May 25, 2008

G53: Athletics 6, Red Sox 3

Red Sox   - 100 020 000 - 3   7  3
Athletics - 101 200 20x - 6 11 0
Johnny Vander Meer's record remains safe. Jack Hannahan singled on Lester's fourth pitch of the afternoon, one of seven hits Oakland collected off of the Sox lefty in five innings. The A's also received two walks.

Boston cut the A's 4-1 lead to 4-3 in the fifth, after Blanton walked the bases full and Manny Ramirez (3-for-4) wrapped a hard single to center.

Optimism was in the air, but with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Javy Lopez was called upon to retire Jack Cust with a man on base. Cust drove Lopez's first pitch over the wall in left-center for a two-run dong. And that was the ball game.

Tampa's 5-4 walk-off win over the Orioles puts the Rays in first place in the East. Boston is now .5 GB.

***

Jon Lester (3.41, 128 ERA+) / Joe Blanton (3.87, 99 ERA+)

Gordon Edes, re Lester's last start:
Brian Rowley is an optometrist who lives in Santaquin, Utah, about 20 miles south of Provo. He has been to two Red Sox games in his life. The first was Clay Buchholz's no-hitter last Sept. 1 ... The second was Jon Lester's no-hitter Monday night.

166 comments:

redsock said...

Work calls, so have at it ...

(Washburn/Wang at 1)

phil said...

So is he attending tonight?

redsock said...

I believe so.

redsock said...

Sea 2, NYY 1 (top 4)

TB 1, Bal 1 (top 3)

SoSock said...

There is a vast conspiracy going on to keep me from being around for a agme. Actually, I might catch the 1st few innings before I have to leave for a while. If the "new and improved" game times keep up I'll never make it back for the end.
Spent yesterday evening at a cookout thrown by a transplant from Long Island, East Islip to be exact. Great guy, Mets fan. His family was down for the holiday. I caught some serious grief about my hat, but most of them were of the "better that than a Yankee fan" opinion :)

Sarah Gates said...

I'm not entirely sure I understand the desire for short games. Seems like longer games are better both at the park and on tv, from a revenue perspective. More beer & more commercial sales.

redsock said...

More baseball > Less baseball

redsock said...

SEA - 001 200 -- 3 4 0
NYY - 001 01 -- 2 4 1

BAL - 010 0 -- 1 3 0
TBR - 014 0 -- 5 8 0

Joe Grav said...

Nice snag by Beltre to keep the lead for SEA. I'm flicking between that game, softball, and the Indy 500. Good day.

Meanwhile, I'm also doing all sorts of stuff with the www.nsnavs.com website (it looks a lot less sucky than it once did)

redsock said...

Oatmeal from Oakland:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Julio Lugo, SS

Sarah Gates said...

Did you guys see this?

Traded for bats...

redsock said...

Santana velocity down?
Olney: "He is short-arming the ball more than he has in the past -- and this is after some red flags appeared in the physical examination he underwent before signing with the Mets."

Joe Grav said...

Oh those wacky independent leagues.

redsock said...

Sarah: Wasn't a player traded for some catfish a few years ago?

redsock said...

Yep. 1998.

Kenny Krahenbuhl -- traded for 10 pounds of catfish.

redsock said...

Gotta love the Google!

L-girl said...

Did you guys see this?

Traded for bats...


That's classic. We will sometimes say a player is traded for a ham sandwich, but that's just an expression. This really happened!

Sarah Gates said...

Hahaha - I'd totally forgotten about the catfish trade.

Mmmm... catfish...

L-girl said...

Catfish! Even better. (Hadn't gotten that far down the thread yet.)

Have fun, all. I'll be listening from work but not threading much.

Joe Grav said...

It's not looking good for Danica Patrick at the Indy 500. She's running 8th and appears to be falling off.

Joe Grav said...

Meanwhile, the Mariners still lead the Yanks 5-2 in the 8th.

steeplechase3k said...

I still prefer the player who was traded for himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Chiti

redsock said...

FUCK -- my mlbtv isn't working.

It was fine yesterday, but today it says I don't have silverlight -- which I sure as fuck do have.

SHIT!

Joe Grav said...

MLB.com = worst website ever

redsock said...

wait wait wait --

using the old player -- which should not work, according to mlb and my past experience -- looks like it may work.

Sarah Gates said...

