April 22, 2007

G17: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6

With 2 outs in the bottom of the third, and the Yankees ahead 3-0, Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek hit consecutive home runs.

Four taters -- back-to-back-to-back-to-back -- in the span of 10 pitches! It's the first time in team history that has been done. It was also the second home run of the young season for all four batters.

Six innings later ... SWEEP! Trailing 5-4, Boston takes the lead on Lowell's second home run of the game, a three-run job in the 7th.

The Yankees get another run, but Papelbon nails it down: Damon (bsbffb) flies to left, Jeter (cbs) strikes out swinging, Abreu (bbcbf) walks, and Slappy (sf) hits into a force play.

(During Jeter's AB, all four pitches were clocked at 95 during live action. But when ESPN ran its K-Zone replay of the AB, the speeds suddenly jumped to 98-98-99-98. WTF ESPN?)

Boston improves its MLB-best record to 12-5 -- Sox have won 9 of the last 11 -- while New York drops to 8-9 (4 GB).

***

Chase Wright (4.11, 1.600) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.70, 1.100), 8 PM

This is Dice-K's 4th start.
            IP  H ER BB   K  PIT
0405 at KC 7 6 1 1 10 108 Sox win 4-1
0411 vs Sea 7 8 3 1 4 103 Sox lose 3-0
0417 at Tor 6 3 2 3 10 105 Sox lose 2-1
20 17 6 5 24 316 2.70 ERA
In his 3 starts, his teammates have scored a mere 5 runs.

A sweep of the Yankees at Fenway? It could happen tonight, for the first time since 1990 -- when it happened twice!
0604  Red Sox  5, Yankees 3
0605 Red Sox 9, Yankees 8
0606 Red Sox 4, Yankees 1 (Boddicker 2-hitter)
0607 Red Sox 3, Yankees 0 (Harris 1-hitter)

0831 Red Sox 7, Yankees 3
0901 Red Sox 15, Yankees 1
0902 Red Sox 7, Yankees 1
Laura and I were at the August 31 game [cough]Luis Alicea[cough], sitting deep in the right field grandstand with tickets that I choked and paid way too much for on the street.

Press:

Yankees Ready For Matsuzaka - Herald
Dice-K Joins In Rivalry - Herald
Matsuzaka Is Set To Dive In - Globe
Dice Adds Some Spice - Newsday
The Dice Man Cometh - Daily News
Bombers Ready For Matsuzaka - Daily News

64 comments:

L-girl said...

Laura and I were at the August 31 game [cough]Luis Alicea[cough],

!!!!!!!!!

Wearing my Yankees cap when that little twerp hit a GRAND SLAM and everyone in Fenway rose for a resounding rendition of their favourite chant. I just sat there, smiling sheepishly. What else could I do.

Allan stood but did not chant, out of deference to me, although he's not much of a chanter anyway. Later he told our friends he was chanting inside.

***

I was actually always glad when the Red Sox won when we were at Fenway. Allan got there so rarely, I wanted him to see a win.

See? There are nice Yankees fans. At least there was one, once.

Geez. Luis Alicea, what a memory.

redsock said...

Looking at Retrosheet, I saw the 15-1 score and vaguely remembered that game (I thought Greenwell had a good day (he did: 4-for-5, 2 doubles, HR, 5 RBI)) and thought of our trip. I remember wishing we had stayed for that game too. I clicked the link and saw a "4" in the 8th inning. Bingo!

My friend Ray -- who we stayed with in Vermont the next day -- had a sign in his yard out by the road with a big "7-3" on it to greet us on the way in. ... Well, it was really just to rag on Laura!

redsock said...

See? There are nice Yankees fans.

Don't get Jere in a lather.

L-girl said...

had a sign in his yard out by the road with a big "7-3" on it to greet us on the way in.

I believe there was also a framed photo of Clemens.

Ray says it's no fun anymore since my conversion.

redsock said...

The picture of Clemens was propped up on a branch in a tree!

Ray, you out there?

