September 22, 2007

G155: Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 6

Red Sox Clinch Playoff Spot!
Red Sox   -  001 202 003 - 8 13 0
Devil Rays - 000 201 300 - 6 7 0
With Boston trailing 6-5, Varitek started the top of the ninth with a solo home run off Al Reyes. Hinske, who had looked horrible all night, followed with a double. After Crisp popped to third, Lugo homered to left!! Then Ellsbury doubled and took third on a foul pop to first, but was stranded at third.

Drew continues to be ON FIRE with a double, a home run, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Varitek was on base all four times tonight: walk, 2 singles and home run. And Eric Gagne looked fantastic once again and he picked up the victory.

***

A wild one this afternoon:
Blue Jays - 000 300 530 0 - 11 18 0
Yankees - 010 014 320 1 - 12 17 1
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (4.41, 103 ERA+) / Andy Sonnanstine (5.68, 81 ERA+)

Matsuzaka's ERA is 11.20 in three September starts -- and 7.15 in his last seven outings. In 26.1 innings against Tampa, his ERA is 3.42. ... Sonnanstine has a 9.00 ERA in three starts (15 IP) against the Red Sox.

Manny Ramirez will likely return no earlier than Tuesday at home against Oakland.

The Blue Jays play the Yankees at 1 PM: Marcum/Hughes.
East
Boston 91 63 .591 -- 8 games left
New York 88 65 .575 2.5 9 games left

Wild Card
New York 88 65 .575 -- 9 games left
Detroit 84 70 .545 4.5 8 games left
Seattle 82 71 .536 6.0 9 games left
Detroit hosts Kansas City at 7 PM.

611 comments:

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L-girl said...

Would be real nice to see the pen nail this one down.

yes. quite.

SoSock said...

"Toast"
Wasn't referring to anyone - just saying Dice is... Toast

David said...

FUCK

L-girl said...

Oh no.

Oh no no no no.

nixon33 said...

fuck.

s1c said...

fragging two out walks leading to a pena dong. I just want to freaking barf.

redsock said...

holy donging shit.

nixon33 said...

god hes good. too bad we let him go and kept hinske, eh? (kidding, sort of)

L-girl said...

what was that about bullpen toast...?

ish said...

I'm telling ya. I'm turning into a HUGE Carlos Peña fan... but against the Red Sox???? Meh. That was an amazing at-bat for him. But damn! Lopez has Myersitis. Can't seem to get lefties out anymore, it doesn't seem. It seems like left handed hitters are starting to figure out these lefty side-armed guys.

L-girl said...

Wasn't referring to anyone

We think everything is a nickname now. The other day Allan said "we have oatmeal" - the classic sign at every real diner. Someone asked, "Who's Oatmeal?"

SoSock said...

Crap - shoulda, coulda, woulda
Is there ANYONE in the pen who still needs to show Tito they can't get out of a jam on their own? I think they've all pretty much had their chance

redsock said...

Tiz, Lowell and Drew in the 8th.

Mike L said...

Ortiz, Lowell and a Fiery Drew coming up...I still like our chances.

Assuming we don't see Pena again

ish said...

So that complicates things. Means we have to score two runs.

Out of town:
KC 7, DET 3, BOT 8th
OAK 9, CLE 3, BOT 8th

redsock said...

sure was nice of tito to gave pena such a lengthy tryout with us last year...

L-girl said...

time for a few more sox dongs

s1c said...

Tiz, Lowell and Drew in the 8th

no problems then, the lead will soon be ours again.

Key to that inning was those two out walks. If he hadn't been nibbling then fragging Pena doesn't even come up to the plate.

David said...

It seems like freaking walks have been coming back to haunt us all week.

redsock said...

Hell, just BBI him next time.

We need runs now, because our 9th inning hitters, well, ....

ish said...

Wow...

Houston: 4 / 8 / 0
St. Louis: 7 / 20 / 0

redsock said...

the legendary dan wheeler on the hill.

SoSock said...

mmmm... Wheeler - 1-8
Papi meat

s1c said...

get us started here tiz.

