October 3, 2007

ALDS 1: Red Sox 4, Angels 0

Angels  - 000 000 000 - 0  4  0
Red Sox - 103 000 00x - 4 9 0
Beckett: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 108 pitches

Youkilis's solo home run into the Monster Seats in the first got the Red Sox on the board. Yook also doubled into the left field corner with one out in the third, right before Ortiz belted a dong down the right field line. It was his 9th post-season home run. Then Manny walked, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on Lowell's single to center. (box)

Beckett was absolutely masterful (and dominant!). Figgins singled to start the game, then Beckett set down the next 19 batters in a row (with only three balls hit out of the infield). Only two Angels runners got to second base all night: Figgins in the first and Aybar in the eighth. Figgins was the only Angel to touch third.

Beckett went to a three-ball count only twice: Figgins in the first (single) and Izturis in the fifth (pop to short). He went to two balls on only six other batters.

***

Lineups:
Pedroia, 2B    Figgins, RF
Youkilis, 1B Cabrera, SS
Ortiz, DH Guerrero, DH
Ramirez, LF Anderson, LF
Lowell, 3B Izturis, 3B
Drew, RF Kotchman, 1B
Varitek, C Kendrick, 2B
Crisp, CF Napoli, C
Lugo, SS Willits, CF

John Lackey (3.01, 144 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.27, 139 ERA+)

While Tim Wakefield is not on the Red Sox roster, the Angels have left off outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. (left knee injury) and pitcher Bartolo Colon (right elbow pain). Vladimir Guerrero (right triceps tendinitis) will likely start the series as the DH (he has not played the outfield since September 4).

Also, Dan Lamothe of Red Sox Monster invited me to take part in a blogger roundtable of previewing the series (along with Ian Bethune of Sox & Dawgs, Mike Colucci of Red Sox Stats Guy and Cam Smith of SoxNest). Read it here.

Both NL series start today: Rockies at Phillies at 3 and Cubs at Diamondbacks at 10.

Papelbon: 2006 to 2007. ... The Globe has a feature on Mike Lowell. ... Scouts discuss the Angels.

Wakefield:
It stinks. It really does, but it's not like it was in '99. They're not taking me out because they think I can't get hitters out. This was a decision we made as a team. Trust me, it was a hard decision to make when I was sitting in that office. It's hard to take yourself out of the equation sometimes ... but in a short series with the rules changing, I don't want to hurt us.
ESPN's Jonah Keri has the "Thinking Fan's Approach" and "Nonthinking Fan's Approach" to the ALDS. Also, 9 of 10 ESPN writers pick the Red Sox, 7 of 10 pick Cleveland, 8 of 10 pick the Cubs, and 6 of 10 pick the Phillies.

The Herald's Michael Silverman says: Red Sox in 5. The Globe's writers' picks are here.

Rob Bradford writes about Manny Ramirez, "by all accounts one of the smartest, best-prepared hitters in the history of the game".
Later in the workout, which is done 30 minutes before every game, Page throws four rings at Ramirez. Each ring has a different colored ball attached to it, and Page calls out the color of the ball Manny has to grab out of mid-air.

"It's comical how good he is at it," Page said. "Other guys try it, but they don't come close."

Most people also don't realize Ramirez is the only position player who routinely stretches and runs with the pitchers. And hardly anyone sees Manny in the weight room nine hours before the first pitch of night games, at home and on the road.
At the beginning of this season, I mentioned the ultra-fine point pens (0.25 mm line width) I keep score with. I was surpised to learn that there is exists an even-finer 0.20 mm pen. But I never saw it for sale at my store in Manhattan.

Well, guess what I found three weeks ago in Mississauga -- and am breaking out for the first time tonight? 0.20, baby!

My reaction?

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westcoastsox said...

!!!ocoC og s'teL

Zenslinger said...

West Coast. Ideal in many ways for baseball but at the moment I'd rather be out of here.

It always seems ideal to me. My Yankee-fan friend who moved out there loves it for baseball - esp since he's an actor and often home for those late-afternoon starts.


