Game 133: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Curtis Granderson started the fourth inning with a walk, scoring on a double from Cano.  Swisher worked a walk and Chavez knocked another single up the middle, bringing Cano home and giving the Bombers a 3-0 edge.

CC threw a lot of pitches, but managed to keep the Red Sox scoreless through the first three innings.  Carl Crawford connected with a solo homer to right in the bottom of the fourth.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Darnell McDonald hit back-to-back singles and Marco Scutaro doubled, plating Saltalamacchia.  Sabathia came back and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning, but the Yankees’ lead was cut, as the score was 3-2.

Francisco Cervelli started the top of the fifth with a solo homer, giving the Yankees a little bit of breathing room.  Lackey got him back in the top of the seventh, plunking him with a pitch to start the inning.  Cervelli, understandably, did not take kindly to this and had some words for the Boston starter.  Both teams came out of the dugouts and the third base umpire tossed Larry Rothschild.  A passed ball gave Cervelli second base, and Brett Gardner followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners.  Derek Jeter grounded into a double play, but allowed Cervelli to score ans the Yankees took a 5-2 lead into the late innings.

Boston rallied in the third, as David Ortiz walked with one out and was followed by a single from Jed LowrieBoone Logan replace Cory Wade and gave up a single to Carl Crawford to load the bases.  He settled and struck out Saltalamacchia and McDonald to end the inning with the Yankee lead intact.

The Yankees had a chance to add some insurance in the eighth, as Cano and Swisher hit back-to-back singles with one out.  Girardi then pulled Chavez for Eduardo Nunez, who popped out on the first pitch.  Jorge Posada was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, but Cervelli grounded out to end the threat.

Mariano Rivera came out to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth.  Ortiz led off with a double to right, but Rivera got Lowrie and Crawford out.  In yet another strange moment of the game, Saltalamacchia was hit by pitch – that he swung at – but the umpire inexplicably awarded him first base (later on he explained that Saltalamacchia swung because he was hit by a pitch – that explanation may warrant its own discussion).  Girardi stormed out of the dugout to explain the rules to the umpire, before being ejected from the game.  When the game started again, Rivera calmly dealt with Josh Reddick to end the game with the Bombers winning 5-2.

Bronx Cheers:
Mark Teixeira/Jorge Posada: Teix went 0-4, striking out once and leaving two on base.  Meanwhile, the Yankees DH went 0-3 while stranding five runners.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-3 with a run scored, two walks and two strikeouts.  It seemed pretty clear that he was hit by a pitch in the first inning, but the umpire didn’t give him first.

Derek Jeter: The Captain went 0-5 with a runner left on base.

Curtain Calls:
CC Sabathia: It was not a dominant CC-like start, but Sabathia did put his struggles against Boston behind him, as he picked up a win.  He went only six innings nad gave up ten hits and two walks, but allowed just two runs as he rung up ten batters.

Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and a walk.

Nick Swisher: Continues to hit for the Bombers, going 3-3 with a walk.

Eric Chavez: Filling in for Alex Rodriguez, Chavy went 2-3 with two RBIs.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will have their work cut out for them on Wednesday, as Phil Hughes will try to redeem himself after an atrocious outing against the A’s last week.  Hughes went just 2.2 innings and gave up six runs in a game the Yankees won 22-9.  Hughes has been incredibly inconsistent since returning from the DL, he went 7.2 innings against Minnesota on August 19th and gave up just one run on two hits.  Josh Beckett will toe the rubber for the Red Sox.  Beckett is having a great 2011 season, going 11-5 with a 2.43 ERA.  He held the Yankees to one run on six hits over six innings his last time throwing against the Bombers, picking up five Ks in the process.  First pitch is at 7:10pm in Boston.


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21 thoughts on “Game 133: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

  1. OK. So a single clap to yourself as you cross home plate is disrespectful and showing up the opponent. But pointing both hands skywards is OK and so is high-fiving every passing human being on the way back to the dugout. Plain and simple, this was a case of the pitcher looking for a reason to feel slighted. And he was nowhere near having one.

    For all that we tend to look forward to the day that Cervelli gets replaced by Montero, I have to say I really, really love Cervelli's enthusiasm. You'd have to be a total jerk to interpret anything he does as disrespectful to the opponent rather than just an expression of enjoyment. Wouldn't it be a fun team to watch if everyone was like him? Just flat out enjoying being a ball player.

    • I think I heard he may have said something as well, but the home plate umpire should be there with open ears.

      • Looking at the film closely, i can't see any evidence of that but even if so, what on earth does one imagine he may have said? "Hooray"? "Yess"? As plate gestures go it was entirely as self-contained and self-directed as I would care to see, and I'd really not be slow to say otherwise if i thought so – can't stand egotists.

    • For formatting I type over old saved posts and somehow left Gardner in there from before (since clearly the numbers didn't match this game) and meant to have Mark Teixeira – it's now been fixed. I actually spent a while debating whether to give Gardner a curtain call, since he did make a couple great catches last night.

