August 4, 2008

G113: Royals 4, Red Sox 3

Red Sox - 200 000 001 - 3  9  0
Royals - 013 000 00x - 4 8 0
A strange ninth-inning rally falls short as Sean Casey flies out to right field with the bases loaded.

Boston failed to get a run home in the eighth, when it had runners on first and third with two outs. Ron Mahay came in to face Jason Varitek -- and struck him out, though he needed nine pitches to do it.

In the ninth, the Red Sox faced Joakim Soria, who had allowed only 25 hits and 10 walks in 50.2 innings (1.42 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 309 ERA+). Coco Crisp had struck out swinging in his three previous plate appearances (all against Meche), but he lined a single to center off Soria. Drew looked himself into a full count before being called out by the third base umpire on a check swing.

Dustin Pedroia's pop-up fell untouched in short left field; it was his third hit of the night and his fourth time on base. David Ortiz's grounder to first moved the runners to second and third and Jacoby Ellsbury came in to run for FY. With two outs, Kevin Youkilis was walked intentionally to load the bases for Jason Bay (who was 0-for-4).

On a 1-1 count, Bay hit a slow grounder between Alex Gordon at third and Tony Pena at shortstop. Gordon backed up to avoid Ellsbury, who was running to third, and the two infielders reached the ball at the same time. Gordon got it in his glove, but they collided and no play was made.

Crisp scored on the infield single to cut the Royals' lead to one run. Casey looked at two strikes before banging a fly ball to right. Mark Teahen, who had seen Pedroia's fly ball sail over his head for a double back in the first inning, jogged to his left and gloved it for the final out.

The Sox started strong in the first: J.D. Drew took a seven-pitch walk and Pedroia doubled to right. Drew scored on Ortiz's groundout and Pedroia crossed when Youkilis also doubled to right.

Gordon homered off Buchholz in the second inning and KC struck for three more runs in the third on three singles, two walks, a sac fly, and a bases-loaded HBP.

Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 5-2, so we stay 3 GB. Down in Arlington, Marlon Byrd cranked Damaso Marte's first-pitch fastball for a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas a 9-5 win over New York.

***

Clay Buchholz (5.94, 75 ERA+) / Gil Meche (4.22, 104 ERA+)

Nice work, Tito!
Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Casey, 1B
Lowrie, SS
Varitek, C
Crisp, CF
Drew is the only regular with an OBP over .400 (.406). He leads the team with a 146 OPS+ (Yook is at close second at 142). Drew hit only .221 in July, but still managed a .361 OBP and a .442 SLG.

David Ortiz is 9-for-20 against Meche, with four home runs and a 1.576 OPS. ... Buchholz has never faced anyone on the Royals roster. ... Mike Lowell, who may get a cortisone shot today for his right hip injury, will likely get the night off.

Jason Bay's weekend could not have been better:
I feel like I've been here three weeks, not just three days. Now it will be a little bit of normalcy, if you will. I've read that Red Sox Nation travels well. But on the road, you're a bit more tighter-knit and you get to know the guys - and I'm looking forward to it.
Jed Lowrie has started 11 of the 13 games since Julio Lugo (who is now doing some light jogging) went on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. Lowrie has hit safely in nine of the 11 games for a .317 average (13-for-41); he went 5-for-10 in the three games against Oakland.

The Red Sox swept four games from Kansas City at Fenway in mid-May (7-0, 2-1, 6-3, and 11-8) -- part of a season-high seven-game winning streak.

Also: Spiders/Rays at 7 PM and Rangers/Yankees at 8 PM

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L-girl said...

Didn't Papi dong over the weekend?

redsock said...

it's like he's not swinging on purpose

L-girl said...

me = 201

nixon33 said...

whoops, looks like it was acutally 9 years ago. JESUS CHRITST TIME FLIES
black crowes + zoso at the worcester centrum!

Patrick said...

Bay with a at-bat protest? WTF does he need, another standing-O??

L-girl said...

ALNM, because the Royals anncr said something stupid, it was correct 5 years ago. I was noting how different my life was 5 yrs ago.

