HAHAHA!

Amy said...

Not that I object to giving VMart a hit, but why wasn't that an error?

redsock said...

hey don and jerry - maybe that's why the mfy fielding % is so good. errors get scored as hits.

Amy said...

OK, so it wasn't just me.

meunier said...

Yes no clue why that was not an error

westcoastsox said...

Hi everyone. Crazy summer for me; so busy working I can only look at games with a half of an eye. It's 6:30 here, and leaving work to drive home, not looking forward to John Sterling on XM, but happy to see HH keep it up. Happy birthday Amy and hope to participate in a thread soon.

Amy said...

Hi, WCS! You have been busy, running and traveling and working! Hope things settle down for you soon. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

redsock said...

L: "Is it time for Amy to start worrying about the pen?"

Amy said...

I have been all along. Not feeling good if we have less than a four run lead.

redsock said...

L said "8 run lead".

May not need much pen tonight, anyway.

Amy said...

Eight run lead is even better. But really want to keep Papelbon off the mound.

redsock said...

ramram is gone, jeemer on the dl -- pen is much improved now.

K!

redsock said...

clay at 91 thru 7.

Benjamin said...

Happy birthday, Amy, by the way. Saw that yesterday... yeah....

Amy said...

I don't miss either of those guys. But...who IS in the bullpen these days who we can trust besides Bard? Atchison? MDC? Wake?

tim said...

Well, I'm back. Just made a pizza while watching, as per protocol.

This is a good start. Wonder how doubront will be out of the pen (not tonight, just in general) - hoping HH will get the CG tonight.

tim said...

oh, also welcome back guys! gonna have to catch up on the travel journals on wmtc.

that reminds me, was going to ask you guys if you're heading to a game next week?

Amy said...

Thank you, Benjamin!

tim said...

"Nay" to all of those for me, Amy.

Manuel put up pretty dece numbers in the minors, wonder why they didn't keep him up for longer. I guess there's that Richardson dude as well.

redsock said...

the bard with 4 blown saves, you mean?

redsock said...

no games for us.


(p.s. i love bard.)

Amy said...

So we have NO one we can trust? I'd still rather see Bard than anyone else in the pen.

Ish said...

Kerry Wood, Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns... none of these new Yankees scare me.

tim said...

ooo damaso marte! can we see him plz, joe? PLEEEEASE!?!

oh, dl. damn.

redsock said...

It's more like "we have no one YOU can trust"!

tim said...

No, its pretty much time for complete games from here on out. 1918 style.

Amy said...

I don't think it's just me. See Tim, as another example!

tim said...

I swear if that fucking 100 pitch mark becomes important in this game, I'm going to sue tito for alcohol poisoning.

Speaking of which, I figured out that BAC rule. Apparently my BAC has to be over a certain level for them to win. Lost a couple while you were away where I only had one glass of wine.

Fuck sakes, Tito. Be ready for my lawsuit.

Amy said...

Time to go to the bullpen. Uh oh. Time for my xanax?

redsock said...

i know!

tim said...

It's pretty sad when our mop man has to be lifted for Pap in a 6-1 game.

Well, at least he's DLed now. But right now there is no one that inspires confidence in that bullpen to me. Besides steady Daniel.

redsock said...

pro-active tito going to the pen.

redsock said...

nice work from big daddy laptop.

***



no team's pen is going to give you confidence.

Amy said...

OMG, LBJ!!!

tim said...

THAT'S LAURAS BOY!!!!!

redsock said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOO

SOFTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

---

wait a minnit.

redsock said...

ack - and holds his left side.

Amy said...

BAC, Tim??

Amy said...

Never mind, blood alcohol, I assume?

redsock said...

bard is a goddamn out-getting beast.

Amy said...

Now THAT's a relief pitcher!

OK there was really almost a hit there, but for LBJ, but still...

tim said...

No, but I'm used to at least having Jeemer not suck. Pap has been much less reliable and RamRam/MDC had/having shittier years. I was a lot more confident in the pen in prior years.

Usually a 5 run lead was fine to call on the pen. Now it has to be at least 10 :)

Benjamin said...

Tim, do they have 190 proof Everclear in your state? I bought some of that and made some mouthwash. Excellent excellent mouthwash.

Amy said...

Our pen used to give me confidence. Remember when Pap was unhittable and Oki outsmarted everyone with that weird pitching stance/move? THAT was a bullpen.

tim said...

yup. good old blood alcohol concentration or whatever.

damn, this pizza turned out well. who knew that whole wheat crust could be so tasty.

redsock said...

amy: but didn't that pen have timlin or someone else we all hated?

Benjamin said...

By the way, Allan, I get the allusion in your avatar but don't understand its significance. Does it have any?

tim said...

First of all, its a province :>) and second of all, I don't know. I doubt it, I stay away from that stuff though, so I wouldn't know.

Someone had it at a party I was at once, and I used it to clean out a cut that I had at the time.

Amy said...

Yeah, here it's blood alcohol level, so I was thrown off.

Ish said...

Beer does that sometimes.

Amy said...

Timlin? Who was he?

(Just kidding.)

tim said...

Timlin was respectable in 07...i found this out the other day, and was shocked.

Yeah, the 07 pen's ERAs were mostly in the 3 range, not high 4s like this year.

redsock said...

great album, great art, and the image seems to fit this year.

redsock said...

the mfy payroll is eleventy-billion, and look at the shit they have out there with f-bat.

tim said...

fuck sakes ortiz.

i suppose that will go as a hit too.

Benjamin said...

They have enough money to clone Fruitbat by now, in a vat. Perhaps a pool. Maybe an electrified one.

tim said...

make no mistake, i do not want any cunts or wood in our bullpen.

what we need is that band they had going.

Benjamin said...

i suppose that will go as a hit too.
So it was scored.

redsock said...

i know we hated him for along time, though. ... anyway, every year's pen had dreck. we tend to forget some of them as the years go on. esp. for old farts like all of you. i, however, am a very young blogger, 24 or so years old.

tim said...

btw redsock, not sure if you're up on tim bogars latest blunders...fucked up a couple times in one of the spiders games.

redsock said...

did not get any details outside of looking at boxes in the airport last night.

Amy said...

LOL, Allan! Yeah, there were always some losers in there. But at least we had a decent 8th inning guy and a decent closer. I don't feel that way now.

Amy said...

FWIW, I liked Timlin (his pitching, not his politics) in 2004 and for a while before and after.

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