April 15, 2011

G12: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 6

Blue Jays - 000 021 400 - 7  8  2
Red Sox   - 003 000 030 - 6  5  0
The Red Sox took an early lead on home runs from Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis and then rallied in the eighth to set the stage for a possible comeback in the ninth. But Jon Rauch quickly retired the top of the order on only 10 pitches, giving Boston its 10th loss in 12 games.

Buchholz (5-3-3-5-3, 94) started the evening by walking two of the first three batters, but after a lull while the umpires reviewed a possible home run down around the Pesky Pole by Adam Lind (it was ruled a foul ball), he settled down, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters.

Toronto's first four runs were scored by guys who had walked. Buchholz walked the Jays' #8 and #9 hitters in the fifth and they scored on Corey Patterson's triple. Another HH BB scored on Travis Snider's double off Felix Doubront.

After walking the leadoff hitter in the seventh, Bobby Jenks -- who had not allowed a hit all season (14 batters over four innings) -- allowed singles to four of the next five Jays to put Boston in a 7-3 hole.

In the bottom of the eighth, lefty Marc Rzepczynski retired Adrian Gonzalez, but walked Youkilis and David Ortiz. After he struck out J.D. Drew, he wild-pitched the runners to second and third. With two outs, Jed Lowrie pinch-hit for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and singled one run home on a grounder behind the bag at third. Casey Janssen came in to face Marco Scutaro and Scutaro banged a double off the Wall for two more runs. With the tying run at second, Jacoby Ellsbury ended the inning with a first-pitch fly out to right.

In the ninth, Carl Crawford (0-for-5) struck out on three pitches, and was booed by the remaining fans. Pedroia grounded to short and Gonzalez grounded to first.
Example
Brett Cecil / Clay Buchholz

First of four games against John Farrell's Blue Jays, including Monday's Patriots Day 11 AM start.

There is not much Terry Francona can do to spark the Red Sox, but he could -- and should -- make Jed Lowrie the starting shortstop. Repeating what I posted two days ago:
          PA   AVG   OBP   SLG    OPS
Lowrie    18  .438  .500  .563  1.063
Scutaro   33  .172  .273  .207   .480
Lowrie 194 OPS+ would be 7th in the AL if he had enough qualifying plate appearances. Lowrie also had the third-best OPS (.907) on the team last year (in 197 PA).
Example
AL East:
Yankees    7   4   ---
Orioles    6   5   1.0
Blue Jays  6   6   1.5
Rays       4   8   3.5
Red Sox    2   9   5.0
7 PM: Rangers/Yankees; Orioles/Cleveland; Twins/Rays

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allan said...

Let's try something new tonight:

Winning!

***

Friday: Brett Cecil / Clay Buchholz

Saturday: Jo-Jo Reyes / Josh Beckett

Sunday: Jesse Litsch / Jon Lester

Monday: Ricky Romero / Daisuke Matsuzaka

Zenslinger said...

I only dislike one of those matchups.

I don't think three out of four is too much to ask for.

allan said...

Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Saltalamacchia C
Scutaro SS
Ellsbury CF

Escobar SS
Patterson CF
Bautista RF
Lind 1B
Hill 2B
Arencibia C
Snyder LF
Rivera DH
Nix 3B

allan said...

Scutaro SS

booooooooooooooooooooo

play the guy hitting .438!

Pokerwolf said...

On a really big part of the plus side, we're not facing Drabek.

Scutaro SS

Ferchrissake, Tito! Come on!

allan said...

Now I see that Scutaro is 5-for-8 against Cecil.

(Darnell McDonald is 5-for-7, but nowhere in sight as Drew starts against the LH.)

meunier said...

Claude Julien is the worst coach in NHL history when he is in the playoffs.

fusionmouse said...

Now I see that Scutaro is 5-for-8 against Cecil.

(Darnell McDonald is 5-for-7, but nowhere in sight as Drew starts against the LH.)

You expect Tito to be logical twice with regards to SSS?

fusionmouse said...

Let's try something new tonight:

Winning!


Yeah!.... but not the Charlie Sheen version, which looks a lot like losing.

allan said...

Cecil and Buchholz have both made 2 starts

Cecil: 10-16-8-3-6, 7.20
Clay: 10-13-8-5-5, 7.20

meunier said...

