August 6, 2010

G110: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3

Red Sox - 130 002 000 - 6  9  1
Yankees - 200 010 000 - 3 9 1
Ryan Kalish hit his first major league home run, a two-run line drive to right-center in the sixth. It came right after New York had cut Boston's lead to 4-3.

Buchholz (7.1-9-3-0-4, 97) had only two perfect innings, but after Mark Teixeira hit a hanger out of the yard to right-center on his ninth pitch of the night, HH allowed only two other Yankees to get past second base. Terry Francona had an early hook, going to Daniel Bard after Buchholz gave up a one-out double in the eighth. Bard got the two outs, and while Derek Jeter battled Jonathan Papelbon for a 12-pitch walk with two outs in the ninth, Bot retired Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the game.

David Ortiz homered to deep center in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury drew a bases-loaded walk in the second, an inning in which Vazquez threw 39 pitches, walking three batters (one intentionally) and crowding Francisco Cervelli on an infield pop-up that clanked off the catcher's mitt for an error.

Ellsbury also made a diving catch on a sinking line drive in the eighth (Bard's first batter). He dove forward, towards the infield, and ended up belly-flopping semi-awkwardly on the grass. There was a quick shot during a replay of Ellsbury holding his left side for a few seconds.

The Blue Jays beat the Rays 2-1, so Boston gained a game in both the East (now 5 GB) and the WC (4.5 GB).

Pre-Game: Hideki Okajima to the DL with an injured calf; Felix Doubront is up from Pawtucket.
Example
Clay Buchholz / Javier Vazquez
Ellsbury, CF
Scutaro, SS
Ortiz, DH
Martinez, C
Beltre, 3B
Drew, RF
Lowell, 1B
Kalish, LF
Lowrie, 2B
           W   L   PCT   GB   RS   RA   DIF
Yankees 67 40 .626 --- 576 442 +134
Rays 67 41 .620 0.5 543 413 +130
Red Sox 62 47 .569 6.0 561 496 + 65
The Red Sox begin a four-game series at Stade Fasciste. Buchholz leads the AL with a 170 ERA+ and has allowed only 2 earned runs and 7 hits in his last two starts (15 innings). Buchholz has the best road ERA (2.36) of any AL starter, as well as the best nighttime ERA (1.94).

Some stuff from New York:George A. King III, Post:
While Yankee fans are jazzed about burying the Red Sox in The Bronx, that could be getting far out in front. ...

Who can forget six years ago this coming October, when the Red Sox recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS against the Yankees? Sure, the names have changed for each team -- but ...

If the Yankees win three of four, they put more distance between themselves and the Red Sox. Split and nothing but time comes off the calendar. Lose three, or worse, get swept, and the math changes quickly in the Red Sox's favor.
That should probably be an "0-3 deficit".

Kevin Kernan, Post:
Now that Alex Rodriguez has his 600th home run, it's time he and the Yankees take on another big job:

Bagging the Red Sox. ...

[T]he Yankees have an opportunity this weekend. They can push the Red Sox out of the race. If they let them get back in it, anything is possible. ...

A lost weekend for the struggling Sawx would put them in a precarious position heading into the final eight weeks of the season. ... The last thing the Yankees need come October is to run into their old pals from Boston. ...

Boston, no matter what, is just too dangerous a team to mess with come October.
John Harper, Daily News:
[A]fter learning Thursday that Kevin Youkilis will have thumb surgery and is out for the season, the Red Sox appear ready to be put away for the season.

But do these Yankees have that killer instinct?

Therein lies the intrigue to this four-game series. Joe Girardi's ballclub is 27 games over .500, once again in first place, mostly because it has beaten up on the dregs of the American League, going 23-8 against the Orioles, Indians, Royals and Mariners ... [T]he Yankees are only 14-14 vs. the Rays, Red Sox and Blue Jays this season ...

The Sox have shown enough grit, in the face of an injury plague similar to the one that ruined the Mets in 2009, to make you think the Yankees could be making a mistake by giving them any sort of opening. ...

It is not often the Yankees get the chance to leave the Sox for dead in early August. They really should take advantage of it.
Mike Lupica, Daily News:
The Red Sox aren't going to catch the Yankees or the Rays for the wild card. ...

[The Yankees] have to take three of four or maybe all four off the wounded Red Sox this weekend, knock them right out of the conversation ...
Mike: If Boston is not catching anyone, as you just stated as a stone cold fact, why does it matter what happens this weekend? ... What? Your columns are merely extemporaneous bullshit that have no meaning, logic or coherence*? I see.

* - E.g., "The Yankees are some team. They are some deep team ...".

Since July 3, when the Red Sox were 0.5 GB the Yankees, they have gone 13-15.