Patrick said...

whoops, looks like it was acutally 9 years ago.

Heh. It was a good story anyways.

Amy said...

For the record, I only like 8 pm starts during the summer. Once school starts, I can't stay up late enough, and we eat early and don't go out for ice cream!

efd said...

Did Bay have a legitimate beef?

IANAU, but that pitch looked a little outside on TV.

(hi ALNM!)

L-girl said...

9 years, 5 years, what's the diff ;)

Bay with a at-bat protest? WTF does he need, another standing-O??

LOL

nixon33 said...

jesus christ i cant believe it was 9 fucking years ago.

im getting OOOLLLLLDDDD!!!!!!

A little night musing said...

Oh, 5 years, 9 years, all numbers look alike... order of magnitude is correct anyway!

s1c said...

I remember after that crushing defeat that b-fly had a sleep over with the cousins. Over Waffles (a family tradition for sleep overs) the next day we talked about f-grady. My quote to them was the worst thing as parents that we had ever done was to let them become Sox fans and then I went through the litany of every heart break since '75.

I think I even included the quote about they killed my parents and grandparents and now they are killing us. So glad that changed in '04.

L-girl said...

Having a mathmatician in our midst may change things around here!

A little night musing said...

Heh, l-girl, great minds...

L-girl said...

Nix, we do that all the time. "A couple years ago... no, it was 10 years ago!!"

efd said...

uh-0h, Pedroyer hurt himself

Amy said...

Five years ago...I was five years younger. But otherwise, my life was pretty much the same, except I had an unmarried daughter and a daughter still in college. Job, home, baseball team, etc., were all the same as today.

Go ahead, say it: Booooring.

s1c said...

Well that sucked. Time for a dp here guys.

nixon33 said...

the thing i remember most about that show was the black crowes lead guitarist pouting at his brother 'cause page kept taking these REALLY long solos. i kept thinking , "dude, its jimmy fucking page!"

the crws drummer did a really good job doing the bonham drumming. really crazy!

redsock said...

FY rolling around the infield like Manny .... DFA time!

A little night musing said...

With me it's "The other day I... no, wait, that was ten years ago..."

L-girl said...

ALNM, what a great avatar. I meant to tell you earlier today.

A Conformer said...

Royals announcers saying the umpire should call a technical triple for HH intentionally throwing his glove at the ball because it would be a good story.

Weird rule, never heard of that.

Amy said...

I missed something---what was 9 years ago instead of five? Hard to scroll back, watch the game, and keep up with comments.

efd said...

doesn't seem serious though, he's staying in the game.

Remy mentioned earlier he ran into FY Sr. in the lobby of the hotel - the family is in town from CA for the series. I immediately conjured up a collection of FYs of different ages/sizes roaming the hotel lobby...

L-girl said...

Amy: not boring, stable.

A little night musing said...

Thanks, l-girl. It's one of my "early period" lolsox and still my favorite.

L-girl said...

A technical triple? Is that a real thing?

Amy, Nix met Jimmy Page. Please don't ask who Jimmy Page is.

s1c said...

Time for the curve kid.

efd said...

I missed something---what was 9 years ago instead of five?

Nix meeting Jimmy Page backstage.

A little night musing said...

Hard to scroll back, watch the game, and keep up with comments.

Yes, between this and my using Mosaic, my ADHD is having a lot of fun with my mind.

Patrick said...

doesn't seem serious though, he's staying in the game.


and you can too with....

damn you Joe C. Hijacking my brain.

L-girl said...

A collection of FYs running around is a scary thought.

shit. come on HH.

s1c said...

fragging kidding me. Hang in there kid.

phil said...

HH's pitching. We need more runs.

nixon33 said...

buchholz sucking again.

Patrick said...

THere is an Ish shaped hole in this game thread.

Amy said...

Shit, score tied.

Jimmy Page: ok, I admit I looked it up. But I DO know the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, so just the name didn't ring a bell. I am not so good at those details, as you may have all noticed.

