Here We Go Again: Yanks-Sox Gamer

Joba Chamberlain was quite awful last weekend in Seattle. He’s on the mound in Fenway the Bronx tonight, while the Bombers will try and get to the remarkable Jon Lester. The Sox have won his last seven starts and he’s recorded four wins in a row. The last time he faced the Bombers, he held them to one run over seven innings.

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  • Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF
    —————
    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Martinez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    Bay LF
    Drew RF
    Varitek C
    Gonzalez SS

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 6:08 pm
  • Fenway??

    pale blue eyes September 25, 2009, 6:25 pm
  • My 4th grade son’s grammar homework was punctuation today and I swear to you that one of the sentences was, “The Yankees won”. I tried to convince him that a question mark belonged at the end but he refused…

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • Smart kid RBF!!! TIme to “mellow out” before the game…there will be SF’s in here tonight that aren’t used to me…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 6:41 pm
  • So if the Yankees sweep the Sox while the Rangers get swept then both the Yankees and Sox will clinch their respective playoff positions on the same field against each other on Sunday.
    About as likely as a 1-2-3 inning for Joba. Or a 4-4 night for the guy wearing the hockey jersey for the sox…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 6:43 pm
  • Oh, and P.S., Joba sucks. We have no chance in this game.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 6:51 pm
  • I just want the Sox to win one game this weekend…this one is the pitching match-up we should win…even with Tek in the lineup.

    Devine September 25, 2009, 6:54 pm
  • Devine –
    Same here, I just don’t want to have to watch the celebration.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 6:56 pm
  • Looks pretty windy up there…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:02 pm
  • We’re 19-10 in Joba’s starts…that’s amazing.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:03 pm
  • Yanks trotting their “A” lineup out there today. Let’s go Yankees!

    sam-YF September 25, 2009, 7:06 pm
  • First pitch ball…it’s over.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:10 pm
  • Joba with the slick fielding…1 out.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:12 pm
  • Pedrioa grounder to Captain Clutch…2 outs.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:13 pm
  • Joba’s on fire. We’re doomed.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • VMart on a 23 game hitting streak…wow. I’ve been hitting my bong for 23 games straight, at least…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • NICE! 1-2-3 inning on 13 pitches??? Really Joba???

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • Leadoff single for Jeter…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • Jeter steals 2nd…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • game over

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:19 pm
  • I have $3 on this game by the way…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:19 pm
  • Damon = fail. 1 out.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Quite the high roller there, Krueg

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Right? That’s how I do it…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • We have 3 chances to knock in Jeter…this is huge. Already blew 1…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • 2…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • AROD COMES THROUGH!!!! RBI SINGLE!!!! 1-0 good guys…great job ARod. Kate will reward you.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • ARod steals 2nd…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:28 pm
  • Walks Godzilla, 1st and 2nd, 2 outs…23 pitches for Lester…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • 3 outs. Sweet inning for the good guys, too bad there are 8 more!

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • Nope…ref said the ball bounced…still going!!!

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • ARod steals 3rd…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • BS 3rd strike call…NOW the inning is over.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Damn, what a break for Lester. That was almost bordering the batter’s box.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • The word has gotten out that you can run on Varitek at will, even with a lefty on the hill. Now 103 SB (just 15 caught – 12%) against him this year in 104 games.
    The best part is Martinez is no better.
    Somehow I think Scioscia is watching and laughing wildly.

    The 23 September 25, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • Lester the Molester with 30 pitches in the first.

    The 23 September 25, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • Youk grounds out to ARod…1 out.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • Awkward snag by Swish in RF, but we’ll take it…Papi ripped it. 2 outs.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • The Red Sox look like a team the Angels should murder. What’s going to be the excuse for Awesomest Manager Ever when he fails this time?
    Interesting play by Swisher.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • Damn, Joba looks great so far.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • SICK inning by Joba…1-2-3, 10 pitches and K’s Bay. Wow.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • Right? Let’s not jinx it, he can meltdown at any moment…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:40 pm
  • Figures Joba would save his one good game of the month for the Sox…

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Cano takes FOREVER to get into the box…then promptly singles…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Month Ethan? Try MONTHS…plural.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:43 pm
  • This is interesting, Cano, an awful basestealer, against Varitek, a guy with a granny arm. Joe should send him.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 7:43 pm
  • Swish K’s.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • Cano steals 2nd…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • Oh, man. I think this just assures that Varitek doesn’t start in the postseason. Humongous liability.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Joba has a perfect game going. Wow! A PERFECT GAME.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • joba leads the league in HBP’s, and is 4th in BB’s. how has he racked up those numbers pitching in abbreviated outings?

