June 16, 2011

G68: Red Sox 4, Rays 2

Red Sox   - 120 000 001 - 4  6  0
Rays      - 010 001 000 - 2  6  0
Boston tagged Price (5-5-3-5-5, 106) for three runs within a span of 10 batters in the first two innings and Buchholz and three relievers made that stand up, as the Red Sox completed a 8-1 road trip.

With one out in the first, Dustin Pedroia worked an eight-pitch walk. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right, Kevin Youkilis was hit in the left shoulder (prompting warnings to both teams) to load the bases, and David Ortiz walked to force in a run.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled off the wall in right-center with one out in the second and scored on Darnell McDonald's single to center. Pedroia followed with an opposite-field double, scoring McDonald and giving the Sox a 3-0 lead. Price threw 63 pitches in the first two innings (33 and 30).

Tampa got a run back when B.J. Upton walked, stole second and scored on Sam Fuld's double. After Buchholz (5-2-1-3-5, 81) departed with tightness in his lower back, Alfredo Aceves allowed a solo shot to Casey Kotchman. Daniel Bard got the final out of the seventh and pitched a perfect eighth.

Gonzalez's solo home run in the ninth - a line drive to right field - gave the Red Sox a two-run cushion. In addition to his double in the first, Evil Bert also walked twice.

In the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon allowed a leadoff double to Kotchman and an infield single to Upton. Kotchman had to stay at second, so Elliot Johnson was sent up to bunt. He popped the first pitch up into foul territory on the left side where Youkilis made a diving catch. Bot then struck out pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano (on three pitches) and Sean Rodriguez (on a full count splitter).

Jed Lowrie may have re-injured his shoulder during his first inning at-bat. He struck out on a 1-2 pitch and was grimacing on his way back to the dugout. Marco Scutaro took the field in the bottom of the first.

The Yankees remain 1.5 GB, but the Rays have slipped to 5.5 GB and the Blue Jays are 7.5 GB.
Example
Clay Buchholz / David Price

WEEI has a cool interview with Terry Francona, which was shortly before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
How different are Game 7s from just any other big playoff game?

We've had so many elimination games since I've been here that those are obviously every bit as important, because if you don't win those you don't get to Game 7. Speaking truthfully, and I really mean this ... I'm so much more relaxed once we get there and are able to enjoy it.

We've talked about Dave Roberts stealing and it all looked like it was in slow motion and I enjoyed the heck out of it. I never once, for one minute, thought he'd be thrown out. I just really love it. You just work so hard to get there. It's not like I don't care. It's not like I don't get nervous. ...

You can't change how you're built. Sometimes you'd like to. I just really enjoy it. ... [P]art of it's probably because of the faith I have in our players, and we do a lot of preparation, so I get more relaxed. ...

I remember back in '07 when we were in Denver ... when the security guy wouldn't let Pedey in the ballpark - "Hey I'm really a player," and the guy said, "Nah. Show me your ID." And he said something like, "Go ask Jeff Francis who I am." Pedey came in that day, he had a lather going and he was all worked up. I remember thinking, "Boy I don't want this to be over. I mean, I want to win, but I'm not ready to go home."
AL East: Orioles/Blue Jays at 12:30 PM and Rangers/Yankees at 1 PM.

110 comments:

toosoxy said...

Glad to have all the focus back on baseball!

laura k said...

Glad to have all the focus back on baseball!

All my focus has been on baseball all along. I doubt I'm alone in that!

Kathryn said...

I love thinking about that Pedroia story again. Go ask Jeff Francis who I am. Priceless!

allan said...

Glad to have all the focus back on baseball!

Here I was thinking "I haven't done any annoying political posts or DFW trivia or dog updates lately", but then I realized this was hockey-related.

allan said...

K: Check out Beth's Dustin Pedroia Quote Book

allan said...

Happy Bloomsday!

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

allan said...

NYY tied with Texas 2-2, bottom 9th, man on 2nd, 1 out. Darren Oliver BBIs Slappy and then walks Swisher. Idiot. Bases loaded. Granderson up.

allan said...

Granderson - bcbbf K!
Two outs! Was almost certain he'd walk him to end the game.
Teixeira up.

allan said...

