04 August 2010

Game 108: Ellsbury to the Bridge!

Daniel Nava is going back down, and LBJ will be up, leading off, playing center field, and staying clear of Adrian Beltre (so will the Cleveland pitching staff).

With Lowell's dramatic first-pitch home run in his first at bat in the majors since June 22, the hope dashed by Youkilis's injury seemed to return. I haven't seen any word on whether MLB will levy fines for the mob scene that took place after Beltre took a pitch well east of his ass yesterday. But it's always great when your coaching staff gets angry enough to be right in the mix when the benches clear.

Last time we faced old friend Justin Masterson, he had one of his occasional very good games. This time will be different, I suspect.

RED SOX (61-46)
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Ortiz DH
Martinez 1B
Drew RF
Beltre 3B
Kalish LF
Lowrie 2B
Cash C

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-6, 3.05)

INDIANS (45-62)
Donald 2B
Cabrera SS
Choo RF
Duncan LF
Nix DH
Marte 3B
Crowe SS
Marson C

Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (3-10, 5.55)

112 comments:

meunier said...

How did Kevin Cash GET into the majors anyways?

Zenslinger said...

Catching a good game, and the hope that he would learn to hit somehow, I suppose.

Zenslinger said...

Lesteriffic.

Zenslinger said...

All right, I'm going back to my tried & true avatar. Charlie Watts was getting a bit funerary on me there.

SoSock said...

Genesis!
Perhaps a new beginning :)

Zenslinger said...

Indeed.

Let's begin by getting to Masterson.

SoSock said...

meunier - Good defensive catchers are always needed. Finding one that can hit is a key component to an above average team, but there aren't all that many out there, and rarely do you find a team that has more than one

SoSock said...

Nice
3 Ks in the first 6 batters.

meunier said...

Double.

Zenslinger said...

It's a good start.

meunier said...

I would have the 4 fingers up right here if I were the Cleveland manager.

Zenslinger said...

I'm not sure you can get that many hot dogs at once. At least not in the dugout.

meunier said...

LaPorta gets lucky.

SoSock said...

Damn, squanderage.

Why isn't Mikey playing tonight?

Zenslinger said...

Er, why isn't Lester playing this inning?

SoSock said...

Thank g.. for the pop-up

SoSock said...

Wiggle Lester, wiggle!

Zenslinger said...

He's the original Houdini. But Choo's their best hitter...

Well, a BB isn't much of a solution.

meunier said...

Damage limited..

SoSock said...

Could have been a LOT worse

meunier said...

The sun shines on the dog's ass..

meunier said...

mofo

SoSock said...

Boo. More squanderage.

In the "answering my own question" dept., or should I say "reiterating my own question dept. -

Cash and Lowell are both righties. Lowell hits abut equal vs. RHPs and LHPs. Cash on the other hand bats much worse vs RHPs than LHPs.
So given Lowell's nice return last night and a rightie on the mound tonight, why isn't V-Mart catching and Mikey at 1B?

Just, you know, saying

SoSock said...

Granted - I bring this up AFTER Cash leads off last inning with a double, but...........

Ish said...

Nice to be seeing old friends like the Big Donkey and old foes like Ass Dribble.

SoSock said...

Earlier this year there were a couple of discussions about how many balls Drew looks at. Now he's seen just 3 pitches in 2 abs and grounded out twice

Amy said...

Good evening, all. Damn, more squanderage....

meunier said...

I don't think we can get to Masterson tonight, the good news is they will have to use their bullpen though

SoSock said...

Masterson putting up a lot of doughnuts. Why can't we get pitchers like....oh, never mind

meunier said...

We REALLY can't get a break tonight.

SoSock said...

Shit.

SoSock said...

Cashed ball - bleh

SoSock said...

That cannot POSSIBLY say "injury delay"!

Amy said...

This season has just been unbelievable. Please---no more injuries!

SoSock said...

I'm afraid to ask. The ball was hit to right. Drew?

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Amy said...

No, SoSock, it seemed Lester pulled something. But he stayed in. I guess we will see if he comes back out next inning.

SoSock said...

Walk the #9 man. That's a start

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Hey Everyone,
I've been watching, but too many things going on to thread. I'd like to win this one.

Amy said...

Damn. Another wasted opportunity.

meunier said...

