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Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Sox 1 Royals 0 BOX SCORE
Fenway West o5.29.10
The Yankees squandered leads of 3-0, 9-3, and 10-4 before Cleveland pounded Joba the Mutt in the 7th inning. Sabathia started the game, and had a performance of 6 IP, 7 hits, 1 WP, 5 runs. They then trotted out their own dog and pony show of 5 relievers. Their total: 3 IP, 6 hits, 8 runs, 3 walks. Joba Chamberlain was the day's biggest bust: 0.1 IP, 4 hits, 4 runs, leaving him with a 5.82 ERA. Sabathia's ERA is now almost as inflated as his paycheck: 4.16.
Final Score: CLE 13 NYY 11 Box Score
Friday, May 28, 2010
Today, Wake was back up on the mound at Fenway pitching against the lowly Royals, and his performance was the complete opposite. He couldn't make it out of the 4th inning and his line for the day is ugly- 3.2 innings, 12 hits, 9 runs, all earned, 3 walks, and a home run. Sigh. Like I said, you live by the knuckleball, and you die by the knuckleball. This is typical of a knuckleballer's total performances. One day totally unhittable, the next he's serving up meatballs. Last year in Oakland, he had a no hitter going into the 8th inning. (It was a perfect game going into the 6th, and it was an error by a fielder that ended the perfect part.) Today's conga line of relievers- Atchinson, Ramirez, Okajima, Nelson, and Hall- wasn't too bad- 8 hits, 2 walks, and 3 more runs. Wait a minute! Hall? Yes, the outfielder Bill Hall. Jonathan Van Every had already been DFA'd and was not available. He actually fared well. In the 1 inning he pitched, it only took him 11 pitches to get the side out in order.
The offense put up 10 hits and 5 runs, but it just wasn't anywhere near enough. Scutaro, Beltre, and Cameron all had multi-hit days. Papi hit a run scoring double and scored once himself. Martinez is still wielding a hot bat as he went 2/4, 1 run and 4 RBI's.
Sox 5 Royals 12 BOX SCORE
UPDATE: Hall's 1-2-3 9th inning video
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
And if you're curious as to how a Red Sox bar got a name like Connecticut Yankee, just click here.
John Lackey made it into the 7th inning allowing only 2 of those bottom feeding flat fish to make it home. Okajima and Ramirez went 1.2 innings with no runs and only 1 hit allowed. Joe Nelson came in for the 9th and gave up a moot point HR.
Sox 11 Flat Fish 3 BOX SCORE
(Yeah, I know I've used 'flat fish' two days in a row, but I like it so much, I just couldn't resist!)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Our Sox are rising to the challenge of climbing out of the seemingly endless abyss that clubhouse turmoil can push a team into. The Rays were looking bulletproof up until 3 days ago. They rushed out of this season's gate to a 32-12 record for a .727 percentage. At that rate, they were on their way to winning 118 games. That is, until they ran into the rejuvenated Red Sox.
James Shields threw a pretty damn good game tonight going 8 innings and allowing only 4 Red Sox hits all night. Not much in the way of offense tonight, Papi went 1/3 spanking a 2 run double as that was all that was needed. Wheelin', dealin', and now reelin' Jon Lester and the bullpen crew of Delcarmen, Bard and Papelbon landed the Rays for the 2nd game in a row with solid pitching, allowing them only 1 hit all night, while collecting 12 strike outs, 9 of them from Lester.
The Red Sox have won this series, outscoring them 8-1 in the first two games. Let's hope that Lackey bounces back from his last lackluster start and shows us why Henry & Co. dropped 11-teen bazillion dollars on him.
Sox 2 Flat Fish 0 BOX SCORE
Fenway West 05.25.10
Monday, May 24, 2010
I don't recall any more Red Sox or Yankees references in the last 2 or 3 seasons, although there could have been some red or pinstriped eater eggs somewhere in there. Well, I'm off to the LOST discussion boards, and then I need to order season 1 from Netflix.
Fenway West 05.24.10
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We all know the turmoil that is astir in the Red Sox club house these days- Ortiz, Varitek, Lowell... and Wake. This turmoil has taken its toll on the Red Sox in the first 45 games of the season. What Theo will do with Mike Lowell is anyone's guess, but Mike is understandably upset, and rightfully so. Theo knows he has to resolve that situation soon. Big Papi has returned, at least for now. Ortiz has bought himself enough time to last to the end of the season. He did snap out of his slump earlier this year than last, but only his final 2010 numbers will reveal his future with the Sox. As for Jason Varitek, he is holding his head up and is quietly doing what is best for the team.
This situation will be difficult to resolve if all of the starters are healthy. Nobody wants a teammate to go down with an injury to gain a spot on the roster, Wake included. So what happens when all 6 starting pitchers are all healthy all at the same time?
