April 26, 2008

G26: Rays 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 010 000 - 1  5  0
Rays - 000 000 02x - 2 3 0
Alternate headline: Buchholz Fantastic; Francona Getting Dumber

A team that scores one run in nine innings will not win too many games, but it looked like it might be enough for the Red Sox on Saturday.

Buchholz had pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, with eight strikeouts. He had retired 19 of the last 20 Rays hitters and only one of those outs left the infield. But he was at 94 pitches. And MDC, Jeemer and Papelbot were ready in the pen.

Francona sent Clay out for another inning. Why? What's the point?

Buchholz struck out the first hitter, allowed a single to right and got a fly ball to center. But Iwamura crushed a 1-1 pitch to deep right field -- it was Clay's 110th pitch -- and the Rays had two runs.

And that was that. Buchholz finished with a wonderful 8-3-2-2-9 line, but Tito should have been satisfied with 7-1-0-2-7.

Remember that Red Sox management was so concerned about Buchholz's shoulder that Theo ordered Tito to remove him from his no-hitter last September if he reached 120 pitches? He threw 113 today. Against Tampa Bay in late April.

With or without your top three bullpen arms rested and ready, that decision defies common sense.

Is there something in the air in the Trop wreaking havoc with Francona's mind? Does he hallucinate when he hears a cowbell? ... He has not been himself these last two nights.

***

Clay Buchholz (4.79, 95 ERA+) / Edwin Jackson (4.63, 94 ERA+)

Amalie Benjamin, Globe:
Brandon Moss has joined the Red Sox in Tampa, and the corresponding move might be a trip to the DL for Sean Casey. ... David Ortiz was in the original Red Sox lineup, but a second lineup has been posted, and Ortiz has been scratched.
Ellsbury, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Drew, DH
Ramirez, LF
Youkilis, 1B
Crisp, CF
Varitek, C
Lowrie, 3B
Lugo, SS
Buchholz:
The thing I noticed with the Yankees, the first time I faced them, the first time through the lineup they were getting a feel for pitches I threw and the second time they saw me, that's when everybody started swinging. For the most part, teams I've pitched against this year have been basically the same way - they get a feel for pitches I throw the first time through, try to work you deep in the count. Next time they try to sit on a pitch and if they get it they're going to swing. I think [that] helps any pitcher.
Justin Masterson is the first Jamaican-born pitcher to appear in the majors (his parents were missionaries). He is also "the first Sox starter to allow two or fewer hits while lasting at least six innings in a major league debut since Billy Rohr's complete-game one-hitter at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967".

The Yankees (with Ian Kennedy and his 9.64 ERA and 2.29 WHIP) play in Bugland at 4 PM.

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L-girl said...

Thanks Jere. I try to keep my impulses in check, but this is getting ridiculous.

L-girl said...

TWO-OH-ONE

s1c said...

1-2-3 again, keep it up buddy!!!

Jere said...

HH did buckle some knees recently. I almost wanna say it was A-Rod.

phil said...

49 through three. On pace for six solid innings.

L-girl said...

all zeros for the tampas

redsock said...

H&H puts another bagel on the board!

Jere said...

The CoCoCatCh: It was one of those where you could tell he had it all the way. One where his speed makes the catch look less impressive than it was.

redsock said...

should i be keeping track of the 201s, 401s, 601s?

is that prize-worthy?

Jere said...

Allan, you know Peru, Vermont? Sign in crowd from there.

phil said...

I've got SNY on, for the sake of having some sort of baseball on (4-2 NYM-ATL), and it looks like Darryl Strawberry's been throroughly rehabbed at this point (pre-show previews).

redsock said...

Never heard of Peru.

phil said...

201, 401, and 601 are their own reward.

s1c said...

Crap, I got truped there, thought that one was gone.

phil said...

I've heard of Peru, MA.

L-girl said...

Never heard of Peru.

That's kind of funny, considering you have been there. Just not in Vermont.

201, 401, and 601 are their own reward.

I agree.

Phil, did you used to hang out here with a different avatar? Or are you new to Joy Nation?

redsock said...

Peru, VT is in the southwest corner of the state, a little bit west of Bellows Falls.

Jere said...

Gross nets fly ball, withdrew hitting on account of 1-0.

Eh, this is just too late to use now, and I don't even know if that was the count..

redsock said...

