Oct
11

ALCS Game 2: BoSox @ Rays

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Two safe, polished, high probability college pitchers with long & successful track records high risk, super high reward high school arms from Texas face off tonight, as Scotty Kazmir looks to even the series at one against Josh Beckett, a.k.a. TEH AWESOMEST PLAYOFF PITCHER EVA!!11!1onehundredeleven!! Superstud Evan Longoria really needs to figure it out and quick for the Rays, he’s only 1 for 16 since his 3 for 3, 2 HR showing in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Rays’ fill-in closer Dan Wheeler has thrown a grand total of two innings in the last 18 days, so he’s got to get some work in today with the off day tomorrow, right?

Boston
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jed Lowrie, SS
7. All-Star Catcher Jason Varitek, C
8. Mark Kotsay, 1B
9. Coco Crisp, CF
- Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49) Josh Beckett, P (12-10, 4.03)

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF – I can’t help but think they’d be better off sliding everyone down a spot in the order & letting him bat leadoff … lengthen the lineup a little bit
6. Cliff Floyd, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Gabe Gross, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
- Josh Beckett, P (12-10, 4.03) Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49)

Oh, and how about them Rangers? Where can the Yanks get a kid like Brandon Dubinsky?

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I love how TBS gave the weather report for inside the dome.

    • Mike Pop

      Lol that is funny

  • Mike Pop

    You hear how Hank regrets not pushing harder for Johan ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah. Maybe if they got Johan he would have showed up to more than 2 games this year.

    • Ivan

      It tells ya more and more Hal is running the show.

    • Steve H

      Maybe the Yankees would have enjoyed the same success that Johan’s Mets had

  • Ivan

    Yo Whats up Kazmir.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Seriously. He had no problem getting the first two outs of the inning.

  • Ivan

    Just a bad inning for Kazmir. Can’t do that.

    • Steve

      Cant lose the first 2 at home, either. Especially when you’re as young as the Rays are and had a ridiculous record at home this year.

      We all wondered how the Rays would handle the pressure, and its becoming clear. No hit through 7 vs a Dice K that could throw strikes for the first 3 innings, and now this.

  • Steve

    2008 World Series-Sox vs Phillies, who ya got?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m sticking to my Dodgers-Rays prediction. This series is far from over.

  • Mike Pop

    Cmon Rays

  • Ivan

    Talk about a “No shit sherlock” scouting report for beckett.

  • Mike Pop

    Phillies over the Rays in 6

  • Steve

    BTW-RIP NY Sun.

    Just checked to see what Marchman’s been writing, and saw that they closed shop at the end of September.

    Sucks, but its tough being a neo-con newspaper in NYC. Its like being an atheist in the Bible Belt. The newspaper biz in general is going the way of the horse and buggy, much less these niche daily pubs.

  • Mike Pop

    Josh has it tonight

    • Steve H

      After 2 batters?

      • Mike Pop

        joke

  • Mike Pop

    I think we messed up cutting Pena eh ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, but so did several other teams.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Carlos Pena is a beast. Even his batting stance is intimidating.

    • Steve H

      Why can’t we get guys like that?

      • Mike Pop

        I know….we can never get lucky with those kind of guys

        • 27 this year

          I think it is more that we don’t give them a chance. Navarro took years at the major league level to have a good year and same with Pena. Did we really want to deal with that much time of suckiness for the “slight” possibility they don’t do good. Basically to get lucky like that, we would have Kennedy pitch a lot and maybe he will become good like those guys. They just needed an extended chance.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Teh awesomest postseason pitcher eva!11!1

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      87 mph meatball right over the plate. Even I could have hit that out … of the infield.

      • Steve H

        Eva Longoria could have hit that

    • Mike Pop

      Thats gonna take a hit like Canos trade value did this season !!!

      • Steve H

        No, ESPN will come up with some excuse for him.

        • Steve

          I’m sure they will make some kind of oblique reference to his health.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            “Josh Beckett, the greatest big game pitcher of our – or any – generation just didn’t have it tonight.”

            I can hear it now…

            • Steve

              you forget the “modern-day Bob Gibson” part.

          • Steve H

            He’s gritty and gutty so he’s pitching thru it, he must be hurt. In fact, this performance makes him an even better postseason pitcher. He’s now the 1st and 2nd best playoff pitcher of all time.

            • Steve

              Well now that’s not possible. He doesn’t have a scruffy grit-beard or gamer’s shaved head. He just has that little scruff of hair on his chin, and everyone knows that just means he’s a homosexual.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Yep. Either that, or they’ll just ignore his most recent postseason pitching performances, and focus mostly on the the 5 yr old ones.

          • Steve H

            Too bad they don’t do that with A-Rod. Either that or ignore the ALDS performances, and pay attention to the dominating ALCS performances. Were he playing for the Sux, that’s what they’d focus on.

          • Mike Pop

            No no no no Lester will become the 2nd or 3rd best ever

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              No no no no Lester will become is the 2nd or 3rd best ever

              Fixed.

            • Mike Pop

              On MLBTR some sox fan was like i wouldnt deal lester alone for peavy becuz of thier playoff recorrds … lol Idk Id think id deal Lester for PEavy but idk.. Its like us dealing Joba for him which would be tough to do

  • Ivan

    Finally Longoria. For a while, you was hitting like Eva Longoria.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Alright Kaz, they bailed you out. Now do your part.

