August 3, 2008

G112: Red Sox 5, Athletics 2

Athletics - 000 020 000 - 2  5  1
Red Sox - 100 301 00x - 5 8 0
Jed Lowrie tripled in two runs in the fourth, giving the Red Sox the lead for good, as Boston cruised to a win and a sweep of the A's.

Julio Lugo has had three games this season in which he has driven in more than one run. Lowrie also has three -- this month! (Please note today's date!)

Matsuzaka (6-4-2-2-8, 105) still had pitch count problems. He came into the game with an average of 17.6 pitches per inning, 2nd worst in the AL. And today he threw: 17-26-12 16-21-13.

But he worked out of a man-on-third-no-out jam in the second and at one point had retired 10 in a row, seven of those by strikeout. A one-out walk and a Barton homer gave Oakland a brief lead.

Jason Bay singled twice and scored twice. He also fielded a ball off the left field side wall and gunned down Mark Ellis -- the second batter of the game -- at second. So far, this guy has the Midas Touch.

Elsewhere, two wild games:
Tigers - 001 010 011 1 - 5 12  1
Rays - 000 000 130 2 - 6 8 0

Angels - 210 200 040 - 9 11 4
Yankees - 000 013 46x - 14 14 0
We stay 3 GB, New York remains 5.5 GB.

***

4:22 PM: Play ball!

3:44 PM: Rain delay with Sox batting in the bottom for the sixth.

***

Dallas Braden (4.39, 89 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.04, 145 ERA+)

Braden is a 24-year-old LHP who made his debut last April, totalling 14 starts and six relief appearances last year (72.1 IP, 6.72 ERA). However, he did strikeout 55 batters in those 72.1 innings, thanks to a superior changeup.

He began this season with 11 relief appearances before joining the rotation on July 22. On that day, he faced the Yankees (5-4-1-4-1; an 8-1 win) and on July 28 pitched against the Royals (6.2-6-4-2-7; lost 4-2).

Braden has never faced anyone on the Red Sox roster.

In his last outing, Matsuzaka gave up six runs in five innings against the Angels (though he walked only two batters). This is his third start of the season against the A's, but his first since April 1.

514 comments:

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Joe Grav said...

I don't know what they were booing, but it started way before Tek whiff'd

Joe Grav said...

My guess: a guy in a Yankee shirt

Joe Grav said...

me w/ 401

Amy said...

Joe, if we list all those dropped Rs, we could go on forever. AH-lington, where I lived for 6 years.

Joe Grav said...

lemminsta!

Patrick said...

and dunks.

oh wait, that's not a town in Mass.

Joe Grav said...

It might as well be.

A little night musing said...

3 games - plus alerts for Manny (superfluous at the moment) and Yoyo.

Manny's up again.

phil said...

Aybar BB and Riggans HBP. Two on with no outs in the bottom of the 10th.

redsock said...

Don - he's not hitting for crosby. he's batting for petit who took over for crosby at short last inning.

pay attention.

nixon33 said...

manny absolutely fucking raking in LA

A little night musing said...

Manny doubles in a run.

Joe Grav said...

Manny RBI double

Patrick said...

Aybar BB and Riggans HBP. Two on with no outs in the bottom of the 10th.


ARGHHHH!!!! DAMN YOU DETROIT.

A little night musing said...

That's sooooo disrespectful.

efd said...

TB with runners at 2nd and 3rd, one out, in the bottom of the 10th.

nixon33 said...

rays on the verge of tying/winning.

Amy said...

Booing Tek? Not on my watch.

Last night he was cheered each time he came to bat, even before he had his two hits. And I don't mean just by me.

Joe Grav said...

GO TIGERS
GO PAP

Patrick said...

Man man 1 rbi double.

johngoldfine said...

Don't forget the added AHs--like the capital of Maine is pronounced Auguster.... And the town I live in, right near Swan Lake, sometimes is styled Swarnville.

Joe Grav said...

SVVEEP

Amy said...

Dirty water once again!

efd said...

sweeeeeep!!

Joe Grav said...

So, uh, Lugo... time to get some Tendonitis

Patrick said...

Manny Who?!?!

*starts running*

phil said...

Water.

redsock said...

MVBM was raking when he left.

Last 18 Sox games: .418/.500/.731

Damn that 1.231-OPSing cancer.

Amy said...

Okajeemer. And AAHHDSma

A little night musing said...

Nice.

Patrick said...

Hey Lugo, let me show you a trick. I'm going to make this pencil disappear...

Amy said...

