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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Amy said...

I am just getting my revenge for all the Heidi fawning.

redsock said...

Allan finds Ortiz attractive. He wants to marry him.

I find his hitting attractive. Second part is true, was more true in 04-05, but true.

nixon33 said...

heidi too!

Amy said...

401 and Ish not here.

L-girl said...

Ortiz is attractive b/c of his smile and personality. Not hot, but attractive. SOmeone you want to be around.

phil said...

4-2 MFYs.

Joe Grav said...

I used to not think so, but now I very much do.

nixon33 said...

COME ON BAY!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

We're like a group of school girls. This is funny.

Joe Grav said...

4-2 mFY

redsock said...

in a schoolmarmish way

BANNED!!!!!!!

Joe Grav said...

I used to not think so, but now I very much do.

re: Amalie

phil said...

Papi epitomizes the fat-slugger-with-bum-knees type for me. (See also Cecil Fielder.)

Maybe that isn't fair.

A little night musing said...

Jere, dictionaries aren't always accurate as far as how the words are actually used, and this is in particular a problem with Spanish, which tends to have different idioms in different countries.

"cabrĂ³n" is probably the most common word I've heard used in this context, "pendejo" is also pretty common.

nixon33 said...

come on new guy!

Jere said...

Are you fucking kidding me. Damon goes to second on a balk, to third on a ground out, and home on another balk. VINTAGE Yankees.

Patrick said...

RUNS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

L-girl said...

Joe, I thought you changed your mind about Papi. :)

Joe Grav said...

and Texas's manager tossed

L-girl said...

See also Tony Gwynn.

Jere said...

ALNM: I'm not going by dictionaries. I know some Spanish and I'm telling you what stuff means. Yet people told me I was wrong. A quick search of the web proved me right.

phil said...

Texas manager ejected after Damon scores on a balk.

nixon33 said...

Are you fucking kidding me. Damon goes to second on a balk, to third on a ground out, and home on another balk. VINTAGE Yankees.

Michael Kay must be over the moon about it.

Amy said...

Bay looks sort of like Drew to me. I.e., non-descript.

L-girl said...

We're like a group of school girls.

Almost. You're like a group of school boys.

Jere said...

I'm not a little kid.

redsock said...

bay starting to suck?

Joe Grav said...

I dunno, I guess I can see how people would find the Big Man attractive. He just wouldn't be my type, if I was a girl.

A little night musing said...

I'm blacked out from the MFY game. Thanks for the play-by-play (I guess).

Patrick said...

Bay has become addicted to standing-Os. The guys have to have an intervention.

phil said...

There's something about debating the definition of "asshole" that makes it a perfect Internet debate.

redsock said...

The Pro was a handsome guy. In a normal kind of way.

Jere said...

I see the Rangers' manager was ejected. I assume this had to do with the balks.

L-girl said...

Jere, ALNM clearly knows some Spanish too.

My bits of Spanish goes with cabron. Culo is more like butt, backside. Cabron more like a-hole.

But it may depend on who you know, what dialect you've picked up. Spanish is very different in different countries, or even within the same country in diff regions.

Patrick said...

Just a little sexism coming out. I can never get one by you, L.

nixon33 said...

wawn daiy, eel pout wawn own tha monstah

Joe Grav said...

Heidi live chat on nesn tomorrow

s1c said...

Not good at bats by Bay tonight. Then again he had never seen Meche until tonight either.

A nice clean inning by HH would be great.

BANNED!!!!!!!

Over Amalie?

A little night musing said...

He just wouldn't be my type, if I was a girl.

Ooh, are we playing contrafactual hypotheticals?

Let's see...

Joe Grav said...

i only know Puta (I think that's how it's spelled)

Amy said...

Boy, Manny would have caught that. :)

Joe Grav said...

Ooh, are we playing contrafactual hypotheticals?

I love that game, far too much

phil said...

No clean HH inning for joo.

L-girl said...

Just a little sexism coming out. I can never get one by you, L.

Jes doin' my job, ma'am.

redsock said...

