Sabathia dominates BoSox for third win of the series

Staten Island's bullpen shuts out Oneonta
To admit, to deny or to avoid

Coming into this weekend’s series, I was hoping for at least a split even though just one win would have guaranteed that the Yanks remained in first place come Monday. After Thursday’s offensive orgy and Friday’s epic 2-0 marathon win, the Yanks took care of business in a much more professional manner in Saturday’s matinee.

It all started where it should, with the guy on the mound. CC Sabathia came out shoving mid-to-high 90’s heat backed by a knockout slider and a changeup that appeared to stop in midair. Working on a perfect game into the fifth and no-hitter into the sixth, Sabathia didn’t run into any real trouble until the seventh, when Victor Martinez walked and Kevin Youkilis singled to open the inning. A strikeout by corpse of David Ortiz and a GIDP later, the threat was neutralized. Sabathia was everything the Yanks could have hoped for yesterday, striking out nine against two hits, firing 123 pitches to record the first 23 outs of the game. He was simply awesome.

The Yanks’ bats looked predictably flat following the 15-inning affair that ended just 15 hours prior to first pitch, but they gave Sabathia all the cushion he would need. Mark Teixeira singled in Melky Cabrera in the third for a quick 1-0 lead, then Jose Molina tacked on an insurance run with a sixth inning sac fly. A third run came in when Nick Swisher looked too happy taking a bases loaded walk to pass the baton in seventh, and the Cap’n capped everything off with a two run jack in the eighth. It traveled the bare minimum to right, clanking off the very bottom of the foul pole.

Think of this series as a market correction. The Red Sox weren’t going to beat the Yankees all 18 times they played this year, it just wasn’t going to happen. It’s been a long, long time since we could say the Yanks have won back to back games against Boston because of their pitching, but that’s exactly what happened. The Sawx have managed just eight hits over their last 24 innings, none for extra bases, and just four by people not named Jacoby Ellsbury. It all adds up to a 5.5 game lead in the division with eight weeks to go.

The Series wraps up tomorrow and will be a smashing success regardless of what happens. Andy Pettitte takes on Jon Lester in ESPN’s Sunday Night Game. Not even Joe Morgan can ruin what went down over the last three days.

Staten Island's bullpen shuts out Oneonta
To admit, to deny or to avoid
  • Greg G.

    Not even Joe Morgan can ruin what went down over the last three days.

    He’ll try, though. He’ll try.

    • gc

      Nah, he’ll bring himself to actually compliment the Yankees during the broadcast. But he clearly won’t enjoy it and in the end, it will wind up sounding like an insult. He excels at that.

      • Zack

        he’ll talk about
        1. Jeter’s HR was a ‘bandbox’ HR
        2. Beckett and their bullpen only gave up 2 runs to the yankees in the game before
        3. they beat up on Smoltz and Traber so that doesnt really count

        • JackISBACK

          Jon Miller: “So Joe, what ISSSSSSSS the difference here, this Yankees team just looks so different from the team we saw before”

          Joe Morgan : “Jon, its simple. They are starting to end up having better scores than the other teams. When you win, you look different than when you lose…..and Lester throws a ball there and strikezone agrees…so getting back to my point, they look different”

          Jon Miller : “Well yes, but what IS that difference, A-Rod with a single up the middle”

          Joe Morgan: “Well they are winning Jon. When I was in Cincy and we won, we looked different, I remember Pete Rose used to sing me this song in the clubhouse that made me all happy, and he would only sing it when we were winning. And lets face it, the Yankees have been lucky, right now the Sox are missing Jason Bay and Dice Kay Matzueszaka so they will be back to full strength soon”

          Cue Peter Gammons (Standing in some obscure part of the park):

          “And today I was talking to a scout who watched Dice-K pitch in the outfield at Pawtucket, said he has NEVER seen such movement out of his fastball before. The Red Sox front office is really excited about it, and was the sole reason they did not move for Halladay, who they could’ve had for Bucholz and some minor league prospects. The Red Sox are SOOO surprised by his recovery, that they really think he’s going to be a fresh new Dice-K. And remember, sitting out all this time, means his arm will be fresh in October, something to think about there, now back to you Jon”

          Jon Miller: “Well thank you Peter, Peter Gammons folks, our Hall of Fame reporter, so yes right now the Red Sox are missing some of their stars including Wakefield, and we saw what they could do when they were at full power”

          (Meanwhile there is 3 men on base with one out, yet no mention of this)

          Joe Morgan: “You nailed it on the head, the Red Sox really should have no shame in this series, they are just undermanned, and ran into a team that is really lucky right now. You have to factor in injury in a season, back in Cincinatti, when Johnny Bench went down one season…….”


