The Yankees and Red Sox kicked off the final series before the All-Star break this weekend with one of their typical contests usually held in New England’s living room. In a contest that brutal to watch for the most part the Yankees prevailed 10 to 8 in a brisk 3 hours and 59 minutes Friday night at Fenway Park. New York has the best record in baseball at 50 and 32 after the victory. The loss dropped the Red Sox 8.5 games behind the Bombers at their 42-41 clip.
Video of this game will not be put in any archives or time capsules documenting the greatness of baseball. Both starting pitchers Hiroki Kuroda for the Yankees, and Josh Beckett of the Red Sox game up 5 runs in each half of the 43 minute first inning. Neither right hander figured in the decision. The Red Sox used 5 relievers behind Beckett, while the Yankees used 4 in back of Kuroda. The teams combined to throw 348 pitches as the hitters grinded out each and every at bat. There was bad defense, bad base running, and bad managing all around. The pitching star of the game was de facto Yankees closer Rafael Soriano who retired all 4 batters he faced(2 on k’s) in recording his 20th save.
Hitting was the name of this game as each team belted out 14 knocks a piece. A Rod went 3 for 4 with an R.B.I. for New York. Mark Teixeira, one of my favorite whipping boys went 2 for 4 with 4 R.B.I.’s. Tex delivered a huge 2-run triple in the 7th inning that turned a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead that the Yankees would not relinquish. This was just the second win all season for the Bombers in a game in which they did not hit a single home run
The Carmines were lead by Big Papi who went 3 for 4 with an R.B.I. A-Gon went 3 for 5 with an R.B.I, and Jared Saltalamacchia belted a 3 run shot of off Kuroda in that ridiculous first inning for his only hit in 5 tries.
The two teams play a day night double header Saturday. This all but guarantees we are in for another 8 hours or so of baseball, especially with the starting pitchers involved. Freddy Garcia opposes Franklin Morales at 12:05 while Phil Hughes and Felix Doubront match up in the nightcap at 7:05. These games will not conjure up memories of some of the Pedro/Mussina duels of yore.
The Yankees are going to make the playoffs despite all their flaws and injuries unless something insane happens. It just would be nice if they could get 3 out of 4 in this series to push Boston to 9.5 games back at the break. That is even more critical with Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford set to return from the diabled list to the Sox lineup in the 2nd half. No matter how they look at this exact moment the Sox are still the Yankees biggest threat in the A.L. East because of their talented roster, and goofy ballpark. If New York can manage to keep them down it will make things a lot less stressful for them in route to October.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.