It would be tricky, but it could be done. One of them might need an extra day off once in a while for a myriad of reasons. Francona needs to see who is hot and who is not. He will have to take closer looks at match ups with opposing teams furthur in advance than he already does and juggle the order they pitch accordingly. There is no law that mandates that the starting pitchers rotation maintain the same order throughout the whole season.
Tim Wakefield has earned his spot in the starting pitcher's rotation. He just throttled the best team in the National League last night, blanking them for 8 innings. He was an All Star last year. And if the 6 man rotation does become the answer, no one should ever say it was Tim Wakefield's fault.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Phillies 5 Sox 1 BOX SCORE
F&@# the Angels
F&@# the Rangers
F&@# the Mariners
F&@# the Red Sox
F&@# the Yankees
More interesting items from this game include A's announcer Ray Fosse working with his Giant's counterpart, Jon Miller, and seeing our old friend Coco Crisp going 2/3 with 2 RBI's in his first appearance of the season. (Maybe he can beat the crap out of some of the Ray's- JK!!!) Giant's starting pitcher Barry Zito finally has a season worthy of his paycheck, but this was only his 2nd loss of the year.
SOX 6 TWINS 2 Box Score
Fenway West 05.21.09
Saturday, May 15, 2010
On May 12, 2009, the New York Yankees had a won-loss record of 15-17 for a .469 winning percentage, and we all know where they ended up last year.
A little bit better than last year, no?
Fenway West 05.15.10
Friday, May 14, 2010
The Red Sox play the Giants in San Francisco on June 25, 26, and 27. Saturday night, the 1st Rock & Sox Benefit for The Jimmy Fund and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will take place. The game starts shortly after 4 and should be over by 8 PM or so, leaving plenty of time for fans, and hopefully players, to get to The Connecticut Yankee Red Sox and Boston sports bar, restaraunt, and music venue, which is less than 2 miles from the Giants' ATnT Park. (Odd name for a Red Sox bar, yes, I know. Click here if you would like to read how the bar got its name.)
Official recognition from The Dana-Farber Cancer Istitute has been received, the house band which consists of several of the Bay Area's best musicians will commence rehearsals soon. If you're going to any of these Giants games, please consider having dinner at The Connecticut Yankee and then stay for the music which will start no later than 10 PM. Don't wait to get your tickets, though! The house band, dubbed 'The Cancer Sucks Band' will take us on a musical journey starting in Boston and ending in San Francisco. The 1st set will be comprised of songs about the city of Boston, songs by bands from Boston, baseball songs, and songs that every good Sox fan should know by heart. The 2nd set will have a distinct San Francisco flavor to it.
Invitations to perform will be extended to Theo, Wake, and Peter Gammons, as well as Clay Buchholz, who is the 2010 Spokesman for Rally Against Cancer, and Jerry Remy. If any of them show up, I will have my hair cut on stage to be donated to Locks of Love! So come see the hippy get his hair cut! No one will ever believe a drummer put this thing to gether!
Little Johnny- Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a drummer.
Mother- Now, Johnny, you can't do both.
Q~ What do you call a drummer with no girlfriend?
Visit the Rock & Sox site for advanced ticket sale information, which will be announced soon.
Click here for the Facebook group page.
Click here for the Facebook event page.
Only 100 tickets will be sold and we expect this event to sell out, so don't wait!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Fenway West 05.10.10
Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 0 BOX SCORE
Fenway West 05.09.10
Thursday, May 6, 2010
with ‘The Cancer Sucks Band’
featuring Dave Stein, Pat Nevins, Jeff Faust and Sam Flot
and very special guests to be announced soon.
Fenway West’s California Cancer Benefit
will be held after the SOX @ SFG game on
Saturday, June 26th at
The Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Avenue & 17th Street, San Francisco,
located less than 2 miles from The SF Giants' AT&T Park.
After the game is over, come on over to The Connecticut Yankee for a night of great food and great music as The Cancer Sucks Band features some of the best Bay Area musicians and will bring you on a musical journey from Boston to San Francisco. The Connecticut Yankee has a great menu, great food, great beer, wide screen TV, and regularly hosts nationally known bands as well as up and coming bands that have great potential for success.
