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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Patrick said...

It's like comparing Youk to other left fielders.

Kevin said...

Sit

Iridescence said...

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

Yes that's basically why the comparison is moronic.

A Conformer said...

Lester is a beast.

Iridescence said...

We are getting some of our best pitching of the year the last 3 games [except the last 2 innings yesterday]and we seriously could lose all three *sigh*

nick said...

The thing about this and the last two games is that, offense aside, the sox have been doing really well. The Doomers can bellow all they want, but I'm still impressed.

Now, score some MOTHERFUCKING RUNS, DAMMIT!

Patrick said...

29

Completed. Finished. The end of it.

Kevin said...

"We are getting some of our best pitching of the year the last 3 games [except the last 2 innings yesterday]and we seriously could lose all three"

Yeah, especially from the starters

18 IP, 2 ER, 0 runs of support

Patrick said...

Call me gay, but I want to see all sorts of dongs.

A Conformer said...

We are getting some of our best pitching of the year the last 3 games [except the last 2 innings yesterday]and we seriously could lose all three *sigh*

And if the offense would be doing anything, those two innings would've been pitched by a real pitcher, not Gonzalez...

Iridescence said...

"Call me gay, but I want to see all sorts of dongs."

To paraphrase someone from the other day "More dongs than at a gay porn film festival please!"

Patrick said...

I miss Jason Bay.

SoSock said...

weight room

Kevin said...

I'm running out of ways to criticize the bats

Patrick said...

Every pitcher we face magically turns into Pedro circa '99.

mattymatty said...

"I'm running out of ways to criticize the bats"

Has "they really really really suck" been used yet?

A Conformer said...

Every hitter in our lineup has turned into Nick Green. Except Nick Green, that is.

Kevin said...

Has "they really really really suck" been used yet?

That would be an understatement

johngoldfine said...

Another grand pitching duel. We live in wonderful times....

:(

Patrick said...

Time to call Doug Mirabelli

Kevin said...

"Time to call Doug Mirabelli"

Time to call Kevin Cash

Disclaimer: I am not Kevin Cash

mattymatty said...

Just for the record, the 1968 Chicago Cubs and 1906 Philadelphia Athletics were held scoreless for 48 consecutive innings.

Source: http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=91633

I will attempt to double verify this, but I thought I'd post it now anyway.

johngoldfine said...

But aren't we now up to 482 scoreless innings in the past four games?

A Conformer said...

Just for the record, the 1968 Chicago Cubs and 1906 Philadelphia Athletics were held scoreless for 48 consecutive innings.

We're almost two thirds of the way there! Go team!

Iridescence said...

"Just for the record, the 1968 Chicago Cubs and 1906 Philadelphia Athletics were held scoreless for 48 consecutive innings." Figured 1968 and the Deadball era would have a part of that record

SoSock said...

Lester = monster

redsock said...

so this would likely have to go into tuesday to set the record.

A Conformer said...

so this would likely have to go into tuesday to set the record.

It really depends about what inning the MFY score their one run tonight...

A Conformer said...

Upon, not about...

Patrick said...

LESTER IS A MONSTER!!!!!!

Kevin said...

Sit

The fuck train is rolling along nicely

Score some fucking runs

redsock said...

L on her way home. I have instructions to "call me if anything happens".

SoSock said...

Didn't he just K the side?
And no mention from the anncrs?
Or am I wrong?
They'll say it when there are 3 walks in between, hard to believe they wouldn't now.

Patrick said...

I take it that she means, "call me if runs happen"

nick said...

"and now it gives you something else: gas" I want a car that gives me gas.. and intestinal discomfort, yeah...and anal leakage... I want my Hyundai Olestra.

redsock said...

CI 6-3, then 2 K

redsock said...

sid - 92 thru 6

A Conformer said...

Oh, hey, Inglorious Basterds is almost out! Cool!

Patrick said...

Time to whip out that dong, Mole

mattymatty said...

The '68 Cubs scored two runs in the second inning of a ten inning game at Atlanta on June 15th. They didn't score again until June 21st when they scored a run in the third inning. In the interim, they were shut out in four straight games, including three by 1-0 scores. It would have been 46 total innings, but the second game of the streak went 11 innings, thus making 48.

Come on Mikey Doubles!

redsock said...

the pitcing has been remarkable, evenw ith tazawa and e-gonz

SoSock said...

booo

nick said...

