August 28, 2007

G132: Yankees 5, Red Sox 3

Distance to the RF pole at Yankee Stadium? 314 feet. Distance of Johnny Damon's two-run, tie-breaking home-run in the seventh inning? 315 feet.

New York got two runs in the first off Dice, the second on coming on a double by Jorge Posada. After that hit, Matsuzaka retired 12 of the next 13 batters -- and the Red Sox tied it up. Manny Ramirez hit a solo shot to right in the second and Julio Lugo tripled and scored on David Ortiz's fly ball to left in the third.

The teams' captains traded solo home runs (Derek Jeter in the 5th, Jason Varitek in the 7th) before Damon gave the MFY a 5-3 lead.

Facing Joba Chamberlain in the 8th, Kevin Youkilis walked and, with two outs, Mike Lowell singled. But JD Drew fanned against the Hut. Mariano Rivera set down Varitek (K), Coco Crisp (K) and Lugo (L4) in the ninth with a problem.

This was a game the Yankees had to win -- and they did. Nothing to do but brush this one aside -- which is easy, knowing it's August 29 and we have a seven-game lead -- and get ready to humiliate Fat Billy tomorrow.

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.76, 120 ERA+) / Andy Pettitte (3.69, 116 ERA+)

Stats 'n stuff.

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s1c said...

How about this for some numbers (PA, BA, OBA, SLG):

Da. Ortiz 37 - 0.324/0.378/0.500
J. D. Drew 15 - 0.429/0.467/0.929
Ma. Ramirez 77 - 0.420/0.455/0.667

Total - 129 - .393/.434/.650

Smoke this boy!!!

ish said...

MLB Game Notes:

Red Sox
Yankees

tim said...

In Myrtle Beach now for the week, for a much needed vacation. Going to try and find a local establishment carrying the games, but if not then it looks like MLBTV all the way.

redsock said...

Steaks are on and the fridge is full!

See you at 6:50 or so!!!

redsock said...

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Julio Lugo, SS

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Andy Phillips, 1B
9. Miguel Cabrera, CF

Sarah Gates said...

Oh! Tim, enjoy the beach. We just got back from the outer banks. So very nice. I'm stuck with YES here. Gotta work a NESN scam one of these years.

Mmmm... steak. Excellent idea. I'm craving pizza myself. Pizza, beer, baseball. What could be better?

ish said...

Well I just took a two-hour long nap after a long (too long) day, but I'm ready to go!

efd said...

8. Andy Phillips, 1B

It's funny, last night both Sterling and Kay were trumpeting the Yankee lineup, talking about how it was their best offensive lineup, they need to stick with it for every game for the rest of the season, they need to score runs, win games, etc.

Wonder what they'll have to say tonight about Giambi on the bench. I guess they can score zero runs without him...

ish said...

There goes the hole on the right side...

ish said...

:P One of the Globe writers (never heard of him before) jotted down the lineups in the "Extra Bases" blog and wrote "Miguel Cabrera" batting ninth.

Jere said...

Wow, TC and Eck both believing the "Clemens made the Yanks better emotionally" hype.

redsock said...

Wow, TC and Eck both believing the "Clemens made the Yanks better emotionally" hype.

How are we doing in the "emotional" standings? I haven't checked those in awhile.

s1c said...

:P One of the Globe writers (never heard of him before) jotted down the lineups in the "Extra Bases" blog and wrote "Miguel Cabrera" batting ninth.

I think he is one of the Globe interns this year.

How are we doing in the "emotional" standings? I haven't checked those in awhile.

Hmmm, we should probably ask Susan W. about that!

redsock said...

NESN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's go!!!!

L-girl said...

NESN!!!

L-girl said...

Hi all, I won't be in the game thread today, but I'm here - allowing your comments to go through as quickly as I can.

"Enjoy the game!"

"Buenas noches, amigos!"

L-girl said...

