May 21, 2009

G41: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

Blue Jays - 000 000 100 - 1 11  1
Red Sox - 301 010 00x - 5 7 0
SWEEP! ... 0.5 GB.

Jason Bay hit a two-run home run off the top of the right-center field wall to cap a three-run first. Dustin Pedroia doubled and scored on Kevin Youkilis's single in the third, then drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with a single in the fifth. LBJ doubled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Lester was strong (6.1-8-1-2-4, 109), allowing a fair amount of hits, as Brad Penny did last night, but staying out of any serious trouble. Toronto had at least one baserunner in eight of the nine innings. Lester took great advantage of a generous outside strike zone (to right-handed hitters) from home plate umpire Marvin Hudson. Toronto hitters were in a perpetual state of annoyance all evening.

David Ortiz got an RBI on a ground out in the first, singled in the fifth and lined out to second in the eighth (Aaron Hill was perfectly placed in short right field).

***

Robert Ray (3.60, 127 ERA+) / Jon Lester (6.51, 76 ERA+)

Lester has had a bad case of gopheritis this season, allowing 10 home runs compared to 14 all of last season. He has allowed two dongs in three of his last four starts. Overall, in his last 10 innings, Lester has allowed 18 hits and 13 runs.

MLB.com:
Ray recorded his first Major League victory last Saturday, when the Jays defeated the White Sox, 2-1, at Rogers Centre. He went a career-high eight innings, allowing three hits -- the fewest he has yielded in three big league starts -- and issuing one walk. The lone run he surrendered was unearned, as Chicago's Scott Podsednik stole third base and scored on a throwing error by Jays catcher Raul Chavez. Ray struck out three and did not allow an extra-base hit.
In my post earlier today, I included a (presumably tongue-in-cheek) quote from David Ortiz saying that he was slumping so bad, he was considering batting right-handed.

This Date In Baseball History:
1930 - Babe Ruth hits three consecutive home runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A's, then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th, Ruth decides to hit right handed. After two strikes, he switches to lefty but strikes out. ...
There are a few other recorded instances of Ruth batting right-handed in a game. ... From May 21, 1957:
Boston baseball writers reaffirm their decision to bar women from the press box and refuse to allow Doris O'Donnell, a Cleveland feature writer traveling with the Indians, to sit in the Fenway Park press area.
Finally, I have a hard time believing this one:
1880 - In Albany's Riverside Park, Lip Pike hits a ball over the wall and into the river. RF Lon Knight begins to go after the ball in a boat but gives up. Few parks have ground rules about giving the batter an automatic home run on a hit over the fence.
Wouldn't Pike have already circled the bases by the time Knight found a boat, got in and pushed off from shore?

More Pre-Game Reading Material: Joe Posnanski vs Steve Phillips, fjm-style: Not a fair fight!
SP: "While he [Beltran] has that great talent, there are times when he doesn't play the game and make plays."

JP: "Yep, those players who don't play the game or make plays, those are the worst kinds of players in the world. You want a player who plays the game, makes plays, a player who makes game plays, the plays gamers play to make, a player who makes plays for plays that playmakers make."

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s1c said...

b-fly's comments, good thing I'm going to be a math and spanish major at Marist.

Amy said...

That's terrific, S1C!! Is she graduating? What's next, if so?

L-girl said...

Ofer, everyone here repeats themselves all the time (including me of course), so you're in good company.

A Conformer said...

Ish, I'm the same, only it's Chipotle and Quiznos for me.

L, I don't really understand your logic there. What does Ecuador's currency have to do with restaurants in Honduras?

Amy said...

YOu keep answering my questions before I get to post them, s1c!

s1c said...

She wants to be math professor

L-girl said...

It is UNBELIEVABLE how many times they have shown this XX commercial.

s1c said...

L-girl, you didn't see the Whataburgers on the Oregon coast?

Amy said...

So are you ready for the empty nest?

And so much for the shut out. So what is Lester's ERA after this game?