There are 53 games left in the regular season. Injuries or no injuries, it's time to stop treading water. As David Ortiz said on Wednesday:
We are running out of time. This is the time when you need to win so you don't have to be rushing out in September. You've got to win. Got to.

257 comments:

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Benjamin said...

By the way, Allan, somebody's been calling Methuen on speaker phone.

tim said...

Well, first he sent scutaro - but scutaro may have decided to go on his own - still undecided on that, but he was out by a good amount.

Then a few innings later he sent Kalish who ended up taking out cleveland's stellar young catcher, carlos santana. season ending knee surgery for him.

good post on his f-ups here

redsock said...

i guess i disagree.

bard 'n' bot is pretty damn good nearly all the time.

Amy said...

Xanax time...

meunier said...

here it goes again

redsock said...

oh amy -- news while i was away:

papelbon was claimed off waivers -- though the sox pulled him back.

Benjamin said...

Did Timlin have regressive politics? I remember the hunting stuff, but I can't remember anything Schilling-esque.

Amy said...

I was not referring to Bard. I think he's a great 8th inning guy. In fact, I wish he was our closer. But then we'd have no 8th inning guy.

redsock said...

timlin had pro-war shit in his locker.

Amy said...

Seriously? By what team? Or are you just toying with me?

redsock said...

calling Methuen

saved it earlier today. was there a 2nd one?

redsock said...

snuff that shit.

tim said...

sweet. 2 to go.

Amy said...

OK, that was nice. I will grant him that.

Ish said...

People on Twitter were freaking out over the various players being put on waivers (Lowell, etc.) and freaking out about Papelbon being claimed. Silly people. I need to hang out here more often.

Ish said...

Not that I hang out on Twitter quite so much anymore. I just kind of get lost in the game.

redsock said...

*everyone* gets put on waivers around this time. teams gauging interest, i guess. and they can pull them back and nothing happens.

no idea who the team was, though.

tim said...

mmm.

Benjamin said...

Not that I know of. I'm sure his brush with the law engendered one, though, privately.

Amy said...

All right, two down. But not breathing normally yet.

redsock said...

why lookee here - it's mr. 27!

tim said...

lol, overheard a convo in toronto earlier this week...

"Adam Dunn was put on waivers!"
"Whoooooaaaaaaa"

so stupid.

Amy said...

Ish, I don't get Twitter. Facebook is addictive enough for me.

Amy said...

Come on, one more strike. Please.

tim said...

saw or heard something about a-rods 600th..."history again made at stadium"

again? the things like 1.5 years old fer fuck sakes.

unless they're referring to the ws. which im not sure if they even won there, or in philly.

Amy said...

Come on, let's get this sucker out!

redsock said...

nice variety of pitches .... sigh

Benjamin said...

fastball fastball fastball fastball fastball fastball fastball

meunier said...

THROW SOMETHING ELSE!

tim said...

fuck, this inning was going so promptly too.

strikeout now!

tim said...

wonderful.

Benjamin said...

Not sure where that one missed.

Amy said...

Oh, man.

redsock said...

shoulda just drilled him - and got swish.

meunier said...

well that was close.

redsock said...

hit the corner, but vic jerked his mitt. or something. maybe MLB umps just suck.

whatever.

up by 3. get the doosh.

Amy said...

I am breathing deeply. Time for some meditation.

redsock said...

CI represents the "we lose by 2 runs" run.

Benjamin said...

Pretty egregious "ball".

tim said...

wonder if its that little green triangle in the left corner of the strike zone

redsock said...

jesus, amy.
even if swish dongs, we can win 6-5.

Amy said...

Can we NOT bring the tying run to the plate, please?

redsock said...

we should have moved bard to LF, so we could bring him back in.

Benjamin said...

hit the corner

Three inches of it, yeah.

Amy said...

I know, I know. But who says it stops there? I have seen worse happen. So I still hold my breath.

Benjamin said...

Water.

tim said...

yours is better benjamin


dIRRRRRRRRRRRTY!!!!!!

5 back.

meunier said...

dirty dirty

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

Smooth.

Ish said...

WATERRRRR.

Amy said...

OK, phew.

I am so glad to say:

DIRTY WATER IN THE BRONX!

Ish said...

Twitter is just an ongoing conversation and source of information. That's about it.

Ish said...

I would have been surprised if the game ended before an umpire made his presence known by fucking something up...

westcoastsox said...

Alright, way to go! 3 more wins, and we might have us some ... what was it called again?

westcoastsox said...

Oh yeah, it's called Schadenfreude. Haven't had it in over a month. It is sorely missed.

tim said...

orioles making a run. 4 in a row now. jeeze.

Zenslinger said...

Remind me to tell you why Derek Jeter = Sir Nose. Details tomorrow.

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