As much as I wanted to liveglog a Reds game, they just weren't playing this afternoon. Instead, I'll have to settle for the Red Sox and Orioles. Sigh! Jon Lester takes on Danny Cabrera today. Lester's strikeout numbers are down this season and his walk rate is up, which is never good for a pitcher.
Cabrera, on the other hand, is pitching out of his gourd mostly because he worked his walk rate down a bit. He's coming off a 1-run complete game victory over the weak-hitting Royals but Sox third baseman Mike Lowell is 10-for-14 lifetime with a ding dong in his career against Cabrera.
Follow me after the jump for your first regular season AL East liveglog!
3:00: Our broadcasters today are Joe Angel and Fred Manfra...I think.
3:03: Yes, I have confirmed the fact that those are indeed our radio guys. I've never heard their voices before, and I've never even heard of them. Hopefully they're not as irritatingly folksy as Dave Niehaus or as irritatingly homer-y as John Sterling. I'll be not-so-quietly judging them while I glog. That's my job.
3:06: Excellent rendition of the National Anthem by Bitsy Watson. I'm embarrassed having to link to that webpage.
3:09: Jonathan Van Every is the only unusual name in the Red Sox lineup today. He'll be playing centerfield while Jacoby Ellsbury plays right for the injured J.D. Drew. Ellsbury reaches first on an infield hit and then steals second.
3:12: The Orioles catcher is Guillermo Quiroz. I have never heard of him, either. Dustin Pedroia drives in Ellsbury with a single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch. 1-0 Sox.
3:15: David Ortiz GIDP's, Roberts to Bynum to Millar, oh my. That double play was brought to you by the Double Bubbler scratch-off game from the Maryland Lottery. It should have been brought to you by Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery". Manny grounds out to end the inning.
3:20: FYI Melvin Mora is out of the lineup with soreness, not suckiness, as per O's manager Dave Trembley. Brian Roberts grounds out followed by Jay Payton's own ground out and Nick Markakis' ground out. Seven pitches and three outs: Jon Lester is efficient!
3:25: Mike Lowell leads off this inning. Like I said previously, he owns Cabrera in his career, but I mis-reported his stats. He's actually 5-for-10 with 3 walks, a homer, and a double. Whoops! Lowell grounds out to Aubrey Huff on a full count after fouling off a few pitches. Kevin Youkilis comes up and I hear the "YOUUUK" chant. Red Sox fans travel well, indeed!
3:27: Youkilis doubles, but Varitek and Cora both fly out to end the inning.
3:32: Huff swing-bunts a ball to Lester who bobbles it, recovers, and throws Huff out at first. This is scored 1-1-1-1-3. Hey, it's Kevin Millar up now. Everyone hates him nowadays! David Ortiz saw the video of Millar singing "Oriole Magic" before the game started and doubled over in laughter. Ortiz is so big, though, that when he doubles over, he triples. Millar flies out.
3:35: Last night's hero Luke Scott is up. He hit the three-run tater tot off Josh Beckett that put the O's ahead for good, and actually went 3-for-4 in the game. This is the first time I'm hearing of this. Scott grounds out to Youkilis. Six up and six down on just 19 pitches.
3:40: It's Van Every's first ever major league at-bat. This is always exciting for me, witnessing such an event. What if Van Every one day becomes a hall-of-famer? I can say I liveglogged his first ever at-bat. Which, of course, is a strikeout. Ellsbury beats out a second infield hit. That's because he has cruelty, dishonesty, and speed.
3:42: The Nationals are visiting Baltimore this weekend. Do they sell those games out, or do people not care about seeing two bad teams? Pedroia GIDP's Bynum-to-Roberts-to-Millar, and the inning is toast. This double play was sponsored by GEICO. I don't know why.
3:46: XM Radio, which is the only way a kid in Jersey can listen to these games on the radio, plays Casey Kasem's old top 40 countdowns on the 70's and 80's channels. Like, the original countdowns with the dedications and all the bullshit. Who listens to this? Adam Jones gets a bunt hit. Freddie Bynum strikes out. Quiroz is up now and catching because Ramon Hernandez is experiencing soreness, not suckiness.
3:52: Angel and Manfra are doing it well today. I haven't found anything about their call to complain about. The only problem, of course, is the incessant reciting of sponsors, but you can't hold that against the talent. Quiroz pops out to Pedroia, bringing up Brian Roberts. Adam Jones steals second and refuses to give it back. ZING! Remember, all scoring plays can be seen after the fact on the MLB.com Gameday doo-hickey. They've got the Pedroia RBI single up now. Lester's count on Roberts goes full...strike out!
