April 26, 2009

G18: Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

Yankees - 001 000 000 - 1  7  2
Red Sox - 001 030 00x - 4 7 1
SWEEP!
The three-game sweep of the Yankees capped a 9-0 homestand -- and extended the Sox's winning streak to 10 games!

This game turned over the course of five pitches (with an intentional walk thrown into the mix) in the fifth inning. Boston had runners at first and second with two outs when David Ortiz doubled to the wall in left. Nick Green scored -- giving Boston a 2-1 lead -- and Jacoby Ellsbury went to third. Pettitte walked Kevin Youkilis intentionally to load the bases for J.D. Drew, who had struck out in his previous two at-bats.

Drew swung through the first pitch. Then, while Pettitte was getting ready to deliver, Ellsbury took off -- and stole home*!!! He was trying to run so fast, he stumbled at the very end and sort of fell/slid head first across the plate, but was in safely ahead of Jorge Posada's tag.

[* It was the first Red Sox steal of home since Jose Offerman on August 30, 1999, though that was part of a double steal. The last straight steal of home was by Billy Hatcher on April 22, 1994.]

Drew looked at another ball, then stroked a double to right, bringing in Ortiz. The Sox led 4-1 and the bullpen -- Hunter Jones, Michael Bowden and Takashi Saito -- shut the door.

Masterson was excellent: 5.1-6-1-1-4, 99.

***

Andy Pettitte (2.53, 193 ERA+) / Justin Masterson (3.18, 163 ERA+)

The last two games -- both played in 4:21 -- have not only been amazing Red Sox comebacks, they have also been crushing losses for the Yankees! Wonderful on every level.

The Red Sox's current nine-game winning streak is the best April stretch in team history. A win tonight would complete a perfect 9-0 homestand! It would also, providing Toronto loses to Chicago (2 PM), put us in first place.

Mike Bauman, MLB.com:
If the Red Sox continue to win games the way they won the past two, this season is eventually going to remind a lot of people of 2004 and '07.

Yes, it is extremely early for major pronouncements, but there is never an inappropriate time to turn seemingly certain defeat into extremely uplifting victory. And extremely early is a terrific time to prove to everybody that you are completely capable of this kind of transformation. ...

There is no need to exaggerate the importance of what the Red Sox were able to accomplish in their first two meetings with the Yankees this season. They performed the way that winning teams -- postseason teams -- perform: with resilience, persistence and determination.
Bryan Hoch, MLB.com:
The tight quarters of the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park have taken on a funereal pall after the first two games of the weekend, with Yankees players shuffling about silently and preparing to make their exit ... out the dank concrete corridors of the ancient ballpark.
Current Red Sox hitters have done extremely well against Horseface: .365/.425/.557/.982. Yankee hitters are 9-for-18 against Masterson, though no one has more than five plate appearances.

Masterson:
I feel more assured of myself and who I am, and I feel like I'm understanding my mechanics, like, what makes me good. I think I'm understanding that better. I'm not overthinking.
Gil Velazquez was told he'll likely be optioned to Pawtucket tonight, meaning Julio Lugo will rejoin the team in Cleveland. ... Record of the rivalry at Fenway: 446-446, with four ties.

372 comments:

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Pepe Lepew said...

"Morgan: If I were a fan at Fenway and had the means...."

Shithead.
I know, I have XM Radio, but I don't have the baseball broadcasts. I wish I did for these ESPN broadcasts. Morgan is such a boor.

Kevin said...

...

Benjamin said...

Wall

Amy said...

Papi! (Had to just come back and say that.)

Kevin said...

Papi!

Benjamin said...

Now un-funk yourself, Drew.

Jake of All Trades said...

Tizzle!

Kevin said...

Drew, how about you do something useful, for once.

redsock said...

Get Started. Start a FIRE.

Benjamin said...

Take a pitch, Drew.

Benjamin said...

LBJ!

Kevin said...

LANDSLIDE!!!!

redsock said...

WOW

redsock said...

P-FUCKING-WNED!

Edward Lee said...

Has any pitcher ever given up two steals of home in his career?

meuniermr said...

MAKE THEM PAY BAY!

SoSock said...

O

M


G


!!!!!!!!

Benjamin said...

DREW!

redsock said...

with everything on mute, that was a real shocker

Jake of All Trades said...

He's travelling through time because he's running so fast!

Kevin said...

FIRE

Pepe Lepew said...

Hey, Drew's been reading this thread.

