Goosebumps: Yanks-Sox Gamer X

There’s a buzz in the air tonight. The Rivalry seems to have returned in full force.

We’ve got two hard-throwing righties on the mound, the current ace of the Red Sox vs. the future ace of the Yankees.

We’ve got the return of David Ortiz to a Fenway Park crowd.

We’ve got the Red Sox in first place and the Yankees just three games behind.

We’ve got controversies: Papelbon vs. Mariano, Youkilis vs. Joba, Yankee-fan treatment of Red Sox All-Stars.

In short, we’ve got a Red Sox-Yankees matchup of import. It’s the first time in a while we’ve felt this much excitement about a contest between the two — perhaps the first time since as recently as last September’s Wang-Beckett face–off. Perhaps as long ago as the ill-fated five-game series of 2006.

Both teams are charging hard on the fading Rays; the Yankees could conceivably end the weekend tied with Boston (and Tampa) for first place. Both teams are hurting, but both teams are hitting. For the first time this season, the Red Sox and Yankees are playing games that feel important.

It’s not 2004 just yet. It’s not even 2005. But it might be getting back there. It’s Sox vs. Yanks and everything that entails. Comment away!

Baseball-reference.com game preview

New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH .315 .384 .463 127
Derek Jeter, SS .285 .347 .404 102
Bobby Abreu, RF .275 .348 .440 111
Alex Rodriguez, 3B .318 .398 .593 163
Jason Giambi, 1B .256 .399 .533 149
Robinson Cano, 2B .265 .301 .391 85
Melky Cabrera, CF .248 .305 .349 76
Jose Molina, C .222 .260 .300 51
Brett Gardner, LF .161 .238 .179 15
Joba Chamberlain, RHP 2-3 71.3 2.52 163
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF .262 .330 .359 81
Dustin Pedroia, 2B .321 .365 .461 116
David Ortiz, DH .354 .486 118 102
Kevin Youkilis, 1B .311 .381 .551 142
Mike Lowell, 3B .287 .350 .483 116
J.D. Drew, RF .291 .407 .555 150
Jed Lowrie, SS .292 .338 .400 93
Jason Varitek, C .217 .300 .355 72
Coco Crisp, CF .251 .312 .392 84
Josh Beckett, RHP 9-6 120.0 3.98 110

342 comments… add one

  • OPS+ of 15 for Gardner. Yikes. Watch him hit a Green Monster pop-fly homerun.

    AndrewYF July 25, 2008, 7:01 pm
  • Dinner awaits (salmon, yum!), but I’ll be listening throughout and be back afterward….

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:03 pm
  • Two on, one out early for the Yanks. Damon made him work for that out too.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:13 pm
  • cmon A-Rod!!!

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Nice 1-0 breaking pitch and a 1-1 fastball on the inisde of the black to ARod.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:15 pm
  • nettles in the house! It’s been ages!

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:15 pm
  • Any flying pizza slices yet? :)

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • ARod suckered on the deuce to go down swinging.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • ‘stache time!

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • Beckett out of the jam, locating the corners very well so far.
    24 pitches.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Giambi is down 1-2 and crowding the plate. The 1-2 is away. Deuces: called a strike on the inside corner. Maybe in.. but very close. He was right on top of the plate.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Arrgh…four pitches away, then Josh busts one inside for the K. Nice work on his part.

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Agreed Devine, great location by Beckett.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:21 pm
  • Chopper by Ellsbury, out. Think it should have been Pedroia-Drew at the top of the order, but ya know, whatever. Pedroia singles.
    ORTIZ!!! WELCOME BACK, DUDE!

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • Pedrioa ropes a single to center. Big reception for Papi.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • Oooh, belt-high fastball to Pedroia gets launched into center. Don’t do that with Papi up, Joba!!!

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • Way ahead now…

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • Joba starts off with a strike on the outside corner. Then a foul. The 0-2 is inside. 1-2: breaking pitch on the floor and in. A throw to first to check on Dusty. Deuces: ripped up first but foul.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:26 pm
  • Reset deuces: was that a change? Hung high and a bit outside, fouled back. Another throw to first. The 2-2 again: great looking pitch but just a bit away to make it full. Wow. thought that was a strike.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Payoff: breaking pitch fouled up first. Another payoff: Papi down swinging but Pedroia takes second on as he was on the move. Throw was there, Jeter missed the tag.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • Pedroia steals second as Ortiz strikes out. Too bad, because Ortiz looked good that at-bat…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Ortiz gets the welcome-back K, Pedroia somehow gets that stolen base…he’s out on the latest replay, I think.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Man, that throw beat him by a mile. Couldn’t tell by the replay if Jeter got the tag on so I can’t be too pissed, yet I am pissed too.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Okay, on that angle, he was gone. Oh well. Dealing to Youk, who uses drama on the 1-2 to make the inside pitch look closer than it was. Just off the black. Joba misses way outside to make it full. Payoff: Popped high and foul up third.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Sox making Joba work, as they should.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Up first rather.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Another payoff: wow… just flummoxed Youk. Great, great great pitch. He swings like he’s hacking vegetation as an afterthought.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Ugly, short swing by Youk to end the inning.
    20 pitches. So far, looking like a bullpen battle might ensue.
    *feels sick at that thought*

