Boston had a decent chance against Kyle Farnsworth in the 8th. They trailed 8-6 and had Wily Mo Pena on third and Willie Harris on second with one out. Kevin Youkilis got smoked on some heat for the second out and Mark Loretta, after falling behind 0-2, worked a walk. Ball 4 went flying over his head to the backstop, but Pena was frozen at third base. Harris was half way to third and had to race back to second. Third base coach DeMarlo Hale was steaming.
David Ortiz fouled off a couple of pitches, but was looking fastball on 1-2 and was fooled on a slider (at 86 mph) for the third out. It was a tough night for Flo (0-for-5, 4 K).
On the good side, Manny Ramirez hit two home runs, a double and walked in five trips. Youkilis singled in the first, homered in the second and made several nice plays at first base. ... And Rudy Seanez tossed two scoreless innings.
I've just about had it with Clement. After getting two outs in the second, he allowed a walk, single, walk, HBP (run), single (2 runs), double (run). Then, he gave up four hits on four consecutive pitches in the fifth. Both flurries of hits came (mostly) at the bottom of the Yankee lineup, to Hall of Fame guys like Robinson Cano, Terrence Long, Kelly Stinnett and Milk Dud Cabrera.
Plus, I was stuck with the YES feed, so I watched the entire game on mute. Which isn't so bad, but I missed hearing the crowd noise. ... Judging from SoSH comments, Michael Kay whined for nine innings about Manny showboating on his HR last night and how he needed to be beaned.
Fuck it, we're still in first place. Bring on the Rays.
Shades of Jimy and Darren Lewis as Torre has Melky Cabrera leading off! ... WTF, Joe??
Youkilis, 1B Cabrera, RF
Loretta, 2B Jeter, SS
Ortiz, DH Sheffield, DH
Ramirez, LF Giambi, 1B
Varitek, C Rodriguez, 3B
Lowell, 3B Cano, 2B
Pena, CF Williams, CF
Mohr, RF Long, LF
Gonzalez, SS Stinnett, C
Clement, P Johnson, P