September 3, 2008

G139: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

Orioles - 100 300 000 - 4  5  1
Red Sox - 000 000 221 - 5 9 1
Through six innings, the Red Sox had only three baserunners, all of whom failed to reach second. In the final three innings, however, 11 runners reached base, and five of them scored, and the Red Sox walked off with a win and a sweep of the Orioles.

In the ninth, with the game tied 4-4, Alex Cora lined a single to right-center (his third hit of the afternoon). Coco Crisp dropped a squib bunt down the first base line. The ball rolled maybe 15 feet and had just spun over the foul line when it hit a little rock and hopped back into fair territory. Pitcher Jim Miller -- who made his major league debut last night -- grabbed it but his throw was low and late to first. Two on, no outs.

Jacoby Ellsbury (who robbed Aubrey Huff of a home run in the fifth with a leaping catch over the visitors' bullpen wall) also dropped down a bunt. It was directly in front of the plate. Miller got to it quickly, turned and fired to third. His throw was very wild, well to the left of Huff's glove. Indeed, the third base umpire had to duck back out of the way. The ball sailed into left field and Cora scored easily.

Boston got on the board when Dustin Pedroia homered down the left field line with one out in the sixth. Then, with two gone, Jason Bay was hit by a pitch in the foot, Jason Varitek walked on four pitches, Cora bunted for a hit, and Crisp walked. Baltimore led 4-2.

In the seventh, Jed Lowrie was called out on a short check swing. David Ortiz walked and Pedroia doubled into the left field corner (his third hit of the day!). Kotsay then banged a 2-1 pitch that was slicing to left-center. Adam Jones chased it, but seemed afraid of hitting the wall and pulled up short. The ball hit low on the wall, Jones banged into the wall anyway and fell down. It was a game-tying triple for Kotsay.

Cora also made a huge play in the top of the eighth. Baltimore led 4-2 and Huff had singled and stolen second base with no outs. Oscar Salazar hit a grounder to Cora's left and Huff took off for third. In one smooth motion, Cora gloved the ball and whirled and fired to third. Lowrie slapped the tag down on Huff for the out on a very close play. Justin Masterson then got an inning-ending double play two pitches later.

The White Sox beat Cleveland this afternoon 4-2 to stay 4 GB the Red Sox in the WC. ... A Yankees win over the Rays tonight would bring Boston to within three games of first place in the East.

***

Lance Cormier (4.61, 95 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.82, 161 ERA+)

Afternoon baseball!

Kirk is going with his bullpen for the entire game today. This is Cormier's 36th appearance of the year, but it's his first start:
Cormier has been stretched out to four innings once this season, on June 28 in relief against the Nationals, but hasn't pitched more than two innings since that outing. Trembley said on Tuesday night that he had no expectations for Cormier's longevity on Wednesday afternoon.
Kotsay gets a start at 1B, Bay still hitting 6th. Oatmeal inside.

And:
White Sox/Indians at 12
Yankees/Rays at 7
Twins/Blue Jays at 7

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nixon33 said...

HA KAY SAID THE YANKS ARE WATCHING THIS GAME IN THE CLUBHOUSE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HI DEREK!

L-girl said...

NON-MOTHERS DAY MINI-MIRACLE!!!!!!

LABOUR DAY PLUS TWO MIRACLE

nixon33 said...

COME ON BAY, SAC FLY MACHINE!

redsock said...

are the mfy taking notes?

Zenslinger said...

Nick for Kotsay...? He's had all these back problems. Wish his first name was Jack ("Bad Back Jack", also supposedly JFK's nickname among shady types because all his dalliances had to take his back into account when choosing a sexual position.)

redsock said...

remy sorta trying to sell this rally getting started with cora's fielding play.

ish said...

Jeter should be focusing on securing tee times.

nixon33 said...

UGH BAY.

L-GIRL SHOULD IT BE "MOTHOURS DAY MIRACLE" ;P

ish said...

remy sorta trying to sell this rally getting started with cora's fielding play.

I'd say the game turned on Bay's HBP and Tek's walk.

nixon33 said...

