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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SoSock said...

Man, we could have at least whimpered!

SoSock said...

Methinks hat might be my 1st ever -01

L-girl said...

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

nice

allan might not like that, big wolf fan. :)

johngoldfine said...

Aw, iridescence, no!

Amy said...

Extra innings on the road...never relaxing.

Benjamin said...

DO keeps calling the umps' call an exercise of "discretion". You know, discretion to enforce the rules of the game.

A Conformer said...

I hate the way Tito gives importance to the all-mighty SAVE. Why not have Paps ready in case MDC gets in trouble? The only way you put him in is if there's a lead? Dumb.

Amy said...

Methinks hat might be my 1st ever -01

???

Iridescence said...

Fuck your "momentum" DR!
[hate when announcers talk about "momentum"]

andy said...

Holy motherfucking shit the rays announcers just got destroyed by the home team's own rule.

Iridescence said...

"I hate the way Tito gives importance to the all-mighty SAVE. Why not have Paps ready in case MDC gets in trouble? The only way you put him in is if there's a lead? Dumb."

I agree unless he actually trusts MDC more than Pap right now. Should at least get him ready though

Amy said...

Stupid crowd had me fooled.

Benjamin said...

Now's not the time to take your voice through puberty, DO.

L-girl said...

whew

Extra innings on the road...never relaxing.

nerve wracking!

A Conformer said...

Wow. Fucking cameraman.

andy said...

Buck Foston

A Conformer said...

I agree unless he actually trusts MDC more than Pap right now. Should at least get him ready though

Well, the way I see it: if there's a man on 3rd and one out, Paps is a better SO pitcher than Ram Ram. Why not have him ready?

BTW, Tito burned MDC there pretty fast. Let's hope it doesn't come back to haunt us.

SoSock said...

Amy - I was 401. Not sure I've ever had the "honor"

Amy said...

Ah, thanks for the explanation, SoSock!

Amy said...

Arggh.

DP please.

Benjamin said...

Holy fucking shit.

L-girl said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Ok, SCORE SOME GOD DAMN RUNS.

s1c said...

tailor made dp there, now get some fragging runs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

do not diss green!!!!!!!!!!

A Conformer said...

RAM fucking RAM!

Let's get a run or 4, eh?

SoSock said...

D-freaking-P!! JWTDO!

s1c said...

Let's get a run or 4, eh?

I vote for 4!

Iridescence said...

Thank you "Pedro" Now let's win this thing! (Or at least take the lead)

L-girl said...

ram fucking ram, i like that

RFR

redsock said...

btw, i am ready for that reddick dong now.

9casey said...

nice play by the triple A'er...

L-girl said...

must i start apologizing to green again?!?! it worked great last time.

9casey said...

redsock said...
do not diss green!!!!!!!!!!




Thats what I'm talkin about.....

L-girl said...

9C, you're always lurking, aren't you? :)

A Conformer said...

We have a lot of potential PH on the bench. Just sayin'.

meuniermr said...

Reddick Double!

Amy said...

WHO THE HELL IS REDDICK?

:)

9casey said...

L-girl said...
9C, you're always lurking, aren't you? :)




yes, especially when Green gets mocked, and Tito questioned....

A Conformer said...

Half dong. I'll take it.

redsock said...

nice bloody double.

Iridescence said...

Reddick!

s1c said...

Here comes the PH!

SoSock said...

Well, not reddong, but a reddouble is better than an out!

L-girl said...

just to break the tension here, i'll tell you, A & I have been talking about JoS2 - based on a conversation I had w/ Amy.

Nosebleed!!!

We're thinking maybe everyone should come to Toronto. Bring sleeping bags and have a big slumber party at our house. See the Sox at Skydome and maybe another on TV here together.

meuniermr said...

Lowell PH for Green, IBB'd

s1c said...

Bad news - LBJ is batting like .179 with RISP.

Good news - hard to double him up

Better news would be a dong!

meuniermr said...

The obvious is done and Lowrie runs for Lowell.

L-girl said...

yes, especially when Green gets mocked, and Tito questioned....

Just popping in to keep us all honest.

9casey said...

L-girl said...