Benjamin said...

"If you're going to get focused, that's the time to do it, when they walk someone ahead of you to load the bases."

As opposed to the other times.

redsock said...

time to send this mofo to the glue factory

Benjamin said...

Let's keep talking about RBIs. That's a good measure of batting proficiency. All scientific and stuff.

meuniermr said...

Just like the end of my favorite baseball movie, "The Sandlot"!

Grant Salzano said...

O SHIT!

redsock said...

shit - and L missed it live.

Kevin said...

Wow, that inning was just awesome.

nixon33 said...

OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!!!
HOOOOOLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEESSSSSHHHHHHIIIIITTTTTT!!!!!

LAST INNING ROCKED!

redsock said...

last sock to steal home

offerman, august 30, 1999

redsock said...

had to send an email to L, i assume she'll chekc mail right away (after turning on TV!)

Amy said...

Unbelievable. Just awesome.

redsock said...

L waiting for her bus. Called. Thrilled to hear the news!

Pepe Lepew said...

Don't lose it, Justin!

redsock said...

gdgd fucking up - who's coming in

nixon33 said...

Masterson cooked alreadt tito? what was his picth count?

redsock said...

99 i think

Benjamin said...

"Miller: That [Red Sox] bullpen is a little depleted right now. They had a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday."

When Wakefield threw a complete game. Before an off day. You fucknut.

redsock said...

nyy pen = fresh as a daisy

redsock said...

Sour Melk

Benjamin said...

More runs, please.

Pepe Lepew said...

Benjamin said...

"Miller: That [Red Sox] bullpen is a little depleted right now. They had a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday."

When Wakefield threw a complete game. Before an off day. You fucknut.

That's it, I'm calling XM!

nixon33 said...

did you guys see tito give Jacoby a little "talking to"?

Kevin said...

"Masterson cooked alreadt tito?"

Probably being cautious since it's only his second start of the year.

He only threw around 80 last time.

meuniermr said...

What a job to put out that fire by Jones.

Kevin said...

Lugo, can you do us all a favor and re-injure yourself?

nick said...

oh man! just got home. Got a call from a friend (yankees fan) regarding LBJ's steal. awesome. gonna check the replay in a minute.

nixon33 said...

I know, I just figured he'd let him get out of the inning, but then realized that it was Matsui up next and he'd hit him twice.
MY BAD

nick said...

oop. and there was the replay. swell!

nixon33 said...

What is with the Teixeira Culo Shake at first base. PLEASE STOP.

Benjamin said...

Uh, stop doing that, guys.

redsock said...

another balk, i presume.

nixon33 said...

Jacoby almost fell before he reached home, HAHA

nick said...

Saw that, Nix. Would've been funny if not optimal.

Meunier said...

Jacoby has gotten everyone over excited about running :(

Kevin said...

Wow, already going to Bowden?

redsock said...

nice recovery from 3-0

he's up for a day, get hisfeet wet.

and 4-1 is a rout vs these losers

nick said...

Why so quiet here tonight?

ooh, what a cute frame of Theo. buh.

Benjamin said...

Sit

redsock said...

oh, i like that.

Benjamin said...

Why so quiet here tonight?

Getting some sewing done.

nick said...

nice. Jere's at the game... Laura's out... that's 73% right there.

Kevin said...

Sit

Damn our farm system is good.

nick said...

cool. One of the great gaps in my life is my ignorance of sowing. I've got a box of shirts that need buttons.

Amy said...

Feeling upbeat. This game is keeping me awake, though too tired to type.

redsock said...

okay, i was thinking this was his debut, but he made one start last year. my mind is going.

nick said...

Holy Crap. Tones on Tail.. and name checked!!! I can't tell you how much I like this song. I used to play it at dances in college.

nixon33 said...

BOWDON SAYS BOW DOWN!

redsock said...

"Tones on Tail"

I remember them from college radio in 85-86. Not my cup of tea at all.

nixon33 said...

Tones on Tail, CRAZY ITS BEING USED IN A CAR COMMERCIAL!

nixon33 said...

STEAL 1st JACOBY!

Benjamin said...

Mark Megalodon?

nick said...

The wrong part of the park to hit it to...uh the fielder's glove? What part of what park would that not be an out?

Kevin said...

Mediocre inning

nixon33 said...

Melancon's debut. Been hearing so much about him. Pretty good stuff so far.

redsock said...

gdgd shitting the bed worse that the mfy in this series. still does not have jones in the game.

nick said...

