Whoa. That’s one long post below. For brevity’s sake, let’s all use this as our game thread for the night.
The other post had more feeling and reminded me why I love thisgame so much, as well as the rivalry…..but this will work.
youk batting 8th now is that what I saw?
The mantra for tonight is that it can’t be as bad last.
Crisp hits a ground ball to Cano for the first out.
It sure did have heart. Want to keep these game threads right to the point tho, get us all into the game. Speaking of which: 4-3. 1 Down!
Youk: not batting first. I continue to seethe.
Good. Get Wang to work from the stretch.
Loretta getting to work
Loretta steps in to face Wang. Take a pitch on the outside corner for a strike. Fastball fouled off for strike two. Another fastball outside for ball 1. Wang misses for ball 2. Deuces: sinker that doesn’t and is Loretta hits it to left for a single.
Ortiz just swung through a pitch he should CREAM.
Ortiz takes a pitch outside for ball one. Tipped swinging strike on a fastball.
Thought Papi was gonna get a single out a that!
Tough luck, both ways. Check swing cheapens the at-bat, but once it was on the move I wanted it to stay fair. Papi is struggling big time right now, the average really sinking.
Check swing just foul up third for 2 strikes. 1-2. Missed the pitch in real time; looked like a fastball swinging for strike three but it could have been a change since I only saw it in slow mo.
Sorry about the long post :-\. I wondered whether I should break it out into its own baby. I’ll edit the subject here in a sec to make it its own entity.
M-Lor back on track.
Manny on the one one with two outs; fouled the fastball back. It’s one and two: WAY outside for 2-2. looked like Posada called a semi-pitchout.
Craig Hansen, as I commented in an earlier thread, is up for the game.
Where was that?!
Breaking ball outside makes the count full, about six inches off the corner.
Outside. Asked and answered.
And now a balk.
2-2 pitch most definitely outside. Perhaps not last night.
Wang with a balk to advance Loretta.
Sox on a pace to leave 18 on base. And they aren’t even out of the inning yet. How’s that for confidence!
Ramirez holds up and takes the walk on a breaking pitch outside and low.
Would be nice to score early off Wang…
Thought he had him there too. Nope. Gotta put in the contacts.
Blech, Nixon looked lost on that one.
It’s really amazing. I feel the same way, SF. Sox have men on base, I wonder how we’ll manage to not drive them home…
Awful at-bat from Trot. Inning over. My lack of faith: rewarded.
Two grounders to second and a K. Typical Wang inning.
Fastball on the outside edge for strike one. First and second, two outs. Nixon is no where near the sinker low and away. 0-2: Weakly grounded to Cano on a defensive swing… low pitch, probably would have been a ball but it had a good break on it. end of the inning.
I think it is the time of the night to turn to ole Jack Daniels….may need him with Pauley puking out in the bullpen.
And now I must go to the kitchen to prepare dinner. Back in a while. Hopefully it’s not 13-3 Yankees when I return.
Have a stiff drink SF
Trot now 0-8 against Wang.
I never thought I’d say this, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Pauley will do better tonight than Beckett. How much better is the concern/question.
Beauty of a bunt from JD there.
Perfect bunt by Damon to lead off for NY.
I mean, that’s perfect. Lowell won’t throw him out if he’s playing 45 feet from home.
Dumb GameCast ball made that look like a popup instead of a bunt…
A beaut. Drive him in Leche!
Drive THAT in, Leche!!!
Yes it did Paul…pissed me off.
DP. Oh well.
Paul: Thank you for that post on the other thread by the way. Great read.
It’s 1-1 to Cabrera, Damon on first. grounded to short. Cora fields it and makes a good throw to first to get Damon. 6-3 DP.
Dp for Pauley. Giambi grounds out. Inning over.
Me too, I was thinking, “Great! Quick first out!” and it’s a bunt hit. What’s the point if you can’t accurately represent it?
Giambi hits it on the ground up the line straight at Youk to end the inning.
Giambino out on the ground too. Gonna be a lotta ground outs tonight, if these guys are right.
Phew. Well done, DP. And I mean that two ways. Now, to the kitchen!!
What happened? gamecast showed Melky batting then Giambi suddenly grounded out. What we go to the deciding pitch option in a video game?
AG, No problem. I think the Rohr story is one of the best of the rivalry. It’s made better, I think, by the fact that it’s the only notable thing he ever did.
Boston called up Hansen just before game time??
Melky hit a grounder straight at Cora. He stepped on the bag for the force on Damon and then made a great throw leaping over Damon who was trying to break up the play to get Cabrera at first in time.
Varitek average is dropping like stock options.
Thanks AG…I am getting gamecasted early
Nice to get through the first without too much drama. Six pitches, dontcha know.
Wow indeed they did :D
To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Jermaine Van Buren was optioned to the PawSox.
yep, TJ, Hansen is up. Foulke has some sort of injury, although he hasn’t been DL’ed. I’m not completely clear on that myself.
Tek fouls the 2-0 fastball off to left. 2-1: sinker is hit weakly to Phillips who plays it himself for the first out.
Actually, Tek’s average has gone up of late (best avg on the team last week). It’s Papi’s that has been in the tank.