          Your ESPN broadcast.

          • Hobbes

            spot on.

          • thebusiness


          • yankeegirl49

            Pathetic that this is EXACTLY how it will go down!

          • GG


          • http://AOL Sgt Krunch

            You guys are giving Miller and Morgan too much credit. The lines are written out for them and they take their cues from the “TRUCK”. Morgan hasn’t had an original thought since Little League and that was which was is FIRST. He does remember well and what galls me is what did the Yankees ever do to him? He played on some great RED MACHINE teams and they beat the SOX despite the FISK HR. So, what’s his beef with us? NO I’m not taking it personal….No not at all.

    • JeffG

      I find Tim McCarver to be much worse. He seems to always chime in with things that are just not the case, he has no idea of the strike zone, he adds very little to add as far as strategy of the game goes (ie who’s warming up in the billpen).

      I can’t stand Fox games.

      • GG

        I agree Fox crew is worse than ESPN crew

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Very much so. You may think as Joe Morgan as an idiot, fine, but I’d take that over biased love for one team.

        • CT Yankee

          Oooh I so disagree. McCarver can be tedious but Morgan is awful

  • I wonder if he’ll refer to Yankee Stadium as a dome at some point in this game

  • Jeffrey

    1.64 ERA against Boston in the 3 games played so far. The pitching has been amazing. Hard to believe the Red Sox have been held scoreless in the last 24 innings. They look lost, the trades they made may have hurt the teams pitching more than it helped their offense.

    • Rob H.

      The Red Sox should have worried more about getting pitchers to fit in the back of their rotation instead of wasting their time going after the big fish when they had no intention of giving up the talent that was obviously needed to be given up. But hey, I’m not complaining since all the did was go out and get a guy who quite frankly, doesn’t scare me at all in V-Mart. Good Job Theo.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      That 1.64 ERA includes Thursday’s game, too, and frankly that scares me.

      • Jeffrey

        It almost seems like Boston’s bats have to come alive at some point. Fortunately Bay has been sidelined, he killed the Yankees earlier this season. If Pettitte can shut them down we don’t need to worry.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        That 1.64 ERA includes Thursday’s game, too, and frankly that scares me.

        Eh, Thursday’s game included 2 runs in the 9th off Claggett and 2 on Kotchman’s HR, which was every bit as cheap as Jeter’s.

        No need to be scared.

  • Dela G

    Man did anyone notice Carl Pavano shut down the tigers again?

    he’s terrible, but he owns the tigers

    Oh and masterson today for the indians?

    4IP 4K 1BB 1ER 61 pitches (he needs to be stretched out to become a starter)

    I know Vmart is the catcher of the future, but man they should’ve kept this kid

    • whozat

      “I know Vmart is the catcher of the future, but man they should’ve kept this kid”

      That’s the thing…he’s not. He’s 30, and already on the edge of being so bad behind the plate that his bat can’t make up for it. He’s signed next year, right, but it’s not like they locked down the catcher spot for the next three years.

      That said, Masterson can’t get lefties out, so he’s probably a reliever long-term.

      • Dela G

        yeah i know he’s 30, but i should’ve said “immediate future,” as he is will 99 percent sure be picked up next year and then the sox should offer him an extension.

        But i like masterson. The indians have good pitching coaches, maybe they’ll be able to iron him out

        • Salty Buggah

          I doubt they will get him an extension as he’ll just be another 1b/DH type and they have Youkilis for 1st/3rd and Lowell for 3B/DH and Papi for DH. Not to mention Anderson is a 1b and their best position prospect (though he’s sucked this year) but prospect’s shouldn’t matter as they are uncertain.

          • CT Yankee

            As the sox found out last year, finding a catcher is difficult. Maybe they will rethink a trade for salt-a-not-even-gonnna-try-and-spell-it-lamachia

        • whozat

          It’s not so much an issue of “iron[ing] him out”, it’s that he doesn’t have an out pitch that works against lefties. Unless they can teach him one, which is easier said than done, his ceiling is limited.

    • Charlie

      how old do you think v-mart is exactly?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      As long as it isn’t Mauer. V-Mart is good yes but is one streaky fellow. I don’t think he’ll be the future catcher but a placeholder until Mauer comes along. But the Twins GOT to sign him.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Oh yeah since Mauer will be a FA in 2011 I’m calling a bunch of fans bitching to get Mauer already claiming Jesus to be a bust if he stays at catcher by then.

