Victory over the Red Sox…and Julia’s Rants…

 

I won?  I don’t know how to act…

 

 

Three games into a four game series and the wager is over.  With the Yankees’ three game win streak against the Boston Red Sox after an 0-8 season start, I can relax knowing that, for a few days, I can enjoy an advantage over Julia and her beloved Red Sox.  Of course, by next Monday or Tuesday, the Yankees success in the current series will be forgotten and the Red Sox will be charging ahead for the next match-up which begins in Boston on August 21st for a three game set.

 

 

Nevertheless, today was all Yankees.  I was unable to watch the game, but saw that CC Sabathia had a no-hitter going in the 5th inning.  I would not text or email anyone for fear of jinxing the no-no, but unfortunately, CC did allow a few hits.  He pitched into the 8th inning and did not allow a runner past second base.  He allowed only two hits and two walks, while striking out 9.  With the 5-0 victory, CC improved his record to 12-7.  He has clearly shown why he was signed to a huge contract in the offseason.  When the stakes are high, CC rises to the occasion and has given the Yankees the ace they’ve been lacking for so many years.

 

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With the win, the Yankees have improved their lead over the Red Sox to 5 ½ games (their greatest lead of the season).

 

 

 

Clay Buchholz did pitch effectively for the Red Sox.  He went six innings and gave up only two runs.  It was a tough luck loss for Buchholz but he showed enough to prove that he is ready to assume the role in the starting rotation that was vacated when John Smoltz was DFA’d.

 

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Derek Jeter capped the Yankees scoring with a two-run homer in the 8th.

 

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It is hard to believe that the Yankees have held the Red Sox scoreless for 24 innings.  For whatever reason, this isn’t the same Red Sox squad that the Yankees faced and lost to earlier in the season.  More than likely, it is a momentary lull, much like the Yankees against the White Sox or earlier against the Angels.  I fully expect the Red Sox to rebound and they’ll be charging by the time the Yankees and Red Sox resume play at Fenway Park on August 21st.

 

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I realize that the tie-breaker for my wager with Julia is no longer a concern, but I’ll continue to post the totals through Sunday.  Hey, what can I say, the numbers look good to me and as they say, numbers don’t lie…

RUNNING TOTALS  (8/06 – 8/09) FOR TIE-BREAKER:

Runs

Red Sox                                  6

Yankees                                  20

 

Home Runs

Red Sox                                  2

Yankees                                  6

 

Wins

Red Sox                                  0

Yankees                                  3

 

Winner:                                 Scott!

 

Tomorrow’s pitching match-up has Jon Lester facing Andy Pettitte.  This will be a tough game for the Yanks…and Pettitte.  But with three wins, the Yankees no longer have a psychological disadvantage to Boston.  They now know that they can win (beat Boston), and that will go a long way as we move into the crunch months. 

 

Frank Franklin II/AP 

Today’s announced crowd was 48,796.  It was another sell-out, so the Yankees can thank John Henry for filling the seats and helping pay for the salaries of Sabathia, Burnett, and Mark Teixeira.

 

Frank Franklin II/AP

 

The Yankees did make a roster move today as they sent down Mark Melancon to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre and recalled pitcher Josh Towers.  Apparently, Towers is out of options and will be DFA’d tomorrow to make room for pitcher Chad Gaudin who was acquired from the San Diego Padres.  If Towers clears waivers, he’ll head back to Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

 

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With last night’s game winning home run, Alex Rodriguez tied Harmon Killebrew for 9th place on the All-Time Home Run List with 573.  Next stop will be 8th place – Mark McGwire, 583 home runs.

 

 

As for tonight’s home run, Derek Jeter now has 12 home runs…one more than all of last season.  This has been a great year for DJ, particularly since it started with so much talk about how he was beginning his decline…

 

 

Hey Julia, the Yankees will be in Boston on August 21st.  Are you ready for another wager?  Why do I ask, of course, she’ll be ready and so to, I suspect, will the Red Sox.  But for now, scoreboard Yankees!…scoreboard ME! 

 

–Scott

 

 

2 Comments

You won’t mind if I don’t copy the tie breaker results this time. ;-) What a wild and crazy ride the games between our two teams are. And I feel VERY confident that the next time our two teams meet – Youk will NOT be playing left field! LOL Congrats Scott! And oh yes, I accept your challenge for the next time our teams meet! You know that I have paid off part one of our wager on my blog today and gee, I “can’t wait” to get my Yankee flag! Oh – and the Yankees are very welcome for RSN doing its part to help pay the Yankees’ payroll. :-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Scott, you didn’t have to fear jinxing CC’s no-no. John Sterling must have said 1,000 times, “CC is pitching a no-hitter.” As Mark Feinsand reminded everybody on Twitter, John does it all the time and it didn’t stop Cone, Gooden, Wells, etc from achieving their feats. So I guess we don’t have to worry about jinxing. (I say that knowing full well I’m still superstitious! LOL.) Anyhow, great game yesterday. I hope Andy will do well today!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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