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That’s How It Is

Yanks vs the Sox. August. First place on the line. What more can I say?

Cliff’s got the preview:

The Yankees enter this series as the underdog, because they’re the road team, because it had been nearly a month since they had been in first place, and because they have gone just 1-8 against Boston thus far this series. However, the Yankees also enter this series hot, having won their last seven games against the Orioles and White Sox. Not that the Red Sox could be considered cold, though they’ve split their first four games in August, they went an astonishing 20-6 (.769) in July.

Leading the Boston charge of late has been Dustin Pedroia, who since the calendar flipped to June has arguably been the best player in baseball, hitting .377/.454/.623 with 11 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts over that span in addition to his typically outstanding play in the field. Pedroia’s closest rival over that period has been the man who plays to his left, Adrian Gonzalez, who has hit .384/.457/.593 over that span. Indeed, the Boston lineup is just crushing it right now. Rookie Josh Reddick seems to have solved right field by hitting .333/.382/.581 since being recalled in late June. Their catchers are hitting, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia leading the way with a .290/.358/.574 line with ten home runs dating back to a series between these two teams in mid-April. That leaves Carl Crawford and Marco Scutaro as the only Red Sox regulars who aren’t crushing the ball right now. Indeed, that red-hot July was stoked by the Boston Bats, which pushed across a staggering 6.58 runs per game on the month.

On the season, the Sox lead the majors with 5.47 runs scored per game. The Yankees are second at 5.40. To put that productivity in proper context, third place is 5.02, fourth place is 4.81, and fifth place is 4.68, and the American League average is 4.36 runs per game.

The Sox have beaten the Yanks about the face and neck so far this year. Be nice to see that change starting tonight.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Go git ‘em, boys. We’ll be cheerin’ you on:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Painting by Ray Ellis]

 

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1 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 5:25 pm

How come Nuñez? Any explanation?

2 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 5:38 pm

[1] Tough LHP on the mound, plus Chavez is made of glass, sitting him seems a no-brainer ...

3 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:26 pm

This is funny fucking stuff. From John Sickels' "New York Yankees 2011 Top 20 PRE-SEASON Prospects in Review":

6) Andrew "The Scranton Horror" Brackman, RHP, Grade B-: 7.26 ERA with 58/69 K/BB in 76 innings for Scranton, 71 hits allowed. He is hounded by abominable, eldritch control problems, like insane flute music pulsating with a mind-bending disharmony of universal, ultimate chaos. Those who ruminate overmuch on the chthonic mysteries of Andrew Brackman's career put their sanity at risk, as their mental boundaries melt under the hideous assault of such an unspeakable waste of talent and money. Ia! Shub-Niggurath! Ia! Ia! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Walks!

4 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:31 pm

I'm becoming obsessed. Can't find the team consecutive no walk innings record anywhere.

Yankees have like 40 (don't want to jinx Colon). Anyone know the record?

5 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:32 pm

I finally caught the HBO's Jeter 3,000 show this aftertoon. I thoroughly enoyed it because I missed that entire week of games up to and including his epic 5 for 5 day. Jeter spoke of rehabbing in Tampa as if it was prison. He just wanted to get back to big club asap. I think all the extra hititng down there did him a damn bit of good, too.
Oh, and please beat these @$@$#@$@#$# red sox.

6 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:37 pm

[4] I read this over at RAB earier today.
"you have to go back to Nick Markakis’ third inning walk against Freddy Garcia on Sunday for the last time a Yankees’ pitcher but a man on base via ball four. It’s a span of 39 innings, the third longest walk-less streak since 1919. The 2002 Yankees went 54 IP, the 1965 Dodgers 42.1 IP. That’s pretty incredible, especially since A.J. Burnett started once of these games."

7 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:50 pm

[4] I found it! Our own William had discussed the record on his blog.

From his Captain's Blog:
"The last batter walked by the Yankees was Nick Markakis, who worked a free pass off Freddy Garcia during Sunday’s game against the Orioles. Since then, the team has reeled off 42 1/3 consecutive innings without surrendering a walk."

"From September 5 to September 10, 2002, pinstripe pitchers went six consecutive games and 65 2/3 straight innings without permitting a free base runner."

Uggh. Nice that the Yankees have the record, but the current streak is 23 innings less than the 2002 mark. Almost three more games of no walk pitching. Let's hope.

8 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:52 pm

And William, nice that Google had your blog listed when the question was asked.

