August 14, 2009

G115: Red Sox 8, Rangers 4

Red Sox - 000 002 006 - 8 11  0
Rangers - 200 001 100 - 4 9 0
If the Red Sox get hot and finally start playing the way we know they can and go deep into October, we should look back on this game -- and, specifically, the ninth inning -- as a catalyst.

Down by two runs and facing Frank Francisco in the top of the ninth, David Ortiz got things started. Flo was batting in the #7 spot for the first time since May 2003. He had walked his first two times up, then drilled a two-run homer to right-center to tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth. Tiz looked at a ball from Francisco, then lined a double into the right field corner.

Jason Varitek, after getting ahead 3-0, grounded a full-count pitch to second. Omar Vizquel went to his right and attempted an off-balance throw. It was low and Tek beat it out, with Ortiz taking third. Jacoby Ellsbury singled up the middle, scoring Ortiz. Boston trailed 4-3.

Chris Woodward, who had taken over at shortstop in the seventh, tried two half-assed bunt attempts before striking out. Having failed to advance the runners, Terry Francona put Clay Buchholz in to pinch-run for Varitek. We've heard a few times that Laptop is one of the fastest runners on the team, and now he represented the tying run.

Dustin Pedroia crushed a 1-1 pitch to deep left field. I thought it was gone, but it hit off the wall, beyond David Murphy's leap. Buchholz was between second and third and seemed to have trouble seeing the ball against the different coloured lights of the scoreboard on the wall. He hesitated, then took off once he saw the ball had not been caught. However, that hesitation, and a stumble around third, cost him as he was cut down at the plate. (Happy 25th birthday, Clay.)

With one out to go, Victor Martinez was up with Lyndon at third and FY at second. He feel behind 1-2, fouled off two pitches, then checked his swing for ball 3 (whew!). After another foul, he doubled to right. Both runners scored and Boston led for the first time in the game, 5-4. Jason Bay singled to right and Martinez scored. Four pitches later, J.D. Drew hit a two-run home run to right center and it was 8-4.

Francisco was finally pulled (8 batters, 7 hits, 6 runs) and Jason Jennings came in. He walked Mike Lowell and got Ortiz to pop to third.

Jonathan Papelbon allowed a one-out double to Vizquel, but struck out Michael Young and Marlon Byrd to end the game, giving the Red Sox a 1.5-game lead over Texas in the wild card standings.

Lester (6-6-3-3-11, 117) had a bad first two batters. Vizquel walked and Young cranked a dong, and after only seven pitches, Lester trailed 2-0. But he worked out of his other jams. He got double play grounders in the second and third. After walking the first two Rangers in the fourth, he struck out the next three. In the sixth, after Ortiz had tied the game, Lester allowed a double and a single to give Texas a 3-2 lead. But again, he finished that inning by striking out the side. Lester struck out more than 10 batters for the sixth time this season, the most ever for a Red Sox left-hander.

The Yankees scored two in the top of the ninth to beat Seattle 4-2 and stay 6.5 GA of the Red Sox in the East.
Example
Jon Lester (3.67, 128 ERA+) / Kevin Millwood (3.38, 133 ERA+)

The Red Sox have a slim 0.5-game lead over Texas in the wild card standings. Boston trails the Yankees in the East by 6.5 games. Lester gets the series started tonight, with Brad Penny and Junichi Tazawa following over the weekend.

In the SoSH game thread, they are offering some Shakespeare Mojo:

Infield Infidel
Alas, poor Varitek! I knew him, Martinez: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent captaincy: he hath
borne the Sox on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! His bat whiffs at
it. Here hung those curveballs he had hit I know
not how oft. Where be your might now? Your
contact? Your swings? Your flashes of power,
that were wont to set the crowd on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your old Heidi? Quite cap-fallen?
Now get you to Lester's chamber, and tell him paint
the corners an inch thick, to this favour he must
come; make them swing at that.
HowBoutDemSox
To score runs, or not to score runs: that is the question:
Whether 'tis better in the loss column to suffer
The GIDP and Ks of terrible offense,
Or to take action against some slumping veterans,
And by benching, end them? To sit: to rest;
No more; and by a sit to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That PED-inflated muscle tone is heir to, 'tis a lineup
Devoutly to be wish'd.
Sprowl
Not that I think you did not love the Red Sox;
But that I know love is begun by time;
And that I see, in trade deadline deals,
Time qualifies the spark and fire of it.
There lives within the very flame of trade
A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it;
And no prospect is at a like goodness still;
For pitching, growing to a surfeit,
Dies in its own too much. That we would do
We should do when we would; for this "would" changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are Gonzalez, Halladay, Hernandez
And then this "should" is like a depreciating prospect,
That hurts by failing. But, to the wild card race —
Texas comes back: what would you undertake,
To bring us a competent shortstop in deed
More than in words?
10 PM: Yankees/Mariners.

247 comments:

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Iridescence said...

GMTA Amy :)

tim said...

just caught up on the thread, looks like this was a pretty intense game.

remember, i've only seen the 8-4 score and read about the crazy top 9. so my nails are all in tact.

