Yanks bats overcome arms in first win over Boston

Warren's scoreless streak snapped in loss
A little bit about Chad Gaudin

We all know the back story. The Yankees were 0-8 against Boston this year, losing games in every way imaginable. However both teams have changed since they last played, yadda yadda yadda. Frankly, I had enough of it. I was ready for the two clubs to play again and for all the stories to go away.

The game started with Joba Chamberlain dancing around danger in the first two innings, stranding runners at first and second after allowing a double and a walk in each frame. It had all the makings of a rocky road outing for Joba, something we weren’t used to seeing after his prevous three outings.

The offense, rolling after a pair of big wins in Toronto, went to work on John Smoltz in the second, when a Jorge Posada single and a Robbie Cano walk put a pair of runners on with one out. The molten hot Nick Swisher (.333-.419-.778 on the road trip) lined a single to right and appeared to kick off the scoring, but Jorge Posada opted not to slide and was thrown out at the plate in awkward fashion. I’ve watched the replay a bunch of times and I’m still not sure what happened. It looked like he never picked up the relay thrown from the cutoff man and assumed he was home free. It was just another frustrating moment in a season series full of them for the Yanks.

As fate would have it, Dustin Pedroia took a 2-0 fastball and dinked it into right for a cheapie homerun for the first opposite field homer of his career to lead off the next inning. Chamberlain’s struggles continued when he walked the next two batters, but a David Ortiz double play and a JD Drew pop out allowed him to escape the inning without any further damage. Johnny Damon answered right back with a solo cheapie of his own in the next half inning, but the tie score was short lived.

Mike Lowell started off the next inning by beating out a well placed infield single – Jeter made it close – and new Red Sock Casey Kotchman gave Boston the lead with yet another cheapie jack. It was a agonizing night for Yankee fans to this point; lots of walks, lots of cheap homers, and Jorge’s blown scoring opportunity. That, however, all changed next inning.

Posada started to make amends for his brainfart by starting the fourth off with a double down right field line. Cano singled him in – no slide required – and Swisher walked to put two on for Melky Clutchbrera. Hitless since tripling to complete the cycle on Sunday, the Melkman took John Smoltz’s high heat into the second deck for a quick 5-3 lead. It was just the beginning of the end for Smoltz, who loaded the bases again before handing the ball off to ex-Yank Billy Traber. All three inerited runners scored and then some, and the Yanks led their rivals 9-3 after an eight run fourth inning. Posada’s redemption was complete when he capped the inning off with a three run jimmy jack.

Since Yanks-Sox games can never be easy, Joba walked three straight batters to start the next inning before wiggling out of trouble and allowing just one run. On eight days rest, Joba had his ugliest start of the second half, walking seven (seven!) hitters in five innings of four run ball. He walked away with a most undeserved win, but hey, I’ll take it.

David Robertson pulled off the rare feat of striking out three in two-thirds of an inning of work, while Phil Coke and Mark Melancon held the Sox down until the 9th, when Anthony Claggett struggled before closing the game out. Yankee pitchers walked 12 freakin’ Sox hitters in the game, yet somehow won. That won’t happen often. In fact, it’s the first time the Bombers have walked that many batters in a nine inning game and won since 1957. Again, it’s never easy against the Sox.

The final score was 13-6, but all that matters is the Yanks came out on top. It was an offensive orgy as Michael Kay so colorfully called it, one of those games were the final four innings were a mere formality. Now 3.5 games up in the division, the Yanks are guaranteed to finish the series in first place, a nice little security blanket. This was only game one of a four game set, so make sure your seat belt is buckled. This was only the start.

Warren's scoreless streak snapped in loss
A little bit about Chad Gaudin
  • Pastafarian

    Feels so so so so goooooooood

  • Salty Buggah

    Even though most of us weren’t losing sleep over the 0-8 (including me), I’m we all will sleep better tonight.

    • Salty Buggah

      *sure we all will

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I am watching the replay. I think I need help.