I'm liking bowden, but curious move to first on fielding that ball. casual jog followed by soft underhand toss to beat out the runner. wasn't quite a Tavarez move, but...

Benjamin said...

Sit.

Kevin said...

Sit

redsock said...

hell yeah - 6 up, 6 down

nixon33 said...

BOWDEN SAYS BOW DOWN MOFO CONO-NO!

redsock said...

is this bowden's day to start anyway? if so, would he go 3? he's thrown 31.

Ish said...

Bowden sinks the Douche Canoe.

Another fun game to watch tonight. I couldn't believe LBJ stole home, but I've been waiting ever since his debut to see that.

Ish said...

Jeter showing off his range.

redsock said...

almost derek -- almost!!!

Pepe Lepew said...

I was wondering. How many steals of home last season in all of MLB?

redsock said...

THAT'S the part of the park to hit 'em!!!!

Ish said...

Saito up.

Kevin said...

I'm more optimistic about getting a hit here with Van Every than with Drew.

Ish said...

This should be fun.

nick said...

The more they talk, the dumber I get. Their stats are less than the sum of the parts.

I'm liking this pitcher.

Kevin said...

"I was wondering. How many steals of home last season in all of MLB?"

I know Vizquel had one, I can't recall any others.

Amy said...

Broom is ready....

nixon33 said...

DOC, I NEED DRUGS.

redsock said...

25 runs of IN-surance would be nice

nixon33 said...

AH THE DOC GAVE ME BUNK ACID.

Kevin said...

Could he do it again?

redsock said...

nyy pen: fruitbat + dreck

nick said...

Only plus on that is that they couldn't turn a DP on the Doc.

Amy said...

Tek taking deep breaths every at bat.

nixon33 said...

tek weak hack.

Kevin said...

Not this time...

I'd rather we not waste a bases-loaded, none out situation.

nixon33 said...

FUCK, could have blown it to shit.

Amy said...

Who is coming in?

Kevin said...

Disappointing.

Benjamin said...

Saito in.

redsock said...

dumbo
shemp
milk dud

... nail it down, saito

nixon33 said...

3 BIG FUCKING OUTS, DO IT.

nixon33 said...

THERE'S ONE!

Amy said...

1

L-girl said...

So I missed the LBJ Show, eh? Got home in time to see the last half-inning.

L-girl said...

"L waiting for her bus. Called. Thrilled to hear the news!"

Yes I was!!!

Pepe Lepew said...

Got home in time to see the last half-inning.

You missed it, Ellsbury stole home! It was amazing!

L-girl said...

Pepe, I called - see above.

Sunday night games are tough for me - I leave work at 10.

Amy said...

2

nixon33 said...

THERE'S TWO!

redsock said...

CI looks pensive.

L-girl said...

Cool to read the thread, see everyone going nuts over LBJ!!

L-girl said...

Everyone got your brooms ready???

Amy said...

Do we care that A-Rod is not there? Does that make it less exciting?

ARE YOU NUTS???

SoSock said...

Gonna need a big broom to sweep up this much dirty water!

Amy said...

I had mine before the game started. See above!

L-girl said...

I know, can you think of a dumber question?? Even Morgan knew the answer to that!

SoSock said...

Amy - my thoughts essackly!

nick said...

fucker. unless of course it's just a setup for the best out.

Pepe Lepew said...

I'm going to the closet.
The BROOM closet.

L-girl said...

I saw the whole thread. :)

andy said...

The gods of grass and dirt.

redsock said...

strike,s bumblefuck.

Benjamin said...

Water!

Amy said...

YES!!!

Kevin said...

WATER

redsock said...

I quite enjoyed this trio of baseball games.

Pepe Lepew said...

Phew!

Amy said...

Sweepy sweet sweep!!!

SoSock said...

Dirty Sweep!

nixon33 said...

THATS THREE!!!!


FUCK YOU MFY!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

And Damon makes the last out.

nick said...

dirty, dirty.

redsock said...

9-0 HOMESTAND!!!!

L-girl said...

dirty dirty dirty water!

sweeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin said...

10 STRAIGHT!

nick said...

I like the premise of that cisco ad (as far as thos things go), execution fails.

Amy said...

Now that was the best Boston-NY series I have seen in a LONG time!

tim said...

Wooooooooooooooooooo!

What a game, what a series! Was watching on slingbox so tough to thread and watch fullscreen.

OMGLBJ! WOW!

