Aug
31

CC & Frankie help Yanks grind out win over Sox

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It was hard, it was tough, it as stressful, it was long, it was a Yankees-Red Sox game and it was a win. Just think, we’ve got two more of these to go.

This is what an ace looks like. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Big Man Does Big Things

Sometimes being an ace means giving up two hits in eight shutout innings, and sometimes being an ace means grinding out six innings on 128 pitches with a short bullpen. This was a big boy start for CC Sabathia, who had to work hard every single inning and fight through a tight strike zone against disciplined hitters. He allowed ten hits but also struck out ten, four of which ended innings with men on base. He struck out Adrian Gonzalez three times and got him to ground out weakly the fourth time. Sabathia didn’t have a single 1-2-3 inning and half of the time he had runners in scoring position, but damn man, he gave up just two runs despite all that trouble.

The 128 pitches are Sabathia’s most as a Yankee and the second most of his career, trailing only a 130-pitch effort with the Brewers back in August of 2008. He was starting on extra rest and I have to imagine he’ll get an extra day off before his next start (Joe Girardi indicated he’ll “see how he feels” next time around). That means the six-man rotation figures to stay in tack for one more turn. I don’t have a problem with it, the big guy earned the extra rest. This is was a big performance tonight, the definition of ace-caliber. Pretty? No. Effective? Damn straight.

Yes we did, Mr. Red Sox beat writer. Yes we did.

The King of the Fist Pumps

It’s pretty amazing that Frankie Cervelli has three career homeruns, and all three have really meant something. His 2009 shot in Atlanta was basically the turning point of that season, and his grand slam in Texas earlier this year helped end an offensive malaise and a rather sizable losing skid. The homer in this game wasn’t that dramatic, but it tacked on an all important insurance run in what had been a one-run game. Cervelli hit the ball clear out of the ballpark too, over the monster and off some dude’s hands and into the parking lot behind the park. This wasn’t a cheapie, it was a legit blast, and as he crossed the plate, Frankie clapped his hands with his usual enthusiasm.

Apparently John Lackey didn’t like the clap, so he hit Cervelli with a first pitch fastball right between the numbers his next time up. The benches cleared but it wasn’t anything serious, though Larry Rothschild did get himself ejected for yapping at the crew chief. I can’t remember ever seeing a pitching coach getting tossed like that. Anyway, Cervelli eventually came around to score on a Derek Jeter double play, providing another important insurance run. It’s okay though, Lackey really taught him a lesson (/rolls eyes). You gotta hand it to Frankie, this was quite a game from the backup backstop.

Big out, or biggest out? (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Ahhhh Bullpen!!!

Once Sabathia got through his six innings, it was time for the bullpen to take over. One problem though: David Robertson was unavailable after pitching in each of the last two games. That meant Cory Wade in the seventh with a 5-2 lead, and he gave up two hits and got just one out before Boone Logan came in to face Carl Crawford. The former Ray singled to load the bases with one out, and two right-handers were due up. Well, one switch-hitter and a right-hander.

Logan ran right over Jarrod Saltalamacchia with three straight sliders, getting the strikeout to bring Darnell McDonald to the plate. He ran the count full to Boston’s right fielder, but escaped the jam by getting him to swing through a 95 mph heater upstairs. Huge pitch in a huge spot, and although he did it backwards again (gave up a hit to the lefty, retired the two righties), Logan got the job done in a big way. Rafael Soriano handled the eighth inning in Robertson’s place, and pitched around a walk with some help from a fantastic running grab by Brett Gardner in left. That was one for the ol’ UZR, I’ll tell you that much.

Mariano Rivera closed the door in the ninth, but he had to work for it. David Ortiz doubled down the right field line to open the frame and Jarrod Saltalamacchia was awarded first on a hit-by-pitch even though replays showed that he clearly offered at the pitch. The resulting tirade got Girardi tossed. Anyway, Mo struck out Jed Lowrie and got Crawford to pop out in between baserunners before getting a game-ending fly ball out of Josh Reddick. Yankees pitchers did not have a single 1-2-3 inning all game, but you gotta hand it to these guys, they got the job done when they needed too. Gritty, gutty, all of that applies. The Sox went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position (seven strikeouts) and stranded 13 runners.