Sarah Gates said...

See? There are nice Yankees fans.

This is true - my boss is the nicest Yankee fan I know, and it's not due to apathy, she makes trips to Florida for spring training and has fantasy teams, she cares about baseball. Actually, come to think of it, that seems to be the key. She really cares about baseball. She loves the game, then the Yankees.

Of course she hissed, "enemy" at me everytime she saw me on Friday!

redsock said...

Put HP umpire Sam Holbrook on tonight's lead pipe list.

Dice clearly had Abreu struck out on a 2-2 pitch to end the first, but Holbrook said no. Abreu walked, Slappy got hit and Giambi doubled both guys in.

Sean said...

Well, Matsuzaka looks like shit.

redsock said...

I wouldn't say that. He should have been out of the 1st. He got the side in order in the 2nd. He got Abreu and Slappy looking and gave up a hit on a lucky bloop that fell out of Pedroia's reach.

He's hit Slappy and Jeter, but since when is that a bad thing?

Down 0-3 with 7 more innings to bat? I wouldn't give up now.

redsock said...

Booyah! Manny Being Manny.

3-1.

redsock said...

Drew too!!!

Two solo blasts = 3-2.

redsock said...

AND LOWELL HITS ONE!!!!

BACK TO BACK TO BACK HR

TIE GAME - 3-3.

s1c said...

back to back, belly to belly, can we go for four?

redsock said...

FOUR IN A ROW AS VARITEK GOES DEEP INTO THE MONSTER SEATS.

HAHAHAHAHA

Sox 4-3.

redsock said...

And all with 2 outs in the inning.

Yee-ha!

L-girl said...

It's home run derby at Fenway!!!

L-girl said...

First time in Sox history! Thank you Chase Wright!!

redsock said...

Let's Chase Wright!

L-girl said...

Well, Matsuzaka looks like shit.

No, but Chase Wright does.

Sean said...

Holy shit, what happened there?

Sean said...

Jon Miller: lustily.

L-girl said...

Yeah, lustily booed, lustily cheered.

***

Hey, how 'bout Pedroia's nice hit - and a nice stab to make up for the one he missed earlier. I hope he's coming around.

L-girl said...

Hey, nice taters! :)

Sean said...

No one can be happy with Matsuzaka tonight. This is a Derek Lowe performance.

Get him out of there, bring in Snyder before this gets out of hand.

redsock said...

Two Pawtucket starts for Lester and then up to Boston? Maybe.

redsock said...

No one can be happy with Matsuzaka tonight. ... bring in Snyder before this gets out of hand.

Yeah, the guy's thrown 25 major league innings. Why isn't he tossing perfect games every time out? Especially against a team that's scoring 6.5 runs per game? Bum!

Synder? ... I like Synder, but do you actually hear what you're saying?

Didn't we put all that doom & gloom stuff to permanent rest in 2004? I thought we did.

Sean said...

Look, the "25 innings" thing isn't going to work for someone like Matsuzaka. If we wanted replacement-level production, Abe Alvarez would be starting this game.

This is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is supposed to be the one of the top pitchers in the world, getting whacked around by Doug Mientkiewicz.

redsock said...

Are you saying that top pitchers never have a bad game?

Even when he was giving us the two greatest seasons any pitcher has ever pitched, Pedro allowed 12 hits and 9 runs in 3.2 innings to the Marlins, 4 runs in 6 innings to the Expos, 5 runs in 6.2 innings to the Blue Jays and 6 runs in 8 innings to the Royals.

Papi struck out four times in a game against the Royals this year. Maybe we should toss him overboard and bring back Dante Bichette?

Off nights. Every player has them. It happens.

L-girl said...

It's hard to take your negativity seriously, Sean, because it's constant. You're always the voice of gloom and doom.

Every pitcher has to grind it out sometimes. Right after he gave up the HR to Jeter, he struck out A-Rod on 3 pitches. He's not having the best night, but he's not having the worst, either.

Sarah Gates said...

Love ya Mike! Love this game.