And if you’re curious as to how a Red Sox bar came to have a name like 'The Connecticut Yankee', or as it is known locally, The Yankee, click here.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
SOX WIN 3-1 Box Score
Fenway West 05.05.10
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
It was a total pitcher's duel through 7 innings as Ervin Santana and Jon Lester matched each other with very similar numbers:
Santana- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.02 ERA, 115/72 # pitches/strikes
Lester- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.93 ERA, 120/76 # pitches/strikes
Jepsen came in for the Angels in the 8th inning and promptly issued 2 free passes and then a single by J.D. Drew to load the bases. I was totally prepared to see Mike Lowell step up to the plate because up to that point Ortiz already had already struck out and had grounded into a double play. Tito decided to go with the Large Father, though. Bad move. It breaks my heart to see such revered sports heroes having so much difficulty as their careers start to wind down. (I'm still waiting for Mo to get on with his end of career slide.) Big Papi flailed again and ground into his second double play of the night, stranding a total of 7 teammates on the bases for the night. No matter, as Jeremey Hermida stepped up to the plate and whacked an opposite field bases clearing double that Juan Rivera may have gotten to had he not misjudged the incoming. The Sox were up 4-1 at that point with a man still on second base and Darnell McDonald due up. Finally Scioscia pulls Jepsen and sends in our old pal Scott Shields. Now Tito decides to send in Mike to pinch hit, and he delivered again, sending in Hermida to home with another double. Shields loaded up the bases again before he finally got Van Every to strike out, lest another slugfest break out.
I love seeing Big Papi playing for the Sox, but it also pains me to see numbers like 0/4, 2 Ks, 2 GIDPs, and 7 teammates LOB. Oh Papi, Big Papi, you test our loyalty! All those walk off HRs now seem so long ago! Your leash groweth short, I fear. What will be Papi's fate? One thing is for sure, and that is that Mike Lowell may become a very important part of this team for the whole season if Ortiz does not start producing on a regular basis, the 2 HRs in one game the other night notwithstanding.
Our old friend Joel Pineiro makes a return trip to the Fenway mound tomorrow, but this time wearing red for yet another team. Pineiro pitched for the Red Sox in 2007 before playing with the Cardinals up until this year.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Clay Buchholz would have none of that as he pitched admirably in 5.2 innings, leaving the game with a 7-4 lead. That's when the Sox bats exploded scoring 10 more runs in the 6th and 7th innings. Manny and Ram-1 shut down the Angels over 2.1 innings, not allowing a man on base, and doing it on only 24 pitches between the two of them. Schoeneweis got the call for mop up duty in inning number 9, and promptly coughed up 4 moot point runs.
All of the Sox starters had multi-hit games tonight except for Pedroia. That's OK as his one hit was a 3 run homer. JD Drew went 4/5, knocking in 3 and scoring 2. Mike Lowell had a 4/4 night, including 2 doubles as he knocked in 4 and scored 2 times.
While the ship may have been listing badly, it appears to be righting itself. File this one under morale and confidence boosters.
Red Sox- 17, Angels 8 BOX SCORE
Fenway West 05.03.10
Roberts arrived in Boston in 2004 and although his stay with the Red Sox was short, he will always be remembered for "The Steal of the Century." He was traded to the San Diego Padres to play center field in exchange for Jay Payton. Ironically, he was bumped from center field to left field when the Padres acquired Mike Cameron. Roberts played for the Padres in 2005 and 2006, and the San Francisco Giants in 2007 and 2008. He retired after the 2008 season and worked for NESN in 2009. In 2010 he started working as a special assistaant in the Padres organization.
He is scheduled to talk more about his health later today.
Besides Roberts, Jon Lester is a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor. Former prospect Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2008. Mike Lowell is a cancer survivor.
My oldest brother was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and has been succesful so far in his battle with it. Very recently, a friend and former band mate was diagnosed with cancer and is going down fast. A current friend and band mate just lost his brother to cancer. I'm sure many of us know someone who has been stricken with this disease. For many years now, the Red Sox have been associated with The Jimmy Fund and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and their quest to find a cure for this disease.
Fenway West 05.03.10
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Besides the pitching and defense mantra that was preached all winter long, baseball pundits everywhere were expecting 3-2 and 2-1 scores with the departure of Jason Bay and the demise of Big Papi. So far, they're either hot, or not. They're averaging 4.5 runs per game. In 10 of those games they scored 6 or more runs, averaging 8.1 runs per game when they're hot. When they're not, they have scored 3 runs or less in 11 games so far, including being shut out twice.
Two of the lefties in the starting line-up have sent cardboard stand-up cut-outs of themselves up to the plate all of April. However, J.D. Drew had a break out day yesterday belting 2 home runs, and today, David Ortiz did the same as the Sox lost 12-9. Let's hope that continues for the both of them, otherwise we may not see them after July.
Commander Kick Donkey goes to the hill tomorrow as the Sox attempt to get at least one win from the Oriole's in this series, the team with the worst record in all of MLB. Beckett will get his former moniker back whenever he gets his Xsh...X act together, hopefully tomorrow.
Orioles 12 Red Sox 9 BOX SCORE