Gagne warming up, so we need like four runs here.

nixon33 said...

gagme is warming, yay! our wn chocolate rain....ugh

L-girl said...

the walks are always what kills dice-k

ok: RUNS PLEASE

redsock said...

i think dice missed location because he was spent.

Mike L said...

Hurts not having Manny here...ridiculous numbers in Tampa. Even more ridiculous than his other ridiculous numbers, I mean.

L-girl said...

tiz k

bah

L-girl said...

we have to win this game

we WILL win this game

will will will

redsock said...

ugly K from flo.

need the doctor to get on for drew.

SoSock said...

What I would give for a healthy middle of the order

L-girl said...

oh no, dr k's

SoSock said...

need the doctor to get on for drew.

Imagine saying THAT a few weeks ago

L-girl said...

ok mr on fire, do your thing

L-girl said...

or not

David said...

what an aggressive swing! shit.

s1c said...

Back to back K's,

Dear Devil Rays -

You suck, now roll over and play dead.

thanks,
RSN

redsock said...

two pathetic at bats. fucking a.

drew can tie it up and we'll go from there.

redsock said...

That inning was pure Grade Fucking A horseshit.

Tek
Hinske
Ococ

I do not want to see Hinske bat. Send up anyone else.

L-girl said...

when orsillo does the playoff games, in the bottom of the 9th, tie game, go ahead run at 3rd, is he gonna tell us how many innings the pitcher threw with his AAA team in May...

redsock said...

gagne in. he looked great last night.

Mike L said...

I still think we can push one across in the 9th with our lineup, just hate Hinske leading off. It's like spotting them an out at this point. Can't someone talk Tito into Bobby Kielty...or even Moss???

SoSock said...

SHIT - The last inning was not very productive....
This one just SUCKED!

ish said...

gotta get gagné through the 8th first.

David said...

over/under on runs gagne gives up?

nixon33 said...

I do not want to see Hinske bat. Send up anyone else.

A-FUCKING-MEN

ish said...

gagne in. he looked great last night.

yep, he really did.

charlie pioli said...

We must win this game. We only have one more inning to do it. Right now Lets just think of not letting them score anymore. By the way, Fuck the fucking yankee fans.

s1c said...

Gagne will do good!
Gagne will do good!
Gagne will do good!

ish said...

reyes has blown 2 saves against the red sox.

L-girl said...

i can hardly watch. my stomach is in knots again.

i'll just keep quiet and mod.

(yes, i can keep quiet! for a minute or two.)

Mike L said...

Sorry-hinske not leading off. Missed Varitek's name in the box score...so used to there not being anything to see there, I guess...

nixon33 said...

oh a suprise! another 3-2 count for gagne! at least he got him out.

SoSock said...

Surely he wouldn't lead-off Henske down 1 in the last inning......
would he?

redsock said...

nice - mix 'em up.

nixon33 said...

some nasty pitches, ok keep it going.

Mike L said...

Why can't he pitch like this when we're UP by 1?

redsock said...

Gagne speeds on that second batter: 69, 84, 93, 93.

Sit down, asstard.

Mike L said...

I shouldn't complain...happy to see encouraging signs the last couple nights. All signs point to Tito playing the long game this year, making sure we're good for October, so I reserve judgement.

redsock said...

on gomes, gagne starts out 66, then goes to 91. heh heh.

Amy said...

Oh, gee, I see the Yankees won and we are behind going into the 9th here. Not what I needed. At least it seems Gagne is doing ok so far. Abd I saw we won last night and the Yankees lost.

Amy said...

Well, Gagne was doing well until I wrote that.

David said...

fucking drew steps on pedroia's ankle

s1c said...

Amy - where you been, TEK has been smoldering all night?

redsock said...

Eric, I was saying you are back. Come on, now.

L-girl said...

***exhale***

L-girl said...

amy, search for your name in the game thread. you were missed :)

crazy nyy game today! check out the line score.

s1c said...

atta boy Eric!!!

now get some frigging runs.

Mike L said...

Ok, let's go now.

Amy said...

I was observing Yom Kippur. I was hoping all the atoning would assure us a victory tonight.