A little night musing said...

...but the fact that I'm listening to the game in Spanish is actually helpful, oddly.

phil said...

4-2 Cleveland.
1-0 MFYs.

Sack up, Buchholz and Texas.

Patrick said...

Meanwhile cleaveland plates two more 4-2 over TFR.

s1c said...

I've got a bad feeling about this.

L-girl said...

crap

nixon33 said...

soo, HH's no-hitter last year....fluke?

Amy said...

I hope Ish is okay, no post traumatic repercussions from the accident.

L-girl said...

did he just give up a friggin walk to a man who NEVER WALKS???

s1c said...

About fragging time you went out to the mound Farrel.

I've got a feeling that Colon will be back with the club soon.

A little night musing said...

I thought it was Paige, not Page. Or am I losing my mind?

Not mutually exclusive propositions, of course.

redsock said...

HH still has not figured out how many necklaces to wear to pitch good -- maybe he should wear a few more.

L-girl said...

Ish shows up mid-game lots of nights. "Evening, chaps..."

Jere said...

On the Dustin play, I think he was going to the bag to take the throw, then, realizing the runner wouldn't be sliding in, peeled off as to not be in his way, and fell. I think Remy as a former 2nd baseman should have at least thought of this as a possibility.

Amy said...

I have wondered about HH's no no. Beginner's luck since no one had seen him pitch before? Or is he just still working out the kinks?

Damn. At least there are two out now.

L-girl said...

Page. Spelled like that.

Patrick said...

I'd like to have Colon back. That would be ok. He can handle KCR.

efd said...

did he just give up a friggin walk to a man who NEVER WALKS???

Guillen actually walked in each of the past two games as well, but he does only have 13 walks on the year
-- 14, now.

Patrick said...

Ish shows up mid-game lots of nights. "Evening, chaps..."

He missed his 201 entrance, so he'll put in some paragraph at 401.

L-girl said...

ok. but still.

s1c said...

Amy, I don't think the no-no was a fluke, but he fell in love with the off speed stuff and the batters adjusted.

He's got good secondary pitches he just needs to get it together and locate them.

A little night musing said...

OTOH, Cleveland over TB 4-2. So far.

efd said...

I thought it was Paige, not Page. Or am I losing my mind?

you're thinking of Satchel Paige, who is just slightly older than Jimmy.

Patrick said...

He'll strike out the side next inning.

L-girl said...

fuck!

nixon33 said...

he needs to get on the greyhound towards R.I.

Jere said...

efd: nice stuff (Bill Lee pic) and command (NYC resident).

L-girl said...

you're thinking of Satchel Paige, who is just slightly older than Jimmy.

good one

efd said...

someone tell HH he has major leaguers behind him, not the triple-a team. Let the batters hit the ball!

redsock said...

nesn puts up placido polanco name and stats for buck.

Patrick said...

NOOOO!!! EFFF! So stupid.

L-girl said...

CRAP

A little night musing said...

you're thinking of Satchel Paige, who is just slightly older than Jimmy.

Exactamente. That'll be my story.

phil said...

Why must he be so shitty.

L-girl said...

bullpen action, thank something

Amy said...

Wow, that is a LOT of necklaces. Perhaps he is weighted down.

Ech, bases loaded again.

s1c said...

give me a fucking break. A ground ball that skips past FY, a GB that eats up Jedi and the kid just fucking melted.

aaaaarrrrrghhhh.

Jere said...

Not a good sign when your long reliever drops the ball in mid-motion in the pen

A little night musing said...

There is now a rather disgusting symmetry between the score of this game and the score of the TB game right below it on my screen.

phil said...

2-0 MFYs.

nixon33 said...

they need to get butthholez outta there. jesus christ, we are playing the ROYALS!

efd said...

Thanks, Jere. I <3 Bill Lee.

I'm beginning to thing I should change that location, though, since I feel compelled to explain I'm not in the city proper whenever someone mentions it!

I guess it's a neighborhood play.

L-girl said...

Wow, that is a LOT of necklaces. Perhaps he is weighted down.

