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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Suzuki (Kurt)”

Adding Insult to Injuries

Athletics starter Brett Anderson left the game after two innings with elbow tightness and Ryan Sweeney departed in the third when Mark Ellis’s knee hit Sweeney’s head when both attempted to catch a ball in foul territory. On the Red Sox side Darnell McDonald tweaked his knee on a pickoff attempt in the fourth. He toughed it out only to be thrown out running from second to home when Gabe Gross fielded Jeremy Hermida’s single to right. Victor Martinez, who recently had to sit out a few games because of a foot contusion, was sent home by Tim Bogar in the third on Kevin Youkilis’s line drive double to left. The two runners represented the potential runs that would have extended Boston’s four game winning streak. But Bogar seems to be determined to earn a nickname like “Wave ’Em In” Wendell Kim and “Death Wish” Dale Sveum. Tim Bogus? Bogie? Booger? Kurt Suzuki is the bane of Tim Wakefield’s existence. The plucky catcher broke up the knuckleballer’s no-hit bid in the eighth inning on April 15, 2009. Wakefield was far from a hurling a no-hitter in the afternoon game, and Suzuki took advantage by taking the veteran pitcher deep twice....

To the Victor Goes the Spoils

Victor Martinez used the Oakland pitching staff as his personal batting practice pitchers, going 5-for-5 with four doubles and two runs batted in. In the fifth the backstop doubled off the left field wall and was driven in by Adrian Beltre’s three- run home run off the wall behind the first row of the Monster seats. Martinez’s ground-rule double to the center field bleachers in the sixth broke the 4-4 tie. The Athletics jumped out to a 4-0 lead, a lead that would have seemed insurmountable in April. But the Red Sox offense jolted to life, bailing out their starter. John Lackey pitched a sloppy six innings: 12 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Two players, Kurt Suzuki and Bill Hall, knocked in their first triples of the season. Suzuki’s third-inning hit was actually at best a double but was converted to a triple thanks to Darnell McDonald’s ill-advised diving attempt at a spectacular catch in center. Hall’s seventh-inning shot ricocheted high off the deepest part of the left field wall and then caromed over center fielder Rajai Davis’s head into the triangle. Had it been someone with Davis’s speed running the bases instead of Hall it...

Verging

Game 9: April 15, 2009 Red Sox8W: Tim Wakefield (1-1)3-6, 1 game winning streak Athletics2L: Brett Anderson (0-2)4-5, 1 game losing streak Highlights: You can’t be a little pregnant and you can't have a bit of a perfect game or a smidgen of a no-hitter. Wakefield was three innings from a perfect game until Mike Lowell’s error on Kurt Suzuki’s batted ball in the sixth. He was then five outs from a no-hitter when Suzuki lined a single into left. The Red Sox offense picked a fine time to bat around the order for the first time this season. The knuckleballer sat in the dugout for 25 minutes waiting to return to the mound. Tim Wakefield said the delay didn’t impact him, but Dennis Eckersley thought otherwise.Mike Lowell was the only glimmer of offense for either team until that fateful eighth. It came in the second inning and was Lowell’s second homer of the season.As he did in Jon Lester’s no-hitter, Jacoby Ellsbury played a key role, although his contribution wasn’t as stunning as his catch last year. The ball hawk made an outstanding grab to end the third, tracking down Landon Powell’s deep fly and snagging the ball on...

Returning to Form

Before. Behind the door that has a door in it there is a floating door. Well-regarded prospect Daric Barton signed autographs before the game. Houston Street chatting with a Fenway staff member. The Jolly Roger in the bullpen. Two of my favorite players: Kurt Suzuki and Dustin Pedroia. He’s back, and he’s back medium-sized (so far). Ramirez after his single. Ramirez with an odd warm-up contraption. Judging by Jonathan Papelbon’s sly smile something off-color was spoken between him and J.D. Drew. Kevin Youkilis was back to his old ways... fouling shots off himself. But he stayed in the game to field no worse for the wear. “Pedro, you’re 5-foot-6, you’re balding and you’re not an athlete…how the hell are you in the big leagues? Figure that out and go get it done.” Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy. Lugo duo. Brother from another division....


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