August 10, 2009

G111: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5

Tigers  - 000 210 200 - 5 10  0
Red Sox - 220 010 10x - 6 12 0
Back at Fenway Park, the Red Sox bats felt at home immediately. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to start the first and Dustin Pedroia followed with a line drive home run to left. Boston collected eight hits in the first two innings.

The Tigers chipped away and tied the game in the seventh off Manny Delcarmen. After the stretch, J.D. Drew doubled and one out later Casey Kotchman singled him to third. Nick Green, who had begun the second with a dong over everything in left, lofted a sacrifice fly to center. Drew scored easily and it was Sox 6-5.

Ramon Ramirez had some trouble in the eighth. Magglio Ordonez doubled and Brandon Inge was plunked. After a successful bunt and a strikeout (why didn't Jim Leyland hit for Adam Everett?), Jonathan Papelbon came in and, with runners on second and third, got Curtis Granderson to foul out to catcher Victor Martinez. In the ninth, Bot needed only nine pitches to dispense with the Bengals (F8, K, F9).

Toronto edged the Yankees 5-4, so Boston moved to 5.5 GB in the East (one day, one game closer) and took a 0.5 lead over the idle Rangers for the Wild Card.
Example
Edwin Jackson (2.62, 174 ERA+) / Brad Penny (5.20, 91 ERA+)

We thought David Ortiz was back (and back big!) with his strong performance in June. But it turns out that was an aberration.
             AVG   OBP   SLG    OPS
Mar/April .230 .290 .333 .623
May .143 .278 .242 .520
June .320 .409 .653 1.062
July .247 .306 .539 .845
August .071 .188 .107 .295

Road Gms .201 .287 .307
Last 13G .146 .226 .313
Last 24G .202 .273 .393
There is talk at SoSH about whether Terry Francona has the will to bench Ortiz and Jason Varitek (.164/.270/.236 since the ASG) and go with Lowell DH/Youkilis 3B/Kotchman 1B/Martinez C on most nights.

We need the absolute best lineup on the field every single night, egos be damned. Playoff Tito, you are our only hope.

Adam Kilgore reports (see here, too) that
Since the Red Sox arrived in Baltimore the morning of July 31, 19 roster spots have remained constant. Fifteen players cycled through the other six spots over the next nine days [Justin Masterson, Adam LaRoche, Marcus McBeth, Josh Reddick, Victor Martinez, Casey Kotchman, George Kottaras, Billy Traber, John Smoltz, Rocco Baldelli, Chris Woodward, Junichi Tazawa, Jed Lowrie, Enrique Gonzalez, and Fernando Cabrera]. ...

It has been the busiest week of shuttling players in and out of the clubhouse that traveling secretary Jack McCormick can remember.
Also at 7: The Blue Jays roll over for the Yankees.

526 comments:

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Kevin said...

Damn

johngoldfine said...

Kotch rocket coming up?

Kevin said...

I'm liking this Kotchman guy

Iridescence said...

it was nightmarish to watch it unfold at home. Being there might have been more bearable.

L-girl said...

Krotch Rocket!

s1c said...

Ok greenie, get drew home, now, be a hero!

Make L-girl stop hating you.

redsock said...

oh hit for green....

Amy said...

Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was UNBEARABLE to be at Fenway and watch it.

L-girl said...

I have a big problem when people romanticize biker culture - racism, homophobia, sexism - my kinda town.

Ish said...

Who's the guy to show the emotion now when things are coming together? FUCKING DREW. I find this very interesting.

We always poke fun at him for being very nondescript - it's great for him to show some emotion, but in reality it never mattered - just as long as he hit.

"Bluff to third, bluff to first. Doesn't throw to either venue." DRINK!

Kevin said...

Lead!

Amy said...

YES!! Back in the lead!

Patrick said...

6-5, that magical score

s1c said...

From my fingers to greenies ears. Yeah baby!!!

s1c said...

That Sox moon is shining
those runs came on the diamond

L-girl said...

Recycle power! Trying to make me like you, eh? :)

[as per s1c]

Ish said...

So, should it be a Kotch Rocket or a Krotch Rocket?

Amy said...

Insurance, please.

Iridescence said...

Wow, Green continuing to do useful stuff at the plate. Making me dislike him a little less at least.

redsock said...

OB talking about quiet bus ride from toilet to the airport. castig says it was a bad trip, not only were there losses in 13 and 15 innings, but they were walkoffs.

... losses in extras on the road usually are.

L-girl said...