Playing Ortiz against lefties makes me shake my head, I would have Cameron at DH.

Ofer said...

The winning streak starts today.

laura k said...

Buffyvision. MLB Audio to the rescue!

laura k said...

Ofer, yes! Let's all say it:

The winning streak starts today.

allan said...

I only dislike one of those matchups.

Gee, I wonder which one ....

allan said...

I wish I had Buffyvision! Blacked out at work, so it's WEEI for me. Not ideal.

meunier said...

Oh no the red uniforms

laura k said...

# 42

allan said...

Dice-HH

meunier said...

What do they do with all those 42 jerseys later?

laura k said...

One from every team will be signed and auctioned, proceeds to Jackie Robinson Foundation. Don't know about the rest.

Kathryn said...

I don't like the hat, don't like the jerseys.

Kathryn said...

Why not sign and sell all of them?

laura k said...

To make them more valuable, maybe?

meunier said...

Sarcastic cheer

laura k said...

oh crap

Kathryn said...

Yeah, but if each player signed his own jersey, it would be worth something.

REALLY?? Is this the way to start this game?????

laura k said...

lovely

meunier said...

HR

allan said...

oh fuck this shit

allan said...

sounds like it was clearly foul on the replay.

meunier said...

replay please

Kathryn said...

It looked like a homer to me. Let's see the replay.

laura k said...

looks foul on replay

Kathryn said...

Okay, FOUL BALL.

allan said...

obrien totally convinced it's foul

Kathryn said...

Remy and Don too. There is a question about the yellow line that runs down the stands. It is not lined up with the pole. But the ball went behind the pole. So do you go by the line or the pole? And why is the line not lined up with the pole?

meunier said...

FOUL

johngoldfine said...

Very nice Posnanski piece on MannyBManny and his HOF future or not-so-future.

laura k said...

ah, that's better

Edward Lee said...

Don and Jerry seem to have problems understanding the geometry of perspective.

Kathryn said...

Google Pesky Pole and look at the images. The line is off.

laura k said...

whew, it's a miracle, no one scored

allan said...

jays strand a pair!

Jere said...

I remember announcers being confused about this same thing at the old Yankee Stadium in maybe 2008. If you look at the wall from head on, it looks like the line on the wall doesn't line up with the pole. But if you look straight down the line, you see that the line is right below the pole. (Should be, anyway.)

It hit the top of the wall to the foul side of the pole, so it's foul.

Don/Rem never noted the guy who reached out for the ball--he could have barely touched it.

Kathryn said...

I guess that makes sense Jere. I am directionallly challenged though.

Jere said...

Crawford safe

laura k said...

Castig & OB & their producer also saying lines down line up, but that it doesn't matter, because the foul pole is what you go by, not a line below it.

Kathryn said...

Safe. What is that trash?

allan said...

a blown call at first on Craw?

Kathryn said...

Yes, he was barely safe, but his foot landed first.

laura k said...

that one was foul too :)

Kathryn said...

Even if that is where the line is supposed to be, it is not lined up at the very bottom, on the skirt that goes under the stands.

allan said...

ROBOT UMPS, pls!

Jere said...

If you compare this pic to this pic you see how it's more lined up when looking straight down the line than it is when you look at it from right field. (The padding sticking out from the wall adds confusion, too.)

(That first pic is of redsoxdiehard, who comments here.)

laura k said...

It's weird that the TV and radio announcers don't know this.

Jere said...

Here's the Yankee Stadium effect I referred to: From down the line, pole lines up with line. From the side, the white line appears WAY to the left of the pole.

allan said...

TEX - 01
MFY - 0

MIN - 00
TBR - 00

BAL - 000
CLE - 003* (and still batting)

meunier said...

OTT!

laura k said...

I'm so disappointed to not be home for the Patriots Day game. I love the 11:00 start, my favourite of the season.

allan said...

Since the umps went to look at Lind's dong, Clay has been on point!

Amy said...

Good evening, all. Can we please win this game?

Edward Lee said...

If you ever try to set up a football field with plastic cones on an unlined pitch, you'll see the same thing. It's impossible to straighten out the sideline on the end zone by yourself; you need somebody in the other end zone looking down the sideline to direct you.

laura k said...