We're thinking maybe everyone should come to Toronto. Bring sleeping bags and have a big slumber party at our house.



I'll bring the lifevests...:)

Benjamin said...

SAFE

Amy said...

WOW!

meuniermr said...

Three Bags Full!

L-girl said...

YES! bases loaded one out come on come on come on

s1c said...

Ok, grand salami time for the reigning MVP!!!

redsock said...

LASER?

L-girl said...

I'll bring the lifevests...:)

You win the prize! I was going to say it myself, but I thought I'd leave an open goal for a threader.

Benjamin said...

Dave Roberts: No matter what Lowell says, he wouldn't have beaten out that throw. Tip your hat to Terry Francona for bringing in Lowrie.

Yes, tip your hat for pinch running for Lowell in the top of the 10th after he's put on base.

L-girl said...

let's go fuck yeah

clap clap clapclapclap

Benjamin said...

FUCK

s1c said...

Frack

Amy said...

That sucks.

Amy said...

Why am I getting so many Conflicting Edits tonight?

Iridescence said...

FY Fuck...no!

L-girl said...

i'm getting a lot of conflicting edits too. just a blogger thing, i think. when we're all posting at once.

Benjamin said...

Someone should do a ranking of shittiest Red Sox uniform numbers worn. Maybe minimum of three players per number, to weed out ones like 83 (only Gagne).

A Conformer said...

I hope Ram Ram can get through the 10th. We're awful thin in the BP.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
I'll bring the lifevests...:)

You win the prize! I was going to say it myself, but I thought I'd leave an open goal for a threader.



Thanks, seriouslly that sucks, that happened to us 2 years ago had to rip out everything....

Amy said...

I was going to say,

"As long as we don't have to sleep in the basement"

but decided to be more sensitive!

Benjamin said...

More fuck.

L-girl said...

oh fucking A

A Conformer said...

Shit, I gotta go work soon.

Amy said...

Two in scoring position, nobody out...AGAIN?

Can we really slip out of the knot again?

What are the odds...

A Conformer said...

Oh, even more shitty- Pena double.

Iridescence said...

damn need another miracle reverse squander

Benjamin said...

I'm guessing the lifevests thing is something I missed by missing dinner.

redsock said...

not looking good.

L-girl said...

"As long as we don't have to sleep in the basement"

I was going to say, don't worry, we'll have the basement cleaned up by then

L-girl said...

paging harry houdini, paging harry houdini, you are needed on the mound

redsock said...

okay:

K
BBI
GIDP

simple.

L-girl said...

benjamin, lifevests refers to the flood A & I had in the basement this afternoon.

Straddling the Border said...

Why didn't Tito have Pedroia squeeze the go-ahead run home with bases loaded and one out in the top of the 10th. With at least a one run lead, Papelbon comes in to save it. I'm not a seer, but I warned my son about that double play just before Pedroia grounded out.

Benjamin said...

Ah, missed the first post of the thread.

L-girl said...

houdini would be drowning at this point

Iridescence said...

needs to channel some '08 Dice-K please

Iridescence said...

good start

L-girl said...

no inside jokes were formed at dinner, afaik

Amy said...

All right, two away.

Can we really escape again?

If we do, I say we win the game.

L-girl said...

TWO DOWN. can it be? will we get out of this one too???

redsock said...

we will have used up all 9 lives, so we better win.

L-girl said...

whew foul

Amy said...

Phew.

This game is aging me.

Oh, yeah, it's the fact that I turn a year older tomorrow.

Benjamin said...

!!!!

Amy said...

HOLY SHIT!

L-girl said...

HOUFUCKINGDINI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

i wanna have ramram's babies.

Amy said...

OK, now we win. You can't do that TWICE and lose. No way.

s1c said...

Oh, yeah, it's the fact that I turn a year older tomorrow.

The way this game is going just hang around a few more minutes and we can say Happy Bday

Houdini answers the call

L-girl said...

RFR

Straddling the Border said...

SWEET! Ramirez is my new hero.

meuniermr said...

Ho Lee Chit

Iridescence said...

OMG!

Must suck to be a Rays fan right now

Holy shit...

Benjamin said...

Oh, yeah, it's the fact that I turn a year older tomorrow.

You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older.

