April 5, 2011

G4: Cleveland 3, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 010 000 000 - 1  4  1
Spiders - 000 210 00x - 3  5  1
A dismal game in a dismal park in a dismal town.

Tomlin (7-3-1-3-3, 91) won the Battle of the Joshes. Beckett (5-5-3-4-4, 106) struggled the second time through the Cleveland order; he threw a total of 82 pitches in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, and allowed eight base runners.

The Sox bullpen, however, was superb. Matt Albers struck out the side in the sixth (with a one-out walk). Bobby Jenks allowed struck out the side in the seventh (but had a two-out walk). Daniel Bard pitched a perfect eighth, with two strikeouts.

Boston took an early lead after two were out in the second. David Ortiz walked, J.D. Drew doubled to right, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to right. Drew was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.

The Red Sox did not get another runner past first base until they were down to their last out in the ninth. Pedroia singled with one down (he had the Sox's other two hits) and Adrian Gonzalez flied to left. Yook walked. With Ortiz at the plate, Pedroia took third, but Flo lined out to left to end the game, dropping the Sox to 0-4.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford were a combined 0-for-8 at the top of the order, and did not reach base.
Example
Josh Beckett / Josh Tomlin

Tomlin is a 26-year-old right-hander who debuted last year, starting 12 games and finishing with a 4.56 ERA. He faced the Red Sox on August 5, pitching seven innings and giving up a grand slam to Adrian Beltre.

Beckett has made 143 starts for the Red Sox and Jason Varitek -- the only non-pitcher to not play in the Texas series -- has caught 111 of them. Beckett's Boston ERA with Tek behind the plate is 3.95; in the 32 non-Tek games, it's 5.53.

Here are the individual seasons:
                GS   IP    ERA    OPS
2006 with  Tek  22  135.0  4.93  .752    
     w/out Tek  12   69.2  5.17  .794
  
2007 with  Tek  29  192.2  3.32  .666
     w/out Tek   1    8.0  2.25  .577
  
2008 with  Tek  27  174.1  4.03  .700
     w/out Tek   0
  
2009 with  Tek  27  184.2  3.17  .625
     w/out Tek   6   27.2  8.46 1.033*
  
2010 with  Tek   6   36.1  7.18  .851
     w/out Tek  15   91.1  5.22  .850
* Beckett had some brutal games with George Kottaras and Victor Martinez in 2009, but the two games in which he allowed as many as eight runs both came with Varitek behind the dish.

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allan said...

I had the Tek stuff ready to go assuming he would catch tonight. But he isn't. But I'm posting it anyway.

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

Brantley CF
A. Cabrera SS
Choo RF
Santana C
Hafner DH
O. Cabrera 2B
Kearns LF
LaPorta 1B
Hannahan 3B

laura k said...

This is the first game of the season Allan and I get to watch together. Yay! Win pls.

allan said...

Pre-game thoughts from Tito.

On Crawford batting second:
"In the big picture, I don't think it matters but I just thought he was trying to do too much when he was batting third. Maybe get him and Ellsbury back-to-back and get them on base and have them cause some havoc."

On why Jason Varitek isn't in tonight's lineup:
"I'd like Tek to catch tomorrow or next day. ... I'd really like to get Salty going here. He was so overanxious, so swinging at everything. ... I said [to him] settle down. It's a long year..."

On whether Salty is thinking too much about the shitty pitching:
"Any good catcher takes it very personal. I've seen a couple in my day who don't have a problem with it and it's usually not on a good team."

On the cold temps (in the 30s) tonight:
"I'm going to start (layering) in 10 minutes and once it's on, it's on. That means urinating is done for the night."

johngoldfine said...

"That means urinating is done for the night."

Uh, Tito, take it from the Man from Maine. Cold weather will make your kidneys hum right along, and ignoring their byproduct's need to void will lead to poor decision-making late in the game.

Patrick said...

Please remind me that batting orders don't really matter that much.

This Ellsbury, Crawford business at the top of the lineup bothers me.