Thanks for the pics, Jere. It makes sense - Edward Lee explains it well too. Now why don't Don, Jerry, Castig, OB or the Jays announcers know this? (Well, the Jays announcers are idiots, but still.)

laura k said...

Amy, haven't you heard, our huge winning streak starts today.

Kathryn said...

Another BB for Youk.

laura k said...

Yeah, thanks for the D, Jays.

Amy said...

We get a break! Imagine that!

Amy said...

I sure as hell am ready for that streak.

Kathryn said...

Re #42. Francona said that this day is important to remember what we did wrong, not pat ourselves on the back about what we did right. Very nice!!

Kathryn said...

I heard a snort and giggle, but I think it was only Remy.

allan said...

E!
pour some salty in the jays' wounds!

Edward Lee said...

Those Jays outfielders should be made to change jersey numbers between innings.

Kathryn said...

Hi Amy!!

laura k said...

Francona said that?? That is amazing!!

I get SO sick of the self-congratulations of MLB. It's exactly backwards.

Jere said...

DO and Remy saying "on fire" and talking about smelling fire coincidentally while Drew was up.

Kathryn said...

That was reported by Heidi. The clip started with her asking Microwave the hard hitting question of why it is important to honor JR as the first black man to play (or something like that). She then went on to report what Francona said.

laura k said...

Thanks, K. I'll look for quotes tomorrow. Or Allan will and I'll read them.

laura k said...

runs pls!

Kathryn said...

Thanks, K. I'll look for quotes tomorrow. Or Allan will and I'll read them.

Ha, it must be great having him around.

laura k said...

I think so. :)

meunier said...

Of course.

Amy said...

God damn....

laura k said...

ugh

a LOBotomy

allan said...

Ha, it must be great having him around.

Ha, indeed.

Kathryn said...

Why can't we score runs??

Edward Lee said...

Watching Ellsbury get blown away by 89 mph fastballs makes me a sad panda. :(

allan said...

batting averages of 5 of the 9 players in tonight's lineup:

.149
.182
.148
.172
.184

laura k said...

yeah, not my favourite thing to see either

Jere said...

FYne play

laura k said...

OUT! FUCK YEAH

Amy said...

What is the team average, Allan? Below the Mendoza line, I assume.

THANK GOD FOR PEDROIA!

meunier said...

He said FY there!

Edward Lee said...

Thanks for hitting the dirt 3 feet in front of the bag, ya chump.

laura k said...

jays suck :)

Amy said...

So my Boston daughter texted me yesterday:

"I think I just walked past Dustin Pedroia!!"

I say: "WOW! He's my new hero!"

M: "I think it was him, but he was really short. How tall is he?"

I say: "Short. 5 7 or so?"

M: "Yup, that was definitely him!"

allan said...

Team AVG .230

Amazingly, not last in the AL. Oakland is tied with us, and Baltimore, Seattle, and Tampa Bay are worse.

laura k said...

Nice text :)

Kathryn said...

Allan, I guess those BAs answer my question, huh?

FY is our best player.

laura k said...

All these guys are much better than that. They have to start hitting some time!

RIGHT????

Kathryn said...

Yay to your daughter, Amy.

Amy said...

M also reported that she served drinks to the manager, GM and hitting coach for the Rays after the game they killed us in. I guess they were celebrating....

Amy said...

Yes, definitely my hero!!

laura k said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

meunier said...

BOOMSHAKALAKA

allan said...

castig: "that was a howitzer! you talk about the laser show, there it is...."

Amy said...

How does this little guy DO that?

Jere said...

"that's how it's done son, that's how it's done son"- Randy

Kathryn said...

What I said...our best player.

laura k said...

Once upon a time, The Big Man carried this team until it straightened itself out. Now that job falls to the little guy.

laura k said...

EBBB

Kathryn said...

Man, that guy really booted that ball in the stands. First row of the monster and he misses the ball that badly.

laura k said...

It's better than what I would do - duck for cover.

allan said...

Red Sox are the worst in the AL with a runner at third and less than two outs. They have scored the run only 12% of the time (11 of 30). MFY are the best, scoring 15 out of 18 times (83%).

laura k said...

SWEAT POWER!!!

Amy said...

NOW we're talking!!!

allan said...

SULTAN OF SWEAT

Jere said...

camera well dong

laura k said...

WE HAVE A LEAD?!?!

laura k said...

