June 12, 2009

G61: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2 (13)

Red Sox  - 000 110 000 000 3 - 5 11  0
Phillies - 010 000 001 000 0 - 2 5 0
With one out in the 13th, the Red Sox offense came alive.

Boston had not had a hit since the eighth when Jason Bay singled to left-center off Kyle Kendrick. Pinch-hitter Julio Lugo lined a 1-0 pitch (a fastball low in the zone) to left for a hit. Jason Varitek walked on five pitches to load the bases. There was a meeting at the mound, but there would be no relief help. This was Kendrick's responsibility.

With the infield in, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right and Bay scored. Green, down 0-2 after talking a monstrous cut, hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Lugo. And Mike Lowell lined a single to center to score Tek.

Daniel Bard came on for the bottom half. He walked Chase Utley on four pitches. Utley took second on DI on the first pitch to Jayson Werth. Bard went up and in with a 98 fastball, then low and away at 99 for a called strike. On 1-2, Bard dropped a 85 curveball and Werth had absolutely no chance, swinging and missing for the first out.

Bard got a called strike on Ryan Howard (who had tied the game in the ninth with a solo bomb off Ramon Ramirez) on a fastball, then got him flailing at two curves for another whiff. Bard hit Raul Ibanez to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Shane Victorino slashed an opposite field line drive down the left field line that was only a few feet foul. After another foul ball, he tried to check his swing on a low slider, but could not, falling to one knee, and getting rung up.

(There was a serious heart attack moment in the bottom of the 11th when it looked like pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs had hit a two out, three-run dong off Justin Masterson. But it apparently sailed over the right field pole as a foul ball -- I could not see it via MLBTV on my computer screen -- and the Big Donkey regrouped and quickly got a strikeout.)

Lester (7-2-1-2-11, 111) was absolutely superb, striking out the side in both the fourth and fifth innings and becoming the first left-handed pitcher in Red Sox history to record 10+ strikeouts in three consecutive starts.

The only two hits he allowed were Ibanez's single and Victorino's double to open the second inning. After that, he set down 14 in a row and 18 of his last 19 batters.

Solo home runs accounted for the two early Boston runs: Youkilis in the fourth and Drew in the fifth.

***

Jon Lester (5.09, 93 ERA+) / Joe Blanton (5.46, 79 ERA+)

Fifteen games of interleague play begin tonight against the defending World Series champs. After three games in Philadelphia, the Red Sox go back to Fenway to face the Marlins and Atlanta, then visit the Nationals and Atlanta. Each series is three games.
Pedroia, 2B
Drew, RF
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Ortiz, 1B
Varitek, C
Ellsbury, CF
Green, SS
Lester, P
With Boston facing lefties on Saturday and Sunday, Ortiz grabs his mitt tonight.

In his last two starts, Lester has allowed only five hits and five walks in 15 innings, while striking out 23. In his last four starts, opposing hitters are hitting .198.

In 33 plate appearances in June, J.D. drew is batting .391/.576/.696 for a cool OPS of 1.271. Since moving to the #2 spot eight games ago, Drew has reached base in every game: 10-for-27 (.370) with 10 walks.

John Smoltz's Pawtucket start was rained out last night. He will pitch tonight.

459 comments:

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redsock said...

Joba: 100 pitches in 4 innings.

A Conformer said...

Lester's ERA is now 4.76. He's almost a league average pitcher! (;

s1c said...

Joba walks 3 and hits two in one innings for 2 runs. Yeah boy!!!

redsock said...

don: lester is the first lefty in red sox history to ever have 10+ K in three straight starts.

dave: (possibly not paying attention) he's in some pretty good company.

don: yeah, he's all by himself.

dave: (laughs)

redsock said...

roberts: park has proven to be effective.

WHA???????????????????????

redsock said...

i love the double switch.

s1c said...

Listened to the Fan today just to see how the MFY fans are doing.

Heard everything from Canoe to Girardi must go. Loved every bit of it!!!

A Conformer said...

Kotsay has a great gdgd picture. Looks stoned as fuck.