    • Ivan

      word.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Uno, dos, tres.

  • RichYF

    Beckett is in the dugout explaining why he wears the sign of the vagina around his neck.

  • Joey

    Love how Kaz and Becks must have been traded before the game (thats how we know Mike doesn’t need to copy anyone elses lineup!)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      D’oh.

      Fixed now, my bad.

  • Mike Pop

    Could Ajax be our Longoria ? Or will it have to be Jesus Montero ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The Yanks don’t have anyone at that level. The only two guys in the minors even remotely close to being that good are Wieters and Heyward.

      • Mike Pop

        Would you say Bruce is up in that tier ?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Close. He has more power than Longoria, but Evan’s a better pure hitter and overall player.

      • Steve

        Not as all around players, but you could see Montero having more power than Evan.

      • Ivan

        Wieters is amazing. That dude is an absolute STUD. Heyward is pretty damn good too, although I will say this, I think Montero might be the better pure hitter than Heyward, but not as good all-round of course.

    • Steve

      I dont think A-Jax will ever have anything similar to Evan’s power potential.

    • Ivan

      You wish A-Jax could hit like Longoria. Chances of that is very, very little.

      • Mike Pop

        Ive seen Longoria play in Low A short season for the Hudson Valley Renegades… Dude was hitting balls over the trees lol…It was awesome seeing a future star there ya know.. I live like 20 minutes by the stadium and when I heard bout Longoria I had to check him out a few times

        • Mike Pop

          Also seen Beckham a few times.. He looks like a good player lol obviously being drafted 1 overall and all

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    “We have been down 0-1 before.”

    Actually … no, they haven’t. But nice try Buck Martinez.

  • Mike Pop

    Beckett iss sooooooo ggoooooood !!

    • Steve

      Its the vagina beard. The position players all have macho, gritty full facial hair and he has the pussy on his chin. He balances out the Yin and Yang on the team, which is why they are so successful.

      • Mike Pop

        could be

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jason Bartlett is the most indispensable Ray? Really?

    I mean, I understand he came in and did a good job shoring up the SS position, but is he that important?

    • Ivan

      He was the Team MVP, go figure.

    • Mike Pop

      they OD on that kind of talk

    • Steve

      Typical post season baseball broadcast

      Guy who is an unsung hero-check

      Guys who is good defensively who we call call the “Glue of the infield/outfield”-check

      Kid who came up from the minors (preferably a 27 year old career minor leaguer) who made the starting lineup-check

      Pitcher who has come back from horrific injury-check

      Anyone on either team who had somebody close to them die or get horribly sick during the past year-check

  • Ivan

    Fuckin Bitch.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That little shit.

  • RichYF

    Wow did Scruff McGruff just hit a homer? Jeez.

    • Steve

      Somebody check that lil guy for steroids.

      I was going to say Human Growth Hormone, but . . . . lets be honest. . . .

  • Mike Pop

    Cmon Scotty you usually dominate the Sox

  • Ivan

    Yo Scott Kazmir is ticking me off.

    • Steve

      Dont worry, he wont be out there long. He never is.

    • Steve H

      Bet they wish they had Zambrano back.

  • Ivan

    71 pitches in 3 innings already for Kazmir.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He has to work on that.

  • Steve

    6-9 for the BoSox

    J Lowrie SS, J Varitek C, M Kotsay 1B C, Crisp CF

    Not exactly your classic Sox lineup. A lot of outs in that lineup.

  • Mike Pop

    Cant wait till Pedroia goes bald hehe

  • Mike Pop

    Sucks that we have to compete with these teams

  • Mike Pop

    Wow !!!!!!

  • Steve

    Beck Joshett (his evil twin) let up that HR.

    As we all know, Josh Beckett doesn’t let up any HRs in the post season.

  • Ivan

    Upton in the mothafuckin House bitches.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Upton’s shoulder must really be bothering him.

    TEH AWESOMEST PLAYOFF PITCHER EVA!!111!!!

  • Mike Pop

    Man Beckettt is soo freaken good its crazy

  • Mike Pop

    Maddon told Longoria to be more selective and Longoria said ..wateva wateva i do what i want

  • Ivan

    No excuses, hey CHW was hurting and sucked in the postseason, and the world gave him grief.

    • RichYF

      What are the chances that the Steinbrenners can outright buy the Rays franchise?

      • RichYF

        “Click here to cancel “reply”” button sucks.

      • Mike Pop

        Lol and move them to New York and call them the Yanks but we get to keep Arod Joba Hughes Wang Cano and Mo plus our top 10 prospects.. Money can buy anything

        • Mike Pop

          oo and the Captain

    • Steve

      and pitched on short rest . . .

  • Steve

    Josh got nuthin.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Maybe I was wrong about batting Crawford leadoff…

  • Mike Pop

    TB still owns Boston in my opinion

  • Ivan

    The way Beckett is going, he’s gonna lose that postseason arguement when people say he’s overrated.

  • Ivan

    What the fuck Crawford.

    • Steve

      Never trust a man with a tattoo on his neck.

