September 10, 2008

G145: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 (14)

Rays    - 010 000 000 000 03 - 4 12  2
Red Sox - 001 000 000 000 01 - 2 8 0
Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson, Manny Delcarmen, and Javier Lopez held the line against the Rays for 7.1 innings (a combined 7.1-3-0-4-6 line), but the Boston bats could not push a single run across the plate to either take the lead or win the game. And so, finally, in the 14th inning, Mike Timlin trotted in from the pen.

He came into the 1-1 game with no one on and one out. He got the second out on his first pitch, a ground ball to third. Then Akinori Iwamura smacked a 3-0 pitch into center for a hit. Timlin got a swinging strike on Rocco Baldelli, but surrendered a line drive single to left. Still, all Timlin needed was one out.

Carlos Pena looked at a ball, then lofted a pitch high and deep to the opposite field. Jason Bay tracked it to his right in left field, but could only watch as the ball disappeared into the Monster Seats. The three-run dong gave Tampa a 4-1 lead. ... After a walk, Old Yeller got the final out.

Jacoby Ellsbury (0-for-6 to that point) began the bottom half of the 14th with a double to right-center off Troy Percival. Dustin Pedroia walked on five pitches (FY reached base six times tonight) and David Ortiz walked on four. With the potential winning run at the plate, Joe Maddon yanked Percival and went with Jason Hammel.

Youkils worked a full count before hitting a routine fly ball to right. Lyndon scored and FY took third. Bay looked overmatched, eventually striking out by lunging at an outside pitch he could not have reached with an oar. That left the Sox's fate in the hands of Alex Cora -- who hacked on 2-0 and flew harmlessly to center.

Lost among the late-inning action was the positively horrific umpiring, especially Dan Iassogna behind the plate. His strike zone to left-handed hitters -- especially Red Sox left-handed hitters -- grew an extra foot outside. And Ron Kulpa blew an easy call at first base in the bottom of the ninth, when Ellsbury beat out a grounder to third. It would have given Pedroia a chance to bat with the bases loaded, but Kulpa's incorrect call (replays showed he clearly blew it) ended the inning.

Boston fell back to 2.5 GB in the East -- with 17 games remaining. The Twins beat the Royals 7-1 to move 5 GB in the wild card. The Angels clinched the AL West with a 4-2> win over the Yankees and the White Sox edged the Blue Jays 6-5.

***

Andy Sonnanstine (4.66, 93 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (4.20, 108 ERA+)

Sonnanstine has not faced the Red Sox this season.

The BR preview says Beckett has never faced the Rays, but that's not true. He has made eight starts against them: three in 2006 (May 25, July 3, and September 27), two in 2007 (July 5 and September 21) and three times this year (April 27, May 3, and June 4).

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Yankees/Angels at 3:30
Blue Jays/White Sox at 8
Royals/Twins at 8
East
Rays 86 57 --- Magic #
Red Sox 85 59 1.5 18
Blue Jays 78 66 8.5 11
Yankees 77 68 10.0 9
Orioles 64 79 22.0 E

Wild Card
Red Sox 85 59 --- Magic #
Twins 79 65 6.0 13
Blue Jays 78 66 7.0 12
Yankees 77 68 8.5 10

924 comments:

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Jere said...

had to be a second spitter on that pitch

Jere said...

first bay and now re-bay

nixon33 said...

COME ON BAY

Grant Salzano said...

C'mon Beigh...

Jere said...

Remy with ish's theory finally

nixon33 said...

what theory was that? i missed it

Jere said...

invade these pigs, Bay

Jere said...

to just throw all your pitches WAY to the right

ish said...

DAMMIT. So close!

Grant Salzano said...

Every single fucking swear word ever.

nixon33 said...

DO trying to TRUPE us.

Jere said...

it'll have to be a walkoff.

Jere said...

Cialis' logo should be a woman named Alice, saying, "See Alice, Get a Boner."

Jere said...

Masterson watched the last inning and like the rest of us was under the assumption if you almost hit a right handed batter it's a strike

ish said...

Masterson watched the last inning and like the rest of us was under the assumption if you almost hit a right handed batter it's a strike

Apparently not. Just walk the righties then throw to the right to the lefies.

Grant Salzano said...

FUCK THIS FUCKING SHIT GET OUTS AHHHHHHHH

ish said...

Amazing thing is Bay probably hit that ball harder tonight than he did last night.

nixon33 said...

ugh

ish said...

DP plz.

nixon33 said...

GIDP

ish said...

GUNNED DOWN!!!!