And he's very thin.

andy said...

To the Minors with you.

Amy said...

Let's not walk in a run, please.

Jere said...

Texas had a double and two singles in the third but didn't score.

redsock said...

but it took lester several whole years to get his shit together remy. duh

L-girl said...

No shame in living in NJ. Some of my fave ppl live there. (Like my mom, brother, sis-in-law.)

Amy said...

OK, let's get back those runs fast.

Patrick said...

Clay needs to take Sdiorets to make his nuts larger.

s1c said...

Just because its KC doesn't mean the sox don't have problems with KC. Sox are 11-8 vs KC since 2006 and that includes their 4-0 record this year.

efd said...

No shame in living in NJ. Some of my fave ppl live there.

Oh yeah, I agree - I love NJ. Honestly it was kind of more of an anonymity thing, which at this point is pretty stupid since.

Changing it now. Jersey Pride!

nixon33 said...

eh, KC still sucks.

A little night musing said...

Well I actually live in NYC, although where I live is called "the Bronx" by MLB and Law & Order. What can you do.

Amy said...

Satchel Paige: no need to look that one up.

Guess I know my baseball better than rock stars. Not surprising really. I haven't really bought any music since there were these things called "records" made out of vinyl.

L-girl said...

Aw geez s1c, can't we have one team we consistently beat up on?

s1c said...

B-fly - Casey doesn't run very fast does he?

No he doesn't.

L-girl said...

Oh wait, we did that over the weekend. How quickly I forget.

Amy said...

Where in the Bronx? My husband grew up there, and his mom still lives there.

phil said...

3-0 MFYs. Evening keeps getting shittier.

This is the problem with being in a multi-team hunt for the division title. The chance that both your opponents suck on a given night is much lower than that either of them individually will suck.

A little night musing said...

NYY 3-0.

L-girl said...

ALNM, you live in Washington Heights??? They always call that the Bronx.

Or do you mean they never acknowledge that the Bronx is in NYC?

efd said...

pretty stupid since


-- since other personal info is just a click or two away from my profile page.

s1c said...

s1c, can't we have one team we consistently beat up on

Actually I think we do pretty well vs the Rays (until this year).

Pretty sure we usually beat up on Cleveland also.

phil said...

I live in New Jersey (for now). New Jersey sucks.

L-girl said...

Jersey Pride, cool. :)

It gets a bad rap, for little reason.

Amy said...

Tek showing his good eyes. Perhaps he is really done with his slump?

A little night musing said...

No, Amy, I'm not in the Bronx.

I'm mere blocks away from Manny's alma mater, which is erroneously said to be in the Bronx in Manny's MLB info page (and elsewhere). And for some reason, every time my neighborhood is featured in L&O, they say it is in the Bronx. But it's not.

L-girl said...

Phil, you're so negative lately. I hope you're ok.

A Conformer said...

With all this profiles talk, I think I'll make myself one too. In between innings, I guess.

andy said...

Will Varitek be in the HOF?

efd said...

Perhaps he is really done with his slump?

hope springs eternal! :)

L-girl said...

Ah-ha, I was right! You live in our old nabe. We started out on Bogardus (nr the beginning of Nagel), then were on Bennett Ave & W 190 for 15 yrs.

Amy said...

Ah, so Washington Heights as Laura said. My husband lived here til he was 6, and then they moved to the Bronx so his brother could go to Bx Science.

Amy said...

Tek will be in the Red Sox HOF. Whatever that is worth.

Joe Grav said...

Hey... I'm back... hopefully bringing the sox some luck with me

Amy said...

That should say he lived THERE. Not here. Dumb no editing on blogger.

A little night musing said...

They always call that the Bronx.

AAAAAAAAI! "They" are stupid!

Check it out.

nixon33 said...


Will Varitek be in the HOF?


HOF of GIGANTIC BUTTS!

Amy said...

Phil: post bar exam blues.

Patrick said...

Whoa, KC guy can't be coming here babbling non-sense.

L-girl said...