Jeter should be focusing on securing TEA times.

FIXED THAT FOR YA.

nixon33 said...

DID REMY STAND UP, IS THAT WHERE ALL THE RUNS ARE COMING FROM???

redsock said...

9 innings is too long for this rag arm pitching staff NOT to implode.

ish said...

Tek had a might cut at that one.

And a gentile breeze is felt here in Maine.

redsock said...

coulda used a go-ahead run there, captain intangibles jr.

nixon33 said...

SoSH:

"Byrd + Kotsay > Nady + Marte"

redsock said...

Crips up 2nd in the 9th!

ish said...

"Byrd + Kotsay > Nady + Marte"

And don't forget about Bay!

Bay + Byrd + Kotsay > Pudge + Nady + Marte

nixon33 said...

HELL YEAH, RS! COCO COMING UP LARGE

redsock said...

feels like we are leading.

shut em down, jm!

nixon33 said...

TITO HAS A LOT OF FAITH IN THIS YOUNGSTER, EH?

redsock said...

castro hitting .209
OBP of .244!!!!!!!

ish said...

:D

ish said...

Come on, Bat. Bring on the heat!

ish said...

OR NOT! INSIDE SLIDER!

L-girl said...

gets the bad news!

redsock said...

An ITPHR from Coco would please me.

ish said...

Who got thrown out of the game?

ish said...

Pitching coach?

redsock said...

Crowley is perturbed.

Seriously perturbed!

ish said...

That pitch may have been inside but that pitch has been called a strike all day.

ish said...

Einstein, FU Nix, and Lyndon

L-girl said...

FU Nix is a better nickname than Ococ!

redsock said...

lyndon was called out on the same pitch on the 6th.

...
win it.

ish said...

Einstein is on!

L-girl said...

Way to go, Genius!

Zenslinger said...

Crowley = hitting coach according to GD.

L-girl said...

This must be Cora's best game ever.

redsock said...

julio is not pleased!

nixon33 said...

OK ITS ALL SETUP FOR YOU COCO, LARGE!

ish said...

what a bounce!

Even the baseball says FU Nix!

L-girl said...

SAFE!!!! FUCK YOU NIX!!!

redsock said...

hit a rock???????????

ish said...

That was a weird weird bounce!

nixon33 said...

OR SMALL!!!!!

ish said...

Does Lyndon bunt?

Zenslinger said...

Bunt single is like a mini ITPHR.

ish said...

FIRST ROUND OF DIRTY WATER IS ON... THE ORIOLES!!!

L-girl said...

AKETROIAQREKDF !!!!!;ALJEROIQ
AERAQERIHKKN

water!

phil said...

Water.

nixon33 said...

YEAH!!!!!!! SPEED KILLLSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!

Zenslinger said...

Dirty.

L-girl said...

Ococ: it's gotta be the haircut.

ish said...

Coco: It hit a rock and kicked back fair.

redsock said...

Heidi: "Coco, great bunt, what's going through your mind?

Crisp: "F U NIX!"

Heidi: "Excuse me?"

Crisp: "F U NIX!"

Heidi: "I do not understand."

Crisp: "F U NIX!"

Heidi: "Uh, alright. Back up to you Don."

Crisp: "F U NIX!"

nixon33 said...

WE ARE A SERIOUSLY HOTTTTTTTTT TEAM RIGHT NOW HOLY FUCK!

nixon33 said...

HI DEREK!

ish said...

Coco: He's the best hitter in the game right now, without a doubt. last two months, hitting over .400, he's really unbelieveable.

on Pedroia.

Zenslinger said...

All I can see is "In play, run(s)" on GD still. What exactly happened?

ish said...

Kotsay: You don't really get a rhythm or a feel for each individual guys, you've really gotta battle. (on facing 9 innings of bullpen)

L-girl said...

Ok ok ok ok I made a horrible mistake, I take it all back, we are going to the postseason!!!!!

ish said...

All I can see is "In play, run(s)" on GD still. What exactly happened?

