September 15, 2008

G150: Red Sox 13, Rays 5

Red Sox - 400 711 000 - 13 11  0
Rays - 001 002 200 - 5 7 0
Six home runs for the Red Sox -- including three in the fourth inning -- help Boston rout Kazmir (3-6-9-4-2, 72) in one of the worst starts of his career.

It also moved the Red Sox into a virtual tie for first place in the AL East.
            W   L   PCT    GB
Rays 88 60 .595 ---
Red Sox 89 61 .593 ---
Blue Jays 80 70 .533 9.0
Yankees 80 70 .533 9.0
Orioles 66 82 .446 22.0
Kazmir was in trouble as soon as he took the mound. He walked Coco Crisp on four pitches. He walked Dustin Pedroia on four pitches. David Ortiz crushed a 1-1 pitch for a three-run homer. After Kevin Youkilis lined to left, Mike Lowell (who told the media before the game he has been playing with a partially torn labrum in his right hip) bashed a dong to left.

Red Dot got through the next two frames, but he was pulled after failing to retiring any of the first five batters in the fourth. Jason Bay hit a first-pitch home run to center (that got stuck in one of the catwalks and never came down), Jed Lowrie walked, Jason Varitek homered (giving him the most career HRs hit by a Red Sox catcher, with 158), Jacoby Ellsbury singled, and Crisp doubled.

At this point, Mitch Talbot came out of the pen for his major league debut. Pedroia singled in a run, Ortiz's fielder's choice scored another, and Youkilis hit a tater to deep left. 11-1 in the middle of the fourth! ... Ellsbury homered in the fifth and back-to-back doubles from Ortiz and Youkilis finished the Red Sox scoring.

Again, the entire starting lineup chipped in:
Crisp:    2B, 3 BB, 2 RS
Pedroia: 1B, 2 BB, RBI, RS
Ortiz: HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 RS
Youkilis: HR, 2B, 3 RBI, RS
Lowell: HR, RBI, RS
Bay: HR, RBI, RS
Lowrie: 3 BB, RS
Varitek: HR, RS, 2 RBI
Ellsbury: HR, 1B, RBI, 2 RS
Dice left after five innings (5-3-1-2-7, 101). Chris Smith allowed four runs in his two innings (two-run home runs from Justin Ruggiano and Dan Johnson) and Mike Timlin and David Pauley each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Yankees beat the White Sox 4-2 and Cleveland beat the Twins 3-1.

Boston is now tied for 1st place in the East (actually .002 behind the Rays) and 7 GA in the wild card. The Red Sox have 12 games remaining in the regular season.

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.97, 153 ERA+) / Scott Kazmir (2.99, 145 ERA+)

1 GB with 13 left to play. The existence of the wild card saps a lot of the excitement from this series -- imagine if it was win the division or go home -- but it should still be very tense and entertaining.

Boston has to win at least two of these three games -- in a park where they are 0-6 this year -- to be in a position to win the division. A 2-1 record would leave the Red Sox tied for first place with 10 games left. Going 1-2 would leave them 2 GB -- not a great position, considering the Rays' last eight games are against the lowly Orioles and Tigers. And a Tampa Bay sweep would all but eliminate the Red Sox from the East race, 4 GB with 10 to go.

Last Tuesday, Kazmir (6-5-2-3-4, 108) faced Dice (5-8-3-4-5, 102) at Fenway. Tampa won the game 5-4.

Reamining Schedule
         BOS      TBR
0915 @ TBR v Bos
0916 @ TBR v Bos
0917 @ TBR v Bos
0918 v Min
0919 @ Tor v Min
0920 @ Tor v Min
0921 @ Tor v Min
0922 v Cle @ Bal
0923 v Cle @ Bal (2)
0924 v Cle @ Bal
0925 v Cle @ Det
0926 v NYY @ Det
0927 v NYY @ Det
0928 v NYY @ Det
The second game of Tampa Bay's doubleheader next Tuesday against Baltimore is a makeup of an April 2 rainout.

