April 6, 2011

G5: Cleveland 8, Red Sox 4

Red Sox - 020 000 200 - 4  7  0
Spiders - 210 004 01x - 8  8  0
The Red Sox squandered several scoring chances in the early innings, and poor pitching and a mental error led to a four-run sixth as Cleveland broke the game open. Boston dropped to 0-5 for only the sixth time in team history (1905, 1927, 1945, 1966, 1996).

After Matsuzaka (5-6-3-3-2, 96) departed, Dennys Reyes hit two batters and walked another, leaving a bases-loaded, no-out mess for Dan Wheeler. Michael Brantley stung a liner to third that Kevin Youkilis dropped. Yook recovered, stepped on third to force Matt LaPorta, and threw home. Jason Varitek caught the ball and stepped on the plate, thinking he was forcing out Travis Buck. But Yook's play at third meant that Varitek had to tag Buck -- and he did not -- and so Buck crossed the plate, giving Cleveland a 4-2 lead. Four pitches later, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run dong, and it was 7-2.

Adrian Gonzalez's two-run homer to right closed the gap to 7-4 in the seventh, but no Boston batter reached base after that.

The Red Sox's missed opportunities began in the first inning. Carl Crawford singled with one out and stole second, but Talbot fanned Dustin Pedroia and Gonzalez. In the second, the Red Sox led 1-0 and had the bases loaded with one out. Jacoby Ellsbury's grounder to first scored a second run before Crawford lined out to third.

In the third, Pedroia was hit by a pitch and took third on Gonzalez's double off the left field wall. Second and third, and no one out, but Youkilis was called out on strikes, David Ortiz popped to shortstop, and J.D. Drew was caught looking on a nasty curve.

In the fifth, Crawford walked and stole his second base of the night. With one out, and Crawford now on third, Gonzalez walked. Cleveland manager Manny Acta, with his team holding a 3-2 lead, went to his pen. Chad Durbin struck out Youkilis on three pitches and lefty Rafael Perez retired Ortiz on a weak grounder to first. The fifth inning may have been a little early to micro-manage a one-run game, but Acta saw the spark of a Boston rally and (figuring the visitors were likely to cash in at some point) moved aggressively to snuff it out.

Red Sox hitters struck out 11 times, with Ellsbury fanning three times, and Drew, Ortiz, and Marco Scutaro going down twice.
Example
Daisuke Matsuzaka / Mitch Talbot

146 comments:

allan said...

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

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

PAbe: Matsuzaka has not faced another team since March 26. He threw a simulated game in Houston last Thursday.

laura k said...

Win pls.

Amy said...

Could DiceK, our #4 pitcher, get our first win of the season???

Here's hoping.....

Rob said...

1-4. Let's do this.

allan said...

Dice is our #5, actually.

***

Manny (1-for-16 in 4 games) gets a seat on Joe Maddon's bench.

allan said...

Rather, Manny did not start this afternoon. Rays lost to the Angels 5-1, dropping to 0-5.

MLB's box says 39 degrees and raining. Tarp was removed at 6:08.

allan said...

THE FUCKING CLEVELAND FEED AGAIN?????????????

WTF ROGERS, YOU ASSHOLES??!?!?

There are no Cleveland fans in Canada. If you show NESN, no one will be annoyed. CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Heh, #5. I guess I forgot we lost FOUR games in a row.

Tek plays tonight. If they win, can I give him partial credit? :)

allan said...

he may deserve all the credit

Amy said...

He can only get all the credit if he drives in all the runs, and the Sox win. Even I know that. :)

RedSoxDiehard said...

Tardy on the cut!

(And I'm tardy on the thread.)

allan said...

i know we'll get a "framed by" very soon

allan said...

MIN -
MFY -
Rain delay (CI not starting)

Amy said...

OK, got to do some work while watching so won't be able to thread much. Let's WIN!

allan said...

booooooooooo chooooooooooo

Amy said...

GOD DAMN IT. I hate this game. I hate this team.

allan said...

salty may be off the hook

allan said...

that ball got outta here like charlie sheen after hearing his dealer was leaving his house in 10 minutes...

allan said...

no - that ball was hammered more than charlie sheen on a saturday night.

yeah, that's it.

RedSoxDiehard said...

So many fouls, but none of them carved?

allan said...

there goes the no-walker

RedSoxDiehard said...

that ball was hammered more than charlie sheen on a saturday night.

