July 27, 2011

G102: Red Sox 12, Royals 5

Royals   - 300 010 010 -  5 16  1
Red Sox  - 230 501 01x - 12 16  2
David Ortiz's 10th career grand slam - and 20th home run of the season - broke the game open in the fourth inning as Boston battered Bruce Chen (4-10-10-3-3, 114) and upped their July record to 18-4. Since June 2, the Red Sox have gone 34-12 (.739, a 120-win pace).

It was Boston's first grand slam of the season - and it upped Ortiz's RBI total with the Red Sox to an even 1,000. Only five other players in team history have more: Carl Yastrzemski (1,844), Ted Williams (1,839), Jim Rice (1,451), Dwight Evans (1,346), and Bobby Doerr (1,247). ... Ortiz's dong was #311 with Boston, fifth-highest in team history.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia began the first inning - after John Lackey had put the team in an 0-3 hole - with back-to-back home runs. Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 24 games.

Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Adrian Gonzalez each finished the night with three hits. Ellsbury scored three times and Gonzalez drove in three runs. At the bottom of the order, Darnell McDonald and Yamaico Navarro both went 2-for-4.

Lackey (5.2-11-4-1-3, 113) gave up a three-run bomb to Eric Hosmer on his 15th pitch of the night. He was more than a little lucky, allowing another 11 base runners but only one run (a solo homer by Billy Butler). Six of the nine men Lackey left on base were stranded at second or third.

The Mariners snapped their 17-game losing streak by beating the Yankees 9-2 this afternoon, so Boston's lead in the East is back to three games.
Example
Bruce Chen / John Lackey

Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in 23 consecutive games, and in 42 of his last 44 games. Dom DiMaggio has the longest hitting streak in team history: 34 games, June 29 to August 7, 1949. Looking at DiMaggio's game log, he appeared as a pinch-runner on July 18 and was caught stealing, but since he did not come to the plate, his streak (then at 15 games) remained intact. Here is a list of the top Sox streaks.

Kevin Youkilis will probably be given another night to rest his right hamstring, so the Laser Chicken may make his eighth career start as Boston's clean-up hitter. In 38 plate appearances in the #4 spot, Pedroia is hitting .559 and slugging 1.118. Ten of his 19 hits have been for extra-bases, and he has struck out only once. David Ortiz: "If I'm Tito, I'd let him hit cleanup the whole year."

Terry Francona says Jed Lowrie's rehab of his left shoulder has been a "slow, steady progression"; he has taken soft toss, but has not hit on the field yet.

Quiz: J.D. Drew is now on the disabled list with a "left shoulder impingement". In his five seasons with Boston, how many times has Drew been on the DL?

MFY: Mariners/Yankees at 1 PM.

80 comments:

Jere said...

No-hitter for Santana complete. And Seattle up 2-0.

7cb00242-8adb-11e0-a627-000bcdcb2996 said...

I always think it's neat that Dom DiMaggio has the longest hitting streak for the Red Sox...even though his isn't the DiMaggio streak about which you normally hear.
My JD guess: 6.

allan said...

SEA - 001 01
MFY - 000 01

seano said...

My JD guess: 2. Including his current stint.

Jere said...

7-1 Seattle!

Crosby Kenyon said...

As great a defensive player as he is, Drew's a mystery. I wonder what the chances are of him retiring after this season, and what the chances are he'll end up in Arizona with little bro?

FenFan said...

According to TheBaseballCube.com, this is his second trip to the DL with the Red Sox. His only other time with in August of 2008, when he was sidelined with lower back strain.

FenFan said...

SEA 001 010 50
MFY 000 010 0

Jere said...

9-2 Mariners in the 9th.

Benjamin said...

How long until "Laser Chicken" mutates into "boomkin"?

allan said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Saltalamacchia, C
Scutaro, SS
McDonald, RF
Navarro, LF

allan said...

2 is correct.

Zenslinger said...

Back to a "normal" lineup -- except for Reddick sitting.

Jere said...

"Back to a "normal" lineup -- except for Reddick sitting."

Also no Crawford

allan said...

FTR, the original lineup was:

Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald LF
Reddick RF
Navarro 3B

allan said...

Tito: "[Youkilis] came in and he said, 'There's really no reason for me not to play, I feel good.' We weren't planning on playing him, but when he said it was fine, all it does is take an eraser. Red's done great, but we kind of liked the idea of seeing Navarro out there, especially against a lefty."

Reddick: "Just a day off, I guess."

laura k said...

Oh yes, fragile often-injured JD Drew. And Manny doesn't know what team he's playing.

allan said...

Manny doesn't even know he's retired yet!!!! LOLZ!!!

laura k said...

7cb00242-8adb-11e0-a627-000bcdcb2996

Did you know his father's name was 6992bcdcb000-726a-0e11-bda8-24200bc7?

allan said...

what does nesn mean by lackey stepping up? he is still in his shit-good-shit every other start trend.

tonight is due to be shit, btw

allan said...

don said lackey had stepped up in last three starts. in one of them he allowed 4 runs in 5.2 innings. ...

laura k said...

