July 10, 2009

G86: Red Sox 1, Royals 0

Royals  - 000 000 000 - 0  4  1
Red Sox - 000 000 01x - 1 3 1
Lester (8-4-0-2-8, 115) outdueled Bannister (7.2-3-1-4-7, 115) and Dustin Pedroia's double off The Wall scored Aaron Bates with the night's only run.

Mark Kotsay singled to start the bottom of the eighth. It was only the second hit for the Red Sox to that point; Jacoby Ellsbury had singled in the fifth. After two foul attempts, Nick Green bunted pinch-runner Bates to second. J.D. Drew struck out for the second out. On a 0-1 pitch to Pedroia, Bannister uncorked a wild pitch, and Bates took third. FY hammered the next offering off the Monster and Boston led 1-0.

In the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon was on his game, firing fastballs at 95-97, and needing only 11 pitches to retire the Royals' 3-4-5 hitters.

Lester worked out of a few jams. He had a runner at second with no outs in the second, but struck out Miguel Olivo, got Alberto Callaspo to fly to right and fanned Ryan freel. He stranded mark teahen at second after a two-out double in the fourth.

An infield error and Teahen's third hit of the night put Royals at first and second to begin the seventh. Olivo flied out to deep center. Rocco Baldelli (in for Ellsbury who was ejected on a play at the plate in the fifth) caught the ball and fired a one-hopper to second that nailed Teahen trying to advance to second. Jose Gullen tagged and took third, but there were now two outs. John Buck grounded harmlessly to third.

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Brian Bannister (3.87, 111 ERA+) / Jon Lester (4.16, 112 ERA+)

Current Royals roster against Lester: 5-for-50 (.100/.179/.120)

Current Red Sox roster against Bannister: .396/.423/.625 for a 1.048 OPS. Drew is 4-for-9 with a double and a dong. And OMG -- Julio Lugo is 3-for-4!

NYY/LAA at 10 PM: Chamberlain/Saunders

282 comments:

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A Conformer said...

I am now drinking some rally bourbon. It should work, no?

Ish said...

Good evening, Joy Nation.

Just got in - been listening to the game on the radio and went out to eat, watched it on TV. Had baby back ribs. Hot damn.

/food

This is some ballgame we've got going right here. I love these.

Amy said...

Score a run so Lester gets a W.

Hey, that reminds me. Did anyone else read the article on the front page of today's NYTimes about digitizing every play in baseball? (If I missed someone talking about this, my apologies.)

Benjamin said...

Even tied in the 8th inning, that sacrifice had a negative WPA.

L-girl said...

Rally bourbon, that sounds good.

Benjamin said...

(-.020)

redsock said...

actually no amy.
i'll go check it out.

Benjamin said...

I'm eating a rally salad.

L-girl said...

Man on third... oh boy.

redsock said...

i'd like to see 20+ innings, but .... a 1-0 win right now would be nice.

L-girl said...

I have rally cold water.

Benjamin said...

FY!

Amy said...

We get a RUN!

johngoldfine said...

Ish--I've been hunting for some baby back ribs for weeks (for my dogs) but the butchers all say not this time of year! My dogs are bumming.

Ish said...

This is no longer a scoreless game. Fuck yeah!

L-girl said...

FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH

YEAH YEAH YEAH

Amy said...

Guess that rally bourbon worked!

A Conformer said...

In play, run(s)! God bless Jack Daniels!

redsock said...

Dr. Dustin delivers a double!

Amy said...

It's an interesting article, and it should be good news for all you stats people. More data to use to evaluate players.

Benjamin said...

Even without a tag, I'm surprised Cousins didn't call Pedroia out at second from behind the plate.

redsock said...

wtf

eat your spinach, flo.

A Conformer said...

BTW, I just realised it's not bourbon, but Tennessee Whiskey. Same difference, though, we're still winning this game.

redsock said...

It's got to be about B-Ref/Retrosheet, right?

A Conformer said...

Walking Yook to face Papi? Make them pay for that disrespect, Flo!

Benjamin said...

Trey Hillman's mustache reminds me of Gordito from Dr McNinja.

A Conformer said...

It's got to be about B-Ref/Retrosheet, right?

Could be Pitch F(x), or whatever it's called, too.

L-girl said...

It must be about retrosheet.

Benjamin said...

Technically it was yesterday's NY Times.

redsock said...

Times

L-girl said...

Didn't see Ofer's comment before I posted that, yes, that could be it too.

Amy said...

