July 17, 2011

G93: Red Sox 1, Rays 0 (16)

Red Sox - 000 000 000 000 000 1 - 1  5  0
Rays    - 000 000 000 000 000 0 - 0  3  0
Dustin Pedroia's line drive single to right field scored Josh Reddick with the only run of the game as the Red Sox outlasted the Rays in a marathon pitching duel that ended at 1:54 AM. Pedroia (aka the "Muddy Chicken") finished the night 3-for-7, while his Red Sox teammates went 2-for-45 (.044).
I just wanted to go home. I think everyone did. We were trying our best pretty much the whole night to score some runs. ... It was a great game; we're just happy we won.
The Rays became the first team (dating back to at least 1919) to be held to three hits or fewer in a game of 16+ innings.

B.J. Upton:
I don't know what to say. ... I'd probably say this is the toughest loss of the year. To know that we played as well as we did and our pitching kept us in it the whole game. ... I think a lot of us in the clubhouse right now are pretty much not happy.
Tampa Bay pitchers allowed only five hits, but they issued 12 walks, including seven in a span of 12 batters in the 9th-11th innings. Boston left the bases loaded in the ninth and eleventh, and two on in the tenth. In the eleventh, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Darnell McDonald walked, only to watch Josh Reddick (K), Jason Varitek (K), and Marco Scutaro (PF2) squander the golden chance for run(s). Thirty-three pitches in that inning -- and not one fair ball.

The first half of the game was an excellent pitchers duel between Beckett (8-1-0-0-6, 106) and Neimann (8-2-0-2-10, 118). Beckett allowed a two-out infield single to Evan Longoria in the first inning; it was the only base runner he allowed, as he set down 22 in a row. In Beckett's last two starts in Tampa (tonight and June 15), he has pitched 17 shutout innings and allowed two infield hits.

There were several excellent catches on both sides of fly balls hit deep to the warnings track or to the base of the wall. The best one was hauled it by Josh Reddick, leaping in left-center and snaring Justin Ruggiano's drive with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. (It reminded me of Manny Ramirez's HR-robbing grab against Miguel Cairo in September 2004. Ruggiano did not circle the bases and point towards heaven before realizing he'd been pwned, but B.J. Upton, trying to get a head start on a possible celebration at the plate, attempted to hop over the dugout railing and stumbled ... and then went sheepishly back into the dugout!)

This was the longest game the Red Sox had been held scoreless since a 17-inning scoreless tie against the St. Louis Browns almost exactly 95 years ago (July 14, 1916)!

It was also the longest game by time (5:44) in Rays history. The previous longest regular-season game was a 10-9 loss to the Orioles on August 4, 2000, that lasted 5:16. On October 11, 2008, the Rays beat the Red Sox 9-8 in 11 innings in Game 2 of the ALCS, in 5:27.

This was also the longest scoreless game in Rays history. On June 18, 2003, the Devil Rays and Yankees were scoreless through 11 innings, before New York won 1-0 in 12 (that game lasted only 3:17).
Example
Josh Beckett / Jeff Niemann

Beckett hyper-extended his left knee on July 8 against the Orioles. He warmed up last Tuesday night at the All-Star Game, expecting to pitch, but the knee felt sore and he decided to not risk it.
I played long toss [on] some flat ground [on Friday]. Everything is good, just like I said it was.
Dustin Pedroia has hit seven home runs during his current 14-game hitting streak. ... Since June 9, when Pedroia got his right knee examined, he has the highest OPS in baseball (.375/.469/.714/1.183).

"Hello" Niemann spent time on the DL this year with a lower back strain, but has a 2.82 ERA in four starts since returning on June 20 (runs allowed: 0, 5, 1, 1). In his last start, on July 7, he allowed one run and six hits to the Yankees in 7.1 innings.

Good Old Days, July 17 Dept.: 1903 - Rube Waddell of the Athletics is arrested for assaulting a fan who criticized his pitching. Connie Mack bails Waddell out of jail.

AL East: Yankees/Blue Jays at 1 PM.

366 comments:

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allan said...

bench coach dave martinez tossed.

allan said...

33 pitches that inning - not one fair ball.

BB
BB
BB
K
K
PF2

Jere said...

I'm wondering if they wouldn't have called Scutaro out anyway if he'd dropped that. The bat was kinda close. I think.

Jere said...

Okay, I see--he was throwing it down and to the left, and it took an unfortunate bounce wayyy to the right.

allan said...

crazy bounce. not exactly a fat billy moment.

allan said...

boooooootaro.

