June 10, 2011

G63: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

Red Sox   - 002 020 001 - 5 11  2
Blue Jays - 000 100 000 - 1  4  1
An extra two days of rest did Buchholz's back a world of good. "Tonight I wasn't favoring it. I was able to get some good extension on pitches I needed to be extended on. It definitely felt a little different than it has the last couple of starts." (Buchholz did contend with a blister on his right middle finger, which he said felt like a splinter.)

Buchholz pitched seven innings (7-3-1-2-6, 100), before Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon finished up. He retired the first eight Jays, allowed two hits to start the fourth (a sac fly brought in Toronto's lone run). The only other real threat came in the seventh, when a walk, a wild pitch, and Jed Lowrie's second error of the game put runners on first and third with one out. Buchholz struck out pinch-hitter Edwin Encarnacion and got Mike McCoy to foul out to first.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5, with a double, and scored three runs. He has hits in 14 of his last 15 games (26-for-64, .406). Ellsbury is hitting .447 in June. He also leads the AL with 21 doubles, and is #1 in stolen bases, #2 in hits (Adrian Gonzalez is #1), #3 in runs scored, #6 in average (.316; Gonzalez is #2 and David Ortiz is #5), #10 in extra-base hits, and #11 in OBP.

After getting good news concerning his right knee, Dustin Pedroia had three singles, a walk, a run, and an RBI. Gonzalez singled and doubled and knocked in two runs (a third scored on a 463 DP), extending his streak of games with at least one RBI to a career-high seven. He has had three previous streaks of six games, including one earlier this year (May 8-14).
Example
Clay Buchholz / Jo-Jo Reyes

The Red Sox (36-26) have the best record in the American League, trailing only the Cardinals (38-26) and Phillies (37-26) in MLB.

Boston is 34-16 (.680) in the eight weeks since its 2-10 start. That's a 110-win pace, and it has been done with very poor performances from one-third of the lineup - Dustin Pedroia (.222/.347/.281 since April 15), J.D. Drew (.221/.331/.361 since April 15), and Jed Lowrie (.237/.295/.336 since April 26) - and some very bad pitching performances from John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Michael Bowden has been called up and Luis Exposito is on his way back to Pawtucket.

Peter Abraham, Globe:
Buchholz is pitching for the first time since June 3 because of a sore lower back. He is coming off two rough starts (10.2 IP, 14 H, 8 ER) ...

The Sox have won six straight, 11 of 15 and 22 of 30. ... David Ortiz has hit safely in nine straight at 16 of 34 (.471) with nine extra-base hits and 12 RBIs. ... Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in 13 of 14 games at .390 (23 of 59) with eight stolen bases, nine extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. ...

Adrian Gonzalez has driven in at least one run in six consecutive games, matching the longest such streak of his career.
With Derek Jeter 10 hits away from becoming the 28th player in history to reach 3,000 hits, B-Ref has posted a list of the 42 players who have reached base more than 4,000 times. ... Wow, Pete Rose batted 15,861 times, nearly 2,000 more times than the runner-up (Yaz, 13,991).

Top 5 active players, most hits: Jeter (2,990), Ivan Rodriguez (2,835), Omar Vizquel (2,823), Alex Rodriguez (2,731), Johnny Damon (2,637).

AL East: Cleveland/Yankees and Rays/Orioles at 7 PM.

147 comments:

allan said...

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

Escobar, SS
Patterson, LF
Bautista, RF
Lind, DH
Rivera, 1B
Arencibia, C
Hill, 2B
Davis, CF
Nix, SS

Jere said...

Any year we've played Toronto on June 10th, we've gone on to win the AL East. This will be our first June 10th game against them not started by Jeff Sellers.

allan said...

PeteAbe:

Dustin Pedroia was not only alert for his knee scope yesterday, he watched it on a television. ...

Jarrod Saltalamacchia looked like a guy who had just spent three days in Vegas and lost all his money. ... Doctors ruled out appendicitis. It could have been food poisoning or some sort of stomach infection. "Now it's working its way around to my throat and ears," he said. Salty said it was "by far the worse" he has ever been sick in his life. ...

Wakefield will stay in the rotation and pitch at Tampa on Tuesday.

****

laura k said...

Buffyvision.

laura k said...