This day will soon be at an end, and now it's even sooner.

Time marches on.

And happy birthday in fifty five minutes.

A Conformer said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. Momentum must be fucking dizzy from shifting so much.

No matter what happens, this might be the best game of the year.

redsock said...

33 pitches for "pedro" -- damn.

v-mart
yook
tiz
OF

Iridescence said...

he channels '08 Dice-K well when he's not channeling Pedro :)

Benjamin said...

i wanna have ramram's babies.

I thought you were anti-parenthood sworn.

redsock said...

i admit it -- i fully expected a loss there.

now that's i've been shown the error of my ways, let's score 8.

Amy said...

SoSock, I was thinking it would be a good birthday present for the Sox to place twice on my birthday...and win twice.

Benjamin, way too profound at this point in the night. :)

Iridescence said...

"No matter what happens, this might be the best game of the year."

Only if the water ends up dirty.

s1c said...

Happy Happy

MAke sure the volume is down!!!

Benjamin said...

HIT

L-girl said...

how can we not win against grant ball-four?

Amy said...

All right, it starts.

s1c said...

As Francoma says, "just keep the line moving boys".

Benjamin said...

I'd love to hear Youk yell "Fore" as he tees off on Grant's balls.

Amy said...

S1C, I will listen after we win.

L-girl said...

i wanna have ramram's babies.

I thought you were anti-parenthood sworn.


if he didn't have pedro's babies, we're safe w/ ramram.

redsock said...

i'll give them up for adoption.

Iridescence said...

Amy said...

"Extra innings on the road...never relaxing."

Nice understatement Amy :)

Benjamin said...

Meh.

s1c said...

S1C, I will listen after we win.

I like your thinking!!!

redsock said...

Rice and beans?

Benjamin said...

Would be nice.

redsock said...

loosen up and bang, papi.

Benjamin said...

Fuck you, Orsillo.

Amy said...

Shit. Truped me, Don.

L-girl said...

shit

Benjamin said...

And fuck you, Dave. It's not a good at bat.

s1c said...

Time for some fire from ON FIRE

A Conformer said...

Fuck, that was pretty close.

Amy said...

Can we get some fire?

SoSock said...

Holy Shit!
I can't believe this. My laptop's power supply has been acting up lately, and I have to jiggle the connection a little sometimes. (you know, that's one of those technical electrician's tricks)
It went out right after LBJ came to bat and wouldn't do shit. I messed with it a while, finally had to come fire up the slow=ass desk unit, which can in no way handle the thread and the MLB feed, so I'm just following you guys. Baseball tonight just made it worse by closing the show saying "Now the Red Sox have 2 down, can they escape again? We'll let you know at 12" while I was waiting on this thing. Assholes.
I see by the thread that we have had another Houdini sighting. I think on a second appearance the water in the tank would have to be dirty!

redsock said...

smokey joe werd?

Benjamin said...

:(

L-girl said...

ugh

Amy said...

Arggh. I take it back. I would prefer the Sox to win on August 4.

redsock said...

BOT.

Iridescence said...

don't care if it takes til August 6th as long as they win this damn game.

A Conformer said...

Paps, be solid Paps. Quick OTT so you can pitch the 12th, too.

A Conformer said...

You know what would be really nice? To get the fucking leadoff guy out.

redsock said...

crawford 2-11 vs snuff

Amy said...

We got the leadoff man out!

Iridescence said...

nice one YOUK!

redsock said...

first leadoff guy retired since the 6th!

redsock said...

Last 4 innings: 9 LOB for TB

Amy said...

SCORE RUNS

L-girl said...

pap!!!

rays are the kings of squander

A Conformer said...

15 pitch OTT. Niiice.

s1c said...

Well time for me to move out of the dungeon to the non computer area.

so Happy B-day in 30 minutes Amy and dirty water in 20!!!

Iridescence said...

Nice inning by Pap
like this "no drama" version of him :)

A Conformer said...

OK, seriously, I gotta go work soon. Score some fucking runs.

Iridescence said...

yeah but they who squander last squander worst unfortunately. Remember that Red Sox!

redsock said...

saito up

we need runs!

A Conformer said...

Rudolph swung through ball 4 twice there.