  • Mike Pop

    It was 2-0 big Mike!!

  • Johnnyboy

    “After Thursday’s offensive orgy and Friday’s epic 1-0 marathon win, the Yanks took care of business is much more professional manner in Saturday’s matinee.”

    It was a 2 – 0 win.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Too bad CC isn’t a “true ace.”

  • LiveFromNewYork

    How many innings have the RS been without a run? It’s about 27, isn’t it?

    Lucky 27

    • JGS

      24, but I guess that’s close enough

      • LiveFromNewYork

        what about the last 3 on Thurday? 9 + 15 + 3

        • Joseph Pawlikowski

          Boston scored two in the ninth on Thursday.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Btw I just saw the highlights since I couldn’t see the game but did Buchholz try to hit A-Rod intentionally or what? That’s a god damn low move if so.

    • whozat

      I don’t think so. It was a 70-something MPH curve.

      Ramirez, maybe that was on purpose.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        What did Ramirez do? ESPN didn’t show that.

        • whozat

          They DIDN’T!??! Ramon Ramirez buzzed Tex and then hit ARod. He got ejected for it.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            So he hit the 3-4 batters on the team which the latter winning yesterday’s game. That sounds intentional to me but I’ll find it somewhere.
            He better get suspended. If Burnett gets suspended for throwing over a guy’s head, then Ramon should get some punishment. But I’ll find it first before I rant.

            • Salty Buggah

              He didn’t quite hit Tex but was close. It would have seemed like a mistake if it wasn’t the 1st pitch to A-rod, which just made it seem intentional.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Okay I read a detailed explanation. So Teix didn’t get hit as I misread but was close. Then he hit A-Rod. Now it’s either crappy control that day or it was intentional. I can’t tell.

              • Charlie

                it was intentional, it was probably in retaliation for when melancon hit pedroia yesterday. the way he went after tex and then a-rod made it clear he was throwing at them

        • andrew

          Hit ARod in the shoulder. immediately ejected.

        • Salty Buggah
          • JobaWockeeZ

            Oh thank you.

            • Salty Buggah

              check out McCarver whining “WHY????” and notice how A-rod calmly takes first while Pedroia bitches his way to first.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Tim McCarver should do every sane baseball fan a favor: join NESN. Even Boston fans can’t stand some of the things that NESN says! Now that’s something. Buck shows no emotion and can be annoying but McCarver..the thought of him makes me puke. Seriously I can tolerate Kay, Sterling or Joe Morgan much better than friggin McCarver.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Heh yea, it would be appropriate.

                  So after seeing the video, did (to Tex and Alex) that look intentional to you?

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  It did look like it for sure. But one more question. Did the pitch that hit A-Rod come right before the pitch that almost hit Teix? But from the video it did look kinda intentional though.

                • Salty Buggah

                  No I think Tex worked a walk after another pitch (or maybe 2) and then A-rod came. and got plunked on the 1st pitch.

  • Salty Buggah

    • First 18 batters: 0-17, 4 K, BB

    • Red Sox batters chased 6 of 7 changeups out of the strike zone

    • 83 percent of 1-1 counts became 1-2 counts (batters were 1-17 in 2-strike counts)

    • 10 of 14 swinging strikes came against left-handed batters

    — ESPN Stats and Information

    Good control and total domination today.

  • Charlie

    great game last night, huh?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Total domination

  • Januz

    Yesterday’s game was huge, they followed up the Friday Night Classic by not letting Boston break even (A loss would have essentially negated that win, because of the Sabathia/Buchholz matchup that favored the Yankees on paper). I have to say that Ortiz looks finished. He reminded me of Giambi throughout the series (And not just as it relates to performance enhancing drugs). You could see the way the Yankees played defense against him (Reminded me of the Giambi shift). In addition he was anemic with runners in scoring position (Particularly against David Robertson). If it is possible, Mike Lowell looked even WORSE. I do not think ANYONE (Even Posada), could have been out at first after Jeter held the ball, and set himself before throwing. What you may be seeing is the start of the decline of the Red Sox. We saw a hint when they were DESPERATE to sign Mark Teixeira (I guess Lars Anderson is NOT Albert Pujols). Then the signing of stop gap players (Like John Smoltz and Rocco Baldelli that FAILED miserably), then fact that Jason Bay turned down an extention, then the Victor Martinez trade, now finally hitting performances that are on the level of the Mets (Led by Ortiz and Lowell). In fairness, tonight will be very difficult. Lester is outstanding, and Boston will not be held down forever. The main thing is though, they proved they can not only best Boston, but take a series from them. That being said, if they manage to win, and Boston does not hit Petitte, the Red Sox might simply fold up and the Wild Card team will be either the Rangers or Rays.

