October 18, 2008

ALCS 6: Red Sox 4, Rays 2

Red Sox - 011 002 000 - 4 10  0
Rays - 100 010 000 - 2 4 1
Sometime during the seventh inning on Thursday night, I made peace with the fact that the Red Sox 2008 season had come to an end.

But then Boston came back and actually won the game. So while more than a few game threaders were highly anxious throughout Game 6 tonight, I was totally (and surprisingly) calm the entire nine innings. This might as well have been a March 20 spring training game.

After Tampa Bay had tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth, the Red Sox struck back with two outs. Jason Varitek homered to right field (!) -- it was a good thing our young dog was outside at the time, as our sudden yelling in the last two games has freaked her out. Coco Crisp singled, "Small Game" Shields was yanked, Dustin Pedroia reached on an error and David Ortiz singled in Crisp to give the Sox a 4-2 lead.

After Beckett battled through five innings (5-4-2-1-3, 78), Hideki Okajima threw two scoreless innings (allowing only a two-out walk in the sixth), Justin Masterson took care of the eighth (a leadoff HBP was marooned at first) and Jonathan Papelbon needed only eight pitches to get rid of the Rays in the ninth.


It's Lester/Garza on Sunday night -- for the American League pennant.

***

BR Preview: Josh Beckett / James Shields

Fact: Tampa Bay is three two games away from elimination.

We tried to warn Joe Maddon that "when you have your target lined up in your sights, you fucking fire. You don't stop and check if your shoelaces are tied."

But Mr. 9=8 refused to listen. And now -- thanks to a clutch effort from nearly the entire Red Sox team -- his team has its back to the wall and assigned the task of facing Josh Beckett who must be burning to atone for his poor performance in Game 2.

Cliff Floyd:
We don't go up there and think, Now we've got to beat Beckett — no one cares about Beckett. Face him the same way you face everybody else. If anything, Beckett should be worried about us. We just beat him [in Game 2].
Yeah, that's right. Piss him off. Chap his ass real good.

David Ortiz, on Beckett:
This is a big game, dog. I've got the feeling that he's going to bring it.
And on the other side of the field?

The only kind of "Big Game" Shields will be is the kind Beckett and Timlin hunt in the off-season.

The Herald's Steve Buckley describes Ortiz "navigating the media throng that had assembled in front of his locker late yesterday afternoon at Tropicana Field, zigging and zagging to avoid a cameraman, bobbing and weaving to sidestep a guy with a microphone. ... 'I'll talk tomorrow with my bat.'"

According to Win Probability stats, when Justin Masterson got Carlos Pena to GIDP and end the top of the ninth, Boston's chances of winning the game increased 22% -- from 42% to 65%. It was the third most important play of the night. Ortiz's three-run bomb increased the team's chances of a win from 2% to only 9%. So even though it closed the gap from 7-1 to 7-4 -- which got everyone thinking a comeback was truly possible -- the chances of a team getting at least four more runs and winning the game was still highly unlikely.

Greg Agami of Cool Standings told the Globe that after trailing 7-0 after six inning of Game 5, the Red Sox had a 0.1 percent - 1 in 1,000 - chance to win the series. By comparison, in the middle of the ninth inning of 2004 ALCS 4, Boston had a 2.4%. That still seems high to me, but they trailed by only one run at that point -- not seven with a mere seven outs to go -- and had a 50% shot at winning each of Games 5, 6 and 7.

J.P. Howell, recalling the plane ride back to Tampa:
We started joking, "Don't be scared of Game 6." That's what we kept saying. We were bummed out. It was a terrible way to lose a game.
***

JimBoSox9m, SoSH, October 17, 2008, 12:47 AM:
I just don't understand baseball. I don't get it. I've spent my lifetime devoting considerable mental resources to understanding my favorite sport, and I have no fucking clue how they just did that. ... Speechless, thoughtless, struck blind and deaf. Exhilarated, exuberant, overjoyed. What it comes down to? As long as the Sox still have baseball to play, it is still summer in my soul.
Savin Hillbilly, SoSH, October 17, 2008, 1:12 AM:
Just got back from Fenway....Holy SHIT that was amazing. Like the best sex you've ever had, only a 35,000-way.