Yes, they are stupid. That was my point. I lived there from 1990 to 2005.

Joe Grav said...

Buchholz is from Texas, and New England is the most educated part of America... 'tard

A Conformer said...

Is there a parallel for MUMS for the Myth of Jason Varitek?

Amy said...

Hmmm, Nix trying to get me pissed off.

Joe Grav said...

First KC troll ever

A little night musing said...

HOF of GIGANTIC BUTTS!

Now, now. Tek has a very nice...

Oh wait. Were you speaking metaphorically?

Amy said...

Oh, goddammit. Come on, Buchholz, stop that shit.

phil said...

Lately? I'm always negative.

My mood is often directly in proportion to the success of this team, which is sad in a way.

I'd feel better if HH weren't being so shitty right now. I really would.

Patrick said...

Or HoF of gigantic quads. The guy raises the bar on upper leg muscle in general.

Amy said...

Yeah, we are ignoring the troll, Joe.

A little night musing said...

Oh, how cute. A troll.

Joe Grav said...

2 R HR Texas
3-2 mfy 4th

L-girl said...

We scrubbed it.

phil said...

Dave Murphy, member of the Sox diaspora, hits a 2-run homer. 3-2 MFYs.

Amy said...

Yeah, those quads are amazing.

nixon33 said...

whoa that kc guy was wicked smaht! amy wasnt trying to piss you off. him and drew have big culos! drew especially when he bats, its funny!

L-girl said...

Sorry Phil, you don't always seem negative. Lately you sound mad at the world. Hey, you're entitled. Just observing.

Please folks, DNFTT.

Jere said...

Texas scored 2. 3-2 Yanks

nixon33 said...

job the c-word is pitching tonight right?
i would LOVE for texas to beat him. (i HATE him)

efd said...

Way to go, Murphy! Let's hope he can psychically inspire his former teammates!

A little night musing said...

nix, why are you watching their culos? Just wondering.

Amy said...

I have to sit with the laptop cord wrapped around me so that kitten won't chew it, and the damn thing is so hot. As is the laptop. How long til she outgrows this obsession with electrical cords? (The other kitten already is beyond that stage and is playing with the toy mouse instead.)

Patrick said...

I try to get upset at Phil, but every time I look at that little lamb I can't help but smile.

efd said...

yes, Joba pitching.

Time for Texas to release the gnats.

Jere said...

woohoo! I got 337! As in Bill Lee's preferred number. (I also like 138 for that Misfits song. These are my 201/401/601s...)

L-girl said...

I sometimes feel about Varitek the way you guys do about Jeter. Enough already! I'm so sick of hearing about his heart, his leadership skills, his clubhouse blah blah blah. It's not his fault, but enough already.

Joe Grav said...

K, 2 down

Joe Grav said...

SACRELIGE!!!!!1111111111

nixon33 said...

alnm, nice try! i just think its funny is all. im italian, so theres a lot of big culo jokes...

nixon33 said...

not that i have a grandi culo!

Patrick said...

He is our own CI, and at least we are very aware of his very obvious shortcomings.

L-girl said...

I'm not upset at Phil. I'm concerned.

Amy said...

Culos---new word for me. The things I learn here....

I was only kidding, Nixon. Why would you want to piss me off? You're too busy being mad at Joba the C.

nixon33 said...

ok sorry, im starting to sound a but wacky.
i apologize.

Jere said...

2 ER on 5 H for Joba through 4. Too bad he's not at Yankee Stadium--that would get him a standing O complete with individual Hand Jobas from each fan.

L-girl said...

He is our own CI, and at least we are very aware of his very obvious shortcomings.

:-)

I got a secret for ya, many NYY fans are aware of their CI's shortcomings too. We used to complain about him all the time. To each other.

Patrick said...

culos new word for me too. TY wikipedia.

L-girl said...

Game threads are very educational!

nixon33 said...

had jobas hahaa. hes another one for the Grandi Culo team.

Jere said...

culo is also Spanish for asshole, I believe. I'm sure it's similar in all the RLs.