Jacoby bunted, the pitcher threw to third but threw it wide and down the left field line and Cora scored the winning run.

Zenslinger said...

Thanks, Ish.

Joe Grav said...

frickin' A!

ish said...

Francona: "I think it's fairly obvious about how we feel about this ballclub. But this is just another example."

Joe Grav said...

That was one of the weirdest ways to finish off a win, EVER

ish said...

"Their two guys did such a good job and we didn't get anything going, and they did. But we kept playing. Forced them into an error, and Kotsay made a beautiful swing... this game was losable, and we'll take any game we can win."

On Cora's play to third: "You don't make that play unless you know you're going that way before the ball is in the glove. That was a game saver."

Joe Grav said...

go...yankees?

ish said...

Joe, I'll help you out here.

Go Yankees!!!

Joe Grav said...

my eyes, they burn

ish said...

Red Sox are 3.5 games behind Tampa, and 7.5 games ahead of New York. GO YANKEES.

nixon33 said...

REMEMBER LBJ SAVING A HR? HUGE.

ish said...

Character win today.

nick said...

sitting here enjoying the park, particularly since I missed the first 3 1/2. I yelled at Nixon when ococ beat that out. Later!

Stefan said...

carl pa va no
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP

ish said...

Official scorer gave Lyndon a sacrifice bunt along with the E1.

ish said...

The ending of this one was similar to the mother's day miracle...

redsock said...

NICK!

The Sox wanted to make sure you were in the park and all comfy before they started bangin'!

I assume no one emailed to claim the ticket. Maybe someone outside the park got lucky?

redsock said...

Great Day so far:

Blog in AM
Romp with dogs at park
Watch Red Sox win

Now --
Feed dogs
Get wine flowing
Grill steaks
Eat steaks and fresh corn outside
(Dogs eat outside too; it's beautiful today)
Look at and start filing out Canadian citizenship application papers!
Check in on the sinking FKR

ish said...

Beautiful day here too. Might go out for a walk tonight, take some cool pictures maybe. Check in on FKR.

ish said...

Mark Kotsay was hit by a pitch in the foot,

Kotsay struck out swinging, then Bay got hit in the foot.

ish said...

Pedroia's now batting .333!

Bradley: .327
Mauer: .323
Kinsler: .319
Damon: .317

ish said...

ESPN's fantasy rating (% own recommendation) for Pedroia: 100%!

redsock said...

Kotsay struck out swinging, then Bay got hit in the foot.

Thanks. Must have been in a hurry to get to the wine.

Pepe Lepew said...

I just got back after climbing a mountain. How'd the Sox do?
HY went 3-for4 with another home run?

nixon33 said...

Now --
Feed dogs
Get wine flowing
Grill steaks
Eat steaks and fresh corn outside
(Dogs eat outside too; it's beautiful today)
Look at and start filing out Canadian citizenship application papers!
Check in on the sinking FKR


JEALOUS!!!!!!!

9casey said...

redsock said...
Kotsay struck out swinging, then Bay got hit in the foot.

Thanks. Must have been in a hurry to get to the wine.


Great win , didn't LBJ rob Huff or did he also rob Markakis?

redsock said...

didn't LBJ rob Huff or did he also rob Markakis?

DAMN!!!!

You'd think I hit the sauce before I started typing.

redsock said...

Now, what I did on Saturday .... not so jealous.

...

Fuck the Rays.

redsock said...

FUK DUH RAYZ!

nixon33 said...

not the YES network, more like the NO network.

phil said...

FKR 1 - MFY 0.

It isn't the Rays who are getting fucked at the moment.

phil said...

Apparently Aardsma's sister is considerably better looking.

ish said...

For the record, I'm not real good at rooting for the Yankees. As the pitch is delivered, I still have irrational thoughts of them crashing and burning. Then I remember, oh yeah, they're the not-as-bad guys right now.

nixon33 said...

HINSKE DOING MORE TO HELP THE SOX NOW THAN HE EVER DID IN A SOX UNI!!

phil said...

2-1 MFY.

phil said...