Amy said...

Time for baseball. TIME TO WIN, DAMN IT.

Patrick said...

This empty stadium should feel more like home for Crawford.

nick said...

I'm fully expecting a dirty water toast for A&L tonight.

Game's about to start and I'm going to be listening to the radio like some 20th century hobo. This is a new millennium dammit! I want this shit jacked right into my cerebral cortex. grrr. guess I'll call Time Warner tomorrow.

allan said...

play ball -- and we are stuck with spidervision - going to weei...

Amy said...

So no Orsillo Bingo for you folks, huh?

allan said...

No!

Patrick said...

Pedroia striking out a lot for him, thus far.

Kathryn said...

Time for baseball. TIME TO WIN, DAMN IT.

What she said.

allan said...

so this batting order doesn't work either.

Amy said...

Oh, man. These are the god damn Spiders. Can we NOT let them do this?

laura k said...

My computer's being slow tonight, hopefully moderation won't be too annoying for you all.

Amy said...

Beckett and Salty "having trouble getting on the same page."

Kathryn said...

This game is going to take 5 hours at this rate.

s1c said...

well while we wait on Beck and Salty to get their act together - your daily Heidi fix can be found here - 100 sports

Amy said...

Looks really comfy out there for those watching the game. Brrr.

Amy said...

Phew. Don truped me there.

Patrick said...

Castig truped me! WHEW!

Amy said...

Funny, Patrick! Guess both announcers had their concerns about that one.

allan said...

L is rebooting so we have mute on, it looked normal to us. On the track, but not serious ...

Kathryn said...

On the cold temps (in the 30s) tonight:
"I'm going to start (layering) in 10 minutes and once it's on, it's on. That means urinating is done for the night."


What's that song? He sticks by his playas. He dresses in layas.

Amy said...

Sox fans in Cleveland saying YOUK or Cleveland saying boo?

Patrick said...

It may be cold, but we've brought the fire! >>>>>>>>

allan said...

i need more salt in my game diet

Amy said...

The Red Sox have something going.

Amy said...

Well, at least we got one!

RedSoxDiehard said...

RED SOX HAVE SOMETHING GOING

Amy said...

OK, got to go read the paper while watching so be back later.

RedSoxDiehard said...

This empty stadium should feel more like home for Crawford.

Good one!

allan said...

dear clev fans:
it's still not tribe time.

allan said...

did don do "enjoy the game" for the hdtv advertiser?

RedSoxDiehard said...

Ellsbury TAKES WITH HIM the 3rd strikeout for Tomlin.

tim said...

Fuckin' Spidervision and non HD.

Currently on hold with rogers. Are any of you NESN watchers watching the HD feed by chance?

I wanna see if rogers is bullshitting me.

allan said...

i guess i'll fill out my card based on comments here.

RedSoxDiehard said...

I haven't noticed "enjoy the game" on any of the games yet, but I probably just missed it.

Hey, "takes with him" and "Red Sox have something going" are in the same column. Now we just need "gets the bad news", "#-minute wait", and "bill of the cap high".

Come on, Don, you can do it!

s1c said...

HD - NESN - the only way to go!!!

RedSoxDiehard said...

Tim, I'm watching NESN in HD.

laura k said...

No "enjoy the game"??? Shocking!

laura k said...

But Tim is in Canada :)

allan said...

we need the middle square to be a freebie, so maybe "we welcome in" or just "jerry"

Kathryn said...

I'm still trying to figure out what I'm watching. We tried to save a few bucks by going with mlb.tv instead of EI on the cable, but I'm not sure it's the best plan. Streaming to the TV has some glitches.

So I'm watching the free preview of EI (on mute since it's spidervision). I've got the game on the computer and am trying to synch up the computer audio with the TV video. It's all too much work.

RedSoxDiehard said...

He probably has been saying "enjoy the game", I just haven't noticed it yet. Especially tonight, I was just getting home and not really paying attention yet.

Amy said...

