Game for the aged: Mike Timlin made his 24th LCS appearance, one shy of Mariano Rivera's all-time record. At 42 years, 215 days, Timlin is the oldest pitcher to take the loss in an ALCS game. ... The teams combined to use 37 players, tying the ALCS record accomplished twice previously, last by the Twins and Angels on Oct. 13, 2002.
IN THE CLUTCH
|Seventeen of the 28 Red Sox runs in the playoffs have come with two out. Seven players have at least one two-out RBI, led by Jason Bay's eight.|
|ALCS G2: 3 of 8|
|ALCS G1: 0 of 2|
|ALDS G4: 2 of 3|
|ALDS G3: 4 of 4|
|ALDS G2: 5 of 7|
|ALDS G1: 3 of 4|
|Jason Bay 8|
|Jacoby Ellsbury 4|
|J.D. Drew 1|
|Jed Lowrie 1|
|David Ortiz 1|
|Dustin Pedroia 1|
|Kevin Youkilis 1|
Longoria euphoria: Evan Longoria's two-run homer in the first inning snapped an 0-for-13 skid and was his third homer of the postseason, tied for second most by a rookie, joining the Braves' Chipper Jones (1995) and Andruw Jones ('96), the Cardinals' Willie McGee ('82) and the Yankees' Charlies Keller ('39). The record is held by Miguel Cabrera, who hit four with the Marlins in 2003. ... Longoria homered in his first two postseason at-bats against the White Sox in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. ... His two home runs against Chicago put the Rays ahead, while the one in Game 2 on Saturday erased a two-run deficit.
Fast finishes: Saturday was the ninth time that Boston has lost a playoff game in a walk-off situation and the first since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS at New York.
DP's double play: Dustin Pedroia had two homers for the first time in the Majors on Saturday. It marked the 11th time a Red Sox player has homered twice in a postseason game, the first since Manny Ramirez in Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS vs. Chicago and just the second in ALCS play, following Johnny Damon in Game 7 in 2004 vs. New York. ... Pedroia was the first second baseman with two homers in a playoff game since Boston's Todd Walker in Game 1 of the 2003 ALDS at Oakland; Walker is the only other Sox second baseman to do it. ... Pedroia had a pair of two-homer games in the Minors, both in 2005, lastly for Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 15 at Rochester.
Up, up and away: B.J. Upton hit his fourth home run of the postseason, a 424-foot clout, in his 24th at-bat and sixth game. It took him 59 games (212 at-bats) to reach four homers during the regular season, and he hit just three over his final 65 games (239 at-bats).
New kids on the block: Longoria and Upton have combined to hit seven home runs this postseason, the most by a pair of teammates under age 25. The previous high was six, by the Mets' Darryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra in 1986.
Pitching and the postseason: After compiling a 2.17 ERA (27 earned runs/112 innings) over the previous 12 playoff games, Boston issued nine runs in 10 2/3 frames on Saturday, its most postseason runs allowed since surrendering 13 in Game 2 of the 2007 ALCS. ... Sox Game 2 starter Josh Beckett yielded eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, matching the most allowed by a Red Sox starter in a playoff game (Rogers Clemens, Game 1 of the 1986 ALCS vs. California, and Matt Clement, Game 1 of the 2005 ALDS vs. Chicago). Still, Boston starters are 9-0 with a 2.67 ERA (24 earned runs/80 2/3 innings) over the past 13 postseason games. The last loss was by Tim Wakefield in Game 4 of the 2007 ALCS at Cleveland. The starters' winning streak is the longest in the postseason since Yankees starters won 10 straight decisions in 1998-99.
The Beckett list: Beckett turned in the shortest start of his illustrious postseason career. He allowed a postseason career-high eight earned runs and three homers, and tied his postseason high with nine hits allowed. Over two starts this postseason, Beckett has yielded 12 earned runs and five home runs over 9 1/3 innings. In his previous 10 postseason outings (nine starts), he had allowed a total of 14 earned runs and four home runs over 72 2/3 innings.
No Kaz do: Rays Game 2 starter Scott Kazmir allowed three home runs for the first time in his career. Including regular season and postseason, Kazmir has allowed 11 home runs over his past five starts (including four vs. Boston on Sept. 15). By contrast, Kazmir did not allow a homer in 2008 until his seventh start of the season. ... Kazmir threw 38 pitches in the first inning Saturday, one more than he threw in the first inning of his other postseason start in Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the White Sox.
Bay view: Playing in his first postseason after spending parts of six years with the Pirates, Jason Bay is making the most of it. Bay was 3-for-5 with a double, homer and four RBIs in Game 2, and has hit .440 (11-for-25) with three doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in six postseason games.
Howell's earned run: The earned run charged to Rays reliever J.P. Howell was his first allowed since Aug. 30 vs. Baltimore. It snapped a span of 20 innings (15 games) without yielding an earned run, counting regular season and postseason. ... Rays reliever Chad Bradford's career postseason scoreless streak ended at 19 2/3 innings.
Iwamura perfect: With his ninth-inning single, Akinori Iwamura has hit safely in all six of the Rays' postseason games.