L-girl said...

Lowell!!

What a great game. What a series!

[And here comes Torre to use yet another pitcher...]

redsock said...

If we wanted replacement-level production, Abe Alvarez would be starting this game.

His ERA+ before this game -- admittedly, only three starts -- was 160. Santana won last year's Cy Young with a 161 ERA+.

And generally in baseball, you don't know how any given player will perform before he actually takes the field for that game.

Honestly, you sound like a kid who is confused when the ace pitcher allows doubles and triples or the star hitter strikes out a couple of time. "Why doesn't he hit a home run every time? I thought he was good."

Sean said...

Remember that I was there to see him get creamed by the Mariners. When Jose Guillen and Jose Vidro are smashing balls everywhere (which they were, consistently), and then the same pitcher gets annihilated here tonight, you have to wonder.

The team is doing great, but Matsuzaka has been just decent against terrible teams in a time when even bad pitchers are dominating. I am very worried for him when the weather gets warm, since he is getting whacked hard in April.

L-girl said...

Creamed by the Mariners? What are you talking about?

redsock said...

P.S. We have the best record in MLB.

L-girl said...

Pedroia gets another hit! I hope this game gives him some confidence. I really want to see this guy do well.

L-girl said...

P.S. We have the best record in MLB.

P.P.S. When the Yankees lose this game, they drop below .500.

chief said...

I'm loving that this is only the fifth time in Major League history that 4 homers have been hit consecutively (second time off a single pitcher). And that J.D. Drew was involved in TWO of those (last year with the Dodgers, and Nomar hit that 4th if I remember correctly).

L-girl said...

Sean, if Dice-K was "creamed" by the Mariners and is getting "annihilated" tonight, I don't know how you make it through any baseball season, ever.

L-girl said...

I'm loving that this is only the fifth time in Major League history that 4 homers have been hit consecutively (second time off a single pitcher). And that J.D. Drew was involved in TWO of those

And Francona's dad was involved in another one! (The first one?)

redsock said...

You have a very strange definition of "just decent". You apparently believe Johan Santana pitching at the top of his game is "just decent".

He allowed 3 runs in 7 innings to Seattle -- in a game I fully expected to see the Sox get no-hit in. He wasn't winning that game no matter what he did. Felix was otherwordly.

redsock said...

the same pitcher gets annihilated here tonight, you have to wonder

Dan S. ... is that you?

L-girl said...

By the way, "annihilated"? That's what happened to Chase Wright.

chief said...

Yeah, Tito Francona hit one of the homers. I checked wikipedia, but there wasn't any further detail.

Six Degrees of Terry Francona.

Also, each of the Sox' homers was the 2nd of the year for the respective players. Weird.

L-girl said...

Wow, the Fenway crowd sure is being nice to a pitcher who got annihilated. I wonder why that is.

***

Now on to The Jeemer!

L-girl said...

Yeah, Tito Francona hit one of the homers.

Miller and Morgan asked Tito about it. It sounded like he had heard the story many times when he was growing up. :)

chief said...

"I really miss not seeing Bernie Williams here."

-Joe Morgan

Um, me too?

redsock said...

Matsuzaka came into tonight's game with a 2.70 ERA. That would have won the ERA crown last year. His ERA right now -- 3.67 -- would have finished 9th in the AL.

If he had got the calls he should have got tonight and pitches for the rest of the year pretty much how he has done so far, he'll be a strong contender for the Cy Young.

Or "just decent". Whatever.

L-girl said...

Pedroia!! Another great play. Very nice.

Here we go, boys and girls. Here comes the sweep.

Sean said...

WEB GEM~!

Goddamn, I love Pedroia. Don't for a second think his .176 BABIP's gonna last for the full year.

Sean said...

And redsock, do you really think a 2.7 ERA against the Mariners, Royals and a destroyed Blue Jays team, in April, is overwhelmingly impressive? He's been fine, but when he faces decent competition, he has a 7+ era, which is kinda worrying.