Grant Salzano said...

YES I LOVE EVERYBODY

Jere said...

nice scoop and tag!

redsock said...

HELL of a scoop/tag

phil said...

Money.

nixon33 said...

$$$$

Jere said...

A season-saving play by Lowrie. (If there was no wild card.)

ish said...

HUGE CS. Instead of 1 out, 1 on, there's 2 out, nobody on. In the 9th in a tie game. Large.

Jere said...

looking like Dave Navarro on that swing

ish said...

For the record, I still don't think the Red Sox can win a five-game series against LAAAAAAAA. So, wild card isn't exactly fantastic. Although we'd take it.

redsock said...

this guy is clearly our second best arm in the pen

ish said...

BAT FOR THE WIN.

Jere said...

Rays have featured Rhode Islanders in the last half inning and this one.

K! It's walkoff time!

Grant Salzano said...

Sit.

Looked like Sheffield with that swing.

ish said...

Think about it, though - our bullpen is coming together at just the right time. Oki is looking more like Oki again - Lopez is pitching VERY well, and now Masterson!

Jere said...

By saying we can't beat the Angels in 5, doesn't that mean you think we have even less of a chance against them in 7?

redsock said...

Lowell
Kotsay
Lowrie
Cash

... looks like a win to me.

Grant Salzano said...

Let x = # of runs this inning. Choose x such that 0 < x < 5, exclusive.

Jere said...

Balfour he lost him

nixon33 said...

doc my leg hurts

Rx: WALK IT OFF

Grant Salzano said...

For the record... LAAAAA has a FAR worse run differential compared to CHI and TB.

I think it's like, BOS at around 150, CHI around 80, TB around 60, and LAA around 40. Give or take a bit.

Jere said...

Clock about to strike 10. If this were Yes they'd show that complete with dramatic blur-out.

Pepe Lepew said...

Blogger ish said...

The umpire's strike zone is so far to the right. It's absurd.

Wed Sep 10, 09:34:00 PM

I've been wondering with the umpires' union broken, can they discipline this guy for a lousy job tonight?

nixon33 said...

NESN DOING ITS JESUS & MARY CHAIN FEEDBACK BROADCAST

Bryon Harris said...

All I can see on the online sports ticker is the count is... 2 and 0.
More of this please

Jere said...

I wanna say LAA will just fold up when they see us in October, but then I'd sound like every Yankee fan talking about the Red Sox between whenever and 2004. (But still, they will!)

Grant Salzano said...

Please walk him.

Grant Salzano said...

YESSS

Jere said...

BAL FOUR

ish said...

By saying we can't beat the Angels in 5, doesn't that mean you think we have even less of a chance against them in 7?

I think they have a better chance in a seven-game series. I think it's easy enough for the Angels to win three games quickly. Three in a fiver is death.

redsock said...

GRANT BALLFOUR!

Jere said...

I knew he would grant ball four to Lowell.

Grant Salzano said...

Way, way too early to be pinch running like this, esp since it's not Lugelsburisp.

Bryon Harris said...

Thanks grant

SoSock said...

It's a start :)

ish said...

Dale: "Catcher coming in from the bullpen - that's Don Ross."

Grant Salzano said...

No problem, guys. I'll throw more shit pitches and let you win via the walk.

Jere said...

I thought the inferior team has a better chance in less games. I guess it depends how you look at it. And the teams. And besides, we may go in with the best record.

Pepe Lepew said...

Balfour?
I wonder if he's Canadian.
I wonder if he's related to "I'll pay you a (hic) biillliiooon dollars to forget about this" Ed Balfour?

redsock said...

Balfour - He does what he is.

ish said...

Balfour - Australian

Grant Salzano said...

Oy, we need a shorter CF when we're batting.

ish said...

Can Lowrie win the game again?

Bryon Harris said...

No problem, guys. I'll throw more shit pitches and let you win via the walk.

whichever you prefer really...
...no seriously, your choice

ish said...

Looks like a hockey player snuck into Fenway park's dugout... With a uniform!

Jere said...

I've finally got it in my head that Chris Carter isn't black. Or on the Vikings.

ish said...

Some ballgame, huh?

Grant Salzano said...

Come on, us...

Jere said...

If the game continues, we could see George Carrots. Or Don Ross, ha.

ish said...

2 hits this year - one against Balfour.

Jere said...

Welcome to the this ump's made-up world, Carter.

ish said...

Carter looks kinda like Canseco.

ish said...

Wonder if he can hit like Canseco.

Jere said...