***

It worked in 2004. It worked in 2007. It'll work in 2008.
One. One game. One win. That's all.

Not two. One.

Tonight.

867 comments:

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Amy said...

YES!!

L-girl said...

YES!

s1c said...

Kotsay flashes the leather!!!

efd said...

that'll do.

Nice play!

Amy said...

Wow, 401 in 4 innings.

SoSock said...

GREAT play!!

redsock said...

KOTSAY GOLD GLOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Not sure he could have gotten Crawford anyway. Good jump, had an extra split-second with Beckett throwing a curve ball...

A Conformer said...

In the most important aspect of the game, facial expressions, Beckett beats Shields completely. He's either dead calm or smirking. Shields, on the other hand, looks fucking scared.

L-girl said...

Thread started very early today.

Amy said...

Score some runs, guys, please.

L-girl said...

Shields, on the other hand, looks fucking scared.

Can ya blame him??

Dr. Jeff said...

Think about the timing necessary to lead the pitcher on those plays. It requires more precision than any QB-WR pass play. I'm always amazed when it works out, and that was perfect.

Amy said...

Beckett has a great game face.

A Conformer said...

There are a lot of "cheap" comments from the PBP inning. Not that I'm complaining- that was a lifesaver.

L-girl said...

RUNS PLEASE!!

Amy said...

Papi. Be Papi.

L-girl said...

There are a lot of "cheap" comments from the PBP inning.

Right. Also lots of "mlb must die" comments.

redsock said...

the rays will shit their pants for the second game in a row while the red sox whistle a happy tune

Amy said...

High enough, not far enough.

Amy said...

Man, that was a hit. Robbed.

ish said...

ON FIRE!!

Amy said...

Yes!!

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!!!!

s1c said...

ON FIRE!!!

Time for some Bay Magic!!!

Amy said...

Too bad Youk was robbed...

SoSock said...

On Fire!!!!!

efd said...

another Gross Drew special!!

redsock said...

DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Amy said...

Hit too many first pitches that inning.

ish said...

Sox batters made that inning quicker than it should have been. Hacking.

s1c said...

Joshie, needs to stay being Joshie.

efd said...

a miracle catch from Gross on that one.

Maybe take a pitch next time, Jason?

ish said...

Jeemer warming...

Zobrist on deck to hit for Gross.

A Conformer said...

What's the deal with Baldelli, anyway? Why isn't he playing (no complaints here...)?

Amy said...

Ofer, maybe it is his medical condition? Article in today's NYTimes about the fact that he suffers from mitochondrial disease.

Dr. Jeff said...

Has anyone ever played the game "Beer an inning"? It is self-explanatory. I'm not playing, but wondering if anyone ever tried it.

Amy said...

Shit. No leadoff hits.

SoSock said...

Beckett - maybe time?

s1c said...

I am really starting to hate navarro.

L-girl said...

Baldelli, yes, b/c of his illness.

redsock said...

really need beckett to get thru 5. bullpen nightmare maybe with 5 innings to get
does seem like 5 will be it tho

SoSock said...

He realy is dropping that 2 in nicely tonight

L-girl said...

Here we sometimes play the Don Orsillo drinking game - shots/slurps for all his expressions - but not beer-an-inning.

s1c said...

Looked like Joshie was trying to muscle that ball.

s1c said...

To bad that Sox are not up 5 runs, because Bartlett would be getting hit here.

Amy said...

Why only five for Beckett if he is not hurt, as he and Francona insist?

A Conformer said...

Ofer, maybe it is his medical condition? Article in today's NYTimes about the fact that he suffers from mitochondrial disease.