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Blech. Youk strikes out. Still, 20 pitches for Joba. Half an hour for the first inning, so we’re on track for our typical 4.5 hour game.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • I have to check out in a few minutes, but I really like the game Marty Foster is calling thus far.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:35 pm
  • The Red Sox and Yankees are each putting out four starters with an OPS+ below 100 (and a total of seven below 90). I wonder when was the last time that happened.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:35 pm
  • Beckett needs to stop giving hits. Like now.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Beckett pitches away, so Cano hits that way…to left. Then Melky flies out.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Cano takes a pitch on the outside corner for strike one. Breaker misses away for 1-1. The next pitch is fouled up third. 1-2: wow.. great pitch on a breaker on the outside corner but Robi went with it to single to left. Maybe it hung a bit high. Melky pops to left.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Then Molina flies out.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • The Yankees are in the “we give outs away like candy at Halloween” part of the order.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Cabrera and Molina helping Beckett’s pitch count out. He says, “Thank you.”

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Beckett is working that outside part of the plate against lefties really well.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • Curve drops in on strike three. Sweet. Thought strike two was a gift, though.
    35 pitches. (11 that inning.)

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • Hahaha… Gardner sits looking, knees buckled. Welcome to the show, meat. Sheesh.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • Only 11 pitches that inning for Beckett, ending with the sweet K of Gardner. Now it’s time for the Sox to actually score some runs early…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • Yeah, Devine, I thought the strike two was a bit away, but his pitches are so well framed right now. As long as the zone stays steady.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • Looooooong single for Lowell, maybe 10 to 20 feet from the top of the Monster.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • The Wall taketh away on that one, Lowell hammers Chamberlain’s pitch against the very top of the Monster.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Lowell singles high off The Monster. Good play by Gardner to bring it back in fast. Fat pitch, Joba. Be careful.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Crap.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • AWESOME diving grab by Melky robbing Drew of a double…. WOW

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Drew’s OBP is over .400. That is a NICE EFFING CATCH by Melky there on a sinking liner courtesy of Drew.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Melky!

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • When Joba is missing tonight, he’s really missing.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • A DP started by Cano and the inning ends.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Awwwwww, shoot. That’s a sick DP. Gar.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Wow, Yankees’ D saved Joba that inning. Suck.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • ROBI!!! Great way to start the 463! WOW!

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Those are two amazing defensive plays to save Joba’s ass that inning.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • Sweet…pitcher’s best friend. The DP. 9-pitch inning…much better!

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • Easily would have been two runs and nobody out without Cabrera and Cano flashing the leather. Those type of innings keep me awake at night…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • Hello, Rivalry. Fricking great baseball so far.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • Sucks. Three balls hit hard are (eventually) three outs.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • Hahah, probably sounded unexcited by my last post – that was a disgusting DP turned by Cano and Jeter with the hesitation shovel pass, and Giambi scooped it out of the ground to finish the DP.
    Just got in, so a little hot, but that was great!

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • You wanna sit down a little faster this time, Johnny? For old times’ sake? 1-1…

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Damon up.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Time to do some damage, Yankees!