      • Steve H

        1) Never get less than twelve hours sleep, 2) Never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city, and 3) Never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Y’know what? Everything is still cream cheese…

  • Mike Pop

    Beckett proved his grit with that pickoff

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oof, Crawford fell asleep there.

  • Ivan

    Nice Play Pena.

  • RichYF

    Is it just me or should Crisp have been on the verge of scoring there? I thought he was “speedy?”

    • RichYF

      Disregard that, I thought someone was on first. I was reading something and I have the game muted so I don’t /wrists.

  • Ivan

    Come on, Kazmir.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I love hearing that Ellsbury’s 0 for his last 15, or seeing the Sox pen active in the 3rd inning of a Beckett postseason start, stuff like that.

    Bring them back down a peg.

    • Ivan

      Well your gonna love that solo bomb by Cliff Flyod.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    OMG Beckett is soooo awesome.

    • RichYF

      Dude, cut him some slack. That was the man, the legend, Cliff Floyd. All he does is rake.

  • Steve H

    Who’s next in Home Run Derby??

    • Steve

      Apparently, Pedroia

  • dkidd

    tim kirkjian called josh beckett “one of the top 5 post-season pitchers ever”

    not so much

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The TBS announcing crew is already 5 minutes deep into excuses for Beckett.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    New York Rangers, 4-0-0.

    • Joey

      they be pretty good, huh. And all they had to do was get rid of Jagr

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Seriously. Maybe all the Yanks need to do is get rid of A-Rod…

        • Joey

          difference is Jagr was a past his prime softy, didn’t want to hit or be hit (can you tell I’m not a fan?) A-Rod is still in his prime and plays good D, which Jagr didn’t exactly help out on every shift

        • Steve

          Worked for the Mariners . . . . .

  • dkidd

    dave stewart called

    he wants his reputation as a big game pitcher back

    • Steve H

      He didn’t pitch for the Sox. Therefore, not a big game pitcher.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Three more outs then hit the showers, Scotty.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Okay, maybe now would be the time to hit the showers.

  • rafael

    damn!

  • Joey

    damn you you freakin balding midget

  • dkidd

    will pedroia win the al mvp?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I hope not. We’ll never hear the end of it.

  • RichYF

    Scrappy McBaldspot again? What the hell. Who does this guy think he is? Jose Vizcaino?

  • Steve

    2009 Red Sox prediction-

    Beckett-Finally gets shoulder surgery for the labrum issue he’s had all the way back to his days in Florida, the one that almost nixed the trade to the Sox. Turns out he was hiding it all post season.

    Dice-K turns into a latter day Hideo Nomo, and begins to realize that you cant walk 6/9IP and be successful in the bigs.

    Lester-Has an off year. It happens.

    Wakefield, Byrd and Masterson pitch like Wakefield, Byrd and Masterson.

    84-78 record 4th place finish, behind the Blue Jays. Dynasty over.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Dynasty over.

      Well, it hasn’t exactly started yet.

      • Ivan

        Not what ESPN is saying.

        They basically saying they are better than the yanks of the late 90′s.

      • Steve

        Close enough.

        Seriously, if Beckett is hiding something serious you can imagine they will be very serious bidders in the Peavey sweepstakes. They could outbid anyone else involved (inc the Yanks) if they want.

    • Steve H

      Let’s hope so. Oh yeah, and Big Papi finally gets busted for roid/hgh use.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Big Papi finally gets busted for roid/hgh use.

        Hah, not a long as George Mitchell is on the Red Sox’s payroll.

        • Steve H

          Oh come on now, totally impartial. Just like the leaked Paul Byrd story right before he had to face the Sox in the playoffs. Of course now that Byrd is on the Sox, Gammons puts out stories that it was legit use of HGH. Except that it was prescribed by………….a freaking dentist.

    • Reggie C.

      Dice-k strikes out more than his fair share and so he’s able to get out of most self-induced jams.

      Lester is still a wild card for next year. He so surpassed expectations this year that i think its unfair to expect a repeat … or is it..

      All i’m saying is that the RS are not a 4th place team. Bay jacks the RS ahead.

  • Joey

    you’ve gotta be shittin me……..

  • Ivan

    Shit!

  • Steve

    Bastards.

    Oh well, next year they’re going to suck.

  • Reggie C.

    the bushwacker strikes again … walk him next time !!

  • dkidd

    don’t call it a dynasty if they don’t win the series this year. 2 titles in 5 years is not a dynasty!

  • RichYF

    I think I’m going to move out of where I am on the sole basis that my roommate and her boyfriend are Sox fans. Annoying ones.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Going to Balfour in the 5th, huh? Guess they’re going with him for the rest of this inning + the 6th, then Howell for the 7th + 8th, with Wheeler backing him up.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow. Just … wow.

  • Steve

    Geez Louise.

  • Ivan

    Get the fuck outta here.

  • RichYF

    If Beckett wins this game he’ll retain his status as the best post-season pitcher of all time. Why? Because he gutted it out, stuck in there, and put his team in a position to win the game. That’s what players who are the best ever do.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I was just thinking that to myself. Makes me sick.

    • Steve H

      Thank you Peter Gammons

  • Ivan

    Great, now Balfour is sucking now.