How do people root for Carl Pavano?

SoSock said...

Nice.
I SO wanted to say F-it when I left the job I was at around 1:00, and come home to take in some baseball. But the pocketbook is skimpy since the long stay in the hospital and I decided the work thing had to come first.
dammit
Sounds like a wild finish!
Off to the showers then I'll follow along as the Devil Ray express starts to sputter :)
Anybody else for a little Raydenfreude?

phil said...

A-Rod actually delivers with Abreu on second. 3-1 MFY.

phil said...

Three consecutive doubles make it 4-1 MFY.

phil said...

Shemp single. 5-1 MFY.

phil said...

6-1 on another A-rod hit with a runner in scoring position. Mr. September indeed.

SoSock said...

Shit - a Gross home run, and I mean gross.
Don't blow this dammit.
Gggg (cough cough) ggo (gulp,shudder) Yyyankees (gurgle gurgle)

phil said...

Gross dong. 6-3 MFY.

ish said...

Carl Pavano is such a cock.

And so are the Rays.

Cannot!

ish said...

Here's how bad this was... The runners were off with the pitch. If Cano catches that ball, there is a legitimate chance for a triple play.

ish said...

If I were a Yankee fan I'd be so pissed at this season it'd be terrible. I hate this team.

ish said...

In both ways. Tonight wanting them to win, and playing against them. They're just a bunch of tools and cocks.

efd said...

It's almost not even fun to watch this game, I really don't want either of these teams to win.

Man, I wished I'd thought of recording this afternoon's game on EI - sounds like it was a great one!

ish said...

It's one thing to leave your bat when you get a hit, but Aybar walks up the first base line, breaks his bat on the ground, and leaves it there. Asshole. I don't know why I'm so pissed off about that.

ish said...

Giant squander for the Rays.

ish said...

Pavano better give chocolate rain a big kiss on the lips when he gets into the dugout.

nixon33 said...

that was close.

nixon33 said...

CHOCOLATE RAIN!!!!

ish said...

Maybe the MFY can put up a few more runs so their bullpen isn't such a liability.

ish said...

Mitt Romney: "We Americans inherited the greatest nation on the earth."

WTF?

ish said...

Yankees using Phil Coke with a 3 run lead.

SoSock said...

Coke doesn't even have a picture to put up on GDGD.
Christ. And they say they haven't given up the ship - malarkey, I say!

ish said...

MIN: 000 000 3 - 3 8 2
TOR: 002 000 1 - 3 6 0

phil said...

That's the A-Rod we know.

Strike'em out, throw'em out.

ish said...

Pena almost hit one out.

SoSock said...

Thanks Carlos - a 1-pitch out after the visit.
Six to go!

SoSock said...

Oooof.
Close one eh?
Glad I could only see "out(s)".
Maybe time for a change next inning?
Remember Skankees - every game is a must win!

ish said...

A very Manny type play there.

nick said...

redsock said...
The Sox wanted to make sure you were in the park and all comfy before they started bangin'!

I assume no one emailed to claim the ticket. Maybe someone outside the park got lucky?


Someone got quite lucky. There were a gazillion people out there trying to scalp tickets...no one was taking. didn't help that it was the 3rd inning by the time I got there. There was really no chance of my selling the ticket with a good 10 people around me trying to sell handfuls of 'em, so I tried giving it away. Wasn't until the 10th or so person shrugged me off, that a guy said "really?". Yup. He came in and we watched the game. He works for the Boston Phoenix and had just gotten off work.

I appreciated the sox waiting for me, but I almost wish they coulda sent it into extra innings so I could get my full 9. After the game a couple of guys near me started a "let's go, yankees" chant. well, they chanted. it was pretty funny.

got home a few minutes ago--torrential downpours in the western part of the state--and off to the radio.

ish said...

Damon went all the way back to the wall before jumping back at the wall, catching it, and banging into the wall.

nick said...

I forgot to mention that as I was leaving this morning, I borrowed a car because mine has a minor problem. I got as far as the Mass Pike in Lee and it stalled out and overheated! Took an extra hour and change, but I got my car and took that.