Any hockey fans here tonight? Do you know a former player, Ron Ellis, played for Leafs on their last Stanley Cup team? His nephew had dinner here tonight. My niece and her b/f are here for the week, the b/f plays hockey and one of his friends came down from Barrie, "an Ellis". Big hockey family I guess.

He grew up in New Hampshire but is not esp a Red Sox fan (not into baseball). Oh well.

redsock said...

i approve of this sox lineup

ish said...

Scoring this one by hand tonight.

My penmanship blows. I don't find myself needing to write by hand much.

Zenslinger said...

Ah, shit. I got "My 9" on mlb.tv.

bennymac said...

gameday!!!!!!!! i hate working nights.

s1c said...

Well it would have been nice to see them work him a little bit.

Six pitch innings don't do the Sox any favors.

redsock said...

sorry about that, zen.

3 outs on only 7 pitches.

shut 'em down, dice !

bennymac said...

you gotta love technology. gameday now shows a pitch tracer, lists the pitch speed to a tenth of a mph, and shows the break and angle of the pitch. it's ridiculous. this may not be new, but i've never seen gameday do this before. i know, i'm easily amused.

redsock said...

fuck you ump. that was a K to abreu.

redsock said...

benny, some parks have that, so we see it, some don't.

chief said...

How I loathe Bobby Abreu.

Does he have a nickname? Does he even deserve one?

ish said...

Normally I would approve of an A-Rod HBP, but not so much when it loads the bases.

redsock said...

slappy acting hurt. idiot.

fuck -- abreu had k'd.

dp pls.

ish said...

A-Rod went in there pretty hard, didn't he? I hope they get that out of them. No beanball tonight.

redsock said...

MFY 1-0.

agggggggg ... the season's over. it's the end. the yankees always win. sox always choke. boo hoooo

s1c said...

Cousins is a squeezer. As for the Gameday - I think that is from the Qstec parks that you can get that info.

A good stat from baseball musings David Pinto - The Boston pen posts a 2.93 ERA, while the Yankees are at 4.06. That's a higher ERA than the Boston starters.

Fragging shemp

bennymac said...

can't tell from gameday if that had double play potential.

Zenslinger said...

A lot of crap from these My9 dorks about "sending a message" after A-Rod's beaning by his hard slide into 2nd. As if he wouldn't have gone in hard otherwise.

R-Diddy said...

Hi all. Hopefully this is Dice K's "bad inning" and he recovers to pitch well. A couple of runs shouldn't win this game.

thatdietcokegirl said...

why did i know this was going to be irritating. despite the lead...just...

mf irritating.

*switches to sharapova match*


ooh pictures

redsock said...

dumbo double.

could have been a dp, but slappy wasn't held so he got a lead and went in hard. lugo leapt straight up and fired, but it was late and wild, yook dove to the rf side to save it.

remy: "no let up in the ny lineup"

redsock: "andy phillips?"

Drew said...

Remember ... Sox only have to win ONE game to keep the MFYs SEVEN games back.

L-girl said...

hi tdcg :)

Zenslinger said...

Girardi & co. give some faint praise to Manny's LF'ing, saying that he's not bad "when he's interested."

ish said...

Manny's batting .420 against Pettitte. 29 hits, 3 HR, 18 RBI

L-girl said...

Sounds like a serious MUMS alert to me.

ish said...

Make that... Something higher than .420

MANNY DONG!

chief said...

Being.

s1c said...

being!!!

redsock said...

MANNY says fuck you girardi.

L-girl said...

MANNY DONG!!!

(had to stop modding for that!)

thatdietcokegirl said...

hey laura!

ps. YEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

lol i just erupted into a manic state of gleeful RAGE/HAPPINESS!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

pps. love the joni av. joni pretty much rules :)

Zenslinger said...

Manny...feelin' right at home.

thatdietcokegirl said...

joni's my idol. :)

cool you say that, many ppl ask me who it is!