Theo hoping the Wily Mo trade finally yields some results.

Grant Salzano said...

That was...
yes, a strike all night long.

Jere said...

smart pitch by Bal4, into the fuck zone

ish said...

That's a baseball hit!

Grant Salzano said...

At'll do.

Cmon Sox

ish said...

Looks like Carter's been watching this ump's strike zone!

Pepe Lepew said...

Way to go guy I've never heard of before!

Jere said...

Nice hit, Billy Beer

redsock said...

doc ellis pitched a no-hitter on acid -- now we see how an ump calls a game on acid.

CC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Can't steal first, Lyndon. Get after it.

redsock said...

HAVE A GOOD AB FOR FUCKS SAKE< LBJ

Grant Salzano said...

If we get a base hit here I will buy everyone here a beer when I turn 21.

SoSock said...

Lyndon's big chance :)

ish said...

That's a pitch LBJ normally hits fair.

Jere said...

A Billy Beer?

nixon33 said...

aweseom remark RS, regarding the acid.
COME ON JACOCO!

Grant Salzano said...

For fucks sake... I need pills right now.

Jere said...

come on Ernie Els

Grant Salzano said...

Fucking fuckshit. You are joking.

ish said...

Fuck! He was safe!!!

nixon33 said...

HE WAS SO SAFE!!!!!!
TITO NEEDS TO GET THROWN OUT!

Jere said...

oh fucknutz!!!!! he looked non-out

Grant Salzano said...

I HATE EVERYTHING.

Pepe Lepew said...

NO WAY!!!

SoSock said...

ROBBED !!!!

redsock said...

LOOKED KIND OF SAFE

ish said...

The umpires are really making this one difficult to win.

Jere said...

MLB doesn't want to fix those Rays division champs coins!

Grant Salzano said...

NESN right there with the proof.

Say what you want, but they sure back our Sox.

nixon33 said...

come on Ernie Els

nicely played.

phil said...

Brutal umpiring tonight in all directions.

Grant Salzano said...

I think what pisses me off the most about it is that the ump gave the 'traditional' out call, rather than the 'YERRRR OUT!' call.

Jere said...

so incredibly safe. how can a guy fuck up that call?

redsock said...

espn replay - foot on bag, ball not yet in glove.

shit on toast

SoSock said...

100% PURE FUCKING B-S!

He was SOOOO safe.

ish said...

Blue is the new brown.

nixon33 said...

what a crock of shit this has been by the officiating crew.

Amy said...

I am here for the extra innings.

LBJ was SO safe.

Grant Salzano said...

Sit.

ish said...

Sit down, Pener.

Grant Salzano said...

Boy, do we have the personnel to do it in Bot10...

Pedroia
Ortiz
Youkilis
Bay

ish said...

MDC looking good so far. Throw it on the outside corner - hip high!

ish said...

Nice save, MDC!

Grant Salzano said...

WOOOOOOOOO what a play by Delcarm!

Grant Salzano said...

Will he? I, bar none, think he will not.

ish said...

The interesting thing about the umpire's strike zone, is he's standing directly behind home plate. Yet, the zone is to the right.

nixon33 said...

"Red Sox Killer Aybar"

Grant Salzano said...

Will he? I, barring a big surprise, still do not think he will.

ish said...

First inside strike of the night!

Grant Salzano said...

Will he? I, Bart Simpson, say "No way, man!"

Grant Salzano said...

Crowd is really into this one, eh?

nixon33 said...

no im merely saying i cant believe he is

Grant Salzano said...

Shall we?

ish said...

That one scared me! Looked like a gapper.

Jere said...

was playoff atmosphere-y on Monday nite

ish said...

Crowd is really into this one, eh?

Thought that girl was going to have a wardrobe malfunction.

ish said...

Jere - how many games have you been to this season?

Jere said...

"Jere - how many games have you been to this season?"

To quote Ray Stantz, "somewhere in the teens, I guess." Only I won't throw up upon reaching 20.

A Conformer said...

I'm here since the last out of the 9th. Really fucking safe. Now, let's finish this shit.

Grant Salzano said...

Ohhhhhh...

SoSock said...

Got home just in time to catch the ninth inning. After the ump's refusal to call those last 2 strikes strikes, I was going to ask if the umpire has sucked this bad all night. But based on a few of the comments, I think I know the answer.

Grant Salzano said...

I extend my offer of buying you all a drink when I turn 21 if we score in this inning.

ish said...

FUCK YEAH!!!

Amy said...

Did anyone spot my daughter in the monster seats?