I didn't hear "enjoy the game" either. And I had it on long before the first pitch. Weird.

My daughter was talking to me before the game and said, "Enjoy the game." Does that count? I told her she sounded like Don Orsillo. (This being the Sox fan daughter. The other wouldn't know Orsillo from Arsenio.)

tim said...

Is the feed actually Hi-Def? Or is it just a regular picture?

Kathryn said...

I'm surprised we haven't had any snorts or giggles yet. Maybe it has something to do with being 0-3?

allan said...

does salty have a scripture on his uniform near his neck?

Phil. 4:13

allan said...

strike 3?

Amy said...

I am watching NESN HD, and it is definitely HD. Why?

Kathryn said...


Phil. 4:13


That's what it looks like.

laura k said...

Note to Dale Arnold: we understand that there are very few people at the game. Please stop thinking of new ways to tell us.

laura k said...

The Book of Phil?

tim said...

Rogers told me that its not being offered in HD because the stadium is not equipped with HD cameras and as a result, no one can see it in HD.

Sounded like bullshit to me.

tim said...

The telephone clock hits 60 mins...

RedSoxDiehard said...

25-MINUTE WAIT for Tobin! We're getting there!

Kathryn said...

25 min wait.

tim said...

Dammit gonzo. So slow.

Kathryn said...

Tim, Rogers may be as bad as Comcast.

We have found that most of their reps just flat out lie.

Benjamin said...

He's still the slowest Bert east of San Diego.

allan said...

GG BB

Amy said...

This picture looks as HD to me as it always does. I can clearly see the wrinkles in Papi's uniform.

allan said...

JESUS CHATTERBOXING CHRIST - DALE ARNOLD WILL NOT STOP TALKING!!!! SHUT UP, WE DON'T NEED TOMLIN'S LIFE STORY OR THE SPEED OF EVERY FUCKING PITCH

meunier said...

Is there full dental coverage in Canada as well? I had a 3 hour orthodontic exam done today and it cost me $500.

tim said...

I'd like to do a ska cover of Rogers' hold music. I've listened to the same riff for an hour, it'd make a pretty good ska instrumental.

Amy said...

So is there anyway to make the Bingo card usable on the computer? I tried to copy and paste it to a word doc so I could simply make an X over the boxes instead of using a paper copy and pennies or something. But I can't type over the image after copying it. Any suggestions?

meunier said...

Is there full dental coverage for people in Canada also? I just paid $500 for an ortho exam.

laura k said...

M, no dental coverage at all through the govt. Many people have dental through work, that's more common here than in the US.

meunier said...

Tim, just send it to Dickie Barret.

allan said...

i copied the jpg into a word table, so i have 4 on a page and printed out a bunch of them double-sided. i could email that to you.

nick said...

Philippians 4:13 (King James Version)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

meunier said...

I'm thinking about getting my braces done in the Dom. Rep. if I can find people with the latest equipment and DDS degrees from Europe.

Amy said...

Boo!

allan said...

amy, you are supposed to use the remy chips.

laura k said...

Thanks Nick, I was curious about that. Who here is old enough to remember the John 3:16 guy in the wig? (Besides me & Allan.)

Kathryn said...

I just saved it in photoshop and I can delete the text in the boxes. I haven't figured out anything else yet. But that might work.

meunier said...

The 4th inning seems to have our number this season.

RedSoxDiehard said...

LOL that I keep calling Tomlin "Tobin". And here I've spent the past 2 days insisting that no we're not lining up to jump off a bridge, but somehow it's in my subconscious.

There was a Tobin on the Rangers, right? That's where I'm getting it from?

Patrick said...

Beckett is lucky this isn't Arlington. He'd have given up 3 homers at this point.

Amy said...

Oh, damn.

Yes, Allan, that would be great! I know that if I play on paper, the cats will jump up and knock it over at least twice a game.

Thanks!

allan said...

Phil 4:14
except hit and throw to second...


?

Amy said...