There were a lot of kids there. maybe I should have taken emma. all the same, in the past.

As Mark Twain said, "Don't let school interfere with your education." My mom gave me a poster of that when I was around emma's age.

phil said...

Pudge has a .265 OBP as a MFY.

SoSock said...

Broomy in, and Floyd is lifted for a PH - wtf?

phil said...

Min and Tor both score in the 9th. Still tied 4-4.

nixon33 said...

NICK AWESOME JOB BY YOU GIVING IT AWAY!
MY FRIEND ON HIS BDAY GOT TIX GIVEN TO HIM BY DOME RANDOM DUDE! CRAZY

phil said...

By the way, you know how we complain that Tampa hasn't bothered to show up for this Rays team despite all its success?

You should see the game threads they put up at DRaysBay. Thousands of comments per game.

phil said...

McDonald K. MIN/TOR goes into extras.

phil said...

Minnesota plays small ball and fails (single, sac bunt, ground out, ground out). Still tied going into the bottom of the tenth.

phil said...

Abreu draws a 12-pitch walk. I hate that guy.

ish said...

Come on slappy. Hit a dong here and put this one on ice.

ish said...

Heh. Ask and you shall receive, eh?

nixon33 said...

i hate abreu more than anyone else on the yanks. even more than the guy that fucks madonna.

ish calls it!

Amy said...

Hi, everyone. I saw the big innings in today's game---great comeback. Then went back to teach my night class.

Instant replay coming up?

phil said...

Rios triple. One out in Toronto. Wells is getting IBBed.

ish said...

Looked gone to me... But it's gotta be foul.

ish said...

Might we see instant replay?

ish said...

No wait. it's gone.

I have no idea.

Amy said...

I cannot believe I am rooting for the Yankees. Harvey finds it rather amusing.

And who said we can't possibly catch up and win the Division? Never say die.

phil said...

Lind gets IBBed too. Bases loaded with one out.

ish said...

Here it is, first time there is instant replay!

Cheer comes up from the crowd.

SoSock said...

A-rod - comes thru!
Wow, haven't heard that much this year :)
Glad this is in TB, don't have to listen to the part-time luvin' on him.

Amy said...

First time for instant replay, and of course, it's ARod and the Yankees!

nixon33 said...

foul!

phil said...

Curtis Thigpen gets his seventh at bat of the season.

ish said...

Instant replay call: Home run!

phil said...

A-rod's dong got reversed? GDGD's frozen.

Pepe Lepew said...

Sutcliffe's an idiot. From the one angle, it looked like an obvious home run.

nixon33 said...

instant replay fails!
HAHAHAHA

it was totally foul!
HAHAHAHA

ish said...

See, it seems like it goes around the first foul pole... There's that second pole on the catwalk - it hit the left side of it.

2 minutes, 15 seconds for the delay.

SoSock said...

Hey, GDGD shows a homer, but there's a blue box in the upper left corner that says Replay Delay.
mmm, kinda sounds like a rap or something.

phil said...

So MLB can't even get instant replay right. That's so sad.

Amy said...

So will they ever overturn a field call using instant replay? Or will this just be a farce?

ish said...

Now there is this long delay after the call's been made.

nixon33 said...

IT WAS FOUL. end of story.
the yellow line thats an EXTENSION OF THE FOUL POLE, BEHIND THE FOUL POLE WAS TO THE RIGHT OF WHERE THE BALL LANDED, THEREFOR ITS A FOUL BALL.

SoSock said...

Now they've changed the "action" box to say - "play reviewed and stands as called - Alex Rod. homers on a etc. etc."
A first! Well, for me anyway.

ish said...

I'm still not sure if it's fair or foul. See, we don't know what the exact ground rules are.

To me, the ball looks like it goes around the foul pole, but then there's that second foul pole on the catwalk that the ball hit to the foul-side of. If that's the case, it should be a home run.

phil said...

Thigpen K. Overbay fly out. Still tied going into the 11th.

nixon33 said...

