Monday, May 17, 2010
Now THIS Is a Stunning Loss! If You're a Red Sox Fan!
11-9! We beat The Scum, 11-9! We beat The Scum, 11-9! We beat The Scum, 11-9!
The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead tonight. Phil Hughes allowed a home run in the 6th, and Joe Girardi panicked, and went through the pen -- I wonder if John Sterling said, "Chan Ho has been taken out of the Park!" -- and the Red Sox took a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the 9th.
Then came an A-Bomb! From A-Rod! To tie it! Then Jonathan Papelbon hits Francisco Cervelli -- a really, really stupid move if it was on purpose, but then we are talking about Papelbum -- and then, "You're on the mark, Marcus!" (You got a better one, Sterling?) Marcus Thames hits a 2-run homer to win it for the Bronx Bombers.
Due to injuries, the Yankees were without half their starting lineup: Catcher Jorge Posada, designated hitter Nick Johnson, center fielder Curtis Granderson and right fielder Nick Swisher.
Result? Cervelli subs for Posada and goes 2-for-4 with an RBI, and gets on base (the hard way) to score what was technically the winning run; A-Rod started as the DH, then moved to 3rd base, forcing Girardi to give up the DH, but it ended up not mattering, and A-Rod went 2-for-5 including the tying homer; Gardner, continuing his move from left to center, went 2-for-4; Randy Winn, taking Gardner's place in left, went 1-for-4; and Thames, in right, went 2-for-4 and hit the walkoff homer.
It was one of those Yankee-Red Sox games, where the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. Or, as Sterling would say, to Suzyn Waldman, "You know, Suzyn, you just can't predict baseball": A-Rod comes through in the clutch (then again, that's not so unexpected anymore, is it?), and the winning pitcher is...
Javier Vazquez? How much have I had to drink?
Who cares how it happened, it happened! We beat The Scum!
The Yankees totally shook off the horrendous loss to Minnesota yesterday, and gave the Red Sox a truly stunning loss. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay also won tonight, so the Yanks remain 2 games back. But the Red Sox are now under .500 at 19-20, and are 6 1/2 games out of the Wild Card, and it's only May 17. Any combination of Yankee wins and Red Sox losses adding up to 118, and the Sox do not make the Playoffs.
Thank you, Yankees. More of the same tomorrow, please. (The starting pitchers will be CC Sabathia against Josh "Super Punk" Beckett.) Even if it is this convoluted, a win is a win, and a win over The Scum is a win over The Scum!