May 30, 2011

G54: White Sox 7, Red Sox 3

White Sox - 201 004 000 - 7 12  0
Red Sox   - 102 000 000 - 3  7  0
Lester struggled through yet another start (5.2-8-7-4-4, 127) and the Red Sox failed to score in the later innings despite a couple of small, but promising, rallies.

Lester had thrown 96 pitches through five innings, and that probably should have been the end of his night. However, the game was tied 3-3, meaning that Lester (heaven forbid!) would not qualify for the "W", so Terry Francona left him on the mound to face six more batters and throw 31 additional pitches in the sixth inning. The Red Sox bullpen did not stir at all until Chicago's first batter had singled (and Lester was at 103 pitches).

Lester recorded two outs, but he also loaded the bases, and Alexei Ramirez snapped the 3-3 tie by blooping his 127th pitch down the right field line for a two-run double. Wheeler came in and allowed a single to Carlos Quentin, which scored two inherited runners.

Adrian Gonzalez (who hit his 10th homer in the first) and David Ortiz both singled in the sixth, but, with one out, Carl Crawford lined to right and Drew Sutton struck out. With two out in the eighth, Kevin Youkilis singled and Ortiz walked. Crawford, facing Matt Thornton, struck out swinging.

Dustin Pedroia's single scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning.

Also: Quentin was awarded first base in both the first and fifth innings after being hit by Lester. However, since Quentin made absolutely no attempt to avoid either pitch, home plate umpire Marty Foster should have followed Rule 6.08(b)(2) and called each pitch a ball and kept Quentin in the batters box.
6.08. The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided he advances to and touches first base) when ... (b) He is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless ... (2) The batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball;

If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball. If the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a ball if he makes no attempt to avoid being touched.
Example
Jake Peavy / Jon Lester

A cool note, from Peter Abraham: Since debuting with the Red Sox last September 14, lefty Rich Hill has made 14 appearances (12 innings) without allowing a run. It's the most scoreless appearances to start a Red Sox career since (at least) 1919. Hill has 12 strikeouts in eight innings this season.

Reliever Franklin Morales was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left forearm strain and Michael Bowden was recalled from Pawtucket.

After Chicago lost to the Blue Jays in 14 innings yesterday, the ever-entertaining White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had a few words for fans who have criticized some of his decisions.
They only remember the 2005 [championship] team in 2020 when we come here in a wheelchair. "Oh, yeah, thank you." As soon as you leave the ballpark, they don't care about you anymore. ... The monuments, the statues they have for you, they pee on it when they drunk. ... "Thank you for coming" for 30 minutes for all the suffering you did all your life, day in and day out.

I wish I didn't feel anything for this game. I wish I didn't care about the White Sox, what the general manager, fans and media think. I wish I could say, "#&*@, I don't give a #&*@." I can't. I try to put it in my mind that I don't [care], but I can't because I love baseball, I love this organization and this is a job I want to do.
After the media published his comments, Guillen got even angrier and headed over to Twitter:
Thas bull crap what the media print today about celular field and the fans

The should print and said everything I said thas low blow and imrresponsable no clas

Press asociacion print you name who put that today tha will be fear

I have the enterviu on tape I whish I can sue then thas a very low blow

Allways take stuff out the contest put people in bad situation to people can read then

What a hell I going to say bad thing about white sox fan they are behind me all my carrer a less most of then
Also: White Sox starter John Danks called Toronto's Jose Bautista "a fucking clown" for the way he reacted after making an out in the fourth inning yesterday.

AL East: Yankees/Athletics at 4 PM and Rangers/Rays at 6:30 PM.

50 comments:

scabtheverse said...

Here's the Danks/Bautista vid

I think Danks is just confused because he throws with the wrong arm. Not even about you, kid. I suppose when you're 0-8 you become a bit touchy about the unwritten rules (which, in this case, he seems to have invented on the spot). That's surprising, the White Sox announcers love it. Danks could have pulled out a shotgun and started shooting at the fans and Hawk Harrelson would say: "I understand where Danksie is coming from. I don't blame him. These fans have been booing a lot."

Hawk also chimes in with the typical witch-hunt nonsense on Bautista: How original

(Yes, corking a bat is the key to being a good hitter. Give a corked bat to Pee Wee Herman and I'm sure he'd hit .340)

Also: somehow Ozzie is more articulate than 99% of coaches in pro sports even if his grammar isn't perfect. Amazing how that works.