What was I thinking. Time for Castig.

mpeel said...

Peculiar this 162 game competition is. Sox seem like they could win division by 6-10 games and yet still have many things to overcome/fix. Would like to win by one on last day and be healthy in the field with 3 healthy SP.

laura k said...

Would like to win by one on last day and be healthy in the field with 3 healthy SP.

Really? I'd like to win by like 15, 20 games and have 5 healthy starting pitchers.

Kathryn said...

That catch was not as spectacular as he made it look.

mpeel said...

Really? I'd like to win by like 15, 20 games and have 5 healthy starting pitchers.

Fair enough. I was just thinking that 6-10 historically is a bit decisive in this division. And unlike most New Englanders I'm a Colts fan in another life/season. Large regular season leads only serve to induce my anxiety not relieve it.

Jere said...

Remy: "drops the deuce"

laura k said...

I don't seriously expect or hope to win by 15-20 games. I meant I wouldn't hope for a squeaker or a tense September. Nothing wrong with a nice comfy lead.

I'm not a New Englander (have never been) and don't follow football, so I don't get your reference.

In another lifetime, I did once root for a team that cruised to a division win and then a WS win, and I can't say anything was lacking in that.

laura k said...

I imagine many threaders are glued to hockey tonight.

allan said...

I wish I was glued to a baseball game (on TV).

Jere said...

"And unlike most New Englanders I'm a Colts fan"

I'm a lifelong Sox fan who never rooted for any other Boston teams, so I feel your multi-region loyalty.

And I hate that every night the goddamn pregame show talks about a team in another sport because they happen to play in the same city. When they have their own shows on anyway.

Kathryn said...

LBJ!! Don't go over the fence, ball.

Jere said...

L: New England's NFL football team is the Patriots. The Colts, though once known as the Boston Yanks, play in Indiana and are hated by many Patriots fans.

Jere said...

there=run

that=run

laura k said...

I hate when they talk about other sports, period. There's so much to talk about in baseball. Don't assume we care about college basketball. I'm looking at you, Castiglione.

FY RBI :)

laura k said...

Jere, that much I know! I meant the reference to a big season lead inducing anxiety. I assume it has something to do with blown leads, but I don't know what the Colts' history.

laura k said...

though once known as the Boston Yanks

That part I did not know.

allan said...

Don't assume we care about college basketball. I'm looking at you, Castiglione.

GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

allan said...

Castig says Hill has been in a "two-year slump".

I think that is called "not a good player".

Jere said...

oh, i thought she was saying the Colts thing as an aside. Now that I see it wasn't, I also didn't realize the Colts blow large leads. If that's what she meant.

laura k said...

Castig: Hill's been in almost a 2-year slump.

If a player is in a 2-yr slump, I'd say, this is it, buddy boy. This is the meal.

laura k said...

Sorry for making you grrr, A. I sympathize.

Jere said...

so stock up

laura k said...

Oo, I forgot to look at standings this morning! I know what they are, but I like to gaze upon them. BRB

laura k said...

Ooo, pretty.

mpeel said...

Laura-- its was a NFL reference to Colts/Patriots. Indy usually wins 12 or 13 out of 16, but trails in Championships 3 to 1, having lost to the Pats more than once. Versus is only a click or 2 away from MLB on Slime Warner here in Raleigh. So I can multi-task. You all have MLB in Toronto? Ol' Roy is always a good watch. So are all of your comments always approved by the moderator?

allan said...

So are all of your comments always approved by the moderator?

That's an odd question. Why would Laura's comments be rejected?

laura k said...

Thanks, MPeel. I knew it was an NFL reference, but not what the Colts have done.

I'm afraid I don't know what you're asking me, or even if you're seriously asking me anything. Sorry.

I live in Toronto, originally from NYC. I am a Red Sox fan. I am also the partner of the writer of this blog. I moderate comments along with him, so yes, all my comments go through.

As will yours unless you turn out to be a troll.

Maybe you thought I was a Jays fan.

laura k said...

Who is Ol' Roy?

laura k said...

CC 3B!

laura k said...

Now he's gotta go for the cycle!!

Jere said...

I count 2 championships for the Colts

allan said...

Roy

Halladay?

He doesn't pitch for the Blue Jays anymore.