Well, not to sound like a freakin' lush or anything, but missing the first hour of the game when you work until 5:00 does keep the drinking to a reasonable level. The construction guys who get off at 2:00 or 3:00 and go the bar I where I sometimes watch baseball are out of it by the time I get there.

The delay also puts some kind of muzzle on the baseball-widowhood factor.

But not in the playoffs. Argh.

Lord Lynch said...

ococ gets me to bed earlier.

tim said...

Damn you crisp...s'go Slügo!

L-girl said...

Nix33 with important information! I concur.

Jere said...

"in CT where NESN flows like wine, "

Oh really?????? Tell that to Fairfield County!

Colin said...

Not cool Coco not cool.

redsock said...

Lügö!

L-girl said...

slugo!

Jere said...

Youk ALWAYS stands on the top step practicing his swing, guy.

Lord Lynch said...

Lackey's not fooling anyone at the moment, but getting away with it.

Colin said...

Ok I live in Hartford County...Fairfield is like another state to us up here.

redsock said...

Lugo tuning up for his MVP ALCS run.

Jere said...

What the shit???????

Jere said...

Easy call! I thought....

L-girl said...

bad call. damn.

nixon33 said...

safe

tim said...

Umpiring crew for this series = shitty.

Case in point. Wow, that was brutal.

redsock said...

did ocab even tag him?

even if he did, he might still have been safe.

Jere said...

Or, now that I see the replay, is it my exact fear: Lugo effing up in the playoffs. Instead of a straight leg to the bag, he's got two bent legs, allowing the tag to get down (from eight fucking feet up) in time.

s1c said...

Actually that is one of the reasons why I hate the MFY's. In college a huge yankee fan was across the hall and after the WS's my freshman year on a daily basis he would come over and start talking about what the Yankees needed to do to win another world series, while my room mate and I were trying to watch football, basketball or hockey. Just drove us nuts and I really, really hated the yanks after that.

SLUGO was safe you fragging ump.

Lord Lynch said...

Ok.

Night All. Hope we take this thing home.

Jere said...

If the tag was made, it was barely in time. Lugo's fault. We'll see if he made contact, if they show it again.

tim said...

WOW did TBS just miss a whole out?

redsock said...

ROGERS FUCKING MISSED THE FIRST OUT OF THE INNING


ASSHOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

Fucking Rogers missed an out!!!

Note to self (and Allan): complain tomorrow.

Jere said...

Oooh, joy. A missed out. Let's not make it a habit, TBS.

nixon33 said...

FUCK TBS I DONT WANT TO MISS ANYTHING

Jere said...

This was TBS' fault, guys.

s1c said...

Missed the out here in CT also.

tim said...

I was about to say, "It's not Rogers, its Sportsn-" then realized the err of my ways.

L-girl said...

Holy shit, I assumed TBS did it right and our Canadian feed was off. Damn, that's even worse!!!!

Jere said...

Yeah, because the anouncers knew it was missed and called the replay knowing we knew it was missed. They also missed a pitch to start the last inning, with their little promos.

redsock said...

gotts find TBS' phone number then.

dooche bags.

how fucking hard is it to show a baseball game?

god fucking damn.

L-girl said...

I was about to say, "It's not Rogers, its Sportsn-" then realized the err of my ways.

Right. As in Rogers SportsNet.

Jere said...

Hey, give 'em a break, it's only the first round... OF THE PLAYOFFS

L-girl said...

Yeah, and they only broadcast baseball 162 Braves games during the regular season.

tim said...

Red Sox on a new network with new announcers. Let's sit back and listen as they marvel at how shallow MBM is playing.

redsock said...

dear tbs guy:

the cubs play in arizona this week, not wrigley. please try to keep up.

tim said...

the cubs play in arizona this week, not wrigley. please try to keep up.

he also said Yankee Stadium...aren't the yankees starting in cleveland?

westcoastsox said...

Yeah, and they don't do a great job on the Braves games either.

L-girl said...

