May 23, 2011

G47: Cleveland 3, Red Sox 2

Red Sox - 001 010 000 - 2  7  0
Spiders - 000 100 02x - 3  6  1
Daniel Bard blew his second save of the year, allowing an inherited runner to score with one out in the eighth, then gave up a run of his own, as Cleveland took a 3-2 lead. With one out in the ninth, singles by J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie put the potential tying run on third base, but Carl Crawford -- who had singled and scored Boston's first run and homered for its second -- grounded into a game-ending 463 double play.

Buchholz (7.1-4-2-2-4, 94) and Masterson (7.2-4-2-2-3, 112) were evenly matched -- and both pitched well despite a rain delay of 61 minutes at the start of the game. In the eighth, after Buchholz allowed a single to Jack Hannahan and pinch-runner Adam Everett took second on Austin Kearns's groundout, Bard came in to face pinch-hitter Carlos Santana.

Bard got Santana to foul out to third, but Michael Brantley lined an RBI-single to right to tie the game. (It was the first inherited runner that Bard has allowed to score this season; he's now stranded eight of nine.) Asdrubal Cabrera, who had homered in the fourth, doubled to left-center for the go-ahead run.

Dustin Pedroia was injured in the eighth inning and had to leave the game. He was on first when Adrian Gonzalez singled to right. Pedroia tripped rounding second base, got his feet tangled, and fell. He crawled back to the bag, but was very slow to get up. He seemed unable to put much weight on his left foot/ankle, and Drew Sutton ran for him and finished the game at second base.

The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 7-3 and the Tigers beat the Rays 6-3, so the Red Sox remain 0.5 GB; Toronto is now 1.5 GB.
Example
Clay Buchholz / Justin Masterson

Buchholz has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts and has allowed only two runs in his last 20.2 innings. In four May starts, he has a 1.40 ERA.

Masterson has allowed only one run in five of his nine starts this season. He has a 2.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His walk rate is the lowest of his career and he has given up only one home run in 60.2 innings.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 7-for-18 (.389) in his last five games, with one double and three home runs:
I'm feeling more comfortable. As soon as I managed to slow things down, I've been putting good at-bats together. ... At the beginning of the season I was pressing a little bit, trying to go out and hit everything as hard as I could. ... [Now] I'm not trying to pull everything, I'm trying to put it in the big part of the park, and good things happen.
AL East: Blue Jays/Yankees and Rays/Tigers at 7 PM.

115 comments:

allan said...

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

Brantley, CF
A. Cabrera, SS
Choo, RF
Buck, DH
Laporta, 1B
O. Cabrera, 2B
Hannahan, 3B
Kearns, LF
Marson, C

Notes: Spiders have the best record in baseball and are 18-4 at home.
Red Sox won 8 of 9 and 11 of 13.
Youkilis has hit in 10 straight games: 15-of-37 (.405/.489/.811), with 8 extra-base hits, 13 RBIs and 6 BB.
Lowrie's .810 OPS is 4th among all MLB shortstops.

Jere said...

Grounds crew readying the tarp, TC says the rain will come and go, then they can start.

Jere said...

Ooh, tornado warning!

allan said...

Bautista Dong - Jays 1, MFY 0

allan said...

Globe: 7:31 p.m.: Rain has stopped. Grounds crew is preparing to pull the tarp off the field. There is a tornado warning in this area but the skies are clearing around the park.

allan said...

1st pitch expected 8:05

allan said...

we had espn before, maybe they won't come back and we'll get lucky.

Mark said...

Nothing like having an opposing starter who knows most of your team :/

Maxwell Horse said...

After retiring the side, Masterson will wrestle a bear to stay frosty.

Jere said...

two sides to that coin!

allan said...

o'brien says gonzalez's 4-hit games against the cubs came back-to-back.

friday and sunday are not back-to-back.

Jere said...

3-5-1 DP!

Zenslinger said...

Woody Allen's Radio Days has a hilarious segment on a baseball player who continues to pitch despite losing a leg, then an arm...

"...but he had heart," the announcer says. The era's version of "gritty".

allan said...

TOR - 100 00
MFY - 000 1

FKR - 000 1
DET - 000
rays still batting

Jere said...

TARTAR sauce. (That's a run, there's a run.) (Sauce.)

Kathryn said...