NICE, FUCK YEAH!

Jere said...

Verizon FYos!

Grant Salzano said...

I have a non-sexual man crush on Dustin Pedroia, and am completely willing to pay for his hookers any time he says the word.

nick said...

I just called to say... FUCK YEAH!

Amy said...

Grant, how many years do we have to wait for that drink?

A Conformer said...

And how the fuck did we score only one run off Sonnastine?

FUCK YEAH!! Let's do this!

Grant Salzano said...

Youk-Bay up.

redsock said...

L: "there's a certain event i'd like to see"

Amy said...

Grant, how many years do we have to wait for that drink?

SoSock said...

Go Go Gadget Fireplug!

Grant Salzano said...

Grant, how many years do we have to wait for that drink?

I turn 20 in December. lol

Jere said...

I was gonna say "FYgar," but the odds of anyone getting a Dig Dug reference are quite slim.

Amy said...
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ish said...

Youk - 4.2 litre V8, sweat-injected engine. Start it up!

Bryon Harris said...

SHIT yes

andy said...

2 comments.

Can someone pitch any closer to a girl's softball pitcher then this guy?

Can he not throw overhand for the IBB? Does he throw grounders he fields to first underhanded?

Grant Salzano said...

Hopefully we don't even get this far, but this is why I wish we didn't PR fucking Cora for almost no reason.

Jere said...

Youk an do it!

andy said...

This one is gonna go down to a key base hit

redsock said...

BUT I'M THIRSTY NOW!!!!!!!!!

Bryon Harris said...

If I might say so in a way meaning no personal disrespect...
"FUCK YOU Bradford"

Amy said...

I don't like these submarine pitchers.

SHIT

ish said...

Dale Arnold: "Swing and a ground ball to second base -- third -- shortstop..."

Grant Salzano said...

I hate everybody.

Come on Beigh.

redsock said...

productive dp - moved the guy to 3rd (/mediot)

nixon33 said...

un fucking believable

Jere said...

why did a DP not even enter my head? that's effed up. I guess that proves thinking of it beforehand doesn't make it happen.

SoSock said...

THAT is why I would have bunted.

Amy said...

I don't like these submarine pitchers.

SHIT

Amy said...

Conflicting edits over and over. So annoying.

ish said...

4 for 6 - 2 doubles against Bradford for Bay.

Jere said...

I'd just like to say I'm completely PRO submariners, and used to pitch that way myself.

Grant Salzano said...

Come... on... Bay...

Grant Salzano said...

I HATE YOU ALL BURN IN HELL FUCK

andy said...

fuck you bay

Jere said...

Orsillo seemed to think that would somehow be a hit.

phil said...

:/

Amy said...

I HATE THAT. Wasted opportunity.

Bryon Harris said...

why did a DP not even enter my head? that's effed up. I guess that proves thinking of it beforehand doesn't make it happen.
done and settled

nick said...

doublefuck dogcrap.

ish said...

I'm pro-submariners too.

nixon33 said...

sorry, but am i an asshole to think of maybe trying to play small ball? i mean i know i dont want youk bunting, but isnt there a time and a place where guys have to do it for the better good of the team? if it means a win? if it means closing in on 1st late in the season?

Jere said...

Quisenberry rulz!

Jere said...

or even seeing Youk just slapping it the other way. jeez

redsock said...

Coming soon - Cora Walkoff Dong

Grant Salzano said...

Holy mother fuck, that was beautiful.

nixon33 said...

FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!

ish said...

New Jedi order!

Jere said...

hey heck of a play.

Pepe Lepew said...

JED!!!!! JED!!!!!!

Jere said...

Let's get Princess Dioner here.

9casey said...

nixon33 said...
sorry, but am i an asshole to think of maybe trying to play small ball?


No that doesn't make you an asshole....I don't understand it either........

Jere said...

Down goes Di!

ish said...

MDC's got it going on!

nixon33 said...

SITTOWN!
FUCK YOU RAYS. JUST FUCK YOU!

andy said...

fucking bullpen

nick said...

what was that guy in the green shirt doing?

redsock said...

MDC cutting out ALL of the bullshit.

ish said...

My nickname for JP Howell: Truck stop. There's a truck stop near here called Howell's truck stop.

ish said...

what was that guy in the green shirt doing?

What do you think he's doing? He's flashing signs!

nick said...

whiff.

ish said...

Double. Cock.

Jere said...

I just can't wait til he faces Joe Thurston.

Grossening.

andy said...

Bay took his time getting to that ball, let's crucify him.

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