9casey said...

Iridescence said...
"HH pinch running? lol!"

Yeah that seems a lot funnier NOW...
Poor Clay...





It's amazing how pitchers forget how to be athletes....

tim said...

not lol in a 'haha' way, lol in a 'holy shit - really?!?' way

tito really must be a covert gamethreader, as i recall someone suggesting HH pinch running in a thread last week.

Amy said...

Irid, GMTA??

nick said...

HH did not play that smoothly, but in his defense it was a somewhat uncommon play with all the freakin' lights and the missed catch and perfect bounce.

but, oooh, did that suck!

Iridescence said...

Amy, (great minds think alike)

redsock said...

tito has talked about running buch before - he is apparently fast, though you'd never know it tonight.

i thought his eff-up was the end for us.

Amy said...

Didn't mean to pick on you, Tim. I am still venting about what seemed like a silly move, I mean, even if he can run bases, why risk hurting a pitcher who slides into home?

Iridescence said...

(we both posted the same thing at the same time)

meuniermr said...

5 in the top of the ninth? HH pinch running and cut down at the plate? WTF else happened?

Amy said...

Thanks, Irid, for the translation. Too tired and too much wine to figure it out.

BTW, who is in the booth with Orsillo tonight?

Iridescence said...

Damn it Pap, No messing around here please...

nick said...

so Bay plays deep in Fenway and shallow here? just sayin'.

9casey said...

Amy said...
Didn't mean to pick on you, Tim. I am still venting about what seemed like a silly move, I mean, even if he can run bases, why risk hurting a pitcher who slides into home



Your right, I would assume Kotchman is quicker than Tek, he was going in anyway, why not just pinch run him......Tito kinda flaked out a little there...

9casey said...

nick said...
so Bay plays deep in Fenway and shallow here? just sayin'.



Vizquel hasn't hit a ball that far since the 8th grade...

redsock said...

no drama - just snuffin'

Patrick said...

HH was the only one who flaked out. Tito put in his fastest runner with the game on the line.

Iridescence said...

One of the announcers was saying Clay has Ellsbury-level speed. Does he really?

meuniermr said...

I was out at the Marina Bay place.

redsock said...

suck on that slider, young.

Kevin said...

"One of the announcers was saying Clay has Ellsbury-level speed. Does he really?"

I've heard that claim before, not sure where

9casey said...

Patrick said...
HH was the only one who flaked out. Tito put in his fastest runner with the game on the line.



Fastest doesn't always mean best....

redsock said...

irid - that's what i have heard

nick said...

Yeah, I'm not familiar with Vizquel's batting history and I [Don, maybe] saying Bay was playing the odds, but it reinforced for me how far back he stand in Fenway. I was particularly thinking about it looking right down at him at JoS1.

nick said...

HH did seem fast rounding third. Think about when he finally decided to run and the slip partway to the plate and the crappy slide and etc etc. Fast but rough.

Amy said...

YESSS!!! We get dirty water in TX!

nick said...

DIRTY DIRTY!

Iridescence said...

FILTHY WATER! YES!

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

Kevin said...

DIRTY COMEBACK WATER!

Patrick said...

Disgusting Water!~

9casey said...

Nice win!!!

Amy said...

Who is that talking?

tim said...

WATER

DIRTY WATER

RANGERS DROWN IN DIRTY WATER


FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

Now to follow Yankees.

Amy said...

What a sweet win!

Iridescence said...

It'd be neat if he could practice his baserunning and actually become a competent pinch runner. Don't know how feasible that is though.

9casey said...

nick said...
Yeah, I'm not familiar with Vizquel's batting history and I [Don, maybe] saying Bay was playing the odds, but it reinforced for me how far back he stand in Fenway.



I beleive there is also a 30 -40 foot difference at the fields

tim said...

and didn't think i was being picked on - i agree with you, i would've been pissed had i been watching it.

i only get the hindsight view tonight (which is always 20/20 as we know)

off to do other stuff now! dirty!

Amy said...

OK, going to sleep, wondering who was in the booth with DO, but happy we came back and won this game.

Good night, all.

redsock said...

Amy: Frank Viola.

james said...

If anyone is still here - did you see FY yellin' 'fuck yeah' as he crossed the plate with the go-ahead run in the 9th? Awesome. :)

SoSock said...

OK, the bar was fun, but I missed a LOT here. The score was 4-3 Tex. last time I saw an update on the scroll thing. I headed for home and the team decided to get freaky. We apparently went ape-shit in the 9th!
And Frank Viloa was in the booth but no one would tell Amy :)
Way Cool.
And tomorrow I'm a guest of the band at a place that's made for people a lot younger than me. Wish me luck.

redsock said...

Gotta get home and recap this sucker.

Go Mariners.

truly good design said...

awesome game!!
can't wait to see the recap up here.

re: clay's speed...
from extra bases:

In high school, he ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, and several college football teams recruited him as a defensive back.

Zenslinger said...

GREAT to come back from dinner and see we pulled off a 6-run ninth. Way to rock it.

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