August 1, 2011

G107: Spiders 9, Red Sox 6

Spiders   - 001 103 031 - 9 13  0
Red Sox   - 012 002 001 - 6 13  1
Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run home run off John Lackey (6.2-8-5-0-5, 106) in the sixth erased a 3-2 Red Sox lead and put Cleveland up 4-3. Travis Hafner followed with another home run, this one into the Red Sox bullpen.

Daniel Bard's scoreless streak of 26.1 innings ended in the eighth when he allowed three runs, two coming on another dong from Cabrera. This one snapped a 5-5 tie - and required review from the umpires. ESPN's graphic before the blast noted that opponents had been 0-for-their-last-34 against Bard with a man on base.

Trailing 8-5, the Red Sox went in order in the eighth. Down by four in the ninth, they scored a two-out run on Mike Aviles's single and Jacoby Ellsbury's double.

In the second inning, the Red Sox scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double, and singled from Josh Reddick and Marco Scutaro. When Ellsbury hit a hard grounder back to Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin, Reddick was trapped off third and tagged out in a rundown.

Adrian Gonzalez singled to open the third and scored on Kevin Youkilis's triple. When the relay throw to third was wild, Yook tried to score - and was thrown out. After David Ortiz grounded out, Carl Crawford homered. ... And Salty hit a two-run bomb in the fifth.

Marco Scutaro left the game in the fourth with dizziness.

The Yankees beat the White Sox 3-2 and are only 1 GB the Red Sox in the East.
Example
Josh Tomlin / John Lackey

The Red Sox begin August with four games in Cleveland. They will not face Ubaldo Jiminez, however, as he is pitching on Friday.

Not only was Boston's 20-6 July record (.769) the best of any MLB team, it was the best July record the team has ever had, topping the 1993 club (20-7, .741). Boston's 66 wins are the most in the team's first 106 games since 1978, when they won 67.

Dustin Pedroia led MLB in July with 46 hits. It's the most July hits for a Red Sox player (for whatever that's worth) since 1939. For the month, Pedroia also led all players in total bases (81; Jacoby Ellsbury was #2 with 77), tied for first in runs scored (27) and extra-base hits (18), and had the #2 best batting average (.411). Pedroia led the AL in average (.411), OBP (.465) and slugging (.723). He and Ellsbury tied for the most July home runs in the AL (8).

Peter Abraham notes that every team in the AL Central has allowed more runs than they have scored. The top three teams: Tigers (-6), Cleveland (-12), and White Sox (-7). Meanwhile, four of the five AL East teams have positive run differentials: Red Sox (+143), Yankees (+150), Rays (+30), and Blue Jays (+17).

This date in ...
1945: Irv Hall of the Athletics is credited with a single when his line drive ends up in Senator pitcher Dutch Leonard's pants.

1979: After beating the White Sox 9-1, members of the Yankees create a minor scandal by autographing the bare ass of a 20-year-old woman who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park.

2007: Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips steals both second and third on the same pitch thanks to the extreme shift used by the Nationals against Adam Dunn.
AL East (Red Sox 2.0 GA): Yankees/White Sox at 8 PM.

172 comments:

allan said...

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

Brantley, LF
Kipnis, 2B
Cabrera, SS
Hafner, DH
Santana, C
Fukudome, RF
Laporta, 1B
Chisenhall, 3B
Carrera, CF

Patrick said...

Wow. That's a convincing argument to scrap the divisions.

Jere said...

NESN just showed a pic of Bedard and below it it said "#45-Pitcher."

Redsox.com shows him on the 40-man with no number listed. I have to believe NESN just went with his old number, not thinking about the fact that they couldn't possibly give him 45. Bedard's Wiki page says he's #23.

allan said...

good ol' nesn!
why even bother with a # at this point?

allan said...

we have espn. wtf happened to mcdonough? he looks like a chemo patient.

Jere said...

Now on the broadcast they show it again, #45. How do they not know he can't be 45?? (And it's shown under a pic of him in a Sox uni/hat.)

allan said...

as long as he pitches like #45 ....