I figured that might be it. Chronic fatigue doesn't sound like something that goes well with a baseball career. I was trying to remember what his problem was and all I could think of was hypochondriac, and that wouldn't make much sense.

L-girl said...

Too bad in general!

redsock said...

when we're up by 6 tomorrow, we'll pop him.

s1c said...

Tek!!!

phil said...

Sit.

L-girl said...

That was great!!!!

efd said...

wow, that was perfect!

Amy said...

Tek gets the runner THAT time!

A Conformer said...

Out by 3 meters at least!

redsock said...

HAHAHHAHAHHA

out by 10 feet

THANKS for the free out assholes

phil said...

Navarro can't even slide well -- his lead foot was up in the air instead of trying to sneak underneath the tag.

L-girl said...

all I could think of was hypochondriac

Those are the fans.

efd said...

although i would have liked to see Pedroia get his glove down a little more... Navarro's leg almost snuck through before he was tagged around the hip.

s1c said...

when we're up by 6 tomorrow, we'll pop him

I like your positive thoughts there buddy!!!

Ben said...

Gah.

s1c said...

Frag, another fragging dong.

phil said...

Only a solo shot now.

Amy said...

Fuck.

efd said...

ugh.

all the better that Navarro was CS.

SoSock said...

The botched H & R looms large now.

A Conformer said...

Jason fucking Bartlett... I can't believe it.

redsock said...

oh yeah - he's getting drilled

efd said...

well now Bartlett is *really* gonna get plunked tomorrow!

ish said...

Now that free out cost them a run. But it's still tied.

"That's a shock." -Castig

Eh. Things happen in the postseason. It doesn't surprise me at all for a guy who had one dong all season to hit one in the postseason.

L-girl said...

He's definitely gonna get one in Game 7.

redsock said...

Amy: Because Tito and Farrell have been lying.

L-girl said...

The botched H & R looms large now.

I said the same thing.

s1c said...

Don't forget to add Josh in the lying department.

Amy said...

Yeah, that was sort of my point. Clearly he is not 100%. But better than he was the last two times.

s1c said...

Sox coming up to bat and it is time for me to go to work. See you in a few.

efd said...

OK, time for a repeat of the 2nd.

But with more runs.

A Conformer said...

We can't let the FKR get a semblance of momentum. We need to regain the lead now.

Amy said...

Time to get those runs.

L-girl said...

Amy was being sarcastic. We didn't get it. At least it wasn't just me this time. :)

A Conformer said...

So, let's do a quick poll, before reality makes decisions for us: who wants Beckett out for the 6th?

I vote nay. But a tentative nay.

A Conformer said...

Actually, it's the middle of the order. Nay, no tentative.

L-girl said...

I vote no.

Amy said...

I am just so subtle! (I think you are all so used to me asking about the obvious that this time you missed that I was being sarcastic in saying "insist," the giveaway. Anyway, I am always glad to get an answer!)

redsock said...

pitch pls

though it is the 2-3-4 guys

L-girl said...

RUNS PLEASE

A Conformer said...

Let's chase this fucker. I want Wheeler.

L-girl said...

tgj still in

tiny game

phil said...

Awwwww.

Amy said...

Hmm, not clear from the dugout shot of Beckett and Farrell what they are thinking.

Robbed again!

L-girl said...

Amy, please stay within your role here or you'll confuse the hell out of us. ;)

Jake of All Trades said...

Pull him if tied or up one; short leash if up 2 or more.

And put up a crooked number to make this moot.

L-girl said...

Two outs, our favourite time to score.

phil said...

TEK!

L-girl said...

FUCKING TEK DONG!!!!!

Amy said...

MY GUY!!!

phil said...

First hit of the series.

efd said...

i think there's something wrong with my TV!

L-girl said...

!!!!!!!!!!!

SoSock said...

C'mon Tek, make Amy proud.

And he does !!!!!!

Ben said...

Tek!!!!!!

That was his first hit of the series? Way to make it count!

