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

1,018 comments:

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Joe Grav said...

Be the Clutch.

Amy said...

Come on, Papi. We need you NOW.

Patrick said...

Rekindle Allan's love for you, Flo. Hit the dong that sparks the passion.

A Conformer said...

Now, Papi, give us some magic.

Joe Grav said...

take him oppo

phil said...

Runs, please.

L-girl said...

And i type very fast due to typing so damn much.

RMD? No idea and Google is not helping. Repetitive... disorder? I'm guessing.

Joe Grav said...

okay papi

take a nice big spit and a nice big clap

L-girl said...

please please please please please please please

Joe Grav said...

LETS GO DAVID

phil said...

Rhythmic movement disorder?

Patrick said...

Rhumatoid Darthritis?

s1c said...

a tingle going up my leg, its Papi Time!!!

Joe Grav said...

dos y dos

A little night musing said...

Rhythmic movement disorder

Heh. I wish.

Repetitive motion disorder.

redsock said...

runs mr. david?

L-girl said...

Rhumatoid Darthritis?

ha ha ha ha

Joe Grav said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh FUCK

Amy said...

Pffft.

Joe Grav said...

!@$#!@#!@#!@#!

Patrick said...

Joakim, don't look directly into the beard.

phil said...

Please, Youk.

Amy said...

Like carpal tunnel syndrome?

s1c said...

Sweaty Dong time!!!

Joe Grav said...

well, it's up to beaker

redsock said...

IT'S BAY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

Bay is bad against off speed stuff. This makes sense.

L-girl said...

Different than Repetitive Strain Injury? (which I meant to say earlier, not RSD, RSI)

Don't type to tell me, I'll look it up myself.

Amy said...

IBB to Youk. Fooey.

phil said...

Salty squanders. Still 5-5 TEX.

s1c said...

Frag, taking the bat out of Youk's hand.

Joe Grav said...

i don't feel as good about this as i should

phil said...

Bay's chance to be the hero.

L-girl said...

Ok Bay, be the hero, earn those standing o's!!!!!

Amy said...

Bay's big chance here to make us love him.

redsock said...

Beaker Bomb?

A Conformer said...

This is an interesting situation.

A little night musing said...

Like carpal tunnel syndrome?

Like, but in other parts of my hand.

Patrick said...

I wouldn't mind winning on some bizzare bloop single.

s1c said...

gaak, those numbers are as bad as teks with the bases loaded.

Joe Grav said...

Bay, what the FUCK are you waiting for? THAT WAS ONE TO HIT.

redsock said...

bay - make them soria

Joe Grav said...

oH!

L-girl said...

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Patrick said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! I"LL TAKE IT!!!


What do you have to say Mayor??!?!

Amy said...

Oh. My. God. What was that??? Never saw that before!

s1c said...

the awesomeness of Bay causes the collision. Yeah boy, its Jedi time!!!

A little night musing said...

That's one!

Patrick said...

Casey is a Jedi?!?! Amazing.

L-girl said...

How bout it Mayor McDong???

phil said...

Please.

Joe Grav said...

swing.

redsock said...

no mayor mctease, pls

s1c said...

oops, its the Mayors time.

A Conformer said...

Not heroic... but I'll take it.

Joe Grav said...

!#$1

Amy said...

Casey at the bat. Hard not to think of that at a time like this. Two out, tying run at third, two strikes.

s1c said...

c'mon sean, do it, do it for the children.

s1c said...

f***********************************************************************************************************************************************************

Amy said...

Shit. Shit.

Patrick said...

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH.

F U TEAHEN.

good game. good game.

L-girl said...

FUCK

water stays clean

we stay 3 GB

phil said...

:(

Joe Grav said...

I FUCKING HATE WHEN THEY FUCKING DO THAT

Joe Grav said...

!@$##!@#!#$!@#$!@#$!@#$!

L-girl said...

Wow, that was tough. I feel like every time Tamper loses, we have to be happy just to not slip further back.

s1c said...

Kathryn that has got to be the ugliest dress I have ever seen.

Patrick said...

Lobotomy. Nurse Ratched'd.

Joe Grav said...

i wanna go crawl into a hole

A Conformer said...

FUCK, that looked good off the bat

A little night musing said...

Not nice.

That was not the ending I ordered. Waiter!

Joe Grav said...

this one stings.

Amy said...

That really sucked. I hate those teases in the 9th, but I actually love them. Better that they threaten than when they look dead.

Tomorrow they win.

Patrick said...