9 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 6:55 pm

[7] Hmmm, that seems odd. 6 games and 65+ innings?

10 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:03 pm

[9] Yeah, it's a mystery. Maybe I cut and pasted incorrectly. Can William clarify?

11 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:04 pm

Maybe extra innings?

12 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:09 pm

Steven Tyler has to cut down on the botox.

13 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:11 pm

[9] Right, those six games were all nine inning games, but the last 4.2 innings of the previous game were also walkless and then, well, I didn't check, but I guess the remainder in the subsequent game.

14 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:12 pm

Ellsbury and his ridiculous one sleeve are on my most hated players list

15 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:15 pm

[14] Ellsbury not close to Youkilis on the wienie list.

16 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:17 pm

Yankees as a team do not hit cutters well (their worst pitch according to fangraphs). Lester's cutter looks much better than it did last time they faced him. He had a tough time controlling it (and hit a few Yankees as a result).

17 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:20 pm

Love that damn pitch. Nasty.

18 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:21 pm

Most Valuable Pony.

19 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:23 pm

I know this is irrational, but I hate the Boston nippled "B".

And the liquor is already flowing.

20 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:27 pm

Great first inning for Colon. Superb velocity on his two-seamer. Low strike zone, based on what the pitch zone thinks of the called strikes in this game so far. That should play to Colon's advantage.

21 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:27 pm

And the liquor is already flowing.

Hell, I got liquored up ... just to get liquored up for this game.

22 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:31 pm

Why is Jones playing? He's not going to hit Lester..

23 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:31 pm

Greenlight!

24 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:32 pm

Yikes. Lester looks horrible out of the stretch. Just not finishing his delivery.

25 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:34 pm

Eat shit, Lester. Off the plate.

26 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:35 pm

Uh, I guess you had no choice, but a swing on 3-0 would have been a better choice ...

27 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:36 pm

[26] Agreed! What was that fake bunt??

28 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:37 pm

No way Martin had the green light. He was taking all the way. When you are taking all the way not a bad idea to show bunt to maybe get the third baseman closer, but obviously no way that's gonna work for Martin.

29 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:37 pm

What makes Joe G think Posada is going to hit Lester? I don't get this lineup at all..

30 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:38 pm

[29] #BINDERFAIL

31 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:39 pm

Atta boy, Jorge. Watch the curve right down the pipe. ugh..

32 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:39 pm

Was a cutter.

33 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:41 pm

The problem is, there isn't another right-handed bat to put in there instead of Jorge. Because we have thirteen pitchers.

34 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:42 pm

I'm watching NESN, by the way. Jerry and Don keep half agreeing with Lester about the calls, and then they show the Amica Pitch Zone and the pitches are obviously outside.

35 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:44 pm

[33] Rather have Jones @ DH and GGBG (who hits LHP just fine) in LF.

36 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:46 pm

Sit Down, Papi!! Bartolo looks great tonight.

37 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:46 pm

97. Yowsers.

38 mhoward120   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:48 pm

I'm sorry but Ortiz just has to be the slowest animal on earth.

39 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:48 pm

[35] Yeah -- I think maybe (i) Joe still thinks of Brett as having problems against lefties, and (ii) they figure he needs a rest some time. Still, it's annoying to have Horrible Jorge in the order against Lester. He doesn't have a prayer.

40 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:53 pm

NUNEY! Awesome!

41 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:54 pm

Naked eye looked like the wrong call.

42 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:54 pm

But replay shows Ump had it right!

43 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:54 pm

Pedroia really is a great player..painful as it is to say.

44 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:55 pm

Nunez is likely to be drilled at some point in this series.

45 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:56 pm

Damn, that was so close to being a big inning.

46 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 7:58 pm

Not many left fielders get that ball. Lucky for the Yanks, they have one. Too bad he ain't playin' tonight.

47 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:03 pm

[33] And ARod is out....

48 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:04 pm

Reddick slid pretty late there, too.

49 monkeypants   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:06 pm

So, 'six man rotation' really means 'carry thirteen pitchers and Phil Hughes goes to the pen'. A middle reliever is developed. Awesome.

50 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:06 pm

[35] Agreed... although if Joe wants to give Gritner a day, this one is as good as any. Playing the Sox ARod-less is a bummer.

51 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:09 pm

I liked Snozzberry better when he was hurt and/or sucking. Shit!

52 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:10 pm

[51] He is so much better this year. I wonder what happened.