    But really I just want to see Melky’s HR again. That might be one of the single most important hits of the season, like A-Rod’s first-swing-home-run, Cervelli’s-beating-out-the-infield-hit to so Damon could hit that HR on mother’s day, A-Rod’s pop up (yes, that one) and Cervelli’s HR in Atlanta.

    • josh

      couldnt agree more. good call!

      • DreDog

        Can you believe that in the beginning of the year a lot of us were upset at the idea of The Melk Man and Gardner in CF?

        Now we can’t wait till Gardner gets back from the DL, and Melk Man is hitting one of the most important HR’s this season!

        Take that Mike Cameron.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Bravo!

        • LiveFromNewYork

          I know. It was sad to see Gritner in the dugout and not on the basepaths.

    • Salty Buggah

      I myself can’t wait until the condensed game is posted on the MLB.com.

    • JGS

      I can see myself on that replay!

  • Salty Buggah

    BTW, here’s probably the new Yankee hater/ESPN saying:

    The Yankees suck!!! They only 1-8 against the best team in the world, TEH SAWX!

  • josh

    joba seemed to regress a little but what a great night.

    i thought perhaps they threw at arods feet in the at bat after he scored that run. maybe that explains the pedroia thing. love to see those pitches up and in on those suckers. it will be interesting to see if anything happens over the next few days

    • Zack

      regress? or maybe its a bad start after 3 great starts

      • whozat

        Well, he did “regress” in the sense that he was having trouble in the same way he used to have trouble.

        Of course, the ump didn’t help.

    • Klemy

      Long rest between starts probably played a part in that. I’m not too worried.

  • Charlie

    michawl kay & secutiry are in need of some editing. actually, i like the name michawl. but yea, a great game, hopefully aj will come up big tommorow, and the offense is able to stay hot against beckett.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah I know, lots of typos in this one. I’m tired.

      • Charlie

        Mo forgives you

      • Salty Buggah

        Tired? Get back on the roids then

        • ShuutoHeat

          Or some Papi Shakes

          • Salty Buggah

            or get those special “eye drops”

  • AJ

    An offensive orgy, wow. He’ll be in Yankee court tomorrow.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I used it as the title for my blog post :-D

      • DreDog

        David Cone approves!

  • Dela G

    God that was effing owesome

  • Chip

    Man, this game was just absolutely awesome! Now we have a game tomorrow that is essentially a toss-up depending on which versions of Burnett and Beckett show up followed by a game where the the Yankees obviously have the pitching advantage. No way the Sawx can compete with us in the postseason in a seven game series

  • AJ

    Anyone else think Beckett is going to drill Teixeira tomorrow?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Yep

      • whozat

        Nah.

        ARod.

        • DreDog

          But Kruk will laud him for doing it the “right” way.

      • Salty Buggah

        And I hope he gets thrown out right away too.

        • whozat

          Why would he? We all know that THROWING AT GUYS isn’t bad. It’s just THROWING AT GUYS BECAUSE THEY THREW AT YOUR GUYS that’s bad.

          “Always strike first” is apparently the take-home lesson that MLB wishes to impart.

          • Salty Buggah

            Well, Im assuming both sides will be warned before the game after today.

    • Klemy

      Well, an easy way to get that warning out there first and limit what Becket can do is to buzz them first in the 1st inning. Instant warning and no retaliation will be allowed. We’ve had that done against CC this year.

  • AJ

    Melancon is an idiot for throwing at Pedroia.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Considering Pete abe didnt even mention it in his wrapup, I’m going to guess that the consensus in the locker room was that he did not throw at him.

      • Mike HC

        Come on. He threw right at him twice. His body language right after he hit him was screaming that it was on purpose. Even Jorge was ready to get in between pretty fast because he knew it was on purpose. Who knows what the reason was. I can’t remember back to the last Red Sox series, but I can bet you that the Yanks remember. Pedroia probably deserved it.

        • Zack

          Kicking dirt around makes him look guilty?
          And what does Jorge getting inbetween Pedroia and the mound have anything to do with whether or not it was on purpose? Pedroia was visibly upset, so he stepped in to make sure he didnt do anything.