L-girl said...

joni's my idol. :)

cool you say that, many ppl ask me who it is!

chief said...

Manny's pretty good at the plate when he's interested.

redsock said...

did l and dcg post the exact same message????

thatdietcokegirl said...

uh-oh the posts are all mussed up, lol! *looks at moderator questioningly*

L-girl said...

wow is that weird!!! i got one of those error-reload messages, and my comment showed up under tdcg's name!

*cue twilight zone music*

thatdietcokegirl said...

but yah, love joni. they don't make em like her anymore! :)

ish said...

Great play by Dusty.

redsock said...

hot shot to dp's right. glove a short hop and spin and fire -- nice.

coco retires the dud.

redsock said...

dp to his left, tumbles around 3-4 times and gets noodle.

holy shit!!!

ish said...

I'll give that tumble a 9.8! Yeah Dusty! He's been very impressive this year defensively, hasn't it? I loved the tumble!

bennymac said...

looked like a dice, quick inning. i mean, a nice quick inning.

Amy said...

unbelievable plays by pedroia!

L-girl said...

SLLUUUGOOOO!

ish said...

THAT'S the Lugo we all know and love!

Three bagger.

Zenslinger said...

Commentary from Girardi about why Matsuzaka threw the ball the ump asked for to the screen. "Was he trying to show Damon up? I don't know. It was very strange."

It was also very obvious Varitek was fooling with his equipment. M. just got sick of waiting for him to receive the ball so he tossed it out of play.

redsock said...

slugo gapper to lcf. milk dud kicks it to the wall, easy triple.

s1c said...

Ok, let's get some runs here.

Slugo!!

redsock said...

swing 3-0 and tapback to tucan? not good.

bring him home yook.

Drew said...

Getting into the bullpen by the fifth inning at this rate. Good!

ish said...

Way to go Youk!

Drive that pitch-count up.

ish said...

WHAT an AB!

L-girl said...

This qualifies as a (great) long AB!

redsock said...

11 pitch BB for the GG.

we need some papi power -- and soon.

Drew said...

Setting the table for Papi's 3-run HR....

s1c said...

PAPI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Sac Fly, RBI... Good enough for me.

R-Diddy said...

I can't believe Damon didn't throw Lugo out on the tag...he's got such a good arm!

Way to go Papi!

Drew said...

We'll take it. Thanks, Flo!

redsock said...

tucan pitches: 7-25-22 = 54
dice pitches: 26-11 = 37

ish said...

54 pitches (33 strikes) for Pettitte through 3.

Jere said...

I don't know what made me more frustrated, the fact that they gave Dustin the green light or that he still couldn't hit a fly ball to tie the game. That inning could've been a lot more if he takes a walk. Glad we tied it though.

ish said...

I was puzzled by the 3-0 green lighter as well.

Jere said...

Number of times Yankee fans cheered because scoreboard/sound effects told them to in first inning: 15.

Number of times Red Sox fans cheered because scoreboard/sound effects told them to since 1912: 0.

redsock said...

hey, jere, was manny's hr a short porch toilet cheapie?

:>)

s1c said...

Fast ball hitter will usually get the green light on 3-0 pitches. He hit it up the middle, just not hard enough to get over pettitte.

Jere said...

NESN right on that squirrel, but misses a throw to first by Tek.

Not that I'm not amused by the squirrel:)

ish said...

I never knew how much info is crammed into these media guides. I printed the Red Sox game notes... 9 pages of very tiny text!

There's a squirrel on top of the right field foul pole. Went down onto the screen, and now is going back up. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman... THERE he is! They're wondering if the squirrel is scared.

Sterling: Well, I'm not a squirrelologist, so I have no idea. You know what they say, Red Sox/Yankees games are always nuts.

ba dum bum.

Jere said...

