June 4, 2011

G58: Red Sox 9, Athletics 8 (14)

Athletics - 000 002 104 010 00 - 8 14  0
Red Sox   - 100 013 020 010 01 - 9 18  1
J.D. Drew, who had struck out in his previous four at-bats, lined a single to right-center with two outs in the fourteenth inning, scoring Carl Crawford (4-for-7, and 3 RBI) with the winning run. The hit came on the 495th pitch of the afternoon.

It took some effort, but the Red Sox remain undefeated this season (26-0) when leading after eight innings.

The Red Sox won despite blowing a four-run lead in the ninth with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. The A's comeback was greatly assisted when Dustin Pedroia botched a double play ball that could have ended the game at 7-3. Later in the inning, Papelbon and Jason Varitek were both ejected, though in separate incidents, both involving home plate umpire Tony Randazzo.

Boston had to rally after Oakland scored a run in the 11th inning, as well. With two outs, Jarrod Saltamaachia and Jacoby Ellsbury (4-for-7, double, 2 SB) both doubled.

Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-5 (he hit his 11th home run in the first inning), but he was pinch-run for in the 10th with Drew Sutton, and Boston missed his bat in extra innings. In the 11th, after Ellsbury had doubled to tie the game, Pedroia was intentionally walked. Sutton struck out to end th einning. Sutton also lined out to second to end the thirteenth with two men on.

The A's used nine pitchers, while Boston used "only" seven. Alfredo Aceves pitched the final four innings.
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Trevor Cahill / Josh Beckett

This game was originally scheduled for 7 PM, but was moved to 1 PM so it did not conflict with the Bruins/Canucks in Stanley Cup G2.

One extremely pleasant surprise of the first two months of the season is the resurgence of David Ortiz. Among AL hitters, Flo is 8th in AVG and OBP, 4th in HR, SLG, OPS, and Total Bases, 9th in Hits, and 6th in Extra-Base Hits and Runs Created.

In 15 games since May 19, Ortiz is hitting .414/.452/.862/1.314. He has at least two hits in 10 of those 15 games. Of his 24 hits, he has eight doubles and six home runs.

After striking out in 21.4% and 23.9% of his plate appearances in 2009 and 2010, respectively, Ortiz is fanning only 10.2% of the time this year. (He has never had a season below 15% in his major league career.) Ortiz is putting the ball into play in 74% of his PA (his highest % for a full season in Boston is 66%). That in-play percentage, coupled with a big decrease in swings-and-misses is why his 2011 walk rate is the lowest since joining the Red Sox.

AL East: Rays/Mariners at 4 PM and Yankees/Angels at 9 PM.

195 comments:

allan said...

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

MFY 31-24 ---
BOS 31-26 1.0
TOR 29-28 3.0
FKR 29-28 3.0
BAL 25-30 6.0

Jere said...

We've never beaten the Athletics at home on June 4th. (0-1, 1925) This is the year!

tim said...

Hope next saturday is better than this for your sake!

allan said...

Hope next saturday is better than this for your sake!

Indeed.

allan said...

Nine teams are in violation of MLB's debt service rules, according to the LA Times. The rules limit a team's debt to ten times its yearly earnings. The teams: Dodgers, Mets, Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers, Nationals.

Astros gave Bill Hall (.224/.272/.240, 158 PA) his unconditional release.

Rob said...

I'll actually get to thread today! I'm at work (which means I'm doing nothing productive) and the Bruins are not on at the same time.

tim said...

The rules limit a team's debt to ten times its yearly earnings


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

allan said...

Pure evil.

Rob said...

Evil Bert flashing some dong!

allan said...

With 2 outs, Sox get evil and sweaty.

Kathryn said...

So I missed an EB dong. I was able to go back and see it with mlb.tv clickable linescore. Nice opposite field!

Maxwell Horse said...

I'm sort of getting the impression that NESN has had "official urgings" (not to be confused with "urges") to sort of talk up Carl Crawford.

Maxwell Horse said...

That was some impressive glove-on-glove action.

Rob said...

"Fuck yeah!" for Fuck Yeah!

Kathryn said...

Amazing FY!

Zenslinger said...

Beckett = awesome.

I kind of feel like all the talk of "we need 2007 Beckett this year" in the preseason was expecting too much of him. I mean, he's had some good years and some difficult ones; why not expect something in between?

But the wish is coming true. He's just killing.

allan said...

Hmmm, Heidi never mentions the prices of these classy ball park food items.

Dr. Jeff said...

Doesn't seem to be playing on any of my channels. Anyone have an online feed link? ilemi.eu isn't working. Why aren't they putting this on MLB extra innings? There is no game on Fox until later...

Mark said...

How do you write a pickoff in a scorecard?

allan said...