    • Lackey leads the league in HBP, I wonder how many are them are after he has had his feelings hurt by someone he thinks is "showing him up" – which has probably happened a lot this season given how bad he's been. Seriously, if you know Cervelli he is enthusiastic, love it or hate it, i hardly think his clapping was in anyway malicious. Seems to me there are certain pitchers who freak out about anything, no matter how small, and it's pretty absurd. All Lackey did was hurt his team more by giving the Yankees a leadoff runner who eventually scored.

      I also think it's ridiculous coming from a guy on a team that has David Ortiz watching his homers each time like he's never hit one and Jonathan Papelbon screaming and fistpumping when he closes out a game. I've never understood how people get mad about Joba but don't mention Papelbon – personally, I don't mind either. A little emotion is fine, it can be over the top, but I don't think either one is trying to upstage anyone.

  2. To be fair, Gardner was 1-5 with the bunt single that helped score Cervelli after Lackey lost his cool

    • And he had a great catch in the 8th, when Soriano needed all the help he could get. Maybe not Gardner's best night, but hardly deserving of a Bronx cheer.

      • Absolutely – Brett saved several runs with his legs and glove in the field. Name even ONE positive contribution from our DH.

        • As much as I remember not putting Gardner (which as I explained above, I didn't do, it got left in from a previous game's post accidently) I also swear I put Posada in.

  3. Your fingers must have been tired when you posted Bronx Cheers. There were other deserving guys, including some that were even worse than Brett. (Is Jorge paying you not to CHEER him?)

    Seriously – this game could have been a blowout; Lackey was ready to cave a couple times, the second time Francona even had a reliever up in the pen. Both time, our esteemed DH hit into a double play, ending the threat, ending the inning.

    Watching the game, the thing that jumped out at me is the miracle that the Yankees won at all, with all the dead spots in their lineup. Posada – 0-3; Jeter – 0-5 (as you said;) Teixera – 0-4, no walks – again. A team won't win many games when virtually all of their production depends on Cano, Swisher, and Chavez. (with timely help from Cervelli and Gardner – who should NOT have garnered a CHEER.)

    Remember – Brett made some great plays in the field, and got a hit when he had an RISP; Tex went 0-4 and was human in the field. And really – Posada?

    At least I know why Girardi looks so sad – runners on base, tight game, Posada to the plate – I'm sure he'd LOVE to pinch hit for him, but who was on the bench? Jones (pitcher was a right hander – not an option,) Martin, or Nunez. As has been said, not the traditional "Bombers" bench.

  4. I can't believe the sawx did not plunk Jeter to punish Cervelli. I think this means the rivalry really is dead. Jeteer needs to pick up a couple more plunks tonight to prove that it is still on. Beckett is the man to do it

    • I wouldn't be surprised to see things get out of hand tonight. I fully expect a retaliatory plunking by one of our pitchers. Then you know Beckett will come back. It's a part of the game, sure, but I'm no fan of it. I guess Buck Showalter will be proud if that's how tonight really does go.

      • I wouldn't necessarily expect the Yankees to retaliate. First off, Hughes needs to focus on pitching a decent game after his last one (so I hope he concentrates on that and not retaliation), so I guess it depends on who else pitches after him. Secondly, the Yankees have been pummeled by Boston pitches this season and haven't always responded. The Red Sox have 69 HBP as a team and 15 of those are against the Yankees. Beckett has hit four, Lackey has hit four and Lester has hit three. The Yankees have only hit 39 batters this season and only 7 of those were Boston players. CC has four of those, of which I believe a couple were responses to Red Sox pitches. Mo, Nova and Garcia each have one HBP agaisnt Boston.

        That said, I REALLY wouldn't be surprised if Beckett hit someone – just because. I also wouldn't be surprised if Hughes hits someone by mistake and everything boils over from there.

  5. I wonder, after last night, if Jeter had gotten his 3000th hit/HR against the Red Sox — with all the celebration that entailed — if he would have been hit on the next pitch. I think baseball punditry AND the blogosphere may have imploded at that point.

    Also, someone brought this up in the other thread and it was a good point: that was the most intentional plunking we've basically ever seen for the most part. How does the ump not toss the pitcher there? They had video of Lackey watching Cervelli walk back to the dugout (I'm presuming this was not missed on the field) and then first pitch into his back? Really?

  6. It shouldn't really come as a big shock that Lackey did this, because he is always letting his emotions get away from him and acting butt-hurt about everything. He shows up umpires by reacting to calls he perceives as inaccurate. He shows up his managers when they remove him from a game. He showed up his own teammate, Carl Crawford, by being clearly angry when Crawford misplayed a ball in the outfield in Toronto earlier this year. It's ridiculous. That's a big part of why I have never liked Lackey. He's a grown man and should be able to control his emotions better than that. And since he is so obvious about his emotions, he should be able to take it when a hitter is obvious as well. Especially when it's just a mild display of excitement about hitting a home run in an important game.