Re Remy chips: See comment above re cats. One cat LOVES paper. Not a good idea around here.

nick said...

I remember him. Was just thinking about him recently. I imagine I read an article about him some years ago, but don't remember anything

allan said...

and i X the boxes with my red pen

laura k said...

Nick, same here, I wonder what we read. Must have slipped through my swiss-cheese brain.

allan said...

dp pls

Kathryn said...

I remember him. I just thought of him (and all the others that followed) last week. That was our bible study reading.

Amy said...

Hmm, so can you not just type into the boxes, Allan? I am trying to avoid printing the sheets out. Trying to be environmentally conscientious!

Amy said...

ARggghhhh.....

Kathryn said...

OK, this photoshop thing is working pretty well. I just put a small text box under each statement and it grays it so I can tell what has been said. Nice.


Oh shit! Beckett.

Benjamin said...

It was recently March 16.

allan said...

well, if it's a jpg, no.

tim said...

if its in word format, can't you just do a highlight text and make it a different colour?

or in jpg format, open it in paint and use the brush tool to put a dot on it?

Amy said...

Kathryn, can you email me instructions on how you did that?

laura k said...

It was recently March 16.

This is true.

Amy said...

It seems to be one image for Word, not separate boxes, so you cannot work with individual boxes.

laura k said...

When I was a kid, I assumed John 3:16 must be some scripture that sounded baseball-y, like smoting with a big stick or some such. I didn't realize it was just a bible thumper until Allan told me that... many years later.

allan said...

i made it in word, but converted it to a jpg to post it.

Amy said...

Do you still have the Word version?

Kathryn said...

Amy, I don't think I have your email address. Can you save as photoshop?

Amy said...

I never knew what John 3:15 was either. I didn't even realize it was a bible reference for a long time.

Kathryn said...

Or probably just easier for Allan to email you the word doc.

Kathryn said...

Way too many pitches for Beckett. This is not looking good.

laura k said...

Any time you ask "Does Allan still have..." assume the answer is yes.

Not one to throw things out. :)

RedSoxDiehard said...

Wish I knew enough javascript to make a little app where the image of the bingo square changes to a Remy-marker when you click it. Hmmm...

Amy said...

I don't have Photoshop. I can save it to My Pictures though.

And I can translate it into Italian, if that helps. :)

allan said...

i need to change the free middle square to a remy/guitar pic.

allan said...

not-fat albers up

Amy said...

You're right, Kathryn. I can deal with Word docs. All these other formats just get me confused!

Kathryn said...

Not one to throw things out. :)

As opposed to the OCD guy in my husband's office. Not only does he move everything to his trash on the computer. He then empties his trash multiple times a day. They have had to make numerous searches on the backups.

allan said...

MIN - 000 00
MFY - 310 00

laura k said...

I lean more towards that, too. A minimalist.

Pokerwolf said...

I wonder if Beckett is taking press conference tips from Lackey. Hopefully we won't find out tonight.

(Sorry I'm late! I had to put my kids to bed!)

johngoldfine said...

http://www.tebowzone.com/2008/10/tim-tebow-and-phil-413/

Is Salty a Gators fan?

Kathryn said...

And I can translate it into Italian, if that helps. :)

Okay, that made me laugh.

By the way everyone, feel free to address me as Kat. That's what my mom and brothers call me and you all are close enough to family. That way you don't have to type as much. :)

Amy said...

I tend to delete emails after I answer them or at least move them out of my Inbox.

Uch, what kind of throw was that?

Kathryn said...

Throw was off line there. Bummer.

Amy said...

OK, Kat it is!

When I right clicked on the image, one of the options was "Translate this to Italian." Must be some add-on I added or something! I thought it would be funny to see Orsillo-isms in Italian!

allan said...

so ... how many 0-4 teams have made the playoffs?

Kathryn said...