***

White Sox/Yankees at 7
Twins/Cleveland at 7
East
Rays 88 59 --- Magic #
Red Sox 88 61 1.0 14
Blue Jays 80 70 9.5 5
Yankees 79 70 11.0 5
Orioles 66 82 22.5 E

Wild Card
Red Sox 88 61 --- Magic #
Twins 82 67 6.0 8
Blue Jays 80 70 8.5 5
Yankees 79 70 9.0 5

White Sox 82 65 5.0 10
Lead AL Central

320 comments:

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phil said...

Wheee.

andy said...

What sucks about our bullpen is that if Timlin comes in right now he loses the game.

andy said...

Repost ahhhhhhh

phil said...

What sucks about our bullpen is that if Timlin comes in right now he loses the game.

andy said...

Thanks phil.

andy said...

You can put lipstick on a pig...

phil said...

Mitch Timlin?

andy said...

TimLAME!

phil said...

Damn redo on pitch 4.

andy said...

Something else funny, Lugo thinks he is coming back to play SS for this team.

Jere said...

Double Three Dong Night

efd said...

THAT'S LAURA'S BOY!!

redsock said...

see, tito, he hits good at 9th.

phil said...

Would've been a 3-run dong.

ish said...

Wow. That was a such a pretty swing by Lyndon!

redsock said...

MAKE TITO APOLOGIZE!!!

andy said...

Holy shit this is a fucking classic Rays game. when they "sucked." Which I think is right now still.

phil said...

Talbot started this inning with a 18.00 ERA. Down to 16.20.

ish said...

Okay, prediction time!

How many runs will the Red Sox have scored at the end of this ballgame?

MVP CHANTS!

redsock said...

Dong-less Sox:

Coco: 3 BB, double
DP: walk, RBI single
Lowrie: 2 BB, run

...

MVP chants at the Trop!

FUK DUH RAYZ!

Jere said...

"Life is looking up" ad behind home plate mocking the Rays as they fall from first place.

Amy said...

WOW! I go to class, and THIS happened! Yay! Now I can go home and watch the ending.

redsock said...

migraine says the rays need to have quality AB now -- to prep for tomorrow.

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

redsock said...

WHERE THE FUCK WAS THAT BALL 4?

EAT SHIT MEALS

redsock said...

most HR allowed in a game for rays: 7 (to 2002 red sox)

6 so far tonight.

A Conformer said...

EAT SHIT MEALS

Pun intended?

Jere said...

Sox hit 8 vs Jays in '77. NESN said that before. So two records could be broken. At least.

A Conformer said...

Oh,no! Daisuke is having a meltdown! I'm scared...

kokaku said...

Sox are 2 HRs away from tying their team record for HRs in a game and 4 away from tying the MLB record.

Team HR Game Records

A Conformer said...

Was there ever a game in which all 9 hitters in a lineup donged?

Jere said...

Is that Bill Russel in the front row in a green Sox jersey? Behind dugout, shown behind left handed batters from side view.

redsock said...

yeah i was thinking about those late 70s tater mashers

Jere said...

On second look, my "Bill Russel" is a short white guy with the Russell-esque goatee.

A Conformer said...

Thanks to Kokaku's link, I see there hasn't been such a game. Most dongs by different players from one team was 8.

Jere said...

Don "Otis-illo" talking about elevating again.

efd said...

Don "Otis-illo"

ha!

efd said...

Dice-K has one more K than the Sox have HRs.

A Conformer said...

Oh for fuck's sake, Tamper's announcers just mentioned the 250-pitch high school game. Is there anybody in the world that would watch this game and doesn't know this story? Anybody?

redsock said...

new players at all 8 positions?

redsock said...

SUCK ON THAT. GOMES, YOU FUCKHOLE

efd said...

nice hand for Ortiz as he leaves the field!

redsock said...

STICK THAT ONE IN YOUR PIE HOLE, GOMES, YOU URINE-DRINKING GOON

A Conformer said...

Another shirt HBP with no ejection. I think we have an answer to my earlier question.

Bryon Harris said...

Not only is 12 runs intrinsicly good but it looks good to other AL playoff teams.

A Conformer said...

The Rays are already selling postseason packages? Can they do that before they clinch?

Jere said...

you left a baker's off your run total

Jere said...

I've already bought my ALDS tix... so yeah

Jere said...