Darryl Strawberry's been throroughly rehabbed at this point

Yanks looking for a bat off the bench?

L-girl said...

Jere, that makes my head spin.

redsock said...

Phil, did you used to hang out here with a different avatar? Or are you new to Joy Nation?

He burst on the scene last night with #201!

L-girl said...

Yanks looking for a bat off the bench?

You beat me to that!

redsock said...

wait - 401! sorry.

Jere said...

Funny, we just watched the 30-second bunnies version of The Exorcist!

ish said...

There's a Peru, Maine.

There's also Paris, Moscow, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belfast, Madrid, Stockholm, China, Poland, Rome, and Vienna, in Maine.

phil said...

Nah, formely phrenile sans avatar.

L-girl said...

#201 plus a cute sheep. It's a natural.

L-girl said...

Phil = Phrenile ??????

GTFO!!

Jere said...

wait, I thought phil was phrenile

redsock said...

I have been thru Mexico, Maine many times. As a kid.

phil said...

Phrenile's just gibberish and ugly to boot, so going with "phil" which is my usual.

L-girl said...

Mexico, Maine

home of the chicken shirt

Jere said...

Yeah, I remember last night, Phil said, no, it's just me playing with the avatar, and I remember somehow knowing he meant he was phrenile

L-girl said...

I always figured Phrenile had something to do with penile, and maybe juvenile. (The two are often linked, in my experience.)

L-girl said...

there goes the no-hitter

Yeah, I remember last night, Phil said, no, it's just me playing with the avatar, and I remember somehow knowing he meant he was phrenile

See what I missed while our landlord was changing the front door lock.

redsock said...

The Chicken Coop

"Good Eating
That's Our Greeting"

!!!

Right near Rumford.

ish said...

phrenile dysfunction?

redsock said...

L, check the 401 page of comments.

phil shows up, i think it's a newbie and say that he's asking politely for runs.

someone else says wow, first timer with #401!

etc etc

Jere said...

With this modern Tek-nology, it's a Cash-less society.

Heyooooooohhhh!

redsock said...

chicken coop sez: FOWL!

Jere said...

Rays playing that song Yankee Stadium always plays.

ish said...

O'Brien wasn't kidding when he said Pena was "hoppin' mad."

phil said...

Phrenile's actually a contraction of "phrenology" and "-phile". Something I invented a few years ago to spam adequacy.org articles years ago, and somehow it's stuck.

s1c said...

Where the heck was that pitch?

redsock said...

HOLD THE LINE!

Jere said...

Wait a minute, another park with a Border Patrol ad behind the plate?

They're really tryin' to reel in the baseball fan demographic. Is it just me or do those signs just mean "do you hate Mexicans? Wanna kill them legally?"

L-girl said...

L, check the 401 page of comments.

phil shows up, i think it's a newbie and say that he's asking politely for runs.

someone else says wow, first timer with #401!

etc etc


I'll take your word for it.

The truth about "phrenile" revealed. Cool.

Teknology... cashless... good.

Radio guys keep talking about our man Stuffy. Wondering where his nickname came from.

L-girl said...

Jere, not you.

Jere said...

Love it when the infield in theory actually works! (For our team.)

L-girl said...

I gotta do some work.

redsock said...

If they read certain Red Sox books ..... they'd know.

Sarah Gates said...

Shame we can't selectively mute the cowbells.

L-girl said...

I thought maybe you could tell them. Email them or sumpin.

No cowbells coming thru the radio, thank goodness.

s1c said...

Worked out of the jam!!!
Another bagel!!!

Love this kid!!!

Jere said...

"John "Stuffy" McInnis holds the course record at Candelwood Golf Course in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with a 27 (5 under par.)"

Youk should head over to that course...

phil said...

I've been thinking. Instead of having me buy mlb.tv or radio subscriptions, jere should just youcast every game.

redsock said...

Another bagel for H&H!

Jere said...

"I've been thinking. Instead of having me buy mlb.tv or radio subscriptions, jere should just youcast every game."

You made my day, Phil-nile.

Jere said...

Remy jinx. Saw that comin'. "This guy's awesome, etc." Next pitch goes to backstop. Next one goes in dirt.

redsock said...

Anybody got Castig's email address?

L-girl said...