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • Melky lines out to Bay…2 outs.
    Ignoring RBF…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • With Varitek behind the plate, Lester has to assume that every base hit is a double.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • Because he inflicted a tremendous amount of damage in a short time Rod…with his suckitude.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • Well, he tries really hard on the HBP thing.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • Walks Jeter…1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Johnny. You know, he hasn’t hit a HR in awhile…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:49 pm
  • Johnny chokes…3 outs. Let’s see which Joba pitches this inning.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • Back to Joba’s PERFECT GAME.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • Drew pops out in foul grounds to Hip Hip…1 out.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • Joba’s fastball has some serious movement tonight so far…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • Tek K’s…2 outs.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • future sox catcher joe mauer hears you all talkin bad on tek and doesn’t appreciate it. joe thinks you all don’t appreciate a good game caller as much as you should.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • A third of the way towards a FULL PERFECT GAME!!!

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • K’s Gonzo…another 1-2-3 inning, not many pitches. This is out of control. *
    *so far

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • I heard a stat today that gave Varitek something like a .156/.252/.238 line since the all-star break. He doesn’t even belong on a postseason roster.
    I don’t know if Joba is better, or the Red Sox have given up. It looks a lot like the latter.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Um…I think you have that backwards Rod. Joe will be wearing Pinstripes my hard-rocking amigo! Kinda like Tex… ;)

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • rbf- did you see who’s throwing a perfect game?

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • We need some bombs from the bombers…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Rod –
    He’s amazing tonight – really on fire. If I were at the game, I’d hold up a PERFECT GAME sign for the guy.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Leadoff single for Tex…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • Make that a double in a second.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • 2ND DECK ABOMB FROM AROD!!! THAT BALL WAS DESTROYED!!!! 3-0 good guys…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Damn small stadium and unclutch hits.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • For clarification, LF 2nd deck…
    Godzilla singles.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • This game is a turning point!!!

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Turning point for the team in first place – God I hope so.

    rootbeerfloat September 25, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • Godzilla isn’t stealing any bases…bet of that.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • If Matsui ends up stealing second, Varitek should just retire right on the field.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • Bet ON that…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • Hip Hip pops out…1 out.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • I think Andrew meant turning point as in getting on a roll going into the playoffs…*
    *WAY too soon to say that by the way.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:10 pm
  • 69 pitches so far for Lester…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:10 pm
  • Double for Cano…2nd and 3rd, 1 out…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • I’m surprised Matsui even got to third.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • My turning point comment was sarcastic…

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Lester is not sharp tonight, but you can see why everyone loves this kid. He’s so sound mechanically and attacks the whole plate.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Is anybody warming for the Sox? Lester is one more bad pitch away from this becoming a blowout. He’s fortunate to only be down 3.

    Hudson September 25, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • just read an interesting article over at salaciousmlbrumors.com that tito is running a rope-a-dope strategy in tonites game. give the yanks confidence in joba and not showcase any of lesters good stuff. that tito is always one up-ing somebody.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Swish walks…that looked like a strike to me. Bases loaded, 1 out…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Varitek calling one heck of a game.

    The 23 September 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Um, Lester is not younger than Joba. He’s 10 months older. Where is this coming from?

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Hunter something or other is warming…

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Lester took one directly on his knee and went down…this is not cool.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Paul Byrd, come on down!