NAH, it was over the foul pole, but to the left of the extended yellow foul line.
foul ball.
the angles you are seeing dont mean shit cause they arent exact.
i find it humorous that they blew it.

Pepe Lepew said...

To me, the ball looks like it goes around the foul pole, but then there's that second foul pole on the catwalk that the ball hit to the foul-side of. If that's the case, it should be a home run.

It looked to me like it went right over the top of the main foul pole.

nixon33 said...

FOOTBAL REF: INCONCLUSIVE

ish said...

O'Brien: "The second pole is meant to be a guide for the umpires. It's not an official foul pole."

phil said...

This is why you shouldn't play baseball inside a diorama. Get a real field, Tampa.

SoSock said...

So was that really the 1st time IR has been used?
Wouldn't you know. I'll have to tune in SC now to get a look.
Regardless, 5 run lead now and the bottom of the order up for the Satanic Rays. Now if they will just be, you know, bottomy of the ordery, we'll only be 4 back in the loss column!

ish said...

Nix, you've got it right. If they were playing by football or hockey rules, this call would stand because it's no longer about whether it's fair or foul... The call was a home run, and there was no conclusive evidence to support overturning the call.

ish said...

So was that really the 1st time IR has been used?
Wouldn't you know. I'll have to tune in SC now to get a look.
Regardless, 5 run lead now and the bottom of the order up for the Satanic Rays. Now if they will just be, you know, bottomy of the ordery, we'll only be 4 back in the loss column!


Yep.

ish said...

This is why you shouldn't play baseball inside a diorama. Get a real field, Tampa.

Same thing could happen with a ball that goes over Pesky's pole.

nixon33 said...

KAH IS FURIOUS ABOUT THE SECONDARY FOUL POLE!

Ish is totally right if it hooks around, HR> but that angle they were showing was from way over at the first base side, so of course it looked like it hooked fair.
very interesting...

phil said...

Twins go 1-2-3. Still tied going into the bottom of the 11th.

andy said...

That would not happen in perfect Fenway.

nixon33 said...

KAY rather...

SoSock said...

That walk was Gross and Grotesque

ish said...

I'd love to have heard Kay's reaction. Watching ESPN here.

andy said...

I say Arod did not run because if he did he would not have had a good view of the ball.

tim said...

Probably a bit delayed here but...lmao! "Phil Coke" - ha!

ish said...

Kinda nice to say you've witnessed a unique event in baseball history, though. First ever instant replay.

SoSock said...

I freaking HATE def. ind.
Unless of course you're up by 8 or something.

ish said...

Probably a bit delayed here but...lmao! "Phil Coke" - ha!

Seriously, huh? Love that name.

ish said...

Wonder if Allan's sloshed right about now.

phil said...

Rolen double. No outs.

ish said...

I wonder if the Red Sox have scouts at this game.

nixon33 said...

get mo up!

tim said...

My one comment of the past month.

I just clicked on the box for the MFY/FKR game and saw that name.

All-drug team???

ish said...

Funny. Rooting for three out of five teams in the AL East tonight. Boston, New York, and Toronto.

ish said...

3 GB!!!

ish said...

How about a second round of dirty water for those of you here tonight.

Pepe Lepew said...

Let's see what they say on "baseball tonight" about the video replay call.

phil said...

Rays lose.

nixon33 said...

allen + sox win + rays loss + the irony of rooting for the MFY + no pain + pain killers + fine wine = elegantly wasted

ish said...

Phillies fading in the NL East...

phil said...

Snider single. First and third with no outs for Toronto.

redsock said...

Wonder if Allan's sloshed right about now.

Somewhat sloshed!

SoSock said...

I see out(s)!!!
4 back.
Gee, I'm so...glad.....the.........
Yyyyyy, never mind.

ish said...

What the eff? ESPN has their HD feed on for my non-HD tv. Weird.

phil said...

So you get to keep taking the percocets after the stone passes?

phil said...

It must be demoralizing for the FKR to lose to a shitty team like the MFY. Hopefully they never recover.

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