August 28, 2010

G130: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 (10)

Red Sox - 000 100 010 0 - 2 10  1
Rays - 000 000 110 1 - 3 6 0
Dan Johnson, the first batter in the bottom of the tenth, homered to right-center off Scott Atchison to win it.

Boston scored first when Victor Martinez singled, David Ortiz doubled, and Adrian Beltre hit a sac fly to left.

In the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Pena was on first with one out. For some stupid reason, Buchholz tried multiple pick-off attempts. Pena, who didn't have much of a lead at all, has stolen only 10 bases over the last six years. HH's 14th throw over to first of the night sailed past Mike Lowell and rolled down near the right field bullpen. Pena raced uncontested to third, from where he scored two pitches later on a foul fly ball to Drew in right.

Victor rescued the Sox yet again in the top of the eighth, when he crushed another high fastball, this one courtesy of Joaquin Benoit, for a solo dong, giving Boston a 2-1 lead. Ortiz and Beltre followed with singles and moved up on a wild pitch, but Lowell popped to first to end the threat.

Terry Francona tried to get squeeze an extra out or two from Buchholz in the bottom of the eighth. Clay was at 107 pitches and Felix Doubront was ready. The strategy failed (as it seems to usually do). Buchholz threw ball 1, then B.J. Upton golfed a solo home run to left to re-tie the game. After a foul out, Tito brought in Doubront.

Even with Jonathan Papelbon questionable for the game after throwing 23 pitches last night, and Daniel Bard having tossed 15, this was poor management. Buchholz was probably not going to pitch the entire eighth inning anyway, unless he retired the side on four or five pitches. If he had allowed a single or walked someone, he likely would have been hooked. So why put him out there when it seemed like he was labouring in retiring the last two batters in the previous inning?

Two dumb decisions -- and they were both very costly.

The Yankees beat the White Sox 12-9, so we are right back where we were two days ago, with Boston 5.5 GB New York and Tampa Bay in both the East and WC.

Pre-game: Hideki Okajima is back in the bullpen and Michael Bowden has been optioned to Pawtucket.
Example
Clay Buchholz / Matt Garza
Scutaro, SS
Drew, RF
Martinez, C
Ortiz, DH
Beltre, 3B
Lowell, 1B
Nava, LF
Kalish, CF
Hall, 2B
Last six starts:

IP H BB K ERA AVG OBP SLG BABIP

Buchholz 43.1 31 12 30 1.04 .199 .263 .256 .232
Garza 44.1 25 10 36 1.62 .160 .214 .263 .186
(Team records in those games: Boston 6-0, Tampa Bay 3-3.)

Garza, however, leads Buchholz in TSI* 52.7 to 3.3.

* - Times Spat per Inning. According to Educated Cheese, even Garza's spit spits.

Buchholz leads in AL in ERA (2.26). He is the first Red Sox pitcher to lead the AL in ERA this late in the season since Pedro Martinez, in 2003. Buchholz has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings.

He has a 1.73 ERA over his last 16 starts, dating back to May 14.

Also at 7 PM: Yankees/White Sox
Example
August 28:

1909 - In the first game of a doubleheader at Chicago's South Side Park, Washington pitcher Dolly Gray walks eight White Sox in the second inning, including seven in a row.

1950 - The Red Sox trail 10-0 and 12-1 but rally and beat Cleveland 15-14 at Fenway Park. Cleveland blew a seven-run lead to the Red Sox the day before, losing 11-9.

180 comments:

redsock said...

Jaso, C
Zobrist, 2B
Crawford, LF
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Joyce, RF
Johnson, DH
Upton, CF
Bartlett, SS

redsock said...

PA:

"The Sox have won five of six because their pitchers have a 1.93 ERA in that stretch and opponents are hitting .183. The bullpen has thrown 15 scoreless innings in those six games, allowing four hits and striking out 16. ...

Weird stat of the day: The Elias Sports Bureau figured out that the team that scored first has won the last 18 games between the Sox and Rays. That's the most since a 20-game streak between the Tigers and Blue Jays from 1991-92. You know how many players or coaches on the two teams know or care about this? Not a one."

***

meunier said...