53 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:12 pm

[52] Shared some pina coladas with Bartolo's doctor down in the DR?

54 monkeypants   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:12 pm

[52] nothing but hard work and clean living.

55 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:12 pm

Deer antlers.

56 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:13 pm

[55] JUVENILE deer antlers!

57 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:14 pm

Am I being a Negative Neddy by saying I feel we'll lose this game?

58 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:18 pm

[57] Well, home field, and I think Lester is a better pitcher than Bart, and, you know, they now have a lead. So they're favorites right now, but not prohibitive. (And it will be more fun this way when we come back and beat them.)

59 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:19 pm

Colon's looked pretty damn good. This one isn't over by a longshot. I wasn't happy with his sliders in the 4th inning, but it never actually hurt him. Ellsbury hit a fastball which was higher than Colon would have liked.

60 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:21 pm

[59] Whoa, are you a time traveler? So we are to look forward to some bad sliders this inning? :)

61 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:22 pm

Haha! I meant the 3rd, obviously!

62 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:22 pm

Do you think Youk looked in the mirror one day and thought, "I am not ugly enough. How can I develop a batting stance that will give me the power of Medusa?"

63 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:23 pm

Not that Bartolo has a matinee idol visage.

64 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:25 pm

Has all the shit about Ortiz calling out the official scorer made the NY news? (Or Japan?) Man, it's all they can talk about here. He has a babyish streak in him, but it gets blown up so far out of proportion.

65 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:26 pm

Was a slider. Ugly pitch.

66 rbj   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:26 pm

First August game in 6 years for Colon? Wow, wonder if that's a record for starters.

Uh oh.

67 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:27 pm

Oh, god. I was just thinking, "Don't bust him inside," and I saw Martin set up and (really) I shouted "No!"...

68 monkeypants   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:29 pm

Clean livin'.

69 rbj   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:30 pm

[64] Did make ESPN -- at least PTI, wasn't really paying attention, don't know their take. It's childish.

70 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:32 pm

We're down, huh?

71 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:32 pm

Any player that complains about how a play is 'described' is an asshat. The end result is two runs score for your team, however it gets 'scored'. I get that we're all selfish to one degree or another, and I suppose it's OK to be pissed off a little. But you should be ashamed enough about being pissed off that you don't actually let anyone else know you're pissed off.

Completely classless to act the way Ortiz did.

72 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:34 pm

[71] Wow, what'd I miss?

73 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:34 pm

That was a strike??!

74 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:35 pm

[71] I know, but then again, who cares?

75 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:35 pm

Stop swinging at balls!!!

76 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:35 pm

[72] Was just chiming in about Ortiz having a tantrum during Francona's press conference over how the official scorer decided to credit RBIs on a single of his the other day.

77 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:36 pm

[52] Can't say. The only thing different this year is they moved his locker next to Papi's.

78 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:36 pm

[72] Nothing, really.

Yesterday Papi had a public tantrum because one of the Fenway official scorers gave him one RBI when he thought he should have had two. (They took away the second one because the Indians bobbled the cutoff and the scorer though the second runner would have held up.)
But RSN could speak of nothing else today.

79 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:37 pm

[76] Got it, thanks!

80 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:37 pm

[78] Well, he should keep his mouth shut. :)

81 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:38 pm

Did Coney and Ken just take a shot at Mussina?

82 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:38 pm

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING ANDRUW??!

83 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:38 pm

Jesus, that was freaking stupid.

84 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:38 pm

Great job, Andrew. That's fucking asshat.

85 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:39 pm

Longest short walk back to the dugout there is.

86 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:40 pm

And speaking of Mussina, he really should get more credit for the inning in 2003 Game 7 where he restored order in the fifth or whatever it was. That was probably his finest hour.

That and the 1-0 win in the flip game. (That was Moose, wasn't it?)

87 monkeypants   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:41 pm

Tonight's lineup is the gift that keeps on giving.

88 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:41 pm

[86] I think they were talking about Baltimore pitchers in Kenny's age. Most likely Palmer, wasn't he known to whine a bit?

89 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:42 pm

WTF? Jorge is all but useless.
Carrying him instead of Jesus is a statement of settling for the WC.

We had this last year.
OLD POLL QUESTION:
The WC is all but locked up.
Should Joe/Cash be playing now to try and win the Division,
or setting up for the PS??

90 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:43 pm

[89] Division. It's going to matter this year. Because Texas is much better than CLE/DET/CWS.

