July 8, 2009

G84: Red Sox 5, Athletics 4

Athletics - 010 000 201 - 4 13  0
Red Sox - 000 004 10x - 5 7 1
It took awhile, but the Red Sox finally stole Cahill's lunch money and gave Wakefield (6-10-3-1-8, 100) his 175th career Boston win. Only one of the three runs was earned and the eight punchouts was a season-high.

Wakefield trailed 1-0 because of three Oakland hits to start the second inning. He allowed a bunch of hits in his outing, but his knuckleball was also moving like I've rarely seen it move before. It darted in towards hitters' heads, it suddenly swerved sideways (both left and right), it dropped straight down. NESN had a great shot of Orlando Cabrera shaking his head in disbelief in the dugout, demonstrating for a coach how Wake's pitches were defying the laws of physics.

J.D. Drew tied the game at 1-1 with a home run to begin the sixth. Dustin Pedroia singled and Kevin Youkilis walked. It was clear that Cahill -- at 92 pitches -- was cooked, but Oakland manager Bob Geren stayed with him. Big mistake. David Ortiz crushed a 2-1 pitch to deep right field for a three-run dong -- and a 4-1 lead. Boston got an insurance run in the seventh when Drew walked, Pedroia doubled and Ortiz had an RBI groundout. Tiz ended the night with four RBI.

Bot began the ninth by walking Adam Kennedy and surrendering a single to Orlando Cabrera. Scott Hairston's fly ball to left-center -- which both Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckerlsey thought was leaving the park -- was pushed back by the wind and was only a sac fly to Jacoby Ellsbury on the track. Papelbon fanned Matt Holliday for the second out, but Kurt Suzuki singled to move the tying run to second. Bot struck out Jack Cust to end the game.

FY went 3-for-4 with two doubles, Yook and Bay each walked twice, and Ellsbury and Mark Kotsay each singled and stole a base.

***

Trevor Cahill (4.55, 90 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (4.30, 108 ERA+)

We face yet another rookie tonight.

Cahill has made 17 starts: 93 innings, 96 hits, 38 walks, 45 strikeouts. Inflated WHIP, poor K/BB ratio, opponents line of .267/.338/.493, and left-handed hitters slap him around to the tune of a .997 OPS.

BP 2009 compares him to Brett Anderson:
Although Cahill is right-handed, like Anderson he's not overpowering, but is hardly a soft-tosser, effectively mixing a low-90s sinker, outstanding curveball, and solid change, with good command and control of all three.
In 11 starts from May 2 to June 22, Cahill posted a 3.15 ERA, with opponents hitting .248/.296/.432. In each of his last two starts, however, he has lasted only 3.2 innings.

Tidbits from MLB's John Barone:
Boston has reached the 50-win mark before the All-Star break in four straight seasons. ... Pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester are the first pair of Sox hurlers to rack up at least 100 strikeouts before the break since Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling in 2004.
Hoo-Kay: With his home run, double and two steals, Jason Bay became the first Red Sox left fielder with two extra-base hits and two stolen bases in the same game since Tommy Harper (September 19, 1973, against the Yankees).

Mark Kotsay's right calf is "feeling better". ... Adam Kilgore notes that John Smoltz's BABIP in his three starts is a whopping .370. ... Kevin Youkilis is in a 2-for-26 slump and is hitting only .207 since June 1.

289 comments:

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A Conformer said...

gotta go with "better starters over the next 5 years than halladay"-- we might have 2 of them in our rotation right now.

Matsuzaka and who else?

s1c said...

Two on our team, you my friend are dreaming.

tim said...

Halladay will walk if he isn't traded because he's getting old and wants a championship. He said himself, that if he doesn't feel he can get one in T.O. then he'll go somewhere where he can.

tim said...

But I really think JP is smarter than that and will move Halladay before then.

9casey said...

tim said...
But I really think JP is smarter than that and will move Halladay before then.



Has JP ever shown that..

redsock said...

beckett and lester both have a very good chance at being better than halladay from 2010-2015.

s1c said...

Has JP ever shown that..