Jere said...

Wasn't Ol' Roy the dog food Eddie buys in Christmas Vacation?

laura k said...

Oh, that Roy. The pitcher who now works for the Philadelphia Phillies.

allan said...

Now he's gotta go for the cycle!!

An early triple gets L thinking of a cycle, like a pitcher retiring the first 4 or 5 batters has me thinking of a perfect game.

laura k said...

"You have MLB in Toronto?"

What game is MPeel watching?

laura k said...

It feels like there's been a lot of triples lately, but I have nothing to back that up. Please don't anyone go to any trouble statwise.

allan said...

A rash of TJ surgery announcements also, it seems.

Kathryn said...

Spiders not helping at all tonight. Already behind 5-0 and Yanks are still batting in bottom of 3rd.

Pokerwolf said...

Dear Clay,

Please don't fall apart as soon as I start watching the game.

Thanks,

Me

laura k said...

PW, I cruised last night's thread this morning, and saw you made it through the whole game. Maybe the kids got their own breakfast.

laura k said...

TJ surgery, yes, seems to be contagious.

laura k said...

Rish says "we go stateside for an update", then we hear about the Bruins-Canucks game in Vancouver.

I know he meant the anncr was "stateside" but it was still amusing.

allan said...

actually, halladay is pitching tonight!

Pokerwolf said...

Not at all, Laura. I was up at 7am with the kids and spent the day splashing around the pool with them. I'm hoping to sleep tonight, but that depends on this game, the kids, and how long my wife lets me sleep in tomorrow morning. ;)

The Spiders have, apparently, reverted to their previous season form. Bad timing for us!

There has *definitely* been a rash of TJ surgeries this year. Kinda weird.

mpeel said...

Yeah, I knew. Sorry for the misunderstanding, it was a tongue in cheek reference I guess. I know pretty much who's who. I've been enjoying most everyone's writing/perspectives here for a number of years on a number of topics actually. And I'm getting PHL/CHC on MLB in Raleigh. Dont have package so that's what I'm watching. Following Sox on the gameday. Never sad to watch Halladay. Forgive me for assuming you all were psychic.

laura k said...

Thanks, sorry for not getting your humour. You might consider investing $20 and getting MLB Audio. Much better than gameday, you can hear every game.

laura k said...

Pokerwolf, that's impressive.

allan said...

Evil and sweaty production.

Kathryn said...

RBIs all around.

Pokerwolf said...

Lots of bearded runs!! Woo!!

laura k said...

We went shopping this morning for our party (tomw night), so I am drinking a Vex. The flavour is Vex on the Beach, a reference to the amusing drink name, I guess.

It's very tasty.

allan said...

Who is Jo-Jo Reyes? He needs to be forcing himself to come up to where we are, to our level ... Guys like Jo-Jo Reyes, who are you?

mpeel said...

good gawd. A hole just hit one about 450. Spiders getting throughly stepped on. Think they said he was 5 behind Griffey Jr for 5th all time.

Jere said...

Be my Valentin, Jed

laura k said...

I wish you could all watch the Sox-Jays game at our house tomw. We have plenty of refreshments. About 3 times as much as we need.

laura k said...

There it is, the kind of HR everyone says ARod hits.

allan said...

We shall keep winning.
They shall never gain ground.

Kathryn said...

L, I agree with you about actually looking at the standings.

And, you should get a cut from MLB :)

laura k said...

I know I'm alone here in this, but I don't scoreboard watch this early. As long as we keep winning, nothing else matters to me.

laura k said...

Ha ha ha, you noticed that, did you? Yes, I should get a commission! :)

I just don't understand relying on Gameday when radio is available. Anyone who has a computer and an internet connex can afford MLB Audio. Why suffer?

laura k said...

And yes, looking at standings is GREAT and FUN and BEAUTIFUL.

Kathryn said...

To me, scoreboard watching is as much about schadenfreude as it is about standings.

laura k said...

Yeah, I imagine most Sox fans feel that way. I don't actually share the NYY obsession, except when we're playing them.

Zenslinger said...

Girlfriend of Sox fan comes into The Bar, obviously not too familiar with baseball. Ellsbury makes that catch for out 1 and she says, "Oh, there's my guy!"