Somehow I think you are joking about Tek...I haven't yet had a chance to check a box score.

I wonder if the fact that my first action after breaking the fast was putting on the game was not such a wise move!

Amy said...

How do I search for my name??

L-girl said...

no amy, your atoning worked! drew has had a huge night. i gave you all the credit.

L-girl said...

our magic number actually moved last night. and i'm still thinking it's going to move a little more tonight...

SoSock said...

How about that - Gagne didn't gag me!
Now then
Tek
Somebody else (anybody else)
oCoC
Runs Please!

L-girl said...

do a "find on this page"

after varitek ties the game for us, that is

nixon33 said...

THERE YOU GO AMY!!!! HE LOVES YOU!!!!!!

Mike L said...

Holy Shit Tek!

Amy said...

THAT"S MYYYY BOY!!

ish said...

CAPTAIN DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

David said...

CLUTCH DONG!

L-girl said...

did i call it or did i call it????

CAPTAIN TANGIBLE!!!! HE DID IT FOR AMY!!!

s1c said...

captain my captain!!!!

now more please!!

Amy said...

Boy, he really is hot tonight! You guys better be nice to him now. I am being nicer to Drew....

Mike L said...

I still can't believe Hinske is in this game right now

nixon33 said...

l-girl called it! HOLY SHIT!
FUCK YOU YANKEES!

Mike L said...

ok...nevermind

Mike L said...

god bless eric hinske!

charlie pioli said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!!

David said...

That's the intesity I like to see!

Amy said...

Oh my god, Laura, you DID call it! I guess that fast worked!!

s1c said...

Hinske!!!!!

The Bot better be warming up because this about t be a save situation.

L-girl said...

mike, you were right, but hinske wanted you to be wrong!!

FUCK YOU YANKEES! :) Our magic number is moving tonight anyway!

L-girl said...

bot is up

poor allan, he must be stuck with work

charlie pioli said...

Common Lugo and CRisp!!! We can win it right here.

ish said...

TIGERS LOST.

Amy said...

Lots of Sox fans, as usual, at the Trop.

SoSock said...

I STILL can't believe Hinske batted - but hey, at least it worked out!

L-girl said...

ONLY sox fans at the trop!

(Hi Charlie!)

David said...

bot and corey both warming

Mike L said...

As long as we don't go through 5 innings and 4 more pitchers, we'll still have had a better day than the MFY

redsock said...

work came in.

tek HR?????????

hinske double??????????????

is it the end of the world???

charlie pioli said...

According to gameday this umpire has a very shitty eye for the strikezone.

Amy said...

Come on, ocoC!

David said...

i'd rather see the tigers win to keep pace with the yankees.

nixon33 said...

I CANT BEWLIEVE YOU CALLED IT l-girl!!!!

redsock said...

P.S.

The Eric Gagne Widebody Dimmer-Mobile? I am in the driver's seat!!! He is back, baby!

L-girl said...

the tigers are through. it's between US and THEM now.

charlie pioli said...

How's it going L-girl. You're good luck, you called that TEk homer!!! Yeah!!

L-girl said...

:-)

Amy said...

At least I got home in time to see Tek do that.

SoSock said...

ococ fighting like hell 1

nixon33 said...

nice bunting ococ. we'll win anyway

Ofer said...

Wow... Ok, so I just almost got flattened by a printer that fell on me... A fucking heavy printer...

But, I didn't, so... Yeah, Tek! Two nights in a row, and as clutch as hell!

L-girl said...

allan, you're back! tek came up to bat, i told amy, hang on, your guy is about to tie the game - next pitch - outta here :)

David said...

LUGO DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

nixon33 said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! LUGO! I HATE YOU MORE THAN EVER!!!!!!!

nixon33 said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! LUGO! I HATE YOU MORE THAN EVER!!!!!!!

redsock said...

not the end of the world.

it's al reyes.

lol

L-girl said...

SLUUUUUUGO DONG!!!!!!!!!

Mike L said...

Wow...I just woke my wife up

Amy said...