Maxwell Horse said...

Lackey's going seven strong tonight. Mark my words.

(Please delete this post if he ends up sucking.)

allan said...

warning: screen shots will be made and used to ridicule you, as necessary!

Maxwell Horse said...

How long does that little trashcan icon stay active under my posts? I'll use it if I have to.

allan said...

Always.

L had a hilarious story about those trash cans.

Jere said...

Well kiss my grits, Lackey visits Mel's Diner.

laura k said...

The trash can!!! OMG was that hilarious. Wait a min.

Jere said...

Speaking of trash cans.

laura k said...

Someone came to wmtc taking offense at something I had written. When people disagreed with her, she said she was being personally attacked. She also spouted a bunch of claims that others disputed - then refused to back up her claims - then proceeded to insult me and my blog.

Eventually she spun out of control. During her meltdown, she said, Oh now you've put a little trash can next to my posts! Real mature!!!

Everyone just fell out laughing.

Then she emailed me begging me to delete her posts!

Wish I could find that now... I have an idea where it might be.

allan said...

CBS pbp says Yook singled to left-center!

Meunier said...

Google is rejecting my correct account password for some reason

Meunier said...

Fuck you, do me strikes out.

Kathryn said...

L--funny story.

Jere--not so funny cartoon

Maxwell Horse said...

Ah, thanks for the trashcan story.

allan said...

L found the post!!!
PURE GOLD on the way!

Kathryn said...

Pure gold! We just finished watching the "Take the pen" episode.

Kathryn said...

Salty certainly has proved to be a great addition.

allan said...

DO ME A PERSONAL FAVOR!!!!

allan said...

ESPN does the NESN move that Jere loves so much, showing the runner after he scores and almost misses a play at 3B.

laura k said...

I found the post, if anyone is interested. She actually came by *agreeing* with me, but flamed out very quickly. But "she" really likes to "use" "quotation marks".

It won't change your life, but here it is: link.

Great moments in wmtc history.

Kathryn said...

Scutaro RBI!

Re personal favor--we probably use that line multiple times a month.

Jere said...

"Jere--not so funny cartoon"

I thought it was an interesting possible origin story for Oscar....

laura k said...

One of the great episodes. The whole Elaine's back/take the pen/embezzelment scandal (looping back to the marble rye) series is hilarious.

allan said...

The Pen

HELEN: You're going underwater?

JERRY: Yes. Generally that's where scuba diving is done.

HELEN: What do you have to go underwater for? What's down there that's so special?

JERRY: What's so special up here?

*****

JERRY: What is going on in this community! Are you people aware of what's happening? What is driving you to this behavior? Is it the humidity? Is it the Muzak? Is it the white shoes?

Kathryn said...

ELAINE: Mrs Seinfeld, please. I am begging you. Put the air conditioner on.

HELEN: You're hot?

allan said...

The neighbours next door (for some reason - maybe they have misheard us for the last 4+ years) call Tala "Stella".

Maxwell Horse said...

I can sympathize with Sheri. I have been at the beat-down end of much uglier, lopsided conflicts.

(FYI: The commenters at the "Ain't It Cool News" movie site as a whole are not open to 9/11 truth. Nor do they take kindly to insinuations that Howard Shore's music for Lord of the Rings is "mediocre.")

allan said...

"Well today's almost over. And weekdays always go by fast. Friday we're leaving. It's like two days really. It's like a cup of coffee. It will go by like that."

tim said...

ESPN on all channels...boo!

Alright lackey, don't fuck this up.

I have been mulling over a (planned) spontaneous road trip for the final home series of the year, Sep 17ish vs. FKR. Leave Friday night or early Saturday, see Sat night and Sun afternoon games @ Fenway, drive back after the Sunday game.

I may just wait til October for my road trip.

laura k said...

That whole season is amazing. One of the funniest things - consistently, over time - ever on TV, I think.

laura k said...

MH, no one was even disagreeing with Sherri. She seems to spontaneous spin out of control.

allan said...