Smith goes up and in, then makes Johnny Wad Gomes chase strike three on a breaking ball. Nice work, guy with same last name as me.

Amy said...

I come home, and the B team is playing?

redsock said...

Carter took a real Colonesque swing at that first one!

efd said...

Carter was trying to break the game open with a home run.

kkh said...

anyone else watching via GDGD? It's now a full inning behind for me, although oddly enough, it shows video from a play that supposedly hasn't happened yet. Haven't seen this particular failure mode before.

Jere said...

If we hang on to this 10 run lead, we're not only tied for 1st, but 7 up in WC with 12 to play.

redsock said...

not that it matters, but nyy 4, cws 2.

Jere said...

make that "8-run lead"

redsock said...

migraine says this will give the rays "some momentum going into tomorrow".

Bryon Harris said...

Game day is garbage...First day using it instead of some other service and It does not even work!

efd said...

"gets the bad news!"

redsock said...

let's get those runs back, boys.

Jere said...

this pitcher's on the all-palindrome team

redsock said...

smartest walk ever

redsock said...

L says thanks for keeping the all-____ teams going!

Jere said...

she's welcome

A Conformer said...

Salas could also be on the all-house team- sala is hall in Spanish.

redsock said...

as the mfy season sinks out of sight, the tabloids will probably focus only on the last days of the 30-something year old toilet and not how shitty the team is. booooooooooo.

A Conformer said...

Only three outs left for the Sox' hopes... of tying the club record for dongs in a game.

redsock said...

i need more news of all the red sox shit buried in the cement of Toilet III.

L-girl said...

Sorry Ofer, I already scooped you on that. I put Salas on the all-house team last time we played Tampa, along with Mesa, Stairs, Rug(giano)...

efd said...

I ♥ the all-________ teams.

nixon33 said...

TIME TO HIT PEOPLE

andy said...

Did i read GDGD wrong? Is tito really trying to lose?

L-girl said...

L says thanks for keeping the all-____ teams going!

Especially palindromes! Salas and Nen, I guess. And Mell Ott(o).

redsock said...

then again they close with two series on the road, so there is hope.

L-girl said...

What's the Alt-key combo for the heart?!

L-girl said...

Looks like I have to miss tomorrow night's game so I can throw eggs at Stephen Harper!

redsock said...

Cubs have allowed Houston only 1 hit in their last two games.

phil said...

I still can't get over seeing Cash play third base.

efd said...

What's the Alt-key combo for the heart?!

I'm not sure, I copied it from the Character Map app in Vista.

I thought it also gave the keycode, but I guess this version doesn't - it just says U+2665. I bet someone here can figure it out... or I can get up and see if the XP Character Map on my desktop has the combo.

A Conformer said...

All-spanish-plural team? Reyes, Salas, Rios, Giles (argentinian word), Miles, Torres...

SoSock said...

Looks like a fun game.
We ain afraid u no steenking Rays.
I wrote last night that I thought we would take the D if we could just not get swept.
DONE!
Of course, it would be even easier if we take at least 2, but I think we can take it even if we only get this one. They finish with a very long road trip. Granted it's against weaker teams, but I still think we'll do it.

redsock said...

tito takes no chances with timlin's "second inning syndrome"

A Conformer said...

Nieves and Fuentes, too.

L-girl said...

Nah efd, never mind. I was impressed with your Alt-key knowledge, but you're just doing what I do. :)

I always copy in symbols, I find it easier than remembering all those numbers or looking them up.

All Spanish plural teams?? That's a creative one.

ish said...

Wheee is right.

A Conformer said...

BTW, Nieves, Fuentes and Rios can be on the all-water team, too.

nixon33 said...

GOMES WAS THE GUY TO HIT!!!!

ish said...

Pauley and Bailey exchange their insurance information...

efd said...

thank you, ish.

SoSock said...

Looking back thru the box and the innings on GDGD - isn't this the 2nd straight game that Dice has only walked 2?

redsock said...

GOMES WAS THE GUY TO HIT!!!!

Wednesday.

redsock said...

where's the K on aybar???????????

nixon33 said...

wednesday

i know. i am impatient tho.

efd said...

