August 4, 2009

G105: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 (13)

Red Sox - 010 001 000 000 0 - 2  7  1
Rays - 000 000 110 000 2 - 4 9 1
Takashi Saito was in his second inning of work, having thrown 29 pitches. Tampa Bay had the potential winning run at third base with two outs in the bottom of the 13th. Evan Longoria was up.

Terry Francona decided to pitch to him. Longoria crushed Saito's 1-0 pitch to deep left for a rays win. And the Red Sox bullpen, which escaped from serious jams in the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth innings (!!!), finally ran out of luck.

For Longoria, it was his second home run of the night. His solo shot off Daniel Bard to begin the eighth tied the game at 2-2. He had struck out four times, but that was no excuse to pitch to him in the ninth. Saito could have put Longoria on and pitched to Ben Zobrist or loaded the bases and dealt with Joe Dillon. (Clay Buchholz had begun warming up in the 12th, as the Sox had run out of relievers. I'm a little surprised Saito came out for the 13th at all.)

Boston had no offense to speak off. Its two runs came via leadoff solo dongs -- from Kevin Youkilis in the second and Dustin Pedroia in the sixth. The only real sustained scoring threat of the entire game came in the tenth, when with the bases loaded with one out, Pedroia grounded into a double play.

The Yankees topped Toronto 5-3, so the Red Sox are now 1.5 GB.
Example
Jon Lester (3.90, 121 ERA+) / Matt Garza (3.69, 123 ERA+)

Nearly two-thirds of the team's remaining 58 games (36 or 62%) are against teams currently .500 or better.

August could be a tough month for the Red Sox, who are currently 0.5 GB the Yankees and 4.5 GA of the Rays. After this two-game series with Tampa Bay, Boston plays four at the Yankees (1st in AL East), hosts the Tigers (1st in AL Central) for four, then visits Texas (2nd in AL West) and Toronto. Then it's back home for three against the Yankees and four against the White Sox (2nd in AL Central). After three-game sets against the Blue Jays and Rays, it's four more in Chicago.

Tim Wakefield, who turned 43 on Sunday, may need a second cortisone shot to deal with a sciatic problem that has spread to his left calf. He had been scheduled to throw off a mound this week, but that may be postponed.
I’m just depressed that this isn’t progressing the way I want it to progress. I’m throwing, playing catch. There are different symptoms now. I’ve got zero strength in my left calf due to the nerve. I’m just waiting for it to get better.
Jacoby Ellsbury has had multiple hits in seven of his last nine games.

Yankees-Pettitte/Blue Jays-Halladay at 7.

638 comments:

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L-girl said...

the blue jays suck!!!

nyy 4 - tor 1 bottom 8

L-girl said...

oh yes, ofer, i remember that. is this university?

johngoldfine said...

What are you studying, aconformer?

s1c said...

#25
Dwight Evans 2002 (COACH)

Man how wrong is that? What #24 in 2002 couldn't give up the number?

s1c said...

snark

meuniermr said...

Red Sox #21 won't ever be worn again, but it won't be retired either.

redsock said...

snakes pitcher doing very good in pittsburgh thru 7.

A Conformer said...

Philosophy and Earth Sciences (basically geology+) in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, L and John.

s1c said...

Tissues? Ha! The way it is going between bh and b-fly, b-fly will be lucky if the car is at a stop when she gets tossed out!

johngoldfine said...

Funny mix, ofer!

A Conformer said...

10XK. Not too shabby. And PC is low enough to at least start the 7th.

Patrick said...

He 0'ed them through 6. I'll take it. Send out Bard, Bard, and then Bard, and we got this one.

A Conformer said...

Funny mix, ofer!

What can I say? I'm a funny guy...

L-girl said...

Ofer, sounds great. Although it might be a shock to your system to stay in one place for so long.

meuniermr said...

Other OT; There is a groundhog living in a hole under my foundation, I am wondering if I should cap it.

johngoldfine said...

meuniermr--you don't think some young stud pheenom might aspire to it and might get it after the current mess has come to its ignominious end?

redsock said...

