Re: Great game
posted at 6/29/2014 7:33 AM EDT
Was not Mookie Betts sitting on the bench (or was he enroute)?
Lester did not throw a lot of curves for strikes, but he did throw some. And he went 8 innings with no earned runs against a decent (not good) hitting Yankees team in a hitter's park, maybe the most hitter-friendly in MLB.
Ross could look really bad at the plate, but you do not want to throw him a pitch he likes. And that throw to 2B to nail Gardner, who this year has a very good SB percentage, was well ahead of the runner.
I tend not to forgive players who leave even though their reasons are good, but last night I was furious when Ellsbury stole second, then third, then seemed headed for home. Then I realized the batter struck out looking, end of inning. A great feeling, easily as good as either of the dingers, big as they were.
Last night was further proof of just how hard/well the Sox have to play to win. The Yankees got their stupid run on an error, an HBP, a sacrifice, and a sac fly, but zero hits. The Sox got two bases empty dingers. In two other innings they had two on and no outs, but couldn't score. The most egregious was Pedroia single, Ortiz double, putting men on 2d and 3d with no one out. A grounder to the right, a sac fly, whatever, scores a run. So Napoli strikes out. Now Drew, lefty against righty, has a chance to redeem himself with a man on 3B and one out, but he strikes out on three pitches! Finally Bogaerts with the ground out, but at least he made contact.
The Yankees did have one bad inning with three singles and no runs--that's the one where Gardner led off with a single and got caught stealing.
Congrats to dgalehouse for starting this thread. I pretend not to care, but do in fact watch the games (on my laptop via mlb.com) and apparently remember a lot of what happened.
For the Yankee fans: Tanaka looks awfully good with a terrific variety of pitches, including a good fastball and nasty breaking stuff, and a willingness to attack the strike zone. Matsuzaka had a pretty good repertoire, but not as good, and he hated throwing strikes--not a good union man at all.