One of these days Joe just needs to rip his jersey off Hulk Hogan style and really go nuts. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Leftovers

Unsung hero: Eric Chavez, who drove in the first and third runs with RBI singles back up the middle. Robinson Cano doubled off the wall in left to drive in Curtis Granderson for the second run, setting the tone for the offense. Nick Swisher remained en fuego, picking up three hits and a walk in his four trips to the plate. Brett Gardner had a bunt single that set up Jeter’s run-scoring double play. The Cano-Swisher-Chavez trio combined to go 7-for-9 with two walks, pretty much driving the offense. Meanwhile, Jorge Posada really has this rally killing thing down pat, eh? A pair of poorly timed double play balls from the DH tonight.

One gripe with Sabathia: the pitch selection with Crawford. He started him off with two fastballs for strikes in his first at-bat, then threw four sliders for balls and ended up walking him after the 0-2 count. Next time up, he hung a first pitch slider and gave up a solo homer. Crawford has been a great player for a long time, but he came into the game with a .285 OBP overall and a .234 wOBA against left-handed pitchers. He’s been garbage this season. They have to stop nibbling and instead show the guy zero respect, give him fastballs until he shows he can hit it consistently.

Fighting with the mask on runs in the organization, I see. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Also, I highly doubt Sabathia hit Jacoby Ellsbury on purpose to leadoff the first inning. Yeah, Granderson kinda sorta got hit in the top half of the inning, but Ellsbury’s one of the game’s best basestealers and he was in a two-strike count to lead off the game. If it was intentional, it was incredibly stupid. Also, CC is over 200 strikeouts for the first time as a Yankee, and there’s a month left in the season. He whiffed 197 guys in both 2009 and 2010.

The Yankees are a Mo blown save away from taking three of their last four at Fenway, though I suspect we won’t hear too much about that in the morning. The win moves them into a tie with Boston in the loss column atop the AL East, but more importantly the Rays lost to the Rangers. That gives the Yankees an 8.5 game lead for the wildcard and dwindles their magic number for a postseason berth down to 21, good old Paul O’Neill in the sidebar.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

I for one do not believe this WPA graph accurately portrays how I felt during the game. MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other neat stuff, and ESPN the updated standings.

Up Next

Same two teams on Wednesday night, when Phil Hughes starts against Josh Beckett. RAB Tickets can get you into the game dirt cheap if you’re going to be up in New England and want to catch the game.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Pat D

    In other news, George Lucas has fucked with the original Star Wars trilogy again and I’m pretty pissed off.

    But I also heard some guy on MLBN say that now that Andy McPhail is leaving the Orioles, the one name that “won’t go away” as a possibility is Brian Cashman.

    Does the stupid never end in this world?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Makes sense. Stay in the division and go from a perennial playoff team to one that won’t get out of fifth place for the foreseeable future.

      MLBN is a total embarrassment when it comes to analysis.

      • Pat D

        To be fair, it was some Baltimore reporter who said it, not one of their analysts.

        • FIPster Doofus

          I see. Well, in the spirit of piling on MLBN’s analysis, Harold Reynolds said earlier tonight that they should give Carlos Santana AL ROY – the same Carlos Santana who’s ineligible.

          • Kiko Jones

            In June, with the Yankees in 2nd place and 2.5 games behind Boston, Harold Reynolds said the Yankees were done. Now, that’s what I call analysis!

            • Pat D

              And I also remember a few weeks ago where he said the won’t make the playoffs.

              I think he said that based solely upon a Phil Hughes start. Might have been the one against Chicago.

              • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                Not that it really matters, but it was after we didn’t get anyone at the trade deadline.

              • ESPN Intern

                And I also remember a few years ago when he asked me to come sit on his lap.

              • Hall and Nokes

                Weeks? It was just two days ago that I heard them talking up the Rays.

                • MannyGeee

                  YEEEEESSSSSS… Two days ago, the race for the wild card had ‘the potential to get interesting’ on the predetermined outcome that the Yankees would get swept.

                  I remember a long time ago when I was truely excited about the possibility of having a non-biased baseball network that will balance out ESPN blatent homerism…

                  again, the fallacy of the preconcieved outcome.

            • FIPster Doofus

              I’ll never forget the time he laughed at the Yankees when they acquired Kerry Wood. All Wood did after that was put up a 0.69 ERA in 26 innings.

          • Pat D

            Edinson Volquez version 2.0.

          • Dino Velvet

            Harold is as bad as Kruk.

        • forensic

          It was Bob Nightendale from USA Today.

          And I wonder if Cashman will be booed ala Teixeira in Baltimore if he doesn’t sign there as a free-agent and instead stays with the Yankees, since he’s apparently from there…

    • Urban

      Brian Cashman lived and thrived during the GMS years, but he’s not going back to working for a total hands-on owner again, especially when Angelos is a shadow of Steinbrenner. GMS wanted to win. I have no idea what Angelos wants to do, and neither does Cashman.

