August 27, 2010

G129: Red Sox 3, Rays 1

Red Sox - 100 100 100 - 3 11  1
Rays - 000 100 000 - 1 3 0
Lester (7-2-1-5-10, 106) bested Price (7-10-3-0-8, 106) and Victor Martinez hit two solo home runs.

Lester -- who tied a career-high with the five walks -- worked out of several jams, getting double plays to end the first and third innings. He threw two consecutive wild pitches to put the tying run on third with one out in the fourth, but retired the next two hitters. Lester caught Sean Rodriguez trying to steal third to end the fifth and he got a boost in the sixth, when Darnell McDonell gunned down B.J Upton at the plate.

While Lester had only two 1-2-3 innings, Price had none. Martinez hit taters to left in the first and seventh innings, both times hammering a high fastball that was left right over the plate. In the fourth, David Ortiz doubled and scored on Jed Lowrie's two-out flair into center.

Jonathan Papelbon schooled Evan Longoria to begin the bottom of the ninth. Bot started him off with a slider for a called strike, had him swing over a nasty splitter in the dirt, then fanned him on a high fastball. Papelbon walked Willy Aybar and, after striking out Ben Zobrist, he walked pinch-hitter Dan Johnson. John Jaso, another pinch-hitter, battled a little bit, but finally struck out looking on a 2-2 pitch, ending the game.

The Yankees lost to the White Sox 9-4, so Boston moved to 4.5 GB New York and Tampa Bay in both the East and the WC. The Red Sox have not been this close to first place since July 7.
Example
Jon Lester / David Price
Scutaro, SS
McDonald, CF
Martinez, C
Beltre, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowell, 1B
Drew, RF
Lowrie, 2B
Hall, LF
AL East:
            W   L   PCT    GB   RS   RA  DIFF
Rays 78 49 .614 --- 637 439 +198
Yankees 78 49 .614 --- 679 515 +164
Red Sox 73 55 .570 5.5 650 584 + 66
Blue Jays 66 61 .520 12.0 592 556 + 36
Orioles 45 83 .352 33.5 473 665 -192
Boston is 5.5 GB in the Wild Card race. ... By Monday morning, the Red Sox could be as close as 2.5 games behind the Rays -- with 31 games to play -- or as far back as 8.5 GB.

Adrian Beltre: "We're trying to catch these guys but it's tough because they're not budging."

The Red Sox are 4-8 against the Rays this season. Tampa Bay has not lost a series at Tropicana Field in two months (though they did split a four-game set in that streak). The two teams meet at Fenway for three games on September 6-7-8.

This weekend:
Saturday, 7 PM: Clay Buchholz / Matt Garza
Sunday, 8 PM: John Lackey / James Shields
The Yankees are in Chicago, playing the White Sox, who are 9.5 GB in the WC.

Also: Season-ending surgery remains a possibility for Dustin Pedroia. ... Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Eric Patterson joined Pawtucket yesterday for rehab games. ... Hideki Okajima, who has allowed five runs and six hits in 2.1 innings (three appearances) for the PawSox, will be with the Red Sox in Tampa, but it's unclear when or if he will be activated.
Example
August 27:

1912 - In response to demands for an alternative way to rate pitchers besides wins and losses, the National League will officially keep ERAs for the first time. The American League will do so the following year.

1951 - Philadelphia catcher and 8th place hitter Del Wilber hits three solo homers as the Phillies beat the Reds 3-0.

1977 - Rangers Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park homers on consecutive pitches from New York's Ken Clay as Texas wins 8-2 at Yankee Stadium.

246 comments:

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redsock said...

K-brist!

L-girl said...

Although NESN appears to make no effort.

SIT DOWN!!!!!

Joe Gravellese said...

Conflicting edits! 201! Old school

RedSoxDiehard said...

OK, I looked at that link for JOS Tweets. NO clue what it means.

And Amy, I'm with you on this. I don't get twitter. Who wrote those posts? Who's replying to whom and where's the post they're replying to?

L-girl said...

It reads like the fortunes in fortune cookies to me. No clue what they mean.

Show me an example of what you mean.

RT = retweet

The link is a compressed URL, like TinyURL, but this is bit.ly. You click on it and it takes you to the real URL.

L-girl said...

They are talking to anyone and everyone, just like bloggers. If the tweet says @soandso, they are specifically answering soandso.