Damon and Teix put their dongs b2b in the8th.

redsock said...

shoulda given 21 to cesar crespo.

Amy said...

Ah, yes, Ofer also! And returning home.

Like I said, we will need the Sox to be a stabilizing force!

A Conformer said...

He 0'ed them through 6. I'll take it. Send out Bard, Bard, and then Bard, and we got this one.

I think Bard for two innings and then Bard to close it would be better.

SoSock said...

Great thread tonight.
So sorry to hear about the flood.
I'm in my 2nd house that floods now, although this one only floods in the "furnace basement".
Old farmhouse with mostly crawl space and an open basement area about 15 x 15 in the center.
While in Boston one year we got a call from the kids saying there was 3 ft of water in the basement. The retaining wall on one side collapsed. Fortunately we knew it was a "wet" basement and there was nothing of consequence down there.
That was the same flood that took out the concession stand and 1 complete field at the LL complex. Including 1 of the dugouts.
Flooding is just SO nasty. Wet things are just hard to deal with.
Wait...did I say that? ;>

L-girl said...

Red Sox #21, A and I used to talk about that a lot, before HE became NYY.

Believe it or not, A used to say 21 should be retired. But that was a long time ago.

A Conformer said...

Sorry, who's #21?

A Conformer said...

Boggs?

L-girl said...

Ofer: TCM wore 21 when in Boston.

johngoldfine said...

Woodchucks have to go, meuniermr.

Patrick said...

I love our outfield defense with Reddick, Ellsbury, and Drew.

I hope we have the first two kicking ass for years to come.

L-girl said...

no hitter in pitts went into 8th, over now.

Benjamin said...

MFY 4 - TOR 3

Amy said...

S1C, you talk tough, but I don't buy it.

Ofer, those sound like great courses.

And did anyone figure out who the #25 was supposed to be?

A Conformer said...

Yeah, TCM would've been a better guess. Maybe the Sox should give it to HH to boost his confidence.

L-girl said...

vernon wells dong in TO

s1c said...

Tony C Amy

meuniermr said...

Actually I think I will backfill the hole and put a conibear trap behind the dirt so when the thing re-digs it, adios MF.

redsock said...

wells 2-run 2B off fruitbat!

4-3 shitheads after 8.

Amy said...

Tony Conigliaro?

A Conformer said...

Are there bench umpires?

Amy said...

Found it, S1C. Once I looked at the list, I knew who it had to be.

meuniermr said...

No one has worn #45 since Pedro Martinez

Benjamin said...

vernon wells dong in TO

Alas, if only.

Zenslinger said...

John's right. I'm nervous about the upcoming semester.

Toronto got two off of Hughes/Rivera in the eighth. They brought Mo in to get out #3, and he gave up a double with two on. But then he got the last out, so it's 4-3 MFY going into the ninth.

Benjamin said...

Fucking shemp dong.

meuniermr said...

#49 will eventually be retired.

L-girl said...

Every Reddick AB I think of Amy saying

WHO THE FUCK IS REDDICK

Patrick said...

Please, please, please let us see Lowrie as a defensive replacement while we still have a lead.

johngoldfine said...

Meuniermr--as long as there are no dogs around to mess with the trap....

I had a dog who led me to 17 woodchucks one year.

L-girl said...

Oh, not a Wells dong? Sorry, just a 2B I guess, I thought I heard HR.

Of course no one wears 45!

A Conformer said...

Fucking Shemp.

Benjamin said...

Perhaps #47 too.

SoSock said...

Thanks to Tim for the gamelink.
I can thread, listen to the audio, and switch back when the pitch is coming!

Benjamin said...

Of course no one wears 45!

Before Pedro, it was worn by Dick Pole and Don Aase.

A Conformer said...

#49 will eventually be retired.

Hopefully with the team win record secured, too.

Amy said...

LOL, Laura.

I know who he is now. Nosebleed AKA Rednose AKA Rudolph AKA Reddong

L-girl said...

why are you killing woodchucks? what do they do that brings them the death penalty?