I put 1-3.

And in the bottom of Tek's box, I have 1*23* (which are the pitch numbers and the dots are throws to first). I put an x over the second dot.

johngoldfine said...

"The wildness has hurt him"--nice analysis, Dave.....

Mark said...

FTS

allan said...

red sox re-take the lead pretty much as soon as possible.

allan said...

Flo hitting a TON to the opposite field/wall.!!!

allan said...

CRAWFORD taking charge! 7-3!

Kathryn said...

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Kathryn said...

Ouch. Very unFYlike

johngoldfine said...

ococ kcuf

Ofer said...

Looks like I'm just in time for the ritual dirtying of the water. Make it happen, Paps.

allan said...

get someone up out there, pls

Kathryn said...

Wow. Tek gets thrown out!

johngoldfine said...

aw shit

allan said...

Memories of JOS1.

Zenslinger said...

This is bad.

johngoldfine said...

Whooo!

allan said...

well, we'll have a new pitcher now.

Ofer said...

Oh, shit. Guess I'm a bad omen. Or maybe Papelbon knew he couldn't get the save, so he's going for the W...

allan said...

looks like tito is saying fuck every 3rd word

johngoldfine said...

"Randazzo took offense," says Joe. I guess!

Ofer said...

Ejected? What for? I'm GDGDing it.

Maxwell Horse said...

I gotta say, I can't imagine why Varitek and Pap have gone crazy on the homeplate ump this inning, other than letting the frustration of the blown save get the better of them.

Mark said...

This is bush league from the Sox.

Kathryn said...

This is crazy. I can see Tek getting it but Pap?

allan said...

so randazzo decided to be a big man and walk out and start shit with bot. very good.

and bot is totally right. the strike he called on sweeney was called a ball about 6 times before in this inning.

ROBOT UMPS, pls!!! NOW!

Kathryn said...

That ump stepped out from the plate as pap's back was turned

Maxwell Horse said...

Don't worry, I hear Jenks is a great pitcher. Situation is in the bag.

allan said...

couldn't see if bot was talking, but the ump should not have tried to be the show.

really shit luck this inning, with that recent single and the E-FY. plus getting fucked royally by randazzo.

allan said...

Salty can dong us home in the bottom half.

allan said...

crowd sounds pumped and ready for a walk-off.

Kathryn said...

Pap was in the motion to begin pitching.

allan said...

really? i recall he was staring in and then turned to go back on the rubber. wasn't in his motion, though

allan said...

WOW - what a fuckin GUN from salty, kept the game tied.

Maxwell Horse said...

That guy in the stands sure seemed proud to have caught the potentially inning-ending ball.

johngoldfine said...

Good god--making it look very hard....

Zenslinger said...

Holy crap. The last thing that could have gone wrong almost went wrong. Luckily, Salty kept his head.

Rob said...

I'm surprised Red Sox fans didn't cheer when Papelbon got ejected.

Ofer said...

Alright, so Jenks holds the line. Now it's walkoff time.

BTW, can somebody describe what caused the ejections?

Kathryn said...

No, not motion but getting into his stance. The game was proceeding and the ump decided to become the star. Pure shit. We looked at it again.

Ofer said...

In the silver lining department: number of comments has more than doubled since Bot crapped the bed.

Maxwell Horse said...

I think some of them did cheer, but only as the standard instinctual reaction seeing someone on their team yell at the umps.

Kathryn said...

Agreed Maxwell. Somehow you've got to let that ball go

Rob said...

Tony Randazzo. When people remember your name it means you had a bad day.

Zenslinger said...

Ofer, it's hard to explain all the bullshit that happened this inning. The highlights: Varitek argued with the ump about balls and strikes after the fact and was immediately tossed. Then Papelbon argued balls and strikes after having his pitch called a strike, and was tossed.

A lot of frustrating events. Hard to argue with the A's announcers, dickheads though they are, that Papelbon embarrassed himself.

allan said...

ejections: ump squeezing bot on pitches throughout the inning. that got tek rung. then bot threw a pitch that randazzo had called a ball all inning, and he called it a strike. bot stared in, might have said something (his back was to the camera) and randazzo came out and yelled and pointed and tossed him.

Ofer said...

I vote for some hypersaline dirty water.

allan said...

man, that fy dp might have ended the game at 7-3.

allan said...

Time for FY to atone.

Zenslinger said...

Fuentes kind of throws "like a girl". He doesn't seem to put much shoulder into it.

Kathryn said...

Zen. Pap said a word or two (not sure what) as he was getting the ball back from salty. He turned to go to the mound and was getting into his stance, unaware that the ump had come out of the box and was jawing at him.

Zenslinger said...