L-girl said...

And who wrote them is the first thing you see, the person's name on Twitter. Just like L-girl or redsock here. But it is @someone.

Patrick said...

just gotta make things interesting.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. That helps. I have to spend some time with it, I guess. Glad the RSDH shares my confusion.

Right now not happy with two on base.

L-girl said...

example:

hatsforbats Three AL hitters have at least one triple in each of the last 11 seasons: Johnny Damon, Carlos Guillen, and David Ortiz http://bit.ly/dgbYhM

Someone who posts as "hatsforbats" - then her tweet - then a link to Allan's post, but you don't see the real URL, you see a bit.ly compressed URL instead.

That's all.

redsock said...

When they game is over, check out Amalie Benjamin's Twitter account. You can see that they are simply bits of info and sometimes she includes a link to a Globe article or something else.

fusionmouse said...

FUCK BOT! Walking .235 and .140 hitters!

L-girl said...

I don't use it and have no interest in doing so - I just have enough distractions and I don't need to spend any more time chatting online than I already do! But I think you would find it pretty straightforward if you tried.

L-girl said...

Damn these disciplined hitters

Joe Gravellese said...

finish him

Amy said...

I also need no more reasons to spend time on line. I am probably better off NOT understanding it, but I hate not knowing something that everyone else is talking about.

How do they compress the URL? Does Twitter do that, or do the users?

Joe Gravellese said...

YES

Joe Gravellese said...

YES

Amy said...

YES!! DIRTY WATER!!

Patrick said...

GAGOOSH! GAME!

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

4.5 GB!

RedSoxDiehard said...

Water! Yes!

L-girl said...

Don't drink the water!!!!

Benjamin said...

wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Joe Gravellese said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5apEctKwiD8

Amy said...

Gotta love Lester and VMart!

tim said...

Water!

Time for some ska

fusionmouse said...

Thanks for the gluteus work out Bot. But at least you finished it.

WHEW!

redsock said...

How do they compress the URL? Does Twitter do that, or do the users?

Not sure, but you can also go to a site like tinyurl.com and paste in a long url and it will make a short one for you.

Tom DePlonty said...

Oh, yeah.

Joe Gravellese said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYnCmw2CWE

L-girl said...

There are tons of URL shorteners now. I think Twitter defaults to bit.ly, that's why bit.ly is so popular. But you can just plug in the real URL. If Twitter automatically shortens URLs over a certain length, then it will. If not, not.

redsock said...

MFY - 101 000
CWS - 401 40

L-girl said...

Bit.ly and many others let you look at stats for your link, so people like it for that, too. You wouldn't have to worry about that.

(or any of this!)

L-girl said...

URl shorteners

L-girl said...

Since Twitter has a limit on characters per tweet, you might need to shorten a URL because of that.

L-girl said...

Ok, enough of me talking about an app I don't even use. Good night!

Zenslinger said...

Yay. Dirty.

Going camping this weekend. Hope to come back to more good news.

redsock said...

CIDP!

MFY - 101 000 00
CWS - 401 400 0

redsock said...

CWS pitcher Threets pulls something and is taken out during first batter (Teix).

redsock said...

MFY - 101 000 002 - 4 6 1
CWS - 401 400 00x - 9 9 1

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Late post. Listened to the game in the car on the way to Williamsburg (VA). A few thoughts:

1. The Rays announcers became less annoying as the game progressed.

2. VMart!!!!

3. The bottom of the 9th took forever

4. The Rays announcers were channeling Amy. Talking about how Pap has imploded a few times this year

5. 4.5 games back!!!

SoSock said...

4.5!!!!!!!!!

johngoldfine said...

Amy, come on, if you can use Google or any other search engine, you can do what I just did.

1. Go to twitter.com.

2. In search box, type in your search string.

3. Click search or hit enter.

That is all I did. Do not tell me you cannot do that.


What is this--are you planning to be a librarian or something?

L-girl said...

What is this--are you planning to be a librarian or something?

It's as close to Keith Richards as I'll ever get.

tim said...

L - yup, it was THE specials from the 70s/80s! good show!

was following this game and the band came on right after dirty water - perfect timing!

i counted the number of HR "pows" in the "could jose be the home run king" commercial - 29. goddamn, rogers.

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