Why Van Buren??????????? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Foulke’s been dealing with a back strain, I think. It’s apparently been occurring off and on and gets better with rest. Apparently not this time though…
I’m much more concerned about Tek than Papi though. Papi will snap out of it. I’m not quite sure what’s been up with Tek. He’s been truly awful so far this season.
Lowell takes a strike. 0-1 is outside. 1-1 is just low. 2-1 is a fastball fouled off to right. Deuces: Groundball muffed by Cairo. E-6 to put Lowell on first.
Papi worries me…makes me think he is hiding something.
Van Buren threw 70 pitches over two nights. He needs some time off. He’ll probably be back in ten days. We really need the extra arm in the pen.
Yeah I guess you’re right Laura. I just like him a lot and think he’s shown that he deserves to be here.
What I want to know is why Lowell and Youk are hitting 7-8 tonight. That’s pretty ridiculous. They’ve been our most consistent hitters all season.
Youk with a bloop single.
Youk takes inside for ball one with one away. Wang checks Lowell at first. Lowell’s not fast. Focus on Youk, Wang!
Strike one. 1-1: breaking pitch for a strike. 1-2: fouled on the ground up third. 1-2: lifted to right, falls in for a base hit in front of Bernie. Lowell had to hold at second.
GameCast is calling it an infield single. Is that right?
Bernie!!! Catch that. Or make the throw. Sheesh.
Yeah, I don’t understand that all, even though I generally agree with the saberheads who argue that lineup means little in the overall scheme of things.
Cora is up and is behind 0-1 with runners on first and second, one out. strike two, fastball on the outside corner. 0-2: Cora pops the 0-2 straight up behind the plate. 2 away.
Alex Cora, doing his part to increase our LOB numbers…
Paul: no, it was a Texas-leaguer to right.
No, AG, sorry. I meant the Lowell grounder to short…
Crisp takes ball one and then a fastball for a strike. 1-1: fastball fouled that Crisp fouls off his shin. Ouch.
Oh.. Lowell was E6. Cairo dropped the ball transferring it from his glove to his throwing hand.
1-2: Good rip from Crisp but foul up the first base line on the ground. 1-2: almost chased the change but it was just outside for ball 2.
Good AB here from Crisp, working that pitch count up!
Deuces everywhere; Top 2, 2 outs, 2 on, 2-2 count.
Wang feeds a ball inside; Crisp turns on it but hits it foul up first. Good at bat from Crisp. Really stretching it out.
Good ab from Coco, but he pops it up. 4 LOB through two. Not cool, especially with a rookie pitcher on the mound.
Crisp reaches out and hits a pop foul to Cairo. I’m sure Crisp did not want to swing at that pitch but he committed. It was outside and low; he had to stretch and hit it of the top/end of the bat.
Sucky result though…
47 pitches already for Wang
Wow! Just checked and Wang at 48 pitches through 2.
Yeah, the plus is that the Sox hitters are solving Wang to some extent (aided by the error), but not enough to actually string the hits together…
Runs would be preferable, obviously, but I’m liking Wang with 48 pitches thru 2.
I fear only one pitcher in the Yanks’ pen. And don’t forget Wang just pitched to get the save against Baltimore 2 or 3 games ago…
Culinary break. Good to see the Sox keeping up their LOB pace.
Hey YF: what do you want for dinner Saturday?
Pauley k’s A-rod!! Nice!
the LOB are KILLING me smalls :(
ARod is at one and one. Takes the inside pitch for ball 2. Nice curve that ARod bites at and misses. 2-2. ARod down swinging on a great sinking fastball inside and low. Nice pitch.
Yeah, Pauley!! :-D
Ooh, tough call on the 2-0 pitch to Posada.
Posada takes ball one low. 2-0 on another low pitch. Ball three on another pitch just below the knees. Posada walks on four pitches.
Four pitch walk to Posada.
I’d like to note here how weird it is to see my name all over the place when this kid pitches…
Strikes out A-rod and walks Posada?
How do you go from striking out Rodriguez to walking Posada on four?
Cano hits a single to right swinging on the first pitch. Posada is at second.
And he pays for it. 4 pitch walk.
Anyone wonder what Al Nipper is actually doing for the Sox? With Beckett’s troubles and Clement’s troubles and Tavarez and Seanez’ poor years, it makes me wonder if he’s actually any good.
Cano with a hit. We could use one of those ground balls just about now.
Phillips is up and fouls the first fastball up 3rd for strike one.
SF: Yeah, that 2-0 looked pretty good to me.
Nipper needs to wake up.
What, no curtain call on the pop to right?
0-2 is outside for ball one. Phillips hits the 1-2 high in the air but right at Nixon in short right for the second out. No chance for a tag.
Gamecast just crapped out….
Bernie takes strike one. 0-1 fastball is inside. 1-1 is away. 2-1: change fouled back.
Yeah mine too… It’s having alll sorts of problems tonight.
3-2. This pitch should be very interesting.
It’s a plot…I smell conspiracy
2-2, two outs, two on, bottom of 2. Sounds familiar.
Bernie takes a pitch low to bring the count full.
Payoff from Pauley: (that has a nice ring)
Bernie hits a hopper to 2nd to end the inning 4-3.
