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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Ross (Cody)”

Ross Goes Off

Stephen Drew and Cody Ross made a sport of abusing their former teams last night. Drew went 2-for-2 with a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth. Ross’s line was a sprightly 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He also stole a base, but didn’t get a chance to take out Dustin Pedroia as he had hoped. Ross clouted what would be the winning run as the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning. Jon Lester couldn’t continue his streak of three quality starts, lasting just 4⅓ innings with 11 hits, 6 earned runs, and 6 strikeouts. The enigma of the southpaw’s inconsistency hasn’t diminished with summer’s passing. There would be no magical comeback this evening. Drew led off the ninth frame with a single scorched to right and advanced to scoring position with Jacoby Ellsbury’s one-out single. Shane Victorino and Pedroia couldn’t advance the runner this time, but the crowd is starting to warm to singing along with Victorino’s at bat song. Don’t worry about a thing… ’cause the Red Sox are still in first place. Game 111: August 2, 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks56-53 7 W: Randall Delgado (4-3)H: J.J. Putz (4), Joe Thatcher (12), Heath Bell (8)S: Brad Ziegler...

Plucky Play and Producer for a Day

The Red Sox didn’t get swept by the outstanding Orioles! Jerry Remy, what’s your reaction to that? Tina Santelli was the lucky winner of NESN’s Producer for a Day contest. Her favorite player is Dustin Pedroia because of his work ethic and great attitude. She had a great time filling in various NESN roles around Fenway. Given the rotation’s woes she would have had a good chance of Bobby Valentine calling her to pitch but Felix Doubront turned in an impressive seven innings of one-run ball. Another plea to please bring Cody Ross back for 2013. Here he is robbing Adam Jones of a home run to end the first inning. Game 154: September 23, 2012 Baltimore Orioles87-65 1 L: Luis Ayala (5-5)2B: Chris Davis (19)Matt Wieters – 2 (26), Jim Thome (7) Boston Red Sox69-85 2 W: Junichi Tazawa (1-1)S: Andrew Bailey (6) 2B: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (17), Dustin Pedroia (36), Cody Ross (34)...

The Lesser of Two Evils

Baltimore is the team Boston used to be, a playoff-caliber team from the AL East that aren’t as repugnant as the Yankees. If Kevin Gregg and Luke Scott were still on the Orioles I would think differently, but this current collection of players is likable. Then again, to me there is no sports team more unlikable than the Bronx Bombers. So, more power to the boys from Charm City. The Red Sox have more ticks in the losing column than the winning for the first time since 1997. George “The Animal” Steele isn’t gnawing at the ball in frustration over this but is merely playing out his signature move on a baseball. But Steele’s actions before the first pitch serve as suitable proxy for Red Sox Nation’s collective chagrin. When the Red Sox signed, traded, and then re-signed Scott Podsednik it was a footnote to a desperate season. But the fleet-footed outfielder understands his greatest attribute and goes to extreme lengths to optimize it. He wears a custom-built sliding cast to protect his hand as he attempts larceny. Podsednik hits above career norms at Fenway, so it wouldn’t be the worst thing to bring back this consummate professional in 2013....

Checked Out

Cody Ross launched the ball into the Red Sox bullpen in the sixth inning. Ross followed Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury across home plate, tying the game 3-3. Ryan Lavarnway helped his battery mate with his first home run of the season, a solo shot with two outs that nearly hit Junichi Tazawa. It had been a long time since this has happened. I guess not everyone has checked out, Glenn Ordway. Not even Bobby Valentine, who was waiting for his son at the airport when the flight was delayed due to fog. Game 137: September 4, 2012 Boston Red Sox63-74 4 W: Jon Lester (9-11)H: Craig Breslow (7), Junichi Tazawa (1), Vicente Padilla (23)S: Andrew Bailey (2) 2B: James Loney (19), Jose Iglesias (1)HR: Cody Ross (20), Ryan Lavarnway (1) Seattle Mariners66-71 3 L: Blake Beavan (9-9)No extra base hits...

Beckett Blues

The Red Sox fell behind early behind Josh Beckett’s tepid pitching performance. Beckett was booed but his performance wasn’t the only reason last night’s game ended in defeat for the local nine. Offensively the Boston bats fell silent with no extra base hits and collectively they were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. To add the home squad’s shortcomings home plate umpire Sam Holbrook missed a key call at home, but even without the ill-gotten run Toronto’s offensive outplayed the opposition. Cody Ross’s misplay of Colby Rasmus’s liner off the right field wall with one down in the first turned a double into a triple. Rasmus dashed home on Edwin Encarnacion’s grounder to Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman threw perfectly to Kelly Shoppach, who immaculately blocked the dish from any incursion by Rasmus. After a moment’s hesitation Holbrook called Rasmus safe. Bobby Valentine popped out of the dugout to question the call, and rightfully so as replays showed the Blue Jays outfielder didn’t touch home. While Ross had a part to play in the Rasmus debacle he ended the visitors’ half of the ninth nimbly. With runners at first and second and a run already in Ross charged Rasmus’s liner...