Hooray! Second cable box is up and running!

phil said...

Mariners still striving to give the game away.

redsock said...

I got the TV36 station, but at least I got something.

Sarah Gates said...

AND I've got NESN. Dave is contentedly watching some true crime nonsense in the living room. Could life be better?

(Answer, yes, we could WIN. And I could not feel like poo.)

Amy said...

Hi all. I will be checking in and out. Way too gorgeous out to sit inside. But I'll be listening anyway.

Joe Grav said...

5-4 M's

Sarah Gates said...

Wow - now I'm annoyed by the hummer greenwash commercial I just saw.

phil said...

Why does Putz have to be such a putz?

Joe Grav said...

Tie game in the Bronx.

Sarah Gates said...

Phil, these are just mysteries of the universe.

Joe Grav said...

6-5 Yankees.

redsock said...

Once a Putz ....

phil said...

Shite.

Patrick said...

PUTZ you jerk! The Red Sox were counting on you.

Sarah Gates said...

For a minute there I thought Sweeney was going to catch that gull!

Patrick said...

TIZ!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Papi DONG!

redsock said...

you ain't catching that one.

phil said...

Papi!

Joe Grav said...

papi hit a dong? NICE!!!

Joe Grav said...

Time for the bats to wake up folks

Sarah Gates said...

Well, don't say that with such surprise, Joe! He IS Papi.

phil said...

It's nice to be a dong's length ahead. Especially Papi's, since his is always the longest, unless Manny wants to show us his dong too.

Patrick said...

LESTER WE LOVE YOU!

Patrick said...

That's ok. We like it messy too.

phil said...

At least he can get the nohitter off his mind, or something.

Joe Grav said...

Booo, someone crashed into Danica on pit road

Joe Grav said...

Lester, Lester, Lester, Lester!

Joe Grav said...

M's down to their final strike.

Joe Grav said...

Yankees win

Patrick said...

I hadn't noticed Baltimore came back! 4-4

Patrick said...

WHEW! That man scares me.

phil said...

Maybe he used up all his strikes last week?

phil said...

Crap.

Sarah Gates said...

Damnit Brown.

Patrick said...

No prob. Here we go...

L-girl said...

Does anyone know why I'm getting commercials on both home and away stations today? I thought MLB audio only had commercials on home games. Bah.

L-girl said...

Did I scare everyone away...?

phil said...

Yes. You only have yourself to blame.

L-girl said...

*hangs head in shame*

phil said...

Lugo... walked?

phil said...

BAL - 010 012 000
TBR - 004 000 001

Looks like we'll have to get it done ourselves today.

phil said...

MLB.com: "A's squash no-hit drama early against Lester."

Stay classy, MLB.com.

redsock said...

Fuckin' Rays!

Sarah Gates said...

Laura, if there's one thing I know, it's thst you can never count on any consistency from any MLB product.

L-girl said...

Good point, Sarah.

My bad for forgetting such a basic premise of life: if MLB can fuck it up, they will.

redsock said...

Got work - so just listening to the A's tv.

phil said...

Ummm, what happened there?

phil said...

Bleh.

Sarah Gates said...

Drat.

Dear bats, I love and miss you...

Joe Grav said...

Come on Jon

phil said...

Phillies up 15-6. Spare a run, brutha?

redsock said...

cannot listen to the A's guys.

in talking about the sox playing long games, they mentioned games against the yankees and said the umpires in those games don't know whether to call a pitch a ball or a strike because here are the two best teams and they each make and pay a lot of money.

wtf?

Joe Grav said...

It's amazing how some people have jobs

phil said...

What's even more frustrating about these games is we're not having long at-bats. That and the losing part.

Joe Grav said...

One of these days, when the Revolution happens, there will be all kinds of idiotic out-of-work broadcasters, offering to provide inane sports commentary for food.

redsock said...

One of these days, when the Revolution happens

Couldja hurry that up, pls?

L-girl said...

Come on Joe, after the revolution, no one goes hungry. (But still all the people must be off the air!)

phil said...

This is going to be one of those games, isn't it.

Joe Grav said...

No, this will not be that kind of Revolution. This will be one of the vengeful kinds of Revolution

phil said...

Wow. Just wow.

Guess I'll go do some laundry.

Joe Grav said...

uh oh

Joe Grav said...

son of a bitch

Sarah Gates said...