It cleared all the men off the bases, which was either very good or very bad. Turns out it’s neither.
Inning over. Pauley up to 25 pitches.
Well done, Walnuts.
Wow. Preston Mattingly drafted 31 by the Dodgers.
i am going to end up on the DL by hitting the refresh button every six seconds
Attackgerbil: the human Gamecast. He should go on Letterman.
Gamecast looks up again
That’s twice in two innings GameCast is showing two-out innings for the Yankees. You know, if MLB wanted to make that rule change, I’d be OK with it…
You know King George was not going to have another Mattingly in the house.
Mook and Donnie B both name their kid Preston. Interesting.
wang 50 pitches, pauley 26….not too shabby
Let us see if some more runners can get stranded
YF: I saw that Mattingly draft and was happy because if he does well and makes AAA, he’ll play for the Las Vegas 51s, which is in the PCL, same as the Portland Beavers. Looking forward to seeing him.
It would be nice if the hung you know 10 runs this inning for Pauley.
If you look at FanGraphs’ charts for Papi, you’ll see that his slump here is pretty characteristic, and that he started the year better then normal. He really seems to wake up in July and just become a beast until everyone goes home for the winter…
Nice, Papi. That’ll teach us to question his bigness.
Ortiz sends it off the 2nd deck facade in right. wow, that left in a hurry. 1 – 0 Boston. Wang hung a change at the belt.
That guy’s pretty good. We should trade for him.
At least no one on.
Like I was saying, if you think Papi’s in a slump, you’re a freakin idiot…
I leave the room for one minute…
YES just worked the telestrator on the Papi dinger. Highly unnecessary.
Curve is in for strike 2 against Manny.
Wang loses the handle on the 0-2 and throws the curve in the dirt way outside. 1-2 to Ramirez: fouled back and right.
And Wang just hung one to Manny on 1-2 and Manny doesn’t take advantage.
And back to the kitchen to finish cooking. Will return in a bit.
I love the way Ortiz steps back after he hits a long one. Like he’s kibbitzing with the catcher: “Look at THAT THING go.”
Wang throws another pitch wildly outside. Don’t like that at all.
2-2: Posada set up outside but Wang left it over the middle and at the knees. Ramirez goes with the breaking pitch the other way and hits it past a diving Phillips for a single.
Manny with an oppisite-field single.
And Manny with the single — he’s all convenience store on Wang’s backside (7 for 11)…
I love the way Ortiz steps back after he hits a long one. Like he’s kibbitzing with the catcher: “Look at THAT THING go.”
Should I call you on the double standard with Manny now or later?
SF: I’m watching it on NESN. SO MUCH better than listening to ESPN last night.
Uh oh. Wang;s trying (and failing) to paint corners. That Ortiz shot might have gotten a little to him…
AG: I am watching it on YES with the sound off. It’s like watching NESN, without Remy or Orsillo.
Wang has thrown three straight balls to Trot. 3-0: strike one ant Trot was taking all the way.
That sucked. Absolute ROCKET right to first for a double play. Wang is very, very lucky there.
3-1 is fouled up the left field line. Nixon hits it hard but it’s right at Phillips who steps on first for the DP. End of the inning.
On ESPN they are showing Clemens pitch in a “A” game. This game is not televised, but a “A” game is?
AG: Aren’t Don and Jerry great? I’m so glad that we have them for announcers.
of course gamecast showed Nixon’s hit as a pop up.
That ball was screaming. Could easily have been extra bases.
SF, what are you listening to? Sox baby? Mrs Sox?
Please don’t all jump on me for asking this, but what does it mean when they say that Wang doesn’t like working out of the stretch?
They’re only showing his pitches. Which is even more absurd and unnecessary than showing Bonds’ quest for 713.
Laura: I agree. They are really, really good. I love the fact that they don’t try to fill every moment with the sound of their own voices just to hear themselves speak, and when they say something, it’s actually useful.
Sam: pitching with men on base, one foot on the rubber, sideways.
There’s no double standard. I don’t have any problem with Manny. It doesn’t bother me when he watches his dingers a bit. The Proctor thing, however, crossed the line between fun and intentionally insulting. Papi’s shtick seems pretty harmless. If there’s a bit of gamesmanship, fine.
0-1 is high and far to left but just foul. Cairo then hits the 0-2 in the hole between short and third to lead off the bottom of the third.
One out as Damon pops out.
Probably that he performs poorly with runners on base, a situation that requires pitchers to use a shorter, half-windup to avoid the stolen base, called the stretch (I assume) because it begins kind of where the pitcher is beginning to stretch his leg to the plate.
But YF, you did know that Proctor made a BS comment about Manny after the previous game after he struck him out, and that’s what Manny was responding to, don’t you?
BTW: where I’m at, this game is on WOR, not YES.
ground out..fly out…is pauley getting those sinkers to work for him??
damn I wish the TV feed worked at my office…stuck with Gameday…nothing else :(
Yeah, we learned that later. I don’t approve of the behavior on either side. Two wrongs, and all….
Cabrera is hitting .375 (6/16) against Boston. Pretty good…
Yes, it’s on WOR. Graphics look identical, so I forgot which channel it was on.
