May 20, 2009

G40: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 3

Blue Jays - 000 000 210 - 3 14  0
Red Sox - 002 060 00x - 8 15 0
The Red Sox battered Cecil with a four-dong fifth, with home runs from Jason Varitek (his second of the night), David Ortiz, Jason Bay and Mike Lowell.

The big man slammed a 1-1 fastball into the camera well in dead center field. (He also doubled off The Wall in the eighth.) It increased the Red Sox's lead from 3-1 to 5-1 and sent Fenway into a frenzy. After Kevin Youkilis (3-for-5) singled to left, Bay hit a bomb over everything in left and Dr. Doubles followed him with a shot into the Monster Seats.

Penny (6.2-9-2-1-2, 96) pitched well, but wilted in the seventh. ... Jacoby Ellsbury set a new Red Sox record (and tied the major league mark) for most putouts by an outfielder with 12 catches. By inning: 222 212 001.

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Brett Cecil (1.80, 254 ERA+) / Brad Penny (6.69, 74 ERA+)

Cecil is a rookie lefty who turns 23 in July. He has made three starts for the Jays -- facing Cleveland, the Athletics and the White Sox this month -- pitching at least six innings every time out. Totals: 20 innings, 17 hits, 4 walks, 15 strikeouts.

BP 2009 describes Cecil, a 2007 supplemental-round pick, as a "big lefty with low-90s velocity, a plus slider, and a decent changeup ... projects as a mid-rotation horse".

Penny has also gone at least six innings in each of his last three starts, though he has had less success (18.2-21-5-14) than Cecil.

***

Terry Francona talked a lot about David Ortiz on WEEI today. Extra Bases has lengthy quotes. One quote, in response to whether Ortiz could be finished as a hitter, Tito said:
No, I don't feel that way. You can go back and go a long way, because I've done some research, and look at Yaz. He had some injuries, and he went, what, 56 games one year. It was a pretty good dry spell, and he had what, 10 years in the major leagues and everyone thought he was done. I mean, everyone thought Pedroia was done before he got started. ...
Research? Does Tito have a B-Ref subscription?

Yaz did not hit a home run in his first 57 games in 1972. That drought lasted until July 22! Yet what Tito may not know is that, when combined with a homer-less streak to end the previous season, Yaz actually went 72 games without a home run -- from September 4, 1971 to July 21, 1972.

That link shows all of his HR-less streaks, including a 43-gamer in 1976: July 10 to August 22 (my first game at Fenway!).

291 comments:

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Zenslinger said...

Take him out?

Zenslinger said...

I will admit to gunning for that 201.

andy said...

If he doesn't go away they should make Penny the long reliever for cup o' coffee chances late in the season, and also for the occasional fuck up by one of the starters. It does appear that Bard is gonna stick around so there will not be a roster spot. Plus Smoltz. There is no room for Penny on this team in August.

Amy said...

DP. Good.

andy said...

Ahh shit I wrote too much to get 201

Ish said...

Eck, paraphrasing: I know what pitch is gonna come because I'm psychic!

Ish said...

Hill's ball has some english on it!

meuniermr said...

Dirt lip single down the line, MDC coming in.

andy said...

Ahh shit now he can't get the loss.

Jere said...

We were sitting outside--got to hear all the fun with Castiglione.

He was lovin' it. He said that he saw Papi's papi before the game and asked "Esta noche?" and Papi's dad said "si."

Castig's pronunciation is actually worse than Remy's....

A Conformer said...

If he doesn't go away they should make Penny the long reliever for cup o' coffee chances late in the season, and also for the occasional fuck up by one of the starters. It does appear that Bard is gonna stick around so there will not be a roster spot. Plus Smoltz. There is no room for Penny on this team in August.Hey, Penny might be the best Sox starter in the last 4 weeks, sort of. But I think he's tradeable, there's HH and Bowden and Smoltz, and I would bet on Lester and Beckett getting better going forward. So I say, start seeing what you can get for him.

andy said...

They could trade for Adrian Gonzalez and dump Bailey to pawtucket. The Padres wanna get rid of their payroll.

redsock said...

7th inning stretch -- GOD BLESS AMERICO!

Jere said...

Note, just in case: Fenway only does god Bless America on Sundays and holiday. I was disappointed at McCoy yesterday when they did it after 6 and basically treated it as the "stretch." Then they did play Take me Out to the Ballgame after top 7, but we were basically the only people who knew to stand.

redsock said...

Dr.!

Ish said...

Queued foul.

Amy said...

Ish, Firefox has not taken over your vocabulary as well as your spelling.

Jere said...

They did in the exhibition game (Saturday) at Citi Field.

andy said...

Wow what a statement about how bad lugo really is.

redsock said...

bizarro world - tek BBI!

Jere said...

IBB Tek, that is. First inning. If I RC.

redsock said...

WEAPON TIME!

Amy said...

Hey, Andy, maybe Tek's power has scared them?

andy said...

We are all so caught up in Bard. Has he even thrown an actual 100 mph pitch yet?

Jere said...

Okay, so if becomes a closer one day, is he the Bard of Save-on?

Ish said...

I keep thinking Joba when I hear the hype on Bard.

Then again I bet Bard's mother isn't a meth head. And we know he's a reliever.

Jere said...

I dunno--they were printing up official Joba Rules shirts before he did shit.

Amy said...

Good one, Jere!

Not an auspicious start.

andy said...

Welcome to the big leagues where teams prepare for you.

Meunier said...

Bard throwing it too straight?

efd said...

if becomes a closer one day, is he the Bard of Save-on?If he only closes and never becomes a setup man then he'll be No Holds Bard.

andy said...

i am gonna make Bard earn me. I am not gonna buy into the hype.