91 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:46 pm

Just what I need, a brand new red sox player to loathe.

92 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:46 pm

Jerry Remy: "... this time Reddick gets the slider and is able to pull it between the hole."

I love Jerry Remy.

93 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:47 pm

Strange his move should be so catlike.

94 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:47 pm

Do you think Woody Harrelson smoked up Larry David before the game?

I'm kind of bored by the pace of this game..

95 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:48 pm

I hate this ballpark.

You never know when a flyball is going to be a homerun.

96 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:48 pm

[94] No, you have to think of him as a small dinosaur.

97 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:48 pm

[88] Ah, ok, that makes more sense.

98 monkeypants   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:49 pm

[89] at the very least, they should carry Montero instead of having thirteen pitchers and a sort-of six man rotation.

99 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:50 pm

Oh, nice changeup.

100 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:50 pm

[98] Or Dickerson.

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101 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:51 pm

Shit.

102 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:51 pm

No! A walk! There goes the streak.

103 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:51 pm

I have a bad feeling about dusty's ab.

104 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:52 pm

Did Ken and Mike mention it? Remy and Orsillo didn't notice.

105 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:52 pm

Come on, Colon, keep it together...

Keep it together...

106 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:52 pm

Fuck.

107 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:53 pm

AGGGGGHHHHHH!

108 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:53 pm

This is going to be a 3 1/2 hour game, isn't it? Even though it's low scoring.

109 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:54 pm

Good!

Good fastball.

Just pound him with that.

He was overwhelmed.

110 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:55 pm

MOTHERFUCKER!

111 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:55 pm

Oy.
Now Adrian, not good.

112 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:55 pm

Horsefuckingshit.

113 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:55 pm

My Little Pony dribbler...damn...

114 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:55 pm

Gee, I wonder what happens now.

*sigh*

115 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:56 pm

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

116 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:56 pm

I don't know...

I think I'd leave Colon in.

117 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:57 pm

[115] You misspelled "Booooooooooooooooooooooone!"

118 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:57 pm

WHY IS HE TAKING OUT COLON FOR LOGAN???!!! That is wrong, am first-guessing it here! Colon is a MUCH better pitcher than Logan...panic move by JoeyJoeJoe! It'S the 5th inning!!!

I need a Valium..

119 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:57 pm

[116] Yeah, I would. Just a tough walk, and two soft ground ball hits.

120 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:58 pm

[116] I'm inclined to think the same. The stuff still seemed to be there.

121 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:58 pm

[118] You probably didn't notice that A-Gon is a lefty. So, there was really no choice.

122 51cq24   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:58 pm

this is idiotic

123 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:59 pm

[121] Newsflash! Boone Logan sucks. This isn't the playoffs, it's a panic move.

124 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 8:59 pm

[117] I'lll be sure to spell it correctly after Adrian's ab. Oh, boy. Here we go.

125 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:00 pm

[123] It's not panic. It's just the notebook.

126 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:00 pm

I'll remind you that some people want the Yankees to have two lefties/

127 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:00 pm

Boone to Banter: Eat it.

128 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:01 pm

Wow!

Pfew!

Now what?

129 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:01 pm

Bone! Holy fucking shit balls.

130 SteveF   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:01 pm

Shows what we know.

131 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:01 pm

[129] Oh, uh... now you've spelled it... correctly... I guess.

132 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:01 pm

I knew it all along! Those earlier posts were by Mr. OK Smooth Jazz Tokyo, my evil doppleganger. I had faith in Booooooone!!

133 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:02 pm

[128] Now baseball!

134 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:03 pm

[132] I knew it. Your reverse jinx.

135 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:03 pm

[131] Bone is Boone minus the o. So Bone>Booooooooooooone. Obviously. : )

136 monkeypants   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:04 pm

[126] only if that means carrying 14 pitchers.

137 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:05 pm

Good point, Kenny.

138 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:06 pm

Ok, good start...

139 51cq24   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:06 pm

damn i was really into that no walk streak

140 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:06 pm

Great ab, Nuney! C'mon, Captain!

141 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:07 pm

[135] Ah.

Wait, but when you take away 0, the thing stays the same as it was, right? So Bone = Boone = Booooooooooone. (You were told there would be math, I hope.)

[136] For interleague play, I think we should go with 17 pitchers, because we don't need a DH.

142 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:07 pm

Basehit!

Yay!