This guy only pitches well against us, his former team.

Amy said...

Hey, MrsG. I'd like a W also. But we need the team to stop leaving guys on base....

Amy said...

OK, guess we are stuck with modding now. Damn troll

SoSock said...

Yeah Mrs GT, a win would be good. Did anyone hear a noise a minute ago? I thought I heard a troll, but why would they be out after their team has coughed up their lead in the division? Mmmm, looking to soothe their angst a little?

Mrs.GotRibe said...

I guess Tito should have taken him out, huh? That stinks.

Amy said...

Isn't this the team that gave up all their players and were supposed to be easy to beat?

meunier said...

and something is wrong with Lester

SoSock said...

Well that just sux

Mrs.GotRibe said...

SoSock, You probably missed it. Francona and the trainer came out again to look at Lester. He said he was fine and promptly gave up the home run on the next pitch.

Amy said...

Looking like Lester may have hurt himself after all. WTF?

SoSock said...

Might be time

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Amy and SoSock, I think the best response is absolutely no response.

SoSock said...

OK, I'm going to try the shower mojo.

Let's be ahead when I get back plz

Amy said...

Yes, MrsG. DNFTT.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

It's a good thing the Spiders' fan in my office is on vacation this week. I'm sure I'll hear about it next week though.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

That was not an out at second.

Amy said...

Papi!!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Papi has such a sweet swing.

meunier said...

Well there's something

Ish said...

Lou Merloni, who's doing the color analysis on WEEI tonight, said, "That ball was hit a very long, long way by a bad, bad man."

meunier said...

Maybe I should call my friend in David's home country more often when he is at bat.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Amy, how is the grandbaby? Do you get to see him much?

SoSock said...

Guess I should shower more often.
Since I left Atchison faced 2 batters and got 3 outs, Papi showed his dong, and V-Mart walks with no outs.

Rally Caps!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

SoSock, you are going to be a very clean man.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

SoSock, Get back to the showers!! What was JD doing swinging at that?

SoSock said...

Damn, struck out on ball 4, according to GDGDs graphic

meunier said...

I have to wonder if Lester is playing hurt and if Doubront would be an equal or better option right now.

Amy said...

Thanks for asking, Mrs G. He is doing just great, now that his mom has settled in! We are going back to Brooklyn next week for a few days. My son in law will be away for work, and I am going to stay with my daughter and Nate. I can't wait! Even if it does mean interrupted sleep for a couple of nights.

Amy said...

SoSock, one can never shower enough in these circumstances!

Zenslinger said...

Still MIN 1, TB 0.

Zenslinger said...

I can't shower enough period. I just like showering.

Mrs.GotRibe said...

That's some special time. My mom moved to my area when my daughter (her first grandchild) was one year old. Twenty years later, they still have a tremendous relationship.

Zenslinger said...

Mets have had three errors in one inning vs. Atlanta.

Amy said...

I wish I could live closer or that they would move closer, but it's not a practical alternative since we all have jobs that we cannot give up. But at least it's just a car ride away. Three and half hours, but still...just a car ride away.

SoSock said...

I've been very fortunate so far in that all of my kids, and therefore grandkids, are right here in town. But now the youngest son, Taylor, is getting ready to move to CA. He's been there several times, twice for extended stays, and loves it. He's 27, and the only one who's never married. I know he's wanted to go out there for years, but I think the family thing has kept him here. But now there's a CA girl in the picture. That seems to be the final straw it took to get him to move.

Amy said...

This season seems to be endless to me. It just seems nothing has gone right. I can't remember the last time I actually enjoyed watching a game... :(

Amy said...

Zen, we may have a three error inning soon also. Meet the Mets!

SoSock said...

Well, this isn't good......
Is that 2 errors on throws to home in this game?

Zenslinger said...

Yeah, this is not good. I had to go to The Bar.

Ish said...

ASS DRIBBLE.

Amy said...

SoSock, how many grandchildren do you have?

(May as well think about something pleasant since this game isn't bringing any joy.)

Mrs.GotRibe said...

SoSock, that is nice for you to have them so close and nice for them too. I miss my brothers and their families (they are both in Georgia). California is a long way away, but if he's happy, it'll be okay.

SoSock said...

Jeez, I hope their bullpen is as bad as it's reputation

meunier said...

Goodnight everybody..