Yeah, Kathryn. On the replay, the A's announcers were saying (I think accurately) that Papelbon was protesting that his initial comment, which seemed like a sarcastic comment towards the ump was actually directed at Salty. But he really got angry when the ump did call him out and may have bumped him. No surprises if there are fines and a suspension for Bot.

Kathryn said...

It would have been nice if he had just stayed on the mound and watched the ump showing himself but that would have been true robotic.

Maxwell Horse said...

Lowrie with the old nonchalant Statue of Liberty catch.

allan said...

i saw only one replay, but i did not notice any ump bump. i feel like if papelbon did bump him, he would have fallen backwards dramatically like a basketball player taking a charge.

allan said...

Bert could end this shit right here.

Kathryn said...

Again. If there is a fine for pap there sure as hell should be one for Randicko. But MLB doesn't operate that way. Somehow the umps can't even be interviewed.

allan said...

with flo and bert out of the game, weakening the lineup, can we win soon? like now?

Kathryn said...

Ok. Get the slowest guy off the bases. But man can he hit!

Maxwell Horse said...

Pinch running for Gonzalez might cost them later.

Maxwell Horse said...

Can someone be taken off the DL in mid-game? If so, maybe Scutaro can pinch run for Youkilis or Ellsbury next time either one gets on base.

allan said...

it's time for mr. walkoff...

Ofer said...

So the Sox have no bench at all right now, eh? This could get interesting...

Maxwell Horse said...

Well, at least he put up a good at bat.

Seriously though, what happens if someone gets hurt now? Do they ask one of the pitchers to play a position?

allan said...

cameron is the dh. one onther move would be to put him in the field, then the pitchers would have to hit.

Zenslinger said...

TB up 3-0, but Mariners threatening.

Zenslinger said...

God damn.

Amy said...

WTF?? We were driving home, got home with Papelbon pitching the top of the ninth with the Sox up FOUR runs. We went into our house, had to empty the freezer which had been without power for two days, and I assumed the Sox had won. Just checked and saw THIS. WTF happened??

Maxwell Horse said...

If this isn't the worst loss of the season, it will definitely be the most surreal.

allan said...

I was waiting for Amy to get the news.

Amy said...

So...Tek and Pap were EJECTED? OMG.

Zenslinger said...

Impossible not to see every play at the plate in light of the Posey injury now. Salty totally does a "bend like a reed in the wind" tag there. Very nice.

Kathryn said...

So who catches if salty breaks his leg?

Amy said...

I assume Pap did not give up the four runs?

Mark said...

He did actually, closer in a non save situation strikes again.

Kathryn said...

Oh yes he did, Amy.

Mark said...

Cameron is the backup, he caught in high school and college.

allan said...

Bot in 9th, up 7-3:

Ellis - cbbsf 1B
Barton - sfbbbff BB
Powell - fc K
Crisp - E4 (possible game ending DP), 7-4
Pennington - fcfb 2B, 7-5
Jackson - 1B, 7-7
Sweeney - c (Bot ejected)

Tom DePlonty said...

Boy, Amy's going to love the recap of the top of the ninth. :-)

Amy said...

Holy shit.

Holy shit.

I'd like to blame it all on Papelbon, but I guess he is not responsible for the error...

allan said...

it's about 3x times worse than it looks. just a nightmare inning.

Ofer said...

Cold, cold fire.

allan said...

come on, salty, you're our final hope.

Amy said...

Wow, I thought that was gone!

Zenslinger said...

Near Salty Dong! So near.

Kathryn said...

I thought it was gone. Oh my

allan said...

let's go, lyndon.

Ofer said...

Alive?

Amy said...

I cannot believe that they are blowing this game. Baseball is cruel.

Zenslinger said...

C'mon. Infield hit. Something. Keep it alive.

Amy said...

Up to LBJ.

Amy said...

YES!!! Tied!

Tom DePlonty said...

Fantastic.

allan said...

LBJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zenslinger said...

Tie game!!!!! LBJ.

Maxwell Horse said...

Ellsbury is a really good player.

Amy said...

Too bad it went into the stands.

allan said...

L must be whooping it up quietly at work with the radio!

Ofer said...

Alive!

Amy said...

OK, I want a walkoff now!

Kathryn said...

Woo hoo. I wish it hadn't bounced into the seats

Amy said...

Time for FY to find that bat again.

allan said...

laser show, pls

Amy said...

Or not. Who is left on the bench?

Ofer said...

Another chance for some Fuck Yeah atonement.

Zenslinger said...

They fear FY's redemptive powers.

allan said...

and we got sutton instead of bert. fuck.

allan said...

a measley single, anything out of the infield, will give ellsbury a shot. so, do it.

Kathryn said...

Sutton can be a hero.