Red Sox on a new network with new announcers. Let's sit back and listen as they marvel at how shallow MBM is playing.

:-)

And how long his hair is.

s1c said...

Yeah, and they only broadcast baseball 162 Braves games during the regular season.

If they did that this year it is the last year I think.

s1c said...

I love the captain morgan pizza delivery commercial. Makes me laugh every time I see it.

L-girl said...

Braves have been on TBS a long time. I used to get annoyed when the Braves were on a Fox or ESPN national game - since they're on nationally nearly every day.

nixon33 said...

beckett looking GOOOOOOOD.
tbs, what a bunch of boneheads, sans orsillo.
if i hear "thats what the red sox'll do to ya...." one more time...

ish said...

Radio. :)

tim said...

Almost blew that one too.

s1c said...

Braves have been on TBS a long time. I used to get annoyed when the Braves were on a Fox or ESPN national game - since they're on nationally nearly every day.

Yeah, but tbs doesn't own the braves any more so, its adios to the 162 game schedule.

redsock said...

did tbs also miss the delivery of the pitch to dp?

nixon33 said...

AGAIN WHAT THE FUCK!

ish said...

L, TBS isn't broadcasting anymore Braves games nationally anymore. They'll only be showed locally now on a little sister station of TBS.

What TBS is going to do from now on is a Game of the Week on Sundays. Probably a 1:00 start or something like that.

tim said...

tbs, what a bunch of boneheads, sans orsillo.

Ooh, someone else who uses the word "sans" as casually as me :P

tim said...

YOOOOOOOOK!!!!!

s1c said...

Radio. :)

Hey, we have to have something to complain about!

YOUKKKKK!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

i love how there's 253 comments in the bottom of the 3rd ;)

L-girl said...

L, TBS isn't broadcasting anymore Braves games nationally anymore.

Yep, I got that. I just mean they have a lot of experience broadcasting baseball. Should be no problem to squeeze in every pitch in between commercials.

tim said...

FLO!!!!!!!!!

FUCK YEAH!

s1c said...

PAPI DoNG!!!!!

redsock said...

god hits a dong!

phrenile said...

Yay, Papi.

L-girl said...

PAPI DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

BIG PAPI DONG!!!!

Hey, Ted Robinson! The Red Sox are hitting more balls here than you'd see in the US Open!

ish said...

Post-Season Dong #9 for Flo.

westcoastsox said...

ORTIZZLE, MY BABIZZLE. FO SHIZZLE!!!!!

nixon33 said...

papi

tim said...

Lackey....moley moley moley!

phrenile said...

Yeah, more balls and dongs than I ever met living in the west village.

L-girl said...

MBM BB

redsock said...

Being BB.

TBS: "Good job of Manny to foul some tough pitches off."

He fouled 1 off (ccbbbfb).

westcoastsox said...

Youk, Papi and Manny:

5 for 5, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, 1 BB.

Niiiice.

tim said...

MBM to 2nd!

nixon33 said...

phrenile said...
Yeah, more balls and dongs than I ever met living in the west village.

HAHAHA

L-girl said...

Manny steals! Love it.

s1c said...

MBM showing his wheels!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Way to go MBM!

westcoastsox said...

I'm just watching on GDGD from work now, but where it's showing the pitches, looks like Lackey's losing it.

tim said...

DOCTOR sees his first patient of the night!

s1c said...

Doctor fills the prescription!!!

Sarah Gates said...

The Doctor is IN.

L-girl said...

4-0 baby!!!!

phrenile said...

Mikey being Mikey.

redsock said...

I like Lackey.

nixon33 said...

dear mike lowell i am one of MANY men that are in love with you
COME ON JD!!

westcoastsox said...

C'mon, ON FIRE!!!

redsock said...

The Sexist Fan?

TBS guy stops talking about Lowell and starts doing his real job. The silly promo shit.

L-girl said...

moratorium pls

tim said...

BAH JD DREW FUCK U SHITHEAD U SUCK ASS!!!

[/idiot]

redsock said...

looks like Lackey's losing it.