YAY!!! LUGO! DONG. Now we just need the Bot to be the bot!

ish said...

OH MY GOD. HE DID IT!!!! LUGO LUGO LUGO LUGO LUUUUUGO!!!!!!!!!

Castiglione: And the new Fenway South is going wild.

charlie pioli said...

OMG!!! I am feeling LUgo and the Sox!!!!!!

David said...

LBJ 2B

ish said...

SIR LYNDON!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

Amy - Hope yours was an easy fast.
I didn't join in till the 6th myself because we went out for a BIG meal after service

redsock said...

JULIO LUGO IS A MOTHERFUCKING BEAST!!!!!!!!!!

DONGS AGLORE!!!!

L-girl said...

LBJ's turn!!!! THAT'S MY BOY!!!!!

L-girl said...

we all thought they had to score in the 8th or forget it. HA!

WHAT'S OUR MAGIC NUMBER??????

redsock said...

How do I love thee, Al Reyes?

Let me count the DONGS!!!

charlie pioli said...

FUCK MY HOMEWORK TONIGHT!!!! THIS GAME IS AWESOME...

Amy said...

SoSock, the fast was the easiest ever. I find every year it gets easier. Must be the one benefit of aging! Hope yours went well also.

SoSock said...

Sheez, if we can get Flo to wake up we may not need Bot

Mike L said...

Jacoby Ellsbury Is A Stud

David said...

LBJ with the hustle

nixon33 said...

charlie pioli said...
FUCK MY HOMEWORK TONIGHT!!!! THIS GAME IS AWESOME...

FUCK YEAH!

redsock said...

LYNDOn you crazy bastard!!!!!

SoSock said...

:)

L-girl said...

How do I love thee, Al Reyes?

Let me count the DONGS!!!


hee hee

redsock said...

And Gagne will get the W!!!

I love it when a division title comes together!

charlie pioli said...

And the Mariners were thinking of trading for Reyes before the deadline.

Mike L said...

Talk about contributions from everywhere...HR's from Tek, Drew & Lugo tonight. Only everyday players with less HR's on the year are Crisp & Pedroia

SoSock said...

How do I love thee, Al Reyes?

Let me count the DONGS!!!


I liked that one too...:)

redsock said...

I honestly can't believe Reyes is still in this game!!!

Cooked!

L-girl said...

ok bot, get it done!!

ish said...

IT'S SNUFFIN' TIME!

SoSock said...

Doc must be doing his damage early in the games. I started to say it's been a while since I've seen much out of him, but then I look and he's 2 - 4....not bad at all

L-girl said...

[firefox crashed so if your comment doesn't appear, re-post, ok?]

Amy said...

One down.

SoSock said...

Lover Boy at bat
Show him the love, Bot!

redsock said...

Casanova?

I don't think so, sweetheart.

4-3.

redsock said...

This team has turned a corner. I'm feeling it and I'm liking it.

Amy said...

Will they celebrate clinching the playoffs when they win?

TWO DOWN.

L-girl said...

that's two!

nixon33 said...

redsock said...
This team has turned a corner. I'm feeling it and I'm liking it.


i think im feeling it too.
wow, wouldnt that be nice.

charlie pioli said...

The playoffs are all about getting hot.
For example: the cardinals last year were deffintly not better than the Tigers, but they pulled it off. If the Sox could just start getting hot when the play-offs start!

Amy said...

Bot seems to be back. He's got that mean look again.

ish said...

Next stop: Playoff spot.

L-girl said...

love that look :)

L-girl said...

i'm waiting for the stop after that.

SoSock said...

This team has turned a corner. I'm feeling it and I'm liking it.

Have to agree. I felt the same way after last Saturday's win against MFY, but then came the trip to Hell (no offense to our resident Canadians)
But the feeling is back, and soon Manny will be too. :)

L-girl said...

talk about fenway south!

David said...

ballgame

Amy said...

Here comes October baseball!

Amy said...

YES YES YES

nixon33 said...

WE DID IT!!!!!!
now not too much celebrating, lets be cool

ish said...

WOOOOOOOOT!!!!

NEXT STOP: DIVISION!

