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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Iglesias (Jose)”

Plays of Future Past

In the bottom of the second Jose Iglesias knocked the ball off the Green Monster. He tried to leg the hit into a double but Raul Ibanez gathered the ball in time to make the play at second close. Nick Franklin missed the tag, however, and Iglesias made the out interesting by eluding Justin Smoak until he was tagged out at last by his counterpart Brad Miller. He made his last play on the basepaths memorable. Later in the night we learned that Iglesias was part of a three-team deal. Red Sox receive: Brayan Villarreal Jake Peavy Tigers receive: Jose Iglesias White Sox receive: Avisail Garcia Francelis Montas Cleuluis Rondon J.B. Wendelken Peavy comes with some health concerns, but what 32-year old pitcher doesn’t. He is a proven starter and didn’t cost as much as Cliff Lee. Brock Wyatt Holt was called up to shore up the infield. There are already hopeful whispers that top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts might make his major league debut this season. He’s in no rush, however. The Red Sox feted Joe Morgan for the 25th anniversary of the 1988 season. Although the squad was eventually swept by the Athletics in the ALCS, the...

The Return of Remy

More important than sports fans’ recovery from the gut-punch loss by the Bruins was Jerry Remy’s recovery from pneumonia. Me alegra verte de nuevo! We missed his buenos noches and tardes. Remy wasn’t back one day and fans were already asking for hot dogs. If it’s hot-dogging he’s looking for, look no further than Jose Iglesias. The infielder went 3-for-5 in the nine-hole and currently sports a line of .434/.484/.575. Iglesias is such a hot hitter that Will Middlebrooks was sent to Pawtucket. Ryan Dempster is thankful for run support. He trails all Red Sox starters except John Lackey in average runs per start. Game 79: June 25, 2013 Colorado Rockies39-39 4 L: Juan Nicasio (4-4) 2B: Nolan Arenado (14), Corey Dickerson (3)HR: Wilin Rosario (12) Boston Red Sox46-33 11 W: Ryan Dempster (5-8) 2B: Jacoby Ellsbury (18), Shane Victorino (7), Dustin Pedroia (21), David Ortiz (16), Jose Iglesias (9)3B: Stephen Drew (4)...

Cheese Masters

Daniel Nava didn’t have a great game at the plate, but the same could be said for the entire lineup save Jose Iglesias. The Red Sox only managed three hits in the game; two were Iglesias’s and Shane Victorino knocked in a single. Nava made a spectacular sliding catch of Nate McLouth’s slicing liner in the seventh to end the inning. Don’t forget to vote for Nava for the All-Star game. Dennis Eckersley talked about how the change from Chris Tillman to Darren O’Day must have impacted the hitters. “It’s making that gas look like it has hair on it.” Somehow the Orioles pitchers, who currently have the highest ERA in the American League, transformed themselves into cheese masters. Game 69: June 14, 2013 Boston Red Sox41-28 0 L: Ryan Dempster (4-7) 2B: Jose Iglesias (8) Baltimore Orioles39-29 2 W: Chris Tillman (7-2)H: Darren O’Day (11), Tommy Hunter (7)S: Jim Johnson (24) 2B: Manny Machado – 2 (30)HR: Chris Davis (22)...

The Gong Show

Jon Lester deserved the gong: 4⅔ innings pitched, 8 hits, 7 earned runs, 7 walks, 3 strikeouts. Lester was unhappy with Chris Guccione’s strike zone but Brooks Baseball shows that there wasn’t anything outrageously off with the umpire’s judgment. Desmond Jennings’s two home runs were ample evidence of why the Rays let Carl Crawford walk. Evan Longoria had a circuit clout of his own in the fourth with two out and none on. Matt Joyce went bridge in the fifth with nary a retaliatory pitch by any Boston hurler, even though Dustin Pedroia got hit by Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) to begin the eighth inning. There are many more games between these two teams, however, and revenge is a dish best served cold. One bright spot was Jose Iglesias, who is batting .449/.494/.577 and turned in a 2-for-4 showing with a run scored. What a luxury to have someone hitting that well being slotted ninth. Another bonus is that his defensive prowess up the middle translates to the hot corner. In the bottom of the seventh he pounced on Ryan Roberts’s stinger, gathered it up quickly, and fired it across the diamond for the first out of...