Maxwell Horse said...

A double-play would benefit the Sox right now according to my theory.

allan said...

bot is not lights out, but i am not crazy about letting everything ride with albers out there (or aceves warming)

allan said...

morales and aceves are up?
that is just wrong.

BZ said...

if johnny damon beats us.....

Jere said...

It just hit me that they were talking about Howell being in a boat before, but without it being a GI reference.

Jere said...

or fishing or something

SoSock said...

Well now. Didn't expect to come home and find live baseball still going on. Be sucky Noodle!

Maxwell Horse said...

It occurs to me that Reddick might still have a chance to get the game-winning hit.

BZ said...

Keep your hittin' streak alive, Jacoby. And then Pedey to move him along. No LOB this inning!

Dr. Jeff said...

Still here, watching from the west coast so it's only 10:30. Interesting game so far.

SoSock said...

Sounds as though we've had another LOBotomy tonight......

SoSock said...

Well that was fast

BZ said...

That was about the weakest 'top of the order' hitting imaginable.

Dr. Jeff said...

Make that 9:30. My head is still in Mountain time.

allan said...

Morales facing 2-3-4: I'm a-scared.

tim said...

good start for morales.

Jere said...

Aceves pretending to warm up.

Grant said...

Nice to see I'm not the only one still up!

allan said...

HAHHAAH

not so LONG, longo!

SoSock said...

Whew.....

allan said...

Up? I am still at work.

(Sadly, I am off the clock at midnight, so I am not being paid to watch now.)

Jere said...

shortoria

Grant said...

Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ.

SoSock said...

Weight Room!!!

Jere said...

These Rays are SS Minnows

allan said...

on to the 13th -- and a second scorecard!

Grant said...

This one is going to end in the 14th. FYI.

BZ said...

Drew - as in Sutton.
Our DH hero???
Somebody is going to have to step up big.

allan said...

sutton gotta to go where the runs are.

Maxwell Horse said...

Can Darnell steal?

allan said...

2-out reddick magic?

allan said...

i know he can get picked off....

allan said...

1968: 0-0 into 24th...

let's break that!

Jere said...

Okay, so Bobby V says he once came into a 1979 game at catcher in the 6th and caught the last three innings. And he said I could look it up.

Well I did, and he's full of shit. Pinch hit in the 8th, caught ONE inning, the ninth. 8/17/79

Grant said...

This is the game that never ends...

It just goes on and on my friend...

BZ said...

Okay, Jacoby gets his hit to keep his streak alive in the 14th. And it's a game winning RBI.

allan said...

Jere - I made a note to check it later. I figured he had to be right because he was so insistent. What an asshole.

Jere said...

He also said it was because the third catcher got hurt. In the game, one catcher was used, then him.

allan said...

April 15, 1968

Astros and Mets 0-0 after 23.
Astros win 1-0 in 24.

laura k said...

OMG I can't believe I'm still awake

BZ said...

World Cup soccer. 90 plus minutes. ONE announcer - no other commentators.
How nice it would be....

laura k said...

I leave work at 10, thought I might catch the final few outs when I got home. Ha.

Sunday night games aren't on TV for us anymore. ESPN radio tonight.

Jere said...

Bobby V just said he once had Matt Franco behind the plate. The "internet" disagrees with that as well.

allan said...

... this game also making me think of the 1-0, 22-inning game L and I were at in Montreal in 1989.

BZ said...

Shouldn't BV be fired for dishonesty?
Is there no accountability?

allan said...

I'll settle for him going back to Japan (forever).

Maxwell Horse said...

But seriously, it's kind of depressing that the Sox have so few hits in a 14 inning game.

Jere said...

It would break the color man's code if he got an old baseball story right! Apparently only Eck is allowed to be right with all his memories.

allan said...

payback for bat toss?

laura k said...

Can you imagine if there was accountability in sportscasting? A lot of jobs would be available.

allan said...

marco: "okay, fuck that apology."

laura k said...

... this game also making me think of the 1-0, 22-inning game L and I were at in Montreal in 1989.

Me too.

allan said...

Me too.

After each game, I'll probably get home and eat peanut butter and dry crackers

laura k said...

But you'll be able to get to the kitchen. It won't be locked.

allan said...

OREL in 1989!!!!

that's our game

BZ said...

Let's have two W's on July 18th.
Please and thank you!
Do it in the 15th.

laura k said...

It's swing at anything time

BZ said...

Bard in '11 has been like Orel in '89 - of late.

laura k said...