He never had it.

tim said...

Canadian viewers, that's how I envision my career as a CA...turning DPs routinely.

ish said...

TBS guy stops talking about Lowell and starts doing his real job. The silly promo shit.

You should have heard Don Orsillo do that promo earlier. Cracked me up.

westcoastsox said...

That's OK - I didn't want Lackey to get his pitch count much higher because I prefer him over their bullpen. Only 59 pitches means maybe we can bash him for another inning or two.

Zenslinger said...

It was good to get another run there...8 hits and a walk, you want your four runs out of that or get that feeling you're going to regret it later on.

But you gotta feel good so far. Unless you're JD Drew. Or a TBS exec. Or one of the umps.

And if you're JD, you know yours is comin'.

westcoastsox said...

GDGD had the first pitch in Ocab's crotch, yet it was a "called strike."

redsock said...

tbs misses the first one to cabrera.

that's 3 so far -- and each of the last three half-innings.

L-girl said...

Canadian viewers, that's how I envision my career as a CA...turning DPs routinely.

LOL

thatdietcokegirl said...

beckett. nasty.

ish said...

Beckett is ROLLIN'!

westcoastsox said...

10-pitch innings are very good.

Sarah Gates said...

Beckett is pitching like he could complete this game, if they were stupid enough to let him. Love that.

redsock said...

JB PC: 14-14-13 10 = 51

s1c said...

quote from Dave O'brien - "I wasn't aware that Remy was running for RSN president" huge chuckle.

Even the radio guys are throwing the barbs!!

L-girl said...

quote from Dave O'brien - "I wasn't aware that Remy was running for RSN president" huge chuckle.

Ha! That's brilliant.

westcoastsox said...

If he makes it to the 8th, I think they would leave him in that inning unless there was a base runner, after which they'd pull him for Jeemer or Gagne. If he gets a 1-2-3 8th, I'm sure we'll see Paps in the 9th. Let's just get there first.

Sarah Gates said...

And if you're JD, you know yours is comin'.

Werd to yo mama!

phrenile said...

Varitek strikes out on a fastball upstairs? o.0

redsock said...

too late, lackey. you're fuct.

Sarah Gates said...

Varitek strikes out on a fastball upstairs? o.0

Shocker, right?

(It's ok, Tek - Amy and I still love you.)

s1c said...

L-girl - just remembered, stopped in at the starbucks in Enfield today. There was your avatar on a Joni promo, took me a couple of minutes to realize it wasn't something about you (was before 9 and I hadn't had any coffee yet).

I do not like quick innings when you have a pitcher on the ropes.

C'mon Joshie, continue dealing.

ish said...

51/38 through 4 innings for Beckett. He could go all the way if he stayed at 10 pitches/inning if he wanted. But I see him going 8 tonight.

L-girl said...

s1c, I'm honoured! And I understand the before-coffee confusion. I'm not safe until I'm fully caffeineated.

(I'm picking up the new Joni and the new Bruce CDs tomw.)

ish said...

I ate lunch at a Red Robin in Enfield once.

Zenslinger said...

That Joni album's not a real happy one, but maybe with good reason.

I'm going to hit the bar, so -- enjoy the thread and go, go Sox.

redsock said...

Enfield is also in the best book of all time: Infinite Jest.

(I thought it was underwater, though.)

s1c said...

I ate lunch at a Red Robin in Enfield once

right across the parking lot is the starbucks!

L-girl said...

That Joni album's not a real happy one, but maybe with good reason.

I've read that it's very topical, and somber.

The new Bruce is fantastic if you like the E-Streeters. Also very political, great stuff.

ish said...

This is strange. Listening to Red Sox radio and ESPN Radio at the same time with two different radios. They used practically the same words for the last play.

thatdietcokegirl said...

it's not ells-berry, it's ellsbuhree.

redsock said...

tbs's "tina" cannot speak very well. yeesh.

ish said...

s1c - After Red Robin, I drove to Boston and got caught up in a nasty, nasty thunderstorm the entire way. This was last summer. The light show was amazing... the flooding was not.

