August 21, 2009

G121: Yankees 20, Red Sox 11

Yankees - 240 063 104 - 20 23  1
Red Sox - 100 033 004 - 11 12 1
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George A. King III, Post:
What happened in the 2004 ALCS will never be deleted from every mainframe in the Yankees' universe. Not even a World Series title this season completely will erase those painful Red Sox memories that will haunt multiple generations.

Yet starting tonight in New England's living room, the Yankees can extract a wee bit of revenge by burying their blood rivals in the AL East race. Or they can allow the Red Sox to climb off the canvas and turn the final six weeks of the season into a two-way scoreboard-watching orgy.

"We have a chance to do something special against them," manager Joe Girardi said of his club, which leads the Red Sox by 6½ games after Boston blew out the Blue Jays 8-1 last night.
Something "special"? Is the possibility of extending a division lead in the middle of August "special"? Should it happen, is it "special" enough to warrant an ice cream reward?

The Red Sox will emerge from this three-game weekend battle 3.5, 5.5, 7.5 or 9.5 GB the Yankees -- with 38 games remaining in the regular season.

A Boston series sweep -- as the Red Sox have done to the Yankees thrice this season, on April 24-25-26 and May 4-5 and June 9-10-11 -- would make things very interesting once again in the AL East, especially since the two teams will meet again, in New York, on September 25-26-27.

Tonight's game begins a 10-game homestand at Fenway Park. Twenty of the Red Sox's next 25 games are against the Yankees, White Sox, Rays and Angels. It is essential that they continue the strong pitching and hitting performances they showed in Toronto. The Yankees -- 25-9 since the All-Star break, including a four-game sweep of the Sox on August 6-7-8-9 -- have not won a game at Fenway Park since September 28, 2008.

Horseface started against the Red Sox on August 9 in New York, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing only five hits; he took the loss back on April 26. Penny turned in a 6-6-0-1-5 line against New York on June 11.

Weekend pitching match-ups:
Sat 4 PM: A.J. Burnett / Junichi Tazawa
Sun 8 PM: CC Sabathia / Josh Beckett
In other news, Michael Kay is an asshole. (Do not miss the twitter link!)
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Kevin said...

Not a good way to start the inning...

Ish said...

It really sucks when the bats come alive in a blowout and not only are guys getting pulled, but your pitchers can't stop the bleeding.

So... Now we'll just tie it at the end of the 9th. Then win it in the 10th.

Kevin said...

"Actually that's brilliant to put him in there. The Yankees can run all they want tonight and then tire themselves out for the next two games."

Ha

Kevin said...

This game feels like it should be a lot closer

Ish said...

5-3 Rays in bottom 8th

Kevin said...

Fuck Yeah
Cactus
Kotch Rocket

I feel oddly optimistic about this combination

Ish said...

lmao In between innings there was a WEDDING CEREMONY in the stands.

Ish said...

Congratulations to the lucky and quirky couple.

But they'll have such a great memory of this day. They get married at Fenway Park and the Red Sox come back from a laugher and win.

Ish said...

Saito up.

redsock said...

cactus stands still -- and draws a walk

saito up

Kevin said...

Cactus does not SASAHE for once!

redsock said...

Damn! L and I shoulda got married at JoS1.

Kevin said...

I'll take that

We're not dead yet

L-girl said...

Hey, I heard that!

redsock said...

It's MR. HOMELY!

L-girl said...

I said I'd come back to the thread at 12-9. That's not possible, but it can be 16-10 in a minute.

L-girl said...

Oh damn, I thought he'd walk in a few more runs before Joe pulled him.

Kevin said...

LOADED

I want to see Papi whip out his dong!

redsock said...

i wonder if a pitcher ever had to leave the mound to piss? like he forgot to go before he went to the mound and the inning went on a bit too long?

Kevin said...

Marte? I wasn't aware he even existed anymore.

tim said...

Never made it past the fridge to plug into the TV. Oh well.

Here we go.

And WTF to that couple getting married...

redsock said...

Flo could make it 16-11.

Ish said...