    nettles July 25, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • and Damon strikes out for a quick first out.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Damon takes a strike at the letters to start the top of three. Inside for ball one. The one-and-one is low but Johnny chases and chops it foul up first. 1-2: another fantastic Beckett curve that Damon gets suckered on for strike three.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Beckett at 35 pitches, Joba at 29 pitches.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Thanks, Johnny. Josh sits him down in 4 as opposed to the quarter-million or so pitches from the first AB.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Beckett, meanwhile, looking better. Four Ks now. He keeps pitching like he just did to Damon, he’ll be fine tonight.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • Jeter fouls the first pitch off… man, that was fat. He was late though. The 0-1 is a curve that gets called for a strike on the outside corner. The 0-2 is a fastball away, fouled off.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • Jeter with weak contact for the second out.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Another 0-2: curve low away, but Jeter takes a check swing and kicks it back to Beckett for two away.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Jeter defending the plate at 0-2…Josh’s fastball lighting up the gun a little more as the game goes along. Really defensive swing grounds it to Beckett softly. 2 down.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • I’m listening on the radio, but apparently Beckett’s curve is filthy tonight.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Beckett with a first-pitch strike to Abreu. The 0-1: fouled up first to put Abreu deep in the hole. 0-2: big curve misses just low. Man, that was a hard pitch to lay off. The 1-2: singled up the middle.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Abreu with his second hit – a liner up the middle on a 1-2 pitch.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Here’s ARod.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Paul: Yes, his curve has a fantastic snap tonight.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Just a leeeeeetle bit higher than that 0-2, Beckett. Nice movement, though.
    Single is rocketed up the middle. Darn, was hoping for A-Rod to lead off an inning, you know, not have runners on.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Of course, then he puts the fastball right down the middle and Abreu hits it hard for a single. Everytime there’s a runner on, I think of how many runners he’s allowed to score.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • Beckett taking his team with ARod..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Last two starts, Beckett has worked in super slo-mo.
    A-Rod with another hit, Abreu into third. Grrrr.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Ack! Corners, 2 down. Pitch was outermost part of the plate, too.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • ARod up with two away. He gets confused and swings meekly on a pitch way inside, then takes away. The 1-1 is a decent pitch outside but ARod extends and lines it to left center for a single. Beckett probably wanted it a bit lower.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • All 4 Yankee hits coming on counts where JB is ahead. Two of the four with two strikes. Great sign.
    Comments few and far between keeping score.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • All 4 Yankee hits coming on counts where JB is ahead. Two of the four with two strikes. Great sign.
    Comments few and far between keeping score.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • ARod hits a flare to center for a single. Giambi hits it the other way, a weak grounder on the shift and Abreu comes in to score – 1-0 Yanks.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Shift on crappy grounder gives Yankees a run. Booooooo.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Giambi singles a weak chop on the weak side and the shift allows a run to score.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Son of a bitch. Giambi beats the shift with a little dribbler to score a run. This game is going to suck. I can feel it.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • John – I’m having trouble with either typepad or my browser, since I usually do make the small comments.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • Here’s the red-hot Cano.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • Beckett at 52 pitches + Cano.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • Last two games, Beckett has been pitching in super slo-mo. And last start, he got hit pretty hard, too. He doesn’t seem to have any rhythm. Maybe he needs to take pointers from Lester about quickening his delivery…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • Typepad seems to have trouble loading through comments from time to time. Annoying as hell.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Cano in the hole 0-2: Beckett misses _JUST_ low. The 1-2: way outside to make it deuces.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Paul – ya, I was about to wonder if it’s just me, but it does seem like he’s really taking his time today for some reason..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Damage limited. But 57 pitches.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Cano hot, but not hot enough as he pops it up to left field, and Beckett gets out of it.
    56 pitches through 3.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Cano at 2-2: popped high to short left to end the inning. Middle three: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Sorry, 57 – 43 for strikes.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Finally. Shitty luck for the Red Sox. Should still be up by at least 2-0…. *Grumble*
    Now watch Joba miraculously find the strike zone and give up nothing for the next five innings…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Whats up Lar?

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Joba at 29 pitches, 18 for strikes as we head to the bottom of the 3rd, with the captain Varitek, Crisp, and then Ellsbury up. Time for a quick inning.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • John – I don’t know – the comments and everything show up, except for the comment box for me to type. =) And sometimes typepad just lags and it takes awhile, and by then I wanted to make another comment!

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • ProJo reporting (via EEI) that Manny’s left for an MRI on his knee. *sigh* Not gonna be an easy second half, I fear.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Varitek down on 3. Pretty much expected.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Varitek.. I don’t mean this offensively, but he looked *really* bad this at bat. Wow.
    The commentators are saying he’s not that old.. but he really is, especially for a catcher. Though we might forget that in an era of IRod and Jorge.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Tek down swinging.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • Tek obliges by striking out on three pitches. I cringe every time he comes to the plate.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • I don’t really remember anything good happening with Crisp at the plate in a long time. Keep swinging at garbage, Coco! Maybe you’ll hit a blooper to no man’s land!

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Crisp fighting off a few pitches – two foul balls a few rows back..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • That last swing from Tek really made him look like he just didn’t know what to do. But that’s probably going to happen for a lot of really good hitters tonight. Crisp works the count back to 2-2 after being in a hole.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Of course, as I said that, Crisp swings and misses for a K.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • Terrible portion of line-up…outcome: terrible.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • Ells out on one pitch. So a relatively quick inning for Joba, as hoped. 40 pitches, 27 for strikes, which meant it was a 11 pitch inning.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • 11 pitches in an inning with a 7 pitch AB.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Is it too nerdy to say that the bottom third of both the Yankees and Sox orders are when you could wish to swap tiles in Scrabble?

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Melky, Molina, and Gardner up. Also possible that this is a quick inning.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Yankees line-up pwning Boston’s at the moment 6 hits to 2.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Nady and Marte traded, Kay says.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Nady and Marte gone…where who knows.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Melky dumps one in the center for a base hit. Is this a good time to run on Varitek?

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • 7 hits to 2.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Top four:
    That first pitch to Melky was the first truly, awful, bad pitch I’ve seen Beckett throw tonight. He misses outside again.
    Melky singles to right center as it looks like Beckett was just trying to get back to the zone.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • Melky out at second on a hit-and-run – the throw was slightly high but did get there on time. Melky did not have a good jump that time it seems like.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • Was he out? Hmmm, I’m not so sure. Really close.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:14 pm
  • He’s out. MELKY, KEEP YOUR FUCKING HEAD DOWN AND RUN!

