April 28, 2009

G20: Spiders 9, Red Sox 8

Red Sox - 142 000 100 - 8 14  3
Spiders - 124 000 101 - 9 13 0
Bill James would not approve. Tie game, bottom of the 9th. Who should you put on the mound? Your closer or the worst pitcher on the team?

Sadly, Terry Francona chose Option B. And the Red Sox's 11-game winning streak is now history. I can only assume that he hoped to squeak through the 9th (the 8-9-1 hitters were up), maybe get a run or two with FY-Flo-Yook-Drew in the 10th and go to Jonathan Papelbon to nail it down. The only problem with that strategy is you have to not allow a run in the 9th!

Javier Lopez gave up a single to Mark DeRosa (who had homered in the 7th to tie the game at 8-8) to start the final inning. Ben Francisco bunted the runner to second and Grady Sizemore struck out. Lopez went to a full count on Asdrubal Cabrera, who whacked a grounder to the right side.

Kevin Youkilis half-dived to his right, snared it, turned and lobbed an easy, underhanded toss to Lopez. The pitcher and the ball were at the bag in plenty of time, and Lopez's foot was on the base, but he looked down anyway, and the ball clanked off his glove and rolled into foul territory.

Lopez then fell down and Youkilis raced after the baseball, but it was too late. DeRosa was crossing the plate.

How'm I doin'?

Lopez: From a LOOGY to a LWCGAOIHGDMFLDOI.

The Red Sox failed to score in the top of the ninth, with runners at the corners and one out. Nick Green was overmatched on three fastballs and Jacoby Ellsbury lined the ball right to Cabrera at second.

Toronto beat the Royals 8-1, so we are back in 2nd place. The Yankees broke a scoreless tie in Detroit with 10 runs in the seventh and beat the Tigers 11-0.

***

Brad Penny (7.80, 65 ERA+) / Anthony Reyes (4.76, 102 ERA+)

The first place Red Sox (13-6) -- by a slim .017 over the Blue Jays (14-7), but atop the East nonetheless -- continue their series in Cleveland.

Julio Lugo may get his first start of the season tonight. I somewhat fear Tito putting Lugo at leadoff, but I'm now confident that (a) Lugo will be eased into the lineup/regular playing time and (b) Ellsbury's hitting and overall play have improved enough to dispell Francona of that idea.

Only three Red Sox players have ever faced Reyes -- and one of them is Penny! J.D. Drew is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and Jason Bay is 3-for-6 with a walk.

Of the five Spiders to have seen Penny previously, three are pitchers. Mark DeRosa is 8-for-27 and Tony Graffanino is 1-for-6 (but 0-for-his-last-5). (Graffanino has a -11 OPS+ in 24 plate appearances this year!)

***

Note: The Yankees' run differential is worse than that of the hapless Nationals, owners of the worst record in baseball:
            W   L    PCT    RS    RA    DIFF
Yankees 9 10 .474 102 126 - 24
Nationals 4 14 .222 85 107 - 22
New York's Phil "The Franchise" Hughes makes his 2009 debut (6.62 ERA in 2008) in Detroit at 7 PM. ... Jays in Kansas City.

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andy said...

whoooo

Benjamin said...

Why is Lugo stuttering with his left foot?

andy said...

I had to do it sorry.

Julia Loogu is really shitting the bed. I hate how he acts like he is part of this team in the dugout. He was trying to calm Penny down earlier. You suck and nobody wants you on this team.

redsock said...

det and mfy 0-0 after 6

Kevin said...

Lugo on base TWICE in one game?

L-girl said...

i'm back. now for the comeback.

Amy said...

Nice!

L-girl said...

here we go! thanks lyndon

Amy said...

Crap.

L-girl said...

ok, not this inning. next inning.

Kevin said...

Meh

L-girl said...

lugo don't heard lbj!!! for godsakes.

tim said...

Just got home annnnd fuck.

L-girl said...

^hurt^

Amy said...

Blech.

tim said...

Ugh, seeing Lugo playing in a game with meaning just made me flaccid.

L-girl said...

Tim doing the anti-Andy

Amy said...

By "game with meaning," do you mean not spring training, Tim?

Amy said...

Glad we have two outs.

Benjamin said...

Jones has the silliest little leg kick.

Amy said...

OK, score some runs!

tim said...

