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Sunday, April 05, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 11-20

Today would be game 11 for the Red Sox so I will continue the exciting new series that the world hasn’t been clamoring for with the next set of 10 games;

Game 11 - 1985 - Sox 12 at Other Sox 8 - TIL that Marty Barrett actually hit two grand slams in his career.  One was the final homer of his career and his only non-Red Sox homer (off Dave Righetti no less).  I assume you have figured out that his first grand slam was in this game.
Game 12 - 2003 - Orioles 0 at Sox 2 - Derek Lowe with 7 strong innings and then Tim Wakefield earns the save with two shutout innings.  This closer by committee thing may not be ideal.
Game 13 - 2019 - Blue Jays 6 at Sox 7 - The slumping Sox finally evoke memories of 2018 with a big comeback highlighted by Mitch Moreland’s game tying double and Rafael Devers’ walk off single.
Game 14 - 2010 - Rangers 6 at Sox 7 - Unknown Darnell McDonald entered the gameas a pinch hitter in the 8th and slugged a game tying two run homer.  He won it an inning later with a single off the base of the Monster.
Game 15 - 2007 - Yankees 6 at Sox 7 - Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start but struggled.  The Sox rallied in the 8th, Coco Crisp’s triple tied it and Alex Cora won it with a single.  Hideki Okajima was tasked with earning the save and did so.
Game 16 - 2018 - Sox 10 at Angels 1 - The Sox got their first look at Shohei Ohtani but this was the Mookie Betts show as he slammed three homers and the Sox chased the ballyhooed Ohtani.
Game 17 - 1980 - Sox 5 at Other Sox 0 - In the second game of their doubleheader the Good Sox got a complete game shutout from none other than Chuck Rainey.
Game 18 - 1986 - Mariners 1 at Sox 3 - We all remember this one as Dwight Evans, who had homered on the first pitch of the season, finally hit his second homer of the season.  Roger Clemens pitched adequately to earn the victory.
Game 19 - 2012 - Sox 10 at Other Sox 3 - Daniel Bard earned his first victory as a starter with 7 strong innings.  Daniel Bard: Starting Pitcher, would not continue so gloriously.
Game 20 - 2010 - Sox 13 at Blue Jays 12 - The following people appeared in this game; guess which team they played for; Scott Schoenweis, Scott Atchison, Jeremy Hermida, Bill Hall.  Answer: All played for the Red Sox.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 05, 2020 at 10:32 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: April 07, 2020 at 09:31 AM (#5937211)
Game 15 - 2007 - Yankees 6 at Sox 7 - Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start but struggled.  The Sox rallied in the 8th, Coco Crisp’s triple tied it and Alex Cora won it with a single.  Hideki Okajima was tasked with earning the save and did so.
Man, that was great. IIRC ESPN covered that game - yeah, what a guess, 2007 Yanks/Sox doesn't seem like something ESPN would be interested in showing - and they were marveling at Okajima's no-look delivery. And the green uniforms!

Game 18 - 1986 - Mariners 1 at Sox 3 - We all remember this one as Dwight Evans, who had homered on the first pitch of the season, finally hit his second homer of the season.  Roger Clemens pitched adequately to earn the victory.
You're testing us here, right? I mean, you're leaving out the most memorable part of this game: Don Baylor dropped an easy popup while playing 1B. It ended up being the final fielding error of his career.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2020 at 09:37 AM (#5937215)
Game 15 - 2007 - Yankees 6 at Sox 7 - Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start but struggled.  The Sox rallied in the 8th, Coco Crisp’s triple tied it and Alex Cora won it with a single.  Hideki Okajima was tasked with earning the save and did so.

Man, that was great. IIRC ESPN covered that game - yeah, what a guess, 2007 Yanks/Sox doesn't seem like something ESPN would be interested in showing - and they were marveling at Okajima's no-look delivery. And the green uniforms!
Great game, it was part of a sweep of the Yankees at home. And it was a credit to Francona that he realized early on in the season that Okajima was the #2 guy in the pen.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2020 at 09:41 AM (#5937216)
I might nominate this game for #16.
   4. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 07, 2020 at 02:00 PM (#5937319)
Oh that’s a good call Nate.

I’ve started looking ahead already and I’ve got some games that I didn’t want to leave out noted (no spoilers though). I will say that I have one game that is a defeat.
   5. villageidiom Posted: April 07, 2020 at 10:01 PM (#5937472)
I'm honestly disappointed nobody has taken the bait on Game 18.
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 07, 2020 at 10:39 PM (#5937476)
I was pleased with that one, I won’t lie.
   7. The Mighty Quintana Posted: April 08, 2020 at 01:01 PM (#5937593)
Hey, Gorman Thomas did his job! The rest of the M's....not so much.
   8. villageidiom Posted: April 08, 2020 at 11:09 PM (#5937750)
That Thomas HR was such the gut-punch at the time.

Future 1986 Red Sox Spike Owen and Dave Henderson were a quarter of the problem for Seattle.
   9. villageidiom Posted: April 20, 2020 at 09:14 AM (#5942149)
Happy Patriots Day. Weird without the marathon, or the early Sox game, or the reenactment on Lexington Green.

Oh, wait, this is the Perfect Schedule thread. In this thread, these things are still happening! In fact, I might have a shot at starting finishing winning the marathon this year. Wish me luck!
   10. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 20, 2020 at 09:30 AM (#5942152)
Go get 'em vi! Just finishing makes you a winner!
   11. Darren Posted: April 22, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5943083)
You're testing us here, right? I mean, you're leaving out the most memorable part of this game: Don Baylor dropped an easy popup while playing 1B. It ended up being the final fielding error of his career.


Both the original description and this made me laugh. Thanks guys.
   12. Darren Posted: April 22, 2020 at 02:25 PM (#5943089)
Game 18 - 1986 - Mariners 1 at Sox 3 - We all remember this one as Dwight Evans, who had homered on the first pitch of the season, finally hit his second homer of the season. Roger Clemens pitched adequately to earn the victory.


And of course, just to be clear, we all remember this as the game that Gorman Thomas hit is 257th HR, putting him ahead of Bob Allison, Vada Pinson, and Larry Parrish on the all-time list.
   13. villageidiom Posted: April 22, 2020 at 02:52 PM (#5943104)
And of course, just to be clear, we all remember this as the game that Gorman Thomas hit is 257th HR, putting him ahead of Bob Allison, Vada Pinson, and Larry Parrish on the all-time list.
LIES! Larry Parrish didn't make it to his 256th HR until more than two years later. Thomas was already way ahead of him in 1986.

It's almost like you're trying to make us think Baylor's dropped foul popup was insignificant. It's the most relevant thing anyone has mentioned about the game, other than "Roger Clemens pitched adequately to earn the victory."

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