15 straight set down for Beckett!!!

L-girl said...

Wow, these Angels can't do shit against Josh. Fun!!!

redsock said...

this baseball stuff is easy.

have your pitcher get outs, bang a few dongs, get some runs, la la la ...

ish said...

Uncle Joe says Ellsberry too. Bugs me. It's no difference than calling Waterbury, CT, Waterberry. Have you ever heard anyone say Waterberry or Danberry?

nixon33 said...

redsock said...
tbs's "tina" cannot speak very well. yeesh.

i know, he sounds like drunk mo-mo

redsock said...

there were also the recent out of town tv guys who called him else-berry.

the first tbs guy to mention him read his name really slowly, like he was reading it off the phonetic handout they got.

Sarah Gates said...

Ha ha - just saw that Capt Morgan commercial. Very funny.

s1c said...

Thats why we call him LBJ. Hard to mis pronounce that!!

redsock said...

where is this idiot getting the $165M payroll figure?

thatdietcokegirl said...

ish - exactly.

it's almost like they have no knowledge of the english language (as it's meant to be spoken) ever had a cadbury chocolate bar? same thing biotch ;)

thatdietcokegirl said...

youk was born in nineteen, seven nine..:)

redsock said...

fuck you, darling.

nixon33 said...

bullshit strike

Sarah Gates said...

Umpiring crew for this series = shitty.

Good call there by our astute host however...

nixon33 said...

i am not going to watch frank tv. no matter how many fucking times they show the commercial....just like the mofo caveman show....

ish said...

Called strike three to Youk looked further outside to me than to Manny.

s1c said...

Ooh, TBS showing up the umpires! I like it, I like it yes I do!

L-girl said...

napoli oughta be on the same team as that sardinia (sp?) guy. same losing team, that is.

redsock said...

beckett making napoli look like a little leaguer, flailing at off-speed stuff inside. ha ha ha

ish said...

I'm telling ya. Beckett is absolutely amazing tonight.

He's set down every man in a row except for the lead-off single.

redsock said...

he has simply toyed with the last 2 hitters. toyed.

L-girl said...

We love our ococ!

ish said...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!oCoC

Awesome catch!!

nixon33 said...

godlike

westcoastsox said...

Good catch, ish. 18 in a row for Beckett. Masterpiece.

redsock said...

JB PC: 14-14-13 10-13-8 = 72

westcoastsox said...

Ooops, meant to say good catch, ocoC, not good catch, ish!

s1c said...

Hey its Stephen!

I want more runs here boys.

thatdietcokegirl said...

stephen king in the house.

Sarah Gates said...

Werd!

L-girl said...

a hit for drew! so he's not ON FIRE today, but he's smoking.

s1c said...

O-cab had that one lined up, Lucky break for on fire.

redsock said...

NO dp, tek, pls.

thatdietcokegirl said...

tek is totally growing a beard. or...maybe just not shaving on purpose?

Sarah Gates said...

Oh, Tek...

redsock said...

WHY DON'T YOU FUCKING LISTEN, TEK????

arrrggggggggg

Amy said...

Of course, I get here to see Tek hit into a DP....but otherwise, things look great.

Sarah Gates said...

I just referred to Ellsbury as Lyndon to my brother and then had to spend some time explaining that one...

L-girl said...

I just referred to Ellsbury as Lyndon to my brother and then had to spend some time explaining that one...

Ha! It's always interesting trying to explain the nicknames. Sometimes it's best just to say "that's what we call him - long story".

s1c said...

Do you get the feeling that the TBS guys are MFY's fans?

Amy said...

OK, having now listened to these TBS announcers for all of ten minutes, they have used the damn word DOMINANT at least fifty times. Shall we just call Beckett DOMINANT? He doesn't seem to have a nickname.

Amy said...

Idiots, you don't need a double play when there are two outs. THese guys are really sad announcers.

Sarah Gates said...

Yeah, I only bothered to explain because it's the sort of thing that my brother would get a kick out of.