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:14 pm
  • Nice tag to even have a chance – it looks a lot closer than the replay..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:14 pm
  • Strikes Molina out. Didn’t even make contact that AB.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • Lar, he would have made it if he wasn’t looking at the FUCKING throw.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Here’s Gardner – can’t steal first, but let’s see if he can make something happen.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Melky stumbled and took the long route…ran onto grass. He’s our Manny. (Head Wise)

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Will Carroll reporting the Yankees have azquired Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • I always find it funny when the batter strikes out on a ball in the dirt and is at least three steps toward his own dugout with the bat still in his hand, yet the catcher anxiously tags him.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Beckett behind in the count and Gardner not helping him out.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Three balls, one strike on the rookie forces a fastball, lined, but right to Ellsbury.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • Gardner hits one to the left field, but right to Ellsbury. Three outs.
    Beckett at 70 pitches, 50 for strikes after 4.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • One more note on Varitek’s standard of suck:
    40 SB: 10 CS = 20% CS rate
    Jorge with a bum shoulder?
    34 SB: 7 CS = 17% CS rate
    I hope they run wild on Varitek’s arm.
    Posted by:A YF | Thursday, July 24, 2008

    it’s fun to look back.

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • Yanks get Marte and Nady for Tabata, Ohlendorf and 2 other prospects

    Anonymous July 25, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • that was me.
    walein

    Anonymous July 25, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • Okay.. I have my emotions back in check.. I’m just really tired of seeing these base-running blunders. I have to go on dad duty for a bit. Hopefully I’ll be back later. Good luck, all!

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • Rod, if you speak his name, he may appear. Please don’t.
    Beckett has a fairly easy inning, as one would hope, given the lineup. Sox NEED to do damage here.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • Here’s Pedroia, who pops out to Abreu on two pitches.
    WTF, Nady and Marte to the Yanks for Tabata, Olendarf and some others. This is rumoured, anyhow.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • Ortiz got a gift single/error by Cano with one out.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Fenway magic bounce on the lip of the grass to get Ortiz on with 1 down.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Wow, Nady’s having a helluva year. That’s scary.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • What’s the book on Nady?

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Paul – I tihnk he was hot earlier on, but trailed off a bit – but that’s just fantasy-wise anyhow, so I’m not sure.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:22 pm
  • Not rumored. Pending physicals.

    Anonymous July 25, 2008, 8:22 pm
  • can’t seem to get my tag on these comments for some reason.
    walein

    Anonymous July 25, 2008, 8:22 pm
  • Youk pops up to Gardner for the second out. Really should’ve been out of the inning.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Yanks make a trade, Manny gets an MRI.
    Wheeeeeee!

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Extremely crappy pop-up brings Lowell up with 2 down, 1 on.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Cano error now ruled a hit for Ortiz.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Nady with 13 HR, 57 RBIs, batting .330/.383/.535 for the season, for an OPS+ of 142.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Tabata must be a head case for them to have given up on him. I’m shocked. Also imagine the load the pirates wanted for Bay if Tabata + only lands that.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • Is Hawkins warming up yet?
    Please?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • Apparently the scorer disagrees with me as Ortiz now gets a hit for his efforts.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • 3-1 to Lowell. BS strike call there, high.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • John – ya, I was about to say something like that. I would’ve loved Bay, and I don’t know the book on Nady, except for a brief time with the Mets. 3-2 count on Lowell and walks him to put men on first and second with two outs and JD Drew up.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • They say Tabata’s wrist injury has been scary for alot of people.

    Anonymous July 25, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Now he walks, though. Drew, 2 on, 2 out.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Lowell gets jobbed out of Ball 4, but Joba obliges by tossing it on the next pitch anyway.
    Drew’s time to shine.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • Why do the Yankees need a bat?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • If you could choose between Bay or (Nady and Marte) what would you choose?
    Tabata was supposed to be the next Manny. Hrmmm.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • C’mon Joba.

    walein July 25, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Joba’s pitch count getting up there.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Quick fall from grace for Tabata. Wasn’t he the next Manny at the beginning of this season?

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Drew strikes out on Joba’s 60th pitch. 38 for strikes. 4 innings, 1-0 Yanks.
    Yanks out-hitting the Sox 7-3 though.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • Feck. Been ugly for the Sox so far. Joba has 60. Josh has 70.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • Why do the Yankees need a bat?
    Why do they need a bullpen arm?

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • Tabata also had all sorts of behavior probs early this year.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • I love how I just visited the wikipedia page for Tabata and he already changed teams.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • That’s 15 per inning, though. That’s pretty standard for him, isn’t it?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • Damon leads the inning with single on the first pitch. Let’s cause some havoc here.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • “Tabata also had all sorts of behavior probs early this year.”
    So you suggesting that Yanks (again) gave up very little, expecially if they’ve soured on Tabata? (I say again because it always seems like they fleece teams in trades.)