Hey, Allan, didn't we have a bet about Manny's OPS as a tie breaker for the season record?

phil said...

Iwamura sac bunt and Upton BB. Bases loaded with one out.

johngoldfine said...

Yeah, amy--of course, okijeemer!!!

redsock said...

crawford up with junior dicks on the pond

efd said...

Rodney is not helping out... just issued a walk to load the bases.

redsock said...

Hey, Allan, didn't we have a bet about Manny's OPS as a tie breaker for the season record?

Yeah. Someone brought that up when you were at the game.

I'm going with total season OPS.

phil said...

Bleh.

Amy said...

Manny's OPS for the whole season? Or the team OPS?

phil said...

5-5, still one out.

Patrick said...

I like listening to Lowrie. He actually shows some personality. Not just droning the team rhetoric.

redsock said...

Manny's. Total 2008 stats.

MLB seems to do that anyway. They are calling Manny's HR in LA #21 and not #1.

Joe Grav said...

Ah, fuckin' Rays.

redsock said...

batter shoulda let himself get hit

redsock said...

DP, you Detroit assholes.

redsock said...

K for Evan.

2 outs

one more rodney

redsock said...

Carlos Pena up

Joe Grav said...

Keep those of us too cheap to buy mlb.tv updated

redsock said...

i thought it was free today

0-1 pitch to pena almost gets away from C

redsock said...

cut on and missed away 1-2

redsock said...

inside ball 2

2-2

Joe Grav said...

They have a 5-day free trial offer, I think.

redsock said...

again inside ball 3

3-2

i am actually getting nervous!

nixon33 said...

tigers suck, walk in the winning run.

efd said...

ugh, walked in the winning run! :P

redsock said...

low and inside,. ball 4

rays win

redsock said...

and the crowd goes wild.

wow.

these fuckers are tough

Amy said...

Uh, oh, thunder here now. Guess that Boston storm is arriving. Better shut down the old laptop.

Enjoy!

A little night musing said...

Listening to Vin Scully is pure pleasure.

A Conformer said...

Wow, fucking Tigers.
Fucking Angels.

Shit.

Patrick said...

OMFG, F U DETROIT

A little night musing said...

Oh, Tigers, why do you let me down?

phil said...

Can't rely on a sub-.500 team.

nixon33 said...

we need to FEAST on the royal. FEAST.

redsock said...

DET: 001 010 011 1 - 5 12 1
FKR: 000 000 130 2 - 6 8 0

LAA: 210 200 040 - 9 11 4
NYY: 000 013 46x - 14 14 0

A little night musing said...

Can't rely on a sub-.500 team.

Well, yeah, there's that.

Joe Grav said...

Fuck the Tigers.

Patrick said...

Where's that rant column? Leyland is a hack, and I think everyone should know about it.

nevermind. losing steam. nap time.

redsock said...

KC beat CWS 14-3 today.

Doomed we are.

A Conformer said...

BTW, the Royals have wasted their run allotment for this week, 14 vs the other Sox. So we should see something like 3, 0 and 2 RA these next few days.

redsock said...

Tex's dong is here.

Last highlight is called: "Jeter makes a backhanded stop and jumping throw"

Barf.

redsock said...

LA out in the 4th. Manny will lead off next inning.

SoSock said...

Hey everybody.
Mised today's game - guess why!
Today my team beat Walkertown and nailed down the district Big League Championship!
My first ever district title after 16-18 years of this.
Heading out to a picnic on a great farm 2 wonderful friends of ours own out in the country. Just had to poke my head in and crow a little!

redsock said...

Congratulations SoSock!
Very cool!!

nixon33 said...

well done, sosock!

A little night musing said...

Little Manny grin there. That's my Manny!

A little night musing said...

OMFG!

Joe Grav said...

SWEET MANNY DONG

Joe Grav said...

SWEET MANNY DONG

A little night musing said...

No respect for the game.

Joe Grav said...

he is going to torch the NL

A little night musing said...

Scully: It must be great to play the game so well, and have so much fun.

efd said...

also liked how Scully designated the LF bleachers as "Manny-ville!"

Joe Grav said...

wonderful!

redsock said...

Scully: It must be great to play the game so well, and have so much fun.

Amen, Vin.

Joe Grav said...

Vin Scully has no respect for The Game.

phil said...

So Manny's 3-3 with 3 rbi.

redsock said...

A Pirates fan posting at Out in CF has a nickname for Bay: Beaker!

Joe Grav said...

love it!

redsock said...

Speedy Juan Pierre did not run hard on that grounder.