I don't recall that term being used, but I read the article this morning (in print, not on line) and do not have it in front of me.

I will find a link.

redsock said...

Alan Schwarz is always worth reading.

L-girl said...

No need, there are two links up already.

Amy said...

I see you found the link.

Benjamin, it was in today's New England edition in print. Not on line. Not yesterday.

L-girl said...

I emailed with Alan Schwarz this summer, he wrote a lot about a Paralympic athlete I was writing about. Schwarz was really nice. He loved covering the Paralypmics.

Benjamin said...

Ah yes, printed newspapers. Something else that reminds us of our grandparents.

redsock said...

Schwarz's "The Numbers Game", about the history of baseball stats, is a fantastic read. Very entertaining.

Amy said...

Hoping Pap doesn't give up a run this time. No room for error.

L-girl said...

I read a printed newspaper every day. It is delivered to my home.

When that disappears altogether, I will miss it.

Benjamin said...

Throw strikes, Papshole.

Amy said...

Hey, Benjamin, I am not THAT old!

I admit that I still love the feel of a real newspaper in my hand. Same with books. No Kindle for me.

L-girl said...

that's one

A Conformer said...

So, Allan, do you have any idea what's the most hits by a team that didn't score a single run is?
The Dodgers, in that game, with 20 hits and one run, are probably pretty high up on that list (even though they did score a run... eventually).

johngoldfine said...

I read a printed newspaper every day too but it's only the Bangor Daily News, not exactly a great metropolitan daily. It has Mark Trail and Sally Forth....

L-girl said...

I have read digital books, and I like them, but they're not a replacement.

I still listen to LPs. And CDs. And I listen to digital music. No need to replace, just add on.

Benjamin said...

2

L-girl said...

two

Amy said...

One more to go!

redsock said...

dunno, but 20 must be up there.

L-girl said...

I can't wait for out-counting in October! :)

A Conformer said...

One more.

Benjamin said...

Not a strike, but we'll take it.

Benjamin said...

DO truped on a foul ball.

Amy said...

I read news on line also. But somehow reading it in print still stays with me more.

Interestingly, though, I find I read more stories to the end on line than I do in print. Seeing a whole page of a story tends to deter me from finishing whereas on line I just scroll through.

Almost---DO was fooled there.

redsock said...

easy, sterling!

Benjamin said...

WATER

Amy said...

Yes! Nice job, Pap! DIRTY WATER!

L-girl said...

i said the same thing, don got trooped on a swing!

there we go, three.

dirty dirty water

redsock said...

The water is ...

Muddy!!!

L-girl said...

there's nothing like winning a 1-0 pitching duel. excellent.

redsock said...

paps continues to suck

johngoldfine said...

Yes! Futhamucka!

Amy said...

Good game. And fast!

L-girl said...

Our friend Barth would disapprove of our happiness. We should have been 5 runs ahead! 1-0 against such a bad time is simply unacceptable!

L-girl said...

Make that bad team, not time.

Amy said...

And we are guaranteed of staying in first (even if tied) for another day.

A Conformer said...

Cool, tasty dirty water.

Benjamin said...

Eck: "and to see Papelbon smell that save"

Benjamin said...

Winning a 22-0 complete game shutout is like winning a pitching duel in all the ways that are awesome.

johngoldfine said...

What does a save smell like? Like muddy water!

A Conformer said...

Allan, if you trust Yahoo answers, then the Sox have that record with 15 hits while being shutout, on July 3, 1913.

redsock said...

Ofer, is that in 9 innings?

Amy said...

I probably won't be threading much until after the ASB, as my family will be arriving tomorrow and here through next weekend. So I hope you all have a good ASB. See you next week.

Benjamin said...

It was 15 innings. Can't find a box score to confirm, though.

A Conformer said...

Ofer, is that in 9 innings?

15

L-girl said...

See ya, Amy - good luck and have fun with the family.

A Conformer said...

All right, good night, folks.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura.

SoSock said...

12:30 report -
Wine good, wins better
Giants pitcher is throwing a no-no, and CF Rowan just made a absolutely incredible catch at the wall to keep it alive.
He has a perfect game EXCEPT for a damn eror by his 3rd baseman.
Talk about feeling like a heel!

SoSock said...

Update - last out made - no-hitter, 28 batters
Last out was made on a very questionable called strike, but hey, he earned it.
No walks either, would be a perfect game if not for the error.

redsock said...

MFY blew leads of 4-0 and 5-1 and lost 10-6.

1 GA.

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