Strike one to Cabrera at the knees. 0-1 is inside for a ball. 1-1 from Pauley: in the dirt for ball 2. The two-one is popped high and in the air by the visitor’s dugout, but it drifts foul for strike 2.
The 2-2 is in the dirt to bring the count full.
What did Proctor say? I haven’t seen anything on it. I am sure it had to do with Manny “watching” ?
It’s updated reasonably quickly (faster than any of the others, in my experience) and is fairly descriptive, e.g., “Ortiz homers hard to right.”
Full count: hit and run is on but Cabrera fouls it back. Cabrera grounds the next payoff straight at second, but Cairo was running and the play is to first. Two away, Cairo on second.
That’s two more groundouts for Pauley. I’d say his sinker is working quite well tonight, better thus far than Wang’s.
Giambi hits a ground ball up the middle. Cora was playing shaded to his left and has an easy play to first, since Jason’s so slow. Inning over.
Rob: I forget the exact wording, but manny didn’t like it, and that is why he stared him down for so long…most yankee fans forget why manny was mad and just say he was being a jerk.
forgetting what their player did ;)
Ooooh, the CBS one is pretty too… I hate MLB.com’s because it’s so sterile. ESPN does the cool ball-fly graphics and looks nicer.
I might convert to CBS though, depending how it does with this half-inning.
We really need Wang to work fast here.
Facing Tek in the top of 4. First pitch is a strike. 0-1 is hit hard and high to right center. Damon drifts under it at about 380 feet for the first out.
What did Proctor say? I haven’t seen anything on it. I am sure it had to do with Manny “watching”?
No, Proctor struck Manny out the week before and made some comment about how easy it was to K Manny or something like that, and Manny didn’t like it. I agree with YF: dumb to say, dumb response. But I do understand where the response came from, is all I am saying. Manny probably doesn’t act that way without the comment.
Comebacker to Wang from Lowell; easy throw to first for the second out.
here we go again…taking early hacks instead of working the count.
Yeah, it was pretty clear watching that Manny/Proctor at bat that Manny was looking at him with intent, not just because he was wanting to watch the HR.
I used to hate it when players watched, but Papi kind of changed my mind on that. He’s clearly having a lot of fun out there, and what’s the point of enjoying your craft if you can’t watch what you’ve just accomplished?
Youk takes strike one on the outside corner fastball. 0-1 is a nice pitch for strike 2. 0-2: in the dirt for ball one. 1-2: fastball grounded at Cairo to end the inning. Nice work by Wang there.
Sorry SF…I “ASS”umed it was in regards to the usual Manny complaints.
the proctor comment was fairly innocuous, if i recall. something dumb that he shouldn’t have said after getting manny out. whatever. the response was, i would say, i would say, a major escalation, especially seeing as he had just put a ginormous dinger out on him, which basically said enough. but it would be good if these guys, all of them, could actually act like adults, and not the 9 year olds who idolize them. not to mention the 36 year olds.
They do this all the freakin’ time. A pitcher is struggling and they start to take early swings and give him the quick inning he needs. So frustrating…
Wng at 71 pitches through four. Pauley at 40 through three.
What a 7 pitch inning?
And four of those to Youk, who still saw fewer than his average before swinging…
Pauley owns A-Rod.
ARod leads off with a ground ball to third. Lowell short-hops the throw but Youk scoops it easily for the first out.
Posada with the one-out double.
Posada hits a 2-seam fastball it to the wall in left center for a stand-up double.
Posada owns Pauley
speaking of manny, there he is, with a fairly desultory back-up of coco. but no worries–jorge ain’t gonna pull a melky anytime soon.
YF: you talk smack about one of the best hitters in the game today, as a pitcher he regularly will face, and he is going to come back with a HR eventually…and he will let you know he knows it was off you.
proctor shoulda kept his mouth shut, kicking a sleeping giant only gets you stomped when it awakes.
Sinker not sinking so much. Changeup not changing.
GameCast review: I think CBS serves as a good backup/stat source for ESPN’s, but ESPN is easier to follow along with…
Dinner awaits. Be back!
Pauley leads off with a pitch low and in the dirt for ball one to Cano. Cano takes a strike looking.
The 1-1: change ripped up first but puled just foul. Cano was all over that one.
Fastaball is grounded out to 1st. Pauley covers the bag to record the out from Youk. Posada advances to third. Phillips up.
hey. like i said. proctor shoulda kept his mouth shut. not the point, though.
And AP strands Jorge. Grr.
Two outs. Phillips misses the breaking ball for strike one. Good pitch. 1-0 is outside. The 1-1: change at the waist, but Phillips is way in front of it and fouls it up third. Very nice pitch from Pauley on a sinking fastball away that Phillips chases to end the inning on a swinging k.
Walnuts. Much better tonight.
Really, Paul? I find ESPN too busy. Can’t tell what the hell I’m looking at.
We head to the top of five with Cora, Crisp, and Loretta due up.
Cora takes ball one. Fastball is high for ball two. 2-0 is at Cairo for the 6-3 to record the first out.
This game just ain’t the same sans Cap.
Cairo pulls a whoopsy-do
I love MLB game day….and I find all the others not full of enough info.
