June 17, 2011

G69: Red Sox 10, Brewers 4

Brewers - 202 000 000 -  4  8  1
Red Sox - 220 012 30x - 10 14  0
Adrian Gonzalez singled, doubled, and homered in his first three at-bats, David Ortiz chipped in with three hits, and John Lackey (8-8-4-0-5, 111) found his bearings after two rough innings, setting down 15 straight Brewers as the Red Sox pulled away for an easy victory.

Lackey threw 25 pitches in the top of the first and allowed three hits and two runs, but that didn't seem so awful after Marcum threw 44 pitches in the home half and gave those runs right back -- Ellsbury HR, Pedroia F8, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis K, Ortiz 2B (2 RBI), Crawford 1B, Scutaro BB, Drew 4-3. Marcum (1-4-2-1-1, 44) may have hurt himself; that inning was the extent of his night.

Crawford left the game with a left hamstring strain after beating out his infield single. Youkilis had a two-run single in the second; he also was pulled from the game, in the fifth, with an upset stomach (from watching Lackey's early innings, perhaps).

After allowing four straight singles to start the third, the Blamethrower was aided by a double play started by Dustin Pedroia, who had a phenomenal night in the field. That DP brought in the game-tying run (4-4), but Lackey was suddenly in a groove, finishing the inning with a strikeout. Milwaukee's only base runner for the rest of the night was a one-out single in the eighth (and he was doubled off when Ellsbury ran in towards shallow right-center for a pop-up and, still in a sprint, threw quickly to first).

Evil Bert broke the tie with a dong (#15) in the fifth. Jason Varitek and Pedroia had RBIs in the sixth and J.D. Drew drove in two runs in the seventh.

The Cubs beat the Yankees 3-1 this afternoon, so Boston's lead is back to 2.5.
Shaun Marcum / John Lackey

The scourge of inter-league play is upon us again. The Red Sox's slate (through July 3) is Brewers (3) and Padres (3) at home, then on the road for the Pirates (3), Phillies (3), and Astros (3). Then it's back to Fenway, where the Blue Jays (3) and Orioles (4) will take us to the All-Star break.

The Brewers lead the NL Central with a 39-31 record, 1 GA of the Cardinals, 2 GA of the Reds, and 3 GA of the Pirates. Milwaukee is 5th in the NL is R/G (4.39), 6th in OBP (.322) and 2nd in SLG (.421). They are 7th in team ERA (3.70) and 3rd in WHIP (1.252).

Boston and Milwaukee have played only six games against each other since 1997:
June 6-8, 2003 (Boston won 2 of 3: 3-9, 11-10, 9-1)
May 17-18, 2008 (Boston won 3 of 3: 5-3, 7-6, 11-7)
AL East: Yankees/Cubs at 2:15 PM and Marlins/Rays, Blue Jays/Reds, and Orioles/Nationals at 7 PM.


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Maxwell Horse said...

Oh, John Lackey is, uh, stupid.
He annoys and eats crap.
Doo-ya, doo-ya nanny.

Hey, hey, just when you think he's bad.
Uh, he starts to pitch good.
Doo-ya, nanny.

(Sorry, I'm not as good at writing the theme show parodies as other people are.)

Jere said...

Non Aceves situation for Fat Albers

Kathryn said...

Wow, there is some amazing creative talent on this blog. (This does not include me, I'm too analytical.)

So we've covered:
Beverly Hillbillies
Brady Bunch
Car 54
Patty Duke
Gilligan's Island
Addams Family
Mary Tyler Moore
The Jeffersons

Plus references to Good Times and Fat Albert
And one great cheeseburger joke!

Amy said...

Tom, you should see these people write haikus and palindromes. Scary.

allan said...

The actual Jeffersons song has baseball analogies:
"Now we're up in the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat"

(He don't belong in the big leagues...)

laura k said...


Jere said...

With the compliments and the Hallmark line, I keep thinking of that scene in Groundhog Day where Bill Murray is complimented on learning the piano so fast, and he says, "Well my father was a piano MOVER, so...."

laura k said...

I started out writing nonsense rhymes to no particular tune. I thought "That's My Lackey!" needed its own tune.

Kathryn said...

I was asking you, john g, because of the no TV.

Amy said...

Dirty water! Perhaps we should have parodied that song and Sweet Caroline.

allan said...

Brewin' some dirty water.


laura k said...

Don't drink the water! It is 2.5 GA DIRTY!

Kathryn said...

Dirty water. Fun time.

Good night all.

laura k said...

Great game (which I listened to on radio only, by choice), great thread, thanks for the laffs, folks.

johngoldfine said...

I LOVED watching the game, and the dirty water didn't hurt either.

Tom DePlonty said...

Dirty water, and thanks everyone for getting beer all over my monitor. Cheers!

Jere said...

"Brewin' some dirty water."

Or Bruin. You know they use that song too? (I obviously learned that in the last few weeks along with all the other people who only watched hockey in the last few weeks.) (Though I use the term "watched" loosely.)

tim said...


Night all, its been fun reading tonight :) Too many distractions, still threading my way through the needle trying to get back to summer routine here.

Jere said...

10-4 good buddies, Roger EBert.

laura k said...

Gee, I wonder why I woke up singing sitcom theme songs in my head...

I kept hearing

Lack is on the mound, why should we have hope...

which is what I'm sure Allan meant to write here

Lack is all around, why should we have hope

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