For Laura:

What's amazing to me about the library is it's a place where you go in you can take out any book you want they just give it to you and say bring it back when you're done. It reminds me of like this pathetic friend that everybody had when they were a little kid who would let you borrow any of his stuff if you would just be his friend. That's what the library is. A government funded pathetic friend. And that's why everybody kinds of bullies the library. I'll bring it back on time ... I'll bring it back late. ... Oh, what are you going to do? Charge me a nickel?

***

JERRY: Oh, I'm glad you're here, so we can get this all straightened out. Would you like a cup of tea?

BOOKMAN: You got any coffee?

JERRY: Coffee?

BOOKMAN: Yeah. Coffee.

JERRY: No, I don't drink coffee.

BOOKMAN: Yeah, you don't drink coffee? How about instant coffee?

JERRY: No, I don't have--

BOOKMAN: You don't have any instant coffee?

JERRY: Well, I don't normally--

BOOKMAN: Who doesn't have instant coffee?

JERRY: I don't.

BOOKMAN: You buy a jar of Folger's Crystals, you put it in the cupboard, you forget about it. Then later on when you need it, it's there. It lasts forever. It's freeze-dried. Freeze-dried Crystals.

JERRY: Really? I'll have to remember that.

BOOKMAN: You took this book out in 1971.

JERRY: Yes, and I returned it in 1971.

BOOKMAN: Yeah, '71. That was my first year on the job. Bad year for libraries. Bad year for America. Hippies burning library cards, Abby Hoffman telling everybody to steal books. I don't judge a man by the length of his hair or the kind of music he listens to. Rock was never my bag. But you put on a pair of shoes when you walk into the New York Public Library, fella.

JERRY: Look, Mr. Bookman. I--I returned that book. I remember it very specifically.

BOOKMAN: You're a comedian, you make people laugh.

JERRY: I try.

BOOKMAN: You think this is all a big joke, don't you?

JERRY: No, I don't.

BOOKMAN: I saw you on T.V. once; I remembered your name--from my list. I looked it up. Sure enough, it checked out. You think because you're a celebrity that somehow the law doesn't apply to you, that you're above the law?

JERRY: Certainly not.

BOOKMAN: Well, let me tell you something, funny boy. Y'know that little stamp, the one that says "New York Public Library"? Well that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole hell of a lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before: Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. What's this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Well, let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers? Doesn't HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped! Or: maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld; maybe that's how you 'get your kicks. You and your good-time buddies. Well I got a flash for ya, joy-boy: Party time is over. You got seven days, Seinfeld. That is one week!

laura k said...

Thank you :)

We actually watched that clip in class! In a discussion of the perception of the library and librarians in popular culture.

Kathryn said...

One of the best. Last week it was the "shrinkage" episode. I am always amazed at how many different parts of each episode are memorable. That one was see the baby/breathtaking/lobster poaching/shrinkage/Hampton tomatoes and more!

Laura, thanks for posting the trash can link. Very funny to read through that.

laura k said...

^portrayal

not perception

OMG he's out at the plate!?!?!?

Jere said...

If Youk hadn't taken 5 minutes to get to first maybe he's safe at home!

laura k said...

Kathryn, the other day I turned on the TV, and heard - before the picture was even on - "I was in the pool! I was in the pool!"

I had to sit down and watch the rest of the episode. That's an amazing one - the ugly baby, the "breathtaking" comment, the lobsters... George hinting about shrinking laundry.

Plus one of my all-time fave Elaine moments: "I don't know how you guys walk around with those things." What woman hasn't thought that.

laura k said...

CC DONG!!!!

tim said...

CRAWDONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jere said...

Crawdad

Kathryn said...

Laura--I'm laughing out loud reading your recap. Elaine's line is an all-time favorite. Her delivery was great, too.

And there is no shrinkage of CC's dong!!

allan said...

NOT CRAW!!!

CRAW!!!!!!!!!!!

allan said...

"I hate men, but I'm not a lesbian."

laura k said...

"He took it out."