2-out rally time!

allan said...

right after espn has a graphic that fy has 0 rbi in last 86 PA

Jere said...

Jays have 'em loaded one out

laura k said...

Castig loves Masterson. Can't stop talking about what a great guy he is, how sad everyone was when he left.

Jere said...

Jays score on a single, then Colon walks in a run on 4 pitches! 3-1

Jere said...

Masterson was my favorite. And I don't always declare a favorite!

Jere said...

oooooh baby..6-1 Jays!!!!

Kathryn said...

I think the ESPN announcers just said two of the walks in that inning were intentional.

Maxwell Horse said...

"Castig loves Masterson ..."

I remember Delcarmen had glowing things to say about Masterson when they traded him. I guess Masterson is just one of those kinds of guys.

Jere said...

beautifully turned

Jere said...

Yeah, the Yanks intentionally walked Bautista with man on second. But the next guy bunts 'em over so they intentionally walk the guy after that. Then single, walk, 3-run double.

Jere said...

Remy and Don love Masterson's wife, and she gave them cookies tonight like she used to. (Don ate both chocolate chip before Remy saw the bag.)

The reason I liked him was that he was just a normal dude when he talked, did not speak in cliches. And was just a nice guy. Didn't like the Jesus stuff but you're gonna have to deal with that with almost all these guys.

laura k said...

Oh yeah, I remember the cookies, and Delcarmen liking him so much.

Jere said...

We're back to the dyed-hair discussion. But cut off by the inning ending....

allan said...

TOR - 100 005
MFY - 000 10

FKR - 000 10
DET - 000 01

Zenslinger said...

Hannibal's Brother strikes again.

Jere said...

Ass Dribble had 18 dongs in his first 1415 at bats. And he has 10 in under 200 AB this season.

Jere said...

CC DeDong

laura k said...

CC DDONG!

allan said...

Bogar is holding up him up.

Amy said...

Just stopping by to say CC!!!!

nick said...

Craw-four!

nick said...

allan said...
Bogar is holding up him up.


That cracked me up.

Kathryn said...

Ass Dribble had 18 dongs in his first 1415 at bats. And he has 10 in under 200 AB this season.

With this stat, I'll go with my original thought, crude or not...

Who put a firecracker up his ass this year?

YAY CC

Jere said...

haha! That's why you keep the tag close to the guy!

Jere said...

this one's official!

allan said...

if the runner makes it safely, but overslides the base and gets tagged out, should he get credit a SB?

Jere said...

and the Jays tack on.... 7-2 in the 8th

Jere said...

I think it's just considered a CS.

allan said...

it is a CS, but i was just thinking he did make it safely (for a fraction of a second)

Jere said...

But basically, if you try to steal second and you're tagged out, even if it's after you touched the bag, it's all just one failed attempt. Or at least that's how they consider it.

Jere said...

But I think if you make an attempt toward the next base and then are tagged you might get credit for the initial SB.

9casey said...

Why when switch hitters, like Lowrie, are slumping from one side of the plate, why not Just hit from the side you are doing so well from?

nick said...

SB and a pick off? kinda like trying to stretch a single to a double, but that's assuming there was an effort to continue on.

Not seeing the play, I'm assuming he over slid? part of the same action.

allan said...

just an over slide. could not keep his trailing foot on the base. so just a CS.

Jere said...

Judging by the fact that even a switch hitter who's batting a thousand lefty wouldn't hit lefty against a lefty, I'd say it's because they're just always more comfortable facing the opposite, and it trumps how well they do on whichever side. ?

allan said...

espn crawl info:

jered weaver
1st six starts: WWWWWW
next 4 starts: LLLL
(no no-decisions)

first pitcher to do that since 1884!

Jere said...

GDGD still just calling it a SB

Jere said...

Yanks coulda had more in the 6th and 8th, but Posada ended both rallies. 7-3 Jays going to the 9th

9casey said...

Jere said...
Judging by the fact that even a switch hitter who's batting a thousand lefty wouldn't hit lefty against a lefty,



Yeah Jere, being a lefty , facing a lefty is quite difficult, but for a righty facing a righty it never realy is an issue......
Does anyone know of any Switchitters who stopped during their career?

Jere said...

I guess JT Snow is the big example of a guy who used to switch hit. source: the Internet

Jere said...

I hate how hockey being on means we get fewer AL East updates.

allan said...

when we were in nyc in september, fucking football camp always crowded out pennant races.

