May 2, 2009

G24: Red Sox 10, Rays 6

Red Sox - 231 002 200 - 10 13  1
Rays - 100 130 001 - 6 11 2
Early runs provided a cushion against Wakefield's mini-meltdown (three walks, single, double, passed ball) in the fifth.

Wakefield (5-7-5-3-5, 101) allowed a leadoff single in the sixth and handed things off to Hideki Okajima, with Boston holding an 8-5 lead. Jeemer gave up a single of his own, and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out, and brought the potential tying run to the plate. Upton fouled to Youkilis and Carl Crawford struck out swinging.

Okajima allowed a walk and a hit in the seventh, but fanned Akinori Iwamura with runners at first and third. Ramon Ramirez pitched a perfect eighth and Takashi Saito allowed two singles and a run in the ninth.

It was a team effort with the bats: Nick Green singled twice, doubled and drove in three runs (he was also caught stealing in the second when he fell on his face halfway to second base); Jacoby Ellsbury singled twice, scored two runs and stole three bases (he leads the AL with 13); and Dustin Pedroia reached base five times (single, double, three walks).

Kevin Youkilis had a two-run double and a bases-loaded walk; J.D. Drew had a two-run double in the first to start the scoring; George Kottaras doubled and walked; Mike Lowell homered and singled; and David Ortiz walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Jason Bay singled, stole a base and scored before leaving the game after five innings with a left ankle contusion.

Toronto (17-9!) beat Baltimore 5-4 in 11, so the Red Sox (15-9) remain 1 GB in the East. The Angels beat the Yankees 8-4, dropping New York (13-11) 3 GB.

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Tim Wakefield (1.86, 275 ERA+) / Jeff Neimann (4.43, 111 ERA+)

In four starts this year, Neimann has pitched 22.1 innings, allowing 21 hits and 11 walks, while striking out 13. Tonight's game will be his tenth major league appearance.

***

Terry Francona is not considering moving David Ortiz out of the #3 spot:
I think it does more harm than good. We've had pretty much a set lineup. Three days ago, when we won 11 out of 12, nobody [suggested moving Ortiz from the third spot]. I don't know that's the right thing to do. ... I'm sure he gets reminded about it, so I don't want to be the one adding to that.
Rehab: Rocco Baldelli is expected to DH for Pawtucket as early as Monday. ... Mark Kotsay will DH for Pawtucket today and play in the outfield tomorrow. ... Daisuke will throw a bullpen session of 45-50 pitches today, then throw roughly the same number of pitches in a start for the PawSox on Tuesday. He will likely make at least three rehab starts.

What's wrong with Jerry Remy? This Globe sentence is pretty vague (and can only invite rampant speculation):
NESN analyst Jerry Remy will miss at least the remainder of this trip with an illness, the symptoms of which are the same as those that kept him sidelined for much of spring training.
What the hell does that mean? I recall his spring illness being described as either a chest infection or pneumonia.

Buck Martinez has filled in for Remy in this series. He has shown small bits of insight here and there, but mostly has offered mindless cliches amid numerous variations of "Yeah, he sure is, Don" in his incredibly annoying nasally voice. And he cannot pronounce the last name of our DH. Please, NESN: If Remy is unavailable on Monday, bring in Eck or Dave Roberts. Or have Orsillo go solo. Anything! Stop torturing us with Buck Martinez!

246 comments:

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Kevin said...

Julio, please do us all a favor and get injured again.

Edward Lee said...

Pedroia getting IBBed in favor of Ortiz again. That's gotta hurt.

Jere said...

Maddon you fuckhead

Pokerwolf said...

They're intentionally walking Pedroia to get to Ortiz??

Wow.

That's what I call motivation!

Kevin said...

201!

Papi, make them pay for that IBB.

Pepe Lepew said...

Intentional walk to get to Ortiz?
Ohhhh, major dis!

L-girl said...

I don't think post-season stats tell you very much unless the guy has been A LOT of post-season play. Even then it's questionable b/c there are so many other variables.

Sox-NYY games are bigger games for the fans, but each game of the season is one W or one L.

redsock said...

No, I don't think it tells you anything. Something like that would have to be consistent year after year after year to even bother to look at. And it almost always is not.

Guys go .400 in close and late -- oooh, clutch! -- then .180 the next year.

L-girl said...

"They're intentionally walking Pedroia to get to Ortiz??"

Can't blame him. It's not Maddon's job to be nice to Papi.

Jere said...

"Sox-NYY games are bigger games for the fans, but each game of the season is one W or one L."

The teams seem to pretty clearly approach those games differently.

redsock said...

and teams get good and bad -- and many are just in the middle. when are they considered good, then if they tank, do the stats get tossed because they are bad?

redsock said...

more baserunners for us!

time for yook to bust out that sweaty salami dong.

Jere said...

I want Youk to hit a line drive that buzzes Maddon, and then hit a grand dong.

Kevin said...

Not exactly what I had in mind, but I'll take it.

L-girl said...

"The teams seem to pretty clearly approach those games differently."

I'm not sure that's true. Fans and media approach it differently. But even if it is true, are you saying that players turn it on more? Dig down deeper? That it's a proving ground? To me those are pretty much meaningless cliches.

redsock said...

Balfour from Shouse!

L-girl said...

fun

Kevin said...

RBBI

redsock said...

As you yourself would say, Jere, if he can concentrate and play better against the Yankees (or whoever), why not do it all the time and be the biggest star ever?

redsock said...

so ... which position player will be pitching for the rays in the 9th?

redsock said...

Buck doing PBP? Don taking a dump?

redsock said...

Burrell has AC-DC every AB: I think that was Who Made Who.

redsock said...

For Those About To K ...

Kevin said...

Sit

L-girl said...

See you all tomorrow. I'll call from the bus, but as Lord Lynch would say, I'll trust you all to hold the lead.

Jere said...

Kotsay is not watching this game. He's at the Celts game.

redsock said...

Looks like RamRam in the 8th

Ish said...

Does he need to be watching the Sox game?

Jere said...

He can do what he wants. But I'd have a radio!

Ish said...

"That's carrying well..." on Gumball's flyball to right.

That means you get anti-truped a little bit. Outfielders misjudging.

Cause you know. Gotta love that stiff breeze out to right in the dome.

redsock said...

but buck -- 100 pitches IS 3 innings for dice.

Jere said...

end 8. 5 run lead. i vote win.

Ish said...

Percival is not graceful.

redsock said...

Can FY reach base 6 times tonight?

redsock said...

No, he cannot. GIDP.

Saito in for the 9th.

redsock said...

Sounds like the same song as Burrell's last AB -- not Who Made Who.

Jere said...

I keep missing this AC/DC action. I'll go back and watch the archived version later and see if I can figure it out.

Edward Lee said...

Saito's slider looks good. WTF did Kottaras call for 23 straight fastballs against Crawford?

redsock said...

ac-dc: could be newer stuff, which i wouldn't know very well.

redsock said...

I maybe old and repeating myself, but Tino Martinez's 3rd or 4th AB at the Toilet was always good, because you got "You Shook Me All Night Long".

Benjamin said...

Water!

Jere said...

dirty del boca vista water

Kevin said...

WATER

redsock said...

Another W for Wake!

Pokerwolf said...

WATER!

Jere said...

This is ridiclous. On the postgame, they're showing the NESN people as Star Wars characters. Daubach as Han SOlo, TC as Luke, Eck-bacca, Princess Heidi. Ohh... I see, it's because Pawtucket's having Star Wars night.

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