I love the man, I do, but I have a funny feeling everyone's going to say how great he's been doing so far when it's not the case. And I have some very serious concerns about his high, relatively straight fastball when it's 95 degrees in Texas.

redsock said...

overwhelmingly impressive

No. But he's been quite good, considering the weather, new routine, slightly different size baseball, general hype, etc.

His fastball can be flat, but it isn't his top pitch anyway, and he throws it less often than most pitchers with his velocity.

There are nothing but small samples sizes to go around, including that 7+ ERA thing you wrote.

Let's let him pitch and check back at the ASG.

s1c said...

Papel-bot time! As for Daisuke, if he gives me 16 wins and less than a 5.00 ERA in his first year I will be more than pleased. So far that is easily in reach.

L-girl said...

YES!!!!! We sweep the Yankees at home, first time in 17 years. Love this team!

chief said...

Joe Torre is playing it like October, and I'm watching it the same way.

Phew.

L-girl said...

And redsock, do you really think a 2.7 ERA against the Mariners, Royals and a destroyed Blue Jays team, in April, is overwhelmingly impressive?

He's been fine


Now you're singing a different tune. You said he was creamed by the Mariners. He wasn't?

but when he faces decent competition, he has a 7+ era

You're basing this on one game. And the Yankees lineup is more than "decent" competition. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but their hitting is extremely good. The Mariners, Blue Jays and Royals (combined) are much closer to the norm when it comes to hitting.

L-girl said...

Joe Torre is playing it like October, and I'm watching it the same way.

Yeah, I was suprised to see Pettitte in the game. But he has to see Steinbrenner in Tampa tomorrow.

L-girl said...

The Jays just got swept by the Orioles. Chacin got rocked, didn't get out of the 5th. But the Red Sox hitters couldn't solve Chacin. So do the Red Sox suck? Or does Chacin suck?

Or is this just how baseball goes??

jazzpiano8 said...

Sean - dude - Dice-K wasn't perfect tonight, but a lot of the runs were cheap made either by bad calls or not the best defense. The point is - he isn't like 'sexy lips' and gets flustered after a few bad batters - he just goes after the next guy and strikes him out. Dice-K has never seen these Yankee hitters and he's only going to get better. This game was so exciting - everybody in a bar in Boise, ID was cheering for the sox. Time to get out my broom. SWEEP!

Papelbon is wicked ridiculous!!! Did anybody else see Damon mouth 'Da$n it!' in between Snuffer's pitches?

Woti-woti said...

Morgan says Dice-K has trouble pitching out of the stretch, followed by Gammons, who says he dials it up when he's in a jam. Can't we all just get along? Dice-K going to be great. He's going to be the opposite of most pitchers--the more times he sees a hitter, the more trouble THEY'RE going to be in. And ARod had no wish to work the count against Snuffer. He just wanted to hack and get the hell out of there. I hope he's got fresh undies for the ride back home. Great sweep. Keep 'er goin' against those floundering Jays.

Sean said...

Here's the thing though, you can say Kaibutsu has never seen these hitters before, but that gives him the advantage, right? Is Matsuzaka so drastically different from every other pitcher in the league that he doesn't need the novelty effect?

All I'm saying is, there's room for concern. After seeing Beckett flopping around like a dead fish for 30 tear-inducing outings last year, I'm understandably weary.

At least I was dead-freaking-right about Okaji so far. And, is it me, or would someone like Donnelly entering the game in that situation in '05-'06 have immediately led to a massive game implosion? Tonight, even with Pedroia's great stab, somehow it wasn't a problem.

L-girl said...

All I'm saying is, there's room for concern.

That wasn't all you were saying.

But if you've dialed it down to there's room for concern, I'm sure everyone agrees with you. There's always that.

phrenile said...

Nomar wasn't involved in last year's four consecutive home runs. Your memory deceives you.

redsock said...

Nomar wasn't involved in last year's four consecutive home runs. Your memory deceives you.

He did win the game with a HR in the next inning, though.