I hope this one stews in HH and cultivates the super hero in him.

Joe Grav said...

Time to root for Texas to calm myself down.

s1c said...

Play of the Game is the K by Tek. Yeah just rub it in remdawg.

A little night musing said...

I hate those teases in the 9th, but I actually love them.

I know what you mean.

Patrick said...

Time to watch the Yankees lose.

Amy said...

Good night, everyone. Thanks for making this loss a little more tolerable than it would have been watching without you all!

Joe Grav said...

No... no... I fucking hate them. The Sox must do it far more often than anyone else, I am sure.

phil said...

Damon doubles with two outs.

A Conformer said...

There's been no change in the standings for 2 straight days. Texas, make it 3.

SoSock said...

Well, apparently the result was not good.
I'm using the laptop at the hospital on their wifi and got booted from GDGD and JoS right after Pedroia's hit.
Shit.
And I hate sleeping on these chairs even more aftr a loss.

redsock said...

Whatta got for us, CI?

Patrick said...

We are very good at loading the bases against a closer.

A little night musing said...

G'night, big sis!

(Jim Rice is just about a year older than I am... we're not all that far apart.}

redsock said...

Whatta got for us, CI?

NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!

redsock said...

We are very good at loading the bases against a closer.

That is a good talent to have.

Joe Grav said...

why? why? why do they always load the bases or bring it within one run ? why? GAHh.


Nice grab by Hamilton.

phil said...

CI weak fly. Texas time.

A Conformer said...

CI lines out calmly to end the inning

OK, gotta get to work

Good night, everybody

Joe Grav said...

Time to listen to some music really loud on the bose radio (i'm still home alone)

any suggestions?

L-girl said...

Good night all. Nice to have two new threaders on board.

A Conformer said...

Time to listen to some music really loud on the bose radio (i'm still home alone)

any suggestions?


Mars Volta?

s1c said...

666 - aphrodites child.

Patrick said...

Yeah, Joe. The Rodeo Song


just ridiculous.

Joe Grav said...

Mars Volta, not a bad pick. My gf has one of their CDs and there's a chacne it's lying around here.

SoSock said...

I would have thought Jim Rice was a little younger. He's actually 5 years older than me. So I'm not the oldest at the table, at least not all the time.
BTW - Chipper Jones, Carlos Beltran, Omar Vizquel - all born on my birhday :)

phil said...

Candyland BB.

s1c said...

amazon link

A little night musing said...

Good night, l-girl. Thanks for making us welcome!

I don't know how long I can stick with the Yankees game, since I can't actually, y'know, see it. Well, I could do Gameday, I guess.

Patrick said...

Or maybe this biohazzard song

A Conformer said...

Mars Volta, not a bad pick. My gf has one of their CDs and there's a chacne it's lying around here.

They make some of the best complex loud music there is, as far as I'm concerned.
Anyway, I really gotta go, if I wanna go to sleep before 5AM today.

Joe Grav said...

muse - origin of symmetry it is

redsock said...

They make some of the best complex loud music there is, as far as I'm concerned.

I know the name, but not the music. Maybe something for a future SE?

Joe Grav said...

fully expecting a new SE for every day of the offseason :p

A little night musing said...

Vangelis! That's a great pick. I heard some of that (on FMU, no doubt) not too long ago and was reminded how fantastic it was

phil said...

Vangelis? Guess I'm not so weird for listening to Mike Oldfield at the moment.

Patrick said...

NYY has their newest bullpen arm going for them.

I'm eager to see him fail. So mean.

redsock said...

fully expecting a new SE for every day of the offseason :p

that actually crossed my mind when i was walking the dogs either sat or sun before work.

i don't think that'll happen! maybe weekly?

s1c said...

Vangelis! That's a great pick. I heard some of that (on FMU, no doubt) not too long ago and was reminded how fantastic it was

My lawn mowing music is usually that one or the two Clannad cds I burned on one disc. Both cds end just about the time I finish up.

A little night musing said...

Vangelis is involved in Aphrodite's Child. That's what I was referring to.

redsock said...

Marte in 9th: BB K BB

winning run to 2nd, 1 out

pit coach visit.

phil said...

Laird BB. Two on, one out.

A little night musing said...

The count is now 4-1. Heh, Gameday.

s1c said...

Vangelis is involved in Aphrodite's Child. That's what I was referring to

Yep, that is usually how I get some one to listen to it, I just say its Vangelis before he became Vangelis.

SoSock said...