That sequence is Elaine's tour de force of the whole series. Wiping off her glasses... "Oh it be."

laura k said...

"I hate this thing! And this is what I'm doing with it!"

Then dusting her hands off with that satisfied smirk on her face.

Kathryn said...

It.
It .
Out.
Out.

Incredible sequence all the way around.

Maxwell Horse said...

Lackey, please don't force me to use the trashcan.

tim said...

fuk u!!!!

Kathryn said...

CS!!!

allan said...

GEORGE: "Wow. I spend so much time trying to get their clothes off, I never thought of taking mine off."

laura k said...

Kat, totally. It's brilliant.

Do I recall correctly... when you first came out of lurkdom and introduced yourself as Mrs goTRibe (although I'm sure I've got the caps wrong there), you said you knew everything Seinfeld backwards and forwards? Or am I confusing you with someone else?

tim said...

aviles debut.

tim said...

batting debut, i guess.

Meunier said...

Sutton was hitting over 300 and they sent him down for this guy?!

Kathryn said...

Yep, that was me. Although I would never claim to know 'everything Seinfeld.' We love it..and use lines from the shows almost daily.

I'm still trying to place the "I hate this thing! And this is what I'm doing with it!" episode. You'll have to clue me in.

tim said...

this guy could be hitting .500 with boston if he gets a hit next PA.

Kathryn said...

I can rarely order a meal at a restaurant (especially a drive-thru) without Jay saying..."and a cup of tea."

laura k said...

Oh cool, glad that was you. And no, definitely not a direct quote! :) But I remember things about all the regular commenters, so I was hoping I got that right.

That "I hate this thing!" quote is Elaing pulling off George's rug and throwing it out the window. Or as Jerry calls it, "Your little hair hat."

laura k said...

And a cup of tea? That might be after my time. I didn't watch (didn't watch) the last two season.

Kathryn said...

Cup of tea was when George was doing the opposite.

Instead of ordering his usual, he switched it up and ordered coffee instead of tea. It's also the episode that George got his job with the Yankees by telling Steinbrenner off.

laura k said...

Lackey being Kramer: falling ass-backwards into an out.

laura k said...

Oh, the opposite! Of course I know that. "Hello my name is George I'm unemployed and I live with my parents."

Jere said...

I'm Victoria, hi

laura k said...

That was meant to say "didn't watch (didn't like)".

laura k said...

Ha ha, I could see her but couldn't come up with her name (Victoria).

Kathryn said...

It is impossible to watch the final episode...terrible.

That was a great play by Lackey, and very Krameresque.

allan said...

Boss: I'm going to get right to the point. It has come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?

George: Who said that?

Boss: She did.

George: Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ingnorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon ... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices and I tell you peope do that all the time.

Boss: You're fired.

George: Well you didn't have to say it like that.

laura k said...

Once in a while I run into an episode from the very end, something I've never seen before, and it's sad, what the show became. Thank goodness he pulled the plug before it went much further.

Kathryn said...

Georgie, cashmere

Jere said...

NO XMAS SPIRIT LEEWAY

allan said...

Please, please! I cannot have this constant bickering. Stress is very damaging to the epidermis!

laura k said...

"When I was a little girl growing up in Panama..."

Kathryn said...

We saw Doug Flutie at the game in Baltimore when Manny hit his 500th!

And Jay just reminded me that the shrinkage episode also has the "turn around to get a sip of tang" line.

allan said...

Joel Rifkin wants to change his name and Elaine suggests "O.J."

Jere said...

"We saw Doug Flutie at the game in Baltimore when Manny hit his 500th"

Kathryn--I was at that game too, and Flutie was in the suites kinda behind my seats. Where were you sitting?
I took a pic of him--he was playing some betting game because he and his buddies kept passing dollars around.

laura k said...

That OJ reference is amazing. Creepy!

laura k said...

CRAP

Meunier said...

GAWD DAMMIT

Jere said...

Damn the As Man!

Kathryn said...

Damn it, Lackey. All this Seinfeld talk was distracting me, but c'mon!

laura k said...