They're now saying how Stuffy got his nickname... reading it from somewhere. Probably Wikipedia. Not 1918.

Jere said...

And then a solid hit. Nice work, Remy!

Sarah Gates said...

Gosh Coco, don't you look smart there at first? You'd look even better at second...

redsock said...

"That's the stuff!"

Jere said...

To think, of all the people who have had good stuff, he was the unfortunate one to get tabbed with "Stuffy."

L-girl said...

They're pretty much giving his Stuffy's life story and his stats.

Dave O'Brien is saying Stuffy would have been forgotten forever if it wasn't for Youk. Dear Dave O'Brien: Go read a book!!!

L-girl said...

Damn, these guys could really use a deadball era expert to interview in the booth.

s1c said...

0-9, Tek has got to be able to get a hit off of this guy sooner or later.

phil said...

Turns out this Mets game I'm watching already ended. S-M-R-T.

redsock said...

In the pix I have of Stuffy McInnis, he looks like Will Clark's twin brother.

s1c said...

dear magic 8-ball "will the Sox score this inning?"

Outlook good!!!

Jere said...

2 bases for Coco. I love it!

s1c said...

A little LBJ there!!!

Way to go !!!ocoC

redsock said...

HOT DAMN!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Did I say second, Coco? My bad. I meant third.

Wheels!

L-girl said...

Ococ wheels!

phil said...

Did Coco really go from first to third on that wild pitch?

redsock said...

Please make only one out here, Mr.
Lugo.

Jere said...

Yup. The second coolest thing we've seen on a WP/PB in the last year. Jacoby's second-to-home being the coolest.

Sarah Gates said...

Turns out this Mets game I'm watching already ended. S-M-R-T.

Haha - I saw you say you were watching SNY, and it didn't even occur to me that I'd flipped to part of that game many hours ago.

redsock said...

Yes he did. Never slowed down, plus the catcher took a non-direct route to the ball at the backstop.

phil said...

Fangraphs apparently labels wild pitches with the batter's name. Amusing.

Jere said...

Yes, get thrown out!

s1c said...

Frack sLugo and Tek both swinging at pitches in the dirt.

Go sit down sLugo, we don't have anyone to play SS.

phil said...

Hey, I've got most of a bottle of riesling under my belt. I've got an excuse.

L-girl said...

The way the radio is making it sound, I'm surprised he's not gone already.

redsock said...

STFU Logo!

L-girl said...

We're shorthanded today. We don't need anyone getting tossed.

Jere said...

finally an effing run.

s1c said...

LBJ!!!

Sox take the lead!!!

phil said...

Sweet.

L-girl said...

1-0 whoo-hoo!

(that's my boy)

s1c said...

The way the radio is making it sound, I'm surprised he's not gone already

Was real demonstrative and Tito got out there before he could really get fired up and interposed himself between the ump and sLugo.

redsock said...

1-0 thanks to the Ococinator!

L-girl said...

thanks s1c

L-girl said...

Ockinator!

redsock said...

Also looked like Lugo was yakking at Tito for a bit befire Tito must have said something stern -- and he stopped and Alicea took him back.

phil said...

Lugo's back below .300. Is Allan's world starting to make sense again?

s1c said...

you are most welcome

phil said...

It would take a special kind of suck to get tossed on a swinging strikeout call.

s1c said...

1-2-3 yeah boy!!!

Jere said...

Mel OTT for HH. (one-two-three)

redsock said...

It would take a special kind of suck to get tossed on a swinging strikeout call.

What was his problem anyway? He clearly did not foul it off. Catcher caught it cleanly, I believe.

phil said...

<3 six-pitch innings when we throw them.

redsock said...

6-pitch innings are good!

L-girl said...

Mel Ott, the king of crossword puzzles. "Giant Mel", "Baseball Mel", "New York Baseball Mel", etc etc.

s1c said...

What was his problem anyway? He clearly did not foul it off. Catcher caught it cleanly, I believe.

Remy thinks (and i agree) that he was po'd at the strike 2 call, which meant he had to swing at the slider.

phil said...

Even if he'd fouled it, it would've been a foul-tip. That kind of misdirected anger is probably what you get when you get a guy with a domestic-violence history.

L-girl said...

Today at work somebody's cell phone went off, playing Sweet Caroline. I was totally confused. Thought I was missing a game or something.