MFY losing run at second!
1 out

redsock said...

michael young up

flaherty has a horrible voice for b'casting

s1c said...

Merloni, ripping the Sox for losing this opportunity.

Showing the Brewers fighting in the dug out.

Manny did it better.

redsock said...

Hamilton Time!

I guess FB is used up

phil said...

Hamilton's turn.

Joe Grav said...

come on j-ham

SoSock said...

Damn, gotta have a hit now -

Why is it I feel compelled to stay and watch the results of the Skankees game after a loss but could care less after a win?

(I know the answer, just throwing it out there)

s1c said...

hey, 80 or so more posts and JOS will be a blogspot top 10.

Patrick said...

Loaded for some cat named Byrd.

phil said...

Byrd's turn.

s1c said...

MFY's lose as its grand dong time!!!

redsock said...

LOVE THAT TEXAS-SIZED DONG!!!!!!!!!

phil said...

MFYS lose.

Joe Grav said...

HAHAHAHA YANKEES LOSE

s1c said...

Merloni saying FY reminds him of Nomar.

SoSock said...

Holy Shit - a W-O grand salami!
Gotta love it!

A little night musing said...

Well, that took some of the sting out of the Sox loss.

Good night all!

Patrick said...

BWAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!


Very good. Very very good. Joba goes down, TFR lose, MFY lose on a grand dong.

Not a bad night in my eyes.

Joe Grav said...

you mean 80 more comments on this post? or 80 more posts on the main page? because im willing to hang around

redsock said...

bases loaded - first pitch fastball - blast to rcf - dud runs outta room at the wall

MUST BE TIME FOR ANOTHER TEAM MEETING, JOE!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

hey, 80 or so more posts and JOS will be a blogspot top 10.

????

s1c said...

Grav 80 more comments. Usually get a blogger of note if you reach 1000 or so comments on a post.

Patrick said...

Hanky has been good about zipping it. A few more losses and I'm sure he will speak up. I'm up.

Joe Grav said...

byrd high-fives the fans

redsock said...

I don't think so. I don't think it has anything to do with posts. The ones listed are just the last 10 they chose, usually one a day.

JoS was the Blog of Note on the day of WS Game 1 last October. I assume that was intentional.

redsock said...

A few more losses and I'm sure he will speak up.

He better.

I would also like some Fat Billy news.

s1c said...

Redsock, at 1000 comments it kicks a trigger.

phil said...

Still, couldn't hurt.

A Conformer said...

Good to see the MFY lost. And Joba with a stiff shoulder- double good.
Now, if only the Rays would lose in a day the Sox win...

Patrick said...

byrd high-fives the fans

Lastings Byrd? I like it. Makes me giggle.

phil said...

It's somewhat reassuring that everyone sucks tonight. Losing to KC, even on the road, hurts a little though.

redsock said...

JoS

October 24.

redsock said...

Hmmmmmmm, I think we did hit 1,000+ for ALCS 7.

redsock said...

They wouldn't chose the same blog twice in one year though.

Patrick said...

I need to get off this soul sucking device. Good night everyone. Thanks for the laughs.

phil said...

We were at or near 1k comments nearly every game during the playoffs last year.

phil said...

2007 was last year.

A Conformer said...

I know the name, but not the music. Maybe something for a future SE?

Check them out. I have 3 converts under my belt already... I pride myself on my music missionarism.

s1c said...

They wouldn't chose the same blog twice in one year though

That was the first one though that went over 1000 by the end of the game. We got close a couple of games before that, then that game broke the barrier then it was like lets beat last nights.

s1c said...

Of course my memory could be wrong.

But I just seem to remember that I checked out all of the blogs of note for that day and they were all in the 1000+ category.

phil said...

I don't have any Mars Volta. Little Vangelis, too.

I've got twenty four hours of Mozart, though. What's that worth?

s1c said...

Terry on Clay, he tried to be too perfect in that inning instead of trusting his stuff.

Are you concerned about Papi?

Nah, he just needs to get the timing down.

s1c said...

Mozart, though. What's that worth?

More of a Hovannes man myself.

redsock said...

There have been blogs chosen that are very small, hardly known, no way they get a 1,000 visitors in a week, let alone 1,000 comments on a post.

s1c said...

Well the good news is we probably tired out their closer tonight. Hey, looking for silver linings.

s1c said...

There have been blogs chosen that are very small, hardly known, no way they get a 1,000 visitors in a week, let alone 1,000 comments on a post.

Yeah I hit the history and it looks like you are right.