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:31 pm
  • Jeter reaches on the fielder’s choice – still hoping one of them would steal a base. Damon almost beat the throw.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • 8 hits in 4+! Icky, icky, he seems to be approaching the strike zone to closely when he gets ahead. Lead runner gotten for 1st out.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • Sox NEED to cash in on opportunities like that with two outs. Continuing to lower their fantastic .219 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • I thought people were pretty high on Ohlendorf before the season began, as well.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • 8 hits over 4+ innings, and only 1 run to show for it..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • No IBM. I think Tabata must have fallen into bad graces that’s all. He’s a he’ll of a talent.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • A tough LIDP by Abreu right down the line. Grumbles. Beckett with a quick inning, now at 75 pitches.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Needed that break. Five-pitch inning for Beck.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Youuuuuk! There’s some luck in the Sox’ favor! Line drive right to Youkilis, who was standing at the bag holding Jeter on, for the unassisted double play

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Funny thing is Ross has been starting at SWB since demotion. Think Cash had a plan or what?

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • The line-out DP makes for a quick escape. Can the suck portion of the Sox lineup (minus Lowrie, who’s fine in limited time) do anything?

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Why aren’t the Yanks running on Varitek?

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • just got the DP play by play from Nick via the Bar in some mystery Queens pub.

    walein July 25, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Here’s Joba facing the bottom of the lineup again.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • That increases the likelihood of Beckett getting into or through the seventh, which would be fantastic.
    PLEASE, BATS, DO SOMETHING!!!

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • Check, John.
    Seriously, do any of you YF’s think you needed a bat? Clearly Cash sees a need, but … why?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • Giambi turns into a Gold Glover on a tough one hopper and Lowrie is out.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • “Why aren’t the Yanks running on Varitek?”
    To irritate A.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • Awww, feel like Lowrie almost had that curveball for a second strike. One-hop right to Giambi and he’s out.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • Varitek strikes out, though with a few more pitches this time.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • TEK-IS-AW-FUL *clap, clap, clap clap clap*
    (But at least he saw some pitches)

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • Hey, c’mon. At least Tek connected a couple of times. What do you expect from a guy with one eye?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • Joba gets out of that one quick, and Joba’s done with 5 on 74 pitches, 48 for strikes.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • Brutal swing for strike two from Crisp. My mind’s on the next inning already. Weak grounder to short proves me right.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • The bottom three of our order could not suck any worse. At least Joba’s now up to the same number of pitches as Beckett (= hollow victory).

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • I think this trade signs Abreus ticket out of town at end of season.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Game on pace for under three and a half hours now.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Can Nady play tomorrow? ;)

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Let’s tag a few run somehow. Or at least take Beckett out of the game..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • So does this put Melky on the bench? Where does Nady fit? He’s been exclusively a right fielder for Pittsburgh this year, but he seems to have played all three positions in his career.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • ARod singles the other way. So the 9th hit of the day, but still one run. I like him to steal here too.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Okay, A-Rod’s 0-2. Here’s a hint, Beckett. Don’t throw a strike. Low in the dirt, but Rodriguez doesn’t bite this time. 1-2 pitch is inside. 2-2 pitch is high. 3-2 pitch is hit over the infield into right. 9 hits.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • How the hell is the score just 1-0?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Now it’s cheap-hit time. Nine hits for the Yanks, all singles, one run. Crazy.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Well, not a steal, but at least no more easy DP..

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Beckett gets ahead 0-2 again. What happens this time? A-Rod takes second on the ball that gets away.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Giambi strikes out. 1 out with ARod still at second.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • I guess I can take solace at this point by the fact that the Sox should no longer be up 2-0 with all these hits by the Yankees. Still…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Wow. Full count to the next hitter as well. Aaaaaand…he K’s him swinging on a low curve.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Let’s go Cano!

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • YEAH! Big strikeout for Beckett! Again with the nasty curve!

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • Not the greatest comfort, eh, Paul?

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:52 pm
  • Cano grounds to first on a 2-0 pitch, helping Beckett out there. ARod to third, and the Yanks still needing a single of any sort to score.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Pretty good play by Youk to grab it on the short hop. 2 down, A-Rod to 3rd. Get Melky and see what the top of the order can do…

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Well, Yankee fans, may the Yanks’ big trade today be as successful as the Sox’ big deadline trade last season…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • The Yanks can’t get anything out of the leadoff single, and Beckett at 93 pitches after 6.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Melky is…out on a grounder. What a weird game this has been.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Got to run an errand… go Yanks!

    Lar July 25, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Beckett with a good inning after A-Rod’s single. If the Sox are going to win this game, this inning will be where it happens.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • john- not sure abrue will be gone just cause of this trade. nady’s on a one year deal right now.
    nady is a damn good outfielder with a cannon for an arm.