Amy said...

YES YES YES

redsock said...

That's just Bot Being Bot.

L-girl said...

WHAT'S OUR MAGIC NUMBER??????

nixon33 said...

its happening. its just happening.

Amy said...

Let's keep the momentum going. I don't want them to get relaxed just because they know they are going on. I WANT THE DIVISION!

redsock said...

Nice.

They can do whatever they want on the field. Fuck anybody who doesn't like it.

ish said...

The Red Sox once again have the best record in Major League Baseball, and most importantly, the American League.

ish said...

WHAT'S OUR MAGIC NUMBER??????

Six!

SoSock said...

LOVE IT !!
I know it's "just Tampa Bay" but the last 2 nights we've looked like the team I know we are. And it can only get better as we get healthier !

L-girl said...

Amy, there's no way they'll let up. They want the division. They'll go for it and they'll get it.

Allan, true. But still, stay cool. We're not done with this round yet.

Amy said...

Magic number for the Division---is it 6?

nixon33 said...

They can do whatever they want on the field. Fuck anybody who doesn't like it.

i dont think anybody doesnt like it, except for the drays fans...

L-girl said...

It's the only magic number as far as I'm concerned. And it's down to SIX!!!!

redsock said...

# is 6

Now I gotta do that work that came in!

David said...

I want to see a freaking blowout tomorrow. I don't want to put up with the kind of shit that L-girl and redsock had to deal with in toronto.

nixon33 said...

we just need to be cool....and win the fucking division.

L-girl said...

I'm outta here. See you all tomorrow, when our magic number shrinks to 5 or maybe 4...!

Woti-woti said...

Dear WEEI,

HAH!! Red Sox clinch post-season berth tonight and Gagne got the win. Lugo won it with a dong and Drew also homered earlier. Just like Theo planned it. Take that you loud-mouthed cretins!

Signed,

Pollyanna Cherrypicker

David said...

best part of rays tv is when staats says, "hope you've enjoyed the telecast, if not the outcome."!

Amy said...

i dont think anybody doesnt like it, except for the drays fans...

are there any Rays fans?? It must be tough being on that team and having no crowd ever cheering for you. I almost feel badly... must be the post YK glow.

nixon33 said...

who pitches tomorrow?!

SoSock said...

In the last 2 nights
..they beat Kazmir
..Gagne had a good outing
..Drew and Tek showed signs of offensive life
..Bot bounced back from his bad night
..the bullpen, well, nevermind, they survive
"Getting Better Every Day"

David said...

wakefield going tomorrow

Amy said...

TC and Rice: Better to rest the players than to win the division.

SoSock said...

Night All!
Now the New Year's starting to look fun!

!!SIX!!

Amy said...

Can someone tell me how Dice K looked tonight?

nixon33 said...

jim rice is a moron.

mugro said...

Now starts the reason that we display our faith!!

Red Sox fans, cherish these moments and each game, for this is what we live for!!!!

David said...

amy, i thought dice looked good. i think the two walks that scored on pena's hr in the 7th kind of skewed his stats.

Amy said...

Thanks, David, for the information. Sometimes stats don't mean much.

OK, time for bed. At least we can all sleep a little more easily tonight. Now...let's win the division!

SoSock said...

Amy
I came in during the 6th and he was doing well.
6 IP, 3 Runs, 6 Hits, only 1 walk.
He came back out for the 7th, and got 2 quick outs but then went south. Walked the next 2, was taken out, and Lopez gave up a home run that tagged Dice with 2 more runs.
As for how he actually LOOKED out there, which is not always the same as the line looks, somebody who was there all 6 innings would have to answer.
And now - Good night again :)

redsock said...

Dice looked fine but not strong to me. Only bad innings were the 4th (though he ended it with 2 K) and 6th (some posters said some bad calls helped that inning along).

He seemed gassed when he walked the 2 guys in the 7th. I suppose Tito could have got him after the walk to Iwamura, but with Lopez ready for Pena, he wanted Dice to get Velandia. But he walked him too.

Fucking great to see some of the guys who have heard shit all year get it done!!

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