Teixeira: cf 6-3

Wow. Who-fucking-dini! Extras!

TEX - 000 020 000 - 2 8 1
MFY - 010 001 000 - 2 8 0

9casey said...

Ellsbury's first day off....

allan said...

After starting the season with a franchise-worst 0-7 record on the road, the Red Sox are an MLB-best 21-7 away from Fenway since April 20.

allan said...

Saturday's game against the Brewers has been changed from 1 PM to 7 PM because of the Bruins parade.

allan said...

TEX - 000 020 000 00
MFY - 010 001 000 00

Ellsbury's first day off....

So will Mazz post a "lazy, soft, momma's-boy" column tomorrow?

Tom DePlonty said...

So will Mazz post a "lazy, soft, momma's-boy" column tomorrow?

Heh. Probably. The last "Globe 10.0" video was Gasper and Joe Sullivan on "Has Ellsbury Silenced His Critics?" Why won't they freaking let it go already?

The Rangers were no help this afternoon.

allan said...

TEX - 000 020 000 000 - 2 9 1
MFY - 010 001 000 001 - 3 11 0

"Has Ellsbury Silenced His Critics?"

They seem ignorant of the fact that critics are the only ones that can silence the critics.

Ellsbury could bat .700 and hit 90 home runs and steal 210 bases and Mazz and Cafardo and whoever else would still ask hostile questions about why he needed two days off.

allan said...

Jays played this afternoon (and lost) so Rogers has NESN!

johngoldfine said...

"Ellsbury could bat .700 and hit 90 home runs and steal 210 bases..."

I'm all for that!

Jere said...

This shall be an inning during which males' cleats make contact with the five-sided base.

Jere said...

So which Rays were accusing Youk of kicking Kotchman? Youk could've gotten hurt way more than Kotchman on that play since he basically tripped over him.

Kathryn said...

That's a tough pitch to lay off of. Wow.

Amy said...

Good evening. I loved Remy's indignation about the accusation that Youk intentionally hurt Kotchman.

Amy said...

OK, having Blogger problems again so this may be my last post. If it even goes through.

Maxwell Horse said...

Orsillo just commented that Jed looked to be wincing in pain after the last swing. But I swear to God I noticed him wincing as if in pain on some of his swings as long ago as a few weeks ago.

Jere said...

I was indignant as a mofo about it myself!

laura k said...

Remy's right, also about the ridiculous warning.

Kathryn said...

1 run on one hit. I guess I'll take it.

allan said...

how long has the wait been for clay?

Tom DePlonty said...

Maybe Lowrie will be the new target of the "soft" meme.

Amy said...

Does it count if he hasn't yet pitched? :)

laura k said...

Heard earlier: sliced foul. Add it to the list.

laura k said...

salTALA!

Amy said...

OK!

Kathryn said...

Microwave!

Amy said...

FY seems to be back in form!

Tom DePlonty said...

I like the way this is going!

Kathryn said...

Allan, thanks for the link to FY's quotes. I've looked at some of it. I can't wait to study it further.

Speaking of FY!

allan said...

The Price Is Wrong

Amy said...

It seems this game will not be nearly as fast as the last two.

laura k said...

Nice to see Price having an off-night

allan said...

questionable whether he ever had possession at 2B

laura k said...

If our player did that we'd want the safe call. Looked ok to me.

allan said...

HH wait announcement coming ...

Kathryn said...

I agree with Laura. We'd have wanted the call. I thought it was an out.

allan said...

6 LOB in 2 innings!!!

Inexcuseable.

allan said...

1 in the 1st
2 in the 2nd ...

63 pitches for price!

allan said...

19 minute wait!!!!!!!

Kathryn said...

The wait was 19 minutes.

laura k said...

Oh duh, I meant wanted the OUT call, not the safe call. You know what I meant. :)

Jere said...

so clearly out

Kathryn said...

Only 5 pitches that inning?

allan said...

Yes.

33-30-5

laura k said...

In case anyone is wondering what we are doing in the Allan and Laura household, we are reading about The Most Interesting Man in the World, or the actor who plays him, anyway.

Apparently the most interesting man in the world is a Jewish guy from the Bronx. Just ask Amy!

MIMITW

Amy said...

