Plus H: Royals-Sox Gamer

What a gem by Lester. Another day, another John, but this time it is one of the finest pitchers of our generation who spells his name more traditionally, though young Mr. Lester has kept up with his greens fees, demanding a bit of propers for his long game despite his shortened name. Bravo, and comment away.

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  • If this team can barely dent Brian Bannister, I don’t see them scoring at all off Meche. And Smoltz needs to show something tonight, too — a quality start, please, and not another game where he spots the other team 5 runs.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Looks like the Yankees are pretty likely to beat their (other) nemesis today, which means they’ll probably end the day tied for first. grr.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 5:38 pm
  • How much of Bannister’s performance was Boston’s offense and how much was Bannister simply having a great night? I have a hard time believing Bannister was having a bad game, and the Sox just couldn’t do anything…

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 6:06 pm
  • Bannister has been the best starter for the Royals this year, yeah? With Meche a close 2nd?

    Devine July 11, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Well, THAT was an interesting inning.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • Hey Devine, you ever heard of this kid Zack Greinke? Leads the AL in ERA? Behind only Wakefield in wins? (note: this comment should not be construed as an endorsement of ERA or wins are especially meaningful stats.)

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • Well, this inning was no fluke — very nice hitting as the Sox get 3 XBH in a row. Evidence continues to mount that Bannister deserves a lot of credit for last night.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • Oh yeah. Duh. Greinke. Glad we missed him. Still, it’s not like Bannister sucks or anything.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • 4 Ks in a row for Smoltz. This KC lineup is historically bad. Kind of mind-blowing.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Devine, I love Bannister — by all accounts, he’s a smart guy who thinks about pitching a ton. But he’s no ace, and last night, he looked like an ace. So, naturally, I was worried about how the Sox would look against Meche, who is a better pitcher. Turns out I needn’t have worried about that. I am still worried about when Smoltz is going to give up 5 runs, but since the Sox have already scored 6, maybe that’ll be OK, too. Would be nice for him to get a win.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • I don’t think Bannister’s an ace either (looking at his “peripherals”, which should maybe start being called something else, since they are so often more meaningful), but people do become aces (Lester).
    Mostly, I just think Lowell missing takes quite a bit of sting out of the lineup. If he wasn’t an OBP threat (and he most certainly wasn’t), he was certainly a power threat.
    Varitek didn’t like that the Sox hadn’t scored in the 3rd, so he wrapped one round that pesky Pesky out there.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Still scoreless after first and third, nobody out, for KC. The Royals really Royalsed there.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Yeah, after he gave up those first two singles, I was going to say that Smoltz was almost inviting KC back into the game. But it’s KC and so the invitation never arrived. If you will.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • Nice of Youk to stop the 1-2-3 inning there.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • Biiiiiiiig Papi.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • The dream of scoring in every inning lives. Halfway there.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Being a Royals fan must really, really suck.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Reflecting on my capacity to pity fans of another team, i’m reminded how much being a Sox fan has changed over the past 10 years…wow.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • I know it’s the Royals, but Smoltz is really bringing it. His slider is killing them.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Though, of course, the Sox never started Tony Pena, Jr.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • I was just gonna say: it’ll feel really good when they finally do win again. Then I remembered how much things have changed and how great it did and does feel.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Normally, that RBI double makes me shrug, but I remember this other time Smoltz had a gigantic lead…Eck just mentioned he’s getting close to 100 pitches now.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Freel really making Smoltz work and then hitting a RBI double. Great AB for Freel. I was hoping Smoltz would go 6 IP, but I’ll take 5 IP, 1 ER.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Though, of course, the Sox never started Tony Pena, Jr.
    Of course it wasn’t long ago that the Red Sox were starting Tony Pena Sr.