  • Will

    Whaaaa? Someone calling the Yanks gritty?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....8;c_id=nyy

    All jokes aside, great game! Gutsy performance by CC. Feels good taking at least one, even if its the only one we get. Nice hitting by Cano and Chavez. Great defense by the whole outfield all night. The bullpen also did a beast job and everyone kept their composure and didn’t let things get out of hand. 2 out of 3 would be sweet and a sweep even sweeter! Go Yankees!

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      ESPN will have some words with mlb.com, I can tell you that.

  • http://twitter.com/jmhs Jake S

    The Red Sox offense is just something else. No easy outs, even from the scrubs. I expect the Burnett-pitched game to take about six hours.

    Is it just me, or were these games more “aesthetically” pleasing 3-5 years ago? They were long, but I don’t remember them being this much of a chore to watch. Rose-colored glasses?

    • mbonzo

      A chore? If you’re talking about a decade ago, these games felt a lot more important, not because of the standing implications, but because a lot of players actually hated each other. So yes, these games mean nothing, but even so, its pretty clear the rivalry only goes as far as NY fans v. BOS fans, instead of Varitek v. Arod. It would have been great to see Cervelli v. Lackey though.

      • tom

        It was kind of crazy to see Ortiz give Sabathia a pat on the back when he got out of a tight spot in I think the 5th inning? (and Ortiz who was on 3rd was heading back to the dugout).

        I’m a bit old school and don’t like the friendliness before the game, but I was amazed to see this… I’ve ever seen an opposing player give the pitcher a pat on the backside after he escapes a jam.

        I can understand the tip of a cap after a great defensive play but did anyone else notice this (or am I nuts and seeing things?) or find this odd?

        • Brian S.

          That didn’t happen. Just an illusion.

        • sangreal

          I was stuck with the radio broadcast so I didn’t see it, but Suzyn and Sterling brought it up

        • Kiko Jones

          It happened; they showed the clip on MLBN.

        • MannyGeee

          I miss Pedro Martinez & Manny Ramirez. Yeah, I said it.

          • pete

            I kinda loved both of those guys. Hilarious and just incredibly good at what they did, to the point where just about any fan of the game had to enjoy watching them.

        • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

          I mentioned this in the game thread. I thought I was seeing things and was also looking for confirmation.

          Yeah, WTF, that’s just bizarre.

    • FIPster Doofus

      You’re right. There was a time not long ago when I reveled in Yankees/Red Sox games. Now I honestly can’t stand them.

      • .zip file

        These games are just about unwatchable. Four hours to play nine innings of a 5-2 game. Absolutely unbearable. Joe West got a lot of grief last year, but he was absolutely right. I can’t stand these games as well.

    • boogie down

      I’m sure that’s how every team (including the Sox) feels about our offense.

      Shit, our #6 hitter is OPS-ing .854. Insanity.

    • Kiko Jones

      The Red Sox offense is just something else. No easy outs, even from the scrubs.

      Not to take anything away from their obvious talent but this was the team that went 0-8…until they played the Yankees. Ugh. In other words, these games seem to pump them up in a way games against other teams don’t.

      • Brian S.

        They were 0-6, but yes, we let them off the hook in the first game against them this season. Stupid Hughes and his dead arm.

        • Brian S.

          Or were they 0-8? Maybe I don’t remember correctly.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            Nope, it was 0-6.

          • Kiko Jones

            They went 0-8 and won their first 2 games against the Yankees.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    It was nice to see the Yanks so some fire and passion as a team tonight. It really was great. This was an outstanding baseball game to watch as a Yankee fan. Just outstanding.

    • Hendo

      I agree,
      Finally some passion after getting hit again by a Bosoton pitcher.
      And also I dont know who hits into more double plays “Jorge the rally killer Posada” or Derek Jeter.

      • Ted Nelson

        It’s a stat that’s available on B-R or any other stats site…

        Of course that doesn’t account for plate appearances or runners on base.

        Without accounting for runners on base when they come up, Jeter is no where near the team lead in GDP/PA. Russell Martin leads the team, Jorge is second, and Cano is 3rd followed by A-Rod, Chavez, Cervelli. Per PA Jeter grounds into double plays about half as often as Martin and Jorge this season. Of course as the lead-off hitter Jeter probably comes up with a man on first less often than someone in the middle of the order.