I went to the Sacramento River Cats last night, saw Dontrelle Willis continue to fail. He gave up a 3 run homer to Dallas McFeareson.

redsock said...

And a Chris Carter sighting!

tim said...

Kill em hard! Kill em quick! But most of all, kill em till they're dead!!!!!!!

redsock said...

Okajima up
Bowden down

Patrick said...

Now that the devil is exorcised, I like to imagine 'rays' to be rays of sunlight, because it's Flordia.

Maybe I should keep this kind of thing to myself.

meunier said...

Carter rolled his ankle during his 1st AB and was replaced by Travis Buck.

meunier said...

Forget my last post, that was wrong, he was actually hit by a pitch in the hip.

redsock said...

There ain't nothing enlightening down in Florida.

L-girl said...

I was looking for SPI (spints per inning) but TSI works, too.

L-girl said...

They have sunshine in Florida? I thought they only had humidity, hurricanes and insects.

redsock said...

SPI makes more sense.

Patrick said...

They have sunshine in Florida? I thought they only had humidity, hurricanes and insects.

I've actually never been there, but I get stuck behind old people up here in New Hampshire, sporting Florida license plates. Apparently, it's the sunshine state.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Ohhh nooo. Headache + Staats + Kennedy = MUTE.

redsock said...

To White Sox: Feast on the Fat Man!

redsock said...

Isn't it

Staats + Kennedy = Headache

?

L-girl said...

Patrick, you're missing very little. I hear there are some nice areas, but I cannot confirm this rumour.

L-girl said...

* spits

not spints

redsock said...

pitch not that close, but marco hits the dirt.

redsock said...

perfect example of a shit strike call of an actual ball outside on the 0-1 to drew.

meunier said...

No idea why V-Mart dosn't stick to hitting right handed.

redsock said...

swisher dong, mfy up 2-0

redsock said...

JESUS FUCK -- CALL A FUCKIN STRIEK YOU ASSHOLE

redsock said...

wow - walks on strike 6.

Patrick said...

"no one runs more than the man digging in now, Carl Crawford, who has 41 stolen bases which is second in the league"

Something is wrong about that statement.

redsock said...

Brooks has both ball 2 and ball 4 in the strike zone.

Bruce Dreckman.

redsock said...

Crawford: 41 SB in 50 attempts.

Juan Pierre: 50 SB in 64 attempts.

Crawford does not run more than anyone else.

redsock said...

flo liner!

MFY - 2
CWS - 1

meunier said...

I thought he had the double there.

redsock said...

pinballed out of the corner quicker than usual, i think.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

lucky kick off right to Joyce.

meunier said...

Obviously there is a storm outside the dome right now.

redsock said...

That Umpire Camp commercial on MLBTV is so annoying. However, I like the on-screen graphic that says you can

"learn how the "big leagues" do it"

So you actually end up learning how semi-pro umps do it?

Costs between $950 and $1,650!

redsock said...

AND A SOMERSAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RedSoxDiehard said...

Now THAT was a catch!!!!

meunier said...

THAT'S GOING TO BE ON THE TOP PLAYS!

Patrick said...

oooh, I can't wait til that highlight comes up on mlb at bat!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

You won't break a rib that way!

Edward Lee said...

DID YOU SEE THAT CATCH KALISH MADE

redsock said...

did i see that right? did he dive straight out and catch it and then go into a somersault while still in mid-air, complete it and roll once he hit the ground?

redsock said...

And he leads off!

Of course.

redsock said...

yes. that is a completely insane catch.

holy shit.

now hit a dong !

L-girl said...

They don't say that anymore, do they? "How often does it happen that..."

First they used to say it seriously, then for a long time only sarcastically, now not at all. :)

Wish I had seen the catch!

Patrick said...

Highlight hasn't come up on MLB at bat yet, but I can't believe it won't come up eventually.

redsock said...

MFY - 222
CWS - 10

Not a pattern I want to see.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Isn't it

Staats + Kennedy = Headache


Ha, yes.
And headache = limited threading.

Patrick said...

Konerko bomb, 6-3 Yanks.

redsock said...

good times in the 4th!

L-girl said...

Papi Half Dong!

Patrick said...

Gotta bring them both home, guys. All runs are huge.