Well, this game's in the crapper

/umbrella theory

redsock said...

As Don said recently: "Lester back to being Lester"

L-girl said...

No, this will not be that kind of Revolution. This will be one of the vengeful kinds of Revolution

Same thing. :)

Joe Grav said...

Wake up, bats.

Joe Grav said...

Rally Heidi?

Joe Grav said...

PAPI, KILL

redsock said...

we could use some "good times" from flo.

Joe Grav said...

LET'S GO MANUEL

redsock said...

MBM -- GS #21?

L-girl said...

man-ny

man-ny

man-ny

Joe Grav said...

it had to be said, huh

Joe Grav said...

MANNEH

L-girl said...

quarter dong? we'll take it!

redsock said...

I like that.

redsock said...

Manny drilling the ball up the middle and going 3-for-3 = :>)

L-girl said...

manny > almost anybody

Sarah Gates said...

What's with the youKKs? I'm not a fan.

Joe Grav said...

the high K

ish said...

Afternoon, chaps. Typical start-after-a-no-hitter from Lester, eh? I've always wondered what the opponent batting average, ERA, average innings pitched, are for all the pitchers' next game after a no-hitter.

redsock said...

Andy:
"If they show a lady with a NESN sign i am like 10 ft from her."

***

L-girl said...

You don't think that would be coincidence? There would really be a pattern?

Amy said...

Checking in. I see we are losing. Must be an away game. Sigh.

L-girl said...

Come on, Amy, look at the standings and cheer up.

(Something tells me we've been behind in home games too?)

redsock said...

(Something tells me we've been behind in home games too?)

Yeah, but only for a total of like 9 minutes all aseason.

Amy said...

I am not down on the team, just hate losing after winning all those games. It's hard to adjust my expectations again.

redsock said...

And down by 1 ... with 3 innings to go?

This W is in the bag.

Sarah Gates said...

I've got a great idea... Let's have some of that late inning magic!

L-girl said...

No need to adjust your expectations. We're down by 1 run in the 7th. No biggie.

Amy said...

Yeah, you're right. It's only the 7th. What is wrong with me? :)

Joe Grav said...

BELIEVE! We CAN win a road game. I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can I

ish said...

Well, if the Celtics can win a road game, I think the Red Sox can.


It just took me 15 minutes and a pair of plyers to untie a knot in an older pair of shoes I have.

Amy said...

Oh, shit.

ish said...

......


...I can has cheezburger?

redsock said...

shit on a biscuit

L-girl said...

crap

redsock said...

LODGY?

... Lefty One Dong GuY?

Joe Grav said...

wot the fock

L-girl said...

lodgy :>)

that one will live

L-girl said...

i got truped on that one, thanks to A's radio

redsock said...

yook has hit about 4 deep drives out there this series.

Amy said...

My level of optimism about this game has returned to what it was an hour ago. Timlin in, three runs down, and one more inning for us to tie the game.

redsock said...

Who'll-E-o

L-girl said...

fuckety

sometimes the worst part of losing is confirming the expectations of the negative fans!

L-girl said...

NOT that we've lost yet, of course...

Amy said...

I don't think I am a negative fan, but today I think I just didn't feel the vibe.

L-girl said...

i don't know if you're a negative fan, but when we're behind on the scoreboard, you seem to think we will lose.

that's what you say anyway. maybe it's just the feeling at that moment and doesn't mean that much.

redsock said...

Nice work from Old Yeller (he says putting the shotgun back on the shelf, but still keeping it within easy reach).

Joe Grav said...

This is not good. At least Seattle sucks. We're gonna beat them, right?

redsock said...

I know that vibe. It is often right. But I had it strong with 2 outs in the 8th of one game (down 4? this year and was proven very wrong.

L-girl said...

I better leave before I start arguing with everyone. Lose a couple of games and everyone's crying.

grumble grumble

redsock said...

Tek v Street

1-for-4: 3 K, 1 HR -- + BB

Amy said...

Not true. I don't usually think we will lose when we are behind. However, I worry about losing. I am always hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. In baseball and in life.

Joe Grav said...

Well, I'm a fan. Win a couple games and everyone is crapping rainbows. Lose a couple games and life sucks. That's just the way it goes. :P

redsock said...

when he's not hitting, tek looks as bad as a hitter can look.

