April 20, 2010

G14: Red Sox 7, Rangers 6

Rangers - 101 310 000 - 6  8  1
Red Sox - 100 102 021 - 7 13 0
It was the worst of games, it was the best of games.

The first game of Tuesday's single-contest doubleheader was innings 1-5, in which the Rangers stole a whopping nine bases (five in the third inning alone), took five walks from Wakefield (who also hit a batter, balked, and threw two wild pitches), and outscored the Red Sox 6-2. It felt much more like 46-2.

Game Two was innings 6-9. Against a quartet of Texas relievers, Boston scored five runs - all of them driven in by the #9 hitter in the lineup: Josh Reddick and then Darnell McDonald, the two outfielders summoned from Pawtucket this afternoon when Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury were placed on the disabled list.

With two outs in the sixth, after singles by Victor Martinez (3-for-4) and Jeremy Hermida (solo dong in the fourth), Reddick hacked at Chris Ray's first pitch and lofted a pop-up down the left field line. Josh Hamilton ran over to the stands, but he overran the ball and had it drop behind him. The ball then caromed up into the seats, hit a fan in the head, and landed back on the field. However, the umpires, much to Texas manager Ron Washington's dismay, did not correctly rule it a ground-rule double, so the Red Sox got two runs on the play, instead of having Hermida stop at third. That cut Texas's lead to 6-4.

In the seventh, Boston loaded the bases after two were out on singles by Kevin Youkilis and Martinez and a walk to Mike Lowell (who pinch-hit for David Ortiz against the lefty Darren Oliver). Adrian Beltre grounded out to first to end the potential rally.

Jason Varitek (now hitting in Hermida's spot) doubled into the left field corner to begin the eighth and McDonald, pinch-hitting for Reddick, crushed a 2-2 slider from Oliver over the Wall for a two-run, game-tying dong!

Youkilis began the bottom of the ninth against Frank Francisco with a line drive off the pitcher's arm that caromed over by third; no play was made. Francisco's next pitch - to Bill Hall - was a passed ball, and Yook took second. Hall then bunted the Bearded One to third. After a big meeting at the mound, Lowell was walked intentionally. With runners at first and second, Beltre took a strike, then lunged at an outside pitch and popped it straight up. Texas 1B Chris Davis caught it for the second out.

Varitek walked on four pitches to load the bases for McDonald. (Since Hall at third was the only runner that mattered, Texas may have been pitching around the Cactus.) McDonald hit an 0-1 pitch to deep left. NESN's cameras had me (and likely thousands of others) totally truped, thinking the kid had hit a grand slam (capping a 6-RBI night), but the ball was not deep enough. Hamilton leapt near the out-of-town scores, but the ball struck the tin high above his glove. It was a single, Yook scored, the Red Sox won, and the entire team mobbed McDonald in the infield.In the 3rd picture, the ball,having hit off the wall, is falling by the "38" under the 2 Outs in NESN's score bar.

It's only one game, the team remains in fourth place at 5-9, but this win has got to do wonders for the players' attitudes. In the fifth, when Texas stole its ninth base -- tying the 1913 Senators for the most SB in a game against Boston -- I was imagining how many they would end the game with: 10, 12, 15?

Instead, the night ended with a celebration worthy of a pennant-clinching victory. And why not? The Red Sox have played like dogshit since beating the Yankees on Opening Night. Maybe a comeback like this -- after being humiliated by Tampa and being utterly incapable of stopping Texas from running the bases at will in the early innings -- will break the team out of its collective slump, get it loose and playing baseball like we expect it to.

Also: In the team's first AB tonight w/RATS ended the 0-for-32 drought. With runners on first and second in the first inning, Martinez singled to center. With that streak over, we can now concentrate on building a winning streak.
Example
Colby Lewis / Tim Wakefield
Scutaro, SS
Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 1B
Martinez, C
Ortiz, DH
Beltre, 3B
Hermida, LF
Reddick, CF
Reddick is hitting .179/.200/.359 for Pawtucket this year. He played 27 games for the Red Sox in 2009: .169/.210/.339.