Mark said...

Those fugly logo caps are back again.

allan said...

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

allan said...

Pierre, LF
Ramirez, SS
Quentin, DH
Konerko, 1B
Pierzynski, C
Rios, CF
Lillibridge, RF
Beckham, 2B
Morel, 3B

allan said...

MFY - 300 000
OAK - 000 00

Maxwell Horse said...

What's odd about this special Memorial Day ceremony for today's Fenway game is, if you didn't have a calendar in front of you to remind you it was Memorial Day, there would be nothing to tip you off that it was a holiday. It's essentially exactly the same as every other Fenway game opening.

allan said...

no attempt to move his foot - ump should enforce the rule book, and say no HBP

johngoldfine said...

DP....

allan said...

blessed with the cws feed tonight. on that foul liner: "JUST FOUL!!! dad gum it!"

johngoldfine said...

bleah

Kathryn said...

Ohhh, I forgot how the White Sox announcers are! Haha.

SHIT! SHIT! SHIT!

I bet they liked that one.

allan said...

"Don't stop now, boys!!"

allan said...

holy shit. lined to drew in the gap. annc says to konerko: "get back, paulie, hurry back!"

Mark said...

I don't think Lester has ever beaten the White Sox, they always tee off on him.

Kathryn said...

I can hear them now. I remember from previous games how there is no pretense of neutrality. It is nice to have the choice (home/away) for every game with mlb.tv.

Kathryn said...

I vote, "yuck" on the hats.

allan said...

Lester beat the White Sox on September 6, 2009 (7-4-0-2-8). 2-2 in 5 starts.

allan said...

i am watching on mute now.

Mark said...

EVIL DONG

allan said...

BIG YELLOW BERT DONG!

Kathryn said...

EB!! I like it.

allan said...

Morel gets his 1st BB of the year in his 118th PA. On 4 pitches. Good work, Jon.

Kathryn said...

FY!! He doesn't fool around.

allan said...

MFY beat Oakland 5-0
Rays trailing Texas 7-0 in the 3rd

Maxwell Horse said...

These Verizon ads where average joes look into the Verizon store while an internal monlogue plays where they debate whether to buy something ... they're so smooth. I would be totally shocked if I were to find out that the gravelly average-guy voice actor was a different person than the on-screen actors. Just completely shocked.

allan said...

ellsbury still raking!

allan said...

FY!!!!!!!!!!!

fuck the hawk!

Mark said...

YES!

laura k said...

Thank dog for MLB Audio so Allan can stop complaining :)

laura k said...

Those caps are awful. Looks like a softball uni to me.

allan said...

thanks for the out!!!

johngoldfine said...

yee-haw!

allan said...

maybe ozzie will go tweet about it right now.

Mark said...

K-5!

johngoldfine said...

He's quite the tweeter, not to mention ranter....

Mark said...

OLE!

laura k said...

I'm the only one who doesn't care for people making fun of this guy's poor English?

johngoldfine said...

I thought his recent tweet was more a reflection of the incoherence of frustration and rage than any reflection on his English. I have students who have ONLY English who have those over-the-top moments and write comparably badly.

laura k said...

Oh yes, that's very true! I was recently asked to comment on a FB thread, and my debating partner was so enraged, her typing was coming out much like Ozzie's rants.

Mark said...

Dammit that was some cheap shit

Maxwell Horse said...

This is ridiculous. There was no reason for Lester to be out there.

Mark said...

ugh

Kathryn said...

I was hoping to get out of that last half with only two scored.

Kathryn said...

Did Don just call that stain waterboard????

Maxwell Horse said...

I know it makes someone seem unlikeable when they bitch a lot, but I'm going say: I'll bet tomorrow there will be all kinds of strawman arguments defending Francona's insanity saying something like, "Leaving Lester out there was perfectly logical! You see, Beckett had just pitched a full start last night! So you see, the manager's hands were tied."

allan said...

re waterboard: we've said that for weeks!

Kathryn said...

Oh, where have I been?

allan said...

saying it only to ourselves, though, i think.

allan said...

bowden up

allan said...

chic feed had none of the 4 pitches to cameron in the zone.