Patrick said...

All runners in scoring position when Beltre is at bat (including himself)

L-girl said...

whoo hoo!

redsock said...

we score first, so we win, right?

L-girl said...

I believe that's how it works, yes.

L-girl said...

semi squander

L-girl said...

Now 6-5 in Chicago

redsock said...

garza yelling at the umps?

cue the whining from the rays tv guys.

redsock said...

andruw dong for 2 more = 6-5.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Speaking of yelling at the ump. Was there ever a statement from MLB about Beltre's ejection?

L-girl said...

V-Mart!!!!!

redsock said...

GUNNED DOWN!

Patrick said...

ya done, son!

redsock said...

MFY - 222 0
CWS - 102 2

No MLB statement that I know of.

L-girl said...

OB: Upton blah blah blah not 100% blah blah nice kid but blah blah blah effort rumour innuendo blah blah blah

L-girl said...

NYY goes ahead 8-5 / top 5

L-girl said...

Make that 10-5 NYY

redsock said...

don't fuck it up, garza!

redsock said...

and ....... beltre fucks it up.

meunier said...

fuckit

meunier said...

Fan on Field?

L-girl said...

HH is dealing!

Patrick said...

OH TEE TEE!

L-girl said...

Now RSVP

Patrick said...

Castig can be a real curmudgeon, esp when talking about how loud Tropicana is.

Tom DePlonty said...

Downstairs watching game on TV chewing my knuckles. Clay is awesome. And Kalish! I loved that shit-eating grin on his face when he came up with the ball.

redsock said...

we need a few more runs.

yesterday:
bard threw 15
bot threw 23

Mrs.GotRibe said...

And I DO NOT want Jeemer coming into this game.

L-girl said...

I sympathize with him, I'm a curmudgeon about that too. In Baltimore and Cleveland and NYY Stadium you need earplugs. I've never been to the Trop but I can relate.

redsock said...

benoit up for rays

redsock said...

doubront up

redsock said...

goddamn it,c lay

Patrick said...

Damnit, Clay.

L-girl said...

bah

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

meunier said...

HH does it again

redsock said...

k, pls

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I hate that cavernous foul ground and the stupid bullpen on the field.

L-girl said...

fuckety fuck

redsock said...

hmmm, maybe should have let it drop?

RedSoxDiehard said...

Drew should have let it drop.

Benjamin said...

Almost wonder whether he should've just let that drop.

Patrick said...

Bah! Can't begrudge Drew for that.

Amy said...

Damn. So should Drew have let it drop? Remy says no.

Back from babysitting. Got to see most of the game. Such a good baby!

Patrick said...

All the fault should be on HH.

redsock said...

fuckin throw-to-first obsession

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Drew had to catch it. You gotta get the out. (It was a nice catch BTW.) Damn it HH, he should NOT have been on third.

Amy said...

I even got to see the Kalish catch!

redsock said...

top of the order. let's go.

redsock said...

MFY - 222 040 0
CWS - 102 200

Benoit in.

L-girl said...

Drew has to catch that.

Patrick said...

V-Mart, be a hero, try to do too much. Jack one out.

Amy said...

Thanks, Patrick! You got what you asked for!!!

Patrick said...

AHAHAHAH! EXTRA MART!

redsock said...

CLEAN UP ON AISLE 8!

birthday present for his son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

V MART WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

He is fucking awesome!!!!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

VMART again!!!!!!!

meunier said...

SPECIAL!

RedSoxDiehard said...

Cleanup in aisle 8 of the V-Mart!!!

L-girl said...

Patrick, you totally called that one!!!

redsock said...

yeah, tamper, keep giving him those high fastballs right over the plate!

RedSoxDiehard said...

V-Mart, be a hero, try to do too much. Jack one out.

Beautiful. I love it.

redsock said...

shift that.

Patrick said...

It's just safe to bet on V-Mart these days.

Amy said...

OK, so we need to keep Vmart. Can someone tell Theo?

Papi!

Amy said...

What is Beltre's contract with the team?

L-girl said...

shit, i have to leave soon.

redsock said...

Beltre is a free agent. He signed for one year to hit the market again.

Amy said...