Ish said...

Ofer, I find Quizno's to be too expensive and there is one Subway location here that serves breakfast! So, of all things in the morning, once in awhile I'll get a steak and cheese on a flatbread with baby spinach, green peppers, pickles and hot pepper relish. Only a tad.

L-girl said...

"What does Ecuador's currency have to do with restaurants in Honduras?"

Nothing per se. Just the massive US influence in many Latin American countries. When you overthrow governments, you leave a lot behind.

redsock said...

5.74 - before that run,though

Kevin said...

And we still have yet to shut out an opponent...

Amy said...

Well, I highly recommend a career in academics. It's great.

L-girl said...

When we were in Oregon, there were no chains on the coast at all. Only little indie places.

Amy said...

That's BREAKFAST, Ish? Boy, you must have a lead-lined stomach!

L-girl said...

Why does anyone care about shut outs?

s1c said...

The best event to see, in Oregon on the coast is the Cannon Beach Sand building contest. Absolutely a must see (was part of a team that took second or third place once) and is a blast to be involved in.

redsock said...

pitch like pedro, pls

Ish said...

Amy I make sure to balance out the food. Speaking of which I should have an apple. Or a pear. I'll go for an apple tonight.

I'm probably going to schedule a physical for the end of the summer - I'm curious as to what my cholesterol levels are. But I've been trying to eat healther and I've been exercising regularly. Lost 30 pounds in the last year so I figure whatever it is I'm doing is working.

Amy said...

Hahaha, "cannot make the catch" when he obviously HAD made the catch.

redsock said...

BAY GLOVE WORK!!!!!!

L-girl said...

Nice catch Bay!

A Conformer said...

While in the US, my breakfast is either the hotel breakfast, or the one I cook for myself, if I'm in one of those kitchenette hotels. So I've never had a chain food breakfast, I think. I have had several 4-5am meals at Waffle House, though. Now that is the lowest end of the spectrum by far.
My real favorite chain is also not exactly gourmet: I'm a big fan of Golden Corral, and have probably eaten in one at least 20 times in the last 2.5 years. It beats all other places in the "where Ofer eats most" category, no doubt.

Amy said...

Sounds good, Ish. Wow, 30 pounds in one year. How did you do that?

As my father in law always said, everything in moderation.

L-girl said...

Good for you Ish, that's great.

Benjamin said...

If John Sterling had been calling that play, Bay would've made that catch twice.

redsock said...

Lester: 6.1-8-1-2-4, 109 - 5.91 ERA

Amy said...

I have never heard of Golden Corral. What is it? Steakhouse?

Amy said...

Thanks, Allan, for the ERA info. (It was Allan this time, right?)

L-girl said...

ha ha, yes that was allan :)

s1c said...

Used to hit the waffle huts for a strawberry waffle or pecan waffle.

Ish said...

Starting last spring I rode my bike quite a bit, but then after the car crash at the end of July I stopped doing that. I really didn't do anything until mid-October when I joined a local gym and have been going nearly every day since. I've lost 20 pounds since I started going to the gym.

A lot of that has to do with my waking up about food, though.

L-girl said...

"everything in moderation" doesn't really apply to vegetarians, does it?

L-girl said...

"A lot of that has to do with my waking up about food, though."

Being young and male is in your favour too.

Ish said...

Next time I'm in the south I want to make a point to stop at Waffle House.

When I drove to Florida in 2006 I checked out some of the places down there we don't have up here. Bob Evans. Cracker Barrel (although there actually is one in Lowell), Hardee's, Waffle House, Steak & Shake, etc.

Amy said...

It didn't really apply to my father in law either, who never ate anything spicy or rich. But it's still a good approach to eating and exercise, I think.

Ish, that's great. I wish I had started exercising in my 20s.

s1c said...

Ish - Waffle House baby, the rest are not really that good (though Hardees is OK).

A Conformer said...