  • Kiko Jones

    Once again CC showed us all what a true ace looks like. Worth. Every. Penny.

    Props:
    - to the bullpen for bending but not breaking and not giving up a run, earned or otherwise;
    - Chavez for the winning RBI;
    - Canó, Gardner, and Swish for some timely defense;
    - Cevelli for calling a good game and cursing out that POS Lackey (“Mamaguebo!“)
    - And Joe G, for giving that lousy ump a taste of the old Sweet Lou approach.

  • Rey22

    Tense game. Good win.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Some RS fans on mlb.com are saying that Mo should have been thrown out for “hitting” Salty in the 9th because of the warnings given to Wade. Red Sox fans just continue to amaze me.

    • mbonzo

      Saltalamachia should have been called out for throwing his elbow in the middle of the plate. The umps should be fired for being blind.

      • Ted Nelson

        I was truly baffled by that call… Yankees should catch a couple of balls next time Wakefield faces them to get a free pass based on the apparent new rule that you can hit the ball rather than having the ball hit you.

    • Rich in NJ

      Insane people say crazy things.

    • MannyGeee

      he was MID CHECK SWIIIIIIIING!

      Of all the people in that lineup to hit, Saltalamaccia is the one to bean? dummys.

  • Brian S.

    Hughes needs to pitch like he did in Chicago. He HAS to get swinging strikes against this team or it’s going to suck.

  • tom

    3-0 bunt by Gardner… with a 2 run lead…. just absurd.

    pinch hitting Nunez for Chavez? does Giradi not realize Francona would bring in a righty? He traded a lefty-lefty matchup to get to a righty-righty one and in the process downgraded his defense with a 3 run lead?

    Sometimes Girardi just seems overmatched as a tactician… and then there are nights like tonight where you have to ask…. what the heck are you thinking?

    • http://yankeeanalysts.com Moshe Mandel

      The 3-0 bunt was fantastic. Lowrie backed up onto the dirt. The second he did that, any half decent bunt by Gardner is a hit. Play wasn’t even close.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      In retrospect this all seems fairly pedantic. Girardi didn’t do anything that was “OMG OUTRAGEOUS” this game. He’s just an average boilerplate manager.

    • CP

      Gardner got an easy single with the bunt, which wasn’t surprising based on the defense at the time. Nothing wrong with that.

    • JAG

      I might agree if the runner wasn’t already on 2nd (b/c then a walk is actually just as good as a bunt but better), but the chance to advance the runner and also bunt for a hit seems reasonable enough with Gardner at the plate. Also, it seems obvious that the Sox weren’t expecting it. Lowrie made the play as well as he could and Gardner was safe by 5 feet, easily.

    • Ted Nelson

      You’re making a mountain out of a molehill… and maybe even just making up the molehill in the first place.

      Just because you would have done something differently, that does not mean you are right and Girardi is wrong. The bunt (assuming it was even Girardi’s call and not Thomson’s or Gardner’s) worked beautifully. Nunez has better range than Chavez and is a better defender when not throwing the ball away, while at the plate it’s basically a toss up this season.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Kinda surprised you didn’t mention Fat Papi’s Posadaesque baserunning on Crawford’s hit. To me that was a huge play in the game.

    • Brian S.

      Speaking of Crawford, that diving catch by Cano against him was a really huge play IMO.

      • Dino Velvet

        Meh.

        Huge play, but it wasn’t gritty.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Dustin Pedroia’s meaningless play on Derek Jeter’s hard grounder in the top of the ninth though? Grittiest play all night from both teams.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Saltalamacchia (or however the fuck you spell his long ass name) should just take the damn mask off. What a douche. Fight like a man, don’t stand and try to tower over Cervelli with your mask on. Axisa is right, that’s just how they roll in Boston, keeping the mask on during a fight.

    • Troll Killer

      Yeah like Jason Varitek back in 04.

  • MikeD

    Good game. Tense game. Phil will deliver for game two.

    • Jimmy

      Let’s hope Hughes can come up with a big game. But if we lose tonight, at least we have AJ to shut them down in the rubber match. Blech.

  • Moskva

    Every red sox knows they can throw at yankees, whether it’s a star or scrub, with total impunity. It’s hard to even get mad at the Red sox for doing it at this point. If Beckett has a bad night you can be sure more Yankees will be thrown at and the response will be, well, nothing as usual.

    • http://yankeeanalysts.com Matt Imbrogno

      And the response should be nothing. Why give the Sox free base runners? The best way to respond is by winning and turning the free runners the other team gives you into runs.