143 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:07 pm

Sad base hit.

144 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:07 pm

Curtis is going to drag one methinks.

145 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:08 pm

Come on, Curtis, be a stud right here!

146 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:08 pm

Good cut.

147 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:08 pm

Orsillo is concerned about a momentum shift.

148 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:09 pm

Terrrrrible swing.

149 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:09 pm

OHHH, FUCK YES!!!!

150 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:09 pm

Oh, pretty.
Orsillo was right!

151 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:10 pm

That was HUGE.

152 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:10 pm

Hooray!

153 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:10 pm

Oh, god, what a cookie!

154 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:10 pm

Hell yeah!
[144] Shut up , fool!

155 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:11 pm

...which means Teix will be hell-bent on pulling the ball.

156 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:11 pm

Hit and run. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.....

157 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:12 pm

Excellent!!!!!

158 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:12 pm

Ah, better than pulling, better than punching... walking!

159 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:13 pm

Come on, Rob...nice and easy...nice and easy...

160 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:13 pm

LOAF PINCHER!!!

161 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:13 pm

Fuck.

He's overanxious.

162 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:13 pm

CRUSH IT, ROB!!!

163 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:14 pm

Good...2-1...

164 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:14 pm

Good patience.

165 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:14 pm

Let's go Robinson!

166 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:14 pm

He sure looks jumpy.

167 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:15 pm

Fuck.

Come on, Robbie, hang in...

168 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:15 pm

Here it comes...

Great pitch. Full count.

169 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:15 pm

Damn. That was a bad ass 3-1 pitch.

170 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:16 pm

Shut UP, Michael, we KNOW!

We're watching the fucking game!

171 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:16 pm

Rob, it's the HR derby, your dad's pitching.

Fouled off.

172 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:16 pm

It's going to have to be over the backstop for Robbie to walk.

173 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:16 pm

Good rip...good rip...

174 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:16 pm

He's gonna get Robbie with the curve. Here it comes...

Nope. Another foul.

175 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:17 pm

Fight it off, Rob...hang in, hang in...

176 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:17 pm

Another one.

Good at bat!

Get him, Rob, moiduh the bum!

177 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:18 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

178 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:18 pm

Oh....
shit.

179 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:18 pm

FUCKFUCKFUCK.

180 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:18 pm

GAHBAHFUCK.

181 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:18 pm

Tie-game, can live with it. Now let's get the lead!

182 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:18 pm

Okay, Nick will come through. Here we go! (I bet he walks.)

183 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:19 pm

Fuck.

At least we got the run. When it was hit I was convinced it would end the inning, forgot there were no outs.

Still, fuck.

184 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:19 pm

I hate to say it, but this is an Andy-type performance.

185 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:20 pm

Bang.
Hell yes.

186 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:20 pm

Too bad we don't know who the sixth inning guy is.
Word. 2 out rbi's gitcha into baseball heaven. Yesssssssss!

187 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:20 pm

Yaayyy!!!

188 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:21 pm

Cornflake!

189 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:24 pm

Wondering if Tito should have called in a righty from the pen to pitch to Andruw, Jerry Remy:

"Certainly Joe Girardi didn't give Adrian Gonzalez a chance to... pitch.. to...the lefty... Adrian Gonzalez..."

Despondent, flummoxed, he lapses into silence.

190 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:25 pm

Boone is not going to get Ugly out.

191 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:26 pm

Boone is not going to get Ortiz out.

192 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:29 pm

Boone is not going to get Crawford out.

193 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:30 pm

Just Fair, you are doing excellent work.

194 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:31 pm

[193] Indeed!

195 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:32 pm

Shit. So close.

196 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:33 pm

Just Fair fails. Call to the bullpen! We need a new reverse-jinxer.

197 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:33 pm

[193] I am a big fan of the theory of momentum and the reverse jinx.

198 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:35 pm

[197] QuanDUM physics!!!

199 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:35 pm

[198] Be quiet. You got two guys, but now you're done. Hit the showers.

200 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:38 pm

thefuckdidido?

- Jimmy McNulty

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201 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:39 pm

Excellent.
Cory Wade, good man.

202 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:39 pm

Sweet.
RoSoMo or SoRoMo for the nightcap?

203 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:41 pm

[202] I'd prefer a 1996 MoMoMo conclusion to this game..

204 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:41 pm

[202] Well, obviously, Soriano is the EIG.
Who leads off the 7th, Scutaro? I'd use D-Rob for the better hitters.