If someone can shit themselves while running the Boston Marathon, you can manage to leak a little out of your peepee on the mound.

Ish said...

I'll take a base knock. Not a double play. Please.

Just keep the line moving.

Although a Rally Killer would be nice. :)

Kevin said...

Well, at least he didn't GIDP...

tim said...

Papi :(

Alright MD! Give these fuckers some RX!

redsock said...

Time for some serious Rx.

Kevin said...

Mega squander again...

Ish said...

Instead we have to deal with some malpractice of our own.

redsock said...

Please note that in the first six innings, Boston had only 3 LOB.

tim said...

Saito may as well hit some Yankees here, set up for the good ol' August "spark" brawl Saturday on FOX...

Ish said...

The Producers on FOX have actually requested that MLB require one of the pitchers on one of the teams to plunk someone.

tim said...

This game can act as support for a thesis on why wins are a fucking retarded measure for a pitcher to be evaluated on.

Ish said...

I love that.

Castig: "It's 16-7 here at Fenway Park tonight... But tomorrow they will start zero zero at 4:10!"

tim said...

LOL Orsillo went to the keg??? There's so many better steakhouses.

Kevin said...

Nice inning for Saito

tim said...

So true, ish. Just like one night it was 19-8...

Kevin said...

"Saito may as well hit some Yankees here, set up for the good ol' August "spark" brawl Saturday on FOX..."

Save it for Teixeira or A-Rod in the 9th

Iridescence said...

"This game can act as support for a thesis on why wins are a fucking retarded measure for a pitcher to be evaluated on."

anyone who still believes wins are an important stat for pitchers is pretty much beyond reason I think

Iridescence said...

Maybe the Yankee douches will be over-confident tomorrow like in '04

tim said...

Well, we need to remove it from the game. It's embedded in everything, and screws up people for generations to come. We need to get rid of it and not display it anywhere.

Iridescence said...

Rangers lost to the Rays (a bit of sort of good news)

tim said...

Not to mention the basis for evaluating HOF pitchers.

Sure, you'll probably get more wins if you are an HOF-caliber pitcher due to the low ERA etc. but christ, they actually use it as a metric to evaluate HOFers still.

Kevin said...

Wow, thanks for putting up an effort...

redsock said...

Pat Tabler on the Jays telcast yesterday was talking about how well Lester pitched recently but because he did not get a lot of run support, he got a few no-decisions. Since he did not get a "W", he "had nothing to show for it".

I cannot believe how common this is.

tim said...

Ugh. Now we're just making it easy.

Oh well, I've got some beers, shisha and the 3 newest Rescue Me waiting for after this game.

So either make me go to bed happy, not having watched Rescue Me at all, or hurry up and end this so I can watch all 3 tonight. Preferably the former.

Kevin said...

There's no way I'm watching any ESPN tonight

L-girl said...

Tim, I was thinking the same thing re The Keg! They couldn't think of anywhere better than a chain steakhouse. Very adventurous.

Even tho this game (and our pitching) sucked and we squandered so many run scoring opps, I'm relieved to see some hits, walks, runs - relieved that they are/were still in it, not just laying down.

tim said...

True L, this shitty loss feels somewhat less shittier than the major Friday night dump in the toilet a couple weeks back.

redsock said...

It's usually after a blowout loss like this that the ghosts show up.

L-girl said...

Cy Youngs, too - tons of ppl only look at W/L.

It really should be abolished altogether.

tim said...

The ghost of Keith Foulke?

Kevin said...

Alright, first base is open, you know what to do here Ram-Ram

Ish said...

My dad thinks W-L records have importance.

I just shake my head at him and move on.

redsock said...

The Ghosts of '04.

tim said...

The Fenway Faithless, I see.

Iridescence said...

"Since he did not get a "W", he "had nothing to show for it".

Yeah it's like people who call walks "free passes" like there's no work involved on the hitter's part in working a walk. Drives me nuts but what are you gonna do?

Mindsets are changing slowly.

Kevin said...

Or not

But outs are good too

tim said...

Headhunt, plz.

tim said...

The term "free pass" should be reserved for IBBs only, if that. I could do without it all together. Call it what it is. An Intentional Walk. We don't need a fucking metaphor for everything.

