August 9, 2009

G110: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Red Sox - 000 000 020 - 2  9  0
Yankees - 000 000 14x - 5 10 0
Victor Martinez's two-run home run to deep left off Phil Coke ended Boston's scoreless inning streak at 31. It was the longest stretch of futility since September 1-5, 1974, when the Red Sox went 34 innings without a run.

With a sudden 2-1 lead, Lester (7-5-1-0-7, 107) should have started the eighth. I'm assuming Terry Francona had no plans to have Lester pitch the entire inning and wanted his first reliever out of the pen to start with a clean slate and no runners on base.

And so Lester sat on the bench while Daniel Bard and Hideki Ojakima gave the game away. After Bard retired Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back home runs. Alex Rodriguez walked, Jorge Posada doubled, and Nick Swisher hit a two-run single.

The Red Sox mounted a rally (of sorts) in the ninth against Mariano Rivera. J.D. Drew singled to right (he was 3-for-4) and after Mike Lowell flied to right and Jason Varitek struck out, pinch-hitter David Ortiz walked. Jacoby Ellsbury was the potential tying run, but he grounded weakly to first to end the game and the series.

The first four-game sweep of the Red Sox in the Bronx since August 16-19, 1985.

Boston is now 6.5 GB in the East and tied for the Wild Card.

There are 52 games left to play.
Example
Lineup:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Lowell, DH
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Nick Green, SS
And because we cannot let a day go by without a roster move: the Red Sox have called up RHP Fernando Cabrera (1.69, 20-for-20 in save opp.) from Pawtucket and sent Enrique Gonzalez back down. Cabrera's major league stats -- 2004-08 with the Spiders and Orioles -- are here.
Example
Jon Lester (3.79, 124 ERA+) / Andy Pettitte (4.35, 102 ERA+)

The Red Sox turn to Lester to avoid a four-game sweep and to snap a five-game losing streak. A victory tonight would move Boston back to 4.5 GB the Yankees in the East.

Lester has allowed more than three earned runs in only two of his last 14 starts -- a 2.42 ERA since May 21). He has faced the Yankees twice this season: April 24 in Boston (6-7-2-3-7, Sox 5-4) and May 4 at New York (7-6-2-3-10, Sox 6-4).

mlb.com:
Thanks in large part to some newfound control of his cut fastball, Pettitte was able to hold the Blue Jays to just one run in 6.2 innings last time out. Struggling with his control at times, Pettitte nonetheless struck out six batters, using the cutter to work ahead in counts.
Pettitte started in Fenway on April 26 (6-6-4(3ER)-4-6) a game the Red Sox won 4-1.
Example
Wankers Of The Day: Daily News writers Bill Madden, who announces "the worm has officially turned" and the Yankees are threatening to turn the AL East into "a cakewalk", and John Harper, who claims that the rivalry now has a "more familiar Yankee dominance" and Brian Cashman has "outmaneuver[ed]" Theo Epstein this year.

3-8 now passes for "dominance" in Yankees Universe?

670 comments:

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nick said...

Good thing there's not a game on or I'd be upset about their tangential bullshit.

nick said...

201 runs!

L-girl said...

runs! runs! my kingdom for a run!

Kevin said...

Sit

SCORE RUNS YOU FUCKERS

Amy said...

Well, our pitching has been pretty incredible. But we need runs.

SoSock said...

sit

And a Tiant appearance!

A Conformer said...

Happy teams all score runs; every unhappy team squanders in a different way.

Amy said...

Runs or not runs. That is the questions.

nick said...

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your RUNS!

L-girl said...

should i run or should i run now
if i run it will be trouble
if i run it will be double

L-girl said...

Ofer, that was my next one. :)

redsock said...

Game 1 of the 75 WS is probably the first baseball game I really remember watching. Tiant singled to begin a six-run rally and the Sox won 6-0. Fifth inning or something. The image of him hitting, first of all, and then wearing his jacket on the bases is very clear to me.

October 11. It was the 7th. But Looie did lead off.

Amy said...