Gotta love the two out rally.

Patrick said...

Beltre has a player option that he won't be picking up.

Amy said...

OK, so we have to re-sign Beltre and VMart. Any chance we will?

redsock said...

Gotta love the two out rally

My fave.

redsock said...

BEN WA BALLA!

L-girl said...

Looking good! How about score a run or two before I have to take off?

RedSoxDiehard said...

Nice WP. Now we have to make them pay!

L-girl said...

Or three.

Amy said...

Me too--love the edginess of it.

Amy said...

Oh well, I will take the one run.

L-girl said...

A, call my cell if either team scores, ok?

Patrick said...

I think there is little chance we will re-sign all three of Ortiz (pick up option), Victor, and Beltre.

I think one of them is done here.

redsock said...

clay at 107, tito tring to squeueze some outs.

bard up

redsock said...

FUCK YOU TITO!

Amy said...

Oh, man, FUCK THAT>

Benjamin said...

Fuck. Gotta call Laura.

Patrick said...

ARGHHH!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Well shit!

meunier said...

Where is Bard? This is leaving HH in too long.

redsock said...

Boo, Terry!

meunier said...

I started typing that BEFORE that happened.

Patrick said...

That one really hurt.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

This is what happens when you have a limited number of bullpen arms you are comfortable with.

Amy said...

My thoughts exactly, MrsG. If we trusted the pen, HH would have been out.

redsock said...

sometimes it works, but it seems like most often it does not.

redsock said...

Seemed unlikely Tito would let HH go the entire 8th, though, unless he threw only 4 pitches or something. Even with a walk or single, he would have likely gone to Felix. So why not start the inning with him?

tim said...

Fuck!

(watching with fellow sox fan friend, ttyl)

redsock said...

nava
kalish
hall

in the 9th

Patrick said...

I want Kalish to be a hero again.

redsock said...

Jed.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Nice try Patrick, but it didn't work this time.

Amy said...

Hope for extras.

redsock said...

that was too fuckin quick.

redsock said...

L says Amy should text her updates!

redsock said...

bard.

Patrick said...

Nice, Ratatat to open the inning on WEEI. Good sign.

redsock said...

nastee!

Amy said...

OK will do. Got to find the phone.

Amy said...

Allan, email me her phone number. I seem to have lost it when I got my new phone. weird.

redsock said...

not sure if she was serious. she first said it was too bad i could not text her. then she said, hey tell amy to do it!

she is likely at the bus station now and the bus leaves at 10:20 so she would like some news.

redsock said...

i have no work and nowhere to go -- play on!

Amy said...

Happy to do it but I don't have her cell phone number. It must have been lost when I got the new phone.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Bard in the 10th?

Amy said...

Found it

redsock said...

15 pitches last night
10 tonight

with fuckin lackey tomorrow, may not need him.

redsock said...

soriano gone after 7 pitches and a guy with a 7.80 ERA comes in.

okay!

redsock said...

atchison up

Joe Gravellese said...

Let's goooooooooooooooooooooo

Joe Gravellese said...

LOL

Benjamin said...

Nads.

Joe Gravellese said...

so it's up to Atchison and/or Okajima to prolong this game apparently. Time for me to go make myself a drink and pace a little while not watching the home half.

Bringing back some old habits from the 03/04 days this weekend. Minus the making a drink, I wasn't doing that when I was 15.

redsock said...

attell in and jeemer up

hold on.

Benjamin said...

Oh well.

redsock said...

fuckin shit

Amy said...

I hate our bullpen.

redsock said...

treading water.

redsock said...

CWS, down 12-9, have tying run at playe vs Fruitbat with 2 outs in bottom of 9th. Teahen.

redsock said...

FU Teahen

MFY - 222 040 011 - 12 14 0
CWS - 102 200 022 - 9 16 1

tim said...

Soooo I'm assuming bard and pap were unavailable? I hope. Tito better not have been "saving" them for the 14th and 15th....

Fuck sakes. Esp with lack tmrw.

Tom DePlonty said...

That one hurt. It feels like TB didn't beat us, we beat ourselves. Clay's needless throw over to first that got away, and then Francona leaving him in one batter too long. Crap.

Ish said...

Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.