Ladies love cool LBJ.

laura k said...

Joe, this is not the western edge of the Eastern time zone. That is Detroit.

laura k said...

Yes we do.

Zenslinger said...

Reyes came from Atlanta. Maybe in the AGonzalez trade. He's one of those pitchers who gets rocked a lot but supposed to have a high ceiling, so they keep him around.

I'm answering Allan's question although I suspect he qas quoting song lyrics.

mpeel said...

I'm actually considering getting rid of my cable as I am member of that mythical subset of the populace formerly known as the american middle class. If I didn't have a teenager in high school and if $20 would buy enough gas to get out of the state I'd closely read the FAQs on your other writings. I made $50k in 2002, drew unemployment last year, and made $2000 last month. Oh well, lots of people have it worse. I could be rich, dumb, stupid, and lonely like A Rod

Tom DePlonty said...

Nesn just shows NY/Spiders near brawl...benches clear after Teixeira gets plunked.

laura k said...

Ha ha, siddown.

Benjamin said...

On the knee I hope.

Jere said...

Do Jays fans think the higher in the air you hit it, the more points you get?

Kathryn said...

Nesn just shows NY/Spiders near brawl...benches clear after Teixeira gets plunked.

Maybe they're venting their frustration from their last series. (Hey Allan, I got it right...their/they're/there)

laura k said...

Do Jays fans think the higher in the air you hit it, the more points you get?

It's possible. Most ignorant fans I've ever seen.

No, second most. Angels fans.

johngoldfine said...

Evening, everyone.

laura k said...

Getting rid of cable is a great idea. All the more reason to get MLB Audio thru the internets.

Kathryn said...

L&A, I hope you have a fun day/night tomorrow. Maybe we can work on JoS 2 for next year.

Pokerwolf said...

Dodgers fans beat out Angels fans, Laura. Ask Manny. ;)

Jays fans still remember Joe Carter and his moonshots. So "the higher the better" isn't far off the mark.

laura k said...

Hi John, long time no thread.

allan said...

Do Jays fans think the higher in the air you hit it, the more points you get?

Yes.

laura k said...

I really like Dodger Stadium and Dodger fans.

johngoldfine said...

One thing and another, laura, but I've caught a little of most games.

laura k said...

Thanks, Kat. We have extra reason to work on JoS2, one of our nieces is starting law school in Boston. I hope we can plan a game around visiting her.

allan said...

Fans go nuts over fly balls in every park, though.

(I want to believe it is mostly kids 5 and under who make the noise at fenway.)

johngoldfine said...

"I hope we can plan a game around visiting her."

Yes!

Pokerwolf said...

I got rid of cable and I'm using MLBTV. The wife watches her TV shows using Netflix as do the kids for their shows. Smartest decision we ever made.

johngoldfine said...

Fly balls--I got the impression from radio that the last out of last inning was just a long fly ball, but otoh WEEI made it sound as if CC was having an adventure out there, so I was confused.

Kathryn said...

Youk: "that ball was fucking down."

allan said...

Red Sox blow a shot at a palindromic linescore.

laura k said...

I got rid of cable and I'm using MLBTV.

If it weren't for baseball, we wouldn't have cable either. But we have a cap on downloading and live streaming. Watching games on MLBTV only would cost us 10x as much as cable.

Pokerwolf said...

Part of me is happy to see Youk being chippy, Kathryn. The other part of me wants him to hush up so he doesn't get tossed.

Kathryn said...

Pokerwolf--same for us. Although we had to get the lowest dish package out there mainly for other live sports. But it was a great decision and is working amazingly well.

laura k said...

John, glad to hear that, since games have been fun.

allan said...

Linescore thought:

I was looking at some old linescores at Retrosheet recently and was thinking about games in which a team's runs match the number of the inning in which they were scored (2 runs in 2nd, 3 in 3rd, 4 in 4th, etc.).

If I recall, I saw a game where three innings matched (maybe the 1st, 3rd, and 7th!). I wonder if a team has ever had as many as 5 matching innings?

Kathryn said...

I found out we have a cap too, but it's some crazy amount that I don't think we will reach. Nothing like Canada's cap.

johngoldfine said...

20GB is my download/stream cap, and that's why I too don't have the MLBtv. Cable is not even a question out here, way out here, in the sticks....

laura k said...