Well, he did release Ryan today

tim said...

I think he's showing that right now.

s1c said...

beckett and lester both have a very good chance at being better than halladay from 2010-2015.

I'll take that bet

redsock said...

maybe dice too -- this is a funny game. a regular riot.

...

yeah, keep grabbing guys from that pen, geren. no one out there can help you though.

9casey said...

s1c said...
beckett and lester both have a very good chance at being better than halladay from 2010-2015.

I'll take that bet




You can't take that bet, not as a red sox fan, I forbid it......:)

redsock said...

Le SB!

Benjamin said...

Gotta love O-Cab for making these stolen bases instead of defensive indifference.

tim said...

Bayse Stealin Machine!

9casey said...

I bet the last time the Red Sox had this many SB's in a game , somehow Tommy Harper was involved....

s1c said...

Well 9, I am assuming he will be a Sox during that time period (btw, only 2 AL teams are at .500 against him - the rangers and the Sox.)

Ish said...

Although if I could get Halladay for Dice and Bowden? I'd go for it. Hell, Dice and HH maybe. Or maybe thats too much.

Whatev.

A Conformer said...

Shit, second and third, no outs, and only one run. The bullpen better nail these six outs, eh?

s1c said...

Am surprised he brought jeemer out for this inning.

s1c said...

Do not bring in Ramon, we need to win this game

redsock said...

dice and bowden?

i do that yesterday!

redsock said...

nomar - first pitch pop up

WHO KNEW??????????

s1c said...

Quote of the day - Francona when asked about Doc - "I hope he gets traded to the NL and I hope it happens by friday"

s1c said...

Well now that Rice is in the Hall time to start talking up dewey.

tim said...

OK going to watch the rest while beginning to study, later JoS!

redsock said...

dewey probably deserves the hall more.

s1c said...

Need to take a few Kot, got to give the bot time to warm up.

redsock said...

or snuffer can pay another $1000 delay fine

s1c said...

dewey probably deserves the hall more.

Very similar numbers in their career and dewey was better with the glove.

Twinkies just can't beat the mfy's

s1c said...

or snuffer can pay another $1000 delay fine

I think it increases each time, and knowing that MFY loving Watson he would make it 10,000

redsock said...

bot can squeeze kot for the dough!

Ish said...

If Watson had his way he wouldn't allow Papelbon to throw any warmup pitches. Bullpen or field.

redsock said...

you can dooo eeeeet!

redsock said...

have i mentioned lately how much i love alcohol?

s1c said...

That's it, time to trade him and make bard the closer.

s1c said...

Looks like he needed five more warm up tosses, I blame Kottaras.

A Conformer said...

Shit, it's a one-run game, per McCarver.

s1c said...

he needs a 97 fb right here right now

Ish said...

Allan's getting alcohol giddy. But if Pap doesn't close this out he'll get alcohol induced rage. FUCK ASS COCK PICNIC TABLE.

redsock said...

holds him to 1 - nice.

dp pls

tim said...

Fuck this, papelbon giving me a heart attack. I can't study to this.

redsock said...

fucking truping camera man

tim said...

ARE YOU FUCKING SHITTING ME

TRUPED

s1c said...

Fragging twinkies, cuddyer strikes out with the bases loaded and mfy's escape.

whew, lucky there.

Ish said...

HOLY TRUPED. Phew!

redsock said...

shit bot - get it going

tim said...

DP away.

A Conformer said...

Come on, Paps. Double play ball and I can go to sleep, eh?

tim said...

For some reason everytime I look at Ofer's pic I assume its a picture of Christ's bloodied face.

tim said...

SIT DOWN HOLIDAY!

s1c said...

Big K there!!!

Holy shit, that looked like my brother in law in the stands.

Benjamin said...

Doooo eeeeet

tim said...

Papelboner rising....

tim said...

Come on Pap, its the fucking catcher. Everyone knows they can't hit.

s1c said...

Frack, I am really, really hating the suzuki

tim said...

I think I'd be settling into a big fucking gin and tonic if I didn't have this exam tomorrow.

redsock said...

more wine for lulu

A Conformer said...