    The 23 September 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Lester’s got nothing tonight. Figure his first really bad game in months would come against the Yankees.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Oh no, I really don’t want Lester to be hurt. He’s actually my favorite Red Sox, no joke.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • That got him square in the knee man, this could be really bad…he is still down…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • mother fuck. sorry mods. but, mother fuck.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • No man, this deserves swearing. I really, really hope he’s okay.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • I really hope he is OK…that would be the worst.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Truly enjoying this one. So far. Honestly did not know Varitek’s arm had deteriorated this extremely. The only thing I care about is how does Joba do and so far je couldn’t look better.
    Holy smoke that hit Lester hard. That just sucks. Hope he is ok.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Jeez, I guess Varitek is resting his arm. And Lester too.

    am-SF September 25, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Aaaaaand there go the Sox’s playoff chances. Fuck.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Yankee fans giving him a hand…that’s cool.
    He limping off…no help. That sounded horrible when it hit him…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Oh good, he can walk. I’m guessing Lester skips his next start, although I think Beckett gets Game 1 back.
    Really hope he’s okay.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Ah frick!

    am-SF September 25, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Seriously, how has Varitek not been released already?

    The 23 September 25, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • Terrible blow there. Poor kid that ball was scorched.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • Love that clip of Lester’s no-hitter. I couldn’t help but smile. I don’t know if he’s my favorite non-Yankee, but he’s on the list.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • IH, he never really had a good arm — threw out maybe 20% but at least enough to keep runners honest. It has been even worse than usual this year.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • The 23: enough of the snarky one-liners attempting to goad SFs. They may have just lost their ace for the playoffs which just sucks for any team.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Anyway, back to the game…need more runs here…Joba has been known to completely fall apart at any moment for no reason.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Jeter RBI. 5-0

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Phew, thought that was a tailor-made doubleplay.
    Anyone going to watch the season premiere of Dollhouse tonight?

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • IH- did you get tix buddy?

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Is it crazy that I am hating thinking about Joba sitting all this time? That this lead may not be big enough for him?

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • Damon obliges with his sorry-ass…keep it together Joba.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • Not crazy, kreug, Leiter and Kay are thinking the same thing.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Yeah Ethan – I just never saw it this bad. Cano really doesn’t run on anyone. Anyway, bigger issues to wonder about I know. Lester’s got what, 12 days to recuperate and still get some warm-up work in before starting in a game 2? That’s actually a good while if it’s just a bad bruise and not structural.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • K, I think the most important part of Joba’s outing is pitching a good 90 pitch game. Him righting himself is more a concern than winning and losing I think. Love to win but this kid needs some confidence and momentum. The wait is huge though, agreed.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • “Foul to the left-hand side”…I think we found a worse announcer than Joe Morgan.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • 24 game hit streak extended.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • See, Joba’s lost it!

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • Yeah John – though had to skip ALDS. Got 2 tix to Game 6 of the ALCS. Figured – maybe foolishly – that a series vs. Boston or LA would likely go at least 6. By bizarre coincidence I got seats in the exact section and even row as my season pckge.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Who is this guy in the booth? He just yelled Wooow when Youk hit that liner.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Ortiz helps him out by grounding weakly in front of the plate.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • 1-2-HR-3 inning for Joba. Way to bounce back from the long inning!!! Oh, and thanks a lot VMart for ruining the shutout…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • What did you get John?

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Nice IH. If we match up game wise the beers on me.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • This game has a depressing feeling with the Lester injury. Of course I want the Yanks to bury Boston, but I was enjoying it a lot more when they were hitting Lester, making him work, etc. I don’t even know who this guy is.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • ok, maybe this is part of the process of dealing with lesters lose but, i still think the sox can get a ring with beckett/dice-k/buchholz. call me crazy.
    ….and, i think the sox will still win this game.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • I gave my presale code to a friend. My buddy has season tix and every playoff game so I’m buying one game each round from him. Which game TBD but looks like game 2 of each.