OREL in 1989!!!!

that's our game


What? I'm listening to the radio.

They're talking about the 20-inning scoreless game in 1918.

allan said...

second potato for aceves!

Jere said...

quick one. now we take the lead.

Jere said...

you say alfredo i say alfrado

laura k said...

Why are they saying that 1918 game was the longest scoreless game in ML history if we saw a longer scoreless game in 1989?

BZ said...

5 pitch inning for Aceves. Leave him IN (after we score!).

allan said...

espn guys are babbling mostly, but schulman said that orel started a long 0-0 game, in montreal ... he did not remember it.

allan said...

Ours did not end scoreless.

Maybe that one was a 0-0 tie.

laura k said...

oh holy shit

fuck no

allan said...

I demand this game go at least 27 innings - thus setting a new MLB record.


(though i do want to be gone by the time the AM shift comes in at 6:30.)

laura k said...

Didn't occur to me that it could have ended in a tie.

laura k said...

(though i do want to be gone by the time the AM shift comes in at 6:30.)

You could listen to ESPN radio in the car. It's on the Blue Jays radio station.

allan said...

Only 3 hits for each team!

BZ said...

Youk!

Jere said...

thanks for these free baserunners

Dr. Jeff said...

Rays meltdown in the 15th?

laura k said...

OK here we go. Evil Dong, right here.

laura k said...

Oh never mind that. He's on 2nd. That's what I get for threading at 1 am.

Dr. Jeff said...

So when they threw at Scutaro, who called the pitch? Do they have a sign for "chin music?" Do they figure it out ahead of time in the dugout? Get Tim K. on it.

Jere said...

Are they talking about Pittsburgh vs Braves in 1918? That did end, when Pitt got 2 in the 21st. That's the only 20+ inning game I see from '18.

Jere said...

Darnell, base hit to score run please

laura k said...

1918 game, I dunno, sorry.

laura k said...

LOB city

Jere said...

shit!

allan said...

August 1, 1918
Pirates at Boston
0-0 thru 20
Pirates 2-0 (21)

laura k said...

I love how when anything unusual happens in a baseball game everyone immediately looks up the records, sees how the game they're watching compares, where it stands in history.

It is one of the greatest thing about this greatest game.

allan said...

July 14, 1916
Red Sox and Browns play to a 0-0 tie (17 innings)

laura k said...

Now they're on to the 1968 Mets-Astros game. Still no mention of Montreal game.

allan said...

aceves settling in .... :>)

Jere said...

Both runs came with 2 outs in the 21st in 1918. Pitcher scored the first one.

laura k said...

I have a million hours of work tomorrow. 1-0 Red Sox in 16 will be fine.

allan said...

espn wondering if they had a 14th-inning stretch.

allan said...

shit, that was the only way longoria was getting on.

laura k said...

14 inning stretch - yes.

Maxwell Horse said...

I want to murder Aceves.

allan said...

Longo was TB's 5th baserunner tonight.


... fuck #6 right there

laura k said...

another hbp???

Jere said...

Will the Rays complain about Kotchman's bat throwing?

allan said...

papelbon just a spectator.
fuckin' tito.

laura k said...

Before that, Aceves was doing great. If you're going to murder someone, how about Varitek or some other LOBby hitter.

allan said...

dp pls

allan said...

thanks, melvin!

allan said...

aceves was bored with retiring hitters. so he put 2 on, then will get out of trouble.

Maxwell Horse said...

Well, damnit, I have to murder *someone*!

laura k said...

Of course if you murder Varitek, he might appreciate it at this point.

Dr. Jeff said...

OK this is getting ridiculous!

Maxwell Horse said...

The killing is cancelled ... for now.

allan said...

12 innings to go!

BZ said...

ACEves = ACE! (desite the 2 HBP's)

Dr. Jeff said...

I started watching after dinner, at the 7th inning stretch. You eastern folks here for the whole thing have my respect.

laura k said...

Extra respect for the two people on this thread who worked 12 hour days. Ahem.

Jere said...

see it through to the end Josh Sixteen

BZ said...

"Okay, Jacoby gets his hit to keep his streak alive in the 14th. And it's a game winning RBI."

Posted at 12:40. Change that to 16th inning!

allan said...

in around the 5th, i was thinking of our 1989 game and wondering how a game goes that long with 0 runs. it has happened, obviously, but it seems so unlikely. no chance of tonight's game doing that.

.... hmmmmmm

laura k said...