The Rains of Bronx-amere

And who are you, the proud Yank said, that I must swing so low? Only a bat of a different stroke, that’s all the truth I know. With a stroke of gold or a stroke of lead, Big Papi still has pop, And his eyes are keen and sharp, my lord, as keen and sharp as yours. And so he spoke, and so he spoke, that lord of Bronx-amere, But now the rains weep o’er his Stade, with no one there to hear. Yes now the rains weep o’er his Stade, and not a soul to hear. One more episode and a year to recover, my sweet summer children. Perhaps the Red Sox will help with the healing this season rather than harm, as they did in 2011 and 2012. Game 58: June 2, 2013 ∙ 6 innings Boston Red Sox35-23 3 W: Clay Buchholz (8-0) HR: Jose Iglesias (1), David Ortiz (10) New York Yankees31-25 0 L: Hiroki Kuroda (6-4) No extra base hits...

Camaraderie

In the final game of this series the Red Sox lost in stunning fashion, blowing a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. The 12,963 fans looked up from the Rays Touch Tank or mobile phones to jangle their cowbells as B.J. Upton’s three-run homer receded into the batter’s eye to break the 4-4 tie. Upton pointed to the stands before the ball landed. Now that I think about it more, this loss wasn’t so surprising. This team had moments where the pitching staff could stifle opponents occasionally but not consistently. They were as constant as Pedro Ciriaco’s defensive positions. Bobby Valentine started Ciriaco in center and the results were poor. He lost two routine fly balls, turning outs into doubles. Clay Buchholz offered Ciriaco reassurance after the fielding miscues. I think that is John Lackey in the background wondering why the pitcher isn’t chewing out the defender. Valentine, Alex Ochoa, and Ciriaco shared a laugh about the escapades in center. Nice inning, kid! In the top of the ninth Jose Iglesias yanked his first major league home run into the left field stands where it was pursued down a ramp. While the Red Sox have played losing ball...

Take That Left at Alburquerque

Is the price the Red Sox have to pay for a winning streak the decimation of the rotation? First John Lackey and then Daisuke Matsuzaka were shelved and tonight Josh Beckett was pulled after six innings and 83 pitches due to neck stiffness. By the time Beckett left the mound the offense had established a 2-1 lead against the formidable Justin Verlander. The Tigers ace’s near Johnny Vander Meer was well in his rear view mirror, something he needed to see J.D. Drew’s tie-breaking, two-out longball drift into the right field stands in the fourth inning. David Ortiz clubbed an insurance run into the bleachers behind the bullpen in the seventh. With Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon in the offing the homer seemed to be a little extra something but probably unnecessary, like tonsils or the appendix. But one should never look a gift Teixeira in the mouth. Bard, perhaps worn down from last night’s outing and intervening rain delay, surrendered the tying and go-ahead runs in the form of consecutive homers by Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera must have been excited to be in Fenway since it now offers hard liquor. Papelbon wasn’t his sharpest either. He pitched...