Ross Dress for Success

Something exciting happened at Fenway last night. No, not Joan and Melissa Rivers. Also, when did celebrities besmirching the Fisk Pole with their signatures become a thing? This park is on the National Register of Historic Places and should be treated with respect. Joan Rivers could have made the register but the original structure has undergone too many changes. Cody Ross took the box in the bottom of the ninth with one out, Dustin Pedroia at second, and Adrian Gonzalez at first. Nothing says “win this game now” like Bobby Valentine summoning Nick Punto to pinch run for Gonzalez. Ross answered the called and pummeled Addison Reed’s fastball into the Monster seats. The game-winning circuit clout deserved Ross’s flourish of a bat flip. Punto managed to run the bases in order and stayed in front of Ross. All the while Punto was positioning himself to shred Ross’s jersey, transforming it as Rivers has done her with her face. The outfielder crossed home to plate for his third three-run homer in the past two days. Alfredo Aceves celebrated his first win with a blue Gatorade shower. During his interview with Jenny Dell approximately 38,413 fans chanted, “Cody! Cody! Cody!” Perhaps this...

Red Hot Ross

This family misses Kevin Youkilis, and so will Robin Ventura. His third baseman tweaked his hamstring and will be sitting out of the series finale. Despite the earlier downpours Don Orsillo refreshed the park with his interpretation of the sprinkler dance. The English cricket team shows how it’s actually done in this clip. It wasn’t Cody Ross’s pair of three-run home runs that had Jerry Remy singing. The color analyst crooned “Help!”, no doubt a coded message to the audience to get him out of the ambit of Orsillo’s dangerous dance maneuvers. I miss the shenanigans in the booth in blowout games. We need more of these. Game 92: July 18, 2012 Chicago White Sox50-41 1 L: Pedro Hernandez (0-1) No extra base hits Boston Red Sox47-45 10 W: Felix Doubront (10-4) 2B: Jacoby Ellsbury (5), Cody Ross (16)HR: Ross – 2 (15), Adrian Gonzalez (8)...

Seattle Slain

Aaron Cook pitched like a latter-day Derek Lowe in his complete game shutout of the Mariners. He threw a mere 81 pitches, struck out two, and had no walks. Only Ichiro Suzuki and and John Jaso managed hits off the sinkerballer. Dustin Ackley reached base on a fielding error by Mike Aviles in the sixth. While the Mariners offense was feeble the Red Sox bats proved formidable. Hector Noesi was Felix Hernandez-like for four innings but then Will Middlebrooks and Cody Ross smacked back-to-back home runs to lead off the fifth. Noesi avoided the fate of Chase Wright and got the next two Boston batters out, but Daniel Nava lofted the third four-bagger of the inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added to the lead and to his All-Star resume with a two-run shot in the sixth. He homered in David Ortiz, who has yet to hit his 400th home run. With just four games left on this road trip he may as well wait for the team’s return to Fenway. It would be fitting to hit such a momentous shot off whichever replacement-level starter the Yankees scraped up with the injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Game 77: June 29, 2012...

Logan’s Runs

On August 25, 1987 Clay Buchholz’s worst nightmare, Justis Logan Morrison, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. The left fielder, slotted as designated hitter, went 3-5 with a two-run home run and two doubles. The slugger was knocking the ball over or off the wall, earning him the honor of going into the Monster and signing his name. What does Jerry Remy think of opposing players getting to sign Fenway’s hallowed walls? Remy does approve of kids’ first visits to the park announced by signs and encourages the practice by buying hot dogs for the families. He also approves of Mark Buehrle’s quick pace, although the game was slowed down by Clay Buchholz and the Marlins’ ability to nearly match the Red Sox run for run. Cody Ross healed up just in time to replace the injured Scott Podsednik and the carousel in the outfield paid immediate dividends. His one-out solo shot in the fourth increased the lead to 5-3. Between the lines Ross made a difference but also between batters. When Ryan Kalish flubbed a fly ball off the bat of Jose Reyes in the seventh Ross came over to console the youthful outfielder. The error didn’t result in...

Hot Puhdayda

The Red Sox, Jerry Remy, and Don Orsillo were at the top of their game today. Orsillo and Remy proved they could do play-by-play of sports with more action in the aftermath of Cody Ross’s sixth inning home run. The ball soared over the left field wall into the parking lot. One pursuer fell on the ramp (“took a diggah” in Remy’s Somerset parlance) and it appeared that one attendant had solitary claim to the ball. That attendant got caught up in laughing at his fallen competition and was out-hustled by the man with “Staff” emblazoned on his back. With all the hubbub around Orsillo’s catch of the monstrous hammerhead shark the duo continued the theme yesterday by characterizing themselves as sea creatures. With very little hesitation Remy said “hermit crab,” a perfect fit. He fessed up that this was a suggestion from the truck. Orsillo said he was a sea turtle because of how he awoke the amorous feelings such a creature on a Red Sox cruise scuba dive. Fourth starter Felix Doubront pitched like starters one through three should be: 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The sole run Cleveland scored came...