Joe Grav said...

Good ballgame between Houston and the Cubbies.

s1c said...

Holy crap. Tek last 7 games hitting .294 with seven walks. Holy crap.

s1c said...

Mayor making Meche and Soria out to be Spahn and Sain. Hey, they've got a good club. Sean have you looked at their freaking record lately?

SoSock said...

Wow, knocking on the door of 1000, haven't seen that since last year's playoff threads.

Looks like I'm staying here (at the hospital) for the night, guess I'll hang out and see if we get there. Can't sleep worth a shit ere anyway.

redsock said...

2 Mars Volta boots (if the d/l links work, that is)

Summer Demo Sessions (2002)
1. Inertiatic ESP
2. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
3. Drunkship Of Lanterns
4. Eriatarka
5. Cicatriz ESP
6. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed
7. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt
8. Eunuch Provocateur


Live at Stodola Club
Warsaw Poland (2005)

Fist Full of Dollars
Drunkship Of Lanterns
Concertina
Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt
Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus
L' Via L' Viaquez
Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
The Widow
Cassandra Geminni

redsock said...

Hope everything is okay, SoSock!

s1c said...

Sosock - keep the faith and I could never sleep at the hospital either. mpawy.

phil said...

More of a Hovannes man myself.

As a violist back in the day, I've got Chahagir.

SoSock said...

Fluid on the lungs - doing a procedure tomorrow.
Yesterday I'm on top of the world after our big LL victory, today I get a call around noon saying they're admitting her again.
Cancer SUCKS!

s1c said...

Chahagir, man thats a name I haven't thought about in decades.

SoSock said...

Phil - have you heard Vanessa Mae - she's pretty "awesome". :)

s1c said...

Cancer SUCKS

Having had two major scares in the last 4 years with BH I agree.

phil said...

Doesn't ring a bell.

phil said...

Cancer does suck.

phil said...

Chahagir is beloved among violists as not being a violin handmedown.

Joe Grav said...

cubs in another rain delay

SoSock said...

Vanessa is a classical violinist who often uses a more modern style on the classics.
As a violinist yourself, I bet you'd enjoy it.
I wish I had stuck with it. Took it for 2 years as a preteen, then swithed to winds. When I went back to strings it was the guitar.

phil said...

Hovhaness has two Hs, by the way, and unlike some HHs, he doesn't suck lately.

Of course he's been dead since 2000, so he isn't available to pitch.

phil said...

As a violinist yourself

Asshole.

Violist :)

s1c said...

C'mon, you've been teasing me about Papi talking about manny. Play the fragging thing so I can go to bed!

A Conformer said...

I think I got the picture thing. Let's see...

Testing.

phil said...

GDGD has the Byrd grandslam video now.

SoSock said...

Oops.

Joe Grav said...

It pains me every time I refresh this page and I see the 'come on Papi'' stuff

s1c said...

Hows the mood changed:

Its getting to the point where everybody is relaxing and playing the game. That black cloud that was going around the club house has been cleaned up.

About Bay:

Its good, hes a good player and he's a good kid. Doesn't have much to say but he's a good kid.

Wrist:

Coming along, someday's its uncomfortable. Just trying to hit the ball, my timing is just fine.

SoSock said...

Ofer - King Cimson & Mahavishnu?
Maybe I'll have to check out this Mars Volta after all.

phil said...

We needed him.

phil said...

I've got some Mahavishnu Orchestra but haven't listened to it lately.

SoSock said...

S1 - Is that on ESPN?
I'll have to look for it tomorrow if so.
Cat's wathing Murder She Wrote now, and obviously there's only 1 TV here.

s1c said...

Took it for 2 years as a preteen, then swithed to winds. When I went back to strings it was the guitar.

Sax, drums and piano for me, though the last time I picked up an instrument has been ages ago (navy days).

B-fly plays the flute and guitar.

tim said...

Lets get it to 1000!

I'm back! This Mariners game is crazy! I turned it on and it was 6-0 Minnesota. Now 6-6 after an Ibanez grand slam.

s1c said...

SoSock no its on NESN sportsdesk.

s1c said...

c'mon, six more posts and then I can go to bed!!!

tim said...

haha 4 more after this!

phil said...

I don't like hearing Manny described as a black cloud, imo.

Cloud Cult isn't terrible.

tim said...

Jose Vidro, Mariners DH has been the shittiest player in this rally that I've been watching.

phil said...

Vidro's got a negative OPS, no?

phil said...

Pretty sure.

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