  • Steve

    Prediction-Balfour’s gonna throw a fastball here

  • Ivan

    come on, you can’t walk Varitek.

  • Reggie C.

    boston on the verge of an even bigger inning … if that’s possible.

  • Bill N

    Seriously…….. quick throw that kid in the tank with the rays in it. The world doesn’t need more sox fans.

  • Ivan

    With all this action in this game, it’s quite amazing were only in the top 5th inning.

  • Ivan

    Wow Maddon really going to his go to guys early.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Off day tomorrow, gotta do what you gotta do.

      He’s still got Wheeler, Price and Bradford back there, plus Miller for a LHB in a big spot.

      • Ivan

        oh ok.

  • dkidd

    this inning started in 1973

    • Steve H

      it’s not going to end until 2023

  • Ivan

    You gotta get Crips out no?

  • Ivan

    Finally.

  • Bill N

    Holy crap did you guys see that ? There is a blood spot on Becketts vag. He is giving it his all his grit tonight ala Schilling

    • Steve H

      So I guess they still keep sharpie’s in the locker room.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Carlos muthaf%^&#n Pena.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Bah, he’s got to be on second on the play.

    • NYFan50

      Down 3 times already this game, they just keep fighting back.

  • Bill N

    And yes Buck plently of runners take off for an unoccupied base when the tag is firmly still placed on them. Thank you Pena….

  • ohbwonhomie

    I’m starting the trade for peavy campaign, I said it a while back that the yanks can probably put a package together. Cano, hughes, ipk and two others maybe mid-level. gotta happen gotta happen. i’m losing my mind here. just wanna run down all these sux fans while driving thru the boston streets. peavy would be great for joba as well. he’s a brain out there.

    • Steve H

      way too much. he pitches in the nl, in a pitchers park. way way too much to give up for peavy

    • RichYF

      Mike, what’s it take to get Peavy?

      CC and Peavy. Screw offense. Just get that.

      I love Hughes as much as the next rebuilding lover thingy person, but he’s dispensable for a 27 year-old stud (as Mike A. would say).

      All the Yanks have to do is get to the big show and then ride CC, Peavy, CMW, Joba, whoever to victory. One of them has to be hot no? I’d love Teixeira and some other bats, but to me it’s like this: If your pitcher is “on,” it doesn’t matter who he is facing. If your pitcher is throwing meatballs up like Kazmir and Beckett tonight, everyone will light him up (especially some of the quality bad pitch hitters that we have *cough* ARod *cough*).

      That’s the stance I’ve had for a while now. I see our “1000 run” lineup just failing miserably to these quality starters. When a guy is dealin’, a guy is dealin’.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        To get Peavy? Lots and lots. I’d say at least 3 young, ML ready players with <3 yrs of service time for starters, then add a prospect or two that’s not far off. I have no idea what that would be for the Yanks … Hughes, Kennedy, Melancon, Miranda, Jackson?

        They have no reason trade him because he’s signed so cheap for so long. If they aren’t blown away by an offer this winter, see what gets offered at the deadline, and if you still don’t like it you can trade him next offseason.

        • Ivan

          that’s a farm system killer.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Holy shit. We have ourselves a game fellas.

    TEH AWESOMEST PLAYOFF PITCHER EVA!!11!1!!

    • NYFan50

      Longoria is a beast.

    • NYFan50

      Also: suck it, Beckett.

  • Steve H

    $10 says Beckett feigns an injury after this postseason to justify his suckiness.

  • Reggie C.

    Why don’t the Yanks have any of these type of players?!?!?!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Because the Rays drafted them all before the Yanks had the chance.

      • Reggie C.

        Yea. Drafting from the top spot for the past decade can make a team worst to First.

  • NYFan50

    Beckett’s final line is a masterpiece:

    4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR.

    pwned.

  • Reggie C.

    Whose ceiling is higher: BJ Upton or Jacoby Ellsbury ?

    • Ivan

      Are you serious? Are you fucking serious.

      • Reggie C.

        hehehe

      • NYFan50

        Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing.

    • RichYF

      Hahahaha. I don’t think he is…well I hope he isn’t, but clearly Ellsbury is better.

      He’s so scrappy and fast. Upton makes it look too easy. He’s lazy and has no work ethic. There’s no training for being gritty.

  • Joey

    Ellsbury bunting = epic fail

    • Joey

      ok, maybe not epic, but fail none the less

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Beckett’s already got a monopoly on tonight’s supply of epic failing.

        • UWS

          Awww, come on. There’s always more epic failing to be found!

  • Ivan

    Gardner could of done that.

  • NYFan50

    I thought perhaps Price was going to pitch this inning.

  • Reggie C.

    Has Cano dropped to 3rd best 2B in the AL East ?!?

    • Ivan

      I be honest, I still think Cano is better than Pedroia.

  • Ivan

    Pedroia can suck on a penis.

    • Steve H

      Just ask Youk

  • Joey

    Announcer: “He’s gritty, he’s dirty, he’s… he’s just one of those guys you’d love to have on your team”

    Can anyone guess who he’s referring to?

    • RichYF

      Who are the 2004-2008 Red Sox?

      What do I win?

      • Joey

        uuuuhhhh those games Mike, Ben, and Joe were giving away at the beginning of the season but never got around to it? lol

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Yeah, that was EPIC FAIL on our part.