You got it, Amy.

Kevin said...

Well done.

Score runs.

Kevin said...

Our farm system kicks so much ass.

L-girl said...

Don: "It's going to get ugly" (the beard)

I got news for you, Don. It's too late.

Benjamin said...

Remy: "I like it when couples share blankets like that, Don."

Is that an offer?

tim said...

Remy sounded creepy as fuck there. Totally serious and matter-of-fact.

"I like couples that share blankets like that, Don."

...
...

tim said...

Fire now please.

redsock said...

don wisely does not ask a folo up

Amy said...

Next time? Grant may be right that this game ends by 10:30, but I still see 11:00 as more likely. If not later.

Jere said...

Yanks put up a 10 spot in the 7th

Benjamin said...

This Bruins commercial with the bear in the movie theater doesn't really make much sense. Do people really complain about hearing people chatting on cell phones at a hockey game?

redsock said...

assdrizzle at the park

Grant Salzano said...

I'm always right :-P

L-girl said...

I like when Don doesn't answer Remy. Leaves Remy hanging there.

Grant Salzano said...

This Bruins commercial with the bear in the movie theater doesn't really make much sense.

That's not a movie theatre lol...

Jere said...

Molina had a sac bunt and a grand slam in the same inning.

Benjamin said...

Well, arena, whatever. My point still stands, though I look more foolish for bringing it up.

redsock said...

molina hit a grand dong

Benjamin said...

I've been to exactly one professional hockey game in my life, in Quebec City.

L-girl said...

There's a bear in a movie theatre and *you* look foolish? Nah, whoever dreamt up that ad is foolish.

(OK, it's not a movie theatre but it looks like one.)

tim said...

Oooo, on my PC using google chrome. When I refresh, it immediately brings me back to the point on the page where I was before, and I don't have to click on the page to be able to use the wheely-scroll thingy.

tim said...

Big league choo at the bat.

Benjamin said...

Runs please.

Kevin said...

Fairly clean inning.

Seventh inning, time for Bay to start raking.

Jere said...

Story of three games. The 7-7 early slugfest. The scoreless middle innings. And the one-sided Extrava-dongza for the Red Sox in the last three.

Joe Grav said...

Holy cow, long game. Just got back to my room.

It's always something new with the Sox this year eh?

L-girl said...

Baseball is funny that way. Every game is different. ;)

Jere said...

That it is, Suzyn

Amy said...

Leadoff man on. BRING HIM HOME

Joe Grav said...

I had never thought of that l-girl :-p

Kevin said...

BBay

L-girl said...

Allan just asked Tala if she was going to go out.

She ran out of the room, downstairs, and I think she's now waiting at the back door.

So mean.

Jere said...

wait, I was supposed to say That it is Jon. From Suzyn. I've ish-movie theatered the line, forget it.

Amy said...

Aww, aren't you going to let her out?

We have to be careful not to say "out" or "walk" around Cassie. Pretty hard when you are watching a baseball game....

Benjamin said...

Bay trippes.

Benjamin said...

NESN graphic still shows Bay at first.

Kevin said...

Lugo, don't be Lugo.

Benjamin said...

LUGO!

Amy said...

OK, Julio! Who knew?

tim said...

Lugo wtf???

L-girl said...

Lugo says FUCK YOU ANDY

Kevin said...

w00t

Amy said...

And yet another pitching change.

Looks like Grant will not win the bet on the game's end time.

A Conformer said...

Woo! I came in just in time!

L-girl said...

I believe Tala will go out again. But not now.

We purposely say all the words to make her turn her head all funny. She goes nuts when I put shoes on... when I make tea (because I sometimes take it outside on the patio)... and about 20 other things.

Benjamin said...

Lugo tonight looks like the shitty-fielding pretty-good-hitting shortstop we were buying when we signed him.

redsock said...

OFER!

Is Sipp on the all-drink team?

Benjamin said...

Tell Tala to squat in Allan's shoes.

L-girl said...

I'll work on that. It would be pretty funny!

Amy said...

Yes, I love how they tilt their heads and look like they are trying to figure out what the hell we are saying. A random word in an otherwise irrelevant sentence is so confusing to the poor creatures.

Jere said...

Manager of the all-drink team: Billy Martin?

L-girl said...

I guess Phil Coke doubles on the all-drink team and the all-drug team.

