Thursday, May 05, 2011

End Of Game Late Night Fun (Or, Live-Blogging The Craziest Game Of The Year)

***8th Inning***

12:30 in the morning, we go to the bottom of the eighth, after an earlier 2.5 hour rain delay. 2-0 Angels. In the seventh, we finally got our first hit of the game. Am also playing Chan in Scrabble, thanks to that app allowing people not in the same room to play each other without using shitbook. Just played SKULLING on a TW for 92 points, putting me up by 108. In the last game, Chan was up almost 100 and I came back to beat him by nearly that much.

12:31: If NESN misses pitches due to local ads (I'm guessing this could be Verizon's fault) here, it won't be the first time tonight.

12:32: Rodney in for the Angels. Tek: Doubles down the right field line! Wet grass helps him out...tying run up in Jacoby.

12:35: So, yeah, soooo many people went home. Larry, Henry, and Werner were actually giving out hot chocolate to fans down below. And a crowd of rowdies has surrounded the subdued Kapstein since we resumed play. Ellsbury grounds out, Tek to third. Still 2-0 Angels.

12:37: Pedroia up. My hope is to see a game-winning home which the ball just bounces around while fans chase it through the RF boxes or bleachers. Dustin...2 and 2 count....

12:38: Even the Joy of Sox thread is just me and Allan. Full count...

12:39: Dustin swings and misses. Gonzalez up. I lead Chan by 105. Dribbler, and Ellsbury scores! And the throw goes over the catcher's head (Rodney shouldn't have even thrown) so Adrian goes to second! 2-1 Angels.

12:42: The funniest thing about this game is how the crowd is the type you hear late in a blowout. But it's a close game! Normally, bottom 8, tying run at second, Youk up, you'd hear a loud crowd going nut as one--but now, you hear the individual shouts of a couple hundred crazies. This, team owners, is why the BEST seats should cost the LEAST. Youk singles! But it's hit too hard right at Wells in left so Adrian has to hold at third. First and third, two out, down one, Papi up--and he flies out on the first pitch. We go to the ninth, 2-1 Angels.

***9th Inning***

12:48: Oki gets the first guy in the ninth.

12:50: Wells reaches on grounder in hole that Scutaro dicks around on then one-hops Lowrie. Had he picked it, it woulda been an out. Adrian's out because we ran for him last inning, which I guess I didn't notice.

12:54: Now Scutaro can't catch a looper, just over the glove. Bad jump. Scutaro, the rest of us are playing a baseball game. First and third, one out. Pitching change.

12:55: And I just beat Chan in Scrabble, 417 to 304. Always nice to hit the big 4-0-0.

12:58: Wakefield in. Second and third as runner advances on DI. Full count. And a walk. Bases loaded. Last two pitches coulda been called strikes.

12:59: Sac fly. 3-1 Angels. Chan sent me our Scrabble board--check out the last three letters he had left! (He played all three after that, this is not the final board you see.)

1:00: Fly out to right. 3-1 them, going to the bottom of the ninth.

1:02: All the west coast games are over! Walden in to pitch on this pond-esque field. Bottom 9--Lowrie up, let's do this. "A little hesitation cheese," says Eck.

1:04: Lowrie walks! Tying run up, no outs. Cameron up.

1:06: Cameron rips a single to left!!!! Winning run at plate, tying runs on. Crawford up.

1:09: Ump calls a balla strike. Now, pitch gets scores but Cameron out at fucking third! Fuck! But now Crawford doubles. This is insane!!!! Tying run at 2nd, ONE out.

1:11: Tek up and it's 0 and 2. I can't even believe this. If Scutaro doesn't fuck up TWICE in the top, we're tied right now. Or if Cameron doesn't try to get to third it's tied or WON. Instead, 2 outs, down 1, tying run at second.

1:14: Ellsbury up. 2 and 2. I forgot to say that on the ball Cameron tried to go to third on, it hit the ump's leg. It woulda gone to left field and that's another reason this should be at least tied. The 2-2 pitch....ball, FULL COUNT!

1:17: TIE GAME! Hey sleepy Sox fans! Never go to bed on the Red Sox! Come on! Ellsbury singles in Crawford from second to tie it at 2, and Dustin ends the ninth with a fielder's choice. We go to the tenth inning!

***10th Inning***

1:20: To recap earlier play: 1st and 2nd, no out, ball trickles behind catcher. He fires to third but he's not gonna get the runner. It goes past the 3rd baseman, but hits the ump's leg and goes toward the shortstop. Runner goes home, but Cameron is barely thrown out going to third. And NESN stupidly shows the runner crossing the plate, so we DIDN'T SEE the play at third. Anyway, we did tie it after all, and now, after Wake warms up, they go to Papelbon.

1:25: Top 10, Pap gets first guy out, nice job by Pap covering first on a grounder to second.

1:26: Single for Torii that prick. Did I mention there's like 500 people in the stands. Man, I would love to be at this game.