      • Ted Nelson

        Agreed. Lackey put Cervelli on base and he came around to score… dumb move: hurt his team for some delusional sense of pride.

        Throwing a ball at someone to try to act tough is extremely juvenile in the first place, and when it hurts your team in a tight playoff race… just stupid. I thought Lackey should have been ejected for what was blatant headhunting.

        • gc

          But but but….the unwritten rule!
          (rolls eyes)

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          indeed…the league has made it pretty clear that this kind of thing is not tolerated. Lackey should’ve been tossed right then and there.

          And we all know that Beckett will hit a few guys early tonight but he’ll stay in the game.

        • toad

          Agree 100%.

          The whole thing is idotic, not to mention dangerous.

          Not only should the pitcher be ejected, but the penalty should be more than just one base.

          • rcman

            neat idea, maybe two based for a beanin!

      • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

        I’d love to see You-Kill-Us get beaned sitting on the bench.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    CC seemed to be determined tonight. Either just missing or getting squeezed at the plate. He hung in there and used the heat,95,96 with pitches late in the game. The comment about Crawford was dead on. Why throw a slider when he’s not even close to timing the fastball.

    Lackey just one of those Texas boys who things bravado is guts. Does Cervelli go over the top with enthusiasm, maybe. I did not see Cervelli shoving his enthusiasm in Lackey’s face. Lackey is frustrated to give a dinger to Cervelli. Not for anything Cervelli has a .274 lifetime BA in about 500 AB. Not bad for a backup But he does have 5 errors in about 40 games this year mostly throws.

    I often wonder besides the power from Montero, behind homeplate how much of an upgrade would Montero be for the team? I guess his position going forward would be DH some catching. This could all change if Cervelli is traded. But love Cervelli’s enthusiasm.

    I hope for a steady performance from Hughes, good defense and timely hitting against Beckett.

    Go, Yanks.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Projecting out a few years, Montero is a huge upgrade for the team and should become our main right side of the plate power as Arod continues to rack up more in medical bills than xtra base hits.

      • LarryM.,Fl.

        Monteroisdinnero, I have to agree with (JIM S). Watching Frankie play these last three years. His enthusiasm is not done to put down any player IMHO. He came through at a very important point in the game. We are all different with display of emotions.

        • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

          Frankie wasnt trying to show anyone up. HE WAS JUST EXCITED TO PLAY!!

    • http://yankeeanalysts.com Matt Imbrogno

      Give me Montero’s bat over Frankie’s enthusiasm.

      • LarryM.,Fl.

        I agree with the one facet of hitting but I was implying that if the catching abilty is short on talent then DH or corner infield maybe the way to go. But Alex and Jeter may have first dibs on it.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Posada’s 2 gidp’s hurt as rally killers and Jeter not allowing Gardy to steal with 1st and 3rd no outs is awful. They wouldn’t even throw down-gotta get together on that and avoid the gidp which the captain delivered. Don’t swing until you get strike one Jeets!!!!

    Gardy’s catch in left center was the play of the game for me.

    Cervelli’s clap at homeplate was bs. Good thing he won’t hit another HR till next year so we won’t have to worry about him getting drilled again for awhile. If a Sox scrub did that at YS-we would all have thought it was bush-league. Just kiss your hands and look to the heavens or keep your emotions in check as Mickey Mantle did 536 times!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Give me a fucking break. He didn’t stare at Lackey, he didn’t do anything to show up the Sawx. He clapped, because he was excited, because it was a BIG HIT! For the love of God, I understand why some of the unwritten rules exist, but this? Dude.

      We can’t even let players show genuine enthusiasm anymore because it “hurts the pitcher’s feelings”?

      Fuck. That. Shit.

      • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

        And no, situations reversed, I wouldn’t think it was bush league. You know why I’d be pissed? Because we just gave up a HR and now we’re losing by 1 more run.

        If you don’t want the opposing hitters to be happy, maybe don’t give up home runs.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          I agree completely. What Cervelli did wasn’t that bad and he’s an emotioinal guy so its not like he pulled the fist pumps and claps out for this game.

          This was a pretty big game and that HR was a bomb especially from a backup catcher who isn’t known for his power.

          What Cervelli did pales in comparison to the bat tossing and slow HR trot of Ortiz earlier this year. That was a complete display of showing up an opponent. But he and the Sox ilk always get a free pass.