Patrick said...

Bad Man

s1c said...

runs, let us get some runs

redsock said...

i listened to some youtube clips of mike francesa after the early may sweep. OMG - he ripped the mfy like you would not believe, all while praising the red sox. comedy gold.

redsock said...

jeemer in

L-girl said...

Anyone talking about public hair tonight? Dong tats?

I've been gone a few innings, the conversation may have shifted.

L-girl said...

Not gone from the game, just the thread.

Patrick said...

Kotsay looks pretty comfortable in his Yahoo pic too.

redsock said...

i wish we had another 16 insurance runs if jeemer is gonna pitch.

Kevin said...

Sit

Ish said...

Quick note: What are the Spiders doing to curtail the home-field advantage that are seagulls? Yes it helped them win a game but they've been a serious problem, flocking in during games by the hundreds, scouring the joint for food.

Tonight at the Jake, they have decided to light off some fireworks at the end of each half-inning to scare them off!

L-girl said...

"i wish we had another 16 insurance runs if jeemer is gonna pitch."

that guy ever come back?

redsock said...

no.

L-girl said...

no surprise there i guess

L-girl said...

don got truped on that one!

redsock said...

roberts gives no analysis. at all. just says things like "he took one for the team there, getting hit in the arm, good at-bat"

***

"jason bay did a great job going back on that ball."

Patrick said...

Ughhh. How you tease me with your two out singles.

JUST GIVE ME THE DONG!

s1c said...

i listened to some youtube clips of mike francesa after the early may sweep. OMG - he ripped the mfy like you would not believe, all while praising the red sox. comedy gold.

He did the same today, talked about the Sox having a team, while the MFY's are a bunch of individuals, how the MFY's have no pen etc.

I've always thought that Francesca was a class act, myself.

L-girl said...

"double-barreled action in the pen"

DRINK!

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

damn, another blown lead from okajima.

Benjamin said...

We're winning this game. The MFYs aren't winning theirs.

L-girl said...

"roberts gives no analysis. at all."

this is unusual? most don't.

Patrick said...

Yahoo froze on me. Are we still in the lead?

Patrick said...

wow, I'm a whole inning behind.

redsock said...

this is unusual? most don't.

remy definitely offered some. eck does a bit. the lack of it seems far more obvious with roberts.

redsock said...

still 2-1, i was just chicken littling about how shitty jeemer has allegedly been this year.

and he has been shitty -- if you don't look at how he pitched.

Patrick said...

There's nothing that galls me more than that robust 2.40 era of Okis.

redsock said...

why is bill mueller ringing us up? what up, pro?

Kevin said...

Ram-Ram the only one up in the bullpen, I guess Bot's not available after pitching in the last two games.

s1c said...

So I am looking at Pedroia's hot and cold zones, the man is cold if the ball is down the middle of the plate.

How weird is that.

Patrick said...

Oh closer A isn't available, how about closers B thru E?

I'll take me a Ram Ram.

L-girl said...

I love winning close games. Three quick outs please.

Kevin said...

Bard up now.

Kevin said...

Sit

Patrick said...

ONE

L-girl said...

One!

Patrick said...

Da Dum Da Dum Da Dum Da Dum



so exciting.

Amy said...

Quite a performance by Lester! I was listening in the car and then unpacking, but was unable to thread. I will have to scan through at some point.

Benjamin said...

Fuck.

Kevin said...

FUCK

Patrick said...

ARGH

L-girl said...

fuckety fuck

Amy said...

SHIT! I get on the thread and THIS happens... :(

redsock said...

not much doubt about that one.

Benjamin said...

Oh and hey, look, the MFYs are winning again.

s1c said...

SHIT! I get on the thread and THIS happens... :(

hmmm,

redsock said...

drew
yook
bay

in the 10th

Amy said...

And I was just saying what a fast game it was. Now I am hoping it gets longer.

Kevin said...

Bot looks pissed.

L-girl said...

Oh no, it's not Amy, it's because some of us were counting outs. That's what causes meltdowns.

