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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Amy said...

Oh FUCK.

L-girl said...

omg

can we hold them one more inning? i was doubtful about the last few innings but we did it.

Amy said...

Ha, I get 601. And on that note...it looks like we will have to win this game on my birthday.

Let's hope for two wins on Aug 5, 2009.

meuniermr said...

A forfeit looms in the distance due to lack of pitching if we somehow manage not to lose in the field.

L-girl said...

happy birthday amy :)

Amy said...

And now I need to close the laptop. Good night, JOS. GO SOX!

Iridescence said...

Maybe Theo can call Bud and see if he will declare it a tie :)

A Conformer said...

Besides, what are you gonna do if not use a starter? Forfeit?

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura! Hope your basement dries out quickly and you salvage your stuff. And NO MORE RAIN.

L-girl said...

i typed that before you said that re 601

redsock said...

saito still out

this is not spring training. no forfeits/ties.

Benjamin said...

Happy birthday, Amy.

Iridescence said...

Happy birthday Amy!

Amy said...

Thanks, everyone!

L-girl said...

at some point you have no choice but to use a starter - or else a position guy pitches and you can pencil in the loss

redsock said...

Happy B-day, Amy!
2 wins in one day a-comin'

meuniermr said...

I'm saying if the game somehow went beyond the capacity of HH a forfeit might happen.

redsock said...

hmmmm no BBI?

Iridescence said...

They're not walking Eva intentionally?

Benjamin said...

Oh well.

redsock said...

nice callon the BBI, fuckin' A

Iridescence said...

damn it! obvious IBB situation there!

meuniermr said...

welp, that may be one of those games that is better off as an L in the long run.

A Conformer said...

Aw, fucking hell...

Iridescence said...

*sigh* goodnight...

L-girl said...

well well.

it's been nice threading with you all til all hours.

everyone who blames tito can go to hell. our pitching was pretty awesome tonight. but gotta score runs to win, and we didn't do that.

clear clean water.

redsock said...

also a fucking meatball right over the heart of the plate -- evan can hit BP.

A Conformer said...

Great game, shitty shitty ending. But what're you gonna do? How many times can you escape?

A Conformer said...

I'm guessing either Reddick or Kotchman go down tomorrow for a reliever...

SoSock said...

Shit,
came out of drowse mode and found clean water.
Sux
Happy Birthday to Amy! altho it appears she has left before I got to say so :(
Guess we're shooting for a make-up win to gain a split for her birthday now.

tim said...

fuck. fuck longoria. watched this sans thread, was fun but....fuck.

shit.

redsock said...

welp, that may be one of those games that is better off as an L in the long run.

?

SoSock said...

Back to sleep now.
Manana
No, make that anoche.

A Conformer said...

Yeah, that makes no sense. There ain't such thing as a good loss.

tim said...

and happy birthday (part a) to amy!

tim said...

two quick complaints, while i'm here. since i missed about 600 comments tonight.

1. why the fuck was bard left in? paps should've been in there to start the 8th, when it was 2-1. i said this aloud many times while watching, before he gave up the tying dong. i also repeated it as he continued his meltdown and luckily was bailed out by MDC.

2. why the fuck was paps taken out after a quick, dominant half-inning? he did great, no idea why ramram and saito were left in as long as they were/brought in so quickly.

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let me clarify - our bullpen did great, except for the two longo-bombs given up by saito and bard and the heart attack, nail-biting inducing loading the bases with 0 outs. so WTF offense??? show some life against a non-basement-dweller dogdammit.

Iridescence said...

"everyone who blames tito can go to hell."

L-girl, Just to be clear. I guess you are one of the ones I think "blame Tito" but I don't. Tito is a great manager and knows far more about managing a ballgame than I ever will. I presume that he has good reasons for all the moves he made tonight but there are a couple that I just don't understand.

-Why do you not stretch out several of your pitchers a bit with the possibility of extra innings in mind. I understand playing the match-ups but why not keep a one or two guys in reserve in case you need them later.
-Why with 1st base open and the winning run at 3rd don't you walk the other team's best hitter? Sure, Zobrist might still beat you but you literally have nothing to lose by walking Longoria in that situation and he's the one guy on the Rays most likely to beat you.

Like I said he did what he thought was best to win at the time but these moves honestly puzzle me so I question them. It's not in a "Tito sucks and he should be fired!" just in an "I'd like to understand why he did these things but I don't" way.

L-girl said...

Irid, my comment wasn't directed at you.

Last night's game is the type that brings a ton of post-mortem, and I strongly dislike that.

In my not-humble opinion, if Francona had done exactly what you or anyone else advocates, he would be slammed for that. Been there, done that, not interested in it.

When your team scores 2 runs in 13 innings - both on solo HRs - odds are you are going to lose. If you win, it's by excellent pitching and/or dumb luck.

My comment was directed at anyone who wants to argue the Tito factor (shoulda done this, shoulda done that, blah blah blah) but at no one in particular.

So, given that I don't enjoy this kind of post-game post-mortem, the last thing I'm going to do is get into a discussion about what, if anything, Francona should have done differently.

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