All teams that score runs are all the same. All teams that do not score runs are unhappy in their own way.

nick said...

yeah, but that's ancient history.

Amy said...

Huh, Ofer beat me to it.

nick said...

Ali Baba and the 40 runs.

redsock said...

Call me run(s).

Patrick said...

wholy shit!!! leadoff hits = runs?!?1

SoSock said...

Nick Green - keep on SUCKING baby!

A Conformer said...

The Yankees have so many archers their arrows will blot out the sun!

So much better. We will score runs in the shade.

L-girl said...

I was trying to use Call Me Ishmael but couldn't think of how. Sure. Call me run(s).

Kevin said...

Wait, did a Red Sox shortstop just get on base?!?

Ish said...

Luis Tiant in ESPN booth.

redsock said...

that is phillips for sure.

hey tiant - slap joe for us, huh?

Ish said...

"Call Me Ishmael"

!!!

nick said...

Do androids dream of electric runs?

SoSock said...

A lead-off hit, let's see, I used to know what that was.
Doesn't look familiar right now.

Ish said...

Joe Morgan is even being douchey when Tiant is there.

L-girl said...

runs runs good for your heart
the more you score the more you win

back to childhood for that one

Iridescence said...

Joe Morgan claims reminds Fisk every year at the HoF that the Reds won the World Series in '75. He reminds him every single year? is he really that much of an asshole?

L-girl said...

Ish, I didn't even think of that. :)

L-girl said...

Is he really that much of an asshole?

Do you really need to ask?

I totally believe he reminds him every year.

A Conformer said...

I score runs, therefore I am.

Or maybe 'scoruno ergo sum'.

Patrick said...

We want the runs! Gotta have those runs!

redsock said...

I ought to re-watch that 75 game.

L-girl said...

Now are the zeros of our discontent. Made glorious... don't remember... made glorious by a whole bunch of runs that will make us win a fucking game.

Amy said...

Shit.

Not that that was literary.

Shit.

Kevin said...

Fuck you Lyndon

L-girl said...

omfg dp

A Conformer said...

Joe Morgan claims reminds Fisk every year at the HoF that the Reds won the World Series in '75. He reminds him every single year? is he really that much of an asshole?

That wasn't what he said, really. I hate Morgan as much as the rest, but let's not get carried away.

redsock said...

had to mute to listen to tiant, but miller's "TWO" on that DP sounded like he was also waiving a pom-pom.

SoSock said...

squander

meuniermr said...

I keep getting the "there was more than one attempt to edit this resource at the same time" error.

L-girl said...

Last night I dreamt I saw runs scoring again

nick said...

a run by any other name would smell as sweet.

L-girl said...

conflicting edits - blogger issue. just reload the page.

A Conformer said...

27.

L-girl said...

what the fuck

i mean really

what

the

fuck

meuniermr said...

Redsox, Miller sounds like that whatever he is doing in my experience.

Amy said...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a RUNS.

SoSock said...

I squander, squander, doo..do-do-do-doooo, who'll write the book of runs

L-girl said...

OK, someone tell me what he really said.

redsock said...

at this rate, we'll top a 1000 by the end of the 6th.

L-girl said...

LOL amy sosock, esp back to back

Ish said...

Nice for ESPN to keep this going between innings instead of jumping to commercial.

Amy said...

Allan, I am glad I am not the only one to hear that pro-Yankee glee in Miller's voice.

nick said...

whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous doubleplays and by hitting end them

Patrick said...

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to score some fucking runs, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should score some fucking runs.

A Conformer said...

OK, someone tell me what he really said.

He said that people think the Sox won that World Series because all they ever show from it is Fisk's home run, and then he joked that even Fisk sees it so much he thinks they won and he has to remind him the Reds did.

nick said...

nice one, Patrick!

Kevin said...

Sit

Amy said...

I am going with song lyrics next, in deference to SoSock's last entry!

redsock said...

morgan is wearing yellow pants.

nick said...

Some of this Tiant stuff is interesting, of course, and I like him, but still....