OK Flo, your turn

meunier said...

It's getting sweaty in here.

Kathryn said...

Now that's more like it. Keep it going.

DO saying the laser show has just begun as Youk is at bat, before the dong.

Edward Lee said...

MOAR RUNZ

Zenslinger said...

3-0 in our favor? Much more like it.

laura k said...

A walk works too

allan said...

Jays fan at work said Cecil has contracted PhilHughes Disease.

It appears he was right.

allan said...

TEX - 011 0
MFY - 001

MIN - 000 0
TBR - 000 0

BAl - 000 10
CLE - 004 0

Amy said...

What exactly is a dead arm?

Edward Lee said...

I could go for another 7 pitch inning right about now.

allan said...

castig: "induced"

laura k said...

That's my boy! Nice catch.

meunier said...

LBJ at the wall!

Amy said...

OK, LBJ---there you go!

Kathryn said...

LBJ!! Nice speed, nice catch.

laura k said...

Amy, it means the pitcher's arm has muscle fatigue, the muscles don't recovery, so he can't pitch effectively. As far as I know, it's a catch-all term for that - not a specific injury, but the arm can't pitch.

Amy said...

Nice try!

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura---I always imagine it means the arm just hangs there, dead. So I assume the only treatment is resting the arm?

Jere said...

I wanna know how that ump knew the guy's front-of-toe was touching the base from his angle! (Was the right call, but, still...)

allan said...

Luis "Grand Slam" Rivera!

allan said...

TEX up 3-1 in the 5th

allan said...

TEX 4-1!

laura k said...

Luis "Grand Slam" Rivera!

Ha ha, I was wondering if you'd bring that up.

My first game at Fenway? Or maybe just my first NYY game at Fenway. An experience, for sure. Wearing my old cap. :)

laura k said...

Amy, I really don't know, but I would guess so. Anyone else know what they do for a dead arm, besides rest? Lethal injection, maybe?

allan said...

not first game, maybe/probably first ny game

allan said...

The only grand slam of his career: August 31, 1990.

NYY pitchers that day included Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret!

allan said...

TEX 5-1!

laura k said...

OB casting aspersions on Don and Jerry's manhood

Amy said...

Dead Arm

laura k said...

HH pls don't BB

laura k said...

I saw that one too, while I was looking things up to answer your question. :)

"Let me Google that for you"

Kathryn said...

Ahh, that explains why Remy was saying he sees no reason to keep the windows open when it's cold and windy outside.

Amy said...

LOL, Laura! I didn't mean to make someone else look it up---just thought someone might know.

Jake of All Trades said...

I'm at Coachella now. Got an alert from ESPN we were losing 3-0 and was upset, then confused later by alerts saying we were up 1-0 & 3-0. Game thread set me straight. Thanks!

laura k said...

Ha, must be, yeah. OB and Castig saying only windows closed in the media area is Don & Jerry's. OB: If the fans have to sit in the cold and wind, we should too. We can take it, we're man enough. (Paraphrase)

allan said...

Wild 5th for Texas:

3 walks, including one with bases loaded; 3 wild pitches; and 1 HBP

laura k said...

Even when I know something, I generally take a quick look at Google to confirm before I post. Almost always.

Amy said...

Oh, damn.

Amy said...

Yes, I do that also.

What did we do before Google?

laura k said...

The only grand slam of his career: August 31, 1990.

That's hilarious. Only GS of his career. Obviously not my first game at Fenway if it's 1990.

NYY pitchers that day included Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret!

Erick Plunk, is that Stephen King?

allan said...

Yes, King.

Chuck Cary started for NYY, wasn't sure if that name would ring a bell.

laura k said...

Used the library? :(

I called people a lot for answers. Wrote stuff down and tried to look it up later. Often didn't get an answer for something that bothered me.

Amy said...

Get him out!

laura k said...

Chuck Cary, nope

laura k said...

OK, now we need more runs

Edward Lee said...

Used the library? :(

When I was in high school, my quiz bowl team lost on the final question in the championship of a major tournament because of a dispute over Spock's exact title aboard the Starship Enterprise. The official had to call up the local librarian, who did a little bit of research and told us that the correct answer was "Science Officer", not "First Officer." True story.

Jere said...