1:28: Torii almost picked off, but Lowrie misses his arm with the tag or it woulda been a really close.

1:30: Strikeout. Two down, man on first. Gotta get this thing to the bottom o' the tenth tied. Pap facing Kendrick.

1:33: Strikeout! We go bottom 10, tied at 3! I still want my empty-seats walkoff dong!

1:38: Scutaro up. He needs to atone for his delaying on that grounder followed by bad throw followed by mistimed forget it, he hits an easy flyout. One down.

1:40: Youk up, crowd singing his at bat music on their own. Hits what shoulda been a gapper but Torii was way out in right center and caught it easily. Papi up.

1:41: Green light on 3-0 for Papi, fouls it off. 3-1 pitch...ball 4!

1:42: Lowrie up, Darnell pinch running as the potential winning run at first.

1:43: Blooper past third for a double!!!!! Second and third! Two out.

1:45: Cameron up...two and comes your pitch...nope, strike called, two and one.....called strike at the knees, 2 and 2, remember, wild pitch will win it....

1:46: Cameron doens't wanna swing, but it's called ball 3, full count....ground out second base. We go to the 11th!

***11th Inning***

1:49: Bard in, Dice-K up in the bullpen! 3-3 score as we start the 11th.

1:50: Backwards K for Wells. One out.

1:52: Double down the RF line off the boxes. Damn. Amarista pinch runs for Conger.

1:55: Bard needed a K there and got it. Two out.

1:58: Groundout to Bard. We go to the bottom of the 11th. I'm going to tomorrow's 1:35 game. I was planning on getting there for batting practice, but now I'm wondering if either team will even be awake by then.

2:00 in the morning! Crawford...grounds out easily to second.

2:01: Tek up. Hey, you think Remy's awake? I think Eck just dozed off. It's been almost 7 hours since this one started. Full count to Tek...strikes out swinging.

2:02: Ellsbury...strikes out looking. The ump really should clean the plate. Maybe he can see it from where he is, but it's all brown from center field. We go to the 12th, tied at 3.

***12th Inning***

2:08: Bard still in there, facing Abreu. Kays his ass. One out.

2:10: Izturis up. Another K.

2:11: 4-pitch walk to Torii. Man on first, one out.

2:12: Callaspo up. And he grounds out softly second to first. We go bottom 12.

2:15: Pedroia up. Bell still pitching for them. Golden sombrero for Dustin as he Ks.

2:17: Scutaro: Grounder up the middle, single. Winning run on base for Youk.

2:19: Terrible swing by and two...This is incredible! Youk hits what looks like a massive dong. Off the Wall, though. Scutaro coming around, trying to score from first, perfect relay from Aybar, guns him at the plate.

2:22: Darnell up, You k on second, 2 out. Oh and two. I can't believe this game is still going on.

2:23: Dribbler to third, can't be handled by the 3Bman. Youk gets to third. First and third, two out. 3 to 3 score. Unbe-credible. Jed coming up.

2:24: Grounder right side. Looks like a hit. First baseman gets it, throws to pitcher covering. We go to the 13th inning.

***13th Inning***

2:28: Dice-K in the game. First ever relief appearance. Grounder to Lowrie, off the glove--Gonzalez woulda had it. Kind of a bad hop I guess. Go-ahead run on first, no outs.

2:31: Ha, NESN shows foul ball go up to the ESPN booth, Nomar gets it. Now crowd chanting his name after he threw the ball down to fans. Wells flies out. One down.

2:32: Pop out. Two down.

2:33: Soft single to right. First and third, two out.

2:39: Two-run single to right, past Pedroia, Abreu, get that smile off your face or I'll kick you in the teeth from here, Walky McGee.

2:36: Three and one to Aybar....called strike, full count...nowhere near, ball four. Bases loaded, two out for Abreu. Then a popout, we go bottom 13, down 5-3.

2:43: Bottom 13. Bell still in for them. Cameron batting. Pops out.

2:44: Crawford grounds to pitcher on first pitch. Fuck. Saltala... batting for Tek.

2:45: Fly out to left. Over. We lose in 13 innings.

2:48: To reiterate, goddammit. Good night.

3:00 AM: Okay, one more thing. The photo of my Nielsen log from its final night--it goes thru 5 AM, so I'm able to add this whole game in there. You can see the hours on the left, starting at 7 and going allll the way down to 3.

This is the part where I comment to prove I'm really up at 2:14 AM. Bottom of the 12th! Fisk leading off! Let's do this!
Ha--a fitting end to the crazy Nielsen week. The chart goes thru 5:00 AM this morning.

Will have to read this in the morning.
Scutaro: Big year for Toronto in '09, decent year for Boston in '10... but only had a .333 OBP and was terrible on defense, with a range factor of only 3.76 and still committed 18 errors. So... what exactly are we getting by keeping him around?

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