          • Charlie

            i’d put my money on melancon if pedroia charged, cause he probably punches like a girl

          • Mike HC

            You could be right. It didn’t seem like an accident to me though. Looking at the pitches on their own, it seemed intentional and looking at the actions of Jorge and Melancon afterwards, it seemed intentional. I obviously could be wrong, but I don’t think I am.

            • Zack

              Looking just at the pitches, maybe. But the situation, blow out win, and that no one on the team was hit, makes it looks like it wasnt intentional. And it sucks that everytime a guy gets hit its a huge freakin deal and we have to analyze everything. He got hit, go to first, Beckett will back you up tomorrow and its over with.

              • Mike HC

                It is always easy for the fans who don’t get hit by the baseballs to tell these guys to brush it off. Pedroia had a ball whiz by his head, and then the very next pitch one that hit him. If he wasn’t pissed I would be surprised.

                • whozat

                  Wasn’t the very next pitch. There were three pitches in between.

                • Mike HC

                  my bad, you are right. I mis wrote.

                • Zack

                  Guys have been getting hit for the last 100 years, now we need the managers to come out and cry to the umpires to get warnings issued?If its so outrageous then do something or take your base.
                  We have Joba getting introuble because he ALMOST hits someone. seriously. do cops give out tickets for almost running a red light? get fired for almost being late to work?

                • Bob C

                  no way that it was intentional, melancon was pretty wild through out the game and i really dont think anyone is stupid enough to throw at someones head if its intentional

                  pedroia’s a bitch

                • CT Yankee

                  According to Posada; he was telling him it was not intentional

    • Charlie

      why the hell would he have done that on purpose? he just lost his control, and it looked bad cause it happened twice. plus he really doesn’t seem like the type to drill people intentionally

    • Bo

      He should have let sleeping dogs lie.

  • Chris

    Melancon didn’t throw at him on purpose, he clearly had no control.

    And Melky again, wants to know – how his ass tastes?

    • BklynJT

      RAB has a foul taste in their mouths

      • whozat

        That would imply that people didn’t WANT him to succeed.

        The guy still has an OPS a bit under .800, with a lot of his pop coming at home. And his D is a bit above average in CF, but not amazing or anything. He’s a solidly valuable player right now, and I’m glad to have him. But let’s not think he’s the second coming of Bernie or anything.

        • http://deleted RollingWave

          err no, with today. his OPS is at .808, Mike Cameron’s at .809

          • whozat

            Fair enough. But still, let’s not act like he’s the next coming of Bernie. I’ll be psyched if he’s still got an OPS+ over 100 and plus defense at the end of the season.

            • http://deleted RollingWave

              of coruse. but there’s certainly a middle ground, a cost controlled solid player in a up the middle position is incrediablly valuable. just not as valuable as a cost controlled hall of famer.

        • Charlie

          plus he’s gotten a bunch of walk off and clutch hits for the yanks all year. but no, he’s not bernie of course

      • Salty Buggah

        no I’m sure they think that taste (Melky’s ass) is delicious since it means Melky’s leading to wins leads to wins (it’s not like they want him to fail)

  • AJ

    Over his head and then at his chest. It was on purpose and I hope he gets smacked around in the clubhouse.

    • Salty Buggah

      in a 13-4 game (at the time)? Nope, it was probably a lack of control Melancon showed. And if we wanted to bean them, we’d probably do it to Youkilis.

      • JGS

        well, the score doesn’t tell you if it was on purpose or not (in fact, I would say that makes it more likely to hit a guy on purpose–see Guillermo Mota drilling Prince Fielder in a 17-4 game)

        • Zack

          that was in retaliation for hitting Manny the inning or two before

        • Mike HC

          Exactly. Throwing at someone in a blowout makes it more obvious, not less.

          • Salty Buggah

            Not really. I mean there wasnt any tension. After we got that big lead, the game was over so everyone just wanted to go home. I don’t see why Melancon would throw at it. He was probably going inside (because you know, Pedroia cant hit the high inside fastball) and his lack of control (remember, he walked the 1st guy he faced) forced him to get 2 pitches away.