My boss is an Indians fan. Here was our text exchange yesterday:
Him: 0 and 3. 135 million just doesn't buy what it used to. Fortunately the Indians are up next.
Me: Yeah, yeah. i guess you have to trash talk now before the series, huh?
Him: Before a series in the only time Indian fans can trash talk.
Me: Ha. Such a sad life.
Him: Yes, but everyone expects us to lose and our salary is one of the bottom 5. It is the Red Sox fans who are sad. Indian fans are just realistic.
Me: Okay, whatever helps you sleep at night.

If we lose, do I have to go to work tomorrow?

tim said...

GiĆ¹ dalla maniera del K!

Benjamin said...

Amy, here's a clickable pdf version with check boxes.

Amy said...

No, do not go to work...IF we lose. But we are only two runs behind, and it is only the 6th.

Amy said...

LOL, Tim! Did you translate it yourself? Parla Italiano?

laura k said...

A bas par voie de la K

Since we're in Canada and all.

allan said...

$135 million?

tim said...

lol amy - nope! freetranslation.com

Even though Steph is italian and all, that is one crazy language they got there.

Amy said...

Thanks, Benjamin!! I somehow knew you would figure this out. I was thinking, "Where is Benjamin? He's always got the techie answer to these things." I assume if I save the doc, I can just keep reusing it.

allan said...

Kat to Boss:
"We're 0-4 but at least we don't have a disgusting racist logo on our caps."

allan said...

hmmmm, albers IS fat.

laura k said...

Italian is the most beautiful sounding language. So musical.

tim said...

Over 1.5 hours into the phonecall, still no answers on HD availability and also the reasoning behind the feeds they pick.

This will all pay off if they show NESN every game the rest of the year...

Which reminds me, those assholes never responded to that letter I sent in last year that I was supposed to blog about.

Amy said...

I love Italian also. One of my retirement goals is to take Italian. I once knew it well enough to get by in Italy, but I am quite rusty. And I never learned anything but present tense!

laura k said...

I found it very easy to get by in Italy with my pseudo Italian from my mediocre Spanish. People are so willing to help you there, IME.

Ah, Italy. Mmmm.

meunier said...

Our entire rotation can't go south for the entire year.. I hope.

tim said...

What a fucking waste of time that was.

You'd think SOMEONE in the organization would know who is responsible for selecting which feeds to broadcast but no. And no discount either. Apparently 30% per month is enough.

Fine.

Amy said...

Yes, the Italians bend over backwards to help foreigners speak their language. Quite a contrast to some other countries I have visited...

laura k said...

I have never been to a country where, if you make an effort to speak the language, people will not help you. Italy is great that way, but I've never experienced an extreme in the other direction.

RedSoxDiehard said...

Benjamin, the pdf is really cool!

meunier said...

In the city of Santiago in the Dominican Rep. that I have visited often, people speak Spanish with a Boston accent! I got there and people thought I was from there.

Amy said...

I found the French to be exactly the opposite. If I didn't pronounce the words the way they liked, they just ignored what I said. Or answered in English to show that they knew my language better than I knew theirs (which was true, but I was TRYING.)

This was Paris 1978. FWIW.

Kathryn said...

Benjamin...that's awesome. Let's play bingo!

johngoldfine said...

In Iceland, even when you say 'hello' or 'thank you,' Icelanders stare at you--not out of rudeness exactly, but because the words we think we are saying are so badly pronounced that even in formula situations, Icelanders are genuinely baffled. So I've been told anyway.

laura k said...

I assumed you were talking about France. I know that's what people say, but I've never experienced it. Paris is less friendly than out in the country (although not unfriendly, IMO), but I still never found a problem, over several trips. And my French sucks!

laura k said...

Or answered in English to show that they knew my language better than I knew theirs

Are you sure they weren't answering in English to make it easier on both of you? That happens to me everywhere. I start out in the native language, then out of courtesy, the other person switches to English. In these cases, it's not an insult - they're trying to help.

Kathryn said...

Okay, it is now time to

SCORE SOME RUNS

Pokerwolf said...

It'll be nice to GET SOMETHING GOING, but the Sox all look really tense.

But, I'll take an error! Woo!