On trips to YS as a kid, my Yank fan friend and I would pass "King Lumber" on 684, and it had its phone number on the building: 232 5151. My friend overruled me and used then-Yankee uni numbers to remember it by: "Donny Tolly Cary Cary" = Don Mattingly 23, Wayne Tolleson 2, Chuck Cary 51, Chuck Cary 51.

I hung out with this friend a few weeks ago and asked if he remembered King Lumber's number, and without skipping a beat he says Donny Tolly Cary Cary. (He then called the number and it's STILL King Lumber!)

So that's my Chuck Cary story.

laura k said...

True story, why not. :)

I used to call the NYPL to ask q's when I was a kid. Turns out that was a very famous service, the first of its kind. You could ask up to 3 q's and a librarian would call you back with the answer.

laura k said...

(He then called the number and it's STILL King Lumber!)

Only they've changed it to Bernie Williams?

Kathryn said...

That's a great story Jere. That's how my brothers would remember numbers! It's beautiful that you were able to relive it recently...and that he remembered!

Amy said...

But we never would call the library to find out what was the name of that actor who starred in that movie with what's her name who was in the TV show about... etc.

Those are the things I would be up all night trying to remember but for Google.

laura k said...

Amy, same here. For those things, I would call someone. Those are Google q's now.

Zenslinger said...

Good God, Cleveland is kicking Baltimore's ass. 8-1.

Jere said...

"Only they've changed it to Bernie Williams?"

Yeah, 2, and 51 ended up being much higher-quality Yankees. (For today's kids who drive by King Lumber.) Pretty soon, the entire King Lumber number will be retired in Monument Park

meunier said...

FINALLY

laura k said...

There's a baseball-y term: "not fleet of foot".

Earlier I heard "pulled a string". I don't think you hear that outside of a baseball broadcast.

Allison said...

Can we get some 'pen action, please? I don't like how Clay has let two people on without breaking a sweat here.

laura k said...

Around the same time you were naming King Lumber's digits after Yankees, A & I lived near a house that had a very large number 23 painted on it. I always thought of it as the Mattingly house. It was a beautiful brownstone. The people had a whole bunch of dogs who would lie all over the couches and chairs. They were like a wealthier version of us.

My memory of The Mattingly House.

Near where one of Amy's daughters now lives.

Pokerwolf said...

Whoops! "Allison" is me! Hahahahaha! Hi, guys!

SWEATY DOUBLE PLAY!!!!

laura k said...

Nice DP!

Kathryn said...

Big big dp!

laura k said...

Ha ha, I was wondering who Allison was. The Tim syndrome.

Damn. Tied.

Amy said...

Uch. So annoying.

meunier said...

Second time in 2 games I have seen CC not make a move on a catchable ball.

Kathryn said...

I thought, "Who is Allison?"

Amy said...

Where was it, Laura? I will check it out next time we are in Park Slope.

laura k said...

Polhemus, off Garfield. Beautiful quiet street.

We lived at 216 Garfield, on the top floor. That's when I was a nanny. My former employer still lives there, so if you see her, say hi for me. :)

Edward Lee said...

Meh, could have been a lot worse.

Runs plz.

laura k said...

Oh yeah, could have been way worse, the way he was pitching.

laura k said...

I meant Buchholz

Amy said...

I know where Garfield is, but not Polhemus. Will have to look it up. Were you a live-in nanny?

laura k said...

We had a separate apartment in the house.

Polhemus and Fiske are each one block long, they connect Garfield and Carrol, between 7th & 8th Aves.

allan said...

"Garfield? You mean like the cat?"

Amy said...

OK, I will look for 23 Polhemus. Perhaps we will stroll by when we next get to BKLYN, probably in May or maybe June.

Jere said...

Behold the Mattingly House, 23 Polhemus.

Jere said...

Fiske Polhemus? Fisk Pole??

Benjamin said...

Does that mean Allan was "Mr. Nanny"?

laura k said...

the wonder of Google

allan said...

And here is Chez L-Sock (with sign in window).

It's a shame that Tala is not peeking out through the curtains in the upstairs window.

Kathryn said...

That is a nice 23 on there.

laura k said...

I guess you'd have to ask him. :)

Pretty sure he was just the boy's friend. We went to "my" boy's wedding a few seasons ago. Someone may remember us gushing over this insane wedding. That was his.

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