Are you kidding, I love it when they have to deal with the other team reaching their short porch... that was a rocket shot, though.

thatdietcokegirl said...

i love the cat av's. i think i'm gonna be a copycat (a-hah!) and find one too ;)

ish said...

Fast ball hitter will usually get the green light on 3-0 pitches. He hit it up the middle, just not hard enough to get over pettitte.

Good point. :)

Jere said...

"Fast ball hitter will usually get the green light on 3-0 pitches. He hit it up the middle, just not hard enough to get over pettitte."

With tying run on third, ESPECIALLY if you know you're getting a fast ball right down the middle (3-0 count), you should be able to get that run in with a fly ball. Sometimes I wonder if these guys are even thinking about this stuff. But Dustin seemed pretty pissed.

ish said...

Doc, give me a double shot.

ish said...

Single works. :)

Drew said...

WRKO reports that Lowell is over .500 during a 10 game hitting streak. All that and inching us closer to the bullpen, too.

Spencer Brown said...

Drew is just a black hole in that batting order.

Amy said...

drew annoys me

ish said...

Drew came into tonight's play batting .429 against Pettitte with 2 home runs (6 for 14)

Drew said...

J.D. is becoming an embarrassment to Drews everywhere. ;-p

Spencer Brown said...

BTW watching the MLB.TV feed which is the MY9NY (WWOR) channel. These announcers are like 20x better than the Red Sox announcers. They actually seem intelligent, and say interesting stuff -- fleshing out the game with pertinent information.

ish said...

Cano... little glance out to the mound...

redsock said...

brown: who are they?

redsock said...

canoe: learn the game.

0-2, the next one is often inside

Spencer Brown said...

Golly, that mean, hard look Cano gave to DiceK after the brushback sure intimidated him, didn't it? That is scary stuff.

ish said...

On the list of things you probably shouldn't say on the radio, I'd say this is near the top:

"You gotta see this." -Suzyn Waldman

ish said...

good inning from dice-san.

Amy said...

Finally a K!

redsock said...

since dumbo's double, dice has retired 10 of 11 (non-out was a BB).

Spencer Brown said...

The WWOR announcers just said they are Michael Kay and Joe Giordi (sp?).

redsock said...

Those are the YES guys (on channel 9). ... Kay is the fucking worst person you want to listen to for a Sox gam.

s1c said...

Drew is just a black hole in that batting order.

During the month of August - J.D.

.324 /.400 /.479

redsock said...

why look at that. jeter can't get the roller to his right.

ish said...

Joe Girardi's a good announcer but I've heard a lot of complaints about Michael Kay. I haven't heard him much at all, though.

Seeing eye for the Dust man. Good night so far for him, eh?

ish said...

That's one thing about Jeter. He's lost a ton of range, especially into the hole. There are plays he dives at and misses that most guys don't dive at and get.

redsock said...

kevin seems a tad perturbed.

redsock said...

He's lost a ton of range

You can't lose what you never had.

ish said...

Radio has the count 1-2
NESN has the count 2-1

Fans were cheering waiting for the strikeout and then they changed the count. Heh.

redsock said...

mfy fans too fucking stupid to remember the last 3 pitches.

R-Diddy said...

Well, if Papi is going to K at least he tried to take out a few Yankee fans. Might as well make the K somewhat productive.

s1c said...

unusual sox - yankees game 1/2 done and only 1:40 minutes played.

ish said...

The Yankee fans desperately want someone to get beaned. One person said Pedoria should get beaned for the tumbling play in the second inning. Strange people.

Amy said...

Wow, that bat went flying...pretty scary.

Sarah Gates said...

Wow. Commentary from the YES guys now about what a great guy Steinbrenner is. Honestly. I could mute but I like to hear the crowd too much.

redsock said...

sarah: he signs their checks, so they love him. that's the rule.

ish said...

Pettitte had two straight innings of 17 pitches (10 strikes). Interesting things that generally mean nothing, though 17 pitches isn't very economical. Up to 88 now through 5.