Nothing per se. Just the massive US influence in many Latin American countries. When you overthrow governments, you leave a lot behind.Fair enough, although I'm pretty sure the US never overthrew either the Ecuatorian or the Honduran governments... as opposed to all other countries in continental Central America, Cuba, Chile, Paraguay, and probably a couple more. And BTW, Panama uses US$, and Costa Rica uses a coin called Colonos that is pegged to the US$ (one US$ is always 500 colonos). Argentina's huge economic meltdown was caused by them cancelling the artificial valuing of their peso as equal to the US$ after years and years of the same thing.

L-girl said...

Bob Evans. Cracker Barrel (although there actually is one in Lowell), Hardee's,

All disgusting.

Ish said...

I may have mentioned before that I used to have this problem where when I'd start to exercise - just when I'd begin to sweat, my whole body would erupt in pain like pins and needles.

One day I was reading online about people who seemed to have something similar to me and one person talked about when they hadn't exercised in awhile they'd have a problem but if they exercised and broke a sweat on a regular basis they can live pain free.

That's why I joined the gym because the pain got horrible in the winter. I could only walk indoors for five minutes or so before I had to sit down or go out to the car.

L-girl said...

Ofer, that wasn't my point. I'm pretty well versed on the overthrow history. I was talking about the general influence. Never mind.

A Conformer said...

Bob Evans. Cracker Barrel (although there actually is one in Lowell), Hardee's, Waffle House, Steak & Shake, etc.Those all sound like the norm to me. And I've never heard of D'Angelos. Sonic is kinda rare, but not too bad...
Golden Corral is a buffet place, with plenty of meat dishes, salads, pastas, pizzas, tons of desserts, etc. At 4pm they start serving steaks, and start charging 3$ more for it. So I used to eat the free breakfast at the hotel, wait till 3:55, pay the cheaper price at Golden Corral but still eat the steaks, and have lunch and dinner combined. Food for the whole day for 7.79$.

Amy said...

Ish, that's pretty amazing. Glad it worked for you.

s1c said...

Visited Panama in the middle of the summer while in the Navy. Rodman lost power just after we pulled in and there wasn't a cold beer to be had for two days. Talk about some irate sailors.

L-girl said...

No one answered my q about shut-outs. Why is that important to anyone?

Ish said...

L and s1c, I did not particularly enjoy the places other than Steak & Shake and Waffle House.

I also ate at Chick Fil-A. There are a couple within an hour of here. All in all when I go down to Boston or on a trip elsewhere I don't mind eating at places like that because it's not a regular occurance.

Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel and Hardee's are all slop places as I'd like to say. I don't think I'll ever eat at Hardee's again. I could do Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel again though - but I'm not in a hurry to visit either place again.

Waffle House though, I had no appetite because I had an hour and a half of sleep in central Virginia and still had to finish the trip to Florida - about 30 miles north of Daytona Beach. Plus we went down because we had business to attend to regarding my grandfather's death so neither of us brought our appetites with us the whole trip.

Amy said...

One consequence of not eating meat is that I do not go to those places because most of what they serve is meat. OTOH, I have eaten in some chain Italian places like Olive Garden. But they are not really fast food.

Amy said...

Shutouts are not important, a win is a win, but there is something sweet about not letting the other team score at all.

Ish said...

Yeah we have our fair share of the chain sit-down restaurants we'll visit once every two or three weeks. T.G.I. Friday's, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday's, etc. I enjoy them.

L-girl said...

Chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc. aren't fast food. I have my issues with them, but they're not fast food.

s1c said...

Would like to see a shut out just to get that team ERA down (10th in the league? that is ugly).

Ish said...

There's a restaurant in Saugus and Cambridge that I want to try called the Midwest Grill which is basically an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. Good meats. Sirolins and kabobs and such. Even lamb.

A Conformer said...