In defense of fans making stupid noises everywhere, depending on where you sit, it can be tough to get a read on where a ball is going. And for some reason, many people do not know to watch the fielders.

But Jays fans are still highly baseball challenged.

mpeel said...

time for me to go watch some pucks. Nice meeting y'all. peace

Tom DePlonty said...

If I recall, I saw a game where three innings matched (maybe the 1st, 3rd, and 7th!). I wonder if a team has ever had as many as 5 matching innings?

Fun to look for scores where both teams matched, too. Ever been a game where both teams matched three, say?

Pokerwolf said...

That's an error? Really?

laura k said...

It's not one blanket amount for all of Canada.

Ours is quite high, I think it's mroe than enough, but then, I don't download music like Allan does.

We have 95GB included in our fee, then it's $1.50/GB afterwards.

Pokerwolf said...

Everybody's getting chippy with the home plate ump! Hoooo boy!

Kathryn said...

Hmmm. Sorry about the assumption there. Our cap is 250. 95 seems like plenty. Maybe I can find out what our monthly usage is to see if you could stream the games within your limit.

Kathryn said...

"either locale"

Tom DePlonty said...

Clay keeps getting out of these little jams. Nice to see.

allan said...

castig: "high rider" - drink!

allan said...

Ever been a game where both teams matched three, say?

JoS, February 4, 2011: Greatest Linescore of All Time?

Tom DePlonty said...

Allan, where might one download line score data in bulk?

allan said...

Retrosheet has zip files for various seasons that can be imported into Excel. (I don't know how much searching you can do by innings, though.)

allan said...

BARD!

Tom DePlonty said...

Wow, filthy, filthy slider from Bard.

Pokerwolf said...

That was a wicked impressive slider.

Kathryn said...

Nas-ty

Pokerwolf said...

Annnnnddddd the heat!

laura k said...

Hey Kat, thanks, that would be great. I only know that the one time we ever did watch a complete game via MLBTV via cable, it cost us around $50. Ouch.

(I only meant to clarify that re Canada & cable.)

laura k said...

When Bard is on, he is so great to watch.

Tom DePlonty said...

Thanks, Allan, will check out Retrosheet data.

allan said...

I haven't checked into that data and how it can be used. I probably should.

laura k said...

Ow. My injured ankle is having solidarity pain with this Jays pitcher.

laura k said...

Yook HBP then SASAHE

laura k said...

That's one!

Kathryn said...

1

Pokerwolf said...

NASTY two!!

laura k said...

That's two!

Kathryn said...

2

laura k said...

And that's three! Don't drink the water! It is dirty.

Tom DePlonty said...

Sleep-deprived, dirty water!

Pokerwolf said...

DIRTY THREE!

Woohoo!!

laura k said...

7 game win streak, 2 GA

Can't beat it with a stick

allan said...

L'eau sale!!!

Kathryn said...

3 on 13 pitches.

It's dirty

Nice job by HH

Pokerwolf said...

I'm really amused that the MFY cleared the benches with the Spiders, but were quiet mouses with the Sox even though their hitters were drilled a bunch.

Jere said...

Tying run on triple-deck for Cleveland.

Jere said...

Tying run on triple-deck for Cleveland.

Now double-deck. Make them get Mo up!

Jere said...

THey go to Mo!!! Up 11-2 entering ninth and they go to him. That's a win for our side.

Jere said...

11-7!!!! holy crap

Jere said...

damn. 11-7 final.

laura k said...

Could it be he just needs work?

Jere said...

They were up 11-2, started the ninth with some guy named Sanitarium or something, then went to Pendleton after the guy gave up 4 straight singles. He walked in a run, and Girardi had seen enough and went to Mo. If he just needed work I'd guess he would have started the 9th.

Kathryn said...

Speakng of sloppy...

From Michael Vega at Extra Bases:

Closer Jonathan Papelbon retired the Blue Jays in order in the ninth to pick up his 13th save in 14 opportunities this season, and 201st of his career.

Huh?????

Jere said...

He probably wrote it before we scored in the 9th. No excuse though!

Jere said...

(meaning he was writing it ahead of time, then Pap got the last out, and he was like, Yup, publish!, forgetting about that 5th run)