April 24, 2011

G21: Red Sox 7, Angels 0

Red Sox - 300 012 100 - 7 11  0
Angels  - 000 000 000 - 0  6  0
Boston swept its first four-game series in Anaheim in nearly 31 years as John Lackey (8-6-0-1-6, 108) continued the Red Sox's starters' remarkable run of dominance. Only four Angels runners travelled beyond first base.

In the last nine games, Boston starters have a microscopic 0.88 ERA (six earned runs in 61.1 innings).

The Red Sox have won five straight games and eight of their last nine games since April 15, outscoring their opponents 46-16, and improving their record from 2-10 to 10-11.

In those eight wins, Boston has allowed 1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 3, 0, and 0 runs.

Five of the first six Red Sox batters reached base in the first inning. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's one-out double. Kevin Youkilis walked, David Ortiz singled in Gonzalez, and Mike Cameron's fielder's choice brought Yook home. Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

Gonzalez went 3-for-5, and Ellsbury, Crawford, and Marco Scutaro each had two hits. AG and Crawford drove in two runs apiece, and Scutaro scored twice.

After enjoying a day off tomorrow, the Red Sox play three games at Camden Yards before heading home for 11 games against the Mariners (3), Angels (4), and Twins (4).
Example
John Lackey / Matt Palmer

Boston wakes up this morning tied for third place in the AL East.
Yankees   11   6   .647   ---
Rays      10  11   .476   3.0
Red Sox    9  11   .450   3.5
Blue Jays  9  11   .450   3.5
Orioles    8  11   .421   4.0
It's the highest in the standings the Red Sox have been this year.

Boston is 7-1 over the last eight games, and the starting pitchers have a 1.01 ERA. Lackey's one outing in that stretch was last Tuesday in Oakland; he allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

Lackey's ERA for the season is 9.82 (14.2 innings) and opponents are batting .323 against him, with a .677 slugging percentage (nearly 100 points worse than any other starter). Lackey has given up an extra-base hit to one out of every five batters he had faced this year.

(Fact) Check, Please:
Tom Singer, MLB.com: "Is it too late for Red Sox Nation to revive that "100 or Bust!" chant, a reference to winning in triple figures, which the Red Sox have never done?
Except for 1912, 1915, and 1946, yes, they've never done it.

AL East: Rays/Blue Jays at 1 PM and Yankees/Orioles at 1:30 PM.

70 comments:

allan said...

Follow-up to the post about the Smithsonian's painting of Pedro, I received an email from the artist, Susan Miller-Havens, who wanted to clear up any confusion about what Pedro is wearing in the painting.

She said she portrayed Martinez in a white Red Sox uniform, with a blue cap with a dark red "B". She removed the American League patch on his right sleeve and replaced it with the flag of the Dominican Republic.

blogtard said...

Lackey has given up an extra-base hit to one out of every batters he had faced this year.

One out of how many batters?

allan said...

Five.

19.7%

laura k said...

Thanks for the info on the Pedro painting. Maybe a follow-up post? Did the artist say anything else, any Pedro nuggets?

Zenslinger said...

Lowrie not in the lineup?!?

http://plixi.com/p/95573524

allan said...

Lowrie not in the lineup?!?

Even God rested on the 7th day.

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

***

No other info. We had discussed what uniform it was in comments, and she wanted to make sure we knew. I think it may have been a problem in a few media outlets.

allan said...

Normal day off for Lowrie. PA says Tito wants to keep Scutaro sharp and Palmer is tough on LHB (though Lowrie is a switch-hitter).

Izturis, 2B
Abreu, DH
Hunter, RF
Callaspo, 3B
Wells, LF
Kendrick, 1B
Aybar, SS
Mathis, C
Bourjos, CF

Jake of All Trades said...

I'm at the game. Dreary with a steady drizzle right now, but infield is being prepped.

Jake of All Trades said...

Just started pouring; here comes the tarp.

allan said...

On-the-scene reporting!
I like it.

allan said...

MFY - 200 010
BAL - 000 00

laura k said...

Finally, NESN! But no game yet. See you all later.

Jake of All Trades said...

Back to a drizzle. Just announced 12:40 as start time.

laura k said...

No real delay after all. I'm not threading today, at least not for an hour or so. Go Sox!

laura k said...

LBJ leadoff double! OK, now I'm not threading...

Jere said...

Okay let's talk serious about this painting. The "AL logo" thing says the picture used is from 2001 (100-yr anniversary). But after looking at shots of Pedro from various years, I found he only wore that unique style of sneaker in 1998, his first year in Boston. (The fact that it couldn't have been 2001 is also proven by the fact that this page says she did the painting in 2000.)

Her site says something about using a Michael Ponzini photo since she couldn't get the same good shots with her own camera "at Fenway." And she tells you it's the home white Sox uni. HOWEVER--I've looked at enough baseball card shots to know pics taken from the Yankee Stadium third base camera well to believe that's one of them. First of all, Pedro has a stripe on his sleeve in the painting. This is the ROAD uniform, not the home white as she says. The white uni has no sleeve stripe. Second, check all of Pedro's 1999 (photos from '98) Topps baseball cards (I use ebay for this). Ponzini was a Topps photographer so this is probably his work. In those shots, it's always Yankee Stadium, and Pedro has the same goatee and blue turtleneck with elbow-length sleeves as the painting. ( example, almost identical pose)(another example ) ( another which shows the shoes ) She did alter/tighten up Pedro's sleeve, which he always cut--you can see how wide it is in photos (or flapping in the wind in action shots).