Over Amalie?

Gotta draw the line somewhere.

Joe Grav said...

Amalie is one of the rare tv personalities who gets a boost, attractiveness-wise, from HD. that did it for me

L-girl said...

If 9C were here, he could make fun of ALNM's $10 words.........

nixon33 said...

of coursae i know cuno

Patrick said...

Contrafactual. Another new word. Ya'll are expanding my vocab.

Joe Grav said...

Stop sucking, Clay

Amy said...

The Pro meaning Mueller? I put him in the same class as Drew and Bay: non-descript. I am not sure I would recognize any of them if they passed me on the street.

L-girl said...

I think Arroyo is hot. He was my baseball crush before LBJ.

redsock said...

Amalie is one of the rare tv personalities who gets a boost, attractiveness-wise, from HD. that did it for me

Can you bring your TV up here ...

with the NESN connection?

Amy said...

Wow, a strikeout!!! Imagine that!

Joe Grav said...

5-2 spiders

L-girl said...

The Pro meaning Mueller?

Yes. I think of him as handsome the way Lowell is.

s1c said...

When we visited the Phillipines we used to teach the kids the swear words in french in exchange for them teaching us the spanish equivalent.

Comes in handy sometimes when i'm in downtown hartford.

Kathryn - dreamy!

nixon33 said...

well everyone unfortunately i need to go. but happy culo watching

A little night musing said...

of coursae i know cuno


Not as well as you think you do, apparently.

Patrick said...

Bronson has been pitching AND hitting well for the Reds. Tonight for example.

A little night musing said...

PS, just kidding, nix.

Joe Grav said...

hahaha I wish

9casey said...

L-girl said...
If 9C were here, he could make fun of ALNM's $10 words.........


I make fun of what I can't understand. "contrafactual
hypotheticals"

I mean c'mon let's be serious.

Amy said...

I definitely agree about Bronson. I loved him. With and without cornrows. And his guitar. I was so sad when he left. How is he doing? Still with the Reds?

phil said...

5-2 CLE.

L-girl said...

Hi 9C..........

Joe Grav said...

kathryn is fine by me. i like her more during bruins season, since there are more limited options on NESN during the wintertime. you take what you get.

nixon33 said...

alnm, i know you are. but i do know cuno, VERY WELL INDEED!

Patrick said...


I make fun of what I can't understand. "contrafactual
hypotheticals"

I mean c'mon let's be serious.


LMAO! TY Casey.

Amy said...

I see the Arroyo update above my post. Thanks!

9casey said...

L-girl said...
The Pro meaning Mueller?

Yes. I think of him as handsome the way Lowell is.


L, is a quiet confidence kinda gal..

L-girl said...

Amy, we're two for two in hot baseball players. :)

s1c said...

Amy - hes still with the Reds and has been doing better lately. He really sucked at the start of the year though. 10 runs 1 inning in one game.

Joe Grav said...

Don't they have bars with HD TVs in Canada? I assume they have bars, or else most of my friends wouldn't be going... lol

redsock said...

i think clay is wearing a small snake around his neck

s1c said...

DP now!!!

L-girl said...

L, is a quiet confidence kinda gal..

It's definitely part of the equation.

Although I love Pedro and his confidence is not exactly quiet!

I won't make you all puke with the Yankees I used to find attractive.

Patrick said...

This is why I quit playing guitar. I feel like a douche when I charm people through music.

Joe Grav said...

FUCK YEAH

3 R HR TEXAS

5-4 RANGERS

Jere said...

5-4 Tex!!!!!

redsock said...

Don't they have bars with HD TVs in Canada?

but do they get nesn? doubt it.

would like to know if toronto has a sox bar.

A little night musing said...

Texas now up 5-4.

L-girl said...

Don't they have bars with HD TVs in Canada?

We wouldn't know! The bars usually have the Jays on, and hockey

I assume they have bars, or else most of my friends wouldn't be going... lol

Toronto is a great city for pubs. Real Brit and Irish pubs everywhere. I really like it.

Joe Grav said...

