More Beast Action: Jays-Sox Gamer II

Talented rookie southpaw Brett Cecil faces off against Brad Penny as the Jays continue their visit to Fenway. Lineups follow, comment away.

M. Scutaro ss .283
A. Hill 2b .343
A. Rios rf .264
V. Wells cf .253
A. Lind dh .314
S. Rolen 3b .311
L. Overbay 1b .237
R. Barajas c .313
T. Snider lf .240
B. Cecil lhp 1.80
J. Ellsbury cf .305
D. Pedroia 2b .315
D. Ortiz dh .203
K. Youkilis 1b .393
J. Bay lf .294
M. Lowell 3b .289
R. Baldelli rf .200
J. Varitek c .231
J. Lugo ss .314
B. Penny rhp 6.69
85 comments… add one
  • Put it on the board: Youk is going yard tonight.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • Two flat fastballs, two hard line-drives, two outs by Ellsbury.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:12 pm
  • and then a base hit….

    rootbeerfloat May 20, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • 10-pitch inning for Penny. Don’t like the hard hits, but whatever.
    I’m calling it tonight: Ortiz and Youk are both hitting homers.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • Ath- did you just jinx the boys?

    rootbeerfloat May 20, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Nope! Last month I declared that Ellsbury was going to break otu of his slump and begin his quest for the 2009 batting title, and he went 3 for 4.
    We’ll see, at least.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • What the fuck Papi? Fastball right down the middle, Ortiz with a weak dribbler to first.
    There aren’t boos, but Fenway is conspicuously silent. Seeing Ortiz’ depressed face after each at-bat is starting to get to me.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Cecil.
    Isn’t that Sideshow Bob’s brother?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • Cecil trumps Penny’s 10-pitch inning with an 8-pitch inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • In 1971, Joe C says, Yaz, coming off two 40-HR seasons, didn’t get his first HR until game 72.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Another nice inning by Penny.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 7:30 pm

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • Youkilis: batting .400 once again.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • NYY 1, Bal 0, bot 2;
    Oak 2, TB 0, bot 2

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia is beast.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Yaz hit a home run in Game No. 6 in 1971, and had nine homers and an .877 OPS after 72 games — a season in which he finished with just 15 homers.

    Paul SF May 20, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Good throw by Bay, but Pedroia makes a bad tag. Should had him easily.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • A popup ends the inning, no damage. 43 pitches after 3, not too shabby so far.
    Paul > Joe C

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • Ahh, here it is: From Sept. 4, 1971 through July 21, 1972, Yaz went 71 games without a home run. That was a different time though. Yastrzemski managed just 15 homers in ’71 and 12 in ’72 — probably leading many to speculate he was winding down at age 32 — but his OPS+ was still pretty solid, 113 and 118, and then he rebounded for two more great years before settling into the good-not-great level he occupied for the rest of his career.

    Paul SF May 20, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • Who is the guy catching for us this year? I really don’t recognize him.

    rootbeerfloat May 20, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • Nice Paul. Anyone can have a really weak second half though; starting the season off a hitter should be fresh. Yaz’ homerless streak really isn’t much of a comparison I think, especially considering his solid OPS+ that you mentioned.
    Varitek makes it a 1-0 game. Great success!

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Speaking of different times and all, Yaz in 1972 was playing in an offensive environment rated an 88 on (in which 100 is average and over 100 is better for hitters compared to an all-time average OBP/SLG of .335/.400). Ortiz this season is playing in an environment rated at 115. Totally different.

    Paul SF May 20, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Youkilis raises his average to .400
    Varitek raises his OPS to .806
    Lugo raises his average to .327

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Bunt pop-up for a single, off Cecil’s glove. He’s likely out of the game with an injured shoulder.
    Great effort from a rookie though.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • Oak, NYY leads up to 4-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • Crowd cheering somewhat loudly for Papi. This is the at-bat right here, I can feel it.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • Not even trying.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • First pitch another fastball right down the middle, fouled off. Second pitch a great breaking ball. Third pitch another fastball right down the middle, with a half-hearted swing from Papi.
    Okay, I’m going to stop jinxing our players now. Apologies all around.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Jeez, when has Ortiz even last gotten a hit? Showing zero sign of coming out of his career-threatening slump.