Ofer, that wasn't my point. I'm pretty well versed on the overthrow history. I was talking about the general influence. Never mind.I didn't think for a second you didn't. I'm sure you know much more than I on the subject. I was just letting my mouth (fingers?) run, as I have a tendency to do.
Anyway, I think that if I had a point, it would be that Honduras (as far as I know), has had the least problematic and revolutionary/overthrow-y history in Central America, and that probably makes it much more palatable to US chains to invest there. But what do I know? Mexico has been amazingly solid (70 years with the same party ruling, until about 10 years ago) and it's not like that there. If there's a rule, I don't see it.

Ish said...

Although I've never had lamb.

Apparently you can go up to the little meat bar area and get some food (they have a salad bar too, and garlic bread) but also there are people who come around with meat on skewers for you to try. It's called Midwest Grill Brazillian BBQ.

s1c said...

We used to go to Beni Hanas a lot, but now we just mainly go to the local eateries.

Amy said...

That's frustrating. How did he know where to stand? ARggh.

L-girl said...

Ofer I didn't mean to snap at you, sorry if it sounded that way in typing.

* * * *

I love lamb. I eat it at every opportunity.

s1c said...

At least Papi hit it hard

Ish said...

I'll try lamb if I go to that place but I can't see buying lamb and cooking it having never tried it before.

s1c said...

Being the grandson of a Rancher, lamb was verboten in our house.

Amy said...

Lamb was the first meat I stopped eating, and I had always loved it.

A Conformer said...

I'm a big fan of the all-you-can-eat concept. I'd challenge almost anyone to a steak eating contest. This one time, I was in an "all the steak you can eat and all the red wine you can drink" thing, and I beat the house- they ran out of meat and I was still eating. I was the only one still eating, too. (-:

Amy said...

Ofer, I must say the images that that conveys are sort of scary.

A Conformer said...

Will Bard get an inning?

s1c said...

Am sorry, but Amstel is one dam bad beer

L-girl said...

Wow Ofer, impressive.

AYCE sushi is big in Toronto. I'm not into ayce, tho. I love to eat and I love food, but the excess just turns me off.

s1c, what a piece of Americana, rancher vs shepherds.

Ish said...

s1c, I love the song they use for the background music in that commercial. It's a good driving song!

Ish said...

I'm with L on this one. As much food as I eat, I have my limits in one sitting.

I've had all-you-can-eat pancakes with a couple of friends and one of them ate 14 of them. Also an all-you-can-eat pizza night at Papa Gino's... A friend of mine ate 13 big slices of pizza.

Ish said...

But I will not eat excessively at one time.

Amy said...

I like Amstel when I just want a light beer. FOr a light beer, it has a fair amount of taste. But I prefer a beer with more flavor when I don't want a light beer.

One away. There is still a baseball game going on here!

s1c said...

L-girl, yep, especially in N Mexico.

2 more bot

L-girl said...

omg where is our game???? tsn switched to commercial in the middle of the inning!!!

game came back, but geez

Ish said...

I'm still trying to acquire a taste for beer.

s1c said...

More of a sam adams or st pauli girl for me, though bh likes the Corona's.

L-girl said...

We will be in NM for the 1st time this Sept, for a wedding. I wish we could take a few weeks and explore, but we can only stay for a few days.

L-girl said...

whoosh, good thing that was foul!

s1c said...

Where at in NM?

Ish said...

I never did the underage binge drinking thing so here I am 3 months after 21st birthday and I've only tried Sam Adams light, Red Hook and Longboard.

I would like to try Corona, Dos Equis and Guinness.

L-girl said...

Wedding is in Santa Fe. We'll be there a few days, then drive around and see stuff for a couple more days.

I was hoping for 2 weeks in AZ and NM, so it's a bit disappointing, but it will be fun.

s1c said...

Ish- Corona has to have a lime.

Amy said...

I learned to like beer in college because the bar on campus only served beer.

I like dark beers, but they are so filling that I rarely drink them.

Ish said...

Batter not granted time and Papelbon delivers a soft ball upstairs thinking time was called.

