Let's go Sox!
- Pedroia is a better hitter than he's shown in this series. He pops up to begin the game. Not exactly the stuff I was looking for from the Red Sox starting off today.
- Coco Crisp flies out on a 3-2 count. He sucks, and I hate him.
- David Ortiz strikes out. Great start, guys.
- Johnny Damon flies out, then Derek Jeter bloops a hit into center.
- But then Abreu strikes out, which is a good sign, since the YES guys claimed before the game that Abreu was the one Yankee who gives Schilling the most trouble.
- And A-Rod strikes out looking. He gave it a half swing, and then looked angry. I'm not sure if he's mad at himself, or claiming it wasn't a strike. But it was a good pitch, so sit down, A-Rod.
- Lead-off walk to Youkilis. Brian says those score 60% of the time. We'll see what happens here.
- 6-4-3 double play. Giambi had to dive for a return throw, and Michael Kay wet himself.
- The Yankees should be ashamed of being behind a team that has Drew, Crisp and Lugo in the lineup. Drew grounds out to Jeter. Inning over.
- I'm tempted to put the game on mute, but I can't stand watching in silence. If Kay freaks out again over a fly ball, though, it might just happen, though. Matsui flies out.
- Posada should consider learning to bunt before he tries to do so into the shift that the Red Sox defense has for him. Just a strike. Posada then strikes out on a 3-2 count. Three strikeouts for Schilling.
- Giambi flies out to left. 1-2-3 inning.
- Another lead-off walk to Varitek. This is what Clemens was doing last night, and the Red Sox never took advantage. I'd sure like to see some walks come back to hurt Wang.
- Hinske strikes out swinging after a really questionable called strike two.
- Cora is in to give a day off to Lugo. With Lugo in, I'd say there's a 90% chance of a double play to end the inning. With Cora, I'll change that to 75%.
- No double play, but Cora does fly out to left field.
- Giambi makes a play at first that is pretty routine for a first baseman who's not fat and recovering from a steroid problem. Michael Kay's response? "Glove is a many splendored thing." For god's sake.
- Stop Mike Lupica called the Red Sox lineup a "joke" in his last post. I'll grant you that they're not hitting the crap out of the ball, but I'd say they have held their own. The lead in the East and the best record in baseball suggests that, but so do these statistics: in the MLB overall, they are third in runs scored, second in OBP, and seventh in SLG and OPS. Sure, the Yankees are first in those categories, but they're behind where it counts. A lot of the Red Sox lineup sucks, but the pitching has been great, and the offense is obviously doing something right. Only a Red Sox hater would define them as a "joke."
- Cano leads off the bottom of the third with a home run to center. Nice going, Curt. 1-0, Yankees.
- Schilling is certainly not fooling anyone in this inning. Cabrera gets a base hit right back up the middle.
- Coco makes a nice sliding, backhanded catch to rob Damon of a hit. One out.
- The Yankees like to swing at the first pitch against Schilling, and who could blame them? Base hit to right for Jeter. Runners at first and second, one out.
- Abreu swings at the first pitch and flies out to left field. Two outs.
- Just as Kay is talking about Schilling only hitting 87 mph on the radar gun, A-Rod pops up an 88 mph fastball. Inning over.
- Curt Schilling faced six batters in the third and only threw ten pitches. 39 total through three innings. That will help him a little bit.
- Crisp grounds out to begin the inning. I missed it, so I'm guessing he swung at the first pitch. Then Ortiz breaks his bat on a groundout to second. Two outs.
- Youkilis walks again. Now sit back and watch the Red Sox let Wang get away with yet another walk.
- Mike Lowell looks awful at the plate against Wang. He doesn't look anything like the hitter I've been watching all year. If he stopped swinging at bad pitches, he'd be in a 3-0 count right now. Instead, it's 1-2.
- Mike Lowell hits a nubber in front of the plate to end the inning. Four innings, and Wang has a no-hitter. Just like last night.
- Matsui pops up to Varitek to lead off the fourth. One out.
- Posada strikes out swinging, and looks very silly doing it. Two outs.
- Giambi flies out to center to end the inning. 1-2-3 on eleven pitches.
- $14,400,000 grounds out to start off the fifth. On the first pitch. One out.
- Varitek accepts Wang's fourth walk (seventh in the series for Varitek, which is just strange). I bet nothing comes of that. Again.
- Hinske struck out looking. What the hell is going on here? Wang is walking a guy every inning. Do something about it!
- Cora lines out to center. Wang has a no-hitter through five. Have I mentioned that I hate the Yankees? Because I do. Sometimes I try to at least feign objectivity, but I can't do it today. I hate them. It's irrational, but true.