Ha

allan said...

it appears that my plan to cut down on my drinking in the evening is going to be sorely tested this year.

Kathryn said...

Hey Gang. I was out to dinner with my husband (after seeing our son off to Florida). I checked the phone as we left the restaurant. WTF?? 2-0 in bottom of first? But, silver lining, DiceK only had 14 pitches at that time...that was before the 9 pitch walk.

Rob said...

no - that ball was hammered more than charlie sheen on a saturday night.

On any night.

BZ said...

This just in... it was revealed that our new pitching coach is on the payroll of the MFY's.

Zenslinger said...

Tim Lincecum has 8 K's in four innings vs. SD. No walks, one hit (a solo HR).

Kathryn said...

Papi. Yipee.

meunier said...

Let's get ON FIRE.

meunier said...

Time for an ON FIRE.

Kathryn said...

Elevates!!!

allan said...

calm, cool, collected, AND ON FIRE!

Kathryn said...

Never mind, I thought elevates was on there.

FIRE.

Rob said...

I'm at work watching the Bruins - wish we had picture-in-picture, but for now I have to choose one.

Kathryn said...

It's cactus time.........

allan said...

it used to be.

meunier said...

Theo may have put together the Miami Heat of baseball.

allan said...

FEAR THE CACTUS!

allan said...

it would be nice not to waste this

Kathryn said...

Didn't 'bases filled with Red Sox' used to be on there too?

allan said...

i dont think so.

Kathryn said...

And an RBI!!!!

Scu-scu-scutaro

Rob said...

Intermission... Red Sox! And holy balls the bases are loaded.

Rob said...

In other news, the wifi here SUCKS.

Kathryn said...

Rob, maybe lots of people at work are watching the Bruins and/or Red Sox.

allan said...

back door?

Zenslinger said...

We scored. And we may score again. This is great.

Kathryn said...

Wow, no double play???

Rob said...

Maybe. I'm on the bottom floor of a Navy barracks building using Navy wifi, so... well let's face it - government wifi? Um, yeah.

Kathryn said...

A home run would be nice, CC.

Kathryn said...

GETS THE BAD NEWS

allan said...

MFY PPD

RedSoxDiehard said...

21-minute wait

Rob said...

Who's this Matt LaPorter guy? Never heard of him... OH REMY.

allan said...

very gone
&
not enamored

will give us bingo!

Kathryn said...

Did I miss Enjoy the Game at the beginning??

allan said...

is dice working this slow hoping the batters get sleepy?

Zenslinger said...

Isn't it in the 30's (Faranheit)? Good luck rocking them to sleep.

Rob said...

He's certainly making me sleepy... 2nd period now in the Bruins game. Then at the end I get to clean up and go home. Fun.

Kathryn said...

This is vintage DiceK. 2 walks and a HBP.

allan said...

dp pls

allan said...

thx

allan said...

dice hits their 2B -
our 2B gets hit

interesting

Zenslinger said...

10 K for Lincecum through 5. Wow.

Kathryn said...

I'm glad to see that exchange between Tek and Dice. Pretty animated and Dice seemed more interactive than usual.

Kathryn said...

FRAMED BY

allan said...

after a very close back door pitch that could have been strike 3 (i thought it was going to be called) bert doubles to left!

meunier said...

Youk make them pay please.

Kathryn said...

Yep, I thought he was down by way of the k.

Dr. Jeff said...

Is "And it's quickly 0 and 2" on the bingo game?

meunier said...

Gameday is way behind.

allan said...

jeff, that's a good one.
what would it replace?

allan said...

DET 4, BAL 0 (in 4th)

Dr. Jeff said...

Your call.

Dr. Jeff said...

Of course, that statement could be on the bingo card of nearly every baseball announcer, but still.

Dr. Jeff said...

Brutal.

allan said...

LOBotomy

Kathryn said...

Those were some nasty strike threes.

Dr. Jeff said...

Did you email the bingo game to NESN? That would be hilarious if Orsillo started using it to mess with you.

meunier said...

fucking squander

allan said...

No, I didn't do anything with it. I did mention my paranoia about Don not liking me in the Card post, though.

allan said...

nice dice

Philip said...

Anyone in the Boston area have any idea where this game is on TV? NESN is showing me the Bruins for some odd reason.

Rob said...

NESN loved the Jack Edwards Bingo, with Edwards being the play-by-play man for the Bruins. In fact, a couple games ago they had a graphic that pulled down from the scoreboard that promoted Jack Edwards Bingo, and said to go to NESN.com for it.