I wouldn't doubt it - I'm sure we'll find it, if there is one. I'll let you know.

Jere said...

Joba gives up 2 baserunners, next guy flies out to the wall, next guy dongs. Sweeeet.

9casey said...

My wife watches little baseball, but always thought Mirabelli was good lookin' she didn't care what his average was...

She was just wayching Double HH with me and wondered why he was wearing alligator skin and 5 chains around his neck.

Patrick said...

HURRAY!!!!!!

meanwhile 5-4 TEXASS!!!!!

s1c said...

There we go!!!

Yeah boy!!!

Jere said...

Mayor McScoop

redsock said...

anyone have a texas update?

Amy said...

DP!! Thank goodness. Can we please score some runs?

HH not my type---too skinny and little boy features.

L-girl said...

Mayor McScoop - love it

Joe Grav said...


We wouldn't know! The bars usually have the Jays on, and hockey


drool.... well , not the Jays part


Toronto is a great city for pubs. Real Brit and Irish pubs everywhere. I really like it.


double drool... is it the 22nd yet?

A little night musing said...

Doble matanza!

9casey said...

L-girl said...
L, is a quiet confidence kinda gal..

It's definitely part of the equation.

Although I love Pedro and his confidence is not exactly quiet!


I disagree when he pitched , very quiet just a little stare...

Joe Grav said...

5-4 TEX Bot 5
5-2 CLE bot 8

phil said...

The photo of Bay on mlb.com makes him look plasticine, like Playmobil.

Amy said...

Mirabelli looked better without his cap on---when interviewed post-game, for example.

Some of them look so odd with the cap, others look better with the cap on than with it off.

I bet we can all agree that Randy Johnson is NOT attractive.

Patrick said...

What is the drinking age in TO?

Joe Grav said...

I would love to be at a pub in Toronto on one of those big Hockey Nights in Canada, when all of the 6 Canadian teams are playing one another

efd said...

just rewound YES, which is going on the 2nd tuner - that was Michael Young with the 3R dong off Joba!

L-girl said...

Although I love Pedro and his confidence is not exactly quiet!


I disagree when he pitched , very quiet just a little stare...


You know, you're right!

Joe Grav said...

What is the drinking age in TO?

I've been told 18 and 19, either way I'm good.

phil said...

Toronto drinking age's 19, no?

L-girl said...

What is the drinking age in TO?

No idea.

9casey said...

Amy said...
Mirabelli looked better without his cap on---when interviewed post-game, for example.

Some of them look so odd with the cap, others look better with the cap on than with it off.

I bet we can all agree that Randy Johnson is NOT attractive.



Yeah , but he's tall with a 16 size shoe...:)

A Conformer said...

For some reason Blogger doesn't let me upload a picture for my profile. Any secret to it?

Jere said...

Joba's at 93 pitches, 5 ER on 8 H through 4.2

L-girl said...

I used to call Johnson Mr. Ugly.

Patrick said...

We are still very in this game!!

There's a good chance we can pull up a game in the standings.

RUNS!!

Joe Grav said...

Joba the C word leaves the mound with an apparent injury..

"Aww :("

Jere said...

"Any secret to it?"

Give it a hand joba

Amy said...

Must be the picture you chose, Ofer.

L-girl said...

9C, what are you implying??

Ofer, no secret that I know of. If you're registered, you should be able to upload it.

Patrick said...

Joba the C word leaves the mound with an apparent injury..

That's too bad...HSDOUFHSOFIUGHOIURWJFIJFDGOFDIJGOIFDJG

s1c said...

little boy features

Amy at your age they all have little boy features. ;)

Jere said...

is that a "no Yankee could possibly be failing unless they're injured" injury?

Amy said...

Of course, we are still in this game, Patrick. Only a two run lead, and 3.2 innings to go.

efd said...

in other MFY news, Joba just gave up another hit, then pointed to his pitching shoulder and took himself out of the game.

9casey said...

s1c said...
little boy features

Amy at your age they all have little boy features. ;)



ouch

redsock said...

jedi taking batting tips from tek?

s1c said...

