June 5, 2011

G59: Red Sox 6, Athletics 3

Athletics - 001 101 000 - 3  5  0
Red Sox   - 030 201 00x - 6 12  0
Lackey (5.2-3-3-2-2, 93) did his job, Carl Crawford hit a three-run bomb (#5) in the second, Adrian Gonzalez followed with a two-run dong (#12) in the fourth, and David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both went 3-for-4 as the Red Sox swept a three-game series from the A's.

To close it out, Dan Wheeler (eighth inning) and Daniel Bard (ninth) set the A's down in order on only seven and eight pitches, respectively.

In his first three at-bats, Ortiz singled, doubled, and singled. He led off the seventh with a drive deep into the triangle that Coco Crisp, after a very long sprint, snagged with his glove stretched out in front of him. That catch robbed Flo of his first four-hit game since late 2007. It also kept alive a streak that Gary Marbry mentioned in his recent Nuggetpalooza column.

On September 27, 2007, Ortiz went 4-for-4. It was the 12th time in his career he had at least four hits in a game; he has yet to do it a 13th time. Today was his 296th consecutive game in which he had at least four at-bats without getting four hits. It's only two games shy of Rico Petrocelli's Red Sox record of 298 games (1967-1970). Arcane data of this type goes back only to 1950. Brooks Robinson of the Orioles holds the MLB record (558 games, 1965-1970).
Example
Brett Anderson / John Lackey

Lackey (8.01 ERA) returns from the disabled list and makes his eighth start of the season.

In his two starts before being sidelined with a right elbow strain, the Blame Thrower allowed 17 runs, 19 hits, and eight walks in only 10.2 innings; opposing baserunners also stole seven bases in eight attempts. Lackey made one rehab start for Pawtucket, giving up one run in 5.1 innings. His pitch limit today will be approximately 90.

In his last start (May 31), Anderson allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 5.1 innings to the Yankees. ... He threw eight shutout innings against the Red Sox back on April 19 in Oakland. (Did you know that the actual name of the A's home park is now "Overstock.com Coliseum"?)

AL East: Yankees/Angels at 3:30 PM and Rays/Mariners at 4 PM.

78 comments:

allan said...

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

Rob said...

Blame Thrower. I love it.

allan said...

I think a newspaper writer or blogger in Maine was the coiner of that nickname. (Though I have seen it on Angels discussions boards, too.)

allan said...

Reddick back to Pawtucket as Lackey returns.

Crisp, CF
Sweeney, LF
DeJesus, DH
Jackson, RF
Suzuki, C
Barton, 1B
Ellis, 2B
Kouzmanoff, 3B
Pennington, SS

Jere said...

5-4 all-time on June 5th vs. Athletics. 1-1 at home, a DH split in '61. In the win, the pinch-hitter who ended the game for KC: Don Larsen! (He was a .311 hitter in 45 ABs that year.

Bad news: Charlie Moore signs 3-yr contract extension with NESN.

Kathryn said...

I, yet again, will try to come into this game with a clean slate on Lackey. It won't take much to dirty it, though.

Jere said...

wow, crazy ass DP

Kathryn said...

FY, how does he do that??

Jere said...

watched original angle and i'd say Lackey didn't touch it. No 1-4-6-3.

laura k said...

Amy, I don't know if you're threading - it's so beautiful out today, I hope you don't see this til later - but I was relieved to see the tornado damage was limited to some spoiled food.

meunier said...

The A's announcers actually are decent I think. I'm stuck with them b/c I am living in their broadcast area.

Kathryn said...

I think he is learning a lot from EB about going to the opposite field.

allan said...

Shift that.

Is Ray Fosse on the A's TV? I recall being quite annoyed by him.

allan said...

CRAW DONG!

meunier said...

CC DONGER

Jere said...

wow that ball just kept on goin'

Kathryn said...

A big Crawdong

meunier said...

Fosse has said something dumb every game lol.

allan said...

CRAW!!!

allan said...

Fosse has said something dumb every game lol.

Fosse has said something dumb every pitch lol.

(More accurate.)

meunier said...

Last week I saw a Horizon League game. This is the west coast equivalent of the Cape Cod league. The game was at the Yuba Gold Sox vs. Alaska Fire. Alaska won after Yuba left their starter in too long.

meunier said...

It's not associated with the Horizon League NCAA conference, commuter airline Horizon Air is the sponsor.

meunier said...

Kouzdong

meunier said...

The Alaska team has an underlying agenda that is not baseball. They are also student missionaries from Baptist schools and similar colleges like Liberty.

Kathryn said...

Is this the stupid payback for the dong?

Tom DePlonty said...

Is this the stupid payback for the dong?

Castiglioni and O'Brien think so...they're still talking about it.

allan said...

just saw the crawford hbp. bit of head hunting.

Jere said...

NESN completely misses a pitch showing the runner

Kathryn said...

