April 1, 2008

G3: Red Sox 2, Athletics 1

Red Sox   -  000 011 000 - 2  9  0
Athletics - 010 000 000 - 1 3 1
Superb outing from Dice (6.2-2-1-0-9, 96) -- and Youkilis goes 3-for-4 and scores both runs.

Matsuzaka's first five batters were a little iffy. He pitched a perfect first, with two strikeouts, but needed 17 pitches. Then he gave up a first-pitch home run to Cust to start the second and fell behind Brown 3-0.

But he got Brown on a grounder to short -- after the Cust dong, he allowed only one of the next 17 A's to reach base (Suzuki singled to open the third and was caught stealing). Matsuzaka struck out seven of his last 11 batters. Of the 21 hitters he faced, only four hit the ball out of the infield.

Yook began the fifth with a single to center. Two outs later, he went to second on Lugo's single off the Blanton's foot and slid in ahead of the tag on Ellsbury's single to right. With two outs in the sixth, Yook tripled and scored on Varitek's double -- which hit above the yellow line in right center (a home run, but the umps blew the call).

Okajima relieved Dice with two outs in the seventh. He walked Cust but got Brown to pop to Pedroia to end the inning. He allowed a single to start the eighth, but got a force play and a fly out before handing the ball to Papelbon.

Bot got an inning-ending force, then came back with some no-nonsense heat in the ninth, striking out the side.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (125 ERA+) / Joe Blanton (84 ERA+)

Let's begin again.

Tony Massarotti, Herald:
In Matsuzaka's final 13 starts of 2007 (including the postseason), he threw 1,331 pitches in 71 innings, an average of nearly 19 pitches an inning. His average outing was 5 innings, and he needed about 102 pitches to get through it.
Last Tuesday, Dice threw 96 pitches in five innings.

Check it out: Julio Lugo and Coco Crisp have the team's second- and third-best OPS+:
 AVG OBP SLG OPS+
Ramirez .333 .333 .889 209
Lugo .500 .571 .500 186
Crisp .333 .333 .667 156
What ... too early to get excited?

The Red Sox have a tough April schedule. After the two games in Oakland, they play three in Toronto before hosting the Tigers and Yankees, then travelling to Cleveland and New York. After April 22's game against the Angels, the Red Sox will have already played the three other playoff teams from last season. The Yankees also meet Cleveland and the Tigers this month, but they also have nine games against the White Sox, Royals and Orioles.

After yesterday's rainout, the Yankees play Toronto at 7 PM (Halladay/Wang). Pedro goes tonight (also at 7 PM) as the Mets host the Marlins.

467 comments:

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redsock said...

SNUFFER!!!!!

tim said...

Well, you just need more pot

redsock said...

yep -- do drugs like don. you will giggle like an 8 year old girl too.

tim said...

im glad "except for the winning of the world series and stuff" just seemingly is a shoulder-brush comment now, jere...lol...loves it

redsock said...

got the cheerio mouth going -- all is well

Joe Grav said...

Beautiful, 2 pitches.

Amy said...

Time to get a big enough lead so I can go to sleep. Sort of determined to watch the whole game since it will be my first chance all season. But I hate these west coast games.

redsock said...

foulke in

Amy said...

OK, Jere, just tell us how the game ends...

tim said...

I love west coast games, but i'm naturally a night person...shitty while i'm still at work but will be great when I'm back in school from May-Aug...

Amy said...

YAY!! A two hit night for Jason!

chief said...

Glad you stayed up for that Amy?

tim said...

.ococ, wohs doog

Amy said...

YES! Coco gets on base. Not wanting to lose his Sox job yet.

s1c said...

Time for Slugo to give us the insurance!!!!

Amy said...

Yup, sure am, Chief!

tim said...

Indian dong?

(Inside joke for when L reads this thread tomorrow)

s1c said...

ok LBJ time

Amy said...

LBJ, bring a run or three home.

chief said...

...the necklace that makes Jesus try harder for you.

Nice. Laughing my ass of.

redsock said...

me too, chief.

tim said...

ditto. i love the semi-delays. works for me and hahahaha jeter shittiness....

Amy said...

Three more outs. Let's do it. Time for me to get some sleep.

s1c said...

Time for bot to nail this puppy down.

chief said...

make that "ass off"

Manny stuff is funny - was that in the New Yorker article last year?

Joe Grav said...

Snuff 'em out.

Amy said...

Hey, Jere, you need some crowd noise. Especially when you do home games.

redsock said...

94 HEAT = K

Joe Grav said...

GOLDEN SOMBRERO!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Got the Bot face going. No dancing now.

tim said...

Jere on the surround sound, lovin it. 2 outs left...

Amy said...

Adjusting the cup....LOL!

tim said...

Hey, Jere, you need some crowd noise. Especially when you do home games.

yeah, thats what i was thinking. this would be the ultimate ever if there was crowd noise to go along with it.