Non con - there is a size restriction. I think its 100K.

Patrick said...

That was harsh, s1c.

Joe Grav said...

I can't wait until Gilgamesh is taken out of this game.

L-girl said...

Joe, when you're here, try to get out of the area around Skydome/Hockey HOF/ CN Tower, and further up into the real, non-tourist city.

A Conformer said...

Must be the picture you chose, Ofer.

What are the rules for picture choosing? Is it a size issue?

9casey said...

L-girl said...
9C, what are you implying??

Big Socks

Amy said...

Nah, S1C, I don't think LBJ has little boy features, despite his youth. His features are manly, even though his face looks young.

Joe Grav said...

Come on Tek.

phil said...

Chocolate Rain in.

L-girl said...

I always think of him as Gilgamesh.

s1c said...

Patrick Amy knows I'm only kidding since we pretty close in age.

Amy said...

Ofer, I was kidding! I meant that you must have picked something they were censoring.

I don't recall having any trouble. What are you trying to upload?

Joe Grav said...

L, there are zillions of things I wanna do, so needless to say I won't end up doing all of it haha. but I will definitely try to check out a lot of the city when I get the chance.

L-girl said...

Big Socks. Of course. Sily me.

phil said...

1 out left in St Petersburg.

Patrick said...

since we pretty close in age.

oh good. I wouldn't dare say such a thing. Young whipper snapper that I am.

L-girl said...

TEK ON BASE AGAIN

Amy said...

TEK got a HIT!! We have a baserunner with BIG quads!

9casey said...

s1c, milfs and cougars are all the rage.....old men are just old men

efd said...

Tek was clearly inspired by Amy's presence in the stands over the weekend.

phil said...

Tek's OBP is 1.000 tonight.

L-girl said...

I just meant in terms of pubs. The places around Skydome are all touristy chain type places.

Amy said...

Patrick, I never even winced at S1C's remark. I am proud of being the old lady around here.

BTW, tomorrow is my birthday, speaking of age.

phil said...

And by 1 out, I mean 4 outs.

Now three.

Amy said...

Efd, I actually was thinking that. My crazy ego....

Joe Grav said...

I am going with some professional drinkers, so I should be ok, as far as pubs go

redsock said...

Boston Sasahe Sox.

Joe Grav said...

happy early bday!

phil said...

At least that should be the last of Meche. We've got a few innings to beat up on KC's relievers.

s1c said...

Non con - 50 K is the limit for profile pictures. (http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42093&ctx=sibling)

L-girl said...

Joe, I want to get the name of your group to tell our friend who is the PA announcer for Toronto FC (NO THE). I don't know if he can do something, but it can't hurt to ask.

Joe Grav said...

McCain ad

Amy said...

Thanks, Joe! And am I "misremembering"...I thought you didn't drink? Or was it just drugs?

Joe Grav said...

Group = The Midnight Riders

A little night musing said...

Is phil feeling any better now that our two competitors are having bad nights?

L-girl said...

Happy Birthday Amy!!

Yeah, be proud of age. I am too. We got here for godsakes.

Patrick said...

I hope that because you're going with pros doesn't mean you won't make mistakes.

Getting kicked out of bars in other countries has a novelty appeal to me.

Joe Grav said...

I've never done drugs and I don't drink regularly, but I'm not opposed to either. Just not my thing.

s1c said...

Old men are just old men?

Ok with me, means I don't have to keep a stick around.

L-girl said...

Professional drinkers, how much is that paying these days? Maybe Allan can make some bucks.

Joe Grav said...



Getting kicked out of bars in other countries has a novelty appeal to me.


I have heard some hilarious stories....

A little night musing said...

I am going with some professional drinkers

You can get paid for drinking? The career possibilities...

efd said...

Age pride!!

I'm guessing I'm near the upper end of the range around here myself.

Amy said...

The last time I minded a birthday was when I turned 40. Now I laugh. Just glad to wake up every morning.

Jere said...

ahhhhh! attacked by a giant bird!

9casey said...