Jere said...

(That was supposed to be a pre-game comment but my research extended into game time, sorry--just throw that comment into the first painting post instead if you want.)

meunier said...

El mas sexy

allan said...

--just throw that comment into the first painting post instead if you want.)

Can't do that in blogger.

Edward Lee said...

STFU Lackey, you're already lucky that Abreu didn't take you out of the park.

laura k said...

I don't understand. It's a painting, not a photograph.

Jake of All Trades said...

They can't fit Salty's name on the scoreboard. Says "Saltlamaci"

Jere said...

It's a painting of a photograph by Michael Ponzini.

Jere said...

"In this case sports photographer MIchael Ponzini lent the artist numerous photos to enable her to find what she could not by means of her own camera at Fenway."

(Which I guess could mean her painting in an amalgam. Because that one card I linked is very close, she could have made him face more to the side or whatever.)

laura k said...

It's a painting of Pedro. In order to not make Pedro sit for hours on end, the artist uses a photograph as a guide. But she is not painting a photograph.

I believe this is fairly standard for portrait painting. The idea is for the painting to represent the person in a way that people will admire, enjoy, appreciate and recognize, not to duplicate any particular photograph.

laura k said...

All three down by way of the K!

Jere said...

Not saying I disapprove of the process, I'm just saying this is Pedro in the road uniform, and if she made it in 2000, she couldn't have been changing an "AL logo" because it hadn't been invented yet.

laura k said...

Gets the bad news!

johngoldfine said...

Holy shit, Jere, that's an impressive piece of historical research. Do you know William Frassanito's work with Civil War photos? Your posts reminded me of it.

Philip said...

Whenever a fielder doesn't make a play behind Lackey, you can almost see the wheels turning in his head as he files it under "things to blame for a loss".

meunier said...

Big twin killing

allan said...

Whenever a fielder doesn't make a play behind Lackey, you can almost see the wheels turning in his head as he files it under "things to blame for a loss".

Almost?

Benjamin said...

She said she portrayed Martinez in a white Red Sox uniform, with a blue cap with a dark red "B". She removed the American League patch on his right sleeve and replaced it with the flag of the Dominican Republic.

Good -- that was my theory.

Jere said...

johngoldfine, thanks, will look into Frassanito, I love that stuff.

Jere said...

Yanks delayed by rain in the 11th

laura k said...

Looks to third, looks to first, but doesn't throw to either destination

Don is on a roll today! (Plus I haven't heard him in ages.)

Jere said...

I feel like that's the first time in my life the OTHER team's fielder went to cover the bag and the hit went right to where he was.

Jere said...

ooh full discussion on Don's choice of words in the "locale" spot!

Jere said...

Imagine if Jeff Nelson was pitching!

laura k said...

same as above... but with "venue". now jerry teasing him about it?

I keep forgetting to send Don Orsillo bingo card to the booth.

meunier said...

There is a falcon in Miller Park somehow.

laura k said...

Miller Park in Milwaukee? Or somewhere else? Milwaukee, it's outside, why not.

I love hawks. I see one a few mornings a week near our backyard.

allan said...

Been busy all game. May watch when it's archived latee tonight.

Looks like Lackey is being the man.

Dr. Jeff said...

Crawford is so totally not being the man.

Dr. Jeff said...

Scratch that last comment.

meunier said...

GONE!!!

laura k said...

CC DDONG!!!!

Dr. Jeff said...

I had mistakenly thought it was Crawford that hit into the DP when it was Cameron (not paying too close attention). First HR of the year for CC.

laura k said...

something-minute wait...

laura k said...

I have to go back to not threading.

This is well on the way to being a great sweep, and the Sox are well on their way to their climb to first place.

laura k said...

Was that a 9 pitch OTT inning? Nice.

Jere said...

Yanks playing again, threatening in the 11th

allan said...

Crawdong!

Nice score!

meunier said...

Chocolate bunny? lol

Jere said...

we're alone in 3rd if we hang on

allan said...

Fruitbat blew another save. BB to start the 9th, then two outs, then a single and a double. Unfortunately, the Os are unlikely to get 3 to tie in the bottom of the 11th.

Rick (f/k/a westcoastsox) said...

LBB. (Lackey being Beckett)

Jere said...

7 more shutout innings for a Sox starter

meunier said...

Celtics sweep.

Jere said...

So the ERA of the starters over the last nine games is sub-1.00. Amazing.

allan said...

tuning in for the final outs.

Jere said...

Before I forget, happy Easter!

Benjamin said...

Water.

laura k said...

Don't drink the water! It is 4-game-sweep dirty!!

Jake of All Trades said...

Dirty wet broom!

laura k said...

Bill Hicks on Easter, that should be fun.

Sox are on fire.

allan said...

It should be an enjoyable flight to Baltimore tonight.

allan said...

SoSHer P'tucket, rhymes with...:
"Few things as satisfying as reducing a Scioscia team to a heap of burning rubble."

This is a fact.

Zenslinger said...

I like this sweep. (Atlanta sweeping the Giants, not so much, although I have Atlanta sympathies.)

Next stop: .500!

laura k said...

Hey, today is SoSock's birthday! In case he comes by...

Happy Birthday, SoSock!