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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Ish said...

Lumberjacks!

Kevin said...

Lowell!

Bard should have no problem with this lead.

redsock said...

doctor provides insurance!

andy said...

This team is amazing.

redsock said...

keep him in, charlie!

Benjamin said...

Nats unsurprisingly look unlikely to contain the FKRs.

meuniermr said...

Bard still has to face the meat of the lineup here.

s1c said...

Bard has a great chance for his first save now!!!

a-rod gives it up on an error by castilla, MFY's win.

L-girl said...

allan, no drinking at work, one of us needs to stay well employed

Benjamin said...

Brutal game for Pedroia tonight, 0-7.

L-girl said...

"Bard still has to face the meat of the lineup here."

and?

A Conformer said...

Kyle Kendrick has gone from a 0 ERA to a 16.20 one in the space of one out.

Kevin said...

Time for Bard to earn his first major league save.

9casey said...

I can't beleive Luis Castillo dropped that ball

s1c said...

Smoltz sucked at cuse earlier, 4 runs and a homer given up.

redsock said...

"rocky" music playing ...

Amy said...

Let's NOT be doing this stuff.

Patrick said...

Please let this game end.

Kevin said...

Grr, leadoff walk.

redsock said...

now drop a deuce on him

redsock said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!

bender

Amy said...

Our internet connection here is SO slow. Taking forever to load pages.

Anyone have any ideas?

Amy said...

Two down!

Ish said...

Wooooowwwwww. Kid's got bawls.

redsock said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!

bender at 85 after a 98 fb!

-- do this shit!

Benjamin said...

Try a different DNS server?

meuniermr said...

Let's make it 20k's on the night..

s1c said...

I'll see that walk and raise you 2 k's!!!

redsock said...

get victorino for the victory.

Ish said...

Oi, when he misses he REALLY misses.

Amy said...

Uch. NO.

Different DNS server? What does that mean?

We are using a Linksys router, which has been fine, but things are really sluggish. Comcast (ISP) says speed into the cottage is fine, so probably something in the wireless?

Ish said...

Once again I say imagine if the Sox, Mets, Yankees and Phils were in the same division.

Benjamin said...

DNS server tells your computer which address corresponds to which domain name.

Is it being slow to connect to sites or being slow to download stuff once it's connected?

Benjamin said...

WATER

redsock said...

Well, there's a lot, a lot of dirty water here.

Amy said...

HA! DIRTY WATER in Pennsylvania!

s1c said...

dirty water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

BWAHAHAHA! Douse me in that dirty water.

Kevin said...

WATER!

L-girl said...

agua!

Ish said...

Took awhile but the water is FINALLY dirty! Goodnight everyone!

johngoldfine said...

woof!

L-girl said...

i love this team!!!!

Ish said...

lmao. 6 Red Sox pitchers... 5 Phillies hits!

L-girl said...

"Well, there's a lot, a lot of dirty water here."

it's like a mini new york! only with a good baseball team!

Amy said...

Benjamin, for example, when I reload the thread page, it takes forever.

Connecting to sites seems ok. It's loading stuff on the page. And Gmail keeps saying it can't load all features because of issues with connectivity.

Amy said...

OK, goodnight everyone. I guess everyone left!

redsock said...

I guess.

I'm still here, wondering if I feel like typing out a recap.

Ish said...

Sportscenter anchor doing the Red Sox highlights said Ramon Martinez! Then said he did a "pap shmear"

Stay classy.

Kevin said...

So, this Daniel Bard kid is pretty good.

Patrick said...

I've watched the Casilla drop ball half a dozen times now. So crazy.

Amy said...

I am going to figure out what is wrong with our connection. Or not. Too tired. And not quite sure how to do that anyway.

Benjamin said...

When in doubt, reset the router.

Amy said...

We did that (reset the router, or at least turned it off and turned it back on).

Ish said...

Networks are like a black hole to me.

A Conformer said...

I've watched the Casilla drop ball half a dozen times now. So crazy.

I just watched it. The MFY must have paid him. There's no other explanation. How much does a win go for these days?

s1c said...

Why you have to love Francona -
Said Francona of Roberts’ infamous 2004 steal: “If he had been one foot less, I would have ripped him. From a different city.”.

Ish said...

"potential winning run to the plate"

I thought it was the tying run. Two on in a 5-2 game.

"I could not see it via MLBTV on my computer screen"

I couldn't even see the Dobb foul ball on replay on my 25 inch TV.

redsock said...

I thought it was the tying run. Two on in a 5-2 game.

Tying. Yes.

Fixed.

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