WHOSE BOY IS THAT?

laura k said...

Damn, I love a leadoff dong. Free money!

laura k said...

24 DONG!! FUCK YEAH

allan said...

24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOT DONG AFTER DONG ACTION!!!!

Jere said...

And we're nowhere near done

allan said...

blue jays and orioles in an "AL east battle" according to don.

Jere said...

Very nice play

Straddling the Border said...

Scutaru took the criticism like a man the other night, and he deserves accolades for a pretty play like that.

allan said...

an opposing SS made a similar play in the last week, can't remember who. but like scutaro, he had his arm cocked and was starting his throwing motion even before he started spinning around to face the bag. it was impressive.

Jere said...

Yeah I think you responded to it with either all caps or !

johngoldfine said...

bleah

Jere said...

Remy says it "probably woulda been a 2nd and 3rd situation," doesn't correct self when sees Dustin clearly wasn't going for 2.

Straddling the Border said...

How can Jacoby get caught off 3rd like that? I want to blame Bogar.

Jere said...

"July 25, 2011 11:28 PM" --that play. You said Wow!!! I think that's the play you meant.

Jere said...

Jacoby was tryin' to help out Dustin--should have let Dustin sacrifice himself at that point to keep the runner on 3rd.

johngoldfine said...

!!!!

allan said...

QUADFUCKINRABGULAR

laura k said...

QUADRANGULAR

Zenslinger said...

Slammin'.

Jere said...

I visualized it, successfully, apparently.

laura k said...

Jere, your memory is impressive. Between not doing drugs and being young, you have so many more brain cells than we do. :)

allan said...

but was ellsbury stopped very late by bogar and that's why he was so far off. if he was stopping at third, he'd be close to the bag, and if he was scoring, he would have kept going. i wish they focused on that a little bit more because it doesn't make much sense

Jere said...

Thanks L. I remembered the time and date exactly, too, didn't look it up. <-- lie

Jere said...

The home double-digit hits streak goes to 11 games.

johngoldfine said...

Lackey, fuck!

Jere said...

cuz he's Lackey's Butler

allan said...

Looked at the scorecard from Monday night. The play was by Escobar on Youkilis's ground out in the sixth.

My chicken scratch says: "range to L, fast spin and fire while still turning, one hop throw! + yook limps, hits bag, bad, strain to get bag"

Jere said...

Oh right, the Youk hammy play

Jere said...

At some point Tito stopped sitting on that little bench in the dugout that I thought was made specifically for him. Was there a story why he stopped? I missed it. Must have been late last year-ish(?)

Or is this another thing only I care about?

allan said...

but jerry -- he's in scoring position!!!!

laura k said...

Or is this another thing only I care about?

My money's on this. :)

Jere said...

mine too

Jere said...

Don, unknowingly: "This one gets Getz"

johngoldfine said...

98 pitches sounds like a night to me....

meunier said...

Everyone listening to the hilights of the santana no no has brought down mlb radio.

allan said...

Don, unknowingly: "This one gets Getz"

your highness your highness

SoSock said...

Gotta like this! B2B Dongs to start, and a 4-run 4-bagger in the 4th. Good times.....

Jere said...

Royals Adcock to the equation

allan said...

Chen: 4-10-10-3-3, 114

114 pitches for 12 outs!

SoSock said...

Thats a sad line for Chen.. Not exactly "Chen Music". Groan

Damn Milkdud

Jere said...

The flipside to being pissed that some guys get extra attention just because they play for the Yanks is being happy to see former Yanks toiling in obscurity.

allan said...

Chin > Chen

allan said...

salty is the only sock to have not scored a run tonight.

allan said...

that ortiz interview about replays is in the top 5 of the most worthless heidi non-food segments of the year.

laura k said...

I have to leave the thread, so I will just remind everyone not to drink the water. See you tomorrow afternoon.

Jere said...

Do a blog about the Red Sox for 7 years--who the fuck are you, get outta here!

Write an incomplete sentence about the Red Sox--you're on the telecast!

SoSock said...

Royals are having a game like many we seemed to experience earlier in the season. 14 hits, but just 5 runs. We'll credit the clutch pitching.......

allan said...

Toronto won that "AL East battle" against Baltimore, 3-0.

Amy said...

I am just dropping by to say...

SoSock said...

Stretching it out. ho hum

allan said...

WTF?? HAHAH!!!

Amy said...

DIRTY WATER!

Jere said...

And the O's fall to 22 back after their battle

allan said...

Water from the Rock Brigade.

SoSock said...

C'mon now. End it.

There it is. Dirty, not Royal Blue, Water

Jere said...

Also, we're back to within a half game of best rec. in baseball.

SoSock said...

Hi Amy. Don't drink the water :)

Jere said...

And right now in the gulf, Tropical Storm Don! (Jerry is on the 2013 list.)

Kathryn said...

Just got back from dinner in downtown Philly. 12 runs on 16 hits? Nice.