L-girl said...

one of the all-time great baseball names, dick pole

johngoldfine said...

If 47 is retired, benjamin, there will be much happiness in our futures. (I saw that in a fortune cookie.)

meuniermr said...

At least I think it is a groundhog, it is a cat sized round furry thing with fox like ears and a square tail.

HB leads to Lester exit :(

L-girl said...

thanks sid!

redsock said...

Sid: 6-3-0-2-10, 110

(assuming jeemer strands the runner)

johngoldfine said...

l-girl: they dig deep holes in pastures and horses can break legs. They also destroy gardens in a night. Other than that....

meuniermr said...

Manager's numbers don't get retired unless it was for performance as a player, AFAIK.

A Conformer said...

Dear Blue Jays offense: CG losses suck. Do you really wanna do that to Doc?

L-girl said...

Francona w/ the Sox is different.

SoSock said...

I like this move.
Just have the Tarheel warming up.
Oh, have I mentioned Bard is a Tarheel? ;>

Amy said...

Shit.

redsock said...

bullshit!

tito will manage 10+ years in boston
he will go to the hof
he will then retire

boom - retired 47.

meuniermr said...

Here comes the bunt..

A Conformer said...

DPSVP

SoSock said...

May I change my mind?

meuniermr said...

WOO HOO Airborne DP!

s1c said...

That helps!!!

A Conformer said...

Thank you.

Benjamin said...

Manager's numbers don't get retired unless it was for performance as a player, AFAIK.

Hard to say what doesn't happen, since the Sox haven't had another championship-winning manager since they invented uniform numbers.

Amy said...

I was hoping for a triple play. I will take the DP.

Iridescence said...

Nice DP!

SoSock said...

May I change it back?

L-girl said...

Oh, have I mentioned Bard is a Tarheel?

SoSock, I hear you have a LL team... ;)

redsock said...

do us a solid, wsj.

L-girl said...

Hard to say what doesn't happen, since the Sox haven't had another championship-winning manager since they invented uniform numbers.

LOL

Very true! This is why everyone needs to read Allan's book.

redsock said...

BARD time!

s1c said...

Assassin Terry tonight.

Patrick said...

SEND IN THE HEAT!

Patrick said...

Assassin Terry tonight.

He wants this win, and so do I.

meuniermr said...

Bard for this out and the 8th?? Could be a playoff preview for him.

A Conformer said...

K the MFer, then drink some ice tea, Bard.

A Conformer said...

2 on, 2 out against Mo it TO.

Iridescence said...

"Dear Blue Jays offense: CG losses suck. Do you really wanna do that to Doc?"

Doc is used to it esp from last year. Will make him appreciate the Sox offense more in a year or two *hope*.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

meuniermr said...

DAMNIT, Green too slow to the ball.

SoSock said...

Jays down to their last out but have tying runs on - 1st & 3rd

Amy said...

Ech. Well, at least he stopped it from going through.

SoSock said...

damn

Benjamin said...

Toronto loses.

redsock said...

rays tv gun has bard at 95-96

puhleese.

Amy said...

Wow, I wasn't sure he was out. Phew.

Benjamin said...

Not sure how he was out, but thank you for not fucking that up.

meuniermr said...

WHEW, we escape with the lead for now.

L-girl said...

fuck yeah!

K the MFer, then drink some ice tea

heh

A Conformer said...

That was fucking close...

Why is Bard only throwing 96?

redsock said...

he was out?

ummm, okay.

SoSock said...

A-hole, I mean A. Hill, lines out to Milk Dud.
MFY survive.
Crap.
And I missed what sounds like a nice play typing that.
double crap

Zenslinger said...

Nailbiter, innit.

redsock said...

7 batters and 26 pit for Fruitbat in Tor.

Iridescence said...

Games often seem to come down to those damn squibbers in the infield their fast guys beat out, luckily not that time.

Amy said...

It was a nice looking play, SoSock, but like others, I am not sure the ump got the call right.

Not that I am complaining...