LOL! Yes, Jewish men from the Bronx are definitely the most interesting. :) This guy sounds quite the flake, though; my Jewish guy from the Bronx is far more conventional, but certainly as interesting!

Isn't it strange how a thread one night is so active and the next night so quiet? And there isn't even a hockey game to compete with tonight?

Jere said...

thru 5 in 1:50

Amy said...

Can we do 4 innings in less than half an hour?

allan said...

aceves up

allan said...

why have the sox and giants teamed up for ASG votes?

laura k said...

I don't think Jonathan Goldsmith sounds like a flake, but it's a cool story, good writing.

Jere said...

I'm guessing to get more votes. Asking a whole other fanbase to vote for your guys and vice versa can't hurt. It's still weird to me, and why those two teams specifically teamed up, I don't know. (Obviously it has to be an AL with an NL though.)

Amy said...

Well, let's just say he took a less conventional pathway. Yes, a well-written story.

Jere said...

Aceves situation

allan said...

aceves in
buchholz 5-2-1-3-5, 81 - back flareup?

9casey said...

allan said...
why have the sox and giants teamed up for ASG votes?



I have no idea........ But is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen.....

I like every year wish no red Sock makes it. I would rather they rested . I don't get any of that bonus money . So I wish they all just went home and visited with their families.....

laura k said...

whew, nice catch!

Jere said...

That one almost went in the ray tank.

Tom DePlonty said...

This is to spare Buchholz' back, I guess? (Wow, nice catch.)

Amy said...

Did they say why HH was taken out?

Amy said...

Damn!

laura k said...

Well, let's just say he took a less conventional pathway

You could hardly expect me to call that flaky. :)

Tom DePlonty said...

Please do not put Hottovy into a one-run game.

Maxwell Horse said...

Why was Hottovy warming? Was that Francona's plan for if/when Aceves blows the lead? Shouldn't another pitcher been warming based on the idea of the Sox keeping the lead?

Amy said...

Fair enough! :)

allan said...

wow - missed 3 pitches!!!!!

allan said...

don was in mid-sentence so i am pretty sure that was rogers' fault.

Jere said...

wait, are you saying NESN missed 3? On mine they didn't miss any. Another case of regional missing. ?

allan said...

nesn came back just as papi was fouling off the 1-1 pitch. don was chatting, so i think it was canada's fault.

allan said...

hott and bard up

Jere said...

I rewound and saw that that part of the inning (post-pitching change) was in non-HD. So something went wrong there. (You were lucky--you missed the Yanks' walk-off highlight.)

allan said...

no, i saw it. at some point.

allan said...

bot & mop both up

Amy said...

mop?

Amy said...

Insurance runs, please/

laura k said...

Farnsworth = the mop

Amy said...

Nice catch...damn it all.

laura k said...

There's your insurance run!

(Fan caught it on the fly!)

Jere said...

key insurance!

Amy said...

Thank you, Bert!

allan said...

mop has allowed a home run now!

Amy said...

God, he makes me so mad.

Kathryn said...

EB!!!!

(a little delayed)

Amy said...

Just great....

laura k said...

Yooooooooooooook

Amy said...

Thank you, Youk!

laura k said...

OK, now a DP and we're dirty

allan said...

yooklimping.

gidp to end it, pls.

laura k said...

flared foul, that's one you don't hear too often

allan said...

cold K!

laura k said...

2 down, everyone can relax now, Amy

Tom DePlonty said...

Oh, that was nasty. One to go!

Amy said...

OK, Pap, get this guy out.

Amy said...

Relax? Not til the THIRD out.

laura k said...

Yeah, I know that. :) No need to worry in the first place.

allan said...

snuffed.

Amy said...

OK, NOW I can relax!

Dirty water in Florida!

laura k said...

Don't drink the water!

Good night, all, see you soon.

johngoldfine said...

WHEW!!!

Amy said...

Sometimes I think he does that just to create some drama.

Kathryn said...

1. 2. 3.

Easy as pie.

Amy said...

Good night, everyone.

9casey said...

Did Joe Maddon over manage that 9th inning or what . I was suprised Kotchman and Upton didn't steal Bot never looked at second base ever, I went back and watched it.

Good for us....