    John -YF September 25, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Awesome John. Hey, I’m sure I’d be on a long list in making this request, but if you know where I can get tix for G2 of the ALCS without having to sell a kidney, let me know.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Yankees hitters seemingly working full counts in every AB.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Go go Hunter Jones! Something tells me the Sox aren’t trying too hard to win this one.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Lester OK…bruised quad, X-rays negative. That’s really good news.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Good news on lester – just a bruise on thigh. I thought it had hit his kneecap.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • You do not buzz Godzilla’s tower.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Dude knocks Matsui down…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Oh my god, more stolen bases. Neither Varitek or Martinez can throw.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Horrible arms in the Boston infield (C and 1B anyway). A-Rod lucks out. Come on Hideki…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • ARod steals 2nd…VMart launches the throw into LF on the pickoff throw…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Nevermind…balk.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Nice. Matsui is solid.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Godzilla singles…ARod to 3rd…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • And here comes Bowden. I just can’t make myself give a damn about this game when the Sox are so obviously throwing it.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Hideki to Hunter: “This aggression will not stand, man”

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Horrid strike call on Jorge.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Hip Hip…RBI SINGLE!!! 6-1 good guys…1st and 2nd, 1 out…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • GIDP…lame.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Well, enjoy the win since the Sox have basically conceded the game. It would take a really epic Joba-meltdown to blow this one.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • 2 more solids by Joba plus one more such start from him and he is back in the circle of trust.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • The real Joba is back…2nd and 3rd, 1 out…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • That was a tough pitch for Drew to hit. Can’t fault Joba for that double, just a really nice piece of hitting.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Honestly, I’m amazed Varitek didn’t somehow hit into a triple play there.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • You guys have had a rough night Ethan so it is perhaps understandable that you keep saying the Sox aren’t trying, but they were trying pretty hard with their ace on the mound and still getting pounded. When he got hurt they were down by 3, bases were loaded and his pitch-count was already throuh the roof.
    But I do hope he is healthy for you guys in Oct.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Big K for the 2nd out…1 more Joba…come on.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Joba pitches out of trouble…impressive. Great job dude.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Jobalicious

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Indeed they were, but putting in Bowden has pretty much meant conceding the game.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Huge.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Man Leiter certainly is no lighter than when he played.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • The Bombers have slowed their roll, or had it slowed, either way it’s not cool…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Very tiresome banter with Jets football player in the booth. Man, this ump is bizarrely inconsistent on pitches at the knees.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Oh, and to be clear — of course I didn’t mean that they aren’t going to try. They are certainly going to try, they are professionals. I just meant that from a manegerial standpoint, Bowden has only really been used when there is no one else or the Sox are being spanked and Francona wants to save the rest of the bullpen (which is the case today, I believe).

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Bowden is laying us down like Dick Cheney on a hunting trip…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • lame.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • This game has the feel of a foregone conclusion. Except it’s not. Please don’t go completely asleep Yank bats.
    See if Joba’s got 3-6 more outs in him…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Haha, they love to prove me wrong.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • I hear you Ethan…unfortunately for us, Bowden cut through the Yanks like buttah
    And now the gnat is on 1st. Grumbles.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Joba getting momentum-shifting Ks. Nice.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • These are a couple confidence-(re)inspiring starts for Joba and AJ. Got to finish off Ortiz…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Or not.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Well…game on now.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Still a great start for Joba…good job brother! 3 run lead with 3 to play, it’s up to the bullpen if the bats can’t wake up again…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • OK – perfectly fine job by Joba. Insurance runs welcome.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Well, 3 straight games with a HR for Papi. Good sign going forward.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Teix about to bring the thunder…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • Leadoff walk for Johnny…let’s go!!!!

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • Why is damon not stealing?

