Comment about your streaking Sox here!
(five in the LC and shrinking! Watch out above!)
You guys are worse than me… ;)
Wow, lots of long fly outs from Byrd. Gotta love the wind.
Paul Byrd is awful, and in a perfect world he’d be elsewhere. Be that as it may, go Byrd!
As for the Sox catching the Yanks: not
gonna happen. But it would be cool.
I’ve got the game on TV (stupid ESPN though) while listening to WEEI on my newly purchased iPhone. Now this is the way to watch some baseball.
Wow is this announcing team terrible. Apparently textbook baseball is “Angels baseball”. Running when it would be retarded not to? Angels baseball!!
And Byrd is atrocious.
I would argue that Steve Phillips does not have ‘overpowering stuff…’
I don’t know how much longer I can stand the ESPN Crew
Oh c’mon! I get ESPN360.com playing the Red Sox and its Paul Byrd pitching . . . why couldn’t have been Josh, Lester, Clay, or even Daisuke when I have access to live video?!
Byrd is atrocious. Still. He couldn’t fool my 2.5 year old. Thank God the latest hotstreak decreases the impact of his presence.
“…As for the Sox catching the Yanks: not
gonna happen. But it would be cool….”
Well, ok . . . that wasn’t a bad bit of fielding by Byrd . . .
“But it would be cool….” – in hell. Which I’ll be completely fine with. :)
I remember in 2004 when I was watching the Sox play the Mariners in Seattle, my friends were shaking their heads because so many Sox batters had averages above 300. Now, not so much.
Man, the Angels just look dead. All the contenders are crapping out down the stretch, first the Rays, then the Tigers, now the Angels…
JASON BAY SINGLES! It’s a one run game.
Then Lowell GIDP… except Aybar drops the ball, and Bay is called safe, even though it looked like he lost it on the transfer.
Correction, replay shows that he never had control at all.
Bay barely singles through the hole, 3-3 Sox with two men still on base.
Man it’s awesome being on a hot streak. Everything breaks your way.
Err, meant to say Baldelli. And now Varitek is ahead in the count 3-0.
Alex Gonzalez with a dying quail, 5-3 Red Sox. I know his OPS+ is only 93 with the Sox this year, but man it seems like he gets hits when we need them. Fantastic pick up by Theo.
Where were all these guys in August?
Saito drills Vlad in the ribs. Ouch.
Guess I should go feed the dog and take her for a walk in the middle of Sox games more often! I left at 3-0 LAA right after the Torii Hunter homer and I just got back!
I hate that I’m reduced to scoreboard watching the Rangers but they ARE down by 4 in the 7th.
Ack. Torii Hunter again! C’mere doggie – I don’t care if you’re full. Eat and I’m taking you for a walk!
am-SF, from now on we’re gunna ask you to do that when we need a good rally. Rally-caps be damned!
My dog might start getting the Pavlovian response to Sox failures . . . wouldn’t want that. Would hate to see her wagging her tail when the Sox are behind – I would have to take her back to the pound if she does that! :)
Sonofabitch, Varitek lost the ball and the inning continues. And Vlad’s now on third.
Gee, thanks Varitek. Angels back on top 6-5.
7-5 Angels now. Jesus christ.
Tito does seem to leave pitchers out there for just long enough to let them hurt us – I mean why was 6-5 after solid contact not time for Ramirez to leave but 7-5 is?
PPLLEEEAAASSSE am-sf: Take your dog for a walk !
Huge strikeout by Delcarmen. Let’s get some runs, boys.
DAVID ORTIZ SINGLES!
Someone air-lift VMart to Boston, quick.
Drew walks. Two men on with no outs.
Good job Tito, pinch-hitting Josh reddick for Varitek. If he’s not sac-bunting here I’m going to be very angry.
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BULLSHIT? Who the hell said you could swing away, Reddick?
You’re lucky you’re fast, cause that was a double play ball.
Wow, Angels pitcher getting uber squeezed. No complains here.
Son of a bitch. Ortiz doesn’t get pinch-ran for, and that passed-ball should have been a run there. At least Reddick took 2nd.
One run game, two outs and AGonz walks. Go-ahead run is on 1st, Ellsbury up.
ELLSBURY SINGLES! Tie game, 7-7.
Shit, Pedey. Pop up.
Papelbon not available, Youk not available. Bard in? Or will they let Wagner go two days in a row?
Bard in to get the win.
Karl Ravech = Red Sox Fanboy
Figgins vs. Brown. when does he go?
Bard gets two quick outs. Then Steve Phillips starts comparing Bard to K-Rod, and he immediately gives up two singles.
Shiiiiiit, another single through the hole. I blame Steve Phillips.
Bard was too worried about the baserunners.
Steve Phillips is a piece of fuck.
Exactly IBM. I have no idea why he kept throwing over, when the second run is nowhere near as important as getting the third out.
