Game 158: Yankees vs. Red Sox • 09.25.11
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson RF
Brandon Laird 1B
Ramiro Pena 2B
RHP A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.28)
Burnett vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (88-69)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Conor Jackson RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mike Aviles 3B
RHP Tim Wakefield (7-7, 5.08)
Wakefield vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05., YES Network / TBS
WEATHER: Sunny and warm here in the Bronx. Little bit of wind blowing from left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Marvin Hudson
SHOWING UP: The Yankees lead the American League in home attendance (3,555,067) and average home attendance (45,001). This is the ninth straight season the franchise has led the AL in attendance. Their 18 home sellouts are the most in the three-year history of the current Yankee Stadium.
WRAPPING UP: The Yankees are 34-16 in the second game of a series thus far in 2011. They are 33-19 in series finales, but have lost four of their past five in series of three-or-more games. The Yankees are 18-8 in finales at home this season.
THE FULL MONTY: Jesus Montero has recorded back-to-back 3H, multiple-RBI games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Yankees rookies to accomplish that feat since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920 were Bob Meusel in 1920 and Robinson Cano in 2005.
MAGIC NUMBER: The Yankees have clinched a playoff spot, a division title and home-field advantage. The magic number is, I guess, zero.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Kind of amazing to watch how poorly this Boston team is playing. Ellsbury picked off. Two mistakes by Saltalamacchia. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead, and they haven’t hit the ball out of the infield.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Nice play by Pena to get the last out of the third. Burnett looks good so far. Still a 2-0 game heading into the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Posada goes deep and the Yankees are up 4-0 in the third. Curtain call for Jorge.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Burnett is through five innings with a 4-1 Yankees lead. Ellsbury took him deep in the third, but otherwise he’s been pretty impressive against a Red Sox team that just keeps limping to the finish line.
UDPATE, 2:56 p.m.: Ellsbury’s second homer is his 30th of the year. Say what you will about the Red Sox, their leadoff man has had an incredible year.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Fans have booed him a couple of times today, but Burnett is through six innings having allowed just three hits (two of them solo homers by Ellsbury). He’s pitched pretty well today.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: The captain doubles in a run and it’s 6-2 Yankees in the sixth. Jeter’s hitting .300 with four games to play.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: That’s a nice play by Laird to start a 3-6-1 double play in the seventh. Burnett is still out there with Soriano getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Burnett’s final start of the year is going to be one of his best. He’s still out there in the eighth, the first time he’s pitched this far into a game since June 13.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Scratch that. Forgot about the eight innings on July 29. So this is the second time he’s gotten an out in the eighth inning since June 13.
UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Huge ovation for Burnett, who’s pulled after 7.2 innings and back-to-back strikeouts. Robertson is in to face Ellsbury — Girardi talked pregame about wanting to use relievers in situations that might come up in the postseason — and Burnett has his finest start since early June.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Was that a changeup from Robertson? Brought in to get a lefty, and he’s able to go to that pitch? This is part of the reason the Yankees don’t have to have a second lefty in the bullpen, because in the late innings, they can bring Robertson — or, I guess, Soriano — to get a tough lefty in a tough spot. If Logan can get a key lefty in the fifth or sixth, one of those two setup relievers can handle the key left-handed at-bats in the seventh and eighth. The ninth is spoken for, obviously.
Game 160: Yankees at Red Sox • 10.02.10
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17)
Pettitte vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (87-72)
Darnell McDonald CF
Jed Lowrie SS
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Mike Lowell 1B
Bill Hall RF
Daniel Nava LF
Yamaico Navarro 3B
Felipe Lopez 2B
RHP Tim Wakefield (4-10, 5.20)
Wakefield vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 10 p.m. / FOX
Tonight’s game is on MY9
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Brian Runge, 3B Jerry Layne
WEATHER: Beautiful. Sunny. Blue Skies. It’s everything last night was not.
MOST SINCE THE SKIPPER: Francisco Cervelli has 70 hits, the most in a season for a Yankees catcher other than Jorge Posada since Joe Girardi had 70 in 1998.
TWO PER GAME: Derek Jeter needs six more hits to tie Al Simmons for the 35th most hits all time. Simmons has 2,928. If Jeter can get eight more hits, he’ll tie Jake Beckley and Rogers Hornsby for 33rd place.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: This is the third time in history that the Yankees have opened and closed a season by playing in Boston. They did the same thing in 1938 and 1950, two seasons in which the Yankees advanced to the World Series and swept.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE: The previous nine games between the Yankees and Red Sox were played in New York. According to Elias, it’s the first time either New York or Boston played nine consecutive home games in the season series since 1944, when they played 22 times including nine straight in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Nick Swisher might not have played it right, but Lowell hit that ball hard. That’s a legit double and a 2-0 Red Sox lead in the first.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Pettitte stranded some runners in the second, and now Granderson has cut the lead to 2-1 with an RBI triple in the third. For whatever reason the triple made me think of Granderson’s huge home run here in Boston at the start of the season.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m. And now we’re tied on Rodriguez’s RBI grounder.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: And now the Yankees are in front. Cano got a home run just inside the right-field foul pole, his 29th of the season for a 3-2 Yankees lead in the top of the third.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: That might have been Pettitte’s last pitch of the game, and it was a big one, a strikeout of David Ortiz to leave runners at the corners in the fourth inning. Pettitte is already above 80 pitches, a level he didn’t reach in his previous two starts, and Dave Robertson has already been getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Either a hit and run or a straight steal, either way Granderson scored from first on a double by Teixiera for a 4-3 Yankees lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: No longer anyone getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. Looks like Pettitte is going out for at least a few more pitches.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: RBI double by Cano. The guy had been struggling a little bit lately, but he got two days off and now he has two huge RBI. It’s a 5-3 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Here’s Robertson after a leadoff double by Lowell in the bottom of the fifth. Nice moment as Lowell got a curtain call after being pulled for a pinch runner.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Navarro and McDonald weren’t happy with their strike three calls, but both looked like good pitches to me. A good fastball, then a good curveball and Robertson was able to strand the bases loaded. He put himself in the trouble, but he made the pitches when he had to. Still 5-3 Yankees.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: During Ortiz’s first at-bat, I was telling Sam how much I liked the fact the Yankees moved Pena — not Jeter — to play up the middle on the shift. Might as well go with the guy who has actually played second base in his career. Good turn by Pena on that double play, getting the Yankees out of the sixth and keeping the lead intact.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain gave the Red Sox a chance — and a run — but he finally got three straight outs to keep the Yankees in front, 5-4.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Bad pitch by Kerry Wood on the wild pitch that scored the tying run, but a great job to stick with the play, make the catch on the bad throw from third and get the out on what would have been the go-ahead run. Tied at 5 heading into the ninth.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: I don’t believe it! They’re playing Phil Hughes’ music! Old-school WWF? Anyone? Point is, Phil Hughes is now pitching in the ninth. I’m guessing he won’t be starting tomorrow. Girardi is clearly going to try to win this game, and hope for Good A.J. to show up tonight.