          I was listening to Steve Somers after the game and he opened his broadcast with this and called Cervelli’s actions after getting hit way out of line. I never agree with the intentional beanings, but I don’t feel that Cervelli’s actions warranted that pitch from Lackey. And look what it did..put a runner on base that eventually scored in a close game. Its stupid baseball to purposely hit batters.

          • Ted Nelson

            Good points.

            • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

              Agreed. This guy gets to play every 5th day, if hes lucky. That was the 3rd (!!!!!!) homerun of his career and hes always a firey emotional guy. Everyone knows that about Cervelli. Hes like that last little kid you pick up making teams on the playground and then he loses his shit when he gets a base hit. Big bad Sox, pickin on Frankie Cervelli. Getttt Fuckeedddd.

          • MannyGeee

            this. Cervelli is that kinda guy. easily excitible, not lookng to show up anyone… I think

  • Monteroisdinero

    Why is Ortiz on the basepaths in the 9th inning? He could get thrown out at 3rd or home 5 seconds after all other runners have safely reached. Mind-boggling.

    • http://yankeeanalysts.com Matt Imbrogno

      Why bother pinch running for a guy who’s not the tying or go ahead run?

      • Monteroisdinero

        Because he can get thrown out to end the game in lots of ways as the lead runner heading to 3rd or home. It’s about the out not the run. Let’s say Nunez dives for a grounder and has no play at first or second but big slow Papi is jogging to 3rd-or a grounder in the hole that Jeter can throw Ortiz out at 3rd…

        awful way to end a game

        • Ted Nelson

          Marginal gain… and the only candidate to PR was Aviles. Reddick is better used PHing for McDonald. Varitek is not any faster than Ortiz.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i wondered why Ellsbury didn’t try to steal in the 8th. I know they are down by 3, but if he gets into scoring position its a whole new ballgame with not outs and the heart of the order coming up.

  • MUIDATS EEKNAY

    My favorite part of the game was when Kay started grousing about how Gardner always seems to offer a bunt at a pitch and pull back, “giving away a strike”. After a pregnant pause, Leiter, almost incredulous that he has to explain this, said, “…well, he does that to draw the third baseman in”. To which Kay inanely responds, “yes, but he does it EVERY TIME”.

    I wasn’t watching at the time, but I’m sure Kay acknowledged he was wrong when Garner bunt-singled to third in the seventh, setting up the insurance run on Jeter’s DP.

    • forensic

      I love Leiter, but I side with Kay on this one. The third basemen is always already playing in on him, so doing that is basically just giving away a strike if you never actually leave the bat in the zone and contact the ball.

      • Ted Nelson

        You’re only giving away a strike if the pitcher actually throws a strike you would have swung at. Gardner sees about as many pitches per PA as anyone in the league… so it’s not logical to say he’s giving up a strike he would have been lucky to swing at.

  • David, Jr.

    A nice writeup, although no mention of Cano’s defensive play. Everything about this team gets discussed: starting pitching, offense, bunts, Girardi, etc. What is usually ignored, except sometimes in reference to Gardner, is that this team has a very good defense. It may have won last night’s game.

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      I have to agree even Scissor Hands has been pretty good of late to his credit.

      I just love the names Scissor Hands and The Binder. When I was playing this wonderful game. The nickname for an unsteady fielder was Stone Hands or Dr. Strangeglove.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        i was at the game in baltimore on Sunday and had a great view of the dugout as the players were coming out…here comes Girardi and sure enough, he’s got that binder in tow!

    • Monteroisdinero

      Yes-the obvious super play in left center but also not creating any adventures on groundball doubles down the line and into the corner was nice.

  • JT

    Favorite moment of the NESN boradcast — Shot of Mo warming up, comment from the guy who’s not Remy saying “The Sox can’t wait to get at Rivera.” Or something like that.

    • TCMiller30

      I dunno. I really liked the NESN broadcast when Remy as complaining about the outside strike calls Lowrie(?), which I would say was totally justified, because that homeplate ump was brutal. But it was something along the lines of..

      “Might as well just throw em out there, the Umps just gonna call it a strike anyways. (Next pitch, same place, strike 3). NONE OF THOSE WERE STRIKES!”

  • Yank The Frank

    Hughes will come up big tonight, Beckett will falter and start throwing at guys, Hughes will retaliate and a hockey game will break out…good times , good times.

    • Monteroisdinero

      a good Nick Fotiu/Terry O’Reilly brawl!

      • LarryM.,Fl.

        Nick Fotiu, a name from the past. Throw the punches Nick.