Sarah Gates said...

Oh boo.

ish said...

Well it's not a Red Sox/Yankees series without a Jeter dong. No worries, mates.

redsock said...

CI did not homer in the 2004 ALCS.

...

I wanna pound the Hut -- bad!!!

Sarah Gates said...

RE: signed checks, yeah, I know it, but it doesn't make it any more enjoyable to listen to! Actually, the part that entertained me was the way they acted as though they were in trouble for talking about him as a good guy - that the reason you don't see that in the media is that he doesn't like it!

Sarah Gates said...

No, ish, not worried at all! I liked that the my9 fan blog question today was, "Is it still possible for the Yankees to catch the Red Sox." (paraphrased)

ish said...

Jeter has 19 home runs against the Red Sox. Posada has 27, Giambi has 30, and A-Rod has 36.

ish said...

Get ready for some Yankee bullpen feasting. Pettitte's at 101 pitches. He'll probably finish the inning.

thatdietcokegirl said...

1-2-3 dice, c'mon.

thatdietcokegirl said...

cameron diaz looking hot ;) but she's prolly a yankee fan (loser)

Amy said...

So Drew is supposed to hit well against Pettite??? Not tonight.

s1c said...

And Drew's career high of GIDP keeps on growing (9).

smithnyiu said...

My God I hate JD Drew. I hated him when he held out for a bigger contract as a rookie, and now we're stuck with this loser. Every single time he comes up, I think automatic out, and he NEVER lets me down.

redsock said...

Drew: 9 GIDP

Ortiz: 14 GIDP

ish said...

Strange play... Not sure anyone thought Posada was going to second. single, E7

redsock said...

I think automatic out, and he NEVER lets me down.

His average and OBP is .000?

Huh.

thatdietcokegirl said...

gah, leave drew alone lol ;p

s1c said...

I would expect Papi to have more gdp's. After all, it is not like he has blazing speed :).

L-girl said...

I know, enough with the Drew hating.

ish said...

Looks like Pettitte's getting another inning.

Pettitte, Joba the Hut, then Rivera. Well, best get the run off Pettitte.

thatdietcokegirl said...

TAKE A SEAT.

redsock said...

Cano SASAHE!

:>)

Amy said...

OK, let's go ahead here and spare Dice K a loss. Where are all those bats we had in Chicago? (OK, it was Chicago, but still....)

s1c said...

Looks like another fragging game where Daisuke gets minimal run support and the second straight game where he makes one bad pitch that ends up in the bleachers.

redsock said...

Looks like another fragging game where Daisuke gets minimal run support and the second straight game where he makes one bad pitch that ends up in the bleachers.

Hey, don't go all n33 on us!

Boston has scored more runs after the 6th inning this season than any other team in MLB.

Amy said...

JASON! Love that guy~

redsock said...

TEK!!!!!!!!!!!


nice leap johnny.

smithnyiu said...

Now I'm jonesin' for the soft underbelly of the middle relievers. Will only happen if Tek gets a leadoff hit. Come on Tek ...

ish said...

TEK DONG!!!!!!!!!!

TIE GAME!!

John Sterling didn't think it was going to go. He was really baffled by that, and so was I. I'm actually surprised Damon didn't get it.

Brand new ballgame, folks. :D

chief said...

Dice of the hook, let's keep it coming.

Pettitte, Joba the Hut, then Rivera. Well, best get the run off Pettitte.

Indeed.

Spencer Brown said...

I liked how Damon looked, hopefully, in his glove.

Way to go Tek!

SoSock said...

TEKKIE !!!
Hi Guys
Glad I finally got home

redsock said...

manny knows how to leap at the wall and rob HR.

the noodle does not.

s1c said...

Captain my captain!!!

R-Diddy said...

Wow...Damon had some serious ups on the VTek homer. "Looks like he mis-timed his jump says RemDawg.

L-girl said...