Tek playing mini-golf.

Amy said...

So we all agree that the pitching is good.

Apparently you cannot win games with just good pitching.

redsock said...

How do you know "Mole"???!!!??!

nick said...

christ...at least soak up some pitches.

A Conformer said...

Well, they say that great pitching beats great hitting. But nobody ever said you can win a game without scoring runs, great pitching or not.

Patrick said...

Fuck it, I'm flying to New York. They ought to give me an at bat.

Iridescence said...

OK Lester needs at least 1 run to win. Just 1 at least...you guys can do this.

mattymatty said...

"Apparently you cannot win games with just good pitching."

Tim McCarver was inside my TV and told me pitching was 90% of baseball, so I gotta figure 90% should be good enough to win. I mean 90 is a B+, right?

Patrick said...

I saw "Mole" on SoSH

redsock said...

Okay, I thought for a minute maybe you were the lurker. I saw it too. Cute.

Story: A SoSH lurker PM'd a member and his comment on the shitty offense or something was posted. In it, he said he calls Mike Lowell "Mole" because that is how his 2yo kid says it.

redsock said...

why hasn't anyone mentioned the red sox team record?

redsock said...

actually if that was you, you would have mentioned it months ago!

A Conformer said...

They've said they already passed the 1983 team. No mention of the all time record.

Kevin said...

FUCK

A Conformer said...

Yep, this game is just about lost.

Patrick said...

that hurt.

Amy said...

I hate fucking ARod.

Patrick said...

I just puked in my mouth.

redsock said...

fuck that curtain call taking asswipe

Amy said...

Well, since we can't score runs, we lose.

mattymatty said...

Wow, the Yankees scored a whole run. Well, time to pack it in I guess...

I wonder if Joe Morgan thinks the Yankees can win with Alex Rodriguez?

Kevin said...

Lester, Beckett, and Buchholz need to take all of our hitters out to the woodshed

redsock said...

L: "god ... looking grim"

bard up

SoSock said...

I agree with Kevin

Iridescence said...

oh.....shiiiit

Kevin said...

Fuck it, just drill somebody, at least it'll make us feel better

Iridescence said...

Morgan:"All the sluggers are wearing pinstripes tonight!" Because they've scored a whole run you know...

Patrick said...

You ain't getting to first, bitch.

Patrick said...

excuse me, Jerk.

mattymatty said...

At least Pedroia can still play some D.

SoSock said...

FY - says "hey if I can't hit these days, I guess I gotta earn my keep this way"

A Conformer said...

OK, fuck this shit. It's time to bear down, sack up, focus, get your shit together, do the little things, be gritty, have major league at bats, play the game right and fucking score a motherfucking run. Then another one. And win.

Patrick said...

I <3 Lester.

mattymatty said...

Well, kept it to one... that's something I guess...

Kevin said...

SCORE SOME MOTHER-FUCKING RUNS YOU HALF-ASSED EXCUSE FOR A BATTING ORDER!!!

SoSock said...

2 nice defensive plays keep it a solo run inning. Still have hope.
Oh wait, we'd have to score now, wouldn't we?
nevermind

Jake of All Trades said...

This scoreless drought is expanding faster than the universe. We once scored a run just to see how it felt.

redsock said...

BRef tells me that since 1954, the Red Sox have been shutout in 3 straight games three times:

September 27-30, 1964
September 2-4, 1974
April 27-29, 1981

Not sure I can search for innings. Don't think so.

SoSock said...

I was just jokng, btw.
I still think at any moment we're going to open a great big can of runs.
I just that moment comes in the next 20 minutes or so.

redsock said...

coke is it. let's go.

Iridescence said...

Morgan can't admit Pedroia made a great play without saying "Cano would have GLIDED over" WTF? It really is amusing in a way.

mattymatty said...

"SCORE SOME MOTHER-FUCKING RUNS YOU HALF-ASSED EXCUSE FOR A BATTING ORDER!!!"

I'd like to second this.

mattymatty said...

"SCORE SOME MOTHER-FUCKING RUNS YOU HALF-ASSED EXCUSE FOR A BATTING ORDER!!!"

I'd like to second this.

redsock said...

I don't always score runs. But when I do, I do it on Wednesdays.

redsock said...

fuck you espn, i had that factoid before you did.

mattymatty said...

