September 17, 2006

G150: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4

Alex Rodriguez is more brake than clutch.

With one out and one on in the bottom of the ninth, Slappy, pinch-hitting and representing the winning run, popped out to second. Then Melky Cabrera flew out to left -- denying Derek Jeter another chance to extend his 25-game hitting streak -- and Boston had a sweep of today's doubleheader.

Jorge Posada drove in three of New York's first four runs and with the score tied 4-4 in the eighth, he was robbed of a two-run home run by Coco Crisp, who leapt high over the wall in left-center and pulled his fly ball back.

In the top of the ninth, after Carlos Pena doubled and Alex Cora went in to run, Crisp laid down a bunt in front of the plate. Posada's throw to first was wide, pulling Andy Phillips's foot off the bag. Crisp was safe and Cora took third. Mark Loretta's fly out to short center brought in the go-ahead run, as Bernie Williams's five-hopper to the plate was too late.

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Late with this one. 2-2 after four.

Kevin Jarvis / Mike Mussina, 8 PM

10 comments:

redsock said...

It was a wild pitch, but I can't resist:

PASSEDBALLA!

Woti-woti said...

Sweet, sweet. Shows ya how snake-bit Sox were during that nameless shitty 4-day weekend. Sweep the Twinkies!!

redsock said...

Also hell of a play by Loretta at first to start the bottom of the ninth.

Yaz-Tex said...

Though the results as Damon's replacement have fallen far short of expectations (which may have been set too high in the first place), Crisp's performance last night offered a glimpse at what could yet be for the Sox if they have some patience.

Who can tell what the true impact of the broken finger and subsequent early-season trip to the DL had on his initial year in Boston? He altered the game last night with his catch off Posada, not unlike his scintillating catch off David Wright at Fenway in July to preserve a win over the Mets during our 12-game romp through the NL East.

As the data has borne out, he's had a tough year in the lead-off spot, and has no business being there compared to Youk's numbers at the top of the order. Further down the order, he gives us wheels and a decent set of hands (e.g., nice sac bunt moving Pena to 3rd for the eventual winning run on Loretta's sac fly) which, along with his range in CF, make the Coco experiment worth another year in the lab.

As for Lorreta, concur with redsock on the diving play to get the first out in the 9th, as well as his game-winning RBI. As a guy who has also been discussed as a one (year) and done guy, how can you get rid of a professional who starts the All-Star game and does everything (and often more) expected of him day in and day out?

Pedroia may be the 2B of the future, but it looks as if that future may be as a reserve next season instead of a starter. What better guy to learn from then Loretta?

A great weekend when we played with guts and pride...let the MFY enjoy their party somewhere else.

Jere said...

Was good stuff watching the Sox beat the Yanks. We better sweep Minny if we wanna even think about October baseball...

I'm so sad that "the twins"--the name I've given in my head to those consecutive posts from a while back that garnered over 160 comments between them--are about to fall off the main page of JoS! Two long-ass, interesting conversations, headed to the acrhives.

redsock said...

We better sweep Minny if we wanna even think about October baseball...

Fuckin' A.

L-girl said...

I'm so sad that "the twins"--the name I've given in my head to those consecutive posts from a while back that garnered over 160 comments between them--are about to fall off the main page of JoS! Two long-ass, interesting conversations, headed to the acrhives.

That's cool. I like that. :)

I'm only wondering if 9Casey will answer my personal question.

L-girl said...

We better sweep Minny if we wanna even think about October baseball...

I thought I was the only one still fantasizing about October baseball...

Jere said...

I came up with the idea that if Detroit fell behind Minny, we could more easily overtake them, as they'd be dejected. But when looking at the schedule, for that to happen, we'd have to win every single game. So it's pass Minny or bust. Or pass the Yankees in miraculous fashion.

DanM said...

Alas,
to win all over Minny requires pitching - we got half what we need. But, there is always next year!