    • Woodrow Sweats

      leave it to AJ to retaliate… although he might have trouble if he’s trying to hit the batter…

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Hughes needs to get two outs and then drill someone in the back. Set the tone, benches get warned, and then Beckett gets tossed if he retaliates. Don’t let Beckett hit one of our guys first as you know he will.

  • Dave B

    I did not review all the prior comments, but does anyone think Mo threw at Saltalamachea in the 9th? He put the tying runs on base, but he is the master of control and hard to believe it just ‘got away’ from him. If he did, my hat’s off to him.

    • Yank The Frank

      Nah, Mo finally got his cutter working and that doofus Saltalamachea walked into it.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      no frickin’ way Mo would do that. his cutter just moves. and its pretty obvious there. Saltaaddaeoooeahhdallldlalahaheque2342308@#% thought it was a strike, started to swing and VIOLA, its on his hands!

    • TCMiller30

      Ya. That definitely just cut so much that when Salty swung it hit his hands. That was such a BS call too. How could you not really think that he swung at that pitch? It was so obvious.

    • Ted Nelson

      The pitch wasn’t far inside at all… he literally turned into the ball. It was several inches from his actual body.

      And if you’re going to throw at someone to make a statement (not that I agree with it), you hit them hard in the back… you don’t throw it away from their body where they can turn into it.

  • Bronx Byte

    Players not to like in Boston keep adding up. Lackey and Saltalamacchia are now full fledged members of the Boston “Crybaby Club”.
    Saltalamacchia joins Fairy-Tek as catchers that try to stand up to Yankees with their masks on.

  • UncleArgyle

    My favorite part of the game was John Lackey and his 6.00 ERA, cursing out Dustin Pedroia for not getting to Chavez’s 2nd inning RBI single. Lackey is such a bulldog and grinder. You have to love that competitive spirit. I’m sure Pedroia appreciated it.

    • TCMiller30

      During the NESN broadcast they were showing fan tweets, and a sox fan has one that said something along the lines of, “You gotta give him credit that he’s able to scratch and claw his way to give the team 7 innings.”

      The occasional bad start where you push your way to eat innings is ok, but it’s less impressive when he does that every single time out to pitch to that 6+ ERA

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        right…5 runs in 7 innings is not being effective.

        keep in mind…these same fans still think Wakefield deserves to be run out there ever 5 days.

        I don’t get it…Sox fans continue to support and praise has beens like Wakefield and Varitek and will defend them to the end of time but crap all over guys who were most responsible for their championships like Pedro, Manny and Schilling.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Gotta love guys who have that “it’s always someone else’s fault” mentality. Lackey must throw up his arms in disgust at his teammates 30-40x a year.

      /”I got this Skip”

    • tom

      This is not new for Lackey… he started the swearing/hands on head “oh my God, I can’t believe he missed that play” routine when he was with the Angels too.

      I wonder when he concludes a clap at homeplate after a HR is showing someone up, that what he thinks he’s doing to his own fielders is? I would love to see Pedroia or Crawford swear and put their hands on their head in disbelief the next time Lackey gives up a gopher ball or throws a wild pitch.

  • Mykey

    Who is this Paul O’Neill you speak of? The only number 21 I ever remember is Yankee great Letroy Hawkins.

  • Mister Delaware

    Its actually a street with a bunch of bars and stuff behind the monster, not a parking lot. Unless you’re talking about the Mass Pike during Friday rush hour. LOL!!!

  • Billy Pilgrim

    I wonder if people are still scared of Tampa. 9 games back in the loss column with less than 30 games to play. If we go 14-14, they’d have to go 23-5 to tie us. BUT THEY PLAY US HEAD TO HEAD! And they’d practically have to win all of those matchups, not gonna happen.

    • Dave B

      I know I’m going to be crucified, but I still fear the Rays/Angels. Reasons? Colon, Garcia and Burnett. Burnett is pretty much done, but I’m just waiting for Colon and Garcia to turn into pumpkins, which leaves us with CC, an inconsistent Hughes, and an unproven-in-September rookie in Nova.

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

        You’re worrying over nothing. Remember when everyone thought the Red Sox were going to catch the Yankees last year? If the Rays finish within five games of the Yankees, I’ll be stunned.

        • Dave B

          Ok, let’s assume you’re right. Then what…change my September questions into October. Aren’t you worried about the first 5 game series with CC followed by ??

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

            What’s the point of worrying? The Yankees and their pitching have been proving everyone wrong all season.