Amy said...

Who is this guy? :)

allan said...

there is no bench.

Amy said...

I will take a walk.

Maxwell Horse said...

Win or lose, the Papelbon meltdown definitely made the game more entertaining than it would've been otherwise.

allan said...

I don't always need "entertaining", though.

Amy said...

Shit. But we are alive!

Tom DePlonty said...

Still alive, at least. Come on, Aceves.

Maxwell Horse said...

Maybe we can have the best of both worlds. Extra entertainment with a win.

Kathryn said...

Sutton was overmatched, even at 93.

Kathryn said...

Amy, I hope things are okay at your house.

Kathryn said...

Silver lining: lackey being back let's us have a long reliever in here.

Amy said...

Thanks, Kat. All is well except for all the food we had to throw out. But given what happened around here, I am not complaining.

Amy said...

Score a RUN.

Mark said...

The ump for sure has the extra inning strike zone in effect now.

Mark said...

Bot might be suspended, he made contact with the ump when he was ejected.

allan said...

game might overlap with the bruins after all

Kathryn said...

Yep Amy. It's always good to have perspective.

Maxwell Horse said...

Devine is choking.

Kathryn said...

WTF Cameron

Ofer said...

WTF? Why is he bunting with two strikes?

Kathryn said...

It's time for a walkoff.

Amy said...

I want a walkoff.

Amy said...

Good at bat, CC.

allan said...

wear him down - and tee off

Ofer said...

10+ pitch at bats always end well.

Amy said...

Arrgghh.

Ofer said...

Or not.

Amy said...

Damn damn damn.

allan said...

More than 12 innings = a second scorecard.

Mark said...

Aceves is done, he has a blister.

Amy said...

They have to win now because I have to leave. Please.

Amy said...

No fire from Drew at all.

Kathryn said...

Get out the big gold hat.

Amy said...

Back to LBJ. Do it NOW.

Amy said...

Time for that 2 out rally.

allan said...

Time for a huge Fuck Yeah from FY.

Umm, Jerry, if Ellsbury steals, then they will walk FY to get to Sutton (again). So he may stay put.

Amy said...

Time for FY to redeem himself.

allan said...

Okay, I am clueless.

Whatever, just win the fuckin game.

Zenslinger said...

No wonder FY's OBP is so respectable.

allan said...

Maybe J.D. Drew Sutton is on fire?

Amy said...

Again, IBB.

Amy said...

It feels like deja vu all over again.

Amy said...

Who IS this guy? Has he had a hit yet?

Maxwell Horse said...

If Sutton doesn't win this, will the Sox start pulling random people from the crowd to pitch?

Amy said...

Truped by Don. Oh, well, got to head out. They will have to win it without me.

Mark said...

BABIP gods not in our favor

Tom DePlonty said...

This game is agonizing.

Maxwell Horse said...

It really probably wasn't a good move to replace Gonzalez with Sutton all those innings ago. Adrian wasn't even on second base at the time and I don't know if Sutton is known for being a big base-stealer.

Mark said...

I wonder if Wheeler will get up now..

allan said...

It really probably wasn't a good move to replace Gonzalez with Sutton all those innings ago.

I never really like it, because a certain previous manager used to do it a lot with Ortiz, back when he (Tiz) was slugging up a storm, and we'd always miss his (Flo's) big bat an inning or two later.

Ofer said...

Really good effort by Aceves, it seems. Don't let it be in vain. Win this now.

Tom DePlonty said...

How about another walk-off, Carl?

Ofer said...

So, will they pitch around Lowrie to get to Cold Fire?

allan said...

Drew with 4 K in last 4 PA, time to make some contact..

Maxwell Horse said...

Whew.

allan said...

DON: IT TOOK AWHILE, BUT IT'S ALL GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

Tom DePlonty said...

He drew some dirty water!

johngoldfine said...

my god! dirty water!

Mark said...

Cuyahoyga river water, dirty and on fire!

Maxwell Horse said...

I didn't notice Papelbon in the festivities. I'm guessing they have him sedated somewhere in the back.

Kathryn said...

A firey walk off

Ofer said...

Woohoo! Belated dirty water is even sweeter!

Zenslinger said...

Funny to see the reserved Drew have emotion thrust upon him.

Tom DePlonty said...

Aceves deserves a lot of credit for that win.

Zenslinger said...

Farnsworth trying to save TB's 3-2 lead.

Amy said...

So glad I got to hear the end of the game on the car radio! Go, Drew!

laura k said...

From the better late than never department:

Don't drink the water! It is EXTRA dirty!

****

I listened to every pitch, but can't thread at work. Thank dog we won.

Jere said...

Now we've beaten the A's at home in a June 4th game. Piece o'cake.