May 8, 2011

G34: Red Sox 9, Twins 5

Twins    - 300 100 010 - 5  8  3
Red Sox  - 014 020 20x - 9 14  0
Adrian Gonzalez celebrated his 29th birthday with three hits, including his fourth home run of the year, a graceful opposite field blast off one of the left field light towers.

Jacoby Ellsbury also went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Kevin Youkilis reached base four times and scored four runs, David Ortiz had two hits, and Jed Lowrie had a two-run double. Shortstop Jose Iglesias made his major league debut in the top of the ninth, fielding Alexi Casilla's ground ball, and throwing him out to end the game.

Peter Abraham:
Iglesias is the youngest player to get in a game for the Red Sox since Jeff Suppan in 1996, the youngest position player since Rich Gedman in 1980 and the youngest shortstop since Juan Beniquez in 1971.
Boston fell into a quick hole in the first inning, as Matsuzaka (6-5-4-2-4, 102) allowed three hits (two of them bloops to the outfield), a walk, and two stolen bases. After that inning, he retired 16 of the 19 batters he faced. Danny Valencia, who singled home two runs in the first, homered off the left field pole in the fourth.

The third-place Red Sox kept pace with the Yankees and Rays and are 4 GB both teams.
Example
Carl Pavano/ Daisuke Matsuzaka

Matsuzaka's last start was eight days ago, on April 29, when he left in the fifth inning with tightness in his right elbow. He was pressed into service in the 13th inning against the Angels on Wednesday night, throwing 20 pitches, making him unavailable for his scheduled start on Friday.

Pavano pitched poorly last Sunday against the Royals (5.1-12-7-0-0, 88), and later smashed stuff in the dugout with a bat.

The Red Sox have summoned shortstop Jose Iglesias from Pawtucket, and the 21-year-old shortstop may be activated tomorrow, according to reports from the Globe's Peter Abraham, Sports Illustrated's Melissa Segura, and ESPN's Gordon Edes. Marco Scutaro has an injury to his left rib cage and may be placed on the disabled list. In 24 games with the PawSox, Iglesias is batting .253/.278/.253, with only two walks in 92 plate appearances.

[UPDATE: Iglesias is with the Red Sox and Scutaro (who will have an MRI today) is on the DL with a strained left oblique.]


AL East: Tigers/Blue Jays at 1 PM; Rays/Orioles at 1:30 PM; and Yankees/Rangers at 8 PM.

40 comments:

allan said...

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

Ellsbury is 25 of 69 (.362) during his 16-game hitting streak. ... Pedroia is 7-for-57 (.123) in his last 14 games.

allan said...

Okay, this is the 1:30 game...

allan said...

Span, CF
Plouffe, SS
Morneau, 1B
Kubel, DH
Cuddyer, RF
Valencia, 3B
Revere, LF
Butera, C
Casilla, 2B

Iglesias is with the Red Sox and Scutaro (who will have an MRI today) is on the DL with a strained left oblique.

Andre Ethier's streak ended at 30 games.

A comment to a BRef post about Verlander's 2nd no-hitter points out that while Nolan Ryan pitched 7 no-hitters, he had only 5 no-walkers (9+ IP, 0 BB).

Zenslinger said...

Hopefully first two batters aren't an indication of Bad Dice-K.

Zenslinger said...

Fuck.

allan said...

nice work, shithead.

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allan said...

in thru the back door!!

Zenslinger said...

I'll take the manufactured run.

Where should Crawford bat? 5-6th?

allan said...

Assuming LBJ and FY are 1-2, having Crawford higher than 6th (or higher than 7th) doesn't make sense.

allan said...

triple for the craw!

allan said...

home town scoring gives ellsbury a hit (17 games) on a clear SS error.

Zenslinger said...

If Crawford batted higher, how would Cap'n get any groundout RBI?

Bases-loaded hit given up by CC. TEX 2, NYY 0.

allan said...

happy birthday to adrian gonzalez (29)!

allan said...

tied!

L B said...

I disagree re: Crawford - I think he'd do well batting 5th, LBJ and FY notwithstanding.

Benjamin said...

TEX 3 - MFY 0.

allan said...

... better keep pavano away from the bat rack.

allan said...

wheeeeeeeeeeee!

allan said...

don't give it right back, for fuck's sake.

allan said...

nesn shows an angle in which fans block the view of where the ball hit -- excellent!!

allan said...

finally, an angle that shows it glancing off the pole

Benjamin said...

TEX 4 - MFY 0.

allan said...

eck just said verlander's walk was 12 or so pitches. i checked:

Foul 1
Foul 2
Foul
Ball 1
Ball 2
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Ball 3
Foul
Ball 4

wow.

allan said...

MFY - 00
TEX - 31

TB 3, BAL 2 (4)

Zenslinger said...

I watched that walk. It was pretty epic. Ball four was tailing back in onto the outside corner -- a ball, but close.

Yanks are scoring in the 3rd. Some bullshit hits, some solid. 4-2 now, but two on and still no one out.

Zenslinger said...

A-Rod falls dramatically to one knee after getting hit in the back.

Zenslinger said...

Swisher K's with the bases loaded. 4-2 after 3.

allan said...

Pure Evil!

allan said...

should have saved some of the mediot columns bemoaning whether gonzalez would hit more than 1 HR this year ...

Zenslinger said...

There's one of those HR's we talked about all offseason.

allan said...

eck to don: "i saw you killing that sausage sandwich, it was hard to watch."

Dr. Jeff said...

Is Heidi glammed up more than usual today?

Jere said...

Am at the game. Yes , Heidi got boots...

Zenslinger said...

Jeter hit a home run. He must be relieved -- the scrutiny has been a bit much. I don't think the substance of it is wrong, but the hysteria has been kind of over the top.

Not that I'm happy for him.

Zenslinger said...

Jed. Yay.

Zenslinger said...

Another HR for Jeter.

Funny game, isn't it?

Zenslinger said...

Dirty Water on a quiet day at JoS.

Jere said...

I killed the thread from Fenway--a live kill! (Except for zenslinger)

9casey said...

In every AL game yesterday at least one team in each game scored exactly 5 runs......

And is Justin Masterson on his way to starting the All-Star game?

W-L ERA K BB
5-0 2.11 34 13