          • Ted Nelson

            Even if the Yankees limp to a 10-19 finish to have only 91 wins on the season… the Rays would have to finish the season with basically the same winning% the Phillies have on the season to tie them.
            Is it possible the Rays catch the Yankees? Sure. Is it at all likely? No. The Yankees would have to post a worse W% going forward than the MLB worst Astros, while the Rays would have to post a better W% than the MLB best Phillies.

            The pitching is what it is. If you’re really going to complain about making the playoffs and then possibly, maybe not doing well there… I don’t know what to tell you. Cliff Lee also imploded in the World Series last season… CC had a terrible start in Game 1 of the ALCS last season. If Colon and/or Garcia and/or Nova struggle in the playoffs that doesn’t mean it was inevitable. It can happen to the best of them. It’s more likely to happen to a marginal pitcher, but that does not make it inevitable. All you can do is watch the games… The rest is out of your hands.

            • Dave B

              I agree with you guys. I am not sick with worry, but I have an uneasy feeling heading into September that I don’t recall having in 2009 and last year. That said, I was nervous heading into the 1999 playoffs and I think that was the best Yankee team in history!

              • Foghorn Leghorn

                its probably just gas…take a few tums and you’ll feel better.

                • Dave B

                  Burnett and Soriano give me gas

  • Nigel Bangs

    Go back and look: Scutaro elbowed Jeter in the groin while getting thrown out by Swish.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Nice headline SI
    http://m.si.com/news/mlb_sport.....il/4134264

    Note that the actual event of cervelli getting hit and the benches clearing is way down in the article.

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

      In fairness, that’s an AP article published by SI. You’ll see the exact same headline and article at whatever outlets use AP recaps, which is a lot of them these days.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        Good point. So to revise, nice article headline, AP.

        That actually makes it worse since more people will see that in many media sources across the country.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i fully expect the MSM to bash Cervelli and the Yanks, but the NY media is as well. What the eff?

  • MannyGeee

    RAB Tickets can get you into the game dirt cheap if you’re going to be up in New England and want to catch the game.

    ummmm, no they can’t. not a ticket in site. booooo.

  • Woodrow Sweats

    just watched the highlights… did anyone notice the Chief picking off Red Sox with his finger gun during the Cervelli hit by pitch dust up? bang bang bang… very interesting…

  • JB

    my 14 yr old pointed out Freddie shooting his gun at the SOX. I loved it! Freddie just got a few points from me. Too bad he’s not pitching this series.

    • Ted Nelson

      And too bad if he were to hit someone it wouldn’t actually hurt… Hopefully the gun referred to mowing them down with Ks and not 85 MPH FB to the body to put them on base.

      • JB

        I don’t think Freddie would hurt anyone with that heater! And yes, I certainly wouldn’t want anyone getting hurt. It was more Freddie’s attitude I liked.

        • Ted Nelson

          I possibly agree. It depends what his intent was and what he’ll do to follow it up. The competitiveness could be a good thing. If he’s actually implying he’d shoot them… not a good thing. If he ends up hitting a Red Sox hitter early in the game with his FB that couldn’t break a window…. not a good thing. If he harnesses that energy into a good outing next time he sees the Red Sox, or just next game against whoever… great.

          • CS Yankee

            You need a reality check on this one, Ted.

            Getting hit with a 86-89 MPH FB versus a 93-95 MPH FB makes no (or very little) difference; you should realize that it always comes down to location.

            Freddy could do more damage with his placement than AJ could do with his “added” 5 MPH.

            Elbow>>>wrist>>>foot>>>back>>>leg

  • AJSux

    Hopefully Hughes will pitch well today because it’s the Yankees only shot at winning this series. With Burnett on the mound tomorrow, the Yanks are likely will need about 10 runs off Lester and that’s not happening.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    wow.. Maloosa (sp) just played a snippet from an interview with saltalamacchia and when asked about Cervelli he responded..”that’s just the way latin players are..”

    idiot.

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      How can people get away with blatant racism like that?

      I don’t get it.

    • Mister Delaware

      When asked about Saltalamacchia’s whining during and after the game, Cervelli responded “that’s just how guys who fuck and marry their 40 something year old gym teachers are”.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        Cervelli’s comments were great when asked what he said..”most of it was in spanish…i lost my english there for a bit..”

  • rek4gehrig

    Hmmmmmmmm…I’m salivating over thoughts of Boone

    • jdp

      Cervelli is a hot dog.
      If he played that way for the Red Sux we’d be crucifying him.
      But we should still retaliate for his getting hit.