October 8, 2009

ALDS1: Angels 5, Red Sox 0

Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  4  3
Angels - 000 030 20x - 5 7 1
Torii Hunter's three run home run in the fifth was all Jon Lackey (7.1-4-0-1-4, 114) and the Angels needed in Game 1.

Boston could get nothing going with the bats. Lackey retired the first eight before a single by Alex Gonzalez and an error on catcher's interference with Jacoby Ellsbury put runners at first and second. But Dustin Pedroia flew out to right to end the inning.

A leadoff single by Jason Bay in the fifth was immediately wiped out by a double play grounder from Mike Lowell. With two outs in the sixth, Pedroia singled and Victor Martinez walked. Lackey fell behind Kevin Youkilis 3-0, but battled back and got out of trouble with a fielder's choice grounder. J.D. Drew began the eighth with a single and went to second on a wild pitch, but Gonzalez, Ellsbury and Pedroia could not move him any farther.

The Angels scored twice in the seventh off Ramon Ramirez and Takashi Saito. It was a strange inning that featured Juan Rivera grounding into a double play, but reaching first safely. The bases were loaded and the play went 5-2-5. The inning ended when Drew threw out Kendry Morales at the plate.

The game was also marked by horrible umpiring. CB Bucknor blew two obvious calls at first base -- one with the runner 4-5 feet from the bag -- both against the Red Sox with Howie Kendrick running, though they both happened in innings in which Los Angeles did not score. The Angels also got burned a few times, including the second out of that 5-2-5 DP. The catcher's interference call by Joe West was also strange.
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Lineups:
Red Sox                 Angels
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Chone Figgins, 3B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Bobby Abreu, RF
Victor Martinez, C Torii Hunter, CF
Kevin Youkilis, 1B Vladimir Guerrero, DH
David Ortiz, DH Juan Rivera, LF
Jason Bay, LF Kendry Morales, 1B
Mike Lowell, 3B Howie Kendrick, 2B
J.D. Drew, RF Jeff Mathis, C
Alex Gonzalez, SS Erick Aybar, SS
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Jon Lester (3.41, 139 ERA+) / John Lackey (3.83, 119 ERA+)

Here we go!

While it's great to hear another team deal with endless questions about a seeming inability to beat a certain opponent -- Torii Hunter: "There ain't no team in my head" -- the fact that the Red Sox have beaten the Angels in nine of their last 10 LDS games means little to the series that begins tonight.

Lester thinks there may be an "added confidence. I wouldn't say that in an arrogant way, but we know we've played this team well, and they play us tough."

With Rocco Baldelli "feeling minimally better" yesterday, it seems likely that Brian Anderson will take his spot as an extra outfielder. If so [Update: it's so], this is the Red Sox roster:
Pitchers                Lineup/Bench
Jon Lester Victor Martinez
Josh Beckett Kevin Youkilis
Clay Buchholz Dustin Pedroia
Daisuke Matsuzaka Alex Gonzalez
Mike Lowell
Jonathan Papelbon Jason Bay
Hideki Okajima Jacoby Ellsbury
Daniel Bard J.D. Drew
Ramon Ramirez David Ortiz
Billy Wagner
Takashi Saito Jason Varitek
Paul Byrd Jed Lowrie
Casey Kotchman
Joey Gathright
Brian Anderson
Theo Epstein:
I'm filled with a lot of anticipation, more than anything else. There's not a lot we can do at this point. ... [W]e're watching the fates unwind.
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Joy of Sox poll:
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Also tonight: the Whine-A-Thon Begins!

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P.S.:
Rockies (0)/Phillies (1) - Game 2 at 2:30
Cardinals (0)/Dodgers (1) - Game 2 at 6:00

636 comments:

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redsock said...

they got 3 in the 5th - is that better?

westcoastsox said...

Don't get mad, Sign the Fire CB Bucknor Petition - like others have done tonight

Kevin said...

Alright, let's reward Bard for that

SCORE RUNS

redsock said...

bard smokin'

3-4-5 for us

tim said...

Sorry, I just got in and I'm checking up on this piece of shit.

Looks like this baby's getting erased from the PVR pronto.

Ish said...

now how did ish know to go to the wiki page when that was up? hmmm...

Full disclosure: I didn't write that.

I got the link from Twitter!

Kevin said...

Signed

Joe Grav said...

rally time.

redsock said...

if not now, when?

westcoastsox said...

Nick (Adenhart) all nite

A Conformer said...

Mobilising the vote against CB.

tim said...

oh, sweet jesus!

who the fuck is this muppet they have annoucing with d.o.?

(yes i know who it is, he sounds like he could've done voices for jim henson)

redsock said...

great time for an interview, tbs.

Ish said...

Here's a fucking scary thought...

Bucknor has the plate tomorrow.

tim said...

TBS with a little-known factoid there...

nick said...

I, too, just got home. was able to check the score a few times, but uhh... some Bucknor incident? I'll work my way through the comments.

I want to see some sweat here!

redsock said...

buck says you cannot win in the post-season with out good starting pitching

listen up, kids!

Amy said...

Looks like we have to win tomorrow night.

redsock said...

i had sox in 4.
here's the 1 L, i suppose.

A Conformer said...

i had sox in 4.
here's the 1 L, i suppose.


I second this comment.

Kevin said...

Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck

s1c said...

clean water, get them tomorrow boys

Ish said...

Haha. Castig: "This is a strange crowd here in Anaheim. They haven't gone home!"


Clean water. Fuck.

tim said...

Fuck.

westcoastsox said...

Sox can totally win tomorrow with Beckett pitching. We'll get them.

redsock said...

get 'em later today, actually.

A Conformer said...

Pathetic showing by the offense tonight. Beckett better be the postseason Dominator tomorrow.

Amy said...

Oh well, time for sleep. Clean water in LA? Ha.

nick said...

bah. I wanted to see at least something to muck up that zero line.
on to the next one.

tim said...

a shame andy had to see this one rather than the resounding W we will bang out tomorrow.

friday october 9 - nat'l dirty water day

redsock said...

Castig: "This is a strange crowd here in Anaheim. They haven't gone home!"

:>)

L says radio from now on. "I don't care if it's Don." She hates Martinez.

Ish said...

Hey look, everyone!

CB Bucknor has a Twitter!

Joe Grav said...

ughugughguhguhguhgughugh.

Joe Grav said...

I'm content with a split out west w/ a win tomorrow.

SoSock said...

We still win this series.
It would just be a little less nerve-wracking with a game 1 win.
next

SoSock said...

Ish - loved the Twitter thing!

Win tonight

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