I know it didn't start on NESN. A fan made it and sent it to NESN.

allan said...

whew -- craw's leap snared it

Rob said...

Philip, go to NESN.com and find your NESNPlus channel.

Philip said...

Rob, you're a lifesaver.

Zenslinger said...

Whaaa-at? OTT?

Rob said...

Time to clean up and get the hell out of here.

RedSoxDiehard said...

I did mention my paranoia about Don not liking me in the Card post, though.

But this could you back in his good graces, LOL...

allan said...

never gonna catch him!

Kathryn said...

Another one. I like this. He just needs to get on base more.

Kathryn said...

Awesome!!!!!! That's some fancy base running.

RedSoxDiehard said...

OK, nice to see CC causing havoc for us.

They better get this run home w/ <2 outs!

allan said...

L is not here, so I can say that's a problem with him in general.

allan said...

maybe not a problem, but something i wish he did more of.

RedSoxDiehard said...

"of the intentional variety" would have been a good phrase too.

allan said...

double steal, maybe?

RedSoxDiehard said...

"falling fast" is another one.

Kathryn said...

Let's go Youk.

meunier said...

Youk can't hit a beachball right now

Kathryn said...

YouKK

allan said...

flo needs to get this team on a rolle.

meunier said...

What is going on with Cleveland's multiple pitching moves in the 5th inning ?!

allan said...

shit

meunier said...

Hopefully the spiders get short on their bullpen now though.

Kathryn said...

My son just texted me. They have WiFi on the bus and he is watching the game. He is on a school trip to Florida...15 hours on a bus overnight. Fun when you're 17, but not when you're 49.

allan said...

reyes up

RedSoxDiehard said...

STRAND A PAIR

allan said...

DET 6, BAL 3 (in 8th)

meunier said...

That's why we are sucking, the Sox have been infected with Lebron.

allan said...

oh for fucks sake

Dr. Jeff said...

WHAT IS GOING ON THIS YEAR???? No I'm not giving up. But sheesh.

allan said...

throw STRIKES, you fat fuck

Kathryn said...

No, this is why we are sucking...PITCHING

allan said...

12 pitches
11 balls

go enjoy the buffet, reyes.

Amy said...

So glad I have not been threading. Working is more fun than watching this game.

allan said...

wakefield up

allan said...

heads up play, cap'n.

Amy said...

We are doomed. The stars are not aligned.

WTF???

meunier said...

NO ONE on the Sox staff can pitch, what is going on?

tim said...

Fer fuck sakes. Thanks for that solid play, tek.

Thanks for the meatball, hot wheels.

BZ said...

Maybe a lot of fans will dress in black for the opener on Friday?

tim said...

EVIL BERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

allan said...

EVIL DONG!!!!!!

ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

allan said...

12-pitch AB for EB!

Kathryn said...

Evil man, evil dong.

johngoldfine said...

I just got home from the movies--looks like maybe I should have stayed for the late show too.

allan said...

dale arnold says youkilis drifts back and catches that popup.

ummm, that's adrian gonzalez, dale.

allan said...

nope - you are just in time for the comeback -- and the wakefield win.

RedSoxDiehard said...

down by way of the k, fwiw

johngoldfine said...

W works for me.

allan said...

saving the fireworks for the 9th....

allan said...

sigh

allan said...

scutaro
ellsbury
crawford
pedroia
gonzalez
etc.

tim said...

PLAN:

Salty, Scutaro, Ellsbury all walk and Crawford ties this up. Then Pedroia goes b2b with him and we lead.

tim said...

Ignore that plan. Just forward it by one batter. Pedroia and Gonzo are going to have to go back to back after 3 consecutive walks.

johngoldfine said...

I guess this isn't late-breaking news at JOS, but that Spiders' logo...the more you look, the worse it gets.

allan said...

that applies to the sox team, also, so far.

johngoldfine said...

aw, allan, you be the voice of reason, and let someone else be the voice of despair

allan said...

ok, i'll try

tim said...

argh.

johngoldfine said...

seeya, sportsfans

allan said...

it may be necessary to do shots before the game tomorrow.

Kathryn said...

it may be necessary to do shots before the game tomorrow.
Where's Millar when we need him?

Rob said...

Dale Arnold also said Curt Young came out of the bullpen instead of the dugout.