April 6, 2010

G2: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4

Yankees - 010 030 011 - 6  9  3
Red Sox - 102 010 000 - 4 9 1
With the game tied 4-4, Terry Francona went with Daniel Bard to face New York's 2-3-4-5 hitters in the seventh inning, a Jamesian decision (aka the nearly universally misunderstood "bullpen-by-committee") that had his best available bullpen arm on the hill at the most important part of the game.

Bard started by walking Nick Johnson, but then came back to get Teixeira on a pop to left (Ellsbury made a back-hand diving catch) before buckling Slappy with a nasty slider for strike three and fooling Cano on a change before jamming him with a fastball for an easy 4-3.

In the eighth, Posada hit a ground rule double to right off Okajima, but he could not advance to third as Gardner singled softly past shortstop and Granderson flew to the track in left. Scutaro should have closed the inning on Jeter's grounder, but his throw was low for an error that loaded the bases. Jeemer then walked Johnson on five pitches to force in the go-ahead run, dropping Boston's chances of winning from 47% to 26% (according to Fangraphs, above). Suddenly, Scott Atchison was in the game -- and it felt like the pen was simply punching the clock.

Youkilis singled to start the bottom of the eighth and moved up on an errant pickoff attempt, but the Sox could not move him past second base. Ortiz flew to center and Joba came on to fan Beltre (who had singled twice and lined out earlier, but here lunged at a pitch way outside) and Drew. Scutaro doubled off Rivera with one out in the ninth, but Ellsbury was caught looking and Pedroia flew to right.

Victor doubled, homered, walked, and drove in three runs. Ellsbury singled (with a stolen base) and doubled in his first two trips.
Example
A.J. Burnett / Jon Lester

Burnett had a rough time in his three Fenway starts last season: 22 runs in 12.2 innings. He did quite well in his one Bronx start, but overall Boston worked him over for 16 walks, 23 hits (7 doubles and 6 dongs) and 23 runs in 20.1 innings. His WHIP was 1.918 (omg!!!).

Jacoby Ellsbury's glove was stolen during spring training last year. He borrowed one of Mark Kotsay's gloves for awhile, then bought a new one. Before Sunday's game, two MLB officials arrived at Fenway with a present. Someone tried to sell LBJ's glove on e-bay and MLB was able to get it back. Portland Press Herald: "When Ellsbury held his glove, he looked at it like it was a runaway dog come back."

So ... are the sports radio airwaves burning up yet? OPS+: J.D. Drew (36), David Ortiz (-25). And both with 0 RBI!

Minor league rosters: Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, Greenville.
Example
Right out of the gate: one of the plays of the year.

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Amy said...

One sign that I am ready to end the semester: I ended a class 15 minutes early today---inadvertently! I thought it went to 3:30, not 3:45. First time in almost 30 years I have done that! And I really need every minute left. Oh, well.

tim said...

ugly cut.

tim said...

Obvious fake blimp is obvious.

L-girl said...

With all respect to Amy, it is SO great to not see Varitek in the lineup. Talk about addition by subtraction.

Amy said...

Yeah, Laura, it's mostly tradition. But it is part of the Orthodox and Conservative rules for Passover. I observe it, but with a lot of skepticism and complaining.

A Conformer said...

Come on, Papi, let's get this season started.

tim said...

Ortiz has sooooo many of those check swing appeals.

Amy said...

Yeah, I just am sentimental about Tek. Certainly I am not blind to the advantages of having VM in there.

L-girl said...

Thanks Tim :)

johngoldfine said...

I'd bet the idea is to exclude anything that could in any way, even at a stretch, be confused with leavening. Rules always have moats around them for safety's sake, and the moats have walls, and so on.

tim said...

Doggy potty training exercise time. See you all in the 8th! lol.

westcoastsox said...

Well, since we're talking Passover, *traditionally* Ashkenazi Jews did not eat rice or legumes, but *modernly*, our Conservative rabbi says it's OK. So, we have been eating rice - just not bread. Much easier. (Speaking of which, I'm going to break it now with the family, night all!)

redsock said...

i don't think flo has hit the ball out of the infield this year.

A Conformer said...

I know either Ashkenazis or Sepharadis don't eat legumes, etc. I just always assumed it was the sepharadis, since they're almost always stricter. At least that's my perception.

And Laura- about the seder and social justice- I love to see how each family/person takes and accentuates different parts of the hagada.

Edward Lee said...

MDC in.

Hold me.

Amy said...

That was the reasoning, JGF.