    • Salty Buggah

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Boston is struggling as of now but they are not a bad team by any means and are still very very dangerous. Don’t underestimate them.

      That said, I hope you’re right and they just fall off the cliff now. Unlikely but hey, one can hope.

    • Zack

      “I have to say that Ortiz looks finished. He reminded me of Giambi throughout the series (And not just as it relates to performance enhancing drugs). You could see the way the Yankees played defense against him (Reminded me of the Giambi shift).”

      That shift has been going on for years?

  • JackISBACK

    WHooooooo, what a nice game.

    Usually FOX games used to suck because we’d have to hear Buch and McCarver go on and on about how the Red Sox are this great organization and all, but this winning streak put an end to that. Its the Shut-the-F**K-Up Series.

    I loved how Buck and McCarver kept over-reacting to the ejection. Then when the Yankees were batting, oh they have the advantage, pitchers can’t pitch inside anymore, blah blah blah. When the Red Sox batted, nope, no such advantage.

    CC and Burnett earned their stripes. 2 dominating games to really thrust the Red Sox back towards the WC.

    • jim p

      And the 2nd batter after they started going on about “can’t pitch inside anymore” got 3 out of 4 pitches inside, btw.

      • JackISBACK

        lol yeah, starts talking about how won’t pitch inside, and as he’s saying it the catcher moves inside.

  • AJ

    Here’s a thought. Molina is 5 for 11 off Lester. Maybe you DH Posada instead of Matsui and leave Molina in anyway? Or will that piss off Jorge?

    • whozat

      I think ARod DHes. He needs a day out of the field, but I don’t think they’ll sit him against the lefty.

      • Salty Buggah

        He’s getting a day off for the Toronto series so Im guessing Girardi goes with his best lineup to try to get to Lester and go for the sweep.

        • whozat

          Fair enough. Honestly, it looks like Jeter could use a day off too, so I was thinking DH ARod tomorrow, give Jeter off Monday, and then ARod off Tuesday.

          • Salty Buggah

            Maybe, I dont mind it as long as we win. :)

          • Tom Zig

            DH JoPo, then give a-rod a full day off, then jeter full day off.

    • Tom Zig

      Jorge basically caught 2 games in 1 during the 15 inning marathon (yes i know he was eventually pinch ran for in like the 14th). Give him a half day off and give Matsui a full day off and use him as a pinch hitter if necessary. Our next off day is not till the 20th.

  • AJ

    And Molina’s hitting .357 this year off of lefties. Interesting..

  • Tom Zig

    anyone notice Mo barking at someone while warming up but after Jeter hit his HR?

    • JGS

      yes! I was wondering what the hell was going on there

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, Im guessing the bullpen catcher got up and started walking away after the HR, knowing that Mo doesn’t need to warm-up anymore. But Mo got angry and probably told him to sit his ass back down as he had not gotten an official word from the manager to stop warming up. That’s the only reason I can think of.

      • J Squared

        Yeah, either that or he was just expressing how a lot of times he has gotten up to get warmed up lately, the yankees score or 4th run or more and he has to sit back down, saying it in a funny way by being mad. But odds are the catcher did get up and no pitcher wants to stop warming up after 1 or 2 pitches, doesn’t make sense, should throw atleast 10 if you’re going to throw.

  • Accent Shallow

    Great win. I would have been happy with a series split, but now you have to go for the throat.

    Unfortunately, this is the most advantageous pitching matchup for the Sox of the series, but so it goes.

  • Yanqui


    “Coming into this weekend’s series, I was hoping for at least a sweep . . ..”

    If that was the minimum you were expecting, what would a good outcome be?

    • Mike Axisa

      Split, I meant split!

  • Short Porch

    A bludgeoning,then three consecutive shut outs.

    • GG

      You know there will be a lot of bludgeoning references tonight, just hope someone has the intelligence to point out that the last two days were shutouts

  • Jake H

    It was an amazing win. The team is really rolling right now.

  • Frank

    Great win yesterday. CC was huge (no pun intended).D-Rob is also impressing more and more as Joe seems to have more confidence in him. He just keeps throwing strikes. Now if only Cano can hit with RISP.

  • Matt H. :: Sec105

    Was anyone else at the game? I was out in Section 105, and got a CC (clap, clap) chant going as he was exiting, it got loud, I just was wondering how far it reached and if it caught on.

  • http://. Joao

    CC destroi!!

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