Kathryn said...

Hey, EB beat that out!

Kathryn said...

Hey, YOUK beat that out!

Amy said...

It's always possible I misread their reaction, but I am generally pretty good at reading attitude from tone of voice and facial expression. These people looked annoyed that I was butchering their language. And I was. But the Italians never had that attitude---they always seemed tickled that someone was at least trying to speak their language.

And my French was better than my Italian since I had taken French for 6 years. I took a crash one week course in Italian before going on that trip. Now French pronunciation is tougher than Italian, but nevertheless my vocabulary was much larger in French and I knew tenses other than present tense.

laura k said...

That's true, I'm sure you know what you saw or heard.

Amy said...

Time for some FIRE.

Amy said...

But no...short fire.

Amy said...

Benjamin swooped in, left us a gift, and disappeared again. Sort of like Superman!

laura k said...

We know you like Superman. :)

Benjamin said...

Hoping for St Elmo's fire, but now just wet.

nick said...

Been watching GDGD on my device while watching a movie with Emma. Simply: bah.

Amy said...

LOL, Laura. Yes, one of my first loves. Until Paul McCartney came into my life.

Benjamin said...

It's nice to be appreciated. :)

Amy said...

There's Superman now. :)

Benjamin said...

You don't tug on Superman's cape.

laura k said...

That thing on his chin is just painful to look at.

allan said...

or pee into the wind ...

Amy said...

Isn't it spit into the wind?

Kathryn said...

Thank you Bobby Jenks.

allan said...

jenKKKs

Amy said...

SCORE THREE RUNS NOW

Amy said...

At least three.

Amy said...

Will I get a glimpse of Tek in the 8th?

meunier said...

Let's drink Sipp's milkshake.

Benjamin said...

Not peeing into the wind is good advice too.

laura k said...

It's getting late

laura k said...

If we don't come back, we might have to start our literary riffing tomorrow night. You know... It was the best of WINS it was the worst of WINS...

meunier said...

hmm why is Lowrie in?

Amy said...

Is anyone else having a problem with the NESN feed? Keep freezing....

Amy said...

Lowrie came in to hit for Salty.

RedSoxDiehard said...

I am NOT enjoying this game. And not because Don forgot to tell me to.

Kathryn said...

Where are the bats??

Amy said...

OK, going to have to turn off the game and watch via computer graphics soon.

laura k said...

LOL @ RSD

Amy said...

Seems all better now.

nick said...

Twins tied it up against the MFY. Tready to see some of that here.

Who is this second guy on WEEI? Annoying.

Amy said...

"Less fastballs"?? Ugly.

allan said...

lowrie:
because he's a better hitter than salty and we need hits

laura k said...

It's Dale Arnold. OB is doing women's college basketball.

Arnold is very annoying. He cannot stop talking about how no one is at the game.

Kathryn said...

My son came home and hooked up the PS3. I am watching NESN, with audio! Much better. Now, don't waste his efforts, Sox.

Amy said...

Score now, or you may send some fans over the edge.

Amy said...

What is a PS3?

allan said...

amy: might be okay, we need to thin the herd.

laura k said...

We sure could use a comeback.

s1c said...

Arnold used to do play by play for the Bruins home games. He got squeezed out of the day time lineup at WEEI - used to be the Dale and Holly show, now it is the M & M boys - Mutt and Merloni, followed by the big Show with Holly - they put him on the Sox games when OB is busy with ESPN stuff.

Kathryn said...

Amy (shakes head)...PS3 is a PlayStation 3 gaming system. It streams mlb.tv and does a good job.

tim said...

drat.

meunier said...

WOW are the sox snakebit

s1c said...

Wondering where our high powered offense went???

Kathryn said...

What, no broken ribs on that?

Amy said...

Playstation. Another item after my time, I am afraid. I used to live arcade games like Ms PacMan, but video games got way too complex for me, and I lost interest...in the 90s!

tim said...

do you have to pay for MLB coverage on PS3?

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