I know I've missed some games (and this one is almost over) - has there been an all-news anchor team, with David Pauley, Billy (or pick your favorite) Williams, Jason Jennings, etc.?

tim said...

TIED FOR FIRST! w000000000000000t!

BTW, hello JoS! And goodnight!

(been watching the games but not threading...just wanted to pop in)

phil said...

Dirty water.

BOS - 400 711 000 | 13 11 0
FKR - 011 002 200 | 05 07 0

0 GB.

A Conformer said...

Daisuke has a chance for top-3 in the Cy Young, and will almost certainly be top-5. Of course, #1 will almost certainly be Cliff Lee, and FKRod will probably take 2nd place.

ish said...

First round of dirty water is on me!

redsock said...

FILTHY BEVERAGE

efd said...

tied-for-first water!

A Conformer said...

Red Sox are the All-dirty-water tonight!

A Conformer said...

All-dirty-water team, that is.

redsock said...

FKRod should probably not even be in the top 10. He's not even top 5 in closers this year.

nixon33 said...

good work. on to tomorrow.

L-girl said...

Tied for first! Dirty water and etc.

No news anchor team that I know of. That's a good one. Gotta think on it.

But not now.

SoSock said...

Amy says we're om B team when got in, I think maybe we're on C team now.
oCoC, Jed-I, and LBJ - only 3 still in that started.

Jere said...

If only Rob Nen went by Bob.

Tied for first. woohoo!

Jere said...

Looked this up:

"Mark Salas
Dick Nen
Robb Nen
Eddie Kazak
Toby Harrah
Johnny Reder
Dave Otto
Truck Hannah"

They left off Toby Harrah! And the two newer Salas's.

And Staats is on the all-palindrome announcer team.

SoSock said...

Way cool - still 1 back in the loss column tho, and that is really the one that matters. We'll take care of that tomorrow!

Jere said...

There's a minor leaguer in the Padres organization: Dean Anna. Watch for him.

A Conformer said...

FKRod should probably not even be in the top 10. He's not even top 5 in closers this year.

I agree completely. The voters probably will not.

A Conformer said...

Way cool - still 1 back in the loss column tho, and that is really the one that matters. We'll take care of that tomorrow!

The way I look at it, we're one ahead in the win column.

Good night, everybody

Jere said...

1996 Spokane Indians: Eric Sees. Doubt he'll make the bigs at this point.

andy said...

How accurate is the MLB expected W/L stat compared to the mathematical pythag formula? or is that how they get that stat? Look at anaheim's. We are pretty much the closest to our pythag. I think that means something when the games start to really count i.e. late sept and october.

ish said...

Astros are the first team in MLB history to be held to 1 hit in a 2 game span.

redsock said...

How accurate is the MLB expected W/L stat compared to the mathematical pythag formula? or is that how they get that stat?

Pretty sure it's how they get it. At least, that's what I have always assumed. There is a glossary of sorts at the bottom of the standings page.

andy said...

That stat goes to show how lucky some teams have gotten. I was surprised by the Angels, I am sure that that idiot closer they have has contributed the pythag being so low for them. How may games does he get all pumped for the save that he made so close to begin with? I hate him.

SoSock said...

Must be pretty damn frustrating to be a Mets fan right now, eh?
They seem bound and determined to give the division away.
Of course, Rays fans may feel the same way about their team, but we know better.
We're taking it, not being given it! ;>

andy said...

If we win tomorrow it is over for the rays. Too bad they will make the wild card.

ish said...

Difference between the Mets and Rays is the Rays still have a 7 game lead in the wildcard - the Mets have just a half-game lead in the wildcard over Milwaukee - I'd be much, much more nervous if I were a Mets fan than if I were a Rays fan. I'd be a little bummed if I was a Rays fan because of leading the division for so long and then only winning the wild card, but you forget about that quickly when the ALDS rolls around and you get your first taste of playoff action.

Jere said...

I said

""Mark Salas
Dick Nen
Robb Nen
Eddie Kazak
Toby Harrah
Johnny Reder
Dave Otto
Truck Hannah"

They left off Toby Harrah!"

No, me, they didn't. Check it again.

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