Get him gone, Theo!

...

or whoever ....

...

America's children need role models that hustle ALL THE TIME!

Please -- Won't someone think of the children?

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

I was wondering whatever happened to ex-Red Sox Jason Johnson - he started the game for the Dodgers today!

efd said...

Manny K swinging.

Scully: Aha! A human being.

9casey said...

Manny talk is never gonna go away .

He asked to be traded for some reason, which no one knows.

He was going to leave at the end of the season anyway.

So are we better off with Bay for 2 months and a season or Manny for 2 months and 2 draft picks?

Everyone ,most fans, are sad to see him go, but it is time to move on.

If , which I beleive to be true, the players were fed up. Why the constant anger that he is gone?

I don't care how the media treats it. Why are so many of you so mad.

Is it stupid to chant Manny who? yes.

But he is a Dodger now.

Does he run out balls all the time. no . alot don't

Do I think that is why he was traded . no

He hated it here. For some reason we will never know..

My only problem with Manny is that fact that for the last month and parts of 8 seasons he hated being apart of something I truly love. The Boston Red Sox.

Joe Grav said...

I don't think anyone's angry he's gone. Sad, yes, angry, no

A little night musing said...

Well, I was enjoying watching Manny, until 9casey reminded me to be mad.

A little night musing said...

Cute shoulder-bump between Manny and Kemp.


Oh, wait. I mean, grr am I mad!

A little night musing said...

Heh. Manny 4-for-5.

A little night musing said...

There's Manny's triple. Too bad he didn't hit it!

Joe Grav said...

wait, what happened?

A little night musing said...

joe, the batter after Manny (I forget who it was and I'm too bored to look it up) hit a triple.

There was talk of Manny going for the cycle since his first three hits were a single, double, HR. Scully mentioned how hard it is to hit a triple, I think during that last at-bat.

I just thought it was ironic.

redsock said...

Manny is 8-for-13 as a Dodger.

ish said...

So are we better off with Bay for 2 months and a season or Manny for 2 months and 2 draft picks?

Bay is a Type A free agent too, I believe. If he's gone after next season, those 2 draft picks come back into play.

ish said...

By the way, in case anyone cares - Brandon Moss hit a home run today!

Craig Hansen took the loss. 1.2 IP, H, ER, BB, 0 K

9casey said...

ish said...
Bay is a Type A free agent too, I believe. If he's gone after next season, those 2 draft picks come back into play.


Ish if he plays well for the rest of the season . Do you see signing him long term maybe 4 years extended in his current contract , or do you think they will wait for someone else? i.e. Holliday

L-girl said...

Totally off-topic: Joe Grav mentioned this in (I think) last night's game thread. Good perspective on trashy McCain ads.

9casey said...

And if anybody is here and you are making out the lineup card........Ellsbury or Crisp.....?

Joe Grav said...

Thanks for the link

9casey said...

Those are the stangest ads i have ever seen...Paris and Brit????

I don't get it....Does Obama have a sex tape or did he leave his children?

nixon33 said...

MSNNY IS GOING TO KILL NL PITCHING

Joe Grav said...

Ellsbury, without question, but I start Crispy at least 1-2x a week.

L-girl said...

I don't get it....Does Obama have a sex tape or did he leave his children?

No and no.

ish said...

Ish if he plays well for the rest of the season . Do you see signing him long term maybe 4 years extended in his current contract , or do you think they will wait for someone else? i.e. Holliday

Good question. A good sign is Bay isn't having much of a problem adjusting to the American League thus far. Holliday should be on the market after this season, but so should some top of the line pitchers, including Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia. I feel like right now, seeing the way Bay plays, it'd be a good idea to keep him at 7+ million and sign another starting pitcher. I'm not sure how the Red Sox would want to go about that, payroll wise.

I do think that Matt Holliday will cost more than Jason Bay.

It also begs the question as to what Tim Wakefield's plans after this season would be.

Also with Bay being under control for next season as well, that question for the Red Sox might sort of be answered already for them.

Not sure about an extension for Bay, either.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
I don't get it....Does Obama have a sex tape or did he leave his children?

No and no.



Thanks......Hate to know I missed a Obama sex tape....

9casey said...

ish said...

It also begs the question as to what Tim Wakefield's plans after this season would be.



No reason to believe he won't be there...
Doesn't he have options till 2020..

If my math is right we have 12 guys on the roster right now making under 1 milion dollars.

Right now with the players on the roster we only have like 105 million dollar payroll.they should lower ticket prices...

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