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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Rangers (79-60) @ RedSox (83-54), Saturday, September 3, 2011, 4:10pm

TEX: Colby Lewis (31, RHP, 11-9, 4.19)
BOS: Erik Bedard (32, LHP, 4-9, 3.45)

The Primer Chimp Posted: September 03, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 59 comment(s)
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   1. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:20 PM (#3916245)
Nice catch by Gonzo there (a seemingly rare case of Bedard having good luck to get out of an inning, rather than vice versa).
   2. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:33 PM (#3916248)
Anyone else hate the way McCarver (and others) use "cheating" to mean, what, "playing/moving at a different spot/time than usual"? Or does it just bug me?

(And would it bug me left if McCarver weren't the main culprit?)
   3. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:35 PM (#3916250)
... bug me LESS ..
   4. plink Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:39 PM (#3916251)
So, why are Lowrie and Crawford hitting behind Ortiz, as opposed to Reddick or Saltalamcchia?
   5. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:39 PM (#3916252)
Red Sox now hitting .231/.289/.304 with the bases loaded. That's kind of amazing.
   6. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:55 PM (#3916257)
This is shaping up to be a loooong , ugly afternoon.
   7. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 08:58 PM (#3916259)
Rangers hit grounders for hits, we hit liners for outs. Fun game.
   8. plink Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:04 PM (#3916260)
Given that Gameday is often wrong, is Bedard (yet again) getting squeezed as much as Gameday suggests?
   9. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:06 PM (#3916261)
It's hard for me to tell with this atrocious camera angle Fox uses.
   10. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:15 PM (#3916266)
Seemed like Crawford was playing way too deep there. He had to run a long way for a ball that I was thinking would be routine.
   11. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:24 PM (#3916268)
An Ortiz homer here would really put some life into things.
   12. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:25 PM (#3916269)
Has McCarver really never seen a righty shift? Maddon does it all the time. He even just mentioned Joe Maddon!
   13. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:25 PM (#3916270)
Nice, a chance for Lowrie to strand some more runners.
   14. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:26 PM (#3916272)
I love Lowrie, but he has no business batting 6th until he can show that he still knows how to hit a baseball.
   15. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:29 PM (#3916273)
Huge to get a run with 2 outs here. Good job, Jed after starting 0-2.
   16. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:29 PM (#3916274)
Clutch RBI hit by Lowrie! Woo!

And, man, even with the runners off with the 3-2 pitch, I still wouldn't have bet on both advancing two bases.
   17. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:33 PM (#3916275)
Is Crawford ever going to hit for more than like 2-3 games at a time every 2 weeks?
   18. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:35 PM (#3916276)
Drew was viewed poorly after a 1.9 fWAR first season at $14M annually.

It's now September and Crawford has 0.4 fWAR while making ~20M annually.
   19. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:39 PM (#3916277)
I cannot imagine trying to bunt Bedard's curve.
   20. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:39 PM (#3916278)
Wow. That did not go as the Rangers planned.
   21. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:43 PM (#3916280)
Reddick possibly heating up again. A hot Reddick hitting 6th or 7th instead of Crawford could be a really good thing.
   22. plink Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:46 PM (#3916281)
In play, run(s)!
   23. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:47 PM (#3916282)
Salty, with the game-tying revenge homer!
   24. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:49 PM (#3916284)
(Not that I imagine Saltalamacchia holds a grudge against the Rangers organization to count it as a revenge homer, like when Ortiz hurts the twins. Still, sounds fun to say)
   25. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:51 PM (#3916285)
You really don't think Salty holds any grudges against Texas after they jerked him around for 3 years instead of letting him get an extended chance?
   26. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 09:57 PM (#3916289)
Hmm, maybe. I got the impression it was more a "they were patient while I tried to work the yips out in the minors" narrative, but I could see him having a legit desire for revenge, too.

At any rate, yay! Although it seems early to be going to the bullpen. Stupid Fox broadcast doesn't show pitch counts.