Tim, it's quite obviously a cockroach typewriter called Clark Nova.

tim said...

Get this strikeout machine out dammit!

tim said...

Well, duh.

redsock said...

ram-ram getting ready for the 10th (cough)

s1c said...

3 pack papelbon

tim said...

This is fucking miserable...Come on Jonny.

Benjamin said...

I'm sober, but Paps is making me wish I weren't.

redsock said...

pour it on for strike 2

fuck cust

Benjamin said...

WATER

s1c said...

dirty, dirty, dirty water

tim said...

Cust up this water and make it...

DIRTY!!!!!!!!!!!

Ish said...

What do you get when you wash Athletic supporters? Dirty water.

A Conformer said...

Bad Paps, but the result is good enough. Au de toilet; unflushed toilet.

redsock said...

The water is ...

Muddy!!!

redsock said...

Jays-Rays 9-9 in the 8th

tim said...

Good ol' Drew walk, FY double and Ortiz ground out proves to be the winning run.

tim said...

Jays-Rays 9-9 in the 8th

Does this game really matter? No.

SoSock said...

Yay for wins - wish I could get one myself.
I keep getting home right as or just after the last out is made. Guess I'd better stop going to the damn bar after LL.
Or keep going to the bar, stay happily, obliviously drunk, and just comment after the game.
There's a plan!

SoSock said...

Dodgers - Mets on ESPN.
Manny facing K-Rod to start the 9th.
Dodgers down by 2.
Could be an interesting AB.

Amy said...

Yay, the water is dirty. Went to a great concert tonight, but was happy to check the score when I came out.

SoSock said...

Manny won that one : )
HR on the 3rd pitch to get the Dodgers within one.
Luv it!

Twinkies with 1 of MFY.

And Manny's dong goes for naught as K-rod gets a DP to end it in NY.

I hate when Manny's dong goes for naught, but probably not as much as he does ;)

SoSock said...

Amy - who'd you go see?

(I'm just sitting here talking to myself)

SoSock said...

Gotta love GDGD -
"Pitching Change - Mariano Rivera replaces Phil Hughes ;
Pitching Change - Mariano Rivera replaces Mariano Rivera ;
Pitching Change - Mariano Rivera replaces Mariano Rivera"

That's what it says - really.

SoSock said...

Morales does the immoral.
Lines out.
MFY keep pace. Boo

Amy said...

Just saw your question, SoSock. Dar Williams. She was great. Also a young guy who opened for her, Gregory something (I already forgot). He was interesting, but she was terrific.

SoSock said...

Not familiar, but I bet I'l look her up soon.
OK, just did. looks interesing. I like the feel of the 1 song they did bits of on the promo video. Strange that on a musician's site that's the only instance I could find of something to listen to.
Sounds a bit like Indigo Girls or something on that one.

Amy said...

Yeah, same kind of folk music vibe. I had never heard her before live, though had heard of her and some songs on the folk channel on the XM radio. She has a very clear voice and a great stage personality. And the songs were wonderful---all new to me!

tim said...

Wow, Keys to the game really went downhill.

redsock said...

Jose, at SoSH, May 11:

I am taking off today for a three month odyssey that will take me from Cape Town, to Uganda, to perhaps Rwanda and... if I am feeling insane... Goma in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, which addition to being the wild west, is about to be covered in lava. The overwhelming amount of my time will be in a small city in Uganda where I will be working on a microfinance project. ... I will try to post occasional essays on Uganda and my travels.

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Benjamin said...

It took awhile, but the Red Sox finally stole Cahill's lunch money . . . . NESN had a great shot of Orlando Cabrera shaking his head in disbelief in the dugout, demonstrating for a coach how Wake's pitches were defying the laws of psychics.

Pretty sure the law of psychics is steal your marks' lunch money.

L-girl said...

I just took a chance and corrected that typo. When Allan comes home, we'll find out if it was intentional or not. I'm guessing not.

redsock said...

Poo.

Should have played it safe and gone with "gravity".

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