Jere said...

If Jeter can hit a fly out where Gardner tags and is thrown out at the plate, he can be Mr. 26/27.

laura k said...

ESPN can barely show us LBJ's AB, because the announcers are chatting and we have to see them. Or I assume they are chatting, we have MLB Audio on. I cannot hear Sutcliffe.

allan said...

some replays looked likem asterson did tap the northwest corner of the base.

yeah, like acta can see from the 3B dugout.

Kathryn said...

Acta going berzerk.

Jere said...

NESN finally showed a third angle where it really looks like his toe flicks the bag. His achilles heel was reaching back for it, which tells the ump you missed it the first time.

Kathryn said...

Wow, that was an amazing throw. Why don't we have a catcher who can do that?

allan said...

so ... why can't we get pitchers and catchers like that?

Jere said...

Yanks lose. Rays down to last 3 outs

Kathryn said...

Please be okay. oh no.

allan said...

left ankle?

Kathryn said...

That's what it looks like.

fusionmouse said...

Who's hurt? What happened? I'm listening to the Bruins game.

allan said...

bert singled to right, pedroia went from first to second, rounded second, but tripped over the bag and his feet got tangled up, and he fell. dove back to the bag, looked like he hurt his left foot or ankle. had trouble putting weight on it.

fusionmouse said...

Thanks for the textual replay. GDGD just lists the pinch runner substitution. Hope it's not too serious--we need Pedy's fire.

fusionmouse said...

FN :(

allan said...

clay at 83 thru 7 - hill and bard up

Jere said...

Rays down 4-1 in 8th. First place is ripe for the takin'.

Kathryn said...

Crap. Make the play.

Jere said...

Make it Tigers 6 Rays 1

And we give up the exact grounder Pedroia usually gets in his sleep.

Zenslinger said...

Yanks lose.

Meunier said...

And he makes an error right away.

Jere said...

"Yanks lose."

17 minutes ago, guy

Meunier said...

I am having technical difficulties with Blogger. I tracked to down to a corrupted cookie and deleted it. However now I am getting the internal error message from Blogger when I try to post via my Google account.

Zenslinger said...

I was a little late on that one.

allan said...

p.s. not an error by sutton.

Jere said...

"I was a little late on that one."

Well you did give us a sentence we like to hear multiple times...

Jere said...

gets the pop up. key.

laura k said...

bah, tied

Maxwell Horse said...

Tied. With the rain and the Pedroia injury, this feels like some bizarre purgatory.

Jere said...

fack

Zenslinger said...

Shakespeare is working on one of his "problem" plays.

Kathryn said...

They should have called this game after the 7th inning. Aagghh. They better let them play the 9th.

allan said...

first inherited runner bard has allowed to score this year. had been 8-for-8 in leaving them on base.

laura k said...

Oh fuckety. Not that I'm thinking this game is over, but it's doubly good NYY lost and FKR are losing.

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

laura k said...

RSVP

laura k said...

Oh come on, first pitch?

Jere said...

Miggy drops a pop up with 2 outs in the 9th to extend the game, 6-3 still.

Way to make him work ,Papi

laura k said...

J.Dingle!

Jere said...

damn you No doubles D!

Maxwell Horse said...

I want Drew to steal.

Jere said...

Rays were down 6-1, first two went down in the 9th, but now they have the tying run up.

Zenslinger said...

Rays lose!

Jere said...

Okay, Rays lose. Take first place now! Tying run at third!

laura k said...

How bout it CC?

Maxwell Horse said...

I want Lowrie to steal.

allan said...

i want crawford to do what needs to be done.

Jere said...

Not the time for a fucking hockey update! Come on!

Jere said...

oh that is just fuck

laura k said...

FUCK

Water is annoyingly clean.

Maxwell Horse said...

*THAT* is why I wanted Lowrie to steal.

allan said...

that was the one thing NOT to fucking do.

Zenslinger said...

Fucking Spiders!

laura k said...

We don't take 1st, but at least we don't fall farther back. #GlassHalfFull

Kathryn said...

Tough loss. We'll break into first place just like we got over .500 and then it's all good.

I hope Pedey is okay.

laura k said...

Crawford almost never hits in DPs.

allan said...

Only his 2nd GIDP of the year. (April 27 was the other one.) Shame since his dong was big in the 5th.