205 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:42 pm

We're tacking on, bitches ... and this question is MUTE!!!

206 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:42 pm

Whoa! It's Soriano warming! Does this mean the Bama Hamma has been promoted???

207 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:44 pm

Hey hey hey, it's MATT ALPERS!

I always wanted to say that.

208 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:47 pm

So, Brett for defense now, right?

209 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:47 pm

[207] I was thinking more of Herb Alpert.

210 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:49 pm

Nune5!

STEAL!!!

211 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:50 pm

Blechfughfuck.

212 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:50 pm

Damn. Not even close.

213 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:50 pm

Nunez seemed surprised that he was called out on that play where they pitched out and got him by eight feet

214 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:50 pm

[210] Or not.

215 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:51 pm

[213] It's *his* fault?

216 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:51 pm

Cult, bad call. Bad call. You just don't have it tonight.
We have to go back to the bullpen. Who's next? Mr. OK? Or did we already use you when Boone came on in the fifth?

217 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:53 pm

Look who's here!

218 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:53 pm

Hey now nice grab.

219 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:54 pm

[215] What? Seemed like a straight pitch out to me. Didn't notice anything he could have done better

220 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:54 pm

[217] Who? (I'm watching NESN.)

221 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:55 pm

[220] Soriano, I mean.

222 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:55 pm

Ellsbury sucked last year and I thought his teammates and the whole town hated him. His comeback is most disappointing.

223 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:55 pm

[219] Ok, that was what I was saying, just checking ...

224 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:55 pm

Haven't seen him yet.

225 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:56 pm

[223] No, I was just saying that he seemed shocked to be called out. It wasn't close.

226 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:57 pm

Good work, Soriano.

227 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:57 pm

Is that three 1-2-3 innings in a row for Raffy?

228 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:58 pm

[216] Whaduynhavtehwheehaw???

229 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:59 pm

[221] Oh, him. Yes. Has he been demoted to 7IG?

The eighth will be the tough inning. Pedroia, A-Gon, Youk, Papi. This calls for...

THE ALABAMA HAMMA!

230 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:01 pm

[228] Calling the steal. (I hope that's the answer -- I don't speak Cthulhu very well.)

231 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:01 pm

Bah!

232 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:03 pm

[229] I envision a few walks and tense moments.

233 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:08 pm

He does seem a bit excited.

234 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:09 pm

[229] BAMA HAMMA!!!

235 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:09 pm

High Cheese!

236 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:09 pm

Good.

ONe out.

237 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:09 pm

Heart stopping grounder to third...

238 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:10 pm

One down. Heart skipped a bit before Nune5's throw.

239 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:11 pm

[237] [238] :-)

We must have the same cardiologist.

240 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:12 pm

Well, according to some weird-ass algorithm on BBTF, I just said this was an appearance from the BAMA MOTHERUCKING HAMMA!

Sheesh.

241 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:12 pm

[233] There's your boy!

242 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:13 pm

Hammer!

243 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:13 pm

[232] No sir!

And the Bama Hamma slams it down. Heart of the mighty Red Sox order... nailed.

244 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:13 pm

[237] Wasn't it? I instinctively held my breath.

245 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:14 pm

[239] Dr. BUI

246 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:15 pm

Drop the Hamma, baby! Drop it down hard. It's the Hamma of Justice, coming down on your Little Pony Head, on your Big Papi foot, coming down.

247 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:15 pm

no D.Bard?

248 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:15 pm

Who the fuck is Randy Williams?

249 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:16 pm

[248] Yep. But lefties are up so..

250 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:17 pm

Damn it!!

251 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:17 pm

Oh, jeez. Good smack, Rob.

252 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:17 pm

[245] That's the guy. He has that Vietnamese name, but he got his degree in the Dominican. I get CPR from the Dr. from the DR.

253 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:20 pm

Another damn fine ab. Nice job, Swish.

254 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:23 pm

Run Gritner, run!!!

255 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:27 pm

Ripped.

256 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:27 pm

MO time!

257 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:27 pm

Goddam. Martin and Cano each tagged the ball, but no results.

258 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:28 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, #42, Mariano Rivera...#42...

259 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:28 pm

Mo vs. Papi. Like old times.

260 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:30 pm

As Homer once said,
Mo Mo Mo.

261 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:31 pm

BiG fatty. I wish he'd never climbed out of the gigantic funk last year.

