Sweet Sweet Victory

Well, before I get to the Yankees-Red Sox recap, I’ve got to let my thoughts be heard on a few other things that happened yesterday around the MLB.

Most baseball fans know Chase Utley.  The second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He’s got that good defensive record, a strange power source from a second baseman, and a great mind for the game.  Yeah, him.  But he wasn’t playing in Sunday’s matchup between the Phils and Mets.  Eric Bruntlett filled in for him and made his presence known in an unusual way.  In a game that had so many unusual scenarios, Bruntlett made a play that only one other person has done before.  But that was just the end of everything that happened yesterday.

The Phils scored six runs in the top of the first off of Oliver Perez.  But Perez didn’t make it out of the first inning.  He was facing Pedro Martinez, who was making his return to NY after being cut by the Mets this past off-season.  Pedro had a 3-0 count and manager Jerry Manuel came out to pull Perez.  An unusual happening.  A pitcher getting pulled in the middle of an at bat.  Strange.

Well, the Mets eventually got out of the inning.  Then they had a little fun of their own.  To lead off the bottom half of the inning, Angel Pagan hit a shot to the left center gap that sent Shane Victorino running to the wall.  The ball got wedged under the wall and Victorino thought he could get away with calling it as a double.  But the umps didn’t think it that way.  The umps didn’t make the call and the left fielder picked it up and threw it in.  This whole time, Pagan had been running the bases and wound up with an inside the park homer.  The ball was wedged underneath the wall but it wasn’t so badly wedged that it would take some work to get it out and that it should have been a double.  The umps made the right call.  Strange.

Later in the game, Jeff Francoeur, the Mets’ right fielder, made a great sliding catch to rob Eric Bruntlett of all people of a base hit.  At first the umps called Bruntlett safe as he went on to third as Francoeur was unaware of the call.  Then the umps met and reversed the call after both Francoeur and Jerry Manuel argued the call.  It was another crazy moment that was obviously a catch when the replay showed it.  Strange.

Now, the biggest highlight of the game was Bruntlett’s play in the bottom of the ninth which ended the game.  With runners on first and second, Jeff Francoeur (there seems to be a recurring theme of players being involved in multiple strange plays) stepped up to the plate.  He hit a liner with a full count up the middle.  With the runners in motion, Bruntlett had been moving to cover second base.  The ball was hit right to him on a line.  He snagged it, tagged second base, and tagged David Murphy who was on first at the start of the play.  An unnasissted triple play to end the game, the first in the NL history, second in MLB history.  Strange.

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OK so back to the Yankees-Red Sox game.  Last night, the aces of the two clubs faced off in the rubber match of the series.  It was set to be a great pitcher’s duel, as was Beckett’s and Burnett’s not to long ago.  And it was a really good game.  The Yankees opened up the game with two runs early.  The first was on a Derek Jeter solo shot and the second on Hideki Matsui’s first shot of the night which was also a solo shot.  The Yankees scored two more runs on the Red Sox in the third inning, neither on homers.  Then, Robinson Cano homered in the fourth, and A-Rod homered in the fifth to drive in two more.  Matsui hit the final Yankee homer in the eighth which was another solo shot.  A home run barrage, as Yankees.com puts it, lit up the sky in Boston as the Yanks rolled to an 8-4 victory.  Sweet Sweet Victory.

The Red Sox did score four runs but CC kept them at bay most of the night.  The Yankees did jump on top early and that was a big advantage for them as the game went on.  The Red Sox tied the score in the second but the Yankees went back ahead and never looked back.  The Sox didn’t leave the yard once in the game, surprisingly.  The lack of the long ball in a game dominated by the long ball is probably what did the Red Sox in.

CC finished the game with eight strikeouts as all his stuff was dominant.  Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera were successful out of the ‘pen as they finished the game off.  Beckett finished with five K’s on the night, not bad.  He also gave up all five homers though.  Not good.

So let’s take a look back at the series that was.  Game One:

The Yankees score 20 runs against Brad Penny and the REd Sox.  Another terrible outing for Penny who would later be pulled from the starting rotation to make room for Wakefield who is coming back soon.  Another home run happy game sent many bombs flying through the Boston sky.  The Red Sox had their fair share of runs too.  They just weren’t able to make up for what the pitching let up.  Too bad.  They scored 11 runs.

Game Two:

The Red Sox stole the Yankees’ thunder for game two as they burst out with another 14 runs compared to the Yankees’ Nick Swisher’s single run.  Swish hit a solo shot to left to score the only run for the Yanks on the day.  A very disappointing loss for the Yanks and a touche to the REd Sox was all that was in me for Saturday.

Then came game three which I just talked about.  A very exciting series that was truly a back and forth one.  Great to watch and I’m sure, as always, it was great to play in for both teams.  No fights broke out which was good for the teams.  I don’t think either could afford losing anyone right now, especially the Red Sox who are in the Wild Card race and don’t have that big of a lead anymore.  It was a clean series  that was fun to watch as a fan.  Especially since the Yankees won.

-Dillon

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6 comments

  1. southernbelle

    Dillon: AAAHHH! Spongebob! I hate him!
    But it was a sweet victory for the Yanks. I’m glad they don;t have to see Fenway for awhile. That place looks like it smells like pee.
    How about that Phillies game? Talk about strange. You never really know what you are going to see in a baseball game. -Virginia
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  2. heartruss

    Strange stuff happening at Dodger Stadium too but I would have to call it unfair calls.
    Tony Abreu should have been called safe at second base when the second baseman Fontenot had to stretch pulling his left leg off base to tag him. The second base umpire called him out when it was obvious to fans, Cubs and Dodgers that he was safe.
    Then when Grabow pitched the ball, Orlando Hudson who was pinch hitting hit a base hit. Meanwhile the third base umpire said there was a time out although no one knew it. The play was taken over and the ball was popped out.
    Bad calls. Obviously bad calls that could have and probably would have changed the outcome of the game.
    Why didn’t the second base umpire ask the opinion of the other umpires as they often do? Every replay shows that Abreu was safe. It wasn’t even close. What a heartbreak.
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  3. juliasrants

    Virginia child (and I can call you that for you are the same age as my children) have you been to Fenway? Did you not learn that you speak based on fact and not some wild assumption? I can assure that the most beloved -and most historic baseball park – in all of major league baseball does not smell like pee. (Sorry, Yankee Stadium is one year old – it is neither historic or beloved. That park in NY was torn down.)

    Dillon – good summary of the games. The Red Sox came out hot in the second game and picked up right where they left Friday night. It was surprising in some ways – most teams rarely come out that strong the day following a game where they score a lot of runs. The next month and a half will be very interesting.

    Julia
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  4. Jane Heller

    Great win last night, Dillon. The Yankees were aggressive at the plate and CC was aggressive on the mound – excellent combination. I loved that Hughes and Mo closed it out too. Those two are turning out to be a terrific one-two punch.

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  5. 2yankeeboy

    Yesterday’s game was amazing! Defense was a bit sloppy but I’ll live with it! Sadly the Red Sox won today but their pitchin wasn’t too great again which is a bright spot, a 7 game lead is still comfortable enough for me. I hope the Yankees just keep it up and hold the division.
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