L-girl said...

Ish, make sure when you drink Guinness it's on tap, by someone who knows how to serve it. It's worth the wait.

SIT DOWN NOW

A Conformer said...

As far as I'm concerned, the single best thing about the US is microbrewed beer.

Ish said...

So does Dos Equis, I hear. Mexican beer thing.

Amy said...

Santa Fe is supposed to be great. I have not been there, but that's what I hear.

s1c said...

I was born in Hobbs, but the family lived in Lovington.

Some great places to see there.

L-girl said...

Guinness is not filling at all. Totally different than a dark beer from a bottle.

Amy said...

Sweep! Dirty Water! So half game out?

s1c said...

Dos Equis does not require a lime

L-girl said...

dirty dirty dirty water

dirty water three times!!!

A Conformer said...

Dirty microbrewed water!

Ish said...

L I plan to. There are many places in Portsmouth that will have Guinness on tap and people who know how to serve it. Thanks for the tip! It's funny. I look at the bottles and the cans of Guinness and think... No.

The water was just too dirty AGAIN for the Blue Jays! They are dead thrice.

L-girl said...

Yeah s1c, NO beers require lime!

s1c said...

16-6 against the AL East. Damn rays

Dirty dirty h2o

Benjamin said...

Water.

Ish said...

s1c I thought Dos Equis did - I'll try it without a lime first.

L-girl said...

"I look at the bottles and the cans of Guinness and think... No."

Smart man.

Benjamin said...

"everything in moderation" doesn't really apply to vegetarians, does it?

Ricin neither.

A Conformer said...

Mexican beers shouldn't get to be called beer at all. Most nationally sold US beers, either.

Ish said...

In fact I'll try Corona without a lime first as well.

Honestly though, if I don't ever acquire a taste of beer and wine and hard liquor I won't mind. The only thing I can say I really enjoy is Mike's hard lemonades. I get them for their taste more than anything. If I found something that tasted similar that was non-alocholic I'd get that.

L-girl said...

"As far as I'm concerned, the single best thing about the US is microbrewed beer."

Baseball?

Amy said...

So we have gone from burgers and ice cream to fast food and pizza to beer.

Quite a night. And the Red Sox won.

Ish said...

See Ofer's point makes me feel eternally optimistic about beer. I feel like there are beers out there I could like very much.

A Conformer said...

"As far as I'm concerned, the single best thing about the US is microbrewed beer."

Baseball?
Jajaja. Close second?

L-girl said...

"Mexican beers shouldn't get to be called beer at all."

Agreed.

Amy said...

Ish, are you coming to JOS1? Maybe we can have you taste your first Guinness then?

L-girl said...

I can't imagine life without wine. It would be too sad.

s1c said...

Well, beer wass the first thing I could drink because at 18 you could buy it in OK, but couldn't buy the hard stuff until 21

Ish said...

What should mexican beers be called?

On the label on bottles of Mike's it says "Flavored beer." Makes me laugh every time.

A Conformer said...

See Ofer's point makes me feel eternally optimistic about beer. I feel like there are beers out there I could like very much.That's the beauty of microbrews. People grow crazy, trying all kinds of differents stuff. I've had apricot beers, milk stouts, caramel, pumpkin, several honey ones, etc etc.

Ish said...

Amy I will be at JoS1!

A Conformer said...

What should mexican beers be called?Dirty water...?

L-girl said...

I can't wait for JoS1. Can't wait to see Fenway again and meet you all in person.

s1c said...

That was what I loved about Portland, Or all of the brew houses. Portland also had a great Octoberfest also

Amy said...

Yay! I am glad you will be there!!

Benjamin said...

As soon as I get my own basement, I'm brewing my own. Hopefully in a month.

Amy said...

Laura, me too!

Ish said...

I'm going to go down to Boston for the day that day with my dad and wander around, visit my friend, eat good food, then head to the park for batting practice!

s1c said...

kevin kline does the worst french accent in French kiss.