MLB gameday, stats, player bios, game stats, season stats, per bat, breakdown of pitch by pitch…what more do you need?
I usually run MLB TV…but gameday works well in it’s absence
Slow roller to Cairo. He juggles it but I doubt there would have been a play as Crisp is so fast. But still…
Crisp on first with one away to Loretta.
Strike on looking on the inside corner to Loretta. 0-1: Wang checks Crisp at first, then a pitchout. Crisp wasn’t running.
Kay, Murc, Kitty noting that TLong was DFA’d so the team could bring up a spare infielder (Nick Green; they could have used him last night to get a few guys a bit of rest,) Apparently, the Yankee brass thinks that TLong will pass through the waivers, so they can retain him, because they LIKE him. But maybe it’s kind of a hint, you know, when no body else wants him….
1-2 is a slider that just misses corner outside. 2-2: Grounder to Cano who tosses to Cairo for one, back to Phillips for two. 4-6-3 DP ends the inning.
Of course, tonight is the pitching match-up. Makes complete sense.
Bernie is up. Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!
First pitch home run to tie the game
Bernie Williams just hit a home run. Yuck.
that is like giving up a HR to Agon…
Crisp flags a another first pitch cut, hit deep to right center by Cairo for the first out. Damon is up and takes strike one.
Fastball outside on the 0-2 for ball 1. 1-2 is another fastball, low for ball 2. 2-2: curve ball fouled up first.
Damon hits a change right at Loretta for a line drive out. Cabrera up.
Much as I love that dinger, there’s a part of me that really wants to see this thing go into the ninth with the Yanks down a run–just so the Yanks can win it against Papelbon. Teach the boy a hard lesson.
On second thought, better to just get the go aheads as soon as possible….
Was there a curtain call? If so, why do they have them after every home run? I go back to the “dilution of the standing O” metaphor…
You know…this never would have been the game I’d flag as a pitchers’ duel. Just goes to show you crazy this game is.
First pitch is way inside for ball one. Melky takes the 1-0 low and away for ball 2. 2-0 is a fastball for a strike. He swings at a high outside fastball for 2-2. 2-2: hit on the ground at second for the final out of the inning.
SF: It’s Bernie Love. He may never hit another!
Walnuts. What more can you ask of the kid?!
SF: Yes, there was a CC.
YF, bite your tongue! I prefer scoring a ton; someone else can teach Paps.
Oy. On the CC.
Bernie-love. It defies logic. Seems like he gets a curtain call for anything whatsoever. I don’t mind giving the old man his due.
Papi is up. He fouls the first pitch off to left. The 0-1 is a fastball on the outside that Papi hits high in the air to left for the first out.
Man. Every time Papi swings i think it’s gone.a
Oh boy. Here we go. Don’t poke the sleeping dogs!
Wang throws one inside at Manny’s chin. It’s a ball as it careens off the umps helmet. The 1-0 is a fastball inside. 2-0 is inside again and Posada comes out to talk about it.
Classy fans cheering the headshot? Or so I hear…
3-0: Fastball on the outside corner that manny thought was low. 3 and 1. Fastball that hung over the middle but Manny missed it. Lucky, lucky lucky there.
What the hell was that?? I love Manny, but come on…
What a dumb bit of baserunning there…
Full count is hit to center for a base hit. Manny commits a horrible base running error and tries for second. He’s out by a mile.
Holy shit. HUGE SWING. Dumb play by Manny pushing a single into a double. Thrown out dead to rights at second. Classy move to help Cano after the hard slide. So don’t anyone say Manny’s that bad a guy.
I know it’s Damon out there, but did he get sent? Interruption in play as I think there is a fan on the field.
SF, get off the field!
Nixon up, pitcher Varitek on deck.
Yeah, apparently some moron jumped on the field.
Thanks, now I get called a moron.
Nick wins the Line of the Night Award!
I’d like to thank my mother, but more importantly, I couldn’t have done this without my agent.
(Gerbil falls out of his chair laughing)
Go away, all of you.
Pauley with a ball to Giambi. Then a close pitch called for a strike to make it 1-1 (looked low). 1-1 is a ball. 2-1: Giambi swings through a fastball for strike 2. 2-2 is fouled back and left. 2-2 pulled up first straight at Youk for one away.
See how much more fun we all have when the game is close?
SF needs a hug. Or a beer. Or both.
I can’t believe this is the same Pauley. Good job by the kid.
Nice play by Lowell to gun down his counterpart.
1-0 asPauley misses outside to ARod. The 1-0 is way outside. 2-0 is up the line on Lowell ‘s outside. Good stab, great throw to first to get ARod. nice gun.
All SF wants now is a couple of runs. And let’s hope he doesn’t get ’em.
Pauley been watching those “How to pitch with Curt” videos
Pauley is behind 2-0 to Posada, who takes a pitch at the knees for strike one. 2-1 is a nice hit to right by Posada, who is having a hell of a game.
I have a feeling the double-digit hit streak will snap tonight. OK, I guess, as long as we make good with the hits we do get.
Posada…walk, double, single…..hmmm
Cano misses swinging for strike one. Two outs, 0-1 to Cano: inside and low for 1-1. 1-1 is grounded at Youk who tosses to Pauley who is over quickly to cover the bag. Pauley is fast!