- Jesus. Cano hits another home run to close to the same place. If all Schilling does wrong is throw two bad pitches to the Yankee second baseman, I guess I can't fault him too much. But crap. It's not a good thing when the Red Sox can't hit the damn ball at all.Also, it seems like every Yankee hitter gets a curtain call every time he does anything, doesn't it? Doesn't that sort of diminish the curtain call? It wasn't a game winning home run. Try and find some perspective, Yankee fans. 2-0, Yankees.
- Cabrera walks. Schilling is getting a bit squeezed on a few calls here. I hate the argument that it's hard for an ump to call a strike when the pitcher misses his spot and the catcher has to move the glove. Why are they watching the catcher's glove? Watch the ball, and call it.
- Nice play from Lowell, catching a line drive from Damon. Cabrera was running, so it turns into a double play. Two outs.
- Jeter singles up the middle. He's 3-3 in the game.
- Schilling is lucky. Abreu flies out to deep left. We're through five, and the Red Sox need to quit sucking.
- I missed the first out, so once again it happened quickly. Crisp is up to bat...and he flies out to center. If I am live blogging what will be a no-hitter from a Yankees' pitcher, I'm going to cry. Seriously. It's time for David Ortiz to do what he did last night to Clemens.
- Ortiz checked his swing on the 1-2 count, and he's lucky it wasn't the called third strike.
- Ortiz strikes out swinging, and Wang has the no-hitter through six.
- A-Rod leads off by flying out. The Yankees continue to swing at the first pitch.
- I'm just going to go ahead and say it-- Wang won't throw the no-hitter, but the Red Sox will not come back in this game, and the lead in the East will be down to five games.
- Matsui flies out to center. Two outs.
- Posada flies out to right. Youkilis, Lowell and Drew coming up in the top of the seventh. Will they do anything?
- Youkilis hits a grounder to first, and Jeter made his second bad throw of the game. Giambi tried to tag Youkilis, but didn't get him as Youkilis slid under the tag. The Yankees are arguing, but replays clearly show Giambi missed Youk. E-6 (strange, because I didn't think gods could make errors). Still a no-hitter, but at least it's a base runner.
- And Mike Lowell ends the no-hitter with a single to right field, extending his hitting streak to twelve games. Two on, nobody out, and Wang is up over 90 pitches with no one warming as of yet in the bullpen.
- Grounder to third, and A-Rod tries to tag Youk. Youk ends up on the grass by a step (or "well out of the baseline" according to Yankee commentators) and A-Rod misses him. As of now, runners at second and third, one out. But the umps are conferencing.
- And they call Youk out. It might have been the right call, but I don't know. Youk was definitely in the baseline when A-Rod missed the tag, and out of it after A-Rod threw to first. This is a big call, and it's no surprise to anyone that it goes against the Red Sox. But it's certainly not as clear as the Michael Kay and his cohorts are claiming.
- Francona argues, and gets ejected.
- Now, instead of second and third and one out, it's a runner on second with two outs. Varitek at the plate with a 1-2 count.
- Wang strikes out Varitek, and the Red Sox continue to suck when it matters.
- Another stupid singing of "God Bless America." I'll be checking out the Mets/Phillies game for a few minutes.
- The worst part when shit like this happens is having to listen to gloating Yankee fans about their team of destiny. In related news, check out Depressed Fan later for a recap.
- Schilling is out for the seventh.
- The Yankee commentators are discussing the rule with regard to running out of the base path. Apparently, the rule says you can't run more than three feet away from a direct line between bases. The lip of the grass is not three feet from the line between second and third, but Youkilis definitely ran more than three feet from where he started, which was behind the bag. But the rule doesn't indicate that the "direct line" means anything other than the straight line that can be drawn between second and third. If that's what "direct line" means, then Youk shouldn't be called out. Girardi is insisting that "direct line" means whatever line the baserunner is running, but that's not what the rule says. It's all semantics, though, and it's over. So, whatever.
- While I was writing all that, Schilling got Giambi to ground out and Cano to fly out. Two outs.
- Cabrera grounds out, and the inning is over. Here comes Chamberlain to face Hinske, Cora and Pedroia. Might as well just look to the ninth.
- Hinske flies out to Damon in left. One out.
- Cora grounds it hard to A-Rod on the first pitch. Two outs. Way to work the count, Cora.
- Dustin Pedroia hits a double down the line in right field, to bring Coco Crisp to the plate. Bunt, Coco! It's your only hope.
- 1-2 count to Coco. Guess the bunt is off.