Ish said...

Welcome to the Big Leagues where you're not just out there getting some work in. This shit matters.

Jere said...

Hey, we've got two AC/DC things, with Thunder for Bay, and TNT (Dynamite) for Bard.

Cuz...

he looks like...

Napolean Dynamite, of course.

andy said...

Yeah that's better ish. Step up or get out.

andy said...

Totally.

andy said...

and he even votes for Pedro.

Jere said...

"if becomes a closer one day, is he the Bard of Save-on?If he only closes and never becomes a setup man then he'll be No Holds Bard."

Ah yes, but if only bridges the gap to Pap, we get to say Bridge It, Bard-o.

SoSock said...

May 20, - Papi Day!

Si.

Well, the one damn night I have no LL obligations and I get a freaking emegency call on my way home.
Oh well, a little extra cash anyway.
Here's to a long steady climb out of the slump, now that he's started back the right direction.

andy said...

This weapon is a dud.

Jere said...

Another huge difference to me is how they were hyping up Joba and at the same time banking on him, whereas The High Heder is just coming up as another piece of our puzzle which isn't even really necessary right now. (The piece, not the puzzle.)

Amy said...

Hmmm

SoSock said...

next

Amy said...

OK, two out.

Not a very impressive showing.

Jere said...

"We are all so caught up in Bard. Has he even thrown an actual 100 mph pitch yet?"

Wait a second. You act like hitting 100 is some kind of requisite. Even a fastball pitcher doesn't need to literally throw 100 by any means.

Ish said...

Ah yes, but if only bridges the gap to Pap, we get to say Bridge It, Bard-o. - Eck wouldn't agree with you. Bard would be giving up gopher balls left and right!

Meunier said...

Makes sense, next 3 batters are all leftys I think

Ish said...

Ah, the obsession with speed in baseball.

If I ever pitched I'd be like a Greinke-Maddux-Glavine mix. Know what you've got and almost never use it. Hit your spots and make them get themselves out.

Meunier said...

Cabin PH'ing

Amy said...

Thanks, Millar.

SoSock said...

Oki Dokey

Ish said...

I'd be so pissed if I were a Toronto fan right now. Be stuck with NESN and your team scores only 3 runs on 12 hits!

Ish said...

I'm talkin about gas!

Ish said...

MOJO RISIN!!!

SoSock said...

Jere really wants another right here.

Jere said...

Well, I came fairly close with my two-dong night prediction for Papi.

SoSock said...

OK, a halvesy will do :)

redsock said...

BACK

&

BACK BIG

Amy said...

Papi proving it was not a fluke!

SoSock said...

one

SoSock said...

Based on earlier comments I am assuming that if he really likes his breakfast cereal it's
Ta-Kashi-With-Love

SoSock said...

two

Ish said...

Eck: You know, I'm a homer.

Don: You might want to stay away from that on Sunday when you're doing the TBS game.

efd said...

I'll add:

Eck: That ball had some hair on it!

Don: I'll take your word for it.

Jere said...

They're not citing references, they're saying "Sait-o."

Zenslinger said...

Oakland needs to hold down Tampa in the ninth (it's 7-6, OAK, bottom of the ninth, one out, no one on for Tampa).

Ish said...

Eck in the booth reminds me of when Lenny Clarke and Denis Leary were in the booth talking about hair.

Jere said...

that's twice you've made me stand and re-sit, Saito!

redsock said...

F8 pls

Amy said...

OK, let's not make this too interesting.

Ish said...

Tardy!

Amy said...

Yes!!

Jere said...

DOZEN!

Ish said...

FITTING!!! What a way to end the night eh?

And MORE Blue Jays die by way of the dirty water!

Amy said...

You asked for, you got it, Allan.

Keep the damn tv in the living room!

redsock said...

I like baseball.

1.5 GB.

Amy said...

Fun game tonight. At least for Red Sox fans.

SoSock said...

At last - agua sucia

Jere said...

Boston, you're my home

Boston, you are the only only only

Joy to you and me

Zenslinger said...

Yay, Rays go down.

Night, all!

redsock said...

Fun game tonight. At least for Red Sox fans.

Who the fuck cares about anyone else?

Jere said...

TB lost. Yanks beat O's.

SoSock said...

All right - off to the showers in a better mood.

A dong and a half for Papi, and a win to go with it.
Good Times.
Later

Amy said...

Good night, everyone.

Ish said...

Castig asked Papi who the culprits were for the silent treatment in the dugout and Papi mentioned Tito and then Pedroia and he said, "You know Pedroia, that crazy bastard." I think he talked about the first ones to break the silent treatment.

Jere said...

Jesus, Heidi! Asks first question, and Papi says how much the fans help him, put him in the right mood, they've always supported him, etc. Heidi follows up with: "how much does the support of the fans mean to you?"

Ish said...

Jere for that... there was a guy with a beer right behind her earlier that my dad said he thinks it'd be funny if the beer got spilled on her. Well for that I WISH she got beer spilled on her. What the hell kind of follow up question is that? She didn't listen to a word he said did she?

Jere said...

Ish-nice. Glad he said Bastard on air. I may have missed it, but I'm pretty sure Castig didn't notice the silent treatment at the time--only saying he was really mobbed by his teammates. Which made sense when my mom called right after and told me about the silent treatment. (Yes, that was truly a "mom felt the need to call" moment.)

Chick said...

Finally...go Papi!

Jere said...

Rice said "fart" on air again. (Referring to JE's hit--a duckfart.)

Ish said...

A duckfart! That's brilliant. I've always heard it called a ducksnort. Still my favorite phrase of all time. A ducksnort.

Thank you, Trup!

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