April 13, 2008

G13: Red Sox 8, Yankees 5

Yankees - 001 300 010 - 5  8  1
Red Sox - 304 000 01x - 8 11 0
This game had a late-September intensity to it -- and after the first two games of this weekend series were played in under three hours, this battle clocked in at a more normal 3:56.

Neither starter was very impressive. Hughes faced 15 batters. Nine reached base, seven scored; the other two runners were left on 3rd. Hughes threw 39 pitches in the first inning and 65 in his 2+ innings (4 batters into the 3rd) of work. Dice was better, but underwhelming (5-5-4-6-2). He threw a whopping 116 pitches (14-21-25 32-24).

Boston led 7-1 after three innings, but the lower half of the Yankees lineup rallied in the fourth against Dice to cut the lead to 7-4.

The turning point of the game came in the top of the eighth, with Boston holding onto that 7-4 lead. Mike Timlin took the ball from David Aardsma, who had thrown two no-hit innings, and for the second time in two appearances, Timlin gave no evidence that he belongs in Boston's bullpen. Timlin faced the same three Yankees he saw on Friday night. Jason Giambi took him deep on Friday and HGH belted another home run tonight, cutting the Sox lead to 7-5. Jose Molina (doubled on Friday) singled and Alberto Gonzalez (sac bunt) also singled. And in 11 pitches, New York went from being three runs down to having the possible lead run at the plate.

Javier Lopez came in and, after throwing a strike past a non-bunting Johnny Damon, got a ground ball to second. Dustin Pedroia charged it, tagged pinch-runner Melky Cabrera and threw to first for the double play. Wilson Betemit, who had run for Molina, went to third, but he stayed there and watched Robinson Cano (bffffbb) grounded out to Pedroia.

Joe Girardi's substitutions in that inning meant that Jorge Posada, who had been DHing because of a "dead arm", had to catch. Coco Crisp led off against Kyle Farnsworth with a single to center and he took off for second on the first pitch to Julio Lugo. Posada did not bother to throw. Lugo flied to right and Crisp was able to tag and advance to third. Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Sox an important insurance run with a sacrifice fly to center. Dustin Pedroia singled and, on the first pitch to JD Drew, he tried to steal. Again Posada did not attempt a throw. (Sox radio guy Dave O'Brien noted that after Farnsworth's last warm-up pitch before the inning began, Posada's throw to second base took two hops to get there.)

In the ninth, Lopez retired Bobby Abreu on a grounder to short before Manny Delcarmen came in. MDC fanned Alex Rodriguez and got Hideki Matsui to grounded to Pedroia.

Boston improved to 7-6 and left after the game for a night flight to Cleveland. New York slipped to 6-7 -- and fell into sole possession of last place in the AL East.

***

Phil Hughes (5.00, 80 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (1.47, 288 ERA+)

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Amy said...

Jack, Lips isn't exactly a sure thing. I am sure Francona wanted to see whether Timlin could do anything. And Lopez actually did get Damon to hit into a DP.

s1c said...

I think we will see Timlin 2nd game in Cleveland, Tito stick with his veterans, see Millar in '05.

get this last strike loogy.

tim said...

Oh, nevermind. Looks like it was 7-2 when the yankees came back 9/14.

Amy said...

Jack, you referring to my question about Timlin, I assume?

ish said...

Sorry, Passedballa... your DHing honeymoon is over.

phrenile said...

Three outs by DP that inning.

Amy said...

Yay, Lopez and Pedroia!

s1c said...

loogy gets the job done!

tim said...

Hopefully this will be a confidence booster for the shaky pen...especially when MDC gets this save.

Jack Marshall said...

Well, that was lucky.

redsock said...

javy's balls weigh a ton!

redsock said...

timlin should be okay as long as he doesn't face giambi. then he'll only give up singles to everyone.

that may keep his ERA -- now at 81.00 -- down.

redsock said...

how has hansen been doing?

Jack Marshall said...

Yes, Amy...Tito will go down the tubes with his boys. Remember how long he put up with Embree when he couldn't get anyone out?

The one silver lining: I believe Timlin will retire before he's cut, if he keeps pitching like this. But Tito will give him the chance.

Amy said...

Ococ!

tim said...

ococ getting it done! aiiight!

Farnsworth in, this should be good for a few runs.

redsock said...

betemit SS and cabrera CF stay in game
dumbo at C
farnsworth P and in the #1 spot.

Jack Marshall said...

