July 15, 2011

G91: Rays 9, Red Sox 6

Red Sox - 011 001 210 - 6  8  0
Rays    - 142 002 00x - 9 11  0
Miller (2.2-5-7-5-0, 85) was absolutely dreadful and although Price (6-5-3-1-7, 121) gave up three home runs for only the second time in his career, he managed to keep the lid on the Sox's offense. The nine runs were a season-high at home for Tampa Bay.

Perhaps Miller's lack of control was in honour of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who visited the team before the game. Miller has not recorded a strikeout in either of his last two starts. Since fanning J.A. Happ of the Astros in the fifth inning on July 2, Miller has faced 49 batters, with no punchouts.

Ben Zobrist walked and scored in the first, hit a grand slam in the second, and walked with the bases loaded in the third. Casey Kotchman cranked a two-run homer in the sixth off Dan Wheeler.

All three of the dongs surrendered by Price were solo shots: Darnell McDonald in the second, Jacoby Ellsbury in the third, and Dustin Pedroia in the sixth.

Marco Scutaro hit a two-run bomb in the seventh; it was Boston's first hit of the night with a man on base.

In the eighth, Pedroia doubled and scored in Kevin Youkilis's one-out single, cutting the Rays' lead to 9-6, and bringing the potential tying run to the on-deck circle. J.P. Howell struck out Ortiz and Kyle Farnsworth retired J.D. Drew on a pop-up. Then the Mop pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.

The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 7-1, so New York remains 1.5 GB.
Example
Andrew Miller / David Price

The Red Sox have 72 games left to play in the regular season, and they lead the Yankees by 1.5 games. Miller, John Lackey, and Josh Beckett are the starters in this series. Tampa Bay is in third place, six games out.

The Orioles are whining that the Red Sox were not punished enough for last weekend's HBPathon. Terry Francona should have been suspended (Tito: "Why would I have been suspended? I didn't do anything.") and David Ortiz should have received a longer sentence than pitcher Kevin Gregg (they both got four games). The Os are lacking in common sense: Ortiz plays every day and Gregg is a short reliever who would likely work a total of two innings over four games, so Tiz's sentence is far more severe.

Justin Verlander will be starting two consecutive games for the Tigers. He pitched last Sunday, before the break, and he gets the ball tonight, when Detroit resumes its schedule.

Phil Mushnick, Post, July 15, 2011:
Hey, get off John Sterling's back. OK, so after Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit he identified it as his 5,000th. But he got the home-run part right, and how often does that happen?
AL East: Yankees/Blue Jays at 7 PM.

101 comments:

allan said...

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

Kyle said...

McDonald and Navarro in the lineup again because of a lefty. I just don't get the whole love fest with Lefty/Righty matchups and NOT PLAYING REDDICK!!!?? He can hit lefties.

Jim said...

"How do you like that?"--John Sterling's comment after Nunez error in first inning last night.

"How do you like that. Well, how do you like that?" John Sterling's comment after the second straight swinging bunt by Blue Jays in first inning last night.

Is that like, "what the fuck" in cultured New York circles?

allan said...

Maybe Sterling got caught without a handy catchphrase?

allan said...

REDDICK!!!?? He can hit lefties.

Oh, come on! He's only 8 for 12 against them this year, with a 1.609 OPS!

allan said...

Damon, DH
Zobrist, RF
Longoria, 3B
Upton, CF
Rodriguez, 2B
Kotchman, 1B
Shoppach, C
Johnson, SS
Fuld, RF

Maxwell Horse said...

If Reddick were replacing any old schmoe in the lineup, I might be inclined to agree with Kyle. But this is Darnell-mother-grabbin'-McDonald we're talking about. The man's a legend.

SlappinPancakes said...

Four years ago, Price & Miller were the top two LHP prospects in baseball. Interesting match-up.

Jere said...

Who know what evil LURKS in the heart of the Rays' order...

laura k said...

LURKS - very cute! Only a Scrabbler would notice.

allan said...

"David Price has signed hundreds of baseballs noting that he gave up Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit. The balls state "I Gave Up DJ's 3K, 7-9-11" and will sell for $160.

For $35, you can get a ball signed by the guy who caught CI's HR. Christian Lopez is signing balls "I Caught DJ3K".

9casey said...

Not seeing Reddick in the lineup shocks me...

laura k said...

Yay, NESN. See you all later, trying for minimal threading tonight.

Zenslinger said...

EB 1st in a lot of categories. Woo!

allan said...

is bogar coaching first tonight?

Maxwell Horse said...

Pedroia was so obviously screwed he didn't even attempt to slide or anything.

Jere said...

So goddamn fucking close on that popup and then next pitch, run.

allan said...

nice hacking on the 1st pitch. we appreciate that.

allan said...

Watching it live (small computer screen), I thought Salty might get called for trapping it against the screen.

allan said...

Long wait for Price might make him rusty .....

allan said...

MFY - 0
TOR - 1

allan said...

"STRUCK WELL"

Maxwell Horse said...

Like I was saying, McDonald is a legend.

laura k said...

Microdong! See? Tito = genius ;)

allan said...

But this is Darnell-mother-grabbin'-McDonald we're talking about. The man's a legend.

Horse callin' this shit.

Jere said...

with a dong dong here and a dong dong there

Maxwell Horse said...

It seems like my sarcasm has an eerie way of coming true.

Jere said...

Sox and Yanks tied their games at 1 in the top of the 2nd at the same time.

meunier said...

WTF Salty?

Maxwell Horse said...

This inning's going to end well.

(Hoping the sarcasm proves true again.)

laura k said...

Horse callin' this shit.

So what you're saying is you want "more horse shit?"

More Horseshit

allan said...