            • Mike HC

              Baseball retaliation does not always happen during the same game or even the same series. In fact, if both teams get warned, you can’t do it the same game. And doing it the game after is obvious and asking for a suspension. The smart thing to do is forget about it until next time you guys meet and get revenge when everybody has forgotten (as everyone has). You also do it when the game is not on the line, which this game was not. It was perfect timing for an old grudge to become due. That is the way I see it. I can see how people would think otherwise though.

    • Charlie

      who the fuck is going to smack him around? he’s a rookie who made a mistake. how do you get to decide it was on purpose? chill dude

    • DSFC

      Waaaaah. I don’t care who gets hit on that team. There’s a rather large debt in hit batters that the Sox have accumulated over the years. They can go straight to hell on that subject. It’ll be a long time before they’re settled.

    • toad

      I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but throwing at hitters is BS. I don’t care what all those tough old-timers say. It doesn’t help, it puts a guy on, and it could seriously hurt someone. And then you get the revenge. Want to see Teixeira out for a while as a result ofbeing hit? I don’t.

  • Mike HC

    Just an all around beating. That win sure felt good. Other than Joba taking a bit of a pounding (he did get victamized a couple of times by the short porch in right, but it is tough to complain when the Yanks took full advantage of that too), this was a much needed win. Gotta keep winning though.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Why is the replay only in the top of the third, damnit, don’t they edit these things?

  • Salty Buggah

    Our secret to beating the Sox? Muhammad Ali

    That or Jorge painting #15 on his helmet to honor Munson.

    • Zack

      or Smoltz and Billy T pitching :)

      • Mike HC

        Yea. Smoltz had four pitches going tonight. The fastball, slider, curveball and the hanging slider. I think he threw the hanger more than any other pitch.

        • Bob C

          Bruce Willis

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Kate Hudson. She’s been a very nice good luck charm.

            • Klemy

              She can be my good luck charm any day.

  • BklynJT

    I Love orgies

    • Dela G

      :o

  • JGS

    also, I blame Traber for that game taking forever. He looks like he learned from Steve Trachsel how to just hold the ball and stare at the catcher

    • Dela G

      he took FOREVER between pitches

      • Mike HC

        It was almost like he was fucking with us. He was like, “oh yea, you wanna score this many runs … well … I’m going to take forever in between pitches. So there.”

    • ShuutoHeat

      Let’s not forget all the sux hitters stepping away from the plate every pitch or so.

      • Salty Buggah

        Hmmm, maybe thats why Joba’s control was off today. That probably messed up his rhythm. (I couldnt watch but was going to ask this so thanks)

        • Mike HC

          Yea, right from the get go you could tell the Sox were trying to slow him down. Ellsbury taking his time in between each pitch, Pedroia taking his sweet ol time getting his batting gloves on before he even came to the plate. It is fair game to do that and a smart strategy and it may of had an effect.

          • ShuutoHeat

            It was a bitch, every time Joba and Posada worked out on a decision to throw. When Joba got into his ready position, they backed off.

            Remember when Big Mami pulled away from the plate and HP UMP dragged him back in? After that he started to whine and cry to the UMP. Give me a break.

            I think our batters should do that to Beckett tomorrow. Just walk out of the box every friggin pitch and disrupt his rhythm. Knowing Beckett, he’ll start to throw a hissy fit and screw himself.

            • whozat

              Or just throw at them, like he did Abreu.

              • ShuutoHeat

                Well, if it comes to that I hope our guys are ready to hop out of the way and let the UMPs kick his diva ass out of the game.

            • Salty Buggah

              Yea, they should. We did that against Buehrle (who works at one of the fastest, if not the fastest, paces in baseball) and it worked.

        • whozat

          It didn’t help that the ump wouldn’t call a strike unless it was several inches above the knee AND a couple inches inside the edge of the plate.

          Go look at the pitchfx, it’s ridiculous. inside corner to lefties and outside corner to righties, for both Joba and Smoltz. Absurd hitter’s zone.

          • Klemy

            I had to watch that whole game on GameDay and a lot of pitches were called wrongly according to their placement on there. I was surprised.