Somewhere, Bryan Corey is weeping...

ish said...

Kyle Farnsworth is like a Christmas tree. They say you could get a lump of coal, but really all you get are presents.

redsock said...

RUN ON DUMBO'S DEAD ARM!

s1c said...

How the mighty have fallen, Damon gets yanked from the game, and of course the Sox are still looking to replace him, couldn't happen to a better guy.

Speed kills, ocoC!!

Amy said...

81 ERA. What does that make his ERA+? Andy and I want to practice our understanding of that stat.

ish said...

Heh.

No throw.

ish said...

I think Coco should try and steal third.

tim said...

nice. take advantage of that injury!

do 3rd now!

s1c said...

ocoC!!!

Speed kills baby, speed kills!!!

Amy said...

Wow, Crisp proving some value tonight on the base paths.

redsock said...

after farnms warmups, o'brien says dumbo threw down to 2B and it took 2 hops to get there.

run boys run

phrenile said...

Hansen '08:

YTD:
7 IP
1-0
0 Sv
2 H
1 R (0 ER)
8 K
3 BB
10.3 K/9
3.9 BB/9
0.0 HR/9

tim said...

NO Jon Miller! That is NOT lugo "doing his job" - his job is not to make fucking outs, dumshit

phrenile said...

Insurance run.

s1c said...

Joe Morgan giving some love to Crisp!!!

ish said...

Milk dud lands with a thud.

And Coco scores! Your prized arm doesn't work when your face is in the mud, milk dud.

redsock said...

booyah.

Amy said...

We'll see, Jack. Timlin is a lot older than Embree was. And there may be better options waiting in Pawtucket now than there were when Embree was pitching.

Coco, you deserve a rest for those wheels!

tim said...

FY!

redsock said...

MDC was up, now no one up.

Lopez may stay to face Abreu L / Arod R / and Shemp L.

Amy said...

Pedroia smiling this time.

Patrick said...

Anyone who says they don't have a crush on young Jacoby is lying. I don't care what team you root for, or what your gender is, that man has stolen my heart.

s1c said...

Time for ON FIRE!!! to keep the line moving.

tim said...

hahahaha take that dumbo!

phrenile said...

Timlin's ERA before tonight was 54.00, and his ERA+ was 8.

Wonder whether you can have a negative ERA+.

redsock said...

gotta get the AL ERA tomorrow morning to know the ERA+.

tim said...

Not on fire.

ish said...

Bartolo Colon could have pinch-run for Pedroia and stolen second off Dumbo.

redsock said...

next sock runner should just jog to second!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said...

First base just isn't good enough for DP

Amy said...

Three more outs. Lopez still in.

phrenile said...

Abreu faking bunt looks like Gene Wilder in a cane and top hat.

redsock said...

Alright, I'm pushing for the Hansen for Timlin move.

Jack Marshall said...

Great showcase by Ococ in the wake of that stupid piece in the Globe essentially urging Tito to play LBJ every day. Crisp can do a lot of things, and he is showing his character by the way he is playing, knowing that everyone in Boston, plus Laura, is rooting for Jacoby. I don't think Coco will be here in September, but he's showing what he's made of.

phrenile said...

Gameplay says Abreu already flew out to Ellsbury. Heh.

redsock said...

4 SB tonight for the boys

never did that last year; 3 was the high

tim said...

Has Timlin been taken out to the back yet then?

Amy said...

Me, too. Hansen for Timlin. Much as I have a soft spot for Timlin for the good old days.

ish said...

Wow. It's the 9th inning already.

These friggen games. They go so slow you lose track.

Chin music.

ish said...

MDC warming, it looks like.

redsock said...

GDGD: yeah i got excited, but i wasn't seeing any comments about it!!!

tim said...

mmmmmmhmmmm dats riiiitttteeee

Amy said...

One down. Is Lopez facing ARod?

redsock said...

if anyone gets on, is it MDC time?

phrenile said...

Ground out to Lugo instead.

redsock said...

that sounded sweet on the rad-dee-oh.

MDC --- DO IT!

Patrick said...

yahoo died on me....

ish said...

It is MDC time. "Right here, right now" according to 'Stig.

redsock said...

Lopez: 1.1 IP, 3 batters faced!

phrenile said...

Gameday still says pitches #3 and #6 were outs.

ish said...

K-Rod!

redsock said...

slappy sasahe for strike 2

Amy said...

K! Go, MDC! One more out, and we take 2 out of 3!

redsock said...

KILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Red Sox have their biggest crowd since WWII for the fifth time tonight. Thanks for that one, Uncle Joe.

SoSock said...

I am so much more enthusiastic about this lead than was earlier!

s1c said...

1 more baby, 1 more

tim said...

M
D
C
!

redsock said...

they are setting a new post WW2 crowd record every game!

Amy said...

One strike to go, the fans on their feets.

s1c said...

frag, just stayed alive, that one was diving down.

1 more strike!

Amy said...

I am so ready not to hear M&M.

tim said...

fans on their feets.

Furious Fenway Fans Feets

redsock said...

can hankee keep his promise and not talk about the red sox after this series?

s1c said...

Tito pacing in the dugout.

Get him now!

tim said...

Shemp staying alive...

tim said...

er, that shouldve been

Fenway Fans Furious Feets

tim said...

woooooooooooooooo

L-girl said...

YAY!

s1c said...

Sox win!!!
Sox win!!!
Sox win!!!

redsock said...

WIN!!!

phrenile said...

Water.

ish said...

doot doot doot, doot doo dooooo. doot doot doot, doot doo dooooo.

Patrick said...

is it... is it finally over?

Amy said...

Full count. Come on, MDC. YES!
Done! Good game. Have a good night, everyone!

tim said...

2nd time i'm hearing the water tonight! awesome!

s1c said...

Youk ESPN's player of the game!!!

L-girl said...

Hi guys, I had a horrible night but managed to watch the last 3 innings. Which made me feel much better!

(Except for White Flag.)

God I hate everyone tonight. Except for the Red Sox.

And all you guys. Good night.

SoSock said...

Couldn't have picked an uglier guy to end the game - Matsui I mean.
That last out brought to you by the hair on MDC's chinny chin chin

redsock said...

Lopez is my player of the game!

Jack Marshall said...

Annoying game, but I'll take it.

Good Night, All!
Good Night, Renaldo!

And Good Night, Bryan Corey, wherever you are!

ish said...

2nd time i'm hearing the water tonight! awesome!

YEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

Amy said...

L, you just get here? Missed your input tonight.

ish said...

Wait - no save awarded?

SoSock said...

Lopez is my player of the game!

I'll second that. He really showed a ton of guts cleaning up Tin man's mess.

phrenile said...

If you put any stock in WPA, Lopez's was .272 for this game.

redsock said...

MFY in the Cellar!

BAL 7-5 ---
TOR 7-5 ---
BOS 7-6 .5
TBR 6-6 1.0
MFY 6-7 1.5

SoSock said...

So -
Abreau is fast, but Crisp is faster.
Abreau has a great arm, but Crisp is faster.
Hughes is great, but not really.
Passedballa didn't catch, but balls were still passed.
Timlin is still weak, but Pedroia & MDC are great.
Tek has yet to take a single pitch all year (maybe a SLIGHT exaggeration but not much), but with this line-up, who cares?

Andy said...

I see Timlin is back to White Flag status.

L-girl said...

Thanks Amy. I was swamped at work - did nothing all day, then got a ton of work at just at game time. Thankyousomuch.

Got home 11:00 and needed to chill with the game and no computer.

It was extra annoying b/c I'll miss part of Weds night's game, too. I'm hoping for a well-timed rain delay.

'Night.

L-girl said...

Oh, good night Susie.

redsock said...

Leaving work now. Will check back in 40 minutes or so.

9casey said...

Hey whats the deal with that WWII thing anyway , did fenway hold 40,000 before WWII.......

All weekend and no Joba or Rivera....

Yook hasn't made an error since WWII......

Someone "borrowed" an avatar and things haven't been so good for Papi...I'm just sayin'......

Nice weekend....have a nice Monday.....!

Andy said...

I love MDC now too. He has heat and he should use that offspeed pitch more.

Zenslinger said...

I did not see past the fourth, so it's nice things turned out well.

Jere said...

7 of the coldest hours of my baseball-watching life, but we beat the Yanks and that makes it all worthwhile. Posada eating the ball was the best. That and Cy Hughes shitting the bed again. Hank's gonna blow!

Good job bringing up the Vaccaro article. What does it say about your career as a writer when you claim something will be remembered for 50 YEARS, and it's forgotten the next day. If I were his boss, I'd have pulled a Peterman: "Mike...you're out."