L-girl said...

insurance r svp

Iridescence said...

Games against the Rays I meant to say

Benjamin said...

And I missed what sounds like a nice play typing that.

Nah, you missed the kind of heartburn-inducing play that would've made you toss your laptop through the TV if the ump hadn't taken pity on Green's shitty fielding.

A Conformer said...

Haven't seen a replay of that play. Wouldn't Green have a better chance going to first, even though the batter was Crawford? And did it seems like he was safe?

Iridescence said...

MF Green, sorry to anyone who disagrees but I think he is an AAA player and playing like it.

Iridescence said...

At least Lowrie is supposed to have potential which makes it easier to put up with his suckiness right now.

Amy said...

I sure would like a cushion here.

I feel like Pap needs at least a three run lead to be safe. Hardly a good thing for the closer. Sigh.

Benjamin said...

Green have a better chance going to first, even though the batter was Crawford?

Probably no play at first.

And did it seems like he was safe?

Seemed like it, but NESN would rather show commercials than replays.

Benjamin said...

Green's always been an AAAA player; he just had a hell of a first half.

SoSock said...

I was seriously hoping for something more considering where we were in the order

redsock said...

bot?
ride bard to victory!

Amy said...

Oh, god damn it.

Benjamin said...

Sheeeeit

A Conformer said...

I feel like Pap needs at least a three run lead to be safe. Hardly a good thing for the closer. Sigh.

If you believe the common wisdom about closers thriving under pressure and not pitching well with 4-run leads, et al., maybe a 1-run lead is better.
But yeah, fuck CW. A cushion would be nice, after Bard does his thing.

L-girl said...

fuck fuck fuckety fuck

SoSock said...

I feel like Pap needs at least a three run lead to be safe.
I seem to recall a certain game where 3 was not enough :(

redsock said...

fishsticks

SoSock said...

SHIT!

A Conformer said...

Shit, that's not what I meant by "his thing".

Amy said...

I agree, Allan. Though now with the score tied, whole new scenario.

SoSock said...

Bonus baseball again, I guess.

L-girl said...

Green's always been an AAAA player; he just had a hell of a first half.

ditto

I was about to say something similar when shakespeare gave up his 1st dong

redsock said...

bard ... BUM

9th:
yook
flo
werd

Amy said...

I hate blowing the lead.

Iridescence said...

Unfortunately Green has reverted to AAA form in the last month or so (and damn it, Lester really deserved that win *sigh*)

Benjamin said...

Oh for fuck's sake.

L-girl said...

WTF WTF WTF

Amy said...

OMG! WTF??

Iridescence said...

oh man.....

SoSock said...

crap

redsock said...

that was a wild throw.

mdc up

Benjamin said...

Please let this shit-hole of a stadium have a benefit for once.

Amy said...

So what happened? The ball got stuck??

s1c said...

Well I hope this isn't a playoff preview!

L-girl said...

we shouldn't give a shit about lester's "win". lester was great, we know that regardless of the so-called decision

this sucks. i want to be in 1st place at nyy time.

redsock said...

NO RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

I'll take whatever it was, but boy, this is one stupid ballpark.

meuniermr said...

All runs returned!

L-girl said...

ok, that's better. run didn't score.

Benjamin said...

Redeem yourself, Bard.

A Conformer said...

This is a good time for a K, I'd say...

s1c said...

well, the question now is how many runs are the sox going to have to score in the 9th?

Amy said...

Does someone know where that ball went? And why it was a grounds rule double?

SoSock said...

Now this will require some Houdini-esque work

Amy said...

Houdini is right. No outs, two men in scoring position? Yikes.

At least it is the 8th, not the 9th.

Benjamin said...

Does someone know where that ball went? And why it was a grounds rule double?

It wasn't a double -- it was a throwing error that lodged in the wall/tarp/whatever.

SoSock said...

Ball lodged in fence - runners held up at point of lodging.

SoSock said...

meaning - where they were at at the time

Amy said...

Thanks, I saw the error. I guess one base on the error because the ball got stuck?