Peter Abraham looks closer at who is at fault for the woeful 0-for-32-w/RATS* stat:
0-for-7: Hermida
0-for-5: Beltre, Scutaro
0-for-3: Martinez, Youkilis
0-for-2: Hall, Ortiz
0-for-1: Cameron, Drew, Lowell, Pedroia, Varitek
*: I must stop using the highly inaccurate term "scoring position". So how about Runners At Third and/or Second?

297 comments:

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redsock said...

DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

out tv went out -- came back as it went into the monsters

nick said...

McDong!

meunier said...

Callup Dong !!!

L-girl said...

CALLUP DONG!!!!!!!!!

andy said...

zing!!!!

Amy said...

HOLY SHIT!

The rookie's first at bat in the majors?? And he gets a dong!

Amy said...

Score is tied. I like these minor leaguers I've never heard of!

Benjamin said...

Yay.

Joe Gravellese said...

GTFO

L-girl said...

This was not McDonald's ML debut. He's played 3 seasons in the majors. He was back in the minors.

Amy said...

Hey, we are NOT losing at the moment. I am going to cherish this moment. I cannot remember the last time we were not trailing in a game.

andy said...

about fuckin time something cool happened!!!!!

Castig actually dropped the CAN YOU BELIEVE IT for this one

Amy said...

OK, see what I don't know? Well, still, pretty cool.

Joe Gravellese said...

Wow.

nick said...

I love that song...haven't heard it in ages.

I knew a guy whose GF(future wife) sent him a dress she bloodied on a cactus. awesome.

L-girl said...

We just looked it up - assuming that Don & Jerry would mention it if it was actually his debut!

redsock said...

i fear the rangers will steal 6 bases in the 9th and win by 3 runs.

redsock said...

i like the second game of this doubleheader!

redsock said...

Castig actually dropped the CAN YOU BELIEVE IT for this one

isn't that like saying john sterling actually broke out a "it is high it is far it is gone"?

meunier said...

NICK; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex272jpUOSg&feature=PlayList&p=2D703598CCB74F84&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=1

(stupid playlist url)

redsock said...

fra-fra!

L-girl said...

Hey it's Fran Fran

nick said...

Cool, meunier, thank you! I've never heard this version.

Maybe I'm a child of a different season, but you can keep your Aerosmith and J Giles and give me some Pixies and Morphine.

L-girl said...

Music has no generations.

Edward Lee said...

THROW THE SPLITTER

L-girl said...

This is now officially long at-bat.

tim said...

Just got in...

Who the fuck is Darnell McDonald?!

I love him!

redsock said...

did amy hack tim's account?

L-girl said...

It's Tim channeling Amy!

L-girl said...

wow, that was an impressive AB. too bad it went the wrong way. now will he steal 2nd & 3rd?

L-girl said...

Alright! Now to win.

redsock said...

yook
hall
lowell
beltre

Amy said...

Tim and I have always had a special connection. I like spinach also.

nick said...

1) 2-run 8th. Yes!
2) 123 top 9th. Nearly but good enough!
3) walkoff. coming up!

tim said...

9 SB? goddammit sox. we really need to do something about that.

meunier said...

Sometimes like today, on the west coast where I live the game will become available on TV in the middle of the game, because the A's have had a 4pm start at home.

nick said...

I got a Betty Boop DVD at the dollar store. Emma and I watched it today. There was one BB cartoon. a few random ones and then a gazillion Popeye's.

Spinach

Edward Lee said...

Wait, Frankie Francisco is *still* in the game? Seriously?

redsock said...

he threw only 3 pitches last inning.

but do you mean this game or "the game"?

tim said...

good start! bring em home pls.

L-girl said...

Whoo-hoo! Always helps when the pitcher doesn't know where the comebacker went...

Amy said...

It only takes one.

nick said...

Praise be the lords of Fluke.

L-girl said...

thank you baseball gods I don't believe in

redsock said...

remy: "hall might sacrifice. i have no idea how much he has done of that in his career."

damn ... if only someone or a company kept track of such things. and it was possible to access the information ... alas ...