          • Joey

            lol it’s okay, we still love ya’ll

    • Ivan

      Robinson Cano, oh wait……….

  • Reggie C.

    HOLD. THE. LEAD.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    David Ortiz, meet Uncle Charlie. He’ll be staying for dinner.

  • Ivan

    Ortiz sure misses manny. All those fastballs gone.

    • Steve H

      He also misses the days before they had steroid testing.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I actually just checked the stats…

        Ortiz before the Manny trade: .266-.360-.498
        After: .262-.381-.519

        Remember the wrist was bothering him before the deal though. Those numbers are definitely skewed somehow.

        • Reggie C.

          Not much of a difference … nothing significant anyway. Definitely a lingering hand issue with Ortiz. besides getting more patient and taking walks, the power jump wasnt anything noticeable.

        • Ivan

          True but not having manny hurts though.

    • RichYF

      I was just about to say the same thing. I know Bay homered tonight and has been pretty good this postseason (I think anyway, I’m not bothering to check stats), but is there any way you pitch to Ortiz knowing Manny isn’t behind him?

  • Ivan

    Everybody looks like a genius when ya team is winning uh?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    This is going to be fun. It’s the 6th inning and Maddon’s used all his main bullpen bullets. David Price, come on down!

  • dkidd

    chad bradford vs youk = “moneyball” reunion

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Erg, come on BJ. Gotta throw to the cutoff man there, keep Youk at second.

  • Ivan

    Wow what a game uh.

  • dkidd

    chad bradford’s first ever post-season run allowed

  • Reggie C.

    What do the Yanks do to become a vaunted offense once more?!? Watching the RS and Rays trade runs is sickening b/c i know this is a game the Yanks would not keeping up with either squad.

    • Ivan

      Really?

      • Reggie C.

        Yeah. The Yankee offense was pathetic. everybody is well aware of the number of games where we got held to 2 runs or less.

        • Ivan

          Tampa’s offense wasn’t that much better either, considering they hit worse in RISP than the yanks.

          • Steve H

            Oh, and don’t forget, their pathetic offense scored more runs than the Rays this year.

    • Steve H

      Do you remember the 2-0 game last night? Kind of a small sample size I’d say, less than a full game. They did have 15 and 19 run games against the Sox this year and tied the season series. They also won the season series against the Rays, 11-7.

      • Ivan

        and did pretty well against the sox.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Something tells me this game isn’t going to end 8-7.

    • Steve H

      Let’s hope it’s 20-7

      • Ivan

        lol good one.

  • Ivan

    Jason Bartlett, the most valueable 85 OPS.

  • Whitey14

    Bang, Bang

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      So how’s this game treating your blood pressure?

    • Joey

      Whitey, our favorite Sox fan around here, what up, haven’t heard from you in awhile (or maybe it’s been me)

  • Ivan

    David Price top of the 7th no?

    • Steve H

      Like to see him for 3 innings.

  • Reggie C.

    BJ UPton is a weird dude. How do you go from slugging .500 to .400?? He hit that monster shot earlier but then he looks lost at the plate.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He separated his shoulder and tore his labrum on a swing in May – he’s having surgery to fix the labrum in the offseason. That had to contribute to the power outage.

      That’s why I’m scared of this team; Upton, Crawford, Baldelli, even Pena to some extent had down years, and no one had a career year.

      • Steve H

        Agree on the offense, but their offense wasn’t why they were so good. They had all 5 starters in the rotation all year once Kazmir started in early May. That won’t happen again. Granted the rotation will be improved with Price, but they are due for some fall off from Jackson/Sonnanstine, and they are due for some injuries. Plus, who even knows what to expect from Kazmir going forward. For all of his promise, I’m not sure he’s ever going to put it all together.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I can totally see Edwin Jackson pitching for the Mets next year. Not sure who they’d trade for him though. Ryan Church would be perfect, but no way Minaya deals him, he was one of his guys from his days as a scout with the Expos.

        • Ivan

          And were lucky with Balfour and Howell having big years out if the pen. Matt Garza having a great year.

        • Reggie C.

          so you think the Rays are another hitter away from becoming a stable power-house? They can afford a drop-off in their 5th spot in the rotation b/c the other four guys are going to be really good: shields, price, garza, and kaz. Unless Kaz goes under the knife this offseason, you gotta think he’s healthy.

      • Ivan

        Yea but remember, when teams like TB have almost everything break right for ya, that usually doesn’t happen the next year.

        Not to take anything away from them but they have overachieve a little. None of their pitchers got hurt this season.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          That’s true, but their depth is better than most. They have Niemann, Talbot and Davis waiting down at AAA, and those guys would be starting for most teams.

          • Steve H

            Just like Kennedy and Hughes, they can’t totally rely on those guys if they are going to be contenders. They might pan out if called on, but they might not.

            • Reggie C.

              Right now , unless Kaz is hiding an injury, the Rays won’t be dipping into that AAA crowd. They don’t have to. Unlike the Yanks, the Rays have 2 ready made guys in Garza and price.

              • Steve H

                Yeah, but one of them could get hurt running in an interleague game. One could pully a hammy. One could pull a quad and they would have to dip into their AAA reserves. Injuries aren’t mutually exclusive of each other.