(Out of which my brother would get a kick. Sorry.)

L-girl said...

Re TBS NYY fans, I'd say no. They're just into the mystique-and-aura b/s. But who in the national sports media isn't?

ish said...

Well, you could also listen to ESPN Radio. Not sure if you'd like them any better, though.

I'm in WEEI bliss.

ish said...

Re TBS NYY fans, I'd say no. They're just into the mystique-and-aura b/s. But who in the national sports media isn't?

I wonder what it would have been like if the Braves were in the playoffs.

L-girl said...

SG, that's cool, with or without the ending preposition. (I think that's ok anyway.) Did your brother like the idea?

ish said...

Ervin Santana now in the game.

More feasting!

Amy said...

Hey, I just saw the references to the Red Robin and Starbucks in Enfield from Ish and s1c....I live about five minutes from there (but have never eaten at the Red Robin). Hey, we're neighbors!

nixon33 said...

santana?

s1c said...

Ish - I'm having a delay since its WTIC for me. Has been as much as two pitches behind.

L-girl said...

yes, beckett is nickame-less. he's just josh, i guess.

Sarah Gates said...

He did like it, L. I should get him over here... He'd fit in well.

Jere said...

Did somebody say nickname?

I call him Josh a Beckett.

L-girl said...

I like the literary touch, Jere.

nixon33 said...

droia o-fer

Amy said...

Wow, eighth inning already? Gee, that was fast...

Sarah Gates said...

I'm with you Nix - doesn't matter how often they show that darn commercial, I am not watching Frank TV.

s1c said...

Re: Josh nickname

we could always steal the Surviving Grady boys and just call him: Commander Kick Ass of the F@#k Yeah Brigade

ish said...

Ish - I'm having a delay since its WTIC for me. Has been as much as two pitches behind.

Really? Wow. Any other stations you could get? There's one out of Springfield, I think...

105.5 FM out of Springfield.

redsock said...

I should get him over here... He'd fit in well.

Plenty of October games left.

Colin said...

Ouch Dusty...it's ok though. You'll have your future games.

Sarah Gates said...

I know Amy - I'll take 'em all this kind of quick though...

Sarah Gates said...

Hahaha... DOMINANT! Everyone drink.

Amy said...

Oh my god, they said DOMINANT again. They need a thesaurus.

nixon33 said...

THAT GUY DOES THE WORST DENIRO

L-girl said...

they sure are using the word DOMINANT a lot...

thatdietcokegirl said...

yes, beckett is nickame-less. he's just josh, i guess.

i call him joshy ;)

s1c said...

Ish - All of them are delayed.

Jere said...

Just saw the thing about "berry/bury" above I just had this conversation. We CT people say "berry, bury, and Barry" all the same. With an "air" in the middle. It's all "bAIRee." EllsbAIRy ate a strawbAIRy with BAIRy Williams (who played Greg Brady, while John Lackey played Peter!)

Whereas other people differentiate. Oh, and I LIVED in Danbury, and we all said DanbAIRy.

Amy said...

Yes, Sarah, quick when we are winning is good. I missed the first six innings so it seems really fast to me.

Sarah Gates said...

I do too, tdcg.

Amy said...

Yeah, my daughters who grew up here in W Ma also use that flat A sound in barry, marry, etc. Being from NY originally, I say them differently and tease them mercilessly. What's a mother for?

Colin said...

we could always steal the Surviving Grady boys and just call him: Commander Kick Ass of the F@#k Yeah Brigade

Couldn't have thought of a better name no matter how hard I tried...

thatdietcokegirl said...

I do too, tdcg.

^5 :)

L-girl said...

As far as I can tell, the only thing Surviving Grady is good for is synonyms for male genitalia. They are positively obsessed with testicles. Especially sweaty testicles.

Ewww.

westcoastsox said...

Anyone warming up in the bullpen?

L-girl said...

JOSH WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

joshy joshy joshy!!!! :D

s1c said...

Dominator!!!!

nixon33 said...

WHAT A GEM!

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