Who is this Pauley punk anyhow?!
Walnuts. What a great job.
pauley at 80 pitches through 6.
Is Pauley running on adrenaline, our new #4 pitcher, or just having good luck against a team that’s never seen him?
Whichever is the case, I’ll take it.
Yes, yes, and yes, perhaps.
Newsflash: Jeets leading AL All-Star vote getter.
Tek takes strike one to lead off the top of the seventh. The 0-1 is a nice breaking pitch inside swung on and missed. 0-2: Strike three looking on a fastball that tailed back over the plate though tek thought it was inside.
Actually, I don’t need a hug. Or a beer. Or runs. I need TERRY TO BAT TEK 8TH.
Adventures in outfielding with Berns! Lookin’ almost Sheffieldian out there.
Wang throws a strike to Lowell, then misses a bit outside for 1-1. Lowell ropes one to right that Bernie could have caught, then booted. The throw to Cairo is a half-a-step late at second. Should be a single with E-9 for the advance.
Curtain call for Bernie!
Come on Youk.
Proctor warming. Great. Just in time to come in for…Manny!
Youk walks. First and second, one out. For Alex Cora.
Wang is down 3-0 quickly to Youk. One out, Lowell on second. Strike one on the outside corner. Looked like it might have been a ball. 3-1: Same pitch, but this is called a ball and Youk takes first. Guidry out to check on Wang as Cora comes up.
Wang over the 100 pitch count
It appears manny’s personal pitcher is warming up….
I might pinch hit here, but there’s nobody to pinch hit. Beckett?!
Curtain call for AP!!
AP!!! Get that gold glove fitted.
Cora swings at the first pitch and hits it straight at Phillips. Both runners retreat. Two outs.
Yeah, WMP’s presence on the bench is being missed in sitiations like this.
of course…Cora swings at the first pitch.
That little butterfly act with the fingers by Crisp…..annoying.
Sorry about the double post. It was the InterWeb’s fault. And a crappy joke anyway.
Crisp is up with runners on first and second, two outs. takes ball one. The one-oh: sinking fastball fouled up first. 1-1: fastball hit foul down third into the stands. Fans come alive for the 1-2: fastball low for ball two.
That little butterfly act with YFs fingers on the keyboard…annoying.
Come on, Coco…
Oh, and the finger thing is not as annoying as Sheffield’s bat going back and forth.
2-2 is fouled off. Another 2-2: fastball high for ball 3. Proctor and Myers in the pen for NY.
Urgh. Two more LOB.
Full count: hit on the ground at Phillips who tosses to Wang for the third out.
Excellent! Good outing by Wang, all told. 7 IP, 1ER. Not bad.
I just keep thinking we are not going to keep getting chances like this.
Most definitely not clutch. Too bad for the kid tonight.
Crisp down 3-1. Nice. Wang likely done. Will Joe go to Proctor for Loretta Papi Manny? Does Wang come out for Loretta, so Myers can go at Papi? Does he wing it with Myers against Loretta? Is it Proctor for Loretta, Myers for Papi, Farns for Manny? Lotta choices for Joe coming up.
I keep getting reminded why Youk should be at the top of the order.
David Pauley has nothing to be ashamed about in his first outing at Yankee Stadium.
Looks like Lester is going to get his call to pitch Saturday against Texas. Just saw it on ESPN.COM
The absence of Timlin definitely hurts tonight, at least conceptually.
Looks like it might be a straight-to-Farns night. Oh boy. Hold onto your seats.
Phillips swinging on the first pitch change up, pulls it foul off third. Curve ball is called a strike. Looked inside. Another curve is a ball for 1-2. Breaking pitch outside for ball 2.
Pauley’s Gamecast mug looks like Bellhorn.
2-2 is low but Phillips chases it and hits it on the ground at Cora for the first out, 6-3.
So, was it dumb to have Mo pitch last night?
Yeah, I’m pretty excited about seeing lester on Saturday. Should be interesting.
Bernie pops out to Nixon for the second out.
Pauley out-Wanged Wang tonight with the groundballs (13 vs. 9).
Pauley is having the night that one might have hoped and expected Beckett to have last night, and vice-versa.
Cairo takes a high fastball for ball one. Nice pitch on the outside corner for strike one. 1-1: curve ball that was low but Cairo fouls it off to right.
1-2, 2 outs. Cairo chases another low curve and hits a comebacker that Pauley and Loretta both miss. Don’t know who to call the error on. Probably E1, but he didn’t touch the ball.
Pauley misses a ground ball that could have ended the inning. Let’s hope this doesn’t rattle him.
Damon is up and takes strike one, then looks at a ball outside.
Damon gets a hit. This isn’t good.
Tough spot for the kid here. Gotta be on fumes.
Sucks if Wang gets a ND on this one…he was solid tonight.
Damon goes the other way and his single advances Cairo to second. 2 outs, 2 on to Cabrera.
And Damon singles.
Uhhhhhhn. I don’t like this.
Nipper to the mound.
COME ON LECHE!
bear down boy and get out of the inning.
Change misses high and away to Cabrera. 1-0. Next pitch is a fastball low for ball 2.