    • Bo

      Traber really took one for the team last night. Saved their pen

  • Dela G

    Pete Abe says Gaudin comes in sunday

    • Charlie

      i wonder who’s going for him though, assuming that tommorow clagget is gone for ramiro pena..

      • Dela G

        i hope so

  • dkidd

    first five innings: riveting and exhilarating
    last four innings: root canal

  • Salty Buggah

    Heh Bob Lorenz said Joba got “gritty, gutty outs.”

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5962987

  • JackISBACK

    Peter Gammons, writing up his article now.

    “In a testament to the championship mentality, the Red Sox scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th, proving that it is never over with them at bat. If this would’ve been a one run game, that would’ve made the difference. A scout that I DEARLY trust told me Smoltz was just on the brink of dominating today, and he saw crazy movement on his pitches (…mainly heading towards the OF) and if he could harness his stuff a bit more could be the ace in the hole”

    This was a weird game, because it never felt THAT great until the late innings. That Posada play had be furious, but he more than made up for it. But Joba struggling and all, it seemed like the Sox were just a big hit away from getting right back in the game. Sucks that we didn’t really burn through their pen, as Traber will most likely just be sent down tomorrow.

    Tomorrow should be fun to watch, assuming the good Burnett shows up.

    • whozat

      Sadly, Burnett’s flaws play right into the Sox’s strengths. I really don’t get how he’s pitched well against them until this season.

      If he’s on, I guess it just goes to show he can dominate anyone. Let’s hope, hm?

    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

      So Anthony Claggett not being good at baseball means the Red Sox still have that championship mentality? Right. How about they’re the third best team in the division and have been helped by luck and playing well in their ballpark. If Smoltz was close to dominating, he wouldn’t have gotten the snot smacked out of his pitches. I’m sorry, but Peter Gammons is the Jim Rice of the writers wing of the HoF.

      I’m beyond sick and tired of writers and “analysts” making excuses for the Red Sox and not just admitting that they’re not the best team in the division, much less the league. Give the Yankees credit, despite an absolute BS umpire (which in fairness affected both teams), they handily won that baseball game and no scout or writer can tell me Smoltz was so close. He’s DONE and so is this championship calibre bullshit with the Red Sox.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

        And I actually believed that was a real Gammons article. I’ll learn to read next time.

  • Salty Buggah

    Can Swish start taking advantage of his home stadium anytime soon? Check out his splits:

    -Fifteen of 18 home runs have come on the road, where he’s batting a terrific .276/.368/.602. At home, he’s hitting just .200/.374/.329.

    • whozat

      Weird. Maybe he’s trying too hard to take advantage of the short porch and overswinging. It’s good to have roadwarriors, though.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, that’s what I think (that or that it’s just a coincidence). He’s still extremely patient but maybe he’s pressing to use the “jet stream” (if there is one) but ends up flying out or grounding out.

        • whozat

          I’d tend to agree.

          Swisher has gone through some nontrivial slumps, and one wonders whether it’s causal. Is it that he’s not hitting well at home, so his slumps coincide with periods where they play at home a lot? Or, is it that he’s streaky and they’ve kind of alternated between being mostly on the road or mostly at home each month?

          I dunno.

  • Dela G

    hahahaha did anyone read this?

    Talk about “the sky is falling!”

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2009/08/06/a_2006_redux_/

    • LiveFromNewYork

      “illegal air traffic”

      Eric Wilson is good at writing.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    On OTM last night they were lamenting everything in the Universe esp our signing of Tex.

    But they did say that we hurt Hughes and Kennedy by rushing them up and opted to keep them (and they sucked)in lieu of Santana, which was stupid. They are pissed when we have big agent signings and think we’re idiots when we don’t. WHICH IS IT?????

  • pat

    heh, this has to be nomaas’ best photoshop this season.

    http://nomaas.org/images/melky_medusa.jpg

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Haha, that is fantastic.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Okay…the promo for Sunday Night Baseball I just heard said the Yankees have “soared back into the thick of the American League East race.” How fucking misleading is that?

