Yankees Rock Beckett, Take Series At Fenway
First of all, I’d like to thank the Bronx Bombers for winning the rubber-match tonight. I wouldn’t have been able to use this pic I found otherwise. I was going to use it after Friday’s shellacking, but I thought that might be a bit much considering I had no idea what would happen the next two days. Plus, it seemed more like a final, “series is over and now it’s time to be braggadocios”, type of pic. Then yesterday happened, and it dawned on me that it was totally conceivable for the Yankees to lose the series. If that happens, there’s no way this epic pic gets rolled out. So, again, thank you, NY.
Today’s rubber-match was billed as the battle of the aces, with Yankee ace and 14-game winner CC Sabathia going head-to-head against his Red Sox counterpart, Josh Beckett, also a 14-game winner. That was not to be, though, and the Yankee offense had a lot to do with that. They refused to cooperate and lit Josh Beckett up to the tune of 5 home runs.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter set the tone in the 1st inning when he ripped the very first pitch he saw over the right field fence to start the game. The hit was #2,700 of his illustrious career. After a first-pitch single in the 3rd, he now needs 20 more hits to tie Lou Gehrig on the all-time Yankees list. How about that.
After the Jeter single in the 3rd, Johnny Damon singled. Mark Teixeira followed up with a single of his own to right, scoring Jeter. Damon would also cross the plate on a ground out RBI by Alex Rodriguez. In the 4th, Robinson Cano sat on a 76 MPH curveball and launched it over the right wall, his 19th of the year. It must have been a preemptive homer, because in the bottom half of the inning he botched what was a catchable ball, allowing Jason Bay to score from first. He had 2 errors on the day. We still love you, though, Cano!
Hideki Matsui decided that he wanted to be white-hot this weekend and belted 2 HRs in the game just as he did on Friday. The first one came off the first pitch he saw in the 2nd inning to lead off. Beckett threw a fastball high and away and cracked it over the wall in right. The other came in the tail end of the game when he hit a solo blast in the 8th. With that, he tallied up his 4th home run and 9th RBI of the weekend. The tee-off party, John Becket Editon, was joined by A-rod in the 5th inning. The 2-run shot was his 22nd of the season, and #573 for his career.
CC went 6 2/3 tonight, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs to go along with 8 strike outs. He started the game hitting his spots with his curveball. His most troublesome inning came in the second where he allowed a string of 3 straight hits after striking out the first two batters. Mike Lowell doubled off the green monster, and Rocco Baldelli drove him in on a single. Jason Varitek would single in Baldelli the next batter. Besides this inning, it was a pretty good outting for CC. He does what he’s supposed to do as our dear Ace; he gives us a chance to win virtually every start. Oh, he’s leads the majors with 15 wins, by the way.
As for Beckett, Pete Abraham’s sent a tweet during the 5th inning that highlighted the ace’s struggles:
Beckett has allowed at least one run in 10 consecutive innings, 14 runs in all.
Well, that sucks, right Abe?
Career-worst five homers allowed for Beckett . Hate to see a nice guy suffer like that. #sarcasm
So the Yankees leave Fenway with a 7.5 game advantage in the division. Texas won today, so that means Boston is just one game ahead of them in the Wild Card race.
Good luck with that, Boston. #sarcasm.
W: Sabathia 6IP 8H 0BB 3ER 8K
L: Beckett 8IP 9H 0BB 8ER 5K
Full box score here.
cross-posted over @ MVN’s The Bronx Block