Joe Grav said...

Well, that was a lucky break. c'mon boys

Joe Grav said...

Get on Jacoby man

Joe Grav said...

fucking !@#########DFAWER@$#!@#

redsock said...

2nd place.

Sarah Gates said...

Bummer. Ah well, we'll put the hurt on the Mariners tomorrow.

Amy said...

And so it goes.

phil said...

Shitty.

ish said...

I lost interest in this game early. I was watching REAL motorsports (Indy 500) and then went on a short bike ride. I'd love to have a glass of Oakland water because it's about as clean as it can get.

You know it's bad when Allan starts to sound like Yogi Berra.

tim said...

FJM has me in tears....the section that starts with "Bra. Seriously, bra."

Joe Grav said...

Reds 9 Padres 9, bottom 18

Bronson Arroyo has a pinch-hit in the game

redsock said...

Padres 12-9 in 18.

Reds used 10 pitchers. Also, both teams scored 2 runs in the 11th.

SoSock said...

Boo, Hiss.
Thanks for that link to FJM Tim.
I'll bookmark that, it's one of the best and funniest comebacks to idiotic opinion spewing I've heard in a long time.

redsock said...

FJM is essential reading.

Hat Guy, Joe Morgan's ESPN chats, "clogging the bases", fuck the heck, Gritty McDirtstein ... all gold!

tim said...

Thanks for that link to FJM Tim.
I'll bookmark that, it's one of the best and funniest comebacks to idiotic opinion spewing I've heard in a long time.


Cool. Yeah, I'm a constant reader now thanks to finding the link on Joy here. I've got the RSS feed for FJM in my "Links" bar on firefox, so I just click on it and it brings a drop-down menu of the latest posts. Makes it easy to check for new content...do the same with Extra Bases.

Hat Guy, Joe Morgan's ESPN chats, "clogging the bases", fuck the heck, Gritty McDirtstein ... all gold!

heh, I get all those references! But you can't forget "food metaphors"!

Jack Marshall said...

FJM wasted its time rebutting that idiotic article on why baseball was boring. Anyone who really thinks baseball should be played once a week should just be told to shut up.

redsock said...

rebutting that idiotic article

Errr, that is the whole point of the site.

tim said...

Yup. And I don't see why you would care what other people do with their time. You don't like it? Fine. Don't read it.

tim said...

Ken Tremendous really is in fine-form. Today he had another great post.

Jack Marshall said...

Err, some articles are self-evidently stupid and rebut themselves.

And I really love the "if you don't like it, don't read it" retort, the equivilent of "why don't you marry it?" and "if you hate this country so much, why don't you leave it?" Pretty lame, Tim.

I thought Ken's article was a waste of time for him to write AND for me to read: So sue me (that's another one. You can use it sometime.)

L-girl said...

Pretty lame, Tim.

Tim's comment was far from being lame. It was completely appropriate.

There are few things more irritating than readers telling bloggers not to waste their time writing what they're writing.

As Tim said, if you don't like it, don't read it. Say you don't like it if you must. But don't say it was a waste of the writer's time. That's just arrogance.

redsock said...

And I really love the "if you don't like it, don't read it" retort, the equivilent of "why don't you marry it?" and "if you hate this country so much, why don't you leave it?"

I don't think these are equivalent at all.

Avoiding an article (or television show or movie or book) is easy, way easier (obviously) than moving out of the country. And it makes more sense. If you hate CHB or Michael Moore or nature shows, don't read or watch them.

Applying "love it or leave it" in this case would sound like: "if that article bothers you so much, why don't you simply stop reading".

Or suggesting your friend get a divorce if he doesn't like 100% of the things she does.

Whereas if someone annoys you, you can usually not spend time with that person.

L-girl said...

Err, some articles are self-evidently stupid and rebut themselves.

Isn't the entire point of the Fire Joe Morgan site to rebut stupid stuff in the media?

Nothing actually rebuts itself.

redsock said...

FJM wasted its time rebutting that ... article ... Ken's article was a waste of time for him to write ...

I criticize the sports media too, Jack -- though I'm nowhere near as clever or humorous as Ken T. or Junior.

Nevertheless, the next time I do, I will await your judgment on how I spent my time.

redsock said...

Ken Tremendous really is in fine-form. Today he had another great post.

"... the brain-having industry ..."