Joe Grav said...

DIRTY

chief said...

Nasty.

Amy said...

95 mph cool

Joe Grav said...

This is more like it Pap! Finish them!

Amy said...

Come on, Papelbon. No walking this guy.

Amy said...

Just how many Sox fans are there in Oakland!?

chief said...

...bad luck zone on my floor

:-)

redsock said...

shitload of sox fans standing and clapping for the final out.

TCB - taking care of botness.

Joe Grav said...

MASTERFUL.

That was TEXTBOOK.

Strong starting pitching.

Oki bridge.

Papelbon RIDICULOUSLY EASY save.

Gotta love it!

tim said...

Great success! Alright sleep time, night all!!!!! Great show jere, i loved it. team of the shitter, lmao.

Dice-K great game, welcome back to the US red sox!

Amy said...

OK! Good game, good chat, good show, Tek gets two hits, one RBI, all's well with the world.

I am going to sleep!

redsock said...

is there a number to call you, jere?

redsock said...

yeah - call -- anyone listening?

tim said...

I'm there.

chief said...

I'm still here.

Extra Jere brought to you by Remy's Junk

tim said...

Thanks RS, got Giants Dodgers on now.

chief said...

Question: How do you guys feel about instant replay for boundary calls? Just part of the game? Seems like a simple thing, but not sure how I feel about it.

tim said...

this commentary feat Allan is on the dot!

Andy said...

Dice impresses after 1 bad inning again. I am ok with that being a pattern. you can't knock 6-9 K's a game.
Let's hope our offense steps it up finally. Lester better not suck. And how long exactly will it take for announcers to stop bringing up the cancer? How about Oki looking down as he pitches, do we need slow motion every outing to see it? and stop trying to jinx youk into making an error.

tim said...

Well thats why I'm reluctant to sign up for EI...30$ per month, I want NESN every night!

tim said...

although ive gotta say, the texas announcers commentary when Sexy Lips rolled the ball to first was priceless.

chief said...

Production values on NESN are a lot better than most other feeds too.
__

Remy definitely roots for the Sox, but it's not nearly as blatant.

Joe Grav said...

This was a very satisfying win. :)

That was also one of Pap's most dominant saves. Really nice.

Good night, y'all.

tim said...

I'm glad Jere also calls him PUTZ, not "pootz" like he's supposed to be called!

chief said...

Just lost the audio feed - was weird though, felt like I as in the NSA or something.

Night!

redsock said...

hey - did jere hang up on me?

tim said...

jere youcastr died out.

just put on the Tex-Sea game tho....sounds intense! "Puts" is how announcers are calling him.

redsock said...

talking with jere - looks like show is done for tonight.

tim said...

OK, I'm out. Have a good one, Allan and Jere! Gonna watch the rest of this TEX-SEA game then get a few hours of sleep. Interesting story about me trying to get 8 hours of sleep which I will bring to you tomorrow! Heh...night guys.

Jere said...

Of course, on the night I again try to tell Amy that getting tix IS possible, the Sox put up all kinds of tix. I just coulda had EIGHT tix together for home game 2 or 3. Was trying to figure out what to do (since I already am going to two games in that series), and then the clock struck two, and suddenly they were saying the ticket office is "unavailable." So, Amy, or anyone else, I suggest trying them in the morning. They're always releasing tix...

Zenslinger said...

Was indeed a fun game.

I made a sign that said "IMPEACH REMY NESN /= QVC". The most attention it got was from the people around me -- it was just a 81/2x11 piece of paper.

About 65/35 Oakland/Boston fans. Maybe 60/40.

We had fun and it was nice it didn't go too too late.

Amy, my avatar is Peter Gabriel in the Genesis days with the batwings he would wear on the opening number in 1972-3 ("Watcher of the Skies").

Sleeping tight, I trust!

W! And great to see Daisuke dice them up.

SoSock said...

Morning
Watched a little on GDGD last night and followed comments for about an inning and crashed. Maybe I'm getting too old for this coaching teenagers stuff.
Glad to get the win.
And Zen is showing his age too - Genesis in the Gabriel days? I had no idea anyone else could be that old. Remember Lamb Lies Down On Broadway? Drugs were mandatory to get through that one, I think they actually came packaged in the album.

Amy said...

Zen, thanks for the explanation. As SoSock said, you seem to be dating yourself a bit with a Peter Gabriel reference. :)

Jere, thanks again for the tip. I went to redsox.com and checked for tickets, but most of the games were weekdays, which don't work for me until my school year is over in late May. The weekend games I looked at said they were sold out, despite being listed on the website. There was one Sunday game that had tickets, just have to check with my husband about the date. Thanks again for the tip!

Zenslinger said...

Early Genesis is before my time. I like to think I was born right around the moment Peter began writing down lyrics to "Supper's Ready".

My teen years were more properly the heyday of REM and U2...and Peter's solo career.

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