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Damon steals 2nd…full count on Tex…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Man it’s sad watching Varitek. Honestly just sad.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Damon in easily. Teix about to go yard. I feel it.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • His throws seem almost entirely obligatory at this point…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • The cameraman totally f-cked us on that one…dick. Damon to 3rd…1 out

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Oh well. A-Rod can get the rbi with a groundball…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Whoops.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • AROD COMES THROUGH YET AGAIN!!!! RBI DOUBLE!!! 7-3 good guys…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Ellesbury should have caught that. Still, ARod is destroying them tonight.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • A-Rod has been crazy clutch this year with RISP.
    Four rather….distracting…spectators in front row behind the right-handed batters…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Walks Godzilla…1st and 2nd, 1 out…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • I saw those cougars IH…grrrrooooowwwwwwwwl.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Pitch gets away from Tek…runners advance…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Wow. Matsui looking nimble.
    Well. Not really.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • This is the Bowden I know.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Hip Hip…RBI!!! 8-3 Ancient-kneed Matsui gets caught between 3rd and home, Hip Hip to 2nd, 2 outs…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Thanks for the sound effects kr!
    Horrible base “running” by Matsui. It took him 20 feet to stop and reverse course. It’s like throwing an aircraft carrier into reverse.
    The 5-run lead is back and with it the tension in the game returns to wet-noodle status.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Cano fouls out to Tek…lame.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • Cano back to his free-swinging ways.
    Yanks and Sox are incapable of playing a fast-paced game.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Read your aircraft carrier bit to Mrs. Krueg, we are laughing our asses off IH. Nicely done.
    And thanks, I’m a man of the people.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Come on Ace, don’t make Joe bring in Melacon…please???

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • Melancon warming. Uh oh. Beaned batters suddenly a srong possibility.
    Tek GIDPs.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • GIDP by Tek…nice.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • 7 pitch inning for Ace…beautiful.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Ronan Tynan sings at Sabres games too…his voice is amazing.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Just waking up and I see they’re playing the game on ESPN here (with the YES broadcast!) Woo hoo! Just turned on the tv and Ronan Tynan is singing “God Bless America”, so I guess I’m late but I like the score. Reading the thread it seems that the Yanks had a plan specifically to expose V-Tek’s arm. A-Rod has 3 stolen bases. Wow!

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Swish almost falls over flailing at the pitch…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Swish in a huge slump…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • 2 more innings and magic number goes to 3 with big nights for Joba and A-Rod.
    Twins winning in the 6th, though Butler just cremated a ball into ridiculously deep LF off one Carl Pavano for a 3-run HR to make it a 2-run game. Love how the Twins make it interesting every year.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Yeah Nick – everyone but Hideki has run on Tek. And they jumped on Lester early in the counts. All around a very good game for NY.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Jeter with a Jeterian single to RF…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Jeter steals 2nd…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • What an embarrassing game for Varitek. Holy cow is he finished.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Does it count as “Exposing” if everybody already knows?

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • I see one of these famous stolen bases against Varitek.
    I wonder if he is starts a game in the postseason.

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Walks Johnny…1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Tex…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Though to be honest, stealing bases on him at this point with a 5 run lead in the 7th is kind of bush league.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Tex with the rbi single! And now A-Rod.

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • RBI SINGLE FOR TEX!!! 9-3!!! Johnny to 3rd, 2 outs for ARod…
    I knew Tek was not as good, but I don’t watch much of the Sox so I had no idea he was this bad?

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • ARod is having a monster game…wow.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • For some reason Delcarmen has become completely incapable of getting the 3rd out. Exact same thing happened to him against KC.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Walks ARod…bases loaded for Godzilla, 2 outs…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • bases loaded. I wonder if they all try to steal, including Damon. Would that count as 3 steals?

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • I disagree kr. 5 run lead vs. this offense with 2 innings to go isn’t enough to take the foot off the pedal. Too many bizarre late-game heroics in these games to rest easy. Unless Hideki drives in a few here…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • On Varitek, I am a bit shocked that he is this easy to run on. Like Ethan said ealier, he never had a gun, but it now looks Damon-esque. Thing is, they don’t have a particularly strong defensive back-up, at least not that I know of. Martinez is a great player but primarily with the bat.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • Dustin takes a dive…then K’s

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • Pedroia’s swinging Ks are so dramatic.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • With the way the bullpen has been pitching, and if we expect to win anything, a 3 run lead should be good enough to win a game…in my humble opinion. With all due respect to my elder. ;)

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Game calling ability is one of those things that seems not to be quantified, but basically that has to be the only reason why Varitek would start a game in the postseason.