Glad to see OBP and OPS making appearances though.

L-girl said...

omfg not again

Ish said...

They might let us have a run to make it 19-8 again tonight.

That means the Yankees don't have a prayer the rest of the season.

redsock said...

alright -- NOW can we bean somebody?

oh look - dumbo is up!

tim said...

I've muted this game and as he was rounding the bases, the three stooges theme played in my mind. Stupid shemp.

Kevin said...

I don't even care about that dong

Sad

Iridescence said...

If they used it for IBBs only i wouldn't mind it but I hear it a lot used for other walks. (the ones which Dusty Baker says clog up the bases)

tim said...

We'll just recreate 2004. Not necessarily in the same order.

-19-8 loss.
-Saturday brawl. (Beckett can be Pedro, need someone to play the role of gerbil tho)
-World series championship

Dave Roberts must be lurking someone.

redsock said...

... that was lovely.

L-girl said...

But baseball announcing is all about those silly nicknames like "free pass". That will never change. Free pass is like Don saying "tardy on the cut" and "gets the bad news".

I guess we need one more run for our favourite score 19-8. Then we go from there.

Signing off now (from computer, not game, game stays on til the last out). Night all.

tim said...

Solid choice there, Tito.

Why don't we put HH out in LF?

Kevin said...

And that's why you don't have an infielder play the outfield...

Kevin said...

"Why don't we put HH out in LF?"

He's saving him to pinch run again

redsock said...

go on - get 20 -- there is a real diff between seeing 19 and seeing 20. do it right - get 20

Kevin said...

Fuck it, send Green in to pitch

redsock said...

good work.

tim said...

Yeah I'm out of here for the night as well.


(I say that but you never know with me...)

Watching until the end of the 9th, or whatever extra inning we make it to (which seems ridiculous at this point)...


God fucking damn I wish we could beat teams other than the Toronto fucksticks.

Kevin said...

NOW it's time to drill somebody

tim said...

BLACKJACK!

Kevin said...

Good fucking God...

tim said...

Fucking asshole milk dud. Serves you right.

OK i'm leaving for real this time. night.

redsock said...

run #21 does not count? was swisher dogging it?

Kevin said...

Apparently, yes

Kevin said...

AL record for runs in the 9th is 13

Just sayin'

Kevin said...

CACTUS!?!?!?!

Not that it really matters at this point...

redsock said...

cactus dong!

redsock said...

12 more to go

redsock said...

fuckin' tek - padding his stats.

Kevin said...

Normally I'd be happy about the Sox scoring eight runs...

Kevin said...

How about, like, 10 straight dongs?

Kevin said...

Actually, we'd need 11 to tie it...fuck

redsock said...

i think there were still more total hits in the jos game. 35?

redsock said...

has girardi gotten mo up yet?

redsock said...

MOLE DONG!

Kevin said...

First time we've allowed 20 runs in a game since June 19, 2000 (also against these assholes)

Oh, NOW we decide to start scoring?

redsock said...

heh - pitching coach visit

Kevin said...

WAY too clean water...

Benjamin said...

Le sigh.

redsock said...

that 2000 game was 7-1 after 7. mfy got 9 in the 8th and 7 in the 9th. i remember that game.

Ish said...

I'm going to pretend this game didn't happen.

Goodnight!

redsock said...

Fear not.
We got Paul Byrd in the wings.

Jeff Polman said...

Hello? What happened tonight? Did those Inglorious Yankee Basterds score more than five runs? Well, look at that. Actually, just wanted to say thanks to redsock for using my passionate if foolhardy rant about Boston hitting the other night to launch a fascinating discussion/stat comparison of the two teams in the clutch department. You run a GREAT site, and I count on you for hilarious NY tabloid headlines regularly. Let's smoke 'em tomorrow!

L-girl said...

I'm with Ish. Fantasy world is the way to go.

johngoldfine said...

I like the makes-ya-wanna-puke emoticon on the game wrap-up and if ever a game wrap-up deserved no better than an emoticon as comment, this was the game.

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