Oh shit. If we don't score in this inning, I have to go to sleep. I have a monster work day (and week) ahead.

So: RUNS PLS

allan said...

nice scrotum goatee, moron.

allan said...

russell can go 3-4 innings, then rays will turn to hellickson!

Jere said...

Gotta figure Castig has mentioned that long game in Seattle we lost where guys had cups on their ears in the dugout.

allan said...

valentine, on the amazing cactus:

"once again, did something to try to help his team win. good job, capt."

that is so rare, these days, players who do things to help their team win. bravo, jason!!!

laura k said...

Chris Singleton calls it for this inning. Didn't say which team, just that one team will score this inning.

allan said...

thought he was dead.

allan said...

FUCK short pop


bot up

Dr. Jeff said...

Did Bogar even tell Reddick to get back to the bag? Why is he even out there?

allan said...

ARRRG - recalling AG's AB int he 9th.

Maxwell Horse said...

Wow, if they squander this ... I will continue to watch like the pathetic slave I am.

Jere said...

thta's fucking fuck-non-tastic Ellsbury, come on!!!!

laura k said...

You thought Chris Singleton was dead?

laura k said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

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

Jere said...

hallelujah chorus

Jake of All Trades said...

Run!

BZ said...

a laserette!

SoSock said...

Runs!!

Well, run!!

allan said...

of course, the rays will tie it off bot..... :>)

FY with 3 of boston's 5 hits

laura k said...

I will continue to watch like the pathetic slave I am.

Pathetic slave or loyal fan, you make the call.

Dr. Jeff said...

Nice! Laura, I didn't work 12 hours today, but I think between the British Open, the World Cup, the end of the Giants game (suicide squeeze!) and this game, I definitely watched at least 12 hours of sports.

laura k said...

FUCK

Thought we had some insurance there.

OK. Please. Please. Please.

allan said...

crazy number of leaping catches at the wall tonight.

bot gets up, having warmed up 7 innings earlier!

BZ said...

It has been quite a game. Some great defense. Frustrating LOB's. Clutch pitching.

And now - BOT. It is his to save!

SoSock said...

Bottom of the order for the Rays

laura k said...

Dr Jeff, sounds like a great day. I was thrilled over the World Cup.

Dr. Jeff said...

It was an exciting game for sure.

laura k said...

ONE

laura k said...

TWO

SoSock said...

Not sure why, but I hope we don't see Noodle at the plate.

He just seems to be a bad omen

SoSock said...

Damn that was close

laura k said...

THREE!

Dr. Jeff said...

Yes!!

allan said...

16 OZ. of DIRTY WATER!!!!

SoSock said...

Dirty!!

Late, and Dirty!

Dr. Jeff said...

Awesome. Glad it turned out well, eventually. 5:41!

Jere said...

oh yeah!!!! just another day in Red Sox Naysh. 1.5 up.

Maxwell Horse said...

The End

laura k said...

EXTRA dirty water!!!!

Good night you crazy people!

laura k said...

Allan, keep the windows open, drive safe, eh.

SoSock said...

Cool, nice to get to chat a bit during the game for a change

Kathryn said...

WOW to all of you still threading at the end of the game last night. I listened in bed and fell asleep with bases loaded and two outs in the 11th. Then I couldn't check the score in the middle of the night because my phone was dead. Nice to wake up to a win. Amazing catch by Reddick.

Amy said...

You people are very impressive! I was trying so hard to stay awake, but somewhere around midnight I just faded. Boy, was I happy to wake up to this W (and also grateful for the two hours of extra sleep I got, even though I missed the end of the game).

FY remains my hero for the season, hands down.

Amy said...

Is there a link to video of Reddick's catch? I "saw" of it on the ipod, but have not seen the actual catch.

Kathryn, I am glad I was not the only one who punked out!

Kathryn said...

Reddick's catch
I love LBJ's huge smile as they are coming off the field.

Amy, you can get highlights of any game at mlb.com. Even condensed games.

And yes, I pooped out last night. We have had a very sad and tiring week here with a death in the family. I'll take sleep when I can get it these days.

Amy said...

Thanks for the link, Kat.

And I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are doing better soon.

Rob said...

You want to hear about a wacky game? Here's an example of one, including perhaps the worst-run professional team ever; so bad, in fact, their play-by-play man quit his job on the air!

allan said...

Francona: "Nobody holds us down for 16 innings."

Aceves: "Man, I was starving. I was dying of hunger. [After the game], I didn't even change my shirt. I went straight to the kitchen and started eating."

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