L-girl said...

Drink team: Coco Crisp

Amy said...

Oh, come on...that was a strike?

At least we are in the lead!

Benjamin said...

Tinsley Ginn.

L-girl said...

Drink team: Remy

Kevin said...

Hold the lead.

Benjamin said...

John Boozer

Amy said...

All drink team? Luis TEA-ant?

redsock said...

plenty of pitchers on the drink team.

L-girl said...

Stuffy Mc-Guiness?

Benjamin said...

There's a handful of Drinkwaters in the minors.

Benjamin said...

Chris Waters

L-girl said...

Tiant, very good

A Conformer said...

I guess Phil Coke doubles on the all-drink team and the all-drug team.I was thinking the exact same thing. And trying to figure out who else is on the all-drug team. No players called Mary Jane, I'd wager. But Guillermo Mota (weed in Mexican) would work.

redsock said...

Bud Weiser (1915-16)

Benjamin said...

Juice Latham

Kevin said...

Drink team: Joe Thurston

redsock said...

Jack Coffey - 1918 Red Sox

Benjamin said...

Jack Needles Bentley.

Amy said...

Lots of Millers, Muellers.

Kevin said...

Isn't there a Todd Coffey?

Benjamin said...

Dick Cummings Wakefield? Hmmm.

L-girl said...

Thurston, that's good too.

Needles, he's for the drug team.

Joe Grav said...

Woop

Jere said...

Bud Black's on the all booze, drug, and coffee teams.

Benjamin said...

Todd Glass.

(Jack Glasscock. Maybe we need another list.)

Benjamin said...

Shit.

Amy said...

Shit, tied again.

Kevin said...

Crap

L-girl said...

Ofer, we did some Dr...

SHIT

SHIT

...did some drug team the other night. Of course now I can't think of any of them.

Joe Grav said...

oh farts

meuniermr said...

Gooched by the sweep talk.

Joe Grav said...

every sox game has to be epic- it'sa rule

Amy said...

Uh oh...

tim said...

Okasuckass.

A Conformer said...

Shit. Fucking Mark Derosa?

redsock said...

James Kegg (minor leaguer 1940s)

Ish said...

Good evening, JoS. Just finished watching hockey and the Red Sox and the Celtics. Second round is set for the NHL playoffs and the Celtics won Game 5 and lead their series 3-2.

And Saito adds a little bit to the bullpen ERA. Not to mention tying the game. Bawls.

What a long game this is!

Jere said...

Saito's on the mound

Amy said...

They sure are making good contact. Scary.

Kevin said...

Dave Bush

As in Anheuser-Busch

redsock said...

they all look alike

Amy said...

Yikes. Come on, stop the bleeding.

Amy said...

No players named Wine or Winer or one of its other spelling?

redsock said...

ram time

Jere said...

if a guy can hit a ball right where he wants in that situation, why can't he just do it any time?

Ish said...

Ram-Ram to the rescue.

Jere said...

coupla Wines

A Conformer said...

Would all junk ballers be on the drug team?

Joe Grav said...

No worries.

Nomar Zerimar will put this Spidy uprising to rest.

Ish: good matchup for B's against the no-longer-Whalers.

Joe Grav said...

Gimme some strikes ramram

A Conformer said...

Lou Merlo(t)-ni

Joe Grav said...

good start

Amy said...

Then all the Martinez players could be Martinis....

L-girl said...

I'm scrolling through...

Did I see Grant say this is going to go down as The Worst Baseball Game Ever?

????

Kevin said...

Mark Teahen

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

Ish said...

Ram-Ram rescues!

L-girl said...

junk ballers :)

Amy said...

Phew! Crowd had me trup'd there.

Kevin said...

Taylor Teagarden

Joe Grav said...

WOOP

redsock said...

Vin Scully will announce the games.

Jere said...

Tribe will regret that squander.

Steve Stone.

Benjamin said...

Charlie Mead. Dave Meads.

tim said...

Canes look scary, I'd rather have faced the Pens. But we'll have to wait until the east final for that.

Joe Grav said...

Did I see Grant say this is going to go down as The Worst Baseball Game Ever?
He proclaims this weekly.

redsock said...

oil can boyd

Ish said...