- Coco hits a dribbler up the first base line, making it a very easy play for Andy Phillips. Inning over.
- Okajima is in for the eighth, to face the top of the order.
- Damon flies out to center, then Jeter gets his fourth hit of the day.
- Jeter was running with the pitch, and Abreu splits the outfielders. 3-0, Yankees. I might turn off the TV.
- The Red Sox choose to intentionally walk Rodriguez, which is probably the right move, but does it even matter at this point? There is a huge, huge difference between a two-run lead and a three-run lead.
- Torre sent the runners on the 2-2 pitch, but Matsui fouled it down the right field line.
- Runners go again, and two runs score when the throw gets away from Lowell. 5-0, Yankees.
I'm no fairweather fan, but I woke up early this morning, and this game is doing nothing for my energy level. So, I'll be back later to finish this, but we all know how it will end.
- Oh, whatever. I'm back. But only because of what just happened in the top of the ninth. Torre decided to leave Chamberlain in. Ortize flies out, then Youk steps to the plate. And Chamberlain throws a ball over Youk's head at 98 mph. I guess this was this kid's ill-advised attempt to get back at the Red Sox for hitting A-Rod in game one. No way it wasn't intentional, since, as Brian tells us, the kid has perfect control. Then, Chamberlain does it again, and the home plate umpire throws him out. I don't blame the ump. Throwing at a guy's head is crazy. Twice makes it look like Chamberlain didn't do it on purpose, but I'd bet the farm that the first one was intentional. The second one could have just been a mistake.
- Edwar Ramirez comes in with a 3-1 count to Youk, and throws one ball. Runner on first, one out.
- Youk advances to second on a ball that gets past Posada.
- Lowell strikes out. So much for the ejection lighting a fire in the Red Sox.
- Youk advances to third on another wild pitch from Ramirez.
- Drew fouls out to third. I can't wait to break down what we paid him for this year.
Game over. Sweep completed. The Orioles loom back at Fenway over the weekend, so the Red Sox need to shake this off and get back to business. The lead is still five, after all. I refuse to panic. No doubt that a sweep sucks, but let us never speak of it again.
Player of the Game: Yeah right.
AUTHOR: Jack Cobra
DATE: 08/30/2007 04:07:31 PM
wait, wait, wait....they just said that youk can't tossed after joba threw up around his head?
AUTHOR: Jack Cobra
DATE: 08/30/2007 04:10:34 PM
actually joba was tossed, not youk
DATE: 08/30/2007 04:13:02 PM
Yep. Threw two consecutive balls over Youk's head.
AUTHOR: Jack Cobra
DATE: 08/30/2007 04:14:54 PM
veeery interesting.....that would be the time to do it since the yanks weren't coming up to bat again.
DATE: 08/30/2007 04:50:53 PM
I can't believe Boston was so hot to sign Drew. Drew disappointed every team and manager he's played for in the big leagues. I thought Epstein was a smart guy till wasted money on him. It will be interesting to see a breakdown on how much he's paid to suck.
DATE: 08/30/2007 08:05:24 PM
Wow, great recap (someone should have told me you had the live blogging duties today). Great job detailing what was going on - that's the way it should be done (ahemBrian).
Oh, my post said that the Sox lineup, minus Manny, is pretty unimpressive. It is - it's Ortiz and not much else (Drew, Lowell, Lugo, Crisp, etc). Youk is annoying as hell - he just stands at the plate, not swinging. My favorite Youk moment is how he coaxed a walk out of a 0-2 count, while I joked that whole time he would find a way to get that BB!
Varitek is a little scary, since he always kills the Yankees.
Anyway, love how Manny always finds a way to take the most important games off.
Chamberlain was throwing at Youk's head. I don't know why, but this may be one of the few times I actually would like to see someone get hit. Youk because he's so annoying, and maybe Drew just to see how long he's on the DL for. But yeah, unlike Brian, I think throwing at hitters is unnecessary in general....
DATE: 08/30/2007 08:42:15 PM
To each his own, SML. We'll get to see your live-blogging skills during the Knicks' 30-win season, no doubt.
If Joba was throwing at Youkilis, why didn't he hit him? He does have pin-point control after all. Two shots at it, and he doesn't hit him once? I'm not buying it.
DATE: 08/30/2007 09:10:10 PM
I didn't see the game... was he throwing high and inside to move him off the plate and it just got away from him?
Like SML, if he was throwing at someone intentionally, I'd like it to be Drew. Let's see how long he milks that one on the DL. Erin, can't wait to see the breakdown of how much Drew is paid to stink. We Philly people love to see him fail.