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • I cannot believe they called Ellsbury out. Amica pitch tracker thing also calls BS on the ump.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • They didn’t score. They didn’t even get on base. Lazy bastards.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Paul: Tony Sr’s OPS+ in his last year with Boston was 32. Tony Jr currently has an OPS+ of -35. Last year, his OPS+ was 7. SEVEN.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • And on cue, Masterson starts to suck.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Wow, what is going on with Masterson? Does he really hate blowouts?

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Still sucking.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Masterson forcing up memories of the terrible, terrible Baltimore Game that Shall Not Be Discussed.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Holy living f*ck. Pena bloop RBI single. I hate this sh*t.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • Tony Pena Sr would have struck out in that situation.
    Though to be honest I had no idea his son was that bad at the plate…

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Delcarmen will try to stop the bleeding. I am feeling on the verge of rage.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Walked him on 5 pitches! GOD!

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • I don’t know if it’s just the typical struggles of consistency for a young pitcher — in fact it probably is — but Masterson seems to have a big problem with melting down. Not what you want to see from a middle reliever.
    Delcarmen walks the bases loaded. grrrrrrr

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Great throw, DREW! Force out at home!
    Weird, now that I see it in type.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • 9-6, and Masterson has given up 5 (again).

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Need…All-Star…Break. It’s infuriating after the pen had a day off (but for Paps) yesterday.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • This is simply ludicrous.

    stuck working July 11, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Oh, I lied, Masterson gave up 4 ’cause of the force at home, I guess.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • That’s what I get for trashing the Yankee bullpen in their game thread. :-P I really thought we were going to get out of that one…

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Boy, thanks Okajima.
    In a night where the Red Sox score 9, the Royals have the biggest inning.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • I don’t remember ever seeing Drew argue with the ump like that.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • Royals get right back on the field. Hope Oki has a scoreless inning in him.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Nooooope. 9-7.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • Get ready to pitch 9, Beckett.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Kotsay misplay, fair ball. Oh God.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • Crowd trying to get in it.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Base hit groundball to right. Bard in with nobody out and 2 on.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • There is only one solution: the bullpen HATES John Smoltz.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Two collapses like this in a couple weeks’ time is worrisome.

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • K. That’s 1 down.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Please see todays yankees gamer for explanation of the sox pen implosion…(Hint: Paul talked some smack about our pen)

    sam-YF July 11, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Yeah, but he took note of it in this thread.
    I actually think the mockery in gamer posts is a little mean-spirited. I know it’s a rivalry site, but ag is almost uniformly polite and funny.
    Well, I’m sure somewhere, Andrew is delighted.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • How do you spell relief? B-A-R-D.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • I would say though, the percentage is still 89% Boston. And all that giving up 6 runs (or so?) only costed -.1 WPA.
    So er, ya. It’ll blow up the ERA a bit, but WPA is not too damaged – because the offense already did its job.

    Lar July 11, 2009, 9:57 pm
  • Red Sox score another on a botched throw to 1st that would have been an inning-ending DP from Olivo.
    Coach arguing Tek ran outside the baseline. Replay shows he had an argument.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • 12-7. Thank you, still-somewhat-productive Nick Green.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • Thank God the Royals still suck.

    Paul SF July 11, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Besides the greater probability that the Red Sox are going to win, I’m very glad Smoltz is likely to get his first win (though they are, yeah, meaningless). He deserves one by now.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Bates really should have caught that. And immediately a run scores. 12-8.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Okay, that relay was caught. One down, man at 3rd.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Sac fly, 2 down. 12-9 as the run comes in. Would be tied but for last inning of the Sox’ bats.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • K. Inning. Bard gives up one earned and one unearned, but likely neither one scores without the error at 1st. Player of the game so far, I’d say.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • Youk’s done slumping, huh?

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Phew, managed the ninth through the downpour. Royals had 13 hits, Red Sox had 12, the announcers tell me.
    What a weird game. Looked really horrendously familiar for a second there, but last time they didn’t tack on, and Bard didn’t stop the insanity.

    Devine July 11, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • Can we get an investigation into why the bullpen hates John Smoltz?

    Micah-SF July 11, 2009, 10:56 pm