Sunday, August 3, 2014

Those Walks'll Kill Ya -- Like They Did The Sox!

After 2 1/2 innings, yesterday's game was already Yankees 4, Red Sox 3, and it looked like it was going to be one of those Yankees-Red Sox games at Fenway Park.

But, running against type, there wasn't a lot of action after that.

Shane Greene started for New York, and he didn't get out of the 5th inning. Allen Webster started for Boston, and he didn't get out of the 3rd.

Considering how many pitchers normally get used in Yanks-Sox games, especially in the little green pinball machine off Kenmore Square, pulling your starter that early might have been a very bad idea. At the very least, you would want to bring in your "long reliever," the kind of guy who can make an emergency start (which, in effect, this became). But Joe Girardi brought in Shawn Kelley, and Sox manager John Farrell brought in Burke Badenhop. (No, I'd never heard of him before, either.)

Two of the 3 early Sox runs came on a home run by Mike Napoli. No word on whether he called Greene what he called Masahiro Tanaka a few weeks back: "What an idiot!"

Webster walked the 1st 3 batters in the top of the 3rd: New Yankee Martin Prado, Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner. Those walks'll kill ya, as the saying goes. Or, as shortstop-turned-manager-turned broadcaster, Hall-of-Famer Frankie Frisch, used to put it, "Oh, those bases on balls!"

Derek Jeter -- you may have heard of him -- doubled home Prado and Cervelli. Jacoby Ellsbury, back in his old stomping grounds, grounded out, but the ground ball got Gardner home to tie the game. Mark Teixeira grounded out, but Carlos Beltran singled Jeter home. Just like that, 3-0 Sox became 4-3 Yanks.

Teix added a home run in the 5th, his 19th "Teix Message" of the season. That turned out to be pretty important. The Yankees added another run in the 7th. That same inning, the Sox closed to within 6-4, thanks to a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz. Yes, he's still allowed to play professional baseball.

Dellin Betances pitched a perfect 8th. As he so often does, David Robertson made the 9th more interesting than was necessary. He got the 1st 2 outs, but allowed a single to Brock Holt. (Sounds like the name of a soap opera character.) Holt got to 2nd on defensive indifference -- his run meant nothing. The run that meant everything was at the plate: The dangerous Dustin Pedroia.

D-Rob got him to ground out to 3rd.

6-4! We beat The Scum, 6-4! We beat The Scum, 6-4! We beat The Scum, 6-4!

WP: Kelley (2-3). SV: Robertson (28). LP: Webster (1-1).

The series concludes at 8:00 tonight, on ESPN. David Phelps goes for us, Clay Buchholz for the Sox. Phelps? Against Buchholz? At Fenway? On ESPN? As Jeter said in that Nike commercial (or was it Gatorade?) a few years back, "This could get ugly. Real ugly."


Also starring at 8:00 will be the New York Tri-State Area's football season, as the New York Giants play their first exhibition game, the Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, against the Buffalo Bills.

Look at all the damns I don't give.

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