    • Riddering

      Since the Yankees won last night, that blurb only irritated me instead of enraging me but…yeah. Their bias is amazing! Like the Yankees have ever *not* been in the thick of the race this season and, oh, hey, they’ve been leading the race for how long now?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Ha, the Sportscenter announcer pronounced it “Melon-son”.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Mark didn’t throw at the midget. The guy couldn’t locate his fb for most of the night. He was overthrowing it. If you notice Posada wanted the one that Mark threw over his head high. It just sailed in a bit. The one he drilled the midget was just an over thrown fastball. Posada wanted it down and away.

  • Riddering

    I think it’s strange to say Joba didn’t deserve the win considering he lasted five innings and got out of tough spots when he didn’t have his best stuff and he was trying to work with a hitter-friendly ump.

    There are wins where the offense owes the pitcher, wins where the pitcher owes the offense, and then the really sweet ones where pitching and offense work together for total domination.

    But that’s just quibbling. I didn’t see this as bad Joba but more a rough outing where he had trouble adjusting to the wonky strike zone.

    Yankees won. I am happy. I laugh at ESPN’s bias this morning. Hah!

    • Bo

      Deserve? Might be a tad strong there. He did what he had to do. Got some big outs. Sometimes you get the W when you don’t “deserve” it and sometimes you get the L when you really dont deserve it. It equals out long term.

      • Riddering

        Yeah, I meant to express that the “W” stat is pretty meaningless in the end. With a game like last night’s it’s not as important as which pitcher kept their team in the game and which pitcher served up BP pitches.

        Joba’s ERA bump last night reveals more about the performance than W/L.

  • Russell NY

    Two things I am thinking about after today’s game:

    1) After seeing Lowrie go back down because of his wrist, Tex better get his checked out in the offseason.

    2) I really hope whoever gets beaned tomorrow by Beckett doesn’t have any residual effects or go on the DL.

    • Russell NY

      today*

  • V

    You don’t want Beckett to hit one of your guys? If you’re Burnett, 1st inning, get two outs and drill Youkilis and strike out Ortiz.

    Benches warned, take away the inside part of the plate from Beckett.

    • Bo

      This is something that would have never happened under Torre.

      But has a good shot of happening tonight. Love it.

      • LosingOurHeads

        Yeah and AJ will retaliatre when he needs to and Girardi will let him. Nice departure from the Torre years.

    • Zack

      why is that a good idea? theres nothing happened that needs retaliation. you dont think hitting them twice in a quick turnaround is going to cause something? both teams are going to be warned prior to the game, and with Burnett’s amazing contrl and composure, i prefer less guys on base

    • Klemy

      That was my thought too. If you hit so9meone first, you’re guaranteeing a warning. Take away the inside of the plate. That happened to CC this year and he didn’t pitch well that game.

      • whozat

        But then you take it away from yourself too. And, when you’re the more wild pitcher, you’re probably putting yourself at a greater disadvantage

  • gary busey’s face

    Im not too great with graphs, but wouldn’t this graph seem to indicate that Joba was getting squeezed last night?

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfx/szone.php?xml=http://gd2.mlb.com/components/game/mlb/year_2009/month_08/day_06/gid_2009_08_06_bosmlb_nyamlb_1//pbp/pitchers/501955.xml&innings=yyyyyyyyy&s_type=3&sp_type=1&h_size=700&v_size=500&extraStr=|8/6/2009|Boston%20Red%20Sox%20@%20New%20York%20Yankees

    • whozat

      Yeah, all the pitchers were.

      It was a really hitter-friendly zone. Especially for lefties. The ump took away inside pitches against lefties.

  • Dorian

    Melancon was definitely throwing at Peedy. Remember when A-Rod got beaned for no particular reason by Brad Penny.

  • Sweet Lou

    Seeing John Smoltz get shelled like that reminded me of the 1999 LCS against the Mets. In game 6, he pitched one-third of an inning and gave up 4 hits and 4 earned runs, including a line drive home run by Piazza.

    I am so happy that we won game 1 and by the grace of Mo, we’ll take three out of four.