3:57: I'm starvin', someone go get me a pulled pork sandwich. Ortiz leads off the inning...with a strikeout looking. We just reached 100 subscribers to our RSS feed in Google Reader. If you haven't subscribed us yet, do it today! Angel tells us that the umpire just fetched those special marked baseballs since Manny Ramirez is nearing 500 home runs. MILESTONE WATCH!
4:00: Manny singles past Brian Roberts. Not a milestone hit, but I'm sure Lester appreciates the effort. Here's Lowell again...he GIDP's Bynum to Roberts to Millar for the third Orioles double play turned on the day. They just tied the major league record for most double plays turned in the first three innings.
4:03: I obviously have no idea what inning we're in. That's three double plays in four innings, not three innings. Totally not a record of any kind. Whoopsie doodle!
4:07: Payton grounded out and Markakis walked, bringing up Aubrey Huff, who loves naked people. Huff singles and Markakis stops at second. Millar just hit one to left AND MANNY RAMIREZ MAKES A ONE-HAND CATCH THEN HIGH FIVES A FAN AND THEN DOUBLES UP HUFF AT FIRST! I CANT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HEARD.
4:09: I'm serious. Manny high-fived a fan in between making a Gold Glove-caliber catch and throwing the ball to the infield.
4:12: Youkilis hits a comebacker to Cabrera and is out, 1-3. Varitek is up now, but the announcers are still ooh-ing and ahh-ing over Manny's catch. Varitek returns the attention to the game, though, by clocking a ding-dong to the bleachers for a 2-0 Red Sox lead.
4:15: Cora lines out to Roberts, bringing up Van Every for his second major league at-bat. No one is ever wistful about their second major league at-bat. Except when it's their first major league hit, which is what Van Every just collected. MILESTONE WATCH
4:18: Manny's catch video is now up on the MLB.com Gameday doohickey. I have just seen the best web gem of May. Fantastic. Van Every is running, Bynum goes to cover second, and Ellsbury hits one through the hole. First and third, two out. Pedroia grounds out to end the inning.
4:24: Luke Scott pops out to start the bottom of the fifth, This game is moving along at a typical pace, but it feels a little more jaunty. The Manny catch is definitely keeping everyone excited. Adam Jones walks. Bynum ends the inning with a GIDP. It's definitely double play day here at WoW.
4:30: Markakis made a diving catch off David Ortiz for the first out of the sixth inning. It's web gem day at Oriole Park. Sox have 8 hits today but 3 GIDP's and 3 LOB, so Cabrera is getting help on a day he's not at his best. Ramirez grounds out. Lowell crushes a ding-dong two rows deep, 3-0 Red Sox.
4:32: Youkilis collects his second double of the game and his 14th of the season as the wheels are slowly coming off the Daniel Cabrera Party Bus.
4:36: Varitek comes up with a runner on second and two outs. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz visits the mound, possibly to discuss the new flavor of Ben N Jerrys ice cream. This convo works as Varitek grounds out to end the inning.
4:43: By the way 'Quiroz' rhymes with 'gyros' which I'm sure will delight my Greek compatriot Camp Tiger Claw. Guillermo Quiroz gets tzatziki sauce all over his hands and he gets a single, just the third O's hit of the day. Roberts has a hard-fought at bat that culminates in a hit over CF Van Every's head. Quiroz moves to third on Roberts' 11th double.
4:46: Jay Payton comes up in a big spot with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs. Payton works a 3-0 count and then drives in a run with a ground out. Meh. He also didn't advance Roberts to third.
4:50: Nick Markakis (what is that, Greek?) will try and drive in Roberts from second. Lester is working hard this inning; he's up to 76 pitches in the game after cruising through the first five innings with like, 9 pitches total. Markakis is fouling off a bunch of pitches...then drills a single up the middle, bringing Roberts in and the O's within 1. It's 3-2 Sox. Lester gets a visit at the mound from Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
4:55: With one out and a runner on first, Lester is going to try and induce Huff to GIDP. He fails, but succeeds in getting Huff to strike the eff out. Two outs now for Kevin Millar. Millar's sons name is Kanyon? Christ.
5:00: Millar strikes out to end the sixth inning, and the glog is done for the day. Go home and put the game on your TV or follow along with the MLB Gameday doo-hickey. Thank you all for joining us today! You commenters make this glogging fun.