L-girl said...

oh bard. come on.

SoSock said...

yank him

redsock said...

we need a tp to clean up this shit.

Benjamin said...

Rule 7.05(g):
7.05 Each runner including the batter runner may, without liability to be put out, advance-
(g) Two bases when, with no spectators on the playing field, a thrown ball goes into the stands, or into a bench (whether or not the ball rebounds into the field), or over or under or through a field fence, or on a slanting part of the screen above the backstop, or remains in the meshes of a wire screen protecting spectators. The ball is dead. When such wild throw is the first play by an infielder, the umpire, in awarding such bases, shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the ball was pitched; in all other cases the umpire shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the wild throw was made;

SoSock said...

If the ball had left the playing field the runners would have been awarded another base. It didn't, so no advance.

Benjamin said...

If the ball had left the playing field the runners would have been awarded another base. It didn't, so no advance.

No, same result.

Amy said...

Thanks, Benjamin. Man, those rules must have been fun to draft. Not.

redsock said...

next pit will be #29

Benjamin said...

Runner on first gains two bases (to third). Batter gains two bases (to second).

Benjamin said...

Oh hey, that's still only the first out. :/

redsock said...

upton cant take the heat!

L-girl said...

K!!!!

thank you

A Conformer said...

DPSVP, again. Pretty please.

s1c said...

Francona is coming out now? Well there goes the tied ball game.

SoSock said...

OK, got it, 1st play by the infielder means 2 from where they were at when the pitch was thrown, not when the attempted fielding throw was made.

Iridescence said...

Did DR just call BJ Uptin "Justin"? LOL

Iridescence said...

GIDP please

SoSock said...

MDC?
not so sure.
Let's hope

Amy said...

All right! Keep it up, MDC!

A Conformer said...

MDCK. One more.

L-girl said...

K!!!

Benjamin said...

Nice!

Amy said...

HOUDINI! MDC and Bard!

s1c said...

escape!!!

Worked out!!!

L-girl said...

YES!!! we're out of it

see? other teams squander too :)

meuniermr said...

Now we have the momentum..

redsock said...

HOOOOOO

FUCKIN

DEEEEEEEEEEE-NEEEEEEEEEE

Iridescence said...

Yes! Nice fire outage MDC!

A Conformer said...

All things considered, that was way less of a shit show than it could've been. Bard was definitely not automatic tonight, though.

SoSock said...

Wow.
I sense a tank of water and some handcuffs.
Bring on the scantily clad asistant! Houdini has made an appearance!

Benjamin said...

Yeah, Zobrist's two bases were measured from first, because the throw was the first play by an infielder.

L-girl said...

Francona is coming out now? Well there goes the tied ball game.

translation?

Amy said...

Now SCORE RUNS. Enough to ensure Pap doesn't implode again.

L-girl said...

I sense a tank of water and some handcuffs.

love it

redsock said...

bard clearly off tonight.
he is still a beast.

Benjamin said...

MDC thankfully only took five pitches too. We've already burned Okajima and Bard's doppelganger. (Runs here would help with that.)

Iridescence said...

liked "the fireman of the year" for the best reliever in each league. Don't think they still give that out unfortunately

A Conformer said...

I'm gonna prophesy a reddong in this game. How's that for a bold prediction?

A Conformer said...

I sense a tank of water and some handcuffs.

Concentrate, Sosock: is there dirt in the water?

Benjamin said...

liked "the fireman of the year" for the best reliever in each league. Don't think they still give that out unfortunately

They still do (aka the "Rolaids Relief Man Award"). Lidge and K-Rod won last year.

L-girl said...

RSVP

s1c said...

Francona is coming out now? Well there goes the tied ball game.

translation?


Reverse Psychology, (it worked didn't it?)

L-girl said...

we're thurston for some runs

Iridescence said...

Sox need to turn "Howell-in' Wolf" into "Muddy Water(s)" :)

L-girl said...

i guess we're down for extras. no reverse psychology here.

Amy said...

Damn.

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