Here's the statement from the Conservative movement on prohibited foods:

"Most Ashkenazic authorities have added the following foods (kitniyot) to the above list: rice, corn, millet, legumes (beans and peas; however, string beans are permitted). ... Some Ashkenazic authorities permit, while others forbid, the use of legumes in a form other than their natural state, for example, corn sweeteners, corn oil, soy oil. Sephardic authorities permit the use of all of the above.

L-girl said...

I don't get observing and complaining as an adult. I mean, it's your choice, right? So if you don't like doing it...?

But that's just me, I purposely stopped observing long ago so the whole thing looks different to me.

Amy said...

I think complaining is part of the tradition. We are supposed to be remembering being slaves, so complaining seems fair. :)

Amy said...

Glad that wall is high.

L-girl said...

Yeah Ofer, that is always interesting, the different takes on the seder. I have some friends in Toronto who are always trying to get me to attend a feminist/queer/justice seder. They insist I will enjoy it because "it's not very Jewish". They're not getting the whole atheist thing.

L-girl said...

I think complaining is part of the tradition. We are supposed to be remembering being slaves, so complaining seems fair. :)

LOL

redsock said...

missed it by thatmuch.

mdc fb at 90-92, hit was at 93 on nesn gun.

A Conformer said...

MDC... Mostly Depleted Confidence (mine, in him)

Amy said...

Nice!

A Conformer said...

YOOOOOOOK

L-girl said...

yoooooooooooooook

Edward Lee said...

I WANT A WHOLE JEWISH INFIELD WHEN MEL GIBSON GETS OUT

Amy said...

Score still tied...SCORE RUNS!

L-girl said...

Cool. Now:

RUNS PLS

A Conformer said...

Out of the inning, but I don't feel confident about the Sox' middle relief.

redsock said...

cap'n clutch spits the bit yet again.

L-girl said...

When Mel Gibson gets out of where? Is he in jail? Sent away to the bad-actor-bigot home?

A Conformer said...

Out of the inning, but I don't feel confident about the Sox' middle relief. Of course, the starters should be so good (especially once we get through with the MFYs) that it should matter a lot less.

L-girl said...

Amy, your avatar makes me melt every time I look at it.

Amy said...

Damn Jeter...

L-girl said...

oh holy crap!

redsock said...

thank god this game is not on espn.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. I can't tell you how often we find them cuddled together like that. Sometimes two out of the three, but also all three together.

nick said...

That Jeter guy... fah!

Edward Lee said...

When Mel Gibson gets out of where? Is he in jail? Sent away to the bad-actor-bigot home?

Oh, dear. Has it really been that long?

tim said...

i just clicked on amy's avatar, adorable.

redsock said...

E6

nick said...

That Jeter guy...ha!

Amy said...

Don't get so cocky, Derek.

L-girl said...

Amy, that is so great! There is nothing sweeter than seeing animals be spontaneously affectionate to each other.

Nice break there for us.

redsock said...

earn your $ marco.

L-girl said...

LOL @ Nick

redsock said...

bard up

L-girl said...

Oh Dennis Leary. Didn't ring a bell.

tim said...

nice braces, joe.

tim said...

Funny that we replaced our departing reeeeeeally pale/white LF with a reeeeeeeally dark/black CF.

L-girl said...

Yeah they do look like total opposites. Cameron is so very dark skinned.

Amy said...

LBJ! Must be getting his glove back!

L-girl said...

That's my boy!

Edward Lee said...

I just noticed that Tito brought Bard in the 7th to face the heart of the order instead of saving him for the 8th by default. Brilliant.

SoSock said...

Hey. Nice play by LBJ to welcome me home. Out with mom and pops. Looks like we've got a keeper here.

redsock said...

EL: there's a mini bullpen by committee. i like it.

tim said...

Gonna have to be changing this avatar - new season, time for a new av.

nick said...

That ol' Opening Series Assassin strikes again.

Amy said...

Hi, SoSock!

tim said...

Siddown, fucka!

Amy said...

Arod looks stunned. Asshole.

redsock said...

SLIDER time !!

redsock said...

FILL -- THEE!!!

SoSock said...

HOT DAMN!
Sit Ass-Rod

nick said...

Bard is hot. makes me miss andy lasciviousness.

redsock said...

fuck - if bard can master than changeup, it'll be total diaper time.

Amy said...

OK, time to score those go ahead and insurance runs.

L-girl said...