ZZZaun

Gregg Zaun had an abundance of anecdotes and observations to share, it’s just that his somnolent voice doesn’t rivet the audience. As Chad Finn observed, “If NPR carried major league baseball broadcasts, they would sound a lot like Gregg Zaun.” Perhaps the problem was that Zaun approached his booth duties as if he were shooting the breeze with his teammates in the dugout. The retired catcher shared one of amusing pastimes: devising lineups based on physical quirks. His favorite seemed to be the All-Hobbit team, which included Dustin Pedroia at second, David Eckstein at short, Jason Frasor coming out of the bullpen, and himself as backstop. I propose the All-Wizard squad with Adrian Gonzalez at first. Perhaps his goatee isn’t as grizzled as most mages, but the way he uses his wand is nothing short of magical. Gonzalez gave his team the lead in the fifth with a two run blast and tied the game in the ninth by going yard. The Gold Glover usually displays alchemy at first base by turning base hits down the line into outs but in the first inning he misplayed a pop-up off the bat of Juan Rivera and allowed a run score. Jose...

Going to Church

As Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in the eighth inning the Celtics failed to break their 86-86 tie with the Heat and the game went to overtime. Paul Pierce’s layup failed to drop and yet another Twins hitter, this time Jason Kubel, dropped a cheap hit into shallow center. Denard Span scored from second on Kubel’s single, where Span waited by benefit of a balk by Alfred Aceves. In the bottom of the seventh Span had Ellsburied Jacoby himself with a dashing, diving grab. Across town the Celtics were outscored 12 to 4 in overtime. Jason Varitek reached on a throwing error by Luke Hughes with two out in the ninth. Darnell McDonald pinch ran for his captain but was picked off by Jose Mijares. Both teams failed to get the job done in regulation and had to do their best to further stretch their strained resources and garner a win. Where Boston’s basketball team failed the Red Sox succeeded. Hideki Okajima pitched a gutty two innings, surviving two hits and two walks to hold Minnesota scoreless. Two of Okajima’s three strikeouts came with runners in scoring position. As Okajima was clutch on the mound Carl Crawford was in...

Feliz Cumpleaños

Twenty-nine years ago Adrian Gonzalez was born in San Diego, California. He shares the same birth city as a southpaw slugger of some repute in these parts, Ted Williams. The Red Sox first baseman has at last gotten into the habit of taking advantage of his easy opposite field stroke and homered off the stanchion in the bottom of the fifth. He hit his first opposite field four-bagger in the first game of the series. Dennis Eckersley admired the swing and one of the NESN cameramen caught Ron Gardenhire imitating the effortless motion. Perhaps the corner infielder will leave a legacy with the Red Sox reminiscent of the Splendid Splinter’s; even if he attained a fraction of Williams’s achievements Gonzalez may end up one of the team’s best players. Carl Crawford, inheritor of Williams’s legacy in left, is an altogether different type of lefty from Gonzalez and Williams. Crawford swipes rapidly from an open stance without as much load as Gonzalez, which means he has to generate power by the rotation of his upper body. Gonzalez starts from a balanced, closed stance and propagates his power from his legs, up through his core, and finally his upper body. It’s unlikely...

Changes

Game 93: July 21, 2009 Red Sox2L: Josh Beckett (11-4)55-38, 4 game losing streak Rangers4W: Tommy Hunter (2-1)H: Jason Jennings (10)H: Darren O’Day (12)S: C.J. Wilson (9)51-41, 3 game winning streak Highlights: Last night the Yankees won and the Red Sox lost, dropping Boston from the top spot in the AL East for the first time since June 8. Weak ground outs to the infield. Line drives that find outfielders’ gloves. Dribblers that turn into double plays. Boneheaded baserunning. Fly ball outs to the warning track. Runners stranded in scoring position. Pitching well enough to win but still losing.Sadly, I could copy and paste these events and just insert different players’ names and I would accurately summarize the past four losses.Today there are new names that will hopefully used in conjunction with phrases like timely hitting, three-run shot for the lead, and heads-up running on the basepaths.The Red Sox traded Sea Dogs’ shortstop Argenis Diaz and Drive’s right-handed starter Hunter Strickland for Adam LaRoche. Strickland was selected in the 18th round of the 2007 amateur draft and Diaz signed as an international free agent in 2003. With the recent signings of shortstops Jose Iglesias from Cuba and Jose Vinicio from...


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