L-girl said...

Remy thinks (and i agree) that he was po'd at the strike 2 call, which meant he had to swing at the slider.

Radio guys said the same. "That's why I swung at it, because you called the other one a strike!"

phil said...

Let's see whether Youk can last past two pitches here.

phil said...

Nope, they get a 5-pitch inning.

s1c said...

What happened to working the count there guys?

redsock said...

5-pitch innings for our hitters are not good.

L-girl said...

Seems like there's been a lot of hacking lately. Although I haven't been able to follow the last few games closely, so I can't say. Just seems that way.

redsock said...

Time for Staats and Migraine to start whining.

s1c said...

OTT - yeah boy!!!

L-girl said...

Stuffy record tied.

Jere said...

So this is, like, at least 12 scoreless innings in a row for Clay.

redsock said...

HH pc: 23-11-15 23-6-9 = 87

phil said...

9-pitch innings are pretty good too, when thrown by us.

Jere said...

"OTT - yeah boy!!!"

Yeah, he's really Flo-ing now. Spendin' a lot of time in Mel's Diner!"

L-girl said...

Bagel Boy! HH and BB

Jere said...

Vic Clay-bak

L-girl said...

Vic Clay-bak

You're insane. :)

I mean that in the best possible way, of course.

Do you know the movie that TV show came from? Excellent little movie.

Jere said...

I never did see the movie...

phil said...

But Lowrie doesn't make outs. What's this.

L-girl said...

"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (which you probably knew) - very good, worth renting.

Jere said...

Kim, a bigger Alice fan, also hasn't seen the film. It's funny, I've never seen so much "Alice" til I moved to Boston. Mama's Family also seems to be big here....

s1c said...

Talked to friend who went to the Marathon day game with her son. They got to meet Ken Macha and Don O.

After the game, they stayed late, waiting for the crowd to empty out which makes it easier for them to get to their car. Crowd though was pretty heavy and packed on the way to BU parking lot, when Macha and Don O met up with them.

Macha grabbed a cop and then picked up her son and Don grabbed the wheel chair and the cop cleared the way to the car. Needless to say, she loves Macha!!!

redsock said...

Don grabbed the wheel chair

Outstanding!

L-girl said...

s1c, that is very cool.

Jere, it's Martin Scorsese for chrissakes, if you're Alice fans, you gotta see the movie. I never liked that show. Of course the movie is nothing like it, best to watch the movie w/out the show in mind.

s1c said...

MDC and Jeemer up in the pen.

redsock said...

mdc and jeemer up

Jere said...

The way you told that, it sounded like your family was being kidnapped by Macha and Orsillo:)

I parked in the BU lot for a Fenway game for the first time ever, just last week. One of them. The 8-dollar one.

L-girl said...

I think you had to be following pieces of that s1c story over time, through the gamethreads. (Those of us who weren't at the games...)

s1c said...

They have a BU sticker, costs them nothing. Makes it easier for them to go to the center also before the game, where he gets his tests done.

redsock said...

HH has done a number on Longoria tonight!!

Kid is sailing.

phil said...

Hinske's another fellow who's regressing to the sub-.300 mean tonight.

Jere said...

Vic Clay-Buch in the house again!

s1c said...

OTT- yeah boy!!!
OTT- yeah boy!!!

so good had to be said twice.

Patrick said...

Roy Buchholz! 1 mutha fuckin hit!

L-girl said...

Beautiful! Loving the Double H today.

phil said...

Seven-pitch innings are good too when thrown by us.

Jere said...

L: Do you know about Scorsese's cameo in Taxi Driver? Not the weird scene in the cab, the other one.

redsock said...

since the b2b walks in the 1st, he's set down 19 of 20.

and only 1 of the 19 outs left the infield.

L-girl said...

Jere, probably, as I used to be much more into film trivia and was a big Scorsese fan. Offhand I can't recall it, but when you tell me, I'll say, oh yeah, sure.

This is your brain pushing 50.

Patrick said...

I'm hoping Pede keeps the streak alive.

9casey said...

Does HH pitch the 8th?

Patrick said...

HH coming back

redsock said...

he's gone 7 and he's at 94 -- i say no.

s1c said...

Does HH pitch the 8th?

94 pitches, so I say no.

phil said...

"Pede"? Is that like pedobear?