          • Ivan

            Yea but, if your a TB fan, to even have a remote chance to have the year their having, you need the big two of the sox and yanks to have a bad season, which they got. Next season, that’s probably not gonna be the case.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Heh, I love that even Bradford’s pickoff attempt throws to first are submarine.

  • Bill N

    Ahhh I cannot escape the shitty announcing, just got to work get in the truck and yep Joe Morgan amazing simply amazing.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Ugh, why is Pena bunting. I know the left side of the infield is open, but swing away dammit.

    • Ivan

      Rob Neyer said that occaisionally it helps to bunt the ball the other side of the field.

  • dkidd

    is it me, or have we seen a ton of stupid bunt attempts in this post-season?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Erick Aybar FTL.

      • Ivan

        That was more Scioscia fault.

      • dkidd

        that was a stupid bunt CALL by the manager

        aybar’s attempt was not stupid so much as incompetent

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Check out Chad Bradford coming out for the 8th.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    OMG why didn’t Betemit go for that ball?!?!

    /forceofhabit

  • Ivan

    David Price time?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m guessing Wheeler.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Ah, Miller for the lefty.

  • dkidd

    betemitesque at first

  • Ivan

    No Shit Buck Martinez.

  • Ivan

    Maddon you could of had price for that one.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh boy. Rays are going to earn this one.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wa wa wee wa.

  • Ivan

    Not enough grit there.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Walk Bay. Just do it.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Shit, walk Lowrie too, and pitch to Varitek.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Ah crap.

  • E-ROC

    Grit base running by Pedroia

  • Ivan

    Why Im not surprise.

  • dkidd

    are you kidding me?

  • dkidd

    someone please murder buck martinez

  • Joey

    “Pedroia’s showing the flair of being an MVP-type player” Alright, get off his dick and do your job for once announcer guy

  • Mike R.

    “This Red Sox team is relentless. They found a way to tie it.”

    Apparently Pedroia’s grittiness caused the wild pitch and wusslike underarm throw by Navarro and his great baseball instincts told him to run.

    • dkidd

      exactly. no mention of the ludicrous “charlie sheen in major league” wild pitch?

  • dkidd

    rays up last. that should help in this game

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Can this game end please? I’ve got Forgetting Sarah Marshall on Blu-ray waiting for me…

    • Mike R.

      They’re giving First Blood on Spike. Something tells me that you can watch it and still tune in in time to see the end of the game.

      BTW Forgetting Sarah Marshall is all kinds of awesome.

    • dkidd

      not that funny

      • Mike R.

        I really enjoyed it. I definitely would not want to see it in Blu-Ray, but I liked it.

  • Joey

    Ok Mike, top 5 games I need for PS3 are:
    1. NHL 09
    2. Madden 09
    3. Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway (? Heard it was very good)
    4. ?
    5. ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Never played #3. I usually stick to sports games, but Call of Duty 4 was awesome. Can’t help you any more than that. My attention span is legendary, I can play one game for months without getting bored of it.

  • Bill N

    Who gave Pedrioa the Gorilla Mask ?

    • Bill N

      noone watches always sunny in philadelphia ?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I guess not. I figured that was an ugly GritBeard reference.

        • Bill N

          thats a shame, such a funny show

        • Lanny

          Always Sunny is a classic show. Best comedy on tv right now with the office and 30 rock

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Yikes. They got lucky that ball bounced over the wall.

  • Ivan

    Ellsbury sucks.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Nice job by Wheeler.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Not for nothing, but the Yanks would have found a way to lose this game a couple of innings ago. They don’t seem to have the balls to handle a game like this.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    OMG where’s the grit?

  • Ivan

    Cano could of made that play.

  • Mike R.

    That must have been a very tricky hop because Pedroia is the greatest defensive 2nd baseman since Alomar. And I am sure that Robbie is estatic to be mentioned in the same breath as Dusty.

  • Mike R.

    What part of Boston exactly did that 3B umpire grow up? How much money do you think he owes Sully?

    • Lanny

      Was it fair?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        It sure looked like it.

      • Mike R.

        I saw the white smear after third base. It seemed clear from the comfort of my sofa.

        • Lanny

          That was the Fox mandate.

          Don’t have Philly-TB series at any cost.

          • Mike R.

            Oh! He’s on Rupert’s payroll. Everything is clear now.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh shit, they won’t let All-Star Catcher Jason Varitek catch Papelbon.

  • Lanny

    TB. The best running team in the game has 1 steal in 2 games?

    Masterson isnt exactly Pettitte-esque holding runners and Iwamura doesn’t try for it? It’s the 9th here, Joe Maddon.

  • dkidd

    bringing your closer into a tie game on the road. in florida.

    joe torre, please take note.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Fun fact: the state of Florida has never lost a postseason series.

      • dkidd

        f-ing jeff weaver…

        • Lanny

          I blame Wells for that series.

          He’s healthy and they win in a jog.

  • Bill N

    Lets hope Anus Face blows this

  • Ivan

    Pena miss that one.

  • Bill N

    got a bad feeling about this inning

  • Lanny

    They go to Price here? TB is going to have some staff next yr.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I would, but it looks like Jackson. This will either be very good, or very very bad.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Oh good God, it’s still Wheeler.