Let's see, my first game at Fenway in 4 years, drove 10 hours each way to see it? Painful?

Yes.

L-girl said...

Lookee here, we have a lead again, sorry Obie!

Amy said...

.. losses in extras on the road usually are.

LOL!

Kevin said...

So...Ram-Ram still for the 8th, or Oki?

Ish said...

That Geico commercial where the caveman starts running randomly in the street... The only thing I find myself thinking about is... Why is his watch SO loose on his wrist?

L-girl said...

From my fingers to greenies ears.

A variation on what my grandmother used to say. "From your mouth to god's ears"

L-girl said...

I am sick of the Geico cavemen.

johngoldfine said...

Or Kotch Ocket, Ish? New Englanders do tend to have trouble with rrrr's.

Of course, if he had hit one, it might have been easier to decide.

Amy said...

Oh, please, do not blow the lead.

Kevin said...

Ordonez is starting to piss me off

Kevin said...

Well...that at least sets up a force at third

Ish said...

I'm so glad I don't have a local accent. I just have a normal "no accent" accent. Maybe soft undertones of something or other but for the most part I'm glad I wasn't stricken with the accent of our general area.

mattymatty said...

Why can't we ever get a 1-2-3 inning in a situation like this?

(I know we have, but it seems like we haven't)

redsock said...

bard joins bot

mattymatty said...

They're trying to give you an out: please take it!

Kevin said...

Need a K here

redsock said...

everett sucks ass at the plate, let him hit

Kevin said...

"bard joins bot"

198mph of heat between the two

Edward Lee said...

Why is Ramirez still pitching??????

Amy said...

One more out, please.

L-girl said...

Yes, 2 down

redsock said...

thanks for sucking, adam!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin said...

Huge K

Now get the third out without anyone else getting on

Iridescence said...

Nice K by "Pedro"

Ish said...

Snuffin' Time.

Kevin said...

BOT TIME!

mattymatty said...

Big K there. And boy does Everett suck at hitting. I mean wow.

And here comes Paps...

redsock said...

set-up guy bot in the 8th!

s1c said...

Two balls in the dirt and I thought for sure one would get by V-mart.

Snuffer aka bot

Assassin Francona shows up.

johngoldfine said...

Ish, my mother used to throw hysterics if I said anything in what she considered a 'Boston accent.' To her, that meant a Southie accent--most of the people in my neighborhood were South Boston transplants. But I'm still missing a lot of rrrr's, though I do try to keep my vowels full and rich.

Ish said...

Even after last night, I'd love to see Bot set-up for Bard sometime.

mattymatty said...

Big K there. And boy does Everett suck at hitting. I mean wow.

And here comes Paps...

mattymatty said...

Big K there. And boy does Everett suck at hitting. I mean wow.

And here comes Paps...

mattymatty said...

Big K there. And boy does Everett suck at hitting. I mean wow.

And here comes Paps...

Ish said...

If I talk really fast I can sound a tiny bit local.

Kevin said...

Hell yes!

Amy said...

YES!!

s1c said...

YESSS

L-girl said...

YESSSSSSSSSS

Extra Mart!

Iridescence said...

"Big K there. And boy does Everett suck at hitting. I mean wow."

Surprised they bunted and then didn't pinch hit for Everett.


[Nice job Pap and V-Mart!]

mattymatty said...

Yeah! (and apologies for the extra post - I don't know how that happened)

2 down in the ninth with one on first for NY, with Toronto up 5-4.

Iridescence said...

Go Sox and Jays!

Amy said...

Ish, you may not think you have an accent, but I bet people down South or out West would know you were from the Northeast.

Kevin said...

Blue Jays Win!

mattymatty said...

Swisher strikes out! Yankees lose! Yankees lose! Thaaaaaaaaa Yankes Lose!

Amy said...

Yankees lose!

L-girl said...

MattyMatty, I made it disappear :)

NYY final: L

Amy said...

I love the Blue Jays right now.

Ish said...

I don't know about anyone else but I feel very relaxed right now. This game doesn't feel tense at all, even though there were tense moments.

Amy said...

Ish, I was saying earlier that everyone seemed very relaxed tonight.

I think in part we were all too spent from the last four games to be tense.

L-girl said...

Thank you Blue Jays!

mattymatty said...

Thanks, L!

6 back as of this very instant.

Ish said...

Yeah. And I've been very relaxed anyways. I feel like this is the most relaxed I've felt in weeks. I don't blame the Red Sox.

Kevin said...