Nice work Shakespeare!

s1c said...

kinda like this Bard kid!!!

nick said...

apostrophe ess.

SoSock said...

Gotta love Bard!
Have I mentioned lately.......

A Conformer said...

Nice fucking inning for Bard. Oki for the 8th, Paps for the 9th (after we get the lead, of course...)

L-girl said...

you can miss him even w/o the apostrophe

Amy said...

Hey, S1C, I hadn't seen you before. Have you been here? How are you? How's the empty nest?

redsock said...

jeems up

A Conformer said...

YES-men really singing Aceves' praises.

L-girl said...

Amy, you can scroll up for s1c's empty nest report. :)

(He likes it.)

redsock said...

oki coming in

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. I will go search for it.

L-girl said...

Man, I'm tired. I need a break from the computer for a bit. See you later for D-Water.

Amy said...

I found it. Wow, a 4.0 her first semester---very impressive. Marist is a great place---I have a few very good students who went there.

A Conformer said...

Oh my, they're doing the doesn't look at the plate bit...

s1c said...

Hi Amy - empty nest is great :) :), in and out, trying to watch the UCONN women make history and following game on audio / gameday.

B-fly doing great in college - Deans list

redsock said...

but will they mention nomar's father?

Amy said...

I saw, S1C---see my comment above!

Pepe Lepew said...

Hi, we still in it, right?

Ish said...

Back from the gym. Another grinder, I see. Then again, I've been keeping a close eye while I was exercising.

Pepe Lepew said...

For the record, I got in a big fight tonight who was mad that the Red Sox game wa son the Sox restaurant, because she wanted the NCAA women's championship game on the main TV ... even though the NCAA women's championship game was on on THREE OTHER TVs in the restaurant.

There! I got it off my chest. I hate whiners.

s1c said...

Wow - UCONN women were down 8 points at the half and now with 6 minutes left in game are up by 12. Think I can go back to NESN!!!

A Conformer said...

Man, endless fucking at bat.

s1c said...

finally

A Conformer said...

Reverse psychology- worked like a charm.

Edward Lee said...

Perfect time to break out the 87 mph meatball.

s1c said...

1 more Oki

A Conformer said...

Alright Oki, get the calm eyed choco bunny, here.

redsock said...

dumbo can't move on either a single or a fly to the track in LF. and jerry worries about him maybe getting an itphr on that gr. rule double!!

redsock said...

i love understated fjm refs.

ah shit ....

nick said...

fah. pulling a Jete.

A Conformer said...

SHIT. Why not go to second?

redsock said...

now remy saying dumbo does not run well. ....

s1c said...

Fragging kidding me, can't give these guys extra outs

A Conformer said...

i love understated fjm refs.

Yeah, one of my faves, that one...

Edward Lee said...

SHIT. Why not go to second?

Tyler Gardner is fast.

A Conformer said...

i love understated fjm refs.

Yeah, one of my faves, that one... And I still say "Fuck the HECK" fairly often.

redsock said...

so is his brother brett.

A Conformer said...

Tyler Gardner is fast.

Yeah, for some reason I thought it was dumbo running to 2nd.
BTW- Tyler?

A Conformer said...

Fucking hell.

nick said...

frown.

Edward Lee said...

I'm plumbing the recesses of my brain trying to think if I actually know anyone named Tyler Gardner. I'm pretty sure I don't.

SoSock said...

mmmmmmmm......
a little late with the hook?

A Conformer said...

Baptism of fire for Atchison.

redsock said...

suddenly, it's garbage time with the pen

redsock said...

i was truped like you would not believe!!!

whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nick said...

man..if that went out, I'da kicked some puppies.

Edward Lee said...

NESN cameraguy got Truped. Drew did not.

A Conformer said...

So, is Joba officially not a starter, or what?

I wanna see Chan Ho Park...

redsock said...

marte & jtc up

get on, yook.

redsock said...

yes.

let's go, flo.
good times like old times.

A Conformer said...

You know what I haven't seen in a long, long while? A large, fatherly dominican dong.

redsock said...

marte was up last inning - how is he not ready?

nick said...

We need some big big papi love.

Pepe Lepew said...

Ok, I'm over my fight with the woman in the RED SOX restaurant.

I'm OK now! I'm OK....

A Conformer said...

I like our chances with Marte here.

redsock said...

kill this rally, tiz.

tim said...

s'go david.

tim said...

thanks marty!

redsock said...

RATTLED!!!!!!!!

nick said...

yeah! keep that big steal threat in check.

redsock said...

after ball 2 low and away, marte throws it in the EXACT same spot - called strike.