Amy said...

Thanks, S1C, and good night.

Ofer, where are you that you are going to work at 11:30 pm ET?

Amy said...

Tonight I would say our pitching is solid, and our hitting is weak.

But would TB say that their pitching is solid and their hitting is weak?

A Conformer said...

I'm installing cameras on a new ride now (new for us, that is). You can only do that when the coaster isn't running. So I've been working the midnight-dawn "shift".

L-girl said...

rays tv is showing the crazy disappearing double and the rules. i'm like, was that this season? seems like so long ago.

Amy said...

Well, at least that shift should work your body towards Israel time.

A Conformer said...

WTF, Tito? Why not leave Bot in?

redsock said...

staats is likely still crying about that call.

saito in - our last pen arm. i am worried.

A Conformer said...

Well, at least that shift should work your body towards Israel time.

Well, there's almost two months and a couple of time zone changes before I jump back over to Israel.

Iridescence said...

Amy more like our hitting is weak and our relief pitching is lucky and sporadically good.
Their hitting is weak/unlucky.
Their pitching has been good

Amy said...

Uch. I do not believe that Saito is Houdini.

meuniermr said...

Saito may have been told to blow the game to avoid using a starter :(

Amy said...

Ofer, two months? I guess classes start very late at Hebrew U. After all the fall holidays, I assume?

redsock said...

saito needs to be told?

....

do we lose 3-2 or 4-2?

Amy said...

Saving Pap for another night? Not worth blowing out his arm for this game?

Iridescence said...

Amy, It's more like "closers can only go one inning because they're special and not like other pitchers!"

Amy said...

One more out, Saito.

Can he really pitch two innings without giving up runs?

Amy said...

Same thing, Iridescence. We don't waste the closer.

redsock said...

damn, how many 4 leaf clovers can we find in one night?

Bryon Harris said...

Hey all,
Lisiting on GDGD and popping in to say Hi.

Amy said...

My eyes are starting to close...

redsock said...

OB cannot stop talking about how far gross can hit taters.

FUCK YOU DAVE

Iridescence said...

Amy, yeah but I was being sarcastic there, no reason why they couldn't stretch Pap out for another inning there that I can see except dumb tradition.

Benjamin said...

Blessed silence as the booth loses the mike.

L-girl said...

amy's bday fast approaching...

Amy said...

Gotcha, Irid. Too tired to catch the sarcasm and to type your whole name!

Amy said...

HH up for tonight??

redsock said...

laptop up

Bryon Harris said...

Yes

Amy said...

Is this game that critical that Tito would use a starter next inning?

Got to say that Saito surprised me.

L-girl said...

amy, my eyes have been closing for 4 innings - mostly going w/ radio w/ eyes hust

HE DID IT

unbelievable

RUNS PLEASE!!!!

L-girl said...

uh, make that eyes shut :)

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

Amy said...

Typing with eyes hsut, um, shut, huh? :)

Iridescence said...

every win is critical enough to use every pitcher available to you for a team in the pennant race. It is probably his day to throw on the side anyway.

A Conformer said...

Amy, classes start Oct. 18th this year. It changes from year to year according to the holidays.

HH, huh? Interesting.

Iridescence said...

ideally Tito wouldn't have burned through the regular bullpen so quickly but not much he can do now.

A Conformer said...

I hate that fucking BJ.

Amy said...

Cassie is snoring. Lucky dog.

redsock said...

HH still warming.

Saito threw 20, may not see him again.

L-girl said...

a gimme on that typing crack :)

every win is critical enough to use every pitcher available to you for a team in the pennant race.

No it's not. If you took that attitude, you'd burn through your pitching staff by June.

meuniermr said...

Per radio; FKR mascot has put on pajamas and has a pillow.

Amy said...

I think after this inning I may have to just watch and not type. Eyes are starting to get that dry feeling.

Base hit!

L-girl said...

Rays TV has been showing that for several innings (mascot).

A HIT!

Iridescence said...

L-girl, I don't mean you should use starters as relievers in most games just think Tito blew through the bullpen too quickly in this one.
They have enough relievers down there they dhouldn't get into this situation.IMO.

Amy said...

What does TB have left in their pen?

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