Oh holy fuck. Lackey being Lackey.

allan said...

are the outfielders flapping their arms and yelling at lackey?

Meunier said...

PRONKEY DONG

Maxwell Horse said...

I wish there was some way for me to actually use the trashcan to delete my original prediction of 7 strong innings from Lackey, and yet still have the deletion make sense to future archaeologists looking back on this game thread.

Kathryn said...

Jere, that's where we were too. He was just above us, maybe a little to our left. We were in the all you can eat seats, I think. I remember the betting game. They were passing money all around.

Double damn it, Lackey.

Jere said...

Maybe you guys disagree, but I feel like when they were going through football names for Rifkin, the OJ was referring to OJ Anderson, Giants running back. Because it was current players, and Anderson I think had been MVP of that second Giants Super Bowl win, which was Jan 91. Of course, OJ Simpson was famous enough where his name could have come up anyway. (The "Deion" was obviously Sanders.)

Man these balls are flying outta here in a hurry.

laura k said...

MH, I have a similar wish about trolls. Allan likes to save screen shots for the archeologists.

allan said...

morales puts down the glamour magazine and starts warming up

Jere said...

Kathryn, that's so cool! I will link to some pics--maybe you're in them!

Jere said...

Glamour??

allan said...

Jere: I'd say no, but I had never heard of that OJ until now.

BZ said...

Getting 3 runs is not a tall order. Let's not leave it until the last inning or two.

Jere said...

Flutie at the Manny 500 game.

The Sox-heavy crowd after the win that night.

Kathryn, look for yourself.

Jere said...

I can't remember what Elaine was looking at for the names. Was it TV? Because it coulda been a Giants game, which would help my theory. We may have to ask LD on this one.

allan said...

i thought they were just on the couch talking.

Jere said...

Ok, I thought Elaine was getting the names from either TV or a football magazine or something.

allan said...

SALTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

laura k said...

UNSTOPPABLE!!!!

BZ said...

Salty peppers it!

Maxwell Horse said...

What the hey? Crawford gettin' all kinds of hits and stuff and Saltalmvehi1qhh hitting homeruns.

Meunier said...

THE BROKEN BAT HOMER! I THOUGHT THAT ONLY HAPPENED IN VIDEO GAMES1

laura k said...

As I said in his last start: even Lackey can't stop us!!!

Kathryn said...

Extra Salty Ribeyes!!

Dr. Jeff said...

This team is awesome.

laura k said...

She was referring to OJ Simpson, IMO. It would have to be someone massively famous for a national audience.

I believe she was just riffing names off the top of her head.

Dr. Jeff said...

This is a great graphic, regarding Manny's HRs.

Jere said...

Just odd that they'd go with a guy who was on the tip of everybody's tongue in Primetime Sanders, then go off the board with a guy from the 70s (who, granted, was announcing at that point and like you say was well-known). But also they go to a Giants game in that episode, another reason I always thought Anderson.

Kathryn said...

Jere, it looks like Flutie was in the box right above you. We must have been a section or two to your right. There is a chance that I am in that crowd shot. Just behind the woman with dark hair walking up the aisle. The little black-haired head at 10:00 from her head. The rest of my family would be blocked by the people in the aisle. But, that's about where we were sitting. That is way too cool!!

laura k said...

I think OJ was a household name, very wide recognition.

Jere said...

And Don gets ahead of himself once again, saying "makes the catch" when it was bouncing up in the air, then covers himself by adding "...yes." after he caught it on the ricochet.

Jere said...

Kathryn--found another pic of same section of crowd but with people just sitting there.

laura k said...

How cool you two were both at the Manny 500 HR game.

allan said...

SASAbrantley!

Kathryn said...

Yes, that it us! If I enlarge the first picture enough, I see Jonny taking a picture and Carrie's hat. Jay's arm is on the end.

Then, after seeing the second picture. It is definitely us. Jay and Carrie are just beyond the handrail. My back is turned.

AWESOME!!!!

laura k said...

Amazing! What are the odds.

Kathryn said...