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • VMart singles of Tex’s glove…thought he had that one on the dive…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • To quote Bull Durham “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball. You catch the ball. You hit the ball.”
    Sadly, Varitek can not really do any of those well any more. He had a slightly promising first half of the year, showing a little bit of power, but recently he has directly cost the Sox games with failures in all 3 of those aspects.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • 3-run lead? You are a very confident man kr. We’ve got 2 on with Boston’s best hitters up – he’d represent the the tying run right here. And it’s not even the 9th. Keep the pressure on Yanks!!!!!

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • 9-4 lame. Damon bobbles the ball in LF and VMart goes to 3rd. Not cool. This non-chalant bullsh-t needs to end. Now.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • If Ortiz gets a hold of another one here we are right back in the thick of a game. Come on Marte!

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • Marte coming in…to face Papi…this game is going to be 9-7 withing minutes.
    I’m saying if we used the best arms in the bullpen, playoff style…Ace, Hughes, Mo with a 3 run lead should be good enough.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:38 pm
  • Marte pitching in a HUGE spot for his playoff roster life…let’s watch.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:38 pm
  • 9-5. 2 outs. Papi was trucking!

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:39 pm
  • Phranchise in to get the 3rd out…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • Yanks getting serious now, in comes Hughes.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • Damn. A shame to have to use Hughes though hopefully for one batter…

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • Agreed IH…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:43 pm
  • K’s Bay!!!!

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:44 pm
  • Jason Bay looks like someone famous, but who?
    Phil Franchise does what he does. hat fast ball is ridiculous right now.

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • The Sox…surrendered??? So weird.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • I don’t know Nick…Jason Bay?
    Agree kr on the A-line relief corps.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Swish pops out to the infield…lame. Slumpy McSlumperson.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Not really that weird krueg. I wasn’t kidding about he managerial decisions pointing towards Francona trying to get guys some rest this game.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Coke in for the 9th…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Props to you Ethan on sticking it out here with no other sf support for the last several innings.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • Yeah, I guess not Ethan…

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • Twins close to 2 games behind Detroit with another series against them coming up. Keep pushing Detroit to trot Verlander out there until the very last day of the season fellas!!

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:58 pm
  • Wow Cool keep on keeping on..

    chris brown September 25, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • How inexcusable is it to walk the leadoff man here?!?!?! Lob the ball across the plate if you need to, but don’t walk anyone!

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • Thanks IH, I have pretty thick skin :P

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 11:01 pm
  • K’s Tek…1 out.

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • SWEET DOUBLE PLAY TO END THE GAME!!!! YANKEES WIN….THAAAAAAA YANKEES WIN!!!
    That was an awesome game. Joba was great, offense went off on Lester, bullpen was solid. All-around beauty. Let’s hope CC pitches well tomorrow and we’re in good shape!!!

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • I got it! He looks like Cameron from Ferris Beullers. I think I remember reading that somewhere here or else where. Anyway, it’s perfect.

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • Varitek looked bad there too. Ugh.
    Very nice DP to close it out. With the rather momentous exception of Lester’s injury, a very satisfying all around game for yfs.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • And from the other point of view… damn that was a terrible game. Lester had absolutely nothing even before he got knocked out. Couldn’t find the strike zone and those which did tended to be hangers or down the pipe(like the single to Teixeira and A-Rod’s HR).
    I love Varitek in the way a mother still loves her son after he’s been convicted of a felony.
    Joba was good but got some lucky breaks — huge squander by the Sox with no out and runners on 2nd and 3rd.
    Bowden almost showed something good today before reverting to his normal self.
    Delcarmen still can’t pitch.
    Hughes is pretty great.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 11:07 pm
  • The Yank’s AL East Magic Number: 3
    Red Sox Wild Card Magic Number: 3

    MikeZ September 25, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Good night all. If CC can be CC tomorrow we have a real shot at clinching on Sunday.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • I like the analogy on Varitek Ethan. Incidentally, weren’t the late-game pile-on runs scored after Bowden left and not before?

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • Only 1 run after he left IH. I think.

    Ethan-SF September 25, 2009, 11:14 pm

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