Joe Grav said...
I've never done drugs and I don't drink regularly, but I'm not opposed to either. Just not my thing.


Joe let me know when you are running for office..:)

L-girl said...

The Midnight Riders, ok. From...? Any other info?

phil said...

Not until we win,
eine kleine Nachtsinniert.

Joe Grav said...

2 out in the 9th in St. Pete

s1c said...

Getting kicked out of bars in other countries has a novelty appeal to me.

Depends on the group. Which is why in the Navy we usually went in groups of 10 or so. If they were going to kick one of us out, they were going to have to kick all of us out.

phil said...

Spiders win.

Joe Grav said...

The Midnight Riders, the official supporters club of the New England Revolution of Foxboro, MA. I'm betting we're probably already listed as a 'group in attendance' w/ the ticket office, but I appreciate you putting in the word!

SPIDEYS WIN!

A little night musing said...

I'm guessing I'm near the upper end of the range around here myself.

I'll just see your guess, and raise you by a few.

Amy said...

Efd, we could have a contest. Last year I was the winner, though I think there were a few others within range. I am proud to be young enough to act like a kid when the Sox win or lose and old enough to remember over 30 years of Sox baseball (I was a Mets fan until 1975).

phil said...

First and second with no outs in MFYland.

L-girl said...

Spiders win - yeah! Now can we PLEASE!!!!! capitalize on that???

Patrick said...

Spiders win.

TY Phil. Good to hear. That + Joba shoulder pain is keeping me aloft.

Joe Grav said...

That one really slowed up at the end.

OK Clay, way to hang in there. RUNS

phil said...

Runs, please.

efd said...

I'll just see your guess, and raise you by a few.

Well you should already have a pretty good idea!

A little night musing said...

eine kleine Nachtsinniert.

That has a certain swing to it.

9casey said...

Tito should a lot of conifidence in HH tonight , I would have yanked 2 innings ago..

s1c said...

The last time I minded a birthday was when I turned 40

Thats why I always use the Jack Benny line.

Amy said...

Now that we have finished with Spanish lessons, we are on to German?

L-girl said...

Older folks around here are Amy, s1c, me, Jack Marshall, Allan, and now apparently efd and ALNM.

It's a big range, tho. Very mulitgenerational we are.

But a contest? For being born first?

Joe Grav said...


Joe let me know when you are running for office..:)


God help us all if that happens.

Patrick said...

I think Allan pointed out that HH troubles morphed from 1st inning to 3rd. Rang true again tonight.

A little night musing said...

old enough to remember over 30 years of Sox baseball

You are a mere infant.

9casey said...

Joe Grav said...
The Midnight Riders, the official supporters club of the New England Revolution of Foxboro, MA.


Huh..what do you guys do.

L-girl said...

Well you should already have a pretty good idea!

Do you two know each other IRL?

phil said...

Drew's got multiple first-pitch outs tonight.

L-girl said...

There are no infants in this thread.

Joe, got it, I'm pasting it into an email to Mason now.

Amy said...

Not for being born first, for being around the longest! (I know, same thing.) Plus I was kidding since EFD and ALNM were comparing ages without disclosing anything.

What's with all these posters with initials? So hard to type all those capitals.

Jere said...

I'm a proud representative of the "no one here's my age because most people my age have babies to take care of" demographic. It seems like you have to be either 20 or 40 on this board...

Patrick said...

Ramirez is a good reliever.

Joe Grav said...

Huh..what do you guys do.

Cheer loud, basically. And travel. There's been a representative from our club at every Revolution game since 2001 (including games in Bermuda, Mexico, so. Cal, etc.)

A little night musing said...

But a contest? For being born first?

I didn't realize it was a competitive sport, either.

I guess the 90-year-old woman who lives next door has us all beat, then. Smart of her to be born so early!

9casey said...

During commericals < I flipped to to HBO to see if any ne movies were on .

Three different HBO channels:
Ferris
Breakfast Club
Weekend at Bernies

All classics from my childhood...makes me feel old

Amy said...

Papi, time for some power.

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