Edward Lee said...

I mean, of any game of any import to the Rangers whatsoever.

(Yes, I know he's not really that terrible, but this is still hilarious.)

Amy said...

Uh oh, RATS on board.

L-girl said...

A sacrifice bunt we can all approve of.

Can it be... will it be...

redsock said...

as L said: "can you imagine remy looking anything up?"


i like that bunt. cure us, doctor.

Amy said...

It just takes a sac fly, guys.

nick said...

Remy's kinda new to this whole thing. cut him some slack.

(that one counted as missed bunt? bah.)

Edward Lee said...

Lowell's not going to get anything to hit here.

tim said...

Thats fine, let Beltre win it.

Unless of course they walk him too. Which I could see him doing.

L-girl said...

That was not helpful.

tim said...

Fuck. V-Mart?

Amy said...

Jesus. Where'd we get that guy? :)

redsock said...

nice discipline, beltre.

redsock said...

cactus for the win.........

nick said...

damn!

C'mon, big C!

Amy said...

I would love to see Tek win this one. Obviously.

L-girl said...

Hey Tek, Amy is watching

redsock said...

fran fran being fran fran

Amy said...

Oh, well, guess the new guy gets the chance.

tim said...

Here we go Darnell!

Amy said...

Hey, he didnt swing at the high one. Maybe he practiced this winter.

L-girl said...

Slugger McDonald to the plate

Amy said...

HOLY HOLY SHIT!!!

tim said...

if its like anything else he's done in boston...

redsock said...

ALMOST

STILL -- WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

I CAN'T FUCKING BELIEVE IT

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

Edward Lee said...

DARNELL MOTHERF***ING MCDONALD

Amy said...

OK, this guy can stay. Who needs Cameron, whoever he is.

nick said...

I totally wanna andy that guy!

Edward Lee said...

DARNELL MOTHERF****** MCDONALD

L-girl said...

DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY WATER

tim said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

FUCKIN DIRTY!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

THE WATER IS FINALLY POLLUTED

nick said...

Jesus, are they reenacting Rodney King?

L-girl said...

Rodney King ROFL

Amy said...

I love the walk off. I love baseball.

Going to sleep now! Good night.

Benjamin said...

*cough* we had it the whole time *cough*

andy said...

smokin!!!

redsock said...

before that pitch, i said "6 RBI, why not"? damn near did it.

bot is insane!

nick said...

I guess I've gotta listen to the Pixies every game now. Boston!

Ish said...

MCDONALDS FOR EVERYONE!!!

meunier said...

Whooooooooooooooooooooo!

tim said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. after a long day of tax, perfect way to end the night.

good night all! savour this dirty darnell water!

Amy said...

You'd think we won the World Series!

redsock said...

LOVING THE MCDONALD ERA!!!!!!!

The water is Muddy!!!

Joe Gravellese said...

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

nick said...

They had Micky D on the ground with a ring of guys standing around him slapping down. The replay keeps cutting out before that moment.

nick said...

420 Miracle. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

nick said...

I'd also like to note they didn't commit any errors.

9casey said...

A win , off the ledge....

That was a crazy game...

Papi did not take that well, I feel as though Tito lost the respect of 1 to gain the respect of 24...That game was managed like a PA Tito.....

I hate to be negative after a win , but the bat breaking by Papi , was a little much..
And I believe he was allready showered so he missed the celebration...

Zenslinger said...

420 Miracle. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Done. Wow. Can't believe they won that one.

SoSock said...

I like the 420 Miracle tag. Should be an easy one to remember. :)
Sure was nice t come home too a win.Didn't even bother with the RS.com highlights, just read the game thread. Pretty damn wild. Well, here's to a new and improved streak.
And I know "in scoring psition" may not be an accurate term, but it is the term nonetheless. "Hit and run" is completely wrong too, but it is what it is. Just go with it.

L-girl said...

Go with something that's wrong because it's what most people say? Hmph.

As far as I know, RISP isn't an official baseball term from a rulebook. It's just an expression people use. We could easily use something else and be more precise.

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