262 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:31 pm

This won't end well

263 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:32 pm

[262] Will end Great!

264 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:32 pm

Mo at 93...

265 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:32 pm

[262] Ah, here's Mattpat to take over reverse-jinxing operations! I feel a lot better now.

266 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:33 pm

Oh no

267 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:33 pm

Damn!! E on Jeter? Teix?

268 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:33 pm

Oh, fug. Dammit! Jeter had to rush it, but Teix has to pick that.

269 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:33 pm

Awwwwwww. Shit. Really??????

270 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:34 pm

[267] I think it was a hit all the way

271 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:34 pm

Maybe a pitch-out?

272 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:34 pm

[271] Mo's control seems a little spotty

273 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:36 pm

Oh, fucking beautiful.

Remy: "Well, Saltalamacchia doesn't like it, but that's what Rivera does, everything inside then the cut fastball over the outside edge."

274 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:36 pm

Sit down Salty you bellyaching piss of shit.

275 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:37 pm

FINISH HIM!

276 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:38 pm

Thanks be to Mo.

277 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:38 pm

WOO-HOO!

278 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:38 pm

Mariano Rivera, ladies and gentlemen.

279 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:38 pm

All Rise.
Those last two assholes were left talking to themselves.

280 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:38 pm

Great.

Fucking.

Win.

281 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:38 pm

Mikes caught Swisher saying "Feel that Shit!!" :)

282 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:40 pm

PRAISE BE TO MO.

PRAISE BE.

283 Just Fair   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:40 pm

[281] I wondered who and what that was. Awesome.
This was the first Yankee-Sox game this season I've been able to catch every pitch. Good times. : )

284 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:41 pm

[279] I know, that was fucking beautiful.

285 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:41 pm

Sox announcers (postgame, not Remy/Orsillo) say that was Salty's first AB ever against Mo. Surprising.

286 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:43 pm

Yippie!

No ad libs, straight to the scrip.

All alone in first place!

Logan> AGon.

287 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:44 pm

Well, tomorrow we have our best pitcher going against their ugliest, so lets keep the ball rolling.

288 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:44 pm

Peter Gammons is one of the NESN postgame guys. I'm really enjoying watching him eat it. (The other two guys are actually good. Eckersley, and some other guy.)

289 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:44 pm

That would be scripT

290 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:45 pm

[287] Sadly, that game is on Fox. Ugh.

291 jjmerlock   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:51 pm

This is why I didn't like Brett's tantrum the other night, although I don't have a problem with Joe saying he was good with it. But it struck me as so very Red Sock.

It's incredible - it's like guy goes on that team, step 1) douchey facial hair, step 2) idiotic mullet or some other gimmick, step 3) become a cry baby bitch.

If you weren't a whiny bitch before you got to that team, they'll coach you up real fast. How is it that every last one of them is never actually out, despite the fact that you stood like a dipshit with the bat on your shoulder as strike three hit the mitt?

As a Jew, a hell of a philanthropist, and a supporter in the fight against diabetes, Youkilis is just too good a guy off the field for me to loathe as completely as I used to, but he must give whining lessons the moment the new guy steps off the bus/plane.

292 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 5, 2011 11:03 pm

A GREAT Win!
Beating Lester, who was 8-1 against us.
Winning even with our fugliest lineup
(although there is always a hole in the lineup with ARod out).
Taking the first game and beating their best makes taking the series very doable.
2 Righties coming up, so Brett and Chavez in.
GO YANKESS!

293 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 11:09 pm

Thinking it over, the best thing about the game was our bullpen. They utterly shut down the best offense in baseball. D-Rob set down, in order, three of baseball's top hitters, surely the best three-in-a-row in any lineup. Soriano cruised; Mo was just Mo; Boone smoked Adrian on three pitches in a super-high-leverage situation. And Cory Wade. I mean, a bullpen just doesn't do that against the Red Sox. They score seven runs per game since the All Star break.

Colon was fine, but the pen was just fantastic.

294 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 11:10 pm

I bet Jon DeRosa has a good story :-)
I forgot to drink, the game was so much fun. I'm gonna mix up a gin and tonic.
Later, Banters.

295 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 11:17 pm

As DRob would say, Roll ON!

Good night. Good game all around. Less than 3 hours.

Crisp as an October night in Vermont (where the Soxers might be vacationing).

CC just needs to be his regular self tomorrow, and the O should take care of Lackey.

Goodnight.

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