Has there ever been a game where ESPN HASN'T talked about Youk's batting stance?

L-girl said...

Yes, I agree, it's very relaxed, partly b/c you can't keep up that kind of tension forever.

mattymatty said...

At least we didn't have to listen to them talking about how Oki doesn't look at home plate.

s1c said...

Oh, my aching back, dog came down in the dungeon to visit me. Which means I get to carry him upstairs. Oh my aching back.

Would love to see an OTT here from the bot.

redsock said...

LOL at Yook's bat slam!!!

Iridescence said...

dunno...it still feels tense to me. Hope Pap can get a nice OTT "boring" efficient save here.

Kevin said...

"At least we didn't have to listen to them talking about how Oki doesn't look at home plate."

Or how Varitek is supposedly the smartest catcher of all time.

Amy said...

BTW, the noise in my kitchen cabinets turned out to be fireworks outside. In case anyone was worried...

Amy said...

All I know is I cannot hack any extra innings. So finish it RIGHT NOW.

redsock said...

What, us worry?

Ish said...

At least they weren't fireworks in your kitchen cabinets.

L-girl said...

And did you know that Nomar's father's name is...

mattymatty said...

1 down.

L-girl said...

Note to radio announcers: "toughest man to strike out" does not mean he never makes an out. There are other ways to get him out.

Kevin said...

There's one

s1c said...

Finally someone make Placido look bad.

redsock said...

he did not K
is that still an out, castig?

Ish said...

Castig says that a lot. Tough to strike out.

s1c said...

Wonder what Beckett was saying to Terry?

Amy said...

True, Ish, though I was more worried about a rat or mice. My cats would be pretty useless against rodents.

L-girl said...

I was wondering about your kitchen cabinets, Amy. I thought it might be a mouse. But no, fireworks outside...!

s1c you are nice to carry your dog upstairs :)

redsock said...

Castig: "high fb"

(below his waist)

L-girl said...

Ish, could I borrow some of your extra Relax? I could use a bit of that.

9casey said...

L-girl said...


s1c you are nice to carry your dog upstairs :)






I assume if he didn't the dog would never get there, mines the same way...

Kevin said...

There's two!

Amy said...

Two down!

mattymatty said...

ESPN color guy is "flabergasted by the silence of the fans at Fenway Park"

How's that for noise, you jackass? Paps says, 'sit the fuck down.'

L-girl said...

Oh yes, I assumed that too (dogs and stairs). But it's still nice. Not everyone cares to do that.

Ish said...

L, I feel like I have enough Relax to go around.

The next out we should all feel it.

Amy said...

I must have missed S1C's comment about his dog and cannot find it now. Is his dog ok?

Kevin said...

THE WATER IS DIRTY!!!

Ish said...

Dip your feet into the dirty water and RELAX.

redsock said...

The water is ... at long fucking last ... Muddy!!!

mattymatty said...

YEAH!!!

Amy said...

YES!! WE WON!! THE WATER IS DIRTY!!

L-girl said...

THE WATER IS DIRTY!!!!!!!!!

holy shit, we win a game!

Iridescence said...

Finally a win! Enjoy the water!

9casey said...

It's nice too win..........sewer juice

s1c said...

Unfortunately for me Gambit is going blind, the stairs are not carpeted so his back legs have problems and if I didn't carry him, he would not get back up.

It is tough when you are in your 90's (14 1/2 years old).

L-girl said...

Amy, s1c's dog came to visit him in the basement, which meants s1c has to carry the dog back upstairs. I think the dog is ok, just old.

Amy said...

Good night, everyone. I have to get this laptop off the lap!

s1c said...

dirty water

L-girl said...

Oops, there you go, a better explanation.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. One reason I am glad we are moving is that Cassie will no longer have to go upstairs. She can still do it, but at nine, we figure the less stress on her hips the better. Our old house had her climbing up to the third floor several times a day, following us up and down the stairs.

Amy said...

Oops, just saw S1C's explanation also.

redsock said...

bot with mart: 4 outs on only 11 pitches

Ish said...

I can't actually see Kathryn Tappen anymore on TV. I hear her voice but she's not there! I think it might be the wedding ring. :)

Ish said...

Luis Tiant thing on ESPN now.

Amy said...

Good night for real this time.

redsock said...

I hope the Tiant thing is on DVD at some point.

meuniermr said...

Pap going for the 4 out save..

Ish said...

I am really, really enjoying this documentary, although it's quite sad.

SoSock said...

Thank you Amy!

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