Joe, it'll be nice to not have any sideshows, like Avery or Ovechkin/Chara or Crosby/Malkin... yet. This looks to be a good clean matchup that NBC will want no part of. And it should be very exciting. The guys on Versus were drooling over this upcoming series.

Kevin said...

Damn he's good

Jere said...

Mickey Mantle will throw out the first highball.

Benjamin said...

Scotty Alcock goes on the third list.

L-girl said...

"He proclaims this weekly"

Thanks for filling me in.

Joe Grav said...

Worst game ever

Amy said...

Meads...very medieval

Ish said...

Castig describes Cleveland tonight as a "San Francisco evening."

We had a Phoenix day here today.

Jere said...

Gene Rye

Benjamin said...

Wedo Martini.

Benjamin said...

Highball Wilson would challenge Mantle for that right.

Jere said...

Jin Ho Cho

Amy said...

More humid than Phoenix down here, Ish.

L-girl said...

meads, rye... very creative. i haven't had a good idea since coco.

Amy said...

Another leadoff walk...CAPITALIZE.

Ish said...

Speaking of food names the head coach for the New York Rangers (who just got ousted from the NHL playoffs tonight) is John Tortorella.

I keep thinking either tortolini or mortadella.

Benjamin said...

John Sipin.

Jere said...

How'd we forget Pedro Borbon?

redsock said...

here comes a dong

Benjamin said...

Eddie Joost.

Ish said...

More humid than Phoenix down here, Ish.Here today the humidity was 15%.

It was 90° here then I went to the beach and it was 59°. Silly weather.

Amy said...

What does that mean? "That will take you down those runway steps"---???

Jere said...

Nig Cuppy

Kevin said...

The Houston Colt 45s

Both the All-Drinks and All-Weapons teams

L-girl said...

totorella sounds like it should be a food. we could try ordering one at an italian deli, see what happens.

A Conformer said...

Worst game everFunny, I remember another game with the same score and the same teams that was much, much worse.

Of course, it's easy to forget since in the next game Dave Roberts stole a base.

Jere said...

Chug Coombs

Ish said...

Of course, it's easy to forget since in the next game Dave Roberts stole a base. • I immediately thought of that when I saw the score on that link. Then I got confused when I saw Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrdsssssssma!

Kevin said...

Just get Bay to the plate...

redsock said...

i smell smoke

Benjamin said...

Pop Lloyd and other Pops.

Amy said...

Up to Drew.

L-girl said...

There are Sips and Sipins. Is there a Chug?

Jere said...

"Of course, it's easy to forget since in the next game Dave Roberts stole a base."

I didn't click the link, but now I know he meant 19-8. I was at that game. My first playoff game.

Amy said...

And Papi, Benjamin.

L-girl said...

Oh! Jere already got a Chug. :)

A Conformer said...

Drew needs to be a herew

Benjamin said...

Brandy Davis.

Joe Grav said...

FAIL @!

L-girl said...

That was a tough night.

Jere said...

Johnny Hopp

L-girl said...

There was a player named Brandy? Cool.

Amy said...

Allan, your 11:30 prediction is starting to look pretty good.

redsock said...

jesus - swing the fucking bat once in a fucking while. fucker

Kevin said...

Squander

Benjamin said...

Bob Gibson

L-girl said...

I protest, Hopp's not a beverage. It's just an ingredient.

He can be on the All-Grains team or something.

Jere said...

Minor leaguer: Armand Fizzano

L-girl said...

HI NICK GREEN WE MISSED YOU!

Jere said...

Lots of Brewers. Not the team.

Benjamin said...

Bombo Rivera

Ish said...

He can be on the All-Grains team or something. With Jim Rice, of course.

L-girl said...

I'd like to note that The Worst Game Ever cannot possibly be in ALCS 2004. It HAS to be in ALCS 2003.

redsock said...

Flask Gordon

SoSock said...

Geez, Lugo - swing the freaking bat.
Of course sometimes.......
never mind.

redsock said...

Bobby Sprowl's veins

Joe Grav said...

BTW speaking of FAIL anyone remember this book? OOPS

Jere said...

Lugo wasn't up there

Joe Grav said...

Worst Game Ever is different from Most Painful.

2003 ALCS Game 7 ranks up there with the most painful moments of my life.

But I have seen some comically terrible baseball games. Totally different in my mind

L-girl said...

Hmm. I'll have to think about that distinction. I think for me worst is most painful, only.

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