Jere, I was really impressed by how everyone at the park (including the few hundred Orioles' fans there) cheered so greatly for Manny after that home run.

Jere said...

Kathryn, that is sweet! Original gallery that those came from is here. I love this stuff!

Kathryn said...

Yeah, me too. Again, this great big world is so inter-connected.

Kathryn said...

I thought that fan was gonna pull a Derek Jeter, right into the camera well!

Jere said...

Hit top of wall, or something in crowd?

allan said...

looks like a dong.

Kathryn said...

That's gone.

Meunier said...

oh fuck it, its gone.

Jere said...

He played that carom perfectly anyway...

I guess it hit a chair. Home run. But will they be able to change it?

allan said...

during one shot out there live, a woman pointed to the seat next to her.

laura k said...

That couple is texting like mad.

Oops, they changed the call. Dong, as we knew.

Jere said...

If that hit to of wall, there's just no way it bounces left like that. However, depending on what angles the umps ---- damn, home run.

Meunier said...

Cleveand has already had their closer in, I wonder how he will do in his 2nd inning..

allan said...

look how long it took him to run that HR out -- gotta drill him later!

tim said...

fuck sakes.

Jere said...

Okay, final thing on Manny500: If you click the link in the gallery for the video I shot of the actual dong, you see* a crappy-quality shot of it, but I did keep the cam on Manny until he came out to the outfield for the next inning. Pretty cool how we all just kept on cheering.

*you'll also see a nice Seinfeld reference in the story about the video

Jere said...

WOW, NESN showing the woman in right field stands, with stitch marks on her knee!!

allan said...

OB saying they see a replay with a woman with a bruise with ball seams on it. (I think, Diego's barking like a nut...)

laura k said...

Man, if my knee was hit hard enough to show stitch marks, that could be the end of my knee. Wow.

Jere said...

It's already black and blue, with a beautiful stitches mark right across the top.

BZ said...

Wow - they just showed stitches from the baseball on the knee of a fan. Amazing.

Jere said...

The woman is smiling too, but you know that has to hurt like a MF

Kathryn said...

Wow, it's a good thing she shaved today! That was a close-up.

laura k said...

Re already black and blue, my knee would be ballooned by that time. Fucking ow.

Meunier said...

Who's coming in?

allan said...

I get LH vs LH - but why are we bringing in the worst pitcher in the pen here?

laura k said...

bah

Kathryn said...

I enjoyed reliving that through your video, Jere. I had forgotten how everyone KEPT cheering.

Jere said...

Kathryn, cool. I anxiously await your pics from that game, with me in them! Haha....

laura k said...

oh man

allan said...

Go White Sox.

laura k said...

I just asked Allan if I posted this in the thread, if anyone would get it. Let's see.

Jason Kipnis, Real Estate Photographer

First thing I thought of when I heard his name.

Kathryn said...

What gives???? The Cleveland fan in our office was lamenting today about how they can't score any runs.

Kathryn said...

Jason Kipnis, Real Estate Photographer

Not me:(

Jere said...

Kitsmiller?

Jere said...

I knew Fenway played the song "9 to 5" when we're up 9-5. But they were just playing it now, while their pitcher warmed up. I don't like it. It should be for "UP 9-5" only. Why? I don't know.

Jere said...

Although being DOWN 9-5 is enough to drive me crazy if I let it. So they may have a point.

Jere said...

Tying run on double deck.

Jere said...

Tying run on deck

laura k said...

We'd better not lose 9-8

laura k said...

WBIT / TMB

laura k said...

Clean

johngoldfine said...

'Night.

Jere said...

Tying run non-existent.

Maxwell Horse said...

This loss is on Pedroia!

laura k said...

Get yer trash can out!

Jere said...

Tying run on first. (For the White Sox)

Kathryn said...

Clean, baaahhh.

Enjoyed it, nonetheless.

Cool pics, Jere!!

allan said...

MFY - 201 000 00
CWS - 000 200 00

allan said...

MFY win.
1 GA.

Jere said...

Fuckin' White Sox.