If he walks melky, Tito needs to get out of tht dugout, and now.
What kind of name is “Melky”? Is it short for something? Malachi? (I ask this every game and still have no answer.)
SF…you know Tito only comes when it is too late.
Nothing like watching an experiment with this kid’s head in real time.
2-0: Pauley missed his release point and is low ball 3 on the fastball.
Melky walks on four pitches and Francona is going to pull Pauley.
BB. Jeez. Seanez warming. Triple Jeez.
Four pitch walk. He needs to be pulled. Nice outing, though.
I’m surprised kid is still in there. Really should’ve pulled him after Damon’s hit. Let’s capitalize!
Hudson: Melky’s answer was that it means nothing.
Lets bring Hansen in and screw with another rookie brain.
The kid should have been pulled after the second baserunner. Hideous managing from Francona.
Tito comes out at the right time. Can’t really criticize him here. At most one batter late, but he wasn’t getting hit hard.
But do you think about bringing in Papelbon here? He’s your best man back there, and that’s what you need right now.
Giambi up, facing Rudy “Like Putting Out Fire With Gasoline” Seanez.
High leverage, YF – I see your point. But there are two outs, so a K isn’t necessary.
Very respectable outing from Pauley. I was very impressed with him. Now let’s hang a loss on him, Jason.
Gerbil — Thanks. It sounds like a nickname… Is it his given name?
Hideous? Come on. Two dinky hits is all he gave up before the walk!
Ugh, Tito..Why Seanez????
Now that was an effort that deserves a curtain call. Well done, Walnuts.
YF – gotta disagree. should have brought in a reliever to face Melky.
Seanez to face Giambi, who is 0-1 career. Bases loaded, two outs. First pitch is a fastball inside for ball one.
Seanez goes 2-0 to Giambi. Great. Just great. I can’t look.
Rookie, in YS, after a mental error costs a baserunner. I let him face Damon, but then pull him right then. Maybe not hideous, but definitely marginal to poor.
Keep pitching inside to him where he smacks them.
Too early for Paps, I should think. Definitely high leverage, but there’s still 6 outs to go after this one. You burn him now, who do you use for a possible save?
3-1 to Giambi. Horrible count with the bases loaded and HGH at the plate.
Hudson: given, from what I understand.
Giambi takes another inside pitch and then swings through a change(i think). 2-1 is a curve high for ball 3.
3-1- Seanez grooves a fastball that looked high but gets the call. full count.
Let’s walk in the go-ahead run. Just fantastic.
See-ya-nez walks in the go-ahead run.
OK, I feel bad for the kid. Not fair for him to lose the game like this…
Full is a breaking pitch inside to walk in a run.
Then one batter late? In any case hardly “hideous”
Anyway, Giambi walks in the go-ahead. So maybe not bringing in Paps was the real mistake.
Didn’t Seanez do this last time in Toronto? Walk runs in?
0-2 to A-Rod.
Arod fouls two pitches off to fall behind 0-2 to Seanez.
The 0-2: swinging strike three. Inning over.
Gets the out one batter too late.
Come on, YF. You’re wrong on this one. Always disagreeing with me must be getting tiring for you.
It was poor managing by Francona, in a tough spot.
We got out of that only giving up a run….shouldn’t have happened anyways. Friggin Tito.
That was against Tampa at home, Rob.
Arod comes through in the clutch!!
Loretta, Ortiz and Ramirez coming up for Boston in the top of the eighth.
I’ve wondered this before:
Why does Ortiz bat in front of Manny and not the other way around? Is there a reason, or doesn’t really matter?
I’m being kicked off the computer. Have fun, guys! Go Sox!
I don’t know that I’m wrong. So he pulls the kid with two on instead of bases loaded? To what option Seanez? Cause he ALSO walked a guy. And then he’d have had to go at Giambi.
Yeah, he coulda pulled him one batter early. And i think maybe he regretted not doing so when it was 2-0, and he was pacing on the top step of the dugout. But it was a tough call.
No error recorded on that play where both Pauley and Loretta missed the ball. Pauley didn’t touch it, and I guess there was no play by the time the ball got to Loretta. That means it’s an earned run for Pauley,
Farns gets Loretta to pop out to center for the first out.
Tampa, Toronto….it started with a T.
Nice to know that even despite the results you can’t admit you are wrong, YF. Talk about stubborn.
1-1 to Ortiz is a fastball away. 2-1: fastball high and Ortiz swings under it. 2-2: strike three on a fastball on a strike on the outside part of the plate.
I’m back… Glad to see Farns out there… Not glad to have seen Seanez out there… I think Hansen would have fit the theme of the day quite well…
Manny steps in with two down. Farnsworth is bringing gas and misses low and inside. 1-0 is hung. MELKY!!!!!!
He bats 4th because as clutch as Ortiz is, Manny is one of the truly great hitters in the game today.
The big mistake from Francona to me was spelling Pauley with Seanez, and not Hansen or Riske. Maybe even Delcarmen.
MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKYMELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKYMELKY MELKY MELKY
LEAPING catch at the wall to rob Manny of a home run!!! AMAZING grab.
… As Manny almost just demonstrated.
That looked gone off the bat.