Or so I've been told.

Kevin said...

Damn, and Victorino won't be easy to double up.

Kevin said...

If he gets on, I want Bard.

redsock said...

big out!

one more, pedro.

L-girl said...

matt stairs = cdn

old cdn

L-girl said...

ok, so we'll win it in 10.

pls.

redsock said...

sit the fuck down, you stupid fans.

Kevin said...

Extra-innings it is.

Amy said...

So who comes in for the tenth? Bard?

SCORE RUNS.

A Conformer said...

How about some of that June magic, eh?

redsock said...

looks like bard, unless tito wants ram-ram to start - he's at 20 pitches.

Benjamin said...

Mets tie it on a double play.

Kevin said...

Mets just tied it up.

Kevin said...

I wonder if Saito is available. He's supposed to be the backup closer.

redsock said...

donkey up now

Kevin said...

Would they pinch-hit Lowell for Kotsay?

Amy said...

ARrgh.

L-girl said...

All runs were dongs tonight

redsock said...

phils first run was not a dong (single + double + 5-3).

redsock said...

single pls

Amy said...

Youk stealing!

L-girl said...

whew, thank dog he was safe

L-girl said...

oh thanks, that first run seems like a long time ago

Benjamin said...

Meh.

redsock said...

gotta save the PH for the pitchers spots.

Kevin said...

Eh, I don't know about this. I'd rather have Bard.

s1c said...

Masterson in, Tito must have faith in Daisuke for tomorrow's game.

Benjamin said...

I blame the hats.

Kevin said...

DP please?

L-girl said...

"I blame the hats."

That seems fair.

redsock said...

gdgd froze with ball 1 to bruntlett

Amy said...

As long as I am not the one blamed. Hats sounds good.

redsock said...

BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Nice catch!

L-girl said...

thanks bay!

Kevin said...

Nice sliding grab

SCORE RUNS

s1c said...

Amy - we would never blame you

redsock said...

making it look easy

tek
lbj
green
dr.

L-girl said...

unless you hit or gave up the HR, amy, I think you're safe

L-girl said...

dear red sox

please win in the 11th. i am very tired.

love always

a tired fan

L-girl said...

hack

redsock said...

girardi brings fruitbat into the game with 2 outs in the 8th!

still 7-7.

Amy said...

Oh, shit. We now need to hope for a 12th inning.

L-girl said...

bah. ott.

Patrick said...

ONE!

Patrick said...

TWO!

Benjamin said...

STILL WAITING ON THREE

Patrick said...

poo in my pants. That was scary.

L-girl said...

oh shit

you know what, i gotta watch the rest of the game w/o the computer.

see you when the water is dirty

redsock said...

"that's a good trip to the mound for john farrell, here"

good god.

Benjamin said...

NYM 8 - MFY 7

redsock said...

BBI

"that's a good move here"

Benjamin said...

FOUL

Amy said...

FOUL

redsock said...

heart attack

Patrick said...

Crapped my pants again. This is getting sticky.

s1c said...

whew!!!

Amy said...

OK, they lose the momentum, and we score.

Patrick said...

Three...

Lost my gusto.

redsock said...

donKKKey

redsock said...

39 pit for masterson - let's win it here

dr
fy
of

redsock said...

... though we still need a pitcher in the bottom 1/2!

s1c said...

... though we still need a pitcher in the bottom 1/2!

Bard isn't good enough for you?

Patrick said...

Doctor Fuck yeah of Fire

Benjamin said...

Too bad Van Every's in Pawtucket.

redsock said...

bard is good.

i was thinking if we got a run, we wouldn't need to go to the well again. but we are on the road :>)

Patrick said...

Come on, set my night on fire.

s1c said...

fy needs to break this slump.

redsock said...

shut these fuckers up, werd.

redsock said...

... or give 'em something to really hate.

Patrick said...

This calls for snacks.

s1c said...

Masterson for a third inning?

redsock said...

we are going too quietly in these innings.

andy said...

I hate the phillies

Amy said...