  • Ivan

    No Price?

  • dkidd

    harold reynolds just sexually harassed cal ripken

    • Bill N

      hahahah

  • Lanny

    Question:

    Where is the talk about making Price the closer or 8th inning guy???

    He’s big and has great stuff.

    Nothing??

  • dkidd

    still wheeler?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Price just pitched yesterday. I can understand not wanting to use him on back-to-back days since he’s so young and so important to their future, but come on man, it’s the ALCS!!!

  • Ivan

    Kinda tells ya what they think off Edwin Jackson no?

    • Ivan

      of

  • Lanny

    Now here is the guy who has given me nightmares since 2003.

    My one wish the past decade was that George would have been more forceful in signing the guy he wanted. Papi.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Routine fly ball power for Papi.

  • Ivan

    Ortiz is lost.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I can’t remember the last time I saw him drive a ball with any authority.

      • Bill N

        Lack of injections

      • Lanny

        That wrist has zapped any power he has.

        If I told you 5 months ago that ortiz would be a shell of himself and an easy out and Manny was traded and Beckett was hurt would you have picked Boston???

    • Mike R.

      That’s what happens when you lose the power of Man Ram behind you.

  • Ivan

    End this game Longoria.

    • Ivan

      maybe not.

  • Lanny

    TB is due here.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Carl Crawford walk-off inside-the-park homer.

  • Bill N

    I hate being at work when playoff baseball is on…. take that back i hate being at work… stupid people and needing water to survive

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Stupid water. Messin’ everything up for everyone.

      • Bill N

        ha, I work with the water authority and have to fill in for a guy who got hurt and i’m low guy low i got thrown onto midnights

    • Lanny

      Could be worse. You could have all your money in the market.

      • Bill N

        Very true, I’m afraid to look at my retirement portfolio online

        • Lanny

          from a forward:

          My broker gave me some data. If I had purchased these securities one year ago:
          1,000 shares of Delta would be worth $49 today
          1,000 shares of AIG would be worth $33 today
          1,000 shares of Lehman Brothers would be worth $0 today

          But,
          if I had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank it all and
          then turned in the aluminum cans for a recycling refund, I would have
          received $214.

          So my investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. I will call it the 401 Keg Plan.

          • Bill N

            My buddy sent me that the other day to

            • Lanny

              Made me want to drink more.

              • Bill N

                indeed

          • Joey

            The way the economy looks the only way to stay somewhat sane is the drink heavily

            • Lanny

              And no Yankee Oct baseball doesn’t help.

              I am real thankful for the Giants right now saving my sanity.

  • Bill N

    way to take a pitch Evan

  • Lanny

    Longoria can do no wrong to me. How and why did he sign that contract?

    He cost himself 70-90 mill bucks.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I can see that argument, but man, at that age I think I would have taken the security too. He’s guaranteed $17.5M, and the total deal could be worth $44.5M if they pick up all the options. The kid is still going to get paid on way or the other, at least now if he gets hit by a bus he’s still set for life.

      • Lanny

        Tough to turn down 16 mil when you haven’t played a game but you have to have faith in your abilities and his agent should be fired for gross negligence for letting him sign it.

        What agent lets a stud like that sign such a below market deal? the players union couldn’t have been thrilled.

        He waits 2 years and he even gets Wright money which is under market.

  • Ivan

    Come on Crawford get on base.

  • Ivan

    FUCK!!!

  • Mike R.

    Great defense by Papelbon! :|

  • Lanny

    No luck for TB there. Crawford is on 3rd there with his speed and stolen base prowess

  • Ivan

    Great.

  • Lanny

    Bostons pen turns it on in October.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh. My. God.

    Wheeler’s still out there.

    • Joey

      I believe it’s called “playing with fire”

  • Ivan

    Wheeler again.

  • Lanny

    No faith in jackson or price?

  • Ivan

    They must not like Edwin Jackson then uh.

    Price is warming up.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I guess not, but you can’t really blame them. The Sox have never seen Price before, there’s some major pwnage potential there.

    • Lanny

      Got to have Price ready for Crisp, Ellsbury and Ortiz.

  • Lanny

    Rays’ fill-in closer Dan Wheeler has thrown a grand total of two innings in the last 18 days, so he’s got to get some work in today with the off day tomorrow, right?

    This counts as getting some work in.

  • Accent Shallow

    So I checked Wheeler’s gamelogs for this year, and he’s never gone more than 2 innings.

    Yikes.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That was his longest outing since Sept 17, 2004. The 48 pitches are the most he’s thrown in a game since June 4, 2006.

  • Ivan

    Here comes price.

  • Lanny

    Buster Olney just got excited in pants.

  • Ivan

    Come on Price, calm down.

  • Lanny

    Strikes, David. Strikes.

  • Ivan

    Gotta get Kotsay out Price.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You know, the last time David Price pitched out of the bullpen in extra innings of a playoff game he gave up the go-ahead homer to a freshman hitting under .200 in what would eventually be the upset loss that ended Vandy’s season in the 2007 Regionals.

    Just sayin’.

    • Ivan

      Phil Hughes wouldn’t done that.

  • Ivan

    Wow Price got a gift there.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    How did this game go from all offense to a pitcher’s duel?