A Conformer said...

As soon as I get my own basement, I'm brewing my own. Hopefully in a month.My fantasy is to sell the first Israeli microbrew. Well, make it, mostly, but I'm sure there are people that make their own. You know what? Why do I need to be the first, anyway? My fantasy is to brew my own beer, and it being good.

Amy said...

Laura, what are the expected numbers at JOS1?

Ish said...

Ever heard of Kate the Great? It's a beer created at the Portsmouth Brewery that was voted best beer in the US by Beer Advocate magazine and the second best beer in the world.

But it's beer. To each their own.

L-girl said...

Listen you guys, I really want us to all meet up hours before the game - anyone who is able to - for dinner. It would be really good to talk and hang out *before* the game.

We can't all meet for the first time at the seats! We'll either miss too much of the game or not get to talk to each other enough.

s1c said...

night everyone

Ish said...

These are details that we should work out as we get closer to game date. It'd be great to see all of you before the game.

Amy said...

I agree. Dinner first. I eat early anyway, and I can't eat the stuff at Fenway (especially after tonight's discussion).

L-girl said...

Amy, of 20 tickets, 2 are unaccounted for, and 5 are accounted for but still unpaid. *ahem*

They don't know it yet, but the unpaid slackers will soon be put on notice.

L-girl said...

Well, all we need is a place and time. Not too much to work out.

Allan and I also need tickets for the game the next day.

Amy said...

Not bad. What will you do about the last two? Should I look for someone? And I hope those slackers pay up soon.

A Conformer said...

I'm not gonna be in the US, unfortunately. If I was, I would find a way to get sent to Boston.

L-girl said...

Re 2 tix left, I think Allan will post it on JoS and then on SoSH.

Amy said...

There is a fish place not far from Fenway that we ate in last time. But I don't know how many of you are fish eaters. Sounds like lots of carnivores here!

Amy said...

Where will you be, Ofer? Hey, are you coming to Six Flags in Agawam? We are temporarily living about three miles from there right now.

Ish said...

When I went to Fenway last September I sat down before the first pitch and never left my seat until the end of the game.

Definitely eating before the game.

L-girl said...

We need someplace simple where we can get a big table and hang out, a pub type place.

Amy said...

We also need a place that will take a reservation for a crowd that large. I will ask Maddy for some suggestions, though I bet there are others here who know places also.

The fish place was casual and had big tables, but was not really pub-like.

L-girl said...

SoSock is driving up with his son. Very cool.

Amy said...

That is great. I am so glad he is making the trip. Has he been to Fenway before?

A Conformer said...

Where will you be, Ofer? Hey, are you coming to Six Flags in Agawam? We are temporarily living about three miles from there right now.Israel, supposedly.
And no, we don't work in SF Agawam. But I'm a good manipulator. I could convince my boss that I need to go there to... check out the competition? Or something...? Anyway, I'm finishing up with this job within a month, and going back to Israel (I've noticed I stopped calling it home. Hmmm...) to start school.

L-girl said...

I don't remember. I'm guessing yes, but I don't really know.

Amy said...

School? Are you quitting your job? Where are you going to school?

L-girl said...

Going back to Israel to start school, that will be a huge adjustment. How long have you been away?

Amy said...

OK, I am about to tune out. Have a good night, whoever is left here. (And Ofer, I guess I will check back tomorrow for the answers!0

L-girl said...

I was waiting for Ofer to answer, but I gotta shut off my computer now. I'll check back tomorrow. Buenos noches!

redsock said...

Night all.

A Conformer said...

I've been away for two years, although I was there for a month in the middle for my brother's wedding. I originally left thinking "four months of work in the US and I'm coming back to start school". That was in May 07...
The big adjustment, I think, will be to stay in one place. I haven't stayed more than two months in the same place for more than two years, and those two months were June and July 07 in Shakopee, MN.

A Conformer said...

Ah, I took too long with the answer... good night, all.

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