Amy said...

Thank God! (Sorry, atheists!)

phil said...

He pulled that one right out of Heidi and whacked Shields upside the head with it.

L-girl said...

Do not adjust your sets...!

redsock said...

HEIDI-POWERED!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Hahaha Tek ran into one!

kkh said...

Wow!

L-girl said...

Miller: Perhaps the two most unlikely guys in the building to hit home runs just hit them...

L-girl said...

Funixingle! He's the Ococinator tonight.

Amy said...

Loved that one also. Loving Coco, I have to say. Not as cute as LBJ, but getting on base.

phil said...

Crisp is combustible himself.

A Conformer said...

This is fucking incredible- listen to this: I'm listening to Tubular Bells, by Mike oldfield, and when I started the CD, I thought to myself "how cool would it be if when the tubular bells themselves come into the song (they come in at something like the 14 minute mark...) the Sox hit a dong". That Tek dong, besides being impossible by itself, was right at the first bell strike. TO THE SECOND.

WOOOOOOO!

SoSock said...

The lead, a speedy runner on, and the top of the order up - We are ON!

Aunt Mabel is crapping her granny panties

L-girl said...

bye bye tiny game

redsock said...

Thanks again SMALL GAME JAMES!!!

phil said...

Bye, Shields. I hope you get the loss.

L-girl said...

Exorcist music

Amy said...

I am out of breath.

phil said...

The original Tubular Bells? I have far too much Mike Oldfield, I must admit.

efd said...

David Bowie's "Heroes" playing on the Trop PA.

phil said...

Heh... load iTunes... yep, 27 albums.

redsock said...

we really need the daily news to do a small game james back page to complete the set!!!

ish said...

Buck just said Tek comes to the ballpark every day with his lunch bucket and straps it on.

efd said...

actually it sounds like a sub-par cover version.

L-girl said...

We're Thurston to hit off this guy...

Amy said...

Interesting that they played against each other in high school.

L-girl said...

He straps on his lunch bucket?? I am cracking up.

efd said...

nice one, L-girl

Amy said...

Yeah, I was wondering about that lunch bucket line.

redsock said...

when tek drilled that dong, sheilds head spun round

ish said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Amy said...

OMG!!

redsock said...

MELT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phil said...

Nice throw, assholes.

L-girl said...

Whoo-hoo!!!! Nice throw, Pear.

Amy said...

So ya think they are a bit rattled?

ish said...

E-SIX. Bartlett atones for his home run!

efd said...

Beckett's revenge!!

phil said...

Crisp spooked Bartlett by rounding hard at second.

L-girl said...

The whole "straps it on" trope just cracks me up. I always think, doesn't he have one already?

efd said...

HOWW-WOOOL!!
HOWW-WOOLL!!

Amy said...

Oh, Papi. Make me jump up and down.

A Conformer said...

Tampa is fucking sweating- very routine play, that one. The large father will not let this pass without making them pay.

SoSock said...

I have a strong desire for a large Dominican dong

ish said...

Well, L, Tek showed us his big dong just now... Maybe that's why he needs to strap on a lunch bucket.

ish said...

TIZZLE RIBEYE....IZZLE

efd said...

YES!!!!

Amy said...

A hit is good enough for me!!

phil said...

Meltdown.

L-girl said...

Thank you David ORtiz!!

Here we come....!!

A Conformer said...

The original Tubular Bells? I have far too much Mike Oldfield, I must admit.

Yeah, original. None of that Tubular Bells II or TBLR BLS2000 crap.

PAPI!

phil said...

Heh, the announcers agree that Ortiz single was Bartlett's fault, not Howell's.

L-girl said...

Ish LOL

Amy said...

Definitely feeling excited here. A Tek dong to get me started...and now Youk can make me go over the top!

redsock said...

YOOK to bring the fucking hammer

L-girl said...

I might have to break out the I word.

efd said...