L-girl said...

It was a bright cold night in August and Jon Lester was striking out 13.

A Conformer said...

I would like to uphold the second ammendment here: the right to score runs.

Ish said...

"Allan, I am glad I am not the only one to hear that pro-Yankee glee in Miller's voice."

You should have seen the twinkle in Joe Morgan's eyes when he was talking about the Yankees earlier and the Red Sox struggles.

redsock said...

It was a bright cold night in August and Jon Lester was striking out 13.

Very nice.

redsock said...

cidp pls

L-girl said...

thank you :)

I'm enjoying everyone's efforts. Shakespeare and the Constitution are especially nice.

redsock said...

HAHAH SIT YO ASS DOWN, JOE!

SoSock said...

Cool - showing Tiant K'ing Joe.

Nice one Patrick

L-girl said...

And other hallowed documents.

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

Wrong again, Jetes.

SoSock said...

Lester just made CI look ugly (er)

Patrick said...

Lester will hold the line. He hasn't given up yet.

L-girl said...

Patrick, is that a song or just you?

nick said...

emma: Hello and welcome to Wizard Cafe. What can I get you?
me: Runs, please.

A Conformer said...

Was Hairston saying "suck my dick, Jon" there?

L-girl said...

Lester we love you! Thank you!

L-girl said...

In honour of a recent passing:

Runs? Runs? Anyone?

A Conformer said...

Fucking run, won't you come?
And wash away the pain...
Fucking run, won't you come? Won't you come?

Patrick said...

Don't you know you're talking about a revolution
It doesn't sound like a whisper.

Don't you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

Kevin said...

Alright, maybe we need some reverse psychology here:

DON'T SCORE RUNS

Patrick said...

That lester line was me. Trying to kindle the hope in my heart.

Amy said...

All we need is runs, runs, runs...

redsock said...

000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000
shit's gotta stop.

Zenslinger said...

Morgan praises Tiant's wins/winning pct. Ignoring the damned impressive 3.30 career ERA.

nick said...

Scoring Runs to Make Music to Score Runs To

Patrick said...

hahahaahah!! I love the soundgarden reference

nick said...

gotta stop, but it does have its own beauty to it.

redsock said...

vinatge joe. wins > era.

he has actually said in his ESPN chats that he would prefer a pitcher with a 4.50 ERA and 10 wins versus a pitcher with a 3.00 ERA and 7 wins. because when you play baseball, you play to "win".

Patrick said...

000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000

Stop that train! I wan't to score runs.

Amy said...

I hate Jon Miller.

A Conformer said...

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the hitters and the tyranny of the Yankees. Blessed is he that shephards the weak from the valley of squander for he is truly a run scorer, and the finder of lost homers. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers, and you will know my name is the Red Sox when I lay my runs upon thee

Patrick said...

It's a good think Joe isn't the GM.

Amy said...

Run, Run, Runaround, Vic.

L-girl said...

It is not often someone comes along that is a good ballplayer and also scores runs. The Red Sox have neither.

nick said...

wow, ofer!

L-girl said...

Ofer, that's intense.

Kevin said...

SAY RUNS AGAIN!
SAY RUNS AGAIN!
I DARE YOU!
I DOUBLE-DARE YOU MOTHER-FUCKER!
SAY RUNS ONE MORE GOD-DAMNED TIME!

A Conformer said...

I did not do that from memory...

Amy said...

Charlotte's Web, Laura? The last line?

Jake of All Trades said...

So I'm on the run, the cop got my gun, and right about now, it's time to score some runs

Amy said...

Help me, Run- da. Gotta get the Yankees out of my life.

A Conformer said...

Some burgers, some beers, some runs...

Amy said...

WE got a hit!

L-girl said...

Red Sox Red Sox,
There's too many of you striking out
Hitters hitters hitters,
There's far too many of you GIDPing
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some fucking runs here today yeah

SoSock said...

a 2-out hit, but a hit nontheless

redsock said...

it may be a double or it may be a dong
but you're gonna have to score somebody

A Conformer said...