(They just showed Farnsworth mouthing the words, “Holy fuck.”)
My man-crush can’t get any stronger for Melky…or can it? MELKY!!
And the legend continues….
Farns on the mound: “Holy Shit”
I was just about ready to type 1-0 is hung. Ramirez ties it on the mistake from Farns. Melky, Melky, Melky.
No, the biggest mistake from Francona is batting Youkilis 8th. He probaby cost him an at-bat tonight. I really have a hard time taking Francona seriously as a manager with a move like that. It’s probably far more egregious an error than leaving Pauley out one batter too many, in fact.
Watching the NESN Red Sox Classics of Schilling’s 2004 starts, Papi actually did hit cleanup back then. So it’s been done. But Manny is a better overall hitter, I think. Papi can miss badly on junk pitches, which he’d see a lot more of with guys like Tek behind him…
I’m not sure if batting Youk 8th is any worse than batting Varitek 6th.
Oh my lord the replay are totally awesome. Damon goes nuts! MELKY MELKY MELKY!!!!
Posada takes two balls and then a strike on the outside corner that looked away. 2-1 is a ball. 3-1: fastball strike. 3-2: swinging strike three on a 12-6 curve.
12-6 was an exaggeration. It didn’t drop that much.
Pauley on the bench: “Oh man.”
Seanez Ks Posada. 1 gone.
Pauley looked like he was about to burst into tears on that last replay. Poor kid :(
Batting Tek 6th is better than batting him 5th, which has also been done. Batting Youk 8th is simply horrendous. Who’s he gonna get on for, Cora/AGon? At least if he batted ninth, he’d be on in front of Crisp/MLor/Papi/Manny, which isn’t a bad strategy. But 8th is just dumb…
Cano singles a grounder to Loretta’s right. AP is up.
Cano steals second easily. It’s hard to type AP when talking about Phillips. AP was _always_ Pettite for me. Time to evolve.
Cano steals easily. So much for the DP possibility.
Now they show the obligatory CC for Cabrera. What is this? A high school pep rally? Maybe all the players should get a CC no matter what they do, just to help their self esteem. It might even work for Arod.
Phillips gets rung up on an outside corner curve. Not a good call.
3 Ks for Rudy. Too bad about walking in that run.
Just wondering: do you really need a curtain call when you get a raucous standing ovation all the way in from the wall, for 350 feet?
Getting back to SF’s argument: the point is that you don’t have hindsight when you make the move. So I really don’t think it was so egregious to leave him in there, especially if you’re best alternative is rudy seanez. if you come with paps, maybe that’s a different story. Not every move-non move works out, even when you do the right thing.
Anyway, I find it hard to hate on Tito his handling of the situation. But I agree that Youk is batting too damn low in your order.
Bernie grounds a 1-0 to Youk to end the inning.
To the 9th:
here comes Rivera….
Time to rally, guys… If Pauley gets saddled with this loss, it’s a damn shame.
rivera in to face the bottom half of the order….this is gonna be painful to watch :(
SF: I am totally with you on the CC thing. It is meaningless in its current usage in the Bronx. Yankee fans, please stop it.
Time to get to Mo.
yanks fans CC anyone who does anything good, it’s like the teacher that hands out smiley faces to everyone…so they feel special as well ;)
I always thought the CC rules were pretty easy to understand: Great pitching performances, milestones and momentous home runs (usually game winners). Maybe those are relaxed a tad against big rivals, but this is nuts…
Rivera faces Nixon. first pitch cutter on the hands is hit to shallow left. Cabrera reels it in for the first out.
Leche grabs another. Miggy! Get out of the way!!!
I see a heavy dose of cut fastballs
Nixon pops up on the first pitch to shallow left.
You know, on that pop-up, I got to thinking “Why the hell isn’t A-Rod playing short with no Jeter?”
But that Melky…he’s a keeper.
Two quick outs :-(
AP fumbles the hotshot, but gets the out unassisted. 1 more!
Tek out on grounder to Phillips, again first-pitch swinging.
Tek is up. He hits it hard at Phillips who bobbles it but has plenty of time to get to the bag. Two away.
Tek is looking really worthless at this point.
Game over, 4-3.
Well crap. Good game all around. Especially from Pauley…
OVAH. Mo and Melky save the Yanks. Great game. Yanks win.
Off to bed in utter misery again
Game over, 4-3.
Pauley will be kicking himself for years for mishandling that dribbler with 2 outs in the 7th.
Well that really stunk, silver lining and all.
that is too bad, pauley pitched a good game, got little to no run support with the sox leaving tons of men on the bases….AGAIN.
and then to walk in the winning run….for shame.
Ground ball to second to end the game.
Pauley looks like Jerry Seinfeld.
Great game tonight. Too bad someone had to lose…seriously.
How about Mo? Dispatches them on 5 pitches.
I just needed to say that one more time.
Yes, YM. Great outing by both pitchers.
Great, great game. G’night all.
What’s tomorrow’s pitching matchup?
Wright v Clement?
YM: that was a vintage close by Mo. Good to see him healthy. I’m worried about ARod. He looks like that stomach bug might still be biting him.
YNJ: Schilling/Wright tomorrow, Wakefield/Johnson Thursday.
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