Hey SoSock, thanks for your comment on my blog. If I had known you were coming, I would have had a better post up. :)

Amy said...

Can we keep the momentum going? Let's get some more....

L-girl said...

Hey Amy, nice to see more women around here. Welcome to Joy Nation. :)

s1c said...

Hey, don't go all n33 on us!


ever heard of reverse psychology?

SoSock said...

Looked like a great high heater from Dice to end the last at-bat for Cano, too.

SoSock said...

Kind of a let-down after what looked like a great momentum shift - But hey, NEW BALLGAME
(and our bullpen's better than theirs) :)
I-girl - I'll be back

L-girl said...

Is Chief around? Here's our guy Ronald. (Kielty, the Flame Fro-er)

ish said...

Final line on Pettitte (one would assume): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR. 119 pitches, 70 strikes.

Manny left the game. The back is probably barking at him again. Anybody see anything? Kielty LF

Spencer Brown said...

Manny hurt? Any details? He got taken out.

chief said...

Yup.

I'm lovin' it

Maybe I should change my avatar? :-)

redsock said...

they showed him stumbling out of box on his 6th inning sngle. limping down the line.

redsock said...

"middle in" -- drink.

Amy said...

l-girl, thanks for the welcome. I like the fact that there are several women here. Oops, a single for that Phillips guy. Anyway, thanks! And I love Joni also!

ish said...

oki doki up.

redsock said...

joba and jeemer up.

ish said...

frack.

chief said...

Well that sucks.

Spencer Brown said...

NOW THAT HURTS.

s1c said...

Frag it. I knew I should have watched Eureka

SoSock said...

Milk Dud with the bunt

L-girl said...

Chief, this one's for you.

Don't lose hope, folks. 8 Games Up and growing.

redsock said...

curtain call ......... pfft.

thatdietcokegirl said...

ahh fuck off with yr curtain call dork!!! fucking hate the stupid curtain call. it degrades the whole game of baseball to do it so often and for such small cause.

ish said...

lopez and delcarmen up. oki down.

SoSock said...

1 batter too long - shouldn't have let Noodle see him a 4th time Tito

Spencer Brown said...

Using my infallible 20-20 hindsight, should have taken DiceK out after 6.

Amy said...

Damn Damon. Dice K back on the hook.

redsock said...

mdc up too.

chief said...

Chief, this one's for you.

Excellent. I'm lovin' it!

s1c said...

Joe Castig was talking earlier that Damon isn't too happy in NY and that the feeling was mutual. But hey curtain calls are what the MFY fans are about!

ish said...

So, who do you like best to get the runs off of? Chamberlain, or Rivera?

L-girl said...

Amy, yes, it's a very non-sexist place. Although I think I scared away a female fan the other day with some over-the-top enthusiasm. Oh well... :)

redsock said...

remy being an asshole with the MUMS:

"a lot of times, manny doesn't run hard, but that was exceptionally slow."

(on his injury out of the box)

FUCK YOU REMY

Spencer Brown said...

This does seem to be Tito's weak spot as a manager... unwillingness to take his starters out soon enough. Agreed?

redsock said...

lopez in

SoSock said...

Damn - left him in for Jeeter
C'mon Tito - I know he threw a lot more pitches than this in Japan, but he wasn't facing the MFY's line-up either

ish said...

I like seeing the pitchers stick around until the relief comes in from the bullpen and say go get 'em.

Amy said...

I was surprised to see Dice K come back in the 7th even though he hadn't yet thrown 100 pitches. Just my vibes that he wasn't that sharp. Oh well, Monday morning quarterbacking (I know, wrong sport)

s1c said...

Fragging Lugo, make a decent throw will you.

SoSock said...

Funny thing is - I coach Youth Baseball, and as much as I bitch about others doing it - I'm bad about leaving my starters in too long also :(

redsock said...

tito was fine -- do not agree he had a slow hook tonight.

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