Help me, Obi Run Kenobi. You're my only hope.

Iridescence said...

"This Yankee team can win in a lot of different ways!" [As opposed to other teams who always win in exactly the same way]

Patrick said...

It's not too late, tonight, to get cross that plate and do it right, Runs...

L-girl said...

Amy, excellent! (Run-da)

Yes, last line of Charlotte's Web, possibly my favourite book in the world, and the last line drives me nuts.

Amy said...

We once had some runs,or should I say, runs we once had

Wasn't it good, knowing we could?

A Conformer said...

Hey, look, a man on third!

Kevin said...

RUNNER ON THIRD!

We're making progress

L-girl said...

OH MY GOD WE HAVE A MAN ON THIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jake appears with a lyric :)

redsock said...

that dylan song is ripe.

you may be a midget, full of grit on the inside
you might be a DH, doin' 'roids on the side

Amy said...

Me, too, Laura...the first line of a book that I memorized, cried over, read over and over.

I have kept it in my head all these years..."Charlotte was both."

redsock said...

I AM (on) THIRD!

A Conformer said...

and the last line drives me nuts.

Line drives. Sounds good.

Patrick said...

aRe yoU iN thiS?

Amy said...

And when we score runs,I feel happy inside,

It's such a feeling that our runs we cannot hide.

A Conformer said...

You can score runs against some teams all of the time, and you can score against all teams some of the time. But YOU CAN'T FUCKING GET SHUT OUT FOR THREE STRAIGHT GAMES SO GET YOUR FUCKING ACT TOGETHER. And score runs.

L-girl said...

Another Charlottes Web fan, cool.

redsock said...

PH for Tek?

pls????

Amy said...

Are the bases LOADED? Do my eyes deceive me? OMG

meuniermr said...

That had to be intentional to get to Tek.

L-girl said...

oh holy shit do we have to have Varitek up with the bases juiced

Kevin said...

Great...a walk was not what we needed there

Tek, for ONCE could you actually NOT SUCK?

Patrick said...

Tec. It's Varitec.

A Conformer said...

It is righty Tek, though. There is hope.

Amy said...

I can't bear to watch Tek blow this. My heart and soul cannot take it.

L-girl said...

prove us all wrong, tech

Amy said...

FUCK

Kevin said...

FUCK YOU TEK

nick said...

fucking fuck. the fuck fuckers.

Patrick said...

...I just died a little inside.

A Conformer said...

Fucking hell. That was well hit, but right at the fucker.

redsock said...

lucky fucker in LF

Amy said...

At least he got some solid wood on the ball. Not much comfort.

L-girl said...

I have to leave work at 10, but I'm hoping to go over to Allan's workplace and continue listening there. Half-block away.

SoSock said...

SON_OF_A_BITCH!
Best knock Tek has had in a long while, and Noodle lucked it out.
A nod to cap'n though. That was a real smack.

Dr. Jeff said...

DANG. That one fooled me.

A Conformer said...

Miller and Morgan sucking the Nouveau Toilette's cock there.

A Conformer said...

Oh, we haven't used dang as the anti-dong in a while.

Iridescence said...

"Wow line drive RIGHT at Damon...and....he reached up and caught it! What a great player!"

Iridescence said...

"and oh by the way Yankee Stadium is soooo BEAUTIFUL!" Damn does Steinbrenner directly pay these guys?

L-girl said...

Irid, you better mute before you have a stroke

Amy said...

Wow, Morgan and Miller saying nice things about Tek.

L-girl said...

Lester we continue to love you
Everyone else we are starting to hate you

A Conformer said...

Of course. It is the Myth of Jason Varitek. Warrior for all things that are good, just and intangible.

mattymatty said...

I'd like to apologize for the second comment in this thread. It's been a tough week.

In other news Jonny Lester is on tonight. If anyone can get us out of here with a win it's him.

Patrick said...

You're so far away. Doesn't anybody ever score runs, anymore?

Kevin said...

Sit

RUNS

L-girl said...