(Don and Jerry may not be what they were, but I love NESN's direct-center camera angle and tendency to have all the info you could want right on-screen.)
   27. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:02 PM (#3916292)
Did Lowrie hurt himself? Aviles is in?
   28. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:03 PM (#3916293)
No idea. Now, please, make the intentional walks hurt.
   29. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:05 PM (#3916294)
HOLY CRAP BASE HIT WITH THE BASES LOADED!!!!!
   30. plink Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:06 PM (#3916295)
That was completely unexpected.
   31. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:06 PM (#3916296)
I was not expecting that.
   32. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:07 PM (#3916297)
CLUTCH CRAWFORD GRAND SLAM! I can't believe it!
   33. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:09 PM (#3916298)
Updated Sox stats with the bases loaded: .243/.298/.335

(Not great, but if I'm going to post that when they do nothing, it's only fair to post it now)
   34. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:11 PM (#3916300)
Crawford hitting, Reddick getting hot. I like this. Hopefully nothing serious going on with Lowrie, he was starting to hit a bit again too.

Youkilis needs to get it going and then this offense could get back to being a juggernaut.
   35. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:12 PM (#3916301)
You see the wave every freaking game at Fenway, McCarver, though usually not until the 6th inning or so.
   36. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:13 PM (#3916302)
Reddick is really good at going first to third. It seems like every time someone singles with him on first he ends up on third.
   37. plink Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:13 PM (#3916303)
Crawford becomes only the 3rd player on the Sox to have a bases loaded OPS over .800...

Fairly easy to guess who has the worst bases loaded performance on the Sox this year.
   38. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:19 PM (#3916306)
Well, there's a heck of an inning. Man, the game stank an hour ago.
   39. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:24 PM (#3916308)
Bedard's fastball is down to 86 this inning? Is he hurt?
   40. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:29 PM (#3916309)
That was the first Grand Slam this year by the Red Sox, right? Or am I forgetting some other occasion?
   41. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:30 PM (#3916310)
ESPN says Ortiz has one, too.
   42. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:33 PM (#3916311)
Is Tim McCarver seriously going to argue that a couple rounds of glorified batting practice a month and a half ago determined the outcome of an at-bat on Thursday?
   43. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:40 PM (#3916314)
Bedard's looking better now. Maybe his shoulder was just a bit stiff or something. He's hit 90 a few times and his curve looks great.
   44. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:50 PM (#3916318)
Crawford with another well-struck extra base hit. Not saying it will mean anything tomorrow, but I'm enjoying it today.
   45. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:54 PM (#3916320)
Looks like Reddick has his groove back.
   46. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 10:58 PM (#3916325)
I love it when Pedroia gets up with the bases juiced.
   47. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:00 PM (#3916327)
Pedroia the Destroia!
   48. Curse of the Graffanino (dfan) Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:01 PM (#3916328)
I love it when Pedroia gets up with the bases juiced.

I see why.
   49. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:02 PM (#3916330)
Kind of nice they bounced back with a trouncing of their own after the dismal performance yesterday.
   50. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:03 PM (#3916331)
.248/.303/.348, now. Still not great, but certainly heading in the right direction.
   51. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:07 PM (#3916333)
I interpret the Gonzalez substitution as a tacit acknowledgment that Adrian is nursing a injury.
   52. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:08 PM (#3916336)
That was the first Grand Slam this year by the Red Sox, right? Or am I forgetting some other occasion?

They have at least 1. They went for so lon at the start of the season without one, I took note when they hit it...
   53. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:13 PM (#3916339)
   54. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:15 PM (#3916340)
So, how did Lowrie hurt himself this time?

Lord, I tell you, this guy is more fragile than Wedgwood porcelain.
   55. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:17 PM (#3916341)
So, how did Lowrie hurt himself this time?

Lord, I tell you, this guy is more fragile than Wedgwood porcelain.


Hit by a beachball from the stands.
   56. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:20 PM (#3916342)
Tough day for Youks.
   57. ray james Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:24 PM (#3916344)
So, I'm thinking Jackson was picked up to give Gonzalez some rest down the stretch and Aviles was picked up as insurance for Lowrie, hwo is always coming back from an injury.
   58. Dan Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:45 PM (#3916352)
Hopefully Reddick is okay.
   59. Jay Seaver Posted: September 03, 2011 at 11:58 PM (#3916358)
Huh... On replay, it looks like we should still be playing.

Totally taking it, though.

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