HOWW-WOOOL!!
HOWW-WOOLL!!

(hey, it worked before!)

phil said...

Amarok
Crises
Discovery
Earth Moving
Exposed Disk 1 Of 2
Exposed Disk 2 of 2
Far Above The Clouds (Disc 1)
Far Above the Clouds 3
Five Miles Out
Guitars
Heaven's Open
Hergest Ridge
Incantations
Islands
Ommadawn
Orchestral Tubeular Bells
Platinum
Q.E.2
The Killing Fields
The Millennium Bell
The Songs Of Distant Earth
Tres Lunas
Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells 2003
Tubular Bells II
TUBULAR BELLS III
Voyager

L-girl said...

Amy clearly does not need to strap one on.

phil said...

Hmmm, need to correct that typo on the orchestral stuff.

ish said...

Would you like some hot chocolate, OR-Tiz?

Amy said...

Heart pounding, hands sweating. DO IT.

ish said...

Say that one out loud. Maybe get a chuckle.

SoSock said...

Amy feels warm and squirmy :)

L-girl said...

Phil, no you don't.

Amy said...

No straps for me. Feeling free and easy!

ish said...

Heart pounding, hands sweating. DO IT.

Maybe that's what Heidi said.

phil said...

Awwww.

Up two though.

Amy said...

Ech, what a let down. Need a shower now.

Amy said...

LOL, Ish!

SoSock said...

No probs - 2 run lead.
They are freaking shaking in their cleats.

phil said...

I do, Laura, I do.

L-girl said...

I can't believe there's a MOJO RISIN sign at the Trop! WOW. Is that a complete coincidence? Or is it a citizen of Joy Nation?

Jere said...

I wanted 6 runs that inning. I'm happy with the 2.

phil said...

I've got about thirty Mozart albums if that makes you feel better.

redsock said...

yet another rally after the first 2 guys makes outs

look out rusty phillies!!!!

A Conformer said...

Phil, that looks like my King Crimson or Nick Cave list...

ish said...

Jeemer Time!

phil said...

"A coming out party for B.J. Upton for sure."

o.0

L-girl said...

Phil, no, either way, Oldfield, Mozart, typos... It's Jeemer time!

SoSock said...

Wierd, but true.
I promise I will NOT start any Doors lyrics tonight, but catch this.
Bob had left already when we started our comeback Thursday so he didn't hear any of that. When Ortiz hit the single Bob immediately sang Mojo Rising, loudly.

ish said...

Played him perfectly!

efd said...

take a seat, junior!

Amy said...

One away for Oki. Still holding my breath with every at bat.

A Conformer said...

BTW, I'm now trying to recreate the Tubular Bells magic with Crimson's Islands- a Sox dong right when the mellotron kicks in would be a psychic phenomenon.

L-girl said...

I gotta take a computer break, game only for a while. I'll be back for the celebration.

ish said...

TBS not surprisingly talking about Jeemer looking down when he throws. Breaking news.

phil said...

Today's been mostly chiptunes. The stuff's certainly plentiful.

Amy said...

Bye, Laura. Don't go far.

Amy said...

GOT HIM!! Sit down.

phil said...

You have to hand it to Mike Oldfield though. No one's milked a four measure strain for more.

Sit.

efd said...

back to the dugout, Carlos.

A Conformer said...

Mclelland is so fucking slow- I had 1.5 seconds to be mad at that ball call.

ish said...

I'm listening to a strange but cool song by a group called Teddybears and Mad Cobra.

redsock said...

that's a rule book strike, boys. sorry.

s1c said...

Oh baby, nothing I like better than having the Sox score two runs on the way to work!!!

Tek!!!

Big Father!!!

c'mon jeemer, get one more out!!!

Amy said...

Was that Pap taking off his jacket?

Amy said...

Boy, S1C, you got to work FAST! Close by or were you going as fast as Josh's faster pitches?

ish said...

Was that Pap taking off his jacket?

Affirmative.

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