Amy said...

Well, at least there is no reason for hope now. They have put us out of our misery.

Zenslinger said...

Hooooly crap.

We should never have traded Andy Marte!

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Okay, this now officially SUCKS!!!!

Amy said...

Well, at least I won't have to watch Papelbon tonight!

Zenslinger said...

Heh heh, silver linings, Amy.

Amy said...

Yes, Zen. I always try to find something positive in these situations!

SoSock said...

Wow. So as I try to ignore the carnage on the field......

I have 3 grandkids that I am actively involved with as a grandparent. 2 girls by my daughter, and 1 boy by the oldest son. 19, 12, and 7. (Yes 19, it's a long story) There are a couple of "step-grandchildren" as well that I rarely see.

Amy said...

Wow, you have lots of grandparent experience for such a young guy! I keep thinking that I am a young looking grandmother, but you must have been a mere child when you first became a grandfather!

And for a while, I thought I was the only JOS grandparent!

Zenslinger said...

I can think of a few times earlier this season when we could have used 4-pitch innings from MDC.

SoSock said...

Ha, a good inning from Del-Car!

Naturally it would come on a night when it doesn't really matter

Zenslinger said...

Great minds, hm.

Zenslinger said...

Rays have tied it against MIN, hitting the ball hard three times in a row.

# of doubles and HRs is pretty impressive on Beltre there.

SoSock said...

Amy - since there's not much in Fenway to discuss. At least not without raising the blood pressure......

The daughter is not our biological child. We took her in when she was 12. She's older than either of our 2 sons, by several years. We were only 28 when that happened so if she were ours by birth we would have had her at the age of 16. Then, to complicate things, she ran away at 16, dissappeared for a year, and came back with a baby. So I, at the ripe old age of 52, have a 19, almost 20, year old granddaughter. That always makes people do a double-take :) You can see them starting to do the math.....

Amy said...

Beltre may be the most consistent player we have had all season.

Zenslinger said...

Minnesota survives to go to extra innings.

SoSock said...

And, back to baseball, I agree. Beltre has been a great pick-up. If you had told me HE would put up the numbers he has, and we would still be struggling as much as we are, I would have called you senseless.

Zenslinger said...

SoSock, which of these people did I meet when you were in San Francisco?

Amy said...

LOL, SoSock! Yes, I was doing the math myself since I know you are several years younger than I am. I couldn't figure out how you became a grandfather in your 30s!! It sounds like you did a wonderful thing at a very young age, and I hope that you now see all the rewards of those tough years with your daughter.

Amy said...

I hope we can re-sign Beltre, but it seems all the gurus do not see that happening.

Of course, he did break a few ribs as well....

SoSock said...

Zen, that was the younger son, Taylor, who is moving to your side of the slab. He was just finishing up a 7-month assignment there in CA and flew me out there to join him for a whirlwind tour of the state, and the drive back across the country. We were just getting starting when we met you. I think I had been out there for abpout 3 days then. It turned into a 2 week adventure.

Zenslinger said...

Sounds like quite an adventure. Now I've met you, Allan and Laura from the blog. That's kind of cool.

Amy said...

Well, Zen, maybe we can get you to the East Coast for a JOS3 in Boston.

SoSock, you must be the only person besides Allan and Laura to have attended both JOS1 and JOS2!

SoSock said...

Thank you Amy. I am very proud o how she has turned out, as was Cathy. Naturally, there have been rough spots, but all in all she has turned into a pretty damn good adult and mother. There were spells with the first child, who was mostly raised in her earliest years by her father and his mother. But April has become a very good mother to her and has been a model parent to the younger one. That would be Haley, my little 12 year old softball player. All-Star this year, no less!

Amy said...

Who'd have thought we'd lose two out of three to Cleveland?

I hate to be pessimistic, but I don't see this team being even close to a wild card.

SoSock said...

Well, glad THAT's over.
Agua limpia :(
Talvez manana

Amy said...

Good night, all. Thanks for moderating, Zen.

Zenslinger said...

My pleasure. Nice chat.

I'm from the East Coast, so it will happen one day. But many of my trips, like the one coming up in September, are quick trips just to see family in Lake George.

SoSock said...

So, posting may be done for the night. But in case it's not - Minn. just took a lead in the top of the 13th. Hope they can hold on to it