April 15, 2009

G9: Red Sox 8, Athletics 2

Red Sox   - 020 000 060 - 8 10  1
Athletics - 000 000 011 - 2 4 0
Wakefield pitched 7.1 no-hit innings and went the distance for his 31st career complete game. After the pen was spent after Tuesday night, Wakefield did exactly what the Red Sox needed.

Mike Lowell hit a two-run home run in the second inning. His fielding error to start the sixth ruined Wakefield's shot at a perfect game. For the first seven innings, Wakefield's pitch count was ridiculously low: 30 through 5 innings, 54 through 6, 67 through 7. He began to tire at that point, allowing six base runners (and two runs) over the last two innings and throwing 44 pitches. He finished with a 9-4-2-2-4, 111 line.

Eight consecutive Red Sox batters reached base after two were out in the eighth inning. J.D. Drew's three-run dong broke the game open, giving Boston a 5-0 lead.

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed reliever Hunter Jones has been summoned from Pawtucket and may arrive at the park during today's game.

Terry Francona, after speaking with trainer Mike Reinhold this morning:
I don't think there's an injury. It just looks like there's some fatigue. Kind of like last year, where he's got to build it back up and feel good about himself.
***

Tim Wakefield (4.50, 113 ERA+) / Brett Anderson (7.50, 60 ERA+)

Another game in Oakland, another young lefty.

BP 2009:
... it looks as if Anderson will turn out to be the best player brought to Oakland in the [Haren] exchange. The son of a pitching coach, he was the most polished pitcher in the Arizona system as a teenager, but scouts were always turned off by his dumpy, unathletic frame. Last spring, he came to camp 25 to 30 pounds lighter and took another step forward because of it, with his low-90s fastball grading up because of its excellent movement and location. Unlike most pitchers his age [21], Anderson has advanced secondary offerings and an excellent feel for his craft. He's moving up rapidly, could be in Oakland by the end of the year, and has All-Star potential.
Wakefield needs to go at least six innings, as the bullpen pitched 10.2 innings last night and most of the relievers went multiple innings, including Justin Masterson (4 innings, 60 pitches), Manny Delcarmen (1.2, 36), Hideki Okajima (2, 28). Also, Javier Lopez has pitched in each of the last three games.

Who's available? Takashi Saito was the only reliever to not work yesterday. Jonathan Papelbon did not pitch on Sunday or Monday and threw only 16 pitches last night. Ramon Ramirez would be the third guy, I suppose. Can Chris Carter pitch?

Win or lose this afternoon, the day off on Thursday will be most welcome.

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Jere said...

D O N GGGGGG

5-0. pressure off. Well, the one kind.

nixon33 said...

Thats the best revenge to the up and in (AND the intentional walk)

Pepe Lepew said...

Yayyy!
Way to make 'em pay for that intentional walk.
Man, if Drew could just find a way to stay healthy.

Kevin said...

YES!

Benjamin said...

Bam. 40.50 ERA.

Ish said...

I love how no one's talking to Wake. Acting like he's not even there.

Zenslinger said...

40.50 ERAWorse than the Wang's.

redsock said...

shit - long wait for wake?

Benjamin said...

The MFYs started playing at 4:08 and are only entering the top of the fourth.

Grant Salzano said...

shit - long wait for wake?Not as big a deal with the knuck i think.

tim said...

Stopping by a break from work to say - FUCKIN EH! LETS DO THIS WAKE!

redsock said...

andrew dice clay at cache creek!

Jere said...

Now I'm re-pissed at Lowell because if he goes 8.2, I'm gonna be sitting here going, He should have it already. And Lowell's offense is no longer the one thing giving us the lead.

Jere said...

Okay, Lowell trying to atone even more...

Ish said...

PA announcer at the Coliseum only announces the names. "....Nick.. Green."

Zenslinger said...

I like gamblin'. But Cache Creek = teh suq.

Kevin said...

Holy crap, we've gotten five consecutive guys to reach base. They need to do that more often.

redsock said...

E changes everything. Lowell makes that play, who knows, we might be down 9-2 right now.

Kevin said...

Make that six consecutive!

Ish said...

Torn here. Keep the offense going or take a backwards K and get back to work.

Ish said...

E changes everything. Lowell makes that play, who knows, we might be down 9-2 right now. • And that's baseball.

Grant Salzano said...

7

Kevin said...

Seven consecutive!

nixon33 said...

Yeah, seriously not liking the long wait.

redsock said...

A's pen trying to match Wakefield's pitch count in this one inning.

Pepe Lepew said...

Torn here. Keep the offense going or take a backwards K and get back to work.

Yeah, I kinda want to get to the bottom of the inning...
... but at the same time I'd like to see Ellsbury get off his schnide.

Benjamin said...

By the way, Green raised Blevins's ERA to 54.00.

Ish said...

Wake looks at Penny, turns and looks at Youk. Neither look back. Slight smile to himself.

Grant Salzano said...

lol this WOULD happen, wouldn't it...

Jere said...

8-0 our team.

Ish said...

How would you feel returning to the bench and having Wake put his hand out for a high-five?

Pepe Lepew said...

Yayyy ... I guess.

Grant Salzano said...

Wake looks at Penny, turns and looks at Youk. Neither look back. Slight smile to himself.

Heh :D

Ish said...

Amazing that all of this coming with 2 out.

Kevin said...

8 consecutive!

And Lyndon's first RBIs of the season.

redsock said...

RALLY all with 2 outs and no one on!!!!!!!!

Grant Salzano said...

How would you feel returning to the bench and having Wake put his hand out for a high-five?

Haha that would be great... did he do that??

Jere said...

How would you feel if Wake was accidentally sitting on your hand and it was starting to fall asleep?