Wake the fuck up, Ump! Coke doesn't need your help! Dammit... like it's not hard enough as it is.

SoSock said...

Not so sure, but still - too close to be looking at with 2 strikes.

Kevin said...

Base hit

Amy said...

Gee, no big excitement when the Sox get a hit; only when they strike out.

Assholes.

A Conformer said...

If FY had been thrown out there, I would've screamed.

SoSock said...

Is Joe still comparing Petey to Cano.
STFU!

redsock said...

Quik-V-Mart dong coming.

Iridescence said...

Umps have been helping out the MFY all series.

mattymatty said...

I think the most upsetting thing to me about Joe Morgan isn't his ignorance, it's that he thinks he deserves his job for some past deeds and shouldn't be required to do anything other than show up.

DP! I smell a rally here...

redsock said...

what is amzing is that mfy fans truly believe that fox and espn praise the red sox non-stop and badmouth the yankees.

Kevin said...

"Umps have been helping out the MFY all series."

I actually think this guys been fair all night. There have been maybe two calls I've disagreed with the whole game.

The rest of the umpiring crew, on the other hand...

mattymatty said...

I don't imagine ESPN has said anything about it, but does anyone know Lester's pitch count?

Iridescence said...

He CANNOT say anything about another 2B without also complimenting Cano. It's like he thinks Cano is his reincarnation or something.

mattymatty said...

"what is amzing is that mfy fans truly believe that fox and espn praise the red sox non-stop and badmouth the yankees."

People hear what they want to hear and block out the rest.

Kevin said...

107 for Lester

Patrick said...

RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

redsock said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Conformer said...

Extra Mart! HALLELUJAH!

Amy said...

OMG. WE SCORED TWO RUNS!!!

SoSock said...

OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mattymatty said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

Kevin said...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT WE SCORED A RUN!!!

nick said...

fucking yes.

Ish said...

HOT DAMN.

A Conformer said...

Victor Martinez is a true Redsock!!!

Kevin said...

Bard for the 8th
Bot for the 9th

Patrick said...

Quik-V-Mart dong coming.

!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Allan called that dong, I see!

Good work!

johngoldfine said...

holy fuck!

mattymatty said...

Man, I wish VMart was still standing at home plate admiring that.

Here comes the flood: YOUUUUUUUUUUK

Jake of All Trades said...

Who needs the Qwik-E-Mart?

WE DO!!

johngoldfine said...

We, um, lead!

SoSock said...

Joe says "right in the middle", then when the K-zone shows it all the way to the inside part he decides it was belt high

mattymatty said...

"We, um, lead!"

SHHHHHHHHH!!!

Amy said...

Note Miller's elation over that double play.

SCHMUCK

Iridescence said...

V-MART SPECIAL!

Patrick said...

Enjoy your mini victories, Yank fans. Cheer for your double play. Cheer while you can.

mattymatty said...

Awww... man.. there's the offensive team I know and hate... Bay with the GIDP there...

nick said...

fuck that shit... but. the lead is nice. yes.

A Conformer said...

Joe says "right in the middle", then when the K-zone shows it all the way to the inside part he decides it was belt high

He does that every replay. It's uncanny.

Iridescence said...

V for victory!

SoSock said...

Bard in. Have I mentioned lately.......:)

Kevin said...

Bard in

A Conformer said...

OK, Bard. Be yourself.

Patrick said...

Starting pitcher to Bard for every subsequent inning. A fool proof plan.

SoSock said...

Scoreless streak - over
Yankee "dominance" - over
Losing streak - going, going....

SoSock said...

98 - smoke!

mattymatty said...

Man, Girardi couldn't get out of that dugout fast enough after the Martinez homer.

If Joba's brim was a bit flatter the Yankees would still be winning.

A Conformer said...

Wow, some ugly kids in that sequence.

nick said...

fuck that shit... but. the lead is nice. yes.

A Conformer said...

Hahaha, Jeter was afraid of the ball there.

redsock said...

that's one thing mcmoron and joe both do. say something, the replay shows the opposite, they repeat what they said the first time. 99 times out of 100 they repeat the wrong info, and the viewer can plainly see they are wrong. maybe they just can't admit they get anything wrong.

mattymatty said...

Hey Cap'n Jeets: I don't think that one has the distance.

Kevin said...