You never hear any anncr ever say anything bad about Tek. They slobber all over him.

Amy said...

Lester is awesome.

L-girl said...

Now we all have to go back and read the 2nd comment...

L-girl said...

If the Nationals can win 8 games in a row, we can score a run. It should be possible.

That's not a lyric. Just me.

Patrick said...

In other news Jonny Lester is on tonight. If anyone can get us out of here with a win it's him.

He can protect that goose egg like a worried mother, but unless it hatches it won't matter.

Amy said...

I don't hate Lester, Beckett, or HH. In fact, our pitching staff still has my heart.

The rest of the time can all get traded.

Amy said...

Hah, Green gets a hit.

L-girl said...

...it would be so fine to see a run cross the plate...

Another hit for Green???

Kevin said...

Holy shit

Green must be reading this thread

nick said...

Nice shot nick!

meuniermr said...

LOL CI dosn't try to make the play but hits the deck, pussy.

mattymatty said...

You can't stop Nick Green you can only hope he stops himself. (Which happens about 70% of the time, but we'll let that lie for now)

Patrick said...

lead off hit...weird...I feel like I should be excited? I don't remember.

Ish said...

Scrotum bunt!

L-girl said...

Re hate, I meant everyone else playing today. I.e. every hitter.

Kevin said...

A bunt?

FACEPALM

nick said...

I'll acknowledge that that was a mislaid bunt, but still, bunting?

Iridescence said...

OMG I'm lagged did Mr. Zero-Tool player actually get a hit?

meuniermr said...

Yeah but Ells bunting at least has a chance to be a hit.

nick said...

Pedy can't carry the team? Where the fuck was Joe Morgan last year? Fucker. fucker.

Patrick said...

When you're team is hitting .043, you might as well play small ball.

A Conformer said...

Well, LBJ can bunt for a hit, so I'm guessing that's what he was trying to do, and if it ends up as a scrotum, well, better than nothing.

mattymatty said...

If popping up to right field gave you a hit, Dustin Pedroia would be MVP. (And I say this wearing my Dustin Pedroia jersey.)

L-girl said...

Oh come on, there's nothing wrong with bunting there - under the circumstances. Which are a bit unusual.

nick said...

I'm sure it was meant to be a bunt single, and may not have been the worst idea (still advanced the runner), but erg.

Patrick said...

Swinging hasn't been working. they might as well all crowd the plate and hope to get hit.

mattymatty said...

"When you're team is hitting .043, you might as well play small ball."

Or, when you can't hit worth a &%^# maybe you shouldn't be giving outs away.

"Pedy can't carry the team? Where the fuck was Joe Morgan last year? Fucker. fucker."

The same place Morgan is now: with his anus having a deathgrip on his neck

Iridescence said...

yeah I'm sure Ells was bunting for a base hit there. Not a bad idea.

A Conformer said...

Stop comparing Martinez with Teix, it makes no sense.

L-girl said...

we should start a pool for how many innings this scoreless streak will go

Patrick said...

I'm hoping 28

L-girl said...

sigh

Amy said...

I'm hoping 29.

Patrick said...

errr... 29

A Conformer said...

29...

Iridescence said...

Well Joe just sees Pedroia as a short,white "gritty" player and probably gets him confused with Eckstein.

mattymatty said...

Wow... I'm... I'm speechless...

Patrick said...

Well the runs left home when I was three, they didn't leave very much for Beckett and me, except this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.

Kevin said...

And the bats continue to suck

A Conformer said...

So, what's the record? You gotta ask at some point...

Iridescence said...

yeah, how can you compare a catcher (who sometimes plays 1st) with a slugging 1st baseman as though they're exactly the same? Moronic

Patrick said...

If I ignore the top halve innings, this is an excellent game.

A Conformer said...

yeah, how can you compare a catcher (who sometimes plays 1st) with a slugging 1st baseman as though they're exactly the same? Moronic

Especially when the 1st baseman is a much better hitter, while the catcher's value is in the fact that he catches.

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