Zenslinger said...

Canoe HR makes it 2-2 Yanks-Rays.

Swisher scored on the HR. Nady's apparently going on the DL.

Ish said...

Grant, he went over with everyone to high-five the incoming runners.

Grant Salzano said...

yayyy

Ish said...

Damn Nady. I wanted to see Swisher pitch more.

redsock said...

Wake looked calm. Like I wouldn't be surprised if he was reading the newspaper on the bench.

Jere said...

How would you feel if Wake was accidentally sitting on your hand and it was starting to fall asleep?

Grant Salzano said...

Grant, he went over with everyone to high-five the incoming runners.

Wake is one of my favorite people ever :D

Benjamin said...

We've scored 21% of this season's runs this game.

Ish said...

Jere I'd probably tell myself, well it's not like I'm pitching or anything. I can swing one-handed...

Ish said...

Yeah, Allan. Wake looks more amused than anything of what's occuring.

Jere said...

How would you feel if Wake was accidentally sitting on your hand and it was starting to fall asleep?

Grant Salzano said...

Nothin but knucks, cmon...

Ish said...

2-0 count a fastball at 67.

Ish said...

Another fastball.

Grant Salzano said...

Lowell breathes an epic sigh of relief...

Ish said...

Now Lowell's E is fine.

Jere said...

get a dp immediately please

Kevin said...

Alright, keep calm, how about a DP?

redsock said...

A's feed showing Curt's 1-hitter.

Ish said...

Last two pitches to Ellis were knuckles... First two to Buck knucklers.

Ish said...

Phew!!!! Pitter patter pitter patter.

Grant Salzano said...

I LOVE EVERYBODY

redsock said...

that was a LONG run for ellsbury

Ish said...

Different tenor in the game thread than last night that's for sure, Grant.

Ish said...

FAIL.

Ish said...

Solid single.

Grant Salzano said...

I HATE... all of you...

Benjamin said...

Shit.

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, well, at least it wasn't with two outs in the ninth!

Ish said...

The life of the knuckleball.

Kevin said...

Poo.

nixon33 said...

sheeeeeit.

redsock said...

oh well - the pen is saved.

and we'll win big.

Meunier said...

Not going to complain about this outing though.

Kevin said...

You know what, I don't even care about that. It's the eighth inning and we have a lead for once.

Grant Salzano said...

I'm so deflated :( Who deserves it more than Wake?

Pepe Lepew said...

C'mon, we can still get a complete game shutout!

Jere said...

he can still get the mildly-coveted one-hitter.

Pepe Lepew said...

You know what, I don't even care about that. It's the eighth inning and we have a lead for once.

Yeah, at 2-6, don't complain!

Ish said...

I just want him to get out of the 8th on one more pitch. There goes the shutout.

Ish said...

Saito up.

Jere said...

At least I can finally pee.

redsock said...

all i care about is that after 2003, wakefield was there in 2004.

get me talking about how happy that makes me and i'll be teary-eyed inside of 30 seconds.

... make that 10 seconds.

Kevin said...

Alright Wake, let's keep this from turning into a rally.

Ish said...

Jere there's always a bright side.

redsock said...

shit, i had to go to the tissue just typing that post.

Benjamin said...

94 pitches.

Kevin said...

Leave him in for the ninth?

Ish said...

I'll be fine with Wake in for the 9th. I'll also be fine with Saito.

Benjamin said...

It's an off day tomorrow.

Amy said...

Wow, Wake almost did it! I could not believe it as I was driving to school and was dying to get out of the car and stop and watch the game. But alas, as soon as I pulled into the parking lot, the no-no was gone, and by the time I got into my office and booted up the computer, so was the shutout. Oh, well, I still am very happy for Wakefield and for the team! Oh, and for me!

Ish said...

Lowell and Wake look like a couple of 40somethings reminiscing about that time in college where they put their frat buddy's hand in lukewarm water and made him pee himself.

Ish said...

Good day for #42 in gray.

Amy said...

Got to go get ready for class, so enjoy the rest of the game for me, everyone. Perhaps we have turned a corner? Pitchers and batters waking up?

Benjamin said...

I wanted this one for Wakefield, but I suppose everyone did.

Ish said...

Rish saying the Orioles off to a surprising 6-2 start... I mean who'da thunk that?

About that whole small sample size thing. O's got out of the gate quickly in... '07 I think as well.

Wake's coming back out.

Jere said...

So "Extra Innings Extra" is now "Red Sox Final." I hate it less.

Ish said...

I agree Jere.

redsock said...

i want him to stick around and pass cy young and fat billy in wins.

Jere said...

I wanna see a smooth DP turned to end this.

Kevin said...

Crap.

Benjamin said...

Meh. Good thing we have insurance runs.

Ish said...

You could tell with Wake a few innings ago where he'd go 2-0 quickly then get back to the fastball... First 6 innings or so all those knucklers looked the same. Starting in the 6th the knuckleball started floating a couple different ways. Squeaked through O-Cab with fastballs then went back to the knuckler.

Now it's staying up and they're hitting it.

Ish said...

But we've got 2 outs so maybe he can muster three more low ones and get on the plane.

redsock said...

the fuck plane?

Kevin said...

Alright, let's finish this up, I'm getting hungry out here on the East Coast.

Ish said...

The water is DIRRRTY. Get on the fuck plane.

Benjamin said...

Water!

Kevin said...

That'll do it.

Jere said...

CG win. Rare in itself.

Pepe Lepew said...

OK, it's a win. They've been hard to come by, so far.

Kevin said...

Thank you Wake - Signed: The Boston Bullpen

Benjamin said...

Good times. More games like this one, please.

nixon33 said...

Lets hope this starts a hot streak.

tim said...

WOOHOO!

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