Patrick said...

JD DONG TIME!!!

Amy said...

My love for Tek isn't from media stuff. It's because I love catchers in general, I like his thoughtfulness whenever he is interviewed, and I like his calm, his culos, and his quads... :)

nixon33 said...

no that pendejo, i believe

efd said...

jeez Patrick, you almost called it!

L-girl said...

Aw Amy, I know that. I used to like bass players. :)

A little night musing said...

im starting to sound a but wacky.

I'm going to assume this was deliberate.

Patrick said...

When I was in Puerto Rico my friends called me Pato, which happens to be PR spanish for gay. When we saw graffiti on a sign that said "Pato Cabron" (gay asshole), it became my espanol name for our trip.

L-girl said...

But seriously, you find Varitek good looking?

I know a lot of people do. Ah well. It's lost on me.

nixon33 said...

ahaha, alnm. you're funny.

Jere said...

well that may be too, but culo is one way of saying asshole in Spanish

Amy said...

We need a baserunner or two...

A little night musing said...

culo is also Spanish for asshole, I believe.

Not really.

Joe Grav said...

Aw Amy, I know that. I used to like bass players. :)

gf has a thing for bass players

L-girl said...

im starting to sound a but wacky.

I'm going to assume this was deliberate.


probably a typo, but hilarious!

efd said...

nuts, Drew K swinging instead.

Jere said...

I thought "maricon" was the Spanish slang for a gay dude

Patrick said...

I'm surprised more chicks don't find Ortiz attractive.

phil said...

Yay, I've got Laura pity.

Don't mind me. I'm bar-examed out, tired, and hungry since I'm procrastinating on making dinner (at 9:30 pm).

Jere said...

wow, everybody disagreeing with my culo meaning. I just looked it up and I appear to be correct.

L-girl said...

There are lots of slang for gay, no?

Maricon means many things, depending on the useage.

Joe Grav said...

i'll take that.

nixon33 said...

probably a typo, but hilarious!

ASSMAN!

Patrick said...

FUCK YEAH!! 44 Multi hit games.

Amy said...

Good looking? Hmm, not in a hot way, but in a sort of classic clean way? He isn't my type---I would never be attracted to him. LBJ is more my type. I used to think Bellhorn was good looking. And I think Lowell is handsome.

Better watch out---I think Andy is lurking around here somewhere.

phil said...

At least Pedroia's good. We've got that.

efd said...

Pedroyer apparently not feeling any ill effects after he was limping earlier!

COME ON, FLO!!

L-girl said...

Geez Phil. Excuse the fuck out of me for caring.

Maybe you should go eat.

Amy said...

See? I diagnosed Phil's problem. Bar examitis. Been there, done that.

Give Phil a techie question to answer, and he will bounce right back.

nixon33 said...

ORTIZ YOU NEED TO START HITTING DONGS AGAIN!

phil said...

Ortiz is a little too overweight to be truly attractive, imo.

L-girl said...

Good looking? Hmm, not in a hot way, but in a sort of classic clean way? He isn't my type---I would never be attracted to him.

Oh, I thought that's what you meant by quads, culos...

LBJ is more my type.

....

phil said...

I should go eat. And I should stop alienating people.

L-girl said...

Allan finds Ortiz attractive. He wants to marry him.

Amy said...

Ortiz has a very handsome face.

Patrick said...

Ortiz being overweight is a myth!!!

earmuff time. Curling up in my happy place.

s1c said...

What happened to the girls keeping us dudes in line?

Sorry, not attracted to any of them (not that there is anything wrong with that).

nixon33 said...

amelie benjamin is goodlooking, i know that much!

Joe Grav said...

Spideys escape a jam

phil said...

FKR multiple-baserunner threat ended. Still 4-2 CLE.

s1c said...

amelie benjamin is goodlooking

in a schoolmarmish way.

Amy said...

Heh, I was just being funny (I thought) with the culos and quad remark. Truth be told, I prefer my men a bit less beefy. More like LBJ and Lowell, as I said.

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