Pepe Lepew said...

I'm a little bummed the Sox didn't trash the Yankees' ERA some more tonight.

Amy said...

And now I can officially close my eyes. Good night, everyone!

SoSock said...

9 0 homestand.
10 straight.
1 behind the soon-to-be-stumbling Jays.
Can't wait till mid-May when we get our chance to sweep them!

redsock said...

Got to get up early to bring the car in for brake replacement. Not sure when the tabs'll be up. But as soon as I can.

nick said...

feeling good. good night.

tim said...

Sounds like your car's brakes resemble the Yankees bullpen - worn and depleted! Whereas I'm quite proud of the 3 2/3 we got from the Sox 'pen, only one hit!

Good stuff, sleep time now - early work tomorrow but definitely looking forward to the smell of schadenfreude in the morning!

Joe Grav said...

Good shit.

mattaroni22 said...

A little excited about a sweep 'eh?
It's April......
I think the Red Sox are on fire right now...no denying it....and I think they are gritty, and had solid wins this whole weekend....but please, talk to me when a sweep has implications like the 5 game Boston Massacre did back in August of '06. The Yanks are 3 games behind Boston......
Yes, there are no excuses....Mo blew one Friday, and A.J. did the same yesterday.....however, it's very early in the season, and I would say the Sox "stole" the series...rather then dominated it.

Nice sweep.....but again, it's not even May yet.

redsock said...

....but please, talk to me when a sweep has implications like the 5 game Boston Massacre did back in August of '06.

That had implications? Really? What did the Yankees do in 2006?

I'll tell you: they got swept aside in the ALDS like so much dust on the floor by the Tigers!

***

And I'm so certain that if NY had destroyed Boston in this series, you'd be saying it doesn't mean anything because it's only April!!!

HAHAHAHHAAHHA - Pathetic.

tim said...

Thanks Allan - once I read that the "5 game massacre" in 2006 had huge implications, I was going to ask about that. But you've covered it nicely.

What a goof. I'd also like to point out that if the Yankees had swept, I think the last thing I would do is hunt down a Yankee blog and post a rant on it about how "Its only April" and try and make excuses. Clearly this person is lacking in the chromosome department, or maybe just a lack of social skills. Whatever. SWWEEEEEEP!

Habs AND Yankees in the same week - we shouldn't be so blessed! Loving the dirty water right now.

mattaroni22 said...

I wasn't dishing out insults.....there's no need to be so harsh and insulting. Lack of social skills? It's a blog...chill. Obviously I'm a little bitter, but I didn't "hunt down" a Red Sox blog. I actually read this blog regularly.....as in day-to-day. I find it entertaining, well written, and it covers the MLB aside from the Sox well.....which makes it even more so frustrating when the Yanks lose due to the joyous atmosphere....but what can I expect...it's a Sox blog.

As for 2006....I never mentioned anything about playoffs.....the implications from the 5 game sweep is that it knocked Boston out of the playoffs.....that one weekend destroyed the season for you....which is why I said it had huge implications.

Nevertheless....my team has some issues.....we need to get a bullpen together (something Cashman seem to forgot this offseason)...and we need a bench.....Boston played very well this weekend, and really have it going. I'm glad this weekend is over....it was highly frustrating for me, and I am hoping Detroit can bring us some wins.

Joe Grav said...

Tim: Sporting Teams That Suck: 0-7 in April Against Sporting Teams from Boston That Are Awesome

redsock said...

The 2006 Massacre was so bad, we came back and won the World Series the next year!

How about you get back to us when the Red Sox gak like the Yankees did in October 2004? It was only the worst (or should we call it the best?) choke job in baseball history. Now THAT was a series with implications!

(And even if a team lets another team go from 0-3 to 4-3 in some distant season, unless baseball goes to a best-of-9, no team can ever choke worse than the New York Yankees.)

But, yeah, you reminisce about August 18-21, 2006. Glory Days, indeed! ... Whatever gets you through the night.

Benjamin said...

Awesome shot of Drew's reaction on the LBJ steal (SoSH).

mattaroni22 said...

A Few Things....
a.) No need to get so harsh....and insulting...I didn't start calling people names, or citing "lack of chromosomes".....it's a blog, so social skills really don't count here...relax.
b.) I didn't "hunt down" a Red Sox blog.....I read this blog every day. I found it a few years ago....and as a Yankee fan, think it's funny...well-written, insightful, and a good source of info for the MLB, AL East, and especially Yanks/Sox battles. The fact that I read this daily makes it frustrating when I have to see all my NY headlines tomorrow that will surely read "Sweep Dreams"....or "April Boston Massacre"...etc. etc.