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • Eff. Great curve for strike three. 1 down.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Pedroia’s had two reprehensible pop-ups since his single in the 1st.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • Ortiz just missed that fastball, fouled it back, and Papi knew he should have crushed it…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • Extremely sucky. Get us through one more, Beckett dude.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • Well Rod reason I say it is that he’s a righty. A big need for this team. Plus he’s a tad younger I believe.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Sometimes I just feel like this team is never gonna score runs again.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Well, that was it, folks. I wish I was wrong, but clearly the Sox’ best hope was that defense-aided squander in the second. Chamberlain’s gotten a lot better as the game’s gone on…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • d-rays up 1-0 and looking to add to that

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • Gardner smokes two balls with nothing to show for it.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • That’s Beckett’s first walk and his 10th baserunner.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Beckett tiring, I think. Walks Damon on five pitches. First walk of the game…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Damon to 2nd on ball 2. 2-2 count to Jeter, 2 out. (lots of 2′s)

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Very strange game Beckett just pitched. Can’t really argue with results, the 1 run was on a crap grounder that beat the shift. The heart of the order has possibilities for the Red Sox, but I’m starting to feel pessimistic.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • That’s one of the strangest quality starts I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to say Beckett pitched poorly (1 ER, 1 BB, 8 Ks in 7 IP with a terrific curveball), but good grief, that was a lot of hits.
    Odds that the Sox’ bats manage anything against Joba in the bottom half? Nil.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • Oh sheeeeeeeet. There go the fireworks.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • Joba knocks down Youkilis.
    At what point does this stop being a coincidence?

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • I win! Told you IH. Immidiately the Yankees Suck chant starts. LOL

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • WTF? I thought for sure he was going to 1st. Was it off the bat?

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • What started this, anyway?
    And why are both teams getting warned? Umpire overreaction again.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • That pitch apparently (I’m on radio) was thrown right at Youkilis’ head.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • Joba hates this guy.
    Sit down Youk.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Wow, Youk nearly gets killed, and it’s ruled a foul ball strike, and then he strikes out. Sheesh.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • “Joba hates this guy.”
    Yes, but why?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Extremely crap. Youk got over-eager so Joba seriously wins that encounter by striking him out. Then drops curve in for strike 1 to Lowell. Then Lowell swings at garbage for strike 2. Then looks at a curve for strike 3.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • It was off bat. Was high inside, not at head.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • What started this?
    joba headhunting youk last year.

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • No clue IBM.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Nebraska Meathead wins the headgames.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Home run in how many ballparks? But not this one. Joba has shut them out on three hits through 7.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • It was pretty damn close to his head if it wasn’t *at* his head.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • For context, I’ll never pass up a chance to throw a grenade at anything Nebraska-related. Comes from growing up in the Midwest and being forced to hear all of that Husker football propaganda.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • You know it’s kind of smart to take the offensive. Eliminates the ability to throw inside for remainder of series. Although I don’t know if Wake and Lester are inside guys anyway.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • The radio guys say it was at the head, and missed him only because Youk ducked and it hit his bat.
    In either case, Joba either needs to regain his control before pitching inside again or he has it out for Youkilis in an extraordinarily immature and dangerous manner…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • Lopez. Great.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • Lopez. Great.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 25, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Wasnt at his head. It was high and very tight. I’m sorry Jobs has a h-on for Youk. But it is Yanks/Sox…

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • DCarm vs ARod. It doesn’t look good to me.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • i’m not sure what happened in joba/kyle/latroy’s childhood that allows them to think taking another mans career/life into their hands is cool. trot had a way of dealing with such things. slippery bat.

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • On the full count, he strikes him out. 0 for 5 lifetime now.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • Well…if you get hit with a Wake knuckle ball you aren’t likely to go down in a heap. :))

    DW-sf July 25, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Manny injured? Okajima coming in.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • I can’t change your minds here but let’s not get crazy. The ball was high and tight. He leaned back he didn’t duck. The ball hit the handle of bat. I don’t support head hunting, but that wasn’t head hunting. I will admit he has a h-on for Youk though.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • What # is MDC? Keeping book and missed it.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • sf rod, you forgot a few people…I kinda remember Timlin laying out Jeter with a fastball to the head.

    dknyc July 25, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Paranoia is an unfounded or exaggerated distrust of others, sometimes reaching delusional proportions. Paranoid individuals constantly suspect the motives of those around them, and believe that certain individuals, or people in general, are “out to get them.”
    http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/paranoia.jsp

    dc July 25, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • A weak grounder and two K’s for the bullpen. Francona picking his match-ups well, apparently.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • 1-1 looked low. Giambi down swinging on the big bend.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Delcarmen is #17 (says Gameday).
    John, define high and extremely tight. Shoulder level? A foot to the left of his face?