So a warning doesn't mean an auto ejection if you hit again? I didn't know that.

If not for our depleted bullpen, I maybe would have preferred the ejection.

Kathryn said...

Red Sox to make an anti-bullying video for gay youth

Sam Maden, of Nashua, started the petition late last month after his seventh-grade teacher asked the class to come up with a project that could make a difference in the world. Nice job kid!

Kathryn said...

Why all the bunting from LBJ? I understand it's situational, but I'd rather have him hitting.

allan said...

Very cool news, especially since it was started by a 12-year-old! Laura mentioned it in a wmtc post about the Giants and Cubs.

allan said...

don't bunt in the 4th inning. jesus christ.

Jere said...

Gong

allan said...

STRUCK WELL!

meunier said...

Yet more evil

Zenslinger said...

Unibrow Dong! So evil.

allan said...

so much evil, judgment day might really be coming...

Kathryn said...

As I recall, the scouting report on EB was that he would pepper the wall. That's incorrect...he is scaling the wall!!

allan said...

I am enjoying having this young gentleman playing on my favourite baseball team.

Zenslinger said...

I saw Bootsy Collins last night at the Fillmore. Quite a show!

Kathryn said...

I had to look up who Bootsy Collins is. Does that mean I'm out of touch?

allan said...

I think so, but it may depend on how old you are. I'll let Zen rule on this one.

allan said...

The Large Father is swinging a hot stick.

Zenslinger said...

Well, Bootsy's about 60, so it's not a matter of being up with the kids!

Our best hitter, Ortiz! Three for three today. You have to wonder if that bunt would have worked out.

allan said...

The Large Father is swinging a hot stick.

He is also 3-for-3 today.

allan said...

For a second I think that Bootsy has been involved in some newer songs since his P-Funk days, like that Groove Is In The Heart song, then I think well that may have been awhile ago ... yeah, 21 years ago.

allan said...

Should be Lackey's last inning, if Tito's mention of 90 was correct. That HBP was #85.

Zenslinger said...

Yeah, it's funny when you think of stuff like Atomic Dog as "recent" P-Funk stuff...1983!

Bootsy has new material (Tha Funk Captial of the World, featuring the tune "Freedumb").

Is that three HBP for Lackey today? Or more?

allan said...

yes. 3.

allan said...

Not bad, Lackey. Not bad.

Kathryn said...

I remember Parliament and Funkadelic and George Clinton (and wow does he look old on his wikipedia page). But I don't remember Bootsy. Anyway, it looks like a fun show. My ex-coworker saw James Brown a few years back. He says it was amazing.

Benjamin said...

Albers still isn't very good.

Kathryn said...

Yep, I'll give Lackey a "not bad."

Jere said...

Even Beavis knew Bootsy! (It was that Groove is in the Heart vid they watched.)

Kathryn said...

Well, you can't really expect much from a non-tender from Baltimore, can you?

Kathryn said...

Well that explains it...I never watched Beavis!

Tom DePlonty said...

Ugh. More Albers...price we pay for yesterday.

Jere said...

Albers had the piss-poor performance a little while ago, but other than that, 4 ER in 21 IP.

allan said...

Yeah, Albers was very solid until that 5-run debacle awhile ago.

allan said...

Albers's game log.

Tom DePlonty said...

I guess I should have had more confidence in Albers. The disasters just stand out in memory so much...

Kathryn said...

ecin hctac, ococ

Ofer said...

Ah, good to see that Lackey didn't crap the bed. One out away from a quality start, even...

allan said...

remy: "that piano starts to get heavy on the back of saltalamacchia as he rounds second"

Jere said...

triple dose of NaCl

allan said...

OUT???????????
WTF??????????

Kathryn said...

LBJ coming up saying, "That wasn't even close."

allan said...

naturally, the ump was totally out of position to make a call. looked like he easily beat it. will have to se the replay.

Kathryn said...

Yep, easily beat it.

allan said...

wheeler threw 7 pitches last inning, why not use him here up by 3, and not waste bard?

allan said...

Sweep! On to New York ...

Kathryn said...

Dirty water, off day tomorrow, then get the MFY!

Jere said...

Yanks tied at 2 early. Loss means we're tied for first going into the series in NY.

Jere said...

"wheeler threw 7 pitches last inning, why not use him here up by 3, and not waste bard?"

Save sitch, Bard was today's closer. That's how they look at it anyway.

allan said...

MFY - 011 020
LAA - 002 01

FKR - 012 00
SEA - 003 0

allan said...

MFY - 011 020 010 - 5 11 0
LAA - 002 010 000 - 3 10 0

FKR - 012 000 030 - 6 12 0
SEA - 003 000 24x - 9 11 0

MFY ---
BOS 1.0
FKR 4.0
TOR 4.0
BAL 7.0

Mikaela said...

It was great to see them get together and come back like that. The Sox always keep you on the edge of your seat I swear. They have to make everything so difficult. But that's why we love them!