Red Red Lines

I kept on thinking that the Red Sox were playing the Phillies or Nationals, but the White Sox were in genuine throwbacks from the 1970s. In 2012 Paul Konerko wasn’t juggling balls in the dugout with a cigarette dangling out of his mouth but rather watching Gavin Floyd flirt with a perfect game until the fifth and a no-hitter up to the seventh. Cody Ross, balaclava free, broke up the perfecto after Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz harmlessly grounded out to the middle infielders. Ross worked a base on balls on seven pitches and refrained from flipping his bat when he took first. Dustin Pedroia, who wore one of the four shared balaclavas, broke up the no-hitter with a sharp grounder past his diving counterpart, Eduardo Escobar. David Ortiz powered Pedroia to third with a line drive double to right. With runners in scoring position Ross came through again and drove in Boston’s only run with a single past shortstop Alexei Ramirez to plate Pedroia. Getting a closer look at Pedroia he wasn’t wearing an accessory on his head — that was his facial hair. Josh Beckett didn’t pitch badly but merely was out-played by Floyd, a hurler who has...

Arctic Expedition

Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald both donned balaclavas last night, looking more like Robert Peary trekking northwards than ballplayers. Dominican-born David Ortiz eschewed such frippery. The cold did nothing to Ortiz’s bat; the designated hitter launched the ball into the stands in the second to give his team a 2-1 lead. The Southsiders tied the game in the bottom of third thanks to the opposition’s miscues. Alexei Ramirez reached on a throwing error by Kevin Youkilis. McDonald made a run at Paul Konerko’s wind-affected fly ball to shallow left but it dropped for a single. Ramirez advanced on A.J. Pierzynski’s fielder’s choice to Adrian Gonzalez and then scored when Kelly Shoppach couldn’t come up with a pitch to Alex Rios that deflected off his mitt. Konerko broke the 2-2 tie in the fifth with his 401st career home run, but the Red Sox notched five runs in the following frame. Setting the stage, Gonzalez and Youkilis walked and Ortiz singled to load the bases. Ross, still looking like James Clark Ross, singled to knot the game 3-3. Fellow explorer McDonald lined a shot down the left field line that reached the wall and was deadened by a ricochet off the...

Oh Danny Boy

In his first season as a major league starter Daniel Bard notched his first win — but it was as a reliever. I suppose this shouldn’t be too shocking in this topsy-turvy season. Bard toed the rubber in the eighth like he used and his team broke its five-game losing streak. The score was 5-5 going into the ninth, which is unusually high-scoring on the Twins’ part. Minnesota is 11th in the American League in runs and 12th in slugging percentage. Ryan Doumit smacked his first double of the season in the fourth to plate two runs and Danny Valencia launched his first homer of the year immediately afterwards to give his team the lead. The Twins added to their lead in the fifth in a fashion more typical of their brand of baseball: leadoff base on balls by Trevor Plouffe, Denard Span single on which Plouffe advanced to third, and a run scored on Jamey Carroll’s 6-4-3 double play. Not only did Carroll ground into a scoring double play but he was part of a dazzling twin killing in the sixth. Plouffe tumbled after David Ortiz’s sharp grounder up the middle and flipped to Carroll. Carroll niftily handled the...

A Salt and Battery

Kelly Shoppach isn’t the only catcher whose surname can be contorted into puns. Shoppach, perpetrator of the most comical slide into second in history, selected “The Stop, Shop, and Roll” as the name of his historic tumble towards the keystone sack. Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoided any potential indignity the basepaths by depositing Jeremy Hellickson’s 3-1 change-up into the batter’s eye. The second inning two-run shot, Saltalamacchia’s first home run of the season, brought the Red Sox within two runs of the Rays. Clay Buchholz was roughed up in the first inning for four runs but settled down for most of the rest of his seven innings. Luke Scott, who was lustily booed whenever he appeared, doubled off the wall to plate Matt Joyce in the third, but Buchholz along with relievers Franklin Morales and Alfredo Aceves stifled the Tampa Bay lineup. Morales and Aceves had breathing room from late inning scoring barrages. Mike Aviles has all but erased Jed Lowrie from the memory of fans with his timely hitting and versatility but can he replace Jacoby Ellsbury in the one spot? Bobby Valentine was in need of a leadoff hitter with Ellsbury on the disabled list due to a subluxation of...


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