...nothing that a triple play can't fix.

meunier said...

Home out!

meunier said...

fuck, zorched

Maxwell Horse said...

Interesting.

laura k said...

holy shit!

Maxwell Horse said...

At least there are no more runners in scoring position.

allan said...

At least there are no more runners in scoring position.

And that's how the inning ends well!

Maxwell Horse said...

Dam. I should've gone with my instinct and predicted Ellsbury was going deep.

laura k said...

Who's boy is that?!?!?!

Maxwell Horse said...

Also, I can't spell swear words.

Jere said...

Schneider-style, One Run at a Time

allan said...

it seemed like every time i go get food or tea or water, i miss a sox dong.

allan said...

Who's boy is that?!?!?!

Whose?

laura k said...

Ack! Yes, whose. That's a mistake I always catch in others.

Typing has a mind of its own.

Jere said...

Allan, next inning please make back-to-back-to-back food/tea/water runs.

allan said...

Typing has a mind of its own.

Whew!

laura k said...

Then please continue to leave periodically.

laura k said...

"gets the bad news"

laura k said...

Whew!

Worried about that ITS, were you?

Jere said...

I give credit to Elliot Johnson for at least choosing the Guess Who version of American Woman over the Kravitz one, for his at bat music.

Jere said...

Throw WAS in time, Remy, was just off line. It does seem weird though that Darnell didn't just gun the guy from that short distance.

allan said...

bad news, #-minute wait, and takes with him are all in the same bingo column! we need have something going and bill of the cap high.

Jere said...

Non-ceves situation

Jere said...

Jays take 2-1 lead

Jere said...

3-1 Jays

allan said...

zobrist is 1-for-1, with 5 RBI

Jere said...

Ben Petrick of the Rockies once had no hits and 4 RBI in a game. I guess one other guy has done it since 1919 but I can't see the top results on the Play Index since I'm not subscribed.

Jere said...

4-1 Jays

allan said...

Following up on Jere's comment, since 1919, 68 players have had 3+ RBI in a game with 0 hits. (Bobby Doerr was one of them.)

2 of those 68 players had 4 RBI:

Ben Petrick, Rockies, September 20, 2000
Bob O'Farrell, Cubs, August 19, 1923

Jere said...

5-1 Jays. I love this Yes/My9 game not having Kay. Maybe he got stopped at the border with DJ3K lube.

Jere said...

6-1 Jays. This is really making up for our crappy game so far.

allan said...

MFY - 010 00
TOR - 100 23

MFY: 1 run, 2 hits, 2 errors

allan said...

Looking to see what is the most RBI for a guy with 1 hit (Zobrist has 5):

From 1919-now, 6 players have had 1 hit and 6 RBI -- and 3 of the 6 are Red Sox!! (Not surprisingly, the 1 hit in every case was a HR.)

Maxwell Horse said...

Damnit, why can't they do that with guys on base?

allan said...

we need guys on base for these dongs.

laura k said...

FUCK YEAH

laura k said...

You guys are complaining about home runs.

laura k said...

Leadoff HR too! (Unless I missed something.) Free money. Complain not.

allan said...

Lou Gehrig had a game in 1932 in which he doubled, homered, and drove in 8 runs. Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in 14.

allan said...

You guys are complaining about home runs.

Solo home runs.
When we are still down by 4 with 10 outs to go.

laura k said...

Yes, I can read. My comment stands.

allan said...

Kids Wanna Rock .....

allan said...

And it's likely the Rays' lead will also stand.

Maxwell Horse said...

Well, seeing as how the game just got a lot less interesting, I think I'll drift away and do something productive.

laura k said...

I think so, yes. So thank you, Blue Jays, keep it up.

laura k said...

Who hit that last HR? Don just said it was Shoppach. I thought it was Kotchman. Did I get my former Sox mixed up or did Don?

Amy said...

Just dropping by to say

ARGGHHH

allan said...

It was a Kotchrocket.

allan said...

Why didn't Price allow 12 Red Sox HR tonight and then he could sign some autographs marking that historic event? Idiot.

laura k said...

E Orsillo

allan said...

Stil 6-1 Jays in the top of the 8th.

RUN(S)!!!!!!!!!!

laura k said...

Oh too bad, another home run. This one only slightly less awful, since it was 2 runs.

allan said...

Fan throws back Scutaro's historic 66th home run!!

Maxwell Horse said...

Damnit, why couldn't the bases have been loaded?!

laura k said...

We suck, I wish we had no runs.

laura k said...

Those devoted Rays fans, throwing back HRs.

allan said...

new annoying orsillo phrase:
"ninety-___ on the fastball"

allan said...

the clock on the wall says it's "rally time"

allan said...

mfy down to last out, nunez needs to get on, so mr. 27 can be mr. 27.

allan said...

MFY - 010 000 000 - 1 7 2
TOR - 100 230 01x - 7 11 1

nunez k.

allan said...

nesn misses 1st pitch to ortiz - nice spot to miss part of a sox rally.

allan said...

remy mistakes a fastball for a changeup on strike 3 to tiz?

...

it's mop time!

allan said...

why bat .229 drew instead of reddick?

laura k said...

I'm getting all Rogers/Toronto ads, and between Ricky Romero All Star Game pick and Robert Alomar Cooperstown induction, and 2 other sports events Rogers is hosting (soccer and tennis, could I possibly care less... no), I'm beginning to miss Sullivan Tires.

laura k said...

Tito seems determined to not play Reddick today.

allan said...

saving him to bat in the 9th (for navarro?)?

laura k said...

The Mop!

laura k said...

Thank goodness Reddick got in the lineup. We needed another K.

laura k said...

Go ahead and drink the water.

allan said...

the mop took care of the dirty water.