That attitude fits in with the curse talk. Pre-2004, they could stay stuff like that. That the Red Sox will fail and the Yanks will prevail just because. Granted, even that was complete bullshit. It's proven as bullshit in '04, yet they revert back to it! The curse is back!!! But, no, we won the World Series AGAIN.

9casey: Before fire codes, they could pack as many into the park as would fit, and besides that people would stand out in right field before Williamsburg was there. And also all along the warning track out to left field. That's how you get the big attendance numbers.

Jere said...

Fans on field at Fenway picture here. This is around 1930, before the fire and before Williamsburg--the right field bullpens.

L-girl said...

"Someone "borrowed" an avatar and things haven't been so good for Papi...I'm just sayin'......"

Curse of the Papi Picasso???

Amy said...

Jere, that is one cool photo. I also wondered why they were using WW2 as the benchmark. What happened when a ball went past the fielders out there? It must have been crazy fan interference back then. Did you enjoy the game? Cold, but at least no rain delays and at least we won!

Laura, sorry about your day/night at work. I hope you have a better day today.

L-girl said...

Thanks Amy. It's almost guaranteed.

"It must have been crazy fan interference back then."

Allan's book has some cool stuff about that. Let's just say fan behaviour has improved considerably in the modern era.

Amy said...

Yes, I recall some of that from the book, though I don't think I realized that they could stand right on the field. Amazing.

Fan behavior at Fenway has improved greatly since they no longer sell beer in the stands and limit sales even at the concession stands. I think there was only one fight in the stands on Friday. Or at least only one that drew crowd attention. I remember Sox-Yankee games in the "old days" when there would be a fight almost every inning somewhere in the ballpark. I don't miss that at all.

SoSock said...

Morning
Wouldn't you know? The one time the Sox are on TV AND I'm actually home to watch it, my wife has the laptop all night.
What can I say? It IS hers.
Thought you'd get a kick out of this.
3 conversations that took place in Clemmons NC last night

Me - Holy Shit!
Wife (who doesn't pay any attention to the game)- What happened?
Me - THAT happened!
Wife - ? (look)
Me - Never mind

Me (after K-Rod popped that one up a mile) - Sheez, I think he was gunning for Jere's hawk!
Wife - ? (again)
Me - Never mind

Me (after last out) - Time for the Snoopy dance!
Wife - ?
Me - You had to be there.

2-1 against Yanks! Woulda loved a sweep, but after dropping that 1st one, I'm happy
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

phrenile said...

Timlin's ERA+ is now 6.

ish said...

I found myself referring to Ellsbury as "Lyndon" verbally last night.

9casey said...

Whats strange about the attendace thing is .....websites show they averaged only 7,000 a game before WWII...........

Did they not count back then......

L-girl said...

Before there were lights and night games, attendance was very low.

(More things you can learn if you read Allan's book.)

I don't remember when night games started in Boston. Someone will soon tell us...

phrenile said...

June 13, 1947.

nick said...

Man. Got home a bit after 3 last night...too tired to comment, but I read most of the thread (finished this morning).

Jere's right, it was cold. Not unbearable though (maybe if the game were going the other way)...thank god I don't have the desire to go to a football game and sit in the cold for hours when you can't figure out what the ants on the field are doing.

My seats were quite good. pretty much straight back from 1st under the overhang. Only play I couldn't really see was Casey missing the foul ball by the cameras.

I kept having a running commentary thread in my head peppered with lots of on fire!!!s and fuck yeahs and a good fuck me or two as FY threw his bat in disgust and the failed stretching of the double. I could imagine the cries of "white flag" when Timlin showed up and down.

What's with the reflectors on the foul poles? Are those new additions?

Dice-K not so solid, but survived. The one game I went to last year was a 1-0 win over the Giants with Dice-K for 7, Oki, then the Bot. A solid outing, but this was a more fun game to be at for sure.


All in all a total blast...the game seemed like it would never end, until suddenly it was the top of the 9th.

Thanks again, Jere.

Jere said...

Amy--Friday was a light fight night, as Sox-Yanks goes. Just that biggie in section 5. But last night in the bleachers it was right back to the steady stream of ejections out there.

One guy right behind me got tossed and no one knew what he did. Three security guys just slowly walked down the row, got to him, said, "step out into the aisle please," and he silently left with them. It was like they caught a cheater at the casino or something on the overhead camera. (And he had a Sox hat so it wasn't a case of "remove the Yankee fan to solve the problem" which is usually what they do.) All of us wondered what he did wrong. If anyone knew, they weren't saying.

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