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Single by Lowrie. Sadly, Tek, Crisp, and Ellsbury follow.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Farns in. Starts Lowrie off with a strike, then a loop to right for a single to lead off the 8th.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Tek pops out in foul territory behind 3rd to the Yankee Captain.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Lets agree to disagree. Thanks for #.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • In that sentence the word “sadly” looks like a name in our lineup…which it pretty much is.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Didn’t take long for Tek to quiet down the crowd. You HAVE to pinch-hit for him there. I’m sorry. You have to.
    Varitek is this year’s Kevin Millar.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • Generous low strike to Crisp to make it 0-1.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • Yeah, we disagree, sure. But how high and how tight do you think it was?

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • I think it was significantly I side but not meant for head. I’m not denying intention at all.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Crisp fouls the 0-1 back to fall down the well. Farns checks back to first again. The 0-2 fastball is high. Another throw to first. The 1-2 is a fastball at the knees fouled back. One and two again: inside to make it deuces.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • paranoia ceases to exist with the action that provoked the paranoia becomes a common occurrence and predictable.

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Okay, cool, John. I’m not trying to pick a fight, just curious. Please, Ellsbury, please. (Weird play.)

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Crisp with a dink single right up the first base line flubbed by Farns. Joe wants Mo.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Hey guys, checking in for a quick moment… the girlfriend’s family is in the other room.
    Wow, close call on the tag… can’t tell whether he was tagged or not. Mo in for the long save.

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • It wasn’t Burma-Shave tight, but it was, “hey, get yerself to a barber” tight.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • The Mo-dude vs. J-Ells…after the break.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • Uggh…5 outs. Baseball is a funny game.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Ath.. Farns never got the ball.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Mariano in with two on and one out. He’s gotten out of a couple scrapes against the Sox this year. Time to blow that first save, I think. ;-)

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • AG’s the man.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • 0-2 pitch was sooooooo clooooose.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Jacoby is down a well. The 0-2 is outside. The 1-2: strike three looking on the outside corner. Exactly where Molina set up.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • 1-2 pitch was apparently closer. K.
    Please, Pedroia, PLEASE!

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Ellsbury bringing the suck.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • Can I help you Jacoby? Naa just lookin’!

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • no, it’s more like Mo bringing the MO.

    doug YF July 25, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • I hate life.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Wow! Thank you Mo.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Dusty’s down 0-2 but Molina and Mo get crossed up. Dusty softly bounces the next pitch back to the mound for the final out. Dribble ala Mo, inning over.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • *sigh* Just not our night. This was the game I felt most sure the Sox would lose, so…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Not to gush (okay, I’m gushing) but that strike three on the outside corner to Ellsbury couldn’t have been placed more accurately. Molina’s glove didn’t even move.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Mo is one of the reasons I love life.

    doug YF July 25, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Melky, wipe the pigeon shit off your shoulders.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • change the site name to stepford fans v. sox fans

    dc July 25, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • Oki looking good tonight, to his credit.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Melky < Statue of David, but he’s still a statue.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Molina moves his bat, but only to hit a fungo to Lowrie. On to Bottom Nine.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • hey dc! whereya been?

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Gotta hand it to My9 for the Papi montage.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • So the Yanks go 1-2-3 — amazing that’s really only happened with the bullpen on the mound. Wouldn’t have expected that.
    One swing ties the game and Ortiz is up first…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • The 7-9 hitters in our lineup have 1 hit, 3 K’s and 1 baserunner.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • Cookie Monster flies out to short right for the first out.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Ortiz flies out. Youk then Lowell.

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Eager, hopeful, pessimistic, morose, hopeless. That’s sort of my personal fangraphs there. Single. 1 out. Back to morose.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Youk lines foul off first for strike one. The next pitch is up. The 1-1 is fouled back right again. One ball, two strikes: grounded through the hole to the left of ARod for a single. He was right on the plate yet handled the low-in pitch. Nice bit of hitting there.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Tying run on!

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • Lowell is the winning run as he steps to the plate. He takes away (JUST AWAY.. oof) for strike one. the next pitch is the same pitch but called a strike. The 1-1 is popped foul behind first. One and two is fouled back right again.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • I might wet my pants if the Sox get a homer here.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Lowell, 1-2: Molina sets up outside-low. Mo deals to the spot but Lowell fouls it back again. The 1-2 one more time: low. Deuces.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Uh, I also thought that was kind of a crap call. But he is Mariano. You pretty much have to defend anything that’s close.
    Back to hopeless. I have no faith in Drew in this spot.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • Two and two: on the outside corner but fouled back again. Lowell is doing a great job defending the outside part of the plate. Now a strike on the inside corner… Lowell was crowding the plate and he thought it was inside; it was. He’s tossed for arguing. Took way too long to toss him.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Lowell pissed at that strike three call — gets ejected. If Lowell gets that mad, you gotta think he’s got a point. And the EEI guys all over the home plate ump. Joe C: “He’s been brutal.”
    GameDay has the pitch wayyy inside and close to his armpits. O’Brien: “This has been one of the worst umpiring jobs of the year.”