Obviously I am a little bitter. Childish to bring up '06....yes, I agree....but I wasn't talking about the playoffs....I was talking about the implications of that series, and how 1 weekend put the Sox out of the playoffs. That was the only point I was trying to make.

Yes, the Yanks got dominated by the Tigers (thanks Randy Johnson & ARod)....and yes, 2004 will forever be the worst choke job in history. Right now, my team is in trouble because we lack a bullpen, and a solid bench. Hopefully as the weeks go by our new aces settle into a groove, and our next visit to Fenway is a bit more successful.

As for this weekend. We choked yet again. Early in the season, but I'm nervous watching Boston right now as a Yanks fan. The fact that this is without Dice-K and an effective Papi is even more frightening.

Hopefully you can let this Yankee fan stick around and post comments. I'm not ignorant, nor' insulting, 'nor rude.

nixon33 said...

CANT WAIT TO SEE THE BACK PAGES TOMORROW!
MMWWWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

redsock said...

You are welcome to post, but please do not tell anyone to "relax" or "chill". I find that offensive.

And social skills do count.

nixon33 said...

DONT TASE ME, BRO!

In all seriousness, Jonny Miller sounded like he was going to piss himelf when Dreamboat stole home. TOO FUNNY.
Bad job by ESPN not showing us a replay until 10 minutes later.

redsock said...

That series in no way "knocked Boston out of the playoffs".

After the five-game sweep, the Red Sox were 4 GB the White Sox in the wild card race -- with 37 games to go.

Both clubs went 17-20 the rest of the way. And it was the nearly one injury per day during that entire month of August that did the actual damage.

(By the way, in mid-September that year, Boston took 3 of 4 from the Yankees in New York.)

nixon33 said...

SWEEEEEP! Wake Goes Later Today For 11 In A Row!

L-girl said...

"it's a blog, so social skills really don't count here."

THE FUCK THEY DON'T.

They sure as hell do and if you can't use yours (or you don't have any), you're not welcome here. Buh-bye.

mattaroni22 said...

L-Girl....I don't even get how I had poor social skills? What did I even say?

Anyway...tonight will be a true test for Sabathia....if he can't go 8 innings, I don't want to hear that "he's getting acclimated to a new team." He's had 4 games already.

NY papers are destroying the Yankees bullpen, Angel Berroa, and now Johnny Damon may even be injured....not good.

L-girl said...

Mattaroni22, I was only responding to your claim that since it's a blog, social skills don't count.

On many or most blogs, social skills most certainly do count. This is not a chat room or an open forum where people scream at each other and trade insults. We treat each other with respect, when we disagree we don't attack each other personally, and generally are supportive and friendly to everyone but trolls.

We save the insults for players, managers, umps and broadcasters!

My reaction was sharp because people often confuse blogs with chat rooms and act like "anything goes" here. It's not the case.

L-girl said...

It's also pretty common for Yankee fans to show up here (usually after a Yankee win or some awful Sox loss to any team) to taunt and generally act like idiots.

I don't get it. Like Tim said, the Red Sox just swept the Yanks, but I can't imagine going to Yankee blogs to gloat.

But one thing about posting around here: you'll want to check your facts first.

L-girl said...

"NY papers are destroying the Yankees bullpen,"

Wouldn't you?

"Johnny Damon may even be injured....not good."

Thing is, most people here disagree.

So if you post stuff from a Yankee-fan POV, you're asking for trouble. As Allan said, you're welcome to post here if you're civil, but you may not like the reaction, or lack of it.

mattaroni22 said...

Fair enough...this will be a rough transition, but again...I will never just come here to gloat. I am realistic, and I do read the blog daily....I'm not just out here looking to pick fights with Red Sox fans. 'Nor will I taunt.

I am still debating however the more frustrating loss of this weekend. While Friday night was more shocking, than upsetting (more so because Mo has started 2009 looking rather lights-out)...Saturday was tough to swallow. I dvr'd the game, and got home an hour and a half into it.....had the homerun been hit by Bay, Youk, Pedroia, or Ortiz...I wouldn't have been shocked. The fact that Burnett gave it up to Varitek added to the frustration, mainly because of 'Tek's lack of offense to start the season. After that homerun, A.J. became a complete mess, and self-destructed.

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