Oh, man.

s1c said...

game, yes I am being pessimistic

s1c said...

Actually I am using reverse psych

redsock said...

i thought for sure we lost on that foul dong.

saito up & IN

s1c said...

Joba only went 4 innings and Rivera gave up the last run.

Go METS!!!

Patrick said...

empty pantry, making me sad.

redsock said...

i need snacks too.

s1c said...

K-rod in for the Mets

redsock said...

... liquid snacks, that is.

redsock said...

love that k-rod!!!

s1c said...

Am sorry this makes no sense to me

redsock said...

i'm a-scared, norton, i'm a-scared.

redsock said...

i demand a DP

Benjamin said...

i demand a DP

And a beer.

redsock said...

actually, i know where there is beer. if i was alone, it would be tempting. but too risky, i fear ...

Benjamin said...

Guess Saito will get pace of game fines tomorrow too.

redsock said...

i have joked about bringing a thermos of wine to work.

yeah, "joked"

Benjamin said...

There's your DP.

redsock said...

I LOVE YOU NICK GREEN!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

wow. Just wow.

s1c said...

Well placed ball for the dp, good thing slugo wasn't playing short.

redsock said...

... and on to a second scorecard for the 13th!

meuniermr said...

Working Overtime, look out..

meuniermr said...

That is just asinine using a pitcher for less than an inning in extra innings.

Benjamin said...

Let the pitcher bat.

Kevin said...

Secret weapon!

Benjamin said...

Guess Lugo counts as a pitcher.

Patrick said...

JULIO WHO??!?!?!!!


I forgive him, ||this much.

Amy said...

OK, we lost our internet for a bit. At least the TV was still working.

SCORE

redsock said...

come on, tek, you stiff.

s1c said...

Time for Amy's bf to be the hero!!!

Ish said...

Bases loaded!

Hey everyone! I'm baaaaack!

Patrick said...

Where's L? She watching this?

This is big.

Benjamin said...

MFYs have two on with two out.

Kevin said...

Loaded!

Anything but a double play.

Benjamin said...

L-girl said...

oh shit

you know what, i gotta watch the rest of the game w/o the computer.

see you when the water is dirty

Fri Jun 12, 10:22:00 PM

redsock said...

watching from bed, i assume. with no puter.

go lyndon!

s1c said...

2 outs bottom of 9th and A-rod at the plate with CI and Tex on 2nd and 3rd.

redsock said...

though if something good happens, she might rush to the keyboard!

redsock said...

NO HACKING

Benjamin said...

LBJ!

Patrick said...

SWEEEEEEET!

s1c said...

LBJ!!!

Kevin said...

Landslide Lyndon gets it dine!

Amy said...

We are back in the lead!! LBJ!!

Ish said...

LYNDON with some bonus baseball ribeye!

Kevin said...

*get's it done, rather

A Conformer said...

Laura's BOY!

Benjamin said...

Bleh, MFYs.

Amy said...

So who is going to be pitching??

meuniermr said...

BOOOYAKASHA!

Ish said...

SCROTUM FLY!!!

Benjamin said...

Insurance runs are good.

Amy said...

Love that insurance run.

L-girl said...

Ellsbury says FUCK YOU ALLAN!

Patrick said...

Who's left to close this deal?

Kevin said...

Secret weapon makes it home!

Benjamin said...

Gotta be Bard.

L-girl said...

(Late on that, I had to get back to my computer.)

Kevin said...

This is probably the first time I've ever been glad Lugo was in a game.

redsock said...

see? she went to the keyboard.

Benjamin said...

MFYs win on a walkoff 2-run Castillo error.

Kevin said...

Bard has been warming in the pen.

L-girl said...

"though if something good happens, she might rush to the keyboard!"

indeed

and yes, watching from bed sans computer. believe me, i am watching! (thanks patrick)

redsock said...

fuck the mets.

Benjamin said...

LOWELL

L-girl said...

DOCTOR!!!!!

Patrick said...

The good times keep on coming.

Amy said...

Phew, I think we can relax with a three run lead, right?

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