    AndrewYF May 20, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Papi’s seen four pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:07 pm
  • Actually Andrew he’s reached base in 22 of his last 23 games. Thankfully he’s still getting a lot of walks, though I don’t know why with Youk and Bay hitting behind him.
    I’d say it’s about 75% mental at this point. You can see it in his body language, on his face, in his interviews.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • 53 pitches after 4. 8 flyballs, all of them to center, which isn’t a bad thing considering Lugo is playing SS.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Swisher-Cano-Melky go back-to-back-to-back. Gotta spread those homers around to players not named Arod or Teixeira.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Varitek with ANOTHER HOMER! The last time he did that was August 16, 2005.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Pedroia triples, but Ellsbury is out at home on a great diving tag by Barajas. Damn.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Ugh. Rat farts.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Yankees fans: boo their players after one bad day
    Sox fans: cheering “Let’s go Papi!” two months into the season

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • Okay, did I call it at the beginning of the gamer or what? Ortiz getting assaulted with hugs and highfives in the dugout.
    Be afraid, AL East. Papi has arrived.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Awesome. Just awesome. The fan reaction has been awesome these past two days, and he deservedly gets the standing O and the curtain call.
    And a big home run, to boot. A tremendous drive that blows the game open.

    Paul SF May 20, 2009, 8:40 pm

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:42 pm

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Good for David, but it would have been pretty sad if he couldn’t hit a homerun off of THIS guy.

    AndrewYF May 20, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • You’re just mad because Hughes left the game with an elbow issue.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Holy Shit!
    I go to put the girl to bed and I miss two homers!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Joe C says Ellsbury was safe, according to the replay.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • Rocco!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • Did he?
    I’m just mad because, while I actually wanted the Sox to take 2/3 from the Fluke Jays, I didn’t want them to *sweep*.

    AndrewYF May 20, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • IBM, the replay showed the glove BARELY brushed Ellsbury, if at all. From the ump’s angle it looked like a clear out though.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Four homers, a double and a triple, plus a single and a walk in the inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Oak 7, TB 3, top 6;
    NYY 5, Oak 3, top 6

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • Wow that was a pretty frisbee-slider to strike out Varitek.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • By the way, the afformentioned Yaz stat attributed to Joe C actually came from Dick Bresciani, and I apologize for the loss of translation.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Ellsbury just tied the Red Sox record for putouts in an inning (10). The MLB record is 12.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Every RS starter with a hit, now.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • I’m really glad Papi ended his drought, and don’t want to spoil the party, but in that inning it seemed like anyone could hit a homer…

    Hudson May 20, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • In an inning, ath?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Thanks, Hudson, you buzz kill.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • D’oh, of course meant game.
    Way to kill the mood Hudson. Cecil was looking good before Ortiz broke it open there.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Another putout to Ellsbury!

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Red Sox radio just acknowledged Ath’s ellsbury stat.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • To be fair I got it from DO and Eck on
    Look at David Ortiz. So much fucking swagger. He’s got his mojo back, you can see it on his face.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Hey, like I said, I’m thrilled by the end of the drought. Tring not to pay any attention to Papi just getting called out on strikes, though…

    Hudson May 20, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Good thing he hit that to the triangle. Overbay destroyed that ball.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Good thing we had a 8-run lead.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • Props to Papi and Penny. Penny really doesn’t deserve my hate the last few starts; thanks for the effort, Brad.

    Devine May 20, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Papi now tied with Petey, Lugo, Ellsbury and Nick Green in the HR category.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • HOLY SHIT Varitek is getting an IBB!

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • May 20, 2001, Tek hit three homers vs. KC.
    IBB to ‘Tek. Oh, this is a mistake. Lugi’ll make ’em pay.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • Daniel Bard making his Fenway debut.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • I think Papelbon wanted a save tonight, so he bribed Bard in the bullpen.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Bard gets hit hard.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Am I right? The Red Sox have made no OF outs tonight?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Oki.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Millar to ph.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • You’re right IBM–all groundouts and strikeouts, except for a pop out to the catcher last inning. Crazy.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Ortiz with another crush to center, ends up a double. Seriously, Papi is mentally here.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • The Jays doing their best Red Sox impersonation: 3 runs on 13 baserunners.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Hey Papelbon bribed Saito too.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Hill’s F7 if first FO for Toronto.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Prediction: Saito doesn’t finish the year with Boston.

    Paul SF May 20, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Fly ball to Ellsbury ends the game, and ties the record!

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • That’s it!
    Ellsbury ties ML record with 12th putout.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • I was thinking the same thing. His ERA may only be 3.60, but he’s looked awful whenever he appears. Maybe we can get a catching prospect for him.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Oh, and the best part of the night was when Ortiz went into the dugout after the homer, everyone gave him the cold shoulder and pretended like nothing had happened. Then Pedroia grabs him and pushes him into the rest of the team, who engulf him in a big bear hug. Teary-eyed.

    Atheose May 20, 2009, 10:59 pm

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