  • Lanny

    TB should take all the rev sharing money and think out of the box and sign Manny this off season.

    With all this great young pitching and cheap contracts they can afford to make a splash.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So who’s left in Boston’s pen? Timlin and Byrd? Is that all? I guess Wakefield too.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Glad to see Navarro’s developed into a BoSox killer.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh man, Francona brought Timlin in…

    • Manimal

      Wheres Giambi when you need him(for once)

  • Accent Shallow

    Timlin’s in. Guess the Red Sox are fine with the series being 1-1?

  • Lanny

    Timlin?

    Giambi just smiled from a Vegas club surrounded by 20 gorgeous girls.

  • Ivan

    Come on TB, it’s fucking Timlin, you gotta get a run no?

  • Manimal

    I can’t believe im still up but theirs nothing better than a GREAT ball game. Doesn’t matter who it is.

  • Bill N

    They have to win off Timlin right ?

  • Lanny

    Navarro has really developed into a solid catcher.

    Who says we cant develop position players???

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The haters. Alfonso Soriano says hi.

      • Ivan

        Cano said hi as well.

        • Mike R.

          Yeah. I wouldn’t say our problem is developing position players as much as drafting them. Most of our studs come from July 2nd signings. it makes sense. We haven’t selected in the top half of the draft in over 15 years and we have the financial advantage overseas.

  • Manimal

    I have to piss wicked bad but I’m waiting for Timlin to blow it. Should be any second now…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hah, my Red Sox fan buddy just IMed me:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    I think we all know what that’s in reference too.

    • Manimal

      I just got similar messages

    • Joey

      that made me smile :-D

      • Joey

        that and the fact that Timlins in the game

  • Lanny

    Darling and Martinez and Carey are the best booth I’ve heard in a long time.

    Darling might be the best analyst going right now.

    The SNY team is top notch.

    • Ivan

      Darling on SNY is top notch, not Cohen and Keith.

      • Lanny

        Hernandez is very entertaining and knows his stuff. You know hes good when Reyes threatens him on the team plane.

  • Manimal

    Throw him out. What the hell. MLB has strict rules and they obviously dont apply for the red sox.

    • Manimal

      oh, he did.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    How the hell can the manager and pitching coach walk out of the dugout with the sole purpose of arguing ball and strike calls and NOT get thrown out?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nevermind, they tossed him.

      • Lanny

        What was Terry thinking there??

      • Manimal

        Our comments were so similar its freaky.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Great minds…

    • Bill N

      tiss tiss…. rules don’t appy to the red sox

    • Accent Shallow

      I think Farrell got tossed.

  • Lanny

    Timlin can’t even let the guy bunt???

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Apparently he can’t even get the outs they’re trying to give him anymore either.

  • Lanny

    How does Bartlett, a light hitting SS, not get a bunt down?

  • Ivan

    Let Bartlett Bunt.

    • Ivan

      okay good enough.

  • Lanny

    I’ll give it up for Maddon.

    Great run call there.

  • Manimal

    Oh man, I might not make it to the bathroom

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gotta walk Iwamura here.

    • Manimal

      because BJ is so much less of a threat…

      • Lanny

        Need the force outs.

  • Manimal

    Timlin walks in the winning run. Im calling it now.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Get the guy with the cowbell away from the fucking microphone please.

    • Manimal

      It started with one guy and now they all do it. It was freaking annoying when I went to the trop 2 years ago.

  • Ivan

    Walk off GS is coming soon, any fuckin minute now.

  • Bill N

    Big spot Upton

  • Lanny

    I know the Rays have made some good trades and signings but really. They got like 5 core guys who were picked in the top 10 here.

    And that is with them missing on 4-5 pitchers in the top part of the draft.

  • Joey

    Yeah baby, yeah!

  • Accent Shallow

    What did I say earlier?

  • Ivan

    Now that’s speed holmes.

    • Manimal

      Bossman in the clutch.

  • Manimal

    oh my god I can pee now.

  • Mike R.

    Those relentless Rays found a way to win this game! Right? Right?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That was a damn fine game.

    • Joey

      easily best of playoffs so far, maybe only really good one?

    • Lanny

      Had a lil of everything. That is a good playoff baseball game.

  • Lanny

    Maybe 4 guys could have scored or attempted to score there. The Rays might have 3 of them.

    Speed on the bench. How novel!

    Cashman you watching??

    • Manimal

      Brett Gardner could have ran around the bases before the throw got in. Twice.

  • Bill N

    sweet deal

  • Manimal

    Yeah, what is that 9 8 thing that was on the shirts

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      9 guys playing hard for 9 innings = being one of 8 teams in the playoffs

      • Manimal

        And the other 7 teams are in the playoffs because… not all 9 showed up? Thats dumb. their just playoff n00bies.

  • Manimal

    Super stud Longoria even talks like a superstar. Too bad we are all going to hate him next year.

  • Manimal

    Football in 11 hours. night guys.

  • Joey

    any minor leaguers that played tonight Mike?

  • Lanny

    Will Lester throw in an average game here and put the pressure on Wakefield??

  • Lanny

    Glad to be going to Fenway.

    I hate that Cowbell.

    TB should get Will F to do it at the games.