Yanks Choke, Lose 3-2 in 10 InningsPosted: August 8, 2011
The game just finished and it’s really late so let’s just get this over with:
- Freddy Garcia was very good. The Red Sox got a lot of BABIP luck plus he did allow some dumb walks which is why he threw 96 pitches in five frames. In the second, he allowed a lead off walk and then wound up loading the bases with nobody out, but got a strike out and a pop up, but couldn’t finish the job as he allowed a single to Marco Scutaro before recording the last out.
- Josh Beckett looked like his dominant self and it didn’t look like the Bombers were gonna get much if anything at all. But then Eduardo Nunez pulled one over the monster in the fifth to tie the game at one. The one thing the Yanks did do well up to that point was work counts which is why Josh was out after six innings.
- The bottom of the sixth was interesting. Garcia was pulled because of his pitch count so Joe Girardi went to Boone Logan to face David Ortiz, Carl Crawford, and Josh Reddick. He walked Ortiz (even though he got squeezed), allowed a grounder with eyes to Crawford and got Reddick to fly out before giving way to Cory Wade. Wade would get a pop out, allow a BABIP single to Scutaro and then got Ellsbury to fly out.
- In the seventh, Brett Gardner crushed a homer to right which gave the Yanks their first lead of the game. It seemed like that was it.
- Rafael Soriano tossed a perfect seventh and David Robertson threw a scoreless eighth despite allowing the tying run to get to third base on two wild pitches. With a 2-1 lead, they went to the ninth with the ball in Mo’s hand. Things looked good.
- One problem, Marco Scutaro was leading off and he just loves killing the Yankees (5 for 10 in the series). He led off with a a double off the monster and was bunted to third by Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia sac flied him in. The game was tied at 2 and that was really it because the Yanks had nothing left.
- In the bottom of the tenth, Phil Hughes came on to pitch. I didn’t agree with this for two reasons: 1) Mo was only at nine pitches with a day off tomorrow and 2) you can’t just throw a shaky Phil into that type of situation. He got the first out of the inning, but them gave up a double to Ortiz, intentionally walked Crawford and gave up the game-winning hit to Reddick.
- There are two reasons why the Bombers deserved to lose this game: 1) Marco Scutaro went 4 for 4 and 2) they went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position as a team. The number nine hitter on the opposing team can’t do that and you can’t be THAT bad as a team in tight spots. A recipe for failure.
- How much does ESPN love the Red Sox? OMG. How much time are they gonna spend saying how gritty and tough Dustin Pedroia is? He’s a good ball player yeah, but I don’t need to hear seven times about how he got to the park at 1 pm for an 8 pm game. And how about that analysis of his get ready stance in the field? Jumping around like that doesn’t make him better. And then when Curt Schilling got to the booth it was all over. We had to hear all about how great Ortiz and Pedroia were and how great of a post-season pitcher Curt was.
Clearly, I’m a little frustrated, but what Yankee fan isn’t? The Yankees now sit a game out of the division heading into a day off. They then host the Angels in a three game set. Just look forward to that.