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • come on drew. conjure up some bill mueller here.

    sf rod July 25, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Super sucky. Enjoy, YFs. Still, at least it was a short-ish game.

    Devine July 25, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Drew is the Venus De Milo to end the game.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Nice game. Goodnight all. See you maƱana.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • I agree that Lowell had a point in a sense, but it has been a BIG plate all night.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Yuck. I’ve never heard Joe C rip on an umpire so harshly before. Interesting. Oh well, congrats Yankees, get em next time, Sox, blech. Off to watch a movie and try to forget about this game…

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • > Joe C rip on an umpire so harshly before
    Me neither.. but I thought it was a consistently large zone.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Joba got a win. Wow.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:16 pm
  • Okay.. I’m juiced for baseball at this moment. I’ll watch the M’s-Jays tied at 3 in the top of ten with Betancourt swinging away. He pops out in foul territory behind first. Up comes Ichiro.
    Ah, forget it. Good night all. See you tomorrow.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • 1-0. Wow.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Ya, I don’t that was a strike normally, but this game the strike-zone was wide and a little high. Don’t know if it justifies anything though.

    Lar July 25, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Sweet win for Joba.

    Marc YF July 25, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • No complaining about the umpiring, the strikezone was huge for all pitchers tonight. Also, Pedroia made a nice move to avoid the tag on Ortiz’s strikeout, but he was tagged out. Not a great umpired game, but at least it was consistent for both sides. Even if the Yankees had lost, on, say, a homerun, I couldn’t have complained of bias.
    On the Youkilis thing, Joba pitched inside, and it got away from him that one time. Remember Joba’s first pitch? Or what AG said at the beginning of the game? “When Joba is missing tonight, he’s really missing.” That’s pretty much what happened. To suggest Joba needs to learn control before he pitches inside ever again is dramatic to the point of silliness. For all the gnashing of teeth, the only time he’s actually ever hit Youkilis was in the leg. And it’s not like Youk performed amazing acrobatic feats to get out of the way…the way he bats, his head is almost over the plate. I wish Joba wouldn’t come so close, but he’s clearly not aiming for the head.

    AndrewYF July 25, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • Superb night for the Yanks – Joba outpitched Beckett and they made a trade that I anyway view as a serious steal (commentary here seemed considerably cooler).
    I thought the pitch to Youkilis was worse than high and tight and the only reason I doubt intentional headhunting is because of the game situation – 1-0 lead, lead-off batter, etc. But I don’t at all blame Youk or the Sox or their fans for thinking this is all purposeful on Joba’s part. For all the stuff about Joba missing by a lot tonight he only wlked one guy – he certainly wasn’t that wild and especially not toward the end of the game, when he retireed 10 in a row. Having said that, while I detest headhunting, I have to say that it is thrilling to have what appears to be an intimidating ace taking over the top of the rotation for the first time in over a decade.
    On the trade, Nady should patrol left so Damon can DH and Gardner can stick around as pinch runner and periodic fielder – with Damon’s even further reduced shoulder, he should never have to throw a ball in anger again. Then Christian should get sent down. Giambi and Sexson to platoon first based on whether it’s a RHP or LHP they face. I think it is an exceptional pick-up for the Yanks, not to mention Marte.

    IronHorse (yf) July 26, 2008, 12:33 am
  • I agree overall about the umpiring. It was bad, but consistently bad. Marty Foster for some reason was really favoring the left side of the plate (from his view -inside to RJB, outside to LHB). He gave both sides a TON of leeway on that side – and didn’t give anything off the pate on the other side. There’s an interesting chart of the Pitch/fx spread of his called balls and strikes here:
    http://brooksbaseball.net/
    Now, as we can all see from that post, the called S3 to Lowell was perhaps the worst call of the night – which is a tough break for the Sox, but h was bad in calling strikes off the plate on that side all night. In fact, from the chart it looks like the Sox pitchers actually got a few more calls out there.
    And yeah, Pedroia was out on the SB attempt, but at kleast that was close. Foster really had a bad game behind the plate.
    IH – Agree on the trade – I love it. Tabata is still only 20, but he hadn’t really progressed over the last year or so. I think he’ll be a good player, but with Austin Jackson emerging the Yanks might already have a better option. Nady gives them a tough (righty!) bat that should stretch the lineup and spell the end of Gardner giving away 3 outs every game. But I think Damon should be in left and and Abreu should DH, with Nady in RF. Despite his poor arm, Damon is actually still quite a good LF because of his range. Assuming he is healthy enough to be out there, he should be. And Abreu is an absolute butcher in RF. Subbing Nady out there would be a HUGE improvement.

    Mark (YF) July 26, 2008, 10:19 am
  • Listened to the game while driving last night, crap outcome, but exciting.
    Joba threw at Youk’s head, period. There is no way to argue against that. I have watched it fifty times now.
    He’s a dirt bag, a hell of a pitcher, but a complete dirt bag.

    LocklandSF July 26, 2008, 11:13 am

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