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Take It Like A Man

CC Sabathia, Francisco Cervelli, Joe Girardi

CC Sabathia heads to the dugout after giving up a 2-0 lead in the seventh. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

If a game happens and no one stays awake to watch it, did it actually happen? The answer, of course, is yes.

The start of Thursday’s game was delayed 3 hours and 27 minutes due to thunderstorms that ripped through the New York metropolitan area. The lone West Coast game in San Francisco started and finished before the Red Sox-Yankees series finale.

And if you thought a first-inning home run by Curtis Granderson, one that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead, would be the start of a big night against Josh Beckett, you’d have thought wrong. Beckett, who entered the evening 2-0 against the Yankees this season, with 19 Ks and holding the Yankees to a .128 batting average against him through 14 innings, settled in and only allowed five more base runners (2 H, 2 HBP, 1 BB), and no one advanced beyond second base.

CC Sabathia, on the other hand, was an ace in his own right, but only through six innings. The turning point was a dumb-luck triple by Jed Lowrie to right field in the top of the seventh inning. The ball was scooting along the ground down the right field line, and Nick Swisher anticipated playing the carom. Instead, the ball stayed close to the ground and skidded, finding its way onto the metal below the padding of the wall and hydroplaned past Swisher and into the corner. Swisher fell down in the process. This mishap, all of which took about two seconds to develop, allowed David Ortiz, who led of the inning with a seemingly harmless single, to score.

At that point, you could sense the Red Sox’ attitude morph into a collective “We’ve got ‘em now.” And they did. When the carnage of the inning was completed, 11 men were sent to the plate, eight got hits, and seven scored. Ortiz alone had two hits, scored a run, and drove in two. Ballgame over. The outs were louder than some of the hits. The singles by Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury, and the bases-loaded single by Adrian Gonzalez that eventually sent Sabathia to the showers were seeing-eye singles. Bleeders. But they were better than anything the Yankees could muster against Beckett.

The good tidings the Yankees brought home following a 6-3 West Coast trip have officially been erased. A one-game lead is now a two-game deficit. The Yankees are 0-6 against the Red Sox at home this season, and 1-8 against them overall. A quarter of the Red Sox’ wins and a third of the Yankees’ losses have come against each other.

We could say, “This is setting up for the typical second-half surge against the Red Sox,” but doing so could be a mistake. This Yankees team has not hit well with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox have. (Thursday’s split was 7-for-15 for the Red Sox, 0-for-5 for the Yankees). The Yankees’ bullpen is in shambles, with the recent news of Joba Chamberlain’s season ending and the high likelihood of his requiring Tommy John surgery. The starting lineup only carries one hitter with a batting average above .275.

To paraphrase former NFL coach Dennis Green from one of the all-time greatest post-game press conferences, the Red Sox are who we thought they would be. What are the Yankees?

8 comments

1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 10, 2011 2:05 am

I'm taking it like Spalding Smails right now..I want a hamburger, a hot dog and more home runs, but am getting nothing..

Oh well, let's hope they sweep Cleveland and that Boston slows down even a little bit!

2 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 10, 2011 3:54 am

[1] Looks like Noonan missed it.

3 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 10, 2011 4:23 am

For the record, this whole week stinks on ice.

Off day. Shit-ass play. Humiliation. Sweep. Injuries.

Bloooourgh.

4 The Hawk   ~  Jun 10, 2011 7:20 am

Missed all but the first inning and a half but I am sorely disappointed in Sabathia. Sounds like a more or less worst case scenario too vis a vis Ortiz.

On the bright side the rivalry has more juice now than it has in years.

5 The Hawk   ~  Jun 10, 2011 7:49 am

“It doesn’t mean anything right now,” Granderson said. “They can go ahead and sweep us all season long. At the same time as long as we go ahead and have more wins at the end of the season.”

Er, don't quite know what to make of that. I mean it's kind of true but ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/11/sports/baseball/boston-waits-out-the-rain-for-a-sweep.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&ref=sports

6 rbj   ~  Jun 10, 2011 9:18 am

Grumble grumble grumble. And the decision tonight is to suffer through the Indians' announcers (only feed I'll get) or watch the Mud Hens lose at home (8-21 home, 27-35 overall.)

7 Greg G   ~  Jun 10, 2011 11:06 am

I watched the whole game, but I am on the west coast so I didn't have to stay up all night, but I certainly regret staying up that late for such a disapointing game. In the 1st two games of the series there was the sense that the Yanks would even things up at some point but they kept having rallies get extinguished.

In last night's game it wasn't completely on Sabathia. He pitched great until the triple and he was close to 100 pitches at that point, and Swisher's bad route to the ball opened the flood gates.

The Yankees bullpen is looking like it needs a revamping and another lefty or two wouldn't hurt.

Perhaps Hughes can get back in the bullpen?

At this point the Yanks offense looks like crap. They are always relying on the home run, and are very one dimensional.

After Jeter gets 3000 maybe they can move him down in the lineup, but right now he is only part of the problem. Posada picked it up a bit, and maybe he is on the mend mentally. Swisher has been pretty awful. ARod is not playing like Arod for the most part. Andruw Jones lost the spark he had early in the season, and probably needs more at bats?

Not looking good right now in 2011 for the Yanks...

8 Sliced Bread   ~  Jun 10, 2011 12:55 pm

yup. CC didn't get it done, but he suffered a few bad breaks in the field. Game of inches quicky added up to a 25 pound bag of debacle. Spread it on your lawn.

Our batters can 't buy a big hit against Boston. This sucks.

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