Jere said...

Kim pointing out that Jacoby Ellsbury has a similar face to that of actress Julianna Margulies.

L: In that scene where we first see Betsy, as she walks to Pallantine's office, you see Marty in an inside-out Columbia T-shirt sitting on the stoop. They...cannot.... touch...her..

L-girl said...

Kim pointing out that Jacoby Ellsbury has a similar face to that of actress Julianna Margulies.

I had a crush on her once, too. It all comes together.

redsock said...

HH put up a 7-1-0-2-7, 94 line and tito has got mdc, jeemer and bot out there. ... why bother?

Jere said...

Manny settin' him up!

phil said...

re: Margulies, I can see that.

Jacoby's better looking, though.

L-girl said...

The t-shirt sounds familiar. Haven't seen the movie in many a year, but that does ring a bell.

L-girl said...

Jacoby's better looking, though.

Wow, nice pic. I don't know who's better looking. I'd have to see her in uniform.

phil said...

Fine, if you insist.

Amy said...

OOh, looks like Buchholz did well, but our bats are still dead.

Come on, Manny!

Amy said...

Shoot.

phil said...

I was going to ask where Amy was.

Half a box of leaf cookies left. Countdown to pizza, Amy?

redsock said...

I'd have to see her in uniform

Or out of uniform.

Sarah Gates said...

Hey Amy! Now that you're here, maybe we'll see something from Tek!

s1c said...

Would have liked to have seen a few runs there. Oh, well.

Jeemer time!!!

I hope.

ish said...

HH still out.

Bot and Jeemer warming.

s1c said...

Whoa, HH back out there?

ish said...

Or out of uniform.

That's my vote.

Jere said...

Clay goes Tay-bak to the mound.

Amy said...

Cookie countdown: LESS than 12 hours!!

Tek done anything tonight? Besides calling the game for HH?

L-girl said...

Or out of uniform.

I was being tactful.

Anyway, you know I dig those baseball uniforms.

I am supposed to leave work at 10. Don't see how I can with this slim lead.

Jere said...

K

Amy said...

Eight strikeouts! Good for him!

redsock said...

I don't get it. What's the point of him throwing more than 94 pitches of 1-hit ball at the Rays in late April?

Patrick said...

Yikes! HH has been nasty these past three innings.

Jere said...

Clay B. facing D. Navarro. And I don't mean Bellinger and Dave.

s1c said...

filed in the "boring game file", bottom of the 8th and MLB doesn't have a video up yet.

Amy said...

Laura---cute new avatar, though I sort of miss Jacoby. (But then I missed Joni when you changed to LBJ.)

L-girl said...

No point, it's time to call in Jeemer or Bot.

Maybe Tito thinks he has a no-hitter going.

redsock said...

now jeemer and bot.

Patrick said...

I agree Allan, but I also think the bridge to Pappelbot is a sketchy one.

L-girl said...

Laura---cute new avatar

Thanks! Leela can be my alter ego.

(But then I missed Joni when you changed to LBJ.)

Very Amy. :)

Patrick said...

oh WTF

phil said...

Margulies does have really nice hair when she tries.

Amy said...

Hmmm, lots of new avatars here. Trying to change the team's luck?

Jere said...

388!

redsock said...

I agree Allan, but I also think the bridge to Pappelbot is a sketchy one.

I thought Tito was going with Timlin again tonight.

L-girl said...

Amy, not me.

Phil, I love her hair. ER was full of women with great wild hair - Gloria Rueven (sp?), Alex Kingston.

ish said...

I thought Tito was going with Timlin again tonight.

Why isn't Timlin closing? A guy with a sinker like that, and he's a middle relief guy? You just don't do that. You'd have to be an idiot to do that.

Amy said...

Two away. Come on, Clay, get the third out and go relax.

He sure looks young to me.

redsock said...

Thanks, Hank!

s1c said...

He sure looks young to me.

Wide open there, Amy, wide open.

ish said...

109 pitches tonight.

Seems kind of irresponsible. But whatev.

phil said...

For someone who played a nurse on ER, it's surprisingly difficult to get a good picture of her in a uniform for Laura.

ish said...

Because things like that can happen.

Patrick said...

I can't get over how hilarious Ish's new avatar is.

Sarah Gates said...

crap.

s1c said...

Fragging kidding me.

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