Inning finally over. Bay-Lowell-Ortiz.
Fuentes blows…you guys are good.
We can beat Fuentes.
Does Tito pinch-hit for Papi?
Walkoff #2 this evening???
Wow, that looked like a balk.
COME ON LOWRIE!
Greenie to bat for Kotchman.
OH MAN! Infield single, great play by Figgins to knock the ball down and save the tying run. Jesus, so close.
Also, my David Ortiz figurine is 100% responsible for this rally so far.
Um…that check swing was really, really, really, really, really close.
HOLY SHIT YES! That was totally strike 3, but we’ll take it. Holy crap I can’t believe we got that call, it was right down the middle.
MIKE SCIOSCIA HAS ACCUTE RADIATION POISONING!
That is 2 horrendous calls. That was not a ball. What do you guys think? Looked like he struck out twice…
HUMONGOUS blown call by the umpire! Holy crap!
Krueg, I think the entire world agrees that that was strike 3. Except for the ump.
RED SOX WALK-OFF! YEAH! How the hell did the left-fielder miss that? He barely ran after it!
I TOLD YOU WE COULD BEAT THIS FUCKER!!!
Red Sox/Umpires 1, Angels 0. Doesn’t really matter to the Yankees, who just continue to cement their lead, but damn, the umpires are freaking screwed when their union contract is up.
This ump is an embarrassment. If I were Scoscia, I’d walk out calmly, stand right in front of the ump, and kick
him calmly in the nuts, and walk calmly back to the dugout.
I just want to reiterate that I started this rally by pulling out my lucky David Ortiz figurine at the beginning of the rally.
We didn’t deserve to win this game, but fuck it, we’ll take it.
If there were ever a game that should be protested, this is it. Holy hell. But I do like to see the Angels get screwed.
Calls aside, Fuentes is horrible…he is going to be the death of them in the playoffs.
I don’t think you can protest a strike call. But the ump
should be shitcanned.
I agree…Fuentes should never have let it get to that point in the first place, but he did technically get the save. This umpire better be sitting on his couch come October, right next to Angel Hernandez and Marty Foster.
WOW! That Ball 4 to Green was WAAAY better than I thought. I thought it was low at first.
Fuentes ERA almost 4.5.
I feel like I should be singing Christmas carols. What a gift.
I have no idea why the Angels decided to pay Fuentes instead of K-Rod. They are a massively over-rated franchise. Who the Yankees I guess can’t seem to figure out.
Congrats – bad calls are part of the game.
Having said that, it’s a call like that which really makes me wonder whether/how (some) umps are affected by the situation and the crowd. If it’s the same exact situation at Angels Stadium and the crowd is all cheering for the strikeout in the top of the 9th to end the game, does the ump (or at least this particularly incompetent ump) not get swept up and call that same pitch a strike?
I so dislike both teams that misery for either brings me joy so I don’t care a whole lot, but that outcome was slightly offensive to me as a baseball fan simply because there are some calls that are just too blatant to miss.
Regardless, 2 fantastic thrillers tonight for both the yanks and sox.
Tito, right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnQBhDJqwHA
Horse, that’s hilarious.
I’m going to bed. time to shake this ear/sinus iunfection.
Sox-Angels on MLB Network Thursday night.
Yanks and Sox, 1-2 in all of baseball.
Personally, I think Yankees fans should be happy the Angels are losing, cause there’s a chance the Rangers will win the division. I’m sure you guys would rather play them than the Angels.
And this shouldn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things… if the Red Sox end up tying the Yankees for the division, and winning by default because of the head-to-head record, then you guys can talk about this game.
IronHorse, I agree bad calls are offensive when watching or playing the game, but the ball to walk Green was called a ball more often than a strike all night.
Check out PitchFX data for Greens AB:
and then the data for all pitches in the game:
Bottom of the zone was a lottery all night.
Man, is that an embarrassing strike zone.
MLB certainly has enough fodder to dictate exactly what the umpire’s union is going to do, if not dissolve it completely. I know the job is hard, but we have the ability to make it better, and they’re going to have to go along with it, even if it means they get less responsibilities and less pay. That’s life.
Bleh – thats not how it showed up on preview.
Greens AB: http://tinyurl.com/okux5w
Whole game: http://tinyurl.com/myoprc
wow, just watched that Green AB, Fuentes K’d him twice! I guess when things are going your way they really go your way…good for the sox. Maybe they can use up the good karma now and run out by October! ;)
Good data Dan, but that actually does show that there were a ton of strikes that were called balls at the bottom of the strikezone. 10 or 11 of them, by my count. What a horrible ump.
Thankfully in the last 5 years they’ve been using data like this to review umpires every off-season, so this will end up biting him in the ass.
Hee! “Well, frick.” and taking doggie for a walk seems to do wonders! ;-)
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