Ha, great swing there CI

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SoSock said...

But, but, I'm Jeter. I didn't mean to. You mean it counts?

Patrick said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

Kevin said...

FUCK

SoSock said...

shit

redsock said...

that ain't right.

A Conformer said...

Mother fucker.

mattymatty said...

oh fuck

Amy said...

Ugh. Now we have to score MORE runs.

Was Miller that excited about the Martinez home run?

Patrick said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKFUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

mattymatty said...

wow i hate that asshole.

Kevin said...

I hate life

redsock said...

fucking toilet dongs

nick said...

fuck conflicting edits and fuck that shit. and that shit. and fucking fuck fuck. goddamn fuck.

Patrick said...

I'm gonna cry. Damnit!

SoSock said...

oy vay

Amy said...

Well....that really SUCKED.

Bard...not infallible anymore.

Kevin said...

Drill A-Rod

I don't fucking care if he gets thrown

It's worth it

A Conformer said...

Man, this is even more awful than before. Two 2-out dongs against Bard...?

meuniermr said...

Bard needs to work on varying the timing of his fastball I bet.

mattymatty said...

ENOUGH WITH THE FUCKING CURTAIN CALLS YOU PIECES OF MUNKEY SPUNK!!

Amy said...

I am too sad for words.

SoSock said...

curtain calls - classy guys.

meuniermr said...

Fuck of a time to find that out though..

Patrick said...

Hey, you guys, remember that time. You know, that time when we were in the lead this series. Wasn't that cool?

Iridescence said...

fuckin Judas

meuniermr said...

Drew-Lowell-Papi??

redsock said...

fire
mole
tek

against the f-bat

start prayin' now.

redsock said...

see, it was your last batter, shoulda drilled him.

Iridescence said...

damnit

mattymatty said...

Man, we just can't put it together huh? We get the pitching but can't hit worth a shit. Finally we get a bit of hitting and immediately the pitching gives out.

SoSock said...

At least we get to take this save away from fruit-bat. It's always more fun like that.

mattymatty said...

That homer by Teixeira is a fucking pop up to right field in any other stadium. It went almost straight up after he hit it.

SoSock said...

Tex "launched one" eh?
A damn 1-run pop-up.

Amy said...

What Mattymatty said.

Iridescence said...

those ESPN fuckers are now on mute. Can't take their damn cheerleading for the MFY anymore

redsock said...

jeemer - cut the shit and get an out

we can still do this

nick said...

oh no...it was majestic and ruthian...I heard it on tv.

redsock said...

FUCK YOU SWISHER -- YOU SHITBRAIN

mattymatty said...

What the fuck kind of "i just got hit by the pitch oh you don't believe me ok well i was just lying anyway" bullshit was that?

redsock said...

wish bard was still in

hey swisher, you think you got hit? wanna know how it would really feel?

100 gas

Kevin said...

Dammit, just drill someone

Patrick said...

.......

A Conformer said...

This is definitely the most frustrating week of baseball in my young baseball fan career.

mattymatty said...

Unfuckingbelieveable

SoSock said...

Miller is definitely more excited about the base hit by Swisher than he was about the streak-ending home run by V-Mart.
I'm pissed.

Amy said...

OK, guess we are cooked. I hope something miraculous happens, but I doubt it. I hate to be negative, but alas, I am realist.

And...we just lost ESPN. Good.

Iridescence said...

Getting shutout again would have been better than this shit. Damnit

redsock said...

what do we want? BRAWL
when do we want it? NOW!!!

Amy said...

Did everyone lose the station or just me?

At least it is quiet.

Kevin said...

Oh great, another AAA reliever up

Amy said...

Damn, they are back.

So does everyone hate Miller now, not just me??

mattymatty said...

I was telling a friend of mine, this is the worst the Red Sox have played since Theo took over in '03. They were awful in August and September of '06 but everyone was hurt then. This team just started to suck for no good reason that I can come up with all at once.

Beckett and Lester in this series: 15 innings, 1 run, and it's looking like 2 losses.

Jake of All Trades said...

Sigh

Iridescence said...

I still have my lagged feed from ESPN

mattymatty said...

What a horrible horrible inning.

Patrick said...

Time for this team to epically sack up

Kevin said...

Is it even worth hoping for a blown save?

Also, if Tek bats for himself, fuck Tito

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