A Conformer said...

Fuck, I was truped. Especially with Papi looking kinda mummy-ish at the plate.

tim said...

these long yankee games are killing my beer supply.

SoSock said...

Damn, could have at least flied out to right and moved Yook up

redsock said...

pound the kunt

s1c said...

Need to make this 3 for 5 against JTC

SoSock said...

Ugly

redsock said...

shit -- lunging at it

s1c said...

Geeze learn the fragging strike zone

tim said...

ugly.

doctor would be nice at some point like now.

nick said...

ugly.


jesus. let's get this damn run in.

tim said...

oh right, we got DJ.

redsock said...

o.f. is 2-18 -- let's go. no outs/

s1c said...

Need some love here ON FIRE

Pepe Lepew said...

Garrrrrrrrr1

All my Seattle friends were right about Beltre!

A Conformer said...

We sure do need one of those useless RBIs right now.

redsock said...

rbi, man, rbi.

redsock said...

f-bat stirring.

come on jd

redsock said...

FUCK>

SoSock said...

squanderage

tim said...

fuckin awful. where's that powerful offense i've heard so much about?!

hold the line, win it in the 9th. k thanks.

redsock said...

and somewhere, chb does a little fist pump.

A Conformer said...

Cameron, Scutaro and LBJ against Mariano. Unlikely comebacks are the best.

Pepe Lepew said...

I have such torn feeling about Joba...

First Nations member ... but he's a damn YANKEE!

Amy said...

argghh

redsock said...

sch. in the bot 9th
cameron
scutaro
lbj

nick said...

I confess: truped. sweet catch.

A Conformer said...

JD, making it look easy since 2007.

Edward Lee said...

Plz be more casual with the catch, JD. Thx.

redsock said...

can of firey corn

s1c said...

fucking canoe

A Conformer said...

Shit, the comeback just got a tad unlikelier...

tim said...

argh

redsock said...

me hatey

nick said...

not truped. not amused.

can we have the Dr. pinch hit for somebody?

A Conformer said...

can we have the Dr. pinch hit for somebody?

I bet we will. Probably for Scutaro.

tim said...

Dr. for cameron, stick hermida in for the 10th if necessary, which it won't be after the FY walkoff bomb.

redsock said...

cameron seems like the only spot for lowell, but if he gets on, then what -- hall pinch-run? can't have a dp/.

tim said...

glad saito is gone and i don't have to see 24 on the mound anymore...that was just weird.

redsock said...

or hermida p-run.

tim said...

swish, swash, sit down.

redsock said...

atchison gets nasty - after letting the horse out of the barn.

we've tagged the bat many times before -- why not now?

Edward Lee said...

I have no idea what happened to the strike zone that inning, but I'll take it.

redsock said...

we need a some hot bats-on-bat action!

A Conformer said...

we've tagged the bat many times before -- why not now?

Especially in April, if my memory does not deceive me.

s1c said...
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A Conformer said...

Randy Winn looks like a tucan.
Well, that's fucking great, Cameron.

s1c said...
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tim said...

no reason to pay the man $12m to sit on the bench!

nick said...

that was a close one.

tim said...

thats cool, thanks scutsy!

redsock said...

rivera is so good he's barely human, but don gushing over him using two of the most dumbest stats for a reliever -- saves and era.

SCOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Conformer said...

Scutaro! Nice! Let's keep this rolling

nick said...

sweet!

redsock said...

pls do good, lbj!!!

tim said...

"Papelbon in case"

more like "Papelbon for sure" or "Papelbon won't be needed after the dirty water thats about to commence!"

SoSock said...

Holy shit, that was high!

redsock said...

amica says nfw.

but amica sucks, imo.

tim said...

clean. fuck. alright, need sleep. night all.

time for some lackey shit tomorrow.

redsock said...

poop

lackey for the rubber.

s1c said...

Frack

A Conformer said...

Oh, well, you can't go 162-0, bla bla bla...

Amy said...

Damn, clean water.

nick said...

ok. fine. whatever. 3 freakin' errors for the MFY.

A Conformer said...

Oh, well, can't go 162-0 and bla bla bla... but I wanted that sweep.
Lackey tomorrow should be exciting.

nick said...

g'night. see ya all tomorrow (or some of you at least).

Amy said...

Damn damn damn.

SoSock said...

Amen ofer, a sweep to start the season would have been very sweet. Let's get the first rubber, anyway!

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